Press Release Date Topic
December 28, 2007 Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions with Novi Parks
December 28, 2007 What’s in Your Card? A Potpourri of Music to continue the Holiday Spirit
December 21, 2007 Novi Police Department Promotes 16-Year Veteran to Leadership Position
December 14, 2007 Fatal Vehicle Accident on Eight Mile Road
December 7, 2007 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund awards Novi $281,300 Grant
December 4, 2007 ITC Holdings Corporation Receives Spirit of Giving Award
December 3, 2007 What’s in Your Card? A Potpourri of Music for the Holiday Season
November 29, 2007 Survey of Older Adults finds Novi residents Very Satisfied with the community in first survey; Novi one of five communities selected to participate
November 26, 2007 A Holiday tradition with a musical flair!
November 14, 2007 Novi Choralaires kick off the Holiday Season
Performances scheduled for November 30, December 1, and December 2
November 13, 2007 City of Novi Rings in the Holiday Season with Family-Favorite Event
November 12, 2007 ITC donates $500,000 to Novi Parks Foundation
November 8, 2007 City of Novi receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the GFOA for eleventh consecutive year
November 2, 2007 Suspect arraigned in arson fire earlier this week
November 2, 2007 Photo ID Required on Election Day, November 6
October 30, 2007 140 year-old Building Succumbs to Structure Fire
October 26, 2007 Novi Concert Band – A Fall Pops Concert - Sunday, November 4 at 2:00pm
October 25, 2007 City of Novi Recognized as a Model of Active Living
October 19, 2007 Novi Economic Development Corporation and Lawrence Tech team up to provide presentation on Green Building
October 15, 2007 Novi Police Department offers important Halloween Safety Tips
October 7, 2007 Cities, Counties Recognized for Performance Measurement
October 3, 2007 A true classic comes alive onstage at the Novi Theatres
September 19, 2007 Novi Police Lieutenant honored with Investigative Excellence Award
August 30, 2007 Suspect arraigned in Family Service Credit Union robbery
August 27, 2007 Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults available to all Novi seniors online
August 24, 2007 Novi Police Search for Bank Robbery Suspect
August 22, 2007 Memories abound as Novi Theatres presents Hit Parade
August 21, 2007 Majority of Novi Ice Arena operations resume
August 15, 2007 Novi Ice Arena restoration efforts begin most operations to resume Tuesday, August 21
August 9, 2007 Fire suspends Novi Ice Arena operations
August 7, 2007 Twice the talent in Novi Theatres’ The Emperor’s New Clothes
August 3, 2007 Novi citizen and Police Officers save victim suffering from severe cardiac emergency
August 1, 2007 Novi hosts North American Unicycling Championship Series
More than 80 cyclists enjoyed riding the trails at Lakeshore Park
July 30, 2007 Community members invited to participate in Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy Registration begins August 1, 2007
July 30, 2007 Area Serial Home Invasion Suspects Arrested
July 27, 2007 Start Smart Program Class Prepares Young Athletes for Future Endeavors
July 26, 2007 Broadway comes alive at the Novi Theatres
July 18, 2007 Community Development Department introduces 24-hour Inspection Hotline
July 17, 2007 Older Adult Survey to be sent to 1,200 Novi residents
July 3, 2007 Young actors shine in Kids on Broadway at The Novi Theatres
June 5, 2007 Novi Police Department welcomes new K-9 to team
June 5, 2007 Novi Police Department to host Youth Police Academy: 2nd Annual Session scheduled for July 16-20
May 31, 2007 City of Novi adds agenda background materials to website
May 22, 2007 Community Development Department recognizing many early successes with implementation of PRIDE (Process to Improve the Development Experience)
May 21, 2007 Bulgarian Interns Studying in Novi
May 16, 2007 Novi announces first Business Assistance Tour to aid local companies on a variety of topics
May 15, 2007 Novi Fire Department rolls out new, 2007 Pierce Fire Pumper
May 14, 2007 Drowning Victim found in Village Oaks Lake identified as 23-year-old Isaac L. Reid
May 13, 2007 Drowning Victim found in Village Oaks Lake
May 9, 2007 Suspect Arrested in School Threat
May 9, 2007 Novi Police focus on Safety Belt Enforcement this month
May 2, 2007 City of Novi Fire Department Responds to Unit Fire in Central Park Estates; No Injuries Reported
April 18, 2007 Two Suspects Arrested in Recent Home Invasions
April 18, 2007 Japanese to be the New Language for Horse Enthusiasts Courtesy of the City of Novi and Wildwind Equestrian Center
April 18, 2007 Taubman Announces First 22 Stores in Twelve Oaks Mall Expansion
April 18, 2007 Novi Police Department and Novi Youth Council kick off PROJECT STICKER SHOCK
Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 4:00pm, Novi Police Department
April 12, 2007 Power Park Improvements Hit a Home Run With Players
$342,000 of Improvements Completed During Phase One of Enhancements
April 11, 2007 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Delight the Entire Family as the Novi Theatres Begins Two-Week Run on May 11
April 11, 2007 City of Novi receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for a Sixth Straight Year
April 10, 2007 Novi Police Department recognizes 2006 Employees of the Year:  Officer Paul Stuligross named Novi Police Officer of the Year and Records Clerk Cyndee Hayes named Civilian Employee of the Year
April 4, 2007 Novi Graduates Second Class of Community Emergency Response Team Volunteers on March 31st
March 25, 2007 March 25th to 31st Marks Severe Weather Awareness Week – Are You Prepared?
March 21, 2007 City of Novi Receives Tree City USA Growth Award
March 20, 2007 Ara Topouzian appointed as Novi’s Economic Development Manager
March 15, 2007 Stephen Rumple, AICP, PCP, PWS appointed as Novi’s Community Development Director
March 12, 2007 City of Novi adds RSS feeds to website offerings at www.cityofnovi.org
March 6, 2007 City of Novi seeking youth to serve on Youth Council and Boards and Commissions
February 26, 2007 Novi Fire Department receives Department of Homeland Security Grant
More than $75,000 will fund purchase of laptop computers for fire vehicles
February 20, 2007 Community members invited to participate in Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy (Next session begins March 1, 2007)
February 5, 2007 City of Novi renews contract with Community Emergency Medical Service
February 5, 2007 Novi Police Department honored for second consecutive Year with Award of Excellence in Traffic Safety
February 5, 2007 City of Novi joins Michigan Inter-governmental Trade Network
February 1, 2007 First Tenant Sign Lease at Whitehall Real Estate's Campus Park
January 29, 2007 City of Novi adds interactive mapping tool to website offerings
January 27, 2007 Novi Police Officers save cardiac arrest victim
January 19, 2007 Suspect arrested in 1997 Tamara Pittao Murder Investigation
January 12, 2007 Recently Installed Smoke Detectors Alert Novi Family of House Fire
January 5, 2007 Survey Finds Novi Residents Very Satisfied with Community and Municipal Services

 

Top of PageAchieve Your New Year’s Resolutions with Novi Parks

CONTACT: Tracie Ringle, (248) 735-5613
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Novi, MI, Dec. 28, 2007-As 2007 comes to a close, the tradition of setting a New Year’s Resolution is upon us. Millions of New Year’s Resolutions are made each year and some of the most common ones are to lose weight and get in better shape and enjoy more quality time with family and friends. The Novi Parks Department achieves its mission of Enriching Lives and Strengthening Community, in part, by offering a wide variety of programs that promote healthy and active lifestyles and connecting with loved ones.

The Department boasts programs and leagues for children as young as the age of three, including the popular Start Smart Sports Development Program and Little Cats’ basketball and karate. A partnership with Jump-a-Rama has enhanced youth offerings to including an Interactive Play Group for toddlers, Mess Makers, Movers and Shakers and Storybook Cooks.

The Novi Senior Center identifies Yoga, Stretch and Strength and Body Recall as some of their most popular fitness classes. All of which promote a healthy, active lifestyle as well as socialization. New non-traditional adult exercise programs including Chair Yoga and Aqua Exercise join our on-going programs of line dance, clogging and Jazzercise. Additionally, the Novi Ice Arena makes it easy to combine physical activity with quality family time by hosting open skate times daily from Noon to 1pm Monday-Friday and 3 to 4:50pm on Saturdays and Sundays. You can relax and re-connect by taking in a show by The Novi Theatres, The Novi Choralaires and Novi Concert Band, all of which offer programs enjoyed by people of all ages.

Registration for the above mentioned programs and many more is underway now. Log on to cityofnovi.org to learn more about our programs and register online. Program registrations received online enjoy a $5 discount.

 

Top of PageWhat’s in Your Card? A Potpourri of Music to continue the Holiday Spirit

CONTACT: Debbie Lannen (248) 735-5615
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVI, Michigan, Dec. 28 2007 – Due to inclement weather on the original scheduled date earlier this month, the Novi Concert Band will continue the spirit of the season with a Holiday Concert on Sunday, January 6, 2008. Each selection at this special concert is sure to please audiences of all ages.

This special seasonal concert begins at 7:00pm at the Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. Ten Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission.

Under the direction of Scott Cramer, the Novi Concert Band is a symphonic wind ensemble drawing its members from Novi and surrounding communities. Their music selections range from standard band literature (Sousa and Karl King marches) to movie arrangements, big band jazz and seasonal favorites. Its members include professional musicians, music teachers, and advanced students from high school through those 80 years of age and older.

The Novi Concert Band welcomes sponsorships and donations to help support their effort to bring quality music to the community. For additional information, call the Novi Parks, Recreation and Forestry office at (248) 347-0400.

 

Top of PageNovi Police Department Promotes 16-Year Veteran to Leadership Position

For more information, contact: David Molloy, Chief of Police, 248-347-0504
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sergeant Jerrod Hart
Sergeant Jerrod Hart
Novi Police Department

NOVI, Mich., December 21, 2007 – This afternoon, Detective Jerrod Hart will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the Novi Police Department. A sixteen-year veteran of the force, Sergeant Hart previously served as a detective in the General Services Division. Prior to this role, he served as the first School Resource Officer in Novi High School, helping to create a long standing partnership between the Novi Police Department and Novi Community Schools.

Sergeant Hart began his career with the Novi Police Department in 1991 after graduating from Ferris State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently working towards a Master’s of Arts degree in Police Administration, also through Ferris State University. Sergeant Hart began his career in Novi as a Police Officer in the Uniform Division and has held numerous assignments, including serving as a Field Training Officer and Range Instructor. He currently serves on the West Oakland Major Crime Task Force. Sergeant Hart has received numerous Department Meritorious Service awards, as well as the MADD Lifesaver Award in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

"I am very proud to promote Sergeant Hart to a key leadership position within our organization," said Novi Chief of Police David E. Molloy. "We are very fortunate to have him as a member of our team and a part of our community. He continually demonstrates a strong commitment to teamwork and is dedicated to the mission, vision, and values of the Novi Police Department. I look forward to working with him in his new assignment."

 

Top of PageFatal Vehicle Accident on Eight Mile Road

For more information, contact: David Molloy, Chief of Police, (248) 347-0504
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVI, Mich., December 14, 2007 – At 12:08 p.m., the Novi Police Department received a 9-1-1 call regarding a three vehicle crash on Eight Mile Road, west of Meadowbrook Road. A motorist had exited East Glen Haven Road and was struck by another vehicle traveling west bound on Eight Mile Road. A third vehicle received minor damage as a result of this accident.

The driver of the first vehicle, a 77-year old Novi woman, was exiting East Glen Haven Road in an apparent attempt to drive east bound on Eight Mile Road, when her car was struck by another vehicle. She was transported by Community Emergency Medical Service (CEMS) to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Despite efforts of medical personnel, the driver succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1:19 pm.

The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of the victim’s immediate family. The accident remains under investigation by fatal accident investigators from the Novi Police Department.

 

Top of PageMichigan Natural Resources Trust Fund awards Novi $281,300 Grant

CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trail in forestNOVI, Michigan, December 7, 2007 –The Novi Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department earned an early gift for the Novi Community from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Board of Trustees when they were given a $281,300 Land Acquisition Grant. The grant is earmarked for the acquisition of 16.2 acres of property that is adjacent to existing park property located between Nine Mile and Napier Roads. With an matching donation of value by the property owner, there is no City money used in the transaction.

"We are pleased that the State of Michigan MNRTF Board of Trustees awarded our community with this Land Acquisition Grant for the procurement of this property," commented Novi Parks Director Randy Auler. "It will allow us to help protect some vital wildlife species as well as enhance our excellent public recreation areas. This will eventually be a part of a 269-acre recreation area that will include the 1.5 mile Singh trail. This heavily-wooded area will become a part of a core natural area in Novi."

A delegation from the City of Novi met with the MNRTF Board of Trustees at their Board meeting on December 4th to show their support for the Land Acquisition Grant. The MNRTF was recommended to 65 other recreation projects within the state worth over $34 million, including 31 projects for the Land Acquisition Grant. The board considered 153 total applications for grants, all of which were evaluated on scoring criteria established by the MNRTF board. The grant must be approved by the State Legislature before finalizing in the coming months.

The trust fund was established in 1976 to provide a source of funding for public acquisition of lands for resource protection and public outdoor rights. The funding is obtained through royalties on the sale and lease of state-owned mineral rights.

 

Top of PageITC Holdings Corporation Receives Spirit of Giving Award

CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mayor David B. Landry presents the Spirit of Giving award to ITCNovi, MI, December 4, 2007 - The City of Novi presented ITC Holdings Corporation with the 2007
"Spirit of Giving Award" in recognition for their community activism, support of, and contributions to the City of Novi. City of Novi Mayor David B. Landry presented the honor to ITC at the annual Ringing in the Holidays event on Friday, November 30, 2007.

The largest independent electricity transmission company in the country, ITC has been a very generous partner to the City of Novi, recently headlined by a $500,000 donation to the Novi Parks Foundation to support development of parks, facilities and recreation programs in the city. ITC also has played a long and active role in support of many community initiatives and events such as Fall for Novi and Ringing in the Holidays.

The $500,000 will be distributed over the course of five years. The $100,000 annual pledge will provide the Novi Parks Foundation with the means to pursue its long-term strategic recreation vision in Novi – a vision that includes potential development of a transmission corridor trail system, sprayground, new playgrounds, lighting, a dog park and installation of sports turf at existing recreational facilities. In recognition of ITC’s gift, the Novi Parks Foundation will designate the park at Eight Mile and Napier Roads as ITC Community Sports Park.

"Novi is fortunate to have community partners such as ITC that continue to generously donate and exceed expectations when comes to giving back to the residents of our city," notes Mayor Landry. "We are honored and very thankful to have dedicated friends at ITC."

ITC joins past recipients Novi Lions Club President Tom Marcus, former City of Novi Mayor Richard Clark, Rock Financial Showplace President Blair Bowman, Emagine Entertainment, and the Executive Board of the Michigan Fifties Festival as Spirit of Giving honorees.

 

Top of PageWhat’s in Your Card? A Potpourri of Music for the Holiday Season

CONTACT: Debbie Lannen (248) 735-5615
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

***NOTE!

Due to inclement weather, the Novi Concert Band Christmas concert has been rescheduled to January 6, 2008 at 7:00pm at the Civic Center

NOVI, Michigan, Dec. 3 2007 – The Novi Concert Band presents a Christmas card for everyone with a Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 16th***. Each selection at this special concert is sure to please audiences of all ages. Holiday favorites include Victor Herbert’s March of the Toys, White Christmas, O Holy Night, music from The Polar Express, and a new band classic, A Most Wonderful Christmas. Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday features trumpeters Jay Young II, Erik Nieman and Matt Frick. Bring your best voice to the concert and join in the Christmas Sing-A-Long. The concert will conclude with the performance of the much-loved classic - Sleigh Ride.

Make plans to add this event to your holiday season. This special seasonal concert begins at 3 pm at the Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. Ten Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission.

Under the direction of Scott Cramer, the Novi Concert Band is a symphonic wind ensemble drawing its members from Novi and surrounding communities. Their music selections range from standard band literature (Sousa and Karl King marches) to movie arrangements, big band jazz and seasonal favorites. Its members include professional musicians, music teachers, and advanced students from high school through those 80 years of age and older.

The Novi Concert Band welcomes sponsorships and donations to help to support their effort to bring quality music to the community. For additional information, call the Novi Parks, Recreation and Forestry office at (248) 347-0400.

 

Top of PageSurvey of Older Adults finds Novi residents Very Satisfied with the community in first survey; Novi one of five communities selected to participate

For more information: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SeniorsNOVI, Michigan, November 29, 2007 – With more than one-half of Baby Boomers age 50 and older, the flow of older adults is beginning to fill the demographic pipeline. One-third of all Americans will reach age 50 by 2010.

One of the strategic priorities of the City of Novi Parks Department’s new Strategic Plan is enhanced recreation programming based on outcome benefits, with one key area of focus being senior services. A priority within the senior services area is to expand programs for the “new senior.” To prepare better for this aging population, the City of Novi contracted with the National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) to conduct an assessment of the strengths and needs of its older residents. Novi is one of the first five communities in the country selected to participate. The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA™) was developed to provide a statistically valid survey of the strengths and needs of older adults. The study findings will be used to plan for older adult services, programs and facilities.

The objectives of the CASOA are to:

The assessment focused on a series of resident needs and community supports that foster successful aging. More than 40 common issues affecting older adult well-being were assessed. These 40 issues fell into the categories of health and wellness; community design and land use; participation in productive activities and community resources for information and planning. Older adults’ opinions about current community amenities and opportunities also were measured in the survey.

The survey was mailed in July to a random sample of 1,200 residents, age 55 and older. A total of 564 completed surveys were received. The City of Novi will use the survey for developing future programs and plans and identifying partners to meet the diverse needs of older adults.

According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, there were approximately 4,564 older adults (age 65 or older) living in Novi in 2005. In 2010, the older adult population in Novi is projected to be 5,694 and expected to reach more than 7,300 by 2015. Novi has also been identified among the top ten “Boomer” cities in Michigan by the Michigan Metropolitan Information Center and the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University, with an anticipated 18 percent of the population being over the age of 65 by 2030.

Overall, Novi was rated positively by its older residents. Most rated the city as a “good” place to live. Summary ratings for Novi demonstrated that older resident felt the areas of community land use and design and health and wellness opportunities were, on average, provided best.

Highlights of the survey include the following (click on the link below to view the entire survey):

Other communities selected to participate in the survey by NRC are Dallas, Texas; Walnut Grove, California; New Delhi Township, Michigan; and Arvada, Colorado.

For more information on the survey or senior services in Novi, contact Rachel Zagaroli, Senior Services Manager, at (248) 347-0403.

 

Top of PageA Holiday tradition with a musical flair!

CONTACT: Debbie Lannen, (248) 735-5615
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cast from Wonderful Life
Novi Theatres presents "It's a Wonderful Life"
Pictured Counter clockwise around the tree:
Scott Behrens (Novi), Joshua Stotler (Novi),
Abby O'Leary (Novi), Christopher McClellan (Pontiac), and Susan Paree (Northville)
Performance Schedule:
Friday, December 7
Saturday, December 8
Sunday, December 9
Friday, December 14
Saturday, December 15
7:30pm
2pm & 7:30pm
2pm
7:30pm
2pm & 7:30pm

NOVI, Michigan, November 26, 2007 Who can forget Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, the everyman who seems to believe that life would have been better if he had never been born? Or, Clarence, an angel trying to earn his wings? Add an orchestra and original score and you have the Novi Theatres holiday production of Its a Wonderful Life the Musical written by Keith Ferguson and Bruce Greer. (Show times and ticket information in box.)

Actors from Novi, Plymouth, Northville, Farmington Hills, Walled Lake, Wixom, Redford, Commerce, Pontiac, South Lyon, and Westland have come together to join talents to recreate this family classic. During any holiday season you can find productions of Its a Wonderful Life throughout the metropolitan area, but the musical version presented by the Novi Theatres brings new life to this timeless story. The Novi Theatres staff is committed to bringing unique theatrical opportunities to its performers and audiences and is excited to introduce a pit orchestra. Music Director, Rebecca Biber has assembled musicians from

The Detroit Symphony Civic Ensembles, Novi Concert Band, Music Messengers, and University of Michigan to be a part of the orchestra. According to Director Barbara Bloom, The combination of this caliber of vocalists and the musicians together will produce a musical experience that is sure to get audiences into the holiday spirit.

The Novi Theatres has enriched the Novi community for more than 16 years. Pursuant to the City of Novi's vision of enriching lives…strengthening community and through the leadership of performing arts coordinator Debbie Lannen, The Novi Theatres is committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for Novi and the surrounding communities.

 

Top of PageNovi Choralaires kick off the Holiday Season
Performances scheduled for November 30, December 1, and December 2

CONTACT: Debbie Lannen, (248) 735-5615
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Novi ChoralairesNOVI, Michigan, November 14, 2007 –The Novi Choralaires are ready to kick off the holiday season with their popular Christmas concert series. Titled Spirit of the Season, this year’s concert will feature holiday favorites both old and new, along with special guests, the TALACODA Handbell Quartet. Under the direction of Janet Wassilak and accompanied by Trenda DeGraw, the Choralaires are a chorus of men and women from Novi and the surrounding areas. The Choralaires’ holiday concert series is a tradition for many families.

According to Johanna Bermann, a Choralaires’ board member, "The love of music and of sharing that music with others is what we are all about, and I think it is a reason why these concerts are so well received. We see so many familiar faces at the concerts each year and they tell us how it starts their holidays off on the perfect note – pun intended! This will be a great show that all ages can enjoy. People will hear some familiar favorites, as well as some new ones that will perhaps become favorites."

Tickets for the concerts (see dates and times in box) are $12 each and may be purchased at the Novi Parks Office at the Civic Center located at 45175 W. Ten Mile Road, between Novi and Taft Roads, or the Novi Senior Center located at 25075 Meadowbrook Road, between Ten Mile Road and Grand River Avenue.

Founded in 1977, the Novi Choralaires have been entertaining the Novi community for 30 years. Pursuant to the City of Novi’s vision of "enriching lives…strengthening community", The Novi Choralaires is committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for residents of Novi and the surrounding communities.

 

Top of PageCity of Novi Rings in the Holiday Season with Family-Favorite Event

CONTACT: Tracie Ringle, (248) 735-5613
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Novi, MI, November 13, 2007 - The City of Novi Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is delighted to partner with Providence Park Hospital to present the annual Ringing in the Holidays event. The family-favorite holiday evening will be held on Friday, November 30 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Main Street and is a free community event.  

This year’s highlights include a live performance by up-and-coming country music star Sarah Lenore, a Jingle Bell Jog fun run for kids 5-10 years old, hockey skill challenge games provided by the Novi Ice Arena and marshmallow roasting.  Annual favorites, including Santa photos, food sampling, local entertainment and the popular Electric Light Parade, will round out the evening.  The Electric Light Parade will begin at 7:00pm and is sure to dazzle with dozens of entries featuring no fewer than 1000 lights. 

The Jingle Bell Jog will begin at 6:15pm.  Distances vary by age and include a 100 yard dash and a ¼ mile and ½ mile race.  Participants can pre-register via the Pick & Click for $10 or at the event for $15.  Festive t-shirts are guaranteed for those who pre-register.

Applications for entry into the Electric Light Parade are still being accepted.  Please contact the Novi Parks office at 248-347-0400.

Additional sponsors adding to the success of the Ringing in the Holidays event include ITC, Varsity Lincoln Mercury, Singh Main Street Village and Mainstreet Partnership LLC. 

For more information about Ringing in the Holidays, contact Novi Parks & Recreation Supervisor Derek Smith at 248-347-0474 or via email.

 

Top of PageITC donates $500,000 to Novi Parks Foundation
Money will go toward enhancing Novi’s parks system

NOVI, Mich., November 12, 2007 – In the spirit of honoring community strength and service on Veteran’s Day, ITC Holdings Corp. announced today that it is making a $500,000 donation to the Novi Parks Foundation to support development of parks, facilities and recreation programs in the city.

Randy Auler, Mayor Landry, David Staudt and Linda Blair with large check
(left to right):
Randy Auler, director of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for the City of Novi; Novi Mayor David B. Landry; David Staudt, outgoing president of the Novi Parks Foundation and recently elected Novi councilman; Linda H. Blair, president of the Novi Parks Foundation and executive vice president and chief business officer of ITC Holdings Corp.

The five-year, $100,000 annual pledge will provide the non-profit Novi Parks Foundation with means to pursue its long-term strategic recreation vision in Novi – a vision that includes potential development of a transmission corridor trail system, sprayground, new playgrounds, lighting, a dog park and installation of sports turf at existing recreational facilities. In recognition of ITC’s gift, the Novi Parks Foundation will designate the park at Eight Mile and Napier Roads as ITC Community Sports Park.

"ITC is gratified to provide this financial support to the Novi Parks Foundation and the residents of Novi," said Joseph L. Welch, president and CEO of ITC. "Our corporate objective – to invest in the communities we serve – is particularly important in our headquarters city of Novi. We believe that excellent park facilities in Novi are essential to a vibrant community. And ITC’s interest in offering its transmission corridors for trail development dovetails nicely with the objectives of the Novi Parks Foundation."

"Novi is fortunate to have community partners such as ITC that continue to generously donate and exceed expectations when comes to giving back to the residents of our city," notes Novi Mayor David B. Landry. "We are honored and very thankful to have dedicated friends at ITC."

ITC presented a symbolic check to the Parks Foundation during its November 9th black tie gala dinner at the Rock Financial Showplace. The annual dinner is one of the biggest fundraisers the Novi Parks Foundation sponsors; this year, the event raised funds for parks, facilities and recreation programs in Novi and recognized key volunteers and donors.

"We were delighted by the response we received to the Gala dinner and by the money we were able to raise for the Novi Parks Foundation," said Linda H. Blair, executive vice president and chief business officer for ITC and 2008 Novi Parks Foundation president. "The City of Novi and the Novi Parks Foundation are fortunate to have such strong strategic and financial support from businesses and residents alike."

ITC will partner with the Novi Parks Foundation to determine how new park features at ITC Community Sports Park will be developed over the next five years.

About ITC Holdings Corp.

ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) invests in the electricity transmission grid to improve electric reliability, improve access to markets, and lower the overall cost of delivered energy. ITC is the largest independent electricity transmission company in the country. Through its subsidiaries, ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company (METC), ITC operates contiguous, regulated, high-voltage transmission systems in Michigan's Lower Peninsula serving a combined peak load in excess of 22,000 megawatts. ITC is also focused on new areas where significant transmission system improvements are needed through subsidiaries ITC Midwest, ITC Grid Development, ITC Great Plains and ITC Panhandle Transmission. For more information, please visit: http://www.itc-holdings.com. (itc-ITC)

About Novi Parks

Novi parks range from quaint neighborhood green spaces with baseball diamonds and soccer fields to the premier Lakeshore Park that offers a children’s concert series, camps, and 10 miles of wooded trails for walking, biking, running, or skiing. A five-year Community Recreation Plan called for establishing the Novi Parks Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, to support facilities and programs. The community intends to maximize land for parks and natural areas to provide active recreation opportunities for future generations. 

ITC contact: Lisa Aragon, 248-835-9300,
Novi Parks Foundation contact: Linda Blair, 248-444-2403
Novi contact: Sheryl Walsh, 248-735-5628

 

Top of PageCity of Novi receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the GFOA for eleventh consecutive year

For more information, contact: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 735-5628
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GFOA LogoNOVI, Mich., November 8, 2007 – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce the City of Novi, Michigan has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2007-2008 budget. The City of Novi has been honored with this distinction consecutively since 1997.

The award represents a significant achievement by the City of Novi. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the City of Novi had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:

  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operations guide
  • A communications device
  • Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories to receive the award.

    When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to a municipality, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award. This has been presented to City of Novi’s Finance Department.

    For budgets including fiscal periods 2005, 1,069 municipalities received the honor. Only 19 municipalities in Michigan received the Award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

    The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving 16,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

     

    Top of PageSuspect arraigned in arson fire earlier this week

    Contact: David E. Molloy, Chief of Police, (248) 348-7100
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Michigan, November 2, 2007 – At approximately 4:10am on October 30, 2007, the Novi Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a structure fire at 40875 Grand River Avenue, between Meadowbrook and Haggerty Roads. The building, constructed in 1867, was originally a private residence that had been converted to the Whitehall Nursing Home and has been vacant for more than 10 years. The 19th century building was scheduled for demolition.

    Investigators from the Novi Police and Fire Departments found the origin of the fire to be suspicious and began questioning the owner and associates of A and R Demolition, the organization contracted to demolish the building.

    Investigation findings led to the arrest of Ted Gordon Patrick II, a 36-year old, Farmington Hills male, and owner and operator of A and R Demolition. It is believed that Patrick underbid the demolition contract which led to him starting the fire to alleviate a financial hardship.

    Patrick was arraigned at the 52-1 District Court in front of Magistrate Andra Dudley on charges of arson of real property. This is a felony offense which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Bond was set at $50,000 cash surety and Gordon is currently lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

    If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Erick Zinser, Novi Police Department, at (248) 348-7100.

     

    Top of PagePhoto ID Required on Election Day, November 6

    CONTACT: Maryanne Cornelius, City Clerk, (248) 347-0456
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, November 2, 2007 – Due to a recent ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court, photo identification must be presented by every voter wishing to cast a ballot in any election. If you are planning to vote on November 6, you must bring a photo ID with you. If you do not have a photo ID, you will be required to complete and sign an affidavit before you can receive a ballot.

    Acceptable forms of identification, which must be current, include the following:

  • Michigan driver’s license or Michigan personal ID card
  • Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state
  • U.S. passport
  • Military identification card with photo
  • Student ID with photo (from high school/accredited institution of higher learning)
  • Tribal ID card with photo
  • Affidavits will be available at polling places for those without acceptable identification.

    Polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 6. For more information, call the Novi City Clerk’s Office at (248) 347-0456

     

    Top of Page140 year-old Building Succumbs to Structure Fire

    CONTACT: Frank Smith, Fire Chief, (248) 349-2162
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Mich., October 30, 2007 – At approximately 4:10am, the Novi Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a structure fire at 40875 Grand River Avenue, between Meadowbrook and Haggerty Roads. Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene in less than six minutes to a building engulfed in flames. The building, constructed in 1867, was originally a private residence that had been converted to a nursing home and has been vacant for more than 10 years.

    At approximately 5:17am, the Novi Fire Department advised the fire was under control. The structure was completely destroyed by the fire. No injuries are reported and, at this time, the cause of the fire is unknown.

    The fire is currently under investigation by the Novi Police and Fire Departments and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. If anyone has any additional information, please contact the Novi Police Department at 248-348-7100.

     

    Top of PageNovi Concert Band – A Fall Pops Concert - Sunday, November 4 at 2:00pm

    CONTACT: Debbie Lannen, (248) 735-5615
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Michigan, October 26, 2007 – The colors are changing, the wind is brisk, and the Novi Concert Band is ready to welcome this change of season with its Fall Pops Concert. Audiences will enjoy selections from Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest, Phantom of Dark Hollow, and Forest of the King. Selections from West Side Story will also be featured.

    Make plans to be at the Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. Ten Mile Road (between Novi and Taft Roads) on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00pm to enjoy this wonderful afternoon of music. Admission is free and refreshments will be served at intermission.

    Under the direction of Scott Cramer, the Novi Concert Band is a symphonic wind ensemble drawing its members from Novi and surrounding communities. Their music selections range from standard band literature (Sousa and Karl King marches) to movie arrangements, big band jazz and seasonal favorites. Its members include professional musicians, music teachers, and advanced students from high school through those 80 years of age and older.

    The Novi concert band welcomes sponsorships and donations to help to support their effort to bring quality music to the community. For additional information, call 248-347-0400 or visit www.noviconcertband.org.

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi Recognized as a Model of Active Living

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, October 25, 2007 — The City of Novi is working to ensure Michigan is a healthy place to live, work, and play! On October 19, the City of Novi was honored by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness with a Gold Level award to recognize the community’s efforts to create and maintain an environment in which it is safe, convenient and fun for residents to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. Recent adoption of a Greenways/Pathways study, enhancements to the site plan review process, FIT Novi series, and Walk for Better Health initiative added to the success of a Gold achievement this year.

    The City of Novi is part of a growing movement throughout Michigan to create more active, livable, and economically viable communities; Novi has joined a network of more than 85 Michigan communities in 43 counties who have participated in the Promoting Active Communities Program and earned an award for their efforts to create active and healthy communities since the program’s debut in 2000. This year, the City of Novi is among 22 communities who were recognized for using innovative approaches to become models of active living, and the only community achieving a Gold award. No community has received a platinum honor. There are five possible levels of recognition:

  • Copper: Communities have made a commitment to becoming a healthier place to live and have begun to take steps toward removing barriers to physical activity.
  • Bronze: Communities have taken important steps toward making it easy for people to be active.
  • Silver: Communities have achieved significant progress toward making it easy for people to be active.
  • Gold: Communities can document outstanding achievements in making it easy for people to be active.
  • Platinum: Communities are models of commitment to healthy, active living.
  • Risa Wilkerson and Steve Rumple holding gold award.
    Risa Wilkerson, Vice President of Active Communities, Governor's Council on Physical Fitness/Michigan Fitness Foundation, with City of Novi Community Development Director Steve Rumple following the presentation of the Gold award.

    To be eligible for the award, a team of community members use the Promoting Active Communities online self-assessment tool to evaluate their community’s environments, policies, and programs related to promoting and supporting physical activity. Any city, township, charter township or village in the state of Michigan can complete the assessment and be eligible for an award.

    The unique assessment tool was created in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Michigan State University, and the Prevention Research Center of Michigan so that communities can better understand their status as an active community and more efficiently remove barriers to active living, thereby increasing physical activity opportunities for residents. Assessment questions address such issues as community planning, recreation and bicycle facilities, strategies schools and worksites use to encourage physical activity, public transportation, and downtown design. The City of Novi completed the Promoting Active Communities assessment in partnership with the Novi Community Schools and St. John Providence Park.

    The City of Novi’s Community Development Director Steve Rumple accepted the award on the City’s behalf at an awards ceremony during the Michigan Association of Planning’s Annual Conference in Traverse City.

     

    Top of PageNovi Economic Development Corporation and Lawrence Tech team up to provide presentation on Green Building - Thursday, November 8 at 8:00am, Novi Civic Center

    CONTACT: Ara Topouzian, (248) 347-0583
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October 19, 2007, Novi, Michigan – On Thursday, November 8, the City of Novi Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Lawrence Technological University will partner to host “Green Building 101,” a presentation about developing and constructing eco-friendly buildings. The presentation will be held in the Novi Civic Center Council Chambers, 45175 W. 10 Mile (between Novi and Taft Roads), from 8:00am to 10:00am. The event is offered free of charge and registration is not required.

    Featured presenter and Lawrence Tech Professor Joseph Veryser will give insight to contractors, realtors, developers and businesses on how going green lessens the impact that commercial buildings have on human health and the environment. Professor Veryser serves LTU as the University Architect responsible for the coordination of the Campus Master Plan. He is certified as a Leader in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEEP AP) and is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in Michigan.

    “Lawrence Tech has been and continues to be a major player in LEED certification and promoting Green technology. This session is open to all forms of business and you will walk away with a better understanding on what it means to go green,” commented Ara Topouzian, City of Novi Economic Development Manager. ”As Novi grows, it is important to educate and bring awareness how building ‘Green’ will become a major influence in sustainability of development.”

    Green Building 101 corresponds with the unanimous, recent approval by the Novi City Council of a resolution encouraging green building practices through voluntary participation and private developments by making the LEED Standards Novi’s official green building criteria. LEED Standards are the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

    The City of Novi Economic Development Corporation consists of nine members appointed by the City Council. They serve as a resource for business development within the City through the review of Industrial Revenue Bonds and for other economic development initiatives.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police Department offers important Halloween Safety Tips

    CONTACT: David Molloy, (248) 347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Pumpkin and Trick or Treat bag in leavesOctober 15, 2007, Novi, Michigan – On October 31, thousands of witches, goblins, super heroes, and princesses will take to Novi streets when cleverly costumed children go looking for treats. The recommended "trick or treat" hours in Novi are between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

    This is a favorite evening for many youngsters who will be running out of sheer excitement and the Novi Police Department wants to remind community members that the biggest dangers kids face on this evening are injuries from tripping and falling and pedestrian/car accidents.

    "The men and women of the Novi Police Department always strive to partner with our residents to provide the children of Novi with the safest possible environment to celebrate the time honored tradition of trick-or-treating" notes Novi Police Chief David Molloy. "Unfortunately, children engaged in "trick or treat" activities frequently cross streets at mid-block rather than at corners or crosswalks, putting them at risk for pedestrian injury. Children are likely to choose the shortest rather than the safest route across streets, often darting out between parked cars. Also, many parents overestimate children's street-crossing skills."

    To ensure a safe Halloween, the Novi Police Department recommends the following safety rules.

    Children should:

  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
  • Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
  • Know their phone number in case an emergency telephone call is necessary.
  • Have their names and addresses attached to their costumes.
  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
  • Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp.
  • When walking in neighborhoods Children should:

  • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (where they exist), and do not cross between parked cars.
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
  • Consider using face paint instead of masks. (Masks can obstruct a child's vision.)
  • Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.
  • Avoid wearing long, baggy or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
  • Parents and adults should:

  • Supervise the outing for children under age 12.
  • Establish a curfew (a return time) for older children.
  • Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing jack-o-lanterns away from doorways and landings.
  • Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
  • Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it.
  • Parents and adults should ensure the safety of pedestrian trick-or-treaters:

  • Make sure children are supervised as they cross the street.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Watch for children in the street and on medians.
  • Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
  • Have children get out of cars on the curbside, not on the traffic side.
  • And a few tips about pumpkins:

  • Carve pumpkins on stable, flat surfaces with good lighting.
  • Have children draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin and have parents do the cutting.
  • Place lighted pumpkins away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave lighted pumpkins unattended.
  • Parents are encouraged to share these tips with their children to ensure a safe and enjoyable evening for the entire family.

     

    Top of PageCities, Counties Recognized for Performance Measurement

    Logo - ICMAContact: Kira Hasbargen, Management Associate, Ph: 202-962-3606, ICMA Center for Performance Measurement

    Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, October 7, 2007—More than three dozen communities were recognized for their focus on collecting and using performance data—both from service area metrics as well as citizen feedback—at the ICMA Annual Conference today. The ICMA Center for Performance Measurement (CPM) recognized 30 local governments for their use of performance information in the management of their local governments. These communities are among the more than 200 local governments participating in the Center, which was created by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization.

    The 2007 recipients are:

    Certificate of Distinction:

    • Austin, Texas
    • Bellevue, Washington
    • Coral Springs, Florida
    • Dallas, Texas
    • Eugene, Oregon
    • Fairfax County, Virginia
    • Gainesville, Florida
    • Henderson, Nevada
    • Long Beach, California
    • Miami-Dade County, Florida
    • Palm Coast, Florida
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Prince William County, Virginia
    • Reno, Nevada
    • San Jose, California
    • Santa Barbara, California
    • Sarasota County, Florida
    • Sterling Heights, Michigan
    • University Place, Washington
    • Vancouver, Washington
    • Washoe County, Nevada
    • Westminster, Colorado

    Certificate of Achievement:

    • Des Moines, Iowa
    • Fishers, Indiana
    • Las Cruces, New Mexico
    • North Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Orlando, Florida
    • Peoria, Arizona
    • Sammamish, Washington
    • Tacoma, Washington

    The criteria for the Certificates of Achievement and Distinction were determined by the Center’s steering committee and staff. Communities receiving the Certificate of Achievement report performance data to the public through budgets, newsletters, and/or information provided to elected officials. These communities also perform related staff training and data verification efforts to ensure the data’s reliability.

    Communities receiving the Certificate of Distinction have made even greater strides in incorporating performance measurement into the management of their jurisdictions. These communities demonstrate all the criteria stated for the Certificate of Achievement, as well as a commitment to using performance data in strategic planning and management decision making. With the results they have achieved, these communities, in turn, share their performance measurement knowledge with other local governments through presentations, site visits, and other networking.

    ICMA Executive Director Robert J. O’Neill has emphasized that the value added by professional management can be demonstrated not only in the better decision making by elected and appointed officials, but also in the promotion of accountability, transparency, and quality service delivery to the general public.

    ICMA and the National Research Center (NRC) also recognized 14 communities who participated in The National Citizen Survey™ for scoring superior results on the NCS. The following cities and counties received Voice of the People Excellence Awards, indicating that they achieved one of the top three citizen quality ratings in their given service area(s) for 2006 and that their results were in the top 10 percent of all results from over 500 jurisdictions’ survey results in the NRC database, and Voice of the People Transformation Awards recognizing significant improvement in their citizen satisfaction rates between 2006 and their most recent prior survey.

    Excellence Awards:

    • Bettendorf, Iowa
    • Fishers, Indiana
    • Novi, Michigan
    • Oldsmar, Florida
    • Palo Alto, California
    • Skokie, Illinois
    • Teton County, Wyoming

    Transformation Awards:

    • Blacksburg, Virginia
    • Dover, Delaware
    • Livermore, California
    • Lynnwood, Washington
    • McAllen, Texas
    • North Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Walton County, Florida

    Each jurisdiction was recognized on Sunday, October 7, during the CPM Stakeholders Meeting in conjunction with ICMA’s 93rd Annual Conference. CPM Director Mike Lawson presented CPM plaques to the award recipients and Tom Miller, president of NRC, presented the plaques for the Voice of the People Awards.

    About ICMA

    ICMA advances professional local government worldwide. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and advancing professional management of local government. ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, provides member support; publications, data, and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to more than 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect 185 million individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.

    About the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement

    The Center for Performance Measurement is a service of ICMA. Begun in 1994 at the initiative of a number of city managers and county administrators, the Center now has more than 200 local governments participating in its program. Communities report data for fifteen local government services (e.g., police, fire/EMS, highways and road maintenance, refuse removal and recycling, libraries, parks, code enforcement). Data are then used to identify management practices that contribute to high performance so that local governments can learn from each other in a process of continuous improvement. For a list of local governments participating in the Center, visit www.icma.org/performance.

    About the National Citizen Survey

    The National Citizen Survey™ is a turnkey service provided by ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization, and the National Research Center, Inc., an independent professional survey firm that “wrote the book” on citizen survey. The National Citizen Survey™ has been designed to complement the work of ICMA’s Center for Performance Measurement. Please visit www.icma.org/ncs.

     

    Top of PageA true classic comes alive onstage at the Novi Theatres

    CONTACT: Debbie Lannen, (248) 735-5615
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Cast from Tom Sawyer
    Brianna Blossfeld - Novi,
    Mike Petrillo - Commerce, and
    Connor McDonald - Novi
    Performance Schedule
    Friday, October 26
    Saturday, October 27
    Sunday, October 28
    Tuesday, October 30
    Wednesday, October 31
    Friday, November 2
    Saturday, November 3
    7:30pm
    2pm & 7:30pm
    2pm
    10am
    10am
    7:30pm
    7:30pm

    NOVI, Michigan, October 3, 2007 – The Novi Theatres continues the tradition of bringing classic theatre to the stage as it presents Mark Twain’s "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer". Two casts of young actors from Novi, Walled Lake, Wixom, Redford, Northville, Commerce and Farmington Hills have been busy perfecting their accents and preparing for the performances. Audiences will enjoy watching as Tom, Huck, Becky and friends visit the graveyard at midnight and fight Injun Joe in the cave. No "Tom Sawyer" production would be complete without paintin’ the fence and learnin’ at school, and the Novi Theatres does it musically in their production.

    Because the book is a classic studied in schools, the Novi Theatres has added two daytime performances to create great field trip opportunities for local schools. Students are sure to enjoy the production as it brings the classroom curriculum to life and the young actors will experience performing before 400 of their peers.

    Show tickets for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, including the student shows, are on sale at the Novi Civic Center Parks Office, 45175 W. 10 Mile (between Novi and Taft Roads). For information, call 248-347-0400.

    The Novi Theatres has enriched the Novi community for more than 16 years. Pursuant to the City of Novis vision of enriching lives…strengthening community and through the leadership of performing arts coordinator Debbie Lannen, The Novi Theatres is committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for Novi and the surrounding communities.

    Top of PageNovi Police Lieutenant honored with Investigative Excellence Award

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Lieutenant Victor Lauria
    Lieutenant Victor Lauria

    NOVI, Mich., September 19, 2007 – The Michigan Council of Private Investigators (MCPI) selected Novi Police Lieutenant Victor Lauria as the recipient of the Investigative Excellence Award. The MCPI annually recognizes a Michigan investigator who, through their personal and professional efforts, has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, ethical practice and integrity in their chosen career of law enforcement. Lieutenant Lauria is the fourth recipient of the Investigative Excellence Award.

    Lieutenant Lauria received the award on September 18th at the MCPI annual conference at the Novi Wyndham Garden Hotel. "This award is not a reflection on myself personally, but is the result of a dedicated team effort among the many members of the Novi Police Department," said Lauria.

    Lieutenant Lauria was nominated for the honor by City of Novi resident and business owner Wayne Bullen. Bullen, a local private investigator, partnered with Lieutenant Lauria on the successful apprehension and conviction of Kevin Mykolaitis for the 2003 murder of Cameron Sanders.

    "Throughout his career, Lieutenant Lauria has distinguished himself as a leader in countless fashions. His professionalism and exemplary conduct are the result of countless acts of dedicated service that simply go above and beyond what is normally required of an employee," commented Novi Police Chief David Molloy. "I am very proud to have Lieutenant Lauria as a member of our investigative and management team and am honored to call him a colleague."

    A graduate of Northern Michigan University, Lieutenant Lauria began his career with the Novi Police Department in January, 1988. He was recognized as the Novi Police Officer of the Year in 1991 and was promoted to the rank of Detective in 1995, to the rank of Sergeant in 2005, and to his current rank of Lieutenant in 2006. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

     

    Top of PageSuspect arraigned in Family Service Credit Union robbery

    For more information, contact: David E. Molloy, Chief of Police, (248) 348-7100
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Loyal Ray Tanner
    Loyal Ray Tanner

    NOVI, Mich., August 30, 2007– Earlier today, Loyal Ray Tanner, was arraigned at the 52-1 District Court in front of the Honorable Michael Batchik on charges of bank robbery which carries a penalty of any number of years up to life in prison. He is being held at the Oakland County Jail with a bond of $250,000 cash surety/10%. A Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 5, 2007 at 9:15am.

    On August 24, 2007, the Novi Police Department responded to a bank robbery at the Family Service Credit Union, located at 41690 Ten Mile Road. The suspect entered the bank, walked up to the teller, and handed the teller a note demanding money from the cash drawers. A weapon was not used or implied. The suspect then fled the bank and drove away in a dark colored sedan.

    On August 29, 2007, the Novi Police Department received information that Tanner, a 49-year-old, Caucasian male, was responsible for the robbery. Investigators from the Novi Police Department and the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium (SONIC) conducted follow-up on the information which led to the arrest of Tanner at his Detroit residence.

    Tanner confessed to investigators about his involvement in the robbery.

    "This case is a prime example of classic, investigative police work," notes David Molloy, Novi’s Police Chief. "Through relentless efforts and the dedicated teamwork of our officers, this suspect will be brought to justice."

     

    Top of PageCommunity Assessment Survey for Older Adults available to all Novi seniors online

    For more information: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Older Adult Survey

    The online survey (link no longer available) takes approximately 20 minutes to finish and only fully completed surveys will be tallied in the final report.

    Novi, Michigan, August 27, 2007– This summer, 1,200 older adult Novi households were asked to rate several community characteristics and City services through a survey conducted by the National Research Center (NRC).

    Although results of the statistically valid survey will be available in September, the City of Novi would additionally like to hear from all senior community members. The same survey sent to randomly selected households is now available online for community members 55 years of age and by clicking here (link no longer available).

    The survey serves as a strategic planning and evaluation tool that may be used to develop older adult service plans, determine how future resources will be allocated and evaluate current service provisions.

    The online survey takes approximately 20 minutes to finish and only fully completed surveys will be tallied in the final report.

    Residents who have questions about the survey can contact the Novi Senior Center at (248) 347-0414.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police Search for Bank Robbery Suspect

    For more information, contact: Victor Lauria, Lieutenant, (248) 348-7100
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Bank Robber image from security cameraNOVI, Mich., August 24, 2007– This afternoon at 12:33pm, the Novi Police Department received a hold-up alarm from the Family Service Credit Union, located at 41690 Ten Mile Road.

    The suspect entered the bank, walked up to the teller, and handed the teller a note demanding money from the cash drawers. A weapon was not used or implied. The suspect fled on foot to the parking lot and may have driven off in a black four-door sedan with tinted rear windows.

    The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, between 25 and 40 years of age, and approximately 5’7" tall. The suspect had a very thin build and was wearing a white, nylon jacket with orange accents, dark shorts, and flip – flop sandals. The suspect was wearing a dark baseball cap with unknown green lettering on it.

    Bank Robber image from security cameraThere have been additional bank robberies in Metro Detroit communities. It is unknown if this suspect is involved in those crimes. The Novi Police Department is coordinating investigative efforts with the FBI, as well as other area police departments.

    Bank surveillance footage of the suspect provided the attached photos.

    If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Kevin Gilmore or Detective Scott Baetens, Novi Police Department, at (248) 348-7100.

     

    Top of PageMemories abound as Novi Theatres presents Hit Parade
    Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14 (weekday luncheon at noon and matinee following)
    Sept. 9, 16 (2 pm Matinee – no luncheon)

    CONTACT: Debbie Lannen, (248) 735-5615
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Hit Parade CastNOVI, August 22, 2007 – The Novi Theatres opens its 2007 – 2008 season with a trip down memory lane. Hit Parade will have audiences swinging and swaying to the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland and, of course, Jackie Gleason and the June Taylor Dancers. The cast is made up of 53 young-at-heart seniors from Novi, Redford, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Milford, Northville, Troy, and Plymouth. Directed by Debbie Lannen and Music Directed by Mary Rashid, this show will hit the top of the charts with audiences of all ages.

    Tickets for Hit Parade are on sale now at the Novi Parks office, located in the Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile (between Novi and Taft Roads). For information, call 248.347.0400.

    This annual senior production gives local seniors an opportunity to develop lasting friendships, build stamina, and improve memory in a fun, light-hearted environment. Many of the seniors return year after year, not only to participate in the show, but as audience members.

    The Novi Theatres has enriched the Novi community for more than 16 years. Pursuant to the City of Novi’s vision of "enriching lives…strengthening community" and through the leadership of performing arts coordinator Debbie Lannen, The Novi Theatres is committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for Novi and the surrounding communities.

     

    Top of PageMajority of Novi Ice Arena operations resume

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi Ice ArenaNOVI, Michigan, August 21, 2007 – At 6:00am, skaters donned their skates and returned to the ice at the Novi Ice Arena following a fire less than two weeks ago. Since the fire, City staff, insurance adjustors, and representatives from Statewide Restoration have been working to restore the majority of ice arena operations.

    This morning, one ice surface, administrative offices, and a dance studio reopened. The ice arena’s pro shop is expected to reopen on Wednesday, August 22. Full operation of the arena is expected to resume on Monday, August 27, 2007 at 6:00am.

    Novi Ice ArenaOn August 8, 2007, an ice resurfacing machine was clearing the ice at the Novi Ice Arena, located at 42400 Arena Drive, when a hydraulic leak ignited. Players on break and the machine driver witnessed the fire and the arena was smoothly evacuated. A crowd of approximately 150 people, including players, coaches, parents and staff, were in the ice arena at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported. Assessed damages to the ice arena are more than $200,000 and covered by the City’s insurance policy.

    All inquiries regarding league play and practice times can be directed to the Novi Ice Arena at (248) 347-1010.

    The Novi Ice Arena opened in September 1998. This multi-surface facility offers two NHL-regulation sized ice sheets, seating capacities of 750 and 200, heated viewing areas, a pro shop, concessions, skate rental and meeting space. The facility is host to a variety of programs, including the Novi Youth Hockey Association, Skating Club of Novi, Novi High School and Northville High School hockey teams, and adult hockey leagues, as well as open skating and learn to skate programs. The City of Novi also operates a dance studio out of this facility.

     

    Top of PageNovi Ice Arena restoration efforts begin
    Most operations to resume Tuesday, August 21

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Michigan, August 15, 2007 – City staff and insurance adjustors have been working since last week’s fire to reopen a refreshed and clean Novi Ice Arena as safely and as soon as possible.

    On August 8, 2007, an ice resurfacing machine was clearing the ice at the Novi Ice Arena, located at 42400 Arena Drive, when a hydraulic leak ignited. Players on break and the machine driver witnessed the fire and the arena was smoothly evacuated. A crowd of approximately 150 people, including players, coaches, parents and staff, were in the ice arena at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

    Since August 8, City of Novi staff has worked with insurance adjustors and met with restoration organizations to best determine clean-up efforts. There was extensive smoke damage throughout the building. The City worked with adjustors to get a number of competitive proposals and has contracted with Statewide Restoration. Work is beginning to restore the facility. It is anticipated that most Novi Ice Arena operations (including one surface, dance studio and administrative offices) will resume on Tuesday, August 21, 2007. Full operation of the arena is expected to resume on Monday, August 27, 2007.

    The ice resurfacing machine was purchased in August 2004. It was most recently inspected and serviced in late July 2007. Insurance adjustors assess damage to the ice resurfacing machine a total loss, estimating it at $50,000 to $60,000. Assessed damages to the ice arena are more than $200,000 and covered by the City’s insurance policy.   

    Updates regarding ice arena operations will be posted here.  All inquiries regarding league play and practice times can be directed to the Novi Ice Arena at (248) 347-1010.

    The Novi Ice Arena opened in September 1998. This multi-surface facility offers two NHL-regulation sized ice sheets, seating capacities of 750 and 200, heated viewing areas, a pro shop, concessions, skate rental and meeting space. The facility is host to a variety of programs, including the Novi Youth Hockey Association, Skating Club of Novi, Novi High School and Northville High School hockey teams, and adult hockey leagues, as well as open skating and learn to skate programs. The City of Novi also operates a dance studio out of this facility.

     

    Top of PageFire suspends Novi Ice Arena operations

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi Ice ArenaNOVI, Michigan, August 9, 2007 – At approximately 7:55 pm on August 8, 2007, the Novi Fire Department responded to report of a fire at the Novi Ice Arena, located at 42400 Arena Drive. An ice resurfacing machine was clearing the ice, when a hydraulic leak ignited. All Novi Ice Arena operations have been suspended.

    The incident occurred while the ice was being resurfaced. Players on break and the machine driver witnessed the fire and the arena was smoothly evacuated. A crowd of approximately 150 people, including players, coaches, parents and staff, were in the ice arena at the time of the incident. While the Novi Fire Department was on scene, one of the ice resurfacing machine’s two propane tanks burst. No injuries were reported. The Novi Fire Department extinguished the blaze and began damage assessment immediately.

    The City of Novi is working with insurance adjustors and restoration efforts are underway. It is anticipated that the facility will reopen with limited operations (one ice surface) within a week. Updates regarding ice arena operations will be posted regularly on this website. All inquiries regarding league play and practice times can be directed to the Suburban Sports Group at (248) 478-1600. The City of Novi contracts with the Suburban Sports Group to manage and operate the Novi Ice Arena.

    The ice resurfacing machine was purchased in August 2004 for $31,266 (after trade-in). It was most recently inspected and serviced in late July 2007. 

    The Novi Ice Arena opened in September 1998. This multi-surface facility offers two NHL-regulation sized ice sheets, seating capacities of 750 and 200, heated viewing areas, a pro shop, concessions, skate rental and meeting space. The facility is host to a variety of programs, including the Novi Youth Hockey Association, Skating Club of Novi, Novi High School and Northville High School hockey teams, and adult hockey leagues, as well as open skating and learn to skate programs. The City of Novi also operates a dance studio out of this facility.

     

    Top of PageTwice the talent in Novi Theatres’ The Emperor’s New Clothes

    CONTACT: Debbie Lannen, (248) 735-5615
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Ashley Shamoon, Kyle Coykendall and Haley ParkerNOVI, Michigan, August 7, 2007 – The Novi Theatres is pleased to announce its final production of the summer – The Emperor’s New Clothes, a play with music. Two casts of young actors have been hard at work all summer preparing for the production by rehearsing together so they can share ideas and learn not only from their directors, but also each other. The show, which features actors from Novi, Farmington Hills, South Lyon and Northville, will be performed at the Novi Civic Center from Thursday, August 23 to Saturday, August 25

    Tickets for The Emperor’s New Clothes are on sale now at the Novi Parks Office, 45175 W. Ten Mile Road (between Novi and Taft Roads). For information, call 248.347.0400.

    The Novi Theatres has enriched the Novi community for more than 16 years. Pursuant to Novi Parks vision of "enriching lives…building community" and through the leadership of performing arts coordinator Debbie Lannen, The Novi Theatres is committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for Novi and the surrounding communities.

     

    Top of PageNovi citizen and Police Officers save victim suffering from severe cardiac emergency

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police (248) 347-0504

    NOVI, Mich., August 3, 2007 – On August 1 at 11:34 a.m., the Novi Police Department received a 911 call from the Novi Oaks Golf & Sports, 46844 Twelve Mile, indicating that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was in progress for an unresponsive male near the golf driving range. The Novi Police Department was the first to respond to the scene. The call was also dispatched to the Novi Fire Department and Community Emergency Medical Service (CEMS) for ambulance response.

    Officer Paul Stuligross arrived at the Novi Oaks Golf & Sports Sports Club within three minutes of being dispatched. The officer found a 62-year-old male visiting from North Haven, Connecticut unresponsive and appearing to have suffered a cardiac arrest. Novi resident Greg Snider had already initiated CPR on the victim. Officer Stuligross immediately administered the portable Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). He conducted one shock and then continued CPR along with Officer Christopher Lee. Officers Stuligross and Lee were relieved by personnel of the Novi Fire Department and CEMS. The victim was transported to Providence Park Hospital in Novi. The victim at this time was awake and in a stabilized condition. He was later transported to Providence Hospital in Southfield for further medical evaluation. Medical officials at Providence Hospital state the initial CPR performed by Mr. Snider and the AED shock administered by Police Officers saved the victim’s life, allowing for advanced medical treatment.

    In April 2002, with the approval of the City Council, the Novi Police Department purchased AEDs to help victims in cardiac arrest for all police cruisers. AEDs are small portable devices that allow officers to effectively and accurately determine if a person requires intervention and administer the shock intended to restore the heart to a regular beat.

    Research indicates that for every minute that passes, the chance for survival of a cardiac incident decreases by seven to 10 percent. And, although Fire Department and ambulance personnel remain the primary source of emergency medical care, most often police officers are first respondents to an accident scene and can now assist persons suffering from a cardiac incident.

    "AEDs are proven to save lives and we have an excellent means of rapidly delivering that service to people in need by using police officers on patrol in our neighborhoods," notes David Molloy, Novi’s Chief of Police. "Equipping officers with AED’s and having them respond to calls of potential cardiac arrest gives strength to our commitment to providing the best possible emergency service to the citizens of Novi. This program greatly enhances the chance of survival. I commend Officer Stuligross and Officer Lee for their life-saving efforts and quick response to ensure the health and safety of this gentleman. I also would like to recognize and commend Novi resident Greg Snider for his heroic and dedicated deed. Absent his involvement and quick thinking, this incident could have had a tragic outcome."

    Top of PageNovi hosts North American Unicycling Championship Series
    More than 80 cyclists enjoyed riding the trails at Lakeshore Park

    North American Unicycling Championship SeriesCONTACT: Tracie Ringle, (248) 735-5613

    NOVI, Michigan, August 1, 2007 – Earlier today, the City of Novi partnered with the Redford Township Unicycle Club (RTUC) to host a race as part of the 2007 North American Unicycling Championship Series and Convention. The race, held at Lakeshore Park, included more than 80 participants ranging in age from 4-51 years old. Many of the riders traveled from across the country, with some as far away as Washington and Tennessee.

    North American Unicycling Championship SeriesLocated on the shores of Walled Lake, the 350-acre Lakeshore Park hosts a number of summer activities including the Kid’s Concert Series, Camp Lakeshore, Mountain Bike and Running races and more. Nature lovers enjoy the "up north" feeling in a suburban setting by walking, biking, running or skiing the 10 miles of trail.

    The National Championship and Convention is held annually and rotates locations across the United States. This year the RTUC was named host club, and Michigan the host state. A number of members of the club reside in Novi and use the Lakeshore trails regularly. In addition, the RTUC annually participates in Novi’s Memorial Day Parade and the Holiday Electric Light Parade.

    North American Unicycling Championship SeriesThe championship series includes a number of different disciplines held throughout Southeast Michigan. Trail races, free-style riding, long-distance road races and unicycle basketball games are just a sample of the events held during the series.

    Women’s Division winner Irene Genelin, 22, Hutchison, MN, is one of only 10 Level Ten riders in the world. She started riding at age 11 and has competed in Iowa, California, Minnesota, Michigan, Washington, and Ontario. Additionally, in June she traveled by unicycle from Slovenia to France on a 660 mile ride over 19 days. Genelin commented, "Lakeshore Park was a great race with outstanding trails. Overall the day was super!"

     

    Top of PageCommunity members invited to participate in Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy
    Registration begins August 1, 2007

    For more information, contact: David E. Molloy, Police Chief 248-347-0504

    NOVI, Mich., July 30, 2007 – The role of police officer has always been of interest to the average citizen. The film media has capitalized on this curiosity and television shows and movies about police officers are staples in the entertainment industry, but how accurate is the information they provide about law enforcement?

    The creation of the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy 13 years ago has afforded citizens the opportunity to learn about their local police department and take a behind the scenes look at what law enforcement work is all about. Participants also gain an insider’s knowledge of the police agency, enabling them to make informed decisions on issues affecting the police and the community. The Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy is a joint venture between the Novi, Wixom, Walled Lake, South Lyon, and Wolverine Lake Police Departments.

    Applications are currently being accepted for the FREE 26th session of the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy, scheduled to begin on September 6, 2007. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

    "The Citizens Police Academy is a magnificent, free program for our community that increases the understanding and cooperation between the police and citizens through education," said David Molloy, Novi’s Police Chief. "This education, along with the relationship established with members of the Police Department, assists in achieving the ultimate goal of community oriented policing, the reduction of crime through a stronger citizen commitment to the Police Department and the community."

    The 30-hour program format includes practical demonstrations, hands-on exercises, as well as presentations. Participants will tour the Oakland County Medical Examiners Office, the Michigan State Police DNA lab, and the 52-1 District Court. They will also view a K-9 demonstration, take a turn using the Firearms Training System (FATS), and have the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with a police officer.

    Classes are scheduled on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., beginning September 6, 2007. The registration deadline is August 29, 2007. For an application contact Evie Watt, Executive Secretary, at (248) 347-0504.

     

    Top of PageArea Serial Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

    For more information, contact: David Molloy, Chief of Police
    (248) 347-0504

    NOVI, Mich., July 30, 2007 – Two suspects in a series of area residential break-ins were arrested in Novi thanks to persistent Novi Police Department work, aided by an alert Citizens Police Academy graduate.

    Over the past five months, the Novi Police Department and area law enforcement agencies have investigated a series of home invasions. In Novi, the focus has been an apartment complex, located near Pontiac Trail and Beck Road. In February 2007, eight apartments were broken into under similar circumstances with officers immediately linking the crimes to one another. The break-ins continued over the next several months, with nine additional crimes committed.

    Novi officers worked with several other area law enforcement agencies, identifying several similar break-ins in Wixom and Westland. Investigators also worked closely with apartment complex management, residents, and other individuals who frequent the area. During the past several weeks, officers and detectives have been conducting surveillance throughout the area.

    On July 26, 2007, a United States Postal carrier, and recent Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy graduate, notified surveillance officers of two suspicious persons driving around the complex in a maroon sedan. The gentleman remembered seeing the vehicle in the complex previously and was aware of the home invasions.

    A detective located the vehicle and one of the suspects was observed exiting a building where two apartments were found broken into and ransacked. The suspects were arrested after they attempted to flee the area in a maroon Chevrolet Lumina. Property from both apartments was recovered from the suspects.

    "This case is a prime example of superior teamwork by investigative personnel and a partnership with our community members," notes David Molloy, Novi’s Police Chief. "The relentless efforts of staff, unyielding communication with community members in the affected area, and keen awarenessof a recent Citizens Police Academy graduate all proved beneficial in the arrest of these individuals."

    Chief Molloy further states, "The Citizens Police Academy is a magnificent, free program for our community that increases the understanding and cooperation between the police and citizens through education. This education, along with the relationship established with members of the Police Department, assists in achieving the ultimate goal of community oriented policing, the reduction of crime through a stronger citizen commitment to the Police Department and the community."

    On Friday, July 27, 2007, the Novi Police Department arraigned two suspects at the 52nd District Court in front of the Honorable Dennis Powers. The suspects have been identified as Detroit residents Carlos Edward Matthews and Reginald Lydell King, both 26 years of age. Both suspects have been previously arrested for Home Invasion in Southfield in 2000.

    Matthews and King were arraigned on two counts of Home Invasion Second Degree, a 15-year felony and/or $3,000 fine. Bond was set at $300,000 cash for each defendant.

    The creation of the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy 13 years ago has afforded citizens the opportunity to learn about their local police department and take a behind the scenes look at what law enforcement work is all about. Participants also gain an insider’s knowledge of the police agency, enabling them to make informed decisions on issues affecting the police and the community. The Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy is a joint venture between the Novi, Wixom, Walled Lake, South Lyon, and Wolverine Lake Police Departments. Applications are currently being accepted for the FREE 26th session of the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy, scheduled to begin on September 6, 2007. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

    The Novi Police Department will hold a Press Conference at 11:15 a.m. today in the Police Department Training Center to provide details of the Home Invasions and the invaluable partnerships that led to the arrest of these suspects.

     

    Top of PageStart Smart Program Class Prepares Young Athletes for Future Endeavors
    Program encourages parents to take an active roll in establishing self-esteem in their children.

    For more information, contact: Tracie Ringle, (248) 735-5613

    NOVI, MI, July 27, 2007 – The City of Novi Parks Department has partnered with the National Association of Youth Sports to bring the unique Start Smart Sports Development program to Novi.

    The program, endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, was created for parents who want to help their pre-school aged children develop basic motor skills, such as throwing, catching, kicking and batting, needed to participate and succeed in team sports. The program encourages parents or guardians to take an active roll in establishing self-esteem in their child. They also receive a take-home guide to help them successfully coach, encourage good sportsmanship and participate with their child.

    According to Start Smart coach, Susan Cusick, "Novi Parks keeps the class size small so we can introduce team concepts without intimidating kids who might be trying something new for the first time. It’s great watching kids come out of their shell over the six weeks and be so proud of their abilities and improvements." Graduates of the program consistently give it rave reviews. Sandra Wilbur and her daughter attended the spring session of Start Smart. Wilbur says, "Every week when we go to soccer, I am so glad we took the Start Smart class. It was just the perfect transition into team sports for my daughter. We liked that it introduced different sports, and I can’t say enough about the coaches. Their caring and enthusiasm made for a great experience." Wilbur laughs as she adds, "I don’t know who had more fun, our daughter, or mom and dad!"

    Novi Parks will offer its fourth session of this program with sessions beginning September 1 and 10 for children ages 3-5 with an adult partner. Offered for the first time will be Start Smart Football, with sessions beginning September 12 or October 22 for children ages 5-7. For more information, please contact Susan Cusick at (248)347-0400.

    Registration for all Novi Parks fall programs begins August 15 and all online registrations will receive a $5 discount for each program. To register online choose the Pick & Click link to the left. Registration is available in-person at the Novi Parks office Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm.

     

    Top of PageBroadway comes alive at the Novi Theatres

    For more information, contact: Debbie Lannen, (248) 735-5615

    Kids on Broadway performanceNOVI, July 26, 2007 – The Novi Theatres is pleased to announce its final performance of its Kids on Broadway series. Young actors, ages 7-18 will sing and swing to music from such award winning shows as Chicago, Hairspray, High School Musical, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The show, which features performers from Novi, Farmington Hills, South Lyon and Northville, will be performed at the Novi Civic Center on Friday, August 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm.

    Tickets for Kids on Broadway Encore will be on sale beginning August. 6, 2007 at the Novi Parks Office, 45175 W. 10 Mile (between Novi and Taft Roads). For information, call 248.347.0400.

    The Kids on Broadway summer camp series offers young actors the opportunity to learn dance, vocal, and acting techniques in a fun-filled environment. The two week camp culminates in a musical production complete with costumes, lights, and scenery designed especially for Kids on Broadway.

    According to Lauren Sorrentino, Education Coordinator, "Many of the young performers have participated in the summer’s earlier performance of Kids on Broadway, featuring songs from different Broadway hits. They enjoyed the experience so much that many of the young actors decided to return to participate in the Kids on Broadway Encore show.

    The Novi Theatres has enriched the Novi community for more than 16 years. Pursuant to the City of Novi’s vision of "enriching lives…building community" and through the leadership of performing arts coordinator Debbie Lannen, The Novi Theatres is committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for Novi and the surrounding communities.

     

    Top of PageCommunity Development Department introduces 24-hour Inspection Hotline

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Building under construction.NOVI, Michigan, July 18, 2007 – The City of Novi has taken another step to streamline the building process for residents and contractors alike with the introduction of the Novi Inspection Hotline. The automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system allows users to get the information they need without having to worry what time of day it is.

    Users access the system by dialing the Inspection Hotline at 248-347-0480. Once the caller is connected to the Inspection Hotline, they will follow a series of touch-tone commands to schedule or cancel an inspection or find the results of an inspection that has already taken place. The caller must have a permit number to access information requested. A series of numeric codes are used to select the type of inspection that is desired.

    Community Development Director Steve Rumple believes the IVR system will be a tremendous benefit for residents and contractors alike. "The new automated inspection hotline will be a convenient tool our customers can use at their convenience.  Having the ability to not only schedule inspections, but check results, will give contractors and residents an added sense of security when scheduling the next phase of their projects."

    Purchase of the IVR system from Selectron Technologies Professional Services was approved by the Novi City Council on January 22, 2007 for $67,483.

    An Inspection Hotline Guide that outlines the procedure and codes is available at the Community Development Department inside the Novi Civic Center or by clicking here.  For more information please contact the Community Development Department at (248) 347-0415.

     

    Top of PageOlder Adult Survey to be sent to 1,200 Novi residents

    CONTACT: Rachel Zagaroli, (248) 347-0403
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, July 17, 2007 – One of the priorities of the Novi Parks Department’s new Strategic Plan is enhanced recreation programming based on outcome benefits, with one key area of focus being senior services. A priority within the senior services area is to expand programs for the "new senior." To help the City better understand the needs and wants of seniors in the community, Novi seniors will be asked to rate several community characteristics and City services when 1200 households receive surveys later this month.

    The survey is being conducted by the National Research Center, a Denver firm. The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults is a standardized questionnaire that allows cities across the nation to compare results. The NRC older adults needs assessment service survey serves as a strategic planning and evaluation tool that clients may use to develop their older adult service plans, determine how future resources will be allocated and evaluate their current service provision.

    The City of Novi conducted a similar, community-wide survey with NRC in the fall 2006 and found when it comes to quality of life in Novi, 88 percent of survey respondents rated Novi as "Excellent" or "Good." Survey results are posted in their entirety here.

    This is the first such survey for the NRC. The City of Novi was one of four communities across the country chosen to participate in the survey. Communities were chosen because of their geographical location, size, and relationship with NRC. The survey cost the City of Novi $4,500. (The total cost of the survey is $12,000, with the NRC generously donating $7,500 toward the program.)

    Residents will begin receiving postcards next week alerting them they have been chosen to participate in the survey. The City has no role in selecting survey participants. Participants are chosen at random by a survey firm.

    The survey itself will arrive in late July and residents are being asked to complete it and return it using the self-addressed stamped envelope.

    Residents who have questions about the survey can contact the Novi Senior Activities Center at 248-347-0414.

    Top of PageYoung actors shine in Kids on Broadway at The Novi Theatres

    CONTACT: Debbie Lannen, (248) 735-5615
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Last year's Kid's on Broadway performance.
    Photo from last year's performance

    NOVI, Michigan, July 3, 2007 – The Novi Theatres is pleased to announce its upcoming performance of the Kids on Broadway series. The young actors will strut their stuff to music from such classic shows as Sound of Music, Annie, and Peter Pan. The first show, which features performers from Novi, Northville, Hudsonville, Belleville, and Commerce Township, will be performed at the Novi Civic Center on Friday, July 20, 2007 at 7:30pm.

    Tickets for Kids on Broadway are $5 and go on sale July 9, 2007 at the Novi Parks Office, 45175 W. Ten Mile Road, between Novi and Taft Roads. For information, call 248-347-0400.

    The Kids on Broadway summer camp series offers young actors the opportunity to learn dance, vocal, and acting techniques in a fun-filled environment. The two-week camp culminates in a musical production complete with costumes, lights, and scenery designed especially for Kids on Broadway.

    According to Lauren Sorrentino, Theatre Education Coordinator for the City of Novi, "Kids on Broadway allows young actors to reach new levels in their performing while they enjoy the camaraderie that comes with attending summer camp. It is amazing what this young people can produce in such a short amount of time!"

    The Novi Theatres has enriched the Novi community for more than 16 years. Pursuant to the Novi Parks mission of "enriching lives…building community" and through the leadership of performing arts coordinator Debbie Lannen, The Novi Theatres is committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for Novi and the surrounding communities.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police Department welcomes new K-9 to team

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police, (248) 347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Officer Shawn Penzak with K9 MooseNovi, Michigan, June 5, 2007 – On May 30, 2007, a new member of the Novi Police Department joined the team: K-9 "Moose" was officially placed into service and onto patrol with his handler, Officer Shawn Penzak. Moose is a "Sable" German Shepherd and has been assigned badge number 906. He joins colleague Yukon and handler Officer Jeff Brown on the force.

    Moose was born in December 2005 and began a more than 900-hour extensive training program in February 2006. Moose began his training with an approximate four-month long "puppy track" instruction. This is very basic tracking that starts out with the use of hot dogs to help the dog learn basic techniques. Following this preparation, his tracking training eventually progressed to "aged" tracking skills, whereby he would be required to pick-up and track scents and trails that were 20 minutes, 40 minutes, and more than an hour old, with proficiency. The tracking training continued with week by week proficiency, and lasted approximately one year. Moose was certified in this skill in May 2007.

    Concurrent with the tracking training, Moose began narcotics training and is now trained and certified in the detection of Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine, and other controlled substances.

    Moose is also certified and trained in "Handler Protection." In the event Officer Penzak is ever in danger or need of assistance, Moose is trained to assist him.

    One of the skills Moose has also been practicing is proficiency with Agility Course Training. This is not a certification, but rather a skill the dog practices to help maintain a general level of fitness and increase his abilities with searching and tracking. This course involves a series of complex jumping, climbing, crawling and maneuvering tunnels.

    "In addition to providing safety for the officers, K-9s are able to track people and can be used to track suspects that have fled a scene," notes David Molloy, Novi Police Chief. "They can be used to search buildings that may harbor a suspect, apprehend fleeing suspects, and detect drugs to build probable cause for search warrants. The dogs also provide a wonderful community relations benefit by performing K-9 demonstrations at local schools and community events."

    The K-9 dogs are purchased by their handler and training is also funded by the officer. A portion of the dog’s food and veterinary expenses are paid for by the Novi Police Department using State drug forfeiture funds.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police Department to host Youth Police Academy: 2nd Annual Session scheduled for July 16-20

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police, 248-347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Youth Police AcademyNovi, Michigan, June 5, 2007 – The Novi Police Department prides itself on developing and maintaining strong partnerships with the community, in particular Novi’s youth, and is proud to announce it will host the Second Annual Youth Police Academy during the month of July 2007.

    The role of police officer is always of interest to youth. The film media capitalizes on this curiosity and television shows and movies about police officers are abundant in the entertainment industry, but how accurate is the information they provide about law enforcement? The Novi Police Department created the Youth Police Academy to provide area teens with an inside look at local law enforcement.

    "It is not everyday that people get to see the operations of a police department and how law enforcement pertains to them," notes David Molloy, Novi Police Chief. "It is our hope that each academy graduate will walk away with a deeper knowledge of law enforcement and a sense of how the criminal justice system fits into the Novi community."

    During a one-week course, Police Department staff will educate attendees about patrol operations, use of force, the K-9 program, traffic laws/stops, the judicial system, F.A.T.S. (firearm training system) and crime scene investigations.

    Applications are currently being accepted for the FREE program scheduled from noon to 4:00pm, July 16 to 20, 2007. The Youth Police Academy is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age. Participants must reside in the City of Novi, and each participant must pass a background investigation.

    The registration deadline is July 6, 2007. Contact Detective Mike Wilson at 248-347-0538.

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi adds agenda background materials to website

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, 248-735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, June 5, 2007 – The City of Novi has added another innovative initiative to its cadre of offerings on the City’s website (cityofnovi.org) by hosting agenda background materials. Since its inception nearly 10 years ago, the City’s website has posted City Council agendas and minutes, providing residents, business members, and developers easy access to current City matters.

    Visitors to the City’s website can now log on to cityofnovi.org, click on a City Council agenda and have access to all the background material right at their finger tips. The background material is the same information provided to City Council and staff and is available at the Novi Public Library and City Clerk’s Office. This new offering will also provide the media easy access to all agenda material.

    The City of Novi prides itself on providing open, inclusive government services and making the background materials available on the website is another testament to this mantra.

    With more than one millions visits a year, the City’s website is a valuable communication tool. Visitors to cityofnovi.org can watch City Council meetings, obtain useful property information using an interactive mapping tool, complete forms and applications, and keep up to date on the latest City happenings with the recent addition of RSS feeds.

    The website is hosted by Municipal Web Services and is updated daily. For more information, contact Community Relations at 248-735-5628.

     

    Top of PageCommunity Development Department recognizing many early successes with implementation of PRIDE (Process to Improve the Development Experience)

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Michigan, May 22, 2007 – Application of Novi’s high quality standards continue to be clear and consistent. The City Council adopted specific guideposts for desired accomplishments in Novi for continuing superior development. In September 2006, the Novi City Council accepted community development process improvement recommendations initiated by City of Novi staff with assistance from the Sikich Professional Services Study. The program has since been named PRIDE (Process to Improve the Development Experience). Over the past nine months, staff have worked diligently to implement 23 of the 34 recommendations of the plan that Community Development is responsible for, improving and enhancing the development process in Novi.

    Highlights of the improved processes include:

    In April, the City of Novi combined the Building, Planning, and Ordinance Enforcement functions into the Community Development Department. The streamlined departmental structure provides increased accountability for key strategic outcomes, an improved coordination and transparency of the key processes in these offices, and the enhanced alignment of the organizational structure to fulfill the goals of PRIDE.

    "These are just a few of the highlights this team has accomplished in a few short months to enhance delivery of service in Novi," notes Steve Rumple, Community Development Director. "Each day we strive to deliver quality customer service to the Novi community and look for ways to more optimally perform. It is by continuing to implement initiatives such as the PRIDE report that we will continue to be a leader in economic and business development in Michigan."

     

    Top of PageBulgarian Interns Studying in Novi

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Molly Donelan, 202-962-3645

    Dimiter Petrushev, from the Municipality of Strajitsa, and Asan Imamov from the Municipality of Goste Delchev
    Visit the INVEST.BG website
    for more information

     Oakland Business Review Article,
    June 7-13, 2007

    As part of (the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Local Economic Development (LED) CityLinks Program in Bulgaria, 30 Local Economic Development Specialists from Bulgarian cities will participate in 3-week internships in partner cities in the United States.  Dimiter Petrushev, from the Municipality of Strajitsa, and Asan Imamov from the Municipality of Goste Delchev, will spend their time in Novi, MI from May 21-June 10, 2007 where they will gain hands-on experience in U.S. economic development tools and techniques that may be adapted to the Bulgarian environment upon their return.

    A proficiency in English and LED certification through ICMA’s program are the basic requirements for all Bulgarian participants. Interns are required to develop a detailed local economic development implementation work plan when they return to their cities to integrate what they have learned during the internships into their jobs and related projects.  

    Mr. Imamov’s and Mr. Petrushev’s schedules spare little room for free time during their stay in the United States. A large part of the internship will involve job shadowing, which will provide the interns with a typical day’s work of an economic developer in the U.S. They will attend council meetings to give them a perspective on how elected officials interact with staff, citizens, and businesses in their communities. The interns will also have the opportunity to learn about the cities’ zoning and development processes, business networking and partnerships, and infrastructure projects underway in Novi. The City of Novi has worked closely with the Economic Development Corporation to develop an internship agenda that will introduce the Bulgarians to multiple initiatives to generate economic growth.

    During their stay in Novi both interns will have the opportunity to work on rehabilitation of the "Four Points Corridor" and work with the economic development team on a business greeting program, a business trends survey and a mechanism for tracking business retention visits. The interns will also provide insights into ways that Novi can provide services to a wide range of cultural communities and increase its international magnetism.

    The Bulgaria CityLinks Economic Development program is aimed at equipping local officials to meet the needs and challenges of the newly decentralized Bulgarian municipalities, including retaining current employment levels and attracting new jobs and investment to their cities. Besides U.S.-based internships, the LED program incorporates Bulgarian-Bulgarian mentorship, city-specific projects, and a certification program.

    The CityLinks Program, through long-term sustainable partnerships, brings together the best management practitioners from the United States with officials from developing and transitional cities and regions to share resources and technical expertise that ultimately improve the lives of urban residents.  Since 1997, U.S. partner cities have been heavily involved in technical assistance and training in Bulgaria and serve as advisors and mentors to their partners in Bulgaria.

     

    Top of PageNovi announces first Business Assistance Tour to aid local companies on a variety of topics

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Michigan, May 16, 2007 – City of Novi officials and representatives from the Oakland County Small Business Center, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), National City, and Chamber of Commerce announce the first bi-annual Novi Business Assistance Team Tour targeting companies in Novi. The tour will kick-off with the first visits on Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

    The Novi Business Assistance Tour will address business related issues including the evaluation of potential product, service or initiative, financial management, business planning, marketing, and building or reconstruction topics.

    Cindy Uglow, Small Business Manager for the City of Novi, explained, during the day, teams comprised of the participating partner organizations will make several tour stops at businesses in Novi, providing specific resources and information to assist and grow their operations. If additional tour stops are needed, or more consultation time is required for the small business owners, an "overflow" day is scheduled for the tour. To date, more than 25 businesses have submitted applications for this free program.

    "The City of Novi is delighted to be a part of this educational initiative for our business community," notes Uglow. "The concept of bringing resources directly to our small business owners is a true demonstration of the City’s commitment to economic development."

    Patrick Mondro, Vice President, National City, explained, "Our bank is proud to be partnering in this exciting initiative. We already sponsor tours in Royal Oak, Rochester, Wixom, South Lyon, and other cities, and doing this in Novi is very enjoyable."

    For more information on the Business Assistance Tour, contact Uglow at (248) 347-0437 or via email.

     

    Top of PageNovi Fire Department rolls out new, 2007 Pierce Fire Pumper

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    New Fire Pumper

    New Fire Pumper

    New Fire Pumper

    NOVI, Michigan, May 15, 2007 – The Novi Fire Department has received a new fire pumper. The 2007 Pierce Class A Fire Pumper arrived last week and firefighters will be training with it and outfitting it with the Fire Department’s gear this month. The new fire engine is expected to be in service on emergency calls in early June.

    The new fire pumper was purchased from Halt Fire, Inc, and manufactured in Appleton, Wisconsin, for $387,000. The Novi City Council approved the purchase of the new fire engine at their meeting on July 24, 2006 and the new engine has been in production for the past 10 months. The purchase was approved in the FY 2006-2007 Budget.

    "The new pumper has a distinct look," notes Novi Fire Chief Frank Smith. "The cab is painted black on the top half and red on the bottom with the rest of the truck being red in color. Also, the reflective striping on the side of the truck is black, not the traditional white typically seen on fire trucks." Chief Smith further comments that the black reflective striping glows white when lights from oncoming vehicles shine on the striping, enhancing the visibility of the pumper and increasing safety.

    This new pumper contains a 500-gallon water tank and a 1,250-gallon per minute water pump.

    Additionally, the pumper has state-of-the-art features, such as has "roll-up" doors instead of hinged doors. This allows for easier access in tight spaces.

    After the truck is outfitted with equipment and staff have had the opportunity to train on the unit, it will be put in service in early June. The new pumper replaces a 1992 GMC Mini Pumper and will serve the Novi community out of Fire Station #1, located on Grand River Avenue, just east of Novi Road.

    The community will get its first look at the new pumper in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Karim Boulevard and travels west on Ten Mile Road to the Civic Center.

    The Novi City Council has approved funding for an additional new fire pumper in the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Budget.

     

    Top of PageDrowning Victim found in Village Oaks Lake identified as 23-year-old Isaac L. Reid

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, May 14, 2007 – On May 13, 2007 at 5:52pm, the Novi Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported drowning at Village Oaks Lake, located southeast of Ten Mile and Meadowbrook Roads.

    The victim has been identified as Isaac L. Reid, a 23-year-old, Inkster male who had been visiting family in Novi. Reid and his younger brother went for a walk after helping family around the home and decided to swim across the lake.  An onlooker witnessed the two swimmers, heard cries for help, and called 911.

    The Oakland County Dive Team arrived at 6:20pm and the Reid’s body was recovered at 7:05pm. He was transported to Botsford Hospital by Community EMS where he was pronounced dead at 8:02pm.

    An autopsy is being performed by the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office.

     

    Top of PageDrowning Victim found in Village Oaks Lake

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, May 13, 2007 – At 5:52pm this evening, the Novi Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported drowning at Village Oaks Lake, located southeast of Ten Mile and Meadowbrook Roads. The victim was a 23-year-old, Inkster male who had been visiting family in Novi. The victim and his younger brother were warm from helping family around the home and decided to swim across the lake.  An onlooker witnessed the two swimmers, heard cries for help, and called 911.

    The Oakland County Dive Team arrived at 6:20 p.m. and the victim’s body was recovered at 7:05pm. He was transported to Botsford Hospital by Community EMS where he was pronounced dead at 8:02pm.

    An autopsy will be performed by the Oakland County Medical Examiners Officer.

     

    Top of PageSuspect Arrested in School Threat

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police, (248) 347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Roger Crowe
    Roger Crowe

    NOVI, Mich., May 9, 2007 – On May 8, 2007, Novi School officials discovered a threatening message written on the wall in one of the boy’s restrooms at the Instructional Technology Center building, located at 25345 Taft Road. The message indicated a bomb had been placed in the building. Just prior to finding the threatening message, a school employee observed an18-year-old male, Novi High School student exiting the bathroom. The suspect was identified as Roger Crowe.

    Investigators from the Novi Police Department arrived at the school and compared the threatening message left on the restroom wall with school documents written by Crowe. Distinct similarities were observed in the writings and investigators questioned Crowe regarding his involvement. Crowe confessed to writing the threatening message and described it as a "joke," indicating no bomb had been placed in the building. Investigators verified Crowe’s statements and were confident no explosives were on site.

    At the time the message was written there were more than 1,100 students and faculty in the building and the location was being used as a polling center for a local school election. Crowe was taken into police custody.

    "I want to commend the school administration for their swift action and attention to detail," notes Novi Police Chief David Molloy. "In situations like this, the safety and well-being of students and staff is our first and foremost consideration and having a strong and committed partnership with our schools is paramount for successful outcomes."

    This morning, Crowe was arraigned in front of Magistrate Judith Holtz, via video conferencing with the 52nd District Court on Four-year Felony charges of False Report or Threat of a Bomb or Harmful Device which holds a maximum penalty of four years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine. A Preliminary Examination in front of the Honorable Dennis Powers at the 52-1 District Court is scheduled for May 16, 2007 at 9:15 a.m. A $50,000 personal bond was issued.

    The Novi Police Department continues to investigate the terrorist threats made last week at Novi High School. Crowe’s involvement with these incidents remains under investigation. A $2,000 reward is being offered through Crime Stoppers and the Novi Community Schools for information leading to the arrest of the responsible party.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police focus on Safety Belt Enforcement this month

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police, (248) 347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Seat beltNovi, Michigan, May 9, 2007 – To save lives and further increase Michigan’s 94.3 percent safety belt use rate, the second highest in the nation, the Novi Police Department is putting a special emphasis on unbuckled motorists this month. Novi Police Officers are encouraging motorists to wear their safety belts or pay a $65 citation.

    The Novi Police Department is joining more than 500 Michigan law enforcement agencies focusing on unbuckled motorists as part of the national Click it or Ticket mobilization, May 21 – June 3, 2007.

    According to Novi Police Chief David Molloy, "Michigan’s safety belt use rate is at a record high, but some motorists, mainly young men ages 18 – 34, still choose not to buckle up. Raising the safety belt rate has a direct connection to saving lives." For every one percent increase in safety belt use, 10 lives are saved, according to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

    The state’s mandatory safety belt law requires the driver and front seat passenger to be buckled up, and children under 4 to be in an approved child safety seat. It also requires passengers ages 15 and under to be buckled up in the front or rear seats. In addition, drivers or passengers who have a shoulder harness placed under their arm or behind their back can be ticketed for not properly buckling up.

    Safety belt enforcement zones are planned for areas where statistics show a greater number of traffic accidents. Enforcement is planned for Grand River Avenue, Novi Road, Beck Road, Wixom Road and Ten Mile Road.

    Top of PageCity of Novi Fire Department Responds to Unit Fire in Central Park Estates; No Injuries Reported

    Contact: Frank Smith, Novi Fire Chief (248) 735-5687
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, May 2, 2007 – On the evening of May 1, 2007, the Novi Fire Department responded to a 911 call received at 7:01pm, regarding a house fire at Central Park Estates, 47249 Manhattan Circle, an unoccupied model apartment.

    Upon the fire department’s arrival, crews found the entire roof area and the second floor ablaze with heavy flames and smoke. The fire had also spread to the connecting unit, with flames engulfing the roof and the second floor. Several other units suffered smoke and water damage. A total of six units were affected by the fire, two with heavy fire damage and four with water and fire damage. Novi firefighters had the fire under control at 10:26pm.

    Four families were displaced by the fire, but no injuries were reported by the fire department or by the occupants. The monetary loss due to the blaze is estimated to be assessed at $672,200 for the building and an estimated $448,000 for the contents of the units.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Novi Fire Department, Novi Police and the Oakland County Sherriff’s Fire Investigation Unit. Lightning strikes were reported in the area and are currently being considered as a possible cause of the fire.

     

    Top of PageTwo Suspects Arrested in Recent Home Invasions

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police, (248) 347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Mich., April 18, 2007 - The Novi Police Department arraigned two suspects at the 52nd District Court in front of Magistrate Judith Holtz early this afternoon. The two suspects were arrested in connection with a series of Home Invasions that occurred between April 12 and April 16, 2007. The suspects have been identified as Novi residents and roommates, Mario Herrera and Jacob DeBoard, both 22 years of age.

    Herrera was arraigned on four counts of Home Invasion 1st degree, a felony with each count carrying a possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison. DeBoard was arraigned on the count of Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property. This is a felony which carries up to five years in prison.

    All of the home invasions occurred during the evening. Entry was gained through unlocked garage side doors. The items taken ranged from golf clubs to electronic equipment.

    Follow-up at a local business where sports equipment can be sold on consignment revealed some of the stolen sports items were on sale at the business and the owner provided officers with the suspect name.

    Investigators then followed up on the leads and interviewed the suspects. A search of their residence was conducted and additional evidence was recovered.

    "This case is a prime example of superior work by a uniformed police officer and follow-up by investigative personnel," notes David Molloy, Novi’s Police Chief. "Through their relentless efforts and dedicated teamwork, these suspects will be brought to justice."

    Herrera’s bond was set at $500,000.00 cash surety and DeBoard’s bond was set at $50,000.00. Both suspects are being held at the Oakland County Jail.

     

    Top of PageJapanese to be the New Language for Horse Enthusiasts Courtesy of the City of Novi and Wildwind Equestrian Center

    CONTACT: Tracie Ringle, (248) 735-5613
    Horse Riding ClassFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Michigan, April 18, 2007 – With an innovative initiative to serve Japanese community members and customers, the City of Novi Parks Department and Wildwind Equestrian Center of South Lyon are expanding their two-year recreation offerings to include new classes specifically designed with Japanese instruction.

    The City of Novi recognized a trend in program participation, with a consistently high number of Japanese community members drawn to this type of recreation and is delighted to enhance these activities with language support.

    The Wildwind Equestrian Center is a year-round riding and training facility, offering camps and lessons for community members of all ages and abilities. "This is the first time we are offering a program in a language other than English," noted Cindy Richards, owner of Wildwind Equestrian Center. "We are excited to see how well the camps are received by the Japanese community."

    Registration is ongoing for camp programs. For more information and to register, simply visit the City of Novi’s website at www.cityofnovi.org and click on the Pick & Click registration icon on the left side of the home page or call 248-347-0400.

    Camp Description: Japanese Horseback Riding Camp

    Students will ride at least twice a day, along with trying other riding activities such as vaulting, games, scavenger hunts, and obstacle courses. Beginners learn basic safety, grooming and saddling, while more advanced students learn to lunge horses or work with babies. During basic first aid students will listen to the heart and stomach of a horse with a stethoscope, and learn to handle an emergency while waiting for a vet. The camp will be led by a Japanese-speaking instructor. The sessions are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3 pm at Wildwind Equestrian Center in South Lyon. Dates include June 18-22, July 16-20, July 23-27 and August 20-24. The price per student is $350

    Novi Parks is a comprehensive parks, recreation and forestry department and is dedicated to providing individual, community, economic and environmental stewardship for those we serve.

     

    Top of PageTaubman Announces First 22 Stores in Twelve Oaks Mall Expansion

    CONTACT:
    Peggy Hayes, Marketing Director, (248) 348-9438 or
    Karen Mac Donald, Director, Communications, (248) 258-7469
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Twelve Oaks ExpansionBLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 18, 2007 - Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today announced 22 specialty retailers to open as part of the 97,000-square-foot expansion at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Mich. on September 28, 2007. The lineup, including fashion, footwear and family favorites, also features a 165,000-square-foot Nordstrom.

    Martin + Osa, making its Michigan debut, is a new retail apparel brand offering high-quality, versatile styles for 25 to 35-year-olds to wear seven days of the week. Inspired by Martin and Osa Johnson, a married couple who spent their lives traveling and documenting remote places of the world in the 1920s and 1930s, Martin + Osa designs clothing to fit a busy, modern lifestyle. It is a division of American Eagle Outfitters.

    Apparel and accessory additions include: Arden B and its hip, sophisticated women’s wear fresh off the runway; Lucky Brand Jeans, authentic quality denim for men and women; Coldwater Creek, known for casual, comfortable women's apparel — from fashion basics to weekend and career wear; For Love 21, an accessories-only store from Forever 21, the retailer known for providing the most current styles at the greatest value; The Levi's® Store, provider of the original authentic jeans brand; and the Oakley O Store carries its trademark sunglasses, footwear, apparel, watches and accessories for both men and women.

    Other just-announced tenants include: lucy, offering figure-flattering women's workout wear, footwear, accessories, watches and sunglasses; upbeat British brand LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics packs its bath and body products with high-quality, fresh, organic ingredients; Illuminations, showcasing premium candles and home decorating solutions; and Amy's Hallmark Gold Crown Store.

    Also new to the lineup are three popular national footwear retailers: Florsheim, a trusted name in men’s footwear; Michigan’s only full-line Skechers, known for trend-right athletic and casual footwear for the entire family; and Wild Pair, showcasing fashion-forward shoes and accessories that appeal to hip young men and women.

    Shops relocating to the new Nordstrom wing include women’s swimwear hotspot Everything But Water; J.B. Robinson Jewelers, offering fine jewelry and watches since 1929; Papyrus, specializing in high-quality greeting cards, paper goods and gifts; and Select Comfort, inventors of the Sleep Number bed that uses air chamber technology.

    Twelve Oaks ExpansionAdditional retailers joining the existing shopping center in September are:
    A|X Armani Exchange, an incubator for designer Giorgio Armani's edgy separates for men and women inspired by street-chic culture; Clarks, famous for its best-selling, comfort-perfect shoes, ranging from clogs and sandals to rugged performance and sophisticated career styles; and Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, a luxury jeweler, offering a deep selection of diamonds, engagement rings, wedding bands and the top designer names in fine jewelry and timepieces PUMA® makes an earlier debut in the summer. The athletic brand fuses the influences of sport, fashion and lifestyle and offers the unexpected in sportlifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories for men and women.

    "The addition of these great retailers, along with Nordstrom, is fantastic for Twelve Oaks and our shoppers," says Daniel Jones, General Manager, Twelve Oaks Mall. "It further positions us as one of the top shopping destinations in the state."

    Besides the new wing, located on the southeast corner of the shopping center, Macy’s is expanding by 60,000 square feet. The construction began in early 2006 and the combined projects expand the mall from 1.2 to 1.5 million square feet.

    "Not only is this expansion important for the city of Novi, but it’s symbolic for the entire western region of metro Detroit," adds Novi Mayor David Landry. "It’s all positive for our area and, as you can tell, I’m thrilled about every aspect of this project. I know there are a lot of people ready to go shopping at all of the new stores and Nordstrom including me."

    Taubman Centers, Inc., a real estate investment trust, owns and/or manages 23 urban and suburban regional and super regional shopping centers in 11 states. Taubman Centers is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended. These statements reflect management's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to changes in general economic and real estate conditions, changes in the interest rate environment and availability of financing, and adverse changes in the retail industry. Other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police Department and Novi Youth Council kick off
    PROJECT STICKER SHOCK
    Wednesday, April 18, 2007, 4:00pm, Novi Police Department

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Today at 4:00pm, Novi Police Officers will partner with the Novi Youth Council in Project Sticker Shock and visit Novi retail establishments that sell alcohol. Project Sticker Shock aims to reach those individuals over age 21 that purchase alcohol and provide it to a minor.

    "Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking," said David Molloy, Novi’s Chief of Police. "Project Sticker shock is a wonderful partnership between the men and women of the Novi Police Department, the Novi Youth Council and community businesses to deter underage drinking, which is extremely prevalent during prom and graduation season."

    Project Sticker Shock consists of youth-designed stickers being adhered to multi-packs of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine coolers, etc.) in participating retail stores. A team of youth, accompanied by a police officer will visit each store today between 4 and 6 p.m. to place stickers on multi-packs of alcohol.

    Establishments participating in the program include:

    Willowbrook Party Store,
    41360 W. Ten Mile Road
    Food and Wine Bazaar,
    43350 W. Ten Mile Road
    Better Health Store, 42876 Grand River Avenue Giusseppe’s, 44999 Pontiac Trail
    7-Eleven, 24111 Meadowbrook Road Golden Oaks, 24185 Haggerty Road
    Buy the Bottle, 25875 Novi Road CVS Pharmacy, 47200 W. Ten Mile Road
    Vintage Wine Shop, 41455 Ten Mile Road Farmer Jack, 41840 W. Ten Mile Road
    Rite-Aid, 42481 W. Thirteen Mile Road Castle Wine Shop, 30970 Beck Road
    Sam’s Club, 27300 Wixom Road Novi Party Store, 43025 Grand River Avenue
    Sav-On-Drugs, 24100 Meadowbrook Road Kroger, 47650 Grand River Avenue

     

    Top of PagePower Park Improvements Hit a Home Run With Players
    $342,000 of Improvements Completed During Phase One of Enhancements

    For more information, contact: Tracie Ringle, (248) 735-5613

    Ariel image of baseball field at Power ParkNOVI, MI, April 12, 2007 – City of Novi officials and softball players region-wide are on their feet to applaud the newly transformed Ella Mae Power Park ball fields as they emerge from the blast of Michigan’s winter. Power Park is located behind the Novi Civic Center, located at 45175 W. Ten Mile Road, between Novi and Taft Roads.

    During the past four months, new infield and warning track materials were added to improve the fields, following the installation of a state-of-the-art irrigation system and new fences and backstops. The planting of 175 trees around the complex has completed this phase of the transformation.

    John Osborn, long-time player, team manager and retired Novi High School teacher, states, "The new red clay on the infields and the new fences create optimal playing conditions, which I can’t wait to play on. If players want professionally manicured ball diamonds, they should come to Novi."

    Telcom Credit Union Playground at Power Park
    Telcom Credit Union Playground at Power Park

    The $342,000 improvements are only the first of three phases of enhancements that will take place at Power Park. "Future improvement plans include new field lighting, a new concession facility and new pathways," reports Matt Wiktorowski, Superintendent of Parks. "These improvements, and those made in prior years to Lakeshore and Community Sports Parks, are part of the department’s long-term strategic mission to enrich lives and build community for Novi residents and the surrounding communities."

    The City of Novi will host a Welcome Back Bar-B-Que for the 2007 season players and their families on Monday, April 23 from 6-8:30 pm at Power Park. For more information, contact Derek Smith, Recreation Supervisor, at (248) 347-0400 or email.

    Novi Parks is a comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department dedicated to providing individual, community, economic and environmental stewardship for those we serve.

     

    Top of PageCharlie and the Chocolate Factory to Delight the Entire Family as the Novi Theatres Begins Two-Week Run on May 11

    CONTACT: Debbie Lannen, Performing Arts Coordinator, 248/735-5615
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory CastNOVI, April 11 – The Novi Theatres is pleased to announce its upcoming production of the family classic, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. The show, which includes more than 100 cast and crew from Commerce, Farmington Hills, Highland, Livonia, Milford, Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield and Wixom, will perform at the Novi Civic Center on:

    Fri., May 11 - 7:30 pm; Sat., May 12 - 2 pm & 7:30 pm; Sun., May 13 - 2 pm. Fri., May 18 - 7:30 pm; Sat., May 19 - 2 pm & 7:30 pm; Sun., May 20 - 2 pm.

    Tickets for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory will be on sale beginning April 17 at the Novi Civic Center Parks Desk, 45175 W. 10 Mile (between Novi and Taft Rds.). For information, call 248/347-0400.

    Based on the story by Roald Dahl, in this production young, good-natured Charlie wins one of five golden tickets hidden among thousands of Wonka chocolate bars. What have Charlie and the other four children won? A tour through Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, led by the eccentric Wonka himself. It is a dream come true! The factory is a fantasy world: crazy colors, wild inventions, secret rooms, Oompa Loompas, and lots and lots of delectable sweets. Join Charlie on the tour of a lifetime as The Novi Theatres brings this fantasy to the stage with an all-youth cast, ages 6-18.

    According to director Debbie Lannen, performing arts coordinator for the City of Novi, "The magical adventures of the children in the marvelous chocolate factory will keep theatre-goers entertained from curtain to curtain. This is a show that reminds us all what it is to be a kid."

    The Novi Theatres has enriched the Novi community for more than 16 years. Pursuant to the City of Novi’s vision of "enriching lives…building community" and through the leadership of performing arts coordinator Debbie Lannen, The Novi Theatres is committed to expanding performing arts opportunities for Novi and the surrounding communities.

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for a Sixth Straight Year

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    GFOA LogoNOVI, Mich., April 11, 2007 – The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the City of Novi, Michigan has received the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for a sixth consecutive year, and nine years total.

    The award represents a significant achievement for the City of Novi. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

    The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to have met the high standards of the program, including the demonstration of a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" that clearly communicated its financial story and motivated potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

    Additionally, the GFOA has previously recognized the City of Novi’s Finance Department with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the past ten years. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

    The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving 16,000 government finance professionals throughout North America, and has offices located in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police Department recognizes 2006 Employees of the Year:  Officer Paul Stuligross named Novi Police Officer of the Year and Records Clerk Cyndee Hayes named Civilian Employee of the Year

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police, 248-347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Mich., April 10, 2007 - The Novi Police Department recently honored Officer Paul Sutligross as the 2006 Novi Police Officer of the Year and Records Clerk Cyndee Hayes as the 2006 Novi Police Civilian Employee of the Year. Each year the Novi Police Department honors an officer and civilian employee for their commitment and dedication, not only to the department but also to the community which they serve.

    Officer Paul Stuligross is a 19-year veteran of the Novi Police Department. He joined the force in 1988 after earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University. He is currently working towards a Master of Arts degree in Pastorial Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary. Officer Stuligross is an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church and is an instructor in the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults program. He also has volunteered for the last three years by mentoring a Novi youth through the Novi Youth Assistance and at a homeless shelter sponsored by a local religious organization.

    2006 Police Employee of the Year - Officer Paul StuligrossOfficer Stuligross has been a leader in developing several Community Oriented Policing projects for the Novi Police Department. Most notable was the role he took on in organizing, training and implementing the Police Chaplin Program for the Lakes area region. Because of his efforts the Novi Police Department, along with three area departments (Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake and Wixom) have a Police Chaplain on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist citizens in their time of need.

    "Officer Stuligross’ dedication is apparent in every aspect of his professional and personal life," notes David Molloy, Chief of Police. "His commitment to excellence is recognized not only by his peers but by community members on a regular basis. His enhancement of the regionalized Police Chaplain program is one of Officer Stuligross’ greatest accomplishments of 2006."

    2006 Police Employee of the Year - Records Clerk Cyndee HayesRecords Clerk Cyndee Hayes has been with the Novi Police Department since 2005. Her primary responsibilities consist of working with the department’s court services unit. With the addition of specific technologies and assistance from the entire records staff, the Novi Police court services function is something the department is truly proud of. Hayes embodies the customer service philosophy of the Novi Police Department.

    What makes Hayes stand out this year is her community service and spirit of volunteerism. In 2006, she joined dozens of community volunteers at the annual Arbor Day Celebration at the Novi Community Sports Park where she assisted planting hundreds of trees. She also participated in the Novi Youth Assistance Bowl-A-Thon and volunteered her time to attend two "Addicted to Movies not Drugs" all night movie marathons for Novi youth. Hayes additionally devotes some of her free time corresponding with an area youth as a pen pal.

    "Cyndee Hayes’ giving spirit is just one of her admirable qualities," said Chief Molloy. "Everything she does is with the highest quality of customer service and respect for all. Her volunteer efforts this past year stand as a model for all employees. I am very proud to have Ms. Hayes and Officer Stuligross as members of our department. The Novi community is very fortunate to have these individuals serving them on a daily basis, not only professionally but giving of their own time as community volunteers, as well."

     

    Top of PageNovi Graduates Second Class of Community Emergency Response Team Volunteers on March 31st

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police, 248-347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CERT Graduates 2007Novi, Michigan, April 3, 2007 – As part of the FY 2006/2007 budget, the Novi City Council approved funding in the amount of $18,000 to establish a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This proactive initiative educates residents and volunteers on disaster preparedness techniques to assist in mitigating hazards that may impact the community. The program also trains volunteers in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an emergency event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are also trained to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

    On Saturday, March 31st, the City of Novi conducted a three hour mock-disaster exercise that marked the completion of initial training for 36 CERT volunteers. This class was comprised of men and women from the Novi community dedicated to assisting their local government during times of crisis. With the addition of these 36 individuals, Novi now has 76 CERT volunteers ready to assist Novi’s public safety team during times of crisis.

    The City of Novi thanks the following individuals for their partnership, commitment and leadership in the emergency preparedness effort in their community:

    Brian Burke Kenneth Jacobs Barbara Rodda
    Lori Burke Linda Krieger Harvey Schwartz
    Robert Cameron Ramakrishna Krishnamurthy Judy Schwartz
    Debra Cerilli-Fritz Brian Larson Jerry Smith
    Carol Jean Crawford Deborah Marine Ronald Stotler
    Terry Croad John McInnis Emil Tomkovich
    Justin Fischer Dennis Owens Rick Vahlbusch
    Gustavo Fritz Marcia Owens Al Weirmeir
    John Garbacik Steve Paschen Leslie Weirmeir
    Connie Garbacik Bill Robbins Pete Winter
    Sheila Holly Moira Robinson Mary Angela Winter
    Mick Holly Don Rodda Bonnie Wojciechowski

    These dedicated community members began their course of instruction on February 6th and for the past several weeks have received formal training in disaster operations, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search & rescue, search organization, disaster psychology, and the role of CERT organizations during terrorist incidents. In total, all volunteers received 24 hours of class room instruction.

    "Our sustained commitment to the CERT program has significantly enhanced our response capabilities and has added an additional layer of preparedness to our emergency management efforts," said David Molloy, Chief of Police. "We are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of all Novi community members and I commend all of our CERT volunteers for their dedication and commitment to our community."

    Planning is currently underway for a third CERT training class, tentatively scheduled for May 2007. The City of Novi has an over-arching goal of having more than 100 community members fully trained as CERT volunteers by July 2007. In addition, Novi is looking forward to conducting and hosting regional training with other CERT units established throughout southeastern Michigan.

    Read more about CERT in our website here.

     

    Top of PageMarch 25th to 31st Marks Severe Weather Awareness Week – Are You Prepared?

    CONTACT: David Molloy, Chief of Police, (248) 347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    TornadoNovi, Michigan, March 25, 2007 – Did you know the average warning lead time is just 18 minutes for all severe weather events? And, in 2006, Southeast lower Michigan’s severe weather season was marked by 173 warnings issued (the average is 137) and three tornados?

    As part of emergency preparedness efforts, Oakland County Emergency Response and Preparedness will conduct a special test of the outdoor warning system on Wednesday March 28th at 11:30am in recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week. The system is tested regularly the first Saturday of each month, beginning March 3rd through November 3rd. Each of these tests will take place at 1:00pm. When sirens are activated, a three minute tone indicates a Tornado has been sighted in the area or strongly indicated on radar. Seek shelter and listen to the radio or television for more information.

    The City of Novi conducts routine emergency alert system notifications on government access channel 13. In the event of an emergency, all viewers are requested to tune to channel 13 for detailed emergency information from the City of Novi. This is an added layer of emergency communication in place to best inform and reach the Novi community.

    Another initiative recently added to Novi’s emergency preparedness efforts is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their community and trains them in basic disaster response skills.  The first Novi CERT class graduated in November 2006. This Saturday, March 31st will mark the second CERT graduating class. With the addition of these new certified volunteers, Novi has 80 CERT members trained and prepared to assist public safety officials in the event of a man-made or natural disaster.

    TORNADO WATCH – A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions exist for the development of a tornado. Watches are usually for areas about two-thirds the size of Lower Michigan and are two to six hours long. Watches give you time to plan and prepare. Persons in or near a watch area should place small objects inside (such as garbage cans and patio umbrellas) which, in the event of a tornado, could cause serious harm. Make sure the entire family is informed and they know what to do if a tornado is sighted. Keep children & pets under close supervision. Keep an eye on the sky and listen for additional statements and warnings.

    TORNADO WARNING – The local weather service office issues a Tornado Warning when a tornado has actually been sighted or is strongly indicated by radar. Warnings cover the entire county and are usually no longer than an hour and a half. If a warning is issued, seek shelter immediately.

    "Each year, many people are killed or seriously injured by tornadoes despite advance warning," notes David Molloy, Novi Police Chief. "We have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, safety, and well being of all Novi community members. The men and women of the Novi Police Department are committed to serving the community in every way possible. In the event of any disaster, we or other members of our public safety team stand ready. "

    Molloy also suggests that each household needs an emergency plan and encourages families to practice that plan. Emergency supplies are an essential part of all emergency preparedness efforts and should include:

  • Food for the entire family to last for at least 72 hours
  • Sufficient drinking water for all family members
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tools and other basic household supplies
  • At least one change of clothes and footwear per person in the home.
  • Special items for persons with unique needs – babies, seniors and illnesses
  • More information can be obtained about Severe Weather Awareness Week by visiting the Oakland County Emergency Response and Preparedness website.

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi Receives Tree City USA Growth Award

    City Council approves contract for planting of an additional 1,755 trees

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, March 21, 2007 – Novi has been named both a Tree City USA community and, for the first time, a Growth Award winner by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to its community forest. It is the 15th year Novi has received the Tree City USA distinction.

    The prestigious Growth Award recognizes environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities. The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded for demonstrating progress in the following activity areas:

    In 2006, the City of Novi planted approximately 2,300 street trees to replace ash trees with Tree Fund monies. As evidence of this continued commitment, on March 19, 2007, the Novi City Council approved the contract for a Spring 2007 Tree Planting bid for an additional 1,755 trees in the amount of $327,154. Since the residential areas impacted by the emerald ash borer have been replanted, a majority of the trees planted with this contract will be used to enhance major roads and parks.

    "Novi boasts a deep commitment to our natural features, a key factor of which is tree replacement," notes City of Novi Forester Steve Printz. "A key aspect of 2007 planting project will be species diversification. This will help ensure devastation such as Emerald Ash Borer does not recur."

    Printz also reminds community members that volunteer tree planting and mulching opportunities are available for schools, scouting organizations, service clubs, and church groups. "On Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 10 a.m., the City of Novi will host Arbor Day at Community Sports Park, located on Eight Mile Road, just east of Napier Road," said Printz. "This is a fun event and chance for everyone to come out and enhance Novi’s environment. Annually, more than 300 trees are planted at the Arbor Day event and all participants receive a free seedling."

    The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

    For more information on Arbor Day, the City’s recently completed tree inventory, or additional forestry information, visit the City’s website at www.cityofnovi.org or contact Printz at (248) 347-0400.

     

    Top of PageAra Topouzian appointed as Novi’s Economic Development Manager

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Ara TopouzianNovi, Michigan, March 20, 2007 – The City of Novi is proud to announce the appointment of Ara Topouzian as the Economic Development Manager. Topouzian, the former President/CEO of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce, will be responsible for the coordination of the City’s economic development efforts for larger firms, corporations, and area employers.

    "I am extremely excited to bring my experience with the area business community to Novi," said Topouzian. "Having served as a President and CEO of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber, I am aware that the connection between a City and its business community is vital to its sustainability and economic growth."

    During his tenure with the Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce, Topouzian increased membership, strategically relocated the office to an area amidst the organization’s largest members to enhance and further their partnerships, and served on various community boards and commissions.

    Topouzian is a graduate of Wayne State University with a BA in Journalism and Marketing. He is a member of the Walsh College Presidents Advisory Council and the Detroit Public Television President’s Council. Topouzian is also a member of the Oakland Community College Business and Community Alliance.

    In his new role as the City of Novi Economic Development Manager, Topouzian will work with a diverse group to maximize Novi’s tax base. Topouzian will work with the City’s Economic Development Corporation which is taking on a rejuvenated role to promote Novi. In addition, his knowledge of the area will help promote the entire region, working with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Oakland County.

    "I am pleased to appoint Ara Topouzian to the position of Economic Development Manager," said City Manager Clay Pearson. "We are very fortunate to have someone with his experience join the Novi team. Novi is a very dynamic community with immense opportunities for business growth and expansion. I have every confidence Mr. Topouzian will be a valuable asset in our business retention, attraction, and expansion efforts."

    In December 2006, the Novi City Council adopted Economic Development Goals and Objectives, and Implementation Strategies for 2007. The addition of an Economic Development Manager, in cooperation with Cindy Uglow’s appointment as the Neighborhood and Small Business Manager, provides an identifiable contact and advocate for the Novi business community.

     

    Top of PageStephen Rumple, AICP, PCP, PWS appointed
    as Novi’s Community Development Director

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Stephen RumpleNovi, Michigan, March 15, 2007 – The City of Novi is proud to announce the appointment of Stephen Rumple as the Community Development Director. Rumple was formerly the Community Development Director for White Lake Township.

    As the Community Development Director for the City of Novi, Rumple will be responsible for the management of the planning and building function. He will also oversee the City’s development review process and code enforcement. He will ensure coordination of project reviews and inspections to continue quality investments in the community.

    "After 17 years of public service, I’ve never felt more excited and energized than I do today," said Rumple. "To have the opportunity to work in a premier community like Novi will be challenging and rewarding. Joining a team of professionals where "quality of life" is the basis for sound decisions is truly inspiring."

    During his tenure with White Lake Township, Rumple was responsible for long-range planning, zoning ordinance administration, and environmental regulations. He oversaw more than 90 developments, including residential, commercial, industrial, and major infrastructure improvement projects.

    Rumple graduated from Wayne State University with a Masters degree in Urban Planning and has a graduate certificate in Economic Development. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and as a Professional Community Planner by the State of Michigan. Rumple also achieved technical certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist. Additionally, he has completed the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Part 91, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control training and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation training.

    "With the recent reorganization of the planning, building and code enforcement offices into one cohesive Community Development Department, we were looking for an experienced professional to join the Novi team," said Clay Pearson, City Manager, "and we have most definitely found that with Steve Rumple. I look forward to the positive energy and experience he brings to the position."

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi adds RSS feeds to website offerings at www.cityofnovi.org

    For more information: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, March 12, 2007 – The City of Novi is pleased to announce the addition of RSS feeds to the City’s website at www.cityofnovi.org. The newly added feature sets Novi apart from other municipal websites and is one of the many ways Novi continues to enhance communication with community and business members.

    What is RSS? Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a way to keep up with news and information. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, you receive notices about information that has been updated on our website as soon as it is posted. RSS files contain headlines, summaries, and links back to full-text articles on the web. You view the headlines through an RSS news reader. (If you click an RSS link, you will see XML--eXtensible Markup Language--code in your browser.)

    In addition to email subscription service found on the City’s homepage, the RSS feeds provide the latest updates and news to readers via websites or desktops. Visitors can subscribe on their RSS reader to receive updates on the latest Novi happenings, press releases, job postings, and agendas and minutes.

    "With more than 87,000 visits each month, our website is a key component in building our e-government infrastructure," said Clay J. Pearson, City Manager. "The addition of the RSS feeds is another means by which we are making information easily accessible."

    The website is hosted by Municipal Web Services and is updated daily. For more information, contact Community Relations at (248) 735-5628.

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi seeking youth to serve on Youth Council
    and Boards and Commissions

    CONTACT: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 735-5628
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Youth CouncilNovi, Michigan, March 6, 2007 – In 2005, the Novi City Council adopted two policy resolutions encouraging Novi youth to become civically active within the community either as a student representative on a Board or Commission or as a member of the City of Novi Youth Council.

    Presently, ten high school youth from the Novi community serve as student representatives on City boards, commissions and committees, in an ex-officio role. These students provide a valuable perspective on community issues, learn how local city government operates and makes decisions, and establish service and volunteer habits for the future. Students are appointed to the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission; Historical Commission; Beautification Commission; Library Board; and Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee.

    Additionally, 19 members serve on the Novi Youth Council, a group charged with the responsibility of making recommendations to the City of Novi concerning the needs of children, youth, and families of the city and the appropriate means by which public and private agencies in cooperation with volunteer efforts may address such needs.

    All members must be Novi residents at the high school level (entering freshmen or older). The Youth Council:

  • Makes recommendations to City Council on issues relative to the youth of Novi.
  • Serves as youth ambassadors to the City of Novi.
  • Encourages and promotes the education of youth regarding city government and citizen participation.
  • Interested students will be appointed by the City Council based upon application completion, a written essay, and an interview.

    Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office located at 45175 W. Ten Mile Road, and online at www.cityofnovi.org. Applications will be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office through March 28, 2007 at 4:00pm. On April 2, 2007, City Council will conduct interviews for all applicants before appointments are made to the Youth Council, Boards, and Commissions for 2007-2009 terms.

     

    Top of PageNovi Fire Department receives Department of Homeland Security Grant
    More than $75,000 will fund purchase of laptop computers for fire vehicles

    For more information: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, February 26, 2007 – The City of Novi Fire Department has been awarded a 2006 Assistance to Firefighters Grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $75,605. The purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Program is to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards.

    The Novi Fire Department will use the grant funding to purchase rugged, laptop computers for primary response and command vehicles. The laptops will be utilized to provide federally mandated Firefighter Right to Know information, including pre-incident survey information, street mapping and hydrant locations, and fire and emergency medical service reporting

    "The laptops will allow for instantaneous communication during an emergency," notes Frank A. Smith, Novi’s Fire Chief. "Additionally, firefighters will have access to valuable building, location, and inspection information while at an emergency scene, making the laptops an extremely useful tool to further ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community."

     

    Top of PageCommunity members invited to participate in Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy
    Next session begins March 1, 2007

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    For more information, contact: Thomas C. Lindberg, Deputy Chief of Police, (248) 347-0504

    Click here to read more about the
    Citizens Police Academy.

    NOVI, Mich., February 20, 2007 – The role of police officer has always been of interest to the average citizen. The film media has capitalized on this curiosity and television shows and movies about police officers are staples in the entertainment industry, but how accurate is the information they provide about law enforcement?

    The creation of the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy 13 years ago has afforded citizens the opportunity to learn about their local police department and take a behind the scenes look at what law enforcement work is all about. Participants also gain an insider’s knowledge of the police agency, enabling them to make informed decisions on issues affecting the police and the community. The Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy is a joint venture between the Novi, Wixom, Walled Lake, South Lyon, and Wolverine Lake Police Departments.

    Applications are currently being accepted for the FREE 25th session of the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy, scheduled to begin on March 1, 2007. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

    "The Citizens Police Academy is a magnificent, free program for our community that increases the understanding and cooperation between the police and citizens through education," said Thomas Lindberg, Novi’s Deputy Police Chief. "This education, along with the relationship established with members of the Police Department, assists in achieving the ultimate goal of community oriented policing, the reduction of crime through a stronger citizen commitment to the Police Department and the community."

    The 30-hour program format includes practical demonstrations, hands-on exercises, as well as presentations. Participants will tour the Oakland County Medical Examiners Office, the Michigan State Police DNA lab, and the 52-1 District Court. They will also view a K-9 demonstration, take a turn using the Firearms Training System (FATS), and have the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with a police officer.

    Classes are scheduled on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, March 1 through May 10, 2007. The registration deadline is February 28, 2007. For an application, please click here or contact Evie Watt, Executive Secretary, at (248) 347-0504.

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi renews contract with Community Emergency Medical Service

    For more information: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, February 5, 2007 – The Novi Fire Department received nearly 4,000 calls for service in 2006, with approximately 75 percent of those calls for emergency medical services. Novi Fire Chief Frank Smith expects those figures to increase in 2007.

    "Novi is a growing, dynamic community," notes Chief Smith. "Any time there is population growth coupled with steady commercial development and an increase in traffic, a community is apt to see an increase in calls for fire and emergency services."

    For 22 years, the City of Novi has contracted Community Emergency Medical Service (CEMS) to provide advanced life support (ALS) and, following City Council approval, has recently renewed their contract for an additional five years at no cost to the Novi community. The fees are paid for by insurance companies of those who utilize the services.

    The coverage provided by CEMS is round-the-clock, 365 days a year and includes two ALS units within the Novi city limits at all times (an additional unit from the previous contract). The contract with CEMS ensures ALS response within eight minutes or less ninety percent of the time.

    "The City of Novi is fortunate to have such a great partnership with CEMS," said Chief Smith. "Ensuring the health and safety of the Novi community, while providing quality service, is our highest priority"

    Click here for more information on the Novi Fire Department or the CEMS partnership.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police Department honored for second consecutive Year with Award of Excellence in Traffic Safety

    For more information, contact: Thomas C. Lindberg, Deputy Chief of Police, (248) 347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Mich., February 5, 2007 – The City of Novi Police Department has earned the coveted 2006 Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP), the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and AAA Michigan. The Novi Police Department was the only department in its class to be recognized for outstanding commitment to overall traffic safety for the second consecutive year. Having earned this award, the Novi Police Department automatically will be submitted to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to compete for the same recognition internationally.

    Winners of the MACP/OHSP/AAA Michigan Traffic Safety Award must demonstrate a clear and convincing commitment to traffic safety within their communities. Programs are judged on four components:

  • Scope and duration of the project
  • Complexity or difficulty of the project
  • Degree of innovation involved
  • Results achieved
  • Recognized agencies received a display plaque and a $6,000 grant contributed by OHSP for traffic safety equipment, overtime or training.

    "Traffic safety is a fundamental, but extremely vital, mission of community policing. As such, the Novi Police Department prides itself on being a leader in reducing the number of traffic incidents and raising awareness of the importance of obeying traffic laws in our community," commented Thomas C. Lindberg, Novi’s Deputy Chief of Police. "I commend the dedication of the men and women of our Police Department for their continued commitment to achieving such excellence."

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi joins Michigan Inter-governmental Trade Network

    For more information: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Logo - MITNNovi, Michigan, February 5, 2007 – To increase accessibility and streamline the bidding process, the City of Novi has joined the Michigan Inter-governmental Trade Network (MITN). MITN is comprised of 25 public organizations formed to create a centralized, web-based, e-procurement system that provides a single point of contact for vendors to access new business opportunities throughout our region. The City of Novi no longer maintains a Bid List and is sharing lists with the organizations on the MITN.

    Strategic resourcing and purchasing is common practice in the private sector and allows an organization to reduce expenditures through collaborative efforts and unit pricing.

    Organizations now have access to all City of Novi bid information by accessing the City’s website at www.cityofnovi.org and clicking on the Purchasing section under City Services. The system provides instant access to all of our Bids, RFP's, Quotes, Amendments and Awards online, in addition to those of all participating agencies. 

    As of February 1, 2007, 6,788 new bids were posted on the MITN system (4,605 formal bids and 2,183 quotes).  In addition, 3,310 of those documents show awards have been finalized.

    The MITN provides vendors:

  • 24-hour access to business opportunities
  • Instant electronic notification and document delivery
  • Notification based upon the vendor’s designated product or service
  • Vendor-managed system registration
  • MITN registration is free. Additional services, such as e-mail notification, are available for a fee.

     

    Top of PageFirst Tenant Sign Lease at Whitehall Real Estate's Campus Park

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 1, 2007

    Architectural PlansFarmington Hills, Michigan—Whitehall Real Estate is pleased to announce the completion of their first major lease in their prestigious Campus Park development in Novi, Michigan to JPRA Architects, currently of Farmington Hills.

    JPRA Architects, an award winning architectural and environmental graphics firm specializes in the retail industry and hospitality sectors, both nationally and internationally. JPRA, which will move from Farmington Hills to Novi by the end of 2007, will lease one of Campus Park’s three planned buildings. JPRA’s space will be approximately 30,000 square feet, which will house their new 2-story contemporary design studio.

    Campus Park, a 3-phase development, will consist of office, research and technology uses, boasting over 94,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space. The complex is conveniently located on the south side of I-96, just west of the M-5 interchange along Meadowbrook Road. “Visible from both 11 mile and the freeway, Campus Park was created not to just be an attractive development, but one that will draw major corporations to the area, like JPRA Architects,” says Gary Steven Jonna, President of Whitehall Real Estate.

    Working with Landry & Newman Architects of Birmingham, was instrumental in creating a campus that is modern, incorporates the natural land features and is responsive to the needs of corporate clients, claims Gary Steven Jonna, President of Whitehall Real Estate. “There was so much attention to detail that went into this development, from the site plan design, building architecture, to the wetland and woodland preservation area that buffers the site,” adds Jonna.

    JPRA is excited about their move from Farmington Hills to Novi. “Campus Park is going to put us right in the middle of one of the most up-to-date corporate campus’ out there,” says Jim Grigsby, President and CEO at JPRA Architects. “As architects ourselves, design is everything to us. Campus Park provides just the setting we need. We’re so pleased to be the lead tenant for Campus Park and are sure that other corporations will soon follow.”

    The project was facilitated by Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, matching Whitehall Real Estate a developer, with JPRA, as a tenant and investor, each of which are clients of Cendrowski's firm.

    Whitehall Real Estate is a full-service real estate organization committed to excellence in land acquisition, finance, development and property management services.”

    For more information on Campus Park, please call Gary Steven Jonna at (248) 442-4700.

    For more information on JPRA Architects, please call Jackie Schumacher at (248) 737-0180.

     

    Top of PageCity of Novi adds interactive mapping tool to website offerings
    Community members can log on 24 hours-a-day to find a wealth of property information

    For more information: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, January 29, 2007 – Whether you are a current resident, prospective community member, builder or developer, the City of Novi has made navigating the community as easy as a mouse click away. With a new Geographic Information System interactive mapping portal, visitors to the City of Novi’s website at www.cityofnovi.org can get a bird’s eye view of any property or location of interest.

    It is now possible to log on to www.cityofnovi.org and determine if a particular parcel is located in a flood plain, what neighborhood it is in, where the rights of way are, what voting precinct it is located in, how the property is zoned, and so much more.

    The recently added web resource features the new, Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) issued for the City of Novi and serves as the launching point for additional, dynamic mapping resources. About 16% of the City’s real property tax parcels are affected by a flood hazard designation on the new maps. This does not imply that all structures on these parcels are automatically in a flood zone, however, portions of these properties are located in areas that are susceptible to a 1% or 0.2% annual chance flood event (formerly known as the 100-year or 500-year chance flood). Any new construction/redevelopment activity on these parcels must be located with respect to the flood zone(s) present at the building site to properly enforce the State Construction Code.

    On September 25, 2006, the Novi City Council approved a contract for the development and hosting of the new interactive mapping portals to be linked to the City’s website. The interactive mapping addition is designed to streamline internal work processes and enhance the Building Department’s responsiveness to receive and review the increased volume of requests anticipated with the updated FIRMS. Utilizing the web-mapping portal, a visitor can submit a request directly to Building Department staff to determine whether a specific structure or property is located within a flood hazard area in order to enforce the State of Michigan Building Code.

    In addition to the new FEMA Flood Maps, the new mapping information includes the City’s parcel ownership information, wetlands, woodlands, school districts, voting districts, zoning districts, streets, recent and historical aerial photos, and parks/recreation sites.

     

    Top of PageNovi Police Officers save cardiac arrest victim

    For more information, contact: Thomas Lindberg, Deputy Chief of Police, (248) 348-7100
    Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Mich., January 27, 2007 – This morning at 7:46 am, the Novi Police Department received a 911 call from the Sports Club of Novi, 42500 Arena Drive, indicating a male was unresponsive on the tennis courts. The Novi Police Department was the first to respond to the scene. The call was also dispatched to the Novi Fire Department and Community Emergency Medical Service (CEMS) for ambulance response.

    Officers Steve Balog and Scott Woodley arrived at the Sports Club of Novi within 1 minute and 20 seconds of being dispatched. The officers found a 43-year -old male, Novi resident, unresponsive who appeared to have suffered cardiac arrest. Officers Balog and Woodley conducted an evaluation of the subject, and finding no breathing or pulse activated the portable Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Officers Balog and Woodley began CPR and Rescue Breathing. After three cycles of CPR and Rescue Breathing, the victim regained a strong pulse and began breathing on his own. Personnel from the Novi Fire Department and Community EMS arrived and took over the medical treatment of the subject. The victim was transported to Botsford Hospital for additional medical attention. Today’s incident marks the second time Officer Balog has used a combination of the AED and CPR to revive a victim of cardiac arrest.

    In April 2002, with the approval of the City Council, the Novi Police Department purchased AEDs to help victims in cardiac arrest for all police cruisers. AEDs are small portable devices that allow officers to effectively and accurately determine if a person requires intervention and administer the shock intended to restore the heart to a regular beat.

    Research indicates that for every minute that passes, the chance for survival of a cardiac incident decreases by seven to 10 percent. And, although Fire Department and ambulance personnel remain the primary source of emergency medical care, most often police officers are first respondents to an accident scene and can now assist persons suffering from a cardiac incident.

    "AEDs are proven to save lives and we have an excellent means of rapidly delivering that service to people in need by using police officers on patrol in our neighborhoods," notes David Molloy, Novi’s Chief of Police." Equipping officers with AED’s and having them respond to calls of potential cardiac arrest gives strength to our commitment to providing the best possible emergency service to the citizens of Novi.  This program greatly enhances the chance of survival. I commend Officers Balog and Woodley for their life-saving efforts and quick response to ensure the health and safety of this gentleman."

     

    Top of PageSuspect arrested in 1997 Tamara Pittao Murder Investigation
    Press Conference to be held at the Novi Police Department
    at 4:00pm 45125 W. Ten Mile Road

    For more information, contact: Thomas Lindberg, Deputy Chief of Police (248) 347-0504
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Lynn Pittao
    Lynn Pittao

    NOVI, Mich., January 19, 2007 – Yesterday afternoon at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Novi Police Department investigators arrested the 47-year old, estranged husband of the late Tamara Lynn Pittao in connection to her murder in November 1997.

    The suspect will be arraigned in front of the Honorable Dennis Powers at 52-1 District Court at 1 p.m. on the charge of Open Murder. A Press Conference will be held following the arraignment at the Novi Police Department at 4:00pm.

    Background

    On November 27, 1997 (Thanksgiving Day) at 8:03am, Mr. Robert Pindar, the victim’s father, contacted the Novi Police Department because his daughter failed to show up for the holiday at their suburban Chicago home. Tamara had planned to visit her family over the Thanksgiving holiday and was to have arrived at the Pindar residence on November 26th. Mr. Pindar asked if Police Officers could check her Novi residence.

    Responding officers arrived at the Clearwater Court Apartment at 8:05 am and found the apartment locked. Maintenance was able to provide the officers with a key. The victim’s body was found inside the apartment. There were no signs of forced entry or sexual assault and nothing was missing from the residence. An autopsy by the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death as "head and neck trauma." The manner of death was "homicide."
    The subsequent investigation revealed that the victim was in the process of divorcing her husband and, while living together, Pittao had been the victim of domestic violence on several occasions. At the time of her death, there was a pending domestic assault charge against her estranged husband in the Clarkston District Court. Pittao was also listed as a witness in an assault case where her estranged husband was the defendant.

    Throughout the nine-year investigation, detectives of the Novi Police Department have conducted relentless follow-up with numerous witnesses. In November 2006, investigators uncovered new information that facilitated the issuance of an arrest warrant.

    “I am very proud of the unyielding investigative work by the men and women involved with this case,” said David Molloy, Chief of Police. “Lieutenant Victor Lauria and his staff have done an excellent job coordinating this investigation and bringing this case to justice.”

     

    Top of PageRecently Installed Smoke Detectors Alert Novi Family of House Fire

    Contact: Sheryl Walsh, Community Relations Manager, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Novi, Michigan, January 12, 2007 – Early this morning, the Novi Fire Department responded to a 911 call received at 12:30am regarding a house fire at 50575 Twelve Mile Road. Upon Fire Department arrival, the female resident, her two children and two dogs were safe outside the dwelling.

    The family had been alerted of the fire while sleeping by smoke detectors. The smoke detectors had been installed by Novi Fire Department staff on November 22, 2006 after being called out by the resident for a "suspicious odor." While at the residence, Novi fire protection officers noted that the smoke detectors in the home were not properly functioning and installed two new battery-operated fixtures as a fire prevention courtesy. It was these two new detectors that awoke the family, alerting them of the danger.

    "Fire kills an estimated 4,000 Americans each year, with the majority of deadly fires occurring in the home between midnight and 8:00am. I don’t want to even think about what could have happened to this family had there not been properly installed smoke detectors," said Novi Fire Chief Frank Smith. "I am very proud of the Novi Fire Department for their efforts in November that lead to the safe outcome for this family."

    The fire was under control by 1:00am. Initial investigations by the Oakland County Sherriff’s Department report this as an accidental fire which appears to be electrical in nature.

     

    Top of PageSurvey Finds Novi Residents Very Satisfied with Community and Municipal Services

    For more information: Sheryl Walsh, (248) 534-9512
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NOVI, Michigan, January 5, 2007 – When it comes to quality of life in Novi, 88 percent of survey respondents rated Novi as "Excellent" or "Good;" none rated it "Poor." Novi residents also rated their community very high in public safety, shopping opportunities, access to quality healthcare, education, and openness and acceptance of people of diverse backgrounds when polled by the National Research Center (NRC), a leading research firm known for its comprehensive studies of citizen perceptions and views

    These key quality-of-life views expressed by Novi residents are among the many findings contained in the report of a formal citizen mail survey conducted by NRC for the City of Novi. The survey found citizen satisfaction with the community, its amenities, safety and the performance of municipal staff very high, exceeding or similar to national norms in almost every area where comparisons were possible.

    Surveys were completed by 419 randomly selected Novi residents contacted through the mail in October and November 2006 for results that have a five percent margin of error and a 95 percent confidence level. Participants answered 36 questions on items such as quality of community life, public safety, government services, City employees, traffic, parking and diversity.

    Most of the questions were from the National Citizen Survey™ adopted by the International City/County Manager’s Association as a national standard for comparing responses to other communities across regions and the nation.

    Highlights of the survey, which will be posted in its entirety on this website, include the following:

  • Eighty-eight percent of respondents rated the overall quality of life in Novi excellent or good. Similar numbers of respondents rated the overall quality of their neighborhoods just as high, while also saying good or excellent when asked about Novi as a place to raise children. All responses in this category put Novi in the 74th percentile of communities nationally.
  • Some 95 percent of the respondents also rated the shopping opportunities in Novi as good or excellent which represents the 99th percentile among communities taking the National Citizen Survey.
  • Novi’s citizens’ perception of their personal safety ranged from 97 percent saying they felt very or somewhat safe during the day in their neighborhoods or in the downtown area. Eighty-nine percent responded feeling "safe" or "very safe" from violent crimes and 79 percent for property crimes. Likewise, 84 percent of survey respondents feel "safe" or "very safe" from fire.
  • Traffic congestion was most frequently identified as a problem in Novi, while less than five percent rated crime or noise as a "major problem."
  • Overall, the quality of services provided by the City of Novi scored "excellent" or "good" 81 percent of the time. Compared to other communities taking the same survey, police services ranked the highest, followed closely by code enforcement, and senior citizen services.
  • Most City services were rated significantly more positively than the national norm, with no service rating significantly below the national norm.
  • Among citizens who had contact with a City staff member, 84 percent responded that the overall impression of customer service was "excellent" or "good."
  • A detailed overview of survey findings will be presented by Dr. Thomas Miller at the Novi City Council Meeting on Monday, January 8 at 7:00pm. For more information, contact the Community Relations Office at 248-735-5628.