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Saturday, March 7, 2015

GIVING BACK AND BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION

At the Annual Potluck and the Community Planning Meeting in November 2014  Habitat shared some of the information that was collected so far from Lowe's community wide surveys. They shared what we said was important like our desire to have a safe place to live, getting youth programming right here in West Willow and much, much more. Taking the survey is a part of the residents giving back to Lowe's for the grant they so graciously awarded to us! It is a mandatory obligation we promised to complete.  We see the wonderful new fencing  neighbors received for free because of the grant. Doesn't it look good and inviting to the outside community? It shows we care about keeping up our property. So a special thanks to the Lowe employees, Habitat workers and the West Willow residents who all came out and put the fence up. Other things that the grant paid for were more  home exterior improvements that brought painting, gutters and guard improvement and landscape improvements to many West Willow residents. We also look forward to the pavilion that will be built at the Community Resource Center on Tyler rd. 
  There are many residents who have benefited from the work of Habitat's Community Revitalization Project and the Lowe Grant. Neighbors, it's time to step up and finish our responsibility to complete and collect enough surveys. It's time to give back! We have not met that magical number. We still need a little under 100 surveys to complete our part of the grant commitment. So please if you have not done a survey please contact me (Linda Mealing) at 734-483-8195 or contact Shataura Clayborne at 734-478-6331 of Habitat to get a copy to fill out. Copies are also available at the monthly community open meetings.
  The information already gathered also gives residents the opportunity to be a part of the solution to the problems we identified as needing to change. There are 6 action groups that have been formed to address the problems we identified as needing to improve or be resolved. If you have not connected with a group to help the community for CHANGE please consider joining one soon.  You can find the meeting dates on Nextdoor.com or call Shataura or Linda for information. The groups are :
Drug Activity
Access to Amenities
Vandalism & Break-ins
Poor Stree Maintenance & Lighting/Litter, Trash, Debris
Youth
Neighbor Relations

May we all be a part of making West Willow a great place to live. I look forward to meeting more residents and working side by side on our projects like the upcoming pavilion & Habitat rehab homes in West Willow work days and other plans for a greater neighborhood. Working hand in hand, helping our neighbors. caring for the good of each other, partnering with our churches and other community groups will all lead to a stronger and saving community! 

A special thanks to our partners and supporters: Habitat of Huron Valley, Shataura Clayborne/ Habitat's West Willow Community Development staff, Lowe's, Ypsilanti Township Board and Ypsi Paint who also have done landscape and painting in West Willow. And not forgetting a special thanks to Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation, MiWorks and Washtenaw Cty. Grandparents Program who have helped support the Summer program for years.

Linda Mealing 
NWWNA President

2015 SEVERE WEATHER "SKYWARN SPOTTER" TRAINING

Washtenaw Cty. Sheriff Emergency Services in conjunction with the National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac is offering Skywarn Spotter training free of charge to anyone 18 years of age or older who is interested in being trained in severe weather identification, protection and reporting procedures. The course is 1-1/2 hr. long, and identification codes are issued to all who complete the program.
March 12, 2015 - Thursday   
7-8:30pm.
Ypsilanti Township Civic Center
7200 South Huron River Dr.
East off of Huron St. south of I-94
Ypsilanti, Mi.


April 11, 2015- Saturday
10am to11:30 am
Pioneer High School
601 West Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Mi.

Registration for both courses begins 30 minutes before posted start time

Class sizes are limited so you must pre-register  either electronically on the web at http://emergency.eWashtenaw.org or by calling (734) 973-4900. Provide your name, phone number, class date, and verify that you are at least 18 years of age.

Announcement from West Willow Churches


West Willow C.O.G.I.C.- 21st Annual Winter Harvest Program, March 8, 2015 at 4pm. Special guest speaker Evangelist Elaine P. Wright. Sponsored by: The Young Women Christian Council Dept. & C.W.C.

Greater Faith Transition,Inc.- Giving Back! Food Distribution 1st and 4th Tuesday of the month from 1- 4pm. Located at the old Kaiser School, 670 Onandaga St.

New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church - Tutoring for students every Wednesday. Church address is 2345 Tyler rd. Please contact the church for more details and time. 734-483-5730

Monday, February 23, 2015

Speaking up Works!

On February 17th at the Ypsilanti Township Board meeting, three West Willow residents spoke regarding drug houses in our neighborhood. This was the outcome: Drug Activity at a rental house is not accepted and a warning letter will be sent to the landlord and his/her property will be padlocked for a year. This is of course after the police have been involved. Lieutenant Jim E. Anuszkiewicz was present and spoke to the West Willow residents after the meeting. He said he was going to make sure this is looked into and dealt with sooner then was planned. West Willow is on the Washtenaw County Sheriff's high priority because we spoke up, that is what he said. If you want to hear this first hand his number is: 734-714-9907/anuszkij@ewashtenaw.org

written by Joann McCollum, Vice President of NWWNA.(also posted in Nextdoor.com/westwillow)

Monday, February 16, 2015

WEST WILLOW MEETS TONIGHTS- FEB. 16, 2015

Please come out to our monthly meeting today. They're held the 3rd. Monday of each month at the CRC (community resource center, 2057 Tyler rd.) at 7-8:30pm. Come out and meet more of your neighbors and get updates from the police, fire, township and Habitat. There will be updates from our newly formed action groups that are making positive plans to make West Willow into a greater place to live. It's also a time for you to share your concerns, get help from others and be a part of this years goal settings. We need your input to understand all the concerns and needs. CHANGE will not happen unless the RESIDENTS step up, make it happen and keep it MOVING.  The building will be extra warm tonight and hot beverages for all. Park in the church parking lot for your convenience. You may contact me at 483-8195 if you have questions or look up other board members on the information pages. SEE YOU TONIGHT.

Monday, February 2, 2015

WEST WILLOW WOMEN IN ACTION

The W.W.W.I.A. for today has been cancelled due to the weather. The subdivision is still covered with 14-16 inches of snow.  Keep safe and see you March 2, 2015 at 6pm., CRC.

Monday, January 12, 2015

NWWNA Meets January 19th

Happy New Year everyone! Please come out to the 1st meeting of 2015! It will be Jan.19th at 7pm. Location: Community Resource Center (CRC), 2057 Tyler Rd. A special installation ceremony for the 2015/2016 board will take place. Come out and be apart of  setting goals and planning the new year. There will be reports from the twp., police, fire department, and some of the newly formed committees.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Updates

Youth activities at CRC cancelled for today.
West Willow Women Action meets Monday, 1-5-15 at 6pm, CRC.
NWWNA meets 1-19-15 at 7pm, CRC

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CRC open during School Shut Down

NWWNA would like to open the CRC as much as possible during the School Christmas shut down. Most schools are closed Dec.22- Jan.2, 2015. If you are able to volunteer during the hours of noon or 1pm to 4:30pm for one or more days please contact Linda at 734.483.8195 asap. Final dates and times will be posted once their covered. Later times for teens is a possibility. Other needs are refreshments and baked sugar cookies for decorating or cookie dough for baking and decorating items. Financial donations accepted.