📣Please note that our 7th Annual Prosperity Pontiac Annual Event, sponsored by McLaren Oakland is now SOLD OUT!!! Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets! We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, March 29th! Networking begins promptly at 5:30PM!
Our ninth annual Building Brighter Futures Breakfast is back in person on May 2nd! Thank you to our sponsors for making it all possible. If you are interested in attending or becoming a sponsor, visit oaklandfamilyservices.org/breakfast for more information.
Creek Enterprise Inc
Health Alliance Plan - HAP
Seeds marketing + design
Brose North America, Inc.
SandPoint Consulting, Inc.
UHY International, Registered Public Accountants
USI Insurance Services
Last week we celebrated Waterford at the State of the Township Address at Overtyme Grill and Taproom! Thank you to all who attended, our sponsors and our speakers.
Sponsors: Canterbury-on-the-Lake Retirement Community, Genisys Credit Union, Henry Ford Health, Oakland Community College (Official), Oakland Family Dental, Planet 59, All Saints Cemetery, Farm Bureau Insurance -The Milner Agency, McLaren Oakland, Recovered Chiropractic, Senator Jim Runestad, State Representative Mike Harris and Michigan Town Planner.
Waterford School District and Waterford Township, Michigan
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We're gearing up for the 2023 Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence on May 10, 2023!
We're thankful to these generous sponsors for supporting the next generation of nurses.
Henry Ford Health
J & B Medical
Detroit Medical Center
For event information: https://www.oakland.edu/nursing/nightingale/
It was a full house this morning at the Waterford State of the Township Address with over 140 in attendance! Thank you to our sponsors, speakers and all who attended!
Canterbury-on-the-Lake Retirement Community, Genisys Credit Union, Henry Ford Health, Oakland Community College (Official), Oakland Family Dental, Planet 59, All Saints Cemetery, Farm Bureau Insurance -The Milner Agency, McLaren Oakland, Recovered Chiropractic, Senator Jim Runestad, State Representative Mike Harris, Michigan Town Planner. Waterford School District, Waterford Township, Michigan
Thank you to our wonderful community for following our page. 🎉We recently hit over 2000 Facebook Followers.🎉 Thank you all for your support!
Join us on March 29th for our 7th Prosperity Pontiac Annual Event, Presented by McLaren Oakland, where we celebrate our Business Community. Ticket are available here:
Vickie Brent-Touray City of Pontiac, Michigan USA - Government Oakland County, Michigan Government
Join McLaren Oakland for a virtual job fair! Dates and times in post below!
Fantastic support for the local community by McLaren Oakland and a strong message saying sport is good.
We would like to send a big thank you to McLaren Oakland. They have made a donation of a new Sqorz timing system for the track. We will be Installing 3 loops, bottom of the hill, first turn and the finish line. We should be ready by the beginning of the season 🥳
Grant awarded to build Helen Smith Park!
A huge and heartfelt “thank you” to the Four County Community Foundation (4CCF) for awarding a $20,506.80 grant to build Helen Smith Park on the Oxford Township Hall grounds at 300 Dunlap Rd.
4CCF’s grant money will be combined with $58,750 in cash donations and $9,919.77 worth of in-kind donations to construct a 2,400-square-foot pocket park this year. Since 2020, 4CCF has awarded four grants to Oxford Township, totaling $45,506.80.
“Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to 4CCF for this grant and the others,” said Oxford Twp. Communications and Grants Manager C.J. Carnacchio, who researched, wrote and submitted the park proposal. “4CCF is a fantastic partner. The folks there are incredibly helpful, supportive and caring. 4CCF’s willingness to invest in our community and our people is humbling and much appreciated.”
Helen Smith Park will include the following:
• Three pieces of accessible play equipment (freestanding climber, swing and drum set) to create a fun destination for children and families
• Two pieces of accessible exercise equipment (lat pull-down and hand cycle) for teenagers and adults
• An accessible pedestal table that provides seating for four people
• A bicycle repair station
• An 8-foot park bench
• A trash receptacle
• ADA-compliant engineered wood fiber surface
Helen Smith Park will be accessible by foot, bicycle and mobility device as well as by motor vehicle. That’s because it will be adjacent to a safety path that’s part of a 5.02-mile pedestrian loop located in the center of the community. Consisting of a combination of shared-use paths and traditional sidewalks, this loop runs along Dunlap Rd., Market St., M-24, Burdick St. and Seymour Lake Rd. The loop provides pedestrians and cyclists with safe, convenient, reliable and equitable access to a large portion of Oxford.
The park will be named for the late Helen Smith (1934 to 2015), a selfless Oxford resident who devoted her life to supporting local youth, bettering her community and helping run a successful family business (Smith Silo Co.) that supported the American farmer and left a lasting footprint on the agricultural landscape of the Midwest. Helen made it her personal mission to see that Oxford’s young people always received the financial and moral support they needed and deserved. She was committed to helping students succeed in the classroom, on the field and in the world after graduation. She did this as a charter member of the Oxford Wildcat Booster Club and through her work with American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 and American Legion Post 108.
This park will be used to honor Helen’s memory, share her story, celebrate her accomplishments and inspire future generations to follow in her footsteps. A bronze plaque bearing an image of Helen and a brief biography will help tell her story to visitors. It will be affixed to a 2,000-pound boulder.
“Helen was Oxford,” Carnacchio said. “Her accomplishments, leadership and generosity helped shape and guide this community for more than six decades. But with Oxford continuing to grow, there could come a day when nobody knows who Helen is or what she did. Building a park named for her is one way to help ensure Helen and her legacy are never forgotten.”
Carnacchio came up with the idea for the pocket park in March 2022. He approached township Supervisor Jack Curtis, who loved the idea and offered his full support. “Jack backed me on this from Day One,” Carnacchio said. “His enthusiastic embrace of new ideas is a real motivator.”
After selecting all the equipment, Carnacchio worked with former Parks and Rec. Director Ron Davis, Park Supt. Jeff Kinasz, Sarah Kohut (the township treasurer’s administrative assistant) and township Engineer Jim Sharpe to select the site and design the park.
Carnacchio then went about soliciting donations from the community between June and December. A total of 26 businesses, organizations and individuals provided $58,750 in monetary contributions.
Donors include: McLaren Oakland Hospital, The Clark Fund, Lee Industrial Plaza, Koenig Materials, Barron Industries, Oxford Bank, Frontier Distributing, Dan Davis, RLM Industries, HealthQuest Physical Therapy, American Legion Walter Fraser Post 108, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108, American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 108, North Oakland VFW Post 334, Rattlewood Farms, 4B Foundation, Casemer Tool and Machine, 24th Street Sports Tavern, Puritan Magnetics, Bradford Jacobsen, Collier Lanes Bowling Center, Oxford Hills Golf Club, Acorn Stamping, Oxford Education Association, Oxford Wildcat Band Boosters and Dr. Mark Orchard.
The Oxford-based Birmingham Sealcoat, Inc. agreed to donate all the concrete work necessary for the park (a $6,515.42 value). The Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department is donating a trash receptacle and labor. A bench paid for by township employees and others will also be used as part of the park.
Once all of the donations were secured, Carnacchio submitted a grant proposal to 4CCF in December. (Special thanks to Danielle Smith, the township supervisor’s executive assistant, for her expert proofreading skills.)
“From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank everyone who provided funding, input, support and guidance for this project,” Carnacchio said. “We made it happen. We did it for Oxford. We did it for Helen. Thank you, everyone!”
Four County Community Foundation
Oxford Community Schools
Oxford Township Parks & Recreation
Oxford Wildcat Booster Club
Oxford Fire Department-Michigan
Village of Oxford
American Legion Walter Fraser Post 108
North Oakland VFW Post 334
Oxford Wildcat Band Boosters
Casemer Tool & Machine, Inc.
24TH STREET SPORTS TAVERN
Collier Lanes Bowling Center
Oxford Hills Golf Club
Birmingham Sealcoat Inc.
Oxford Public Library
Oxford - Addison Youth Assistance
Oxford Chamber of Commerce
All for Oxford - A Program of Common Ground
Oxford Community Television
Oxford Virtual Academy
Orion Township, Michigan
Oakland County, Michigan Government
Michigan Townships Association
Northeast Oakland Historical Museum
Puritan Magnetics, Inc.