Saturday, February 28, 2015

SIGN UP FOR BASEBALL TODAY: Little leagues host registrations

Baseball is just around the corner, and Taylor Northeast and Taylor North Central are both having registrations TODAY!

Taylor Northeast Little League we will be offering registration dates from noon until 4 p.m. Cost is $45 (and you must participate in league's fundraiser).  Discounts are available for multiple children registering from same family. Leagues are open to boys and girls ages 4-16. Must provide proof that you live in the Little League's boundaries or go to school within those boundaries. 

Visit the league at  for additional information or call at 313-291-7576. Located at 21720 Wick Rd, Taylor 48180.

Taylor North Central Little League is holding two registrations (one today) for the upcoming baseball season. Its two final registrations are noon-4 p.m. today, Saturday, February 28, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Taylor North Center is located at 6750 Pardee. 


Save the date!

The second Heritage Park Cleanup Day has been scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Last year's initial Heritage Park Cleanup Day was a huge success. Created by resident Jim Taylor and manned by a horde of volunteers, the cleanup attracted nearly 270 people, 15 sponsors, prizes totalling approximately $1,100 and resulted in five truckloads of trash being carted out of Taylor's largest park.

Those involved, many of whom traveled to the park from outside the City, had a load of fun and left the park cleaner than it was in a long time. The Heritage Park Cleanup Day also started a string of volunteer cleanup days across the community that lasted the entire year.

Thanks to last year's success, this year's emphasis will be slightly different. The group will gather in the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion for registration and group direction. The cleanup will then focus on the west end of the facility, including the Pardee Street entrance to the parkway, and all around and in Coan Lake.

Groups will still be sent out to clean areas deeper in the park, but other groups will not only pick up trash and debris, but work on flower beds, trim bushes, throw mulch, etc. 

More information will be published on this website between now and the event.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jim Taylor at (734) 666-8968 or email him at

For those of you who would like to create your own volunteer cleanup day at a given location in the community, or are interested in discussing the possibilities, contact the City of Taylor's Communications & Marketing Director Karl Ziomek at or call him at (734) 374-1447.

SUMMER JOBS AVAILABLE: City seeks building supervisors, cooks, general recreation staff and lifeguards

The City of Taylor recently held two very successful job fairs, but it's still seeking applicants for part-time seasonal work.

Approximately 100 people attended the job fairs, held at the Taylor Sportsplex and the Lakes of Taylor Golf Course. 

Currently, Taylor is still accepting applications for building supervisors at the Sportsplex, cooks, general staff at the Recreation Center and potential lifeguards at the Northwest Pool (opening in the summer).

For more information, contact the Human Resources Department of the City of Taylor at (734) 374-1369.

TAYLOR TODAY: Magazine available online

The February edition of Taylor Today magazine has been published and it features several items worth reading.

Look for the following:

  • Mayor Rick Sollars discusses the fire department funding siuation
  • Police announced 2014 crime figures
  • Water meter changes throughout the city
  • The Taylor Sportsplex is thriving
  • Nationally renown gardeners are heading for WCCCD
  • New Judge Joseph Slaven takes the bench
  • Updates on business and development
  • Taylor's new farmer's market at Heritage Park
  • School updates
  • And the Hoover Middle School Hall of Fame!

Click here for a downloadable digital copy.


Johnson Early Childhood Center is now the home of a new WIC site. WIC stands for women, infants and children and it provides a special supplemental nutrition through federal grants for them. It also provide nutrition education and counseling. This is a great service to families who may already attend the preschool program in the building in addition to families in the surrounding communities.


Mrs. Sute's class at the Johnson Early Childhood Center celebrated 50 days of school by creating an individual collage of 50 items. Parents sent in items of their choice to the classroom.


On January 28 the students at Blair Moody Elementary School braved the cold weather to do some tumbling at Downriver Gymnastics in Southgate.

The children in Ms. Gray, Mrs. Trigge and Mrs. Neblett’s classes had a blast jumping on the trampolines, walking on the balance beans and sliding into the giant foam pit. A big thank you to the coaches at Downriver Gymnastics for all their help. The children had so much fun!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Performers Expo 2015 Showcases will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center on the Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus.

The campus is located at 21000 Northline Road.

See new and emerging local performing artists present brief showcase performances for review by Detroit-area venue operators and program directors.

This is open to the public at no cost.

For more information, call (734) 374-3232 or visit

TAYLOR FARM MARKET: Fund-raising dinner planned on Thursday

The all-new Taylor Farm Market is opening in the Sheridan Center at Heritage Park this June. 
The farm market committee is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the effort from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26, at the William Ford Senior Center, 6750 Troy.

Cost is $10 per person (although we'll accept more!). No reservations needed. Just walk right up. 

All donations go directly into the farm market.

For more information or if you have questions, call Kimber Dorton in the mayor's office at (734) 374-1450.

MOTHER AND SON DANCE II: Second gathering is planned for May 2!

The second annual Mother and Son Dance, for boys 2 through 11 and their moms, is scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Kennedy High School.

It's $25 per couple ($5 for each additional boy in the same family). Cash, money order or cashier's checks only. Preregistration only -- no tickets at the door. For tickets by mail, send your check to Mother and Son Dance Attn. Jennifer Phillips, 13505 Kennedy Drive, Taylor, MI, 48180 by April 29.

To purchase tickets in person, go to the Kennedy High School office between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays between April 13 and May 1.

For more information, email Jennifer Phillips ( or call (734) 374-1229.

DJ, gift bag, flower, professional photo, pizza and drinks. All cities welcome.

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Students are begging to join the Book Club!

Who doesn’t love to tell their friends about a great book they’re reading?  Several of Blair Moody Elementary School’s third-fifth graders have been enjoying doing just that. 

The lucky students who are members of Book Club are given a great book to read and are assigned a few chapters to read each week.  They then meet during their lunch period to discuss the book with Mrs. Wolney and the other members of Book Club. 

Some of the books students in Book Club have read are “Doll Bones,” “The Giver,” “Esperanza Rising,” “The Lemonade War,” and “Treasure Hunter.”

Mrs. Wolney, the advisor for Book Club, said, “The really amazing thing is how excited the kids are to read these books.  Students are begging me to join Book Club.  It is a wonderful thing.”

As Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more things that you know, the more places you’ll go.”


Ms. Kendra's fourth- and fifth-grade class enjoy math with art.  This class is offered to all of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Myers Elementary School.


At Taylor Parks Elementary School on February 25, the building hosted its monthly “Time Out for Parents and PTA meeting.”  

The special presenter was Caira Prince of the Oakwood Healthcare Systems Community Outreach programs.  She spoke to our parents about the various free programs being offered within the community to encourage healthy nutrition habits, diabetes management and affordable healthcare programs.