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Welcome to the New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready to take on the Michigan winter.

I don’t consider myself overly techie, but I also don’t think I’m too far behind the times. So, when I received an Apple Watch as a gift, I had no idea what this would mean.

Understand: I grew up watching the Jetsons, Wonder Woman and ALF. We have some amazing technology these days, but I’m still disappointed I don’t have a jetpack.

I was a little floored with my new watch. I had no idea all the things it can do. It even tells me when to breathe. But the most surprising feature to me is the ability to take phone calls ON A WATCH.

I was putting in a load of laundry and my watch started ringing. My husband and I looked around to see who stepped on a kids’ toy only to figure out it was my wrist. I answered it and we talked to a telemarketer for a while just because IT WAS ON A WATCH.

This thing is straight out of the campy Batman show from my childhood. POW! If only it did the laundry.

Bring in the New Year strong.


Chapters for Charity

Bookworms! It’s time to show ‘em how to get it done.

You love to read. Now, you can read for charity with Chapters for Charity an Adult Battle of the Books hosted by the library.

Teams can sign up for $5 per member to answer pub-style trivia about five pre-selected books. For more information on the event, books and charities, click here.

Chamber Hosts Neighborly Networking

On Thursday, Jan. 9, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., join fellow business owners for a networking event at Granite City Brewery in Northville. Hosted in partnership with the Greater Farmington Chamber of Commerce, the event is just $5 for members and $10 for guests. Take advantage of this opportunity to network with other business owners from Farmington, Livonia, Novi and more.

Creative F2H Meetup

On Jan. 17, a new networking event will kick-off for those who work and/or play in the arts, and creative and cultural organizations and businesses in the Farmington area. Come meet other artists and creatives in the community. The event is Hosted by KickstART Farmington and Thistle Rose Academy of Arts.

The event is Friday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at KickstART Farmington. Space is limited, so reserve a spot.

Writing Contest

There are two writing contests, designed around Women’s Suffrage, open to Oakland County students.

The idea is a celebration of 100 years of the 19th Amendment. One contest (poetry) is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12. The other is for secondary students and is the creation of a PSA.

The initiative is for Oakland County students only. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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