News & Notes - 1/11/24 Novi Note

Novi Note | Published January 11, 2024

 Charles A. Staab

Charles A. Staab

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Staab named Novi Parks Foundation president
The Novi Parks Foundation recently named Charles A. Staab as its new president. He will replace David Landry.

As president, Staab is expected to lead the board of directors in gaining funding, recommending projects and overseeing the executive director to enhance recreational and cultural programs and facilities in the city of Novi, a press release states.

Staab has served on the NPF board of directors for over 10 years and as a commissioner for Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services for over 25 years, according to a press release. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Illinois State University. He has worked with nonprofit organizations throughout Michigan, serving as president of the Novi Jaycees and community development vice president for the Michigan Jaycees, where he was recognized as an outstanding state vice-presidents by the United States Jaycees. During his work with the Jaycees, he was awarded a Junior Chamber International senator and ambassador designation.

Staab has lived in Novi for more than 43 years, the release states. He and his wife, Becky, have three children, who graduated from the Novi Community School District.

The Novi Parks Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).


Free kids movie nights at Paradise Park
Paradise Park is hosting free movie nights on Fridays through Feb. 23. The movie will start at 7:15 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Children 10 and older can be dropped off at 7:10 p.m. Those who are 9 and younger must be accompanied by someone age 16 or older. Parents are required to provide emergency contact information as part of the online registration process and must also allow the park to make a copy of their driver’s licenses or state IDs prior to dropping off their children.

For added fun, the park is offering a homemade pizza buffet, one hour of unlimited arcade time, and a laser tag game prior to the movie for $18 per child.  Those who purchase the package should drop their children off at 6 p.m. Registration is required. To register, visit

Movie Schedule:
• Jan. 12 — “Shrek”
• Jan. 19 — “Ice Age”
• Jan. 26 — “Tangled”
• Feb.  2 — “How to Train Your Dragon”
• Feb. 9 — “Sonic the Hedgehog”
• Feb. 16 — “Encanto”
• Feb. 23 — “Up”


Novi community mural contest
The city of Novi is holding a contest for residents to design a mural to decorate the city. Applications will be accepted through April 5. Proposed designs will be voted on by city commissions or committees and the community. The winning design will be painted by a local artist on a building or outdoor space in Novi. For more information or to apply, go to


Sheriff’s Office warns of security issue with iPhone software update
The iPhone update iOS 17 has a feature called “Name Drop” that prompts you to share your contact information when two iPhones are in close proximity. This feature defaults to being on and users must manually turn it off if they so choose. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office suggests that iPhone owners take some time to consider whether they want this feature to be on or off.

How to turn off Name Drop:
1. Open Settings.
2. Press General.
3. Press AirDrop.
4. Toggle off “Bringing Devices Together.”


Christmas tree collection to end soon
According to the city of Novi, Christmas tree collection began Dec. 26 and will continue “through the week that includes Jan. 15 on your regular service day.” For more information, visit


Michigan Day celebration
The Novi Parks and Recreation Department will host a Michigan Day Celebration 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Banquet Quarter of the Novi Civic Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road. The event will feature Michigan-made food and drinks, state trivia, games, and raffle prizes. The cost is $3 for residents and $4 for nonresidents. Participants must register online at by 5 p.m. Jan. 16.