News & Notes - 11/22/23 Beacon

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 21, 2023

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High school students make food donation
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP — The Walled Lake Central student council delivered items from its canned food drive to the Hospitality House Food Pantry Nov. 11.

According to a press release, Walled Lake Central’s Canned Food Drive is the largest donation the Hospitality House receives each year.

The Hospitality House Food Pantry is located at 2075 E. West Maple Road, B204, in Commerce Township.


Library employee wins award
WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township Public Library employee Victoria Edwards recently won the 2023 Library Support Staff of the Year Award at the 2023 Michigan Library Awards.

Recipients were recognized at the Michigan Library Awards Gala in Kalamazoo Oct. 18.

According to the Michigan Library Association website, the award that Edwards received recognizes a support staff professional who goes above and beyond to provide support at their library and who has advanced and strengthened the image of support staff.

Edwards is a marketing communications specialist for the library.


Job search workshop scheduled
SOUTHFIELD — Gesher Human Services, formerly known as JVS Human Services, is scheduled to offer a free online job search workshop at its Southfield headquarters, located at 29699 Southfield Road in Southfield.

According to a press release, the workshop will teach participants how to use the online job site Indeed, set up job alerts, complete an online job application, and upload resumes and cover letters, with no registration required for the workshop.

“The nonprofit organization has Certified Professional Resume Writers on staff to ensure participant’s resumes are professional and compelling for potential employers and offers career advisors who can guide job applicants on their marketable skills and job search tips; LinkedIn experts can assist participants in developing networking skills,” the release states.

The workshop is scheduled to take place 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

For more information, visit the events page at


Jewish Family Service set to host ‘Adopt a Family’ program
WEST BLOOMFIELD — Jewish Family Service is inviting residents to participate in its “Adopt a Family” program.

“Help create lasting memories and make the season a little brighter for those struggling to make ends meet,” a press release states.

To participate, residents can shop from a wish list, donate gift cards or make a monetary donation.

To register, visit

Gift drop-off is set to take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27-30 and 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 1.

Jewish Family Service is located at 6555 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.

For more information, call (248) 970-2655 or send an email to

Jewish Family Service is also scheduled to host an intimate partner violence support group on Mondays, starting Dec. 4.

The ongoing group is set to be facilitated by a JFS clinical therapist and meets 7:30-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday every month on Zoom.

For more information or to register, call (248) 406-0076 or send an email to


’Talley’s Folly’ set to run at Inspired Acting Company
WALLED LAKE — The Inspired Acting Company is scheduled to run the PulitzerPrize-winning play “Talley’s Folly” Dec. 1-17.

The play, by Lanford Wilson, is described as a romantic comedy that tackles issues ranging from antisemitism to coping with trauma.

According to a press release, the play was written in 1979 and unfolds against the backdrop of a dilapidated and forgotten boathouse on the Talley farm on the Fourth of July, 1944, with D-Day having taken place the month prior.

“The backdrop of the war helps raise issues of patriotism, capitalism and anti-Semitism,” the release states. “But it’s also a love story, where the characters grapple with issues of love, identity, and the courage to embrace the unknown. The play takes place in one act with no intermission, set in ninety-seven minutes of real time, with no set change. Lanford Wilson’s masterful storytelling weaves a rich tapestry of emotions and cultural nuances that resonate with audiences to this day.”

Performances are scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

General admission tickets cost $35, or $30 for those under 30 and over 65.

To purchase tickets, visit or call (248) 863-9953.