News & Notes - 12/21/23 Novi Note

Novi Note | Published December 19, 2023

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Public invited to comment as part of Police Department’s accreditation
As part of a reaccreditation process, a team of assessors from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission will visit the Novi Police Department Dec. 28. The assessors will examine all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team by telephone or email. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the commission’s standards. The public can call (248) 567-0310 between 1 and 3 p.m.  Thursday, Dec. 28.


Council holds interviews for open seat
The City Council held interviews with 16 applicants for an open council position during its regular meeting Dec 11. The seat was vacated when Justin Fischer was elected mayor last month. The council is expected to make a decision on who will fill the seat during its meeting Dec. 18.


’Tis the season to shop
A report released Nov. 29 by BetOhio has broken down the spending habits of Americans leading up to Christmas 2023.

According to the report, 74% of Michigan residents typically start Christmas shopping before Dec. 1, with 26% starting earlier than Oct. 1. The data also reported that the average Michigander spends an average of $492.14 on gifts per year.


Lanes reopen for winter on Interstate 696
Three lanes on westbound Interstate 696 are now open. For months, the freeway had only two lanes open from the M-10/U.S.24/Telegraph Road “mixing bowl” west to Interstate 275.

Eastbound I-696 from I-275 to M-10 is now open to four lanes, from two. The additional lane openings are expected to last through winter, according to an announcement from the Michigan Department of Transportation.


Audition for ‘Disney’s Descendants the Musical’
Auditions for the Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services production of “Disney’s Descendants the Musical” will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 7. Auditions are open to anyone, regardless of previous experience or residency. To audition, register at The musical will be performed April 11-14.


Looking for Pistons fans
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit Pistons have kicked off the fifth annual #MIKidsCan Pistons Kids Day Sweepstakes. A total of 25 Michigan kids ages 7-12 will be selected to spend the day as a Detroit Piston during Kids Day at the Pistons game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 20, 2024.

The sweepstakes offers kids an opportunity to get an in-depth look into various front office roles and responsibilities, and experience working with a staff member for the day. Parents can enter their children in the #MIKidsCan Pistons Kids Day Sweepstakes until Jan. 5 at


Enjoy a glass of eggnog
Get that eggnog ready. According to the website, Michigan residents will drink 37.3 million eggnog drinks this Christmas season.

The website also states that 2:42 p.m. is considered an acceptable time to drink the first eggnog of the day. Some people prefer their eggnog plain, while others add nutmeg, vanilla extract or even their favorite rums, bourbons and brandies.