News & Notes - 5/11/23 Farmington Press

Farmington Press | Published May 10, 2023

YMCA team succeeds in the pool
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Family YMCA Stingrays had 27 swimmers ranging in age from 9 to 18 years old take third place out of 64 teams from five states at the 2023 YMCA Zones Great Lakes Championship Meet March 17-19 in Geneva, Ohio.

Nine of the high school swimmers went on to compete at YMCA Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, April 3-7, where many Stingrays placed in the top 24 in the country.

“Our National team has members from different high (schools) across the area,” an email states. “Amy Pan and Emme D’Errico from Farmington High School; Casey Sanders, Rachael Mateyak and Josie Blanchard from North Farmington High School; Nathan Xiao from Northville High School; RJ Bennetts and Andrew Sosnowski from Livonia Stevenson High School; and Mark Holdridge from Plymouth Canton High School.”

This year was the 25th for Rich Bennetts as the head coach of the Stingrays, according to the email.

The Stingrays’ summer session is scheduled to begin May 30.

For details, call the Farmington YMCA at (248) 553-4020.


Farmington Hills police and fire to present Bike Safety Day
FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills police and fire departments are offering an opportunity to inspect bikes and helmets Saturday, May 20.

Bike Safety Day is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 47th District Court, located at 31605 W. 11 Mile Road.

There is parking available between City Hall and the Police Department.

Residents are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets and to pre-register, if possible, the number of children and adults expected to attend.

Part of Bike Safety Day is expected to include learning the “rules of the road.”

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

To RSVP, call (248) 871-2750 or send an email to


Farmington Hills Fire Department offers lifesaving training
FARMINGTON HILLS — The Emergency Preparedness Commission and the Farmington Hills Fire Department are offering an American Heart Association Heartsaver Class with instruction in CPR, AED and Stop the Bleed tourniquet training for individuals 12 and over 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Fire Station 4, located at 28711 Drake Road.

The fee is $10 for Farmington Hills/Farmington residents and $20 for nonresidents, according to a press release from the city of Farmington Hills.  To receive an American Heart Association Certificate of Training, an additional $20 fee is required, regardless of residential status. An electronic certification card can be printed or accessed online.

Non-refundable fees are due May 11 to ensure the correct student-to-instructor ratio.  The class requires that participants are physically able to kneel on the floor and use their arms and hands to perform continuous chest compressions. To register or for more information, contact Sara West at


Free child car seat inspections offered
FARMINGTON HILLS — According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 60% of all child car seats are installed or utilized incorrectly.

“The City of Farmington Hills is working to change those statistics by hosting FREE child car seat inspections with nationally certified child car seat technicians from the City’s Fire Department,” states a press release.

Child car seat inspections, by appointment only, are scheduled to take place 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 13, at Fire Station 3, located at 29260 Grand River Ave. Technicians will check for proper installation and possible recalls of child car seats.  Parents and caregivers will be taught how to properly install and use the child car seat. Inspections take approximately 45 minutes or less, the release states.  The event is free to the public, with no residency restrictions. To register for a free child car seat inspection appointment, contact Sara West at