News & Notes - 6/8/23 Novi Note

By: Charity Meier | Novi Note | Published June 9, 2023

File photo by Donna Dalziel


Hear Street Sounds at Fountain Walk
Free Live music will be held every Tuesday at Fountain Walk 6-8 p.m. June 13-July 18. Musical performers include Killer Flamingos June 13, Audrey Ray June 20, Rust June 27, Detroit Retro Society July 11 and the Eat It Up Trio July 18. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs when they come to listen to the music. There will also be kids activities put on by Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.


Sizzling Summer Wednesdays to return June 14
Sizzling Summer Wednesdays will return June 14 with Polynesian Dancers of Michigan at Fuerst Park, at the corner of 10 Mile and Taft roads. The event will be held every Wednesday throughout the summer at 10:30 a.m.

The events will be held at Fuerst Park in June and August, and at Lakeshore Park, 601 S. Lake Drive, in July. Performers will include Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits June 21, Cirque Amongus June 28, the Funny Dumplings July 12,  School of Rock Farmington July 19, Beverly the Music Lady July 26, A2 Magic Aug. 2 and Palamazoo Aug. 9.

For more information, call Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services at (248) 347-0400. In cases of inclement weather, updates can be gained by calling (248) 347-0473.


Victor Cardenas named Novi’s permanent city manager
The Novi City Council voted unanimously to make interim City Manager Victor Cardenas the permanent city manager during its June 5 regular meeting. The decision is the result of an extensive search following the retirement of longtime City Manager Pete Auger last fall. Prior to serving as interim city manager, Cardenas had served as the assistant city manager since October 2010. Cardenas and the city will need to agree to a contract.


Library to close on Sundays
The Novi Public Library will be closed on Sundays June 18-Sept. 3. The library on its website attributed the Sunday closings to “current staff shortages.”


MSGCU awards 19 scholarships to local students
The Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union awarded 19 of its 29 scholarships to local students. The students were selected from 345 applicants and will each receive $2,500 for their educations. Recipients were selected for their academic excellence, community service and commitment to pursuing higher education.

“As an organization founded by teachers, we believe education is the foundation for success and provides individuals with the tools they need to reach career goals,” Steve Brewer, MSGCU president and CEO, said in a press release. “Completing a college degree, obtaining skilled trades certification, or graduating as a first responder requires a great deal of ambition, as well as a significant financial investment. We aim to reduce the monetary burden on students through our scholarship program.”

The Rudolph Heino High School Scholarship recognizes high school seniors committed to inspiring others through service and leadership and upholding the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” according to an MSGCU press release. It is given to five students annually; among this year’s winners are Grace Stenger, of Marian High School; Jovana Peroska, of Dakota High School; and Stella Drozdowicz, of Bishop Foley High School.

Mackenzie Koehn, of Dakota High School, is among the four recipients of the Larry Swantek Educational Studies Scholarship for students pursuing a career in education.

Fifteen of the 18 recipients of the Educational Solutions Scholarship, which helps offset costs for high school students planning to attend a college or university, are from local high schools. They include:

• Nina Freeman, Berkley High School.

• Jacob Dokho, International Academy.

• Om Joshi, International Academy.

• Gjonpjer Kola, Chippewa Valley High School.

• Ava Carr, Grosse Pointe South High School.

• Ian Gudenau, University Liggett High School.

• Mackenzie Bennetts, Mercy High School.

• Nathan Rakolta, North Farmington High School.

• Lindsay Royston, Novi High School.

• Eva Schienke, Lakeview High School.

• Hayden Perron, South Lake High School.

• Saadia Haque, Troy Athens High School.

• Jessica Mathew, Troy High School.

• Sonnet Xu, Troy High School.

• Abigail Vincler, Stoney Creek High School.