News & Notes - 8/23/23 West Bloomfield Beacon

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published August 23, 2023

 Chad Scaling

Chad Scaling

 Jennifer Caulford

Jennifer Caulford


WLCS fills positions
WALLED LAKE — The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools’ Board of Education announced three appointments at a special meeting Aug. 3, according to a press release.

Julieanne Muir was appointed as the assistant superintendent of special services. Muir most recently served as the district’s interim director of special services.

Jennifer Caulford was appointed as the new assistant principal at Walled Lake Northern. Caulford is set to enter her 21st school year working in the district, according to the release.

She most recently served as the interim assistant principal at Walled Lake Central, in addition to being a career and technical education teacher and department leader.

Chad Scaling was appointed as the district’s new executive manager of human resources.

According to the release, Scaling has 17 years of administrative experience, most recently serving as the assistant superintendent of human resources in Brighton Area Schools.

Prior to that, he spent 11 years as the principal at South Lyon High School, the release states.


Tea and luncheon fundraiser announced
WATERFORD — Open Door Outreach Center, a 501(c)(3) located in Waterford, has released information for the nonprofit’s annual tea and luncheon.

The fundraiser is scheduled for Oct. 2 at the White Lake Oaks Golf Course & Events Center, located at 991 N. Williams Lake Road in White Lake.

Tea and scones are set to be available for consumption at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Doors are scheduled to open at 10 a.m.

Vendor tables, themed gift baskets, a 50/50 raffle, a live auction and a guest speaker are scheduled to be part of the fundraiser.

Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased at the Open Door Thrift Store, located at 7140 Cooley Lake Road in Waterford, or online at

According to a release, the net proceeds provide food, clothing, emergency services and referrals to “those in need in our community.”


‘Do Not Be a Bully Month’ recognized
METRO DETROIT — According to a press release, “Do Not Be a Bully Month” is celebrated in August as a reminder to address the issue of bullying.

The nonprofit Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators and parents with tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

“With the school year just around the corner, this is the perfect time for parents to sit down with their children and discuss proper behavior and how we treat others,” the release states.

According to, some things that parents can do to teach their children not to bully include setting a good example by not bullying or intimidating others, talking to them about how it is wrong and hurts other people, making clear family rules about what bullying is and informing them that it is not acceptable, explaining the consequences if they do bully and following through, spending time with them and asking about their friends and activities, watching for and praising times when they have positive social interactions, contacting their school and inquiring about the bullying policy in place, and encouraging the school to post the policy on its website if it’s not already there.

“If not addressed in the proper way, bullying can aggravate depression and could be a catalyst for suicide, especially if the bullied child is already facing mental health issues,” the release states.

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Orchard Lake Fine Art Show winners announced
WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Orchard Lake Fine Art Show recently took place in West Bloomfield, with 16 professional artist award winners from the show being announced.

The criteria for judging was originality, technique/execution and booth appearance, according to a press release.

The “Best of Show” award went to Michael Karonias, in the category of wood.

An “Award of Excellence” went to Alfred Addo, in the category of mixed media; Jennifer Akese-Burney, in the category of fiber; Julio Garcia, in the category of painting; Larry Moore in the category of painting; and Robin Washburn in the category of metal.

Other award winners at the show included Orna Amrani, in the category of mixed media; Bill Gordon, in the category of painting; Joan Michlin and Skip Ennis, in the category of jewelry; Scott Bayless, in the category of glass; Jay Kim, in the category of metal; A. Cesar Nogueira, in the category of sculpture; Bryant and Sharon Tubbs, in the category of sculpture; Genevieve Van Zandt, in the category of clay; Jay Weiss, in the category of photography; and James Wilbat, in the category of glass.

Emily Rosenberg, age 14, won “Youth Artist Best of Show,” in the category of drawing.