Think about others, help Kiwanis, Goodfellows

Mayor of Riverview, Michigan - Andrew Swift


First let me be the first to say “Happy Thanksgiving.”  November brings us so much to be thankful for. The leaves on the trees are bursting with color, there is a crispness to the air, and we start to prepare for the Christmas holiday season.  

The month ends with the Thanksgiving holiday where families get together to share a bountiful dinner. That’s how it is for most families, but not all.

This is where civic groups like the Goodfellows and Kiwanis come into play. The Kiwanis will be providing an entire Thanksgiving dinner to 10 families that may not normally have one. 

And then there’s the Riverview Goodfellows. The motto of this group is “No Child Left Without Christmas.” The Goodfellows will provide Christmas gifts for the children of about 100 families this year. They also provide gift cards to the families to purchase food for the holiday.

If you’d like to make a donation to one of these groups, send your donation to: The Kiwanis of Riverview, P.O. Box 2057, or The Riverview Goodfellows, P.O. Box 2245, both at Riverview, Mi. 48193.

By the publishing of this article the city council election will be over. I will be working with up to two new council members or the members I’ve worked with for years. Either way it is exciting to know the people of the community have spoken and trust us to continue to work to make Riverview the best it can be.

The focus over the term will be a dual track of preparing for the next expansion of the landfill and taking steps to prepare for its potential closing.

One area in which I will continue to be working is promoting Riverview to potential businesses and welcoming the ones who do come here.  Please welcome one of our newest businesses, “Fat Daddy’s” on northbound Fort Street. They specialize in Hot Chicken and Waffles.  

The council has also voted to invest in some infrastructure improvements to the golf course. A new indoor golf-practice facility opened earlier this month which has proven to be very popular. A new cart path will be in before the end of the month. We’ve also discussed some new ways to get people out to our golf course that may not normally do so. I can’t discuss them yet, but I think it’s pretty exciting that we are thinking a little outside of the box.

Our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23,  starting at 4 p.m.  All activities will take place at the Community Center and behind the library at Young Patriot’s Park.  

The actual “lighting of the tree” will happen at 6:45 p.m. Please see the ad in this paper for the extensive schedule of activities.  Santa Claus is scheduled to appear from 4 – 6:30 p.m. to have the children tell him what they’d like for Christmas.

As I wrote last month, if you’d like to have your elementary age child be one of two children who will “Throw the Switch” to light the Christmas Tree, have them send a letter to Mayor Swift, 14100 Civic Park Drive, Riverview, Mi. 48193.  Have them write what they love about the city of Riverview in 150 words or less.  Please include your child’s name and age.  All letters must be postmarked by Saturday, Nov. 16. The winners will be announced at the ceremony.

I’d like to close this article with saying how proud I am of all those who work for the city.  I believe we’ve got some of the best and dedicated employees an employer could ask for. 

Some work long hours in not-so-ideal conditions. From our public safety employees, to the DPW and office workers, library, recreation and landfill, all do a great job and are much appreciated by the residents of our fine city. 

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