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My Town: Kentwood Middle School students in District Honors Band

My Town: Kentwood Middle School students in District Honors Band

MSBOA District 10 Middle School Honors Band

Several middle school students from Kentwod Public Schools were selected to perform in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra (MSBOA) District 10 Honors Band.  They include Crestwood 8th grade students Ryan Strauss (trumpet), Sean Prusko (percussion), Nevaeh McFall-Green (flute); Crestwood 7th grade students Otis Connors (tenor saxophone), Brayden Babcock (tenor saxophone), Emily Kwekel (flute), Mitchell Arganbright (percussion); Pinewood 8th grade students Kyle Corfixsen (alto saxophone), Bethany Dame (percussion), Matias Pedreros (tuba); and Pinewood 7th grade students Jacon Sagum (flute), Turner Woods (percussion) and Enzo Ubaldo (trumpet).

Jaes Ross, director of bands at East Kentwood High School, was chosen as band director of the year for District 10 last year.  Because of this award, he had the honor of conducting the 7th grade honors band.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

My Town Kentwood: Local Author Night Jan. 29

My Town Kentwood: Local Author Night Jan. 29

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Schuler Books invites the public to a night dedicated to local authors.

On Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. there will be four featured authors: Tobin Buhk, author of "Poisoning, The Pecks of Grand Rapids"; Linda Gordon, author of "Nine Months of Spiritual Maturity"; Kris Kaiser, author of "Proclivity"; and Peter Welmerink, author of "Transport."

During this special evening, each author will give a short presentation before taking questions from the audience.  Patrons may also get their books signed.

Schuler Books is located at 2660 28th Street SE.  For more information, call (616) 942-2561 or visit http://www.schulerbooks.com/.

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

GR Makers moving into pyramid

GAINES TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - There will be a new occupant at the "Pyramid Campus" in Gaines Township.

GR Makers announced that they will be opening a second location in the pyramid. Steelcase sold the building last fall to an educational group that will bring in students from area schools and universities.

Former Steelcase pyramid gets new tenant

GR Makers runs an open community lab, with machine shop and a design studio.

Woman charged with bomb threat at Woodland Mall

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County woman will be in court Thursday on charges she phoned in a bomb threat to Woodland Mall earlier this month.

Julie Ann-Marie Haff, 46, is charged with a false report or threat of a bomb. The felony charge is punishable by up to four years in prison.

The mall, 3195 28thSt. SE, received a call at 11:23 p.m. on Jan. 11 from a woman who said "there's a bomb in the parking lot,'' according to a probable cause affidavit in Kentwood District Court.

Police were able to trace the incoming call to a man in Cedar Springs. The man told officers his girlfriend used the phone to call in the threat, court records show.

Haff, who lives in Cedar Springs, admitted to making the call, court records show. A probable cause hearing on the felony charge is set for Thursday at Kentwood District Court.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

Free Income Tax Preparation Available

Free Income Tax Preparation Available

IRS-certified student volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes FREE for people whose income falls below $52,000. Volunteers will be available at the Wyoming branch of the Kent County Library beginning the week of January 31 through April 11 on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM.


This program is sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).


For more information or for an appointment, please call 616-871-6147 or visit taxhelp.davenport.edu after January 15, 2015.