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My Town: Sun Title continues growth with two new team members

My Town: Sun Title continues growth with two new team members

Sun Title, Michigan’s innovative, customer-focused, tech-savvy title agency, continues its growth with the addition of Diane Chiles as a senior commercial escrow officer and Derek Nelson as a digital media specialist.

Prior to joining Sun Title, Nelson held positions as a marketing assistant, social media specialist and digital project manager. In his new position, Nelson will be responsible for supporting the various brands associated with Sun Title and providing the company’s clients and the communities it serves with real estate news, education and updates through social media channels.

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

My Town: TV recycling no longer free in Kent County beginning Feb. 16

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GRAND RAPIDS – It seems most households now have flat-screen televisions these days, but many people may still have an older Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) television in their home. Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) has collected 5.6 million pounds of electronics, including televisions, since 2001, without charging residents a fee. These items are processed by a third-party recycler. CRT televisions contains approximately 5-10 pounds of lead, a toxic component for our environment that can cause a variety of health issues. Due to the increasing cost of recycling televisions, Kent County DPW will begin charging a recycling fee starting February 16.

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

Trader Joe's to open store in Kentwood


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- After years of rumors, it's official: Trader Joe's is coming to West Michigan.

Representatives from the upscale grocery chain signed a 10-year lease at 3684 28th Street SE in Kentwood, that's the site of the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant, across from Centerpointe Mall.

The new 10,000 square foot store is scheduled to open in late 2015 or early 2016.

Trader Joe's is based in Pasadena, Calif. and operates a chain of grocery stores across the U.S., including a location in Ann Arbor. It was founded in 1958.

Below is a news release from the company:

Kentwood Commission seeking Commissioner-At-Large applicants

Kentwood Commission seeking Commissioner-At-Large applicants

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The Kentwood City Commission voted to vacate one of its two Commissioner-At-Large Seats at its regular meeting as required by its Charter when a vacancy is created. The City Commission is now seeking applicants to fill the unexpired portion of this At-Large term ending in November of 2015.  The seat was previously held by Sharon R. Brinks, a longtime City Commissioner who has taken another position with the City. Applications are available in the Kentwood City Clerk’s and must be returned by 5 p.m. February 20th, 2015. Please contact the Clerk’s Office at 616.554.0730 or visit www.ci.kentwood.mi.us for more information.     

My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

My Town: Specialty crop grant opportunity

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today announced new opportunities for Michigan businesses thanks to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Marketing Services. The program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan’s specialty crops. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 3 p.m. on March 26, 2015 by submitting them to MDA-grants@Michigan.gov.

My Town: West Ottawa High School earns top ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival

My Town: West Ottawa High School earns top ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festival

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Twenty-one soloists, two duets, a trio, three quartets, three choirs and two ensembles from West Ottawa High School received first division ratings at the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association District 10 Solo & Ensemble Festival at East Kentwood High School on January 31, 2015.

By earning the first division (or excellent) ratings, they qualified to participate in the MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival to be held March 21 at Grandville High School.

“The number of first division medals have been steadily increasing over the past decade,” noted Michael Hamann, band director. “I think this may be the most first division medals our kids have ever earned at this event.”