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My Town GR: BitCamp provides hands-on tech experience for middle school girls

My Town GR: BitCamp provides hands-on tech experience for middle school girls

This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Consider the statistics: Only 15 percent of female college freshmen go into STEM fields, and only .4 percent enter computer science fields as opposed to three percent of men.

And while some believe these numbers may be caused by stereotypes that steer women away from science and technology fields, others believe that women simply aren't being exposed to the right opportunities at young ages.

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It did it last year, and it’s doing it again this year: Grove is Grand Rapids Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year.

The magazine announced the winners of its 34th annual Dining Awards Wednesday.  The judging process took place over 10 months.  A total of eight awards were presented live on Grand Rapids Magazine’s Facebook page and Twitter account this week.  The recipients are:

  • 2013 Restaurant of the Year: Grove
  • Best New Restaurant: Trattoria Di’ Stagione
  • Best Mexican/Latin American/Caribbean Restaurant: El Arriero
  • Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Restaurant: Zeytin
  • Best Asian Restaurant: Maru Sushi & Grill
  • Best European Restaurant: San Chez Bistro & Café
  • Best Classic American Restaurant: Leo’s
  • Best New American Restaurant: Terra GR

All eight Dining Award win

Introduction to Astronomy Feb. 15

Introduction to Astronomy Feb. 15

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- The public is invited to the annual "Introduction to Astronomy – Sorting it Out", taking place on Feb. 15 at Schuler Books at 2660 28th St. SE.

At 1:00 p.m., Jim Foersh and Bill Grinstead will give participants information on recommended telescopes, guide books, star charts and outline resources, along with stargazing tips.  A "Telescope Tune-Up Clinic" will run from  2:15 p.m.  to 3 p.m. At this clinic, experienced amateur astronomers will be on hand to provide proper telescope use advice, along with personal telescope adjustments.   

The presentation is in connection to the Grand Rapids  Amateur Astronomical Association, based in Lowell, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

For more information, call (616) 897-7065 or visit http://www.graaa.org/.

DJ's Landscape Management career fair Feb. 20

DJ's Landscape Management career fair Feb. 20

KENTWOOD, Mich.—DJ’s Landscape Management is getting ready for its spring hiring season with a career fair this month.

The company is looking to hire more than 60 people in every department, including lawn and landscape maintenance, irrigation, lawn care, landscape installation, plant health care, administration, sales, fleet management and snow and ice management.  Participants can meet the DJ’s Landscape Management team, and interview immediately.

The career fair will take place Feb. 20 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 4720 52nd Street SE.  For more information, visit the company website here.

Kent District Library announces Write Michigan Contest winners

Kent District Library announces Write Michigan Contest winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Six people from Grand Rapids and Ada are among the winners of the second annual Write Michigan Contest.

Judges reviewed nearly 900 entries from writers across the state- that’s nearly double the amount the received last year.  Nearly 500 of the submissions were to the new teen category.

All last month, the public voted for their favorites on the Write Michigan website.  The winners were announced this week.  The Judge’s Choice winners took home a $250 award; Judges’ Choice runners-up were awarded $100.  Readers’ Choice winners were also awarded $250.

This year’s winners are:

Adult Category

  • Judges’ Choice Winner: Oscar Bee, Chelsea
  • Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Connor Newton, Waterford
  • Readers’ Choice Winner: Eric Dobson, Ypsilanti
  • Published Finalists: Anne Brandt, Benton Harbor; Robert Vander Lugt,

Kentwood students earn All-State honors for orchestra and band

Kentwood students earn All-State honors for orchestra and band

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Kentwood Public Schools is pleased to announce that three students earned a place in the All-State Orchestra and Band. 

These students performed with the All-State groups in DeVos Hall at the Michigan Music Conference.   They were selected from among more than 2,000 students who auditioned.

Claire Ross, a senior at East Kentwood High School, earned the first chair horn position in the All-State Orchestra.  Claire is principal horn in the East Kentwood High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. James Ross.  Claire studies privately with Erich Peterson, assistant principal horn in the Grand Rapids Symphony.  Claire is also principal horn in the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony at Michigan State University and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony.  

Excel Charter Academy honors Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

Excel Charter Academy honors Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  Excel Charter Academy students remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the holiday by serving their community.

 On Friday, Jan. 17, seventh and eighth grade students divided up to help community organizations, including the YWCA, Kids Food Basket, Feeding America West Michigan, Habitat for Humanity, Baxter Community Center, Degage, GRASP, Goodwill and In The Image.

As part of Excel’s MLK Service Day, Arbor Circle also visited the school to teach sixth grade students about teenage homelessness and how they can help support teenagers in need.