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Young Authors Give Back Tour stops in Kentwood to inspire new writers

Young Authors Give Back Tour stops in Kentwood to inspire new writers

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A team of authors who published their first novels before turning 27 will visit Kentwood to inspire other young writers.

On Tuesday, June 11, Saugatuck resident Susan Dennard and three other writers—Erin Bowman, Susan J. Maas and Kat Zhang will stop at Schuler Books on 28th Street SE as part of their Young Authors Give Back Tour.  The tour stop includes a free writing workshop for teenagers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a book signing starting at 7 p.m.

The Young  Authors Give Back Tour is also planning stops in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago.

Kentwood Public schools prepares farewell celebration for superintendent

Kentwood Public schools prepares farewell celebration for superintendent

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Kentwood Public Schools is getting ready to say goodbye to its superintendent, who’s served the district for 22 years.

An open house for Dr. Scott Palczewski will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 at the East Kentwood Fine Arts Foyer.  Students, staff, parents and community members are all invited to attend.

 Palczewski announced his retirement plans during a Board of Education meeting last November. He started in Kentwood as an assistant principal at the high school in 1991 and opened the freshman campus in 1994 as principal. Palczewski was named assistant superintendent for human resources in 1997, a position he held for ten years before becoming superintendent.

Both of his daughters are East Kentwood High School graduates.

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Local business among West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

For the eighth consecutive year, a local business has made the list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Progressive AE has been providing architectural and engineering services to clients for 50 years.  The company is located at 1811 4 Mile Rd. NE.

The rankings are based on confidential employee surveys as well as variety of areas including: diversity, work-life balance, compensation and benefits, recognition, rentention, communication, employee education and community initiatives.

 “We are proud to have once again been selected as one of the best and brightest companies to work for here in West Michigan,” said Bradley H. Thomas, P.E., Progressive AE’s president and CEO.

Teachers celebrate reading milestone with face pie

Teachers celebrate reading milestone with face pie

 

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Teachers and staff at Bowen Elementary School celebrated a milestone for their students with a pie to the face.

In March, the Bowen Arrows were challenged to read for 1,000 hours.  If they reached the mark,  Principal Blair Feldkamp pledged to take a pie to the face.  According to the district newsletter, Bowen students surpassed their goal, reading 1,759 hours.

In honor of their feat, students smashed pies into the faces of 13 staff members, including teacher Sandy Schwartz.

Second Best Sale to help rebuild St. Mary Magdalen Church

Second Best Sale to help rebuild St. Mary Magdalen Church

St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Kentwood, MI will be holding a Second Best Sale to help raise funds to rebuild their Church, destroyed by fire this past year.

The sale is sponsored by the Women’s Guild and will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 9am-5pm and then again on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 9am-1pm.

Your support for this event will be greatly appreciated.

Stop human trafficking by starting in your neighborhood

Stop human trafficking by starting in your neighborhood

Until The Manasseh Project created a buzz about human sex trafficking with their 2012 ArtPrize exhibit, many believed human trafficking only happened in someone else's neighborhood. The reality is that it can happen anywhere, even on your street.

Police Seeking Witnesses After Deadly Car Accident in Kentwood

The Kentwood Police Department are investigating an accident that occurred at about 2:35 AM on 2/16/13 at the intersection of 44th Street and Broadmoor Ave (M-37).

The deceased has been identified as SAMUEL JOHN VANDER WALL, a 25-year-old male from Allendale, MI.  The initial investigation indicates the eastbound car he was driving failed to stop for the flashing red light.  The driver of a northbound semi-tractor/trailer was unable to avoid colliding with the car.  Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Kentwood Police Department at (616) 698-6580.