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Acts announced for 2013 Kentwood Summer Concert Series

Acts announced for 2013 Kentwood Summer Concert Series

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  The lineup for the 2013 Kentwood Summer Concert Series is out.

Five groups will perform as part of this year’s series, which is sponsored by DTE Energy.  Performances will take place at the Kentwood Library Amphitheater, starting June 19.  All shows are free and will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

This year’s schedule includes:

  • Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (June 19)
  • Northern Skies (June 26)
  • Wayne and Gordon (July 31)
  • Boogie Woogie Babes (August 7)

Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys (August 14)

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Relay for Life tribute to late Mayor Richard Root April 26

Relay for Life tribute to late Mayor Richard Root April 26

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Runners and walkers will pay tribute to late Mayor Richard Root during this year’s Relay for Life.

According to the Kentwood Public Schools’ website, the April 26 event will include a “Rick Root Lap” to the mayor’s favorite song, “Forever Young”.

Kentwood City Commissioner Bob Coughlin will discuss Root’s battle with cancer before leading the lap around 8 p.m.  He plans to carry a poster of Root around the track at East Kentwood High School.

Proceeds from Relay for Life will go to the American Cancer Society, for cancer research and to raise awareness about the disease.  For registration information, visit the Relay for Life website.

Library collecting juice boxes for children in need

Library collecting juice boxes for children in need

(Kent District Library)-- Help address childhood hunger in Kent County by supporting Kids’ Food Basket

During the month of April, KDL Gives Back will sponsor juice box collection and bag decorating stations at all 18 branches.

Drop off juice boxes and bring the family in to decorate sacks:
Monday, April 1 – Tuesday, April 30

Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit West Michigan organization whose mission is to make sure children in our community do not go to bed hungry. The group began more than nine years ago by serving 125 kids every school day through its Sack Supper program, and

Power outage closes library

The Kentwood Library is temporarily closed, due to a power outage. 

Consumers Energy is reporting 2,523 homes and businesses in  Grand Rapids, Grandville, Wyoming, Walker, Comstock Park and Kentwood are without power. It's unclear when power will be fully restored.

According to a tweet sent Wednesday morning, workers at the Kentwood library hope to reopen later this afternoon when the line is repaired.

 

Grand Rapids Society of Beer introduces Beer City Grand Series

Grand Rapids Society of Beer introduces Beer City Grand Series

When the Grand Rapids Society of Beers announced their latest collaborative beer among local breweries would be a series of Imperial-strength brews to debut during Grand Rapids Beer Week, I knew I was due for another brewery tour.

Public meeting for Kent County road projects

Drivers may soon experience more traffic backups on a busy Kent County corridor.

The Grand Valley Metro Council wants to resurface Alpine Avenue NW, between Leonard Street and just beyond 4 Mile Road NW.  The construction proposals for 2014 to 2017 also include adding turn lanes, resconstructing and resurfacing portions of  4 mile Road  NW between Fruit Ridge Avenue NW and Alpine Avenue NW.  The Metro Council has already posted a ma