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My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Kentwood: TSA expands prescreening option at Ford Airport

My Town Kentwood: TSA expands prescreening option at Ford Airport

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its Pre✓™ option at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Passengers flying on Delta Airlines via Checkpoint A and on Southwest, United and American Airlines via Checkpoint B can now utilize the TSA Pre✓™ program.  It allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outwear and belt and keep their laptop and complaint liquids/gels in their carry-on in select screening lanes.

To become a pre-approved traveler, passengers must go through a pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov and visit an application center to provide personal information, payment and identification papers.  To find an enrollment center, visit the Department of Homeland Security page here.

My Town Ada: Phase I of 'Envision Ada' expected to begin this summer

My Town Ada: Phase I of 'Envision Ada' expected to begin this summer

ADA, Mich.—The first stage of Ada Township’s transformation plan is expected to start this summer.

Township Supervisor George Haga says the township is starting to get into the financing aspect of "Envision Ada." He says the plan has been adopted by the Downtown Development Authority, but the township must still go through the master plan process.

The work is expected to begin on Headley Street this summer.  Haga says the township plans to move Headley north and line it with retail buildings.  The old street will be abandoned.

You can find the entire 176 page Envision Ada plan on the township website here.

Ford Airport ranks among best in the world

Ford Airport ranks among best in the world

KENTWOOD, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the top five best airports in the world.

The Airports Council International ranked the Gerald R. Ford International Airport fifth among airports that serve 2 million to 5 million passengers a year.  The rankings are based on passenger reviews of security, amenities and customer service.

“Customer service is a top priority for our entire team at the Gerald R.

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

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A newly-renovated Applebee’s restaurant celebrated its grand re-opening Tuesday, Feb. 18 by helping hungry children.

During the ribbon cutting event, the restaurant located at 1825 E. Sherman Blvd. presented a check for $5,573.22 to Kids' Food Basket.  The donation marks nearly $35,000 Team Schostak Family Restaurants has donated to non-profit organizations throughout West Michigan.

“We’re so excited to be here on the lakeshore now and we’re serving two schools- almost 600 students a day,” says Kids’ Food Basket Executive Director Bridget Clark-Whitney. “This kind of donation is going to provide over 5,500 meals to kids right here in the community. Every dollar means a meal and every meal means a time that a child isn’t going to bed hungry and that child is able to get up, go to school and learn right here in Muskegon County.”

Fox Motors' expansion plan clears hurdle

Fox Motors' expansion plan clears hurdle

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Fox Motors’ plan to expand in Cascade Township has cleared another hurdle.

During its regular meeting Jan. 27, the Cascade Township Planning Commission gave preliminary approval to the dealership’s request to rezone 4.5 acres.  Fox Motors wants to expand its East Imports lot on 28th Street to accommodate a new building for Subaru.

The proposal must still be reviewed and voted on by the Cascade Township Board, which is expected to happen within the next four to five weeks.