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My Town: Army of volunteers create new play space for children

My Town: Army of volunteers create new play space for children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of Grand Rapids children have a new place to play, thanks to an army of volunteers.

On June 13, more than 300 people from Amway,  Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology and KaBoom! pitched in to build a new playground at in front of the school, located at 600 Burton Street SE.  The volunteers spent several hours transforming children’s designs into a place to play. 

Dr. Marvin L. Sapp and other community leaders will celebrate the playground’s grand opening Tuesday, June 17 at 5 p.m., before officially welcoming children to play at the new site, which is the 16th of its kind built by Amway and KaBOOM.  

My Town: Aquinas student awarded Amway scholarship to study in China

My Town: Aquinas student awarded Amway scholarship to study in China

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Aquinas College student and native of New Bern, N.C., Joanna Sendor, has been selected as a recipient of the Amway China 100,000 Strong Scholarship.

This $5,000 scholarship will finance Sendor’s participation in Michigan State University’s summer marketing program in China. During this three week program, students will travel to five Chinese cities where they will visit businesses and historical and cultural locations. The program is designed to help students gain an understanding of the Chinese consumer and business to business marketing.

My Town: Company looks to hire hundreds more workers

My Town: Company looks to hire hundreds more workers

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  A growing call center is looking to hire hundreds more workers.

Dialog Direct, formerly NOVO 1 contact centers, is looking for 200 to 300 people to work in the greater Grand Rapids area, including its newest facility at 2905 Lucerne SE.  New employees will take part in an eight-week training program, beginning June 9.

“We’re looking for people who are friendly, energetic and engaging over the phone to handle inbound customer service calls,” said Dialog Direct Site Director Michelle Levy. “We’ll provide comprehensive subject matter content and coach the team on ways to deliver the ideal customer experience with every call. Key job qualifications include excellent critical thinking and communication skills: verbal, written and computer. Professional appearance, dependability and flexibility are required.”

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First will hold its 11th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.

This year's event is presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration Cinema. Last year, more than 12,000 attendees attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food  and food trucks, family art  and sidewalk chalk art, interactive music, and a great music set. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.

"The Street Party is one of the biggest highlights of our year. Local First puts on this event to showcase local businesses and talented individuals, celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community, and kick off the summer right!" said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First.

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

My Town: Entries wanted for Beer City Coaster Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—During this year’s ArtPrize, one artist’s masterpiece will be gracing the tables and bars at breweries throughout greater Grand Rapids.

This is the second year for the city-wide Beer City Coaster Contest, which is growing with the help of Experience Grand Rapids and Greater Grand Rapids Beer City breweries. 

“The Beer City Coaster Contest was an idea the leadership team of the SpringHill Suites North created in 2013 to celebrate the calibration of local breweries and the local art scene,” said Rachel Crowther, general manager of Pillar Hotel & Resorts Area. “The contest was a way for our hotel to create an art event, ‘ArtNight’, which showcased the original coaster artwork and celebrated the unique beer scene only found in Beer City USA.  After a successful contest and ArtNight in 2013, it was only fitting to see the contest grow and evolve in 2014 to a larger city wide contest.”

My Town: Veterans honored at pinning ceremony

My Town: Veterans honored at pinning ceremony

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (White Pine HC)– The Village of Heather Hills, a locally owned and operated White Pine Community, in collaboration with Hospice of Michigan, Forest Hills Foods, Health Care Associates and the Law Offices of Shawn Weera, recently hosted a pinning ceremony to honor Michigan’s veterans.

The ceremony paid a special tribute to 56 veterans in the community in observance of Armed Forces Day.

“At The Village of Heather Hills we understand the importance of serving the community, and we are proud to recognize our local veterans for serving our country,” said Heather Hills spokesperson Melissa Ferens.  "Our veterans inspire all of us in our mission to promote and preserve health and wellbeing, much as they helped preserve our freedoms as Americans."

My Town: Amway co-founder hosting final book meet and greet May 20

My Town: Amway co-founder hosting final book meet and greet May 20

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Amway co-founder Rich DeVos will host a final meet the author event Tuesday in connection to his latest book, "Simply Rich: Life and Lessons from the Cofounder of Amway."

This is DeVos' fifth book, which chronicles his life, from his humble beginnings to the friendship with Jay Van Andel that led to the founding of Amway and DeVos' other entrepreneurial and philanthropic successes.  The book focuses on the people who helped shape DeVos' life, from a father who bolstered his confidence to the grandfather who showed him how to make his first sale.

DeVos will meet with readers from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at Baker Book House, located at 2768 East Paris Ave. SE.