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My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies
---------------------------------------NEWS RELEASE----------------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Kent County Administration) – Businesses and residents in Kent County are in good hands fiscally. Kent County remains financially strong, according to rating agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service. Both agencies affirmed the long-term Triple-A credit ratings– the highest possible – for the County. This represents the 16th consecutive year that Kent County has held the long-term Triple-A ratings from both agencies. Both S&P and Moody’s also affirmed the highest short-term credit ratings available for the County. S&P noted that Kent County has a history of strong financial management and commitment to meeting financialobligations. In addition, one S&P analyst called Kent County’s financial overview “. . .

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Three development projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are getting state approval.

The Lofts on Michigan, LLC is being awarded a $2.45 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan to demolish the vacant building at 740 and 756 Michigan Street to build a four-story mixed use building.  The site’s first floor will be dedicated to commercial/retail businesses; the upper three floors will contain 54 apartments.  The project is expected to generate $15.2 million in investments and 15 permanent jobs.

The City of Grand Rapids is also getting $1.4 million to demolish 12 homes and replace them with four buildings containing 66 apartments.  The 600 Clancy Redevelopment project  will include asbestos abatement, site preparation activities and infrastructure improvements.  The project is expected to create $8 in investments and three full-time jobs.

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

LAST CHANCE FOR FREE TAX FILING ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Walk-Ins Welcome April 12, 14 & 15

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 8, 2014 – IRS certified tax preparers and accounting students from Aquinas College, Davenport University and Cornerstone University will be joined by community volunteers to provide free tax preparation for people with incomes under $57,000 on April 12, 14 and 15.  Every year, millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most.

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Photo contest for Grand Rapids Life Calendar

My Town: Photo contest for Grand Rapids Life Calendar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Spring is just a few days away, but one local business is already looking ahead to 2015.

Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes is calling for photo submissions for its 2015 Grand Rapids Life Calendar.   Those who submit the winning photos will get a $50 cash prize.  Each local photographer can enter up to five photos taken after Jan. 1, 2010.  Each entry should come with a short story explaining the photo and how it relates to “Life around Grand Rapids.”

The winning photos will be selected by Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, local professional photographers and Ad Shop.

You can find the complete contest rules and information here.  To submit your entries, email Lee Karelse at leekarelse@lifestorynet.com