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Creston grad begins term on D.C.'s highest court

Creston grad begins term on D.C.'s highest court

by Jim Talen (JimTalen) in LOCAL LIFE

Friday, February 3, will be a big day for long-time Heritage Hill residents Larry and Nancy Beckwith and their family. They will be in Washington D.C. to witness and celebrate the investiture of their daughter, Corinne Beckwith, as an Associate Judge for the D.C. Court of Appeals. Beckwith will be replacing Inez Smith Reid in a 15-year term on the District of Columbia’s highest court.

AzulStar solves the wireless mystery for apartment complexes

AzulStar solves the wireless mystery for apartment complexes

By Brian Edwards | MiBiz
bedwards@mibiz.com


GRAND RAPIDS — It seems a mystery: When you stay in a hotel, you can get high-speed wireless Internet in your room for the length of your stay. But move into an apartment or condo building, and you’ll likely need a modem, Ethernet cables and a one-year agreement with a phone or cable company.

Grand Haven’s Tyler van Houwelingen has solved that mystery for a West Michigan owner of several large multi-unit residential properties, including The Loft in downtown Grand Rapids. Together, they’ve started offering a connectivity service at The Loft that works just like the Wi-Fi at many high-end hotels, where they charge you for service rather than give it away.

When you log onto The Loft’s network, a screen pops up and offers...

Michigan Artists featured at Dominican Center

Michigan Artists featured at Dominican Center

Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery will display the works of Joanne Peltz, Lucianne Siers, OP, and Jim VanBeek through February 28, 2012. Most of the works are available for purchase.

Joanne Peltz works in multimedia. Peltz is a visionary artist whose contribution to her world has been to reflect it, to distill its essence, to visualize its season, moods people and peculiarities.  In her own way, she has expressed her vision of the world, her idea of the purpose of art and her belief of art’s value.  Her business, Joanne & Company, markets products for the art industry. She also serves as a consultant for corporate and private art investors and enjoys teaching multimedia classes in her Rockford studio.

Outcomes, Not Output: The GR Collective Launches

Outcomes, Not Output: The GR Collective Launches

J. Bennett Rylah 

Maybe you've met Bill and Steve at TedxGrandRapids5x5 Night, ArtPrize or any number of events of which they've been a part. But let's pretend you haven't.

Euchre Night at the Legion

Euchre Night at the Legion

Are you aware that you can go to the Boat & Canoe American Legion Club on N. Park NE in Grand Rapids the second Wednesday of each month and play cards? The game starts at 6:30pm sharp and is open to the public for this event.

This is a great way to get out and about and meet new people. See you at the game!

Most Legion Clubs sponsor events throughout the month where the public may participate. Keep that in mind for you, your family & friends.

Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids

Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids

Tuesday, January 10, 6PM - 7PM, Grand Rapids Public Library (Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE)

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03) today invited Third District residents to a town hall meeting at the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library. Amash will discuss issues currently facing Congress and answer questions from the audience.

This event is free and open to the public and the media. The Main Library offers one hour of free validated parking for guests available in the gated lot next to the Main Library. Parking rates are $1.10 per half hour after the first hour. Parking tickets can be validated in the lobby of the Main Library.

Grand Rapids native appointed to Grape and Wine Industry Council

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council.

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council is an 11-member panel housed in the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and works to boost Michigan’s wine industry by providing research and education, and promoting the state’s wine grape and wine industry.

“I am confident these appointees will work hard to continue growing Michigan’s wine status that is key to both a Pure Michigan agritourism experience and an important economic driver and contributor,” said Snyder.

Walter Brys, of Traverse City, is the proprietor of Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery. The winery produces between 5,000 and 6,500 cases of premium wine each year. Brys will represent winemakers and replaces Marie Chantal Dalese.