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Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

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Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Erykah Badu Concert Tickets on Sale Soon

Ticket sales for the Erykah Badu performance at Miller Auditorium go on sale Wednesday, May 13, 2015 on line at www.millerauditorium.com or by phone at 269-387-2300/800-228-9858 or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. Group discounts are available at 269-387-2312.

Grammy Award-winning neo-soul musician, Erykah Badu will grace the Miller Auditorium stage for a one night only performance. Performance time is Friday, July 10, 2015 at 8:30pm.

This artist is best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music. She is a soul singer and songwriter. Her first album, Baduizm, released on February 11, 1997, was certified triple platinum and spawned the singles “On & On,” “Next Lifetime” and “Other Side of the Game.”

Additional information on Erykah Badu can be obtained at her website, http://www.erykah-badu.com/.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on Saturday

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on Saturday

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky and see a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The month of May public observing nights are Saturday, May 9 & 30 from 9:30pm – 12:00am with an opportunity to see Venus, Jupiter, star clusters, galaxies & more. The spring – fall Schedule & what can be seen is pictured below.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Note: The Parking area is at the bottom of a quarter mile uphill walk. Ask parking lot attendant about available assistance. Public Observing Nights take place only when skies are clear on Saturday evening.

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East GR approves streets and sidewalk millage


EAST GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - While Proposal 1 failed statewide, East Grand Rapids voters have approved a millage to improve its streets and sidewalks.

The proposal passed with 1,951 votes yes and 1,148 votes no. Turnout was estimated at about 35%.

The 10-year dedicated millage will raise $1.2 million each year. Since Proposal 1 failed, the city will collect 2.0 mills, which equals about $300 per year on a $300,000 home. If Proposal 1 would have passed, only 1.23 mills would have been collected.

We'll have reaction from East Grand Rapids' Mayor Amna Seibold on WZZM 13 News at 11pm.


East Grand Rapids High School Places Eighth in Nationwide Championship

East Grand Rapids High School Places Eighth in Nationwide Championship

News Release: After three days of simulated congressional hearings that tested their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, East Grand Rapids High School students captured eighth place at the 28th Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals.

Classes representing 44 states and the District of Columbia came to the nation's capital to participate in the academic competition. Grant High School of Portland, Oregon, won first place.

The competition results were announced at an awards ceremony Monday evening before an audience of more than 1,800 students, teachers, coordinators, judges and other program participants.

Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

The winners of the Comprehensive Therapy Center annual coloring contest will be honored on Monday, April 27th from 3 – 4:30pm at the “Read To Me Tea” held at the Women’s City Club of  Grand Rapids, MI., located at 254 E. Fulton. This years’ subject is Cars, Trucks and Things That Go.

Guest readers who will share stories include, Mayor George Heartwell, County Commissioner Candace Chives, Ronald McDonald House Charities of W. Michigan Representative, Lesa Dion, Mursalata Muhammad of GRCC and Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.

According to Jean Silbar, Executive Director of CTC, many of the children with whom we work, will not be the ones to win academic contests or star in sports, but they have such passion to excel in the therapy they receive. We are excited and pleased to honor their work.