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My Town: Aquinas College announces new round of art exhibitions

My Town: Aquinas College announces new round of art exhibitions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— For those who cannot wait for ArtPrize 2015, get a dose of art by visiting the newest exhibits at Aquinas College.

 

The Aquinas College Art Gallery will be displaying work from multiple college artists during the Spring 2015 semester.  The exhibition begins Jan. 18 with “Patrick Maguire: Between a Spot and Not So Familiar Place.”   Maguire, who graduated from Aquinas in 2011, focuses on encapsulated mirages and the effects of sunbeams in his paintings and installations.  His work will be on display through Feb. 13.

 

Other displays include the annual Student Art Show Feb. 22 to March 27 and the B.F.A exhibit, which showcases the work of Aquinas students graduating in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.  The B.F.A. exhibit will be open April 12 to May 9.

 

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Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

My Town EGR: City to consider replacing snow clearing equipment

My Town EGR: City to consider replacing snow clearing equipment

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—East Grand Rapids may soon have a new tool to help clear snow from city streets and parking lots.

Monday night, the head of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will ask city commissioners to adjust the budget, allowing the city to purchase a John Deere Gator with a snow blade for $21,883.  The city’s budget currently only covers $21,000 of the cost.

The Gator will be used to clear snow from school grounds, as well as city streets and parks.  The equipment would replace the city’s current Gator, which has “outlived its useful life” but is still needed for daily operations.

The commission will weigh in on the request during its regular meeting, starting at 6 p.m.

My Town EGR: City to consider new fencing along Reeds Lake Trail

My Town EGR: City to consider new fencing along Reeds Lake Trail

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A fence meant to protect joggers from a steep drop-off along Reeds Lake Trail is expected to get an upgrade.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Fred Bunn is recommending the city replace 500 feet of wood fencing running along the embankment near Hodenpyl Rock. He says the current fence is in disrepair and several of the posts are unstable because of rotting wood or shifting soil. 

Bunn believes the best replacement is a six-gauge black vinyl fence costing approximately $11,875.   City commissioners will review his fencing request during their next meeting Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.

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My Town EGR: Gaslight Village poised to add new business

My Town EGR: Gaslight Village poised to add new business

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—New plans are in place for a vacant storefront in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village.

Tobi Tungl with the Gaslight Village Business Association says the space that was once home to Hot Mama has been leased.  He says the association expects to formally announce the new tenant in early 2015.  Tungl says the former home of Lululemon Athletica remains vacant, but there are a few interested parties.

Both Lululemon Athletica and Hot Mama moved out of Gaslight Village to take advantage of larger and more permanent locations at Breton Village Mall.  Hot Mama also changed its name to Evereve in August.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards $26K to nonprofit groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards $26K to nonprofit groups

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— Dozens of nonprofit organizations across Michigan are getting a boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

As part of its Volunteer Investment Program, the foundation is awarding more than $26,000 in grants to charities supported by Consumers Energy employees and retirees.  The most recent recipients include:

My Town East Grand Rapids: New page offers city history lesson

My Town East Grand Rapids: New page offers city history lesson

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The end of the year is often a time people like to reflect and take a trip down memory road, making a new Facebook page about East Grand Rapids the perfect place to visit.

East Grand Rapids History Room features vintage photos and historic tidbits about the city, like the Derby Racer at Ramona Park, the roller skating rink and Manhattan Bathing Beach.  You can find more on the page by clicking this link.