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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: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

My Town: Families expected to line up for 'Museums Free 4 All' May 4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Expect long lines outside Grand Rapids' four museums, as the  “Museums Free 4 All” returns May 4.

Amway is once again covering the cost of admission for families to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  Participants can also jump on a free shuttle to travel to and from each museum. 

Amway will also be hosting fun, family-friendly activities outside the GRAM.  People who get their “passport” stamped at all four museums will also have a chance to win prizes.

My Town: WAVE Award Nominations now open

My Town: WAVE Award Nominations now open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association Wednesday announced the opening of the 7th Annual WAVE Award nominations. 

This annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from both employers and guests from April 30 – Oct. 12, 2014. One award will be presented in each of the following categories:

My Town: Georgio's Gourmet Pizza to open new restaurant

My Town: Georgio's Gourmet Pizza to open new restaurant

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A downtown Grand Rapids pizza restaurant is expanding to Cascade Township.

Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza will celebrate the grand opening of its newest restaurant at 5570 28th Street SE in mid-May.  As part of the celebration, Georgio’s will offer a free slice of pizza to patrons who make a donation to Kid’s Food Basket, in the fight against childhood hunger

Construction on Georgio’s second Grand Rapids area location should be finished by the end of April.  The new location will offer an expanded menu; in addition to more than 50 varieties of pizza, patrons can dine on pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads and appetizers. Beer, wine and cocktails will also be available.  The family-friendly restaurant will also have a kids menu and theme nights, and diners can order delivery.

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.