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My Town GR Central: Adult Comedy Improv Grief Workshop on Jan. 31

My Town GR Central: Adult Comedy Improv Grief Workshop on Jan. 31

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Those dealing with the loss of a loved one who want to find their laugh again are encouraged to attend this free healing workshop.

Make your reservation soon for an opportunity to share stories, laugh and enjoy new friends with emotional support and understanding, for you are not alone.

This free workshop takes place on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 2 p.m. to 4pm at the Grand Rapids Civic Center located at 30 N. Division Ave. RSVP at (818) 731-6793 or e-mail help@healing-improv.org   

For more information, visit  www.healing-improv.org.

My Town: WMU-Cooley Law honors the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

My Town: WMU-Cooley Law honors the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WMU-Cooley Law School and the school’s Black Law Student Association hosted a viewing of the documentary Martin Luther King Jr. – The Man and The Dream.

Following the documentary, a discussion was held about the impact King has had on individuals, the community and society. Leaders of the group discussion also contemplated what society would be like today if King was not assassinated 47 years ago.

“It’s important to reflect back on the work Dr. King accomplished almost 50 years ago and to consider what else we can do in terms of establishing equality,” said Te Smith, president, WMU-Cooley Black Law Students Association. “We all enjoyed celebrating his legacy together and the impact he has had on society.”

 

Congressman Justin Amash rejects Boehner for speaker

Congressman Justin Amash rejects Boehner for speaker

WASHINGTON (Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press) – U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of west Michigan — once again — joined the move to dump House Speaker John Boehner as his party's leader in the chamber.

It didn't work: Boehner, R-Ohio, was elected to his third two-year term as House speaker but it didn't come without a a spirited challenge by his critics, including Amash, who joined 27 members who rejected either Boehner or Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi as speaker.

Boehner was elected with 216 of 408 votes cast in the 435-member chamber. Pelosi, the former speaker, received 164 Democratic votes. The rest of the votes were split among more than a dozen other names.

Amash was the only one of nine Republican members of Michigan's 14-member delegation to the House to vote against Boehner, a position he announced Tuesday morning on social media.

My Town: West Michigan Community Bank names new vice president- Grand Rapids market manager

My Town: West Michigan Community Bank names new vice president- Grand Rapids market manager

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (West Michigan Community Bank)-- West Michigan Community Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremy Deutschmann to Vice President - Grand Rapids Market Manager.

Jeremy has more than 14 years of commercial banking experience and has spent the last 10 years at West Michigan Community Bank, most recently as Vice President of Commercial Banking. Jeremy’s office is located in downtown Grand Rapids at 177 Ottawa Ave. NW.

Headquartered in Hudsonville, West Michigan Community Bank has five branches throughout West Michigan.

My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet gets two new leaders

My Town: Grand Rapids Ballet gets two new leaders

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Ballet has two new leaders.

Theresa DeVries and Amy Norkus are joining the Grand Rapids Ballet’s board. 

Devries brings with her 20 years of experience in human resource management; she currently works for Hylant in Grand Rapids.  Norkus’ professional experience includes more than 20 years of professional accounting and consulting; she works for Paul Goebel Group Insurance in Grand Rapids.

“Grand Rapids Ballet is very close to my heart as I was a senior company member of its predecessor, the Grand Rapids Civic Ballet.” said Theresa DeVries, new board member. “I am honored to have the pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors. I can’t imagine a world without the gift of dance; little else has the ability to stir human essence like dance. I will never stop dancing.”

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The search is on for a new judge to preside over Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

Chief Judge Robert Redford is leaving his post to become the chief legal counsel for the governor’s executive office.  Governor Snyder chose Redford to replace Judge Mike Gadola, who was recently appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Snyder also named Rep. John Walsh his director of strategy.

“It’s essential to have such talented individuals who have a passion for helping the people of our state and the vision and expertise to craft policy and build relationships that will help us accelerate our state’s dramatic comeback and work to keep moving Michigan forward,” Snyder said. “I know I’ve found the right people in Rep. Walsh and Judge Redford.”

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.