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Kalamazoo Gazette: Stryker gets Lifetime Woman of Achievement award

Ronda Stryker, a Portage philanthropist  best known for her work in higher education, is the recipient of the 2013 YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement award, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette. Stryker, 58, will be honored at the 29th Annual YWCA Women of Achievement Award Celebration, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel.
 
Excerpt: The YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award is given to a person who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community, state or nation, and has a record of accomplishment, leadership and positive role modeling as a volunteer and/or in a career. "Ronda Stryker’s passion for the causes she cares about has contributed to the many successes of the organizations with which she works," said the YWCA news release.
 
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

MLive: Secant Technologies gets $157,000 in school contracts

Secant Technologies of Kalamazoo has received two contracts from Kalamazoo Public Schools totaling more than $157,000 for technology upgrades, reports MLive. One is to upgrade and expand the wireless system in its school buildings. The other contract is to purchase 30 HP desktop computers, with Microsoft Office and 19-inch monitors to replace the oldest computers located in a computer lab at Milwood Magnet School.
 
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Source: MLive 
 

MLive: Texas Township to add to trailway

Texas Township is moving forward with plans for a Texas Drive trailway with an amendment that adds two sidepaths, reports MLive. The township board recently voted unanimously to add the sidepaths, which are required for the township to receive a $300,000 Michigan Department of Transportation grant toward the trailway. Township Superintendent Julie VanderWiere said that, although the township is not guaranteed the grant yet, she was told it absolutely would not be granted if the sidepaths were not added.
 
The trail will start at the Al Sabo Land Preserve, run through the preserve, come out to and across Texas Drive along a Consumers Energy easement, then follow that easement out to 12th Street, where it will head north to the roundabout at Milham Avenue. One sidepath will connect the trail where it emerges onto Texas Drive with Annandale Drive. The other will connect the trail on 12th Street with the end of a sidewalk slightly north of 12th Street Elementary. VanderWiere said MDOT wants the sidepaths in order to improve the trail's connectivity with neighborhoods and schools.
 
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Source: MLive

MLive: Tax foreclosures drop by 36 percent

The number of Kalamazoo County parcels that went into tax foreclosure recntly dropped about 36 percent from 2012, reports MLive. In the county, 221 parcels were foreclosed on this year because of unpaid property taxes from 2010 and prior years, Kalamazoo County Treasurer Mary Balkema said. That's a drop from record-setting 346 parcels the treasurer foreclosed on in 2012.
 
Owners of those parcels owed a total of base tax for 2010 and prior years of nearly $537,000  and interest and penalties of nearly $327,000. About 20 of the parcels that went into tax foreclosure were homesteads. The rest were vacant lots, rental homes and businesses. Parcels in the city of Kalamazoo made up 78 percent of the total foreclosures.
 
Excerpt: "The better news is the parcels we did not foreclose on," Balkema told the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners. Balkema said her office helped 271 property owners avoid foreclosure. Of those, 36 received help from a lifeline grant. Another 62 received help from the Helping Michigan's Hardest Hit Homeowners program. Balkema's office gave 173 property owners facing financial hardship an extra year to pay their back taxes.
 
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Source: MLive

Kalamazoo Gazette: Allegan looks for 'Big Wow' on riverfront

The "Big Wow" on the Riverfront in Allegan is the goal of a plan to upgrade the string of riverfront property in Allegan's downtown. While the plan's draft hasn't been made public, at a previous public meeting ideas abounded.
 
"We've talked about things like ice skating rinks, amphitheaters in the riverfront area, the greening up of the parking lot," City Manager-Clerk Robert Hillard said. More parking space  is among the suggestions.
 
The Riverfront Design Meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Griswold Memorial Auditorium. The public is invited. This will be the last meeting for public input. 
 
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

Forbes: Kalamazoo's Newmind and the cloud

Forbes magazine reports Daniel Jefferies, the founder of Newmind Group, parlayed his growing reputation as an IT expert into his own company when he started Newmind Group in 2003. Today Newmind Group has 15 employees spread across Michigan, South Carolina, Minnesota, and California.  Newmind also works with third-party IT companies to help solve problems that their 900 customers around North America have.  Since Newmind Group has scalable resources, they can send people on-site almost anywhere.
 
Excerpt: One of Newmind’s clients is called Greenleaf Hospitality, a hospitality management company that oversees two hotels, five ice arenas, seven restaurants, two retail shops, and a spa. Greenleaf Hospitality needed a way to transition from a legacy system to a cloud-based system so that they could stay on top of reports from different locations.  Newmind stepped in and managed the deployment.
 
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Source: Forbes

MLive: United Way surpasses goal

The United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region has exceeded its 2013 fundraising goals of more than $15.35 million, by raising $15.7 million, report MLive. The Kalamazoo campaign generated $9.6 million this year and the Battle Creek effort raised $6.1 million, both exceeding target goals set at a campaign kick-off in September. The goal for Battle Creek was $5.8 million and the goal for Kalamazoo was $9.5 million.
 
Excerpt: “These results are especially impressive because previous United Way mergers have seen temporary decreases in support,” said Michael Larson, president and chief executive officer of the United Way for the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. “Once again, the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo region proves it’s the generous and compassionate exception to the rule.”
 
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Source: MLive
 

Sturgis Journal: Plan to clean rivers proceeds

The Sturgis Journal reports the third of a five-year plan to clean all 150 miles of rivers in St. Joseph County will begin June 1, when a stretch of the Prairie River in Lockport Township will be the first of seven river and riverbank cleanup events this summer. Members of the County Conservation District recently announced the dates and locations of the 2013 program, which will see about 26 collective miles of debris removed from five different waterways.
 
Excerpt: Jen Miller, conservation district administrator, said the Centreville-based agency plans to stage a high-profile campaign later in the year in hopes of landing a crop of new volunteers and hopefully getting assistance from past participants. "We had eight events last year and participation was across the board," Miller said. 
 
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Source: Sturgis Journal

MLive: Kalamazoo Promise analysis

An in-depth analysis of ACT scores by Mlive/Kalamazoo Gazette shows that the rate of improvement in Kalamazoo high schools easily outpaces the state numbers as well as the composite average of seven other urban districts: Battle Creek, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Lansing, Muskegon and Saginaw.
 
The analysis looked at the ACT results in two ways: Comparing changes  median ACT scores in each of the four subjects -- reading, English, math and science -- as well as comparing the percent of students who hit the "college-ready" benchmarks set by the ACT.
 
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Source: MLive

Kalamazoo Gazette: It's the 50th anniversary of the K Plan

Fifty years ago, Kalamazoo College threw out the traditional course of study and did away with summer vacation, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette. It was the making of the institution, many said on the golden anniversary of the K Plan. “It did set it apart. It enabled it to grow in stature and grow in the number of students,” said Charlotte Hall, a Kalamazoo College trustee and a member of the Class of 1966 – the first to go through all four years on the K Plan. In fact, Kalamazoo College's enrollment increased by more than a third in size during the first decade after the K Plan was implemented – from 750 to 1,200 students.
 
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

MLive: Charter school for elite athletes proposed

A charter school that would cater to the specific needs of teenage elite athletes --  specifically in hockey, soccer and figure skating -- is being proposed for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area, reports MLive. Legacy Academy would serve grades 7-12 and be located at The Revolution Arena in Battle Creek, home to the Battle Creek Ice Hockey Association, and also at the Kingdom Indoor Soccer Center in Portage, according to a grant application filed with the Michigan Department of Education.
 
Excerpt: The target student population will be hockey players, figure skaters and soccer players who can train and take classes at the same location. It would be the first such school in Michigan, and the idea is modeled on a school for tennis players in Las Vegas, said Heather Montei, who is serving as spokeswoman for the project organizers. Realistically, the earliest the school would open is fall 2014, Montei said.
 
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Source: MLive

Niles Daily Star: Sixth Generation to invade Britain

Sixth Generation, the quintet, formed in 1966 as a Niles garage band, will be the only American group performing on the bill in the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool’s Cavern Club to celebrate Ringo Starr’s 73rd birthday July 7.
 
Excerpt: When Sixth Generation reunited in 2010 after a 40-year break, no one expected tours, CDs with original songs, hall of fame status or the boomer anthem “That Was the Time,” with more than 100,000 YouTube views. As Dave Walenga likes to say, “Nothing surprises me. And now this opportunity. We’re not reliving our youth. We’ve never been. This is our first time. We take this in stride.”
 
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Source: Niles Daily Star

Niles Daily Star: Sixth Generation to invade Britain

Sixth Generation, the quintet, formed in 1966 as a Niles garage band, will be the only American group performing on the bill in the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool’s Cavern Club to celebrate Ringo Starr’s 73rd birthday July 7.
 
Excerpt: When Sixth Generation reunited in 2010 after a 40-year break, no one expected tours, CDs with original songs, hall of fame status or the boomer anthem “That Was the Time,” with more than 100,000 YouTube views. As Dave Walenga likes to say, “Nothing surprises me. And now this opportunity. We’re not reliving our youth. We’ve never been. This is our first time. We take this in stride.”
 
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Source: Niles Daily Star

Kalamazoo Gazette: ABC's 'Extreme Makeover' crew to visit

The production crew of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" will be in Kalamazoo on May 22 to film the "reveal" of Alyssa Stommen and everyone is invited, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette.
 
Stommen will be featured on the third season of the reality TV show that follows a group of people for 12 months as they try to lose weight. The 5-foot-6 Stommen, 22, said recently that she weighed more than 400 pounds when her "journey" started nine-and-a-half months ago. Stommen signed a contract with ABC and is not able to talk specifically about her appearance.
 
Excerpt: "Anyone who personally knows me says I've lost an amazing, incredible amount of weight," she said.
 
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

MLive: Women Who Care give $14,200 for children

Warm Kids Project will receive $14,200 from the new charitable organization Women Who Care of Kalamazoo County, reports MLive. At its inaugural meeting Feb. 20, the 117 members of Women Who Care of Kalamazoo in attendance chose Warms Kids Project from among 20 charities nominated to receive its first donation. At four meetings to be held each year, members will each pledge $100 to a charity to be chosen that night. Members who are present have the opportunity nominate a charity, hear presentations on three of them and then vote. Members then write $100 checks to the charity that receives the most votes. 
 
Excerpt: "It gives the organizations the opportunity to do what they do best and not have to worry about raising money," Kalamazoo City Commissioner Barbara Miller said.

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Source: MLive
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