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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.

My Town:Kent County Board names new District 6 Commissioner

My Town:Kent County Board names new District 6 Commissioner

WALKER, Mich.--- A new person will be representing Walker and West Grand Rapids when the Kent County Board of Commissioners reconvenes April 10.

On March 27, the Board unanimously voted to appoint Patrick Szymczak to the seat previously held by Michael Wawee.  Wawee is charged with obtaining money under false pretenses for his own use from the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids and Holy Cross Cemetery, where Wawee works. He’s accused of taking between $1,000 and $20,000. In an earlier statement, Wawee said he resigned from his seat to focus his energy and time on family and proving his innocence.

Szymczak comes with a decade of experience as a local business owner.  He owns Jant Group, LCC, a visual graphics company based in Rockford.  Prior to that, he served as global account manager for SBC Global.

A Sugarcoated Space: Glitter Milk Gallery

A Sugarcoated Space: Glitter Milk Gallery

by Audria Larsen
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- From the sugarcoated subconscious of Miranda Sharp comes Glitter Milk Gallery, a joint arts venture launched in tandem with her partner in love and lacquer, Josh McVety.

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

My Town: Photo contest for Grand Rapids Life Calendar

My Town: Photo contest for Grand Rapids Life Calendar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Spring is just a few days away, but one local business is already looking ahead to 2015.

Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes is calling for photo submissions for its 2015 Grand Rapids Life Calendar.   Those who submit the winning photos will get a $50 cash prize.  Each local photographer can enter up to five photos taken after Jan. 1, 2010.  Each entry should come with a short story explaining the photo and how it relates to “Life around Grand Rapids.”

The winning photos will be selected by Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes, local professional photographers and Ad Shop.

You can find the complete contest rules and information here.  To submit your entries, email Lee Karelse at leekarelse@lifestorynet.com

It's Job Hunting Time for College Graduates

It's Job Hunting Time for College Graduates

 

No, I didn’t go to an employment agency for this information; it is strictly from my experience in the work field. I didn’t collect unemployment until I was in my late 60’s and then, only for a short time.

I have worked since the beginning of time, it seems. From growing up in a large family, to the work place, raising a family and then back out into the work force once again. Most of my friends are retired and lounging around but I prefer to stay in the know and truly enjoy working with people younger than me. For this reason, I would like to pass along a few tips to college students who will be graduating and out looking for a career job soon.

  1. When showing up for an interview, don’t take the prime parking spot closest to the entrance door. It may belong to someone doing the interview.
  2. Always make sure you are there on time.