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My Town Wyoming: Help needed to make 'Read n' Give' a success

My Town Wyoming: Help needed to make 'Read n' Give' a success

WYOMING, Mich.—The LEAGUE Michigan is looking for more schools, organizations and businesses to help encourage literacy through a statewide book drive.

“Read n’ Give” is focused on boosting literacy among youth.  Schools, organizations and businesses collect K-5 books, which are donated to students involved in literacy programs with Camp Blodgett, The Salvation Army and Schools of Hope, which includes the Grand Rapids, Godfrey-Lee and Godwin Heights school districts.   When students are finished with the books, they are encouraged to donate them back into the program the next year, to foster the continuous cycle of giving.

Bridget Knight, who works with The LEAGUE Michigan, says participants in last year’s program collected 65,000 books statewide.  More than 39,000 books of those books came from West Michigan.  Knight says the goal this year is to collect 70,000 books.

My Town Wyoming: Arcade game ordinance close to repeal

My Town Wyoming: Arcade game ordinance close to repeal

WYOMING, Mich.—The City of Wyoming is one step closer to getting rid of an old ordinance regulating arcade games.

City Clerk Heidi Isakson says the ordinance was likely created because of concerns about illegal gambling using such machines.  However, she says the way the machines are designed now, they are longer a risk to public welfare and peace.  If the repeal takes effect, arcade game owners wouldn’t need an additional license for their games, which would save them $50 to nearly $300 per year.  Additionally, non-cash prize values would be allowed to rise from $150 under the current ordinance to $500, which is the cap under state law.

Isakson says the city collects approximately $1,500 annually from the license fees.

A second reading of the repeal will take place March 17; if all goes well, the ordinance will be stripped from the city’s regulations a few weeks later.

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans building second store in West Michigan

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans building second store in West Michigan

WYOMING, Mich.—Norton Shores isn’t the only West Michigan community that will welcome a Gordmans store this year.

Construction is already underway on a second Gordmans in Wyoming.  The  50,000 square foot store will be located in front of the Home Depot, behind RiverTown Crossings Mall. 

City Planner Tim Cochran says construction on the new store was approved back in August 2013.  The free-standing building is expected to open late this summer.

New store expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Wyoming

New store expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.—A new store being built in Wyoming is expected to bring 300 jobs to the area.

Construction has already begun on a Super Wal-Mart at 325 54th Street SW, east of U.S. 131.  The 182,680 square foot facility is being built on approximately half of the old VKW Hardwoods site.   Another section of the former 18-acre lumber yard was redeveloped into a Home Depot retail center about a decade ago.

Wyoming City Planner Tim Cochran says the  new Super Wal-Mart is expected to open late this summer.

Supermercado Mexico opens bakery in Wyoming

Supermercado Mexico opens bakery in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.—Fresh baked bread and other treats are now on the shelves at Supermercado Mexico’s new bakery in Wyoming.

After months of construction and testing equipment, Mexicana Bakery officially opened at S. Division Avenue at 34th Street last week.

Family owned restaurant expanding to Wyoming

Family owned restaurant expanding to Wyoming

 WYOMING, Mich.- A family owned restaurant in Grand Rapids is expanding into Wyoming.

Little Bangkok Thai Restaurant is adding a second location along Byron Center Avenue, in front of Metro Health.  The signs are already up on the building, but an employee at the current restaurant was not sure when the new restaurant will open.

Little Bangkok Thai Restaurant opened five years ago at 850 Forest Hill Ave. SE in My Town Ada/Cascade.  The restaurant is owned and managed by Melody Yang, as well has her daughters and son.

The new complex adjacent to the Byron Center Avenue Starbucks also includes a Sprint Store and Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt, which is expected to open this spring.  Peachwave is currently hiring; to apply, click here.

New business moving into Wyoming

New business moving into Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.--  A new business is making Wyoming home.

Wimsatt Building Materials Corporation plans to renovate the building at 1456 28th Street SW so it can add a show room, offices, a conference room and warehouse storage.  The company has also tapped CD Barnes Construction to expand the site, adding a 24,000 square foot warehouse across the parking lot for cold storage.  The contractor also plans to install new paving, landscaping, fencing and gates.

Wimsatt Building Materials distributes building products including roofing, siding, windows, doors and lumber.