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My Town: Kelloggsville looks to voters to keep operation funding

My Town: Kelloggsville looks to voters to keep operation funding

WYOMING, Mich.—Kelloggsville Public Schools is asking voters to renew a millage for district operations on Tuesday, May 6.

The Operating Millage renewal proposal would extend the 18 mill tax on property within the district that Kelloggsville Public Schools relies on to receive its per pupil allowance.  Under the proposal, the millage would be renewed for five years. For additional proposal information, click here.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town: Wyoming CEO among finalists for Ernst and Young award

My Town: Wyoming CEO among finalists for Ernst and Young award

WYOMING, Mich.—The CEO of Grand Rapids Plastics, based in Wyoming is  a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Arthur J. Bott Sr. was selected from a group of more than 50 nominations.  The judges’ based their decisions on each finalist’s innovation success, financial performance and personal commitment to business and communities.

The award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 5 at the MGM Grand Detroit.  This is the 28th year for the award program, which now includes more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries worldwide.

My Town: Wyoming Senior Center opens newly renovated community room

My Town: Wyoming Senior Center opens newly renovated community room

WYOMING, Mich.--   The newly renovated Wyoming Senior Center Community Room is once again welcoming visitors.

The remodeling project included updates to the flooring, walls, ceiling, lighting and furnishings as well as adding a new state-of-the-art bingo machine that allows participants to use computer tablets along with traditional bingo cards.

The $240,000 project was paid for using a Community Development Block grant, WSC’s Senior Fellowship Club and the Parks and Recreational Department’s operational millage.

“The WSC was originally built in 1977, and with the growing number of individuals in our community over the age of 50, it is important that we find creative partnerships to update recreation facilities like the WSC when possible,” stated Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town Wyoming: Wyoming Concerts in the Park lineup unveiled

My Town Wyoming: Wyoming Concerts in the Park lineup unveiled

WYOMING, Mich.—Although there is snow on the ground, the Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission is already set for a summertime tradition.

The Wyoming Concerts in the Park series will return to Lamar Park June 3 at 6:30 p.m.  The series kicks off with a special Kids Night concert featuring “Zumbatomic” followed by the Grand Rapids First Church Youth Choir.  Kid-friendly activities are also scheduled.

The rest of this year’s lineup is as follows:

Wyoming Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Services now available

Wyoming Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Services now available

The Wyoming Parks & Recreation Department have a few newsworthy items that should be of interest to many. They want residents to be made aware of the following:

PARK RESERVATIONS for 2014: Pinery Park reservations are now being accepted for your family reunions, showers, graduation parties, etc. These are available from May 1st through September 30th. Please call 616-530-3164 or go to: www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/ParksRec/reservations%20info.asp for more information

CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS: These inspections will take place on Thursday, May 8th at Wyoming Fire Station #1, located at 1500 Burton St. SW from 5 - 8pm. Pre-register by calling Safe Kids of Greater Grand Rapids at 616-391-7233 x2.

YARD WASTE EXTENDED HOURS: The yard waste site is open Monday - Friday from 7:30am - 7:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am - 5pm through December 31st.

Free Tax Help Available

Free Tax Help Available

IRS-certified student volunteers from Davenport College are offering free tax preparation for anyone with an income of  below $52,00.00. Volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes for people on Saturday, April 12th from 10am - 1pm.

The program is free and sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. For additional information or for an appointment, called 616-871-6147 or visit:  taxhelp@davenport.edu.