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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.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Meet a Harlem Globetrotter for free during anti-bullying event Jan. 20

Meet a Harlem Globetrotter for free during anti-bullying event Jan. 20

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Harlem Globetrotter is taking a break from the court to help prevent bullying in West Michigan.

“Flight Time” Lang will present the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention” at The Salvation Army Kroc Center on Monday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.  During the 40 minute program, Flight Time will show off some of his incredible ball-handling skills while talking about the bullying prevention program the Globetrotters created in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

The ABCs of Bullying Prevention are Action, Bravery and Compassion.  The program is meant to help elementary school children become more aware of the various types of bullying and how to stop them before they begin.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is located at 2500 S. Division Avenue.

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.

Cross Creek Charter Academy teacher wins excellence award

Cross Creek Charter Academy teacher wins excellence award

BYRON CENTER, Mich.—National Heritage Academies, a national charter school management company, honored teacher Laura Crump from Cross Creek Charter Academy in Byron Center  with an excellence in teaching award.

Every year, NHA celebrates the finest educators in its system of schools by highlighting outstanding teachers in four categories: Grades K-1, Grades 2-5, Grades 6-8 and Co-curricular. The finalists are determined by a number of factors including student test scores, annual performance evaluations and parent satisfaction data. There are fifteen finalists for each category.

Crump, a young 5s teacher at Cross Creek, won the excellence in teaching for Co-curricular. NHA President and CEO Chip Hurlburt visited Cross Creek Charter Academy on Thursday, Dec. 12 to present the award to Crump.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women introduces new Board

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women introduces new Board

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new group of community leaders is getting ready to join the Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women Board.

GROW’s new leaders will officially take office Jan. 1, 2014. They’ll replace Joe Belsito, Dustin Jackson, Heidi Spencer and Marsha Veenstra, who are leaving their posts.  The new GROW Board includes:

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • President: Sanda Matei, Investment Strategist, Comerica Wealth Management
  • Past President: Kay Staszel, Owner, KMS Group
  • Vice President: Angie Hanks, AVP Branch Manager, Chemical Bank
  • Vice President: Deborah Phillips, President, Deborah A Philips & Associates, LLC
  • Treasurer: Jason Goei, President, Eastern Floral
  • Secretary: Marnie L. Johnson, President, Infusion Communication Group

 

NEWLY ELECTED DIRECTORS

Two members of Wyoming police force retiring

Two members of Wyoming police force retiring

WYOMING, Mich.—A four-legged member of the Wyoming police force is retiring, along with his handler.

Officer Randy Adams and Moji will retire this week.  Adams has been handling and training police service dogs for more than 20 years.  He plans to keep busy by expanding his dog training business, called Adam’s K9 Training.  You can find the business’ website here.