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My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

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My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.

Suspect in 1990 murder will face trial


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The preliminary exam of a man accused of a 1990 Grand Rapids murder has wrapped up, and Aurelias Marshall will face trial.

Marshall, 56, is accused of killing Christopher Joel Battaglia in June 1990 in Eastown.

Tuesday morning, Marshall's brother Acey took the stand. He testified that Aurelias called him to pick him up the night of Battaglia's death, and when he arrived he saw his brother and another man beating Battaglia.

The judge determined through the preliminary exam that there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Last week, a pair of witnesses testified that Marshall had confessed to "beating up a white boy."

Free Income Tax Preparation Available

Free Income Tax Preparation Available

IRS-certified student volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes FREE for people whose income falls below $52,000. Volunteers will be available at the Wyoming branch of the Kent County Library beginning the week of January 31 through April 11 on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM.

 

This program is sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

 

For more information or for an appointment, please call 616-871-6147 or visit taxhelp.davenport.edu after January 15, 2015.

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My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Boys and Girls Club honoring Dr. King


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) The United Way is honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service today.

The Boys and Girls Club are painting inspirational people who have been through the club, like Bill Russell, Ashanti Douglas and Denzel Washington at the Paul I. Philips Recreation Center.

United Way events in Grand Rapids today include the Oakdale Neighbors refurbishing bikes as part of the Boston Square Community Bikes Program.


Witnesses say Marshall admitted to Battaglia murder


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A pair of witnesses testified Friday that 56-year-old Aurelias Marshall told them he was involved in the beating death of Joel Battaglia in June of 1990. Battaglia, 23, left Eastown's Mulligan's Pub early in the morning of June 11, 1990. His body was found about a half mile away, on the sidewalk in the East Hills neighborhood.

Shelia Reed testified she saw a man she knew, "AJ," beating a "white boy" out on the sidewalk. Reed worked with AJ, also known as Aurelias Marshall, at a local hotel. At work a few days later, she testified, he "said I beat up a white boy." The boy was Battaglia.

Reed is facing perjury charges for lying to police about the case.