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Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice  

Love Equalizer: Q&A with Erin Wilson

Love Equalizer: Q&A with Erin Wilson

Written by Lindsay Patton

Questions for Erin Wilson, founder of Until Love Is Equal, director of Wealthy Theatre and board president of ArtPeers.


You're involved in Wealthy Theatre, Until Love Is Equal and ArtPeers. What's your main focus for 2012?
I couldn't say one would be less immense than the other. There's the centennial campaign at the theatre and ArtPeers is in the middle of a major reboot. Of course, we carry on with Until Love Is Equal.

Until Love Is Equal began in June of 2011 as a response to the City of Holland's June 15 vote excluding sexual orientation and gender identity from an anti-discrimination ordinance. How has the movement grown since then?

Carl Kelly & the Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation

Carl Kelly & the Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation

By Kevin VanAntwerpen

In the middle of Martin Luther King Jr. Park, on the East side of Grand Rapids, is a small building with a tiny parking lot: the MLK Boxing Center. Every Wednesday night, approximately 35 children and young adults from the surrounding schools and neighborhoods gather with the staff and volunteers of the MLK Mentoring and Boxing Program to train in the sport. But talk to any member of the staff, and you’ll hear that there is much more to the program than athletics.
    
“We’re in the inner city,” the program’s executive director, Carl Kelly, says. “Oftentimes, unemployment is the highest in the inner city. There are a number of parents who have spent time incarcerated or are currently incarcerated. It’s a way for us to assist those parents who have...

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Teresa Weatherhall Neal: Treating GRPS Like Family

Teresa Weatherhall Neal: Treating GRPS Like Family

By Rachel Melville

The newly appointed Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) interim Superintendent lives up to all of the raving reviews: She is a team player; an advocate of the GRPS community, a force of stability and holds a clear vision and plan for the schools. Teresa Weatherall Neal is all of these things… and much more.

When asked how she was handling the first few weeks of her new appointment, Weatherall Neal smiles and refers to two prominent pieces of art work in her warm and inviting office. “Once I had these pieces in place, I was ready to go to work," she says. The artwork she refers to is a framed campaign poster of Brown vs. the Board of Education, the landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The other piece of artwork is a pencil and paper sketch called “The Hand,” depicting an...

AzulStar solves the wireless mystery for apartment complexes

AzulStar solves the wireless mystery for apartment complexes

By Brian Edwards | MiBiz
bedwards@mibiz.com


GRAND RAPIDS — It seems a mystery: When you stay in a hotel, you can get high-speed wireless Internet in your room for the length of your stay. But move into an apartment or condo building, and you’ll likely need a modem, Ethernet cables and a one-year agreement with a phone or cable company.

Grand Haven’s Tyler van Houwelingen has solved that mystery for a West Michigan owner of several large multi-unit residential properties, including The Loft in downtown Grand Rapids. Together, they’ve started offering a connectivity service at The Loft that works just like the Wi-Fi at many high-end hotels, where they charge you for service rather than give it away.

When you log onto The Loft’s network, a screen pops up and offers...

Outcomes, Not Output: The GR Collective Launches

Outcomes, Not Output: The GR Collective Launches

J. Bennett Rylah 

Maybe you've met Bill and Steve at TedxGrandRapids5x5 Night, ArtPrize or any number of events of which they've been a part. But let's pretend you haven't.

Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids

Amash to host town hall in Grand Rapids

Tuesday, January 10, 6PM - 7PM, Grand Rapids Public Library (Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE)

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03) today invited Third District residents to a town hall meeting at the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library. Amash will discuss issues currently facing Congress and answer questions from the audience.

This event is free and open to the public and the media. The Main Library offers one hour of free validated parking for guests available in the gated lot next to the Main Library. Parking rates are $1.10 per half hour after the first hour. Parking tickets can be validated in the lobby of the Main Library.