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My Town: Construction on new medical center given the green light

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—CD Barnes Construction has been selected as the general contractor for the construction of the newest Fresenius Medical Care location in Grand Rapids.

Fresenius is the largest integrated provider of products and services for individuals undergoing dialysis due to chronic kidney failure and CD Barnes Construction is pleased to be partnering on this project with them.

“Fresenius Medical Care has an outstanding reputation for quality patient care. We look forward to providing them with a building in which to provide their life-saving services,” said Todd Oosting, executive vice president of CD Barnes Construction.

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies

Kent’s “Financial Soundness” Applauded by Ratings Agencies
---------------------------------------NEWS RELEASE----------------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Kent County Administration) – Businesses and residents in Kent County are in good hands fiscally. Kent County remains financially strong, according to rating agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service. Both agencies affirmed the long-term Triple-A credit ratings– the highest possible – for the County. This represents the 16th consecutive year that Kent County has held the long-term Triple-A ratings from both agencies. Both S&P and Moody’s also affirmed the highest short-term credit ratings available for the County. S&P noted that Kent County has a history of strong financial management and commitment to meeting financialobligations. In addition, one S&P analyst called Kent County’s financial overview “. . .

My Town: Lawyer launches new fashion line in East Grand Rapids

My Town: Lawyer launches new fashion line in East Grand Rapids

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  A Miami lawyer turned  East Grand Rapids entrepreneur is launching her luxury lounge wear line in West Michigan.

Jamie Loeks Duffield came up with the idea for Duffield Lane when she and her mother couldn’t find appropriate pajamas to wear during their traditional Christmas Eve gathering with family.   

My mother and I were looking for quality, appropriate and stylish lounge wear that we would want to wear past December 25th. There just wasn’t anything out there that was fashionable and comfortable,”says Duffield.

The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Duffield’s family.  Her Jim and Barrie Loeks, founded Star Theater and her uncle, John Loeks, founded Celebration Cinema.

Duffield is currently teaming up with Michigan- based Fashion Pronto to develop a new line that will be available this summer. 

My Town: Breton Village mall announces expansion and new retailers

My Town: Breton Village mall announces expansion and new retailers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As one store winds down business in Breton Village mall, two more are getting ready to move in.

Weeks after the owners of Pooh's Corner announced they are closing, Breton Village said Wednesday that Lululemon Athletica and Hot Mama have agreed to move into a new building being built at the mall.  Construction is underway on the 24,500 square foot facility, which is located at the corner of Breton and Burton.  The complex’s fourth and final building will have enough space for five to eight new retailers.

Breton Village currently includes Leigh’s, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor LOFT, JB and Me, Fitzgeralds, and D&W Fresh Market, among others.

Lululemon has been operating out of a temporary showroom in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village for the past 18 months.  The business sells athletic apparel for a variety of activities, including yoga and jogging.  This will be Lululemon’s first permanent store in West Michigan.

My Town GR South: Vintage Street Market countdown begins

My Town GR South: Vintage Street Market countdown begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Downtown Market’s Vintage Street Market opens to shoppers in exactly one month.

Organizers say the Vintage Street Market is Grand Rapids’ only monthly vintage market.  The market will be open the second Sunday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Market dates are May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10 and September 14.  This year’s vendors include:

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families


Walk-Ins Welcome April 12, 14 & 15

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 8, 2014 – IRS certified tax preparers and accounting students from Aquinas College, Davenport University and Cornerstone University will be joined by community volunteers to provide free tax preparation for people with incomes under $57,000 on April 12, 14 and 15.  Every year, millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most.

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

My Town:Students advance to Science Olympiad State Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than a dozen teams of West Michigan youth will head to Lansing next month for the Science Olympiad State Tournament.

The teams competed for a spot in the competition during the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad event held Saturday.  It was the 30th anniversary for the competition, held at Grand Valley State University.

Based on the results, the following teams will compete at the state Capitol:

            Middle School Teams (in order of place)

1.     Lakeshore Middle School

2.     Grandville Middle School

3.     Jenison Jr. High

4.     Chandler Woods Charter