West Michigan News

July 29, 2010
A walk-in wine cellar greets diners as soon as they walk through the doors of Theodore's, but the aroma of gourmet dishes for vegans and meat-lovers alike is what beckons them in to enjoy an intimate dining experience.

Category: Entertainment, Food, Holland, Innovation, WestMichigan

July 29, 2010
Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Foundation will spend $1 million across the state to fight poverty.

A two-year grant was awarded to the Michigan Community Action Agency Association, a group of 30 community action agencies that provide programs and services to low income families and individuals in all 83 Michigan counties. The funds are intended to be used to coordinate public, private and non-profit efforts into a collaborative method to move families out of poverty.

Category: BattleCreek, Community, WestMichigan

July 01, 2010
The endowment funds of 56 Kalamazoo area nonprofit groups grew on Match Day, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's 85th birthday celebration.

Philanthropists opened their wallets and check books to contribute nearly $339,000 toward endowments.

Category: Community, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

July 01, 2010

It's a bright summer afternoon and dozens of kids stand beside Lake Barlow, the main draw at YMCA's Camp Manitou-Lin outside Middleville.

"Jump in, chicken," a tow-headed boy shouts to timid campers at the shore. A few well-placed splashes, screams and the "chickens" race into the water towards their tormentor.

Everyone laughs amid splashing and trash talk at the 160-acre camp south of Grand Rapids.

Welcome to summer camp, the time-honored rite of passage for nearly 11 million kids in the United States each summer who are temporary residents at some 12,000 day and overnight camps. And metro Grand Rapids has some of the best camps in the state of Michigan, local directors say, just the kind of places that can provide a short, but positive impact on any youth -- particularly one living in a harsh city environment or dealing with a disability.

Category: Community, GrandRapids, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

July 01, 2010
Music can start the conversations that bring a community together. Leaders of the I.D.E.A. Association are convinced of that and are putting it to the test over the July 4 holiday weekend.

On a recent summer afternoon, as they sit inside Water Street coffee shop in downtown Kalamazoo, I.D.E.A. Association founders Matthew Lechel and Mark Thompson recap the genesis of their nonprofit organization and their plans for the first Boiling Pot Festival, an event to gather people through music and art and ask them to help find solutions to the issues that plague society.
Category: Arts&Culture, Community, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Kalamazoo, WestMichigan

June 17, 2010
Stryker Corps.' patient handling and emergency medical equipment building in Portage -- home of manufacturing and divisional headquarters office space -- has been recognized for the way it has reduced its impact on the environment.

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Innovation, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

June 17, 2010
Kalexsyn Inc.'s leadership has been recognized for promoting excellence in technology.

David Zimmermann, CEO, and Robert Gadwood, Ph.D., president and chief scientific officer, of the company have been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs Of The Year.

The Kalamazoo-based company focuses on providing medicinal chemistry services to the pharmaceutical industry and has averaged 30 percent growth each year since its founding.

Category: Education, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Kalamazoo, LifeSciences, Technology, WestMichigan

June 03, 2010
Sitting outside at a Kalamazoo cafe on a recent sunny afternoon, Stephanai Myers explains how an independent business venture grew out of her love of Michigan and her love of the growing sport disc golf.

Category: Community, Entertainment, Kalamazoo, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

May 27, 2010
Harlan Byker is offering a window to the world that's a lot more efficient than yours or mine.

After 12 years of painstaking steps and blind alleys, Byker is ready to scale up manufacture in metro Grand Rapids of a film for windows that automatically dims when heated by sunlight -- potentially saving property managers of office buildings vast sums of money spent on air conditioning.
Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Design, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

May 20, 2010

You could say that it's the product of mud, sweat and tears -- a 7-acre park near the southern border of Grand Rapids devoted exclusively to mountain biking that opened last weekend.

Category: Community, GrandRapids, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan
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