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My Town: Consumers Energy donates energy-efficient bulbs to food pantries

My Town: Consumers Energy donates energy-efficient bulbs to food pantries

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Consumers Energy is shedding a light on savings by donating energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs to thousands of struggling families in West Michigan.

The utility company is donating 85,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to food banks for distribution. Feeding America West Michigan of Comstock Park will distribute 40,000 of the Energy Star-qualified bulbs this month.  Another 2,500 will be distributed through the Food Bank of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek during the week of May 26.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town Plainfield: Restaurant gets new owners and new name

My Town Plainfield: Restaurant gets new owners and new name

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A Plainfield Avenue business is getting a new name along with new ownership.

Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante is now Flo’s Collection. Dan and Davide Uccello acquired the restaurant from their parents, and are working on updating the restaurant, its products and services. The Uccellos say the remodeling will not affect business hours.

The Uccellos will celebrate a new era for the business during a grand reopening this Thursday, May 1. The North East Business Association will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the business at noon.  Flo’s Collection will offer food deals and prize giveaways to patrons who visit throughout the day.  

My Town: Georgio's Gourmet Pizza to open new restaurant

My Town: Georgio's Gourmet Pizza to open new restaurant

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A downtown Grand Rapids pizza restaurant is expanding to Cascade Township.

Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza will celebrate the grand opening of its newest restaurant at 5570 28th Street SE in mid-May.  As part of the celebration, Georgio’s will offer a free slice of pizza to patrons who make a donation to Kid’s Food Basket, in the fight against childhood hunger

Construction on Georgio’s second Grand Rapids area location should be finished by the end of April.  The new location will offer an expanded menu; in addition to more than 50 varieties of pizza, patrons can dine on pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads and appetizers. Beer, wine and cocktails will also be available.  The family-friendly restaurant will also have a kids menu and theme nights, and diners can order delivery.

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: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