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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

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My Town: Local lawmakers honor Kalamazoo native Derek Jeter

My Town: Local lawmakers honor Kalamazoo native Derek Jeter

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— Michigan lawmakers are celebrating Kalamazoo-native Derek Jeter’s legacy, as he continues his final season with the New York Yankees.

On Aug. 27, State Rep. Margaret O’Brien joined House Speaker Jase Bolger and Speaker Pro Tempore John Walsh in presenting a tribute to Jeter, who will be retiring after 19 seasons with the New York Yankees.  O’Brien says his commitment to Kalamazoo county is just as notable as his accomplishments on the diamond.

“Not only will Derek Jeter be remembered as one of professional baseball’s best players, but he has poured so much time and energy into giving back to our community,” O’Brien said. “His Turn 2 Foundation has directly impacted southwest Michigan, and we are extremely grateful for his generosity.”

Jeter took part in his final game against the Tigers at Comerica Park Aug. 28.

My Town: Amtrak extends Michigan summer schedule through September

My Town: Amtrak extends Michigan summer schedule through September

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Amtrak)-- Amtrak will continue to operate trains on a modified schedule for the Wolverine Service and Blue Water routes through the end of September as it completes infrastructure improvements in West Michigan.

The track and signal work will result in improved reliability, a smoother ride and the future extension of 110 mph Amtrak service between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

My Town: New Cafe takes shape in Portage

My Town: New Cafe takes shape in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich.—A new coffee shop is popping up in Portage.

Water Street Coffee Joint is working on opening its fourth storefront at the Portage Centre Plaza, at 245 West Centre Street, Suite B.  The café will include a full service coffee bar, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, flowers, bagged coffee and tea and a gift area.  The business will also include new features, including a slow bar for coffees brewed by the cup and a drive-through.
 

Water Street Coffee Joint operates five businesses in Kalamazoo, including a coffee roaster site and kitchen.  The new storefront is expected to open late this year. 

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My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right. 

Police identify suspect in vitamin tampering at Meijer


Portage, Mich. (WZZM) The FBI and FDA are questioning the person they believe tampered with vitamins at 4 Meijer Stores in Kalamazoo County

The Portage Department of Public Safety tells WZZM 13 the person left the state.

Officials with Meijer contacted police Wednesday to report they had found tampered bottles of Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil.

The gel pills in the bottle had been replaced with chocolate chips, cat food or prescription medication. The bottles were resealed and returned to the shelves.

Public Safety officials say shoppers do not need to be concerned because they are confident the person they are talking to is responsible for the tampering.


My Town Kalamazoo: Henderson Castle 'wine cave' approved

My Town Kalamazoo: Henderson Castle 'wine cave' approved

KALAMAZOO, Mich.---  The wine will soon be flowing from a "cave" at a Kalamazoo landmark.

On Thursday, Aug. 14,  Kalamazoo Project Coordinator Pete Eldridge says the zoning board of appeals unanimously approved allowing the proprietor of Henderson Castle  open a 180-square-foot “wine cave” on the property.  The board also waived a city ordinance requiring additional off-street parking.