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My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers' roster grows with Duke trio

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers' roster grows with Duke trio

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Kalamazoo Growlers) - The Kalamazoo Growlers have signed a talented trio of Duke Blue Devils to their roster in their first year in Northwoods League action.

Karl Blum, Kenny Koplove and Jalen Phillips will be bringing immediate impact to The Growlers on the mound, in the field, and at bat.

Karl Blum: 6’4-224lb, RHP, Bats/R, Throws/R, Toms River, N.J. (Fr.)

Blum was a four year letterman at Toms River North (NJ) High School, where he was named Shore Conference Asbury Park Press Player of the Year as well as being selected for All-State honorable mention during his senior campaign with a 7-2 and a 1.20 ERA. The righty has made eight appearances on the hill for the Blue Devils in the 2014 season while recording 11 strikeouts.

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My Town Kalamazoo: Nominees sought for Community Arts Awards

My Town Kalamazoo: Nominees sought for Community Arts Awards

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo is accepting nominations for the 2014 Community Arts Awards.

The council has been handing out the annual Community Arts Awards since 1985.

 “In recognizing and celebrating significant contributions to the arts in greater Kalamazoo, the Community Arts Awards is the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s opportunity to highlight those groups and individuals who move Kalamazoo forward,” says D. Neil Bremer, executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. “We honor those who use the same imagination and creativity found in all of us to create something profoundly inspiring, encouraging all of Kalamazoo to think in new ways for a better future.”

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town Kalamazoo: ALDI hiring for two new stores

My Town Kalamazoo: ALDI hiring for two new stores

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--   ALDI is hiring dozens of workers for two new stores in the Kalamazoo area.

The grocery store chain is holding a job fair Monday, May 19 for store associates, shift managers and manager trainees. Starting wages range from $10.50 per hour to $22 per hour and benefits are included for staff working at least 20 hours a week.  Applicants must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or GED.  They must also be available to work anytime between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Sunday, and be able to lift up to 45 pounds.

The job fair will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Career Quest Learning Center, 5115 Portage Road in Portage. ALDI hopes to hire 20-30 employees for future stores in Plainwell and Portage, which should open this summer.

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My Town Kalamazoo: Renovations begin on Growlers' home

My Town Kalamazoo: Renovations begin on Growlers' home

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Renovations to a section of Homer Stryker Field are expected to start this week.

Vandam and Krusinga Building & Restoration is upgrading the area directly behind home plate, above the general admission section.  Lowes Home Improvement is providing the supplies and Rock Sold Surfaces is furnishing granite tabletops for the space, which will be home to the Growlers' Home Plate Club.  The Kalamazoo Growlers say the seats in the Home Plate Club were pulled from the legendary Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Kalamazoo Growlers’ inaugural opening day will be May 30.  The game starts at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets are $5-$26 and available on the team’s website or by calling (269) 492-9966.

My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  It’s National Charter Schools Week and National Heritage Academies is celebrating a record number of applicants.

The charter school system says this year, so many children applied to NHA that 20,952 students were put on the wait list.  When it has more applicants than open seats, NHA uses a random lottery to determine who gets into its schools.

“We have experienced record numbers of applications and demand for our schools with wait lists of more than 2,000 students at some schools,” said National Heritage Academies President and CEO Chip Hurlburt. “We appreciate the support we receive from parents who feel so strongly about the quality school choice NHA provides.”

My Town Kalamazoo: Junior League hosts Touch-A-Truck May 10

My Town Kalamazoo: Junior League hosts Touch-A-Truck May 10

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. The Junior League of Kalamazoo with generous sponsorship from their friends at Eaton Corporation will hold its 3rd annual Touch-A-Truck community fundraising event on May 10 at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds.

Touch-A-Truck is a family-friendly event where kids of all ages can touch and learn about unique vehicles such as National Guard trucks, race cars, large construction equipment, and other vehicles from those who build, protect and serve our community.

“With over 50 unique vehicles at Touch-A-Truck, there will be something here for everyone,” said Karla Kaczmarski, JLK special events chair. “We encourage families to come spend the day with us and see all of the different vehicles, enjoy Bounceland, Kids in the Kitchen Activities, movement and music activities with Small Sounds, arts and crafts station, and more!”