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My Town Kalamazoo: ALDI hosts job fair May 19 for new stores

My Town Kalamazoo: ALDI hosts job fair May 19 for new stores

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--   ALDI is holding a job fair Monday, May 19 to hire dozens of workers for two new stores in the Kalamazoo area.

The grocery store chain is looking 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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WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WANTED: Local chefs for WZZM 13 News

WZZM 13 News at Noon is looking for local chefs to be involved in cooking segments airing on Fridays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday’s segments will focus on healthy recipes, so please specify if you’re interested in healthy cooking.

For the segments, chefs should arrive at the station (645 3 Mile Road NW) at 11:45 a.m., and stay until the segment airs around 12:20 p.m. WZZM 13 will provide a gas stovetop, but chefs should bring all equipment/ingredients needed to make their dish.

Interested chefs should email Erin at ezacek@wzzm13.com

Kalamazoo 7-11 robbed during sale


OSHTEMO TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - Deputies in Kalamazoo are investigating an unarmed robbery at a 7-11 store on West KL Ave. in Oshtemo Twp. Saturday afternoon. Investigators say a man approached the counter shortly after 4:00 p.m. and grabbed a hand full of money while the clerk was making a sale.

The suspect fled the store on foot. He is in his late teens or early twenties, with a tall slender build. He was wearing black pants, a black Nike shirt with a white swoosh, and a black ball hat.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department or Silent Observer.


My Town Kalamazoo: Children's wing to be named after philanthropist Bill Wright

My Town Kalamazoo: Children's wing to be named after philanthropist Bill Wright

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—He has died, but Bill Wright’s legacy in helping abused and neglected will live on at Community Healing Centers.

Bill Wright passed away Dec. 28, 2013.  For years, his charity “Wright for Kids” supported kids traumatized by abuse and neglect.  

Wright was also a pivotal force in raising money and encouraging others to donate to the Community Healing Centers’ Roof Sit.  Thursday night at campaign kick-off dinner, children walked into Carabba’s with signs spelling out “thank you Bill Wright for kids”  before the announcement came:  the children’s wing of  the Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center will officially be named the Bill Wright Children’s Advocacy Center.

“This is the perfect homecoming for Wright for Kids…the right time, the right place. It anchors a secure legacy of caring and compassion to Bill’s name,” says Sally Reames, CEO of Community Healing Centers.

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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.

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: