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Degage expands hours to combat cold weather

Degage expands hours to combat cold weather

To meet the needs of our city’s homeless population, Dégagé Ministries has expanded their hours. Identifying a gap in the community, local social service and municipal agencies have struggled to know where to direct our city’s homeless population during the afternoon hours so they can “warm up” and get off the street. Dégagé was grateful to answer the call and recently expanded its Dining Room services by 5 ½ hours each afternoon. It is now open seven days a week from 7:00 am-8:00 pm. Men and women staying in local missions must leave their facilities by 7:00 am and often have no place to go during these hours.  

Three juveniles arrested for purse theft

Three juveniles arrested for purse theft

From the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety - On December 28, 2011, at approximately 2350 hrs, an employee at Cosmo’s Cucina, located at 804 W. Vine Street called public safety to report that her purse had been stolen.  She said that three juveniles entered the restaurant near closing time.  One of them distracted her while another took the purse.  She did not notice the purse was missing until ten to fifteen minutes after they had left.

KPS - Student Artwork on Exhibit at the Epic Center Jan. 6

KPS - Student Artwork on Exhibit at the Epic Center Jan. 6

From: http://www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

The Youth Exhibition Reception on Friday, January 6, 2012, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gail Sydnor Art Gallery, located at 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 202, in the Epic Center.

The exhibition will feature art work created by KPS students who attended the 2011 Fall Youth Arts Mentoring Program at Edison Elementary.

The program is a collaboration with Western Michigan University that was taught by some of their teaching art students.

WMU opens one-stop service center for students and parents

WMU opens one-stop service center for students and parents

by Tonya Durlach, WMU News

KALAMAZOO--As thousands of students head back to campus, Western Michigan University will once again offer a one-stop service center to those wishing to take care of last-minute business associated with the start of a new semester.

WMU's temporary One Stop Convenience Center will be assembled on the second floor of the Bernhard Center for one week, Jan. 5-11, offering students and their parents an assortment of campus services in one centralized location. The center will close over the weekend, Jan. 7-8.

One Stop spring 2012 hours

Portage Creek and Willard Street Non-motorized Trailways Open House

From: http://www.kalamazoocity.org

Kalamazoo, MI – In the City’s non-motorized master plan two sections of trailway have been identified for their preferred routes. The first is a 4.6 mile trailway along the Portage Creek Corridor from Kilgore Road northerly to the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail in Sutherland. The second is a trailway along the existing Willard Street Right of Way between Harrison Street and North Westnedge Avenue. The trail way will start at Harrison Street just north of the Amtrak railroad tracks and continues westerly to Westnedge Avenue connecting two existing trails on each side. The City is entering into the design phase of both projects and would like to invite you to an open house.

KPL - From the Director

KPL - From the Director

Personal Property Tax: A Critical Source of Library Funding

Several weeks ago, I wrote about library funding threats with the proposal to eliminate personal property tax. The issue continues to receive media attention across the state but most of the coverage does not mention that personal property tax (PPT) is a critical source of local library funding.

The legislature will take up this issue in January. The library community is committed to informing our legislators and our patrons of the importance of this revenue source and what it would mean if it was eliminated and not replaced.

Personal property tax is a tax paid by businesses, not individuals or homeowners. It is based on the tangible or physical assets of a business such as office furniture, computers, industrial machinery and equipment, copy and fax machines. It is not a tax on land and buildings.

Infrared Photography by Christopher Light at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Infrared Photography by Christopher Light at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

December 3, 2011 - March 18, 2012

In this exhibition of his recent work, photographer Christopher Light explores the urban and natural world through infrared digital photographs. The human eye can see only a very small portion of the entire light spectrum. The portion of the spectrum with frequencies just below the lowest visible red light (longer wave lengths) is referred to as "infrared." Although invisible to the eye, digital cameras are sensitive to infrared light. Photographs taken with infrared light seem at once precise (due to the absence of atmospheric haze) and dreamlike (skies appear dark and natural foliage-tree leaves and grass-appear very light as they reflect the infrared light).