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Kalamazoo Chamber quarterly meeting to feature former Rep. Pete Hoekstra

Kalamazoo Chamber quarterly meeting to feature former Rep. Pete Hoekstra

February 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Holiday Inn West (2747 S. 11th St.)

With 16 years experience in Washington, former Representative Pete Hoekstra, will share his perspective on whether today's political climate differs from the past and how business leaders should collectively address any changes. Based upon his travels around the state for U.S. Senate, he will share what he is hearing directly from business owners.

Hoekstra will talk about the economic implications of indecision, over-regulation and uncertainty from Washington. Additionally, he will address whether business owners and decision-makers are rightfully cautious about capital investment, hiring or expansion in 2012.

11-11:30 Registration
11:30-12:10 Lunch served
12:10-12:25 Chamber Update
12:25-12:50 Rep. Hoekstra Keynote and Q&A
12:50-1 Closing remarks


Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center Receives $1,000 OMNI “Gives Back” Grant

Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center Receives $1,000 OMNI “Gives Back” Grant

OMNI Community Credit Union has awarded the Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center (KDCCC) with a $1,000 OMNI “Gives Back” Grant to help them continue to provide free part-time child care, parental education and support to low income families in Kalamazoo.  By providing this service, parents are able to attend classes, search for housing and obtain employment while knowing their child/children are in a safe, developmentally appropriate and well-supervised environment.

“This is a great opportunity to help low-income families provide a better life for their children.  When a parent knows they have a place they can take their child for proper child-care, they are able to better focus their efforts of finishing school or finding employment.  This is a wonderful organization and we are proud to support them,” said Ted Parsons, OMNI CEO.

Kathy McNinch, Executive Director of KDCCC said “We are so pleased to receive this grant from Omni Credit Union.

REVUE - January Libations

REVUE - January Libations

Top 5 Caffeinated Cocktails

San Chez Bistro
The Café de San Chez starts with flaming high-proof rum to caramelize a sugared rim. A holy trinity of Spanish brandy, Kahlua and Crème de Cacao follow and are topped with rich coffee and whipped cream.
38 W Fulton St., Grand Rapids; sanchezbistro.com, (616) 774-8272

Sweetly bridging the gap between the holiday season and the March observance of St. Patty's Day is CitySen's Nutty Leprechaun, a concoction of Bailey's Irish Cream, hazelnut liqueur, Goldschlager and coffee.

The Globe Theatre presents stand-up comedian Russ Williamson

The Globe Theatre presents stand-up comedian Russ Williamson

Live on stage January 6th and 7th it's Chicago Funnyman Russ Williamson!!! Russ has performed at all the hottest comedy clubs across the nation and has worked with some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy like 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan and Half Baked Star Jim Breuer. Don't miss out on a amazing performance. 

Tickets are just $10 at The Door (Doors open at 8pm) 
Call to reserve your seats: 269-488-3330 
Showtimes are at 8:30 pm and 10:30pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Kalamazoo mother arrested for providing alcohol to minor

A Kalamazoo mother is charged with providing alcohol to a 14-year-old girl.

Portage Public Safety officers were called to a home in the 2200 block of Corstange Road around midnight. That is where they found a 14-year-old girl who was drunk and unresponsive. The girl was taken to Bronson Hospital, where tests showed she had a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit.

Investigators determined the girl got the alcohol from a friend's mother. Now that 47-year-old woman is charged with Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor.

Police say the girl will make a full recovery.

New Year's Eve crash kills driver

From Kalamazoo Public Safety - On December 31, 2011, at 2:39 am, Kalamazoo Public Safety responded with the Kalamazoo County Sheriffs Dept. and the Oshtemo Township Fire Dept. to a single vehicle accident. The 24 year old Gobles resident was traveling Southbound on 12th street from Parkview, lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree head on. The responding officers had to extricate the lone occupant from the vehicle.

Unfortunately the driver died from his injuries, the results of the investigation found speed was a factor.  Kalamazoo Public Safety Department notified the next of kin and sends its condolences to the family. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100, www.KalamazooSilentObserver.com

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.