Share the love: Last month a column published by South Boston Patriot Ledger columnist Joann Fitzpatrick was quickly and widely disseminated locally via e-mail. Fitzpatrick lauded most every aspect of
Schneider, like Fitzpatrick, made a point of the philanthropic commitment of area business executives. He reported on the "stunning array of buildings" under construction on
Schneider also references
- In other business: City Commissioner Roy Schmidt, whose bow from public leadership has opened the August Primary ballot to a significant number of competitors for the First Ward seat, expects this week to publicize his endorsement of former Grand Rapids Public School board member
Ed Kettle. Other First Ward candidates are Walt Gutowski Jr. and Tom Postmus.
- She rules: More than one year ago Michigan Court of Appeals Judge
JanetNeff of East Grand Rapidswas asked to defend herself in consideration for a vacancy on West Michigan's federal court. While Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and CarlLevin, both Democrats (as is Neff), immediately backed her nomination, Neff's neighbor Peter Secchia groused about the fairness of the elected Democrats to "come in" to "our Republican area" to back a "liberal" judge. Neff then suddenly found herself this entire past year defending her attendance at a commitment ceremony for a same-sex couple. The story has been widely published and broadcast across the country.
The U.S. Senate last Monday confirmed Neff and two others to serve on the U.S. District Court for
- So far, more than 22,000 adults and kids have had a swimmingly good time at the city's pools, and largely due to the
received from generous members of the business community. GR Mayor George Heartwell honored those contributors with a one-of-a-kind, non-inflatable special plaque that is suitable for framing. response City Hall
Heartwell credited local businessman and developer Roosevelt Tillman with organizing the drive and praised him for "strong-arming" 120 donations to it. A short list of the givers included the
While Heartwell was handing out plaques to those who were present, Tillman sat in the mayor's chair -- and a big grin immediately began to spread across his face. That drew laughs from the crowd. Hizhonor turned and looked at Tillman, paused for a brief moment and then told him in a reassured tone, "There is a price to pay to sit in that seat."
- Proving that nice things really do happen to good people, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land recently awarded GR City Clerk Terri Hegarty with the 2007 City Clerk of the Year Award. Hegarty beat out four others to record the state honor. The
native has been with the city for nearly three decades and has held the clerk's post since 1995. Grand Rapids
Heartwell said Hegarty's longevity as the city's official document keeper, fee collector and election director was mostly due to the fact that she earned a degree in psychology from
- Philanthropist and former Steelcase executive David D. Hunting Jr., passed away last week. Hunting Jr., the son of company co-founder David D. Hunting, joined Steelcase in 1948 and retired nearly 40 years later as executive vice president of Steelcase's subsidiary operations. He served on the company's board until 2002.
Hunting, 81, will be most remembered for his community involvement. He served as chairman of
"He changed the face of the YMCA here forever," said Ron Nelson, executive director of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. "That was the single most important thing that has ever happened to the YMCA in
Hunting felt the downtown YMCA was a fitting tribute to his father, who had been raised in the urban core. Nelson also credited Hunting with bringing environmental concerns to forefront for the organization, leading to the new facility's Leadership in Energy Efficient Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.