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Change Ups: Construction of health clinic underway

July 1, 2016
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Family Health Center

Construction of a $15 million, 50,000-square-foot Family Health Center has begun that will serve low-income people on Kalamazoo’s south side. The new clinic will be on Alcott Street west of Portage Street in the city’s Edison neighborhood. Family Health Center and the city of Kalamazoo partnered to locate the clinic on a brownfield redevelopment site at the former Allied Paper Co. Completion is expected in March. It will serve an additional 30,000 patients by its third year of operation.


Driesenga & Associates Inc. has hired David Greening as an engineering technician who will work in the firm’s Grand Rapids office, and Caitlyn Roberts who will perform administrative assistant duties in the Kalamazoo office.


The Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with the Grand Valley State University College of Education’s Upward Bound TRIO program to develop treasure hunts for museum visitors. Twenty-six students in 11th grade are involved in this service program through Upward Bound TRIO. The treasure hunts will encourage museum visitors to explore all that the GRPM has to offer, including areas they may not have explored on their own before.

Kent District Library announced Lindsey Dorfman has been selected to serve as director of branch services & operations for all 18 KDL branches.


The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research announced Terri Majeski, a customer service representative and licensed P&C insurance agent at Ottawa Kent, is the 2016 Outstanding CSR of the Year recipient for the state of Michigan.

Ottawa County Corporation Counsel Greg Rappleye is the recipient of the County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award for the first quarter of 2016. Rappleye began his tenure in the Ottawa County Prosecutors Office in 1991. His office later became the Office of Corporation Counsel, which serves under the direction of the County Administrator.


First National Bank of Michigan welcomed Michelle Hoopman as assistant branch manager.


A.j. Veneklasen announced the additions of Andy Brown, project manager, and Samantha Ipema, marketing coordinator, to their team.

Morris Builders Rockford is the recipient of GuildQuality’s 2016 Guildmaster Award for showing a continued commitment to service excellence.

Rockford Construction announced preliminary plans to bring a neighborhood grocery store to Grand Rapids’ West Side as part of a larger development. The development would feature construction of a grocery store by Meijer at Bridge and Seward, as well as additional first-floor retail opportunities, a mix of upper-level rental housing units and office space, and on-site parking for shoppers and tenants. The development will seek additional tenant partners, funding incentives and more in the coming year. 


Anca Sala, dean of Baker College’s College of Engineering in Muskegon, has been named 2016 Educator of the Year by HI-TEC, the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference. She will receive the award at the 2016 conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 25-28.

The following students and teachers received special recognition for participating in the June 12-16 2016 National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland: Hannah Lane-Davies of Anne Lape Homeschool in Kalamazoo and teacher Anne Lape placed fifth in the nation for Senior Individual Documentary; Dorris Dagama of Forest Hills Central High School and teacher James Cross placed tenth for Senior Individual Website; and teacher James Cross from Forest Hills Eastern Middle School in Ada received the junior division award.

Grand Rapids Community College has joined the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) National Consortium on College Men of Color. The Consortium facilitates an exchange of ideas among community colleges across the nation on how best to serve men of color in educational institutions.


Regal Financial Group announced William “Bill” Best as its new chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Waddell & Reed financial advisor John D. Shubert qualifies for the firm’s Career Development Conference, offered to those within one year of service with the company who have exhibited initial success in the industry.


Patricia (Trish) Castiglione has been named vice president and executive director of the Aquinas College Foundation. Castiglione has been the interim vice president and executive director since last October. Castiglione will oversee and work with the Aquinas College Foundation staff to raise funds to support student scholarships, service learning, technology, international programs, campus life and many other campaigns.


Ottawa County is the recipient of the 2016 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties for its work in helping to develop Hudsonville’s citywide master plan titled “Imagine Hudsonville 2030.”

A countywide 2016 public opinion survey concluded 80 percent of residents in Ottawa County said county operations are headed in the right direction, up from 73 percent in 2014. Fifty-eight percent said the county manages money well, and 71 percent concluded their tax burden is “about right.”


Baker College of Muskegon Rotaract Club made the following announcements: It donated $9,114 to Kids’ Food Basket Muskegon, an organization providing Sack Suppers year round for kids; cumulatively, the club’s 30 members volunteered 2,038 hours to fundraise and provide hands-on support of community projects such as the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District’s Read Early, among others; and the Rotary International bestowed its Presidential Citation to the club for the third consecutive year.

The Sinas Dramis Law Firm recently gave away 1,373 bike helmets in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Traverse City through its Lids for Kids program aimed at preventing bicycle-related head injuries.


Frankenmuth Insurance recognized Meyering Insurance Agency Inc. of Hamilton for the second consecutive year as a “Preferred Plus” Partner for 2016.


Michigan CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, announced it has opened a Grand Rapids location at 660 Cascade West Parkway, Suite 65. For more information, visit


The Neighborhood Michigan Ford Dealers Kalamazoo Ribfest will mark 30 years of barbecue, live entertainment and family fun on Aug. 4, 5, and 6 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo. It continues as a benefit for Arc Community Advocates. Townsquare Media operates the festival.


Alliant Enterprises LLC announced the formation of Alliant Surgical Products LLC. The new division recently opened its 20,000-square foot manufacturing site in Northwest Grand Rapids.

Haviland Enterprises Inc. announced the additions of Benjamin Gaeth, engineering manager, and Christine Olmeda, chemical process engineer.

Kevin Brockmyre has joined National Nail as market development manager for New England. Brockmyre will help develop business opportunities throughout New England for the company’s proprietary brands.

PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center announced it has added the new VLP Series Night Vision Camera to its lineup of rear- and side-vision cameras.


Magic 94.1 is a new 24-hour R&B format launched at WNWZ in the Grand Rapids market, dedicated to urban-formatted radio featuring today’s R&B and old school, while providing a strong on-air lineup with entertainment-driven content and active community involvement. 

WZZM 13 is the recipient of its first national Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association for a story produced by Our Michigan Life storyteller Brent Ashcroft for “Sports Reporting – Large Market” for “Big Ann”, with former director of photography Andy Sugden. Big Ann tells the story of Ada athlete Anna Lee Konsoer-Rose, who was fighting for her health during her senior year following a rare diagnosis.


Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointments of Rick Fiddler of Ada to the Michigan Aeronautics Commission and Barbra Homier of Ada to the State Board of Accountancy. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalyn Bliss was appointed to the new Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board; Jill DeVries of Zeeland and Joshua Meringa of Grandville were reappointed to the Nursing Board; and Gaetan Gerville-Reache of Ada was appointed to the Military Appeals Tribunal.


Restaurant Week Grand Rapids announced more than 50 restaurants, including 10 new participants, in the Greater Grand Rapids area will take part in the 12-day culinary event Aug. 10-21. RWGR encourages people to “Taste the City” by dining out. A list and map participating restaurants is on


Egltech of Holland has joined the DirectCloud partner family to offer their signature cloud desktop, WebTop. The partnership empowers Egltech’s customers to embrace the cloud and take advantage of the mobility and flexibility inherent in a virtual desktop.

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