Sehvilla Mann

Donors Offer City Tens of Millions for Budget

The City of Kalamazoo might have found a fix for its budget problems – at least for the next few years, but possibly beyond that. On Thursday, leaders announced that private donors have offered the city $70 million. That would put Kalamazoo’s finances on solid ground for three years.
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Fontana Finale To Highlight Jazz With Jeremy Siskind Trio

Jeremy Siskind, who joined the Western Michigan jazz faculty four years ago at age 25 (and winning the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition soon afterward) will be joined by favorite musical partners singer Nancy Harms and saxophonist Lucas Pino to close out the Fontana Summer Music Festival tomorrow night. Siskind has continued to collaborate closely with his New York-based colleagues, acting as arranger/pianist for Harms' well-received 2016 album Ellington At Night, and lyricist...
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Jeremy Siskind, who joined the Western Michigan jazz faculty four years ago at age 25 (and winning the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition soon afterward) will be joined by favorite musical partners singer Nancy Harms and saxophonist Lucas Pino to close out the Fontana Summer Music Festival tomorrow night.

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Detroit native Michael Zadoorian says earning his living as a copywriter sharpened his editorial skills and thickened his skin as a creative writer. He's the author of two novels: Second Hand and The Leisure Seeker, along with the short story collection, The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. But did that prepare him for the phone call he got from a renowned Italian film producer?


Pence Stumps For Trump In Grand Rapids

19 hours ago
Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Grand Rapids) During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Governor Pence joked that most people probably don’t know him. He tried to change that Friday during his first speech in Michigan since he was announced as Trump’s running mate. 

"KALAMAZOO, MI – The story of the night for the Kalamazoo Growlers was the lack of arms available bullpen during their 9-7 loss to the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Many of the pitchers that Kalamazoo has used out of the bullpen so far this season have either been used too frequently recently, or have had to leave the team due innings restrictions." (Kalamazoo Growlers' website)

"The Battle Creek Bombers topped the Kenosha Kingfish, 6-2 at C.O. Brown Stadium Thursday night to move back to .500 on the year." (Battle Creek Bombers' website)

"LANSING — More criminal charges will be announced Friday in the Flint drinking water investigation, Attorney General Bill Schuette's office announced late Thursday." (Detroit Free Press)

Donors Offer City Tens of Millions for Budget

Jul 29, 2016
Sehvilla Mann

The City of Kalamazoo might have found a fix for its budget problems – at least for the next few years, but possibly beyond that. On Thursday, leaders announced that private donors have offered the city $70 million. That would put Kalamazoo’s finances on solid ground for three years.


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Voters in Kalamazoo County face two primary contests for the office of sheriff August 2. One of the issues in the race is the relationship between law enforcement and the county’s minority residents.


Bronson Park Is A Pokemon Go Hot Spot In Kalamazoo

Jul 28, 2016
Ryan Skryd

Pokémon Go: it’s the latest craze in mobile games where you can catch Pokémon “in real life”. It’s drawing people outdoors and to Kalamazoo’s downtown. Even local business owners are taking notice - setting up shop in popular PokéStops to attract new customers. 


A photo from Ribfest 2015. Ribfest and Blues Fest still take place at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place.
Kayla Kiley

At a glance, it looks as though Kalamazoo’s festivals are leaving Arcadia Creek Festival site in droves. Over the past two years, Irish Fest moved to Old Dog Tavern. Island Fest moved to Mayor’s Riverfront Park. Taste of Kalamazoo is on hiatus. Greek Fest used to offer days of food and music. Now it will be a sit down dinner for just a thousand people. All of these festivals took place at Arcadia Creek Festival site downtown. 


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