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Occupy Muskegon Event at Hackley Park

Occupy Muskegon Event at Hackley Park

Occupy Muskegon kicked off their event at Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon at 10am to a small crowd, I was on site a 9:30am and the hand full of people milling around were making signs and setting up coffee, but the cold windy day seemed to already be effecting the hoped for crowd.

300 plus had liked the Facebook page of Occupy Muskegon but only about 50 people had shown up by 11:30 and by 1pm many of those were leaving. Problems with 2 Facebook pages for the event seems to cause strife within the movement and may have had some effect on the success of the event.

The event was meant to mimic the Occupy Wall Street event that began in New York. No word yet if the group will try again.

Muskegon Proposes Intergovernmental Cooperation on Water

Muskegon Proposes Intergovernmental Cooperation on Water

From: http://www.muskegon-mi.gov

Governor Snyder and the Michigan legislature have made intergovernmental cooperation a cornerstone of their plan to reinvigorate the Michigan economy. The Muskegon area has gotten the message.

On the heels of recommendations from a government cooperation study sponsored by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, the City of Muskegon has made a proposal to local units in Muskegon County to provide wholesale water supply for all area communities.

Muskegon County Board of Commissioners Update

In an effort to keep the citizens and taxpayers of Muskegon apprised of the actions taken on their behalf I will be reporting on some of the ‘news worthy’ actions and discussions at the meeting of the County Board and the County Committees.

Carlson appointed to Commission on Disability Concerns

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan President and CEO Richard J. Carlson was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Synder to serve on the Commission on Disability Concerns on April 14.

The commission advocates on behalf of persons with disabilities through information and technical assistance, disability rights training, and by promoting disability awareness.

Carlson, of Muskegon, has over 30 years of experience with Goodwill Industries of West Michigan and has served the last 19 years as president and CEO. He replaces Dana Parker.

Along with Carlson, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan Executive Director Sara Grivetti of Midland was also appointed.

“These individuals will serve as strong advocates for our citizens with disabilities,” Synder said.

Art from Muskegon students could end up in Congressional office

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High school artists in the 2nd District are reminded that the deadline for the Congressional Art Competition is next Monday, April 25. Whether it’s paintings, photography, or computer-generated art, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, is calling for entries from across the 2nd District for the 2011 Congressional Art Competition.

All art should be submitted to one of Congressman Huizenga’s offices; artists may drop their work off at the Holland office during normal business hours, or artwork can also be submitted to Huizenga’s offices in Muskegon, (231) 722-8386, or Cadillac (231) 775-0050, by first calling to make an appointment to drop it off. 

“Art is a valuable study and creative outlet I am happy to encourage.

Fruitport superintendent voices concerns over Governor's proposed budget

Fruitport superintendent voices concerns over Governor's proposed budget

Fruitport, MI -  Parents in the Fruitport school district recently received a letter from Superintendent of Schools, Bob Szymoniak, outlining problems the district will face if Governor Rick Snyder's budget proposal passes.  In the letter, Szymoniak states that the uncertainty of school funding for the 2011/12 school year could lead to widespread staffing cuts and program reductions.  The Governor's proposal will decrease the per pupil funding in the district to a five year low, resulting in a bugetary shortfall that exceeds $1,000 per student, according to Szymoniak. 

The uncertainty in the budget has led the district to implement one change already.  Parents usually have the opportunity to request specific teachers or teams for their childs next school year, but with possible staff reductions and teacher reassignments to other district buildings, those requests will not be honored. 

Muskegon Township treasurer: Governor's proposal a "devestating blow"

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)— the Muskegon Township treasurer says Governor Snyder’s proposed revenue sharing cuts would be a “devastating blow” to communities struggling to provide services with reduced funding, unprecedented property tax declines and home foreclosures.

Under the governor’s proposal, treasurer Jeffrey Wood says the township would lose $161,713 in statutory revenue sharing, representing 12.1 percent of total revenue sharing.  Wood says the cuts would mean the township could not call back an officer who was previously laid off, two positions would remain unfilled, and it would negatively impact services and quality of life within the community.

In a news release, Wood says township spending has dropped 15 percent since 2005, while the state’s expenditures have remained relatively flat.

Lawmakers must still vote on Governor Snyder’s proposal.