Belmont Community

OBITUARIES — Mr. Steve A. Janicki

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Mr. Steve A. Janicki, age 87, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Steve was a very faithful member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church. He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was the honored recipient of the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Phillipine Liberation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Phillipine Presidential Unit Citation. Steve was in the first graduating class of Rockford High School Adult Ed in 1969. For 40 years he worked for Consumers Power Company as the sub station operator (area operator), retiring in 1986. Steve was proud to be a life member of the 32nd Infantry Div., Company K of the Red Arrow serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was also a member of the Grand Rapids Red Arrow Club, Ushers Club at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Council Knights of Columbus, Grand Rapids Concertina Club, and volunteered for the Food Commodities. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Barszewski) whom he married on May 29, 1948.  He was preceded in death by his grandson, Stephen J. May.  Also, he is survived by his children, Karen and Art Swartz, Patricia Hogberg and Dick Wiebe, Barbara and Mark Jackson, Mary and Robert Wismer, Gerilyn and Jamie May, Julie and Jeff Forbes, Stephanie and Stuart Cohen; proud “Dziadzi” of his grandchildren: Kara and Jason Schab and their children, Nathan and Addie, Michael Swartz and his daughter, Hayden Marie, Trapper Hogberg (fiancée Kim), Will Wismer (fiancée Jenna), Brett May, Stephen May, Dylan Wiebe, Layne Wiebe, Lindsay Cohen, and Adrienne Cohen. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Janicki will be offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Ave. , Belmont , with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Assumption Cemetery . The Rosary will be prayed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Carmelite Sisters, 4300 Mt. Carmel Dr ., NE , Ada , MI 49301 or the Consolata Sisters, 6801 Belmont Ave. , NE, PO Box […]

Free childrens dental clinic

January 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Give Kids a Smile is a national day of donated dentistry endorsed by the American Dental Association and designed to bring dentistry to underserved children in their communities. The staff at Frey Family Dentistry will be donating their time, skills, and the supplies necessary to provide underserved children (age 14 and under) with free complete oral exams, cleanings, fluoride, and preventive fillings (sealants). Our event will begin at 8 a.m. at my office located on 6220 Jupiter Ave in Belmont. All appointments are scheduled in advance. Parents or guardians will need to register their children over the telephone to ensure their treatment on February 3. The office telephone number is 616-222-0202. Feel free to download our brochure or get directions to their office by visiting their web site at

CMU announces August graduates

November 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

Central Michigan University (CMU) is pleased to announce its August 2011 graduates, which includes local students Sarah Abbott of Belmont with a bachelor of applied arts degree,  Zakiah Almani of Belmont with a bachelor of science in business administration degree, Samantha Corey of Rockford with a bachelor of science degree, and Sarah Jacobs of Rockford with a bachelor of science degree.

Local restaurant and sports bar offers flavors straight from Italy

October 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Uccello brothers expanding new business by BETH ALTENA David and Daniel Uccello, ages 20 and 25, were confident the location at 1259 Post Drive was a winner for their new restaurant and sports bar, and after four months of success and even expanding the business, their confidence has been proven. Florentine Pizzeria Ristorante and Sports Bar is not only doing good business, but has expanded to offer banquet facilities for parties of up to 120 people. The restaurant and sports bar is hopping with sports fans watching the games on the large plasma screens and with dining fans enjoying the authentic recipes and flavors from Italy. “We draw from Rockford, Sparta, Comstock Park and Northview,” said David. “This is in the heart of those areas.” David and Daniel had reason to expect their establishment to do well. Their family is in the restaurant business with father and uncles as owners of 10 restaurants in West Michigan. The entities are known for authentic Italian flavors, also with good reason. The Uccellos come from Sicily, Italy, where both David and Daniel were born. Their father, Salvatore Uccello and mom Franca, moved the family to West Michigan because his brother was making a success here of the first Uccello’s family restaurant. David was just seven when he moved here, Daniel 12. David started working in the family business at age 15, making pizzas, with his brother alongside, also learning the trade. David is grateful for the opportunity to continue with the restaurant he and Daniel co-own. “He came here for a better life,” said David of his father’s move to the United States. David said owning a business in the old country means doing business with the mafia, paying for “protection.” Sicily in particular is known for the strong mafia presence. West Michigan, by comparison, is a better place to own a business. Still, the two are able to visit family remaining in Italy, and appreciate the cooking of their two grandmothers, who passed recipes on to Salvatore. “My dad taught us to cook and our mom, too,” David noted. “My mom couldn’t cook. Most people assume it’s the other way around.” David said that when he visits Italy he tries to incorporate some of the recipes from […]

Local students named to Dean’s List at Davenport University

September 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

Davenport University has announced that several local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring/summer 2011 semester. To achieve the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade-point average while enrolled in at least nine credits of regular coursework. The local students who have been named to the Dean’s List at Davenport University are: Karlee Despres, Brian Durham and Jeanne Van Kammen, all of Belmont, along with Rockford students Faye Dean, Marcy Hoste, Barbara Kubik, Aaron Plooster and Lawrence Richardson. Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, nonprofit university with campuses across Michigan and online courses serving an enrollment of more than 13,000 students. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 40 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers. More information is available at

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