October 15 2009

School Beat — October 15, 2009

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Keeping our schools safe and secure by CHARLIE BROWN Director of Security Rockford Public Schools As a result of the recent national news stories about school safety, we want to assure you that the security and well-being of our students and staff are of the most importance at Rockford Public Schools (RPS). Staff and students practice and train regularly for a variety of simulated crisis situations. Our district works with local fire and law enforcement organizations to prevent, prepare and respond to emergency situations. Parents, students and the community that we serve are also important and valued partners in school safety by helping watch for suspicious activity and issues of concern and reporting them promptly. Please report any concerns to your school administrator or local law enforcements. Reports can also be made anonymously to Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345. Silent Observer can now receive text messages from those wishing to do so. Simply text “Tip 138” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). The keyword “Tip 138” must appear on the first line of the text message in order to reach Silent Observer. Drugs, weapons, fights, vandalism and larceny—the consequences for students involved in these activities are severe and can include expulsion and prosecution. In addition to prompt and appropriate reports of concerns and rumors, we also encourage families to monitor student Internet use, and to remind students that information posted on social networking sites is public. It can be a cause for concern and may have legal consequences.

Feast on Artistry, authenticity at new Cinco de Mayo restaurant

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Rockford’s new Cinco de Mayo restaurant has recently opened, peppering excitement for its authentic Mexican food and stunning art murals. Mariano Coronado, whose family oversees a dozen restaurants in five states, owns this new ingredient to downtown Rockford, located at 123 Courtland St., but Mariano brings his own special touch to Cinco de Mayo. “This is the first restaurant I’ve opened on my own, instead of partnering with other family members,” Coronado said. “The Rockford community is very nice and I’m excited to bring a new family restaurant to the area.” Cinco de Mayo’s brand-new 4,800 square-foot building features interior seating for over 100 people, outdoor seating overlooking the downtown district, a large bar, and high ceilings which accommodate the vast, vibrant murals by local ArtPrize artist, Rolando (Roli) Mancera. “I was very excited when Mariano called me about doing the murals for this new restaurant,” said Mancera, whose metal sculpture “Templo Maya” is on display at the DeVos Place. “This has been quite the experience working on such a large wall space instead of canvas.” Mancera is a 26-year-old Grand Rapids based, self-taught artist whose creative works have been featured in various galleries throughout Michigan. His skill with acrylics on paper, oil on canvas, and metal sculptures led him to this opportunity, creating murals depicting various scenes from Mexican history. Cinco de Mayo’s murals feature historical figures that embody the spirit of Mexico’s culture and strong character, as well as murals showing Guanajuato, Mexico (where both Coronado and Mancera were born), silver mine workers, mummies, and the Alley of the Kiss. “Some days I’ve been painting for 13 hours,” said Mancera. “I really appreciate the support of so many people these past weeks—Mariano, my wife Erika, and my fellow artist and friend Carmelo Lopez, who has provided creative assistance with these murals. Being able to combine my passion for art and history has been very rewarding.” Tom Cronkright, owner of Cronkright Ventures LLC and property developer for the Cinco de Mayo project, is equally pleased. “I stood in Cinco de Mayo recently and fully realized the beautiful transformation of this location. Mariano’s restaurant is a wonderful addition to Rockford.” Rockford City Manager Michael Young agrees this has been a successful development project and added, […]

Obituaries — October 15, 2009

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Judson On October 10, 2009, Donna Adeline Judson, age 95, of Rockford went to her final home in heaven. Donna loved her home. Her childhood home in Courtland Township brought her many happy memories. At the age of 15, she began working her first job at Wolverine World Wide. Since she was so young, she had to be employed under the Child Labor Laws. In 1937, she married Robert Judson in their newly acquired home at Bostwick Lake, and raised her two children there. She was the longest-living resident of Bostwick Lake and very proud of her heritage in the history of Cannon Township. When she was no longer able to be living on her own, she moved to Wisconsin to be with her daughter, Sue and her family. Donna greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When she required nursing care, she decided to come back home and stay at Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids. She adapted well and was always greatly appreciative to the staff and all who cared for her. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Judson, who died in 1984; her parents, Jud and Millie (nee Johnson) Weller; her brother, Kenneth (Lila) Weller; and her sister, Marian (Theron) Wheat. Donna is survived by her children, Sue and her husband Jim Wheeler and their son, Jim and his wife Robin Wheeler of Atlanta, Ga., their daughters, Jamie (Jack) Shavlik and their children, Max and Jackson Shavlik, Susie and Guy Diske and their children, Riley and Molly, all of Prarie-Du-Sac, Wis.; her son, Ivan Judson and dear friend Samuel Grimes of Rockford; and her niece and nephews. A homecoming service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Pederson Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Wheeler officiating. Interment was in Bostwick Lake Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, Pilgrim Manor or the Computer Fund at St. Patrick’s Catholic School. A special thank-you is given to the kind staff of Pilgrim Manor and to Susie (Buyze) Mauro for her wonderful genealogy research of the Weller, Johnson and Judson families. “God has welcomed Donna to her final home.” Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.   Forrest Mr. Thomas Forrest, age […]

CSCP stages ‘Plaza Suite’

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The Cedar Springs Community Players (CSCP) will present “Plaza Suite,” a three-act comedy by Neil Simon, at the historic Kent Theatre. Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17 and will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Sunday matinee on Oct. 18 starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $12 or may be purchased in advance for $10 and are available through any cast member, at Chase Bank in downtown Cedar Springs, the Cedar Springs Public Library, or by calling Linda at (616) 696-0527.NB-RAAC #42

REF welcomes two new members to Board of Trustees

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  It is with great pleasure the Rockford Education Foundation Board of Trustees introduces its newest members, Gerilyn May and Steve Peterson. Gerilyn May is the development coordinator for Van Andel Institute and a Rockford High School graduate. She lives in Rockford with her husband and two sons. Gerilyn is active at her church and on several Rockford High School graduating senior parent committees. Steve Peterson is employed with Wolverine World Wide as the vice president of sales for the Merrell division. Steve is married and has three children. In addition to his sales talents Steve brings to the REF his organizing skills as a race organizer for Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. Gerilyn and Steve are valuable new resources on the Rockford Education Foundation Board and will play a role in helping the REF fulfill its mission of “providing increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford community.”    

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