September 1 2011


September 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

FOR SALE Percussion and Bell kit—for school band, $150. Call (616) 866-4186.     p35 ______________________ GARAGE SALES Garage Sale—furniture, clothes, office supplies, desks, toys, and household items. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 70244 Silver Lake Rd., Rockford.      p35 ______________________   Moving Sale—household items, tools, generator, riding lawnmower. Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 4133 Wrensway Ct. From Northland Dr., take 12 Mile west to Summit, south on Summit to Wrensway Ct.      p35 ______________________ SERVICES (Green) Home Cleaning Expertise—Utilizing all natural biodegradable and chemical-free Shaklee products. Perfect for those with children or pets and those suffering from asthma or allergies. Call today to experience the-clean-difference. (616) 427-5442.      p35 ______________________   Do you want a sparkling clean home weekly, every other week, or just a one-time cleaning? Give me a call! I can also help with gardening. References available. Call (616) 433-8124.        ftfn ______________________ LOST AND FOUND LOST—Maltese Shih Tzu mix, black and white, female, 9 months old. Last seen in the Rockford Village neighborhood. (616) 401-6422.      f35 ______________________   FOUND—socket wrench set found in the Courtland and 10 Mile area. Call to identify. (616) 874-9557.      f33 ______________________   LOST—men’s Trek bicycle, 26″, gray and silver. It was taken from our home in the 13 Mile and Summit area. Please call (616) 866-4731.    f32 ______________________   FOUND—iPod Touch in downtown Rockford. Call to identify with first name and passcode. (616) 874-2067.      f32 ______________________   FOUND—small, black and white, female dog on Bostwick Lake. Found on Wed., Aug. 3. Was not wearing any tags. She was taken to the Walker Humane Society on Tue., Aug. 9.     f32 ______________________   LOST—7-year-old female cat. Declawed, tiger-striped, multi-color white, brown and black. Last seen July 15 in the Algoma and 13 Mile area. Reward. Please call (616) 292-4775.      f31 ______________________ LOST—VW remote key on the White Pine Trail near Belmont. (616) 401-7363.       f28 ______________________   FOUND—jacket in downtown Rockford. Call to identify (616) 916-6778.    f27 ______________________   LOST—Yorkie terrier, dark brown. Last seen near Porter Hallow Dr. NE. Reward. Call  (616) 438-5718.     f27 ______________________   LOST—female Jack Russell/dachshund mix last seen June 25 in the Russell and White Creek Road area. She was […]


September 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

SCHOOL BEAT Rockford Public Schools Enters its 128th Year by RANDY SELLHORN President, Board of Education Dear families, faculty, staff and friends of the Rockford Public Schools: It’s an exciting time of year as we prepare for another school year! Rockford is entering its 128th year. Can you fathom the commitment it takes to endure for 128 years? Our schools are filled with great people who are eager to press on with the academic opportunities and traditions that have served our students so well. At the same time, with new leadership in some of our buildings, those schools will be the better for changes that have been made in the administration of those schools. In what we have done in the past and in what we will do in the future, your role as our supporters and advocates cannot be underestimated. Rockford Public Schools (RPS) values our community on all levels. We pride ourselves on making available learning opportunities for our children and recognize that education is by no means exclusive to the classroom. Nonetheless, the academic side of our mission is of great importance. We are fortunate that all of our faculty and staff members are committed to each child’s success. Our faculty, support staff and administrators have demonstrated great support for our students and community by agreeing to contract changes that will help us continue to provide nearly the same level of classroom opportunities we had in previous years. The well-documented struggles we have with funding from the state will require some changes, but they have been minimized by the contracts negotiated with our employee unions. RPS is a great value. The administration, faculty and staff, the parents, the Board of Trustees, and our legion of alumni all have a role to play in maintaining this great reputation of excellence. For all of us the lifeblood of our school is our students! The incoming class of 2012 is poised and ready to take their place as the senior students in a motivated student body. We also welcome our kindergarten students, the class of 2024—all of whom are eager to become Rams! It’s going to be a great year, and I look forward to speaking with each of you in the coming weeks!

Rockford goes global with Fashions Night Out

September 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Shoppers are invited to experience a unique fashion event new to Rockford this year. Fashions Night Out is an unprecedented global initiative created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, promote consumer confidence and put the fun back in shopping. This year, Rockford is on board along with Grand Rapids, and businesses globally, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Fifty locations in Grand Rapids and nine in Rockford will open their doors with a festive, party-like atmosphere on Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 11 p.m. Not just anyone can participate in the event. Shops and restaurants are required to submit an application and be approved to participate. Retailers are rated on the quality of experience they will offer to shoppers on this special, once-a-year event. In Grand Rapids the Fashions Night Out was initiated by A.K. Rikks, a clothing boutique on 28th Street. This year A.K. Rikks owner contacted Erika of Paper Doll to invite Rockford to join in the celebration. Earlier this year an email went out to Rockford retailers explaining the process and the event. There was a great response from Rockford shops and many were very excited to get on board. Don’t miss the first time opportunity to see Rockford roll out the red carpet for shoppers for this exciting first time celebration of Fashions Night Out.  

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