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Proposed New Residential Exterior Modification Ordinance

Proposed New Residential Exterior Modification Ordinance

The City of Holland is proposing a new section to the Zoning Ordinance (39-199) that will regulate the placement of certain architectural elements when residential homes in the Central Neighborhoods receive new siding, new doors, new windows and new porches. This ordinance applies to all residential properties in the Central Neighborhood District roughly 8th St. to 24th St. and Fairbanks Ave to Ottawa Ave. unless the property is located in one of the three Historic Districts.

The City will be hosting an open house to discuss this ordinance with interested parties on Monday September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The City Planning Commission will then hold a public hearing on Tuesday September 13 at 5:00 p.m.  After the public hearing, the Planning Commission will take action on whether or not to send the ordinance to City Council for their approval. Both the open house and the public...

Hope College Mathematicians Find Pattern in "Arab Spring"

HOLLAND – Mathematical researchers at Hope College aren’t suggesting that they’ve found a formula for revolutionary success, but in studying the events of the “Arab Spring” they have developed a model that shows what happens when societies reach the tipping point.

Based on the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, the faculty-student research team assigned values to a range of variables, such as the use of social media like Facebook, the degree of corruption and unemployment, how authoritarian the response to unrest, and the role of the military. They then reflected on how the data related, crafting a differential equation that sets total power as a constant and weighs how changes among the populace and the leadership can shift control from one to the other.

Huizenga to Host a Facebook Town Hall this Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Huizenga to Host a Facebook Town Hall this Wednesday at 2 p.m.

News Release: Washington, D.C. – As Congress continues to work toward a solution to the debt ceiling and spending debate, they will work in Washington this week instead of their Districts as previously scheduled. To stay in touch with his constituents in Michigan’s 2nd District, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, will host an online town hall answering questions live via his Facebook page, facebook.com/rephuizenga. To participate, “Like” his page at facebook.com/rephuizenga, and post a question or comment there, and he will post his responses live starting at 2 p.m. THIS Wednesday.
 
REMINDER:
Page Use Guidelines For Rep. Huizenga’s Facebook Page: Accepted comments and questions must stick to this page's "family-friendly" policy - no swearing, etc.

Huizenga Hosts Academy Night Wednesday, May 18th

Huizenga Hosts Academy Night Wednesday, May 18th

News Release:

2nd District, MI - U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02, invites all high school students interested in serving their country through one of the United States Service Academies to the informational Academy Night Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Holland. Refreshments will be served.
 
Students and their parents will have a chance to meet liaison officers and talk to Huizenga’s staff about the application process for admission to one of these military academies during this casual evening.

State Rep. Haveman announces May in-district office hours for Ottawa Co.

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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.

Zeeland BPW to Hold Meeting April 21st about Sale of Blendon Substation

Zeeland BPW to Hold Meeting April 21st about Sale of Blendon Substation

News Release:

Zeeland, Mich.– The Zeeland Board of Public Works (ZBPW) has announced they will host a public meeting on April 21, 2011, to discuss the potential sale of equipment at the Blendon Substation. ZBPW is encouraging city of Zeeland voters to attend the meeting to learn more about the potential sale, which requires voter approval in the May 3 election. 

The meeting will be start at 7 p.m. at the Howard Miller Community Center, 14 S. Church Street, Zeeland.