Racers competed for a pint glass, to raise money for the club and enjoyment.
The race started in the Red Cedar River in Okemos’ Wonch Park, and finishers qualified if they reached Lake Michigan off the coast of Grand Haven, Mich. at set times from April 6 night to the evening of April 7. Continue reading →
A recent property tax settlement with Meridian Township will return over $300,000 dollars from public agencies to Meijer.
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP—A recent settlement on the property tax value of the Okemos Meijer store at 2055 W. Grand River Ave. will draw back more than $320,165 from public agencies and place the money into Meijer Inc.’s coffers.
The settlement is the result of a property tax appeal by Meijer. The appeal was filed through the Michigan Tax Tribunal on the basis that from 2010 to 2012, the township’s assessments of Meijer property were too high.
Taxable value was reduced by over $1 million for each year, according to township documents detailing the settlement.
Meridian Township, and public entities it supports with tax dollars will finance the refund due to Meijer. The township and public entities it collects taxes for will be refunding money. The Okemos School District, Ingham Intermediate School District and CATA are among those returning funds.Click here for the interactive infographic.
David Lee, Meridian Township assessor, said the economic downturn around 2007 and 2008 resulted in decreased property values nationwide, including in Michigan and Meridian Township.
According to attorney Tarek Baydoun, who represents tax petitioners for the Allen Brothers law firm in Detroit, businesses are appealing property taxes all over the state. Continue reading →
With about 27 years of experience, First Class Dog Training instructor Hector Hernandez is ready to train dogs of any type or size.
“(It’s) rewarding because you initially see a problem dog, and you solve the issue and they are able to keep the dog now,” Hernandez said.
On April 13, Hernandez taught dogs basic obedience at his First Class Dog Training class in the Meridian Township Service Center, 2100 Gaylord C. Smith Court, in Okemos.
Hernandez started training police dogs, and now teaches a variety of dog education classes, including teaching dogs to locate a certain scent and off-leash obedience.
Hernandez also has authored four books, including “Train Your Dog Before Your Dog Trains You” and “Preparing Yourself For Dog Encounters.”
The basic obedience group training sessions are held in a three-day format on either Saturday, Sunday and the following Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Monday, Wednesday and the following Monday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Continue reading →
The restaurant is named after the Red Haven peach, developed by MSU professor Dr. Stanley Johnson, and referred to as the standard for all other peaches to be judged against.
By Merinda Valley
Meridian Times staff writer
OKEMOS–Although Red Haven typically serves local cuisine, the Okemos eatery will soon dish out New Jersey native Anthony Bourdain.
Bestselling author and culinary TV personality Bourdain will reminisce about his travels and experiences in the food industry at the Wharton Center on May 7, as part of his Guts and Glory Tour. In conjunction with his performance, Bourdain will attend a private event the following night at the new and distinctive Red Haven restaurant.
Red Haven co-owner and operator Nina Santucci was slightly incredulous when she received the call from Bourdain’s tour producers. They requested the restaurant as a sponsor for Bourdain’s East Lansing stop, though the business had been open only a month.
Red Haven co-owner and operator Nina Santucci said small plates allow for sharing, and cleverly created meals encourage guests to try familiar foods in new ways.
Santucci said Bourdain was on her wish list of high-profile visitors to her restaurant.
“It was incredibly exciting. I mean, it was a great boost for us because we had just opened, and so it was just kind of one of those things where it felt like we were doing what we were supposed to be doing,” Santucci said.
Since its opening in October of this year, the Okemos restaurant has been delivering unique dishes that reflect Santucci’s and co-owner Anthony Maiale’s experiences in big “foodie” towns across the country. Santucci said encouraging sharing, and pushing the boundaries of diners’ palates with dishes like ribeye steak with a side of skewered beef heart, lies at the center of the Red Haven philosophy. Continue reading →
The part-time members of the board received a 2 percent pay increase, which is what township employees received.
Trustee Angela Wilson was opposed to any raise of more than 2 percent, but said she was happy to see the treasurer’s salary equal the clerk’s.
“(Brixie) was trying to do the right thing,” Wilson said.
Brixie wrote a letter to the board, asking to have her salary match the clerk’s because the positions are comparable. While her salary has not increased over the years, her workload has, she said. Continue reading →