Fred Meijer http://michiganradio.org en $500,000 grant to support Michigan authors http://michiganradio.org/post/500000-grant-support-michigan-authors <p>The Meijer Foundation <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/english-releases/the-meijer-foundation-announces-significant-support-for-the-made-in-michigan-writers-series-at-wayne-state-university-press-149655405.html">is giving $500,000 to support</a> the <a href="http://wsupress.wayne.edu/Series/Made-in-Michigan-Writers">Made in Michigan writers&rsquo; </a>series. Wayne State University Press started the series in 2006.</p><p>Senior Acquisitions Editor Annie Martin says it&rsquo;s the biggest grant the organization has ever gotten. She says it&#39;s not every day a donor with deep pockets wants to invest in a small-scale university press.</p><p>&ldquo;You can imagine we were dancing in our office,&rdquo; Martin chuckled.</p><p>The annual budget for the Made in Michigan series is $75,000. Martin says the grant will help offset the costs of producing the books. They could publish more books each year, or do more marketing, &ldquo;I have a million ideas,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>The University Press will get the grant over five years. Martin says the bulk will go into an endowment fund so that it lasts for years. Wed, 02 May 2012 20:50:25 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7307 at http://michiganradio.org Meijer puts out video tribute; says chain will remain family run http://michiganradio.org/post/meijer-puts-out-video-tribute-says-chain-will-remain-family-run <p>The sons of the late Fred Meijer say the Walker-Michigan-based Meijer retail chain will remain &ldquo;family-owned, family-run&rdquo; in a video released Thursday.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6UxWzBnBKE">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6UxWzBnBKE</a></p><p>&ldquo;Because of our dad, Meijer will always be more than just a company,&rdquo; Hank and Doug Meijer say in the video, &ldquo;He was building something else all those years. He was building a family. One that is now 60,000 strong.&rdquo; Meijer Corporation has about around 200 stores in the Midwest. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 17:14:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5539 at http://michiganradio.org Meijer remembered as a “great boss” and an “inspirational leader” http://michiganradio.org/post/meijer-remembered-%E2%80%9Cgreat-boss%E2%80%9D-and-%E2%80%9Cinspirational-leader%E2%80%9D <p>Hundreds of people have been lining up this evening to pay their final respects to Frederik Meijer. Meijer operated nearly 200 stores throughout the Midwest. He died Friday after suffering a stroke.</p><p>A public visitation service is going on at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park through 10 o&rsquo;clock tonight.</p><p>A line stretched all the way outside the park. People slowly made their way past mostly black and white photographs and some color videos of Fred and his wife Lena; eventually passing by Meijer&rsquo;s open casket.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:44:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5177 at http://michiganradio.org Meijer remembered as a “great boss” and an “inspirational leader” In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-204 <p><strong>More for-profit schools coming to Michigan?</strong></p><p>The Republican-led legislature is planning to resume its push to allow more charter schools in the state. The <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111129/POLITICS02/111290385/1361/">Associated Press</a> reports the discussions will start in the House Education Committee this week:</p><blockquote><p>The education committee has scheduled hearings for Tuesday and Wednesday on the legislation that would end some numerical and geographical limits on charter schools. It narrowly passed the Republican-led Senate in October.</p><p>The state has roughly 250 charter schools. Supporters say more should be allowed to boost educational options in public schools.</p><p>Democrats say it appears to be an effort to help charter schools that are sometimes run by for-profit companies at the expense of other schools.</p><p>Democratic Sen. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor on Tuesday plans to propose a constitutional amendment to ban for-profit schools. It&#39;s unlikely that proposal would advance in the Republican-led Legislature.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Remembering Frederik Meijer</strong></p><p>The man who started &quot;Meijer Thrifty Acres&quot; with his father in 1962 died last Friday at the age of 91 after suffering a stroke. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/around-10000-people-expected-pay-final-respects-fred-meijer">Michigan Radio&#39;s Lindsey Smith</a> reported on today&#39;s public visitation:</p><blockquote><p>Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi says they&rsquo;re expecting at least 10,000 people to travel to Grand Rapids Tuesday&nbsp;for the public visitation.</p><p>&ldquo;The Meijer family wanted to give the community an opportunity to pay their respects to Fred because he meant so much to so many people, not just in Grand Rapids but really in the state of Michigan,&rdquo; Guglielmi said.</p></blockquote><p>The public visitation will take place at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids from from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a private funeral tomorrow at a Grand Rapids church.</p><p><strong>Wet weather, rain turning to snow</strong></p><p>The rain is falling, and the National Weather Service says snow is on the way.</p><p>Counties in the south and southeast part of the state have a mix of winter storm watches, flood watches, and flood warnings.</p><p>Rain will fall until late afternoon. That could turn to snow later with accumulations of around an inch.&nbsp; Later tonight the winds will pick up and snow accumulations could be around 2 to 6 inches for much of the south and southeast part of the state. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 14:07:47 +0000 Mark Brush 5164 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Around 10,000 people expected to pay final respects to Fred Meijer http://michiganradio.org/post/around-10000-people-expected-pay-final-respects-fred-meijer <p>Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi says they&rsquo;re expecting at least 10,000 people to travel to Grand Rapids Tuesday&nbsp;for the public visitation.</p><p>&ldquo;The Meijer family wanted to give the community an opportunity to pay their respects to Fred because he meant so much to so many people, not just in Grand Rapids but really in the state of Michigan,&rdquo; Guglielmi said.</p><p>People have <a href="http://www.fredmeijermemorial.com/details.aspx?p=A669B4CB322B7DBE&amp;ppid=45814&amp;beid=CCD2125486E4C840">already flooded an online guest book </a>with &lsquo;thanks yous&rsquo; to Fred. They&rsquo;ve shared memories of working with him; even simple stories like getting one of his signed Purple Cow cards (and Sandy the pony - rides still cost just a penny). The cards were good for one free ice cream cone at a Meijer deli. Meijer used to hand the cards out to people he met in his stores. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:40:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5160 at http://michiganradio.org Around 10,000 people expected to pay final respects to Fred Meijer