Monday, March 3, 2014

Best of the Net 2/25-3/2

Holland to Star in a New Movie

Hollywood movie makers again will be coming to Michigan to film a new movie starring Bryan Cranston and Naomi Watts. "Holland, Michigan" is scheduled to be filmed in Holland and is currently in pre-production. The Grand Rapids Business Journal describes the film as a Hitchcock-like thriller set during the tulip festival.

Eight Women Who Are Transforming Detroit

Huffington Post Detroit features eight women who epitomize the energy of Detroit's resurgence. The article highlights an artist-musician, a blight buster, a music teacher, and more women who give back to the city in different ways.

Kids Honor Their Classmate by Donating Jeans

Quiniece Henry,  a 13-year-old at Forrest Hills Middle School, recently passed away from Burkitt lymphoma. Her classmates, teachers, and friends remembered her as a young girl who wanted to help others, so they decided to honor her by helping the homeless. MLive reports that a Girl Scout troop and the school's student council organized a jeans drive to collect jeans for Grand Rapids-area homeless. The drive collected 151 pairs of jeans, despite bad weather shortening the week of the drive.

Holland Coffee Shop Shines

Tulips and windmills are some of Holland's biggest claims to fame, but a Holland coffee shop is stirring things up in the coffee world. USA Today named JP's Coffee as one of the best coffeehouses in the United States. USA Today commends the coffee shop's staff for their hospitality and coffee knowledge.

Paczki Day Is Near

Hamtramck and Detroit bakers are working feverishly today to prepare for the most important day of the year in Metro Detroit, Paczki Day (I'm Polish-American and love paczki, so I might be a little bit biased). For the uninitiated, Paczki Day is also known as Mardis Gras or Fat Tuesday, and paczki are Polish pastries similar, but far superior, to jelly donuts. The festivities began with Hamtramck's Paczki Run on Saturday, a 5K in which the runners receive paczki as a reward for finishing. If you want real paczki, avoid the large supermarkets and visit a real Polish bakery in Hamtramck or throughout Metro Detroit.

A Healthy School Fundraiser

We can't eat paczki and junk food all the time, and one Traverse City area boy and his father decided that his school should not be selling junk food to raise money for their school. Northwest Michigan's Second Wave tells the story of how Mark Abbott and his son started FarmRaiser, a program that gives Michigan schools healthier options for fundraisers by allowing them to sell locally sourced foods. For more information about FarmRaiser, visit their website.

Baseball (and Hopefully Warmer Weather) Is Almost Here

Baseball is almost back, and Detroit Tigers tickets went on sale this past Saturday. Fans braved cold winter weather to wait in line outside of Comerica Park for a chance to purchase tickets for the March 31 Opening Day game against Kansas City. Fox 2 reports that tickets for Opening Day sold out in 25 minutes.

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