|Kalamazoo County, Crime Reports (2011)
|Total Violent Crime:||128|
|Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:||1|
|Total Property Crime:||1,589|
|Motor Vehicle Theft:||68|
|Kalamazoo County, Census Data
|Information About People and Demographics|
|Total population of persons residing within the County in 2010 ||250,331|
|Estimate of the County's total residency as of April 1, 2000||238,603|
|Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010||5%|
|Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010||11,728|
|April 1, 2000 complete count of Countywide resident population||238,603|
|Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age||15,635|
|July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age||6%|
|July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age||54,936|
|July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age ||22%|
|July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older||12%|
|July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older||30,047|
|July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents||52%|
|County's white resident population recorded in 2010||204,644|
|County's black resident population recorded in 2010||27,266|
|County's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 2010||1,059|
|County's Asian resident population recorded in 2010||5,212|
|County's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 2010||88|
|Countywide 2010 resident population of two or more races||8,247|
|Countywide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin||9,959|
|Non Hispanic white resident population in 2010||200,047|
|Countywide percentage of white residents in 2010||82%|
|Countywide percentage of black residents in 2010||11%|
|Countywide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 2010||0%|
|Countywide percentage of Asian residents in 2010||2%|
|Countywide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 2010||0%|
|Countywide percentage of Two or more races in 2010||3%|
|Countywide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 2010||4%|
|Countywide percentage of non Hispanic white in 2010||80%|
|Births and deaths occurring in Kalamazoo County|
|Infant death occurring within the County of persons one year of age or less in 2007||27|
|Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 2009||77|
Resident Background Information
|Education and background history of Kalamazoo County Residents|
|Percentage of foreign born population in the County from 2005 to 2009||4%|
|Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 2009||6%|
|Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 2009||92%|
|Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 2009||33%|
|Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 2009||17,032|
Current Housing and Real Estate Data
|Households located in Kalamazoo County|
|Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-2009||19|
|Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2009||108,719|
|Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009||9,469|
|Housing unit estimates - percent change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 2009||10%|
|Percentage of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 ||65%|
|Median value of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009
|Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 2009||29%|
|Total number of households between 2005-2009||98,318|
|Average size of households between 2005-2009||2|
Kalamazoo County Employment Data
|Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the County|
|Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 ||$24,560|
|2009 Countywide income of median households in Kalamazoo County||$42,336|
|Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 2009||20%|
|The personal income of persons employed in 2007||$8,444|
|Per capita income of persons employed in 2007||$34,526|
|Labor force of civilian workers in 2009||133,009|
|The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 2009||13,321|
|The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 ||10|
|Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 ||152,113|
|Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 ||704|
|People employed by the government in 2007 ||15,721|
|Earnings by persons working in all industries in 2007||6,606,157|
|Average earnings per job in all industries in 2007||43,429|
|Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 ||5,796|
|The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 ||105,113|
|Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008
|Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS ||14,850|
|Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 2007||414,648|
People and Businesses
|Firms and companies of Kalamazoo County |
|Total number of firms located in the County for the year 2007||21,102|
|Total percentage of black owned private firms in 2007||6%|
|Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 2007||1%|
|Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 ||0%|
|Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 2007||1%|
|Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 2007||32%|
|Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 ||7,145,875|
|Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 2007||1,207,153|
|Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 ||2,808,829|
|Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 ||11,481|
|Property value and Kalamazoo County territory|
|2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 ||320|
|The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 ||62,052|
|Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms||144,873|
|Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year||1,471,050|
|Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year||5,982|
|Size in square miles of land as of 2000||562|
|Population per square mile in the year 2010||446||
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| Former WKFR host Glen Dillon hired as new adviser for WMU's WIDR, Western Herald, YBOT|
"All media has changed. If you look back, 20 almost 30 years, it's just radically different than it was," Glen Dillon said.
KALAMAZOO, MI – Sometimes the wrong door can turn out to be the right one. That's how Glen Dillon says he got his start in radio, during his time as a student at Western Michigan University.
'I stumbled through the wrong door at Faunce and walked into
WIDR,' he said during a phone interview.
The Paw Paw native went on to a career on the air in
Southwest Michigan, including three stints at WKFR 103.3 FM. In addition to
morning host, Dillon worked as a program director, promotions director and
music director, he said. He also
worked in direct sales for Greenleaf Hospitality.
Now, more than 25 years later, he's back at Faunce.
Dillon returned to his alma mater in mid-February as the new
assistant director of student media. He will advise the three student-run media
groups, which include the Western Herald newspaper and the Young Broadcasters
of Tomorrow (YBOT), as well as WIDR-FM (89.1).
The radio station, however, airs in a different world than
when Dillon was a student in the mid-1980s. Facing a loss of university funding
as of last June, the three student-run media groups launched a successful 'Save
Student Media' campaign that resulted in WMU students voting in favor of a
$5-per-semester fee that gives the groups a stable source of funding and
unite them under one umbrella.
The groups are currently finalizing their charter and the
make-up of their board. Dillon's hiring is also part of the plan, which seeks to
bring a sense of continuity and stability to groups that, by necessity, see
their staff turnover on a regular basis.
'Creating a model that's sustainable over the long term is
important,' he said.
That, obviously, is something that all forms of media – and
not just the student-run ones – are grappling with in a digital-first
At this point, change has become the one constant, Dillon
'All media has changed. If you look back, 20 almost 30
years, it's just radically different than it was,' he said. 'It's not just
coming in and doing a show anymore. It's blogging, web-work, doing podcast
portions. It's so much broader than it used to be.'
That crossover actually could benefit the groups, he said,
once they identify areas where they can work as a team without compromising
their identity. The Western Herald dates back to 1916 on campus, while WIDR first aired in 1952, out of a trailer in Kalamazoo. The newest student-media group, YBOT, was formed in 2012.
'From the standpoint
of back-in-the-day, they (media) were standalone islands that all existed very
well on their own. That's not the case anymore. That's something we maybe want
to mimick at Western,' he said.
'Is there an opportunity to do that down the road,
potentially? It seems logical that there would be a nice marriage or a good
place for someone involved at WIDR, who is passionate about a music style, say,
to do a review for the Western Herald or a segment for YBOT,' Dillon offered as
It also would offer students more 'real-world experience
that will be incredibly invaluable to them,' he said. Opportunities
to gain experience in several forms of media could be a 'gold mine for someone who
is creative, outgoing.'
While Dillon doesn't have print or broadcast experience, he
has colleagues in both media who have described similar changes in their workplaces
during the rise of first the Internet and then social media.
'Many of the things I've gone through during my career are the
same in those worlds as well,' Dillon said. 'It gives me great reassurance that
–while different on some levels – that part will be easier to grasp for me. There
are a lot of commonalities between the worlds.'
Dillon, whose family owned Dillon's Drug Store in Paw Paw,
said he felt privileged that he and his family were able to remain in Southwest
Michigan. And because his entire career has taken place in Kalamazoo, he said it gives
him a deeper understanding of what some of the changes in the
industry have meant over the long term.
'Because I stayed in Kalamazoo and was able to wear a lot of
hats and worked together with a lot of people over a long period of time, I've
been able to see how some of the short-term decisions have played out over the
long-term,' he said.
Both Dillon and his wife, Sara, are Broncos, as was Dillon's
mom, he said. The chance to work for WMU was an opportunity he couldn't resist.
'It's just cool to be
able to come back, give back and do some awesome work for the students at
Western,' he said. 'Hopefully, we can move that ship in a really great
direction to have something that Western, the community and the students can be
proud of for years to come.'
Yvonne Zipp is a staff writer at the Kalamazoo Gazette. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter.
Happening March 05 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/wkfrs_glen_dillon_hired_as_new.html
| Frozen water pipes in Kalamazoo: 258 reported so far this year, rivaling 1978 record|
As of Wednesday, the city had reports of 32 frozen water services out of its 120,000 customers, down from 65 on Monday and a high of around 100 in February.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Reports of frozen water lines in the Kalamazoo area rival those recorded in 1978, the worst winter for frozen pipes in Kalamazoo.City crews have logged 258 addresses with frozen services and meters since January, said Sue Foune, managing director of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Services. Records from 1978 indicate the city received 250 to 300 reports of frozen services.As of Wednesday, the city had reports of 32 frozen water services out of its 120,000 customers, down from 65 on Monday and a high of around 100 in February. Of those 32 frozen services, 12 have been connected to other sources of water, such as neighbors. Customers with frozen pipes still have a two-week wait to get service restored as crews deal with limited access to welding equipment for the job. Foune said some addresses have had frozen services two or three times.In response to the uptick, crews have built six pieces of equipment to help them thaw frozen water pipes.Foune said the city's maintenance workers replicated a design from the city of Marshall to build six hot water systems that will help them thaw lines. Until now, crews have used two welders which take two to eight hours to thaw water lines, and have not been able to find more equipment to buy.The additional equipment will help city crews 'get out there more and hopefully get this problem addressed,' Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema said.Crews use the two welders to thaw ice by heating the service pipe and use the six hot water machines to melt ice by using a hot water stream heated to 160 degrees, Foune said.Foune said Monday city crews were thawing more water lines with the added equipment, but were not necessarily getting ahead. For example, on the first full day of using all eight pieces of equipment, crews thawed 15 lines but also had 15 new requests for frozen water lines.'We will have days where it's hardly any new frozen (requests) and then days where it's a bunch of new frozen (requests),' Foune said.Ritsema on Monday reiterated the city's warning that customers should run their water constantly at a pencil-sized stream until further notice. City officials have said customers who do so will receive a credit on their water bills.Foune said crews also are battling water main breaks. Between Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, 12 water main breaks were reported. In those cases, Foune said, the mains had cracked enough to lower water pressure to customers but not enough to cause the water to have to be shut off.Emily Monacelli covers local government and beer for the Kalamazoo Gazette. Contact her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter.
Happening March 05 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/kalamazoo_frozen_water_pipes.html
| Bronco BUDS will bring Kalamazoo sixth-graders to Western Michigan University in March and April|
A KALAMAZOO, MI — They won't be taking the ACT for years yet, but Kalamazoo Public School sixth graders will be visiting Western Michigan University this month to get a close-up look at college life. The Class of 2020's field trip will mark the fifth anniversary of the Bronco BUDS (Building Unique Dynamic Students) program, WMU said in a...
A KALAMAZOO, MI — They won't be taking the ACT for years yet, but Kalamazoo Public School sixth graders will be visiting Western Michigan University this month to get a close-up look at college life.
The Class of 2020's field trip will mark the fifth anniversary of the Bronco BUDS
(Building Unique Dynamic Students) program, WMU said in a press release. The
partnership between WMU and KPS is designed to encourage middle school students
to aim for college and take advantage of the Kalamazoo Promise, a universal scholarship for KPS students.
Bronco BUDS, which this year begins March 10, gives
all KPS members of the Class of 2020 a day at WMU, including hands-on
activities and a campus tour, including a look at a class, a residence hall and lunch at a campus dining hall.
Many of the college-student guides will be Kalamazoo
Promise scholarship recipients themselves, WMU said.As of Fall 2013, more than 900 students have attended WMU
on Promise scholarships and 165 have earned their degree so far -- the
largest contingent of Promise scholars at any Michigan university. The Kalamazoo Promise was unveiled in November 2005 and offers a four-year scholarship to students who graduate from KPS and attend a public university or community college in Michigan. By the end of 2013, the Promise had paid $50 million in college tuition for more than 2,800 students. Scheduled visits include:
• Linden Grove Middle School: March 19 and March 21
• Milwood Magnet School Center for Math, Science and
Technology: March 26, and
• Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts: March 31 and April 2
• Hillside Middle School: April 16 and April 18
For more information, contact Vanessa Laurent, doctoral graduate assistant for the WMU Office of
Diversity and Inclusion, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (269) 387-6325.
Happening March 05 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/bronco_buds_will_bring_kalamaz.html
| Portage's Celery Flats park to benefit from Macy's fundraiser March 7-31|
Macy's is sponsoring a fundraiser that will benefit the Portage Celery Flats Historical Area.
PORTAGE, MI – Portage’s Celery Flats Historical Area has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. The Portage Celery Flats Historical Area, the site of last year's Summer Kickoff Party, will benefit from a Macy's fundraiser March 7-31.Tom Haroldson/Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s store in The Crossroads mall in Portage can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting the Celery Flats Historical Area. Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total. The Celery Flats Historical Area is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program.Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds and ball fields. “We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said William Deming, director of the Portage Department of Parks, Recreation and Public Services.“Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for the Celery Flats. This park is a tremendous asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.” The Celery Flats Historical Area has several features that include a restored 1931 grain elevator, a restored 1856 one-room schoolhouse, the Hayloft Theatre, a portion of the Portage Creek Bicentennial Park Trail and the Celery Flats Amphitheatre.For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit macys.com/parks.
Happening March 05 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/portages_celery_flats_park_to.html
| Kalamazoo, what are you giving up for Lent? Or how are you stepping up? |
Send a photo of your sacrifice to email@example.com.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Just as Fat Tuesday and the annual Paczki frenzy have become secularized, so has the practice of 'giving up' something for Lent.
On this Ash Wednesday, the first day of the lenten season leading up to Easter, tell us: Have you vowed to spend more time with the family and less time on Facebook? Are you taking a break from video games? Will it be one of the big three, meat, candy or pop, that you're saying no to?
If it won't lead you into temptation, send a photo of your sacrifice, firstname.lastname@example.org, with Lent in the subject line, or leave a comment following this post.
Happening March 05 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/kalamazoo_what_are_you_giving.html
| Crime reports from Kalamazoo Public Safety from March 4, 2014|
This is the crime report for March 4, 2014, as provided by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.Kalamazoo Gazette file
This is the crime report for March 4, 2014, as provided by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. Click here to sign up for crime report e-mails from KDPS. The addresses are listed by block: Douglas
1:49 a.m., 1300 Ravine Rd, Larceny from building
5:38 p.m., 500 Charlotte Ave, Assault
11:19 p.m., 100 E Stockbridge Ave, Drugs-marijuana possession
1:40 p.m., 4400 Lilac Ln, Larceny from building
8:54 p.m.., 500 Denway Circle, Drugs-heroin possession
7:50 a.m., 800 W Cedar St, Drugs-marijuana possession
West Main Hill
7:35 p.m., Academy St/Acker Ln, Larceny
Happening March 05 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/crime_reports_from_kalamazoo_p_864.html
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