Allegan Michigan is a city that has a lot to offer. According to cityofallegan.org, the city is “a community with an unbeatable combination of historic small-town atmosphere and community minded approach.” The city is rich with small businesses and is also within the county seat. One such business is fairly new to the area. Mug Shots, a new coffeehouse in Allegan, offers a different outlook on the norm by way of design, color, and overall feel of the business. Both Corrina Mendell and Rob Temple, co-owners of Mug Shots, sat down to speak with Jabber Log about how the name was chosen and what makes them unique.
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By Ricardo — 5 years ago
Good afternoon folks! The AudioVillains are back with episode of the JCast on Jabber Log. This episode took a couple takes because someone had their mic on mute and for almost 20 minutes of audio their was nothing recorded. It was funny stuff and always a good time recording at the Ingarden Studios. For this episode we dig deep into our past regarding what we went through growing up. A story is also shared involving alcohol, being hung over, and vomiting. The story is very funny and we visit the topic of Alpha Brain from onnit.com. Make sure to listen and share folks! I have also added a link on the right side for iTunes subscriptions. You can still find us on SoundCloud and if you have any questions or requests you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply click on the “contact” button on the left. Have a good one and enjoy!Post Views: 14
By Ricardo — 5 years ago
According to neighborhoodscout.com, the city of Grand Rapids, MI holds a population of just under 190,000 people. Within that amount are people with their own story. They range from the happy to the sad and to those of violence. This is the story of Cruz, a former gang member who sought the friendship and limelight of a gang but soon found out that this life was not a smooth path. This story also highlights the work of Mario Alfaro, a youth advocate and gang specialist with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Alfaro works with gang members through a program called, Supporting Our Leaders (SOL). According the center’s official website, “the Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Program’s mission is to strengthen families and reduce youth violence by offering educational and cultural empowerment opportunities.” With a recent rise in violence, Alfaro spoke on a local radio station to express his concerns. Others have also noticed a spike in violent crime and according to mlive.com, “Police Chief Kevin Belk released 2012 statistics that show a 10-percent spike in violent crime from the previous year.” The spike was enough to bring local leaders and authorities together for one of a series of town hall meetings to share ideas on how to prevent and stop this problem.
It was just this past January when the town hall meeting covered by WOOD TV8, a local news station, dubbed “Beyond the Violence” occurred. According to their official website, “Strong role models, more opportunities, positive outlook and the community working together were common themes during a WOOD TV8 town hall, “Beyond the Violence.” The site goes on to say that, “The town hall is the latest in a series of community meetings begun by area pastors in conjunction with the police and other community activists to stem the tide that has seen 11 people gunned down over the past six weeks in the city of Grand Rapids.”
It is people like Alfaro of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and other local leaders of the community, as mentioned above, that strive to curb the issue of violence. Whether it is due to gangs, the youth or random acts, the endgame of peace is something they strongly believe in. As for Cruz, whose name and voice have been changed for his safety, sought help through the center. Although he eventually left the life of a gang member, he suffered 20 gunshot wounds as he walked home from celebrating his 18th birthday. The shooting was done by a group of people who he once had a problem with when he was involved in gangs. Cruz lived through the incident and tells his experience in his interview within this publication.
The entire audio story can be found at the beginning of this post. Below you can view an infographic for more information on gangs. For more information on the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, follow the links below. You can also view images of Alfaro, the center and some art created by the youth from the community.
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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
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