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My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

My Town EGR: Local psychologists celebrate book release May 22

My Town EGR: Local psychologists celebrate book release May 22

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two local psychologists will celebrate the release of their new book Thursday in East Grand Rapids.

Charlie Donaldson and Randy Flood’s new book, “Mascupathy: Understanding and Healing the Malaise of American Manhood” delves into the influences on male behavior that often results in painful turmoil in relationships, work and joy for men and those who love them.

Donaldson and Flood are the co-founders and directors of the Michigan-based Institute for the Prevention & Treatment of Mascupathy.  Donaldson has more than 25 years of experience in male-centric therapy.  Flood has spent more than two decades developing specialized clinical services for men.

The co-authors will hold a book release event Thursday, May 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Derby Station, located at 2237 Wealthy Street SE.

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town EGR: Hundreds to Walk for Multiple Sclerosis cure

My Town EGR: Hundreds to Walk for Multiple Sclerosis cure

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Hundreds of people will lace up their shoes this weekend to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.  Symptoms can range from numbness in limbs to paralysis or loss of vision.  The severity of MS is unpredictable and varies from person to person.  There currently is no cure.

Aquinas College’s Donnelly Center will host the Grand Rapids Walk MS event this Saturday, May 17.  The opening ceremonies start at 9:45 a.m. with the 5k walk beginning at 10 a.m.  Proceeds from the event will go toward MS research and patient support.  For more information, click here.

My Town EGR: 2014 Walk and Remember on May 17

My Town EGR: 2014 Walk and Remember on May 17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Family and friends have the opportunity to commemorate and celebrate their lost loved ones' lives by participating in this three mile walk through East Grand Rapids to benefit Hospice of Michigan.

This 19th annual Walk and Remember event takes place on Saturday, May 17 at East Grand Rapids Middle School. Registration starts at 8 a.m.

For more information, call (616) 356-5266 or visit www.hom.org/walkrunremember.

My Town: New date and event planned for Huntington Reeds Lake Run

My Town: New date and event planned for Huntington Reeds Lake Run

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Huntington Reeds Lake Run is returning with a new event and a new date.

This year’s race will take place on June 7 and include a 10K wheelchair and hand cycle race.  The schedule is as follows:

  • 5K Run & Walk - 8 a.m.
  • 5K Shaggy Pines Doggie Dash - 8:15 a.m.    (5K run/walk with your dog) 
  • 10K Wheelchair & Hand Cycle Race - 8:45 a.m.
  • 10K Run - 9 a.m.
  • Live band performance and vendors – 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (John Collins Park)
  • Kids’ Races - 9:30 a.m.

For additional event information, or to become a race volunteer, call the EGR Parks and Recreation Department at (616) 949-1750.

My Town EGR: Public Safety Director reminds riders to remember the helmet ordinance

My Town EGR: Public Safety Director reminds riders to remember the helmet ordinance

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As temperatures climb, East Grand Rapids’ Public Safety Director wants to remind bicyclists about the city’s helmet ordinance.

The ordinance requires anyone under the age of 18, who is riding a bicycle on a public roadway, sidewalk or public bicycle path to wear a protective helmet.  People who violate the ordinance will receive three warnings before they could get a $50 ticket.  The fine also applies to anyone who rents, leases or loans a bicycle to a person under the age of 18 who does not wear a protective helmet while riding.

Parents are encouraged to make sure children are wearing helmets not only to avoid punishment, but to protect them from injury.