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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town: Get a 'Taste of East Grand Rapids' Aug. 21

My Town: Get a 'Taste of East Grand Rapids' Aug. 21

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The countdown is on to get a Taste of East Grand Rapids.

The festival of food will return to Gaslight Village this Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to sample food from area restaurants and businesses including:

  • Olive’s
  • Big Bob’s
  • Derby Station
  • Jersey Junction
  • Olga’s Kitchen
  • D&W Fresh Market
  • SweetieLicious
  • Foo Yen
  • Rose’s Express
  • Jet’s Pizza
  • Osta’s

This is the fifth year for Taste of East Grand Rapids, which will also include live music, children’s activities and sidewalk sales.  Proceeds from the event will go to Susan G. Komen of West Michigan.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town EGR: City to consider more town homes on Croswell Avenue Aug. 12

My Town EGR: City to consider more town homes on Croswell Avenue Aug. 12

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Another new development slated for Croswell Avenue SE will go before the planning commission Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Kevin Brant wants to demolish the existing homes at 715 Croswell and 721 Croswell and build two two-story town homes, each with two units.  The two-phase project would include a basement and roof top access, as well as an attached garage for each building.

In April, Mosaic Properties began clearing a portion of Croswell Avenue to make space for a new residential development, which included 10 town homes, a standalone home for a family and retail space.

Planning commissioners will review and vote on Brant's final site plan during Tuesday's meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

My Town: Taste of East Grand Rapids returns

My Town: Taste of East Grand Rapids returns

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Get a “Taste of East Grand Rapids” when the festival for foodies returns for its fifth year next month.

The family-friendly event will take over the streets of Gaslight Village Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors may sample food from nine area restaurants, including Olive’s, Big Bob’s, Ramona’s Table, Derby Station, Jersey Junction, Olga’s Kitchen, Mary Ann’s Chocolates, Foo Yen and Osta’s.  This year’s event also includes live music and a free Kid’s Fun Zone featuring inflatables, face painting, air brush tattoos, a magician, crafts and more.  Mangy Gaslight Village shops will also be featuring sidewalks sales.

Taste of East Grand Rapids is presented by the Gaslight Village Business Association.  Proceeds from the event will go to Susan G. Komen of West Michigan.

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).