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24 homes broken into in Kent County

24 homes broken into in Kent County


KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The sheriff's department is warning residents to lock their doors following a rash of two dozen recent home invasions.

Investigators say since Nov. 1, 24 homes been broken into in Plainfield, Cannon, Ada, Cascade, and Grand Rapids townships.

The method of home invasion and times of break-in vary. In Cannon Township, the burglars made entry to the homes through side doors into garages, where vehicles were rummaged through.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department recommends residents use dead bolts on their doors and not leave valuables inside vehicles.

If you see any suspicious person or vehicle, report it at (616) 632-6100 or call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.


My Town: Plainfield Township earns national honor for financial clarity

My Town: Plainfield Township earns national honor for financial clarity

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Plainfield Township is getting a national nod for its financial reporting.

Accounting manager Warren T. Smith recently accepted the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.  The Township earned the honor for its clarity on its comprehensive annual financial report, as well as its ability to motivate people to read the report.

 The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest form of recognition of its kind.

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids to Host College Financial Aid Informational Night

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids to  Host College Financial Aid Informational Night

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, is hosting a free college financial aid seminar on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. featuring a representative from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). The event, which is open to the public, will help educate parents and students on financial aid, the FAFSA application, and scholarship options for any student considering college.

Families interested in learning more about the college application and financial aid process should RSVP for the event on the Nexus Academy of Grand Rapid’s event page.

The event will be held at the Nexus Academy campus in Grand Rapids, located inside the Clark Place building at 801 Broadway Ave. NW, Suite 225.

Anna's House is a Winner in my Book

Anna's House is a Winner in my Book

I had the pleasure of having lunch at Anna’s House on Plainfield with my friend Barb Thompson last week for the first time. I have heard reports from others that the food is really good but now I know it to be true.

We both had burgers and it is one of the few places that ask how you would like the burger cooked. I’m guessing it is a sirloin burger because the flavor was so awesome and it was cooked to perfection. My choice was the bacon blue burger, truly a delicious burger. Even the bun was warmed, not something you always get unless you request it and I think that adds so much to a great sandwich.

Anna’s House is located at 3874 Plainfield NE in Grand Rapids, MI and is open Monday – Sunday from 6am – 2pm with breakfast served anytime. Phone: 616-361-8500 or you can go to urbanspoon.com to see the menu firsthand.

32nd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

32nd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

The Community is invited to check out a variety of one-of-a-kind handmade gift items for purchase at this Craft Fair provided Rockford Seniors Unlimited.

This Saturday, 11/8/14 from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Rockford High School located at 4100 Kroes Avenue is the place to be for a holiday shopping experience, like no other.

There will be a lot of craft booths with great gift ideas, just in time for the upcoming holidays and even gift bags for sale.

Visit: www.rockfordschools.org/?i=CommunitySeniors click on Special events & scroll down for details.

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

Flat River Library Special Event November 18, 2014

If you are looking for an interesting and informative evening, plan on attending this event in Greenville, MI on November 18th at the Flat River Library, located at 200 W. Judd from 6 – 8pm.

Michigan’s Orphan Train is about 12,500 orphans from New York City and the Boston area, who were taken from the streets and placed in Michigan from 1854 – 1927. Many of these children were never actually adopted but were used as teenage labor.

Join in the research with historians and television producers, Al and David Eicher, who will share details about this obscure time in Michigan’s history.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Flat River Community Library. Admission is free but if you would like more information, contact Tim West at gretjw@flatriverlibrary.org