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NVPS Superintendent's Blog - They Just Won't Go Home

By: Mike Paskewicz, North View Public Schools Superintendent

I am constantly amazed and pleased with the number of students and staff who willingly extend the school day.  The high school dismisses at about 2:30 p.m. every day but we continue to see students and staff and parents in the halls and playing fields until well past 8:00 p.m. - even on nights when there is not a scheduled game or performance.

Last night, I left our Board of Education meeting at 8:00 p.m.

From the Fire Chief’s Desk - Homeland Security

From: http://www.plainfieldchartertwp.org

I am revisiting thoughts about Homeland Security that I had several years ago that still seem valid, and in some ways more so. The media has written and discussed much about "Homeland Security." Their emphasis has been on the nation's improved capabilities to prevent and respond to terrorist events since 9/11. As a public safety professional who is active throughout the state, I would like to discuss a less publicized perspective. Yes, we have spent huge amounts of money for neat "stuff" to make communities better prepared for a terrorist attack, but how much has government improved its ability to respond to the daily routine incident?

In my mind there are two levels of homeland security. Let's first look at the security issue that has garnered the most attention - terrorism.

“PianoMen” Concert at Northview Wednesday, October 27

From: http://www.nvps.net

Northview Performing Arts Center - Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.

'PianoMen' is an evening of Billy Joel and Elton John featuring Kelly Carey ('96) and Ryan Potts ('97)

Tickets are $5 for students and children, $10 for adults and senior citizens (discounted from Circle Theatre's price of $25). Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the event at 6:30 p.m. or by calling 365-6114. Tickets go on sale October 11.

NHS Alumni, Kelly Carey ('96) and Ryan Potts ('97) will give an encore performance of this concert that sold out at Circle Theatre back in September! Armed with a three-piece band, Kelly and Ryan breathe their own musical life into classic Billy and Elton hits like: Tiny Dancer, Just the Way You Are, Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, Movin' Out, Crocodile Rock, New York State of Mine, Rocketman, and many more!

Grand Rapids Christian downs Northview

PLAINFIELD TWP., Mich. (WZZM) -- A pair of 4-2 teams faced a pivotal O-K White game as the Northview Wildcats hosted the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles Friday.

It was a blackout night.  Everybody wore black to help raise money for the pediatric oncology unit at Spectrum Hospital.

The game was scoreless in the first quarter until Zach Baker heaved it to Kevin Rich for a touchdown.  Wildcats pulled ahead 7-0.

But it was all Christian after that.  The Eagles won 56-7.

NVPS Superintendent's Blog - Black Out

By: Mike Paskewicz, North View Public Schools Superintendent

Last year, parent Brenda Dykema, had an idea how our community might raise a little money to help eliminate pediatric cancer.  Through cooperation with our schools, local business, community members, and parents, over $22,000 was donated to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. 

This is the second year the Northview community has come together to Black Out Pediatric Cancer.  The 2010 version of the T-shirt went on sale over a month ago and tonight, beginning at 4:00 p.m., the fund raising will be center stage at the high school soccer and football games against Grand Rapids Christian.  While the athletic games are important, they are not as important as the learning our students are receiving about how to make positive contributions to their community.

As I visited schools today it was quite evident how man

Local dentist takes stand against sweets this Halloween

Plainfield, MI - Dr. Brian S. Nylaan is taking matters into his own hands to prevent tooth decay this Halloween.

"Our goal is to collect a half ton of candy." says Dr. Nylaan.

To pursue his efforts, he has invited the tooth fairy to his office to give out dollars, toothbrushes and toys in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. Monday, November 1st  from 3 – 6 pm, children can receive $1 for each pound of unopened candy that they bring in. All of the collected candy will then be shipped to soldiers serving in the Middle East through the Operation Gratitude program.

“Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well.  Plus, the toothbrushes and goodie bags we're giving out are really cool.”

Call 616-361-7317 for more information, or visit them online at www.nylaandental.com


UPDATE: 3 charged with armed robbery of Paul Medawar Jewelers

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Three young men are charged with Tuesday's armed robbery of Paul Medawar Jewelers in Plainfield Township. 

They are Jammie Brown, 21, Tyrone Harbin, 17, and Renard Mitchell, 18.  All three are from Detroit and all have criminal histories. 

The owner of the jewelry business said the young robbers who held up his store seemed nervous and scared.

"The guy with the gun looked like he was 15 years old," says store owner Paul Medawar. "The gun in his hand was shaking."

Three men -- one armed with a pistol -- jumped the counter at Paul Medawar Jewelers at 4518 Plainfield Ave. NE Tuesday morning.

The store staff saw them coming and immediately called 911.

Police were waiting outside when the robbers emerged with a bag of loose diamonds and Rolex watches.