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My Town: Northview among best places for home ownership in Michigan

My Town: Northview among best places for home ownership in Michigan

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to six of the top ten best places for home ownership in Michigan.

That’s according to a new report out by the consumer advocacy website,  NerdWallet.  The publication based its rankings on home ownership rates, monthly homeowner costs, monthly household income and population growth.  The rankings are as follows:

  • #1: New Baltimore
  • #2:  Forest Hills
  • #3: Jenison
  • #4: Lambertville
  • #5: East Grand Rapids
  • #6: Norton Shores
  • #7: Holt
  • #8: Northview
  • #9:  Cutlerville
  • #10: Allen Park

To see the entire report, click here.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to help with its biggest volunteer event of the year, one month from today.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, also known as “Stamp Out Hunger”,  is scheduled for Saturday, May 10.  Feeding America is looking for volunteers to help move food from the post office to the Food Bank.  Help is needed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at multiple locations around Grand Rapids.  To sign up or learn more, send an email with “NALC” in the subject line to Dena Rogers at DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org.

My Town: Sign up now for Access Hunger Walk

My Town: Sign up now for Access Hunger Walk

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to join its team for the Access Hunger Walk.

This year’s walk will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Park Church in downtown Grand Rapids.  Proceeds from the event will go to Feeding America West Michigan and other anti-hunger agencies in the area.

To join the team, visit the sign up page here.

My Town: Pizza Hut to donate sales to Relay for Life of Comstock Park

My Town: Pizza Hut to donate sales to Relay for Life of Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Pizza Hut is holding a March 31st fundraiser to benefit the Relay For Life of Comstock Park High School Teams.

Plan your weekly pizza night for Monday, March 31, 2014 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and 20% of your total purchase will be donated to Relay For Life of Comstock Park. This is good for delivery, carry out or dine in at the Alpine, Plainfield and 10 Mile locations.

The above flyer must be printed out and presented at the time of purchase.  The flyer can also obtained by visiting the Relay For Life of Comstock Park Facebook page.