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Superheroes - finishing the fight against cancer

Superheroes - finishing the fight against cancer

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- It is relay season!  Are you ready to relay? 

The 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park Committee is excited to begin the planning process for our May 16, 2014 event.  Teams re now forming and registration has started.

The theme for 2014 is Superheroes, which should be tons of fun to decorate and create entertaining games around.  Relay For Life of Comstock Park 2014 is all about fun while finishing the fight against cancer!  Whether you have an interest in being the captain of your team, a team member, a committee member or a volunteer, we invite you to join in the fun.

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

Ambulance Consortium to include at least six communities

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   The new Ambulance Consortium in Kent County is growing.

Grand Rapids, Grandville, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming and Rockford have already voted to form the consortium.  Plainfield Township is also considering joining.

The Ambulance Consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Kent County communities have been working on the partnership since 2010.  

Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The standards for ambulances running in East Grand Rapids may soon change.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the city commission approved joining an ambulance consortium with other Kent County communities.  The consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids currently works with AMR Ambulance, but the city does not have a contract with the company. 

City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.

Donate hair to help children October 15

Donate hair to help children October 15

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Get a free hair cut while helping children during the Wigs 4 Kids Hair Donation Drive at Northview High School on Tuesday, October 15.

The event is part of Northview’s Black Out Week, which honors the lives of those touched by childhood cancer. Design1 stylists are donating their time to provide professional haircuts to donors.  All participants must have at least eight inches of hair to donate.  Color treated strands will be accepted, but highlighted hair will not.

Wigs 4 Kids is a Michigan based non-profit organization that provides free wigs to children battling cancer or hair loss.  For more information about Northview’s event, email Erin Combs at ecombs@nvps.net.

Buy a ribbon, help a child battling cancer

Buy a ribbon, help a child battling cancer

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The battle against cancer reaches the cafeteria of Northview High School this week.

During lunchtime all this week, student leaders will be selling dedication ribbons.   Students can purchase a ribbon for $1 in honor of a loved one who has been affected by cancer.

All proceeds from the ribbon sales will go to Wigs 4 Kids, a Michigan based non-profit organization that provides custom fitted wigs for children and young adults with cancer or other diseases/disorders.

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.