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Highlands Green Team's Toothbrush Swap starts October 2

Highlands Green Team's Toothbrush Swap starts October 2

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—October is National Dental Hygiene Month and a group of students from Northview Public Schools is offering a new toothbrush for every one you recycle.

From October 1 throughout the school year, the Highlands Green Team will be accepting old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes/containers and empty floss containers.  Students can drop off their recyclables from 8 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 

The Toothbrush Swap is made possible by a grant from the Northview Education Foundation.

Libraries host free seminars to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act

Libraries host free seminars to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act

An important piece of the Affordable Care Act takes effect October 1, when Healthcare Marketplace enrollment opens for those who do not have health insurance, purchase their own health insurance policy, or are looking for another coverage option.

Priority Health and several Kent District Library branches are teaming up to help you navigate the changes, with a special informational seminar titled, “The Affordable Care Act and You.”  People under age 65 who are responsible for purchasing health benefits for their family are invited to attend the free presentation, which will address how to enroll for coverage in the new system.

Each seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. at select library branches. The schedule is as follows:

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Public weighs in on assisted living facility expansion July 23

Public weighs in on assisted living facility expansion July 23

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—Community members will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed expansion to an assisted living facility July 23.

The Plainfield Township Planning Commission is holding a public hearing about plans for Vista Springs-Northview Woods, located at 3740 Richton Avenue.  Developers are requesting the property be rezoned so they can build a 31-bed addition to the facility’s memory care building.  The project would also include 20 more parking spaces.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at 6161 Belmont Ave. NE.

Inaugural mud run approved by township officials

Inaugural mud run approved by township officials

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—An inaugural event in Plainfield Township is getting the green light by the Board of Trustees.

On Monday, July 15, the Plainfield Township Board of Trustees approved an outdoor assembly license for the Dirty Girl 5k Mud Run, which is slated to take place August 24.  The Board also agreed to recommend the event’s organizers be granted a temporary liquor license by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

During their regular meeting, the Board approved a resolution declaring September 20, 2013 “Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day.”

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.

Company building new health care center joins safety partnership

Company building new health care center joins safety partnership

A West Michigan construction company is teaming up with the state to ensure the health and safety of construction workers building a new health care center in My Town Ada/Cascade.

The Spectrum Health Beltline Integrated Care Center is being built at the corner of East Beltline Avenue and Three Mile Road.  The $48 million project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.  Approximately 200 Spectrum Health employees from seven office locations will move into the new 120,000 square foot facility.  The office consolidation includes:

  • 4829 East Beltline
  • 3264 North Evergreen
  • 3322 Beltline Court
  • 2855 Michigan Street NE
  • 1179 East Paris Avenue
  • 3271 Clear Vista Court
  • 5378 Plainfield Avenue

Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals plan to sign a new partnership with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Adminsitration (MIOSHA) Thursday, June 27.