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My Town: Plainfield Township special meeting for community July 14

My Town: Plainfield Township special meeting for community July 14

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Community members are invited to take part in a special meeting on July 14 to hone the township’s mission statement.

Plainfield Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the strategic planning session Monday night will focus on identifying core values to put together guiding principles for the township.

The Plainfield Township Board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Plainfield Charter Township Hall, located at 6161 Belmont Ave. in Belmont. 

My Town Plainfield: Park logo creator honored

My Town Plainfield: Park logo creator honored

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The woman whose artwork will grace the signs at Plainfield Township’s newest park has made a career out of graphic design.

Katie Karnes is a graphic artist for Mlive Media Group.  Monday night, the township honored her for coming up with the winning name and logo for Premier Park.  Karnes received a $500 prize.

The public naming contest generated more than 90 entries and more than 50 logo ideas.  Last month, the board unanimously voted to adopt Karnes’ logo design, which incorporated the township seal.   The township plans to translate her entries into park signs that could be posted as early as the end of the year.

My Town Plainfield: Voter registration deadline for August primary nears

My Town Plainfield: Voter registration deadline for August primary nears

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- A primary election is being held Aug. 5 for all 11 precincts in Plainfield Township.

Candidates differ by precinct, and voters should take the time to familiarize themselves prior to election day.

“I encourage all Plainfield Township residents to vote and to become educated on the various millage requests and ballot issues you have a voice in deciding,” said Plainfield Township Clerk Ruth Ann Karnes.

To view a sample ballot for your precinct, find a polling location, check to make sure you’re registered to vote, contact your local election official, learn how to use the voting equipment, and find answers to frequently asked questions, go to www.michigan.gov/vote.

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is July 7, 2014.

My Town: Committee to review judicial candidates for 63rd District Court

My Town: Committee to review judicial candidates for 63rd District Court

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A review committee with the Grand Rapids Bar Association is inviting candidates for the 63rd District Court seat to take part in their review process.

The judicial candidate review committee is already beginning its confidential evaluation process of the candidates.  Six people are on the ballot for the seat, currently held by Judge Steven Servaas.  The 15 member committee expects to wrap up its reviews and issue ratings ahead of the Aug. 5 primary election.

All communications intended for the committee should be mailed to Kimberly Coleman, Executive Director, Grand Rapids Bar Association, 161 Ottawa NW, Suite 203-B, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Michigan’s 63rd District represents a large swath of Kent County, including Sparta, Plainfield Township, Alpine Township, Ada, Lowell, Rockford and East Grand Rapids.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

My Town: Check out a Book Buddy at your local library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Firemen, ballerinas, mascots, sports figures, literary characters and more will be at local library branches on June 21 to get kids reading!

Kent District Library, Grand Rapids Public Library and the Heart of West Michigan United Way are joining forces to present Book Buddies, a program that encourages children to check out a “book buddy” and spend ten minutes reading their favorite book together.

The Book Buddies program is designed to help children meet the goal of reading 400 minutes over the summer, the amount of time it is estimated that kids should spend reading to prevent summer slide and maintain the reading gains they made over the school year.

Seven local library branches will present Book Buddies on June 21. The schedule is as follows:

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

My Town: Book Buddy volunteers needed for June 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Help a kid discover their passon for reading by becoming a “Book Buddy” this weekend.

The United Way, Kent District Library and Grand Rapids Public Library are looking for volunteers to read to children this Saturday, June 21. Volunteers are especially needed in Lowell and Sand Lake.  Volunteer roles include:

Book Buddy- Dress up as a character and listen to kids read. Wear costumes of your profession (police officer, doctor, etc.) or simply put on your best listening ears and be a buddy. Give your attention to a child as they read for 10 minutes.