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My Town: "Feed A Friend" nets thousands of pantry donations for local families

My Town: "Feed A Friend" nets thousands of pantry donations for local families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hungry people living in West Michigan now have more food to fill their stomachs, thanks to a food drive by hundreds of Grand Rapids area SUBWAY restaurants.

All 206 SUBWAY restaurants in the area took part in this year’s Feed A Friend food drive, collecting nearly 7,500 pounds of non-perishables for local food pantries on March 20.  Organizers say overall, more than 60,000 pounds of food was collected statewide.

The Feed A Friend campaign started in Jackson, Michigan 14 years ago.  During the one-day drive, customers who bring in a non-perishable food item and buy a regular 6-inch sub receive a second 6-inch sub for free.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School is opening its own Grand River exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to participate in this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit, which opens at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town GR North: Think twice before buying bunnies and chicks for Easter

My Town GR North: Think twice before buying bunnies and chicks for Easter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The Kent County Health Department is encouraging families to think twice before  buying bunnies or chicks to celebrate Easter.

County officials say before adults open up their wallets, they should  consider the fact that rabbits can live seven to ten years and chickens can live into their teens.

“The Kent County Animal Shelter received nearly 100 unwanted rabbits and chickens last year,” says Adam London, health officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Pet rabbits have specific health needs, special diets, and must live indoors.  While they can be very social with the right care and supervision, they don’t like to be held or cuddled.”

Cupcakes with a twist: paleo and vegan cupcakes

Grand Rapids (WZZM) - We all love to have a sweet treat from time to time, maybe a chocolate cupcake with frosting. Let's face it, some of them have very little nutritional value.

So we're suggesting a substitution. How about trying a paleo or vegan cupcake in place of a regular one?

Karisa Batchik owns Luxurious Sweets in Grand Rapids. She talks about what goes in to both alternative types of cupcakes. Click on the video link to watch the segment. Click here to learn more about Luxurious Sweets.

Fire damages northeast G.R. fitness center

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Firefighters are looking into the cause of an early morning fire at a northeast Grand Rapids business.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday at CrossFit Luminary on Maryland Avenue near Oak Industrial Drive NE.

Firefighters say a passerby spotted the fire and called 911.

Crews they thick smoke was coming from the building when they arrived. They were able to put the fire out within 30 minutes.

Firefighters suspect the fire may have started in an office or storage area.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire.

Police shoot, kill pit bull during drug search of home

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police officers shot and killed an aggressive pit bull while executing a search warrant at a home Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 5 p.m. at a home in the 900 block of Fourth Street NW.

Officers were executing a narcotics search warrant for a Kentwood police investigation when the dog charged officers.

Police shot the animal. No officers were hurt.

Inmate, 34, dies after medical episode in Kent County Jail

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff's Department says a 34-year-old inmate died Tuesday morning after suffering medical complications.

Guards discovered Jason Tappin suffering a medical emergency during a routine check around 5:30 a.m. He was transported to the hospital and later died.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday but a cause of death was inconclusive. Toxicology results are pending.

Tappin had been jailed since February 3 for manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance and a probation violation, authorities said. He was assigned to the Kent County Jail's work release center March 11.