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My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

My Town: West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Looking for a job?  The list of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is out.

The businesses are nominated by staff or community members.  Judges then whittle down the pool to 101 winners, based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and other categories.    This year’s winners are:

My Town: Authorities take on local hockey coaches for charity

My Town: Authorities take on local hockey coaches for charity

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--  The community member is invited to see Kent Area Law Enforcement take on local hockey coaches for charity this Saturday, March 29.

This is the 17th year for the Byron Community Wellness Foundation’s charity hockey game, making it the longest-running law enforcement hockey game in the state.  The event runs from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with free pizza, kids’ activities, a hockey game and an open skate period.  Visitors can also enjoy chuck-a-puck prizes and check out fire trucks.

Donations are encouraged.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Kent County Search and Rescue, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and the Citizens Emergency Response Team.  These groups help in searching for missing people and shoveling snow for residents who are unable to.  They also helped during the spring 2013 flooding.

My Town: Wellspring Prep student among top poetry orators

My Town: Wellspring Prep student among top poetry orators

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—One of the state’s top poetry orators is roaming the halls of Wellspring Prepatory High School.

Carl Kreiner was names first runner-up at the Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Competition, held in East Lansing on March 14.  Kreiner competed against 35 others, reciting “A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest and the Road Unknown” by Walt Whitman.  He was judged on articulation, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty and accuracy.

“Our teachers and our students are thrilled about Cal’s accomplishment,” said Koree Woodward, principal at Wellspring Prep. “He has put a lot of time and effort into this venture, so it is a pleasure to see his hard word rewarded.”

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

'Above the Influence' campaign informs kids that it's hip to be square

By Victoria Mullen
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Old Navy and the Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC) have a fabulous message for teens: It’s chic to say ‘no’ to doing drugs and alcohol. Yes, kids, it’s fashionable to stand up to negative pressures, and to live ‘Above the Influence.’

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here!

If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

 

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

 

Stretch of pot holes destroy three tires this morning


Grand Rapids (WZZM) - Potholes are becoming a problem every where, but on Fuller just south of Knapp in Grand Rapids they claimed at least three tires this morning. Construction cones have now been placed in the worst of them to alert drivers, but that was too late for some morning commuters like Rob Van Loenen.

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"I was on my way to work this morning and I got in a horrible pot hole," explains Van Loenen. "It was pretty violent when I saw a mini van hub cap fly over me." Rob lost two tires on his passenger side and his rim got bent.

"This road should have been fixed a long time ago," explains Van Loenen.

My Town: Governor joins volunteers to fight student hunger

My Town: Governor joins volunteers to fight student hunger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Gov. Snyder traded in his suit coat for an apron Tuesday to help fight childhood hunger at Kids’ Food Basket.

The governor and his staff joined volunteers from AmeriCorps Grand Rapids in packing meals for Grand Rapids-area students to take home from school.

Kids’ Food Basket provides about 6,000 sack dinners for children in 31 schools.  Each day, approximately 200 volunteers prepare sack suppers for students in schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Godwin Heights, Wyoming and Muskegon Heights.

Last summer, the nonprofit also served food to more than 2,000 children at 29 parks and schools each day for nine weeks.