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My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Three development projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are getting state approval.

The Lofts on Michigan, LLC is being awarded a $2.45 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan to demolish the vacant building at 740 and 756 Michigan Street to build a four-story mixed use building.  The site’s first floor will be dedicated to commercial/retail businesses; the upper three floors will contain 54 apartments.  The project is expected to generate $15.2 million in investments and 15 permanent jobs.

The City of Grand Rapids is also getting $1.4 million to demolish 12 homes and replace them with four buildings containing 66 apartments.  The 600 Clancy Redevelopment project  will include asbestos abatement, site preparation activities and infrastructure improvements.  The project is expected to create $8 in investments and three full-time jobs.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.

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.”

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Arthritis Walk will return with a new name and new leader when it returns to Grand Rapids next month.

Dr. Thomas A. Malvitz of Ada will serve as medical chair of the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis, formerly known as the Arthritis Walk.  Malvitz is a surgeon with the Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan in Grand Rapids.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a three-mile walk aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight arthritis.  Proceeds from the event go to the Arthritis Foundation, which works to help some of the more than 2.3 million Michiganders with arthritis.

My Town: Grand Rapids Film Festival April 9–13

My Town: Grand Rapids Film Festival April 9–13

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--The celebration of film and filmmaking comes to the public April 9 -13 in downtown Grand Rapids.

With 46 film screenings throughout the area, there is something for everyone. The public has the opportunity to check out student films, lectures, panels, documentaries and a production workshop throughout the five days. Families are also welcome to the Grand Rapids Public Museum to see family-friendly films, along with Saturday morning cartoons.

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My Town: Kent County Health Department releases 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan report

My Town: Kent County Health Department releases 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan report
--------------------NEWS RELEASE------------ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Kent County Health Improvement Plan 2013 Annual Report is the firstofficial and comprehensive report of the progress and recommendations from the 2012 CommunityHealth Improvement Plan (CHIP). The overall goal of CHIP is to make a healthier Kent County. The Community Health Improvement Plan outlines goals, objectives, and strategies that address thetop five priority health issues in Kent County. Data collected from partner organizations and KentCounty community residents through the 2011 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) helpedidentify the priorities.