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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.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town GR North: Cedar Springs boy crowned fencing national champ

My Town GR North: Cedar Springs boy crowned fencing national champ

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- West Michigan is home to one of the top fencers in the nation.

Earlier this month, 12-year-old Maximus X De Back of Cedar Springs won the United States Fencing Association’s National Championship for his age group.  The competition was held at the North American Cup in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Maximus trains four days a week at the Grand Rapids Fencing Academy, located at 1347 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids.  He also took part in the Junior Olympics this year in Portland, Oregon; placed first in both the youth 12 and youth 14 age groups at the Meijer Michigan State Games and was runner up in the youth-12 category during last year’s National Championship in Anaheim, California.

My Town: City appoints Grand River restoration committee

My Town: City appoints Grand River restoration committee

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids has taken the next step in restoring the Grand River, from Lamoreaux to Millennium Park.

Collabarating with Grand Rapids Whitewater, the city this week appointed 22 people to serve on a newly formed Grand River Restoration Steering Committee.  The panel of local leaders will guide efforts in restoring the Grand River and its riverbank, make sure river studies and projects are effectively communicated, garner support for restoring the river, encourage fundraising and explore potential long-term management options for the river.  The steering committee will advise the city commission on any projects tied to the Grand River.   However, final decisions will be made by commissioners.

The steering committee is composed of:

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.”

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

My Town Grand Rapids: Design class lets students design Grand Rapids' future

My Town Grand Rapids: Design class lets students design Grand Rapids' future