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My Town: City vehicles up for bid in July 17 auction

My Town: City vehicles up for bid in July 17 auction

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids is auctioning off some of its wheels.

Six vehicles used by the city will be up for bid beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 17.   The vehicles include three Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers, one Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck and two GMC Sierra pick-up trucks. 

The auction will take place at M & W Inc., located at 979 West River Center Drive NE in Comstock Park.  All buyers should be prepared to pay in cash or check.  To view the vehicles, visit the auction site here.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

Free Tax Filing Assistance for Low-Income Families

LAST CHANCE FOR FREE TAX FILING ASSISTANCE FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Walk-Ins Welcome April 12, 14 & 15

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 8, 2014 – IRS certified tax preparers and accounting students from Aquinas College, Davenport University and Cornerstone University will be joined by community volunteers to provide free tax preparation for people with incomes under $57,000 on April 12, 14 and 15.  Every year, millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most.

'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.’

My Town: Beauty schools collect donations for domestic violence victims

My Town: Beauty schools collect donations for domestic violence victims

WALKER, Mich.—Three West Michigan beauty schools are joining a nationwide drive to help victims of domestic abuse.

Throughout this month, Empire Beauty Schools in My Town Grand Rapids North, My Town Walker and My Town Kalamazoo are collecting donations, including food, clothes, home cleaning and beauty supplies.  The Empire Gives Back campaign involves all 110 Empire schools in 21 states.

“We are thrilled to be able to support these local programs making a difference in the communities throughout our footprint,” says Frank Schoeneman, chairman and CEO of Empire Education Group.  “Through the efforts of our Empire Gives Back campaign we are supporting thousands of women and children affected by domestic abuse.  We are proud to be able to help these families rebuild their lives.”

Local First presents fourth annual LocalMotion Awards

Local First presents fourth annual LocalMotion Awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First awarded exemplary businesses and individuals with the LocalMotion Awards at their Annual Meeting, presented by Eastern Floral and held at the Goei Center.

The LocalMotion Awards were created to recognize businesses and individuals leading the way in building a vibrant, sustainable community.  They’re a tool to help shift the “norm” towards sustainable business practices and to educate the community on the unique ways locally owned businesses impact our region. The awards were presented by Local First board members Andy Guy and Emily Loeks.

The winners:

The Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business

Presented to a locally owned company that demonstrates a strong commitment to the TBL– either through successful outcomes or innovative programs. Must be in business between two and five years. Previous winners include: Brewery Vivant, Dwelltech Solutions, MadCap Coffee

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

Local college and university students offer free tax filing service

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Tax season is almost here and Davenport University is ready to help.

Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport will begin offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax filers Thursday, Jan. 23.  The service is available on a first come, first serve basis to families making less than $55,000 in total household income.  People who want to utilize the program should bring the following materials: