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GRPS sends layoff notices to 90


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Grand Rapid Public School District is sending layoff notices to 90 staff members this week.

The notices come as the district is projecting another year of declining enrollment. This year, the district predicts 400 fewer students will return in the fall. Still, the layoffs and projected decline in population is not as drastic as in year's past.

A GRPS spokesperson tells us the layoffs are the smallest they've had in years and the administration is confident many of the positions will be called back.


My Town: Inaugural Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire information session July 23

My Town: Inaugural Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire information session July 23

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—When you put together a science fair and a county fair, what do you get?

The Mini Maker Faire, which will be making its debut in Grand Rapids next month.

The event will attract all ages of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, scientists, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors to show what that’ve made and learned.

The Geek Group will hold an information session for participants from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at 902 Leonard Street NW in Grand Rapids.  “Makers” can submit applications that evening.  The deadline to apply as a maker in the inaugural event is Aug. 1.  An application is available on the event website here.

Cooking with Kal: Lemon Dream Bars (always a favorite)

Cooking with Kal: Lemon Dream Bars (always a favorite)

I got this recipe from Suzie Pomper, after her husband David  brought them into work one day. Believe me, they are delicious bars.

I made them this past week for my son Eric’s birthday but I doubled the recipe to make a half sheet pan of them to share at his work. The only thing I would do differently if I made this size again is to triple the filling only. It would make the bars a little thicker. Instead, I put a Cool Whip flower on each of the bars, to make up for them not having as much filling. Sometimes you just have to improvise.

Lemon dream bars

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Filling:

  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 T. lemon juice

Frosting:

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

Police: Suspect bites officer in scuffle


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids police officer was hurt after a suspect bit him during an arrest. The incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. Friday at Leonard and Tamarack NW.

Police say an undercover officer, along with an undercover FBI agent approached a suspect in a home invasion. When they asked if the man was armed, he said 'yes' and the officers began to take him into custody. The suspect began combative and bit the Grand Rapids officer.

The officer is said to have a "pretty serious" bite wound. The suspect was taken away on a stretcher.

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Help make history while getting your pooch squeaky clean during the World’s Largest Dog Wash.

The clean fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The event will happen before the Whitecaps’ “Dog Days” game. There is a $10 per dog minimum donation, but participants will get free parking and a doggy bag, while supplies last.  Proceeds from the event will go toward the children’s cancer and grief program at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The World’s Largest Dog Wash will include a pet contest with prizes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The categories include best pet trick, tallest dog, dog with the longest ears and the dog that looks most like its owner.

For more information, visit Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ website.

My Town: Grand Valley State University approves tuition hike

My Town: Grand Valley State University approves tuition hike

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Students will have to pay more to attend Grand Valley State University next year.

Last Friday, GVSU’s Board of Trustees approved raising tuition rates by approximately three percent.  The increase means students will pay $298 more per academic year, bringing annual tuition to $10,752 for a full-time undergraduate Michigan resident.

GVSU says the tuition increase is the lowest it’s approved in a decade.  The budget also includes a three percent wage increase for faculty and staff members and a  $3.1 million increase in student scholarships and grants, bringing the student financial aid budget to $38 million.