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My Town: How donating to Suit For Suits can prevent drownings

My Town: How donating to Suit For Suits can prevent drownings

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15, according to the aquatics director at the David D. Hunting YMCA; now is your chance to help curb that statistic.

The 7th annual Suits From Suits campaign continues through June 6.  Community members are encouraged to participate by donating new or gently used swimsuits by dropping them off at any collection barrel located at the offices of the Paul Goebel Group.  The donated swimsuits will be given to hundreds of children in need who participate in YMCA aquatics program.

“Our goal is to remove all barriers to children in our community learning to swim,” stated Meg Goebel, President of the Paul Goebel Group. “Without this campaign, many children simply don’t have the means to learn water safety, and as a community, we need to help change this.”

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool

My Town: Kent County campaign spreads the word about free preschool
------------------------NEWS RELEASE---------------GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (First Steps Kent) – A collaborative team of parents, educators and advocates in Kent County launches a coordinated spring-summer marketing campaign for state-funded free preschool this week. Designed with bright colors, bold graphics, and adorable children, the materials focus on the benefit of preschool for little ones throughout the county. Campaign posters, flyers and yard signs will be shared by schools, preschools, doctors’ offices, salons, grocery stores and more—essentially, any organization serving parents of preschoolers. “We don’t have buckets of money for a big advertising push, so we are taking it to the streets with our amazing network of parent volunteers, community advocates, and grassroots activists,” said Judy Freeman, director of Great Start Collaborative for Kent County.

Try Something different for Summer: Italian Beef Sandwiches

Try Something different for Summer: Italian Beef Sandwiches

With graduations, wedding rehearsal dinners and family gatherings coming up, here is a sandwich that is different and delicious. There are so many condiments required for hot dogs & hamburgers but this recipe is worry free. Just set it and forget it until the beef is done. It can be served without the sautéed vegetables too, you choose. The recipe just states how my daughter in law Liz & I both serve it. The recipe came from her.

Your guests will love it served up with a nice salad. Give it a try; this is a recipe that you could make the day before and just warm up.

 

Italian Beef Sandwiches

6# Beef Chuck Roast

2 packages Dry Italian Dressing Mix

1 package Dry Onion Soup Mix

Some Garlic

Some Italian Seasoning

¼ cup Water?

Combine all of the above ingredients in a crock pot on high for 8 hours. Take out all fat and shred meat. Return to crock pot and keep warm till served.

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First will hold its 11th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.

This year's event is presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration Cinema. Last year, more than 12,000 attendees attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food  and food trucks, family art  and sidewalk chalk art, interactive music, and a great music set. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.

"The Street Party is one of the biggest highlights of our year. Local First puts on this event to showcase local businesses and talented individuals, celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community, and kick off the summer right!" said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First.

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town GR West: Dog park grand opening set for May 17

My Town GR West: Dog park grand opening set for May 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Tails will be wagging as Grand Rapids’ second dog park marks its official grand opening on Saturday.

City leaders will celebrate the grand opening of Covell Dog Park at noon on May 17.  The green space is located at the corner of Bridge and Covell, behind Union High School.  The property was once occupied by tennis courts, which the city eventually replaced with grass.  It left the high fences, making the parcel a perfect spot for a dog park.

Before the grand opening, organizers plan to build a shelter inside the park, create a message board kiosk and install a water hook up for thirsty dogs as well as a park sign.