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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center hiring

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center hiring

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is looking for another employee to join their team.

The center recently posted an opening for a part-time development administrative assistant.  A qualified candidate will have a degree in nonprofit or public administration with experience in fundraising and working knowledge of Giftworks, MS Office Suite, Social Media and WordPress.

Applications will be accepted until June 17.  Blandford’s goal is to grow the part-time position into a full-time opportunity in 2015.  For links to the job announcement and application form, click here.

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: Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo among worst cities for mosquitoes

My Town: Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo among worst cities for mosquitoes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If  you’re among the many Americans planning to celebrate Memorial Day weekend outside, don’t forget the bug spray.

The Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek area is among the top 20 cities for mosquito problems.  That’s according to Orkin.  The pest control company based its rankings on the number of treatments it performed last year. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek ranked 13th on the list.  Atlanta took the top spot, followed by Chicago, Washington D.C. and Detroit.  

The rankings are as follows:

1: Atlanta

2: Chicago

3. Washington, D.C.

4. Detroit

5. Raleigh-Durham

6. Boston

7. Houston

8. Nashville

9. Charlotte

10. Dallas-Fort Worth

11. Richmond-Petersburg

12. Miami-Fort Lauderdale

13. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek

My Town: Hundreds expected to walk for arthritis cure

My Town: Hundreds expected to walk for arthritis cure

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than 450 people are expected to fill John Ball Park Zoo Saturday, but not because of the animals.

They’re signed up to take part in the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis.

The event, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, is a non-competitive event aimed at raising awareness and money to help Michiganders who have arthritis.  This year’s honoree is 3-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores.  She is among the more than 300,000 children nationwide diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

Participants in this year’s walk will enjoy refreshments, music, massages and other family-friendly activities.  Those who donate $25 or more will be given admission to the zoo.

WZZM 13’s Jennifer Pascua will emcee this year’s event, which begins at 10 a.m.