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My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Huntington bank expands to Meijer stores

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A new bank is moving into Meijer stores across the area.

Huntington Bank is partnering with the retailer to open 43 branches within Meijer stores, a dozen of which are in the greater Grand Rapids area.  The bank says the deal will create 250 jobs within the state and make Huntington the third largest bank branch network in the state.  Huntington says the partnership will bring its company workforce up to 2,300 people.

The announcement comes months after Chase began notifying customers it is closing its Meijer store branches.  A spokesman for Meijer told WZZM 13 “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”

Huntington’s new Meijer branch locations will include Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Ionia, Jenison, Lowell, Muskegon, Portage, and Wyoming.

Neighbors frustrated by burned home; owners face charges


LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) - Twelve months.

That's how long people living in a Lowell neighborhood have had to live near a home gutted by fire.

The owners are accused of causing the fire, but despite months of trying, the city says it's been unable to get it torn down.

"Very frustrated," is how Laura Brower describes her parents who live next-door to the home on Lincoln Lake Rd. "I can only make so many phone calls and I can't get answers."

The house caught fire in March 2014. Brower says that wasn't the first time.

"No, this is the fourth time this has happened. My parents have had to put siding on their house and pay for the deductible, because of the fire next door," Brower said.

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

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Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

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Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”