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My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

My Town: Local literacy program gets financial boost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Literacy Center of West Michigan is getting a big financial boost.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Grand Rapids organization a $10,000 grant to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.  The funding is part of more than $6 million in grants Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded last week to approximately 700 schools, nonprofits and organizations nationwide.  Other West Michigan recipients include:

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

My Town: Dozens of companies hiring at Veterans Job Fair May 16

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Approximately 90 businesses will be looking for employees during the Muskegon Veterans Job Fair this Friday, May 16.

The hiring event will take place on the U.S.S. LST 393 Veterans Museum Ship, docked at 560 Mart Street in Muskegon.  This is the third year for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Job openings range from engineering to grocery store cashiers.  Participating businesses include:

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

My Town: Muskegon moves May 14 Officers Memorial Service

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Muskegon community members are encouraged to honor fallen heroes and their families while paying tribute to local law enforcement during the annual Muskegon Police Officers Memorial Service this Wednesday, May 14.

This year’s ceremony is being moved to the Paul C. Johnson Pavillion at Heritage Landing, because of construction at the Hall of Justice.  The memorial will begin at 6 p.m.  Lt. Christopher McIntire, commander of the Michigan State Police Rockford post, will be the guest speaker.

My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

My Town: National Heritage Academies celebrates record enrollment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  It’s National Charter Schools Week and National Heritage Academies is celebrating a record number of applicants.

The charter school system says this year, so many children applied to NHA that 20,952 students were put on the wait list.  When it has more applicants than open seats, NHA uses a random lottery to determine who gets into its schools.

“We have experienced record numbers of applications and demand for our schools with wait lists of more than 2,000 students at some schools,” said National Heritage Academies President and CEO Chip Hurlburt. “We appreciate the support we receive from parents who feel so strongly about the quality school choice NHA provides.”

My Town: 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis a success

My Town: 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis a success

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis is in the books.

Organizers say more than 500 people filled John Ball Park Zoo for the May 3 event, which raised more than $84,000 to support Arthritis Foundation programs.

The event honored three-year-old Mackenzie Proefrock of Norton Shores, who was diagnosed with arthritis at age two.

“Arthritis is a terrible disease,” said  her mother, Jeanne. “We are very grateful to all the people who came to today’s event. We know that, with their support, we can and will find a cure.”

More than 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children in Michigan have arthritis- 31 percent of the population.

My Town: Celebrating mom on a budget this Mother's Day

My Town: Celebrating mom on a budget this Mother's Day

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--  Mother’s Day is this weekend and Muskegon County businesses and organizations have some free and inexpensive ways to help you celebrate.

On May 10, children and teenagers who visit Walker Memorial Library in North Muskegon can create a pot filled with flowers for mom for free.  The pots, dirt and flowers will be provided from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  For more information, call (231) 744-6080.

Children in Muskegon can also harness their artistic skills for mom at Hackley Library on May 10.  From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the library will be hosting Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids.  

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.