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My Town: Inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day May 31

My Town: Inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day May 31

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.— A strong relationship between residents and police officers is key in ensuring the safety of the community; that’s why the Muskegon Heights Police Department is hosting the inaugural Muskegon Heights Community Safety Day.

All community members are invited to take part in the celebration this Saturday, May 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Rowan Park.  Visitors can view police and fire vehicles from across the county, horses from the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division, K-9 Units and meet area sports athletes and city leaders.  Visitors can also register their bicycles, get a child safety seat inspection and take home a child safety kit, which includes fingerprinting. For fun, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, giveaways, refreshments and raffles.  For the entire schedule, see below.

My Town Muskegon: Susan G. Komen announces local grantees for 2014

My Town Muskegon: Susan G. Komen announces local grantees for 2014

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan’s health care landscape has evolved with the launch of the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy Michigan Plan.

Throughout these changes, the West Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen remains a trusted funding resource for undeserved individuals. Federal and state-funded programs will now be able to assist uninsured or underinsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 who have an income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

My Town: Win prizes during Bike to Work Week May 12-16

My Town: Win prizes during Bike to Work Week May 12-16

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—Employees are encouraged to hang up the car keys and roll out the bicycle next week for the 7th annual Bike to Work Week, May 12-16.

Participants who ride any or all of the week are encouraged to register at Ride On Muskegon to win prizes and find maps and park and ride locations in their area. 

Muskegon County will hold its annual Ride of Silence on May 21 to raise awareness about bicycle safety and honor those who have been injured or killed riding their bicycles.

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: Norton Shores among best places for home ownership in Michigan

My Town: Norton Shores among best places for home ownership in Michigan

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to six of the top ten best places for home ownership in Michigan.

That’s according to a new report out by the consumer advocacy website,  NerdWallet.  The publication based its rankings on home ownership rates, monthly homeowner costs, monthly household income and population growth.  The rankings are as follows:

  • #1: New Baltimore
  • #2:  Forest Hills
  • #3: Jenison
  • #4: Lambertville
  • #5: East Grand Rapids
  • #6: Norton Shores
  • #7: Holt
  • #8: Northview
  • #9:  Cutlerville
  • #10: Allen Park

To see the entire report, click here.

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.

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”