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My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The community is invited to find out more about proposed service upgrades to Grand Valley State University’s Laker Line during a series of presentations Thursday, April 17.

Project leaders will release updates in the bus service study during the following times:

My Town: "Feed A Friend" nets thousands of pantry donations for local families

My Town: "Feed A Friend" nets thousands of pantry donations for local families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hungry people living in West Michigan now have more food to fill their stomachs, thanks to a food drive by hundreds of Grand Rapids area SUBWAY restaurants.

All 206 SUBWAY restaurants in the area took part in this year’s Feed A Friend food drive, collecting nearly 7,500 pounds of non-perishables for local food pantries on March 20.  Organizers say overall, more than 60,000 pounds of food was collected statewide.

The Feed A Friend campaign started in Jackson, Michigan 14 years ago.  During the one-day drive, customers who bring in a non-perishable food item and buy a regular 6-inch sub receive a second 6-inch sub for free.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School is opening its own Grand River exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to participate in this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit, which opens at Harrison Park School on April 16.

TEDxGrandRapids lineup released


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The list of presenters for this year's TEDxGrandRapids was announced Monday, with entrepreneurs, designers, writers, and scientists sharing their knowledge.

TEDxGrandRapids is May 7th at the Grand Rapids Civic Theater. TEDx is a non-profit that hold events of "Ideas Worth Spreading" throughout the country.

The list this year includes:

"Construction Season" begins for local road projects


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is gearing up for construction season, as some West Michigan projects are already underway or will begin in the next few days.

Crews Monday will begin bridge improvements on Broadway Avenue over Seaway Drive in the Muskegon Heights-Norton Shores area. There will be lane closures on Seaway Drive until the project is done in July.

Road resurfacing begins Tuesday on U-S 131 from the Mecosta-Montcalm county line to 12 Mile Road south of Big Rapids. Part of this project involves replacing the bridge decking over 3 Mile Road using "bridge slide" technology. Crews will build a new bridge next to the old one, then demolish the old bridge and slide the new one into place on skids. A similar project is underway on Alden Nash Ave. (M-50) over I-96 near Lowell.

Gazelle Girl Race in Grand Rapids raises money for local organizations


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Nearly 2,000 runners celebrated spring Sunday morning by working up a sweat, running Michigan's only half marathon just for women.

Paige Boldt of Grand Rapids was the first to cross the finish line during this year's Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K. While the runners ranged from first-timers to professionals, they all had one goal: supporting women's health.

Proceeds from Sunday's races will benefit Kent County Girls on the Run, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, the YWCA and other organizations dedicated to empowering women of all ages.