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My Town: Construction company donates talents to West Michigan's homeless

My Town: Construction company donates talents to West Michigan's homeless

WALKER, Mich.--  The sale of a new home in Walker is helping West Michigan’s homeless.

After handing over the keys to the new owners of 4588 Gordonshire NW, Ver Woert  Construction handed over a $35,500 check to Degage Ministries.   The company built the home with the intention of donating the proceeds to the charity.  Owner Ken Ver Woert came up with the idea after listening to a sermon at his church about using his gifts and talents for God’s glory.

“My firm has enjoyed building this home, knowing our hard work would be benefiting others in need,” said Ver Woert. “We are also grateful for the kind hearts of our subcontractors who pledged to join us in this mission, raising the amount we were able to provide Degage Ministries.”

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My Town: Grand Rapids Community College celebrates centennial with '100 Ways to Give'

My Town: Grand Rapids Community College celebrates centennial with '100 Ways to Give'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating its centennial anniversary, but the birthday presents are going to local charities and organizations.

College faculty and staff created the 100 Ways to Give program, which includes service projects throughout the community.

“GRCC cannot properly celebrate 100 years without including the community that has given us our name and our mission,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “West Michigan has made us what we are today, and it is a privilege to share this milestone with organizations and people who do so much good for our area.”

GRCC’s Grants and Resource Development Office launched the first project this month.  They’re trying to collect 100 items for care packages that will go to foster children at the D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s Home.

My Town: Grand Rapids Police honored with military award

My Town: Grand Rapids Police honored with military award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Grand Rapids Police Department is the newest recipient of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves Pro Patria Award.

The department was awarded the military support award during an awards banquet at the Kellogg Center at Michigan State University.  Interim Chief Dan Savage accepted the award on behalf of the department on June 29.

“Thank you to all our department personnel who have served in the armed forces – past and present. Please keep all of the men and women currently serving our country in your thoughts and prayers,” he said.

The Whirlpool Corporation and Compass Point also received the Pro Patria Award for 2014.

My Town GR Central: Movies in the Park returns July 11

My Town GR Central: Movies in the Park returns July 11

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. invite the community to Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Friday night, July 11 to enjoy a free movie.

Come early, bring your blankets or chairs and beverages/snacks or take advantage of on-site food vendors at 303 Pearl Street NW. Activities begin at 6:00 p.m.; pre-movie entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with the movie, "Dreamgirls" scheduled at dusk.

The next free movie event is The Rocky Horror Picture Show on July 25. For more information, visit  www.friendsofgrparks.org.   

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A Grand Rapids woman who pioneered a program to help feed children in need is earning recognition from the state.

On June 30, Mary K. Hoodhood accepted the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism.  The award is the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards, honoring an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to their community. 

In 1980, a vehicle accident put Hoodhood in a wheelchair, but also started her on a path to volunteering, which began with the Meals on Wheels program at God’s Kitchen.  In 2001, she founded Kids' Food Basket to combat childhood hunger.  The program started by providing evening meals to 125 children at three Grand Rapids public schools; now 5,700 children at 32 schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming rely on it, as well as 600 kids at two Muskegon schools.

My Town: Grandwich competition returns to Grand Rapids July 8

My Town: Grandwich competition returns to Grand Rapids July 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Restaurants across Grand Rapids will give you a new solution to satisfy your taste buds starting Tuesday, July 8 as the Grandwich competition returns.

This is the 4th year for the contest, which determines Grand Rapids’ favorite sandwich.  This year, there are 26 entries featuring a variety of ingredients, from a bun made of deep fried Ramen noodles to jicama slaw.   This year’s entries include:

  • Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese – A Moveable Feast
  • Crazy Train- Bagger Dave’s
  • Picnic on the Grand – Birch Lodge
  • Name TBA - Bulls Head Tavern
  • Madame Cheshire –Cheshire Grill
  • Gwammich- CitySen Lounge in CityFlats Hotel
  • Name TBA- Fat Johnny’s Cheesesteak Co.
  • Rueben Cuban- Flanagan’s Irish Pub
  • Wake-N-Bacon – Grand Rapids Brewing Company
  • Sausage Mac Daddy- Grand Woods Lodge
  • Über – Hopcat
  • El Zorro – McFaddens Restaurant and Salo

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

Fourth of July: Find fireworks displays in your area

 

(WZZM)- The Following is a list of area fireworks displays as found on michiganfireworks.com as well as communities WZZM 13 contacted. Check with local municipalities for details. All times are dusk unless noted.

 

July 1

 

Wyoming - Lamar Park - Concerts in the Park

 

July 2

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game

 

Hart, Michigan - John Gurney Park Beach over Hart Lake

 

July 3

 

Allegan, Michigan - On the riverfront

 

Comstock Park - At Fifth Third Ballpark after the Whitecaps game