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My Town EGR: Aquinas College awarded $25k grant from STANLEY Security

My Town EGR: Aquinas College awarded $25k grant from STANLEY Security

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– On Monday, March 30, representatives from STANLEY Security came to Aquinas College to present the institution with a customized plaque to commemorate Aquinas as the recipient of $25,000 won in the "Together for Safer Schools" grant contest.

Based on online voting, Aquinas College was awarded a $25,000 grant for its second place finish in the small college category (under 7,000 students) of the contest. The grant money will be used to enhance the college’s current emergency response plan. Priorities include an opt-out mass notification system, additional emergency speakers, card access and cameras. Items will be prioritized to maximize the impact of the grant money. 

WMU-Cooley Law School students read and donate books to Sibley Elementary School students

WMU-Cooley Law School students read and donate books to Sibley Elementary School students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- As part of March is Reading Month, the leaders of WMU-Cooley Law School’s Children’s Law Society took time recently to read to three Sibley Elementary School kindergarten classes in Grand Rapids.

Besides reading to the children, WMU-Cooley students Demar L. Sheffey and Anthony Courtney gave each child their own book to take home, along with a notebook and pencil to practice their writing.

Sheffey recently helped revive the Children’s Law Society at WMU-Cooley because he was angry about the state of literacy in Grand Rapids public schools. He remembered when he couldn’t move to the fourth grade because his reading skills needed improvement. Like his third grade teacher who helped him, Sheffey wanted to help current school children.

“No one gave me a book at that age,” Sheffey said. “But if I take the time to show these kids that reading is fun and help provide the tools they need to learn, then hopefully they will keep up in school.”

My Town: NorthPointe Christian 8th grade students win statewide essay contest

My Town: NorthPointe Christian 8th grade students win statewide essay contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Three NorthPointe Christian Middle School students have been named local winners in the 46th annual America & Me Essay Contest.

Awards were given to NorthPointe 8th graders Emily Clementz (third place), Alysabeth Richards (second place), and Abigail Lewkowski (first place), based on their essays addressing the topic “My Personal Michigan Hero.”

Emily and Alysabeth both look to their fathers as their inspirational Michigan heroes.  Emily wrote, “From before I could walk, my dad has been shaping my whole life.”  Alysabeth also recognized the impact her father has had on her: “My father has impacted me in unexplainable ways.  He has taught me to love, fight for what I believe, and be strong.” 

Opening Day Detroit Tigers Party at the Boat & Canoe Club

Opening Day Detroit Tigers Party at the Boat & Canoe Club

 

IT’S OPENING DAY FOR THE DETROIT TIGERS! COME JOIN US FOR A FUN PARTY!

The fun begins at 1:00pm on April 6th at the Boat & Canoe Club, sponsored by Auxiliary #356. The club is located at 401 North Park St. NE in Grand Rapids, MI.

For only $6.00 you can enjoy the game and indulge in some great ball park food. There will be Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs, Wing Dings, Popcorn, Peanuts, Pretzels & more.

Lots of Raffles & Prizes during the game. Tickets being sold for a Huge Tigers “Grill of Goodies.” Tickets sold throughout the celebration until the 7th Inning Stretch, when tickets will be drawn for the big prize. You need not be present to win the big prize.

Come one, come all and enjoy the afternoon.

My Town GR Central: Law school offers free legal advice workshop March 21

My Town GR Central: Law school offers free legal advice workshop March 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Get legal advice while saving your money during Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s free Access to Justice Legal Workshop this Saturday.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 21, visitors to the Grand Rapids campus can gain legal advice regarding criminal record expungement, divorce, custody, paternity, evictions, home repairs and other issues.  The workshop is free and no appointment is needed.

WMU-Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus is located at 111 Commerce Ave. SW in Grand Rapids

My Town Grand Haven: Township gets $276k to expand Hofma Park

My Town Grand Haven: Township gets $276k to expand Hofma Park

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The 417-acre Hofma Park and Preserve will soon grow by another 40 acres.

On March 17, Governor Snyder signed legislation approving a $276,500 grant  to Grand Haven Township.  The money will go toward purchasing 40 acres of land currently owned by the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.  The land is adjacent to the park and includes forested wetland and fields with Christmas trees. Township Superintendent Bill Cargo has said the land will be kept in its natural state.

The land deal will guarantee continued public access to the park and protect Alder Creek, Pottawattomie Bayou and the lower Grand River watershed.

Cargo has said the land acquisition is expected to cost approximately $368,000.  Approximately 75 percent of that cost will be covered by the grant; the other 25 percent will come out of the township’s general fund.

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.