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Organic food delivery company celebrates record growth

Organic food delivery company celebrates record growth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, a Grand Rapids-based food delivery business is celebrating record growth.

Doorganics recently added another delivery van to its fleet to accommodate a record high number of organic food deliveries last month; nearly quadruple the number of orders it filled the previous year.

“This has been a very challenging winter to run a delivery-based business,” says Mike Hughes, owner of Doorganics. “Our delivery van has been pulled out of snow banks and we’ve had to increase our hours to keep deliveries running, but we are thrilled to be staying this busy to serve our largest customer base yet.”

Hughes credits word of mouth and a new online shopping system for the company’s growth.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—How would you make Kent County healthier?

That’s the question Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department is hoping to answer with a series of community meetings over the next three months.   From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent.

The Best Times in Michigan are Free

The Best Times in Michigan are Free

I travel on Butterworth Dr NW in Walker, MI often on my way to the Mall or to visit family and always enjoy seeing people in Johnson Park, just off Wilson Ave NW.

Summertime is an especially busy time at this park with people enjoying a picnic, jogging, playing catch, weddings, family reunions and some just plain enjoying the scenery and people watching. It really is a busy park.

Recently I drove this same way and was very disappointed to see few people enjoying this same park. There were about 8-10 cars in the parking lot of people who were up on the big sliding hill enjoying the sunshine and the thrill of sliding down that hill, some on sleds, toboggans, tubes and some even just with a cardboard box.

As I drove through I wondered, where are all those people who use this park all summer and fall? Why aren’t they out here enjoying the winter sports and seeing the beauty of nature?

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  School staff will take on a team of officers this Saturday, Feb. 1 as the Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games return to Kenowa Hills.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills administrators and teachers playing local law enforcement members.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  The proceeds will benefit Kent County Sheriff Detective Aron Bowser who is currently awaiting a lung transplant.  

Hands-on help with health insurance marketplace

Hands-on help with health insurance marketplace

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--It’s not too late to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment closes on March 31, 2014. This is the deadline to avoid a fine for not having health care coverage.

Health insurance marketplace information specialists from Cherry Street Health Services will be at Spring Lake District Library from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 to assist the public with enrollment. The trained counselors will be available to help people understand the health insurance choices available to them. Counselors will meet with individuals on a first come, first served basis.

Vote for Wine & Wig gala funding recipient

Vote for Wine & Wig gala funding recipient

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-  West Michigan Woman magazine is looking for the next organization to support during its second annual Wine & Wig gala.

Last year, the event generated nearly $15,000 for Susan G. Komen West Michigan.  This year, supporters are being asked to narrow down six organizations nominated for support down to one winner.  The finalists are Children’s Assessment Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids , Baxter Community Center, American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, Susan G. Komen West Michigan and Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW).

Voting is open until midnight Feb. 14, 2014, and visitors can vote as often as they like.  To cast your vote, visit West Michigan Woman magazine’s website here.

The Wine & Wig gala will take place Oct. 18, 2014 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.