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My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two men running to represent West Michigan in Congress have agreed to hold public forums.

Congressman Justin Amash and his Democratic contender, businessman Bob Goodrich met over coffee in Eastown Aug. 15.  During the brief meeting, both candidates discussed ideas on how best to keep the race for the 3rd Congressional seat civil.

Amash beat East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis by roughly a 14-percent margin during August’s primary. Voters will decide if Amash will continue to represent them during the general election Nov. 4.  The Third Congressional District of Michigan includes the areas of  Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Belding, Lowell, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Sparta.

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

My Town: Kendall College professor presents program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois neighborhood

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Brenda Sipe, director of Continuing Studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, will take participants on a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park, IL neighborhood as the Loutit District Library’s centennial programs continue on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sipe’s program features the 125th anniversary of his home and studio, and the centennial of the tragic events at Taleisin.

This program is free to the public and held in the library’s Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org.

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

My Town GR Central: Cruizin' the Calder July 26

My Town GR Central: Cruizin' the Calder July 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Calder Plaza comes alive Saturday, July 26 with a tribute to four-wheel classics from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This is the opportunity for the public to check out a collectible and antique car show by the Grand Rapids Street Racers, the fastest car club in West Michigan.

A cruise will follow. For more event information, visit www.grstreetracers.com.

My Town: Tax-funded street improvements begin in Grand Rapids

My Town: Tax-funded street improvements begin in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The first of more than 50 street projects funded by a recent voter-approved tax renewal will begin Friday.

The city commission has approved two contracts for more than $4.2 million in road repairs.  Contractors will begin grinding down and resurfacing Buckley Street from LaGrave Avenue to Jefferson Avenue and Lafayette Avenue from Pleasant Street to Wealthy Street on July 25.  Those projects are expected to wrap up Aug. 6, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the corner of Buckley Street and Jefferson Avenue scheduled for Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.  The remaining street project schedule is as follows:

 

 Sheldon Avenue

Sycamore Street to Haifley Place

Aug. 4 – Aug. 13

Sheldon Avenue

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).