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My Town: Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo among worst cities for mosquitoes

My Town: Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo among worst cities for mosquitoes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If  you’re among the many Americans planning to celebrate Memorial Day weekend outside, don’t forget the bug spray.

The Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek area is among the top 20 cities for mosquito problems.  That’s according to Orkin.  The pest control company based its rankings on the number of treatments it performed last year. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek ranked 13th on the list.  Atlanta took the top spot, followed by Chicago, Washington D.C. and Detroit.  

The rankings are as follows:

1: Atlanta

2: Chicago

3. Washington, D.C.

4. Detroit

5. Raleigh-Durham

6. Boston

7. Houston

8. Nashville

9. Charlotte

10. Dallas-Fort Worth

11. Richmond-Petersburg

12. Miami-Fort Lauderdale

13. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek

My Town: Hunger Walk organizers expect to reach their goal

My Town: Hunger Walk organizers expect to reach their goal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Organizers of this year’s Hunger Walk say they’re on track to reach their $120,000 goal.

More than 750 walkers and 100 volunteers took part in walk at Park Church last Sunday.  This was the 37th year for the stroller-friendly event.

Organizers expect to be tallying up donations from the event over the next few weeks.  The proceeds will go to Access of West Michigan, which is focused on eliminating hunger and reducing the impact of poverty in Kent County.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

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.

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

At Arts in Motion Studio, art is the great equalizer

By Zinta Aistars
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

Delight Lester, 53, sits comfortably spread out in the corner of the soft couch, her long pale blonde hair draped over her shoulders. She is surrounded by crayons and pastels, colored construction paper and paint brushes.

My Town: SpringHill Camp coming to Grand Rapids

My Town: SpringHill Camp coming to Grand Rapids

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My Town: Grand Rapids Catholic Central searching for new coach

My Town: Grand Rapids Catholic Central searching for new coach

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--   Grand Rapids Catholic Central is searching for a new varsity football coach.

Current coach Trip Gallery has announced he will not return for the 2014 season.  Gallery has served as head coach the past two seasons, leading the Cougars to a combined 16-5 record.  He also teaches social studies at Northview High School.

“First, I want to thank Trip for all that he has done for our school and our student athletes.  He’s a first class individual who cares about helping young people succeed,” Hinshaw said.  “I wish him the best, but ultimately we felt it was critical to have our head football coach employed as a full-time staff member.  For reasons I certainly understand, Trip is unfortunately unable to make a career move at this time.”