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My Town: Kent County Health Department offers free testing for World AIDS Day

My Town: Kent County Health Department offers free testing for World AIDS Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in seven doesn’t know they are infected.

On Dec. 1, health officials across the nation will work to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS during World AID’s Day.  Here in West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing at three locations.  Each test will consist of a single finger poke, with preliminary results available in about 20 minutes.  Each person who gets tested will receive a gift card, while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.

My Town Kentwood: New park feature opens to public Nov. 25

My Town Kentwood: New park feature opens to public Nov. 25

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A new feature at Northeast Park will officially open to the public Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Community leaders will cut the ribbon to the Northeast Park boardwalk at 10 a.m. The wood-planked walkway cuts through a portion of the park’s 64 acres.

Northeast Park is located at the end of Middleground Drive, off Forest Lake Drive near I-96 in Kentwood.  The park features a playground, basketball court, ball diamond, pavilion and trails.  The park was developed using city millage funds, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and private donations.

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

My Town: Reality show featuring Kentwood manufacturer to air Nov. 21

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) – The producers of an Animal Planet reality show are moving up the air date of an episode featuring a Kentwood manufacturer.

“TANKED” features Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Manufacturing, who build exotic fish tanks for celebrities.  In September, both stars visited Stiles Machinery in Kentwood for three days to record an episode featuring a 12-foot fish tank. The tank, which holds 700 gallons of water and weighs 7,000 pounds, showcases the Grand Rapids skyline. Stiles donated the piece to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.

The episode will now air on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m., which is a week earlier than originally planned.

Airport gets county approval for garage roof


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Kent County Commissioners this morning agreed to allow the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to use the county's excellent credit rating to borrow money at a lower rate.

The airport wants to put a roof on its large parking structure. No county tax money will go toward the project. Because the county's credit rating is so high, it will save about $900,000 on the project:

During the winter months, fliers cannot use the top floor of the parking structure due to the weather. The original plans for the structure included a roof, but it had to be cut due to costs.

Commissioners said the airport is the region's top economic development tool and deserves their support.


Airport gets county approval for garage roof

Airport gets county approval for garage roof


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Kent County Commissioners this morning agreed to allow the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to use the county's excellent credit rating to borrow money at a lower rate.

The airport wants to put a roof on its large parking structure. No county tax money will go toward the project. Because the county's credit rating is so high, it will save about $900,000 on the project:

During the winter months, fliers cannot use the top floor of the parking structure due to the weather. The original plans for the structure included a roof, but it had to be cut due to costs.

Commissioners said the airport is the region's top economic development tool and deserves their support.


My Town: More than $95 million in improvements coming to Ford Int'l Airport

My Town: More than $95 million in improvements coming to Ford Int'l Airport

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) is committed to providing state of the art facilities for its passengers, and the Airport will do just that by investing to improve its facilities with future projects.  GFIA’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which was approved by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board at today’s meeting, will include projects from 2015 through 2020 that total over $95 million.

The anticipated CIP includes a substantial investment in the construction of the Consolidated Checkpoint & Marketplace, reconstruction of the terminal apron, a master plan update, and reconstruction of the North and East Parking Lots.  In addition, the plan includes resurfacing a portion of the airfield Perimeter Road, and mid-term maintenance items associated with the public parking structure.