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My Town: Free showings of 'Raising of America' April 16

My Town: Free showings of 'Raising of America' April 16

KENTWOOD, Mich.—America is the richest country in the world; so why does child well-being in the U.S. rank 26th out of 29 developed countries?

The answer may lie in “Raising of America,” a documentary that explores how a strong start for all children leads to better outcomes later in life and a more prosperous and equitable America.  The hour-long film, “interweaves the latest discoveries from neuroscience with the stories of families and communities doing all they can to provide the nurturing environments all babies and young children need to thrive.”

 Celebration Cinema South will be holding two free screenings of the documentary Thursday, April 16.  Viewing times are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Conversations will follow each showing.  To register, visit the event website here.

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

Two minors suspected in Kentwood bus shootings


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kentwood police have identified two teenagers suspected of shooting BB guns at Rapid buses this week. Four shooting incidents have occurred since Sunday in the area of 44th Street and Walma SE.

Thursday, Kentwood investigators followed up on several tips which led them to the suspects. Officers executed two search warrants and conducted several interviews.

"We know the community is concerned, not knowing if this was a BB gun, a pellet gun, or a .22," said Chief Tom Hillen. "We have been able to find the people; we have been able to secure the weapons being used. So, the community can rest assured that this incident has been resolved."

The teenagers have not yet been arrested or charged and their names have not been released. Both suspects are under the age of 18 and reside in Kent County.

Kentwood police investigating bus shootings


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for three people, possibly teens, accused of shooting at Rapids buses Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights in the Kentwood area.

No one has been injured in the incidents, but police said at least two buses have been damaged, as has a bus stop near 44th and Breton.

Following the latest incident in the 4500 block of Walma, police told WZZM 13 they believe the shots are being fired with a pellet gun or a .22. Police searched that area with a canine unit, but lost the track.

The incidents that have been reported are:

Sunday, March 22 - Sometime over the weekend, two windows on the south side of Crestwood Middle School were shot out.

My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is preparing for its busiest time of year by bringing back a travel favorite.

Passenger Appreciation Days returns to the airport’s Grand Hall Thursday, April 2. Airport Executive Director Brian Ryks says the celebration serves as a way to thank the community for supporting the airport.  Travelers who pass through the area can pick up free refreshments, food and freebies and enter prize drawings and contests.  The bon voyage celebration will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Saturday, April 4.

Ryks reminds travelers passing through the airport during spring break to give themselves extra time.  More passengers mean fewer parking spots and longer lines at security checkpoints. The Transportation Security Administration is urging travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their plane leaves.

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”