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My Town Kentwood: New school program helps students save money

My Town Kentwood: New school program helps students save money

KENTWOOD, Mich.—  While many people are focused on spending money this holiday season, the Heart of West Michigan United Way and Comerica Bank are teaming up to teach children how to save.

Comerica launched its Youth Savings Program at Valleywood Middle School in Kentwood Wednesday.  Students can open savings accounts and make deposits through the in-school bank. 

Comerica already launched more than a dozen similar programs in West Michigan schools.  Organizers say the goal is to teach students financial literacy early, paving the way for future economic success.

My Town: Businesses hold holiday drives to feed families in need

My Town: Businesses hold holiday drives to feed families in need

CASCADE, Mich.—If you’re looking to give more than gifts to loved ones this holiday season, several businesses are accepting cash and canned food donations for families in need.

The food and funds will be shipped to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. 

  • Nov. 24 - Dec. 19: Goldfish Swim School, 2845 Thornhills Avenue, Suite S, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Nov. 24 - Dec. 22: KoKo FitClub 2845 Thornhills Ave. SE, Cascade, MI 49546
  • Dec. 1- Dec. 31: Hampton Inn and SpringHill Suites (5200 28th Street SE and 5250 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512)

For a list of most-needed food items, visit Feeding America West Michigan’s website.

Local lawmakers discuss road funding


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) There is just over a week left in the Michigan legislature's lame duck session and lawmakers still haven't reached an agreement on road funding.

Several lawmakers met with local and county leaders Monday morning in Kentwood at the "Government Matters" forum. Discussions focus on accountability, trust and promises. But, there were no encouraging signs that the House and Senate will come up with a compromise in time.

Everyone agreed something needs to be done to fix Michigan's crumbling roads, but House and Senate lawmakers want to take very different paths getting it done.

The State Senate passed a package of bills that would raise $1.2 billion by doubling the current 19 cents a gallon gas tax. The House's plan also calls for raising the gas tax and getting rid of the current sales tax on fuel. Both sides say they are getting a ton of feedback from constituents who say "no to new taxes.

My Town Kentwood: Tips to keep your holiday celebrations from going up in flames

My Town Kentwood:  Tips to keep your holiday celebrations from going up in flames

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Kentwood Fire Department is sharing tips to keep your holidays from going up in flames.

The fire department says many holiday activities are among the top causes of house fires in the U.S.  Cooking, Christmas trees and holiday decorations can all be hazardous.  Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, and the risk for home fires increases.

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the U.S., according to Fire Marshal Tim Maday.  Here’s how to prevent becoming a part of that statistic:

Man taken to hospital after Kentwood shooting


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man has been taken to the hospital after being shot in Kentwood Thursday night.

It happened at the Eastland Apartments near the corner of 36th Street and East Paris Avenue. The victim, a 40-year-old Kentwood man, tells police that he was near his car in the parking lot when the suspect came up to him demanding money. The suspect then shot the victim and took off on foot.

The victim was treated at the scene before EMS workers took him to a local hospital. He is expected to live.

If you have any information on the shooting you're asked to call Kentwood Police at (616) 698-6580 or Kent County Silent Observer.


My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

My Town: Former Steelcase pyramid building to become STEAM education hub

My Town: Former Steelcase pyramid building to become STEAM education hub

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Twenty-five years after Steelcase dedicated its $111 million Corporate Development Center, it's selling the pyramid.

An education group will buy the landmark property for $7.5 million then transform the 663,000 square-foot building and surrounding 181 acres into the Pyramid P20 Campus.  The new educational center will serve pre-K through university-level students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The academic programs will be offered through existing schools.

 “We have been working for over a year to get to this point,” said Pyramid P20 co-founder Jerry Zandstra, Ph.D.  “We are very excited to take ownership of this incredible facility and retain full control of design, build out and programming.”