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My Town: Grand Rapids Community College celebrates centennial with '100 Ways to Give'

My Town: Grand Rapids Community College celebrates centennial with '100 Ways to Give'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating its centennial anniversary, but the birthday presents are going to local charities and organizations.

College faculty and staff created the 100 Ways to Give program, which includes service projects throughout the community.

“GRCC cannot properly celebrate 100 years without including the community that has given us our name and our mission,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “West Michigan has made us what we are today, and it is a privilege to share this milestone with organizations and people who do so much good for our area.”

GRCC’s Grants and Resource Development Office launched the first project this month.  They’re trying to collect 100 items for care packages that will go to foster children at the D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s Home.

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Restaurant Week is about a month away, but you can start making your plans by salivating over the menus.

The 5th annual event runs from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year, the theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase beverages that pair well with foods.

Restaurants are now taking reservations for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. This year, 44 restaurants will offer 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person, including:

 

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My Town Kentwood: Cyberattack first responders test their skills July 23

My Town Kentwood: Cyberattack first responders test their skills July 23

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The state’s front line for cyber attacks will put their skills to the test at Davenport University next week.

The Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps formed earlier this year.  Similar to the National Guard during a disaster, the team can be activated by Governor Snyder during state of emergency involving cyberattacks.

On Wednesday, July 23, MiC3 will be pitted against the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium in a cyberattack exercise.  With the help of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, MiC3 will have to defend email servers, web servers and file systems from realistic cyberattacks by WMCSC.

Kentwood residents gather for meeting about tornado cleanup


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- People in Kentwood affected by last week's tornado met Monday night to discuss the process of cleaning up.

A large group packed into the Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church to hear updated information about services available to them.

The mayor, along with police and fire departments, and the Salvation Army told residents about available assistance with home repairs and removal of debris.

Mayor Stephen Kepley said, "The system that we have is truly the most efficient, effective, and expedient way to clean up the street. If I wasn't mayor and I heard that were going to pick up curb-side and subsidized with the insurance companies, I'd be mad as heck. It's just not going to happen. But volunteers are here; I'm here to help clean up the mess and that's what were going to do."

The EF-1 tornado moved through a six-mile stretch a week ago Sunday.

My Town Kentwood: Tornado victim resource meeting July 14

My Town Kentwood: Tornado victim resource meeting July 14

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Residents affected by the tornado that swept through Kentwood on July 6 are encouraged to attend a resource meeting this Monday, July 14.

Mayor Stephen Kepley will be joining police, firefighters, public works employees and volunteer organizations to share information on recovery efforts and the services available to those affected.

Residents who cannot attend the meeting are encouraged to have a neighbor or friend pick up information on their behalf.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church, located at 610 52nd Street SE.

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

My Town: August voters to decide funding for Kent District Library branches

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (Kent District Library)-- On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Kent District Library residents will vote on a 1.28 mills ballot proposal to provide funding for KDL for 10 years.

The 1.28 millage rate consists of a renewal of the 0.88 mills levy, which has been in place since 2000 and expires at the end of 2014, and an additional 0.4 mills. The Kent District Library property tax millage provides 90% of the funding for services offered at 18 branch locations and online, including all library materials, technology, staff and programs.

My Town: Michigan State Police offer summer water safety tips

My Town: Michigan State Police offer summer water safety tips

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(Michigan State Police)-- With summer approaching, the Michigan State Police reminds you to take extra precaution before participating in water activities.

Drowning is the nation's fifth leading cause of accidental death for all ages and the second leading cause of unintentional injury for children age one to 14 years.

“With the proper precautions, drowning and near-drowning incidents are preventable,” said Community Service Trooper Andrew Foster, Wayland Post.  “To reduce the risk of drowning, it is important for parents to teach children proper water safety at a young age.”

Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. According to the United States Coast Guard, in 2012, alcohol was the leading factor in water-related deaths, while operator inattention was the leading factor for water-related injuries. 

Beach safety tips: