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CHAT TO WIN Open Gym Tickets at Gymco Sports from Grand Rapids MomsLikeMe.com

Grand Rapids MomsLikeMe.com is happy to announce a contest running from now through this Friday, Sept. 24th at 12 noon.  Share YOUR tip on how you keep your family active.  Two winners will be randomly selected to win FOUR TICKETS to Open Gym at Gymco Sports on E. Paris in Kentwood.

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Local man organizes coffee bean drive to support U.S. soldiers

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)- A Kentwood man says soldiers in Afghanistan are in need of a good cup of joe.  That's why he's organized Operation Coffee Bean on Facebook. 

Mark Curtis is collecting vacuum packed coffee beans at his home.  He says a friend in the air force, who was deployed in Afghanistan, came up with the idea.  "It's the one thing.  And you know, just like you or I, to get through the day, a little caffeine is good to help you stay sharp.  So the same thing for them.  You know, they need to be on their toes," says Curtis.

Eleanor Adams deployed overseas.  She says, "It's a big thing.  And one of our things in the Army is 'stay awake, stay alive.'  That's a big thing."

East Kentwood Marching Band in Premier Performance with New Uniforms

The East Kentwood Marching Band showed off their new marching band uniforms for the first time at the football game Friday night, September 10th.

Bargains, Baubles and Baked Goods...Oh My!

From: http://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us

Saturday, September 25th, 2010 @ 9:00am-2:00pm
Site: Kentwood Recreation Department 355-48th St SE
Don’t miss this INDOOR Flea Market, Crafts and Baked Goods Sale! It is the trifecta of treasures! A one-stop shopping opportunity for back-to-school bargain hunters, connoisseurs of fine craftsmanship and lovers of sweet treats!  Something for everyone! Vendors needed, shoppers welcomed! Concessions will be available.

Discount grocery store is coming to 28th Street

Kentwood and Cascade residents will be getting another grocery store this weekend.  Aldi, a discount supermarket, will open its doors in the Waterfall Shoppes retail center on September 17.  Aldi will be occupying the former Fresh Market space at 5114 28th St. SE in Cascade.  Aldi has 15 other stores in Michigan.

Northeast Park in Kentwood

Northeast Park in the northeastern part of Kentwood is somewhat of an unknown gem. The park has several playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. There is also a walking nature trail that goes through the woods and marshes with stops at a couple of ponds. And of course, don't forget the soccer and baseball fields.

Northeast Park is somewhat tricky to find because it is back in a neighborhood. It is located off of Forest Lake Drive, which is off Forest Hills Ave.


Kentwood man needs home for 9/11 memorabilia

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - A retired soldier in Kentwood is determined to make sure people remember 9/11.

Over the past nine years, 53-year-old James Kristan has collected enough 9/11 memorabilia to fill a warehouse.

"It's everything from magazines, newspapers, music," says Kristan. "Here is drywall from the World Trade Center that was recovered from a bus," he says, pointing to debris in a plastic bag.

Kristan says he started his collecting shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

"Like everyone else I was very angry," he says. "But very quickly that anger turned into a mission."

Kristan has a garden shaped like Manhattan in his front yard with what he calls a 9/11 healing tree.  His pickup truck has a custom paint job that shows the two towers on fire.  He even has a World Trade Center tattoo on his upper arm.

"It's just how deeply I felt about the tragic events," he says.