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My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

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.

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:

Grand Rapids Collectible Toy & Comic Expo

Grand Rapids Collectible Toy & Comic Expo

 

The above event will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9am to 3 pm at the HSB Auditorium (Home School Building) located at 5625 Burlingame SW in Grand Rapids, MI. Admission is $4.00 but children 12 and younger are free. For additional information, please go to www.grtoycomicexpo.net or call 616-261-5664.

Over 150 dealers will be offering hard to find and collectible toys and comics of all kinds. This is the 20th Anniversary of this show. It is the perfect time to find that gift you have been searching for.  This is a great place for all those die-hard collectors and a great place and time for the entire family.

Food services and free parking for the day.

My Town: Little league coach joins fight against arthritis

My Town: Little league coach joins fight against arthritis

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  Varnum attorney Adam Brody has been elected to the Michigan Board of Trustees for the Arthritis Foundation. His appointment to the statewide organization follows several years of service to the West Michigan Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board, for which he was recently appointed to a three-year term as chair.

The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948.

Locally, the Foundation raises funds through such events as its "Tribute to Excellence," "Walk to Cure" and Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As temperatures drop, the risk of chimney and heater fires rises, which is why now is a good time to pick up a free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector from the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

The organization is providing these devices for free to households in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming with a child who is 14 years or younger. For more information, call (616) 241-3300 or email info@healthyhomescoalition.org.

My Town Kentwood: Store hiring holiday help for the first time

My Town Kentwood: Store hiring holiday help for the first time

KENTWOOD, Mich.—  For the first time in the company’s 55 year history, Art Van Furniture is hiring additional workers to help handle the holiday rush.

Now through Nov. 22, the retailer will be adding 30 part-time sales associates to its stores in Grand Rapids, Lakeside, Novi, Ann Arbor, Flint and Warren.  Each seasonal employee will earn $12 per hour and have an opportunity to move into a regular sales position in 2015.

 You can find an application here.