Raise Awareness of Ovarian Cancer

Not many people realize that September is officially Ovarian Awareness month; the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in women. Join in the 2nd annual Shake Your Teal Feathers 5k Fun Run & Walk at John Ball Zoo Park on Sunday, September 14, 2014 to raise money and awareness about the most lethal gynecologic cancer. Registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt. To register online and for more information, go to Shake-Your-Teal-Feathers-Walk . Registration on site starts at 1 p.m. and costs $35. The walk starts at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Help Tornado Victims

If you want to help: The Red Cross and Salvation Army are both accepting donations to provide assistance to those impacted by Sunday’s tornado. You can donate online or call the Red Cross at 616.456.8661 or the Salvation Army at 616.742.9198.

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New Jersey Artist Introduces his Car-Toon Truck to Metro Cruise
August 30th, 2014 by Janice Limbaugh

It isn’t your typical old classic car in the street-sassy sense, but when the Car-Toon Truck drives up and makes a stop, heads do turn and eyeballs pop wide open for a closer look. That’s because this 1928 Ford Model AR Roadster pickup truck has been transformed into a historical documentary on comics dating back to 1896 and into the present! [Read More]

Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt!
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August 29th, 2014 by Michelle Smith-Aversa

Another successful AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids has come and gone. More than 10 thousand people attended the expo recently which had approximately 150 vendors on site and over 400 remarkable quilts on display.
The event involved four days of classes taught by internationally praised instructors, contests with total cash prizes of $50,750, sales of sewing and long-arm quilting machines, quilting kits, appraisals, fabric bolts and jelly rolls of the newest and most exciting patterns of the season. [Read More]

Frankie V’s Pizzeria and Sports Lounge–actively involved in our community!
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August 28th, 2014 by Colleen Pierson

Frank Vitale, Owner of Frankie V’s Pizzeria and Sports Lounge in Wyoming, MI., believes in giving back.

“The community supports you, I have to give back,” he explained in a recent interview with WKTV’s Citizen Journalism program. [Read More]

Local Families Needed to Host Chinese Students
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August 27th, 2014 by Kathy Gray

East Kentwood High School is in need of host families for Chinese students from the Weiming Education Group. The partnership between the Weiming Group and East Kentwood is in its second year; the first year’s pilot program being highly successful. Families are needed to house the students during the school year and provide them with the opportunity to learn about American education and family life. [Read More]

Job Corps offers Hands-on Training in Over 100 Technical Areas
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August 26th, 2014 by Job Corps Staff

The economy calls for competitive job-seeking skills. A non-profit that can help secure employment and training is Job Corps.

What is Job Corps?
Job Corps is:
The nation’s largest career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24.
A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, and provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education. [Read More]

Mary and Molly–A Very Special Mother/Daughter Story!
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August 26th, 2014 by Susanne Albaitis

Molly came into this world ready for anything and everything. At less than one day old she had surgery to correct a pinch between her stomach and intestine. The surgery allowed her to digest food, but she still needed a second surgery on her trachea which would allow her to eat without a feeding tube. Mary spent two years battling with the insurance companies to cover the second surgery, and finally won. Molly went to Omaha, Nebraska for the corrective surgery and her health has flourished ever since. [Read More]

Everything you need to know about riding the Silver Line!
August 26th, 2014 by The Rapid Staff

The opening of the Silver Line on August 25 is coming up very soon. As we get closer to the maiden voyage of Michigan’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line, here’s what you need to know about the designated lanes that will be in place along much of the route.
1. Where will the designated lanes be located?

The Silver Line will run between 60th Street and Division and Rapid Central Station. The route is primarily along Division, but will loop through downtown to serve key employment centers, educational institutions, health care facilities, and entertainment venues. On August 25, about two-thirds of the 9.6-mile route will be reserved for buses only during peak periods of travel, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bus-only lanes will be signed and marked running both directions of Division from Maplelawn Street, just north of 44th Street to Wealthy. The only exception regarding these designated lanes is about 500 feet north and south of the intersections at 36th, 28th, and Burton streets. There also will be a bus-only lane on Monroe Avenue NW between Michigan and Fulton streets. [Read More]

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