Wyoming Residents: Expect systematic watermain flushing

Wyoming residents can expect systematic watermain flushing to be performed by the City of Wyoming Public Works Department from now through October. The purpose is to operate, inspect and repair all hydrants and to flush any sediment from the watermains. Flushings will take place at night between 9 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. to minimize inconvenience. If you have any questions, call the Public Works Office at 530-7260, Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m and 5 p.m.

Help Prevent Pill Abuse Sept. 27th

Kentwood residents will have the opportunity to rid their homes of unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs by turning them over to the Kentwood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for disposal on Saturday, September 27. Bring pills or patches only  to the Kentwood Police Department at 4742 Walma Ave SE from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for disposal. This service is free and anonymous. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp objects.

Free EKG and health screenings!

This is an excellent opportunity to receive a free EKG and screens for cholesterol, glucose (A1C), body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure.
An 8-hour fasting period is required to participate in the glucose screen. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register at or (616) 252-5963.

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Five Reasons Why Women Lose Their Hair
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September 15th, 2014 by Alan J. Bauman, M.D.

Here’s a fact that many people probably don’t know: roughly half of all women over the age of 40 suffer from some form of hair loss.
That’s right – half. While most people tend to think of hair loss as a man’s problem, the reality is that women are almost just as likely as men to lose their hair. But wait, you say, I don’t see bald women walking around… how is this possible?
In women, genetic hair loss is “expressed” in women differently than men. While many women can experience significant hair loss [Read More]

GR Ballet Receives $1 Million Gift from the Late Peter M. Wege
September 15th, 2014 by GR Ballet Staff

The Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB) recently announced the receipt of a gift of $1 million to its endowment fund from the estate of Peter M. Wege, who was a longtime patron and supporter of Grand Rapids Ballet. Wege, who passed away in July at the age of 94, had a passion for arts and culture, education and the environment in Grand Rapids.
“Peter M. Wege was a true blessing to our organization and the community at large and will always hold a special place in our hearts,” said Glenn Del Vecchio, Grand Rapids Ballet executive director. “We are honored to receive such a monumental contribution from Mr. Wege. His generous donation will contribute to Grand Rapids Ballet’s continued growth and further our mission of lifting the human spirit through the art of dance for years to come.” [Read More]

American Airlines Launches New Routes at Ford International Airport
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September 15th, 2014 by Tara Hernandez

American Airlines officially expanded its East Coast connectivity today by launching new routes to Charlotte and Philadelphia from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA). The new nonstop service from Grand Rapids, MI (GRR) offers flights to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The service will be operated as US Airways Express with 50-seat CRJ-200 aircraft.

The Grand Rapids community welcomed the inaugural flight with a water cannon salute by the airport’s Fire Department, a Charlotte and Philadelphia-themed cake, as well as Carolina BBQ sandwiches and Philly Cheesesteaks. Representatives from the airport, the airport board and dignitaries in the West Michigan community were on hand to welcome passengers that stepped off US Airways Express flight 3890, arriving from Charlotte. [Read More]

Federal Grants Awarded to Help Burn Survivors
September 14th, 2014 by Kathleen Long

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors to help those who are recovering from burn injuries and increase public safety through fire prevention and preparedness. This $256,120 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention and Safety Program. [Read More]

10 Events You Don’t Want to Miss for Art Prize 2014!
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September 12th, 2014 by Art Prize Staff

In just a short amount of time, ArtPrize 2014 will officially kick off. To help you navigate the sea of activity ArtPrize brings, here are 10 events that we hope you’ll attend. The list is presented chronologically, we’ll let you decide which ones are most important to you. [Read More]

Chinese Lantern Responsible for Kentwood Fire
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September 11th, 2014 by Gregory S. Ginebaugh

At 10:32 pm on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, the City of Kentwood Fire Department responded to 2350 Breton Industrial Drive SE, on a reported structure fire: a fire on the roof.
First arriving crews reported fire coming from the roof of the building (see attached photo). The fire was brought under control quickly.
According to a witness, a Chinese Lantern-type of device was seen above the building. The witness stated that there was a flash and burning material dropped to the roof of the building.
We have recovered a Chinese Lantern-type of device from the ground near the building. [Read More}

World Debut of the Boatwright only at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
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September 11th, 2014 by Nancy Brozek

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is honored Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is a Producing Theatre in the inaugural AACT NewPlayFest. With this festival, AACT is addressing the critical need for new, high-quality plays for community theatre audiences around the globe. Six theatres across the country were selected to produce the six winning scripts that were selected out of more than 200 submitted scripts.

Being selected as a winner of any playwriting contest is an accomplishment, but a few things set AACTNewPlayFest above other playwriting competitions. One aspect that makes the AACT playwriting competition unique is the guarantee that an established theatre will produce each play. Other competitions will offer a staged reading of the winning play, but that pales in comparison to having the play produced in full array for a live audience. Typically, new playwrights must work to find a theatre company willing to take a chance on a new, unpublished work. [Read More]

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