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Save a Life! Donate blood

blood driveMichigan Blood conducts a Community Blood Drive, Friday, February 6, 7 am-2 pm at the Metro Health Professional Building on 2122 Health Dr SW, off Metro Way. Stop by  to donate blood – one of the easiest ways to support your community and help save a life. The need is always there. Walk-ins also welcome. Parking available directly in front of the Professional Building (NOT the hospital main entrance).  To schedule an appointment, call (616) 774-2300 or visit miblood.org.

Wyoming Student Semi-Finalist for West Michigan Short Story Contest

Congratulations to Wyoming High School student Ashley Nelson, her story “Talking to the Stars” has made her a semi-finalist for the West Michigan Short Story Contest. The contest is sponsored by Kent District Library and Schuler Books. You can read her story and vote on your favorite at writemichigan.org. Voting ends on January 31st and winners will be announced on February 2nd!

Ideal Park Plan Moves Forward; Input Still Wanted

100_1155After the Jan. 8th meeting, Ideal Park residents made important changes to Ideal Park’s restoration master plan by reducing meadow areas and providing more maintained lawn areas as well as expanding wood lots.  This modified master plan is moving forward after last Wednesday’s review meeting by the Planning, and Parks and Recreation Commissions. The commissions voted to recommend the plan as presented to City Council on Monday, February 9th. In the meantime, the general public is invited to provide their input to the plan and guide comments to the Wyoming City Council by completing the following survey on the Wyoming Parks and Recreation Facebook page. The survey is open for public comment through midnight Jan. 31, 2015.

Students: Sign Up to Job Shadow

Kent ISD and Junior Achievement are offering a job shadow event on February 2, 2015 from 9AM-2PM open to high school students in Kent County. Interested students will job shadow with an industry professional, in a position they select from a ‘job board’, to learn valuable skills and future training needed for success in the field. A great resume building event! Students register online: tinyurl.com/groundhogstudent

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GRandJazzFest Announces 2015 Dates for Fourth Annual Festival
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January 28th, 2015 by Molly Klimas

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 15 and 16, the fourth consecutive year for West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The two-day festival will again be free thanks to presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids and other sponsoring organizations and individuals.

Godfrey-Lee Superintendent Recognized by White House as Leader in Digital Learning
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January 28th, 2015 by Erin Albanese

As Godfrey-Lee Public Schools superintendent, David Britten put the district on the cutting edge of digital education by implementing a one-to-one laptop program in 2009, before many other schools had done so.
Since then the approximately 2,000-student district has stayed at the forefront of technology use in education. In 2013 Godfrey-Lee received a $550,000 School Improvement Grant, with the bulk going toward technology which officials used to purchase MacBook Air and Pro laptops and iPads [Read More]

Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber awards announced
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January 27th, 2015 by Deb Havens

Over 4 thousand businesses are located in the Wyoming and Kentwood communities. But just three of them received awards at a recent ceremony sponsored by the Wyoming Kentwood Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members recently gathered at the Hilton Grand Rapids Airport Hotel to celebrate the winners in the categories of manufacturing, retail and service. The event is considered a highlight of the Chamber calendar because the winners are first nominated by their business colleagues. [Read more]

Third Annual Cool Brews. Hot Eats. Expected to Draw Crowds
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January 27th, 2015 by Sarah Cavanaugh

Fresh off the heels of being named Best Beer Town by USA Today and Top 10 Vacation Spot for Beer Lovers (www.TheStreet.com), Beer City will once again host beer lovers and food enthusiasts from all over Michigan and beyond for Cool Brews. Hot Eats. in Grand Rapids, February 16-28.
The event will feature more than 50 restaurants and breweries in the Grand Rapids area and celebrates the perfect pairing of food and beer as local chefs and brew masters offer beer-infused dishes and meals with complementary beer pairings. The event returns with area hotels and restaurants expecting record numbers of attendees. [Read More]

Vote Now: Wyoming Student Section Nominated for Best in Michigan
Wyoming's student section is up for best in the State.
January 27th, 2015 by Mike DeWitt

Wyoming High School is up for a prestigious award. Not an award based on classroom merit or athletic achievement, but one where students come together for a common cause. This award takes place in a gymnasium, but instead of happening on the court, it takes place in the bleachers. [Read More]

The Search for the Ultimate Love Story
WKTV wants to hear your love story!
January 27th, 2015 by Mike DeWitt

Love stories come in all different forms. They can be romantic, funny, spontaneous, and a little bit quirky! As Valentine’s Day approaches, WKTV is looking for love stories of all kinds from our readers in Wyoming and Kentwood. Do you have great Valentine’s Day story to share? We would love to hear it! [Read More]

Volunteers help abused neglected children
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January 26th, 2015 by Deb Havens

We’re hearing lots of good news about the improving economy in the U.S. and Michigan. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean much to the lives of hundreds of children in Kent County who are wards of the court system, removed from their homes largely due to abuse and neglect. Given the number of children in need and cutbacks in government services, the county is turning to volunteers. If you are willing to help a child throughout the traumatic process of separation from family and the journey through the court system, you are called to serve. [Read more]

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