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New President and CEO takes over Clark Retirement Community July 8

New President and CEO takes over Clark Retirement Community July 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Clark Retirement Community has a new leader.

Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees named Brian Pangle president and CEO.  Pangle will leave Great Lakes Specialty Hospitals, Western Michigan, where he is CEO.  The Aquinas College graduate has also served as vice president of operations of Michigan Medical PC and vice president of finance and chief financial officer of the continuing care division of Spectrum Health. 

Pangle will take over for current President and CEO Robert Perl July 8.  Perl is retiring after nearly 30 years of leading Clark Retirement Community.

Kent County Health Department offers free HIV testing June 25-27

Kent County Health Department offers free HIV testing June 25-27

National HIV Testing Day is Thursday, June 27, but the Kent County Health Department is getting a head start on free testing.

Community members are encouraged to visit Sheldon Clinic Tuesday morning for a 20 minute test involving one finger poke.  Personal Health Services employees will also be available to answer any questions.  Tests are available without an appointment, and are confidential.  People who are tested will get a gift card, while supplies last.

The testing is as scheduled:

  • Tuesday, June 25: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sheldon Clinic, 121 Franklin SE, Grand Rapids
  • Wednesday, June 26: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wyoming Clinic, 852 47th Street SW, Wyoming
  • Thursday, June 27: 8 a.m. -6 p.m.

Grand Rapids among top ten cities for happy marriages

Grand Rapids among top ten cities for happy marriages

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— If you’re hoping for a happy marriage, move to Grand Rapids.

The city is among the top 10 cities for a happy marriage, based on Sharecare’s RealAge Test.  The rankings are based on a survey of 250,000 people.

Dr. Keith Roach, the co-creator of RealAge Test says healthy, happy and fulfilling unions hold anti-aging benefits for men (4.2 years) and women (2.5 years) and lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and even car accidents. Based on the survey, happy marriages are most likely to be found in:

  • #1. Cincinnati, OH
  • #2. Salt Lake City, UT
  • #3. Greenville, SC
  • #4. Milwaukee, WI
  • #5. Boston, MA
  • #6. Pittsburgh, PA
  • #7. Charlotte, NC
  • #8. Knoxville, TN
  • #9. Indianapolis, IN
  • #10: Grand Rapids, MI

Hazardous Waste Day for Kent County Households

Hazardous Waste Day for Kent County Households

Saturday, June 22nd, is the day to finally get rid of some household hazardous waste products that most people seem to have. So many items need to be disposed of in a safe manner and this is your chance to do just that.

Kent County Department of Public works is holding this event from 8:30am until Noon at 1500 Scribner NW, in Grand Rapids. These are items they will accept: oil based paint & thinner, fertilizers, pool & photo chemicals, bug spray & weed killer, fluorescent tubes & CFL bulbs, cleaners, fire extinguishers, gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, mercury thermostat & thermometers and aerosol cans.

Items that will NOT be accepted: fireworks, ammunition, propane, tires, medication needles, latex paint and business & non-Kent County wastes.

For additional information, you may call, 616-336-2570 or 1-888-217-2850 or you may go on line to: www.accessKent.com/hhw

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

ROCKFORD, Mich.—One of West Michigan’s first “Healthier Homes” will be on display during the 2013 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes.

The home, located at 9309 Stone View Drive, is part of Sable Homes’ Stone Crest development in Rockford.  The 2,242 square foot house is the first of its kind in West Michigan to feature AirRenew gypsum board walls, which purify the air for 75 years, converting contaminants like formaldehyde into safe inert compounds. The walls are also moisture and mold resistant. It also contains latex paint and primer that  are free of volatile organic compounds.

The Spring Parade of Homes runs May 24 through June 8.  Tickets start at $10.

Saint Mary's Health Care recruits most organ donors in the state

Saint Mary's Health Care recruits most organ donors in the state

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Saint Mary’s Health Care)-- In the past 10 years, nearly 10,000 Michigan patients have received a life-saving organ transplant. However, as of March 1, over 3100 patients in Michigan still remain on the waiting list to receive an organ transplant.

A single organ donor can save up to eight lives, and because of this, Saint Mary’s Health Care has partnered with Gift of Life Michigan to encourage individuals to register to become organ donors.

Cast Your Wednesday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Cast Your Wednesday Vote and Win Made In Michigan Products!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products.