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Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Volunteers needed for Park Spring Spruce-Up May 31

My Town: Volunteers needed for Park Spring Spruce-Up May 31

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Volunteers throughout Grand Rapids will be rolling up their sleeves this weekend for the Spring Spruce-Up event organized by the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Everyone is invited to help pick up trash, debris and brush at the parks as well as installing new Parks Alive amenities and recognition plates.  The volunteer work will take place Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To register to help, click on the park you’d like to work in:

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town: Voters to decide street and sidewalk tax extension May 6

My Town: Voters to decide street and sidewalk tax extension May 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)—Voters in Grand Rapids will head to the polls Tuesday, May 6 to decide whether to continue an income tax ordinance to pay for street and sidewalk repairs.

The proposal includes renewing the Grand Rapids’  Uniform City Income Tax Ordinance,  which is 1.5 percent for business and property owners within the city and  0.75 percent for people who work in the city.  The extension would take effect July 1, 2015 and extend until June 30, 2030.  Tax revenue generated would go toward street, sidewalk and right-of-way repair.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find the polling location in your area, visit the Kent County website here.

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

My Town: Outdoor Farmer's Market to feature more than 50 vendors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Outdoor Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids will open for its second season this weekend.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market says the new season of outdoor shopping will start Saturday May 3.  The outdoor market will be open every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will host its inaugural “Chefs at The Market” demonstration at 10 a.m.  A chef will showcase simple recipes you can follow using food available at the market.  This weekend’s demonstration will feature rhubarb.

Inside the market, visitors can take part in a free yoga session and enjoy live jazz music by Hugh DeWitt.  At noon, shoppers can also enjoy microgreens grown in the market’s greenhouse as part of a $5 tasting bar.

This year’s outdoor market will feature food and products from more than 50 vendors, including:

My Town GR South: Neighborhood meeting about Burton construction April 30

My Town GR South: Neighborhood meeting about Burton construction April 30

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Find out more about the summer construction project planned for Burton Street during a neighborhood meeting hosted by the City of Grand Rapids this Wednesday, April 30.

The city plans to resurface Burton from Plymouth Avenue to Breton Avenue this summer.  The work will include replacing the top layer of asphalt and adding sidewalk ramps. The project is tentatively set to begin in July, with work wrapping up in October.

Community members are encouraged to learn more as well as share their views during a neighborhood meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.  The forum will take place at Ottawa Hills High School, 2055 Rosewood Ave.  People who cannot attend the meeting and have questions or concerns about the work can contact Brees Stam, senior project engineer at (616) 456-3078 or bstam@grcity.us .