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'Laker Line' study will explore options to meet transportation demand between G.R. and GVSU

'Laker Line' study will explore options to meet transportation demand between G.R. and GVSU

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The RAPID transit agency will publicly launch the Laker Line Study to identify the top public transportation solution to connect downtown Grand Rapids, the West Side, Standale, and the main campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, the region’s largest educational institution.

The project kicks off with a series of public meetings on Thursday, November 21.

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

Five tips to create a learning-friendly home from Michigan Connections Academy

With school in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying.

Families can improve regular study habits by following are a few household tips from educators at Michigan Connections Academy, a tuition-free, K-12 public virtual online school.

1.  Reduce clutter and get organized

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 19

Marching Band Invitational at East Kentwood High School October 19

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Here is your chance to see and hear several different marching bands from around the state at the beautiful East Kentwood High School stadium.

Twenty-two bands from around the state will be performing shows in the competition on Saturday, October 19.  The evening will be capped off with an exhibition performance by the East Kentwood Marching Band. 

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors (62+), and children under age five are free.  The concession stand will be open and serving lots of delicious food like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, etc.  The proceeds will go to Kentwood Band & Orchestra Boosters. 

Gates open at 2 p.m., with the first band taking the field at 3 p.m.  The final exhibition by the East Kentwood High School Marching Band will begin at  9:15 p.m.  The EKHS Band's performance features the music of Motown;

Blandford Nature Center partners with school for new learning program

Blandford Nature Center partners with school for new learning program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  – Blandford Nature Center is helping a group of Grand Rapids students overcome so-called Nature Deficit Disorder.

This is the first year the nature center is partnering with West Side Christian School to provide outdoor learning on the school’s grounds, located at 955 Westend Ave. NW.  Blandford staff will lead the three to four seasonal outdoor lessons, which will help the school in implementing its Next Generation Science Standards.

Blandford Nature Center hopes to expand the program to other schools in the future.  For more information, visit the organization’s website here.

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

New class of Michigan State Troopers reports for duty

LANSING, Mich.--  A new class of Michigan State Police troopers is beginning work in West Michigan.

Graduates of the 125th Trooper Recruit School began reporting to their posts Monday.   The class graduated Friday.  Governor Rick Snyder delivered the keynote address during the ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”

Shuttered Fairview Elementary reopens for one night only

Shuttered Fairview Elementary reopens for one night only

WALKER, Mich.—Fairview Elementary’s doors will reopen to the public Thursday September 26, as the Salvation Army of West Michigan introduces potential plans for the shuttered school.

Fairview Elementary closed in 2010. Earlier this year, the Salvation Army of West Michigan purchased the school, with the intention of moving its “Turning Point” substance abuse program into the facility. The school sits on 10 acres of land which leaders of Turning Point  say are ideal.

However, the Salvation Army of West Michigan is seeing some opposition.  One neighbor tells WZZM 13 that at least 300 residents have signed a petition against the proposed plan.

A local Salvation Army spokesman says Thursday night's meeting will focus on the Turning Point program, as well as community questions or concerns.  The mayor of Walker will moderate the forum, which begins at 7 p.m.

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

Fundraiser September 22 for scholarship in honor of late chef

A fundraiser to establish a scholarship fund in honor of Chef Mark Noseda will take place September 22.

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  Sunday's fundraiser will run from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.