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My Town: Grand Rapids-Wyoming among fastest growing places to retire

My Town: Grand Rapids-Wyoming among fastest growing places to retire

WYOMING, Mich.—The Wyoming area is among the nation’s fastest growing places to retire.

That’s according to nerdwallet.  In a report released Thursday, March 13, the financial publication highlighted the Grand Rapids-Wyoming market’s growing population of residents who are 65 or older. Nerdwallet also mentioned the Senior Neighbors centers scattered across the region, providing health and wellness resources, as well as the retirement living communities popping up ion the area, including Clark Retirement Community.

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming area ranked 10 on the list; the greater Detroit area ranked fourth on the list. The Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale metro area in Arizona took the top spot.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

My Town: Volunteers needed for Kent County Parks clean-up projects

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The Kent County Parks Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up parks this spring.

The 2014 Kent County spring clean event has not been scheduled for a specific day,  because of lingering snow cover.  However, volunteers are encouraged to sign up with he Kent County Parks Department and let them know what projects they'd like to work on, when the time comes.

People interested in pitching in to improve any of the county's 34 parks should contact Volunteer Services at (616) 632-7842 or email park.volunteers@kentcountymi.gov .  Volunteers can explain what work they'd like to do, and the Parks Department will then organize the clean-up effort.  The spring clean event provides an opportunity to meet new community members and make a difference throughout Kent County.

My Town Wyoming: City considering extending parking rules

My Town Wyoming: City considering extending parking rules

WYOMING, Mich.--   The City of Wyoming is considering extending its odd-even parking rules.

The city council will take up an ordinance amendment that would make the odd-even parking effective Dec. 1 through March 31 each year and during any declared snow emergency.  That’s one month longer than the current ordinance.

If the amendment is adopted during the city council meeting Monday, March 3, the revised ordinance would be declared an emergency ordinance, which would take effect the very next day.

The odd-even parking rules are as follows:

  • Park on the side of the street on which addresses that are odd or even align with the date being odd or even.
  • On a cul-de-sac, parking shall only be on even-numbered calendar days.
  • After midnight, your vehicle must be parked on the correct side of the street for that date.
  • Parked cars will not be ticketed from 7 p.m. to midnight.

My Town Wyoming: Help needed to make 'Read n' Give' a success

My Town Wyoming: Help needed to make 'Read n' Give' a success

WYOMING, Mich.—The LEAGUE Michigan is looking for more schools, organizations and businesses to help encourage literacy through a statewide book drive.

“Read n’ Give” is focused on boosting literacy among youth.  Schools, organizations and businesses collect K-5 books, which are donated to students involved in literacy programs with Camp Blodgett, The Salvation Army and Schools of Hope, which includes the Grand Rapids, Godfrey-Lee and Godwin Heights school districts.   When students are finished with the books, they are encouraged to donate them back into the program the next year, to foster the continuous cycle of giving.

Bridget Knight, who works with The LEAGUE Michigan, says participants in last year’s program collected 65,000 books statewide.  More than 39,000 books of those books came from West Michigan.  Knight says the goal this year is to collect 70,000 books.

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health to help cancer patients 'Look Good... Feel Better'

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health to help cancer patients 'Look Good... Feel Better'

WYOMING, Mich.— The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village is getting ready to host a program aimed at helping women cancer patients feel better by looking good.

The free program teaches beauty techniques to women in active treatment to help them combat appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. “Look Good… Feel Better”  will run from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on second Wednesday of every month through June 11.

To register, call (616) 252-8100.

Vista Charter Academy students jump for heart health

Vista Charter Academy students jump for heart health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hearts were pumping at Vista Charter Academy on Friday, and not just because it was Valentine’s Day.

Students from Young 5s all the way up to fifth grade jumped rope for heart health.  The children took part in a variety of other heart-healthy activities as well, including hula hooping, playing with beach balls and dancing.  The school also set a goal to collect $4,000 in pledges to donate to the American Heart Association this year.

Vista Charter Academy, operated by National Heritage Academies, is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department will begin tapping the community for ideas to make the county healthier Tuesday, Feb. 11.

From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent. "The data and information gathered in this step will help us develop top priorities to improve health outcomes in Kent County."

Local health departments are required to update their Community Health Needs Assessment every five years for state accreditation.  Hospitals must update their CHNA every three years.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Feb.