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My Town Wyoming: New restaurant opens in Godfrey Lee neighborhood

My Town Wyoming: New restaurant opens in Godfrey Lee neighborhood

WYOMING, Mich.—There’s a new place to eat in Wyoming, bringing more jobs to the Godfrey Lee neighborhood.

The new McDonald’s celebrated its grand opening July 11 with a ribbon cutting and flag raising ceremony. Wyoming Mayor Jack A. Poll, members of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Center of Western Michigan joined owner Tony Castillo for the event.

 The restaurant located at 1115 Chicago Drive SW is the first new business to be built in the area in more than a decade.

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A Grand Rapids woman who pioneered a program to help feed children in need is earning recognition from the state.

On June 30, Mary K. Hoodhood accepted the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism.  The award is the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards, honoring an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to their community. 

In 1980, a vehicle accident put Hoodhood in a wheelchair, but also started her on a path to volunteering, which began with the Meals on Wheels program at God’s Kitchen.  In 2001, she founded Kids' Food Basket to combat childhood hunger.  The program started by providing evening meals to 125 children at three Grand Rapids public schools; now 5,700 children at 32 schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming rely on it, as well as 600 kids at two Muskegon schools.

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 Wyoming: Metro Health celebrates cancer survivors June 3

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health celebrates cancer survivors June 3

WYOMING, Mich.—National Cancer Survivors Day was June 1, but Metro Health is celebrating those who conquered cancer this Tuesday, June 3 with a free community event in Wyoming.

Community members are invited to join the celebration, which is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cancer Center at Metro Health Village.  The event includes an ice cream social, giveaways, prizes and more.  Survivor Susanne Tracy will help kick off the event by sharing her inspiring story.

The event is free and registration is not required.  The Cancer Center at Metro Village is located at 5950 Metro Way SW.

My Town Wyoming: Iraq War veteran to deliver Memorial Day address

My Town Wyoming: Iraq War veteran to deliver Memorial Day address

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My Town: Wedgwood Honors Avila with Diversity Award

My Town: Wedgwood Honors Avila with Diversity Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum attorney Luis Avila was presented with a Diversity Award given by Wedgwood Christian Services at a celebration on May 14 at the Wedgwood Nagel Conference Chapel.

Avila, a labor and employment attorney with a focus on traditional labor and employment litigation, is currently serving Wedgwood Christian Services as a board member.

"As an agency, we take the time out to recognize and celebrate with those individuals who share in our vision for diversity," stated Diversity Coordinator Pastor Arlan Palmer in a letter acknowledging the award.

Prior to joining Varnum, Avila worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights in Switzerland, the Centre for Advice on Individual rights in Europe, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights project in Arizona.

My Town Wyoming: Working mother gets new home during National Women Build Week

My Town Wyoming: Working mother gets new home during National Women Build Week

WYOMING, Mich.—A working West Michigan mother is one step closer to owning her own home, thanks to a team of female volunteers.

Wyoming City Councilwoman Joanne Voorhees joined 15 other women last week for National Women Build Week.   The group, which included Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, worked to frame a Habitat for Humanity home at 1214 Rathbone Street SW in Wyoming’s Godfrey-Lee neighborhood.  The home is part of Habitat Kent’s Building Blocks Campaign to revitalize West Side neighborhoods.   The prospective homeowner, a working mother of two daughters, has also been working on the home, which should be complete in August.