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Spartan Stores Recall

Wanted to make sure you're aware of the voluntary recall from Spartan Stores, Family Fare and D&W Fresh Markets.

The recall is PRECAUTIONARY because of concerns about listeria contamination.

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How Much Did You Spend On Back To School Shopping? [Poll]

The kids are back at school bringing with them lots of supplies:  pencils, folders, calculators, backpacks, shoes, clothes, etc.  Sales and coupons are nice, but it only helps so much at back to school time.

Before the next credit card statement arrives take our anonymous poll...

How much did you spend on back to school shopping?

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Should School Start Before Or After Labor Day [Poll]

Summer is unoffically over and students are back in school.

Summer lasts longer than it used to for many students.  Since 2006, Michigan law requires public schools to wait until after Labor Day to begin school.

Should school start before or after Labor Day?

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What Is The Best Age For Kids To Start Playing Sports [Poll]

The kids are back to school, but back to school means more than just back to books for many students.  It also means back to sports.  Some younger than school aged kids are playing sports too.

What is the best age for kids to start playing sports?

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How Did You Choose Your Kids’ Names? [Poll]

Choosing a name for a child is one of the first of many important decisions for parents.  Some names can help a child through life, while some names can create unnecessary obstacles.

How did you choose your kids' names?

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Bumbo Recall = The End Of Common Sense

Last week, 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats were recalled.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bumbo are issuing the voluntary recall.  The CPSC says, "babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat posing a risk of serious injuries".

The serious injuries are most likely to occur when the Bumbo seats are placed on raised surfaces.

Recalled Bumbos will be fixed by adding a restraint belt and a warning label.

But who should be held responsible for falls from a Bumbo Baby Seat?  Bumbo or parents?

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Would You Keep Your Child Out Of Football Due To Risk Of Concussion? – POLL

Kids get hurt when playing sports.  Some sports produce more injuries than others.  Some sports have a greater potential for serious injuries than others.

Playing sports comes with a certain amount of risk.  Balancing the risk between injury and participation can be a difficult decision for parents.

In recent years the risk of concussion to football players has become a growing concern.

Would you keep your child out of football due to risk of concussion?

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Is It Better to Buy School Supplies Online? — Dollars and Sense

Shopping online can incredibly convenient, but should you do it for basic school supplies? That depends on what’s more important to you: time or money.

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What Is The Most Annoying Toy Your Kids Have Ever Had?

Parents are used to hearing cries and squeaks and squeals at home.  Kids make lots of sounds.  Over time, parents learn to understand what each of those unique sounds mean.  Those sounds can help a parent.

When those cries and squeaks and squeals come from a toy, that's a different story.  It's just annoying.

What is the most annoying toy your kids have ever had?

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Would You Support Random Drug Testing Of Students At Your Child’s School?

Galesburg-Augusta High School will begin random drug testing of their students this fall.

Students who participate in extracurricular activities or who purchase a parking pass for the Galesburg-Augusta High School parking lot will be eligible to be tested.

The plan is controversial, to say the least.

Would you support random drug testing of students at your child's school?

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Back to School Grand Rapids – What kids need and don’t need in 2012

It's that time again!  School is getting ready to start, but are the students prepared?

Here are some essential school supplies:

  • Notebooks – try wide-ruled for Elementary and Middle School, and college-ruled for High School
  • No.2 pencils – ScanTron is a new way to sc
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Kent County Health Department Issues West Nile Virus Warning

The Kent County Health Department is advising residents to take precautions when spending time outdoors after the discovery of West Nile Virus in three Michigan counties.

Officials are saying that the conditions this summer have caused mosquitoes, which carry the virus, to hatch early. West Nile Virus can be fatal, and has symptoms that include fevers, meningitis, and even encephalitis.

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