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Grand Rapids Boasts Cheapest Rates in U.S. For Babysitting [Video]

This is great news if you're a parent, but not so great news if you're a baby sitter.

The average rate for a baby sitter in Grand Rapids sits at $11.31 an hour. That is the cheapest rate in the U.S., according to Care.com.

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We Do Care’s 30th Annual Benefit & Dance Is Saturday

We Do Care is an non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with cancer in the Grand Rapids area.

Its 30th annual Benefit & Dance is Saturday night, and tickets are still available.

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Grand Rapids Father, Son Reunited After Finding Letter Hidden by Late Wife [Video]

An elderly West Michigan man recently got a real shock when he found out that he had a 61-year-old son, despite trying unsuccessfully to have children with his wife throughout their marriage.

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Michigan Tightens Rules On Vaccinations

Starting Jan. 1, the Michigan Department of Community Health will have more rules going into effect that will make it harder for parents to refuse immunizing their children.

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The Tooth Fairy Helps Clean Children’s Teeth…Really! [Video]

This is the sweetest video that every parent will love. This trip to the dentist with their kids  was very special.

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Usher Joins Scholastic’s Launch of Open a World of Possible Reading Campaign [Video]

Grammy Award-winning singer and entertainer Usher is working with children's books publisher Scholastic in launching its Open a World of Possible initiative to help elevate the importance and joy of reading for children.

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Back-to-School 2014: Check Out #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Photos from Twitter, Instagram Right Here

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan today.

Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram with your back-to-school pictures from greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Let's show our pride pictorially about our students, children and kids.

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Post Back-to-School Pics on Twitter, Instagram with #BTSWMI, #BTSWestMI Hashtags; See Them Online with 100.5 The River

Summer vacation and the three-day Labor Day weekend are over as students head back to school across Michigan on Tuesday.

Share your pride about your students headed back to school on their first day of the 2014-2015 school year. Use the hashtags #btswmi or #btswestmi on Twitter or Instagram, and see those photos online at 100.5 The River.

We'll post those photos starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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Mother of Sandy Hook Victim Writes Powerful Letter to Teachers

The mother of one of the 26 victims of 2012's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has written a powerful letter to the teachers of America.

Nebla Marquez-Greene had two children attending Sandy Hook Elementary that day. Her daughter, 6-year-old Ana Grace, was killed in the Connecticut massacre, and her son was uninjured in the attack.

Her letter, which was posted on the Education Week website is powerful, gut-wrenching and encouraging all at once. Read it after the jump.

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Some Infant Tylenol is Being Recalled

A Johnson & Johnson consumer health unit is pulling some versions of infant Tylenol off store shelves due to problems with a device that helps measure doses.

Our news partner, WZZM 13, says McNeil Co

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Catherine Behrendt Talks Toys For Tots With Me…It’s Touching! [audio]

For as long as I lived in Grand Rapids Toys For Tots and Catherine Behrendt are synonymous.   They go together, as Forrest Gump would say, like "peas and carrots." 

There's no better feeling than giving!  There just isn't!  I know we all live such busy lives but sometimes it's just so good to get outside of yourself, and get outside of your own little world especially for a child

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Share Some Of Your “First Day Of School” Photos Grand Rapids!

A Facebook friend of mine was talking about how she put some of her "First Day Of School" photos on her website so she and her friends could reminisce.  I'm sure I have some boxed away too; but, for now THIS one is my favorite First Day Back To School Photo! It's not mine, it's hers, but I think it's so cute.  I'm s

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