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Grand Rapids “Start Garden”…Rick DeVos Unveils The Details

This is just so cool!  You've seen all the signs around town, right?  It's kind of difficult to miss them.  The colorful signs are all over in orange, pink, lime green and blue.  They're posted on doors, windows, inside coffee shoppes, cafes, and restaurants.  Start Garden is coming!  Well, Start Garden is HERE!

This morning at a news conference Rick DeVos unveiled what Start Garden is really all about.

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Join Me, Kim Carson, For The Autism Support Of Kent County Walkathon, Sunday, Kuiper College

Sunday, April 29th, I will be hosting the Autism Support of Kent County Walkathon at Kuiper College noon-3pm!  It's a fun time and there are always some pretty amazing auction items that you can bid on.  In the past they have included getaways to Chicago, the John Ball Zoo, spa visits, massages, gift cards to local restaurants and salons, Whitecaps tickets, Tigers tickets, plus lots of office and business items, too. 

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Innovative Real Estate Program Helps Grand Rapids Senior Citizens Sell 75 Homes During Recession

Back in 2008, Holland Home was one of the first retirement communities in the nation to create a guaranteed real estate program for senior citizens who wanted to move into one of its communities but were hampered by an unfavorable housing market.  Earlier this month, Holland Home celebrated the 75th home sold through this initiative.

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Animal Abuser Registry Proposed In Michigan State Legislature

So there's a possibility that there might be an Michigan Registry for Animal Abusers. All I can say is,  "I'm all for it!"  I have been working with Crash's Landing, a non profit/no kill animal shelter, for about 9 years now.  While I get the word out in the community a

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FREE West Michigan Youth Summit! Kids Invited To “Live Above The Influence”

Grand Rapids is hosting the first ever youth summit and West Michigan youth are being invited to "Live Above The Influence."

Registration is already underway for this FREE April 27-28 Event

WHAT IS IT: It's a two-day, jam-packed teen-driven “Above the Influence" Kent County conference, presented by the Kent County Prevention Coalition.  It is designed to foster positive attitudes and behaviors
regarding life

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Grand Rapids Humane Society Bark In The Park Honors Aura, The Dog

I rememeber seeing this story on the news a number of months ago.  It happened right here in Grand Rapids and it was heartbreaking. 

When Rob Kirkbride's dog, Aura who he walking, was hit & killed by a driver that was distracted earlier this year, he turned to the Humane Society of West Michigan for support.

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Hold The Warm Weather! Tulip Time Isn’t Here Yet, Michigan!

Organizers of Tulip Time are starting to become a bit concerned with the stretch of warm weather we have been having.  You see Tulip Time isn't until May, but tell that to the Tulips.

The warm weather is waking up the bulbs and when they wake up, well, they just have to bloom

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Metal Detectors In Grand Rapids Banks, What Do You Think?

When I visited Israel back in December, I must admit that at first it was a little unusual to be stopped upon entering the mall, told to walk through the metal detector, and allow security to take a quick look in my purse

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Grand Rapids Easter Tradition At John Ball Park In Jeopardy!

What kid doesn't look forward to an Easter Egg Hunt?  Especially one that has been going on for years, an Easter Tradition!  Thousands of kids have piled into John Ball Park in years past.

Organizers of the John Ball Easter Egg Hunt are looking for help, and about 5,000 pounds of candy before April 4th

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Warm Michigan Weather Brings An Early Allergy Season, AhChoo!

Sneezy, itchy, runny nose?  Those symptoms are happening earlier this year and if you are an allergy sufferer like me, you're getting hit harder and earlier than usual.

Tree pollen counts have exploded recently, because of the consecutive days of record temperatures

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Delicious Michigan Apples In Jeopardy Because Of Recent Weather Swings

One local farmer talks about a season of weather like the one we are having right now, long before he was born.  He's only heard about it historically and he's 63!  It happened back in 1945.

The weather has been unusually warm and now with threats and the possibility of a freeze, well, it's got Michigan apple farmers pretty worried

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Michigan Can Now Print 4,000 Medical Marijuana Cards A Day

Reading this story sounds an awful lot like the State of Michigan has legally allowed the use of medical marijuana.  Am I the only one that is reading this story that way?  It's almost like. "We need to get more cards printed, more quickly, so people can legally be using the stuff without getting in trouble for it"

The State of Michigan purchased a machine, a printer, that will allow it to produce 4,000 medical marijuana cards a day

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