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My Town Ada: $13 million redevelopment project enters new phase

My Town Ada: $13 million redevelopment project enters new phase

ADA, Mich.—The next phase in a new vision for the village of Ada will be on display for the public Monday, Sept. 8.

Ada Township plans to invest $6.5 million in the redevelopment project, which will focus on public facilities and infrastructure improvements to support an estimated $70 million in commercial and residential developments.  In turn, Amway will contribute $3.5 million to the improvements and lead the effort to raise an additional $3 million in private donations.

The Envision Ada project started last year with a series of community meetings to determine what the community should look like in the future. More than 1,200 residents contributed to the process, coming up with a blueprint for retail, residential and green spaces along the riverfront.  To see the entire plan, visit Envision Ada's website.

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

My Town Ada: Final free concert Aug. 26 all in 'The Family'

My Town Ada: Final free concert Aug. 26 all in 'The Family'

ADA, Mich.— Bring your family out to see "The Family" Tuesday, Aug. 26 for the final installment of Ada Historical Society’s “Music on the Lawn” concert series.

The group’s encore performance will include a variety of music selections, including jazz.  The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. at 7144 Headley Street in Ada.  The concert is free; guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the performance.

This is the 14th year for Music on the Lawn.

My Town: Construction underway on adult day care center

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new adult day care center is taking shape in Grand Rapids Township.

Construction is underway on SarahCare Adult Day Center.  The facility will be located in the Northridge Center, at 2211 East Beltline Ave.  The 8,378 square foot center will feature an activity room, living room, dining room, kitchen and food service area, exercise and beauty salon, as well as offices and a conference room for caregiver support groups.

CD Barnes Construction expects to complete work on the business by October 2014.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Summer is still in full swing, and new movies are premiering every weekend.

Celebration Cinema has a few good movies this weekend that you won't want to miss. Here are my top five for this weekend:

1.) A Most Wanted Man (Rated R) - Premiers this Friday at Celebration North. This movie is about a brutally tortured immigrant who turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune. Both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity.

2.) And So It Goes (Rated PG-13) - Premieres this Friday at all Celebration locations. This movie is about a self-centered realtor who enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.