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My Town: Cornerstone University 'Night of Nets' founder up for $10k charity prize

My Town: Cornerstone University 'Night of Nets' founder up for $10k charity prize

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A soccer advocate from Cornerstone University is in the running to win $10,000 to help fight malaria.

Chip Huber founded “Night of Nets” at CU in 2009 to raise awareness and funding for bed nets that prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne illness.  Since then, the benefit has led to $60,000 and 10,000 bed net donations, which Cornerstone soccer team members have delivered to Ndola, Zambia over the past three years.

Huber was selected to represent Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire for connecting soccer with community outreach. He will make the first kick during the Fire’s game this weekend.  He’s  also one of 19 people competing for a $10,000 prize to the charity of their choice. Voting will run through July 25 online at www.MLSsoccer.com/community-mvp/vote.

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: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

My Town: Free tickets still available for 'Lets Go to Bat for Kids'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Media Giants and Catholic Charities West Michigan Padres will battle it out at Fifth Third Ballpark as “Let’s Go to Bat for Kids” returns this Thursday, June 26 with even more family-friendly events.

More than 1,200 people are expected to fill the ballpark for the fundraiser, which supports Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Tickets are free and can be reserved by visiting the organization’s website.  In addition to the softball game between local priests and media personalities, families may take part in a Lego building station, face painting, crafts, a doughnut dunking station and meet Crash of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

My Town: Army of volunteers create new play space for children

My Town: Army of volunteers create new play space for children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of Grand Rapids children have a new place to play, thanks to an army of volunteers.

On June 13, more than 300 people from Amway,  Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology and KaBoom! pitched in to build a new playground at in front of the school, located at 600 Burton Street SE.  The volunteers spent several hours transforming children’s designs into a place to play. 

Dr. Marvin L. Sapp and other community leaders will celebrate the playground’s grand opening Tuesday, June 17 at 5 p.m., before officially welcoming children to play at the new site, which is the 16th of its kind built by Amway and KaBOOM.  

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town: Ada Township boardwalk project delayed

My Town: Ada Township boardwalk project delayed

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Plans to replace three boardwalks on Ada Drive will be delayed, after an accounting error.

In a letter to the township supervisor, planning director Jim Ferro says he discovered late last month that he made an error, overstating the Trail Fund balance at the start of the current fiscal year by about $100,000.  This means the Trail Fund does not have enough money in it to pay for the $120,000 boardwalk replacement project previously budgeted for the year.

Ferro says the error came from including $99,170 in grant funding that actually went to the Kent County Road Commission, not Ada Township.   He’ll present his budget update during the Ada Township board meeting Monday, June 9.

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

My Town Comstock Park: Donations needed for inner city youth sports programs

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Give your unwanted sports equipment new life by donating it to the Inner City Youth Baseball and Softball programs.

This is the final week for the equipment drive, which ends Friday, June 6.   The program is in need of kid size bats, cleats, catcher’s gear and other baseball or softball equipment. Donations can be dropped off at Fifth Third Ballpark, any Fifth Third Bank, the David D. Hunting YMCA, Spartan Stores YMCA, Wolverine World Wide YMCA, Visser YMCA, Southeast YMCA or Lowell YMCA.

Donors will receive four lawn seat tickets to a 2014 Whitecaps home game, a Wendy’s small combo meal and a YMCA family day pass.