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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

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Special Olympics state basketball finals Fri. & Sat.


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Approximately 530 athletes and 170 coaches and chaperons gathered in Rockford Friday for the Special Olympics state basketball finals. The event lasts through Saturday at Rockford High School, Freshman Center, and North Middle School.

Friday's opening ceremony was hosted by WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos, who also serves as board of directors vice chair for Special Olympics Michigan.

WZZM 13 is a media sponsor of the event, and the news team, along with some of our friends from Free Beer and Hot Wings, faced off with elite Special Olympics athletes in a game following the tournament's opening ceremony. The Special Olympics athletes, the KEC Blazers, beat the media team.

Rockford planning commission approves condo development


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Despite loud opposition, a development is moving forward that will bring major changes to downtown Rockford.

The community shared their concerns with the city planning commission Thursday night. Commissioners still gave the project the go-ahead.

Back in February, the city commission approved the preliminary plan to build the 51-unit Tamarack Run condo development.

Thursday evening, the planning commission also approved the plan, by a five-to-one vote.

City hall was packed, though, with community members strongly opposed to the project. Among their concerns are the environmental impact and increased traffic. The new construction will nearly double the amount of homes in the area near Monroe Street.

My Town: Rockford Brewing Company to release inaugural bottled brew

My Town: Rockford Brewing Company to release inaugural bottled brew

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Rockford Brewing Company is getting ready to roll out its first bottles of brew since opening in December 2012.

The company’s first bottle release will take place 5 p.m. on April 7 at Rockford Brewing Company's Public House, located at 12 E. Bridge Street. Rockford Brewing Company chose its Belgian Multigrain Anniversary Ale for the inaugural distribution. The series of bottled beers, dubbed the Enthusiast Collection, will come in European shaped bottles with a classic label.

Rockford Brewing Company describes its Belgian Multigrain Anniversary Ale as a rich, malty Belgian beer brewed with barley, wheat, rye and oats. Because bottled Anniversary Ale is very limited, patrons may only purchase up to two bottles a day. Rockford Brewing Company only has 100 total bottles from its 2013 batch and 500 bottles from its 2014 batch.

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My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

Michigan virtual school hosts informational events throughout March

OKEMOS, Mich.-- As families continue to seek school options featuring greater flexibility and control for their children’s education, one of Michigan’s statewide virtual schools – Michigan Connections Academy – has scheduled a variety of information events throughout March.

Interested families are encouraged to attend upcoming events to learn more about how virtual learning works, meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the schools’ award-winning curriculum.