We have a special word from the Grand Rapids Police Department and Grand Rapids Public Schools regarding the safety of our kids who attend Stocking Elementary and parking issues around the school. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors! Thank you for your dedication to the safety of our neighborhood children!
Save the date!
Attention West Grand Neighbors, friends and supporters! Harrison Park School has teamed up with Brann's for a tasty fundraiser. On Thursday, November 21, 2013 Brann's on Leonard Street will donate a percentage of sales to Harrison Park School for an aviation education program, bringing science to life for our fifth grade students! Carry-out meals will also be included, so you can get a meal for your family and help out the school at the same time. You could get wings for wings!
Please help support Harrison Park School while treating yourself to a delicious meal! Thank you! What: Brann's Fundraiser for Harrison Park School
When: Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Where: Brann's Steakhouse & Sports Grille at 401 Leonard St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Dine-in and Take-out meals are included!
There is also a Gift Card Giveaway on Facebook!
The Hero’s to Hero’s/ Warrior Team Challenge event at Richmond
Park is sponsored by WGNO. They need volunteers. This should be fun, it’s on November 9th at
Richmond Park, they need volunteers from 9 AM till Noon. The volunteers are needed to:
Cook and or sell Hot dogs and hot chocolate.
To monitor the obstacles.
The funds from this event go 100% to Veterans who are suffering
We are coming together to host a 5k Team Challenge Race to raise money for our local wounded veterans.
The men and women of our military are trained to be courageous protectors overseas, but some of them return home and struggle with adjusting to civilian life. Too many of our injured veterans turn to alcohol and drug addiction as a coping mechanism, and in worst case scenarios, turn to suicide. Even with assistance, some cases of PTSD can be difficult to treat and affects these brave veterans and their families.
Several local businesses are coming together to sponsor a 5k Team Challenge Race on November 9, 2013, in honor of Veteran’s Day weekend. All proceeds from this race will go to Heroes to Heroes, an organization that helps heal our local veterans who are suffering from high-level PTSD.
The three goals of this fundraiser are:
1. Raise support to help MI veterans suffering from PTSD through Heroes to Heroes (www.heroestoheroes.com) and other local non-profits.
2. To strengthen bridges between our local soldiers, their families, and their supportive civilian community through honor, respect and interaction.
3. To clarify what it means to be an ethical protector, from serviceman to civilian in our local and global community.
We need your support to:
1) Run in the Race
2) Volunteer for the Race
3) Donate what you can to support
Jennifer Franson is race director, Cathy Z. (owner of Westside Gym) is the race co-director and I (Craig Gray) designed the race route and the challenges myself, so if you decide to run the race I am confident that you will be both challenged and have fun while you are supporting our Vets that need our help.
Location: Richmond Park
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Date: Saturday, November 9th - 2013
Time: Registration Begins at 9am - Race Starts at 10am
Cost: Click here to pre-register!
For More Information:
We had mentioned on our Facebook page that we would be unveiling something special within the next couple of days. Well it is here! The West Grand Happenings Newsletter!!
Not only is this Newsletter going to be offered electronically for those who have internet but it will be offered in a couple different area locations including our office! We will unveil the locations by tomorrow! We will be delivering it to these locations where the newsletter will be offered for free to visitors to those locations!
If you are a business and you would like to be a drop off location for our newsletter, please contact us! If you are a resident, you can go to one of these locations to get one or even at the West Grand Neighborhood Organization to get a copy at 415 Leonard NW!
If you would like to see the electronic version on your computer, please go to the following page: https://sites.google.com/site/wgnogr/resources
where it will be offered in English and Spanish! Our October Newsletter is online now!
In the newsletter you will receive news, safety tips, events and more! Please let us know what you think! We look forward to hearing from you!
UPDATE: The following locations have limited copies of the October issue West Grand Happenings Newsletter available in both English and Spanish:
Location #1: Walgreens - 800 Leonard St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504Location #2: Arnie's Bakery & Restaurant - 722 Leonard NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504Location #3: Story Cafe - 444 Leonard St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Location #4: Family Pantry Party Store - 704 Stocking Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Location #5: The Westsider Cafe and Supreme Catering - 1180 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Location #6: Super Mercado Michoacan - 602 Leonard NW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Location #7: Maggie's Kitchen - 636 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
A BIG Thank you to all local businesses that are carrying the newsletter for us!
Habíamos mencionado en nuestra página de Facebook que nos revelaremos algo especial en el próximo par de días . Bueno, ya está aquí! El West Grand Happenings Newsletter!
No sólo es este boletín va a ser ofrecidos electrónicamente para aquellos que tienen Internet, pero se ofrecerá en un par de diferentes lugares de la zona , incluyendo la oficina! Vamos a conocer los lugares para mañana! Estaremos entregando a estos lugares donde se ofrece el boletín de forma gratuita a los visitantes de esos lugares!
Si usted tiene una empresa y que le gustaría ser un lugar de devolución a nuestro boletín , por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros! Si usted es un residente , usted puede ir a uno de estos lugares para conseguir uno o incluso en la Organización West Grand Neighborhood para obtener una copia en 415 NW Leonard!
En el boletín , recibirá noticias, consejos de seguridad , eventos y mucho más! Por favor, háganos saber lo que piensas! Esperamos con interés escuchar de usted!
ACTUALIZACIÓN: Los siguientes lugares tienen copias limitadas de la edición West Grand Happenings Newsletter octubre disponible en Inglés y en Español:
Ubicación #1: Walgreens - 800 Leonard St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504Ubicación #2: Arnie's Bakery & Restaurant - 722 Leonard NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504Ubicación #3: Story Cafe - 444 Leonard St. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Ubicación #4: Family Pantry Party Store - 704 Stocking Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Ubicación #5: The Westsider Cafe and Supreme Catering - 1180 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Ubicación #6: Super Mercado Michoacan - 602 Leonard NW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Ubicación #7: Maggie's Kitchen - 636 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Un gran agradecimiento a todas las empresas locales que están llevando a la newsletter para nosotros!
Please join us for this great event where anyone can ask questions, voice concerns and get to know our Grand Rapids Police Officers!
A fun opportunity for West Grand Neighbors!
For the last two years the church has hosted a Trunk or Treat where residents of the neighborhood are invited to come park at the church and hand out candy to the kids from their trunks. Last year they had about a dozen cars and hundreds of kids came through. The overall response has been so positive that they are planning on doing this again this year and are hoping for a larger turn out.
City View Church is asking those who would like to participate to please try to dress up and decorate their trunks / cars as there will be a drawing and small prize for the best dressed and best decorated. PLEASE keep in mind that this is a church event so nothing naughty or gory! Also, if neighbors would like to participate, but can not provide their own candy or handout's, City View has SOME extra candy to hand out.
This years Trunk or Treat will be held on Halloween Night from 5-7 PM at City View Church (960 Alpine). Neighbors may contact Cindy Parney at the church, 616-419-8181, for more details or to participate.
WGNO offers free Auto Theft Prevention which includes VIN-Etching of your vehicle and Auto Theft Prevention Information.
Take advantage of this free program by calling Jim or Rob at WGNO to make an appointment. 616.451.0150 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What is Identification Protection?
A. It is the permanent marking of your vehicle’s glass with the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) in order to discourage thefts.
Q. What good will it do?
A. Thieves steal vehicles in order to make easy money by either quickly selling parts stripped off the vehicle or by selling the entire vehicle. A vehicle with Protected glass costs the thieves money because it has to be removed, disposed of, and replaced before the vehicle is sold. As a result, thieves learn to not steal VIN Protected vehicles. In short, Vehicle Identification Protection is a good theft prevention measure.
Q. Will it damage the windows?
A. No. The process only affects the outer most layer of the glass. This will in no way damage your windows or make them weaker.
Q. Won’t it alter my car’s appearance?
A. No. The numbering is only 1/4” in height and 2” in width. The numbering has a white color that can be seen within a few feet of your vehicle. Thieves and police officers know where to look for the Vin Protection, but the casual passer-by will not notice.
Q. How long does this take?
A. It should only take 10 minutes. The vehicle owner must complete a registration form and have staff create the stencils. The owner may park their vehicle anywhere, but the windows must be completely closed.
Q. How much does this cost?
A. Although some car dealerships and glass companies will provide Vin Protection for a fee up to $250, ATPA is providing this service free of charge. It’s our hope that the program will decrease the number of vehicle thefts and make you feel more secure.
Q. What are other additional benefits of Vehicle Identification Protection?
A. 1. By having your vehicle Protected, you may qualify for a discount on the comprehensive coverage of your auto insurance premium.
2. It is an economical way of auto theft prevention. It is free.
3. Protected vehicle windows provide traceable numbers in case of theft.
4. Makes your car less attractive to the car thieves. Instead of making money on your vehicle, the thief has to spend money to remove and dispose of the protected windows.
1. TAKE YOUR KEYS. Nearly 20% of all vehicles stolen had the keys in them.
2. LOCK YOUR CAR. Approximately 50% of all vehicles stolen were left unlocked.
3. NEVER HIDE A SECOND SET OF KEYS IN YOUR CAR. Extra keys can easily be found if a thief takes time to look.
4. PARK IN WELL-LIGHTED AREAS. Over half of all vehicle thefts occur at night.
5. PARK IN ATTENDED LOTS. Auto thieves do not like witnesses and prefer unattended parking lots.
6. NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR RUNNING, EVEN IF YOU’LL ONLY BE GONE FOR A MINUTE. Vehicles are commonly stolen at convenience stores, gas stations, ATM’s, etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm up.
7. COMPLETELY CLOSE CAR WINDOWS WHEN PARKING. Don’t make it any easier for a thief to enter your vehicle.
8. DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES IN PLAIN VIEW. Don’t make your car a more desirable target and attract thieves by leaving valuables in plain sight.
9. PARK WITH YOUR WHEELS TURNED TOWARDS THE CURB. Make your car tough to tow away. Wheels should also be turned to the side in driveways and parking lots.
10. HAVE YOUR VEHICLE’S IDENTIFICATION PROTECTED—Permanent marking of your vehicle’s glass with Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)