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City of Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K

City of Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K

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The 3rd Annual Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The event is organized in partnership by the Kalamazoo Area Runners and the City of Portage. We encourage you to join in the celebration by participating or volunteering, or just coming out to cheer on the runners and walkers.

While the course was designed to limit impact on vehicular traffic, several street closures and detours throughout the city will be in place on race morning. See attached map for a complete course map. The following streets will be closed or have limited access during the estimated times indicated below the morning of Sunday, March 1, 2015:

• Full closure (barricades) on South Westnedge Avenue between East Centre Avenue and Bacon Avenue (7:45 – 9:30am)

My Town Kalamazoo: Allied Superfund Site redevelopment public meeting Thursday, Feb. 26

My Town Kalamazoo: Allied Superfund Site redevelopment public meeting Thursday, Feb. 26

----NEWS RELEASE---

The City of Kalamazoo will hold a public meeting to discuss the recent redevelopment option that has been proposed for the Allied Landfill Superfund Site located between Alcott Street and Cork Street on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6 p.m.  This public meeting will be held in the gymnasium at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI  49001.

Representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency-Region 5 and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will also be available during the informal discussion time at the meeting to answer questions and receive input.

My Town: Earth Fare now open in Portage

My Town: Earth Fare now open in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich.--  Shoppers looking for healthy food now have a new option in Portage.

Earth Fare welcomed its first West Michigan customers Wednesday morning. The new store offers fresh meats and dairy that are free of antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones.  The store also sells foods that are free of artificial and trans fats,  high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, bleached and bromated flour artificial flavors and artificial colors. Earth Fare says it offers more organic produce than any other store.

The new store is located at 5070 S. Westnedge Ave in Portage, Michigan. Sign-up for e-mail offers at EarthFare.com/Westnedge.

WMU Fraternity “Freezin’ for a Reason” Fundraiser, February 24-26

WMU Fraternity “Freezin’ for a Reason” Fundraiser, February 24-26

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- Members of Western Michigan University’s Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity will camp out for 48 consecutive hours to raise funds for Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, February 24-26. The current weather forecast is calling for highs in the 20s, sub-zero lows, and snow showers. The ATO brothers hope to raise $3,000 and are prepared for the weather, they claim, because they know they will be “freezin’ for a reason.”

The campout will take place at the flag poles in front of the Wesley Foundation from noon on Tuesday, February 24 to noon on Thursday, February 26. The community can visit the campers, learn more about Habitat for Humanity, and, of course, make a donation.

Lenten Fish Fry List - 2015

Lenten Fish Fry List - 2015

(WZZM) - Lent is underway and we have a list of area churches and organizations offering fish on Friday's for the next 40 days.


Some churches are having events on Good Friday (4/3) and some are not.  For further details and confirmations on any listing, you may want to call ahead.


If you have a Fish Fry not listed here, send details to webmaster@wzzm13.com.


 If the database is not displaying for you, check this link on a desktop computer.


Online Database by Caspio

Forget the Groundhog! Homeless Walk, Baseball Gifts Signal Spring

Forget the Groundhog! Homeless Walk, Baseball Gifts Signal Spring

News Release:

Two sure signs of spring are baseball and Housing Resources Inc.’s annual A Walk To End Homelessness. Both of these are coming together thanks to generous incentives by baseball legend Derek Jeter and hometown team the Kalamazoo Growlers.

Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop from Kalamazoo who retired from baseball in 2014, donated an autographed 8x10 photo through the Turn 2 Foundation to help encourage more pledges and participants in the walk. HRI will award the photo, with certificate of authentication, to the individual who raises the most funds through the event.

My Town: Community to debate waste collection changes in Portage Feb. 18

My Town: Community to debate waste collection changes in Portage Feb. 18
align="CENTER">-----NEWS RELEASE--- align="LEFT"> The Portage City Council is considering a change to the city collection programs, including the Fall Leaf Collection, Spring Cleanup and Quarterly Curbside Brush Collection programs, to allow for collection of these items along private roads by the City of Portage. Currently, these programs are not available to those residential properties located adjacent to private roads.