Jennifer Moss

WGVU Host

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.

She's interviewed everyone from U.S. Presidents to Oprah Winfrey; Bishop Desmond Tutu to amazing young students. She's skied with Special Olympians and has flown an F-16 fighter jet.

Jennifer loves the community in which she lives and thus remains very active. She has been recognized for outstanding community service and received the "Giants" award in Grand Rapids.

Jennifer has two teenage sons at home and a daughter and grandson in Indianapolis. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Spectrum Health

In an effort to improve access to care, Spectrum Health is opening its first retail-based walk-n clinic this week. 

“This is a great blending of two West Michigan entities that are quite present in our community so we’re quite excited to have this partnership.”

And this partnership is expected to help make health and wellness a part of people’s everyday lives.  Dr. Ed Millermaier, Spectrum’s chief of the department of primary health says the new walk in-clinic operated by Spectrum Health will be located in the new Hudsonville Meijer.   

The Salvation Army Kroc Center is encouraging family fitness and fun during this summer’s hot spell.  For the rest of the month, they’re hosting free, family fitness nights.

“As hot as it’s been lately, everybody’s been looking for ways to cool off… and the Kroc Center is a great place to do that.”

That’s Jon Shaner, Marketing and P.R. Director for the Salvation Army Kroc Center.  He says they’re holding a series of “Family Fun and Fitness Nights” for the rest of this month.

Summer is now in full swing and the 4th of July is upon us.  Lots of summer fun to be had and that includes water fun.  Swim experts at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids say make sure you pay attention while out near the water.  They add, if you don’t know how to swim, there’s still time to learn. 

A good part of summer play is hanging out by the pool or at the lake.  And while there’s lots of fun to be had, there are also areas of concern, like water safety.  And drownings.

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Mel Trotter Ministries

With one success under their belt, Mel Trotter Ministries is rolling out another transitional house, this time for women who are experiencing homelessness.  Last year there was housing for youth… this year, the ministry has established “Melanie House.” 

“It is almost impossible for some of our folks to find rentals they can afford on the bus lines so they can get to work; so this is an important step for the community.”

The city of Grand Rapids recently received a grant that supports community planning to include high quality parks within in a ten minute walk for all residents.  It’s a 40-thousand dollar grant from the National Recreation and Park Association

The grant funding will be used to support community planning efforts that help increase access for residents to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk – or a half-mile.  David Marquardt is the director of G.R. Parks and Recreation.

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Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association

The flowers are in full bloom and there’s no better place to see them than at the Ottawa Hills annual garden tour.  That from organizers of the tour.  It’s a self-guided tour that starts off at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary on Iroquois.   

The Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association is celebrating its 25th annual Garden Tour.  Gardens large and small are on display.

“It started back in 1993, and has been growing steadily and getting larger every year. “

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Spectrum Health / spectrumhealth.org

The Spectrum Health Cancer Center is celebrating Cancer Survivors Day 2018.  It’s tomorrow at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

Hundreds of cancer survivors and the families and friends of current and former cancer patients will spend the afternoon enjoying live music and art among many other complimentary activities.

The event runs from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Those in need can receive complimentary dental services tomorrow and Saturday at   The Michigan Mission of Mercy is hosting the free dental clinic at Calvin College's Huizinga Tennis and Track Center.  It’s offered by the Michigan Dental Association Foundation.  Michigan's Mission of Mercy started in 2013 and has donated three million dollars so far in complimentary dental services to more than four thousand patients.

AAA Michigan is warning motorists about the 100 deadliest days.  It’s the annual notification of the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when kids are out of school and are on the roads more.  Local representatives offer some tips for teens and parents.

“Teen driver involved crashes kill 10 people a day during the 100 deadliest days.”

That’s Steven Giffel, AAA Field Manager in West Michigan. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says the average of ten people per day is a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year.  The statistics are alarming.

The City of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University are looking for your input on a street closure near Fulton Avenue.  A survey is now available online.

“With the campus continuing to develop downtown, we want to make sure we’re meeting both pedestrian and bicycle needs of the campus as well as a circulating network for the public as well.”

That’s Chris Zull, Traffic Safety Manager with City of Grand Rapids explaining why they wanted to study the closure of the intersection of Mt. Vernon Southwest at Fulton. 

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