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My Town: Great Cloth Diaper Change record attempt April 26

My Town: Great Cloth Diaper Change record attempt April 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan parents will try to set a new diaper world record this weekend.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change starts at 11 a.m. on April 26 at Cedar Tree Birth and Wellness Center on Cherry Street.  Participating parents will try to break the current Guinness World Record of simultaneous cloth diaper changes- 8,301 diapers changed in 15 countries last year.  This year, 23 countries are expected to take part in the attempt.

This is the fourth year Grand Rapids has taken part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, which is aimed at raising awareness about the environmental benefits of cloth diapering.  Hop Scotch is teaming up with Grand Rapids-based Smart Bottoms Cloth Diapers to provide additional activities, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Masked gunman robs Grand Rapids gas station


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—Grand Rapids police are trying to track down a masked gunman who robbed a gas station late Tuesday night.

Officers were called to the BP at 1639 Leonard NW just after 11 p.m. Witnesses say a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a mask or bandanna flashed a handgun at a clerk and ran away with cash.

The man is described as six feet tall with a medium build. The Grand Rapids Major Case Team is trying to determine if the robbery may be linked to similar crimes in the area.


Celebrating Earth Week at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Celebrating Earth Week at the Grand Rapids Public Library


The Grand Rapids Public Library will hold a series of events celebrating Earth Week during the week of April 19-26, 2014. The events center around being a good steward of the earth, using locally produced goods, reuse of old items and more. All events are free and open to the public.

The week-long series kicks off with a Nature Photography Walk led by local photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to learn photography techniques while walking the Fred Meijer Trail at Millennium Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

G.R. Police search for 7/11 robber


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the gunman who held up a convenience store on Grand Rapids West side.

It happened around three this morning at the seven-eleven on Fulton Street near Lane.

Officers say the man was dressed in black, and wore a mask over his face.

No one was injured.


MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

West Catholic to adopt Pope John Paul II as patron Saint


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids West Catholic High is adopting Pope John Paul II as the school's patron saint. The school will host a special mass at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, in the gymnasium.

West Catholic Principal Cindy Kneibel and Billy Kasperlik stopped in to talk to Jennifer Pascua about Wednesday's festivities.


My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”