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Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

REgistration is required to attend an informative orientation to learn about Bethany Christian Services Foster Care Program.

Refugee youth, who have been separated from their families by community violence, war and abuse are desperate to live in a an accepting and loving foster home that helps welcome them to our country and prepares them for future independence.

This orientation takes place Monday, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Michigan Refugee Services located at 1050 36th Street, Suite 400 in GRand Rapids.

Dinner will be provided. There is no required commitment to this free orientation.

RSVP at (616)365-50096 or visit www.bethany.org/rfc for more information.

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced

My Town: New Director of Parks and Recreation announced


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (City of Grand Rapids)-- David Marquardt has joined the City of Grand Rapids as its new Parks and Recreation Director. “I am pleased David has chosen to be part of our team. His experience in leading the Planning, Design and Construction division of the Denver Parks Department positions him well to jump in and lead implementation of parks millage investments,” said City Manager Gregory Sundstrom.

In the final stages of the interview process, Marquardt visited Grand Rapids and had an opportunity to meet community members, park advocates, and City officials. Reflecting on that process, Marquardt stated, “I was impressed by the community’s demonstrated commitment to parks and recreation services. There is energy here that is intriguing and exciting.”

Police seek driver who hit 4-year-old sledder

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are investigating a hit-and-run crash involving a Buick that hit a four-year-old boy who was sledding in Richmond Park.

Witnesses say two white men in their early twenties were in the vehicle that hit Gabriel Castillo Jr. around 7 p.m. Saturday. A witness got the license plate information, and officers found the car about an hour later at the registered owner's Walker home. Police are now looking to question the car's owner and the person who was driving during the accident.

Gabriel is expected to recover.

"He is a four-year-old boy, he didn't deserve that," said Sarah Alflen, the boy's mother, shortly after the accident. "You could have stopped and at least made sure he was okay."

Alflen told WZZM 13 that her son suffered several broken ribs, a concussion, and a broken collarbone.

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

City's risk manager reviews sledding hill after accident

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - On Saturday, a four-year-old boy sledding at Richmond Park veered off course into the street and was struck by a car. It's prompted questions from parents and residents about the safety of a hill so close to a busy street not having barriers to prevent such an accident.

Gabriel Castillo Jr. is now recovering at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but his accident has raised some questions.

Craig Coulson is the risk manager for the City of Grand Rapids. One of his jobs is to minimize risk on the city's properties, including parks. Since the accident he has visited Richmond Park.

"When someone gets hurt in a park, if and when it is reported, we will review it with staff," explains Coulson. "We will try to do some problem solving and some corrective action."

My Town: Shake Your Tail Feathers Hawaiian Luau on Jan. 31

My Town: Shake Your Tail Feathers Hawaiian Luau on Jan. 31

Summer comes to the community early with this great fundraiser to benefit the West Catholic Band Boosters this Saturday.

Shake Your Tail Feathers Dinner Dance 2015 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 31 in the West Catholic Cafetorium. This is the opportunity to enjoy margaritas with friends, experience a luau feast by Three Men & a Grill, try your luck at some raffles and take in some live music by Trilogy. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 6 p.m. with dinner scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each if purchased by Jan. 27; after that date, tickets are $35.

Get your tickets at the West Catholic High School's main office. West Catholic is located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. E-mail Sandy at rsfrazine@comcast.net or call (616) 293-7417 for more details.

Standoff in Grand Rapids ends with no injuries

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A police standoff near the intersection of Courtney and Garfield in Grand Rapids is over. Investigators say around 6:15 Sunday evening there was a family dispute, one of the people involved claimed a shot was fired.

Grand Rapids Police say the initial investigation shows the weapon involved was a BB Gun. They are in the process of talking to everyone involved, and have not made a decision if anyone will be charged.

Investigators say no one was injured during the incident, and they left the area around 8:00 p.m.