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Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

The winners of the Comprehensive Therapy Center annual coloring contest will be honored on Monday, April 27th from 3 – 4:30pm at the “Read To Me Tea” held at the Women’s City Club of  Grand Rapids, MI., located at 254 E. Fulton. This years’ subject is Cars, Trucks and Things That Go.

Guest readers who will share stories include, Mayor George Heartwell, County Commissioner Candace Chives, Ronald McDonald House Charities of W. Michigan Representative, Lesa Dion, Mursalata Muhammad of GRCC and Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.

According to Jean Silbar, Executive Director of CTC, many of the children with whom we work, will not be the ones to win academic contests or star in sports, but they have such passion to excel in the therapy they receive. We are excited and pleased to honor their work.

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

The Grand Rapids Ametuer Astronomical Association invites the public on designated evenings from spring through the fall to experience the skies above.  A close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects are possible to be seen through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The first public observation night for the spring season is Saturday, April 25 from 9:30pm – 12:00am. This is an opportunity to see Jupiter, the Quarter Moon, along with clusters. The Spring – Fall Schedule is pictured below. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for kids, 17 & under, under 5 & GRPM Members are Free.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township.

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

News Release:

ChoiceOne Bank staff recently participated in Grand Valley State University’s Community Outreach Week: March 21-28, 2015. Jim Bosserd, President & CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, gave the effort his full support.

ChoiceOne bank staff donated their time and efforts at two Habitat for Humanity projects in the area. On March 25, they spent the day at the Newaygo County Habitat for Humanity ReStore painting and building structures. ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

On March 27, the volunteers spent the day at a Habitat home construction site in Grand Rapids helping to paint, trim, and provide overall maintenance.

GRFD crews battle West side house fire


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- There are new details about a house fire on Grand Rapids' west side that investigators say is suspicious. According to investigators, the homeowner says he thinks a gang is likely responsible for the fire that destroyed his home and damaged the one next door.

The fire started around 3:15 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 900 block of Watson Street Southwest. When firefighters arrived at the scene they found flames ripping through the front of the home and some flames on the home next door as well. Both homes were evacuated without injuries.

The homeowner was the only person inside the home where the fire started. He told police he thinks the fire is retaliation against someone who'd been staying with him but left a few days ago.

Investigators say the way the fire started makes gang activity seem a likely cause.

1st Ward commissioner will not seek re-election


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) Grand Rapids 1st Ward City Commissioner Walt Gutowski, Jr. announced Thursday that he won't be seeking another term in office.

Gutowski started on the commission in 2008 and will serve through the end of 2015. A new commissioner will be elected in November.

Read Gutowski's full statement below:

With Sincere Appreciation to the Citizens of Grand Rapids

My final term as First Ward Commissioner comes to a close on December 31, 2015. After a great deal of spiritual reflection and conversations with friends and family, I have decided that business commitments will prevent me from seeking another elected office at this time.

Student housing planned near GVSU downtown


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Rockford Construction will be break ground later this month on a West Side housing development designed for students.

Fulton Place will be located on Fulton Street West, between Lexington and Seward Streets, adjacent to Grand Valley State University's Pew campus.

The development will include three buildings: a 13,000-square-foot building with seven three-story townhomes, each with four bedrooms; a three-story 5,500-square-foot building with three apartments, each with three bedrooms; and a five-story 125,000-square-foot mixed-use building with 102 units with a mix of one bedrooms and lofts, two bedrooms and four bedrooms.

"We are seeing such a bigger demand for residential in this area and with the growth of the universities downtown we feel that we are meeting that additional demand," says Mike Mraz of Rockford Development.

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Gabriel Isaac Dehen, born October 16, 2014 at Metro Hospital, came into this world fighting and has a long journey ahead of him and his parents, David & Christina Dehen.

Gabriel was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around one of his arms that was completely limp. After ineffective respiratory efforts, he was placed on oxygen but then doctors noticed unusual movement of his arms that appeared to be symptoms of seizure activity. He was then transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for the next 42 days.

Gabriel was diagnosed with Severe Epilepsy & Neuro-Degenerative Disease, meaning his brain cells were diminished from his brain as well as his brain stem. He is now on 3 different seizure medicines.

Both David and Christina never planned to have her off from work for so long; her job granted her 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid leave for baby bonding time. Since that time she is only able to work a few hours a week due to Gabriel’s needs and care.