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West Catholic pulls away from Unity Christian


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- West Catholic survived a challenge from Unity Christian Friday night to post a 35-21 victory.

The Falcons scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to snap a 21-21 tie.


Habitat for Humanity halfway through West Side revitalization


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Habitat for Humanity is halfway through its campaign to help 200 families on the West Side of Grand Rapids get new homes.

The organization launched its Building Blocks Campaign one year ago Thursday.

Since then, it has raised 90 percent of its $5 million goal to revitalize five West Side neighborhoods.

About half of the organization's planned projects are also underway or completed.

One house under renovations will go to a woman who has waited eight years for her own home.

"It's exciting, 'cause I can have something that is mine," Elvira Torres said. "I can start fixing up something that I can look forward to in the future."

Linda Otterbridge pushes women in business to Hook A Sista Up

Linda Otterbridge pushes women in business to Hook A Sista Up

by Matthew Russell
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

There are many resources out there for those starting their first or newest business, but few of them cater specifically to the position and challenges women face in today’s world.

Grand Rapids plans new wayfinding signage to encourage more walking downtown

Grand Rapids plans new wayfinding signage to encourage more walking downtown

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

As organizers with Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. plan the installation of a new wayfinding system in the urban core of downtown Grand Rapids, they hope new signage will not only

2014 MidWest Ferret Fellowship Faire on September 20

2014 MidWest Ferret Fellowship Faire on September 20

The Midwest Ferret Fellowship invites the public the chance to see the judging of a variety of Ferrets at their best. 

This Faire takes place on Saturday, September 20 at 9:30am at a new venue, Whiskers University located at 2855 29th Street, Suite D in Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512.

This Faire is sanctioned by the American Ferret Association and proceeds will benefit the West Michigan Ferret Connection.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 7-15 yrs. Free for children under 7 with paid adult.

For details, visit www.midwestferretfellowship.org.

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

Ten West Michigan trails to explore this fall

by Stephanie Doublestein, photography by Adam Bird
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

The days are getting shorter, but don't resign yourself to settling in for a long, lazy season inside. One of Grand Rapids' greatest assets is the natural beauty that surrounds this mid-size city, with amenities that you won't even find in many big cities.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.