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Grand Rapids job fair to welcome veterans first

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Local veterans can get early access to a job fair tomorrow, featuring more than 1,300 jobs.

Veterans can arrive at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, to start speaking with employers before the general public is welcomed a half-hour later. It runs until 11:30 a.m.

Representatives from the manufacturing, hospitality, health care, retail and telecommunications industries will be there.

The fair will be held at the Michigan Works! Westside Service Center, located at 215 Straight Ave. NW.

New Holland breaks ground for GR's 'Knickerbocker' pub

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of West Michigan's most popular breweries is moving forward with plans to build its new location in Grand Rapids.

Construction has officially begun on New Holland Brewing Company's new brewpub, distillery and restaurant. It's located at the corner of Bridge Street and Broadway Avenue, on Grand Rapids' West Side.

The brewery's main location is on 8th Street in downtown Holland.

It will include a gin and whiskey cocktail bar, private rental spaces, food to go, more than 25 taps and a retail store.

New Holland plans to hire 150 employees for the new location.

Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

Become a Bone Marrow Donor; Save a Life

While volunteering this past weekend with WZZM13 and our “Make a Difference Day” event on the GVSU campus in Allendale, I was surprised to realize how little I really knew about bone marrow transplants. I’m sure a lot of you feel the same.

The main thing I learned was that 75% of the time, if you needed a bone marrow transplant, your immediate family would not qualify, meaning they would not be a match. That is when you turn to a place such as Michigan Blood. They are also connected to the National Registry.

Carly Glanzman Chosen as Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Carly Glanzman Chosen as Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Carly Glanzman has been chosen as the 2015 SHAPE Michigan Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Board of Directors of the Society of Health and Education Educators.

Working on her eleveth year as a physical education teacher at Kenowa Hills, Glanzman provides students with a nurturing, positive & safe learning experience. She is also a mentor for other physical education specialist and an alumni, guest speaker for GVSU to name a few.

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

GRAAA offers Final Veen Observatory Public Night

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky for the last time until next April. This is the opportunity to view a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

Don’t miss the final public observing night on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30pm – 10:00pm for the opportunity to see Uranus, Neptune & Gibbous Moon.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township. These Observing Nights are brought to you by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association.

Note: The Parking area is at the bottom of a quarter mile uphill walk. Ask parking lot attendant about available assistance. Public Observing Nights take place only when skies are clear on Saturday evening.

John Ball Zoo holding annual Halloween event

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- People of all ages can get a jump on celebrating Halloween this year at John Ball Zoo.

The annual Zoo Goes Boo event happens both this and next weekend.

This year, it will feature a number of attractions for people of all ages. We're talking dancers, drum circles, pumpkin carvers, magicians and more!

As for the animals, they'll get special treats to celebrate.

Admission to Zoo Goes Boo is $8, but you can pick up a $1 off coupon at participating Meijer stores.

For more information, visit the John Ball Zoo website.

Man, arrested after standoff, charged in stolen vehicle case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man who prompted a police standoff on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon has been charged.

Matthew Hendrik Vandyken, 38, was arraigned Friday on a charge of receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, a 10-year felony. He's held on $10,000 bond.

Police investigating a possible housing violation at Vandyken's home on Garfield near Atlantic say they found that stolen vehicle out back. When investigators with a search warrant made contact with Vandyken, he first tried fleeing before running back in his home and refusing to come out. Officers arrested him a few hours later.

His next court date is November 5.