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My Town EGR: West Catholic students to earn credits from Aquinas College

My Town EGR: West Catholic students to earn credits from Aquinas College

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Students of West Catholic High School will have a new opportunity to earn college credits beginning this fall.

The school is teaming up with Aquinas College to create a dual enrollment pilot program.  Eligible juniors and seniors will have a chance to take Principles of Accounting in the fall and Principles of Management in the spring.  The college courses will have the same rigor and expectations as those taught on Aquinas’ campus, but will be taught at the high school by Aquinas faculty.  West Catholic students will not need to pay additional tuition for the classes, but will be required to purchase their own books.

Free Slurpees Friday at 7-11

Free Slurpees Friday at 7-11


(USA TODAY) - A free Slurpee may no longer be enough to make folks stop, so 7-Eleven plans to boost its odds of luring tech-savvy consumers into the store for its 87th birthday celebration.

Sure, again this year the chain will give away millions of free 12-ounce Slurpees on its birthday on Friday.

My Town: Survey reveals why students attend online and blended learning schools

My Town: Survey reveals why students attend online and blended learning schools

According to a recent Parent Satisfaction Survey, families enrolled at Connections Education’s tuition-free, full-time online and blended public schools serving children across Michigan continue to be overwhelmingly pleased with their children’s educational experience.

Officer Kozminski's parents reflect on his death


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Seven years ago, on July 8th, 2007, everything changed for Richard and Maria Kozminski.

That's the day their youngest son, a Grand Rapids Police officer, was shot and killed.

It still isn't easy.

"You hear a siren a couple of times a day, you think about what happened," says Richard. "Do I still think about my son? All the time."

Officer Robert Kozminski was shot and killed while responding to a call for help from the wife of Jeffery Van Vels. It was Van Vels who killed him.

RELATED: GRPD Sgt. speaks on death of his partner

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

My Town: Founder of Kids' Food Basket honored with highest award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A Grand Rapids woman who pioneered a program to help feed children in need is earning recognition from the state.

On June 30, Mary K. Hoodhood accepted the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism.  The award is the most prestigious of the Governor’s Service Awards, honoring an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to their community. 

In 1980, a vehicle accident put Hoodhood in a wheelchair, but also started her on a path to volunteering, which began with the Meals on Wheels program at God’s Kitchen.  In 2001, she founded Kids' Food Basket to combat childhood hunger.  The program started by providing evening meals to 125 children at three Grand Rapids public schools; now 5,700 children at 32 schools in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming rely on it, as well as 600 kids at two Muskegon schools.

GRPD finds suspect in reported abduction, domestic assault


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police officers have found a man they say took his girlfriend's 22-month-old child while fleeing the scene of a domestic violence incident Monday afternoon.

Officers were responding to a reported domestic assault at a home on the 900 block of Crosby NW just before 2 o'clock. During that response, they learned the suspect fled the scene and took the child. Investigators searched the northwest side, including cemeteries and woods near Richmond and Garfield. During the search, the suspect contacted police and told authorities he was considering harming himself. Officers say he didn't make any direct statement about hurting the child.

Police eventually found the man and the child near Alpine and 7th St. Both the man and the child were unharmed.

My Town: Grandwich competition returns to Grand Rapids July 8

My Town: Grandwich competition returns to Grand Rapids July 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Restaurants across Grand Rapids will give you a new solution to satisfy your taste buds starting Tuesday, July 8 as the Grandwich competition returns.

This is the 4th year for the contest, which determines Grand Rapids’ favorite sandwich.  This year, there are 26 entries featuring a variety of ingredients, from a bun made of deep fried Ramen noodles to jicama slaw.   This year’s entries include:

  • Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese – A Moveable Feast
  • Crazy Train- Bagger Dave’s
  • Picnic on the Grand – Birch Lodge
  • Name TBA - Bulls Head Tavern
  • Madame Cheshire –Cheshire Grill
  • Gwammich- CitySen Lounge in CityFlats Hotel
  • Name TBA- Fat Johnny’s Cheesesteak Co.
  • Rueben Cuban- Flanagan’s Irish Pub
  • Wake-N-Bacon – Grand Rapids Brewing Company
  • Sausage Mac Daddy- Grand Woods Lodge
  • Über – Hopcat
  • El Zorro – McFaddens Restaurant and Salo