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Women build Habitat home

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Habitat for Humanity is celebrating National Women Build Week, a program that challenges women to help build affordable housing in their local communities.

The Kent County Habitat chapter is working on a Women Build project on Arianna Street in northwest Grand Rapids.

Members of the Women Build Steering Committee worked today alongside Luke, whose family will buy the home when it's completed. He and his wife have one child, with a second on the way. They've been waiting for over a year for their new home and, in the meantime, have been putting in sweat equity on other Habitat homes. This one will be completed in September.

Human Interest Story - What a Difference a Letter can make

Human Interest Story - What a Difference a Letter can make

In this day and age, a personal letter from someone seems to be a rarity. Not so though with my friend and former neighbor, Sally Howard.

Sally has a hobby of collecting autographs from “Potentially Famous People” and has done it for years, knowing that one day one of these autographs will pay off, whether in notoriety or value. She has hundreds of them filed away in order.

Just recently, Sally told me a story about an unusual experience she had and how it turned out. This is her story:

Sally attended the Michigan State Diving Championship meet in March of this year being her grandson, Cameron, a sophomore, was diving for Grandville High School. She said, “While I was attending, I got the chance of a lifetime to experience the true meaning of what it takes to be outstanding in performance and character. Sally is referring to Will Brenner who is a senior at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, MI.

Free Healthy Michigan Renewal/Enrollment Assistance

Free Healthy Michigan Renewal/Enrollment Assistance

Cherry Health will host a free event to educate, answer questions and help community members enroll and renew their Healthy Michigan health insurance.  The event will take place on Thursday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kent District Library – Wyoming Branch, 3350 Michael Avenue, Wyoming.


Enrollment staff will be present to provide information about Healthy Michigan and how to sign up for health insurance or renew current insurance.  Staff will also be available to assist with Special Enrollment Period or SEP, for the Health Insurance Marketplace, for those who qualify.


Additionally, computers will be available for community members to use to enroll or renew their Healthy Michigan coverage.  Certified Application Counselors will assist with the enrollment process as needed.  Spanish assistance will also be available. 


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on Saturday

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on Saturday

The Grand Rapids Amateur Astrological Association invite the public to experience the amazing night sky and see a close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The month of May public observing nights are Saturday, May 9 & 30 from 9:30pm – 12:00am with an opportunity to see Venus, Jupiter, star clusters, galaxies & more. The spring – fall Schedule & what can be seen is pictured below.

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

ESPN X Games event coming to Grand Rapids

(Detroit Free Press) -- ESPN X Games has partnered with MasterCraft Boats to televise a new wakeboarding competition and world-record skifly attempt in August at Millennium Park Lake in Grand Rapids.

The wakeboarding contest, dubbed MasterCraft Throwdown, is an invitation-only competition that will take place Aug. 8 and be featured in a 90-minute telecast at 2:30 p.m. on ABC. It will include past X Games competitor and world champion Rusty Malinoski, along with other top-ranked pros. Wakeboarding was formerly a fully medaled X Games event in 1996-2005.

Waterski jumping officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to see Freddy Krueger attempt to soar the length of a football field and break the world skifly record of 299 feet, set by Jared Llewellyn in 2000.

Video shows Rapid bus driver fighting teen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – We have a new view of a fight involving a Rapid bus driver and a 15-year-old passenger, and it gives more details about what exactly happened between the driver, identified by police as Alicia Miller, and student Brianna Fluellen.


Brianna is a student at Union High School and was getting on the bus to go home. As Miller was trying to kick another student off the bus, Brianna laughed and told her she was "running her mouth."

The audio from surveillance video: