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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.

GRPD: Man holes up in home after housing violation investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- An investigation into a possible housing violation on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon led to a noticeable police presence in that area.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says officers were investigating the housing violation complaint in the 900 block of Garfield, south of Walker, around 3:45 p.m. They found car parts and a stolen vehicle on the property, so they called in the combined auto theft team. That team got a search warrant for the home.

Officers say that when they tried speaking with the 38-year-old man who lives there, he tried to flee before running back inside and refusing to come out.

GRPD says it apprehended the man by about 7 p.m.

Pedestrian hit on Grand Rapid's Northwest side

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police are investigating an accident involving pedestrian and a car. It happened shortly after 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Lane and Chatham on the city's Northwest side.

Investigators believe there was a fight between the 21 year old pedestrian and the people inside an SUV. Police say the SUV drove around the block, came back, and hit the man in the street. He was found conscious in the street and taken to Butterworth Hospital. He is listed in critical condition, with life threatening injuries. The driver took off before police arrived.

Police closed part of Chatham during the investigation.

GRPD is looking for the SUV and the driver. They say it's large and dark colored, possibly a Chevy Suburban. It may have damage from the incident.

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Taste of Greece November 6th & 7th in Grand Rapids

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 11am – 8pm and Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9am – 1pm is the Annual Taste of Greece at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This group is known for their Souvlaki at the Festival of Arts and Yassou Greekfest.

There will be delicious food for dining in or take out all day long. A great menu of Greek Style Lasagna, Salad, Spinach Pie/pita, fresh baked breads and Greeks pastries will be available.

There will be pastries and imported gifts to purchase throughtout the day along with beer & wine available after 5pm.

The church is located at 330 Lakeskide Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, MI., across from Romence Gardens Greenhouse. A donation of $12 for the dinner is appreciated.

Additional information can be found at 616-454-6563 or check them out on Facebook at YassouFest or www.GRGreekfest.com