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Union HS gets donation to renovate library


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Union High School has received a large donation to help renovate the school's library.

Ruth's Chris Steak House raised $85,000 during its charity golf classic this year. Each year, the money raised from the event is donated to a different cause. This year, it goes to Union High School.

The library at the school was last updated 15 years ago and is in need of new equipment, including computers.

Tom Mamikowski -"The vision for the library is really to create a space that enriches students and fosters a sense of achievement in the space," said Tom Mamikowski. "We're doing that through group collaboration areas, training areas, heads-down individual work."

The charity golf classic is sponsored by Amway and Haworth.


Cauliflower-One of Fall's great Vegetables Prepared Simple

Cauliflower-One of Fall's great Vegetables Prepared Simple

I bought a large head of cauliflower recently and just yesterday decided to prepare it. I decided to do it the simple way, steaming. Here is what I did to fix it and enjoy some real good eating.

Steamed Cauliflower

1 large head of Cauliflower

Salt & Pepper

Cheese-your choice (shredded or sliced)

You'll need a double boiler with holes in the top pan or use a collander over a pan of hot water. Just put about an inch and a half of water in the lower pan and bring to a boil. Turn the burner down so the water just continues to boil slowly.

Turn the head of cauliflower upside down and cut out part of the stem, removing the leaves. You don't have to cut deep, just far enough so all the leaves fall away. Wash the cauliflower and sprinkle the top with salt & pepper.

Celebrate Polish culture with the West Side Polka Crawl


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) --It's a great way to celebrate Grand Rapids' Polish Culture! Elena Chaidez and Stephanie Hecksel from the Polish Falcons Ladies Auxiliary, shared more about the West Side Polka Crawl on the WZZM13 Weekend Morning News.

The Polka Crawl happens Saturday September 13th, beginning at 1:00pm. The route takes participants from Polish Falcons, to Joey's Lounge, Putt Putt's Bar, Laddie's Hall, Koscuiszko Hall, and Fulton St. Pub and Grill.


West Catholic posts another impressive win


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- West Catholic roared to a 17-0 halftime lead and defeated Forest Hills Eastern 38-14 Friday night in a battle of unbeatens.

The Falcons improved to 3-0, their best start since 2009.

Travis Russell scored three touchdowns, each on 1-yard runs.

Lasavian Majewski and Patrick Truskowksi also had scores for West Catholic.


Doctors: Too dangerous to remove bullet from woman's shoulder


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman shot while trying to get her children out of the line of fire is out of the hospital, but doctors say they are unable to remove the bullet.

Amelia Lockridge, 33, was shot in the shoulder Tuesday night while two groups of young men fought on Jennette Ave. in northwest Grand Rapids.

Doctors determined its too dangerous to remove the stray bullet that hit her.

Witnesses say the gunfire came as a group of young men arrived on the avenue about 8 o'clock at night to confront another group at a house in the neighborhood. It started as a fist fight, but at least one of the outsiders pulled a gun and started firing. Lockridge's mother says the young mother was rushing her children inside when she was shot.

"All of a sudden, I turn and see a guy over there with a gun, and I hear 'pop, pop, pop,'" said neighbor Myrdis Scott.

GRPD investigating West Side shooting


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating a shooting.

It happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening on Jennette Ave. NW near 12th St.

Police say someone reported a group of kids fighting in the street. Another caller then reported that shots were fired, and a third caller told authorities someone had been hit by gunfire.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was struck in the shoulder and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say she was a bystander.


Chemical plume released at Haviland Enterprises in G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are wrapping up on the scene of a hazardous materials situation at Haviland Enterprises in northwest Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Fire Department battalion chief Dan Stoddard told WZZM 13 pool chemicals, known as oxiders, got wet, creating a chlorine plume at the chemical plant located at Ann Street and Turner Avenue NW.

Firefighters evacuated businesses along Turner where the plume was strongest. Residents living north of the area were advised to stay inside because the gas release could create breathing discomfort.

Crews closed several roads in the area including: Ann Street between Alpine and Monroe; the U.S. 131 exits to Ann Street; and Turner Avenue. The chemical leak also forced a CSX train to idle north of Ann. Authorities say traffic has returned to normal.