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West Catholic to adopt Pope John Paul II as patron Saint

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids West Catholic High is adopting Pope John Paul II as the school's patron saint. The school will host a special mass at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, in the gymnasium.

West Catholic Principal Cindy Kneibel and Billy Kasperlik stopped in to talk to Jennifer Pascua about Wednesday's festivities.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

Man with knife robs woman at ATM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police hope surveillance images will help identify a man who robbed a woman at a drive through ATM at knife point.

The man approached a woman in her car around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, while she was using an ATM at the Fifth Third Bank branch at 805 Leonard St. NW.

Police say the man used a large hunting knife and demanded money, which the victim refused. But she had already entered her PIN number into the machine.

The man withdrew $60 and tried to get into the car, but was unable because the doors were locked. The man then ran north on Alpine Avenue NW with another person.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5'6'' tall and 140-145 lbs. He was wearing gloves, black pants and a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head.

The victim says the man spoke with a Spanish accent.

A special Easter dessert - Strawberry Pie

A special Easter dessert - Strawberry Pie

I promised to publish a recipe a couple times a month on My Town but I think I overlooked it this past weekend, so here is a great suggestion for a pretty and delicious dessert for your Easter Dinner. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.   Kal


  • 4 cups strawberries, washed & sliced
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 oz. strawberry gelatin
  • 9” baked pie crust

Wash berries and let dry on paper towels. Quarter or slice berries into a bowl.

Put the water, sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir continually over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Boil until the mixture is clear and thick, approx. 2 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the gelatin and stir until it is dissolved.

Donations needed for John Ball Park Easter Egg Hunt

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Organizers of the John Ball Park Easter Egg Hunt are asking for donations.

Each year, approximately 3,000 children fill the park to hunt for candy. The Optimist Club of Grand Rapids, which organizes the event, relies on donations of both cash and candy to keep the hunt free to families. Other donation options include clothing, including t-shirts or school uniforms, small toys and bicycles.

Bob Wallington says he's been the lead organizer for the event for decades, all because of the children.

"I've been doing it for 20-some years and I love the way the little kids say thank you. They hug your leg, they enjoy it. A lot of the kids in the neighborhood have to walk or don't have the means to get treats for Easter so we try to do the best we can for them," he explains.

Brann's Steakhouse celebrates 40 years on Leonard St.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- An anchor restaurant in the West Leonard business district is celebrating four decades in business.

Brann's Steakhouse and Sports Grille opened on on Grand Rapids' West Side in the spring of 1974.

Tuesday, owners Johnny and Sandy Brann were honored for their 40 years on Leonard Street and the work they have done for the community.

Brann's opened its first restaurant in Grand Rapids in 1960; it now has 11 locations all over the state.

My Town GR West: The Geek Group welcomes design software donation

My Town GR West: The Geek Group welcomes design software donation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Geek Group has a new tool to help design future projects.

The organization, located at 902 Leonard Street NW, recently received a donation from Autodesk Inc. of more than $200,000 in 3D design software.  The donation gives the Geek Group access to programs to better create new products, works of art or educate themselves.

The Geek Group says it’s the only public organization in West Michigan that provides equipment and resources for anyone to take their idea from design to prototype to full production, all in one facility.  The Geek Group is also equipped with seven 3D printers and machining equipment. Staff and volunteers who are experts in CAD design, prototyping and CNC machining are also available to help members. 

Geek Group reopened to the public about a month ago, after a loose screw on a control for the Tesla coil caused a chain reaction fire on Jan. 2.