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School Supply Santa collecting again

School Supply Santa collecting again

The School Supply Santa all started eight years ago, thanks to Denise Kooiker of Byron Center, MI. Once again she is asking for your donations for kids in the Grand Rapids areas to start the upcoming school year.

Donations are distributed to administrators at schools in Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin, Godfrey-Lee and Vista Charter Academy. Adding to the list this year are Rockford and Grandville schools.

Donations of backpacks and all school supplies can be dropped off at all the Kent District Library branches, local Starbucks and Biggby coffee houses, Talsma Furniture stores, Macatawa Banks, Byron Community Recreation and Gaines Township Hall. The drive runs from August 1 – 28. More information is available at the School Supply Facebook page at Facebook.com/SchoolSupplySanta.

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Korean War veterans honored at veterans home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- They fought for our freedom in what many people describe as "the forgotten war."

On Tuesday, the 69 Korean War veterans living at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans were honored for their service. The ceremony coincided with the 62nd anniversary of the Korean armistice agreement, which happened this week in 1953.

The conflict in Korea did not receive much attention compared to that given to World War II or the Vietnam War, but the veterans we spoke with say they still appreciate the recognition more than 60 years later.

"It don't seem like it ever was recognized, and now that we've had someone recognize it, it makes me feel good to know that someone still remembers or somebody cares," said Walter Towns.

"It makes a man feel proud of himself," said William Wright. "It makes you feel good to know that some people respect you."

Lookout Park get a Facelift

Lookout Park get a Facelift

Universal Forest Products, along with Orion Construction, took the time to make some significant improvements to Lookout Park, located at 801 Fairview NE in Grand Rapids, MI. Lookout Park occupies hilltop property that was once part of the city’s old waterworks and overlooks the City of Grand Rapids. The park was aquired in 1911 for $4800.

Many improvements were made to the park, the grounds and some surrounding landscape areas.

We thank Jason Wheeler, PR Coordinator for Orion Construction, for bringing this great community project to our attention.

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

A popular metro Detroit Restaurant known for its’ Coney dogs and Greek specialties is expanding to West Michigan. Get ready for some of the best Hot Dogs around; Leo’s Coney Island is coming to Cascade, MI. The news store is to be located at 6080  28th St. SE, formerly the Family Video storefront.

This is a great opportunity for a job in a fun atmosphere. Leo’s is looking for managers, line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, bussers, servers and cashiers. These positions offer flexible schedules, no late nights, competitive pay and opportunities for advancement. Resumes may be sent to LeosConeyIslandGR@gmail.com

“Grand Rapids has one of the best economies in Michigan and across the nation,” said Bill Krall, owner/operator of Leo’s Coney Island. “Not only did we see this as an opportunity to tap into a booming market but also the chance to give a new community a dining option it currently doesn’t have.”

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Pickleball tournament raises money for GR Right to Life

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- West Michigan has some passionate Pickleball players. Never heard of it? Meteorologist Laura Hartman and Meredith TerHaar hit the court to learn about the sport that seems to be sweeping the nation. Watch the story to learn the basics.

The tournament, on August 8 and 9, is taking place at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids. It's a fundraiser for Grand Rapids Right to Life. Registration ends Friday, July 31, so if you are interested sign up now at http://www.grrtl.org/event/pickleball.

My Town: Grand Rapids youth police academy expected to have 'a huge payoff'

My Town: Grand Rapids youth police academy expected to have 'a huge payoff'

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)— The final youth police academy of the season begins this week.

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced the return of the program in February. The first session took place June 22; the second program starts on July 20. The academy is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Kent County area who might be interested in a career in law enforcement.

City officials hope the academy will inspire a new generation of officers.

"Our hope and our belief is some number of years down the line, this is going to have a huge payoff," City Manager Greg Sundstrom said earlier this year.

For more information, visit the Grand Rapids Police Department's website.


616 Lofts on Monroe begin leasing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- An upscale apartment building in downtown Grand Rapids is almost ready for renters.

Our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports developers of the 616 Lofts on Monroe have announced leasing is available.

The 156,000-square-foot building has undergone a nearly-$22-million renovation.

Phased move-ins for the building's 85 one- and two-bedroom apartments are scheduled for October.