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It's Pulaski Days on Grand Rapids' Westside this Weekend

It's Pulaski Days on Grand Rapids' Westside this Weekend

Pulaski Days will be in full swing this weekend, October 3rd-5th on the West Side of Grand Rapids, MI when all the Polish Halls will be open to the public for dancing and good times. Most halls open at Noon, Friday through Sunday and there will be lots of Polish food as well as libations.

Today, October 1st, there is a Kiebasa Eating Contest at 7:00pm at Eastern Ave Hall

Thursday, October 2nd, the Polish Falcons Hall on Fulton St. NW opens mid-afternoon for their Thirsty Thursday tradition. At 5:30pm they will begin serving food and at 7:00pm the Diddlesticks Band will play. No cover charge for this event.

Saturday, October 4th, a Parade will take place on the East Side of Grand Rapids

Sunday, October 5th, the last event of the celebration is a Raffle Drawing at 7:00pm at Kosciuzko Hall


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Homeless man's death ruled a homicide

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Police have determined that the man found dead by a construction crew died of internal injuries and the case is now a homicide.

Joseph Herbert Chenier, 56, was found September 25th
in Ann Street Park, a little-used park west of the Grand River near the ramp to US-131. Chenier had been homeless.

Police say that the Kent County Medical Examiner's Office determined that Chenier died as a result of internal injuries. Based on that information and the statements of witnesses, the case was upgraded to a homicide investigation.

Plainfield Township Farmers Market Open Until October 9th

Plainfield Township Farmers Market Open Until October 9th

Frontline Church on the corner of Plainfield and 5 Mile Rd. NE is the location of the weekly Farmer's Market. It is open on Tuesday and Thursday from Noon until 6:00pm and will run through Thursday, October 9, 2014.

The Market has room for 100 vendors and plenty of convenient parking. It's time to get those fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, meats and even hand made crafts.

Billboards ask for help with unsolved murders

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- His family is certain there are people in the community who know who murdered 22-year-old Lamar Ivy in 2011.

Somebody knows who killed Lamar,
says his father, Steve Burrell.
A whole lot of people know.

Relatives are hoping those with knowledge will come forward after they see a new billboard now up on Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids.

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Fire contained at Grand Rapids company

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Crews are cleaning up a fire at a Grand Rapids factory.

The fire broke out around noon at Hutchinson on Fuller NE near I-196. The fire was contained, but some employees experience smoke inhalation.

Traffic was backed up on Fuller for a short time.

Police identify man found dead in Grand Rapids park

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police have identified the homeless man found dead Thursday afternoon near the Grand River.

Construction workers discovered the body of 56-year-old Joseph Herbert Chenier around noon in Ann Street Park, a little-used park west of the river and near the northbound U.S. 131 ramp.

Neighbors have been complaining about homeless people in the area for weeks. Ann Street Park was shut down by the City of Grand Rapids years ago but over the past month, neighbors say homeless people moved in and were using the corner to panhandle.

They would then camp-out at the park at night.

"They're here all day long. A couple of Saturdays ago, a couple of them were passed out in front of the area. You can call non-emergency, but it's an on-going problem," said neighbor Kim Kordeck.

Construction begins on new Medical Mile apartments

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Construction is underway on a new $15 million mixed-use building on the Medical Mile.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 616 lofts was held at the corner of Michigan and Eastern this morning. The new four-story building will have 54 apartments and nearly 10,000 square feet of retail space.

The building is the first all-new construction effort undertaken by 616 Development, which specializes in urban community development.