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Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

Mayor and Story Spinners to Read to Children with Disabilities

The winners of the Comprehensive Therapy Center annual coloring contest will be honored on Monday, April 27th from 3 – 4:30pm at the “Read To Me Tea” held at the Women’s City Club of  Grand Rapids, MI., located at 254 E. Fulton. This years’ subject is Cars, Trucks and Things That Go.

Guest readers who will share stories include, Mayor George Heartwell, County Commissioner Candace Chives, Ronald McDonald House Charities of W. Michigan Representative, Lesa Dion, Mursalata Muhammad of GRCC and Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.

According to Jean Silbar, Executive Director of CTC, many of the children with whom we work, will not be the ones to win academic contests or star in sports, but they have such passion to excel in the therapy they receive. We are excited and pleased to honor their work.

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Tossed cigarette causes house fire

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A family is expected to be able to stay in their home after investigators say a cigarette caused an overnight fire.

It happened in the Creston Heights neighborhood on Marietta Drive between North and College Avenues just before 1:30am.

Firefighters say a discarded cigarette caused flames near the back of the home, but they were able to put out the fire before any serious damage was done.

No one was injured and the fire was limited to the outside of the home.

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

GRAAA offers Public Observing Night on April 25

The Grand Rapids Ametuer Astronomical Association invites the public on designated evenings from spring through the fall to experience the skies above.  A close-up of craters on the moon, the rings around Saturn and other night sky objects are possible to be seen through several large & fully equipped telescopes.

The first public observation night for the spring season is Saturday, April 25 from 9:30pm – 12:00am. This is an opportunity to see Jupiter, the Quarter Moon, along with clusters. The Spring – Fall Schedule is pictured below. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for kids, 17 & under, under 5 & GRPM Members are Free.

Public Observing Night takes place at the James C. Veen Observatory located at 3308 Kissing Rock Ave. SE in Lowell Township.

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

ChoiceOne Bank Supports Habitat for Humanity

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ChoiceOne Bank staff recently participated in Grand Valley State University’s Community Outreach Week: March 21-28, 2015. Jim Bosserd, President & CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, gave the effort his full support.

ChoiceOne bank staff donated their time and efforts at two Habitat for Humanity projects in the area. On March 25, they spent the day at the Newaygo County Habitat for Humanity ReStore painting and building structures. ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

On March 27, the volunteers spent the day at a Habitat home construction site in Grand Rapids helping to paint, trim, and provide overall maintenance.

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Home health care business closes

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Spectrum Health is helping patients find a new place to buy home medical equipment after one company unexpectedly shut down.

The 'Home Care of Michigan' office on Michigan Street closed earlier this month. Officials with Spectrum Health say the hospital system used to have a partnership with the company, but disolved it last year.

Home Care provided specialty pharmacy, prosthetic and medical equipment services to hundreds of patients.

WZZM 13 attempted to contact Home Care, but did not receive a response.

Spectrum Health is telling patients to call 616-486-3063 to get referrals.

Intersection at Michigan & Fuller opens to traffic

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The intersection at Michigan and Fuller is back open to traffic a week ahead of schedule. The intersection re-opened around Noon on Saturday. The intersection closed on Saturday April 11 at 4:00 p.m. for a concrete overhaul.

The construction was supposed to take about two weeks, but crews working 10-12 hour shifts and good weather allowed construction finish in half of the scheduled time.

Grand Rapids Police say they issued 64 tickets to drivers cutting through business parking lots to avoid detours, each ticket cost drivers $170 and two points on their license.

Elzinga & Volkers Donates 70 Easter Baskets to Bethany Christian Services

Elzinga & Volkers Donates 70 Easter Baskets to Bethany Christian Services

Elzinga & Volkers recently donated 70 Easter baskets to the children at Bethany Christian Services as part of their 70 Random Acts of Kindness.