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Opinion: This is the Way I see It-Government Cell Phones

Opinion: This is the Way I see It-Government Cell Phones

Free Cell Phones; what will the next giveaway be?

I, along with a lot of other people, often wonder why the government ever decided to give away free phones to people. I can’t even begin to imagine the cost that is shared by every working person in the United State of America.

I see people who are covered with tattoos, smoking cigarettes, buying beer & booze and have a nice vehicle with these phones and wonder, if they can afford all these things, why can’t they afford a phone? Don’t they have family members that can be of help to them? Family are supposed to help their own.

I grew up in a large family who took care of themselves. We didn’t have a phone in our home until it was almost time for me to graduate from high school but we all seemed to survive. If it was something really important, we had a neighbor who was gracious enough to let us use their phone but that was rare.

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Students Learn R-E-S-P-E-C-T and What It Means for Their Success in School

KALAMAZOO, Mich., October 14, 2014—Students at Paramount Charter Academy are not only studying math, reading, and science this month, but they are also learning about respect and how it shapes their personal character.


Along with an academic program geared toward college prep, Paramount also offers a Moral Focus curriculum. Each month, teachers incorporate a different virtue into their lesson plans. The virtue for October is respect which is really important for teachers and students to hold for each other in order to have a successful classroom.


“We want our students to grow academically and emotionally,” said Principal Jodi Donkin. “Learning the virtues outlined in the Moral Focus curriculum helps students think about their actions and how they impact others.

Sable Homes Brings New Life to Oakfield Township Neighborhood

Sable Homes Brings New Life to Oakfield Township Neighborhood

Sable Homes Brings New Life to Oakfield Township Neighborhood

Energy efficient neighborhood centrally located between Rockford, Cedar Springs and Greenville Schools


ROCKFORD, Mich., Sept.  13, 2014 – Sable Homes is beginning construction on another neighborhood left unfinished during the recent recession. North Rockford Estates, located on 14 Mile in Oakfield Township between Ramsdell Drive and Harvard Avenue, can expect to see building beginning again by October.


The neighborhood was initially designed to be an energy efficient development consisting of 34 homes each on one acre lots. With only six homes currently built, Sable will build new homes on the remaining 28 lots to complete the community. The new homes are expected to earn a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) 5+ star rating.

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Portion of northeast G.R. under boil water advisory

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Residents of a northeast Grand Rapids neighborhood are under a boil water advisory.

The city says a water main broke Thursday evening, affecting about 90 residences within an area bounded by Boltwood Dr. NE, Riverside and Cheshire drives NE, Katherine Dr. NE, and Monroe Ave. NE.

Crews have fixed the water main, but the break might have allowed bacterial contamination. The boil water advisory is in effect until sampling confirms the water is safe to drink.

Grand Rapids residents with questions for the city can call 311 or 616-456-3000.

Woman charged in wrong-way fatal crash

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Charges have been filed against a woman in a wrong-way crash in September.

Michelle Carmelita-Mendoza Lerma has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death.

The crash happened at about 3:00am on September 14th on I-96 near the East Beltline. Gregory Gene Johnson, 58, of Grass Lake, was when Lerma allegedly was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes and hit his vehicle head on. Both vehicles caught fire. Johnson was killed at the scene. Lerma was pulled from her vehicle and survived.

Lerma has not yet been arraigned.

Thousands take part in Walk to School Day

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Thousands of students across Michigan took part in "Walk to School" day activities. During the 17th annual walk students ditched motorized transportation in favor of walking.

Event organizers work to create new and safe routes for children to walk to school. Event organizer Elizabeth Schafer says it is about more than just getting healthy, "Teaching them to support each other and have fun. Exercise definitely is a big component. We like the kids to be healthy and if you can walk to school that's something you can do that's very simple in order to be active."

The Michigan Fitness Foundation and MDOT are among the groups contributing to the annual event.