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G.R. City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss running for mayor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss says she would not be running for mayor if incumbent George Heartwell wasn't term limited and unable to run for reelection.

"If Mayor Heartwell would have run again, I would have gladly supported him," says Bliss. "He has done a great job leading our city."

But Mayor Heartwell must leave office at the end of the year, so on Wednesday Commissioner Bliss announced she is running to replace him.

"I believe the city is on a positive trajectory," she says. "We are the bright spot in this entire state. Maintaining that is going to be critical."

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BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

My Town: Shake Your Tail Feathers Hawaiian Luau on Jan. 31

My Town: Shake Your Tail Feathers Hawaiian Luau on Jan. 31

Summer comes to the community early with this great fundraiser to benefit the West Catholic Band Boosters this Saturday.

Shake Your Tail Feathers Dinner Dance 2015 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 31 in the West Catholic Cafetorium. This is the opportunity to enjoy margaritas with friends, experience a luau feast by Three Men & a Grill, try your luck at some raffles and take in some live music by Trilogy. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 6 p.m. with dinner scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each if purchased by Jan. 27; after that date, tickets are $35.

Get your tickets at the West Catholic High School's main office. West Catholic is located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. E-mail Sandy at rsfrazine@comcast.net or call (616) 293-7417 for more details.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

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My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.

UPDATE: Missing teen now home safe, say police

UPDATE AT 12:15 A.M. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Police have ended their search for a missing Rockford teenager after she was found safe.

Investigators issued a statement around 12:15 a.m. Thursday, stating Serena Dunbar was found at her home in Rockford. They say she is well.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A missing teen might be in danger after running away from a Grand Rapids facility Wednesday night.

Officers say Serena Dunbar, 15, was last seen around 8:34 p.m. when she left network180, 790 Fuller Ave. NE.

Crews blame house fire on electrical problem

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Crews say an electrical problem is to blame for an overnight house fire near Grand Rapids' Medical Mile.

It happened around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday on Lafayette Avenue just south of Michigan Street NE.

Firefighters tell us they arrived in time to find a small fire in the wall of the the multi-story house.

It took crews about 15 minutes to put out the fire.

Investigators couldn't tell us how many people were inside the home but they all made it out safely.