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Artists Creating Together students learn the Art of Gardening


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Artists Creating Together is once again partnering with the Creston Neighborhood Association for its Art of Gardening course. But this year, it's a course of 14 weeks instead of four. In that time, people 16 and older with disabilities have focused on three elements: gardening, culinary arts and visual arts.

Through ACT's partnership with the Creston Neighborhood Association's Carrier Street Garden, students have the opportunity to watch their plants grow for an entire season, and also to get involved in the community. Working with teaching artist Brienna Gerard, students are planting tomatoes, basil, lettuce, kale, herbs and more, while also learning about each part of a plant and each element of a garden.

Opinion: Robo Calls, Everyone's Nightmare

Opinion: Robo Calls, Everyone's Nightmare

I just read an article about robo calls in the Consumers Report magazine (September issue) called “Rage Against Robo Calls.” Telemarketing fraud that often begins with a robo call is estimated to cost consumers $350 Million dollars a year.

Some of the most common types of calls state that your computer has a virus, then promise to fix it, if you provide access to your computer, thereby opening the door to identity theft. The IRS scam is another one that has been going for months. The caller threatens, saying you will be jailed or imprisoned because of taxes you owe, even leaving messages like this on answering machines. In the first place, the IRS does not make phone calls and secondly, if you do not owe anything to the IRS, why would you ever take this serious? Another claims that you did not show for jury duty and asks that you verify your date of birth and Social Security number.

Parents, staff clean up Wellerwood school grounds


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Parents and staff are spending Wednesday raking and pulling up weeds at Wellerwood Early Childhood in Grand Rapids.

It's part of North Park Montessori's Spruce-Up Day, in anticipation of the new school year. North Park Montessori has seen major growth since 2011. Because of that, the Grand Rapids Public Schools district decided to reopen Wellerwood school to make room for more students. School leaders say cleaning up the school grounds is not only a win for the school but also for the community.

If you'd like to help out, you still have time. Volunteers will be working all day to clean up the school grounds. Wellerwood is located on Wellerwood Street in Grand Rapids, near 3 Mile and Cheney NE.


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."

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.”

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.