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Woman rescued from NE Grand Rapids fire

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids woman was taken to the hospital after a fire in her home Friday morning. Firefighters had to help her get out.

The fire began around 7 a.m. in the 1300 block of Bradford NE. The woman who lives there went to a nearby business to call 911, but then returned to the burning house. Firefighters pulled her out through a window.

Fire crews say the blaze appears to have started in the basement and accelerated quickly. They are investigating it as suspicious.

"We don't have a plausible explanation right now of why and how the fire spread so rapidly, so we're looking for those answers at this time," said GRFD Battalion Chief Bart Perry.

Firefighters did evacuate, because of concerns a floor could collapse.

The Grand Rapids arson squad is investigating this fire.

Summer block parties to benefit Vets Home

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Coming for your summer enjoyment - a weekly block party near downtown Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill will be holding block parties in front of their venue at 819 Ottawa Avenue on Wednesday nights, starting June 10. The events will cost $3 for admission, but $1 of that will go to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Also, $1 from every Perrin Veteran Pale Ale will also go to the Vets Home.

Teazers, which used to be in the location of the Garage Bar & Grill, used to hold weekly street parties as well.

There will be ten Wednesday block parties plus two more on June 26th, for the Freedom Cruise and August 1st, for the Headlight Run for Susan G. Komen.

Garage Bar Block Party Musical Acts:

June 10 Big Boss Blues

June 17 British Racing Green

Creston Market reopens after renovation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids neighborhood market is back open after an extensive remodeling project.

Creston Market is now home to a new walk-in wine cellar with a full-time certified sommelier. The business plans to host wine tastings, and the owners hope the market is just the beginning of a neighborhood revitalization.

"In order to really draw those folks in and make this a place that people want to live, we felt they needed a store like this," said Lawrence Duthler. "We really wanted to create a neighborhood market that would serve the existing community we've got right here in Creston, but also draw folks in from downtown and all of the surrounding areas."

The market will also sell fresh produce. Some of that produce will be grown through a nearby urban-farm initiative.

Creston Market is on Plainfield Avenue near Caledonia Street.

Free Healthy Michigan Renewal/Enrollment Assistance

Free Healthy Michigan Renewal/Enrollment Assistance

Cherry Health will host a free event to educate, answer questions and help community members enroll and renew their Healthy Michigan health insurance.  The event will take place on Thursday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kent District Library – Wyoming Branch, 3350 Michael Avenue, Wyoming.


Enrollment staff will be present to provide information about Healthy Michigan and how to sign up for health insurance or renew current insurance.  Staff will also be available to assist with Special Enrollment Period or SEP, for the Health Insurance Marketplace, for those who qualify.


Additionally, computers will be available for community members to use to enroll or renew their Healthy Michigan coverage.  Certified Application Counselors will assist with the enrollment process as needed.  Spanish assistance will also be available. 


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns on Saturday, May 9

49 million people face hunger every day, including 16,000 million children. The month of May is time for the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored by the Postal Service.

You have a chance to make a difference for those in need & put smiles on faces this Saturday, May9! Place non-perishable food items in a bag or box by your mailbox for the letter carriers in your area to pick up, while they drop off your mail.

These food items will be sorted & delivered to area food banks or pantries for families less fortunate.

Visit www.usps.com for more information.

Students Travel to National BPA Competition, Advisor Recognized into BPA Hall of Fame

Students Travel to National BPA Competition, Advisor Recognized into BPA Hall of Fame

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Body found outside Plainfield Ave. house

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police say there are no signs of foul play after a body was discovered Wednesday morning on the city's northeast side.

A 43-year-old man was found unresponsive outside a home near Plainfield Avenue and Hanover Street.

Medics attempted to resuscitate the man but were unable.

Police tell WZZM 13 the man was well known in the neighborhood but they are not releasing his identity until family is notified.