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Excel Academy holds scavenger hunt to help new kindergartners

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Going to school for the first time can be scary for some children, but Excel Academy created a fun way for students to get to know their new surroundings. Rather than a traditional walk through the school, incoming kindergartners took part in a scavenger hunt Tuesday morning.

By following a map across school grounds, students met their teachers and became familiar with the school's classrooms and offices.

The event also helped acclimate the parents.

City of Grand Rapids announces MyGRCity Points

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2010

Recyclers and volunteers can earn MyGRCity Points
and support local businesses

Police: Sex offender arrested for giving 'massages' at Coopersville movie shoot

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sheriff's deputies say a registered sex offender is facing new assault charges for giving women massages at the shooting of the film "Touchback" in Ottawa County.

Timothy Ketchapaw, 39, was at the overnight filming session of the movie at Coopersville High School last Thursday, says Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Dept.

Bennett says Ketchapaw was posing as a massage therapist, and offered free massages on the set.  Several women complained, and the film crew's security escorted Ketchapaw from the set, but investigators say Ketchapaw did not leave the parking lot.

Deputies arrested Ketchapaw for being on school property -- a violation of his sex offender requirements -- and misdemeanor assault.

New website invites customers to track city's transformation progress

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2010


Grand Crossings Labor Day bridge walk

July 2010

City of Grand Rapids plans “Grand Crossings,” a Bridge Walk on Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2010, 8:00 a.m. , Ah-Nab-Awen Park

You don’t have to go all the way to the Mackinac Bridge to join the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.
Join your neighbors, invite your friends. Participants can walk as many as five miles, the equivalent of the Mackinac Bridge, and cross as many as seven bridges. The route is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all fitness levels. No sign-up is necessary. Please make sure you are physically able to participate. Mayor George K. Heartwell will lead the walk.
The City of Grand Rapids offers its own bridge walk on Labor Day, September 6, 2010, at 8:00 a.m., at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, near the corner of Pearl and Scribner, as part of the Active Michigan Summer initiative organized by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.

Find Burial Records Online

August 23, 2010

Find Burial Records Online
If you are searching for loved ones who are buried at any of the City’s six cemeteries (Fairplains, Fulton, Greenwood, Oakgrove, Oakhill, or Woodlawn) you can now find information online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Simply go to the website http://cemetery.grcity.us to search by name. Information such as the date of birth, age, burial location, gender, place of death, date of death, spouse’s name, mother’s name, and father’s name (if available) can all be found with the click of a button. This new webpage is a great resource for families of loved ones and genealogists.

Armed, masked men break into Grand Rapids home, threaten family

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids home was broken into by three masked men armed with guns. A homeowner was assaulted before the men took off.

Police responded to the 800 block of Clancy NE where a family was assaulted shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday morning. 

They say three men wearing masks and toting guns broke into the home and gathered the occupants including a man, woman and several small children. 

The trio demanded cash. The male victim was struck on the back of the head with an unknown object when he refused. Police say he was not seriously injured.

The three men fled and escaped in a dark-colored vehicle parked behind the house.

The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating this incident.