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Last chance to get rid of fall yard waste in GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you live in the city of Grand Rapids and have leftover yard waste to get rid of, Saturday is your last chance.

Yard waste collection ended Friday morning, but the free drop off site will stay open until Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

It's located on Butterworth Street Southwest between O'Brien Road and Maynard Avenue.

For more information, visit the City of Grand Rapids' website.


Flames damage Grand Rapids Township home


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators are expected to return to the scene of an overnight house fire that badly damaged a home's roof, and other parts of the building as well.

It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday off of Hoag Avenue, between 3 and 4 Mile Roads. That's just east of Grand Rapids. The homeowner called 9-1-1 after noticing smoke, but by the time firefighters showed up, flames were shooting from the building.

Investigators believe the flames began near the garage, where a bulk of the fire came from. There were no hydrants in the area, but there was plenty of mutual aid trucking water in. Firefighters say the bigger problem was Thursday night's heavy winds.

Everyone made it out of the home safely.

Kent Co. deputies find missing G.R. man


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police say a missing Grand Rapids man with dementia has been found and is being evaluated by doctors.

Richard Bertrand Ott, 76, was last seen around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when he left his northeast Grand Rapids home, according to a police news release.

Kent County deputies found Ott and his car on Broadmoor Ave. SE near Patterson Ave. around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators say Ott was taken to an area hospital for a check because he had been without medication for diabetes.


Pearl Harbor veteran: 'We could hear the bombings'


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It has been 74 years since the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Monday, veterans gathered to pay tribute to the nearly 2,400 Americans killed on Dec. 7th, 1941, in Hawaii.

In a small chapel at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Bill Campbell speaks to a group of veterans.

"Many of you will probably remember the phrase, 'Remember Pearl Harbor,'" Campbell said. "And that was because it was one of the biggest things to happen to our country to that point."

Campbell worries that Americans are forgetting the day.

"That is why I mention over and over again remember to remember Pearl Harbor ..." he added.

At least three people with ties to Kent County died in the attacks. This includes a pair of brothers who were misidentified.

Creston Brewery slated for spring 2016 opening


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The old DeKorne Furniture showroom, built in the 1920s, will soon be the home to a new brewery.

Our partner the Grand rapids Business Journal reports construction on Creston Brewery starts in December.

The building's on Plainfield Avenue near Quimby Street.

The plan includes a 20-barrel brew system, taproom, restaurant, and entertainment venue.

The owners say it should be ready next spring or as they said, "by the time the snow melts."


More Self Less hosts "I Dream Beautiful" Christmas party


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Families and children in West Michigan will be treated to a special Christmas party thanks to the More Self Less "I Dream Beautiful" Christmas party.

More Self Less is a non-profit that focuses on ways to make a difference in the community.

This holiday season, they are looking to make the season a little bit brighter for families who are less fortunate, but with a twist.

The party provides a unique way for the donating family to meet the family they're sponsoring. They come together for a family-style dinner, sing Christmas carols and exchange gifts.

The "I Dream Beautiful" Christmas celebration is Sunday December 20, 2015 From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

It will be held at 3101 Leonard NE in Grand Rapids.

For more information about More Self Less, click here.

Ground broken on residential, retail Belknap project


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids neighborhood is getting a makeover, thanks to a new residential and retail development on the way.

Developers are building the complex on the corner of Coit and Hastings in the Belknap neighborhood.

The project, called the Gateway at Belknap, will have 88 apartments, a restaurant, and retail space. Orion Construction president John Wheeler said he believes it will have a positive impact on the neighborhood. "We're creating a $22-million value," he said. "That's pretty big."

The Gateway project is expected to be the beginning of what could be an overall revitalization of the neighborhood. It's within walking distance of the Medical Mile. "It's all good," Wheeler said. "The homes we bought were not in good condition," adding that Orion Construction bought 11 rental homes and tore them down to make space for the project.