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Man dies in G.R. motorcycle crash

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a motorcycle crash on the city's west side that left one man dead.

It happened just before 7 p.m. Thursday near Shawmut Boulevard and Wendover Road NW.

Witnesses tell police the 26-year-old motorcyclist was heading north on Shawmut at a high rate of speed when he lost control and crashed. The man later died at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

Officers are withholding the name of the motorcyclist until they have notified his name.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Special Services Unit at (616) 456-3771, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

G.R. breaks ground on city's largest storm water project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The largest storm water control project in Grand Rapids city history is underway.

Crews broke ground for the $1.2 million project at the entrance to Mary Waters Park Monday morning.

The city plans to install an underground storage facility to hold 720,000 gallons of storm water. The goal is to prevent flooding at the new Creston Plaza Apartments nearby on Clancy Avenue. It will also prevent contaminated runoff from entering the Grand River.

New chapel at Cornerstone University now open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A brand new chapel is now open at Cornerstone University.

The first chapel service in the new building was held Monday morning to kick off the university's 75th anniversary. The anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year, with events each month including concerts, academic speakers and artists.

"75 years this university has been here in Grand Rapids, equipping students to influence their world for Christ," said Bob Sack with Cornerstone. "For 75 years the chapel aspect has been nomadic. Five-six different locations where students worshiped over the years, so to have this arrive for the 75th anniversary is very special."

Community and alumni can attend an open house and service at the new chapel Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Cornerstone honors former university President

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cornerstone University faculty and staff are remembering former president and chancellor, Dr. W. Wilbert Welch. Dr. Welch passed away in July.

A community memorial service was held Monday morning in Christ Chapel on campus.

Welch started at the school with less than 150 students meeting in a church basement on Wealthy Street in 1959. During his years as president, he grew the small Bible institute into the accredited Christian liberal arts college that now serves nearly 3,000 students on the East Beltline campus. Dr. Welch served as president until 1983.

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.