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My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

My Town: Breton Village mall announces expansion and new retailers

My Town: Breton Village mall announces expansion and new retailers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As one store winds down business in Breton Village mall, two more are getting ready to move in.

Weeks after the owners of Pooh's Corner announced they are closing, Breton Village said Wednesday that Lululemon Athletica and Hot Mama have agreed to move into a new building being built at the mall.  Construction is underway on the 24,500 square foot facility, which is located at the corner of Breton and Burton.  The complex’s fourth and final building will have enough space for five to eight new retailers.

Breton Village currently includes Leigh’s, Anthropologie, Ann Taylor LOFT, JB and Me, Fitzgeralds, and D&W Fresh Market, among others.

Lululemon has been operating out of a temporary showroom in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village for the past 18 months.  The business sells athletic apparel for a variety of activities, including yoga and jogging.  This will be Lululemon’s first permanent store in West Michigan.

My Town EGR: Shuttered beauty boutique reopens as fitness store

My Town EGR: Shuttered beauty boutique reopens as fitness store

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Lolë Grand Rapids is officially open  in East Grand Rapids’ Gaslight Village.

The women's fitness store is located at 2213 Wealthy St. SE and is operated by Gazelle Sports.

The storefront is the former home of Smooch Beauty Boutique, which closed last May, after nearly seven years in business.  Despite a thriving spa services business, the owner of Smooch said the retail side of the business was hit hard by Grand Rapids competitors.

My Town: Lake Drive construction means driving detours

My Town: Lake Drive construction means driving detours

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Construction season isn’t waiting for the snow to disappear.

Work is beginning on a half-mile section of Lake Drive, from the East Beltline to the East Grand Rapids border.  The project includes replacing asphalt and adding new curb, gutter and drive approaches.  Phase I work will focus on the eastbound lanes of Lake Drive now through May 23; crews will focus on the westbound lanes during Phase II of the project, which is expected to run May 27 through June 20.

Drivers should detour onto East Paris and take Burton to East Beltline during Phase I of the project; no detour will be necessary during Phase II, but drivers can expect slowdowns.

Kamminga and Roodvoets, Inc. will be handling the road project, which should be complete near the end of June.

My Town EGR: Water main flushing to start soon

My Town EGR: Water main flushing to start soon

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  City crews are getting ready for a new phase of spring maintenance work.

From mid-April through mid-May, city workers will be flushing out water mains by opening up the city fire hydrants.  The work is expected to take place mostly from 7 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., however some work may be done overnight.  Residents in worker areas will be notified by yellow postcards; you can also see the work areas on this city map.

Residents in the work area may see their water pressure drop or rusty water.  If this happens, take the following steps:

EGR intersection still closed from power line mishap


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) An intersection in East Grand Rapids is still closed Thursday after power lines were pulled down Wednesday.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Reeds Lake Blvd. and Lakeside Dr. SE. Consumers Energy and the City of East Grand is asking people traveling in vehicles and walking to avoid the area while crews fix the lines. Consumers estimates the work should be done by around 8:00pm.

Witnesses tell WZZM 13 a DTE truck snagged a line and snapped two utility poles. One of the poles snapped off at the ground, sprung up in the air and smacked back down through the hood of a vehicle parked nearby.

No one was hurt, but power was knocked out in the surrounding area, including at many businesses in East Grand Rapids' Gaslight Village. Power has been restored.