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Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Home Break-ins on South End of Grand Rapids

Two homes in the same development were broken into on Friday, October 24, 2014; one in the 200 block of Loch Lomond SE and the other in the 3300 Chevy Chase SE area. The break-ins occurred between 10am and 1pm while the homes were unoccupied.

After damaging doors to gain entry, the intruders spilled contents from drawers and cabinets, leaving the homes in a mess but nothing was taken.

A silver Chrysler van with black trim on the sides was seen in the area about the time of the break-ins. The vehicle may also have an Illinois license plate.

Anyone who may have information in regard to these crimes is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s office at 616-632-6357.

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School of Choice for Teachers

School of Choice for Teachers

Thanks to Schools of Choice programs in Michigan, students are afforded the opportunity to choose a school environment that best meets their learning needs. These programs also offer our state’s educators opportunities to teach in environments that are best suited for them. Just as some teachers flourish in a traditional school, there are those who prefer teaching at a virtual public school, such as Michigan Connections Academy, the school where I teach.

I work with an incredible team of teachers – they are state-certified, specially trained in online learning, recognized as Highly Qualified under the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act—and live in Michigan. In fact, even though we teach in a virtual school, more than 60 teachers travel to the school’s office in Lansing every day to lead online instruction for more than 1,700 students across Michigan in grades kindergarten through 12.

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Make a difference on Wednesday, October 22 for the precious cats of Crash's Landing by visiting one of 14 different Pizza Hut’s.

Print the flier from Crash Landing & Sid’s Sanctuary web site. Present the filier to one of 14 Pizza Hut locations from 11am – 11pm for Dine-in, Carry-out or Delivery to get 20% of your bill donated to Crash’s Landing and Sanctuary for their assistance with stray cats.

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Howl-o-Ween Hoof and Woof


EAST GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Hundreds turned out to celebrate Halloween this weekend with their 2 and 4 legged kids Sunday.

Bissell is held its Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof event Sunday at Manhattan Park in East Grand Rapids.

The event highlighted the importance of animal adoption and the special healing bond that pet have with families and kids.

Prizes were awarded for the best dog costumes with prizes ranging to gift baskets from Meijer and Dog Adventures and a year membership to Shaggy Pines.

The event raised money for several West Michigan charities.

Our Val Lego emcee'd the event and Dan Harland spent some chilly time in the dunk tank.


East Grand Rapids beats Grand Rapids Christian


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- East GR beat Grand Rapids Christian 31-7.

Bryce Henkey had 131 yards rushing for the Pioneers.


Student drivers to learn sharing road with bikes, motorcycles


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Student drivers will soon learn more ways to share the road safely with bicyclists and motorcyclists.

The Nathan Bower Act, a new state law signed by Governor Snyder this week, honors a 19-year-old motorcyclist killed in a 2009 crash with a driver who had recently finished the graduated driver's license program.

The new law requires drivers' education courses in our state to include lessons on bicycle and motorcycle awareness and safety.

Area cyclists, like Jason Schippert of the Grand Rapids Bicycle Company, say it's important for young drivers to know that cyclists, motorists, and motorcyclists all have the same rights on the road.