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Bicyclists of all ages welcomed in Gaslight Criterium

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The streets of East Grand Rapids were closed most of the day on Sunday for the Fox Subaru Gaslight Criterium.

The closed course bicycle race was open to all ages and experience levels. There were more than a dozen races throughout the day, running from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The event even featured two different races for children under 13, that they try to keep fun.

"For the little kids, they race down the straightaway and we have popsicles when they finish," said race director, Chad Everts. "It's a lot of fun, Griff was here for the Griffins... and for the bigger kids, they do a whole lap."

Organizers say events like the Gaslight Criterium expose more people to the sport of cycling and hope to see them keep that interest as they grow older.

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East Grand Rapids offers safe place for Craigslist deals

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- There is now a place in East Grand Rapids for people to make Craigslist transactions, safely.

The Department of Public Safety wants to prevent crimes connected to these sales. Anyone can make a purchase or sale in the lobby or parking lot of the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Building, located at 770 Lakeside Drive.

The department is launching a six month pilot program similar to one started by Lowell's Police Department this winter.

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

Many Construction Improvements in the Ada/Cascade Area

There is a lot happening in the Ada/Cascade area with construction that started on July 27th and will run through October 31st.

In Cascade, near the original Town Hall, changes will be made to the Museum Gardens, redesigning it to encourage more interaction. There will be new trees planted along with new plants, a sculpture pad, musical interaction pieces, soft lighting and new seating.

Old 28th Street will be realigned to reduce speeds when approaching and entering Cascade Rd from the east. This intersection will continue to be a right turn only but closer to a 90 degree angle. New sidewalk will be included in this project also.

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

New Business, New Jobs, coming to the Cascade, MI area

A popular metro Detroit Restaurant known for its’ Coney dogs and Greek specialties is expanding to West Michigan. Get ready for some of the best Hot Dogs around; Leo’s Coney Island is coming to Cascade, MI. The news store is to be located at 6080  28th St. SE, formerly the Family Video storefront.

This is a great opportunity for a job in a fun atmosphere. Leo’s is looking for managers, line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, bussers, servers and cashiers. These positions offer flexible schedules, no late nights, competitive pay and opportunities for advancement. Resumes may be sent to LeosConeyIslandGR@gmail.com

“Grand Rapids has one of the best economies in Michigan and across the nation,” said Bill Krall, owner/operator of Leo’s Coney Island. “Not only did we see this as an opportunity to tap into a booming market but also the chance to give a new community a dining option it currently doesn’t have.”

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EGR man to run cross-state to raise money for children's hospital

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- An East Grand Rapids man and emergency room physician will run 163 miles Friday to raise money for the Injury Prevention Program at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Jim Trout, an ultra-marathoner, has been setting and breaking records all of his life. Participating in dozens of races, bike rides and marathons, Trout's new focus: exploring a part of Michigan he has yet to see.

"I look at the map and I kind of figure out all these things I can do," he said. "Then I figure out how, either by bike or running or kayak."

Starting at 4 a.m. Friday, Trout will run a 163-mile trek between Onekama and Tawas city. He hopes to complete the meager goal in under 40 hours.

Police receive dozens of fireworks complaints

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Parts of West Michigan seemed like a war zone over the weekend, as people set off fireworks late into the night around Independence Day.

There were loud explosions, bursting with color to celebrate our freedoms. That includes the freedom to complain about fireworks.

"We respond to all complaints," said Captain Brian Williams with the East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety.

Seven of the 24 fireworks complaints to Kent County dispatch came from East Grand Rapids.

"We had someone call, knowing that it was legal to light fireworks, but they had an elderly person in their home and it was scaring them," said Williams.

EGR celebrates the holiday with Reeds Lake run

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, (WZZM)-- The East Grand Rapids Community Foundation is celebrating this Independence Day with a 4.9 mile run/walk fundraiser. It is Saturday morning at 8:30 AM. The race starts at the East Grand Rapids Middle School.

Adult registration is $30, and Kids are $10. There are no late fees. For more information, visit the event's website.