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'Be Brave and Shave' shows solidarity for boy fighting cancer


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds of people gathered at a Grand Rapids school Friday night, many of whom lined up for a very special haircut.

They gathered to "Be Brave and Shave" at Crossroads Middle School on Ambrose Ave. NE, in honor of 14-year-old Schuyler Kleibusch. He was recently diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Just last week, he began a two-year treatment of chemotherapy.

We spoke to Schuyler's mother, who says her son's cancer is a very difficult journey and the support of the community makes an impact.

"Having that support system here is wonderful," she said. "It's a wonderful feeling. It's a feeling of, 'Yeah we can get through this.' As any cancer patient needs, they need that boost of confidence."

My Town: Army of volunteers needed to pull off LPGA event

My Town: Army of volunteers needed to pull off LPGA event

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Nearly 150 top women golfers will return to Blythefield Country Club again this year to compete, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to pull it all off.

Meijer says more than 700 people pitched in during last year’s Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft.  This year, organizers opened volunteer registration a month earlier, in hopes of attracting even more help for this year’s event.  Positions range from marshals and standard bearers to assisting the media. The volunteer fee is $55 and includes:

  • Two official tournament golf shirts
  • Tournament hat
  • Volunteer badge valid for week-long tournament access and parking
  • Four weekly grounds tickets for guests
  • Invitation to the volunteer appreciation part
  • Meals and beverages during assigned shifts

Organizers need an estimated 800 volunteers this year.

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

My Town: Sneak peek of women's WWII baseball documentary March 17

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Comstock Park Rotary is hosting the annual Interclub dinner, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Pepsi Stadium Club at Fifth-Third Ball Park.  The event will feature a sneak preview of a new documentary which tells stories from the all-American girls’ professional baseball team. 

Dr. Jim Smither, Grand Valley State University, Veterans History Project, tells how the league was part of the home front during World War II and how this led to the documentary on baseball. The collaborators participated in two reunions of the whole girls’ professional baseball league and did 48 interviews with former players including the Grand Rapids Chicks. 

This documentary is a collaboration of Professor Jim Smither, GVSU, Professor Frank Boring, GVSU Film & Video program, producer working with the editors, Professor Janet Coryell, Western Michigan University History Dept. who wrote the script, and a student editor.

Grant helping buy flood homes in Plainfield Twp.


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $700,000 FEMA grant is going toward buying homes damaged by the April 2013 flooding.

Fifteen Plainfield Twp. properties are eligible for the buyouts. They're all within the Grand River floodplain.

If owners agree to sell, the homes would be purchased at their pre-flood value and then demolished.

The land will be turned into permanent open space maintained by the township.

There are several additional properties planned if owners of the 15 designated properties opt out of selling.


State lawmaker on reading to local students: 'I cherish the opportunity'

State lawmaker on reading to local students: 'I cherish the opportunity'

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State Rep. Chris Afendoulis will be stopping by several local elementary schools and reading to area students in observance of March is Reading Month.

Rep. Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, emphasizes that reading is fundamental to a child’s long-term success.

“I’m excited to meet with students and to help them foster a love for reading,” Rep. Afendoulis said. “One of the great things about being a dad was reading to my children. I cherish the opportunity to visit classrooms and help promote a love for reading.”

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

Red Cross Reminder: Check smoke alarms when clocks spring forward

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Daylight Saving Time, the weekend of March 7-8, when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

The Red Cross and the Muskegon Heights Fire Department have formed a partnership for preparedness and prevention to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. On March 7-8 teams will be canvassing Muskegon Heights neighborhoods from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Please contact (231) 733-8893 to schedule a home visit.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said La Forice Nealy, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Region. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”