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My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

My Town: DNR awards more than $4 million in grants for projects battling invasive species

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced the award of 20 grant projects totaling more than $4 million, under the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. 

The grant program is central to Michigan’s new invasive species initiative, which brings a multi-department, comprehensive approach to the ongoing problem of harmful, non-native invaders such as the Asian carp. The initiative enlists the expertise of the state departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development.

Projects funded in this round of grants include plans to:

Woman hit by car on Plainfield Ave.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a car on Plainfield Ave. Tuesday morning.

The accident happened at about 8:30 am at Lamberton Lake Drive NE.

Police say three people were attempting to cross Plainfield when two stopped and turned around. The third woman was struck by a car.

She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anna's House to open Grandville restaurant


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- As flapjack lovers across the country celebrate National Pancake Day, local breakfast haunt Anna's House announced the pending opening of a new location.

General manager Bill Hogan says the new location on Potomac Circle in Grandville, is expected to open this summer.

This will mark the third location in West Michigan; customers have enjoyed breakfast at Anna's House on Plainfield Ave. for generations. And about 11 months ago owners opened the second restaurant on the East Beltline near Woodland Mall.

Hogan attributes their success to great food and loyal customers.

National Pancake Day was created by IHOP Restaurant a decade ago. The restaurant is offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes Tuesday. In exchange, IHOP asks guests to make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which includes Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.


My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

Jewelry store robberies in Mich. connected to crimes in other states


DETROIT (WZZM) -- The FBI announced several new indictments in connection with a string of smash-and-grab robberies at jewelry stores across the country, including one that happened in West Michigan at Paul Medawar Fine Jewelery.

RELATED: 4 charged in 2014 Medawar hold-up

Friday morning in Detroit, federal and local authorities announced 17 new indictments and released several new photos of suspects that have not yet been caught. The U.S. Attorney's office says there is a nationwide ring of thieves who have been targeting diamonds and rolext watches across the country.

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Woman killed in bike-SUV crash


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids-area woman is dead after a crash involving a bicycle and an SUV in Kent County.

It happened around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday on Plainfield Avenue near Rockhill Drive, northeast of Five Mile Road NE.

Deputies were called to the scene on a report of a cyclist hit by a vehicle. They found Anita Daugavietis, 58, on the ground with what were described as severe injuries.

Investigators determined Daugavietis was riding her bicycle southbound on Plainfield. The driver of the SUV, also southbound on Plainfield, did not see the bike and hit the woman from behind. Deputies say the bike did not have any lights.

Daugavietis was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Deputies say the driver of the SUV had not been drinking. They say speed is not believed to be a factor in the accident.