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My Town: GRPS looking for exchange student hosts

My Town: GRPS looking for exchange student hosts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Public Schools are looking for families who would like to host international exchange students during the next school year.

Several students from overseas will be attending school in the fall, as part of the districts efforts to expand its global education program. The following teenagers are need places to stay:

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My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

Bullets fly after bicycle crash


Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) - Witnesses say a driver traveling at a high rate of speed deliberately ran down a man on a bicycle in Grand Rapids.

And then someone started shooting.

It happened just before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday on Bemis Street near Joe Taylor Park.

"Thank God none of the kids got hurt or got shot by stray bullets," says Pastor Amere May, who was nearby watching. "I feel for the kids."

The man on the bicycle was pedaling as fast as he could, but couldn't outrun the car chasing him down Bemis Street.

"He was pedaling like mad; it looked like he was running for his life," says Pastor May. "The car hit him and he went straight up about 20 feet in the air. Hit him pretty hard."

After hitting the bicycle, the car smashed the rear of a parked pickup.

My Town: Pantry on wheels rolls into Eastown July 22

My Town: Pantry on wheels rolls into Eastown July 22

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A pantry on wheels will be rolling into Eastown Wednesday to help feed families in need.

The Feeding America West Michigan mobile food pantry will be stationed outside Sigsbee School/Southeast Academic Center July 23, to distribute food traditional pantries do not normally have available for those in need.  Distribution will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.   People who would like to volunteer to help should email info@eastown.org.

 The Feeding America truck will return to the area Aug. 13.

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Silver Line coming in under budget, ahead of schedule


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- In just over a month, public transportation will change the core of West Michigan.

The Rapid says the Silver Line is a week ahead of schedule and under budget.

Rapid public outreach coordinator Michael Bulthuis says the $39 million project is now running 10 percent under budget. MDOT is contributing $8 million and the Federal Transit Administration is covering the rest. Bulthuis is unsure where the savings will be absorbed.

The Silver Line will still open on its originally-scheduled day of August 25th, with eight Bus Rapid Transits (BRT) starting out.

The Silver Line promises to get you places 40 percent faster than the current route, thanks to dedicated lanes.

If you haven't noticed the BRTs running along a 9.6 mile stretch of Division Avenue yet, keep your eyes peeled for the green buses.

Police: one mugged outside Eastown restaurant

Police: one mugged outside Eastown restaurant


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an armed robbery in the Eastown neighborhood.

It happened around 2:15 Monday morning on Wealthy Street near Atlas Avenue in front of the Pizza Hut, which was closed at the time. Dispatchers tell WZZM 13 the suspect pistol whipped his victim and stole money before taking off on a bicycle.

The victim called police from Mulligan's Pub, down the street from the restaurant. Police searched for the suspect throughout the night in the area but could not find him.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall black man wearing a blue and pink plaid shirt and blue jeans. If you know anything about the robbery you're asked to call Grand Rapids Police (616) 456-3400 or Silent Observer (616) 774-2345.


Brothers shot in Grand Rapids overnight


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Police are investigating an overnight shooting. Investigators say two brothers showed up at an area hospital with gun shot wounds around 3:30 am Sunday.

They told police they were walking on Griggs St. SW when they were shot. One of the men was hit in the leg, the other in the shoulder.

The two men in their 20's told police they didn't get a look at the shooter.