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Donor makes G.R. pools free for kids next summer

Donor makes G.R. pools free for kids next summer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A donation to the City of Grand Rapids will allow children to use city pools for free next summer.

Businessman Bob Sullivan is donating $50,000. Some of the money will be used to build a basketball court at Fourth Street Woods Park in Grand Rapids. The rest is for the city's swimming program, which should make admission free for children in 2015.

Four years ago, Sullivan donated money to have the Richmond Park pool open.

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Many roads in West Michigan are still snow covered or icy because of the relentless snow over the past couple of days.

But there's also concern about sidewalks not being shoveled.

We looked into the issue and learned that policies vary from community to community. In Grand Rapids and Alpine Township property owners are required to clean their sidewalks.

In East Grand Rapids the city will do it but they can't plow down to the pavement.

"With a snow plow plowing the sidewalks we have to keep it one or two inches above the sidewalk or we'll be chipping the sidewalk and actually wrecking the vehicles in doing that," says Brian Donovan the City Manager for East Grand Rapids.

The United Way says they have been flooded with calls from people who need help shoveling.

Morning commute hazardous due to snow

Morning commute hazardous due to snow

(WZZM) - The morning commute around West Michigan was treacherous to say the least.

Dozens of slide-offs and accidents were reported around the area. Most area highways were running well below posted speeds.

Trash pickup has been canceled in the city of Grand Rapids today. It is delayed one day.

US-131 has been closed southbound at Howard City. SB I-196 is also closed after Blue Star Highway in Allegan County. I-94 in Calhoun County has a lane closure due to a hazmat spill. Other highways have had lane blockages or short closures.

Click here for the latest WZZM Traffic Map: http://www.wzzm13.com/traffic

Red Kettle Campaign underway

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is now underway.

The organization joined SpartanNash representatives and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell Friday morning for a Red Kettle Campaign kickoff.

Their fundraising goal this year is $2 million.

Car runs into southeast G.R. home

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are searching for three suspects believed to be armed after their car ran into a house on the city's southeast side.

The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at a home on Dawes Avenue SE, near 32nd Street and Kalamazoo Avenue.

Witnesses told police the driver lost control of the vehicle, which went into the yard of a home and smashed through the living room wall, hitting the couch. Three people were inside the home at the time, but no one was injured.

The driver and two other men from the car ran from the scene.

Police say the vehicle that hit the house was stolen. Officers have set up a perimeter in the area and are searching for the three suspects. Investigators say they recovered a gun during their search. They believe the suspects are still carrying other weapons.

Group holds IT jobs open house in G.R.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Michigan business is holding a job fair today, looking to fill open information technology positions.

Peckham Inc. is hiring IT help desk agents for full and part-time positions. Wages are between $15 and $18 an hour plus benefits.

The event is open to anyone interested in IT jobs or free IT Help Desk training. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, pass a federal background check, and have a high school diploma or G-E-D.

The Jobs open house is today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3777 Sparks Drive, near East Paris Avenue and 28th Street SE.

Anyone seeking information can call (517) 316-4494.

Public meetings start on future of G.R.'s downtown, river corridor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids has just launched a year-long process to plan the city's future. It's called GR Forward.

GR Forward initially focused on the future of the Grand River corridor, but has since expanded to include downtown and neighborhoods on both sides of the river.

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., President & CEO Kris Larson said the GR Forward project offers "a lot of opportunity for everybody to be involved...for the community to come together to talk about the importance of downtown and the riverfront to the future of our city."

City commissioners started Wednesday by approving more than half a million dollars for engineering designs for the Grand River.

Then, on Thursday night, the first of 40 GR Forward community meetings was held at the Black Hills Community Center on Godfrey.