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Dégagé serves Thanksgiving dinner

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids ministry makes sure everyone who needs a hot meal on Thanksgiving gets one, especially the Heartside-area homeless.

This is the 20th year Dégagé Ministries has offered the dinner. For each of those 20 years, the H.T. Hackney Company based out of Wyoming has been providing the food.

Everyone who attends the dinner also gets a box of groceries and other necessities, like warm, winter clothing to take with them.

"It's just become such a big event," said Dégagé's Bob Kreter. "Patrons look forward to it, the Heartside community does, and it's just a celebration and a time to thank God for all our blessings."

Students at Rosewood Elementary School designed special place mats for the dinner.

Grateful neighbors feed Grand Rapids Police

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- When they think of all the things they are thankful for at this time of year, residents of some Grand Rapids neighborhoods always include the city police department.

"For doing a good job and keeping us safe," explains Elaine Edmonds from the Creston Neighborhood Association.

Every year members of the Creston Neighborhood Association and Garfield Park Neighborhood association collaborate to serve a meal at the Grand Rapids Police Department.

It's comfort food like chili, corn chowder and sandwiches.

They say it's a way to thank the officers for doing their often difficult, dangerous jobs.

Tuesday night they brought the annual banquet to a break room in the headquarters basement.

"We are honoring them," says Edmonds. "They put their lives on the line every day and we need to honor the police officers."

GRPS Turkey Trot sign-ups outpace last year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hundreds of runners are planning to burn some calories, before their Thanksgiving dinners.

More than 2,000 people have already signed up for this year's Turkey Trot 5k benefiting the Grand Rapids Public School district's athletic programs. Organizers say those sign-ups are well ahead of last year's numbers.

Runners started picking up their race numbers and shirts Tuesday night.

The race is expected to raise between $30,000 and $40,000.

"Well, the biggest thing is you get to use your feet before you eat," said Jessica Iloff with Turkey Trot sponsor Blue Care Network. "We all should get some exercise...what a great opportunity to get out and move around before you actually have Thanksgiving dinner."

The race starts at 8 a.m. Thursday at Van Andel Arena.

Stalker 'photographer' sentenced with probation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A judge sentenced Thomas Chubinski to two years of probation Tuesday morning.

The photographer was accused of making "unwelcome, inappropriate" comments toward two women in Grand Rapids. Victims say Chubinski approached them on separate occasions during the summer.

He pleaded guilty last month to a stalking charge.

As part of his plea deal prosecutors did not seek jail time for Chubinski. He must also pay more than $1,900 in fines.

Tree arrives for GRAM holiday ceremony

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Art Museum has begun decorating for Christmas, with its tree arriving to Rosa Parks Circle earlier Tuesday morning.

The museum originally canceled this year's tree in October because of the cost of replacing the lighting but the next day, local business leaders raised money to cover the $50,000 expense.

The GRAM is slated to host its 10th annual tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.


Mayor Heartwell to travel to Paris for climate summit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Despite a worldwide travel warning, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell will make a trip to Paris this week.

He will be one of several mayors joining leaders from across the world for a United Nations-sponsored summit on climate change. Heartwell has been active for years pushing for international policies on the issue.

Mayor Heartwell said it would be foolish not to be concerned, and he is not going to let terrorists dictate what he does.

Renovations planned for Oakwood Manor

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The new owners of the Oakwood Manor Apartments in Grand Rapids have some renovations planned for the building.

Our partner the Grand Rapids Business Journal reports the group wants to return the building to its original character.

The seven-story apartment building on Cherry Street near College opened in 1923 with 94 apartments, with ground-level retail and a restaurant. The plan is to restore that retail space -- as well as renovate both inside and out -- and re-landscape the property.

Once finished, the building would be renamed "The Oakwood."

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