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Local fans remember Leonard Nimoy


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- For generations who've grown up on science fiction, not loving Leonard Nimoy was — as his Mr. Spock might say — highly illogical.

Nimoy passed away Friday, at the age of 83.

He played Spock for nearly 50 years, appearing in three incarnations of the Star Trek franchise.

We visited the Grand Rapids comic book store Vault of Midnight to ask fans there about their memories of him. They say his legacy spans generations.

"I think the really interesting thing is hearing everyone's stories but how they used to watch Star Trek with people they knew once," said Brenda Snell. "I think that's really fascinating that he brought a whole bunch of people together, now people are sharing their memories."

Friends and cast-mates have been sharing their memories of Nimoy, too.

Van Andel Arena hosts Disney on Ice this weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) Ice normally reserved for professional hockey players will be occupied by Mickey, Donald and Goofy when Van Andel Arena hosts Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure this weekend.

The show's performance director, Tara Patterson, says it's a great show with something for everyone.

"I think we have a story from every generation," Patterson said. "We start with Lion King, which is such a strong story with great music. We go into Little Mermaid which is always fun and upbeat and great colors. Then, we go to Lilo and Stitch, which is all about the hula girls and the flames and surf boards. We finish with Peter Pan, which I think is such a classic."

There was a Friday night show, with five other shows between Saturday and Sunday.


My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

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The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce its Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Officer Joshua Mollan and Cynthia Vanderberg were selected from nominations submitted to the Department’s Board of Awards by Service Area, Division, and Unit Commanders.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Joshua Mollan

My Town: GRCC and Aquinas sign agreement for honors program

My Town: GRCC and Aquinas sign agreement for honors program

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Grand Rapids Community and Aquinas colleges recently signed an articulation agreement that will give GRCC Honors Program students a seamless transfer to Aquinas' Insignis program.

“GRCC is proud to collaborate with Aquinas in supporting academically talented students,” said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. “Our Honors program students are now assured of a clear path to Aquinas’ program, and Aquinas knows that they’re prepared to excel.”

Established in 2004, GRCC's Honors program provides an enhanced learning environment for high-achieving students through honors courses, opportunities for community engagement and Study Away trips.

Mayor's 100 Campaign aims to boost youth employment


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids city leaders are working to get more young people in the city employed.

Mayor George Heartwell shared details of the Mayor's 100 Campaign Thursday night.

The campaign is looking for 100 area businesses that can offer young people ages 15 to 24 meaningful job opportunities.

The city provides grants and a training program to help businesses and young applicants.

"The employer knows that he's getting, or she's getting, a great employee, a trained employee, somebody who's ready to go to work and who understands what it means to be in the workplace," said the Mayor.

Mayor Heartwell is focusing on businesses technology, engineering, science and environmental fields.


MEDC grant delivers $2.9 million to GRCC


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids Community College can start a new craft beer program, thanks to a multi-million dollar grant.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has awarded $2.9 million to the school.

GRCC plans to use that money to purchase equipment for its machine tool, welding, HVAC, and automotive programs, in addition to creating the craft beer instructional lab for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education's new one-year certificate program, which area employers have requested.


GRCC play 'From White Plains' tackles bullying issues


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Grand Rapids Community College's theater department is performing a play that focuses on bullying, compassion and suicide.

When a filmmaker calls out a bully from high school during his Academy Award acceptance speech, he begins an anti-bullying campaign that quickly spirals out of control. From White Plains examines compulsion and compassion through the eyes of four men connected to a suicide. GRCC students Robbie Ellis, Jerry Jones, Kenneth Judge and Myles Messinger-Platt star in the play.

Theater director Michelle Urbane says "From White Plains" stood out to the selection committee because it dealt with important social issues and promotes dialogue and critical thinking.