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G.R. leaders approve penalty for parking in bike lanes


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids City Commission has approved a new ordinance, designed to keep bike lanes clear and open for use.

The city has received complaints that people are parking their cars in the lanes, blocking them.

The ordinance prohibits parking in a bike lane, and anyone who does could receive a ticket.

It takes effect September 23, but police won't start enforcing it for at least 45 days or longer, depending how long it takes drivers to adapt.


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GRPD search for suspects shooting Airsoft guns at people


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the people responsible for shooting at people using Airsoft guns in recent days.

Police say that they've received at least four complaints of two white males in their 20s, possibly bald, shooting from a black SUV. The incident locations and times were:

  • Sept. 7 - 10:52 p.m. at 20 Monroe NW
  • Sept. 7 - 11:36 p.m. at 69 S. Division
  • Sept. 8 - 5:50 p.m. at Fulton & College
  • Sept. 8 - 6 p.m. at 11 Oakes SW

Police say the targets appear to be random and there may be more unconfirmed incidents.

Airsoft guns are replica firearms that fire projectiles with less power than a bullet from a real gun. The projectiles can cause superficial injuries and can break the skin if fired from close range.

Schools with Unique and Flexible Learning Models Host Information Sessions

The new school year has arrived and some families may still be undecided on the best education option for their child.

YWCA offers support for domestic violence victims


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Here in West Michigan, there are services to help victims of domestic violence.

The YWCA provides support, as well as prevention programs.

The services include emergency shelter and counseling.

If you need help, it's available 24 hours.

"They don't have to put up with this any longer," said the YWCA's Rebecca Diffin. "There are individuals here at the YWCA who are here to help. Thats's our job: it's to be here to help emotionally, financially. We have counseling, housing. All the services that we have here are there to help individuals in that situation."

The YWCA also helps women find work.

If you're in a domestic violence situation, call the 24-hour crisis hotline at 616-451-2744.


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My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

My Town: Breweries help battle cancer and Parkinson's with 'Hops for Hope'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Knock back a beer and help knock out cancer this month with “Hops for Hope.”

 

During September, several West Michigan breweries will be donating $1 from each “purple beer” purchase to Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community.  Proceeds from sales of Hops for Hope growlers and refills will also go to the cause.

 

“It’s good to give back to the community,” Bob Bonga, owner of the family-owned and operated Jaden James Brewery in Kentwood. “It’s wonderful that VAI is in Grand Rapids, and 100% of what we raise goes to research.”

 

Study: Huge impact if rapids restored in downtown G.R.


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- It's called Grand Rapids for a reason. According to a study released Monday morning, plans to restore the Grand River to its natural state, with whitewater rapids, would have a significant economic impact on the city.

A group called Grand Rapids Whitewater hopes to remove several of the dams along the river to make it more accessible for water recreation including fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

The change would impact 2.2 miles of the Grand River. Grand Rapids Whitewater estimates the changes would cost $30 million, but would have a yearly return of $20 million through river recreation.

"The estimated direct economic impact associated with recreational activity, alone, is
tremendous," said Dr. Paul Isely, chair of the economics department at Grand Valley State University.

G.R. hosts highway safety conference


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Safety leaders from across the nation are in town to brainstorm new ways to prevent traffic deaths.

15 workshops at the Governors Highway Safety Association meeting will cover a variety of hot-button highway safety topics, including drunk and distracted driving. One session will focus on "drugged driving," and the challenges law enforcers face when detecting those driving with marijuana and other drugs in their systems.

This conference is not open to the public. It runs Monday thru Wednesday.