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Start the year right, give blood

Start the year right, give blood

Michigan Blood wants you to continue the season of giving by donating blood to start the new year.

If you attempt to donate at one of these blood drives, you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse

       Grand Rapids
       December 31  •  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
       January 2  •  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
       January 3  •  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

       St. Joseph
       January 2  •  11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Free Christmas tree recycling starts Jan. 2nd in GR

Free Christmas tree recycling starts Jan. 2nd in GR

The city of Grand Rapids is once again offering free Christmas tree recycling.

From January 2nd through January 26th, you can drop off your tree at one of three locations:

  • Riverside Park north Entrance - 2001 Monroe Avenue NE
  • JAYCEE McKay Family Park - 2531 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
  • Huff Park - 2286 Ball Avenue NE

Collection hours will be from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Sunday.

Remove all ornaments, tinsel, nails, tree stands and any other decorations or plastic bags.

You can also dispose of your tree by attaching a purple Bulk Yard Waste tag and place it at the curb on your regular collection day.


Holiday Magic Laser Light Show

Holiday Magic Laser Light Show

Visit the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium at the Grand Rapids Public Museum located at 272 Pearl Street NW on Saturday, December 29 at 1pm & 8pm and Sunday December 30 at 1pm to experience incredible laser lights & special effects accompanied by Christmas music. All ages will enjoy this 35 minute show.

Admission is free to members and non-members - Museum admission plus $3.

Call: (616)456-3663 or go on-line to www.grmuseum.org/planetarium for more information.

Top baby names of 2012 at Spectrum Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Spectrum Health has announced the top baby names for 2012 for babies born at the downtown hospital.

Liam makes the first ever appearance in a top-ten boys names list this year, taking the No. 1 spot. Just last year, Liam was ranked 19th in top names for boy. Emma continues to be a favorite name for girls. In fact, Emma has made the top ten girls names list for the past five years, ranking No. 1 in 2009, 2010 and now again in 2012.

The hospital had 7,161 births in fiscal year 2012.

Top 10 Names for Boys
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Jacob
4. Gabriel
5. Jackson
6. Landon
7. Isaac
8. Benjamin
9. Owen
10. William

Top 12 Names for Girls
1. Emma
2. Sophia
3. Ava
4. Olivia
5. Evelyn
6. Grace
7. Isabella
8. Emily
9. Abigail
10. Addison
11. Avery
12. Harper

New ArtPrize exhibit at GRAM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - You won't have to wait until the next ArtPrize to see ArtPrize. The new "ArtPrize 2012: Encore!" exhibit is now on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

It features 13 works of art from seven different ArtPrize venues. They are scattered throughout the museum's three floors. The pieces include paintings, sculptures, and are all marked with a small ArtPrize logo.

GRFD unveils Quick Response Vehicles

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) --  The Grand Rapids Fire Department is planning to cut costs by cutting down the size of some new fire trucks.

Three "Quick Response Vehicles" joined the fleet this week.

GRFD Deputy Fire Chief Frank Verburg says QRV's are a response to future budget challenges.

He says grants and a city tax that benefit the GRFD will soon end.

"So we're going to be readily faced with how do we deploy and do the same things we used to do," he said.

The fire that ripped through the Lexicon Club in northwest Grand Rapids two weeks ago, required some of the city's $1 million dollar ladder trucks.

.Verburg says the new $200,000 QRV's, which are Ram 5500's, can respond to smaller fires, but can also assist with house fires, because they're fully loaded.

The QRV, while a step down from the big truck, is a step up from the medical response suburban, which doesn't carry water. Verburg calls it a hybrid.

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Westside Fitness -- Westside Strong
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