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Teen makes Christmas cards for hospital kids

ROCKFORD, Mich (WZZM) -- Some children can't be home for Christmas and a West Michigan teenager wants to make their holidays a little brighter.

Mariah Bouwkamp, 17, is making Christmas cards to give to children at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Tuesday night she hosted an event at Rockford ambulance to make the homemade cards. Bouwkamp came up with the idea after a child living near her grandmother was treated at the children's hospital.

Union activists protest in Grand Rapids

Union activists protest in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Right-to-Work protests are popping up around the state.  Monday, a silent protest was held in downtown Grand Rapids.

Union members and activists met at noon on the Calder Plaza to protest the Right-to-Work legislation passed last week.  Protesters are taping their mouths shut since they feel their voices were not heard by the governor and legislators.

"Under right to work, there are no rights, and no work," said Terry Hoogerhyde of the Grand Rapids Community Action Team. He want others to join the group of 50 protesters, by protesting on the steps of the Capitol Tuesday.

President of the West Michigan Policy Forum Jared Rodriguez expects the law to pass whether this group attends the big rally or not. "We see this as a sign to Michigan businesses that are looking to invest or expand their operations, but more importantly, to those outside Michigan looking to locate or relocate."

Tour of new GVSU Seidman Center

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) --On Monday, Grand Valley State University gave media tours of the newest addition to their campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

The new William Seidman Center is located at the site of the old A&P Warehouse across from Fulton Street. It will house the university's expanding business school. In its 40 year history, the Seidman College of Business has grown from 145 students to more than 3,000.

H. James Williams, the Dean of the Seidman College of Business says, "We'll be able to put all our outreach centers in here together, but in terms of academic programs, the students will now have special spaces that are designed specifically to facilitate education in the 21st century.

The Seidman Center is scheduled to open to students next year.



Creston High's seniors seek help with grad party

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Fans of Creston High are organizing this year's Senior All Night Party and are asking for community help. The hope is to send Creston's last senior class out with a bang.

Michelle Faber, one of the organizers says, "With it possibly being the last graduating class from Creston High School, we definitely want to do something fun for the kids." Tammie Drummond, another organizer adds, "There's many things for the students to do. They'll have a variety of things from 6 p.m. to 5 in the morning. It's an all nighter."

Organizers already have a secret venue, but need to raise $7,000 for the senior class party. The night is a way to keep students' spirits up throughout the year.

Medina Jones is a parent of one of those graduating seniors. "They had discontinued some of the activities they had in the past. This all night party is something they can do to go out with a bang in case they happen to be the last class here."

Ford family keepsakes auction for new learning center

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)-  In collaboration with The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Heritage Auctions will be selling 51 of Gerald and Betty Ford's family keepsakes on Dec. 11th and 12th, beginning at 11 a.m. 

The auction is being held at HA's Dallas, Texas headquarters, and online at www.HA.com/6092. Proceeds from the auction will support construction of a new student learning center at the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

Joe Calvaruso, the president of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation says, "The idea behind this is to create curriculum and interactive items for young adults to participate in and that will embrace President Ford's integrity, his character and love for public service like Mrs. Ford who was dedicated to causes throughout her whole life."

You can decide the color of the "Blue Bridge"

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The future color of the Blue Bridge in Grand Rapids is up for discussion Tuesday.

The Downtown Development Authority posted renderings of what the bridge could look like if the color changes.  The DDA plans to repaint it next year.

Officially called the Indiana Railroad bridge, it was built in the 1800's and converted to a pedestrian bridge around 30 years ago.

You can voice your opinion in two public meetings set for tomorrow. One begins at 9 a.m. and the other is at 7 p.m. at the Public Museum.













Lisa Butler Performs

Heart for the Holidays

A benefit concert for the clients at God's Kitchen with Catholic Charities and special music performed by Lisa Butler and LTJ.
Purpose: to serve our community and give back. What we are asking is for people to come by and drop off warm clothing items, Hats, gloves, socks, scarfs, hand warmers, mufflers, earmuffs,. When people are out doing their shopping to put an extra item in their cart to be given to the families in our community.

The event is free, it will go on during dinner time on Sunday, December 23rd at God's Kitchen.

If people are interested in purchasing a CD, they will be able to get it for $10.00 with a gift.