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G-Sync: The Buzz on DCGR

G-Sync: The Buzz on DCGR

By Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

Earlier this summer, I was invited to a fundraiser at The Pyramid Scheme to say a few words and then introduce a local musical act. It was all pretty standard fare, to be honest, so with my notes ready, I headed to the stage.

As I stood next to the band members tweaking their instruments, I surveyed the crowd. According to the fire marshal’s sign on the door, the room had a capacity of 420 and it appeared pretty full. As I attempted to focus on the room, I saw the faces beyond the stage lights.

I realized something quickly -- something I had never witnessed before. Quickly casting off my prepared speech, I looked up and then outward before delivering, “What’s up, Grand Rapids!?!” in my best call-to-attention voice.

Pedestrian struck by car in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids woman is hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday on East Fulton Street between Lafayette Avenue and Union Avenue.

Police say the victim is a woman in her 40s. She was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth with non-life threatening injuries to her head. The driver was not hurt.

Fulton St. was closed for about 90 minutes. It's unclear what led to the accident.

Cooley Law School students, faculty and staff take Pro Bono Pledge at Grand Rapids campus

Cooley Law School students, faculty and staff take Pro Bono Pledge at Grand Rapids campus

Judge Margaret Bakker of the Allegan County Circuit Court administered the Cooley Voluntary Pro Bono Pledge to Thomas M. Cooley Law School students, faculty, staff, alumni and local attorneys.

Thirty-five individuals took the pledge at Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus on Tuesday, Oct. 2.  Those who participated pledged their support of Cooley Law School's commitment to pro bono legal services.

The pledge included a commitment to complete at least one pro bono activity during the upcoming year and either continue to do so every year throughout their legal careers or to comply with or exceed the pro bono expectations of their state bar association.


ArtPrize experience 'disrespectful and demoralizing'

ArtPrize experience 'disrespectful and demoralizing'

(WZZM) - An ArtPrize curator calls the event "disrespectful and demoralizing". Sylvia Rombis sent a letter to ArtPrize organizers and WZZM 13, voicing her concerns about the competition.

Rombis is the curator of "Bridge to Humanity" an exhibit that did not make the top ten. She believes the top 25 most popular pieces announcement early-on, sent potential voters away from other pieces of work. "They had the impression that, those who were voters, that it was the only thing they could vote for, the top 25. We were toast. It was done," says Rombis.

ArtPrize says it used to post the top 25 the first day, but decided to give voters a few more days to explore all the pieces of work. Spokesperson Brian Burch says, "What we did this year is held back, so people were encouraged to explore, discover ArtPrize on their own, without anyone getting any information on what to see, or what to think."

GRAAHI Rhythm Run 2012

GRAAHI  Rhythm Run 2012

Paint the Streets Purple, while you walk or run on Saturday, October 6 at 9:00am at Martin Luther King Jr. Park located at 800 Fuller Avenue SE in Grand Rapids to bring Cancer awareness to the African American community. This event is possible with the assistance of the Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community. There is a $20.00 Registration Fee. Individuals, churches & businesses with the highest fundraising goal achieved, will receive an award.

This fun-filled day begins at 9am, running to noon. Activities include a 5K Rhythm Run starting at 9am, a Kids Fun Run, games, food, refreshments & more. Go to www.grandrapids.org for event details.

Heritage Hill receives national honor

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids oldest neighborhood is receiving national recogntion this morning.

The American Planning Association is designating Heritage Hill as one of 10 great neighborhoods for 2012 under the organizations "Great Places in America" program.

Heritage Hill was chosen for its architectual styles, community engagement, rental and ownership options, and the neighborhood's character.

The APA began its Great Places in America program in 2007.

County Wide Food Drive

County Wide Food Drive

Access of West Michigan is having a County Wide Food Drive from October 8-13, 2012  to benefit Kent County food pantries. Your donation of non-perishable food & personal care items will help those in need in over 60 Kent County food pantries. Here are suggested donations & drop-off locations.

Suggested Items for Donation

Canned fruits and vegetables
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, stew, etc.)
Pasta and pasta sauce
Peanut butter
Soap: dish, laundry, bar
Toilet paper
Shampoo and conditioner
Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Drop-Off Locations

Family Fare Grocery Stores
D&W Grocery Stores
Duthler Family Foods
Fulton Heights Foods
Forest Hills Foods
Mercantile Bank branches
Fifth Third Bank branches