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G.R. to begin hot asphalt pothole repairs Monday


Grand Rapids (WZZM) - The city of Grand Rapids will begin patching some of the city's worst pot holes next week with a more effective method.

Up until now, crews could only temporarily fill potholes with cold patch material. Monday, they will start using hot asphalt to patch streets.

City officials say this type of repair is meant for emergency spot repairs, not permanent improvements. However, this patch work should hold up better and longer than previous repairs.

The streets that need work will be prioritized based on traffic, the extent of the damage and the impact work would have on drivers. Since March, crews have spent more than two-thousand hours trying to keep the potholes filled in.


My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

Grand Rapids among best cities for raising a family


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- If you want to raise a family, Grand Rapids is the place to be.

That's according to Forbes, which has released an updated list of America's Best Cities for Raising a Family. Grand Rapids, which took the top spot in 2012, slid to second place on the list, based on a low cost of living, minimal commute times, a low crime rate and the highest home ownership rate in the country, at 77 percent.

Grand Rapids was the only Michigan city to crack the top ten. Raleigh, NC took the top spot, based on a rising median income, a strong public schools system and low crime rate. To see the complete rankings, visit Forbes' website.


2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

My Town: Public meetings Thursday about proposed Laker Line upgrades

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The community is invited to find out more about proposed service upgrades to Grand Valley State University’s Laker Line during a series of presentations Thursday, April 17.

Project leaders will release updates in the bus service study during the following times:

My Town: "Feed A Friend" nets thousands of pantry donations for local families

My Town: "Feed A Friend" nets thousands of pantry donations for local families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hungry people living in West Michigan now have more food to fill their stomachs, thanks to a food drive by hundreds of Grand Rapids area SUBWAY restaurants.

All 206 SUBWAY restaurants in the area took part in this year’s Feed A Friend food drive, collecting nearly 7,500 pounds of non-perishables for local food pantries on March 20.  Organizers say overall, more than 60,000 pounds of food was collected statewide.

The Feed A Friend campaign started in Jackson, Michigan 14 years ago.  During the one-day drive, customers who bring in a non-perishable food item and buy a regular 6-inch sub receive a second 6-inch sub for free.