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Final walls of G.R. Press building come down


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The final walls of the former Grand Rapids Press building were demolished Friday.

Crews started tearing down the building in early March. The site was sold by the Press to Michigan State University for a new $85 million biomedical research building.

The final beams were taken down around 3 p.m.

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Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Benefit for Gabriel's Journey to a Miracle

Gabriel Isaac Dehen, born October 16, 2014 at Metro Hospital, came into this world fighting and has a long journey ahead of him and his parents, David & Christina Dehen.

Gabriel was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around one of his arms that was completely limp. After ineffective respiratory efforts, he was placed on oxygen but then doctors noticed unusual movement of his arms that appeared to be symptoms of seizure activity. He was then transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for the next 42 days.

Gabriel was diagnosed with Severe Epilepsy & Neuro-Degenerative Disease, meaning his brain cells were diminished from his brain as well as his brain stem. He is now on 3 different seizure medicines.

Both David and Christina never planned to have her off from work for so long; her job granted her 6 weeks paid and 6 weeks unpaid leave for baby bonding time. Since that time she is only able to work a few hours a week due to Gabriel’s needs and care.

BuzzFeed: Aquinas a top underrated college


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Aquinas College is getting some love from one of the internet's most popular websites.

BuzzFeed, known for its short-form listicle articles, named Aquinas College one of the 27 most underrated colleges in America.

The schools were nominated by the public on the BuzzFeed Community Facebook page, which has nearly 83,000 likes.

Aquinas earned praise for the campus' natural beauty and a unique degree offering.

"Every tree that is native to Michigan is located on campus. Also one of the first colleges in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate degree in sustainable business."

Check out the Heritage Hill Association Events-2015

Check out the Heritage Hill Association Events-2015

Event planning is under way for the Heritage Hill Association in Grand Rapids, MI. Here a few things on the calendar.

Starting off, the 46th Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes will be held on May 16 and 17.  Eight private homes will be open to share their architecture, design, are and the history of the homes.

There is an opportunity for anyone to get a FREE ticket for the tour by signing up to be a tour guide right up until the days of the tour to cover any cancellations. For more information about this and tour times, please call 616-453-8950 or e-mail: heritage@heritagehillweb.org

June 6th will find many people milling around at the Heritage Hill Yard Sales. You may get more information by using the phone number and web site posted above.

DisArt brings awareness to disabled community through art


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Grand Rapids is hosting yet another first for the Art World.

DisArt is a 15-day art festival featuring artists with disabilities. DisArt Organizer Chris Smit calls it art with a cause. He talked with WZZM 13 Health Reporter Valerie Lego about why it's considered the largest art festival of its kind in the U.S. and how everyone can enjoy the works of art. Watch that interview at 5:00pm or later online here.

For more information about DisArt including venues and performances click here.


BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

 BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

“Adoption Day Grand Rapids” FREE adoption event will be held April 25, 2015

          

GRAND RAPIDS – Spring is often the busiest time for shelters, but also the slowest season for pet adoptions.  BISSELL Pet Foundation and BISSELL Homecare, Inc. are teaming up to flip this figure on its head by turning April 25th into the biggest pet adoption day in Grand Rapids history! 

 

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

OPINION: Jazz at the Zoo no longer at the Zoo

I for one, was really disappointed to hear that Jazz at the Zoo is moving downtown to the Ah-Nab-Awen Park this year. I loved the atmosphere at John Ball Park at the old band shell.

No matter how hot it was when I left home for the concerts, soon after arriving at the Zoo and getting settled, along came a breeze and the shade from the big, beautiful trees only added to the enjoyment.

I wrote an e-mail to the Jazz Society and below is the answer I received from Donna at that address. As much as I appreciate her reply and explanation it really won’t do much for me when Jazz at the Zoo time comes along.

 

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