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City of Grand Rapids implements Better Government Tip Line

City of Grand Rapids implements Better Government Tip Line

Tuesday morning, Donijo De Jonge, the City Comptroller, unveiled the Better Government Tip Line. This line is a hotline where employees, residents, contractors, and vendors can anonymously call and report tips of fraud, waste, and abuse as well as suggest efficiencies for departments.

Comptroller Donijo De Jonge says "according to statistics, 46 percent of all fraud, waste, and abuse is detected through hotline tips. Therefore, a tip line is a necessity and in today's environment of accountability and transparency, a tip line is a must!"

DeJonge wants to know if you have witnessed any fraudulent or wasteful activities by employees, contractors, or vendors. If so, she encourages residents and employees to please use the anonymous tip line to report these tips.

My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.

May Fun Run Benefits Police Charity

May Fun Run Benefits Police Charity

On May 21st, the GRPD will host it's 7th annual "Runnin' With the Law" 5k fun run.  The public is encouraged to join in and experience the excitement of a police foot pursuit!  Participants will witness a crime scene unfold and observe "celebrity suspects" flee the scene.  If you catch a suspect or discover evidence, runners win a prize.  Proceeds from the run benefit The Thin Blue Line of Michigan.  The Thin Blue Line of Michigan benefits families of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty.  The event takes place May 21st.  Visit www.tblofmi.com for more information.

East Hills neighborhood trying to move on after attack

East Hills neighborhood trying to move on after attack

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The neighborhood of East Hills in Grand Rapids is moving forward after an arsonist set fire to some condominiums under construction.

"Everybody's just pitching in, there's a whole energy shift.  From when we were attacked, to being proactive about the situation," says Johannah Jelks, with the East Hills Council of Neighbors.  In February, an arsonist set fire to some condos and sent a threatening letter to the residents.  It demanded that they move out and transition the buildings to low-income housing.  Jelks says it didn't make sense.  "We definitely have a great diversity and incomes as well as ethnicities, so that's what makes us special."

Jelks says she is one of those residents who live in affordable housing.  Her co-worker, Claire Fisher also lives a few blocks away.  "Just to give you an idea of how much I pay for rent - I split with my two roommates and I pay $300 a month."