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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.


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.

TEDxGrandRapids lineup released


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The list of presenters for this year's TEDxGrandRapids was announced Monday, with entrepreneurs, designers, writers, and scientists sharing their knowledge.

TEDxGrandRapids is May 7th at the Grand Rapids Civic Theater. TEDx is a non-profit that hold events of "Ideas Worth Spreading" throughout the country.

The list this year includes:

"Construction Season" begins for local road projects


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is gearing up for construction season, as some West Michigan projects are already underway or will begin in the next few days.

Crews Monday will begin bridge improvements on Broadway Avenue over Seaway Drive in the Muskegon Heights-Norton Shores area. There will be lane closures on Seaway Drive until the project is done in July.

Road resurfacing begins Tuesday on U-S 131 from the Mecosta-Montcalm county line to 12 Mile Road south of Big Rapids. Part of this project involves replacing the bridge decking over 3 Mile Road using "bridge slide" technology. Crews will build a new bridge next to the old one, then demolish the old bridge and slide the new one into place on skids. A similar project is underway on Alden Nash Ave. (M-50) over I-96 near Lowell.

Gazelle Girl Race in Grand Rapids raises money for local organizations


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Nearly 2,000 runners celebrated spring Sunday morning by working up a sweat, running Michigan's only half marathon just for women.

Paige Boldt of Grand Rapids was the first to cross the finish line during this year's Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K. While the runners ranged from first-timers to professionals, they all had one goal: supporting women's health.

Proceeds from Sunday's races will benefit Kent County Girls on the Run, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, the YWCA and other organizations dedicated to empowering women of all ages.


Liquor license suspended at the BOB for 3 days


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The B.O.B. restaurant and bar complex in Grand Rapids has had its liquor license suspended for three days after a fatal fall last May.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission issued the ruling Friday morning.

The suspension is a result of hearings earlier this year into the responsibility of staff at The B.O.B. in fatal fall of Kevin O'Brien on May 12. O'Brien was drunk when he fell down a four-story back stairwell.

The state had argued that The B.O.B. should have its liquor license suspended for ten days. Click here for that story.

The B.O.B. is appealing the ruling. In a statement, they say: