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GRPS celebrates senior day at Houseman Field


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The weather was a little chilly for the Grand Rapids Public Schools district's senior day Thursday.

All high school seniors got a break from classes and spent the day at Houseman Field.

It's a field day in which students can play games, and play on inflatables.

Graduation for Grand Rapids students is scheduled for June 6.


GR installing fences atop some parking ramps


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The City of Grand Rapids is in the process of installing security fences on top of its five tallest parking ramps.

One is already installed at the Ottawa-Fulton ramp.

The city will install fences at four other ramps, once they get approval.

Those other ramps should be installed by the end of the construction season.

In recent years a number of people have fallen or jumped to their deaths from parking ramps in Grand Rapids.


Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Residents of Downtown Grand Rapids and the Creston neighborhood have a new, upgraded market located in the heart of their community with the re-opening of the new Creston Market. Located at 1403 Plainfield Ave NE, the market reopened this month after undergoing extensive remodeling to provide updated amenities, expand product selection and incorporate a variety of specialty items.

Construction around brewery closing roads


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Getting to your local brews may be a little difficult at times this summer.

Road construction began this week in the streets surrounding Founders Brewing. Bartlett Street, Williams Street and Finney Avenue SW will all have closures through October, according to the city of Grand Rapids.

The $3.2 million project includes rebuilding the roads and curb, installing porous pavement parking and ornamental street lighting, replacing water mains and sewers, upgrading sidewalks and ramps, and installing planters and 78 street trees.

Access to Founders' parking lot will be open from at least one direction during the construction. Customers are encouraged to bike, walk or take the bus too.

The project is funded by an MDOT grant that was secured as a result of Founders' expansion and addition of jobs.


Festival of the Arts unveils new app


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) Grand Rapids' biggest summer festival kicks off in less than three weeks and this year, your smartphone can help you get the most out of Festival of the Arts.

Organizers unveiled the "Festival GR" app at a preview event Monday morning.

The app was developed by Grand Rapids Community College students and will help you navigate the three-day event, which is the largest all-volunteer art festival in the country.

The Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts app is available now in the Google Play store and will be soon in the Apple App Store.

Other new additions to Festival include an indoor stage at the UICA and a film festival at Kendall College.

GRPS Superintendent says schools are moving forward


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal gave her fourth "State of our Schools" address at Ottawa Hills High School on Saturday. She says the district is improved but there is still work to be done.

When GRPS released its transformation plan four years ago Weatherall Neal says "Enrollment was declining, our budget was slipping towards a deficit, academic rates flat, graduation rates stagnate." In that time period things have changed in the district graduation rates have increased by five percent, chronic absenteeism is down 25%, and test scores have improved.

Weatherall Neal says "There's a new energy that you feel and it wasn't always this way, our schools are strong, we're stable and we are poised for growth." She says the district is not where it wants to be but is moving in the right direction.

UICA's Live Coverage 2015 helps the arts and artists


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Art lovers showed up in full force Saturday night to support the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art.

Live Coverage 2015 is the UICA's primary fundraising event for the year. Guests were able to see exciting visual artists create work live and bid on them in the silent and live auctions.

Artists donate 70% of art sales at the event to the UICA. WZZM 13 meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer took part in the festivities as the emcee.