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Grand Rapids Diocese kicks off the new school year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- The school year is officially underway for Catholic schools in the Grand Rapids Diocese. 

Over 500 Catholic school employees and pastors gathered Monday for the annual Back to School Kickoff at Cathedral Square.  As part of the event, Bishop Walter Hurley presided over mass at Saint Andrew's Cathedral.  Leaders in the Grand Rapids Diocese say the celebration is another opportunity for school staff to celebrate their Catholic identity. 

There are more than 6,000 students in the 31 Catholic schools that make up the Grand Rapids Diocese.

TRAFFIC ALERT: U.S. 131 re-opened following crash

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Traffic is moving once again on soutbound U.S. 131.

Police tell WZZM 13 News a truck hit the barrier wall causing a trailer to flip on the freeway. The left two lanes on U.S. 131 were closed for a while.  

No injuries are reported.

GRBJ: Gilmore Collection aiming to expand

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)- Although the Gilmore Collection has just closed a longstanding suburban business, the firm is moving forward with its plan to expand its downtown entertainment center. But the urban market that the Grand Action Committee and the Downtown Development Authority want to build at Wealthy Street and Ionia Avenue has caused the company to adjust its expansion plan for The BOB, which is about a mile away from the market at 20 Monroe Ave. NW.

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Secchia Center set to welcome 100 medical students

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The next generation of medical professionals will soon start class in Grand Rapids.

The white coat ceremony is the symbolic beginning of the four year journey into the medical profession.

Dean Marsha D. Rappley, M.D. formally welcomed the inaugural class of 200 first year medical students to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Sunday afternoon at DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids. Half of the class will take courses in Grand Rapids at the Secchia Center and the other half will attend classes on the MSU campus in East Lansing.

"This is a very exciting day for us," says Dr. Rappley. "This is the day where we welcome our students to their first year of med school."

Die hard polka fans turn out to dance in Grand Rapids despite weather

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-The hot weather kept many people inside Sunday, but not some die hard polka lovers in Grand Rapids.

A polka jam session Sunday afternoon capped off the Polish Harvest Festival. The weekend long event featured Polish food, live music, dancing, cooking demonstrations and a beer tent.

"There are a ton of Polish people in Grand Rapids as we all know," said Polish Heritage Society member Ed Sypniewski. "You know the Polish brought so much to this city many, many years ago, the turn of the century. [They brought] lot of workers, a lot of crafters. And they did a lot of harvesting this time of year so that's why we're celebrating."

Organizers say the festival started at Rosa Parks Circle about 40 years ago, then moved to Calder Plaza. This was the first time it was held at Rosa Parks Circle in about 25 years.

DuPage 7, GRCC 65

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Tony Annese's second season as head coach of Grand Rapids Community College couldn't have gotten off to a better start.

The Raiders (1-0), ranked tenth in the NJCAA national rankings, routed College of DuPage 65-7 with 589 yards of total offense.

Quarterback James Stallons and wide reciever Brian Parker racked up 99 of those yards on one play when the two connected for a 99-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Stallons, a freshman from Macomb Dakota, threw for 345 yards and three scores.

The Raiders travel to ASA College in Brooklyn, NY next Saturday.

Traverse City St. Francis @ G.R. Catholic Central

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Catholic Central hosted the St. Francis Gladiators at West Catholic for a Friday afternoon matinee.

St. Francis came to town riding on a 26 game winning streak and two straight state championships.

The Catholic Central Cougars struck early and often.  The first touchdown came on a 30 yard toss by quarterback Miles Morrissey to John Haley.

Later in the game, St. Francis punter Riley Bullough could not handle the snap, fumbling the ball in the end zone where the Cougars recovered for the score.

The Cougars ended the Gladiators winning streak with a convincing 29 to 6 final score.