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Parade of Lights held in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Lights filled the streets of Holland Tuesday night for the city's annual holiday parade.

The Parade of Lights featured grand marshals Lauren Stanton and Jennifer Pascua.

The event began at 6:30 p.m. at Eighth and Columbia. The parade marched along Eighth St. to the Eighth St. Market Place.

The lineup included more than 70 entries from nonprofits, marching bands, local businesses, and radio stations from across West Michigan.

Santa even greeted people young and old after the parade at the Eighth Street Market Place.

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Plans for Holland Civic Center being redeveloped

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Major renovations are coming to the Holland Civic Center. Monday night project leaders held the first of a series of meetings.

The big concern about the plan is how it will affect the Farmers Market in Holland. An early design for the project would have reduced parking -- something many people were opposed to. That blueprint got scrapped and now the city wants public input on the $11 million project.

At Monday's meeting, leaders showed examples of what other cities have done with similar projects. They say they want recreation to stay strong at the civic center but not at the expense of parking.

Zeeland lights Christmas tree, holds parade

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A big crowd turned out Monday night for Zeeland's annual Christmas parade.

Marching bands and other groups paraded down Main Avenue.

The festivities kicked off with Mayor Klynstra lighting the city's Christmas tree. Santa Claus himself even made an appearance for the parade finale.

Santa is also scheduled to appear in Holland Tuesday night for the annual Parade of Lights. WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua and Lauren Stanton will serve as the grand marshals. That event starts at 7:30 p.m.

Holland woman flown to hospital after rollover crash

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)-- A Holland woman is flown to the hospital in serious condition after rolling her car in Olive Township.

It happened around 2-30 Thursday morning on Port Sheldon, near 120th Avenue. Deputies say 24 year old Jeanette De-Hoyos was going west when she went off the road, hit the ditch and rolled her Chevy Cobalt several times. She was trapped in her car and had to be pulled out. She was flown to spectrum by Aero Med.

De-Hoyos was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

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Rehab group wants Holland housing limits relaxed

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- From sex offenders to felons with violent convictions, homes housing recovering drug addicts are raising new concerns in several Holland neighborhoods.

The 13 Watchdog Team has learned the organization Building Men For Life is asking the city to waive a new ordinance and let up to 11 men stay in a single home.

But now, some neighbors want the men to go.

WZZM 13 is uncovering information about the men that even city leaders didn't know.

Around several Holland neighborhoods, giving someone a second chance means parents like Tessa Wiley have to take a chance.

"Everyone deserves a second chance," said Wiley, adding she has mixed feelings about the issue. "It's slightly nerve-wracking."

Missing man with dementia found in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A missing man with dementia, who family says isn't supposed to be driving, has been found safely after apparently finding the keys and driving away from the apartment he and his wife share.

Holland police announced Tuesday evening that 78-year-old Emery Blanksma was found by a Van Hill Furniture employee in the store's parking lot. The employee spoke with Blanksma and then called Freedom Village, where the Blanksmas live.

Blanksma's family then picked him up and brought him back home.

Lauren Stanton, Jennifer Pascua to be Parade of Lights grand marshals

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The City of Holland has chosen the grand marshals for this year's Parade of Lights.

Our own Jennifer Pascua and Lauren Stanton will serve in that role.

More than 70 floats will travel the parade route the night of Tuesday, December 1, beginning at 6:30. The highlight of the parade, Santa Claus, will arrive in downtown Holland at the very end.