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Field set for state legislature and congressional races

Field set for state legislature and congressional races

 

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The ballot is set for the Aug. 5 primary election to fill seats in Congress and both chambers of the state legislature.

 

Statewide, 926 candidates filed petitions before Tuesday's deadline. Winners of the August primary will face off in the general election in November.

 

Judicial candidates are also on the ballot, including seven lawyers seeking to replace retiring 63rd District Court Judge Steven Servaas. After 41 years, Servaas – Michigan's longest serving judge-- has decided to hang up his robe.

 

The candidates are Charles Boekeloo , Brent Boncher, Kristin Britt, Andrea Crumback, Jody Jernigan, Jeffrey O'Hara, all of Rockford, and Rock Wood of Cedar Springs.

 

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My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

Tulip Time names parade grand marshals


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Tulip Time coordinators are announcing their grand marshals for the parades during next month's festival.

Jodi Syens will be grand marshal of the Volksparade on May 7. Syens retired last year as director of Holland's Parks, recreation and transportation department. She worked for the city for 37 years.

Family escapes Holland Twp. house fire


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters are looking into the cause of an early morning fire at an Ottawa County home.

The fire started around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Mason Street near Country Club Road in Holland Township.

Crews say the fire started on a balcony on the back side of the house, then spread to the roof.

Everyone in the home got out safely.

Firefighters also evacuated neighbors in case the fire spread to the home next door.

No one was injured.


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My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

My Town: U.S. 31 construction work means traffic slowdowns

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.—Winter is over, which means construction season is here.

Crews began work on more than 12 miles of U.S. 31 on Monday.  Workers are resurfacing  the southbound lanes, from Ferris Street to Quincy Street. 

The project is expected to run through June.  Drivers can expect traffic slow-downs in the affected area.  Intermittent single-lane and shoulder closures are planned.  All lanes should be open from 6 a.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday and weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

My Town Holland: Park Theatre renovation project now in Phase One

My Town Holland: Park Theatre renovation project now in Phase One

HOLLAND, Mich.--  Phase One of the plan to revamp the historic Park Theatre is now underway.

Last month, more than 90 people attended the Park Theatre Foundation’s Clean Slate Party, held inside the downtown Holland venue.  Foundation Board President Bob Schulze introduced plans to renovate the aging facility and encouraged visitors to share their ideas for bringing Park Theatre into a new century.

"By renovating the Park Theatre we will create a radically open, fiscally sustainable, multi-use platform for Holland and surrounding community members to create and celebrate culture.  Imagine what a revamped Park Theatre could offer: music, independent film series; dinner theatre/movies; children's programming; lecture and comedy series; and more.  This will be a wonderful resource for ages 8 to 80 for Holland and surrounding communities," Schulze said.

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Spring cleaning time is here and Guiding Light Mission needs your old items to help fill the shelves of its upscale thrift store.

Donations can be dropped off at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, where donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for their contributions. The store is located at 1435 60th Street SE in Kentwood.

Guiding Light will celebrate the store’s grand reopening and a new partnership with Holland Rescue Mission on Thursday, June 17. The celebration will start at 12 p.m. at the store and appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store carries a variety of items for all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry, as well as new furniture and mattresses, which come with free delivery.

For information about how to volunteer for Guiding Light Mission, contact Marcia at (616) 451-0236 ext. 14.