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Holland council to vote on lifting overnight parking ban


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- "Ridiculous," "annoying," and "a hassle" are just a few words used by Hope College students to describe an overnight parking ban in Holland. Next week, city council members will take a final vote to decide whether to lift the long-standing ban, at least during some months of the year.

Sometimes walking pays off near the Hope College campus, especially for those who've been hit with a ticket for parking overnight.

"I was just thinking, 'oh it won't bother anybody,' and then woke up and had this big, fat ticket," says Wesley Wright , a Hope College student.

WZZM 13 found at least one fraternity that had four cars in the driveway.

"It's like, 'hey where's everyone's keys?' and that kind of thing, and then you have to move every car into the street and then move your car out, and move them all back in," explains Hope student Daniel Leahy.

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My Town: A tribute to National Blue Ribbon School award winner Lakeshore Elementary

My Town: A tribute to National Blue Ribbon School award winner Lakeshore Elementary

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HOLLAND, Mich.-- State Rep. Amanda Price presented Lakeshore Elementary School with a special state tribute from the Michigan Legislature, signed by Price, Sen. Arlan Meekhof and Gov. Rick Snyder, to commemorate its exemplary achievement as a 2013-14 National Blue Ribbon School award winner.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to recognize Lakeshore Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon Award recipient and the entire school community for this outstanding accomplishment,” said Price, R-Park Township. “The collaboration between staff and parents has created a nurturing environment in which, with the continued commitment of Lakeshore’s educators, students are continuing to excel academically.”

Lakeshore Elementary is part of the West Ottawa Public School District and serves over 400 students from kindergarten to fifth-grade.

Holland murder suspect to stand trial


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore man will go to trial for a deadly shooting in Holland.

On Thursday, a judge ordered 18-year-old Davon Walker to face a jury on charges that he shot and killed a man earlier this month.

Walker faces a charge of manslaughter for the death of Derrick Ruff-Shingles. Investigators say it was Walker who shot the 22-year-old at the Harbor Village Apartments on West 40th Street.

Walker's in jail in Ottawa County. He's been bound over to Allegan County Circuit Court.


My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

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The Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center started the 2015 school year with state-of-the-art dental chairs allowing students to gain hands-on experience with technology used in today’s dental offices.

“These chairs allow our students to gain experience on the high-tech equipment found in the current work environment and gives our students an advantage when applying for jobs after high school,” said Denise Callaghan, dental careers instructor for CTC. “Receiving these chairs as a donation from Dr. Darren Riopelle at Little Smiles provides our students with real-world experience and helps set the stage for a successful career.”

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BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

BISSELL turns pet messes into donations with #PetHappens

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– BISSELL Homecare, Inc. knows that life with pets can be messy, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. BISSELL is setting out to embrace pet messes, creating a lighthearted campaign around the dirtier side of being a pet parent—like fur balls and garbage raids. To educate consumers on helpful ways to eliminate the messes (and support pet causes), BISSELL launched the #PetHappens campaign.

Through the campaign, BISSELL invites pet lovers to share their stories and photos of pet messes with #PetHappens on Twitter and Instagram from now until February 15, 2015. Each post tagged with #PetHappens will trigger a $1 donation to the BISSELL Pet Foundation®, up to $50,000*.

Student with disability designs gear, wins X Games gold


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Valley State University student is back in West Michigan after competing in the X Games in Aspen, Colorado, this past weekend.

And his carry-on was about 16 ounces heavier for the plane ride home.

Sunday afternoon, Garrett Goodwin wasn't at his Holland engineering internship. He was chasing after a dream from the seat of a specially-built snowmobile, competing in the snocross adaptive event and not letting a disability trump his ability to maneuver a snowmobile quickly and with great precision.

"I started racing when I was five," Goodwin said. He started racing young, but had to learn all over after a motorcycle crash three years ago.

"The bike came down on top of me and landed on my head, so it set things back, certainly," he says of the accident.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet.