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Holland residents worry about late night 'random' attacks

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The latest in a string of assaults and armed robberies has residents in a Holland neighborhood on edge.

Since late August, there have been four street muggings in a concentrated area from 16th to 21st street, centering on Columbia Avenue.

So far, all of the attacks have been from an armed, masked attacker. They happened between midnight and 4:00 a.m.

"I moved to Holland originally because I found it safe," said area resident Sharon Woodward. "This last incident has made me a little more fearful of walking around at night."

Holland Police Detective Al Rios says police have made progress with their investigation. He says the victims from each incident were innocent pedestrians, selected at random.

"That's what makes [these incidents] all the more dangerous," Rios said. "They're basically going after anyone... me or you for example."

Keller Ford Kia MVP Candidates - Week 3

Grand Rapids, MI. (WZZM)  Highschoolsports.net presents "13 On Your Sidelines" is pleased to nominate three impressive football players for the week 3 Keller Ford Kia Most Valuable Player award.

Lowell's Gabe Dean rushed for 180 yards and four touchdowns in the Red Arrows' win over Kenowa Hills.

Zeeland West's Joe Gaiser rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the Dux' win over Byron Center.

Zeeland East's Brad Horling rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns in the Chix' win over Hamilton.

Voting for this week's award will end at noon on Thursday and we will announce the winner Friday night on the show. Congratulations to all three players!

Feel the Zeel: Unbeatens collide on "Sidelines"

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Battle lines will be drawn in the cozy West Michigan town of Zeeland this Friday night.

HighSchoolSports.net's "13 On Your Sidelines" shines our Game of the Week spotlight on the Zeeland West-Zeeland East matchup.

It is clearly the biggest and best matchup to date in this young rivalry, which the Dux from West lead 4-1. Both teams enter with undefeated records after three double-digit victories to open the season.

The two high schools sit just a couple of hundred yards apart and share a home football stadium. Students commonly go back and forth between the two campuses to take classes making this rivalry more intimate than most others in the entire state.

Grand Haven vs. West Ottawa

(WZZM)- It was the battle of the undefeateds in the OK Red Conference in Holland Friday night as the Grand Haven Buccanears took on the West Ottawa Panthers.

The game did not start well for the Panthers.  A sloppy punt over the kicker's head put the Bucaneers up with a safety.

On the ensuing kick, the Bucs' Alex Smith ran the ball back to the Panthers' 5 yard line.  Three plays later, Dalton Stenberg scored the touchdown.

The Panthers responded with a touchdown.

Later in the 2nd, West Ottawa's Ryan Verhelst caught a pass in the back of the endzone for a 13-9 lead.

Grand Haven retook the lead 15-13, but then it was all West Ottawa.  The final score, West Ottawa 29-15 over Grand Haven.

Latino Community to Rally for Fred Johnson September 23rd


Holland, MI – The Holland Hispanic Leadership Committee  (HHLC) will hold a rally in support of Fred Johnson’s run for the U.S. Congress on Thursday evening, September 23, 2010 from 7:00 to 10:00pm at the Park Theater in downtown Holland.   Dr.

Ministry merge affords a better opportunity to reach at risk youth in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (September 1, 2010) – Holland Rescue Mission is joining forces with Urban Youth Ministry to form a single community outreach called: Rock Urban Youth Ministry.

“After evaluating both ministry operations, it was apparent to our leadership that combining efforts would afford us a greater opportunity with more resources to reach a larger number of youth in the Holland area,” commented Ken Filippini, President of the Board of Directors at Urban Youth Ministry.

Too many young people today are not given the guidance and enrichment that they deserve. They come from troubled homes and families - making it hard to succeed in life.

Active Aging Week at Evergreen Commons


Are you 50+ and ready to get active?  You can feel better, have more energy and stay healthier!  Active aging means living life as fully as possible.  During this special week at Evergreen Commons, you can find an activity that’s right for you.  All Active Aging Week activities are no pressure, suited to everyone and best of all – FREE!  Give it a try!

Evergreen’s objectives during Active Aging Week are to encourage all 50+ adults in the community to participate in our wellness programs and to persuade current participants to try at least one new activity.  The goal is to have fun, start slow and easy and be active . . . your way!

Our kick-off for the week is a motivational lecture with Evergreen President and marathon runner Larry Erlandson.  His presentation is titled “The Meaning of the Marathon” which will be held at 1:00 p.m.