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Former Holland school to become Midtown Village apartments

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- An old junior high school in downtown Holland will reopen as the city's newest apartment building.

The Dwelling Place took over the former E.E. Fell Junior High School.

The organization broke ground Thursday on a nearly $6 million renovation project for the building.

Once finished it will be called Midtown Village and provide apartments for people over the age of 55.

The building has been empty for the past five years. The Dwelling Place says this project will help renew the community.

"Having apartments in the building, with all the activity associated with those apartments and the people living here, will breathe new life into this block and into the neighborhood where the project is located," says Dennis Sturtevant of the Dwelling Place.

The apartments will cost from $580 to $605 a month for people who qualify.

Northbound US-31 in Holland reopened at Lincoln after accident

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Northbound U.S. 31 is reopened at Lincoln following a three-vehicle acident.

Holland Police say one person was sent to the hospital for treatment, though there is no word on the person's condition.

The accident closed the northbound lanes of U.S. 31 for about an hour.

Meijer Scholar Athlete - Robin Griffin

Zeeland, MI. (WZZM) - WZZM and Meijer are pleased to introduce Zeeland East High School senior Robin Griffin as this week's Meijer Scholar Athlete.

Robin has played three sports at Zeeland East, volleyball, basketball and softball. She lists volleyball as her favorite because of the energy rush she gets from it.

Robin is also energized in the classroom. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average and takes advanced placement courses. She's also a member of the National Honor Society.

After high school, Robin hopes to attend Michigan, Michigan State or Northwestern and is considering studying psychology or journalism.

Congratulations and continued success to Robin Griffin, our Meijer Scholar Athlete of the week!

Holland police unveil race car to keep new drivers safe

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)-Holland police are turning to a race car to help keep young drivers safe.

The police department unveiled its 1995 Camaro drag race car at the station Wednesday. It's part of the department's new "Racing Through Education" program. Officers plan to use the car to teach teenagers and new drivers the dangers of street racing, distracted driving and driving drunk.

"We'll be at the track with this car at different events in blue jeans, t-shirts, no guns no badges; all there playing on a common ground," says Officer Doug VanderKooy, who set up the program. "We're all there just to have a good time and be safe and explain how we can have a good time without using any substances such as alcohol."

The Camaro was rebuilt using donations from area businesses and citizens. It will make stops at schools, city events and car shows.

School bus and car crash in Holland

HOLLAND, Michigan (WZZM) - A school bus and car collided in Holland this morning.

According to Holland Police, the crash happened about 6:45 am at River Avenue and 5th Street.

The school bus did not have any children on it at the time. The bus stopped at a railroad crossing when it was rear-ended by a car.

The driver of the car suffered a minor leg injury. The bus driver was not hurt.

Holland Police say the bus was from a private school in the area.

Scott VanderStoep Chosen for National Leadership Development Program

HOLLAND – Dr. Scott VanderStoep, professor of psychology and chairperson of the department at Hope College, is one of only 42 faculty or administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.

The purpose of the academy is to prepare faculty and administrators for senior leadership positions in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.  As a participant, VanderStoep will attend two seminars, one in the fall in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5–7, and one in the spring in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of Students to Spend Day Volunteering

HOLLAND – Some 375 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college’s “Time to Serve” program on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Most of the students will be members of the newly arrived freshman Class of 2014.  The students signed up shortly after their arrival at Hope, during “New Student Orientation,” for the mass volunteer effort.

The students will be working in groups of six to 12 at more than three dozen sites from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the greater Holland area, and will range from sorting at Bibles for Mexico and Goodwill Industries, to spreading wood chips at the Critter Barn, to groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

The “Time to Serve” program is designed to help new students learn about service while helping and getting to know their community and becoming better acquainted with one another.