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Holland approves repairs to Windmill Island

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland's City Council has approved funding to save a city landmark.

The bank along Windmill Island has been eroding for years. City leaders say the problem is putting buildings on the east side of the island at risk of falling into the water.

Yesterday, the city council approved $600,000 to repair the bank and build a sea wall to stop the erosion.

Work on the project could begin as early as this month.

Fall 2010 issue of Holland Chamber magazine available

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The latest issue of Business available in print and online.

Read stories about downtown Holland and learn more about Holland Chamber members, news and events.

The issue was distributed in The Holland Sentinel to 18,000 homes and businesses.

Business is a quarterly publication and the next edition is available Winter 2010.

Click here to view the online version.

Call center to bring hundreds of jobs to Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)- A new customer call center is bringing hundreds of jobs to Holland. 

NOVO 1 opened its new 37,000 square foot facility last month.  It is located near Hayworth's headquarters on South Waverly Boulevard.

The Texas based company currently employes about 15 workers and plans to hire an additional 400 over the next three years.

The company has poured more than $2-million dollars into the facility for preperation and rennovations. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and entities from the federal and local levels are matching that amount with more tham $2-million in tax incentives.

"The tax incentives are important, that may be a way to break even," said NOVO 1 CEO Mary Murcott. "But they weren't the main reason we came."

Holland Tool & Die Tax Break up for debate

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Working tax free - that's the state incentive some in the tool and die industry were granted to keep them afloat.  Holland could vote to get rid of the tax break.  Tool and die companies in Holland make parts for the auto industry.  With the slumping auto production, a total of three companies want tax breaks.  But with city lay-offs, Holland officials say funds are tight.

At STM Manufacturing, workers have been making parts for the auto industry since the 1970's.  But President Roger Blauwkamp says that's becoming harder to do with slowing auto production, and international competitors like china.

Blauwkamp says, "They pay labor of $3 an hour.  How is an American company going to compete?  It makes it near impossible for us."

3rd Annual Labor Day Paw Paw Bridge Walk

From: http://www.ci.zeeland.mi.us/

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Paw Paw Bridge Walk this Labor Day. The walk will start at approximately 9:30 AM - or after the Truck Parade leaves Zeeland - whichever is later (for more info on the Michigan Works Labor Day Truck Parade, please see below). This spoof walk will be complete with a mock stretching station before departure and a refreshing water station mid-way through the walk. Participants will enjoy punch and cookies upon completion of the walk. Certificates will be awarded to the first 29 participants (1 for each yard of the Paw Paw Bridge).

Event Hosts: Al & Barb Dannenber

Holland Rotary Benefit 5K Run/Walk

From: Rotary Club of Holland

These may be the DOG DAYS of summer, but it's not too early to plan for one of Holland's biggest events, our annual 5K Run. Saturday, September 4 is THIS WEEK-END. Click HERE for on-line registration.

Plan on enjoying a beautiful Saturday morning walking or running with your Holland Rotary friends while you're supporting the youth of the area and the world. Proceeds help support the Youth Exchange Program, Life Leadership, Leaders of the 21st Century Project, and other youth-focused programs of Holland Noon Rotary. Show your encouragement to our youth by donning your exercise shoes on Saturday, September 4 for the Holland Rotary 5k Run/Walk at Smallenburg Park. Race begins at 8:30 am. See Todd Whiteman or Deb VanderJagt for more information.

Police asking for help in identifying Holland armed robbers

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - People in Holland are thinking twice before they step out because of three armed robberies in one week.

"It's four of them," said resident Paulette Berry.

Four Hispanic men in a dark SUV robbed two 18-year-old males, at knife point, August 22nd at 16th and Central at 3:13 a.m. About one hour later, a man on a bike noticed a similar vehicle and suspects at 17th and Columbia. He was hit on the head with an unknown object and the men emptied his pockets.

On Saturday the third robbery happened at 21st and Columbia.

A couple was approached by four males at 12:30 a.m. This time they were armed with bats and a handgun just outside Black River Public School.

"We just encourage them to be on their guard and be alert," said Principal Shannon Brunink.

While community leaders and members are reminded about basic safety, investigators are connecting the dots.