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50th Anniversary of Hope College Community Day


Holland (WZZM) -- The tradition of the Hope College Community marked it's 50th anniversary in Holland on Saturday. The event featured a picnic at Windmill Island Gardens, live music, and several Hope home games.

According to organizers, "Community Day celebrates the long-standing relationship between Holland residents and the faculty, students and staff of Hope College. The event debuted in October 1966 as a Community Ox Roast, held in conjunction with the Hope College centennial celebration."


Motorcyclist critically injured in crash


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Illinois man is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash in Ottawa County Friday.

The Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to E. Lakewood Blvd. east of Beeline Rd. in Holland Twp. around 7:15 p.m.

They found a 21-year-old Prospect Heights, Illinois, man had crashed while riding a motorcycle there. Investigators said the man had been eastbound, and when he entered a curve, he hit the curb. The bike went off the right side of the road, and the rider was thrown. He was wearing a helmet.

The rider was initially hospitalized in Holland; he was then transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital.


Holland hotel to open after fixing code violations


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- After months of improvements and inspections, a Holland hotel will open its doors once again.

The Economy Inn on US-31 closed in June after inspectors cited it for violations including scalding hot shower water and non-working smoke detectors.

In August, Holland's City Council denied a request for the Economy Inn to re-open. City inspectors now say the motel is at full compliance, and they support issuing a new license.

The council voted on the issue at Wednesday's commission meeting. The decision was approved, seven votes to one.


Furniture testing company opens in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A global furniture-testing company is moving to the Holland area, with new jobs and services.

The company UL celebrated the opening of its new location on Windquest Drive on Wednesday. UL purchased the business from a smaller company called Advanced Furniture Testing. The company's expansion will include additional engineers and new capabilities to certify products for safety, according to UL business development manager Doug Woodard.

"This should have a very large impact on the entire furniture industry, because now the industry has a center for excellence that they can send their products to, and get any type of testing that they -- need be it mechanical, electrical, environmental, indoor air quality, fire, from this location," Woodard said.

UL has increased the number of employees at the location from eight to 18.

Hope College breaks ground on new student center


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A major addition to the Hope College campus should be complete in the next two years.

The school broke ground Monday on the $22 million Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center. The building is to be named for former Hope president Dr. James Bultman and his wife.

Hope administrator Richard Frost calls the student center the campus equivalent of a family room.

"It's a home that's going to allow them to be with one another, to learn, to grow, to pray.... to treasure those things for years to come," Frost said. "It's a relationship we always have treasured, and now we have a place that's going to be theirs."

The center will be built on the site occupied since 1956 by Nykerk Hall of Music, which will be razed in the coming weeks.


Holland street repair to cost $70,000


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The weight of a garbage truck caused part of a Holland street to collapse, exposing an expensive problem underground.

This week, construction crews are repairing aging storm water pipes near Azalea Avenue and South Shore Drive. Last week, the wheel of a garbage truck went through the street during its route.

City officials say holes in the underground pipes weakened the pavement. Repairs are expected to cost $70,000.

Crews should be wrapping up next week.


Signs spark debate over public access to Lake Macatawa


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's backlash over a new city-effort to mark public access near Lake Macatawa in Holland. Some homeowners say city crews are infringing on their property rights by installing signs in their backyards. 

WZZM 13's Alex Shabad spoke to city leaders and other residents who support the new project.

Homeowner, Harv Klinger, does not want uninvited guests on his property.  With his fence and no trespassing sign, he wonders why a city crew didn't get the message. 

"They don’t come and ring the doorbell and tell us what they’re doing, they start pounding stakes in, walking all over our property and don’t say a word," says Klinger. "I think it’s kind of rude of them I don’t care if they are the city or not."