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Record attendance at Meijer Gardens with Japanese garden debut


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens had record attendance in June following the debut of its new Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden.

More than 80,000 guests visited Meijer Gardens in June, 25 percent higher than any other June on record, including 2010 figures during the Dale Chihuly exhibition and the 2004 opening of the Lena Meijer Children's Garden.

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DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place is Celebrating 10 Years with an Open House for Everyone

DeVos Place, West Michigan’s Premier Entertainment Destination in Grand Rapids, MI. is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a celebration for everyone. This event takes place Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am – 5pm.

This event will feature a Ferris wheel, carousel, fun, family activities and games, prizes, mascots and much more! Parking will be free under the convention center (as space allows) during the event.

The first 10,000 people inside the doors will received a FREE hot dog and Pepsi. Entertainment will feature music and entertainment from bands, Jump with Jill, a magician and more. You might be the winner of one of the gift cards or concert tickets to be given away hourly.

From 10am – 5pm the Northeast Stage will present acts from Alysha Sha, Jump with Jill, Freehand GR, Gabriel Estrada III “ El Charro Del Norte”, Jeremy Verwys, Lefty Malone and The Diemakers.

Japanese garden to open at Meijer Gardens


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- After years of work, the new Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is ready to open for the public.

Operators of the park will open the Japanese garden to the public on Saturday.

The project cost $22 million, with money donated Fred and Lena Meijer, the DeVoses, and more than 200 other people within the West Michigan community. Park operators say the garden was one of Fred Meijer's final requests before his death in November 2011.

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

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It happened around 4:15 on Snow Road just south of 28th Street. By the time our crews arrived on the scene firefighters had already put out the flames.


CASCADE TOWNSHIP (WZZM) -- Fire crews from two departments had a relatively easy time putting out flames inside an attached garage Monday morning.

It happened around 4:15 on Snow Road just south of 28th Street. By the time our crews arrived on the scene firefighters had already put out the flames.

A passerby called 9-1-1, originally telling dispatchers there were cars in the driveway but no one answered knocks on the door. But paramedics told our crew on the scene everyone made it out safely.

It's not yet clear what caused the fire or how much damage was done.


Second victim dies of injuries from Knapp St. crash


ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities said Thursday that a second victim has died of injuries from a May 11 crash on Knapp St. NE just west of Egypt Valley Avenue.

Rex Baird, 93, died at the scene of the serious two-vehicle crash. His wife, Frances Baird, was flown by Aero Med to a hospital but has since died.

Deputies say wet roads caused an 18-year-old Ada man to lose control of his Ford pick-up and hit the Bairds' Chevy Silverado.

The other driver had serious but non-life-threatening injuries, investigators said.

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Woman, 66, dies in Cascade Rd. crash


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 66-year-old woman died after her minivan crossed the center line and struck a tree Tuesday morning.

The single-vehicle accident happened around 9:10 a.m. in the 8200 block of Cascade Road SE, between Buttrick Avenue and Cherry Lane Avenue SE.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies say Kathryn Ann Bush of Plainfield Township was westbound on Cascade when her Chrysler Town and Country drifted off the road.

It's not yet clear what caused Bush to lose control of her vehicle.