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Never before seen Japanese art on display for spring


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)—It may still feel like winter, but a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens is moving into its spring phase.

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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

Police search for vehicle in St. Patrick's hit and run


CASCADE TWP., Mich. (WZZM) Kent County Sheriff's investigators are looking for the vehicle involved in a hit and run with a bicycle that happened on St. Patrick's Day.

The crash happened on Burton Street between Spaulding Avenue and Kraft Avenue on March 17th at about 7:20pm. The vehicle, possibly a GM minivan, which was gold or tan, fled west on Burton from the scene. The vehicle would have suffered front passenger-side damage from the crash.

The bicyclist was taken to the hospital by ambulance and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff at 632-6357 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

Meijer Gardens celebrates 9 millionth visitor


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is celebrated a milestone Wednesday morning: its nine-millionth guest.

Sara Benner of Clarksville received a complimentary one-year membership and two free tickets to one of the shows during the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert Series. She says she is a frequent visitor to the park and was there Wednesday morning to see the Butterflies are Blooming exhibit with her son.

"We just love the beauty of it, even walking outside-- just a nice place to walk and take your time and stroll even the indoor gardens. We come during the winter sometimes just because there is so much cool stuff to see," Benner said.

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My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

My Town: Airport celebrates spring break with party for passengers

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is preparing for its busiest time of year by bringing back a travel favorite.

Passenger Appreciation Days returns to the airport’s Grand Hall Thursday, April 2. Airport Executive Director Brian Ryks says the celebration serves as a way to thank the community for supporting the airport.  Travelers who pass through the area can pick up free refreshments, food and freebies and enter prize drawings and contests.  The bon voyage celebration will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Saturday, April 4.

Ryks reminds travelers passing through the airport during spring break to give themselves extra time.  More passengers mean fewer parking spots and longer lines at security checkpoints. The Transportation Security Administration is urging travelers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their plane leaves.

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

My Town: Kent ISD throws support behind sales tax hike proposal

KENT COUNTY, Mich.--- The Kent Intermediate School District is throwing its support behind a sales tax hike to fix Michigan’s roads and provide additional funding for schools and local governments.

Thursday, March 19, the Kent ISD Board approved a resolution in support of Proposal 1, which will be on the May 5 ballot.  In the resolution, the Board said Michigan ranks last in the nation in transportation spending per person.  The Board also noted money being siphoned from the School Aid Fund to higher education, since the previous sales tax proposal generating funding for schools did not include colleges and universities.

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

My Town: 3 ways to inspire your online learner

Whether learning online or in a traditional classroom, keeping your student motivated is important—it offers the opportunity for innovation and powerful learning experiences.

Alexandra Negrete, a teacher at statewide virtual public high school Great Lakes Cyber Academy, shares three tips to help challenge students to reach their highest potential.