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Meijer Gardens celebrates 20 years, new sculpture


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park celebrated its 20th anniversary Monday with the dedication of a new statue: a large-scale piece named the Iron Tree.

The sculpture is composed of 99 distinct iron pieces, cast from individual trees in China and held together by stainless steel bolts. According to Joseph Becherer, vice president and chief curator at Meijer Gardens, the installation is representative of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's commentary on globalism.

"It's really about how we as individuals have our own identity, but we come together as a community… we come together as a world," Becherer said.

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Diving coach charged with sex crimes against 15-year-old


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A former high school diving coach is now facing seven charges related to an alleged relationship with a 15-year-old student athlete.

Don Glass, 34, faces three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and two other felony charges.

Glass was formerly the men's diving coach at East Grand Rapids High School, the women's coach in the Forest Hills school district, and a manager and coach for the Grand Rapids Diving Club.

Investigators say the alleged victim was a student at East Grand Rapids High School. At the time, Glass was her diving coach at the GR Diving Club.

Check out the Heritage Hill Association Events-2015

Check out the Heritage Hill Association Events-2015

Event planning is under way for the Heritage Hill Association in Grand Rapids, MI. Here a few things on the calendar.

Starting off, the 46th Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes will be held on May 16 and 17.  Eight private homes will be open to share their architecture, design, are and the history of the homes.

There is an opportunity for anyone to get a FREE ticket for the tour by signing up to be a tour guide right up until the days of the tour to cover any cancellations. For more information about this and tour times, please call 616-453-8950 or e-mail: heritage@heritagehillweb.org

June 6th will find many people milling around at the Heritage Hill Yard Sales. You may get more information by using the phone number and web site posted above.

Sun Title Adds Notre Dame Law Grad to Successful Team

Sun Title Adds Notre Dame Law Grad to Successful Team

Sun Title, Michigan’s most innovative, customer-focused, tech-savvy title agency, continues its growth with the addition of a Notre Dame Law graduate with extensive experience in claims counsel and general counsel. William Jaquinde has been hired to the Sun Title team as a Commercial Escrow Officer.

Jaquinde has over 20 years of experience in the title insurance industry as an operations manager, closing coordinator, general counsel, underwriting counsel and claims settlement counsel. Most recently, Jaquinde worked at Softpro Corp as a trainer after owning his own law firm where he represented clients on various real estate matters such as, lease extensions and modifications, real estate sales and purchases, short sale negotiation and contract enforcement.

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BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

 BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

BISSELL Pet Foundation Cleaning out Shelters with Grand Rapids FREE ADOPTION day!

“Adoption Day Grand Rapids” FREE adoption event will be held April 25, 2015

          

GRAND RAPIDS – Spring is often the busiest time for shelters, but also the slowest season for pet adoptions.  BISSELL Pet Foundation and BISSELL Homecare, Inc. are teaming up to flip this figure on its head by turning April 25th into the biggest pet adoption day in Grand Rapids history! 

 

Animal rights group protests GFS


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A national animal rights group protested Gordon Food Service in the Grand Rapids area today.

Last month, Mercy for Animals launched a harsh video campaign against GFS, even using popular actress Pamela Anderson to get its message out.

The group has been pressuring the Grand Rapids-based company to find a new supplier for its chicken ever since claims surfaced last month that hidden camera video shows the mistreatment of animals at an animal plant that supplies GFS.

Mercy for Animals has been circulating video claiming it shows sick and diseased birds arriving at Wayne Farms slaughterhouse in North Carolina, where they say most are abused before being killed. Wayne Farms is a major supplier for GFS.

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department News & Updates

Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department News & Updates

News Release:

 

Registrations are open for Summer Youth Programs and the Kids’ Garden:

Summer is coming and registration for Ada Parks Summer Youth Programs and Kids’ Garden are open! Nine weeks of summer programs are offered starting June 16 and continuing through August 13. There will be 3-day camp adventures for ages 6-11 with exciting themes such as "Arts in the Park", "Sports Spectacular", "Eyes on Survival" and others. Half-day programs for ages 3-11 include biking and fishing days as well as "Wiggly Worms" and "Water Fun" programs for pre-schoolers and parents.