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Classic cars fill 28th Street for Metro Cruise


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)—This weekend, 28th Street is the place to be to see a lot of vintage wheels.

This is the 10th year for the 28th Street Metro Cruise, which brings classic cars and auto lovers to the busy corridor each summer. The celebration featuring music, displays and vendors stretches from Grandville to Cascade Township. It officially kicked off at Rogers Plaza in Wyoming at 4 p.m. Friday and runs through Saturday.

Some attendees this year are Leon and Bryce. There's an age difference between them -- Leon is 70, and Bryce is 22 -- but they're members of a car collector group and share a passion for automobiles. Their group is shrinking, and they say some members have aged out, while the younger generation seems less interested in cars.

"People are just looking at cars as just another thing that you have," Bryce said. He says it's key to foster an appreciation of car culture.

School rankings show districts' points of pride, areas for improvement

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan's annual school accountability scorecards are out.

 

The report ranks schools according to factors like attendance and how well they meet goals set by the state's education department.

 

Schools that fall in the bottom five percent of the rankings are considered "priority" schools and are placed under the supervision of Michigan's school reform officer. There are 138 schools identified as "priority" schools. Nearly half of them are on that list for the fist time.

 

At least two West Michigan districts with priority schools also have schools among the state's top performers: Grand Rapids Public Schools and Godwin Heights Public Schools.

 

Two communities awarded more than $200k in fire grants

Two communities awarded more than $200k in fire grants


ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)—Fire departments that serve two West Michigan communities are getting more than $200,000 in federal funding for upgrades.

The money is coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grants may be used for training programs, equipment and facility upgrades, and new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. The Grand Rapids Charter Township Fire Department will receive $174,397 to improve its operations and safety; the Rockford Public Safety Department is getting $27,037 in grants to improve safety through fire prevention.

For more information about the grant program, visit FEMA's website.


My Town: Company with local offices among best in America to work for

My Town: Company with local offices among best in America to work for

CASCADE, Mich.-- A business in West Michigan is among America’s Best Companies to Work for, according to 24/7 Wall St.

The content partner of USA TODAY recently released its list for 2014.  LinkedIn, Facebook, Eastman Chemical, Insight Global and Bain & Company took the top five spots, based on their Glassdoor ratings from employees.

Keller Williams is the only real estate company to make the cut.  The company says it’s focused on helping agents build their own businesses.  Employees rated it high for its training and rewards programs.  The company employs 95,000 associates nationwide, including the office at 630 Kenmoor SE, Suite 101 in Cascade.

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

By Stephen Thomas Kent
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

If you talk to West Michigan technology employers and entrepreneurs frequently, as we do at Rapid Growth Media, you’ll hear one refrain that pops up again and again: “Talent.” As in, “we need more of it.”