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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

Feeding America West Michigan mobile pantry hits milestone


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM)- Since the 1990s, Feeding America West Michigan provides food to West Michigan's hungry.
It's mobile pantry allows the organizatoin to distribute fresh foods in the neighborhoods that need it most.

Last month, the mobile pantry distributed its 1,000.000th pound of food. So far, 2014 is on track to be the biggest year in the program's 16-year-history.

Ken Estelle, C.E.O of Feeding America West Michigan and Jeff Thomas, coordinator of Tuesday's distribution and son of former Executive Director, the late John Arnold shared details of the milestone with the WZZM News at Five.

Last member of "Felony Lane Gang'' pleads guilty


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The last of five "felony lane gang'' defendants has pleaded guilty for his involvement in an identity theft and stolen check-cashing ring that targeted several West Michigan communities before they were nabbed by Rockford police.

Disguised in wigs and armed with stolen checks and IDs, they amassed more than $33,000 from banks in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Investigators determined they broke into vehicles in Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood, Comstock Park, Rockford, Ada and Lowell after arriving here from Florida in August, 2013. Stolen checks and identifications were used to cash checks at Bank of America, PNC Bank and Chase Bank.

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Make a difference on Wednesday, October 22 for the precious cats of Crash's Landing by visiting one of 14 different Pizza Hut’s.

Print the flier from Crash Landing & Sid’s Sanctuary web site. Present the filier to one of 14 Pizza Hut locations from 11am – 11pm for Dine-in, Carry-out or Delivery to get 20% of your bill donated to Crash’s Landing and Sanctuary for their assistance with stray cats.

Comstock Park held off Allendale


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Comstock Park beat Allendale 23-0 on October 17.

Monterio Smith ran for 318 yards for Comstock Park.


Halloween Skary Skate at Walker Ice Arena

Halloween Skary Skate at Walker Ice Arena

Walker Ice Arena is hosting a Halloween Skary Skate on Friday, October 24th from 8 – 10 pm.

Treats, prizes, fun and a costume contest are on the venue for the evening. Come join in the fun.

Contact Sharon Johnson, Recreation Program Director for any additional information at 616-735-6286 x 15.

Man reunites with deputies who saved his life


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two Kent County deputies are being recognized for saving a man's life.

Craig Van Haften and his son stopped at the Pennzoil on Alpine Ave. for an oil change on September 19.

Craig says he reached over to pick something up in his car when he experienced an arrhythmia and his heart stopped beating. His son and employees at the station pushed the car out of the bay, and help soon arrived.

On Monday, Craig met the first responders for the first time.

"Looking at life different, you know," Craig says of his response to his ordeal. "Never thought it would happen to me. You know, it's like a dream to me. I'm working again, you know. It's like, 'Did it happen to me?'"

One of the deputies who helped Craig was right across the street when the call for help went out. His quick response is one reason Craig survived.