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Field set for state legislature and congressional races

Field set for state legislature and congressional races


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The ballot is set for the Aug. 5 primary election to fill seats in Congress and both chambers of the state legislature.


Statewide, 926 candidates filed petitions before Tuesday's deadline. Winners of the August primary will face off in the general election in November.


Judicial candidates are also on the ballot, including seven lawyers seeking to replace retiring 63rd District Court Judge Steven Servaas. After 41 years, Servaas – Michigan's longest serving judge-- has decided to hang up his robe.


The candidates are Charles Boekeloo , Brent Boncher, Kristin Britt, Andrea Crumback, Jody Jernigan, Jeffrey O'Hara, all of Rockford, and Rock Wood of Cedar Springs.


My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

My Town: U.S. News and World Report releases top high schools list

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A charter school in Kentwood is the top West Michigan school on U.S. News & World Report’s latest list of Best High Schools.

The publication recently released its list of the top 500 schools nationally. The rankings are based on the student to teacher ratio, AP course involvement and math and reading proficiency scores.  The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, TX took the top spot.

In Michigan, 60 schools made the cut, with International Academy in Bloomfield Hills taking the top spot.  Excel Charter Academy-Grand River Prep School in Kentwood ranked second among Michigan schools.  City Middle/High School and Black River Public School were the only other West Michigan schools to crack the top ten.

The list of local schools includes:

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

My Town: Voters to decide three school district millages in May

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- A special election is being held May 6 for three Plainfield Township school systems:  Comstock Park, Northview and Rockford public schools.

Comstock Park Public Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein said, “We are asking voters to renew our... sinking fund millage for another ten years on May 6.  This important source of special revenue helps the district make annual repairs and meet ongoing maintenance needs without taking funds from our operational classroom budget.” 

Ebenstein added, “We have an outstanding supportive community that takes great pride in our grounds and facilities, and we are seeking their assistance in helping maintain the facilities we have.”

Whitecaps Opening Day is here!

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - It is Opening Day for the West Michigan Whitecaps and just three months after a devastating fire in January, Fifth Third Ballpark is ready to go.

We'll have live reports all day from the ballpark, including the game itself, starting at 6:30pm.

At Noon Tuesday, Sarah Sell got a surprise visit from Ben Verlander, Justin's younger brother.

Tuesday morning, Jennifer Pascua spoke with Wolverine Construction about the rebuilding process.


Jennifer also spoke with the radio voice of the Whitecaps, Ben Chiswick.

Fire upgrades added to Fifth Third Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A modern sprinkling system and other fire protection upgrades – including hydrants inside Fifth Third stairwells, have been installed as part of the post-fire rebuild.

It's not necessarily something fans will notice, but it sure has Plainfield Township Fire Chief Dave Peterson feeling better.

"It makes a significant difference,'' he said of the upgrades. " I think we would have been able to stop a significant amount of the fire loss had they been here.''

In each stairwell, new hydrants – called stand pipes, were installed on the upper and lower levels, for a total of six. At the time of the fire, there was no place inside the stadium for fire fighters to connect hoses.

"Back in January when these weren't here we had to lay 500 feet of hose in order to get to the location of the fire,'' Peterson said. "It delayed us by about 10 to 15 minutes.''

Finishing touches underway at Fifth Third ballpark

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Last minute preparations are underway at Fifth Third Ballpark in advance of Tuesday's West Michigan Whitecaps home opener.

The work has been more intense this year following the January fire that destroyed the suites above first base.

Wolverine Building Group's Fred Gilbert said after months of demolition and reconstruction, the focus is on cleaning. "Just so much cleanup to do, finally getting rid of all the ashes and stuff off of the concourse just clean it, clean it one more time, and hopefully it should be good."

Gilbert says over 100 construction workers were on site this winter. "The weather was the big surprise we didn't think it would be near this cold so that was the biggest challenge that we really faced."