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West Michigan schools receive federal improvement grants

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Twenty-eight of Michigan's lowest achieving schools have been awarded federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to help them increase student achievement, including seven schools in West Michigan.

The funds are from the federal School Improvement Grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) signed into law by President Barack Obama last year.

In West Michigan, the schools getting grants are:

Consumers Energy to conduct line clearing

Consumers Energy sent a letter to residents of Wyoming notifying them that they will be conducting forestry line clearing work along electrical lines. Trees marked with a blue "X" will be removed while trees marked with a blue dot will require pruning. If your property contains trees that require pruning or removal you will be contacted by door card, postcard through the mail, or in person by your Consumers Energy property planner. Tree crews from Trees Inc will perform the work which will take several months to complete. Visit www.consumersenergy.com/forestry for more information.

Wyoming family happy troops are coming home from Iraq

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -The Burri family's Wyoming home is a shrine to their son Eric who died five years ago.

"We miss him, but he lives on in our hearts and in our memories," said his father, John Burri

Eric Burri never made it home. He was in Iraq for less than a year.

He was on an escort Humvee and there was a roadside bomb," Burri said.

His parents say Eric wanted to help his country, and he especially wanted to help the children. But, the couple is pleased with the President Obama's plan to phase out troops.

"I think it's good that he is pulling our troops out. It means a lot that all the other people that are coming home will be able to see their families and that's good. We aren't going to see Eric, but we know he did what he wanted to," said his mother Joanne.

While the Burris' feel Eric completed his personal mission, they do worry about the greater cause.

Outdoor Fireplaces Now Permitted

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

The City Council recently adopted an ordinance which permits backyard fires in approved devices or "outdoor fireplaces". No leaves or trash may be burned, and in-ground fire rings are not permitted. Examples of the types of outdoor fireplaces now permitted for home use are shown on our City website. Click on Departments, Fire, then outdoor burning ordinance. Or call the Fire Department at 530-7250 with any questions.

Grand Rapids car lovers rally to fight cancer

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids-based car club is helping in the fight against cancer.

Members of the Road Rodz Car Club met Friday at the Park Lanes Bowling Alley in Wyoming for their "Party in the Parking Lot to Strike Out Against Cancer" event. 

It featured car displays, bowling, and a screening of the film "American Graffiti." Wyoming mayor Jack Poll also took part by sitting in the dunk tank.

Proceeds from the event are going to the Van Andel Institute.

Members of the car club scheduled the event to coincide with the 28th Street Metro Cruise.

"We decided to do this because it is a kickoff party tonight for the 28th Street Metro Cruise, which is also a fantastic event," says Ken Firlik, member of the Road Rodz club.

Car lovers contribute to help fight cancer

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- A Grand Rapids based car club is helping in the fight against cancer. 

Members of the Road Rodz Car Club met at the Park Lanes Bowling Alley in Wyoming today for their Party in the Parking Lot to Strike Out Cancer.  Attendees enjoyed car displays, bowling and the movie "American Graffiti."

Wyoming's Mayor showed his support by participating in the dunk tank.

Proceeds will be donated to the Van Andel Institute. 

The 28th Street Metro Cruise is also underway in that area.

Metro Cruise expected to bring thousands to Grand Rapids area

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Car lovers from across the country are on their way to West Michigan as the 28th Street Metro Cruise returns for a sixth year.

The event attracts more than 300,000 visitors and 15,000 vehicles to Grandville, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, and Cascade Township.

On Thursday, organizers stopped by our studios to showcase just a couple of the classic cars that will take part in this year's Metro Cruise.  They say the two day event is good for the local economy and fun for everyone.

"I just absolutely love people and just watching those cars come in and the excitement that everyone has," says Denise Hughes. "Everybody has a car that they had, their first car they fell in love with or a car they wish they always had everyone can be a part of this."