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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."

What's Happening: August 27-29

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - You can take in some art or you can celebrate polish heritage. There's several events going on this weekend.

Party in the Parking Lot to Strike Out Cancer is Friday at Park Lanes Bowling Alley in Wyoming. The event goes from 3 - 10 p.m.

Friday is the 27th Van Andel Institute Community for a Cure event. There will be a model car display, bowling, and a drive-in movie. Proceeds benefits cancer research.

The Polish Festival is Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle. Participants can enjoy authentic food, music and beer. The event it's free.

15,000 cars are expected to be at the 28th Street Metro Cruise. Just head over to Woodland Mall, Rogers Plaza and other host sites along 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade. The cruise is Saturday and Sunday.

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.