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Democrats bitter over Schmidt's GOP switch

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Republican leaders say they are glad to see State Representative Roy Schmidt join their party for his re-election race in the 76th District, but Michigan and Kent County Democrats say his switch on the filing deadline day is "dishonest" and "desperate."

Schmidt, a long-time moderate Democrat who previously served as a non-partisan Grand Rapids city commissioner, announced his switch to the GOP late Tuesday. In an statement emailed to WZZM 13's Peter Ross, Schmidt said he will still be dedicated to serving Grand Rapids, not partisan politics.

"The simple truth is, extreme Democratic Party bosses like Mark Brewer are unwilling to listen to ideas or accept my positions on issues that matter to me and Grand Rapids," Schmidt said in the statement.

Brewer, who is chairman of the state Democratic Party, issued his own statement on Schmidt's switch late Tuesday, saying the move was a "desperate, craven deed."

Flush your neighbors with the Purple Potty

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Cancer affects millions of Americans. In fact nearly 40% of us will get cancer at some point in our lifetime. But when someone you love becomes a statistic well, it's personal and you'll fight it any way you can.

That's what Matt Van Essen is doing with his Purple Potty Project.

When his mother-in-law was diagnosed with liver cancer in November of 2010, he decided raising money to find a cure was the best way to fight it.

So he painted a potty purple and in the dark of night, strategically places it on random front lawns in the Wyoming area.

Then he waits for the phone call where he tells the surprised homeowner he'll remove it for a $20 donation to the American Cancer Society, "I found that most people don't like a purple potty in their yard so they'll pay up the $20 to have it moved to another place."

Homeless lotto winner to buy new house

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming man who could not afford to pay for rent now has plans to buy a home -- after winning a $100,000 lottery prize.

Abel Aguado-Belmudez recently bought a $100,000 Cashword instant lottery ticket at the Baldwin Street Meijer store in Jenison.  He had to check the ticket very carefully before he allowed himself to believe he had won the top prize, according to a Michigan Lottery news release.

Aguado-Belmudez received his $100,000 prize in Lansing on Monday.

Aguado-Belmudez has been living with relatives because he could not afford rent and the child support payments he must make.  He now plans to buy a home.

Summer Reading at KDL is Coming Soon!

Summer Reading at KDL is Coming Soon!

Summer Reading is just around the corner! Starting June 1, the whole family can sign up for Summer Reading @ KDL and have fun reading this summer! This year, the program runs from Friday, June 1 through Friday, August 31.

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - City Budget nearing Approval

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - City Budget nearing Approval

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

The City of Wyoming is closing in on the final Council approval of our City Financial Plan (Budget) for 2012-13.  The budget document, as we call it, is probably the largest policy statement the City Council reviews and considers every year.  This document is the result of countless hours of staff time, and subsequent Council time in the preparation, presentation, and review of City financial resources and information.  The budget begins on July 1, 2012, is completed on June 30, 2013, and guides the financial actions of the City for this period. 

In this document, all of the funding is shown for services like police, fire, water, sewer, parks, recreation, building inspections, the City Manager and much, much more.  If the City does not fund an operation, department, or project, it does not get done. 

Public Works - Open House

Public Works - Open House

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

Join us on Monday, May 21, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for our Annual Public Works Open House. We will have several displays to look at, equipment to climb in and hot dogs to eat!!

Give-A-Glove throws opening pitch

GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) -- The 17th year of the Give-A-Glove campaign kicks off Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. This year's goal is to gather 500 new or gently used kid-sized baseball gloves for the YMCA Youth softball and baseball programs.

By donating you will receive 4 free tickets to a Whitecaps game, free combo meal at Wendy's, and a family guest pass at any YMCA of greater Grand Rapids.

You can donate a glove at any of the locations below.

• Any Fifth Third Bank in Kent and Ottawa
• Fifth Third Ballpark
• David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids
• Lowell YMCA, 1335 West Main Street, Lowell
• Southeast YMCA, 730 Forest Hill SE, Grand Rapids
• Spartan Stores YMCA, 5722 Metro Way, Wyoming
• Visser Family YMCA, 3540 Fairlanes SW, Grandville
• Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave. NE, Belmont