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City Commission to consider Wyoming zoning issue

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A proposed development for Wyoming is in peril.

Developers want the land near 44th Street and Burlingame Avenue rezoned so they can build more apartments. But in a 6-2 vote tonight, the city's Planning Commission recommended the proposal be denied.

Neighbors filled city hall to speak out against the proposal saying the new development could hurt home values, cause parking problems and crowding.

The proposal now moves to the City Commission for consideration.

Wyoming: No money for more firefighters

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Mayor Jack Poll says the city is providing the number of firefighters the citizens are willing to support.

"We are willing to provide any level of service to the citizens of Wyoming they are willing to pay for," says Mayor Poll.

The size of the department is an issue because only 5 firefighters were on duty to answer an alarm at the Boulder Ridge Apartments on 50th St. early Saturday morning.

Previous Coverage: Smoldering cigarette starts apartment fire in Wyoming

It took several more minutes for on-call and neighboring departments to reach the scene.

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Spring time in Wyoming

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Spring time in Wyoming

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

What a great time of the year to be in Wyoming.  Driving around town, I see trees with new leaves, people enjoying our parks, citizens walking on sidewalks, and kids playing in their neighborhoods.  In my area, one of the surest signs of spring is the long lines at the Dairy Dip at Burlingame and 36th.  This is the time of the year when I find Wyoming to be the most vibrant and welcoming; you can see the good in people all around. 

Smoldering cigarette starts apartment fire in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich (WZZM) - A smoldering cigarette is to blame for starting a massive apartment fire in Wyoming early Saturday morning.

Fire crews from Wyoming and Kentwood responded to the call at Boulder Ridge Apartments just after 3:30 a.m.

Wyoming Fire Lt. John Nauta says a tenant on the third floor deck of the three-story apartment left a cigarette burning on top of other old cigarettes in a plastic astray. He said the fire started on the deck, then spread to all three floors.

The fire damaged 12 apartments, destroying six. Firefighters were able to rescue two people from inside the building safely and no one was injured. 

The American Red Cross was at the scene to provide help for those affected. Tenants we spoke with said they didn't have renters inusurance.

Get Fit: De-stressing with Massage

(WZZM) - Life can be stressful and sometimes, all that stress can be a little too much to deal with.

April is Stress Awareness Month. In this week's Get Fit, Terence Reuben, a physical therapist with Metro Health, joined us to talk about a few simple ways to relax, and relieve some of that stress.








To watch the segment, click the video link. For more tips on how to de-stress, click here. For more information on massage techniques, click here.

Area Charter Schools Host Open House Meetings

Vanguard Charter Academy and Knapp Charter Academy, local tuition-free public charter schools managed by National Heritage Academies, will host open house meetings for prospective parents in the coming weeks.

Founded in 1996 and located at 1620 52nd St. SW in Wyoming, Vanguard Charter Academy will host an open house on Friday, April 20 at 12:30pm, while Knapp Charter Academy, which was founded in 19997 and is located at 1759 Leffingwell NE in Grand Rapids, is scheduled to hold its open house on Friday, April 20 at 9:00am. Both schools serve nearly 750 students in grades Young5 and K-8.   

Staff members will be on hand at both schools to present information and the meetings will include an informal question and answer period.

GR Parish on Closing List not closing soon

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Reverend Charles Dautremont has been the pastor at St. Dominic in Wyoming for the last 16 of his 52 years in the priesthood.  St. Dominic was on the list released Thursday by the Diocese of Grand Rapids as closing "when pastor retires."

Father Dautremont, who turns 78 soon, has no plans to retire.  "Obviously if something changes health-wise - if I get senile somebody will inform me that I'm senile and will remove me but - there are no signs of any of that," he joked to WZZM 13's Peter Ross.

So, parishioners at St. Dominic need not look for a new church anytime soon, it seems.