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Walk 4 Hearing in West Michigan raises awareness

Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM) -  Approximately 17% of American adults have some degree of hearing loss.

Living with significant hearing loss can not only be frustrating but costly.

Sunday afternoon the Michigan Division of the Hearing Loss Association of America held its annual Walk 4 Hearing to help offset some of those costs. The 5K walk at Metro Health raised more than $21,000 dollars.

The money will go to help those like Samantha Wilson, a high school student with significant hearing loss. Even though she wears a cochlear implant she still feels like she misses out on some things, "In a high school environment everything is very loud in the hallways so you can't hear everything and it makes it hard to talk with you're friends."

The Hearing Loss Association offers programs and services to assist those in West Michigan with hearing loss.

Wyoming wants ideas to redevelop part of 28th Street

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- The city of Wyoming wants your ideas to help redevelop a stretch of 28th Street.  City leaders are holding an open forum until 8p.m. at the Wyoming Public Library. They're looking for ideas to improve the corridor between Clyde Park and Burlingame Avenue Southwest.

Last month both Klingman's and Israel's Furniture stores announced they would be going out of business.  Studio 28 and Classic Chevrolet also closed their doors.

City leaders say the brainstorming is the first step in turning around the corridor.  Wyoming City Planner Tim Cochran says, "This is merely a step in the process. F rom this we will take the ideas that are put forth, try to put some understanding behind them to take a look at what works, and develop a plan that the community can embrace for how we'll address the issues facing 28th."

Candidates for Congress clash in unscheduled confrontation in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)-- It only lasted a few minutes, but Wednesday night the Grand Rapids Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress met for an unscheduled, unscripted debate.

The exchange of views between Republican Justin Amash and Democrat Pat Miles was at Michigan Industrial Tool in Wyoming, a business owned by the Amash family.

Justin Amash wanted to rebuff Miles' campaign commercials claiming his family's business is creating jobs in China, not Michigan. He invited Pat Miles to come and defend the ads, and Miles showed up.

"I'm not here to talk semantics," Miles said, pulling a package of screwdrivers from his pocket. He read from the package to Amash and a group of Michigan Industrial Tool employees. "It says, 'Manufactured in China for Michigan Industrial Tools'."

Candidates for congress clash in unscheduled confrontation in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)-- It only lasted a few minutes, but Wednesday night the Grand Rapids republican and democratic candidates for congress met for an unscheduled, unscripted debate.

The exchange of views between republican Justin Amash and democrat Pat Miles was at Michigan Industrial Tool in Wyoming, a business owned by the Amash family.

Justin Amash wanted to rebuff Miles' campaign commercials claiming his family's business is creating jobs in China, not Michigan. He invited Pat Miles to come and defend the ads, and Miles showed up.

"I'm not here to talk semantics," Miles said, pulling a package of screwdrivers from his pocket. He read from the package to Amash and a group of Michigan Industrial Tool employees. "It says, 'Manufactured in China for Michigan Industrial Tools'."

Fall yard waste disposal information

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

Wyoming residents have many options for yard waste disposal. Before autumn leaves start falling, make sure you know which option will work for you.

CURBSIDE PICKUP:
Saturday, December 4
Place at the curb by 6:00 a.m.
Leaves must be in paper bags
Brush tied in 4 ft. bundles

DROP-OFF SITE:
Wyoming Public Service Center; 2660 Burlingame Avenue
March 29 - December 11
7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.

One person injured in accident at 28th Street and Division in Wyoming

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Police are on the scene of a two-car accident at 28th Street SE and S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Police tell WZZM 13 News one person was seriously injured when one vehicle t-boned the other at the intersection.

Traffic is down to one lane in both directions on 28th Street and Division. 

We will have more information as it becomes available.

Grand Rapids-Wyoming 911 dispatch center celebrates successful consolidation

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The emergency communications hub of Grand Rapids will now include the neighboring community of Wyoming.

"They are really more of an urban department and some of the other suburban departments have different issues, different needs," said Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk.

The announcement was made at the dispatch center where currently all dispatchers are trained to take 911 calls from both cities.

"We're looked at this as an opportunity to save some money we're constantly talking with Grand Rapids in all different areas where we could be working together combining services," said Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll.

The joint service will save $400,000 for the city of Wyoming and more than $1 million for Grand Rapids.