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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.

Relative in trouble or a scam? Wyoming Police say beware!

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Local police agencies are warning people about a scam going around West Michigan.

Wyoming Police and the Metropolitan Fraud and Identity Theft Team (MFITT), a multijurisdictional law enforcement group, says a number victims have come forward saying they wired money to someone posing to be a family member in trouble.  They claim to be in legal trouble in another state or country.

Authorities say after the second or third transaction, the victims realized that they have been swindled. 

There were several similarities in all of the frauds reported to MFITT:

1. There was a sense of urgency.
2. Keep the situation a secret from other family members.
3. The relative was involved in a serious incident (e.g., accident, arrest).
4. The victims were asked to wire funds to a location out of the state or country.

Metro Health gains support for an open heart program

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- A West Michigan hospital is gaining support from some major health systems for a new open heart program.  Metro Health announced that the University of Michigan Health System, Trinity Health and Borgess Hospital support the application. 

Metro has been working with Saint Mary's Health Care, Mercy Health Partners and several cardiologists to start the program in Kent County.

Metro Health's Ellen Bristol says, "We believe that choice is a very important part of healthcare.  Allowing us to have an open heart program would allow us to have more services offered in our hospital so that patients don't have to start treatment in our hospital and then get transferred downtown."

The hospital filed its application for an open heart program with the state Health Department in July.  It will soon go into the full review process.

Free shoes to be distributed to thousands of students

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Thousands of West Michigan students will be starting off their school year on the right foot thanks to the kindess of strangers.

The non-profit organization "In the Image" is hosting it's annual "S.H.O.E.S." program. S.H.O.E.S. is an acronym for "Shoes Help Our Elementary Students."

This year a record number of shoes will be handed out.

It's been almost a year since Jay Starkey took on the role as Executive Director at In the Image. He says he knows firsthand about the need for the S.H.O.E.S. program and he's worked to expand it.

Wyoming pedestrian hit by van dies

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)-A Wyoming man who was hit by a van has died.

Wyoming police say Christopher Agema was walking on the road in the 1500 block of Chicago Drive near Burlingame Avenue when he was hit around 5:38 a.m. Friday. The 25-year-old man was rushed to Spectrum Hospital, where he later died.

Police believe Agema had been drinking prior to the accident and the 60-year-old driver, who was also from Wyoming, was not at fault.