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Wyoming Teen Council Water Fight

Wyoming Teen Council Water Fight

From: http://wyomingmi.gov

The Wyoming Teen Council is hosting a Teen Water Fight in Lamar Park on August 16. Water balloons will be provided, but teens are welcome to bring their own water toys. The group will meet in the back parking lot by the splash pad at 7pm. Pizza and pop will be served. The cost is $2.00 per person.

From the KDL Director: How Are We Doing, Really?

From the KDL Director: How Are We Doing, Really?

Maybe you’ve heard about KDL’s new quality standards achievement project. I want to tell you what this “multi-year effort to document performance strengths and gaps against national indicators of excellence” means to you.

First, it means simply that we want to always be doing better. Our patrons and the library industry have told us we do a great job, and now we’re asking a third-party organization, the Michigan Quality Council – a 19-year-old organization that helps businesses and organizations improve their products and services – to weigh in.

Police veteran continuing on in race for sheriff

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- A former deputy of chief for the Grand Rapids Police Department is continuing on in the race for Kent County Sheriff.

The primary race was called in favor of James Farris Tuesday night. With 50 percent of precincts reporting, Farris had 4,533 votes; Democratic contender Michael Scruggs garnered 2,413 votes.

Farris will face Republican Incumbent Larry Stelma in the November election.

Cooling off during National Night Out

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Some Grand Rapids families celebrated National Night Out while beating the summer heat.

Visitors to the Salvation Army Kroc Center enjoyed free ice cream, a giant waterslide, a bounce house and the latest Muppets movie, all for free.

"We're here as a gift to this neighborhood, so that we can have a fun, safe place for families to come out, enjoy the summertime together, and have a good time," explained Major Marc Johnson with the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

WZZM 13 is a proud sponsor of National Night Out at the Kroc Center.

KDL - Why Did My Library Move My Stuff?

KDL - Why Did My Library Move My Stuff?

You might be passably familiar with the Dewey Decimal system, but the chances that your kids and grandkids know about the library materials classification system that’s been around since the late 1870s are getting slimmer by the year.

It’s a fact: bookstores and online searches (even grocery stores!) are organized by category, not a string of numbers. So in an effort to make finding what they need as simple as possible for patrons, a number of U.S. libraries – including Kent District Library – are aligning themselves with the “search by subject” method.

It’s called BISAC – book industry standards and communications – and by the end of the year all 18 KDL branches will be organized according to this system.

Send us your summer pics!

Send us your summer pics!

It's not over yet, but we want to see your summer photos!! Has there been a moment that you've photographed that just screams summer or was there a moment when you thought to yourself, "It's finaly here!" Well, send us your best summer photo and we'll add it to our West Michigan Summer 2012 photo gallery.

Please send your photos to mytown@wzzm13.com along with your name and location.

Thank you!

Stuff the Bus needs more supplies this year

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Store shelves are filling up with school supplies.  Some districts hope you'll buy a few extra items, because they have an increasing number of students who can't afford even the basics.

Stuff the Bus kicks off Friday, August 3. Organizers are striving to get at least 500 more supplies than last year to meet the demands of six districts.

This is the third year for "Stuff the Bus" in the Grand Rapids area, and sponsoring companies first collected 2,500 supplies.

The goal this year is to receive 3,500 brand-new pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, and rulers.

Sponsors, including Amway and Fifth Third Bank, are donating backpacks with deodorant, shampoo, and toothbrushes.

These will go to middle schoolers in Grand Rapids, Hudsonville, Jenison, Wyoming Park, Godfrey Lee and East Kentwood public schools.