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My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: SCORE and LDL offers free social marketing workshop Jan. 27

My Town: SCORE and LDL offers free social marketing workshop Jan. 27

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Changes in marketing have left many small businesses wondering what they need to do. Consumers have made a monumental shift on where they are getting information- online research is on the rise. Small businesses have started to emulate what others are doing without thinking through what is the best for them.

This workshop, presented by Laura Holmes, of FineLine Creative Inc. and LaShelle Mikesell, encourages each business to listen to and observe their customers. Before making an investment in time and money, understand what you are trying to do for your business then choose which medium or mediums fits your needs.

This free workshop, presented by SCORE, will be held at the Loutit District Library on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the library’s Program Room A. To register, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

Man seriously injured in rollover on GH drawbridge


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man was seriously injured Thursday night after his car rolled on the drawbridge between Grand Haven and Spring Lake.

The crash was reported around 10:30 p.m. on the northbound side of the bridge. Ottawa Co. dispatchers told WZZM 13 there were three vehicles involved.

Authorities on the scene told our partner the Grand Haven Tribune that the man in the car that rolled had been on his way home from work and had been speeding when he hit another vehicle and rolled.

An ambulance took the man to a hospital.


GH cross vote leads to recall effort, new fundraiser


WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A controversial decision to ban a cross on Grand Haven city property is now prompting a fierce response from some private citizens. Among the new efforts is a fundraiser to fight the decision and a petition to recall one of the city council members.

The debate over the cross on Dewey Hill is full of voices looking for someone in power to listen. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Brandon Hall had the Ottawa County Election Commission all to himself. In less than 30 minutes, his petition to recall Grand Haven council member Robert Monetza was approved.

Monetza was one of three council members to vote in favor of no longer displaying the cross on Dewey Hill. The decision came after some threatened legal action if the cross wasn't removed.

"After 50 years of that tradition in Grand Haven, that's just unacceptable to me," says Hall.

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

My Town: Get financial freedom tips during 'Show Me The Money Day' Jan. 24

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Grand Haven has many resources that can help residents better their financial situation.  Neighborhood Housing Services is planning the second annual Show Me the Money Day to help bring these resources together at the Loutit District Library for residents of Ottawa County.

Show Me the Money Day is Saturday, Jan. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in program rooms A and B.  The event will include  free financial classes, table-top vendor presentations, information and appointment scheduling for free tax assistance services and prize drawings. Participants can learn how to begin to get out of debt, increase savings, about home ownership information and programs, and much more.

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

Dumpster Dive for Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)- Join others in the community and support Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity by diving into a dumpster full of frigid water! The fun will include jumping into ice cold water to demonstrate compassion for others in our community, a costume contest, and ultimate exposure during WinterFest!

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When: Saturday, January 24th at 4 p.m.
Where: Parking Lot of Portobello off Washington Ave.
Registration Fee: $20

Registration forms and pledge sheets are available at tricitieshabitat.org or can be picked up at 600 S. Beacon Blvd. Ste. C Grand Haven, MI.