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Emergency Signs

You may have noticed some new signs popping up along streets and freeways in the Greater Grand Rapids area.  This “Emergency 1-96” road sign appeared one day on Cascade Road SE in Cascade Township and the “Emergency 1-96 and M-6" signs were spotted on M-37 in Kentwood.  The “Emergency” signs have also been seen in Wyoming.  A spokesman at the Michigan Department of Transportation says they are informational signs to help direct drivers back to the highway in case there is an accident or construction.

Kentwood Police investigating fatal crash

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - A Dayton, Ohio man died early Saturday morning when his car was hit by a semi-trailer at 44th Street and Broadmoor SE.

Mukhriddin Ibaev, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that happened about 1:30am.

Kentwood Police say Ibaev was driving a 2000 Honda Accord westbound on 44th Street  when he apparently failed to stop at the flashing red traffic signal.  His car was hit by a semi-trailer heading northbound on Broadmoor, driven by a Jenison man.  He was not injured.

Two of the three passengers in Ibaev's vehicle were taken to the hospital with injuries. 

Anyone having witnessed the crash is asked to call Kentwood Police at 698-6580.

Meet Author Jeffrey Schatzer at the Kent District Library

Jeffrey Schatzer, author of seven books including The Runaway Garden, will visit two Kent District Library branches on October 22. Children are invited to meet him, hear the story and enjoy book-related crafts.

The Runaway Garden is the 2010 selection for the seventh annual Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book Program, a statewide initiative highlighting the importance of early childhood literacy. It is a story about the night that all the plants in the garden get up and run away. At first they think running away is fun, but it isn’t long before things go terribly wrong.

Jeffrey Schatzer's books offer enchanting storylines and positive messages and themes.

Halloween Health Fair & Flu Shots

What: Creep over for a Fang-tastic day of health! FREE zombie attractions Include: Flu Shots of Pain, Health “Screamings”, Ghastly Give-AWays, Freaky Freebies, Revolting Refreshments. Ghoulishly good information will be available from health organizations and local businesses including beauty, health, home care, housing, education, finances, fitness, legal aide, medications, mobility aids, nutrition, senior services, travel, local resources and much more!

When: Thursday, October 14, 2010
3:30 – 7:00pm

WHERE: Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department
355-48th St SE (between Eastern & Division)
Kentwood, MI 49548

COST: No charge. Drop-In!
FREE Food, FREE Health Screenings, FREE Door prizes!

RSVP: For vendor information or for further information please call the the Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department at (616) 656-5278.

Accident in Kentwood kills driver

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)–Police in Kentwood are trying to determine the cause of a crash that killed one person.

The accident happened around 1:15 a.m. Saturday. Police say a semi truck traveling north on M-37 collided with a car heading west on 44th Street SE.

Four people were inside the car. The driver died at the scene. The three other passengers were taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital with injuries.

The driver of the semi truck was not hurt.

Chamber thanks charter members for 30 years of continuous membership

From: http://www.southkent.org/

The 30th Anniversary of the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce would not be possible without the continuous support of long time member businesses who've reliably renewed their membership dues year after year.

Membership renewal is important to keep the voice of the Chamber strong in our community and in our government. Our power is in the numbers of business owners who support our organization.

Business owners who drive the economy of a community. Businesses can't vote on election day but they are very affected by the legislation generated by our elected of? cials. Your Chamber Membership gives your business a voice.

The Chamber has made it easy to keep your dues current. You may opt to pay semi annually or quarterly for a small service charge.

School Districts' Count Day results

(WZZM)- Despite a decline in enrollment, Grand Rapids Public Schools says this year's Count Day was the third best in the past decade.  The district lost about 400 students, most of them from Creston and Ottawa Hills High Schools.

Other notable counts from Kent County districts include Wyoming's loss of 315 students and Kentwood's gain of 232 students. 

The districts experiencing the most significant enrollment declines in Muskegon County are Muskegon Heights, Holton and Fruitport.

Districts that were steady or even grew slightly are Montague, Ravenne, Reeths-Puffer and North Muskegon.