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Economist tells Grandville-Jenison Chamber job growth is coming

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids economy has bottomed out and is starting to see some job growth. That's according to an economist with Kalamazoo's Upjohn Institute.

George Erickcek told the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce members today a big question remains: 'How can the community start growing again?'

He says the region needs to focus more on what the world wants now.

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City of Hudsonville fall leaf drop-off

Fall has arrived and the City of Hudsonville Department of Public Works will be open on the following dates (for City residents only) to drop off leaves:

- Friday, October 29, 2010 from 1-6 PM
- Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 8 AM -1 PM
- Friday, November 12, 2010 from 12-3:30 PM
- Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 8 AM -1 PM
- Friday, November 19, 2010 from 1-6 PM
- Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 8 AM -1 PM

The drop-off location is at 5713 Balsam Drive – City of Hudsonville Department of Public Works Building. Leaves must be loose or in recyclable/paper bags. If you do bring loose leaves or leaves in plastic bags, be prepared to empty them yourself. Leaf Drop-Off is for residential dumping of yard waste only. No trash or commercial disposal is allowed. No large branches or brush will be accepted. Leaf Drop-Off is open to Hudsonville City Residents/Taxpayers only. ID will be checked.

Middle School receives Grandville Grant

GRANDVILLE, Mich. - Grandville Middle School was chosen by the Grandville Education Foundation as the recipient of this year's impact grant.

The grant will allow the middle school staff and students to focus on three themes, one for each trimester.

The focus areas are environmental/recycling, healthy living, and diversity.

Grandville offering medical disposal site

(GRANDVILLE) -  The Grandville Police Department, along with the Clean Water Plant, is now providing a Safe Medicine Disposal site for Grandville residents.

The site is located in the lobby of the Police/Court/Probation Building. Hours are Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM excluding holidays.

Prescription and Over the Counter medication will be accepted. Bring the medicine in the original container, cross off your name and any personal information, and then drop it in the receptacle. Bio-hazardous Material/Needles/Sharps will not be accepted.

NEVER FLUSH OR POUR unused medicine down the drain.

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Shop to support JPS students

From: http://www.jpsonline.org

Your holiday gift shopping can support JPS students! With all of the economic difficulties facing our schools, JPS libraries have been hit hard. When you do your holiday shopping at Barnes and Noble in Rivertown Crossings Mall December 3-5 and mention Jenison Public Schools at the register, or when you enjoy a coffee and snack at the Starbuck's cafe, Barnes and Noble will donate up to 20% of your pre-tax purchase total to JPS libraries! The more JPS supporters purchase, the higher the percentage we receive from Barnes and Noble. Enjoy free gift wrapping, story telling, games, face painting, art work, and entertainment courtesy of JPS staff and students. Can't make it to the store? Shop online at BN.COM/bookfairs and enter 10236628 on the checkout page. It's easy to shop in the store or on online!

Kent County accident injures two

Oakfield Township, Mich. (WZZM) -  An early morning accident injured to young men in Oakfield Township.

Kent County Sheriff's Deputies say the accident happened around six Sunday morning when a car traveling east on 16 Mile Road lost control going into a curve, hit a tree and overturned.

Both the driver, a 22 year old man and the passenger a 24 year old man were transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital for injuries they received from the crash.

Only one car was involved in the accident and it is still being investigated by the Kent County Sheriff's Department.


UPDATE: Fire destroys bicycle shop in Grandville

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM)-The owners of a Grandville bicycle shop destroyed by fire plan to rebuild.

A gas station clerk spotted the flames inside Chicago Drive Cycling and Fitness around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, and called authorities. Investigators believe an electrical problem sparked the fire, which took them a couple hours to control. Crews had to fight the fire from the outside because of the thick smoke and intense heat.

Four generations have worked in the family owned shop, which opened 73 years ago.

"When I got here, my parents were just emotionally in an uproar, you know, [saying] 'What are we going to do?' and all this stuff. And I said, 'Hey, we can rebuild it. It's fine. We'll go on," said Evert Klomp Junior, who manages the store.

He says a motorcycle shop down the street offered the store owners space, free of rent.