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Synchronized swimming championship in West Michigan


JENISON, MI (WZZM) - You may have watched synchronized swimming during the Olympic games, but you can see the sport more often than just every four years. For the next three days, West Michigan is hosting a synchronized swimming championship.

At the Jenision Aquatic Center, swimmers from all over the nation are getting judged on their execution, artistic impression, and difficulty of their synchronized swimming.

"Synchronized swimming is a beautiful sport; it's an artistic sport," explained Becky Thompson, a competitor. "This one combines a lot of sports, including dancing, gymnastics, tumbling, swimming, and water polo."

Many think synchronized swimming involves people moving in water together, but synchronized swimming has a number of solo events, too, where participants are synced to music.

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No injuries in Grandville apartment fire


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters extinguished flames at Wimbledon Apartments in Grandville Monday afternoon. Crews attacked the fire from both sides of the building, dousing flames with water from ladder trucks.

There are no reports of any injuries, with all residents and pets able to get out safely.

Crews say the fire started in the upper-left unit and spread to several apartments in the three-story building. The fire was eventually stopped by a firewall. It is estimated that residents of 15 units are displaced. Crews were initially looking into whether the fire started on a stove, but authorities now say they've ruled that out since the flames most likely started in the southeast corner of the attic. The property owners say no one was in the unit below the attic there at the time the fire started. It was first reported around 12:30 p.m.

RiverTown Crossings to host job fair


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- More than 35 stores will be looking for new employees at a job fair this weekend.

It's from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday at RiverTown Crossings mall, on the lower level near Macy's.

Job openings include everything from sales to management, with both seasonal and permanent positions.

Candidates should bring an up-to-date resume and a Michigan driver's license.

Some of the jobs will have interviews right at the job fair.

Rock’n the Runway Returns

Rock’n the Runway Returns

Join this fashion with a cause to help raise breast cancer awareness & empower the urban community to take charge of their health.

There will be a dessert social, swag bags, giveaways, live entertainment, DJ and more.

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Car/deer crashes: "September was a record-breaker"


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- From broken windshields to smashed bumpers, it happens every year at this time. However, this fall there are a record number of car and deer crashes, according to local auto repair shops.

WZZM 13 is looking at how drivers should respond to the frequent deer encounters.

At the entrance of Auto Body Xperts, there's a sign that reads "'Tis the season," with a picture of a deer.

"Our September was a record-breaker," said Mandy Beroza, general manager for Auto Body Xperts.

That means extra money for Auto Body Xperts at locations in Hudsonville, Holland, and Wayland.

"'Tis the season, deer are a great Michigan economy booster for collision repair shops," said Beroza.

The auto shop showed WZZM multiple cars damaged by deer with repair costs of about $7,000.

Children celebrate Global Handwashing Day


HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A group of Hudsonville children took part in a special event to celebrate something we all do every day -- and to help storm victims in South Carolina.

Thursday is Global Handwashing Day, dedicated to teaching how important hand-washing is to preventing illnesses.

Pacers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team looking for Donations

Pacers Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team looking for Donations

Grand Rapids Junior Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Team. This special group of people are looking for donations to support their cause.

On November 7 & 8, they will be playing basketball at the Rockford Middle School to make money to help with the expenses they incur when they travel as a team. This season they are traveling to Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kentucky for national competition. Any money they make will go for equipment along with travel expenses.

This particular request comes from CJ Blackwell, 15 years old and one of the wheelchair players on the team. He is personally asking for your support. You can donate by contacting his Mom, Sandy Blackwell at 616-734-3204 or by e-mail at: silly-sandy@att.net.