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Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Uccello's owners to open Grandville pizzeria

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The local restaurant chain Uccello's is bringing a new concept restaurant to Grandville.

It will be called Herb & Fire, and the owners describe it as an upscale, fast-casual pizzeria.

It's going to be at 44th and Ivanrest, near the Rivertown Crossings Mall.

Owners haven't yet announced an opening date but say they hope it'll be sometime early this summer.

Firefighters put out fire at Grandville hotel

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters are working extinguish hot spots at the Days Inn and Suites in Grandville following a fire earlier this morning.

The fire is believed to have started in the boiler room around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, according to dispatch reports. Police shut down 28th Street near the hotel to connect additional hoses to hydrants.

As of 1 p.m., crews still were working to put out hot spots.


Jenison inventor takes Shefit sports bra to Shark Tank

JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A West Michigan business owner will face off with the sharks next week.

Jenison native Sara Moylan is the owner and inventor of the Shefit bra, a fully adjustable sports bra.

Recently, she was invited to pitch her invention on ABC's Shark Tank.

"To me, it's just crazy that in this day and age, with all these amazing companies on the market, nobody's went back to the drawing board and truly innovated and brought some amazing technology to one of the most important pieces of equipment we as women have, which is a sports bra," said Moylan.

She launched her company about a year ago.

The episode of Shark Tank featuring Moylan will air Friday, January 29, beginning at 9 p.m. on WZZM 13.

One killed in two-vehicle accident in Georgetown Township

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- One woman is dead after a two-vehicle accident in Georgetown Township.

Both directions of 36th Avenue were closed near Port Sheldon in Ottawa County while emergency crews were on scene. 

The crash was reported around 8 a.m. Friday. 

Two people were in the southbound Toyota when the driver, 50-year-old Rebecca Kunst, lost control and swerved into the path of an oncoming Jeep. Two people were also in the Jeep. They were shaken up, but uninjured. 

Man in Grandville kidnap, ransom case wins appeal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A man sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison for kidnapping his ex-mother-in-law, who was blind-folded and duct-taped to a telephone pole, will get a new sentencing hearing, the Court of Appeals ruled.

For the second time since his 2011 conviction, Regan Adam Reynolds appealed a Kent County Circuit Court sentence that has him behind bars for between 30 and 90 years.

Whether a third appearance before the same judge will shave time off his sentence remains to be seen.

Reynolds recruited two others to break into the Grandville woman’s home in Aug. 2011 and abduct her for ransom. The 60-year-old woman was blindfolded and duct-taped to a telephone pole in an Allegan County corn field, but managed to escape.

Reynolds and one of his confederates held the woman’s husband at knife-point inside the couple’s home on Navaho Court SW, demanding ransom for the woman’s safe return.