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Veterans Day Deals

(WZZM) We have compiled this list of businesses, both local and national, that are offering specials to veterans on Veterans Day.  You are advised to check with the business BEFORE going there, as some national businesses may be subject to local manager's decisions or have other qualifying restrictions.  Also, different restaurants are asking for different means of identification. 

The list is compiled with deals on About.com and themillitarywallet.com and are only for businesses in West Michigan.

If you have a deal to be included for Veterans Day, please send it to news@wzzm13.com.

Make a Difference - give blood

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - In the wake of Super Storm Sandy and the recent Nor'Easter, the American Red Cross and Michigan Blood are asking you to give.

Here is a list of upcoming blood drives:

American Red Cross & Michigan Blood


  • Wyoming -  MiBlood: Car City Supercenter, 1515 28th Street SW - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


2nd annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning in Sparta!

Blood Drive

Blood Drive

Make a difference for many in need! Sparta High School located at 475 W. Spartan Drive in Sparta, Michigan is having a Blood Drive on Thursday, November 8 from 7:30am to 3:00pm.

Call: 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or Go to www.miblood.org for more information.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Visit the newly expanded 15 East Salon & Boutique located at 9668 Sparta Ave. in Sparta, Michigan on Wednesday, November 7 at 11:30am to take part in the Ribbon Cutting celebration. Unique items and gift-giving pieces for your Holiday or special occasion shopping can be found at this Boutique location.

Go to www.spartachamber.com for more event listings. 

Christmas Already!?

Christmas Already!?

If you are like most of us, the 2012 year seems to have flown by. It is indeed almost Christmas Time! Time to get out the Tree, decorate the home, and kick off the festive season with the Shop Sparta Event!

The Shop Sparta Event will kick off the Christmas Season in Sparta on Friday, Nov. 16, and once again this year will include the non-profit fundraiser. On Friday, November 16 from 4-8 pm and Saturday, December 1 from 9 – Noon, Sparta will be bustling with shoppers taking advantage of local sales and the 10% fundraiser to their favorite local non-profit group. In 2011, over $800 was donated back to local community groups just through the 10% back program.  Organizers hope to increase that number  helping both local merchants and local non profits during the Christmas season.

Shop Sparta Event – Nov 16 & Dec 1

Police impersonator suspected in Sparta stop

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - If you aren't sure it's really a police officer trying to pull you over, Kent County deputies suggest motorists continue on at a slow speed and call 911.

The advisory was issued after a driver near Sparta says a police impersonator pulled him over Thursday evening on Peach Ridge Avenue by 15 Mile Road.

The 18-year-old driver says he was stopped by an unmarked car with flashing blue LED lights on the dash.

Investigators say he didn't get suspicious until he saw the police officer step out of the car.

"As he looked in his mirror, he noticed the person approaching was not in uniform, but was in civilian clothing," explains Capt. Chuck DeWitt of the Kent County Sheriff's Dept. "That included blue jeans and a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.
At that point he realized it was not a police officer and he pulled away."