Matt Gard, WZZM 13 On Your Side

Matt Gard

WZZM 13 On Your Side

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Matt:

Michigan business expands wildly popular light show born during pandemic

The Wixom-based Bluewater Technologies teamed up with John Ball Zoo in 2020 for "IllumiZoo." Since then, the idea has expanded across the country. → Read More

'So beautiful' | Communities rally around ArtPrize finalists in Westside venues

Among the most noticeable pieces is a mural featuring elephants along Seward Avenue called "Charging Forward." → Read More

'I'm grateful' | Artist finds out he's among the ArtPrize top 25

Christian Reichle and his mom, Monica Pritchard, made "Before You Go." It's featured on the Blue Bridge in Grand Rapids, where he found out some good news Wednesday. → Read More

Kent County orchard adds apple cannons for 2021 season

Phil Schwallier says his kids, who are taking over Schwallier's Country Basket, thought the cannons would be a good addition for the popular orchard. → Read More

Behind the scenes: How crews prepare the ice at Van Andel Arena

The first puck drops at the home of the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 15, which means it's crunch time for crews preparing the arena. → Read More

She's got game: Paige Westra kicks game-winning FG for Zeeland East

The Chix were deadlocked in a 14-14 tie with OK Green rival Reeths-Puffer in the 4th when Westra was called on to put it between the uprights. → Read More

A KICK OF KINDNESS: Michigan sensei's free martial arts class has changed lives

Frank Ferrier is a Marine veteran who does not believe cost should be a barrier to learning self-defense. For one student, the class helped give him his life back. → Read More

Project Night Lights goes gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September's event was a twist on Project Night Lights, which happens monthly at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to let them know they're loved. → Read More

'BALL IS LIFE' | Labor Day tournament about more than basketball

All-In Sports is a community sports training program that helps influence and encourage young men and women in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. → Read More

First Black woman to serve as Grand Rapids police officer honored

Harriet Woods Hill lived from 1922 to 2006 and joined the Grand Rapids Police Department in 1955. She was also the department's first female detective. → Read More

Lowell community prepares for Pink Arrow Pride night's fight against cancer

The Arrows are taking on Mona Shores in the 13 On Your Sidelines Game of the Week, but it's also one of the area's biggest fundraisers in the fight against cancer. → Read More

'Those pesky women from Grand Rapids' | The sisters at the front of Michigan's voting movement

Michigan women won the right to vote in 1918, two years before the 19th Amendment passed on Aug. 26, 1920. Grand Rapids played a major role in the movement. → Read More

'It was our Garden of Eden' | Ottawa Bands honor land ceded to U.S. in treaty 200 years ago

The 1821 Treaty of Chicago ceded Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Chippewa land to the U.S. government. The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians will mark its anniversary. → Read More

Newest additions to Kent County zoo could help save species

Southern White Rhinos are considered "near threatened" and two of them at a zoo in Kent County, Michigan were just imported from South Africa. → Read More

'Big dreams': Owner of historic Grand Rapids theater to start fundraising soon

The Four Star Theater was built in 1938 on Division Avenue, but hasn't been used in more than a decade. That could soon change. → Read More

Special Olympics athletes all winners at Whitecaps' Olympics Night

The promotion served as an opportunity to help fundraise for Special Olympics Michigan. → Read More

Nationally recognized pipe and drum band prepares for Muskegon show

The Muskegon Regional Police Pipe and Drums will be part of downtown Muskegon's annual street performers event Friday, August 6. → Read More

Tigers legend says team is close to being 'good for 15 years' or more

Willie Horton was part of Tiger Wednesdays at LMCU Ballpark. Before signing autographs for fans, he talked with 13 ON YOUR SIDE about the state of the Tigers. → Read More

Grand Rapids literacy program offers free books for children

Storytime GR offers books of all genres for everyone from babies all the way up to teenagers, and they've got giveaway events coming up in August. → Read More

Allendale Fire Department helps wheelchair sports camp celebrate its completion

The Allendale Fire Department participates in a water fight each year at the end of the Mary Free Bed Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp. → Read More