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My First Visit to the Blue Dog Tavern

My First Visit to the Blue Dog Tavern

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Blue Dog Tavern, formerly the Kopper Top Bar, for the first time. The tavern is located on the corner of Stocking & 4th St. NW in Grand Rapids, MI.

What a change from the former bar. I never knew there were windows on the side of the building but now those have been opened up to let the outside in. It is so wide open and inviting. The barback is especially neat; it looks like metal but I was told it is wood. Tables have receipts under glass from way back when, from years of 1936 on up, that the waitresses actually wrote out for customers orders. These were found when the new owner/owners started cleaning out the upper floor in the building.

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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids, a “blended” tuition-free public high school for students in grades 9-12, has been awarded accreditation from the national accreditation commission, AdvancED. The accreditation report praised Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids for its ability to: effectively use technology to align student schedules based on needs; provide students with immediate feedback on assignments; and to operate the school in an efficient manner for student success.

“Receiving the AdvancED accreditation demonstrates our commitment to excellence and the high quality of our school,” said Dan McMinn, Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids principal.

$6 million Creston development will include 40 apartments

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new $6 million development is planned for the Creston business district — a project developers and neighborhood organizers hope will transform the area along Plainfield Avenue.

Wednesday morning, 616 Development announced plans to tear down the former Club North building at 1359 Plainfield Ave. NE to make way for a mixed-use building. It will include 40 market-rate apartments and 2,600 square feet of retail space.

The Creston Heights Market, also on Plainfield Ave. will be renovated and Red Jet Café will also get a roof-top patio.

Lawrence Duthler, co-owner of Sun Title, says the announcement culminates investment and confidence that has taken ten years to build.

"The more and more renovations and investments that are done, the more in turn it feels like a neighborhood," Duthler told WZZM 13.

Team hired for new restaurant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (October 21, 2014) – RedWater Restaurant Group Chief Operating Officer Craig Smith is pleased to announce three women for the top management positions at Gravity, the newest RedWater Restaurant Group restaurant to opening to the public in mid-November. Gravity is the new 64-tap craft beer, handcrafted food restaurant at 3210 Deposit Drive next to Northpointe Bank at the East Beltline and I-196 interchange. Gravity will be among the largest “all craft beer on tap” restaurants in the area.

Kristin Kent, formerly of Reds on the River, was hired as the new General Manager at Gravity, while Laurel Deruda, former Executive Chef at Honeycreek Inn and the Women’s City Club, is its new Executive Chef.  Angela Steil has been named House Certified Cicerone® and Beer Director for Gravity.

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No Bullying in Gov. Snyder's Campaign Ads

No Bullying in Gov. Snyder's Campaign Ads

I don't usually get too involved in politics but felt I had to point out the fact that Micigan's present Governor seems to be the only politician that can run a campaign on his merits not by slandering and bullying his oponent. To me, this shows he's a businessman moreso than a politician.

What he says is so true. Anyone who has been in the position Michigan was in a few years ago knows you cannot turn the State around overnight. It's kind of like people who have gained a lot of weight; the weight did not go on overnight so it's going to take time for the weight to drop off with a lot of work and determination.

I for one, admire the campaign Gov Snyder is running and feel he will do all the things he has promised but again, it won't happen overnight and not everyone will agree with his methods.

We can't have our cake and eat it too; there has to be trade-offs for us to get back to the great self-sustaining State of Michigan we used to be.

School bus slides on wet leaves; driver hurt

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A school bus driver suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when her bus struck a tree.

The crash happened in the 1600 block of West Kentview Drive. Police say that the bus slid on wet leaves while turning a corner.

The female driver suffered minor injuries. There were two autistic kids in bus restraints on board and they were not hurt.

Police: Drug dealer shot, stripped in robbery

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an alleged drug deal that ended with the dealer shot, robbed and stripped.

It happened early Tuesday morning on Mason Street near Plymouth Avenue in northeast Grand Rapids.

According to officers, the victim went to the area to sell drugs to two men. Instead, he was hit in the face, robbed, and shot in the left knee. The men took his drugs, wallet, pants and shoes.

The victim later showed up at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

If you know anything about this crime, officers ask you to call Grand Rapids Police at (616) 456-3400, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.