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This Mexican Rice is very good

This Mexican Rice is very good

I found this recipe on the Food Network/Pioneer Woman a couple weeks ago, it sounded good and so I made it. I really thought it was very tasty. I did not have cayenne pepper but used red pepper flakes instead and it still turned out just great. I did find I used a little more chicken broth than the recipe called for. I will certainly make it again.

MEXICAN RICE       Serves 12 


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Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Remodeled Corner Store Provides Creston Community with Convenient Amenities

Residents of Downtown Grand Rapids and the Creston neighborhood have a new, upgraded market located in the heart of their community with the re-opening of the new Creston Market. Located at 1403 Plainfield Ave NE, the market reopened this month after undergoing extensive remodeling to provide updated amenities, expand product selection and incorporate a variety of specialty items.

Cold case homicide from 2009 brings conviction

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Kent County jurors deliberated for about an hour today before finding Teivariol Davonte-Darnell Moore guilty of the Sept. 2009 beating death of a Grand Rapids man on the city's Northeast Side.

Moore was found guilty Monday of second-degree murder for the death of 56-year-old William Parnell. Moore's trial before Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber got underway last week.

Moore, who has no prior felony convictions, faces any term up to life in prison when sentenced June 18 – just two weeks shy of his 27th birthday.

He will also be sentenced for lying to prosecutors under an investigative subpoena, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

The Saginaw man had been on police radar for years, but it was five-year-old DNA evidence that lead to Moore's arrest last August by the Kent Metro Cold Case Team.

Creston-area revitalization to include new brewery

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- City planners this week approved plans for a new microbrewery at 1504 Plainfield NE. It would fill the building formerly used by DeKorne Furniture. It's just the latest investment in a corridor that's received plenty in the past year, and likely more in the future.

"I think the brewery's going to be a game-changer in the area," said Frank Heeringa Friday, the same day he opened his new take-out pizza place Swanky's Pizza on Plainfield.

The as-yet-unnamed brewery would open in late fall or early winter, said one of the developers, Scott Schultz. Schultz has brewed at two Grand Rapids breweries in the past. The site will include a restaurant, banquet hall, outdoor seating, and live entertainment.

616 Development has announced a pair of projects along Plainfield - bringing new apartments, retail and office space.

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Woman rescued from NE Grand Rapids fire

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids woman was taken to the hospital after a fire in her home Friday morning. Firefighters had to help her get out.

The fire began around 7 a.m. in the 1300 block of Bradford NE. The woman who lives there went to a nearby business to call 911, but then returned to the burning house. Firefighters pulled her out through a window.

Fire crews say the blaze appears to have started in the basement and accelerated quickly. They are investigating it as suspicious.

"We don't have a plausible explanation right now of why and how the fire spread so rapidly, so we're looking for those answers at this time," said GRFD Battalion Chief Bart Perry.

Firefighters did evacuate, because of concerns a floor could collapse.

The Grand Rapids arson squad is investigating this fire.

Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Oakdale Park CRC Celebrates 125 Years this Weekend

Leaders and parishioners from Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church, a culturally-diverse place of worship in Grand Rapids, will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of their church with a service led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison. The Church service is Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:30am followed by a celebration dinner at 12:30pm.

This celebration dinner is open to all people and is free to attend. It will be catered by the LINC Up Soul Food Café and held at the church, located at 961 Temple SE in Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Oakdale’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has helped the congregation grow its’ ministries, community outreach and service programs. The church also helps other outside organizations by providing use of its facilities.

Oakdale Park CRC was founded in 1890 and has more than 400 parishioners and currently is led by Senior Pastor Emmett Harrison.

Summer block parties to benefit Vets Home

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Coming for your summer enjoyment - a weekly block party near downtown Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill will be holding block parties in front of their venue at 819 Ottawa Avenue on Wednesday nights, starting June 10. The events will cost $3 for admission, but $1 of that will go to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Also, $1 from every Perrin Veteran Pale Ale will also go to the Vets Home.

Teazers, which used to be in the location of the Garage Bar & Grill, used to hold weekly street parties as well.

There will be ten Wednesday block parties plus two more on June 26th, for the Freedom Cruise and August 1st, for the Headlight Run for Susan G. Komen.

Garage Bar Block Party Musical Acts:

June 10 Big Boss Blues

June 17 British Racing Green