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My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new tap house

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new tap house

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A transformation is underway at a Grand Rapids Township restaurant.

RedWater Restaurant Group is renovating Malarkey’s Restaurant along the East Beltline entrance to I-196 into a new tap house restaurant. Construction began late last month.

The new restaurant will feature an open kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating, as well as fire pits and live music.  Executives say the restaurant will feature American pub fare and full entrée dinners, as well one of the largest selections of craft beer on draught in the state, with 64 taps.

“We are Beer City USA and we want to help add to the allure of this great distinction by capturing the attention of visitors coming to visit Grand Rapids, as well as serving our beer-loving community in style,” said Craig Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Redwater Restaurant Group.

The new restaurant is expected to open to the public in October.

GRPS sells Hillcrest Elementary


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Hillcrest Elementary School has been sold by the Grand Rapids Public Schools district.

Hillcrest was among the ten Grand Rapids schools the district closed last spring as part of its restructuring plan.

School officials say Living Stones Academy, a faith-based preschool, will make the building its new home in the fall.

The Grand Rapids school board approved the restructuring plan in December in an attempt to improve student achievement and save money.


Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town GR North: Sun Title receives Michigan Excellence Award from USTCI

My Town GR North: Sun Title receives Michigan Excellence Award from USTCI

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Sun Title, one of Michigan’s leading title and real estate services companies, has been selected for the 2013 Michigan Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCI).

Companies are awarded for meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices.

“We are very proud to receive this award and to be recognized for our continued effort to bring industry firsts to our clients,” said Tom Cronkright II, Sun Title CEO and co-owner. “We look forward to continuing to provide great work and a memorable closing experience to our clients.”

"Save a Life Tour"

"Save a Life Tour"

The Save a Life Tour is coming to our community on Thursday, July 3, 2014. This presentation will be held at 1501 Cedar St. NE in Grand Rapids, MI from 8:30am-11:30am and then again from 12:30pm - 4:00pm.

Kent County Juvenile Detention Center has chosen to do something about the problems that kill or injure thousands each year; Distracted Driving and texting and Distracted Driving and anti-drinking and driving programs.

This huge multi media event features no holds barred video presentations coupled with 2 multi-million dollar simulation experiences like nothing you have evern seen. One simulator features texting and driving and the other, drinking & driving.

The National Save a Life Tour has been endorsed by high schools and colleges all across the country and by the US Navy, Marines, Air Force and Army, along with numerous insurance companies and hospitals nationwide.

MomsBloom and Postpartum Progress helping new moms with postpartum depression

MomsBloom and Postpartum Progress helping new moms with postpartum depression
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No Fireworks on the 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI?????

No Fireworks on the 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI?????

Fourth of July in Grand Rapids, MI. When is 4th of July in Grand Rapids, MI not 4th of July? When someone decided exciting and important things such as Fireworks gets delayed to the 5th of July.

This kind of reminds me of Rogers City, MI., a town up north on Lake Huron, where I grew up.  We use to have great 4th of July celebrations until one year the town council decided having a Nautical Festival the first weekend in August was much more important than the 4th of July. After that, 4th of July was just another day and residents left Rogers City and traveled to surrounding communities to see fireworks on the 4th. It’s no wonder that town today is a dying community; nothing exciting going on there anymore.