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Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let’s Go to Bat for Kids!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 is the day to be at 5/5 Ballpark at 5:30. Bring all the kids, admission is FREE. Parking is $6 per car but the evening includes children’s games and activities along the concourse, local mascots and a fun night at the ballpark.

In 2014, Catholic Charities of West Michigan welcomed over 4500 West Michigan fans for this event. Let’s see if we can break that record this year, 2015. This event benefits the family strengthening programs of CCWM that help keep families together here in our community.

This ballgame is played by clergy, religious leaders on the Padres team and media celebrities on the Media Giants team.

Come on out to the Ballpark located at 4500 W. River Dr. NE in Comstock Park, MI 49321. More info at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or phone 616-551-5663.

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Home opener Saturday for Grand Rapids Football Club

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The city's minor league soccer team plays its home opener this weekend.

Grand Rapids Football Club will host AFC Ann Arbor at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Houseman Field, near Fountain St. and Houseman Ave. NE.

Grand Rapids FC plays in the Great Lakes Premier League and carries a 1-1 league record into this weekend's match, beating Lansing United 1-0 on May 9 and falling to Oakland United 2-1 on May 23.

Grand Rapids FC has home matches scheduled through the summer, with the last one on July 31. The club travels to close its season August 1 against Muskegon Risers Soccer Club, whose home pitch is the Reeths-Puffer High School soccer field.

Learn more about Grand Rapids FC at this link.

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, of Aquinas College, named 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Dr. Robert Marko, professor and chair person of the theology department at Aquinas College here in Grand Rapids, MI., has been named a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the fall semester at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine.

“Aquinas is very pleased and proud that Dr. Marko once again has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Aquinas Provost, Gilda Gely. “It is extremely competitive on an international scale, so it is exciting to Aquinas making its’ mark in this global space.” Dr. Marko was also awarded a Fulbright in 2008, focusing then on what the Eastern Christian theological tradition brings to the West.

The Fulbright Program, aiming to increase mutual understanding between the people of the world, is the flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Government.

220-mile bike ride honoring fallen Marines ends in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Marine Corps veteran spent his Memorial Day on the road, bicycling 220 miles.

Joshua Price and about a dozen other riders started the journey at midnight Monday morning in Marion, Indiana.

The ride honors 22 Marines who were killed in Fallujah, Iraq. Some were from Michigan.

The distance amounts to 10 miles for each Marine.

Other riders could join for as much or as little of the 220 miles as they wanted.

Four riders made it the entire distance.

Their journey ended Monday evening at the memorial at the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center, on Monroe just south of Riverside Park.

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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 


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.