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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.

$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.

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.


Opinion: This is the Way I see It-Government Cell Phones

Opinion: This is the Way I see It-Government Cell Phones

Free Cell Phones; what will the next giveaway be?

I, along with a lot of other people, often wonder why the government ever decided to give away free phones to people. I can’t even begin to imagine the cost that is shared by every working person in the United State of America.

I see people who are covered with tattoos, smoking cigarettes, buying beer & booze and have a nice vehicle with these phones and wonder, if they can afford all these things, why can’t they afford a phone? Don’t they have family members that can be of help to them? Family are supposed to help their own.

I grew up in a large family who took care of themselves. We didn’t have a phone in our home until it was almost time for me to graduate from high school but we all seemed to survive. If it was something really important, we had a neighbor who was gracious enough to let us use their phone but that was rare.

Portion of northeast G.R. under boil water advisory


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Residents of a northeast Grand Rapids neighborhood are under a boil water advisory.

The city says a water main broke Thursday evening, affecting about 90 residences within an area bounded by Boltwood Dr. NE, Riverside and Cheshire drives NE, Katherine Dr. NE, and Monroe Ave. NE.

Crews have fixed the water main, but the break might have allowed bacterial contamination. The boil water advisory is in effect until sampling confirms the water is safe to drink.

Grand Rapids residents with questions for the city can call 311 or 616-456-3000.