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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.

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.

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

Creston Market reopens after renovation


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids neighborhood market is back open after an extensive remodeling project.

Creston Market is now home to a new walk-in wine cellar with a full-time certified sommelier. The business plans to host wine tastings, and the owners hope the market is just the beginning of a neighborhood revitalization.

"In order to really draw those folks in and make this a place that people want to live, we felt they needed a store like this," said Lawrence Duthler. "We really wanted to create a neighborhood market that would serve the existing community we've got right here in Creston, but also draw folks in from downtown and all of the surrounding areas."

The market will also sell fresh produce. Some of that produce will be grown through a nearby urban-farm initiative.

Creston Market is on Plainfield Avenue near Caledonia Street.


Free Healthy Michigan Renewal/Enrollment Assistance

Free Healthy Michigan Renewal/Enrollment Assistance

Cherry Health will host a free event to educate, answer questions and help community members enroll and renew their Healthy Michigan health insurance.  The event will take place on Thursday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kent District Library – Wyoming Branch, 3350 Michael Avenue, Wyoming.

 

Enrollment staff will be present to provide information about Healthy Michigan and how to sign up for health insurance or renew current insurance.  Staff will also be available to assist with Special Enrollment Period or SEP, for the Health Insurance Marketplace, for those who qualify.

 

Additionally, computers will be available for community members to use to enroll or renew their Healthy Michigan coverage.  Certified Application Counselors will assist with the enrollment process as needed.  Spanish assistance will also be available.