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GRPD: Woman stabbed by man trying to get into car

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a stabbing that put a woman in the hospital overnight.

It happened around 12 a.m. Tuesday near the corner of North Avenue and Leonard Street NE.

The woman told police she was driving when a man tried to get into her car, and when she refused to let him in he stabbed her in the leg.

She drove herself to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the woman gave a vague description of the suspect. No arrests have been made at this time.

Michigan Works! reorganizes operations in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan Works! will close its center on the northeast side of Grand Rapids, but the services offered there are moving to a different part of the city.

The organization announced Monday that the location in the 1500 block of Leonard will close August 21.

Tuesday, a new center will open on the West Side in the 200 block of Straight Avenue.

The people at Michigan Works! say the relocation is part of a larger plan to increase efficiency and lower costs.

Grandwich top 10 sandwich finalists announced

Grandwich top 10 sandwich finalists announced

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Neighborhood Ventures are pleased to announce the top 10 finalists who will compete to win the title of Grandwich 2014.


On July 8, over 30 restaurants entered their sandwich creations into a competition to determine the best Grand Rapids sandwich of 2014. For almost three weeks, the public was encouraged to visit participating restaurants in Grand Rapids, try the sandwiches entries, and vote for their favorites. Public vote determined the top 10 sandwiches, which are listed below in alphabetical order.



My Town: Tax-funded street improvements begin in Grand Rapids

My Town: Tax-funded street improvements begin in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The first of more than 50 street projects funded by a recent voter-approved tax renewal will begin Friday.

The city commission has approved two contracts for more than $4.2 million in road repairs.  Contractors will begin grinding down and resurfacing Buckley Street from LaGrave Avenue to Jefferson Avenue and Lafayette Avenue from Pleasant Street to Wealthy Street on July 25.  Those projects are expected to wrap up Aug. 6, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the corner of Buckley Street and Jefferson Avenue scheduled for Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.  The remaining street project schedule is as follows:


 Sheldon Avenue

Sycamore Street to Haifley Place

Aug. 4 – Aug. 13

Sheldon Avenue

County sees rise in Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Kent County Health Department is reporting an increase in incidences of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in Kent County.

The disease (HFMD) is especially rising in kids under the age of five. HFMD is a very contagious virus and usually strikes kids under the age of 10, but adults can catch it as well.

Symptoms include fever, sore throat, rash, sores on fingers, palms, and soles of the feet, and blister-like sores in the mouth. The fever lasts a day or two and then is followed by the sores and blisters. HFMD is spread by coughing, sneezing, or coming into contact with bodily fluid like saliva. The illness can last 7-10 days.

The Kent County Health Department says that there usually is an increase of HFMD in August, but has started earlier this year.

Treatment for HFMD includes non-aspirin pain relievers and fever reducers and rest and fluids.

Residential parking permits coming to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Residential parking permits are commonplace in large cities; now they're coming to Grand Rapids on a limited level.

Neighbors of the Belknap Lookout region will have them at a cost of $30 for a year; permits in Ann Arbor are $50 a year.

Residents living in the area voted on the idea and approved it by a 60 percent margin. They have grown frustrated with being unable to find parking near their homes and apartments. In recent years there has been a huge influx of cars parking in the area: students and employees from GVSU, MSU, and Spectrum Health.

City Manager Greg Sundstrom noted Tuesday morning, "This is not a money maker for the city. Not only are we not imposing this, but we are losing money."

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new taphouse

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new taphouse

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The owners of a new tap house taking shape on the East Beltline has a name.

RedWater Restaurant Group will call its newest restaurant “Gravity”, based off the brewing term defining the alcohol level of a particular craft beer.  The restaurant is taking shape at the site of the former Malarky’s restaurant, which closed after its owners announced plans to retire.  Construction on Gravity began late last month.

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