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Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie at it's Best

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie at it's Best

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie                                           

2 pints Blue Berries (Divided)

½ cup White Sugar

½ cup Water

Pinch of Salt

I tablespoon Corn Starch mixed with a few spoonfuls of water till smooth

Mix 2/3 cup berries, sugar, water & salt and bring to a boil over med heat. Cook until most of the berries are cooked and the mixture has a nice color. Add the cornstarch, a little at a time, till thickened. Cook till clear, then remove from heat and let cool completely. Add the remaining fresh berries and pour over cream mixture. Refrigerate. Top with Cool Whip.  Toss a few fresh  berries on top just before serving. (Optional)

G.R. gas leak reported near Riverside Park

UPDATE 1:20 pm- Grand Rapids Fire Department crews have cleared the scene of the gas leak at Burr Oak and Monroe. Our WZZM 13 news crew on the scene was told the 4 inch gas line just went to one house and that people are being allowed to return to the area.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are responding to a gas leak at on the city's northeast side.

The leak was reported just before 12 p.m. Thursday at Burr Oak Street and Monroe Avenue, near Riverside Park.

Burr Oak is closed between Center and Monroe NW.

People living near the leak are being asked to avoid that area and people nearby are being kept away from the gas leak.

616 Lofts on Monroe hosting open house Friday, Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- One of the newest additions to the Grand Rapids real-estate market is hosting an open house Friday and Saturday.

The 616 Lofts on Monroe, on Monroe north of the 6th St. bridge, are in a 156,000-square-foot building that's undergone a nearly-$22 million renovation. It's a multi-use development, with 40,000 square-feet of first-floor retail space. It also includes 85 market-rate apartments.

Monica Steimle from 616 Lofts on Monroe joined Jennifer Pascua on the WZZM 13 News at 5 Thursday to talk about the development. See more in the video above. You can also learn more about the development at this link.

Man gets 5 to 15 years for fatal fight fueled by alcohol

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The apparent victor in an alcohol-fueled fight at Ann Street Park last fall apologized for his actions Monday, saying the death of 56-year-old Joseph Herbert Chenier, "will stay with me the rest of my life.''

David Wayne Dugas admitted to scuffling with Chenier at the mothballed city park last fall; the victim's body was found Sept. 25 by construction workers removing an old bathroom at the dilapidated park west of the Grand River near the northbound U.S. 131 ramp.

Dugas appeared for sentencing today before Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Quist. Dugas took exception to a pre-sentence report that indicated he had no remorse.

Medical Mile could see $50M housing, business development

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A $50 million housing and business development is in the works along the Medical Mile near downtown Grand Rapids, developers tell WZZM 13.

The project is planned to include business space, along with 287 apartment units and parking on the roof of the building. That housing will target professionals working on Medical Mile.

It would replace 16 houses and a commercial building near Grand and Benson avenues.

The city Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the project on July 9. The developer, RISE Real Estate, hopes to begin work by October.

City manager expects 'huge payoff' with return of police academy

City manager expects 'huge payoff' with return of police academy

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—Grand Rapids Police are hoping to inspire a new generation of officers by bringing back their youth police academy.

The police department announced the return of the program in February. The first session begins June 22; the second program starts on July 20. The academies are open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Kent County area who might be interested in a career in law enforcement.

"Our hope and our belief is some number of years down the line, this is going to have a huge payoff," says City Manager Greg Sundstrom.

For more information, visit the Grand Rapids Police Department's website.


Veterans home's restored amphitheater dedicated

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a proud day Tuesday at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, with the dedication of the restored amphitheater.

The old one was crumbling from years of wear and tear, and it was becoming dangerous to use.

It's officially named after Gerald Antor, who used to live there. Kent County Commissioner Tom Antor is his son.

"The fact they dedicated it to my father was just icing on the cake and nice of the veteran's home," Tom Antor said. "Truly, what this is about is for veterans being able to come out here and give them something to look forward too: concerts all year round."

Money for the new facility was raised during the inaugural Freedom Cruise last year.

Work took six months to complete and came in under budget.