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My Town: Get a 'Taste of East Grand Rapids' Aug. 21

My Town: Get a 'Taste of East Grand Rapids' Aug. 21

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The countdown is on to get a Taste of East Grand Rapids.

The festival of food will return to Gaslight Village this Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to sample food from area restaurants and businesses including:

  • Olive’s
  • Big Bob’s
  • Derby Station
  • Jersey Junction
  • Olga’s Kitchen
  • D&W Fresh Market
  • SweetieLicious
  • Foo Yen
  • Rose’s Express
  • Jet’s Pizza
  • Osta’s

This is the fifth year for Taste of East Grand Rapids, which will also include live music, children’s activities and sidewalk sales.  Proceeds from the event will go to Susan G. Komen of West Michigan.

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two men running to represent West Michigan in Congress have agreed to hold public forums.

Congressman Justin Amash and his Democratic contender, businessman Bob Goodrich met over coffee in Eastown Aug. 15.  During the brief meeting, both candidates discussed ideas on how best to keep the race for the 3rd Congressional seat civil.

Amash beat East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis by roughly a 14-percent margin during August’s primary. Voters will decide if Amash will continue to represent them during the general election Nov. 4.  The Third Congressional District of Michigan includes the areas of  Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Belding, Lowell, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Sparta.

EGR police continue investigation into package scare


EAST GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) Three people have been identified as "persons of interest" in an incident that closed East Grand Rapids High School last week.

The high school was closed and athletic practices were moved Friday when a suspicious package was found in the school. Surveillance video showed three people in the building overnight. The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad was called in and investigated. The package was found not to be a security risk.

Police have identified the three people are still investigating.


My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—New plans are in the mix for the former home of Ramona’s Table.

The owners of the former Gaslight Village restaurant have sold their space at 2232 Wealthy Street SE to the owners of Rio Grand Steakhouse in Plainfield Township.  It’s unclear if Rio Grand Steakhouse is planning to open a second restaurant, or move its current establishment at 5501 Northland Drive into the space.

Ramona’s Table moved to the corner of Squires and Bridge in Rockford, where it opened Aug 1.  The owners say their new space can accommodate more than 160 people- more than their old restaurant. Co-owner Jackie Ziehm also says Rockford also had a liquor license available, allowing Ramona’s Table to add Michigan beers and wines to its expanded farm-to-table menu.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town EGR: Delta Subaru Gaslight Criterium leads to driving detours Aug. 17

My Town EGR: Delta Subaru Gaslight Criterium leads to driving detours Aug. 17

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Drivers can expect some detours in and around Gaslight Village this weekend, as the Delta Subaru Gaslight Criterium returns Sunday, Aug. 17.

Several streets will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. during the circuit bicycle race.  For a map of the closures, click here.   Spectators are welcome to shop and dine in Gaslight Village during that time, as most businesses will be open as usual, however access to parking will be limited. 

The criterium is 0.8 miles that is relatively level with four left turns and one sweeping curve.  Each finisher will be placed based on time and division, which includes juniors, women and men. There is also a kid’s race at 11:30 a.m.  

For more information, visit www.gaslightcrit.com.

EGR high school broken into, suspicious packages left behind


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a suspicious package at East Grand Rapids High School turned out not to be dangerous. Authorities evacuated the campus Friday morning after custodial staff found the package inside the west portion of the building.

The Michigan State Police bomb squad performed an x-ray examination of the package and conducted a sweep of the building with bomb-sniffing dogs.

The high school was closed and athletic practices were canceled or moved to other locations. The pool was also closed.

A text was sent to parents shortly after 11 a.m. that read:

"EGR High School is closed today 8/15/14. If your child has a practice or event-please contact their coach or supervisor for further info."