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Cascade Community Foundation Iron Chef Competition Tonight

Cascade Community Foundation Iron Chef Competition Tonight

Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student chefs will be competing this evening, using the "secret ingredient," for the opportunity to take home the Iron Skillet Award and a College Scholarship. They will be preparing gourmet cuisine for the judges to savor.

Cynthia Kay Afendoulis will be honored at this year's event with the Claude and Marion Robinson Community Leadership Award. This is awarded to an individual who is committed to improving the community and the lives of neighbors. Cynthia is the owner of Cynthia Kay & Co., a media production and corporate communications company.

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Forest Hills Northern outlasts Forest Hills Eastern


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Forest Hills Northern grabbed a 28-10 halftime lead and disposed of Forest Hills Eastern 48-32 Friday night.

The two teams combined for 42 points in the second half, as the Hawks rallied to cut the deficit to 28-26 in the third quarter.

The state-ranked Huskies remain perfect at 5-0.


Flight cancellations in G.R., Chicago after radar facility fire


GRAND RAPIDS (USA TODAY/WZZM) -- More than 1,600 flights were grounded nationwide Friday following a fire at an Illinois air traffic control facility, including dozens of flights in and out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

24 flights both in and out of the Ford Airport were canceled or delayed as of noon; most were departures and arrivals from Detroit Metro Airport and O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

FLIGHT TRACKER: http://www.grr.org/RTFI.php

The disruption at the Federal Aviation Administration radar facility hit Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway airports the hardest, grounding virtually all flights at those airports for several hours.

Aquinas College Honors Notable Alumni

Aquinas College Honors Notable Alumni

On Thursday, September 25, Aquinas College honored notable alumni as a part of its 13th annual Awards Gala. Brad Smith (’91), president and CEO of Intuit, a software company based in California, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Jacqueline D. Taylor (’80), Ph.D., a higher education administrator for more than 30 years, received the Outstanding Alumna Award.

“Both Brad Smith and Jacqueline Taylor are outstanding examples of Aquinas alumni,” said President Juan Olivarez. “In their fields they have set great examples for innovation and long term thinking. We’re proud to honor them both and to count them among our graduates.”

Smith earned his master of management degree from Aquinas College in 1991. Prior to joining Intuit, he served as the senior vice president of marketing and business development at ADP in Grand Rapids. In 2003, he joined Intuit as the vice president and general manager of the Accountant Central and Developer Network.

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New YMCA for Cascade underway


CASCADE, Mich. (WZZM) - We now know the name of the new YMCA coming to Cascade.

During a groundbreaking ceremony this morning, YMCA leaders announced it will be called the Mary Free Bed YMCA.

The new $30 million facility at the corner of Burton and Kraft is replacing the current Southeast Y in Grand Rapids Township.

The facility will be fully integrated to serve individuals with disabilities.

The new YMCA is expected to open in the fall of 2015.


My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Forest Hills Central’s varsity football team is taking the battle against cancer onto the gridiron this week, with an inaugural game benefit ting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The Rangers will take on West Ottawa Friday, Sept. 26 in the charity game at the FHC stadium.  Tailgating will start at 6 p.m. and kick-off is 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  For additional information, contact Kathleen Buzzitta at kathleenswanson@hotmail.com (616) 308-1646.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones through networking, workshops and community activities.  The nonprofit organization serves more than 10,000 people each year at its two club houses in Grand Rapids and Lowell and five community centers.  

South Christian holds off Forest Hills Eastern


BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Sailors beat the Hawks Friday, September 19 34-14.

South Christian plays September 26 at Grand Rapids Catholic Central.