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Team hired for new restaurant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (October 21, 2014) – RedWater Restaurant Group Chief Operating Officer Craig Smith is pleased to announce three women for the top management positions at Gravity, the newest RedWater Restaurant Group restaurant to opening to the public in mid-November. Gravity is the new 64-tap craft beer, handcrafted food restaurant at 3210 Deposit Drive next to Northpointe Bank at the East Beltline and I-196 interchange. Gravity will be among the largest “all craft beer on tap” restaurants in the area.

Kristin Kent, formerly of Reds on the River, was hired as the new General Manager at Gravity, while Laurel Deruda, former Executive Chef at Honeycreek Inn and the Women’s City Club, is its new Executive Chef.  Angela Steil has been named House Certified Cicerone® and Beer Director for Gravity.

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Village at Knapp's Crossing again moving forward

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Development plans for the Village at Knapp's Crossing, on the East Beltline near Knapp, are finally moving forward -- with a new team and a new plan after the previous developer declared bankruptcy.

Lormax Stern is partnering with Visser Brothers, Inc., to turn the area around P.F. Chang's and the D&W store there into a new complex that contains high-end restaurants and more retailers.

Bill Mast is the president of Visser Brothers, Inc . He has worked with Lormax Stern before, transforming Centerpointe Mall.

"Between P.F. Chang's and Knapp St, there is a potential for two or three new buildings," explains Mast. By the pond, "a more traditional retail space." This is more than 150,000 square feet of new construction.

Chris Brochert at Lormax Stern says they are still courting businesses for the project.

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Fundraiser for Crash’s Landing & Big Sid Sanctuary

Make a difference on Wednesday, October 22 for the precious cats of Crash's Landing by visiting one of 14 different Pizza Hut’s.

Print the flier from Crash Landing & Sid’s Sanctuary web site. Present the filier to one of 14 Pizza Hut locations from 11am – 11pm for Dine-in, Carry-out or Delivery to get 20% of your bill donated to Crash’s Landing and Sanctuary for their assistance with stray cats.

Ebola ruled out after ill passengers fly into G.R.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Medical crews responded to Gerald R. Ford International Airport after people on a flight from Dallas reported feeling sick.

The American Eagle flight had three people aboard who complained of sickness. They were screened by emergency medical services and the Kent County Health Department says they each have no connection to West Africa or anyone who has been to West Africa. All three also have no connection to any Ebola-related patient.

At a news conference, officials announced that the three sick people had caught colds while on a missions trip to Guatemala.

"There is NO threat of Ebola at the airport and no reason for the traveling public to be concerned about flying in and out of Grand Rapids," said a spokeswoman for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. She also said the airport would be sharing more information later this evening about the response.

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Michigan teen sues after Amtrak bars travel

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Grand Rapids-area teenager with a nut allergy is suing Amtrak, saying his rights were violated when he was barred from riding the train without an adult.

Amtrak's website says kids ages 13 to 15 can't travel without an adult if they have a life-threatening food allergy. Thirteen-year-old Noah Joseph wanted to ride to Dearborn from Kalamazoo with a 16-year-old brother last summer, but Amtrak said no when their mother tried to buy tickets.

A lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Washington. Noah's mother, Karen Joseph of Cascade Township, says Amtrak's policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Noah wanted to visit his grandmother in the Detroit area.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday.

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility

Todd Wenzel Automotive acquires former Suburban Saturn Service Facility
Todd Wenzel announced today that they have purchased the 29th Street property where they will begin remodeling the 34,000 square foot building to house their Collision and Appearance Center; currently located at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC on 28th Street. The dealer group plans to also move their centralized Business Development Center or BDC to the second floor of the building. By relocating the current body shop to 2700 29th St., Todd Wenzel Buick GMC will be able to improve the dealership’s quality of customer service and increase work flow. “We have recognized for some time now that our Buick and GMC business is greatly expanding and the 28th St. facility is bursting at the seams,” Wenzel said, “This expansion will provide much needed relief and allow for additional mechanical service growth.

Cedar Springs beats Forest Hills Northern

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cedar Springs beat Forest Hills Northern 14-8 Friday, October 10.

Cedar Springs scored 8 points in the second quarter and FHN followed with 8 in the third quarter, but Cedar Springs' 6 points in the fourth won them the game.

MavRick Cotten had 98 yards rushing for Cedar Springs.