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Cascade approves new YMCA


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - The plans for a new YMCA for the southeast area has been approved.

The Cascade Township Board granted approval to the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to build a new YMCA to replace the existing Southeast YMCA in Grand Rapids Township. The Southeast Y is the oldest YMCA in the Grand Rapids area.

The new YMCA will be over 116,000 square feel and LEED-certified. It is expected to cost about $30 million. Construction will begin this fall and the grand opening is expected in the fall of 2015. The Y will be on 36 acres near Kraft Avenue and Burton Street.


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My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

My Town: Top five movies playing at Celebration Cinema this weekend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Summer is still in full swing, and new movies are premiering every weekend.

Celebration Cinema has a few good movies this weekend that you won't want to miss. Here are my top five for this weekend:

1.) A Most Wanted Man (Rated R) - Premiers this Friday at Celebration North. This movie is about a brutally tortured immigrant who turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune. Both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest. As the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity.

2.) And So It Goes (Rated PG-13) - Premieres this Friday at all Celebration locations. This movie is about a self-centered realtor who enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.

Ray LaMontagne curses, storms off stage at Meijer Gardens


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Musician Ray LaMontagne stopped his concert Wednesday night at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, criticizing an engaged couple in the front row for talking.

Shawn Virgo says he and his fiancee were whispering about using his hit, "You Are the Best Thing" as their wedding song when LaMontagne stopped performing a different song then began cursing at them.

LaMontagne stormed off the stage, saying he wouldn't start playing again until the couple left.

The audience booed until the couple walked out.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

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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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My Town: Spectrum Integrated Care Campus welcomes first patients

My Town: Spectrum Integrated Care Campus welcomes first patients

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Spectrum Health Care's newest facility will welcome its first patients Monday, July 21.

The Integrated Care Campus at East Beltline and Three Mile Road follows a trend in health care all around the country. The facility combines nine of Spectrum's outpatient offices and will offer coordinated health care, including neurology, obstetrics, radiology, family medicine, rehab and Urgent Care, all under one roof.

"We have a building where providers can actually collaborate around the patient," said Seth Wolk with Spectrum Health. "We also have diagnosis services here including radiology and lab services so that the patient hopefully can make one stop. So it is really meant to be convenient."

The pros and cons of six kinds of milk


Grand Rapids (WZZM) - The old slogon 'Milk, it does a body good,' is still true today, but now there are so many types of milk at the store, sometimes it's hard to choose.

Brook DeBock, a dietitian with Grand Valley Health Plan, shows you six types of milk you can find in stores and discusses the pros and cons of each. Some information about each of the six types is below. Click on the video link to watch the segment.