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West Michigan marathoners leave for Boston


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Scores of West Michigan runners will participate in Monday's Boston Marathon; many left Friday.

Francine Robinson is looking forward to the race, despite extra security obstacles put in place after last year's bombing.

"It's just that whole marathon spirit. This week I've heard the words resilience, hope, courage, [and] perseverance. I've heard that over and over about runners going back. I compare it to marathon running -- those are the exact traits you have to have to finish," Robinson said.

Robinson has already run 111 marathons, but expects Monday's will be like no other.

"I suspect it'll be very emotional, it's gonna be a celebration, definitely," she added.

Early Friday morning, marathoner Kim Evans of Ada left Gerald Ford Airport, bound for Boston. Earlier this week, she said the race will be "incredibly special."

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings


(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here! If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.



Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

Local runners looking forward to Boston Marathon


ADA (WZZM) - Runners from the Grand Rapids area are looking forward to Monday's running of the 118th Boston Marathon. Many are leaving Friday for Beantown, including Kim Evans of Ada.

"Usually you feel a little nervous and I'm not feeling that way at all this year - I'm just feeling very much lucky and excited to be a part of it" Evans said Tuesday.

She will be one of 36,000 runners, a record field.

Evans was several minutes from the finish line in last year's race, when two bombs exploded. She was not near the chaos but "we were very much affected by what was going on."

Evans, a retired school teacher, now works at Gazelle Sports. She is one of five Gazelle employees running Boston.


My Town: YMCA announces site for new facility

My Town: YMCA announces site for new facility

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is opening a new facility.

The approval process begins April 21 with the Cascade Township Planning Committee, but the YMCA has already signed purchase agreements for 36 acres at Burton Street and Kraft Avenue SE. 

The new facility will replace the existing Southeast YMCA on Forest Hills Avenue.  It will include the same basic design that was planned for the Grand Rapids Township property, and feature outdoor athletic facilities, a healthy living center and a farm.  Leaders hope to begin construction on the new YMCA this fall, and open to the public in the fall of 2015.

My Town: New restaurant to open April 15

My Town: New restaurant to open April 15

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—A new restaurant is getting ready to open its doors to the public.

Cork Wine & Grille will begin welcoming the public on April 15.  Cork Wine & Grille is located at Watermark Country Club, 5500 Cascade Road SE.  The restaurant is part of the RedWater Restaurant Group, which includes Reds on the River in Rockford, FireRock Grille in Caledonia Township and Rush Creek Bistro in Grand Rapids.

Cork will be open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  The new restaurant features one of the largest outdoor seating areas in the area, complete with fire pits.  The menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and soups.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announces biggest Outdoor Summer Concert Series ever

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announces biggest Outdoor Summer Concert Series ever


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (WZZM) - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is announcing its biggest Outdoor Summer Concert Series ever. The 30 shows will take place at the 1,900-seat amphitheater this June through September.

Here's the lineup:

Santana, June 1 at 6:30 p.m., $150 presale | $ 153 member | $155 public

Jason Isbell with James McMurtry, June 11 at 6:30 p.m., $29 presale | $32 member | $34 public

CAKE, June 12 at 7 p.m., $47 presale | $50 member | $52 public

John Legend, June 18 at 7:30 p.m., $75 presale | $78 member | $80 public

Tedeschi Trucks Band, June 19 at 6:30 p.m., $54 presale | $57 member | $59 public

NEEDTOBREATHE, June 21 at 7 p.m., $35 presale | $38 member | $40 public

O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips, June 23 at 5:30 p.m., $65 presale | $68 member | $70 public

My Town: Airport prepares for spring break travel surge

My Town: Airport prepares for spring break travel surge

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is preparing for packed parking lots and full facilities, as spring break travelers take to the air.

Now through April, the Transportation Security Administration expects longer security lines and is urging passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their departure time.  To speed up the process, the TSA also offers these tips: