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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.


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: 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.

MORE: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new tap house

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.

Spectrum opens Integrated Care Campus on East Beltline


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Spectrum Health Care's new facility will make a trip to the doctor a little more convenient.

The Integrated Care Campus 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 new Campus is on the East Beltline and Three Mile Road and patients can begin using the services on Monday, July 21st.

Ellis doubles down on bid to upset Amash

Ellis doubles down on bid to upset Amash

WASHINGTON (Maureen Groppe, Gannett Washington Bureau)— Brian Ellis, the Republican financial consultant hoping to upset GOP Rep. Justin Amash in next month’s primary, has committed $800,000 of his own money to the race, new campaign disclosure reports show.

That puts him among the top 10 self-funders running for the House this year, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington group that tracks political fundraising. But Ellis still had only about half as much cash in the bank as Amash about a month before the Aug. 5 primary.

And Amash has benefited from about $373,000 in independent advertising from the conservative Club for Growth, which wants to see him re-elected.

That compares with the approximately $844,000 that Amash’s own campaign has spent through June and the $1 million that Ellis has spent.