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GR DDA approves liquor licenses for planned restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has given its approval to two restaurants' applications for liquor licenses.

At a meeting Wednesday morning, the DDA board approved applications from Slows BBQ, planned for the Downtown Market, and the Wheelhouse, planned for the Arena Place development under construction at Ottawa and Weston SW.

Slows is a Detroit institution.

The Wheelhouse is being planned by the group behind Twisted Rooster and Crooked Goose. Owners describe the Wheelhouse as having a "Commit to the Mitt" philosophy, using local ingredients. The location at Arena Place is to have a bar and seating for about 230 people, providing jobs for up to 50 full- and part-time employees.

The restaurants' liquor license applications are still being considered by other local authorities.

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

Aquinas students develop geometry theorems

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Members of a group of Aquinas College students can say they are published mathematicians, with their work appearing in a new geometry text.

The students developed geometry theorems for the textbook, "Geometry by Construction."

The students are Kyle Jansens of Byron Center, Noah Davis of Grand Rapids, Jullian Duffey of Rockford and Nathan Poirier of Warren.

Jansens and his professor, Aquinas mathematics department co-chairman Mikle McDaniel, appeared on the WZZM 13 Morning News to share a little understanding of their findings and how it can be applied in the real world.

Cherry Health & Grand Rapids Public Library Observe Successes in Early Childhood Development Class

Cherry Health & Grand Rapids Public Library Observe Successes in Early Childhood Development Class

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Cherry Health continues its collaboration with the Grand Rapids Public Library, offering free family activity classes for children ages 2-5. EatPlayGrow™ is an initiative to help families develop healthy habits from an early age.

Jacklyn Chandler, EatPlayGrow™ Coordinator, noted: “We have had a wonderful community response to class activities and lessons. Families enjoy this dedicated time with their children – from story time to amusing experiments with glue. We witness a lot of laughter in our classes.”

April classes focus on healthy food choices while referencing a familiar image – the traffic light!

The classes also feature art-making, storytelling, music, and movement activities to encourage knowledge attainment and to learn through play!

The following is the class schedule for the month of April:

Wednesday, April 8, 1:30 p.m.
West Leonard Branch
1017 Leonard NW 49504


Eastern Floral opening "bokay" at Downtown Market

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Eastern Floral will have a new store in the Downtown Market.

Eastern Floral will open their sixth retail location, called "bokay". The store will be an urban concept store offering fresh stems and modern hand-cut bouquets of flowers and greenery. Jason Goei, president of Eastern Floral, says in a press statement that "bokay is a flower market concept modeled on European flower shops, which is perfect for the Downtown Market's layout." The store is expected to open on April 15.

bokay will take the place of Crescent Floral, which chose to not renew its lease, according to the press release. Crescent is consolidating their operations at the Wealthy Street location.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum offers week of Spring Break activities

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Hundreds of families across West Michigan are preparing to travel for Spring Break. But, those sticking closer to home will have plenty to do thanks to the Grand Rapids Children's Museum.

The museum is offering a week of activities to keep children entertained beginning Saturday, April 4.

"In addition to all of the regular museum fun we also pack in special guests to create an entertainment week," said Adrienne Brown, Marketing and Events Manager for the museum.

Those guests include Stormy the Magician, who will perform science magic for two shows for the kickoff week. Other performances include a puppet troupe, physical comedy variety act, musicians, singing and dancing.

"We have it all," said Brown enthusiastically.

Hope Network Bridge Walk for Autism helps community efforts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- This first day of April kicks off Autism Awareness month.

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director of Hope Network's Center for Autism Dr. Mira Krishnan joined WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua at the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids to talk about the Hope Network Bridge Walk for Autism, held Wednesday evening.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, and Hope Network President & CEO Phil Weaver led the walk, which raises awareness of the autism spectrum and those affected by it. State and city leaders are the voice of their communities, Dr. Krishnan said, and through this platform, we can shine a larger light on autism and the work Hope Network is providing to alleviate as many challenges as possible that families face when treating autism.