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Van Andel Arena's social media presence among world's best

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids is ranked among the best in the world of social media.

The arena came in fourth on a world-wide list in Venues Today, a trade publication that covers the business side of sports and entertainment.

They used the amount of activity on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to put the list together.

Arenas in Ontario, Manitoba, and Wichita Kansas made the top three.

Wolfgang Puck holds job fair for G.R. restaurant

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Want to be a part of the opening team for The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck or The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck, opening this fall in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel? Here's your chance.

AHC+Hospitality is hiring part-time and full-time positions for the new restaurant that will be located along the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids.

People can apply at this link.

There was also a job fair Tuesday, July 21, at the JW Marriott International Ballroom.

My Town: Grand Rapids youth police academy expected to have 'a huge payoff'

My Town: Grand Rapids youth police academy expected to have 'a huge payoff'

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)— The final youth police academy of the season begins this week.

The Grand Rapids Police Department announced the return of the program in February. The first session took place June 22; the second program starts on July 20. The academy is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Kent County area who might be interested in a career in law enforcement.

City officials hope the academy will inspire a new generation of officers.

"Our hope and our belief is some number of years down the line, this is going to have a huge payoff," City Manager Greg Sundstrom said earlier this year.

For more information, visit the Grand Rapids Police Department's website.


Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie at it's Best

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie at it's Best

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie                                           

2 pints Blue Berries (Divided)

½ cup White Sugar

½ cup Water

Pinch of Salt

I tablespoon Corn Starch mixed with a few spoonfuls of water till smooth

Mix 2/3 cup berries, sugar, water & salt and bring to a boil over med heat. Cook until most of the berries are cooked and the mixture has a nice color. Add the cornstarch, a little at a time, till thickened. Cook till clear, then remove from heat and let cool completely. Add the remaining fresh berries and pour over cream mixture. Refrigerate. Top with Cool Whip.  Toss a few fresh  berries on top just before serving. (Optional)

Brewers to compete in spelling bee(r) fundraiser for Grand Rapids Public Library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge is the beneficiary of the city's first-ever Spelling Bee(r) Fundraiser Wednesday night. The interactive event is co-hosted by
Dr. Grins at The B.O.B. and DrinkGR.

It's modeled after similar events that have sprouted up across the country. Participants and spectators alike will enjoy an evening of craft beer and good-natured fun hosted by comedian Stu McCallister.

In addition to the public spelling bee, there will be a brewers-only spelling bee, in which West Michigan's most renowned brewmasters will compete in a head-to-head challenge to correctly spell "beer-geeky" terminology and claim the Golden Paddle trophy.

Study estimates expected impact of MSU's GR research center

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Construction of Michigan State University's new research center means more than 700 jobs and a $95 million impact on Grand Rapids.

That's according to a new impact study.

It also suggests construction workers (85 percent of whom are local) will make $55 million in wages working on the project.

Finally, the study says the research center will have a $28 million impact on the city annually, supporting more than 400 jobs.

Underground West Michigan: Tunnels of Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- There's an entire world under our feet, and few get to see it. All this month, we'll look at underground West Michigan, starting with one of the older underground walking tunnels still in use in Grand Rapids.

This particular tunnel connects DeVos Place and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. DeVos Place assistant general manager Eddie Tadlock took us where the public isn't allowed to go. The Grand Rapids Historical Society's Diana Barrett, who has written about underground Grand Rapids, joined us for the tour.

"The first part of the tunnel was made in 1932," explained Barrett. "It was a service for the hotel food to come to the auditorium for banquets, as well as a pedestrian tunnel for hotel guests."