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Crowds forming for HOT New Year's Eve party

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - There are just a few hours left in 2012 and tens of thousands of people are expected to line Monroe Avenue tonight for the HOT New Year's Eve party.

This is the fifth year for the celebration, which includes free performances by Jesse McCartney, Sylvia Yacoub from the hit TV show The Voice, Baby Bash, and The Outervibe.

Nearby bars like Hopcat say sales have skyrocketed since the event started.

"It's just growing. More and more people are coming downtown, which is great to see, instead of sitting at home," says assistant general manager Allison Minton. "It's nice for us to have kind of a buffer for them before they head down that way."

Hopcat is opening up its heated back patio to seat more customers during New Year's Eve. The bar is expecting a line out the door and employees are ready for it.

West Michigan project among lowest grossing films

(WZZM)- A movie made in West Michigan is among the lowest grossing films of the year.

According to Box Office Mojo, "Playback" made just $264 during its box office debut. However, the film only aired in one theater.

"Playback" stars Christian Slater and is about a group of high school students who unlock evil while digging into their town's past. Crews shot scenes in Grand Rapids, Lowell and even at the WZZM 13 studios. The project employed more than 100 people from West Michigan.

"Playback" ranked 654th out of 655 films. "The Ghastly Love of Johnny X" made the least money this year, grossing just $117. The top seller this year was "Avengers", which raked in more than $623 million. "The Dark Knight Rises", "Hunger Games", "Skyfall" and the final Twilight film rounded out the top five.

Grand Rapids hospitals going 'Gangnam'

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-Two Grand Rapids hospitals are showing off their 'Gangnam Style'.

Employees of Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital teamed up to create a parody on the hit song, which they named 'Grand Rapids Style'. The video is a finalist in a contest by Emergency Medicine Physicians. As part of the contest, entrants must explain why they're best in emergency medicine.

The Grand Rapids video is in the final 15. The winner will get $10,000 for their program and $5,000 for themselves.

Breakfast on the Go: Stella's Lounge

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- This week's Breakfast on the Go takes us to "Rehab Brunch" at Stella's Lounge in Downtown Grand Rapids.

Rehab Brunch is only available on Sundays, but offers the perfect mix of delicious food and signature drinks to cure all ailments caused by a night out on the town.

 

Marine who lost two legs skates again

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-Hockey fans Saturday honored a West Michigan marine, injured in Afghanistan.

Corporal Robert Lee Thrailkill Junior carried the American flag out onto the ice during the Griffins game. Thrailkill, 21, also joined the team for the singing of the national anthem.

Thrailkill was injured by a bomb in October of 2010. After spending 25 months recovering at Walter Reed Hospital, he returned to West Michigan on December 1. Soon after, he joined the Grand Rapids Sled Wings, a hockey team for athletes with disabilities.

"It feels great, being retired and able to do something I can do every weekend, keep my strength up and keep my body in shape and all that. It's great to be on a team like that," says Thrailkill.

Thrailkill is a native of Pentwater, but now lives in Grand Haven.

Celebrate the new year at SpeakEZ Lounge

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- There are plenty of ways to spend your New Year's Eve, but how about you try it circa 1933.

This will be possible at the SpeakEZ Lounge in Grand Rapids. Tracey Walker and Ellie Frances joined us in the studio with the details!

You can find out more on the SpeakEZ Lounge website.

SB US-131 clear after morning crash

UDPATE - 11:30AM (WZZM) - All lanes of southbound US-131 have reopened after an earlier crash.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Southbound US 131 has several lanes blocked in the S-Curve due to a crash that caused a fuel spill from a truck.

MDOT Traffic Cameras at US-131 and Pearl show Grand Rapids Fire Trucks blocking the right lanes at Market Street.

We have no other information at this time.

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