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Emerge West Michigan to lead start-ups to sources


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A new resource for local entrepreneurs launches this week in Grand Rapids.

Emerge West Michigan aims to bring together organizations, tools, and information to support entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses.

The website is designed to help entrepreneurs locate partner organizations that can assist them and also helps them discover the best courses, workshops and organizations to be involved with and how best to get funding.

Emerge West Michigan will have an event Wednesday night from 5:00pm to 8:00pm to get acquainted with the organization. It will be held at 111 S. Division at GR Current.


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St. Cecilia's gets $1M from Wege estate


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The St. Cecilia Music Center announced Monday they've received a $1 million endowment from the Estate of Peter M. Wege.

Wege died in June. Last week, the Grand Rapids Ballet also announced they had received $1 million from Wege's estate.

St. Cecilia says they plan to dedicate next week's annual Great Artist Gala to Mr. Wege in recognition of the gift.

Cauliflower-One of Fall's great Vegetables Prepared Simple

Cauliflower-One of Fall's great Vegetables Prepared Simple

I bought a large head of cauliflower recently and just yesterday decided to prepare it. I decided to do it the simple way, steaming. Here is what I did to fix it and enjoy some real good eating.

Steamed Cauliflower

1 large head of Cauliflower

Salt & Pepper

Cheese-your choice (shredded or sliced)

You'll need a double boiler with holes in the top pan or use a collander over a pan of hot water. Just put about an inch and a half of water in the lower pan and bring to a boil. Turn the burner down so the water just continues to boil slowly.

Turn the head of cauliflower upside down and cut out part of the stem, removing the leaves. You don't have to cut deep, just far enough so all the leaves fall away. Wash the cauliflower and sprinkle the top with salt & pepper.

Metro Council wants your input on GR-area transportation


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- If you have ideas on how to improve transportation in the Grand Rapids area, now's your chance to share them.

The Grand Valley Metro Council is looking for public input on its long range transportation plan.

The council is focusing on things like traffic congestion, bicycle lanes, and the condition of the roads. You have until September 29th, to submit your comment.

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Ray Rice's domestic abuse brings local awareness


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Video of Ray Rice, the now-suspended Baltimore Raven attacking and knocking his wife unconscious, is still dominating national news and sports headlines. It's also bringing the issue of domestic violence to the forefront, including here in West Michigan. Local shelters are seeing an increase in people wanting more information and asking how they can help.

Tara Aday is the director of prevention and education at Safe Haven Ministries, an organization that offers comprehensive domestic abuse services to woman and their children.

"As we are seeing one specific instance in the news around Ray Rice and Janay, we need to realize that domestic violence happens in every community. West Michigan is no exception," Aday said.

She adds she has seen an increase in the number of phone calls to her organization.

Grand Rapids Ballet receives $1 million endowment


RAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Ballet has received a gift of $1 million for its endowment fund from the estate of Peter Wege, a longtime patron and supporter of the ballet company. Wege, who passed away in July at 94, had a passion for arts and culture, education, and the environment in Grand Rapids.

The significant financial support provided by Wege and the Wege Foundation throughout the years has contributed to the success of GRB. Several key milestones were made possible through the support, including the creation of GRB's current LEED certified venue, the Meijer-Royce Center for Dance and Peter M. Wege Theatre, which opened in 2007. The 300-seat Peter Martin Wege Theatre was named for Peter M. Wege's father who was the founder of Steelcase.

Aquarium made on Animal Planet's 'Tanked' installed


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Mercy Health Saint Mary's Lacks Cancer Center has a splash of color: a large new fish tank.

The cancer center's 12-foot, 650-gallon fish tank was recently installed. The stars of Animal Planet's 'Tanked' reality show teamed up with Acrylic Tank Manufacturing and Stiles Machinery in Grand Rapids to create the custom tank.

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The aquarium, which will house up to 70 fish, features an etched skyline of the city and a wave front panel.