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Family Promise of Grand Rapids announces $2 million campaign

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local group dedicated to ending homelessness held a special celebration Thursday for its new home -- and new fundraising campaign.

Family Promise of Grand Rapids cut the ribbon at its new home on Cherry Street, just east of College Avenue.
Leaders of the organization also laid out plans for their $2 million dollar fundraising campaign, "A Journey Home."

Family Promise has received gifts from more than 100 significant foundations, corporations, and organizations throughout the community, who have helped raise more than $1.6 million, to date, to help expand programs to serve homeless families with children in West Michigan and finance a new home for Family Promise.

Grand Rapids gun shop robbed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for three people accused of robbing a Grand Rapids gun shop Tuesday afternoon.

Around 3:30 p.m., officers were called to Bachelder Master Gunmakers, 700 Plymouth Ave. NE, on a robbery report. The owner said three suspects stole one gun, a .22 long rifle, and ran away.

Police initially set up a perimeter, but the suspects are still at large.

The case is still under investigation.

The owner of Bachelder Master Gunmakers said the shop focuses on sporting and antique firearms.

Motorcycle rider thrown after MSP chase

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Investigators say a motorcycle driver that led Michigan State Police on a chase is in the hospital after crashing in Grand Rapids.

Troopers say they tried to pull the man over for speeding on U.S. 131 near Burton Street, but the rider took off.

The man eventually hit a roundabout at College Avenue and Pleasant Street, throwing him from the bike.

Police say the man was wearing a helmet when he crashed. The suspect is said to be in stable condition at a Grand Rapids hospital.

Investigators don't know whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the incident.

Award-winning chef, Wolfgang Puck to visit Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS,Mich. (WZZM) -- Award winning chef and restaurateur, Wolfgang Puck is coming to Grand Rapids.
His newest culinary concepts, "The Kitchen" and "The Kitchen Counter" opened at the Amway Grand in September.

"At The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck, diners can look forward to signature Wolfgang Puck dishes that incorporate techniques and flavors from around the world, all executed at the highest level," says Executive Chef, Austin Gresham. It is an exciting honor to work on a project that will change the culinary landscape of Grand Rapids." added Gresham.

Wolfgang Puck will be here on Thursday, November 5th from 5:15 pm - 8 pm at "The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck" inside the Amway Grand Plaza.

Tickets are required to attend the event. VIP tickets are $150 and general admission tickets are $75. VIP tickets include an autographed cookbook and a photo with Wolfgang Puck.

Is St. Cecilia's Music Society haunted?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Unexplained sights and sounds inside the St. Cecilia Music Society

complex have some suspecting the 120 year old building in downtown Grand Rapids may be haunted.

Lights mysteriously turn on and off. Unusual sounds and voices are heard. A white mist is seen hovering above certain seats in the theatre.

The St. Cecilia stories go back for years.

But staff, performers and patrons say if there are ghosts, they don't seem dangerous.

"I don't think they have any desire to harm anyone," says Kent Philharmonic Orchestra president Tim Kernosky. "If anything, I think they want to contribute to the beautiful music that is made here."

"I like to think positive," says Mariea Macavei of the St. Cecilia event staff. "That they are good and had some kind of experience at St. Cecilia and this is their home."

Superheroes scale Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Patients and their families at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital were treated to some spooky and super-powered visitors to celebrate Halloween.

The party was hosted by the hospital's child-life program. Festive crafts, Halloween games, and live music filled the lobby. The staff shared the importance of bringing holiday fun and traditions to the hospital, especially for the kids that aren't able to be outside.

"It's one of those things that kids who are in the hospital may not be able to participate in every day life," said Jennifer Hoekstra, "so we want to bring that here to the hospital to really celebrate and make sure they're not missing out."

Another highlight of the party: the superheroes who rappelled down the side of the building. Batman, Iron Man, Captain America, and Spider-Man stopped at every floor to wave at the people inside.

Ribbon cut on renovated Klingman Lofts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Developers cut the ribbon Thursday on a multi-million-dollar renovation of an historic Grand Rapids building.

The old Klingman building on Ionia Avenue has become the Klingman Lofts, an 83-unit apartment building for low-income tenants.

Work on the building, across from the Downtown Market, began last spring and cost around $22 million.

Parts of the former Klingman warehouse date back 118 years.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.