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Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

As promised, I am posting a recipe for some of the most delicious bars I have ever had. I play dominos once a month with a group of gals; we meet for lunch at each others' homes and then play for the afternoon and end with dessert and coffee and this is the dessert my friend Sandy Gensen served this past Wednesday.

She said it took some work but it sure was well worth it according to all who ate them. I hope all of you will try it as well. We have such an abundance of apples here in Michigan, so take advantage as they are coming off the trees.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided

2 large eggs

Brewery expansion among reasons Bridge St. is G.R.'s next destination


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The 400 block of Bridge Street, once home to an adult theater and lingerie store, is going upscale, as part of a renewed investment across the city's West Side neighborhood.

Holland-based New Holland Brewing on Tuesday announced it would expand there, creating a brew pub in the former Cini-Mini II site. That brew-pub and distillery tasting room will fill half of a development planned by Rockford Construction and Rockford Development Group. The other half will include residential and retail space.

New Holland says its Grand Rapids location is expected to create about 150 jobs. Its to house the company's sour beer program and produce small-batch whiskey. The company also plans to brew a monthly specialty beer there, with portions of its proceeds supporting the local neighborhood association.

Elzinga & Volkers Reports Strong Results, Announces New Hires, Outpaces Industry Growth

Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, announced today strong growth for the first three quarters of 2014, driven by an increase in rising demand from a range of industries and building on the Company’s continued focus on delivering the highest quality construction management and consulting services to its customers. 

Through the third quarter of 2014, Elzinga & Volkers has grown 36.9 percent compared to the same time period last year and new construction and renovation projects have grown 53.3 percent.

Wedgwood Christian Services to honor David and Carol Van Andel for 20+ years of stewardship

Wedgwood Christian Services (www.wedgwood.org) announced the selection of David and Carol Van Andel as recipients of the prestigious Doug and Lois Nagel Leadership Award.  The Award is presented to those “who have been exemplary in the investment of their hearts, counsel and resources to ensure the services of Wedgwood’s ministry,” said Connie Frazier, Wedgwood’s Chief Advancement Officer.

The couple, who have been involved for nearly 25 years with the Grand Rapids nonprofit organization dedicated to helping hurting children, will be honored at Wedgwood’s 54th Anniversary Celebration Dinner set for Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m.

New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids?


(WZZM) - Plans for a new business on the west side of Grand Rapids will be announced Tuesday afternoon, and word is, New Holland Brewing Company is moving in.

The people from New Holland will not confirm until the announcement ceremony, but several sources tell WZZM 13 that New Holland's second location will be constructed at the site of a currently vacant building at the corner of Bridge St. NW and Broadway.

No matter what the new business is, people living nearby are excited to see the space used for something. "It's good for this area. If anything, it will make the property value go up," said John Caldwell.

Mayor George Heartwell and Rockford Construction officials will make the announcement this afternoon. Rockford Construction is betting heavily of the West Side, developing several other properties in the area. Its headquarters is located nearby on First Street NW.

Register for Bark in the Dark

Register for Bark in the Dark

The Community can register soon to take part in this glow in the dark 5K Walk/Run to benefit the animals at the Humane Society of West Michigan.

Anyone who owns a pet, wants to own a pet, lost a pet or just enjoys the fun of a 5K, this is the chance to team up and raise money for the animals and share this incredible experience.  Strollers & Dogs, who are well-behaved with up-to-date vaccines & leashed are welcome to join in.

This Bark in the Dark event takes place on October 11 at 7:00pm at the Human Society of West Michigan located at 3077 Wilson Drive NW in Walker, Michigan.

Visit www.hswestmi.org to register & for more information.

Pulaski Celebrations Start Early


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The 14 Polish halls in Grand Rapids filled early Friday, as Pulaski Days celebrations got underway in earnest. At Diamond Hall on the northeast side, the parking lot filled by mid-morning; cooking had begun at 4:30 a.m.

Cook Paul Skrzycki said the celebration of Polish heritage is "good for the community; everybody's having fun -- be Polish for a little while!"

On the west side, people of all ages filled the Polish Falcons Hall on west Fulton for lunch. Ted Szotko was one of those looking forward to all the food.

"Kielbasa, they got perogi, they got golumpki, and the kapusta and all that good stuff," he said.

For a list of all the activities and locations, including details on Saturday's parade, go to http://www.pulaskidays.org.