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First tenants move into 7th St. Lofts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The first renters have begun moving into a newly-renovated building on the west side of Grand Rapids.

The former Israel's 7th St. showroom is now 7th St. Lofts, at 7th St. and Seward Ave. The three-story brick building has 25 apartments, with three- and four-bedroom units still available to lease.

A locally-owned cafe called Roots Brew will be in the ground floor.

"We're setting the trend in this west side, giving the people of Grand Rapids another opportunity to live, and breathe, and enjoy downtown Grand Rapids, without being directly downtown," said 7th St. Lofts partner Rob Calkins.

Another unique feature to the building is the inclusion of climate-controlled storage units available to tenants and the public. Until very recently, ordinances didn't allow storage units within city limits.

Lenten Fish Fry List - 2015

Lenten Fish Fry List - 2015

(WZZM) - Lent is underway and we have a list of area churches and organizations offering fish on Friday's for the next 40 days.

Some churches are having events on Good Friday (4/3) and some are not.  For further details and confirmations on any listing, you may want to call ahead.

If you have a Fish Fry not listed here, send details to webmaster@wzzm13.com.

 If the database is not displaying for you, check this link on a desktop computer.

Online Database by Caspio

Paczki, polka featured at store's Fat Tuesday event

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras. Whatever you call it -- it's a party!

The day marks the day before the 40-day season of Lent, during which Christians prepare for Easter.

West Michigan certainly celebrated in style Tuesday night. The Grand Rapids Polish community held "Paczki and Polka" at the Family Fare on Lake Michigan Dr. There was traditional polish music, and the Pulaski Queen and her court handed out free paczki samples.

"It's something different," said Family Fare deli and bakery specialist Rebecca Pranger. "A lot of the people know the Fat Tuesday history of the paczki. I think it's an exciting thing. We have a lot of people watching all the different events. Plus purchasing, of course, the paczki."

People who went out to the event were able to vote on their favorite paczki.

John Ball Zoo unveils 25 year plan

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) The John Ball Zoo unveiled an updated Master Plan to the Kent County Finance Committee Tuesday that would improve several aspects of the facility over the next 25 years.

Included in the plan are:

Police invesigate NW Grand Rapids stabbing

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are trying to find the suspect who stabbed a man in the arm and the chest overnight on the city's northwest side.

Police say the victim walked up to them on Leonard Street near McReynolds Avenue NW around 2 a.m. Tuesday, saying he'd been stabbed.

Investigators say the victim is expected to recover from his injuries.

Officers are trying to get more information from the victim to verify his story. They do not have a description of the suspect.

My Town: Meijer families to receive two $10,000 scholarships

My Town: Meijer families to receive two $10,000 scholarships


For the fourth consecutive year, Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 to further their college education with the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

"Our dad always believed that continuing education and lifelong learning were invaluable," said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. "My brothers and I are pleased to continue providing this scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members and their children through Grand Rapids Community Foundation."

There is an upside to this Fridgid Weather

There is an upside to this Fridgid Weather

I took advantage of this fridgid weather to defrost & clean my freezer. I turned it off last evening, left the door open after unscrewing the light bulb and packed everything into some plastic tubs and put them out in my garage. This morning the freezer was completely clear of any frost so it was just a matter of getting a pan of  water with white vinegar and wiping it down, inside and out.

I figure the total time I spent on this chore, my part was 30 minutes, was time well spent. I sorted and put items back in the freezer, screwed the bulb back in, closed the door and my job was all done for another year. A feeling of satisfaction:)