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Grand Rapids company unveils plans for shuttered Walker school

Grand Rapids company unveils plans for shuttered Walker school

WALKER, Mich.—  There are new plans for a shuttered school in Walker.

Wednesday night, the Walker Planning Commission approved Feyen Zylstra LLC’s preliminary plans to transform the former Fairview Elementary into its corporate offices.  The Grand Rapids electrical contracting firm plans to work with an architectural company to maintain the building’s historical design during the transformation.  Feyen Zylstra also plans to add a warehouse on the southeast corner of the property, located at 2396 Hillside Dr. NW.  Community Development Director Frank Wash says Feyen Zylstra hopes to start construction sometime after January 1, 2014, as long as all zoning permits and the final site plan are approved by the city.

Fairview Elementary closed in 2010.

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.

Grand Rapids Comptroller keeps her job

Grand Rapids Comptroller keeps her job

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Comptroller Sara Vander Werff is sticking around.

Vander Werff took 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s election, besting Rina Baker.  Vander Werff got 8,046 votes from Grand Rapids’ 77 precincts; Baker took 6,245 votes.

Vander Werff took over as comptroller in April, after Donijo Dejonge resigned in December.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

John Ball Zoo Goes Boo the next two weekends

John Ball Zoo Goes Boo the next two weekends

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--The community is invited out to John Ball Zoos for six days of fun on October 18 through October 20 and October 25 through October 27,  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This fun-for-all-ages Halloween event is packed full of entertainment, animal activities, games and much more along with the Kooky-not-spooky  trick-or-treat trail. 

Admission is $7 for non-members, $3 for members and kids two years and under will get in free. Be sure to pick up your $1 off coupon from any participating Grand Rapids Meijer store.

John Ball Zoo is located at 1300 S. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids.  For more information, call (616) 339-4301 or visit www.jbzoo.org.

Goei Center to unveil International Pavilion plan

Goei Center to unveil International Pavilion plan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Leaders of innovation, internationalism, integrity, inclusion and inspiration in Grand Rapids are invited to take part in an International Town Hall at the Goei Center Monday, October 21.

The event will focus on advancing the city’s growth in those values.  Bing Goei also plans to announce the launch of an International Pavilion at the Goei Center.

Beverages and appetizers will be available.  Ample parking will be available at the Goei Center, but seating is limited to 200, so those interested are asked to RSVP early.  For more information, call (616) 949-2421.