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Rockford stomps East Kentwood

KENTWOOD (WZZM) -- The Rockford Rams tried to keep pace in the competitive O-K Red Conference as they faced the East Kentwood Falcons Friday.

The game was out of hand by halftime and Rockford just ran away with it in the third quarter. 

In the end Rockford rocked East Kentwood 53-7.

Safe Routes to School Grant Received

From: https://www.ci.kentwood.mi.us

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that 14 elementary and middle schools will receive more than $1.8 million in federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding for safety improvements and education programs. State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said, "Schools can offer educational activities and make infrastructure improvements that encourage students to walk and bicycle safely between home and school and lead healthy, more active lifestyles."

Meadowlawn Elementary School, in partnership with the City of Kentwood, will implement safety improvements and educational programming.

Kentwood Community Church presents The Wonders of the World of Parenting

Kentwood, MI - Kentwood Community Church present The Wonders of the World of Parenting on Sunday, October 24th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Dan Seaborn, founder of Winning At Home, will be sharing his loving and humorous accounts of how his family deals with life and all of it's many adventures and mishaps.

“Parenting is a journey that never ends but continues to change. I want to share what I think will be practical suggestions that can be applied immediately. I want participants to leave armed with knowledge and most of all hope,” Seaborn says.

The church, located at 1200 60th Street, in Kentwood, feels the event will bring direction and hope to parents.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the church’s website at www.kentwoodcommunitychurch.com or by calling Kentwood Community Church at 616-455-1740.

Grand Rapids and Kent ISD schools get hybrid buses

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Kent Intermediate School District unveiled their new hybrid school buses this morning.

The new buses are from a group of the first ten buses made in the US by Thomas Built Buses.

The Grand Rapids school district is receiving a 71-passenger bus.  The Kent ISD is receiving a 54-passenger bus.

New Gaines Township restaurant creates 85 jobs

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)-A new restaurant has taken over a shuttered building in Gaines Township, bringing 85 new jobs to the area.

Peppino's South Grille & Pizzeria celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. The restaurant is located off Kalamazoo Avenue across from Celebration Cinema South, in the building that once housed Malarky's Restaurant.

Crews renovated the space, adding a new sports bar area, take out area and custom wood working throughout.

"This building was literally dilapidated. It was boarded up [with] six foot weeds," said Jason Allard, co-owner of Peppino's. "I've always had a passion and dream to own a restaurant. I've been in restaurant service one way or another for the last 20 years, and I felt like this was the perfect opportunity. The economy is on an uptick, people are getting new jobs now and this was the right opportunity."

Surveillance video shows suspect breaking into Kentwood ice cream shop

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - The owner of a Kentwood ice cream store and the Kentwood Police are looking for the suspect who broke into three shops on August 31st.

At about 5:30am, the surveillance camera at the Hershey's Ice Cream Store at Bailey's Grove captured video of the suspect as he broke through plate glass windows in the back of the shop.  The suspect also broke into two other stores in the mini mall.  The video is attached at the right.

Undisclosed items were taken and the stores did suffer some damage. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Kentwood Police at 698-6580 or Silent Observer at 774-2345,

Avantgarde Salon & Day Spa wins four awards in three years


Grand Rapids, MI, 4 October, 2010 - October marks the third anniversary for Avantgarde dè Salon & Spa of Grand Rapids and Avantgarde West of Hudsonville. For two consecutive years, Avantgarde has been awarded 'Top Hair Salon in Grand Rapids' by the Grand Rapids Press, along with awards for Top Nail Salon and Top Day Spa. "To receive such an honored distinction as Top Hair Salon during our first year of business was truly an amazing achievement," say salon owner, Bonnie Moore. "But to receive the same award two years in a row, along with two additional 'Tops' awards, is a testament to my amazing team of girls and our mission to 'Make a Difference'."

Since opening its doors in October of 2007, 'Making a Difference' has been the driving force at both salons. "You never know the circumstances of someone's life when they walk through the door.