August 11 2011

Reds celebrates anniversary with big thank-you

August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

Those of us lucky enough to call Rockford and northern Kent County home may have grown accustomed to the many positive changes in our local landscape over the past five years. But talk to a newcomer or someone who hasn’t visited in years and you may just view our quaint, Norman Rockwell-like town through a different lens. Rewind the tape and you’ll see much has changed: the picturesque Peppler Park in full floral splendor, a boardwalk meandering north along the west bank of the Rogue, a packed Garden Club Park and bandstand for year-round festivals, new family-owned shops, and the catalyst to much of the development, the Promenade building and river walk. Perched along the bank of the Rogue River, the Tuscan-designed Promenade was built in 2005-2006, replacing the inoperable Water Treatment Plant and creating an award-winning gateway to our city. On August 11, 2011, Reds on the River, located in the north end of the Promenade, will celebrate its fifth anniversary with special thanks to the City of Rockford, Rockford Public Schools, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, the Heart of Rockford Business Association, and the many guests it has had the privilege to serve since opening its doors. Glenn Forgie, Reds’ executive chef who has been on board since before the restaurant opened, noted, “We are extremely blessed to be a part of such wonderful community. There are very few places like Rockford with tremendous community support, a vibrant downtown, picturesque landscape, great schools, an excellent work ethic, and local farms offering organic fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy. The past five years have been tremendous, despite a challenging economic downturn, and we are really looking forward to the next five years—and beyond—in Rockford.” Since Reds opened, it has been a tremendous community partner and spokesperson for Rockford. Milestones include: • Voted Best New Restaurant by Grand Rapids Magazine, January 2007 • Winner of fine dining awards, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2008-2011 • Chef of the Year, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2011 • Voted #1 Outdoor Dining and Notable Wine List—Open Table • Founder of Heirloom Tomato Festival and Rockford Ice Festival • Co-founder of the Rockford Community Gardens • Partner with Rockford Public Schools for student internships • Active member of the Heart of Rockford Business Association […]

Rockford residents team up in cancer fight

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Tina Weiler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Sweetest Day in October last year. She was young, just 38, and felt fine until acute back pain put her in the emergency room. She couldn’t believe the diagnosis. Luckily, after undergoing months of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in March of this year, Weiler has responded well to nearly 10 months of hospitals, tests and treatments. She has what she considers fairly good insurance, although the cost out of pocket for her treatment and medicines to date well exceeds $10,000. Having a life-threatening illness can be a wake-up call, and in Weiler’s case, she decided to consider her good fortune of promising response to treatments to the best possible cause she can—to help a neighboring Rockford man in his own fight against cancer. David Cox and his wife Carmen are dear friends and neighbors to Weiler and her husband, Jim. The loving husband, father, son, uncle, brother and friend was diagnosed January 17 this year with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, an aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He has been receiving aggressive chemotherapy treatments that leave him nauseated, weak, extremely fatigued and unable to work. His wife has become the primary caretaker, all while trying to juggle her commitment to her own career. The couple have been informed that a bone marrow transplant is required if David is to survive. The Cox family is like many today with less than the best medical insurance. The cost of his treatments, hospital stays and medications—some may need to be taken for the rest of David’s life—has put a tremendous financial burden on the Cox family. Weiler said the plight of the Cox family is all too familiar—a health and financial shock that few see coming. She is part of a team of neighbors, friends and family putting forth efforts into organizing a fundraiser scheduled for September 24 starting at noon—a two-option event of either a day of golf or a 100-mile scenic motorcycle ride followed by a dinner and live and silent auctions with the money going to help the Cox family pay for the expenses of David’s treatments. “This gives me something to focus on besides myself and that’s a good thing,” Weiler stated, showing a plucky attitude that […]

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