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My Town Comstock Park: Final Rotary barbecue of the summer Aug. 21

My Town Comstock Park: Final Rotary barbecue of the summer Aug. 21

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- The Comstock Park Rotary invites the community to their last summer barbecue dinner Thursday, Aug. 21.

Attendees can choose a half-set  of pork spare ribs for $11, a whole set of pork spare ribs for $16 or a half grilled chicken for $9.  Each meal comes with two sides a roll and a drink. Entrées will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The barbecued meal will be served at Dwight-Lydell County Park located at 4040 Leland Ave. in Comstock Park. Delivery is also available in the Comstock Park area.

For advance orders of 10 or more, call: (616) 299-4775 or e-mail nmulder@kdl.org.    

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

My Town: Congressional candidates to hold public forums

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two men running to represent West Michigan in Congress have agreed to hold public forums.

Congressman Justin Amash and his Democratic contender, businessman Bob Goodrich met over coffee in Eastown Aug. 15.  During the brief meeting, both candidates discussed ideas on how best to keep the race for the 3rd Congressional seat civil.

Amash beat East Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis by roughly a 14-percent margin during August’s primary. Voters will decide if Amash will continue to represent them during the general election Nov. 4.  The Third Congressional District of Michigan includes the areas of  Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Belding, Lowell, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Sparta.

Returning Army sergeant surprises girlfriend at Whitecaps game

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Army sergeant, home early from his third tour in the Middle East, decided to surprise his girlfriend Monday night at the Whitecaps game.

"I'm either expecting a slap or a kiss, so hopefully I get the later of the two -- or earlier. Maybe both. Who knows," said Sgt. Anthony Connell.

With some help from his friends, Sgt. Connell arranged for his girlfriend, Amber, to be called out onto the field for a contest at Fifth Third Ballpark.

Amber was given the choice of picking a small box with goodies inside or the big box with Anthony hiding inside.

She picked the big box, and once she saw him inside, she screamed and ran to hug him.

"I had no clue" something was up, she says.

After the surprise, the two settled in to watch the game.

My Town: New school proposed for Alpine Township

My Town: New school proposed for Alpine Township

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new private school may soon open in Alpine Township.

Family of Christ Lutheran Church is asking the township planning commissioners to approve its plans to add a parochial school within its existing facility. The school would serve grades 2-12 to start, with kindergarten and first grades added as demand grows.  Planning Director Sue Becker says under the church’s proposal, the only addition to its existing location at 1100 Henze Drive would be an outdoor playground at a later date.

The church tells Becker they would like to start classes this September.  Private schools and churches are both zoned for special land use, so no rezoning is necessary.  However, developers are required to gain approval from the township before opening any private school.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Comstock Park: Community outing at improved Westgate Park Aug. 19

My Town Comstock Park: Community outing at improved Westgate Park Aug. 19

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Patrons are invited to walk or ride their bike to 4906 Westshire NW to rediscover the newly improved Westgate Neighborhood Park during a community event Tuesday Aug. 19.

From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitors may meet Community Policing Officer Ryan Guernsey, the fire chief and other township officials as well as mingle with neighbors, watch a pickleball demonstration and enjoy ice cream.  The outing is weather dependent.

Man sentenced for upskirting at Walmart

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Comstock Park man who took photos up shoppers' skirts at a Walmart was sentenced Wednesday.

Richard Taylor, 34, was intoxicated when he snapped the cell phone pictures at the Alpine Avenue Walmart back in May.

A shopper says she figured out Taylor was taking pictures after he stood too close to her in the store.

In court, Taylor said he continues to struggle against his demons.

"No excuses, I am a perverted person. From my past it is clear that this has affected my life since I was a child," he said.

Taylor was sentenced to between two and 14 years in prison.