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My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Work off those Christmas cookies while helping families in need when the “Go Santa Go” 5k comes to Walker next month.

The family friendly 5k run/walk will unfold at Millennium Park.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, which will be providing food to local families in need this holiday season.  Participants may also win prizes for best costume. 

For more information, visit the event page here.

My Town: Christmas Lite Show to feature more than 30k lights

My Town: Christmas Lite Show to feature more than 30k lights

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Bring holiday magic to your family this winter season with the largest Michigan animated drive-through light display, which opens at Fifth Third Ballpark Nov. 26.

The one mile tour featuring more than 30,000 trail lights and 50 displays will be open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 4.  The cost is $15 per vehicle, but discount coupons are available at www.ChristmasLiteShow.com.  

Fifth Third Ballpark is located at 4500 W. River Drive in Comstock Park.

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

My Town: Snowfall and predicted rain keeps Kent County road crews busy

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The snow piling up outside has kept Kent County Road Commission crews busy this past week, and with a warm up expected this weekend, their work is far from over.

During the week, 90 drivers worked each day and 30 drivers worked each night, clearing the snow from state highways, county roads and local streets and drives.  The Kent County Road Commission says all roads were cleared at least once between Tuesday and Thursday, but additional snowfall and drifting snow may give some roads the appearance of being neglected.  In Comstock Park and Grandville alone, Kent County crews spread 10,700 tons of salt and sand.  In Byron Center, crews used 58,000 gallons of liquid chloride to clear the road.  In all, the Road Commission estimates this first brush with winter cost it more than $1 million.

My Town Alpine Township: Plans for two new businesses clear hurdle

My Town Alpine Township: Plans for two new businesses clear hurdle

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Plans for two new businesses in Alpine Township are moving forward.

Thursday night, planning commissioners approved the site plans for a Tim Horton’s restaurant and Sleep Doctor mattress store.  Both businesses would be located in a complex at 4235 Alpine Ave. 

Township officials say developers must still finalize their road and utilities plan for the site with the township board, which they hope to do next month.  Developers hope to begin construction on the new businesses in Spring 2015. 

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My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Lake Trust Credit Union will kick off its annual Lake-to-Lake Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 21 with a donation of 400 turkeys by Firekeepers Casino Hotel.

Now through the holiday season, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the credit union’s 21 branches, including locations in Grandville, Holland and Grand Haven. The donations will go toward restocking pantry shelves at local food banks.  In the past two years, the holiday campaign has brought in more than 45,000 pounds of food.

In addition to Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Lake Trust is partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and Two Men and a Truck.

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Many roads in West Michigan are still snow covered or icy because of the relentless snow over the past couple of days.

But there's also concern about sidewalks not being shoveled.

We looked into the issue and learned that policies vary from community to community. In Grand Rapids and Alpine Township property owners are required to clean their sidewalks.

In East Grand Rapids the city will do it but they can't plow down to the pavement.

"With a snow plow plowing the sidewalks we have to keep it one or two inches above the sidewalk or we'll be chipping the sidewalk and actually wrecking the vehicles in doing that," says Brian Donovan the City Manager for East Grand Rapids.

The United Way says they have been flooded with calls from people who need help shoveling.

Raise Your Forks for hunger relief this holiday season


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM)- This week, EatGR and FoodCircles are launching the Raise Your Forks!campaign that hopes to raise about $7,500 before the end of the year.

The effort supports Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and its mission to provide food to all who need it in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Raise Your Forks! uses the FoodCircles app to connect food lovers to meal deals in West Michigan. Based on a pay-what-you-want model, diners select a dish, name their price, and 100 percent of their payment will be passed on to Feeding America West Michigan.