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My Town Alpine Township: Tim Hortons plan clears first hurdle

My Town Alpine Township: Tim Hortons plan clears first hurdle

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A developer has cleared the first hurdle for opening a Tim Hortons in Alpine Township.

During its regular meeting Thursday, March 20, the Alpine Township Planning Commission conditionally approved the final planning and development plan for the restaurant at 4235 Alpine Ave.  The plans also included a second 3,510 square foot retail space for a Sleep Doctor Mattress Store. 

As part of its conditional approval, the planning commission told the developer he must reach an agreement with all nearby businesses about street access, as well as make minor changes to the plan. All those conditions must be met before the plan can be reviewed by the township board for potential approval.  The developer must also obtain road, sewer and water permits and present a detailed site plan and zoning request for approval before moving forward with construction.

My Town Comstock Park: Menards hiring fair March 19

My Town Comstock Park: Menards hiring fair March 19

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Menards on Alpine Avenue is getting ready to hire a new  group of employees  starting this week.

The store will hold a hiring fair Wednesday,  March 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  A Facebook fan tipped us off to the event, which was posted on the business’ doors. 

Menards is looking to hire approximately 17 employees for mostly part-time positions.  Applications can be filled out at the store, and managers will hold immediate on-site interviews. For additional information, you can find Menards’ Craigslist posting here.

My Town Comstock Park: Start-up to sell shirts to help hungry

My Town Comstock Park: Start-up to sell shirts to help hungry

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—A Michigan T-shirt startup is getting ready to roll out a new line of shirts to help feed struggling families in West Michigan.

Starting March 17, Live Love Michigan will begin offering a line of custom-designed shirts to benefit Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.   Feeding America will pay nothing toward shirt production, and half of sales will be donated to the nonprofit.  That means each shirt sold will provide approximately 50 meals for Michiganders in need.

Since December, Live Love Michigan has raised more than $3,000 for four Michigan-based nonprofits through its Hold on to Hope campaign.

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week will help feed the hungry

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week will help feed the hungry

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Fill your plate with delicious food and help fill the cupboards of families in need when Rockford Restaurant Week returns this month.

As part of the second annual event, six Rockford area restaurants will showcase special menu items from March 24-29.  Each restaurant will offer a three-course meal or dinner for two for $25.  For every meal ordered, $1 will be donated to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in Comstock Park.  Each $1 donation will translate into four meals for those struggling with hunger.

Reds on the River, which is organizing Rockford Restaurant Week, hopes to raise enough money to distribute 3,600 meals.

Participating restaurants this year include:

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Comstock Park: Winter Beer Festival returns Feb. 22

My Town Comstock Park: Winter Beer Festival returns Feb. 22

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Winter is here, which means the return of Michigan beer to Fifth Third Ballpark.

The ninth annual Winter Beer Festival will take place Saturday, February 22, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.   The hoptastic event is once again sold out.

Last year,  a record crowd of up to 6,000 people took part in the event, tasting 625 different brews.  The Winter Beer Festival showcased drinks from 74 Michigan breweries, including a couple from the Upper Peninsula.  This year, the event has grown to include 88 breweries and nearly 800 beers.

Revenue from the festival will help cover operation costs for the Michigan Brewers Guild.  For more information, visit the Michigan Brewers Guild website here.

Focus on the Community - Comstock Park Rotary

Focus on the Community - Comstock Park Rotary

The Comstock Park Rotary has its focus on the local community this month.  Last week's  speaker was Deb Johnson, owner of Alpine Floral and Gift. This week the spotlight was on  the new $23 million industrial facility operated by Heeren Brothers Produce on 7 Mile Rd.. Representing the company at Thursday's meeting was Steve Hester, Director of Human Resources.  He discussed the general operations of the facility and how the company has a desire to be more intertwined with the local community.
Saturday morning, The Comstock Park Rotary held a special meeting to discuss direction and  plans for the upcoming years.  The meeting was held at the York Creek community building and facilitated by Glenn Miller with Farm Bureau Insurance. A delicious breakfast was prepared by Gayle Steffen and Sharon Steffens

Deb Johnson and Nancy Mulder
Brent Beuschel and Steve Hester