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Santa Claus visits York Creek Apartments Dec. 20

Santa Claus visits York Creek Apartments Dec. 20

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Santa Claus is a busy man, but not too  busy to neglect visiting the children of York Creek Apartments.

The man in red will pose for pictures and offer treats during his stop Friday, Dec. 20, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Santa’s visit is open only to York Creek Apartment residents.  The event will take place at the apartment office, located at 650 York Creek Dr. in Comstock Park.

Marne business donates eight boxes filled with toys

Marne business donates eight boxes filled with toys

MARNE, Mich.—A Marne business is doing its part to ensure there’s something under the Christmas tree for every child.

Two employees of Competition Engineering visited WZZM 13 Dec. 12 to drop off eight boxes filled with toys.  The workers said the toys are worth $1,250.  The donations included two motion activated baby dolls, as well as a variety of other new play things.

WZZM 13 has collected more than 8,000 community donations to Toys for Tots.  For more information on how you can donate, visit our website here.

Manufacturer breaks ground for new facility in Rockford

Manufacturer breaks ground for new facility in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.--On a wintry Thursday, December 12, the day after Wolverine Worldwide announced the elimination of 90 jobs at the corporation's headquarters in Rockford, Integrated Packaging Machinery broke ground for a new facility in Rockford's Byrne Industrial Park. 

Earlier in the week, the Rockford City Council had unanimously granted IPM an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption certificate for a period of twelve years, the maximum allowed by state statute. The length of the tax abatement period is based upon the applicant meeting certain criteria such as: new jobs created, cost of new equipment, square footage of the facility, employees/per 1000 square feet, and construction cost per square foot. IPM easily scored enough points to be awarded a 50 percent property tax abatement for each year of the 12-year period.

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

Winter Beer Festival tickets on sale December 1

Winter Beer Festival tickets on sale December 1

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

Tickets to the ninth annual Winter Beer Festival go on sale Sunday, December 1.  Passes will be available online only and are expected to sell out quickly.   For more information, visit the Michigan Brewers Guild website here.

The Winter Beer Festival will take place Saturday, February 22, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Applebee's owners to auction off memorabilia for charity

Applebee's owners to auction off memorabilia for charity

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--- Stained glass light covers, novelty mirrors, sports memorabilia and much more will be up for bid Tuesday November 19, as the owners of the Applebee’s in Comstock Park auction off the restaurant’s furnishings.

Team Schostak Family Restaurants is selling off the restaurant’s current décor to clear the way for remodeling.  The Applebee’s located at 3851 Alpine Ave. will remain open.

The auction begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to last several days. Bidding will run through 8 p.m. on www.repocast.com.  Proceeds from the auction will go to Family Promise, a non-profit organization committed to helping low income families achieve lasting independence.

Nearly 100 items are up for bid.  You can find the complete list with photos here.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include: