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My Town: Alpine Township business looks to expand

My Town: Alpine Township business looks to expand

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  An Alpine Township business is looking to expand.

Michigan Natural Storage is a frozen food warehouse and distributor for wholesalers. The company is requesting the approval of planning commissioners to build a 96,000 square-foot addition on its existing facility at 5899 Comstock Park Drive. Alpine Township Planning Director Sue Becker says the plans call for 7,000 square feet for truck loading; 75,000 square feet for freezing and storage; and 12,000 square feet for offices.  The company is also in the process of purchasing a 2.5 acre property adjacent to the building for expansion.

The planning commission will review Michigan Natural Storage’s site plan during its regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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: 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 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.

My Town Alpine Township: Free fraud protection workshop begins Aug. 12

My Town Alpine Township: Free fraud protection workshop begins Aug. 12

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Scams are everywhere; that’s why the Kent County Sheriff’s Department is holding a two-part workshop to help residents protect themselves.

The first session is noon on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Alpine Township Center, located at 5255 Alpine Ave. NW.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling Dawn at (616) 784-9622. 

The seminar is sponsored by Edward Jones and will address a variety of schemes, including credit card fraud, identity theft, phishing and computer hackers.  The program is free and includes a light lunch.  The second session will take place Aug. 19.

My Town: Raspberry farm hosts first gleaning for families in need July 31

My Town: Raspberry farm hosts first gleaning for families in need July 31

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—An army of volunteers will be out in the fields of Krupp Farms Thursday, July 31, gathering fresh food for families in need.

The trip to the Comstock Park farm is the first gleaning for Feeding America West Michigan this season.  The nonprofit organization is told there is an abundance of raspberries ripe for the picking. 

The pantry produce picking will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Krupp Farms, located at 8025 Krupp Ave. NE. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.  At least 45 people are needed.  To register, visit the event page here.

My Town: Get a 'Taste of Grand Rapids' at Fifth Third Ballpark this weekend

My Town: Get a 'Taste of Grand Rapids' at Fifth Third Ballpark this weekend

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Get a “Taste of Grand Rapids” this weekend, when the festival that’s all about food returns to Fifth Third Ballpark.

This is the second year Taste of Grand Rapids is being held at the ballpark.  Organizers moved the event to the Whitecaps’ home because it had outgrown John Ball Park Zoo.

Last year, Taste of Grand Rapids attracted thousands of foodies, ready to sample dishes from nearly two dozen area restaurants while enjoying live music and a barbecue competition.  This year, a second barbecue competition has been added to the lineup- the McCormick BBQ Challenge.

Taste of Grand Rapids 2014 runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 25 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26.  Admission is free but parking is $6.  Visitors must also pay for food and beer/wine tickets on site.