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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

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.