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WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance

WMU-Cooley Professor & Retired Brigadier Gen. McDaniel Participates in W. Mich. Day of Remembrance






GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – To honor all those who sacrificed their lives during the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the Gerald R. Ford Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Museum hosted the 13th annual Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2014. WMU-Cooley Law School Professor and retired Brigadier General Michael C.H.

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays


WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Whitecaps stay alive to force decisive Game 3 in series

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - The West Michigan Whitecaps will play at least one more game in the 2014 Midwest League playoffs.

Bennett Pickar's seventh-inning sacrifice fly scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Game 2 of their first round series.

Game 3 is Friday at Fifth Third Ballpark. The winner advances to the Midwest League semifinals.

Whitecaps ace Kevin Ziomek struck out nine in five innings for the win.

Montreal Robertson finished the night with a five-out save.

Whitecaps playoff home-opener tonight

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - The West Michigan Whitecaps are back in town and ready for some baseball. The team hosts game two of their series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps in their playoff home-opener tonight at Fifth Third Ballpark.

The Whitecaps lost to the TinCaps 5-7 in Fort Wayne Wednesday night. With three games in the series, tonight is a do or die match.

Besides the baseball, plenty of activities are planned for the fans tonight. Tickets are still available online and at the door. The game starts at 7 p.m. and the gates will open at 6 p.m.

My Town: New school opens in Alpine Township

My Town: New school opens in Alpine Township

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new private school is now open in Alpine Township.

Late last month, the township planning commission unanimously approved Family of Christ Lutheran Church's request  to add a parochial school within its existing facility. The school serves grades 2-12.  The church, located at 1100 Henze Drive, plans to add kindergarten and first grade as demand grows, as well as an outdoor playground.

As of late August, the church had approximately five children enrolled.  The pastor's wife, Barb Bowditch, is a certified teacher.

Private schools and churches are both zoned for special land use in Alpine Township, so no rezoning was necessary.  However, developers are required to gain approval from the township before opening any private school.

Cedar Springs surprises Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Cedar Springs used a big half to knock off host Comstock Park, 50-13.

The Red Hawks spoiled the opening of the Panthers' new stadium by rushing for nearly 200 yards in the first half and taking a commanding 36-7 lead into halftime.

Comstock Park went unbeaten last season before losing in the state semifinals.

My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

WALKER, Mich.—A building on Alpine Avenue that’s been home to numerous restaurants will no longer be serving up meals.

Construction crews this week are gutting the former Wild Chef Restaurant at 3303 Alpine Ave.  The site was previously home to a Bennigan’s restaurant.

Walker building official Tim Musser says the building will be split into two businesses—a Mattress Firm on the south side and The Vitamin Shoppe on the north side. 

At least two other mattress stores have opened or are planned for Alpine Avenue; Art Van opened its Pure Sleep shop in the former Hallmark storefront at 3450 Alpine Ave. NW late last year and plans are in place to open a Sleep Doctor Mattress store at 4235 Alpine Ave., in Alpine Township.

Musser says developers have already obtained all the necessary permits to convert the former Wild Chef restaurant, which abruptly closed Sunday, June 1.  It’s unclear when the new businesses will open to the public.