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Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

My Town Alpine Township: Plans for two new businesses clear hurdle

My Town Alpine Township: Plans for two new businesses clear hurdle

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Plans for two new businesses in Alpine Township are moving forward.

Thursday night, planning commissioners approved the site plans for a Tim Horton’s restaurant and Sleep Doctor mattress store.  Both businesses would be located in a complex at 4235 Alpine Ave. 

Township officials say developers must still finalize their road and utilities plan for the site with the township board, which they hope to do next month.  Developers hope to begin construction on the new businesses in Spring 2015. 

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Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

Sidewalk snow removal varies by community

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Many roads in West Michigan are still snow covered or icy because of the relentless snow over the past couple of days.

But there's also concern about sidewalks not being shoveled.

We looked into the issue and learned that policies vary from community to community. In Grand Rapids and Alpine Township property owners are required to clean their sidewalks.

In East Grand Rapids the city will do it but they can't plow down to the pavement.

"With a snow plow plowing the sidewalks we have to keep it one or two inches above the sidewalk or we'll be chipping the sidewalk and actually wrecking the vehicles in doing that," says Brian Donovan the City Manager for East Grand Rapids.

The United Way says they have been flooded with calls from people who need help shoveling.

Raise Your Forks for hunger relief this holiday season

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM)- This week, EatGR and FoodCircles are launching the Raise Your Forks!campaign that hopes to raise about $7,500 before the end of the year.

The effort supports Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and its mission to provide food to all who need it in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Raise Your Forks! uses the FoodCircles app to connect food lovers to meal deals in West Michigan. Based on a pay-what-you-want model, diners select a dish, name their price, and 100 percent of their payment will be passed on to Feeding America West Michigan.

My Town Alpine Township: Business destroyed by fire being rebuilt

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The owner of an Alpine Township business destroyed by fire nearly five months ago is rebuilding.

Construction on the new Fox Pools began shortly after planning commissioners approved the plans last month.  The 8,000 square foot building will be slightly larger than the previous business and feature an updated showroom, offices and storage space.  The business will remain at 6411 Alpine Ave.  NW.

Fox Pools has been operating out of a temporary space on its lot since the June 25 fire. Firefighters allowed the fire to burn because of the environmental dangers posed by pool chemicals in the facility.

Township officials say the owner of Fox Pools hopes to open the new facility by the next pool season.


First snowstorm prompts long lines at tire store

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- For tire dealers, the first big snow of the year is "kind of our Super Bowl so we make it happen." That's according to Phil Hoffman at Discount Tire on Alpine Avenue. Customers formed a long line early Monday morning, a line that got refreshed throughout the day.

At 11 a.m., walk-in customers were learning it could be four to six hours before they were serviced. Hoffman suggests people drop off their car early in the day and get it at the close of business. Appointments were booked up through Thursday.

Manager Matt LaHaie was on the phone all morning, answering customer questions and setting up future appointments.

Hoffman says new tires can make a huge difference in safety and handling in these slippery conditions, a fact not lost on the many people trying to get their car in to his shop Monday.

HomeGoods is adding a store on Alpine Avenue

HomeGoods is adding a store on Alpine Avenue

HomeGoods is opening a second store in the Grand Rapids metro area.  The newest store will be in the Alpine Summit Shopping Center on Alpine Avenue in Walker.  The newest store is scheduled to open in 2015 in the former Schuler Book and Music store location.  The first HomeGoods store in the area is located on 28th Street SE in the Centerpointe Mall in Kentwood, which opened in March 2013.

HomeGoods sells furniture, lighting, and home decorating accessories.