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My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps 2014 season roster includes a Verlander

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps 2014 season roster includes a Verlander

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The younger brother of Tigers’ star Justin Verlander will grace the outfield during the West Michigan Whitecaps’ 2014 season.

The Whitecaps announced its roster Saturday.  The lineup includes pitchers Jonathan Crawford and Kevin Ziomek, who were the Tigers’ first and second-round selections in the 2013 draft. Austin Kubitza, Buck Farmer and Chad Green will round out the rotation for the Whitecaps season opener.

Joining them is outfield is Ben Verlander, the younger brother of 2011 American League MVP Justin Verlander, as well as 2012 NCAA batting champion Raph Rhymes and speedy center field prospect Austin Schotts.  The infield will include 18-year-old Javier Betancourt, the nephew of former Major Leaguer Edgardo Alfonzo.  Dominic Ficociello and Curt Powell will also return to the infield.

The club will be led by new manager Andrew Graham, who helped lead the Whitecaps to a Midwest League championship as a player in 2004.

Free Gardening Classes

Free Gardening Classes

Set Saturday, along with Saturday, April 5th at 1pm aside to get some great information and ideas for gardening this spring.

Free gardening classes are being offered to Comstock Park & Alpine Township residents and neighbors at York Creek Community Center at 3999 Alpenhorn Drive in Comstock Park.

For more information please call: 706-8470.

 

Member of The Verve Pipe to sing for children in need

Member of The Verve Pipe to sing for children in need

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   West Michigan native Brian VanderArk is lending his voice to help children in need.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the singer-songwriter will host a concert at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids to benefit Feeding American West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.

VanderArk is a member of The Verve Pipe.  He will be joined by Channing and Quinn and Mark Sala for the special performance.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and may be purchased at the Will Play For Food Foundation website here.  The goal is to send 5,000 meals to hungry children.

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

Basketball game beneficiary recovering from transplant

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Grand Rapids police say the detective who will benefit from Saturday's Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games has had a successful double lung transplant.

The department says Kent County deputy Aron Bowser is recovering at home.  Proceeds from the games on Saturday, Feb. 1 wil go toward his medical expenses.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition at Kenowa Hills. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills teachers playing officers from the Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, Rockford, Kentwood and Grand Rapids police departments.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

Basketball game pits Kenowa Hills staff against police

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  School staff will take on a team of officers this Saturday, Feb. 1 as the Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Games return to Kenowa Hills.

This is the seventh year for the friendly competition. The games begin at 6:30 p.m. with Kenowa Hills administrators and teachers playing local law enforcement members.  The second game will pit the Grand Rapids Police Department against the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will also stop by for the games.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  The proceeds will benefit Kent County Sheriff Detective Aron Bowser who is currently awaiting a lung transplant.  

Excel Charter Academy honors Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

Excel Charter Academy honors Martin Luther King Jr. with day of service

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  Excel Charter Academy students remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the holiday by serving their community.

 On Friday, Jan. 17, seventh and eighth grade students divided up to help community organizations, including the YWCA, Kids Food Basket, Feeding America West Michigan, Habitat for Humanity, Baxter Community Center, Degage, GRASP, Goodwill and In The Image.

As part of Excel’s MLK Service Day, Arbor Circle also visited the school to teach sixth grade students about teenage homelessness and how they can help support teenagers in need.

Sparta offering Adult Education classes in four locations

Sparta offering Adult Education classes in four locations

Sparta Adult Education is offering classes in GED (General Education Development), ESL, (English as a second language) and ABE (Adult Basic Education) with classes being offered at four locations.

Open House and Registration is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22nd from 4-7pm at Sparta Middle School, 480 S. State St. in Sparta or at York Creek Community Center, 3999 Alpenhorn, Comstock Park from 5:30-8:30pm. Classes begin on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Class locations are located at:

Sparta Middle School, Peach Lutheran Church in Sparta, York Creek Community Center and Saints Peter & Paul Church in Grand Rapids.

Additional information available at 616-887-7321, Sparta Adult Education.