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Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

Fifth Third Ballpark transformed for high school football

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The season is over for the West Michigan Whitecaps, but the games will continue on at Fifth Third Ballpark this fall.

According to the ballpark’s Facebook page, the Whitecaps grounds crew began removing the pitcher’s mound Tuesday, September 10 to prepare the grounds for the high school football game the ballpark hosts each year. 

Forest Hills Northern will take on Greenville in this year’s game, which will take place October 11.

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns

Calling all writers: Write Michigan Short Story Contest returns
A competition that attracted nearly 600 Michigan writers in its inaugural year last year is underway.

The second annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest kicked off September 3.  Organizers have added a third age category to the contest, for writers 11 years and under.  The two other age groups are 12-17 and 18 and up.

Stories must be 3,000 words or less.   The entry deadline is November 20, 2013.   The entry fee is $10 for adults; children 17 and under are free.  The contest is open to Michigan residents only and all entries must be submitted online.  A public vote will decide the winner of the Readers’ Choice award; a panel of judges will pick the Judges’ Choice award recipient.   A public and panel vote will whittle down the contest to the top ten semi-finalists.  The winner in each age category will take home a $250 cash prize.

Comstock Park Public Schools announce open house schedule

Comstock Park Public Schools announce open house schedule

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Classes don’t start for another couple weeks, but Comstock Park Public Schools are already preparing to open their doors.

Mill Creek will host the first open house on Tuesday, August 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.   The  rest of the open house schedule is as follows:

·         Mill Creek: August 27, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

·         Stoney Creek: August 29, 5:45 p.m.-7:50 p.m.

·         Pine Island: September 3, 5:45 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

·         Greenridge: September 4, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

·         Comstock Park High School: September 9, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Prospective rowers invited to open house September 7

Prospective rowers invited to open house September 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Junior Rowing is opening up the boathouse to Grand Rapids high school students next month, as the group prepares for a new season.

The Grand Rapids Junior Rowing Open House will be 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, September 7 at the Grand Rapids Rowing Association Boathouse, located at 291 North Park Street NW.  Visitors are invited to tour the boathouse, try an erg machine, meet high school rowers and coaches and get more information about joining for the new season.   

For more information about Grand Rapids Junior Rowing, visit the organization’s website here.

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Professional chefs needed for benefit in honor of late chef

Four more chefs are needed to help with a scholarship fundraiser in honor of the late Chef Mark Noseda .

Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser brunch will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park.  The brunch and auction will be hosted by local chefs Jenna Arcidiacono, Randy Finch and Tommy FitzGerald.  Additional chefs are needed; if you would like to help, email info@flavor616.com.  

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

Young chef passes away while preparing to open new restaurant

A scholarship fund is being set up in memory of a local executive chef who died while preparing to open a new restaurant.

Chef Mark Noseda passed away August 16, a day before the soft opening of Freighters in Port Huron.  Noseda was an executive chef for Meritage Hospitality Group, which includes Twisted Rooster in My Town Ada/Cascade and Crooked Goose in My Town Walker. He was 35 years old.

A scholarship fund in Noseda’s name is being established to support culinary students attending Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  A fundraiser will take place September 22, from noon to 3 p.m.  at Amore Trattoria Italiana Restaurant, located at 5080 Alpine Ave.

Kenowa Hills distributing more than 2,000 computers to students

Kenowa Hills distributing more than 2,000 computers to students

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Kenowa Hills’ staff will begin distributing 1,800 laptops to students August 19.

The Chromebooks were paid for by a $13.8 million bond approved in 2010. Superintendent Gerald Hopkins says about $3 million of the bond went toward technology upgrades within the district, including new hardware for teachers, updating server equipment, a server room and fiber installation, which took workers about 14 months to complete.  The rest of the bond money went toward construction projects, including upgrading the middle school, athletic complex and Central Elementary.