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New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

Comstock Park- get ready to Relay For Life!

Comstock Park- get ready to Relay For Life!

My name is Jaime Counterman and I am happy to introduce myself as your new American Cancer Society Staff Partner for 2014. 

While I am new to the Comstock Park event, I am not new to Relay; this will be my fourth season as an ACS staff partner and I love all things purple.  I have been lucky enough to attend your event every year that I have worked at ACS, so I am thrilled that I get to work with you for my fourth Relay season along with the Relay events in Wyoming, Sparta and Lowell.  I live in Sparta with my husband, our dog Riley and our soon to be first little girl (I am expecting on January 7, so I will be back with time to spare for Relay....you'd think I planned that or something.)

Get a sneak peek of the 'Nite Lite' display during a 5K benefit Nov. 22

Get a sneak peek of the 'Nite Lite' display during a 5K benefit Nov. 22

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--The fourth annual "Yule Run, I’ll Walk" 5K returns to Fifth Third Ballpark Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. 

This is a family-friendly event that gives participants the opportunity to view the Nite Lite display before it's open to the public.  The Yule Run, I’ll Walk course begins at AJ’s Family Fun Center.  The Night Lite display includes approximately 1 million lights on more than forty creative, animated figures, as soothing Christmas music plays.

Proceeds from the 5k will benefit the West Michigan Sports Commission. For more information, call (616) 233-3560 or visit www.YuleRun5k.com to register.

Hunter safety classes begin November 12

Hunter safety classes begin November 12

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- It's hunting season and Alpine Township is offering tips to keep hunters safe during their excursions.

The Alpine Township Center will host hunter safety classes November 12 through November 14.  Attendants must pay a $5 administrative fee during the first day of class.  The sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the center, which is located at 5255 Alpine Ave. NW.

Fore more information, call (616) 784-1262.

Crash the River Rascal promises visit for top Halloween poem

Crash the River Rascal promises visit for top Halloween poem

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The mascot of the West Michigan Whitecaps is looking for Halloween poems from elementary school children.

Crash the River Rascal is promising a one-hour classroom visit on Halloween to the child who pens his top pick.  The winning entry should be original, suspenseful and thrilling.  Crash and his Whitecaps friends will read all of the submissions and select one winner.

The classroom contest is open to all West Michigan schools, grades one through five.   All entries should include school name, address, teacher’s name and email, the child’s grad and the number of students in their class.  Entries are due 5 p.m. Thursday, October 24 and can be submitted via email to community@whitecapsbaseball.com or by mailing Whitecaps Halloween Writing Contest, P.O.

Fifth Third Ballpark offers up big screen for Tigers playoffs

Fifth Third Ballpark offers up big screen for Tigers playoffs

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—If you can’t make it out to Comerica Park during the Tiger playoffs, there’s still a way you can see Detroit on a ballpark big screen.

Fifth Third Ballpark is inviting Tigers fans to watch the game for free inside its Pepsi Stadium Club.  All of the playoff games will be shown on the video board-- a high definition, 45-foot screen.

The round one viewing party schedule is as follows:

  • 1 p.m. Monday, October 7
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 8
  • 9 p.m. Thursday, October 10 (if necessary)

Doors open an hour before the game. Parking and admission is free.  An all-you-can eat buffet will be available through the 5th inning at a cost of $12.  For more information, visit the West Michigan Whitecaps website here.

The Score makes beer history during 'Tap-Fest'

The Score makes beer history during 'Tap-Fest'

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar celebrated its recent expansion by making beer history.

On Thursday, September 26, The Score opened its 128 taps for “Tap-Fest.” The restaurant donated $5,000 of its sales to two local non-profits: West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance and Friends of the White Pine Trail. 

Marketing manager Branden Monroe says The Score is the only bar in the state to dedicate 120 taps to craft beer, making it a beer lovers’ destination. The Score is located at 5301 Northland Dr. NE in My Town Plainfield Township.