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Meijer redevelopment proposal moves forward

Meijer redevelopment proposal moves forward

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A plan to allow a senior living area near the Meijer on 10 Mile Road will go before the Algoma Township Board Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The plan calls for re-dividing the plot owned by Meijer to eight to nine units and redefining uses for the back parcels to allow for senior housing in the future.

In December, the Algoma Township Planning Commission approved recommending the proposed development changes to the Algoma Township Board.  The planning commission’s recommendation also included deleting language which did not allow for restaurants with drive-through facilities and restricting access to 10 Mile Road for two of the units.  Both units would need internal drives.

The Algoma Township Board meeting next week will begin at 7 p.m.

Restaurant looks to expand into Algoma Township

Restaurant looks to expand into Algoma Township

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  A Kentwood restaurant is looking to expand in Algoma Township.

The Township Board of Trustees approved awarding a liquor license to Thai Fusion Restaurant, which is slated to open in the strip mall on 10 Mile Road.

Thai Fusion has operated a restaurant in Kentwood for four years.  The owners told township officials that the new restaurant  would be about half the size of the original restaurant.

The liquor license was approved  pending a fire inspection.

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.

With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014. 

For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour

Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

SPARTA, Mich.—Employees of ChoiceOne Bank are helping to end hunger in West Michigan, one can at a time.

The Sparta-based bank began a can collecting contest at all of its branches Nov. 11.  Staff and customers at each of the bank’s dozen branches were encouraged to donate 100 cans or more to help families in need during the holidays. Overall, ChoiceOne collected 1,743 canned goods for four area pantries.

 “We value the families in our communities,” said James Bosserd, president and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our families live and grow in a community supporting each other. This contest helps to truly begin to think about the importance of community. It’s a local thing.”

The branch with the most cans was also awarded extra funding to donate to their local pantry.  

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

Free ski passes available to Michigan children

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Dozens of Michigan ski areas are offering a freebie to get fourth grade students off the couch and on the slopes this winter season.

 Michigan children in fourth grade can get three free lift tickets to 20 participating ski areas under the “Cold is Cool” program created by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

 “This generous offer is about helping keep our children healthy and fostering a new outdoor interest,” said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I encourage Southwest Michigan families to take advantage of this proactive program.

Thousands of holiday donations handed out to children in need

Thousands of holiday donations handed out to children in need

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Hundreds of struggling families will have something under the Christmas tree this year, thanks to the community.

North Kent Community Services closed its Christmas store for the season around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.  Katie Hop with NKCS says this year, community donations helped 251 families with 1,453 children.  The families registered for help back in October and November.  Each child age 16 or under received a toy from Toys for Tots and stocking stuffers.  They also took a trip through NKCS’ Christmas store, where they picked out a set of pajamas, socks or underwear, gloves, scarves and hats.  All families also received a family gift and a holiday basket donated by churches, businesses and community members.

Hop says NKCS helped approximately 165 more people this year than last.

Realtor vows to match donations during holiday food drive Dec. 19

Realtor vows to match donations during holiday food drive Dec. 19

ROCKFORD, Mich.--  A West Michigan realtor is challenging community members to help fill the North Kent Community Center’s pantry by offering to match donations.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, donors are invited to visit the Five Star Real Estate office on East Beltline Avenue to drop off non-perishable foods and enjoy cookies, coffee and/or punch.  Realtor Sarah Cain says she will match all food donations collected that day, up to $5,000.

The holiday food drive runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Five Star Real Estate, located at 2900 East Beltline, Suite F.