Friday, April 18, 2014

New Option for Haircuts at Westgate Bowl

No one can say that Alpine Township lacks in hair salons or barber shops.  There is plenty of choice but then again everybody has their favorite stylist or barber.  The Greater Grand Rapids community now has another option, Mustache Mo's.  Thursday morning was the official opening of the new salon operated by Monica Coalter, who has over seven years of experience and who loves  mustaches in particular.  And while mustaches may be her passion, she is also pretty good with a straight razor, and she enjoys cutting hair in general for her men and women clients.
Should you want to stop in, she is located in Suite 13, 4484 Alpine Ave, located in the same building as the Westgate Bowling Alley.  Monica is one of a number of tenants who have set up shop in a warm and friendly environment.  She can also be reached by appointment at (616) 498-3462.  You can visit her website at 
Jessica Coulter at Grand Opening Day with first client Joe Sack
Some of the salons occupying suites at Westgate Bowl

Friday, April 4, 2014

Comstock Park Community Outreach at Rotary

Representatives of the Comstock Park Outreach Coalition visited the Comstock Park Rotary Thursday but they were not strangers, since many of the Rotarians are also Outreach members and Rotary has sponsored and participated in a number of their events.

The Comstock Park Community Outreach is a collaboration of business, government, schools, churches and service organizations with a mission of matching community needs to available resources, and a purpose of empowering people to improve the quality of lives.

Representatives elaborated on the organization as they laid out the group's focus; At Risk Youth, the community's increasing Senior population, and the increasing Hispanic population.  Programs are in place that address these prioritized concerns. 

Meghan Auperlee, Wedgewood Christian Services, Missi McPherson and Ethan Ebenstein, Comstock Park Public Schools, , Julie Ebenstein, Senior Neighbors and Jennifer Grimm, Sparta Public Schools

Also visiting the Comstock Park Rotary was this duck which the Comstock Park Rotary has adopted for the next twelve months.  Having somewhat of a dubious reputation, club members are trying to breed some respectability into the bird before passing it along to another Rotary club in the year.

Republican Elected Officials Meet at Vitale's

Local elected Republican officials met with Republican State Elected Officials at Vitale's in Comstock Park Thursday and listened to a brief presentation by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.  On Monday Lt. Governor Calley signed legislation that will make sure that local governments will not lose funding should voters approve the repeal of the business personal property tax in August elections. Local State Representatives and Senators were also present, as was staff from the Kent County Republican Party.

Lt. Governor Briam Calley

Sparta Supervisor Dale Bergsma with Byron Center Clerk Joel Hondorp and Senator Mark Jansen in the background

Supervisor Tim Wittenbach (left) Vergennes Township  listening to State Representative and Michigan Senatorial Candidate Pete McGregor

 Canon Township Trustee Deb Diepenhorst and Clerk Bonnie Blackledge

Monday, March 31, 2014

Planning Commission Hosts Open House for Community Input on Masterplan

About twenty residents showed up Monday night to provide  input on the Alpine Township Master Plan.  This plan gets reviewed every five years and public input is essential.  Residents had the opportunity to address zoning, land improvement, recreation, non-motorized transportation and much more.  This is the second of three open houses.  A third one is scheduled for Tuesday April 22 from 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. at the Township Hall.

Alpine Township Planning Director Sue Becker with Fritz Wahlfield Jr.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Michigan Gold and Diamond Exchange

Alpine Township welcomes manager Joy Benedict and the Michigan Gold and Diamond Exchange.  Michigan Gold prides itself in adapting to the customer’s needs making it the only gold buyer you need to go. Michigan Gold is conveniently located at 4048 Alpine Ave NW. For office hours and more information please go to

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Senior Neighbors - Enhanced Fitness

It's not certain whether this group of Comstock Park residents gets together one to three times a week to have fun or to exercise, but they seem to  accomplish both very well.
Led by instructor Julie Ebenstein, they are looking for friends and neighbors to join them Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. They meet at Greenridge Elementary School, conveniently located at 3825 Oakridge, NE.  In addition to exercising in the gym, one of the classrooms is being converted into a lounge that will be available to the seniors for relaxation and socializing after the program.  If you live in the Alpine Township/Comstock Park/Walker neighborhood, please join them.  If you know of someone you feel would benefit from an enhanced fitness program with emphasis on balance, please encourage them to participate(.  For more information, contact Julie Lake, Senior Neighbors at 616)233-2083.
Zumba classes for all ages are also considered for future community programming.