Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dollar Subs at Jimmy John's

It was customer appreciation jay at Jimmy John's this afternoon and local stores were selling subs for a dollar at all West Michigan locations.  Customers at the  3782 Alpine Avenue location patiently waited their turn in line.  There was enough staff on hand to keep the line moving smoothly.

There was a long line even shortly before 3:00 P.M.
There was plenty of help

The Alex Castro famuiy from Alpine Township patiently worked its way to the beginning of the line

Comstock Park Rotary Club Installs New President

The Comstock Park Rotary club installed a new president at their noon meeting today at the Swan Inn Restaurant.  Departing President Sharon Steffens swore in Dick Woodward to will serve the club from July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2012.  Sharon Steffens is part owner of Steffens Orchards, known mostly for its apple production but also for its cherry crops.  She is a former trustee, clerk and supervisor of Alpine Township.  Dick Woodward is the pastor of the Comstock Park Congregational Church.  The Comstock Park Rotary is well known for the many projects that they have been involved in bot locally and abroad.  They continue to make improvements to Grotto Park adjacent to the Michigan Veteran's facility, and have a  cleanup day scheduled on Saturday, July 16 from 8am until noon.  One of the larger projects completed in 1010-2011 was the installation of a public playground at York Creek Apartments (in conjunction with Kaboom and Amway).  The club also plans a membership drive in August.  To find out more about the Comstock Parl Rotary club, visit their website or call (616) 334-6687.

Past President Sharon Steffens congratulating incoming president Dick Woodward

President Dick Woodward laying out his goals for the upcoming year

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fricano's Tuesday Cruise Night, Hot Rod Central

Whether it is called "Hot Rod Central" or "Tuesday Cruise Night", Fricano's Pizza at 5808 Alpine Ave is definitely a place you have to be on Tuesday nights, and not just if you are a pizza lover. The parking lot buzzes with excitement as all kinds of anique cars, hot rods and exotic automobiles are on display.  In case you can't make it on a Tuesday evening, you can still stop in any week day or Saturday evening for a pizza that is gaining a state wide reputation as one of the best.  Hours:  (4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday) (4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday - Saturday) (Closed Sunday)

Doug Fricano welcomes you

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Construction Projects Near Completion

Two construction projects in Alpine Township are nearing completion. The section of 9 Mile Rd between Old Alpine and the Railroad track still requires a few finishing touches.  The section of sidewalk on Alpenhorn between York Creek and Lamoreax is poured in it's entirety and will require a fence to be built before the project is complete.

The bulk of the construction cost for this project are vovered with Community Development Funds and the Kent County Road Commission.

A view from the railroad to Old Alpine Ave

Alpine Township Fire Station #3

New sidewalk on Alpenhorn

The project is nearing completion

Summer Happenings at York Creek

While driving along Alpenhorn admiring the new sidewalks that have been installed between Lamoreaux Ave and York Creek Drive, more than a dozen children were playing in organized activities adjacent to the York Creek Office.  It is all part of an outreach program organized by Comstock Park Schools in conjunction with Wedgwood Christian Services, York Creek Apartments, Arbor Circle, Kent District Library,  Kent County Health Department, Kids Food Basket, American Cancer Society, and the YMCA.  There are daily programs for children as well as for teens, with staff and programming being provided by a different organization each weekday.  In addition to outdoor play, activities take place at two apartments donated to Comstock Park School, which coordinates the use of the apartments.  Today's programs were prsented by Wedgewood Christian Services and there were volunteers on hand from Comstock Park High School and from the Girl Scouts.
Kids playing games outside

Always willing to pose

Getting ready to go inside for a treat

Meghan Auperlee, Wedgwood Christina Services handing out treats

The teen group upstairs receiving guidance from Melvin Thomas Jr, with Wedgwood Christian Services

Some of the teens from York Creek and other areas in Alpine Township

Steam Punk Junque

A few hours after the pre-schoolers left the township hall, it was time for the teenagers to take over, albeit in a much more relaxed environment.  The teens learned to create edgy, indie jewelry with materials from the hardware store. They learned how to create keychains, necklaces, bracelets or earrings from unexpected materials.

A fun and new experience
The basics to get started
More jewelry parts for beginners

Imagine anything handy
The results: Designer Jewelry
AKA Steam Punk Junque

Tomorrow: (Wednesday) Come travel the world with the delightfully zany Adam Mellema! Listeners will spin the globe and select a country, spurring Adam into a command performance from that particular place.  This is a family event, beginning at 6:30 P.M.


It wasn't exactly the broadway production but the pre-schoolers at the Alpine Township Branch of the KDL Library had a great time  this morning learning all about cats, singing songs, listening to stories, and making their own pretend kittens.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Soccer for all Ages

The Alpine Township Sport Complex facilitated as many as five games  at the same time today.  Members and spectators of the Migrant Soccer League amd the Migrant Youth Soccer League filled the parking lot and play is in full swing.  Participation is not restricted to migrants and if you or a family member would like to play, contact Alex Arends at the Alpine Township Office, or email here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Comstock Park Rotary Famous Chicken BBQ

The weather was for ducks but it did not deter the Comstock Park Rotarians from preparing their world famous chicken.  With tents to keep the workers and the supporters as dry as possible, the sale went on as planned.  The next Chicken BBQ will be in August.