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New neighborhood planned for Kentwood

New neighborhood planned for Kentwood

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A new neighborhood will soon take shape in Kentwood.

During their regular meeting last week, Kentwood City Commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary site plan for Aspen Pointe.  A city official says the development will consist of 15 detached condominiums catering to single families.  The development will sit on approximately 8.9 acres north of 52nd Street SE, between Breton and East Paris avenues.

It’s unclear when construction on the development will start.

Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

Lake Michigan Credit Union and HGTV star dedicate new park playground

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (November 14, 2013) – Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Parks and Recreation Division, Grand Haven State Park, and LMCU spokesperson Carter Oosterhouse, is pleased to announce a dedication ceremony for a newly completed kids’ playground at Grand Haven State Park.

The playground will be dedicated in a ceremony to be held at Grand Haven State Park on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 10:00 am. Present at the ceremony will be a number of local, regional and state officials and business leaders, LMCU senior management, and home renovation TV host, Carter Oosterhouse.

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.

Kentwood election includes historic mayoral race

Kentwood election includes historic mayoral race

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Voters in Kentwood will pick a new mayor Tuesday, November 5.

Sharon Brinks, an attorney who serves on the city commission, is running against Stephen Kepley, who directs Kentwood's engineering department.  The winner will represent the city as mayor for a four year term.

Mayor Richard Clanton, who is serving out the remainder of late Mayor Richard Root's term, is not run for re-election.  It's the first time since 1967 that an incumbent for mayor hasn't sought re-election.  Clanton plans to work full-time as the Chief Executive Officer of United Community Methodist House as soon as his replacement is sworn in.

Voters will also decide between Jerry DeMaagd and Steve Redmond for Ward 1 commissioner, and Maurice H. Groce and Erwin Haas for Ward 2 commissioner.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

Upgrades planned for Northeast Park

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A Kentwood park is about to get some upgrades.

On Tuesday, October 1, Kentwood’s Committee of the Whole is expected to review a possible contract with Riverworks Construction Incorporated to build a boardwalk at Northeast Park.  The deal would be for up to approximately $246,000 to replace and install a new pathway, as well as replace two viewing decks, including one on Scenic Lake.

The project will be paid for by a $125,400 state grant, with the remaining cost covered by the city’s parks millage.  Riverworks Construction of Holland is estimating the project will actually cost about $231,000.

If the contract is approved by the Committee of the Whole, it will be discussed at the City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. that same night.  If commissioners approve the deal, it will go to the mayor’s desk for approval.

Get free pizza during Park Picnic-Community Days August 23

Get free pizza during Park Picnic-Community Days August 23

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Enjoy free pizza from Peppinos Friday, August 23 as the Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department wraps up its inaugural "Park Picnic- Community Days."

The event series is meant to showcase the city’s three parks.  Visitors can enjoy pizza while taking part in family activities and meeting neighbors.

The last picnic of the series is Friday 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Northeast Park, off Forest Lake Drive.  If you’d like to attend, please register with the Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department by calling (616) 656-5270 or emailing Special Events Coordinator Jen Keith at keithj@ci.kentwood.mi.us.