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West Catholic goes purple for games against Northview

West Catholic goes purple for games against Northview

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Catholic’s varsity basketball teams will be trading in their green for purple Friday as the school hosts its inaugural Purple Community basketball games.

The West Catholic boys' and girls' teams will take on Northview.  The girls will tip off first at 6 p.m.  The boys’ game begins at 7:30 p.m.  Both West Catholic teams will be wearing commemorative purple jerseys for the game that will be auctioned off to benefit biomedical research at the Van Andel Institute.  Students will also be selling purple t-shirts and hosting a glow stick ceremony to honor loved ones affected y cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

West Catholic High School is located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. 

Bowling Tournament provides Valentine's weekend break for parents

Bowling Tournament provides Valentine's weekend break for parents

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—  If you’re looking to get a break from the kids for a couple hours during Valentine’s Day weekend, Northview High School has one fun option.

The 2014 Wildcat Doubles Bowling Tournament is Sunday, Feb. 16 from noon to 2 p.m.  The event is a fundraiser for the NHS bowling program.  The three-game tournament is open to all students in 7-12 grades.  Admission is $10 per person, but includes the lane and shoe fee.   Participants without a teammate will be paired up.

Deadline for entry is Jan. 30.  For more information, contact Randy Pleune at pleunerl@gmail.com .

Superheroes - finishing the fight against cancer

Superheroes - finishing the fight against cancer

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- It is relay season!  Are you ready to relay? 

The 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park Committee is excited to begin the planning process for our May 16, 2014 event.  Teams re now forming and registration has started.

The theme for 2014 is Superheroes, which should be tons of fun to decorate and create entertaining games around.  Relay For Life of Comstock Park 2014 is all about fun while finishing the fight against cancer!  Whether you have an interest in being the captain of your team, a team member, a committee member or a volunteer, we invite you to join in the fun.

Renovations to Northview High School continue

Renovations to Northview High School continue

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—Two important spaces for Northview’s student athletes are starting to take shape.

According to BarnesWolgast, the athletic lobby and fitness center enclosure is complete.  The contractor says crews are finishing up work on steel stud framing, and beginning to paint the block work and install plumbing and electrical systems.

The framework for the school’s natatorium and pool is also starting.  Crews have finished up the steel trusses and braces for the roof and are now installing the acoustical roof decking.  The actual roofing is expected to start next week.

Contractors plan to install the pool in late January 2014. The entire natatorium and pool is expected to be complete in October 2014.

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.    

Art Van Sports Complex fundraiser meets goal

Art Van Sports Complex fundraiser meets goal

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The West Michigan Sports Commission is one step closer to completing Phase I of the Art Van Sports Complex.

With the help of 40 attendees, organizers say they met their goal during a benefit November 6, raising nearly $4,000 for the complex.  The money will go toward constructing fields at the complex. The West Michigan Sports Commission is also collecting funds by selling engraved bricks, balls and bats that will be placed at the new complex, located at 3300 10 Mile Rd. along the Plainfield Township-Rockford border.

Last week, crews were putting roofs on the grand stands for the championship fields.  Grass is already growing on the Miracle League field. The West Michigan Sports Commission says eight additional fields at the sports complex will be complete by August  2014; teams are expected to begin a full season of play at the facility in spring 2015.