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Meet civic investor Ben Oliver: Investing in voice

Submitted 04-18-2014 under VOICES

Ben Oliver shares his passion for education and for students as the Community Foundation's Challenge Scholars Advisor.


Meet civic investor Roberta King: Investing in passion

Submitted 04-16-2014 under VOICES

Rapidian citizen reporter and civic investor, Roberta King, shares her involvement with The Rapidian and her investment in the Grand Rapids community.


Changes in motion: how running transformed me

Submitted 04-09-2014 under VOICES

When I began my training for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, I expected to change physically. I never expected it to change who I am.


Feeding America West Michigan distributes 400 millionth pound of food

Submitted 04-09-2014 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids-area food bank passes a milestone in West Michigan hunger relief.


Our city's landscaping: does it have an effect on how we behave toward each other?

Submitted 04-07-2014 under OPINION

We all benefit from kindness. Let’s find a way to make all of our city a kinder place to live.


Hall Street Bakery restores tasty options with gluten free kitchen

Submitted 04-07-2014 under OPINION

Thanks to a gluten-free-only kitchen at the Hall Street location, Wealthy Street Bakery and Hall Street Bakery now have a variety of gluten free options including muffins, cookies and bread.


Midwifery is a Booming Business in West Michigan

Submitted 04-01-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Midwifery and home births are growing in popularity in West Michigan, particularly Grand Rapids' families.


The Bourbon-Barrel Beer Report: beer lovers compare local, regional, national brews

Submitted 03-31-2014 under OPINION

A beer expert and two beer enthusiasts convened to sip and discuss three brews: Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout, New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk and Blue Mountain’s Dark Hollow. See what they thought of the brews here.


Time to reduce gun violence: an open letter to Senator Dave Hildenbrand

Submitted 03-26-2014 under OPINION

Hildenbrand, who represents most of the City of Grand Rapids, has publicly stated that he's with the majority of Michiganders who want to reduce unchecked gun sales. There is a measure he can support right now.


GoBoldly photo series sends rebuttal to the Go Confidently advertisements

Submitted 03-24-2014 under OPINION

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the "Go Confidently" billboard ads that suddenly popped up all over the highway and near highway entrances around the Grand Rapids, Michigan area?