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Senior Artie Smith grateful for good food, good friends

Submitted 07-25-2014 under NONPROFITS

Feeding America West Michigan and the Grand Rapids Housing Commission work together to feed seniors.


Story Matters: Black Hills resident Kapriona Smith compares Grand Rapids to Detroit

Submitted 07-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

Kapriona Smith just moved to Grand Rapids this spring, and says the economy alone makes it a great place to live. She talks about what it's like to live in her current neighborhood of Black Hills.


Local politicians struggle with sign theft, defacement before Election Day

Submitted 07-18-2014 under NEWS

Yard signs for various political campaigns are being stolen and destroyed in West Michigan.


Why GR Forward: Preparing for smart, explosive growth takes citizen involvement

Submitted 07-16-2014 under OPINION

As the Grand Rapids community is rapidly evolving, I am excited to help us plan with "Design Thinking" as I serve on the GR Forward Steering Committee.


Republican congressional nominees, ballot initiatives up for vote in August

Submitted 07-15-2014 under NEWS

The primaries on August 5 will decide who will be on the ballot for the November election. Justin Amash and Brian Ellis are fighting for the Grand Rapids congressional seat.


Story Matters: Eric Curry encourages positivity, community involvement

Submitted 07-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

Eric Curry grew up in Detroit but has enjoyed living in the Grand Rapids since 1999 and watching the city thrive.


Local campaign seeks to ban use of wild animals in entertainment

Submitted 07-08-2014 under NEWS

Jon Dunn and Kolene Allen are petitioning Grand Rapids and Walker city governments to disallow use of wild animals in circuses and traveling shows.


Mayor to answer citizen questions about new police chief

Submitted 07-07-2014 under NONPROFITS

Each month, Mayor George Heartwell answers citizen questions live on GRTV and simulcast here on The Rapidian. This month, Rapidian intern Lisa DeBone asks the mayor about the newly-selected police chief.


Pet ownership limit law proposes wrong answer

Submitted 07-03-2014 under OPINION

Grand Rapids would be better served to pass a comprehensive set of animal care and control regulations that would give animal control officers and law enforcement the tools necessary to appropriately prosecute those that fail to provide proper care for the animals in their possession.


Should we keep our trees?

Submitted 07-03-2014 under NONPROFITS

Lee Mueller, Urban Forest Project Coordinator, highlights how Grand Rapids can protect our trees and reach our tree canopy goals.