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Story Matters: Deb Havens sees politics as "resource choices"

Submitted 07-30-2014 under NONPROFITS

Deb Havens, running for State Senate District 28, wants people to believe once again that they can make a difference through political involvement. She explains the importance of political decisions as "resource choices," and the affect that political decisions have on every aspect of our lives.

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Vendor Spotlight: Eliza Fernand

Submitted 07-30-2014 under NONPROFITS

Geometric ceramic vessels and colorful quilt installations. Fernand talks about Quilt Stories, site-responsive work, and her residency in Pentwater

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Diverse food cultures intersect at Downtown Market

Submitted 07-29-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Downtown Market emphasizes cultural diversity as foundational to market infrastructure. From Thailand to Costa Rica, Downtown Market offers a variety of ethnic culinary dishes.

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Art galleries say congratulations, farewell; contemplate "home"

Submitted 07-29-2014 under NONPROFITS

Gallery exhibitions at The Market on First Fridays make the indoor spaces just as intriguing as the outdoor activity.

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Artists, brewery pair up for Monday mingle

Submitted 07-29-2014 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Brewing Company hosts an artist meet-up every Monday night to foster networking and collaboration.

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West Michigan ACLU Attorney: proposed panhandling ordinance threatens free speech

Submitted 07-25-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Miriam Aukerman is an attorney at the West Michigan ACLU. She examines the effects of the proposed panhandling ordinances and offers solutions.

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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.

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6.25 Paper Studio crafts custom wedding invitations, greeting cards

Submitted 07-23-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Abbey Fowler of 6.25 Paper Studio creates custom design pieces on Monroe Center. The shop offers crafting classes and hosts unique parties.

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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.

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Story Matters: Diana Dixon compares Brooklyn life to new life in Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

Diana Dixon used to live in Brooklyn, New York. In this video she compares the two- and what it's like for her now when she goes back.

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