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Community updates: Thursday, Aug. 19

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 08-19-2021 under NEWS

Kent District Library launching streaming platform for local musicians Kent District Library (KDL) has announced it will be launching a new streaming platform featuring West Michigan musicians, set for later this year. Called KDL Vibes, the platform...

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Community updates: Friday, Aug. 6

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 08-06-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne to retire next year Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne will be retiring in early 2022, he publicly announced on Tuesday. His retirement comes after more than three decades with the department and assuming...

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Community updates: Friday, July 2

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 07-02-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Public Schools announces Summer Meals program sites Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) has shared its list of sites for this year’s USDA-funded Summer Meals program happening throughout the city. Through the program, children up...

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Community updates: Thursday, April 29

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 04-29-2021 under NEWS

City of Grand Rapids releases proposed 2022 budget plan The City of Grand Rapids released its proposed budget plan for the 2022 fiscal year on Tuesday, relying on federal aid to help offset city revenue lost because of the pandemic. The plan...

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Community updates: Friday, April 2

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 04-02-2021 under NEWS

West Michigan Vaccine Clinic exceeds 100,000 shots after expanding eligibility to ages 16 and older The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place has surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots, the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) reported on...

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Community updates: Friday, March 26

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 03-26-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Police Department now assigning officers to specific neighborhoods The Grand Rapids Police Department (GRDP) now assigns officers to specific neighborhoods across the city, effective March 21. Adoption of the new policing model comes as...

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Community updates: Thursday, March 4

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 03-04-2021 under NEWS

City of Grand Rapids begins planning process for new Master Plan The City of Grand Rapids has begun the planning phase for its new Master Plan, it announced Wednesday. Work on the plan comes nearly twenty years after adoption of the city’s...

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Community updates: Thursday, Jan. 21

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 01-21-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Public Schools resumes in-person learning For the first time since March 12, in-person classes are back in action for Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS). On Tuesday, GRPS began its hybrid in-person learning model for students, which...

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Our Community's Children director retires, looks back on public service

by (Brett)

Submitted 01-14-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

After more than two decades as executive director for Our Community’s Children (OCC), Lynn Heemstra retired from her role Jan. 5, leaving behind a legacy of youth advocacy. OCC, a public-private partnership between the City of Grand Rapids,...

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Ericka 'Kyd Kane' Thompson becomes Grand Rapids' new poet laureate

by (Brett)

Submitted 12-15-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids has a new poet laureate in Ericka “Kyd Kane” Thompson, who begins a three-year term on Jan. 1. As poet laureate, Kyd Kane will act as an ambassador of poetry for the city, creating programs that encourage the writing and...

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