"Lost and Found:" curious green artist makes art from trash

by (empichot)

Submitted 06-24-2013 under NEWS

If you happen to be reading this at midnight, Tia Wierenga is probably just finishing up work at the Gerald Ford Airport. She works there six days out of the week from 6 p.m. to midnight lifting heavy boxes and containers into the planes in the...

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Veggie Van brings fresh local produce to the NE side of town

by (jtstoner)

Submitted 08-22-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The YMCA Veggie Van, touted as “West Michigan's first and only mobile farmers market,” is out visiting between 15 to 18 sites in Grand Rapids every week. In May they branched out beyond the SE neighborhoods. They added their first...

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Baxter Community Center greenhouse cultivates healthier, friendlier community

by (jtstoner)

Submitted 07-09-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

A recent Kent County Health Department food security assessment revealed that the Baxter neighborhood qualifies as a food desert. Though “food desert” might evoke Lawrence of Arabia-esque imagery of a lone figure traversing an ocean of...

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Catalyst Radio: Holistic Moms Network connecting parents embracing healthy ways of life

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 04-20-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Don't have time to listen now? Download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.   INTERVIEW In this edition of Catalyst Radio we learn about an organization called Holistic Moms Network, newly formed in the Grand Rapids area. Avery Karns...

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CRC Extends its Green Footprint

by (crcna)

Submitted 07-26-2011 under NONPROFITS

Trees will be planted, a walking path put in, and a small, gravel parking lot will be installed this summer on a four-acre plot of land that sits next to the Grand Rapids, Mich., office of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Purchased...

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CityFlats Hotel: The First Guest Tells All

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 07-13-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

When Jane Bock wheeled her suitcase into Grand Rapids' CityFlats Hotel, she heard an audible whisper between the staff members: "Do you think that's our first guest?" She knew when she made her reservation a month or so ago...

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[AUDIO] Joe Taylor Park Set to Open on Grand Rapids' SE Side

by (WYCE_Matt)

Submitted 06-21-2011 under NEWS

West Michigan Environmental Action Council's Dan Schoonmaker speaks with Steve Faber, Executive Director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Faber talks about Baxter neighborhoods' new Joe Taylor Park, opening June 29th, saying the world-class...

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Sweeping Republican wins in Michigan turn state red

by (mattsimoto)

Submitted 11-03-2010 under NEWS

The Tuesday, Nov. 2 general election saw Republicans taking the most votes in many races from the governor's seat on down. The State of Michigan's new governor elect is Republican Rick Snyder, of Ann Arbor, who garnered 136,246 votes, more than that...

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WMEAC and Local Partners Light the Way for Recycling CFLs

by (stevendavison)

Submitted 08-26-2010 under NEWS

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council is continuing the community education initiative it began earlier this year with Project Light Change. Recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) is the focus of the latest phase of the project. “...

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[MIDTOWN] Midtown Green sculpture and meditation garden proposal meeting

by (MidtownGR)

Submitted 07-08-2010 under NONPROFITS

Midtown Green Park, at the corner of Eastern and Fountain, has long been a favorite neighborhood fun spot.  Whether it’s flying a kite, throwing a frisbee or playing catch with Fido, many Midtown neighbors use this park as an extension of their...

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