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City Connection: Mayor blissed joined by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks Executice Director

Submitted 08-02-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Join us on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 4 p.m. on LiveWire, Comcast Cable 24, for this month's episode of City Connection. City Connection is a monthly live call-in show hosted by the mayors of Grand Rapids since 1992. Mayor Bliss will be joined by...

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Flex Gallery and the Work of Steven Vinson

Submitted 06-14-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Created to provide greater access to public art, Flex Gallery is a wearable, rotating exhibition space located on curator Zachary Trebellas' left arm. The mobile art space has to date hosted twenty-five custom armbands created by local, regional...

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Church of the Servant connects Grand Rapids Households with Energy Savings

Submitted 05-05-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids homeowners saved money. New conservation projects were funded. On a small scale, even greenhouse gas emissions were reduced. This was the result of a recent fundraiser by one of Climate Witness Project’s partner churches in Grand...

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Flex Gallery and the work of Dave Battjes

Submitted 04-29-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Created to provide greater access to public art, Flex Gallery is a wearable, rotating exhibition space located on curator Zachary Trebellas' left arm. The mobile art space has to date hosted twenty-five custom armbands created by local, regional...

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Review: "The Yesterdays of Grand Rapids" by Charles Belknap

Submitted 04-16-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Charles E. Belknap was a man for all seasons in the history of Grand Rapids. He was a Civil War hero, successful business man, firefighter, US Congressman,  and mayor of Grand Rapids. He moved with his family to Grand Rapids at eight years of...

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Eastown family forges new path during the pandemic

Submitted 04-02-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

It’s easy to forget what an oddity Eastown’s shared garages and driveways are, but I’ve recently realized all the ways that this historic throwback makes neighbors feel more connected.  Over the past 7ish years of sharing this...

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Grand Rapids' Homeless Outreach Team to expand, launch public data dashboard

Submitted 02-11-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

The City of Grand Rapids’ Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) is amplifying its efforts to help area individuals experiencing homelessness, through an expanded team and eventual launch of a public data dashboard. Starting in March, an additional...

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City Connection: Get to know David Green, Grand Rapids' new Communications Director

Submitted 02-01-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Join us today, Monday, February 1, 2020 at 4 p.m. on LiveWire, Comcast Cable 24, for tonight's episode of City Connection. On this virtual edition of City Connection, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is joined by David Green, the City of Grand Rapids'...

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Mayan Buzz Cafe remains resilient during a second lockdown

Submitted 01-15-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

As Covid-19 continues to dramatically affect the State of Michigan, it seems possible more lockdowns and restrictions may be on the way. However, further lockdowns might endanger the growth, and even the survival, of many local coffee shops...

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

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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