The Rapidian

Local Life

 

Human trafficking in Grand Rapids continues amid pandemic

Submitted 07-10-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

As Grand Rapidians and Americans continue openly confronting the issues of COVID-19 and systemic racism, the issue of human trafficking lingers on behind the scenes. It’s an issue not disconnected from the pandemic’s impacts or centuries...

[read more]

Census count in full swing with rising Grand Rapids turnout

Submitted 05-26-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

Three months into the once-a-decade effort to get American residents counted, Grand Rapids turnout is beating the national average and on track to beat its own final turnout 10 years before. “66 percent of Grand Rapids households already have...

[read more]

Amidst COVID stay-at-home, Books and Mortar fights to stay in the game

Submitted 04-07-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

Like the rest of us, Jenny Kinne was shocked as she watched COVID-19 effectively shut down Grand Rapids. But maybe a little less shocked than the rest of us. “I'm a bit of a news junkie,” said Kinne, 29, who owns and operates...

[read more]

Sacred distancing: Religious organizations in Grand Rapids adapting to COVID-19 pandemic through online services, engagement

Submitted 03-26-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pervade daily life locally, nationally, and globally, it comes as no surprise to find on all scales the readjustment of religious or spiritual life in response. In Grand Rapids, like the nation and world over,...

[read more]

COVID-19 in Grand Rapids: Wednesday, March 25 updates

Submitted 03-25-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

Not a day has passed since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s March 10 state of emergency declaration regarding the coronavirus outbreak that local and state developments haven’t unfolded with direct impact for Grand Rapids residents. Shared in...

[read more]

COVID-19 in Grand Rapids: Tuesday, March 24 updates

Submitted 03-24-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

One day into Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s issue of a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, the requiring of all Michigan residents and nonessential businesses to stay home unless necessary for sustaining or protective life has...

[read more]

Grand Rapids to celebrate Census Day on April 1 with readjusted outreach efforts by community organizations

Submitted 03-19-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

Across the U.S., Wednesday, April 1 will mark Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 U.S. census. The once-every-decade U.S. census effort informs the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding to resources such as Medicare,...

[read more]

Grand Rapids restaurants offering carryout and delivery services amid COVID-19-related shutdowns

Submitted 03-18-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

In light of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's March 16 executive order to shut down dine-in services at all restaurants and ban gatherings of more than 50 people amid the COVID-19 outbreak, restaurants in Grand Rapids are offering carryout, delivery,...

[read more]

Exploring community organizations' joint effort to get all Grand Rapids residents counted in 2020 census

Submitted 02-20-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

A new decade brings with it a changing U.S. population, which in Grand Rapids means once again taking stock of where its own population stands. As the 2020 U.S. census gears up nationwide, Grand Rapids residents will renew their role in the once-...

[read more]

GrandCon brings gamers to West Michigan

Submitted 09-17-2019 under LOCAL LIFE

What started as a handful of friends playing board games has turned into an annual gaming convention that attracts fans from across Michigan. GrandCon returned for its 7th outing at the DeVos Place Convention Center on Labor Day weekend. The three-...

[read more]

Browse