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Community updates: Thursday, March 4

Submitted 03-04-2021 under NEWS

City of Grand Rapids begins planning process for new Master Plan; Michigan loosens COVID-19 gathering restrictions, opening vaccine eligibility to people age 50 and over; and Grand Rapids Public Schools celebrates National Reading Month with reading program, author events.

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City Connection: Mayor Bliss to be joined by Vera Beech & Community Rebuilders

Submitted 03-01-2021 under NEWS

Beech will join Bliss to discuss low-income housing and Community Rebuilder's housing-first efforts with homelessness in the area.

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Community updates: Friday, Feb. 26

Submitted 02-26-2021 under NEWS

Festival of the Arts hosting ‘Plein Air’ event in June in downtown social zones; city commissioners approve adoption of LED lights for all streetlights; LaughFest announces 2021 festival headliners; and more.

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Community updates: Friday, Feb. 19

Submitted 02-19-2021 under NEWS

City of Grand Rapids launches survey tool to regularly collect quick resident feedback; Grand Rapids Public Library tentatively reopening branches on Feb. 24; Kent County Health Department reports continued decline in county’s COVID-19 case growth; and more.

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The Time is Ripe for a Food Policy Council in Kent County

Submitted 02-16-2021 under NONPROFITS

Every one of us is part of a food system, a truth the pandemic put in plain sight. How can we be a part of shaping that food system to benefit all? The new Kent County Food Policy Council will address that very question.

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Community updates: Friday, Feb. 12

Submitted 02-12-2021 under NEWS

Mayor Bliss to deliver virtual State of the City address on Feb. 16; three Grand Rapids parks lit with luminary pathways for Valentine’s Day weekend; The Rapid continues paper ticket phase-out with end of 10-ride paper tickets; and more.

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

Submitted 02-11-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

With the addition of another police-firefighter pair, the HOT aims to engage more people experiencing homelessness within the city. Its eventual launch of a data dashboard will track its outcomes.

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Community updates: Thursday, Feb. 4

Submitted 02-04-2021 under NEWS

Local museums, library celebrating Black History Month with online events; Grand Rapids Fire Department forms community education team to improve fire prevention; LaughFest returns for mostly-virtual 2021 festival in March; and more.

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Great Decisions series tackles North Korea, COVID, the melting Arctic, and African independence

Submitted 02-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

Eight straight weeks of global awareness begins on February 8 as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan again presents "Great Decisions"

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

Submitted 02-01-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

David Green, the city's new Communications Director, will join Mayor Bliss to discuss his role and the city's communication challenges

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