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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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Mental health disorders and stigma: Crossing the bridge to treatment

Submitted 03-03-2021 under OPINION

Many members of our community live with mental health conditions, but they don't need to live with stigma. City High 10th-grader Rohit Agarwal digs into some common conditions and some of the ways that we can support our friends and family who experience stigma.

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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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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is your religion based on Dogma?

Submitted 03-01-2021 under OPINION

Connor writes, “I would appreciate learning what your clergy members think of the word 'Dogma,' and if it describes their religion.”

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Guiding Light Secures New Iron House as Demand for Addiction Recovery Program Grows

Submitted 03-01-2021 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light has secured a new Iron House in Kentwood – its sixth sober-living apartment building, in response to increased demand for its addiction recovery services. The Iron House apartments are reserved for men who have finished the Foundations phase of the Recovery program.

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In Season Report: February 27, 2021

Submitted 02-26-2021 under NONPROFITS

It is looking like it will be another beautiful weekend here in Grand Rapids. What better way to spend it than at the farmers market! Get outside and enjoy the fresh air as you shop for fresh, local goods!

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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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Elizabeth Bovard Strong: Bringing philanthropy full circle

Submitted 02-24-2021 under NONPROFITS

Elizabeth Bovard Strong has long been an advocate for others in need – particularly for individuals facing homelessness and addiction. From her first eye-opening experience three decades ago to her service on the board of directors for Guiding Light today, she goes “all in" to make a difference.

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Passing the Mic: Kaufman Interfaith Institute's Allison Egrin answers, "What tenet of your faith tradition most stands out to you right now?"

Submitted 02-24-2021 under VOICES

Allison Egrin, Jewish practitioner, responds to Community Media Center's Brett Townsend.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the different between Happiness and Joy?

Submitted 02-22-2021 under OPINION

Janet H. asks, “The recent column on happiness/unhappiness prompts a further question: Is it happiness humans need, or is it joy?"

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