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

Submitted 04-16-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Review of the Book "The Yesterdays of Grand Rapids" by Charles E. Belknap

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Eastown family forges new path during the pandemic

Submitted 04-02-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

The uncertainty created by COVID has given us all an opportunity to think outside the box. Seizing the day during these topsy-turvy times has become job one for the VanderWoudes of Eastown.

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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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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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Mayan Buzz Cafe remains resilient during a second lockdown

Submitted 01-15-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Local coffee shop determined to survive despite drastic effects that COVID-19 pandemic has had on businesses in our community

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

Submitted 01-14-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Lynn Heemstra led Our Community’s Children since its inception in 1998. The office supports local young people through programs and community collaborations that better prepare them for college, work, and life.

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Ericka 'Kyd Kane' Thompson becomes Grand Rapids' new poet laureate

Submitted 12-15-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

As poet laureate, Kyd Kane will act as an ambassador of poetry for the city, creating programs that encourage the writing and reading of poetry among residents. She was named in the role this fall by the Grand Rapids Public Library.

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Local observatory sees steady turnout, interest in 2020 with in-person, online astronomy events

Submitted 11-19-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

Amid this year’s fluctuating restrictions on social activities in response to the pandemic, Lowell's Veen Observatory was able to stay open to the public for much of the summer and fall months.

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City commissioners to vote on funding for ShotSpotter in Grand Rapids, as resident input continues

Submitted 11-11-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

If approved, the gunshot detection system would encompass a three square-mile radius on the city’s southeast side and a one square-mile radius on its northwest side.

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Need help filling out your ballot? VOTE411 is here to help.

Submitted 10-19-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

Get help completing your ballot.

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