Three reasons why the Hunger Challenge misses the mark

Submitted 09-12-2011 under OPINION

You might have heard that as part of Hunger Action Week, The Food Bank is challenging the public to feel the effects of food insecurity by limiting their food purchases to $30.59 per person between the 14th and the 20th and talk about their...

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Chain of Lakes releases new EP "Kind of Quiet"

Submitted 08-11-2011 under OPINION

Grand Rapids area musician Kyle Rasche writes and performs original music under the name Chain of Lakes. The six tracks on Chain of Lakes’ newest release Kind of Quiet is available for pre-order (the EP debuts on August 28th, 2011) on bandcamp...

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Get your Grandwich (Part V) - The Grand(wich) finale

Submitted 08-08-2011 under OPINION

In a downpour at Rosa Parks Circle on, the Grandwich competition came to a close. Three of Chris' recommendations made it to the top 10. Of the Grandwiches on display: Omelette Shoppe - Slow-roasted, hand-pulled tender corned beef, sliced dill...

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Get your Grandwich (Part IV) - Four sandwiches and a few surprises

Submitted 07-29-2011 under OPINION

Tim Linscott sponsored this round of sandwiches for part four. If you're interested in sponsoring the Freeman Grandwich quest (just eight more to go), email [email protected] Courtyard by Marriott - 100% beef, Michigan made hot dog stuffed...

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Get your Grandwich (Part III): Eggs are the new black

Submitted 07-28-2011 under OPINION

Just 12 sandwiches left on the list after this installment. Chris Freeman, Grand Rapids Grandwich guru, has checked off 29 Grandwiches, and the finding after this round: Eggs are the new black. Founders Brewing Company - Sliced roasted chicken,...

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Get your Grandwich (Part II): The real winner is Nantucket Baking Company

Submitted 07-27-2011 under OPINION

In part one of the Grandwich quest, Chris reviewed 10 eateries. Now onto part two with another eight contenders and $150 invested. But Chris is ready to declare that the biggest winner in this competition is Nantucket Bakery. Among his top four in...

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Randy Marsh gathers jazz community for Sunday night jam

Submitted 07-26-2011 under OPINION

Sunday nights at Hopcat have turned out to be a jazz party. Not a wine and cheese party, not a “jazz society” event that “don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” but something more like an old-fashioned...

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Get your Grandwich (Part I): Narrowing down 10 contenders

Submitted 07-26-2011 under OPINION

Grandwich brief by Denise Cheng Chris Freeman fully buys that Grand Rapids should have a signature dish. Chicago with its deep dish, Philly with its cheesesteak, New York with its cheesecake, Freeman has taken it upon himself to wade through as many...

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Jennifer Kraai Joins Development Team at Literacy Center of West Michigan

Submitted 06-01-2011 under NONPROFITS

The Literacy Center of West Michigan recently welcomed Jennifer Kraai to the organization as the new Development Assistant and Event Planner.  Jennifer will assist the Development Director in fundraising initiatives and event planning...

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2011 Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit inspires community to be bicycle friendly

Submitted 05-17-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

On Friday, May 6, over 200 attendees and 25 exhibitors found themselves assembling at GVSU’s Eberhard Center for the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition’s (GGRBC) 2011 Bicycle Summit. With the tagline “Inspiration to Action,...

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