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Photo Gallery: Lunar New Year Grand Rapids style

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 02-22-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The Chinese Association of West Michigan opened  their Lunar New Year celebration to the public for the first time on Febrary 16, 2018. West Michgan residents gathered at DeVos Place Convention Center for a festive night of fun filled events....

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Watch party turns into political announcements

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

CBS ‘60 Minutes’ and host Oprah Winfrey brought together fourteen Grand Rapids area residents with a spectrum of political beliefs for a focus group for two sessions. Eight of the fourteen gathered on February 18, 2018 at the...

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Neighborhood organizations hold meetings informing residents about proposed zoning changes

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Neighborhood associations are worried that the city of Grand Rapids is pushing through new changes to the zoning ordinances without community engagement under the guise of creating more affordable housing. Meetings on Saturday, February 17, 2018...

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Grand Rapids welcomes in Year of the Dog

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 02-20-2018 under NEWS

Hundreds of people gathered at Gillette Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, February 16, 2018, to welcome in the Lunar New Year. The Year of the Dog started with a bang with the lighting of 4,000 firecrackers.  The event held in downtown...

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The mystery lot of 269 Garfield SW

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 02-15-2018 under NEWS

Imagine being awakened at 3 a.m. to the sounds of loud popping. The sounds you hear when there is a hail storm, but there is no hail storm happening. It is the sound of your house being sucked into a sinkhole. Krystyna Czarnopys-Sweeney was twelve...

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Residents complain they have to ask for backyard chickens, firepits but developers could bypass public hearings

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 02-13-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

Neighborhood associations along with concerned citizens throughout the City of Grand Rapids are worried that under the guise of creating more affordable housing, suggested changes to zoning ordinances could take neighbor's say out of the mix on...

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Grand Rapids City Commissioners vote for reset on City Manager search

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 02-08-2018 under NEWS

On Tuesday night, February 6, 2018 a core number of issues commanded a majority of the meeting for Grand Rapids City Commissioners, ranging from the retirement of City Clerk Darlene O’Neal, a unanimously approved pedestrian-vehicle ordinance,...

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Small steps, big results

by Guiding Light (Guiding Light)

Submitted 02-07-2018 under NONPROFITS

A new year is often thought of as a new start. For Johnny, this January has been the realization of a long-time goal. This is a special story for me to be able to share with you: the hard work and long road that’s resulted in a new type of...

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Neighbors reflect on history of mining, dumps on Westside

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 02-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

Living on the westside of Grand Rapids has always had its own unique pride and challenges. There was a time before gentrification when many residents felt the westside was not important to the city. There was a time when the city used it as a dump...

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City Manager Greg Sundstrom attends his last city commission meeting

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 01-31-2018 under NEWS

Exactly eight and a half years ago, to the day, Greg Sundstrom was sworn in as Grand Rapids City Manager. Tuesday night’s City Commission meeting was his last. Sundstrom announced his retirement last August. He addressed the...

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