The Rapidian

Kent County

Parents react to data showing 49507 leads state in lead poisoned children

by Talor Musil (Talor Musil)

Submitted 11-07-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

After a decade of decline, the number of lead-poisoned children in Kent County is rising. Recent data shows a 40 percent increase in lead-poisoned children in the 49507 zip code during the past two years. This Grand Rapids neighborhood ranks number...

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Kent County Parks Foundation is dedicated to growing our park, trail systems

by GRTV (GRTV)

Submitted 04-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase Kate Meyer from the Kent County Parks Foundation (KCPF) discusses their role in improving the Kent County parks system, and how they support the Kent County Parks Department. Meyer also...

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Courthouse bench to be dedicated to crime victims in honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week

by Safe Haven Ministries (Safe Haven Mini...)

Submitted 04-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids, MI – The Kent County Victim Witness Unit is partnering with Silent Observer and Meijer Inc. to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by dedicating a bench to honor crime victims of Kent County.  The...

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How far will we go to prioritize equity in Grand Rapids?

by Amy Carpenter (arcarpenter)

Submitted 03-24-2017 under OPINION

Two important equity meetings happened in downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday morning. Equity issues in development At City Hall, a panel of experts presented their findings on equity - or the lack of it - in the use of public land and incentives in...

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Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition welcomes national judge, rewards local talent

by KT Herr (kt.herr)

Submitted 01-31-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Over the last several years, Grand Rapids has been the scene of a burgeoning, multifaceted poetry movement. Visitors to open mic nights such as Eastown Hookah Lounge’s Smokin’ Spoken Word and Stella Lounge’s The Drunken Retort will...

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Kent ranks twenty-sixth out of 83 Michigan counties for child well-being

by GRTV (GRTV)

Submitted 01-18-2017 under NONPROFITS

This week’s episode of GRTV’s NPO Showcase features Annemarie Valdez, Executive Director at First Steps Kent. Valdez discusses some disappointing Kent County statistics related to child well-being and reading proficiency and First Steps...

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Heart of West Michigan United Way offers free tax preparation assistance

by GRTV (GRTV)

Submitted 01-11-2017 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s episode of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Brenda Brame, Program Manager for the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition (KCTCC), discusses how households with total income of $55,000 or less can access free tax preparation services and...

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Help provide a gift to a Kent County child in need this holiday season

by GRTV (GRTV)

Submitted 11-30-2016 under NONPROFITS

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Diane Brown, President and longtime volunteer of the Santa Claus Girls, explains how you can help give a gift to a Kent County child in need this holiday season. Santa Claus Girls is a...

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Voting for Kent County Prosecutor: Alida Bryant runs on reform; Chris Becker on continuity

by Amy Carpenter (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-04-2016 under NEWS

The Kent County Prosecutor represents the State and the County in charging and prosecuting individuals accused of crimes from trespassing to murder, as well as in matters of family law. The office also works with police, the courts, and community...

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Voting for Kent County Clerk: Chris Reader focuses on accessibility

by Amy Carpenter (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-03-2016 under NEWS

The Kent County Clerk works with city and township clerks to manage elections and monitor campaign finance law. The Clerk's office also maintains vital records (birth, death, and marriage) as well as Circuit Court files and property deeds. After...

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