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Amash and constituents clash at crowded town hall meeting

Submitted 01-19-2017 under NEWS

Video and annotated highlights of the Tuesday town hall meeting with U.S. Representative Justin Amash. The crowd became heated at the use of the term “Obamacare” and at mention of changes to Social Security.

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

Submitted 01-18-2017 under NONPROFITS

After a 2016 Kids Count report ranked Kent County 26 out of 83 Michigan counties for child well-being, First Steps Kent launched a campaign to inform the community and help make sure kids are ready for kindergarten.

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Feeding America West Michigan celebrates fourth record year

Submitted 01-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

The organization provided 28.9 million pounds of food, making 2016 its fourth-consecutive year of growth.

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Series confronts equity issues in West Michigan businesses

Submitted 01-13-2017 under OPINION

Four-part series offers 14 suggestions for increasing equity in Grand Rapids.

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Locals can join national minute of silence at Apartment Lounge

Submitted 01-12-2017 under NEWS

On January 21 at 1:00 p.m., women across the nation will be observing a minute of silence in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. Locals can participate and view a live stream together at the Apartment Lounge from noon to 3:00.

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Heart of West Michigan United Way offers free tax preparation assistance

Submitted 01-11-2017 under NONPROFITS

Households with income of $55,000 can receive free tax preparation assistance. Learn how you can access this service through Heart of West Michigan United Way on this week’s episode of NPO Showcase.

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Equity issues: Entrepreneur Adriane Johnson speaks out

Submitted 01-10-2017 under OPINION

At a roundtable discussion, small business owners raised their concerns about equity issues in West Michigan. As we head into 2017, how is systemic bias perpetuated, even as our awareness of barriers grows? This is the last in a series of four articles.

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At NECM, healthy food is a universal language

Submitted 01-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

North End Community Ministry relies on volunteers, food donors and local farms to feed its diverse neighborhood.

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Growing Up Blandford Campaign seeks to increase capacity for Blandford Nature Center

Submitted 01-04-2017 under NONPROFITS

Learn how you can help Blandford Nature Center “grow up” on this week’s episode of NPO Showcase.

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Seven reasons to ride the bus more in 2017

Submitted 01-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

Why riding the bus more in 2017 can support your other resolutions

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