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Grand Rapids

Running The River Bank: Amelia Rhodes

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 04-26-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

When some 20,000 runners and walkers depart from Grand Rapids as part of the Fifth Third River Bank Run on Saturday, May 8 the weather is always a source of wonder and concern. Some years it is hot (for Michigan) in the mid 70s. Other years it...

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Running The River Bank: Matthew Riegler

by (Roberta F. King)

Submitted 04-23-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Downtown Grand Rapids will be packed with runners on Saturday, May 8 for the 33rd running of the Fifth Third River Bank Run. Originally a 25k (15.6 mile) road race, the event has now expanded to include 10k (6.2 mile) and  5k (3.1 mile) run and...

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The Automobile and Us - Part II: The automobile's detrimental toll on community life

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 04-21-2010 under OPINION

This is part two of a five-part series that explores the effects of the automobile on Grand Rapids.  In this part, we will explore how communities have been affected socially and physically by the car. We will also see how our downtown area...

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Women in Black

by (grdominicans)

Submitted 04-21-2010 under NONPROFITS

According to the Women in Black international website, the organization is a "world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. As women experiencing these...

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The Automobile and Us - Part I: The clash between the streetcar and automotive industries

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 04-20-2010 under OPINION

This is part one of a five-part series that explores the effects of the automobile on Grand Rapids. In this part we explore how Grand Rapids lost the streetcar and started to develop around the automobile. Wellington Avenue, off Eastern Avenue in SE...

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Sisters in Social Media

by (grdominicans)

Submitted 04-16-2010 under NONPROFITS

We've finally taken the plunge into the social media arena. The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids now have a facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/dominicansistersgrandrapids . If you are not a facebook member, you can still click on ...

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West Michigan Autotraders step it up for their community

by (BGC Grand Rapids)

Submitted 04-12-2010 under NONPROFITS

On March 26, the Autotrader.com employees of West Michigan teamed up to help make a difference in the lives of Grand Rapids’ youth. Eight Autotrader volunteers came to Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth and spent three hours...

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Localized Author Releases New Book

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 04-06-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

 I recently sat down with Author Matthew Gavin Frank to talk about the nature of prose versus verse and his new book "Barolo" released by The University of Nebraska Press. "Barolo" is part travel anthology, part foodie digest, and part cultural...

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KNOCK OUT: Grand Rapids boxers dominate West Michigan finals

by (Matt A)

Submitted 04-05-2010 under NEWS

When it comes to amateur boxing in West Michigan, Grand Rapids is the place to be. The 2010 Michigan Golden Gloves tournament continued Saturday night, and five boxers from the local Michigan Golden Gloves Association (MGGA) gym won West...

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Kendall a Big Player in Art.Downtown.

by (markrumsey)

Submitted 03-31-2010 under NEWS

 Art.Downtown. keeps gaining momentum, with over 300 artists participating at over 25 venues. Kendall College of Art & Design is a primary event sponsor and will also host two sites, at its main building and its graduate studios. ...

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