The Rapidian

Grand Rapids

Honoring the legacy of César Chávez

by (jproth1)

Submitted 03-19-2018 under NEWS

The legacy of César Chávez was honored Thursday, March 15, 2018 as residents and community leaders gathered at the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Ave SW and marched to Potter House Chapel for a community gathering for the18th annual César E....

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Grand Rapids City Commission hosts meeting off site for the night

by (jproth1)

Submitted 03-07-2018 under NEWS

Moving the meeting out of Commission Chambers for the night, Grand Rapids City Commissioners brought City Hall to the third ward on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 for their commissioners night out. The meeting was held at Oakdale Park Christian Reformed...

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Spring is in the air at the Home and Garden Show

by (jproth1)

Submitted 03-06-2018 under LOCAL LIFE

The first weekend in March came in like a lamb as thousands of people descended upon Devos Place in Grand Rapids for the 39th annual Home and Garden Show. Kicking off the unofficial end of winter, vendors and local businesses were set up to showcase...

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Weekend flooding near record levels on Grand River

by (jproth1)

Submitted 02-27-2018 under NEWS

Heavy rains and snow melt caused the water levels of the Grand River to swell to just over twenty feet in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the last weekend of February 2018.   Cresting at 20.67 feet on Sunday, February 25. 2018, the Grand River...

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Photo Gallery: Lunar New Year Grand Rapids style

by (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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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