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Kent County

In board chair's absence, public allowed back into Kent County board chambers

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 10-12-2018 under NEWS

The public was allowed into the Kent County chambers again on Thursday, October 12, 2018 for the monthly Board of Commission meeting. It was the quarterly evening meeting held at 6 p.m., instead of the usual 8:30 a.m. Board Chair, Commissioner Jim...

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Public kept from room at Kent County Board of Commissioners meeting

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-27-2018 under NEWS

The Kent County Board of Commissioners held its monthly meeting today, Thursday, September 27, 2018 without anyone from the public in the room. Residents who came for public comment were instructed to sit in a room next door and watch the meeting on...

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Commissioner Womack leads way in signing commitment to discontinue ICE contract in Kent County

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 07-27-2018 under NEWS

The immigrant rights group Movimiento Cosecha GR came out in numbers again to the Kent County Commissioners meeting on Thursday, July 26, 2018 to protest Kent County's contract with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)....

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Catalyst Radio: Interview with Movimiento Cosecha GR about Kent County's contract with ICE

by (Catalyst Radio)

Submitted 07-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

Host Jessica Young speaks with Jose Jimenez and Sergio Cira from Movimiento Cosecha GR, a peaceful movement that is fighting for dignity, respect, and permanent protection for immigrants in the United States. The group is working for an end to Kent...

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

by (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)

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 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 (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)

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)

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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