The Rapidian

Kent County

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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Heart of West Michigan United Way offers free tax preparation assistance

by (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)

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 (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 (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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Voting for Kent County Clerk: Lisa Posthumus Lyons focuses on efficiency

by (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...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Stelma focuses on school resource officers for community policing, heroin addiction

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-01-2016 under NEWS

In part one and part two of his interviews, Republican candidate and current Kent County Sheriff Lawrence Stelma described the scope of the Sheriff's office and the steps taken toward diversity and inclusion.  Community policing When asked...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Scruggs talks criminal justice system reforms

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-01-2016 under NEWS

Michael Scruggs, Democratic Candidate for Kent County Sheriff, has talked in part one and part two about the racial history behind his campaign and the changes he would like to make within the Sheriff's office. In this final portion of his...

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