West Side

Rockford Construction works to practice what they preach in new headquarters on West Side

by (eschroeder)

Submitted 06-04-2013 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

This July, Rockford Construction will be moving their headquarters to the West Side, from Cascade Township where they resided for eight years. President and CEO Mike VanGessel explains that they were able to redevelop a long disused paper factory...

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Collaborative portrait project nears end of Kickstarter campaign

by (Holly)

Submitted 09-04-2012 under NEWS

"West Side is the Best Side" is no longer a community pride slogan here in Grand Rapids: it's also a collaborative public art project participating in the Inside Out Project, an international collaboration started by the 2011 TED Prize...

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Lounge act

by (mbova88)

Submitted 11-02-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

October 29, 2011 marked the last “hurrah” for Bridge Street icon Monte's Lounge. Though the bar may have shuttered its door as the last revelers staggered out into the brisk October evening, they will soon re-open, but under the...

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Grand Rapidian's Kickstarter project has reach beyond the city limits

by (dennetmint)

Submitted 10-10-2011 under NEWS

All summer, Fred Quillin has been working on a campaign. He shut off his social life to focus completely on bringing the Grand Rapids Shirt Company (GRSC) a couple of steps closer to reality, made bearable by the conviction that he would soon return...

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Fifty-year-old westsider awarded for performance in boxing ring

by (Matt A)

Submitted 05-20-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Pat Schmidt, a local westsider in his 50s, proves that you can still be a star in the ring even after hanging up the boxing gloves. Out of 42 referees that participated in the 2010 National Golden Gloves Tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas, Pat...

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“The Other Way” hosts A Westown Adventure

by (The Other Way)

Submitted 03-31-2010 under NONPROFITS

 Save the date: May 16th is your opportunity to explore this time-honored community ministry Written by Matthew Nickels (mnickels5)   A collection of plastic bags hangs from the door-handle outside the offices of “The Other Way”...

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The Conversation Continues . . .

by (vudu)

Submitted 10-09-2009 under LOCAL LIFE

The conversation continues . . .This morning I stopped into Tillie’s, a party store on north Monroe Avenue. I’m a regular there. Whether I desire a lottery ticket, Cheetos or an adult beverage, it’s where I tend to  my easy-and-quick-to-satisfy...

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GRFD Makes Quick Trip to Tamarack

by (drewsa9)

Submitted 09-23-2009 under NEWS

The Grand Rapid Fire Department was called to 1125 Tamarack NW at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night due to smoke coming from the residence. According to neighbors, something was forgotten on the stove. Firefighters were on scene for less than...

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