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Story Matters: Elida Chavez worries about safety in Heartside neighborhood

Submitted 09-17-2014 under NONPROFITS

Elida Chavez, resident of the Heartside neighborhood, shares her concerns about safety after dark.


Story Matters: Robin Snyder appreciates accessibility in Grand Rapids

Submitted 08-12-2014 under NONPROFITS

Robin Snyder values accessible transportation for people with disabilities, and explains the importance to the economy and the community when cities are made accessible.


West Michigan nonprofits join forces to send teams on 300-mile bicycle ride from Grand Rapids to Chicago

Submitted 08-11-2014 under NONPROFITS

Six local nonprofits will host a collaborative fundraising party from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 19 in advance of the first-ever Climate Ride Midwest


Story Matters: Liz Ashburn recommends public transportation

Submitted 08-08-2014 under NONPROFITS

Liz Ashburn learned at school how to use the local bus system. Now she uses it to go everywhere she needs to go- and encourages the rest of the community to do the same.


Security director examines proposed panhandling restrictions

Submitted 08-08-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Russell Wolff is the director of Grand Valley State University Pew campus security. In light of the proposed panhandling ordinance, he shares his experiences with panhandlers and enforcing campus rules.


Internet seminar to assist senior adults in safe internet usage

Submitted 07-31-2014 under NONPROFITS

Author and tech-savvy educator Abby Stokes will present “How to Safely Surf the Internet and Find Almost Anything.”


Story Matters: Terrell Cornelius shares what it's like to live on the West Side

Submitted 07-25-2014 under NONPROFITS

Terrell Cornelius shares what he loves about living on Bridge Street, what he'd like to see happen on the West Side and Grand Rapids as a whole- and his dreams for the future.


Fair Housing Center of West Michigan files discrimination claim

Submitted 07-25-2014 under NEWS

The Fair Housing Center of West Michigan has filed a complaint against Asset Management Specialists, a property management group. They allege a discriminatory maintenance levels for properties in African American and Latino neighborhoods.


Fire engulfs West Side apartments

Submitted 07-24-2014 under NEWS

A fire blazes tonight in the West Grand neighborhood, consuming apartments across from the Basilica of St. Adalbert at 4th and Davis.


Story Matters: Diana Dixon compares Brooklyn life to new life in Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

Diana Dixon used to live in Brooklyn, New York. In this video she compares the two- and what it's like for her now when she goes back.