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Grand Rapids' Homeless Outreach Team to expand, launch public data dashboard

Submitted 02-11-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

With the addition of another police-firefighter pair, the HOT aims to engage more people experiencing homelessness within the city. Its eventual launch of a data dashboard will track its outcomes.

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Community updates: Thursday, Feb. 4

Submitted 02-04-2021 under NEWS

Local museums, library celebrating Black History Month with online events; Grand Rapids Fire Department forms community education team to improve fire prevention; LaughFest returns for mostly-virtual 2021 festival in March; and more.

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Great Decisions series tackles North Korea, COVID, the melting Arctic, and African independence

Submitted 02-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

Eight straight weeks of global awareness begins on February 8 as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan again presents "Great Decisions"

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City Connection: Get to know David Green, Grand Rapids' new Communications Director

Submitted 02-01-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

David Green, the city's new Communications Director, will join Mayor Bliss to discuss his role and the city's communication challenges

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Community updates: Thursday, Jan. 28

Submitted 01-28-2021 under NEWS

UICA reopening July 15 in new downtown location; city commissioners approve ground-floor housing in business districts; large-scale COVID-19 vaccine clinic opens at DeVos Place; and more.

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Community updates: Friday, Jan. 15

Submitted 01-15-2021 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Public Library celebrating 150th anniversary; free public Wi-Fi comes to 10 Grand Rapids parks; MDHHS extends statewide emergency order, relaxes some restrictions; and more.

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Our Community's Children director retires, looks back on public service

Submitted 01-14-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Lynn Heemstra led Our Community’s Children since its inception in 1998. The office supports local young people through programs and community collaborations that better prepare them for college, work, and life.

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Community updates: Friday, Jan. 8

Submitted 01-08-2021 under NEWS

Community leaders address storming of U.S. Capitol; Kent County Health Department asks for patience with COVID-19 vaccine rollout; ArtPrize returning in 2021; and more.

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Food Pantry and Grocery Store Partner to Provide Christmas Meals

Submitted 12-21-2020 under NONPROFITS

Prompted by a visit to Family Network the day before Thanksgiving, SpartanNash employee creates a new giving program for holiday meals.

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Community updates: Thursday, Dec. 17

Submitted 12-17-2020 under NEWS

COVID-19 vaccinations begin in West Michigan; Mel Trotter Ministries, partners prepare winter emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness; and Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink opening on Friday.

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