The Rapidian


Community updates: Wednesday, July 1

Submitted 07-01-2020 under NEWS

Gov. Whitmer shuts down indoor bar service in Grand Rapids region, while allowing sale of cocktails-to-go, expanded outdoor seating; Kent District Library delays public reopening; mosquitos with West Nile Virus found in Kent County; and more.


Community updates: Monday, June 29

Submitted 06-29-2020 under NEWS

City of Grand Rapids to reopen more services, end break on metered parking; Grand Rapids Pride Center releases plan to better ally with communities of color; family of Breonna Taylor, local nonprofit launch petition to rename downtown Grand Rapids street in Taylor's honor; and more.


Community updates: Friday, June 26

Submitted 06-26-2020 under NEWS

Free outdoor fitness classes returning to Grand Rapids; 3:11 Youth Housing and HQ merge to help more youth facing homelessness; Gov. Whitmer extends eviction freeze, creates eviction diversion program; and Amtrak restoring Grand Rapids to Chicago service.


Community updates: Wednesday, June 24

Submitted 06-24-2020 under NEWS

Kent County Health Department urges vigilance as Kent County's decline in new COVID-19 cases hits plateau; Grand Rapids Public Library launches GRPL To Go curbside pickup service; and Grand Rapids Pride Festival 2020 cancelled over pandemic concerns.


The Rapidian to receive support to strengthen online platform

Submitted 06-24-2020 under NEWS

Support from the Knight Foundation enables The Rapidian to offer an improved user experience for citizen journalists to upload content, editors to review and approve content, and even more local consumers to read and interact with articles, photographs, opinions and stories.


Community updates: Monday, June 22

Submitted 06-22-2020 under NEWS

'Social zones' open in Grand Rapids to aid restaurant recovery; Kent County and Grand Rapids Chamber launch Small Business Recovery Program for local businesses impacted by pandemic; and Heart of West Michigan United Way adds more in-person volunteer opportunities to website.


Community updates: Friday, June 19

Submitted 06-19-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapidians celebrate Juneteenth with events, proclamations, reflections; Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan’s state of emergency through July 16.


Community updates: Wednesday, June 17

Submitted 06-17-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapids leaders further detail police reform plans, Grand Rapids’ Fourth of July fireworks cancelled, UICA moving to The Fed Galleries at KCAD amid pandemic strains, Grand Rapids Community College waiving online course fees next school year, and more statemtents issued June 15-17.


Community updates: Monday, June 15

Submitted 06-15-2020 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Public Museum reopening in July, Grand Rapids Coalition to End Homelessness launches online dashboard with local homelessness data, and Michigan Department of State launches online absentee voter application.


Community updates: Saturday, June 13

Submitted 06-12-2020 under NEWS

Michigan salons and barbershops reopening Monday, most Kent County offices reopening Monday, and LINC UP, Urban Core Collective, and NAACP Grand Rapids respond to city leaders' changes to improve policing.