The Rapidian


Westside neighbors work with health department, press for answers over cancer concerns

Submitted 06-05-2018 under NEWS

To gather all the stories of neighbors with cancer in their families, the group has now started a website, West Side Cancer Crisis, where they will soon be hosting forms with help from the Kent County Health Department to collect information more methodically.


LINC Up's Rock the Block offers engagement, education, entertainment opportunities this Saturday

Submitted 06-05-2018 under NEWS

LINC UP will be hosting their eighth annual Rock the Block festival this Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Madison Square. This event will host a myriad of local musicians, artists and food vendors, along with health and wellness booths.


City commission meeting discusses commissioner vacancy, hears public comments on city fees

Submitted 05-25-2018 under NEWS

The Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Grand Rapids City Commission meeting had a lot of conversation about how to fill the third ward’s vacant seat due to Commissioner David Allen stepping down June 12, 2018.


GRPS school board debates term limits for officer positions, hears parent concerns

Submitted 05-22-2018 under NEWS

On Monday, May 21, 2018 the Grand Rapids Public Schools held their bimonthly Board of Education meeting. The board also celebrated accomplishments from the 2017-18 school year.


Westsiders raise concern over cancer crisis among neighbors from childhood block

Submitted 05-11-2018 under NEWS

Shane Smith and his cousin Jammie Danner have begun compiling dozens of names of former neighbors from their southwest neighborhood due to high incidences of cancer on their street.


Photo slideshow: Marching in support of drivers licenses for all

Submitted 05-04-2018 under NEWS

Organized by Movimiento Cosecha, marchers took to the streets of Grand Rapids calling for drivers licenses for all.


Lass Laugh Comedy Festival makes its debut this month

Submitted 05-03-2018 under NEWS

Kristin Hirsch thought up the idea of Lass Laugh, and Amy Gascon believed in this vision and wanted to help bring it to light. The community for Lass Laugh started building long before opening night.


West Michigan Woman announces 2018 Brilliance Award winners

Submitted 04-30-2018 under NEWS

The West Michigan Woman Brilliance Awards honored 30 finalists and 10 winners at their second-annual event held at the Amway Grand Plaza. Hundreds attended to cheer on those who have made remarkable contributions to our community—especially with regard to women's empowerment.


Local immigrant rights groups hold press conference over ICE detentions

Submitted 04-25-2018 under NEWS

Cosecha GR and GR Rapid Response to ICE cohost a press conference decrying recent arrests by ICE in the Grand Rapids area and urged community members to attend a march on May 1, 2018.


Movimiento Cosecha plans people's march and other actions to fight for immigrant justice

Submitted 04-24-2018 under NEWS

From April 28 to May 1, there are several opportunities to join Movimiento Cosecha in the fight for immigrant justice. There will be an event celebrating children, a community meal, an action to support Driver's Licenses for all, and the traditional May Day march.