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Catalyst Radio: Clemente Skatepark commitee raising awareness of fundraising efforts

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In the last year, tickets issued to skateboarders for using public facilities for the sport has increased from three to 43, demonstrating the need for Clemente Skatepark.
Plan of the skate park laid over an aerial view of the current park. Click to enlarge.

Plan of the skate park laid over an aerial view of the current park. Click to enlarge. /Clemente Skate Park

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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Volunteers built temporary ramps for the June fundraiser. The ramps are now at Clemente as a temporary skate park.

Volunteers built temporary ramps for the June fundraiser. The ramps are now at Clemente as a temporary skate park. /Clemente Skate Park

The crowd watches a skateboarder during the June fundraising competition.

The crowd watches a skateboarder during the June fundraising competition. /Jai Yung

Chris Gray from the Clemente Skatepark Committee is on air with us. In the last year, tickets issued to skateboarders for using public facilities for the sport has increased from three to 43. With each subsequent ticket fee doubling, there is a need for Clemente Skatepark more than ever as the first public skatepark in Grand Rapids in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood. Chris shares about fundraising for the park and for additions such as a rain garden, art park and community garden that will be part of the new-and-improved Clemente Park.

The featured song is "Skateboard Lady" from local band Common Shiner's album, So Long.

 

MEDIA ANALYSIS

Washington Post finds success with Twitter topic
In their commemoration of 9/11, WaPo asked on Twitter, #wherewereyou when you heard about 9/11. They received an outpour of responses on Twitter, mostly on target, and also several offshoots of the #wherewereyou conversation starter. WaPo first used this conversation starter to commemorate Hurricane Katrina.
[Read more: Nieman Lab]

Changes to Wikipedia entry documented in print
A historiographer recently printed every change ever made to the "Iraq War" entry on Wikipedia in a twelve-volume series.
[Read more: NYT Bits]

Email attachments have carbon footprint
According to a UK-based researcher, sending an email attachment has the equivalent carbon footprint of boiling a tea kettle 17.5 times. This is because email attachments are often shared among many people, increasing redundancy of the same content.
[Read more: Mother Jones]

Freelancing on the rise
In a recent study by eLance, researchers found that more people are choosing to become freelancers and stay as freelancers. Freelancing is becoming less of a transitional state between jobs as freelancers find they enjoy determining their own schedules and priorities.
[Read more: GigaOm]

 

CALENDAR

[FESTIVAL] 41st Annual Fiesta Mexicana
Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19 at Calder Plaza, 351 Ottawa Ave.
Fiesta Mexicana, hosted by the Mexican Heritage Association, is a free cultural event highlighting the music, art and food of Latin America. Attendees can enjoy live performances, food booths, beer tent and a market.
[More info]

[COMMUNITY EVENT] Mayors' Annual Grand River Clean Up   
Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at 647 Monroe Ave NW
The Mayors of Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Grandville, and Walker will join local residents Saturday in the 7th Annual Grand River Clean Up. Volunteers will comb the banks for trash along an 8-mile stretch of the Grand River. Refreshments will be provided as well as T-shirts for the first 250 registrants. Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Kristi Klomp at WMEAC for more information by calling (616) 451-3051 x25.
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[EDUCATION] Oakhill Cemetery walking tour
Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Oakhill Cemetery
The Grand Rapids Historical Society is hosting a trip to the resting places of some of the most important men and women in the history of Grand Rapids and the stone monuments honoring them. The cemetery was opened in 1859 at Hall Street and Eastern Avenue SE. With Thomas R. Dilley and Jennifer Morrison as hosts, the free walking tour will encompass only a part of the southern edge of Oakhill Cemetery, formerly known as the Valley City portion. In case of severe weather, the rain date is 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Cancellation will be announced on Grand Rapids Historical Society’s Facebook page.
[More info]

[ART] Guiding Light Mission Annual Banquet and ArtPrize Preview Reception
Tuesday, September 21 at Guiding Light Mission, 255 S. Division Avenue
Guiding Light Mission will host a stroll through the talent of the Heartside Neighborhood. The organization is featuring over 18 artists from Heartside, Canada, Texas and Grand Rapids. The evening will showcase the talent featured during ArtPrize and attendees will meet the men in the addiction recovery program and learn more about how Guiding Light Mission is making a difference in the community.
[More info]

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