The Rapidian

Grand Rapid's South West Neighborhood

'Pick for Pantries' returns for blueberry season

Submitted 07-17-2018 under NONPROFITS

Donation program gets fresh-picked produce to those in need, supporting local farms and food pantries.


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.


Father's Day Electronics Recycling Event at Comprenew

Submitted 05-29-2018 under NONPROFITS

In celebration of Father's Day, Comprenew is inviting families to come dismantle electronics for recycling and learn more about the hazards of e-waste.


New show 'Space School' coming to public museum's planetarium

Submitted 05-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

Beginning Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium, Space School, will feature astronauts training underwater for working in space.


Former U.S. Ambassador to speak on pandemics and other global challenges

Submitted 05-14-2018 under NONPROFITS

Former U.S. Ambassador William Garvelink will speak on the three global challenges facing us: pandemics, corruption and failed states.


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.


Parent leader Tabitha Williams reflects on Lead Education Day 2018

Submitted 04-24-2018 under NONPROFITS

Tabitha Williams, a leader in the grassroots organization, Parents for Healthy Homes, shares her experience and insights after meeting with state legislators for Lead Education Day in Lansing last week.


Immigrant tells the story of their journey with a poem

Submitted 04-24-2018 under VOICES

An immigrant tells of their reason for coming to the U.S. from Guatemala: I stood witness to death: of my dear relative, they write.


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.