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Lead poisoning on the rise in Grand Rapids

For the first time in fifteen years, the number of children poisoned by lead in Kent County increased this year. A 30% i...

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Calvin alumna donates life-saving kidney

“That’s the most audacious bulletin announcement I’ve ever read.” That was Susan Huizenga Cleveland’s (’85) ...

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Listening to the Stories of the Neighborhood: South Hill

The South Hill neighborhood, located near downtown in the southeast end of Grand Rapids , prides itself in upholding a s...

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Introducing: listening to the stories of the neighborhoods

First-year students won’t need any introduction to the phrase “listening to the stories of the neighborhoods.” Lis...

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Calvin students serve at 13th annual Grand River cleanup

Last weekend, around 30 Calvin students spent their Saturday morning picking trash out of the Grand River’s surroundin...

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Little Free Libraries promote literacy, community

Little Free Libraries are precisely what they sound like: small-scale neighborhood book exchanges. They have sprung up a...

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New city wide dining options for 2016

This summer saw no shortage of new Grand Rapids eateries. Here’s a small sampling of what’s new around town.   ...

Over the summer: GR community responds to issues of race and policing

In the aftermath of racially-charged shootings nationwide, members of the Grand Rapids community came together to mourn violence, learn from the experiences of others and investigate where racism might be present in the Grand Rapids community. […]

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Michigan bill changes criteria for 17-year-old offenders

Last week, Michigan legislature passed a package of 20 bills that would stop 17-year-olds from being treated as adult of...

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Grand Rapids Symphony to play music from “Star Wars: A Force Awakens”

The Grand Rapids Symphony will be one of the first orchestras to play music from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The...