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    Enhancing community with ribbon cutting in GR’s Madison Square Neighborhood

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The ribbon has been cut to welcome residents into the newest phase of Southtown Square Development. That’s located on Hall Street on Grand Rapids’ Madison Square neighborhood. The $13 million is on the site of the former TJ’s Appliance. The four-story complex features 24 affordable, energy-efficient apartments and 6,000 square feet of commercial space.It’s LINC Community Revitalization Incorporated‘s latest project. “I love it,” said Dominique Arnett. “It’s my first apartment so I love it. I’m excited.” LINC […]

  • West Michigan preschoolers set world record title

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  How are hundreds of preschoolers setting a world record? Through vocabulary. Preschoolers from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Ellington Academy and the David D. Hunting YMCA Child Development Center attempted a Guinness World Record title in an effort to show the importance of vocabulary. It happened Thursday morning at the David D. Hunting YMCA in Grand Rapids. They’re taking part in the Grow Up Great initiative hosted by PNC. It’s being done in 35 cities in 15 states […]

  • “I was in a state of denial:” West Michigan man beats breast cancer, alerts others

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It’s a diagnosis no one wants to hear, and one that a man might not expect to get. A West Michigan man has been cancer-free for more than a year, after battling breast cancer. Gary Carey was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in the spring of 2013. He underwent a radical mastectomy and credits doctors, surgeons and the Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids for saving his life. When Carey discovered the lump in his chest, he […]

  • Halloween on Ionia Returns

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– If you’re serious about your costume, or just want to people watch, Halloween on Ionia will be the place to be Saturday, November 1st. The second annual fest returns with thousands in prize money for the best costume. Halloween on Ionia runs from 3 – 11pm.

  • American Home Fitness elliptical training

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Most of us are likely familiar with the typical elliptical exercise machine that works our glutes, legs and cardiovascular system. But American Home Fitness introduces us to a new type of elliptical that lets users use their upper body as well, to help strengthen the back, shoulders and arms.

  • GR Rotary Club Vintage & Antique Sale returns with new features

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–  The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids East prepares to host it’s 40th annual Rotary Antique Show, October 24-25. Proceeds will benefit select West Michigan organizations. It’s at a new location this year. Also new to the event, the club is inviting guests to get into the vintage spirit. Event chairman Stan Moegenborg explains.  

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    GM Foundation donates thousands to Grand Rapids community

    WYOMING, Mich.– A foundation focused on giving back to the community plans to donate thousands of dollars to West Michigan. The General Motors Foundation is splitting $20,000 in grants to four organizations within the Grand Rapids community: Feeding American West Michigan, the Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance, the West Michigan Veterans Assistance Program and the West Michigan Action Council. The money is focused on family services, educational programs and job training. The Foundation also announced the GM Operations Facility on […]

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    Man plans 2,600 mile journey to honor brother

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A West Michigan man is planning a five-month wilderness trek from Mexico to Canada in an effort to honor his late brother and raise money for those suffering from mental illness. Jonathan Lundy lost his younger brother, Logan, in a car accident back in December of 2012. Lundy said his brother also struggled with anxiety and depression. Since his death, Lundy said he’s been looking for a way to remember his brother, a young man who loved helping […]

  • Wyoming mentoring program seeks more volunteers

    WYOMING, Mich. — One hour a week. That’s what the people behind OneWyoming 1on1 say will help a student reach their highest potential. In its second year, the OneWyoming 1on1 looks to add more volunteers. The One Wyoming 1 on 1 Mentoring Initiative was launched on February 2, 2012, and began mentoring students in the fall of 2013. “We set a goal of 10 perent of the school districts students,” explained Jack Ponstine, program coordinator with One Wyoming. Out of 11,000 […]