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    West Michigan rushes to get the new iPhone 6

    KENTWOOD, Mich.– Long lines formed outside Apple stores all across the world as the new iPhone 6 was officially released Friday. And it was no different in West Michigan. Dressed in pajamas and wrapped in blankets, iPhone enthusiasts high-fived Apple employees as they filed into Woodland mall Friday morning. The new phones boast a bigger screen, better battery life and a faster processor. But as some of the people said, it was just the excitement of being part of the […]

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    Weekend events for the entire family

    WEST MICHIGAN— Family-friendly events happening around West Michigan this weekend are packed with entertainment, laughs and awareness for some very important causes. Prepare to laugh as comics and cartoons come alive on Mannequin Night in downtown Holland. Volunteers will dress as comic characters and pose as mannequins in storefronts and windows along 8th Street. The event runs from 7-8:30 am Friday, September 19th. On Saturday, September 20th, public safety employees will take part in the 8th annual tournament to remember […]

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    Community-wide initiative aimed to help college grads succeed

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Bettering the lives of college graduates, that’s the focus behind a community wide initiative announced Thursday. Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell joined the superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools and seven west Michigan colleges, namely Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University. They put this commitment in writing. The community compact is a cooperation between all of them and the people of west […]

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    Habitat halfway through mission to help 200 families in two years

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Habitat for Humanity announced it’s making tremendous progress in its Building Blocks Campaign, a neighborhood revitalization initiative focused on Grand Rapids’ West Side. The campaign started last September, with the goal of helping 200 families in two years. At the halfway mark, Habitat Kent said they are well on their way to build or rehab 40 homes and renovate or repair 160 homes in five West Side neighborhoods. So far, the Building Blocks Campaign raised $4.5 million toward […]

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    Who’s riding the Rapid’s new Silver Line

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The new Rapid Silver Line buses hit the road late August, promising a shorter commute down one of the busiest stretches into downtown Grand Rapids. The Silver Line is Michigan’s first bus rapid transit system, using designated lanes and traffic signal interaction. The $39 million bus system connects Grand Rapids to Kentwood and Wyoming, mainly through Division Avenue, also known as Route 1, the busiest route. The Silver Line boasts cutting a typical commute time down by […]

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    Get the most of ArtPrize with these tech tools

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — ArtPrize kicks off September 21, and if you are already planning out your visit to downtown Grand Rapids, organizers released a new set of tech tools to help you navigate the event. One way to help you sort through the three square miles of art downtown is to create and share lists. Browse through the Find Art page and save entries. You can then create and even share your lists using #mylistfor. Then, convert those lists […]

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    West Michigan man turns kids into superheros with special prosthetic

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It started as a business venture but turned into making a difference for some kids in need. Using a 3D printer, a West Michigan man is able to make prosthetic hands for children all over the world. Turning kids into superheroes, that’s the power Aaron Brown has when he creates prosthetic hands for some special children. Having always been excited by technology, Brown bought himself what he called a budget #D printer. He became interested in helping […]

  • Court documents reveal details leading up to former radio DJ’s arrest

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– We’re learning more about the days leading up to and after the arrest of former Christian radio DJ, John Balyo. “If it all goes south, you’ll know what to do.” According to recently released court documents, it was one of the many cryptic messages the former WCSG radio host spoke to his friend. Authorities say that friend claimed to have had a two-year relationship with Balyo until Balyo got married earlier this year. Before allegations of molesting […]

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    West Michigan company debuts new products on national television

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — West Michigan family-owned business Savory Foods started with a basic cookie recipe, and has grown to produce gourmet products. They will share their Michigan-made products on national television this week. It’s a busy day inside the Grand Rapids factory, just a few days before featuring its popular gourmet cookies, popcorn and sweet treats on Shop HQ Sept. 11. “We are really known for our cookie dough. Our cookie dough and fundraising, but also our Penn Street Bakery cake,” […]