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Weigh in on Grand Rapids' streets June 27

Weigh in on Grand Rapids' streets June 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—What do you think about Grand Rapids’ streets?

Now is your chance to weigh in on road conditions.  The Sustainable Streets Task Force is holding a public forum Thursday, June 27 to help set final recommendations for the future of Grand Rapids’ street system.  The forum begins at 6 p.m.

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

GRCC considers project to renovate Belknap Park ballfields

GRCC considers project to renovate Belknap Park ballfields

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Community College is considering a $315,000 project to renovate the Belknap Park ballfields.

The city partnered with GRCC to allow the college’s baseball and softball teams to utilize the fields. Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration at GRCC,  says the college is considering upgrades, including new fencing , relocating lighting and scoreboards, and work on the dugouts.  GRCC’s Plant Fund would pay for the project.

The proposed project was mentioned during  a  GRCC  meeting May 20, but the college board of trustees must still aprove the plan.  Freiburger  says she would also  like the city to agree to a 15-year useage contract before moving  forward with the proposed project.

If all goes well,  the renovations would begin in June and the ball fields would reopen this fall.

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

Michigan Historical Commission approves tribute to Meijer family

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Grand Rapids is getting another tribute to the men behind Meijer Stores.

On May 8, the Michigan Historical Commission approved a marker to honor Hendrik and Fred Meijer, who in 1962 became the first grocers to combine two popular retail models—discount department stores and supermarkets—into a single store on 28th Street, called “Thrifty Acres.”  The Meijers then took their model to Holland and Muskegon. 

Meijer now has nearly 200 stores across the Midwest, including Kalamazoo, Walker, Wyoming, Jenison, Rockford, Plainfield Township, Forest Hills, Lowell, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Haven and Greenville, where Hendrik Meijer opened his very first store in the 1930s.

The new historical marker will be added to more than 1,700 green and gold signs found across the state, that chronicle the people, places and events that make Michigan’s heritage unique and unforgettable.  The historical markers are nominated by spons

Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival April 4

(FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY)– Ferris State University and the Center for Latino Studies are again collaborating with fellow West Michigan colleges and universities, including Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University and Grand Valley State University, to bring students to the fourth annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival.

The event kicks off at Celebration! Cinema North (2121 Celebration Drive NE, Grand Rapids) at 7 p.m. with a screening of “Abel” on Thursday, April 4. Other screenings will take place at various times on Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7 at the Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids). For a full schedule, visit: http://www.grlaff.org/festival/schedule/.

In 2012, more than 1,000 people participated in the four-day festival that provides West Michigan with an opportunity to see the latest and most acclaimed Latin American films.

Power outage closes library

The Kentwood Library is temporarily closed, due to a power outage. 

Consumers Energy is reporting 2,523 homes and businesses in  Grand Rapids, Grandville, Wyoming, Walker, Comstock Park and Kentwood are without power. It's unclear when power will be fully restored.

According to a tweet sent Wednesday morning, workers at the Kentwood library hope to reopen later this afternoon when the line is repaired.


Public meeting for Kent County road projects

Drivers may soon experience more traffic backups on a busy Kent County corridor.

The Grand Valley Metro Council wants to resurface Alpine Avenue NW, between Leonard Street and just beyond 4 Mile Road NW.  The construction proposals for 2014 to 2017 also include adding turn lanes, resconstructing and resurfacing portions of  4 mile Road  NW between Fruit Ridge Avenue NW and Alpine Avenue NW.  The Metro Council has already posted a ma