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Emergency Management Prepares for Large-Scale Exercise

“Prepare for the worst; hope for the best” is a mantra in emergency preparedness. The ability to respond quickly and seamlessly in times of crisis is critical when minutes make the difference between life or death. Exercising our response efforts on a large scale helps us develop a better understanding of what each of our agencies would need to do in a time of disaster. Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Stewart updated the Kent County Board of Commissioners on June 11 regarding Exercise Northern Exposure, which is scheduled for June 23-27, 2015. 

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Grand Rapids recognized as 2015 Playful City USA Community

Grand Rapids is once again a Playful City USA. KaBOOM!, in partnership with the Humana Foundation, bestowed the Playful City USA title on Michigan’s second largest city for the fifth consecutive year as it honors cities, towns and counties across the country for making their communities more playable.

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Mayor George Heartwell endorses State and Provincial accord to restore Lake Erie

Today, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell participated in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual meeting, where mayors from the United States and Canada congratulated the Premier of Ontario and the Governors of Ohio and Michigan for their leadership in joining forces under the Western Lake Erie Collaborative Agreement. The accord, announced late last week, commits the jurisdictions to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent over the next decade, with an interim goal of 20 percent by 2020.

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Meet Up and Eat Up: Free Summer Meals Available

“Meet up and Eat Up” offers free summer meals for children 18 years of age or younger.  All sites are open to the public, and there is no registration.  

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Several Free Testing Opportunities in Honor of Eleventh Annual National HIV Testing Day

Saturday, June 27, 2015 marks the 11th Annual National HIV Testing Day. The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is making it easy for everyone to talk – and get tested - during the week of National HIV Testing Day: a quick, painless finger poke test, which gives you preliminary results in just 20 minutes. KCHD was very successful in outreach efforts last year, testing 110 people. 

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Innovation Central JROTC Volunteers to Help Feeding America

JROTC volunteers for Feeding AmericaInnovation Central High School (ICHS) has partnered with Feeding America for the past two years. The Feeding America food truck brings free produce and other food items to the school once per month during the school year.  

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Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments welcome new recruits

The City of Grand Rapids is welcoming 26 new public safety recruits to the ranks of its Police and Fire Departments this month. These individuals will fill vacancies in both departments caused by attrition from recent and planned retirements.

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Proud Parents

Grand Rapids Public Schools Proud Parents: Omar & Elizabeth

GRPS values diversity and inclusion. Our children get an opportunity for a real-world environment. More...

North Park Montessori Proud Parents: David & Ashima

We uprooted our life of 14 years in Ada, so we could live in the neighborhood and attend North Park. More...

Congress Elementary School Proud Parents: Jono & Emily

We feel so great about the staff and leadership at Congress and at GRPS. More...

Innovation Central High School Proud Parents: Scott & Suzanne

We chose Innovation Central because of the multiple college-career pathways. More...

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center Proud Family: Teresa, Denishea, & Kerby

I'm Nana first and as Nana, Ford Academic Center is perfect for CJ. More...

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy Proud Parents: Nancy & Brian

Every time they walk outside at school...they're on another adventure. More...

Grand Rapids Public Museum School Proud Parents: Tom

My daughter is so excited about the Museum School! It's unique and hands-on. More...

Grand Rapids Montessori Proud Parents: Stacy & Daniel

We did the research, and Montessori set her up for success. More...

Coit Creative Arts Academy Proud Parents: Phil & Lavonne

We love the arts focus…Coit is a gem. More...

City High Middle School Proud Parents: John & Gretchen

International Baccalaureate at City teaches our kids to be critical thinkers. More...

Southwest Community Campus Proud Parents: Steve & Nora

It's dual immersion, so they're learning English and Spanish speaking skills. More...