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Amway Family Fireworks light up the night on Independence Day

The skies over Grand Rapids will once again explode in vibrant colors of the rainbow as the Amway Family Fireworks return this Saturday, July 4. The fireworks top off an exciting day of activities for all ages, including live entertainment and evening concerts, planned at downtown’s Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

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Superintendent NealBy Charles Honey, School News Network

When Teresa Weatherall Neal talks about the need for a $175 million bond issue, which voters will be asked to approve Nov. 3, she does so unapologetically and passionately.

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An Interview with Superintendent Neal- Part 1

Superintendent NealBy Charles Honey, School News Network

It is the last day of school for Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Teresa Weatherall Neal is on her game. She has been up since 4 a.m., sending out emails and getting ready to go as another school year winds to a close. She went to a graduation the night before, has two this night and five the next day.

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FEMA Grand River Draft Report: City seeks generational investment in flood protection

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its draft Levee Analysis and Mapping Plan for the Grand River in the City of Grand Rapids. This planning document will remain in draft form until December 1, 2015, to allow for review and dialogue. City staff and local stakeholders serving on the Grand Rapids - FEMA Local Levee Partnership Team (LLPT) will examine the draft report and provide comment.

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Grand Rapids Pools Open July 4

Thanks to an anonymous donor, all three Grand Rapids pools (MLK, Briggs, Richmond) will be open on the 4th of July. Pool hours at each of the three pools will be from 12:30–4:30 p.m.

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Life, Liberty and the PURRsuit of Happiness

Animal shelter logoBeginning immediately and continuing until Thursday July, 2nd, the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) is lowering adoption prices in order to grant more of its residents the opportunity to pursue the American dream of having a home to call their own. People adopting dogs will automatically save $50 and rescuing an adult cat (over four months old) will cost nothing. 

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2015 Summer Real Property Tax Bills

On June 29, 2015, the City of Grand Rapids will mail over 66,000 summer real property tax bills totaling over $179 million. Citizens will begin receiving their property tax bills as early as June 30. The City will begin taking payments for the 2015 Summer Real Property tax bills on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The deadline to pay your tax bill without late fee is Friday, July 31, 2015. 

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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...