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Grand Rapids Environmental Services workers rescue kitten from sewer

Thanks to an alert resident and great teamwork, a stray kitten is safe and in a new home after finding himself in a storm drain on the city’s southeast side.

The rescue began when 3-1-1 received a call on the afternoon of August 4 with a report of faint “meows” coming from a storm drain. The Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department (ESD) team responded to rescue the scared kitten. Initial rescue efforts were unsuccessful, however, as the kitten moved deeper into the sewer.

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Stout receives Community Improvement Award

Stacy Stout, Grand Rapids’ assistant to the city manager, is the 2016 recipient of the Community Improvement Award presented by the Grand Rapids Young Professionals (GRYP) association. Stout received the award at the GRYP’s Annual Gala on August 18. According to GRYP, its award recipient is someone who aspires to make the community better by raising awareness, educating others and promoting improvement through use of their time, energy and talents.

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t2c Studio presents 2nd Annual College Mixer

The Grand Rapids Center for College Success will present its T2C Studio’s 2nd Annual College Mixer at Peppino’s Pizza downtown on Ionia St. this coming Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5-7 p.m. featuring PJ Da DJ, area college representatives and community organizations.

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City of Grand Rapids schedules two more GRPD Traffic Stop Study Open Houses

Due to the overwhelming interest generated during the first four community meetings earlier this month, the City of Grand Rapids has scheduled an additional two Open Houses to discuss the upcoming Race-Based Review of Traffic Stops.

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Grand Rapids Water System in the midst of routine three-year testing for lead in water

Residents in homes scattered across the City are helping measure 2016 water lead level readings. This summer, the City’s Water System is testing to determine lead levels as required by the Lead and Copper Rule requirements of the US EPA and State of Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Environmental Services Department proclaimed 2016 Utility of the Future Today for ‘exceptional perfo

Impressive accolades continue to mount for the city’s national award-winning Environmental Services Department (ESD). The ESD has earned recognition from the inaugural Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Program.

Launched on the eve of Earth Day 2016 (April 21), the UOTF program celebrates the “progress and exceptional performance” of wastewater utilities while supporting the widespread adoption of the innovative UOTF business model.

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Traffic Stop Study Open Houses scheduled

As part of its commitment to improving community and police relations, the City will begin a series of community meetings this week to discuss the upcoming Race-Based Review of Traffic Stops by the Grand Rapids Police Department.

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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...