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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, Andy also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, and probably is the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. Andy is originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, Andy stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. He moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where he met his wife Kathy. Andy is deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. He has served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. He also assists the Salvation Army, DeGage Ministries, JDRF, Disability Advocates, Hope Network, and various other non-profit organizations. Interests: I love golf, travel, reading, dining out, theater and movies. And, of course my children and grand children. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 8 grandchildren. They have a busy life. Music: I love all kinds - especially jazz, blues, and classical, rock and pop hits. The best part about my job: The ability to make a difference in the community.
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Parking Illegally Means a Ticket in US, but in Brazil…..Watch Out [Vidoe]

Let's fact it. We have all over stayed our welcome at a parking meter and gotten a ticket. Or, parked in a spot we shouldn't have, and, you guessed it, gotten a ticket. I'm okay with that. I know I was in the wrong. Maybe I was in the wrong trying to stretch a point, whatever, but I got the ticket.

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The Greatest Movie Characters of all Time

It’s summer, which means the movie studios are pulling out all the stops to get you into an air-conditioned theater to see the best that they can offer.

This past weekend, Ted 2 opened up, which features Mark Wahlberg and a talking teddy bear.

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Escape Stunt Goes Horribly Wrong [Video]

This story was all over the news Friday, but in case you missed it, here it is.

A dangerous stunt being performed during a rehearsal for illusionist Criss Angel's new stage show went horribly wrong and a performer nearly died.

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Members of Team USA, left to right: Shelley Irwin, AJ Herbel, Kim Albin, Brandon Thorpe, Kristen Zhang (Grand Rapids Triathlon)
Members of Team USA, left to right: Shelley Irwin, AJ Herbel, Kim Albin, Brandon Thorpe, Kristen Zhang (Grand Rapids Triathlon)
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Local Triathlon Athletes Competing in Sweden for Team USA

Big congratulations to local Triathlon athletes who qualified for Team USA and are competing in Sweden!

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Looking for a Job? Construction May be Your Answer and Today is the Day

As West Michigan continues to see an uptick in the demand for new homes and commercial construction projects, the shortage of skilled labor has become more prevalent. Because of the need for tradesmen and women in the construction industry, the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids (HBAGGR) has teamed up with the Construction Workforce Development Alliance of West Michigan and Michigan Works! to host its inaugural Construction Career Fair (CCF). The career fair will take place today, Thursday, June 25, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Michigan Works! (215 Straight Ave. NW, Grand Rapids).

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Courtesy UICA
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UICA Hosts Closing Event to Celebrate and Discuss Arts and Accessibility in Grand Rapids

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) invites the community to take part in a public discussion on Sunday, July 28, about how to sustain arts and access in Grand Rapids for the future and will encourage conversation around the community impact of the inaugural DisArt Festival and centerpiece exhibition Art of the Lived Experiment. The event will include breakfast, a conversation moderated by a panel, and a Q&A to follow.

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Photo: Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Weidenaar Exhibit at Grand Rapids Public Museum Closing July 5

Your time is almost gone to catch a wonderful exhibit.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s (GRPM) exhibition, Through the Eyes of Weidenaar will close on Sunday, July 5, 2015. The exhibit commemorates the works of local artist, Reynold Weidenaar, whose work earned international acclaim.

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Photo: Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids #3 in the U.S. for Economic Growth

A new report was published last week that is very exciting for Grand Rapids, and West Michigan.

Bureau of Labor and other national data places Grand Rapids at #3 for economic growth on list of 373 of the nation’s metropolitan statistical areas.

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