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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.
The EE British Academy Film Awards: Dinner - Red Carpet Arrivals
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Tom Hanks and James Corden With Tom Hanks Greatest Hits [Video]

This is a brilliant piece of show biz.

James Corden, of The Late Late Show with James Corden, had Tom Hanks on the show and they acted out snippets from Tom's illustrious film career, from Big to the Toy Story movies. You're gonna love this!

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Bing Goei/World Affairs Council of Western Michigan
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Refugees Coming to West Michigan a Good Thing?

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is continuing their 3-part series on immigration this coming Monday, evening, April 25 with Bing Goei, Director, State of Michigan Office for New Americans speaking.

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CASA of Kent County
CASA of Kent County
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Pinwheel Garden is Beautiful at St. Mark’s Church in Downtown Grand Rapids

The Pinwheel Garden is planted, and it looks beautiful!

In downtown Grand Rapids at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lyon and Division, the garden is a reminder to not forget the 1,059 children in the Kent County foster care system. There is a  pinwheel for each child.

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Courtesy Meijer Gardens
Courtesy Meijer Gardens
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The Free Tuesday Evening Music Club Lineup Announced for Meijer Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, having just announced their Summer Concert Series lineup, now is announcing the lineup for the free Tuesday Evening Music Club. The Tuesday Evening Music Club brings talented local and regional musicians to the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater stage Tuesday evenings, and are free to Meijer Gardens members and included in admission for other guests—throughout July and August.

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Lighthouse St. Joseph North Pier/Joshua Nowici
Lighthouse St. Joseph North Pier/Joshua Nowici
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Discover Lake Michigan Lighthouses

The 2016 Lake Michigan Lighthouse Map & Circle Tour is now available! This free travel map is a complete source for discovering the lighthouses that dot the Lake Michigan shoreline.

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Garth Brooks World Tour Opening Night - Rosemont, IL
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Garth Brooks Sets Ticket Sales Record Here in Grand Rapids

This past Friday, it was a Garth Brooks frenzy. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m., and craziness began!

As of Friday at 12 noon, Garth Brooks had broken his Michigan regional record in 24 minutes. He last played in East Lansing, MI on April 9-10, 1996, at MSU-Breslin Center, I was there, and sold 28,393 tickets. By late Friday afternoon he had sold over 51,000 tickets for Van Andel Arena here in Grand Rapids and tickets are still selling!

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Courtesy CASA Kent County
Courtesy CASA Kent County
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Pinwheel Garden Planted Monday to Recognize Children in Foster Care in Kent County

To recognize and bring awareness to the 1,059 children in foster care in Kent County in 2015, today, Monday, April 18, CASA of Kent County will be placing 1,059 blue pinwheels in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids to honor each of these vulnerable children.

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You Tube/The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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Hilarious Advice for Ted Cruz on The Tonight Show [Video]

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is having a field day with this political season, and every candidate, Republican or Democrat has been on the show. If you missed Thursday night's show, you missed a prime moment of advice for Ted Cruz.

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Grand Rapids Griffins v Hamilton Bulldogs
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Griffin’s Playoff Tickets On Sale Today

Tickets for the Grand Rapids Griffins’ first two home games during the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs will go on sale to the public this morning, Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m.

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