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Real Proof! The Economic Recovery IS Happening In Grand Rapids!

Mart Twain said it best: There are lies, damned lies and statistics. THESE statistics are not lies, however, and paint a slightly rosier picture of the economic state we in Grand Rapids are in.

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Police Stop Possible I-96 Shooter Near Grand Rapids

Local law enforcement officials stopped a vehicle near Grand Rapids at around 10a.m. Monday morning under suspicion that the driver was the I-96 shooter. 

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Gene Parker Photography
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Forbes Magazine Names Grand Rapids #1 City For Raising A Family

Grand Rapids has received a lot of accolades over the last year or so. We're Beer City, USA, we had an awesome Lip Dub video that went viral online, and now, Forbes Magazine as named Grand Rapids the number one city for raising a family!

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Are You Sick Of Lip Dubs? [Poll]

Grand Rapids is the Lip Dub Capital of the World.  The Grand Rapids Lip Dub got national attention and millions of views.  It helped inspire many more.

Now we have "singalongs" too.

Has it been too much?  Are you sick of lip dubs?

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Which Grand Rapids Trash Program Do You Like Better – Old Or New? [Poll]

On Tuesday, we told you about the new Grand Rapids pay as you throw trash program.  Some save with the new program, others pay more.

Which Grand Rapids trash program do you like better:  the old collection program or the new pay as you throw program?

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Grand Rapids Begins New Pay As You Throw Trash Program

Grand Rapids has launched its new trash pick program.  The new program will save some residents money, while others will pay more.

Find out how the costs will effect you.

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Wonderful Food at Pietro’s for Restaurant Week

It's Restaurant Week Grand Rapids!  I've been telling you for the past few weeks about Restaurant Week, moved into August this year to take advantage of our great Michigan foods at harvest time.

It's 10 days that over 60 area restaurants create special 3-course meals, and it ends this Saturday.  Most are offering several selected 3-course meals for $25, and some offer 2 3-course meals for $25.

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Ionia Free Fair Fun July 19-28th!

The Ionia Free Fair is this Thursday and will continue through Saturday, July 28th!  The Fair has been a tradition here in Michigan since 1857 and has been ranked as one of the Top 50 Fairs in the nation.

Over the years lots of big names have graced the Ionia Free Fair stage.  Some of the old timers include  Gabby Hayes, Les Paul, Buster Keaton, Sonny and Cher, and world renowned country artists Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Willie Nelson.

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Grand Rapids City Pools Open For Summer

Grand Rapids splash pads opened for summer a couple of weeks ago.  Now, we have more options to cool down in Grand Rapids.  Today, three Grand Rapids city pools have opened for summer.

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Here is Where you can see Great Fireworks

Just in case you missed my fireworks post of a couple of weeks ago, I thought it a good idea to repeat it.  I have updated it with the help of  website, www.michiganfireworks.com, so that you'll be able to find a great fireworks show near you.  100.5 The River and all of our TownSquare Media stations have teamed up with Amway to present the Grand Rapids fireworks, but if you're not able to make it downtown, there are still plenty of other locations.

 

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Grand Rapids Restaurant Week Has Moved From November To August

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week has moved from November to August!  I like that!  The weather is still warm, it's a nice break right before the kids go back to school.  November always seemed to be a bit busy what with Thanksgiving and the December holidays.  Experience Grand Rapids VP of Marketing Janet Korn said that last year's Restaurant Week generated between $500,000 and $700,000 in revenue for the 37 downtown restaurants that participated.

The organizers of Restuarant Week Grand Rapids are trying to attract more people from outside of the immediate Grand Rapids area.

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Grand Rapids/West Michigan Home Market Stabilizing

I have a couple friends who are real estate agents and they have been echoing the same thing.  However, I have had a cute little house next door, more than reasonably priced, that has been for sale for over a year now; so these statistics do make me wonder?  But the statisticians say the West Michigan housing market is seeing some healthy signs.  The number of housing listings went down 19% last month. Compare that to an 8% decrease from last year.  So does that mean the houses were actually sold or does it mean they were "rented or leased out"?

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