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Michigan Welfare Recipients Cut Off Oct. 1st, Charities Feel The Pressure

Something's gotta give!   Welcome to the new America.  I've interviewed Jay Starkey, from In The Image on Division Street a number of times.  According to www.mLive.com when Starkey was interviewed by them he said a lot of the people that In The Image helps out depend on welfare to make ends meet from one month to the next

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Adopt Tamarack Jack From www.CrashsLanding.org NOW
Adopt Tamarack Jack From www.CrashsLanding.org NOW
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Crash’s Landing Kitty “Tamarack Jack” Needs A Loving Home!

Kim Carson Here!  I've been working with Crash's Landing for 8 years  now.  Crash’s Landing, is a non profit no kill animal shelter.  Their  mission statement is, “Saving Our Little Corner Of The World, One Cat At  A Time

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ArtPrize Artist Party Tonight At WMCAT. “MetaPhorest” Mural Is Their Entry!

It's fun for me to be around my own kind.  We get each other.  Only within the last 15 years or so did I realize and begin to describe myself as an artist.  I've been one all my life.  I just thought I was different, and well, I am. But, it was much more than that.

About 10-15 years ago a General Manager told me me why he was hiring me.  He said I had one thing that the other 700+ candidates, some in major markets, others with as much or more talent than I had, did not have.  He said I was a "True Artist"; but he stretched out the "i" and made it into a long 'e."  Kind of how the French might say it!   Anyway, he saw that in me way before I did or at least I couldn't identify it.

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It Could Be Worse. We Could Live In Flint.

Today, the FBI released its latest crime statistics. Flint was named the most violent city in the nation in 2010,  according to the latest research.

Moving to second place, Detroit. In my opinion, the reason for that would be numbers, right? Everybody has left Detroit so crime would naturally go down.

Nationally, violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth straight year of declines. And property crime also was down for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent.

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A Magical Saturday Night In Downtown Grand Rapids Michigan [video]

I LOVE this city!   Saturday night in downtown Grand Rapids can have a Big City feel and a Big City look, without all the traffic, crime and parking issues;)  I was downtown having dinner this past Saturday night and afterward decided to take a stroll through Rosa Parks Circle

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Mexican Independence Festival in Grand Rapids

Fiesta Mexicana 2011 is underway in downtown Grand Rapids. If your family would like a peek at real Mexican and Latin American culture, here's your chance!

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WZZM13′s “Conversation Couch” And You’ll Have A Chance To Sit On It During ArtPrize

Last night I attended a sneak peek for the WZZM 13 "Conversation Couch."  What is a Conversation Couch, you may ask?  Here's a little preview about what one might do on the WZZM 13 Conversation Couch.  Watch me do it.  Then

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UNEDITED 9/11 Survivor Interview With Lieutenant General Tom Plewes

Thank you to Lieutenant General Tom Plewes for taking time out of his very busy life to talk with me about 9/11.  Lieutenant Plewes is a 9/11 survivor who was the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  He talks about the vivid images that will stay with him forever, what 9/11 means to him and some of the other survivors, and what it felt and looked like being in the Pentagon when that third plane hit!  Lieutenant Plewes was very generous with not only his time but with his raw honesty in sharing memories from that day

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Bike Lanes In Grand Rapids Making Roads Safer For Bicyclists And Drivers

I'm thrilled to see so many people biking around during rush hour traffic.  Thrilled I tell you.  Not so thrilled though when they are driving around in a car lane as if they are a car.  It's dangerous for the bicyclist and the other drivers in automobiles

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Share Some Of Your “First Day Of School” Photos Grand Rapids!

A Facebook friend of mine was talking about how she put some of her "First Day Of School" photos on her website so she and her friends could reminisce.  I'm sure I have some boxed away too; but, for now THIS one is my favorite First Day Back To School Photo! It's not mine, it's hers, but I think it's so cute.  I'm s

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In Grand Rapids Who Should You Be Fanning And Friending On Facebook And Twitter?

Every city has some people who should watched and maybe even followed in the social network scheme of things.  They are people who make things happen in the city.  They know about all the events and cool stuff happening in GR

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Get A Huge Discount On Foreclosed Homes In West Michigan

Yeah the economy still feels like it's tanking, if you talk to the circle of friends I travel in.  But there is good news for those who have some extra dollars and a dream of being a proud home owner. If you happen to stumble upon a  bank-owned property in Michigan, you're going to be paying  a lot less than you would have for a traditional property.

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