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For some area kids this Halloween, instead of candy, one local business gave away free computers to trick or treaters instead.

Outside the doors of The Geek Group in Grand Rapids Westside, hundreds of costumed kids and their parents lined up a block deep in the hopes of receiving a free desktop computer on Halloween. Geek Group President Chris Boden says the “Computers, not Candy program,” is all about making a difference in the community.

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Given the recent friction between law enforcement and citizens, Gov. Rick Snyder says action needs to be taken to forge better relationships.

That action came Tuesday in the form of a 17-bill package and an executive order.

Snyder says the legislation combined with the executive order will help strengthen community relations between law enforcement and the community.

Pumpkin Path

Oct 4, 2016

We talk about Pumpkin Path, a Wyoming event coming up on Saturday with free treats for the kids and an opportunity to connect with businesses and community organizations. Valarie Mester joins us with the details. 

GVSU's College of Community and Public Service

Monthly we speak with guests from GVSU's College of Community and Public Service, CCPS Community Connections. Today, Sue Nieboer and Maria Dunneback discuss the Healthcare Professionals Grad Student Alliance.

The Michigan State Police Lansing post offers its first-ever citizen’s police academy to interested residents and members of the community.

The academy will be held at the MSP’s First District headquarters and begins in September.

Sessions will be held two evenings a week for four weeks.

The department says topics include discussions on patrol and dispatch, the legal system and criminal investigation procedures and the use of force.

Personal safety, first aid and drug awareness are also among session subjects.

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CCPS Community Connections, every month speaking with those from GVSU's College of Community and Public Service. Today, Dr. George Grant Jr, Dean.

This Saturday close to 10,000 people are expected to 'Rock the Block' at the sixth annual community street festival hosted by LINC Community Revitalization.  

Organizers say there will be lots of activities for every age, including live entertainment from a popular hip hop group.  

“Rock the block is a street festival that’s all about building connections.”

And the connections appear to be spreading to more and more Grand Rapids city residents.

Jeremy De Roo is co-executive director at LINC, which hosts the yearly event.

GVSU's College of Community and Public Service

CCPS Community Connections, a monthly conversation with guests from GVSU's College of Community and Public Service. Today's topic is the Heartside Gleaning Project. We joined by the Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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The second annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit brought hundreds of voices together on Friday as active participants in shaping the city’s future.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss says while the downtown is often the focal point, neighborhoods – and their residents – are the true heart of the city.

"Your voice matters. I think that’s the big message today – your voice matters. We want you to have an opportunity to give input on what we need to do to move forward."

Your Biz, Your Town

Feb 26, 2016

Your Biz, Your Town, a monthly conversation with guests in the West Michigan business community. Today's spotlights are on Team Biz Stream and Hudsonville Winery.