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One man was arrested on Sunday night following a standoff with police at a residence in Grand Rapids. 

A Grand Rapids Police Department spokesperson says officers were dispatched at about 7:15 p.m. to the 200 block of Orchard Hill Southeast by the brother of a 61-year-old male, who reported hearing three gunshots from the suspect’s bedroom.

The suspect then allegedly pointed his handgun at his brother, who said he heard another gunshot after he fled the house.

Off the Beaten Path

Sep 2, 2015 / Stellafly Social Media

Off the Beaten Path, where to go and what to do in West Michigan. Eddie Tadlock is our guest.

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A lot is happening at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, including the Mini Maker Faire and a partnership with Grand Rapids Symphony Musicians.  Marketing Manager Christie Bender is our guest.

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Municipal customer service may not seem an inherently exciting topic, until you talk to Becky Jo Glover. 

Glover is the customer service manager for Grand Rapids’ 311, which handled more than 265,000 resident questions and interactions this past fiscal year.

“We’ve literally taken calls that they thought we would never take here," she says. "We took that in the first five months.” 

Grand Rapids first began transitioning city departments into 311 two years ago. The city launched a full roll-out of 311 for public use in October 2014. / Kent County

What’s the plan for future housing and community needs throughout Kent County? Local residents are being asked for their input.  The deadline is fast approaching for a joint survey to benefit Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Kent County’s community development departments. 

 “We are looking for the first time to do a survey that is regional so that we’re looking at the housing needs of our entire community and not just in a silo in Wyoming, Grand Rapids and Kent County.”

City Beat

Aug 27, 2015

City Beat, where to go and what to do this weekend  in West Michigan with the Managing Editor of Grand Rapids Magazine Marty Primeau.

Downtown Grand Rapids

 The site of a future Embassy Suites in downtown Grand Rapids may now be the site of two future hotels.

Brian Beukema is the president of property development for hotel management company Suburban Inns. He tells city commissioners a co-branded opportunity is the reason Suburban’s requesting a new extension from the city.

“[It’s an] opportunity that arose with one of the franchise companies that we work with. They came to us with a concept and an idea for the site," Beukema says.

Downtown Grand Rapids

In the aftermath of the 2013 floods, Kent County communities along the Grand River are now in line to receive millions in federal funding for flood control and improving economic activity if the region wins a competition for those dollars.

“There’s a limit to what HUD or the federal government can provide and they just simply want to make sure that they’re spending their money as wisely as possible.”

Rosalynn Bliss
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 With two-thirds of the popular vote, Grand Rapids Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss becomes the city’s first female mayor on January 1.

"I believe that there's still a lot of work that we need to do, and I want to be part of that. I want to be part of making that happen," Bliss says. "We have worked hard to get the city moving in the right direction, and I want to make sure that continues."  

Bliss says her top priority is strengthening neighborhoods.

Talk highlights community role in tackling inequality

Jun 24, 2015
Western Michigan University

“Particularly in the field of education, they talk about achievement gaps. What we really should be talking about are opportunity gaps.” 

 Dr. Timothy Ready is the director of the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at Western Michigan University.  “It shows up in education outcomes, it shows up in economic outcomes, it shows up in all kinds of fields.”   Ready's discussion looked at local data for Kalamazoo and Kent Counties; both of which experience greater inequalities across racial and economic lines – both also heavier in their respective city cores.