Grand Rapids

2.12.16:  Grand Rapids company to help Flint

 

 

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A health information organization is giving $250,000 to connect all health care providers serving residents affected by the crisis caused by lead in Flint’s drinking water.

Grand Rapids-based nonprofit Great Lakes Health Connect said Thursday its donation aims to electronically link all Flint-area hospitals and doctors’ offices so they can provide better, more timely care.

The plan is to securely store patient information that’s immediately accessible to health care providers.

If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays, behavioral problems and learning disabilities.

The money will pay for costs associated with connecting roughly 40 doctors’ offices, building the database and train those using it.

Great Lakes Health Connect is working with the area’s major health systems and Greater Flint Health Coalition.

 


2.10.16:  ArtPrize seeks public art projects for display at 4 sites

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The annual ArtPrize competition is seeking what it describes as ambitious public art projects for display at four downtown Grand Rapids sites.

Organizers announced Wednesday that the ArtPrize Featured Public Projects grant program will give $55,000 directly to artists, ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 per project.

The winning projects will be on display outdoors and will be in the running for the $500,000 in public vote and juried prizes to be awarded this fall. They’ll be at four highly-visible sites: Vandenberg (Calder) Plaza, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, the Grand River and Gillett Bridge.

In addition to grants, selected artists also will get supplies and help with construction, shipping and engineering.

This year’s ArtPrize takes place Sept. 21-Oct. 19. In 2015, ArtPrize grants totaled $220,000 to artists, venues and educators.

 

 

 

Meanwhile,  a sculpture that won $300,000 in the 2014 ArtPrize competition in Michigan will go on display next month at the Indiana State Museum.

The piece called Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha, a professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will be featured in an exhibit opening March 19 at the Indianapolis museum. The sculpture is a large cube that casts a lattice of light and shadow in the room it inhabits.

The Indianapolis Star reports the sculpture was on display at a Houston gallery last fall and is currently at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts.

The sculpture won the ArtPrize competition’s public vote prize of $200,000 and split a $200,000 jury prize.

 


2.8.16:  Mayor Bliss will hold 3 Neighborhood Meetup events

 

 

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss delivered her first State-of-the-City address last week.

She now has scheduled three open houses this week to discuss goals and objectives outlined in her address.

The three Mayor Neighborhood Meetup events  are set up to highlight points from the State of the City and listen to residents and answer questions.

 

Monday, Feb. 8 at Shawmut Hills Elementary, 2550 Burritt St. NW

Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Gerald R. Ford Academy, 857 Madison Ave. SE

Thursday, Feb. 11 at Palmer Elementary, 309 Palmer St. NE

 

The events will take place from 7 pm – 8:30 p.m.

 

Those who cannot attend a Meetup session and want to ask Mayor Bliss a question can send an e-mail to:  Mayor@grcity.us.


2.2.16:  Grand Rapids Public Museum hosting new Rosa Parks exhibit

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting a new mini-exhibit about civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Titled “Rosa Parks — An American Legacy,” it opens Thursday and runs through March 26. Visitors will learn about Parks’ impact on civil rights movement and its Grand Rapids connections.

The exhibit follows Parks’ life as the nation changed. It includes photos and artifacts, along with winning essays from the City of Grand Rapids Rosa Parks Essay Contest that’s been held annually since 2010, when a bronze statue of Parks was installed at Rosa Parks Circle.

Parks, who died in 2005, became a pioneer in the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. She later moved to Detroit.

 


2.1.16:  Grand Rapids Public Museum hosting new Rosa Parks exhibit

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting a new mini-exhibit about civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Titled “Rosa Parks — An American Legacy,” it opens Thursday and runs through March 26. Visitors will learn about Parks’ impact on civil rights movement and its Grand Rapids connections.

The exhibit follows Parks’ life as the nation changed. It includes photos and artifacts, along with winning essays from the City of Grand Rapids Rosa Parks Essay Contest that’s been held annually since 2010, when a bronze statue of Parks was installed at Rosa Parks Circle.

Parks, who died in 2005, became a pioneer in the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. She later moved to Detroit.

 

 


1.29.16:  Ex-lawmaker from Grand Rapids enters plea in marijuana case

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan lawmaker who was charged in a marijuana case has entered a plea.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Roy Schmidt pleaded no contest Thursday to manufacture of marijuana. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Schmidt initially fought charges as a registered medical marijuana caregiver and disputed the amount of marijuana he possessed.

A police report read by the judge, however, indicated Schmidt told police that he sold marijuana to 10 to 15 people who weren’t his registered medical marijuana patients.

Schmidt represented Grand Rapids as a member of the Michigan House. He was defeated in 2012 after a surprising switch to the Republican Party.

He faces up to four years in prison when sentenced on March 22.

 


1.28.16:  Auto Show opens in Grand Rapids

 

 

Organizers say there were more than 815,000 visitors to the North American International Auto show in Detroit this year.

That’s up from more than 808,000 that attended the show last year.  Sunday’s final day saw more than 104,000 attendees.

 

Many of the vehicles on display in Detroit have made their way to Grand Rapids.

The 18th annual Michigan International Auto Show runs Thursday through Sunday at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.

The show will feature vehicles from automakers, as well as parts and accessories.  More than 300 car models are showcased during the event.

Highlights include a Million Dollar Motorway and a display of Gilmore Car Museum vintage vehicles.

 


1.28.16:  Ford Presidential Museum reopening in June after overhaul

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids is expected to reopen this spring after being closed in October to allow crews to install new permanent interactive exhibits and conduct renovations.

Those involved in the project provided updates Wednesday on the work, which includes construction of the new 8,000-square-foot DeVos Learning Center.

Videos, interactive digital elements and historical artifacts also are being incorporated into the new museum exhibits.

President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty Ford, lived in Rancho Mirage, California, for decades, but their hometown was Grand Rapids.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation says more than $15 million was raised for projects, including the learning center and exhibit updates.

Ceremonies to mark the reopening are scheduled for June 7.

 


1.28.16:  MI to raise awareness of school choices

 

 

Governor Snyder has officially proclaimed this week as “School Choice Week” in Michigan.

The purpose is to raise public awareness about school choice.  It could include traditional public schools, charter schools, magnet school, online learning, private schools and homeschooling.

 

Today Grand Rapids Public Schools presents School Choice Expo and Winter Carnival.

It is a free family friendly event offering GRPS students, their families, and prospective families the opportunity to learn about school choices while enjoying a fun winter celebration.

The event takes place at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison Ave SE from 4 – 6:30 p.m.

 

GRPS offers many school choices including theme schools and Centers of Innovation.

Seats are limited and applications are required for these schools.  Applications for the next school year are available and the deadline is February 26, 2016.

 

Interested parents can pick up paper applications at any GRPS school or the GRPS Administration Building on Franklin Street for fill out a paperless application online at apply.grps.org.


1.27.16:  Kent County to begin testing water for lead, copper, arsenic

 

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The health department in Kent County plans to begin testing its water supply for lead, copper and arsenic next month.

Kent County Health Department lab manager Allyson Chirio says  the new testing isn’t in response to dangerous lead levels in Flint’s water, but that the crisis there has caused Kent County residents to lose trust in their water’s quality.

Currently, the county tests water samples for things like E. coli, fluoride, chloride, iron and sodium. But testing for lead is handled by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

New equipment will be installed next week so the department can start testing water by mid-February.

The tests will cost $18 per metal.