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Way To Go West Michigan! We Have A “10 Best Cities for Cheapskates” Winner!

Congrats to my hometown of Kalamazoo! The "Mall City" was just named one the the "10 Best Cities for Cheapskates" according to Kiplingers' magazine! Good job Kalamazoo! Way to be cheap! No, I'm kidding! The city has a fair amount of free or low cost activities plus a lower cost of living, all within a 3 hour drive of Chicago and Detroit. Perfect!

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A “Worst Of” List Grand Rapids Stores HAPPY To Not Be On!

The annual list of "Worst Grocery Stores in the US" just came out, and with one exception, none of these retailers are even in Michigan, let alone Grand Rapids! Go us! According to The Fiscal Times, the list of forgettable food stores is based on "ratings from 24,203 responses, and the four categories – service (includes employee courtesy and checkout speed), perishables (food quality), price and cleanliness – were scored from “very satisfied,” “fairly satisfied,” “neutral, “fairly unsatisfied” and “very unsatisfied.” Yikes!

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Riders What Do You Think? New Helmet Law Signed By Gov. Synder

So today it happened. Gov Synder signed a bill that would allow motorcycle operators 21 or older to ride without a helmet. The Riders will need at least $20,000 in insurance to ride in the state sans helmet. Groups who supported the bill are overjoyed. They felt Michigan lost millions of dollars to other states where people can ride with no helmet. People who opposed the bill feel more money will be needed for insurance and injuries.

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Meijer Gardens Announce 2012 Summer Concert Series!

You KNOW it's spring now! The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announces its 10th Outdoor Summer Concert Series! Great acts like the B-52's, Grand Rapids' own Al Green, Fiona Apple, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris and former Interlochen music student Rufus Wainwright. Lyle Lovett, k.d. lang and Huey Lewis and the News are also coming back, plus Steve Miller and Foreigner hit the Meijer Gardens stage this summer!

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How Did I Miss THIS National Day?

Last Friday (March 30) was a very special national day. You know like "National Hot Dog Day" or "National Drink lots of Rum day". If you are one of the 6 other people who have been reading my little blog posts over the last 15 months or so, you know a couple of things about me. I like Chicago sports teams, White Castle, Mountain Dew, and ...

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Grand Rapids-Best City In US For Rasing A Family!

According to a new Forbes magazine (unlike the RelocateAmerica article from last August that got all the attention a couple of weeks ago) Grand Rapids is the "Best place to raise a family"! Yay us! Grand Rapids not only is a great place to live, but we keep getting all these public accolades!

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Downtown Grand Rapids’ Quizno’s Out–Subs-N-More In!

Downtown Grand Rapids has a new sub shop in place of the old Quizno's. It's Subs-N-More! A fixture in Holland and South Haven, the homemade sub and pizza place has set up shop in the McKay Tower. The grand opening is this Thursday with free pizza samples and more! Yummm!

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Craig Russell, Grand Rapids’ Most Accurate…

...Movie Reviewer! Ha! It's nice when I get on my little sap box, declare something terrible, and then get it back up by people who really do it. What am I talking about? Last Fall, I saw an ad for the latest Adam Sandler movie called "Jack and Jill". It's like it was only yesterday when I said...(cue the squiggly dream sequence...like on Wayne's World)

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Whitecaps Media Food Tasting Day Means Opening Day Not Far Away!

Ah, it's a rough life, but someone's gotta eat it! Today Matt Hendricks and I had to cover serious hard news at Fifth Third Ballpark. It was the 3rd annual "Whitecaps Media Food Tasting Day" or, “New Ballpark Food” media lunch as Mickey Graham from the Whitecaps puts it. All the new food items for the 2012 season were up for grabs in the Pepsi Stadium Club. Tough assignment today! :)

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Grand Rapids Is Number Two Place To Live In The US–Old News!

OK, so by now you have probably seen the story from Marketwatch.com that has Grand Rapids as the number two place to live in the United States. This story has been posted on Facebook and reported on by 3 of our local TV stations. When I saw it on channel 8's news last night, it was the straw that broke the camels back. This is a great story, but it's OLD NEWS!

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‘Angry Birds Space’ Review

Developer Rovio has spared no expense promoting the latest iteration of their billion dollar franchise since announcing Angry Birds Space last month. An aggressive marketing campaign, involving big names you don’t usually associate with video games (such as NASA and National Geographic), promises an epic new space adventure for the Birds to embark on. But, does it live up to the hype?

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Coffee And Donuts And Pi.

Today is National Pi Day. (Remember High School?) 3.14 is Pi. Today is 3.14.12. Clever. To celebrate, I'm going to share the best Fruit pie I have ever eaten. It's tasty and easy AND it has Krispy Kreme glaze on it it. It's the new Krispy Kreme Apple Pies. You can't but them AT a Krispy Kreme store, but you CAN get them at retail locations that sell KK Donuts. (In GR, that's Speedway gas stations and some Family Fare stores)

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