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Vote Now To Help Name Grand Rapids Top Town In America

Despite the this winter's crippling Polar Vortex and the fact that this cold weather seems like it will never leave, Grand Rapids is a beautiful place to live or visit. Outside Magazine seems to agree with that as they've named Grand Rapids one of the “64 Best Towns in America”. Each of the towns on this list are competing in a bracket-style competition to be named the overall best town in the country.

That's where you and your vote come in - you can vote once in each round of the competition to support your favorite town.

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Grand Rapids

Today is Cinco de Mayo!

So, what?

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Movies in the Park Returns This Summer to Downtown Grand Rapids [Video]

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is bringing back its Movies in the Park series this summer!

There will be six movie nights this year, with the first film being shown June 6.

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The NBA Development League announced Tuesday its Springfield, Mass., franchise is moving to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season. Pictured are, from left, Rick Mahorn, a Detroit Pistons radio analyst and former Pistons player; Dan Reed, NBA D-League president; Steve Jbara, president of the Grand Rapids D-League club; Dennis Mannion, CEO of the Pistons; Joel Langlois, DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center president; and Hooper, Pistons mascot. (Photo: Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids)
The NBA Development League announced Tuesday its Springfield, Mass., franchise is moving to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season. Pictured are, from left, Rick Mahorn, a Detroit Pistons radio analyst and former Pistons player; Dan Reed, NBA D-League president; Steve Jbara, president of the Grand Rapids D-League club; Dennis Mannion, CEO of the Pistons; Joel Langlois, DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center president; and Hooper, Pistons mascot. (Photo: Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids)
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Grand Rapids Nets NBA D-League Franchise for 2014-15 Season

The NBA Development League today announced that SSJ Group, LLC, led by Steve Jbara, has purchased the Springfield Armor and is relocating the Massachusetts club to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season with a direct affiliation with the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

The announcement was made this afternoon at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

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Studio 28 Making Its Way to Memories

A little over a month ago, it was confirmed that the building that once was Studio 28 would be demolished.

I went over to the old Wyoming building on 28th Street SW that held many memories for me to check and see how the demolition was coming.

The building now is unrecognizable.

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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in Grand Rapids in Honor of Late Betty Ford

Rosalynn Carter can readily identify with Betty Ford.

They served as first ladies at The White House in back-to-back terms in the 1970s.

Today, Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter, is in Grand Rapids in honor of the 96th birthday of the late Ford, the spouse of former President Gerald Ford.

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Local 7-11s Close Except for a Couple; What’s Next?

First in a series

Although Grand Rapids is a growing, vibrant city of national acclaim and new found business desire, some existing haunts in the city are drying up.

For all the H&Ms, Cabella's and Five Guys, there are other older franchises struggling to stay afloat.

This is a look at some national and regional chains that are leaving the market, in some cases, completely.

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City of Grand Rapids Embraces New Fourth of July Weekend Festivities

The City of Grand Rapids today announced that Celebration on the Grand and the Fourth of July fireworks are being combined into a two-day event to be held annually the first Friday and Saturday of July.

With the shift, this year’s Celebration on the Grand activities will be held the evening of Friday, July 4. The Amway Family Fireworks event will cap off the event shortly after dusk Saturday, July 5. In addition, admission remains free to both downtown Grand Rapids events.

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Motley Crue Kicking Off The Final Tour on July 2 in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena! [Video]

Motley Crue announced its final tour today, and the best part is that it kicks off right here in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on July 2 with Alice Cooper!  Get ready to buy your tickets, which go on sale this weekend, at all Ticketmaster locations. 

This will be your last chance to see Motley Crue live!

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Grand Rapids Kids & Family Expo This Weekend

This weekend on Saturday (Jan. 18), it's the Kids & Family Expo at DeVos Place!

First, one of the best things about the expo this weekend?  They'll have a zipline running through DeVos Place!

No doubt you have cabin fever and so do the kids!  The Kids & Family Expo will help you come play and get active - and help the kids burn off some energy.

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Greater Grand Rapids: Top 5 Weather Events of 2013 [Video]

It was a year for the record books in 2013 in West Michigan.

At least so says the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office, which issued its annual climate summary report this week.

There was the April flooding that swamped locales along the Grand River and other area tributaries

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Weather Alert: It’s Still Winter [Video]

The arctic blast gripping Grand Rapids and West Michigan is expected to loosen today, according to the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office and WZZM-TV, Channel 13.

The temperature reached a high of 8 degrees and a low a minus-1 degree Tuesday, with wind chills as low a 20 degrees-plus below zero at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

In Holland at West Michigan Regional Airport, it reached a high of 11 degrees late Tuesday with a low a minus-1 degree early Tuesday and wind chills of minus-23 degrees.

Snow and windy conditions created near-blizzard conditions and sub-zero temperatures with sub-zero wind over the past three days. However, the high today is expected to reach 18 degrees.

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