• Local shops hope for strong holiday season

    10 days ago - By Wood TV

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Struggling through the pandemic, local businesses are relying on community support this holiday shopping season.
    "I think there's a bigger emphasis right now, No. 1, because we can go into stores, which we had a very limited scope of that last year," Richard App, the retail retention and attraction specialist with the city of Grand Rapids, said. "No. 2, small businesses always rely on this time of year, but after the year we've had, this is a really desperate time for a lot of businesses."
    With supply chain causing shortages, toy stores advise shopping early
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  • GRPD and activists respond to arrests following Saturday protest

    GRPD and activists respond to arrests following Saturday protest

    10 days ago - By Wood TV

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids police say the two people arrested following a protest downtown Saturday were picked up on outstanding warrants, while the activists who organized the event say they felt harassed.
    Justice for Black Lives hosted a demonstration at Rosa Parks Circle Saturday over Kyle Rittenhouse's not guilty verdict. After it wrapped up, two people were arrested.
    "Our leadership made sure to take extra precautions to avoid any threats from the GRPD or any outside of that group. These precautions include things such as not using megaphones and walking on the sidewalks...
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  • $10K grants will support antiviolence initiatives in Grand Rapids

    $10K grants will support antiviolence initiatives in Grand Rapids

    10 days ago - By Wood TV

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A Grand Rapids task force has selected the five programs that will get $10,000 each to work to reduce violence and crime.
    The groups are among more than a dozen organizations that presented their ideas to the city's Safe Alliances for Everyone Task Force during a pitch night last week .
    We Matter Now will host a two-day conference to offer conflict resolution and problem-solving training to young people.
    The Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation will use the money it won to sponsor a community basketball league. Young people will be able to participate in...
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