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Big Construction Project on U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids Starts July 7

Your commute may become a bit more challenging after the holiday weekend.

A major construction project on U.S. 131 through downtown Grand Rapids begins on Monday, July 7.

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Daredevil Circus Company Performs at Amway Family Fireworks on July 5 [Video]

A homegrown Grand Rapids circus troupe is performing Saturday in a return show for the Amway Family Fireworks celebration.

Daredevil Circus Company brings its Cirque du Soleil-style show to the Amway Family Fireworks at 8 p.m. July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Re/Max of Grand Rapids’ Family Fun Zone, Hot Air Balloon at Amway Family Fireworks

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

But before that colorful display next Saturday, Re/Max of Grand Rapids' Family Fun Zone from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST at Ah-Nab-Awen park.

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Photo Courtesy of Amway
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Have a Blast with Amway Family Fireworks on Fifth of July in Downtown Grand Rapids

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies on July 5 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

The 2014 event marks the fourth year of Amway’s title sponsorship of the annual fireworks display.

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Jackie Gets Ready For ‘Sleeping Beauty (Somewhere in Time)’

This is the week we open "Sleeping Beauty (Somewhere in Time)" at Circle Theatre in Grand Rapids!

We are in the final stages of prepping for the show including getting the monster set we have placed as well as finishing up the different character makeup styles.

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Congratulations to Free Beer and Hot Wings for 10 Years in Grand Rapids!

This week is the 10th anniversary of Free Beer and Hot Wings coming to WGRD and Grand Rapids to inflict their brand of humor on the city and the world!  This is a big achievement for a morning show, to make it this long, and we're really happy to have the guys here in our great city!

Here's some video of last night after some of the decorating of the hallways, and then some of the (unfortunately edited) video from the staff lunch.  The guys were doing their thing, insulting everyone including themselves, and our GM, Russ, presented them with some bathroom decorations!

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Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft Reveals #GRgyle [Video]

LPGA pros Morgan Pressel and Nicole Castrale might not have quite arrived with a fashion suggestion revealed this morning, but they both embrace the reasons behind the red argyle that's popped up around Grand Rapids since May 9.

Those somewhat iconic red argyle socks have been showing up in greater Grand Rapids at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Rosa Parks Circle, at other downtown Grand Rapids locations and even the Tulip Time Festival last month in Holland.

The campaign is all tied to the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft, which is teeing off Aug. 7 to 10 at Blythefield Country Club. Consider the red argyle campaign with the #GRgygle hashtag as Walker-based Meijer's nudge for a community-focused LPGA tournament with all proceeds to benefit Meijer's Simply Give food pantry-supporting and hunger-fighting program.

Tickets for the Meijer Classic, which will have a 144-player field vying for $1.5 million in prize money, went on sale today.

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Pop Evil’s ‘Flawed’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Grand Rapids' own, Pop Evil, hit the main stage this year at Rock on the Range!  

The sold-out show packed Crew Stadium as our local boys took the stage with a ferocious performance of their Michigan rock!

Walking around that day, getting ready for the Pop Evil show, I heard a lot of people talking about the bands they wanted to see, and our Pop Evil was one of the bands I heard mentioned A LOT!

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Vote Now to Help Name Grand Rapids Top Town In America – Round 2

Grand Rapids has made it to Round 2 in Outside Magazine's ongoing "Best Town In America" contest.

In round one, Grand Rapids beat out Omaha, Neb.

This round, Grand Rapids is pitted against La Crosse, Wis. I've never been to La Crosse, but I can already tell you that Grand Rapids is better.

Want to help Grand Rapids move on to the next round? 

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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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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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