PEOPLE + PLACES
One thumbprint by one woman — Esperance, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — helped start a movement that has reached from the top of Kilimanjaro to the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, from dusty African villages to glamorous cocktail parties in the United States.
When she brought her baby daughter home from the hospital in 2009, Tara Jones was a college student strapped with thousands of dollars of debt and could barely make ends meet for herself.
Grand Valley State University is gaining a fresh perspective with new President Philomena V. Mantella.
If you’re feeling upset or stressed, many people would suggest a quiet walk or a few deep breaths.
RV rentals are up in Grand Rapids, according to a rental site.
Women will be gathering next week to support some of the most vulnerable in Grand Rapids.
Several West Michigan retailers are adding a safe space for dogs while their owners shop.
One of Grand Rapids’ most photographed landmarks is undergoing a makeover.
More than 700,000 people visit Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s 158-acre park each year to attend concerts, view its indoor and outdoor gardens, sculpture galleries, permanent sculpture collection and use the learning center, café and meeting rooms, among other features.
The DeVos family and Kent County have unveiled a statue honoring the local philanthropist who was a driving force behind creating West Michigan’s largest urban park.
A “fun center” in the area continues to expand its offerings, and the latest takes guests soaring across the park.