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Sudanese refugee finds home in Holland

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After spending 20 years in a Kenyan refugee camp, one South Sudanese woman now calls Holland home.

After spending 20 years in a Kenyan refugee camp, one South Sudanese woman now calls Holland home.

“When I was young, I used to see a lot of fighting,” said Christine Amjma Charles, 28. “The plane would throw down bombs. Killing of people. That’s what I remember when I was so young. We could run from place to place.”

A civil war in the African country of Sudan where Charles and her family resided was a conflict between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army — a guerrilla organization known in part for abducting children and forcing them to become soldiers in their army.

“I remember my mom, we used to run from place to place because my stepdad was a soldier...

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Types Of Holland Michigan News Stories You Can Read About Online

You should check out a Holland Michigan news website. In fact, you should do this regularly. However, you might be wondering what types of news you can expect to find on such a site. A few topics include the following:

1. World News- You can find out what is going on in the world by visiting a reputable Holland Michigan news website. Let’s face it, there are many worldwide events that you should know about, and a good news website makes it easy for you to do just that. Whether it’s business, crime, entertainment or anything else, if it’s worldwide news, you can count on reading about it.

2. Breaking- Let’s face it, news you need to know about can happen at any given time. When breaking news occurs, a Holland news website will cover it in a timely manner...

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Raccoon sneaks into ritzy NYC apartment

This pesky raccoon wanted to move on up – to the West Side.

The animal creeped into a eighth-floor apartment of a ritzy Upper West Side building through an open window Tuesday morning, startling a woman inside who was babysitting two young kids, the building doorman told The Post.

“The window was open. We think it came in through the fire escape,” the doorman at 680 West End Ave. said.

After the furry menace slipped into the apartment around 9:30 a.m., the babysitter whisked the school-aged children to safety outside and quickly called the police, the doorman said, adding “everyone’s fine.”

The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit responded to the incident and captured the critter, which appeared docile, in a cage.

Authorities will either bring the raccoon to the Animal Care Centers of NYC or rel...

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Inside Grand Rapids’ biggest new apartment construction projects

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – There’s still a lot of concrete to be poured and drywall to be painted, but progress is being made on two of the city’s largest apartment construction projects.

Rockford Construction Co. and Wolverine Building Group handed out hardhats and safety vests to reporters on Wednesday, Aug. 23, so they could show off the progress they are making on projects along Market Avenue SW and in the Midtown Neighborhood along the Medical Mile..

At 234 Market Avenue SW, Rockford Construction is past the halfway point in building an apartment complex that will include 235 rental units, a 300-car parking ramp and ground floor retail space

The property sits just west of a $60 million expansion of Founders Brewing Co...

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Warren Apartments for Rent

Finding Apartments for Rent in Warren, MI

With a population of more than 130,000 people at the time of the 2010 census, Warren is the third-largest city in Michigan and the largest suburb of Detroit, which is located directly to the south. Although Warren is bordered by Detroit, it couldn’t be more different. In most ways, it conforms with what you’d expect to find in any suburban city. It’s split up into four main districts, but each one is relatively similar to the other. Several major roads cross through Warren, and many are dotted with various commercial businesses. In between, there are numerous subdivisions and areas that include clusters of apartment communities. You’re in luck if you’re looking for an apartment in Warren, though...

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Holland Michigan:Everything That You Need to Know

Holland Michigan has so much to offer to so many different demographic of people. It is one of those places that many people do not know about but when people learn about they were to immediately move. They want to immediately move here because this place has so much to offer. It is a great place for families to move to because the schools are really good, there are plenty of family things to do, there things to do outside in different companies and small businesses and restaurants that all cater to families.

Holland Michigan, is not just good for families but it is good for single people to...

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Water levels rising in Great Lakes, effects felt at Holland-area beaches

By Jake.Allen / @hollandsentinel.com / 616-546-4273

The monthly water level average for July 2017 in Lake Michigan was the highest recorded since October 1997.

Deb Thompson’s eight mile runs on the Laketown Beach are getting tougher.

This is because the water level of Lake Michigan is rising and is leaving less beach to run on, Thompson said.

Thompson, a resident of Holland for the past three years, is right. Lake Michigan beaches are shrinking and water levels in the Great Lakes are on the rise.

The monthly water level average for July 2017 in Lake Michigan was the highest recorded since October 1997, according to data from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

The laboratory measures Lake Michigan and Lake Huron as one unit.

Lake Michigan water levels hit a record low of 576...

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University of Michigan student awakes to intruder in off-campus apartment

ANN ARBOR, MI- Police are investigating another home invasion in a string of recent break-ins reported near the University of Michigan campus.

Police were called shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, July 17 to the 100 block of North Ingalls Street for the reported break-in, said Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Matthew Lige. The location is just north of the university’s Rackham Graduate School.

A University of Michigan student awoke to sounds of someone in his apartment, Lige said. The suspect – described as a heavy-set black male in his 20s, wearing a gray hoodie – fled when confronted, but got away with the man’s wallet.

The U-M Division of Public Safety and Security is looking for a man who they believe to be the suspect of a string of home invasions on and around Packard Road.

Police believe t...

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Brazilian steak house opens in Holland

West Michigan fans of Brazilian steak houses won’t have to drive to Metro Detroit or to Chicago to get their fix.

Brazilian natives Leandro and Jucimar Lemos have opened Charcoal Grill Brazilian Steak House in Holland.

The buffet-style restaurant lets customers try up to 10 kinds of Brazilian-cooked meats at one sitting.

Charcoal Grill is similar to rotisserie-style restaurants common in Brazil – where meat is skewered on a spit.

The 164-seat restaurant, at 1012 Washington Ave, opened in June in a shopping center near Captain Sundae. It takes over the cavernous storefront previously occupied by Su Casa, a Mexican grocery and eatery.

"I had the idea to open the restaurant because there is nothing like it in Holland," said Jucimar Lemos, speaking in Portuguese, as her brother-in-law Carlson ...

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10 West Michigan wedding venues every bride wants to book

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Wedding season is HERE! Whether you prefer rustic-chic, gorgeous and glamorous, or something in between… West Michigan has got you covered. See some of our top picks of wedding venues below. Happy planning!

2337 63rd St, Fennville, MI

Capacity 151-200

Located on an old apple orchard, the Apple Blossom Chapel & Gardens in Fennville, Michigan is a bride and groom’s dream come true wedding venue. The property creates a whimsical feel with their tall trees, colorful flower gardens and crystal clear pond.

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146 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Capacity 151-200

At an astounding 10,900 square feet, the Ballroom truly dazzles with its original marble walls, sparkling crystal chandeliers and 24-foot Doric colum...

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