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The Lion King Comes to Grand Rapids

The traveling cast of The Lion King just finished their 16 show run last weekend at DeVos Performance Hall. This show is still on tour and has been beyond successful. This summer, The Lion King hit its 9,000th performance on Broadway. This miraculous milestone has only been attained by two other Broadway shows: Phantom of the Opera and Chicago. Over 95 million people around the world have experienced this six-time Tony Award-winning musical. The Lion…

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Gas Station Update

On Wednesday, November 27th, J&H Family Stores released an emailed statement to those in attendance at the Roselle Park meeting on November 18th: “We thank [the community] for voicing your concerns and can assure you that your safety and community partnerships are J&H Family Stores top priorities. After much discussion following Monday’s meeting, we have decided not to move forward with the property on Knapp and Pettis at this time.” Craig Hoppen, the CEO of…

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Mia Dart: A Student Actress

Mia Dart is a junior at Forest Hills Eastern High School. Mia, like any other high school student, enjoys spending time with her family and hanging out with her friends. She also loves to participate in musical theatre productions. Mia began participating in musicals in the sixth grade when she was in the children’s chorus of The Music Man, an FHE production. Her love for performing began in the second grade when she moved to…

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The Hawk Herald Giving Thanks (Pt. 2)

“I am thankful for senior year. Or rather, I am thankful for the perspective that senior year has imparted on me. It brings on so many “last firsts” –– last first day, last first show, last first dance. These were events that I always valued, but there’s something about its finality of it all this year that leads me to value them more. I am thankful as well for the sense of security senior year…

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Potential Gas Station Angers Ada Residents

On Monday evening, emotions ran high at a town hall meeting held in the visitor center at Roselle Park. The meeting saw a union of the Ada Community in a fiery, adamant front against the possible construction of a gas station by the J&H Family Stores and Oil Company on the corner of the already turbulent Knapp and Pettis intersection. The McCraes’, who have owned the iconic corner property since before Forest Hills Eastern’s construction,…

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The Hawk Herald Giving Thanks

As November passes, we often surround ourselves in giving thanks. The staff at the Hawk Herald pauses to give thanks, individually. “I am thankful for the privileged life that I am able to live. I can recognize that most people are not able to enjoy the simple things that I take for granted. Because of this, I try to give around the holiday season and volunteer throughout the year through miscellaneous service projects.” – Ben…

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Cast Announced for The Addams Family

Forest Hill’s Eastern’s The Addams Family will be hitting the stage this winter. A musical based on the characters of cartoonist Charles Addams, The Addams Family focuses on a quirky, gloomy family that takes joy in gloominess and excitement in death. The family has lived by their morbid traditions for centuries, and Morticia and Gomez Addams – the heads of the household – wish to continue this way. These traditions are threatened, however, when their…

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Eastern Students Deserve a Seven-Hour Day

Currently, at Forest Hills Eastern, students attend six periods throughout their school day. Each class lasts between fifty minutes to an hour with a thirty-minute lunch in the middle of the day. However, this schedule may not be the optimal choice. Students find it difficult to take elective courses and focus on their career path. Eastern High School should switch to a seven-hour day. Many underclassmen struggle to fit classes into their schedule. Along with…

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Vibe Check: Deja Brew Coffee Bar

Introducing: The Vibe Check Vagabonds. In a new series on the Hawk Herald, Anna Rapaport, Isabel Gil, Katie Stotts, and Tara Kloostra will be visiting different, unknown, and small businesses around Grand Rapids and Ada to check their vibes. Our first stop was a coffee shop off the Beltline called Deja Brew Coffee Bar.  As an avid coffee drinker, the name Deja Brew piqued my interest. I’m usually not a huge fan of puns, but…

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A Trip to Brody’s Be Cafe

Located in downtown Ada in a petite blue building is the new Brody’s Be Cafe. After opening a few months ago, there was a lot of buzz about the cafe in schools and on social media.  What made Brody’s so different was not what they served, but the cause they served. The cafe is a nonprofit small business run by Jenny Cole and was inspired by Rachel’s son, Brody, who was born with down syndrome.…

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