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East Express E-Newsletter
January 7, 2016

ELECTION WORKERS NEEDED.  The City is hiring more precinct workers for the upcoming election season.  If  you have basic computer skills and don't mind a long day serving the community, please contact Karen Brower or Chris Berg at 616.949.2110.  No previous experience is necessary; all training is provided.  Pay is $115 per day plus an hourly wage for training attended.  Application form.

Help Wanted sign 
KENT DISTRICT LIBRARY NEWS.  The EGR branch of KDL has a number of programs coming up this winter.  For more information on any of the events below, please contact the library at 784.2007, or stop in the library.

 KDL Logo

Bag Book Sale
$3.00 per bag
Saturday, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lower level of the Library


Gluten Free/Allergen Free LifestyleWhether you're considering a gluten-free lifestyle out of curiosity or necessity, Chef Terri Rees will help you explore tasty and convenient ways to go gluten and/or allergen-free.  If you've spoken to your doctors or registered dieticians and it all sounds confusing, learn from a chef the tips, tricks, techniques and substitutions for making changes in your diet.  For adults. 

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

 Gluten free graphic

Teen Cram NightCome to the library for your concentrated study jam!  Finish that big project or prepare for a test, while having the library all to yourselves and enjoying pizza and pop.  Bring your assignments, study partners and your brain.  For teens grades 9-12.

Friday, Jan. 22, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Teenager studying 

KDL Lab: Scratch Programming ClubShare tips and tricks for creating your own interactive stories, games and animations with our Coding with Scratch weekly meet-ups.  Pre-registration is required.  A limited number of laptops will be available for those who cannot bring their own.  For ages 6 and older.

Held every Tuesday while School is in session from 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 

 Computer code
HUNTINGTON REEDS LAKE RUN. Join us for the 38th annual Huntington Reeds Lake Run.  You can run or walk a  5K, run a 10K and even run or walk a 5K with your dog.  Back for the third year, we will have a 10K wheelchair & handcycle division.  All runners, walkers, wheelchair and handcycle participants will get a moisture wicking race shirt.  More information.


DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE.  Get your dancing shoes ready!  Save the date for the East Grand Rapids: Parks & Recreation Dept. Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Those who register before Friday, Jan. 8, will receive $5 off their fee. Register online. 

Father and Daughter 
MOM & SON NIGHT.  The East Grand Rapids: Parks & Recreation Dept. Mom & Son Night will be held on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.  Get your sports gear out for this fun night of games!  Register online.

 Mother and Son

CHRISTMAS TREE AND WREATH PICKUP.  Christmas tree and holiday wreath collection and disposal began Monday, Jan. 4 and will conclude on Friday, Jan. 15.  The collection route will be the same as the yard waste schedule.  All hardware, bags, stands, lights, wires and decorations must be removed from trees and wreaths prior to disposal or crews will not collect those items.  Trees and wreaths should be placed along the terrace side of the curb or edge of the street in the right of way.

 Pine tree
THEATRE BY NUMBERS.  To kick off a new year, the East Grand Rapids High School Drama Department will debut Theatre by the Numbers!  Student written skits, poems, improvs and readings will be presented in an order chosen by the audience.  A time limit is imposed and the cast will work frantically to perform the selections chosen by audience.  The show will be presented in the EGRHS Little Auditorium, Jan. 8 & 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 available at the box office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the week prior to the show and from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the door on show nights.


MANHATTAN PARK BENCH PLAQUES.  Three bench plaques, which have recently been refurbished with new plastic recycled material, are available for purchase.  The plaque comes with a personalized inscription and is a thoughtful way to honor a loved one.  Cost for the bench is $1,800.  If you are interested, contact Fred Bunn at 949.1750 for more information.

SNOW PLOWING PRIORITY ROAD ROUTES.  The priority routes are considered our major streets.  These routes are plowed and salted as necessary to minimize slippery road surface conditions.  Local road routes include all remaining residential streets.  These routes will be plowed after all priority routes have been cleaned.  Local road routes are lightly salted, as needed, to control slippery conditions.


SIDEWALK PLOWING.  City sidewalks are plowed after a snow accumulation of approximately two inches and on weekends when the snow fall has concluded.  The sidewalk School Priority Routes are cleaned as needed to ensure sidewalks are clear prior to the start of school.  The City does not provide ice control to city sidewalks.  Residents are encouraged to do so if necessary along their frontage.  Sidewalks will be cleared, but most likely will not be down to the bare sidewalk.  There may be a minor depth of snow or ice remaining once the plows have gone down your sidewalks.

For a quick FAQ guide to snow and sidewalk plowing, click HERE

 Sidewalk plow
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SNOWPLOW CONTRACTOR REGULATIONS.  Snowplow Contractors must be licensed with the City of East Grand Rapids and adhere to the following regulations:

·         Snow shall not be deposited in the street or in public sidewalks

·         Snow shall be deposited behind the curb (or where curbs do not exist, off the traveled portion of the roadway) along the same side of the street as the driveway being plowed

·         Snow shall not be deposited across the street from the driveway being plowed   

·         Snow shall not be deposited around fire hydrants.