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February 4, 2016

GASLIGHT VILLAGE BREAK-INS.  This past month, three businesses in the local area (two in Gaslight, one in Grand Rapids) were broken into in what is believed to be related attempts.  Anyone who has information pertaining to these cases is encouraged to call Detective Mark Linder at 949.7010.  More information.  

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PROPERTY TAXES DUE FEBRUARY 16.  Winter property taxes are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.  You can pay them in person during business hours, drop them off in our secure drop-box after hours or pay them online.  There is an additional credit card processing fee if paid online.  If you're planning on mailing in your payment, please make sure to allow enough time for the payment to reach us as we cannot accept postmarks as paid on-time.  More information.

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SPRING PROGRAM REGISTRATION.  The Parks & Recreation Department is currently taking registrations for spring programs.  New programs include Youth Dance Party, Spring Foraging 101, Crave Your Cravings for Sweets and Photography 102: After the Shoot.  Spring sports will also be here soon so don’t miss the opportunity to register your children.  View all the offerings or register online at or call 949.1750.

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SLEDDING AT MANHATTAN PARK.  There are two hills available for sledding as long as Mother Nature cooperates.  The smaller of the two is perfect for younger children and those looking for a shorter, gentler hill.  It is best to park in the lot off Cascade Road and you will see the hill due south near the softball outfield.  The larger hill is both steep and fast with a fairly long climb back to the top.  Accessing the hill from the Manhattan Road parking lot will provide the shortest walk with the hill being directly to the south.  Parks & Rec ask that you don’t build jumps as they are dangerous for unsuspecting sliders. Dress warm, be safe and enjoy the fun of winter!  (If it comes back.) 


MARCH 8 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION. The last day to register to vote for the Presidential Primary is Monday, February 8.  If you are already registered to vote at your current address, you do not need to re-register.  If you've moved since you last voted, you need to change your registration address before February 8 to vote in your new location. Stop by City Hall or call us at 949.2110 with questions.

Absentee ballots are available for the March 8 election for those who qualify.  You can stop by and pick up ballots during business hours, or send in an application form and we will mail it to you.

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POLAR PLUNGE.  The East Grand Rapids Polar Plunge will take place on Feb. 13, 2016 at the Middle School and Reeds Lake.  Polar Plunge events throughout the state raise funds for the more than 21,000 athletes that participate in Special Olympics Michigan.  Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Middle School.  The parade of costumes will start at 12:45 p.m. with the plunge following immediately.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST.  Join friends and neighbors for a community pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.  The cost is $5 per person or $20 a family for pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee and juice. Kids 5/under eat free.  Gluten free pancakes available.  Tickets available at City Hall or at the door of the event.  Hosted by the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Proceeds will benefit the foundation's bicycle safety efforts.

HEART TO HEART CRAFT PARTY.   Roses are red, violets are blue, KDL has a Valentine event just for you! Join the EGR branch of KDL and celebrate this Valentine's Day with the entire family with snacks and crafts. Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2:00 p.m.  

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