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East Express E-Newsletter
September 1, 2016

Lake Drive to Open Tomorrow. After an almost three-month reconstruction, the intersection of Lake Drive and Breton in East Grand Rapids will open Friday afternoon, barring no unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about the project HERE.
 Road closed sign

. Public Works crews worked hard last week to clean up after the storms of August 20. Several employees were called in after the storm to help assess the damage and begin clearing the streets and sidewalks that were blocked by fallen trees. Special thanks to the officers of the Public Safety Department who assisted by canvassing the city making a list of any trees down that needed to be cleared. In all, East Grand Rapids did not suffer any widespread or severe damage from the storms, and the Public Works crews worked tirelessly to clean up the damage that occurred. An extra crew was devoted to the area west of Plymouth Road where most of the tree damage happened. The regular yard waste crew was able to complete the pickup of downed limbs in the rest of the city.  

Storm clean up

BACK TO SCHOOL BIKE SAFETY. Next Tuesday is the first day of school in East Grand Rapids, which means that pedestrian and bike traffic will pick back up. Please be cautious while driving around the school grounds. The Public Safety Dept. has back to school tips to ensure our young residents stay safe while riding their bikes.  


DID YOU LOCK YOUR DOORS? Please do your part in preventing crime in East Grand Rapids by always locking your doors. The majority of break-ins we have in our community happen to vehicles and homes that are left unlocked. If you ever see suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, please call 9-1-1.  

 Public Safety Logo

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS.  If you're a student heading away to college this month, take a moment to make sure you are registered to vote before you go. Michigan law requires that people who register by mail (ie a form printed off the internet or obtained at a rally on campus) must vote in person the first time. Registering in person at your local clerk's office or at a Secretary of State's office will ensure that you can receive an absentee ballot if you will be away at school and unable to vote in person in November.  Call our offices at 949.2110, and we'll check your registration and make sure you're all set before you go.  

 Vote Button

RHOADES MCKEE TRIATHLON.  Registration for the Rhoades McKee Triathlon is still open! If you haven't registered, there is still time before Sept. 8. New this year: there is both an Olympic and sprint distance.  
For more information or to register, click HERE.    
Volunteers are still needed! For all the volunteer needs and to sign up online, click HERE.    


EGRCF SPAGHETTI DINNER. Save the date for the annual EGRCF Spaghetti Dinner, which will be held on Friday Sept. 30 before the football game. More details to come soon!  


FINAL MOVIES IN THE PARK. Friday, Sept. 16 will be the last Movies in the Park, which is held at John Collins Park. The 2015 Disney version of Cinderella will be shown at dusk. Grab a picnic and a lawn chair and head down to the shores of beautiful Reeds Lake. For more information, click HERE.    

 Movie in the Park

PIONEER PICNIC. The EGR Sports teams will host its popular Pioneer Picnic again this year on Sept. 7. This community wide pep rally gives guest a chance to meet the 2016 varsity football team, play games with the team and celebrate the EGR football program. More information.   

 Football player

DTE POSTCARD. A subcontractor of Consumers Energy, URG, recently sent our a postcard notice regarding gas meter inspections. We've received several calls about this mailing and it is legitimate. Consumers Energy does require contractors to show their ID badge before entering your home. 

 Meter Reader

SOS WARNING. The Secretary of State's Office is urging residents to take care when giving out information over the phone to anyone they do not know personally. The SOS's Office is aware of instances in which a person claiming to be a state employee has called asking for credit card and Social Security information. Callers may use a technique known as “caller ID spoofing” so a phone’s caller ID displays a valid number of a Secretary of State office or another state agency. The SOS emphasizes that the Office does not make unsolicited calls to customers asking for personal or financial information.   More information.  

 Scam Warning

COMMUNITY CENTER 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. On Wednesday, Aug. 24 the East Grand Rapids community gathered to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our Community Center. In 2004, EGR residents approved a bond issue to develop a new LEED certified center that combined the city hall and library into one facility. The renovation took 15 months to complete before the building reopened in August 2006. Ten years later, the Community Center continues to be a place where residents and visitors can gather, learn and connect. Thank you to the many hands that came together to create this wonderful facility that has become the heart of East Grand Rapids. See the photos here.  

 Birthday cake
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