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December 8, 2017
THE SNOW IS FLYING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
We officially have snow here in East Grand Rapids. The City of East Grand Rapids Public Works crews will be working hard to keep streets and sidewalks cleared this winter. As we head into the winter season, here are
that you need to know.
LEAF COLLECTION FINISHED
Yard waste/leaf collection service ends Friday, Dec. 8. Regular yard waste pickup will resume April 2, 2018.
CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP
Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and other natural plant based decorations will be picked up on the terrace side of the curb by Public Works from Tuesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 12 following regular yard waste collection routes (Monday’s route (Jan. 1) will be collected on Tuesday, Jan. 2 )
The City is not able to collect trees, wreaths or other holiday decorations that have wire, ornaments, lights, etc. on them as the trees and wreaths are chipped/recycled
Please make sure any of these items placed out are only natural, plant based material.
NEW CITY COMMISSIONERS
During Monday night's commission meeting, Mayor Amna Seibold thanked Diana Schad for her dedication and commitment to the residents of EGR as first ward commissioner.
We also welcomed two new commissioners, Katie Favale and Bryan Walters, as they were sworn into their new roles. Claudine Duncan was also sworn in for her second term.
The holidays: a season of joy, love, family – and injuries. More than 15,000 people end up in the emergency room just from putting up decorations.
From parties to decorating, shopping and volunteering, we’re in one of the busiest times of the year. All this hustle and bustle often puts safety to the back of mind. Capt. Ric Buikema has a
to keep safety top of mind during this holiday season.
WATER BILL ACCOUNT
If you are moving into or out of a home in East Grand Rapids, contact our office at 616.949.2110. We will set up your new water bill account or schedule a final water reading for your account and switch the service to the new owner.
Final meter readings requires a notice of at least two working days. From December through April, final reads will be performed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
TOYS FOR TOTS
The Public Safety Dept. is once again a drop off site for Toys for Tots. Bring new, unwrapped gifts during our business hours, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. A big thank you to the community for your continued support of this program. Click
for more information.
Please note, property taxes were mailed on Dec. 1. For more information on Property Taxes, click
EGR SPORTS TREE SALE
Head down to Gerken Plaza at Memorial Field to support East Grand Rapids Sports and get a beautiful Christmas tree! Hours are:
Monday - Friday: 5 - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Sale runs through Tuesday, Dec. 12, or until trees run out.
(Image courtesy of EGRHS Hockey Boosters)
EGR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The philanthropic spirit that weaves our community together is undeniable. At the center of this spirit is the EGR Community Foundation, acting as a catalyst for engagement, enhancement and enrichment.
As we look to the future, having a strong endowment will be vital in maintaining the long-term vitality of our Community Foundation — and, by extension, East Grand Rapids. Will you join us this Giving Tuesday in creating a sustainable foundation with a gift?
Learn more about EGRCF + make your gift today
GASLIGHT VILLAGE SIP & SHOP
Head down to Gaslight Village on Thursday, Dec. 14 for a fun evening of holiday shopping. Many of the retailers will be open late -- and if you visit each shop, you'll be entered to win a gift basket featuring Gaslight Village merchants. For more information, click
Ready for Reindeer!
Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don't forget the camera! Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Ethics Book Club: On Tyranny
Join us for a thoughtful, candid and lively discussion of books ranging in topics from current affairs, the environment, philosophy, religion, culture, race, gender and economics. The book selection for December is: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Books For Texas
Our friends at Kent District Library are participating in a very special project this fall. Bring your new and gently used books to the East Grand Rapids Branch to support Port Arthur Public Library, which lost much of its collection during Hurricane Harvey. Learn more
for more information on Library events, hours and details.
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