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East Express E-Newsletter
September 20, 2013

FALL LEAF PICK UP BEGINS OCTOBER 7th. Beginning Monday, October 7th, City crews will start pick up of loose leaf piles along the edge of the roadway. Residents may rake leaves onto the edge of the street for pickup. The regular weekly collection route will be maintained as long as possible, but as the volume of leaves increases, your pick up day may be delayed. More information.

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KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE. The East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety has recently responded to several parties where:

  • Many of the participants were well under the legal drinking age of 21;
  • The consumption of alcohol was prevalent; and
  • Marijuana possession and use was common.

As a result of this illegal activity, the East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety is advising parents, students, and the community that the following will occur in similar situations.

  • All underage subjects in attendance who are not drinking will be issued a civil infraction citation for Minor in Attendance at an underage drinking event.
  • Those who have been drinking or are in possession of alcohol will be issued a misdemeanor appearance ticket for Minor in Possession. If appropriate, the subject(s) putting on the party will be charged for hosting the event.
  • Those who have been using or are in possession of illegal drugs will be arrested and charged accordingly.

Keeping East Grand Rapids as one of the safest places in Michigan starts with protecting our youth. We encourage and seek your assistance in helping us deter underage drinking and illegal drug usage. Please report any suspected activity to the Department so we may respond and enforce accordingly.

You may contact Chief Mark Herald, Captain Brian Williams, or Captain Chuck Lark with any questions or comments at 616-949-7010.
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Early Childhood Essentials: Mini Day of Learning. Saturday, September 28, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ the EGR Library. Join us for a morning of learning and receive professional development hours or just learn some great information about early childhood -- perfect for parents or child care providers! Three hours of professional development available. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Adults only please; child care is not provided.
 Parent and Child
Lego Block Party. Sunday, September 29, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ the EGR Library. Design, build and bond. Bring the whole family together and create a towering monument using the library's building bricks. The best part? No big mess at home to clean up. Guys Read Approved.

"The Affordable Care Act and You," a FREE informational seminar for those age 65 and younger who are responsible for purchasing health benefits for their family. Topics include why you should get health insurance, how you can get covered and when and how to enroll for coverage in the Healthcare Marketplace opening for enrollment beginning October 1. The seminar is on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 AM at the East Grand Rapids branch. No pre-registration is necessary. Presented by Priority Health and the Kent District Library.
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ATTENTION SENIORS. If you are 65 and older and have qualifying insurance, you may be eligible for a free EGR pool membership through the Silver & Fit program. Call Leigha Oberle at 616.949.1750 or email for more information.

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NEW SWIMMING PROGRAM: Intro to Synchronized Swimming. Participants will learn the proper technique for treading water, formations, water skills, and breathing technique. Synchronized swimming is artistic, strength building, and aerobic. (Ages 8 - 18) Location: Diving Boards @ EGR High School. Class Will Not Meet On: 11/9

Participants must bring a bathing suit and towel and pass a swim test (1 length (25 yards) swimming freestyle; 2 minutes treading water in 12 ft. deep pool.) Swim Caps and goggles are optional.

CODE        DAYS       DATES      TIME     RES/NR
23230-A    Sat      10/19-11/30 4-5 PM  $63 / $78
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HOMECOMING PARADE: The annual High School Homecoming Parade will be on Friday, October 4th beginning at 4:30 pm. The route typically requires road closures along Lake Drive, Lakeside Drive and Wealthy Street during the afternoon rush hour.
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FALL SAFETY REMINDER.  Drivers: School is back in session and fall sports are in full swing. That means lots of children and parents walking to and from schools and athletic facilities. The East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety wants to remind all drivers to be alert at all times and of the need to reduce speed citywide, and especially in school zones and in areas where children walk to school. Drivers should take time to identify these high risk areas.

Distracted driving is a serious concern and police continue to stress that drivers should not text or operate cell phones while driving.