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East Express E-Newsletter
October 18, 2013

LAKE DRIVE PAVEMENT REPAIR UPDATE. Due to yesterday's soggy weather and some unexpected finds underground, Lake Drive from Breton to Conlon will remain closed through Saturday. Crews continue work on the pavement repair from the waterline break on October 3rd and a nearby valve that has been leaking.

Repairs and paving are expected to be completed on Saturday, October 19th.

 Construction equipment

FALL LEAF PICK UP BEGINS. The cold and rainy weather has the leaves beginning to fall quickly now. With the high volume of leaves, city crews are not able to collect materials on the regularly scheduled weekly date. We thank you for your patience as crews work through the routes as quickly as possible. More information.

 Fall leaves

Wikipedia Editors Meet Up. Saturday, October 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ the EGR Library. Do you edit a page on Wikipedia? Want to meet up with other editors and share tips, tricks and techniques? Join Bettina Cousineau, Wikipedia editor and educator, and other editors to help create the encyclopedia for everyone. Please bring your own laptop. Registration for this computer class is requested and begins one month before the scheduled class on the first Monday of each month for KDL patrons and the second Monday for non-KDL patrons. To register, call 616-784-2007 or visit your local KDL branch. Please provide your library card number at time of registration. For teens and adults.

 Laptop keyboard

Ballet At The Library. Sunday, October 20, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ the EGR Library. Join us as the Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company performs sections from "Carnival of the Animals." Enjoy crafts and activities following the performance.

 Ballet slipper

Halloween Hoot.  Saturday, October 26, 1:00 - 3:00 PM @ the EGR Middle School. Kids can dress up in costume, enjoy inflatables, play games with great prizes, join the costume contest and more. Preregistration is required through the EGR Parks and Recreation Department by calling 616-949-1750 or online and the cost is: $5 per child/$20 max per family of 4 or more. A donation of one non-perishable food items per child for local food pantries is suggested along with your entry fee.


Ash Grove String Quartet. Sunday, October 27th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm at the EGR Library. A free classical music concert sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library.

HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREATING: Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The Public Safety Department recommends:

All Children should:
  • Take a pre-established route in a known neighborhood and have a curfew.
  • Bring flashlights, stay on sidewalks, avoid crossing yards, and cross streets at the corner not between parked cars.
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing the street.
  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on the porch rather than going inside.

Young children should:
  • Be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Have their name, address, and phone number on their costume.

Other special notes:
  • Costumes should be flame-retardant, fit properly, and marked with reflective tape. Avoid oversized shoes, high heels, trailing skirts or pants that your child could trip on.
  • If you light a jack-o-lantern with a candle, use "votive" candles as they are the safest. Place lighted pumpkins on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave them unattended.
  • Tell children to bring all their treats home, so a parent can check them out. Look for signs of tampering such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn or loose packaging. Remember, small items like gum, peanuts, hard candy, or small toys can pose choking hazards for young children.
  • Remove any hazards, garden hoses, toys bikes, lawn decorations, leaves, etc. that a child could trip over from your yard. Make sure your house entrance is well-lit and replace any burned-out bulbs.
  • If you are out in a car, drive slowly, watch for children, and exit driveways with care.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

 Jack O Lantern
ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE AVAILABLE for the November 5, 2013 City Commission election. Stop by City Hall or call 949-2110. A new State law requires absentee voters to have a photo ID or sign an affadavit of identity if picking up a ballot from the Clerk's Office, so please bring your identification with you.

Polls will be open from 7 am until 8 pm on November 5th at all the usual polling locations.

The November 5th Election will elect one City Commissioner from each of the City's three wards. More Information. Download sample ballots.
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