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East Express E-Newsletter
December 6, 2013


Prance in Your PJs.  On Saturday, December 7th come Prance in Your PJs!  There will be early morning specials, giveaways, snacks and beverages starting at 9 am at many Village retailers. Be sure to wear your favorite pajamas!

  • Dear Prudence – Drinks and breakfast will be served. Guests in pajamas can enjoy 20% off from 9-10 am and 10% off from 10am-12 pm.
  • Papers Plus - Drinks, breakfast, and a special discount from 9-10 am, plus giveaways.
  • Mason Jones - Drinks, breakfast, and a special discount from 9-10 am, plus giveaways.
  • Bella Furs
  • Seva Yoga - Will have hot chocolate, coffee and snacks before and after their morning classes.
  • Hot Mama - Drinks, breakfast, and a special discount from 9-10 am.
  • Brush Studio – Will offer $5 off a class that night or for a future class.
  • Rosas Closet - will open at 9am with treats and 15% off your purchase from 9-10 am.
  • Mary Ann's Chocolates
  • Baby Mine

Terrific Tuesdays in December!  (December 3rd, 10th and 17th from 6-8 pm)Strolling musicians from East Grand Rapids High School will entertain shoppers and many Village retailers will be offering discounts, giveaways, hors d'oeuvres and beverages.  Participating retailers are as follows:
  • Dear Prudence - Will have drinks and desserts plus drawings for discounts. 
  • Papers Plus - Will offer treats, drinks, specials, and gifts with purchase.
  • Olives
  • Mason Jones - Will offer treats, drinks, specials, and gifts with purchase.
  • Bella Furs
  • Hot Mama - Will offer treats, drinks, specials, and gifts with purchase.
  • Brush Studio
  • Rosa's Closet – Will offer treats, drinks and specials.
  • Mary Ann's Chocolates
  • Seva Yoga
  • Baby Mine

The Gaslight Village Business Association (GVBA) is an organized business league with membership located in the Gaslight Village area of East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Promoting business fellowship, communication and cooperation, and supporting this wonderful and unique community are some of the GVBA’s goals.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and information on all of the holiday events in Gaslight Village.

 Teddy Bear
 Girl in pajamas
 Christmas Tree
 Gift Boxes
 Shopping Bags

Rooftop Landing Reindeer.  Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in Gaslight Village.  Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting Gaslight Village. Dress warmly, and don't forget the camera!


Poetry in Michigan.  Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ the EGR Library. Join us for a poetic celebration of Michigan' places, people, cultures, ideas, and histories. Contributors to the "Poetry in Michigan" anthology will read from their works, including Patricia Clark, Linda Nemec Foster, Amorak Huey, L.S. Klatt, Miriam Pederson, and Phillip Sterling.


TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY.  Hundreds of people braved the cold last week for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  There was music for strolling and visiting the shops, hot chocolate and s'mores, crafts and the arrival of Santa.  EGR Mayor Seibold and TV personality Rachel Ruiz did a fantastic job keeping the crowd informed and lighting the tree.  And special thanks to the EGR Community Foundation for distributing handwarmers to those in need of a little bit of extra warmth.  GVBA Event Photos.

FALL LEAF PICK UP.  The City's collection of leaves is wrapping up with today's route. Leaves can no longer be raked into the street for pick up, and containers will not be collected until the program resumes in April.

 Utility truck
DOG LICENSES.  New changes for Dog Licensing will be starting in mid-December:
  • Licenses will be issued at East Grand Rapids City Hall for East Grand Rapids residents only.
  • Licensing will take place year-round, instead of a set period of time
  • Licenses will expire at the end of the month the dog’s rabies vaccination expires;
  • 3-year licensing is now available with proof of rabies vaccination (some limitations may apply depending on date of vaccination)

DON'T LET A FIRE RUIN YOUR HOLIDAYS - MAKE SURE YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR IS WORKING PROPERLY.  Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths happened in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. 

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • For the best protection, a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be installed.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer's instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer's instructions for testing and maintenance.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms, including those that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly.
  • Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Alarms that are hard-wired (and include battery backup) must be installed by a qualified electrician.
  • If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with one that has a "hush" button that will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.  An ionization alarm with a hush button or a photoelectric alarm should be used if the alarm is within 20 feet of a cooking appliance.
  • Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.
  • Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  These devices use strobe lights. Vibration devices can be added to these alarms.

 Smoke Alarm
HOLIDAY CLOSURES.  City offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th for the Christmas holidays.  Offices will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year's Day. 

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1st.

 Signature Line
WINTER TAX BILLS.  The winter tax bills have been mailed.  If you have not yet received your invoice, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 949-2110.  Winter taxes are due February 14, 2014.

BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING.  The EGR Board of Review will meet on Tuesday, December 10th at 4:00 pm for the purpose of correcting clerical errors and mutual mistakes of fact in the 2013 and 2012 assessment rolls as provided for under MCLA 211.53(b). The board may also consider 2010 through 2013 homestead exemptions where no previous affidavit was filed and denied. For more information, contact the Assessor's Office at 940-4818.