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East Express E-Newsletter
November 3, 2016

NOVEMBER 8 ELECTION. The Presidential Election is next Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are unsure of your polling location, click here. Voter turnout in East Grand Rapids is expected to be over 80% – meaning the polling locations will be very busy places for most of the day. City Clerk Karen Brower has some tips to make Election Day go smoothly. For more information on elections in EGR, please click here. 

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS. More than 2,000 absentee ballots have been distributed to EGR voters. The City Clerk's office reminds absentee voters that their ballot must be in the hands of City staff by Tuesday, Nov. 8. Ballots received
 after this date, regardless of post date, will not be counted. If you are going to be near City Hall and haven't already returned your absentee ballot, you can drop it off at the front desk. 


GETTING FROM A TO B: ROAD SAFETY IN EAST GRAND RAPIDS. From Gaslight Village to our neighborhoods, East Grand Rapids is a walkable, 
bikeable and drivable community.  With a mix of people, bikers and drivers utilizing our 50 miles of road and 80 miles of sidewalks, there is a potential risk for accidents. The Public Safety Department has a few reminders to keep in mind as you commute to school, work or home. 


FALL LEAF/YARD WASTE SERVICE. Reminder that fall leaf/yard waste collection may get behind due to the volume of material at this time of year so patience and understanding is appreciated. DPW crews are working hard to stay on schedule. Please remember to keep leaves close to the curb for traffic safety and to not place leaves in the street more than a few days in advance of the scheduled routes as they can plug storm sewer basins and cause street flooding during precipitation events.

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TREE-PLANTING PROGRAM. The City will be planting 70 new trees this fall as part of the tree-planting program that splits the cost between the City and residents for the planting of trees in the public right-of-way. The City has modified tree-planting offerings in an effort to diversify the tree canopy and plant trees in locations that are most beneficial for the long-term viability of the trees in conjunction with placement to infrastructure. Tree plantings are scheduled to take place during the month of November.


MIDDLE SCHOOL TRAFFIC. Please note, there is no eastbound left-turn access into the Middle School from Lake Drive. Drivers are asked to make a left-turn from Lake Drive onto Lakeside and use the main entrance for the Middle School. Those traveling west, will still be able to make a right-hand turn into the Middle School. This change is recommended by our traffic planner to avoid congestion and backups. We appreciate your attention in this matter. 

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL. EGR High School, Middle School and Elementary School students will be presenting the holiday classic: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Performances are November 17-19 at 7:30 pm. Tickets available at the PAC Box Office, at the door on performance nights or online at Ticket prices are $8.00 for students, $10.00 for adults and $12.00 for preferred seating sections. All tickets are reserved seats.


 Mom and Son Night is moving to the fall! Spend some quality time with your son, grandson, nephew or friend (ages 4-12) for a fun filled evening of sports themed games, a keepsake photo and more! The open house style event will take place on Nov. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Don’t forget to wear sports themed attire. More information can be found here


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE. Great books, music and movies will be for sale at the Kent District Library - East Grand Rapids Branch Friends of the Library Used Book Sale. Proceeds help support the wonderful events enjoyed by all ages at the EGR Branch of KDL. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join the EGR Friends of the Library and gain early presale access Friday, Nov. 4 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you have used books to donate, please bring them to one of the circulation desks at the library.


STOP! DON’T FLUSH THAT WIPE! Did you know that baby wipes might say they are flushable, but they really aren’t? It turns out “flushable” wipes — including adult wipes, cleaning wipes and toddler wipes — are actually hazardous to our wastewater system. Even if the label states they are flushable, don’t do it! Only toilet paper should be flushed down our toilets. It is the only paper designed to break down as it travels through the wastewater treatment process. All others are NOT designed to breakdown, thus creating problems within the system. They can cause blockages in your home’s sewer line that could lead to costly plumber repairs.

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KDL UNCORKED: LADIES NIGHT. Eat, drink and enjoy art! Bring your girlfriends and join us to sip wine and socialize. Wine tastings provided by The Crushed Grape and chocolate and cheese tastings will be provided by The Cheese Lady. You will also have the opportunity to vote in our competition for a classic book cover re-design. KDL Uncorked events are for adults only, 21 and older. Saturday, Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 


PUBLIC SAFETY TO RESIDENTS: PLEASE LOCK YOUR DOORS. In light of recent break-ins, East Grand Rapids Public Safety is strongly encouraging residents to lock their doors. Since April, there have been eight vehicles stolen in the City, six of which have occurred since the beginning of August. This is coupled with an increase in the number of vehicle larcenies, which often results in stolen items. In every single instance, the vehicle doors were unlocked and, in the case of the stolen vehicles, keys left in the vehicle. 


“We cannot stress enough the importance of locking your car doors,” Captain Rick Buikema said. “We work very hard to create a safe community, but it’s important to remember that ‘bad guys’ don’t have borders. They may come from other communities searching for easy targets – like unlocked cars.” 


Learn more here


 All 2016 street and utility projects have been completed in East Grand Rapids. For a full update on construction and infrastructure, click here

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