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East Express E-Newsletter
March 2, 2017

REEDS LAKE ICE RESCUE. A special thank you to Sgt. Eric Smith, Sgt. Matt Perez and officers Brett Naumcheff, Kelley Kreiner and Zach Nagtzaam for the special rescue that took place on the afternoon of February 19. After a man fell through the ice, the crew was able to quickly save him. Thanks for your hard work to keep our residents safe!  Read full story.


Ice rescue boat 

UTILITY WORK.  Next week (Week of March 6) a City contractor will be rehabilitating an existing sanitary sewer main along Reeds Lake Blvd from El Centro to the Department of Public Works Complex with a process called cured in place pipe (CIPP).  There will be no disruption to service for residents during the rehabilitation process.  Residents will notice contractors and equipment along the edge of the roadway and lower natural Reeds Lake trail (below the Rock) and along the Reeds Lake trail to the Department of Public Works Complex.  Traffic will be open during this process with very limited interruption, but with crews working along the shoulder of the roadway appropriate work zone warning signage will be placed for the protection of the work crews.  Work will take place during regular day and also night hours.  This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the week depending on weather or any unforeseen issues.

 City logo

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GR HONORING FORMER MAYOR JUDY FREY.  On Thursday, April 20th, the Junior League of Grand Rapids is holding a Gala to honor Judy Frey, former Junior League President and Mayor of East Grand Rapids.  For additional details or to purchase tickets, visit their website or call 616-451-0452. 


 Judy Frey

TAKING CARE OF OUR FURRY RESIDENTS. Walking around East Grand Rapids, you quickly notice there are many animal lovers in our community. And this month, the Public Safety department made two investments to help our furry residents stay safe. Read more


EGR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION. Registration for East Grand Rapids Public Schools kindergarten is now open! Registration deadline is March 6, 2017. Learn more. 

Kindergarten Student

YARD WASTE. With milder weather occurring this winter, some residents have been putting out yard waste.  As a reminder, yard waste pickup begins the week of April 3, 2017.  If any yard waste is generated by those who take advantage of some of the nicer weather intervals, the City asks that bags and containers be kept out of view from the street until yard waste pickup service resumes. 


LICENSED CONTRACTORS. If you will be hiring a contractor for spring clean-up this year or for ongoing yard maintenance this summer, remember that lawn care companies, trash collection vendors and snowplow contractors must obtain a license from the City prior to doing work in East Grand Rapids. You can check our website to see if your company is already licensed, or ask them to call City Hall at 949.2110 to get the necessary information about licensing.  


Lawn mower 

COLLEGE SPRING BREAK SAFETY TIPS. If you have college students heading out on spring break in the next few weeks, here's a great list of things to talk with them about before they go. Let's make sure everyone has a great time and comes home safely.   


 College student

KDL ART MONTH. For the month of March, KDL will host a variety of art related events/activities, including:  


March 5 – Balletmore performs segments of “The Lost Toyshop” – 2:00 p.m.  Craft and cookies will be available after the performance. 


March 12 –Come build with Magna-Tiles in our KDL Lab and stop by the “Pop Up” art table beginning at 2:00 p.m. 


March 19 – Building with K’Nex in the Lab and “Pop Up” art table begins at 2:00 p.m. 


March 26 – EGR 5th Grade Art Reception.  Stop by between 2:00 and 4:00 to enjoy the beautiful artwork that has been on display for the month of March.  Food and drink will also be provided along with our “Pop Up” art table. 

Ballet slippers 

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