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EGR officials: Remember the rules for signs

EGR officials: Remember the rules for signs

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With garage sale season here and an election scheduled for Aug. 5, city officials are reminding residents about the rules of yard signs.

According to the city ordinance, all yard signs must be placed on private property and may not be set up on city or school property without permission.  Yard signs also cannot be staked in the strip of grass between a street and sidewalk, which is a city right-of-way.  The city also asks residents to make sure signs do not obstruct the vision of drivers or pedestrians.

Any signs placed on city property will be removed by city workers.

My Town EGR: Bicycle thefts lead to alert from officers

My Town EGR: Bicycle thefts lead to alert from officers

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Lock up your bicycles; that’s the warning from East Grand Rapids public safety officers, after a string of thefts in the area.

Officers say more than 20 bicycles have been reported stolen since the end of May.  Most of the thefts took place during daytime, and all of the bicycles were unlocked.  The thieves targeted bicycles in front of businesses, on racks at schools and the library, as well as front yards, side yards and open garages.

Officers encourage families to keep their garage and service doors locked to protect property, including bicycles.  Residents can also register their bicycles with the city for free, so their property can be returned if found.  To register a bicycle, bring it to the public safety department, 770 Lakeside Drive, during regular business hours.

Local athlete preparing for triathlon world championship


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Courtney Jones. Don't recognize the name? That's soon to change, especially when you consider the rate she's moving up the national rankings as a triathlete.

The Fremont native and recent Grand Valley State graduate, has qualified for the "World Triathlon Championship" next month in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, where she will compete against the world's best in her age group.

"I'm a little crazy," said Jones, before she dove into the pool at East Grand Rapids High School to practice Tuesday morning.

Jones says her interest in becoming a triathlete started seven years ago when she was a junior at Fremont High School.

My Town EGR: City council approves tighter restrictions on panhandling

My Town EGR: City council approves tighter restrictions on panhandling

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— New restrictions on panhandling will take effect in East Grand Rapids Aug. 1.

City Manager Brian Donovan says the city commission narrowly approved an amendment to the East Grand Rapids’ panhandling ordinance by a 3-2 vote Monday night.

The approved amendment is less restrictive than the version council members first heard, which was fashioned after the city of Kentwood’s panhandling ordinance. The changes include removing a clause that would have banned soliciting people waiting in lines to enter buildings and within 15 feet of building entrances.  City attorneys say those clauses would have potentially infringed on the right to free speech on sidewalks, since many buildings in East Grand Rapids are within 15 feet of sidewalks, and lines at events often extend to sidewalks. 

Under the approved amendment, soliciting donations are prohibited in the following situations:

My Town EGR: Lakeside Drive construction enters new phase

My Town EGR: Lakeside Drive construction enters new phase

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Work on Lakeside Drive enters a new phase Monday.

Crews contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation will be resurfacing the street and replacing the sidewalks.  Lakeside Drive will remain closed to through traffic.  Those visiting businesses within the construction zone should expect one-way, northbound traffic from Wealthy to Greenwood.  No parking will be allowed in that area, and the boat launch will be closed on weekdays. Phase two construction is expected to be finished on Oct. 4, weather permitting.

Construction on Lakeside Drive began April 28 with crews tearing up the road to replace the waterline.  That first phase of construction wrapped up several weeks ago.  The second stage of work was delayed due to a different work contract with the state.

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

My Town: Gaslight Village retailer welcomes new name and location

My Town: Gaslight Village retailer welcomes new name and location

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Gaslight Village shop is getting a new name and location.

Beginning next month, the owners of Hot Mama will be switching the shop’s name to Evereve. 

“Hot Mama will always be my baby, but the company is growing up, and the name Evereve reflects that,” says CEO and founder Megan Tamte. “To us, Evereve means life, and we are devoted to helping all moms to feel fully alive, to live in the moment, as well as to look and feel their absolute best.”

The retailer recently changed its website evereve.com.

Hot Mama has four locations throughout Michigan, including a store in Gaslight Village.  That boutique will be moving to a larger new space in Breton Village mall in September.