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Village Snowmelt System Down

The snowmelt system in Gaslight Village is currently not working due to mechanical issues.  The needed parts are on order and will be installed as soon as possible to get the system back up and working.  In the meantime, please use caution on the sidewalks as you finish up your holiday shopping.

Help a school by pitching unwanted holiday catalogs

Help a school by pitching unwanted holiday catalogs

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With holiday catalogs filling many mailboxes, now is the perfect time to take part in a green program that’s also netting some green for St. Stephen Catholic School.

The school is taking part in PaperGator, a recycling service for BPV Environmental in Byron Center.  Community members are invited to drop newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, phone books and office/school papers into the PaperGator recycling bin.  BPV Environmental will shred and process the donations into hydro seeding mulch, lawn care products, cat and dog litter and small animal bedding. St. Stephen Catholic School receives money from the company for collecting the paper products.

St. Stephen School's  PaperGator recycling bin is located in the parking lot between St. Stephen Catholic Church and the Christopher House.  

City prepares for Lakeside Drive reconstruction

City prepares for Lakeside Drive reconstruction

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Winter is here, but the City of East Grand Rapids is already looking ahead to a new season of construction.

The Lakeside Drive reconstruction project is expected to begin in May 2014.  The project includes rebuilding the road from Wealthy Street to Greenwood Avenue, adding curves.  Right now, the plan also includes eliminating nine parking spaces near Greenwood, but city engineers are hoping to install additional parking spaces across from John Collins Park.  Crews will also install new sidewalks and replace an underground water main.

A city employee says the reconstruction project is meant to bring the road up to new standards. A federal grant will pay for about 70 percent of the project; the remainder of the cost is covered under the city budget. 

Aquinas College to break ground on green campus housing this week

Aquinas College to break ground on green campus housing this week

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Developers will break ground on a new residence hall for Aquinas College this Wednesday, November 20.

Apartment E will be modeled after the colleges popular LEED certified living space, Apartment D.  The new complex will overlook the Aquinas College athletic field.  Apartment E will be approximately 29,176 square feet and house up to 64 upper-class students. The living space will include two lounges and a laundry facility. 

 

Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. near the Donnelly Center parking lot. Construction on the new $5 million building will begin in early December.  Developers hope to have the apartments complete in time for the fall 2014 academic year.

'Food Sovereignty: Environmental Justice in Native America' Nov. 12

'Food Sovereignty: Environmental Justice in Native America' Nov. 12

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—In collaboration with Native American Heritage Month, the Aquinas College Center for Diversity & Inclusion presents “Food Sovereignty: Environmental Justice in Native America,” with keynote speaker Winona LaDuke.

LaDuke is an acclaimed author, orator and activist who has devoted her life to protecting the lands and lifestyles of Native American communities.

The presentation will take place November 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. inside the Wege Ballroom, located at 1607 Robinson Rd. SE.  The event is free and open to the public.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 26.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 12.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items on October 26 at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.