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Grand Valley Metro Council to award grants to six community projects

Grand Valley Metro Council to award grants to six community projects

The Grand Valley Metro Council will award $668,000 in grant funding to six community projects.

On Tuesday, a GVMC committee narrowed down the pool from 85 projects to seven.  A day later, a study group met with the committee to whittle the finalists down to six.

The grant money will be divvyed up between Cannon Township, Jamestown Township, Rockford, Wyoming, Grand Rapids and the Kent County Parks Department.   All of the projects are non-motorized, meaning they will not involve road improvements or construction. GVMC plans to release further details of the projects at a later date.

Safety upgrades slated near Riverside Park

Safety upgrades slated near Riverside Park

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A busy road that’s concerned neighbors for years is getting an upgrade.

The Creston Neighborhood Association says construction crews plan to revamp two miles of Monroe Avenue NE, from Knapp Street to North Park Street later this year.  The project includes installing new sidewalks and a bike path on the west side of Monroe Avenue, along Riverside Park.  Bike lanes will also be added over North Park Bridge, providing safer access to White Pine Trail.  New street lighting and nearly 80 trees will also be added, as well as traffic circles at Knapp Street, Guild Street, 3 Mile Road and North Park Street.

The project is slated for completion in 2014.

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

National Night Out is August 6, providing community members a free and fun opportunity to meet neighbors and local police officers.

National Night Out started in1984 as a way to encourage the community to get involved in crime-prevention, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Organizers often fold food and family-friendly activities into the event.  This year’s participating communities include:

Kalamazoo County

·         Kalamazoo: Arcadia Neighborhood Assoc., Arcadia School, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., Rockwell Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Edison Neighborhood Assoc., 816 Washington, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Certified Tourism Ambassador classes now offered in Grand Rapids

Certified Tourism Ambassador classes now offered in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, has announced the launch of the new Grand Rapids Certified Tourism Ambassador program.

This nationwide certification program serves to increase tourism by training and inspiring front-line hospitality employees and volunteers to work together to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience.

City to consider consolidating police and fire services in July 18 meeting

City to consider consolidating police and fire services in July 18 meeting

Wyoming, Kentwood and Grand Rapids city leaders will hold a special meeting Thursday, July 18 to consider moving forward with a proposal to consolidate police and fire services.

Council and commission members from all three cities will review ICMA Consulting Service’s study and recommendations about consolidation.  The report’s executive summary concludes consolidation is the best alternative to improve service and save more than $13 million annually.  It also recommends:

Riverside Movie Night returns July 19

Riverside Movie Night returns July 19

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Creston’s movie night returns to Riverside Park this Friday, July 19.

For $17.50, visitors can gather under the stars to watch “The Hunger Games” on a giant 20 foot by 15 foot screen.  Passes are $17.50 per person and include tickets for food, juice/ beer/wine (with proper ID.)  Proceeds will benefit the Creston Neighborhood Association.

The event opens at 8 p.m. and the movie showing starts at dusk.  Guests should bring their own chairs or blankets.   To purchase tickets, click here.

Water main work leads to lane closures

Water main work leads to lane closures

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Work on a water main will lead to lane closures in My Town Grand Rapids North.

A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation says crews will be working on a water main at Leonard Street at Plainfield Avenue.  Lane closures are expected to start at 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 and run through 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21.  For more information, visit www.Michigan.gov/mdot