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Weed Hotline

Weed Hotline

Do you have an annyoing neighbor in need of a reminder about yard eyesores ? Property owners in the City of Grand Rapids are required to maintain yards and lots.  Tall grass/weeds, rubbish in piles or bags, dying trees, broken items discarded openly, and items of value stored on porches or in yards can lend an air of decay to our communities.  While most property owners willingly work to keep their properties neat and clean, some will need to be reminded that we all want our neighborhoods to reflect our pride in our city.  Contact the Code Compliance Division, (616) 456-3053, M-F, 8-11 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m., if you see any of the above infractions.
  
For other common concerns, in the winter, residents have 24 hours to clear snow from sidewalks. Complaints regarding snow removal should be directed to the Engineering Department's Sidewalk Division by calling (616) 456-3243 or report a complaint online.
 

Are You Prepared for an Emergency in a Wilderness or Remote Environment?

Are You Prepared for an Emergency in a Wilderness or Remote Environment?

The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids introduces its newly revised Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, which is designed for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts and people who work in remote wilderness environments.

The American Red Cross course is based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines with enhanced content to meet OSHA's Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Programs. The courses offer flexibility for organizations and their instructors to adapt the training to varying environments, from camps and parks, to remote occupational settings.

The 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives people the hands-on skills needed to respond in an emergency when help may be delayed. The course includes training on:

May 2011 and Spring 2011 Weather Stats

May 2011 and Spring 2011 Weather Stats

Grand Rapids (WZZM)-

Temperatures in May averaged 60.0°F, 1.9°F below average and 1.7°F cooler than last year (61.7°F).  Seventeen days were warmer than usual, thirteen were cooler and one was average.  The highest temperature occurred on May 30 with 89°F while the lowest temperature occurred on May 5 with 33°F.  Temperatures for the spring season averaged 46.8°F, 0.5°F above average but 5.4°F cooler than last spring (52.2°F).

Precipitation was above average last month with 4.54”, 1.19” more than usual and 0.74” more than last year (3.80”).  There were fifteen days with measurable precipitation, which is four days more than average (11).  Spring precipitation was well above average with 15.74”, 6.32” more than usual and 6.96” more than last spring (8.78”), making it the third wettest on record after 1976 (16.37”) and 2004 (16.12”).

Snowfall was exactly average last month with 0.0”; spring snowfall amounted to 3.1”, 8.

A Fun 'Green' Event!

A Fun 'Green' Event!

On June 18th, 2011, the 2nd annual Field of Greens Festival will take place at Blandford Nature Center!   This event is great fun and features live music from 11-5, sustainability and nature themed vendors, a variety of activities for kids, horse-drawn wagon rides, food, ice-cream and more!  Admission is only $5 and kids under 3 are free.   All proceeds will go to support Blandford Nature Center.   Come on over, enjoy the music and family events, and support your local Nature Center!

Here's the music line-up planned for the day:
11am  -  WaZoBia
12pm  -  The Ron Keely Band
1pm  -  Pete Bass
2pm  -  Gruv Unit
3pm  -  Badenya
4pm  -  Afterhour's Experience

Time for turtles

Time for turtles

From Blandford Nature Center

This time of year you will see many turtles crossing roads, and you may wonder what's the safest way to move them. Snappers have long necks and can reach all the way to their sides, so the best spot to grab them is the back of their shell by their back legs. You don't want to grab their tails, as you can damage their spines. You can also push them from the back end with a stick or your foot and gently move them off the road. This is a pic of a Snapping Turtle being put back into her cage after cleaning, she came in this week after being hit by a car and the vet wired her jaw back together.

My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.

TEDx comes to Grand Rapids on Thursday

TEDx comes to Grand Rapids on Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Innovators will be gathering in Grand Rapids tomorrow (May 12) at the Civic Theatre for a TEDx event.  TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.  TED’s annual global events draw thousands of people, who want to hear from some of the most innovative people around the world.  TEDx events are independently organized local events, which have the approval of TED.

TEDxGrandRapids will bring innovators from diverse fields, from all over the world, to share their personal stories of innovation with over 500 local participants at the Civic Theatre.  Organizers have lined up 16 speakers.  The event is sold out.

For more information click on this link:  http://www.tedxgrandrapids.org