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Mayor's Bike Ride

Mayor's Bike Ride

Join in the annual Mayor's Bike Ride at 6pm on May 17, 2011.    This year's ride will also be a ribbon cutting for the new Oxford Street trail.    Meet at the Kent Trails trailhead at 1700 Butterworth SW.

Mayor George K.

Recycling with perks!

Recycling with perks!

Back in April, the City of Grand Rapids and Local First launched myGRcitypoints.com , a rewards program for residents for recycling.

The program was first announced in August by City Manager Greg Sundstrom. 

I just checked my points and I've almost recycled 100 pounds!

April 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 2011 Weather Stats for Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids (WZZM)

April 2011 in Grand Rapids was a little warmer than average but much cloudier and wetter than usual.

Wild, weedy & edible: the infamous garlic mustard

Wild, weedy & edible: the infamous garlic mustard

by Lisa Rose Starner in LOCAL LIFE

What is the adage, "A weed is a plant that is growing where you don't want it?"

Abundant in areas of disturbed soil - at the forest's edge, along roadsides, and on river floodplains, the garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is deemed by conservationist organizations like The Land Conservancy to be more that a noxious "weed," but an invasive species -choking out native vegetation and spreading wildly across the state.

Holy Spirit School wins Green Schools Award

Holy Spirit School wins Green Schools Award

For a third year in a row, Holy Spirit has been awarded the Green Schools Award. 

Kent County and Kent ISD partnered to recognize various schools' efforts in significant environmental programs and learning related activities. 

Holy Spirit received the award for ongoing efforts in implementing various recycling and energy conservation programs. 

 

Spring Recycling Idea!

Spring Recycling Idea!

I am a magazine junkie. 

At least 10 different subscriptions and get me in a grocery store aisle...and I'll throw several more in the cart. 

That's why I'm thankful for Paper Gator Recycling.  It's a unique fundraiser where your non-profit organization (church or school) is paid to collect paper products and place them in a bin for recycling.

These are items you can put in the bin: 

  • Newsprint
  • Catalogs/Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Office/School paper
  • Hard and soft cover books

There are two bins BEHIND Holy Spirit School on Lake Michigan Drive. 

If you're a non-profit on the Westside, this may be worth checking into. 

 

New Grand Rapids 'points' program encourages recycling!

New Grand Rapids 'points' program encourages recycling!

mygrcitypoints.com is an innovative community engagement program that links individuals, organizations, local businesses and city government to encourage recycling, volunteering and community building. This first-of-its-kind, local rewards program allows participants to earn points by recycling or volunteering. Points can then be redeemed at local businesses for discounts on products and services.

The first phase of mygrcitypoints.com will allow Grand Rapids residents to earn points based on how much they recycle.  It’s easy and free - just follow these three easy steps to make mygrcitypoints.com work for you:

1. Sign up online for the mygrcitypoints.com program.
2. Obtain a FREE blue Single Stream Recycling Program cart, issued by the City.
3.