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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.

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        

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.

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.

Friends of G.R. Parks plants 50 trees in Garfield Park

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Mayor Heartwell has proclaimed April 29, 2011 as Arbor Day in Grand Rapids. And the city, along with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks are teaming up by planting 50 trees and seedlings in Garfield Park.

"Arbor Day is a great time to reflect on the importance of trees. And having kids out here to realize the role that trees play, from pulling carbon to stopping storm water, and beautify communities, they're all really important lessons," said Steve Faber, of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Tree planting locations will be along the Madison Avenue entrance to Garfield Park and near the parking lots and tennis courts along Burton Street.

The trees being planted come through a grant from DTE Energy Foundation Tree Planting Grant Program with additional donations from Katerberg Verhage and Calvin College's Native Landscapes program.

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.
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