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My Town GR South: Eastown celebrates Earth Day with plant exchange, gardening and bench building

My Town GR South: Eastown celebrates Earth Day with plant exchange, gardening and bench building

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Eastown will be buzzing when Earth Day arrives April 22.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Eastown Community Association will hold an Earth Day garden cleanup and perennial exchange at its offices on 415 Ethel.  The ECA will be working with Heart of West Michigan United Way, West Michigan AmeriCorps Collaborative members and children from the GR Creative Youth Center to clean the community garden, build a new earth bench out of plastic bottles and plant new trees.  Participants in the perennial exchange are reminded to label the plants they bring.

 Residents can also sign up for a community garden plot at the office that day.  There are 16 plots available for rent on a first come, first serve basis.  Registration will take place in the ECA office.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School is opening its own Grand River exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to participate in this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit, which opens at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town: Construction begins on Bus Rapid Transit stations

My Town: Construction begins on Bus Rapid Transit stations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--   Spring is here, which means the return of construction season.

One project already underway is work on the Bus Rapid Transit stations, which line the route Rapid’s Silver Line will soon take.  According to The Rapid’s public outreach coordinator, construction on the inbound station at S. Division Avenue and McConnell Street SW began this past weekend.   Crews are also expected to begin working on the outbound Division-McConnell station, the inbound Jefferson station at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and the outbound station at Michigan Street and Bostwick Avenue NE within the next two weeks.

Construction on all four stations should be complete by June 27.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School will celebrate the grand opening of their own exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to take  part of this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit centered around the Grand River, which will open at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town: Eastown sidewalk repairs to start this week

My Town: Eastown sidewalk repairs to start this week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s the start of a new month, and a new round of construction work on Eastown’s sidewalks.

Crews are expected to begin permanent repairs to the Lake Drive sidewalk north of Wealthy this week.  That project should be finished by June 6. Work on the Lake Drive sidewalk south of Wealthy should begin the first week of July and be finished by August 29. 

Wealthy Street sidewalks that are currently patched with asphalt will be permanently replaced by May 16.  Sidewalk repairs on side streets such as Genessee, Norwood, Hampton, etc. will also happen this spring and summer.

GRPS students lend voices, design solutions to transform Roosevelt Park neighborhood

GRPS students lend voices, design solutions to transform Roosevelt Park neighborhood

By John Wiegand
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

The old adage, "children should be seen and not heard," doesn't ring true in Grand Rapids' southwest Roosevelt Park neighborhood.

My Town: Grand Rapids releases profile for future police chief

My Town: Grand Rapids releases profile for future police chief

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—After sifting through more than 800 surveys and comments  from community members who attended 22 focus group meetings, the City of Grand Rapids has crafted its profile for the ideal police chief candidate.

“The purpose of this candidate profile is to clearly communicate to all potential candidates the community’s expectations of the new police chief. The characteristics, vision and focus listed in the profile provides a powerful description of what the Grand Rapids community wants,” stated City Manager Greg Sundstrom. “I am most impressed with the thought that went into the comments taken from the surveys, and from the interaction in the neighborhood and focus groups.”

The city released the community profile Monday.  The outline is being included as  part of the official job posting.  The city will be accepting applications for police chief through April.