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"Official" Trick-Or-Treat Times

There's always some confusion concerning Trick-Or-Treat times so here goes:

There has been no organized effort to move this from the traditional October 31st date so we are saying that the official time is 5-8 PM on October 31, 2019.

We are aware that some organizations are doing "Trunk-or-Treat" at times that fall within these suggested times. 

Just BE SAFE! 

kalamazoo county spraying against eee

Spraying September 29th-30th Overnight

KALAMAZOO, MI — Local and state public health officials announced this week plans to conduct aerial insecticide spraying in Kalamazoo County and 13 other Michigan counties amid what they are calling the state’s “worst outbreak” of a potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus.

The spraying will be conducted in 11 different treatment zones spread across 14 counties, according to a map outlining the plans released Friday, Sept. 27, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The largest such zone is centered in the Kalamazoo area, stretching into portions of Allegan, Barry, Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties. Local and state health officials said Friday they hope the treatment will help protect public health amid the outbreak of Eastern equine encephalitis.

Nine human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis have been confirmed in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. The disease has been connected to the deaths of three people and 27 animals, including horses, deer, a donkey and two wolf pups at Binder Park Zoo near Battle Creek.

State and local health officials resolved to conduct aerial spraying across portions of 14 counties affected by the outbreak, said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.

"We believe that this is another tool that we can use to protect public health," Khaldun said. "That is why we are moving forward at this instance."

A large portion of Kalamazoo County, including the city of Kalamazoo and the northeastern portion of the county, is highlighted as the area being sprayed with insecticide in a map provided by state health officials.

"High-risk" areas where a person or animal was found to be carrying the disease were selected for treatment. Those areas, shown in detail on the map, include portions of the following 14 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren.

Spraying is planned to begin after 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, and continue until 4:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30. The spraying, conducted by low-flying aircraft, is weather-dependent and could be rescheduled for Monday instead, state officials said.

Residents are encouraged to visit michigan.gov/eee for up-to-date information about the update and treatment plans.

The aerial spraying, estimated to cost $1.5-$1.8 million and cover 720,000 acres statewide, is expected to be about 85% effective in killing the mosquitoes present in those areas. It is the first such treatment by the state since 1980, officials said, though individual counties and communities have conducted aerial spraying in the years since.

An Illinois-based contractor, Clarke, will conduct the aerial spraying together with partner Dynamic Aviation. The company plans to use an ultra-low volume spray containing Merus 3.0, an organic pesticide containing 5% pyrethrin, chemicals found naturally in some chrysanthemum flowers.

In general, health risks are not expected during or after spraying, according to MDHHS officials.

Aerial spraying is not expected to have any impacts on surface water or drinking water and reservoirs will be excluded from the spray area.

For those concerned about coming into contact with the spray, including those who have known sensitivities to pyrethrins, state officials urge them to remain indoors, close windows and doors, shut off fans and air conditioners, bring in laundry and children’s toys, cover items left outside, wash outdoor surfaces with soap and water after the treatment and to wash any garden produce before cooking it.

The pesticide product can be toxic to honeybees or butterflies, but the state is applying the pesticide during a time in which bees are in their hives and butterflies are covered, said Laura McGowan, spokesperson for Clarke.

McGowan added that pets are not at risk from residual effects of spraying, but it is recommended to keep pets indoors during the spraying. Owners of small, ornamental fishponds should cover them during the night of spraying, officials said.

Only 4-5% of people will be become sick when infected with the virus, according to information provided by the MDHHS. Those infected usually do not show symptoms; however, those who do will develop chills, fever, weakness, muscle and joint pain.

Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurological illness that causes inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues, according to MDHHS. About 30% of people who develop neurological infection due to Eastern equine encephalitis will die. Persons younger than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection.

People in the affected areas are encouraged to:

Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes that carry the EEE virus are most active.

Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Empty water from mosquito-breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.

Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.

Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.

Signs of EEE infection include the sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches which can progress to a severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis. Anyone who thinks they may be experiencing these symptoms should contact a medical provider.

Even with the planned spraying, state health officials say risk for contracting EEE from mosquitoes in the affected areas remains until after the season's first "hard frost."

State health officials continue to encourage local officials and residents in the affected counties to consider postponing, rescheduling or cancelling outdoor activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly activities that involve children.

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downtown train crossings

Plan to help us get around blocked railroad crossings

The City of Kalamazoo plans to install flashing lights and detour signs to help motorists escape gridlock when a freight train blocks car traffic downtown, according  to a city manager working on the project.

The city's solution to the problem is to install several signs that will begin flashing when a train is passing through the downtown crossings. About 35 static detour signs will show drivers how to get around the train, according to a plan provided by Department of Public Works Assistant City Engineer Anthony Ladd. 

Sign installation is expected to begin this year with the system being operational by spring.  The system ties into the same equipment that is used to engage the crossing signals now.

The project is being funded by the Foundation For Excellence.. 

(Information from Kalamazoo Gazette)

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Why a neighborhood association?

Neighborhood Safety

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We are working  to develop a better Neighborhood Safety Program. 

It needs YOU!

Please contact us to get you in the loop.

wnakzoo@aol.com


We would also like to know if you have any experience with Ring Doorbells?

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Our Purpose & Mission

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The  Purpose of the Association is to: enhance public safety, encourage sustainable commercial growth, preserve property values, and establish a cooperative relationship with elected officials for all residents of the Westwood community.

 Mission: The mission of the Westwood Neighborhood Association is to further the common and general welfare of the Westwood neighborhood through empowerment of its residents. 

WNA By-Law Change

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 At the October 16th meeting, following a public hearing, two changes to the by-laws were approved.

The first one removed the limit of one year terms the President may serve. 

The second changed the term of officers from one year terms to two year terms.

Another proposal was presented saying that a Board Member needs to notify the Board if they intend to join, volunteer, run for position of any board, committee or any office in the Township, City or County.

It was suggested that having Westwood represented in any matter could be beneficial, just the Board needs to be aware and determine if there is a conflict. 

If you have a comment about this, please e-mail. 

wnakzoo@aol.com


your association wants to hear from you!

Tell Us Your Special Skills

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Westwood is a great place to live, work and worship. We are a great community with neighbors who care about each other.

The neighborhood association would like to know what skills and interests each of you have so that we can connect you with events and no - obligation service opportunities as they come along.

Please fill out the following form to let us know more about you!  

(Click Here)


Do You See Needs?

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Not all the residents of Westwood are 100% self-sufficient. Some have un-met needs - maybe as simple as a ride to a doctor appointment of to pick-up groceries or prescriptions. There are agencies to help or maybe a neighbor might want to assist? 

Look around your neighborhood.

Help Knowing The Rules

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Some neighbors are not aware that burning leaves, trash or garbage is against the law in Westwood. The city and township have similar ordinances against open burning and trash barrel burning.

Do you still have neighbors breaking the law? If you can furnish some information, we can see that they receive notice of the ordinance, without involving the governing agencies - unless it continues. 

Tell Your Neighbors

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 Tell your neighbors about Westwood Neighborhood Association! They might be interested in the neighborhood, too!   

Imagine Kalamazoo 2025

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Kalamazoo has a project in which we are participating, called: IMAGINE KALAMAZOO 2025. 

We want to have YOU think about and communicate to us what you would like Westwood to look like in 2025! 

We welcome your comments at any time and plan some public events where people can express their insight. It's all about what you want to see!

Call or e-mail today! wnakzoo@aol.com

Report Defective Street Lights

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You can easily report defective or not working street lights. We have a link to the reporting site where you can report the exact location:

(Click Here)

updates

Weather-Alert Radio

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Kalamazoo Township has elected not to spend over $250,000 to repair/upgrade the weather emergency sirens in the neighborhoods - which many people say they couldn't hear with their house windows closed.

As an alternate, there are many weather-alert services available for your smart phone PLUS the Township is offering these Weather Alert Radios for $25.(Their cost)


The Midland WR120 weather alert radio is a special radio which provides weather alerts and gives advanced warning. It uses S.A.M.E. digital technology which enables the user to get an excellent reception. It has 7 channels which help you to get the weather reports quickly. Not only can you receive local weather reports, but reports for neighboring counties. The NOAA weather radio enables you to program up to 25 counties with ease. 


The WR120 is trilingual and can store up to 10 weather alerts and hazards at a time. The user can also get 3 selectable warning systems and comes along with AC power adapter, and in case of blackouts you can use three AA batteries (not-included) for emergency power backup. Apart from giving out weather alerts the weather alert radio can also be used as an alarm clock and displays date and time on its screen. 


WR120 Features: Weather Alert Radio, Public-Alert Certified Monitor -Receives 7 NOAA Channels, SAME Localized Reception, 25-County Memory System, 90dB Siren, Voice Alert & Flashing LED Warning Systems, Built-In Clock w/ Alarm & Snooze, Trilingual -English, Spanish & French, Continuous Backlighting Option -Keeps The LCD On Color Coded Alert Indicators and Public Alert Certified. 

Available at the Township Offices 1720 Riverview Drive.


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We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Westwood Fire Station 1310 Nichols Road 7:00 PM

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If you would like to donate to help us achieve our purpose and follow our mission, you may do that here. The funds go directly into the Westwood Neighborhood Association account. 

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