Township residents need to bag their leaves and place near edge of the street.
Pick-ups are November 18 - East of Nichols Road and 19th for west of Nichols Road.
A second pick-up is scheduled for December 9-10, again East on the 9th and West on the 10th.
City residents need to rake their leaves to the curb on the Monday of the week their pick-ups are scheduled.
First pick-up is scheduled for November 2-6th and a second pick-up is scheduled for November 23-25.
Neighborhood Traffic - What can be done
The former Kalamazoo Wrecking site on the South-East corner of Nichols & Ravine Roads has been cleaned up by Art Mulder, owner of Mulder's Landscape Supplies. There is no question that this property was overdue for a complete clean-up.
The future of the property has been the topic of much discussion across Westwood and the County, as a Construction and Demolition Recycling Center has now been planned for the cleaned-up property. The project needs many approvals before it can be realized. We will be following each step on the web page (see recycle center heading).
Your Westwood Neighborhood Yard Sale is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, August 14-15.
This annual event has been a big draw for many years being one of the biggest in the county!
The group publishes a map on the Face Book pages, our web page as well as it being featured on a neighborhood mailing by Jaqua Realtors.
You can get your sale listed by signing up (opening soon) on the Face Book pages an there will be a link on the web page, too.
It seems like it gets worse every year - traffic, that is. Turning left on West Main Street is nearly impossible, unless you go to a traffic light. Nichols Road, Grand Prairie, Ravine and Drake are extremely busy.
Neighborhood "side streets" are subject to speeders - sometimes attempting to get around the traffic on arteries.
Your Association has suggested forming a committee of traffic monitors who will periodically do traffic monitoring. Not counting cars, but examining how vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic can continue to be safe as these levels increase. Are there bad hot spots? How about adding the school bus garage on Ravine Road?
Want to know more or be a part of this group, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to do our part - See Something, Say Something. The police can't be everywhere, all the time so we need to help.
Township Road Maintenance:
With state revenue sharing expected to be almost nonexistent, the Township has focused road $ on crack sealing - seals and stops water from getting under the blacktop and freezing in the winter months. There are a few other projects still working but the anticipated loss in revenue is about $400,000.
The Road Commission of Kalamazoo County feels that we won't jeopardize the life of the streets and roads by skipping this year. Hope we can get back in the groove in 2021.
If you detect bad spots needing immediate repair, contact the Township office. 269-381-8080
The meetings of the Westwood Neighborhood Association are now being held on Zoom. Same third Wednesday of the month (except December) and same time, 7:00 pm. Links get posted on the meeting page of our web site as well as Face Book pages: Westwood Neighborhood of Kalamazoo and Westwood Neighborhood Association.
The City of Kalamazoo has been installing 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 was nearly complete last year with the system being operational some time in 2020. 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 edited & updated from Kalamazoo Gazette)
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It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.
If you see activity like this in your area, you might want to check for a boil water advisory for your street! https://www.kalamazoocity.org/bwa
Westwood is part City and part Township so here is our latest version of a complete neighborhood map
BP station in Westwood Plaza:
The Westwood Neighborhood Association has filed complaints on two different occasions, over the past two years as as the building was open to casual entry.
The City reacted quickly but the building is still in extremely bad shape.
With Chick-fil-A coming in, we plan to contact them and enlist their help to get this property cleaned up.
This will take a committee and some time, so anyone interested in being part of a committee, contact me: email@example.com.
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!
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.
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 about Westwood Neighborhood Association! They might be interested in the neighborhood, too!
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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: