Neighborhood Road Repairs - What to expect
Neighborhood Yard Sales - August 14-15
Neighborhood Traffic - What can be done
If you live in the Township, there was a bulk trash pick-up the week of July 6-10 which took many more days to complete as the neighborhood missed out on the usual April pick-up. Another Township Bulk Trash Pick-Up is scheduled for the week of August 24-28.
The City's next pick-up is September 7th which is Labor Day so collection will be the 8th.
This is a real money-saver for residents to get rid of unwanted stuff (after your garage sale).
Keep in mind that there is a limit, 3.5 cubic yards in the township and 7, in the City. All items must be able to be lifted by two adults. If items need bagging, use clear plastic bags. Boxes are preferred.
Please have at street's edge the night before as many services start before
No yard waste, tires, paint or chemicals, needles or hazardous waste is allowed - contact the Kalamazoo County Hazardous Waste Center. www.kalcounty.com/hhw or 269-373-5211 for hours and disposal information for hazardous waste..
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.
Media Contact:Steven Brown, Foundation for Excellence Managerbrowns@kalamazoocity.org“Digital Access for All” Partnership to Provide Internet to 1,000 KPS HouseholdsJune 15, 2020, Kalamazoo, Michigan – A new partnership in Kalamazoo will provide Wi-Fi routers with unlimited Internet service to 1,000 households of Kalamazoo Public School students that do not have Internet access at no cost. The partnership, known as Digital Access for All (DAFA), includes Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS), Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL), The Kalamazoo Promise (The Promise), the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF), and the City of Kalamazoo (The City) with funding provided by the Foundation for Excellence (FFE).“The executive order that closed public schools exacerbated the educational inequities that are present in our community,” noted Von Washington, Jr., Executive Director of Community Relations for the Kalamazoo Promise. “Many of our students don’t have access to wi-fi at home, which makes online schooling nearly impossible for some families. It was imperative that The Promise and community partners collaborate to address unequal access to wi-fi, both now and into the future. For Kalamazoo to truly be an education community, our actions must stop the deepening of inequities already present in our society. We are responsible for reducing barriers that have long stifled the educational outcomes of marginalized communities.” Along with KPS’s supplying of laptops to all students, the DAFA partnership eliminates a major hurdle to distance learning that faces many students in Kalamazoo. The goal of this partnership is to create a more level playing field for Internet access and to enhance access for online education services so all students can learn. This initiative relies on the collaboration, resources, and shared accountability of its partners. KPS and The Promise will each provide $50,000 toward the anticipated program cost of $200,000 in year one, and the City, with FFE support, will cover remaining expenses and provide sustainability long-term.“The Digital Access for All initiative demonstrates that advancing equitable access to resources can happen both quickly and with a grand vision of sustainability, when done in partnership with organizations that are passionate about the work,” said Kalamazoo’s Mayor David Anderson.The Kalamazoo Public Library will manage and lend the devices. For donations to support the program, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation has created a dedicated fund specific to DAFA.“Recognizing the digital divide that exists within our community and taking action to address that divide is critical. Leveraging many talents and assets to close the gap speaks to the strength of collaboration and commitment to remove barriers to education that every student deserves.” – Carrie Pickett-Erway, President/CEO of KZCF.The partnership began on April 2, 2020, when the implications of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order became clear, resulting in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students learning at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructional and support services are being provided by teachers and staff through online communication to students to the greatest extent possible, but not all students have Internet access.“Access to the Internet has already become more of a necessity than a luxury, even without a pandemic,” stated Ryan Wieber, Director of Kalamazoo Public Library. “It is essential for learning, research, banking, collaborating, and a critical part of an education in itself.”In order to provide Internet access to students who do not have it, hotspots and services are being purchased for KPS students to borrow from the KPL as a part of the already established OneCard Program, which allows students to borrow books, movies, and other items through the library. The Project will start in June 2020 with the City of Kalamazoo (through the Foundation for Excellence) following City Commission approval on June 15, 2020 and subject to any necessary approval by all other Partners and conclude on August 31, 2021 (Year One). Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, the need for all students to have access to the Internet will remain, and the partnership has stated its intention to continue in future years with this solution, or by working toward even better solutions for universal Internet in Kalamazoo.“This is a big step towards eliminating the digital divide and making sure that all students have opportunities to advance,” said Superintendent Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri.Eligible participants must be KPS students participating in the OneCard Program. Families that have identified themselves as having “No access” will be offered priority registration. Only one device per street address and residence will be permitted.Further information will be provided to families by KPS in the coming weeks.###
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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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: