Sunday. December 8, 2019

Resources

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Like the daily and weekly news about Kalamazoo, essential community information and resources are located on many different websites. KNM would like to help make the most useful of those resources more visible and more easily accessible.

We’re using our Resources section for items we learn about that shouldn’t get lost in the daily and weekly changeover of timely news items. Take a look at what we’ve posted in this section so far, and let us know if you have thoughts about how KNM could be most helpful.

Published: December 31, 2019

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The city has published the calendar of City Commission meetings for 2019. The Commission holds two kinds of meetings – Business and Neighborhood – both of which include periods for public comment. Agendas are published a business day or two before each meeting. Click for dates, times, locations, and agenda links.

Published: December 29, 2019

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The county has published the calendar of County Commission meetings for 2019. Commission meetings  include a period for public comment. Agendas are published a business day or two before each meeting. Click for dates, times, locations, and agenda links.

Published: December 27, 2019

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News stories often name neighborhoods, but where are they, what are their boundaries, which of them have neighborhood associations, and what’s going on there? KNM provides a few pointers - including a city portal and on-the-ground journalism.

Published: December 23, 2019

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https://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/
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County

Kalamazoo County publishes a weekly water report that addresses ongoing water quality and acute concerns about PFAS, lead, and other issues. You’ll find the latest report here, on the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department webpage. You can subscribe to a monthly, email newsletter here, too.

Published: December 21, 2019

County
https://www.kalamazoocity.org/mediareleases
https://www.kalcounty.com/pressreleases.php
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City
County

Both the city and county of Kalamazoo publish news releases on their websites. Content varies from extremely-localized to community-wide.

Published: December 20, 2019

City County
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Click through for a list of the Lansing legislators who represent Kalamazoo County – Senator Sean McCann (D), and Representatives John Hoadley (D), Brandt Iden (R), Beth Griffin (R), and Matt Hall (R). The list includes links to each legislator's homepage and their voting record on the Michigan Votes site.

Published: December 18, 2019

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This is a list of legislators who represent Kalamazoo in the U.S. House and Senate – Senators Debbie Stabenow (D) and Gary Peters (D), and Representative Fred Upton (R). The list includes links to each legislator’s homepage and their voting record on the ProPublica site.

Published: December 17, 2019

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http://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/datahub/
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County

The Kalamazoo County Data Hub, from the Dept of Health & Community Services, provides detailed data on health occurrences and outcomes in the County. Data and downloadable reports cover such areas as opioids, STDs, influenza, obesity, overall health, and other aspects of our community. The data is organized by determinants of health (clinical care, health behaviors, and social determinants of health) and health outcomes (morbidity and mortality).

Published: December 15, 2019

County
https://www.kalamazooarts.org/event/
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Arts Council

What’s happening tonight, next week, and next month in theater, dance, visual arts, jazz and classical music, and beyond? The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo provides a calendar with pop-up show times and links to event information and ticket sales.

Published: November 29, 2019

Arts Council
https://kzookids.com/events/
http://www.kpl.gov/kids/calendar.aspx
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Find this week’s events for families and kids of all ages, including reading, play, creative activities, swimming, skating, arts events, special events, and more. KzooKids provides a wide-ranging calendar of SW Michigan events. KPL’s calendar focuses on parent/child activities related to reading and parenting skills.

Kids and parents are also encouraged to check out events at RAWK (Read and Write Kalamazoo) and Bookbug, which hosts a Family Story Time and a Novel Kids Book Club.

Published: November 27, 2019

Kzoo Kids KPL
https://www.kalcounty.com/parks/expocalendar.php#
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County

Kalamazoo County maintains a schedule of events happening at the Expo Center, near downtown, on Lake Street. These events appeal to both broad and narrow audiences, ranging from bow hunting to model train events, and including such economical resources as mom clothing swaps and recurring flea markets. Check the schedule to find events that match your interests and needs.

Published: November 25, 2019

County
https://www.crimemapping.com/map/mi/kalamazoo
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Crime map

A few crimes make the news every week in Kalamazoo, but what is the broader picture, and what kinds of situations do Kalamazoo Public Safety officers deal with on a regular basis? KDPS has partnered with CrimeMapping.com to provide a highly-informative, interactive map of crime in our city. You can set any time-frame, and zoom in to any area.

Published: February 10, 2019

Crime map
https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/01/look-up-median-family-income-for-any-michigan-school-district.html
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MLive

MLIVE: MLive has created a database that provides demographic information for every school district in Kalamazoo County – highlighting the very different scenarios that each district faces. Poverty rates range from 5% in some districts to 27% for Kalamazoo Public Schools. Most school districts are overwhelmingly white, while the KPS population is 44% non-white. The median income of families with kids is lowest for KPS families. MLive's Julie Mack provides context and caveats, along with the searchable databases.

Published: January 29, 2019

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Unfortunately, not every resident in Kalamazoo has equitable access to fair and affordable housing. In 2018, multiple local and state organizations collaborated to identify the causes of housing inequity in our community. They found discriminatory practices and vague definitions of “affordable” housing among the core problems. "These two things work together to perpetuate segregation, housing instability, and homelessness in our community by creating a systemic barrier that affects people of color and other marginalized identities." The Kalamazoo Community Foundation provides a two-part report.

 

Published: January 09, 2019

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