Register today for CERT training The cities of New Hope, Crystal and West Metro Fire Rescue have teamed up to form the West Metro Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The team’s ﬁrst training course is scheduled for March 9 to 11. The CERT program teaches people basic disaster response skills such as ﬁre safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a disaster event when professional emergency responders are not immediately available to help. For an application to become a CERT volunteer or more information about the West Metro CERT basic training course, visit the city’s website at www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/cert or call 763-531-5170. The course is free, and open to anyone 15 and older (youth 15 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult). The deadline to register for the March course is February 10.
Remodeling Fair The 20th Annual Northwest Suburban Remodeling Fair will be Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive. As always, the fair is free and will feature about 80 landscaping and home remodeling businesses and 15 “how to” workshops. As a special treat for the 20th anniversary, Miriam Johnson ,from the TV show Hometime, will lead two of the workshops. For more information about the event, visit www.nwremodelingfair.com.
SCS provides services to New Hope seniors Senior Community Services (SCS) partners with the city of New Hope, 17 other cities, and many other organizations to provide services to local seniors. Programs include:
H.O.M.E. H.O.M.E. provides low cost services that help seniors continue to live independently in their homes. SCS staﬀ, along with a network of skilled workers and volunteers, provide homemaking and home maintenance services for residents age 60 and older. Seniors contribute to the cost of the service based upon their monthly income and their ability to pay. Call 952-746-4046 for more information.
CareNextion CareNextion is a unique one-stop program that provides both convenient online resources and personalized telephone support to keep seniors living independently. Caregivers can also create a secure online care team of family, friends and volunteers to help support a senior. Tasks such as rides to the doctor, meals and visits can be easily coordinated by utilizing the care team. For details visit www.CareNextion.org or call 612-770-7005.
Senior Outreach Senior Outreach provides in-home counseling and case management to frail elders and their families. The staﬀ helps seniors identify and access the most appropriate and cost-eﬀective services tailored to ﬁt their needs. Health insurance counseling and assistance with insurance paperwork is available to Medicare beneﬁciaries of all ages. For more information, call 952-541-1019.
Waste disposal guide The Hennepin Recycling Group (HRG) 2012-13 Recycling and Materials Management Guide is intended to help residents recycle and properly dispose of most types of waste. It has an easy to use A-Z directory with disposal options for everything from aerosol cans to yard waste. The guide is available on the HRG website, www.hrg-recycling.com, and the city’s website, www.ci.new-hope. mn.us. For those who would like a paper copy, you can pick one up at City Hall or call the HRG administration oﬃce at 763-493-8006 and they will mail one to you.
February/March City Council regular meetings: February 13 and 27, March 12 and 26 – 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: February 21, March 19 – Council meal at 6, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: February 14, March 13 – 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: February 6, March 5 – 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: No February meeting, March 6, if needed – 7 p.m. City Oﬃces Closed: February 20 - President’s Day All activities are at City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. unless otherwise indicated. Agendas and minutes for council and commission meetings are available on the city’s website. Schedule is subject to change. Call 763-531-5100 for more information.
Free tax preparation assistance Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPSH) is oﬀering free tax preparation and e-ﬁle services to individuals with an annual income of $35,000 or less and families with an income of $45,000 or less. Some upcoming clinics include: Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 18, March 3, 24, April 7 CEAP, 6840 78th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, Mar. 7 Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka – 3 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 29, Mar. 14 For additional clinic dates, detailed information about what to bring to your tax interview, or to schedule an appointment, call 952-933-9639 ext. 204 or visit www.capsh.org/taxprogram.htm
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide also oﬀers free tax preparation to low to moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. Some upcoming Tax-Aide dates include: Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive, Crystal – Tuesdays, Feb. 7 through April 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., walkin or call 763-531-1189. Brunswick United Methodist, 6122 42nd Avenue N, Crystal – Thursdays, Feb. 2 through April 12, 1 to 4 p.m., walk-ins welcome. Robbinsdale City Hall, 4100 Lakeview Avenue N – Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m., until April 15, walk-ins welcome. For more information about Tax-Aide tax preparation assistance, visit aarp.org and search for “Tax-Aide.”
Recreation Corner Register soon for adult softball New Hope Parks and Recreation is sponsoring adult men’s and co-rec slowpitch softball leagues again this summer. Registration for new teams begins February 6. New Hope’s men’s leagues include Upper D leagues on Tuesday or Thursday, Lower D leagues on Monday or Wednesday, and E Leagues on Monday or Wednesday. The season begins the week of April 30. New Hope also oﬀers Co-Rec leagues on Sunday, Monday or Thursday. Teams will play 10 regular season games plus playoﬀs. The season begins the ﬁrst week of May. The fee for all leagues includes MRPA/USSSA registration, game balls, facility use, umpires and awards. Space is limited. Call for details.
Have a blast at Family Fun Night Beat the winter blahs at Family Fun Night, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9. The event, for kids ages 4 to 14 accompanied by an adult, promises to be loads of fun for the whole family. Everyone can bounce, jump, joust, and bungee run on bouncers or play some Bingo and win prizes. One adult may supervise up to ﬁve kids. The event will be held at Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive. Admission is $5 per person in advance or $9 at the door.
Your child will get a kick out of Little Tigers Children ages 3 to 5 will learn basic self defense and martial arts skills at Little Tigers. Master Tom Malone teaches basic kicks and punches through a variety of exercises and fun games. The next session is scheduled from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, from February 28 to April 3. Classes are held in the community room at the New Hope Ice Arena, 4949 Louisiana Avenue. The fee is $49 per session for residents of New Hope, Crystal or Robbinsdale, $56 for nonresidents. For more information about these programs or to register, call the Recreation oﬃce at 763-531-5151 or click on Rec Express at New Hope’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us.
Safety Tip of the Month Theft from automobiles is a yearround problem, it doesn’t stop when the weather gets cold. And, it can happen in every community. Remember that theft from auto is a crime of opportunity. Some of the best ways to signiﬁcantly reduce the risk of having items stolen from your vehicle may seem obvious, but they are essential! ✔ Stop. Take the time to double check to make sure that your vehicle is locked before you walk away. Always lock it, even when your car is parked someplace you’re convinced is safe, like your driveway. ✔ Take a moment to think about what you are leaving in your car. Look before you leave. Thieves are much more likely to break into a car when items that are, or appear to be, valuable are left in plain view. If you have a trunk, use it. However, it’s best to put valuables in the trunk before you reach your destination. Thieves may be watching when you arrive. If you don’t have a trunk, put valuables under the seat, in the glove compartment – somewhere out of sight. ✔ Popular items that are likely to make your car a more attractive target include a briefcase, purse, or gym bag; small portable electronic devices like cellphones, laptops, or personal music devices; even sunglasses or loose change. ✔ Park in a well-lit area. Thieves don’t want to be seen. ✔ Be particularly cautious when parking at a location where thieves know you won’t be back for an extended period – like a movie theater, gym, or church. ✔ Take the time to inventory valuable items. Record the serial number, brand, and model of each item. Either write the information down, or take a digital photo of these details. If the Police recover your item, these details are the only way they can connect the property to its rightful owner.