Bulky waste curbside cleanup event this April Every other year, the cities of New Hope and Crystal coordinate with Hennepin Recycling Group to conduct a special curbside cleanup event for bulky waste items. The next curbside cleanup is scheduled for April 2016. Residents who live in single-family through eight unit homes that pay for curbside recycling service through the city are eligible for the event. Acceptable items include old/unusable furniture, mattresses, carpet, general household junk (up to 100 lbs. per item) and up to two appliances. Residents will receive a postcard in the mail indicating which date they are scheduled for pickup and with additional details about the event. Residents participating in the bulky waste pickup should have materials at curbside by 7 a.m. on the ﬁrst day of collection for their collection zone. Trucks will go through an area only once. There will be no return trips. For additional information visit the city’s website at www.ci.new-hope. mn.us or hrg-recycling.com. Call HRG Administration at 763-4938006 if you have questions. Dates
West of Winnetka and North of 42nd
East of Winnetka and North of CP Rail Line
East of Winnetka and North of 42nd to CP Rail Line
April West of Winnetka and 11-12 South of 42nd April East of Winnetka and 13-14 South of 42nd
Car seat inspections
West Metro food drive
Did you know that about 85% of all car seats are installed incorrectly? New Hope Police Department, in collaboration with Safe Kids Northwest Metro Minneapolis and West Metro Fire Rescue, is holding a Car Seat Safety Inspection Event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28, to teach parents how to install their child’s car seat correctly. The event will be at West Metro Fire Station 3, 4251 Xylon Ave. N. Nationally certiﬁed child passenger safety seat technicians will take about 30 to 45 minutes for each inspection. Appointments are required. Please call 763-581-3740 to schedule an appointment.
West Metro Fire’s annual “Fireﬁghters Fighting Hunger!” food drive is March 1 through 21. The ﬁreﬁghters are collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations to beneﬁt The Food Group (formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network). Items can be dropped oﬀ at Station 3 in New Hope, 4251 Xylon Ave. N., on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or anytime crews are present. The highlight of the food drive will be a special event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. West Metro ﬁreﬁghters will be collecting food with ﬁre vehicles at Almsted’s Fresh Market in Crystal, Crystal Aldi, Cub Foods on 36th Ave. N. in Crystal and 42nd Ave. N. in Plymouth, Target in Crystal, and Hy-Vee in New Hope. For more information, visit www. wmfrd.org or call 763-230-7007.
Property value concerns? Do you think the 2016 estimated market value for your property is too high or too low? Call the Hennepin County Assessor’s Oﬃce ﬁrst at 612-348-3046. Property owners who still have concerns should plan to attend the New Hope Board of Appeal and Equalization at 7 p.m. on April 14 at New Hope City Hall.
Register for summer fun! The spring/summer issue of In Motion, the New Hope recreation program brochure, will be mailed in March. Watch for it!
March/April City Council regular meetings: March 14 and 28 at 7 p.m., April 11 and 25 City Council work sessions: March 21, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: March 8, No April meeting, 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: March 7, April 4 at 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: March 2, April 5 at 7 p.m. Events: Board of Appeal and Equalization, April 14 at 7 p.m. All activities are at City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. unless otherwise indicated. Agendas and minutes for meetings are available on the city’s website. Schedule is subject to change. Call 763-531-5100 for more information.
Residential home loan programs Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) oﬀers New Hope residential property owners a comprehensive array of loan programs, including: ➤ Emergency Deferred Loan Program – Loans of $1,000-$5,000, interest rate of 0% ﬁ xed, loan is forgiven if borrower remains in home and maintains homestead status for 10 years, eligible improvements includes emergency improvements based on a site visit, loan is secured by a mortgage and closing costs apply. ➤ Low Interest Loan Program – Loans of $1,500-$5,000 for interior or exterior maintenance or remodeling, interest rate of 4% ﬁ xed, no maximum income limit, terms up to 120 months, loan is secured by a mortgage and closing costs apply.
➤ Interest Subsidy Program – Loans of $2,000-$7,500 for most interior or exterior maintenance or remodeling, 4% ﬁ xed interest rate, terms up to 120 months, income limits apply, loan is secured by a mortgage and closing costs apply. ➤ Home Improvement Loan Program – Loans of $1,000-$20,000, interest rate of 5.99%, terms up to 120 months, no maximum income limit, closing costs apply. ➤ Unsecured Loan Program – Loans of $2,000-$15,000, 6.99% ﬁ xed interest rate, terms up to 120 months, income cannot exceed $99,500, loan is not secured by a mortgage. For more information about these and other CEE programs, visit www. mncee.org, call 612-335-5858, or email email@example.com.
Recreation Corner Get in shape at adult fitness class New Hope oﬀers an adult ﬁtness class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The next session is scheduled from March 14 to May 18. The program provides a great total body workout for adults at every ﬁtness level. This basic circuit training class packs loads of strength training and cardiovascular activity in each 50-minute session. The fee for the 12-week session is $60 for New Hope residents.
Marvel Universe extravaganza at Target Center Watch your favorite super heroes including Spider-Man, the Avengers and assorted villains come to life when Marvel Universe comes to Target Center on April 8. The show begins at 7 p.m. Lower level tickets are $20. Call for details.
Spring gymnastics classes begin March 9-15 New Hope’s gymnastics program has classes for beginners ages 4 to 5 through advanced gymnasts. Spring classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons beginning March 9 through 15 and continuing through mid-May. Fees per session range from $64 for 4 and 5 year-old beginners to $146 for advanced gymnasts. Nonresidents pay $7 more. Classes are held in Gym A at the Sandburg Learning Center, 2400 Sandburg Lane in Golden Valley. Call for details.
Classes help kids develop basic soccer skills New Hope is oﬀering soccer classes through Revolutionary Sports that focus on skill development and fun. The spring session is on Tuesdays from April 12 to May 17. MiniStars Soccer, for kids ages 5 to 7, meets from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. followed by MightyStars Soccer, for kids ages 6 to 8, from 7:15 to 8 p.m. All of the programs are held at New Hope Community Gyms, 8230 47th Ave. N. The resident fee is $51. Call for details. For more information about these programs or to register, call the New Hope Parks and Recreation oﬃce at 763-531-5151.
Safety Tip of the Month Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26, 2016. Every year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported. More than 90% of those poisonings occur at home. Below are some tips from the Poison Help website about things you can do if an accidental poisoning occurs. For additional information, visit poisonhelp.hrsa.gov.
In an emergency: If you or someone you know may have been poisoned, call the tollfree Poison Help line right away at 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center. If the person is not breathing, call 911. Do not wait for signs of a poisoning before calling the Poison Help line. When you call, you will speak with a poison expert at your poison center. Use the emergency checklist on the Poison Help website to guide you on what information to tell the poison expert on the phone.
Also remember: ✲ Do not panic. Not all medicines, chemicals, or household products are poisonous. Not all contact with poison results in poisoning. ✲ Follow the advice you receive from your poison center.
Some additional first steps: ✲ If the person inhaled poison, get to fresh air right away. ✲ If the person has poison on the skin, take oﬀ any clothing the poison touched. Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes. ✲ If the person has poison in the eyes, rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes. ✲ Your poison center can give you other ﬁrst-aid advice and may save you from a visit to the emergency room.
Before an emergency happens, be prepared: ✲ Keep the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, in a place where you can ﬁnd it in an emergency.