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June 2013

Conserving water helps keep utility bill in check With the added demands of thirsty lawns and gardens, summer water usage can increase considerably. Taking a few simple steps to conserve water makes good sense, and can help you save a few dollars. As required by state law, New Hope’s water rates are based upon the total quantity of water you use. Residents who use between 10,001 and 20,000 gallons of water a month pay $.42 per 1,000 gallons more than those who use less than 10,000 gallons. And, customers who use more than 20,000 gallons pay $1.06 per 1000 gallons more than those using less than 10,000 gallons. The website www.wateruseitwisely. com lists more than 100 ways to conserve water both inside and outside of your home. Or, check out the water conservation brochure on the city’s website, conservewater.

Medicine drop boxes Hennepin County provides three self-serve drop boxes nearby for residents to safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medicines. The service is free and no ID is required. Medicine disposal drop boxes are located at the Hennepin County Brookdale Service Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway; the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters, 9401 83rd Avenue N in Brooklyn Park; and the Ridgedale District Court, 12601 Ridgedale Drive in Minnetonka. For facility hours, items accepted, and additional information, visit

Park celebration is June 17 The city installed some fun, innovative new play equipment and completed other improvements in Civic Center Park last fall. A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for Monday, June 17, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the park, 44th and Xylon avenues (west of City Hall) to celebrate the improvements. Refreshments will be served. Come join in the fun!

Golfing in New Hope Now that the weather is finally nice, things are hopping at the New Hope Village Golf Course, 8130 Bass Lake Road. Golf leagues and lessons for junior golfers begin the week of June 10. Adult golf leagues have begun, but it’s not too late to join – they continue through mid-August. And, there are plenty of opportunities for open golf. The beautiful nine-hole, par 27 course is suitable for golfers of all skill levels. Reservations are accepted up to seven days in advance by calling 763-531-5178. Golf carts, pull carts and clubs are available for rental.

Pool opens June 8 New Hope’s outdoor pool opens for the summer on June 8 and continues through August 18. The pool is a great place to stay cool, have fun with friends and family, or take some swimming lessons. And, the family pool passes are a great deal for frequent visitors. New Hope’s Olympic-sized swimming pool is located at 4301 Xylon Ave. N. New Hope offers Red Cross-certified swimming lessons for Little Ones, ages 3 to 4, through advanced Level 6 swimmers. There are four sessions of lessons beginning June 17, July 1, July 15 and July 29. New Hope’s swimming lessons are reasonable, only $53 for New Hope residents or $60 for nonresidents. Open swimming sessions are scheduled every day, beginning at 1 p.m. Daily admission is $8 per person, or $6 after 5 p.m. Season-long family pool passes, which are good at both the New Hope and Crystal pools, are also available. The cost of a pool pass for residents ranges from $55 for an individual to $130 for a family of four, nonresidents pay a little more. For more information about the pool, call the Recreation office at 763-531-5151.

June/July City Council regular meetings: June 10 and 24, July 22 – 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: June 17, none in July – Council meal at 6, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: June 11, July 9 – 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: June 3, no July meeting – 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: no June meeting, July 2 – 7 p.m. Events: Pool opens - June 8, City Day - June 22, 9 a.m. to noon, Farmers Market returns - June 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4300 Xylon Ave. N. Holiday: July 4&5 - Independence Day observance – city offices closed 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.


City Day is June 22

Market returns June 15

The fourth annual City Day will be Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The event provides a great opportunity to ask questions of city staff, have a casual conversation with a council member, and learn more about city projects, programs and services. There will also be lots of fun activities for the whole family including police, fire and public works vehicles, dance and gymnastics performances, Willy Wonka highlights, Police Department tours, a K-9 team demonstration, and much more. For details see the spring In Touch newsletter or the city website.

The New Hope Community Farmers Market will return for its fifth season on Saturday, June 15. The market, which features about 70 vendors, is a great place to get healthy, farm-fresh vegetables and fruits. It’s also a good place to browse the handiwork of local artists and crafters, discover some locally prepared foods, and listen to home-spun entertainment. Market day is every Saturday through October 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will be held in the vacant lot across from New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Avenue N. For more information, visit

Safety Tip of the Month Fireworks Safety Tips

New Hope offers Rockin’ Rackets, children’s and teen tennis lessons for youth from ages 4 to 16. Sessions begin in June and July for both beginner and intermediate players. The city also participates in a Teen Tennis League for boys and girls ages 12 to 18, with matches played from June 10 to July 31.

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially around Independence Day. Yet, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. Follow these safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): ✺ Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. ✺ Sparklers may seem relatively harmless, but they burn at about 2000ºF and can cause serious burns. ✺ Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. ✺ Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. ✺ Never point or throw fireworks at another person. ✺ Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. ✺ Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. ✺ Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers. ✺ After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water before discarding it to prevent a trash fire. ✺ Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers. ✺ Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

New Hope acting camps

Fireworks Injuries

Recreation Corner

Fun playground programs offered in four parks New Hope will have playground programs in Holiday, Hidden Valley, Liberty, and Northwood Parks again this summer. Two sessions of Playground Pals, for kids ages 4 to 6, meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. twice a week, beginning on June 17 and July 15. Super Summer, for youth in grades 1 to 5, meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. twice a week, from June 17 to August 1. Activities center around a theme each week and include age appropriate games, arts and crafts, and much more. Call the Recreation office for details.

Register soon for youth sports camps New Hope Parks and Recreation is collaborating with Cooper High School on a wide variety of youth sports camps again this summer. The weeklong camps are designed to help young athletes build skills while having a lot of fun. This year’s camps are: soccer, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, wrestling, track, tennis, and girls’ volleyball. Many camps are led by Cooper coaches, assisted by their players. The camps are only $57 for residents. Several other camps including gymnastics, lacrosse, skateboarding, volleyball, strength and conditioning and football are also being offered. Call for details.

Youth tennis lessons and leagues

New Hope is offering beginner, intermediate and advanced Acting Camps for youth ages 4 to 15 this summer. Two sessions of the beginner (ages 4 to 6) and intermediate (ages 7 to 11) camps are scheduled from June 17 to 21 and from August 19 to 23. The resident fee is $28 for the beginner camp and $57 for the intermediate camp. The advanced camp (ages 12 to 15) is scheduled from July 8 to 12. The resident fee for the advanced camp is $65. All of the camps will be held at the New Hope Outdoor Theatre, 4401 Xylon Avenue N. Each camp concludes with a 7 p.m. performance for family and friends. Call for details. 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,

Between June 17 and July 17 in 2011: ✺ 200 people on average in the US went to the emergency room every day with fireworks related injuries. ✺ 36 percent of fireworks injuries were to kids ages 0 to 19. ✺ 46 percent of fireworks injuries were to hands and fingers followed by faces and ears (17%), eyes (17%) and legs (11%) For more information about fireworks safety, visit and search for “fireworks.”

We’re Open For Business During Construction! A contractor for CenterPoint Energy began work in April to replace the 24-inch gas pipeline along Winnetka Avenue, between Bass Lake Road and 42nd Avenue. The most challenging part of the project will begin on June 10, when the intersection at 42nd and Winnetka will be closed completely. That closure is scheduled to last about four weeks (through July 7). Detours will be clearly marked both north and south of 42nd Avenue to make sure that motorists can get to where they are going. (See the detour map below). CenterPoint Energy and the city of New Hope have been working closely with area businesses to ensure that the construction causes as little disruption to their business as possible. Access will be maintained to all of the businesses in the construction zone so that they can continue to conduct business throughout the intersection closure. The New Hope City Council encourages you to continue to frequent the businesses affected by the gas pipeline project (listed at right) throughout the intersection closure.

49th Ave

Winnetka Avenue N 4200 4210 4212 4214 4216 4201

Walgreens Caribou Coffee Rapid Refill Ink Great Nails Beauty Inc. Jet’s Pizza McDonalds 763-545-3616 763-592-5073 763-746-2627 763-504-2864 763-537-4100 763-533-5066

New Hope Mall 4203 4209 4215 4217 4221 4223 4225 4227 4235 4237

Applebees Hong Kong Buffet Subway Taco Johns Apex Chiropractic Center Aliaan Insurance Agency Tobacco & Liquor World Pioneer Dental Cosmo Prof General Nutrition Center Love Nails 4239 Lifetime Fitness


763-533-1870 763-531-9489 763-535-9511 763-536-5935 763-533-0654 763-269-8160 763-535-2090 763-536-1100 763-537-1303 763-531-2359 763-504-9881 763-533-0101

Winnetka Mall 4321 4331 4335 4341 4361 4411 4451 4455 4471

Salon Centric Liberty Tax Service Crowning Touch Catering Milagro’s Beauty Salon II Tienda Mexico PCI Academy New Panda Express TC Craft, Beer, Wine & Spirits Unique Thrift Store

763-537-8649 763-536-8500 763-533-6424 763-746-1256 763-533-4585 763-536-0772 763-398-0808 763-537-0000 763-535-0200

42nd Avenue N Village on Quebec

Quebec Ave

Winnetka Ave

7530 Mountain Mudd Expresso 7538 Quebec Liquor 7542 Sarpino’s Pizzeria 7600 7601 7701 7849

Sunshine Factory Northwest YMCA Auto Haus Country Kitchen

763-533-2683 763-533-1174 763-746-7990 763-535-7000 763-535-4800 763-535-5700 763-537-2062

Quebec Avenue N Quebec Business Plaza

45th Ave Xylon Ave

42nd Ave

Boone Ave

Quebec Ave Winnetka Ave

36th Ave

4124 #101, Award Technical & Scientific #102, Midwest Publishers #103, State Farm Insurance #105, Rely Market Global #106, Darwin Lindahl Architects #200, John Stinson & Associates #201, Massage Retreat & Spa #202, AUTOFAQs LLC #206, Signtronix Inc. #207, BMI Marketing & Fundraising #207, Cedar Island Chiropractic #208, Advanced Quality Engineering #300, Camp Buckskin #301, A-1 Remodeling LLC #302, Dane Tax Solutions LLC #303, Stephen Beseres attorney #303, Herring Legal PLLC #305, Companion Care/ US Asian Home Care #306, Davisson & Associates #307, Geiser Law PLLC #307, Lochen Law Office PLLC #308, Allstate Insurance

763-504-4522 763-444-1801 763-537-4949 763-208-3060 763-560-0448 763-531-0412 763-533-5411 763-231-6655 763-535-2999 763-205-5822 763-205-5733 763-592-0363 763-208-4805

763-244-1152 763-533-4999 612-460-8001

763-533-1919 763-355-5678 763-208-5414 612-259-7854 763-535-8723

763-533-5377 763-533-7683

Rhode Island Avenue N 4211 Alex Audio and Video Accel Computers

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Tuesday August 6, 2013 6-9 P.M. Every year on the first Tuesday in August neighborhoods all around our nation, and in New Hope, gather together in honor of crime prevention, and to send a message to would-be criminals that crime and drugs will not be tolerated in our communities. PLEASE SIGN UP NOW FOR THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENT! We look forward to those who have been participating for years, and to visiting some new neighborhoods that have never participated! For more information please contact Officer Nichole Korth at 763-531-5140 or or log on to the city of New Hope web page at: Groups that submit a completed registration by July 1, 2013, will be eligible to receive a picnic pack including plates, napkins, fork, cups, and any donated items we have received from local businesses and organizations. Picnic packs are provided by the New Hope Crime Prevention Fund Board. Groups who wish to block off their street must complete the necessary permit forms and submit to the police department no later than July 23, 2013 to receive approval for barricades.