Participate in National Night Out New Hope’s National Night Out/ Night to Unite is Tuesday, August 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The annual event is a great opportunity to spend some time outside with your neighbors, get to know each other better, and strengthen your commitment to work together with the New Hope Police Department to help prevent crime and keep your neighborhood safe. With about 90 National Night Out block parties planned in New Hope, there is almost certain to be a gathering planned in your neighborhood. Join with your neighbors on August 7, turn on your outdoor lights, and send criminals the message that your neighborhood is organized and that you will ﬁght back against crime. If you are uncertain where a National Night Out event is planned in your area, contact Oﬃcer Nichole Korth, 763-531-5140.
Saturday farmers market Locally grown produce and a variety of other items are available every Saturday at the New Hope Community Farmers Market. The open-air market is located in the parking lot at 4300 Xylon Ave. N., across the street from New Hope City Hall. Market hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Labor Day then from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 13. About two-thirds of the vendors are local fruit, vegetable and ﬂower growers. A variety of prepared food vendors, local artists and crafters round out the merchandise oﬀerings. There is also a variety of entertainment and diﬀerent community groups participating each week. For details, visit www.newhopemarket.org.
Primary election is August 14 The primary election will be Tuesday, August 14. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The primary election date was moved from September to the second Tuesday in August in 2010. Redistricting following the 2010 Census resulted in changes to the boundaries of almost all of New Hope’s voting precincts earlier this year. The number of precincts was also reduced from 11 to eight and a number of polling locations were changed. Consequently, it’s important for voters to not simply go to the polling location they are used to, but to conﬁrm their current precinct and polling location. Every registered voter should have received a postcard recently advising them which precinct they live in and where they should vote. If you have misplaced or did not receive this postcard, that information is also available on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website, pollﬁnder.sos.state.mn.us, or by calling City Hall, 763-531-5100. There are a few federal, state, county and judicial oﬃces on the primary
ballot to narrow the ﬁeld before the general election in November. There will not be any local races on the primary ballot. To view a sample ballot for the primary, visit the election section of the city’s website, www. ci.new-hope.mn.us/vote or the state’s pollﬁnder website. Voter preregistration ends 20 days prior to election day, so it is too late to preregister for the primary, but voters can register at the polls on election day with the proper proof of residence. Voters can also preregister for the general election. For more information about voter eligibility and voter registration information, visit the city website, read the summer In Touch newsletter, or call City Hall. In person absentee voting is available at New Hope City Hall for those who meet the eligibility requirements. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through August 13 and on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Voters should allow at least seven days to absentee vote by mail. Call or visit the city’s online voter information for details.
August/September City Council regular meetings: August 13 and 27, September 10 and 24, 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: August 20 and September 17 - Council meal at 6, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: No August meeting, September 11, 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: August 6, September 4, 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: August 8, September 4, 7 p.m. Events: National Night Out - August 7, 6-9 p.m. Primary Election - August 14, polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ice Arena Ribbon Cutting, August 22, 5-7 p.m., 4949 Louisiana Ave. Labor Day - September 3, City oﬃces closed 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.
Dispose of unwanted medicines at free drop boxes It’s a good idea to get rid of the drugs in your medicine cabinet that are no longer needed or out of date. But don’t just toss them in the trash or ﬂush them down the toilet. It’s important to dispose of them properly. Hennepin County recently made it much simpler to properly dispose of unwanted medicines by opening several free medicine drop boxes, including a site in Brooklyn Park. The county recently installed a medicine drop box at the Hennepin County Sheriﬀ ’s patrol headquarters at 9401 83rd Avenue N in Brooklyn Park. The drop box is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A 24-hour drop box is also available at the Hennepin County public
safety facility at 401 Fourth Avenue S in downtown Minneapolis. A wide variety of medicines are accepted at the drop boxes including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements and pet medicines. The boxes are self-serve. Medicines should be left in their original containers. No identiﬁcation is required, and the service is free. Liquid medications, needles, sharps, syringes, or medicines from businesses are not accepted. The county will ensure that the products are disposed of properly. For more information, visit www.hennepin.us/medicine or call Hennepin County Environmental Services at 612-348-3777.
Safety Tip of the Month In 2010, more than 2,000 people a day were treated in emergency rooms for unintentional poisoning. And the number of deaths is rising. The following tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will help to reduce your – or a loved one’s – risk.
What You Should Know • Ninety-one percent of unintentional poisoning deaths are a result of drug overdose. Drugs commonly involved in unintentional poisoning deaths include opioid pain medications such as methadone or oxycodone. • More than 60,000 young children are seen in emergency rooms each year because they got into medicines while their parents or caregivers were not looking.
Register for adult fall softball leagues
Avoiding medicine poisoning
Get your friends or coworkers together to play some softball! The New Hope Parks and Recreation Department is oﬀering men’s and co recreational adult softball leagues this fall. Men’s D/E leagues are available on Monday or Wednesday evenings. A Co-Rec 11/12” league is available on Tuesday evenings. The seven game season begins the week of August 20 and ends with a single-elimination playoﬀ. Games are played at Victory Park, 55th and International Parkway. The fee for fall adult softball leagues is $440 per team, plus a $12 nonresident fee for each player that does not live or work full-time in New Hope. Call the Recreation oﬃce for details. Space is limited, register today!
• Only take prescription medications that are prescribed to you by a healthcare professional. • Follow directions on the label when you give or take medicines. Read all warning labels. • To avoid drug interactions, check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking more than one prescription medication. • Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs.
Flag football for kids in grades 1-4 New Hope and several nearby communities are oﬀering a fall ﬂag football program for kids in grades 1 to 4. An instructional program on Sunday afternoons will teach kids in grades 1 and 2 basic football skills through drills and low key games. The program is scheduled from September 9 through October 14 at Robbinsdale Middle School, 3730 Toledo Ave. N. The fee is $59 for residents. A ﬂag football league for youth in grades 3 and 4 is scheduled from August 23 to October 14. Teams practice on Thursdays evenings at Civic Center Park and play games on Sunday afternoons at Zachary, Elm Creek and Oakwood parks in Plymouth. The league fee is $68 for residents.
Mike Lynch StarWatch party is September 7 WCCO personality Mike Lynch has a way of making the stars accessible to everyone. Don’t miss the fun when he brings his StarWatch Party to New Hope from 7:45 to 10 p.m. on September 7. The event is open to everyone ages 7 and over (youth ages 7 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult). Lynch will teach participants where to ﬁnd popular constellations and share some stories about how the constellations got their names. Lynch will bring two giant 20 inch reﬂector telescopes and an astronomical camera telescope system for great views of the night sky. The event will be at the New Hope Outdoor Theatre, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The fee is $12 per person. Register by August 31. For more information about these programs or to register, call the New Hope Parks and Recreation oﬃce at 763-531-5151.
Be smart about storage • Store all medicines and household products up and away and out of sight. • Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers. • Do not put your next dose of medicine where a child can reach – it only takes seconds for a child to get them. • Secure the child safety cap completely every time you use a medicine.
Be Prepared Put the Poison Help number, 1-800222-1222, on or near every home telephone and save it on your cell phone. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit www.cdc.gov/features for more health safety information.