West Metro Fire Open House is Sept. 8 West Metro Fire-Rescue District is holding an open house at its New Hope Fire Station, 4251 Xylon Ave. N. The event will be from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. The open house will include lots of fun and activities for the entire family. Come and meet the ﬁreﬁghters who serve the communities of New Hope and Crystal, see all the ﬁre trucks and equipment, learn ﬁre prevention tips through interactive activities, and watch demonstrations. There will be demonstrations by the New Hope and Crystal police departments, the New Hope K-9 team, North Memorial, and more. And, the Salvation Army will provide free food and snacks.
Utility service line insurance caution It has come to the city of New Hope’s attention that a company has been aggressively promoting exterior sewer line and water line insurance coverage to New Hope residents. The company appears to have targeted older residents. The company correctly claims that repairs to the water and sewer line from a resident’s home to the city main in the street are the homeowner’s responsibility and note that replacement of those service lines can be expensive. What the company fails to explain is that it is extremely rare for a resident to need to replace an entire water service line (it’s only happened twice in 25 years in New Hope), and is also uncommon for sewer service lines to need complete replacement. If a resident is concerned about their sewer service line, many homeowner insurance providers have insurance riders available.
Citizens’ Police Academy
Saturday market continues
The Citizens’ Police Academy is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at how local law enforcement operates. The class, which is open to any adult who lives or works in New Hope or Crystal, will be held on Thursday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m., from September 13 to October 18 at the New Hope and Crystal police stations. For more information or an application form, contact Sergeant Brunner at 763-531-5170. Space is limited, so register today.
New Hope’s popular Saturday Community Farmers Market will continue through Saturday, October 13. After Labor Day, the market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is held in the former Kmart parking lot, across the street from City Hall at 4300 Xylon Ave. N. Don’t miss the fun and some of the best fruit and veggies around! For details visit www. newhopemarket.org.
Register to vote Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. If you have moved, changed your name, or have not voted within the last four years, you will need to register. While it is possible to register on Election Day with a proper form of identiﬁcation, it will speed things up at the polls if you pre-register. Voter registration cards are available on the city’s website or at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. Pre-registration ends October 17. For more information about voter registration, absentee voting, voter eligibility, precinct boundaries and polling locations, visit the city’s website at www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/vote.
City services survey What do you think about New Hope city services? City oﬃcials want to know! To take a quick online survey, follow the link on the city’s website at www. ci.new-hope.mn.us.
Fall golf special The New Hope Village Golf Course is a great place to spend a leisurely couple of hours on a beautiful fall day! And, the city is oﬀering residents a special deal to make fall golf at New Hope’s par three course even more appealing. Simply bring this article to the clubhouse, 8130 Bass Lake Road, to enjoy two rounds of golf for $15. (Good through 12/31/12, original ad only, not valid for league play.)
September/October City Council regular meetings: September 10 and 24, October 8 and 22, 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: September 17 and October 15 - Council meal at 6, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: September 11, October 9, 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: September 4, October 1, 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: September 4, October 2, 7 p.m. Events: Labor Day - September 3, City oﬃces closed Absentee voting for general election begins September 21 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.
Leave your leaves at yard waste site The Maple Grove yard waste site is a great place to dispose of leaves, garden waste, branches, grass clippings and small quantities of sod or dirt. The site, which is located at 14796 101st Ave. N., is free for residents of New Hope to use with proof of residency. The site is for bulk waste only. Residents need to unload their own materials and take bags or containers home with them. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays, through November 30. For more information about the yard waste site, including directions, listen to the recorded message at 763-4204886, or visit the facility’s website at www.mgyardwaste.com.
Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Tickets will be available for the annual New Hope Community Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast beginning September 10. The event includes reﬂections by leaders from many local faith communities and music. The theme of this year’s event, which is scheduled at 7 a.m. on October 26, is “To Light the Community Lamp of Civility.” The breakfast will be held in the New Hope Community Gyms at Cooper High School. Single tickets are $10, or a table of eight is $80, which includes a continental breakfast. Call 763-531-5110 to reserve a spot.
Register for fall fun! New Hope Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for fall programs. You can register with a major credit card by calling 763-531-5151 or on the city website with Rec Express.
Recreation Corner Register for fall session of gymnastics New Hope has gymnastics classes for beginners age 4 to advanced gymnasts. Classes are oﬀered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Saturdays. The fall session begins September 22-27. Fees range from $57 to $110 per class for New Hope residents. Nonresidents pay $7 more. The program is held at Sandburg School in Golden Valley. Call for details.
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 September 17 to December 3. The program provides a great total body workout for adults at every ﬁtness level. It packs loads of strength training and cardiovascular activity in each 50minute session. The fee for the 12-week session is $58 for New Hope residents and $65 for nonresidents.
Kids’ garage sale is September 22 The Kids’ garage sale is an awesome opportunity for kids ages 6 to 15 to sell toys, games books and sporting goods they no longer use. It’s also a great place for kids to ﬁnd new treasures. This year’s event will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 22 at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive. Kids from New Hope, Crystal or Robbinsdale can rent a table for only $8 to display their items. To reserve a table, call Crystal Recreation at 763-531-0052 by September 14. For kids who simply want to shop, there’s no admission charge.
Half Pint Safety Camp New Hope’s Half Pint Safety Camp is a one-day camp of safety learning on October 18 (during the MEA break) for kids in Kindergarten and Grade 1. Topics will include electrical safety, home safety, ﬁre safety, and more. Lunch, snacks camp t-shirt and a graduation event are included. Camp will be in session from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Metro Fire Station in New Hope. The fee is $20 for residents and $27 for nonresidents. 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 The beginning of the school year is a time when children are at increased risk of transportation-related injuries from pedestrian, school bus and motor vehicle crashes. It’s also a time for everyone to improve their traﬃc safety practices. The following tips can help keep everyone safe:
Tips for Motorists ❖ When a school bus or children are present, slow down and proceed with caution. Obey all traﬃc laws and speed limits. ❖ Motorists must stop at least 20 feet away from a school bus that has its stop-signal arm extended and ﬂashing red lights. Vehicles must remain stopped until the arm is retracted and the red lights are no longer ﬂashing. The only exception to this rule is on a roadway where opposing lanes of trafﬁc are separated by an island or safety zone (not just a line). In that case, vehicles on the other side of the median from the bus are not required to stop. ❖ It is against the law to pass a school bus on the right-hand side when it is displaying ﬂashing yellow lights. ❖ All three elementary schools in New Hope have school patrol members posted on street corners to help students cross the road safely. If you see a school patrol with their ﬂags extended you must stop your vehicle and remain stopped until the ﬂag is retracted and all students, including the patrol crossing guard, are out of the road.
For Students ❖ If you ride a school bus, learn and practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and oﬀ the bus, and riding the bus. ❖ If you walk to school, learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians. Always cross at crosswalks. Obey all traﬃc signs, traﬃc lights and safety patrol instructions. For more school safety tips, visit www.nsc.org and search for “Back to School Safety,” or call Oﬃcer Nichole Korth at 763-531-5140.