No curbside cleanup this fall The curbside clean up event originally scheduled for this fall has been postponed until 2014. Hennepin Recycling Group, which coordinates the event for the cities of New Hope and Crystal, was unable to ﬁnd garbage haulers that were interested in bidding on a clean up for this fall. If you have waste items to get rid of, consider the HRG Special Materials Drop-oﬀ Day on October 12, Hennepin County’s drop-oﬀ facility in Brooklyn Park, or contact your trash hauler to ﬁnd out what they would charge. More information about alternative waste disposal options will be included in the next In Touch newsletter.
Cities collaborate on Citizens Police Academy The New Hope, Crystal and Robbinsdale police departments are jointly offering a six-week Citizens Police Academy for residents who are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at how local law enforcement operates. The class, which will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning September 12, is speciﬁcally designed with the average citizen in mind. Most of the instructors are police oﬃcers from the participating departments. Topics covered will include patrol tactics, investigations, narcotics, crime scene processing, juvenile crime, dispatching, court procedures, use of force, canine demonstrations and crime prevention strategies. The academy is free, but a brief background check will be conducted on all applicants. The program is open to any adult who lives or works in New Hope, Crystal or Robbinsdale. For more information or an application form, please contact Sergeant Doug Brunner, 763-531-5170 or dbrunner@ ci.new-hope.mn.us. Register today, space is limited.
City Day rescheduled
CERT training in October
New Hope City Day was originally scheduled for June 22. Unfortunately, heavy rains, strong winds and a power outage caused the event to be cancelled. City Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at New Hope City Hall. West Metro Fire-Rescue is having a fun open house event at Station 3 (just south of City Hall) at the same time. The activities at this City Day event have changed a bit, but it will still be a great opportunity to learn about city programs and services and things going on in New Hope. Staﬀ from each city department and City Council members will be on hand to answer questions and listen to concerns. See the city website for additional details.
West Metro Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold its next basic training course the weekend of October 11 to 13. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. Team members are trained in 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 an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. The basic training course is free and open to anyone 15 and older (youth 15 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Participants need to complete online training before participating in the classroom training. The course is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the ﬁre station at 4251 Xylon Ave. N. in New Hope. Applications for the basic CERT course and additional information are available at the city’s website at www.ci.new-hope. mn.us/cert or by calling 763-531-5161.
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 12/31/13, original ad only, not valid for league play.)
September/October City Council regular meetings: September 9 and 23, October 14 and 28 – 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: September 16, October 21 – Council meal at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: September 10, October 8 – 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: September 3, October 7 – 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: No September meeting, October 1 – 7 p.m. Holidays (city oﬃces closed): Labor Day - September 2 Events: Saturday Farmers Market - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekly, through October 12 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.
Pick your favorite photo New Hope photographers entered 43 photos in the 2013 In Focus photo contest. A panel of volunteer judges will choose winners in four categories: people, places, nature, and youth in September. You can also vote for your favorite, and help choose a winner in the People’s Choice category. Voting began August 19 and will continue through September 19. You can vote online by following the links on the city’s website, www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/ infocus. Or, you can vote in person at City Hall, the golf course clubhouse, the Farmers Market, and possibly other locations. Check the city’s website or call 763-531-5100 for the location of the In Focus gallery. However you choose to vote, please vote only once. The winning hi will be announced at a City Council meeting.
Two great event venues The New Hope Village Golf Course clubhouse (8130 Bass Lake Road) and New Hope Ice Arena community room (4949 Louisiana Ave. N. ) are great locations for your party, anniversary, business meeting, wedding reception or other event. The beautiful golf course clubhouse can comfortably accommodate groups of around 75 people and can be reserved for events from mid-October through the middle of March. The newly remodeled arena community room is well suited for groups of up to 100 and is available year-round when programs are not scheduled. Both facilities have a refrigerator and microwave available for use. For rental rates, additional information, or to book your event today, call the golf course at 763-531-5178 or the ice arena at 763-531-5181.
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 21-26. Fees range from $59 to $112 per class for New Hope residents. Nonresidents pay $7 more. The program is held at Sandburg School in Golden Valley. Call for details.
Kids’ garage sale is September 21 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 21, at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive. Kids from New Hope, Crystal or Robbinsdale can rent a table to display their items. To reserve a table, call Crystal Recreation at 763-531-0052 by September 13. For kids who simply want to shop, there’s no admission charge.
Sign up for youth wrestling Youth Wrestling provides kids in Kindergarten through grade 6 with a ﬁrm foundation in the sport of wrestling by helping them develop proper wrestling techniques and a positive competitive attitude. The primary emphasis, however, is on fun! Pups (grades K-3) meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and Huskies (grades 4-6)meet from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the New Hope Elementary wrestling room, 8301 47th Avenue North. The program meets on Tuesdays from November 19 to February 4 with no class on December 24 or 31. The fee is $53 for New Hope residents.
Preserving Food Safely Learn the safe way to preserve your garden’s bounty by canning, freezing and pickling. U of M Extension educator Suzanne Driessen will teach the proper techniques. The class is from 6 to 8 p.m., on October 1, at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. The class fee is $12 for New Hope residents. 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. Slow down at least 10 mph in school zones when children are present. ❖ 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.