DWI patrols are coming to town December is a festive time with lots of holiday parties. The New Hope Police Department encourages everyone to make safe driving decisions this holiday season. Please don’t drink and drive. Make arrangements for a designated driver, take a cab, or call a friend or family member for a safe drive home. And, don’t let a friend drive drunk. To deal with motorists who drive impaired, the New Hope Police Department will once again join about 400 law enforcement agencies in a statewide Safe and Sober DWI enforcement crackdown throughout the month of December.
In 2011, 29,257 motorists in Minnesota were arrested for DWI. Regrettably, one in seven current Minnesota drivers has a DWI on record. The consequences of a DWI include loss of a drivers license for up to a year, up to $20,000 in legal costs and heightened insurance rates, and possible jail time. The human toll is also high. Last year there were 3,571 alcohol-related crashes in Minnesota resulting in 136 deaths and 2,375 injuries, and an estimated economic impact of more than $262 million. If you choose to drink, drink responsibly. Don’t make the selﬁsh and dangerous decision to drive impaired.
New Hope will have outdoor rinks at four parks Lace up your skates and get out and enjoy some clear, crisp winter weather on an outdoor ice rink at one of four New Hope parks this winter. Parks maintenance staﬀ will ﬂood rinks in Liberty Park at 60th and Gettysburg avenues, Civic Center Park at 44th and Xylon avenues, Lions Park at 38th and Oregon avenues, and Hidden Valley Park at 32nd and Boone avenues. The rinks are scheduled to open on December 15, weather permitting. Each park will have a rink for leisure skating and a separate rink, surrounded by boards, for hockey. For safety reasons, hockey sticks and pucks are not permitted in the general skating area. Each park will also have a warming house. Warming house hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Expanded warming house hours are scheduled on school vacation days – from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. And, hours are reduced around the holidays – from 1 to 3 p.m. on December 24
and 31 and closed on Christmas and New Year’s days. Programmed activities, such as broomball, sometimes preempt regularly scheduled open skating hours. Check with the warming house attendant for details. New Hope’s rinks and warming houses are scheduled to remain open until February 10, if weather permits.
City food and toy drives New Hope is sponsoring holiday food and toy drives through December 18. Unopened, nonperishable food items or checks will be accepted for the food drive, sponsored by city employees. Food drop-oﬀ sites are located in the upper level of New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Avenue North, and the New Hope Public Works maintenance facility, 5500 International Parkway. Drop-oﬀ site hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donated food will be delivered to NEAR (North Suburban Emergency Response) for distribution to local families in need before the holidays. New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages, as well as donations of cash or checks, will be accepted for the holiday toy drive sponsored by the New Hope Police Department. Items may be dropped oﬀ 24 hours a day in the lobby of the New Hope Police Department, 4401 Xylon Ave. N. (lower level). Donated toys will be delivered to NEAR and Toys for Tots for distribution in time for the holidays.
City Council regular meetings: December 10, January 14 & 28 – 7 p.m. City Council work sessions: December 17, January 22 – Council meal at 6, meeting at 6:30 p.m. City Council 2013 Budget Hearing: December 3, 7 p.m. Citizen Advisory Commission meetings: December 11, January 8 – 7 p.m. Human Rights Commission meetings: December 3, January 7 – 7 p.m. Planning Commission meetings: no December meeting, January 7 – 7 p.m. City Oﬃces Closed: Christmas observance - December 24 & 25, New Year’s Day - January 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 21 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.
Sidewalk plowing ❄ Property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their home or business in a timely manner. ❄ Although New Hope does remove snow from city sidewalks when time and resources permit, maintenance workers’ ﬁrst priority is to clear city streets. New Hope does not budget overtime for sidewalk plowing. ❄ Pedestrians should always use extra caution when walking on plowed sidewalks. City crews are frequently unable to clear sidewalks to bare pavement and, consequently, plowed sidewalks may have slippery spots.
No on-street parking after snowfall With wintertime here, it’s important for residents to remember New Hope’s on-street parking restrictions: ❄ On-street parking is prohibited in New Hope as soon as 1½ inches of snow have fallen. ❄ Vehicles must remain oﬀ the street until the pavement has been plowed to full width. If possible, residents are encouraged to avoid parking on the street for 24 hours after a snowfall. ❄ Vehicles violating the city’s parking restrictions may be ticketed or towed.
Winter vacation sports camps
Boys’ and girls’ basketball camps for youth in grades 4 to 8 and a girls’ volleyball camp for girls in grades 6 to 8 are scheduled for January 2 and 3 at the New Hope Community Gyms. The camps are taught by coaches from Cooper High School. The fee for any of the three camps is $31 for residents of New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale and Golden Valley or $38 for nonresidents. Call for details.
Register your rink rat today for outdoor hockey Rink Rat Hockey is an instructional hockey program for boys and girls ages 5 to 12 that’s played outdoors. Games are played every Friday evening and Sunday afternoon from January 4 through February 13 at rinks in New Hope and six nearby communities. Participants must provide their own transportation and equipment. Teams are formed in three age groups. Each player will receive a league jersey and participation award. The league fee is $42.
Kids will build battling robots Youth in grades 2 to 6 will build simple motorized robots at Battling Robo Botz from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 3. The robots will battle over several rounds for the title of “Best Bot.” After each round, teams of participants will work together to reconﬁgure their robot to make it bigger, better and stronger by using their newfound knowledge of mechanical movement. The program will be in the community room at the New Hope Ice Arena, 4949 Louisiana Ave. N. The fee is $17 for residents of New Hope, Crystal, and Robbinsdale or $24 for nonresidents.
Santa has a mailbox at City Hall Kids from New Hope can write a letter to Santa and drop it oﬀ at the Recreation oﬃce at City Hall through December 10. Santa Claus requests that each letter include the full name and address of each child so he and his elves can answer each one.
Give the gift of recreation New Hope recreation gift certiﬁcates are available in any dollar amount and can be redeemed for any recreation program. Golf gift certiﬁcates are good at the New Hope Village Golf Course. Certiﬁcates are available at the recreation oﬃce in person or by phone with a major credit card. 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 Tips for driving in the snow AAA provides these suggestions for driving in adverse winter weather: Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And, once you’re moving, remember it takes longer to slow down, stop, or turn on icy roads. Increase following distance. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold braking. Keep the heel of your foot on the ﬂoor and use the ball of your foot to apply ﬁrm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. No cruise control. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand). Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big diﬀerence in the amout of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traﬃc light changes, do it. Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. Don’t stop while going up a hill. Make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition. Check to ensure that your tires are properly inﬂated, and keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up. Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out when the roads are bad, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate. If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow fall from inside.