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  • Around the Neighborhood

    West Mesa Little League 2020 Spring Baseball and Softball

    REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!!   Ages 4-6

    In Person Registration:

    Saturday 1/18 ● 10am-2pm ● Central and Unser Library in the Children’s Workshop Room

    Saturday 1/25 ● 10am-2pm ● West Mesa Little League Clubhouse

     

    OR Register online ANYTIME!  Hurry before divisions fill up!! 

    www.westmesaall.com

    Any questions, please contact wmll.info@gmail.com

    3 Proofs of Residency Required OR School Enrollment Form (school in the WMLL district)

     

    Northwest Area Command Community Policing Council Meetings:

    Held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meeting is at the Northwest Area Command Substation located at 10401 Cibola Loop, NW 87114 across from Cibola High School.

  • Outreach and Assistance Events

    Veteran Property Tax Exemptions  

    Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the at the Assessor’s Office, 501 Tijeras Ave. NW, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The outreach events will be on the third Thursday of every month until April 2020, with an additional date on April 23, to ensure property owners applying for the veteran property tax exemptions meet the deadline, which is 30 days after the mailing of the notice of value statements.

    Income Tax Assistance

    Make your appointment for assistance with taxes.  Los Volcanes Senior Center, 6500 Los Volcanes NW, 836-8745.  Friday February 7 – April 10, 2020 APPOINTMENTS ONLY

    Free Skills for Dementia Caregiving Course

    Alzheimer’s Association, 6731 Academy Rd. NE

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Tuesday, February 04, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    “Skills for Dementia Caregiving”  is a designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.

    This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with dementia orAlzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to dementia or Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Call 505-266-4473 to Register Today!  Price: Free

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Mayor Tim Keller Gives First State of the City Address, Marks First-Year Progress, Announces New Initiatives for Most Pressing Challenges

    Mayor Tim Keller delivered his first State of the City address at a community celebration where he marked the progress his administration has made during the first year in office and detailed new efforts to address Albuquerque’s most pressing challenges.

    For a  breakdown on the speech go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/news/mayor-tim-keller-gives-first-state-of-the-city-address-marks-first-year-progress-announces-new-initiatives-for-most-pressing-challenges

    For a video on the speach (1 hour, 26 minutes) go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/sotc

    FREE Genealogical Research 

    10:30 AM | Saturday Jan 18, 2020, Main Library 2nd floor, 501 Copper Ave NW

    Come to the Library for a FREE one on one experience with your Genealogy. We will help, teach, and research your families Ancestry with you.  All computer programs are free and thousands of books to help with research. We have many volunteers so you can have a great experience on your first day researching. For those  with experience maybe we can help you break the Brick Wall down. Parking on the SE Corner Parking Garage is best. You can get 2 hours Free by having the Library stamp your ticket.   Price: Free

    Lighten Up Albuquerque

    Immerse yourself in the Inaugural Projection Mapping Festival, Jan 24, 2020, 6:00 PM – 09:00 PM,  Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE.  This is a time to think big, share light, and set a tone.  In this spirit, Electric Playhouse will expertly map and project, larger than life, artwork from artist Brian Carlson onto the Balloon Museum with creations that express the themes of Energy, Light, Community, Sustainability & Play.  Spend your Friday with us and enjoy food truck dining, Marble Brewery beer garden, balloon glow, free admission to the Balloon Museum and more!   Music provided by Electric Playhouse DJ.  As the light returns and as new year hopes, resolutions and dreams shine, Albuquerque is alive with the energy of the future — powered by a sustainable ecosystem and economy as well as the playful enthusiasm of city residents and all New Mexicans.   Price – Free.

    Plastic Bag REMINDER! 

    Single-Use Plastic Bags Will No Longer Be Offered in Stores and Businesses Starting January 1, 2020.

    Starting Wednesday, January 1, 2020, local stores and businesses will no longer carry plastic bags for shoppers. The City Council passed the Clean and Green Retail Ordinance last April, prohibiting businesses from providing single-use plastic bags to customers. To learn more about Clean and Green visit:

    http://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/clean-and-green-retail-ordinance

     

    Parenting 101: Understanding Your Child  

    Main Public Library,501 Copper Ave NW

    Sunday, January 12, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Sunday, January 19, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Sunday, January 26, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    All you need to know about the proper upbringing of children. A professional child psychologist will answer all possible questions and talk about the best methods of raising children. Contact Info, Julia Mells, bestbabykit@gmail.com  : Free —FREE

     

    NM Gas Company Offers Free Online Savings Tool

    Interested in learning how you might conserve natural resources within your home during winter months? The New Mexico Gas Company now has a free analysis tool available to help you. Visit: https://nmgc.energysavvy.com/residential/start/   and start saving today!

     

    Freedom to Ride Program Expands Transit Options for Military Veterans
    The New Mexico Rail Runner has expanded its Freedom to Ride Program, and now, all active duty military, veterans and anyone with a federally-issued veteran or military photo ID can ride the Rail Runner for free! To learn more, visit: www.riometro.org

     

    LearningExpress Library Offers Numerous Online Study and and Homework Resources
    LearningExpress Library is a great online resource that offers online tutoring, homework assistance in English and Spanish, test preparation, and career preparation for students of all ages!  Best of all, it’s free, all you need is a library card.
    Visit:www.learningexpresshub.com/productengine/LELIndex.html#/learningexpresslibrary/libraryhome?AuthToken=91614C7C-629D-4D6C-A8A2-8709C84561E0 to learn more!

     

    Free general admission to Albuquerque Museum 

    On the following dates :

    Enjoy a pleasant stroll in our sculpture garden with a friendly docent who will sharing stories  on the artists and their works. No reservations necessary.  General admission is free for the following times also:
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month
    5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday

     

    Senior Centers Offer Wide Variety of Activities and Services for 62+

    We all know a senior citizen, whether it’s a family member, a friend or a neighbor! Why not recommend some of the great free services offered by our Department of Senior Affairs? Our many Senior Centers offer a wide variety of classes and activities ranging from computer literacy to tax assistance to basketball to knitting to wood carving, and everything in between! Visit:www.cabq.gov/seniors/events to learn more!

     

  • Landscaping Tips

    Winter Tree Pruning

    The winter is best time of year to prune trees. The Water Authority recommends hiring an arborist to prune them because arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide the proper care.

    Arborists can provide the following services:

    1. Pruning
    2. Tree removal
    3. Emergency tree care
    4. Planting
    5. Plant health care
    6. Other services such as consulting, tree risk assessment, cabling and bracing of trees.

    How do you find a professional arborist to take care of your trees? We recommend to ask the following questions when looking for an arborist:

    1. Are they certified? Certified arborists have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience. They have passed a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading tree care experts. There is an online resource called Find an Arboristto help you locate one in your area.
    2. Do they have insurance? Check that they have a certificate of insurance that includes proof of liability for personal and property damage, including workers’ compensation.
    3. Do they offer a contract? Get a written contract of the work to be completed from the arborist. It should include the estimate for the services, a start date, and estimate of how long the work will take.
    4. Do they have references? Ask the tree company to provide a few names of past customers, and ask friends and neighbors for local references, too.

    To learn more about tree care, visit http://www.treesaregood.org/portals/0/docs/treecare/hire_arborist.pdf

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    BernCo News Release: Assessor Partners with NM Dept. of Veteran Services for Veteran’s Outreach   

    Office of the Assessor for Bernalillo County Hosts Third Annual Veteran Outreach Partnership with New Mexico Department of Veteran Services.  Bernalillo County.  The veteran outreach kicks off in December, and will be on the third Thursday of every month until April 2020, with an additional date in April added, to ensure property owners applying for the veteran property tax exemptions meet the deadline, which is 30 days after the mailing of the notice of value statements.   This year, because of the continuing partnership, qualifying veterans will be able to obtain, at the veteran outreach, their tax exemption certificates on-site from the NMDVS and then be able to apply for their veteran property tax exemption with the Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office.

     

  • 311 is Here for You

    311 Customer Service Survey Invites Public Feedback

    Have you taken the 311 Customer Service Survey yet? This online survey offers you the chance to give feedback and share ideas for making the City’s 311 service more open, accessible and accountable to the community it serves. To take the survey, visit:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S8TKMZV

    311 Citizen Contact Center

    Information about the 311 Citizen Contact Center.

    The 311 Citizen Contact Center is a centralized call center for the City of Albuquerque. The 311 service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    We answer questions and respond to requests for service.

    Hours

    Monday through Saturday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Animal welfare calls and fixed bus times)

    How Can We Help?

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

    Click here for website

     

    The new City website link to report abandoned vehicles.

        Report Abandoned Vehicles at: https://www.cabq.gov/report-abandoned-vehicles/report-abandoned-vehicles

     

  • Safety

    Sign Up for APD’s Security Camera Analytical Network! Does your home or business have a security camera? Register it with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Security Camera Analytical Network (SCAN) network at: www.cabq.gov/scan. Connecting your street-facing security camera to the SCAN network can help counter crime in your area and helps APD with visual surveillance and information in the event a crime was captured on camera.

     

     

  • Check out the latest Neighborhood Newsletters

    From the City, the County and APD - just go to our "Neighborhood News" page!
  • Archives

Distracted Driving

Shortly before my father passed in 2012, he told me, “These days, you need to drive like a mosquito hawk (i.e.: dragonfly). You need to look in all directions all the times.” How true. Sometimes it feels like we only arrived safely at our destination because of a miracle. The February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator” reminds us to drive safely and to have a conversation with loved ones about driving safely.

“Let us be honest. We are all guilty of this. We see it every day in the cars around us during our commutes. Changing music while driving, dealing with an unruly child in the back seat, or far more commonly, sneaking a peak at our phone to catch the latest text or email, even just talking on the phone causes serious distraction issues. Distracted driving is not becoming a problem, it IS a problem and we all contribute to it.

Distracted driving is outpacing DWI as the most dangerous violation on the road today, and if we do not do something to slow this, it will only get worse. Look at our children and how connected they are to their mobile devices.

Let me try to communicate to you just why distracted driving is so dangerous. Driving is a multitasking activity. There are many small, individual tasks that we do while we drive: steering, accelerating, braking, signaling, watching opposite direction traffic, watching cross traffic. There is a lot involved in driving. And if there is one thing that humans are not good at, it’s multitasking. We are really good at focusing on one thing, not so much with many things. And what exactly is going on while we are driving? Let’s pick a common speed limit here in town, say, 35 miles per hour and look at some numbers.

For each mile per hour you go, you are traveling about a foot and a half in distance. That doesn’t sound too bad, but let’s look at a vehicle going down 4th Street at 35 miles per hour. That is about 50 feet per SECOND. A quick two second glance at the phone has you traveling 100 feet, about 7 car lengths. Face it, that is a pretty short time period, and most looks at our phones are longer than that. A lot can happen in 100 feet. Cars pulling out in front of us. Cars stopping in front of us. Pedestrians crossing streets. Kids riding bikes. And this distance does not account for you seeing and reacting to the changing circumstances in front of you. Add in another second or two for that, and we are now talking about a 200-foot lane of potential disaster in front of us, all because we thought that whatever message coming through our phone was important enough for us to endanger not only ourselves, but EVERYONE else on the road. IT IS NOT WORTH IT.

We have to learn not to use our mobile devices while driving. We have to teach our children not to use their phones while driving. The cost in damage and more importantly, injury and death is becoming greater with each passing year. It is not worth it.

We here at BCSO are committed to combatting distracted driving in Bemalillo County. We are participants of the Department of Transportation’s DNTXT Campaign, and we actively look for drivers using their phones while driving. Using a phone without a hands-free device is illegal, and offenders will be cited. Many drivers who are stopped for using their phones while driving often think that we should be out stopping “real crime”. Our reply to that is Public Safety is our business, and helping to maintain safety on our streets and highways is a large part of this. Distracted driving causes more damage and injury than you can possibly imagine.

BCSO has a dedicated traffic enforcement unit. BCSO Motors/Traffic Investigations is committed to the enforcement of all traffic laws throughout the County of Bemalillo. If you see any traffic violation related issues, please feel free to contact Captain Joshua Kingsbury at 505-314-0044, and we can work together to put a plan in place to deal with it. As always, stay safe.”

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