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  • Events in the Neighborhood

    What is a neighborhood association? And why they matter.  From the January Office of Neighborhood Coordination Newsletter

    A neighborhood association is a group of residents, property owners, businesses, and non-profits who come together to form a community, and to advocate for and organize activities within a specific geographical area that shares a common identity. What Does a Neighborhood Association Do? A neighborhood association comes together to build relationships, exchange information, discuss concerns, prioritize needs in the area, identify solutions, and work toward a common goal for the good of their community. Each association can positively impact the life of each person within the boundaries of the neighborhood for the better.

     

    Why Should I Join? Joining a neighborhood association not only amplifies your voice, but helps create a community with a shared vision and goal. When neighbors come together, it shows that the neighborhood is united and ready to make an impact on their community. Neighborhood Associations & Community Policing Some services that APD provides to neighborhoods interested in community policing include: •Block Captain Training •Crime Prevention Specialists •Neighborhood Patrols •Neighborhood Watch Programs What Is The Office of Neighborhood Coordination? The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) helps create and promote healthy and vibrant neighborhoods, and supports residents as they more actively and constructively engage with their community. We assist neighborhoods in utilizing existing resources and maintaining meaningful involvement with local communities and government.

     

    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.

     

    PNM Community Assistance Events:
    These events are held statewide in order to make the PNM Good Neighbor Fund more accessible and convenient for our customers. At these events, applications will be taken for the Good Neighbor Fund and if persons qualify, they will be given a special Good Neighbor Fund code that they may call into PNM.  The PNM Good Neighbor Fund will be the only organization at these events.
    Please check out this flyer for event dates during 2018:  PNM On-Site Events 2018
  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    The new City website link to report abandoned vehicles.

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

     

    Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority Watering Recommendations for February:

    There is no need to water this month because the greater Albuquerque area received up to 8″ inches of snow in the month of January to meet our plants’ water needs!

    505Outside follows this basic rule for watering during winter months: If it has rained more than 1/2 inch (or snowed more than 6 inches) in the last 4 weeks, then there is no need to water. It snowed more than that in January, so there is no need to water this month.

    To see the entire list of winter watering recommendations, please click here:

     

    Food Pantry Program Accepting Donations of Non-Perishable Food

    The Alamosa, East Central, John Marshall, and Los Griegos Health and Social Service Centers all offer a Food Pantry 5 days a week, for those in our community in need of food. No one is turned away. The Food Pantry program is always looking for donations of non-perishable food items, so if you would like to give, contact: Mayan Armijo at: marmijo@cabq.gov for more information.

     

    Consumer Reports Provides Free Online Resources for Buying, Shopping, and Saving Money

    Have you checked out Consumer Reports on the City’s Library website yet? This free online resource allows you to make better decisions about buying things like cars, TVs, appliances, electronics, and much more. Money-saving tips, product reviews and recommendations, and buying suggestions are just part of what you can access with Consumer Reports. And all you need is your library card! You can find this great online resource on the Library’s eResources and Databases page at: https://abqlibrary.org/az.php

     

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    **Save the Date** BCSO Recruiting Event

    Save the Date BCSO Recruiting Event Seminar for women seeking a career in law enforcement! April 13, 2019 Cottonwood Mall 12pm – 3pm

    Reserve your seat by calling or texting 505 804-0000.

    www.go-bcso.com

     

    From the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter for February –  distracted driving and helping our youth build and identify healthy relationships.  Click below to read the entire newsletter:

    BCSO Newsletter_February2019

     

    Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority news you can use!

    The year is off to a great start in terms of precipitation, with ample moisture in January and more rain and snow possible in February. This will likely mean a bumper crop of weeds come spring, so this month’s newsletter has tips for keeping these pesky undesirables under control. We also explain why now is a good time to prune your fruit trees — and the benefits of February’s Plant of the Month, the Escarpment Live Oak.
    And while it may be a little early to plant that vegetable garden, it’s not too early to mark your calendars for the Water Authority’s first Water Smart Gardening Workshops of 2019:
    March 2 – Seed Starting The basics of starting your own seedlings for transplanting; making potting mix; navigating seed catalogs; and planning for spring/summer.
    March 9 – Planting an Early Spring Garden Amending your soil, transplanting and direct seeding cold hardy plants, and using row covers for season extension.
    Ugh – weeds in February? It’s never too early for weeds – learn how to identify and remove them:

    Most definitions of a weed call it “a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition of cultivated plants.” What you may call a weed in your yard may be a beloved plant in your neighbor’s yard.

    There are two times a year in the greater Albuquerque area when weeds can get out of hand. This happens typically in early spring after a wet winter and after a monsoon season in late summer. The first thing to do is to identify the plant and decide whether it is actually a weed.

    There are some common plants most people in our area think of as weeds. These are broken up into two categories: annual weeds and perennial weeds.

    According to the NMSU blog “Desert Blooms”

    Annual weeds (puncture vine/goathead, pig weed, purslane, mustard weeds, spurge, and many others) must grow from seeds each year. Prevent them from forming seeds to reduce potential weed problems for the next year. However, since weed seeds can persist in the soil many years before germinating, they will continue to reappear. Be persistent!

    Perennial weeds (silverleaf nightshade, bindweed, and others) grow from seeds as well, but they also are able to regrow from their root systems. Pulling newly germinated perennial weeds before they can establish their perennial root system helps reduce the problem. As they regrow from established root systems, frequent removal of the tops will help diminish the food reserves in the roots and weaken the weeds over time. As they become weaker, they become easier to manage.

    To see some common weeds and the best way to remove weeds, click here

  • 311 is Here for You

    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

  • Safety

    From our friends at Ladera Height Neighborhood Association:

    IRS scam season is under way for taxpayers 

    Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone. Scam artists call saying they have your tax return, and they just need to verify a few details to process your return. The scam tries to get you to give up personal information such as a Social Security number or personal financial information, such as bank numbers or credit cards. According to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, “These schemes continue to adapt and evolve in an attempt to catch people off guard just as they are preparing their tax returns. Don’t be fooled. The IRS won’t be calling you out of the blue asking you to verify your personal tax information or aggressively threatening you to make an immediate payment.” Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money or to verify your identity, here’s what you should do: n Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately. n Report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484, or report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on the website. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes. (Courtesy of FTC)

     

    How to stop ‘robocall’ scams, disruptions 

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Communications Commission are continuing to team up to combat illegal “robocalls” targeting veterans and their families. Each year, the FCC receives more than 200,000 complaints about unwanted calls. While this may seem like a big number, it pales in comparison to the millions of robocalls being made each day. The calls interrupt dinners and family time; they flood landline and mobile phones. Scam calls frequently solicit money for fake charities, including ones claiming to support America’s veterans — some even claiming to be VA representatives. VA officials offer the following tips to help avoid unwanted calls and scams:

    Þ Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Scammers may spoof their caller ID to display a fake number that appears to be local. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.

    Þ Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, or passwords in response to unexpected or suspicious calls.

    Þ Be sure to set a password for all voice mail accounts to avoid being hacked.

    Þ Register your number on the Do Not Call List at https://www.donotcall.gov/, or call 888- 382-1222 from the phone you want to register, to block calls from legitimate telemarketers. Þ Ask your phone company about call-blocking tools and services for your landline phone, and check for helpful apps that you can download to your mobile phone.

    For more information, visit fcc.gov/robocalls.

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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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