• Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 70 other followers

  • Neighborhood Events and Helpful News

    Spring Green Waste Collection

    When:  Apr 29, 2019  – May 10, 2019

    Description

    This year’s Spring Green Waste pick-up service begins on Monday, April 29 and ends on Friday May 10.

    Solid Waste customers should have their Green Waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their regular trash collection day. All Green Waste must be placed 5 feet from automated trash and recycling containers as well as any large items scheduled for pick-up.

    • Solid Waste customers must place their Green Waste (leaves, grass, and brush) in trash bags.
    • Each trash bag should not weigh more than 40 pounds.
    • Customers that have branches must cut them to four-foot lengths and bundle them securely.
    • The following items will not be picked up: dirt, construction debris, gravel, construction material or tree stumps.

    For more information call 311, TTY 711, or visit the Solid Waste website

     

    Pet Poison Prevention Tips

    Though last week was National Poison Prevention Week, it’s never too late to remind people to keep an eye out for possible poisons and toxins around the house that could harm your pets. Here are a few tips on keeping your furry friends safe:

    • Keep any and all medications away from curious pets.
    • Batteries, many types of plants, and cleaning products all need to be safely stored away from your critters.
    • Antifreeze products containing ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that pets might like but that can also be very harmful, so keep them away.
    • Many human foods are poisonous for pets, so pet-proof your garbage can and keep an eye on food that falls to the floor.
    • Fertilizers, bug spray, insecticides and some sprayed herbicides can be toxic to pets so keep them sealed and out of reach and watch out if your pet likes to eat grass that you may have sprayed with weed killer.

    You can get help and learn more at the Pet Poison Helpline website at:www.petpoisonhelpline.com or by calling (855) 764-7661.

     

    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.

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    Neighborhood News!!

    There is lots of great information in April’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination newsletter.  Read it here!  onc-newsletter-2019-04

    ***Traffic Alert*** University SE from Gibson SE to Gerald SE
    From Public Information Coordinator Johnny Chandler, City of Albuquerque (Posted on NextDoor):

    The Department of Municipal Development announces north and southbound closures on University Blvd SE from Gibson Blvd SE to Gerald Avenue SE which started on Monday, April 15th 2019 continuing until Saturday, May 4th 2019. The University Blvd SE to Gerald Avenue SE work is for street rehabilitation of existing concrete adjacent to University from Gibson to Gerald. Due to limited lane widths, total closures will be implemented on University southbound followed by northbound closures to facilitate concrete work. Construction Schedule: • Work hours: 6AM to 10PM • Total Closure Southbound University starting 4/15/19 thru 4/24/19, barricades will be removed from 4/19/19 thru 4/21/19 • Total Closure Northbound University starting 4/25/19 thru 5/4/19 Access to local business and detour signs will be implemented directing traffic to ingress/egress routes on Walker Road, Mulberry Street, and Spence Avenue. Please note during the northbound closures access from Miles Road will closed to assist with construction activities.

     

    City of Albuquerque Launches Online 311 Customer Survey

    Innovative 311 customer survey aims to improve services & increase inclusivity.

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — The City of Albuquerque’s 311 Community Contact Center is expanding the community’s ability to give feedback by conducting its annual customer survey online for the first time. The survey, which is conducted every spring, has historically been mailed to a small number of residents who used 311 in the previous year. This year, the survey will be open to everyone, allowing both users and non-users to share their ideas for making the City’s front door more open, accessible, and accountable to the community.

    “We are excited about making the survey more accessible and are looking forward to the feedback we receive from the community,” 311 Division Manager Carrie Prothero said. “The data collected will help guide us in making improvements that people would like to see implemented.”

    The public is invited to provide feedback about their experiences using 311 services via the Online Customer Survey at www.abq311.com now through mid-May.

    ABQ311 is the Community Contact Center for the City of Albuquerque and processes approximately 1.16 million interactions per year over the phone, Albuquerque 311 Alexa SkillOne Albuquerque mobile application, and City of Albuquerque website.

     

    Update on Neighborhood Engagement Process (NEP)

    Since the first quarter of 2018, the City Council and the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) have been engaged in the Neighborhood Engagement Process (NEP), which is designed to identify community needs to inform updates to the Neighborhood Association Recognition Ordinance (NARO) and to initiate an ongoing dialogue and long-term, reciprocal relationship between the ONC and each of our city’s 263 neighborhood associations. A NEP Update overview is attached to give you a clearer understanding of where the NEP currently stands and next steps. To learn more about the NEP and the ONC, visit: http://www.cabq.gov/office-of-neighborhood-coordination/neighborhood-engagement-process

     

    Albuquerque Renaissance Faire

    Saturday April 27, 2019

    10 a.m – 5 p.m. at the Balloon Museum

    For more information, please visit:

    http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/special-events-festivals/events/2018-albuquerque-renaissance-faire

     

    Run for the Zoo

    . . . and walk with us too!

    Sunday May 5th, 2019

    • 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
    • 5K Fitness
    • 5K Timed
    • 10K Timed
    • Half Maraton

    For more information or to register, click here: https://runforthezoo.org/

     

    Free Summer Law Camp 2019 Seeks 6th and 7th Graders For Great Educational Experience

    The New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and UNM are hosting the 2019 Summer Law Camp June 23-28 and July 7-12, and are seeking applicants in 6th and 7th grade for this great, free experience! Participants get a taste of college life and the opportunity to develop research skills, participating in mock trials, and participate in New Mexico’s legal system by meeting judges, attorneys and touring relevant judicial sites in Albuquerque. To learn more, call (505) 277-5321 or visit: www.cpp.unm.edu

     

    Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Mexico is seeking a few good men and women to mentor some great kids in our community! Mentors provide support and encouragement for kids who may not otherwise get it. If you’re interested in making a positive impact in the life of a young man or young woman in our community, sign up today at: http://www.bbbs-cnm.org/

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    Youth Organized Sports Participation Survey Seeks Feedback

    If you are the parent or caregiver of a youth between the ages of 5-17, please consider completing a brief survey on the state of Youth Organized Sports Participation in Bernalillo County.  Feel free to forward this email on to anyone in your own network that you think would be interested in completing the survey.  If you are interested, click on the link below to be taken directly to the survey. You may open the survey in your web browser by clicking the link below:
    Youth Organized Sports Participation in Bernalillo County

     

    FREE Residential and Commercial Landscape Irrigation Consultation

    Want to take the guesswork out of irrigation?

    Want to know how much water your landscape really needs?

    Customers can call 505-289-3003 to schedule the Free Landscape Irrigation Efficiency Consultation.

    Irrigation systems can waste a tremendous amount of water if they’re not working properly, and it is often difficult for someone not trained in this field to detect the problems. That’s why the Water Authority Water Conservation Program offers customers a free visit to your site to evaluate the efficiency of your irrigation system and practices, from a Certified Landscape Irrigation Advisor, a specialist trained and committed to efficient outdoor water use management.

     

    Here’s how it works:

    • The irrigation specialist will arrive at your site at the scheduled time and check your irrigation system to determine how it’s performing and evaluate existing landscape conditions.
    • Review your type of irrigation system and landscape.
    • Identify any maintenance issues including leaks and other problems such as missing, broken, blocked, and improperly sized or adjusted emitters
    • Review your irrigation system controller settings to make sure that it is set appropriately to meet your landscape goals.
    • Recommend a proper irrigation scheduling for the season.
    • Recommend outdoor rebates.
    • This visit can help you save some money on your next bill.
  • 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

     

    The new City website link to report abandoned vehicles.

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

     

  • Safety

    Great information in the April edition of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s NewsletterBCSO Newsletter_April2019

     

    Crime Mapping Tool Shows Online Real-Time Activity in Albuquerque

    Have you bookmarked Albuquerque Police Department’s (APD) Crime Mapping Tool yet? This online, real-time map of criminal activity offers residents an up-to-date snapshot of what type of criminal activity is happening in their neighborhoods. Visit: http://www.cabq.gov/police/online-services/crime-mapping/ and make sure to bookmark the page, as it is updated daily.

    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.

  • Check out the latest Neighborhood Newsletters

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

  • Advertisements

Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships

With Spring, come young love. And, whereas those of us who are old enough to have teenage children know that there is a miniscule chance of teenage love lasting, unfortunately teenagers do not have the experience to know better. This will be a 3-part series on recognizing unhealthy relationships, recognizing healthy relationships, and recognizing abusive relationships. All of this is from the February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator.” Is it time for another conversation with your loved ones?

“Unhealthy relationships are marked by certain characteristics our youth should be aware of…:

  • Control: One dating partner makes all the decisions and tells the other what to do, what to wear, or who to spend time with. He or she is unreasonably jealous, and/or tries to isolate the other partner from his or her friends and family.
  • Hostility: One dating partner picks a fight with or antagonizes the other dating partner. This may lead to one dating partner changing his or her behavior in order to avoid upsetting the other.
  • Dishonesty: One dating partner lies to or keeps information from the other. One dating partner steals from the other.
  • Disrespect: One dating partner makes fun of the opinions and interests of the other partner or destroys something that belongs to the partner.
  • Dependence: One dating partner feels that he or she “cannot live without” the other. He or she may threaten to do something drastic if the relationship ends.
  • Intimidation: One dating partner tries to control aspects of the other’s life by making the other partner fearful or timid. One dating partner may attempt to keep his or her partner from friends and family or threaten violence or a break-up.
  • Physical violence: One partner uses force to get his or her way (such as hitting, slapping, grabbing, or shoving).
  • Sexual violence: One dating partner pressures or forces the other into sexual activity against his or her will or without consent.
  • Digital Abuse: Using technology to bully, stalk, threaten or intimidate a partner using texting, social media, apps, tracking etc…”

I hope that you are not seeing any of this behavior. But if you are, I encourage you to have that conversation sooner rather that later. I am giving you a list of resources that should be able to help.

Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Trevor Lifeline (for LGBTQ* youth): I -866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: I -800-273-8255

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929

National Domestic Violence Hotline I-800-799-7233

National Hotline for Crime Victims: I -855-484-2846

National Street Harassment Hotline: I -855-897-5910

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/tdv-factsheet.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/ipv-technicalpackages.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-technicalpackage.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/sv-prevention-technical-package.pdf https://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/dating-matters

https://www.breakthecycle.org/

Please enter your email to the left to follow this blog. That way you’ll be notified when we post our next blog on Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Healthy Relationships.

Advertisements

Garage Sale Safety Tips

I am happy to announce that the Annual Ladera West Neighborhood Association Garage Sale will be Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th, 2019. With spring cleaning underway, we encourage you to plan a garage sale or partner with a neighbor to turn some of that clutter to cash. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News of Monday, July 23, 2018 gave us some advice for having a safe garage sale.

“Summer always means garage sales, and there are a few things to keep in mind when having one:

  • Only two garage sales per year are allowed by City rule, and can’t exceed three days.
  • No signs advertising the sale are allowed on utility poles or in medians.
  • If possible, have an assistant or two to help you with sales and cash handling, and to prevent theft of sale items or cash.
  • Have plenty of change on hand – $1 bills, quarters, etc. – and keep a close eye on it.
  • Have a calculator on hand.
  • Specify that sale of all items is final and clarify that all sales are cash only.
  • For safety, have the sale in your more-visible yard or driveway, not in the garage.
  • Keep your pets indoors.
  • Keep your house doors and windows closed and locked, and keep your garage locked.
  • Before the sale, double-check all sale items to ensure no personal or financial information is left in them.
  • Watch for trip hazards such as cords, boxes, bags, or other clutter, and don’t display breakable items where they can be easily knocked over.
  • Keep anything that is not for sale out of sight.
  • Any items not sold at the end of the day could be put in a box marked “FREE” to eliminate further packing and cleaning up.
  • If you’ve put out signs, remember to take them down at the end of the sale and keep your neighborhood looking tidy.

For additional questions on garage sales, contact the Planning Department’s Zoning & Residential Code Office at (505) 924-3850, or visit: https://www.cabq.gov/planning/planning-faqs/code-enforcement-faqs .”

Please enter your email to the left to follow this blog. That way you’ll be notified when we post our next blog on Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships.