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  • Neighborhood Events and Helpful News

    Pet Safety in the Summer Heat

    Don’t forget that our fur babies feel the heat in the summertime too!  Here are some suggestions to keep your pets happy and healthy this summer:

    • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so make certain they have access to plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.
    • Consider keeping your pets indoors when it’s hot or humid outside. If they must be outdoors, make certain they have a shady place out of the sun and please bring them indoors when it is extremely hot.
    • Hot sidewalks can burn paws, so only take your pet for a walk in the early morning or when it cools off in the evening.
    • Insecticides can be toxic to pets, so keep them out of reach.
    • Picnic and barbecue food can be fatal, so keep things like grapes, onions, raisins, chocolate and xylitol away from your pets.
    • Dogs with flat faces, like Pugs and similar breeds, ar more susceptible to heat stroke since they can’t pant as effectively as other dog breeds. These breeds should be kept in cool, indoors areas as much as possible.
    • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, including excessive panting, difficulty breathing, heavy drooling, mild weakness, stupor or collapse.
    • NEVER leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle! It can lead to heatstroke.
    • Don’t leave your pets unsupervised near swimming pools as not all dogs are good swimmers.
    • There are often fireworks during the summer for various events, so keep your pets indoors if this is happening nearby. The noise can be very traumatic for them, and often they will escape and get lost or hit by a car to escape the noise. Keep them safe in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your house.

     

    Growers Markets Showcase Local Produce

    Have you been to one of Albuquerque’s many great Grower’s Markets yet? There are so many to choose from, and in every quadrant of the city! You’ll have your pick of fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables, homemade food, handcrafts, and much more! To see a map of all Albuquerque Grower Markets, visit: http://farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market/

     

    Teen Night Events Offer Free Summer Fun and Activities for Kids 12-19

    Family and Community Services, Parks and Recreation and Cultural Services (Youth Connect) have planned 12 teen events that will take place at various locations throughout the city on Friday evenings, throughout the summer months. These events have been designed with a variety of themes to cater to youth, ages 12-19. This week’s Teen Night event, “Teen Night Takeover,” will include an Escape Room, Science Lounge, food, and music. This event takes place Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at Explora. Visit:www.cabq.gov/teen-nights for more information.

     

    Mental Health First Aid Trainings Offer Resources for Youth-Focused Groups

    The free Youth Mental Health First Aid classes provide excellent resources for individuals and groups who work primarily with the youth in our community. These trainings are open to the public and are particularly useful for people who regularly have contact with young people ages 8-24 such as parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches, school administration staff, janitors, bus drivers, community center staff, youth groups, after school program staff, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical facility staff, parks and recreation, court services, probation and juvenile justice, faith leaders, social workers or case managers. To register online for the upcoming June training or to see upcoming trainings, visit:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-for-people-who-work-with-youth-june-training-tickets-59237865049?aff=ebapi

     

    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.

    Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center Has New Hours. Saturday, June 22 marked the start of new hours for the BernCo Animal Care and Resource Center. Hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with adoptions from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Center is closed on Sundays, Mondays and all Bernalillo County holidays. In case of an animal enforcement emergency, call (505)468-PETS (468-7387). For more information, visit:www.bernco.gov/animal-care-services

     

    City Online Services Offer Numerous Convenient Services

    Do you need to find your trash pick-up day, report graffiti, find a lost pet or adopt a new one, or even pay a parking ticket? You can do all of this online! The City offers numerous online services to make interacting with your civic government much easier! Visit: www.cabq.gov/online-services to see all of the resources available to you!

     

    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

    City of Albuquerque Hosts Career Fair

    Know someone who wants to work for the City of Albuquerque? Send them to the Job and Career Fair on Saturday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Mall, 10000 Coors Bypass NW. Hiring managers from all City departments will be on hand to answer questions and help applicants, so don’t let this great opportunity go! To learn more about this event, visit:www.cabq.gov/jobfair

     

    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!

     

    Half-Price Weekend at BioPark, Zoo and Aquarium Coming Up

    Mark your calendar and plan to take the family to the BioPark for Half-Price Weekend! Saturday, July 20 through Sunday, July 21 gets you in at the Zoo or the Aquarium for only $5 per adult, $2.75 per senior citizen and $2.50 per kid under 18! It’s a great opportunity to see some of the new exhibits and revisit some of the regular ones! To learn more about Half-Price Weekend, visit:www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/events/july-half-price-weekend

    Summer Guide Offers Many Fun Options for Families

    The Albuquerque Mom’s Blog has put together a Summer Fun Guide that offers numerous fun activities for adults, kids and the entire family! Concerts, summer camps, ideas for travel, pools and splash pads are just a few of the great activities showcased in the Guide, so bookmark it today and have a blast this summer!https://albuquerque.citymomsblog.com/activities/2019-ultimate-guide-summer-albuquerque/

    Farmer’s Markets Kick into Summer High Gear

    Don’t you love all the fresh produce, great food and beautiful arts and crafts found at our local farmer’s markets across town? Knowing where all the markets are located can be a big help if you’re planning your food shopping for the week. This list, courtesy of the Albuquerque Mom’s Blog, shares locations and hours and makes it easy for you to find one in your area! Visit: http://farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market/?_sft_wpsl_store_category=albuquerque-area

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    Bernalillo County Seeks Input on Future Headquarters Name

    Bernalillo County seeks your input on the name of its future flagship offices, located at 415 Silver SW in Downtown. The County is expected to move into the new location in 2021, after renovations are completed. If you have suggestions and recommendations for a name, submit them at:bernco.gov/Government/comment-on-renaming-county-buildings-facilities.aspx

     

    Tips for Summer Watering

    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) reminds everyone about summer watering and offers tips on how to irrigate our yards, trees, and flowers:

    • Follow the “Water by the Numbers” program and water your turf and plants just three times per week in summer months. Trees appreciate a deep watering every two to three weeks during the summer.
    • If it rains, count that as one of your watering days and shut off automatic sprinkler systems when it rains. You can also install a Smart Irrigation Controller.
    • Do not water or use your sprinkler between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Water early in the morning or in the later evening to reduce water loss to wind and evaporation.
    • Troubleshoot your sprinkler system for leaks, broken heads and emitters, and poorly angled/aimed heads. A broken sprinkler head can waste as much as 16 gallons of water per minute – and irrigation water should never end up in the street or on others’ property.
    • Consider replacing thirsty turf with xeriscaping.  There are hundreds of regionally adapted plants, trees and shrubs that can fill your yard with color while saving you money on water.

    Visit http://www.abcwua.org to learn more about water conservation programs and how you can conserve this resource!

  • 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

    Beware of Snakes During Warmer Months

    Snakebite season, which generally runs from April through October, is upon us, and the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) offers many resources for snakebite prevention and first aid. Having fielded 72 snakebite calls during 2018 and five so far in 2019, we know snakes are out there! Learn more about keeping safe during snake season at: nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu or call toll-free 1 (800) 222-1222

     

    Needle Pickup Events Invite Volunteers to Safely Learn to Dispose of Syringes

    The Bernalillo County Health Council has put together a listing of ongoing safe pickup events for needles and syringes citywide, and are looking for interested volunteers to participate in learning how to safely dispose of these items. Here are the ongoing needle pickup events across Albuquerque:

    • MATS Program, times and dates vary but usually Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Contact Joelle Jacobs at:jjacobs@bernco.gov
    • Volunteer-led program, Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Coronado Park. Contact Robert Nelson at: robertforabq@gmail.com
    • D.O.P.E. Services, times and dates vary but usually Tuesdays – Sundays between 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Contact Evan Hoessel at:dopeservicesnm@gmail.com
    • NMDOH Public Health, Mondays between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., International District. Contact Mark Clark at: mark.clark@state.nm.us
    • Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, usually Monday – Friday between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., locations vary. Contact Kim Abrahams at: kimberlyabrams@abqhch.org

    For general information about Bernalillo County Health Council needle pickup initiatives, contact Pelatia Trujillo, Program Specialist, at (505) 246-1638 or: pelatia@bchealthcouncil.org

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Tips to Protect Against Identity Theft

Protecting Yourself from identity theft is one of those topics that require frequent review. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) gave us these tips in the Weekly E-News of Monday, January 14, 2019. I would also like to encourage you to get your credit frozen/blocked through each credit reporting agency (Equifax, Transunion, and Experion.) Learn how from the US Federal Trade Commission at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs . This is now a free service. And, no one can access your information to open new accounts without your prior authorization. Wishing you the best at safeguarding your information.

“Identity theft is a concern everyone shares. Here are a few tips from the Albuquerque Police Department on how to help protect yourself and your loved ones from this ongoing problem:

  • Never give out your Social Security number, particularly if someone calls or e-mails you and asks for it. Try not to carry your SSN card in your wallet.
  • Don’t respond to any unsolicited requests for personal information.
  • Consider getting a P.O. box at your closest post office. Thieves often break into mailboxes and steal credit cards, checks, or outgoing payments. If you can’t get a P.O. box, ensure that you check your mail every single day.
  • If you have a community mailbox in your neighborhood, check your mail every day and encourage your neighbors to do the same. If possible, ask a neighbor living close to the community mailbox to keep a regular eye on it.
  • If you are traveling for longer than a week, have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail, or have at temporary hold put on your mail at your post office.
  • When buying gas, try to go inside and have the store clerk run your credit/debit card, rather than using the outside card reader. Identity thieves are very good at installing skimmers that can read your card information and be used to create duplicate cards.
  • Check your banking accounts and credit card accounts frequently, and watch for unauthorized transactions, even small ones.
  • Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired cards, to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your information.
  • Install firewalls and anti-virus software on your home computer and personal smart phone and tablet devices.
  • Create complex and different passwords for each of your online accounts. Change your password immediately if any of your credit card or banking companies has a data breach.

For more crime-prevention information, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/police/crime-prevention-safety .”

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  1. Nancy Martinez

     /  June 26, 2019

    Could you post some guidelines for dealing with neighbors’ illegal fireworks? The problem seems to get worse every year with some of the displays cascading over neighborhoods. We haven’t had rain here in a while, so fire risks are undoubtedly high. Unfortunately, the people who break the law don’t care about our homes or animals. One neighbor called us trouble makers for being concerned.
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