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  • Around the Neighborhood

     

    KRQE State,county ordered closures issued because of Coronavirus – New Mexico

    https://www.krqe.com/health/coronavirus-new-mexico/canceled-events-because-of-coronavirus-new-mexico-list/

     

    KOB NEW MEXICO CLOSINGS & DELAYS

    https://www.kob.com/closings/

     

    The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

    https://2020census.gov/en.html

     

    Support Local Businesses During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
    Many small local restaurants and businesses have been severely and negatively impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency, and residents can help by supporting them as much as possible during this time. There are many small ways we can help.

    • Buy a gift certificate to use later from a local bookstore.
    • Order takeout or delivery from a local restaurant and tip your delivery person extra well.
    • Check with local restaurants to see if they are selling food stock,and consider purchasing groceries from them.

     

    When this public health crisis is over, support local businesses as much as possible in the coming months. They will need the help.

    To see a listing of all local restaurants, including phone numbers and online menus, that are open and ready to take your to-go or delivery order, visit: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-ZOcp7eTyc9ztxJkf3IhgONb0J_ta5KtiVdZ3OGpevI/edit?fbclid=IwAR0KDDT7o6nifbzkCmOGl8AjVqsxgZTUXmTPAeODaveu3G2Num5yDOewrpU#gid=0

     

    “How Can I Help?” Ways You Can Assist During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
    The City has received numerous offers of help from residents, and is coordinating volunteer opportunities online. Many Albuquerque residents have asked how to help in addressing the concerns and needs of our community and the City has provided an online listing of these opportunities at: https://cabq.galaxydigital.com

     

    Utilize Free Online Services Through the Public Library!
    With the majority of residents social distancing, self-quarantining, working from home or staying home with kids due to the coronavirus outbreak, having access to online services and projects is essential now. Did you know that you can check out online books, listen to free music, and access a huge variety of virtual services, classes and projects, all by visiting www.abqlibrary.org and using your library card! Don’t have a library card? You can apply for a temporary card by by contacting the Library’s Customer Service number at (505) 768-5170.

     

    From APD Northwest Area Commander Cecily Barker

    As our community is practicing social distancing, I wanted to reach out and provide some information:

    • The department is practicing social distancing and has several measures and contingency plans in place in response to the COVID19 virus.
    • While some non-essential employees are working from home, the Northwest Substation remains open.
    • The Northwest Substation is serving as one of the locations accepting donations for seniors.
    • When practical, officers are taking reports over the phone.
    • When not on a call for service, officers have been directed to continually patrol the parking lots of stores within the Area Command.
    • The Northwest Area Command is working with the Parks and Recreation department to provide extra patrol and safety measures at parks through the end of June.
    • I encourage you to continue to report any suspicious activity. Call 911 for an emergency and 242-COPS for non-emergency.
    • All community events and neighborhood association meetings have been cancelled per Mayor Keller’s initiative concerning the COVID19 virus.
    • Officers are still expected to communicate with their Block Captains. Unless mitigating circumstances exist, we have recommended that the communication occur via                  telephone or email.
    • If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

     

    Cecily Barker                      cabrker@cabq.gov

    Pete Gelabert                    pgelabert@cabq.gov

    Lt. Ana Nunez                    anunez@cabq.gov

    Lt. Michael Brodbeck         mbrodbeck@cabq.gov

    Lt. Jose Sanchez                josesanchez@cabq.gov

     

    Federal and State Tax Deadlines Postponed Until July 15

    The Federal Treasury has postponed federal tax filing – Tax Day – until Wednesday, July 15, and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has followed suit for state filing. This applies to personal, business, corporate, and withholding taxes. To learn more, visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed

     

    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

    Assessor’s Office Annual Veteran Outreach

    Bernalillo County – Tanya R. Giddings and the New Mexico Department of Veteran Services (NMDVS) continue to hold monthly outreaches for New Mexico’s veterans to receive their tax-exemption certificates, which can be applied toward a qualifying veteran’s property, for tax-saving purposes.  The last outreach will be held on April 23, to ensure property owners can apply for their veteran property tax exemptions with the county Assessor’s Office, no later than 30 days after the mailing of the notice of value statements.

     

    There are two veteran property tax exemptions available. Any veteran who served a minimum of 90 consecutive active duty days (other than training), and who was honorably discharged, and is a legal resident of New Mexico, can qualify for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for taxation purposes. This benefit is also available to unremarried surviving spouses of veterans.  There is also a 100% disabled veteran property tax exemption available to any veteran who has been determined to have a 100% total and permanent service-connected disability by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and who is a legal resident of New Mexico. This exemption grants a 100% property tax waiver on the veteran’s primary residence, and the veteran will need to present his or her award letter from the Veterans Administration to be eligible for the 100% benefit. The veteran outreach events will be held at the Assessor’s Office (501 Tijeras Ave. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on March 19, April 16 and April 23, 2020.  Please visit the Assessor’s website for additional information.

    Applications are available at Bernalillo County Assessor website (https://www.bernco.gov/assessor/excemptions-applications-other.aspx) or visit the NMDVS website, (http://www.nmdvs.org/ )

    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

     

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    APD RESPONSE TIMES NOW 93% LONGER (As published in the February 25th edition of the Albuquerque Journal)

    An analysis shows that Albuquerque police are taking 93% longer to respond to 911 calls compared with nine years ago.  KOAT-TV reports an examination of the Albuquerque Police Department’s response times shows officers now take an average of 48 minutes to arrive to a scene.   That’s a 23-minute jump from 2011.  Albuquerque Emergency Communications Center manager Erika Wilson says police are doing the best they can with the resources available.

     

    FBI Accepting Applications for Teen Academy
    High school juniors and seniors can spend a week with the agency in Albuquerque which will feature presentations from FBI Special Agents on a variety of areas like cybersecurity,
    evidence handling, and terrorism. Students who are accepted into the program are expected to attend all of the program’s activities which run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.
    Students will also get the opportunity to participate in the FBI Special Agent Physical Fitness Test. The academy will be held from June 8 to June 12.  The deadline to apply is April 15.
    Applications can be requested by writing to aq.outreach@fbi.gov or calling (505) 889-1330.  For more information go to:

    https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/albuquerque/news/press-releases/fbi-media-alert-albuquerque-fbi-division-accepting-applications-for-summer-teen-academy

     

    Albuquerque Oddities & Curiosities Expo

    Saturday, March 7th, 11:00am – 6:00pm

    TIME: VIP Entry: 10AM // General Admission Entry: 11AM – 6PM, LOCATION: Expo NM – Lujan Building

    ENTRY COST: VIP $20 // GA $10 // Kids 12 & Under Free

    The Oddities & Curiosities Expo showcases hand selected vendors, dealers, artists and small businesses from all over the country with all things weird. You’ll find items such as taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror/halloween inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, clothing, jewelry, skulls/bones, funeral collectibles & much more. We truly have something weird for everyone. All items you see at our shows are legal to own and sustainably sourced.  The O&C Expo provides a safe place for anyone to come and discover new artists, meet new friends and be surrounded by an amazing community of like-minded people.

     

     

    Senior Centers Offer Many Community Resources and Classes!    

    The City has eight Senior Centers citywide, all of which offer a wide variety of fun and innovative resources, exercise classes, arts and crafts, and best of all, meals! Breakfast and lunch are provided for free to senior citizens 60 and older, with a small donation requested if possible, but no one is turned away. Classes such as pickleball, writing, retablo wood carving, computer skills, languages and so many more, are all on offer to our seniors in the community. To see a full list of

    all services offered by our senior centers, including Meal Sites, visit: www.cabq.gov/seniors/documents/dsa_activitiescat_2020_webfinal.pdf

     

    AARP Smart Driver 

    This one day, four-hour class provide techniques for coping with changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time, along with a “rules of the road” review.  No tests are involved.  $15 for AARP members $20 for non-members.  Make check payable to AARP and bring it to the class.  Los Volcanes Senor Center (6500 Los Volcanes NW).  1st Monday of each month, 9:00am-1:15pm.  Call 767-5999  to reserve you seat

     

    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

     

    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

  • Landscaping Tips

    Find out about the Water Authority’s Spring Watering Recommendations here

     

    The Water Authority has scoured the internet, met with local experts, and pulled together a great educational resource list for you. When you’re ready to dig into all there is to know about landscaping in New Mexico, these resources are ready for you.

    Plants:

    Native Plant Society of New Mexico

    New Mexico Rare Plants
    NM Plant Database
    Tree New Mexico
    NMSU Extension Service

    NM State Forestry Division: Urban and Community Forestry

    NM State Forestry Division: Re-Leaf Program

    NM Department of Agriculture: Pesticide Compliance Division

    Water efficiency/conservation/irrigation/:

    Office of the State Engineer
    NM Climate Center

    The Enchanted Xeriscape

    Xeriscape 101

    Lean & Green

    Irrigation Basics

    A Waterwise Guide to Trees

    A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting

    A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting (Spanish version)

    The Complete How To Guide to Xeriscape

    Xeriscaping: The Complete How To Guide, 2011 Regional Edition

    Rainwater Harvesting, Supply from the Sky

    Low Volume Irrigation Design and Installation Guide

    Using Gray Water in New Mexico’s Residential Landscapes

    New Mexico Gray Water Guide

    Roof-reliant Landscaping

    Irrigation Video Series from OSE

    Education/Classes/Events:

    The Master Gardener Hotline: (505) 292-7144 March-October, 9:30-2:30 Monday – Friday
    New Mexico Garden Clubs resource page
    Albuquerque Seed Library
    Desert Oasis Teaching Garden
    Bernalillo County Master Composters
    Xeriscape Council of New Mexico
    Think Trees New Mexico
    Desert Blooms Blog

    NMSU Cooperative Extension Service

    Books:

    Agaves, Yuccas and Related Plants. Mary Irish, Portland Oregon: Timber Press, 2000.

    A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Jean-Luc Cartron, David Lightfoot, Jane Mygatt, Sandra Brantley and Timothy Lowrey, Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 2008.

    Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest. George Oxford Miller, Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press, 2007

    Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens. Janice Busco and Nancy R. Morin, Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003.

    Natural by Design. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.

    New Mexico Gardener’s Guide, Revised Edition. Judith Phillips, Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2005.

    New Mexico Plants Made Easy, Jill Brown, Albuquerque, NM, 2015.

    Plants for Natural Gardens. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.

    Penstemons. Robert Nold, Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 1999.

    Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1 and 2. Brad Lancaster, Tucson, Arizona: Rainsource Press, 2006 and 2008.

    Southwestern Landscaping with Native Plants, Revised Edition. Judith Phillips, Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press (First edition 1987, 2002).

    Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest. Nan Sterman, Mary Irish, Judith Phillips, and Joe Lamp’l, Brentwood, TN: Cool Springs Press, 2010.

    Weeds of the West. Western Society of Weed Science and Cooperative Extension Service, Jackson, Wyoming: University of Wyoming, 1991.

    These resources are available at 505outside.com/resources

    Author: Jill Brown, ASLA Landscape Architect and owner of My Landscape Coach in Albuquerque, NM.

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    An Updated Message from the Bernalillo County Housing Authority

    An Updated Message from the Bernalillo County Housing Authority: The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a critical nationwide concern and the top priority of the Bernalillo County Housing Authority, to ensure that our staff, residents, program participants, landlords and partners are protected when working with us. We ask that you not visit our office or residential properties. Instead, please call us at (505) 314-0200 or fax us at (505) 462-9737. We are here to answer questions and concerns you may have. The Bernalillo County Housing office will be closed for moving from March 23 to March 30, 2020. When it re-opens, Bernalillo County Housing will not host any in-person meetings, briefings or client meetings at our office. Instead, work will be conducted via email, phone, fax and virtually. We ask that you use electronic methods instead of coming into the office. This is for everyone’s safety. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

     

    March Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Newsletter now available.  Check out the crime reduction safety tips and other great information.

     

    Seminar for Women Seeking a Career In Law Enforcement 

    Upcoming Seminar from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.  Thursday, April 30th at the BCSO Regional Training Academy, 415 Tijeras NW (4th floor).  Meet female deputies of BCSO, hear about their careers, lean about our culture as a agency & opportunities to make a difference in our community.  for a Seminar for Women seeking a career in law enforcement. Call 804-0000 today to reserve your seat, or for more information

     

    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

Recognizing and Preventing Child Abuse

In the last blog, we gained a better understanding of Child Abuse. In this continuation, we learn about physical and behavioral signs of abuse. Then, we learn how to report child abuse and help.

“Recognizing the Signs of Abuse

Children who are abused may or may not show physical or behavioral signs of being maltreated. In some instances, there may be an unusual pattern or location of physical injuries that suggests abuse. In other cases, there may be no physical indicators, but the child’s behavior has changed in a questionable and observable way. Educate yourself and others about some of the obvious and less obvious signs of possible child abuse, including:

PHYSICAL SIGNS

  • Injuries such as bruises, bums, welts, or broken bones that are unexplained or have implausible explanations.
  • Missing hair
  • Poor hygiene
  • Multiple injuries at different stages of healing
  • Improperly treated injury or medical condition
  • Slowed physical development
  • Unattended medical or dental needs
  • Consistent hunger
  • Inappropriate clothing for weather conditions
  • Speech delay
  • Frequent tardiness or absence from school

BEHAVIORAL SIGNS

  • Declining school performance or involvement
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends
  • Signs of persistent unhappiness or depression
  • Withdrawn from others
  • Displaying angry or aggressive behavior
  • Destruction of property
  • Hurting themselves or others
  • Low self-esteem
  • Problems expressing feelings
  • Fatigue, listlessness, or regularly falling asleep in class
  • Constantly seeking attention or approval
  • Sleeping problems or insomnia
  • Reluctance to go home

REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD MALTREATMENT

Reporting suspected or known child abuse is a brave act that may prevent a child from being harmed or even save a child’s life. Any concerned individual who suspects or knows that a child is being threatened, abused or neglected needs to report that information to child protective services or law enforcement.

A report of alleged child maltreatment may be made by anyone. Voluntary reports come from family, friends, neighbors and other caring community members. Mandated reporting is a federal and statutory requirement for specific professionals and service providers, including but not limited to schools, medical staff, law enforcement, and social workers, who are legally bound to make a report when maltreatment or threatened harm to a child is suspected or confirmed. Reporters do not have to prove or personally witness the maltreatment. The law is very clear – reports should also be made when abuse or neglect is suspected or where there is a threat that maltreatment may occur unless action is taken.

To report suspected abuse or neglect statewide:               1-855-333-SAFE, or online at https://cyfd.org , or if you would like to help children in New Mexico affected by abuse and neglect visit https://pulltogether.org/.”

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