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  • Neighborhood Events and Helpful News

    5th Annual “Your Track to Success” Job Fair Open to Public
    Know someone looking for a job? Send them to the 5th Annual Your Track to Success Employment Event, on Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center, 501 Elizabeth St. SE. The first 200 attendees will receive a free tote bag and free Rail Runner pass! To learn more,

    visit: www.dws.state.nm.us/en-us/Job-Fairs/your-track-to-success-08202019

     

    Dog Walker Watch Encourages Neighborhood Residents to Help Prevent Crime
    Love to walk your dog? Worried about crime in your neighborhood? Why not join the Dog Walker Watch Program? This national initiative encourages people to be consciously aware of what’s going on around them while out walking their furry friends! There are thousands of dog owners in Albuquerque, and these eyes and ears can be a valuable crime-fighting asset to our city. To learn more about the program and how to sign up, visit: www.natw/dog-walker-watch

     

    School is Starting August 12, (Some Safety Reminders)
    Back to school is nearly here! Both Albuquerque Public Schools and CNM start on Monday, August 12, and UNM kicks off the semester a week later on Monday, August 19. With so many students out and about, it’s important to keep an eye out for kids getting on and off school buses and crossing busy streets, slow down when driving in school zones, and remember there will be extra traffic around all schools, including UNM and CNM campuses. Help everyone get back to school safely! For student tips and resources, visit: www.cabq.gov/student-guide

     

    Public Libraries Don’t Just Offer Books for Checkout!
    Did you know that our public libraries don’t just offer books to check out? It’s true! They also offer a wide range of online learning resources, CDs, DVDs, e-Books, and – this is the best part! – you can also check out ukuleles and cake pans! So if you’ve been wanting to learn this musical instrument but don’t have one, or expand your baking skills and make a cake in the shape of a flower, the library is your starting point! Visit: www.abqlibrary.orgfor a complete catalog of free items for checking out!

     

    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

    The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Municipal Development, Engineering Division; Solid Waste Management Department; Bernalillo County, and Advanced Chemical Transport (ACT) are sponsoring a free household hazardous waste collection event. 

    Residents of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are encouraged to bring their household hazardous waste on this drop-off day.  Examples of household hazardous waste include those items that can burn easily (flammable), corrode or irritate the skin (corrosive), or poison humans and animals (toxic).

    WHEN:          August 24, 2019 from 10am to 3pm

    WHERE:        Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NW, Albuquerque, NM 87113

    Please find link below to visit our website and/or download, print, and fill out the event form prior to the day of the event.

    http://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/our-department/events/household-hazardous-waste-collection-event-2

     

    Free Mundos de Mestizaje Tour at National Hispanic Cultural Center Every Weekend
    Have you seen the Mundos de Mestizaje mural at the National Hispanic Cultural Center yet? If not, take the family this weekend for a free tour of the mural inside the torreón at the NHCC.  To learn more, visit: http://mundos.nationalhispaniccenter.org

    Several City Pools Staying Open Through September
    Pool time isn’t over just yet! The Parks and Recreation Department will keep several pools open through the end of September, including Rio Grande, Wilson, West Mesa, Eisenhower, Sierra Vista and Sunport. Hours of operation vary for each pool, so visit: www.cabq.gov/aquatics to find out when you can splash around!

    Community Emergency Preparedness Training This Week and the Public is Invited!
    In a large-scale disaster, most rescues are performed by neighbors, not first responders who are typically overwhelmed with responding to the emergency. As a neighborhood resident, are you prepared for a disaster? Could you perform life-saving first aid to help your family, friends and neighbors? The City of Albuquerque’s Office of Emergency Management is offering a free community training on Disaster Preparedness this Thursday, August 22, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the St. Luke Lutheran Church (9100 Menaul Blvd NE) and you are invited! To learn more, e-mail Nick Zubel at: nzubel@cabq.gov

    Senior Citizens’ Day Trivia at the Cherry Hills Library Brings a Blast from the Past!
    Did you know that National Senior Citizens’ Day is Saturday, August 24? The Cherry Hills Library (6901 Barstow NE) is celebrating our community seniors by hosting Blast from the Past Senior Trivia from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Drop by with your favorite senior citizen and learn some fun retro facts this weekend! Visit: https://abqlibrary.org/cherryhills to learn about this and other fun programs the Cherry Hills Library has to offer!

     

    Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana Youth Fall Dance Classes.
    Please join us for Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana Youth Fall Dance Classes!
    When : Aug 03, 2019 10:00 AM – Sep 14, 2019 01:00 PM
    Where : South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE,  505-848-1320
    Every Saturday for 6 weeks.    Registration is required.

    Please come to the South Broadway Cultural Center office to register.  For Ages 5 – 17 years old.  Limit 20 students per class.
    Class Times:  5-8 years old:  10:00am – 11:00am,  9-11 year olds:  11:00 – 12:00pm, 12 – 17 year olds:  12:00 – 1:00pm
    For more information call Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana at 505- 944-5034 or email:  fiestamexicana.nm@gmail.com

    There will be no class on Saturday, August 31 due to the Labor Day Holiday.

     

    Free general admission to Albuquerque Museum 

    On the following dates :

    Sep 04, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Oct 02, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Nov 06, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Dec 04, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Jan 01, 2020 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    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!

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

  • 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.

     

     

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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 .”

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Save The Date – The Great American Cleanup!!

Mark your calendars!  The Great American Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019.  Meet us at Riconada Park at 9:00 am.  Trash bags and gloves will be provided.  Come meet your neighbors and have fun while we help clean our great neighborhood.

What is the Great American Cleanup?

The Great American Cleanup is a program of Keep America Beautiful.  It is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each Spring. The Great American Cleanup, which marks its 21st year in 2019, engages more than 3 million volunteers and participants, on average, every year to create a positive and lasting impact.

The Great American Cleanup began as a litter cleanup initiative designed to aesthetically improve our environment by creating cleaner parks, streetscapes and public spaces through litter removal and elimination. To this day, community cleanups remain at the very heart of the campaign, and the results are remarkable. In 2018 alone, nearly 60 million pounds of litter and recyclables were collected by volunteers throughout the country.

Come join us and be a part of the Ladera West Neighborhood Association effort.

See you then!

Visitor Use Management Plan for Petroglyph National Monument

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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IRS Warns of Potential Scams During Tax Season

Once again, we are reminded to be cautious of giving out our personal information. That person posing as the tax man may not be. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News of Monday, February 4, 2019 gives us the tips below to avoid imposters. 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.

“‘Tis the season for taxes, and with taxes come the usual fraudulent attempts to steal identities and funds. Below are some tips and reminders about how to avoid possible identity theft:

  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds residents that they DO NOT initiate contact with taxpayers via e-mail to request personal or financial information, so if you receive an e-mail claiming to be the IRS asking for information, delete it immediately.
  • Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious e-mails.
  • Protect your personal information. Try not to carry your Social Security card in your wallet, and destroy and shred documentation with that information on it.
  • If you receive a telephone call or e-mail asking for personal or financial information, hang up immediately and report the call to the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting hotline at (800) 366-4484, or by e-mailing: phishing@irs.gov .
  • Always use security software on your computer, including a firewall and anti-virus protection.
  • Have very strong passwords and don’t use the same password for different accounts.
  • For more information on potential IRS scams and what you can do to protect yourself, visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/taxpayer-guide-to-identity-theft .”

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