Neighborly New Year

Hello Neighbors and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Need a New Year’s Resolution?  Resolve to be an even better neighbor in the upcoming year.

How?  Here are some ideas to get you started in your quest for neighborly improvement:

  1. Get to know your neighbors by getting involved.  Become a block captain and get a neighborhood watch started (find info on how here).  Host a block party, or be sure to attend when your neighbors organize one.  LWNA also hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual meeting (September) and neighborhood participation in the Keep America Beautiful cleanup (April).  Even a friendly hello or quick wave while you are picking up your mail can change your mindset and your neighbors’.
  2. Stay in-the-know.  Keeping up on what is happening in our neighborhood helps us be good neighbors.  There is more going on in our neck of the woods than just the new Wal-mart store opening (which, by the way, opens mid-January).  Pets get lost every week, town halls are scheduled regularly, and infrastructure routinely needs maintenance.  The LWNA Website and e-mail list are great places to keep up to date on what is going on in the neighborhood, as well as figure out how to report streetlight outages and overgrown arroyos.  Click the “join” page up top to be added to the email list and/or the join the blog on the top right. For more hands-on online involvement, try Nextdoor.com or their downloadable app.  (Nextdoor is a social networking site that allows neighbors to post about matters pertinent to their neighborhood, report lost dogs, etc.  Many LWNA residents are on that site and it is a great place to both ask questions your neighbors may know the answer to, and give valuable information such as lost dog or wild animal sightings.)
  3. Holiday decorations are beautiful, but lights in your eyes as you sleep are a recipe for a grumpy neighbor.  When installing decorations, be sure lights are not directed into your neighbor’s bedroom windows.  If you know your neighbor has a bedroom facing your home, turn your holiday lights off before you go to sleep.  And when the holidays are over, be sure to properly dispose of your tree and lights.  Unfortunately, trees and lights cannot be placed into the blue recycle bins, but Ladera Golf Course sponsors a tree-drop off every year. While this year’s dates aren’t posted yet, check the City’s site for an update: https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/events/christmas-tree-recycling.

If you can think of other neighborly suggestions, feel free to post a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

Happy New Year from LWNA!

Summer in the Neighborhood

Hello Neighbors and HAPPY SUMMER!

Summer is in full swing and we’d like to give you some ideas of things to do and ways to stay safe during this great time of year.  If you have other ideas you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them – please post a comment!

There’s a great place to spend some time this summer right here in our very own neighborhood – the Ladera West Golf Course!   If you’ve never been or haven’t been back in a while, here’s a review from neighbors who recently went:  “The Ladera Golf Course has undergone some great renovations lately. It has a new sprinkler system throughout the course resulting in more grass and tremendously improved playing conditions, enhanced paths, and new golf carts. It is in the best condition we’ve seen it in since moving here. It is also home to geese, ducks, rabbits, and other wildlife, making for a fun day on the course.” Sounds like fun!  (In addition to the golf course, we have the great Riconada Park and the Ouray dog park, both within Ladera West).

Did you know that Albuquerque boasts one of the most robust trail systems in the U.S.?   And one great one starts right outside our own doors!  Take a walk, run or bike ride along Unser north to Mariposa Park in Taylor Ranch, or head south and hop on the I-40 bridge behind Wal-mart to ride into the Bosque (just be sure to pace yourself on the ride back – the slope is steeper than it looks).   You can even lock up your bikes at the Bio Park and make a day of it!

Outside of the neighborhood there are activities galore – from Summer Fest to zoo music for the entire family, Explora summer camp & swimming lessons at public pools for the kids, and farmers markets providing local produce & crafts (if you haven’t checked out the Downtown Grower’s Market on Saturdays or the Rail Yards Market on Sundays, these are the two biggest and best – and close to home!).   The City of Albuquerque has a complete listing with links here.

What are some of your favorites or hidden gems?

And…since the kids are out of school and outside having fun, we want to help make sure they’re safe.  APD’s Northwest Area Command has distributed a “summer safety tips for kids” handout. Check it out here.

Speaking of APD distributing useful safety handouts, they’ve been doing this regularly on the website www.nextdoor.com.  This is a social-media-like site for neighbors to communicate.   In some ways it’s great – you get real-time notification of safety issues, lost and found dogs, suspicious activity and more.  (At other times there may be a spat among neighbors, which is less fun.)  LWNA does not endorse or oppose the site, but wanted to make you aware in case you want to check it out and decide for yourself.

Have a GREAT summer neighbors, have fun and stay safe!

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