Airplane Noise Bothering You?

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Tonight, Tuesday July 28, 7 PM
MSP Noise Input Meeting held by MAC
Metropolitan Airports Commission General Offices
6040 28th Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55450
http://www.macnoise.com/calendar

The MAC Noise Program Office sponsors quarterly MSP Noise Public Input Meetings for residents to receive updates on the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) and its activities, to be briefed on MSP operational levels and procedures, and to have an opportunity to provide comments and voice concerns about aircraft noise issues. During Public Input Meetings, attendees are welcome to make comments or ask questions on the record. In order to facilitate the meeting process, we encourage anyone planning to attend a Public Input Meeting to use the Public Input Meeting Form to submit their comments or questions in advance. Comments or questions raised during the meeting, and those received prior to the meeting, will be answered in writing after the meeting.

Avoid Becoming a Victim of Theft or Robbery During Summer Activities 07/23/2015

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When you are out playing softball, shooting hoops, enjoying the beach or otherwise enjoying the city’s parks, you don’t want to be carrying your valuables. Planning ahead before arriving at your destination will prevent you from becoming a victim and from opportunistic thieves spoiling your day.

THEFT FROM VEHICLE

One of the most common types of theft is valuables stolen from your car. This type of theft is strictly a crime of opportunity that can be prevented. Thieves generally won’t waste their time breaking into cars that don’t have valuables in plain sight. Please take the precautions listed below to help ensure your car is not targeted by thieves:

  • Keep your valuables out of sight—the best way to prevent theft from your car is to always keep valuables out of sight. Never leave purses, briefcases, gym bags, or electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, laptop computers, etc.) in your car in plain view or on the floor of the car. Placing a jacket or blanket over these items rarely fools a thief. Take these items with you, or secure them, every time.
  • Secure your GPS device or stereo faceplate — those who use a portable GPS device or have a removable stereo faceplate should take it with them, along with any other items of value, when the car is parked.
  • Use your trunk — if you must leave items in your car, put the items in the trunk or in a locked glove compartment before you arrive at your destination.
  • Lock it up — Keep your car doors and windows locked.

CELL PHONE THEFT AND ROBBERY

Cell phone theft is a problem in Minneapolis as well as the rest of the nation. Typically the thief will steal an unattended phone or grab the phone from the users hand and run. The stolen phones are then sold on the black market. A cell phone’s resale value can range from $100 – $300. Here are some hints to keep in mind:

  • Using your phone in public makes you much more vulnerable to being robbed or assaulted. Pay attention to what’s going on around you and who is near you. Do not let a stranger use your phone.
  • Keep your phone in your pocket, bag or in a phone pouch, not in your hand where someone can quickly grab it from you. Never set it down and leave it unattended.
  • If you are confronted, COOPERATE! Give the criminal what he/she asks for — wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description of the suspect and call police immediately.

AT THE BEACH

Criminals know that patrons will either leave valuables such as wallets or purses inside their vehicles or wrapped up in towels. When visiting the beach, it is a good idea to only bring what is necessary in a small bag (small amount of cash, water bottle, identification, sunscreen, etc.).

ON THE FIELD, BASKETBALL COURT, OR IN THE GYM

Leaving personal belongings or backpacks unattended on the sidelines while you play can leave you vulnerable to theft. If possible, leave your valuables at home, in a park locker or have a close friend hold on to it while you play.

SECURE YOUR BICYCLES

Bicycles are a great choice for fun and transportation, but there are some basic safety precautions you should take. Any time you leave your bike unattended; make sure it is locked to a secure structure. Use a quality lock that cannot be easily broken. Most bikes are stolen while left unlocked. If you’re not riding it, LOCK IT UP!

For more information or questions about crime prevention while using our local parks, visit the Minneapolis Park Police or MPRB website at www.minneapolisparks.org

Safe Routes to School Improvements for Lyndale School

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The City of Minneapolis was recently awarded funding to improve several pedestrian crossings near Lyndale School. City staff worked closely with the school to identify three priority intersections, which were then included in the funding application. The project staff would like community feedback on the proposal before beginning the engineering/design phase. Construction is expected to take place summer 2016.

Please attend the Lyndale Neighborhood Association General Membership Meeting on July 27th, 6:30pm at Painter Park to discuss the project with City staff. Visit the project webpage for more information: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/saferoutes/WCMS1P-142887

New Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Swap Spots Provide a Safe Place to Conduct Online Exchanges 07/20/2015

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Those wishing to save a couple of bucks on Craigslist and other on-line exchange sites might also be risking their safety.  According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, criminals can target unsuspecting buyers or sellers during face-to-face transactions.

Starting Wednesday, online buyers and sellers in Minneapolis and surrounding areas have a safe option – Swap Spots.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office created designated public places where people can meet to exchange items and cash.

The Swap Spots are open Monday through Friday, during regular business hours.

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff”s Office, deputies will not monitor each exchange nor keep a log of the purchases.

If a person wants to request a deputy to be present for an exchange, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will try to get one for you.

Swap Spots are located in the lobbies of three Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office facilities.

They include the:

  • Sheriff’s Water Patrol in Spring Park
  • Enforcement Services Division in Brooklyn Park
  • Hennepin County Public Safety Facility in Minneapolis

For more information, click on this link to Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office:

http://www.hennepinsheriff.org/safety-topics/swap-spot

2015 Kingfield Running Club

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Stop by the KFNA table at the Kingfield Farmers Market this Sunday, July 19, and talk with Whitney, a KFNA Board Member, about the 2015 Kingfield running club!

“All runners all levels — come run in your beautiful neighborhood with your Kingfield neighbors every Saturday morning at 9:30am. We are starting Saturday, July 25th and will run for roughly 30 minutes. Meet us outside of Butter Cafe on 37th & Nicollet. Dogs and strollers welcome. Bring a running buddy!”

New Kingfield Running Group Starting 7/25/2015

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Want to be part of a new Kingfield Runners Club? All runners all levels — come run in your beautiful neighborhood with your Kingfield neighbors every Saturday morning at 9:30am. We are starting Saturday, July 25th, and will run for roughly 30 minutes. Meet us outside of Butter Cafe on 37th & Nicollet. Dogs and strollers welcome. Bring a running buddy! For more information, stop at the KFNA table at the Kingfield Farmers Market this Sunday. Kingfield Neighborhood Association Board Member Whitney Emanuel will be there to answer questions you have about the neighborhood and to find out who is interested in joining the runners group. Can’t make it Sunday? Contact her at Whitney@Kingfield.org

Fun at MLK Park this week!

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Jazz Mobile at MLK Park

Wednesday July 15th 3:00-5:00pm

Free!

http://www.twincitiesmobilejazzproject.org

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 Ice Cream Social at MLK Park

Thursday July 16th 6:30-8:00pm

Bounce house, petting zoo, music, face painting, balloon twisting and Sebastian Joe’s ice cream.

FREE!

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