NENA News – November 2015

Community Input Open House, Vacant Board Seat, City of Minneapolis Resources & More

Printed in the November/December Longfellow Nokomis Messenger

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Thank You Nokomis East!
The NENA Board and staff would heartily like to thank all of you who made a donation on Give to the Max Day!  We are a small, but energetic organization and every dollar truly counts.  If you missed out, please consider making a year-end donation to NENA and the other nonprofits, schools and communities of faith working to make our community shine!

Vacant Board Seat from the Morris Park Neighborhood
NENA is seeking applicants for the vacant board seat from the Morris Park neighborhood.  The Morris Park neighborhood is bordered by 54th Street on the north, Highway 55 on the east, 34th on the west, and the southern boundary of the City of Minneapolis.

If you live, work or own property in the Morris Park neighborhood, you can nominate yourself (most common); or any NENA member can nominate a Morris Park neighborhood resident, business owner or property owner as an applicant for the Board.  Click here to find more information and the Board Nomination Form.  Completed Nomination Forms are due on December 28, 2015.

The NENA Board of Directors will review all applications and appoint a new Board member at its January 28, 2016 meeting.  This is a replacement appointment serving from January to April 2016.  The appointed Board member can run to be elected to the seat at the April Annual Meeting (4/28) and serve a full two year term.

Community Input Open House – Cap’s Grille (12/16)
Council Member Andrew Johnson (Ward 12) and NENA’s Housing, Commercial and Streetscape Committee are co-hosting a community input open house on December 16th  from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for the community to learn about an upcoming development project for Cap’s Grille.  As of the printing date, the meeting location has not been finalized.  Please visit for more information.

Night Before New Year’s Eve
The Night Before New Year’s Eve, December 30th is a family-oriented, free event, offering families a chance to celebrate the coming New Year a night early.  The event includes food, carnival games, music, a photo booth, the famous Nokomis Fish Pond and a “midnight” (7:55 pm) countdown complete with noisemakers and much more.  Join us for this party chock-full of family-friendly activities.  The event runs from 5:00 – 8:30 pm at the Lake Nokomis Community Center.  NENA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board cohost this annual celebration.

Volunteers Needed!  Looking for a good way to ring in the New Year?  Join the NBNYE Planning Group and/or volunteer at the event.  Contact NENA at to sign up.

NENA Home Improvement Loan Program Available
Whether by choice or necessity, starting planning your next project now with the help of a home improvement loan from NENA.  Owners of 1 to 4 unit residences can apply for up to $15,000 to make improvements to their properties.  Owner-occupants and investors may apply.  Interest rate is either 2% or 3% depending on income.  No income restriction applies.

For more information or to request an application for the NENA loan program, call our partner, the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation’s Housing Resource Center (612) 722-7141, or visit  Loan applications are processed on a first-come, first served basis.

City of Minneapolis Resources

311 – The Place to Start
Need to report a broken street light? Is there a stray dog in roaming your neighborhood? Do you just want a question about the City of Minneapolis answered? Minneapolis 311 can help.  Minneapolis residents can access Minneapolis 311 by calling, online, emailing and by a downloadable app.  Call 3∙1∙1 weekdays from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm or e-mail  Did You Know?  The City closely tracks 311 and 911 activity and responds to developing trends.

Snow Emergencies and Parking
Keeping track of snow emergencies and parking restrictions can be challenging.  Minneapolis makes it easy.  Sign yourself up for announcement calls, emails or texts.  ‘Like’ Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook or visit  Did you know?  Minneapolis Ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks after the end of a snowfall within 24 hours for single family homes and duplexes; and four daytime hours for apartments, commercial buildings and all other properties (daytime hours begin at 8:00 am).

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control
Is your pet lost?  Do you need a pet license?  Want to learn more about the Comprehensive Update of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Ordinances?  Is there a barking dog on your block?  Visit to find out everything you need to know about living with your pet in Minneapolis.  Did You Know? You can adopt a pet from Minneapolis.  Check out the dogs, cats and small animals looking for a forever home.

Crime Maps & Statistics
Through the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) website, you can sign up for neighborhood crime alerts, pick up crime prevention tips, submit a complaint about fireworks, read about the MPD body camera pilot project, learn more about block clubs and access crime maps and statistics.  Also you can schedule a Ride-Along with local police and spend a day in the life of a Minneapolis police officer by visiting   Did You Know?  Founded in 1995, the Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to reducing juvenile crime and violence by giving kids a safe place to play, positive role models, and creative activities to engage in – all for free.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:
12/02/15: NENA Housing, Commercial and Streetscape Committee, NENA Office, 6:30 pm
12/10/15: NENA Executive Committee, NENA Office, 7:00 pm
12/16/15:  Community Input Open House – Cap’s Grille, Location TBD, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
12/17/15: NENA Board Meeting, Crosstown Covenant Church, 7:00 pm
12/30/15: Night Before New Year’s Eve, Lake Nokomis Community Center, 5:00 – 8:30 pm

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