Custom Alarm Sponsor Spotlight

    On October 2, 2015, we’ll be celebrating Rochester neighborhoods at our annual OAKtoberfest fundraiser. We couldn’t put on this event without our incredible event sponsors and we wanted you to learn more about them. Introducing Custom Alarm. Some of their amazing staff is pictured above.

    How long have you been in business?

    Custom Alarm has been in business since 1968.

    What is the location of your business?

    We are located at 1661 Greenview Drive SW in Rochester MN.

    What have you done to give back to the community in which your business resides?

    We live and work in the community so giving
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    OAKtoberfest 2015 – Celebrate with RNeighbors

    Cheers to great neighborhoods!
    On Friday, October 2, 2015, we’re celebrating Rochester neighborhoods and the people and trees that live in them – OAKtoberfest, at the Kahler Apache, 1517 16th St SW. 

    A plethora of German food will be served (see menu below) and each attendee will have their choice of one free tap Oktoberfest Beer, German Wine or mixed drink. Cash bar will be available. Several Neighbor Awards will be given, highlighting the excellent things going on in Rochester neighborhoods.

    Tracy McCray and Megan Kennedy will be our emcee guides for the evening of roll out the barrel fun including German
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    City Auto Glass Sponsor Spotlight

    On October 2, 2015, we’ll be celebrating Rochester neighborhoods at our annual OAKtoberfest fundraiser. We couldn’t put on this event without our incredible event sponsors and we wanted you to learn more about them. Introducing Mark St. Peter from City Auto Glass, pictured above at the downtown CAG location inside Schmitt Auto, 102 N Broadway Ave.

    How long have you been in business?

    We (Jay Lingle and I) started the City Auto Glass Rochester branch in May of 1991. Prior to that Jay and I worked for Twin City Auto Glass on 2nd Street SW across from Virgil’s, since 1986.

    What is
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    Fall 2015 Community Tree Planting

    On September 28, 2013, neighbors and volunteers came out to plant 200 trees in the Kutzky Park neighborhood.

    We need your help to celebrate National NeighborWoods month and to add more community trees to this neighborhood. We’ll be planting 275 trees from 16th Avenue SE, S Village Drive SE and 8 ½ Street SE. Tree types to be planted include Sugar and Red Maples, Ohio Buckeye, Service berry, Catalpa, Hackberry, Hawthorn, Gingko, Honey Locust , Kentucky Coffee, Ironwood, Pin and Bur Oak, American Linden and Hybrid elm. Appropriate shorter trees will be planted under power lines.
    Saturday, October 10, 2015
    8:30 am
    No Cost
    Park in the
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    RNeighbors’ 2015 City Council Update

    On August 31, 2015, RNeighbors presented their annual update to the City Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting. We shared what we’ve been working on with Rochester neighborhoods in 2015, including quite a few statistics from the year.

    A PDF of the entire PowerPoint presentation is posted here, along with direct links to specific projects and resources at the bottom of this post.

    Presentation Title
    Cultivating GREAT Neighborhoods

    PDF of Presentation

    Links Covered in Presentation

    About RNeighbors
    Neighborhood Associations
    RColorful Corners
    A Litter Bit Better
    Chalk the Block
    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods
    Neighborhood Project Grants

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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – August 2015

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their ninth official meeting.

    Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group.

    Representatives from the Sunnyside, Historic SW, Eastside, Parkway, Kutzky, Washington, Indian Heights, North West, Northrop and Downtown neighborhood associations were in attendance. Guests included Heidi Mestad, Manager of DMC, Mayo Clinic and Doug Holton, Division Chair, Facilities Department, Mayo Clinic.

    The agenda included a presentation on the 5 Year Plan of Mayo Clinic and a discussion on drafts of updates to the Rochester Zoning Ordinance and Land Development
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    Looking for 2015 OAKtoberfest Neighbor Awards Nominations

    Photo: Mayor Brede, Tracy McCray, RNeighbors Board member Jesse Walsh, RNeighbors Executive Director Rene Lafflam, RNeighbors Board member Aaron Stelpfug, RNeighbors Board member Bob Nowicki, Legacy Award winner David E Byer and Green Thumb Award winner Mitch Moore.

    As part of the upcoming RNeighbors Oaktoberfest fundraiser, we will be recognizing Rochester neighbors whose efforts in our community strive to meet the mission of RNeighbors, “to create sustainable neighborhood networks that promote a vibrant, healthy, and livable community.”

    We will be giving three awards and are looking for your nominations of neighbors you feel should be honored in these categories.

    1. Green Initiative Award
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    Chalk the Block 2015

    National Night Out Tuesday, August 4, 2014
    The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen neighborhood spirit by having neighbors get together. Whether it’s a picnic, potluck, or an ice cream social, it’s a great time to get to know who lives in your neighborhood. During the evening the Mayor, members of the City Council, and McGruff the Crime Dog visit as many of the locations across Rochester as they can.

    Register your party or get more information at
    Sidewalk Chalk Art Extravaganza
    RNeighbors partners with Community Education’s Summer of Service (SOS) program in Chalk the Block, an opportunity for kids
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    2015 Fall Tree Grant Application Now Available

    Photo: On a sunny and bright Saturday, April 18, 2015, the RNeighborWoods team helped the NW Neighbors plant 25 new boulevard trees, thanks to a well-deserved Neighborhood Tree Grant.

    Trees make good neighbors.

    Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 5,371 volunteers to plant 5,976 trees on Rochester boulevards. These trees provide multiple ecological and other public benefits including reducing Rochester’s carbon footprint. Once again the City of Rochester, RPU and RNeighbors is offering one grant for the winning neighborhood to receive 25 free boulevard trees.

    Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!

    We have 25 trees that will all be awarded to a neighborhood
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    2015 Fall Citizen Forester Training

    Photo: On April 11, 2015, this crew of 45 spent four hours learning about and planting trees. They now can advocate and care for Rochester’s urban trees as official Citizen Foresters.

    When: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 am – Noon
    Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
    Community Ed Class Number: 8644.131
    Price: $15.00

    Become a part of the Rochester urban forester team through this course led by the City of Rochester Forestry Division and RNeighborWoods. This class is packed with tree education and of course, some hands-on tree planting.

    You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and hands-on
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