Pick it up on APRIL 19-26, 2014!
During the week of April 19-26, 2014, volunteers from Rochester neighborhoods, businesses, groups, and individuals will once again, be joining together to pick up the litter in our community. Last year, over 3,189 volunteers in 228 groups picked up litter at 245 collection sites that covered 5,185 acres of land in Rochester. These efforts resulted in 24,364 pounds of litter being removed from the environment in 2013’s A Litter Bit Better! event. Check out more stats from last year on our website.
You can help by volunteering to pick up Rochester. Register on our website or
Photo: On September 21, 2013, a brand new batch of Citizen Foresters graduated with knowledge of all things trees. A few of them even helped out with the Neighborhood Tree Grant Planting later that Saturday.
When: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8 am – Noon
Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
Community Ed Class Number: 8644.231
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, climbing, and planting. You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and
Trees make good neighbors.
Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 4,651 volunteers to plant 5,420 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 a grant for a winning neighborhood to receive 25 free boulevard trees. These trees provide multiple ecological and other public benefits including reducing Rochester’s carbon footprint.
Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!
2014 is a year of planning for DMC (and Rochester as a whole) and urban planners, architects, engineers and analysts will be drafting the 20-year DMC Development Plan. This plan will truly reflect what the community wants the Rochester experience to be for patients, visitors and residents. The plan will be grounded on input from all corners of the community, and there will be many ways to share your ideas and views. Here is a quick update of what has been going on with estimated timelines:
DMC organizations come together
As directed in the DMC state statute, two groups required to plan
On January 28, 2014, representatives from the Cimarron, Washington, Friends of Indian Heights Park, Kutzky Park, Northrop, Folwell, Sunnyside, Eastside, and Historic Homestead neighborhoods came together tonight to share challenges, successes, and plans for the future of Rochester neighborhoods. RNeighbors partnered in this effort with the Rochester Area Foundation and Mayor Brede.
Notes from the meeting can be found here.
Wednesday, January 15
Rochester Public Library Meeting Room B, 2nd Floor
Friends of Indian Heights Neighborhood sponsors presentation at Rochester Public Library-
We hear from many solo visitors to Indian Heights Park that they feel better after walking around the park and seeing the plants and wildlife. Below is a another way that people feel better for having spent time in the Park:
This Wednesday, January 15th from 5:30 – 6:30pm you are invited to hear Barbara Timm and Claudia Swanton present their findings of working with Silver Creek Corner Residents in a community service project at Indian Heights Park. Silver Creek Corner
WHERE: Rochester Area Foundation, 400 S. Broadway
WHAT: RNeighbors is partnering with the Rochester Area Foundation and Mayor Brede in this opportunity for YOU to share your ideas of what resources your neighborhood association wants in 2014 in order to thrive during future growth of Rochester. Due to space constraints only two leaders per neighborhood may attend. Please RSVP by Monday, January 27 to Rene via email.
WELCOME and INTRODUCTION ACTIVITY
Ardell Brede, Mayor; Ann Fahy-Gust, Rochester Area Foundation; René Lafflam, Exec Dir. RNeighbors; Bob Nowicki, RNeighbors Board member
DISCUSSION OF NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE/POSSIBLE
Board 101 (Effective meetings, Bylaws, Robert’s
Around the holiday season, we at RNeighbors like to take time to THANK YOU for your dedication to neighborhoods and look back at just some of what you helped accomplish in 2013.
We welcomed two new neighborhoods into our registered association group, Sunnyside and Oak Terrace.
Four street murals were repainted with the help of over 175 volunteers, partners, and LOTS of street paint.
Neighborhoods were made a little greener thanks to 820 RNeighborWoods volunteers and partners who planted 539 boulevard trees.
Over 3,000 neighbors helped in the “A Little Bit Better!” campaign and collected nearly 11 tons of waste.
We held a “Working with
Residential Neighborhoods: Public works staff will respond to complaints in residential neighborhoods. We will not be regularly monitoring sidewalk conditions in residential neighborhoods. However, when we do respond to a complaint we will inspect all sidewalks on both sides of the street within the same block of the complaint address. Citations will be issued if any sidewalk within that block has not been cleared of snow and ice. The City’s contractor will be dispatched to clear the snow and ice. The cost of the Administrative Citation and the snow removal will be sent to the property owner.
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Nominations are now being accepted by the Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission for the 19th annual Outstanding Youth Awards.
Nominations are now being accepted by the Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission for our 19th annual Outstanding Youth Awards.
Please consider nominating a young person between the ages of 13 – 20 who has gone above and beyond expectations to make a difference in our community through personal growth, initiative, community impact, and/or leading by example. We also take into consideration information regarding obstacles or challenges the nominee may have overcome in order to be successful. Nominations are due March 21st, and winners will be recognized at the April 22nd 3pm meeting of the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners. Please forward to others who may be