Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! Registration Now Open 2016

    A $20 bill, a poster of Steven Segal, a 5’ x 7’ rug, a box of packaged sandwiches, a set of silverware, and a car bumper. What do these things have in common? They are just a few of the odd things found in Rochester during the last 9 years of litter clean-ups during the annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. What will our volunteers find this year?

    So far, over 112 tons of litter has been collected by thousands of citizens since the program began in 2007. This year’s event will be April 23-30 and registration is now open.

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    Realize Rain Gardens Rochester Cost-Share Grant Applications

    In 2009, the City of Rochester launched Realize Rain Gardens Rochester – a cost-share grant program promoting the installation of residential rain gardens in Rochester. A task force of interested citizens and the City’s Public Works staff developed this program. Selected sites are used to demonstrate how raingardens slow, treat, and infiltrate storm water, while adding beauty to neighborhoods and creating habitat for songbirds and butterflies. This program has facilitated the installation of over 30 rain gardens since 2009.  Hundreds of residents have discovered the benefits of these water-cleaning wonders through tours, Rain Garden Parties, and workshops. This program is
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    Happy 2016 from RNeighbors

    In 2015 RNeighbors was able to provide resources and sponsor events that supported Rochester neighborhoods. In celebrating the New Year, we at RNeighbors would like to take time to THANK YOU for your dedication to neighborhoods and look back at just some of what working together has accomplished in 2015.

    Helped to organize and provide resources to Rochester Neighborhood Associations. Newest members of registered groups include 19th Avenue SW, Downtown, and Valhalla Park Condominiums.
    Partnered with Public Health and the City of Rochester to offer $8,000 in Neighborhood Project Grant funding to eight different improvement projects in seven different neighborhoods.
    RColorful Corners provided street paint for
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    Neighborhood Focused Planning to Succeed Workshops

    Written by Holly Galbus, RNeighbors volunteer & workshop participant

    As Rochester’s growth continues, the city is taking a proactive approach to engage the community in the process of guiding that growth.

    RNeighbors partnered with the Rochester Planning Department to provide neighborhood association leaders the opportunity to give input on Tuesday, December 8 during two community workshops on future city-wide land use plans.  The plans were presented by Brad Scheib, a consultant the city is working with on the creation of the comprehensive plan.

    P2S—Planning to Succeed—is a long-range planning effort to update Rochester’s Comprehensive Plan.  The scenarios presented assume an estimated 50,000 new residents,
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    A Litter Bit Better! Pizza Party 2015-16

    For the ninth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays “Why it is important to not litter”. Out of 220 entries from 15 schools across Rochester this year’s Grand Prize Winner was Natalie Kottom, a student in Mr. Pacyna’s fourth grade class at Schaeffer Academy. On December 15, 2015, Natalie was awarded with: an A Litter Bit Better! T-shirt, a large poster with her artwork, a $100 office supply gift card for her classroom, and a pizza lunch with Mayor Ardell Brede for her classmates. Additionally, Natalie’s artwork will become
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    Neighborhood Focused Comprehensive Plan Workshop

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015
    4‐6 pm and 6:30‐8:30 pm
    Two separate sessions
    (choose one that fits with your schedule)
    City of Rochester Emergency Operations Center
    2185 Wheelock Drive NE

    Invite your friends and neighbors.
    All are welcome.
    This will be an interactive anonymous voting situation. Your input for each planning option will be recorded to help create a preferred future city-wide land use plan.

    The room holds 75 people. Neighborhoods are encouraged to bring multiple members. Print this flyer and share with your neighbors.

    More info about the planning process can be found here.

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    Give to the Max 2015

    Get Ready for Give to the Max Day 2015!

    You can join thousands of Minnesotans on November 12, as millions of dollars are raised for nonprofits and schools across the state. Make a donation to RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center on November 12 and be part of Minnesota’s annual day of giving! We’ll use the funds raised to continue assisting Rochester neighborhoods with tools and resources to keep their organizations strong and healthy.

    Give with ease. All donations on GiveMN are made with a credit or debit card. No checks to write or stamps to lick. Your information is secure and
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – November 2015

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their tenth 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, Kutzky, Washington, Folwell and Slatterly neighborhood associations were in attendance. Guest speaker included Dave Dunn, Rochester Planning Department.

    The agenda included a presentation on the Planning to Succeed Comprehensive Plan Update and next steps in this process. The PowerPoint is posted here.

    Mission To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and give neighborhoods a collective voice.

    The group will meet at the Rochester Area Foundation every two
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    2015-16 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners

    For the ninth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays:

    Why it is important to not litter
    How you will make Rochester A Litter Bit Better!

    There were 220 entries from 15 schools across Rochester. With all of these fun and colorful entries it was a tough choice but our team of judges narrowed it down to one winner per school (who submitted entries) and one Grand Prize winner.

    2015-2016 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners

    Grand Prize Winner
    Schaeffer Academy
    Natalie Kottom

    Olivia Doerre

    Rochester Math & Science Academy
    Asma Sheik

    Cory Li

    Benjamin Hargraves

    Elton Hills
    Sally (Jiwon) Kim

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    2016 Spring Citizen Forester Training

    Photo: On September 19, 2015, this crew 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, April 16, 2016, 8 am – Noon
    Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
    Community Ed Class Number: TBD
    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 activities. Discover
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