SOH Pizza Party Recap

30 May

We had a very good turnout for our first neighborhood meeting of 2012. Besides getting a chance to re-connect, we heard from Kyle Boehn, who spoke about St. Louis Park’s Community Energy Services. And, Community Outreach Officer Ken Sysko spoke about coyotes, recent break-ins and speeders/stop-sign avoiders.

Among Officer Sysko’s recommendations:

  • To keep pets safe from coyotes: Keep pets indoors as much as possible and avoid enticements (like food scraps on open-air compost heaps) on your property.
  • In terms of break-ins: Lock cars, houses and garages. Keep the exterior of your house lit (it doesn’t take much light to be a deterrent). Invest in motion-detector lights — particularly if your car is not parked in a garage. Report suspicious behavior as soon as you see it. Don’t leave enticements like electronics (iPods or GPS) in your car — if possible remove anything that indicates such item might be in your car.
  • For speeders and stop-sign avoiders: Take down their license plate number and report them to the police. The police department will run a check on the license plate and follow-up. Unsafe drivers can have extensive records, so it can be worth while to report them.

A good number to know is the Police Department’s non-emergency phone number is (952) 924-2618.

We also gathered names of people who are willing to help out with our annual end of summer/back to school neighborhood picnic (will be held in August). If you are willing to help out, email Megan Cox at colinandmegancox(at)

We do have budget for additional meetings throughout the year. So, if there’s something you’d like to discuss, email me at ccolincox(at)

We also have a budget for a newsletter or two. If you’d be willing to help put it together, let me know. We’ve got some handy templates already in place.

I also encourage you to use the comments section below or comment on our Facebook group page with any additional meeting takeaways, questions you might have, etc.


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