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'neighbors watching out for neighbors
June 2015

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NEWS FLASHES:
 
Come to our meeting - meet the new Commanding Officer of the 49th Precinct Captain Keith Walton. 
 

Next Meeting:  Monday June 29, 2015; 7:30PM; Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, 2000 East Gun Hill Road (at Stillwell Ave).
Agenda: Update on community concerns. 
Representatives from the offices of the 49th Pct, NYS Sentator Klein, NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj, and NYC Councilman Vacca will also be present .
 
Our Seniors Group will be collecting Food For The Poor on Tuesday June 30, at noon, at Calvary Lutheran Church Hall, on Eastchester Road off Waring Ave.
Please bring only non-perishable canned or boxed goods.  Your charity is greatly appreciated by those who need it! 
 

A Ramp Grows in Da Bronx?

By Mark Saplicki &Vincent Prezioso

Hutch Metro Center Update

     The NYC Dept of City Planning (DCP) has released its final report on the Hutchinson River Parkway (HRP) Corridor Study.  The executive summary and full report are available at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/hutchinson_river_pkwy/index.shtml.  Some of the accomplishments to date are:  Pedestrian countdown signals at the intersections of Waters Place/Eastchester Road and Westchester/East Tremont Avenues; Signal timing modifications to alleviate traffic congestion, including a left turn signal at Waters Place/Eastchester Road; Intersection Striping in Westchester Square area; Geometry reconfiguration; additional signage.

     The NYC Department of Transportation will perform a study aimed at alleviating traffic in and around the Hutch Metro Center by building new on and off ramps to and from the Hutchinson River Parkway.  NY State Senator Jeff Klein has procured the funding for the study, which could take at least one year to complete.

     The report has recommended the following major improvements, some which are long-term:  Explore the northern part of the study area for other options for vehicular traffic from the Hutchinson Metro Center to access Pelham Parkway; Provide and east-west connection over the rail line, as part of the proposed Morris Park Metro North Station, which meets the needs of all pedestrians;  Undertake a more comprehensive and detailed transportation analysis of the study area for improving access and mobility at the approach of the Bruckner interchange and along Brush Ave; Explore other access points over Westchester Creek to alleviate congestion at the Bruckner interchange; Resolve outstanding issues with the operation and maintenance of the "Ring Road" leading to overall better traffic operations for this part of the Bronx.

     Also, the NY State Department of Transportation supports a feasibility analysis of swapping the on and off ramps at the Pepsi distribution center, which would provide better access for freight vehicles.  

 

Pelham Parkway North Reconstruction Update

The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) visited Community Board 11 to provide a presentation on the status of the Pelham Parkway North Reconstruction Project (Phase 2).  The tentative dates for each stage of the project are as follows:  Public Hearing (June 2015) to present design plans; Community Board sign-off and submission of Preliminary PDC Application (Summer 2015); Distribution of Preliminary Design Plans (Fall 2015); Distribution of Final Design Plans (Spring 2016); Bidding (Winter 2016); Construction (2017-2019).

 

MTA Update

In response to community concerns regarding the inconsistencies in service on the #2 and #5 subway lines, the MTA attended a meeting of Community Board 11.  The problem reported were more trains going to Nereid Ave than to Dyre Ave - and those are sometimes diverted once underway.  The MTA explained the complexities of scheduling, involving repair schedules and fluctuating passenger loads.  MTA uses daily turnstile data to predict passenger loads and in a newly revised protocol, now automatically supervises trains to adjust schedules around maintenance projects.  Major projects current underway include the painting of East 180 Street station, signal modifications and adding a middle track.  Everyone agreed that it is important to keep riders aware of potential delays. The public is encouraged to visit www.mta.info/schedules where scheduling apps may be downloaded.  To assist the MTA in providing the best service all complaints or recommendations should include: the name of line, direction, date, time, location and car number.

     At our June 29 meeting Vinny will provide a review of the public hearing for this project which occurred on June 16

 

Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday June 29, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave - Use Main Entrance.

Agenda:  Update on community concerns.

Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.

NO MEETINGS OR NEWSLETTERS IN JULY OR AUGUST

From Da Prez...

By Vincent Prezioso

     Please attend our meeting on June 29 to receive updates on various community concerns, which are cannot be disseminated easily in this newsletter.

     From all of us here at NEBA to all of you...a happy and healthy summer season!  Remember there will be no newsletters published, nor any public meetings, during the months of July or August.  However our website will be updated periodically with news of interest to the community.  And if we do receive any critical information it will be passed along to our email subscribers.  Not on our email list yet?  Send an email to info@nebxassn.com and you will be kept informed in a quicker manner than this newsletter.

Protecting Online Data

Courtesy of AARP Fraud Watch Network

Whether you do your banking, shopping, or just check your email, online personal privacy is a growing issue as hackers become more and more sophisticated.

Take these steps to keep your information secure:
Secure your passwords: You've heard it over and over, but a strong password is your first defense against scammers. Do use complex and creative passwords: experts recommend thinking of a special phrase and using the first letter of each word as your password, or substitute numbers for some words or letters. Do not use the same password for all your accounts; do not write your passwords down or share them with others; and change your passwords frequently.
Use two-factor authentication: Lock down your Facebook, Google, Apple ID, Microsoft, Twitter and other accounts with two-factor authentication. That means that when you log in, you'll also need to enter a special code that the site texts to your phone. Some services require it each time you log in, others just when you're using a new device or web browser.
Keep your browser secure: To guard your online transactions, use encryption software that scrambles information you send over the internet. A "lock" icon on the status bar of your internet browser means your information will be safe when it's transmitted. Look for the lock before you send personal or financial information online.
Keep your device clean: Install anti-virus software, anti-spyware software, and a firewall. Set your preference to update these protections often. Protect against intrusions and infections that can compromise your computer files or passwords by installing security patches for your operating system and other software programs.
Lock down your hardware: Set up your PC/laptop to require a password when it wakes from sleep or boots up. Same thing with your mobile devices; not only should you use a passcode to access them every time you use them, but also install an app that will locate your phone or tablet if it's lost or stolen.
Treat your phone like a computer: Smartphones have access to your email, address book and many other sensitive pieces of data yet rarely include any privacy controls. And always read the fine print before installing any new apps: security software on your phone can't protect you if you ignore security warnings and install the app anyway.
Avoid phishing emails: Make sure you know who is getting your personal or financial information online. Don't open files, click on links, or download programs sent by strangers via email. Opening a file from someone you don't know could expose your system to a computer virus or spyware that captures your passwords or other information. If a company that claims to have an account with you sends email asking for personal information, don't click on links in the email. Instead, type the company name into your web browser, go to their site, and contact them through customer service to ask whether the company really sent a request.
Watch what and how you share online: If you post too much about yourself, an identity thief can find information about your life, use it to answer ‘challenge' questions on your accounts, and get access to your money and personal information. Never post personal details like your address or phone number on a social networking website, or anywhere else online. Set your social media profiles to the strictest privacy settings available, and share information only with people you know and trust.
Be careful of free or open Wi-Fi connections: Any time you connect to the internet using unprotected Wi-Fi, anyone on that network can see your data. Before you send personal information over your laptop or smartphone on a public wireless network in a coffee shop, library, airport, hotel, or other public place, see if your information will be protected. If you use an encrypted website, it protects only the information you send to and from that site. If you use a secure wireless network, all the information you send on that network is protected.
Know privacy policies: Privacy policies tell you how the site maintains accuracy, access, security, and control of the personal information it collects; how it uses the information, and whether it provides information to third parties. If you don't see or understand a site's privacy policy, consider doing business elsewhere.
Dispose of personal information: Before you dispose of a computer or mobile device, get rid of all the personal information it stores. For your computer, use a "wipe" program to overwrite the entire hard drive; and for a mobile device, check your owner's manual on how to delete information permanently, and how to save or transfer information to a new device.
Log-off and lock up: Always log-off of your device when you're finished and don't depend on an automatic login feature that saves your user name and password; so, if your laptop is stolen, it will be harder for the scammer to get your online information. And although this may be basic, lock up your computer/laptop when it isn't in use and keep it out of prying eyes.

 

NYPD Community Affairs

Courtesy NYPD Community Affairs Bureau

Crime Stoppers

Watch videos of unsolved crimes, you may be able to help! 

Anonymous tips may be rewarded.  Please visit the Crime Stoppers Website or by calling 1-800-577-TIPS.

Keep Valuables Safe at the Beach

 You know you shouldn't leave your valuables just sitting on the beach blanket, but the water looks so good.  Surely, the stuff will be okay. You can cover it with your towel or keep an eye on it while you're swimming.  Right?  Wrong!  Crowded beaches can be a hot spot for thieves. Decide what valuables you can leave at home and what you must have with you.

 

Home Repair Loans/Grants

If your home is in need of repairs and you are unable to afford those repairs the Neighborhood Housing Services of the North Bronx may be able to help.  NHS can provide:  affordable interest rate loans; matching grants; no prepayment penalties and construction oversight.  Income and eligibility requirements may apply.  For complete details contact NHS at 1451 East Gun Hill Road (Adee Ave), 718-881-1180.

Neighbor Housing Services also provides Homeownership education and counseling; Foreclosure prevention; and Financial counseling.

 

Are we still grateful for our Independence?

By Mark Saplicki

The founding fathers and framers of the constitution who initiated the separation of church and state were humble and grateful to God the great ruler of nations.  So what has happened since then?  In my humble opinion it is because we have steadily turned away from that foundation, but more importantly we have lost a national respect for God in our society and have become ungrateful for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.  George Washington's issued the following proclamation in 1795.  See if you do not see the irony when comparing those times to ours.

 

     When we review the calamities which afflict so many other nations, the present condition of the United States affords much matter of consolation and satisfaction.  Our exemption hitherto from foreign war - an increasing prospect of the continuance of that exemption - the great degree of internal tranquility we have enjoyed - the recent confirmation of that tranquility, by the suppression of an insurrection which so wantonly threatened it - the happy course of our public affairs in general - the unexampled prosperity of all classes of our citizens, are circumstances which peculiarly mark our situation with indications of the divine beneficence towards us.  In such a state of things it is, in an especial manner, our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to ALMIGHTY GOD, and to implore him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience.

     Deeply Penetrated with this sentiment, I George Washington, President of the United States, do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all persons whomsoever within the United States, to set apart and observe a day of PUBLIC THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER; and on that day to meet together and render their sincere and hearty thanks to the Great Ruler of Nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation; particularly for the possession of constitutions of government, which unite, by their union establish liberty with order - for the preservation of our peace foreign and domestic - for the seasonable control which has been given to a spirit of disorder, in the suppression of the late insurrection - and generally, for the prosperous course of our affairs, public and private; and at the same time, humbly and fervently to beseech the kind Author of these blessings graciously to prolong them to us - to imprint on our hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to Him for them - to teach us rightly to estimate their immense value - to preserve us from the arrogance of prosperity, and from hazarding the advantages we enjoy by delusive pursuits - to dispose us to merit the continuance of His favors, by not abusing them, by our gratitude for them, and by a corresponding conduct as citizens and as men - to extend among us a true and useful knowledge - to diffuse and establish habits of sobriety, order, morality, and piety; and finally, to impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind.   

George Washington

 

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This Independence Day, say a prayer for all who sacrificed their lives for your freedom.  Freedom is not free!  God bless you and your families and God bless America! 

 
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