Webmaster Passes the Torch

Hello Neighbors!

This will be my last post as Webmaster.  I am grateful for the opportunity to have created this neighborhood website and to have maintained it for the past several years.  As of today, new board member Lorraine Conway will be taking over Webmaster duties.   I will continue my behind-the-scenes efforts to keep our neighborhood clean and safe.  With warm wishes, Hope Eckert.

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LWNA Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Dear Neighbors,

LWNA would like to thank all who attended our annual meeting and candidate forum on Sept 20th.  We had a good turnout, including guests from our bordering associations.  Three of our four candidates for City Council District 1 participated in a question and answer forum.  We appreciate the candidates taking time to attend.

Also attending were Bill Harvey, Concessionaire and Golf Pro at Ladera Golf Course, and Bill Walters, owner of Lava Rock Brewery.   Both introduced themselves and spoke of the services that they provide.  Lava Rock is still in the building stages and hopes to open soon (in the building next to Walgreens on Unser).

We welcome two new members to the board, Lorraine Conway and Rose Keating.  Karen Buccola was also re-elected for another term.  We appreciate their willingness to serve on the board and look forward to working together.

We would like to thank Connie Gilman and Catherine Garcia for their service on the board.  Thank you also to Hope Eckert for her work on keeping the Web page and our social media going.

We are looking forward to another great year of working together, advocating for, and helping our neighborhood!

LWNA Annual Meeting Agenda (Sept. 20)

Ladera West Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

Sept. 20, 2017

Ladera Golf Course, 6:30pm

AGENDA

Call meeting to order

Introduction to Neighborhood Businesses

District 1 City Council Candidates Forum

(3 minutes for comments, 5 min Q&A) Candidates in Alphabetical Order

      Javier Benavidez

            Johnny Luevano Jr.

Sandra Mills

Ken Sanchez

FOLLOWED BY BUSINESS MEETING

Acceptance of the Minutes

Acceptance of the Treasurer’s Report

Election of Board Members

                     Karen Buccola – Reelection

Open Position 1

  Open Position 2

Adjourn

Annual Meeting/City Councilor Candidates

Meet your District 1 City Council Candidates:

Javier Benavidez – Johnny Luvano – Sandra Mills – Ken Sanchez

Also, Meet Your Neighborhood’s Businesses

Ladera West Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting: Wednesday, September 20th, 6:30 pm at Ladera Golf Course – Everyone Welcome!

“Make-Your-Own” Cleanup

Hello Neighbors!

As you know, our scheduled clean-up this past April had to be canceled due to bad weather. However, we’ve seen some of you around cleaning up on your own (thank you!), AND we have the garbage bags and gloves left-over from the canceled clean-up, so we thought we’d extend the offer to bring the supplies to you and let you clean-up when and where you choose.

Here’s the Official Announcement: Let’s show our community pride! Volunteer Clean Up: All August 2017.  Here is your chance to help clean up our neighborhood. You can choose the time & place and we furnish the bags & supplies. Just email Shariesse McCannon (shariessemccannon@gmail.com) or text her at 220-1776 with your address and number of bags/pairs of gloves you need and she’ll drop them off! Thank you for helping us beautify the neighborhood! Steve Collins, LWNA President

10 Important Crime Safety Tips for Home Owners & Renters

Hello Neighbors!  These safety tips, which came from the Office of BernCo Neighborhood Coordination, are spot on and we thought worth sharing.  Have a happy and safe summer!!!

Essential Crime Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Know:

Courtesy of: http://criminaljusticephd.org/crime-prevention-tips-for-homeowners

Smart homeowners plan for the worst–natural disasters, rusty pipes, burglaries, and the like. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the rate of household burglary decreased by more than half from 1994 to 2011, from a peak of 63.4 victimizations to 27.6 victimizations per 1,000 households. But the median financial loss during completed burglaries went up, from $389 in 1994 to $600 in 2011 (numbers adjusted for inflation). No matter where you live, you can protect yourself more effectively by planning ahead–and it doesn’t have to involve putting steel bars over your windows, adopting a dog, or investing in an expensive security system (though those may help too). The National Neighborhood Watch Association suggests that homeowners looking to burglar-proof their homes should take a three-fold approach: deter, detect, and delay. Here are 10 essential crime prevention tips to help your home a less desirable target for burglary:

Tip #1: Case the joint.

Walk around your home with the eyes of a burglar. Look for weaknesses–sliding doors that could be jimmied off the track, glass that could be broken to gain entry, window unit air conditioners that could be easily removed, and so forth. A committed burglar can usually find a way into a house, but you can make it more difficult for them, and this starts with knowing your property and potential entry points for a break-in. Take a walk around the outside as well and note what pricey items are in view, tempting would-be burglars.

Tip #2: Lock the door.

It may seem obvious, but the BLS reports that more than 40 percent of burglaries don’t include forced entry–meaning people are leaving doors and windows unlocked. Install deadbolts on all doors; double cylinders are best, since they require a key on both sides of the door, and it prevents burglars from breaking a pane of glass, reaching around, and unlocking the door. (Check your area’s fire code first; some places don’t allow double cylinder locks because they can trap inhabitants inside in the event of a fire.) And remember to lock the door leading from the garage to the house, even if the garage door is down. (It’s easy to manipulate.)

Tip #3: Don’t hide a key.

One day, you forget your keys, and you decide it’s a good idea to hide one under the doormat or one of those fake rocks. That’s a terrible idea. Get rid of that idea right now, and pretend you never even considered it. Give a spare key to a neighbor instead. If your closest neighbor lives 10 miles away, and you absolutely must leave a spare key outside, put it in a combination lockbox.

Tip #4: Don’t label your keys or mailbox.

If you lose your key and it has your address written on it, well–you do the math. It’s pretty easy to become a target. Also, don’t write your last name on your mailbox. It’s easy to look you up, find your phone numbers, maybe even your workplace, and begin to track your movements in preparation to enter the home when you’re not around.

Tip #5: Secure windows and sliding doors.

Many sliding doors can be popped off the frame, even when locked. Prevent this by placing a strong steel bar or two-by-four in the back groove, which prevents the door from sliding along the groove and opening. You can do the same with windows: Install a nail in the frame to prevent the window from opening more than a few inches.

Tip #6: Be modest.

Prevent your home from being a target by tucking away expensive items. Keep both the car and the bike in the garage. After purchasing a new piece of expensive electronic equipment, dispose of the box directly instead of leaving it next to your trash can–which lets would-be burglars know you have something shiny and new that could bring in great cash on the black market. While you’re at it, consider keeping expensive jewelry and your mattress full of cash somewhere safer, like a safe deposit box.

Tip #7: Create the illusion you’re always home.

The majority of burglaries take place when people aren’t home, particularly during the day, while the victims are at work. Deter burglars by creating the impression that you’re always home: Leave on lights, the radio, or the television. And if you’re going on vacation for awhile, don’t advertise your absence. Arrange for someone to pick up the mail, newspapers, mow the lawn, shovel the snow, and set out trash cans regularly.

Tip #8: Secure the area surrounding your house.

Secure the yard: Trim bushes and trees to discourage burglars from using them as hiding places. Avoid planting low shrubs in front of windows; you may even consider planting thorny shrubs for an added deterrent. And be sure to add lighting outside your home.

Tip #9: Get to know the neighbors.

Tight-knit communities suffer fewer burglaries because people look out for each other and strangers stick out. If your neighborhood doesn’t already have a Neighborhood Watch Program, consider starting one. Studies have found they reduce crime and violence in a given neighborhood.

Tip #10: Install an alarm system–or at least a sign.

Alarm systems are available at a number of price points, but an effective one should include sensors at entry points, motion detectors inside the house, and a loud outdoor alarm that alerts the entire neighborhood when someone has forced entry. If you don’t want to go all-out, fake out would-be burglars by sticking a home security system sign in your yard. The threat of an alarm may be enough to keep them from trying.

 

 

 

Neighborhood Clean-up THIS Saturday! *POSTPONED

Hello Neighbors! The clean-up on APRIL 29th is POSTPONED due to the inclement weather.  We’ll try and reschedule.

Great American Clean Up – Saturday, April 29th, 9am to 12pm (come for as little or as much as you can, it all makes a difference!). Meet at Rinconada Point Park (Bob McCannon Pkwy & Painted Rock) for bags & supplies.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!!  The LWNA Board

Time for Neighborhood Beautification!

Hello Neighbors!

We have two exciting upcoming events that promise to make the neighborhood even more lovely….

First and foremost, we hope you will join us for the:

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Saturday, April 29th, 9am to 12pm (whether you have an hour or 3, your help makes a difference!)Volunteers meet at Rinconada Point Park (Bob McCannon Pkwy & Painted Rock) for bags & supplies. This is a great time for everyone to pitch in and clean up your own street as well as surrounding open spaces. Imagine if each person gave one hour, how beautiful our neighborhood would be?

Next, our LWNA board Vice-President, Karen Buccola, recently attended the Ladera Medians planning meeting.  She is happy to report that the meeting turned out to be a collaborative effort to design the medians and choose the plants, with everyone pleased with the results.  The actual work will start in August and take 3 months to complete. We’re all looking forward to seeing these improvements!

Spring is in the Air!

Hello Neighbors and Happy Spring!

We hope you have been enjoying the (mostly) nice weather and are looking forward to Spring activities and Spring cleaning (notice the great work the City did on the quick water?)!   Speaking of which, here are some notable events:

Great American Cleanup – this will be Saturday, April 29th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  We will have more details as the date gets closer and hope to see many of you there.

Ladera Medians Update – The City of Albuquerque is having a meeting to review the landscaping on the Ladera medians, Atrisco to Ouray. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Don Newton / Taylor Ranch Community Center.

Bernalillo Open Space Activities – Did you know that the County has a great agenda of free activities and training programs at the open space ?  You can check out the events and register here.

If you’re looking for ideas to help with Spring Cleaning, you can re-visit our earlier post about “making the most of waste” for ideas and information on clearing out green, hazardous and other trash.  We’ll let you know when the next curbside green waste day will be.

Looking forward to seeing you in April!

Upcoming Events in the New Year

Happy 2017 Neighbors!  We hope you and yours had happy and safe holidays.

Speaking of holidays…Do you still have that “live” Christmas tree?  Well, you can bring it right down the street to Ladera Golf Course for tree-cycling, where there will also be a place to recycle lights.   Just make sure to take everything off the tree first and drop it off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 15.

Once the decorations are out of the way, perhaps you’d like to have your 2017 concerns for the community heard by your elected officials.  Our Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas is having a Town Hall meeting where you can hear his plans for the new Legislative Session and share your concerns and ideas.  It will be Saturday, January 21 from 2-4 in the Ladera Golf Course banquet room.  (If you can’t attend the Town Hall but would like your feedback passed on, contact Board Vice-President Karen at kbucco@comcast.net).

Next, mark your calendars for Thursday, February 16, 2017 – this will be Westside Day at the Capitol – details will follow in a later post. And, it’s never too early to plan to attend this year’s Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 29, 2017!