Monday, May 21, 2012

Spring Cleanup - big trash pick up this Week

if your normal collection day is Wednesday ( you put out your garbage on Tuesday night)and you live between the boundaries of Madison Avenue to New Scotland Avenue and Delaware Avenue to Manning Blvd., your spring cleanup is on
Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

Trash should be placed curbside, after 7p.m., the evening prior to your scheduled spring cleanup
day. Hazardous Waste is never accepted curbside even on spring cleanup days. Please call the Department of General Services at 434-CITY with any questions regarding the Household Spring Cleanup.

APD Loud Noise Enforcement Initiative

Albany Police Department – Loud Noise Enforcement Initiative.
In an ongoing effort to maintain order and a high quality of life in City neighborhoods, the City of Albany Police Department, will begin a proactive initiative today, to enforce loud and unusual noise from motor vehicles.
The initiative will focus on loud exhaust and loud music coming from motor vehicles, on city streets. Those in violation will be ticketed under the Vehicle and Traffic Law and/or The City of Albany General City Ordinance.
Several electronic LED signs will be placed throughout the City warning drivers about loud noise violations.
Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, New York 12206
Cell: (518) 469-2862

from Jim Sano

Incident on Ramsey Pl

Hi All,
      Just a reminder to ALL neighbors to be extra vigilant for ANY person going door to door representing themselves as the City Of Albany NY Water Department and /or other agencies. Unfortunately earlier today ,I responded to an elderly lady that resides on Ramsey Pl, who was scammed by two older white males( no age  possibly 50 ish) one heavy set and the other thin build. No further description could be given by the victim. The suspects did identify  themselves as City of Albany Water Dept employees and  from the Albany Fire Dept. They told her that they needed to check her water. Once inside, the victim was distracted by one of the suspects ,while the other rummaged through another room. While inside the room, the suspect stole a large amount of money . Any further details that I get will be passed on asap. Here are some tips to remember. If someone makes you uncomfortable in your/our neighborhood  PLEASE call APD  438-4000!!!

1)  If you are unsure if a solicitor is legitimate, ask for identification verifying that they are employed by the company they claim to work for.  If they don't have any I.D., don't give them any money and tell them to leave.
2)  If solicitor refuses to leave after being asked to, or becomes irate, shut the door.  If they still don't leave, call 911.
3)  If you don't feel comfortable giving the solicitor any money DON'T!  Do not let anyone "guilt" you into giving them money or buying their product.
4)  If you've already purchased something from a solicitor, and have paid by check and no longer feel comfortable with the transaction, cancel the check as soon as possible.
5)  Do not believe stories such as "I live in your neighborhood", or "My car is broken down just around the corner", etc.  If you don't recognize this person as one of your neighbors, they're probably not.  If their car is truly broken down, offer to call them a tow truck.
6)  At no time should you let any of these people in your house! Not even to use the phone.
7)  Do not hire anyone who comes to your door offering to clean your house, do home improvements, etc. and definitely do not give them any money before they do any work!
        Please share information with your neighbors when a suspicious person is in your neighborhood and DON'T give anyone money when you don't feel it's a legitimate cause!

Neighborhood Police Officer
Loren E. Grugan
Upper New Scotland Ave /Woodlawn/ Heldeberg NA

VISTA Volunteer needs housing

I am forwarding this request from Carolyn Stallard  for assistance in finding a room to rent. I met Carolyn through her work with refugees, she came to observe and assist at the Saturday sewing class I have organized at St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Church  in Rensselaer. She is energetic, multi-talented and organized. If my daughter wasn't getting married this summer, I would jump at the chance to have Carolyn stay with us.Do you know or are you empty- nesters who have room? Any musicians who need a live-in percussionist?
Contact Carolyn directly.
Julie E

For those of you know who don't know me, my name is Carolyn and I am serving as the AmeriCorps*VISTA member working with the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE) in Albany, NY. I have been working with RISSE since August and am hoping to continue my service for a second year.

My current apartment lease ends at the end of May, and I need to find a new place to live. However, living on an AmeriCorps salary of roughly $800/month makes affording an apartment in Albany extremely difficult. Over the past few months I have had multiple housing options lined up for this summer and next semester, but again and again they have fallen through. I have spent the last month doing all I can to find a place to stay at least for the summer, but I am running out of options. I am a percussionist and practice my drum set occasionally and vibraphone almost daily.  I know I can be a noisy person to live with,  but I am hoping to further my musical career in the future so practicing is an important part of my daily life. I am otherwise fairly quiet and responsible.

 If you or someone you know can help me find a place to live, please email me back at your earliest convenience. I greatly appreciate your help with this. Unfortunately, I may not be able to continue my VISTA service if I cannot find affordable housing.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Carolyn Stallard

Carolyn Stallard
AmeriCorps*VISTA Project Coordinator
The College of Saint Rose &
The Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus
Office: 518-458-5318

"The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers."
-Juliette G. Low

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Attempted Robbery Arrest

Albany police arrested an 18 year old Pinewood Avenue resident for attempting to rob a man last night on Ontario Street.
Police responded to the Playdium Bowling Alley, 363 Ontario Street, just before 11:00 p.m., after the victim called stating that a man just tried to rob him. When officers arrived, the victim told them that while in the parking lot, the suspect came up to him and demanded his cell phone. He states he refused to give him the phone, and that the suspect then punched him in the face and struck him in the head with a large piece of concrete.
The suspect then fled south on Ontario Street.
Shortly after the call, officers in the area stopped Raymeir Worthen, of 30 Pinewood Avenue, walking at Quail and Warren Streets after he matched the description of the suspect. He was identified as the suspect and placed into custody without incident.
The victim sustained a small laceration to his head. He was treated at the scene by firefighters and taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Worthen was charged with Attempted Robbery 2nd, Assault 2nd, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th.
He was arraigned this morning in Albany City Criminal Court.