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Great Annual Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended the Buckingham Pond Conservancy Annual Meeting, this past Sunday, April 3rd.  

We had a great meeting and had an opportunity to review the recommendations from the recently completed Lake Management Plan for Buckingham Pond. This plan is a key part of the BPC strategy to improve water quality, and has been our major focus for the last year.  The plan was paid for by BPC, and developed by Barton & Loguidice engineers, with the assistance of the City of Albany's Water Department. Many thanks to the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Bender Familiy Foundation, as well as to BPC's many members for making this  plan possible.

The plan lays out a series of actions needed to improve water quality at the pond.  The map below gives you a look at some of what is needed.  We were so pleased that Commissioner Joe Coffey announced that the Water Department will be making progress towards several of these items in the next year.  BPC will also be continuing to seek grant funding for implementing these important activities, and we'll keep you posted as more details are available.

Please join us at our Annual Spring Cleanup, Sunday April 17th from 1-3pm. We need your help to help maintain the Pond areas each Spring and Fall.

Also, I encourage those of you who live near the pond to support the new Buckingham Lake Neighborhood Association, by attending their inaugural meeting at The Bethany Reformed Church, 4pm, this Sunday April 10th.  BLNA will focus on traffic, public safety and other neighborhood issues, allowing BPC to continue to focus on the pond and park. More information here: http://www.blnaofalbany.org.

SAVE THE DATE! April 3, 2016, 1pm-3pm; Annual Meeting

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Please mark your calendars for ou 7th Annual Meeting. Bradley D. Grant, Barton & Loguidice, P.E. will present the findings and mitigation strategies for Buckingham Pond. Commissioner Joseph E. Coffey, Jr. P.E., City of Albany Dept. Of Water and Water Supply, will discuss what needs to be done next. If you would like to be nominated to be a member of the Board of Directors please complete the nomination form and send to Nominating Committee, PO Box 8352 before 3/19/2016. Also, 2016 Membership dues are $25 . Please mail or bring it to the meeting. Thanks. I hope to see everyone at this informative meeting. Harry J. Ermides, President

2016 Skating Party!

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Hope to see our neighbors,family and friends on February 7th,weather permitting.Please follow us on Facebook for updates on the event!
Updated 2/4/16-unfortunately our warm winter has caused ice to melt so party is cancelled. Look out for upcoming dates for Spring Cleanup and annual meeting!
 

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to wish everyone the best of the holiday season and thank you all for your support of the Buckingham Pond Conservancy. We have come along way over the last five years and could not have accomplished our goals without your financial and moral support.

Barton & Loguidice, the engineering firm that we retained to study the Pond, has now completed their work. We have a list of mitigation strategies that, together with all of our partners in the City of Albany, the Board of Directors can now begin to plan the funding and execution of the many projects that will target improving the water quality and restoring our Pond to its pristine state.

We will outline all details of the recommendations on our website soon after the Holidays so you can see all of the details. The real work begins now and we will need all the help we can get. So, if interested in helping or joining the board, please contact me.

We are really excited about the future of Buckingham Pond and look forward to working along with all of you to restore our jewel.

Harry

Harry J. Ermides, President

Advisory on IRS scam

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Dear Resident of CSA #28,

Welcome and thank you again for signing up for email communications relevant to you and your neighborhood. Spread the word about this email communication service by forwarding this to your neighbors in case they have not yet had the chance to sign up!

As I mentioned in my prior advisories there are Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams actively taking place stating the following:
you owe taxes,
a warrant is issued for your arrest
or the police will be arriving at your residence.
I would just like to inform everyone that these calls are still coming in to various neighborhoods. If you do receive one of these calls, do not call back or give any personal information. Ignore the message or just hang up The following numbers have been recently used
202-459-1993 ( Wash DC suburb apartment complex)
530-721-8098 (apartment building in South Tahoe Calf.)
876-881-3903 (Jamaica)
Remember the IRS does not phone, send emails (text messages) for notification. They will send you an official letter.

Also another note of concern; recently this department was investigating an unknown male last week on Colonial Av going door to door pretending to be a representative from the IRS, trying obtain personal information. If anyone is a victim of this type of scam or has/had contact with this individual please notify the police immediately.

If anyone has any questions/concerns feel free to respond to this email.
Sincerely,

Officer James Brooks
Albany Police Department CSU
536 Western Ave
Albany NY 12203
email jbrooks@albany-ny.org
office 518-458-5669
station desk 518-458-5660
fax 518-458-5662
cell 518-795-0020

EMERGENCY 911
Non-Emergency 438-4000

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Next Meeting

Please join us at the next board meeting.  Board meetings are the best way to find out what we are doing and get more involved.
Next meeting:
Monday November 6 at 7:30 PM
(We generally meet the first Monday of each month)
Bach Branch of Albany Public Library
455 New Scotland Ave

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