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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

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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Update on swing set at playground

Correspondence between Buckingham Pond Conservancy and Albany DGS
Recreation and Playground Equipment
Buckingham Pond Playground
One of the swing sets has been missing for months--this is a well used and busy park. There were issues with too many kids vying for only 4 swings before--now that there are only 2 swings it's even worse. Please replace ASAP.

Receration Admin wrote:
The swing was damaged by an auto accident, we are currently waiting for the payment from the insurance company to replace the swing. It should be replaced by the beginning of Spring, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Fall Clean Up 10/25

Ice Cream Social

Join us Sunday September 13,2015 from 1p-3p for our annual ice cream social! There is going to be a guided nature walk and food available. Come enjoy a fun part of your Sunday with family and friends.Please follow us on Facebook for updates and in the event of inclement weather a rescheduled date.

Injured Goose week of 7/12/15, Please discard your fishing line!

The goose in this picture has a lot of friends, but is sending everyone on the proverbial "Wild Goose Chase"!
It seems an unknowing fisherman dropped a fishing line that somehow has become entangled around both of its feet. The goose is now hurting after almost 5 days in and out of the water, limping and probably in great pain. When I got involved a chronology of phone calls, emails, etc. has reminded me that either accidental or due to carelessness, this goose may not have any options as long as it continues to be healthy enough to limp away.

We have contacted City Animal control, they came, the goose escaped capture. We contacted Five Rivers, DGS, and NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. No help yet. Today, I was given a number of a group of volunteers called the North Country Wild Care Rescue. They recommended, feeding the affected goose out of the water, so that if and when a volunteer is found in this area, they will have a better chance of catching it.

So, one potentially careless act may be causing the demise of an unsuspecting goose at our Pond. If you see someone on a Wild Goose Chase from today on, give them a hand, they are going to need it!

Harry J. Ermides, President

Annual Meeting

Great turnout for the annual meeting. Click for slides from the meeting and the presentation on Invasive Species.

We need your help. Please become a Board Member

The Board has recently voted to increase our Board to 11 members from 9 in accordance with our By-Laws. This is necesary as we proceed to implementing the soon to be released recommendations for our plans to maintain Buckingham Pond.

There is an immediate need for board members who can assist in fundraising, website maintenance, publicity and outreach, project management, etc. If you love Buckingham Pond, want to see it flourish into the future, can dedicate approximately 75 hours per year and would like to help your neighbors with the many tasks that we will need to supervise or lead, please complete the Nomination Form and return it to the address noted by April 3rd.

We need you!

Buckingham Pond Conservancy is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is “to coordinate existing resources and identify new resources devoted to protecting, preserving, and enhancing Buckingham Pond and its surrounding green space.”

What does the Conservancy do?
• We build relationships with City departments and other stakeholders,
• We host community events including an Ice Cream Social and winter Skating Party,
• We coordinate cleanup and work days,
• We study the pond’s ecological health, including sampling the water each summer through the NYSDEC Citizen’s Statewide Lake Assessment Program,
• We seek grant funds to enhance and protect the pond.

Please join today by clicking http://www.buckinghampondconservancy.org/join and making a $25 tax deductble donation to become a member or renew your membership for 2015.

Save the Date!

It has been an amazing and long winter everywhere and certainly here at Buckingham Pond! Now that the ice and snow are finally melting, we turn our attention to Spring. Officially, Spring starts Friday, March 20th. We have several activities tht will begin, this year in April, due to the early holidays of Passover and Easter.

Please save April 19th on your calendars. This is the date of our Annual Membership Meeting.

The week after our Annual Meeting we will be fighting invasive species at our Annual Spring Cleanup on April 26th!

More details will follow.

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