Published: Friday, 06 May 2016 16:01
Our Snell Isle Panthers, Lions and Planters urgently need your help. These lovely items are waiting for their spring spruce up and it is already May. Can you please help our Planters and also help our Panther and Lion statues?
As you ride all around our beautiful Snell Isle, you can’t help but notice our lovely statuary - all 140 of them. But as you may have noticed, many need “sprucing up”. We also have 29 Planters all around and those will be “spruced up” first. We need to empty them of all their leggy plants and dirt, clean them up (a little bleach and water and a very thorough rinse). Then we will repaint - if necessary –and then replant.
Do you live near one of these Planters? Or even if you don’t, would you please help us by “adopting” one or more. They will be replanted with succulents that don’t require much care but will need your watering and some of your great TLC!
We’re looking for your help with this project and want to get it done before summer’s heat sweeps upon us.
Some of you told us when you sent in your annual dues that you’d be willing to volunteer to help and Bonnie has spoken with some of you. We do need more volunteers though. If you’d like to help (or have your teenagers earn some community service hours) please contact Bonnie Hargrett who is spear-heading this year’s “Statuary Project”. She can be reached at 727-821-1048 and she looks forward to hearing from you.
Phase One is just the planters – all 29 of them - all around Snell Isle. With your help, we can finish this pretty quickly. (Most of the supplies needed will be given to you…bleach, paint, etc.).
Phase Two will include all the animal statues and be done just a little later this year.
The Planters, Panthers and Lions all thank you so much for your support!
Published: Thursday, 28 April 2016 22:33
Preventing Identity Theft
Crime Prevention Officer Reggie Mitchell from St. Petersburg Police Department
It’s in the newspapers every day and on the news every night. People worry that someone will run up charges on their credit card or fleece their bank account while their back is turned. There is reason to worry. All a thief needs is your Social Security number to commit identity theft. This crime is relatively easy to commit, but investigating and prosecuting it is complex and time-consuming. But once you know the facts and some preventive measures you can take, you can win the fight against identity theft!
Identity thieves commit their crime in several ways:
- They steal credit card payments and other outgoing mail from private, curbside mailboxes.
- They dig through garbage cans or communal dumpsters in search of cancelled checks, credit card and bank statements, and preapproved credit card offers.
- They hack into computers that contain personal records and steal the data.
- They file a change of address form in the victim’s name to divert mail and gather personal and financial data.
- To guard against identity theft, never give out your Social Security number. Treat it as confidential information.
- Commit all passwords to memory. Never write them down or carry them with you.
- When using an ATM machine, make sure no one is hovering over you and can see you enter your password.
- When participating in an online auction, try to pay the seller directly with a credit card so you can dispute the charges if the merchandise does not arrive or was misrepresented. If possible, avoid paying by check or money order.
- Adopt an attitude of healthy skepticism toward websites that offer prizes or giveaways. Chances are, all that’s been “won” is the opportunity to buy something you didn’t want in the first place.
- Choose a commercial online service that offers parental control features.
- Tell your children never to give out their address telephone number password school name or any other personal information.
- Make sure your children know to never agree to meet face-to-face with someone they’ve met online without discussing it with you. Only if you decide that it’s okay to meet their “cyber-friend” should they arrange to meet this person, and then the meeting should be in a familiar public place in the presence of a trusted adult.
- Tell your children never to respond to messages that have bad words, are scary, or just seem weird.
- Tell your children never to enter an area that charges for services without asking you first.
- Tell children never send a picture of themselves to anyone without your permission.
- Make sure that access to the Internet at your children’s school is monitored by adults.