Providence Plantation Newsletter: Spring, 2015

Spring Newsletter: April 2015 SPRINGTIME IN THE PLANTATION Spring has finally arrived, or at least it finally threatened to. For a while there I thought it would never warm up. Now we […]
Spring Newsletter: April 2015

SPRINGTIME IN THE PLANTATION

Spring has finally arrived, or at least it finally threatened to. For a while there I thought it would never warm up. Now we get to look forward to warm weather, sunny skies, blossoming flowers…having to mow the lawn, pollen allergies, the coming oppressive heat.  Wait! Can’t we just have the good stuff? On a more serious note another sign of spring is that the walkers, runners, bikers and skateboarders are starting to multiply. I hope everybody will remember the rules and do the right things. To the drivers in particular, please remember that you are in a neighborhood and drive patiently. Between the stop signs, speed bumps and non-drivers on the road, it is impossible to get through the neighborhood quickly. So please just accept that fact and drive accordingly. To the non-drivers, please try to stay to the side of the road, and out of the way of the cars.

 

On another issue, the HOA Board recently had a conversation about how else we can be of service to the neighborhood. A topic that came up was the cankerworms that are apparently starting to move into the neighborhood and the need to band affected trees, which is supposed to be done in the fall. There was discussion of whether the HOA should try to solicit volunteers to help some of our neighbors, or just buy supplies for neighbors to use, or perhaps contract with a company for them to band trees at a discounted price. In short, we concluded that it was probably a worthwhile project, but no matter which route we take it will require a lot of work for the people involved. Frankly, everybody on the HOA Board is already busy with other issues.  What we really need is a volunteer to take on this project. We can provide support with communications, finances, etc., but we need somebody to be in charge. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me.

 

Also, if you have any other ideas of how the HOA can be of service to the neighborhood, let me know: [email protected]gmail.com.
Bob Hayes, President, Providence Plantation Homeowners Association

KITCHEN CREATIONS

It’s like Dream Dinners with a twist. The concept is to get together and socialize with neighbors while preparing meals to have in your freezer for those busy days when you don’t have time to prepare a meal. The host selects 4 meals (feeding 4/6) and provides a sign up for people to bring ingredients. If your family is smaller, you can split yours when preparing. Host provides: food storage bags for the meals, beverages and a light snack. 

 

Please contact Mary-Barton Ross if interested: 704-962-6927 ormbross@nullcarolina.rr.com

PROVIDENCE PLANTATION RACQUET & SWIM CLUB UPDATE

Hello Providence Plantation Families! Providence Plantation Racquet & Swim Club (PPRSC) is gearing up for another fun summer season! Just a couple of quick notes:

 

Membership

This is a friendly reminder that the PPRSC club is a private club and separate from the HOA. If you are not a member and are interested in joining, we still have a limited number of memberships. We would love to hear from you! Membership information is available at www.providenceplantationclub.com. Contact Joan Carney @ 704-661-4231 or membership.pprsc@nullgmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Social Events

Our social chair, Jen Hickman, is busy planning our PPRSC social activities. The annual Pineapple Dash 5k run/walk is scheduled for May 16th. This event is open to both members and non-members of the club. Reservations and payment informationcan be found on our website. The club will hold its Spring Fling party for members and their guests that same evening.

 

Swim Team

Swim Team chairs, Molly Tucker & Candi Rupert have worked hard this winter setting up the new swim team website https://piranhas.swimtopia.com . The PPRSC Swim Team Registration is now open. Only club members may join.

 

Tennis Program at PPRSC Has Something for Everybody

The Tennis Program at PPRSC offers a comprehensive tennis program. Some of the programs we offer include QuickStart Tennis for the 5-12 yr olds, Cardio Tennis, Juniors, Ladies and Mens Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Elite level clinics. We even train World Class touring professionals. Both our Tennis Director, Bill Belser and our Head Pro, Matt Cory are USPTA Elite and USTA High Performance Certified.

 

Yoga and Fitness Programs

We also offer a comprehensive yoga and fitness program to get fit and prevent or rehab injuries. Liz Belser, one of the top fitness and yoga instructors in the Charlotte area is a certified Yoga and Fitness Trainer who enjoys working with all ages and levels. She is both a certified personal trainer and a yoga instructor with over 20 years of experience. Upon completion of the newly renovated clubhouse in May, Liz will resume yoga classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8:45, which will be open to both PPRSC members and non-members. Classes are for all levels. In addition, she also offers private and semi-private yoga sessions as well as tennis specific training. Please feel free to contact her at lizbelseryoga@nullgmail.comor lbfit4tennis@nullgmail.com 

 

Tennis Camps

Bill and Matt (our tennis professionals) are now accepting reservations for summer tennis camps. All dates and forms can be found on our website under the Summer Camps tab. Camps are open to both members and non-members of the club.  Due to the wonderful response of our summer tennis camp last year, please remember to sign up soon for your preferred weeks, as many of them filled up last summer.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

The following crimes were reported in Providence Plantation from January 1 through April 9.

Date Description Location
1/9/2015 Larceny Of Bicycle 3000 Block High Ridge Rd
1/9/2015 Non-Aggravated Assault 3700 Block Providence Manor Rd
1/18/2015 **Poss. of Marijuana 4200 Block High Ridge Rd
1/31/2015 Non-Aggravated Assault 3400 Block Twelve Oaks Pl
2/15/2015 Non-Aggravated Assault 3300 Block Plantation Rd
2/20/2015 Fraud 2500 Block Grimmersborough Ln
2/26/2015 Fraud 2100 Block Retana Dr
2/26/2015 **Aggravated Assault 1900 Block Retana Dr
2/27/2015 Vandalism 3100 Block Indian Rock Rd
3/4/2015 Vandalism 3100 Block Indian Rock Rd
4/1-2/2015 Vandalism 2600 Block Plantation Rd
4/6-7/2015 Vandalism 3100 Block Houston Branch Rd
4/6/2015 Larceny (Birdhouse and Pole) 4527 Kuykendall Rd

All of the assaults involved family members or acquaintances. **Arrests made.

Fraud Alerts

During the past year, 10 residents have been the victim of credit card fraud and there have been several reports of credit card skimmers being used in Charlotte and surrounding areas.

 

A skimmer is a small hand held device which can easily be bought on the internet, that captures card holder data contained on the stripe of a credit, debit or ATM card. Skimmers can hold information from hundreds of cards. The information is downloaded from the skimmer to a computer and then can be sent anywhere in the world. Your credit card can be skimmed at a restaurant, gas station, hotel or any place you hand over your credit card. All an employee has to do is make an extra swipe of your credit card through the device.

 

Skimmers are also molded into plastic pieces that look like they are part of an ATM machine where you insert your card. A pinhole camera is also usually used and molded into plastic to look like part of the ATM machine. The camera overlooks the PIN pad so the viewer can watch as a person enters their PIN number on the pad. Both devices are usually held in place with double-sided tape.

 

To protect yourself from ATM skimming, check to see if a piece similar to the photo, right, is attached to the machine by pulling on it.  If it comes loose call 911 and report it to the bank.  Additionally, always cover the pin pad with your hand as you enter your Pin number.

 

 

10 ways to protect credit cards

  1. Never leave your card unattended at work.
  2. Don’t leave your card (or anything of value) in your car.
  3. Do not write down your personal identification number (PIN).  Memorize it.
  4. Always make sure your card is returned to you after a purchase.
  5. Always keep your card in a secure location, especially when traveling.
  6. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.
  7. Sign the back of new cards as soon as you get it with a permanent marker and destroy unwanted cards.
  8. Make a list of your cards and their numbers.  This information is vital for reporting lost or stolen cards.
  9. Always check your monthly statements and report any discrepancies.
  10. Only give your credit card information over the telephone if you have placed the call to make a purchase from a reputable company.

It is that time of year when our neighborhood experiences an increase of door-to-door peddlers. We have already had an incident where a peddler working for a magazine company with a shady history has been soliciting sales.

 

Do not open your door to strangers. Instead, you should say through the door that you are not interested, and ask them to leave.
Do not purchase magazines from door-to-door sales people because you will probably not receive the magazines.
Do not give money to door-to-door solicitors, unless you know you are giving to local kids for local causes.
If you feel threatened by any door-to-door sales representative, call 911.
Check businesses out at www.bbb.org before making a purchase.
If you are a victim of fraudulent magazine sales or any other scam, notify the police and file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

 

Here is the local peddler ordinance as it pertains to our neighborhood:

Sec. 6-438. Restricted hours in residential areas.

It shall be unlawful to peddle any article of merchandise from any vehicle or on foot between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. in areas zoned for residential purposes within the corporate limits. However, during such periods that daylight saving time is in effect, these hours shall be from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Code 1985, § 6-28)

 

It is important to report all incidents of crime to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  For crimes in progress and other emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies, and past crimes, call 311. You can also report the following past crimes using the Online Reporting System; Larceny, Harassing Phone Calls, Theft from Auto, or Property Damage. You can do so at: http://www.charmeckpolice.org/CRU/start-report.html or by a link from http://www.cmpd.org

 

Also, please notify me at 849-9234, between 9am and 9pm, or email me athkatowitz@nullwindstream.net

 

Harvey Katowitz, Security Chairperson 
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