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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
May 16, 2011
President – Walter Mugdan
Vice President – Sheldon Rosenblum
Treasurer – Gary Savage
Secretary – Charles Manna
President Walter Mugdan called the meeting to order at 8:00 P.M. A motion was made, seconded and unanimously adopted to waive reading of the minutes. (Mr. Mugdan noted that the minutes were available for review on the Westmoreland website.) Treasurer Gary Savage gave the Treasurer’s Report indicating that the balance-on-hand was $17,998.41 as of May 16, 2011. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report. The motion was seconded and the report was unanimously approved.
The Long Island Railroad reduced the intensity and strength of its whistle when trains are approaching and leaving the Little Neck Train Station. This is a great improvement and is welcomed by the residents.
We had our annual meeting with representatives from the 111th Precinct. Present were Captain Ronald D. Leyson and Community Affairs Officer William Conway. Captain Leyson had prior experience with combating burglary crews. A more sophisticated type is working in our neighborhood. They are well-dressed and survey a neighborhood before hitting it. One MO is to have one perp distract you in the kitchen while a partner ransacks the house.
All over the City the crime rate is down 2% and the local rate is down 5%. There are burglaries happening in Deepdale Coop Apartments currently. They are going after laptop computers and jewelry.
Three High Schools -- Cardozo, Frances Lewis and Bayside -- are experiencing problems primarily from outside students coming into the schools. Each school has an officer assigned from Youth Crime.
Auto Theft – the Ford Econoliner is a popular item because the parts from the vehicle are interchangeable with other models and years. Watch out for tow trucks loitering in the neighborhood. Thieves use key code readers to get keys duplicated and then have the keys made to steal the car. The best preventative measure is to have the VIN etching done in and on the car. Also, you can get a sticker put on your car which asks the police to stop the car if it is being driven during the day during work hours. Call 718-279-5215 and ask for Police Officer Erdman.
There has been no tire and rim theft in our neighborhood. The top candidate for theft is the 2010 Honda Accord. Use wheel locks to prevent tire theft.
Community Board 11 approved a Green Market in the Douglaston Railroad Station Plaza on Sundays this summer. The market will happen from July 10th to November 20th on Sundays from 9:00 AM until about 3:00 PM. Currently, nine vendors have signed up. They will offer baked goods, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Our remaining meetings during 2011-2012 will be held on September 19, November 21, March 19, 2012 and May 21, 2012.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 PM.
Charles Manna, Secretary
Addendum – there will be Electronic Waste Recycling Days in all five boroughs. The two closest to our neighborhood are:
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