President’s Message – October 2016


This month’s report from The President (as published in the Hawk Eye)…

Fall Festival       

As some of you probably noticed, our Sundaes on Sunday event was cancelled in September due to inclement weather (the one day on the whole week that was cold & windy!).  So, we are going to bring some of the activities indoors and have a Fall Festival on November 6th, from 1-3 PM at the St. Thomas United Church.  Even though it will be after Halloween, hang on to those costumes and I think there just might be a costume contest for the kids!

Speaking of Fall…

As I write this, the morning temperatures are dipping to the freezing point and the leaves (helped by that handy Hawkwood wind!) are starting to collect on our lawns.  The City of Calgary is again offering up their Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program for residents.  Until November 6th, residents can drop off their bagged leaves (no sod, branches, rocks or other material) and pumpkins at select drop off spots.  The closest one is in Edgemont, just off John Laurie Blvd. near the rink and new playground. Also, check out some other things we can do in this Hawk Eye before the snows arrives and maybe doesn’t leave for several months, if you believe the Farmer’s Almanac!

AGM

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Our AGM will be held on Tuesday November 29th at the Uplands Recreation Centre (20 Hawkside Road) starting shortly after 7:30.  We will have wine & cheese for after the meeting and most of the Board members will hang around and answer any questions you may have.  We will probably have some special guests as well.  Stay tuned to the website at www.HawkwoodCA.com for more details.  Also, make sure you have your 2016 membership current prior to showing up at the AGM – this can be done also on our website.

Crime

Now that the warm weather is behind us, we typically see a decrease in criminal activities in Hawkwood.  However, our economic malaise continues and people will remain desperate and turn to criminal activities.  Hawkwood is not immune to increased levels of petty crime, as is every community in Calgary.  We can help, though, by not making easy for these criminals.  Typically, petty theft (car, yard and house prowlings) occurs when something of value is seen and therefore, the object of a theft.  If at all possible, keep vehicles in your garage – very rarely does a common thief break in to a garage to break into a vehicle.  Secondly, keep your vehicle free of valuables that are easily seen.  Radar detectors, GPS units, smart phones and even loose change are easy smash & grab items and if they can’t be seen, they won’t be stolen.  Your garden variety petty thief does not randomly break into vehicles & houses – this wastes time – they identify high value targets and while they are in there, they may come across other items and steal those as well.  Lastly, if you see someone suspicious or witness a crime, call 9-1-1.  And if you were a victim of a crime, report it ASAP.  If 100 robberies happen in an area, and only 10 are reported, the police will never target that area as a high crime spot.  So, report it and if it is more common that we think, police will dedicate more resources.  Having said all this, Hawkwood is a very safe community, but one crime is too many, especially when it happens to you or your neighbour.