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How to Protect Yourself from Mosquito Transmitted Diseases

According to the Center for Disease Control, children up to the age of 12 and adults 50 and over are most susceptible to West Nile Virus.

Follow these steps to protect yourself from getting infected.

Prevent Mosquito bites:
     Wear repellent. (Good products include one of the following ingredients: DEET, Picardin (KBR 3023), IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus)
     Have your window screens checked for holes and repaired.  This keeps the mosquitoes from flying in your house. A fan placed near the door, blowing out can also help.

Prevent Mosquito breeding:
     Check for standing water in items around your yard.  It only takes a small amount of water for a mosquito larva to grow into an adult.

Signs and Symptoms of Mosquito Transmitted Diseases:
     Mild Symptoms include: fever, headache, tiredness and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands.
     Severe Symptoms include: neck stiffness, stupor, muscle weakness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.

For more information: check out the website at www.coj.net or call 630-CITY (2489)



    
No Soliciting

Rules of soliciting are:

   *All solicitors are required to have a permit that is issued by the city on them at all times.

   *If a residence has a sign up that states "No Solicitors", it is sufficient notice that soliciting is prohibited.

   *Soliciting is only allowed between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

   *It is illegal to solicit on Sundays.

   *It is illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to engage in soliciting.

   *Anyone between 14-17 years of age must be under direct adult supervision by a person 18 years of age. The adult must have the minor in direct sight and within 100 feet away.


CHILD SAFETY TIP

Before departing with children/grandchildren/neighbors kids/etc. to any event (sports/mall/zoo/etc.), take a second, pull out your cell phone and take individual pictures of each child.

That way, if the unthinkable happens and a child gets lost, you have a picture of how they are dressed and what they look like at that moment.

This can then be sent to law enforcement to aid in locating the child.

Seconds can be precious in this scenario, so take a second and take a picture!

Details: Keep Your Money safe

Experts advise seniors to adhere to the following to protect their finances:

• Do not give information, such as Social Security numbers and bank account information, over the phone.

• Be wary of charities asking for money, even if they sound legitimate.

• Keep a close eye on wallets and purses.

• Be wary of people calling and saying they need money for a jailed or otherwise in distress relative. That's a favorite play of those scamming seniors.

Have you noticed the new signs?

A number of drivers have failed to have their vehicles under control and have either ignored the stop sign at the intersection of Crane Ave. and Glynlea Rd. or have downed a few too many adult beverages to notice the lowly STOP sign.

In response to a residents concern and to the fact that a number of vehicles have gone straight through the intersection causing considerable damages to property, Kathy Wicklund, a Board Member of the Glynlea Park Neighborhood Association, met with a representative of the City Traffic Division and within just a few days new traffic control signs were erected to augment the existing STOP sign.

Within a few more days the effectiveness of these new signs was put to the test - and FAILED. Apparently, signs well reflected in headlights mean nothing to impaired drivers. The sign and the neighbors fence to the left, were damaged as a driver plowed through the intersection at 5:00am.

Signs also mean nothing but blank slates to graffiti artists. After being repaired following the "accident" the signs were "signed" by a local artist. The offending initials were removed as soon as they were noticed.


Click the word Graffiti at the top of the page. It is a link to the JSO site explaining graffit and what you should do.


DEAD TREES

We’ve been hearing a lot these days about dead trees falling, from neighbors and also recently on a local television station. Now, more than ever, during hurricane season, this issue needs to be addressed by our residents. Dead trees are against the City Code and should be removed by the homeowner as soon as possible or they can be cited for removal.

But more so, we need to consider the damage they do when they fall. Sometimes it is damage to a fence or home – other fallen trees have injured and killed people. Just the trauma of what happens afterward can be devastating, especially for our senior residents.

Below are a few questions directed to Kimberly Scott, Chief, Municipal Code Compliance Division, Environmental and Compliance Division. Her replies are in BLUE font.

Q. What is the process if a resident with a dead tree is cited by the City?

A. Municipal Code Compliance Division cites dead trees on private properties; the officer must view violation conditions. When MCCD cites a property, the case is in due process for 18 days (notification and time to remove violations); officer then re-inspects following this period. If the violation remains, the officer will route the case to their contract administration section for work order development and it will be forwarded to their tree removal contractor.

Abatement by city contractor leads to a nuisance lien (municipal debt) against the property.


Q. When a neighbor’s tree falls onto your property and there are damages, what recourse do you have?

A. This issue is between two private property owners – a civil matter. Please consult your insurance carrier or attorney.

Q. What happens if a tree on a city right-of-way falls and does damage to your property? Is the city responsible for damages?

A. Please contact Public Work’s Right-of-Way and Streets Maintenance Division at 630-CITY. The city’s Risk Management Division, 630-7521, is the proper source of information for this inquiry.


Thumbs up to all the GPNA volunteers.



Teamwork moves a mountain of litter and other debris.
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A big Thank You to Joel and Pat Clark for the new solar lights at our entrance sign.


What is SHADCO?

SHADCO is the Sheriff's Advisory Council. It is a partnership between Law Enforcement and the Community. It illustrates Jacksonville's commitment to community policing.

This strategic alliance provides a structural opportunity for developing mutual trust and understanding. Founded in 1995, SHADCO has been an enormous success for the city of Jacksonville. The city is broken into Zones and each Zone meets once a month to discuss issues pertaining to their area of the city and plan solutions.

At the present time, Board of Directors members Ralph Wicklund  and Kathy Wicklund represent Glynlea Park Neighborhood Association at the Zone 2, Sector E meetings. Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Regency Mall.

A monthly report of the SHADCO meetings is disseminated via the Neighborhood e-mail notification system. If you wish to receive this information, please sign up to be included in the notification system. Use the Contact Us page.

         WATER RESTRICTIONS

Designed to conserve Jacksonville's water supply and reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into the St. Johns River, Chapter 366 of the city's ordinance code limits watering to two days a week during Daylight Savings Time.

Residential properties with an address that ends in an odd number or places without an address may water on Wednesday and Saturday and those addresses which end in an even number may water on Thursday and Sunday. Non-residential irrigation is only permitted on Tuesday and Friday.

Watering is allowed only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. year-round. Some exceptions to the restrictions apply and include using a hand-held irrigation tool, micro-irrigation systems, maintenance and repair, or watering to establish new landscaping.

Violators of the irrigation schedule will be issued a warning ticket for the first observed offense. They will be given tickets for $50 and $250 for the second and third violations, respectively. Violators may also be subject to other enforcement.

Lawn watering will return to one designated day per week beginning November 4, 2012.

To learn more about the restrictions, visit the City of Jacksonville Environmental Quality Division at www.coj.net


Your City Council Representative

Scott Wilson, Executive Assistant to Councilman Don Redman, is a regular attendee at our monthly meetings.

He listens to and comments on concerns voiced by our residents and brings our issues to Councilman Redman.

We have a conduit to City Hall. Please use it. Join our group on the 2nd Thursday of every month.


DID YOU KNOW???

That replacing a 100 watt incandescent light bulb with a 100 watt CFL lamp uses only 23 watts of energy.

That means you can operate 4 CFL lamps for a little less than it costs for ONE incandescent bulb.

DID YOU KNOW???

That thieves in the night behave like roaches?  When you turn on the lights they scatter and leave whatever they were stealing.

With the savings you realize switching to CFL lamps, you CAN afford to leave a porch or driveway light burning ALL NIGHT to keep those roaches away.


Wasp and Hornet Spray

On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School. For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet, so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes." It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe to get out."

Maybe even save a life.

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Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You

Part 2

11.  You're right. I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

12.  A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real TV. (Find it at faketv.com).

13.  Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never look like a crook.

14.  The two things I hate the most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

15.  I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

16.  I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

17.  I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

18.  Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

19.  To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

20.  If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.



Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You

Part 1

1.  Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters or delivering your new refrigerator.

2.  Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3.  Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4.  Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway.And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

5.  If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

6.  A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there, too.

7.  It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella and you forgot to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

8.  I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it).

9.  Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table and the medicine cabinet.

10. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

To be Continued...


BLUE REFLECTORS

We've had a few calls from residents noticing blue reflectors glued to the pavement.

These are placed to aid firefighters in finding hydrants when they respond to fires. Easy to see in daylight, our yellow hydrants are almost invisible at night. The blue reflector stands out and guides the driver to the spot.



MedWatch logo Your FDA gateway for finding clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products.

You can click on the MedWatch logo above to be taken directly the the FDA web page that posts information about various medical product recalls.

The latest, January 15, 2010, is McNeil which manufactures over the counter meds such as Tylenol and Motrin. You can click HERE for their specific recall information.

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Seniors vs Crime
A Special Project of the Florida Attorney General


Seniors vs. Crime, a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1989 is a special project of the Attorney General's Office.

Two offices are now open in Jacksonville. One office is located at the Regency Mall in the Jacksonville Sheriff Substation 2 and the Highland Mall office is located on Dunn Avenue.

Volunteers are available to help resolve problems for senior citizens relating to medical billing issues, contractor conflict investment fraud, ID theft or related scams.

A request for services form is available on their website, www.seniorsvscrime.com or they can be contacted by phone at (904) 721-6516

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The Housing and Neighborhoods Department, of the City of Jacksonville, is offering help with foreclosures.

The name of the program is Stay Home Jacksonville Foreclosure Prevention.

For more information, visit www.coj.net keyword is foreclosure

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Thursday, January 8, 2014          Glynlea Park Neighborhood Association - Monthly Meeting - 7:00pm

                            Holiday Hill Baptist Church, 730 Mandalay Rd. 


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