Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

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(by: Ron Bing)

Did you know that the high fences along Douglasdale Boulevard SE are owned by the home owner’s and not by the community?  As I drive along the boulevard I can’t help but notice how ugly these fences look. Some fences have been repaired, most have not.  Some have been painted, most have not.  Calgary City bylaw does not help, as the fence has to be falling down before the City gets involved.  So what can we do to make our community look better?

I recently repaired and painted my 160 foot fence adjacent to my property.  It was a big job with lots of labour and a few bucks for lumber and paint.   If you own your fence along the boulevard or walk way between houses consider repairs and/or replacement. This includes replacing leaning or broken posts, the trellis, and painting the fence using Sharks Skin 72403, 056B0748/056 “Douglasdale Grey” paint.  The paint is available at Cloverdale Paint on Midpark Way SE, or at Riverbend Hardware 330-8338 18 St. SE in Riverbend. Why not help your neighbour repair his fence if he is unable to do it alone?  Let’s take pride in our community!  “Douglasdale Grey” is the original paint colour chosen by our Community Association years ago.

I believe the current condition of these fences reduces the property value of our community.  We want to live in a good community with low crime rates and not in a slum.  Unfortunately the Maintenance Association cannot paint or repair these fences as they are on private property and belong to the resident.

Let’s take pride in our community and do our part to be responsible home owners.  If you have any ideas on how to address this problem, please direct them to our Community Association, info@dqca.ca

DQCA Casino Fundraising Event, January 17 & 18, 2019. Sign up now!

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The casino event is the major fundraiser for the DouglasQuarry Community Association, and provides us the ability to continue to upgrade community infrastructure and equipment.

We require as many volunteers as possible to work shifts. On your own, with a friend, or together with a group of neighbours, volunteer to work a shift. There is no need to have prior experience working at a charity casino in order to participate, and all positions are easy to learn. Training will be provided at the casino by gaming staff and advisors (Descriptions for all roles are available at: https://goo.gl/9XZNKg​​​).

This is an important event for the community and your help will be greatly appreciated!

We’re using SignUp.com to organize volunteers for this event. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com.
  2. Enter your email address (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots. SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

Calgary Transit: new Rapid Transit MAX & Route Changes effective Monday, November 19, 2018.

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MAX is Calgary’s new rapid transit service that takes you to major destinations with more convenience, more comfort and more connections than ever before.

MAX Teal can take you to Mount Royal University, Rockyview General Hospital and the Douglas Glen Park ‘n’ Ride. MAX Teal will also connect Westbrook and Heritage CTrain stations, and the future Green line CTrain station at Douglas Glen.

Plan your trip on MAX when service begins on November 19, 2018: Learn more.

 

With the arrival of MAX, improvements are also coming to existing bus routes: Learn more.

 

(credit: http://www.calgarytransit.com/max#tab=line-teal)

Calgary Police Service encourages citizens to complete the “9 p.m. Routine”

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The Calgary Police Service is encouraging Calgarians to establish a 9 p.m. Routine to help them secure their property before heading to bed. Over the summer months, residential break and enters increase by 20 per cent.

Property crime, including break and enters, car prowlings and auto thefts, continues to affect citizens across the city. In many cases, simply locking up and taking the opportunity away from offenders is enough to stop the crime. So far this year, offenders have only needed to force entry in 34 per cent of residential break and enters. As well, 50 per cent of all residential break and enters occurred overnight, creating a significant safety concern for residents and their families who could be home sleeping.

The 9 p.m. Routine is a campaign that began in Pasco County, Florida and is now used by police agencies across North America to remind citizens to protect themselves and their property. The CPS is joining in on the routine and encourages Calgarians to do the same.

“The routine is simple,” says Sgt. Matt Baker of the CPS Centralized Break and Enter Teams. “Every night before going to bed we want all citizens to get in the habit of double checking that their vehicles, property and residence are secure. Offenders will often go down a street checking vehicles and houses for doors left open. By simply locking your door you could avoid waking up to an intruder in your home.”

The routine recommends:

  • Removing valuables from vehicles.
  • Ensuring vehicles are locked, windows are closed and if possible, parked in a garage.
  • Closing garage doors and windows.
  • Locking any person-doors in the garage, including those leading into a house.
  • Checking that all house doors – front, back, side and garage – are locked.
  • Ensuring all windows are shut.
  • Turning on an exterior light.

Since January, $7.4 million worth of property has been stolen from citizens via residential break and enters. From January to May 2018, there were 1,678 break and enters, 4,149 car prowlings and 2,592 stolen vehicles in Calgary.

 

(credit:  https://newsroom.calgary.ca/cps-encourages-citizens-to-complete-the-9-pm-routine/)

Thank you for another great Fun Run/Walk & BBQ!

The DQCA put on a successful family run and BBQ on Sunday which was enjoyed by a large number of families in the community. Thank you to all who sponsored, volunteered, and participated!

 

Also, we apologize that we inadvertently left garbage bags behind. Please know this was not intentional, and has now been remedied.

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