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Watch Word 

“We’re Watching”  

www.willingborowatch.org

 Willingboro Neighborhood Watch

PO Box 834

Willingboro, NJ 08046

Quarterly Issue - October, 2016

 

 

 

 

Our Mission

The Willingboro Neighborhood Watch has been organized to promote the education of residents and businesses in the Township of Willingboro in areas of crime prevention and quality of life and to assist in the safeguarding of the community, its residents and their properties through voluntary activities including public information, problem solutions and addressing Township problems and concerns.

Neighborhood Watch is based on the premise that the role of watch groups is only to serve as the eyes and ears of law enforcement.  We encourage individual groups to work directly with their local law enforcement agencies to develop procedures for reporting suspicious activities.  At no time do we advocate any intervention actions by any watch group or individual.

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Willingboro Neighborhood Watch

PO Box 834

Willingboro, NJ 08046

Quarterly Issue - January 2017

 

Incoming Executive Board

President:  Charlotte Froman

Acting President:  Mary Jane Breen

Vice-President:  Josselyne Jackson

Secretary:  Henry Bass

Treasurer:  Celestina Miller

Director:  Gary Johnson

Director:  Jay Meyer

Chairpersons

Fundraising:  Paula Horvath

Webmaster:  Mary Jane Breen

Programs:  Josselyne Jackson

Newsletter: Jay Meyer

Social:  Vicki Benedict

Watch Word

“We’re Watching”   www.willingborowatch.org

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Willingboro Neighborhood Watch has been organized to promote the education of residents and businesses in the Township of Willingboro in areas of crime prevention and quality of life and to assist in the safeguarding of the community, its residents and their properties through voluntary activities including public information, problem solutions and addressing Township problems and concerns.

Neighborhood Watch is based on the premise that the role of watch groups is only to serve as the eyes and ears of law enforcement.  We encourage individual groups to work directly with their local law enforcement agencies to develop procedures for reporting suspicious activities.  At no time do we advocate any intervention actions by any watch group or individual.

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President’s Message

 

I’m so happy to have this opportunity to say “Hello” to each and all of you.  Your prayers and your thoughts have helped me through what has been a very difficult time.  I continue to make progress.  I don’t know when I’ll see you, but believe me, you are in my heart and thoughts.  I do miss each and every one of you, and you have been so faithful.  Your cards have put smiles on my face!  More importantly, your prayers for my recovery are what’s really getting us through.  I’m not a real religious person, but I am spiritual and do believe in the power of prayer.

I do have a few messages to pass on - things that you have heard before!  Number one: please look out for your neighbors - older and even the young. Some children are just too young to be out there playing and shouldn’t be there. The other thing that bothers me is the number of pets that are left out in this inclement weather just to fend for themselves. If you see these pets not being fed or not sheltered properly, please notify the police department and get Animal Welfare out there to take care of this. All too many people are leaving their cats out.  Cats seem to be an expendable commodity. -We have ferrets in the back yard.

Other than that, I don’t know when I’ll be seeing you again.  I am happy to say that I am going to IVY Rehab, and last week they had me walking on my own. Yes, I said walking on my own. Not for a long distance and not to be done at home but they are doing a fantastic job!  I know I will be with them until at least March.  I very much want to see you and thank you all! Please give as much support to Mary Jane and the rest of the Board as you can and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! 

I wish you all a very, very Happy New Year and the one thing that I will tell each of you to wish for is not prosperity. That would be nice. Not money, that would be nice, too. Good health! Thank God I have a husband and support from friends who are there to help pick up the pieces. My husband of 59 years has been an ace. I could not have gotten where I am without him.

“Take care, I’ll see you when I see you; hopefully sooner rather than later! Have a wonderful, wonderful new year! 

Charlotte

Supporting WNW

Please continue to support WNW by turning in your ShopRite receipts.  See Page 7 for details.

Paula Horvath, Fundraising Chairperson

Vice-President’s Message:

Happy, healthy 2017! 

I hope you all and your neighbors stayed safe during our recent snow and cold weather. With winter comes dangers brought on by the cold, and we hope to share some preventative suggestions and safety ideas. To find out more about what is happening in Willingboro and safety tips please come to our monthly meetings, read our ‘Watch Word’ newsletter and look on our web site: www.willingborowatch.org.

January, 2017 we’ll have Installation of our new Vice President, Secretary and 2 Directors. Sgt. Hill has agreed to be our Master of Ceremonies! We wish our Board success and thank them for all they have done.

We’ll be initiating a new feature in our newsletter: we will spotlight a different WNW Board Member each issue. Let Jay Meyer, Newsletter Editor, know  if you’d like to see anything special in our quarterly newsletter.

Josselyne Jackson, our Program Chair, has been busy arranging our 2017 speaker schedule. Joss is always interested in hearing from you, too. Who would you like to be asked to speak at our meetings? What topics do you think would be helpful to be discussed at our meetings? Joss and the WNW Board Members need input from you to let us know any ideas you have.

We also need your help. We need members to volunteer to help get the newsletter ready for mail; Cheri does the copying but needs help folding and stuffing envelopes, etc. For many years Doreen Guerin and Jackie Mack have taken care of helping. Sometimes WNW Board members have helped with the mailing, too.  Are you able to help 4 times a year for an hour?  We could use some help on the WNW Board as well. We have a Director’s position open and need Chairs for committees. Since it is a new year, can you help Willingboro Neighborhood Watch?

Let’s all work together to keep our residents and community safe!

Mary Jane

Mary Jane

General Meeting Minutes Overview

October 26 and November 30, 2016

October 26, 2016:  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.  Acting President Mary Jane Breen spoke about the upcoming Veterans Day Parade in Willingboro on November 12th.  Mary Jane said the parade committee is in need of volunteers and welcomed residents to attend the meeting on Thursday Oct 27th at 7pm in the Kennedy Center.  Mary Jane said Neighborhood Watch would provide cars for members who could not or do not want to walk in the parade.  Mary Jane thanked Cheri and Doreen for assisting her with stuffing and prepping the Newsletter so that it could be mailed in a timely manner.

Police:  Sgt. Hill gave an update on two shooting arrests in Willingboro.  The investigations are ongoing. Also, there has been an arrest in the home invasion that took place in Somerset Park on Shield Lane months ago and the court case is pending.  Sgt. Hill reminded residents to lock their cars, because stolen cars are the number one incident that takes place in our community. Sgt. Hill said the Police are preparing for Mischief Night and that there have not been any major incidents in the past.  The business meeting was adjourned at 7:15 PM. Mary Jane Breen was the moderator for the Forum and welcomed everyone attending.  She explained the rules. Jay Meyer was the timekeeper. 

Each candidate introduced himself/herself and explained the purpose for running.  Candidates answered questions to the best of their ability and if there were questions that could not be answered at the time, the candidate(s) informed the resident(s) that answers would be obtained and provided at a later date. The Forum was very informative, and it enlightened the citizens on how the School Board works with the Superintendent and the community.

The Forum adjourned at 9:15 PM.

November 30, 2016:  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.  The October 26th minutes were read and approved.  

Police:  Cheri Fodor spoke on behalf of the department.  Cheri reminded us to lock car doors and not to leave valuables in cars.  Also, Cheri suggested that everyone continue being vigilant, especially during the holiday season. Sgt. Hill reminded us not to leave shipping boxes on the front lawn.  Break them down and place in the recycle bin so that suspected criminals will not target that home.  In addition, delivery drivers are getting robbed.  

Vice President:  Continue checking on neighbors who are infirm.  If anyone notices suspicious activities at vacant houses in the neighborhood, please notify the Inspections Department or the Police. Mary Jane spoke about the WNW Elections.  The positions that are open are Vice-President, Secretary and two Directors. However, since there were no challengers, all officers will remain in their positions except Josselyne Jackson, who volunteered to become Vice-President.   A motion was made, seconded and approved certify the election of all candidates. The installation will be conducted at the January 2017 meeting.  Mary Jane said Charlotte is improving every day.  The mayor wants to have two parades a year:  Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  

The Willingboro Education Association is hosting a holiday party for the Special Ed classes December 16th from 10 AM to 1 PM.at the Knights of Columbus.  There will be 100 students along with teachers and parents.  Volunteers are needed.  Willingboro National Honor Society will attend.

Treasurer: Cheli reported the balance in our account as of October 31 is $2,538.99.  

Director: Jay  Meyer said the proceeds from Shoprite for the past quarter was $102.83.   WatchWord will be issued in January 2017.

The business portion of the meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm and the Social began.  Vicki was our DJ for the evening. The members and guests enjoyed each other’s company and had a great time.

The Social adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Henry Bass, Secretary

The 8 Easiest (and No-Cost) Steps for a Scam-Free 2017

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Identity theft is hard, but preventing it doesn’t have to be. Although some threats like data breaches are beyond your control, here are eight easy, no-cost ways to help scam-proof yourself in the New Year.

Weed your wallet. Nearly half of all known-cause cases of identity theft start with a lost or stolen wallet. Reduce risk with some 2017 billfold cleaning by removing your Social Security card, cheat sheets noting PINs or passwords for bank cards or online accounts, blank checks and spare keys for your home or car. It’s not necessary to wallet-carry a Medicare card on a daily basis — only on days when you’re getting medical care — but if you feel compelled, make a photocopy and blacken digits of several numbers (which is your SSN).

Don’t photocopy in public. You know the risks of using public Wi-Fi. But what about copy machines in public places like libraries? Many copy machines used by businesses and public facilities are leased, and when those leases are over, copiers are often exported or resold at auction … possibly to scammers who buy them for their internal hard drives storing images of photocopied documents. Translation: Don’t make copies of medical, tax-related or other sensitive documents from digital copiers unless you are certain the machine isn’t leased. You’re much safer making photocopies from your own home printer.

Caller ID can be manipulated to display the name and phone number of any agency or business, so don’t be fooled.  If you have concerns, look up the courthouse phone number (don’t rely on caller-provided numbers) and verify missed jury allegations with the jury duty coordinator or court clerk’s office.  Also use a home printer to photocopy, on one or two sheets, the front and back of your driver’s license and other IDs, all credit and insurance cards, even your library card (yes, ID thieves have been known to run up fines with a stolen library card, which if unpaid can ding the real holder’s credit score). This way, if your wallet is lost or stolen, you’ll have immediate access to those account numbers, back-of-card security codes and contact information. Keep these photocopies in a safe place.

Get off mailing lists. To stop preapproved credit card and insurance offers — a possible gold mine for mail-stealing identity thieves — call 888-567-8688, toll-free, or visit optoutprescreen.com. Stop other so-called junk mail, delivered by the USPS or email, at dmachoice.org.

Don’t “unsubscribe” or “opt out.”  Logic may suggest that following “unsubscribe” links in unsolicited email and “opt out” options in robocalls (most of which are illegal) will curb the flow, but doing so only confirms a live email address or phone number to fraudsters. Unless you know the message is from a trusted business you’ve previously dealt with, just delete or hang up.

Freeze out fraudsters.  If you haven’t done it already, placing a credit freeze on your credit report is the easiest way to ensure that new fraudulent credit cards and loans won’t be opened in your name. With a freeze — usually available at no cost for those 65 and older — access to your credit file is restricted, and without reviewing it, creditors won’t issue accounts to identity thieves posing as you. A freeze doesn’t impede your ability to check your own credit report (for free, three times per 12 months) at AnnualCreditReport.com, nor will it affect credit scores. Freezes can, and usually must, be temporarily lifted if you need your credit report to be check, such as if you’re applying for new credit, cellphone or cable service, insurance or a job.

Password-protect your smartphone.  Done by only about 1 in 3 users, a PIN that isn’t 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111 or 5555 — the most easily hacked — is the easiest way to protect the contents of your smartphone and other mobile devices. If encryption is offered (read the owner’s manual), use it to protect stored data in case of loss or theft. And consider security software for those mini-computers that’s recommended by your carrier or manufacturer; freebies for iOS and Android systems are offered by reputable names including McAfeeNortonAVG and Avast.

Consider how you pay. It’s scammers, not legit business, who request a specific payment method — namely, wire transfersiTunes and Amazon gift cards; or reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit or Vanilla. Read: All are hard to trace, nonrefundable to the sender, and can be stealthily redeemed virtually anywhere in the world. For everyday purchases, credit cards offer the best overall fraud protection; it’s the same for some but not all debit cards.

Also enroll for free account alerts offered by most banks and credit card companies, which can inform you (often in real time) whenever a transaction is made. If you frequently buy with plastic but don’t want to be contacted for each use, ask about establishing a “Card Not Present” alert so you’re notified when a purchase is made without a physical swipe.

Build better passwords. Sure, it takes some effort to conceive and remember long and strong passwords — ideally, a minimum of 15 characters, mixing upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols — only to change them every few months as experts advise. That ordeal is easier with a password manager, which stores existing passwords, generates good ones for you, and usually only requires that you remember one password — the one used to open your password manager. As with virus and malware protection software, you’ll typically get more features with “pay-for” versions.

Source:  Sid Kirchheimer, AARP Daily News Alert, December 30, 2016

County Corner at Moorestown Mall

We are still collecting the following items for the County Corner (located on the Route 38 side of the Moorestown Mall, in the concourse just outside Sears):

  • New or used CDs to be shipped to military service members or recovering wounded soldiers
  • Used cell phones with batteries and chargers for emergency use by seniors and women at risk of domestic violence.  Please bring these in large zip-top bags to keep pieces together.
  • Pet supplies, old blankets and towels, used ink or toner cartridges to support the County Animal Shelter
  • Worn and tattered American flags for proper disposal by the Veterans Services Office

Sponsor Support

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Please continue to save your ShopRite receipts, and turn them in at our monthly meetings or send them to the WNW post office box:

WNW

P.O. Box 834

Willingboro, NJ 08046

WNW receives a small percentage, which is a major source of funds for our activities.  We submit receipts by quarter: (Jan – Mar) (Apr – June) (July – Sept) (Oct – Dec).  Receipts are due by the 5th of the month following the end of the quarter.  After that, the receipts are not valid for rebate.  Receipts from the following ShopRite stores will be accepted:

ShopRite of Burlington ShopRite of Delran ShopRite of Ark Road (Mt. Laurel)

Wishing Well Plaza 1310 Fairview Boulevard 127 Ark Road

1817 Burlington-Mt. Holly Road (Rte. 541)

      

ShopRIte of Hainesport ShopRite of Cinnaminson

Rte. 38 East  & Rte. 541 Bypass 141 Rte. 130 South

Meeting and Guest Speaker Schedule for 2017

January 25:  Willingboro Fire Department

February 22: Sally Friedman

March 29:  Domestic Violence

April 26:  Autism Awareness

May 31:  Making Wills

June 28:  Food Bank

July 26:  Police Department

August:  No Meeting

September 27:  Sheriff Jean Stanfield

October 25:  School Board Forum

November 29:  Annual Membership Social

December:  No Meeting

All meeting places, speakers and dates are subject to change without notice.

Don’t forget to attend and to participate in our meetings, and please volunteer when possible!  Do you have suggestions for a topic or a guest speaker?  Share them with us at our meeting or through our website:

www.willingborowatch.org

Please join us!

Meeting Info:

*WNW meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM at:

The Kennedy Center

Senior Center

 John F. Kennedy Way

Willingboro, NJ

The exceptions are August & December, when there are no meetings.

Please turn off cell phones at meetings. If conversing with someone, please do so outside the meeting in fairness to all members Please join us!

Meeting Info:

*WNW meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM at:

The Kennedy Center

Senior Center

 John F. Kennedy Way

Willingboro, NJ

The exceptions are August & December, when there are no meetings.

Please turn off cell phones at meetings. If conversing with someone, please do so outside the meeting in fairness to all members and guest speakers.  All announcements are limited to one minute and must be reviewed and approved by the Board.

*Township Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month at  7:00PM at the Municipal Building.

*School Board meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00PM at:

Country Club School

 

Windover Lane