In the past day or so, someone has sent an email to some members of our board and community acting as if they are our president Felix Quachey, asking the targets to purchase gift cards.
Hi …, Thanks for your response and sorry for disturbing your busy schedule. Here is what I want you to do for me and I’ll appreciate if it can be done today, Please I need you to get me 6 pieces of Amazon Gift cards of $400 face value each, that will amount to $2400 and I shall reimburse you on or before weekend. I’m sending the cards to some diligent members as surprise gift and I want this to be kept secret until they get their cards. I’ll appreciate your help on this. I need you to get the physical card, scratch the back out and take a picture of each of the cards, attach the pictures showing the pin and email it to me. I’ll appreciate you kind gesture on this. Do let me know if you can get this done in an hour.
Be advised that Felix will never send you such a solicitation. Should you receive something like this purporting to be from Felix – or any other person at FPCA, feel free to contact them at the phone number or email address listed on our web site Contact page, so they can confirm that fact. You may also like to inform Columbus Police.
Please always be alert to any email if the topic is questionable, the “from” address is unusual, or other clues in the header look strange. The header in the above sample has Felix supposedly writing from atlas.sehal [at] gmail [dot] com. (If one digs deeper, there are even more clues. That’s why legal authorities want to see the entire header and message.)
Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is having their Spring Tree and Plant Sale. Here are some resources to beautify our community!
Each year, our conservation team puts together our Spring Tree and Plant Sale. We offer different species of native plants (bare-root woody plants and trees); plug and container perennials (prairie grasses and flowering plants); seed mix (pollinator and native Ohio prairie mixes); and rotate in edible (berries, apples, mushroom kits) and live stakes (fast growing riparian species for streambank stabilization). We serve about 400 central Ohio residents and several non-profits every year by selling or donating plants. Our annual Spring Tree & Plant Sale is a fundraiser that benefits our Conservation Fund.
The 2019 Spring Tree and Plant Sale is now open! Visit the Online Shop now and place your order! Details and a mail-in order form can also be found in the 2019 Spring Frankly Speaking Newsletter.
View our new 2019 Spring Tree and Plant Sale Catalog (coming soon!) with plant descriptions and details.
Source: Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Spring Tree and Plant Sale
I came across this recently. It reminded me what a valuable resource we have for those in our community seeking to help or give help. -ed
To Get Help or Give Help
The Right People, with the Right Resources, at the Right Time and Place
24 hours a day, every day, 2-1-1 is the critical FirstLink between Greater Columbus’ efforts to reduce poverty and ensuring opportunity for every Central Ohioan. HandsOn’s 2-1-1 is the largest, AIRSTM accredited information and referral service in Ohio, and among the largest in the United States. Our professional team of certified resource specialists coordinate service delivery, strengthen food security, centralize homeless shelter access, and make volunteer service connections for nearly 500,000 people each year. We combine best practices, experience, and social innovation to provide one of the nation’s leading 2-1-1 services, in Central Ohio.
Call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211centralohio.org to reach thousands of social service, government and community resources in Franklin County to address any problem you might be facing or to be connected to volunteer opportunities.
from: Hands On Central Ohio
If you need health insurance, please know that the ACA (Affordable Health Care Act) Enrollment period is now open until Dec 15, 2018.
This is for full-fledged health insurance. Beware of the “Association Plans” recently being touted by some, as they have limited coverage, and may not cover you if you really get sick. ACA plans contain the full legally required benefits, and may be surprisingly affordable with the subsidies available to you.
For Local Help
FREE TREE GIVE AWAY FOR COLUMBUS RESIDENTS
The Green Columbus Tree Stewardship Program is giving away over one hundred free trees to people living in the City of Columbus.
To pick up a free tree, you must agree to:
- plant in the city limits of Columbus
- keep trees properly watered and maintained
- plant your tree in the ground of your yard or community garden and NOT along streets or in city parks.
Please fill out the form (click on link below) to submit an application to reserve a free tree at the Tree Giveaway located at the Westgate Shelter House, Address: 455 S Westgate Ave, Columbus, OH 43204 on October 27th between 10am and noon.
- One tree per address.
- Providing invalid or incomplete data will void your registration.
Event details are subject to change.
Visit https://www.greencbus.org/free-trees/ to stay up to date.
Click Here to Register for a FREE TREE
You and your neighbors are invited to bring your code questions to the July Forest Park Civic Association Meeting on Tuesday, July 10 at 7.00 pm at Epworth United Methodist Church, 5100 Karl Road.
Guest Speaker Chris Suel, City of Columbus Community Liaison, will be with us for a discussion of all things code related!
Don’t forget the Forest Park Block Watch Meeting at 6.00 pm on July 10 , with Police Liaison Officer Scott Clinger and discussion about the update to the 72 hour parking changes.
A friend shared some photos of the Flag Day Celebration 2018
Here is the link:
Hope’s Flag Day Celeb Photos
Looks like everyone had a really great time!
Do you have any to share?
Flag Day Celebration
Have a bike, but don’t know where to go? The Columbus Metro Bike Map gives you a color-coded view of the user-friendliness of on-road bike facilities in the core of Central Ohio. The printed map also features safety tips, a one-sided view of the regional map, and a larger inset of the downtown/Ohio State University area.
How to Receive a Bike Map
The fifth edition of the Columbus Metro Bike Map is available online as a pdf and as an interactive map, at local bike shops, and public libraries. Fill out the form below to request a printed copy. A MORPC team member will respond as soon as possible. You can also email bikemaps [at] morpc [dot] org, or call 614-228-2663.
Limit one per person. Organizations and special event requests for more than one map will be reviewed.
Bike Map Request Form, PDF, or Interactive Map, may be found here:
Columbus Metro Bike Map
Information on door to door salepeople from Columbus Police Liasion Officer Clinger
Now that spring has arrived, I find it necessary to discuss commercial sales in the neighborhoods. Many scams that we hear residents complain about start with the door to door salesman. Columbus City Code Chapter 523 mandates that all peddlers have a license. The license requires a background check and when it is issued it will have the person’s picture and expiration date. This license is required not only for products sold, but also for services offered to you.
Some of the exceptions to the license requirement include state and local governments, schools, civic groups, religious groups, and political groups.
Each vendor must have a valid picture Columbus issued I.D. card on the outermost clothing.
The times valid for soliciting are from 9AM to 8PM each day of the week. If you display a sign that states “no soliciting” then they are not allowed to enter your property or knock on your door.
Remember, if you choose to allow someone to do work at your home, never pay in advance! Always check with the state attorney general’s office to see if there have been any complaints filed.
If you have someone without a license at your door call (614) 645-4545, in addition please call the Columbus City License Section at (614) 645-8366.
For the Northland Community Shredding Day – May 12 2018, there is also a Prescription Drug Take Back!
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will set up a Prescription Drug Take Back station next to our Shredding Day site. Bring outdated, unneeded or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to be safely disposed of, keeping them out of the water supply and preventing possible abuse. (You may also bring syringes/needles used for administering medications such as insulin. Please be sure they are in a container and be sure to advise the deputies there are needles contained in what you are dropping off.) This service is available only to the public — no medications will be accepted from doctors’ offices, veterinary offices, nursing homes, etc.
Fireproof Records Center has advised us that they will be securely collecting materials to be shredded at our Shredding Day event. At the end of the event the materials will be transported by locked truck to Fireproof’s certified, state of the art facility in Grove City to be shredded. The materials will not be shredded on-site, as Fireproof no longer operates mobile shredding trucks. More information on Fireproof’s certified shredding services can be found on their Web site at http://www.fireproof.com/solutions/certified-shredding.html.
Please remember to bring a food donation for Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Items such as boxed dry foods; canned meats, fruits and vegetables; cereals and mixes; and pasta and rice will be collected right on site. For more information on Mid-Ohio Foodbank, visit http://midohiofoodbank.org/