Another Scam – Please be aware of anyone calling and saying they are from VISA or Mastercard

I received an email this morning from Jesse Taft with information on a new scam to be aware of.

The caller states that they are from Security and Fraud for your credit card and then tells you that they want to verify a purchase on your credit card.  They do not ask you for the number of your account, but ask you for the three digit number off the back of the card.  I called my VISA credit card company to inquire about this scam.  They stated that if you get this call, the “Scammer” may have intercepted enough information on your account to piece together all they need, and with the addition of the 3 digit code and perhaps an expiration date they are able to make charges to your account.

As always, do not give any information to an unsolicited call.  Hang up and call the official number on the back of your credit card and let your credit card company know about the call you just received.  If you have a cell phone, make a note of the number that the scammer called from and give this information to your credit card company also.

If you do have a cell phone, you can then go to recent calls and block the number so that you will not receive future calls, at least not from the same number.

Reminder: Thursday 6/30 – 6:30 PM Meeting on the Proposed Recreational and Aquatic Center

Learn more about the Proposed Recreational and Aquatic Center that will be on the ballot this coming November

Your vote does count

Where: Lafayette Street, Rec Hall C (Pool house)

When: 6:30 PM – Thursday June 30th

Who: Councilman Starr to speak

Information meeting on Proposed Wilsonville Recreational and Aquatic Center

So that you will have all of the facts in November to make an informed decision, Councilman Starr will give a short presentation on the Proposed Wilsonville Recreation and Aquatic Center

When: Thursday June 30, 2016
6:30 PM
Recreation Hall C
Lafayette Street

Open to all CHOA residents

Questions: Jan Landis, CHOA Communication Director, CHOAonline@gmail.com, 503-550-7264

For a fact sheet, please click link below:

Wilsonville Recreational Aquatic Center Fact Sheet

Be aware that Vermin have been seen in the neighborhood

A Rat was seen by Ralph Martin (CHOA Landscape Director) on a bird feeder just inside a courtyard on Fairway Dr.  Please do not feed the ducks throwing birdseed in the grass!  I personally (Jan Landis, CHOA communication Director) have seen an increase of duck activity, including excrement all over our patio.

According to Ralph, if many residents are feeding wildlife, outside of the CHOA policy, it may be why we are seeing rats and recent sightings of the coyote.  Ralph has personally  seen a coyote 3 times around F&G pool area in the early evenings!  With the added concern of the rats, who now have crossed over from Louvonne to Fairway this must be addressed.  Thank you!  Ralph

 

Policy regarding feeding of wildlife in CHOA Neighborhoods (May 14, 2014):

 

  • Feeding of wild animals, for example, geese, ducks, squirrels, and deer in all areas outside your home, including your courtyard, is prohibited.
  • Birds may only be fed inside a homeowner’s courtyard with a feeder hung above the ground.
  • Homeowners should only use cracked birdseed or a seed mixture called No Waste®
  • Homeowners may feed hummingbirds inside their courtyard and in common areas outside of the courtyard with a liquid feeder hung above the ground.
  • Offenders of the above policy will be given one oral warning. Subsequent offenses will be enforced in accordance with CHOA’s Enforcement Resolution 2013-002.
  • A fine of $25.00 could be issued.

2016 Annual Meeting April 25th at 7:00 pm – Please plan to attend

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday 4/25/16 at 7:00 pm at the Charobonneau Country Club.   Please plan to attend this important meeting

Agenda:

  • Election of New Board Members
  • Introduction of Board Members
  • Minutes from 2015 Annual Meeting for approval
  • Financial Report
  • Updates and Accomplishments
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Homeowners Open Forum

March Monthly Board Meeting Canceled

There is not a quorum for the the monthly board meeting in March, as a result Wednesday, March 9th board meeting has been canceled.

The next Monthly meeting will be April 13th, at 10:00 in Pool House C on Lafayette.

Chimneys in need of cleaning this Spring

Chimney example web

An inspection of CHOA Chimneys was done and a letter will be sent out to residents in late Spring if the outside of the chimney is in need of cleaning.

Per CCC and CHOA General Maintenance rules, Homeowners are responsible to properly maintain their residence at their own expense.

Cleaning of your chimney can be done by you or anyone of your choice. If you would like a list of companies used in CHOA in the past, please contact Steve Chinn (schinno@gmaiI.com or 503-682-0234)

 

IRS Phone Scam – What to do

Neighbors Jan Crawford and Jesse Taft recently received a call from Scammers reporting that they would be sued by the IRS.

 

Please do not respond to any call from the IRS, make a note of the phone number if you can (most of us have this information on our phones) and report to the IRS so that they can pursue the Scammer

Per the IRS site:

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or atwww.tigta.gov.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTubeand Tumblr where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.

Neighbors Siamese Cat missing- Your help needed

Below is an email from one of your neighbors:
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This is just a quick email asking for your help.  Our cat, Millie, a short haired Siamese, was let out as usual on Wednesday morning but did not come back within her usual 30 minutes.  That is not too unusual.  But the gardeners had been around the street and they were here all day yesterday, which may have scared her.  However, she did not come in yesterday evening and this morning she was not in our garage like she usually is if she is still outside when we go to bed.  We called for her all night with no luck.
Today we still have not seen her.  Unfortunately she went out without her collar on, something that rarely happens.
If you happened to see her yesterday or today, could you let me know?  Also, if you could check your garages in case she decided to hide there.
Thanks so much,
~ Katrina Shallahamer
8079 Sacajawea Way

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Holiday Party and results of this years giving

About 75-80 people attended our Holiday Gathering. Thanks to Ty & Joan Kuhns  and Bill & Susan Steel Preparations and their CHOA volunteer team the Country Club was beautifully decorated and everyone who attended had a wonderful time of socializing with their neighbors.   I have heard many comments  since the party that residents look forward to enjoy this party as one of the best of the year.

During our Holiday Gathering we again gave the opportunity for our residents to give to The Community Transitional School of Portland.  This year we raised $760.00 in cash and 45-50 gifts were delivered to the children.  The poster below is from the kids of CTS.

Thank you 2015Excerpt from letter of thanks written by Principal and Lead Teacher, Cheryl Bickie:

While all of us feel at times that we are caught up in circumstances over which we have no control, many of our students are especially prone to see themselves as helpless victims in a world where they have few options and little or no opportunity to take control of their own lives.  It’s a belief that many of them inherit from their parents and one they will likely pass on to their own children.  Our mission is to prevent that, to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness they are caught in by helping them discover that they have the strength within themselves to change their lives and the support they need to set goals and achieve….

Hardly a day goes by that I am not mindful of your support and what it means.  For the past year or two I have begun walking to work whenever I can.  As the days grow shorter and colder, I am often the first to arrive and I see the building waiting dark and silent for the school day to begin.  Opening the door and stepping from the dark outside to the dark inside, I turn on the heat and lights, and it is often then that I think what a miracle it is that the place I am standing in was built by the kindness of thousands of people for the benefit of children most of them have never met and will never know.  Later, as the sky lightens and children pour from the buses and stream laughing and shouting into the school. I often reflect on how little they actually know about all the people who opened that door and keep it open every day……But we never forget that it is you who make it possible for us to be there, and we are grateful for all you do.

If you were unable to make it to the Gathering and would still like to contribute there are several ways to do so, please visit their webpage at:  http://www.transitionalschool.org/help/help.html

Special Thank You To The WHOLE CHOA TEAM who made this event special

Space does not allow me to post all the names of those who helped make this event special.  If you would like to comment on the wonderful time you had,  I will pass on your thanks to the team