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CCA & VRCA Multi-Community Garage Sale on May 28th

2016 May 13

Stuff for SaleHave you ever noticed that your junk is “stuff” and everyone else’s stuff is “junk”?  Well get the stuff that you no longer need, and instead of making it into actual junk, sell it to someone else so it can be their stuff instead!

On May 28th, the Crestmont Community Association is joining forces with the Valley Ridge Community Association to put together a MASSIVE multi-community garage sale.  The garage sale will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and will be advertised in the Calgary Herald, the Valley Breeze and the Crestmont Courier.

Maps of both communities with all participating homes will be made available prior to the garage sale at the Crestmont Hall as well as the Valley Ridge gas station, pharmacy, liquor store, Van Gogh’s, and Kijiji. To have your home added to the list, and make some money on your spring cleaning, please visit www.crestmontcommunity.org/events-calendar/garage-sale-application/. You can add your address and a brief description of what you are selling.

This event is FREE to Crestmont Community Association members and $5 for non-members. Memberships are always available through our website at www.crestmontcommunity.org/become-a-member/

 

From Our May 10th Safety Event…

2016 May 13

Police Officer with HandcuffsThank you to everyone who attended the Community Safety Chat with Constable Price on May 10th.  This was a very informative session and we learned a few key points:

  • Speed is a personal choice, can you live with the consequences?
  • Out-of-sight out-of-mind.  If you leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, expect that sooner or later they will be removed for you.
  • Keep your insurance and registration in your wallet.  If someone breaks into your vehicle and your insurance and registration are there, they can simply pull into your garage, close the garage door and use something in your garage to break into your home.  Your address is on those documents, so don’t leave them in your vehicle.
  • If you see something suspicious then don’t be afraid to call.  It is safer to make the call then it is to think “oh it’s probably nothing” and then something gets stolen, damaged or worse.  Make the call to 911, they are happy to hear your voice.
  • Take flyers off your door, it is a sign to thieves that you are not home.  When your neighbours are on holiday take their flyers as well, help out your community.
  • Get an alarm system, at the very least it reduces how long a burglar can be in your home.  It is better they have 10 – 20 minutes to look around and then get out than if they have the entire day to explore everywhere in your home.
  • A Doorbell Camera can notify you when someone is at your door so you can call the police if they are not known to you and try to break in.  Most interact with your smartphone so you don’t even have to be home to keep an eye open.
  • Do not give money to homeless people. Give money to CUPS and Mustard Seed, etc. The money doesn’t help the homeless people directly and there are several “professional homeless people” that make a lot of money doing it. Maybe even more than you do.  If you want to help, give your money to the service providers whose job it is to help the homeless properly.
  • Don’t be a vigilante, be the best witness you can be.  Especially when it is just property, that can always be replaced.  Your life cannot.  Everyone has a smartphone or other cameras handy so take pictures, call the police, get the bad guys caught red-handed.

HOA Hiring a Park Monitor

2016 May 4
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The Crestmont Homeowners Association is now hiring a Park Monitor.

This is a great opportunity to earn some extra money while helping to look after the Crestmont Hall water spray park and tot lot.  Please view the job posting and contact the Crestmont Hall for more information.

 

Community Safety Presentation

2016 April 24

Just say NO to CRIMEHey Crestmont, did you know we have our very own Police Constable assigned to our neighbourhood ?

On May 10th, 7pm at the Crestmont Hall Constable Damian Price will be in Crestmont presenting an informative session on how to keep our community safe.

 

Crestmont is a quiet neighbourhood, however if you view the Calgary Police Service’s Crimes Web Mapping Application there have been 21 incidents of crime in our area in the last 6 months.  Keep in mind that those are only the crimes that have been reported.  Crestmont homeowners should learn how to effectively report crime and learn to be a good neighbor so we can all help support the residents of this wonderful community.

I hope you can make the time to come down to the Crestmont Hall on May 10th to meet your neighbors, Constable Price and members of the Crestmont Community Association board.  We look forward to meeting you.

 

Your New Board of Directors for 2016/2017

2016 April 16

On Friday April 8th, the Crestmont Community Association had our Annual General Meeting at the Crestmont Hall.  Attendance was excellent and we graciously thank everyone for taking the time out of their day to come down and support us.

Also in attendance was a representative from MLA Deborah Drever’s office and Councillor Ward Sutherland.  We thank them both for their continued support.

This year the AGM was packed with information and updates on area developments and planned community events for this year.

For the first time, all but one of the existing board members threw their hats back in to continue for the next term.  The new board for 2016/2017 is:

Al Del Degan, who will remain in the President role, and the following directors who will likely resume in their current roles (to be officially determined at the next board meeting on April 21st at the hall).

Chris Wolfe, Vice President
Paul Christensen, Treasurer
Stacy Cousins, Secretary
Crystal McGrath, Director at Large

There are still 5 director positions open on the CCA board so if you want to gain some rewarding volunteer experience and give back to your community, please attend any of our future board meetings and you can find out what is involved and how you can best help out.  We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 8:10pm at the hall.

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer even if you do not want a board of directors position.  We have a huge list of ideas for events in our community and we will only be able to pull them all off with some help from you.

Please enter your email address to sign up for our newsletter to keep informed of the upcoming events as well as volunteer opportunities.

We look forward to serving the Crestmont community.

Al Del Degan

 

WE NEED YOU!

2016 April 7

Finger Pointing at ViewerJust a reminder that tomorrow (April 8th) at 7:00pm at the Crestmont Hall is the Annual General Meeting for your Crestmont Community Association and we need your support.

There are a number of important items to discuss including changes to our bylaws, area development updates and news regarding the Crestmont community and events that we are planning for 2016.

We will also have coffee and snacks to keep your tummy happy.

Please come out and show your support.  Membership sales can be processed at the hall if you don’t already have yours or need to renew.

Grab your neighbours and come on down.

Thanks HOA for Hitmen Fun!

2016 March 17

The Crestmont HOA arranged for bus transportation and cheap tickets to a Calgary Hitmen game on March 13th. After the game attendees were invited to a private meet & greet event with Hitmen player #2 Jake Bean.

It was a fun event and on behalf of all those who attended, thank you to the HOA and Danielle for setting this up for us.

Here are a few photos of the event…

 

Our seats at the Hitmen Game

Great Seats

Ready to meet Hitmen Player #2 Jake Bean

Waiting for Jake

Jake Bean giving a "High Five" to a Crestmont kid

High Fives

Jake Bean signing autographs

Jake Bean signing autographs

Jake Bean signing autographs

Signing autographs

Crestmont Community Association President and his boys with Hitmen player #2 Jake Bean

Posing for Photos

Crestmont Hitmen Fans

Crestmont Hitmen Fans

 

New Crestmont Bulletin Board

2016 February 19
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Hey Crestmont Residents!  Do you have a babysitting service?  How about a small home-based business?  or maybe you are looking for someone to Car Pool with?  Maybe you have a coffee table to sell or a pair of skates to give away to someone who could really use them.

Now as a Crestmont Resident, you are welcome to post your information on our new Crestmont Bulletin Board system on our website.  The link will remain at the top-right of our page so it is easy to find… it’s just below our newsletter signup link (which you should also do if you have not already!)

ALL posts on the bulletin boards are moderated so it *may* take a bit of time to get your listing posted, but we will try to get to it as soon as we can.  There are a number of categories so you can post in:

Take advantage of this FREE service from your Crestmont Community Association.

Also, if you can think of other categories that we should have then please let us know.

Happy Posting!

 

News for Crestmont

2016 February 16

New Board History Page

We have just added a Board History page on our website to acknowledge all the volunteer directors and officers that have kept the association operational since 2009.  If you were on the board as a director but do not see your name, please let us know.

 

Crestmont Invited to Hitmen Game

As you may have heard, the entire Crestmont community has been invited to attend the Hitmen game on March 13th at 4:00pm.  The Crestmont Homeowner’s Association will be providing transportation to and from the game and will be having a pre-game party at the Crestmont Hall.  For more information check out the Crestmont Hall website

The NEW Crestmont Kids Council

2016 February 2

Crestmont Kids CouncilIt is time that the children of Crestmont had their own voice!  The CCA is looking to put together a Crestmont Kids Council (CKC) to be formed by volunteers in the community ages 13 to 17 years old.  This will be a working board and the president of the Kids Council will have a non-voting seat on the regular CCA board and attend our meetings to keep the communication between the CCA board and the CKC open and flowing.

 

The CKC will be expected to assemble their own, mission statement, bylaws, budget, board positions, and monthly meetings.  They will also be welcome to help plan and execute the kids-related events happening in Crestmont, including the Kids Day and Children’s Halloween Party.  They may also come up with some of their own events and initiatives for kids in the community.

This is a wonderful experience and character building opportunity for the bright and focused children of our great community.  This is a serious commitment and the CKC will be self-sustaining and independent.  It is not a playgroup or babysitting service, but a serious team who will be charged with making Crestmont even better for it’s younger residents.

Any Crestmont Residents in the 13 to 17 age range who are interested can contact the CCA President (or their parents can) via the email address info@crestmontcommunity.org.