Monthly Archives: December 2010

Emergency Preparedness Pointers

Paul Marusich, with ACCEM (Ada City-County Emergency Management) has provided great information for neighborhoods that we can all use.

Charlene Miller
Boise Police Dept

Click on the link below for the January 2011 Emergency Preparedness Pointer.

Emergency Preparedness Pointers

Have a safe and enjoyable New Year,

Paul “Crash” Marusich
Public Education and Mitigation
Ada City-County Emergency Management
Office: (208) 577-4750
Fax: (208) 577-4759

Porch Talk Winter 2010

Porch Talk is a newsletter produced by the Mayor’s office and the City of Boise to help inform neighborhoods of upcoming events and other activities which may be of interest.

Download the PDF File here


Crime Bulitins

Dear Neighborhood Leaders,

Below is the link to the Boise Neighborhood Crime Bulletins:

To know which area comprises your neighborhood, I’ve provided a guide:

Cloverdale (B1) – west of Five Mile Rd
Maple Grove (B2) – between Five Mile and Cole Rd
Central Bench (B3) – between Cole and Curtis, but taking in the I-84 Y
Orchard (B4) – between Curtis and Owyhee
Vista (B5) – between Owyhee and Federal Way

Northwest (V1) – west of 36th St, north of Garden City
Downtown Boise (V2) – Rose St to Broadway
North End (V3) – between 36th and 6th, north of State
Broadway (V4) between Federal Wy/Capitol to Gekeler, south of Reserve to Warm Springs
Southeast (V5) east of Gekeler, south of Warm Springs, but taking in Warm Springs Mesa and Harris Ranch

For more detailed crime, check and click on their Crime Mapping site.

Happy Holidays to you and your family from the Boise Police Department Crime Prevention Unit!

Charlene Miller

Charlene Miller
Crime Prevention Unit
Boise Police Department
333 N. Sailfish Place
Boise, ID 83704

11th annual Treasure Valley Firefighters Food Drive begins

Firefighters throughout the area are asking for the Treasure Valley’s help.

Donations are being taken between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. at any Boise Fire station and fire stations throughout Ada and Canyon Counties for the 11th annual Treasure Valley Firefighters Food Drive. Fire Departments participating include Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Star, Middleton, Kuna. The food drive began last Friday and will wrap up Monday, January 3rd, 2011.

All donations go to support families in need through the Idaho Food Bank. Firefighters and the food bank ask that your donations be non-perishable food items

via KBIO2

Hyatt Wetlands Public meeting

There is a public meeting to review the plan and timeline for the Hyatt Wetlands  project.

December 14, 2010 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Boise WaterShed • 11818West Joplin Road

Here is a copy of a postcard that is being sent to neighbors within 1/2 mile of this Hyatt Wetlands

Click for full size

although not Specifically within our neighborhood association boarders its certainly of importance to our neighborhood.

I have found a few links on this topic you might find interesting

Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve

Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve Full Master Plan Report:

here is the master plan in smaller pieces.

Early winter blast halts leaf recycling program

(Boise) – Winters cold breath and snow arrived early in Boise, freezing the Recycle the Fall leaf collection program in its tracks. The 2010 curbside leaf collection program was on track to break records. But late falling leaves are either still frozen on the trees or trapped under snow and ice.

While the curbside leaf program – Recycle the Fall – is over residents still have several leaf disposal options. The best alternative is to set out leaves in paper bags with Christmas trees, December 27 – January 7, 2011. Leaves will be reused and residents need to follow the Recycle the Fall collection guidelines (below).

If residents want to get rid of leaves before December 27th, place leaves in trash carts or in 32-gallon trash cans with overflow stickers for regular trash collection. Also, Leaf drop off containers will remain at Cassia and Elm Grove parks until December 16, leaves can be dropped off at the Allied Waste Transfer Station (4485 S. Curtis Rd.) until December 17th and the Ada County Hidden Hollow Landfill will accept leaves until December 17th.

Curbside leaf collection guidelines from December 27th through January 7th:
Leaves and yard trimmings must be in large paper leaf bags
Bags of leaves should be left open
Set out on your regular trash day (collected between 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)
Cluster bags at the curb at least three-feet away from your trash cart
Garden plants, small-diameter shrub trimmings and small amounts of grass are okay
Yard waste set out in regular plastic bags or boxes will not be collected.  Yard waste in trash cans will need an overflow sticker.

For more information, visit Please feel free to call Vince Trimboli at 949-3712 for more information over the weekend.

Vince Trimboli
Community Relations Supervisor
City of Boise Public Works
150 N. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, Idaho 83701
(208) 384-3927 (w)
(208) 949-3712 (c)

Boise State Music Department presents..

Winter Choral Concert.

St. Mark’s Cathedral, 7960 W. Northview St., Boise. Tuesday Dec 7th at 7 p.m. The Boise State Music Department presents its annual Winter Choral Concert featuring the Boise State Meistersingers, University Singers, Vox Angeles Women’s Ensemble and Northstar Charter School choirs. There will be traditional Christmas carols, Hanukkah music and sing-along carols. Free; donations are welcome at the door. For more information, call 426-1596.

Featuring our very own Fairy Hitchcock 🙂

Fraud Prevention Tips For The Holiday Season

  • Dec 01, 2010

Before one of the busiest shopping times of the year, Wells Fargo & Company  offers tips to help consumers shop safely — whether online, on a mobile device, or at a store.

“During the holiday season, especially, people need to know what to look out for and how to properly protect themselves,” said Lisa H. Robinson, senior vice president, Head of Risk Management, Wells Fargo Internet Services Group. “By taking simple precautions, shoppers can reap significant benefits when it comes to fraud prevention.”

Before heading out the door or logging on to your favorite websites, review these tips:

  • Monitor purchase activity: Remember to review your account activity regularly, especially when you’re busy shopping for the holidays. Enroll in mobile banking so you can view a snapshot of your accounts while on the go and monitor your purchase activity online from home. Also sign up for transaction alerts for your checking account, debit card, and credit card to receive text or e-mail notification about account activity.
  • Don’t over-share on social websites: During this holiday season, when using the internet for keeping in touch with friends and family as well as for making purchases, remember not to “over-share.” While social media websites may encourage you to share private information, avoid sharing full birthdates, place of birth, pet’s name, children’s names, or names of schools attended, especially if this information is used as a clue to account passwords or security questions. Never share your mother’s maiden name, Social Security number, bank account numbers, or usernames and passwords for any account including e-mail accounts. You’ll also want to keep your phone number and home address private. All this information could be collected and used by fraudsters to attempt illegal activity in your name.
  • Be careful what you disclose: Be wary of special holiday offers or requests for personal or financial information via e-mail, text message, phone, or website for interactions you didn’t initiate. If you’re suspicious about a request for your information, verify that the request is legitimate by calling the number on the company’s website or billing statement.
  • Protect your computers from malware with regular anti-virus updates: Updating anti-virus software on your computer is the first step toward protecting yourself. Remember not to download suspicious attachments or plug-ins. When making purchases, be sure the website address starts with “https.” The “s” helps ensure that your information will be passed along in a secure manner.
  • Take the paperless route with online banking: The 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report from Javelin Strategy & Research showed that some fraudsters continue to access personal and financial information the old-fashioned way — by stealing bank or credit card statements from the mailbox. Reduce your risk of stolen mail by retrieving mail promptly and switching to online statements.
  • Ensure you’re protected in case of theft: Check with your financial institution to ensure you’re covered if funds are removed from your account.
  • Know what to do if you lose your handbag or wallet: Take a moment to inventory or photocopy the personal and financial information you carry in your handbag or wallet, including items such as your driver’s license, bank cards, checks, and credit cards. Store your inventory list or photocopies in a secure location. This important step will help you know whom to contact if your handbag or wallet is lost or stolen.
Thank you to Wells Fargo for these important tips!
Charlene Miller
Crime Prevention Unit
Boise Police Department
333 N. Sailfish Place
Boise,   ID  83704