Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Warning About a Scam !

Resident reports scam in Staten Island's Dongan Hills section
by Staten Island Advance
Monday January 26, 2009, 4:55 PM

There appears to be a new scam Staten Islanders need to be wary of.

The perpetrators have been ringing door bells in Dongan Hills during evening hours claiming to be Con Edison workers needing to check electric bills, a resident reported to the office of Councilman James Oddo.

When notified by the politician, Con Edison said its workers check customer bills through computer databases and do not ring bells asking to see them.

Furthermore, employees of the utility do not visit customers at night without an appointment or on an emergency basis.

Con Edison urged customers to ask to see a photo identification card, which all employees carry, or ask for a phone number for the employee's supervisor.

"Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals are out there and we should all be exceedingly wary at all times," Oddo said in a press release. "Take appropriate caution to protect yourself against scammers who are only interested in stealing your money."

Earlier this month, the Advance reported on a band of thieves posing as employees of the city's Department of Environmental Protection who were attempting to talk their way into Staten Island homes.

Those perpetrators told homeowners they needed to check out pipes or collect money for unpaid water bills.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

122 Pct Community Council Update & More

Last night at the 122 Pct Community Council meeting at the 122 station house a location in New Dorp got a lot of discussion. Ocean 3 - formerly Portofino Restaurant - is apparently causing a lot of grief for neighbors on the surrounding streets. (Reminds us of the problems the neighbors of Bistro had.)The NYPD assured the residents that the location is being closely monitored and invited those neighbors to return next month and report on the results.

And... in today's Advance is mention that the King Kullen (formerly Pathmark Supermarket) is closing creating a large vacancy in our neighborhood. Not good.

Then there is the new sign on the Frank's property offering various sized storefronts for rent. Sounds like a strip mall to me. Not sure I like that.

And lastly the Borough President is giving his State-of-the-Borough address tonight at CSI. We will have to read in the papers tomorrow about what he said. Guess there was no room at the inn for all the Civic Associations.

> Joe Markowski, President

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

No Meeting This Month... However...

... if you have some time and some issues of concern you can attend the 122 Pct Community Council meeting at the 122Pct at 8pm on Wednesday night January 21.

And as always, you should bring your issues and concerns to us at ndcca@excite.com or newdorpcentralcivic@yahoo.com.

See something? Say something.

> Joe Markowski

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Brain Tumor Screening

The Road to Early Detection Campaign to Come to Staten Island

Brain tumor screening truck to provide free MRI screenings to Staten Islanders from January 12 to 26 in the Staten Island Mall parking lot. Staten Islanders are urged to call 877-SCAN NYC (877-722-6692)to schedule free screenings.

Staten Island, NY – The Road to Early Detection, a project of The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) will provide free brain tumor screenings for Staten Islanders in their “Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit” on weekdays from January 12 – 26. The Mobile Unit will be parked in the Staten Island Mall parking lot on the Richmond Avenue side. Staten Islanders should call the toll free number 877-SCAN NYC (877-722-6692) to schedule an appointment for a free screening, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the 14 days the Unit will be on Staten Island. The scan takes approximately 8 minutes and appointments will be scheduled every thirty minutes. Those coming for a screening should bring their primary care physician’s contact information so that results can be sent to the primary care physician.

Sponsored by the New York City Council and supported by Councilman Oddo.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Happy New Year! Yes, we have begun a new year and I wish everyone a healthy and safe new year.

Just a reminder... there will be no meeting in January. Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 19, 2009. Mark your calendar and bring a neighbor.

As always, you can bring your issues to us and we will work with you to find a resolution. We will honor your request to remain anonymous but we will need to discuss the matter personally with you before we go making any claims. We cannot and will not put forth unsubstantiated claims or charges.

Reach out to us at ndcca@excite.com or newdorpcentralcivic@yahoo.com. Or you can call and leave a message at 718-979-6011.

You can be an important part of what happens in this neighborhood by sharing any information you gather with us. As the MTA says... if you see something, say something. And we can explore it together.

This is our community. Lets protect it and enhance it... and lets have a wonderful 2009.