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“Slow Dave” Kids Alert

Slow Dave Kids Alert

Traffic and speeding vehicles is a major problem on our streets. With children playing and enjoying the outdoors it is even more important that vehicles slow down.

A great item that is becoming very popular is called “Slow Dave” that alerts drivers that children are playing in the area and to slow down. Although some families are using traffic cones which are effective they are too familiar of an item in the city while “Slow Dave” stands out more to warn drivers.

“Slow Dave” is available at Karibu at 2475 Notre-Dame St. W, in Montreal. The price is very reasonable at only $54.95 and can also be ordered online. The following is the link to the item on Karibu’s website: https://karibu.cool/collections/frontpage/products/787699

Please share with your friends and family.

Holiday Safety Reminders

thiefWith the holiday season upon us and many people traveling to visit family and friends over the holiday it is a good idea to revisit some important tips to ensure the safety and security of our homes.

There will be times when people may be observed that look out of place, some taking part in questionable activities or some who wish to socialize in area parks late into the evenings. Although we all want everyone to enjoy the parks it is very important that if you observe any suspicious persons or activities to call 911immediately.

Some safety tips

  • Be aware for the safety of children on the street or playing in the parks. Do not leave children unattended
  • Ensure your patio and basement doors and ground level windows are closed and locked if you are not home. Consider using a bar or piece of wood to secure patio doors. If you have a patio door from of an older model, place a bar in the upper part of the door to prevent thieves from lifting it.
  • Utilize exterior lighting to deter thieves at front door, above garage door and at the back of the house. Consider motion sensor lighting
  • Timers (both interior and exterior) should be installed to activate lights in your absence
  • Be aware when your neighbors are away
  • Notice people passing through the area and any patterns or suspicious behavior
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles and ensure your vehicles are always locked

Let’s all work together to ensure a safe and secure neighborhood

Permits and Regulations

The season is here when we all want to have work completed in and around our homes to make improvements. It is very important that everyone follow the requirements regarding permits and regulations to conduct the work. Knowing and having the appropriate permits will ensure the work meets city requirements and prevent problems for you later.

Please refer to the following link regarding required permits and if you have any questions please call 311 for clarification.

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=7317,78651572&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Garage Sale Tips & Tricks

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Each year our street-wide garage sale is more successful and it will be great to make this event even better with more residents participating. It really can be a fun day, you will be able to clear away unwanted items and make money too!

The garage sale will be advertised on various internet websites, CJAD radio and signage placed around the area the morning of the garage sale.

Preparation

  • Start planning now! Spring is a great time to go through cupboards, closets, garage and boxes for those items no longer used or needed.
  • Invite your friends and family to participate with you. A garage sale can be a lot of fun day and the more the merrier.
  • Tell your friends about the garage sale
  • Have your children involved selling lemonade etc. It can be great fun for them too and they will feel part of it!
  • Have a calculator ready
  • Have newspaper available to wrap breakable items
  • Have plastic bags for items
  • All items should be priced
  • If you are selling electrical items such as appliance s and electronics, have a power source/extension cord available to test the items.
  • Have some inexpensive plastic coverings in case of rain
  • Set-up early (7am-8am). People will start visiting early looking for the best items.

Tips & Tricks

  • Make it a party or a “fair” like day. If it looks like you are having fun and have lots to offer you will attract more people.
  • Don’t underestimate your items you will be surprised what and why people will buy. It may be “junk” to you but a treasure for someone else.
  • Have plenty of change available. $50 is recommended of $5 bills, $2, $1, .25, .10 and .05 coins
  • Never use a cash box, keep your money in a money belt or on your person
  • Try not to accept large bills, save your change
  • Beware of some early birds. Some are antique dealers and some have stores and will bargain hard.
  • Children’s clothing and toys sell well. Recently cleaned is recommended. Be prepared to give them away after the garage sale.
  • Adult clothing does not sell as well as children’s so you should price accordingly and be prepared to give to your preferred charity at the end of the day.
  • Put large items in front, it looks good when people drive by.
  • As items sell keep moving items to the front to give appearance that you have a lot of items.
  • Do not take money bills before you give the change. This will prevent people saying you gave the wrong change.
  • Never let ANYONE use your bathroom under any circumstances
  • Keep your front door and patio door locked and your kitchen window closed if there is easy access to your backyard! If your garage door is open be sure to block off areas that people should not enter and keep a close watch.
  • Don’t put items aside because someone liked them but does not have enough money and will return. If you wish ask for a good deposit and specify that you will hold them until a specified time only.
  • Think twice before break a set of two, for or six. Someone may want the entire set.
  • Don’t let people try out clothing. All sales final, no returns.
  • Watch people with large bags or backpacks. Some may only appear innocent
  • Be aware of someone lingering around the same spot. They might be waiting for the right moment.
  • Remember that “Dollar Stores” are your competitors. Don’t ask for unreasonable prices.
  • Don’t be offended if someone challenges your prices, it part of the game. You may want to ask yourself if you are priced too high.
  • Decide what you will want to do as the day progresses. If you don’t want to store the items another year consider marking the prices down further in the afternoon. I like to think the items in the sale are leaving for good and I don’t want to see them again.
  • Liven up your garage sale with music, balloons etc. It will attract people and make time go faster.
  • Keep a sense of humor during the day and get ready to bargain and have fun!

Good Luck !

Important Safety Reminders

safe_neighbourhoodWith the improved weather and as summer nears more people and families will be enjoying the parks and neighborhood. With the many advantages of living downtown we also have some of the problems and issues. Families are not the only ones that like to make use of our parks.

There will be times when people may be observed that look out of place, some taking part in questionable activities or some who wish to socialize in area parks late into the evenings. Although we all want everyone to enjoy the parks it is very important that if you observe any suspicious persons or activities to call 911immediately.

Some reminders to enjoy and safe summer:

  • Be aware for the safety of children on the street or playing in the parks. Do not leave children unattended
  • Ensure your patio and basement doors and ground level windows are closed and locked if you are not home. Consider using a bar or piece of wood to secure patio doors. If you have a patio door from of an older model, place a bar in the upper part of the door to prevent thieves from lifting it.
  • Utilize exterior lighting to deter thieves at front door, above garage door and at the back of the house. Consider motion sensor lighting
  • Timers (both interior and exterior) should be installed to activate lights in your absence
  • Be aware when your neighbors are away
  • Notice people passing through the area and any patterns or suspicious behavior
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles and ensure your vehicles are always locked

Let’s all work together to ensure a safe and secure neighborhood and enjoy our summer.

Montreal moves to eliminate all fireplaces within city limits

canstock8527872Throwing a log on an open fire will soon become a thing of the past in the city of Montreal if councillors have their way.

Earlier this year, in a decision that did not come under much scrutiny, Montreal’s Executive Committee ordered the elimination of all wood-burning fireplaces by Dec. 31, 2020.

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-moves-to-eliminate-all-fireplaces-within-city-limits-1.1420733#ixzz2cdMU8Xoz