Sunday, July 15, 2012

City of Rochester's Emergency Communications Department HYPER-REACH info

This is a terrific service, that I hope we never have to use!
Register all of your cell phones today, before you forget!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Are you a super hero? We need your help!

Calling all those who fight for
truth, justice, and the American way!

We need Court Watchers A.S.A.P.!

Court Watch is an all volunteer program. It is a way of bringing our Lyell-Otis neighborhood's presence into the courtroom, to let the judges know that we take our area of the city seriously, and we care about improving our quality of life. We would contact you approximately twice a month, or so, but you would really make a huge and positive difference in the way our judicial system operates!

Court watchers would meet at the courthouse by 9:30am, and be prepared to stay for a couple of hours. Parking can cost up to $8 dollars for the morning in the nearby parking garages/lots. Car pooling is the best way to go - to help the pocketbook, as well as the environment!

Please email Bob Stevenson to let him know that you are willing to help out, and he can answer any questions you may have. Bob and his wife have been Court Watch champions since LONA began this volunteer program ages ago! We just need more people willing to help, as more hands make light work! :)

We must demand that prostitutes and their customers ("Johns") all get the strongest punishments allowed by law. After one major prostitution detail a few months ago, we had a substitute judge (from a "rich" suburb) dismiss all the charges against the prostitutes and their customers because he did not care, nor understand, how these criminals affect our homes and our families' lives each and every day.

We don't want all the hard work of our police force to be for naught! Our police officers' long hours on the task, and meticulous attention to detail was completely disregarded, at our taxpayers' expense. The Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association (LONA) was so frustrated and infuriated by this judge's actions, and I believe our area's police officers felt let down by the system that they work daily to serve in a very professional manner.

The demand for the prostitutes' services must leave our area, as most of the customers are not city residents. We also encourage those offering their services to get the help that they desperately need - even if that help means spending time detoxing in jail.

Perhaps high school and/or college students would be able to get some sort of extra-credit for their Participation in Government, other Social Studies, or English classes for keeping a journal/log of your experiences helping out over this summer. Hey, if you don't ask, you'll never know! (Plus, there are bike racks that a bicycle could be locked onto while you were inside volunteering, so you would not spend any money to park, *and* you could get in a little workout as well! It's all good!)

I'd be willing to drive 3 people there and back, as I can't stay through the session, but I'd be glad to offer my driving skills to help advance this cause! :) Text/call me at: 585-773-5170 after contacting Mr. Stevenson.

Thanks in advance for your volunteer service, Super-Person! We couldn't do this without YOU!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Let's honor our RFD Engine 5!

The next LONA meeting will be on
Monday, June 11th, 2012

from 6:30pm - 7:45pm

at the Lyell Branch Library.

We will honor our RFD Engine 5 at this meeting,
as we truly appreciate all they do for our area!

We will also discuss our summer LONA events,
that we hope will help change our area's perception.
Parking is available in two adjacent lots.
Library staff will be on-hand to read with the children.
Please plan to attend, as we need and value your input!

More LONA info!

Recent flyers and minutes handed out at LONA's May 2012 meeting

Monday, April 16, 2012

You're Invited! Come honor our RFD Engine 5!

The next LONA meeting will be on
Monday, June 11th, 2012

from 6:30pm - 7:45pm

at the Lyell Branch Library.

We will honor our RFD Engine 5
at this LONA meeting.
We truly appreciate all they do for our area!

We will also discuss our upcoming LONA events, that we hope will help change our area's perception.

Parking is available in two adjacent lots.
Library staff will be on-hand to read with the children.
Please plan to attend, as we need and value your input!

Items received at April 9th, 2012 LONA mtg

Letter to LONA members, and other meeting attendees:

April, 2012

Dear Members:

The Executive Committee of the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association has reviewed the films of the last meeting on March 12, 2012. We have come to the consensus that a disruption as we had at the last meeting will NEVER happen again. We CAN NOT and WILL NOT allow any racist statements from any individual at the meetings. The person and/or persons will be asked to leave.

The purpose of our meetings is to work as a team to improve the neighborhood. We had numerous calls from members after the last meeting complaining about what happened. They were so upset over the harsh words that were spoken; they said they would no longer attend meetings if this continued. We will NOT permit harsh words spoken that put member against member. If this was allowed to continue, it would defeat our purpose. Our By-Laws state:

The purpose of this Association shall be to develop and define the policies that shall promote the improvement of the Lyell-Otis Community and to strive to maintain the standards that benefit all residents of the area. This Association shall be: non-commercial, non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-racial, and welcomes all people regardless of race, sexual orientation, color, ethnicity, economic status, age or disability to participate in our efforts to improve our neighborhood community.

Thank You for understanding the Executive Committee’s decision in this important matter.


The Executive Board of the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association

Lyell-Otis NA Meeting Minutes March 12, 2012

Meeting came to order at 6:30pm. Captain Georger introduced all fire fighters to the group. He informed us that they had 3100 calls last year. Many of them are serious fire calls. He said smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available - call 311. Some of the projects the fire department is working on are: Vacant houses, Hydrant inspections, house to house inspections, Fire Prevention.

Mike spoke about the Brownfield meeting that was on Feb. 15th. He submitted a map of the area which will be affected. In our area, the schools are: #17 will get a new gym, #5 will be closed for asbestos removal.

There will be a meeting held on March 15th at 6:30pm at Edgerton Rec. Center to discuss contamination.

The traffic on Lyell Avenue has increased. We feel the new bike lane makes it even more dangerous.

We all know that the school on Austin Street was a mistake. We intend to give some suggestions to the Mayor and RCSD Superintendent about improvements we feel will help.

Cindy Harper spoke from Cameron Community Ministries; she informed us that they will be building a playground next to the church. They served about 7,000 meals last year. We were informed about many programs at the center such as: after school programs to help with studies, clothing available, they will be offering bike repair, offer fresh produce and bread, they also offer a kindergarten readiness program. Don’t forget to check out what else they may offer. The ribbon cutting for the playground will be in April or May. We will let you know.

Meeting ended 8:00pm. Next meeting: April 9th, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Voice of the Customer 3/26/12 @ 5:30 -- Mayoral Budget

The Voice of the Customer will be about the Mayoral Budget, much like the one last year if any of you went. It will be on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Edgerton Stardust Ballroom @ 5:30pm. This is your chance to voice your opinion on the Mayoral Budget.

Thank you, Sector 3 Planning Board, for the heads-up!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Items Received at March 12th 2012 meeting

These are the contact numbers for the Principal of the I'M READY school, as well as the RCSD Director of Safety and Security. Many neighbors have had problems with some of the students from this school, so we are happy to provide them direct numbers to reach officials who can help resolve issues as they arise. As always, to report suspicious criminal activity, call 911. Thank you.