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Below are articles with information that may be of interest to you:
***Beware of Social Security Scam – submitted by Kathleen Roman, July 21, 20117
The Social Security Administration is warning that schemers are impersonating government agents and stealing people’s benefits. In a blog post Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the agency’s Office of the Inspector General said people have been receiving calls from a number with a 323 area code.
“The caller claims to be an [agency] employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits,” the post reads. The fraudsters attempt to “acquire personally identifiable information from victims to then edit the victims’ direct deposit, address, and telephone information with [the agency].”
If the caller obtains the information, he or she can then use it to change the victim’s account information — so the fraudster can rewire Social Security payments to his or her bank account, according to the agency.
“Social Security employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes, but they will not request sensitive personal information from a citizen over the phone,” according to the blog post.
The administration asks that anyone who receives a suspicious call to report it to the agency’s Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online.
Social Security recipients are common targets of foul play, and the agency recently cautioned the public about another other widespread scheme.
In March, Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, warned of a separate nationwide telephone scheme in which a recording impersonates a message from Inspector General investigators and asserts that the listener’s Social Security benefits have been suspended.
One such recording prompts the listener to call a number, and a person on the other line tells the caller that there’s a warrant out for his or her arrest and demands payment.
CNNMoney (New York)
First published July 19, 2017: 3:22 PM ET
***Protect Your Pets—Coyote Tips – submitted by Kathleen Roman June 20, 2017
On Monday evening, 19 Jun, three coyotes cornered a deer at the south end of Wheatcroft Ct. They made a great deal of noise which sounds like children screaming. Several residents scared them away – and the deer escaped unharmed.
The Humane Society and the Indiana DNR recommend the following Coyote Tips:
a.) Never attempt to tame or make friends with a coyote. Never feed them. They are wild animals and if they lose their fear of humans, they will be more likely to approach humans.
b.) Coyotes are predators. They hunt to survive. Dogs and cats shoud never be left alone outside, especially after dark. Coyotes will kill them.
c.) Windridge residents who are participating in the feral cat feeding program already know that feeding stations should have food in them during the day only. Leaving food in the feeding stations at night attracts raccoons, possums, foxes, and coyotes – as well as the wild cats. Cat food left out at night increases the odds that the cats will be attacked and killed by coyotes, foxes, and owls. Cats can easily adjust to coming to feeders during the day. The wild animals will then be more likely to forage away from the homes. By removing the food before sunset, residents decrease the likelihood that coyotes will come right up to the buildings – and stay shy of humans.
d.) Coyotes need to “stay wild.” Residents who see coyotes should be prepared to engage in a process called hazing. Face the coyote and shout, raise hands in the air and wave them. Shake a stick at them. Throw stones or pieces of wood. Walk in the woods with a small can that has stones in it. Shake the can and yell. NEVER run away from a coyote. If it doesn’t run away, back slowly away from it, but do not turn your back on it.
e.) It is against the law to shoot, poison, or trap a coyote. Decisions about trapping and possible relocation will be made by Windridge administrative staff in conjunction with the DNR. It would be very helpful if sightings are reported to the office.
One of the advantages of living in Windridge is its “in the country” environment. This provides us with an opportunity to see wildlife we might not be able to see in more urban neighborhoods. It also provides us with the challenge of learning to live in harmony with the wildlife who also call Windridge “home.”
***That Nasty Invasive Bush Honeysuckle – originally published April 2014 by Tom Ulsas
This shrub grows extremely fast, is drought tolerant, is the first to green in the spring and is the last to drop it’s leaves in the fall. It even has pretty red berries. Sounds like a bush we’d all like to have, right?
NO!!! NO!!! NO!!!
Bush Honeysuckle thrives at the expense of our native plants, because it greens up early it blocks the sun to our natives. It also releases chemicals that poison our soil which stops new growth. This in turn reduces food and cover for birds, insects and other animals. This shrub has invaded Windridge and our forests. It is greatly reducing new tree growth which will have a lasting impact on our forests over the next 20 years. For the past several years Windridge has been fighting a constant battle with Bush Honeysuckle and will continue to do so. It will continue to be one of our priorities.
– editor’s note – 2016 update – Each year our maintenance staff and volunteers continue to remove additional large and small areas of Bush Honeysuckle. Our Landscape committee and Garden Club support these efforts and plan for native plant additions. A BIG THANK YOU to our Property Manager Doug Beyers, our staff, our Board Members and all our volunteers, past & present.
***Book Mama’s Book Store – recommended by our Book Club member Judy Eckerson
9 S. Johnson Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46219
317-375-3715 website – bookmamas.com
Store Hours: Sunday 12:00-4:00 pm Monday-Saturday 11:00 -7:00 pm
Book Mama’s is a used and new bookstore nestled in the heart of historic Irvington, on the east side of Indianapolis. We’d like you to feel free to come in to browse our eclectic collection of books and other literary notions. In addition to the general fare of most stores, we are proud to carry a great many new and used Indiana titles in our inventory. These include books about Indiana, by Indiana authors or both.