From Academy Road to Manning Blvd., New Scotland Ave. to Hackett Blvd.
Annual Neighborhood Plant Swap – April 29th 9 am – 10:15 am 51 Lawnridge Ave (use Helderberg Ave entrance)
Annual Plant Swap – hosted by Kathy Ray
A neighborhood plant exchange will take place Saturday April 29, from 9:00 to 10:15 am, at 51 Lawnridge Avenue, Helderberg entrance. Caffeinated coffee will be available to anyone who would like. Bring perennials mainly, but herbs and vegetable seedlings and even small saplings are welcome.
Put your plants be in a pot or plastic bag. Even if you have nothing to share, feel free to come and learn about perennials and pay $2 per plant, which we donate to a local non-profit cause. The number of plants available for purchase will depend on how much fellow gardeners bring. If possible, label the plant with name, sun requirement, height and color. Consider bringing a notebook to record that information from the donating gardener. Don’t bring invasive plant species, such as Bishop’s Weed or Japanese Knotweed, nor any plants that grow in the same bed as these species. In general, this refers to any plant that spreads by roots and keeps coming back after you dig it up. Because invasive-ness can be in the eye of the beholder, please label such plants as Artemesia, Pachysandra, and Harebells (Bluebells) so people know what they are getting into.
Thank you,
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

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2017 Pinewood Ave Rain Garden Cleanup
Did you know our neighborhood has a “rain garden”?  It is located at the intersection of Pinewood Ave and Hackett Blvd.  It was installed in 2014 by the City of Albany, and it is the responsibility of the neighborhood association to keep it tidy.
The rain garden retains stormwater in a basin so it can be absorbed into the ground and used by various native species planted in the basin.  Less water in the storm sewers is better for the City and the Hudson River!  It is a nice place to sit while walking in the neighborhood, too.  Last year, the Joe Pye weed was glorious in bloom and taller than me!
In Spring, we do a cleanup of the garden. This consists of raking, weeding and trimming.
Then throughout Spring, Summer and Fall, volunteers keep an eye on the garden periodically and especially after a large storm event to make sure the the drain is not clogged.
I am going to perform spring cleanup of the rain garden on Saturday April 29th from 10:30 am – Noon (after the Plant Swap).  I am hoping I will get a few people to stop by and help out, and also volunteer to take a month of inspections during 2017.  I will have a couple rakes, leaf bags and weed pullers.  Wear gloves and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
If you can make it, please RSVP to hna@hnaalbany.com.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you,
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA & Rain Garden Ranger / Bio-Retention Basin Engineer


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HNA Meeting Agenda for 3/15/17 7 pm Sage Campus Center rm 224

Hello neighbors,

Here is the Helderberg Neighborhood meeting agenda for 3/15.

What: Public Neighborhood Meeting
When: Wednesday, March 15th 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Sage Campus Center, rm 224 – (parking lot off Academy Rd opposite Helderberg Ave)

7:00 Introductions & Housekeeping
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Sara Shearer (Vice Chair), Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director), Matt Tulio (Communications Director)
* Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street (or organization)

7:05 Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit Update / Q & A
* Officer Gordon McLean

7:15 New Scotland Ave Crosswalks & Traffic Deputy Chief Robert Sears, APD
* Several neighbors have raised issues of problems with traffic flow and long waits at crosswalk signals on New Scotland Ave. If you have encountered a traffic or crosswalk issue, your attendance would be helpful in the gathering of information to act upon. We will discuss actions that have been taken and will be taken to help alleviate these issues.

7:40 Presentation / Q & A – Exec Dir, Scott Jarzombek, Albany Public Library
* Scott will present Albany Public Library’s 2016 Community Report highlighting accomplishments of the year, and he will provide new, developing services, programs and budget information.

7:50 HNA Board Business
* Updates from the Chair – (Eric)
* Movie Night Planning Underway! Shows in Helderberg in August & September – Volunteers always welcome
* THANK YOU to sponsors Rob Field State Farm and St. Peters.  Please thank them, too!
* And winners of the Movie Night poll are… (Matt)
* Annual Neighborhood Plant Swap on April 29th 9 – 10 am 51 Lawnridge Ave (use Helderberg Ave entrance)
* Spring Cleanup of Pinewood Ave Rain Garden & Ongoing Care for 2017 (Eric)
* HNA Reporter Advertising – Deadline is March 22nd, publish on March 31st (Eddie)
* Treasurer report & Membership Report (Patty)

8:00 Membership & Audience / Announcements & Concerns
* All announcements & concerns from audience

8:15 Albany Common Council Update / Q & A
* Hon. Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and Hon. Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)

8:25 Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
* Lynne Lekakis

8:30 Meeting Wrap-up
* Suggestions for Speaker for Next Meeting? Any other meeting feedback?
* Next Meeting: May 17th, 2017

Thank you, and hope to see you there!

Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA


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Updated Agenda for Jan 18th 2017 meeting

Hello neighbors,

I have included an updated agenda for our 1/18 meeting.  The room location is now 105.  Also, Matt Tulio has been appointed as the new Communications Director.  Voting on the current slate of Board Officers is scheduled for 1/18.
Updated agenda:
What:       Public Neighborhood Meeting
When:       Wednesday, January 18th 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where:     Sage Campus Center, rm 105- (parking lot off Academy Rd opposite Helderberg Ave)
7:00  Introductions & Housekeeping
* What is the Helderberg Neighborhood Association (HNA)?
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Sarah Shearer (Vice Chair),  Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director), Matt Tulio (Communications Director)
* Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street  (or organization)
* Correction to Nov/Dec HNA Reporter – Channel Albany video cameras are free to sign out – there is NO rental fee.
* Members in good standing:  If you want to vote for Board Member Elections, get ticket
7:05  Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit Update / Q & A
* Officer Gordon McLean
7:15  Presentation and Q & A – Kristine Weidner – Unity Committee
* Introduction to Concern
* Provide Data
* Define/clarify terms according to NYS law.
– Bias
– Bias Incidents
– Hate Crime
– Aggravated harassment
* Review impact on victims and community
* Review what we can do
* Recruit volunteers for Unity Committee
7:40  HNA Board Business
* Updates from the Chair  (Eric)
* HNA Reporter Business Advertising – Deadline is January 25, publish on Feb 3 (Eddie)
* 2016 Summary Financial & Membership Report  (Patty)
* 2017 Board Membership Vote  (Slate/List of nominees on back of agenda)
7:50  Membership & Audience  / Announcements & Concerns
* All announcements & concerns from audience
8:10  Albany Common Council Update  / Q & A
* Hon.  Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and  Hon.  Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)
8:20  Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
* Lynne Lekakis
8:25  Meeting Wrap-up
* Action Item and Decision Review
* Sugestions for Speaker at Next Meeting
* Next Meeting: March 15th, 2017
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2017 HNA Slate/List of Nominees:
Chair  – Eric Huntington
Vice Chair  – Sarah Shearer
Treasurer – Patricia Pierce
Outreach Director – Eddie Hitti
Communications Director – Matt Tulio
Secretary  – To be Board appointed
Thank you,
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

Helderberg Neighborhood Association
Since 1996

(662) 598-1462
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Agenda for January 18 2017 Neighborhood Meeting

What: Public Neighborhood Meeting
When: Wednesday, January 18th 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Sage Campus Center, rm 224 – (parking lot off Academy Rd opposite Helderberg Ave)
7:00 Introductions & Housekeeping
* What is the Helderberg Neighborhood Association (HNA)?
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Sarah Shearer (Vice Chair), Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director)
* Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street (or organization)
* Correction to Nov/Dec HNA Reporter – Channel Albany video cameras are free to sign out – there is NO rental fee.
* Members in good standing: If you want to vote for Board Member Elections, get ticket

7:05 Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit Update / Q & A
* Officer Gordon McLean

7:15 Presentation and Q & A – Kristine Weidner – Unity Committee
* Introduction to Concern
* Provide Data
* Define/clarify terms according to NYS law.
– Bias
– Bias Incidents
– Hate Crime
– Aggravated harassment
* Review impact on victims and community
* Review what we can do
* Recruit volunteers for Unity Committee

7:40 HNA Board Business
* Updates from the Chair (Eric)
* HNA Reporter Business Advertising – Deadline is January 25, publish on Feb 3 (Eddie)
* 2016 Summary Financial & Membership Report (Patty)
* 2017 Board Membership Vote (Slate/List of nominees on back of agenda)

7:50 Membership & Audience / Announcements & Concerns
* All announcements & concerns from audience

8:10 Albany Common Council Update / Q & A
* Hon. Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and Hon. Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)

8:20 Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
* Lynne Lekakis

8:25 Meeting Wrap-up
* Action Item and Decision Review
* Sugestions for Speaker at Next Meeting
* Next Meeting: March 15th, 2017
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2017 HNA Slate/List of Nominees:

Chair – Eric Huntington
Vice Chair – Sarah Shearer
Treasurer – Patricia Pierce
Outreach Director – Eddie Hitti

Communications Director – No nomination – To be Board appointed
Secretary – To be Board appointed


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Nominations for HNA Board Vacancies due prior to Jan 1st 2017
Hello neighbors,
Just a reminder of the announcement from our November meeting and latest HNA Reporter:  There are 2 HNA Board Officer vacancies for 2017, all other officers are seeking re-election.
Chair: Eric Huntington
Vice Chair:  VACANT
Secretary:  Sarah Shearer
Treasurer:  Patty Pierce
Communications Director  VACANT
 Business Outreach Director:  Eddie Hittie
We will greatly miss Tom Rees (Vice Chair) and Alyssa Lotmore (Communications Director).  They contributed a great deal of their time and talent to the neighborhood!

 

Election of Board Officers for 2017

Nominations may be made in writing by any member in good standing (email HNA@HNAalbany.com  – US post:  Address is HNA PO Box 8841 Albany, NY 12208) or verbally to any current member of the Board prior to January 1st 2017.  Candidates announced on January 4th meeting agenda. Candidates must be HNA members in good standing and reside in the HNA boundaries. Vote by members in good standing is on January 18th.

 

Communications Director responsibilities:

  • Respond to members’ inquiries on email / voicemail / text / Facebook

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the Association’s social media presence – this includes our website, FaceBook, Nextdoor

  • Forwarding and sharing information received by the HNA that is relevant to the neighborhood through all our communication channels

  • Produce and distribute Association’s publications as needed (Note: We use Constant Contact to produce the HNA Reporter)

  • Assist with the organization of the Association’s meetings,    including the recruitment of guest speakers;

  • Attend board, membership and special event planning meetings, if practicable.

 

Vice Chair responsibilities:

  • Perform the duties of the Chair in the event that the Chair is unavailable;

  • Work closely with the Board to develop the Association’s policies, work plan, initiatives and meeting agendas.

  • Attend board, membership and special event planning meetings, when practicable.

If you have questions about anything, I would be happy to answer.  Just send an email or call (662) 598-1462.
Thank you, and I am wishing everyone a healthy, happy, prosperous 2017!
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

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HNA Meeting Agenda for Nov 16th 2016

What: Public Neighborhood Meeting
When: Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Sage Campus Center, rm 224 – (parking lot off Academy Rd opposite Helderberg Ave)

7:00 Introductions & Housekeeping
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Tom Rees (Vice Chair), Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Sarah Shearer (Secretary), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director), Alyssa Lotmore (Communications Director)
* Committee Chairs – Bill Paton (Events)
Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street (or organization)
7:05 Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit Update / Q & A
* Officer Gordon McLean
7:15 Presentation and Q & A – Darius Shahinfar, Albany City Treasurer and CFO
Darius will give a short presentation and answer your questions about property taxes, economic development, the IDA and its role in economic development, city financial situation and the budget, as well as parking tickets. You can send in your questions for Darius ahead of the meeting, by: emailing them to HNA@HNAalbany.com or you can text them to 6625981462, or you can leave them by voicemail at (662) 598-1462. Please do so by Veteran’s Day (Nov 11th) so Darius has time to research answers.
7:40 HNA Board Business
* Updates from the Chair – (Eric)
* Board Re-Elections at January 2017 meeting – Open Seats for 2017: Vice President & Communications Director – See responsibilities on back of agenda. Experience with Constant Contact (HNA Reporter) a BIG plus!
* New Scotland Ave Businesses (Eddie)
* HNA Reporter Business Advertising – Deadline is Nov 23rd, publish on Dec 2nd (Tom)
* Treasurer report & Membership Report (Patty)
7:50 Membership & Audience / Announcements & Concerns
* All announcements & concerns from audience
8:10 Albany Common Council Update / Q & A
* Hon. Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and Hon. Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)
8:20 Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
* Lynne Lekakis
8:25 Meeting Wrap-up
* Action Item and Decision Review
* Reminder: Board Elections at January Meeting – we have 2 open seats
* Next Meeting: January 18th, 2017

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Nominations may be made in writing by any member in good standing (email HNA@HNAalbany.com – US post: Address is HNA PO Box 8841 Albany, NY 12208) or verbally to any current member of the Board prior to January 1st 2017. Candidates announced on January 4th meeting agenda. Vote by members in good standing is on January 18th.
Communications Director responsibilities:
* Respond to members’ inquiries on email / voicemail / text / Facebook
* Assist with the development and maintenance of the Association’s social media presence – this includes our website, FaceBook, Nextdoor
* Forwarding and sharing information received by the HNA that is relevant to the neighborhood through all our communication channels
* Produce and distribute Association’s publications as needed (Note: We use Constant Contact to produce the HNA Reporter)
* Assist with the organization of the Association’s meetings,including the recruitment of guest speakers;
* Attend board, membership and special event planning meetings, if practicable.

Vice Chair responsibilities:
* Perform the duties of the Chair in the event that the Chair is unavailable;
* Work closely with the Board to develop the Association’s policies, work plan, initiatives and meeting agendas.
* Attend board, membership and special event planning meetings, when practicable.

Thank you,

Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA


Helderberg Neighborhood Association
Celebrating 20 years 1996 – 2016
hna@hnaalbany.com
(662) 598-1462
Visit hnaalbany.com
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Lost cat “Delilah” found, Can you help take signs down?
“Delilah” the cat has been found!  You may have noticed “LOST CAT Delilah” signs throughout the neighborhood.  Unfortunately, the owner says she did not have time to take the signs down before she moved out of the state.
I took down several signs on my block of Hollywood Ave between New Scotland and Helderberg.  If you are walking around and you notice a “LOST CAT Delilah” sign on a pole or tree, could you please take it down and discard appropriately?
As they say, “Many hands make light work”!
Thank you,
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

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September 21 2016 Meeting Minutes Now Available

The meeting minutes from the September 21, 2016 meeting are now available.  Click here to read them.


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HNA Public Meeting Agenda for Sep 21 2016

What: HNA Public Neighborhood Meeting
When: Wednesday, September 21st 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Parsons Child & Family Center – 60 Academy Rd – SATRI building (This
building is next to the main reception building as you enter the campus – Follow the signs. There is plenty of parking. We will NOT be at the Sage Campus Center for the meeting!)
* Refreshments Provided *
7:00 Introductions & Housekeeping
* Board Members – Eric Huntington (Chair), Tom Rees (Vice Chair), Patricia Pierce (Treasurer), Sarah Shearer (Secretary), Edward Hitti (Outreach Director), Alyssa Lotmore (Communications Director)
*Committee Chairs – Bill Paton (Events)
*Audience Members – Welcome! Please state your name and street (or organization)

7:05 HNA Board Business
*Updates from the Chair – (Eric)
*New Scotland Ave Businesses (Eddie)
*Business Advertising Deadline is Sep 28, publish date is October 7 (Tom)
*Treasurer report & Membership Report (Patty)

7:15 Membership & Audience / Announcements & Concerns
*All announcements & concerns from audience

7:35 Albany Common Council Update / Q & A
*Hon. Judy Doesschate (Ward 9) and Hon. Catherine Fahey (Ward 7)

7:45 Albany County Legislator Update / Q & A
*Lynne Lekakis

7:50 Albany Police Dept, Neighborhood Engagement Unit (NEU) Update / Q & A
*Officer Gordon McLean

7:55 Regular Meeting Wrap-up
*Action Item and Decision Review / Recommendations for Next Speaker?
*Next Meeting: November 16th 2016

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Parsons Child & Family Center – Services Overview and Tour of Grounds
*Bill Gettman, Chief Executive Officer and Audrey LaFrenier, President/Chief Operating Officer

Thank you,

Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA

Helderberg Neighborhood Association
Celebrating 20 years 1996 – 2016
hna@hnaalbany.com
(662) 598-1462
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HNA Reporter

HNA’s newsletter, HNA Reporter, has won the Neighborhood Resource Center’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Publication. NRC selected the HNA Reporter from several outstanding organizations that have made significant contributions towards improving the quality of life in Albany’s neighborhoods.


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