Join Nextdoor.com | Buy/Sell, Stay Alert to Local Crime News

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Courtesy: Next Door

(ECC) —  Stay up-to-date with area crime news, buy/sell stuff, get service referrals, post a pic of a lost or found pet. This – private – social media site is interactive and offers users a sense of community.

You can do all this and more by joining Nextdoor.com. Elk Creek Crossing residents have jumped on the bandwagon – as have people who live in Walnut Ridge and nearby. Connect and share. Receive email news feed updates.

When you join, you’ll be linked with people from ECC AND a default of 17 neighborhoods.

You can also control privacy settings. Post a new thread. Make a comment. Say thanks.

What makes Nextdoor.com unique is the verification requirement; you must confirm the address where you live.

Sign up here.

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Written by Susan Stern.

ECC Boat, Trailer Driveway Storage News

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Boat Covenant Violation

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Boat Storage Time-frame
As summer winds down, it may seem easier and more cost effective to simply cover your boat or camper with a tarp and park it in the driveway.

But as you weigh your storage options, consider reading the Elk Creek Crossing Homeowners Association Covenants, which remain in effect despite dissolution of the S.I.D. and annexation by Omaha. Specifically, view Article V “General Restrictions” Section 10 regarding “Vehicles, Trailers and Equipment”

Reminder
“No boat, camper, trailer, auto drawn or mounted trailer of any kind, mobile home, truck, aircraft, camper truck or similar chattel shall be maintained or stored on any part of a Lot (other than in an enclosed structure) for more than twenty (20) days within a calendar year.”

Boat Storage Complaint
An individual has approached the ECC Homeowner’s Association and has filed a complaint about a homeowner allegedly storing a boat in their driveway longer than 20 days. A formal letter has been sent to the homeowner.

“It’s all about keeping the neighborhood nice and to maintain property values. The ECC HOA Board hopes that residents follow the Covenant provisions, doing their part to maintain the beauty of our fine Elk Creek Crossing neighborhood,” said Hannah Porto, ECC property manager from P.J. Morgan Real Estate.

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Child Burned at West Omaha Sprayground Next Door

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Stoneridge Northwest Omaha Neb Sprayground Child Burned Steel Grate

The day after an Elkhorn toddler got burned, another barefoot child walks near the hot surface steel grate. Photography by Sonia Schrager

Mother Updates Toddler’s Health
A 16-month-old Elkhorn boy is recovering from 2nd degree burns  after running after a ball and stepping on a surface steel grate Wednesday at the Stone Ridge Sprayground, located next door in the neighborhood northeast of Elk Creek Crossing Omaha.

In an exclusive interview today with ECC, the toddler’s mother Lindsay Warren updated her little boy’s condition. “My son Broch is doing okay today. His feet are blistered, but he is recovering. Looking back it was horrible to think that something so hot and dangerous was not covered. Every child that goes to the water park is barefoot is my concern, too,” said the toddler’s mother Lindsay Warren, wife of Scott Warren of Elkhorn, who own Absolute Customs, Inc.

Child Burned Blink of an Eye

Child Burned West Omaha Waterpark
Credit: Sonia Schrager

The incident happened in a blink of an eye. As mother watched, she reports, the toddler’s beach ball rolled about 30 feet from the Sprayground. “When my son picked up the ball, he froze on the steel grate. He started crying uncontrollably. His feet were blistering like crazy. I rushed him to the ER,” notes Lindsay.

The mother hopes Celebrity Homes, the S.I.D and the law firm that manages the privately-owned Stoneridge Sprayground property in Omaha does the right thing, pays for her son’s medical bills and takes immediate steps so other children don’t get hurt.

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Credit: Sonia Schrager Sternprmarketing.com

“It’s completely unacceptable that there was no sign, no warning,” said Lindsay.

Lindsay’s father Dennis Kresser, grandpa to the injured toddler, offers a suggestion. “All they would have to do is put a picket fence in the area and fix the problem, so no other children or adults get hurt.”

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Neighborhood Garage Sales Th-Sat!

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garage sale signDon’t Forget: Garage Sale Extravaganza Th-Sat!

By Sonia Schrager, Intern —  Elk Creek Crossing hosts its neighborhood garage sale extravaganza Thursday (tomorrow), Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Our garage sale event runs at the same time as  Walnut Ridge, next door.

ECC HOA purchased two signs, ads are running on Craigslist and in the Omaha World Herald. Make some money, have some fun, participate!

ECC 2014 Garage Sales Dates Set

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elk creek crossing omaha garage sales 2014(Omaha, NE)  —  The 2014 Elk Creek Crossing Annual garage sales event dates are set. Mark your calendar for Thursday-Saturday, May 29-31st. Our event shall run during the same dates as adjacent neighborhood Walnut Ridge.

The ECC HOA shall purchase signage, run advertisements in the Omaha World Herald and tout the garage sales on Craig’s List. We encourage homeowners to buy signs, too.

Kudos to new ECC HOA board secretary Ann Smith for this ad.

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Want to Help the Easter Bunny?

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easter_egg_hunt elk creek crossing omaha nebHELP WANTED ECC Easter Egg Volunteers Needed ASAP

(ECC)  —  Saturday, April 19th at 11 a.m. is the day of the – Annual ECC Easter Egg Hunt – at the Neighborhood Park. Hooray! But before the fun begins, we need volunteers to help shop for candy and eggs. We seek helping hands to stuff the egg shells with goodies, too. Oh, the fun to be had! :) Your help is always greatly appreciated.

Update: Several volunteers have come forward to help! Natalie Hankins and Cheri Higgins. Thank you! We can always use helpers to arrive at the neighborhood park at 10 a.m. Saturday to hide the eggs :)

Volunteering is Easy and Fun!

To make a commitment to this family-fun event, please contact Susan Stern now. 

1st Half 2013 Property Taxes Due Today!

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tax-billDouglas County House Taxes Due Today – 1st Half!

(Omaha, NE)  —  Attn: Elk Creek Crossing homeowners. If you have a mortgage and escrowed property taxes, disregard. For the rest, Douglas county home property taxes are due today for the 1st half covering 2013.

Can’t make it in person to the treasurer’s office? No worries. You can pay online now.

Your best online paying option paying is via check with a $1 service fee. If you pay by credit card, you’ll pay 2.3% interest.

Second half taxes are due on or before July 31st 2014.

Look Up Property & Pay Online

Can’t recall your parcel number? You’re covered. The Douglas County Treasurer’s office offers online parcel look up. All you need to do is type in your address and street name. Press search and you’ll find your publicly-available tax payment history. Parcel look up here>>

Hurry Up – Pay In Person Before Closing Time

You’ll save “convenience” charges by paying your property taxes in person. Rush, rush, rush. There is still time. Branch offices close at 4p and some until 4:30 since this is the last day of the month. Call to double check. The nearest office from Elk Creek Crossing is located a tad south of 108th and Maple in Maple Center.

Call: 402-444-3371

Other locales>>

 

 

ECC Kids for Hire!

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Teens For Hire ECC

If you want to post your part-time job opportunity or advertising of services, fill out the below contact form. Posting is free.

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BABYSITTER WANTED
Posted on April 1, 2014:

We are looking for a neighborhood girl for babysitting-must be able to drive and reliable.

Thank you very much,

Contact
Amy Bamburg
16307 Manderson

Phone Number : 402-504-4722

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Lawn Service for Hire – Weekly OR As Needed

Contact: Andrew Carpenter
4325 North Branch Drive
402-658-6127

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BREAKING News. Weather to Delay ECC Trash Pickup

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Extreme Cold Delays ECC Garbage Pickup

(Omaha, NE)  —  Forget about putting trash at the curb tonight! The City of Omaha has announced that it “would be unsafe for collection employees to work on Monday” January 6, 2014, due to the EXTREME cold and windy weather.

Tuesday Date for ECC Trash Collection

Garbage, yard waste and recyclables are scheduled to be collected on Tuesday for residents of Elk Creek Crossing. In a statement, City of Omaha Solid Waste Collections Department said that “Collections for the week of January 6 will be delayed by one day, with normal Friday collections (to) be completed on Saturday, January 11, 2014.”

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New Year | New ECC Blood

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(ECC, Omaha, NE)  — In case you missed it, the Elk Creek Crossing HOA Board has new faces.  Three women have officially taken the helm, pledging to increase neighborhood social opportunities and continue Covenants enforcement:

Samantha Wright – ECC HOA President – Commercial Print Sales Manager
Brenda Jennings – ECC HOA Vice-president – Communications Consultant
Ann Smith – ECC HOA Secretary – Graphic Designer


The trio replace long-time volunteers ECC President Eric Oxley, Scott Lautenbaugh and Secretary Travis Schwartz, two lawyers and a finance professional, which we formally wish to thank for their dedicated service. The property management company, P.J. Morgan Real Estate, remains the same. The December meeting is where the 2014 proposed budget was unveiled.  Most of this year’s operating funds are projected to be spent on grounds maintenance, trees, lawn care, landscaping and the property management company fee. Read ECC HOA Proposed 2014 Budget.

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Annual Meeting Date Set | Wednesday, December 4th, at 6:00pm

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What’s Happening in ECC Neighborhood? | Attend Annual Meeting

image elk creek crossing board meeting dec 2013Update on December 5 2013 (see pic left): A disappointing turn out. A total of 11 people attended the Dec. 4, 2013 ECC Annual Meeting, 7 of which are current or past board members, a representative of P.J. Morgan Real Estate and this writer. A husband and wife, a father and child were among the attendees.

(ECC- Omaha, NE)  —  Attention ECC Homeowners. It’s official. The date is set! The Elk Creek Crossing Homeowner’s Association Annual Meeting is at 6 o’clock, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Standing Bear Elementary in the cafeteria. This is when the Board, let by HOA President Eric Oxley will discuss current expenses and the 2014 projected budget, a meeting which shall cover architecture, status of dues violators, neighborhood events to current and future landscaping projects.

ECC Landscaping Ideas. Neighbors Asked to Weigh In

image-elk-crek-crossing-omaha-annual-meeting-2013Said President Oxley, “I want to update people on that and take input on future capital improvement ideas – that may get some more people interested in attending.”

ECC Board Seeks Social Volunteer

The HOA board is still searching for a volunteer Social Committee Chair, a position previously held by the late Karen May.

P.J Morgan Real Estate Phone Number Direct: 402-397-7775

Omaha marketer Susan Stern intends to video record the annual meeting, schedule permitting.

Please review the agenda here.

ECC ‘NEW’ Segment: What We Spotted!

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ECC Park Portable Potty

In a new segment entitled “What We Spotted,” we share what captured our attention during a walk on September 26, 2013, in & around Elk Creek Crossing on this beautiful fall afternoon in northwest Omaha, Nebraska.

The first thing that caught our eye was a portable bathroom tucked in between two park trees. Well, if you gotta go, now you can! Thank you.

Breaking NEWS! Sprayground Still Open Post Labor Day! Huh?20130926_151536

Labor Day is over, correct? Then why is the Stone Ridge East Sprayground still open and running water after Monday, September 2, 2013?

After a morning investigation, we have the answer! First, we had to track down which entity manages the Stone Ridge Sprayground. No quick and easy task.

After a handful of phone calls, we discovered that no, the northwest Omaha splash park is not run by the city of Omaha nor Celebrity Homes. Turns out a local law firm administers Stone Ridge East neighborhood, which, by the way, remains an S.I.D., a.k.a. unincorporated area of Douglas County, that has not yet been annexed by the city of Omaha.

So, today we called the law firm that manages Stone Ridge East to give them a friendly :) heads up that the water remains on. A representative there expressed their appreciation to ECC, and stated they intend to contact M.U.D. as soon as possible to turn off the agua. Issue closed. End of story. :)

playgroundF Word All Over Playground Tunnel

This one is plain wrong. Someone (s) has defaced with permanent marker the inside of the Elk Creek Crossing park playground tunnel, where this child in the photo is pointing.

Instead of calling the city, let’s do the clean up ourselves. It shouldn’t take long.

Help Now to Keep ECC Nice

“Calling a Volunteer for Saturday, September 28, 2013! For everyone’s sake, especially for children, we need helping hands to remove the expletive-laden graffiti from the tunnel right away! In the past, we’ve successfully used rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover,” notes ECC’s Susan Stern. To volunteer contact us now.

Kind Words for ECC HOA

Ok. Enough said, except we want to share this upbeat posting from an ECC resident:

Thanks to the association for the beautiful new look at the entrance of Elk Creek Crossing North Branch. – Moniker Hummerh3

Now that’s a wrap of “What we spotted!” We’ll keep you posted again in the future with more enthralling segments. Happy Fall Harvest!

Famous ‘Neighbor Quotations’ | For ECC Residents :)

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Fun & Famous ‘Neighbor Quotations’

”To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people’s places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

”A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.” – Hesiod

”Your neighbor is the man (or woman) who needs you.” – Elbert Hubbard

”Good fences make good neighbors.” – Robert Frost

”When strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated.” – Ralph Nader

Source: Entplaza

Read more famous quotations, including quotes that have a, duh, duh, duh…negative connotation :( here.

Compiled by Susan Stern

Report Problems to City | Phone # List!

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Report Neighborhood Problems | List of City #’s

By Susan Stern
(Elk Creek Crossing, Omaha, NE) —  Is a street sign down? Do you need the ‘Call before you Dig’ phone number before planting a tree or building a fence? Is there a vehicle parked in the street for too long? Report it.  Here is a complete list of City of Omaha departments for your use. Print and save. The directory, also below listed, is comprehensive, and specifically states which number to call for which issue you may encounter.

NEIGHBORHOOD PROBLEMS -WHERE TO CALL

City Services

Air Quality/Odor Control Environmental Services 402-444-6015 / 402-444-6016

Alarm Registrations City Finance 402-996-8058

Alley Maintenance Street Maintenance 402-444-4919

Building Inspections (construction related) 402-444-5350

Building Permits 402-444-5380

Cars, Junk Trailers on Public or Private Property Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Chuck Holes, Debris, Litter Blocking Street, Curb Repairs Street Maintenance 402-444-4919

City Council 402-444-5520

City Parks, Pools, Golf Courses or Rec. Center Problems Parks & Recreation 402-444-5900

City Services Information or Complaints Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Code Enforcement/Planning 402-444-5371

Compost Public Works 402-444-6665

Convention and Visitors Bureau 402-444-4660

Driveway/Curb Cut Permits Public Works 402-444-4978 / 402-444-5101

Issued by Planning 402-444-5214 or 402-444-5380

Empty Bldgs., Vacant Houses, Deteriorated Bldgs.,

Occupied Dilapidated Houses Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Garbage Collection/Recycling/Complaints/Information Quality Control 402-444-5238

Historic Preservation Planning 402-444-3624

Housing Discrimination, Civil Rights Violations Human Rights and Relations 402-444-5055

Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Mayor’s Hotline TTY/TDD 402-996-8490

Mayor’s Office 402-444-5000

“No Parking” or Other Signs Traffic Engineering 402-444-5160

Nuisance Vehicles (Dead Storage on Street or Lawn,

Off Pavement, Auto Litter Improperly Licensed) Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Parks and Recreation 402-444-5900

Public Works Department 402-444-5220

Sewer Problems Sewer Maintenance 402-444-5332

Sidewalks Broken or Obstructed 402-444-5280

Sign Ordinance Information Permits & Inspections 402-444-5362 / 402-444-5364

Snow Removal Complaints (24 hr. line) Street Maintenance 402-444-4919

Speed Bumps 402-444-5250

Street Construction Problems or Complaints (related to constr. project) Public Works 402-444-5109

TDD 402-444-5034

Tenant-Landlord Discrimination Human Rights and Relations 402-444-5055

Traffic Signal Not Working Traffic Engineering 402-444-5160

Trailers or Cars Parked on Front Lawns Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Tree Limbs/Hedges Blocking View of Traffic Parks Maintenance 402-444-5925

Trees, Downed Limbs on City Right-of-Way Street Maintenance 402-444-4919

Trees Marked with an “X” Parks Maintenance 402-444-5925

Unsafe or Dangerous Building or House Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Vehicle Already Towed Impound Lot 402-444-5782 / 402-444-5783

Weeds Over 18”, Yard Litter Weeds & Litter 402-444-5910

Zoning Enforcement Planning 402-444-5371

Zoning Information Planning/Planner’s Desk 402-444-3426

Public Safety

Arson Hotline 402-444-3473

Business Watch 402-444-6518

Crime Prevention Specialists

NE Area 402-444-3367

NW Area 402-444-6478

SE Area 402-444-7743

SW Area 402-444-7928

Crime in Progress 911

Crimestoppers 402-444-STOP (402-444-7867)

Criminal Investigation Bureau, Omaha Police 402-444-5652

North Investigations (Follow up on crimes occurring North of Dodge) 402-444-5696

South Investigations (Follow up on crimes occurring South of Dodge) 402-444-5590

Domestic Violence, Omaha Police 402-444-5825

Fire Department Public Education & Affairs Bureau

(includes Smoke Detector Installation & Operation Detector Home Safe) 402-444-3560

Gang Unit, Omaha Police 402-444-5990

Graffiti to Report Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Hate Crimes 402-444-4283 (402-444-HATE)

Narcotics Unit, Omaha Police 402-444-5680

Neighborhood Watch Program Community Resource Centers (CRC) 402-444-5772

Non-Emergency Police Department Line Central Headquarters, 505 S. 15 Street 402-444-5600

Non-Emergency Police Department to make a

“Crime Report over the Phone” Telephone Response Unit 402-444-4877

Nuisance Vehicles Mayor’s Hotline 402-444-5555

Precinct Captains

Northeast 4316 N. 30 (30 & Taylor) 402-444-6916

Northwest 10245 Wiesman Drive 402-444-7555

Southeast 2475 Deer Park Boulevard (25 & Vinton) 402-444-4041

Southwest 9864 M Street 402-444-6116

Smoke Detector Installation & Operation Check Omaha Fire 402-444-3847

Special Victims Unit (…Sexual Assaults/Child Victim) 402-444-5636

Traffic Unit, Omaha Police 402-444-5860

Vice Squad 402-444-5680

Victim Witness (Misdemeanors) 402-444-4597

General

Animal Control (Strays, Bites, Sick or Injured

Animals, Barking Dogs, or Dead Animals Humane Society 402-444-7800

Before You Dig 402-344-3565 / 1-800-642-8434

Cable Franchise Agreement Questions City Council 402-444-4567

City of Omaha Handgun Ordinance National Safety & Health Council 402-896-0454

Community Support/Energy Assistance Programs (OPPD) 402-636-3654

Concealed Carry Handgun Training National Safety & Health Council 402-896-0454

Community Services/First Call for Help United Way 211

Events HOTLINE 402-444-6800

Gas Leaks, Water Line Breaks, or Fire Hydrants (Emergency) MUD 402-504-7777

Handicap Parking Stickers County Treasurer 402-444-7103

Housing Discrimination (Fair Housing Center) 402-934-6675

Keep Omaha Beautiful 402-444-7774

National Safety Council 402-896-0454

Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222

Rats, Raw Garbage, Open Refrigerator/Freezer in

Yard/Mosquitoes Douglas County Health 402-444-7481

Safe Communities Efforts 402-896-0454

State Ombudsman (Information) 1-800-742-7690 (Toll Free)

Street Lights Out/Electrical Wires Down OPPD 1-800-554-6773

Tenant/Landlord Legal Issues Legal Aid Society 402-348-1060

Douglas County

Assessor’s Office 402-444-7060

Birth and Death Certificates 402-444-7204

County Parks DC Environmental Services 402-444-6362

County Parks and Trails Maintenance DC Environmental Services 402-444-6362

County Roads – Snow Removal / Repairs 402-444-6395

Douglas County Environmental Services 402-444-6181

Douglas County Switchboard 402-444-7000

Drivers’ License Testing Locations
***Closest to ECC | Location 402-595-2040 | 2910 N. 108
Location 402-595-2039 | 7414 N. 30
Location 402-595-3106 | 5730 S. 144

Driver Testing Hours
Testing Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:00

Health Department Information Line / Directory 402-444-7476

Homestead Exemption From Property Taxes County Assessor 402-444-7060

Landfill Office and Information 402-238-2970

Marriage License – County Clerk 402-444-7143

Property Taxes Treasurer’s Office 402-444-7272

Register of Deeds/Property Ownership 402-444-7194

Sanitation (Wells and Septic Systems) 402-444-7485

Sheriff’s Vehicle Inspection Station – 8338 Chicago Street 402-444-7532

Surveyor – Engineer Office (County Roads/Projects) 402-444-6372

Treasurer’s Office 402-444-7280
For more information, contact the City of Omaha online here.

A Neighbors Code of Ethics

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Code of Ethics for Neighborhoods

Re-published under “Fair Use”
Author Jim Thompson
Edited by Susan Stern

♦ Make trash short-lived. They do not improve by age.

♦ Litter is like a smudge on the face. Clean it.

♦ Your trees should grow tall. Your grass should not.

♦ Your home is attached to the ground. The ground is part of the city. The city has a right to set the ground rules. Follow the rules.

♦ You do not have to live with your neighbors, just next to them. Make it a comfortable relationship.

♦ “Hi!” is only a two-letter word. Easy to say, nice to hear.

♦ Control your pets. Your neighbors will appreciate that extra bit of hard work.

♦ Take pride in your neighborhood. It will feel right.

♦ Respect the rights of neighbors and follow existing laws & Covenants.

Garage Sales Date Solid | May 23-25th

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image-calendar-elkcreekcrossing-garage-sales-2013(ECC) —  Get ready, get set. Coming soon…the annual Elk Creek Crossing ‘Garage Sales Extravaganza’ 2013

ECC Garage Sales 2013 – Dates | Memorial Weekend!

May 23-25th
Thursday-Saturday
8a-4p

Advertising

We will run a classified ad in the Omaha World Herald + Post Craig’s List Garage Sale Listings + do some light Web SEO + Leave couple signs at entrance.

What can YOU do to advertise?

We suggest you buy a couple, inexpensive small ‘Garage Sale’ sign (s) found at local retail stores.
Leave them at the ECC main entrance & at stop signs leading to your home – a recommendation.

Tip…

Mutiple signs posted at entrance-ways get the attention of motorists.

Happy Garage Sale Days!

Spring Clean Up Date Set | Sat. April 20 | Big Bulky Item Drop Off

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image-bulky-drop-off-site-omaha-2013Big Bulky Item Drop Off Date Set

(Omaha, NE)  — Old Man Winter may be sticking around for a final hurrah. But weather woes won’t stop the fervor of the city of Omaha ‘Spring Clean Up’ program. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 20th. 9a-2p. These are the times to drop off big bulky items.  Bulky Trash drop off sites are for oversized items that are too large to fit in the garbage can.

Where: Standing Bear Elementary School – at no charge!
When: Saturday, April 20th
Times: 9a-2p

Types of Items that MAY be dropped off as bulky items

  • Furniture
  • Doors
  • Mattresses
  • TV Sets
  • Swing Sets (disassembled)
  • Large Brush
  • Shower Doors (glass taped)

Omaha Tires/Automotive Batteries Drop Off
Saturday, April 20: 9a-2p – Hillsborough Park Parking Lot on 138th & Meridith Ave – free

Big Appliances Drop Off
Saturday, May 4th: 9a-2p –  No-charge drop off at Rockbrook Elementary Parking lot, located at  2514 South 108th Street

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image-earth-day-omaha-2013Earth Day Omaha (near UNO)
Family-fun. Celebrate this Saturday, April 20 at Elmwood Park, 11am-6pm.
Music, crafts, booths.

 

Parade of Pics…

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Thank you Super Volunteers Kelli Smith & Family, Abby Kohll and Zoe Emerson for working as a team to fill 500+ eggs with candy!

Always a hit! Elk Creek Crossing Omaha. Easter Egg Hunt 2013!

Photography courtesy of Susie Stern

ECC Burglary Victim Speaks Out

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Image-kelli-ECC-Theft Victim(ECC)  —  “It’s naive to think that a home burglary can not happen here,” the words of an Elk Creek Crossing resident, whose North Branch Drive home was image-subscribe-nowburglarized after dark on January 19th while she was away. Kelli, whose last name is withheld, said the thief (s) broke the deadbolt on her French doors, jimmied the lock before breaking into her home from the backyard – which overlooks the Papio Trail. “I think the criminal was casing my home. A neighbor had spotted a suspicious-looking white man, wearing track pants, pacing the Papio Trail while chatting on the telephone a couple of times, days before the burglary. He just didn’t look right,” she quoted her neighbor as saying.

After busting the French doors, the thief emptied Kelli’s jewelry box and fled with an estimated $30,000. Police found no fingerprints. Her sentimental belongings were never recovered. Fortunately, however, Kelli had insurance, albeit not enough, she shared. “That’s another issue, I should have gotten my jewelry re-appraised every five years to obtain full value replacement, which I did not,” Kelli emphasized.

ECC Burglary Victim Shares Police Tips

Hindsight is 20/20. Still, Kelli sends a strong message to ECC neighbors about prevention. “Police recommended I install an alarm system and keep it on, which I did immediately.”

Kelli also recommends residents get proactive: report suspicious individuals to police. Another tip: at night, turn on backyard lights. Don’t store jewelry in an obvious place – hide it.

On the day Kelli discovered the burglary, she worked the telephones and notified nearby neighbors. She thinks more needs to be done. “I think residents should subscribe to this Elk Creek Express website. It is an excellent place to share information on what’s happening within our neighborhood. The good and the bad.”  Kelli urges residents to subscribe.
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Read:  An ex-con shares his “expertise” on how homeowners can prevent home burglaries.

Easter Egg Hunt Sat. March 30!

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image-easter-egg-hunt-elk-creek-crossing(ECC) — Attention. Attention. Mark your calendar. Saturday, March 30th 2013 at 10 a.m. is the date of the Elk Creek Crossing Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Come prepared with a basket for fun galore. Hooray.

Volunteers Needed To Fill Eggs

Of course, as always, we seek ECC volunteers to help fill a whopping 500 eggs with candy. Please contact Susie Stern if you’d like to help. “It’s greatly appreciated to have mom’s and dad’s and their kids help us prepare, because without helping hands, it’s just my daughter and I, ha ha.” emphasizes Susie.

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Update: Thus far we have 2 children and 1 adult volunteers. We could use more!

Yes…Trash Pick Up | President’s Day

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trashcan-image-ecc(Omaha, NE)  —  No school. No mail. No Courts. Libraries and the DMV are closed on Monday, February 18, 2013. It’s President’s day, a Federal Holiday. Yet, our trash will be picked up.

The city of Omaha’s trash/YW collector, Deffenbaugh Industries is running on regular schedule. In other words, there’s trash and yard waste collection in Elk Creek Crossing on Monday, February 18th.

Presidents’ or President’s Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

ECC Reminder: Xmas Tree Drop Off Site to Close

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xmas tree drop off omahaXMAS Tree Drop off Sites Close Tuesday

(Omaha, NE)  —  Time may be now to take down the Christmas Tree! All City of Omaha drop off sites close Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – at end of business day. Incidently, the closest Tree Drop site is Tranquility Park, located at 122nd & West Maple – on Maple’s Northside.

OR Drop Off Trees In Nearby Elkhorn…A Mile Longer Drive

20801 Elkhorn Drive –  Behind Chamber of Commerce – 5.16 miles from ECC

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Curbside Xmas Tree YW Allowed

Curbside pick up is permitted. The City asks you prepare the tree as yardwaste:

  • trim branches
  • cutting  trunk to 4 feet
  • bundle branches  with string or twine. 

Sign Up To Receive Garbage Pick Up News

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Post-Storm Aftermath

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(ECC)  —  Elk Creek Crossing got smacked with an estimated 6 inches of snow! Here within ECC, you can spot typical, post-blizzard conditions.

The overnight was marked with intermittent power surges, some tree branches cracking & breaking – an occasional fire alarm blaring its malfunction. December 19, 2012. The date the storm struck us – with a slight vengeance. Today is clean up day.

Our neighborhood schools – closed. City snow plows quickly cleared the side streets – in the a.m. Many homeowners got up early to push snow blowers & shovels in an attempt to clear it all. Off to work – many go – albeit later-than-normal for most.

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Blizzard 2012 Aftermath 165th & Maple Area 005    A cat taking it easy post storm

ECC HOA Annual Meeting Date Set | Election of Officers

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(ECC) —  Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.  at Standing Bear Elementary for the ECC Homeowner’s Annual meeting. It is then when the Board of Director’s shall be elected, present financial reports shared and 2013 budget voted upon, too. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting located at 15860 Taylor Street, inside the cafeteria.

P.J Morgan Real Estate, ECC’s Property Management Company, recently mailed out a notice mentioning same. In the paperwork, is an Official Proxy plus a Board of Directors Volunteer form. If you were interested in joining the Board, the deadline to submit below listed document was November 16th, so the ballot can be printed.

Board of Directors Volunteer Form

Please call P.J. Morgan at 402-397-7775 to see if there’s still time – to volunteer.

Year-Round Yard Waste Collection Here!

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(Omaha, NE)  —  Here’s a reminder – that’s great news! The City of Omaha is, yes, collecting yardwaste during Winter – year-round! So, here within Elk Creek Crossing, that means leaves, branches & the like will be picked up on your regularly scheduled trash day. In June, the City Council had given Deffenbaugh Industries the green light for a contract extension.

Year-round Yardwaste Curbside Instructions
Remember, trash bins should be labeled with a ‘YW”.
You can also use special brown yardwaste bags. Branches and brush must be bundled with twine or string and weight may not exceed 30 pounds each. The dimensions for bundles may be up to 2 inches in diameter and 4 feet long.

No Collection Days on Holidays
Pick up delayed one day:
♦ Christmas Day, December 25th – No Trash or YW pick up
♦ New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013 – No Trash or YW pick up

Christmas Tree Recycling Information
The city recommends you saw and prune trees for recycling.
Please remove any lights, wires, ornaments, the stand and plastic bag, too.
FYI. :) Wreathes & evergreen roping are not collected.

Elk Creek Crossing Christmas Tree Collection Site
Tranquility Park – Site closes January 13, 2013
North 120th & Maple
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‘Smart’ Way to Report City Problems

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Image(Omaha, NE) —  Want to quickly report potholes, overgrown trees or a *dead animal to the city? Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle today unveiled a mobile app that makes it easy as 1,2,3. Once you download the free smart phone application, all you have to do is snap a picture and press ‘send’ to report the problem, of which is automatically submitted to the city for review.

*Although for dead pets in the street, one should call the NE Humane Society direct at 402-444-7800 – quicker.

Download the free app at iTunes or the Google Play Store and is available for iPhone , Android , Blackberry, and Windows phones.

For more city info click here.


Getting Ready 4 Neighborhood Garage Sales!

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Get ready. Get set.
If weather permits, the 2012 Neighborhood Garage Sales Event – shall be one of the best!

Thursday – Saturday
162nd – 165th  – West Maple Road.

Elk Creek Crossing – Located on the northside of Maple.

KETV WEATHER FORECAST

Wednesday  Night:  90% chance of showers and thundershowers.  Cloudy & cool. Low 51. East wind 10 mph.

Thursday:  Cloudy & cool.  Light showers likely before noon. Spotty showers or  drizzle possible after lunch. High 60.  North breeze 10-15mph.

Thursday  Night:  Mostly cloudy, cool. Low 45.

Friday:  Partly  sunny and cool. A 30% chance for afternoon and evening showers. High 70.

Friday  Night: Partly cloudy and cool. Low 54.

Saturday:   Partly cloudy and warmer. High 79.

Saturday  Night:  Partly cloudy. Low 63.

Advertisements running in the OWH Classifieds & Craig’s List.
Homeowners: Feel free to buy 1 or 2 signs and post them at ECC entrance and (1) down your street!

 

Omaha Memorial Day Trash Delay 2012

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(ECC) —  Attn: Elk Creek Crossing residents. There is – no trash collection Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day 2012 in Omaha. The city’s garbage, yardwaste & recyclable collector, Deffenbaugh Industries is observing the federal holiday. So, trash will be collected one day late, i.e., delayed to Tuesday May 29th of this week – for our neighborhood. FYI.

Collections will return to the regular Monday through Friday schedule the week of June 4th through June 8th, 2012.

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Wanted: Volunteers This Week – Garage Sale Flyers

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(ECC)  —  We need more volunteers now!!! Thus far, a handful of helpers, some who don’t even live here, have come forward to drop reminder flyers at the door of ECC homes – to announce the May 31-June 2 Neighborhood Garage Sale Extravaganza. This small group has distributed flyers along 6 ECC streets. We have several hundred flyers left to pass out.

Call Organizer Susie Stern today to help. “It’s great exercise. Plus, it feels fantastic to help our neighborhood ECC community. Thing is, if no one helps or cares, events like these will cease to exist – forever.”

There is even talk about eliminating this ECC HOA website all together. That said, since it’s inception a couple years ago, this website blog has had close to 10,000 visitors. The number now is at 9,550.

So get involved today. Help our neighborhood events stay strong. Volunteers please call Susie 402-212-7489

The Annual ECC Garage Sale Event is sponsored by the Elk Creek Crossing Home Owner’s Association.

Please post comments here, too.

Volunteers Needed this Weekend!

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ECC)  —  The Annual Garage ECC Neighborhood Garage Sale Extravaganza is May 31-June 2nd.

This weekend is the time set aside for volunteers to drop flyers door-to-door.

Notes Organizer Susie Stern, “gotta be candid. Only one family beside mine has come forward to help pass out reminder flyers. There were folks last year, that wished they received a reminder flyer. So, we’re passing ‘em out. But we need hands and feet to participate. So, any help would be fantastic!”

Call Susie at 402-212-7489 today!

Please click here to sign up. Takes a few minutes to register. Thanks!

 

Neighborhood Garage SALE Date Set

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(ECC Omaha) —  It’s official. The date is set for the Elk Creek Crossing Annual Garage Sale Extravaganza! Thursday, May 31-to Saturday June 2nd. Mark your calendar. Notes Organizer Susie Stern, “residents picked the dates this year based on a website poll posted here. The majority of survey participants voted for the post Memorial Day weekend dates. So, it’s final.”

The dates do not coincide with the June 7-9th 2012 Walnut Ridge neighborhood garage sales, it should be noted. There’s concern that shoppers might not make it here, if there’s competition, east of us from shoppers traveling throughout Omaha.

Attn: Volunteers: “Like all ECC events, we need helpers! We have to go door-to-door on foot in the heat to 450 homes to pass out flyers. Grab the kids! Help – appreciated. So, please call or for tech-savvy individuals sign up online here to help our fantastic neighborhood” emphasizes Susie Stern. Flyers should be distributed during the May 19th weekend. 402-212-7489

Advertisements shall run in the Omaha World Herald classifieds and Craig’s List Omaha.

Water Park “Attempted Abduction” False Alarm

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Photo Courtesy of Celebrity Homes

By Susan L. Stern

(Stone Ridge Neighborhood) There’s misinformation and rumors circulating that a 15-year-old young man apparently attempted to abduct an 7-year-old boy at the Stone Ridge Park, northeast of Elk Creek Crossing – a.k.a. the water park – using the ruse – paraphrased, “I can’t find my dog. Can you help?” Turns out, that according to KETV, which cited the Douglas County Sheriff’s office – that the apparent abduction reported on March 16, 2012 was a – false alarm.

KETV quoted Douglas County Chief Deputy Marty Bilek as originally saying before the false alarm was discovered, that “the fact that the person had a dog leash without a dog at the end of it, that’s almost a prop that they’re going to use to try to entice the child.”

In a final KETV report on March 22, 2012, authorities concluded, after hearing from the alleged perpetrator who contacted police to set the record straight, that he was indeed looking for his missing dog, and no, had not attempted to abduct the 7-year-old boy.

Opinion: This report demonstrates that it’s important for parents to continue to teach their children, that if they are approached by a stranger claiming their pet is lost, to run away to a parent for help. The 7-year-old boy handled the matter appropriately, and his parents should be commended for teaching their child the right way to handle this situation.

Watch KETV video here for story.

Take Poll – Garage Sale Date Preferences!

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Note: Our neighbors, Walnut Ridge is having their Garage Sales Thursday-Saturday: June 7-9th.
Choose ‘Other” in Poll for those dates.

ECC Easter Egg Hunt – A Hit!!!

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Happy Easter &/Or Passover ECC residents!
The Elk Creek Crossing HOA (Home Owner’s Association) Sponsored this fabulous Annual Event!

Thank you volunteers!

Lisa-Fuller Graper, Megan Graper, Lila Dinnel, Charlie Dinnel, Megan Cieloha, Adam Cieloha, Nick Cieloha, Sydney Leuser, Maddie Carter, Abby Kohll and Susie Stern.

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Photography/Video slide quickly produced gratis by Susie Stern, a full-service Marketing Consultant in Omaha.

Yeppers…Hunt is Still On~!

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(ECC Park)  —  Grab not only your Easter Egg basket, but a pair of rain shoes and perhaps an umbrella. The Easter Egg Hunt here at ECC is still on – despite the rain. “We can’t do a rain date, and we have 800 eggs filled with yummy candy. So, rain or shine, the hunt is a go,” says Susie Stern event organizer.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. today at the park.

The hunt is sponsored by the ECC HOA (Home Owner’s Association).

Volunteers Needed Now!

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(ECC)  —  We need volunteers right away as ECC HOA organizers prep for the Saturday, April 7, 2012 10:30 a.m. neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. “So far some great volunteers have put forth time and effort, like Lisa Graper-Fuller and daughter, Lila & Charlie Dinnel and her 2 girls and Abby Kohll and I have distributed over 150 flyers at the doors of homes, but we have an estimated 300 flyers left. The hot temps have hampered the efforts a bit,” notes organizer Susie Stern.

Volunteers please call Susie Stern today if you want to help! “Beside giving back to our great neighborhood, passing out flyers door-to-door is great exercise, too!” says Susie. The deadline to distribute flyers to an estimated 450 ECC homes is Wednesday.

Thank you!

 

 

Susie Stern: 402-212-7489

Yard waste Pick Up Delays…

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(Omaha, NE)  —  Leave yard waste at the curb. Pick up is running – behind schedule. That’s the word from the city of Omaha’s website wasteline.org, referring to Deffenbaugh Industries, Omaha’s yard waste collector: “Some delays are occurring in yard waste collection due to the volume of material,” and unseasonably early warm temperatures.

Easter Bunny Coming Here!~

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(ECC Park)  —  Super exciting news! Eggs-tra Special!~ The Easter bunny shall be hopping our way, one day before Easter!!!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Park.

Families please bring your baskets and little bunny kids and grandchildren for ECC HOA’s Egg hunt of all time. “It was such a hop, skip and jump of excitement last year, we filled a whopping 800 eggs with candy this year – 300 more than 2011,” says Organizer Susie Stern. Then, we put on our walking shoes and dropped off event reminder flyers at ECC homes, a project ongoing.

Rain or shine (except severe weather, of course).  Sat. April 7, 2012. 10:30 a.m. Park.

‘No Go’ Early Yardwaste Pickup

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By Susan Stern

(Omaha, NE)  — “No exceptions, yard waste left at the curbside now, will not be collected,” that is the voice-mail message left on the city of Omaha wasteline phone line today. The issue has arisen because ECC homeowners, have left brown yard waste bags at the curbside in hopes of pick up today.

Upon further investigation, this ECC ‘News – You Can Use’ reporter Susan Stern spoke directly to a clerk of same department. She reiterated the policy, that “Omaha Yardwaste collection for the Elk Creek Crossing neighborhood does not start until Monday, April 2, 2012.”

So, the option appears to either dispose of the bags of leaves, branches & other dead foliage another way – OR, store the bags in the garage – where it certainly may end up causing an unpleasant smell.

ECC Kids for Hire!

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Posted on April 1, 2014:

BABYSITTER WANTED

We are looking for a neighborhood girl for babysitting-must be able to drive and reliable-can you help me with this?  or refer me to whom I can contact

 Thank you very much
Amy Bamburg
16307 Manderson

 Phone Number : 402-504-4722

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