Important Member Communication

Important Reminder: Nanny Update

An important email PSP sent to members on January 19, 2014 about recent trouble we've experienced with nannies in Park Slope.

 

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Important Reminder About Choosing a Daycare/Preschool

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Dear PSP Members,

There have been a few situations in the past weeks that warrant us posting information that you should be aware of regarding Daycares and Preschools.

 

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Update on Nanny Posts to the Classifieds (September 2012)

September 8, 2012:

Hey All,

This summer has been busy for the Park Slope Parents Nanny moderators.  We've had a number of fraudulent recommendations to the PSP Classifieds (and many more that didn't make it to the list). We've been on the phone with recommenders, shaking the trees for "the real story."  Most recently we had an employer let a nanny go because she realized that the references she had relied on to hire her nanny were fake. It was heartbreaking for us as well as the family.

 

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Safety Reminders for Your Home

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Earlier this month, a PSP member came home to an intruder in her home. It was after she had put her toddler down for a nap that she discovered him hiding in her bathroom. The intruder was able to force his way into her apartment because the lock had not been deadbolted. This is a reminder to the community that locking the knob or lever lock is not enough to protect against break-ins and should never be relied upon as the main security lock. 

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the proactive measures you can take to keep your home and family safe.

An alarming story, right? Okay — deep breath, exhale.

There are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your home. Here are some reminders about keeping your home safe in a big city.

 

WATCH:

 

OVERVIEW:

  • Lock your home whether you are at home or away.
  • Get good locks, deadbolts preferred. If you don’t have good locks, upgrade (you can talk to one of these PSP member recommended locksmiths: http://bit.ly/1SfsPpY
  • If you are in a building, make sure that the locks to the building are secure. Get the landlord or building to upgrade to metal plates put on doors so they can’t be opened easily.
  • Do not let anyone in the building you don’t know. Be wary of the vague “I forgot my keys” if you live in a big building. Send reminders to your building that folks NOT buzz in anyone they don’t know.
  • Close all windows when you leave the house.
  • If you have a glass backdoor consider replacing it or adding a storm door to make entry more difficult. Similarly, think about adding storm windows as well.

When break-ins happen perpetrators most often gain entry by:

  • Front doors left open, unsecured.
  • Unlocked rear windows
  • Fire escape windows
  • Forcing locked doors, mainly the front, due to inadequate locks.

 

REMEMBER:

  • Call 911 immediately if you have a break-in. Often perpetrators are still in the vicinity. Waiting to call 911 can decrease the chances of catching perpetrators.
  • There is more safety information on the Park Slope Parents website including stranger danger, safety in Prospect Park safety, street harassment, kids riding the subway alone, and more: http://bit.ly/PSPSlopeSafety

 

REMEMBER TO:

  • Secure all windows and doors, even if it’s only for a moment. Air conditioners/window fans should be secured to the window opening to prevent being pulled out or pushed in.
  • Keep your blinds and curtains closed when you’re gone.
  • Install and lock a secondary locks.
  • Do not leave your electronics (laptops, iPods, etc) near your windows in plain view.
  • Install only FDNY approved safety gates on fire escapes or ground level windows.
  • Avoid keeping large sums of money and jewelry in your home. If possible, utilize safes and lock boxes to help prevent theft of your personal items.
  • Remember that some windows open up as well as down.

 

BE ALERT FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY:

  • Be alert for strange people in your building, around your home and around your neighbor's homes. DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL 911 to report any unusual behavior observed.  All calls will be kept confidential.
  • If you observe unfamiliar people who are attempting to enter your location, notify police to investigate. Especially if they are attempting to enter the building immediately behind you.
  • If you see a person and/or vehicle on your block for an extended amount of time loitering with no apparent purpose, CALL 911 to make a report. Please make note of important vehicle information, such as license plate, car model, and color.
  • Please refrain from posting any non-official information/descriptions of wanted person(s)/vehicles on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter etc. as it could interfere with ongoing investigations. Instead, please supply any information to your local precinct.
  • If you have any information regarding a burglary please contact your local precinct detective squad.

 

MORE HELP:

The NYPD has programs to register your electronics so that stolen items might be recovered (more here: http://bit.ly/PSPOperationID). You can also obtain stickers on your car so that that if it's being driven during 1am and 5am, the police have the right to stop the driver. There are other great safety initiatives too, stickers they can put on bikes, stickers on older people's vehicles, so that if someone 25 and younger is driving the car they can be stopped, etc.

If you are a victim of any crime, no matter how petty, please report it. Find out more here about what to do: http://bit.ly/1qZo8EE

 

FINALLY:

In the end remember that material things are always replaceable, but people aren't. Be safe and don't try to fight or chase an attacker.

 

SIDE NOTE:

This incident took place in the 72nd precinct and from what this mom told me they’ve been very helpful. The folks at the 78th Precinct have also been really helpful over the years.

 

Made it this far? Great! Thanks for reading, listening, and being a great member of this community. If we all work together we can help ourselves, neighbors and kids be safer!

 

 

Coming Together in Changing Times

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Dear Park Slope Parents members,

Like many of you, the past few days have been emotional for many on the PSP team. We are grateful for the Park Slope Parents community more than ever. We are a strong network of 5,000+ diverse Brooklyn families with different backgrounds, different beliefs, and different cultures. That difference makes us a community we are proud to be part of. This is a time for us to come together through these difficult times and honor and respect our diversity.

In addition to our Advice List, we have over 100+ specialty groups including the LGBTQ group, African American Caribbean Heritage Group, Spanish Group, Volunteer Corps and many others. Members of the LGBTQ community are concerned and we’re working on answers to questions of marriage and adoption laws in light of the election results.  We’re also looking into interest in a South Asian Group (in partnership with the existing Mixed Masala group) and Mixed-Race Group.  If you need support or have questions and concerns, please reach out. If you are not a PSP member or would like to renew your membership, follow the steps here.

We have had members asking each other questions including where to rally, how to explain the election results to your child, and books recommendations that easily explain the electoral college. Here are the events that you can attend over the next few days:

 

Friday, November 11th

What: Love Rally
When: Washington Square Park, Manhattan
When: 2pm- 7pm

What: Healing Service
Where: Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn
When: 4pm – 8pm (service at 6:30)

Saturday, November 12th

What: Candlelight Vigil for Hope and Human Kindness
Where: Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument,  Fort Greene Park
When: 4:30pm - 6pm

What: March @ Union Square
Where: Union Square, Manhattan
When: 12pm – 4pm

Sunday, November 13th

What: I Support Love; I Reject Hate
Where: Grand Army Plaza
When: 9am- 12pm

What: Girls Read for Girls Event
When: 3pm- 5pm
More information >

 

Through all of this uncertainty we want to stay focused on creating positive change.  We are organizing great outreach events with local not-for-profits around the holidays—Thanksgiving pie drives, gift drives, wrapping parties and holiday parties for homeless shelters. We are also reaching out to local officials and other organizations about having in-person events to strengthen and grow our community and celebrate our differences. Stay tuned on ways to channel your energy into doing good.

We’re all in this wonderful parenting journey together. Let's bring our collective wisdom and expertise and show what being great truly is.

Best,

Park Slope Parents Team

 

sign up or renew your membership today

 

IMPORTANT: Park Slope Parents is moving off Yahoo! Groups

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Heads up!

We're moving off Yahoo! 

Great News! We’re moving off Yahoo! groups for our Classifieds and Advice/Community Groups in the coming weeks! 

Launch Date: December 1

NOTE: YAHOO! GROUPS HAS BEEN GLITCHY so it's great timing! 

Here are some of the GREAT things about the move:

  • No more invites   The new system allows us to add you to groups. There will still be a short delay as it’s still not an automated process, but no more looking for invites in spam. 
  • Easy login   You can easily login to the new system to search for messages. No more YahooIDs or need for Yahoo at all—ever again. 
  • Streamlining   The new system will sync one email rather than multiple emails for Yahoo and our membership site (Club Express). No more, “your message didn’t post because the email is different than the one on Yahoo!” 
  • #Hashtags   We’ll be using hashtags for commonly posted message so you can easily find things such as #Nanny, #RealEstate, or #Anonymous posts.  Easier Posting Insert photos, attachments and links into messages easily and quickly.  Search The new site has a working search! (If you've noticed the most recent search results end mid-September.) 
  • Archives   We’re moving 15 years of messages to the new system. You’ll be able to search old discussions and topics (e.g., the history of a nanny’s employment).  More delivery options Along with individual and digest options, there’s finally an option for a daily summary you can skim and decide if you want to read more!

How things will work: 

ALL your messages for ALL your groups will be sent to the email you used to sign up for your Park Slope Parents membership. Your Advice and Classifieds messages will go to the same address. You will be able to change your default email once we change systems if you need to, but it will change the email related to your membership as well. 

UPDATE: Everyone will be joined to the Advice/Community group (the best place for general parenting advice and community news), and if you've requested to join the Classifieds we'll add you to that group as well. We started as one group and are going back to our roots!  Note: Nothing will change with your baby groups, career groups, dads/moms group or any other specialty groups at this time. 

It's gonna be great, but PLEASE be patient with us.  These changes may come with some bumps in the road. We’re confident that this system will be a huge improvement (or we wouldn’t be doing it) but it may mean a kink or two for a few of you. We'll get you fixed up-- promise!  Our team will be on hand to assist anyone who needs help at:  

Thanks!  Susan, Melissa, Rachel, Carla, Sabrina and Ellen The PSP Membership Team

 

PSP's Advice and Classifed Group Left Yahoo, Moved to groups.parkslopeparents.com

It's happening!

We've moved off Yahoo!

We've transitioned onto our new platform December 1st. As of NOON Thursday, November 30th we stopped approving messages on our Advice/Community and Classifieds Yahoo Groups. If you sent/send us something we will direct you to post the message to our new group. You'll receive instructions for posting once we’re live so it doesn't get lost.

WHERE TO NOW LOGIN:

 

HELP US MAKE IT SEAMLESS: 

Please do some quick prep work so things work as seamlessly as possible. Add these emails to your safe sender and contacts so messages come to your inbox (and not spam):

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

 Consistency: Current members of the Yahoo Advice/Community and Classifieds will start receiving emails from the new groups at the same frequency as before. Your message delivery will stay the same as your Yahoo preference (yay!). If you signed up for one of these groups but never got around to getting on the group you'll start receiving messages as well. 
Messages will come from our new email addresses:

Streamlining: Messages will be sent to your membership-related email (where you paid your membership fee). You can easily change this once we’re live. Flexibility. We’ll send you instructions on changing your email or settings tomorrow.  NOTE: Nothing will change with your baby groups, career groups, dads/moms group or any other specialty groups at this time. It's gonna be great, but do be patient with us. These changes may come with some bumps in the road. We’re confident that this system will be a huge improvement (or we wouldn’t be doing it) but it may mean a kink or two for a few of you. We'll get you fixed up- promise! 

Our team will be on hand to assist anyone who needs help at:  

 

IF YOU ARE A FORMER MEMBER:

Sounds cool right? That's because it is! If you are you former member and want to connect with PSP again (our members rock), REJOIN today at: https://parkslopeparents.clubexpress.com

 

NOT A MEMBER and are a parent in Brooklyn?  JOIN today at: https://parkslopeparents.clubexpress.com

 

THANKS!

Susan, Melissa, Rachel, Carla, Sabrina and Ellen
The PSP Membership Team

 

It's Gonna be Great!