Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Connaught Heights Resident’s Association

 Up-dated notice with web links!
Hope to see you on December 10th!  Don't forget to share this information with your neighbours!
General Meeting on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:30PM

Location: 2201 - 8th Avenue, NWR

Pentecostal Church Recreation Room (Enter from the west side parking lot)

We would like to invite you to our last meeting of the year!

We will have Inspector Phil Eastwood with us to talk about the new strategic plan for the New Westminster Police Department.

The last Strategic Plan spanned 2012 to 2016 and the New Westminster Police Department is starting to look for input for the new plan and your input is most welcome with this process! We invite you to come out and learn more about how the new Strategic Plan will be created and why it’s important to each and every one of us in the neighbourhood.

You don’t need to be a member to attend, but new members to the Connaught Heights Resident’s Association are always welcome!

Other items on the agenda include some association housekeeping items as we near the end of the year and any new business that arises.

CHRA contact information

CHRA President:  Mike Bohn    E-mail:

CHRA Community Policing Community Rep:  Mike Walmsley 


Four important links:

New Westminster City Page Online

New Westminster Police Department

New Westminster Community Policing Committee

Don’t forget to tell your neighbours and invite them too!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The CHRA's Next General Meeting

Our next General Meeting is just around the corner.  On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 we will meet at 7:30PM at 2201 8th Ave (The Connaught Heights Pentecostal Church).

We will have a guest from the NWPD Inspector Eastwood with questions for the community.  As well as some community association housekeeping and new business.

Please come join us!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NWPD - Increase in Stolen Vehicles in New Westminster

After noticing a recent increase in vehicle thefts, the NWPD will be increasing some of its enforcement efforts and targeting auto thieves.

Between January 1st and June 30th of this year there were 120 vehicles reported stolen in New Westminster, in addition to 53 reports of attempted thefts of vehicles. During this same six month period in 2013 there were 71 reported vehicle thefts and 19 reported attempts.
“We have been having excellent success lowering our crime rates in recent years,” said Chief Constable Dave Jones. “Quite simply, we are not going to accept this kind of bump in our auto theft rates – we are going to be aggressive and target those responsible.”
Included are the following measures:
  1. Increased surveillance of auto theft suspects in New Westminster.
  1. Increased forensic processing of recovered stolen vehicles, and increased focus on following up on the forensic hits that result (fingerprints, DNA etc).
  1. Increased compliance checks for prolific offenders on court ordered conditions.
  1. Liaising with the Provincial auto theft unit (IMPACT) for increased enforcement in the New Westminster area.
“While increased enforcement and targeting of prolific offenders can be used to combat this problem, the public can also play a significant role in reducing auto theft by following certain vehicle theft prevention tips,” said Staff-Sergeant Paul Hyland.

Tips for protecting vehicles from theft (courtesy of ICBC):
  1. Use an anti-theft device – electronic immobilizers are the best protection. They’re hard wired into vehicles and shut down the starter, ignition and/or fuel system. They require a special key or electronic device to start the engine, and usually attach to your key ring.
  1. Steering wheel locks are a good visual deterrent for auto thieves, however they offer a lower form of protection than immobilizers.
  1. Don’t keep spare keys or valet keys in your vehicle
  1. Where possible, park vehicles in secure areas, or if you have to park on the street, park in well-lit areas, near pedestrian traffic.
  1. If parking on the street, take your garage door opener with you.
  1. When entering a parking garage, wait for the garage security gate to close behind you, or thieves could take this opportunity to get inside.
NWPD Crime Analysts have also noted the following vehicle types as the ones most likely to be stolen in the New Westminster area, which is similar to what ICBC has observed in their statistics in the Lower Mainland. Owners of these vehicles are asked to be extra vigilant:
  1. Honda Civics (1990-1999 models)
  2. Ford F350 Trucks (2000-2009 models)
  3. Honda Accords (1990-1999 models)
  4. Dodge Caravans (1990 -1999 models)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Giant Hogweed Sighting in Connaught Heights

The City of New Westminster would like to inform residents that giant hogweed has been sighted in the Connaught Heights neighbourhood.  We ask you to be on the lookout for any signs of hogweed and report it immediately so it can be removed.

Giant Hogweed poses a serious threat to human health and the environment. The clear sap found in its stem and hairs is very corrosive and even brushing against the plant can result in severe burns and blistering.

If you discover the plant, please do not touch it.

Giant hogweed can be identified by its reddish-purple stem with fine spines, and its spotted leaf stalks. The plant can grow about 16ft (5m) high, has leaves up to 5ft (1.5m) wide, and has flower heads which can each produce about 50,000 seeds every year. The plant typically grows on riverbanks, ravines, vacant lots or along roads, but can also occur on residential property. 

Removal and Disposal
If you find Giant Hogweed on your property, it needs to be removed as per the City's Unsightly Premises Bylaw No. 5969, 1991.
  • It is best to let a professional remove this plant.
  • CAUTION - If you are going to remove the plant yourself, always wear protective, waterproof clothing, gloves and safety goggles and followWork Safe BC instructions on their safety bulletin and video.
  • NEVER compost the plant or put in your Cleaner, Greener Bin.
  • Dispose of all plant parts in double-bagged garbage bags (preferably clear) and put out for curbside collection.
  • Do not transfer soil from within four metres of the plant as the soil may contain Giant Hogweed seed.
  • Continue to monitor the area for several years.
  • If you are exposed to Giant Hogweed, wash the affected area immediately, keep it out of the sun and seek medical advice.
If you find Giant Hogweed on your property, please contact the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver at 604-880-8358 or report the weed online.

To report any sightings on City property, please call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691.

Railway Whistle Cessation Meeting

Please be advised that on Wednesday July 9, 2014, the City of New Westminster and Southern Railway are hosting an information meeting regarding whistle cessation and community railway safety along the Southern Railway corridor, including Queensborough. The railway whistle cessation meeting will provide an update to the community of progress being made on these matters, along with anticipated timelines for completion. 

Information Meeting Details:Wednesday, July 9, 2014
7:00 pm
Rozzini’s Restaurant, 211 Ewen Ave, New Westminster

Friday, June 27, 2014

NWPD Warns Seniors About Recent Scams

The NWPD are warning the public about recent frauds that took a significant amount of cash from two local seniors. In the first instance, on June 19th, the victim received a phone call from a male believed to be his son stating that he needed money for damages from an accident he had in Victoria after attending a rock concert. The male said he was going to send a friend to meet the victim to collect the money. The victim then attended a local bank in the Uptown area and withdrew a significant amount of cash. The victim then met the “friend” nearby who is described as follows:
  • South Asian male
  • Approx. 35 yrs
  • 5’8″ height
  • Wearing a maroon shirt
  • Wearing tinted prescription sun glasses
The victim gave the money to the male and he departed the area. The victim spoke with his actual son later that day to discover that he had never called requesting money. Surveillance video in the area has been requested and the investigation is ongoing.
In the second incident, on June 19th, the victim reported that she received a telephone call from a private number from a male advising he was her grandson. The male said he needed money to pay for damages incurred during a car crash that he had caused driving while impaired in Victoria, BC. The victim was again told to meet with a friend of her grandson who would deliver this money to [the grandson]. The victim then met the “friend” on the street outside her home. The male is described as follows:
  • Black male who went by the name “Brian”
  • Approx. 25 years old
  • 6″2-6″4 height
  • Wearing a black leather jacket with pockets that snapped shut
  • Wearing black dress pants
  • Wearing black shoes
  • Wore jewelry (nothing specified)
The victim handed the money to “Brian” and he departed the area. She then contacted her grandson the next day to then realize that she had been the victim of fraud and her grandson had never contacted her requesting money. This investigation is ongoing.
“We urge Seniors to verify the identity of people claiming to be their relative over the telephone and asking them for money”, says Sgt. Diana McDaniel. If you receive a call like this, and are unsure what to do, please call the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411 and report the incident.
If anyone can provide any information about these crimes, please contact Constable Janet Beeson or Constable Shannon McLeod at 604-525-5411 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Penny Carnival This Saturday!

The annual Penny Carnival at Connaught Heights Church is this Saturday and offers fun for all kids.  Each game is just 1 penny!

Saturday, Jun 21, 2014    11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Connaught Heights Church, 2201 8th Ave. New Westminster