Zoom Video Conferencing Alert

With a lot of us now spending more time at home but still wanting to stay in touch with co-workers, family, and friends, the free video conferencing platform Zoom has recently received a lot of attention.

I’m hearing a lot of questions asking how something that looks this good can really be free. ALWAYS a good question. Everyone should be cautious and aware that Zoom isn’t really ready for prime time yet.

Their platform is full of holes. Important security holes. They’ve admitted it and are working to fix things but it’s gonna be a long time until it’s anywhere near acceptable vis-à-vis privacy, encryption, and breach security.

Truth is, most everyone already has a bullet-proof solution in Facetime or Skype. For now, stick with them!

Click below for a good high-level NPR article highlighting some of the Zoom issues.

[NPR Article Link]

 

 

 

Subscribing to our VDO NEWS Feed

Want to be the first to know about something for sale or offered free here in the neighborhood?

It’s now pretty easy! With our new website tools HOA communications can come instantly to your email inbox.

This week there’s been free patio paint, a free window, a couple looking to buy bikes, someone selling a brand new Alexa Echo cheap, and even a good samaritan offering to shop for folks who can’t get out to the grocery store.

It’s also how you’ll receive HOA meeting notices and minutes, technical tips, wildlife alerts, and more!

Click [here] or on the page to the left for easy step-by-step directions … and welcome aboard!

 

 

 

Two Bikes Wanted for VDO Couple

We’re looking for two bikes with upright riding positions to travel around the 3 Canyons area and easy dirt roads.

Looking to spend around $250-ish?

We’re also looking for any advice; we used to do quite a bit of technical mountain biking but now want comfortable road cruisers with gears for hills.

The Arrigoni’s at turtleandhawk at gmail dot com or 5 41 727 19 80.

 

 

 

FREE: New Double-Paned Window

We have a large double-paned window panel from Greer Millworks that apparently was the wrong size when the house was built. (Previous owner left it leaning up in the garage with a small sticky saying, “wrong size.”)
The glass has some sort of suncoat, also labelled as Low-E. Dimension is about 70” x 29.5”. Free to VDO resident or if you have a friend who is building something and could use it.
Mark & Diana Doyle
mark at semi-local dot com

 

 

 

Seniors-Only Grocery Hours

All three major grocery stores in Sierra Vista are offering Seniors-Only Hours:

Walmart — Tue 0600-0700 hrs (60+)
Fry’s — Mon thru Thu 0600-0700 hrs (60+)
Safeway — Tue and Thu 0700-0900 hrs (65+)

If you’re up early, it’s a great way to shop higher stocking levels, thinner herds, and with fellow seniors who seem to be following better hygiene standards than the norm. It’s working for Diana and I!

 

 

Can’t get out? Need some help shopping?

If there is anyone here in VDO that can’t or shouldn’t go out … one of our kind neighbors, Jane Huff, has graciously volunteered to brave the shopping storm for you.

“If I go to town and could pick up something for anyone I would be honored to do so. I can leave the item on the door step if desired and you can pay me by mail or whenever all of this is over.”

huffrx at gmail dot com

Thank you Jane!

 

 

Lucy’s Warbler Nestbox Project

This spring, a handful of VDO residents are piloting a Lucy’s Warbler Nestbox Project in conjunction with Tucson Audubon Society. Resident Clark Bloom kindly built some boxes to the latest specs. Lucy’s Warblers are one of the few cavity-nesting warblers and with the loss of available nesting sites in mesquite bosques, they’re now listed as a Species of Conservation Concern. We’ll keep VDO neighbors updated as we work to provide nesting homes for these adorable warblers!

You can read about TAS’s project here: http://tucsonaudubon.org/lucys-warblers-and-nestboxes/