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Hadleigh Woods Gazette

     Volume 56                                      website: hadleighwoods.com                                   May 2011

 

Its here.......May.  We survived!  Now, we're watching the transition from grey to green, from bleak to blooming.

Sometimes we take the metamorphosis for granted.  We forget to watch for that robin or overlook that nest in the nearby bush.  A sure sign of spring are the honey and bumblebees flitting from flower to flower doing some critical work for us....pollinating.  They're responsible for providing us with the blossoms and crops to enjoy in the months ahead.

Watch closely as our woods and grounds around us gradually erupt into varied shades of green and splashes of color.  By Memorial Day all will be transformed.  You'll look one day, in wonder, surprised that you missed the moments when it all took place. Don't miss it!

Cheers

Dolly

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 Important Association News

From the President and the Board

Storm drains – per recommended upkeep of the storm drains, they are to be cleaned every 3 years and they will be done this spring.

Insurance – a reminder that the condo insurance change implemented at renewal in 2010, the association deductible for a claim is $2,500 and each building is $5,000.  The only exception to this is for ice damage which is $2,500 per unit.

SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING - Our semi-annual meeting will be held this year on Thursday, June 9th at 7 pm at the Windham Senior Center.  Our own Weight Loss Group is planning a pizza supper prior to the meeting for those attending.  Pizza will be served at 6 PM. 

Water System - Due to the on-going investigation of our water quality, it has been decided to postpone starting the irrigation system.  Because of this, no fertilizing, planting, etc. will be done at this time.  It is recommended not to plant additional items until the water system is up and running.  More detailed information will be given at the semi-annual meeting in June.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

 

 

Winter Damage - Repair work for snowplowing damage is in the process of being conducted and should be completed soon. 

A listing of all outside winter damage is complete and necessary repairs are being investigated.  Those people who have cosmetic damage from ice/water damage, please notify the Board.

Lamp posts - Some of our lamp post lights have been damaged. The replacement parts are no longer available, therefore we have replaced all six of the lights on Blackburn Road with new ones and we will use those parts to repair the others.

 Someone left a key in the mailbox with no identification tag. Would you please notify someone on the Board as to which unit that this key belongs to.

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Hadleigh Woods Yard Sale

The Hadleigh Woods yard sale will be Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Gerda or Betty.  The cost is $2.00 to cover the ads and signage.

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 Team Maintenance Household Tip

Low flow from a faucet or showerhead – This often is caused by sediment buildup. Remove the showerhead or faucet’s aerator (the aerator is the small screen screwed into the end of the faucet). If this requires the use of a wrench, apply a few layers of masking tape or duct tape to the faucet or showerhead to reduce the odds that you’ll scratch the finish. Clean the aerator or showerhead with an old toothbrush, and soak it in white vinegar if necessary. If the aerator won’t come clean, buy a replacement. Shut the sink’s drain before removing the aerator so that small parts won’t be lost.

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Thanks

Thanks to Terry for donating three chairs for the use at the Gazebo. More room to enjoy the nice weather…and some neighborly relaxation.  Thanks Terry.

Windham Earth Day – Thank you to Gratia, Harry, Marian, Hartley, Joanne & Richard for removing debris from the Rail Trail and Roulston Road.

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Beginning in this issue of the Gazette we will be reporting on the activities of our Board of Directors.  Hopefully, this will make us more aware and appreciative of the work that our Board performs.

February 4, 2011 meeting:

Received opinion from attorney John Bisson regarding age and noise issues. The Board determined that a permanent resident is defined as a unit owner.  Anyone else in the unit is a guest or a family member.  Renters must follow the 55 or older rule.

Out of necessity and safety the Board contracted B & C to move snow in preparation for another storm. The cost for this work came to $3,350. Plowing and early snow plow list complaints were brought to the attention of B & C with their promise to resolve these issues.

Tom T. has agreed to continue to manage the pump house. Roger will meet with Lewis water people to discuss the Board’s concerns.  The Board has received complaints about water problems including salt, sites of water testing, discharge into wetlands, and water softening systems which will be looked into by the Board.

                               March 4, 2011 meeting:

Board discussion about leaks in nine units. Will compare with incidents in 2008 for similarities.  At issue is who is responsible for the $2,500 deductible on each claim. Some owners feel that this should be paid for by the association. These owners need to put their concerns in writing. The Board would then decide, and if agreed upon, the association members would vote on it.

Snow removal complaint that driveway was not completed. However, there was a vehicle parked in the driveway making it impossible for contractor to plow.

Several mailboxes and lights need to be replaced/repaired due to snow plow damage. Contractor will be held responsible for these damages.

Water System Emergency Plan was updated, approved, distributed and posted on our website. Water quality was also reviewed. While not a health hazard, the quality of our water has been steadily getting worse since 2002. ADEDGE Co., a water engineering specialty firm has been contacted for their expertise with this issue.

 

Landscape Committee

Please do not park on the grass and inform your guest not to park on the lawns. The streets are certainly wide enough and there is plenty of excess parking areas to avoid this situation. Thank You

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New Neighbors

The Hadleigh Woods Community would like to welcome our newest neighbors.  Michele and John recently purchased a unit from Cathy & Roger. We hope that they enjoy our little community of friendly, helpful and active adults as much as we do.

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 ONGOING

Breakfast Every Friday at 8:30 AM.   An informal breakfast, open to all residents and guests of Hadleigh Woods, is held every Friday at 8:30 AM at the Alley Kat Grill located inside the Park Place Lanes, unless you are notified differently.

Bowling Every Wednesday at 3:00 PM.  The H-WOpen-To-All” bowling party is held every Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 PM at Park Place Lanes.  After, around 5:00 PM, everyone is welcome to join in for dinner at J. Michael’s Sports Pub on Rockingham Road. 

Notice: The first week of each month we go to the Windham Country Kitchen after bowling and not J. Michaels. 

Rail Trail Every Sunday.  Our walking of the rail trail will begin on Sunday, May 1st, beginning between 8:00 and 8:30 AM.  We will meet for breakfast at the Kitchen at Windham Junction around 9:30 AM.

Hadleigh Woods Diet Group. A number of residents gather every Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM to weigh in and give ideas and encouragement for losing weight. The cost is $2.00 per week. Anyone interested in joining, please contact Joanne (978-828-3378) or Gratia (890-3140).