Hadleigh Woods Gazette

Volume 41                                      web site: hadleighwoods.com                                April 2009

                                                            Spring Cleaning

With the gusty March winds sweeping through and the melting snow washing the sand from the sides of the street, looks like Mother Nature got a head start on Spring Cleaning.  That's our signal to do the same.

April is a good month to wipe winter's grime from the windows to let the warm sun in.  It's time to sweep the grit out of the garage that's accumulated from tires tracking it in (even though we all probably took advantage of the few nice days during the winter to do it). It's a pleasure to air out the blankets and pillows, shake the dust from the drapes and open the windows when a good breeze can blow through to freshen the indoor air. 

And, it's time to watch for emerging plants.  I've already spotted the day lilies poking their leaves through the soil!    So, enjoy April's pleasures.  Look for signs of the renewal and awakening, emerge from your condo cocoon and celebrate springtime with your neighbors!


 Cathy 893-5994                                                                         Dolly  898-3376



Important Association News


Septic Systems - We began our first pumping of our septic systems in the fall/winter of 2008. The majority of the expense was taken from each unit’s subsurface reserve account. The subsurface reserve accounts are presently funded to allow us to pump the septic tanks every three years. Depending on when your tank was pumped and the size, you either paid a small fee or none at all. Some of the tanks are so deep that we had risers installed to eliminate digging in the future. The additional cost of digging and adding the risers came from our repairs and maintenance account. Your septic tank and subsurface reserve account status is available on our website at http://www.hadleighwoods.com/Septic%20Systems.htm.  Rooter-Man will also be repairing the lawn areas in the coming weeks.


The Garden Committee wishes to remind all Hadleigh Woods residents that any shrubbery planted by the builder is NOT to be removed by the condo owner.  If the shrubs are dead, you need to contact the Board in order to get it replaced when the rest are done.  You may ADD to the front bed, but you cannot REMOVE any plants without permission from the Board.  No plastic or silk flower ornamentation is allowed.


Thank You – John K., Tom H. & Tom T. for cutting and moving the trees and branches that fell during our infamous ice storm of 2008.

Neighborly News

Let F.L.O.W. help with your spring cleaning - Donate your used books!  Please keep the Friends of the Library of Windham (F.L.O.W.) in mind as you begin your spring cleaning. F.L.O.W. is now accepting new and gently used books (paperbacks & hard covers), CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles, and software for its annual Strawberry Festival Book Fair.  Donations can be dropped at the Nesmith Library during regular business hours until May 1 www.flowwindham.org

The New England Condominium's 2009 Condo Expo  - is at Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA on Thursday, May 7, 2009, 9AM - 5PM.  Anyone can register free at www.ne-expo.com or call 1-617-274-4819.  The first 100 who register will get a $25 gift certificate to Legal Sea Foods.

Spring Yard Sale – Reserve the weekend of May 16 and 17 for the Hadleigh Woods neighborhood yard sale.  It’s a great way to clear out some clutter and catch up with your neighbors.  More details to follow!

Team Maintenance

Tip of the Month

If the smoke detectors start to sound while you're cooking, most likely it’s the one in the bedroom that's setting them off.  To silence them, don't pull the batteries out; just push the test button in the center of the bedroom smoke detector.  This will silence them all for about 15 minutes then they will re-arm themselves automatically.  By then, the smoke in the kitchen will most likely be gone and the smoke detectors will be silent.

Note: 1- Smoke detectors will also be triggered by steam

Note: 2- The detector in the garage is not a "smoke" detector; it is a "heat" detector.  Heat detectors will not trigger when smoke is present, only heat.


Just for Fun

Foxwoods, 2009 - The motor coach leaves from the Park & Ride on Rte 111 at 7 AM and returns at 7 PM.  The cost for the trip is $25. Please note that pre-registration is a must!  The deadline date for each trip is 10 days prior to the trip.  For more information, contact the Recreation Office at 965-1208 or by e-mail at Recreation@WindhamNewHampshire.com  Dates:  May 20, June 17, August 19 and October 21.


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 Wed. 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.   


Rail Trail Every Sunday.  We have resumed our health walk on the Windham Rail Trail at 9:00 each Sunday morning. A number of walkers and non walkers go to breakfast at the Kitchen at Windham Junction around 10:00 AM.


Knitting Club Every Friday from 10 AM to Noon.   Do you like to knit?  Do you want to learn how?  Join the ladies who gather at Claire’s, 38 Hadleigh Road, on Friday mornings.


Meet Your Neighbors


Joe and Dolly


Joe and I had a hobby of hitting open houses, long before we qualified for over 55 housing.  So, when we found Hadleigh Woods, we knew it was right for us.

We signed papers on Halloween 2003, moved in shortly after, and have never regretted it.  "We love our new home and neighbors".

This July we will be celebrating our 43rd anniversary (child bride), and condo living has allowed us to do what we like best, travel, with no concern for shoveling or mowing.

Joe still works two days a week at the company he used to manage. He has been in the beer business for 35 yrs in Danvers and Boston.

He was brought up in Lawrence and went to their schools.  His Dad was a Pharmacist (Walsh's Drug Store) in Lawrence and his Mom came from a large family (Timony) in South Lawrence.  Joe has a brother Jim, a teacher at LHS for many years, who lives in Texas.  His sister, Ellen (John) Blackwell is also a retired teacher and lives in Pepperell, Ma.

I lived in Methuen my whole life.  I went to Catholic schools, Mt Carmel and St. Anne's (Lawrence) and graduated from Lawrence General Hospital School of Nursing in 1965.  I have always worked with children, in the hospital, at Andover Pediatrics, and in the Lawrence School System (Leonard School).

My father was an owner of Spence Hardware in Methuen and my two brothers, Al and Vin worked there years ago.

We have been blessed with three wonderful children, their great spouses, and four SUPER grandchildren.

Our son Joe and Lynn plus Joe-Joe 12 and Libby 8.

Daughter Sharman and Jim with Nathan 14 and Tim 12.

Daughter Lesley, works in the O.R. at Lawrence General Hospital.

When we're not spending quality time with our family, Joe likes to play some golf, read and enjoy his movie and music collections.  He's a real good sport about a "honey-do" list (no tools required, please) and has been teaching me pool and improving his Scrabble game considerably.

I keep busy with family obligations and an array of craft projects.  I volunteer at my old Alma Mater, Lawrence General Hospital, as a patient representative, and help with a support group.  I don't believe in idle hands and keep them busy with knitting, painting and puzzles.  I especially enjoy reading,

biographies and historical novels are my favorites. (Anyone for a book club with Cathy?)

Sharing a little information about ourselves, makes general knowledge of how much we at Hadleigh Woods have in common. You may have attended the same schools, lived nearby, gee, you may even be related!!!

You may soon get a call to SHARE. It's fun.