CONDO VII NEWSLETTER – April 2020
DATES TO REMEMBER
• April 1 – April Fools’ Day
• April 5 – Palm Sunday
• April 8 – Passover Begins
• April 10 – Good Friday
• April 12 – Easter Sunday
• April 15 – Income Tax Day
Well unless things change drastically between the time I write this during the second week of March and you read this at the beginning of April, it looks like winter was pretty much a bust. I have mixed feelings about that. I don’t like snow or even the cold weather, but it would have been nice to have a bit of a prolonged cold spell to kill off all those germs and insects. Due to the warmer temperatures, allergy season is starting earlier and I suspect we may be dealing with a large number of mosquitoes and other bugs. I also don’t know how things will be going with the Coronavirus. If not yet gone, hopefully, it’s on the way out. Scary times and I pray that everyone is getting through them safely.
Thanks to the warmer weather at the beginning of March, we were able to start our spring clean-up earlier than anticipated. Our landscapers got rid of the debris that accumulated over the winter and put down fresh mulch in the common areas. In addition, we had the tree trimmer in to cut back all of the branches overhanging the roads, parking plazas and roadways as well as remove dead/dangerous trees and clean out some areas that were overgrown and becoming eyesores. This work is going to help open up our lawns to more sunshine which should result in getting them back to looking really green again. We will continue to review what needs to be done to beautify Condo 7.
April is the first of our semi-annual check of smoke detectors. This is a very important safety precaution so please allow access to your unit so your smoke detector can be checked. It only takes a couple of minutes. If your detector is not working, it will be replaced at no cost to you. We are always looking for additional building captains/volunteers to assist with this. If you are interested, leave your name and contact number in the mailbox at the Clubhouse addressed to Condo 7, Attention: Valerie. Assistance is always greatly appreciated.
House Numbers & Signage
In the event you ever need first responders to locate you, please make sure your unit number is prominently and visibly displayed. The Board is in the process of reviewing the signage indicating where units are located. We will replace any signs that are faded and, if necessary, move them to a more visible location.
We received a very poor response to our request to provide us with updated documentation regarding the use of handicap parking spots. We have a large number of marked spots, yet only nine homeowners sent us their information. We are once again asking for a copy of your handicap permit so we can ensure it is current. Also, please remember that handicap spots are not assigned to individuals. Anyone with a valid permit can park in any of the spots. Under New York State law, if you park in a handicap spot, you must visibly display your permit or you will be subject to a ticket.
Our basements are really full. As part of your spring cleaning, this would be a good time to check what you have stored there. The basements were never meant to be long term storage for those items you don’t have room for in your home, but still feel you can’t live without. Some homeowners have tremendous piles that haven’t been looked at in years. Be considerate of your neighbors and weed through your items to free up space for someone else. If you no longer need it, get rid of it! Remember, no flammable, combustible, explosive material, upholstered furniture (couches, mattresses, chairs, etc.) and/or tires may be stored. It’s also not a good idea to store clothing as the basements are damp and they will end up moldy. Items should be stored in boxes, barrels, metal or plastic containers and placed on a pallet. In order to get access to either one of the basements, you may request a key from the receptionist in the Clubhouse. You are required to leave your Driver’s License and sign out the key. Your pass will be returned to you upon the return of the key.
If you need to submit a work order, the fastest way for a response is to submit your request online. Go to the Bretton Woods website – http://brettonwoodshoa.org and select Work Orders. If you prefer, you can still write one out. Paper work orders are available at the front desk in the Clubhouse.
Just a reminder that all cars parked in Bretton Woods are required to be registered, insured and have license plates. They also need to be drivable. Any cars not meeting these requirements will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Contacting the Board
There are two ways to reach out to the Board. You can address a letter and drop it in the mailbox in the Clubhouse or you can send an email to BrettonWoodsCondo7@gmail.com. Please don’t call Board members at home or email them at their personal email addresses. Your consideration is appreciated.
I’m looking forward to strolling through Bretton Woods and seeing everything once again turn green and flowery. I’ll be easy to spot…just follow the trail of tissues as allergies once again wreak havoc on my sinuses!
Happy Passover! Happy Easter! Happy Sunshine!
Susanna & the Condo VII Board
Thoughts for the month
Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can. – Joel Osteen
Self-care is not self-indulgence. Give the world the best of you, not the rest of you. – Unknown