Condo VIII – December 2020
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year! Now that winter is here, it’s a good idea to keep a snow shovel and some safe ice melt in your unit in case you need to leave before the snow removal team arrives.
SNOWBIRDS who haven’t left for the season yet, make sure there is an up-to-date emergency contact number listed with the BW Front Desk and Condo 8 Board of Managers and leave a spare key with a neighbor. BW Maintenance will drain the hot water heater at your expense. Prevent potentially expensive water damage to your unit and your adjoining neighbors’ by shutting off the water to your hot water heater and washing machine. Also, turn off the circuit breaker to your hot water heater.
If your unit has the shut-off valve to the outside water spigot, make sure it is off for the season to avoid frozen pipes. If you need assistance, contact the Board.
Since Condo 8 has had several residences who moved out, leaving behind their belongings in the basement, as of January 21, 2021, any items that are not covered and labeled with your unit number will be considered abandoned and will be discarded. If you need access to the basement to confirm your belongings are properly covered and labeled, and/or to get your holiday decorations, please submit a work order to make an appointment. No paint cans, tires, or other flammable objects can be stored in the basement.
Parking spaces, including handicapped parking spaces, are not assigned spots. Park nose-in only; backing into parking spaces is permitted only when there is snow. Park within the lines — one space per vehicle. If you will not be moving your car for seven consecutive days, move it to the long-term parking area by the mailboxes in PP17A to free up spaces for other residents. Call 852-COPS regarding vehicles that park in handicap spaces without displaying the appropriate permit.
Do not leave bags of household trash outside the dumpster or in the parking lot. If you have difficulty lifting a heavy bag of trash into the dumpster, next time separate your trash into manageable loads. Dumpsters are for household trash only. Items such as plastic bins, television sets, stereos, garden planters, tables, chairs, furniture, toys, lamps, drywall, doors, toilets, mattresses, carpeting, as well as paint cans, do not belong in our dumpsters — these things must be placed off to the side of — and — not touching the dumpster. On Monday and Friday mornings, HOA Maintenance picks up the items prohibited in dumpsters. Trash must not block, lean against, or be placed in such a way that it prevents the garbage truck from accessing dumpsters — a $50 fine for each occurrence will be imposed on those individuals who fail to comply. Cardboard boxes should be flattened and disposed of in the recycling bins located along the main roads throughout the complex; however, if you must throw cardboard boxes into our dumpsters, break them down to conserve space.
If you aren’t sure if the job you need is the Condo’s responsibility or your responsibility, ask the Board by sending an email to at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No work will be done without the submission of a Work Order unless it is an emergency. If you have a question as to whether a home repair is your responsibility, contact the Board via email at email@example.com. Calling Board Members at home or telling them in the parking lot does not qualify as submitting a Work Order. Paper-format Work Orders are available at the front desk of the clubhouse and should be dropped in the Common Charges mailboxes. The preferred electronic-format Work Orders can be submitted online at: http://brettonwoodshoa.org/work-orders/
Lint accumulation in DRYER VENTS will become a fire hazard. Submit a work order to schedule a free annual dryer vent cleaning.
If you are doing major renovations inside your unit, inform your adjoining neighbors because noise travels easily between the walls and ceilings/floors. Residents doing their own home renovations can arrange a special pick-up to remove debris by calling Maintenance at 631-698-2497. Contractors are not permitted to dispose of items in Condo 8 dumpsters unless prior arrangements have been made with the Board; they must cart away debris from work done in your unit, including deliveries such as appliances and furniture. Contractors must be licensed and insured—contact the Board for requirements.
Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests within Condo 8, as well as the entire Brettonwoods Community — including, but not limited to: proper parking, driving the speed limit, obeying community Stop signs, utilizing the clubhouse facilities, and appropriate disposal of trash and cigarette butts. Fines will be imposed on the homeowner for their guest’s failure to do so. Please advise your visitors of the Condo 8 House Rules and By-Laws and request they follow the same guidelines as those who live here.
Be sure to pick up after your pets: good dogs have owners who only leave paw prints behind. Scoop it, bag it, and trash it.
Residents should refrain from placing seed, breadcrumbs, etc. to feed birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and deer as this will attract rodents.
Congratulations to Condo 8 residents, Allyson McGarvey and Eric Reilly. Together, with the bride’s parents, Eileen and John McGarvey, and the groom’s mother, Ilse Reilly, the happy couple tied the knot in October with a beautiful intimate ceremony in Sayville, surrounded by their closest family and friends. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.
And a happy and healthy birthday wish to Paula DeVito.