Condominium VII – Board of Managers

Condo VII – December 2023

• December 7th – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
• December 7th – Hanukkah begins at sunset
• December 21st – First Day of Winter
• December 25th – Christmas Day
• December 26th – Kwanzaa begins
• December 31st – New Year’s Eve

Basement Openings – With the holiday season approaching, the basements will be open on the following days:
 Saturday, December 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 Sunday, December 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Smoke Alarm Inspections – Thank you to our building captains for once again handling the smoke alarm inspections. The Board appreciates you volunteering your time to assist us. If your smoke alarm was not tested, please contact us so we can arrange for it to be done.

Gutter Cleaning – Depending on how the leaves come down, the gutter cleaning will be scheduled for late December or early January.

Trash and the Dumpsters – We need to once again remind everyone about the proper disposal of trash. All trash needs to be put into the dumpsters. Do not leave your trash bags on the ground. Break down all cardboard boxes before disposing of them. This reduces the trash level in the dumpsters. Nothing should ever be placed in front of or leaning against the dumpsters. If you block access to the dumpsters, the carting company will not pick them up. Bulk items are to be placed outside the dumpsters on Sunday and Thursday evenings for pickup on Mondays and Fridays. You must arrange for old appliances and water heaters to be removed. They cannot be left by the dumpsters.

Snowbirds – For all our neighbors who can escape the Long Island winter, just a few reminders before you head off to those warmer climates.
 To avoid frozen pipes, adjust your home temperature to 55-60 degrees. You will be responsible for the cost of repairs from any burst pipes.
 Turn off the circuit breaker to your hot water heater and turn off the water to your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, sinks, and toilets.
 It’s a good idea to disconnect your electronics (TV’s, radios, computers, stereos, microwaves, etc.) by unplugging the power cords. Restoration of power after an outage may sometimes result in a power surge that can cause an electrical fire.
 Provide the HOA office and the Condo 7 Board with an emergency contact and leave a key with a neighbor and/or your emergency contact.
 If leaving a car, park it in one of Condo 7’s long term parking spots in Parking Plaza 29A.

Winter Reminders
As winter approaches, please take note of these reminders in the event of a snow fall.
 Park your car in one of the plazas so the HOA can safely clear the roads. Once the roads are clear, move your car out of the plazas
 Back-in parking is only permitted when a substantial snow is predicted.
 Our landscapers will shovel the walkways once at least 2” of snow has fallen and only after the snow has stopped.
 Pick up your doormats so they don’t get caught in the snow blowers.
 Ice melt is available in the basements. Fill up a container to keep by your door. Although the landscapers will put down ice melt once the snow is cleared, melting and refreezing (especially overnight) can make the walkways icy again.
 Upper Lamont Residents: To avoid any chance of damage to lower units, please remove the snow from your balcony as soon as possible.
 Regency Residents: In the event of subfreezing temperatures, open your bathroom faucets to a trickle. The water pipes are located on the exterior walls and this should help prevent them from freezing and/or bursting.
 When snow is forecast park your car in a plaza so the HOA can easily plow the roads. Once the roads are clear move your car out of the plaza so that can be cleared as well.
 Have flashlights ready in the event severe weather causes a power outage.

Blockages and Clogs within your Condo Unit are your responsibility – The sewage system and pumps in the waste treatment station are designed to handle water, human waste, and toilet paper only.
None of the below listed items should be put into the drains or sewage system. All of these should be thrown out with the trash or disposed of properly:
• Cloth rags or towels
• Baby wipes, Toilet wipes, Towelettes, Disinfecting wipes, or cloth wipes of any kind (even if the container indicates that they are “flushable”)
• Paper (other than toilet paper)
• Medications (Prescription and or over-the-counter Medication and Sharps should be disposed of properly)
• Feminine hygiene products of any kind
• Beauty products, Q-Tips, dental floss
• Plastics of any kind
• Grease of any kind – especially cooking grease
• Garden supplies (such as pesticides, fertilizers)
• Paint, varnish, paint remover
• Motor oil, gasoline, or any explosive material
Remember… only water, human waste, and toilet paper should be flushed down toilets. Clogged pumps lead to sewer backups which can back up into the other units and are expensive to clean and repair.

If you have an issue you wish to bring to the Board’s attention, please drop a note in the Clubhouse mailbox addressed to the Board or email us at Please do not call Board members at home.

Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa!

Condo VII Board of Managers

Thought for the month: “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” Roy T. Bennett