June Newsletter 2019 – part 2

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There’s no doubt it’s June!  Lots of sun  and swimming and picnics and outdoor parties with friends.  Here’s hoping you are making the most of it!

Join us in the cool clubhouse for our June HOA Board Meeting:  Tuesday, June 25  at 6:30 pm.   View the agenda here:  June Board Meeting Agenda

If you want to know what’s been happening at past Board Meetings, you’ll also find past Minutes under the “Members Area”, here on this website.

Fourth of July Pool Party

Don’t miss it!  Thursday, July 4th
12 noon to 4 pm
Food and Drinks Provided
Beer, Burgers, Brats, Sides & Drinks

Everyone Welcome!
Contact Blake Briese if you can help:   bwb0402@gmail.com

 

Landscaping Update

We have been hearing lots of “thanks” for our landscaping renewal projects. Keeping Glenwood “Green”.

  • Most of the Spring Planting has been completed
  • Some infill will be completed over the next month
  • Thanks to nearly 40 Green Team volunteers, almost all plants have survived our intense heat and dearth of rain
  • More to come – Planning for the next huge renewal in the Fall will begin late August with plantings in late September or early October

What to know:  the HOA is responsible for Common Area Maintenance.  That means your “front yards” as well as side yards and other common areas like the islands along the center driveway, the pool area, etc.

Great care and expertise is exercised in making landscaping choices that stay green much of the year, require low maintenance such as little or no pruning, shade tolerant under all our many trees, and other concerns for our large green areas. No easy challenge for a large property such as ours.   For example, we are moving toward low-and slow-growing bushes where renewals are needed.  Annuals are discouraged (costly, not sustainable, die out within a few months of planting).   And so are materials that do not contribute to the natural settings (such as plastics, ornaments, etc.)

If you wish to add or make changes in your front yard in any way, please submit your plans to the Architectural Controls Committee to make sure that guidelines are followed. Your project will be reviewed for compatibility with the community guidelines.   This protects our green spaces and keeps our budgets in line (and your HOA dues!).

How to be Mosquito Free

We can’t guarantee you’ll be totally mosquito free, but here’s help.  And please don’t think that our regular mosquito spraying can keep the population at bay.  Here’s why: mosquito eggs “hatch” in 24-72 hours and can breed within 24 hours after that.  Wow!  no wonder there are so many around!   Are you growing mosquitos in your back yard?  Here are a few tips to keep the population at bay:

–Don’t give mosquitoes a place to breed.  Mosquitos populate by laying eggs in water.  After any rain, eliminate standing water by emptying plants saucers, changing water in birdbaths (or buying BTi pellets, a natural bacteria, that can be found in hardware and garden stores), don’t leave water bowls out for pets, dump water that gathers on covers, chair seats, lids and toys that are stored in your yard.  Walk around your property to see what might be growing those pesky little things!

–Don’t give them a place to hang out during the day. Mosquitos need places to rest during the day and hang out in vegetation.  Keep weeds pulled and grass short.  Use bee-friendly sprays on bushes and shrubs, dense vines or other green areas with organic peppermint and other herbal deterrents, found in hardware stores.  Please do not use any non-natural products or sprays in your back or front yard  as these may not be bee friendly and may be toxic to your neighbors or pets.

–And if you still experience them while sitting outside, try a fan!  It’ll confuse and keep those pests at bay while cooling you!

Community Contributors

Have you seen the boxes asking for “Books for Inmates” in the Clubhouse foyer?  Resident Marlene Glassman of the 900 building is the person behind it.  I caught up with Marlene to learn the story behind this effort.  It’s not surprising to find that there’s a lot of history going into this work.  Marlene is retired from CDC and about three years ago, she joined up with Canine Cellmates.

I wasn’t aware of this program until talking with Marlene. Canine CellMates began in 2013 in the Fulton County Jail here in Atlanta. Canine CellMates works with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the Fulton County Jail to provide a program that is as much about rehabilitation and the reduction of recidivism as it is about saving shelter dogs. The ultimate goal is that each dog graduates and goes into a loving home, and men that have evolved while in the program, and supported upon their release, go on to live productive lives without further incarceration.  Cellmates selected for the program are non-violent offenders who are housed in an alternative facility.  There they learn to and implement training of dogs from the Fulton County Dog Shelter, who will eventually be adopted into loving homes.

Marlene volunteers every week at the alternative facility – called the Annex – by working with the inmates spending a couple of hours in conversation with them on problem solving, critical thinking and other similar interactions.   Does it surprise you, then, to hear that Marlene “loves these guys, they’re funny and easy to talk to.”

So you ask, how does collecting books come into the picture?  Marlene explains that the Annex is well outfitted with books, games, television and various programs.  However the main jail, the Fulton County jail has no library.  So that, of course, spurred Marlene into action collecting books for the inmates there.  And now that’s history too, thanks to her efforts.

Thanks, Marlen, for all your good work!  If  you would like to know more about Canine Cellmates – and perhaps volunteer in one on their many areas – you’ll find their website here:  caninecellmates.org.

Are you involved in a community project?  We’d love to share your work here in the Newsletter.  Or if you know of anyone here that is a “community contributor” please let us know here:  ggeditor@gmail.com.  You’ll spread the word, gain more awareness of your organization, and maybe even some volunteers.

 

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