HP Community Connection Written by President Shirley Kafka

Hello residents. 

Yes, it is Friday.  After confusing some of you with Thursday emails, this week am back to Friday.   You can’t say I am not trying to keep you alert!  

I received the following from a friend and thought I would share it with you.  “If you didn’t hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes, don’t repeat it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth.” 

It seems I am repeating myself many times but find it necessary to do so. 

I was away for several days.    I received phone call messages ranging from “what is the movie Tues.?” to “how do I call in a guest?”   Yes, I did retrieve my home calls and called others here on premise to return these calls so that residents would have their answers.  From the time I listened to messages until I forwarded them, residents lost a day or two in getting the requested information.  I must apologize to some residents who have not yet received my response to their emails.  It rarely takes me more than two days.   Be assured that you will hear from me. 

Call any member of your Phase Board for information.   If they cannot help you, they will find someone who can.  Read your Lifestyle and use the HP website.  Check the front desk at the clubhouse and ask your neighbors. 

For those that are overly observant, you will see that I did not advise you turn to 8001 on your television sets for information.   At the HPA Agenda meeting this past Tues. the board voted to close this station.   I mentioned last week that we had an alternative off premise method that might work.   The regular system kept getting hit by lighting and was of no use.   The implementation of a new method was expensive when so very few residents use it.  

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience.  Old ways get taken over with newer technology. 

Once again, we are appealing to our residents, their family and friends, and other communities to attend our live shows.   Please purchase tickets for this Saturday, August 17th’s show.   Tickets are $10.00 per person commencing at 8:00 pm. 

Should you be requested to supply a code for access to some shows, it is “hpares” 

Wes Anthony is a multi-talented entertainer.  As a saxophonist and flutist, he excels as a skilled professional and unique entertainer.  He has performed with such greats as the Four tops and the Temptations.  Touring the world with various jazz, reggae, and top 40 bands from California has given him a wealth of experience in performing for a wide range of audiences. Come and enjoy! 

Many cherish the library we have here.   It gives us the freedom of selecting from an array of reading material without having to travel to a formal library.  Our books are donated by the residents.  We appreciate all efforts to keep a wider choice at our fingertips.  However, (I know you have been waiting for the”but” word)  we have to be more particular as to what is acceptable.  We will discard books and not add any that are dirty, missing half covers, obvious ripped pages,  pizza drippings, etc. etc.   If you would not want the book in your home due to its condition, please do not treat our library as a place for your debris. 

Many attended the meetings held this past Tues.  Your board worked 7 solid hours commencing with presentations made by the final three architectural firms who would like to have us award our contract to them.   We gulped down lunch and our agenda meeting followed.  We were told it was an informative few hours and people were pleased they are a part of the changes taking place.   The feedback has been nothing but positive.   Thank you for your interest and taking the time to learn first hand what is happening here at HP. 

Please attend the HPA Board meeting this Monday the 19th at 10:00am to hear the status of the many current projects taking place in addition to votes to be taken for scheduled issues. There will be an open forum whereby residents may speak once for a limit of three minutes. 

After the meetings on Tues. we had a new resident say “this board should rule the country.”   It can’t get better than that!! 

Have a good week. 

Be well, 

Shirley Kafka, President, HPA


Hello Residents: 

Another week has passed and we are into August.  It’s the first week and our annual cleaning of the clubhouse is taking place.   I have been there to witness the cleaning of the pillows, couches, lighting fixtures.   The ladders, the wires, the blaring of the vacuum cleaners, the bottles and containers of the cleaning products brings about the feeling of freshness and cleanliness.   Our staff is doing a wonderful job.   Thank you. 

Please note that the NORTH POOL IS CLOSED FOR REPAIRS.   A water main break was discovered Wed. and we are hoping all will be in order by early next week.   In the interim, there are additional pools available to all.     Visit your neighbors in the West, East, and Main.  

One of our residents emailed me and indicated she had witnessed someone who did not pick up after her emotional support dog.   No one wants the experience of stepping into something unsavory.   Those that have such animals know, or should know the rules.   It isn’t even a matter of a rule.   It’s courtesy.   You must take responsibility for your pets, please.  If caught, our Enforcement Committee will be involved and you will be fined. 

Our office is currently gathering information for the new Huntington Pointe Directories, 2019–2020.    Should you have had problems in the past or if you are new, please check to see if your name is listed.  If so, make sure it is spelled correctly.  See if your address and telephone number are correct.   An easy way of seeing your listing is on our website.    Go to huntingtonpointe.net       Click onto Residents and then HP Phone Book.  You will see an alphabetic list.   Should a password or code be requested, it is simply  phone561.  

Phyllis Sandler and I had a brief meeting in the cafe on Tues. morning.   We were rushing to an 11:00am meeting.   It was 10:55am.   A resident was walking towards the cafe.   She stopped us and made an abrupt inquiry as to the workings of 8001.  I told her I didn’t have an answer but it was being worked on.   We tried to excuse ourselves and explained we were going to be late.   Her comment was, “You are the President, you should know.   Push me away again.”   We both felt very badly by this remark and the rudeness of this person.  There is a polite respectful way to ask for information.    Please be assured that no one is “pushed away.”   We respond to questions the best we can.  None of us has the answer to every issue.  With that I did inquire as to the current status of 8001.  We had an update after a week since the last one. 

Lightning had hit the system.   They had it working for a very short time and then once again lightning hit knocking it out.  One of the items on our agenda meeting this week will be the implementation of a new system off premise that will avoid the lack of service when damaged by storms.   This is the explanation I was given and am passing the news onto those residents that have been inconvenienced by the lack of service of 8001.    We apologize.   It was a weather problem and out of our control.  

Two new scams have infiltrated our community.   The first is an email indicating that I am seeking donations in the form of gift cards for the veterans.  This is a scam.   Do not respond!! 

The second new one is a telephone call whereby the caller identifies himself/herself as someone who works for Walgreen’s and is updating their records for prescriptions.   They ask for your birth date.  Do not give any information.   Once again, this is a scam.   Do not respond. 

Mark your calendar for Halloween, Oct. 31st, and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31st.    The flyers will be in Sept.’s Lifestyle.   As of Aug. 19th forms will be available at the desk for reservations.  Don’t regret missing two wonderful events sponsored by HP and the Events Committee. 

This Tues. Aug. 13th we will be having what I refer to as a “Marathon Meeting Day.”    There are open meetings whereby all residents are welcome to hear what is taking place in your community.  At 9:30am sharp we will start with presentations by the three different architectural firms who are hoping we will hire them for our clubhouse renovations.    The board will listen and ask pertinent questions in order to select one and award a contract.   The format will be the same as we did for the paving people.  The actual decision will not be Tues.   The information will be gathered for discussion. 

At 1:00pm we will take an hour’s break and then continue with our monthly BOD Agenda meeting.   This part commences at 2:00pm and will take from 2:00 to 3:00 hours depending on the items we must address. 

 We do not know how long the meeting will be.   Although residents may absolutely attend,  it is not an open forum whereby they can speak. 

Our regular HPA BOD meeting will take place on Mon. Aug. 19th at 10:00am.    All are welcome to attend and speak at the Open Forum. 

This past Sun. there was a water main break in Phase 1.   We thank the residents for being astute enough to make several calls until they found the right people to help.   If not for them, the street would have been flooded.   The saying “if you see something, say something” even refers to Huntington Pointe. 

Have a good week everyone.   Carry your umbrellas. 

Be well,

Shirley Kafka, President HPA


Once again, hello residents. 

This is a final reminder that the cafe will be closed from July  29th to Aug. 4th.  The clubhouse will be closed for its annual cleaning from Aug. 5th to the 9th. 

Todd, our landscaper and his staff will be starting to demolish the atrium.   All plants, stones, etc. will be removed.  This will take place this week prior to the cleaning of the clubhouse. The area will be covered until ready to go forward.   This is something that must be done.  Please do not complain that you dislike the appearance.   It is temporary and to our benefit. 

Please check with your individual phase boards for meeting cancellations.   I do know that Phases 1, 2, and 3 will not have meetings.    The Open Mic meeting has also been cancelled for August. 

Should any resident see something that needs repairing, please advise one of your board members or the office.  Not making someone aware will only cause further damage or deterioration. 

Once again I must remind residents that should they have any questions or issues, please refer to your phase board members.  This is why you elected them.   If they cannot give you an immediate response they will get the information and get back to you.  Please place work orders when appropriate.   Refrain from calling Ann or Marvin.   It is difficult for them to get their work accomplished, attend meetings, and go onsite to visually see potential problems when they receive countless calls.    Call your board for guidance and direction.  

We have a very congenial friendly working staff at our cafe.  They work hard.   Being a server is not an easy task.   They try their best.  You get a smile, another cup of coffee, extra napkins,  and every effort to please you.   With this in mind, the cafe is no different than any other restaurant in thanking the staff by way of a tip.   Today most tip anywhere from 15% to 25% when dining out.   Why is it that our residents leave $1.00 on a $20.00 bill? Why is it that our residents empty their pockets of loose change and drop down 50 or 75 cents?    The employees have NOT complained.  It is through others and myself that we have witnessed this and feel embarrassed.   Please be considerate. 

The use of the showers at our pool area is for the convenience of rinsing yourselves from chlorine after swimming and perhaps getting a little wet before plunging into the water.   THE SHOWERS ARE NOT YOUR PERSONAL ONES.   You have showers and bathrooms in your units for bathing and shaving.   This past week we had a complaint filed that a female resident came to the pool after applying dye to her hair and proceeded to wash it off in the shower.   Obviously she did not want the mess in her own home.   The fact that we may have damage from the dye or extra maintenance to clean the residue has not been thought about.  Should this happen again  residents will be responsible for any excess money spent in the cleaning process.  

At this moment, all remains status.  We impatiently wait for completed drafts and contracts from various attorneys. 

What I am about to write is not original.   I remember hearing something similar a few years ago and it always remained with me.   We all have vocabularies.   We speak with words that have meaning.   Words should not be used to hurt, demean, and wound people.   Words can be painful and mean.  They can make a perfectly wonderful day turn into sadness.    Use your words to heal, encourage, inspire, and love.    You will never regret choosing kindness. 

Have a good weekend.    If you haven’t bought your $10.00 ticket to the show, do so.   Come and enjoy. 

All the best, 

Shirley


Hello Fellow Residents: 

We are literally “ON THE ROAD” and very happy to announce that we are 98% complete with our road and walkway project paperwork.   For those that attended the HPA BOD meeting this past Monday you witnessed a unified group voting for this massive project. The vendor has submitted their contract to our attorney for review.   Once signed applications for permits will be made and the time  frame set. We believe that our goal of completion for November is accurate and of course we will advise you once we get started. 

At this time there isn’t any doubt that you are “tired of the truth” as are we in reference to the patios.  It has not been the board that has delayed the process.  Due to illness, vacations, holidays, our attorney kept postponing meeting dates.  As late as Wed. Hal Pugach, Board Director, and myself had an appointment and it was canceled 10 minutes prior to the time.   However, the meeting was held today.   This project is also at 98% completion.   The final draft needs to be printed by our attorney.   The board will hear it and we will be ready to distribute the packages to the residents.  Please be patient a drop longer.  We do not want this done haphazardly.  We thank you. 

It will not be long before the new directories will be printed.  If you had issues this past year or need a change please connect with Sonjah ASAP. 

Attention Phase Three:   Gutter cleaning will begin on Monday, July 22nd, 2019.  RCI will be posting signs on your garage doors to advise you when they will be there.   Please keep in mind that this project will be ongoing for the next several weeks and they will get to each unit.  Should you have any questions, please call the office. 

Residents, unfortunately I have another issue I would like to address.  Because a newspaper has not been taken into a home does not mean it is free for you to take.   If you did not pay for the subscription and delivery please leave it be.  It is not yours.  You would be surprised as to how astute your neighbors are and know exactly who is stealing.   Do not embarrass yourselves, please. 

Once again, a reminder that we have a $10.00 show on Saturday, July 27th.  Kathleen Kane has a vocal range of alto to mezzo soprano.   She unleashes a myriad of musical styles including jazz, swing, blues, country, top 40 pop, rock n roll, and even Broadway. 

The cafe will be closed from July 29th to August 4th and reopened on the 5th.  The clubhouse will be closed for cleaning from August 5th to the 9th. 

Mark October 31st and December 31st for HPA Event functions.  Details for Halloween and New Year’s Eve will follow. 

For those that did not hear the announcement at Monday’s meeting, Sonjah Ferguson passed her CAM test.

CONGRATULATIONS to a fine, hard working, young lady.   May every success be yours. 

Stay cool. 

All the best, 

Shirley Kafka, HPA President