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Winter 2019/20 Letter from Our Property Manager

Happy New Year everyone!!!
Hope the holidays treated you well!!!! Just some quick notes for this time of the year:

We have had 2 units have Toilet feed lines burst and cause thousands of dollars in damage. Please inspect your shut off valves and your lines from the wall to your toilet. They should be braided lines per the maintenance standards and you should have working valves. IF you don’t have those two things, please get them done right away.

Please be checking all areas of your unit to be sure everything is in good condition/not frozen—Better safe than sorry.

Use caution with your animals and the Ice melt chemicals—We must use these chemicals to avoid slip and falls, but it may not agree with your pet, so take heed!

Make sure your doors and windows are closed and if you can add insulation around your doors and especially in your attics it is highly recommended. Not only will it save you lots of money but it will protect the building and avoid mold in the summer and ice damming in the winter. If you desire to insulate a crawlspace you can use Roxul but you must be sure that the you only use Roxul as it is not a natural product, and you should have a dehumidifier as well.

 

Fall 2019 Updates

We have a new primary property manager at Levey Miller Maretz:  Deann Uberti.  Deann is a long time HOA manager and will be the lead person for us moving forward.  Deann can be reached at the LMM office, and emailed at Deann@Lmmre.com

With temperatures expecting to dropping below freezing, if you have a water / hose spigot on the side of your unit, please ensure that you shut the water off (at the shut off valve inside in your basement or crawl space). Please do not leave any hose attached to the outdoor spigot.  Leave the outdoor spigot open unless it leaks (contact us if that is the case).

We have hired Milford quality Landscape and we hope this new snow contractor is a great addition for many years.   We plan on updating the bathrooms in the clubhouse this winter.

2019 Paving Project Work Done This Year

This year the work comprised some walkways on Greenwich Way and on Jackson Drive and some of Penn Common,   In 2019 there was no paving of parking lot surfaces. In 2020 the current goal is to pave more walkways and part of the road surface of Greenwich Way.

New July 2019 to July 2020 Certificate of Insurance

New - July 23 2019 to July 23 2020 Certificate of Insurance  You can save this to your PC and use this for your mortgage company, etc.  This is also under the "Documents and Forms" section

  2019 Certificate of Insurance

 

Summer 2019 Longmeadow Newsletter - important information inside!

... Spring newsletter .....We ask that you read it and become familiar with all the rules, requests, schedules at Longmeadow.  We have a good amount of turnover in the last couple of years and we want to remind folks that anything that involves the outside of the unit is in common and needs to be OK'd by the board, or needs to be followed in your rules.  This includes things like garden planters (no more than 5 allowed in the front or rear, and they should not be more than 15" tall) and this also includes Bldg alterations.  If you are going to install something in your unit and it penetrates the exterior, it must go through the board (like high efficiency furnace/water heater going out the rear wall of the unit.) 

  Summer 2019 Newsletter

 

LONGMEADOW_SPRING_2019.pdf

Some great points at the Annual meeting - shared from Property manager's email. 

  • If you are an owner, with a Renter, you need to tell the management office you have a renter, give their info to the office, and make all the rules clear to that renter.
  • Please remember that we pay extra when you dump stuff in the dumpsters and dump items around the dumpsters that don't belong there.
  • If you are doing work in your unit, it must be permitted, you must give the management office the Contractors license and Insurance and the work should be done during regular hours and expedited as fast as you can. NOTHING that is part of the outside is to be changed, this includes doors and windows. --
  • We did a reserve study this past year and that is public, so, if you need or want it you are welcome to a copy. -Please remember the Pool rules: No Jumping or Diving, if you have children you need to watch them and of course, you must be an owner/renter or a guest of owner or renter--
  • You must check in when you arrive at the pool. Thank you, Arin Hayden-Manager Levey Miller Maretz Management

Longmeadow Winter 2018 - 2019 Newsletter

    Longmeadow Winter 2018-2019 Newsletter PDF

What Goes Down the Drain....

A hot topic in the news is that sewer systems, municipal and otherwise, have been getting clogged by items like baby wipes and other "wipes" that have made our lives more convenient... but at a steep price when they clog our drain pipes, or even worse, jam the impellers on our sewage pumping stations!  Let’s not wait for the next area crisis to be here at Longmeadow!  So, what is the problem? These convenient wipes have plastic in them for strength and do not dissolve or effectively break down when wet. Under no circumstances should these products (even those advertised as "flushable”) be put down our drains.  Consumer Reports showed recently, that even wipes advertised as "flushable" are anything but flushable. In fact, some of these wipes failed to disintegrate in water after 10 minutes, compared to a few seconds for a piece of toilet tissue.  Add cooking grease, detail floss, and repairs can be in the tens of thousands of dollars, each time.

All Longmeadow residents (and really everyone) are asked to help avoid these costly, messy, if not catastrophic) problems: We all need to avoid using the drains for any other than waste water and toilet paper.  Things like wipes, dental floss, sanitary products, grease, hair, cat litter etc., needs to go into the garbage can/

Please read this web page which talks about 11 things we all should never flush down the toilet (or put down any drain).

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/11-things-you-should-never-flush-down-the-toilet.html

Taking it a step further, keeping an eye on what you pout down all your drains can save you and your Association a lot of grief.  Even hair, human or otherwise, can cause clogged drains inside your unit. It is so easy to avoid by putting a screen over the bathtub drain. Use a kitchen sink drain screen to catch food scraps and other stuff that can clog the  pipes in your Unit. Greasy frying pan? Try wiping it with a paper towel first, while it is warm. The pan will be easy to clean and you will avoid putting grease down the drain.

Let's work together to help avoid this "avoidable"  problem!

 

Annual Association Meeting

The annual meeting of the Association was held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. (The meeting is always the fourth Sunday of the month of June, it is a good idea to make a calendar entry.)

Liza introduced our Board of directors and also individually thanked the residents who have volunteered their time at Longmeadow, such as Kathy Cirko and her fellow grounds and maintenance committee members, and Bob Steady who continue to head the bulk trash effort.

Liza talked about what work has been done this year for moisture remediation and what will transpire this year. E.g.  Homeowners should ensure that they have adequate insulation R40 insulation in the attic, and the attic is not a place for storage. Storage of items can impact the air flow. 
Paving and gas company line replacing work was discussed.
Elections were held. The existing Board members remain on the board. Existing members are keeping their existing positions (You can view the Board members, their positions and email addresses on the Board and Property Management  page.

A plan to use a key-card entry/security system for the pool was floated.  More research will be done, a vote was not taken at this time.

 

Update to Approved Shrubbery List in Rules and Regulations

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  All varieties of Arborvitae are now NOT approved.  No new plantings of Arborvitae of any kind are allowed.  Unfortunately, since 2009 we had allowed the dwarf Oriental variety, and the wide Rheingold, and people bought the larger, tall, varieties. 
Also: The Japanese barberry is now considered an "invasive" species and can't be planted so that has been removed. 

The Approved Shrubbery List is in the Documents And Forms section.

For The Birds...

The University of Maine in conjunction with UConn and the University of Delaware is again surveying for birds in tidal marshes through a collaborative effort called the Salt marsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP). The Association has given them permission to study and access our property. You can read the letter here for more details.

Our marshland will again be the subject of a study this year by UConn.  We’ll keep you posted when we get their results.  The 2013 study gave us the following information:

Bird Species Detected off Greenwich Way:

Baltimore Oriole, Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, Common Grackle, European Starling, Gray Catbird, Green Heron, House Sparrow, Mallard, Red-winged Blackbird, Snowy Egret, Song Sparrow

Plant Species Encountered off Greenwich Way:

Spartina alterniflora, Phragmites australis, Distichlis spicata, Spartina patens


Tree Cutting September 2014

 

When filling out Work Orders (redux)

Please do not call the property management to open work orders unless it is an emergency. Please use the written communications channels which are in place: Drop off a form at the clubhouse, Mail to the property manager, Fax or Email.

Snapping Turtle Spotted in Longmeadow Marsh

Sanpping Turtle seen in our marsh.

June 25: While birding on Greenwich Way today, one of our residents was drawn to the sound of some very upset Mallards and discovered a large snapping turtle stalking the marsh, doing his own "birding".  Please (and please encourage your neighbors) do not feed disturb any of the wildlife.  We do NOT want the turtle leaving the marsh.  Parents please keep children away from the marsh and keep pets on a leash.

For The Birds...

The University of Maine in conjunction with UConn and the University of Delaware is again surveying for birds in tidal marshes through a collaborative effort called the Salt marsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP). The Association has given them permission to study and access our property. You can read the letter here for more details.

Our marshland will again be the subject of a study this year by UConn.  We’ll keep you posted when we get their results.  The 2013 study gave us the following information:

Bird Species Detected off Greenwich Way:

Baltimore Oriole, Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, Common Grackle, European Starling, Gray Catbird, Green Heron, House Sparrow, Mallard, Red-winged Blackbird, Snowy Egret, Song Sparrow

Plant Species Encountered off Greenwich Way:

Spartina alterniflora, Phragmites australis, Distichlis spicata, Spartina patens

 

 

Longmeadow Paving Project Schedule for 2018

Our multi-year paving project continues to progress well and this year we will be paving the remainder of Jackson Drive (that  had not been repaved) and continuing along the area of Penn Common between the divider and the Greenwich Way driveway, that is, the area along PC 70 - 188.

The work starts SEPTEMBER 25, 2018!

Please be sure the road is cleared for the Monday morning start. The roads will be paved in the same manner we have paved in the past few years—repairs and prep work is done first, then final coat of asphalt. Please do everything possible to get all cars out to make the paving as easy as possible for LGE Paving.

It is imperative that NO cars at all park in the area being paved until work is completed. Please find alternative parking during the paving time and we ask that you keep the elderly and handicapped in mind and let them park as close to the area as possible.

The areas being worked on: The balance of Jackson Drive that was not paved prior and then turning onto Penn Common to the stop sign at Greenwich way. If your area has been paved, please keep in mind it is still important to move your cars away from the area during working hours so they are safe from damage and not in the way of all the machines. We will be creating a few ramps on the sidewalks for easier access and once all is complete, the lines will be done again.

We hope to get the 'OK' from the church to park on their property during this time, and if we are allowed, it will only be along the side and rear of the property --  ONLY along the tree line/creek/woods.

IF YOUR CAR IS IN THIS AREA DURING THE PAVING PROJECT IT WILL GET TOWED TO AN OPEN SPOT FOR $35, WHICH WILL BE BILLED TO YOUR ACCOUNT.

Longmeadow Association Board of Directors

The 2018 Annual Association meeting redux was July 17. The three positions up for election were filled by the three incumbents, who were nominated.  There was no vote tallying since there were three nominees and three positions up for election.  The Board met after the adjournment of the annual meeting to determine who will fill each position.  The current board of directors comprises:

Maureen Pasko, President (no change)
Ruth Nappe, Vice President (no change);
Thomas Ciarleglio, Treasurer;
Mike Allen, Secretary (no change);
Mary Ellen Cortigiano, Member-At-Large

Spring Update

  • Pool will be opening on Memorial Day weekend. Please refer to your pool rules (online also) and remember that there is to be no food or alcohol, glass or smoking around the pool. Please respect your fellow pool patrons, and please respect the pool attendants.
  • Our multi-year paving project continues this year...We will continue this spring and summer with More Paving (Jackson Drive and turning onto Penn Common, Stop at Greenwich way.
  •  We will be replacing some very bad windows, we will continue with the worst brick we have to repair and seal, and we will repair a few more large scale items that are next in line for priority.

January News Update - 2017 recap

  • Budget was passed and emailed to unit owners as well as mailed to those who receive mailings as well. Another year of significant work was done at Longmeadow and we made significant progress in a lot of areas:
  • Milling  and paving Salem Walk is completed. All of the Merwin sidewalks are handicap accessible and the city extended the walk past the marsh/stream area by Greenwich way.
  • The kiddy swimming pool was all redone so it is safe and grounded correctly.
  • Many crawlspaces had dehumidifiers installed to help keep moisture and humidity down and all owners with a unit in the basement should make sure they are serviced every 6 months. This will be done by Bio-Clean moving forward.
  • Brick work is complete on some more of the priority units, including the rear of 66-84 Salem walk.
  • Gutter cleaning, normal work orders and continued progress on improving antiquated items continues all year long.
  • 2018 will bring us to pave parts of Penn Common and the remainder of Jackson Drive. We will be doing window replacements on some units that are in very poor condition. More brick repairs, and we hope a minimal amount of dehumidifier/crawlspace work will be needed!

 

Salem Walk's Mike Allen Appointed to Vacant Board Seat

The board has appointed Mike Allen an interim board member to fill Kit Kaolian's seat, (vacated upon his resignation in February), and the remainder of his two-year tem concluding June 24, 2018.  Mike Allen of Salem Walk is a 49-year-old Connecticut native, father of a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-yearold son. Mike and his fiancée Kelly are active members of the the Special Olympics and autism community.

Mike brings a vast field of experience of business and safety to the Association. He has been a Facilities & Operations Manager for commercial companies in CT throughout his career. He is currently the Director of Safety, Emergency Preparedness & Environment of Care at St. Vincent's Medical Center. As if that is not enough, he has spent 25 years in EMS in Bridgeport, Stratford, Stamford & Norwalk as both a Field Provider (medic) and Operations Manager.

Mike enjoys camping, photography, spending time with his children and Kelly, and has a sense of humor. Mike is also an involved community member and brings a background of professionalism, caring and leadership to the board. We thank him for taking on the interim seat and the position of Member-At-Large for the duration of the term ending June 2018.

The Board members' names, postions, and contact information is here: http://www.longmeadow06460.com/Board/board.htm  Or you can  click on Board and Proprty Manager on the left naviagation bar.

Paving of Salem Walk Completed End of April 2017

This year's phase of the multi-year plan to repave the parking lots has been completed at the end of April.  It took two weeks due to rain delays. Salem Walk has been repaved.  Also a few handicap ramps "cutouts" have been made around all of the roads with all owners and visitors in mind.  Last year a lot of paving was done, most of it was paid for by the Gas company.  We spent a little extra money (about $120K) this year to complete all the roads and parking areas on Salem Walk.

Mulch will be added to the playground by the landscapers this spring. We are getting other quotes on both currently-used type of mulch and also recycled tire mulch.

Board Positions Update Coming out of the February 2017 Board Meeting

The board met on Tuesday night (2/22), and a few items to be shared are listed here:


Kit Kaolian will be stepping down as a long time board volunteer and we thank him for his years of dedicated service. This will leave the board with the task of putting in a board member to fulfill the rest of his term.

Liza, current president, will be up for re-election at the June annual meeting, and she will not be running for a board position. Another board member who put in many years to help the Longmeadow Association run as well as possible!

Please consider being an active part of Longmeadow’s future success by serving on the board, or on a committee. We currently have a garden committee that does a great job beautifying the grounds on a shoestring budget every year. We are now looking to create 2 more committees that will help two very important parts of the associations success.

1--- Pool Committee --- the pool is run every year by some folks that are very helpful, and we ask that more folks become involved in training the attendants, monitoring hours for payroll, cleaning/documenting the pool and it’s chemicals, getting the furniture in and out each year, and other tasks that make the pool run each and every year. If you are interested, please let the board know.

2--- Snow committee--- Longmeadow is a large condominium complex and each car is parked outside, making snow removal a chore to say the least. The board feels a committee would serve the community very well when the snows come. To work hand in hand with the snow removal workers and make sure people move cars, make sure areas are all cleared in a timely fashion, make sure piles are put in the best places, etc. It is a very tough task when the bigger snowfalls occur as there is almost nowhere to push the snow.

The board is very involved in the snow removal task and communication is constant when the company arrives to work. We are all aware of the difficulties of the past and the board strives to eliminate them from future snow fall. The snow removal company is onsite for an enormous amount of time during large snowfall and we only strive to make the removal process better!

This year, the association plans on trying to get the pool open for Memorial Day weekend. This is the unofficial start of summer, and the board feels it would be a great asset to have the pool available.

The annual meeting will be held on June 25th this year, and we ask for a positive, showing and lots of positive conversation as you are all in this together and the effort to improve your association is not just on the volunteer board, but the entire complex.

I thank you all for your time and attention and please forward this off, and let folks know that our usage of email is only for items like this, and now the ability to pay online and put in work orders online!

Arin Hayden

Other Late Winter  2016 / Early Spring 2017 Updates

The pool is scheduled to be open for Memorial Day Weekend. The tentative close date is Sunday September 10, 2017.

Fence replacement under way. The wood stockade fences area: the 300-foot run of stockade fence along the back of Salem Walk (Buildings #3, 1-15, and #4 17-31) and the 285-foot run on Greenwich Way (in back of Buildings A6, 48-58 GW and A5, 60-70 GW). The new fence will be vinyl (versus wood stockade

Landscaping update:  SCG (the gas company) is sending out a landscaper to fix up the settling, areas with poor drainage/pitch that occurred due to their work.   The fallen tree behind a Greenwich Way unit has been removed., and two trees behind a Salem Walk unit have been removed. Also over the winter, UI’s tree contractor, Lewis Tree Service, removed four trees near the back of 1 SW and the Merwin Avenue sidewalk. Also a few other trees along Merwin will be taken care of. UI is paying for that, however they are not removing the stumps for trees cut down on our property.

During the winter, Sump Pump underground tie-ins to main drainage pipes completed. You probably noticed the two (fake “DogDecoys ®” dogs have been purchased and placed on the lawn by the marsh to deter Canadian Geese. There is one by the clubhouse.

Gas Line Work (2016)

June: For about a month, Gas Company work has started.... the Gas Company as you have noticed has contracted the work out to NPL.  NPL is an infrastructure construction company specializing in utility construction services – from urban pipeline projects to residential service lines – NPL is contracted by and works with companies all across the United States.   The Gas Company has contracted NPL to do the work.    NPL is replacing all the gas lines throughout the complex. The lines are as old as the complex, it makes sense to replace everything, than continually repairing / replacing sections.  This will necessitate lot of digging around the complex, including the paved areas.

 

Gas Work and Paving Complete

The paving to patch area dug up by gas line replacement ahs been completed. They expanded and did large areas, and furthermore, our property manger negotiated with he gas company paving to much more done and the association just had to chip in a fraction of what it would have cost us to cover the additional area separately. This saved our unit owners THOUSANDS of dollars in paving budget. Next year, Salam Walk will be completed as part of the planned Association project. It wasn't in the budget to complete this year, but one can thing of this as a free head start courtesy of the gas company.

Thanks for everyone who cooperated during the projects, were, at times, large area of parking lots were not available.

Certificate of Insurance

Copy of the Certificate of Insurance illustrating the coverage the Association has on the buildings.  You can save this to your PC and use this for your mortgage company, etc.

  2016 Certificate of Insurance

 

Painting the Parking lots - Completed 11/9/2016

The painting of stripes and numbers on our parking lots had been completed. The cost for painting stripes and numbers on areas paved by the gas company is borne by them.

The Southern Connecticut Gas, SCG, contractors have completed installing all new gas lines in our complex. Each unit, as arranged by appointments, has new gas line service to it, as well as a new outside.

Other Work Updates Summer/Fall 2016

During the Fall tree and shrub work will take place. The tree stumps near 151 and 182 Penn Common will be removed.  Selected area Trees are being trimmed.  Selected trees or shrubs damaged by the gas work are being replaced (and the Association is getting reimbursed).

Painting of building trim for two buildings on Penn Common was completed in September. A few buildings are done each year on a rotating schedule.

Sump Pump Tie Ins: The three buildings comprising: 61-71 JD, 1-13 JD, 170-188 will get work done to direct basement sump pump discharge underground to drain directly into the catch basin. Currently these pumps drains outside.

Other Mid-Summer News:

Trees along the UI power lines in back of Buildings #7 and #8, units 49 -71 and 73 - 81SW will be trimmed.  UI will handle this.  We have asked them to trim more, rather than less.  This will likely take place in October.

We will be working to discourage the geese from hanging around our property.  It is unfortunate that a few careless people insist on feeding wildlife that is best left alone.

 

2015 June Meeting Minutes

  June 2015 Board Meeting Minutes PDF

  May 2015 Board Meeting Minutes PDF

 

Longmeadow Board of Directors Positions Update

At the January board meeting, held on the 20th, Ruth Nappe asked to step down from her position as president. This was also the first meeting for the new board member Mary Ellen Cortigiano.  With the departure of Bette Carlson, (off to a new sunny home), who held the position of Vice President, and the addition of the newest member, it was necessary to discuss all the positions held.  By consensus of the board, the board positions are now as follows:

Liza Sivek, President
Maureen Pasko, Vice President
Ruth Nappe, Treasurer
Kit Kaolian, Secretary
Mary Ellen Cortigiano, Member at Large

This is effective immediately. For those who don't know, all board members have equal voting power and none can make a unilateral decision. Please contact the board with any questions by message or email or for more information.

Association Welcomes New Board Member

The Longmeadow Association Board of Directors would like to welcome Mary Ellen Cortigiano of GW to the board as an interim member, taking the seat vacated by Bette Carlson who resigned and is moving to the sunny and warn Southwest! Cortigiano's position will be Member At Large.

Mary Ellen has been an owner in Longmeadow since 2007 and an active resident, attending owner meetings and staying as involved as her busy career allowed. Her work in Corporate Health and Safety at Pepperidge Farm, Inc. will now keep her in state more often so she can be more active in day to day operations, which led her to apply for the board position. And we are happy to have her! Mary Ellen is a longtime CT resident, graduating from Trumbull High and St. Vincent's Hospital School. She loves music, dancing, football and the pool! The other members have been bringing Mary Ellen up to speed on the current issues before the board.

We wish Bette Carlson, and her husband Gary Houston all the best.. out west! Thank-you Bette and Gary for time and talents you have given all these years to the residents of Longmeadow!

The Playground Looks Fantastic! + Check out the new Bulletin Board at the clubhouse!

Let's give a round of applause to the Grounds and Maintenance Committee for initiating and executing a makeover of the playground equipment. They refinished all the equipment, replaced the seats, and more. Even if you do not have kids, stop by the playground and check out the great job they did. Thanks a bunch to Gary H.,Janice M., Maureen P., Kristin P., Sue B.Dianne S., Randi T. and the committee chair Kathy Cirko.

The Committee's Gary Houston put up a bulletin board by the clubhouse.  This bulletin board will hold the traditional flyers and notices and be a great source if information for those walking around, coming other clubhouse or pool.

 

 Annual Meeting Held June 28

There were new voting cards this year, replacing the hard-written index cards from decades ago.  Arin also had an Excel spreadsheet to help quickly and accurately tabulate the percentage of voting rights present for the quorum.  At (what would have been) the start of the meeting, we were a couple percent short of a quorum and we had to wait a little for a couple for people to show up and someone to fetch a proxy from a neighbor.  This underscores the importance of having everyone turn in their proxies ahead of time of they are not positive that they can attend.

The 2014 financial audit was covered.

Board president Liza Sivek chaired the meeting and covered the highlights of the work completed this past year, and covered under “new Business” that will transpire this year. Drainage work continued this past year. The one-story-units building on Jackson Drive (61 - 71) had its lally columns replaced and foundations and patios replaced as needed.  Currently the crawlspace sump pumps are being wired to the clubhouse for master electricity.  Unlike typical buildings, this building, #A4, 61-71 JD does not have unit access to the crawl space (which is one big crawl space for the entire building)

A couple additional buildings need drainage-related repairs, building A-10 2 – 14 JD and building A-11 170-188 PC.

Paving the parking lots.  This project will start this summer, in August and will be completed in sections over a 9-year period.  This year the section to be completely repaved includes curbing. plus sidewalks which need resurfacing will be done. This year’s section is the Jackson Drive parking lot, up to (about) the Greenwich Way speed bump, and up to about the Jackson Drive speed bump. Approximately 100K will be spent each year on the parking lot repaving. Bob Fiore is heading up a committee to paint the parking lot stripes.  The newly-paved area will be painted by hired professionals; there will not be existing stripes to serve as a reference. 
The Garden Committee meets every month on the first Tuesday on the month, in the clubhouse.  One can contact Kathy Cirko.

There were two board positions up for elections.  Other than the two incumbents, no one was nominated, the voting was waived.  After the meeting was adjourned, the Board met to decide positions: all board members have the same position as they do currently, Liza Sivek is the president, etc.
The meeting was not long, it ended before 8:30.

 

Hats off to the Grounds & Maintenance Committee! 

The G & M Committee planted a garden around the Longmeadow Association welcome sign at the entrance to Penn Common. The woodwork was stained a charcoal color to reflect a proposed new motif. The woodwork for the Penn Common street signs nearby was also stained. The G & M committee and the Board welcome your feedback. Everyone is invited to take a look. Based on the feedback of residents, your feedback, next Spring additional signage and related woodwork will be done in the same motif. In the photo is Kathy, committee chairperson (on the ladder behind the sign). Also in the photo are Kristen (standing behind the sign) and Joan. Other committee members not in the photo were involved in roto-tilling the ground, purchasing supplies, and other behind-the-scenes work. Next task in line before the cold weather is replacing a couple swing seats in the playground and painting some of the metal playground equipment. Again: Hats off to the entire Grounds & Maintenance Committee: Kathy, Joan, Kristin, Jim, Claire, Dana, Janice, Sue, Randi, Bette and Gary.

 

Pool Opening June 13th

The Longmeadow pool will open Saturday June 13th, weather permitting.  The pool hours are from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

Longmeadow (and Ocean Crest) Condo Tag Sales Saturday June 21!

This years "BIG" condo-wide tag sale is also scheduled the same day as Ocean Crest's.  This will make the area a great destination for tag-sale shoppers.

Longmeadow residents can set up in front of their own units.  The Tag Sale hours are 9 - 3.  You can email board member Maureen Pasko, (her email is listed here).  As usual, this tag sale is at the start of the bulk pickup.  So you can bring stuff you do not sell, and want to discard, over to the special bulk pickup area between the pool and the Salem Walk visitors' parking lot.  The actual "bulk pickup" by the city is early Wednesday morning (see below).

 

Annual Association Meeting Held Sunday June 22nd.

Thank you to all who came to the Annual Meeting. We had a big turnout and good questions. The Association voted not to move forward with the FHA application for 2014. More research will be done and it will be brought back up in 2015 unless significant new information comes up.

The members up for election were Kit Kaolian, Bette Carlson and interim member Maureen Pasko. There was one additional nomination from the floor as well. The standing members were re-elected by the Association.

Ruth Nappe - President
Bette Carlson - Vice President
Elizabeth Sivek - Treasurer
Maureen Pasko - Secretary
Kit Kaolian - Member at Large

Spring Cleaning? One-and-only 2014 Bulk Item Pickup is June 25

The City of Milford has one condominium bulk trash pickup date this year.  The date is Wednesday June 25
You can plan getting rid of large items, such as mattresses, old furniture, etc, starting Saturday June 21.  Areas will be set aside in  the Salem Walk visitor's parking by the pool. You can drop off items from Saturday though very early Wednesday morning June 25.  Under no circumstances should items such as these be placed in the dumpster.  The recycling page also has information about what items can be left for bulk pickup and which items need special disposal.

Annual Meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday, June 22, at 7 pm. 

The Annual Meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse. Prior to the meeting, all unit owners will receive via US mail a proxy and agenda from our management company. A copy of the 2013 financial audit will be available at the meeting. Due to the adopted change in the Bylaws, we need a large number of attendees or proxies returned. If you plan on being away or know you can’t make it to the meeting, please be sure to sign your proxy and drop it in the mail slot at the clubhouse, give it to a Board member before the meeting, or give it to someone you know for sure will be attending. If you are not sure you will be able to attend, it is better to sign and turn in your proxy before the meeting. If you do attend, you can get your proxy back and vote at the meeting. If you sign and turn in your proxy to someone else, you can still provide voting instructions on the proxy if desired.
For new owners or owners who have never attended, the Annual Meeting is where all Association business (not of a personal nature) is conducted. The meeting includes a review of Association finances, President’s address outlining current and future projects, election to the Board of Directors (3 seats are up for election this year), and an open question and answer period for old and new business. Check our website www.longmeadow06460.com  for election results and the meeting summary.

Holiday Season in Full Swing!

 

Mid-October Update

Winter and Snow Removal. We have a new snow removal contractor for the 2013 / 2014 Winter season. The snow removal contractor is Capasso Landscaping. As always, residents should not engage the contractors directly but may contact the property manager or board as appropriate.
Note: If you or someone you know in Longmeadow needs priority snow removal, typically due to serious medical reasons, let the property manager know.  LMM is building a list of names and addresses.  For example, a serious need for priority snow removal would be daily trips to a medical center for a vital procedure.

Longmeadow Association and Longmeandow06460.com thanks Coldwell Banker Realtor Barbara Zink for her continued sponsorship of this web site. We have heard nothing but good things about Barbara Zink and invite anyone who wishes to purchase a unit in Longmeadow or sell a unit in Longmeadow to consider Barbara Zink’s services. (See more info on the "Sponsor" tab to the left.)

In an effort to reduce the skyrocketing costs of flood insurance, the Association had an engineer produce an elevation certificate for 19 – 35 Jackson Drive and 61 – 71 Jackson Drive. Both of those two buildings have at least 12 feet elevation and should not be in marked as being in a flood zone in a flood map. One building, 37 – 49 showed to be out of a flood zone and we hope to get money back from flood insurance.  One building had a small corner below elevation and grading would simply bring that corner up to the minimum elevation required to get it out of flood zone classification.

The Grounds & Maintenance meets the first Tuesday of each month. You can contact Kathy Cirko, or just show up at 7:00 pm at the clubhouse. Current committee projects include building a garden out front and sprucing up the playground with new seats and a fresh coat of paint. The Committee also create a more expansive proposal for beautifying Longmeadow.

Bob Austin’s team is continuing work on Greenwich Way, making foundation repairs, replacing sill plates, replacing patios which have been undermined by water or settling.

End of August Update

  • We have a new board member!  See story below.
  • Small work orders and being worked on at a good pace. Such things as: broken or inoperative front light fixtures, broken dryer vent covers, broken or leaky windows, tree trimming (such as branches rubbing against a unit).  Yes, terminates were spotted around a building and they will be professionally terminated.
  • Stick a fork in it, it is done.  The last of our 28 buildings (outside of the clubhouse) has undergone complete roofing reconstruction.  Building A6, which comprises 7 - 44 Jackson Drive has been completed by Seal-tite and Bob Austin's team.
  • The two lights, mounted on 'SNET" telephone poles on Merwin Avenue at the intersection of the Peen Common entrance have not been working properly for a while and have been reported to UI.  We have monitored and focused on the internal light poles the past few months. Those all are working well now.
  • For almost daily updates, remember to "LIKE" and check the option to 'follow" our Facebook page. 
    Thanks Liza Sivek for creating and maintaining the page! Everyone please visit: Facebook.com/LongmeadowCondominiumAssociation

Pool Party Friday August 2, 2013 Sponsored by Milford Bank

Come and join the fun: Games, Prizes, give-aways.... Sponsored by: The Milford Bank, Woodmont Office.  Click to see PDF Flyer. 

Note: The Milford Bank is a commercial entity independent of the Association. The Association does not endorse any commercial entity and has not compensated or been compensated by The Milford Bank for this Pool party promotional event.  Longmeadow Association is a satisfied customer of The Milford Bank.

 

 

New Board Member Welcomed to Longmeadow Board of Directors

Recall, effective July 1, 2013, Jackie Steiner, a member of the Longmeadow Board of Directors for seven years, has decided to step down. The Board thanks her for her long commitment to the Association and Longmeadow's community!

The Board advertised for interested owners who might like to be on the board. We thank all three candidates who applied and spend time to meet with the Board.

The candidate that was chosen was Maureen Pasko of 50 Greenwich Way.  We welcome Maureen to the Board of Directors of Longmeadow Association Inc.  Maureen is a social worker at Veteran's Administration..  She studied Social Work at University of Buffalo and The State University of New York,  She if from Patterson New York. Maureen is a newer resident  to Longmeadow.  She rented for a bit and liked Longmeadow and recently purchased a unit.  As a comparatively newer resident and owner to Longmeadow , she can bring a fresh look, and fresh viewpoints to things.    We ask that everyone welcome Maureen, introduce themselves, and all work together continue to make Longmeadow a nice place to live. Maureen Pasko is on Facebook. Maureen's email is on our Board of Directors contact page.

he Board position that Maureen holds, which was vacated by Jackie Steiner, mid-term is up for election at the annual meeting (the last Sunday) in June 2014.  Maureen may run for that position as can all owners of Longmeadow.

 

Warmer Weather is Just Around the Corner - Promise!

  • You can mark your calendars now for the Annual Meeting Sunday 7:00 June 22, 2014
    Pool Opening - Probable opening date Saturday June 14th.
  • The Longmeadow Grounds and Maintenance committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the clubhouse, 75 Jackson Drive.  Residents interested in joining are welcome to attend may contact Kathy Cirko,  or  just show up.
  • Drainage remediation: Building  60-70 GW has been completed.
    Four buildings remain: 48-58 GW; 16-28 JD; 2-14 PC; 170-188PC|
  • The clubhouse roof will be replaced this year.
  • For news updates, and a an interactive medium, remember to "LIKE" and check the option to 'follow" our Facebook page. 
    Thanks Liza Sivek for creating and maintaining the page! Everyone please visit: Facebook.com/LongmeadowCondominiumAssociation

  • Longmeadow Association and Longmeandow06460.com thanks Coldwell Banker Realtor Barbara Zink for her continued sponsorship of this web site. We have heard nothing but good things about Barbara Zink and invite anyone who wishes to purchase a unit in Longmeadow or sell a unit in Longmeadow to consider Barbara Zink’s services. (See more info on the "Sponsor" tab to the left.)

Special Meeting to Ratify Budget at 7:00 pm Sunday Nov. 16th. 2014

A special meeting has been called to ratify the 2015 budget.  It will be held in the clubhouse, 75 Jackson Drive, 7:00 Sunday November 16, 2014.  The meeting is just to discuss and vote on the 2015 budget.

All unit owners should have received an official letters in the postal mail on or about October 29.  Please c0ntact the property manger as soon as possible if you do not have the letter.  The letter also details the proposed common fees and assessment amounts for the 2015 year.

October Items

Our snow removal contractor will be KBM Landscaping LLC.  They will also be the landscaping contractor. 

Tom, our current landscaping company, has been contracted to removed some trees and that is the activity you ma have seen / will see going on.

UI has done lighting work along Greenwich Way.  They put pipes under ground, and the wires are in the tubes (conduits)

1-57 GW is getting painting / stain work done.  Next year  40 - 70 GW; 170 - 188 PC and 61-71 JD are scheduled for trim painting.

Red Cross Blood Drive Across the Street November 22

The Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate, founded by Salem Walk's Bob Fiore, is sponsoring a blood drive, their first for the American Red Cross. Help support a good cause and donate blood! The drive is conveniently across the street at St. Agnes. They are looking forward to a large turnout. 

The blood drive will take place on Friday, November 22, 2013 at St. Agnes Church on 400 Merwin Avenue in Milford Connecticut. It will run from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM  Please click their events page for full information including how to register:
www.ct-ea.org/events.html

 

Board Member Steps Down - Position Open

Jackie Steiner, a member of the Longmeadow Board of Directors for seven years, has decided to step down. The Board thanks her for her long commitment to the Association and Longmeadow's community!

We are looking for owners in Longmeadow who are interested in speaking to the Board members about joining as a volunteer interim member. Please see the link below for full information and details. Please contact us through our Facebook page or email if you would like to be considered.

When a board member decides to step down mid-term, the bylaws state that the Board of Directors chooses an interim member until the next scheduled election, which would be at the next annual meeting, June, 2014. At that time, the interim member may or may not choose to run for election at his or her discretion.

While a general announcement is not required, and has not been done in the recent past, in this age of social media it is much easier to spread the word of this opening and let owners know of this opportunity to be a candidate for the open Board position at Longmeadow. This is a volunteer position, there is no compensation.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact any member of the Board. The Board will schedule a time to discuss the position, its responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. There are links to Board guidelines below, please take a look!

To serve on the board, a candidate must be a deeded owner of a unit in the Longmeadow Condominium Association.

Additional traits that we look for:

  • nterested in serving the community as a whole for the betterment of the Association.
  • accessible by email and telephone and be willing to check email daily and respond to Board emails within 24 hours. (This avoids a wait to the next meeting or several extra meetings to vote on urgent issues.)
  •  ability to attend monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm (with the exception of August and December, unless needed). Meetings are held at the clubhouse, 75 Jackson Drive.
  • ability to attend and contribute to the annual meeting in June of each year.
  • ability to understand (willingness to learn) and discuss the by laws, rules & regulations, state and federal laws and financial reports that affect the Association.

Again, please email or use Facebook to contact the Board.  You may also write a note and hand it to any Board member.  Please let us know as soon as possible, and by Aug. 15th, 2013.

If you are interested in the position, please read:
Longmeadow Condominium Association Board Agreement on Operating Principles
(This document does not supersede the Declaration and Bylaws of the Association, but
outlines the organizational behavior expected of board members)

Join the 'Grounds and Maintenance' Committee!

Any Longmeadow resident interested in participating in the 'Grounds and Maintenance' Committee, which meets the first Tuesday of every month, please attend the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Clubhouse. The Grounds & Maintenance Committee's mandate is to come up with cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of Longmeadow's grounds (and more) -- so bring your ideas and join your neighbors in helping to make Longmeadow a "prettier" place to live!

Pool Party Friday August 2, 2013 Sponsored by Milford Bank

Come and join the fun: Games, Prizes, give-aways.... Sponsored by: The Milford Bank, Woodmont Office.  Click to see PDF Flyer. 

Note: The Milford Bank is a commercial entity independent of the Association. The Association does not endorse any commercial entity and has not compensated or been compensated by The Milford Bank for this Pool party promotional event.  Longmeadow Association is a satisfied customer of The Milford Bank.

Nemo:  Milford At the Top with Reports of 38 inches!  (February 2013)

Nemo 38 inches on Milford and Longmeadow

The Nemo blizzard dumped a lot of snow. Clearing snow will take time as the governor keeps roads closed to non-emergency travel Saturday. We all need to be patient. We can expect that snow removal will involve extra equipment, more than just plows, to move the snow.  Our snow removal contractor D & D has a bucket loader lined up, plus the plows, bobcat, and 40 shovelers.  Our snow removal procedures for the past couple years have not required owners to remove cars during plowing operations. If there are any special instructions there will probably be some knocking on doors. You can check out the new Longmeadow Facebook page, titled “Longmeadow Condominium Association” .  Like it. Check it out for frequent updates especially during the aftermath of this storm!

 

 

Woodmont Day is Saturday, July 27th!

More local events! Woodmont Day, Saturday, July 27th! http://woodmontonthesound.org/

End-of-June News Update

  • The annual meeting was Sunday June 23 at 7:00 pm in the clubhouse.  The election process (collecting votes) for the two board of directors positions up for election was waived because there were no additional nominations other than the two incumbents. After the meeting the Board selected the same board positions for the board members with the exception of Liza Sivek becoming the Treasurer and Jackie Steiner becoming the Member At Large.  Ruth Nappe remains the Board President, Bette Carlson, Vice Presidents, etc. As always, board positions and contact information is current and online here.
  • The annual meeting as 'hot' with lively discussion and many legitimate complaints were raised. The meeting was 'cool' with the two new air conditioners. The landscaping and landscapers were a topic discussed, and a source of complaints, at the annual meeting. The vendor has replaced its foreman. For more dialogue on this topic and up-to-date progress reports, visit the association's  community Facebook page!
    Facebook.com/LongmeadowCondominiumAssociation
  • Pool is open seven days a week (please review the rules and regulations), and have a safe fun summer season!
    Facebook. Please respect Alex and all the pool attendants.
  • Work on the sewage pump (lifting station) will start very soon. The latest delay: The manufactures found a defect in the custom build pump brackets they built for us and are manufacturing another set. We are purchasing THREE HOMA submersible pumps… we will have a spare pump on hand. When work begins, there will be some noise as pump truck will take on the pumping tasks the day the work is being done .Please be aware that during the replacement there will be a pumping truck in place as a bypass system while the old pump is disconnected and the new pump installed. It may be noisy for nearby residents for a few hours. Again, major work will be done to replace the pumps and other major components of the pumping station.  Our pumping stations have been running on 45-ear old motors.  Good news:  We do not need to replace the metal floor of the pumping station.  The old floor can be prepped and sealed. Again, the electrical panel was replace already after it was damaged in the storm.
  • Work has been underway for crawlspaces for moisture remediation.  Bob Austin's team completed or nearly completed: 30 – 48 Jackson Drive.  The second building, comprising,49-57 Greenwich Way and 37 – 49 Jackson Drive is complete. Bob Austin reports that he is still working on 19-35 JD crawl spaces as part of the drainage project. The recent downpours have prevented the use of the backhoe - too much mud and water. He has worked whenever he can fit in some time during dry periods, including Saturdays, to make some headway and get closer to completion. Once done, the work on the roof of the same building can start!. Bob's team and the backhoe are out there.  Next in sequence 19-35 Jackson Drive (likely June).
  • The target date for starting the final roof reconstruction is July. - This is the 19 - 35 Jackson Drive building.  Work will start after the crawlspace work is completed in that building
  • Sump pump installations will be done also in conjunction with building work in select units.
  • Tree stumps which were slated for removal along with a few trees is wrapping up. Some of the damage was from Sandy.
  • The Board is reviewing the Association by-laws for possible needed updates.
  • Pool opening scheduled for June 15! The pool is ready to go.
  • Bulk pickup for 2013 has been completed. It is amazing that so many people take items away, such as for scrap and for se, the City probably only had to remove a third of what was placed in the bulk area. Please, as you need to discard bulk items, either hold onto them until next year or make arrangements to have them take to the dump. Please do not put bulk items in the dumpsters.

Facebook

For pretty much daily updates and feedback and all that Facebook has to offer, check the "Longmeadow Condominium Association" Facebook page! 
Tip: To keep abreast of what is gong on and also be able to comment of topic, we recommend that, in addition to "LIKEing" the page, you also check (under the LIKE button 'get notifications" and 'show in news feed'.

Lonmgmeadow06460.com Wishes Our Sponsor and Everyone a Happy and Healthy 2013!

Longmeadow congratulates REALOR Barbara Zink for continued service to our Milford community.  Remember Coldwell Banker REALTOR Barbara Sink for your Real Estate needs.  Thanks Barbara for another year of support! Visit Barbara Zink's page on Longmeadow06460.com to find out more about Barbara and how she can help you, your family and friends in their read estate needs.

Pumping Station Work Slated For Spring

Our pumping stations is running on 45-year old motors and is overdue for refurbishing, complete replacement of all major components. The board has received bids for various vendors. It is likely we will go with submersible pumps for greater reliability. It is likely this project will start and be completed this Spring.

Holiday 2012 Wishes From Old Friends

Happy Holidays!

Holiday wishes from Kim and Rick Rolfe, former Salem Walk residents (but always friends )of Longmeadow.  Kim and Rick reside in Arizona.

 

ongmeadow Fares OK in Sandy's Aftermath (Nov 1 2012

Storm Sandy knocks down a few of our trees.  All and all we fared well!

One of about a dozen tree incidents in Sandy's wake.  Longmeadow made out OK.

Storm Sandy headed inland early and spared our area from a few additional feet of tidal surge, and additional rain, wind and flooding. A few trees and large branches were down. Our emergency generator at our  waste-water pumping station kicked in when the power went out to that building. Considering the likelihood that things could have been much worse, we fared well.

 

Mid-December Update: Drainage Repair Project Status (2012)

Our expansive drainage / water damage remediation and repair project has made much progress over the Fall and work will continue through early Winter and into next year.  The rain water drainage system in between Salem Walk's Building 16 (comprising units 26 - 46) and Penn Common's Building 1 (comprising units 151 - 169) was in need of repair, and was woefully under capacity when it was originally constructed.  Bob Austin's team  started work mid-November and has completed this task December 14. This work was challenging, the area in between the buildings had to be dug up, of course, and there were several underground lines had had to be avoided.  Bob Austin and team did an excellent work and  nicely finished off the job with placement of new premium topsoil and careful grading of the ground.

What is next?   After the holidays, work starts on the crawl spaces on Jackson Drives building A-2.

Highlights of the drainage system replacement between Buildings 16 and 1 just completed:

  • Underground rain water drainage pipes removed and replaced with much larger 14-inch diameter pipes for dramatically increased drainage capacity. The original pipes were not only damaged, but only 4 inches in diameter.
  • New catch-basins installed to replace older damaged units.  An additional catch basin was also installed to improve drainage.
  • Sump pumps in unit basements were connected to drain into the main drain pipe.
  • Ground landscaped to pitch down and funnel towards the catch basins.
  • Tree removed to allow optimum location of drain pipe.

Keeping clear of gas, electric and cable wires is a challenge. The new pipes are a larger14 inches in diameter.

Keeping clear of gas, electric and cable wires is a challenge. The new pipes are a large 14 inches in diameter.

Work is capped of with top soil, seeded, and covered with hay.

Photo credits:  Bob Fiore, Salem Walk

Dunbar & New Haven Ave Crosswalk (2012)

 

Earlier this year, Board member Liza Sivek sent an inquiry to Philip J. Vetro, Chairman of the Milford Board of Alderman requesting a yellow, stand-alone “pedestrian crossing" sign for the crosswalk at Dunbar Road and New Haven Avenues just outside Longmeadow's Dunbar walkway.  This crosswalk is utilized by many residents. Mr. Vetro forwarded the request to the Milford Police Commission and Liza was contacted by a sergeant.  As it turns out, that section of New Haven Avenue is a State road and the State of Connecticut does not allow any signage in the roadway. However, because it is a State road, the roadside pedestrian signage and the painted crosswalk are actually larger and better than what the city would provide.
Something which not many people are aware of: it is conventional wisdom that it is State law that drivers must stop for pedestrians waiting at a crosswalk. This has led to many frustrated people, and dirty looks at drivers as they speed by. Guess what? We're wrong. It is actually the pedestrian's job to wait for an ease in traffic before starting to cross and THEN drivers have to yield. A car that goes through a crosswalk while a pedestrian is still crossing-you know, when they drive AROUND you-can be given a ticket. Conversely, if the driver sees you waiting and stops to let you cross, while it seems very polite, they are actually in violation by impeding traffic!


 

Hot News Updates for Mid-July 2012

  • You may have seen people walking around measuring Longmeadow ’s sidewalk and marking areas which need repair. We will soon undergo significant work on our sidewalks and curbs. All of the sidewalk areas that need repair or are a little uneven will be fixed soon and many sidewalk areas will be resurfaced.
  • Roofing reconstruction has been completed fro building A-10, units 2 – 14 Jackson Drive . One residential building and the clubhouse remain.
  • Bob Austin and team will start the drainage pipe replacement behind building 1, 151-169 Penn Common.
  • A Salem Walk unit had its rear brick wall replaced, you might have seen the mason working the second week of July.
  • Bulk pickup went off without a hitch. As usually, 80% of what gets but out in the bulk pickup area gets snagged before the City picks it up. June 27 was the only bulk pickup of the year, If you have bulk items that you wish to dispose of, please do not use the dumpster! As a resident of Milford you can use the dump, for example; and there is always next year.
  • Thanks to Salem Walk’s Bob Fiore for volunteering and showing imitative to take on a couple tasks on his own. Bob repainted the fire hydrants and also cleared out a lot of the brush around the Dunbar Street entrance. The Dunbar Street entrance walkway looks much more open and neat! Thanks Bob!. Forthcoming, supposedly within a few day, the IU will trim around the street light at the Dunbar Street entrance. This will brighten up the area even more.
  • Perco, our landscaping service has been trimming shrubs since July 9th and the work should just about be completed.

Join the 'Grounds and Maintenance' Committee!

Any Longmeadow resident interested in participating in the 'Grounds and Maintenance' Committee, which meets the first Tuesday of every month, please attend the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Clubhouse. The Grounds & Maintenance Committee's mandate is to come up with cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of Longmeadow's grounds (and more) -- so bring your ideas and join your neighbors in helping to make Longmeadow a "prettier" place to live!


End-of-June News Update [from June 2013]

  • The annual meeting was Sunday June 23 at 7:00 pm in the clubhouse.  The election process (collecting votes) for the two board of directors positions up for election was waived because there were no additional nominations other than the two incumbents. After the meeting the Board selected the same board positions for the board members with the exception of Liza Sivek becoming the Treasurer and Jackie Steiner becoming the Member At Large.  Ruth Nappe remains the Board President, Bette Carlson, Vice Presidents, etc. As always, board positions and contact information is current and online here.
  • The annual meeting as 'hot' with lively discussion and many legitimate complaints were raised. The meeting was 'cool' with the two new air conditioners. The landscaping and landscapers were a topic discussed, and a source of complaints, at the annual meeting. The vendor has replaced its foreman. For more dialogue on this topic and up-to-date progress reports, visit the association's  community Facebook page!
    Facebook.com/LongmeadowCondominiumAssociation
  • Pool is open seven days a week (please review the rules and regulations), and have a safe fun summer season!
    Facebook. Please respect Alex and all the pool attendants.
  • Work on the sewage pump (lifting station) will start very soon. The latest delay: The manufactures found a defect in the custom build pump brackets they built for us and are manufacturing another set. We are purchasing THREE HOMA submersible pumps… we will have a spare pump on hand. When work begins, there will be some noise as pump truck will take on the pumping tasks the day the work is being done .Please be aware that during the replacement there will be a pumping truck in place as a bypass system while the old pump is disconnected and the new pump installed. It may be noisy for nearby residents for a few hours. Again, major work will be done to replace the pumps and other major components of the pumping station.  Our pumping stations have been running on 45-ear old motors.  Good news:  We do not need to replace the metal floor of the pumping station.  The old floor can be prepped and sealed. Again, the electrical panel was replace already after it was damaged in the storm.
  • Work has been underway for crawlspaces for moisture remediation.  Bob Austin's team completed or nearly completed: 30 – 48 Jackson Drive.  The second building, comprising,49-57 Greenwich Way and 37 – 49 Jackson Drive is complete. Bob Austin reports that he is still working on 19-35 JD crawl spaces as part of the drainage project. The recent downpours have prevented the use of the backhoe - too much mud and water. He has worked whenever he can fit in some time during dry periods, including Saturdays, to make some headway and get closer to completion. Once done, the work on the roof of the same building can start!. Bob's team and the backhoe are out there.  Next in sequence 19-35 Jackson Drive (likely June).
  • The target date for starting the final roof reconstruction is July. - This is the 19 - 35 Jackson Drive building.  Work will start after the crawlspace work is completed in that building
  • Sump pump installations will be done also in conjunction with building work in select units.
  • Tree stumps which were slated for removal along with a few trees is wrapping up. Some of the damage was from Sandy.
  • The Board is reviewing the Association by-laws for possible needed updates.
  • Pool opening scheduled for June 15! The pool is ready to go.
  • Bulk pickup for 2013 has been completed. It is amazing that so many people take items away, such as for scrap and for se, the City probably only had to remove a third of what was placed in the bulk area. Please, as you need to discard bulk items, either hold onto them until next year or make arrangements to have them take to the dump. Please do not put bulk items in the dumpsters.

 

Major Sidewalk and Curb Repairs and Improvements to Start Later this Summer.

As discussed during the Annual meeting, the Association needs to have work done on the walkways and curbs to ensure a smooth surface area.  The contractor will prepare all sections of sidewalk with any potential tripping potential. Cracks and crevices will be filled. Areas that have heaved up due to underlying tree roots will be cut away and filled in.  All of the repaired walkway areas will be paved over. A total of about 31,000 square feet of walkways will be re-paved.  At this time, it is projected that the basketball court will also be repaved.

Bob Fiore - Painted our Fire Hydrants Longmeadow's Fire Hydrants Given a Fresh Coat of Paint by Salem Walk's Bob Fiore volunteering his time.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


Dunbar Street entrance walkway area cleared of brush by Bob Fiore, gracious enough to volunteer his time and effort to perform this task to help keep the area cleaner and safer.







 
Late June Update - 2012 Annual Meeting Well Attended!

The 2012 annual association meeting was very well attended; ever seat in the house was taken. The quorum was easily exceeded; over 45% voting rights was represented.
Association president’s Ruth Nappe’s introductory overview of the highlights of the past year included:

  • The mild winter was good for Longmeadow.
  • Longmeadow secured funding for drainage repairs and improvements, the thrust of the efforts of which will start this summer.
  • The roofing reconstruction project is resuming, the last two buildings will be completed this year.
  • Painting of buildings, the trim etc., is done on a rotating schedule with a few buildings being done every year.
  • We engaged a new landscaping company this year as well as a new trash hauler. The new trash hauler was contracted by our property manager with a month savings of $300. Furthermore LMM got a $7,800 state tax refund from the State. Associations do not need to pay state sales on rubbish removal.
  • FEMA changed the flood zone maps a bit and two additional Longmeadow buildings are now in a flood zone
  • Our general insurance, which covers the buildings against fire, etc., protects against legal matters, etc, will also likely go up significantly this year. Longmeadow will need to repair the bumps and cracks in the sidewalks
  • We have new pool attendants this year. Longmeadow welcomes Eric, Alex and Kelly.

Issues, items discussed later in the meeting under old and / or new business:

Landscapers: When blowing grass clippings off the walkways, at all times they should be blown away from buildings and garden areas. Apparently in some areas where there is very little lawn area between walkways and units, grass is getting stuck in the screens. When chemicals (fertilizers/pesticides & roundup) are spray on the beds and lawn there were many complaints of not enough warning signs being posted. There must be many more placed throughout the landscape. We have has a few incidents of sick pets. Otherwise all the other comments were very positive regarding the Landscapers.

A discussion and presentation was made on ways to reduce water usage. The annual Association water bill is projects to be well over $50,000 this year. There was a discussion as to whether the Association should offer water-saving kits to residents who would like one.

The annual election for three boards of directors was waived because there were no additional nominations other then the three incumbents. After the meeting the Board selected the same board positions for the board members. Ruth Nappe remains the Board President, Bette Carlson, Vice Presidents, etc. As always, board positions and contact information is current and online.

For continue updated of Longmeadow News and events, keep checking the Association web site: www.longmeadow06460com

Pool Open for the Season + Welcome to Eric, Alex and Kelly

Longmeadow welcomes three new pool attendants this year:  Eric, Alex and Kelly.  Please ensure our youth (as well as ourselves) are respectful of each other and the pool attendants, and follow the pool rules.  We hope everyone has a fun and safe summer.

Shrub Trimming

The tentative date for shrub trimming as reported by Ben from the landscaping company is on or about July 6th.  Ben also will ensure grass clippings, etc, are blown away fro units and also that there will be additional signage when chemicals are applied to the lawn and garden areas.  (Note.  Currently there are signs and a recent application.)


May Update News -  Pool Opening - Bulk Pickup & more...

  • Our new landscaping contractor is PERCO Inc. a large New Haven based landscape management company.  (Only property management staff and designated board members should contact a contractor directly.)
  • The next building for roofing construction is Building A-10, 2 - 14 Jackson Drive.
  • Bulk pick up for condominiums will be Wednesday, June 27, 2012. More information will be forthcoming.
  • The tentative opening date for the Longmeadow pool is Saturday June 9th.
  • Small sidewalk repairs have been underway since Spring. A typical repair is cutting out where tree roots have elevated the sidewalk, cutting out the root, and repairing the sidewalk with cold patch
  • Replacement of some units' sliding glass doors has been done. These are typically the units which have the original sliding glass doors.  Owners with sliders which leak water or are otherwise not functioning properly may submit a work order. 
  • Longmeadow has been recertified by HUD for FHA loans.  We received the recertification in March.  Most condominium complexes certification expired at some point in 2011.  As of April 2012, still many complexes in Milford which had FHA certification expire in 2012 still do not have FHA approval for HUD-backed loans.
  • Annual meeting (as always) is 7:00 pm the last Sunday of June.

Real estate market update from  REALTOR® Andrea Brower.  See a list of recent closing prices as well as some Longmeadow units on the market today.

  • Work around the complex coming up includes, but is not limited to, brick work on one unit in Building 5. Roof work will start in May on Building A-10, 2 - 14 Jackson Drive. During the summer work on the drainage
    on Greenwich Way, behind Jackson Drive will commence. Also scheduled this summer is drainage pipe replacement behind building 1, 151-169 Penn Common.
  • Approved plantings, approved shrubbery list: See the Documents and Forms section of this website.

 

Strike Out Epilepsy Bowling Event

Salem Walk's own Bob Fiore is founder and director of Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate, a not-for-profit organization which supports Epilepsy awareness and the needs of the community. "Strike Out Epilepsy" is one of Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate's annual events to build Awareness about Epilepsy.
This bowling event is a fun way to raise money for a good cause. You can have up to six people per lane.  Pizza and soda will be served at each lane. You will enjoy hours of bowling and help people with Epilepsy, their family members and friends living with Epilepsy. The entry fee is $30.00 per person and business sponsorships are available.
For more information please contact Bob Fiore: ctepilepsy@optonline.net .
You can register on line and payments can be sent via PayPal
on the Payments & Donations page:

www.ct-ea.org/paymentsdonations.html


Event: Strike Out Epilepsy 2012
Where: Milford Lanes, 1717 Boston Post Road Milford, Connecticut
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Woodmont Fire Company will be holding its annual
SPRING TAG SALE

On Saturday, April 14th, The Woodmont Fire Company will be holding its annual
SPRING TAG SALE from 9am to 3pm. The tag sale serves as a fundraising event for the organization. There are always a great selection items at great prices. So be sure to mark Saturday April 1th on yr calendars. The Woodmont Fire Company (firehouse) is next door to the corner of Chapel St. and Kings Hwy, just a couple blocks away from Longmeadow.
As the original fire company for the Borough of Woodmont, dating back to 1895, they are entirely self-supporting. The proceeds from their tag sales help fund all that they do in the community. Anyone interesting contributing or donating saleable items for the event can contact Captain Bob Granger Jr. at
bobgrangerjr@yahoo.com. (Please put "WFC Tag Sale" in the subject line). You can arrange to drop off items at the firehouse or have items picked up.

Spring Could Not Have Come Soon Enough

The winter of 2010 -11 is finally behind us.  We do have to be thankful that the seeming endless rounds of snowstorms just  surprisingly stopped.  We were able to coast through February and March.  There is a lot of sand on the sidewalks, roads and lawns that will need to be cleaned up.

 Pretty soon it will be time for Spring plantings and such. It's probably a good idea to re-read the Longmeadow Garden Rules and Regulations now, before you do any gardening work.

Holiday 2011 Wishes From Old Friends

Holiday Wishes From Kim and Rick Rolfe

Holiday wishes from Kim and Rick Rolfe, former Salem Walk residents (but always friends )of Longmeadow.  Kim and Rick and their doggie reside in Arizona.

Fall / Early Winter Print Newsletter

The Fall / Early Winter Newsletter was distributed to unit mailboxes On or about December 12.  You can view it here.

  November 2011 Special Finance Meeting Minutes PDF.

Special Meeting OKs Financing

The Association owners voted in favor of getting a $500,000 loan for the essential, time-critical work to be done to improve drainage and make repairs to many Greenwich Way and Jackson Drive area buildings and grounds, most of which are near the marsh. The loan will start off as a 15-month line of credit and convert to a fixed loan (likely 7-year term).  The collateral for such a loan is the assignment of common fees.  The line of credit is offered by Milford Bank at prime + 1%.  (The current prime rate is about 4.4%. )

The motion passed with 51% of the total Association population voting in favor. 109 votes were in favor, fewer than ten of the votes cast were "no" votes or abstentions.

Click to see the Special Meeting Minutes and all other meeting minutes in the Documents and Forms section.

During the regular November board meeting the 2012 Association budget was approved.    The common fees will increase by 5% for 2012 and, like with 2011, there will also be a special assessment equal to two months common charges. 

 

Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event Friday Nov. 18, 2011

A perennial favorite event is the Annual Wine & Food Tasting benefit for the Literacy Center of Milford.  This year the theme is "A Night with the Great Gatsby".   As always this event includes a fantastic selection of wines and beers, cordials, foods, desserts, appetizers and more.  The event includes the "Appetizer Showdown" where you get to vote for your favorite appetizers provided from area restaurants and caterers.  There will be  special performance by the dancers of The New England Ballet Company".

There will be a live auction and raffle and the ticket price is only $40 per person.

Location: The Westwoods Ballroom (Italian American Club)
85 Chase Lane, West Haven,  CT

Date:  Friday, November 18, 2011.  Time:  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Please register as soon as possible!  You can register online and find out more information on their website:  www.literacycenterofmilford.com or telephone. The Literacy Center of Milford (203) 878-4800.  Several of your Longmeadow neighbors attend every year and you are assured of having a good time and helping a good cause.

Mid-November News Updates

  • It is essential that every owner either attend the meeting Sunday or sign and give the proxy to a board member or someone e else that will positively attend.  The meeting is to vote on financing, as detailed in the letter sent to unit owners.  If a "yes" vote is not obtained by at least 51% of the ownership a very high special assessment would be needed to meet the 2012 maintenance and repair needs.
  • Good News, the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue has exempted residential condominium associations from  paying CT state sales tax on many  items.  Big ticket items that Longmeadow can save on state sales tax include: rubbish removal and property management fees.  Roofing and other materials are also exempt.  For more information, you can Google "Connecticut CERT-103".  This may save Longmeadow a few thousand dollars each year.
  • Our property management team will be sending the package of materials required for HUD / FHA recertification by November 17th.
  • If you are renting a unit in Longmeadow or are an owner renting a unit in Longmeadow please contact the property management or a board member to let the Association know (if you have not done so already).  The Association must have accurate count of units being rented out.
  • Thanks go out to Arin Hayden at Levey Miller Maretz Property Management for all your hard work!

 

2011-2012 Snow Removal Contract: Understanding Expectations

The  snow removal contract has been signed:  the snow removal contractor is (again) D & D Services LLC.  The contract season starts November 1, 2011 and concludes April 30, 2012.  The contract is essentially a fixed price.

The Board would like to let Longmeadow residents know what they can expect from the snow removal contractor this winter.  D&D is contracted to remove snow when it is 1" or more. (Under 1" is treated with salt/sand mixture only). D&D will come out to Longmeadow once the snow has stopped falling and will clear all the roadways first. Then they will clear the walks and parking spots, including between cars. Once they clear between the cars, residents will be asked to move their cars briefly so that the lot can be fully cleared of snow. (If you will be out of town in the winter months, please consider leaving keys to your vehicle(s) with a neighbor so that your car will not get plowed in in your absence.)  D&D is contracted to finish all touch up and parking areas within 6 hours of the storm's end.

D&D will pre-treat walkways before any known ice storm and also after the storm's end.

D&D will also provide sand barrels around Longmeadow property so that as ice and snow melts and re-freezes in the days after a storm, residents can put down sand/salt mixture on their steps and walkways as needed for safety. Residents may also want to look out for their elderly or infirm neighbors and put sand down on their steps and walkways as well.

If you have any questions or concerns about the snow removal process or the contractor, please contact Arin Hayden at Levey Miller Maretz Property Management at 203-387-9700.

Late October News Updates

  • If you are mailing your common charges, please mail them to the new company and address (see article below).  It does not make sense to mail the common charge to the clubhouse.
  • If you are paying your common fees online, remember to update the information with that of our new property management company.  See the updated FAQ which has an example of what to fill out to set up or edit the online bill-paying information   It is easy to set up the automatic payment of the monthly fees!
  • Unit owners will be getting an official notice in the mail shortly regarding a special meeting Sunday November 20th at 7:00 pm.  This is the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and vote on a bank loan.  The funds of which will be used for many extensive repairs to crawl spaces, foundations, water drainage systems, etc.
  • The Board has been working with the new property manager Arin (of Levey Miller Maretz) on gathering and submitting the long list of materials for HUD / FHA recertification.  We expect to have the items submitted by November 1st.  The HUD FHA certification process can take up to 30 days from its receipt of the materials.
  • Reminder:  When a unit at Longmeadow is rented out, a copy of the lease should be given to the property manager along with contact information.. The tenant should be given a copy of the Longmeadow rules and regulations and acknowledge them.

Roofing Reconstruction Work on Building 14 kicks Off

Roofing reconstruction work kicked off for Building #14 comprising 150 - 168 Penn Common.  For this project, this is the 26th building in sequence out of 28 total in the complex. The remaining two buildings, plus the clubhouse, are projected to be completed next year..

Work begins on building 14.  October 11, 211

The first phase of roofing construction is performed by Bob Austin (standing on ladder) and his team of Joe (climbing ladder) and Dave (in foreground walking away). They start roofing reconstruction on a building with removal of the gutters. The eaves are extended and vented soffits are installed.  When they finish one side of the building, Seal-Tite can start their phase with removing the old shingles.   In other work around the complex, the painting of trim is being done on building 15.

And Now a Word, and Happy Autumn wishes, from Our Sponsor

Our sponsor, REALTOR (R) Andrea Brower. has an updated message for you.

 

Local listings from April to September 2011

Address                                 List Price                              Sold Price

21 Greenwich Way         $219,900

160 Penn Common          $218,400

35 Greenwich Way       $229,900        

50 Greenwich Way       $198,000

1 Greenwich Way         $229,900                     On Deposit

31 Greenwich Way       $228,000                     On deposit

169 Penn Common        $195,000                      On Deposit

39 Salem Walk           $198,900                      On Deposit

31 Greenwich Way      $228,000                      $197,000                    

32 Jackson Drive        $224,000                      $215,000                    

26 Salem Walk           $188,900                       $178,500

63 Jackson Dr            $179,900                       $165,000      

 

Thursday October 8th Event at the clubhouse (rescheduled from the 1st)

The September 1st and September 15th session on "Emotional Intelligence" hosted by Monica Foran was so well received that there is a "part 3" Thursday October .  This event is free and open to all Longmeadow residents. Those who missed any prior  session can attend too. One may bring a guest. See details in the article below.  Please register with Monica monicaforan@optonline.net . The next topic is on non-verbal communications.  (Don't roll your eyes!)

Labor Day “Pizza and…” Party!  Let’s join together and bid farewell to Summer!

Date: Sunday, September 4, 2011
Place: Longmeadow Clubhouse
Time: 4 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 per person ($7.00 guest)

The Social Committee will purchase pizza and focachia sandwiches, soda, ice, salad, and paper goods. No lugging of grills, no messy cleanup, no shopping at Costco – more time to socialize and/or swim for everyone.

You need to bring an appetizer or a dessert. Please let us know what you will bring when you fill out the form below so we can avoid too much duplication of food – thank you!

A flyer with a sign-up sheet will be distributed to each mailbox.  You can see and print the same flyer and sign-up form here.

2011 Annual Association Meeting Held Sunday June 26

The Association’s annual meeting , held Sunday June 26th, covered the financial highlights of fiscal 2010 as well as the notable items and issues from what has transpired over the past 12 months. (Most of which has been reported in detail here at Longemadow06460.com. )

Association President Ruth Nappe called the meeting to order at 7:15 after a quorum had been confirmed.
Some of the highlights of the past 12 months discussed included:
We got a consolidation loan for the four separate roofing reconstruction project loans we had through Milford Bank.  About $300K has been paid toward the principal on the roofing loans so far, the Association is about half way towards refunding the reserve account.

Ruth Nappe also discussed the inspection program initiated after the extensive moisture damage remediation required on building A-12 Greenwich Way last year. The largest scope of the inspections are the Jackson Drive and Greenwich Way units (all) with crawl spaces. About two-thirds of the units have been inspected and there are significant repairs needed.

Needed repairs include such things as:
Unclogging and repairing storm drains / Catch basins.
Replacing two un-repairable catch basins and pipes from them.
Installation of two new catch basins and drain pipes
Crawl space / basement repairs include (not all units with problems require all of these repairs:  foundation repairs and related cement work; replacement of deteriorated lolly columns, sill plates, sump pumps, etc.
Issues requiring immediate attention will be fixed right away.  Much of the work will go out to bid. The extent of the repairs to several JD and GW building could cost around $300,000. Ruth asked for a "show of hands", all attendees were in favor of going to the bank for a loan for these repairs (versus special assessments).
Penn Common 158 – 168 will be the next building to undergo roofing reconstruction. The reaming two buildings and the clubhouse maybe put off until next year.

The Annual meeting includes elections of officers. This year two positions were up for election, those currently held by Elizabeth “Liza” Sivek and Ruth Nappe. There were no additional nominees for the two positions, other than the two for the incumbents. A motion was made and passed to waive voting. The Board member positions remain unchanged: President: Ruth Nappe; Vice President: Bette Carlson; Secretary: Kit Kaolian; Treasurer: Jackie Steiner; Member At Large: Elizabeth Sivek.
Some of items brought up or suggested under Old / New Business by unit owners included:
Publishing a breakdown of what gets spent on individual projects parts of projects.
Making repairs to the playground and basketball courts.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:15 pm.

Meeting Minutes Posted to the 'Documents and Forms" zone of Longmeadow96460.com

Online PDFs of Association meeting minutes and most other documents are posted online.  Check the "Documents and Forms" zone often.

Happy Summer! Mid-June News (posted June 20, 2011)

  • It's summer and the pool season is off to a great start!
  • The annual bulk item pickup and the tag sale went off without a hitch.
  • Roofing Reconstruction:  Building #14 comprising 150 - 168 Penn Common is next in line for a new roof.  The work will start later this summer.  The exact date has not yet been determined.  Building 14 residents will get notices before work is about to begin.
  • Work on the back of Salem Walk building 7 is wrapping up.  Some units needed basement / foundation / patio work.
  • Extensive work needs to be done to several units along Greenwich Way and some on Jackson Drive.   Units with crawl spaces have a cinder-block type foundation construction.  Many of these  aforementioned units need extensive repairs to their respective  foundations, lally columns, framing, etc.  More details to follow.
  • A unit on Salem Walk's building 5 will have its rear brick wall replaced.  The brick has "bowed out" and is leaning away from the frame.

Annual Meeting this Sunday - June 26, at 7:00 p.m.

The Annual Meeting of the Association will be held on Sunday, June 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse.  Prior to the meeting, all using owners will receive via US mail a proxy and agenda from Rolar Management.  A copy of the 2010 financial audit will be available at the meeting.  Due to the change in the Bylaws adopted at the 2006 meeting, we need an even higher number of attendees or proxies returned than we have had in the past.  If you plan on being away or know you can’t make it to the meeting, please be sure to sign your proxy and drop it in the mail slot at the clubhouse,  give it to a Board member before the meeting, or give it to someone you know for sure will be attending.  If you are not sure you will be able to attend, it is best to sign and turn in your proxy.  If you do attend, you can get your proxy back and vote at the meeting.  If you sign and turn in your proxy to someone else, you can still provide voting instructions on the proxy if desired. 

For new owners or people who have never attended, the Annual Meeting is where all business not of a personal nature is conducted. The meeting includes a review of Association finances, President’s address outlining current and future projects, election to the Board of Directors, and an open question and answer period for old and new business.  Check our website  www.longmeadow06460.com  for election results and the meeting summary.

2011 Board of Directors Position Elections

One important part of the Annual Meeting is the voting and election of Board of Director positions. There are five board member positions, each with two-year terms. This year two (2) positions are up for election, those currently held by Ruth Nappe and Elizabeth "Liza" Sivek. It is important to note that owners (or their proxies) vote for their choice of candidates to have a position on the board; the elections do not decide specific positions, rather just a seat on the board. Immediately after the meeting, the board will meet privately and determine who will fill each specific position (such as President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc.)

A person must be an owner and must be nominated and seconded by owners during the meeting to officially be running for a position and to have votes officially tally for him or her. Every person nominated will have an opportunity to speak at the meeting to introduce him or herself to other owners. Any number of owners can be nominated and be candidates. The two with the highest number of votes (weighed by unit owner percentage) will be elected to the open positions on the board. If there are not more candidates than positions open, then typically a unit owner will make a motion to waive voting.

 

Free Workshop open to Longmeadow Residents!

We’ve all heard of “IQ” – brain smarts and ”book smarts”.   But there is another “intelligence” that affects one’s happiness, personal relationships, business relationships, career, negotiations, etc.
It is called “Emotional Intelligence”.

It takes more than IQ to be successful in business and with friends, family and co-workers – it takes Emotional Intelligence, or “EI” for short.

So come and attend this free class! You may bring a guest!

Emotional Intelligence involves such things (which we will cover):
• Learning to critique instead of criticize.
• Learning to listen deeply and ask the right questions
• Who Can You Control? Who Can You Change?
• Developing Listening Skills
• Communications: Verbal and Non-Verbal
• Conflict Management: the 5 Conflict Styles and Holding Your Tongue
• Developing empathy for others, understanding yourself, and other tools for successful relationships at home and at work.


We’ll have “coffee and” – it’ll be fun and interesting!

Hosted by: Monica Foran
DATE: Thursday, September 1st
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: Longmeadow Clubhouse, 75 Jackson Drive.
RSVP: Please register by sending an email to monicaforan@optonline.net. Thank you!

 Second Special Assessment Payment Due June 1st

Special Assessment coupon books have been mailed out.  Recall this year the special assessment is equal to two months' common charges and has been divided into four payments, each equaling half of one month's common charge.  The payments are due March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1, 2011.

Note:  Payments can be made early and / or combined if your finances permit.

Spring Cleanup and Work Around Longmeadow

The sidewalks and parking lots have nicely been cleaned up. 
Many repairs are underway or scheduled.  A JD patio has just been removed and replaced.  A couple others are scheduled also for removal and replacement due to extreme uneven settling.  At times patios sag and water can seep into the crawlspace creating additional problems.  Two JD units need to have their front porches replaced:  Each of these has cinderblock bases and when originally constructed, the porch was made without an overhang, allowing water to land directly on the cinderblock making it crumble.  These have been patched numerous times in the past, and it appears these are beyond patching.

What's Up With All Those Flags?

April 20, 2011

 

Orange flags mark communications lines, which can be phone or cable. In the above photo, orange flags mark Cable TV lines which are in the process of being repaired. This past winter was tough on a many things, including the gas lines.  The Gas Company has been making needed repairs to sections of natural gas lines.  There was a small leak on Salem Walk repaired, one can see the sidewalk repairs made with cold patch where sections where dug up to fix the gas line below.

The standard color markings are:

  • Orange flags or markings:  Communications (such as telephone or cable TV)
  • Red flags or markings:  Electric
  • Yellow flags or markings:  Natural Gas
  • Blue flags or markings: Water
  • Green flags or markings:  Sewer, storm drain

 

Inspections of Unit Crawl Spaces and Storm Drains to continue in 2011

Starting in the fall of 2010, given the age of the complex and prior water issues, the Board decided to be proactive and began a program of crawl space and storm drain (catch basin) inspections on Jackson Drive, Greenwich Way, and areas of Penn Common. These inspections will be continuing this spring and summer.  Bob Austin or one of his workers will be doing inspections and may contact you to gain access to your crawl space at some point during this spring or summer.

Longmeadow's Become a Winter Wonderland

Longmeadow Condominium Association Winter 2010-11 Phto by Morgan Kaolian AEROpix

We have had cumulatively  over three feet of snow this year, or least it seems so.

Our snow contractor has been giving us white glow treatment (pardon the pun).  They have been shoveling in between the cars and do not always require residents to move their cars.  With all the snow this January we have lost a few spots.  Always use extreme caution when venturing out in the snow and ice. Avoid any unsafe conditions.  This has been a tough winter!

Happy New Year - 2011... and a Longmeadow06460.com "Thank You" to REALTOR® Andrea Bower for her support.

Longmeadow thanks Andrea Brower for continuing on as a Longmeadow06460.com sponsor!  Now more than ever it is important for everyone buying or selling a home to have a real estate agent you can trust to know the community, know the market, to get to know you, and serve your real estate needs with competence and passion.

Click on the link to see a brief note from Andrea, a recap of Longmeadow Condominium unit listings and closing prices this past year, and to find out more.

The following link will list some of the area properties believed to be currently for sale.  This is not an offer, anyone interested in purchasing a property at Longmeadow can contact a real estate agent, such as our web site sponsor REALTOR (R) Andrea Brower Click here to view area listings.

Boxing Day Blizzard Blankets Longmeadow

While Longmeadow did not get a "White Christmas"; Sunday December 26th brought us our first snowstorm.  Plenty of snow and wind made this a "Boxing Day Blizzard".

In the photo below, our snow removal contractor, D & D Services, working during the blizzard.  This plow was actually making its second pass of Penn Common, not letting the blizzard get too much ahead of him.

Boxing Day Blizzard 2010 Longmeadow Milford Connecticut Snow removal operations. Photo by Kit Kaolian

By 9:00 pm Sunday the Boxing Day Blizzard dropped six inches of snow, which the high winds kept moving around. Photo below taken at Jackson Drive.

Jackson Drive Snow -Boxing Day Blizzard 2010 Longmeadow Milford Connecticut 9:00 pm Sunday Dec 26. Photo by Kit Kaolian

 

Special Meeting Outcome... 2011 Fees Announced

Sunday December 12, 2010,at the Clubhouse, the Board of Directors will held a special meeting of the Longmeadow Condominium Association to vote on refinancing our existing four roofing loans and combining them into one loan at a significantly lower interest rate.  The meeting was well attended by interested owners. 

There was a vote and unanimous approval of the consolidation loan. The outstanding roofing loans were consolidated / refinanced into a 7-year loan at a lower 4.89% rate. There was a question & answer period regarding the 2011 budget and the building issues on GW.

The 2011 common fees were announced.  There will be a 6% increase in common charges and there will be special assessments equal to two months common charges and these will be payable in 4 monthly installments on March 1, June 1, Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, 2011.

In addition to the vote on refinancing the loans, the Board will give a brief rundown of the 2011 budget, common fees and assessments.

Winter Newsletter Online

Visit the Documents and Forms area of Longmeadow06460.com to see the Fall 2010 / Winter 2011 Newsletter, the printed copy of which is distributed to unit mailboxes. All printed matter is also online, often a little earlier, in the Documents and Forms section.

Properties Listed For Sale at Longmeadow

The following link will list some of the area properties believed to be currently for sale.  This is not an offer, anyone interested in purchasing a property at Longmeadow can contact a real estate agent, such as our web site sponsor REALTOR (R) Andrea Brower Click here to view area listings.

 

Link to 2011 letter in MS Word format from Real Estate Agent Andrea Brower.

Properties Listed For Sale at Longmeadow

The following link will list some of the area properties believed to be currently for sale.  This is not an offer, anyone interested in purchasing a property at Longmeadow can contact a real estate agent, such as our web site sponsor REALTOR (R) Andrea Brower Click here to view area listings.

 

News Archive - 2010

News Archive pre-2010: Selected web news items from 2009, 2008 and 2007

Fun and Sun at the Longmeadow Pool

Fun and Sun Pool Aerial photo courtesy of Morgan Kaolian AEROpix of Stratford, CT

Fun and sun is had by all at the Longmeadow pool.  This 2010 summer season has been quite a bit hotter than normal and the pool is a great place to cool off, socialize, exercise and get a little tan too.  Click on the photo to load a full-size higher-resolution version of the photo that you can download and save.   Zoom in and see whom you recognize!  Aerial photo courtesy of Morgan Kaolian AEROpix of Stratford, CT.

This and That - August 1

A big thanks to Salem Walk's Bob Wilson.  Bob volunteered to power wash the clubhouse's vinyl siding.  He did a great job --- it's clean as a whistle!  If you see Bob Wilson walking around with his new toy -- stand back:  when one has a new hammer, everything looks like a nail. 

Building A-12 Remediation Progress Update - as of the last week in July:  The attics have all been cleaned.  This involves removing any contents and the old existing  insulation which can contain contaminates from the moisture damage.  The attics were professionally cleaned and sanitized by Steamatic, the surfaces are all treated,  and new insulation was installed. 

Owner Survey Results

The Excel spreadsheet of the 2009 Owner Survey results tabulation (with unit numbers removed for privacy), along with the survey questions with an interpretation of the responses, is published in the Documents and Forms section of this web site.

Rolar Management being Acquired by Levey Miller Maretz

Posted Sept. 24, 2011

Rolar Management Group Inc, our property management company for over a decade, is merging with the real estate / property management firm of Levey Miller Maretz.    Robert Shelnitz will stay on with the new firm in a consultant capacity for about a year as he transitions to retirement   A smooth transition is expected. Bob Shelnitz and the newly-assigned property manager, Arin Hayden, from Levey Miller Maretz have visited and studied Longmeadow.

Effective October 1st common charge payments that normally would be mailed to Rolar should be mailed to :
Levey Miller Maretz
1768 Litchfield Turnpike
Woodbridge, CT 06525

Rolar’s West Haven office will be consolidating with the Woodbridge office soon. Mail directed to Rolar will be forwarded for a period of time.

For those who pay common charges through online banking, such as People’s, remember to change the company name and address for the bill payments soon.

The existing telephone number for Rolar has been transferred to the Woodbridge office. Continue to use (203) 387-9700.  The fax number remains the same.

The Longmeadow Association board of directors has met with Shelnitz and expects this to be a smooth transition. An increased level of service is expected facilitated with newer technology.

Summer Recap of Work, WIP, at Longmeadow

  • Bob Austin's team is continuing inspecting crawl spaces. They have been also working on units. Some repairs have included replacing rotten framing, replacing pitched patios, etc.
  • Also over the summer, well before the storm, some trees were removed near GW building A6. They have also done a lot of tree trimming with a bucket truck. Additional tree removal and trimming had been done after tropical storm Irene.
  • Austin team refurbished three park-style benches around the complex. These are near the marsh and playground area.  (Maybe bring a book or magazine and check out one of the benches.)
  • The clubhouse exterior windows, doors, garage door and small deck have been sanded and painted.
  • Back in July, our playground has new fresh special 'playground mulch" laid down by the landscaper.

Hurricane Irene Slaps Longmeadow with Wind and Rain  August 25, 2011

Longmeadow fared well, certainly better than expected, against hurricane Irene's wind and rain.   A big tree in back of Penn Common split with half of the tree falling on the back of 176 Penn Common.  Mid-size red maple tree in front of 56 - 60  Salem Walk tipped over and was also pulled back and cut up Sunday.  The stream feeding into the marsh overflowed and Merwin Avenue and the Greenwich Way entrance to Longmeadow was flooded and closed for a few hours Sunday.   Broken branches weigh down electrical wires between the 'telephone' poles along the south east side of the property, in back of Salem Walk building 7.   Work started hours after the storm and continued Monday.

Association President Ruth Nappe and Bob Austin survery damage from hurricane Irene

Association President Ruth Nappe and contractor Bob Austin survey the damage Sunday morning just as 'hurricane' Irene's winds begin to wane.

Hurricane Highlights

Tree Falls on Penn Common building A-11

The big tree in back of Penn Common split with half of the tree falling on the back of 176 Penn Common.  There was no damage to the unit.  The tree was pulled off the unit and cut up within hours after Irene departed. Ron's Tree service came Sunday / Monday, the 29th, to cut up the damaged trees in the complex and feed the wood into their wood chipper.  With speed and precision, the damaged trees and branches are reduced to compact wood chips and are carted away.

Stream overflows closing off Merwin Avenue and GW entrance

The stream feeding into the marsh overflowed and Merwin Avenue along with the Greenwich Way entrance to Longmeadow was flooded and closed for a few hours Sunday.


Prepare for Hurricane Irene's Wind and Rain (posted Aug. 25, 2011)

Remember to bring in or otherwise secure objects outside your unit. Patio furniture etc. is best brought inside where it can't be damaged or damage other people or property.   Unless the forecast changes, it would be safest to bring in pretty much everything.

Tip:  Hit Refresh (your F5 key) to ensure you have the latest version of this web page loaded.

Mid-August Update

  • Our playground has new fresh special 'playground mulch" laid down.
  • Scrubs and hedges will be trimmed soon, mid-to-late August, by the landscaper.  We have had some good rain and some break from the extreme heat.  Hopefully the lawns will be perking up a bit.
  • Six teenagers were spotted swimming in the pool last week after midnight.  They apparently jumped the fence to get in.  They were confronted  by a vigilant resident  walking his or her dog and they all ran away.  It is important for residents to keep an eye out.  It is not known if these teenagers lived at Longmeadow or not.
  • A tree went down in swampy brook area and took out a power line last week.  As a result, UI is inspecting all trees where there are power lines along the swamp area and doing some major tree trimming/tree removal.  This work and costs are borne by UI, not the Association.
  • In some cases we have had too much of a good thing - rain.  It is a good habit to check out your crawlspace periodically.

 

Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate

Salem Walk's Robert Fiore appeared July 7th in a color-print feature page story about epilepsy in the Connecticut Post.  The Connected Post article by Christina Henessey focused on how epilepsy is often misunderstood and shed much light on the condition.  (Photo by CT Post's  Christian Abraham .)

 

Bob Fiore is active as an advocate for those with Epilepsy. Fiore has an organization “Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate” and the website is www.ct-ea.org. Bob has also been interviewed by Lifetime’s Joan Lunden hosting the show Health Corner. The interview was on the Lifetime cable channel Sunday June 20 at 9:30 a.m. and scheduled to replay Sunday August 20. The interviews are informative and compelling. Epilepsy is often misunderstood; the organization’s slogan is “Progress through Awareness.” Visit the organization website: www.ct-ea.org.

 2010 Annual Association Meeting Held Sunday June 27

The Association’s annual meeting , held Sunday June 27th, covered the ups and downs of the 2009 / 2010 fiscal year (Most of which has been reported in detail here at Longemadow06460.com. The remediation work to Bld A-12 1 – 9 GW was discussed. The pool has a new chlorination system. The “adult swim” has only one volunteer so far, others are needed to extend the pool hours, adults only, from 7 to 9 pm. The Association has instituted an annual inspection of the storm drains and repairs will be made proactively. The litigation with our previous Landscaper was discussed, the Association won the case the and not have to pay legal fees.

The Annual meeting includes elections of officers. This year three positions were up for election, those currently held by Bette Carlson, Jackie Steiner and Kit Kaolian. There were no additional nominees for the three positions, other than the incumbents. A motion was made and passed to waive voting. The Board member positions remain unchanged: President: Ruth Nappe; Vice President: Bette Carlson; Secretary: Kit Kaolian; Treasurer: Jackie Steiner; Member At Large: Elizabeth Sivek.

Some of items brought up or suggested under Old / New Business by unit owners included:

  • Publishing the survey - long overdue
  • One resident thought that the property management company should have email and internet access and should have something better than a paper system (i.e. a database) to store and maintain work orders. 
  • Another suggestion: some or all of the loans (taken out for roofing reconstruction) should be reviewed and refinanced at a lower rate.

The meeting started shortly after 7:00 pm and adjourned at approximately 9:00 pm.  The quorum was met with 37% attendance (in person or by proxy).

Pool Opening Saturday June 12!

The Longmeadow pool is open for the 2010 season. For complete details, click  to see the 2010 pool opening notice.

The pool attendants for the 2010 season are again Brian Piendl and Michael Roche.  We  welcome Brian and Michael back and look forward to a fun and safe pool season.

Building A-12 Remediation Progress Update - June 10

As previously reported (see earlier article below), Building A-12, which comprises 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 Greenwich Way, has experienced water and moisture-related damage and problems and requires significant repair, remediation and prevention efforts. At the time of this writing, Longmeadow’s insurance company has denied any of the Association's claims for coverage.  The Board is reviewing options.

The first phase of the work effort started in April and has completed last week of May.  The tasks, on a high-level, comprising the first phase of the remediation include:

  •  The mildew and other untoward fungus growth in all of the building’s crawl-space basements has been cleaned and the surfaces treated by Steamatic.
  • Basement Systems has completed its work started May 3rd.  Basement Systems puts a liner in the basement, making it fully moisture-proof. This also entails putting a pump in each basement. The drainage pipes from the pumps exit the basement and will go directly into a larger new drainpipe running along the back of the building. The pump will remove any water seeping in behind (below) the liner. Each basement will also be quipped with a special dehumidifier.  The electrical work for the dehumidifiers has been completed.
  • Bob Austin's team replaced four of the units’ concrete patios along with the corresponding rotted sill plates.
  • The foundation along the two ends of the building have been dug up and waterproofed.
  • The installation of the new main storm drain line has largely been completed. Recall as was earlier reported that the existing main storm drain line, which leads away from A-12, under the parking lot, and out to the marsh, was irreparably clogged and damaged.  The existing catch basin (storm drain), in the grassy area adjacent to bulldog A-12 will also now drain into the new storm line being installed. 
  • The installation of the new 8" underground pipe running long the length of the building to connect with the drains from each of A-12's unit has been completed.

The second phase of repairs and remediation to building A-12 involves remediating the attics and roof. This phase started June 1st and is past the half-way mark.

  • The front and back roofing, including the damaged plywood decking have been replaced.
  • The old fouled insulation is being removed and new insulation is being installed after the area is cleaned and sanitized.
  • New venting is also being installed in the attics to prevent future occurrence of problems.

The third phase of repair and remediation to building A-12 involves work to the walls and the first and second floors.  Keep checking this web site for updates or contact a board member if you have any questions or concerns.

Roofing Project Update 2010

The next building to undergo roofing reconstruction will be Building A-5  comprising 60 - 70 Greenwich Way.   Note:  Roofing work is being done on building A-12 as part of remediating water and moisture damage and is not part of the larger roofing reconstructing project. Repair work on Building A-12 will commence June 1st and will be finished before Building A-5 is started.

 

Clubhouse Hardwood Flooring Refinished - The Clubhouse is an Even Better Venue to Host Your Events

Roberto Santos and the folks at B & B hardwood floors have completed refinishing the hardwood floor in our clubhouse.  Roberto has been working with Bette Carlson and they picked a light stain to bring out the natural grain in the wood, yet keep the floor light.  The floor also has a glossy "gymnasium grade" polyurethane that is much more durable and scratch resistant.  If you'd like to see the floor, ask a board member show you.

We have gotten many compliments on the newly-refinished hardwood floor.   Our clubhouse was actually the third job they have done here at Longmeadow.  If you are interested in installing or refinishing a hardwood floor and wish to get an estimate from B & B Hardwood Floor Design, you can contact Roberto Santos at (203) 305-2104 or betorjs@yahoo.com The contractor, B & B Hardwood Floor Design LLC.

Remember, the clubhouse is available for rent to owners at Longmeadow.   With the fresh new look, the meeting room is a great choice now more than ever for you special events.  Coupled with the kitchen facilities and rest rooms downstairs, the clubhouse is ideal for residents who wish to hold large parties, wedding or baby showers, meetings and more. Contact Rolar Management to reserve the clubhouse for your function.

You may be able to rent the clubhouse on a recurring basis for meetings, classes, instruction , etc. you wish to hold.  For information about renting the clubhouse on a recurring basis, such as "the third Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 pm", or every Saturday morning for 12 weeks, contact Bob Shelnitz (Rolar Management) for special terms. The clubhouse can afford you, as  Longmeadow unit owner,  the opportunity to do things very close to home that you could not easily do in your home.

Repairs to Building A-12

Longmeadow Board of Directors had a meeting Sunday March 28th with the residents of Building A-12 (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 Greenwich Way ) to discuss water damage remediation and prevention steps that will be undertaken.  This building is close to the marsh, has had water-related problems exacerbated by a variety of factors including clogged storm drains, etc. This building crawl-space type basement, there is a continual problem with  water in many of the crawlspaces in this building. 

The first phase of the efforts will be undertaken primarily  by  Bob Austin and Basement Systems.  Each of them  will be undertaking repairs, remediation and preventative efforts.  Some of the work that will be done in and around this building include:

Exterior of building A-12 work:

  • Extend all downspouts away from the building.
  • Excavate and seal the concrete block foundation at the ends of the building
  • Remove and replace the three  patios slabs that are pitched towards the building  Repair and replace any rotted framing, sill plates, etc., as needed.
  • Re-grade the ground area around the building to pitch away from the building and help water flow away from the building.
  • Clean out existing ground drain (catch basin) from the  rear area of the building through to the parking lot drain.  The parking lot  catch basin (drain)  will also be cleared out so rainwater can once again drain out to the marsh.  Likely a plumbing servicer with a water-jet  snake will be engaged to clear out these pipes.

Crawlspaces  in Building A-12:

  • Basement Systems Inc..will be engaged to solve and mage the water problems in the  crawlspaces.  The crawlspaces will be first cleaned of dirt, mildew and such and then sealed with their proprietary system which can be likened to a pool liner.   The crawl spaces each will be equipped with a sump pump   The sump pumps will drain outside to a new channel of pipes that will lead to the 8" underground pipe that leads to the marsh.
  • Any dryer vents that are directed into the basement will be directed to the outside of the building.  (Note, no unit should direct a dryer vent into the basement.)  Any leaking plumbing will be fixed.

Newsletter - Meeting Minutes Online

A Winter newsletter has been distributed to each unit's mailbox.  We have this and previous newsletters online in our Documents and Forms area.  We also have meeting minutes posted online .

The board listens and knows that there has been room for improvement in the previous snow removal operations. The board and property management has discussed this with the snow removal contractor.  His team has come back to clean up areas missed.  We look for a better outcome for the next storm; as always residents cooperation is important to the success of any snow removal operation.

Early October Update (2010)

  • The pool is closed for the season.  LGB will be winterizing the pool on or about September 23rd.  Longmeadow thanks pool attendants Brian Piendl and Michael Roche for another summer of great service.
  • Building A-12 Remediation Progress Update - the remediation efforts were completed in August.
  • The dumpster on Penn Common, as well as others from time to time, can fill up before pickup.  Residents are reminded that cardboard boxes should be flattened before being placed in a dumpster; really clean cardboard is supposed to be recycled!  Bulk items should not be placed in the dumpsters.  If everyone obeys the  rules and is courteous, there is enough room in the dumpsters for everyone's trash. If you encounter a dumpster that is full, please take the garbage to another unit.  Do not leave garbage outside of any dumpster...
  • The Longmeadow clubhouse is sporting a brand new refrigerator.  Bette and Kit got this at the grand opening of the Milford P.C. Richards.  The two older refrigerators have been carted away and the kitchen area looks much more tidy.  The clubhouse also has a new vacuum cleaner which will remain at the clubhouse to facilitate cleanup.  The Association has been saving money by cancelling the monthly cleaning service contract last year.
  •  The clubhouse is a great venue and a great value for you to hold your parties, dinners, events or meetings.  Keep the clubhouse in mind too as the Holiday season approaches.  You can book your date now through our property manager Rolar.  The clubhouse looks a lot spiffier this part two years:  Last year the hardwood floors were refinished.  The year before the  main level was repainted and redecorated.
  • Have you visited the nearby Woodmont Library?  It's within walking distance for most: It's great for kids! 16 Dixon Street (near the firehouse on Kings Hwy) The library is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, and 3 p.m. to 5 pm.

Mid-November Update

  • The Board has been working with Milford Bank to refinance our four separate roofing reconstruction loans into one lower-interest loan.   It has been decided to finance into a 7-year loan.  The new interest rate is expected to be in the high 4s, it will be December before this gets finalized.  See item regarding the special meeting Sunday December 12th, 2010, at 7:00 pm in the clubhouse.
  • The Board has finalized the 2011 budget.  Again, there will not be another loan taken out for the project in 2011. Three buildings, plus the clubhouse, remain. Building 14, 150 - 168 Penn Common, will be the first to be done in Spring 2011.  One or both of the remaining building may be scheduled for Spring of 2012.
  • Sales:  8 Salem Walk has closed, and the  published sale prices was $195K. Welcome to the new owner who has moved in.
  • Common Fees and Special Assessments.  A letter will go out to unit owners notifying of the 2011 common charge payments.  There will be an increase from 2010.  The letter will also detail the 2011 special assessment payment schedule. 
  • You may have noticed that reflectors have been staked in various spots along intersecting sidewalks.  These have been placed by the new snow removal contractor, D&D Services, of Milford.  Longmeadow welcomes Brett and Tom and crew of D & D Services

Late-October Update

  • The Board is working with Milford Bank to refinance our four separate roofing reconstruction loans into one lower-interest loan.  The rates we have gotten from the Bank look good. The Board needs to decide whether to choose a 5,7, or 10-year loan.  The Board is also working on the 2011 budget.  There will not be another loan taken out for the project in 2011. Three buildings, plus the clubhouse, remain.
  •  Bob Austin and his team are repairing the sidewalk the lead from the end of Salem Walk's building 6 to Dunbar Street.  They have also been doing work on Building 3, 1 - 15 Salem Walk.
  • You likely have seen the notices posted on the dumpsters: Please remember to follow the dumpster rules and regulations. 
  • We see more residents are recycling cardboard.  This is great, cardboard is supposed to be recycled.  Please try to flatten boxes so they take up less space.  Tip: small cardboard boxes, such as those cereal, aspirin, waffles, etc. come in, should be recycled too. You can flatten them and stack them tightly in a paper bag for recycling.  Alternatively you can flatten these thinner cardboard boxes and mix them with newspaper.
  • The barrel-style planters have been removed for the season, including the few that still had flowers and such.  They are now located outside the pool area by the shed.

Mid-October update

  •  Our landscaper is in the process of planting grass seed in the lawn areas most in need.  While we hope for plenty of rain, it would be great if residents who have grass seed planted  on or near their commons area help out mother nature by watering.  It is an understatement to say that this summer has been very harsh on lawns this past summer.
  • The parking space numbers have all been repainted, thanks again to Gary Houston who continually volunteers his time to fix things and help our community, The numbers had been quite faded in some cases.  Having bright, freshly-painted numbers will help ensure proper use and identification of parking spots -- especially in winter.
  • The tree stumps at the end of Salem Walk's Building 17 will be removed.

 

Evergreen Trees in Back of Building 14 Get a Good Pruning

Amity Tree Service Arborist 'crown raising'.  Photo by Bette Carlson.

Our Arborist, Amity Tree Service, is seen pruning the evergreen trees in back of Penn Common Building #14. which have become quite overgrown and dense.   The arborist is  pruning the lower branches to about 1/3 of the height of the tree.  This pruning process is called "crown raising". For some evergreens it can help reduce disease, typically it is done  for clearance.   The smaller, thinner trees, still visible in the photo, have been subsequently removed to reduce the density.  Almost every other tree was removed to thin out the trees.

Dunbar Street Entrance Cleared

If you have ever walked out of Longmeadow through the sidewalk to Dunbar Street, you know that the trees and brush have been a bit overgrown and not much light comes through.   Furthermore, some children have taken to playing in the brush.  The trees and brush, especially along our side of the fence have been cleared.  This will let in more sunlight during the day and let and at night let light from the lamppost illuminate the sidewalk area better.  This work was done on or about Sept 1st.  The land on the other side of the fence, up to Dunbar Street and New Haven Avenue is believed to be owned by the state.  There is still a little more work to be done, for example, we are seeing if we can get UI to trim the tree next to the street lamp.  Check out the area.  It's at the end of Building #6 on Salem Walk, closest to #47.  It's near where you see "#6" on the Longmeadow Map.

March News Highlights

Based on the requests for resale packets late February through mid-March, there are three units which have pending sales: 21 Salem Walk at 230K; 67 Jackson Drive (ranch unit) $155K;

Updated Garden Rules and regulations are heading for Longmeadow mailboxes.  Please read the document carefully,

Longmeadow Wins Litigation!

The judge sided with Longmeadow Association, the defendant in a legal case brought against us by Advantage Lawn Care.  Advantage had sued  Longmeadow Association for breach of contract.  (Recall we halted services provided by Advantage last year part way through the lawn care season.)  There was a trial by judge January 28th. Advantage, the plaintiff, filed a trial brief February 12th. Longmeadow filed a trial brief February 19th.  The resolution came late February in favor of Longmeadow.
Among those testifying at the January 28th trial were former board member Monica Foran, current board president Ruth Nappe, contractor Bob Austin, our property manager Bob Shelnitz and Salem Walk resident Lance Lewis.

 

Ross David Sanders - Co-developer of Longmeadow

Dave Sanders Longmeadow developer Ross David Sanders, age 90, passed away on March 18, 2010. Dave  Sanders was a resident of Westport, prior to moving to Oronoque in Stratford, and Pelican Cove in Sarasota, FL. He was a self-made business man and entrepreneur in the real estate industry.  He is remembered as a very likable,  ethical and moral man who believed a deal was not a deal unless it was fair to all parties.  He began his career as a professor of economics at the University of Bridgeport.  Sanders graduated from NYU and CCNY. It was at UB that David met Ted Ruderman who would become his partner in the real estate business and together they formed Major Building Corporation.

Dave Sanders and Ted Rudderman developed our Longmeadow Condominiums, Milford's first and foremost condominium, in 1968. Other accomplishments included Commerce Park in Bridgeport and Sargent's Drive in New Haven. David was a pioneer in the green development and was very conscious of the environment when he was developing his real estate projects.

Sanders was a World War II veteran in the army and served as a meteorologist to the allied bomber group in Europe. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years Jeanette. Sanders had three children, Kate, Harris and Marti.

 

Longemeadow06460.com Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Healthy and Fulfilling New Year -  2010!

Holiday Greetings to Longmeadow from Old Friends

Greetings from Kim and Rick Rolfe

2010 Common Charges, Special Assessment

Monthly common charges for 2010 will remain the same as for 2009.   There will be a special assessment, as planned, of two month's common charge.   The 2010 special assessment must be made in two payments.  The first payment, equal to one month's common charge, will be due May 1, 2010.  The second payment, also equal to one month's common charge, will be due October 1, 2010.  An official notice, a letter from Rolar, along with the payment coupon books, will be mailed to each unit owner.

November 2009 News Update

  • Two sidewalk repairs have been done.
  • Roofing reconstruction work is almost complete  on Building 1: 151 - 169 Penn Common.   This will be last building for the 2009 year.  (At an earlier point there was a possibility of #A-5 also being done this year.)  Next year we will complete the last four buildings and clubhouse.
  • The annual Victorinox / Swiss Army Sale is November 20 - 22.  This year it is at their Monroe headquarters.  Get great deals on watches, cutlery, clothing...   Click for details.
  • The Board is tabulating the survey of units owners....  47%, which is close enough to half, of the unit owners responded.   Keep an eye here at the web site for the latest results.
  • Bob Austin' s team has resumed the process of replacing selected privacy fences.  Some ones have been done on building 1, additional fences will be replaced  throughout the Fall.  A total of approximately 35 will have been replaced by year end.  Those fences that just need painting are being repainted.
  • Our snow removal contractor for the 2009 / 2010 winter season will again be Eric Comstock.
  • Next year's common charges will remain the same as this year.  An official notice will be sent to unit owners:  There will be a special assessment for the 2010 year.
  • You might have noticed that the Dunbar street entrance has been cleaned up quite a bit with the major trimming of trees and shrubs.  It is much more open and  lighter there.  Three is still one facet that needs to be done: the branches blocking the street light.  Right now, neither the City nor UI is claiming responsibility, we are still working on addressing that.
  • Longmeadow residents get an exclusive 15% discount on high-quality yet economical water filtrations systems for your homes.  Systems start at under $150 with the "Water Boy", the easy-to-install-yourself counter-top unit.  See the story below.

News Update for End of August [2009]

Work on Building 16, 26 - 46 Salem Walk has been completed.

Longmeadow again will renew membership in the Milford Condominium Association.

Cablevision has come back to re-route cable wiring around building #3.  Cablevision had strung their cable wire along the side of the building to get to the upper floors.  They were asked to run  the cable along the ground from unit to unit.  Coax going to the second floor will run up inside the unit, not along the side of the building.

The print edition of the Fall Longmeadow Newsletter is being compiled and we would like your input and contributions to the content of the newsletter.  If you are interested, please contact Bette Carlson yukicar@aol.com .

Some trees and brush will be removed from around the Dunbar Street (walkway) entrance to Longmeadow.  This one of the steps to improve security and safely in that area.

 

Please Turn in Your Survey If You Have not Done So Already

As of October 9, at about 36%, about 76 surveys have been submitted.  If you you have not turned in your survey, please do.  If you have turned it in, great - and remind your neighbors. If you have lost or misplaced your copy, Bette or Kit can run you over another copy.  Emailing your request for another copy of the survey is fine. The deadline is approaching!

End of Summer Party!

Let's all get together and bid farewell to Summer.   It's a "Pizza and.." party, at the Clubhouse and picnic area outside the clubhouse.
When:   Sunday September 6, 2009.  The time is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost is $4 per resident and $5 per guest of residents.

The Longmeadow social committee will purchase pizza and focachia sandwiches, soda, ice, salad and paper goods.  They would le you to bring a dessert or appetizer.
Each unit should have received a blue flyer in its mailbox.  There is a form that needs to be filled out , with payment, and dropped of at the mailbox of one of the following social committee members.  If you have any question, please contact one of them.  Please let someone on the  committee know that you will attend and drop off the form any payment by September 2nd.

  • Margie Allen 58 Greenwich Way
  • Monica Foran, 57 Greenwich Way
  • Liza Sivek, 63 Salem Walk]
  • Paula Foran, 5 Jackson Drive
  • Ruth Nappe, 38 Jackson Drive

Parking Lot Update

Empire Paving has completed parking lot repairs.  The repaired sections can be seen in the Salem Walk parking lot.  Empire has also done some curb cuts to facilitate wheelchair access on Salem Walk.  You can see one by the clubhouse / pool area on the Salem Walk visitors' parking lot side.  Empire has also repaired two speed bumps on Jackson Drive.

High Turnout for 2009 Annual Meeting

Longmeadow Association's annual meeting, held Sunday June 28th had an excellent turnout with a large number of owners present and a large number of proxies for those who could not attend.

The high point of the meeting was likely the election. Two of the five positions were up for election, those currently held by Ruth Nappe and Monica Foran.  Foran had announced in May that she would not seek reelection to the board.  Interest in this election was the possibly the highest seen in many years, complete with campaigning.

When the votes were tallied, Ruth Nappe and newcomer Elizabeth "Liza" Sivek won the two board positions.  The current Longmeadow Board of Directors and their respective positions are as follows :

  • Ruth Nappe, President
  • Bette Carlson, Vice President
  • Jackie Steiner, Treasurer
  • Kit Kaolian,  Secretary
  • Elizabeth Sivek, Member-At-Large

Congratulations to Liza Sivek and welcome to the Board, and thanks to Monica Foran for many years of service.

In other meeting highlights, the engagement of building monitors / contact people was presented.  The details need to be worked out, but a  building contact person  would likely address concerns and questions of residents in their respective buildings, plus keep and eye on their building.  Any owner / resident interested in becoming a building monitor / contact person should contact a board member.

Ruth Nappe also reported on the progress of roofing construction and the next sequence of buildings.  Nappe also thanked the residents who volunteer and help out in the (Longmeadow) community.   The board will be distributing a survey to get owner's feedback on various issues, such as landscaping, rules and regulations, etc.  (You may contact Kit Kaolian if you have any suggestions for input to the survey.)

Owners addressed various concerns, such as  the brick facing, which for some units has been sporadically chipping off.  Safety concerns were raised regarding the walkway to Dunbar Road. Parking, snow removal, landscaping and general upkeep were also discussed.

Liza Sivek Elected to Longmeadow's Board

Liza Sivek member of Longmeadow Association Inc. Board of Directors

At the 2009 Annual Board meeting Elizabeth "Liza" Sivek was elected to the Longmeadow Association Board of Directors.  Sivek is new to the Board and will hold the position of "Member at Large".  Sivek has resided at Longmeadow since 1999, is married and has two daughters.  She has been employed for 13 years at a national retail website in a Marketing and Sales position and has volunteered or performed for fundraisers for Beth El Shelter, March of Dimes, and St. Mary's School.  Sivek joins Ruth Nappe, who was re-elected, and Bette Carlson, Jackie Steiner and Kit Kaolian who are seated on the Board.

 

Parking Issue Brainstorming Meeting Held April 19th

Approximately 20 residents attended the special informal Sunday afternoon meeting geared specifically for residents of Salem Walk and Penn Common.  The meeting was held to discuss parking space issues on Salem Walk and Penn Common, and more importantly, to discuss ideas to resolve the parking space shortage. 

Background:  Salem Walk is home to 92 units; the Salem Walk parking lot has a total of 166 spaces.  Penn Common is home to 30 units and the Penn Common parking lots have a total of 55 spaces.  There are periods of time when residents are unable to find a convenient unnumbered parking space.

 It is understood that many (if not most) visitors do not park in the visitors' parking lots, but rather park in residents' unnumbered spaces.  It is observed that many residents occupy an unnumbered space while their numbered space is unoccupied.

Some of the several ideas mentioned by residents and board members included: 

  • Signage to direct visitors to the visitors' parking lots was suggested by one SW owner.
  • Marking the unnumbered spots specifically for residents with some for visitors was discussed.  It is understood that many visitors do not park in the visitors' parking.
  • Marking tires to positively identify cars (in unnumbered or visitors' spots) that are "dead storage", in violation of Association Rules and Regulations.
  • Ideas for creating four additional parking spaces in the Salem Walk visitors' lot.  This was simple by painting in new spaces, some near the garage, and did not involve expansion of the paved lot.
  • Locations where parking lots could be extended a little, to pick up one or two extra spaces, were mapped out and noted. The idea of adding a new parking lot was ruled out.
  • Contacting households with four or five cars, especially those with fewer drivers than cars, and requesting that one or more vehicles be parked in the visitors' lot.
  • Reminding / educating residents of the existing Association rules and regulations as they pertain to parking.  Note that significant fines have been levied against, and paid by, owners who are responsible for serious or repeated parking violations.  The point was brought up that owners are responsible for their guests and tenants.
  • Contacting residents who leave cars stationary for the winter.

Many good ideas were presented, and published the issues and ideas does not constitute approval or pending implementation of any idea.  However there were ideas presented and approved by the board for implementation:  Striping in three or four new spots in the Salem Walk visitors'' lot.  Some owners with several vehicles will be asked to help by parking some vehicles in the visitors' lot.

It is likely that a distribution of rules and regulation will be done with an emphasis on consideration and cooperation among residents.  Additional items may be implemented after an initial period of assessment..  The attendees of the meeting could all agree that much this boils down to consideration and cooperation.

Jim D'Alessio Saluted at Send-Off Party

Jim D'Allesio and mom, Monica Foran.  Jim is leaving to serve in  Iraq.

Longmeadow native and serviceman Jim D'Alessio is leaving for Iraq later this Spring to serve our country in the US Army.  Jim's Mom, Greenwich Way resident and Longmeadow Board member  Monica Foran, hosted a party recently so friends and family could wish her son Jim well.



D'Alessio joined the Army Reserves in the spring of 2002. He will be located in Northern Iraq , fairly close to the Iranian border but far from the streets of Baghdad. D'Alessio is on Facebook and will be updating his Facebook page. D'Alessio and his wife Jennifer live with their two cats in Branford.

Overgrown Shrubs Removed or Pruned Back

During the middle weeks of April the landscaper was busy  pruning and significantly cutting back overgrown shrubs.  The scrubs or trees totally  removed were those that were identified by the professionals as being too sickly, too overgrown, or otherwise not in the right position to grow back.   Most shrubs and trees that were overgrown were just significantly cut back and are expected to fill in nicely over time. Recall only Rhododendrons were pruned back last fall, undergoing what is termed "rejuvenating pruning".

Many end units which had to have shrubs removed along the side patio did not have the red-stained privacy fences on the end side.  Those units have been identified and Bob Austin will be installing and painting the new fences after they come in.  These fences have to be custom made to match the original wood construction of the earlier privacy fences.

Visiting Turkey

Wild turkey struts around Longmeadow.  Photo contributed by Christine Stanton of Jackson Drive.

Perhaps to set a good example, this visiting turkey has been parking in the visitors' parking lot.   Photo contributed by Christine Stanton of Jackson Drive.   

 

2009 Annual Meeting June 28 7:00 PM 

The 2009 annual meeting of Longmeadow Association will be held on Sunday June 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse.   (The annual meeting is always held on the last Sunday in June.)Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  Before the meeting owners will receive a proxy and meeting agenda in the mail from Rolar Management.  If you can not attend the meeting, or are not positive you will attend, please be sure to sign the proxy and drop it in the mail slot at the clubhouse or give it to a board member.  Due to the bylaws adopted in 2006 we need a higher percentage of unit ownership, in attendance or by proxy, to make quorum.

This year two of the five board positions are up for election.  These positions are currently held by Ruth Nappe and Monica Foran.  Monica Foran has officially announced that she will not be seek re-election.

Spring Cleaning? One-and-only 2009 Bulk Item Pickup is June 24

The City of Milford has one condominium bulk trash pickup date this year.  The date is Wednesday June 24.
You can plan getting rid of large items, such as mattresses, old furniture, etc, starting Saturday June 20.  Areas will be set aside in  the Salem Walk visitor's parking by the pool. You can drop off items from Saturday though very early Wednesday morning June 24.  Under no circumstances should items such as these be placed in the dumpster.  The recycling page also has information about what items can be left for bulk pickup and which items need special disposal.

See the 2009 Bulk Pickup memo distributed to mailboxes on or about June 1.

Owners' Meeting Sunday April 19, 2009

Geared specifically for owners on Salem Walk and Penn Common, the Board of Directors will be holding an informal meeting Sunday April 19th at noon.  This meeting is to address the parking issues on Salem Walk and Penn Common.

This scope of this meeting is only to collect ideas for alleviating the parking spot shortage issues on Salem Walk and Penn Common.  This meeting is not to air out complaints of any sort  The focus is to review ideas, plans and suggestions, specifically addressing the tight parking issues. You are invited to bring any well-thought-out ideas or plans that you think are viable.

You way wish to review the map of Longmeadow here or click on the Documents and Forms tab.

If you cannot attend, you may email your plan to any board member. This meeting is at noon, Sunday April 19th.

This and That  (published March 3, 2009)

Winter has not cried 'Uncle' yet.... We ask that everyone be cooperative and help the snow removal operations by moving their cars, as we have mentioned before, when the plows clean up the parking lots.  (See article below).

Parking spaces are in short supply in certain areas of Longmeadow.  We ask that those of us who have 'extra' cars, and those who have visitors who park in the areas which run out of spots, park in the visitors' parking area.  Certain areas of Penn Common and Salem Walk experience a shortage of spots and we ask that everyone help out.  If you have ideas to help alleviate the parking crunch in these areas, hold on to them: "The Board will be seeking suggestions concerning parking in the near future."

By the way,  the switch to Daylight savings in March 8th... and Spring is just around the corner!

Coupon books for the 2009 Special Assessment have been delivered to unit owners.    Christmas trees finally have been picked up.   Please remember, recycling is mandatory, if you have question about what materials should be recycled, visit the FAQ section of the web site.   At the February board meeting, emailing newsletters and notices was discussed.  Emailing would be an efficient, timely and cost-effective way to deliver newsletters and notices.  You can email your thoughts on this matter to any board member.  Final Roofing Status Update for 2008 Roofing Season

Buildings A-7 and A-15, the final two buildings of the 2008 roofing season were completed in that latter part of January.  Early January's ice and snow had temporarily held up the completion Building A-15 and Building A7's roofing reconstruction.  Both buildings had the roofing completed and were in the middle of the third and final phase, the installation of gutters and drainpipes.

Building A-15  (Units 35 - 47 Greenwich Way) and Building A-7  (Units 49 - 57 Greenwich Way) were the sixth and seventh buildings of the 2008 roofing reconstruction year. 

All of the buildings which had roofs in noticeably poor shape have been completed.  Seven buildings will have been completed this 2008 roofing reconstruction year.  The next buildings will be part of the 2009 roofing reconstruction year and will start near the beginning of Spring. The sequence of buildings is to be determined when the Seal-Tite lead does a new walk-around and re-inspects the remaining buildings.

You can see the big picture right here on your Longmeadow06460.com.

Longmeadow06460.com Welcomes Andrea Brower, REALTOR®

Longmeadow welcomes Real estate agent Andrea Brower, a REALTOR®, as a new platinum sponsor on Longemdow06460.com.  Andrea Brower is a colleague of our first sponsor, Janet Dyer.  Janet Dyer has retired with her husband and has reallocated to really sunny location.  We wish Janet well and know that Janet would only refer her customers to the best!

Andrea is part of Coldwell Banker and has an office conveniently located on the green, 171 Broad Street, downtown Milford.  Find out more about Andrea, and link to her website, anytime by clinking on the a REALTOR® tab on every Longmeadow web page, or from our Sponsor Directory.

 

Roofing Reconstruction - 2008 Buildings

The seven buildings scheduled  and completed for roofing reconstruction during 2008, are: 

Building 7    Units 49 - 71 Salem Walk 
Building 8    Units 73 - 87 Salem Walk 
Building 18   Units 94 -106 Salem Walk
Building 17   Units 64 - 84 Salem Walk
Building A-7  Units 49 - 57 Greenwich Way
Building A-15  Units 35 - 47 Greenwich Way
Building A-3  Units 37 - 49 Jackson Drive

Latest Board Meeting Minutes

 

Special Assessments

Special Assessment books were mailed out on or about February 12th.  For 2009  there is special assessment in the amount of one month's common charge levied to each unit owner.  You can pay that amount in one lump sum or divide it into smaller payments.  The requirement is that the full amount be paid by the end of 2009.  Whether you pay common changes by check or electronically (such as through People's Online Banking), remember the special assessment needs to be a separate payment from the common change and identified as such. If you use the ease and convenience of online banking, you can have the common charge and special assessment set up as separate merchants.  You can have your monthly common charge automatically sent out each  at the beginning of each month too. See more details in the Information and FAQ section of the this website.

Snow Removal Team Makes a Clean Sweep....

The crew at Comstock tend to Longmeadow's streets, parking area sn four miles of sidewalks.

Above, Erik's Comstock's team tend to January 9th snowfall, on the heels of the storm New Year's Eve. Erik Comstock's team is Longmeadow's snow removal contractor again this year.  Comstock has placed sand barrels in various locations throughout our complex.  You can put some sand in a pail or coffee can to have handy as needed.

When the Snow Removal Teams Arrives, All Residents Need To Temporarily Move Their Cars....

published January 10, 2008

When we have snow, everyone with a car in a Longmeadow parking lot, does need to move their car(s), or make provisions to have their car(s) moved when the snow plows start plowing your parking area.   Each parking lot needs to be empty for the plow(s) to make a clean sweep and ensure that all our parking lots and streets are safe as well as nicely cleared.

Leaving your car in a spot is more than an inconvenience to the plow driver, it prevents the adjacent spots from being fully cleared and affects your neighbors.   Even if you do not mind having your car snowed in, it still needs to be moved so the adjacent spots can be fully cleared.  You may wish to make provisions  for someone else to move your car if you are unable to, or do not wish to, move it yourself.  The parking lots are "common areas", unit owners to not specifically own any particular spot.  The rules apply also to visitors and cars in the Visitors' lots.

There will be further discussion this Spring regarding this and parking issues in general.  If you have any ideas or thoughts on how to address the issue of getting everyone to move cars during snow removal or the continual parking spot shortage issues we face in certain sections, you are welcome to email a board member who will present your ideas to the Board at a board meeting.  Again, later this Spring these issues will be addresses.

 

Special Assessments

published December 15, 2008

As a reminder to the official communication mailed to each unit owner in December, there is special assessment in the amount of one month's common charge levied to each unit owner.  You can pay that amount in one lump sum or divide it into smaller payments.  The requirement is that the full amount be paid by the end of 2009.  Whether you pay common changes by check or electronically (such as through People's Online Banking), remember the special assessment needs to be a separate payment from the common change and identified as such. If you use the ease and convenience of online banking, you can have the common charge and special assessment set up as separate merchants.  You can have your monthly common charge automatically sent out each  at the beginning of each month too. See more details in the Information and FAQ section of the this website.

Congratulations to Bob and Joyce Austin

Congratulations to Bob Austin and his wife Joyce on the birth of their baby daughter Danielle.  Danielle was born Friday November 21st.  Longmeadow wishes the Austin family heath and happiness.

Time is Running Out...

This is the last week to register for Milford's Spring 2009 Adult Education classes.  Among the new classes is "Stress Syndrome - Break It".  This class is presented by our own Monica Foran (GW).  In this two-night course, attendees learn new ways to reduce, and even eliminate stress.  Milford's Adult Education class include a wide variety of topics, with a variety of Cooking, Arts, Foreign Languages, and Computer course... and more.  Registrations have to be in by Friday January 23rd.  www.milforded.org/adult_education.  783-3461.

Christmas Trees

We hope everyone had enjoyable Holidays.  There will be a pickup of the live cut Christmas Trees in early January.  If you had a live cut tree for the holidays you should leave it out on your back patio for pickup.   This is the same arrangement as we have done in the past;  the trees will be picked by the landscaping company and properly disposed.    Please do not put the trees inside or next to a dumpster!  (As a reminder, no bulk items should be placed next to a dumpster.  We have to pay extra to dispose of bulk items left next to a dumpster.)

Roofing Reconstruction - 2008 Buildings

The seven buildings scheduled  and completed for roofing reconstruction during 2008, are: 

Building 7    Units 49 - 71 Salem Walk 
Building 8    Units 73 - 87 Salem Walk 
Building 18   Units 94 -106 Salem Walk
Building 17   Units 64 - 84 Salem Walk
Building A-7  Units 49 - 57 Greenwich Way
Building A-15  Units 35 - 47 Greenwich Way
Building A-3  Units 37 - 49 Jackson Drive

Residents in the above buildings should have received a letter from Bob Austin in their mailboxes concerning when work on their building will start and, if necessary, to make an appointment for attic access.  The letter also requests that personal items be removed from porches and outlines the safety hazards during the roofing project.  If you receive a letter and have any questions, you may contact Rolar Management.

Daylight Savings Time Ended Sunday November 2



As we have set back our clocks Saturday night, let's not forget to check the batteries and operability of our smoke, fire and CO2 detectors.

Holiday Craft Fair - Across the Street, at St. Agnes, Nov. 15th

St Agnes Holiday Craft Fair is Saturday, November 15th, 9:00 to 3:00 pm at the Parish Hall, 400 Merwin Avenue.  Anyone interested in renting a table to sell crafts should contact Eda Moroney  at 878-9050.  Tables  are $15 each. (Tables available in the Hall, setup time is 8:00 a.m.)

"Meet and Greet" Event Prize Drawing Winner

published October 22, 2008



Salem Walk's Sheilah Slattery is all smiles as she is presented with this very nice gift basket, by Donna Marino, Roberta Sekas and Patricia, Sidorick, hosts of the sponsored "Meet and Greet" event at the clubhouse October 15th.  Sheilah's entry was drawn from the entries of those who attended the event and entered the free prize drawing.  More about the event...

Meet and Greet ....

The "Meet and Greet"  held Wednesday evening (10/15/2008) at the Longmeadow clubhouse was an enjoyable and informative experience for all.   Attendees enjoyed good company, pizza and other refreshments, as they had the opportunity to discuss and ask questions they may have concerning Mortgage Financing, Financial Planning and Insurance.

The event went so well that Donna, Roberta and Patricia were discussing hosting another event within the next few months.   Those who were unable to attend but would like to talk to an independent insurance agent can contact  Roberta DeCarli-Sekas (203) 877-1645.  Donna Marino, a Reverse Mortgage Specialist and Loan Officer can be reached at (203) 937-3339 Business.  Longemadow06460.com welcomes a new sponsor, Patricia Sidorick of Ameriprise Financial Services.  Patricia is a professional personal  Financial Advisor.  She can be reached at (203) 387-1211 Ext. 266; Patricia.A.Sidorick@ampf.com

This has been an event sponsored by the aforementioned who have compensated  Longmeadow Association Inc. for the use of the clubhouse and web site sponsorships.   Longmeadow Association does not and can not endorse or recommend any business enterprise.  Disclaimer.

 

Longmeadow's Rhododendrons and Shrubs to Undergo Pruning

published September, 2008

The Board of Directors has engaged Advantage Lawn Care to perform extra pruning in early fall.  In late August, as part of our standard contact, Advantage performed "maintenance pruning"  and "shaping" of Longmeadow's shrubs including Rhododendron.  As you know, many shrubs have been neglected and have been in need of major pruning for some time.

Board president Ruth Nappe has composed a memo which is being printed and distributed to each resident.  The memo reads:

Dear Neighbors,

Part of our fall/winter clean-up this year will be major rejuvenation pruning on some of the larger rhododendrons throughout the complex. As the article on the back of this notice outlines, rejuvenation pruning removes most of the branches of a plant initiating the rise of new growth from previous leafless old stems.
 
The plant will look awful during the first season (2009) and may even look dead. Please do not be alarmed – the Association is just trying to maintain our bushes and keep the beauty going for future years.
In addition to the rhododendron rejuvenation, we will be doing major cut-back of many of the bushes that are well over the 6 foot maximum height – bringing them down to 5.5 feet. Some of these large, overgrown bushes may also have to be removed in the coming year.

Longmeadow Board of Directors

The reverse side of the memo explains "rejuvenation pruning" and is detailed here.

Rejuvenation pruning calls for drastic cuts on old wood.  Rejuvenation pruning is best used to restore shrubs that have become leggy, overgrown, or otherwise unattractive. Many rhododendron species and hybrids can be severely pruned and come back as good as new. Rejuvenation pruning removes most of the branches of the plant, initiating the rise of vigorous flushes of new growth from previously leafless old stems. The new growth matures into a new framework of branches that can then be shaped over the years to produce a stunning shrub.

Illustration of Rhododendron and rejuvenation pruning.

 


Holiday Craft Fair - Across the Street, at St. Agnes, Nov. 15th

St Agnes Holiday Craft Fair is Saturday, November 15th, 9:00 to 3:00 pm at the Parish Hall, 400 Merwin Avenue.  Anyone interested in renting a table to sell crafts should contact Eda Moroney  at 878-9050.  Tables  are $15 each. (Tables available in the Hall, setup time is 8:00 a.m.)

 

Roofing Status Update (as of November 10)

Work has started on Building A-15  (Units 35 - 47 Greenwich Way), the sixth building of the 2008 roofing reconstruction year.  Bob Austin's team begins the first phase of work on a building with soffit reconstruction. 

Building 17 ( 64 - 84 Salem Walk) and Building A-3  (Units 37 - 49 Jackson Drive) were completed early November.

 

Wine Tasting benefit Saturday, Nov. 1

The 13th Annual Wine Tasting to benefit The Literacy Center of Milford, Inc. takes place on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Savin Rock Conference Center.

Featuring: An Appetizer Showdown between Local Restaurants and Caterers, Live and Silent Auctions, Book Signing by Frank Juliano of Woodmont, and a great selection of wines and beers from On the Rocks Spirit Shop in Woodmont!  Dr. and Mrs. John O'Neil will be honored for their steadfast support of The Literacy Center from its inception.

Cost: $40.00 per person

Saturday, November 1, 2008
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Savin Rock Conference Center, West Haven, CT

For tickets or more information please contact: Monica Foran at 878-3342 (days) or 874-8577 (evenings)

Please let's all join in for a fun evening food, wine, desserts and celebration to support The Literacy Center of Milford! Many of our Longmeadow friends and neighbors participate every year, so you can count on seeing familiar faces and having a great time.

The Literacy Center services Milford, Stratford, West Haven, and Orange area. The focus is to improve the written and oral words of those who use their services. All of the office staff and tutors are volunteers, including those who read to young children at various locations throughout our city. Fostering literacy creates change within people, and allows them to earn better incomes, exercise their rights and fulfill their obligations as citizens, and contribute to society in economic and cultural ways. To volunteer, please call The Center at 878-4800.

 

Tid bits   (September 1 - 12)

Our landscapers have been trimming and pruning the shrubs around Longmeadow, things are looking nice and clean.   If you have not seen seen the clubhouse since the upstairs has been redecorated, you are encouraged to stop by.  There is also a permanent photo exhibit on display:  "A Meadowlark's View of Milford".  This is a display of aerial photographs of Longmeadow and other sites in Milford including the harbor, the Milford Green during the 2007 Oyster festival and much more.  The clubhouse is open and unlocked while the pool is open and attended.  So stop by and check things out.  You'll also see how the clubhouse is a great venue for your larger events and meetings.

Roofing Update - As of week ending October 17

Seal-tite Roofing works on Longmeadow's Building 17, Salem Walk. Photo by Bob Fiore.

 In the above photo, a member of Seal-tite is removing old shingles from Building 17.   Roofing continues with the second phase of roofing reconstruction, on Building 17 ( 64 - 84 Salem Walk).  The second phase of roofing reconstruction involves the removal of the old roofing, repairing the roofing deck as needed, and installing the new shingles.

Bob Austin's team is starting work on Building A-3  Units 37 - 49 Jackson Drive. Austin's team begins the first phase of work on a building with soffit reconstruction.

New Patios Poured as Part of Repair Work-order Projects

Photo by Bob Fiore

Bob Austin, Longmeadow’s primary contractor, oversees the pouring of three new patios  Monday September 15th as part of significant repairs underway.  Two patios  were replaced on Greenwich Way and one on Salem Walk. One of the Greenwich Way units is the home of Eddie Piendl.  When asked what he thought about the work being done at his unit,  Piendl commented: “They were very timely and very professional and I am one hundred percent satisfied with the work.”

In all cases, patios replaced had been damaged due to significant settling, often with resultant water leakage into the basement.  The repairs were part of remediating water leakage as well.

Pool Remaining Open Through September 14.

Largely due to the nice weather, the decision has just been made to postpone the pool closing by one week.   Effective immediately the pool will remain open through the weekend of September 14.  Since school has started, the pool hours Monday through Friday are 3 - 7 pm.  The pool remains open normal hours on the weekends.  Please pass the word around so everyone knows we have one additional week to enjoy the pool.

Volunteers are Needed for Block Watch

Salem Walk resident Diane Smith is looking for volunteers for a Longmeadow neighborhood watch program.   (This is not an Longmeadow Association Inc. sponsored or sanctioned activity.) Neighborhood watch programs can be an effective means of deterring vandalism and similar undesirable activities.  Plus, walking  is good exercise!  If you are interested in participating in the neighborhood watch, please contact Dianne Smith (878-0716)

Longmeadow Glasnost

July 2008 Longmeadow Board of Directors monthly meeting minutes online.

Longmeadow July 4th Holiday Weekend Picnic Dodges Rain

Independence Day 2008 Holiday picnic at the Longmeadow clubhouse, Saturday July 5th.  Photo by Kit Kaolian

The threat of rain did not stop well over 50 residents, their friends and family from enjoying the Longmeadow July 4th holiday weekend picnic held Saturday afternoon July 5th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The rain held up for half of the time, and when it didn't, the party moved indoors to the newly-decorated upstairs clubhouse.  In addition to the grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, there was a lot of delicious appetizers and desserts brought by the guests.  It was a nice opportunity to meet new people ands 'catch up' with neighbors and friends.  Thanks to all who attended.

Feral Cats

We heard as may as thirty of the feral or otherwise homeless cats and kittens out in back have been safely removed through the Milford Animal Shelter in August  We do not have all the details, but it is our understanding that an effort is being made to give the homeless cats and kittens a home.   Please remain cognizant of the updated Longmeadow regulations which prohibit feeding animals outside.

Conserving Energy with Compact Florescent Lights

Contributed by Robert Fiore

Spiral-type compact florescent light

Now more than ever we must do everything we can to conserve energy and help the environment. The new energy bill signed in December 2007 makes it official. When 2012 hits, stores can no longer sell the cheap but inefficient incandescent light bulbs that are a stable in most homes. With that said, why wait? New Energy Efficient florescent bulbs are available now.

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Roofing Reconstruction Update - August 1, 2008

Bob Austin reports that work will be starting on Building 18, 94 -106 Salem Walk on Monday August 4th. Building 18 is the third building in sequence this year; building 8, the second, was completed in May.

The seven buildings scheduled for roofing reconstruction during 2008, not in any specific order, are as follows. Please understand that the order and extent of this list may change. Check our website often for updates.

Building 7 Units 49 - 71 Salem Walk (Completed)
Building 8 Units 73 - 87 Salem Walk (Completed)
Building 18 Units 94 -106 Salem Walk (Start date August 4th)
Building 17 Units 64 - 84 Salem Walk
Building A-7 Units 49 - 57 Greenwich Way
Building A-15 Units 35 - 47 Greenwich Way
Building A-3 Units 37 - 49 Jackson Drive

Residents in the above buildings should expect a letter from Bob Austin in their mailboxes concerning when work on their building will start and, if necessary, to make an appointment for attic access. The letter also requests that personal items be removed from porches and outlines the safety hazards during the roofing project. If you receive a letter and have any questions, you may contact Rolar Management.

4th of July Holiday Picnic - Saturday July 5th

Given the high cost of gasoline, we figured you might like to stay at home at Longmeadow, yet still enjoy a social time with neighbors and friends.  The pool is open, you can take a dip.  Feel free to bring a guest or two and make this event a real fun celebration.

This is a "nothing-fancy"  "hot dog-and-hamburger" picnic at the clubhouse / pool area.  The Longmeadow Social Committee will purchase all the dogs and burgers, buns, soda, water, condiments, paper goods, etc.  We ask that you please bring your favorite snack, salad or desert - enough for six (6).  Please send $3.00 per resident or owner, $5.00 for each outside guest, with your signup sheet.  The signup sheets have been distributed to each mailbox.  You may bring your own lawn chairs and favorite beverages if you wish.

Contact any board member if you have any questions or to pass along a sign-up sheet.

New Pool Rules Now in Effect

Largely based on residents' concerns and ideas shared at the Association annual meeting, new additional  pool area rules are now in effect as of July 5. [2008] These rules are in addition to the existing rules.

  • All residents and all guests are required to sign in immediately when entering the pool area.
  • All guests must be previously registered by a Longmeadow resident.  If a guest is not registered, he or she may not remain in the pool area.  This rule is not limited just to those who wish to enter the pool.
  • Any child that disobeys any rules (see the list) will be put on "probation" by the attendants and must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) for one week when entering the pool area. Gross, repeated, infractions of any rules will result in the offender being banned from the pool for an extended period of time.

The pool attendants for the 2008 season are Brian Piendl and Michael Roche.  Please treat them with respect and courtesy.

Please ensure the children in your care understand the new rules in addition to the existing rules.  Please ensure they respect the authority of the pool attendant.

 

2008 Annual Meeting June 29 7:00 PM   (posted June 10, 2008)

The 2008 annual meeting of Longmeadow Association will be held on Sunday June 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  Before the meeting owners will receive a proxy and meeting agenda in the mail from Rolar Management.  If you can not attend the meeting, or are not positive you will attend, please be sure to sign the proxy and drop it in the mail slot at the clubhouse or give it to a board member.  Due to the bylaws adopted in 2006 we need a higher percentage of unit ownership, in attendance or by proxy, to make quorum.

This year three of the five board positions are up for election.  These positions are currently held by Bette Carlson, Kit Kaolian and Jackie Steiner.

Highlights of Longmeadow Association Annual Meeting

The 2008 annual meeting, held Sunday evening June 29th at the clubhouse on Jackson Drive, was well attended.  Owners were greeted with a fresh new look (please see Clubhouse Redo Debut ... item).  

Board President Ruth Nappe reported:  The City Of Milford has agreed to handle the "Trap and Release"  program for our feral cat problem; this means we will not need to volunteer. There will be an official announcement  detailing that feeding wild animals will be a finable offence.  Nappe also thanks the many residents who volunteer and do extra work to make Longmeadow a better place for everyone.

Kit Kaolian, Board Secretary, gave a web site report.  It was announced that Roberta Sekas, and independent insurance agent with Summit Insurance, 288 Broad Street, will be another sponsor for the web site.   The web site received over 600 visitors during the past 30 days.

Longmeadow's accountant Floyd Ozeck answered questions pertaining to the Independent Auditor's Report.   An owner asked what expense details comprise "Office Expenses" and "Miscellaneous Expenses" .  Some of the items include postage, printing, corporate taxes.  As requested, a complete list will be compiled and published on this web site soon.

This year, three of the five board positions were up for election.  The three positions that were currently held by Bette Carlson, Kit Kaolian and Jackie Steiner were up for election.  There was a casting of ballots, four people were nominated for the three positions.  It took an hour to tabulate the votes; votes are weighted by unit owner's percentage ownership.  The three incumbent board members were reelected.  In a brief board meeting after the general meeting it was decided that each retains his or her position.   Bette Carson remains Vice President, Kit Kaolian remains Secretary, Jackie Steiner remains Treasurer.

Spring Cleaning? One-and-only Bulk Item Pickup is June 25

The City of Milford has announced that it has cancelled the August bulk pickup.  We will have just one condominium bulk trash pickup this year.  The date is Wednesday June 25.
You can plan getting rid of large items, such as mattresses, old furniture, etc, starting Saturday June 21.  Areas will be set aside in  the Salem Walk visitor's parking by the pool. You can drop off items from Saturday though very early Wednesday morning June 25.  Under no circumstances should items such as these be placed in the dumpster.  It costs Longmeadow extra $$$ when your neighbors do this.  The recycling page also has information about what items can be left for bulk pickup and which items need special disposal.

Longmeadow Great Annual Tag Sale

Longmeadow's Great Annual Tag Sale is scheduled for Saturday June 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   This is a great opportunity  for you to sell items you do not want or need and make some gas money.  Simply set up in front of your unit.  It is also a great buying opportunity; there will be dozens of unit tag sales.   The tag sale date is intentionally at the start of the one-and-only bulk item pickup for 2008.  You may conveniently discard unsold bulk items, like an old couch or chair, at the bulk pickup areas by the pool.
Pass the word to your family and friends, this is a golden opportunity.  Perhaps partner with a neighbor or friend to make the event even more fun.   Chat with your neighbors and "catch up"!

Keep your fingers crossed for nice weather!  The rain date is the next day, Sunday June 22nd.

Remember, the actual bulk item pickup is Wednesday June 25th.  You can start placing items in the bulk pickup area Saturday June 25th.  Please use this opportunity to properly dispose of bulk items.  it is a violation that is costly to the association when resisters leave such things as mattresses in or alongside the dumpster.  The recycling page also has information about what items can be left for bulk pickup and which items need special disposal.

This is the memo, in PDF form distributed to residents on or around June 1st.

2008 Annual Meeting June 29 7:00 PM 

The 2008 annual meeting of Longmeadow Association will be held on Sunday June 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  Before the meeting owners will receive a proxy and meeting agenda in the mail from Rolar Management.  If you can not attend the meeting, or are not positive you will attend, please be sure to sign the proxy and drop it in the mail slot at the clubhouse or give it to a board member.  Due to the bylaws adopted in 2006 we need a higher percentage of unit ownership, in attendance or by proxy, to make quorum.

This year three of the five board positions are up for election.  These positions are currently held by Bette Carlson, Kit Kaolian and Jackie Steiner.

 

Swan Nesting in Our Meadow

published June 2008

Swan nesting in the meadow. Photo by R. Fiore.


Feral Cat Population Growing

There is an overpopulation of feral cats along the wetlands boarding Longmeadow.  Feral cats are cats that have escaped domestication and become wild.  The offspring of feral cats are, of course, naturally wild. This is a serious issue and residents are asked to not put food out for these cars or any other animals. There is reason to believe some residents are feeding the wild cats, intentionally and unintentionally. Those who leave food outside for their own pet invariably do wind up feeding the wild cats. All residents should remove outdoor food and “cat hotels” immediately.  Some Board members are looking how best to deal with this problem.  Ideally the cats should be trapped, neutered and set back out.  Please spread the word to not leave food out or otherwise attract the wild cats to our complex. The feral cat population is alarmingly large with estimates exceeding fifty.

 

Longmeadow Spring Newsletter

The Spring 2008 Longmeadow Newsletter has been printed and will be in resident's mailboxes very soon. 

published May 10th, 2008

Roofing Reconstruction Progresses on Building 8

Bob Austin kicking off the 2008 roofing season with soffit work on building 7  

Work has been completed on Building 8 (Units 73 - 87 Salem Walk).  Building 7 (shown above, comprising units 49 - 71 Salem Walk), which kicked off the 2008 season April 7th., was completed early May.
    Austin's team begins the first phase of work on a building with soffit reconstruction.  The back of the building, which takes a bit longer because the chimneys are involved, is started first.  Seal-Tite start their phase of work, on the rear on building, after  Austin's team has moved off to work on the front of the building. 
    Building 7 comprises twelve units and shared the top spot for the largest building at Longmeadow, with building 2, Salem Walk 2 - 24, which was completed in 2007.

Building 18   (Units 94 -106 Salem Walk ) is next.

 

Bob Shelnitz Reports Online Work-Order Forms in Use

published February 20h, 2008

Our property manager, Bob Shelnitz (Rolar Management),  reports that his office has received at least two faxed in work orders from our web site online order form as of February 20th.  This new  form is always just a click away in the Longmeadow06460.com  Documents and Forms zone

Catch Basins Installed to Remedy Drainage Problems of Salem Walk

Photo by Bob Fiore

The southern most section of Salem Walk, comprising buildings number 6 and 7, have had their share of drainage issues after a rain or ice storm. After our contracting an engineer to make a professional recommendation, the effort has largely been completed. A larger 12" diameter underground drain pipe has just been installed replacing the 4" line. The new significantly larger catch basins, commonly called "storm drains" have replaced the single catch basin previously there.  These new catch basins will improve drainage in that area. The catch basin locations are in the grass area just past unit 49, on the sidewalk between units 51 and 41, and midway between units 37 and 55. 

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In this photo taken during the reconstruction of the drainage system, Bob Austin lowers a new catch basin into place as Dave guides him.

 Click to see the project photo gallery illustrating the work and steps involved in this effort.



Special Assessment Payment Books Mailed Out

published on or about March 7, 2008

Special assessment payment books were mailed out the first week of March to all owners.  As officially communicated to unit owners, there is a special assessment this year equal to one month's common charge.   This is primarily to provide additional funding for the roofing reconstruction project. The special assessment can be paid in incremental payments during 2008 if desired.  The assessment will have less of an impact on owners' budgets.  Association president Ruth Nappe has gotten much positive feedback to this effect.  Rolar Management's Bob Shelnitz reports that unit owners should expect coupon books to arrive in the mail on or around March 1st.  Unit owners are encouraged to wait for the coupon books before making payments so that it is clear which payments are for common charges and which are for the special assessment.

If you pay your common charges electronically, such as with People's Untied Bank Online Banking, you can set up an additional payee (merchant) for the special assessment.  Payments for the special assessment and common charges should not be mixed the same merchant / payee account.  If you own more than one unit, set up each separately, your account number with Rolar is the unit address.   Many financial institutions also offer recurring payment; you can set up your common charge and special assessment payments to automatically be made, say at the 1st or 5th or every month.  Visit the FAQ page in our "Information and FAQ" zone for more detailed information on setting up online payments.

Due to the extent of the roofing reconstruction project there is a probability of another special assessment next year.

Roofing Reconstruction Work Under Way For 2008 Season

published late April, 2008

Bob Austin kicking off the 2008 roofing season with soffit work on building 7  

Bob Austin, project manager for the roofing reconstruction project, reports that work for 2008, our third year, is under way.  Work on building #7, comprising units 49 - 71 Salem Walk, started Monday April 7th.  Austin's team begins the first phase of work on a building with soffit reconstruction.  The back of the building, which takes a bit longer because the chimneys are involved, is started first.  Seal-Tite is projected to start their phase of work, on the rear on building 7, around April 15th, after  Austin's team has moved off to work on the front of the building. Building 7 comprises twelve units and shares the top spot for the largest building at Longmeadow, with building 2, Salem Walk 2 - 24, which was completed in 2007.

The next building in sequence is Building #8, Units 73 - 87 Salem Walk.

 

Thanks to Janet Dyer

published February 15, 2008

Longemadow06460.com thanks Janet Dyer for giving our web site a plug in her postcard recently mailed out to area residents.  The postcard announced the listing of 31 Salem Walk, a two-bedroom townhouse here at Longmeadow.  The unit is being offered at $239,000.  Janet Dyer, a Colwell Banker real estate agent, has an office at 171 North Broad Street, along the green in downtown Milford.  Dyer can be reached at (203) 640-1939.

Longmeadow06460.com visits Radio Personality John LaBarca

John Lebarca and Bob Fiore at WDJZ photo by Kit Kaolian

Longmeadow06460.com's Bob Fiore (left) and Kit Kaolian visit John LaBarca (right) during Sunday's (2/3) on-air broadcast of his new "Festival Italiano" radio program which airs Sunday mornings at 10:00 on WDJZ 1530 AM.   LaBarca, known as "JLB", has generated an outpouring of empathy and support over his dismissal from the Bridgeport-based radio station on which he has hosted the Italian House Party and #1 morning-drive show for over a decade.  Longmeadow06460.com wishes LaBarca success and a speedy return to the airwaves full-time.  LaBarca's website is www.italianhouseparty.com.

Update:  John LaBarca is back on the air full as the Morning Man on WNLK 1350 AM Norwalk.  LaBarca also hosts the Italian House Party Sundays on WNLK.   WNLK 1350 AM is simulcast on WSTC 1400 AM in Stamford.

 

Roofing Update: Mid-January

Most of the work is done for the 2007 season, there are some areas still needing the final gutter work. The roofing contractor has advised us that the cost of roofing shingles, which are petroleum based, will be increasing.  The board is currently looking at the advantages and ability to purchase and store shingles in advance to beat the first price increase expected mid-February from the shingle supplier. Seal-Tite has been advised that there may be actually two price increases in 2008, largely due to the rapid increase in the price of oil.

Snow Memo

published December  14,2007

The 'Snow Memo' that was distributed to resident's mailboxes on or around December 20th is posted online.     This memo is about cooperation and courtesy during snow removal operations.  When the snow removal contractor is starting a section of a parking lot, cars need to be moved to more fully clear out the snow.   Cars should be moved clear of the plow(s) into another area.  If you have more than one car, please make accommodations to move all of them when your parking area is about to be plowed.  This applies to numbered an unnumbered spaces.  Your efforts will result in a cleaner, safer, parking lot and sidewalk, faster melting, and greater ability to see parking space lines and numbers.

Click on the Information and FAQ tab to see this and other helpful  information.

Holiday Greetings from Our Friends in Sunny Arizona

Happy Holidays from Rick and Kim Rolfe in Arizona

The 2008 Budget is posted Online.

The letter from the board president has been distributed to residents and a PDF copy of this is posted online. Click on the "Documents and Forms" tab. Noteworthy is that common charges will stay the same for 2008. The 2008 budget includes a one-month common charge assessment (Payable over the course of 2008).  A table showing the 2007 approved budget, 2007 actual (through 9/30/2007), and 2008 Budget is presented in the letter..

Meeting Minutes Online - October 2007

The October Longmeadow Board of Directors meeting minutes, and all recent meeting minutes are posted online.  (There was no meeting held this November.) Click on the Documents and Forms tab on the navigation bar to the left, or on the hyperlink at the footer of every page. The meeting minutes are in PDF format.  If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer, you can download and install it from www.adobe.com.

Newsletters and Special Bulletins: 

 Microsoft Word document Fall 2007 Newsletter.doc
 Microsoft Word document Spring 2007 Newsletter.doc
  Feral Cat Program Bulletin.doc
   Parking Lot Painting and Back Patio Bulletin.PDF

Snow Removal Contractor Chosen for 2007-2008 Season

published October 2007

The Board of Directors received numerous quotes and has interviewed three companies for this year’s snow removal contract.  The contract was awarded to Comstock Incorporated.   Many of you know Erik Comstock in various capacities: He has plowed Longmeadow as a subcontractor for several years, and is a heating and cooling professional.

Longmeadow requires that all insurance/bond certificates/registrations are valid and up-to-date.  We are given a list of equipment that will be used for the job.  Mr. Comstock has satisfied all our requirements, and with his knowledge of our needs and familiarity with the property, he will give us excellent service.  Erik will be placing barrels of sand/salt mix throughout the complex to help with traction for both cars and feet!  Please fill a coffee can and use the mixture for your steps or porch.

 

Christmas Trees Will be Collected

published January 5, 2008

Christmas trees will be collected near the end of January.  They should be placed on or near your patio.  Trees should not be placed in or around the dumpster.  We get penalized when this happens; please follow the instructions as earlier communicated in the last newsletter.

published December 15, 2007

Longemeadow06460.com wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2008!

Holiday Greetings to Longmeadow from Old Friends

Holiday wishes from our friends Kim and Rick Rolfe

Longmeadow's good friends, Kim and Rick Rolfe, former longtime and active residents of Longmeadow, send their Holiday Greetings to all of us, their friends and former neighbors, at Longmeadow.  Rick reports to us: "Many times over the years [at Longmeadow] the kids wished for a 'White Christmas', and the adults prayed for a mild winter, to ease the 'Snow Budget'.  This year the 'Kids Rule' but I hope that the rest of the winter is mild...  Since we arrived in Arizona they have had two of the coldest winters on record; It hasn't snowed in Phoenix yet, but the temperature has dropped down close to freezing.  Already this winter, the neighbors are blaming us for bringing the Connecticut winter weather to Arizona.    I just can't escape the 'Connecticut Yankee' label.....  "

Longmeadow06460.com wishes Kim and Rick Rolfe a joyous Christmas and happy and healthy New Year!

Holiday lights on Greenwich Way
Holiday lights, and some snow, bring the Holiday spirit to Longmeadow.

Time to Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

2:00 AM on Sunday, November 4, 2007 marked the end of Daylight Savings Time (DST).

Also, use the time change as a reminder to check the operation of (and batteries in) your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (detectors).  Most alarms should have the batteries changed annually, if you did not replace the batteries in Spring, now is the time.  At Longmeadow, as you know, we use natural gas for cooking, heating, and hot water.  Some of us also have a gas clothes dryer.  It is a must to have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector / alarm  in each active bedroom. It is also good to have one in the living area too. 

How old are your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms?  If it is five years or more (or you don't remember) it is probably time to replace them.  Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have a limited life, even with new batteries.   Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations.

At Longmeadow, we are all in this together.  Smoke and CO alarms saves lives!   According to the U.S. Fire Administration, a working smoke detector nearly doubles your chances of escaping a house fire.  Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless, tasteless, non-irritating, poisonous gas that is completely undetectable to your senses.  It is created when any fuel (such as natural gas) is burned.  Serious problems can develop when combustion by-products are not properly vented outside the house.  That's why its so important to your safety to have a carbon monoxide alarm. 

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 12, 2007

Bob Fiore is interviewed by Fax 61 News' Jennifer Lahmers. 

Our own Bob Fiore was on television November 12th, he was interviewed by Fox 61 'News at 10' reporter Jennifer Lahmers. Fiore, a Salem Walk resident, has been living with epilepsy since being diagnosed at the age of 9 months. He explained to the reporter what it has been like living with epilepsy. Fiore is a champion promoting epilepsy education and awareness and he is a volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut.  Epilepsy effects more than three million people in the United States. Approximately 60,000 people in Connecticut are living with epilepsy.  There are a number of resources for those living with epilepsy, including the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut which offers all sorts of programs and services including support groups.  The foundation web site is: www.epilepsyfoundation.org/connecticut

Bob Fiore is interviewed by Fax 61 News' Jennifer Lahmers.

Fall Newsletter Online

The Fall Newsletter has been posted online.  The current and all recent newsletters are posted online on the foot of the Longmeadow06460 web site news page.  The printed copy distribution to resident's mailboxes is scheduled for October 20 - 27.  

Wine Tasting benefit Saturday, Nov. 3 

The 13th Annual Wine Tasting to benefit The Literacy Center of Milford, Inc. takes place on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Savin Rock Conference Center.  Tickets are $40 per person.  They will be a Silent Auction that includes vacations, jewelry, artwork, an "Eat in Milford" raffle basket, a "Shop Around" gift certificate basket, and more.  Food will be presented by fine local restaurants and bakeries.  Scott Griffin of On the Rocks Spirit Shop in Woodmont is coordinating all of the vendors for wonderful wines, beers,  and cordials; orders will be taken by Scott for any items desired.

The Milford Bank will be honored for its steadfast support of The Literacy Center and other non-profit organizations in Milford. Manny Strumpf, local author, will sign copies of his newest mystery book, T.R. Spells Trouble.

The Literacy Center services Milford, Stratford, West Haven, and Orange area.  The focus is to improve the written and oral words of those who use their services.  All of the office staff and tutors are volunteers, including those who read to young children at various locations throughout our city. Fostering literacy creates change within people, and allows them to earn better incomes, exercise their rights and fulfill their obligations as citizens, and contribute to society in economic and cultural ways. To volunteer, please call The Center at 878-4800.

Please let's all join in for a fun evening food, wine, desserts and celebration to honor The Milford Bank and support The Literacy Center of Milford!  Many of our Longmeadow friends and neighbors participate every year, so you can count on seeing familiar faces and having a great time.
For ticket information, call  Monica Foran at 874-8577.

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday November 4

Longmeadow Residents Volunteer and Raise Donations for Beth El

Monica Foran, Margie Allen, Bob Fiore, Bob Steady, and Frank O'Connor volunteered and coordinated pick-ups and delivery to Beth El.   We got an entire van load of badly needed supplies plus money donations from residents at Longmeadow.  The Beth-El Center is a 32-bed, year-round temporary shelter and soup kitchen for homeless individuals and families, primarily from the greater New Haven area.

There are entire families who have become disconnected from their support structure of neighborhood, job, family, church and school.  CPAC, (Combined Parishes Action Committee) runs the Beth-El Center, whose goal is to help residents achieve or regain independent living.  The Center provides the support residents need to improve life skills and allow them to attain some measure of emotional and spiritual well-being. The caring, dedicated staff help to encourage and empower these individuals to work toward their goal of a better life for themselves and their children.

 The Beth-El Center is located at 90 New Haven Avenue in Milford. (203) 876-0747.

Longmeadow Fire Hydrants Superbly Refinished by Bob Fiore, Volunteering

After thoroughly wire brushing the fire hydrant, Bob Fiore carefully applied two coats of special paint.

 

Roofing Reconstruction 'Back on Track' After Temporary Hold

October 17th: We have received notification from the City building department's John O' Connell that Longmeadow need only obtain one building permit per building for our roofing reconstruction project.

Earlier this month, the Milford building inspector dropped by Longmeadow and asked the roofing project contractors and workers to stop all work.  Unlike most, if not all, other towns, which require building permits for roofing construction on a per-complex or per-building basis, the current City of Milford building inspector stated he required a permit on a per-unit basis for each contractor.   Yes, the building inspector has told our general contractor that we need a permit for EACH and EVERY unit, rather than for each building.  Building permits in Milford are only issued 2 1/2 hours per day and a contractor can only pull three permits at a time.  We have three contractors:  a roofer, a carpenter, and an HVAC.   In addition to being unreasonable, it would be likely an impossible task to complete if Longmeadow's contractors were forced to pull 645 permits to complete a re-roofing project.   

The board president and member at large were successful in contacting the mayor's office and the City's building department has responded with a reasonable permit requirement Wednesday the 17th. of September.  Our roofing project is expected to be back on track shortly.

Roofing Reconstruction on Temporary Hold

Pub. 10-16-2007

The Milford building inspector dropped by Longmeadow and asked the roofing project contractors and workers to stop all work.  Unlike most, if not all, other towns, which require building permits for roofing construction on a per-complex or per-building basis, the current City of Milford building inspector now requires a permit on a per-unit basis for each contractor.   Yes, the building inspector has told our general contractor that we need a permit for EACH and EVERY unit, rather than for each building.  Building permits in Milford are only issued 2 1/2 hours per day and a contractor can only pull 3 permits at a time.  We have 3 contractors:  roofer, carpenter, and HVAC.   In addition to being unreasonable, it would be likely an impossible task to complete if Longmeadow's contractors are forced to pull 645 permits to complete a re-roofing project.   The board president and member at large are contacting the mayor's office and expect to meet to them soon.  Jim Amann's office has been asked to assist us in moving our project forward. 

 

Pub. 09-10-2007

Our pool is closed for the season. "Closing" is a term for winterizing an outdoor swimming pool.  It is done professionally and involves such things as putting special winter chemicals in the pool water, replacing water with air or antifreeze in lines that would freeze, back-washing the filter, etc.  The pool is then covered and pool accessories are stored away.

Chimney Surrounds No Longer to be Used

Soffitt

During this year, the second year of our roofing reconstruction project,  it had been necessary to change the type of chimney and fake brick surrounds we use because the original model was no longer made.  Upon inspection, it has now been discovered that this new model chimney surrounds has a manufacturing defect that can allow water to seep into the chimney and down into the attic.

All future chimneys, (with the exception of the remainder of Greenwich Way, as explained below), beginning with the next building to be roofed on Penn Common, starting from around October 1,  will be installed without the surround and with a standard B-vent chimney.  In other words, the "brick" looking surround will no longer be installed with the chimneys. 

All buildings completed  this year, (the 33 units comprising Jackson Drive units 16-28, Salem Walk units 2 - 24 and 48 - 60, and Greenwich Way units 48-58), have had this new model surround installed and will have the chimneys replaced with a standard B-Vent chimney.   Residents in these units have been notified by letter; Bob Austin will be in touch concerning access to their respective units.  Bob will coordinate the replacement with the plumber and the roofing company.  All buildings undergoing roofing reconstruction from now on will get the standard B-Vent chimney and surrounds will no longer be used.  The one exception is the remainder of Greenwich Way.  Twenty Three of the earlier "good" design chimney surrounds were put aside for installation on the remaining Greenwich Way buildings for visual continuity in that area, matching the adjacent  buildings which have already been completed with that style chimney.  When the rest of Greenwich Way gets completed, these buildings, and only those buildings, will have surrounds installed.

Thanks to Alex and Brian for a job well done

A heart-felt “Thanks for a job well done” goes out to Alex Nappe and Brian Piendl.  Alex and Brian shared the duties attending the pool and handling the day-to-day operations for the 2007 pool season. They have done an excellent job and we have gotten great feedback.  Both are long-time residents who grew up using Longmeadow's pool every summer.   Alex is pursuing her career interests in New York City.  Brian is entering his sophomore year at UCONN and seeks to be a history teacher.   We wish them success in all their endeavors.

August Bulk Trash Pick-Up Successful

Pub. 08-29-2007

Our final bulk trash pick-up was even more voluminous than the one this past June.  It is obvious that many participated and the word got around.  Once again we can see that “one man's trash is another man's treasure”.  Probably more than half of the items dropped off got taken away before the city came Wednesday, August 29th to haul them away.  Reusing is the best form of recycling.  Even the phone book recycling bin received more phone books during this, our second and final collection of the year.   We will have dates for 2008 posted here in the future.

When bulk items, like mattresses, irresponsibly get put in, or alongside, a dumpster, it causes problems and extra expense for us.  Thanks to everyone who did the right thing and properly disposed of bulk items during the collection periods.

Newly-planted grass  is coming up, thanks to your watering and a little help from Mother Nature.

Our landscapers have planted four Bradford Pear trees and have seeded several bare areas on our lawn.  Residents adjacent to the new tress and grass seed are asked to regularly water them.  Grass seed may need daily watering.  New grass seed and new grass need the soil saturated, but not water logged.  We have seen that many residents have planted flowers in the barrels around many common areas.  You can help by keeping these well watered too.

Longmeadow06460.com welcomes Janet Dyer, First Sponsor for our Web Site          

Pub. late July 2007

Longmeadow06460.com welcomes Janet Dyer, a real estate agent affiliated with Coldwell Banker.  Janet Dyer has experience serving the Longmeadow community and we invite everyone to consider Janet Dyer for their real estate service needs. 

The Longmeadow06460.com Sponsor Directory is an ideal way for businesses and professionals to reach over 200 households, their friends and families, as well as past and potential future residents. Sponsorships are available at different price levels to match your budget and goals.  Advertising in the Directory is great not only for local merchants and professionals, but also local residents who may offer services such as sitting or tutoring.  Please email Bob Fiore and Kit Kaolian at LongmeadowWeb@prodigy.net (updated email address as of Sept. 2009) for more information and sponsorship pricing information.  Longmeadow Association Inc. does not and can not endorse any particular sponsor.  All potential sponsor-advertisers and consumers should read the legal disclaimer. 

Annual Meeting held Sunday June 24

Pub. 06-25-2007

Minutes from the annual meeting, held Sunday June 24th, will be posted soon after approval from the Board. Leonard Mobilio stepped down from his position as Vice President of the board. Three board positions were open for election.  Ruth Nappe, Monica Foran and Jackie Steiner were nominated and appointed to the open positions.  Voting was not necessary. Ruth Nappe remains as President, Monica Foran remains as member at large.  Longmeadow welcomes new board member Jackie Steiner as Treasurer.  Bette Carlson assumes the position of Vice President.  Kit Kaolian remains Secretary.  Longmeadow wishes to thank Leonard Mobilio for his excellent service to the board and our community. Thanks to all who attended or sent in their proxy; a quorum was met with 51% ownership representation.

New Street Signs Have Been Installed   

Pub. 07-15-2007

Before and after...

  New Longmeadow street signs.  Photos by Bob Fiore.

New street signs have been installed to help make it a bit easier to navigate Longmeadow

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