2009, 2008, 2007 News Archive

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  A total of approximately 35 will have been replaced by year end.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 for the Start of Autumn [2009

The weather in Fall can be great, cool, and yet nice and sunny. Certainly something many look forward to.

  • The Longmeadow pool is closed for the season.  LGB  came in on the 17th and performed the closing operations.
  • Our arborist has performed some tree trimming and some tree removal over the past couple weeks. As we reported, work had been done b the Dunbar Street exit During the second week of September the arborists trimmed and removed some of the crowded trees in the tree line between the back of Penn Common's building #14 and the back of Jackson Drive's building #A1 Last week.  That line of evergreens had grown much taller and wider than intended.  Approximately every other tree was removed to reduce the crowding and lower branches were removed.    Or landscaper has been doing some end-of-season pruning at the Board's request.
  • The Owner surveys are being tabulated as they are coming in to the clubhouse mailbox.  As of Tuesday the 15th we had 43 submitted.  Please remember to submit your survey if you have not done so already. The survey is not anonymous; surveys that do not have a signature and address will not be tabulated.  (The blue sheet, the addendum, can be anonymous, if desired.)
  • The maintenance, repair and replacement, of storm doors, the screens on the storm doors, the patio slider screens, and window screens are the owner's responsibility.  Yes, new screens came with the installation of new windows, and a new screen comes with any replacement of a new patio slider, but the repair or replacement of all screens is the owners' responsibly.
  • The Longmeadow clubhouse hardwood floor is getting refinished starting the week of October 5th.  The work is being done by B & B Hardwood floors.
  • The Board will be reviewing a proposal and recommendation from the engineer who supports our sewage pumps for their replacement.    Many of you may not know that we have two sewage pumps that pump the sewage coming from all of our buildings up and out.  This is necessitated because we are not high enough for gravity to take everything to the city sewer line.  We will know more details and will report them on the web site.  Right now the pumps are operational.  The issue is that the pumps are 40 years old and it is difficult to get parts.

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.

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

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Longmeadow06460.com welcomes Renz Heating and Air Conditioning aboard as our newest web site sponsor.   Renz Heating and Air Conditioning installs and services furnaces, air conditioning systems, water heaters, and more.  How is your furnace doing? Do you have an older, or even the original, furnace or A/C system?  Is your water heater older and ready to start leaking?  Maybe now is a good time to contact Patrick Renz of Renz Heading and Air Conditioning.  Telephone 877-2224, email prenz@optonline.net.  Longmeadow Association Inc. does not and can not endorse any particular commercial enterprise.  Longmeadow06460.com thanks Patrick Renz and all of our sponsors.

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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.

Clubhouse Redo Debut for 2008 Annual Meeting

The clubhouse redo was well received at the Annual Meeting.  The meeting room has a bright fresh look.  The walls are now a nice light yellow; new blinds and valances adorn the windows.  New energy-efficient recessed lighting fixtures have been installed as well as two new ceiling fans.  An permanent aerial photo exhibit "A Meadowlark's View of Milford" is on display at our meeting room.  If you did not attend the meeting, or would like another look, stop by and visit the clubhouse.  The clubhouse is open when the pool is open.

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.

 

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.

Original Longmeadow Sales Brochures and Logo Found

Salem Walk's Jim Moore was an original buyer and he had retained the original Longmeadow sales brochures.  Jim has loaned them to Longmeadow06460.com and we will be scanning and presenting a lot of cool stuff over the next days and weeks from our original 1968 roots.  The bird is a northeastern meadowlark.  If you have noticed that our current Longmeadow "L" logo is similar to this 1968 logo, it is because it was redrawn from memory (and simplified) for our use by Morgan Kaolian, the original commercial artist contracted by the developers Ted Ruderman and Ross Sanders. 

Get ready to go for a fun trip down memory lane, a trip back in time.  A trip where the sales price is $22,900.  The city taxes were $34.00, the common charges were $20.10, and your monthly mortgage payment was $135.24.  Don't get too excited, in 1968 the federal minimum wage was only $1.60 per hour.

As always, keep checking Longmeadow06460.com often as we unfold our trip back in time in addition to updating you with the latest Longmeadow news.   Our thanks to Jim Moore for loaning us the materials.   If you have, or have access to, old photos and other Longmeadow paraphernalia, we would like to borrow them to share with everyone.  Please contact Kit Kaolian or any board member.

 

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.


Mid-November Roofing Reconstruction Project Update

Seal Tite's crew has started work on 1-13 JD.  Phote by Kit Kaolian

Above, Seal-Title crew work on building A-1 Jackson Drive units 1 - 13.  These are all ranch-style units.  The roofers above have started November 19th on  Jackson Drive units 1 - 13.  As of early December, this building, the sixth this year,  is nearing completion.

Roofing reconstruction on Building A-11, comprising Penn Common units 170 - 188 is entering the third and final phase:  Bob Austin's team is returning to A-11 to install new gutters, flashings, etc, and finish up the building.  
Earlier this year  Jackson Drive units 16-28, Salem Walk units 2 - 24 and 48 - 60, Greenwich Way units 48-58, Penn Common units 170 - 188, and Building A-1 Jackson Drive units 1 - 13  were completed.

Photo by Kit Kaolian. Taken Nov. 8, 2007

Above, pallets of shingles are delivered and loaded onto this Penn Common Building #A-11 roof where the shingles will soon be installed.  Harvey of East Haven is the supplier of the roofing shingles.  They deliver the shingles as needed directly to the roof on which they will be applied.  This saves a significant amount of time and heavy work for the crew.  Each package of shingles weighs about 70 pounds.  The palette above has three package across and appears to be stacked about ten packages high. We are looking at about a ton of singles.

Photo by Kit Kaolian. Taken Nov. 8, 2007

Seal-Tite removes the individual packages of shingles and places them in various locations on the roof.  This distributes the weight and leaves the shingles close to where they will be installed. Bob Austin has already prepped this building, the gutters and wood trim have been removed.  As needed eaves have been extended and vented soffits have been installed.

 

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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