Flemington Fields in Raritan Township is an active adult, residential condominium community at
the corner of Hart and Reaville, Flemington New Jersey.
It includes 142 homes - 116 quad units and 26 duplexes - with exceptional floor plans,
and a well-appointed clubhouse. Unit owners can enjoy "the retirement from care of the outside",
scenic country and farmland views, convenient proximity to shopping, rivers, parks and recreational areas,
and the broader community of historic Flemington as well as the rest of beautiful
Hunterdon County. Nearby are educational venues including Raritan Valley Community College,
The College of New Jersey, Rutgers and Princeton universities. We look forward to meeting
new friends and neighbors as we appreciate such a good place to live.
May 24th 7 PM - next regular bi-monthly FFCOA Meeting at the clubhouse.
A warm welcome to new folks who have moved here over the last few months:
Gloria Quick - Samson Dr
Dolores McCrone - Samson Dr
William and Agnes Reid - Samson Dr
William and Joanalice Pyonteck - Samson Dr
Joanne Brady - David Dr
Carmen Mosca - David Dr
Nancy Meade - Samson Dr
Joseph & Justine Deluccio - Samson Dr
Gloria Gwizd - David Dr
The regular bi-monthly January and March 2015 meetings were combined and held Tuesday
March 24th at 7 PM at the clubhouse. Joan Ruby, our president, and our treasurer/secretary,
Roger Ahrens continue to apply themselves to our community's business with energy and
dedication. Bravo and many thanks are due them, even as many opinions naturally vary among a
large group such as ours. Joan and Roger covered quite a few topics including past items: 2015
budgeting, clubhouse shared expenses with the HOA, sitewide snow management.
Plus they discussed new business: a special snow assessment for 2015, eventual increase in
normal monthly maintenance fee, spring cleanup, special deck refurbishment part 2 of 3.
A call for volunteers for a important "focus group" to review the Transition Engineering study and provide
input and opinion to the board - please contact Bob SeyFarth, or the board, if you can participate.
Minutes for this meeting will be forthcoming.
Prior Year Highlights
Late fall 2014 brought our regular bi-monthly, and the annual FFCOA Association meetings
and election of FFCOA trustees were held Tuesday Nov 25th at 7pm. President Joan Ruby
was re-elected for another term. No others had run for the board's 2 still-open positions.
Some write-in votes will be explored to see if these individuals would be willing to serve.
Joan and our Treasurer/Secretary, Roger Ahrens, will be continuing in their respective roles
and we are most fortunate to have them. Extremely busy since our last FFCOA
meeting, they highlighted for us, the
work related to Transition, the new Budget for 2015, and other important matters.
Click thru here to see the
agenda for the evening's back-to-back meetings.
Veterans Day Reception Veterans from our community were honored early in November. See feature web article.
Maintain Decks Project Current deck restoration project
was completed. Lawn restoration work and irrigation maintenance is progressing.
Fall Mini Golf Weather complications handicapped plans for a golf outing at Pine Creek. See feature
It's High Tea!
Hope you didn't miss the fabulous tea party recently held on September 27th. See feature web article.
The Bi-monthly Open FFCOA Meeting
was held on Tuesday, Sept 23rd at the clubhouse.
The aerator for our
pond next to the clubhouse was "tuned up", and is hard at work oxygenating the water to
prevent stagnation, control insects and algae bloom. Princeton Hydro also treats the water in the basin to maintain
its attractive algae-free look, control weeds and eutrophication in an environmentally sound and cost-effective
manner. PH's aquatic operations specialists re-treat during the season, if necessary, until the colder weather returns.
Our new irrigation system maintenance company,
High Tech, has accomplished quite a few repairs. However, extranormal
damage from winter requires more extensive work, which continues. The board and our property manager are working with High Tech
to create a mapping of the system of piping, meters, valves etc. to enhance our future ability to maintain the system economically.
Recently, the irrigation team effort seems to have reached a happy conclusion. Board trustee Roger Ahrens did a bunch
of running around
this summer to ensure we are well hydrated and he deserves a big shout-out - thanks Roger!
Since the most recent Resident meeting late in May,
our board president and the owner of our Landscaper NJS have
personally been following up on Residents' comments on improving grass conditions, and recovering from last winter.
Due to irrigation system, and weather timing issues, grass reseeding efforts did not fully succeed but will be
readdressed later in the season. Additionally, our property manager is coordinating the
efforts of our returning arborist, Spanner Tree, to battle the Japanese beetle
explosion with a spraying regimen. Also to neutralize a suspected infestation
by bark beetles on IPS which unfortunately decimated a mature tree.
Fire/security Upgrade Project Complete
Earlier on, the clubhouse fire/security
system was needing repair due to intermittent false alarms. Investigating this matter,
our property manager, the local fire marshal and the board settled on an appropriate upgrade from a residential-level
system (same as some of our units) to a commercial grade fire/alarm/security system in line with its public
usage as a meeting, recreational and rental facility. Also needed were some changes to the telephone
system to accommodate hardwiring the alarm system. Our property manager Bob honchoed this project and
reports its implementaton is completed after visits from the phone company and our new security provider.
The trustees got a brief tour. Official inspection done of upgrade - it passed with aplomb.
Upcoming effort will be needed to accomplish a handover from the builder (Carol
at the sales office) to learn administration and programming skills with the ancillary Key Fob system.
The Clubhouse Addition Project has seen progress
this spring and summer. The adjacent lawn area stretching
from the double French doors and covered patio to the basin fence had been rough graded, and recently fine-graded/seeded
by the Builder. Also a lot of the construction debris and excess pavers have been cleared away.
On the pond side of the building, river rock has just been added by RVD in the last week or so,
to beautify the concrete walkway areas
adjacent to the clubhouse & its addition, and integrate its look. Inside, they installed blinds to match the
existing windows in the original rooms. We'll be checking back with our builder on completion items such window screens (we
heard recently they've been ordered ... thanks RVD.) Gosh,
it's nearly complete and it's lookin' good.
Spotlight on Committees:
Building and Grounds: Assists and advises
the Board of Trustees in an effort to preserve the physical integrity
and aesthetic quality of our community. Periodically, at the request of the
Board, takes maintenance surveys making recommendations to the Trustees.
May undertake research on behalf of the Trustees where
it is time consuming. This group sometimes reviews a submitted
Building Modification Form
when Residents apply to the Board to make a change to a common area or limited common area
of their unit.
Timeframe/mission is medium and long-term planning. Emphasis is NOT on
daily/weekly problem solving & operational issues - that is
the province of either our Builder (RVD - Raritan Valley Developers), or our
Property Manager, Bob Seyfarth of Access Property Management.
[Bob's service days for us at FFCOA are part-time Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday starting
at 9am. However he monitors at other days/times for truly urgent
situations, or to sustain momentum on a project.]
For clarification, see link above
Who Ya Gonna Call?"
Join In !
RARITAN TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY GARDEN
Garden plots (12' X 15') are available for the enjoyment of those who like the idea
of planting their own vegetables and/or flowers. This is a wonderful opportunity
to get plenty of exercise and fresh air and receive pleasure and
sustenance from your efforts.
Spotlight on Committees:
Thank you very much to all Clubhouse committee-persons, volunteering in
a very vital and central function of our FFCOA community, namely Patience Anderson,
Yvonne Guarino, Barbara Lorio, Lee Prestipino, Helene Purzycki, Shirley Vill,
and Evelyn Hamrah.
Recently the committee has been renewing, reorganizing, studying the process for rentals, keeping the
supplies available, overseeing janitorial services and so on. And we added planning a Christmas Party.
We would love anyone to join the committee or start a
subdivision - Social Committee. Social can include trips, parties, luncheons, breakfast, etc.
In addition to
the games played at the Clubhouse, the social events help us in getting to know and appreciate each other.
The Flemington Fields Handbook provides the basic rules for the clubhouse use. For a private
rental, contact Access Property Management, Bob Seyfarth at 908-284-3426.
The Clubhouse Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 am at the clubhouse. Any resident is always welcome to attend our meetings. Suggestions and questions are always welcome at any
time. The clubhouse is there for your enjoyment - so enjoy. -- Evelyn for the committee
Announcement: Please Volunteer to fill Openings on FFCOA Board of Trustees
All of the residents in good standing are asked to
thoughtfully consider volunteering to come onboard and fill a currently open position on
the Board of Trustees. We would be most happy to speak with you about this possibility.
So reach out to any of us.
Our Resident Handbook describes the Board:
The affairs of the association are governed by a five member Board of Trustees elected
by association members. Trustees serve without compensation for a two-year term.
The board is invested with all the rights, powers and duties necessary for the
proper administration of the association as provided in Article V, page 23 of the By-Laws.
Note: for the time being, the Sponsor for this development holds one of the five seats on the board, leaving 4 positions for Unit Owners.
Additional detail on the Board and governance is available in the FFCOA Bylaws
which are posted on the website - use the "Documents" link off this homepage.
Feature Articles from previous year:
Protect and Defend
On Saturday November 1st, thirty-three FFCOA residents attended a very special reception at the clubhouse.
Sounds of Sousa-style march tunes and Glenn Miller-style music greeted as we came to pay tribute to those who have
served in the United States military. The room buzzed
with plenty of conversation as all
noshed on appetizers, met some new friends, and intently studied pictures and mementos brought by
these vets, or by their spouse if they had gone on before.
Jerry Matcho called us to order, to formalize our salute. As we quieted, gathering round to
face each other across the living room, it somehow felt like remembered family story-telling - some of
our vets spoke of their military experiences... and more. They told of youthful expectations, funny stuff,
some heart-felt emotions of sadness, disappointment, or just the plain irony living through those times.
It was wonderful and we were glad to get that glimpse.
Don Cooper, Theresa Troegner, John Famula, Stan Cantilina, Roy Grimm, Walter Yarrow, and Joe Sauro were the veterans in attendance.
Afterward, the party planners, Karen Matcho, Doris Halstead, and MaryAnn Campbell, called everyone to the dining area for some dessert that included cake, apple pie, and ice cream. Mildred Postma brought some of her special sugar-free cream puffs. Our thanks to them for allowing us all the opportunity to stop and take notice, to acknowledge, and to express appreciation.
Fun at the Flemington Fields "Country Club"
Early in October, the rains came and canceled the FF Mini Golf Outing
at Pine Creek. But that didn't put a damper on the 28 enthusiasts
who wouldn't want the weatherman to spoil the fun. The schedule was adjusted and the clubhouse became a recreation area.
Lunch was served first, and then the games began. Matt Andrejco supervised the "putting Tournament" which,
after all the others were eliminated, Bob McCaffrey won the championship over Walter Yarrow in a very close contest.
Heartfelt and huge thank you's go out to Matt Andrejco, and Jerry & Karen Matcho for this fantastic idea,
making the arrangements, and nimbly outwitting Mother Nature when she didn't wanna cooperate!
"Meet and Greet" High Tea Meets With a High Degree of Success
A wonderful social with an impressive 50+ in attendance was held on a warm
Saturday afternoon, September 27th
at our Clubhouse. It was heartening to see such a nice
response. We were very pleased to welcome so
many new people to our still-growing neighborhood.
The new addition, put on by the builders, provided much-needed space for more easily entertaining
crowds. The room's bright, sunny ambiance was further enhanced by Ginny Doremus's awesome decorator eye and lovely
floral table linens loaned for our first social event in quite sometime. Pretty teapots and special plates provided
an additional elegance to this occasion (thanks Barbara Lorio for lugging your teapot collection down to the
The committee, Barbara Lorio, Patience Anderson, Lee Prestipino, Shirley Vill, Yvonne Guarino,
Helene Purzycki, Shirley Hagen, Carolyn Wolsefer, Mildred Postma, Lucille Krause, Evelyn Hamrah
and Ginny Doremus, made many varieties of delicious tea sandwiches and sweets to accompany the many varieties
of tea. These homemade "temptations" simply could not be resisted.
Speaking for those in attendance, "Three cheers for the creativity and hard work of this group"! Thank you to
the committee for such a outstanding way to spend some pleasant time together.
We'd like to note the work Judy
Morgan put into making the 2014 Flemington Fields Garage Sale happen, a
few weeks back. Personal time is always precious, so we appreciate her coordinating the event,
posting signage, and promoting with advertising. Thanks, Judy.
Without any doubt, FFCOA residents always look forward
to the beginning of each new month
as they keep an expectant eye on their mailbox for the next issue of
the Flemington Fields Condo Association Newsletter.
Our community would like to express its gratitude
to Ginny Doremus for her last 2 years of effort producing this communications staple
for our neighborhood - whoops that pun kinda slipped out. All
kidding aside, thank you so much Ginny for all the volunteering you have done here over the years.
The Communications Committee warmly welcomes Shirley Vill as its newest member. Further,
though Ginny is relinquishing the reins of the Newsletter, we are excited to announce her successor will be
Shirley. As you may know, Shirley only recently moved here to FFCOA, and we salute her
for diving right in. Shirley will be on the lookout for any news articles and welcomes input from
Remember when former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, initiated her
"Beautify America" campaign
to encourage the planting of flowers along highways, on roadsides, and in parks? It was a huge success.
Well, our community has its own version of that program "Beautify Flemington
Fields." Because of the work and commitment of
Laurie Pierce, LoAnn Ditzler and Karen Matcho, hundreds of flowers were planted and artistically mulched at our six entrance
monuments and at the Gazebo.
Tom Pierce added fertilizer to the seedlings and other residents, namely Wes Weickert, John Cofone, Patience Anderson, Pete Chromek
and Ann Vizzoni, have agreed to provide water to their section during any dry spell.
The work of these volunteers will certainly increase the attractiveness of our little community.
The FFCOA offers its
appreciation and gratitude for all of the volunteer efforts.
Volunteers are always needed and welcomed; there is always some little task to do that will help enrich and make for a vibrant community.
(Reprinted from FFCOA July Newsletter)
Color Our World ... Once again, demonstrating that volunteers are the backbone
of Flemington Fields.. Walter Yarrow
from David Drive recently applied his professional painting skills and performed a great touch up job
in our clubhouse, "disappearing" a little wear and tear.. Thank you so much, Walter.
And While You're at... Light it up too! Recently Jim Livezey proffered his
advanced electrical know-how to refurbish
some lighting fixtures for our community. Alas, COA-insurance-rules prevent us
from benefiting from his nice offer. Instead he's taking over bulb replacement
responsibilities for our COA stone monuments @ Joseph, @ Suzanne and Hart/Indian Plantation
from Ed Saur.
In fact he has already started sprucing us up by shining the lantern glass and debugging the
fixtures too. Thanks for that wonderful initiative, Jim.
Finally, everyone will please refrain from making any "how many condo residents does it
take to change a light bulb?" jokes around Jim and Ed.