- Feb 13th - The Monuments Men
- Feb 27th - The Butler
Newly published on this site:
September 23rd, 2014 Meeting Minutes - Approved
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 web article.
Detailed update report from our board about recent Transition activities - special Newsletter insert.
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.
Pond 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.
Irrigation 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!
Grass/landscaping 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.
"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
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 clubhouse).
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.
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.
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.