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Alyson Pond Yard Sale – Oct. 9

We will be holding the Alyson Pond Fall Yard Sale on Saturday, October 9th from 7am-12pm (with a rain date of Saturday, October 16th.)

We’re coordinating the date with Durant Trace, Durant Trails and Simms Branch again this year, which means there should be a great turnout… so start clearing out your attic and garage!

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Reminder: Board Meeting – Wed, 9/15, 7pm

The next Alyson Pond Homeowner’s Association board meeting will be tomorrow, Wed. 9/15 at 7pm in the clubhouse.

If you haven’t been to a board meeting lately, please stop on by and  join us (and of course, if you have been to one lately, we’d welcome you to join us, too.)

And, as always, if you have any questions or feedback for the board but can’t make the meeting, you can leave a comment here or e-mail us at

See you tomorrow!

Blog Etiquette

Now that this blog seems to be picking up steam a bit, I thought it would be good to share a few reminders on blog etiquette and rules.

Our goal in setting up this site is to foster communication between Alyson Pond residents and to make it easier for the board to share updates and receive feedback.  The feedback I’ve received regarding this blog (online and in person) has been very positive, and for that I thank you.

For it to remain effective, though, it is important that the blog remain a place for open, civil discussion.  As such, a few reminders:

  1. This is not the forum for personal attacks. If you have a concern that you would like to address with the board or another homeowner, please reach out to us (or them) directly.  I do not like having to remove or edit comments that are inappropriate, but have started to do so where needed.  (A general rule of thumb is if it’s not something you would say to that person’s face or in a public setting, it’s not appropriate to post in a comment on this blog.)
  2. Full name and a valid e-mail are required. This is a common rule that has been shown to help keep online conversations appropriate and civil.  In addition, you can’t receive a notice of replies to your comment if you don’t leave a valid e-mail, nor can we get in touch to follow up on any concerns you may raise.  As noted above, going forward, comments without a name or valid e-mail may be removed.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

These are the people in your neighborhood (Resident businesses and services)

As I have gotten to know more and more of you, I often find myself having “Really? I didn’t know that!” moments when learning about Alyson Pond residents that have their own business or service.

Whether it’s offering piano or swimming lessons, graphic design or landscaping services (to name just a few that come immediately to mind), we are fortunate to have quite a diverse and talented community.

If you are an Alyson Pond resident and have your own business or offer a service (including things like baby sitting or dog walking) that you would like to share, please leave a comment below and let your fellow residents know about it!

Reminder: Friday after Five Pool Party tomorrow (8/13)

Hi everyone,

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the Alyson Pond “Friday after Five Pool Party.”  We hope you can join us at the pool from 5-9pm.

Entertainment will be provided by Joe Bunn DJ service and there will be plenty of FREE PIZZA!   The weather forecast looks promising for the party so come on out and celebrate summertime with your neighbors.

—  Eve Pender
Social Chairman, Alyson Pond

Garden Club: Duke Garden Tour and Festival

Join the Alyson Pond Garden Club Friday, September 24, 2010 as it makes its field trip to Duke Gardens.  Through special arrangement, the club will receive a private tour by one of the garden’s docents.  Then, immediately afterward we will be joining the Friends of Duke Gardens preview of the 2010 Plant and Craft Festival.

The Gardens and other vendors will offer for sale an array of plants appropriate for this region, including plants featured in Duke Gardens and rare and native species. Local artisans will sell garden-related gift items. And you can also get free horticultural advice from our staff and Durham County Master Gardeners.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens provides a place where people of all backgrounds and ages come for beauty, education, horticulture, solitude, discovery, study, renewal and inspiration.

Often spoken of as “the crown jewel of Duke University,” Duke Gardens occupies 55 acres in the heart of west campus, adjacent to Duke University Medical Center.

It is recognized as one of the premier public gardens in the United States, renowned both for landscape design and the quality of horticulture, each year attracting more than 300,000 visitors from all over the world.
So save the date: Friday, September 24, 2010. We will leave Alyson Pond at 2PM. The Tour begins at 3:00 and the Fair preview at 4:00pm.  Admission to the Tour and Fair is $10. Due to group size limitations, we can only take the first 25 registrants.  Adults only. To reserve your spot, call Paul Martin at 919.847.1733 or email  For more information, click on the link:
Sponsored by Leisure Landscapes.

Pool Party Postponed to Aug. 13th

After watching the weather all week, it appears that thunderstorms are in our forecast for tomorrow afternoon. With the DJ set up and pizza delivery to think about, we are going to try for another day where the weather looks more promising.

The Pool Party is being postponed until the following Friday, August 13th. The party will still be from 5-9pm. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you can join us on the 13th.

— Eve Pender

Garden Club Looks at The Latest for Watering Your Lawn

Tired of dragging hoses?  Want to learn how to be ‘Green’ about keeping your lawn green?

Then come to the Alyson Pond Garden Club meeting this Sunday, July 25, at 3:00 PM. You’ll learn about:

  • Do I need an automatic irrigation system?
  • How does it work?
  • What does it cost?
  • What is new in the industry?
    • Government regulations
    • ‘Smart’ controllers
    • NC State TIMS program

Temperatures are soaring and your lawn is browning.  Find out what you can — and should — do about it.

Reminder: Board Meeting This Wednesday – 7/21, 7pm

ClubhousePlease join the board This Wednesday (7/21) at 7pm in the clubhouse for our bi-monthly Alyson Pond Homeowners Association Board Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Alyson Pond Ladies’ Night Out

The dates for the next two Alyson Pond Ladies’ Night Out have been set (along with drink/meal specials arranged with the restaurants).

For any additional details, to get added to the mailing list and to RSVP, please contact Doracy Harrison (or check out the Alyson Pond Ladies Night Out Facebook page).

July – Thursday, 7/29, 7:30
Twisted Fork, Triangle Town Center
Special “Ladies Night:”  1/2 off entrees and martinis

August- Wednesday 8/25, 7:30
Aladdin’s Eatery, Falls of Neuse Rd
The owner’s giving us 10% off!