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October Yard of the Month

1st Place - 2905 Funster

1st Place – 2905 Funster

October Yard of the Month  is awarded to Gina and Jonathan Kinlaw of 2905 Funster. The fresh green lawn and shrubs are contrasted by the vibrant purple of the tradescantia and yellow lantana. They are the new kids on the Yard of the Month block this year, but were a first-place finisher in June of 2012.  Keep up the good work!

 

2nd Place - 2505 Coxindale

2nd Place – 2505 Coxindale

Finishing  second are Paul and Marie Stowers of 2505 Coxindale .  The yard looks crisp and tidy and the splash of color by the mailbox is a welcoming touch.  This is the sixth time the Stowers have finished in the finals since 2012.

 

 

3rd Place - 8308 Yucca

3rd Place – 8308 Yucca

Finishing third are Mark and Christy Frisbee of  8308 Yucca.  The home was Yard of the Month in March of 2011, then owned by Cindy Perry.  Since they arrived in September, the Frisbees have uncluttered the appearance of the front by removing the overgrown arborvitae shrubs by the front door.

 

Congratulations to each of the homeowners for the consistent quality care they give to their homes and yards and thanks to Larry Deckard and Jamie Visocan who assisted me on the judging panel.

 

September Yard of the Month

1st Place - 2909 Coxindale

1st Place – 2909 Coxindale

Yard of the Month for September is awarded to David and Patricia Rockefeller od 2909 Coxindale.  This is a first time award for the Rockefellers, but probably not the last.  The newly seeded lawn will look great this Fall against the fresh coat of mulch and seasonal flowers.

 

2nd Place - 2505 Coxindale

Finishing  second are Paul and Marie Stowers of 2505 Coxindale .  The yard looks crisp and tidy and the splash of color by the mailbox is a welcoming touch.  This is the sixth time the Stowers have finished in the finals since 2012.

 

3rd Place - 2905 Funster

Finishing third are Gina and Jonathan Kinlaw of 2905 Funster. The fresh green lawn and shrubs are contrasted by the vibrant purple of the tradescantia and yellow lantana. They are the new kids on the Yard of the Month block this year, but were a first-place finisher in June of 2012.  Keep up the good work!

 

Congratulations to each of the homeowners for the consistent quality care they give to their homes and yards and thanks to Larry Deckard and Jamie Visocan who assisted me on the judging panel.

July Yard of the Month

 

1st Place - 8516 Wheeling

1st Place – 8516 Wheeling

In top place for Yard of the Month are Graham and Alice Kennedy of 8516 Wheeling. Their home always has a neat manicured look, no matter what the season.  This is the sixteenth time that the Kennedys have placed in the finals in the last two years, having placed first in June of 2012.  Check out the new summer flowers in the front beds.  Thank you, Kennedys, for consistently keeping your home one of the top ones in Alyson Pond.

 

3rd Place - 2505 Coxindale

Finishing  second are Paul and Marie Stowers of 2505 Coxindale .  The yard looks crisp and tidy and the splash of color by the mailbox is a welcoming touch.  This is the fourth time the Stowers have finished in the finals since 2012.

 

 

3rd Place - 2905 Funster

3rd Place – 2905 Funster

Finishing third are Gina and Jonathan Kinlaw of 2905 Funster. The fresh green lawn and shrubs are contrasted by the vibrant purple of the tradescantia and yellow lantana. They are the new kids on the Yard of the Month block this year, but were a first-place finisher in June of 2012.  Keep up the good work!

 

Congratulations to each of the homeowners for the consistent quality care they give to their homes and yards and thanks to Larry Deckard and Jamie Visocan who assisted me on the judging panel.

February Yard of the Month

 

1st Place - 2708 Coxindale

1st Place – 2708 Coxindale

We have a new Yard of the Month for February, 2014:  Mimi Raub of 2708 Coxindale.  Her yard shows what can be done with fresh pine straw and plantings.  Mimi is no stranger to Yard of the Month, having finished first in May of last year.  Congratulations Mimi for another first place finish.

Finishing  second are Michael and Sheri Farmer of 8524 Averell.

2nd Place - 8524 Averell

2nd Place – 8524 Averell

Their corner lot always looks great this time of year.  In fact, they have a first place finish during each of the last three years. It’s always a treat to see their home as we drive into the neighborhood.

 

3rd Place - 8516 Wheeling

In third are Graham and Alice Kennedy of 8516 Wheeling. Their home always has a neat manicured look, no matter what the season.  This is the eleventh time that the Kennedys have placed in the finals in the last two years, having placed first in June of 2012.

 

Congratulations to each of the homeowners for their consistent quality care they give to their homes and yards and thanks to Larry Deckard and Jamie Visocan who assisted me on the judging panel.

November Yard of the Month

1st Place - 2504 Coxindale

1st Place – 2504 Coxindale

Yard of the month for November is awarded to Carl and Karen Titka of 2504 Coxindale. This is the first time the Titkas have placed in the finals, not to mention coming in first.  The bright new paint in a cheery Fall yellow is anchored by a colorful leaf wreath on the door. The tidy appearance of the lawn and landscape make this yard a delight to see.

Finishing  second by unanimous vote are Sandra and Richard Yarnall of  8613  

2nd Place - 8613 Averell
2nd Place – 8613 Averell

Averell Court.  This is their fourth time finishing in the  finals, having achieved first place in August 2011.

In third are Ed and Jeanne Burtoft at 2704 Coxindale.  This is the second time the Burtofts have joined the top three.  The lawn is a lush green carpet bordered by nicely pruned shrubs.

3rd Place - 2704 Coxindale

3rd Place – 2704 Coxindale

Congratulations to each of the homeowners and thanks to  Jamie Visocan and Larry Deckard who assisted me on the judging panel.

For December, Yard of the Month will be awarded to the home with the best decorations.  So bring it on–lights, wreaths, swags, greenery, … you get the idea.  Several homes have started already.  But we won’t judge until Sunday, December 22, 2013, so you’ve got until then.  Happy Holiday decorating!

‘Law Day’ for the HOA

Registering for the CAI at the UNC Friday Center

Brian Wessler Welcomes Attendees to the CAI

 

Yesterday promised to be a gorgeous day, and I dreaded the idea of spending it in a conference room listening to lawyers expound on the latest nuances of pending legislation regulating home owner association operation.  But I had been extended this invitation to attend by Matoka of Charleston Management, our property management company, and I had agreed to attend.  Afterall, the conference was being put on by the Community Associations Institute and Brian Wessler, President of Charleston Management,  is also the 2011 President of North Carolina chapter of the CAI.

I expected to be in a classroom of 20 or so with some tips on do’s and don’ts of operating within an HOA. What I encountered instead was roughly 300 attendees representing HOAs (60%), property management professionals (35%) and representatives from some of the states most prestigious law firms (5%). The whole event was larger in scope, attendance and level of professionalism than I had imagined.

And here is what I learned. The perception of most homeowners of their HOA boards is that “there must be something wrong with them” to want to serve (ouch). And because of bad practices of some HOA boards, there is a bill before the NC legislature that would require greater transparency in the meeting, rule-making and enforcement process.  Finally, as board members, we have to bend over backwards to “wear the white hat”, particularly in the areas of rule enforcement.

we have to bend over backwards to “wear the white hat”

I also learned (with relief) that the Alyson Pond HOA and Board is not one of the problem ones.  While we are not perfect, we’re doing a lot of things right.

  • Regularly scheduled (every two months) board meetings
  • Convenient board meeting location (at the clubhouse)
  • Access to policies and forms through the website
  • A forum for notifications and discussion through the online blog
  • ‘town hall’ type meetings to air and discuss future decisions

So, at the end of the day ( metaphorically), I concluded that the sacrifice of a pleasant Saturday was indeed worthwhile and of benefit to facilitating the work we have ahead.