|Message from the Chair, RAB - May 2019|
|Posted on May 1st, 2019 Comments (0)
The unofficial start of the summer season will begin for New Town residents with the opening of the community pool on May 25th. Pool hours for the 25th are 10 AM to 8:30 PM. The pool party, hosted by the Activities Committee, will start at 12 noon and end at 3 PM on opening day also. Hopefully the weather cooperates so we will have a large turnout like last year. Bring relatives, children, your swimsuits….get ready to reacquaint with neighbors who have been hibernating this winter. Daily pool hours will be posted on the website and at the pool.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of three of our dear neighbors this past month. Patti Dunleavy, a valued member of the Landscape Advisory Committee, passed away on April 1st after a long courageous battle with cancer. Please read her tribute below Also, tragically on Friday, April 19th, Bob and Sharon Keith were involved in an auto collision and passed. Bob was a current member of the Board of Directors (BOD) and Sharon was a former member of the Architectural Review Committee. Our thoughts are with both families.
The Landscape Advisory Committee has finalized their survey which will be emailed to all residents about our current landscape company, Virginia Lawn and Landscaping. Your comments are an important factor in our ongoing efforts to provide quality services from our contractor. We will try to have the survey to homeowners by May 15th. Results will be communicated back by July 15th.
The landscape design team worked on a plan to update shrubbery around the pool. This involves removing dead shrubs, trees, and replacing them with colorful native plants. The plan was submitted and approved by the RAB. Watch for the improvements.
The new website is up and running at NTRAwilliamsburg.org. Be sure to sign up soon so you don't miss out on valuable information about the community. This has been an arduous process and many, many thanks belong to Anthony Dunleavy, Mary Cheston, and Randy Casey Rutland for the many hours spent on this project. Please see the article about the new website elsewhere.
The BOD approved a new plan for the maintenance of our many mailbox configurations. Please read the details in the article elsewhere on the website. Help is coming.
Besides the pool party, the activities committee has scheduled:
(1) Kentucky Derby Party at Capriccio Ristorante on May 4th… time is 5-8 PM. Compare your bonnets with the ladies at Churchill Downs, and pick your winner while sipping a mint julep.
(2) Another valuable addition to our noontime talks will be held May 8 at the Center Street Grill at noon. Director, Scherry Berry, will be addressing the transition of William and Mary's Christopher Wren adult learning program to the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute. This talk should fill up quickly with so many of our residents using the college facilities.
Lastly, the next RAB meeting will be held on May 16 at Legacy Hall at 6:30 PM.
THANK YOU, PATTI
If you wanted anything done…..all you had to do was ask our dear friend and neighbor, Patti Dunleavy. She was a bundle of energy and was enthusiastic about her dream neighborhood, New Town. No matter how she was feeling, her family, both here and in New Jersey, came first. The Philadelphia sports teams held a special place with Patti and her family…Patti made sure she was at the Phillies opening day….no matter what.
The Landscape Advisory Committee won't be the same without her. She kept the committee members on their toes making sure residents were satisfied with the work being done. She personally drove members around communities to see if we would be satisfied with yard work the new company did in various subdivisions. Personally, the committee members think Patti really wanted to show off her new car with all the perks!!!
Witty, personable, argumentative, happy, caring, take charge…just a few adjectives used to describe someone who made a difference in our lives. That was Patti. She will be sorely missed by her family and her extended family here in New Town. Rest In Peace, Patti.
|Letter from the Chair, April 2019|
|Posted on Mar 30th, 2019 Comments (0)
ATTENTION: Our website has a new address!
The Communication Committee is in the process of converting to the new website. The big push now is to get everyone to register on the new site. Your resident information did not transfer, so it's imperative that you sign up as soon as possible. We don't want you to miss out on valuable info from the committees and Town Management.
April showers bring May flowers. But I think Mother Nature got confused, because March certainly was wet!!! The grass is turning green and several areas had to be mowed. Our landscaping company, Virginia Lawn and Landscape, has been visible in town getting ready for the months ahead. Remember to check the new website for their work schedule. Weather permitting, the crews stay as close to the schedule as possible. Pruning should start the second week of April. Also, watch for e-blasts about additional actions, such as Japanese beetle spraying. An important survey about the landscaping company should be ready by late April for residential input. The Landscape Advisory Committee looks forward to your help with the survey. They and the company need your input, positive or negative. (See page 2.)
Our committees are excited to have added some new members, but there are still spots for a few good members. These next months are so important as we get ready to transition from developer to home owner control, and you can be a part in making this transition smooth. Volunteer today!!!!
Mark your calendar: the pool is going to open on May 25. There will be a pool party from 12 to 3PM that day to celebrate the beginning of our summer schedule. New chairs and lounges have already been delivered….so just grab your bathing suits and join your friends for the festivities. More details will follow in the May Town Crierplus e-blast.
Heard about sinkholes?? There were several reported throughout the community, in residential and common areas. The 8-foot deep sinkhole at the storm box near the playground has been repaired this past month. Incidentally, a basketball was recovered from the hole. Anybody missing a basketball called Wilson? Tom Hanks?
Now that the trash can situation is on its way to being “semi controlled,” it's time to set our sights on the mailbox maintenance. This issue, too, has long been debated. The RAB recommends (1) that inspection of the mailboxes be included during the NTRA home inspection program; (2) mailbox post maintenance and replacement will be the responsibility of the homeowners association; (3) the mailbox itself will be the responsibility of the homeowner, whether needing painting or replacement; (4) Village Walk residential cluster mailboxes will continue to be maintained by the HOA.
Lastly, an alert was sent to residents recently. We tried not to scare anyone, but did the opposite. We neglected to tell everyone that the activity was people milling around the neighborhood after midnight. Several people were stopped by police at the corner of Center Street and Elizabeth Davis Boulevard and questioned. This happened twice in the same area. The police request that if you seem uncomfortable about people outside your house, to please contact them by dialing 911. This is a safe community and we need to ensure it stays that way.
Chuck Stetler, RAB Chair
|It's Finally Here - Our New NTRA Website!|
|Posted on Mar 15th, 2019 Comments (0)
Welcome to our new NTRA website. After almost a year, the platform "HOA-Sites" recommended by a resident search team is up and running. You should notice a lot more functionality and ease of navigating this site to find important information.
We need ALL residents of New Town to LOG IN and create a profile. None of your personal information from the old NTRA site has been saved. When you sign up, be sure to identify your neighborhood (property dropdown box). This will allow Town Management and others to target messages of importance just to your community.
Special thanks to Communications Committee Vice Chair, Anthony Dunleavy, without whose perseverance and remarkable skills this transition would never have been possible!
You can help us by getting the word out to your neighbors, and by suggesting items you'd like to see on the site. Provide us your comments and ideas.
If you are a photographer, we could use more horizontal slice photos (1088 X 414 pixels) to post in our banners. And if you have any web skills, please consider joining the volunteer team maintaining the new site. Your Association needs you - just contact Lucy Painter, Chair of the Communications Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.