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Message from the Chair, RAB - May 2019
Posted on May 1st, 2019

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.
 
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