MONITORING SERVICE ADDS SECURITY

Your investment in Hillcrest 11,  your personal property and safety are now benefiting from an additional security feature introduced by the parking monitoring service recently implemented by unanimous vote of the HOA Board.

Recently, two units were occupied by people not authorized by the HOA Board to reside on Hillcrest 11 property.  Those people brought 4 cars into our already limited parking courtyard.  The new parking permits and parking monitoring service, quickly addresses the inconvenience presented by unauthorized vehicles using our parking courtyard.  Those vehicles and unauthorized residents are gone, as well as vehicles that were parked at Hillcrest 11 by people in nearby buildings.

As of May 1, 2015 the parking courtyard at Hillcrest 11 is monitored by A-Z Parking Enforcement Solutions “AZPES”.  Direct your concerns regarding parking or towing issues to A-Z Parking at (954) 707-8314 or azpes@att.net.

PARKING RULES ENFORCED WITH ZERO TOLERANCE FOR VIOLATORS:

1.  No parking on grass, in Fire or travel lanes.
2.  Don’t park in “LOADING ZONE” or block dumpster.
3.  No parking on sidewalk or in “No Parking” areas.
4.  “FOR SALE” sign should not be posted in or on vehicle.
5.  No license plate displayed, an expired license plate, temp tag altered or not assigned to vehicle.
6.  No commercial vehicles 5pm – 9am or any inoperable vehicles (flat tires, etc.)
7.  Resident decal required to park in Resident parking areas.
8.  Guest Permit required to use guest parking areas over 15 days with Board approval.
9.  Register with A-Z Parking for guest vehicle parked overnight in GUEST space between 11 pm – 8 am.
10. Residents are not permitted to park in Guest parking spaces; guests are not permitted to park in Resident parking spaces.
11.  No parking in guest parking without registering guest vehicle.
12.  No reverse parking in any space, and vehicle must not protrude from parking space.
13.  Motorcycles must park in a parking space.
14.  Moving trucks cannot park overnight, no overnight parking in “Service” space or unattended vehicle in “Drop Off/Pick Up” space.

It is in your best interest to adhere to community regulations per Association by-laws, and all duly adopted rules pertaining to parking areas.

The HOA Board of Directors will not have any info on the reason your vehicle was towed.  Kindly direct questions about enforcement to A-Z Parking

Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guest(s), any costs associated with towing are the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner/operator.  All violations are documented and photographed.

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WASTING WATER COSTS MONEY

The water you waste costs you money.  It’s that simple.

thThat leaky toilet you forget to fix, running water when you’re not using it, and the water you don’t recycle show up in our monthly water bill.

Please notify a Board member if you notice a water leak or the toilet in your unit continuously runs as if the tank is still filling long after it was flushed.

Fixing a leaky toilet saves HUNDREDS OF GALLONS OF WATER a day, and that saves money. A leaky, running toilet wastes more water than a dripping faucet.

Building water bills are our biggest expense.  Remember, each of us is responsible for paying building bills through our monthly maintenance payment.  If building bills increase that can hike up your monthly maintenance dues.

A handy tipsheet that was delivered to your door to help get you into the GOOD HABIT of SAVING WATER and keeping our water bills reasonable.  No one wants higher HOA dues, so stop flushing money down your toilet.

CONSERVE WATER & SAVE MONEY

  1. Take shorter showers; baths use more water.Water Pressure
  2. Don’t run water while shaving or brushing teeth.
  3. Only run laundry machine and dishwasher with full load.
  4. Replace old toilets, shower head and faucets with water-conserving fixtures.
  5. Don’t leave faucet running while soaping dishes or rinsing fruits/veggies.
  6. Recycle old water by using it on plants instead of throwing it down a drain.

Give yourself an applause if you already practice 4 or 5 of these tips every day or encourage neighbors to get hooked on these good habits.

Saving water to lower our bills is everyone’s responsibility and should be taken seriously when you consider the high cost for wasting water.

TREAT FOR YOUR SENSES

As the season prepares for its annual shift, albeit a slight one in the sunshine state, it’s not too late to take time to savor nature’s splendor right at your doorstep.  The garden and landscaping project completed by the HOA Board last year is offering a feast for the eyes and senses. Fragrant blooms are flourishing and plants are lush, and our cozy greenspace is now regularly visited by festive flocks of feeding butterflies.  Four benches (one nestled near the grills near the pool) invite residents to relax your mind, commune with neighbors and wonder in the comfort of your warm slice of paradise. Seize the day.

The blooms and benches you walk by each day, invite you to pause

and enjoy a treat for your senses.

HOT TOPIC: Laundry Etiquette

For those who could not attend Monday’s Board election meeting, here are notes from a hot button topic raised by homeowners:

A homeowner who uses the 3rd floor laundry equipment expressed dismay and annoyance with the lack of consideration by residents who leave their laundry inside the washer/dryer unattended long after the cycle is completed.   The inconvenience caused is heightened when this happens during the busy weekend peak usage of laundry rooms.

One resident said she sets a stove timer to sound a reminder alarm, others suggest setting an alarm on your phone.

The conversation on the topic of laundry room etiquette also touched on people washing mats/rugs and other household items that shed, and leaving paper in pockets and not cleaning up the residue left in our machines.

It’s worth repeating, each homeowner is an investor in those machines.   To preserve the functionality and avoid costly repair service calls, it is upon each laundry room user to adhere to usage guidelines and courtesies:dryeretiquette

  • Do not wash mats/rugs in our washing machines, take items that need heavy duty machines to laundromat on Hollywood Blvd near 46th Ave.
  • Remove items from the pockets of your garments.
  • Clean washing machine tub and lint basket on dryer after you use it.
  • Only use detergent that display the HE logo on packaging/container.
  • The dryer cycle is 45 minutes, set an alarm to remind you or leave a basket in laundry room for someone to remove your laundry.

 

FACTS ABOUT SLEEP

Basic Facts About Sleep

Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Not everyone gets the sleep they need.images-2

  1. Once in a while, you may have trouble sleeping due to:
  2. Stress
  3. Health Problems & Medicines
  4. Long work hours/ Shift work
  5. Light or noise
  6. Drinking alcohol or eating too close to bedtime

If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep most nights, you may have a sleep problem called insomnia.

Some people have more serious sleep problems. Talk to your doctor if you:

  1. fall asleep during the day.
  2. snore or make choking sounds in your sleep.
  3. have odd feelings in your legs or feel like you need to move your legs.

Medicines to Help You Sleep

There are medicines that may help you fall asleep or stay asleep. You need a doctor’s prescription for some sleep drugs. You can get other over-the-counter (OTC) medicines without a prescription.

Prescription

Prescription sleep medicines work well for many people but they can cause serious side effects.images-3

Talk to your doctor about all of the risks and benefits of using prescription sleep medicines.

Sleep drugs taken for insomnia can affect your driving the morning after use.

Sleep drugs can cause rare side effects like:

  1. Severe allergic reactions
  2. Severe face swelling
  3. Behaviors like making phone calls, eating, having sex or driving while you are not fully awake

Read More, Click There >>  US FDA: Sleep Problems.

FINANCE TIPS for SENIORS

(Courtesy FDIC Consumer News — USA.gov)

1. Decide if you need financial help from an expert, and then choose wisely. A financial advisor could help answer questions such as how quickly to take money from savings and how to invest in your later years.

But FDIC Community Affairs Specialist Ron Jauregui cautioned that “before images-13you follow the advice of a supposed ‘expert’ who claims to have special credentials for advising seniors, research what that title may or may not mean and the advisor’s background.”  According to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the training, standards and regulatory oversight for more than 50 senior designations used by financial advisors can vary significantly.

To learn more about professional designations and for tips on choosing an investment advisor, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has a Web site at www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/ProfessionalDesignations/DesignationsLookup.

2. Prepare for the possibility that you may become unable to handle your finances. Consider writing down a list of your financial institutions and account numbers and keeping it in a safe place that would be accessible by your loved ones in an emergency.  An attorney can help you decide if you should have a legal document known as a power of attorney (POA), which would allow one or more people you designate to make key decisions with as much or as little of your financial or personal life as you choose.

Note that a “durable” POA takes effect when you sign it and remains effective if you become incapacitated, while a “springing” POA generally becomes effective only if and when you have beenimages declared incapacitated. (The laws governing POAs vary from state to state, so consider consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable about such matters.)

You can also add a co-owner to a deposit account, but that person has the ability to conduct transactions, including withdrawing money from a checking or savings account, without your prior approval.  Your banker or attorney may be able to help you identify other possible alternatives, but you still must think carefully about who you give access to your money.  Also, if your co-owner owes a debt and cannot pay it, the funds in your account may be taken to pay the debt.

Spending Money

3. Develop a spending plan for your retirement. Having a plan for your money and limiting expenses in retirement is important. Consider new ways to cut costs, such as by letting your auto insurer know you no longer drive your car to work. “Consider continuing to put some of your income into savings, especially for short-term goals such as holiday gifts, because that can help you avoid a large, sudden withdrawal from your retirement investments,” added Luke W. Reynolds, Chief of the FDIC’s Outreach and Program Development Section.

Read More, Click There  >>  FDIC Consumer News – For Seniors: 15 Quick Tips for Protecting Your Finances.

MAKE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS MULTITASK

If you’ve ever had one of those “why didn’t I think of that?!” moments, you’re going to love these creative tips.  From new ways to reuse products you already have, to simple time savers, Brit Morin of Brit + Co, appeared on the TODAY Show to offer 7 clever tips and tricks for making things easier around the home.

1. Use spaghetti as a match:
This is such a great trick for getting to hard-to-reach candles. Just light the end of a dry spaghetti noodle and stick deep into your votive to light your wicks.

Brit Morin

2. Store pasta in a Pringles can:
Speaking of pasta, here’s how to keep that spaghetti fresher longer: Store it in an old Pringles can! It happens to be the perfect length for your noodles, and you can even decorate the outside to look nice in your pantry or on countertops. These are great for holding other types of dry goods as well.

Brit Morin

3. Use a comb to hammer nails:
I will fully admit to having hammered my fingers while trying to hammer a nail before. But now I know this trick! You can save your fingers from getting all busted up by using a comb to hold nails in place.

Brit Morin

4. Use beeswax to waterproof canvas shoes:
I love this one, especially for the beach or rainy season. You can use a bit of beeswax to waterproof your shoes! Just rub the wax onto your shoes, blow-dry to seal, and you’re done.

Brit Morin

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