DECEMBER 2001

A Historic Year Comes To A Close
And what a year it has been! Starting with an unprecedented presidential election, continuing through the most vicious attacks on American soil in the short history of our nation, and culminating with what may be one of our finest military victories! Whew! What a year! For those of us who have not lived through times of conflict in our own country, we have witnessed history, tragedy and the re-vitalization of the American spirit. All in the last few months! It has truly been an interesting and challenging time to be Americans. But for all we have gone through, would you really want to live in any other nation on earth? Probably not. And just as our nation has faced new challenges, so has our community. We have experienced a rash of incidents involving vehicles that have been broken into or vandalized lately. And we have had a few ìminorî incidents involving damage of homes in the community. All of which leads me to believe that we are dealing with some aspiring juvenile delinquents, which may not even live in our community. But whether they live here or not, we all have to work together to get a handle on what’s going on. The attacks that took place on September 11th have caused us as a nation to re-evaluate our security systems and to understand just how much we took for granted in the past. We had the luxury in this country of not having to be as vigilant as other countries in the world have had to be for many years. But those days are gone. As a community, we are in much the same situation. We have lived very quietly and comfortably in our homes and not had major problems to deal with. In some ways, we became too comfortable. But we live in a world that is changing. Young people are being left to raise themselves without a core belief system and often in homes where there is no direct supervision. They are often allowed to roam the streets at will and at all hours of the night. It’s time to shift gears. And this issue of the newsletter will focus on security issues and what we all need to be doing to protect our homes and neighborhoods. Keep reading!

And It’s Christmas!
What a difference a year makes in Oklahoma’s winter weather, too, huh! We were in miserable condition this time last year with ice, snow and high gas prices, but look at us now! Shirt sleeves on Thanksgiving and hopefully milder weather all around. With all that has taken place in our world, let’s spend some time this holiday season considering and being thankful for the things in our lives that are truly important. Our families, our faith, our health and our freedoms. We have much to celebrate! As we do so, let’s remember the true meaning of Christmas. Take time to read the Christmas story with your family. The account in Luke chapter 2 is easy for all to read and understand. Have a joyous, blessed and truly thankful Christmas!

Reward
Sometime between Friday evening on November 2nd and Saturday morning, November 3rd, someone put the water hose that hangs on the front of our office through the mail slot and turned it on. Fortunately, someone saw the hose, turned it off and removed it. But quite a bit of water damage occurred as a result of this malicious prank. If you know anything about this, we need your help. Johanna Woods is offering a $500.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. We will also agree not to press charges if the perpetrator steps forward and makes restitution.

Curfew is a Good Thing. And it’s the Law
The law states that persons under 18 years of age MAY NOT be out on our streets between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. And can anyone explain why anyone that age needs to be out during those times? We must call the police if we see young people roaming or ìhanging outî during those hours. Tell them you want the curfew laws enforced in your neighborhood. It’s a must! It’s our neighborhood!

The Rules… they are a changin’!
It is important to our community that our rules are dynamic. They must change to accommodate changes of law and to allow community management to deal with new and changing situations. With that in mind, our rules have been revised. The new rules will be effective January 1, 2002. One of the most significant changes will requires that a criminal/background check be done on each new applicant wishing to live in Johanna Woods. We believe this is an important change that will benefit our community. You can get a copy of the revised rules in the office or view them on-line at www.johannawoods.com. If you can’t make it by during office hours, call us. We’ll get you a copy.

Tighter Security As a Way of Life…Right Here at Home
In case you didn’t know, we have been having a little crime wave in Johanna Woods in the last few weeks. We must have some young people who feel like there families should live somewhere else-and when we catch up to them, they will have succeeded. We have had cars broken into, empty homes vandalized and other small forms of mischief that have occurred throughout our community. Now, it is entirely possible that some of these crimes have been committed by someone who doesn’t even live here. But, that really does not matter, we just need to get a handle on it. And we will all have to work together to do it. Here are the most simple things we can do:

  • ALWAYS lock your car
  • Don’t leave valuables in a car, even if it is locked
  • Keep the outside lights at your home on at night.
  • Watch for suspicious activity around your neighbors home
  • Let a trusted neighbor know if you are going to be away for any length of time
  • Report curfew violations to the police and demand action

We must all do everything in our power to keep our neighborhood safe and peaceful for our families.

Crime respects no address and criminal activity occurs in virtually every neighborhood and every type of housing community!

Trying to Stay Crime Free…
There are three elements necessary for a crime to occur. They are:

  1. The target
  2. The desire on someone’s part to commit a crime
  3. The opportunity to do so

Obviously, the desire aspect is not something that honest people can control. But we can do something about the other two. We have been fortunate to have avoided serious criminal activity, and maybe we have grown a little lax as a result. By tightening up our personal security, we can make the target of crime less accessible and also reduce the opportunity. If we can do this, we have made progress in reducing crime. Crime is truly a community problem and it will require a community solution. Neither the police or the community manager can fix it single-handedly. What can you do to help? Can you make something less of a target? or lessen the opportunity?

Do we need a renewed neighborhood watch? If you are interested and willing, call the office at 355-1681.

For Johanna Woods Only.
We will be drawing 20 names for $10.00 Reasor’s Gift Certificates in December. Your on-time rent payment is your entry. Such a deal! We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday dinner and we want to help buy the turkey- or ham- or chicken-whatever! We appreciate our residents! Happy Holidays!

Christmas Cook’s Corner:
Scandinavian Almond Bars

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened-no substitutes
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose-flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Yield:
Approximately 4 dozen

Cream sugar and butter; beat in egg and extract. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Divide the dough into four sections and roll each section into a 12-in by 3-in rectangle. Brush with milk, sprinkle with almonds and bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until firm to touch and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes, cut diagonally into 1-inch slices and remove to wire racks and cool completely. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over bars. These are yummy!