JULY 2007

Happy Birthday U.S.A!
It’s Independence Day! 231 years ago the United States declared our independence from British rule and became a sovereign nation. And in the course of our nation’s relatively short history, America has become the most blessed and prosperous nation in the world. The blessings of liberty that we enjoy today were costly to those who came before us. Those blessings should never be taken for granted, but too often they are. Most of us have never known anything but freedom and it’s good for us to stop and remember our beginnings as a nation. Men of great character were willing to risk everything they had in order to “insure the blessings of liberty” to themselves and their “posterity”. We have a great heritage as a nation. But, unless we make a conscious effort to pass that history on to our kids, they will think the 4th of July is just about fireworks, picnics and time off from work. We all look forward to those things, but let’s not forget why we have the freedom to celebrate and enjoy them in the first place. We are Americans, and we have a great heritage. Pass it on!

Legally Enjoying Fireworks in Johanna Woods
Again this year, fireworks may be set off in the city limits of Broken Arrow WITH A PERMIT. We are in the city limits, so you must have a permit if you plan to shoot fireworks here. Please be aware that there are permit restrictions that you must be aware of, and discharging fireworks in violation of these restrictions could result in a fine of $225 to $450, EVEN WITH A PERMIT. Be sure that you read and understand all the fine print so you don’t get into trouble. For safety’s sake one of the most important rules is that fireworks must be lit on a non-combustible surface, but not within 25 feet of a permanent structure, so that rules out most parking pads. Be very careful with your fireworks and keep the safety of your home and that of your neighbors’ homes as your first priority. Yard signs will be issued with each permit and must be displayed in your yard while shooting fireworks. Fireworks can only be discharged between 3pm and 11pm on the 3rd and 4th of July. Permits cost $20 and can be obtained at the Police Department, City Hall and other locations.

Re-Inspections Finally in Progress
All of the preliminary home inspections were completed in May and re-inspections are finally underway. Between the rainy season that has lingered and lingered and vacation, we are a little behind. Since it’s been so rainy, being behind might not be a bad thing for those with repairs that are yet to be made. Most homes required nothing more than routine repairs, so most time frames to complete the needed tasks were 30 to 90 days. Hopefully, most of the work is in progress or done. We truly appreciate how nicely most of our residents maintain their homes and home sites. All of us benefit in one way or another from having a clean, well maintained community, with properly maintained homes in it. You can check re-sale values in any area and you will find them to be the highest in good communities like Johanna Woods. And that’s because of you, our fine residents! We appreciate you all. We will be back to finish the re-inspections in the next couple of weeks.

It’s 11pm, Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
Broken Arrow has curfew laws because children and young people don’t need to roam the streets after dark. Ask any law officer and they will tell you that someone out on the streets, late at night is usually up to no good. And, even if they are not looking for trouble, trouble has a way of finding them in the middle of the night! If you see kids or anyone wandering around our streets after 11pm, call the police at 259-8400 and ask them to check it out. It will help keep our community safer and more secure if we will all be watchful. It’s our community and we must all be involved in looking out for each other. As a parent, are you making sure your kids are safely in the house after dark?

A Word About Door to Door Solicitors
We don’t allow them! There are lots of people who want to sell you something. Magazine or newspaper subscriptions, the newest miracle cleaner, etc. Please realize if someone comes to your door selling something, they do so without the permission of the office and in violation of the law. Some might even tell you that they have checked with us and have our blessing, but they don’t. We have clearly posted NO SOLICITING signs in the community. Those who ignore them can be arrested. So, the next time someone knocks and offers you the best deal on cable since it was invented, feel free to ask them to move on. If the office is open, call us and we’ll “ask” them!

Cook’s Corner

Honey Chicken Kabobs
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1/3 C. honey
1/3 C. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. Black pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cloves garlic
5 small onions, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces
Directions: Whisk oil, honey, soy sauce and pepper together in a large bowl. Reserve a small amount of marinade aside in a small cup or bowl for brushing onto kabobs while cooking. Set this aside before adding chicken to the marinade. Add chicken, garlic, onions and peppers to the marinade and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours-longer is better! Drain the chicken and vegetables and thread onto skewers. Discard the marinade from the chicken. Place the skewers on the grill, cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until juices run clear, turning and brushing with reserved marinade often. Yum!

“My Favorite Things”
On her 69th birthday, Julie Andrews sang one of the songs from “The Sound of Music”, with a slightly different set of lyrics. Many of us can relate.
“Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings, Bundles of magazines tied up in strings, these are a few of my favorite things…
Cadillac’s and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses, Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses, Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings, these are a few of my favorite things….
When the pipes leak, when the bones creak, when the knees go bad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads and bunions, no spicy hot food or food cooked with onions, bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring, these are a few of my favorite things. Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin’, thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’, and we won’t mention our short shrunken frames, When we remember our favorite things. When the joints ache, when the hips break, when the eyes grow dim, Then I remember the great life I’ve had, and then I don’t feel so bad!” Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation…

Rules for Individual Pools
Large pools and even some wading pools must comply with the Broken Arrow mandated safety requirements.
Here they are:
1) Any pool over 18 inches tall must be surrounded by a fence that is at least 4 feet tall.
2) That fence must have a self-closing and self-securing gate.
3) If the fence is a picket style wooden fence, there must be no more than 4 inches between the pickets. If you have a pool in your yard you must be in compliance with ALL of the above requirements or your pool must come down. These conditions are critical to the safety of the children in our community. If it’s easy to do, a small, unsupervised child might decide to go for a swim in your pool…with tragic results. Please make sure that can’t happen.