August 2017 Newsletter

If Everyone in the Community Was Just Like Me…
What kind of community would this one be?  That’s a question we all need to consider from time to time.  Every year when we do home inspections we hear a certain amount of complaining about the community maintenance requirements.  If you have a task on your “to do” list that you think is nitpicky or inconsequential, consider it in light of how our community would look if that condition was present at every home-site in Johanna Woods.  How many shredded window blinds would it take before our community started to look shabby?  How much trash on the ground at a home-site is “okay”?  How many broken windows or damaged siding panels are “no big deal”?  How many vehicles with outdated license tags or flat tires would it take before we looked like a junk yard?  Here’s another question… how long would it take if all these conditions were present at the home next to you before you called the office to complain?  All of our rules with regard to home maintenance are vital to the OVERALL appearance of Johanna Woods. And everyone who lives in Johanna Woods, from the manager down, gets an annual home inspection and “to do” list if they have work to do.  With that in mind, when you get your re-inspection in the mail, if all your work isn’t done, think about how the community as a whole would look if there were no standards…or no one to enforce them. A year or so of that and many of us might wish we lived somewhere with rules!

Pavilion Progress
Wow! Have you noticed how things are moving along behind the office?  The structure is up, it’s roofed, guttering is installed and all of our walkways are complete!  We need to finish landscaping, building and installing the handrails and getting the furnishings and play space items in place.  Most of these items have been ordered and the last service and installation items are in the works!  When all this is done we will be installing the front fence and gate section and it will be ready for our grand opening! We hope to have everything completed by the middle of August or very shortly thereafter.  We hope to have a grand opening so we can present this new amenity to the Johanna Woods Community!  The pavilion area will greatly enhance our residents’ ability to host large gatherings for friends and family!  Stay tuned for further details as progress continues! 

New Neighbor News
Grace Elizabeth Pyrzewski was born on June 27th, 2017!  Congratulations to parents, David and Leah.  Welcome!

If you have an elderly neighbor, please be attentive to their comings and goings as the weather gets hotter.  If you don’t see them out and about like you normally would, please check on them!

Yard Maintenance Musts
We need your help with a couple of routine tasks.  First of all, when you mow your lawn if you blow grass into the street and leave it there you are in violation of City Code!  So, please be sure you blow the grass back into your yard or sweep it up!  Grass clippings get washed or blown down the street and into our storm drains.  They can clog the drains preventing water from moving through during heavy rains!  This could be bad given enough water.  Next if you see seedling trees sprouting in areas very near your home pull them up!  Little trees grow into big trees (profound, huh!) as time goes by and large roots can damage skirting, sidewalks and park pads as they grow.  If you would not plant a tree under your deck or in your fence, don’t let one grow there!

Back to School Cooks Corner
Black Bean and Rice Skillet
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper (chopped)
2 cups of cooked black beans (canned beans okay!)
1 1/2 C chicken broth
1 C uncooked rice
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 TBSP fresh thyme
2 cloves minced garlic
1 bay leaf
Shredded cheese for topping
Put a little oil in a large skillet and saute the onion and pepper in over medium heat until softened.  Add all of the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the rice is done.  This should take about 20 minutes for white rice, about 40 minutes if you prefer brown rice.  Remove the bay leaf and sprinkle with cheese prior to serving.  Add some chips, salsa, maybe a little guacamole and a quick summer meal is ready!  Just right for busy schedules.

Broken Arrow Schools Start August 17th!
Wow! Summer is heating up, winding down and school is about to start for the 2017-2018 year!  Sure has gone by in a hurry.  As the school buses make their return to the daily routes please drive carefully.  Be aware that children will once again be walking or riding their bikes to the bus stop.  If you have a “new” driver at your house, caution them to drive slowly and carefully at all times!

Community Calendar
August 1st—Rent is due
August 6th—Friendship Day!  Make a phone call or send a card to a special friend!  They will love it.
August 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
August 17th—School Starts for the 2017-2018 year!