Neighborhood Garage Sale Planned for June 7-8, 2014

The Board of Trustees is distributing a flier announcing a neighborhood-wide garage sale for June 7th & 8th, 2014. The Board writes:

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the attached form send back to MEM by May 16th [Fax: 201- 377-9235 or E-mail: tbalitsos@memproperty.com]. We will reassess our plans once we have seen the level of interest so we encourage everyone to please respond.

In addition, the flier (download PDF here) adds the following “friendly reminders”:

As everyone gets ready for summer, please remember to:

  • Keep your home and property in a good state of cleanliness and repair. This includes but is not limited to making sure that your home’s siding is clean, your trim remains painted, leaves are raked, etc.
  • Trim trees/bushes to ensure that the sidewalks are not blocked by low-hanging branches.
  • Please honor the property lines of our neighbors and don’t cut through someone’s property without permission.
  • The cul-de-sacs are not for continuous or permanent parking.
  • Get an approved variance before making any alteration or modification to the exterior of your home.

These are in response to the most common complaints and violations we hear about, including the growth of green algae on the siding of houses, trees obstructing sidewalks, people cutting through other people’s property to get to the Recreation Center, leaving cars overnight in the cup-de-sacs, and most significantly making modifications to their homes without neighborhood approval. Read more

Downed trees

Will the trees that have been damaged from this storm and the trees that have been down for two (?) years along Liberty Ridge Rd be replaced?  Between this and the playground that is falling apart (where i now won’t take my kids), the community is starting to look a bit dilapidated. (Posted by jdangelis.)

Disappointing News about the Community Garden

Soon after we launched our survey of residents (password: lrna) regarding the proposal for a community garden at the Honeyman Road detention basin, we encountered two major obstacles. Several of the nearest households are opposed to using the detention basin more intensively. And the Master Association is now again changing its mind as to whether or not it owns the detention basin (which it had previously informed us was now our neighborhood’s responsibility).

For these reasons we’ve dropped the idea of creating a community garden in this location, and at the moment do not have an alternative spot. But we do plan to have our permacultural landscapers follow up with those homeowners who indicated an interest in having a consultation regarding alternatives for their own properties; and we hope to see some innovative and imaginative outcomes.

Toxic Chemicals on Our Lawns?

I’ve become increasingly concerned about the use of chemicals and artificial fertilizers on our lawns. I think they are unhealthy for us, and a problem for the stormwater system and the watershed. I’ve been told that nitrogen fertilizer also creates nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than CO2. I think we at least need to raise the question as to whether these treatments are necessary, or harmful, and something we should consider discouraging.

In July I suggested to the Board that I write an article about it for the web site, and draft a letter to go out to residents in one of our regular mailings. We agreed that this would be useful, to provide as much information to residents as possible, to present a balanced view, and to discuss the right policy for Liberty Ridge. Some people feel strongly that it’s an individual right to decide how to manage their landscaping and their lawns; others that it’s a common right to be healthy and free of toxics in the immediate environment. Still others would argue that people would simply stop using them if they understood the dangers. The Board has already stopped using all chemicals in the common areas. My goal here is to get people in the neighborhood discussing this, and see if a majority agree that it’s time for a change in our practices throughout the neighborhood.

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