Because We Care
We hope that you love living at Abberly Place! We will be making our calls to you in the next month finding out if you need anything, things that we could do better, things that you love at Abberly Place, or any ideas of a services that you would like us to offer or improve on. We really do care about your happiness.
We have had some great things come out of these calls. In the past, some of you requested housekeeping service- we now have that service for you; you had requested a Cornhole area for you to enjoy- we now have that installed by the dog park in phase 2; you have requested bizarre nights for you to sell your products - we listened and hosted it.
We would really like some feedback from you on your happiness at Abberly Place. We have created a survey to let us know what you think about your community. Please take a few moments to complete, click here. Your feedback is very, very important to us.
Take A Walk With Abberly For A Good Cause
Each year, Abberly Place looks for a way to give back to the community or to a good cause. We have sold doughnuts for the ALS foundation and Susan G. Koman foundation before and have sponsored others through the Garner Chamber of Commerce. This year, the Abberly Place Staff will be signing up to walk the Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure®, that is scheduled to take place on June 9th in Raleigh.
We want to invite all of our residents to join us in this fundraiser to contribute to the cure for Breast Cancer. The race is for runners and walker alike. There is a 5 k (3.1 mile) run and a 1 mile walk. We would like anyone who is interested in participating with us, to please let us know. We will be finding out more about this in the next two months and will update everyone as we gather information.
We would want residents to wear a shirt that we will have made with the Abberly Place Logo. This would be a fun event for all of us and we will be supporting a cure for a disease that has affected so many people in so many of our lives. You can read more about the race and the cause at www.komen.org/race. We look forward to signing you up!
BEGINNING A FITNESS
You know you want to begin a fitness program, but don't know where to start. It's easy! Walking is one of the easiest and most profitable forms of exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothing, and desire.
How to start: First of all, start out slow and easy. Just walk out the door. For most people this means head out the door, walk for 10 minutes, and walk back. That's it? Yes, that's it. Do this every day for a week. If this was easy for you, add five minutes to your walks next week (total walking time 25 minutes). Keep adding 5 minutes until you are walking as long as desired.
To read more about this walking program log onto: http://www.thewalkingsite.com/beginner.html
Air Filter Changes
The Service Team will be changing air filters in the following buildings during the month of March;
3/8 – 1400 Plantation Pine Circle
3/14 - 1600 Plantation Pine Circle
3/15 - 1800 Plantation Pine Circle
3/21 - 1000 Calico Creek Dr.
3/22 - 1200 Tumbling Stone Way
3/28 - 1400 Tumbling Stone Way
3/29 - 1600 Tumbling Stone Way
Please make a note for yourselves if your building is on the list above. We ask that you kennel or secure all pets and please disarm alarm systems for that day. We change your air filters so that your heating/air conditioning unit works more efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation.
Corn Hole Boards Are Here
If you are wondering, the Corn Hole boards are here, however, we decided to set them up in a different area than originally planned. We have them located by the dog park on Phase 2. There is a grilling station there as well. Abberly Place Management has certain rules that will be posted in the Cornhole area. The rules are:
- The Cornhole Area is for the use of Abberly Place Residents and their Guests
- The hours for playing Cornhole are from 10:00am until dusk.
- Residents are allowed two guests per household
- The Cornhole area is on a first come basis and cannot be reserved. Please limit game playing time if another group is waiting to play.
- Please dispose all trash items in the trash can.
- Do not try to remove or tamper with the boards.
- Please remember to place the bags in the container for proper storage.
- Privileges may be revoked at anytime by Abberly Place Management.
Cancer Fighting Foods
Are you eating a healthy diet that could help fight cancer? If you want to see what foods are good to fight off cancer, go to the American Institute for Cancer by logging onto http://www.aicr.org. Here you find out how your diet alone can make a huge difference in how your body fights against diseases. You will also find great recipes that include cancer fighting ingredients. For example, try the one below.
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. whole skinless and boneless chicken breast, cut in 4 pieces
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 8 oz. sliced white mushrooms
- 3 Tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary, or 2 tsp. dried, crumbled
- 1 can (about 15 oz.) diced tomatoes, with their juices
- 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken lightly on both sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
In the same pan, sauté the onion until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they release their liquid and soften, about 6 minutes. Mix in 2 tablespoons of the parsley and the rosemary. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and vinegar, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to incorporate any browned bits into the sauce.
Return the chicken to the pan. When the sauce bubbles, reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer 15 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook until it is no longer pink in the center at the thickest part, about 5 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Divide the cacciatora among 4 plates. Garnish with the remaining parsley and serve.
Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 211 calories, 5 g. total fat (less than 1 g. saturated fat), 12 g. carbohydrate, 29 g. protein, 3 g. dietary fiber, 222 mg. sodium.
For all those basketball fans out there, March Madness begins on March 13th! Don’t forget that Buffalo Wild Wings has wing nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Also, the Downtown Sports Bar in downtown Raleigh is part of our Resident Advantage Program. Take your Abberly Place card and they will give you 20% off on all food purchases.
Renting Vs. Buying
FORTUNE -- Modern America has long paired the "American Dream" with home ownership. The idea of staying put, paying property taxes and periodically mowing the lawn belonged to citizens who were somehow more American than the poor saps who could only afford to rent the place they called home.
The notion isn't accidental. Ownership and the American Dream are deeply linked in government policies that favor mortgages over rent payments, dating back before Herbert Hoover was elected president in 1929. As secretary of commerce, amid the Red Scare, Hoover trumpeted homeownership, believing that if one had an equity stake in the country, they'd less likely fall under the spell of Communism. What followed during the Great Depression were a spate of federal measures to help troubled homeowners, at a time when half of all mortgages were in default.
Massive government programs supporting ownership still exist today, but record home foreclosures and spiraling prices have forced a redefinition of the American Dream -- one that includes renting.
In today's weak housing market, ownership has ceased to be an investment vehicle that millions used to trade up into the houses of their dreams in the boom years. And it's not an ATM machine for constant refinancing, either. Instead, for the past four years, ownership has been a culprit of distress. In June, one in every 411 housing units received a foreclosure filing, according to RealtyTrac Inc. Between 2006 and 2009, home prices fell more than 32%, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.
Renting on the Rise
With homeowner markets stressed, it appears renting has become more appealing than owning. Between 2004 and 2009, the number of renter households rose nearly 10% or by 3.4 million, according to a 2010 study of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
The rise was most dramatic in the Midwest, where growth of renter households swung upwards by 15.4% between 2004 to 2009. The South added the biggest number of renter households with a 1.2 million increase from 2004 to 2009, the study states. Continue reading at http://money.cnn.com.