Please roll out the welcome mat for our newest leasing consultant, Susan Bratton. Susan joined
the Abberly Place
Team in early February as a part-time leasing person who will be working during the week as well as on weekends.
She has been working in the Property Management industry for over 10 years and has won many awards during that time. She is eager to meet all of the Abberly residents and looks forward to helping you all. Please read more about Susan at abberlyplace.com in our biography section.
The Abberly Place office will be closed on March 14. We will be attending
our annual Awards Banquet in Virginia. If you have a maintenance
emergency, please call 919-772-654 and follow directions to have a
service member call you back.
Also, our office will be closed on Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31
in honor of the holiday.
It’s time to get together for our first Resident Party of 2013! Come out and join us at the Resident Activity Center on Wednesday, March 20th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We will gather with representatives from some of our favorite businesses that are part of our Resident Advantage Program.
We will have food from Papa John’s, Napper Tandy’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Aversboro Bar and Grill and more of our restaurant participants.There may be some giveaways, so don’t miss out. We look forward to seeing all of you there!
Parking Lot Striping
We had originally mentioned that we would be repainting the stripes in the parking lots in Phase 2 of our community in February. That changed to March and will take place on March 26th and 27th , weather permitting.
We will need for anyone who plans to be at home during the day on March 26th and 27th to please park your cars on Phase 1 of the property. The striping should not take long if everyone complies and moves their cars.
If you fail to have your car moved for this to take place, it may result in you having to come home in order to move it or us having the car towed to another area of the community.
We will send out a reminder email and place notices on the buildings as we approach those dates. Thank you in advance for cooperating while we work to keep Abberly Place beautiful!
Air Filter Changes
The Service Team will be changing air filters in the following buildings during the month of March; 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.
3/6 – 600 Pine Walk Circle
3/7 - 400 Plantation Pine Circle
3/13 –200 Abberly Crest Blvd.
3/20 - 1000 Calico Creek Dr.
3/21 – 1200 Tumbling Stone Way
3/27 - 1400 Tumbling Stone Way
3/28- 1600 Tumbling Stone Way
Join Our Abberly Place Relay For Life Team!
Abberly Place will be participating in the Relay For Life Race sponsored by The American Cancer Society.
The event will take place in Garner on April 26th. We are asking that all residents sign up to become part of the Abberly Place Team and help us raise money to fight cancer. Please go to our website, abberlyplace.com or relay.acsevents.org to read more and sign up! It will be lots of fun and the proceeds will go to a great cause.
St. Paddy's Irish Beef Dinner
A variation on shepherd's pie, this hearty dish brings together saucy beef and mashed potatoes, parsnips and other vegetables. It's always
the star of our March 17 meal. —Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
This recipe is Diabetic Friendly:
- Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min.
- Yield: 4 Servings
- 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
- 2 small parsnips
- 3/4 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cups finely shredded cabbage
- 2 medium carrots, halved and sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken or beef broth
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Peel potatoes and parsnips and cut into large pieces; place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the cabbage, carrots, thyme and Worcestershire sauce.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, tomato paste and broth until smooth. Gradually stir into meat mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the peas, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Drain potatoes and parsnips; mash with milk, butter, remaining salt and pepper. Serve with meat mixture. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup meat mixture with 3/4 cup potato mixture equals 369 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 849 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable.
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 home
ownership, 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.
Pick Up Behind Your Dog!
We have noticed a HUGE problem with residents NOT picking up behind their dogs.
It has gotten so bad that others cannot even walk through the grass to pick up their dog’s poop, without stepping in someone else’s.
This problem exists throughout the property on Phase 1 and Phase 2, however, some of the major areas are around and in front of the 1800 building on Phase 1 and between the 1300 and 900 buildings on Phase 1 as well.
The biggest problems on Phase 2 seem to be around the 700 building and in the back area across from the dog park near 1600.
The worst part of this is that all of these areas have doggie poop stands right there and people are allowing their dog to go beside the stand and still not picking it up.
Not only is this unsightly and unsanitary, it is also plain lazy, ridiculous, irresponsible and against the law.
We are encouraging all residents to watch carefully and let us know if you see anyone not picking up behind their dogs.
Feel free to call and leave a message or drop us an anonymous note in the drop box, with a description of the person and/or dog and what building they walk into.
Send us a picture if you would like to. We will investigate and fine the resident who is being so inconsiderate.
Another issue that has been brought to our attention is that some pet owners are “walking” their dogs without a leash.
This is also against the rules and against the law. Anyone seen with a dog off the leash will immediately be fined and if it occurs a second time, you will be asked to remove the dog from the community.
Everyone should remember that having a pet in the community is simply a privilege and can be taken away at any time.
If we find that you are being irresponsible with your pet, we will “evict” him or her from the community and pet fees are not refundable.
Thank you all for your help in correcting this problem and a big THANK YOU to those responsible pet owners who DO follow the rules.
Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day!
10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green
How can we live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time?
Staff members at the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental organization, share ideas on how to GO GREEN and SAVE GREEN at home and at work.
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Climate change is in the news. It seems like everyone's "going green." We're glad you want to take action, too. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better.
Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably. Let's start now. We've partnered with the Million Car Carbon Campaign to help you find ways to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
This campaign is uniting conscious consumers around the world to prevent the emissions-equivalent of 1 million cars from entering the atmosphere each year..
Keep reading for 10 simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.
For more advice, purchase State of the World 2010 - Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability, a report from 60 renowned researchers and practitioners on how to reorient cultures toward sustainability.
Save energy to save money.
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
- Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.
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