With all the cold weather and snow/ice that we have had recently, we are sure that everyone is looking forward to Spring Time. Well it is almost here and we could not be happier. The first day of Spring is on March 20th. This means that in no time at all flowers will be blooming, birds will be chirping, and hopefully the sun will be shining. Let the countdown begin!
Spring is nature’s way of saying,
"Let’s party!" ~ Robin Williams
The Abberly Place office will be closed on March 12. We will be attending our annual Awards Banquet. If you have a maintenance emergency, please call 919-772-654 and follow directions to have a service member call you back.
Rent 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.
Daylight Savings Time
Daylight saving time is always the second Sunday in March, so for 2015 Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday March 8 at 2 a.m. When the clock strikes 2 a.m., it is moved forward to 3 a.m. for a majority of the United States.
States and regions that abstain from daylight saving time include Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation, which does it), Hawaii, and the overseas territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands. This is done for various reasons and has as much to do with politics as it does with location. Lastly, while it is officially called “daylight saving time,” it is colloquially known as “daylight savings time.” What do you say?
St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday, March 17th. Some of the things that represent St. Patrick’s Day are shamrocks, leprechauns, and the color green. People have considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols since earliest times, and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck.
A leprechaun is a fairy who looks like a small, old man about 2 feet tall. He is often dressed like a shoemaker, with a crooked hat and a leather apron. According to legend, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly. They live alone, and pass the time making shoes. They also have a hidden pot of gold! In the 19th century, however, green became used as a symbol for Ireland. In Ireland, there is plentiful rain and mist, so the 'Emerald Isle' really is green all year-round.
The beautiful green landscape was probably the inspiration for the national color. Wearing the color green is considered an act of paying tribute to Ireland. It is said that it also brings good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick's Day. Many long years ago, playful Irish children began the tradition of pinching people who forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day and the tradition is still practiced today.
Save Time and Pay Online
With our new online portal (Rent Café) you can pay your rent online with a check FOR FREE! This means that you will not have any service fees/charges attached and you can do this in the comfort of your own home. It is great when you are traveling or just when you want to relax at home. This way you do not have to worry about writing a check, delivering it to the office, and waiting for it to clear the bank. When you pay online, it will clear the bank much quicker and you do not have to worry about making that extra trip to the office. If you prefer to hand deliver your check, that is perfectly ok. We always love seeing all of your smiling faces, but we figured you may also like the convenience to pay online. Please let us know if you have questions about this. We would be more then happy to help you set up a profile.
March Madness Resident Party
We will be hosting our second annual March Madness Resident Party on Monday, March 16th! Selection Sunday is on March 15th and the tournament begins on the 17th. We will have brackets for you all to fill out at the party and the best bracket will win a gift card. We are asking that each resident wear their favorite team shirt to represent the team of their choice. There will be food and drinks provided. We are sure that we will see several Duke, Carolina, and NC State Shirts…who is your favorite team? While Duke and Carolina are sure to go to the tournament, it is still up in the air for NC State. Will they be in the Sweet 16 or Elite 8? Will they be in the Final Four or The 2015 National Champion…we shall see!!! This party will be held in our Resident Activity Center starting at 6:00. We hope to see you there sporting your favorite college gear!
Speedy Shepard’s Pie Recipe
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup of water
- 1 envelope of taco seasoning
- 2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
- 3 cups of leftover or refrigerated mashed potatoes, warmed
- Preheat broiler. In a large ovenproof skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in water and taco seasoning; heat through. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Remove from heat.
- In a bowl, mix mashed potatoes and remaining cheese; spread over beef mixture. Broil 4-6 in. from heat 5-6 minutes or until top is golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.
Turn mashed potatoes and a few pantry staples into cozy comfort food. This recipe is really flexible, so if you have extra veggies on hand, stir them into the beef mixture for even more goodness. —Sharon Tipton, Winter Garden, Florida
Air Filter Changes
The Service Team will be changing air filters in the buildings listed below during the month of March. Please make a note for yourselves if your building is on the list below. 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.
3/10 – 200 Abberly Crest Blvd and 900 Plantation Pine Circle
3/13 – 300 Abberly Crest Blvd
3/17 – 400 Plantation Pine Circle
3/13 – 300 Copperline Drive
3/17 – 400 Sagestone Way
3/19 – 200 Calico Creek Drive and 1100 Copperline Drive
3/24 – 700 Copperline Drive
3/26 – 1600 Tumbling Stone Way
Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day!
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.
To learn more about Worldwatch's efforts to create am environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs, sign up here for weekly e-mail updates.
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.
Continue reading here.
2015 ACC Basketball Tournament
The 2015 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held Tuesday, March 10th – Saturday, March 14th. Whether you are an ACC fan or not, there will be some good basketball to watch on these days.
There may be better conferences top to bottom than the ACC, but good luck finding a league with more star power and name recognition than the group that includes Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State.
Although the Orange won't participate, because of a postseason ban, the ACC tournament is poised to be one of the most exciting five-day stretches in all of college basketball. Superstar players, Hall of Fame coaches and raucous fanbases will descend on Greensboro with a league title and favorable seeding in the NCAA tournament in mind.
As much as we love for you all to decorate your patios for the holidays, December is over. If you have any holiday decorations that are not related to upcoming holidays, please remove these lights until the appropriate time comes. Thank you for your cooperation.