The Abberly Place office will be closed on Thursday, March 10th. We will be attending our annual Awards Banquet. Our office will also be closed on Friday, March 25th and Sunday March 27th. If you have a maintenance emergency on the days listed above, please call 919-772-654 and follow directions to have a service member call you back.
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.
March Madness Resident Party
It is that time of year again…March Madness! For those of who are not familiar with March Madness, it is when the NCAA Basketball Tournament starts and yes, there will be a ton of madness that comes along with it! For the past 2 years we have hosted a resident party where the residents fill out brackets.
Anyone can do this, even if you do not keep up with college basketball. Once all of the games are over and we have a National Champion, we will see who had the most games right in their bracket and they will win a prize!
We ask that all residents wear something that represents their favorite team. We will have pizza and beverages and the party will take place in our Resident Activity Center on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00. We hope to see you there!!
Daylight Savings Time
Daylight saving time is always the second Sunday in March, so for 2016 Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13th 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?
Relay for Life
This year Abberly Place will be participating in Relay for Life here in Garner and we need your help!! Rely for Life is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This event will take place on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday morning on April 23rd.
We are looking for members to join our team and we are also accepting donation. All of the money that is collected will go towards cancer research in the Raleigh Area. If you are interested in joining our team or making a donation, please call our office today!
Relay for Life Raffle
Who likes to win prizes and donate money to a great cause at the same time?! Most people will answer yes to this and if you are interested, you should join us at our March Madness Resident Party on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00.
We have over 20 different businesses that will be donating prizes for us to give out. Some of these prizes include gift baskets, gift certificates, gift cards, and a ton of other goodies.
All of these prizes will be displayed at the resident party. In order to win a prize, you much purchase a raffle ticket. The raffle tickets are on sale now and they are $5 each. You can purchase as many as you would like.
Even though we will have the prizes displayed at the resident party, the drawing will take place on March 31st. Make sure that you purchase your ticket between now and March 31st to have a chance to win one of the amazing prizes!
Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes
- 24 small red potatoes (about 2-1/2 pounds)
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon, divided
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- Scrub potatoes; place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
- When cool enough to handle, cut a thin slice off the top of each potato. Scoop out pulp, leaving a thin shell. (Cut thin slices from potato bottoms to level if necessary.)
- In a large bowl, mash the potato tops and pulp with butter. Set aside 2 tablespoons each of cheese and bacon for garnish; add remaining cheese and bacon to potatoes. Stir in the sour cream, egg, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into potato shells. Top with remaining cheese and bacon; sprinkle with paprika.
- Place in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 12-18 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 2 dozen.
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.
3/08 – 200 Abberly Crest Blvd and 900 Plantation Pine Circle
3/10 – 300 Abberly Crest Blvd
3/15 – 400 Plantation Pine Circle
3/17 – 200 Calico Creek Drive and 1100 Copperline Drive
3/22 – 700 Copperline Drive
3/24 – 1600 Tumbling Stone Way
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.
Breezeway Pressure Washing
Our Service Team will be pressure washing the following buildings during the month of March. Please take note if your building is on the list. We ask that you remove anything outside your front door area and to place a towel on the floor inside your front door to prevent water from coming in. Thank you.
3/8- 1800 Plantation Pine Circle
3/15 – 1600 Plantation Pine Circle
3/22 – 1500 Plantation Pine Circle
3/29 – 1400 Plantation Pine Circle
3/10 - 1600 Tumbling Stone Way
3/17 – 1400 Tumbling Stone Way
3/24 – 1200 Tumbling Stone Way
3/31 – 1000 Calico Creek Drive
Update Your Information!!
We know that things can change over the years…your phone number, car, or even emergency contacts. Please call our office today to make sure that we have your most recent information in our system. Thank you!