April Setalker 2018
HOA BOARD NEWS AND INFORMATION
As this never ending winter, hopefully, comes to a close, we wish you a warm spring and a warmer summer! As the snowbirds return, Setauket Meadows will again be the active place in which we live. As those of you who wintered over in SM know, it was a brutal winter. The cold, the freezing - melting syndrome, the Nor’easters – all took their toll. Fortunately, the community came thru with little damage. The landscaping seems to have taken the biggest hit due to the heavy snow on the bushes and trees. Those issues will be addressed as the weather improves. As a reminder, the bushes that were planted by the HOA are the responsibility of the HOA. Those additional plantings requested and paid for by the resident are maintained by the HOA but when damaged (i.e. broken in storms, etc.,) the resident is responsible if replacement is necessary and wanted.
As you are aware, the Board has been working with an expediter to complete plans for the Hulse Road beautification project. These plans are extremely detailed and spell out as to what trees and bushes can and cannot be removed in the buffer area along with what bushes and plants can be planted. Of course, this process also includes gaining the Town’s permit to gain the Relief of Covenant. As soon as Mr. Scarda and his project, Setauket in the Woods, gain their permits and construct the estate fence, we will be ready to proceed. This is a major undertaking and before anything is done, the entire community will be kept well informed.
As you know, there were a number of problems with the indoor pool and spa this past winter. These repairs have been made and we believe the issues have been resolved – at least for a few years. The Board has also signed the contract with the Solar Company. Weather permitting; the panels will be installed on the south facing roof of the clubhouse in April. This will allow the outdoor pool to be heated without the cost of electricity which will save the community money over the years.
Last fall, the Board engaged the services of a new accounting firm, Fuller, Lowenberg & C0. CPAs, P.C. As has been done in the past, at the HOA meeting in May, there will be a complete Auditor’s report given by Stephen Ciaravella, CPA. Any questions regarding the financial state of the community can be addressed at that time.
The Social Committee will soon publish an events calendar for 2018. We look forward to many and varied events during the year. They always have something for everyone!
If you have any thoughts, questions, concerns, or positive constructive input about our community, please pass it on to a Board member (preferably via e-mail, but not at a social affair).
As always, the Board wishes all a healthy, enjoyable spring and summer season at Setauket Meadows
Social Committee Update
A few things to look forward to this spring:
Book Club ~ Thursday, April 26, 1:00, clubhouse great room.
We'll be discussing The Great Alone, by Kristen Hannah
Everyone's welcome all the time!
Annual Memorial Day Bagel Breakfast ~ Monday, May 28, 10AM,
poolside or at in the great room, depending upon the whim of Mother Nature
Spring Fling ~ Sunday, June 3, Stony Brook Yacht Club, 5-9PM
Save the date!
Watch your email and the May and June Setalkers for details!
Wednesday Happy Hour ~ 5-7PM in the clubhouse or, weather permitting, poolside
Watch for weekly reminders and (very infrequent) cancellations!
Ellen Silverman, on behalf of the Social Committee
Recipe of The Month
by Pat Dawson
SIMPLE WEIGHT WATCHER BAGELS
You won’t believe how good these bagels taste and with only 3 points each you can have your bagel and eat it too! Makes 4 bagels. You can double to make 8. Freeze them and use when you want.
** You can make your own self-rising flour by mixing:
Editors Note: These make great tasty bagels. I have had them. You must try this!
4/4 Dominick Distefano
4/5 Richard DiCecio
4/6 Carole Buckley
4/7 Barbara Dreyfus
4/8 Tom Purcell
4/8 Joe Zanca
4/12 Carl Kirshner
4/12 Dolores Lockerbie
4/13 Phyllis Colby
4/16 Joan McCool
4/17 Betty Gasperin
4/18 Andrea Kozlowsky
4/24 Ray Ruocco
4/25 Richard Maddas
4/25 Betty McCarthy
4/26 Josephine Falcone
4/26 Diane Ward
4/29 RoseAnne Falcone
Speaking of Sports
by Joe Polizzi
Let’s hope you have Villanova, Kentucky or Kansas,which I do, going to the Final Four in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship. If not your bracket pool is busted and then you become a spectator. NY Knicks, NJ Nets, NY Rangers and Islanders are done. So what is there left in the world of professional sports for you to root for. You guessed it- the great American pastime -BASEBALL. Both NY Yankees and NY Mets seasons opened the end of March and I have good vibes about both teams making the playoffs, especially, the Yankees.
The Wednesday evening Happy Hour has taken on a celebratory tone. Cajun food for Fat Tuesday, corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day and Italian pastries for St. Joseph’s Day. Thank you Josephine and Carl for keeping us up-to-date with all the holidays. Pickle ball is still being played indoors and the games have become more competitive. That’s because we all have a year of experience under our belts and we understand the game and play much better. Despite low numbers of players due to vacations, Florida sojourns and regrettably some minor injuries; our fearless leader, Lloyd, who has also fully recovered from his own medical issues, keeps sending out those e-mails drumming up business for another two-hour session of play-Thanks. Card games and Mah Jong are still played weekly in the clubhouse and life continues on at Setauket Meadows. Alice and I are in sunny Florida but keep an eye the northern conditions, hang in there. Spring has sprung and the community will fill up and all the normal activities,golf,biking, cycling, etc., will resume and once again Setauket Meadows will bloom with excitement.
See you around and as always stay healthy and hitt’em straight…..Joe Polizzi
by Joe Sarro
As most of you know auto technology is moving at a faster clip than ever. Just 10 years ago we did not know what Bluetooth, side warnings,backup cameras and front and rear warnings were.
Well folks we now have driver less cars and trucks. Tesla has an auto that will take you to the next city or store. And Cadillac has something called Super-cruise. I think it is the next step in auto technology and I think its great, Although our generation might think its far fetched, I had the pleasure of driving a Cadillac CT6 with super-cruise and it was incredible.
The way Cadillac's system works is the car has sensors all around it, and like your current car if you have a late model with side warnings, it senses what is in front of you, in back of you, and to the side. It constantly measures how fast you are going, how long it will take to stop, and how fast the car is going in front of you. With Cadillac's system it will only work on closed roads like the expressway or Turnpikes. If there are traffic lights the system will not work. For instance in our area it will work on the expressway, Northern State, Southern State, Sagtikos, Rte 135 etc. It uses facial recognition, so if you turn away the system disengages. It is the beginning of a new era and I feel it is very exciting. Tesla says it will cut accidents in half, and I believe it will also.
The next area I want to touch on is the need for people needing short term leases. I know in our area, especially, there are a lot of people who don't have the need for what they are driving. Either too big, too small, not that comfortable and too expensive, etc. I am starting a pilot program for people who want to exit their lease early, or take over someones lease. I would like to be the go between that arranges that. I will post in Setalker when I will be launching this program. If anyone has input or the need for assistance with this let me know.
Real Estate News
by Phyllis Colby
Whether by compromised data, cracked passwords or phishing, real estate is a target for cyber criminals. More and more, homebuyers and sellers-and the practitioners who serve them-are reporting theft via wire fraud, in which criminals access emails, learn of a pending transaction, and then message phony wiring instructions to victims. Bogus DocuSign emails, emails with illegitimate referrals and ransomware are also on the rise.
Being a victim of wire fraud can be devastating - the funds are almost always irretrievable once sent. And aside from making off with money, criminals can filch personally identifiable information, or PII, through any or a combination of schemes.
So how can you protect yourself when buying a home?
Computer Tip of The Month
by Ray Dawson
Do you have trouble finding emails that you saved but can no longer find? If you have this problem then you need to organize your emails into folders or files. It's just like placing a piece of paper in a filing cabinet. You wouldn't just throw the paper in the draw. More likely you would make a folder in the draw and file it in the folder by category of subject matter. Well, your computer is like that cabinet draw. You can make a folder for the subject matter in your email program and the next time you receive an email for the same subject you can drag and drop the email into the folder you created in your email program. Your computer will file the subject according to date received, most recent to oldest or oldest to most recent. You make the decision. If you change your mind at a later date you can easily re-file them most recent to oldest.
I have hundreds of emails that I receive from friends and organizations about softball. I file each one of them in my "Softball" folder in my computer so that I can find them in the future. Similarly I have taken 18 cruises over the years and in my photo App I file my photos for each cruise in a separate folder. It's a great way to look back over the years and remember what ship you were on, who you traveled with, what you did on the cruise.
So get organized, find what you need when you need it in a short time. Your computer will love you for it.
4/2 Bill & Mary Negra
4/3 Joe & Sheri Pleva
4/16 James & Susan Malone
4/18 Gerry & Kathy Holly
4/23 Pat & Alice Sabbatino
4/27 Ron & Barbara Dreyfus