January 2018 Setalker
HOA News and Board Information
The Board of Directors would like to wish all residents a Happy and Healthy New Year as we begin 2018. As a community, we look forward to another year with friends and neighbors as we enjoy the social events and activities in our beautiful complex and comfortable living environment.
The location in the Three Village area, the beautiful architecture and landscaping, and the ease of condominium living along with the very low TAXES continue to attract new residents to our community. At this time, in addition to the fact that there are no units for sale in Setauket Meadows (and a waiting list), we also have no units rented. This clearly is testament to the fact that Setauket Meadows is a very desirable place to live (also positive for our real estate values!)
As always, our thanks go to the volunteers who help to make so many activities successful. Foremost are the members of the Social committee led by Ellen Silverman and Lenora Ilardi who are relentless in planning, organizing, and facilitating a variety of events. Thanks to Josephine Brandine and Carl Furci who have been the force behind the continuing Wednesday night Happy Hours, a casual time to meet and enjoy neighbors. Our thanks always go to Ray Dawson who manages our website (setauketmeadows.com). Not only does he keep the resident list up to date and accurate (password – springfling), he includes new thoughts and information on a daily basis. Let’s also give a shout out to Lloyd Colby who stepped up this year to begin what has become the very successful pickle ball program, an active game for all Seniors (that’s us!) And it goes without saying but thank you –To those who contribute monthly to the Setalker, another communication tool for all to enjoy. To all the other residents who contribute in so any ways (fortunately, too many to count), we thank you!
In 2017, the Board continued to address several important issues. Among them, the issue of the Relief of Covenant which will allow us to remove and replace some of the perimeter growth along our outside border on Hulse Road. George Rice, our resident lawyer and Board member has been handling the legal issues and a consultant has been hired to facilitate this process with the Town. We are planning to be ready to beautify the area once the estate fence is erected by the builder of ‘Setauket in the Woods’, our next door neighbor- to be.
The Landscaping contract is a major part of our budget but it is that which keeps our community beautiful. The issues are always ongoing and continue to be addressed. The best way to call attention to individual concerns is to e-mail both HPM (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Eileen Duffy, the Board liaison to 4-D.
Information and communication, so important in a community, is efficiently sent out through our e-mail list by the Board Secretary, Deborah Schade. Be sure that Ray Dawson and Deborah have your correct e-mail information to receive these.
Due to close oversight by Joe Cerullo, President and Tom Purcell, Treasurer, the financial condition of the community continues to improve and the budget for 2018 was presented to the residents in November in great detail and transparency. The total HOA reserve amount as of December 31, 2017 is $292,100. While analyzing the figures and projected costs for the New Year, the Board found it necessary to increase the monthly HOA fees by $25.00 to $545.00 per month. This increase reflects $21.00 in condo fees ($462.00) and $4.00 ($83.00) in Cablevision contractual increases. Part of the responsibility of the Board is to repair and maintain the community and all of its assets and, as you know, costs never go down!
2018! Wow! Setauket Meadows is the place to be! We again wish all a very Happy, very Healthy New Year!
Social Committee Update
by Ellen Silverman
I am happy to report that our Wednesday Cocktail Hours will be continuing throughout the winter months. Josephine will keep me informed so that I can keep you updated as to special themes and occasional cancellations. Please check your emails. (Don’t think for one minute that just because I’m in Florida you won’t be hearing from me.:)
The committee will be totally back in action in the spring. We hope that you’re looking forward to that as much as we are.
On behalf of our Social Committee, I want to wish each and every one of you, along with the special people in your lives, an enriching 2018.
Recipe of The Month
by Pat Dawson
Now that the holidays are behind us, and all the parties and overeating are done, there’s nothing more satisfying and comforting than homemade soup. As I have stated in the past, since I am of Italian heritage, some of my recipes have no set amount of ingredients. A little of this and a little of that.
ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP
1/2 MaryAnn Trombetta
1/5 Rosemarie Primavera
1/8 Dianne Muratore
1/9 Frances Miller
1/10 Mary Bordanaro
1/10 Ron Dreyfus
1/12 Chris Stabile
1/16 Leonore Ilardi
1/18 Debi Pereira
1/22 Raymond Dawson
1/23 Robert Hansen
1/30 Michael Goralski
1/30 Alice Polizzi
1/4 Joe & Roseanne Falcone
1/8 Rocco & Lenore Ilardi
1/9 Richard and Emily Lester
1/18 Fred & Fran Gross
1/21 Ken & Linda Hasenmeyer
1/25 Al & Angela Cipollina
Speaking of Sports
by Joe Polizzi
Happy New Year to everyone. We made another year and are ready to “Review Setauket Meadows 2017”
Real Estate News
by Phyllis Colby
If you're in the market for a new home, you're probably in the market for a new mortgage. Here are 3 critical shopping tips for anyone looking for a new loan.
Computer Tip of The Month
Tips for Speeding Up Your PC (not your Apple)
Few things are as frustrating as dealing with a slow, sluggish computer. When a computer is brand new, it works wonderfully well. Over time, though, its performance can slowly begin to worsen. This happens for a number of reasons, but the biggest culprits are things like spyware, adware and other computer threats that are unwittingly downloaded along with other content while online. You don’t have to download thousands of MP3s, movies or other items to experience these problems, either – nobody is immune to them. Instead of accepting the situation, there are plenty of techniques and strategies that you can use to make it better – a few of the best ones are outlined below.
Strategy #1: Clean Your Computer’s Windows Registry.
The biggest cause of slow, sluggish PC performance is errors and problems within its Windows registry. Adware, spyware and other threats usually target the registry, damaging or misplacing important files within it. When it comes to PC cleaning, a daily Windows registry cleaning should be at the top of your list of priorities. However, this should never be done manually – there are too many opportunities for major errors that could seriously damage your PC’s operating system. Instead, invest in a high-quality Windows registry cleanup program and configure it to run once per day – you won’t believe the difference that it makes.
Strategy #2: Remove Unneeded Files.
Every time you log on to the Internet or otherwise use your computer, temporary files are generated. They are usually only needed once; however, they don’t disappear on their own. Instead, they accumulate over time until they are cluttering up your computer’s file system and affecting its performance. While it’s possible to remove these files one-by-one, it’s much easier and quicker to use a PC cleaning tool that’s designed for the purpose. Try to do so about one time per week to keep your computer humming along with ease.
Strategy #3: Remove Unneeded Programs.
Like many people, you probably download and try out many different programs each month. How many of them do you actually end up using on a regular basis? Chances are, not very many of them. By getting into the habit of uninstalling unused and unneeded programs, you can keep your computer’s file system a lot less cluttered. In turn, your PC’s performance will improve dramatically. You can optimize your computer in this way by using its Add/Remove Programs feature. Its location varies by operating system, but you should be able to find it somewhere in the Control Panel.
Strategy #4: Empty the Recycle Bin.
When you click “delete” on a file or a program, it doesn’t go away for good – not immediately, anyway. Instead, it sits in a kind of purgatory in your computer’s Recycle Bin. As things pile up in the Recycle Bin, your computer can start exhibiting some very annoying problems. If sluggish startups and frequent crashes are occurring with increasing frequency – and your computer’s recycle bin is very full – go ahead and empty it. From then on, get into the habit of doing so about one time per week. This small but important strategy can make a huge difference.
Strategy #5: Perform a Disk Defragmentation.
Windows isn’t very efficient when it comes to storing files. It actually splits them up, depositing them into whatever spaces are available. The more spaced apart the pieces of a file are, the harder your computer has to work to make them run. The Windows disk defragmentation system tune-up utility works to piece all of those files back together again. The process is a long one, though, and only needs to be done about four times per year. Set it up to run automatically once every three months. By doing so, you’ll be able to keep your computer running in tiptop shape.
When it comes to keeping your computer running optimally, small but regular maintenance is the best way to go. Protecting your PC only does so much; even the most careful Internet users in the world unintentionally download malicious software from time to time. By using basic system tune-up tools, cleaning your computer’s Windows registry regularly, performing regular file-cleaning maintenance and otherwise optimizing your PC, you should be able to keep it in like-new condition for a lot longer. Even if your computer has been performing slowly for some time, beginning this regimen is sure to produce results. In the end, you’ll be able to enjoy a computer that flies along – instead of one that spins its wheels.