May Setalker 2018
HOA Board News and Information
By this time, most snowbirds have returned to the nest – Setauket Meadows is once again at full complement (or almost as a few have yet to arrive). As the warm weather returns and the flowers at the entrance return, many things, to which we are accustomed, will be in play. Not too far off, the outdoor pool will be open, the canopy will go up and the lounge chairs will be put out for all to enjoy. Memorial Day will be here shortly and the summer season will commence. Remember the opening event of the season, the Memorial Day Breakfast quickly followed by the Spring Fling on June 3rd. Look for details from the Social Committee.
Along with spring comes the sound of lawn mowers, etc. - 4-D is now onsite. So far, the lawns have been thatched and the areas thoroughly cleaned of winter debris. Pre-emergent is put down (by law, it cannot be put down until after April 1) and the sprinklers have been turned on so that the seeding and fertilizing can take place. Mulch will also have been put down as it is done every other year. 4-D and the Board are aware that many areas need repair and these issues will be addressed. Drainage issues continue to be a problem in the community. Re-zoning of the sprinklers (separating the zones so front and back receive different amounts of water) will be the next step and will be monitored for success before other measures are taken. The heavy winter snows did some real damage to shrubs and trees. Tom of 4-D has done a walk-thru of the community and many residents have e-mailed their concerns. All requests for new plantings or any landscaping concerns should be addressed both to Eileen Duffy, Board liaison to 4-D (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to HPM (email@example.com).
Someone always steps up and an every-other-year community sale will take place on Saturday, June 9thwith sign-up on May 19th. Ginny Cover, one of our residents, has agreed to organize the affair. Look for details to follow.
The next Board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 PM. As we mentioned last month, the Board engaged the services of a new accounting firm last fall, Fuller, Lowenberg & C0. CPAs, P.C. At this May meeting, a complete Auditor’s report will be given by Stephen Ciaravella, CPA, a partner in the firm. Any questions regarding the financial state of the community can be addressed then.
Hope to see you there!
Real Estate News
by Phyllis Colby
7 Signs Your Contractor May Be Shady
Building a home or renovating your existing pad is no simple task. From budgeting to design and choosing the right contractor, there's a myriad of details you'll need to juggle. But when it comes to choosing the right contractor for the job, it's important to be mindful that not every contractor is reputable. Here are seven ways you can spot a shady one.
Recipe of The Month
by Pat Dawson
TURKEY AND CHEDDAR STROMBOLI
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll 1 tube of pizza crust onto parchment-lined baking sheet.
* Can substitute ham and cheese (any variety).
Also works well with salami and provolone cheese.
Computer Tip of The Month
by Ray Dawson
For the last 11 years my modem (that's the black box that your cable screws into) has been happily providing me internet service. But today, I'm sorry to say, it died.
No internet service, no landline telephone service, no playing games, no email and no iMessages. What was a guy to do? I called my Optimum help desk who did some testing of my modem while I held the cell phone. Sure enough after 11 years the modem needed to be replaced with a speedy, shiny, new black box with their glowing lights. I went to the local Optimum store in Port Jefferson where I talked to a representative and handed over my dead modem. She said something under her breath, I think it was "Rest in peace". She grabbed a new modem and power cord and explained that I needed to register it online before I could get internet service back. I left the store, got in my car and started to drive back home when I suddenly realized that in order to register my new modem I had to do it online. I thought about it a little while and realized that in order to get online I had to register it first. But how was I going to register if I couldn't get online? This was one of those "which came first moments, the chicken of the egg".
I was too close to home to go back, and besides I write the Computer Tip of the Month article for this publication so I assumed that I could figure this mystery out. I connected my modem to my Apple Time Capsule just like before. I connected the landline phone just like before. I connected my Apple Time Capsule to my computer just like before. All of the connections were secure. I was ready to get back my internet service and register my modem. I plugged in the modem, the modem lights began to blink, my Time Capsule's little green light lit up to say it was connected. I looked at my wi-fi fan and it said I was connected to my home network. I turned on the computer and immediately went to view my homepage, Setauketmeadows.com . Nothing happened!
My computer laughed at me. I knew it was laughing at me because I had the speakers on and I heard it. I said to myself, "Come on Ray, this should be a piece of cake". Out of shear necessity I opened the instruction manual. I never open the instruction manual. After all just a few days ago I installed a brand new kitchen faucet without looking at their installation manual. I succumbed to the frustration of it all and so I opened the Optimum Instruction Manual. And right there on page 7, step 4 was the instruction to connect the modem to the computer with an ethernet cable. I did that, I thought. And then it hit me. I connected the modem to my Apple Time Capsule and then I ran a second ethernet cable back to the computer. So I didn't follow the instruction manual, fine me. But when I undid all the connections that I did and reconnected the way the damn instruction booklet said to do it, I got my registration done and son of a gun, the internet connection worked very fast. As it turned out, if you connect the modem DIRECTLY to the computer first, like the manual shows you, and your computer is on, the registration screen comes up. Once you register, THEN you get internet service.
The bottom line is, let the Optimum guy do it!
Speaking of Sports
by Joe Polizzi
How much “stuff” is too much? Before I play a round of golf it is imperative that I put my “stuff” in a safe and easily retrievable location. I’m talking about my car fob, my wallet, my cellphone and whatever other new device that the information generation has thrust upon me. I think I got it down to a science and I know where everything is suppose to go. But there is always that possibility that I may forget or something might happen. The reason I bring this up is because in the past month I have witnessed thrice someone misplacing or losing some “stuff”. Once after golf while removing his clubs from the cart a friend was missing his wallet and cellphone-big problem. He shuffled through his golf bag, looking in every zippered component but to no avail. He went back to the men’s room, the locker room, the club (bar) room and then finally back on the course in search of his “stuff”. Sorry to say it was never found and he had to go through the tedious exercise of replacing all that “stuff”. Just recently a similar but not as serious a situation happened to another golfing buddy of mine. Again after an enjoyable round at Cherry Creek Links course, my friend unloaded his equipment from the golf cart, removed his shoes and visor, shook out his hair and placed all his “stuff” in his car. But low and behold the unthinkable happened , yes he locked most of his “stuff” specifically his car keys in his car trunk. The smile on his face turned to panic because he now had to call his wife and inform her of his latest dilemma. You see he was suppose to get home asap because of a prior commitment-no way was that happening. Now the wheels start turning and his buddies provide suggestions. Break into the car, nope no one has an $8.99 lockout bar. Call your wife and have her signal the open switch from her fob, not a chance. Last resort call Toyota and have them send out roadside assistance and have them open the car. How embarrassing but an hour and fifteen minutes later my buddy is on the road and heading home to his missed appointment. The golf group left so my pal was alone waiting for help and contemplating how he could lose four bucks to his arch nemisis-ME, how agonizing. Then there’s the golfer who locked his keys in his car and rather than attempt any of the above, he took a six iron and smashed a rear car window, opened the door and got his keys. On observing this approach a nearby golfer said “ That was the best six iron you hit all day”.
Now managing “stuff” is not relegated to golfers only. I’ve witnessed my wife try to move her “stuff” from a large pocketbook to a smaller one. You have the cellphone, credit card wallet, money wallet, pen, compact, keys, tissues, tylenol, etc.etc. Then when she mastered the project, she looks at me and asks “Could you hold my lip stick”. So I slip it in my pocket and off we go.
Really do we need all that “stuff” but we do manage with what we have and we hope a new very important thing doesn’t come along for us to carry with everything else. As always, stay healthy, hitt’em straight and know where your “stuff” is…..Joe Polizzi
Social Committee Update
by Ellen Silverman
Please refer to last month's e-Setalker to find out about Book Club, Bagel Breakfast, and Happy Hour. We would like to use this month's space to let you know about our SPRING FLING!
We hope to see you there!
Ellen, on behalf of the Social Committee
Sunday, June 3
Stony Brook Yacht Club
We will enjoy:
~1/2 hour butler-style hors d'oeuvres~
~ a delicious 4-course dinner, served family style~
Save room for our ice cream roll cake!
Dance to the music of DJ Ernie!
Cost: $65 p/p
Money will be collected in the clubhouse on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 11:00-12:00.
Please bring checks made out to cash.
If you are arranging a table of 10, please bring payment for the entire table
and a list of names of those who will be sitting with you.
Questions? Call Janice Cerullo at 631-928-5493 or Josephine Brandine at 631-828-1159.
5/3 John Milano
5/11 Dan Keefe
5/13 Lois Bauer
5/13 Josephine Suozzi
5/14 Susan Koehn
5/15 James Malone
5/16 Marie Costignola
5/17 Darlene Kick
5/20 Frances Forrester
5/20 John Ward
5/22 Albert Cover
5/23 Mike Mauro
5/25 Anna Schiliro
5/25 Marie Healy
5/29 Allen Frawley
5/30 Virginia Cover
5/31 Ellen Petix
5/7 Carl & Harriet Kirshner
5/9 Dominick & Linda Distefano
5/9 Dominic & June Livaccari
5/12 Mike & Mary Ann Mauro
5/12 Bill & Daria Macomber
5/23 Lee & Ann Stein
5/27 Tony Forte & Leslie Simon
5/29 Raymond & Patricia Dawson