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COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2019

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Hello!

This edition features things to do at the park, tips for decluttering your home, contests, an AMAZING watermelon salad recipe and much more. So, open your window, grab a glass of iced tea and enjoy!

 

As always, we love getting to share with you, but we would also love to hear what YOU have to say! Want to advertise your business, start a club, write an editorial or share a recipe? Your fellow residents would love to hear from you! You can find more information about sharing at the end of the newsletter. Camelot Village and Malory Square is YOUR community and YOU are an important part of it!

Very Grateful, Kristy Payne, HOA President

Volunteers Needed for Community Committees:

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LANDSCAPE &
MAINTENANCE

Keeping Property
Values High.

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SOCIAL

EVENTS

Connecting our
community.

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COMMUNITY

WATCH

Keeping our families
and property safe.

 

 

NEWSLETTER

 

Keeping homeowners informed.

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What's Inside

The Hunt is On!

Kristy, your HOA President has hidden 3 eggs somewhere on the website. Can you find them? 

Kristy will give you a delicious treat if you can.

 

Find all 3 hidden eggs on the website and be entered for a chance to win and if your name is chosen, Kristy will give you the choice of your favorite candybar.*

Happy Hunting!

How to Play?

Look for eggs on this website.

Note: You must find all 3.

When you find an egg:

  • Click on the egg – it will bring up a pop up with a form on it. Fill out the form. 

 

All entries must be received by

5:00 PM on Friday, August 23th.

The drawing will be held on Saturday, August 24th and the winner will be notified on the same day.

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*Must live in The Camelot Village and Malory Square Community to participate and be over the age of 18.  Homeowners that owe HOA dues or fines, are disqualified.

Community Events

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National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Corner of Pearl Road and Sir Michel Drive

 

Your Social Events Committee has been hard at work planning this fun Free Event for all of the Community to enjoy.

What is National Night Out?

This event is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out is held every year on the first Tuesday of August. Neighborhoods participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states.

 

There will be Bouncy Houses', a Magician, Balloon Artist, Face Painting, a Coloring Activity, the Raleigh Police Department will be there, get Free Stuff & More!!!

Did you Know?

Property Standards & Maintenance

Your Landscape and Maintenance Committee go out and inspects homes and yards on the weekends. Make sure you are in compliance with the Property Standards & Maintenance so that you don't get a Final Warning letter.

 

Section 10.20 of the Declaration requires the Owner of each Lot, at their sole cost and expense to maintain their Lot and improvements thereon in a safe, clean and attractive condition at all times, including but not limited to the following thereon:

  • Prompt removal of all litter, trash, refuse and wastes;

  • Lawn maintenance on a regular basis, including all easements;

  • Pruning of trees and shrubs, removal of dead or diseased trees, shrubs and other plant material

  • Maintenance of flowerbeds and plant gardens

  • Maintenance of exterior lighting and mechanical facilities

  • Maintenance of parking areas and driveways

  • Maintenance of all Improvements thereon

  • Maintaining adequate soil erosion controls and drainage.

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How  to

How to care for Bermuda Grass

Information shared by: Rachele Gray

  1. Maintain a height of one-half to two-and-a-half inches.

  2. Start mowing in the Spring when the grass turns green.

  3. Mow frequently enough that no more than one-third of the blade is removed at a time.

  4. Always use a sharp blade.

  5. Avoid bagging unless scalping for the first spring mow.

Kristy Payne

President's Corner

Speed Reduction Petition

 

If you live in Camelot Village and notice your HOA Board Members knocking at your door, please answer. We would love to meet and speak with you. Some of our Camelot Village homeowners have expressed concerns about speeding in the neighborhood. On June 13th, your HOA President was in contact with William Shumaker, Traffic Calming Administrator Raleigh Department of Transportation. On June 27th, Mr. Shumaker has processed the request for a speed reduction on Princess Anna Marie Lane and Queen Pierrette Street. July 9th, the HOA President Kristy Payne received the petitions in the mail for both streets. The petition will need to obtain signatures from 75% of the properties being affected by the speed limit reduction and the completed petition needs to be returned to within 60 days. Once we have 75% of the signatures needed for the petition, your HOA President will send the petition to Mr. Shumaker and he will create an agenda item for City Council to review and if approved, the new signs will be posted within 7 days of City Council approval.

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Watch and No Soliciting Signs

Both of our Camelot Village and Malory Square homeowners have expressed concerns about children not being safe while being near the street due to drivers going to fast down streets or around curves. We are also in the process of starting a Neighborhood Watch Committee. On top of that, the amount of Solicitors coming into our community continues to grow. In order to try to correct all of these issues your Board of Directors has decided to purchase signs to post at both entrances of the neighborhood. Hopefully these signs will alleviate some of our homeowners concerns. These signs should be installed no later than August 31st.

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WARNING LETTERS AND FINES

More Final Warning Letters went out the end of July to individual homeowners not following the covenants. Your HOA Board of Directors have given ample time. Homeowners that do not follow the covenants by mid August, will start receiving hearing letters. Hearings are held to give homeowners the chance to explain to the HOA Board of Directors why they are not following the covenants. The HOA Board of Directors can Fine homeowners up to $100 a day after a hearing has been held until the homeowner becomes compliant with all covenants.

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Meet Your Neighbors

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Article Submitted by: Mckenzie Johnson

Hey guys! My husband Jason and I moved to the Mallory Square community on May 20, 2019 after spending about 3.5 years in Morrisville,NC. We first met on the very same day I moved to NC from Tampa, FL in August 2015 and we have been together ever since (crazy, right!?!!!). We are currently expecting our first child on the 27th of July. Jason has been a chef for over 15 years, and I am a licensed psychotherapist, so as he cooks me a nice meal, I assist him in processing his thoughts and emotions after a long day (lol). We are very committed to making sure our community remains up to par, so we have made an effort to get involved! Jason is a part of the Landscaping Committee and I serve on the Social Committee. We have been able to meet a good amount of neighbors since moving in and look forward to meeting more in the future :) 

Yard of theMonth

What is it?

We recognize neighbors who demonstrate above average efforts in maintaining their yards that best exemplifies uniqueness, beauty, appeal, and consistency with the guidelines. Winners will be notified, a decorative yard sign & a $25 Visa Gift Card will be delivered at the beginning of each month and photos of the yard will be posted on the HOA website and featured in the monthly newsletter. 

How do I win?

It's easy! Take great care of your lawn and follow the criteria.*

Criteria:

Yard of the Month candidates are judged solely on the total exterior appearance of their property and front yard as seen from the street. 

Factors include but are not limited to; overall appearance, tidiness, neatness of the front of the property as evidenced by pruned, trimmed and shaped foliage, edged and defined lawns, borders and flower beds and visually appealing.

Lawn: Grass should be healthy with no bare spots or excessive weeds. Grass should be mowed and edged/trimmed around flower beds, driveways, curbs, walkways and fences.

Landscaping and Flower Beds: Flower beds should be weeded and edged, flowers must be well maintained and dead plants removed, trees and shrubs pruned, natural areas cleaned. 

Walkways and Driveways:  Walkways and driveways shall be clean (including trash containers or yard products be removed from view). The area in front of the curb must be free from debris and dirt.

Guidelines:

All properties within the neighborhood are automatically eligible.

Key criteria include manicured yard, overall appearance, originality and creativity.

The upkeep of the property can be maintained by residents themselves or a professional.

An award duration term lasts a single calendar month and runs from the first day to the last day of the calendar month.

The same property cannot receive more than one award in a 12-month calendar period.

While an individual’s home is being recognized as a “Yard of the Month,” they are expected to maintain their yard in the same manner that allowed them to win the title.

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*Homeowners that owe HOA dues or fines, are disqualified.

School News

East Garner Elementary

July 29th all Students started back to school.

As always they are in need of PTO members and parent volunteers who are excited and energized to be serving their kid’s school!

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East Garner Middle

First day of School is August 26th.

 

How to Enroll

Trojan Academy for Rising Year one students will be held on August 19 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.

 

Open House will for Rising Year 2 and Year 3 students will be held August 22.

South Garner High - 9th, 10th & 11th

First day of School is August 26th.

How to Enroll

If you're a freshman, Titan Takeoff Freshman Orientation is:

  • August 19th from 6pm - 8pm

  • August 14th from 9am - 11am

  • August 15th from 6pm - 8pm

Who is invited? All students and parents/guardians.

Garner Magnet High - 12th

First day of School is August 26th.

How to Enroll

No schedule change requests may be made until after schedules are finalized on August 19.

Didaskaleinophobia…

 

I hope you don’t have it! It’s the fear of going to school… Ready or not, the beginning of a new school year is upon us. So, I thought I would share a list of fun facts about school. There are approximately 480,000 “National School Bus Glossy Yellow” buses transporting approximately 27 million students to and from schools every day. According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the largest school in the world is the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, with over 45,000 students. Blue is the favorite crayon color, and the least favorite is tan. And, lastly, my favorite…Pencils can be used in zero gravity, upside down and under water – it can write 45,000 words or draw a line 35 miles long.

Have a great first day of school...

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Recipes

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Fresh Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber.

 

Summer is here, and that means fresh ingredients are, too! Try this surprisingly tasty (and healthful) twist on fruit salad.

This watermelon salad is round of sliced cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese and mint, all tossed in an light lime mixture. A unanalyzable yet unique season salad that's reliable to get rave reviews.

 

Watermelon feta salad is one of those sapidity combinations that sounds odd, but retributive activity SO substantially unitedly. Add whatever fresh and refreshing cucumbers and candy to the mix, and you've got a freshwater and colorful choose supply that everyone leave bang.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon, cubed or balled

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced cucumber, seeds removed

  • 2 tablespoons mint, thinly sliced (or small mint leaves)

  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Combine watermelon and cucumber

  2. Mix mint, olive oil, and lime juice

  3. Combine mixture with watermelon and cucumber and toss in feta before serving

 

Source: http://www.foodfunkitchen.com/2018/12/watermelon-salad-with-feta-and-cucumber.html

Fun at the Park

Dorothea Dix         dixpark.org

Visit the Park 

Find your escape in the heart of the City.  Only 15 minutes from our Community. Go and enjoy wide-open fields, rolling meadows and shady tree groves or join a variety of exciting programs. During the master plan process at Dorothea Dix Park, they will be hosting a variety of public programs and events at the park, everything from concerts to fitness and nature programs to stargazing. Plan your visit to Dorothea Dix Park today.

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Date                        Events                                                                    Time            Location

August 7, 2019        Get Fit at Dix - Yoga in the Park                            6:00 PM       Williams Field

August 11, 2019       Explore Dix Park: Guided Walking Tour              1:00 PM         Kirby Building

August 14, 2019      Get Fit at Dix - Yoga in the Park                            6:00 PM        WIlliams Building

August 17, 2019       Movies at Dix Park - Cars 3                                     6:00 PM        Flowers Field

August 20, 2019      Little Explorers - Shake Your Tail Feathers        11:00 AM        The Big Field

August 21, 2019       Get Fit at Dix - Yoga in the Park                            6:00 PM       Williams Field

August 28, 2019      Get Fit at Dix - Yoga in the Park                            6:00 PM       Williams Field

Neighbor Neighbor

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Declutter Your Space, Declutter Your Life

Article Submitted by: Anonymous

Get a clean start this summer. Turn off “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” and create a realistic, actionable plan to declutter your space (with or without joy). Get ready to take a look at your possessions with an eye for editing. We know that can be tricky, but we’ve got tricks to help you get started. Here are some quick and easy tips to kick off your decluttering journey.

Start with something small and simple. If you start with your storage room or closet, you may get overwhelmed and give up. Once you get started, you’ll gain the confidence and momentum you need to tackle bigger projects. But on day one, something small like organizing a dresser or editing down your collection of books, Blu-rays, or shoes is an excellent first step in the right direction.  

The Four Boxes. As you are cleaning and decluttering, keep four boxes with you:

one for trash, one for donation, one for anything in need of repair, and one for

things that are in the wrong place (e.g., a sweatshirt in the kitchen or a cup on

your bedside table). 

 

Change your mindset. Once you have decluttered your space, make sure you’re prepared to keep it that way. No one is telling you to stop shopping but think about your purchases before you make them. Think about whether you will realistically use them or if they will collect dust in the corner of your closet. If you still feel the need to make your impulse purchases, make them consumable things. And consider a one-in, one-out rule; sure, you can buy a new pair of loafers, but one you already own must go to Goodwill.

Safety Tips

Back to School Safety

A new school year can often be the beginning of something special – another year for students to learn, grow and imagine all the possibilities (even if our kids don’t always see it that way). 

Facts about Pedestrian Safety

Unfortunately, too many kids are not getting to school and back safety. In fact, every day in the U.S. more than 40 kids are hit by a vehicle while walking. That’s more than 15,000 children injured each year.

Children in School Bus

Bus Riders »

Teach your children school bus safety rules and practice with them.

  • Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus

  • Teach your children to stand 6 feet (or three giant steps) away from the curb

  • If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, teach him or her to walk on the side of the road until they are 10 feet ahead of the bus; your child and the bus driver should always be able to see each other

Driving Your Child to School »

Stay alert and avoid distracted driving.

  • Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school's drop-off procedure

  • Make eye contact with children who are crossing the street

  • Never pass a bus loading or unloading children

  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus

Cell Phones: A Deadly Distraction »

Before your children head out, remind them of these year-round safety tips:

  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone

  • If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk

  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device

  • Do not walk with headphones in your ears

  • Be aware of your surroundings

  • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if you must walk on the street, face oncoming traffic

  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street

  • Cross only at crosswalks

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Handy HomeTips

Washer & Dryer

"Pulling out your dryer trap before running a cycle simply isn’t enough."

DRYER SAFETY: IS YOURS A FIRE HAZARD?

Article Submitted by: Michele Williams

Most homeowners are unaware that a dryer requires routine maintenance. Dryer lint is very flammable, due to the high temperatures in a dryer. Trapped lint restricts air flow, which will decrease the dryers ability to cool. There are “fishing tools” for dryers that will allow you to snake thru the vent out to the back and pull any loose materials out. This may not catch everything. Also, during our humid, wet summers, lint becomes clumpy and will not flow to the outside trap as it should. These lint particles will back up into your home and dryer. Firefighters suggest having a Maintenance tech come out for servicing. You can also disconnect your unit, pull it out from the hoses, remove the back if necessary and vacuum out any remaining lint. A little bit of preventative work could save your home and/or a life.

Join Girl Scouts

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Kick off - September 14th

Accepting all levels

 

Daisy  (K-1) - Troop #97

Brownie (Grades 2-3) - Troop #114

Juniors (Grades 4-5) - Troop #1041

Teens (Grades 6 +up) - Troop #359

The troop meets at:

Compassionate Baptist Church

2310 Rock Quarry Road (Across from SE Raleigh HS)

 

They meet every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month.

From 10:30am - 12:30pm

 

Contact Information: 

Carolyn Dove - (919) 630 - 3744

Information Submitted by:

Tisha Johnson

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Produced under the authority of The Camelot Village and Malory Square Community Association by the Newsletter Committee.

 

Committee Members:

Kristy Payne

Courtney Chance

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