Greetings Camelot Village residents! I hope this edition of The Village Square News finds you well. Do you have a cozy blanket to sit under and a warm beverage in hand? Perfect. Scroll through this issue for local holiday activities, a classic holiday recipe, contests, friendly tips, and other great information.
What else would you like to read about in the Village Square News? Do you have a book recommendation, a must-try recipe to share or other information to share with your neighbors? Submit any and all information to email@example.com - this is your community and we want to hear from you!
Kristy Payne, HOA President
Keeping our families
and property safe.
Keeping homeowners informed.
Submit an Article
The Hunt is On!
Kristy, your HOA President has hidden 3 Snowflakes somewhere on the website. Can you find them?
Kristy will give you a delicious treat if you can.
Find all 3 hidden Snowflakes 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.*
How to Play?
Look for Snowflakes on this website.
Note: You must find all 3.
When you find a Snowflake:
Click on the Snowflake – 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 Saturday, Dec. 28th.
The drawing will be held on Sunday, Dec. 29th and the winner will be notified on the same day.
*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 not eligible. The same family cannot receive more than one award in a 12-month calendar period.
In partnership with Sure Promise Christian Fellowship, we present "Because We Are Blessed" Community Coat Drive and Community Clean up. In the midst of the holiday season, it is important to remember just how blessed we are!
If you have any coats that are no longer being worn, please consider donating them during our coat drive. There will be a box set up on Pearl Rd, by Sure Promise Christian Fellowship, for collection between 11:00am-2:00pm on 12/15/19.
Coats collected will be donated to the Salvation Army as well as Carroll's Kitchen. At Carroll's kitchen, there are two women who need coats for this winter. One size XL and one a 2XL. They really like pea coats but will appreciate whatever is collected!
In combination with the coat drive, we will also be cleaning up trash along Pearl Rd. from 11:00am-2:00pm. Safety vests and trash pickers will be provided! Older children are welcome to join and participate! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, if anyone will be out of town on 12/15/19 and has coats they would like to donate, please contact Brandi Mcneill at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate in advance.
Let's go into this new year with grateful hearts and clean streets!!
Social Events Committee Chair
Did you Know?
"...two dogs, two cats or one of each, or two other household pets..."
In our HOA Covenants, it states:
Section 10.7 Animals and Pets.
How many pets can I have?
Can I breed my pet?
No animals of any kind shall be raised, bred, or kept on any Lot or in any Dwelling or in the Common Areas, except that two dogs, two cats or one of each, or two other household pets may be kept in a Dwelling, subject to the Rules and Regulations, provided that it is not kept, bred or Maintained for any commercial purpose, and that it is kept subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Association.
Lot Owners may install invisible fences to keep their pets within their Lot. Any other fencing must be approved under Article IX. Without fencing, all household pets must be kept within the confines of the Owner's Dwelling except when being held on hand leash by the pet owner of the animal. No Lot Owner shall install a fence and/or electric fence on any portion of the Common Area. No pet may be "staked", housed, tied up or otherwise left in any Common Area. No doghouse or other structure used or intended for the housing or keeping of animals may be constructed, placed or Maintained on any part of the Common Areas. The exterior appearance of any such structure must be consistent with that of the Dwelling.
Scoop the Poop
A Lot Owner shall be responsible for cleaning up after his household pet.
Notwithstanding the above, the Association shall have the right to promulgate Rules and Regulations pertaining to the size, number and type of such household pets and the right to levy fines and enforcement charges against persons who do not clean up after their pets. Additionally, the right of an occupant to Maintain an animal in an Owner's Lot or Dwelling shall be subject to termination if the Board in its full and complete discretion, determines that Maintenance of the animal constitutes a nuisance or creates a detrimental effect on the Subdivision or occupants.
Hello fellow HOA Members,
You've made 2019 an outstanding year for Camelot Village!
In the past 8 months, we have accomplished so much.
1. Our Community Website was created and launched.
2. Our first 4 Volunteer Committees were created, 2 more are coming soon.
a. Social Events Committee
b. Landscape and Maintenance Committee
c. Newsletter Committee
d. Architectural Review Committee
3. Had our first annual Community Garage Sale.
4. Our Camelot Village entrance signs were power washed for the first time by First Class Clean.
5. Joined thousands of other communities, during National Night Out.
6. A Community Facebook Group was created and has been very active.
7. A Community Monthly Newsletter was created.
8. Installed several new Dog Waste stations, including hiring Doody Calls to manage them.
9. Hired a new Landscape Company, Haul & Install Landscaping, that has our community grass looking greener than ever.
10. Had our first annual Community Rock the Block event.
11. Our Community became members of the South Raleigh Citizen Advisory Council.
12. Had our first annual Spooky Porch Crawl.
13. The Yard of The Month Contest was created.
14. The Hunt is On website Contest was created.
15. Beautiful Green Children at Play, Neighborhood Watch and No Soliciting Signs were installed at each entrance to the Community.
Thank you to the 188 HOA Member Families and fellow HOA Board Members - I've learned a lot this year. Thank you!
HOA Board of Directors President of
Camelot Village Homeowners Association
Meet Your Neighbors
Submitted by: Rachel Waegerle
Hello, neighbors! We are Keith and Rachel Waegerle. We moved into Malory Square last May after an intense house-hunting journey that was nothing short of miraculous. We have 3 littles - Selah, Kevin, and Elijah - who you may sometimes spot as the neighborhood welcoming committee waving at folks from our driveway :). We love to go on mini road trips and outdoor adventures including hiking and fishing. After over 8 years in full time children's ministry, Rachel recently shifted to part-time work to spend more time with her kiddos, and Keith is a road and bridge construction inspector and volunteers as a children's teacher at our church. We are so grateful to be a part of this community and look forward to connecting with neighbors.
Yard of theMonth
*Homeowners that owe HOA dues or fines are not eligible. The same property cannot receive more than one award in a 12-month calendar period.
Support Small Businesses
Buddy the Elf Chex
Submitted by: Courtney Chance
5 cups Peanut Butter Chex™ cereal
4 cups Chocolate Chex™ cereal
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups powdered sugar
1 cup candy-coated peanut butter chocolate candies (red and green)
In large bowl, add cereals; set aside.
In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir.
Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool completely. Stir in candies. Store in airtight container.
Out & About
Brier Creek Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 6
6 PM - 8 PM
Brier Creek Commons
8311 Brier Creek Pkwy
Saturday, December 7
12 PM - 8 PM
Raleigh Union Station
510 West Martin Street
State Tree Lighting & Holiday Open House
Thursday, December 12
North Carolina State Capitol
1 E Edenton Street
Saturday, December 21
12 PM - 4 PM
Unleashed at Lake Boone
2460 Wycliff Road
Safety Tips During the Holidays
Tips from: Raleigh Police Department Officer Lee, Crime Prevention Southeast District
Lock it or Lose it, Prevents Smash and Grabs
Keep your vehicle's doors locked. If you are prone to forgetting to lock your vehicle's doors, remove everything of value out of your vehicle's.
Those looking to steal, will also smash out your vehicle's windows if they see something of value in your vehicle. So a locked vehicle is not always safe.
Keeping things of value out of your vehicle's will help to prevent this type of crime from taking place.
Outside of your Homes
If you have anything outside of your homes that are not secure, please put these items away in your garage. If you don't have room in your garage, you can use a chain and lock to secure items.
Vehicles that are left running are a target. I know it's cold outside, so our larceny of vehicles is going to go up. A lot of people like to start their cars in the morning to warm them up. So while your inside getting the kids ready or preparing to leave for work, someone is outside walking by, which is normally a teenager walking to school, and they see a car running and they end up taking your vehicle. If you're going to run your vehicle in the morning for it to warm up, please lock it using a spare key, so that you can get back into your car.
Shopping Online (Craigslist, let go offer up, Facebook) looking for deals
Don't meet people in places that are unsafe. Always meet salers in an area that is well lit and there are a lot of people nearby. If you want to call 911, you can ask for an officer to meet you somewhere. Explain that you are fixing to buy an item from an online seller and you don't know if they are legit, and ask if an officer can come stand by with you while I you purchase your items.. If you tell someone to meet you at the police department, they may say they don't want to do that, which will alert you that they are not legit. Salers will sometimes use fake names and this makes it hard for the police department to help you and track them down.
Stay safe this holiday season!
Top 10 Holiday Light Safety Tips
Tip 1: Replace Old Or Damaged Holiday Lights
Before plugging in last year’s lights, inspect their condition to make sure they’re up to par. Check for cracked or frayed cords, wires poking through the insulation and sockets without bulbs.
Tip 2: Switch To LED Lights
If you’re in the market to purchase new lights, consider LED lights with epoxy lenses. Since most holiday fires are caused by overheated lights on a tree, switching to LED lights could prevent your tree from catching fire.
Tip 3: Follow The Rule Of Three
Most manufacturers agree that plugging in more than three sets of lights into a single extension cord may cause problems with overheating. However, it depends on both the strand’s wattage and the maximum watt capacity of the plug.
Tip 4: Look For Holiday Lights With A UL Safety Certification
Lights that have these certifications will be safer to use in your home, compared to lights that don’t have this certification. If your current lights don’t have the UL Safety Certification, you might want to invest in ones that do, especially if your lights are older than a few years.
Tip 5: Use Outdoor And Indoor Lights, Respectively
Holiday lights are labeled by their use, so you’ll notice a disclaimer that reads “for indoor use only” or “for indoor and outdoor use.” Make sure you read this carefully as indoor-only lights cannot be used for the outdoors.
Indoor-only lights aren’t insulated like outdoor lights and won’t work with moisture from the outdoors. In fact, if indoor lights are exposed to water, snow or any other outdoor element, they could possibly become hazardous.
Tip 6: Use Ladders Appropriately
Since falls are the highest emergency room-related injury during the holidays, it’s important to have a spotter with you at all times to hold the ladder for stability. When hanging lights, never extend your body further than parallel with the ladder to prevent tipping. Consider a wooden or fiberglass ladder when you’re working with lights to prevent an electric shock.
Tip 7: Use Light Clips Instead Of Nails Or Screws
When hanging outdoor lights on your roof, don’t use nails or screws to secure the lights as they can puncture the wires, causing the lights to malfunction, or worse, shock the person installing them.
Tip 8: Don’t Run Holiday Lights Through Windows Or Doors
Remember that you can’t run Holiday lights or extension cords through windows or doors. When closed on the light strand, windows and doors can cause wires to break or become frayed from constant pressure, making them a safety hazard for shocks or electric fires.
Tip 9: Use A GFCI Outlet For Outdoor Lights
There’s a specific outlet used for outdoor lights called a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. It prevents electric shock from electrical systems that could be exposed to wet conditions, like rain or snow, acting as a circuit breaker.
Tip 10: Don’t Forget To Turn Off The Lights
Holiday lights should not be left on for prolonged periods of time or overnight. Even LED lights can overheat. Make it a habit to turn off your lights every time you leave the house or go to bed at night.
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