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Village Square 

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2019

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Hello, Neighbor!

 

Brrrr...the cold weather has finally arrived!

It might have felt like summer Thursday, but a line of strong Halloween storms pushed out all that warm air, and the temperature dropped 30 degrees in some areas for a crisp morning Friday.

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 Turkeys somewhere on the website. Can you find them? 

Kristy will give you a delicious treat if you can.

 

Find all 3 hidden Turkeys 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!

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How to Play?

Look for Turkeys on this website.

Note: You must find all 3.

When you find an Turkey:

  • Click on the Turkey – 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, November 23.

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

October's

winner is

Marie!

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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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We need volunteers to help with this event and all future events. We need volunteers to plan events, come up with new ideas for events, pick up supplies, expresses ideas and provide input, actively participate in meetings, contribute to the discussion, brainstorming and sharing innovative ideas, help with budget, put out flyers for events, and so much more. You can volunteer for whichever aspect interests you or is easy for you. If your are interested please fill out a volunteer application​.

Our next Social Events Meeting is this coming Saturday, November 9th. We would love for you to come!

Did you Know?

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"Many board members and managers say that committees are the lifeblood of an HOA."

HOA Committees:

Your Homeowners Association Board Members are not the only members who help to maintain our community; committees are also a very large part of the entire process. Formed by volunteer members of the community and assigned by the Board of Directors, committees can make our community run easier than ever before. And, with help from the community association bylaws, HOA board members have structured these committees to fit the needs of our community.

"Many board members and managers say that committees are the lifeblood of an HOA."

 

More importantly, committees offer community members a chance to be involved with the board. In a well-run community, important issues are first worked through and refined by committees; the board merely puts on the final stamp of approval and (with the assistance of the HOA management company) takes action to complete projects. In other words, committees are a very important part of a homeowners association.

Whether you’re currently able to participate or not, everyone can encourage someone to use their talents and skills to the betterment of all. As an owner, neighbor and person of talent yourself, watch for opportunities to tap the shoulder of someone in your community and invite him or her to help out by accompanying you to the next Quarterly Board meeting.

To join a committee please fill out a volunteer application​. 

Kristy Payne

President's Corner

I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who participated in our 1st Annual Porch Crawl. We had so many more trick-or-treaters than I had expected. I love that our community is growing. 

I really want to thank the volunteers of the neighborhood who serve on committees, planning community events, checking landscaping and maintenance upkeep, reviewing Architectural Request Forms, helping create the newsletters, , and countless other duties that make our neighborhood great. Your work is greatly appreciated.

 

We need volunteers to help write and put together the Village Square News HOA Newsletter. Volunteers needed to help write up the information and collect any information is needed. You can volunteer for whichever aspect interests you or is easy for you. As my Grandma always said – “Many Hands Make Light Work” If your are interested please fill out a volunteer application​.

Sincerely,

Kristy Payne, HOA President – kristypayne@camelotmalory.com 

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Meet Your Neighbors

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Submitted by: Brandi Mcneill

 

Hey, we are Brandi and Dominique. We have been members of Mallory Square since June of this year. It has been a really pleasant experience so far. I have learned all the short cuts to somewhat avoid traffic. :) We have three children; Camryn, Caden, and Connor. I have had the opportunity to interact with neighbors by becoming part of the Social Events Committee. It has really helped me to feel involved in what is going on in our community. I look forward to many years in our wonderful growing neighborhood and hope to meet you all!!

Yard of theMonth

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October's

winner is

the Payne Family!

SPOOKY STYLE

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.

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

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Sweet Potato Pie

Submitted by: Kristy Payne

INGREDIENTS

4 medium sweet potatoes

1/2 stick butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup evaporated milk

1 unbaked pie crust

Maple Whipped Topping:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. 

  2. Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour in the oven on a baking sheet. When done, let cool. Scrape the pulp out of the skin, transfer to a large bowl, and mash. Set aside. 

  3. In a medium bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Add evaporated milk and stir mixture into sweet potatoes. Beat together with mixer until smooth and pour into an unbaked pie shell. 

  4. Bake on bottom rack of oven for 1 hour or until center of pie is firm. Serve warm. Add dollop of whipped cream if desired.

Maple Whipped Topping:

    5. In a medium bowl, beat together whipping cream and confectioners' sugar. Add maple syrup. Beat together until soft peaks form.

Out  & About

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SouthEast Crab Feast

Saturday, November 9th

12 PM – 2:30 PM

Lake Wheeler Park

6404 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh

Raleigh Christmas Parade

Saturday, November 23rd

9:30 AM – 12 PM

Begins on Hillsborough St. and ends on Lenoir St.

Raleigh

Global Holiday Festival

Saturday, November 23

11 AM – 8 PM

Moore Square

226 E Martin St

Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 23

6 PM – 8 PM

Duke Energy Center For The Performing Arts CAT/R-Line Bus Stop, South St at Performing Arts Center

Raleigh

Neighbor Neighbor

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Remember, time is the greatest gift you can give someone.

This time of year, many of us are fortunate to be able to share the holidays with loved ones. But not everyone has an abundance of relatives and close friends, which can make November and December, traditionally festive months, one of the loneliest times of the year.

According to the 2010 census, more than 25 percent of households have only one person living in them. And from 2000 to 2010, the number of single-person households increased by 4 million. Of those, approximately one-third consisted of people 65 and older.

While we all might feel stretched thin with work, shopping, cooking, decorating, and celebrating, just remember that the holidays are a time to give thanks and share.

If you know someone who will likely be alone this season, reach out to them in a caring way. Engage your neighbor in friendly conversation and ask how they’re doing. If you can offer your assistance, suggest taking them shopping or to run errands. Invite them to bake cookies or do winter crafts with you. If they are unable to physically participate, assure them that you would enjoy sharing a cup of cocoa and some good conversation.

Your offer may not be accepted at first, as many people don’t want to put out their neighbors or are too proud to accept a helping hand, but the offer will be appreciated.

Safety Tips

The Most Dangerous Time to Drive

Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday in November. This means it starts to get darker earlier. As we set our clocks backward by one hour in most areas of the country, here are some tips for driving at night.

As we 'Fall Back' to Shorter Days, Take Extra Care on the Road

Shorter days, fatigue, compromised night vision, rush hour and impaired drivers are some of the risks we face when driving at night. These risks become especially pronounced moving into the weekend, with fatal crashes peaking on Saturday nights, according to NSC analysis of NHTSA data. 

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When Daylight Saving Time ends – for 2019, that's 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 – many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark, and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can temporarily blind a driver.

Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited to about 500 feet (250 feet for normal headlights) creating less time to react to something in the road, especially when driving at higher speeds.

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Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited to about 500 feet (250 feet for normal headlights) creating less time to react to something in the road, especially when driving at higher speeds.

 

What should you do to combat darkness?

 

  • Aim your headlights correctly, and make sure they're clean

  • Dim your dashboard

  • Look away from oncoming lights

  • If you wear glasses, make sure they're anti-reflective

  • Clean the windshield to eliminate streaks

  • Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time

 

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

While we do only one quarter of our driving at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night. It doesn't matter whether the road is familiar or not, driving at night is always more dangerous. More than 40,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2016, according to Injury Facts. By taking some extra precautions, we can all contribute to reducing these numbers.

Handy HomeTips

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Thanksgiving kicks off a season filled with delicious meals. Keep your holidays happy by keeping food hazards in check.

To prevent the spread of bacteria, the first step is protecting food by keeping it refrigerated and covered until you’re ready to prepare it. Clean and sanitize surfaces, knives and utensils – including your hands – after working with raw meats, poultry and seafood and before handling vegetables, grains and prepared foods. Cross-contamination is one of the most common ways foodborne illness is spread.

To stop bacterial growth, be aware of the Time-Temperature Danger Zone. Bacteria grows best between 41° and 135° F. Given enough time, food can warm or cool to the Danger Zone. When working with raw turkey, for example, never leave it at room temperature for more than two hours. If you have a frozen bird, it is best to defrost it under refrigeration or in a bath of cold water, which you’ll need to change every 30 minutes.

Cooking food to the proper temperature kills harmful bacteria, so wait until your bird or roast is done before snagging a bite. Times and temperatures will vary by cooking method and weight. However, poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165° F at the thickest parts (thigh, breast and wing). If it’s stuffed, the stuffing should reach the same temperature and the bird should rest for 20 minutes before removing the stuffing.

For meats like pork and beef, and for more detail on poultry, check out the Foodsafety.gov Meat and Poultry Roasting Chart.

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Food safety doesn’t end once you’re done cooking. Remember the Time-Temperature Danger Zone after the big meal. It’s important to get uneaten food down to 40° F or below within two hours. Large cuts of meat or big pots of soup may not cool down quickly enough even in the refrigerator or freezer, so divide into smaller portions. And don’t forget leftovers – for some, the best part of the holidays. Fortunately, there’s only one number to remember: reheat everything to 165° F for safety.

By the time the holidays are over, you may feel like you can’t eat another bite, but if you follow these basic safety practices, it won’t be due to foodborne illness.

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The purpose of “Village Square News” is to inform residents of business affairs of the community, issues affecting residential and community property, useful information of general interest and reference information for community resources. No political advertising or church news will be accepted. All information, articles and small business ads, recipes submitted to the Committee become the property of the Community Association, which publishes articles at its’ sole discretion.

 

Article submissions, suggestions and more:

Deadlines for newsletter submissions:

• January – December 20

• February – January 20

• March – February 20

• April – March 20

• May – April 20

• June – May 20

• July – June 20

• August – July 20

• September – August 20

• October – September 20

• November – October 20

• December – November 20

 

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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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