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October 2019

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STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS The official publication of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc.

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Community Calendar

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Curb Appeal Corner

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Nature Photo Contest

Thank you to everyone who participated

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Labor Day at the Beach

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Stop Sign Poles

A good time was had by all!

Social Scene

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Save the Date November 2019 Events

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Safety on Our Streets

Tips for your consideration

Copyright © 2019. All rights reserved. Published by Community Matters, Inc., this magazine is produced at no cost to the Association and is mailed monthly to all Stonebridge Ranch residences free of charge.

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Cover Photo by Pat Horn

The switch from wooden to breakaway

The winning photo in our Nature Photo Contest was taken by Pat Horn in Alberta, Canada. Head to page 8 to see the photo in its entirety—we couldn’t fit it all on the cover.


F ROM T HE P RESIDENT In this month’s issue there are articles about transit safety in Stonebridge Ranch and stop sign poles. Future events include our ever popular Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 and our Electronic Recycling and Paper Shredding event on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Board Meeting The Board meeting of August 22, 2019 was called to order at 1:02 p.m. Six Board members were present. Board member Rick Chaffin did not attend. The meeting began with a Homeowners Open Forum. Two homeowners appeared, one to discuss difficulties with commercial construction in Wren Creek and the other to discuss shrubbery maintenance. The next item of business was to ratify the minutes of the previous Board meeting and all decisions made since the last Board meeting. Old Business In its continuing review of all Board guidelines, we reviewed the Long-Term and Short-Term Investment policies. US 380 Project Update. There has been no new action on the uS 380 project. We are continuing to work on getting the Red alignment-A option changed. We reviewed the status of our Request for Proposals (RFP) for all of our landscaping areas. Proposals are due on Sept. 9 and we will be reviewing them to select our landscape partners for 2020. New Business We changed our existing Color Changes Guideline to permit “Craftsman style” homes in Freedom Park, Mayberry Park and Regents Park to submit a color palette that will be reviewed on a case by case basis for approval. We also approved adding to the existing Preapproved Roofing Selection list: “IKO Weathered Wood, Charcoal, Harvard Slate and Driftwood.” The Board passed a policy allowing Estate Sales with certain restrictions: • The owner of a lot or home in Stonebridge Ranch is granted a variance to hold only one Estate Sale during their ownership of said property with duration of no more than two days without the written permission of the Association and must follow the guidelines in the permit issued. • The cost of the permit will be $100 and must be paid by check or money order before the permit will be issued. The permit is valid for one or two days. The sale may be held during the dates noted on the permit

during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The permit does not provide any deviation from the existing common area signage policy.

• Any owner who conducts an estate sale without a permit

will be fined $200 per day for each day of the sale and will also be required to purchase a permit at a cost of $100.

Please contact the office for more details before planning to hold an Estate Sale. Note: Garage Sales are NOT permitted. Executive Session The Board reviewed and approved the Foreclosure Report and the report of the Appeals Committee. We also reviewed and accepted the Collections Committee report, the Violations report and the Project Expenditures report. We did make one change to the appeals process. If you schedule an appeal and are unable to attend the meeting, you will be able to reschedule for the next Appeals committee meeting. If you do not attend that meeting, the Appeals committee will consider the appeal and make a final decision. The Director of Operations updated the Board on pending legal issues. Association Reports Board Liaisons presented updates on committee activities reflected in Committee minutes available on our website. The Director of Operations discussed improving our communication to homeowners when significant projects in the common areas in their neighborhoods are planned. We are also going to be installing an address sign for the Association. New homeowners have mentioned they have a difficult time finding our office. The meeting adjourned at 4:29 PM. Jon Dell’Antonia President, Board of Directors

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STONEBRIDGE RANCH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. 6201 Virginia Parkway, McKinney, TX 75071 Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ph: (214) 733-5800 Fax: (214) 778-0595 website: www.stonebridgeranch.com Courtesy Patrol: (214) 794-4945

CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE Jon Dell’Antonia, Erica Lee, Cheryl Unnone, Dave Wiest

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Jon Dell’Antonia

Vice President Norm Counts

Treasurer Michael Kaltenbaugh Secretary Jim Norton

Director Kristen Vartian Director Joe Closs

STAFF Professional management by RTI/Community Management Associates Inc. (CMA) Director of Operations Greg Herbst

Maintenance Supervisor Michael Cawley

Landscape & Grounds Manager Brock Whetstone Lifestyle Director David Wiest

Executive Assistant Rony Peterson

Maintenance Assistant Eric Ortega, Jeff Torres Compliance Supervisor Kelli Koehler

Compliance Coordinators Gwen Burns, Randy Cain, Pat Liles, Jarred Mercer

Administrative Assistant Melba Siebel

Community Services Coordinator Tamra Collins Communications Specialist Erica Lee

Operations Support Representative Allison Bedgood Irrigation Specialist Christ Talbot

PUBLISHER To place an advertisement, please contact: Community Matters, Inc., PO Box 5900, Frisco, TX 75035 Ph: (972) 370-1778 website: www.communitymattersinc.com

Stonebridge Ranch News is the only authorized publication of the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association, Inc. It is published on behalf of residents for informational purposes only. The Association does not guarantee any work or claims made by advertisers herein and claims no responsibility or liability for statements made in the publication. The Association does not support or take responsibility for services, whether paid or volunteer, mentioned herein, nor for statements published in articles or letters herein which are not endorsed by group decision of the Board of Directors.

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Nature Photo Contest Yields Many Honorable Mentions Two years ago, the Communications Committee began hosting an annual photography contest in order to showcase residents’ images in Stonebridge Ranch News. While the volunteers truly enjoyed seeing the entries in our past contests devoted to pets and travel, this year they were amazed by the amount and quality of images we received. Clearly, there are many among us who love the grandeur of wild nature! Not only did over 50 residents participate this summer, but many of the photos are so breathtaking that it was a difficult task indeed to pick a winner. To everyone who participated, we sincerely thank you for sharing your images with the community. You have reminded us of the inspiring beauty of our world, near and far. When considering which photo to choose for this month’s magazine cover, the committee members asked themselves such questions as: which photo do I think

presents the best overall composition and quality as a cover photo? Which one will draw people in and make them want to open the magazine? Which one would I pick to put on my refrigerator so I could look at it again and again? While many entries are cover-worthy, the committee ultimately chose the image submitted by Stonebridge Ranch resident Pat Horn. Says Pat, “This summer my husband Lewis and I spent a wonderful week in Alberta, Canada. The Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper, Alberta should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you enjoy nature and wildlife you should plan a trip there. While researching our upcoming trip, I saw photographs of this lovely scene with Mount Rundle in the distance. Two Jack Lake is only a short distance from the town of Banff where we were staying. We drove out one morning in hopes of doing some photography and we were not

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disappointed. We were fortunate to have a perfectly calm day and it provided me with one of my all-time favorite photographs.” Congratulations, Pat! We love your photograph, too. We are including a thumbnail of it here so everyone can see it in its entirety. It’s so expansive, the entire image couldn’t fit in the cover layout. Pat has won a $50 Visa gift card. Read ahead to see other coverworthy images and to learn more about our honorable

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mentions (presented here in alphabetical order). To see all of this year’s submitted photos, visit the photo gallery at www.stonebridgeranch.com. You can quickly locate it by typing “nature photo contest” or “photo gallery” in the search bar at the top of the homepage. And once more: thanks again to all our participants. Seeing every entry brightens our day! We’re already looking forward to hosting next year’s annual photo contest.

Photo by Pat Horn


“This picture was taken when I found this teeny tiny guy in our backyard. It was sitting on the cilantro while I watered our flowers.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Photo by Nikolett Szabo Fulop

Photo by Evan Carpenter

“On my way to Arches National Park in Utah, I was able to stop and camp for the night beneath the ‘Shiprock’ formation in the four corners region of New Mexico. This 1500+ foot structure towers beautifully over the region in place of an ancient volcano that has since been eroded away. I knew it was supposed to be partly cloudy all night, and with a full moon, the Milky Way shot I wanted seemed unlikely. I figured out that there would be a 15-minute window in between the moon setting and the morning glow washing out the night sky. I lucked out and captured this image at 4:43 a.m. on May 14, showcasing the Shiprock formation, Milky Way core, and the brightly glowing Jupiter. The image was taken with a Sony a7ii + Tamron 28-75mm.” “The photo was taken this July on an island in the Muskoka region of northern Ontario, Canada. After quite a few shots, I captured this monarch butterfly in good focus. It was taken on a Nikon D7000 with an 18-200mm on full zoom.”

Photo by Hunter Kirby

“This photo was taken in Vail, Colorado.”

Photo by Mark Driedger

“Big Bend National Park was established on June 12, 1944. The park covers an area of 1,252 square miles. The park sits along the Rio Grande River which borders Mexico. Big Bend National Park administers approximately 245 miles along the river. Santa Elena Canyon is on the western side of Big Bend. The Rio Grande River flows through the canyon from west to east. The cliff walls where the river exits are over 1,000 feet high. Photo shown on next page STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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Photo by William Martin

The Big Bend Bluebonnet, Lupinus harvardii, grows in the Big Bend area. It grows to 3 feet tall with the flowers on the upper part of the stem. Like the other bluebonnets in the state, Lupinus subcarnosus is a winter annual, blooming February through April. In 1971 the state legislature designated all Lupinus species as the official state flower.”

“This photo is titled ‘Lovebirds in Paradise’. The photo of two parakeets in a coconut birdhouse was taken in O’ahu, Hawai’i on March 11, 2019.”

Photo by Carlos Navarrete

“‘The Wave’ is a limestone formation hidden in the slopes of Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion

Photo by Nic Pitts

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Cliffs Wilderness along the border of Arizona & Utah. We literally won the lottery! In order to obtain a hiking permit, you must fill out an application and hope your number is chosen from the hundreds of other submissions each day during the in-person lottery ball drawing. Only 10 permits are awarded in person each day. Pictures do not do this place justice.”

Photo by Chad Prahl

“Hummingbirds seem to defy nature. Over 50 types can be found in Costa Rica, and I found this one with my lens last year while on vacation with my wife, Skye.”

“The photo is a close-up of a hippo in Chobe National Park, Botswana, taken in March 2018. We were in a boat on the Chobe River, and I used a long lens (600 mm) to get the close-up of this animal who Photo by Bob Seal was casting a wary eye at our boat. The hippo was one of several in a group partially submerged in the water.” “This is a shot I took at a local horse farm outside of McKinney [where] I came across this sweet horse who

Photo by Emily Mariani


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absolutely LOVED attention and getting his photo taken. This photo sits in a Pediatric Dentist office in Chicago to help comfort and bring smiles to the kiddos getting their teeth worked on. Out of all the photographs of nature I have taken, I thought this sweet horse does an amazing job representing animals and nature with a sense of humor.”

accompanied by a rare double rainbow. The setting sun came out of the thick cloud just in time as we arrived at the arch and created such a dreamy scene. It lasted about 30 minutes then disappeared as the sun fully set.”

Photo by Olivia Wing (age 10), submitted on her behalf by her father, Brian

Photo by Xiaoyan Shi, submitted on his behalf by his 10-year-old daughter, Amy

“Here is the photo taken by my dad. It is not the first time we visited the Delicate Arch in the Arches National Park. However, this time nature rewarded our two-hour hike with this unforgettable scene, this world-famous arch

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“After reading about this photography contest, our 10year old daughter got excited as she immediately knew of many places she wanted to visit in McKinney. She asked us a few times to borrow our camera and then either walked or biked to capture several Nature-themed photos for the contest. Of all the photos Olivia took, this photo attached of a tree just off Ridge Road is the one she chose. She said it is because you can see so many of the seeds on the tree in one image and that the sun’s rays were shining through to show how pretty the tree was.”


Photo by Jennifer Ellis Photo by Renee Anderson

Photo by Penny Kirkman

Photo by Juan Lorenzo Chamorro

Photo by Paige DeLano

Photo by Daniela Orozco

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Photo by Brady Schwab

Photo by Dave Stone

Photo by Candice Wise

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Transit Safety: Rules & Etiquette of the Road The United States is often described as a “car culture”, a society where the automobile reigns supreme as the preferred mode of daily transportation for most people. Many American families own multiple cars, providing a great deal of individual freedom for family members of driving age. But even though each driver is the master of their own destination, no journey happens in a vacuum. We share the roadways we drive on, and our ability to observe traffic laws and exercise common sense and caution ensures not only our own safety, but that of our neighbors. At the association office, we sometimes hear stories of resident frustration regarding transit safety on our streets. Read ahead for reminders regarding the rules of the road—and suggestions for how you can show kindness to others while operating your automobile.

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ALL-WAY STOP SIGNS Currently there are a number of all-way (a.k.a. fourway) stops located in Stonebridge Ranch. All-way stop intersections which funnel some of the highest volumes of traffic (especially during morning and evening rush hours) are located along Glen Oaks Drive at the cross streets of Lake Forest Drive, Ridge Road, and Stonebridge Drive. There are precautions we all can take to support human safety at these and all intersections in our community. However, drivers may be surprised to learn that the Texas Transportation Code gives little guidance to drivers regarding all-way stop procedure. Sec. 545.151 notes: “An operator approaching an intersection shall stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection in obedience to an official traffic-control device, including a stop sign…and after stopping, may proceed when the intersection can be safely entered without interference or collision with traffic using a different street or roadway.” Sec. 545.152 offers a bit of specific guidance to drivers turning left at an intersection: “To turn left at an intersection…an operator shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and that is in the intersection or in such proximity to the intersection as to be an immediate hazard.” Because so little guidance is provided in the state legal code, driving instructors and state licensing agencies have published various resources to help drivers determine who has the right of way at an all-way stop. The most common and notable instruction: if a driver arrives at an intersection with stop signs at the same time as another vehicle, the vehicle on the right has the right of way. As stated in the Texas Driver Handbook (published by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Driver License Division), drivers at an all all-way should “stop before proceeding in the order [of arrival]. If two vehicles arrive at the same time, [you should] yield to the vehicle on your right.” While most drivers do their best to follow published conventions, driver hesitancy and selfish and distracted driving habits can lead to confusion and potential danger at all-way stop intersections. Therefore, the


most important choice a driver can make at a four-way stop is to practice defensive driving*—to focus closely when approaching the intersection, to stop completely and look carefully in all directions while at a full stop, to use turn signals to indicate directionality to other drivers, and to communicate with other drivers using hand signals and eye contact. A few other common procedures to keep in mind: • Motorists must yield right of way to pedestrians at an all-way stop. • As you approach an all-way stop, if there are one or more cars in the intersection or immediately entering the intersection, wait and let them proceed before you. In such a case, patience can be more than a virtue—it can prevent collisions. • If two vehicles arrive opposite each other at the same time (i.e. there are no vehicles on the right), the drivers may proceed at the same time if they are going straight ahead. • If two vehicles arrive opposite each other at the same time and one is turning right and one is turning left, the right of way goes to the vehicle turning right since they are closest to the destination lane.

Ultimately, even if you believe you have the right of way, drivers should exercise caution at all-way stops. Other drivers may not be paying attention or may not recognize your right of way. Thus, your best chance of preventing a collision is applying your own situational awareness and defensive driving skill. GOLF CART USE The City of McKinney and the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) follow state regulations regarding golf carts. The following guidelines are published on the City of McKinney’s website at https://www.mckinneytexas.org/1514/Golf-Carts. Golf carts are allowed on public roads in McKinney only when these criteria are met. • A golf cart may not be operated on a sidewalk. • A golf cart is allowed on a public roadway when: o Operated in compliance within a master planned community, such as Stonebridge Ranch, Eldorado, Craig Ranch and Custer West. o Operated for traveling to and from a golf course during daytime within two miles of the location where the golf cart is kept,

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usually the owner’s residence. o Where the posted speed limit of the street is 35 mph or less. There are two exceptions to this rule. First, the posted speed limit does not apply when the golf cart is operated in compliance within a master planned community. Second, a golf cart may cross intersections that include a street with a posted speed limit of more than 35 mph. • A golf cart must have: o A slow-moving vehicle emblem affixed to the rear and be built in compliance with applicable federal regulations. Registration, inspection and insurance are specifically waived under state law. • A driver of a golf cart must: o Possess a valid driver license. o Follow the same traffic laws as cars, including regulatory signs and the use of directional or hand signals when making turns and stops. So, what exactly does “operated in compliance with” our master-planned community mean? In Stonebridge Ranch, this means that resident golfers may operate their golf carts on roadways (importantly, including on 40 mph streets) ONLY IF: the driver possesses a valid driver’s license; the cart has a visible slow-moving emblem; the driver follows all traffic laws; and the driver’s route is required for them to be able to travel to or from a golf course in the community. Though the residential areas of Stonebridge Ranch were built in proximity to golf courses, golf carts may NOT be used in our community for any purpose other than accessing the courses to play golf. Carts may not be used for such activities as teen joyriding, transporting children to or from school, accessing restaurants or grocery stores in our area, etc. Regarding enforcement, “the McKinney Police Department may issue a traffic citation against any person the officer has probable cause to believe has violated these or other regulations, whether the offending person is a juvenile or adult.” If you have questions regarding the use of golf carts, contact the McKinney Police Department at (972) 547-2700. STREET PARKING The Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) does not own, maintain or have jurisdiction over any streets or roadways within our community.

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Instead, the streets are owned, maintained, and regulated by either the City of McKinney or, in the rare case of a few private, gated neighborhoods, by the sub-association for that village. Street parking is allowed on all publicly owned city streets within our neighborhoods. Because excessive street parking can make it difficult for cars to maneuver through side streets, we encourage all homeowners to consider the following best practices and neighborly etiquette. • Utilize defensive driving techniques if visibility of sidewalks is hampered by cars parked on the street. It is possible for children or pets to dart quickly between parked cars, so staying focused, driving slowly, and looking in all directions is necessary. • Exercise caution to never exceed posted speed limits. • Whenever possible, park your family cars in your own garage and driveway. If you park on the street for your own convenience, you may cause an inconvenience for your neighbors. • If you are hosting a gathering at your home, alert your near neighbors to the date and time so they can expect the influx of street-parked cars. • Never park your car on the street in a location that blocks (even partially) a mailbox, driveway, right of way, or fire hydrant. A final note: the ultimate success of our homeowners association is determined not only by the policies and leadership of the HOA, but by the attitude and participation of all our homeowners. Together, we make Stonebridge Ranch a great place to live—but we can’t do it without each other! We sincerely thank all residents who practice defensive driving and are considerate with their parking choices. Small actions matter. Collectively, they broadcast the spirit of our entire community to others and help us all maintain high property values. * The National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course def ines ‘defensive driving’ as “driving to save lives…in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” The most important aim of a defensive driver is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others. ◀


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Wood Vs. Breakaway: Public Safety Starts with a Stop Sign Note: this article was originally published in Stonebridge Ranch News in Sept. 2016. We are reprinting it here because association staff have received a recent increase in resident queries regarding stop signs in our community. When the developers of Stonebridge Ranch first broke ground here in 1988, there were few roads and fewer traffic signs. Many of the roads that did exist were unpaved dirt between open fields. As the developers began to work with the City of McKinney to construct roads, they found an opportunity to mark the landscape with the Stonebridge Ranch brand by constructing upscale signposts at intersections. As you drive around Stonebridge Ranch today, you can still see a number of these earliest traffic markers, square wooden posts, painted white, which display the Stonebridge Ranch logo at the top. You can also see many traffic signposts which are not wooden or square or marked with the

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Stonebridge Ranch logo. Why? The answer is both simple and complex, influenced by many factors which include federal and state law, public safety, and the cost-effective use of our community resources. 1. Federal and State Law and Public Safety In 2003, the federal Department of Transportation Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) included a new requirement aimed at saving lives: “Ground mounted sign supports shall be breakaway, yielding, or shielded with a longitudinal barrier or crash cushion…” For all roads with posted speed limits of 50 mph or higher, the 2003 manual set a compliance target date of January 18, 2013. For all roads with posted speeds less than 50 mph, each highway agency was required to institute a feasible program to replace non-breakaway supports over time. The Department of Transportation noted state agencies could accomplish this task in part by replacing all damaged and/or deteriorating supports on an as-need basis with the proper breakaway design. This federal requirement is duly listed in the Texas MUTCD and followed by the City of McKinney in the management of our streets. It has possibly saved lives or lessened injuries within our community’s own borders. It also explains why two different types of posts are now seen throughout Stonebridge Ranch. In the early days following the 2003 requirement, most of the original post replacements were likely initiated by damage caused in traffic accidents. Today, however, deterioration is equally or more likely to cause the replacement of a 30-year-old wooden post with a metal breakaway one. Robyn Root, a Civil Engineer for the city’s traffic department, has been on the job since 2002. She says: “You’d be surprised how the wooden poles age,” noting that in Texas, much damage to the original posts is actually caused by termites. “I’ve seen termites eat a lot of wooden poles,” she


says, “and it’s a real hazard.” Termite-damaged poles are more likely to fall unexpectedly, leading to accidents, damage to resident property, and/or traffic slow-downs. Annually, the City of McKinney earmarks funds specifically for this important breakaway replacement program. “It’s too costly to replace them all at once,” Robyn affirms. “But eventually, we’ll replace all the original posts.” 2. Wise Stewardship of our Community Resources When the wooden posts were first constructed in Stonebridge Ranch, they stood as unique markers denoting the boundaries of a nascent community. As they were once a noticeable part of our landscape, some residents may wish we could keep them forever. Unlike the metal breakaway design, however, they are more dangerous if hit in a collision. They also require more upkeep. Over the years, the association has utilized both private vendors and on-site staff to keep the posts looking fresh with new coats of paint. But today, after build-out on over 5,000 acres of land, the amount of manpower and paint required to upkeep so many aging wooden posts continues to rise. You may have seen decorative breakaway posts in some areas of McKinney and wondered why more decorative posts are not installed here in Stonebridge Ranch. The association must consider the higher cost of installing decorative breakaway posts. Robyn points out that the City does not provide decorative posts and that other organizations or homeowners bear the cost of installing anything other than the basic design you’ve seen here on our streets. Robyn says, “I understand the design of the original [Stonebridge Ranch] posts looks more substantial. I’d love to be able to put them back. But there is so much we must consider. There are issues of cost, state and federal law. There are also issues of safety.” Like the city, the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) must consider these issues, too, along with the variety of opinions among our residents. As you drive through our community, you will continue to see more metal breakaway posts installed. They look the way they do—most importantly—to protect your safety. ◀ STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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Curb Appeal Corner

are entering the time of year when Holiday Decorations We many people enjoy docorating their homes

to celebrate year-end holidays. Who here loves to show joy for such memorable days as Halloween, Thankgsgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, etc.? Read ahead for community guidelines designed to keep our neighborhoods looking their best during the upcoming months of special family gatherings. • Seasonal/holiday lighting or decorations may be displayed no more than one month prior to the holiday with ONE exception: December holiday lighting may be displayed commencing November 1st of each year. • Decorations must be removed no more than one month after the date of the holiday being celebrated. • Holiday lighting and decorations must be appropriate for the holiday being celebrated. These holiday lighting/decorating regulations are noted in the Stonebridge Ranch Design Guidelines & Review Procedures for Residential Modifications (commonly referred to as our “Modification Design Guidelines”). The current form of this document is always available at www.stonebridgeranch.com.

Village Entrance Decorations

During the holiday season, the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association (SRCA) decorates monuments in areas with the most traffic volume. However, the decorations you see at entrances to specific neighborhoods are installed—and stored throughout the year—by individual homeowners in those villages who enjoy such service. (The SRCA simply does not have the storage space or resources to manage decorations for all entrances throughout our 76 neighborhoods.) If you want to see your entrance decorated, you might consider organizing a fun decorating party in your village. It’s a great way to enjoy time with neighbors!

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October 2019

Social Scene Picnic on the Plaza

Saturday, Oct. 5 3 to 5 p.m., Stonebridge Plaza 7501 Coronado Drive Invite your neighbors and bring your picnic baskets filled with your favorite goodies. This fun, relaxing event will be held at Stonebridge Plaza next to the Aquatic Center. You’ll enjoy live music by Dive Bar Boom Box, a local band which includes seven multiinstrumentalists and plays popular songs from the 80’s and 90’s. You can preview their sound at www.divebarboombox.com. We’ll also provide free snows cones and, until supplies run out, free tacos and chips. To add to the fun, we’ll have a variety of games on hand to keep you and the kids entertained. Come ready to create chalk art and to play hula hoop, pickleball, football, catch, and corn hole. (Glass containers and smoking prohibited.)

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Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday, Oct. 19 4 to 7 p.m., Beach & Tennis Club 6201 Virginia Parkway

One of our favorite family-fun events of the year is here! We hope you’ll join us for our annual Halloween Spooktacular, dress up in your best costume and bring a bag for trick-or-treating. A DJ will be on hand to play fun Halloween tunes. You’ll also enjoy a Big Tex petting zoo, obstacle course, and several other bounce houses and games. Be sure to hop on the train ride and enjoy a hot dog while supplies last.

Evening on the Veranda Friday, Oct. 11 7 to 9:30 p.m., Beach Club 6201 Virginia Parkway

Looking for a relaxing way to end a busy week? We have the perfect local spot where you can enjoy the sunset while listening to some great music and sipping your favorite wine. The band of the night, Tin Man Band, can be described as a high-energy dance, party, Motown, and Top 40 band. You can preview their sound at www.thetinmanband.com. Gates open at 7 p.m. and Tin Man Band will entertain from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. We provide light snacks, sodas and water, as well as fire pits where you can roast marshmallows (skewers and marshmallows included). Be sure to pack your favorite snacks and to BYOB in plastic or aluminum containers. Glass containers and smoking are prohibited. This is an adult only, non-swimming, smoke-free event. You must be 21 years to enter, and photo ID is required. Line up a babysitter if needed and come join us! Guests may attend with a resident by paying $5 each at the gate. (Exact change is appreciated; credit cards and bills larger than $20 not accepted.)

But… The fun won’t end there! Local merchants will attend with table set-ups, banners and unique activities for children. (Past activities and giveaways have included parading mascots and impersonators, hair and face painting, balloon hats, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn machines, and more.) Area merchants, if you are interested in participating, please contact David Wiest at (214) 733-5810 or dwiest@cmamanagement.com. Merchant space is limited, and merchant RSVP is required by October 10. STONEBRIDGE RANCH NEWS

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Volunteers are welcome to support this popular event as well. Students can earn green cord or other community service hours by helping set up or by dressing up in a costume and working the event. Decorating and set-up begins at 11 a.m.

Electronic Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Saturday, Oct. 26 9:30 a.m. to Noon, Lower Parking Lot 6201 Virginia Parkway

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Is it time to do some fall cleaning? Stonebridge Ranch is once again partnering with United Electronic Recycling (UER) to help reduce, reuse and recycle electronic equipment. Bring your old, broken, or unwanted electronic equipment, and UER will make sure it is properly recycled. In addition, we will provide a truck for safe, on-site document shredding. There is no charge for dropping off any type of item. To view the list of acceptable items, visit the event calendar www.stonebridgeranch.com. Questions about accepted electronics? Contact Jason Keller at jkeller@ unitedelectronicrecycling.com stonebridgeranch.com


October 2019

Monthly Meet-Ups Travel Club Tuesday, Oct. 8 9 to 10 a.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

Travel Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. This is the perfect group for residents who are curious and enjoy experiencing new things. The members explore together, dine together, and even cruise together. They usually take a monthly field trip to a location nearby in the DFW area. Non-residents guests are welcome to attend.

Evening Bingo

Tuesday, Oct. 8 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Want a chance to win a prize and to have some midweek fun? Join us for an evening of Bingo! Players compete for $5 gift cards while snacking on light refreshments. This is an adult-only event. Stonebridge Ranch residents play for free and may bring up to one non-resident guest. Guests pay a $5 fee. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up. RSVP online at https://whoozin.com/CMQ-3Q9-J6J3-VHXM.

Neighbor Meet and Greet Wednesday, Oct. 9 9:30 to 11 a.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway

Come and meet a neighbor or bring a neighbor. Whether you’ve been here one month, one year, ten years or more, we’d love to meet you! We provide sodas, water, a fruit tray, donuts and hot coffee. Singles, couples, children and grandchildren are welcome. Free to Stonebridge Ranch residents.

Book Club

Monday, Oct. 14 7 to 8 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Sit-ins are always welcome to Book Club, even if you haven’t read our selection. At this month’s meeting, we’ll casually discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This debut novel expertly tells a touching story about a young girl abandoned at a young age, who must adapt to the beautiful nature around her while attempting to coexist with the cruel towns people nearby.

Coffee, Cars & Cycles Saturday, Oct. 19 8:30 to 10 a.m., Circle Drive 6201 Virginia Parkway

At this monthly meet-up, we provide coffee, donuts and breakfast burritos in the Community Room until supplies run out. There, we also host a Book, CD and DVD Exchange. If you like, bring your fancy or classic car (or motorcycle or chopper) to park in the circle drive, or just come to chat with your neighbors. This event is for Stonebridge Ranch residents only.

Craft Time

Tuesday, Oct. 22 1 to 3 p.m., Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Do you have some UFO (unfinished objects) such as quilt blocks, beadwork, knitting, crocheting, darning, mending, or do you just want to get out of the house? Bring your own projects and supplies and join us for a friendly craft time. The coffee pot will be on! This activity is free to residents. Non-resident guests may attend for a $5 fee. If you would like to bring a nonresident, please contact David Wiest at dwiest@cmamanagement.com. No advanced registration is required.

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Morning Bingo

Thursday, Oct. 24 10 a.m. to Noon, Community Room 6201 Virginia Parkway Start your day off right with a morning of fun Bingo and prizes! Winners earn $5 gift cards. We provide snacks and beverages. This is an adult-only event. Stonebridge Ranch residents play for free and may bring up to two non-resident guests. Guests pay a $5 fee. Seating is limited to the first 40 who sign up, so hurry to RSVP at https://whoozin.com/EV3-HRP-XTEV-79A9.

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Stonebridge Ranch News - October 2019  

Stonebridge Ranch News - October 2019