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HOA News and Information Spring has sprung and the landscapers have arrived. This week, 4-D will be on site to begin the spring cleanup. Sand will be removed, the grounds will be thatched and the beds will be mulched. According to regulations, after April 1st, the property can be fertilized . Spring trimming of the bushes will take place and you will be notified before this happens. If you have any particular landscaping issues, please notify Eileen Duffy via email ( so that they may be addressed. Now that we are on daylight savings time, please keep in mind that garbage/trash may not be put to the curb before 6:00pm. The Board is already discussing considerations for the use of the outdoor pool this summer. We will follow local and state guidelines for everyone’s safety and keep you posted. Please stay healthy and well………… The Board Of Directors

President Joe Cerullo Vice President Eileen Duffy Vice President Lou Petix Treasurer Tom Purcell Secretary Deborah Schade

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Home Schooling-The Way It Was submitted by Angelo Trombetta

Baby Boomers were Home-Schooled and they didn't even know it... 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL-DONE: "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." 2. My mother taught me RELIGION: "You better pray that will come out of the carpet." 3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL: "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!" 4. My father taught me LOGIC: "Because I said so, that's why." 5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC: "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me." 6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT: "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident." 7. My father taught me IRONY: "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about." 8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS: "Shut your mouth and eat your supper." 9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM: "Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!" 10. My mother taught me about STAMINA: "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 11. My mother taught me about WEATHER: "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY: "If I told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!" 13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE: "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out." 14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: "Stop acting like your father!" 15. My mother taught me about ENVY: "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do." 16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION: "Just wait until we get home." 17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING: "You are going to get it from your father when he comes home!" 18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE: "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way." 19. My mother taught me ESP: "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?" 20. My father taught me HUMOR: "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me." 21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT: "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up." 22. My mother taught me GENETICS: "You're just like your father." 23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS: "Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?" 24. My mother taught me WISDOM: "When you get to be my age, you'll understand.‖ 25. My father taught me about JUSTICE: "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!" The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

by Joe Polizzi April 1st, besides being ―April Fools Day‖, is also the first day of the Great American Pastime- Baseball. What do you need to play baseball? A baseball, obviously, but also a glove and a bat. My grandson, Luca, is an avid baseball player and this year for Christmas got two new gloves. That’s because he plays two positions. When he’s not catching, his main position, he can pitch or play the field. This brings me to my first glove. It was a hand-me-down and it was a four fingered Willie Mays model. Two of your fingers went in one slot, thus a four-fingered mitt. I used that glove for quite a while until my father decided to buy me a brand spanking new Wilson Eddie Yost glove. Eddie was a slick fielding third baseman for the Washington Senators. This glove had five fingers but it had a cutout notch by the pinky finger. It looked kind of wierd. But since I was also an infielder, my father reassured me that that notch in the pinky would help me quickly sweep the ball into my throwing hand and thus have an advantage. Well I bought the concept and kept that glove until high school. Then my high school coach, Mr. Burns, managed to get me a deal on a Rawling’s ―Heart of the Hide‖ infielder’s glove. What do you do with a new glove? You have to break it in. We did this two ways. One was repeatedly throwing a ball into the glove to form a nice pocket. Then we would rub linseed oil into the pocket to soften it up. But the job was not over. We then put a ball in the pocket, wrapped five or six rubber bands around it and put it in the closet for a couple of days. When we took it out and removed the rubber bands, voila! a perfect pocket. I bring this up because nowadays the breaking in and pocket forming process is performed by a machine and hot iron at Dicks Sporting Store. Yes, they break the glove in for you. Kids today don’t know what they are missing. And they charge you for the service. The cost of gloves is another thing but I’m not going to mention the absurd price that a new glove costs. The other piece of equipment you need to play baseball is a bat. I first started playing stickball in the streets of Brooklyn and our bat was an old broom stick; thus, stickball. Everyone used the same stick and no one knew any better. Then when I began playing baseball at Farmer’s Oval in Queens the coach would bring a duffle bag with bats, balls and catcher’s gear. We probably had two maybe three bats and that was for everyone on the team. There were two models I recall. A thin handled Jackie Robinson model and a thick handed Nellie Fox model. The Nellie Fox bat was particularly good in laying down a bunt. Something you don’t see much in today’s baseball game. Even in high school we used the team bats. No one had their own bat. Until the day we played Mount St. Michael Academy. The Mount was a very prestigious Catholic High School in the Bronx. We get to the field. It was a perfectly manicured field to complement it’s football field and fieldhouse. All venues had a huge MSM displayed to remind us of where we were. But what struck me immediately was that each player had their own bat and painted on the knob of the bat was the player’s number just like the professionals. I don’t recall the outcome of the game but as you can see the experience stayed with me for a lifetime. Today, Luca and everyone on his team have their own bat and sometimes two. Plus they also have a carryall that holds their gloves, special slots for two bats, their sunglasses, batting glove and on and on. The wooden bats we used were primarily Louisville Sluggers. Recently I perused some baseball bats at Dicks, they have everything. There are Louisville Sluggers but the choices are now endless. There’s the Easton Beast or Ghost, the De Marini Voodoo, the Marucci CAT and the Rawlings VELO. The bats are now metal with varying handle sizes, barrel thicknesses and special handle wraps to soften the sting. Handle wraps,we had adhesive tape and sometimes nails to mend a broken bat. And you can imagine the prices, they are out of site. But that is the state of youth sports in America. Although Luca has all the latest paraphernalia, some of which I bought, what I enjoy most is when he gets a hit or makes a play and looks back at me with a smile on his face and a sense of accomplishment now that is worth all the Maruccis and Rawlings that money can buy. I’m glad baseball is back for a full season and I hope to see a few games with the family and cherish our time together. So as always, stay healthy, stay strong and hitt’em straight….JoePolizzi The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

Spend the Day Together! The pandemic, the cold, and the snow has kept most of us indoors for the winter. Spring is bursting out now – time to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Here are some fun things to do: Blow bubbles Buy some bubbles at the dollar store or make your own at home how-to-make-giant-homemade-bubbles/ Go fly a kite! Choose an open field and run around with the kids to try to get their kite up in the air. Need more instruction? -tips-for-successful-kite-flying/ Play hide and seek There are so many places to hide! Just be careful around traffic. Make a bird feeder Help the birds find a place to live by using the DIY plan for bird feeders, at https:// If you’d prefer, you could paint one purchased from your local craft store. Ride a bike Caumsett Park has some beautiful trails for riding your bike. Others include Hilarie Woods Park off Park Avenue, Trail View State Park in Woodbury, and Bethpage State Park bicycle path. Magnolias or cherry blossoms anyone? April showers bring May flowers so ride around and see what’s in bloom around your neighborhood. Feed the ducks It’s migrating season. Birds, including ducks, are heading back home. Take some bread to any pond near you and make some feathered friends. Visit a farmer’s market Spend a day picking out delicious and healthy snacks to enjoy

Go camping Create an adventure by bringing the family camping. Roast marshmallows and tell spooky stories around the fire. If that’s a little too much adventure for you, try setting up a tent and sleeping bags in your back yard. Visit a farmer’s market Spend a day picking out delicious and healthy snacks Collect rocks Whether you’re at the beach or park, collect the biggest and smoothest rocks you can find. Use them later for crafts. Go for a hike Explore the great outdoors hiking with your family. Count the number of different animals you find. Bring a field guide to identify bird species seen along the way. Wash your car Choose a warm day, get a bucket and some sponges, round up the kids and get the car clean and shiny! If a water fight happens to break out, so much the better! Plan a scavenger hunt Pick some spring things for your family to hunt for. Create a pretty, colorful checklist, and watch the fun. Find some tips here: tips-for-creating-an-awesome-treasure-hunt/

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Early 2021 Zoom Events by Ellen Silverman Wednesday, April 21 ~ 7:30 PM ~ a Zoom Event Rose Feinberg, a wonderfully skilled and charismatic lecturer (whom I was fortunate enough to hear/see in Florida a couple of years ago), will present "Three Funny Women: Fanny Brice, Gilda Radner, and Joan Rivers. Watch for emails about her presentation! Remember to let me know if you plan to join us. Thursday, April 29 ~ 1 PM The Setauket Meadows Whatever You Want to Read Book Club This is where we share reflections about books we've read and we walk away (from our computers, iPhones, or iPads) with additions to our "Books to Read" lists. Everyone's welcome! I'll send the link a day or two before.

If you're thinking, "We can't have a Bagel Breakfast this year on Memorial Day," you're absolutely right...BUT we have a 2021 alternative that we know you'll enjoy. Stay tuned! In the meantime, we'll keep you guessing. We're hoping that our FALL FLING, scheduled for Sunday, October 17, from 5-9 PM at the Waterview, will be a go. You'll find out more about it as the date approaches. Also in October, we'd like to invite Sal St. George to present his "The Making of 'Young Frankenstein'" ~ perfect around Halloween time. That should be a hoot. We're hoping to have him do his program in person in the clubhouse. We'll assess the state of things as the time draws closer. If we can't do it in person, we can always count on Zoom. Be safe! Ellen S, on behalf of your Social Committee 631-664-1965

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HOW TO BE HAPPY NOW By Shari Harley I heard lots of people say they just wanted 2020 to be over and that 2020 has been a bad year. It definitely was a very different and difficult year. I’m right there with you – virtual school, no childcare, not seeing family or friends, and doing three jobs because everyone in our office is working virtually. But part of being powerful is creating fun and choosing happiness regardless of the circumstances. Here are some ideas for creating fun and happiness, regardless of the circumstances: Connect with people you haven’t talked to in a while. Call, texting isn’t the same.  Past coworkers  Friends from high school, college, and graduate school  Cousins and siblings  Neighbors  Out-of-town friends Local friends Here are a few ways to take care of yourself during the workday:  Listen to music.  Eat breakfast or lunch instead of skipping a meal.  Text a friend when you have down time. Walk outside to take a break. Do something you enjoy every day. Keep it simple and cheap. Here are a few from my life:  Listen to music. Maybe go crazy and have a spontaneous dance party.  Order food from a favorite restaurant. I’ll admit that sometimes we have breakfast delivered.  Go for a walk or hike.  Do something you’ve never done. We’re trying snowmobiling this week.  Drive someplace beautiful. Watch a movie you haven’t seen. Lastly, what’s a bad habit you can stop doing, for one day. Don’t over commit. Mine are below:  Opening emails, promising I’ll reply, only to have the email get buried and forgotten.  Surfing Facebook and the internet at night.  Eating whatever my kid doesn’t finish. Checking my phone (way more than necessary). As the challenges continue, there are lots of ways to have fun regardless of the circumstances – from reconnecting with old friends, to taking care of ourselves, and stopping a bad habit, just for one day. Shari Harley is the founder and President of Candid Culture, a Denver-based training firm that is bringing candor back to the workplace, making it easier to give feedback at work. Shari is the author of the business communication book How to Say Anything to Anyone: A Guide to Building Business Relationships that Really Work. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

Electrical Fire Safety Tips Each year in North America, hundreds of people die and thousands more are injured in accidents involving electrical fires or shocks. Most of these incidents can be prevented by following simple electrical-safety rules: Electrical cords and outlets • Never overload electrical outlets, and use only one appliance per extension cord. • Maintain all electrical cords. Replace any cord that is cracked, frayed or otherwise damaged. Also, replace cords that become hot when in use. • Never allow an electrical cord to become crimped against walls or furniture. • Don’t run extension cords under rugs or across doorways, and never hang them over nails. This may cause the insulation to deteriorate, exposing a wire that can cause a fire or electric shock. • Have a professional electrician replace old or damaged outlets with modern, three-wired, polarized receptacles. Proper grounding is essential to minimize fire and shock hazards. • Plugs should match outlets. Three-pronged plugs require three-wired receptacles or a properly grounded adapter. Polarized plugs with one prong wider than the other require polarized receptacles. • Never cut off or bend the ground pin of a three-pronged plug. This ground connection protects from severe shock caused by a faulty cord or malfunctioning appliance. • Never alter the wide prong of a polarized plug to make it fit into an outdated outlet. • Protect children from electrical shock by installing plastic safety inserts in unused outlets. Fuses and circuit breakers • If a fuse blows or a circuit breaker is tripped, don’t just replace or reset it. Find out what caused the circuit to overload and correct the problem. • Never replace a fuse or circuit breaker with one that exceeds the amperage rating for a given circuit. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

• Avoid using several high-amperage appliances - such as irons or other heat-producing appliances - on the same circuit. • Never replace a fuse with material that conducts electricity. Warning signs You can spot many electrical problems before they cause a fire or shock. Be alert to the following danger signs: • If fuses blow or circuit breakers trip frequently, wiring may not be adequate. Shrinking television pictures and slow to heat irons and toasters are tip-offs that wiring may not be adequate. Call a licensed electrician to check and/or update wiring in the home. • Feeling a tingle when you touch an electrical seasonal light. • Discoloration of wall outlets. • A burning smell or unusual odor coming from an appliance or wiring. • Sizzling sound at wall switches or outlets. • Flickering lights. If you cannot locate a problem inside your home, call your power company or an electrician immediately.


1. Is your heating system in proper working order and inspected for dangerous leaks yearly? 2. Is there ample air circulation around appliances that are likely to overheat? 3. Any overloaded circuits, long extension cords runs, too many devices plugged unto one outlet? 4. Fireplaces, chimney free of dangerous build ups that could catch on fire? 5. Protective grate in front of fireplace to prevent sparks, hot logs from rolling into room? 6. Kitchen oven hood and far clear of greasy build-up that could cause a fire? 7. Smoke detectors installed on each level and tested weekly? 8. Smoke detector batteries replaced every 12 months or less? 9. Working fire extinguisher in kitchen, basement, garage, auto? 10. All family members sleep with bedroom door closed to prevent spread of fire, smoke? 11. All family members practice fire drill, know escape route, designated meeting pace to go outside? 12. Children know how to use phone to get help in an emergency?


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CAN YOU HELP SAVE THE WORLD? Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet's environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects. The first Earth Day was in 1970. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, after seeing the damage done by a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, was inspired to organize a national "teach-in" that focused on educating the public about the environment. With a staff of 85, they were able to rally 20 million people across the United States on April 20, 1970. Universities held protests, and people gathered in public areas to talk about the environment and find ways to defend the planet. "Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values," according to the Earth Day Network, which was founded by the event's organizers to promote environmental citizenship and action year-round. In 1995, President Bill Clinton awarded Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being the founder of Earth Day. This is the highest honor given to civilians in the United States. Earth Day continued to grow over the years. In 1990, it went global, and 200 million people in 141 countries participated in the event, according to the Earth Day Network. Today, more than 1 billion people across the globe participate in Earth Day activities. Earth Day activities Each year, corporations and activists create new projects, initiatives and campaigns to protect and restore the Earth. Children in the United States often celebrate by creating Earth Day-themed crafts and school projects. According to a survey from device recycler ecoATM, 30 percent of those polled plant a tree for Earth Day, and 23 percent clean up a local park. About 47 percent of those polled associate Earth Day with recycling. Here are some Earth Day ideas from people around the country: There are two simple ways to celebrate Earth Day to make the world a little better," said Nathaniel Weston, an associate professor of environmental science at Villanova University. "The first is to promote understanding of important environmental issues so that more people are aware of the critical actions we need to take to protect our environment. The second is to commit yourself to service on or around Earth Day — plant some trees, clean up a stream or help your local community garden." Don’t forget to turn out the lights. Saving energy can help to save the planet. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

Celebrate Locally! During this unusual year, it is still possible to celebrate Earth Day 2021 and be proactive in helping our planet. There are several websites dedicated to bringing like-minded people together in service of our planet. For those so inclined, here are some helpful sites: Earth Day 2021 | Restore Our Earth™ | EARTHDAY.ORG If you’re looking for Earth Day outdoor events in and around New York City, this is a place to begin: New York, NY Earth Day Events | Eventbrite Earth Day here in Huntington: Earth Day Expo Set for April 4 at Heckscher Park Earth Day Means a Lot to Huntington | Huntington, NY Patch

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15 Cheap Ways to Freshen Up Your Bathroom This Weekend Low cost and high style? Yes, please.

Haute Hardware Switch out your dated, dusty knobs and pulls and replace them with their chic, shiny counterparts. This quick, low-cost project has the power to transform the entire aesthetic of your bathroom design.

Reframe Your Reflection Work with what you've got and craft a custom frame for your bathroom mirror Pro tip: If your bathroom is all white, opt for a natural wood frame to bring instant warmth and coziness.

Not Your Mama's Wainscoting Mix trendy with traditional this weekend and create a powder room that packs a punch by installing crisp, classic wainscoting to the lower half of the walls. Line the top of the room with bold, removable wallpaper or roll on a bold paint color.

White-Out All white linens = fresh, fresh, fresh. Purge your powder room and master bath of all your ratty, mismatched, rainbow-colored and/or busy-patterned towels. Replace the lot with crisp, cloudwhite cloths and towels to evoke a unified, clean, spa-worthy aesthetic.

Cohesive Containers You'll be shocked how much fresher your bathroom looks, and how much more "together" your life feels when you come home to cohesive-yet-stylish storage containers. Use wicker baskets to create texture or opt for sleek acrylic boxes or wire baskets for a more modern design.

Up Your Storage Game Who doesn't need more storage space in the bathroom, right? Stop procrastinating and check a shelving project off your to-do list ASAP. Natural wood open shelves keep the bathroom airy and spacious while also providing much-needed, easily-accessible storage.

Lay the Groundwork for Coziness From sparse to stylish, give your en suite a fresh, new look by rolling out the red carpet. Or blue. Or green. Whatever floats your boat! Recycle your hallway runner to your bathroom to create a pop of color. . The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

Wow-Worthy Window Treatments Drape your bathroom in drama by adding fancy, floor-to-ceiling drapes. The simple elegance of the ivory sheaths in a master bath makes it the perfect place to escape, relax and hide from the kids.

Paint Your Vanity an Unexpected Color Get out your paint brush and roll up your sleeves. Transform your vanity from drab to fab with just a few coats of your go-to bold color..

Create Cool Contrast Use black paint to paint your bathroom's window trim for a showstopping upgrade. The high-contrast results are undeniably cool and, the best part? This transformative paint project costs next to nothing to complete.

Find the Best Light Do yourself a favor and rid your bathroom of dated ceiling fans and/or light fixtures. Find your best lighting and replace played-out pendants for a bright, bold chandelier, packed with pizzazz.

Switch to Stylish Circle Mirror See yourself, and your bathroom, like never before with a brand new vanity mirror. Chuck your old, square mirror (note: be careful not to break it!) and fasten an oh-so-trendy, round mirror in its place. The results will instantly lift the look of any bathroom vanity from so basic, to so pretty.

Refine Your Shower Rod Replace your generic white shower rod (read: the ultimate eyesore) with something a little fancier. We have hearts for eyes over how this gleaming little brass rod looks in this squeaky-clean, white bath. Swapping for a stylish brass, chrome or matte black rod will ensure that your bathroom always looks sophisticated, even when the curtain is pulled back.

Snag Chic Sconces A wide, double sink gives a unique look to many vanity set ups and we're very much here for it. The top takeaway though? Uh-mazing sconces. Take note and toss out (or donate) your basic vanity lights and replace them with cool, contemporary sconces that better suit your hip design

Peel + Stick Wallpaper Take years off the sad, forgotten hall bathroom with a few hours and your favorite removable wallpaper! We're currently drooling over this bold-yet-classic look created with a simple, black and white floral paper.

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There Are Good Reasons To Know Your Neighbors Research has shown a very un-neighborly finding: 28 percent of Americans know none of their neighbors’ names. The share of Americans who say they ―never‖ socialize with their neighbors hit an alltime high according to the General Social Survey. There are many reasons why Americans are connecting less with their neighbors, such as fewer stay-at-home parents, more families camped indoors, streaming, gaming and engaging in their online social networks, and declining participation in their local community organizations and service clubs. Despite this growing trend of Americans not interacting with their neighbors, this lack of neighborly outreach could actually be restricting their quality of life. So, in the spirit of mending a few broken fences, we offer these reasons why we believe connecting or reconnecting with your neighbors can actually be good for you: They can make your home and community safer If you are expecting an important package when you’re not home, your neighbors can accept it for you, rather than having it left on your doorstep for a porch pirate to snatch. They can keep you healthy Why risk a hernia or throwing out your back when trying to move an oversized couch or La-Z Boy recliner yourself. Ask your neighbor to share the load and promise to return the favor. They can help keep your house in good repair They may already have dealt with a problem you’re only now encountering. If you have a broken pipe or broken water heater, for instance, they may be able to tell you where the shut-off to the water valves are. They may be full of other helpful tips, shortcuts and referrals as well, saving you additional time and money. And if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, they might be able to lend you just the wrench you need or another key tool to complete the repair. They can help you bring positive change to the community Maybe you would like to beautify the nearby ballpark or enhance the entrance to your particular neighborhood. It often takes a coalition or a village to impress vote-counting council members that your enterprise is worth supporting. Start building support by reaching out to your neighbors, who are likely to benefit from your initiative. They can help you get where you need to go If your car fails to start because of a dead battery, they might be able to give you a jump to get you back on the road, or barring that, a chauffeured lift to your desired destination. They can encourage your altruism Say, you have a garden full of tomatoes or a tree teeming with lemons or avocadoes that will go to waste unless you find a home for them. By sharing some of your bounty with your neighbors, you can generate goodwill that can redound to you in all kinds of positive ways. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

What do you know about April? There are a few theories of where the name ―April‖ came from. One is that the name derives from the Latin Aprilis, which comes from the Latin aperire meaning ―to open‖— which could be a reference to the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees, a common occurrence throughout the month of April in the Northern Hemisphere. Another theory is that since Aphrilis is derived from the Greek Aphrodite, it is possible the month was named for the Greek goddess of love. April was originally the second month of the year in early versions of the Roman calendar and consisted of 30 days. It became the fourth month consisting of only 29 days when January was designated the first month of the year around 450 BCE. The month became 30 days long again when Julius Caesar reformed the calendar. April starts on the same day of the week as July and ends on the same day of the week as December in common years. During leap years, April starts on the same day of the week as January. April’s birth flower is the daisy and sweet pea. The birthstone for April is the diamond which symbolizes innocence.

What did the buffalo say when his son left for college? Bison. What is an astronaut’s favorite part on a computer? The space bar. What do you call an apology written in dots and dashes? Re-Morse code. Why did the hipster burn his mouth? He drank the coffee before it was cool. Once my dog ate all the Scrabble tiles. He kept leaving little messages around the house. Did you hear about the two people who stole a calendar? They each got six months. What did the cop say to his belly button? You’re under a vest. I got my daughter a fridge for her birthday. I can’t wait to see her face light up when she opens it. Rest in peace to boiling water. You will be mist. Why did the nurse need a red pen at work? In case she needed to draw blood. The numbers 19 and 20 got into a fight. 21. Why did it get so hot in the baseball stadium after the game? All of the fans left. Why did the math textbook visit the guidance counselor? It needed help figuring out its problems.

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A Few Security Tips By Ray Dawson

1. There are many impostors who attempt to trick unsuspecting consumers into giving out their sensitive personal information by pretending to be the individual's bank, credit card company, or other entity. This can happen by phone or online, via phishing emails or websites designed to mimic the authentic company's look and feel. "Make sure you know who is getting your personal or financial information. Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you’ve initiated the contact or know who you’re dealing with. If a company that claims to have an account with you sends email asking for personal information, don’t click on links in the email. Instead, type the company name into your web browser, go to their site, and contact them through customer service. Or,call the customer service number listed on your account statement. Ask whether the company really sent a request," advises the Federal Trade Commission. 2. It's tempting to keep a written list of passwords, or even a single password written down in a notebook or, worse yet, a sticky note. But this is a bad idea, as it makes it extraordinarily easy for someone else to steal your login information and access your accounts without your permission. Writing your password on a 'sticky-note' and sticking it on your monitor makes it very easy for people who regularly steal passwords to obtain yours. Hiding it under your keyboard or mouse pad is not much better, as these are common hiding places for passwords. However, if you must write something down, jot down a hint or clue that will help jog your memory or store the written password in a secure, locked place, 3. Most consumers receive an abundance of mail largely considered junk mail. Credit card statements, bank account statements, notifications regarding other accounts, credit card offers, and more plague the mailboxes of consumers across the U.S. While online access to accounts has made printed statements practically unnecessary, many consumers simply toss these items out when they're received. But doing so without first shredding them could put your personal information in the hands of thieves. Identity theft is the nation’s number one complaint, according to the Federal Trade Commission. One of the most common methods used by thieves to steal personal information is dumpster diving, which entails rummaging through trash looking for old bills or other documents that contain personal information. 4. When you're conducting a financial transaction or sharing other sensitive information, always use a secure website to do so. Secure Socket Layers (SSL) is a commonly used website security protocol that provides additional protection for data as it's transmitted through the Internet. You can tell if you're using a secure website by looking at the beginning of the URL. Those beginning with https:// are secure. "Web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox display a padlock icon to indicate that the website is secure, as it also displays https:// in the address bar. When a user connects to a website via HTTPS, the website encrypts the session with a Digital Certificate," Follow these simple guidelines to help maintain your digital security.

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The Population Of The World Submitted by Angelo Trombetta

Many years ago, when I was a Human Resources executive, I attended enlightening seminars which gave me insight as to how the world’s population was composed. Recently Angelo Trombetta sent me information which brought back a few memories. I will share this with you and I think you will be enlightened as I was. The current population of Earth is around 7.8 Billion (2020). For most people, it is a large figure, that is all. However, if someone condensed the 7.8 billion in the world into 100 persons, then into various percentage statistics; the resulting analysis is relatively much easier to comprehend. Out of 100 people: 11 are in Europe 7 are in North America 7 are in South America 15 are in Africa 60 are in Asia 49 live in the countryside 51 live in cities 12 speak Chinese 5 speak Spanish 5 speak English 3 speak Arabic 3 speak Hindi 3 speak Bengali 3 speak Portuguese 2 speak Russian 2 speak Japanese 62 speak their own language. 77 have living accommodations. 23 have no place to live. 21 are over-nourished 63 can eat full meals. 15 are under-nourished 1 ate the last meal, but did not make it to the next meal.

The daily cost of living for 48 is less than US$2. 87 have clean drinking water 13 either lack clean drinking water or have access to a water source that is polluted. 75 have mobile phones 25 do not. 30 have internet access 70 do not have conditions to go online. 7 received university education 93 did not attend college. 83 can read 17 are illiterate. 33 are Christians 22 are Muslims 14 are Hindus 7 are Buddhists 12 are other religions 12 have no religious beliefs. 26 live less than 14 years 66 died between 15 - 64 years of age 8 are over 65 years old.

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April in the Garden Here are some tips from the New York Botanic Gardens for making your spring/summer/fall gardens the best they can be. Planning: Choose planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, wind and distance from water source Study garden for gaps that can be filled by spring flowering bulbs and order in August for best selection Choose flowering trees and shrubs for color and time of bloom to add to the garden in fall Chores and Maintenance: Continue to remove winter mulches and debris Continue to dig beds in preparation for planting Complete adding compost to planting bed soil Place peony supports Cultivate planting beds and carefully remove weeds Remove mounded earth from roses Prepare bare-root and potted roses for planting; soak overnight in fish emulsion Continue to apply horticultural oil sprays to control insect pests on trees if temperature is over 40 Test lawn soil and apply lime if warranted Begin weeding Edge and mulch planting beds Planting: Plant deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, weather and soil conditions permitting Plant and transplant perennials Sow seeds of hardy annuals in place in the garden Sow seeds of peas, carrots and radishes Start seed indoors for summer crops Plant out seedlings of cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli if soil is workable Plant out seedlings of cool-season annuals, like pansies and snapdragons Plant roses Plant strawberries Re-seed bare lawn areas Pruning/ Fertilizing: Complete removal of diseased, weak or crossing branches Complete rose pruning but wait until after flowering on climbers and ramblers Prune late flowering shrubs such as buddleja and hydrangea Prune early spring-flowering shrubs immediately after flowers die Wait to prune evergreens, hedges and other shrubs until early summer The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

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Get Your Car Ready For Summer Guides for winterizing your car pop up like clockwork every fall, but no one ever talks about summer preparation. Thinking about some sun-drenched driving? Here's how to make sure you're ready. Check Your Tires Tires are the single most important part of your car. They have an enormous impact on performance and safety, and they're one of the few components on your vehicle that can kill you if you ignore them. A worn or underinflated set of tires can be detrimental to handling and braking and can lead to blow-outs at speed. If you use all-season tires, check for bubbles in the sidewalls (usually a sign of broken belts in the tire's carcass), uneven wear, or visible wear bars. If you see any of the above, replace the tire. Make sure that your spare tire is properly inflated. Check Your Brakes Winter traffic is often much slower than summer traffic, and once Jack Frost shows up, your brakes see a great deal of abuse. Brake pads often suffer extreme thermal cycling — massive temperature changes due to the high heat of use meeting with freezing water or deep puddles. Removing your wheels often helps with a brake inspection. If you're technically inclined, remove your brake pads and check them for significant wear and cracking; if you're not, make sure that their edges aren't crumbling or heavily discolored and that the your brake rotors or drums have no significant cracking. If you see anything suspect, hit up your mechanic to double-check and/or replace anything that's worn. Check Your Oil Pull out your car's dipstick and check the level and color of the oil — if it's still a pleasant shade of amber and meets the fill mark, you're fine. If it's amber but low, top it off. If it's black and nasty, change it ASAP. Regular oil should last 4000-5000 miles with no problem; synthetics should go for 6000-7000 miles between changes. (Both of these are general guidelines and vary with driving style and climate.) Make Sure You Have Enough Coolant Inspect your coolant level and coolant mix. The overflow or radiator tank should be full, and a coolant tester available at any auto parts store will tell you if the water to ethylene glycol ratio (the green or orange stuff) needs to be adjusted for maximum cooling. Change your coolant at least once a year for maximum performance. Just make sure that Fido isn't around if you spill some — dogs love glycol's sweet flavor, but it's toxic if ingested. Check The Automatic Transmission Fluid If you drive a car equipped with an automatic transmission, consult your owner’s manual on how, or if (some cars boast so-called "lifetime" fluid) you need to check your fluid level. The fluid should be at the level recommended by the manufacturer and a handsome, bright shade of red. Too much fluid can cause overpressure problems — rough shifting, slippage, and the like — and too little can burn out your torque converter. Be sure to fill it with the recommended ATF mix as designated by the SAE number in your manual. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

Check Your Battery Modern car batteries consist of lead plates suspended in a waterdiluted acid bath. Check your battery periodically to make sure that its fluid level is up to snuff and that there is no visible discharge or leakage around the battery's top. If you have a sealed battery like an Optima, you're essentially off the hook, but if you've got a traditional battery, check its fluid levels and fill to the brim using only distilled water. Top Off Your Power Steering Fluid Power-steering fluid is often overlooked in general servicing, but it's important to keep it topped off and clean. Low steering fluid can lead to increased steering effort and premature failure of your power steering pump; dirty fluid can lead to premature failure of the entire system, which is never cheap to fix. Check your owner's manual for specifics on how to check your fluid level. If the fluid is low, fill to the maximum. If it's dark brown have the power steering system flushed and refilled. Eyeball Your Brake Fluid When it comes to your safety, brake fluid is almost as important as tires. Your brakes are hydraulic devices, and brake fluid is little more than a high-temperature hydraulic fluid. Degradation of that fluid can lead to reduced braking performance or, in extreme cases, complete brake failure. (Yes, that's right — you won't be able to stop the car. Period.) Brake fluid is kept in a translucent reservoir near the base of your car's windshield. It should be clear and at or close to the reservoir's "full" mark. If it's low, fill to that level. If it's dark and grimy, it should be flushed and replaced by an experienced mechanic (an knowledgeable shade tree mechanic can tackle it in a few hours). Brake fluid is extremely poisonous, so handle it with caution. Because brake fluid is hydroscopic — it absorbs moisture from the air and loses effectiveness with age — never reuse an opened bottle. Change Your Windshield Wipers Like most rubber products, wiper blades are usually designed to work best in a specific temperature range. Blades formulated for warm weather are different — more flexible and efficient but often less durable — from those designed for winter. Winter blades tend to be more flexible at lower temperatures but too soft at high temperatures, leading to premature failure. Most blades also take a beating in winter while scraping over jagged ice buildup. No matter how expensive your winter blades might have been, they're very likely worn out and streaking by spring. Greater visibility equals greater safety and less stress, and wiper blades are cheap insurance. Want to know more?

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic the clubhouse remains closed until further notice and the outdoor pool area will be closed for the season. Total Body Fitness Francie Phillips conducts this class at the Clubhouse featuring low impact aerobics and light training. Class is every Tuesday April 1 - weight Fast and Furious 9 from9:00 am – 10:00 am. Cost is $32 per Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know month prepaid (5-week months will be $40 prethat danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, the threat will force Dom to confront paid) or $10 per class to ―drop in‖. Bring a set of the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world2-3 LB weights and a mat or towel. Beginners shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a and all levels welcome! man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob.

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Ingredients 1 tablespoon canola oil Two 10-ounce cans diced tomatoes with chiles, such as Rotel 1 cup chicken broth 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt One 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed One 10-ounce bag frozen corn 5 cups shredded cooked chicken (from about 1 small rotisserie chicken) 12 small corn tortillas, cut into quarters One 8-ounce block Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups) 1/2 cup sour cream 1/3 cup diced red onion 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro, chopped Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Brush a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with the oil. Stir together the diced tomatoes with chiles, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin and salt in a large bowl. Add the black beans, fro zen corn, chicken, tortilla wedges and half the cheese and stir to evenly distribute and moisten all of the ingredients. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish and spread into an even layer. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Remove the foil and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese. Continue to bake until the cheese is melted and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Top with dollops of sour cream and sprinkle with the red onion and cilantro. Serve hot.

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Best music streaming service for 2021: Spotify, Apple, and Amazon . Streaming music is the most convenient way to listen to your favorite songs. Sure, vinyl may be making a resurgence among audiophiles with lots of great inexpensive turntable options, but wrangling physical records is a pain for casual music fans. And if you are concerned about sound quality, it may surprise you that streaming music can sound indistinguishable from -- or even better than -- a CD. The question is which streaming music service is best for you? We checked out several types to see how each platform stacks up for your subscription buck. While most offer music catalogs of more than 50 million songs, each has its own unique pros and cons. For the best music streaming service overall, our vote goes to SPOTIFY Spotify is the pioneer in the music-streaming space arguably the best known. It offers a number of curated music discovery services, including its Discover Weekly playlist, and is constantly implementing new ones, such as Stations. We give the ―best of‖ crown to Spotify because it’s a fun, easy-to-use interface with an extensive catalog and the best device compatibility. Spotify also offers our favorite free tier: without paying a dime you can still stream over Spotify Connect to numerous devices and you don't even need to provide a credit card. Of course there are some negatives also. Advertisements in the free service can be intrusive You can't listen to specific songs in the free tier, just a mix based on the requested music This service is best for people who want a solid all-around service, and especially for people who love to make, browse and share playlists for any scenario. If you just listen over your iPhone, our favorite is APPLE MUSIC Not surprisingly, Apple Music is an excellent choice If you've invested heavily in Apple devices. If you own an Apple HomePod, you'll need this subscription service to summon music with your voice. Apple Music also makes the ideal companion for an iPod Touch, which, amazingly, is still a thing. There's also ton of curated playlists, many hand-crafted by musicians and tastemakers, but it lacks the robust sharing options built into Spotify. And now, the negatives. The Android app and experience isn't as smooth as the iOS one. It doesn't work with old iPods (except the iPod Touch) This service is best for those who want to listen to albums and songs they've added to iTunes or use an Apple HomePod. The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

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Amazon Music Unlimited Amazon Music Unlimited is the "grown-up" (a.k.a. paid) version of Amazon Prime Music, which any Prime subscriber gets for "free." It offers a greatly expanded catalog for an extra outlay per month: $8 for Prime members and $10 if you don't have Prime. Rather than focusing on the cutting edge of music as some others here do, the Amazon music service features recommended playlists and radio stations that are grouped around artists you've already listened to. Next, the negatives: Artist profiles don't have biographies Officially advertised as "tens of millions" of tracks strong, it's unclear if the catalog is quite as large as its competitors The service no longer includes a music locker This service is best for Amazon Prime members who want to save a few bucks on a decent music catalog.

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Looking for Pick-Up Donations? These Organizations Can Help Salvation Army When you think about where to donate unwanted belongings, your mind might go to Salvation Army first. And it makes sense—the Salvation Army has been in operation for over 150 years, and locations can currently be found in more than 7,000 U.S. towns and cities. Items are either brought directly to those who need them or sold at a Salvation Army store, and the organization offers free furniture pick-up, among other things. What they accept: Furniture and mattresses Clothing Various household items and appliances Electronics Books Used cars Who they help: The Salvation Army assists those in need across a wide variety of spectrums, including victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, at-risk youth, the elderly, and natural disaster victims. How to schedule a Salvation Army pick up: To schedule a Salvation Army pick up, head to donate/choose and enter in your zip code. From there, you’ll list the items that you plan to donate and then schedule a pick up date. Note that you don’t have to be home for the pick-up—if you need to, you can simply leave the items outside your home, provided you mark them ―SA.‖ More info: Goodwill Another well-known organization that will pick up your donated items is Goodwill, which was founded in 1902 and has more than 2,800 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Your items will be brought to a nearby Goodwill store and sold at a steep discount to those in need. The money raised goes to various initiatives, including job training and placement programs. What they accept... Furniture Shoes and clothing Toys and games Electronics Books Art Who they help: Goodwill provides jobs and job training programs, as well as classes and community-based programming, for youth, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and individuals trying to reclaim their lives after a prison sentence, among others. How to schedule a Goodwill pick up: To find out if your local Goodwill store does pick ups, you’ll have to contact them directly. You can locate a Goodwill near you at More info: AMVETS National Service Foundation The AMVETS National Service Foundation has been serving U.S. veterans since 1944. The organization operates in 22 U.S. states, with physical stores and donation pick-ups. Your donation helps support AMVETS charitable efforts, which include community outreach programs and job training courses.

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What they accept: Small furniture and appliances Clothing and accessories Toys and games Electronics Bedding Bicycles TVs, computers, and exercise equipment five years old and newer Who they help: AMVETS focus is on supporting U.S. war veterans, both active duty servicemen and women and those who have been honorably discharged. How to schedule an AMVETS pick up: Visit and scroll down to locate your state. If AMVETS operates in your area, you’ll see a number that you can call to arrange for a donation pick up. More info: Pickup Please Pickup Please, a program that helps support Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), isn’t quite as widespread as the other organizations on this list, but they do offer a good solution for your furniture or clothing donation, and they pick up a wide variety of other items as well. Even better, you can usually schedule a pick-up with just 24 hours or so of notice, which works out if you’re moving on a tight timeline. What they accept: Clothing Household items Toys Electronics Books Sports equipment and tools Small home furnishings Note that while Pickup Please does note they’ll accept ―almost anything,‖ items must be small and light enough for one person to easily lift and carry on their own. Who they help: Veterans from all U.S. wars and of all ages. Some of the work that they do includes helping finance the general welfare and medical care of homeless and disabled veterans, and they have a strong commitment to issues surrounding women and minority veterans. How to schedule a Pickup Please pick up: Visit to enter your zip code and see if Pickup Please offers services in your area. If you won’t be home at your scheduled pick up time, leave the items in bags or boxes outside of your home with a label that says ―VVA Donation Pickup.‖ More info: Quick Tips for Donation Pick Ups Tip #1: Know what’s worth donating. While it’s a bummer to have to toss or recycle an item that someone might be able to get some use out of, all of the organizations above note that items must be in good condition. This doesn’t mean that they have to be brand new, but they should be clean, usable, and free of serious defects unless otherwise noted. For everything else, look for responsible disposal methods that might not be as convenient as a pick up but that still keep items out of landfills. For example, textile recycling bins can take unwearable clothing, shoes, and bedding and turn them into things like insulation and stuffing for car seats. And your local animal shelter will likely be glad to accept old linens and towels that have a couple stains or tears. Tip #2: Do some research before choosing your charity. All of the charities above do good with your donations, but they have different ways of making an impact. Instead of just going with the first choice on the list, check out an organization’s website to ensure their values and methods meet the mark for you (and that they’re available in your area, of course). The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication






































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