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Winter 2011 | Wingfield Springs Community Association Newsletter

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irst and foremost, I hope that everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and is enjoying the New Year so far! I can’t believe it is already 2011! Please welcome new board member Wayne Banaszak and incumbent board member Donna Chaffer. Thanks to all of you for expressing continued confidence in us by electing us to two year terms on the Board. Thanks and appreciation to Curtis Hemphill for his dedication and service on the Board over the years. We miss his insights since his resignation from the board earlier this year due to job commitments. We are fortunate to have board members who take active roles in their positions. All the board members work with great diligence to achieve the best results for every homeowner in Wingfield Springs. I’d like to express special thanks to: z Bob Denis for his work in reducing water usage and heading up water management projects. Bob is also doing a fine job as Treasurer managing monies for projects and keeping us on budget. z Denny Jensen for his work on scoping out the landscaping project and for his help with detailed contract negotiations. z Donna Chaffer for her continued work as Landscape Chairperson and for her work on the new landscape projects. Her assistance is invaluable for the everyday landscaping issues as well.

We completed our 2011 budget and are within our budget projection for the full year. We are budgeted for, and intend to continue, our major projects of water reduction, landscape improvements, and miscellaneous other projects that are deemed necessary for the overall community. We have completed and approved our landscape contract (National Landscape). We have negotiated a two year contract with National which consists of them taking on additional common areas with no increase in costs over last year. The management contract with AMI is a one year contract, also with no increase in cost over the previous year. We are in the final stages of finalizing our Security Patrol contract. The Wingfield Springs Association assessment fee coupons have been sent out for 2011. Please review them and send in your payments on time to prevent any late fees. All of us on the Board look forward to seeing you at our next HOA meeting. It will be held at the Red Hawk Private Lounge on February 3, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Lou Dauria

President Wingfield Springs Community Association

» All of us on the Board look

forward to seeing you at our next HOA meeting. It will be held at the Red Hawk Private Lounge on February 3, 2011 at 6 p.m.


Community

Manager’s Report

I Wingfield Springs

Community Association Newsletter WSCA Board of Directors PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER DIRECTOR

Lou Dauria, eplus@aol.com Denny Jensen, craynut@charter.net Donna Chaffer, donna.chaffer@yahoo.com Bob Denis, calraisin@yahoo.com Wayne Banaszak, wayne@webanaszak.com

am happy to report that the 2010 holiday parties held at the Red Hawk Event Center were a success. Those who attended the morning event enjoyed a breakfast buffet while those who attended the afternoon event enjoyed a lunch buffet. The guests were treated to holiday songs by members of the Van Gorder Elementary School Choir; thank you Laura Watkins for doing such a great job directing the choir. The cookie table was quite popular as the children enjoyed decorating their own cookies with frosting and sprinkles. The events came to an end when a special guest took time off his busy schedule to visit with all of the boys and girls; Santa chatted with each child while memorable photos were taken. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the holiday party’s such a success. Nisha Hallert and staff at the event center did a fantastic job with making this event so special. I look forward to being a part of next year’s event! Sincerely, Associated Management, Inc. An Associa® Member Company

Melissa Robertson, CMCA®, AMS®

Nevada Certified Supervising Community Manager

Handy Phone Numbers & Information ASSOCIATED MANAGEMENT, INC. Telephone: Facsimile: Answering Service:

(775) 626-7333 (775) 626-7374 (775) 832-0888

(After hours, weekends & holidays)

Website: www.amiusa.net Email: wfsservice@amiusa.net Office Hours: 8 am–5 pm Monday through Friday; the phone lines shut down at 4 pm on Friday. Red Hawk Community Patrol (775) 722-6270 cellular; 24/7 Please call immediately for water related issues. Call 911 for emergency services; ambulance, fire, police. Red Hawk Swim & Fitness Center Wingfield Springs Realty David’s Grill at Red Hawk Red Hawk Golf Club Sparks/Washoe County Animal Control

(775) 626-8699 (775) 626-4700 (775) 626-1000 (775) 626-4599 (775) 322-3647

Please note: Views expressed in HawkTalk are not necessarily the opinions of WSCA, its board members or Associated Management, Inc. The editor reserves the right to edit submitted articles for content and space constraints. Advertising in HawkTalk is paid for by the individual advertisers. WSCA does not necessarily endorse or support any of the advertisers. Advertising monies collected are used to offset the printing costs of each HawkTalk. HawkTalk is supported in whole by advertising. Newsletter published by: Kathy Hess, Just Imagine Marketing and Design (775) 746-4138 | kathy@justimaginemktg.com

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wsca 2011

hearings, workshops & meetings notice MEETING

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

Community Standards

January 20th

5:30 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Agenda Workshop

January 27th

3:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Executive Session

January 27th

5:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Board Meeting

February 3rd

6:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Community Standards

April 21st

5:30 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Agenda Workshop

April 28th

3:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Executive Session

April 28th

5:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Board Meeting

May 5th

6:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Community Standards

July 21st

5:30 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Agenda Workshop

July 28th

3:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Executive Session

July 28th

5:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Board Meeting

August 4th

6:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Budget/Agenda Workshop

September 29th

3:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Executive Session

September 29th

5:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Board Meeting

October 13th

6:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Community Standards

October 20th

5:30 p.m.

Red Hawk Board Room

Annual Meeting

November 3rd

6:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Private Lounge

Workshops will be held to review the agenda items of the next scheduled board meeting. Homeowners are welcome to attend workshops. No action (vote) will be taken by the board on any matter discussed or reviewed at a workshop. All dates, times and venues are subject to change. If the Red Hawk Board Room is not available, the hearing, workshop, or executive board meeting will be held at Associated Management, Inc. (AMI) at 5955 Tyrone Road, Suite #1, Reno, NV 89502. Workshop and meeting notices will be published in each HawkTalk newsletter. HawkTalk will be mailed at least ten (10) days before each board meeting. Board meeting agendas will be posted on the Association’s

website the Friday before each board meeting. You may also obtain an agenda copy by calling AMI at (775) 626-7333. The board will conduct a workshop on January 27th at 3 pm in the Red Hawk Board Room to review the items listed on this board meeting Agenda. Additionally, the board will discuss: HawkTalk newsletter articles and suggestions are due to AMI at least four (4) weeks before each Board of Directors meeting. An executive meeting of the Board of Directors will be held to address specific CC&R violations, delinquencies, DRC challenges, and/or legal matters on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5 pm in the Red Hawk Board Room. Executive board meetings are not open to homeowners.

The following information is a summary of the activities of the community patrol for the period of September 30th to December 30th, 2010. z The patrol conducted 85 house watches for the community. z Issued or logged 89 community standards violation notices to home owners. z Conducted 81 follow ups at the request of the HOA z Conducted 7 water shut offs of common area sprinkler systems. Some of the calls from residents requesting patrol assistance were: z Suspicious activities, persons, vehicles. z Graffiti on signs or property. z Children ringing door bells at night. z Property removed from unlocked vehicles. z Calls for vandalism.

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Trees down in the streets or common area. Loud music and parties. Groups of young adults hanging out at parks at night time. Door to door salespersons. Signs that are not permitted in common area. Assisted residents and Washoe County Regional animal services with problems or lost animals. z Assisted the Sparks Fire Dept. and Police Dept. on vehicle accident. z Assisted city of Sparks with street signs down.

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Snow Maintenance

New Communication Method

The City of Sparks Section 12.16.035 regulates the Maintenance of sidewalks. A. Property Owners shall be responsible for the general maintenance of a sidewalk in the public right-of-way that abuts the property of the owner, including, without limitation, sweeping, removal of snow, ice and weeds, and maintenance preventing any grass, shrubs or trees from encroaching upon the sidewalk. B. In the event snow and ice on a sidewalk become so hard that it cannot be removed without likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person or entity charged with its removal shall cause enough sand or other abrasive to be put on the sidewalk to make travel thereon reasonable safe. (Ord. 1349 § 1, 1982.)

The Board of Directors understands that there are a lot of tenants within the Wingfield Springs Community. As tenants play an important role in helping maintain property values and standards; the board has created a tri-fold to be distributed to property managers which highlight the Association rules and includes important phone numbers. Please send an email to wfsservice@amiusa.net if you are an owner with tenants so a copy may be delivered.

Please do not move snow from your driveway or walkway onto the sidewalk or street. All of the streets in Wingfield Springs are maintained, including snow removal, by the City of Sparks with the following sub-association exceptions: 1. Bella Vista; private streets 2. The Fairways; private streets 3. Tavo Valera; Aston Circle is maintained by the City of Sparks, the courts are maintained by the Tavo Valera Homeowners Association The Association cannot remove snow or ice from the city maintained streets. Please call the city at (775) 353-2271 to request snow removal.

Assessment Payment Coupon books for 2011 were mailed out in December. Please contact Associated Management if you did not receive them. Please make your quarterly assessment payment checks payable to Wingfield Springs Community Association. Payments are due by the first day of the month, and are considered late if not received by the last day of the first month of the quarter in which it is due. The late fee charge is $10. Please remember that it is the responsibility of the owner to notify the Association by contacting Associated Management in writing of any change of mailing/billing address.

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Carnival Cabaret became the longest running show in Lake Tahoe history when it had its last show in January of 2004. Now, more than years later, “Carnival Cabaret” starring Gypsy has returned to try to break its own record. Carnival Cabaret returned to Lake Tahoe on September 3, 2008 at the Horizon Casino Resort to outstanding reviews. We have shows nightly at the Golden Cabaret Showroom at the Horizon Casino Resort on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Should you have any questions or need VIP treatment, contact Producer Dan Gore at 310691-5407.

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I N T H E S I LV E R S TAT E The region’s leader in cancer care, the Renown Institute for Cancer, has formed a remarkable new partnership with the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center–one of the top 10 cancer centers in the country. The experts at Renown will work hand in hand with the worldrenowned cancer team at UCSF to bring patients the latest therapies and promising new treatments. UCSF is one of only 40 prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation to be accredited by the National Cancer Institute. Patients will have a team of local and national experts evaluating their care and will have access to an astounding 275 clinical trials. No other Nevada cancer program offers this broad choice of expertise and treatment options for patients. Renown and UCSF are dedicated to creating lifechanging treatment options for patients.

To learn more visit renown.org/UCSF.

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Lake Tahoe skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to enjoy Lake Tahoe this winter season. Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for free guided snowshoe treks every Saturday through the end of March. These snowshoe hikes are great for all abilities (shorter hikes are appropriate for kids). Discover this fun and easy way to exercise and socialize during the winter months in the Tahoe Basin. Contact info: 775-298-0012, tahoerimtrail.org.

»Eagles & Agriculture Event The Carson Valley agricultural and ranching community, along with the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, the Lahontan Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Western Nevada Resource Conservation & Development Office, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and other members of conservation community will once again present the unique birds of prey viewing and agricultural education experience, Eagles and Agriculture, February 25–27, 2011. Contact Info: 800-727-7677, visitcarsonvalley.org.

»SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day carnival and one of the region’s most popular annual family celebrations. SnowFest is scheduled for March 4–13, 2011 and will be held at a variety of venues throughout North Lake Tahoe. Contact Info: 530-583-7167, tahoesnowfestival.com.

Have a hardship? Have you noticed that the number of short sales and foreclosures have escalated in our neighborhood? Desperate homeowners seem to be everywhere. It is important to know your options. A short sale is the process of selling a piece of real property for less than what is owed on the loan(s). Short sales require the approval of the lender who will be affected by the sale. The funds received will be “short” of what is owed. Applying for a short sale is like undoing a mortgage. The lender will want the same documentation and a hardship letter. The important thing is to choose a REALTOR® who understands the process, knows what documents to gather, understands how to submit the package to the bank, and has the determination to follow up with the lien holders. Brenda Mee specializes in assisting homeowners in the short sale process.

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Ring in Some New Year’s Financial Resolutions Now that 2011 is almost here, you may want to make some New Year’s resolutions. Planning to volunteer? Go to the gym more often? Learn a new language? All worthy ambitions, of course, but this year, why not add some financial resolutions as well? Which resolutions should you make? Here are a few ideas to consider: • Boost your retirement accounts. No matter how old you’ll be in 2011, one thing is certain — you’re a year closer to retirement than you were in 2010. And that’s why you’ll want to increase your contributions to your retirement accounts. If your salary is going up in 2011, boost the amount you defer for your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 403(b) plan (if you work for a school or other tax-exempt organization) or a 457(b) plan (if you work for a state or local government). With tax-deductible contributions, tax-deferred growth of earnings and several investment options, these types of plans are tremendous ways to save for retirement. And try to “max out” your traditional or Roth IRA, too. • Look for opportunities. With the uncertainties in the economy and the volatility of the financial markets, many people decide to head to the investment “sidelines” for a while. Yet, this environment may actually be a good one for investors with patience, discipline and the ability to look beyond yesterday’s headlines. For one thing, many quality securities are now good values. Also, we’re still seeing low inflation and low interest rates — factors that may lead to greater economic demand and improved strength in the financial markets. • Don’t over-react to market swings. Over the past few years, we’ve seen plenty of sudden, sharp swings in the financial markets, and you’re likely

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going to see more of them in 2011. Don’t over-react to either the “ups” or the “downs” of the market. Over-reacting leads to short-term thinking — and successful investors are the ones who can maintain a long-term perspective. • Rebalance when necessary. At least once a year, review and rebalance your portfolio, as necessary, to make sure it still reflects your goals, risk tolerance and family situation, all of which can change over time. • Reduce your debts. While the sluggish economy of the past couple of years has obviously been a cause of concern for everyone, we have seen one “silver lining” in that many people, concerned about over-spending, have shed some of their debt load. The less money you have to spend on your debts, the more you’ll have available to invest for your future, so do what you can to cut down on what you owe. • Maintain adequate cash levels. As an investor, you’ve got at least two good reasons for maintaining enough cash in your portfolio. First, having adequate cash available means you’ll be ready to act quickly to take advantage of good investment opportunities. And second, by having a cash cushion, you won’t be forced to liquidate long-term investments to pay for short-term needs such as a major car repair, a new furnace, a big doctor’s bill, and so on. By following these suggestions, you can position yourself to make progress toward your long-term goals in 2011 — and in all the New Years that follow. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor

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Wingfield Springs Community Association c/o Associated Management, Inc. 5955 Tyrone, Rd., Suite One Reno, NV 89502

Recycling 101

RGJ published an interesting and helpful article that is worth reading regarding recycling.

FREE DISPOSAL PROGRAMS » Waste Management transfer stations

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will take two automotive batteries, 5 quarts of used, uncontaminated motor oil and up to 2 gallons of antifreeze for free per residential customer. Details: 775329-8822 Waste Management accepts one bulky item, such as mattresses, sofas and white metals (washers and dryers) per household for free at the Lockwood Landfill. Details: 775-342-0401 Schnitzer Steel buys all types of scrap metal, including car/truck batteries. Details: 775-331-2267 American Auto Wreckers will tow your unwanted vehicles for free. Details: 775-322-9999 NV Energy offers free refrigerator pickup and they pay you $30 for recycling. Details: 1-877-289-8260 All Radio Shack Stores have recycling programs for rechargeable batteries only and small electronics. Recycle America, with sites at 1100 E. Commercial Row in Reno and 1455 E. Greg St. in Sparks, recycles glass, tin, aluminum, plastic bottles, newspaper, catalogs and office paper, phone books and cardboard.

Source: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

TALKIN’ TRASH What you can recycle curbside: » Aluminum, steel and tin. Remove any lids. You don’t have to remove labels. Aerosol cans must be empty. » Plastic bottles, but only if the top is smaller than the bottom of the bottle. Remove caps. Labels can stay. » Plastic containers such those for kitty litter with caps removed » Magazines, catalogs, newspapers. Place them in a brown paper bag on top of recycling containers. Don’t put them out for curbside pickup during wet weather. » Telephone books. » Glass bottles and jars that are clear, green or brown. No blue glass, no broken glass and no Pyrex.

What won’t be accepted for recycling: Cardboard and office paper, including junk mail. Take those to the nearest Waste Management transfer station only. » Light bulbs of any kind. The screw-in “pigtail” CFL light bulbs, which should not be thrown in the trash because they contain mercury, can be disposed of for free at the American Recycling Centers, which also accepts the CFL long tube lights for a charge of $3 each. The centers are located at 1100 E. Commercial Row in Reno and at 1455 E. Greg St. in Sparks. » Plastic grocery bags. Take these to local supermarkets that have recycling containers. » No drinking glasses. » Chipboard and paperboard, such as cereal boxes.

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Report illegal dumping To report illegal dumping, call the Washoe County Sheriff’s hot line at 775-329-3867. If you see someone in the act of illegally dumping, don’t approach them. Get their description, license plate number and call 911.


2011 Winter Hawk Talk