Oak Hollow Park PEBBLES
Volume 10, Issue 02
From the President:
Inside This Issue:
It has been said many times – if you do not like the weather in Texas…….just wait. The 2-year drought, the 60 days of Letter to Editor ............... 2 100 degrees, then sudden cold into the teens and now the rain. While not ever predictable, it does give us something to talk Association Membership about. — Why? ........................... 2 I did notice that the Brush collection, which was very early this year on the first of February, was not lacking for donations. There was a LOT OHPNA Scholarships..... 2 of dead wood and shrubs that hit the curb, thanks to the prolonged dry heat. Kudos to those who braved the cold and got the clean up done in time for the pickup. Street Rep Listing .......... 3 Many thanks to Elaine and Al Older for cleaning up the flower beds at the 2010 Census Starting .... 3 Thousand Oaks entrance, and to Kathy Babb and Mike Glynn for their efforts in cleaning up our drainage ditch between Pebble Breeze and Thousand Oaks. These C.O.P. Classes................ 3 generous efforts are much appreciated by your neighbors, and help to make our neighborhood look a little more polished. That brings me to the next group to be mentioned this month – your street Reps. These folks are your nearby contacts and conduits for data to and from your neighborhood association. Most recently, they delivered the new 2010 directories to all paid up members. They also are the handiest first point of contact if you have any questions around the neighborhood. Please get to know your local street Rep, and remember that communication is a 2-way street. The memory of the fire at 2602 Pebble Breeze on Thursday, 10 December, has barely started to fade and already there has been a second fire. This fire struck about 12:30 AM at 2666 Pebble Dawn. Luckily, once again, no one was hurt – but there was serious damage to the home. This fire also occurred in the upper area of the Chimney / Fireplace. Fortunately a driver on Thousand Oaks noticed the smoke on the back of the house and warned the occupants just before the fire blossomed. Our neighborhood and homes are close to 30 years old. The wood is dry. Chimneys that have not been cleaned or well maintained are subject to problems, just like our furnace and air conditioner, they all need inspections and proper maintenance. Please get your systems checked, make sure there are smoke detectors with good batteries and see the “letter to the editor” from our neighbor at 2602 Pebble Breeze on his thoughts about first meeting your neighbors in your socks ! Even though we are just 2 blocks from the Fire Station, we don’t need no more stinkin’ fires !! A thief can steal some things, but a fire can take it ALL. Ron Van Kirk Beat the crowds to the Valentine’s Day cards and make your special people happy, then start on those Taxes. Spring is coming and so is 15 April! Happy Valentine’s Day.
Neighborhood Directory Delivered Each year we conduct our membership campaign in the Fall. We completed the membership drive effective 31 December. The information collected was used to generate the 2010 Neighborhood directory for all members of the Oak Hollow Park Neighborhood Association. If you have not yet joined, Please contact Sharon Harley. She can provide the needed form, collect your “annual” $30 dues, and get you a copy of the 2010 directory. Printed Through: Post & Parcel Copy & Fax; 490-5263 firstname.lastname@example.org February 2010
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Letter to the editor I wanted to introduce myself, I'm the recent owner of 2602 Pebble Breeze. I appreciate all the kindness received from my neighbors when my house burnt on December 10th - I met most of them that day, standing in the street in my socks. My insurance company, USAA, has been great from the start and will rebuild the house like new, and the rough estimate at this point is 6 months. I was lucky my 2 children were not in the house yet - they arrived the 19th from Seattle and stayed only 6 days - at my rental in Hollywood Park. I did get out just in time and wanted to warn the rest of the neighborhood (if you'd like to publish this, please do so) with a few very important, life-saving tips: 1. Replace your smoke detector batteries! Every year. This is such a small cost. The only reason I am still alive is that a smoke detector (with a good battery luckily - I hadn't yet checked them) went off and woke me. 2. Put a smoke detector in your attic. The cause analysis inspector from USAA said the fire was likely burning up to 70 minutes in the walls and attic before smoke came down into one of the bedrooms and set off a detector. I got out just in time. Remember: Smoke goes up. Smoke detectors are under $10. 3. If you haven't used your fireplace or furnace (heat) in a long time, or just moved in to a new place, get it inspected. It's worth it. 4. If you hear a smoke detector go off, take it seriously. They are a life saver. Thank you and sorry I didn't have a better introduction to the neighborhood. I'm glad I bought there and am looking forward to the day the house is done. Michael Foster
Association Membership – Why? Why join the OHPNA ? Why support the organization? What’s in it for “Me”? As it so happens with human nature, we take a lot for granted. For instance we are all now used to having computers – everyone has at least one. Can’t remember NOT having one. Well before a little ole San Antonio company called Datapoint introduced the video console in 1968 – it was all IBM punch-card batch processing. How quickly we forget. The current OHPNA dues are still just $30 – per YEAR. That is cheap by any standard. Yet our little group of 296 homes spread over 19 streets, puts out a monthly newsletter to all 296 homes, does Perimeter Landscape and Maintenance, publishes the annual Resident’s Phone Directory for the members, has an annual Membership drive, Christmas Lighting contest, National Night Out Activities, Neighborhood Garage Sale, and we are building a new and improved neighborhood website. Oh yes, the masonry fence around the perimeter – that was a product of your Association membership in the recent past. For the present, we were a vocal critic of the initial plans for the Jones-Maltsberger expansion artwork, which ultimately altered the final plans to be much more neighbor-friendly. Consider being part of a force for the common GOOD. That annual $30 investment is actually a pretty good value.
OHPNA Scholarships Applicants should be a High School Senior with plans for continuing their education and an understanding of the importance of community service. Volunteerism and OHPNA membership and completed applications are requirements for receiving the scholarship. If you are interested in applying, please e-mail your request to email@example.com the subject line should read scholarship request. Information and application will be sent to you within one week of the request. January or February are the months to get this done, as the pace for college picks up by March !!
DEADLINE For the next PEBBLES is 1 MAR 2010 Send to:
Next Board Meeting 1 March at Nancy Glenn’s Home
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Nancy Glynn Dot Cowper Robin Hoyer Karen Holliday Sarah-Jane Swezey Carolyn Thacker Laura Pulido Patricia Pape Nanette Gordon Betty Vacek Jim Adamak Rita Robinson Kathie Kreger Cheri Groom Bob Rue Magda Earls Sarah-Jane Swezey Bob Rue Patricia Pape (Rep needed)
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Forest Land, Forest Mist, Forest Pebble Forest Pebble Forest Spur Pebble Bow (2602-2635) Pebble Bow (2638-2666) Pebble Breeze (2600-2634) Pebble Breeze (2635-2667) Pebble Breeze (2710-2742) Pebble Cove Pebble Dawn (2600-2647) Pebble Dawn (2650-2698) Pebble Dew Pebble Falls Pebble Forest Pebble Height Pebble Park Pebble Path Pebble Peak Pebble Sound Pebble Valley (Odd #’s) Pebble Valley (Even #’s)
2010 C.O.P. classes The next scheduled class will be on Monday, 1 March. Weekday classes are from 6 PM – 10 PM, while Saturday classes are held from 9 AM – 1 PM. Classes are held at SAPD Substation. You are requested to email or call with name and phone number to confirm attendance to: Officer J. Dave McDonald Mobile: 210-394-0626 Office: 210-207-6086 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 Census process beginning (republished from Councilman John Clamp’s newsletter.) With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data. The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice: If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.
REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS. February 2010
Ron Van Kirk Residential Sales Representative
Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.
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Oak Hollow Park Pebbles
Publication Title: Issue Date: Issue Number: Organization:
Pebbles 02/05/2010 10-02 Oak Hollow Park
OHPNA P.O. Box 700474 San Antonio, TX 78270-0474
INCOME TAX PREPARATION INDIVIDUAL and BUSINESS
MICHAEL J. SCOTT, CPA Oak Hollow Park resident since 1983 2626 Pebble Dawn P.O. Box 700443 San Antonio, TX 78270
Office 496-6911 Cell 508-1914 Fax 495-9670
PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING •
LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE
HAROLD (DOC) KREGER OAK HOLLOW RESIDENT Office: 210-321-1428 February 2010