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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2........................Meeting Summary ..................................... Boat Rack 3.......................... President’s Desk ........... Clubhouse Weekly Rentals 4............................ 2013 Calendar 5.............................. Spring Dance ...................................Geese Alert ..................................Beach News 6.................Kids Committee News .....................Beach Clean Up Day ............................. Advertisements 7............................ Partyline News ................................ Yoga Classes ............................. Advertisements 8............. Lake Preservation News .... Grievance Procedure Overview 9........Grievance Procedure Roles ....................... Appeals Procedure 10....... Discount Broadway Tickets 11...........................New Members ....................Annual Fishing Derby 12...........................Advertisement Thank you to all of our advertisers for their ongoing support throughout our newsletter.

www.pinewood-lake.org Pinewood Partyline created by Diane Gromley

Boat Rack Questions? Please contact the boat chairwomen: Meg Wyckoff at 203-375-9079 or Diane Rubinstein at 203-380-9505

february 2013 Meeting Summary

Executive Report

An invitation letter to join PLA was sent out with a positive response and new members joining.

Governors, officers, chairpersons and all members are urged to attend once a month PLA Meetings.

Tre a s u rer / A s s i s t a n t Treasurer Total Assets $246,316.

are

$195,756

vs.

Community Relations No new issues to report. Beach

Due to the recent storms, purchasing new sand will be put on hold based on cost increases. Social

Cost/Benefit analysis of events and reporting requirements were discussed. Volunteers and Planners for events are encouraged to step forward. Clubhouse Maintenance

We have a volunteer to install new doors. Canteen

Grease clean-outs are to be done 4 times a year.

Membership

(See Old Business)

Lake Management

Weed control contract is the same as last year. If there is an early weed problem the company will be notified to treat it. PLA is currently waiting on a report for the dam/spillway inspection. Badminton

Mr. Day suggested the use of tarps on a driveway or walkway for easier snow removal. Old Business

Motion to approve membership for the Bruce, Olsen/Fabrizio and Blanchfield families by Cosenza seconded by Letizia passed unanimously. New Business

Motion to approve hardship discount to owner member by Kingsbury seconded by Cosenza passed unanimously. Motion to provide Associate member a deferred payment plan by Kingsbury seconded by Conroy passed unanimously.

Discussion regarding social events, guidelines, procedures and an event application or “feasibility” form. PLA is interested in increased participation of all members.


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From the President’s desk

A few days ago I looked out my window and the ice was gone and so was the snow. Having received my first goose alert, for me, winter was over. With Earth Day, April 22, being a good approximation for the hatching of goose eggs, please be alert for nesting geese, and let’s work together to avoid any “fowl” water this summer.

There is not a lot of activity at Pinewood Lake over the winter but now the action will start as we prepare for an awesome summer season to ramp up. With the real estate market recovering, will we see a considerable number of new-owner members around the lake this summer. In addition, associatefamily membership has been increased to 110, so let’s all make everyone welcome and be courteous and helpful to all members, new and old alike.

I have said this before but cannot impress upon the membership enough that all PLA governors and chairpersons are volunteers and sometimes are involved with more than one or two committees/projects. They give their time to get things accomplished for the 900+ members, and we certainly can use more help.

Consider your own participation and start by attending our monthly PLA meetings held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30. That is your forum to offer suggestions, volunteer, ask questions and participate in your own way. If you have a less than flattering comments or criticism, please contact one of your plan governors to help resolve your concerns, and let us keep the chain e-mails to a minimum, particularly, if you have a gripe. Remember you can always reach me by e-mail or call my cell. I have been working with the Board all winter to keep the Clubhouse and Beach a “Drama Free Zone,” and I need your help to make that happen. David J. Cosenza OD PLA President Cell: 203-257-3983 PLAPresident@gmail.com

CLUBHOUSE WEEKLY RENTALS New PLA Rental Offer: We will be offering weekday rentals, at the discounted price of $125 (reduced from $175). Available Tuesdays / Wednesdays / Thursdays for the months of September thru April (depending on availability). Room must be cleaned when event is over to avoid $50 cleaning charge. Contact Nicky Migacz via janb68@ charter.net to book your event today.


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2013 Calendar of Pinewood Lake Events

DATE Event/Chairpersons January 1................................................................... New Year’s Day Regatta, Jim Treacy 3............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. February 3............................................................Super Bowl Party, looking for chairperson 7............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 16....................................................Beach Blanket Bingo, looking for chairperson March 7............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 23......................... Springtime Eggstravaganza, Rachel Speights/Rachel Leiphart April 4............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 20...................................................................................................... PLA Tag Sale 27............................................................................. Spring Dance, Claire Rhodes 28.....................................................................................Fishing Derby, Karl Dale May 2............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 18/19...............................................................Beach Clean Up Day, Carol Langer 18/19..................................................Beach Activity Sign-Ups, Beach Committee 26................................................................... Spring Concert, Mr. & Mrs. Federov June 6............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 29.............................................Pinewood Night, Michele Kingsbury/Nicky Migacz 30....................................................... Strawberry Brunch, looking for chairperson July 11...........................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 13..............................................................................Clambake on Patio, Canteen 20..................................................................... Summer Jazz Night, Nicky Migacz 24.....................................................Ice Cream Social, Judy Ieronimo/Judy Perch August 1............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 17/18...........................Badminton Tournament Breakfast, looking for chairperson .....................................................Badminton Tournament, Ieronimo’s/Judy Perch 24.............................................. Members Party, Michele Kingsbury/Nicky Migacz 24...........................................................................................Regatta, Bob Sisson September 1...................................................................... Family Fun Day, Beach Committee 1.......................................................................Bake Sale, looking for chairperson 5............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 20..................................................................................Fall Dance, Claire Rhodes October 3............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 26.................................................................... Halloween Dance, Randy Gromley 27..............................................................Halloween Trunk or Treat, Annie Muoio November 7............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 16.................................................................................. Fall Clean-up, Dan Letizia December 5............................................................................PLA Monthly Meeting 7:30 p.m. 8.................................. Holiday Believers Party, Rachel Speights/Rachel Leiphart 14.................................................................. BOG Holiday Dinner, O’Conner/Izzo 31.........................................................................New Year’s Eve Party, Izzo/Rice

On-Going Monthly Events Monday Yoga Sue Riley Tuesday Night Poker Tom Chetlen Friday Ladies Night Miller/Leiphart If anyone is interested in hosting a PLA event please contact Nicky Migacz at janb68@charter.net


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Beach News

Beach Activity sign-ups for swim and badminton will be held on Saturday May 18th, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Pineroom. Raindate 5/19/13. Please visit the PLA website at pinewood-lake.org to download an activity sign-up form. Looking for a cooking class instructor

GEESE, its time...

The beach committee is looking for someone to teach summer cooking classes on Friday’s for ages 5-12. If interested please contact Michele at chefmichele@sbcglobal.net or 203380-2547 for more information. Beach Registrar

We would like to keep our beach registrar listing up to date. If you have had any changes to your family please e-mail the beach committee at chefmichele@sbcglobal.net with this information. Thank you, John, Michele & Nicky Beach Committee

Pinewood Lake Community Tag Sale - April 20th, 2013 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m. rain or shine We will be doing a Pinewood Lake community tag sale. If you would like to be added to the map please contact me so that I can add your address.

I will draw up maps of the neighborhood starring the homes participating in the tag sale, as well as place an ad in the newspaper. Goose Committee Contacts (for information and to report nest sites) Dave Cosenza, Dan Letizia, Harvey Mamrus, Jennifer Izzo, and Dawn Rice

Cost: 5.00 per family

If you have any questions please contact me at 203-380-2547 or chefmichele@ sbcglobal.net. Thank you, Michele Kingsbury


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beach clean up day! KIDS COMMITTEE NEWS Join PLA Kid’s Committee Today! Please contact: Jen Kapteina (203-380-9592) or Kathy Kayne (203-385-8557) Kids Committee Recruiting Co-Chairs

Time to clean up our beach, the date is set for Saturday May 18th, rain date is Sunday May 19th. Please mark your calendars and save the date! If anyone has any thoughts or ideas regarding clean up day, please feel free to contact me at cjltz127@yahoo.com.Thank you. Carol Langer Beach Clean Up Chair


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PARTYLINE NEWS

April Partyline Content due April 15th, 2013 partyline@pinewood-lake.org (Information submitted after the deadline will wait until the next issue) Partyline on Website: The Partyline will be posted on the PLA website where monthly issues will remain for your convenience (www.pinewood-lake.org). Add or update your e-mail address today by sending an e-mail to blackfootdesign@charter.net or partyline@pinewood-lake.org (type in PLA e-mail update in subject area) and include your name and address for verification purposes. Note: all undeliverable e-mail addresses will be deleted from our database. We have been experiencing a number of e-mail blasts being kicked back and therefore undeliverable to member recipients. If you are not receiving the e-mail blasts, e-mail blackfootdesign@charter.net a TEST e-mail. This should tell your e-mail service that this is not a spam address. Please make sure that both e-mail addresses (blackfootdesign@ charter.net or partyline@pinewood-lake.org) are NOT BLOCKED by your computer. This will insure that you receive all e-blasts. You may contact your e-mail service provider if you need further assistance. Keep us updated, and we keep you updated with the PLA e-blasts! For your privacy, e-mail addresses cannot be viewed by others when we send out. Note: Please feel free to submit photos from recent events and happenings for consideration in the next Partyline. I’d love to attend all events, but sometimes I am not able to, or you may just snap that great photo you’d love to share... so feel free to share with your community...e-mail blackfootdesign@charter.net or partyline@pinewood-lake.org. Thank you! Diane Gromley PLA Partyline

New Yoga Session Started March 4th! SIGN UP TODAY • WALK-INS WELCOME Enroll today and discover yoga’s many benefits for yourself. If you’re hesitant about making a 10-week commitment, you can always pay by the session. All you need is a yoga mat and comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Open to men and women! Mixed-Level Class • (Beginner & Intermediate Levels) Mondays (except holidays) • 7:00-8:30pm in the Pineroom Our instructor, Elieth Harris, is a Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor & Certified Stress Management Therapist. PAYMENT: Cost is $115 for PLA members and $135 for guests. Please bring your check (made payable to Integrative Wellness, LLC) to the first class of the new session or you can pay for sessions individually at $16.50 each via check. If you’d like to join the class, or have questions, please contact Susann Gill Riley at 203-895-6528


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Lake Preservation News The dam and spillway were inspected by the state in late November and are in good condition. Our water testing program will begin in April and continue through the end of the summer. I will post the reports on

the PLA website. Finally, as this long Winter comes to end and you begin your Spring preparations for your lawns with fertilizers, etc. don’t forget to use Eco-friendly products! There are many very effective and environmentally-

safe products available that are also cost effective. For more info you can check the PLA website. Thank You! Dan Letizia

PLA Grievance Procedure Overview (January 25, 2013) 1.

Executive Summary:

a.

In order for an issue to be managed by PLA, the grievance should be regarding

ii.

Trumbull or Connecticut laws

i.

b. c. i.

ii.

iii. iv.

Violations of PLA rules and regulations

PLA should facilitate open, honest, communications between PLA Governors, Officers, Committee Chairs, Community Relations Committee (CRC), Staff, hired personnel, members, guests and local community in order to resolve problems and issues. All engaged must strive to:

Treat all members and quests fairly. Hear all sides of grievance.

Correct improper behavior that violates PLA rules.

Keep adequate records of issues and actions handled by CRC and BOG for 12 months.

2. Process Summary; a.

b. c.

d. e. f.

g. i.

ii. h. i.

Any member unable to resolve an issue with another member, guest, etc. should contact a Committee Chairperson or their plan Governor and ask them to help solve.

Committee Chair or Plan Governor should contact CRC with unresolved grievances and/or recommendations for disciplinary action. CRC reviews available information and help resolve where possible.

BOG has responsibility to decide: 1st motion: did a member or guest violate PLA By-laws, Rules or Regulations? If ‘yes’, then a 2nd motion is needed to determine disciplinary actions. The 2nd motion for disciplinary motions should be presented at least four weeks after 1st motion.

All recommendations for disciplinary actions from Committee Chairs or CRC and unresolved grievances, will be presented to the BOG in a closed session. Hearings to suspend a member(s) should be publicized in Partyline in advance of meeting. BOG in closed sessions decides

If complaint is valid…someone did break PLA rules or bylaws. If a reprimand or punishment is justified and if so, ‘what?’

BOG communicates decisions to both sides and then monitors reprimands or punishments as needed.

Requests for an appeal of BOG decisions should be communicated to CRC and decided by Executive Committee in closed session. Both parties may again have an opportunity to present their case to Exec. Committee.


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PLA Grievance Procedure Roles (Violations of PLA Rules or Bylaws) 1. PLA Members a.

b.

Make all reasonable attempts to resolve differences among involved parties on their own and with minimum exposure to others.

If PLA Member cannot resolve issue, they should contact the Beach Director, relevant Committee Chairperson and/ or one of their PLA Plan Governor’s.

2.

Beach Director, Committee Chairperson, or Plan Governor

b.

Reviews available information.

a. c.

d.

Receives the issue or complaint.

Attempts to settle issues among involved parties.

If issue not resolved or if they recommend disciplinary action, the situation should be documented and escalated to CRC.

3. Community Relations Committee (CRC) a.

b. c.

Receives unresolved issues from Beach Director, Committee Chairperson, or Plan Governor and ensures all complaints and/or recommendations for disciplinary action are in writing and contain all relevant information. Reviews available information, may attempt to settle issue and documents actions taken and results.

The CRC makes recommendations on unresolved disputes or disciplinary actions to Board of Governors.

4.

Board of Governors (BOG)

b.

BOG discuss’ issue and makes following decision(s):

a. i.

ii. c.

Receives unresolved issues from Joint Committee Chair/CRC and listens to involved parties as needed. Validate if PLA rules or bylaws have been violated.

If ‘validated’, then the BOG would determine disciplinary action.

The final decision of the BOG will be communicated to all parties involved.

Note: Members not satisfied with resolutions of a lower level may escalate the issue to the next higher level within months. See ‘Appeals Procedure’ below for escalating BOG decisions.

PLA Appeals Procedure 1. Community Relations Committee a.

Party making appeal informs CRC

2.

Executive Committee (EC)

b.

EC renders decision and communicates to BOG.

b.

a.

CRC informs Executive Committee of pending appeal

EC meets with involved parties in closed session


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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Rabine (new owners) Dustin is a Trumbull native and Jessica, born and raised in Baltimore, MD, is a huge fan of the 2013 Superbowl Champion Ravens. They moved to Trumbull from New York City to be closer to Dustin’s dental practice and because they are expecting a little one this May! They are both adventurous and active people who love hiking, snowboarding, playing soccer, and being involved in most outdoor activities. They love to travel and entertain and are very much looking forward to getting to know their new neighbors around the lake. Sweeney (associate) The family, Nathanial & Erin along with son Mason & daughter Scarlett, moved from Booth Hill Road as deeded members just across town. They can’t wait to use their new kayak on the lake this year! Kelly (associate) Monica and John grew up in New York and moved to Trumbull nine years ago, and love it here. They have three boys, Jack, Ryan, and Danny, and the entire family has met so many wonderful friends through the schools and sports. The family enjoys football, lacrosse, and more football. John works for Gen Re in Stamford and Monica teachers kindergarten at Booth Hill School. Pitagora (associate) Anthony & Maureen Pitagora have been Trumbull residents since 1999. Their children, Daniel & Thomas are active in Trumbull Pop Warner and Trumbull Youth Lacrosse. When they aren’t on one field or another, you will find them outdoors either fishing or riding bikes on the trail. DeRienzo (associate) Jason & Krista, along with their children Mathew, Brooke & Joey, have lived in Trumbull for thirteen years. Their two boys are very involved in baseball and their daughter loves cheerleading and gymnastics. They love the summer months and look forward to spending time at the lake swimming and fishing!

The Annual PLA Fishing Derby! Sunday, May 5th • 10:00 AM - 4:00 pm

Price: $10 per adult, Kids FREE! Fish from the beach, boat, parcels or even your property! Measuring stations will be scattered throughout the lake (exact locations to be determined). Bring your live fish to the judges for measuring anytime during the derby. Please do your best to keep fish alive in a bucket and release quickly after measuring. Trophies will be awarded to kids only during the PLA Awards ceremony at the end of summer. The two top biggest catches will be awarded a cash prize! (trout and bass) 50% of the proceeds will be awarded to the winners! Sign ups and payment are required up front. Please drop money to: Karl Dale, 114 Old Dike Road. Make checks payable to PLA. We are in need of volunteers for measuring stations, especially lakefront property owners. If interested, please contact Karl Dale at 203-615-1931 or e-mail at jkdale@att.net


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