Santa visits Chatham Gardens, Old Orchard and Burnam Woods Apartments


A great time was had by all this past week when Santa Claus visited our apartments at Chatham Gardens, Old Orchard and Burnam Woods. All the children, and some adults, sat on Santa’s lap telling him what they wanted to see under their tree Christmas morning. Santa sent them off with a candy cane and a smile on their way to the snack table for some more goodies.


Please call the leasing office to see when you can pick up your free picture with Santa. Thank you to everyone who came out and also to everyone who donated to Toys for Tots. We look forward to seeing you at our next event. To see all the pictures from Santa’s visits, please click on your community’s name: Chatham Gardens, Old Orchard, Burnam Woods.


Happy Holidays!

Maintenance Monday – cooking odors

While celebrating during this holiday season, please remember that not everyone wants to smell what you are cooking. Please keep your front door shut and use your kitchen exhaust fan when you are cooking aromatic foods. Using your fan will keep your cooking smells from leaving your apartment and migrating into the hallways and other apartments.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa Claus is coming to town, to the apartments at Chatham Gardens, Old Orchard and Burnam Woods. Kids, have your picture taken with Santa! Parents, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card. Light refreshments will be provided.

Santa will be in the leasing offices at Chatham Gardens this Thursday December 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at Old Orchard next Tuesday December 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and at Burnam Woods next Thursday December 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Maintenance Monday – snow removal

With the snow and ice yesterday and more expected tomorrow, please be careful out there. Watch your step on the slippery sidewalks and watch for the plow trucks while pulling out of your parking spot and driving through the courts.

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

When it snows, we will clear and treat the sidewalks and parking lots. Please remember to stomp your feet outside before entering your building, so you do not track in chemicals. Also, be careful when walking up or down the stairs on the tile with your wet shoes.

When we start clearing the parking spaces, we ask the residents to please move your vehicles in order for us to clear multiple spaces at a time. We also ask you kindly push the snow & ice off their vehicles onto the drive area, rather then back onto the side walks or in between the vehicles. (Even if the drive area has been plowed, we prefer you push the snow onto the drive area).

Please be respectful of the snow plows, and give them ample room to move about in the parking lots. When you are driving toward or behind the plow trucks and tractors, please keep a safe distance. Wait for a signal from the plow driver that it is safe to enter or exit. In return, please give them a warning when you are about to enter or exit. The drivers are multi-tasking with the operation of the plows and salt spreaders along with the driving of the vehicle.

Be safe out there and keep warm!

Donate to Toys for Tots

For the next two weeks, we at Century Corporation are going to be taking donations for Toys for Tots. Please bring your new, unwrapped toy to the leasing office at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, or Old Orchard Apartments by Thursday December 19th. Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to win a $50. gift card. It doesn’t take much to put a smile on a child’s face. Just buy an extra toy while you’re doing your holiday shopping and drop it off to us, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Origin and Evolution of Toys for Tots

Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.  The idea came form Bill’s wife, Diane.  In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas.  When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one.  He did.  The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.  That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located.  Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.  The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children”.  Bill Hendricks, a Marine Reservist on weekends, was in civilian life, the Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio.  This enabled him to convince a vast array of celebrities to support Toys for Tots.  In 1948, Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo, which we use today.  Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots poster used to promote the nationwide program.  Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots theme composed by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956.  Bob Hope, John Wayne, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cyrus are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots. First Lady Michele Obama has been Toys for Tots number one supporter and volunteer since 2009 through mass media events, by conducting toy drives in the White House, and by volunteering to assist with the sorting of toys at local campaign warehouse sites in the Washington DC area. From 1947 through 1979, Marines collected and distributed new and used toys.  On Reserve drill weekends during October, November and December, Reserve Marines refurbished the used toys.From Christmas 1980 through the present, Marines have collected and distributed only new toys.

For more information, please visit Toys for Tots.

Maintenance Monday – waxy candlesticks


If you’ve just removed your candlesticks from the cupboard for a party and they’re covered in wax, try this handy trick: Just stick them in the freezer for a couple of hours. The wax will harden and chip right off.

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