St. Patrick’s Day Snow

No one ever sang “I’m dreaming of a White St. Patrick’s Day,” but that is what we woke up to this morning. 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. 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 so you don’t slip with your wet shoes.

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

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 to kindly push the snow & ice off your vehicles onto the drive area, rather then back onto the sidewalks 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.

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A New Sidewalk between Winesap and Stayman Courts at Old Orchard Apartments!

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There is something great coming for residents of Old Orchard Apartments who live on Winesap and Stayman Courts: a new sidewalk! The residents of Winesap Court will no longer have to trudge through grass, mud and snow or take the long way around to get to their cars. And the kids of Stayman Court will no longer have to walk around West Geipe Road to get to their bus stop. Now there is going to be a convenient, well-lit shortcut. A sidewalk between Winesap and Stayman Courts will make life easier for the residents of Old Orchard Apartments.

Maintenance Monday – keeping your garbage disposal clean

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Garbage Disposals are a great appliance, but they aren’t so great if you don’t keep them clean. Here are three great tips from our maintenance department on how to keep your garbage disposal clean and smelling fresh:

  1. Ice Cubes – Using ice cubes at least once a month will keep your disposal clean and smelling fresh. Simply fill the disposal/drain with ice cubes and turn the cold water on to a slow steady flow directly into the drain. Then turn your disposal on and let it run until the ice has been ground up completely.
  2. Bleach – Use 1/4 cup of bleach in the disposal during this process which will help clear out stale odors. Simply pour the bleach in the drain before filling with ice (this will prevent splash back of bleach), however it would be wise to wear an old shirt when cleaning your disposal with bleach.
  3. Grease – When disposing of grease from cooking, such as bacon grease, you should turn on the hot water and leave it running while rinsing the grease from you pan and dishes. Leave the hot water running for a suffecient amount of time to allow for the grease to completely clear the drain line.

Maintenance Monday – THANK YOU to our Residents!

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We at Century Corporation / Awalt Builders want to thank our wonderful residents for your assistance and patience during this recent snow storm. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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Maintenance Monday – stay warm with humidity

Keep It Humid

It’s true that it’s not the heat that makes you feel warm, it’s the humidity. Humid air feels warmer than dry air, so in the winter, instead of cranking the heat, run a humidifier. This allows you to turn down the heat, save energy, and still feel comfortable. Live, leafy plants also help raise humidity levels.

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Maintenance Monday – how to dry wood

The Only Way to Dry Wood

If a piece of your wood furniture has gotten wet, resist the urge to dry it out with a space heater or hair dryer. Too much heat will make wood crack and warp. Instead, keep the area at room temperature and aim a fan at it.

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Maintenance Monday – snow safety

Snow is headed our way tomorrow, so 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. 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 so you don’t slip with your wet shoes.

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

(photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza)

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.

Here are some safety tips for walking in the snow and ice:

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles such as rubber
and neoprene composite. Slick leather or plastic soles on
shoes will definitely increase the risk of slipping.
2. When getting out of your vehicle, look down at the
surface. If it’s coated with ice you might want to park in a
different place.
3. Use special care when entering or exiting Vehicles, use
the vehicle for support. Before standing brace yourself with the vehicle door and
seat back, this will give you some stability.
4. Step – Don’t jump from vehicles and equipment.
5. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces the ability to use
your arms for balance if you do slip.
6. Take short shuffling steps in very icy areas.
7. Don’t carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes, cases or purses that
may cause you to lose your balance when you are walking.
8. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.
9. Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Avoid curbs with ice on them.
10. Place your full attention on walking. Digging in your pocketbook or backpack
while walking on ice is dangerous.
11. Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.
12. Keep walkways clear of debris, water and ice.

Be safe out there and keep warm!

Maintenance Monday – rid of rust

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If you’re trying to keep something rust-proof, here’s a solution you can make. Combine two cups of petroleum jelly and half a cup of lanolin in a microwave-safe bowl and heat the mixture until it melts together. Stir frequently, and make sure to apply to the rust-prone item while the mixture is still warm. Remember, don’t wipe it off; allow the paste to dry on the item.

– Who Knew? 10,001 Easy Solutions to Everyday Problems

Maintenance Monday – disposing of Christmas Trees

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Residents of Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments, if you need to dispose of your Christmas Tree, please do not carry it through the hall because of the mess and hazard caused by its needles. Instead, please toss your tree over your balcony into the yard area being careful not to allow it to drop onto patios below. Please dispose of your tree by January 17. Thank you for your cooperation. Happy New Year!

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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