Next Meeting, HVAC Offer, Marina Square Closing, and Visioning Town Hall Announcement

As mentioned in a previous call, tomorrow is the next HOA Meeting. We will be discussing the updated phone directory and would be delighted if you can attend. It will be held at my place 8635 E. Bellewood Pl. at 10 am. 

The Denver Environmental Health and the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition launched a limited-time offer to make it easier and more affordable for Denver residents to upgrade to energy efficient furnaces and/or AC units for 15% less until November 1st.  Visit Denvergov.org/HomeEnergyDeals or call Rheem Pro Partners at 720.204.3403 for more information.

Philip Jolas notified that there are plans to close the Marina Square shopping center as soon as the leases expire and apartments are anticipated to replace the businesses. He recommended contacting Councilwoman Kendra Black to express your views.

Also, Councilwoman Black is hosting Visioning Town Halls to discuss ideas within our communities. The next two occur on Tuesday, Sept 20, from 6-7:30 pm or Saturday, Sept 24, 12:30-2:00 pm. Both meetings are at Thomas Jefferson High School at 3950 S. Holly St. A visioning survey has been created that you complete on her website.

On a final note, Councilwoman Black’s website offers a number of community events, including an interactive art project, senior-related talks, a housing and financing fair’s information, and Denveright community workshops (discussing Denver’s development). Check it out!

Thank you and have a lovely evening.

All Good Updates Come In Sevens

First, a big welcome and congratulations to our new HOA Board Members! Our new members include the President Brett Zuckerman, Vice President Chris Crosby, and Member-at-Large Ray Hogg! We have the continued awesome leadership of Bianca Braiotta as Treasurer and DeLynn Berry as Webmaster. We have an amazing team to support an amazing community! 

Second, we would like to thank our Vice President Chris Crosby and his wife Lindsay of the Crosby Team Remax Professionals for hosting a Shred-a-thon for Pine Valley residents this Sunday, Aug. 28th, from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the corner of Saratoga Pl. and Wabash St. Fliers have been distributed providing guidelines for the shredding.

Third, please note that if a garage door is left open during a neighborhood police patrol, the officers will perform a safety check.

Fourth, Martha Good wanted our neighbors to know that Animal Control truck has begun patrolling our neighborhood, targeting off-leash dogs, fining owners $80 per offense.

Fifth, I will be calling to confirm directory listings and notification preferences over the next week—we want to confirm the accuracy of our information before printing and posting information online.

Speaking of the directory, we have had neighbors expressing interest in sponsoring it. If you or your business would also like to sponsor the directory, please give me a call and I will coordinate it with our HOA board.

Sixth, we will have two upcoming events to note. We will have a September Board Meeting to review the directory—more information will follow within a week. Our President, Brett Zuckerman, will be sponsoring a canned food drive in the fall.

Finally, if you still want to pay your dues, feel free to call me and I will coordinate a pick up for you! We appreciate your support!

Next Meeting, Spring Cleanup, and Upcoming Picnic

This is a notice regarding the next HOA meeting, the scheduled entry way Spring cleanup, and the upcoming picnic. So dust off your calendars!

Our next HOA Meeting is scheduled for May 15th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm and will be held at the Berry residence at 8635 E. Bellewood Pl. Snacks and refreshments will be served–we hope to see you there!

The Spring Cleanup of the Pine Valley entry points will take place on May 29th at 9:00 am and participants will meet at Philip Jolas’ residence–our President’s–residence at 8622 E. Grand Ave. He is the contact for the event and can be reached at 303.770.1589. We will be disposing of rubbish, trimming back overhanging trees and shrubs, and general cleanup–it’s not anticipated to last more than an hour or two. Come on out and join your HOA Board to improve our community!

The annual picnic will be held this year on August 7th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. We will provide additional information in later announcements.

On a final note, we want to wish you all a lovely Mother’s Day!

Board Meeting Rescheduled

This is a board meeting update notice. Due to the weather, the HOA board will be meeting on Sunday, April 24th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Nicole Berry’s, residence 8635 E. Bellewood Pl. Please call Nicole Berry at 303.564.0364 with any questions.

Snow Removal and Spring Entrance Sprucing Up

First and foremost, thank you to all neighbors for your hard work shoveling sidewalks, especially with this most recent storm. There are a few Pine Valley residents, however, that still need to get their sidewalks cleared sooner, according to several complaints received by your HOA Board. Please remember that we have many people using our sidewalks daily, such as mothers with babies, errand runners to King Soopers, light rail commuters walking to the station, and those walking their dogs. All need clear passage and promptly-cleared sidewalks, per the City of Denver ordinance. If clearing your sidewalk is difficult for you, ask a neighbor for help or get assistance in getting a snow removal services.

Additionally, spring will be here shortly. Your HOA Board will be setting up a date to spruce up the entrances to Pine Valley. Stay tuned for an announcement next month for the date and time when we can get together to prune and clean the two entrances off of Yosemite and make our neighborhood look welcoming. If you have gardening talents or are just civic-minded, this will be your chance to help!

Thank you for all that you do in making Pine Valley such a great place to live!

Fences On Yosemite

This is a notification for neighbors along our fenced streets, Yosemite and Belleview. The city is delivering notices to attempt to transfer maintenance responsibilities of the fences along Yosemite and Belleview to Pine Valley homeowners along these streets. This has been attempted before and neighbors successfully fought the attempt through a united front, and neighbors will need to band together again to defeat the transfer attempt. Ted Nelson is spearheading the effort and can be reached by phone at 303-337-9000, email at rtnel@aol.com, or at his home at 5022 S. Xenia Street for more information. 

Safety Notification

Two days ago a white van with a teenager and an older man were in our neighborhood knocking on doors asking to come in to demonstrate a household cleaning product. It was a scam and they were checking out homes for burglary. Someone in Pine Valley got suspicious and notified the police. The two were arrested later that day for outstanding warrants they had.

Our local police offer helpful recommendations for similar situations. Sometimes crews like this will use a young person or a woman to first ring your doorbell, since they will seem less threatening. Then after they have made contact with you, others may come to your door to try to get in. Police advise residents that you SHOULD respond when someone rings your doorbell. Otherwise, a thief may assume you are NOT HOME and may try to break in, thinking your house is empty. However, Police also advise that you do not need to open your door if someone comes to your door, just turn on a porch light, yell out “NO THANK YOU” or if you have a metal security door, open your wood door but not the security door. That way a possible thief knows you are there, and they will move on looking for a different home that is not occupied.

Also, be careful not to leave your garage doors open, this invites thieves as well.

Please keep in mind that our neighborhood is not a bad one–in fact we have less crime than most. However, this kind of thing does happen and we wanted everyone to be alerted to the incident.

We will have Pine Valley block meetings of the Neighborhood Watches starting soon. So neighbors, if you hear or see something suspicious, notify the police. If you are aware of any incidents, share them with your PV homeowners’ President, Philip Jolas at 303-770-1589, and he will pass the information on to the rest of Pine Valley.

Denver Digs

The Denver Digs Trees Spring Tree Distribution is an event brought to us by The Park People that offers low-cost or free trees to Denver neighborhoods. Trees beautify our neighborhoods, enhance property values, shade our homes, and help conserve energy. The trees offered may be planted along the street in the public right-of-way and on private property. The application time is from now until February 15th and the trees may then be picked up and planted on April 18th. They are only $35 each and those experiencing financial hardship may be able to obtain free trees. Please apply online at http://www.TheParkPeople.org or contact the Park People at 303-722-6262.

This is the final week for Christmas tree recycling, but residents must remember the following:

  1. Remove all decorations and the tree stand. NO artificial or flocked (sprayed) trees. Real evergreen trees only!
  2. Set your tree out for collection during the first two weeks of January. Simply set trees out near your normal trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on your trash collection days during the week of January 5 or the week of January 12. Your tree will be picked up by a special tree collection truck for recycling.
  3. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway. The 2015 Mulch Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, May 2.

Please, do not place trees in dumpsters or carts. Trees should be placed at least 2 feet away from all obstacles for collection.

For more information about Treecycle, the annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale, or other Denver Recycles programs, please call 311 or visit us online at DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.

As always, please be considerate of your neighbors and remember to remove snow from your walkways.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Denver residents can set their trees out for recycling from January 5 to 16, but need to do the following:

  1. Remove all decorations and the tree stand. NO artificial or flocked (sprayed) trees. Real evergreen trees only!

  2. Set your tree out for collection during the first two weeks of January.

Simply set trees out near your normal trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on your trash collection days during the week of January 5 or the week of January 12. Your tree will be picked up by a special tree collection truck for recycling.

  1. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway. The 2015 Mulch Giveaway is scheduled for Saturday, May 2.

Please, do not place trees in dumpsters or carts. Trees should be placed at least 2 feet away from all obstacles for collection.

For more information about Treecycle, the annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale, or other Denver Recycles programs, please call 311 or visit us online at DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.

On a final note, please be considerate of your neighbors and remember to remove snow from your walkways.