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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Annual Meeting Approaches — UPDATE !!

    It's almost time once again for the annual Hallmark Woods "Theater of the Absurd", aka the HWPOA annual meeting.  As of now, it's scheduled for January 12, 2009, most likely at 7:00 pm and probably (since the county library meeting room is already taken for that date) in a garage at 2173 Hallmark Drive. 

    I call it absurd since usually only a small fraction of homeowners actually show up. Some apparently just don't care; some just unthinkingly check off a proxy form and send it in; but at least a few stalwart citizens do their duty and actually appear and participate in the discussions and voting. Hats off to them!  

    This year, if you can't participate in person, please take a moment to read your proxy form* carefully and indicate your preferences for the future of our community. Better yet, give your proxy to a neighbor who will be at the meeting and who will vote as you desire. Best of all, drag yourself to the meeting, where you can meet your neighbors (including the incumbent directors) and voice your opinions in person. 

    And if you think you'd like to really help out, throw your hat in the ring and run for one of the two director posts that will be open. Time for some new blood there!  

John L.

From the Horse's Mouth:  The meeting will be on Wednesday, 21 January at 2173 Hallmark Drive at 7:00 p.m. If we don't have a quorum (the usual case), a second meeting will convene on Monday, 26 January at 7 p.m. in the same place (probably the garage out in the woods). 

     * Note that this year the announcement letter did not include a proxy form, as it did in previous years. You can still vote by proxy, but you'll have to draft your own form: it should simply state that you award your proxy on all matters to [name of your preferred representative here] at the Hallmark Woods 2009 Annual Meeting and any subsequent meetings, and be signed and dated using your full name and including your address. 



Friday, November 14, 2008

Last Gasp Landscape Committee Meeting–update

Tonight, Friday, November 14, 2008,  7:00 pm, at 2181 Hallmark Drive. 

View the landscape plan! Offer comments!  

Last chance before January! 

John L.

P.S.   They met (all five of 'em),  they examined the architect's final drawing/plan, they discussed some features of it (the cost of some trees, for example), and they approved it for submission to the HWPOA directors at their meeting this next Monday, 17 November 2008, at 2161 Hallmark Drive. For the record,  just two observers showed up for the committee meeting.  Makes ya wonder if anyone cares.....

The plan is very similar to the one on the HW website (Sketch B), but with the possible plantings detailed on it. Now it will be up to the directors to approve the plan, get contractors to bid on implementing it, and  present it to the community at our annual meeting on 12 January 2009.*  Meantime, if you can't find a copy of the committee-approved plan on the HW website, you can email me (address in profile at the top of the sidebar) and I'll send you one... or click on the image below for a larger copy.  

And, of course, if you review the plan and have any comments, you can post them here or send them directly to the directors.


*   UPDATE:  The directors seem to have had other intentions. They accepted the plan, but then passed a lengthy motion to not wait until January, but use money from the association's  bank account to implement a "Phase 1" immediately, leaving "Phase 2" to sometime next year when (they expect) HW property owners all will have sent in their extra $125 (for a total of about $200 for the year).  

   Assuming a contractor will be available (the landscape committee chairman was to find out),  Phase 1 would involve such things as digging up all the existing plantings (holly, euonymous, etc.) and planting the new hollies that would then start growing through the winter season.  The dug-up bushes, apparently, would be just trashed.  –JL–

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Night Comprehensive Coverage

You will VOTE! Right? And then...

   After the polls close at 8 p.m., you can go to WBAL Radio's website to soak yourself in political news and clickable maps with election info updated as the returns come in.  The intro video is already up:


And with any luck....

John L. 

     OBAMA !!   

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