The Peninsula News
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Sp r i ng 2009
Catawba Avenue Entrance Board Members
To Get Attention Soon! Jim Duke
President ................. 704.895.7765
W e hope soon to be able to re-landscape the
main entrance to the Peninsula. Over the last
year the entrance has of necessity been neglected
Vice President .......... 704.987.5183
due to construction of the new left turn lane and Mary Deininger
the installation of sidewalks. Once the work is Secretary ................. 704.892.2613
accomplished, our landscape contractor will clean up firstname.lastname@example.org
the monument area, trim bushes and trees, and install new Mike Joseph
shrubbery and flowers. Treasurer ...............704.896.8654
The median area that has been redesigned to allow a left turn lane will also be re- Joyce Fox ............... 704.894.9642
landscaped. After the planting is complete, the lighting repaired, and the irrigation email@example.com
reinstalled, this area should look better than ever. It should be noted that all of the Celia Bensman ....... 704.895.0391
work to bring this area back to its original condition, will be paid for with county road firstname.lastname@example.org
funds and at no cost to the PPOA. Krista Pruitt ............ 704.892.8236
Our thanks go to the Cornelius town staff and to Project Coordinator Doug Barrick Pat Thiel ................. 704.896.0758
for working with us on minimizing the damage to this important location. Doug has email@example.com
gone out of his way to keep us all informed through regular progress reports. Jack Ziegler ............ 704.987.1590
Pat Thiel ................704.896-0758
Town to Step-Up Sidewalk Architectural Change
Jim Duke ...............704.895.7765
and Curbing Repair Communications
Celia Bensman .......704.895.0391
Town officials have agreed to immediately inspect our sidewalks and curbs and take Landscape
action to repair those areas where these walkways represent a hazard to pedestrian Hank Keppler.........704.987.5183
safety. To get them started, the PPOA provided City Manager Anthony Roberts with Government & Safety
a long list of problem areas. If you have a sidewalk or curb area that needs attention, Mike Joseph ..........704.896.8654
contact Hank Keppler or Mary Deininger who will pass this information to the Town.
The President’s Message...
First, I would like to thank all of you who took the time to vote and fill out the Projects Survey.
Over 260 homeowners responded to our request for your opinions. This together with the vote
is the largest response yet to an annual ballot in recent memory. In addition, there have been
nothing but positive comments from property owners about the successful annual meeting
and the results of the survey. Details regarding the survey are included in the color insert to this
newsletter. I will just say that your views as expressed in the survey were both thoughtful and
enlightening. These survey results will guide the board as we move forward into 2009.
I would be remiss if I did not thank Dave Alexander for his exceptional service to the Association.
Dave served on the board in prior years as the President and Chair of the Landscape Committee.
When we had a vacancy due to the departure of a board member, Dave stepped up to fill the
position. All you have to do is to look around to see the real progress that has been made in the
landscaping, much of it due to Dave’s dedication. Dave has agreed to stay with the Landscape
Committee for a few more months to see projects through and to help transition a new chair.
Thanks, Dave, for a job well done!
You will notice that we have added email information to our newsletter in order to facilitate
communications with board members. Together with our e-blast system, this will hopefully
improve the distribution of alerts and information about important news on a timely basis.
New to this newsletter are two sections that I hope will assist with communications. The Young
Entrepreneurs section will provide residents with up-to-date information about resident teens
who wish to work as baby sitters, house sitters, dog walkers, or mother’s helpers. The list will be
kept current each quarter, so if you have a teen who would like a little advertising, email his or
her name to me. The other new section is “Community Spotlight” This section will be used to
announce neighborhood events and noteworthy accomplishments of our residents. College
acceptances, scholarships, promotions, and other recognitions will be posted. I hope this will
make our newsletter a little more personal and informative.
I would like to welcome Krista Pruitt to the PPOA Board. Krista will bring the unique perspective
of young families to the board. This bright and energetic mother of two young boys will be a
valuable asset to the community. She will be working with Joyce Fox and the Neighborhood
Captains on the Social Committee. Celia Bensman, who returned to the Board to fill a vacancy,
was elected for a three-year term. Celia will be chairing the Landscape Committee. Oh, and I am
Well, Spring is finally here, enjoy!
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And the Survey Said!
The community survey prepared by the
Street Paving Needs
Capital Projects Committee provided Presented to Town Officials
the board with new insights not only
Last month Hank Keppler, Mary Deininger, and
as to what needs to be done within our Jim Duke met with Mayor Tarte and Town Manager
community, but also what you, the property Anthony Robert to present a list of problems and
owners, feel are the most urgently needed issues that town official could assist the PPOA with
capital improvements. Our color insert shows the detail and overall resolving. The group asked the Town to update its
results. Written comments were especially useful. Over 40 of the road paving inspection and consider the establishment
nearly 300 respondents took the time to share their comments. of a planned paving schedule for the Peninsula. Many
of our roadways are showing their age and are in need
Of most interest in the survey were the answers to the question of more than just patching. Last year, the Town paved
regarding the top five priority projects. These five top ranked projects the entire length of Captains Watch, but it is only a
are shown below with the percentage of property owners who rated small piece of the need. Upwards of 50 percent of
each of them as the #1 priority. our roadways are so deteriorated that pot holes are
beginning to multiply. To its credit, Cornelius has been
quick to repair damage when it is reported. But what
1. Install Street Lights on Jetton Road [26%] we need now is a comprehensive paving program to
2. Replant and Upgrade Landscaping [15%] resurface many of our roads.
3. Plan for Bike and Walking Trails [14%]
4. Improve Irrigation System [13%] As one would suspect, the road paving funds are
5. Rehabilitate Mailboxes [9%] limited and there are important needs outside of the
Peninsula. However, we have been informed by Town
On the question of the turf transition to Bermuda from Fescue, 67% officials that our concerns have been heard and that
of those who responded said we should continue the effort. paving work could begin as early as April.
PPOA Standing Committees
Architectural Change (ACC) Pat Thiel – Chair Landscape.......................... Celia Bensman - Chair
Joyce Fox Dave Alexander
Hank Keppler Mary Deininger
Communications ................ Jim Duke - Chair Sue Glass
Hank Keppler Sheila Cothran
Mike Joseph Jitka Stahala
Lisa Lippiner Social .......................... Joyce Fox - Chair
Finance ...........................Mike Joseph - Chair Carolyn Duke
Jim Duke Area Captains (See last section)
Government & Safety .......... Hank Keppler - Chair
If you would like to serve on a PPOA Committee, please contact the appropriate committee chair.
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Lights, Carts, Sidewalks, We See Spots
Streets, Safety Issues There are many hydraulic fluid spots trailing down the streets
of The Peninsula. The spots are concentrated in front of our
driveways mainly caused by trucks leaking hydraulic fluid while
We always need your help in staying ahead of the routine picking up trash and debris in front our homes. There are long
problems that emerge on a regular basis. Our Board trails of these drips running through The Peninsula. When it
members and property manager regularly inspect the rains, the hydraulic fluid, if it hasn’t been absorbed into the
property, but can’t be everywhere. If you spot a problem, street, is washed into the storm drains. The storm water leads
please contact us: to the lake through these storm drains dumping the hydraulic
fluid into Lake Norman causing water pollution.
Landscape & Irrigation Problems – Dave Alexander
The hydraulic fluid not only causes an unsightly mess in the
Roads, Signs, Street Lights, & Safety – Hank Keppler fronts of our homes, but also pollutes Lake Norman. It is in
Landscape Lighting – Jim Duke our best interest as well as the interests of the surrounding lake
Construction Debris & Signs – Pat Thiel communities to put an end to trucks dropping hydraulic fluid
Oil Spills on Road – Michael Burkhard | 980-727-5779 onto our streets.
Private Golf Cart Use – Cornelius Police | 704 892-1363
All Problems – Hawthorne Management | 704 377-0114 If you see any truck leaking fluids of any type onto Peninsula
streets, please call Mecklenburg County’s Environment
New or Changed email addresses* firstname.lastname@example.org Enforcement Officer Michael Burkhard immediately with the
trucks license plate number, the location of the truck and the
*The PPOA regularly sends out advisories to residents. If you name of the owner if known. His number is 980 727-5779.
wish to be included in these advisories, you can simply send in
your email address. Your email address will not be shared with If caught in the act, the truck company owners will be cited and
outside organizations. face stiff fines.
For Your Information
Recycling helps our environment and decreases the amount of tax money spent on disposal of solid waste. A five
percent increase in our recycling effort would save nearly $ 180,000.00!
As of this printing, The Town has not made a final decision on the status of speed limits on Jetton Road.
If you spot a vehicle dropping oil or fluids on the roads, you can call Charlotte Mecklenburg Environmental
Services. Michael Burkhard will come out immediately to investigate and will issue citations on the spot.
Mike’s mobile number is 980-727-5779.
Ladies Night Out
Ladies Night Out is scheduled for the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. LNO is a great way to meet your neighbors and hear
about activities in The Peninsula. Each month, a different neighbor graciously volunteers to host the event with neighborhood ladies
bringing food and drinks. The LNO Couples Holiday Party at the home of Liz Bechdol was a huge success with record attendance.
For more information and/or to be placed on the email notification list,
please contact Susan Tillis at 704-892-9504, by email at email@example.com or your Neighborhood Captain.
April 13th Nayfee Krugler – 19322 Peninsula Shores Drive
May 11th Margaret Boggs – 17119 Players Ridge Drive
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Let’s Hear About Recycling Is Important –
Our Best and Brightest Please Do Your Part!
At this time, the Peninsula Property Owner’s Association Not all homeowners take advantage of recycling
(PPOA) would like to present a program honoring the collection services offered by Waste Management. We
children and young adults of the Peninsula. This is a encourage you to join our campaign to improve our
program for all PPOA members to nominate a young recycling effort. Here are some important facts you
person living in the Peninsula that has gone above and need to consider:
beyond expectations, showing outstanding character in
our community (including school accolades, volunteering, What You Can Recycle.
good deeds, exemplary character and entrepreneur Paper & Cardboard – these include
skills). Anyone can write a short summary about a child newspaper, magazines, telephone
or young person that lives within the Peninsula and it does books, catalogs, junk mail [possibly its
not necessarily need to be your own child. The person only good use], gift wrap [no bows].
needs to be between the school ages of kindergarten Cardboard should be cut into 3x3
and college. Simply, fill out the nomination form and foot sections and stacked. Newspapers & Magazines may
turn it into your Neighborhood Captain. Then watch for be placed under the bin.
this new column in the PPOA monthly news letter titled
Plastic, Glass, & Cans – #1 and #2 Plastics only some examples
include milk jugs, liquid detergent bottles, & water bottles.
Glass such as spaghetti jars [rinsed please]. Cans – Aluminum
We hope that this column will serve as a & spiral paper cans.
forum for positive role models and their
efforts to be heard! NOT MANDATORY, but nice when you can: Cans/plastics may
be crushed. If you have 2 recycle bins, you can help the drivers
Examples of areas where a child has gone above and beyond by separating Paper & Cardboard from Plastic, Glass & Cans.
• Respect & Citizenship – calling 911 in an emergency What You Shouldn’t Put in Recycle Bins.
• Honesty, Justice & Fairness – finding a wallet at a Wax coated products, pizza boxes (because of food
store and turning it in contamination), old clothing, small appliance, household
• School Honor System garbage, Styrofoam or Styrofoam products, plastic bags
(unless clear & used to contain items).
• Young Business People – students creating a
business or raising money for a cause
• Courage & Perseverance – doing well in school in Contact and Other Information:
spite of an illness or family tragedy For locations to drop off hazardous items such as computers
or batteries visit: www.charmeck.org or www.earth911.org.
• Caring & Volunteering – working with the needy on
Want a recycle bin or two? Call Waste Management at 704
a regular basis
While we may not be able to publish all nominations, we
Special thanks to Janet Wirostek for this information.
look forward to citing those in our community whose acts
are something above and beyond the norm. Contact Krista
Pruitt for a nomination form.
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Caring Hearts Foundation The Peninsula Community Foundation
The Caring Hearts Foundation will hold its Fifth Annual The Peninsula Community Foundation’s Fall Pledge Drive yielded
Circle of Friends Benefit Dinner with a silent auction and over $ 65,000.00 in 3-year pledges and gifts. The Foundation
entertainment on Friday, April 18, 2009, beginning at 7:00 expresses its sincere thanks to those generous souls who have
pm at the Peninsula Club, Cornelius, North Carolina. All committed to assist those in need within our community. A
proceeds, contributions and purchases benefit the supported significant portion of these funds will be distributed soon to a
agencies that assist those most in need within our community. community that is much in need. Thank you!
Caring Hearts Foundation membership consists of giving and The Annual Gala will be held at the Peninsula Club on
caring women residing in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville September 19th. The decision to return the gala to the fall was
and adjacent areas. Members and non-members are
made to allow more time between fundraisers. This year the
encouraged to participate in this worthwhile event. It is the
Pledge Drive will be held in conjunction with the September
primary fundraiser for the year!! Caring Hearts is seeking
sponsors for the event and auction items. You may read about Gala. Gala Coordinators Roxanne Blake and Meredith Fite
the supported organizations on the Caring Hearts Foundation will be sending out Save The Date Cards in early summer.
website at: http://caringheartsnc.org.
The Foundation is offering to sell two 12-day vacations in
This year the dinner is open to couples and is priced at $75 per Tuscany donated for the Spring Gala that was postponed.
person. Reservations are due by April 10, 2009 with payment Accommodations for 4 will be offered for $ 4,500.00. Details
to Caring Hearts Foundation, Post Office Box 1153, Cornelius, are available from Gip Bonar at 704 895-1503 or by email at
NC 28031. For further Caring Hearts Foundation information firstname.lastname@example.org.
and to make reservations, please contact Carolyn Duke at
704-895-7765, or email email@example.com. The Foundation supports several start up charities and
volunteer based organizations such as the Lake Norman Free
Peninsula Book Club Clinic in Huntersville, Habitat for Humanity, Lydia’s Loft,
The Book Club meets the 2nd Monday of each month from Loaves & Fishes, the Ada Jenkins Mobile Dental Bus, Hospice
September through June at noon for lunch and discussion. of Lake Norman, Dove House, First Tee, Hope House, and
Newcomers are always welcome. If you have questions, scholarships for local high school graduates. All money raised
contact Phyllis Wilson at 704.987.8040. by the Foundation stays in the Lake Norman area.
Future Meetings and Books: Residents wishing to support the Foundation or who need
information may contact Foundation President Mr. David
April 13, 2009 The Commoner
by Burnham Schwartz L. Powell at 704 965-3891 or by email at davidlpowell@
May 11, 2009 The Glass Castle bellsouth.net.
by Jeannette Walls
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Community Contacts Listing Notes For Neighborhood Captains
The Peninsula Neighborhood Captains
Neighborhood Captains will be meeting on April
(as of 4/1/2009) 1st with the PPOA Board to develop goals for the
coming year and review proposals for improving
The list below represents the volunteers who make up our Neighborhood or Area Captains.
They can help you with questions about living in The Peninsula or with questions about our
Association. If you have an issues, please let your Neighborhood Captain know.
Items of interest to the Captains will be the
Balmore Pines possible enhancement of the Association
Jean Burke ...................892-7509 firstname.lastname@example.org Website, improvements to the quarterly
East Shore newsletter, and a review of the community survey.
Lauren Polek ................655-9333 email@example.com
Holly Onachilla ............892-3860 firstname.lastname@example.org
Flying Jib Road
Anne Genske ...............607-5230 email@example.com Community
Harbor Light Blvd
Kathy Day ...................987-1653 firstname.lastname@example.org Contacts Listing
Diane Arledge ..............896-2546 email@example.com
Sandie Durboraw ..........987-1699 firstname.lastname@example.org Important Telephone Numbers
Heron Pointe Cornelius Police/Fire/Ambulance ....... 704-892-1363
Angela Standish ............892-2927 email@example.com
Angela Blair .................896-7451 firstname.lastname@example.org Emergency................................................. 911
Mainsail Pointe Lake Norman Boat Patrol ...................704-896-2185
Sheryl Chapman ...........895-8844 email@example.com
Duke Power (Street Lights) .............. 704-594-6200
Meta Road Waste Management ......................... 800-927-8362
Kim Green ..................896-3504 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lillian Noffsinger ..........894-9858 email@example.com Piedmont Gas ................................ 800-356-2593
North Shore Hawthorne Management Company ...... 704-377-0114
Jill Glenn ....................655-9809 firstname.lastname@example.org Mailbox Repairs (Hank Norwood) ........ 704-541-2122
Peninsula Cove Mailbox Letters (Signs Here)............704-483-6454
Della Stafford ..............892-1975 email@example.com
Mailbox Parts (Pete Glas Co.) ....... 704-372-3026
Peninsula Pointe Lift Station Service
Diane Hamilton ............896-2003 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Pitt ...................655-7430 email@example.com
Janet Wirostek ..............896-3119 firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty Maddux ..............892-7594 email@example.com
Susan Rutz ..................892-4157 firstname.lastname@example.org Lake Norman
Sail Point Garden Club
Sue Cherrington ...........987-0366 email@example.com
Cheri McCarney ...........897-9912 firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Powell ...............896-6655 email@example.com The South Lake
Stableford Norman Garden
Diane Mason ...............896-1868 firstname.lastname@example.org Club meets on the
Town Harbour 3rd Monday of each
Susan Miller ................892-4862 Saretheford@aol.com month at 9:30 am.
Liza Grainda ................892-5946 email@example.com
Lindsey Long ...............655-0048 firstname.lastname@example.org in participating should contact Liz Bechdol,
Laurie Helgeson ...........896-0709 email@example.com President, at 704.892.8689 or by email at
The PPOA welcomes Angela Standish and Angela Blair as New Captains for
Heron Point and Lillian Noffsinger to Meta Road and Diane Powell for Sail
Point. Thaks Rita O’Malley who served us for Heron Point. We’ll miss you!
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Peninsul a Property PAID
o w n e r s a s s o c i at i on , i n c . PERMIT NO. 48
c/o Hawthorne Management Company
P.O. Box 11906
Charlotte, NC 28220-1906
Name Age Phone BS HS DW MH RCC Community
Liana Fabbricatore 12 704 987-9344 X X X X
Nicolas Fabbricatore 11 704 987-9344 X X Skylar Green, son of James and
Nathan Fabbricatore 11 704 897-9344 X X Kim Green has been selected for an
Holly Miller 13 704 892-4883 X X X X X internship in the West Point Cultural
Ashley Martel 12 704 892-8288 X X X X X Immersion Program in the Horn of
Brooke Martel 11 704 892-8288 X X X X Africa this summer. He will be doing
humanitarian aid work in Dijbouti,
These young people have been approved by their parents to perform the services Kenya, and Tanzania.
indicated. Initial calls to these Young Entrepreneurs should be made through –––––––
their parents. Ask parents for information regarding references and certification. Jack Wilson, son of Jim and Phyllis
Wilson has been accepted to Governor’s
Want your young entrepreneur on the list? E-mail your child’s name, age, contact School. Jack will be participating in
number, and area of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. a six-week summer program for the
intellectually gifted at Salem College.
[Codes: Baby Sitting- BS; House Sitting-HS; Dog Walking/Sitting-DW;
Mother’s Helper-MH; Certified Training- RCC]
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