Published by the Lake Waubeeka Association, June 2012 www.lakewaubeeka.org
This is what we do...
Hello, Lake Waubeeka! Your Committee Chairs work hard, all year
long, to make sure our Community continues to
be what we want it to be. We are looking more
Can’t believe that another Winter has come
beautiful than ever; we are more secure; and
and gone. We’re going to have yet another
we are anticipating yet another Season of great
wonderful Summer season. And, yes, before you
Community activities. We hope that many of you
say it, those floats will be in the Lake within the
will join in and help make it all happen.
next few weeks. We needed to wait for the
Budget approval before moving forward with
As The Season opens this month, we naturally
some of our projects. In the meantime, our crew
focus on the “Fun Stuff”. Our Entertainment
has been busy getting The Mountain ready for
Chair, Jacki Johnson, has put together another
the Season. And our carp have been busy, as
Summer of great memories. We have the French
well. The Lake is looking very clear again, and
Cookin’ Blues Band booked for our celebration
weed-free this year. A lot more people can be
on July 1 at the Paul Street Beach; the first
seen these days swimming in the Lake.
ever Raspberry Festival mid-July; the Cabaret;
the Art Show/Coffee House Night in August; the
Speaking of the budget... It passed by a two
Therapy Band for Labor Day; and so much more.
to one margin at our May 27 meeting. The Board
Check out this issue for details on some of these
is tasked with providing a balanced budget, one
events, and more to come!
that addresses the needs of our Community. We
had to make some tough choices this year. At
A note about parking for events at the Paul
the end of the day–while not everyone may have
Street Beach: It’ going to be tight! If you can
voted for it–I’m sure we can all agree that Lake
walk, swim, or boat to the beach, that would
Waubeeka will be a much better place for it. I
be great. If you drive, please park at the top of
want to thank all of you for the great turnout
Paul Street and help those who need closer
at this year’ meeting, and for all your questions
access get to the beach.
and concerns. The turnout was incredible–one of
the largest in the last years.
Mark your calendars, and get ready for yet
another great Waubeekan Summer!
The water main replacement project continues,
as it has for the last few years. This year, we
I look forward to seeing you all out and
will be doing upper Danfred and Sage Roads.
around, on our roads, on our beaches, and at
(Once again, I want to say “Sorry” in advance for
every event this Summer! Be safe!
the noise and dust!) The work being done in this
area should eliminate the water leakage there, Bill
and solve the severe drainage problems. This will
save our Community a great deal of the money
spent to run our pumps ceaselessly to keep our
system pressurized. We hope to have the roads Get involved!
newly paved prior to our 4th of July celebration All our activities count on you.
(on July 1). In the meantime, please drive very Contact any of the contributors listed
carefully in that area. The roads are steep and,
in this issue, and join in the fun.
with the roads open, sand and dirt, combined
with excessive speed could cause a disastrous
You’ll be glad you did!
lack of traction. So be careful!
Nine Things You Need to Know Please inform your guests that they cannot call
About The Lake Waubeeka you using their cell phones and have you raise the
gate. Only the dialer call works.
Access Control System
Each clicker has two batteries. If your clicker
Our access control gates have been in place stops working, the battery is probably dead. The
since 2003. Please note the following information. nearest store with batteries is Radio Shack in the
Mall. Be sure to put both batteries facing the same
All requests for entry codes, access control way in the clicker. Broken or damaged clickers are
passes and clickers, or dialer telephone numbers NOT replaced free by LWA. You have to purchase
must be submitted on standard forms available at a new one and give LWA the code on the broken
the Access Control Request boxes at the exit gate, one so we can deactivate it.
or on the LWA website as downloadable PDFs. ...submitted by Paul Schultz
The Board reserves the right to deny codes.
Anyone requesting a Vendor Gate Entry Code Boat Registration Required!
for a contractor, nurse, cleaning service or other
In an ongoing effort to keep our beaches and
regular vendor must fill out a copy of the Access
shoreline clean and safe, the Board of Directors
Control Agreement. The vendor agreement can
has initiated a boat registration program.
be obtained at our LWA website (just print it and
complete it); by calling 203-798-1183 and leaving
Of particular concern is the transfer of any boat
your name and address to which the form may be
from any other body of water into Lake Waubeeka.
sent; or by emailing the request to lwasecurity@
Invasive species, carried on boats, can have an
gmail.com. Vendor Codes are given directly to the
enormously detrimental impact on the health of
vendors and are not for any use other than vendor
access on service projects for residents.
Consequently, we are requiring all Community
Tenants who wish to have their names included
members who own canoes, sailboats, or any other
on the Guest Gate dialer must provide a copy
boats currently in our Lake, on either beach, on
of their current lease to the Access Control
the shoreline, or stored on their property, to
Committee at the 137 Post Road Mailbox. Lease
register them. We hope to have this initiative
information will be kept confidential. Access will be
completed no later than mid-August 2012.
granted only for the lease period, and the system
automatically terminates access one day after the
It is incumbent upon all residents to notify
Jesse Uhrman with information regarding their
boat(s), such as type and location, and an
Only a new lease/lease renewal document can
address where registration stickers can be
change the access period. Landlords are
responsible for furnishing up to two gate passes
to their tenants from their own card inventory.
Information will be provided as to where to place
Tenants may request additional wave passes from
these registration stickers on your boat(s). If boats
the Access Control Committee. Landlords are
are not registered by a date to be announced in
responsible for informing the Access Control
the near future, our maintenance crew will remove
Committee what pass IDs have been issued to
those boats and place them in a designated area
their tenants, and for collecting passes from
behind the Community House, and offered for sale
tenants at the end of the lease term.
to Community members.
The number of passes that any homeowner may
Again, especially for our snowbirds, you still
possess is limited by the access control system’s
have plenty of time to complete this process! If
capacity. The Board reserves the right to deny
you have further questions or concerns, please
additional passes to any homeowner who already
email Jesse at email@example.com.
has been issued the maximum of five passes and
two clickers. ...submitted by Jesse Uhrman
Guests using the Visitor lane can find the name
of a resident on the dialer, using the UP or DOWN BATTERs UP!
arrows. When the name is found (highlighted),
the CALL button must be pressed in order to dial
Okay, Adult Waubeekans, get out
your telephone number. Alterntively, if they know those gloves and bats,
their DIALER CODE NUMBER, they can dial your and put on your Game Face!
number by pressing the key with a telephone
picture, and then enter that code using the keypad.
Adult Softball Game on
When the dialer rings your phone, you must press Saturday, June 30, at 11:00 am,
“9” to raise the gate. The dialer will hang up at–of course–the ball field...
immediately after you press “9”.
Water System Report Dues Are Due!
In mid-May, the Board was contacted by our The 2012-2013 Lake Waubeeka budget was
LBG consultant, Mike Shortell, saying that our approved at our annual Budget Meeting on May
plan has been approved. As of this date, we have 27, 2012. Dues were set at $3,095, and payable,
not yet received a formal letter stating that. Given on a new quarterly schedule, as follows:
that we have not seen what conditions might be
attached to that approval, we are still waiting. The first installment of $773.00 is due and
One of the major issues pending is the level of payable on June 1, 2012. Interest will accrue
service we will need from our “official operator”, from June 1 on payments received after June 30.
Water Systems Specialties. WSS has provided us The second installment of $774.00 is due and
with an estimate of the cost of seven-day-a-week payable on September 1, 2012. Interest will
monitoring would be, and that cost is significant. accrue from June 1 on payments received after
The present value of this level of annual cost September 30.
increase would become the largest component of The third installment of $744.00 is due and
this system change. We are hoping that this level payable December 1, 2012. Interest will accrue
of monitoring will not be imposed upon us. from June 1 on payments received after
We have gotten two cost estimates to date for December 30.
other work that will be required. The “variable The fourth installment of $744.00 is due and
drive equipment” (VFD) for our well motors – to payable March 1, 2013. Interest will accrue from
remove pressure spiking on startup and shutdown June 1 on payments received after March 31,
– will allow us to remove a large surge tank and 2013.
pressure relief mechanisms from the new
filtration house. Interest is charged at an annual APR of 18%
Due to the high system water pressures (210 per year. Email reminders will be sent to everyone
psi) which we will experience, we asked our a week prior to the September and December
pumping systems supplier, Stephen B. Church, installment due dates. If we do not have your
to review the adequacy of our piping and valves. email address, we will attempt to reach you by
They recommend increasing the working pressure phone, but we cannot guarantee that you will
capability to 300 psi, and gave us a cost estimate receive such phone notice.
for accomplishing that. On your check payment, please indicate the
Assuming that we receive the expected system Lake Waubeeka street address for which you are
approval letter from the DPH, the next step will be paying. (There is no need to put the Lot # on the
to seek cost estimates for all the new equipment, payment.) Please mail your payments to The Lake
and to lay out a time schedule and work plan Waubeeka Association, 137 Post Road, Danbury,
for implementation. We will also be requesting a CT 06810.
further extension of our current “November 2012
Final Implementation Date”, based on that work
We also anticipate receiving the final plans for
the new filtration building in the near future. Upon
receipt of those plans, we can initiate the permit
seeking process with the City of Danbury.
We ask all residents to keep in mind that we COMPLETE SEPTIC SERVICES
are involved in a precedent-setting process here, & PORTABLE RESTROOMS
concerning a resource of “exquisite value” to
everyone in our Community, both now and in the
future – our water. SERVICE IS OUR BUSINESS
...submitted by Bruce Clark
FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED
and proud to serve the
Lake Waubeeka Community
for more than forty years!
45 Beaver Brook Road
Danbury, CT 06810
203-746-1424 or 203-790-8975
Across The Board Congratulations to our
The Board of Directors did not have an official Wonderful Waubeekan
meeting on Sunday, May 20th, due to the lack of
a quorum. Community members who attended
the meeting did share and/or ask questions about
the May 27 Budget Meeting and the Waubeekan The following students have graduated
Facebook site. this year from various area schools:
The next LWA Board Meeting will take place Joshua Dempsey
on Sunday, June 17, at 9:00 am, upstairs at the – Danbury High School
Community House. As always, all residents Oren Fishman
are invited to attend. – Heschel High School
...submitted by Leah Kimmet, Corresponding Secretary
– Rogers Park Middle School
– School of Visual Arts, NYC
– Rogers Park Middle School
– Rogers Park Middle School
– Redding Elementary School
Devon Ramos – Danbury High School
– Rogers Park Middle School
– Abbott Tech
– AIS Magnet School
– King Street Intermediate School
Our best wishes to all the graduates,
and to their very proud families!
If you know a recent graduate whose name does
not appear here, please let Your Faithful Editor
know, and we will be delighted to put it in the
next issue of The Waubeekan.
Got a question?
Need some information?
Call the LWA Voice Mailbox
Beautification Thanks To The Editor...
to our Beautiful Volunteers! An open letter to my fellow Waubeekans:
Second Approach Hill Comng from a different generation, and not the “dot
Cleanup Results com” generation, and knowing little about social media
other than what my grandchildren have taught me, I
Our Approach Hill Cleanup was an amazing posted a photo and a complaint, out of frustration, on
success, even though we were only a Force Facebook.
of Seven! Thanks go out to:
Much to my horror, the banter soon escalated, and
Joel Berkowitz the point I was trying to make became a casualty of the
Cheryl Chin dialogue going on, as I watched our Community being
Chris Hamman torn in many different directions, and the point I was
Kevin Monthie attempting to make was just a sideline.
and Lenny Stein
I am writing this letter to give everyone a “heads up”
for their incredibly hard work of dragging brush that before using an instrument like Facebook to get a
off the rocky hillside, and hauling out the cut point across, be careful; it might come back to bite you.
logs that Kevin so kindly provided for them.
Chris Zwang and I were also in attendance. So please think long and hard before resorting to this
We have more to do, but it may take longer than type of communication.
we anticipated. I’ll keep you posted!
We will have more – much smaller and more Your Fellow Waubeekan,
manageable – cleanup projects coming up this
year. We have to review and decide what Herb Krate
warrants our attention the most.
Thank you all again! Your Faithful Editor thanks Herb for his thoughtful
contribution to this issue.
Sandy Ritter Chris Zwang
Visit our Community on line!
IT’S PIZZA PARTY www.lakewaubeeka.org
Yes! Back by popular demand!
Pizza Parties on
the Paul Street Beach
on the following Friday evenings,
starting at 6:00 pm.
Friday, June 22
Friday July 13
Friday, July 27
Friday, August 10
Friday, August 24
Cost is $12.00 for the first pie,
and $11.00 for additional pies
for the same family.
A sign will be posted early in the week
announcing that Friday’ party.
Sign-up sheets will be posted at
both beaches, and will be collected
by 3:00 pm the day of the party.
You will be charged for your pie(s)
unless you cancel by 4:00 pm that day!
For questions or offers to help,
call Lynne Powell at 203-743-3777 .
Talkin’ Trash... Leaves and yard debris should be left curbside,
and are normally picked up by LWA staff on
Mondays and Thursdays.
Plastic bags are accepted for recycling by most
General Garbage and Trash information: grocery stores.
Garbage and recyclables are picked up at Construction and demolition waste removal is
curbside every Monday throughout the year, the homeowner’s responsibility! It should never be
except on holidays, when pick-up is the follow- disposed of in the dumpster. Anyone doing so will
ing day. There is a second pick-up for garbage be fined.
only during June, July and August. Garbage may Computers and other electronics – The Mom
always be disposed of in the dumpster behind the and Pop Drop Off and Recycle Center at 30 White
Community House; recyclable material is never to Street accepts up to 7 eletronic devices per visit
be disposed of in the dumpster! for free recycling. Permits, free to Danbury
residents, are required to visit the facility.
Recyclable materials include: Hazardous waste – Save hazardous waste for
–Paper milk, juice, and egg cartons; cereal, Danbury’s annual hazardous waste disposal event
cracker, and similar boxes scheduled for the last Saturday in September.
–Steel, tin, and aluminum cans, aluminum foil, More information relative to disposal of motor oil,
and aluminum containers, such as pie plates batteries, construction waste and other materials,
–Phone books, hardback and paperback books plus information about recycling in general, is
–Paper bags and cardboard available on the Housatonic Resource Recovery
–Newspapers, inserts, magazines, catalogs, Authority’s website at www.HRRA.org. Also, there
junk mail, school paper is a guide entitled “What Do I Do With It?” for
–Office paper, folders, greeting cards, and getting rid of an extensive list of household items
shredded paper on the Department of Environmental Protection’s
–Glass bottles and jars site, www.gov/dep.
–#1-#7 plastic bottles, jugs, jars, tubs; ...submitted by Gail Adams
plastic caps and lids; small plastic toys
–Pots and pans
–Metal and plastic hangers Got a dog that poops?
–Plastic flower pots
Place all these items together for pick up in:
CLEAN IT UP!!
–Clear or blue recycling bags (And we don’t mean the dog...!)
–Blue recycling bins or containers of various
sizes (available from many internet and
–Any small lidless container in which the
recyclable contents are visible and obvious
from the outside
Items that are not acceptable recyclables
include, but are not limited to:
–Motor oil, oil-based paint cans or containers
–Regular garbage or trash
BULLETIN BOARD HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
In Memoriam from all your friends here
We note with great sadness the passing of
on The Mountain.
Pearl Bucholt We wouldn’t be the Community we are
without your tireless dedication.
on Saturday, May 12, 2012, peacefully, at her home.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, We thank you for all you do!
June 2, 2012, at the Jewish Center in NYC.
Pearl was a long-time resident of our Community,
and contributed much – as a wife, mother, artist,
gardener, Board member, and active participant in so
many Community events, throughout her life. A big THANK YOU to Shirley Sampson
for shedding some light
Our sincere condolences go out to her husband of
at the bottom of our entrance hill.
more than seventy years, Joe; to their children
Geraldine Levey and Carl Bucholt; to their Next time you drive up or down
grandchildren and great-grandchildren; the Mountain, take note of the lovely new
and to their many friends. light on top of our stone pillar
at the entrance to our Community.
“Pearly” will be sorely missed by all... NICE!
CALLING ALL BIBLIOPHILES!
If you like books, enjoy talking about
books, and sharing great reads with others,
contact Lenny at firstname.lastname@example.org and
let him know you’re interested.
Contact The Waubeekan s
It’ a great way to get together with
neighbors, expand your reading list, and
This is your newspaper, a voice of our Community. keep those brain cells in tip-top form!
Send your thoughts, ideas, and comments to
Your Faithful Editor at email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!
Upcoming Waubeekan issues & deadlines: Some Notes About Advertising
July, 2012 – Saturday, June 23, 2012 in The Waubeekan
August, 2012 – Friday, July 20, 2012
The Waubeekan accepts paid advertising, from
We mail copies of The Waubeekan to homeowners companies and individuals, that we feel will be of
and to renters at the address they specify. interest to the Community as a whole.
If you have a renter who is not receoving an issue, HOWEVER, the appearance of an ad in this
please provide us with his or her name and address. publication should never be construed to
imply any specific recommendation or
IMPORTANT NOTICE! endorsement by the LWA Board of Directors,
Each issue of The Waubeekan is posted on our or by this publication.
website the day paper copies are mailed.
If you would prefer to receive The Waubeekan The Waubeekan will happily print FREE “ads”
ONLY on the web at www.lakewaubeeka.org,
from young Waubeekans (under the age of 18)
please contact your Faithful Editor by email at the
above address, with your name(s) who wish to offer their services to the
and your LWA address. Community, or would like to let the Community
This will affect only your receipt of The Waubeekan. know about a special project with which
All other notices will continue to be sent by regular they are involved.
mail to you at your official address. So if you’re a dog-walker, pet-sitter, lawn-mower,
or have something else to share, let us know!
Lake Waubeeka Association
137 Post Road
Danbury, CT 06810
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