December 8th, 2009
Stone Bridge Village HOA Newsletter
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year Ne
Greetings and Happy Holidays From Your President and HOA Board
Greetings from your board president! Thanks to all who attended our first Fall Festival, it was a total success! Everybody had a great time, enjoying the beautiful weather, treats, meeting your board, activities and most important socializing with each other. Thanks to all who volunteered their time and efforts and said they are willing to help their neighborhood. Just a reminder: Santa will be here Sunday December 13, 2009 at 5:00PM! After his ride, with help from our local Fire Department, he will be at Fort Jefferson and Fort Thomas the open lot for meet and greet! When we all bought our homes here we all agreed to abide to the by laws, and to pay the association dues. Your board along with Don Asher has been getting calls, letters, etc from concerned residents concerning violations and general disrespect of our association's covenants and by laws! We all have to pay taxes as well as abide to local, state, and government laws and regulations. There is no difference while living at Stonebridge Village! There are properties with boats, junk cars, mold, unkempt yards, dirty driveways, etc. We have even had people trying to run businesses out of their homes which is a definite violation of our by laws! Due to this situation your board is taking increased action! Letters will be sent to home owners with violations. As we’ve done in the past, our letter will state the violation and will give a specific period of time to correct it. If the situation is not resolved then we will be forced to pursue legal action! Nobody on the board really wants to do this because it requires time and effort, and it costs money to take legal action. Let’s all strive to maintain our homes and neighborhood! It is bad enough trying to get grass cut, keep up with security, trying to get homeowners or banks to just pay association dues on time, and especially on the empty homes. Let's face it, with current economic conditions we can't sell our homes very easily. We all want to make money on our home investments and the only way is to keep our neighborhood looking sharp! We want people to visit our neighborhood and have them say “yes I want to live in this fine respectable community!” With the Holidays coming up let's all spruce up our homes! Decorate for Christmas! We are having our annual decoration contest with some very good prizes! Your Board of Directors was able to complete the 2010 budget without having to increase association dues. The Board understands the tough economic times we’re in, and so we’ve done our best to hold costs down. This really is an outstanding accomplishment. I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed, happy, joyful Holiday Season. May the new year bring us all prosperity, good health, and a safe clean community in which we all live in.
Inside This Issue
Letter from the President 1
Letter from Santa
Fall Festival Pictures
Board of Director Personnel Info, Community 5 Manager, and Webmaster Contact Info 2010 Dues, Speeding, and other Reminders Phone Numbers and County Information 5 6
Upcoming Board Meetings: January 26th March 23rd Our normal meeting place is at the Southeast branch of the Orange County Public Library on Hoffner Road.
Sincerely, David P. Staub President—Stone Bridge Village HOA Board
Prevent Burglaries During the Holidays! During this time of year, it’s easy to become lax about locking the doors and windows. But we need to be on our guard when it comes to our homes’ security at all times. Be sure to close your garage door when you’re not outside. Don’t forget to bring your gifts into your house as soon as you get home from shopping. Leaving presents visible in a car is an invitation to a thief. After Christmas, break down any big boxes before you leave them for the trash or recycler haulers. Think about it...there’s really no need to advertise that your family just got a big flat panel TV or that Santa brought the kids a new Wii or PS3!
Santa to Visit Stone Bridge Village!
Santa Claus is once again planning to visit Stone Bridge Village! Beginning around 5:30 PM on Sunday, December 13th, with help from the firefighters from Orange County Fire Station #71 and the Home Owners Association, Santa will arrive in the fire truck for a visit. As in past years, Santa will ride through the neighborhood in the fire truck. This year’s ride will be brief, because at the end of the ride, Santa will go to the open field at Fort Thomas to meet the children and parents of Stone Bridge Village! Parents, if your child has a Christmas list for Santa, be sure to make a copy for yourself just in case. Santa thinks Donner may have eaten one or two lists last year!
Food Drive During Santa’s Visit
During Santa Claus’s visit, the HOA Board of Directors will be collecting canned food for donation to a local homeless shelter. Here’s how we’re going to do it: hood on Sunday, December 13th, we’ll have an HOA board member (or maybe one of Santa’s elves) follow the fire truck in a chase vehicle. donate, you can bring them out to the curb and we’ll take them at that time. You can also bring any donations with you to the field at Fort Thomas during Santa’s meeting with the kids.
If you have any canned goods or other non-perishable items During Santa’s drivethat you would like to through the neighbor-
Christmas Lighting and Decoration Contest
On December 21st and 22nd, the Stone Bridge Village Lighting and Decoration committee will make the rounds in our neighborhood to decide the best holiday decorations. The 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive gift cards of $75 and $50 respectively. Here are the rules: 1. Any holiday decorations and lighting are allowed, as long as they’re safe. two nights, Monday, 12/21 and/or Tuesday, 12/22. Turn your Christmas lights on by 6 pm on both nights, and leave them on at least until 11 pm. Good luck!
Safety First! If you have purchased a live Christmas Tree this year, be very careful about fires. Keep the tree watered, remove any dead pine needles, and discard the tree promptly after the holidays.
The winner will receive a Visa gift card (or something similar) with a 2. The judging will be value of $100. done over the course of
A Letter From Santa Hello from the North Pole! Santa here. Everybody up here is working very hard to get ready for the big night, Christmas Eve! The official Flight Reindeer are all in good form this year. This week they’ve been practicing their “touch and go” landing and takeoff drills. The factory elves are working overtime and the shipping elves are practicing their Sleigh loading skills. The main toy factory is running at full steam to complete the new orders coming in. Next week we’ll begin our special orders. The factory will run right up until flight time on December 24th. I am looking forward to visiting your neighborhood on Sunday the 13th. I enjoy riding in the fire truck and it’s nice to get away from the factory, reindeer stable, and the bakery, even if it’s only for a little while. Mrs. Claus is busy making some special treats for the kids of Stone Bridge Village, and she says to tell everybody “You’d better be good!” That’s Mrs. Claus for you! Well, gotta go. I just heard a loud crash from the factory, and I think one or two of the reindeer were startled. See you all Sunday… Merry Christmas! — Santa Claus
Happy Holidays from Don Asher: Our Community Manager Tasha Torres and everybody at Don Asher and Associates wishes everybody at Stone Bridge Village a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Board of Directors: Dave, Dawn, Chris, Maggie, and Brian wish all of our neighbors a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. Best of luck in 2010!
A Note of Recognition: To Al and the gang at Shady Green Landscaping: You guys Landscaping: have done a wonderful job with our landscape in recent years. We appreciate your diligence, hard work, and sweat. Great job guys!
The Fall Festival held in mid October was a lot of fun for everybody who attended. The Board of Directors very much enjoyed meeting so many of our great neighbors. We’re thankful for all the help that we had from our volunteers. Here are some pictures from that day. We plan to do this again next year, so please be on the lookout for additional information during the summer months!
December 8th, 2009
HOA Assessment Due January 1st
The assessment invoice for the 2010 HOA dues has already been sent out to all homeowners. The assessment is the same as last year, $262, unless you have a past-due balance. See our website at
Volunteers Still Needed to Serve on Board or Committies
During the Fall Festival, a number of people signed up to volunteer for various things. Thank you for your help! If you haven’t yet signed up but would like to help your neighborhood and you think you might be interested, please contact us!
for more information and an FAQ about the dues.
Speed Enforcement Reminder
As you drive through not have a tragedy ruin the our neighborhood, please holiday season. bear in mind that the speed limit is 25 MPH, For the safety of our even on the homeowners, boulevard. children, and the The Board of wildlife, please Directors will drive the legal continue to work and safe speed with the Orange limit on the County Sheriff boulevard, and and the Florida please do not State Highway tailgate drivers Patrol to conwho are keeping tinue to enforce to the legal and the speed limit. safe speed limit. But we need your cooperation, too. Please slow Please Slow Down! down when driving through our neighborhood. Let’s Please Drive Carefully!
Board of Directors
President: Vice President: Treasurer: Secretary: Board Member: Dave Staub Brian Hendrickson Dawn Slimak Chris Johns Maggie Smykla
Community Association Manager Tasha Torres, CMCA, LCAM
Community Association Manager Don Asher & Associates 1801 Cook Avenue Orlando, FL 32806 Phone: Email: Web: 407-425-4561 firstname.lastname@example.org www.donasher.com
Covenant and Bylaw Restrictions
Our covenants and bylaws were written for our safety, and to protect our homes’ property values. This latter point is especially more important given the economy and the difficult real estate market. Please take a moment to review our bylaws. They’re available on the “Covenants and Bylaws” page of our website at
There are three ways to contact us: 1. Attend one of our board meetings. Our next board meeting is scheduled for 7 pm Tuesday, January 26th at the Hoffner Library. 2. Call, write, or email our community manager Tasha Torres. See above for Tasha’s contact information. 3. You can write to the webmaster at our website www.stonebridgevillage.info. The webmaster will do his best to get back to you within a couple of days.
Copies are also available at our HOA Board meetings.
The Board of Directors has posted a sign at the entrance to Stone Bridge Village, and we’ve even cited the Florida Statute governing this. By Florida Law, this means no door-to-door selling or marketing is allowed. If you see anybody conducting such business, you can tell them that they have to leave.
Stone Bridge Village Home Owner Association 1801 Cook Avenue Orlando, FL 32806-2913
Stone Bridge Village Home Owner Association December Newsletter
Handy Phone Numbers Emergency: 911
Fire and Police:
OC Sherrif Administrative Office: 407-254-7000 Sherrif Non Emerg. Complaint Line: 407-836-4357 Orange County Fire & Rescue: 407-737-2444
Orange County Information
Website: www.orangecountyinfo. net Phone Number: 311 Waste Pickup: The Orange County trash collection schedule for our neighborhood is as follows:
Mon & Thur - Regular pickup Wed - Yard Waste Thur - Recyclables
New Watering Restrictions:
Orange County does have watering restrictions in effect.
Even numbered address: Sunday Only Odd numbered address: Saturday Only Water less than 60 minutes per zone on your day No watering between 10 am and 4 pm. Once-weekly watering restrictions are for lawn irrigation systems and sprinklers, and will continue until the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in 2010. Hand watering or drip watering flowers, trees, or vegetables is allowed on any day.
Other Useful Numbers:
Orange County Code Enforcement: 407-386-3111 Orlando Sentinel Main Switchboard: 407-420-5000 US Postal Service Information: 800-275-8777 Animal Control: 407-254-9140 or 311 Crimeline: 800-423-TIPS Orange County Library SE Branch: 407-835-7323 Wal-Mart Super Ctr (New Goldenrod): 407-382-8383 Home Depot(Narcoosee): 407-273-2024 Lowes (Semoran): 407-382-2211 Pinch-A-Penny Pools (Hoffner): 407-281-7774