Bringing Community News Together.
D E C E M B E R 2 0 0 7 / J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 8
Do You Have Get Kids Off the Couch
News To Looking for new twists on indoor activities now that winter is here? Kids Off the Couch, a
free weekly newsletter for parents, entices families to add some adventure to movie rentals
Share? by bringing them to life. The newsletter offers fresh ideas to get kids excited about film,
culture, and family time. Each week a movie is discussed, followed by a list of suggestions
Did your child make the swim team, for related family-bonding activities. Check it out at www.kidsoffthecouch.com.
score the winning touch down, or
go on a fantastic school trip? Do
you know a neighbor who received
a promotion, provided volunteer
We Need Your Help!
If you see that a street light is not working, or the gate is not functioning properly,
service, or did a good deed? If
or find any other common area in need, please report the details to management at
so, let us know! And look for a
email@example.com or (916) 608-3068.
new column titled “Neighborhood
News” that features you, your
family, and your neighbors in future
newsletters. Pedestrian Gate Code Change
This is YOUR newsletter – let us The code for all the pedestrian gates was changed on October 23rd to help keep nonresidents
hear about you! out of the private association common area. It is important that you don’t share this new
code with anyone who is not a resident in the community.
Many homeowners have expressed concern over residents sharing pedestrian gate codes
with nonresidents. Please keep this code private and remind your household family
members that they should not share it with nonresidents.
R e signation/ The new code number was sent in the October billing statement in the memo section.
a p pointme nt
Calinda Grenz and Russell Sherman
have resigned from the Board.
Vanessa Kesterson and Jeremy
White were appointed as Directors.
B o aR d of d iR ectoRs
Barry Finbarr O’Regan – President
Vanessa Kesterson – Vice President
Joseph Barankin – Secretary
Jay Burster – Treasurer
Jeremy White – Member at Large
• Keep the tree away from floor
heaters, fireplaces, or other heat
• Use only UL-approved lights and
no more than 3 strands linked
• Use miniature lights—they have
• Turn off the Christmas lights when
you sleep and if you leave your
• Never use candles, even on artificial
• Clean the tree stand to improve the
tree’s water intake; use one capful of
bleach to a cup of water.
• Dispose of the tree properly. Never
burn it in the fireplace.
Moment to Residents and their guests are encouraged
to take a look around the community
Stop and at the wonderful displays of holiday
decorations! The Board wants to say
thank you to all residents who take the
time to make the community sparkle for
As a reminder, the community governing
Community documents state exterior holiday
decorations displays are to be removed
within fourteen (14) days after the
holiday. Please store your decorations in
a safe place – we look forward to seeing
them again next year!
Aglow Tree Safety Tips
• A fresh tree should not lose green
needles when you tap it on the
ground. Dry trees are a fire hazard.
• Cut 1” off the trunk to help absorb
friends are always
giving, make every • The stand should hold at least 1
day a holiday and gallon of water.
celebrate just living!” • A 6’ tree will use 1 gallon of water
every two days.
– Amanda Bradley
• Mix a commercial preservative with
• Check the water level every day.
• Secure the tree with wire to keep it
Resurrect Those Resolutions
THE RIVERS By Mark Mikelat
It seems like an eternity ago, doesn’t it? New Year’s Resolutions–
MERIT Property Management, Inc. remember them? If you didn’t achieve them, or at least make
101 Parkshore Drive, Suite 100
progress toward them, you likely were missing the magic
Folsom, California 95630
Phone: (916) 608-3068 ingredient: EXCITEMENT! Right here and now I’ll explain
Fax: (916) 608-3067 that concept, why it is important, and how you can implement
excitement into your life to resurrect those resolutions.
Paula Lial CCAM, Community Manager
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Think about the times in your life when you accomplished
something that you were truly proud of. You might look back on
After-Hours Emergency: (888) 596-4984
Accounts Receivable: (800) 428-5588 ext. 6092 it now and wonder how you actually did it. Remember your first
Website: www.theriverscommunityassociation.org house? You couldn’t afford it! Now way, no how! No matter how
many times you worked the calculator, you just couldn’t afford it.
Check your account on-line at www.meritpm.com
But, you did it anyway and here’s why: You were excited about
Community Patrol: buying your first house. That excitement powered you through.
All Phase Security
Phone: (916) 375-6640 Were you prepared for your first child? Nope (who is?) You didn’t
know what you were doing, you were scared and confused, but it
Animal Control: all worked out because you were excited to have a child.
Phone: (916) 375-6492
You may have accomplished some huge project: a wedding, a
charitable fund-raiser, or a seemingly impossible work project.
There were frustrating details to follow, not enough time or
money, but you did it. You were excited about what you were
doing, so you made it happen.
I encourage you to adapt that same strategy, of adding an element
As you know, the Association has of excitement, to resurrect those resolutions. Professional sports
adopted uniform real estate signs teams understand this concept very well. They have the world’s
for use throughout the community. best coaches, talented professional players, the best equipment
These signs must be used for all sale and expensive and plush stadiums. So why in the world do they
and rental signage. Information need cheerleaders, prize promotions and music during the game?
regarding the specifications for the They are all there to get the fans and the players excited! You
signs, as well as the logo that needs should do the same thing.
to be on the signs, can be found
on the community’s website at There are several ways to do this. If you have kids, make them
www.theriverscommunityassociation.org. your cheerleaders. For example, every day that you are cigarette-
The Board of Directors is closely free or make it to the gym, have them give you a cheer. The love
monitoring the signs in the and support that your cheerleaders send out in those cheers will
community. give you the power and energy when you need it. Also, use the
refrigerator as your scoreboard, posting your progress for all to
see. You could even create a buddy system and ask friends if they
Rentals want to accomplish the same resolution with you.
The Association’s governing Excitement is the magic ingredient. We can best and most easily
documents allow for rental of accomplish what we want in life if we add enough of it to our
your community unit with certain master recipe. So, look back at those resolutions and review them.
restrictions. Please remember Think about what makes you excited in life. Then, do a merge.
that you must file a copy of your Whether it’s a round of golf each time you do a major home
lease agreement and the names of improvement project or just reading three chapters from a good
all tenants with the management book while you work out, that extra element of excitement could
company. be all you need to stay the course.
PRSRT FIRST CLASS
US POSTAGE PAID
SANTA ANA, CA
MERIT Property Management, Inc.
101 Parkshore Drive, Suite 100
Folsom, California 95630
Goose, Duck, and birds are beautiful, their waste is becoming increasingly
difficult to manage.
Waterfowl Patrol Please do not feed the geese or the ducks, even though it
may seem like a fun or a kind thing to do. If they don’t
have a food source, they usually will go away on their own.
The birds are making the parks and lakes unattractive with
their nesting and waste, and this only serves to increase
maintenance costs for these amenities.
“Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might have been.”
– Arthur Ransome
The Board and the Developer have CLICK into www.theriverscommunityassociation.org
been researching environmentally
friendly ways to control the geese and Creative Services by MERIT
other waterfowl in the community.
The Board has heard from both sides,
including some residents who like Bringing Community News Together
the birds and others who find them
to be a nuisance. And although the The views and opinions expressed in the articles and advertisements in
RI_VERS_DJ_07 CLICK are not necessarily shared by the Board of Directors, Community
Technologies, Inc., or MERIT Property Management, Inc.