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Aug 2021

A Message from Your President - September 2021

Every year, September 11th brings back memories for many of us.  This year will be 20 years since that clear sunny day brought disbelief to a nation and tears to many of our eyes.  We sat confused and wondered how an attack on our nation and the catastrophic falling of the Twin Towers could have taken place.  An aggressive attack on our own soil, something that hadn’t happened since Pearl Harbor. That day was a punch in the gut for our nation, but unbeknownst to the perpetrators of that attack, the sleeping giant would rise once again, and Americans would come together for the sole purpose of crushing those who orchestrated the events of that day.  
For the next 20 years, the people of this nation would then take the necessary steps to keep 
those who would do this country harm at a safe distance, while Homeland Security and Law Enforcement agencies at every level ensured our protection here at home. We have much to be grateful for, especially the many men and women who made up the first responders and gave of themselves that day 20 years ago as well as those individuals who have served and those who continue to serve in the branches of our armed forces.  I keep the soles of all those who sacrificed in my thoughts and prayers every day and pray for the safety of those who serve and protect us domestically and abroad.  
Our clubs and activities are getting off to a running start increasing membership every Friday at ticket sales. They should all be in full swing as the month progresses.  These next few months should be exciting for all of us, providing opportunities for us to meet new people and 
make new friends.  I also want to remind everyone that the Clubs and Activities will be in the Bldg. C auditorium every Friday from 9:30 am to 11:00 am for membership signups and event ticket sales.  Bingo is back on Monday nights – come early to get a seat as the venue has been packed.  Let’s all get out and support our Clubs, Activities and Bingo.  Remember, they are the heart of our association. 
I want to thank everyone for their patience with issues related to the pool this year.  Extenuating circumstances at the beginning of the season created issues with the startup and maintenance of the pool this season.  As many of you know we started off with some major problems involving our filtration system and issues related to keeping the chemicals balanced.  We worked closely with the company who maintains the pool to overcome issues as they presented themselves. As we moved through the process we called for inspections and had a surprise inspection as well, by the Ocean County Board of Health.  It is good to know that at every stage we passed those inspections.  In an effort to avoid a reoccurrence of the problems we ran into this year; we have initiated a plan to alleviate issues similar to those that presented themselves in June and help us to avoid them in the future.  Again, thanks to everyone for their patience and continued support.
Once again, I would like to remind new homeowners who moved into our community over the last two years, that they will be receiving invitations to a welcoming event.  These events were put off due to the shutdown caused by COVID-19 and now we are looking to get them started once again.  We will be scheduling the events for homeowners predicated by the date they moved into the community.  So far, we have scheduled three dates and will be getting the invitations out shortly. These events provide the new homeowners a profile of the amenities available to them here at Holiday City South.  
They will afford everyone who attends the opportunity to interact with the Trustees, Club Officers and Activity Representatives, ask some questions and get a feel for the active lifestyle that is available to residents of Holiday City South. We look forward to meeting and welcoming each of you.
I will reiterate this month that updated HOPA forms need to be filed every two years or when there is a change in the individuals living in the homes.  This is to ensure that individuals living in the homes in our community meet the required age restrictions, keeping us in compliance with Federal HUD regulations.  These HOPA forms can be found in your monthly issue of the Southwind and are due to be filed this year.  Also, complaints are still coming in concerning the retention of garbage in locations that are not approved.  Many members are also placing their garbage at the curb on pickup day in plastic garbage bags.  There is a reason the Township requires garbage to be placed at the curb for pick up wrapped in plastic bags and placed in covered containers.  We live near the ocean and with that comes Seagulls.  They appear to be attracted to the plastic garbage bags when left at the curb and tend to open those bags and sort through the contents for food, leaving an unsanitary condition.  On those days designated for recycling pickup, please ensure that all recycling is secured when placed at the curb. Recycling that is placed loosely at the curb blows around the neighbor-hood and is unsightly and unsanitary.  We are at a point where this cannot be tolerated any longer and for the safety and health of the membership those in violation will be notified and fined.
Keep your eyes on the Southwind calendar for the annual flu shot events that will be held in the Bldg. C auditorium.  Also, the Ocean County Health Department is continuing their program for individuals who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and are either homebound patients or know someone who is homebound. They are currently offering the J&J Vaccine (as it is a single dose vaccine) for those homebound individuals who live in Ocean County.  If you are interested in reserving a homebound visit to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you or your representative can make that request by calling 732-341-9700 ext. 7304. This is an important effort on the part of the Ocean County Health Department, as most individuals that have yet to be vaccinated are over the age of 80 and many of those same individuals are homebound.  If this is your situation or you know of someone and they want to be vaccinated, please take advantage of this offer.  
I will end this month’s message with the following quote: “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”  
– Theodore Roosevelt
Stay safe and healthy and my best to everyone,
Mike Signorile
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