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The Charleston Villager
Where neighborhood pride and community spirit come together.
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April - June 2002 Volume 3.2
Social Update

The Social Committee has been hard at work this year planning events for 2002. Mark your calendars for the following upcoming community events.

April 13 - From 9:30 - 11:30 at the clubhouse, fellow neighbor Brigid Lowman will conduct free carseat checks for anyone who is interested. Brigid is certified in this area and can make sure your child's carseat is properly installed.

April 20 - Charleston Village will hold it's Annual Spring Yard Sale. Sign up sheets will be distributed in the upcoming weeks for this event.

June 8 - Annual Luau at the pool starting at 6pm

If you are interested in becoming a Social Committee member or helper, please contact Brittainy Schwartz or Shearise Huizenga.

A Personal Letter To the Community

To My Charleston Village Friends:

I wanted to offer a sincere thank you to all of you who have helped me, Benjamin, and my family through our difficult time. As most of you know my husband, Mark, was killed in a car accident on February 13, 2002. He was truly a wonderful person and the most incredible husband and father. We would have celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary this year and I am fortunate to have had him in my life for the past 15 years. Some visited me in the hospital and attended the funeral. It was comforting to see familiar faces during these times. My family also appreciates all the delicious meals brought to our home. This was such a blessing to us as we did not have the energy to cook for ourselves. Mark and I loved this neighborhood from the moment we moved in one year ago. My family and I have truly discovered how blessed we really were when we made the decision to choose Charleston Village as our home. I honestly believe that we could not have survived this painful first month without all your generosity and kind spirits. We truly appreciate each one of you. Thank you again for all your prayers and thoughts in this most difficult time. We hope you will continue to pray for us as we journey through this year without our most beloved husband and father.

Sincerely, Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Adelaide and Russell Roberson

Newsletter Editor Needed

Does the news business call your name? Do you want to learn desktop publishing? Would you like to get the scoop before everyone else does? Do you just need an excuse for the spouse to watch the kids? Then YOU, yes YOU, could be the one to take over editing The Charleston Villager.

This is the last newsletter that I will edit (sadly, our family is leaving the neighborhood). If you would like to see The Charleston Villager continue and are willing to help, please volunteer to become the new editor. The newsletter is currently published four times a year, and responsibilities include: contacting committees to get article submissions via email; putting the articles into a newsletter-like format; coordinating with Drees Homes to get copies made; delivering the newsletters to street representatives; and other small tasks. Most of the streets have representatives, so the most time consuming task is taken care of. If you volunteer with a friend, maybe one could put it together on the computer, and the other be responsible for distribution.

Please contact Laura Trubey if you are interested or want more information.

Scrappin' At The Clubhouse

Do you work on scrapbooks? Bring your supplies and join us at the clubhouse on the following dates:

Wednesday, April 10 from 6-10 pm
Sunday, April 28 from 11am-4pm
Wednesday, May 8 from 6-10pm

If you have your own table to bring just drop by. If you need a table provided, please contact Theresa Rubes so she can arrange for table space. Meet your neighbors and get some work done at the same time! No selling, just scrapping! Contact Theresa if you'd like to know about future scrapping dates.

News From the Board Of Directors

THANK YOU FOR THE EFFORT
The
Board would like to extend thanks to all those who made developing our recreation lot a reality. Because of the tireless efforts of the committee and the support of the residents, Charleston Village has a wonderful addition that brings many benefits to everyone in the community. Thanks to All.

We would also like to thank Laura Trubey for her work as the editor of our newsletter. This is Laura's last newsletter as she and her family are moving out of Charleston Village. Laura has served as editor for two and a half years and has helped to make the newsletter a wonderful communication vehicle for the neighborhood. Thank you, Laura, and good luck in the future.

COMMUNITY INPUT SESSION
We welcome and encourage all residents to attend a community input session. The Board and the various committees will be in the clubhouse on April 23rd from 7:30 - 8:00pm to work with you to brainstorm where we want to take Charleston Village in terms of quality of life. This is a great opportunity for you to bring your ideas for future projects and suggestions for making Charleston Village an even better place to live. Also, find out what the committees of volunteers are doing and how you can help to make your suggestion happen. Refreshments will be served, and we look forward to a positive and productive discussion.

HOA is under new management - YOURS!
When seventy-five percent of the homes in Charleston Village were sold, the Homeowners Association changed from developer control to homeowner control. This is a wonderful milestone for our community, expanding the opportunity for the residents to affect change, and shape the future of Charleston Village.

Brett Etter is the first Charleston Village homeowner to be President of the Association. David Randle assumed Brett's role as Vice-President. Barbara Key and Rob Sauerwalt are Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Dave Hausfeld of Drees Homes will remain a member of the Board until the last house is built and sold.

umbrellaIt's Pool Time!!...well almost

It’s finally getting warmer, and that can only mean one thing - Pool season is coming!!! I have talked to New South Pool Management, and our tentative pool opening date is Saturday May 18th. This is, of course, only tentative and is subject to Wake County’s Inspection Schedule and our passing all our inspections, and having the weather cooperate.

When the pool does open, we should have a lot more pool furniture for all to enjoy. This will certainly be needed as our numbers have grown. We have 4 more tables and chairs with umbrellas for those of you who have requested more shade. We also have 18 Milor lounge chairs. New South Pools has told me the order is all in already!

We are working on having swim lessons for the kids again this summer - more on that to come later.

The Pool Committee will soon be working on making sure our pool rules are up to date. They will be distributed to every house prior to opening. One big change you will all notice down at the pool this year is we will have a paid pool attendant on duty various hours to help enforce the pool rules allowing us all to enjoy the pool.

See you at the pool!
Margo

Community Notes

Womens' Bible study, munchies and conversation - All women are invited to a Bible study on the book of John. We will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7 PM to 8PM at 1910 Castleburg Dr. We plan to start April 9th. Contact Cheryl Reeves if interested or if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Neighborhood Bible Club - June 24th-28th 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Come join us for a week long Bible club for rising Kindergarteners to 5th graders. We will meet at the Clubhouse for music, Bible stories, crafts and games. Watch the message center at the pool for updates!

www.CharlestonVillage.org

What's In It For You?
The Charleston Village Website has a lot of things that you can do:
-Find out quickly
what is going on in CV and the surrounding community
-Get the latest traffic and weather
-See restaurant and business recommendations from our community
-Search the HOA documents online
-Use the bulletin board to connect with your neighbors, post items for sale, and more.

New Domain and Site Design
The Web Committee is close to getting a domain for Charleston Village. Also, we've been working on alternative site designs and have posted some of them to the current site. Visit www.CharlestonVillage.org and let us know what you like and don't like about the designs. Let us know which you prefer or how you think that we can improve on any of the designs.

Please e-mail the CV Webmaster with your comments or to join the Web Committee. Thank you.

RECREATION LOT UPDATE

The playset is under construction!
For the safety of all residents, please do not use the equipment until the CAUTION ribbon is removed! An independent playground inspector will inspect our playset after it is installed, and until that inspection is complete, no one will be allowed on the equipment. The "wood carpet" (mulch) is very spongy and will only pack down over time.  Please be cautious when walking through the playset area.

We have hired a new gazebo contractor!
Our original contractor was unable to meet Town of Apex requirements.  We expect David Furnia (JOT Construction) to upgrade and enhance the appearance and structural integrity of the same style gazebo while staying within our budget constraints.  The gazebo will not be stained or painted for at least a year in compliance with Mr. Furnia's recommendation that the wood be allowed to cure.  Mr. Furnia has a long list of satisfied customers, both residential and commercial, and we are proud to have signed a contract with his company!

playgroundRecreation Lot rules - approved by the Board of Directors:
-  This area for use by Charleston Village residents and their guests only.
-  Play area open from dawn to dusk.
-  Use at your own risk.
-  Play equipment suitable for ages 2-12.
-  Adult supervision recommended.
-  No pets inside the fence.
-  No glass.
-  Drive slowly for the safety of our children.
-  Park at your own risk near the basketball goal.
-  Please help keep Recreation Area clean.  Place trash in receptacles.
-  Please return any picnic tables removed from inside the gazebo.

Look for details - coming soon - regarding an opening day celebration sponsored by the Social and Recreation Lot Committees.

Cookbook Corrections

I hope everyone is enjoying their "Recipes to Rember - Charleston Village" cookbook. The following are some corrections you might want to make a note of in your cookbook.

Page 10 - Quick and Hearty Soup: Ingredients List should include 26 oz. of mixed frozen vegetables.

Page 17 - Name of recipe should be "Pasta e Fagioli"

Pages 18-19 - Cihlar’s Great Chili: Instructions should read: "Cook beef with onion in butter, mixing often so that beef is broken into small pieces.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Add tomato soup and water.  Add kidney beans."

Page 27 - Mom’s Broccoli and Macaroni:  Instructions should read: "Cut garlic into large pieces and saute in oil.  Boil water....."

Page 38 - Creamy Chicken and Basil: Ingredients List should contain 1 15oz can tomato sauce

Page 44 - Southeast Country Western Ribs:  Instructions should read:  "Spray roasting pan with Pam.  Put in ribs, season with salt and pepper and pour white wine over all.  Bake at......"

Page 46 - Greco: Last ingredient should be Provalone cheese, not parmesan.

Page 58 - Easy Lasagne:  Instructions should read:
        In the second paragraph, "To the spaghetti sauce you can add ground beef that has been browned with a small onion....."
        In the third paragraph, "Mix equal parts (4 cups) of Ricotta, Mozzarella, and approximately 2 cups of Parmesan or romano (or both).  Keep some Mozzarella set aside for sprinkling on top.  Mix all the cheeses together in a big bowl and add 2 tablespoons of parsley if you didn't already add some to the sauce."
        In the fourth/last paragraph, "Pam your lasagne pan well!  Spoon a layer of (meat) sauce into the bottom of the pan.  Place one layer of noodles in whatever configuration works best for your pan.  Spread spoonfuls of the cheese mixture along each strip of lasagne noodles.  Put another layer of sauce over the cheese, then more noodles, then cheese.  Repeat.  Finish with mozzarella sprinkled on top of everything.  For uncooked lasagne noodles, pour some water down the sides of the pan (probably totaling about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) just to add some liquid, which will help the noodles cook without drying out the whole thing.  Cook at 350 to 375 for 45 minutes.  Serve with salad and bread."

Page 60 - Past Twists with Tomato and Mozzarella : Ingredients list should read 3 cloves garlic, minced; ¼ tsp. Salt

Page 71 - Lemon Squares:  Instructions should read:  "For the crust: Melt butter and margarine.  Sift together the powered sugar and flour and add to the butter/margarine.  Pat into 9x13 pan, including up the sides.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.  ** OMIT sentence: "Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar immediately."  **

Page 81 - Chocolate Cake: Ingredients list should read 5 heaping TBS Cocoa. Instructions should read: "Pour over confectioners sugar"

Page 82 - Hungarian Walnut Cake:  Instructions should read:  "Grease three 8-inch cake pans, cut wax paper circles and place in bottoms of each.  Regrease and flour.  Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry, peaks.  They should not be clumpy.  Set aside.  Beat egg yolks.......".and so forth.........

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