This site is for all residents of Bel-Aire Pines: whether you're a homeowner or are renting. We hope you'll visit it often to catch up on the latest news, volunteer for community projects, and become more involved in keeping our neighborhood a great place to live. Check the rest of the Home page for headlines included on the website. In other words, keep on reading!
Note: the advertisements on this site are not solicited or endorsed by the organization.
***Planning A Better Future By Looking At The Past on this page***
***The Winners Are...listed on the Events & Activities page***
***It's Not Too Late on the Events & Activities***
The newly elected Board Members (see page 2 for details) have already started planning for 2011! To develop a plan for moving forward, they looked at what was done in 2010: the successes to repeat, things to improve, and new projects to bring our neighbors together.
Things that will continue:
Things to improve:
Things to add:
We think 2011 is going to be a great year for Bel-Aire Pines, and we’ll be sharing all the details as we move ahead!
We’re not sure who did it, but it looks really nice! Thanks to the kind person who added the large bows to our entrance decorations—we appreciate the help!
Though the HOA Board & Members-At-Large have accomplished quite a bit, they desperately need your help to continue the great work. There are lots of reasons people don’t participate more: you might be worried that you don’t have the time, or that they’ll ask you to do too much, or perhaps you don’t know exactly how you can help.
During the upcoming year, the HOA will be looking for some individuals to work on specific projects & events. The more people that help makes a little less work for everyone, with the same good results. Perhaps you enjoy the Community Yard Sale and could help out with the organizing—you don’t have to do everything yourself—just be the point person and leader. There are checklists and resources available to use, and you can tap any Board Member for insight and/or help.
Truly, it takes more than the efforts of 5-7 people to make Bel-Aire Pines a terrific neighborhood. So come on, send us an email or give us a call and ask “How can I help?” Thank you!
How does $50 in free groceries sound? Or maybe you would like $25 to spend on home repairs? If either of those choices appeal to you, it’s easy to enter.
1. Pay your annual $40 homeowner’s dues by 12/4 and be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Publix
2. Have some fun decorating your home for the holidays, and win the “Best Holiday Decorations” gift certificate to Home Depot.
First chance to win: It’s simple to do your part in keeping Bel-Aire Pines a neighborhood where you’re proud to live. Attached to this newsletter is an addressed envelope. You can just put your check inside and pop it in the mail (postage not included.) Or save the stamp, and come visit us near the entrance on December 4th. There will be representatives there to collect your payment. We appreciate the support and really need the funds to continue the great work that’s been going on for the last couple of years.
Second chance to win: Many of you do a wonderful job of decorating for the winter holidays, and this year, we’re going to award a gift certificate to the resident who does the best job. As long as you have paid your annual dues, you’re automatically eligible! The type, size, or theme doesn’t really matter—just express yourself!
It’s easy to enter...will you be our next winner?
***Two Chances to Win...keep reading this page***
***Clean Sweep Day details & pictures on Events & Activities page***
***Business, Ballots & Dues on Events & Activities page******Still Time to Join the Business Expo on Events & Activities page***
***HOA Board for 2011 on the Events & Activities page***
***Annual Homeowners Dues on the Events & Activities page***
***What to Do With the Fence on the Meetings & Projects page***
***Sneak Preview for 2011 on the Events & Activities page***
***Gentle Reminders & Friendly Warnings just a little further down on the
***Community Brain Teaser right below Gentle Reminders & Friendly Warnings on this page***
***Open HOA meeting & Officer Elections on the Meetings & Projects page***
***Neighbors Watching Out for Neighbors. Check out the Meetings & Projects page for the whole story.***
***Curb Addressing on the Way. The Meetings & Projects page gives the details.***
***Prevention is the Best Way to Combat Crime. Find out more a bit just below the New Headlines on the Home page.***
***News You Can Use just a little further down on the Home page***
***Think 20! Speeding Awareness Campaign. Look on the Meetings & Projects Page for details***
***Pool & Water Safety. Look on the Home Page further down for safety tips***
***Spring Fling Yard Sale & Cookout. Check out Events & Activities for the scoop***
***News You Can Use just a little further down on the home page***
***Interested in joining a walking club? Check out the Activities & Events page***
2010 HOA Leadership Elected. Find out more on the Who We Are page.
***Neighborhood Watch Back in Action! Visit the Meetings & Projects page***
***April 24th Save the Date & Start Your Spring Cleaning. Why? Visit Events & Activities page to find out***
***Grants updates on Meetings & Projects page***
***News You Can Use and Safety Tips on the Home Page (just look below)***
***Advertise Your Business in the Newsletter. See how on the Who We Are page***
***Financial Report for 2009 now available. Go to Meetings & Projects for more details***
***Crime Prevention Tips, Statistics & Trends on the Home Page (stay on this page, keep reading)***
The Bel-Aire Pines Homeowners Association Board does its very best to work on your behalf, but sometimes we can’t (and we shouldn’t) make all the decisions. After all, it’s your home, it’s your neighborhood, it’s your Homeowners Association, and you should have the final say on the things that impact your community. We’re going to use this newsletter to outline some very important activities and decisions that will be taking place over the next few weeks. We want to provide as much information as possible about what you can do to ensure that those decisions benefit you: the residents who call Bel-Aire Pines home.
Please take some time to read through the all the new content for this month to see all the details. There’s a lot to keep track of, so here’s a list of important events and days for the rest of year.
· Due date for returning ballots
· Due date for return of Annual Dues to be eligible for prize drawing
· Business Mini-Expo
Be Careful...Watch Out!
Think 20! Keep It Up
You probably noticed the Think 20 signs disappeared for a little while, and then reappeared in late August. Even though the Think 20 campaign has had a great result, we wanted to remind everyone that school has started, so please be careful when driving through the neighborhood.
To further reinforce this thought, we will be installing a portable speed monitor, and moving it to different streets throughout the month. The monitor is offered to Orange County communities free of charge through the Traffic & Safety Department of Orange County. The first one we were given didn’t work properly, so we’ve requested a replacement and should have it soon.
So, when you see the numbers blinking, please take a second to slow down. Thank you!
Kitty Cat Caution
To all cat lovers and owners: make sure your cute feline friends are properly licensed with tags, and are safely in your house. While it’s great that we live in an area that can be shared with some wildlife (don’t you love to hear the birds chirping first thing in the morning?) it also leads to some unwanted neighborhood inhabitants. Recently, we’ve had several incidents that point out the problems of feral (undomesticated) cats living with us. Unfortunately, these cats are typically the offspring of abandoned cats, and represent a failure by owners to take responsibility for their pets. While the impacts of feral cats are debatable, it is true that their population is growing. In addition to the sad sight of dead kittens who could not be cared for by their feral mothers, there could be an increase in fleas around the areas where they live, and strong unpleasant odors from the male cats marking their territory.
Orange County Animal Control will be in the neighborhood regularly to capture cats that are running loose. Save yourself some time and distress by calling 407-836-3111 to find out what you can do to keep to make sure Animal Control only picks up stray and wild cats, and doesn’t take your family pet.
Biking and walking on neighborhood streets, working in your yard, closing the garage door, talking with your neighbors, turning lights on, and keeping toys inside. What do these things have in common? Talk to your block captain to find out!
Desire, Ability, and Opportunity: these are the critical components of the criminal element. We can't control the desire or ability of a criminal, but we can control the opportunity. Here are some prevention tips that Deputy Negron shared with us:
Have you noticed the tall grass and weeds in the yards of vacant homes? No, you probably haven’t, and there’s a good reason for that! A resident, George Mattison, has been cutting the lawns of those homes that are unoccupied. He does this on his own time, with his own mower, and his own gas...just to keep the neighborhood looking nice.
Thank you George for your time and dedication in keeping Bel-Aire Pines lawns mowed and trimmed. We appreciate your efforts, and wish there were moreresidents just like you!
It's the perfect time to start cooling off in your pool, going to pool parties, or spending the weekend at the beach. While you're enjoying your family time, don't forget these basic tips to keep safe:
**Everyone is anxious to get out and enjoy the warm weather, and this seems to include our pets! We've noticed more dogs and cats roaming free during the day. We want to keep our pets safe and ensure their health, so now seems to be a good time to remind you of some Orange County ordinances regarding animals.
**If you'd like to take advantage of the Tree Adoption Program but don't have the ability to transport a tree, let us know and we'll make arrangements to help you. Planting a tree is good for the environment, and will provide much needed shade for years to come.
**Spring brings warmer weather, greener grass, and...pollen! Are allergies bothering you? Use these tips to minimize your symptoms:
Here is some information from Orange County Neighborhood Services that you'll be able to use!
*By now, you've moved your clocks ahead. Did you remember to also change the batteries in your smoke and carbon detectors?
*Cash for Clunkers: During the week of April 16th - 25th, Florida is offering rebates up to 20% of the cost for Energy Star appliances. In addition, you may receive an extra $75 if you show you recycled the appliance. These rebates are for personal purchases, not commercial, and cover the following: refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, room air conditioners and gas tank-less hot water heaters.
*Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste Collection Event: Removed hazardous and electronic waste from your home free of charge! The next collection event will take place on April 17th 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Valencia Community College West Campus: 1800 South Kirkman Road, Orlando.
HOA Board of Directors