Last week I asked the community about what should be included in my emails. I did get a few responses.
I know there is duplication of some topics because both the HOA (Jackie) and I send out similar emails. The clubs and groups send their information to us so that we can send it out to you. Being repetitive isn’t a problem since you might not get one email but you will see it in another email. Also, there are times that names drop off of both our lists, but hopefully not at the same time.
When I was on the HOA EMAILER list, I never received my own emails and even though I asked for it to be fixed, this never happened. This was the main reason for me to drop the HOA EMAILER and to start using GoDaddy. So duplication will remain.
Now for issues that I present that may illicit comments from residents. For example, I wrote about Comcast and I gave my opinion. As one resident stated in his email to me, I should include what his opinion is if it differs from mine. My concern is, what if I get 25 opinions, which opinions should I include or which should I not include? Unfortunately I might upset some residents if I don’t include their response to me. I will try my best to be impartial and include what the consensus of emails to me have to say. So yes, write to me about anything and I will include it in my emails. Sometimes I do receive emails that require some editorial discretion.
Now for a sensitive subject – OUR BOARD. Yes, many times I deal with issues that our board doesn’t seem to deal with. Many times you may deal with the Board and the response given to you by the Board is not what you might expect. This has happened to me just recently and instead of dealing with the response of the Board, I decided that it would be mentally better for me to drop the HOA EMAILER, that I used from the community website to send out emails and spend the money by going to GoDaddy as my secondary email program. So far GoDaddy is working out pretty good.
However, you may want community involvement if it is an issue that will affect all of us. I will discuss any issues with all resident(s) in my emails when these types of issue(s) arise.
So many residents have written me about their issues with the Board. Their issues can be our issues. For example, the letter that residents received regarding powerwashing their homes. I wrote about it because many of you wrote me stating that our homes don’t look as dirty as our sidewalks. Fortunately the Board agreed and sidewalks have been powerwashed. Should I continue responding to resident concerns about the Board? I think if the issue deals with something that just affects just one resident, then no, I am not a mediator. However, if it affects all of our homes, then yes, the Board must hear what we all think.
Unlike the HOA emails that must deal with just our Community, my emails deal with many other issues we face. I deal with outside elections, when we have residents running for a position. Naturally I won’t deal with any other types of elections. I have also sold more tickets than TICKETRON when residents can’t use their tickets. I also deal with those difficult things that I hate to write about. I deal with many other things like trying to save residents money or things happening within our Township. Oh yes, you might want to know that the Superintendent of our School system has resigned. Cellphone numbers, birthdays, high schools are now part of my website.
WOMEN’S GROUP MESSAGES
Happy holidays and did we celebrate! We thank those who attended for their praise of an evening greatly enjoyed.
We delivered toys to the Needy Families of Jamesburg and they were thrilled by the large number of bags received. Thank you for your generosity as well for the gift cards which delighted The ARC organization. There was such an abundance of gift cards that we shared them with the Ronald McDonald House in New Brunswick as well. In the spirit of the season, the warmth of your good wishes were greatly appreciated.
Join us for make your own pizza night, Monday, January 8th from 6:00-8:00pm at Antonio’s on Applegarth. Come create and top your own pie to be baked and complete the evening with dessert.
$10. Attendance is limited so RSVP to Harriet DiSalle no later than December 30th. Mangia, Mangia!
Must be a member to attend.
REGENCY ACCOUNTANTS – WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND
Surprisingly, this question came to my mind and I also received 2 emails from residents asking the same question. Last night, I even heard one person on TV discuss the issue. Please keep in mind that this has nothing to do with politics even though it will deal with what we should do if the tax plan gets approved.
So here is the question. If the tax plan gets approved, should residents pay in 2017 an additional amount in property taxes. This additional amount should be the difference between what your taxes are and $10,000. So, for example, if you pay $14,000 in property taxes, you should pay an additional $4,000 this year (before December 31, 2017) in property tax. What this does is give you an $18,000 deduction in 2017 and since 2018 will be capped at $10,000 (which is the max. on the tax plan), you will deduct the $10,000 since this will be all you have paid in 2018. This is done only if the tax plan gets approved next week. So what do you think we should do? I would ask my Accountant but I would like to get other opinions.
CLOSING OF MOUNT MILLS ROAD ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Mounts Mills Rd. will be closed between Spotswood-Englishtown Rd. and Englishtown Rd. on Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th from 7:00AM until approximately 5:00PM due to utility work. Detour signs will be posted. Please plan an alternate route. We regret any inconvenience that may result from this activity. For full details, view this message on the web. Sent by Monroe Township Police Department 3 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
READ THIS RESIDENTS STORY ABOUT COMCAST
Remember when I told you I got that great seasonal rate from Comcast? I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you that they lied. I got my bill and it was for $190. Naturally I called and spoke to a very sympathetic young lady who told me that while she would love to give me the promised rate, the system won’t allow her to. She said she could reduce my bill by eliminating some services while I’m away. The bill would be reduced to around $80 a month. Not nearly as good as what I was promised, but certainly better than $190. I told her I wanted to talk to a supervisor. She told me she would have someone call me back within two hours and gave me a case #. I got a call back within about ten minutes and this young lady was also sympathetic, but also said she couldn’t give me the snowbird rate. She was, however, able to cut the bill to about $40 a month (even after taking the January increase into account). I don’t know exactly what she did, and I hope I’ll be able to get all of my services back to normal when I get home at the end of March. Feel free to share this with the community. Maybe out Board members will read it and drop the bulk contract. I don’t doubt that we will be able to do better on our own . . . and those who have FiOS won’t have to pay $30-40 to Comcast for something they don’t use.
Good luck with the snow later today. It’s back in the mid 70s down here.
(EMAILER’S NOTE: REMEMBER MY STARZ PROMOTION (WHICH ACCORDING TO COMCAST NO BULK CUSTOMERS GET PROMOTIONS – BUT I DID. WELL ONE RESIDENT CALLED COMCAST AND THEY SAID NO STARZ PROMOTION. THEN SHE SAID, CHECK RON POST’S BILL, WHICH I TOLD EVERYONE THEY CAN USE MY NAME AND GUESS WHAT, THAT NO STARZ PROMOTION BECAME A STARZ PROMOTION FOR HER. I GUESS THERE MUST BE SOMETHING IN OUR CONTRACT THAT TELLS THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE TO SAY NO TO ANY PRICE LOWERING AND THEN SAY YES IF THE CUSTOMER COMPLAINS ENOUGH)
MOVIE NIGHT – REGENCY MEN’S CLUB
The last movie night of 2017 is Monday Dec 18th. We will see the new Star Wars movie at the Starplex Theater which starts at 7:00 on Rte 130. We will meet in front of the Clubhouse at 4:30 to carpool and then proceed to City Streets on Rte. 130 for dinner. Those of you that go directly to City Streets please call me at 732-656-1938. This way I can give the restaurant an exact total. Thank you and see you there Jerry
A THANK YOU MESSAGE FROM JANE SUSSMAN
Dear Friends of Regency,
It is with a heavy heart that I write to express my gratitude and love to all who have been of tremendous support to myself and my family during the last few weeks. Your calls, cards, food, generous donations, etc. we’re wonderful, but the most important part was the concern and caring that was shown by so many. One of the important things, was the tremendous amount of verbal and written tributes about Ken and the person he was, that we received. They were too numerous to comprehend but extremely uplifting and heartfelt.
With sincere thanks,
Jane Sussman and Family
FUNNY STORY’S THAT HAPPENED TO REGENCY RESIDENTS
A few weeks ago my wife and I went to a Asian Fusion Noodle Bar for dinner. As the few tables they had were full, we took two seats at the counter. Another couple sat down next to us almost at the exact time. The waiter asked if we were together. We all said “No!”. The waiter didn’t seem to believe us, saying “Right, you just met in the parking lot.” We reassured him that we did not know each other. He took their order. Then he took our order. As their order was delivered slightly before ours, they finished their meal slightly before us. They paid their check and left. We finished a few minutes later and asked for our check. The waiter said, “Oh my God, you’re really not with them? I put all 4 orders on one check and the gentleman paid it.” So we had a free dinner, compliments of a complete stranger.
(EMAILER’S NOTE: THE GENTLEMAN YOU SAT NEXT TO WAS MY BROTHER SO PLEASE PAY ME FOR HIS MEAL. NOW THIS IS A FUNNY STORY)
KEEP THE STORY’S COMING
FIRE COMPANY ELECTIONS
Yes, we are coming close to the day when we will be voting for our FIRE COMMISSIONERS. Joel Kaplan and Jerry Kaplan, well guys, I have fallen in love with your pictures.
CLICK ON THE LINK TO SEE THE PUNUMS (FACES) OF OUR RESIDENT FIRE COMMISSIONERS WHO WILL BE UP FOR RE-ELECTION.
Jerry, you look fantastic. Joel, come on over and I will give you a free makeover. You need some mascara, some long eyelashes, some rouge on the cheeks and maybe a little lipstick.
REGENCY HADASSAH FASHION SHOW
This year Regency Hadassah will be extending our Fashion Show fundraising to raise funds specifically tagged for Hadassah Hospital research into Pediatric Oncology.
Here is the message from the Hadassah
Dear Members and Friends of Regency Hadassah:
Get ready for another wonderful evening as Regency Hadassah hosts our 11th Annual Fashion Show on June 18, 2018.
We are creating an Ad Journal to be distributed that evening. 100% of the proceeds from advertising will be given to Hadassah Hospital for Pediatric Oncology Research.
We are soliciting either full page ad $100, half page ad $50, quarter page ad $25 OR you can have your name listed as a booster supporter for $10.
Please join us in this effort to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
With Sincere Thanks – The Fashion Show Committee
Phone # _________________
Donated Amount __________________________________
Check # __________________________________
If donating quarter, half or full page ad – what would you like it to say?_________________________________________________________________________________________________
RETURN “CHECKS MADE OUT TO “REGENCY HADASSAH” TO EITHER:
Karen Calder 183 Tournament Drive
Micki Indursky 8 Memorial Court
Nina Wolff 10 Monterey Drive
Note: Hadassah’s IRS number for donations – EIN 55-1187738
FIREMEN FROM FIRE DISTRICT 3 (OUR DISTRICT) SAVES DOG
DEER ON CHAMPIONSHIP PARKWAY
This past Thursday at 5:30 PM we saw 4 large deer crossing Championship Parkway coming from the backyards a few houses from the exit gate and going towards the berm by Englishtown-Spotswood Road.
(EMAILER’S NOTE: I AM JUST WRITING THIS TO LET YOU KNOW TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THE DEER CAN JUMP ACROSS ROADS THAT YOU ARE DRIVING ON. I KNOW ALL ABOUT THIS BECAUSE GRETA WAS HIT BY A DEER (NOT ME) MANY YEARS AGO AND MY DAUGHTER GOT HIT ON ROUTE 33 AND ALSO ON 522 OUTSIDE OF REGENCY)
FIRST EVER ELCTRIC CAR CHARGING STATION IN MONROE TOWNSHIP FOR ELECTRIC HYBRID CARS AND IT IS FREE
(Thank you Doug Poye for sending me this information)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 11, 2017 Municipality Brings First-Ever Electric Car Charging Station to Monroe MONROE – As of November, Monroe’s first-ever electric car charging station is up and running on the Township library grounds. Cooper Electric donated this level 2, 240-volt charging equipment during the Township’s 2016 Green Fair; however, the station is municipally operated and maintained. “The library is a prime location for this station for several reasons,” explained Monroe Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro. “For starters, it’s centrally located in the Township. Safety also weighed heavily into our decision with the library sitting adjacent to our police headquarters and its parking lot situated in a well-lit area, thanks to the bright LED energy-saving lights that were recently installed.” The hope is that Monroe’s latest green initiative will encourage more residents to consider investing in an ecofriendly driving option, such as a hybrid or an all-electric vehicle. As of late, a sparse few other charging stations have cropped up on local roads in nearby communities like East Windsor, South Brunswick and Old Bridge – but those destinations are still few and far between, Township representatives said. “Our site has become a link within the County’s growing chain of stations,” said Monroe Council President Steve Dalina. “Our Township is doing its part to help reduce carbon emissions in the area, and as an added bonus, introducing some of our residents, who are charging their vehicle during daytime hours, to Monroe’s phenomenal library services and programming.” Local advocates have also begun the process of registering Monroe’s station with The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center. This division acts as a resource to help residents and commuters find alternative fueling stations along U.S. routes by way of associated websites and apps. “We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this exclusive group of communities,” said Karen Polidoro, chairwoman of Monroe’s Environmental Commission. “If this site sees substantial usage, the Township may consider adding additional stations in the future at alternative locations in Monroe. This is also one of the items on our checklist for attaining silver certification through Sustainable New Jersey, an organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to green communities that meet their rigorous criteria.” Monroe’s electric car charging station, marked by a large green logo, can be found in an exterior section of the Monroe Township Library’s parking lot, 4 Municipal Plaza. Media inquiries may be directed to Monroe Township’s Public Information Officer, Maria Prato, at 732-521- 4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGENCY DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT
The next meeting of the Regency Digital Photography Club will be Thursday, December 21 at 4:00 PM in the Tennis Pavilion. This will be our last meeting until April 5. Let’s go a little crazy and look at a few ideas to have fun with your photographs by giving them a different dimension. We will talk about ways to “steal” different techniques from artists such as Rembrandt and Monet. It’s not necessary, but if some of you have images that are are on the wild side bring them in on a thumb drive. So join us for an unusual last meeting. We will also address our over the winter “assignment”. All residents are invited. Any questions call Howard Wichansky.
Expand your horizons in photography.
Attention Snow Birds
Regency Car Club members are looking for garages to store their special interest vehicle.
If you are interested email Lou Principe – LouPrincipe@comcast.net
REGENCY WOMEN’S GROUP
SAVE THE DATE!
On Monday, January 8, we will be making our own pizza at Antonio’s on Applegarth Road. Various garnishes will be added to our pizza. The cost is $10 and includes dessert!
Members interested in attending, please RSVP to Harriet DiSalle, 102 Turnberry, beginning December 14-December 30. The flyer will be sent out later this week and copies will be available in the Clubhouse.
FOREIGN FILM FESTIVAL
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19th at 1 PM in the BALLROOM
featuring “UNFINISHED SONG”
This film is funny, uplifting and sentimental. Wonderful acting by Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave as husband and wife make this movie so good. The wife introduces him to a youthful singing group which then leads him out of his dull daily routines and revitalizes him to try new adventures.
94 minutes. 2012
A discussion will follow the presentation.
Paid up members may bring a spouse or guest. PLEASE RSVP
to Joan Blitz 656-4540 or email@example.com
MERCER COUNTY SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT
CLICK ON LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION
NOTE: 3 Regency residents are band members – Bernie Newman, Mario Lenci, and Bernie Ghee.
SILVER BALL MUSEUM
The Silver Ball Museum is a penny arcade with 125 reconditioned pinball machines from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
We are carpooling to this facility on January 19th, 2018 located at 1000 Ocean Avenue. The price is $15pp Please arrive by 11:00 am. Place checks, made out to Regency Men’s Club in the lower mailbox of Allen Glassman at 83 Riviera Drive.
As a number of members are going to lunch at the All Seasons Diner in Eatontown Please indicate if you would like to join this group. If you need further information phone Allen at 917-282-0998
The Men’s Club is going to a NY Yankee game in Philadelphia vs the Phillies
For the first time ever in regular season play the NY Yankees will play the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia on Monday, June 25, 2018. We have 2 luxury buses traveling to the game. One bus is already filled and the second bus is half full. The price is $65 pp. You must be a Men’s Club member. Wives, significant others, children and grandchildren are welcome. Checks are to be made out to Regency Men’s Club and should be placed in the lower mailbox of Allen Glassman, 83 Riviera Drive.
REGENCY MEN’S CLUB CALENDAR OF EVENTS
REGENCY SINGLES MINGLES
COME JOIN US – ALL REGENCY SINGLES ARE WELCOME
DO ACTIVITIES WITH OTHER SINGLES. MEMBERSHIP $30 WE MEET THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE TENNIS PAVILLION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTIFIED. Contact Tanya Ashuck or Georgia Doyle 732 641-2662.
Harmony in Motion Regency At Monroe
10/1/17 – 9/30/18
Dues are $10.00 per couple, $5.00 per person.
Checks should be made payable to HARMONY IN MOTION. Please remit to address below: Monique Mainville OR John W. Chin President Treasurer 132 Masters Drive 8 Riviera Drive Monroe Twp., NJ 08831 Monroe Twp., NJ 08831
Harmony In Motion
Winter Wonderland Event January 20, 2018
2017 ROMEOS SCHEDULE THRU DECEMBER REVISED
26 BERNSTEIN’S ON ESSEX
2018 ROMEOS SCHEDULE JANUARY THRU JUNE
16 HUNAN HOUSE
30 CITY STREETS
6 HUNAN HOUSE
20 BERNSTEINS ON ESSEX
27 THE CABIN
20 HUNAN HOUSE
27 CITY STREETS
3 PRESTIGE DINER
10 THE CABIN
REGENCY BOWLING CLUB
Regency bowling teams meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm at the Knob Hill Country Lanes, 363 Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. All Regency men and women residents are invited -no matter what your skill level- to participate as guest bowlers. Call Russ Porges, 732-561-2301, email@example.com, or Ping Eng, 732-521-5508, firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Regency Men’s Book Club
The Regency Men’s Book Club will be meeting at the Clubhouse on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00pm. All men are welcome. Please call Lou Flumen at 732-641-2495 if you are interested in joining or if you have any questions.
Below is the list of books the Men’s Book Club will be reading during the next few months
January 3, 2017: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.
February 7, 2018 “The Steel Wave” by Jeff Shaara
Every Friday at 1:00 in the multimedia room ACBL masters are available to help you with your bidding and play. Many of you have been taking bridge classes on Tuesday evening and many of you have been playing for a while. Now come down to the Open Bridge sessions and practice what you learned under the guidance of masters. This is not a bridge class. This is playing and learning proper bidding and more importantly the play of the hands.
We play every Tuesday at 5:00pm and every Saturday & Sunday at 9:30am. We are looking for more players! All residents are welcome to attend. Contact George Steinberg for more information 732.605.9526
The Regency Chorus, under the direction of Sharon Scheckner, is looking for residents who enjoy singing, and love the camaraderie that our chorus can provide. Rehearsals would begin sometime in the spring. If you are interested in joining please contact Carol Kortmansky at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Regency at Monroe Bridge Organization (RAMBO)
We play duplicate bridge at the clubhouse every Tuesday evening. These games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and we award internationally recognized Master points to many of the players each week.
We play a social game and welcome players of all skill levels who wish to expand their bridge capabilities.
Our games begin at 7:00 PM sharp – but if you want to come, please be at the back ballroom by about 6:45 to allow for checking in. We have the most reasonably priced game around and we include snacks and soft drinks too.
Regency Scrabble Club
Meets on Thursdays evenings at seven o’clock in the multi-purpose room. Learn how you can improve your Scrabble and Words with Friends games. Everyone is invited to play. Please bring your set if you have one. Call or email Linda Litsky at 732-605-0320, LLitsky@aol.com for more information.
We need your help in keeping the Community Vendor List growing. Please submit the name and contact information, via email, for your favorite vendor to:
THAT’S IT FOR NOW
REMEMBER YOUR COMMENTS ARE NO LONGER PART OF MY WEBSITE, I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS, BOTH POSITIVE AND/OR NEGATIVE. JUST SEND IT TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOW FOR SOME MUSIC
WAKE UP LITTLE SUZIE – PLUS MORE EVERLY BROTHERS SONGS