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A PUBLICATION OF THE LOWE’S FARM HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.

        Lowe's Farm eNews - Fall l Winter 2015

President's Message

I would like to thank everyone involved in the Neighborhood Watch Program.

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Winter Landscaping

During the wintertime, lawns typically go dormant or enter a period of extremely slow growth. 


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Communications

Communicate with your neighbors, make new friends, and receive information about HOA events

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Neighborhood Watch Program

We have 61 volunteers serving as Block Captains/Co-Captains

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Pool Season Recap

We hope you enjoyed your time at the amenity center and pool this summer.



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References

Helpful information and numbers




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National Night Out Recap

The 2015 National Night Out was held on Saturday, September 26.

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Winter Recipe

Creamy Fried
Confetti Corn






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Join us for Santa at the Castle on Sunday, December 6th.



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Board of Directors:

PRESIDENT – Ginnie Bucek

VICE PRESIDENT – Chris Hamilton
SECRETARY – Paul Blevins
TREASURER – Scott Smith
DIRECTOR AT LARGE – Erika Uggen

board@lowesfarmhoa.com
 

Committees:


ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL– Scott Smith
COMMUNICATION – Ed Wood
LANDSCAPE – Dan Peters
POOL – Laura Redman
SAFETY - Vacant
SOCIAL – Charlette Fuller & Jane Thompson

 
Board President's Message

I would like to thank everyone involved in the Neighborhood Watch Program. This program would not exist without the volunteer block captains and co-captains. Special appreciation goes to Mr. David Littlefield for his efforts in being the NWP coordinator. Lowe’s Farm is a more alert and a safer neighborhood because of everyone’s efforts.

The HOA will host the Annual Santa at the Castle event from 2 – 4 p.m. on December 6th.  Due to other engagements, Santa will promptly leave at 4 p.m. – so, please come early!  Also, the annual HOA Board meeting will be held in March 2016.

This fall, all the older trees in the common areas were trimmed/pruned, etc. Due to soil shifting, several sections of the brick wall needs to be repaired. Our landscaper will plant the fall/winter pansies and additional daffodil bulbs. Due to the continual weed problem in the common areas, starting January 2016, the HOA will utilize a specific weed-control company to treat those areas.

As always, the HOA Board appreciates each homeowner’s efforts to keep our neighborhood a desirable place in which to live. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the board at board@lowesfarmhoa.com.


Ginnie Bucek, HOA Board President

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM
by David Littlefield, Coordinator

With homeowner volunteer participation, the Lowe’s Farm Neighborhood Watch Program was successfully re-instated this year. We have 61 volunteers serving as Block Captains/Co-Captains from 48 homes covering 36 blocks working together to minimize criminal activity in our neighborhood.  We are proud of the block captains/co-captains accomplishments and appreciate their continued efforts to keep our community safe!  At this time, we still need block captains for 1200-1206 Thistle Lane and 4301-4315 Woodcrest Drive. If any homeowners on these blocks can volunteer, please contact me at dpl677@gmail.com. Please contact Ginnie Bucek or me with any email contact address changes.

Our Community Liaison Officer, Brandon Blansit, held training sessions on July 8, August 13, September 10, and October 8. He presented information on: NWP goals and plans, setting up lines of communication, duties of block captains, how to recognize and report suspicious activities and behavior, how to be a good witness, and car and home security measures.  At this year’s National Night Out held on September 26, Officer Blansit, and his team provided handouts for the children and provided valuable safety information for homeowners. Officer Blansit will have an information table set up at the Santa at the Castle event on December 6th with tips on holiday safety. Future training session will be held after the holidays. Until then, safety tips and any crime alerts will be distributed to homeowners via block captain emails. If you would like to schedule a free detailed home security inspection, please call 817-276-4758.
Lowe's Farm HOA National Night Out Recap
by Ginnie Bucek

 

The 2015 National Night Out was held on Saturday, September 26 with approximately 350 attendees. I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to David Littlefield, Neighborhood Watch Program coordinator, for his help planning this event.  Also, I want to thank the social committee volunteers, HOA board members and their families, and Lake Ridge High School volunteers for their help. The Mansfield Police Department was represented by our NWP liaison, Officer Brandon Blansit. The MPD provide each family with an activity bag. The Mansfield Fire Department, Fire Station 3, provided children the opportunity to view their fire engine.  Mayor David Cook represented the City of Mansfield. Target (Hwy. 360/Sublett Rd.) was our primary NNO sponsor and provided the event with refreshments, hot dogs and buns, and party misc. Chick-fil-A provide the HOA with a discount on their chicken sandwiches. The children enjoyed snow cones, face painting, balloon sculptures, and a trackless train ride.  Through the generosity of our local businesses, 50 RSVP homeowners were winners of door prizes and each family received local restaurant coupons. David and I hope everyone had a great time. All businesses that provided door prizes and contributions for the NNO event have their business logos printed within this newsletter. Next time you are in their place of business, please take the time to acknowledge your appreciation of their support for our Lowe’s Farm neighborhood.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Pool Season Recap

We hope you enjoyed your time at the amenity center and pool this summer. The pool opened on May 16th and closed on September 27th. On June 6th, the social committee hosted the pool opening with a pizza party and dive-in movie. Other dive-in movies were provided on July 11, August 15, and September 26.

The social and safety committees co-hosted the end-of-the-season pool party and National Night Out on September 26. Special thanks to the social committee chairs, Charlette Fuller and Jane Thompson; and the NWP coordinator, David Littlefield, for spearheading the events.
 
Winter Landscaping Tips

During the wintertime, lawns typically go dormant or enter a period of extremely slow growth.  But that doesn’t mean you should stop caring for your grass.  By giving your lawn the attention it needs, you help ensure that it enters the spring growing season in the best possible health.

Mowing
Mow regularly until your lawn appears to stop growing.  Remember that long grass blades are more prone to fungal growths that might develop as a result of winter rains.

Fertilizing
Whether or not you should fertilize depends on the type of grass you have planted.  Cold weather grasses benefit from regular feeding.  However, warm-season grasses won’t because they don’t put out new growth in winter.

Watering
In Texas, lawns should ideally get 1 to 2 inches of water per week during the winter.  Rainstorms usually take off irrigation needs.  When they don’t, then you’ll need to step in.  

Weeding
Weeds grow all year long.  Since it’s still early in the season, your lawn may benefit from the application of winter herbicide, which helps weeds from establishing in dormant lawns.  You may also consider using pre-emergent to prevent weed seeds from germinating and broadleaf herbicides to kill off any existing broadleaf winter weeds.

http://www.southaustinirrigation.com/tag/winter-landscaping-tips


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Creamy Fried Confetti Corn
from Southern Living

INGREDIENTS
8 bacon slices, chopped
4 cups fresh sweet corn kernels (about 8 ears)
1 medium-size white onion, chopped
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper


DIRECTIONS
1. Fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crush bacon into small pieces. Set aside.
2. Prepare dressing by blending sugar, mayo and vinegar. Store dressing in refrigerator.
3. In a serving bowl, mix bite-size broccoli florets, nuts, raisins or grapes, and green onions.
4. Before serving, combine bacon and dressing to broccoli mixture.
Keep refrigerated.


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ANIMAL CONTROL - 817.276.4799
ANIMAL EMERGENCIES
CITY CODE COMPLIANCE
FIRST SERVICE RESIDENTIAL  - 214.871.9700
FIRST SERVICE RESIDENTIAL EMERGENCY - 877.378.2388
LOST OR FOUND PET
LOWE’S FARM HOA FACEBOOK
LOWE’S FARM HOA WEBSITE 
MANSFIELD ISD
MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
NEIGBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM Coordinator – David Littlefield – dpl677@gmail.com
PLANNING & ZONING
POLICE EMERGENCY - 911

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