River’s Edge Newsletter – November – December 2016

Night at the Movies

All movies start at 7:00pm sharp. Social time starts at 6:30. First movie night of each month is pizza night (BYO drink).

Nov. 01: I Love You to Death (R)- Pizza Night
Nov. 15: Spotlight (R)
Nov. 29: Money Monster (R)
Dec. 13: Nat’l Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG13) pizza night
Dec. 27: Death At A Funeral (R)

Calendar At-A-Glance

November:
1st: Pizza & Movie
15th: Movie Night
27th: Sunday Brunch at The Big A Grill House in Marshalls Creek

December:
10th: Christmas Party
13th: Pizza & Movie
25th: Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!
27th: Movie Night
31st: Happy New Year!

Note: Signup sheets for all events are on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse (kitchen hall). Please sign up early if you wish to join any of our events. Pizza on move nights is $6 pp.

Outings & Events

Outing to Shawnee Theater & The Big A Grill House
On Sunday, Octoebr 2nd, a group of our residents traveled to the Shawnee Theater (near Marshalls Creek) to enjoy the comedy production “Home Shopping”. Despite some technical glitches which delayed the start of the show for a little over 30 minutes, everyone enjoyed some great acting and the farcical plot, which gave us all some good laughs. For the inconvenience at the beginning, the theater was kind enough to provide us with buy one – get one free coupons for a future show. Following the theater, we went to The Big A Grill House, a very nice restaurant on Route 209 on our way home. We all enjoyed some great food and fun, but most of all the camaraderie of friends and neighbors having a good time.

Outing at Silver Birches – Lake Wallenpaupack
On October 11th, a group of 5 of our residents traveled to Lake Wallenpaupack for Silver Birches (formerly Eharharts) Annual all day Oktoberfest celebration. We enjoyed lots of good music, dance, all kinds of great German food, watched a humorous demonstration of how to make a giant Apple Strudel (which we later had for dessert), made our own pretzels (see picture) and just generally had a good time. There were several fairly large groups of people from different communities and churches, including some neighbors from Heritage Point who sat with our Rivers Edge group. Thanks Chris for organizing this trip for us. We had a blast!!

Outing – The Walpack Inn
On Sunday, September 18th, 12 hungry Rivers Edge residents traveled to the famous Walpack Inn in Walpack Township, NJ, for mid-afternoon “Lupper” (lunch/supper). This delightful Inn is located in an out-of-the-way rural area that, nevertheless, draws crowds of diners from all over to enjoy the rustic elegance and delicious cuisine. Many had the Prime Rib which, by everyone’s account, was tender, delicious and huge. Others had a variety of entrees – rack of lamb, fish, etc., but all agreed the food, the atmosphere and the friendship was terrific! Definitely a keeper destination, the Walpack Inn is about an hour away, but well worth a return trip.

Ein Prosit – Oktoberfest at River’s Edge
Ein prosit, der gemutlighkeit! A toast, to heer and good times! And that’s exactly what happened at the Rivers Edge Oktoberfest on October 29th!! Very well attended, with plenty of German “oompah” music, cold German beer, and delicious German food catered by Prime Time Meats, a fun time was had by all. Both men and ladies took the challenge to see who could hold a heavy beer mug straight out in front of them the longest, and Lee led us in games of “what’s your favorite?” (place, move, etc). Cap it off with some fabulous desserts, and it all added up to an exceptionally good time! Many thanks to our Activities Team and their helpers for making this year’s Oktoberfest a fun-filled event with lots of neighbors having a very good time!

Notes

THINK POSITIVE, & POSITIVE THINGS WILL HAPPEN
Rivers Edge is a small but vibrant and beautiful community. Our future is in our own hands, and positive thinking will help make it exceptionally bright.

Bon Voyage Snowbirds!
We wish our friends and neighbors who will be migrating to a warmer or even not so much warmer, climate a safe journey and a wonderful winter. Be sure to return to us safely. We look forward to seeing you again when you return to Rivers Edge.

Nothing is quite so beautiful as Fall in the Northeast. As the trees announce the coming of winter, we look forward to the celebration of Thanksgiving, the warm blessings of Christmas and the beauty of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. Happy Holidays!

Meet Your Neighbors

Welcome to our community! We look forward to you being a part of us. Please check out our events and join in the fun!
September 2016 – Jim and Georgy Soojian moved to Rivers Edge from Pompton Lakes, NJ, where they lived since 1982. To make things interesting for them, they moved in on the same day that pacing of our streets and driveways began! They have 3 children: a son, daughter-in-law, and grandson living in Wanaque, NJ; a daughter and son-in-law living in Lake Ariel, PA, and a son living with them here at Rivers Edge. Rounding out their Rivers Edge home is a 7 year old rescue dog names Bella.
March 2012– Lee Kenney moved to Rivers Edge in march of 2012. She was born and raised in Manhattan, and then spent 44 years on Staten Island before moving here. Lee is a widow and has 2 children. Her son Patrick is a retired NYPD sergeant who lives in Orange County (NY) with her only grandchild Logan (9). Lee’s daughter Susan is a yoga instructor who lives on Staten Island. Lee was an auxiliary police officer in the 1980’s, worked full time as a Loss Prevention Manager with K-Mart, and spent 22 years working part time as an office manager & technician in a doctor’s office before retiring in 2011.

Men’s Coffee Social

All men of Rivers Edge are cordially invited to join our new Men’s Coffee Social hour at 9:00AM on the first Saturday of each month. We meet at the Clubhouse for coffee & donuts, and friendly, light-hearted conversation. Come join us!

Your Activities Team

Our community Activities Team is:
Marie Malak – capescape116@yahoo.com  – (609)425-7520
Nancy Steiner – nanrn4379@gmail.com  – (914)714-8313
Contact Marie or Nancy if you have questions about an upcoming event, or a suggestion for a new event. Thanks to both of them for the excellent job they do!

Trivia: The Story of the Pretzel

The story of the pretzel begins in about 610 A.D. The setting is a monastery somewhere in northern Italy or southern France. A monk toying with some strips of dough left over from bread making has a sudden inspiration. He takes the end of the dough and twists them to resemble arms folded over the breast in prayer. the monk then bakes the twisted dough strips and awards them to children who learn their prayers well. He calls his delicious discovery “pretiola” which means “little reward” in Latin. The popularity of the monk’s invention grew rapidly, and soon the pretiola found its way into bakeries all over Europe. It became especially popular in Germany and Austria, where the pronunciation of pretiola somehow got “twisted” into its present form. Today, we call his discovery “pretzel” – which means a great snack in any language!

Upcoming Election – HOA Board of Directors

In December of this year your Election Committee (Lorraine Sorg and Ruth Leech) will be coliciting residents to run for open positions on a new HOA Board of Directors, for an election to be held January or February of 2017. We will be electing 4 residents board members for a 5 person HOA board (the 5th Director being a representative of the developer). This will give residents a majority control of the Board of Directors managing Rivers Edge community. Think of the HOA Board as a Community Management Committee. Remember, we will be electing 4 Directors, not officers. Office appointments are made by the Board of Directors itself in an Organization Meeting held shortly after the election.

Please look within yourself and consider serving your community as a Director. Our future is in our own hands, and each of us has talents to contribute to making Rivers Edge an incredibly beautiful and fun place to live. When the election Committee contacts you, please consider responding positively. It’s your future!!!

Developers Corner

Sincere thanks to all residents for their patience and understand while our driveways and streets were paved during early October. We hope you’ll agree that the inconvenience was temporary but the improvement was well worth it. FYI, painting of parking spaces in the clubhouse parking lot will be done when weather permits. Some other improvements made since our last newsletter report are:

  • A new landscape bed in the triangle at the fork of Macintosh Way and Braeburn Path
  • Re-grading of the area behind Building #27 to provide better water drainage
  • Scrubs and screening trees added at 708 Braeburn, and between units in rear of building #27
  • Aeration and reseeding of many lawns requiring same
  • Landscape improvements to the front of buildings #7 and #25

We currently have 2 units – 508 Braeburn and 1008 Macintosh – under firm contract and are commencing interior finishing, the 1008 Macintosh unit to be done first. Two additional units at 504 Braeburn and 708 Braeburn are still under a contingency contract pending sale of the buyer’s current home. This brings our community to 26 occupied units + 4 under contract, leaving 5 units available for sale. For information, we all have two resales available on Macintosh Way.

We are continuing plans to begin development of new buildings #23 (at the end of the Braeburn) and #8 (riverside). Architectural drawings & mechanical plans have been submitted to Westfall Township for approval. We hope to lay the foundation for building #23 yet this fall, and for building #8 in the spring, with construction of both buildings to start early next year.

Note of Thanks

Many thanks to Ted & Georgiana Kuykendall for donating the large rugs outside the main entrance to our Clubhouse and outside the pool entrance to the restrooms. Your generosity is very much appreciated!

Condolences

We wish to express our sympathy and condolences to:

  • Kim Rolando, on the loss of her brother
  • Joe Malak, on the loss of his mother
  • Mark Nash on the loss of his sister

Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

Congratulations

To John and Angela Stancarone as they welcome the newest addition to their family – a bouncing baby grandson names Ryan Charles, courtesy of their daughter Jackie & son-in-law Anthony.

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