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Apr 01

COVID-19 Update for Blackstone HOA

Posted to Association News by Samantha Thomas

Our top priority is to keep our community safe and healthy. We've been closely monitoring the recommendations and actions taken to help decrease the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Peoria and the state of Arizona. 

After careful consideration and much discussion between the Board of Directors and the Association management team, Blackstone HOA is temporarily canceling all classes, clubs, and events until further notice effective immediately. 

What does that mean for residents?
Association and Lifestyle Offices: Effectively immediately, the Association offices will be closed to visitors until further notice. Our team will still be on-site to assist you, but we encourage you to practice the recommended social distancing and limit personal contact with staff. Instead of visiting the office, please call or email our team with any questions. We understand and apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Staff contact information is listed toward the bottom of this email.

Common Areas: Effective immediately and until further notice, Blackstone will be closing amenities to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Closures include the tot lot, basketball courts, ramadas, and picnic benches.
 
Amenities that are closed will have signs to indicate the closure. Physical distancing and hygiene guidelines recommended by the CDC still apply in these areas, which include limiting exposure to people outside of immediate family members, avoiding groups of 10 or more people and maintaining six feet between each person.

Board and Committee Meetings: All non-essential Board and committee meetings are suspended until further notice. Necessary meetings will be posted and held virtually.
Modification Applications: Please submit all applications online to practice the recommended social distancing. If you have questions, contact the Association Office via phone or email.

Gate Access:
Keep your ABDi Gate Access.net account updated with all visitors coming to your home to limit person-to-person contact with the Gate team.
ALL visitors need to be listed on your GateAccess.com account. Please remember to include UBER/Lyft drivers, food and grocery deliveries, and prescription delivery services.
This is an excellent time to review your visitor log. Delete old or outdated entries and check to see if any regular service providers are not currently listed and need to be added.
All visitors must use the main entrance at Blackstone Gatehouse; Sunrise Point is a restricted access gate for residents only.
Visitors should not arrive before 7 a.m. The Gatehouse is operational from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, and each visitor needs to be checked in by the gate host.
Steps we have taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Any staff member who is feeling ill is encouraged to stay home and contact a healthcare provider.
We are continuing to follow all health and safety protocols currently in place, as well as maintain a focus on cleaning high traffic, commonly handled surfaces.

Contacts:
Association Office | 623-215-8646
General Information Questions | Casey Doscher | cdoscher@ccmcnet.com
Maintenance | Jake Monday | jmonday@ccmcnet.com
Communications | Samantha Thomas | samthomas@ccmcnet.com
Design Review | Stephanie DeAlba | sdealba@ccmcnet.com
Compliance | John Ruggles | jruggles@ccmcnet.com
Lifestyle | Kelly Strand | kstrand@ccmcnet.com
Management | Dick Rosenhagen | drosenhagen@ccmcnet.com
Melissa Parsons | mparsons@ccmcnet.com

Apr 01

Roses

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Samantha Thomas

If have rose plants in your yard, now is also a great time to prepare pots, change out soil and fertilize. One fertilizer ingredient commonly used for roses is Fish emulsion or Fish fertilizer because it provides a lot of nitrogen; you should be fertilizing once every six weeks through the summer. It is also important to water your roses both the day before and the day after fertilizing to help make sure it has the necessary hydration for growth.

Though roses are not native desert plants, they can still survive in our warm climate with proper watering. When helping a rose plant establish and form roots in its new space, you should water frequently.  You can start out watering every other day for at least 2 weeks. With the right amount of care, they can thrive and be a great addition to your garden! 

Apr 01

City of Peoria Closes Park Amenities

Posted to Peoria News by Samantha Thomas

Effective immediately, the city of Peoria will be closing additional amenities within city parks in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Such closures include park restrooms, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, dog parks, select sports fields, neighborhood park parking lots, and any group play areas. Ramada reservations will also be canceled through April 30
 
“The Governor’s directive that parks must remain open aligns with the recommendations of top health officials, citing numerous mental and physical benefits gained from spending time outside, recreating and exercising,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “Providing a safe environment with the best prospects for physical distancing enables Peoria residents to enjoy the benefits of springtime in Arizona, while we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
 
These closures come after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected executive order and Mayor Carlat declared a local emergency that closed all public city facilities. The park amenities that are closed will have signs indicating the closure as a reminder to residents. All open spaces, passive play spaces, trails, and walking paths will remain open for public use. Physical distancing and hygiene guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still apply in these areas, which include limiting exposure to people outside of immediate family members, avoiding groups of 10 or more people and maintaining six feet between each person.
 
“After reviewing the executive order and the CDC’s guidelines, we are confident that this decision is in the best interest of the health and safety of our residents,” said Peoria Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities John Sefton. “Parks and open spaces have a proven positive impact on the physical and mental health of our community. We strongly encourage exercise and outdoor activities in our parks; however, doing so must be while taking the recommended precautions.”
 
For the latest updates, continue to visit www.peoriaaz.gov/covid19 or follow the city on social media. Park information can be found at www.peoriaaz.gov/parks.