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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

Jun 16

Planting Native Shrubs

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Krislyn Powell

Although summer hasn’t yet officially started, it’s getting HOT in Arizona! But it’s not too late to add some color and interest to your yard with new plants. The key is to add varieties that are native to the desert that can handle our hot, dry environment.

Many desert-adapted shrubs are green year-round and flower more than once, adding lovely pops of color to your landscape. Recommended shrubs include Chichuachan Sage, Turpentine, Texas (or Green Cloud) Sage, Chuparosa, Jojoba, Red Bird of Paradise, Orange Bells and Fairy Duster. More great options can be found on the AMWUA (Arizona Municipal Water Users Association) website at amwua.org. But please remember that some shrubs may delay blooming in the hottest times of the year in order to conserve water. Be a little patient for those pretty flowers!

If you are looking to add additional trees, shrubs or flowers to your yard, spring and fall are generally the best times to plant. For plants that are sensitive to cold, late spring is ideal. But don’t think you can’t add plants in summer-just remember they must be adapted to the desert and ready for the heat!

Visit the Learning Center on our website, dlcresources.com/learning-center, for additional information about adding and caring for new plants.

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Jun 16

Take a Class with the Peoria Interactive Experience

Posted to Peoria News by Krislyn Powell

If you are interested in taking a class and connecting with others, but prefer to do so from the comfort of your own home, check out the new Peoria Interactive Experience. The city of Peoria has partnered with Televeda, an interactive and live streaming platform, to provide a menu of community engagement experiences. Current classes include cooking, drawing and painting, Tai Chi, chair yoga and bingo. For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/recreation and click on Peoria Interactive Experience.