Covington Place Newsletter

October 2, 2016 - For Residents of Covington Place

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IT'S TIME TO START PLANNING SAFE HALLOWEEN 2016 IN COVINGTON PLACE

Susann Shriver has graciously volunteered to coordinate Safe Halloween 2016 and pre-planning has begun. Here's a few words from Susann as things get started:

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Hello neighbors. It is that time again. HALLOWEEN is just around the corner.

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I'm looking into the possibly of Fat Boys offering a shuttle service (fee based) for our visitors and homeowners who do not own a golf cart but who would like to take a break from walking our crowded streets. Again I'm looking so no promises!

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Also considering using High Lake as parking similar to the way we do Golfview. I need High Lake Homeowners to PM me their take on this.

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Also I'm thinking that we have enough Police presence and homeowner adults driving around that we could consider using high school boys (junior/senior) who might want to make some extra $$ to move the barricades rather than homeowner volunteers. Again I'm looking into this as an option but I would need to find at least five high school boys willing to do this. Each one would work the entire session 4:30-9:30pm at a single location. And they would be required to have a cell phone on them that is charged and willing to give me their phone number. I have one of those covered with my own high school son. Any help would be appreciated.

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I will keep you up to date as things unfold.

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So, if you have ideas you'd like to share with Susann or have a high school son you'd like to volunteer to work, please contact Susann via FB Messenger (Susann Heath Shriver) or shriverdawg@gmail.com as soon as possible.

OCTOBER HOA MEETING THIS TUESDAY

Here is the Agenda for the October HOA Meeting which will be held this Tuesday evening at 6:30pm at the Pool Clubhouse:

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Review Halloween Safety Plan Status

Review Proposed Budget

Address Pool Closing and Items requiring repair

Review of Proposed new Community-Wide Standards

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Every Homeowner and Resident is invited to attend this meeting.

COVINGTON NEWS HOMETOWN HERO 2016

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Our very own Marlee Anne Hopkins is the winner of this year's HOMETOWN HERO AWARD! CONGRATULATIONS!

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood “for the kids who cannot … in honor of [sisters] Michala, Mary Elizabeth and Abe, who could not stand.”

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On Friday, General Mills and The Covington News named the 14-year-old the 2016 Hometown Hero.

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Hopkins “has become an inspiration to not only me but many, many others,” said the anonymous person who nominated Hopkins for the award.

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According to the nomination, Hopkins not only raised the $23,073, she took on a “21 days of miracles challenge,” visiting children who had been affected by the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and sharing her visits via Facebook posts.

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“Marlee Anne has not stopped,” the nominee wrote. “She continues to volunteer her time to the Miracle League and various other charity functions … She is by far my hero!”

Hopkins, the daughter of Mike and Kelli Hopkins of Covington, lost two of her three siblings to rare disorders in 2014. Her brother, Abraham “Abe” Hopkins, 6, died of what was suspected to be mitochondrial disease, which caused constant seizures. Older sister, Mary Elizabeth died at the age of 21 from mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, a condition which causes seizures and the failure of the brain to communicate with the nervous system.

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Surviving sibling, Michala, 18, has Aicardi Syndrome, another rare disorder occurring only in females and characterized by seizures, retinal abnormalities and developmental disabilities.

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“I feel honored and grateful for the award,” Marlee Anne Hopkins said. “I think to have so many people in the community whose work is not recognized, to see all they do — it makes me feel completely grateful.”

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Recognizing others in the community whose work may not be noticed, she said there were “so many in the community who serve and who work to make the community better. It’s important to inspire others, to do things and reach out to the community.”

One simple act, “like bringing dinner to someone or reaching out to people who need help, just a simple act of kindness can have a big impact,” she said.

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Marlee Anne has been raising money for CHOA since 2011. This is the third year she’s raised money through the UGA Miracle Dance Marathon.

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“The standing challenge is really hard,” she said, “and sometimes it can represent what the miracle children go through. You might struggle with it, but with all the encouragement and inspiration, you can get through it.”

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Family story shared

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The story of the Hopkins family has been shared frequently, not only in local and regional media, but at fundraisers and before the Georgia state legislature.

The family became medical refugees in November 2014, after the death of their oldest and youngest members due to excessive seizures. Because Michala Hopkins continued to suffer from multiple daily seizures, the family moved to Colorado to take advantage of the availability of legalized medical marijuana.

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The move came after Georgia’s lawmakers failed to pass a bill that would allow the legal use of cannabis oil, which is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component that makes someone high, and high in cannabidiol (CBD), the medical component.

Two months leading up to the family’s move to Colorado, Michala Hopkins had 352 seizures, said Mike Hopkins, the children’s father. She had 46 after she began using cannabis oil in Colorado.

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For the next 10 months, the family lived in Boulder and the Denver metro area, one of 17 Georgia families and 400 families nationally who became medical refugees in Colorado. Mike Hopkins kept his job as Director of the Newton County Water and Sewer Authority, accumulating 95,000 frequent flyer miles.

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A loophole in a farm bill passed in 2015, which allowed the purchase of low doses of cannabis oil, considered hemp, allowed the family the choice to move back home to Covington.

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What she’s learned

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A polite and well-spoken teenager, Hopkins told The Covington News earlier this year that she has been blessed by CHOA and UGA Miracle. “Being involved with this organization has really meant so much to me and helped me through a lot of things. You can really get through [difficult times] with the help of others and their encouragement, and with God. People can still do things after they’ve struggled so much.”

She said her experiences having siblings with disabilities have “given me a sense to love every kind of person, no matter what type of person they are, to literally see no boundaries,” she said. “I really do believe I love more than I ever would.”

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To read more about Hopkins’ work, read “Teenager will stand up to raise money for UGA Miracle,” at http://www.covnews.com/archives/200529/.

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NO SOLICITING IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

We seem to have folks who ignore our "NO SOLICITING" signs at each of the entrances to our neighborhood. We've even had folks go so far this past week as to drive around with their headlights off at 1:30am placing flyers in our mailboxes. This needs to stop!

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If you see someone soliciting or driving strangely in our neighborhood at any time of the day or night, here's what you need to do:

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1 - If you feel comfortable doing so (and it's daytime), ask them to leave.

2 - If you don't feel comfortable or it's night time, call 911 and report it immediately to the Covington Police.

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We need to all be aware of our surroundings and what is going on in our neighborhood. Be a good neighbor and be on the lookout for anything that doesn't look right and report it by calling 911 immediately.

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ONE SIGN PER YARD - NO EXCEPTIONS

We are in the middle of the political season and this is the time to remind all residents that our Covenants allow there to be only ONE SIGN in your yard at any one time.

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If you support more than one candidate, then you will need to rotate your signs as you can't have more than one in your yard. A Covenant Violation will result from having more than one.

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Also, this is a reminder that we do not allow Business Signs of any type to be placed in your yard.

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WATCH YOUR SPEED & OBEY ALL STOP SIGNS

We continue to have residents and non-residents racing through our main thoroughfares on a daily basis as if they are qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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The speed limit on all streets within Covington Place is 25 MPH, not 45 MPH! SLOW DOWN! If you can get the tag number of anyone speeding through here, write it down and call 911.

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We have Stop Signs in places where you are supposed to stop. Slightly slowing down or running straight through them like they are a suggestion doesn't work - STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS! If you get the tag number of anyone running through our Stop Signs, write it down and call 911.

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Also, if all you can get is a description of the vehicle - color, body style, make/model, etc. - then post it on our FB Page so that others can be on the lookout for them as well.

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It takes each of us to keep our streets safe for all of us. We have joggers, walkers, bikers, kids playing, etc. and they deserve to play and exercise in a safe area.

UPCOMING CP NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS

THE TASTE OF COVINGTON PLACE

October 8th at 6:00pm at the Pool Clubhouse; dips, soup/chili, sweets and a kid's creation categories. Bring your specialty to enter the contest for Greatest Chef in CP for 2016!
The CP Social Committee is working on fun activities for all CP residents to enjoy over the next several months. Here are a few of them for you to look forward to:

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NEW RESIDENT RECEPTION at the Pool Clubhouse on Thursday, October 13th from 6:30-7:30pm. If you have moved into Covington Place since the last reception then you are invited to attend.

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TUNES ON THE TURF featuring "Whiskey Bent" at the playground/gazebo area on Friday, November 4th; bring your own chairs/blankets/beverages; time to be determined

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LADIES OF COVINGTON PLACE PALOOZA - at the Pool Clubhouse on December 8th at 6:00pm; bring a $25 gift from a local merchant; bring appetizer/dessert/beverage

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CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS CAROLING - on December 18th; send an email to Susie Keck susiekeck60@gmail.com containing your address if you would like to have the children visit your home; there will be an activity for the children at the Pool Clubhouse before and after caroling

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS, GOLF CART PARADE, & CHRISTMAS PARTY - Friday, December 23rd; more details to come later on this annual event

OVERNIGHT VISITORS & CAMPERS/RVs PARKED IN THE STREET or AT POOL PARKING LOT - VISITOR PARKING PASS REQUIRED - NO EXCEPTIONS

If you will be having overnight quests park on the street or your Camper/RV parked in front of your home (or at the Pool Parking Lot) at any time during the year, you MUST place a VISITOR PARKING PASS on the dashboard so that the Covington Police know that it belongs to you and will be moving shortly. Please indicate on the Visitor Pass the date you will be moving the RV. This is to be followed every time.

Leaving unmarked cars parked in the Pool Parking Lot during the day or overnight is not allowed. If vehicles do not have a Green Vehicle Sticker on them then they MUST have a Visitor Parking Pass on them to keep from being towed. NOTE: If you see a non-resident vehicle parked at the Pool Parking Lot during the day or night, please call the Covington Police to come and check it out.

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If you need a Visitor Parking Pass Template, please sign in to HOA Butler and print it from Community Documents and Information.

GREEN VEHICLE STICKERS - IT'S ALL ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY!

With the Pool Parking Lot in regular use and as a neighborhood safety measure, it is important that every vehicle owned by a resident have a Green Vehicle Sticker placed on the rear window. These stickers are provided free of charge by the HOA and are a Safety Measure to assist residents and the Covington Police recognize those vehicles that belong in our neighborhood.

If you do not have a Green Vehicle Sticker on each of your vehicles, please send an email to l_seabolt@hotmail.com providing your Name, Street Address, and the Number of Vehicles you have and they will be delivered to your mailbox.

If you would like a sticker for your golf cart too, please make that request as this is a great idea since many residents drive their golf carts to the pool.

GOT A QUESTION? ASK A BOARD MEMBER!

If you have any questions about anything that you feel needs to be addressed by the HOA or have a question about our Covenants or neighborhood, feel free to contact any of your 7 Board Members. Their contact information is listed below in this Newsletter and they are here to assist you.

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Also, every resident should have received an eCopy of the HOA HANDBOOK in April. Always refer to that newsletter for the majority of your questions. If you did not receive a copy, please send an email to tp81854@yahoo.com and one will be forwarded to you.

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Also, just about every phone number you could ever need is included in this Newsletter near the bottom. Check it out!

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FARMERS INSURANCE - NOW OPEN

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CITRUSOLUTION CARPET CLEANING PROCESS

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Contact Steve or Janis Williams for details at 770-286-9048 or on their website at www.becitrusclean.com.
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OFFICIAL HOA ADVERTISING DISCLAIMER

Neither the Covington Place Homeowner’s Association nor the editor of this newsletter accepts responsibility whatsoever for the advertisements contained within this Newsletter. The publishing of advertisements within this newsletter does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of services mentioned or advertised herein.

FREE ADS FOR RESIDENTS WHO OWN A BUSINESS

Our HOA offers residents who own a business the opportunity to reach over 340+ resident email addresses via our Newsletter and our Facebook Page. Our average weekly reach is over 425 views.

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Here's how it works:

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For Residents who own a business:

- No charge to run an Ad

- A print-ready Ad in JPEG format is required

- We'll run it several times if requested

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For Non-Residents to place an Ad:

- $25 to run 4 times

- A print-ready Ad in JPEG format is required

- Payable in cash or check payable to CPHOA. Payment sent c/o Susie Keck, 8110 Crestview Drive, Covington 30014

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All Ad JPEGS must be emailed prior to any Saturday to tp81854@yahoo.com in order to be placed in the next issue of the Newsletter. Please make sure that your Ad is clear and legible before sending your JPEG.

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Paid for Ads will be posted to our FB Page by someone on our Communications Team only. If an Ad appears on our FB Page that doesn't belong to a resident and hasn't been pre-paid for, it will be deleted.

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If you have any questions, please email susiekeck60@gmail.com or tp81854@yahoo.com for details.

2016-2017 BOARD MEMBERS CONTACT INFO:

Feel free to contact any Board Member with any questions you may have regarding our neighborhood. They are here to serve you and our community. Their email addresses are just below their photos.

IMPORTANT CP HOA PHONE NUMBERS:

SENTRY MANAGEMENT:

- Sentry Management is the umbrella over 2 divisions: Subdivision Services and Grace Management; the 2 divisions cover different aspects of our HOA business
- Subdivision Services - 678-284-0244 - contact them for these items: obtain/replace a pool/tennis key card, report/respond to covenant violations, report issues at the pool/tennis courts/playground, anything related to safety/security, etc.

- Grace Management - 770-389-6528 - contact them for these items: your HOAButler account, anything to do with your HOA account, Architectural Review (ARC) Request, etc.

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Architecture Review Applications (ARA) - go to HOAButler or contact Sentry at AtlantasouthARC@sentrymgt.com or 770-389-6528 (office) or 770-506-8430 (Fax).


Mailbox Repair/Replacement - The HOA Board is working with Sentry to obtain a new approved mailbox installation/repair/replacement company for Covington Place. In the meantime, please contact Ed Winnicki on the HOA Board.


Covington Police - 911 or 770-385-2053; call them for any security concern or animal control or soliciting in the neighborhood


Clubhouse Rental - Kaye Plitt, the clubhouse is available to all residents to rent for private parties; no corporate events or non-resident parties allowed; $75 fee during Pool Season, $50 fee during remainder of year; Rules & Regulations available from Kaye; some restrictions on dates/times of availability; 404-606-8062, kayep1030@gmail.com


Green Vehicle Stickers - Send email to l_seabolt@hotmail.com and provide street address and number of vehicles; place them on the rear window of each vehicle; they are available for golf carts too and should be placed on the windshield


Social Committee - Brooke Woodall, brookedwoodall@gmail.com


Collins Pool Services - 770-389-9999 - to report any problems with the pool during Pool Season (ex. chemicals, cleanliness, fecal matter, etc.)


Pool Wi-Fi Password - 7707882543 - Free to all residents using the Pool or Clubhouse. If it asks for a Username it is covingtonplacepool.

Tennis Courts are accessed via the same Pool Card that opens the pool gate. The tennis courts are available for residents and their guests only. Guests must be accompanied by a resident at all times. Leagues or Teams are not allowed. Rules of etiquette were included in the HANDBOOK so please refer to them if you have any questions.

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Street Light Outage - City of Covington, 770-385-2000, use Option '0' and speak to a Customer Service Agent to report the outage and have a repair ticket created.

GOT ANY NEWS TO SHARE?

If you have school, military, community, etc. news to share with the neighborhood, please send it to tp81854@yahoo.com by Friday each week to be included in the Newsletter.

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REMINDER: We use the same general guidelines as we do on our FB Page so please refer to these guidelines when submitting anything for publication.

HAS ANYONE NEW MOVED IN NEXT DOOR TO YOU?

If you have new neighbors don't forget to let Brooke Woodall know so that the Covington Place Welcome Wagon can visit them with a nice welcoming basket and community information. Brooke's email is brookedwoodall@gmail.com. You can just provide the Street address and Brooke will do the rest - it's that easy!

Also, please ask them to send an email to tp81854@yahoo.com to be added to the Newsletter and receive a HOA Handbook.