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Lessons Learned in 2014, Plans for 2015

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As the nation’s leading community association management firm with offices across North America, Associa is typically on the front lines of issues facing management companies. We pride ourselves on our ability to change and grow to meet the needs of our clients. In fact, ‘Customer Service’ is one of Associa’s key values because we know

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Tips for Protecting Your Identity during the Holidays


Identity theft is a problem any time of the year. But, while consumers are focused on giving during the holidays, crooks are focused on taking. If there’s one thing consumers don’t need, it is dealing with identity theft during the holidays. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) offers the following tips to help consumers

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Snow Removal: Watch Your Back

Snow Removal

With the winter holidays fast approaching it’s not too early to think about snow! Snow shoveling, while great exercise, can result in injury or worse, so here are a few tips for a safe snow shoveling season. Lower back strain is one of the most common injuries related to shoveling snow. The following measures can

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Did You Know: Turkey Day Edition


There is no evidence that turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. It was more likely that seafood, duck and wild game were featured as part of the three day feast. The story of the first Thanksgiving was uncovered by historian Alexander Young, who in 1841 discovered a letter from an early settler describing the

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Changing Turkey Day Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving. The popular version finds the Pilgrims on the shores of what was to become Plymouth, Massachusetts. Thankful for the help they received from local Native Americans they set up a three day feast of thanks giving. But as with any story, there are always more interesting

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Honoring Veteran’s and Their Helpers

Veteran's Day

Each November 11 we honor those who have served our country with a national day of remembrance and thanks, Veteran’s Day. In 2014 there were more than 19 million Veterans in the United States. Of this group of heroes, more than 3.6 million of them have some form of disability related to their service. Increasingly,

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Simple Stain-Removing Solutions

Stain Removal

Try as you might to prevent them, spills, drips and splatters in your house are inevitable – especially during the fall holiday season. Whether you, your family or your guests are the culprits, stains happen. Most, if not all, are treatable, especially if you act quickly and use the right stain-removing technique. If there’s an

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Your Curb Appeal Checklist

Surburban House

The curb appeal of our community depends on each resident maintaining his or her property as completely as possible. For those who keep their homes and yards well maintained, the association thanks you for your efforts and good examples. We encourage all residents to pay particular attention to the following maintenance items. 1) Exterior paint.

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Sign Me Up


While serving on the board is probably the most visible example of volunteerism in our association, there are many other ways that you can contribute your time and talents to improving our community. Your participation in the community is beneficial to you, your neighbors and the association. For example, common benefits gained by volunteering include:

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November Elections: Every Vote Counts!

Voting Smart

The upcoming November elections provide our annual opportunity to elect leaders at a local, state and federal level. While we may not always celebrate our choices on the ballot, voting is a critical means of not only promoting accountability in our political process, but it is increasingly critical to protect the viability and autonomy of

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