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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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It’s Never Too Early to Plan for a Safe Halloween

Safe Halloween

When I moved to Dallas to work for Associa, I was fortunate to find a home in one of Dallas’s very first deed restricted communities. Believe it or not, my neighborhood association is over 100 years old. It is characterized by tre- lined streets, huge front porches and is both scenic and very walkable. The

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Sign of the Times

Political Signs

Few issues elicit as much emotion as politics. Political discussions can turn a family dinner into a shouting match and even drive the best of friends into enemies. Adding fuel to the fire is record spending on political advertisements that promise the end of America as we know if the opposing candidate wins. Thus, dealing

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Got Leaves?


With Fall approaching, many communities are preparing to deal with the onslaught of leaves. Falling leaves make for great scenery, but create added work for both residents and the association due to extra work involved with clean up. The leaves must then be hauled off for disposal in a landfill where they just take up

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