Friday, December 11, 2009

New Oven, Floors, Funds and More..

Here’s just a quick Pre-Holiday update from our Management meeting.

We are looking into installing a stove in the club house, and we are waiting on formal Fire Marshall Approval. They told us verbally that they have allowed it in some other communities like ours, with some limitations.

It will be some time next year, if we get that approval. The stove must only be used for reheating food, so we can’t use it to cook a whole Thanksgiving meal, or something big like that, but I doubt that’s how anyone would use it anyway. We’ll keep you posted.

We’ll also be cleaning and re finishing the floors in the clubhouse next month. The floors are finished with Tongue oil, so it’s not a smelly mess like using polyurethane, and they will not have to resand the surface either. By putting an extra coat down every few years, we should keep the oak floors looking great for years to come.

There was a question about the unused funds allocated to each committee each month. If unused, that money rolls into next month, and so on until it’s eventually used. If a committee wants to save up for a quarter, and use it for some big event, or what ever, that’s up to the residents on that committee. It is NOT a use it or lose it type thing. If we find the budget is not correct, or it needs to grow as we get more residents, we may adjust it in the future

We are also adding some new features on our blog soon, link to area events, weather and more. Keep your eyes open for our new look next year! Merry Christmas, and happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed your turkey dinners!

We have some extra things happening this month.....

We've got caroling, la, la, la
a cookie party, mmmmmm,
a food drive coming,
I'll need some help decorating the tree on friday @ 2,
bring an orniment or two of your own if you'd like
(put your name on them, what the heck?)
we have the card exchange,
Scrooge playing on the 17th, bah hum bug!
(need the $ by the 9th to Mr. Koch),
And you holiday party at Mari Monte, manja
(someone tell me how to spell that)!!

What a BUSY month!

Take note the management meeting is on the 10th. I'll try to have a draft of January's calendar so we can avoid this mayham next month.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those who have volenteered in the past year and the coming year for all you do and will do!
I know how much everyone appreciates you all and how much I do as well.

And thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for being so patient with me and understanding. Most of you really recognize that I am doing the best I can with all the tasks at hand. And thank you to those of you who tell me they appreciate me and know that I am trying very hard....

It's always nice to be appreciated : )

And thank goodness for those of you who keep me straight!!!
I'd really be lost without you : )

See you all soon.....
May Your New Year Be Healthy And Happy!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Men's Luncheon: King Buffet

Men's Luncheon
Dec. 29, 12:00 pm.
King Buffet
293 Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE

A sign up sheet will be at the clubhouse. It is your responsibility to arrange for your own ride. Any suggestions for future lunches are welcome. If you have questions contact Roger at

Ladies Luncheon: Schuckers Seafood restaurant/Pier 13

December Ladies Lunch!
Tuesday Dec.29th, 12:00PM
Schuckers Seafood restaurant/Pier 13
889 N Dupont Hwy., Dover, De 19901

Happy Holidays to All!!!

Please come and join us for a holiday lunch This last month of 2009!! Lunch will be at: Schuckers Seafood restaurant/Pier 13. To make it festive......I"m asking that everyone wear red or green or both. If you celebrate chanukah......please feel free to wear the colors of that holiday as well.
There will be a $5 grab bag gift exchange to make the season brighter.

Carpool with your neighbor. In you need of a ride, please notify Arlene Drobish 302-335-8232.

If I can possibly take you, I certainly will. Please sign-up at the clubhouse for an accurate head count:)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Cards

Hello Everyone!

Instead of sending holiday cards in the mail with a stamp, we'd like everyone to bring their cards to the clubhouse with names and street addressed on the envelopes between December 10th and December 13th.

The cards will be sorted according to streets. You may then pick up yours cards at the clubhouse on December 17th, 18th, & 19th.

Volunteers are needed.

Call Janet Koch 302-335-8344

Monday, November 9, 2009

Winter Checklist

Winter is almost upon us. I can almost hear the Christmas carols playing in the Mall already! We’d like to share a few little reminders of what you need to do to get your home ready for winter.

Please make sure your foundation vents are closed. If you walk around your home, you will see vents or grates set into the foundation. They are open in the summer, for ventilation, but should be closed in the winter time, to help keep the heat in, and stop your pipes from freezing.

If you have a hose connected to your outside faucet, please disconnect it. If you leave it connected, you run the risk of freezing the waterline into your home. When the hose remains connected, it does not allow the water to drain out of the faucet. Also make sure your heat tape switch is in the “on” position. The switch will be in your utility room, and should be marked, or may be a red switch. If there is not a switch in the utility room, your heat tape is hard wired, and doesn’t need to be turned on.

The change of seasons is a good time to remember to replace your heater filter. You should do this at least 4 times per year, for better air quality, and optimal performance of your heating and cooling systems. Another good idea is to check all of your windows, and make sure they are closed and the latch is cranked down tight, to seal in the heat inside your home for the winter.

We will have the landscaper come around and winterize the irrigation system in your yard shortly. They will make sure the system is turned off, and then blow out all the lines with an air compressor. This will make it ready for winter, so don’t try to turn it back on, or you will have broken lines, when spring comes for sure.

Enjoy the fall weather!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bistro 13

Hello Everyone

Come join us for a day out to lunch with your friends and neighbors. I know it will be kind of hectic with Turkey day 2 days later. But Come join us for a delicious meal and chat anyway. A chance to get out of your kitchen and be served....Hey I like this Roll

We decided to try a new place this month thanks to our Friend/Neighbor Helen Lewis who sampled Bistro 13 breakfast and was quite pleased.

Look for coupons for this restaurant by checking mail coupons and the Dover News.

Bistro 13
Longacre Village
Route 13
Dover, DE
November 24th, 2009

All are invited so come one and all....
If you need a ride, it is your responsibility to ask someone for a ride.
And don't forget to sign the signup at the clubhouse for an accurate head count.

Hope to see you all for our monthly lunch and chat.

Arlene Drobish
Give a call if you have any questions.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Eric Buckson Visits Southern Meadows

Hi everyone!

Eric Buckson, our representative to the Kent Co. Levy Court will be in the Clubhouse to inform us about programs available to seniors. He will also be answering our questions.
Thursday Oct 15 @ 2PM
*Bring written questions with you

Also coming in Oct:
Social Security (just so happens to be my sister) coming to give a short talk/q and a. Everyone can stand to benefit from the discussion no matter where you are with benefits.
Wed, Oct 28 @ 2:30 PM during Table Talk

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ladies Luncheon! Georgia House in Milford

Hi Everyone......

This email is just a reminder the lunch is on the last Tues of this month Oct 27th. We decided on The Georgia House in Milford this time.

Food is good and it's reasonable.

Don't forget to sign up at the clubhouse and if you need a ride ask.

We will meet at the Georgia house at 12 noon Oct 27th for lunch

Fall is a wonderful time of the year IMHO. Lets savor every moment before the winter gets here.

Hope to see you at the lunch this month,


Monday, September 21, 2009

Walking Trail

We have NEW 1/4 mile markers on the walking trail! So, when you walk you'll know how much you've accomplished! Look at the attachment to see the map of the trail.
FULL SIZED MAP, click here.

REMINDER: Service Requests

Please be sure you are using the proper channels for service requests. The proper channel is not calling down the street or waving people down, I certainly understand you want to get the problem fixed but this act is slightly inefficient for everyone involved. And please remember, if you are out of warranty, there is a $40 an hour (minimum to bill is one hour) per service call.

The proper channel is coming in to the office (not interrupting, but patiently waiting, please) and have either myself or Debbie fill out a work order for you.

Non-Emergencies will be handled within 30 days.

Please be prepared to give as much information as possible.

Thank you all for understanding and helping to make and keep
Southern Meadow such a great place to live (and work : )!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Photos from the Party!

Hello! I had a great time and thank you, EVERYONE, for everything. Everyone who cleaned, decorated, participated, took the pics, laughed, smiled, danced, or walked through the door!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Community Yard Sale!

Hey Guys!!!!

We are going to do a community yard sale on Sunday the 27th of Sept 9-3.

If you don't want to be outside the whole time that's no problem you don't have to be or if you don't want to participate that's no problem either.

We will be inviting the whole data base again of about 3,000 people and we'll do an ad in the local paper as well.

What am I forgetting?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hoagie Night & Decorate a T-Shirt Night

Wednesday, Sept 16th, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the CLUBHOUSE. ALL EXPECTED TO PAY!

Sign up at the clubhouse on the signup sheet. Italian and american hoagies. BYO Beverages. Ice will be provided.

Same nite, Ladies and gents bring a shirt, sweatshirt, hat, tote bag, shoes, anything you want to decorate. Make a gift for Xmas or the Holidays! You bring the item and I will have the markers, paints and knowledge. If you need a particular design and can't find it ask ahead of time. Maybe I can help.

Thanks all,
Maryllew P.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sept Ladies Lunch: Nikos Restaurant

Place: Nikos Restaurant
Time: 12:00 PM
Address: 1115 S govenors Rd.
Dover, DE

This months lunch will be hosted by MaryLou Weber. She was so kind to volunteer to host this month.

Lunch will be held at Nikos and I understand the food is quite good.

So come one, come all and join in for a nice lunch with great conversation and company.

Please don't forget to sign up by Sept 27th to avoid last minute chaos. Marylou will need a head count by Sept 28th to make reservations.

Also please if you need a ride.....ask your neighbor. We are all adults and are responsible for getting or OWN ride. Anyone would be glad to take anyone as long as they have room and there are enough drivers who are more than willing.

I also would like to thank the drivers for taking the time to accommodate everyone.

Monday, August 31, 2009

September Calendar Updated

The September Calendar has been posted, please check it for any changes in times for you favorite events!

August Management Blog

There were just a couple of small issues at the management meeting this month. We have the new speed limit signs posted, and will be installing the mile markers around the walking trail. There were also a few street lights, and lights around the pool that need new photo cells. We’ll get those fixed shortly.

We will also start working on the monthly/annual budgets for the social committees, for supplies and what not. Jill will be meeting with the committee heads in September, on the 1st.

We also plan on cleaning and re oiling the hard wood floors in the clubhouse in September. This will take a day or 2. We apologize for any inconvenience and will work around scheduled activities. We’ll post the dates we are doing work when we have a date nailed down.

Just a reminder, we’ll be keeping the pool opened into September, based on weather, temperatures and usage. It will close no later the ne the end of September. This fall, we’ll have a meeting with the rules committee and discuss establishing “kids swim” access hours. We’ll let you know when that meeting is.

Fall is coming, enjoy the cooler weather when it gets here!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Cooking Caribbean Style 8-22-2009

We’ll be cooking Caribbean style next weekend at Southern Meadow. Dress to impress, and bring your appetite. In keeping with the island theme, we’re going to have a dry rubbed Pork loin, slow cooked over a charcoal fire, and basted with a citrus Mojo sauce. We could tell you the secret ingredients in it, but then we’d have to kill you…..We’ll also have Cola brined chicken quarters marinated in homemade bourbon BBQ sauce. Bringing chicken make it so juicy and flavorful, you’ll be back for seconds!! To finish it all off, we’ll be making Caribbean Black beans with bacon and Sofrito, and rice. Dat’s good, Mon!!

Andy and Walt “Mad Dog” Rhodes will be cooking all afternoon on his black iron cooker “Matillda”. Remember, cooking is hot work, so feel free to bring the cooks a frosty beverage if you want an early taste.

See you at the party!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Thanks to All!

I just wanted to be sure to thank Larry Koch, Gail Clemens, Andy and… really, everyone who went, for a wonderful time on the baseball trip! I must admit, I’m not a big fan of the Blue Rocks or baseball at all honestly, but with such great company and atmosphere I really, really had a great time from the bus ride to the stadium to lunch in that great restaurant!

So thanks again guys, I’m looking forward to many, many more
(no pressure, hee hee)!!

P.S. And oh… if you’ve got pictures I’d love to have them. Don’t forget me : )


Monday, July 27, 2009

Ladies Luncheon! Olive Garden

When: Tue, July 28, 12pm – 1pm Where: Olive Garden in Dover on RT 13

By popular demand, the gals all voted for Olive Garden this month. They have a great special $6.95 for all you can eat soup, salad and breadsticks. Perfecto Salad Soup French Wine Bread And Cheese Plus and great menu with all kinds of yummy goodies. Hope to see everything there!! Time:12:00 Place: Olive Garden in Dover on RT 13 Date: July 28th We will meet at the restaurant at 12 noon. Reservations with be under Southern Meadows. Car pool with your neighbor. Come one come all.......

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Reminder to Water Your Garden

Well summer is here after an extended wet spring. We just wanted to remind you to make sure your irrigation is on. If it stays hot and dry you may need some additional watering cycles. You can do this by hitting the “manual” button in your irrigation control box. The best time to do this would be in the evening or first thing in the morning to get the most effective watering.

Also, please look at your landscaping beds. Do they need to be weeded? Do your plants need to be trimmed? Take a few minutes, and look at your landscaping with a critical eye. Help us keep Southern Meadow looking great! We’ll be doing inspections later this month. In case you need a “reminder”

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ladies Luncheon: Olive Garden

Hi all you foxy Southern Meadow ladies

Planning the Lunch sure comes around really fast doesn't it?? It is a fun time and we all seen to enjoy it.

By popular request......we're having the lunch at the Olive Garden on Route 13 in Dover this month.

In case your interested..........they have a special lunch of unlimited soup, salad and bread sticks for $6.95

SO hope y'all can make the July lunch this month.
How about if we all wear Red, white and blue? Okay......if you feel like it

Sign up sheet is up at the clubhouse so please sign up for an accurate head count.

Olive Garden
Route 13
Dover De
at 12:00 PM

Friday, July 10, 2009

4th of July Barbeque a Big Hit!



Monday, July 6, 2009

Deep Water Aerobics Class on Friday

Hello everyone!!!!!

This is an invitation/information to everybody re deep water AEROBICS class on Friday, July 10, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.

Demo instruction performed by Sarah Meyers from the YMCA Dover.

Fitness Committee

Monday, June 29, 2009

Management blog, June 2009

We went over lots of little issues at our monthly meeting. We are going to sponsor a van to the Blue Rocks game in Wilmington, on Wednesday July 29th. We will have room for up to 20 people, and are planning to stay up at the Riverfront for an early dinner, with everyone welcome that wants to stay. Tickets for the game are $8, and dinner will be on you, but we’ll get you there and back.

Water aerobics has started, now that the pool has warmed up a bit, and the horseshoe pit is getting plenty of use, now that summer has finally arrived. Jill has the July calendar out, with lots of stuff planned. Check it out, and sign up! There were also a few questions about clubs or groups, like quilting or painting classes. Hopefully we’ll get some folks that want ot give it a try!

There were a few questions pertaining to the club house and pool rules we recently put out. The pool hours are from Dawn till dusk. There is a sign in the pool that says the pool closes at 6, but the residents group that helped draft the rules thought Dusk was a reasonable cut off time. Also the question came up about having children at community “outdoor” events, (like the 4th of July picnic) and management’s interpretation is they are welcome to event like these, since thety are mostly out of the clubhouse. They can use the pool and bathroom facilities as well during this time. As always, residents are responsible for their guests conduct.

The back gate has not been working recently, and we are aware of the malfunction. We will be getting his fixed. The gate should open and close, when you are exiting from Daffodil Rd, and residents aew welcome to use this exit if they choose. It is not and entrance, and does not open if you are coming from the adjacent community.

Have a great summer, and keep an eye on that garden! Those tomato’s are getting big!!!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cape May Trip: June 18th

Exciting Itinerary:
  • 10AM Leave Sothern Meadow
  • 11.15AM Take Lewes Ferry
  • 12.20 Ferry arrives in NJ
  • 1PM Shuttle Bus to Cape May arrives
  • 2.45-3.30 Trolley Ride
  • 5.30 Shuttle back to Ferry
  • 6PM Ferry Leaves NJ
  • 7.20 Arrives in Lewes

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Have you eaten at the Magnolia Restaurant?

It's on the corner of Irish Hill and State St, right off of the same exit you take from route 1 to get to Southern Meadow, at the first intersection/traffic light (although it's called Walnut not Irish Hill until the road name changes further up the street). But it's the same place where the fire house is.... can't miss that!

They have daily specials like Chicken fried steak w. 1 veg for $6.95 or
Caesar Salad with Grilled salmon for $7.95.

It's a great place to plan for lunch on your trip to Southern Meadow
or if you live hear to stop in for a quick bit to eat where the food is reasonable
and good to eat!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ladies Luncheon: Kirby and Holloways

The month lunch will be at

Kirby and Holloways,

656 N Dupont HWY
Dover, DE 19901

June 30th at 12 noon.
We will all meet at Kirby and Holloways at noon.
Please sign the sign up sheet at the clubhouse for an accurate head count.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ride For You

Riding a bike offers many health benefits. Here are just a few:
· increased cardiovascular fitness
· increased strength
· increased balance and flexibility
· increased endurance and stamina
· increased calories burned

It can be done by people of all ages, from childhood up even through the adult years when achy joints don't allow for more stressful exercise like jogging.

For Your State of Mind

Riding a bike is a proven stress releaser. Regardless of if you are riding purely for pleasure or for a specific purpose, you will arrive at your destination feeling relaxed, energized and happier about the world and yourself.
Plus, being out on your bike is just flat-out fun. The more time you spend on two wheels, the harder it is to take yourself too seriously.

Ride For You
When you ride your bike, you are doing a lot of good things, many of which are for the benefit of others. But ultimately, the one who benefits the most is you, through better health, peace of mind, increased confidence and self-reliance.
So for all these reasons, get out there on your bike today. It’ll be fun!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Attention Change of Time

On Thursday, June 4, Kathy, a Nutritionist from Dover Air Force Base, will be visiting Southern Meadows.

She was originally scheduled for 2:00 pm but will be here for 3:00pm at the clubhouse.

Kathy will give a brief overview and open the floor for questions. For the sake of expediency, please write down questions there, or in advance.

Questions about dieting- about reflux- about food effects on medicine taken...the sky is the limit.

This meeting is free and sponsored by the House Committee. Next month the State Senator from Magnolia Colin Bonnini, will be out July guest.

Friday, May 22, 2009

2 Slots Left

There are only 2 slots left in the garden, first come first served. Also the pool will be open soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Hello Everyone!

A reminder that there are only 4 slots left in the common garden, it is first come first serve.

Also, thank you all for a wonderful yard sale last weekend.

Don't forget about the BBQ coming up this Saturday!
"BBQ!!! $8 per person to Marylou for hot dogs, hamburgers, and condiments."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tangier Island Cruise - Thursday

When: Thu, May 14, 8:30am – 8:00pm
Where: Cristfield MD - Modern Maturity Center
Cost of trip is $70 per person.....add $25 if not a MMC member. Again.. I encourage people to join to save money Sign up by 4/07/09 no later.

Price includes Motor Coach, Cruise, Lunch and drivers tip
Depart MMC 8:30 AM
Cruise departs 12:30 PM
Arrive at Tangier's 1:45 PM
Lunch (1 hour) 1:45 PM
Leave Tangier 4:00 PM
Return to Cristfield 5:15PM
Return to MMC aprox 8:00

Anyone interested in taking this cruise, purchase your tickets at Modern Maturity Center by 04/07/2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

YARD SALE this Saturday

Community Yard Sale is open to all residents, just place your items for sale out in front of your property and we'll be along to place balloons on your mail box. Hot dogs will be served from 11:30am 1pm.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Monthly Management Meeting - April

We had our monthly management meeting on Thursday, April 30th. Since Spring has finally sprung, we thought it would be a good time to bring in Shortcutz, our landscaper and grass cutter, to bring the residents up to speed, and answer any questions they had.

They began cutting grass a few weeks ago, and will be through the community weekly, unless it gets to be very dry, and the grass doesn’t require cutting every week. They are scheduled to cut in Southern Meadow on Mondays, unless the rain holds them off. That seems to be a problem of late, but we need the rain, and it sure makes all the landscaping look great!

The cutting crew is in the community for most of the day, when they are here, and the last thing they do before they leave is blow off the resident’s walkways, patios and driveways. If they are still in the community, but haven’t blown off you lot yet, don’t worry, they haven’t forgotten you! They will be bagging the grass clippings this year as well. That really seemed to make a nice difference when we started doing that.

They had a few requests and suggestions. Please reel in your hoses, and move any lawn furniture or grills off the lawn areas. They guys cutting can’t move your stuff for you, and your lawn will look sloppy if there are uncut patches of grass where your “stuff” was. They also suggest regular weed and feed, or fertilizer for your lawn. It’s very affordable if you do it your self, or Shortcutz can provide this service if you would like. There are pricing brochures at the sales office and in the clubhouse if you are interested.

They should be spring starting your irrigation very soon as well. When they do this, they will turn on and pressurize your system, run it through a cycle and make sure all the sprinkler heads are adjusted correctly. They will then turn it off, since we don’t need to waste water in this wet season. When it gets a bit dryer, you will need to turn on your irrigation. This is very simple. Go to your irrigation control box, open it up, and turn the knob to “on”. That’s all you have to do. If it gets really dry, and you would like an additional watering cycle, there is a manual cycle button. Press it once, and it will run 1x, but still be on schedule to run automatically. We will send you a bill for $25 for this service, after it’s completed.

Most of the meeting was centered around the grass and landscaping, but we did have a few questions regarding getting a stove in the clubhouse. We had a stove in the clubhouse originally, (before we opened it up) but the Fire Marshal made us take it out for compliance reasons. We will revisit this, but our belief is that it will be very expensive to add this to the clubhouse. When we looked at it a few years ago, it entailed a Halon fire suppression hood, which was very expensive. We’ll let you know if we find out anything is different now.

May 7th CUT OFF

CUT OFF Tangier Island Sign-Up

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tangier Island Cruise Thursday May 14th in Cristfield MD. Cost of trip is $70 per person.....add $25 if not a MMC member. Again..

I encourage people to join to save money Sign up by 4/07/09 no later.

Price includes Motor Coach, Cruise, Lunch and drivers tip
Depart MMC 8:30 AM
Cruise departs 12:30 PM
Arrive at Tangier's 1:45 PM
Lunch (1 hour) 1:45 PM
Leave Tangier 4:00 PM
Return to Cristfield 5:15PM
Return to MMC aprox 8:00

Anyone interested in taking this cruise, purchase your tickets at Modern Maturity Center by 04/07/2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Meet: Southern Meadows Enrichment Committee

Southern Meadows Enrichment Committee
Members- Bill, Cybil, Arlene, Fern, Janet, Larry, MaryJane

The Southern Maine Enrichment Committee met in April of 2009.
Since we were given the role of sponsoring visitations and programs outside of Southern Meadows by management, the committee has arranged car pools for “Cole Porter,” ork in the Park,” a trip to Washington, the fights at Dover Downs and the upcoming Harry James Orchestra programs. Thirty four residents and guests have taken part in our programs.

Our goal is to satisfy our residents. The basic committee tries to identify less expensive programs for residents. A sub –committee, made up of Fern and Arlene, has identified additional programs that have a wider range and are more costly for members who are so inclined. These have been posted both on the blog and in the clubhouse. Again, we are still new and are still trying to find out what residents want. We welcome new members, and residents are welcome to suggest ideas to any member to bring up to the group.

The “Rehoboth Beach Sidewalk Sale” trip for May 16 has been cancelled as a Committee trip, because many of the original sign ups can’t make it or are no longer interested, and the Party Committee is having a party on that day.

The following are activities that have been authorized, set and scheduled by the committee.

July 29, Blue Rocks Baseball $8
August 1- Dawson Trip to Baltimore Harbor $29
September 12- Indian PowWow

The Following are programs that have been authorized but a date has not been selected. After potential interest and availability has been assessed, a mutually acceptable date can be selected.

1. Trip to a winery understanding the process, tasting, $7
2. Trip to a brewery understanding the process, tasting, free
3. Ferry trip to Cape May, Sunset return, ($21)
4. Ferry trip and on to Atlantic City ($12)

These options will be posted in the Clubhouse and on the Blog. We also hope to have a web list for residents of museum, theatre and other points of interests.

Lawn Mowing

Lawns will be mowed on Mondays, unless inclement weather prevents it.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Southern Meadow Book Club

Southern Meadow Book Club
Next Meeting: May 20th, 6.30-7pm, in the Library

Anyone interested is welcome.

Arlene, Janet, Mary Jane, Gail, William, Arlene, Chris. Ladon, Larry, Barbara, Inge, Cybil, Norma

We concluded “Memoirs of a Geisha” by viewing the movie in the clubhouse. The current book is a series of stories by David Sataris entitled “Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim.” Some members, I know, may find parts of the book problematic,-perhaps you can skip chapters that are uncomfortable with. I think each chapter pretty well stands by itself. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 20, at 7:00.

The group had decided that the next book would be a mystery. Robert Parker’s Spencer series was discussed. Mr. Spenser said his favorite book was “All Our Yesterdays” but the library doesn’t have it. I’ll go with any book you nominate, or I will select one. Please email Larry ( or call at 335-8344 if you have any suggestions.

I have talked to the people at the Kent County Bookmobile about making Southern Meadows a regular “Stop.” They are interested, but cannot start until September. Their route is well advertised in advance, and they can’t easily change it.

Old Dover Days weekend, May 1, 2 & 3

The parade line up is at 9:00 AM and begins at 9:30AM.

The festival offers you a glimpse of a small town state capital, complete with an old fashioned parade, maypole dancing, walking tours, entertainment, art, crafts, food, house tour and so much more!

Start the weekend by stopping by our free “Tourism Gives Back Concert” featuring the Funsters on Friday evening. You can purchase a BBQ dinner there cooked by nationally certified BBQ master Rob Fox and picnic on Legislative Mall, downtown Dover’s largest outdoor park. A “cruise in” will showcase antique and vintage cars.

More Information:

Yard Sale Reminder

I'd like to remind you all that we are having a community yard sale on the 9th of May and we have invited over 2,000 people. If you have things to sell it will be a great day for that. The hours are from 9-2 and we will be serving hot dogs from 11:30-1. Janet will be bringing around balloons for those who want to participate/put them on their mail boxes and Larry will be cooking the hot dogs.

Please remember that ANYONE may be a potential buyer and they may pick your brains about living here and if you like it. I thank you all in advance for being on your best behavior (hee hee) and saying only the greatest things about the community we all love to be in : )

BUT please don't feel obligated to show your house. If your ok with it then I am too, but you can say "I'd rather not" and send then to the office and I think ANYONE will understand!!!

Thank you all in advance!!
Your favorite Non-Resident at SMe
Jill : )
See you soon!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ladies Luncheon this Tuesday

Place: Noble Eagle Family Restaurant
518 South Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901

Several residents suggested Noble Eagles for lunch this month. Since it's close, we will meet at the restaurant.

If you are interested in attending the lunch, please sign the sign up sheet in the clubhouse so we have an accurate head count.

Also....If you need a ride...PLEASE ASK!!

Any questions call Arlene at 335-8232

Hope to see you all for a fun gathering of Southen Meadow gals where we enjoy a meal, conversation, laughs and comeraderie.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Lost and Found May 8th

Please check the lost and found box in the fitness room for anything that you may be missing or didn't realize you were missing.
Anything left in the box will be sold at the May 9th Yard Sale.

Pork in the Park

Pork in the Park
Salisbury, MD
April 18 Saturday
$2 -Car pool

The North Carolina Barb-a-cue Society (NCBS) has cash prizes for not only the best pork, but also beef, chicken and desserts. Music, crafts and vendors round out the program, while the free Salisbury zoo has an earth day program has food, zoo keeper talks and entertainment. A packet will be prepared with maps, latest schedules, shopping info (coupons?) for registered residents.

From the Enrichment Committee

Community Garden

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to fill everyone in on the garden.... It's just about all ready. We just need a fence. If you'd like to participate please see Mike P. or Marylou to pick your plot. The only rules are:

1. Your Plot must be marked off and have your name on it.
2. You must maintain it, If you do not maintain it (to be decided by management) you will lose it (we gonna eat your veggies! Hee Hee).

On Wednesday the 8th (tomorrow) Ms. Hake and Marylou will be available during coffee talk to discuss any gardening questions you may have. They are very knowledgable on this whole gardening thing and I'm sure they can answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you!
Oh, and..... coffee talk is being turned down to only once a week. On Wednesdays : )

Monday, March 30, 2009

Dinner Theater Sign-Up, Cut-Off is Tomorrow

Tomorrow (3-31-2009) is the LAST day to sign-up for the trip to Lancaster for:

There Goes The Bride
Thursday May 7th at
The Rainbow Dinner Theater in Lancaster PA.

Join us for the wedding of the year! As a socially prominent family prepares to wed their daughter to the son of an equally upper-crust set of in-laws to be, what's the worst that could happen? You can't even imagine! After an unexpected whack on the head, the father of the bride begins seeing a 1920's flapper, unfortunately no one else can! This makes the new in-laws very nervous and when the bride lets slip that she is already acquainted with the birds and the bees, the wedding is almost called off. Just when you think it's on, it gets called off again and again, each time for reasons zanier than the last. RSVP with your reservation for one of the funniest shows in years." WEBSITE.

Cost is $66 per person.
*If not a member add $25.

I would strongly encourage people to join for the price of $12 per person. Saves a good bit of money. Payment is due by April later. the price includes motor coach, show, lunch and tip for driver. Departs MMC at 8:30 AM Lunch at 11:30 to 1:00 PM Show 1:00 to 3:00PM antique store 3:00 to 4:00 PM Return to MMC aprox 6:30PM Anyone interested in this dinner/show, go to Modern Maturity Center and purchase your tickets.

Payment is due by April later.

the price includes motor coach, show, lunch and tip for driver.

Departs MMC at 8:30 AM
Lunch at 11:30 to 1:00 PM
Show 1:00 to 3:00PM
antique store 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Return to MMC aprox 6:30PM

Anyone interested in this dinner/show, go to Modern Maturity Center and purchase your tickets.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

3 Upcoming Trips & Sign-Up Dates

I would like to encourage anyone interested in the MMC trips/shows to:
Join for $12 per person otherwise the trips are
$25 extra per person for non members.


There Goes The Bride on Thursday May 7th
at the Rainbow Dinner Theater in Lancaster PA.

Payment is due by April later.

Cost is $66 per person. If not a member add $25.
I would strongly encourage people to join for the price of $12 per person. Saves a good bit of money.
The price includes motor coach, show, lunch and tip for driver.

Departs MMC at 8:30 AM
Lunch at 11:30 to 1:00 PM
Show 1:00 to 3:00PM
antique store 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Return to MMC aprox 6:30PM

Anyone interested in this dinner/show, go to Modern Maturity Center and purchase your tickets.


Tangier Island Cruise Thursday May 14th in Cristfield MD.

Sign up by 4/07/09 no later.

Cost of trip is $70 per person.....add $25 if not a MMC member. Again.. I encourage people to join to save money. Price includes Motor Coach, Cruise, Lunch and drivers tip

Depart MMC 8:30 AM
Cruise departs 12:30 PM
Arrive at Tangier's 1:45 PM
Lunch (1 hour) 1:45 PM
Leave Tangier 4:00 PM
Return to Cristfield 5:15PM
Return to MMC aprox 8:00

Anyone interested in taking this cruise, purchase your tickets at Modern Maturity Center by 04/07/2009



Patriot Cruise at St Michael's MD Thursday June 11th

Last day to sign up for this trip is 05/10/2009

Price of trip is $62.00. Add $25 per person if a non member. Again.....I encourage you to Join the MMC to save money.
This trip includes Lunch, motor coach, cruise and drivers tip.
This trip will be on an old fashion steam boat with lunch aboard.
Lunch consist of Chesapeake crab cake, round of beef, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls and butter, fresh fruits, brownies and ice tea.

Depart MMC 10:15 AM
Cruise/Lunch 12:15 to 2:00 PM
Shop 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Return to MMC 6:00 PM

Anyone interest in this cruise purchase your tickets at Modern Maturity Center By 05/10/2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Southern Meadows Community Yard Sale

Do you still have unopened packing cartons?
Do you have things you thought you would use but 6 months or a year later you have not used it?
DO you have clothes that don't fit?
Southern Meadow will hold a community yard sale in the spring
Watch for dates!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Questions about Clubhouse Rules

There have been a number of questions regarding the Clubhouse rules changes we sent out. The additions to the rules (the last 3 items on the second page) were generated by the clubhouse committee, and added to the existing rules. No other changes were made. Most of the questions we received were regarding the existing rules, and after reviewing them, we think we can update these, and improve them, with your input.

What we’d like to do is meet with a few residents (4-6 individuals) and go through all the clubhouse and pool rules and update them. We’ve found this type of collaborative approach is the best way to work on these types of revisions. We’ll work from the existing rules, and try to get copies from other communities to use as a reference as well.

At the next Management –Resident meeting, on the 26th, we’ll organize who would like to help out in the rewrite, and get them copies of the material they’ll need. We should be able to complete this in 2 meetings, so let’s plan on meeting on Thursday, April 2nd, and the following Thursday, the 9th at 11AM. Once we have them finalized, we’ll resend the new rules out to all the residents, and they will take effect in 60 days.

If there are residents who will not be able to attend, and have comments they’d like to be included, please send thm to Jill, and we’ll bring them up with the group. Thanks for your help and understanding!


Monday, March 9, 2009

Follow Up: Monthly Management Forum

We wanted to follow up briefly on our Feb. management meeting, specifically regarding the idea of a community garden area. The best location we could come up with is between Daffodil Rd, and the fence, across from the intersection of Daffodil and Lavender, just past the club house. This is community common area, with good sun. It’s easily accessible by all, but in an unobtrusive spot. We’ll need an idea of how large to make it for this year. We can always enlarge it in future years as needed.

We’ll have our crew remove the sod in that area, bring in a load of mushroom soil and roto-till it in with the existing top soil, for a good planting bed. We can look into a low, attractive perimeter fence if needed. Can those of you who expressed an interest get together, and work with Jill on how you want to proceed? Let us know the size first, so we can get moving. Planting time is just around the corner ( I’m told that peas should already be in the ground!) Happy Spring!!


Weight Watchers Support Group

Hello Neighbors! This is Louis Aquino.

I have shared my interest in starting a Weight Watchers support group at the Clubhouse with some of our neighbors whom I know are following the official WW program.

The idea has been received well, and we plan on having our first meeting on:
Thursday, March 12, from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.

The first meeting will be mostly organizational in nature, and we will discuss the particulars of the meeting format and future meeting dates in greater detail.

This group will give members the opportunity to share the ups and downs of their previous week as related to their weight loss progress. We will also share strategies that we use to help ourselves stay on track, as well as our favorite recipes or food products that we incorporate into our weekly menus to add variety and interest.

We welcome anyone who is following the Weight Watcher program, either on their own or by attending the official group meetings. The support group will serve to remind us that we are not alone in dealing with our weight issues and give us the extra shot in the arm we may need when we get discouraged with our progress.

Please forward this message to anyone you know who is following Weight Watchers and may wish to join us. I will also put a sign up at the Clubhouse.

Committee members and office personnel, kindly inform me if there is any conflict with the proposed meeting time or plan. Hopefully, by next month we can add the support group to our monthly calendar. If the group decides to keep the Thursday morning time slot on a permanent basis, we will of course forfeit our meeting on the last Thursday of each month when the community meets with Andy and Jill.

Regards and thanks to all,
Louis Aquino

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ladies Luncheon: Georgia House Restaurant

Attention Southern Meadow Gals......

March Luncheon will be held at the Georgia house in Milford. We will all meet at this restaurant at 12PM. If you are interested, Please sign the sign up sheet at the clubhouse so we have an accurate head count.

The Georgia house is a nice place for lunch. Food is superb and inexpensive. Service is not bad either. So come and join us for a gals day out.

Reminder.....If you need a ride.......Please ASK!!

Hope to see you all on March 31st at the Georgia House 12 noon:)

Any arlene at 335-8232

Monday, March 2, 2009

Feb 27th Management Blog

We had a good Resident-Management meeting yesterday. There was lots of discussion on the activities and events, which Jill will cover separately. It really seems to be working out well, with lots of folks participating, and plenty of enthusiasm. I love the pictures from the Valentines Day party. Thanks to Bobbie for being the photo bug that night! If other residents have digital photos of community events that want to get posted, talk to Jill, and she’ll get them up on the blog for you.

We did address a few issues that I’d like to follow up on. We are making the changes suggested by the Clubhouse committee, to the clubhouse code of conduct rules. We will be sending them out shortly, and they will take affect in 60 days. We will verify whether we need 1 or 2 more tables, plus 8 more chairs, and get them ordered, along with some additional silverware. We have an additional security light orders, thru DEC, for the club house. It will be at the far ends of the circle, lighting up that area, and the end of the ramp as well. Mr. Panzig was there to help show the area that needed more lighting. It may take a number of week, but we have the process started. Also, Jim is taking care of the microwave turntable issue.

We are looking into options for the glass table in the clubhouse, and considering a community garden area, and where it might be located. We’ll report more on those issues either back in this blog, or at the next Resident-Management meeting. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, March 26th, at 11AM. Enjoy this early spring weather while it lasts!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pictures from Valentine's Party 2009

Here's a summary of how the party went; There were 30 plus people that attended, New resident's were introduced Sibyl & Warren Hoover, Pat & Bruce Moran We sang Happy Birthday for those celebrating there special day for the months of Jan. & Feb. Maryann Dona & Maryjane Sienkiewicz came up with idea of having a 50/50 raffle ticket sale and Maryllew Panzig won the raffle there was plenty of delicious dishes and desserts prepared for everyone to enjoy and at the end everybody pitched in and help clean-up.

It was agreed by all that the party was enjoyable from beginning to end!!

Thats all for now......Bobbe.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ladies Luncheon! Feb 24th (Tuesday); Noon

Attention Ladies of Southern Meadows.

Once a month we meet for lunch and explore DE cusine:) Since we started the lunch list has grown because everyone seems to really enjoy this outting. During the holidays, we didn't meet and many of our Southern Meadows gals were disappointed. So due to popular demand........we are back. It is a good way to sit down and have a meal with your neighbors and get to know each other. Especially our new residents. We talk, laugh and have just a plain old good time

The lunch will always be on the last Tuesday of the month and details will be posted on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse along with a sign up sheet. Each month I will post the time and place in which we will meet. Anyone interested should sign the sheet to let us know if you are going so we have a head count. I have to call the restaurant ahead of time with a count of how many will attend.

Feb 24th we will meet at Countrie Eaterie at noon.

Suggestions are always welcome and if anyone has a favorite place or a place of interest.........Please feel free to let me know.
My email address is: or 335-8232

And don't forget to sign up:)
~Arlene Drobish

Reminder: Management Meeting

There is a management meeting for this Thursday the 26th everyone is invited to attend. Will we get a brief overview from all the committees so that everyone is "in the know" with what is happening with them and also any issues/ideas you'd like to discuss about the community. Please also keep in mind this is not a gossip arena or a place to air yours or your neighbors laundry. Lets all be considerate, caring, tolerant, and patient as I know you ALL to be, and keep our one common goal in mind........ To make Southern Meadow a GREAT place to live! : )

We hope to have the revised rules available for then as well.

Also, the March calendar has the next management meeting listed (the 26th of March).

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Music of Cole Porter Friday, March 27, Schwartz Center 7:00 Car pool

The Music of Cole Porter Friday, March 27, Schwartz Center 7:00 Car pool

Cole Porter Wrote over 1,000 songs, including "Anything Goes," "Night and Day," "From this Moment on," and Begin the Beguine," to name a few, and musicals such as "Can Can" and "Silk Stockings."

We have reserved 20 excellent seats together for Southern Meadow Enrichment, and the $23.00 seats will cost $20.75 after we buy fifteen, By Monday March 16th. In any case, we keep the great seats!

This is our first show, and we hope to have a good turnout. Make checks out to the "Shwartz Center for the Arts" for $23.00 ($2.25 rebated when 15 are sold!) Checks and questions should be directed to Larry or Janet, 335-8344 If shows do not meet minimums by March 9, to keep prices down, we will open up program to residents of other 55+ Communities, who agreed to open programs up to us! Sign up early!!

Those Funny Guys, Friday April 17, Schwartz Center, 7:00 Car Pool

Last year a few residents saw another clean comedy show at the Schwartz and it was wonderful, and this one, as I understand it, is selling fast. We have again reserved 20 seats together for Southern Meadow Enrichment, and the $30 tickets will cost $27.00 after we buy fifteen, by Monday, April 6, and again keep the great seats!

Make checks out to Schwartz Center for the Arts for $30.00 ($3.00 rebate when 15 are sold!) Checks and questions should be directed to the Koch's 335-8344.
If shows do not meet minimums by March 30, to keep prices down, we will open up program to residents of other 55+ Communities, who agreed to open programs up to us! Sign up early!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

General Management Meeting - Notes

2009 has been a busy year so far at Southern Meadow. We held our first monthly General Management meeting on January 7th. These meetings were suggested as an open forum, for ideas and information to be shared between residents, and the Developers of Southern Meadow. The first meeting was very well attended, with lots of great ideas and observations being brought up, and shared. We are working on implementing a great many of them right now.

Much of the discussion was centered on the community activities, with the residents wanting to take a more active roll in the planning and implementation of their activities. We discussed how best to do this, and how to keep the resident up to date on what’s being planned, and when things are happening. This Blog is a result of that discussion, for example. I don’t want to steal Jill’s thunder, with the progress she and the committee heads have been making, so be sure to check back on the Blog and see the updates to the calendar and the other postings.

There were some other issues that came up, regarding rules for private use of the clubhouse, 911 and First aid issues in the Clubhouse, and a request for more info regarding the fitness equipment. The Clubhouse committee has been working on drafting rules for the clubhouse, the emergency phone line is in, and the first aid kit was located. We have also put out the manuals going to the workout equipment, for those needing it.

The next scheduled management meeting is the 26th of February. The meetings are always on the last Thursday of each month, and will be posted on the activities calendar as well. I hope to see you there!


Monday, February 16, 2009