Mary Lindsey attended our recent meeting and educated us about the world-wide Little Free Libraries project as well as the initiative here in Lake Worth. These libraries are an awesome way to encourage reading for all people, particularly children, and a great way to get to know your neighbors. Vernon Heights will be installing at least one Little Free Library within the next few months, although the location has yet to be determined. However, should you wish to place one on your own property, please feel free to do so, just let us know so we can coordinate and so we won’t have them clustered too close together. You can learn more about the project by going to the website for the worldwide project at: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ or by visiting the Lake Worth Little Free Libraries project on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LakeWorthLFL/. You can also volunteer to help build, install or steward one.
Thanks to those of you who attended and received the parking decals being distributed. We are issuing the decals so we and PBSO will know at a glance if your vehicle belongs in the neighborhood or in our park. If you have one or 10 vehicles, as long as the vehicle is registered to a Vernon Heights address, it’ll be issued a decal. That’s not to say you can’t have visitors (even ones who stay for extended periods of time) but we are just trying to assure ourselves that most of vehicles you see in and around here, belong and are nothing to be concerned about. I and a couple of neighbors have been walking the streets and distributing invitations to the 4th of July Party and decals to those folks who are home. We’ll continue the door to door campaign over the next few days/weeks till all homes have had decals issued.
Vernon Heights has entered a raft in the Great American Raft Race to take place on July 4 at Bryant Park. If you wish to volunteer to help build, decorate or crew our craft, please contact Tom Bassie (773) 983-0303 or Raymond Casazza (561) 386-7667. The Captain’s meeting is Sunday, June 26 at 5:00 p.m. CJ’s Island Grill on Lake Avenue. The Raft Parade on July 4 begins at 11:00 a.m. with race time at 1:00 p.m. launching at Bryant Park. Come on out and cheer our team to victory!!
Afterward, please join us for the 2d Annual 4th of July Party in the Park, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in our neighborhood Park. There’ll be a bounce house, water slide, and some fun events for the kids to win prizes. There will also be a “Dessert/Bake-Off” for the adults as well as a kids and adults watermelon eating contest!! We ask that everyone bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share with your neighbors. Please let committee members, Lauren Dively (561) 358-9940, Carla Blockson (561) 628-2576 or Tina Casazza (561) 301-0123, know whether you will do an appetizer, side or dessert so we know what’s coming. We have the basics, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, chicken nuggets and mac n cheese. If you are over 21, please feel free to bring your favorite adult beverage. We would ask that you let your furry kids stay home so there are no issues with those who may have allergies or fears and so they don’t get spooked by the fireworks.
Our neighborhood has been experiencing a startling number of auto break-ins recently. Sadly, the perpetrators are breaking windows to access the vehicles and take whatever they can — this includes the remote garage door opener. Be sure to remove that along with your other valuables. They steal the remote and return to the home at a later time using it to gain entry into your home. You may want to consider purchasing motion detection lights. Costco has a solar powered model for $34.99. Otherwise, leave your outdoor lights on. If you see something suspicious, call PBSO. Dial 911 for emergency and (561) 586-1611 for non-emergency. www.pbso.org
With summer finally settling in (yes, indeed, it felt like summer never left us this year), please take a look around your property and see what can be spruced up – does your lawn or landscaping need some loving care, now would be the time to fix it up, when nature will water for you – we get rain most every day, so you’d be able to save on your water bill trying to get new sod and plants established. Does the roof need to be cleaned? The house painted? That sort of thing? Now would be the time to take care of those chores. Please keep the front side of your property looking spic and span to avoid violations. Click the Governance Tab then the Documents Tab above to see the Rules and Regulations.
It seems we’ve been having some issues with the storm drains in the neighborhood, so I am requesting that all of you who have lawn service companies ask your yardmen NOT to blow the clippings in the street where they eventually end up in the storm drains. Please request that they bag your clippings on lawn day as they and other trash accumulate and ultimately end up contaminating our waterways.