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An icon of Saturday morning television for kids, way back when all programming was in glorious black & white, was introduced to us by the inimitable “Captain” with the following words:   Let’s Go Green, With Mr. Greenjeans!

I don’t expect the majority of residents at CCR to remember the giant of the small screen, but the beat goes on. We’re still going Green. At this juncture in our Human evolution, everyone knows something about Recycling. However, just so all of us are on the same page, here is the updated version of the Do’s and Don’t’s of recycling that we need to adhere to:

Paper & Cardboard
Do – Newspapers, glossy inserts, phone books, magazines, junk mail, brown paper bags, corrugated and grey cardboard boxes
Don’t – Milk Cartons (waxed), Plastic & Styrofoam Packing material, Books, Vinyl, Toys, Hangers, Utensils, Motor Oil and Pesticide containers, Solvents 

Glass
Do – Jars and Bottles of any size and color
Don’t – Light Bulbs, Drinking Glasses, Crystal, Window and Mirror glass Ceramic ware, Kitchen Cookware, Hazardous Materials empty glass containers

Metal
Do – Food and Beverage Cans, Clean Aluminum Foil and Trays, Empty Aerosol Cans
Don’t – Empty Paint Cans, Hazardous Materials Containers, Scrap metal, Wire, Pipes, Tubing Motors, Sheet Metal, Appliances, Auto Parts.

 

Plastics
Do – Those commonly used for Food, Beverages, Detergents, Household Cleaners, Shampoo bottles and caps
Don’t – Dry Cleaning Bags, Packing Materials, Vinyl, Plastic Grocery Bags, Cups, Trays, Toys, Furniture, Tableware, Fixtures, Hazardous Materials containers, i.e., motor oil, pesticides, solvents

Fridays are Bulk Pick-Up Days
If you have large items to be disposed of, please call the Superintendent, and he will instruct you where to leave them. Items such as Christmas trees can be left at your section’s garbage collection point.

Electronic Waste Disposal – Televisions, Computers, Radios, Printers, Toasters, Coffee Makers, Telephones, etc. cannot be thrown in the dumpsters. These items must be brought to the DPW Yard at 100 Sprain Road in Ardsley, from 7 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have a large item that you are unable to dispose of, call the Superintendent at (914) 723-1919 and he will arrange for its disposal. 

Appliances – Special arrangements must be made in advance when disposing of large appliances. Call the Superintendent to have this scheduled.

Remember: Acceptable, per above, Containers (glass, metal, and plastics) can be mixed in your recycling bin. Also, if you would be so kind, please use clear, plastic outdoor-size trash bags; this will ensure that the recyclables are sorted properly and maximize our efforts to do it for the earth.

We cannot possibly cover every conceivable item in this brief memo, but as the “Captain” would say – you get the idea.

Now for the big news you’ve all be waiting for – Recycling Goes 21st Century!

Yes, you read that correctly – In 2015, recycling nationwide has gone beyond paper, glass, metal, and plastic; it is now textile!

Textile recycling is steadily growing in Apartment complexes, Retail outlets, Community centers, Housing authorities, School systems, and other locations. Over the years, our disposable society has tossed into the garbage gently used clothing; clothing that can be used again by folks that want to save precious natural resources, reduce pollution, minimize carbon emissions, and go easy on landfills.

As a result, Country Club Ridge is pleased to partner with USAgain (pronounced use again), a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999. USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes, and other textiles.

CCR will benefit from this arrangement three ways – we will be Eco-friendly; make recycling textiles easy for our residents by not having them “schlep” clothing outside the complex; receive quarterly revenue from our partner based on the poundage we donate: a win-win-win situation for all of us. 

As a result of our eagerness to roll out this new addition to CCR’s already successful Recycling efforts, we prematurely asked USAgain to place a Clothing Bin at CCR outside the Main garage, next to the garbage containers. However, after careful consideration, your CCR Board of Directors has revised that decision to have carts with wheels inside, away from the view of residents and the general public.  

We have selected smaller containers that will comfortably fit inside a few strategically located Laundry Rooms in key spots around the complex. We will start with 4 spots (there are 13 laundry rooms in CCR) and evaluate the success of the program each quarter. If the program is successful after 2 quarters, and warrants the need for expansion, then we may add 2 more; repeating this 2 quarters later – only adding bins to laundry rooms if it’s warranted based on the success of the program.

Here are the Do’s and Dont’s of Textile Recycling:
Do: All clothing, shoes, blankets, bed sheets, towels, gloves, hats, scarves, etc.
Don’t: Non-textile, wet or oil-soaked textiles, rugs, carpets, pillows, mattresses, furniture, televisions, computers.

All of our residents can read more about Textile Recycling in the USAgain newspaper which discusses Our Changing Climate and is available in the CCR Maintenance office.

To quote one memorable trio – no, not the 3 Stooges – the 3 Musketeers: “All for one and one for all”. If we can remember these eloquent words while moving through life here at CCR, we’ll all be better for it.

See you on the Ridge Line – where Rockledge Rd. meets Hartsdale Ave – the place to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage Rooms

As a result of a recent inspection by the Fire Department, it has been noted that the storage rooms have once again become overcrowded.

Please make sure that all your items are tagged with your name and apartment number and are stored in an organized manner. Please clean your space. These tasks must be completed by November 30, 2015.

After this date, the staff will inspect all storage rooms to ensure the tagging and cleaning has been completed. Any items not labeled and tagged in accordance with the above, will be removed and held in the main garage until December 7, 2015. After that, any remaining unclaimed items will be removed from the premises either to be donated or discarded.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Children Playing on Grounds

The Board of Directors has received complaints from several residents concerning the
use of the courtyards and grounds as a playground for children. Specifically, the area by #65-#69 Rockledge.

As you know, the common areas and courtyards are for the use and enjoyment of all of residents. At Country Club Ridge, we must all be courteous and considerate of all residents who share common areas. We do not mind letting children play. However, when it causes destruction to the property, it becomes a concern. There used to be flowers and bushes in the area by #65-#69 which are no longer there. The grass is now dirt. These items are expensive to replace. We have attached a picture for your reference.

We would like to remind you that courtyards at Country Club Ridge are not playgrounds. Please do not allow children to dig in the flowerbeds or around bushes, chalk up sidewalks and other areas.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ridge Line – September 2015

Voice of Country Club Ridge Board of Directors 

Hello to all of you from all of us – your CCR Board of Directors. Yes, we hear you when you say, “It’s about time!” It has been a hectic summer around here, and it flew by so quickly, that by the time we caught our collective breath, we were staring Labor Day in the face. Let us begin by thanking all the Shareholders that submitted their E-Mail addresses so promptly to Hudson North. Those of you who have not caught your breath yet, please send them to HN when you do. It will make communicating issues and answers to everyone so much more efficient and effective.

We are in the process of super-charging the CCR website to bring it up to the standards necessary to better serve the Shareholders of CCR. We will keep everyone updated on the progress of the new and improved website as we proceed further into the project.

Who remembers this one, “The purpose of these rules is to create a harmonious, safe, and peaceful environment that respects and safeguards the rights of all who live in this cooperative community”? No, not something posted on the front door of Timothy Leary’s Farm House, but the cover page language directly below the words “CCR Tenants Corporation House Rules”.

We would like to take this opportunity to emphasize how important it is for all of us to cooperate in a cooperative community. Please take the time to review your copy of the House Rules and become an informed resident of CCR. As our friends at News 12 Traffic & Weather say, “know before you go”. If your copy of the House rules is buried somewhere unknown to you, please let us know and we will have a copy delivered to you.

As everyone knows, when you live in a community of 245 apartments, sitting on roughly 15 acres, there are a plethora of issues that arise; some minor and easily rectified, others more complex and only resolved over time and with a financial cost. We all want to live in a community that’s an icon for beauty and efficiency, but that takes participation and effort from all residents, not just the Board of Directors.

That’s why we would like each Shareholder to consider how they can help. Is the way the CCR grounds are being maintained keeping you up at night? Then maybe you can volunteer to be on the Grounds Committee. Are you concerned about security at CCR? Then maybe you can volunteer to help improve that piece of life at CCR. Do you have better ideas about the way CCR could improve its image for very little cost? Then we need to hear those ideas and how they could be implemented.

These are suggestions. We are sure, as Shareholders and residents of CCR, you could come up with a dozen more ways CCR could be elevated to the crowning jewel of Southern Westchester County, with regard to places to live. The key word in a Co-op is, indeed, Cooperation. We, as Board members, strive to do as much as we can to oversee and manage the ways and means necessary to keep CCR as fresh and vital as it was the year the first tenants called it home. Of course, as the years march on, it takes more elbow grease and dollars to attain that goal.

But have no fear, your Board rolled up its sleeves and closed its checkbook for this one: We secured a great deal with the Hercules Company to upgrade all of our Laundry Rooms with no expense to CCR! You read that correctly the first time. CCR will be saying “Hello” to Hercules, and “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out”, to CoinMach. During the months of October and November, Hercules will be coordinating with CoinMach to have CoinMach “exit stage left” while they “enter stage right”.

Hercules, at their expense, will perform some serious upgrades to our well-worn laundry rooms. They will not only paint all the laundry rooms, but they will put new tile in each room, new lighting in each room, new sinks in each room, and new equipment in each room. This new equipment includes new tables, laundry carts, and chairs. Wait, that’s not all – Hercules will install six 30 lb. washers; sprinkled throughout the complex for everyone’s enjoyment.

That’s a big part of what we’re trying to do to make living at CCR more pleasant for all concerned. Another way you can contribute to that pleasure is this – If you are one of the lucky people that have the luxury of renting a garage spot at CCR, please do yourself a favor, and get the best bang for your buck; make sure to park your car in the garage each night. That’s the best way to get the most value out of your monthly investment. Your neighbors will support you in this as well, especially the ones who come home at night from a hard day’s work, and find that they are circling around Rockledge Rd, not finding a spot, and thinking “Am I still in the Bronx? “

Wait! Don’t put those bathing suits away just yet! Your Board has arranged for the Pool to be open, get this, for not 1 but 2 more Weekends after Labor Day. Yes, that’s right, four more glorious days of sun & surf at Club CCR.: September 12 & 13, then once more, during September 19 & 20. The hours of pleasure will be: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 7:30 pm and Sundays, 10:00 am – 6: 00 pm. Life Guards included, so don’t bring your own. But you will have to bring your own bagels, cream cheese and lox.

The Board has been working overtime this summer, brainstorming how we can make Life better at CCR. The idea that caused the most smoke to engulf the light bulbs above our heads, was the addition of a better way for residents to communicate their needs to us. Here it is: ccrservices@countryclubridge.org Your way to let Hudson North know about any concerns, mishaps, or improvements that can be incorporated at Ol’ CCR. So put that new e-mail address right into your Smart Phone, and whenever you need to let Hudson North know about anything CCR that troubles you, or makes you happy, of course, crank it up and let it rip. Naturally, we still have the tried and true Board e-mail; However, the new one is more effective and efficient for the speedy solution of immediate problems. Try it, you’ll like it; we guarantee it.

Hear ye, hear ye! By the close of business for October, in the year 2015, CCR will issue brand spanking new Parking Stickers to all residents of our community. So locate those old single edge razor blades, get prepared to scrape off the current stickers, and make ready for what’s to come.

Don’t be a stranger in your own community. Help all of us, and you too, by offering ideas, volunteering for committees (even a committee of one), picking up that coffee cup that
fell out of someone’s hand while s/he was walking up the hill after visiting Enrico’s, parking in-between the yellow lines when returning home, only using 2 washing machines instead of 3 (or 1 dryer instead of 2) so someone else can get a wash done, etcetera, etcetera.

Remember, a Good Neighbor is hard to find, when Common Courtesy is out of reach.

See you on The Ridge Line – where Hartsdale Avenue meets Rockledge Road.