Ridge Line –  Voice of The Country Club Ridge Board of Directors – September 2015

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.