Monday Morning Memos


Esperanza Estates

Green Valley, Az.

Monday Morning Memo----------------November 3rd

Good Morning:


A special meeting of the Board of Directors of Esperanza Estates will be held at Sunset Ramada today (Monday, November 3rd) at 3:00 p.m. to discuss measures for securing our homes against further burglaries.  All residents are invited to attend.  If possible, a law enforcement officer will attend to provide guidance.

We just received a report of our tenth and eleventh burglaries in EE. Flat screen television sets seem to be the primary target. Do what you can to keep your guard up and report anything suspicious to the authorities. Because the M.O. of the thieves seems to be very similar, it appears wise to try and find if there is any common denominator involving the houses that have been burglarized. Therefore, we are asking that all persons who have had their home so entered please contact Mary Beth Wallace, Neighborhood Watch Chair, (mwallace27@cox.net) or Lynn Raby, special assistant, at ( Jraby@formerlymatrixvideo.com) and provide the names of (1) your pest control service who may have had access to the house,(2) your house caretaker, (3) cleaning or service people who had access, (4) yard people, (5) anyone else who may have had such access. Most of the houses burglarized show no signs of forcible entry; thus, it appears to be some person who has legal access, has knowledge of the whereabouts of a key--or a very skillful lock pick. This is not to suggest these people are necessarily suspects, but this survey might lead to additional useful information.

If you are still away from EE, and have a caretaker, ask them to check for theft or signs of trouble, and report back if in the affirmative.

We are going to do some research about what is available for sliding door locks. The original sliding doors that were installed in EE are all backwards, i.e. the slider is on the outside, rather than the inside which means that the traditional method of securing a slider (use of a broom handle or dowel type piece of wood inserted into the track) is not possible. Watch this space for further details.

Pickleball is coming to EE! Gary Beatty, pickleball teacher and expert player, will be giving free pickleball lessons in a course he calls “Pickleball 101” at the Esperanza Estates tennis court Tuesday (tomorrow) at 11:00 a.m., and again Wednesday at 10:30a.m.

Pickleball is the fasted growing sport in the United States, and is of particular interest to older Americans. It is a game that features many aspects of tennis, but is a slower game and much easier to play. Well spent leisure time can lead to great leaps in happiness. Activities that combine socializing and physical activity and require some moderate skills are the best. This defines pickleball. Pickleball is a fun game that is played on a tennis court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. A video of what the game is about can be viewed by going to www.usapa.org and clicking on “video” on the left side of the page.

To suggest something about the growing popularity of the game, GVR currently has one court devoted exclusively to pickleball--and is building two more right now to keep up with the demand for court time.

If you are interested in learning a game you will greatly enjoy, and can play for years into the future, then pickleball is for you. Come up to our tennis court and participate in one of these free lessons. The game can be learned quickly, and after that is just fun. We hope to see you there.

About 90 people enjoyed the Hospitality Committee’s October 29th Hamburger Nite. It was a beautiful evening, just right for the event, and it was nice to see so many of our winter visitors who have returned. A fun time, as always, and our thanks to the Committee. Our next planned Hospitality Committee event will be the Hamburger Nite scheduled for November 11th. Watch for further announcements.

On November 12th, at 9:00 a.m. there will be a free coffee and donuts hour At Sunset Ramada. No meeting, no agenda, no collection, nothing for sale, no anything except a chance to get together and socialize as friends and neighbors. Put it on your calendar, and join us at the Ramada for a coffee and a pastry. These events are sponsored from time to time by neighbors who feel it beneficial to all who reside in EE to have a little social time together.

The water aerobics group will meet at the pool from 8:30 to 9:30 beginning November 3rd. Please make a note of this change.

Lois Blacker wishes to thank all of her friends for the get-well cards and letters she has received since her operation and joint replacement. She is getting on well with her recuperation, and will be home soon.

If you live in a non-GVR subdivision (as EE, where GVR membership is not mandated by the CC&R’s) and want out of GVR, you should attend an important meeting to be held November 21st at 2:00 pm at the Clubhouse at Pueblo Estates, on Aliso Drive. Tucson legal counsel will attend and present information on a planned legal action to break the so-called perpetual GVR covenant. It can be done. Call 648-0215 for more information. Those interested in joining the legal action should attend.

The EE budget committee met on Tuesday, October 28th to work on the 2009 HOA budget. It will be completed in order to be enacted by the November Board meeting, as required by our CC&R’s. Presently the HOA contract work is being examined and put out to bid in order to try and hold the line on our expenditures, and to effect savings where possible.

The Enhancement Team’s proposed project to install more counter and storage space at Sunset Ramada is under way. The Men’s Auxiliary met last week to discuss plans. Those taking part in the discussions were Lance Ewing, Vince Brow, Ben Sheffield, Jim Lindberg and Jon Raby. Sam Barnard represented Hospitality.

Jim Lindberg has dusted off his drafting instruments and is making detailed drawings. Lance is checking out materials and costs. Jon Raby and Ben Sheffield have offered to bring their power tools to the site when construction starts. Other members of the Auxiliary who will be involved with this project when they arrive back next week are Greg Gramstad, Eric Ellingson, and Bill Duncan.

This project will greatly enhance the utility of the kitchen area of the Ramada and will be a very welcome addition. All costs involved with the project will be borne by our volunteer committees.

Canoa/I-19 Interchange Roundabout Construction Project

Starting Monday, November 3, 2008, The underpass at Interstate-19 and Canoa Ranch Drive will be closed for a period of approximately forty five (45) days. The closure is necessary for reasons of public safety and to insure the work at the underpass is completed in a timely manner.

In accordance with Arizona Department of Transportation requirements, there will be message boards on both North and South bound   I-19 directing traffic to alternate routes that service Canoa Ranch Drive East and West. South bound I-19 traffic wanting to access Canoa Ranch Road on the east side of I-19 will be directed to the Arivaca exit, and then will be required to return to Canoa Ranch Road on either the Interstate or the East frontage road. North bound I-19 traffic wanting to access Canoa Ranch Drive on the west side of I-19 can either exit at Arivaca and travel north on the west frontage road, or exit at Continental Road and travel South on the west frontage road.

All on and off ramps as well as North and South bound Frontage roads will remain open and accessible. The existing paved detour around the Roundabout will remain in place connecting the frontage road on the West side.

Frequent users of the Interchange at Canoa Ranch Road and Interstate-19 are encouraged to use alternate routes where possible in an effort to reduce traffic volumes during the closure.

A Community Preparedness booklet was delivered to each home with the Sept. 15th Periodico. Because many homes were not occupied at that time some homeowners have not received a copy of the booklet (which has a magnetic back for sticking to the refrigerator.) If you were away and have not gotten a copy of the Preparedness booklet, please call Mary Beth Wallace at 399-0299, or email her at mwallace27@cox to get a copy.

Remember the effort to locate homes for the Fourth EE Home Tour, and call Melodye at 399-0455 if you have ideas to share, or know of possible homes for the Tour.


Have a good week. Hope you had a fun Halloween!


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