HGA President 2019 Message…
Hello, Old Harbour Green neighbors! My name is Greg Lowrey and I am honored to introduce myself as your new HGA Board President beginning January 2019. Our family has lived in the Massapequa area for many years and, after living out of state for a few years, we moved back in Spring 2014 to call Old Harbour Green our new home. I have been gladly serving as a member of our Board since 2015 after being invited to join by a fellow member. My motivation to get involved was largely influenced by the charm of our community and my desire to play a part in preserving it! After meeting other Board members, I immediately recognized a committed group of residents that shared my same motivation for the good of our community – I have enjoyed the experience ever since! I hope to – and look forward to – continuing the good work that our past Presidents and Board members have accomplished for all of us…
Last year 2018 was a very productive one for the HGA Board as we accomplished many of the main project goals that we set out to achieve. These were the following:
- Repair/Replace several of the Drive Slowly signs
- Repairing the Cedar Shore Drive front gate entrance
- Repairing of Cedar Shore Drive & Bay Drive entrance columns & lights
- Clean-up and replanting of Bay Drive islands
** A BIG THANK YOU to Michael Murphy who replaced a few of the damaged Drive Slowly signs & Andrew Sellino who repaired the Entrance Gate columns & lights!! **
Our past President – Stephanie Carter – was successful in gaining attention from TOB and NYS officials to the issues concerning our residents. The relationships she has established and her continued assistance will serve our community well in 2019. In 2018, our Annual Dues paid residents remained steady from the previous year with approximately 12% of our residents contributing more than the requested $60 which helped us get closer to the monies needed to accomplish our projects HOWEVER we did fall short of 100% of Dues Paid residents and this always makes it difficult to meet our financial obligations of Property Taxes & Insurance. We did have donations come from our New Harbour Green neighbors south of us which were directed specifically for the front gate repairs – we greatly appreciate their generosity! Our year of community social events finished with another successful Candlelight Tea Social event at Grace Day which couldn’t have happened without the HARD WORK of CTS Committee Chairperson Jerry Langsner!
Now onto 2019
2019 Board Member Changes
We underwent some changes in Board positions going into 2019 as is normal according to our Old Harbour Green by-laws. These changes included Jerry Langsner, Jane Huang and Dave Palmer finishing out their tenures as HGA members and who deserve a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for their contributions over the years!! Stephanie Carter (recent past President), Rob Scarola, Doug DiDomenica and Art Pensato remain as HGA members and our 2019 Board Officers will be:
President – Greg Lowrey
Vice President – Michael Venditto
Treasurer – Mike Pratt
Secretary – Mike Fay
2019 Board Meeting Schedule
Any resident is welcome to join us at an upcoming HGA Board meeting which is normally held in the church basement of Grace Day – just send us a note if you plan on attending so we can anticipate how much room we may need. Our scheduled meetings:
March 5th // May 7th// September 10th // November 12th
2019 Community Projects
This year will bring new projects that the Board is planning to undertake in maintaining the charm and beauty of our community. Our focus will be finishing the repairs of the Bay Drive front gates, repairing and/or replacing street signs that are in very poor condition and adding new landscaping at Cedar Shore & Bay Drive entrances. In addition to these, the issue of speeding on Bay Drive continues to be a concern for our community. Our Board had pursued TOB officials in 2018 for a traffic flow review of this through the street and they did respond to us however their findings did not arrive at a solution to this issue – we will continue to work with TOB in 2019 on this matter.
2019 Annual Maintenance
We will continue to use Neptune Landscaping for our front property clean-up and seasonal maintenance as well as any add-on projects. They have always done a great job and the Board is confident that attention to our community will continue. Rain Pro maintained our sprinkler systems last year and will be contracted again in 2019.
2019 Community Events
Our annual events area tradition for our community – especially are always well attended Candlelight Tea Social – and 2019 will be no different!
Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 13th 11:00am-12:30pm – Location TBD
Halloween Parade — TBD
Annual Candlelight Tea Social – Friday, December 6th 7:30pm – 11:00pm – Grace Day Auditorium
S.O.S. (Student Outreach to Seniors)
Our S.O.S. Committee comprised of several young adults from our neighborhood under the adult supervision of Doug DiDomenica is ready for SNOW! and helping many of our beloved seniors digging out after a storm – it’s been a mild winter so far and the groundhog has predicted an early spring! This group’s main mission is to help during winter storms HOWEVER we welcome any feedback of other support that we can consider providing our senior neighbors.
Junior Civic Group
Kyra Varley will be passing her leadership role to another member of the group this year as she focuses on finishing out her senior year and preparing for college in the Fall 2019 – THANK YOU Kyra for all your help and support!! Stephanie Carter will continue to provide her guidance for the group.
Tax Year 2020-2021
In late 2018 the Board received the Nassau County Re-Assessment Notice which re-evaluated the market value our front property with a significant increase in total value resulting in a General & School Tax increase of approximately 66%. The HGA Board is pursuing an appointment with the County Assessor office to discuss this. Stephanie Carter has already had preliminary conversations while she was President and we will both be focusing on this issue immediately. Other options may include grieving these taxes as well as alternatives of front property ownership by another non-profit organization.
2019 Resident Dues
Finally, our 2019 Dues Letter will be mailed in early February. The amount will remain at $60.00 and any additional donations over the $60 Dues is ALWAYS appreciated! This year we have added a NEW online credit card payment option via our website right here. As mentioned throughout this message we need all residents Dues payments to meet the increased taxes and other expenses that help keep OUR community uniquely charming.
In closing, on behalf of the Harbour Green Association Board, we thank all of you for your continued commitment and financial support in making sure that OHG remains OUR beautiful neighborhood!