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UB1 Spring 2020 Newsletter

Spring ahead

As we find ourselves in unprecedented times, we look to spring with optimism. We trust that by the end of May we will have emerged from our cocoons having taken the social precautions to rid our community, country and world of the Coronavirus and be able to safely come together around the pool and on the courts in celebration.   

Your Board of Directors and pool managers have been working hard in preparation and look forward to seeing you for another wonderful season at UB1.  Please read the newsletter and visit our website at upperbeechwood.com to see what is in the works to be ready for opening day on May 23rd, beginning with our Community Clean Up. Many hands make light work to maintain a beautiful community recreation centre.

As we move closer to opening day, we will keep you updated should circumstances warrant, but for now we will maintain a positive outlook. As always, please feel free to reach out to any of your Board Members with questions, concerns or ideas. Please also see my update for COVID-19 and ways to help out your neighbours in the Community News section of this newsletter or on the UB1 website.

Many thanks to UB1 secretary, Beth McLay, who has created this fresh newsletter format that will enable us to communicate UB1 and community news in an easy-to-read fashion with links to additional information, including to the UB1 website which has been restored to a valuable resource for community news. We hope you will take the time to read through this newsletter and visit the website for updates. 

In the meantime, may you find new ways of being during this quiet time meant for healing and remain safe. 

Monica

Monica Heinrich
UB1 President upperbeechwood1president@gmail.com

Mark your calendars!

Community clean up May 2 (tentative)
Membership Fees Due (discounted rate) May 15
Pool Opening Day May 23
Beechwood Community Garage Sale May 23
Adult party July 9
Pool Closing September 7

Membership News

2020 annual fees:

Covenant members due May 15: $590 per household, discounted to $490 (same fee as last year), if paid by May 15th.

Associate members due April 15: $690 per household

All swimming and tennis lessons and access to all programs and facilities are included with the membership fee. Please note that if the pool opening is delayed due to COVID-19, membership fees will be credited accordingly later in the season.   Covenant members will be sent an invoice by email in the next few weeks. A paper copy of the invoice will also be dropped off to each house. Associate members have been notified of the fees via email. Membership fees can be paid by e-transfer to ub1treasurer@gmail.comPlease use the password: Poolfees2020.  Fees can also be paid by cheque payable to UBHA#1 or Upper Beechwood Homes Association #1.   

Selling your home?

If you are selling your home this year, you may be entitled to recoup a portion of the membership fee from the purchaser. Please have your lawyer contact the UB1 treasurer, so that he can review your account and make  any adjustments on closing. This will also allow UB1 to update our membership database to include the new owners.  

Guests

Members are welcome to bring guests to the pool, tennis courts and basketball courts. Just a reminder that a guest can only use the UB1 pool, tennis courts or basketball courts if they are with a member. If the member leaves, so must the guest. Each member can bring up to 2 guests at a time. The intention is that members can bring family or friends on an occasional basis only, not regularly throughout the summer. If family or friends are interested in joining UB1, please direct them to our Membership Director, to be added to the Associate Members waiting list. 

Please feel free to speak to the guards if you are unsure about bringing a guest to the pool. All guests must be signed in on the guest sheet at the pool. 

Member Communication

We will continue to communicate with our members via electronic means and through postings at the pool. Please help us reach all our members by keeping us informed if your preferred email changes. Please contact Beth McLay, UB1 secretary, to update your email address.   

The UB1 website has been updated with 2020 information and will be used for regular communication. Please check it regularly for updates. Stay tuned for a new revamped website coming in May. Many thanks to UB1 member, Gary Hesselink, for volunteering to help with this work.   

Also, please check out our UB1 facebook page

Pool News

We are pleased to welcome back Abby Saunders and Katie McLay as pool manager and assistant managers. Noah Meyer is taking on the role of Head Guard. We are excited to have some familar faces on the guard team, as well as some new additions.

Please click here for a message from Abby and see the exciting events your pool staff have planned with a printable calendar!

Tennis and Pickleball News

Tennis nets are up! Please use code 2525 to access the tennis courts from the Branstone entrance. Please respect social distancing rules and one hour of play rules, if someone is waiting to use the courts.

If children have returned to school by May, we hope to offer Spring tennis lessons again this year in late May. More information about dates and sign up will be available on the website in May. Members will continue to be able to arrange private and group tennis lessons with the tennis instructor this summer. 

Pickleball was a big success last year. In addition to pickleball lines painted on the tennis courts last summer, paddles and balls will be purchased this year for members to borrow from the pool office while using the court.

Facilities Update

There is lots of work planned to keep UB1 facilities functioning and welcoming for members.

In 2019, a new pool heater, pool shed, and shade sails were added. A surveillance system with video recording was purchased to deter people from accessing (and damaging) the pool area after it is closed.  Upgrades to the UB1 facilities in 2020 include repairs to the pool fence and basketball court, addition of painted basketball game and other game (i.e., hopscotch) lines, and both interior and exterior pool house painting. In addition, pool area chairs are being replaced, as well as the tennis court benches and nets.

Let’s Get Social (Distancing)

A new social steering committee has been formed to plan and run adult and family social events in addition to the fantastic events that are already run by our pool staff.

As we navigate through this period of social distancing, the social committee has set up a temporary pandemic-specific Facebook page as a means of reference for the daily activities for families, as well as a place to post resources that you’d like to share. You can request to join up and begin participating with friends and neighbours at Upper Beechwood Pandemic Community.  Questions can be directed to Amy Walbridge at upperbeechwood1social@gmail.com.

During this trying time, we feel that supporting our community is a wonderful way to lift spirits and keep us engaged. We are putting a call out to you (the UB1 community) to get involved and come up with, and organize, fun activities that we can share on-line and do separately, respecting social distancing protocol.

Some ideas are:

  • Funny face days where fun faces are created and placed in your front window (great craft idea for kids) for specified dates so families out on their daily walk(s) can search for them to add a bit of variety to the trek. 
  • A daily Lego challenge for kids is a simple way to provide an activity to keep kids entertained – and keep them looking for the next day’s challenge.  
  • An online exercise class (we can do them on Facebook live!)  for all ages.  
  • A nature photography contest that could involve the whole family, etc. 

Have ideas for fun social distancing activities? Please share them with the committee on their Google Drive page.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist the committee, please contact social committee chair, Amy Walbridge at upperbeechwood1social@gmail.com. Covenant and associate members welcome!

Community News

COVID-19 and helping neighbours 

It is quiet in the Upper Beechwood 1 community. This is not as expected as we look forward to Spring BUT as it should be during this unprecedented time of the global coronavirus (COVID -19) pandemic. As fear of the unknown is creating anxiety, it is comforting to see the community respecting the seriousness of the spread of the virus – quarantining when necessary and practicing ‘social distancing’ in order that we all may be safe.

Life today is different and it is challenging us to slow down and consider what is important – to be creative in our communications with friends and love ones, to enjoy the outdoors in independent activities, to find new ways to exercise our minds and bodies during this pause in order to keep healthy, and to reach out with kindness to help those who may be in need at this time.

If you or your family is quarantined or needs help to get groceries or any other essential items, please email Monica at: upperbeechwood1president@gmail.com. If there are any members willing to put their name on a support list to help neighbours in need, please let Monica know.

For the most up to date information:

Region of Waterloo Public Health <https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx.

Province of Ontario Ministry of Health<https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.

Public Health Agency of Canada<https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html.

Keep safe yourself safe – and by doing so, keep your neighbours safe too.

Monica Heinrich upperbeechwood1president@gmail.com

The homeless need our help

One of our upper beechwood neighbors, Gayle Parker, is a public health nurse who works with the homeless in Waterloo Region. Recent government policies to shut down public gathering spaces and public washrooms have severely impacted the homeless.  They are in need of water or juice bottles, non-perishable food that does not need to be heated and warm outerwear such as coats, hats and mitts. Masks and gloves are also badly needed. Please donate what you can. Donations can be dropped off on Gayle’s front porch at 250 Roxton Drive. Donations are collected and staff are going right to the streets to distribute the items.   

Slow down – traffic speed in Upper Beechwood

There have been reports of excessive driving speeds on Wyecroft, among other streets. The City of Waterloo has been notified and is looking into conducting a traffic study later this spring.   

Beechwood Community Garage Sale – Saturday May 23rd

The garage sale is held in conjunction with Upper Beechwood #1 and #2, and Beechwood West #1 and #2 Homes Associations. It attracts many visitors to the area at garage sale time. Don’t miss the opportunity to clear out basements, garages and playrooms. Get ready for the summer and make a few dollars in the process. Set up early as the keen garage sale visitors will be around soon after 8am!    

Spot the fox!

Thank you to the members who have reported numerous sightings of a fox or foxes in the UB1 neighbourhood in the last six weeks. Please be aware when letting small pets and children to go outside to play. According to the humane society website, healthy foxes tend to have a natural fear of people. They will usually run away from you as soon as they detect your presence. If not, the fox has probably learned to associate people with food (likely because someone has been feeding them – please don’t feed the foxes!), and may exhibit a boldness or even approach you. These foxes can easily be scared away by making loud noises such as yelling.

Volunteers Wanted!

UB#1 is run entirely by a group of volunteers and pool staff. Please consider helping out for a few hours. We are looking for interested covenant and associate members to volunteer for the following activities:

Community Clean up: Come out and join us for a fun few hours on May 2nd to get the UB1 recreation centre spiffed up for the new season. We will be focusing on cleaning up the property and some gardening and pruning to banish weeds and keep the vines at bay. Please bring gloves, gardening tools such as edgers, rakes, weeding tools, pruning shears and any spare garbage or paper yard bags. Thank you for volunteering!

Tennis Courts upkeep: Keeping the tennis courts clean and weeded is a large job. The board is looking for volunteers to help with the upkeep. Please consider volunteering at the Community Clean up day on May 2nd to help tackle the weeds. A sign up sheet for members to volunteer to help with the weeding etc. on a weekly basis will be posted at the pool this summer. Please contact Tennis Director, Sue Winter, if you are able to help out.

Pool Helpers: Members age 13 and over can request to volunteer with swimming lessons and events during the four sessions throughout the summer. This volunteer position requires a committment to arrive on time and be available throughout the entire session. The pool staff love to get all the help the can. Contact Abby Saunders, pool manager, to learn more.

Contact Us

2020 Board Executive 

PresidentMonica Heinrichupperbeechwood1president@gmail.com 519-574-0363      
TreasurerSteve Bienkowskiub1treasurer@gmail.com519-886-8174
SecretaryBeth McLayupperbeechwood1secretary@gmail.com 519-888-0418
MembershipJenna Fergusonassociatesub1@gmail.com 519-501-0448 
TennisArt and Sue Winterupperbeechwood1tennis@gmail.com  226-338-9427 (Art) 226-808-1759 (Sue)
PoolJennifer Hamiltonupperbeechwood1pooldirector@gmail.com 519-498-9033
FacilitiesMatt Wellsupperbeechwood1maintenance@gmail.com 519-502-9555

Pool Staff

Abby Saunders- Manager

Katie McLay- Assistant Manager

Noah Meyer- Head Guard

ub1guards@gmail.com