1 Volume 38, Issue 1 www.vfmountain.org VFMA Directors—2014 Karen Zach President David Holmes Vice President Teresa Jurgensen Treasurer Tracy Simpson Secretary Karen Magiso Schuylkill Liaison Keith Hollander Tredyffrin Liaison Tim McGarrity Property & Civic Improvement Membership & Hospitality Planning Committee Kelly Englisch Kim Cunningham Other Key Communication Roles Doug Moeller VFMA Website Marla Stevens Yahoo Groups Mike & Marla Stevens 2013 Directory 2014 Calendar of Events March 2014 The Swearing in of the 2014 Board Members The 2014 Annual Meeting was cancelled due to hazardous weather conditions this past January. Instead, the VFMA board used the February monthly board meeting to execute the annual swearing in of new board members. The new members of the Board, Teresa Jurgensen, Tim McGarrity, Kelly Englisch, and Kim Cunningham, were nominated and accepted as the newest members. Teresa will be our new Treasurer, Tim, the new Property and Civic Improvement chair, Kelly will be acting as Membership and Hospitality Chair, and Kim will be acting as Planning Committee Chair in 2014. The board thanked retiring board members Luke Jennings, Andrew Sherriff, Missy Farkouh, and Marla Stevens for their service on the board. The budget and financial health of the Association was reviewed and Luke made his final report as Treasurer and reported that the accounts were in a good financial state. VFMA Membership was at 177 families this year. The board discussed the spring clean up and the types of help we can expect to need. They agreed again to offer free VFMA t-shirts to anyone volunteering at the clean up. Please send an email to Tim McGarrity at [email protected] if you’re planning on coming to help. We Survived Winter 2013-14!! Easter Egg Hunt April 12 (13 rain) Spring Clean-Up April 26 (27 rain) Spring Fling Picnic May 17 (18 rain) 4th of July Party July 4 New Neighbor’s Party September 14 Halloween/Octoberfest October 25 (26 rain) Ladies Wine and Cheese December 7 (Jan 4 snow) Santa’s Visit December 14 Annual Meeting January 21, 2015 Dinner Dance February 7, 2015 This year, as we are snow-weary and ready for the warm weather, please join your VFMA neighbors at a BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic) at the Sunbowl on May 17th. This is a free event and a chance for us all to bring in the Spring! Also, the Easter Egg Hunt is just around the corner and after that, the Spring Clean-Up! Again this year, get a **FREE** NEW VFMA T-Shirt when you volunteer at the Clean-Up. Let us know you are coming and we’ll make sure we have your size! 2 Santa Made His Annual Visit December 15 Santa made a quick stops to the Valley Forge firehouse just before Christmas. Children of all ages had a chance to meet Santa and put in a few last minute requests. Thank you to Tracy Simpson, Marla Stevens, Missy Farkouh and Karen Zach for setting up and coordinating this year. Thanks to Frank Kirk for a wonderful Santa experience! 3 Valley Forge Mountain Association—2013 Financial Report 4 The 2014 Dinner Dance at the Phoenixville Country Club The Black and White theme for the 2014 Dinner Dance was a beautiful event with 62 neighbors participating. The meal was delicious, surf and turf with filet and grouper, and the music, provided by DJ Joe Griffith, was terrific. Many people stayed until the very last dance. Overall, a smashing success! 5 Dinner Dance 2014 6 Twice the Workout, Half the Time from Dr. Mark Saracino’s Newsletter Whether you're an exercise veteran, new to the game or somewhere in between, you've probably already learned one of the most important lessons: You have to make time to work out. Chances are your daily schedule isn't going to open wide anytime soon and give you hour after hour of unfilled time slots to hit the gym. Everyone's busier than ever, which means creative ways to stay fit - without going into fits - are becoming increasingly desirable. Resistance training and cardiovascular exercise are two vital components of a successful, healthy fitness routine. Why not combine the two and get more done - in less time? Here are a few suggestions on how to get a fat-burning, heart-strengthening, aerobic and muscle toning workout in 20 minutes or less: Push and Punch: One of the best ways to combine strength training and cardiovascular exercise in one fell swoop is the simplest one. Alternate 30-second bursts of push-ups (as many as you can in 30 seconds), followed immediately by 30 seconds of air punches (elbows tight to sides, punch left arm, then right, out in front of your chest). A nice progression to add to the difficulty (and aerobic effect) is to jog in place as fast as you can while punching. Do a few sets of this combination and your body will respond, big time. S Is for Super Sets: Looking to save time and combine exercises? Sounds as if super setting is ideal for you. Pick 3-4 of your favorite exercises; let's go with biceps curls, bench dips, wall squats and planks. You're probably used to doing a few sets of curls, and then a few sets of dips, etc. Not this time! Instead, do 2-3 sets of the entire progression, pausing only to change equipment / position as necessary. We're talking 15 reps of curls followed immediately by 15 bench dips, then 15 squats and a 30-second plank. Trust us, you'll be sweating in no time and taking your workout to the next level in the process. Power of the Burpee: The "burpee" is one of the best multi-muscle exercises out there, and once we explain how to perform it, you'll realize how good it is at combining resistance and cardiovascular exercise. There are several variations, but here's a common one: 1) In a standing position, feet shoulder-width apart, drop down quickly into a push-up position, kicking your feet back. Perform the push-up, then pull your legs / feet in toward your chest as you stand back up, jumping into the air as high as you can and clapping hands overhead. Repeat for 10-15 total reps, 2-3 sets (if you can handle it!). The time-saving element in all three of the above is that you're combining movements and taking little to no time in between - which is the modern formula for getting the most out of your workout in the least amount of time possible. Talk to your doctor for more great ideas to keep you on track for your fitness goals. 7 Chesterbrook Redevelopment Stalled From the Tredyffrin-Easttown Patch There is a tentative plan for the redeveloped Chesterbrook Shopping Center… but you can't see it yet. That's because it's not a formal plan and it has not even been submitted to the township. Chesterbrook 300 L.P. is the new owner of the Chesterbrook Shopping Center. The owner's attorney presented a list of about eight proposed changes to the existing Tredyffrin Township zoning ordinance that were designed to make the project as tentatively envisioned a little easier for the developer to accomplish. The proposed changes would not just impact Chesterbrook, they would impact all of Tredyffrin Township. And that's where things got really sticky for some members of the board and the public. The board rejected the proposals as presented and are sending the suggestions back to the Tredyffrin Planning Commission to take another look at some of the suggested changes. Parking space allocation in new developments was the biggest concern expressed by members of the public. Lou Colagreco, the developer's attorney, proposed reducing the number of parking spaces required for each townhouse unit from 2 1/2 to 2 1/4 spaces. Colagreco cited several national studies and research that indicates more and more people are taking public transit and biking to work and to do errands. That assertion did not play well with most of the people who packed Monday night's Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting David Miller of Chesterbrook posed a question to the crowd. "Did anybody here walk or bike or have trouble finding parking here?" Miller asked rhetorically. "I understand the trend but that’s not the trend here. I’m all for this place being redeveloped but the parking, I think I would argue we need parking." That's not how Joyce Rudzewick of Chesterbrook sees it. "Parking is a nightmare. I’m very happy to have the place (Chesterbrook Shopping Center) developed. It has looked awful for years. To reduce parking spaces I don’t think is realistic in our area." She and several other residents pointed out that public transportation into Chesterbrook is limited to one SEPTA bus route and even that bus leaves many residents with a several miles long walk from the bus stop to home. The other issue of concern to board members was changing regulations concerning decks and impervious ground. Water runoff is always a big concern in several parts of the township. The proposal would have reduced restrictions on decks that allow water to run off between planks and down into the ground. At the end of the nearly two hours of testimony and debate the Board of Supervisors voted to send the proposals back to the Tredyffrin Planning Commission for further review. That will not stop the development process, but may delay it for a month or two. 8 2014 VFMA Dues Covered Bridge Garden Club $55, Due May 1, 2014 Spring Plant Sale Use PayPal @ www.vfmountain.org The Covered Bridge Garden Club will be holding their spring plant sale on May 3, 2014. New to the sale will be container plants Caladium “Carolyn Wharton’, Verbena “Empress Dark Red’ and Coleus “Aurora Raspberry”. They will also be adding Make checks payable to: VFMA Mail, with name and address, to: a 4 and 1/2 inch bubblegum colored supertunia and a Scaevola hanging basket. Rosemary will be available for all the herb lovers. VFMA, P.O. Box 111 Valley Forge, PA 19481 Due to the continuing infestation mildew, there will still be no flats of impatiens. If infected plants are planted in your soil the mildew can spread VFMA Welcoming Committee to other plants. We recommend that you not plant impatiens this year. If you happen to meet, or find out about, a new neighbor moving into the neighborhood, please let the Welcoming Committee know, so that they can plan a welcome visit and basket. previous customers toward the end of March. New Email Kelly Englisch with any updates. tact Sue Heist ([email protected]). A brochure and order form will be mailed to customer should go to the website http://www.coveredbridge-gardenclub.com or conThink Spring and let’s get planting! The Valley Forge Mountain Association P.O. Box 111 Valley Forge, PA 19481 www.vfmountain.org Mountain News An informal bulletin published periodically by the Board of Directors of the Valley Forge Mountain Association , Inc. for the residents of The Mountain.
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