Beach Woods Bulletin, Edition Number 006, October, 2019

 

Please do not reply to this e-mail! Let's avoid a reader's computer or device contaminating the BW Bulletin contact list.

 

You may reach me, the self-appointed editor, at 321-768-0766 or garyhouchens@hotmail.com.

 

Social Activities

Wine at the Dock

The welcome back reunion was in full swing, but the rain had us scurrying for cover as this photo was taken. The shower may have dampened our spirits – but not the wine – pun intended.

 

Hawaiian Luau Saturday, November 9, pool side. Sign up by Nov. 4th for the catered meal. Bulletin board has more details.

 

Holiday Party Friday, December 6. Popular first-come, first-serve event. Watch bulletin board for details.

 

Free Concerts in Melbourne

The Melbourne Community Orchestra performs this week on Oct. 23 and 24 (Wed. and Thur.) at 7:30. Theme is Trick or Treat on MCO Street. “Will the music be mysterious or give you goose bumps?” http://mcorchestra.org/

 

The Melbourne Municipal Band presents Let Freedom Ring on November 6 and 7 (Wed. and Thur.) at 7:30. Note that this theme is well-timed for Nov. 11 Veterans Day. https://www.mmband.org/

 

Both at Melbourne Civic Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., these musical performances are first-rate, fun, and free – but donations accepted.

 

Committee Needs

Both the Amenities Committee and the Social Activities Committee need new members to take part in the ideas, discussions and decisions to maintain and enhance our community's well-being. Come, do your part.

 

Landscape Committee/Invasive Plants

A walk-through assessment of BW by an outside specialist from Keep Brevard Beautiful” approved our plantings as satisfactory – except for one issue. The Mexican petunias (see picture) are listed as a top invasive plant by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. This problem species displaces and/or cross pollinates with native plants. The Mexican petunia roots can spread, creeping into and even killing other plantings.

The Landscape Committee will begin removing Mexican petunias from common areas and strongly recommends that if you have them in your yard/area, that you take out those as well. They are extremely difficult to remove because of their hardiness.

 

Research always points to be best method as Roundup, which the Committee does not want to use because of its hazardous effects, especially due to the potential harm to the user's health. The safest spray is a solution of 1 gallon of vinegar, 1 cup of Epsom salt, and 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish detergent. This will kill only the foliage. When new growth occurs, it should be resprayed. Continued spraying will rob the root system of energy and the plant should eventually die.

 

Of course, if you can dig out the plant, that is most effective, but remaining remnant roots can send up new shoots. Those will have to be sprayed as well. The process for elimination will be long, but the Landscape Committee urges you to stay with it.

 

Scheduled Board Meetings for 2019 -2020

Per www.beachwoodsonline.com the scheduled BW Director's meetings are at 7 PM on the second Thursday of the following months:

·         November

·         January

·         February

·         March

·         April

Agendas will be posted on bulletin boards prior to each meeting.

 

Beachwoods Losses

The Oct. Director's meeting paused and recognized the loss of four from our BW community: Frank Bancer, Jackie Bechir, Art Molin, and Rose Townsend.

 

New Communications Committee

The Oct. Board meeting approved a new (yet unpopulated) committee to look into ways to improve BW internal communications – updating our web site www.beachwoodsonline.com to become more useful and accessible, and looking into adding and/or enhancing other methods of providing info to residents.

 

Facebook Group for Melbourne Beach Locals

For you Facebook fans, a group called “Melbourne Beach Locals” helps with keeping connected to the broader Beach community. It was especially helpful during the time Dorian was heading to Melbourne Beach. To find it, open the Facebook app. In the “Search” box type Melbourne Beach Locals and ask to join the group. It may take a few hours for it to start showing up in your news feed. Thanks to Marsha Napier for this info.

 

Gary Houchens

321-768-0766

 

Please do not reply to this e-mail! Let's avoid a reader's computer or device contaminating the BW Bulletin contact list.