July 11, 2009

Fraud Alert- Door to Door Scam

A number of trusted neighbors have contacted me about a CONFIRMED fraudulent scam.  A young caucasian woman in her 20's claiming to be the daughter of one of our neighbors, or someone who lives in the house on the other side of the neighborhood has been collecting cash and checks purported to be for a fundraising effort.  She's extremely convincing.  Please do not fall for this scam.  If you have already given her a check, I suggest you stop payment immediately.  The Washington County Sheriff has been contacted.

The young woman claims to be a student of College of Art & Design raising money for culinary school, a Food Network program, and a trip to Rome, and she's "selling" books for Gillete Children's Hospital, etc. etc. etc...
If you have already been victimized, you may to contact the Washington County Sheriff's non-emergency number at (651) 439-9381.  If she comes to your door, try to obtain as many identifying characteristics of the person (car license plate number, physical characteristics, etc.) as possible and call 911 for response by the Sheriff.

July 10, 2009

Centex to Build New Homes in Hugo, MN's Victor Gardens Single Family Village Neighborhood

Victor Gardens Master Board was informed last week of Neighborhood Development Partners LLC sale of lots to Centex, expected to be merging soon with Pulte and becoming America's largest builder.
From my understanding of what I've read, Neighborhood Development Partners has hired an architectural firm, Whitten & Associates, to assist Centex in modifying its plans to conform to their view of an appropriate new home in Victor Gardens Single Family Village. Whitten & Associates has written a letter regarding this to the Victor Gardens Master Board which I believe should be shared with residents (please follow this link).

July 9, 2009

Maintenance Update: Pool Heater

As many swimmers have realized, the pool's been cooler than normal lately.  The pool's heater is worn out.  Members of the Master Board met today with our pool contractor and approved the replacement of the heating unit.  The new heater will be more energy efficient and has a longer life expectancy than the old model.
The new unit should be installed soon.  I'll update this site when the repairs and the new unit installation is completed.

July 8, 2009

SFV Board Meeting Tonight

The Single Family Village Board will meet July 8, at 8:00pm at the VG Neighborhood Activity Center.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Business Profile - Quality Window Cleaning

This message was sent to me by good neighbors Tony & Jody Schwab.  They're recommending a window washing company that will give discounts to Victor Gardens residents.  Last fall, Tony & Jody recommended a great lawn aeration service that we used and were very happy with.  Please see Tony's excerpted message below:
"I found a good window washer that did work in Fable Hills and all of those who used him liked him. He cleaned up well after the washing. 
I had him out today, He  will clean your windows, clean the inside and outside sills and the screens for 3.75 per window inside and 3.75 for the outside of same window.... I have 54 sets of inside and outside win dows and my bill is 199.12  .If we get 10 or more homeowners in VG he will give all a 20% discount and more of a discount if we get more than 10 people. I think most of the homes are close in amount of windows but some may differ.. So you can get an idea from my house,,, ...    He will also do the little windows around the door  and on top of the doors free,, I told him I would get back to him in a few weeks. You can call him for a estimate.. The business is called  Quality Window Cleaning..   His name is Grant at (763) 656 8519   Make sure you tell him you are in  for the discounts  or call me Tony 651 429 2000      If you can post this in the newsletter I think some people will like the cost and quality of workmanship. "