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2014 FALL CITIZENS' POLICE ACADEMY
Posted on Jul 28, 2014 Comments (0)
Citizen Alert
The Fall 2014 Citizens' Police Academy class will begin Thursday, September 4th at 6 p.m. This 12-week course provides Allen residents with an opportunity to meet with officers from various units of the police department including K-9, SWAT, Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene.  Classes meet Thursday nights 6 - 9 p.m. at the Police Driving track/training facility. The class is limited to the first 30 applicants, so please act quickly. We look forward to seeing you in the September 2014 Class! If you have any questions or would like an application, please contact Officer Rippamonti at the information listed below.
Officer S. Rippamont
Contact Email: srippamonti@cityofallen.org
Contact Phone: 214-509-4358
 
NEW RECYCLING GUIDELINES
Posted on Jul 25, 2014 Comments (0)
Beginning in August, cartons will be accepted in Allen's single stream recycling bins. Now that more and more consumers are purchasing products in cartons for convenience, the City of Allen will partner with CWD and the Carton Council to be able to accept cartons in the existing curbside recycling program.
Examples of cartons that are able to enter the recycling stream are ones containing juice, milk, cream, soy milk, soup and broth, egg substitute, and wine. There are no requirements to rinse your cartons. As long as the carton is empty, it is okay to place in your blue polycart. In Allen, the results of adding cartons to the list of curbside recyclable materials will decrease the amount of waste sent to the landfill as well as providing an ideal material for recycling into tissues, napkins and other paper products.
For more information about carton recycling, visit RecycleCartons.com.
 
WANT TO KNOW WHEN OUR HOA BOARD MEETS?
Posted on Jul 24, 2014 Comments (0)
Now that StarCreek HOA is managed by homeowners, you may be more interested in knowing when the board meets. To opt in for meeting notices, go to the Community Management Associates website, log in or set up an account, go to My Profile, and indicate under Email Notifications when you'd like to be notified about meetings. You can choose anywhere from 0-10 days in advance of the meeting date.
 
DISEASE IS KNOCKING OUT STARCREEK KNOCKOUT ROSES
Posted on Jul 23, 2014 Comments (0)
Rose rosette is striking StarCreek's Knockout roses.
An unfortunate disease has struck many of the abundant and beautiful Knockout rose bushes in our neighborhood common areas and homeowners’ yards. The affliction: rose rosette, a fatal virus disease of roses. Within a relatively short period of time, roses can begin to show leaf distortion and excessive branch development, known as witches broom, at the ends of branches.
 
Prune out the cane/branches when you first spot rose rosette symptoms and hope that it has not spread. Some miticides/insecticide such as abamectin (Avid), cabaryl (Sevin) and/or petroleum-based horticultural oils might help. The best solution is the removal and complete destruction of an infected plant.

Or try this approach: Liberally cut away diseased stems and clean tool blades with hydrogen peroxide. The Sick Tree Treatment should be applied throughout all rose beds. See www.dirtdoctor.com. To 1 gallon of Garrett Juice Plus spray (mixed according to label instructions), add 8 ounces of drugstore 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Spray the plants thoroughly until the liquid drips off leaves.
 
MORE FLEXIBILITY ALLOWED IN BRAND USED FOR STAIN
Posted on Jul 23, 2014 Comments (2)
Due to new state laws related to HOAs, StarCreek HOA can no longer require homeowners to use only Ready Seal Wood Stain Medium Brown (Pecan) OS-015B when restaining their fences (HOAs can't mandate a specific brand). If you choose not to use Ready Seal however, you must submit your proposed stain color sample for HOA approval. If you use HOA-preferred Ready Seal stain color, you do not have to seek HOA approval.
 
Ready Seal is not available at Lowe's or Home Depot. But you can purchase it at local merchants listed under the Document Library. Remember, if you are replacing or structurally changing your fence, HOA approval is required. If you plan to modify your fence in any way other than restaining it with the HOA-preferred Ready Seal stain color, you can access the modification submission form under Documents Library or here.
 
SCALE AND BARK SCALE ATTACKING STARCREEK CREPE MYRTLES
Posted on Jul 23, 2014 Comments (0)
Residents are reporting that some crepe myrtles in their yards and the common areas have crepe myrtle bark scale. This disease first showed up last summer in StarCreek. To treat your diseased trees, it's important to know whether you have regular scale (crunchy black nodules) or crepe myrtle bark scale (pictured here). One resident whose crepe myrtle trees were afflicted last summer did research and discovered that the usual spraying for scale (Scale Away) does not work with this type of scale. The scale spreads from tree to tree.
 
This scale is white and soft – when you rub it, it bleeds red/purple. This is NOT powdery mildew. The scale also produces a sticky sap that covers the leaves. The sap attracts bees and ants. A nurseryman advised her to use a systemic drench insecticide – it takes about three weeks to work.
 
Application of systemic insecticides as a drench applied to the roots of the plants shows the most promise. Use Imidacloprid (Merit or Bayer Advanced Garden Tree and Shrub Insect Control) or dinotefuran (Greenlight Tree and Shrub Insect Control with Safari). These may not be readily available at Lowe's and Home Depot.

One resident who treated her crepe myrtles for bark scale last summer recommends Ferti-lome Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Drench, found at Shades of Green in Frisco for about $20. Follow directions and determine the amount to use by measuring the distance around the trunk. Pour the required amount of insecticide into a bucket of water and pour around the base of the tree. In addition to applying the drench, you can also manually remove the unsightly scale from the trunk and branches with a wet rag -- but this alone won't cure the scale -- it will just improve the appearance of the tree. Crepe myrtles that were treated with the systemic drench last summer are scale-free this summer.
 
Here’s info about how to treat.
 
BABYSITTER AND HELPER LINK
Posted on Jul 22, 2014 Comments (0)
Please check out the StarCreek website addition, “Find a Sitter and Helpers” link, on the left bar. This link makes finding assistance easier than sorting through the Recommendations page. The information contained in this area is only viewable by StarCreek residents, and only StarCreek residents will be approved for addition to the list.
Sign up to be an official StarCreek helper, baby-, house- or pet-sitter. Go to the website and click on the link “Find a Sitter and Helpers” and “Submit a New Sitter." You will have the opportunity to provide information about you and your services. Hit submit and you’re done!
If you have questions or problems signing up, please contact Pam Surgent. See Resident Directory for contact information.
 
TIMELY TIPS FOR THE JULY GARDENER
Posted on Jul 1, 2014 Comments (0)
Gardening activities usually slowdown in the summertime as the temperature continues to climb into the 90’s and beyond. July is often a very dry month and can be very hot. New garden projects are not usually started but there are always maintenance chores to do. The best time to do any kind of gardening or maintenance is in early morning or late in the day after supper.
Proper watering is essential to keep plants healthy. It is best to water as deeply and infrequently as possible, as opposed to frequent light sprinklings. This will encourage a deeper root system that can take advantage of water stored in the soil.
 
One of the best strategies for getting shrubs and young trees through summertime dry spells is to apply a thick layer of mulch over the root systems of plants. Mulches break down over time, so if it has been awhile since you’ve mulched, check all the plants in your yard. A three to four inch layer will prevent most evaporation from the soil and lower the soil temperature in the root zone, reducing stress on the root system.
 
July is a great time to prepare and plant your fall vegetable garden! Did you know that many Fall-grown vegetables have better flavor? Since the days are getting shorter many vegetable crops store more sugar and have better flavor than Spring grown corps. Vegetables for a Fall garden include Tomatoes, Peppers, Snap Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots and Lettuce. Keep your garden well watered until Fall begins. Drip irrigation combined with mulch is an excellent way to maintain high quality vegetables plants. Soaker hoses can be used to provide this water supply for your garden.
 
Wanting to add some summer color? Marigolds, Cosmos, Vinca, Zinnias, Purslane and Portulaca all do well in the summer heat. Marigolds planted in late summer and carried over into fall tend to have brighter colors than spring-planted Marigolds. Pinch back and fertilize Chrysanthemums this month to promote new growth and more flowers.
 
US 75 CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Posted on Jun 17, 2014 Comments (0)
Northbound Concrete Traffic Barriers Installation
Now that the concrete traffic barrier installation on the southbound frontage road of US 75 is complete, work will begin on the northbound side. As was the case previously, installation of these barriers requires two lanes of traffic causing intermittent temporary closures of ramps and the frontage road (full width).
To lessen the impact to drivers, the following measures are being taken: 
The work will only be done at night
Message boards will be used to alert drivers in the event of ramp closures
Detour signs will be used to alert drivers in event of frontage road closures, directing local traffic onto public streets. 
Traffic control and work is anticipated to begin at about 8 p.m. each night, with complete ramp and frontage road closures to occur after 10 p.m.
Let's be careful out there.
 
 
Upcoming Events
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 7 p.m. at Clubhouse
The quarterly Neighborhood Watch meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. Come and meet the new coordinator, Brian Craig, and talk to the Allen Police officers. Several residents have expressed concerns about crime and safety in our neighborhood. This meeting is a great opportunity to discuss ideas with law enforcement officers and your neighbors. Join in the discussion.
 
TODDLER/PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Playground or Clubhouse
Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers - join your neighbors and their little ones for an informal monthly play date. Contact Amanda Kruse for information. See Resident Directory for contact details.
 
LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at home of Melissa Schabel
The Ladies' Book Club will not meet in July. The August book selection is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Amazon Reviews state: The extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize), The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work. Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths.
 
Kingsolver's riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions—religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians—trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver's must thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.
 
Contact Mary Manos with any questions. See Resident Directory for contact information.
 
MEN'S NIGHT OUT - POKER
Friday, August 15, 2014, 8:00 PM at Clubhouse
Join other StarCreek men for a night out and/or Elimination Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on the third Friday of every month. For Information, visit www.starcreekpoker.com or contact George Weston. See Resident Directory for contact details.
 
BACK TO SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Pavilion and Clubhouse
The Back-To-School Ice Cream Social is a great time for children to get together before the first day of school! This event is designed for public, private and home schooled children of StarCreek. A coordinator is needed to help with this event. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Michelle Rabalais. See Resident Directory for contact information. Join in the fun!