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WATER-WISE GARDENING
Posted on Aug 2, 2014 Comments (0)
Principles of Water-Wise Gardening:
  1. Planning and design
  2. Soil preparation
  3. Appropriate plant selection
  4. Efficient irrigation
  5. Use of mulches
  6. Appropriate maintenance
 Landscape and irrigation plan should be done together to increase efficiency. Group plants with like water usage requirements. Determine water zoning for planning. Oasis area is typically the area immediately around the home – foundation plantings. This is the area that uses the most water. Transitional areas are away from the foundation, and more moderately drought tolerant plants can be incorporated. Xeric areas are farthest from the home, and plant material should be selected that has the most dependable drought tolerance.
 
Soil type will dictate the irrigation needs. Organic compost improves microbial activity making healthier soil, aiding in moisture retention and supplying nutrients to the plant material. Expanded shale improves drainage in heavy clay soils and provides space for oxygen movement. Apply approximately 3 inches of Organic Compost/Expanded Shale and work into topsoil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.
 
To make appropriate plant selections, observe sunlight patterns for each area to be considered. Choose plants that have the correct day length and light requirements for the area being considered. For example, do not choose Impatiens for a very sunny west exposure. Locate trees to help cool and shade air conditioning units on southern and western exposure. This will help cut energy costs and water usage. Use shade tolerant plants in shady locations and irrigate only when needed. Note when the bed areas in full sun require irrigation. Turf areas need eight inches of soil to allow for deep penetration that can survive limited water and drought. Please use the Plant Selector located at: http:urbanlandscapeguide.tamu.edu for help in selecting the correct plants for your needs.
 
Efficient irrigation stems from developing an irrigation plan in conjunction with a landscape plan. Always accommodate the needs of the plant. Proper planning may eliminate the need for irrigation; many plants can survive long drought periods without supplemental irrigation if placed in the proper environment and planted correctly. Make sure your irrigation has no overspray in normal wind conditions. Zone like water-use plant material. Don’t water the sidewalk. This is probably one of the biggest wastes of water; please adjust your sprinkler heads.
 
Mulch, Mulch and Mulch. This can add so much value to the landscape. Mulches can be organic or inorganic. Mulch will slow evaporation, help prevent water robbing weeds, help to maintain soil temperature and look attractive. Do not apply too high on plant trunks as this can lead to fungus and molds. Organic mulches such as hardwood, pine bark, cedar and cypress should be applied at approximately 3 inch levels and will decompose adding organic material to the soil and increasing microbial activity.
 
Appropriate maintenance will insure a Water Wise landscape. Maintenance programs should include aeration of mulched beds and turf areas, mowing frequently at the proper height, removing only 1/3 of the leaf blade at each mowing, regular inspection of irrigation system and heads, resetting irrigation system for current weather and ensuring plants remain healthy. A healthy plant will stress less and typically use less water. 
 
Information courtesy of Calloway's Nursery ©2014, www.calloways.com.
 
2014 FALL CITIZENS' POLICE ACADEMY
Posted on Jul 28, 2014 Comments (0)
The fall 2014 Citizens' Police Academy class will begin Thursday, Sept. 4, 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. If you have any questions or would like an application, please contact Officer Rippamonti at srippamonti@cityofallen.org or 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 www.RecycleCartons.com.
 
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.
 
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.
 
COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Posted on Jun 8, 2014 Comments (0)
StarCreek is growing by leaps and bounds. A number of new residents have expressed interest in getting more involved in the community, but the Board and Village Rep positions do not come available often. We are excited to announce that we will now have twelve committees, offering more opportunity for residents to get involved. Several of the new Committees are a result of ideas submitted by residents.
Each committee will consist of a small group of residents who will set objectives, gather data, develop an action plan, seek approval, and implement solutions to their specific committee focus.
 
EXISTING COMMITTEES:
Architectural Modification Committee - Reviews/approves residential home modification requests. Examples are pools, playground equipment, basketball hoop placement, etc. This group will also work to simplify the review and approval process documents to make it as user-friendly as possible.
Clubhouse Committee - Manages clubhouse rentals and recommends process and procedure to make the rental process positive while maximizing revenue and efficiency. This includes managing the schedule and opening and closing the  lubhouse for renters.
Neighborhood Watch Committee - Collaborates with local police and fire departments to keep neighbors educated on how to maintain a safe neighborhood.
Social Committee - Creates and executes the annual social calendar and all community wide social events such as the Spring Fling, Opening the Pool Party, Independence Day Parade, Children’s Holiday Party, etc.
Welcome Committee - Welcomes new neighbors with activities such as welcome events in the clubhouse.
Green/Environmental Committee - Helps StarCreek identify and develop methods to lower our impact on the environment. This Committee also organizes creek clean-up events.
 
NEW COMMITTEES:
Communication Committee - Will review and evaluate existing communication tools to identify communication method(s), plans, and timing to ensure residents are up-to-date on the neighborhood and are able to easily find needed information.
Community Relations Committee - Will be responsible for understanding local elections, politics, zoning issues, etc. that may impact StarCreek and will work with the Communication Committee to communicate elections and other items of interest.
Community Service Committee - Will organize opportunities for residents to give back to the community such as a school supply drive, end of season clean your closets, holiday campaigns, etc.
Compassion Committee - Will support residents dealing with critical situations such as battling disease, death, family emergency, etc. This committee will organize a structure to discretely support the family with needs such as delivering meals, grocery shopping, etc.
Landscape/Maintenance Committee - Will work closely with CMA, Board/Village Rep, and the landscape provider to maintain all entrances and common areas while effectively and efficiently working within our budget.
Multi-Cultural Committee - Will create activities/communication to cultivate cultural interest and understanding such as “Around the World” Potluck Festival, International Progressive Dinner, and/or newsletter articles on upcoming global holidays, traditions, etc.
 
Please email Michael Minyard by June 30 if you are interested. See Resident Directory for contact information. Please include the following: Name, Committee, Email, Phone.
 
CALLOWAY'S COUPON FOR GARDENERS
Posted on May 6, 2014 Comments (0)
Calloway's is a great supporter of gardening in North Texas. They support StarCreek beautification projects, specifically, by awarding our Yard of the Month winners with gift certificates. Click here for a link to a coupon for savings at their centers, good throughout 2014.
 
WHO TO CONTACT FOR LIGHTS OUT
Posted on Jan 17, 2011 Comments (0)
If you find that a streetlight in StarCreek doesn't come on when it gets dark, contact the City of Allen. Using this online form, you can describe the problem and the location of the streetlight. Keep in mind that streetlights that stay on during the day should also be reported because of unnecessary energy consumption. In either case, the city will route the request to a contractor who replaces the bulbs or makes a repair. A response takes about one week after notification. You can also call the City of Allen, 214-509-4576.
 
If streetlight fixture is broken or the spotlights on neighborhood entry signs are out, contact StarCreek property manager Teresa Lamb at tlamb@cmamanagement.com.
 
STARCREEK CLASSIFIEDS
Posted on Jul 14, 2009 Comments (1)
Looking for a babysitter, need to have some alterations done, wanna buy a "used car"?  Do you have a sofa for sale or a child  who wants to advertise their summer pet sitting business?  Look no further than StarCreek's own Classified Ads. This is a free service available only to registered StarCreek residents. Unlike the message board, you can add photos. Check it out!
 
 
Upcoming Events
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!
 
LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at Home of Michelle Warmbrodt
The September book selection for the Ladies' Book Club is Defending Jacob by William Landay. According to a New York Times review: "Mr. Landay turns out to be creating a clever blend of legal thriller and issue-oriented family implosion. 'Suspicion, once it started to corkscrew into my thoughts, made me experience everything twice: as a questing prosecutor and anxious father, one after the truth, the other terrified of it.' He cannot help relentlessly digging into this story and dreading what he will find." Join the group for what should be a riveting discussion on the nature of innocence, guilt and suspicion.The group will meet at the home of Michelle Warmbrodt. Email or call Mary Manos to RSVP or with any questions. See Resident Directory for contact details.
 
TODDLER/PRESCHOOL PLAY GROUP
Friday, September 12, 2014 at Playground or Clubhouse
Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers - come join your neighbors and their little ones for an informal monthly play date. Contact Amanda Kruse with any questions. See Resident Directory for contact details.
 
ADULTS ONLY END OF SUMMER PARTY
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at Clubhouse
Mark your calendars for the End of Summer Party! Join your neighbors for a great evening of food and fun. A coordinator is still needed for this event. If you can help, please email or call Michelle Rabalais. See Resident Directory for contact information.
 
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at Clubhouse
The Neighborhood Watch Committee convenes on September 17th. Join your neighbors for this important discussion of public safety.
 
MEN'S NIGHT OUT - POKER
Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:00 p.m. at Clubhouse
Join other StarCreek men for a night out and/or Elimination Texas Hold 'Em Tournament. The games occur on the third Friday of every month. For information, visit www.starcreekpoker.com or email George Weston. See Resident Directory for contact details.
 
EMPTY NESTERS: AN INTERNATIONAL MEAL
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at Clubhouse
Join your fellow empty nesters for an International Potluck Dinner. Watch the website for further details. RSVP to Olivia Reis. See Resident Directory for email addresses.