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Newsletter - November/December 2019

It's inevitable, the season of snow and ice is here. In order for everyone to have a safe and comfortable winter, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. Please use this newsletter as a reminder of your responsibility to ensure that all walkways remain clear of snow and ice to ensure the safety of yourself, your family and others. (The City of Hamilton's Snow and Ice By-law No. 03-296 requires property owners and/or occupants to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property and from roofs that overhang the City sidewalk within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall.)

Please note, the information provided below is from the City of Hamilton's winter program last February. However, you or someone you know may be looking for a way to give back to the community; perhaps this is an ideal volunteer opportunity to be considered an Angel yourself. ("Feb 5, 2019 - The Snow Angels program is a volunteer snow removal service for City of Hamilton residents that are low income or eligible seniors...")

Perhaps you are thinking about continuing education with a winter start time. Applications to the Karen Davis Scholarship for Full Time Studies are available here. Or, please come to the main office at 281 Queenston Road to pick up a copy of the application. This scholarship is open to students who are registered full time (60% course load) and are registered tenants with Kiwanis Homes.

Many people find their calendar starts to fill up with celebration opportunities during this time of year. Fine food, school concerts, music and decorations brighten festivities throughout the cold days ahead. While some people dread the line-up of constant activity, others revel in the spirit of the season and yet others feel added pressure or stress during this time; please be respectful of each other. The multitude of reasons to not participate are as varied as the reasons to celebrate. If you are hosting celebrations, please be extra mindful of noise and music volume; remember you are responsible for the actions of your guests. And, if you are living beside someone hosting a party, a little bit of kind generosity about temporary noise goes a long way toward creating and maintaining good neighbour relations; which, in itself, is a Gift.

Extra holiday lighting, candles and live Christmas trees add a beautiful warmth to a cold season. However, they also bring an element of danger. Please be diligent about ensuring live trees don't dry out, lights are pre-checked and re-checked for electrical shorts and burning candles are never left unattended. Do not overload electrical outlets and keep pets away from wires. As a suggestion, imitation trees have come a long way to looking more lifelike, are less messy and guaranteed to look nice the whole season. It is our wish that everyone has a warm and safe holiday season.

As a reminder, tenant insurance is a requirement of tenancy.

Kiwanis Homes staff team is growing! Please extend a warm welcome to the new members filling two maintenance positions to serve you better. Further introduction details to come! *Reminder: regular maintenance requests should always be in writing (fax, email, a handwritten letter or completed maintenance form available in the buildings). Include your name and address, best phone number to reach you and a brief description of the problem. *Urgent maintenance calls such as no heat, or minor flood, sewer backups, plugged toilet or lack of hot water can be telephoned in at any time to the office at 905-545-4654. Your call will be directed to the appropriate assistance. *Call 911 for Health, Safety or Fire issues, then follow up with our office.

The weather experts are all in agreement; we are all in for a LOT of snow this winter. Please be reminded that the interior roadways of your survey must be kept clear to ensure the plows have full access to remove snow and ice.

Also, please be aware that it is common practice for the snow to be piled onsite, often in a vacant visitor parking space. While it can be temporarily inconvenient, options for placement of excessive snow are limited. Kiwanis Homes asks for your patience and understanding for our snow crews who are simply trying to keep our roadways clear.

Emergency vehicles always need speedy and direct access to attend to time sensitive emergencies. It is critical that residents keep this in mind when planning parking for guests and themselves during the winter.

** A complete list of all staff, contact information, hours and resources are available on our staff contact page. **

Be sure to check for the website for updates on our office hours and any information changes that may apply to you. Please call our office at 905-545-4654 with any questions or concerns anytime from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday (closed for lunch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) and 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.

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Posted on: Oct 30, 2019

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