UCPS Redistricting – Get Involved!

For important issues like the UCPS redistricting, it’s critical that as many parents get involved as possible. Please read the earlier posted item about the meeting. And if you’re looking for other ways you can get involved, below are two Facebook groups you can join to learn more about the issue and to find new ways to get and stay involved!

Union County Residents (United) for Protection of Our Schools

Protect Union County Public Schools

UPDATE! Union County Public Schools Redistricting Proposal

The location of the meeting has changed! The new location is at the Monroe High School Auditorium. Here’s the link to the detail: https://boe.ucps.k12.nc.us/meeting_details.php?mtng_id=570

Directions are below:

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For those who don’t know, the Union Country Public Schools are in the process of proposing redistricting changes that could impact residents here and around our area.

If this is important to you, we strongly encourage you to read the article in the recent Union County Weekly: http://www.unioncountyweekly.com/news/2014/01/ucps-begins-countywide-redistricting-discussions/

Also, read the information at the UCPS website: http://www.ucps.k12.nc.us/links/redistricting.php

And then please come to the discussion that the board will hold on January 23rd at 6pm at the Walter Bickett Education Center, 501 Lancaster Ave.

“Walk for Will” Updates!

Kids R Kids Learning Academy will be hosting a 5K Fun Walk/Run/Ride (bicycles) for Will!

The race will go through our neighborhood – so be ready to show your support!

A post-race Celebration will take place at the Chestnut Oaks Clubhouse at 11AM. Our very own Jason Barker and his Lakeside Drive band will be there to perform!

Please show your support and donate some goodies and/or lemonade.

Use the following link to sign up:


For more information on the 5K Fun Race or to donate go to:


A Community Comes Together…”Walk for Will”


The Henely family here in Chestnut Oaks neighborhood has recently been struck with the horrible news that their 7 year-old son Will, developed Burkett’s Lymphoma Cancer. Treatment began right away and his battle with cancer looks like it will be long and difficult, but he is expected to make a full recovery!

Will is a first grader at Antioch Elementary, plays baseball at MARA, and can often be seen at the pool or playing in the cul-de-sac with neighbors and friends. We are asking this community to come together to help Will and his family.
Please mark your calendars!  On Saturday, October 12, 2013 Kids ‘R’ Kids
Learning Academy is hosting a 5K Walk/Run/Ride (bicycles) for Will!  Our
goal is to raise $7,000 in order to assist Will’s family with the financial
burden of this disease.

The race will go through our neighborhood and we are looking for volunteers
to help with water stations and to put together a post-race gathering. If
you are interested in helping with this, please contact Laura Leo at
lauralleo@aol.com or 704-821-1075 OR…

See the website or Facebook page for more information on how to donate,
participate in the 5K, or volunteer your time.  We are also looking for
community sponsors, so if you own a business, please consider helping this
Chestnut Oaks family!

Website: http://teamwillfighters.wix.com/henelyhelpers2013

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WillHenely

Cutting corners

Not long ago, the garbage and recycling trucks had torn up the grass at the corner of the first alley on the left as you enter our neighborhood on Gainsborough. It was unsightly. God Bless the USA Trash and Recycling was contacted and they promptly repaired, at their expense, the damage and even agreed to alter their pickup route to avoid similar damage in the future.

Though there was quite a rainstorm the day after they fixed the area, we have a nice photo of the area after it was repaired:



For several days, the repair looked great. And then it was once again run over completely, leaving deep ruts in the new sod. This time, however, it wasn’t God Bless the USA Trash and Recycling. It happened on a Sunday. And now, in order to repair it again, it will be at the expense of the HOA.

These types of repairs are completely avoidable. Exercising some caution and common-sense can potentially save the HOA a few hundred dollars. Money that can go to many of the needed repairs around the neighborhood.

Please treat the common areas as you would your own property.


Anyone up for a swim?

Hey everybody! Summer’s almost here and that means…the pool is open again starting this weekend!

As a reminder, pool hours are 9am to dusk.

As was mentioned in the Spring 2013 Newsletter, there is going to be an important change to the pool this year with the addition of a part time pool attendant checking names, ages, and access privileges. Pool attendants are NOT lifeguards. They are only available to ensure that those who use the pool are allowed to be there and meet the pool rule requirements. Emergency situations still need to be dealt with by dialing 911.

Should the pool attendant suspect that you are under 18, you will be asked to produce ID. The pool attendant will also check coolers for bottles or other glass. If there is glass in the cooler, you’ll be asked to leave it outside of the pool area. You’ll also have the option of pouring the beverage into a solo cup which will be available.   Thank you to all and let’s hope for some nice warm and sunny weather to open the pool season!

Caring for our neighborhood

This set of pictures isn’t from some dump or neglected city creek. These pictures are from the culvert that runs along Gable Way. And they’re disturbing. Trash, dammed up water flow, algae, and mosquitos. All because we have some neighborhood children (as well as outside children invited into the community) playing in this culvert and creating a terrible mess.

This is not consistent with either the behavior we expect from our young people or the image we want our neighborhood to project. Furthermore, it’s dangerous. At the HOAs expense, the culvert will be cleaned up and the rocks and debris will be removed to allow the water to once again flow freely.

But this isn’t the end of it. Any individual caught damaging, polluting, or altering the water flow will receive a letter indicating the violation. Violations can result in fines as well as the loss of access to Chestnut Oaks amenities.

This is your neighborhood. This is our neighborhood. We want it safe, clean, friendly, accessible and enjoyable by all residents. Exercise good judgment. And educate your children in what is appropriate behavior and what is not.