Thunderbuzz - Balfour Beatty Communities

Volume 2 Issue 1
January 2015
Update Contact Information
Balfour Beatty Communities thoroughly believes in
safety and communication. It is imperative that we be
able to contact residents in the event of an emergency,
community updates or policy changes. Please contact
our office to update your phone number and email.
623.388.3515 Messages and Updates are also posted on
the Community Website,,
and (You do not have to
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Balfour Beatty Communities
Donnell Oakley…....Community Manager
Tammy Masters…......Assistant Manager
Justin Mueller………...Facilities Manager
Daria Edmond………..Work Order Admin
Sandra Ulloa…………Resident Specialist
Shawna Swetman..…Resident Specialist
Alyssa Haynes……....Resident Specialist
Greg Cole……………..Finance Specialist
Ben Arce…………….Roads and Grounds
Santiago Ramos……Roads and Grounds
Darren Lantz……………….Maint Super
Mike Green……………………Maint Tech
Jim Soloman……………..…...Maint Tech
Juan Ortiz……………………...Maint Tech
EB………………………....Prevent. Maint
Mike S. ………………………...Maint Tech
Main Office……………..….623-388-3515
Maint. Desk, 24 Hours……623-935-2676
Location and Hours
Leasing Office 1368 Kachina
Monday-Friday………8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday………….8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday……………10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
(Call for more information)
Monday-Friday………8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m.
Saturday……………10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Manager’s Corner
With a New Year comes
New Visions, New Goals, New
Success. As a Community we
strive to complete all. Help us
reach our goal by assisting us in
helping you reach yours.
Donnell Oakley
Community Manager
Referral Program
CEL Survey Results
Thank you for your feedback and completing the
2014 CEL Surveys. The results are in and Luke has
been awarded the “A List” Award. This is a prestigious
Multifamily Real Estate Award for Customer Service
Excellence. Balfour Beatty Communities President
Chris William said it best, “Being recognized for superior customer service is so important to us and we are
continuously thankful to our residents for not only
providing their honest feedback but also choosing to
live with us. After all, our residents have a choice
about where they live and we are glad they’ve chosen
us to manage their quality living experience” We appreciate all the participation and feedback. We are so
glad that our residents are happy living with Balfour
Choose your neighbors. Refer a friend and receive
$100.00. Contact the Management Office for details.
Welcome New Residents
We would like to take a moment to welcome new
residents to our Community. Every month these newsletters are printed and available online. In each issue
you will find information on upcoming events, news
regarding the community and updated contact information.
TLF Construction
Construction for the new temporary lodging facility (TLF) started on November 10, along Lightning Street. Unusual amounts of
traffic and unscheduled interruptions are expected during this
traveling to
Gate. Residents on Sioux Circle,
adjacent to Lightning St., may
experience higher traffic and
construction noise during hours of
operation. The new TLF building
completion date is March 2016.
PCS Rewards
Residents who leave a Balfour
Beatty Communities location and
move to a new Balfour Beatty
Communities location where they
sign a lease will receive a $100
Reward. Fast and Easy Relocation and Hassle free search. If
your PCSing contact the management office for details.
Events and Tips
Terracycle Points
Current Points– 14,066
Our Website is a great way to get
information quickly. The website is
updated weekly with events, photos,
news, and resident messages. You
can also place maintenance work
orders online. Go to and navigate to the
“Submit a Service Request” link. If
you have any questions or need help
with this contact the office at (623)
Pictures with Santa
Pictures with Santa was a huge
success. Santa was here to make
sure everyone got on the nice list.
We had crafts and Otis Spunk
Meyer Cookies. All the kids had a
great time. We even collected
approximately 10 lbs. of food to
donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank.
We have a lot of events planned
this coming year. Our event Calendar is located on the back of the newsletter. You
may also check our website for all updated events.
If you have any event ideas contact Shawna Swetman LifeWorks Coordinator. We are always looking
for fresh new ideas.
Upcoming Events
LifeWorks is planning the very first 1st Shirts PuttPutt Golf Tournament. We are looking for individuals or teams. If you would like more details on how
to sign up contact Shawna
Swetman. All proceeds will go
to the First Shirt Fund.
Buy Smart
Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins
can save money and packaging
Wear clothes that don't need to be dry cleaned.
This saves money and cuts down on toxic
chemical use.
Invest in high quality, long lasting products.
You might pay more now, but you’ll be happy
when you don't have to replace items as frequently
Create your own cleaning supplies
The big secret: you can make very effective,
non-toxic cleaning products whenever you
need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon and
Making your own cleaning products saves
money, time and packaging – not to mention
our indoor air quality
LifeWorks Recent Events
Super Bowl XLIX is
coming to Glendale at
the University of Phoenix
Stadium, Here are a few
Super Bowl Fun Facts
Jungle Jill
Animal Encounter
Father’s Day Card making
Arizona enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine every year and has an average temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit in February.
Over the course of 33 days, five major sporting
events will be held in Arizona leading up to
Super Bowl XLIX: The Fiesta Bowl, The Cactus Bowl, The Pro Bowl and the Waste Management Phoenix Open and then of course
Super Bowl XLIX.
In 2015 the Pro Bowl will be held on the U.S
mainland for the first time since 2010. It will be
only the third time a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl
are held in the same location.
New in 2015, Super Bowl Central a 12-block
pedestrian-friendly fan campus in downtown
Phoenix, will serve as the hub of Super Bowl
activity for fans, sponsors, media and the NFL.
Super Bowl Central will feature footballthemed, interactive and experiential activities,
a nightly fireworks show, an autograph stage,
concert stage, local food trucks, beer and wine
gardens, television network broadcast stages
and giant Super Bowl Roman numerals for
100,000 visitors are expected to visit the valley
for the Super Bowl. The weekend of Super
Bowl XLIX is estimated to pump more than
$500 million into Arizona’s economy.
This is the third time Arizona has hosted the
Super Bowl in 19 years.
Landscape Schedule
Maintenance Corner
BBC Safety Check
HVAC General Maintenance
“The most important maintenance task that will
ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to
routinely replace or clean the filters. Clogged, dirty
filters block normal air flow and reduce a system’s
efficiency significantly. With normal air flow obstructed, air that by passes the filter may carry dirt directly
into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat–
absorbing capacity. Keeping the filter clean can
lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by
Self Help
Your self-help shop is stocked with various items
needed to assist you in maintaining your household
as well as items to keep up with your Yard Maintenance. For a complete list of these items stop by
the Facilities Office located at 1898 Sioux, just behind the Community Center pool. You can also contact the maintenance office at (623) 935-2676.
When was the last time you checked your smoke or
carbon monoxide detectors? Some residents may
have a combination detector. It is highly encouraged
that you preform a check
weekly which is very easy
to do. Hold the test button
located on your device until
it chirps.
Two-Story Window Safety
All residents who reside in a two-story home,
please ensure your upstairs windows stay locked
when unsupervised. This is to help prevent accidental falls. For a reminder, we do have window
safety stickers in the office. Stop by and pick some
Fire Extinguishers
Monday: All areas north of Thunderbird
Tuesday: All areas south of Thunderbird
Wednesday: Ocotillo Manor
Thursday: Tree trimming
Friday: Community Center and Command Drive
Please ensure that your lawn is
free of equipment, toys, furniture and
debris so our landscapers can cut
your area. Thank you for your assistance.
If you are locked out of your home,
call Maintenance at 623-935-2676, 24
Hours a day. There may be a charge
for after hour lockouts.
Pets are exceptional members of
the family and our community. Let’s
keep them safe and ensure their vaccinations are up to date.
Contact the Luke AFB Veterinary
Treatment Facility at 623-856-6354.
If you acquire a pet, or have other
pet changes, please update your
resident file with the Leasing Office.
Rent Café
Take a moment to inspect your Fire Extinguisher. If
you feel there may be an issue, or are unsure of its
condition please visit the Self-Help office for assistance. If your extinguisher is expired or needs to be
checked, contact Maintenance for help.
Payments can now be made
online via Rent Café. Details can be
found at under messages.
Pest Control
Garbage Disposal Magic
Tossing citrus peels in your garbage disposal keeps it smelling like freshly poured sunshine,
but every once in a while, when someone puts onions in there and leaves them when they’re not supposed to you might need a little extra help.
This is where you utilize the baking soda and vinegar to freshen and clean.
Start by running hot water through your garbage
disposal for a minute.
Pour about 1/4 cup of baking soda into the drain.
Flip the garbage disposal on for 2 seconds, just
to whirl the baking soda inside, and then leave it
alone for 10-15 minutes.
Follow with 1 cup of vinegar. Watch the bubbles
erupt out of your drain.
Rinse through one last time with very hot
water and run your garbage disposal for 5 seconds.
The baking soda and hot water will deodorize your
drain and the vinegar will help dislodge any stuck
pieces of food in the crevices, removing any potential future smells. Also remember, do not pour
grease down your drain. You can bring your grease
to the Maintenance shop.
Friendly Reminders
Quiet time hours are from 10:00
PM to 7:00 AM daily. Please be
courteous to your neighbors during
the evening hours. If you notice
anyone being a nuisance please
contact the office or Security Forces so that we may take care of the
Carports and Storage areas
Carports, backyards and garages need to be clear
of clutter and kept clean. Carports are not for storage of boxes and bulky furniture. Please minimize
the clutter in carports.
Pet Reminders
If you are out walking your pet, please make sure to
pick up after them. We strive to make our community inviting for everyone and your help is greatly appreciated.
Moving can be stressful.
Especially the first time.
If you have any questions on the criteria for
clearing housing, do not
hesitate to call the office.
We are here to assist
If you are having issues with pests,
such as rodents, insects, stray animals or any type of uninvited critters,
Contact us at (623) 935-2676.
Remember, Pest Control services
are conducted on Tuesday.
Diane’s Buffalo Chicken Dip
2 10 oz cans
chunk chicken,
2 8 oz packages cream
cheese, softened
1 c ranch
3/4 cup pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheese
1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4
inch pieces
1 box of crackers of your choice
Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat until heated
through. Stir in cream cheese and
ranch dressing. Cook stirring until well
blended and warm. Mix in half of the
shredded cheese and transfer the
mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the
remaining cheese over the top, cover,
and cook on low setting until hot and
bubbly. Server with celery sticks and
January 2015
Office- (623) 388-3515
Maintenance- (623) 935-2676
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1 New Years
Day Office
10 Retiree
Social 12-2
23 1st shirt Putt- 24
Putt Tournament
28 Self Defense 29
13 Teen Dance
6:15-7:00 P.M
February 2015
4 Deployed Spous- 5
es Flower giveaway