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Energy Conservation
2011 September Sick Building Syndrome

 The term Sick Building Syndrome was first used in the late 1970’s after a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia occurred among people attending an  American Legion convention in a well known Philadelphia hotel. Thirty four  deaths were reporte…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Eco-Friendly Pest Control

 Jena Ball couldn't sleep—the noise was deafening and keeping her awake night after night. The racket  wasn't coming from the next door neighbors, but instead was emanating from  inside her condo wall. "It was bizarre," says Ball.   …

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Being “green” and recycling has been to many a beneficial trend nationwide in recent years. Logically, there is little push-back when the facts are presented. The U.S. is the number one trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 poun…

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Landscaping
2011 July Q&A: Dealing with Noisy Children

Q I live in a 3-floor, 4-room,30-unit condo, mostly 50-plus, with the only family with children (ages two and  three) living on the third floor above me.For the past year there has been an excessive amount of constant running;  playing on…

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Landscaping
2011 July Q&A: Who's Responsible for Maintenance?

Q Please comment on the changing of the exterior portions of the condominium, i.e., walls, doors, windows and air conditioners. What is the responsibility of the management company and the owner? Can an owner be sued for installing a new…

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Landscaping
2011 July Boca Raton, Florida

When many people hear about Boca Raton their first images are that of happy senior citizens enjoying their twilight years playing shuffleboard, bingo and going to restaurants at 4:30 in the afternoon to enjoy the 'early-bird special.' …

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Landscaping
2011 July Prioritizing Projects

 When money is tight, consumers typically put away their credit cards and take  stock—cutting out non-essentials, such as dining out and luxurious vacations—to make ends meet. Strapped homeowners will limit their funds to emergency  repair…

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Management
2011 July Community Manager Triage

“My refrigerator doesn’t keep the food cold.” “The child in the apartment above me screams and bangs the walls.” “Call the police. There’s a suspicious person walking through the community.” The foregoing lis…

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Management
2011 July The Neighborly Thing

 When condo association budgets get tight, the logical approach is to cut  spending wherever it will hurt the least. No board or property manager wants to  reduce services or take away amenities, yet in the fallout from the Great  Recessio…

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Landscaping
2011 July A Mighty Wind

With the last major hurricane to hit the state of Florida occurring back in 2005, it’s a somewhat natural phenomenon for Floridians to become more and more complacent with each passing “quiet” hurricane season. However, the recent spate…

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