Community Matters
The Way We’ll Live: Housing of the Future

The Way We’ll Live: Housing of the Future

October 18, 2019

What will housing of the future look like? The housing landscape, indeed the entire way we live, work and play – is changing. In today’s episode of Community Matters, we’ll explore these issues, along with how technology will impact housing of the future, with our guest Robert C. Griffin, Esq, with the law firm Griffin Alexander, which in Community Association law and Landlord/Tenant Law in the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The firm was founded in 1995 and can be found online at https://www.lawgapc.com/.

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Ground Zero: Invasion of the Spotted Lanternfly

Ground Zero: Invasion of the Spotted Lanternfly

October 2, 2019

Southeast Pennsylvania is ground zero in the invasion of the Spotted Lanternfly. The insect is literally taking over. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t hear about this invasive pest on the news or see them swarming around our homes and workplaces. In this episode of Community Matters, we’re talking with Rick Close, Senior Consulting Arborist with The Davey Tree Expert Company, about this invasive pest, where it came from, and what you can do to help combat these insects. Davey was founded in 1880 and has been employee owned since 1979.. Contact Davey via their website at www.davey.com.

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Trends in Solar Roofing

Trends in Solar Roofing

September 18, 2019

Solar energy is a hot topic these days, including in community associations. In today’s episode of Community Matters, we’ll be talking about new trends in solar roofing, explore the costs, and explore the relationship between solar energy and roofing. Today's guests are Joe Santucci, Senior Project Consultant with G. Fedale Roofing & Siding, and Chris Fisher, Solar Business Development and Marketing Manager with CertainTeed Roofing. For more information on G. Fedale Roofing, please visit them online at www.gfedaleroof.com.

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Up in Smoke: Regulating or Banning Smoking in Community Associations

Up in Smoke: Regulating or Banning Smoking in Community Associations

August 16, 2019

Do community associations have the power to regulate, or even ban, smoking? And if so, should your community consider this and how should you approach what could be a very controversial move by your board and management? We’ll be talking about these questions in this episode of Community Matters with our guest Stefan Richter, Esq., with the Doylestown, PA law firm Clemons Richter & Reiss. Stefan is a member of CAI’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers, and is a past president of our chapter of CAI as well as a former chair of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee. Contact Stefan via the firm's website at www.clemonslaw.com.

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Work-Life: Finding the Dividing Line

Work-Life: Finding the Dividing Line

July 26, 2019

The latest episode of Community Matters podcast takes off in a very different direction that previous episodes. In this interview, we chat with Ryan Fleming, Director of the Habitational Group with JGS Insurance, about ways to find that critical balance between work and life. How do you find the dividing line? How do you deal with different personalities and establish a mindset for work vs. life? We'll chat about these questions and more in this episode.

JGS Insurance is a 100 year old independent insurance agency located in Holmdel, NJ, serving multiple industries including community associations. You can find them online at www.jgsinsurance.com.

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Managing the Impact of Short Term Rentals in Community Associations

Managing the Impact of Short Term Rentals in Community Associations

July 9, 2019

With the advent of sites like AirBnB, VRBO and others, short terms rentals have exploded, and a new industry has been spawned. The impact of short term rentals are far reaching for condominiums and homeowner associations. We'll explore these impacts and how community associations can manage them in this episode of Community Matters podcast.

Today's guest is Scott Reidenbach, Esq., founding principal of Reidenbach & Associates, a law firm based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Scott and his firm concentrate in the areas of Condominium and Community Association Law, Construction Litigation, Real Estate and related areas. Contact Scott through his website at www.reidenbachlaw.com.

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The Effective Management of Lakes and Ponds Without Chemicals

The Effective Management of Lakes and Ponds Without Chemicals

June 11, 2019

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

The topic for this episode is lake and pond management – we’ll be talking about techniques to manage your communities lakes and ponds. We’ll touch on why aeration is important for your lakes and ponds, controlling harmful algal blooms, weed management and erosion control.

My guest today is John Phelps, an Environmental Scientist with SOLitude Lake Management. John has over a decade of experience in water and land management throughout the Delaware, Pennsylvania and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic. John has worked on major land-development projects, conducted threatened and endangered species surveys, and played an integral role in efforts to reduce nutrient loading and manage harmful algal blooms in community lakes and ponds in a sustainable manner. For more information on SOLitude Lake Management, please visit their website.

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Detecting & Preventing Water Infiltration

Detecting & Preventing Water Infiltration

March 28, 2019

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

Our guest in this episode is John M. Hershey, AIA, a LEED Accredited Professional, Licensed Architect, Reserve Specialist, and President of J. Hershey Building Consultants, a consulting, design and construction management firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Orlando. He has consulted with clients throughout the United States and has been the project lead on countless design and construction projects. We’ll be talking about the damaging effects of water infiltration and how you can detect and prevent this costly problem in homes and buildings in your condo, cooperative or planned community. For more information on J. Hershey Building Consultants, please visit their website.

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Avoiding Association Liability

Avoiding Association Liability

March 7, 2019

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

In this episode of Community Matters we’ll be discussing the many areas where community associations can be exposed to liability, and how associations can avoid these claims. My guest today is Edward Hoffman, Jr., a Partner and Co-Founder of Barrow|Hoffman, a Community Association Law and Litigation firm with offices in Warminster and Allentown, PA. Mr. Hoffman regularly represents and counsels homeowners associations, condominiums and planned communities on full range of issues including litigation, governing document drafting, amendments and revisions, transition issues, covenant enforcement, assessment violations and collections. He is a member of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee. For more information on Barrow | Hoffman, please visit their website.

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Painless Payments are Possible!

Painless Payments are Possible!

December 17, 2018

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

In this episode of Community Matters we’ll be discussing payment processing. Every community association receives payments – for monthly assessments, fees, or other payments. Modern technology has greatly expanded payment options available to community associations. My guest today is Nicole Skaro, Vice President and Association Financial Partner with Alliance Association Bank. Nicole covers the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and has a strong understanding of the Community Association Industry and the specific needs of management companies, individual managers, and community associations. Nicole is also a member of the board of directors of the CAI Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter. For more information on Alliance Association Bank, visit their website.

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