Community Matters
CAI is Sleeping Out for Covenant House in Philadelphia

CAI is Sleeping Out for Covenant House in Philadelphia

November 16, 2019

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters Podcast. This is a very special episode featuring Chapter President Cathy Dunn, Chapter Secretary Nicole Skaro and Business Partners Council Chair Sean McCabe talking about CAI’s efforts to support Covenant House of Pennsylvania’s Executive Sleep Out. On Thursday, November 21, 2019, nearly 40 members and friends of CAI will be participating in the Executive Sleep Out in Philadelphia. These brave members will be spending a night sleeping out on the street and experiencing what thousands of homeless youth have to endure on a daily basis not only in Philadelphia, but throughout the region and the nation. This team has already raised almost $20,000 to help Covenant House fulfill their mission of showing homeless youth unconditional love and absolute respect — demonstrating in word and action that we care about them. Sleep Out raises funds for the Covenant House programs that offer homeless youth the chance of an abundant life away from the streets and out of harm’s way. Tune in and find out how this team effort came together, and how you can help.

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Emerald Ash Borer - The Threat Persists

Emerald Ash Borer - The Threat Persists

November 11, 2019

Today’s topic is invasive pests…specifically the Emerald Ash Borer, which has been killing our Ash Trees, at an alarming rate, for the last several years. The threat persists despite new treatments. We’ll cover this topic in today’s episode of Community Matters, including where the Emerald Ash Borer came from, and what you can do to help save any Ash Trees that may be in your community or on your own property. My guest today is Rick Close, Senior Consulting Arborist with The Davey Tree Expert Company. 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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The Minute Email Newsletter for November, 2019

The Minute Email Newsletter for November, 2019

November 6, 2019

Tune in the audio version of CAI's The Minute Email Newsletter for November, 2019. Spend sixty seconds to learn how to join a chapter committee, nominate a member for CAI's Excellence Awards, and more!

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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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