Lewis family wins lights contest

Congratulations to Don and Melissa Lewis who won Brookwood’s holiday lighting contest. The winners live at 299 Wayfare Lane and will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Valley Smoke Restaurant.

Don and Melissa Lewis’ home at 299 Wayfare Lane

Our judge, property manager Anna Hornstein, admitted that she had a hard time picking a winner. There were “lots of homes to choose from,” she said. Anna got some help from our HOA board members after giving them four nominees to choose from.

This was the first year that a home on Wayfare Lane won the prize. Previous awards were given to homes on Wayside and Willow Cove.

Thanks also to Megan Wildenstein for decorating the entrances to the subdivision. Take some time during one of our nice evenings to walk or drive around the neighborhood to see what a fantastic job was done this year.

Holiday decorating to be judged tomorrow

Now is the time to add any last minute enhancements to your outdoor displays because Brookwood’s holiday decorating contest will be judged at 7:30pm tomorrow evening (Monday, December 13). Sponsored by the Brookwood HOA, the contest gives homeowners a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Our judge, First Coast property manager Anna Hornstein, will be looking for creativity, color schemes, amount of lights, coordination of displays, overall appearance, animation and originality.

The winning homeowner will be announced by a news post on the HOA website during the week. Let’s make this a competition where we all have fun and make our neighborhood shine in the process!

Get hangin’ for this year’s holiday decorating contest

The community is starting to sparkle for the season and you have two weekends to start decorating or enhance your display for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Last year’s winner at 325 Willow Ridge

The contest, sponsored by the Brookwood HOA, will be judged during an evening of the week of December 13th by Anna Hornstein, our property manager at First Coast. Our judge will be looking for creativity, color schemes, amount of lights, coordination of displays, overall appearance, animation and originality.

The winning homeowner will be announced by a news post on the HOA website the following day. Let’s make this a competition where we all have fun and make our neighborhood shine in the process!

Schneiders win Yard of the Month

Christine and Jamie Schneider won Brookwood’s last Yard of the Month award for 2021. Their home is at 231 Wayfare Lane. The award is sponsored by the Brookwood HOA and a sign is placed in the yard of the winner. Winners also receive a $25 gift certificate for a home improvement store.

The Schneiders recently added many improvements to their yard including shrubs down one side of the house and a walkway on the other. The front has a new palm tree and additional plantings including many colorful crotons.

Keeping our yards looking nice strengthens our property investment. The award will return again in the spring.

Halloween Party scheduled for October 30th

What’s better than a Halloween party? A Halloween party with a bouncy house! Join your neighbors at the HOA-sponsored fall social at 1pm on Saturday, October 30th, near the Brookwood playground.

There will be Halloween decorations, games for the kids and a bouncy house! If you can lend our social chair, Natalie Rooke, a hand with the arrangements, please contact us at brookwoodhoawebsite@gmail.com and we will let her know. She also trying to find two corn hole games to set up for any of the adults who want to play a game or two while the kids bounce in the house.

Residents and children are encouraged to dress up and decorate their golf carts for the occasion. The golf carts will line up so that candy can be given out in a “Trunk or Treat” fashion. Those without carts are welcome to bring candy and set up a table.

HOA Annual Meeting not met with enough proxies

Last night’s HOA Annual Meeting took place without enough homeowners represented to be officially recorded. Although some homeowners sent in their proxies, only 17 were obtained out of 32 needed.

There was no vote needed for board members this year because only two returning members, Bill Fitzgerald and Karen Higgins, submitted their names. Ty Blake, who also served as a board member the past year, did not submit his name as his family may move during the upcoming year. It was agreed that Ty will remain on the board until and if he leaves Brookwood.

A regular board meeting took place prior to the Annual Meeting with the proposed annual budget and budget assumptions being approved by the board. A copy of the 2022 adopted operating budget with detailed budget assumptions is available here or can be found at the top of the Documents/Docs & Forms page of this website. The adopted budget reflects no change in the HOA fee from 2021.

HOA President Bill Fitzgerald complimented Karen and Ty for their help and involvement during their first terms on the board. Bill has served on the board since its inception.

City suspends recycling collection

To catch up on trash and yard waste collection, the City of Jacksonville is suspending recycling collection.

Homeowners have two choices to get rid of their recyclables. They can bring them to one of 14 locations throughout Jacksonville for no cost. The location closest to Brookwood is Palmetto Leaves Regional Park at 5760 Greenland Road.

Alternatively, the recycling bin can be used as a garbage can. If your recyclables are curbside on trash day, they will be picked up as household waste.

More details can be found on this city website which includes links to the recyclables drop off sites and a list of frequently asked questions.

HOA Annual Meeting set for October 7

This year’s HOA Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Nocatee Welcome Center’s second floor ballroom. All homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

A mailing with more details should have arrived in homeowners’ mailboxes this week. If you can’t attend this year’s meeting, please fill out and submit a proxy form so that a quorum can be obtained to conduct any matters that may need a vote.

A copy of the 2022 proposed operating budget with detailed budget assumptions is available here or can be found at the top of the Documents page of this website. The proposed budget reflects no change in the HOA fee from 2021.

Any questions regarding any of these materials should be directed to our property manager, Anna Hornstein, at First Coast Association Management Company. She can be reached at 904-998-5365 ext. 231 or at anna@firstcoastam.com.

Applications for HOA Board due by September 9

Once again it’s time to consider whether you’d like to help your community by running for the HOA Board or by joining one of its committees.

Letters to each homeowner are arriving in the mail now with instructions to submit an application to the Association by no later than Thursday, September 9. Additional information about what to submit and to where is included on this application form.

As stated in the letter, board members serve terms of only one year and, as Brookwood is a moderate size community, the time and efforts demanded are minimal with only quarterly meetings.

Homeowners will receive a ballot by mail to vote before the annual meeting at 7pm on Thursday, October 7, at the Nocatee Welcome Center.

If you are interested in serving in a different capacity than on the board, please call our property manager, Anna Hornstein, at 904-717-9231 to inquire about our active committees.

Prisbys Win Yard of the Month

Elaine and Henry Prisby won Brookwood’s Yard of the Month for August. Their home is at 280 Willow Ridge Drive. The award is sponsored by the Brookwood HOA and a sign is placed in the yard of the winner. Winners also receive a $25 gift certificate for a home improvement store.

The Prisby’s yard has lush floral plantings not only in the front yard, but down both sides. The right side is viewable from the road because the property is next to green space used by the company that services the lake behind their home.

Keeping our yards looking nice strengthens our property investment. The award will be given out again in September and then it will resume in the spring.