To all of our wonderful residents, please have a very Merry Christmas and a warm holiday season!
- Joel, Karen & the Mastenbrook Family
Important Notice — Consumers Energy SCAM
Residents please be aware that we’ve had several people enter the park this week posing as Consumers Energy employees. These folks have been walking door-to-door requesting to see your most current Consumers bill, discuss your personal or account information, and/or tell you that your account is overdue. Please know that this is a scam, in an attempt to get information and possible money from you! Information theft is an increasingly common trend in recent years — here is an article from Saginaw, Michigan news outlet that details a similar scam just last year.
We have already been in contact with both the Portage Police and Consumers Energy. If you aren’t expecting visitors, please don’t open your door to a stranger without some kind of identification.
Furthermore, please understand that:
Consumers Energy employees always travel in marked vehicles and should have company identification readily available.
Consumers will NEVER go door-to-door to discuss account information, and will never demand payment within a certain time frame.
The City of Portage requires all solicitors to apply for and hold a permit before attempting to sell any good or service to the community. Oak Brook is also marked with ‘No Solicitation’ signs at both entrances.
The Portage Police encourage anyone with concerns about unwanted solicitors or strangers in the park to dial 911 and allow dispatchers to send the authorities out.
Announcements & Reminders
** We invite you to enjoy our own version of The 12 Days of Christmas, beginning on Saturday, December 8th. Please see the bulletin at the mailboxes for more details.
** Leases were due back to the office by November 1st. Please make sure you’ve returned a signed copy Karen and Joel.
** Rent was increased by $11.00, starting November first. Please make sure to account for this increase going forward.
** With SNOW (apologies for using a 4-letter word) on the horizon, please remember to move your garbage cans back into your driveway a few feet to avoid obstructing Joel’s plow. If your can is in the road, he will not be able to properly plow out the end of your driveway.
** Residents leaving for an extended period of time should leave a light on outside and inside, communicate your travel plans to your neighbors, and arrange for snow removal while you’re gone. A routinely dark home with an unkempt driveway is an easy target for potential break-ins.
** Pet rules apply to cats just as they do dogs. Please do not let your cat out of the house to roam the park unattended—all pets must be leashed or accompanied closely while outdoors.
** The large dumpster near Joel's maintenance building is now available for residents to deposit overflow household garbage only. Anything larger than a standard kitchen (13 gal.) bag will need prior approval from Joel or Karen. Absolutely no TVs, furniture, mattresses, or other similarly large items. Violators will incur a $150 fee for any abuse of this courtesy.
Things To Do
The holidays are suddenly upon us—where did 2018 go? Here are a number of fun events in and around Portage and Kalamazoo to enjoy before we turn the calendar over to another year.
* Welcome in the start of the holiday season at either (or both) of the area’s tree lighting events!
Kalamazoo’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Friday, November 23rd at 5:00p. Local leaders and Santa Claus will be present to read ‘T’was the Night Before Christmas’ and light up the trees in Bronson Park!
Portage Tree Lighting Ceremony — Saturday, December 1st at 6:00p. The Celery Flats Historic Area (on Garden Ln.) will host Mr. and Mrs. Claus, caroling, and tree lighting. Hot cider and hot cocoa will be available for a small donation.
* Enjoy one of our area’s best-known holiday traditions at the New Vic Theatre’s. Their annual rendition of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol runs from November 16th - December 28th.
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