Quote of the Month

"I normally don't have a burger, a brat, and a steak but... it's 4th of July. And I need the energy if I'm gonna start blowing crap up. It's what the founding fathers would want."

—Jim Gaffigan

As part of the official Annual Resident's Meeting and the meeting following, these officers were elected.

President -
Sandy Baumstark (60)

Vice Presidant Elaine Granata (99) (60)

Treasurer -

Secretary -
Barb Nienkark

Member at Large (1 year) -
Rhonda Smaldino (155)

Member at Large (2 year) -
Bonnie Harrison (40)

Member at Large (1year) -
Beth Chartrand 64)(155)

Safety is Our
Main Concern

Wednesday, June 22, two council members from AJ and a police officer came to the Park to speak about the concerns we have about safety in our Park. Robert Schroeder, Peter Heck, and Officer Penty were here for over an hour giving us ideas and answering our questions. Officer Penty said they are patrolling our Park in the early morning hours and Lou Smaldino can attest to that. He walks around 4 am daily and when he was stopped by them, he pointed to the flag on his shirt and they recognized him as a resident and not as a thief. They gave him a "thumbs up" and continued on their way. We have had several break-ins recently and the perpetrators still have not been caught. Mr. Schroeder said they are actively working on finding them since all three parks on 36th street have been hit. They are focusing on La Casa Blanca and us since Los Palmas is on an "island" and not part of Apache Junction. The thieves appear to be younger and usually come over the wall by the car wash. They are targeting homes which appear to be empty for the summer or do not have a car in the driveway. They seem to try to come in by the back door and if it is locked, they will break the glass. They only target small items which they can carry out. Some things you might do to help stay safe: A dog can be a deterrent (it helped in one break-in). You may get a "Ring" doorbell which has a camera on it. You may want to get more outdoor lights, or leave the music on should you need to leave. And try to be vigilant. If you see someone suspicious, call the non-emergency Police phone: 480-474-5412 or 480-982-8260 or 911. Most burglaries occur on a Thursday or Friday morning around 7:30 am.

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Some thoughts on the 4th of July... Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of independence day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists wanted complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered "radicals." Thanks to growing hostility against Britain and the spread of revolutionary sentiments expressed by Thomas Paine in his pamphlet "Common Sense" the feeling in the country changed and more wanted independence. On June 7th when the Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House, the Virginia delegate, Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for independence. A heated debate arose, and Congress postponed a vote on Lee's resolution, appointing a five-man committee including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert Livingston to draft a statement justifying the break with Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Lee's resolution in a near unanimous vote. On that day, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail that July 2 "will be celebrated by future generations as the great festival, and will be accompanied by pomp and parades, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other." (In the pre-revolutionary years, colonists had held annual celebrations of the king's birthday, which included the ringing of bells, bonfires, processions, and speech making. By contrast, during the summer of 1776, some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III) Philadelphia held the first commemoration of independence on July 4, 1777 while Congress was still fighting the war. George Washington issued double rations of rum to all his soldiers to mark the anniversary of independence in 1778-three years before the end of the war. Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday. John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date to celebrate American independence and he refused to celebrate it on the 4th in protest. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson BOTH died on July 4th, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of American independence. A coincidence or something else? Today the 4th of July marks the beginning of summer, barbecues, and family outings. Enjoy...