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cat - tales - St. James POA
Carolina Supermoon
August 2013
Volume 21
Issue 8
Gayle Allen
Judy Caruso
Jerry Biffle
Linda Eyler
Bill Boston
Barbara Voss
Carolyn Bowers
Bill Voss
Peter Braun
[email protected]
Jim Carey
Vicki Caruso
Gordon Corlew
Melody Bellamy
Coastal Printing & Graphics
POA Office 910-253-4805
Sales Office 910-253-3001
Security - Main Gate 910-253-7177
Town Office 910-253-4730
Bill Allen
Lourdes García-Levis
Susan Edwards
Sue Maguire
Gayle Mitchell
Scott Newell
Steve Perks
Brian Preston
Karen Rowe
Sonia Smith
Polly Stimmel
Debby Surniak
Tom Turano
Bill Voss
Tom Woods
Marina Francie FitzHugh
Barbara Lemos
(Direct # for 911 Dispatch)
associate EDITORS
Mike Kirsche
Fire, Rescue or Medical Emergency 910-253-3012
Linda Eyler
FJ Harmon
St. James:
Community Center Jack Eyler
Lorraine Giffin
Important Contact NUMBERS
Betty Lewis
Paul Maguire
Sue Maguire
Wendy Taylor
Lisa Williamson
advertising sales
[email protected]
~ Please email photos and article
information to the editors email
[email protected]
~ Address changes should
be submitted to POA office
Visitor Access
Fire Dept (Non-emergency) 910-253-9990
Emergency Information Line
(recorded message)
Emergency Operations Center 910 253-4730
(when activated during an emergency)
OR 910-253-9990
Brunswick County:
Emergency Services 910-253-5383
Brunswick County Sheriff 910-253-2777
Emergency Operations Center 910-253-5383
(when activated during an emergency)
North Carolina:
NC State Highway Patrol NC Highway/Travel Info Line
Additional important telephone numbers including
all clubs, marina and utilities are available in
the St. James phone directory.
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Meet Jim Carey
Support the Cure
5th Annual Clam Bake
A letter from your EDITORS
We’re sure you will find this issue very exciting. Thanks to
so many new contributors, we have beautiful pictures and
interesting articles for you. Please continue to contribute.
If you had summer visitors or vacations, we would love
to feature your activities through articles and photos in
the September issue. Please send these to your editors at
[email protected]
President’s Column
St. James Fishing Club
Gardening Tips
The Great Mistake
You may have noticed that a new co-editor has joined our
team. Linda Eyler, a relatively new resident (Linda and her
husband Jack were interviewed for the June issue of CatTales), has stepped up to edit and write for the magazine.
Each of the editors has a unique talent that makes this
a fine-tuned team. We will work hard to continue to
produce this wonderful magazine for you each month.
Pounding the Pavement
Mysteries of Erosion
POA Board Elections
19 St. James Regency Garden
22 Techno-Tales: Multiple Displays
Bradford Circle Makeover
Barbara and Bill Voss, Judy Caruso and Linda Eyler
Defensive Cycling
Mah Jongg
St. James Clay Busters
Improve Your Tennis Game
Look Who's On The Move
A supermoon is the coincidence
of a full moon or a new moon
with the closest approach the
Moon makes to the Earth on its
elliptical orbit, resulting in the
largest apparent size of the lunar
disk as seen from Earth.
Supermoon at the
St. James Beach Club
Contributed By Peter Braun
Connected for Consistent Powerful Swings
Supermoons occur about once
every 14 full moons in a full
moon cycle.
Page 3
POA president’S COLUMN August 2013
Last month I continued to discuss topics that you, the
property owners, commented upon in the St. James
Community Comprehensive Plan survey. This month I
would like to address another aspect of the topic of POA
communications which I started with last month’s column.
Please make sure you have your long-term tenants come to the POA office with a copy of their lease so we can add them to the database. This is critical not only for routine communication but also for the emergency management notifications.
The POA staff, volunteers and board often hear the refrains
“we didn’t know” and “you didn’t tell us.” Unfortunately
this is sometimes accompanied with incivility and anger.
To understand this phenomenon better we investigated the
recent situation with the QuickPass system.
There is a very small percentage of individuals that are not connected to the Internet at all. The Internet is the fastest and most cost-effective method for the POA to communicate with the property owners.
I strongly encourage everyone to find one of several ways to be “connected.”
Three to five percent of the blast email bounced
back as bad addresses. If you are not receiving email
communications from the POA, you can update your email address on the POA website,, or call the POA office at
After almost a year of putting QuickPass transponders on
vehicles in St. James Plantation, we finally turned off the
old clicker system. Suddenly there was a surge of people
wanting the QuickPass stickers. And what did we hear
from some residents? “The POA didn’t tell us.” And, yes,
some of these residents were just plain rude about it.
Here is some background information:
The QuickPass system was discussed at every monthly POA informational meeting for almost a year. The notes from these meetings are published monthly in a blast email.
• There were blast emails at least once every
month concerning QuickPass and the need to
make an appointment and get your cars tagged.
• QuickPass information was available on the website.
• There was a whopping 33-35% of addressees who
did not open and read either of the two POA blast emails that we evaluated.
In the end that means less than two-thirds of the property
owners are informed! No wonder we hear “I didn’t know.”
Please remember that communications is a two-way street
and that we the property owners have a responsibility to
read the information provided by the POA.
In the immortal words of Pogo, “We have met the enemy
and it is us.” Please take the time to be well informed.
So why did we hear “I didn’t know?”
Thank you,
Here is what we found when we looked at the May 29 blast
email on the topic of QuickPass and the blast email notes
on the June POA informational meeting sent June 25:
Gordon Corlew
POA President
• Some property owners did not forward the QuickPass information to their long-term (6 month+) tenants. Page 4
By Debby Surniak
The St. James Service Club announced at the June luncheon
that $56,025 in grants and scholarships was distributed to
Brunswick County nonprofit organizations as a result of
fundraising events held during the first half of the year. Ron
Space of the Oak Island Moose Lodge surprised the club with
a $7,500 donation as a thank you for the volunteers of St.
James that served breakfasts and dinners to Army reservists
while they were training at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny
The orange fall bow campaign benefits children’s charities
of Brunswick County. Orange bows will be on display from
the first week of October through Thanksgiving weekend. Be
creative by adding your own seasonal decorations to the bow
for autumn, Halloween or Thanksgiving.
To assure this important fundraiser is successful we need many
neighborhood volunteers in all areas of St. James who can:
• Distribute flyers to neighbors between September 5-7
St. James Service Club Grants
June 2013
American Cancer Society
Brunswick Community College
Nursing Scholarship Program
Brunswick County High School
Senior Scholarship Program
Brunswick Family Assistance$2,500
Brunswick Senior Resources
Community Boys and Girls Club of Southport $1,500
Communities in Schools$6,000
First Tee (The)
Furever Friends$1,600
Operation At Ease$8,600
Paws Place$1,600
Pretty in Pink$2,000
TOTAL $56,025
September 2 - 2-4 p.m. – Welcome Tea
September 11 - 9:30 a.m. – Service Club Volunteer
Fair - St. James Community Center
September 18 – Football 601
September-October – Fall Bow Campaign
October 19 - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Bridge to Wellness
5K Walk/Run Health Fair
October 27 – Trivia Night
December 4 & 5 – Holiday Home Tour
• Collect payments and orders on front porches for one week in September
• Attach bows on neighbors’ mailboxes between September 30 and October 4. To sign up as a
neighborhood volunteer, please email co-chairs
Rosanne Brown ([email protected]), Jane Hitney ([email protected]) or Bonnie Westbrook
([email protected]) with your name, street address,
email and telephone number. The time commitment is minimal - just a few hours over several weeks!
Sponsored by the SJSC, this event will take place October 19
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Woodlands Park. In addition to the
5K Walk/Run, there will be a 1-Mile Fun Walk and a Health
Fair. The Health Fair will feature a wide range of exhibitors
and demonstrations to include acupuncture, tai chi, qigong,
yoga and zumba. Watch for registration information in late
summer/early fall.
Both events are open to all interested women who would
like to find out how they can get involved with the Service
Club. Come join us. It is a great place to get your questions
answered. Contact Donna Godbout at 253-9664 if you wish
to attend the tea September 2.
Toe tappers and dancers alike will want to save the date Friday, November 8 from 7-10 p.m. That’s the evening when
we’ll be “Dancin’ for Hunger” at the St. James Community
Center. The Use-to-Be’s will be appearing in a benefit concert
for the Food Pantry. The evening will also feature a silent
auction. Tickets will be $15 per person, and guests are
invited to bring their own wine, beer and snacks. Stay tuned
for more details about ticket sales.
Page 5
Fire Department Update
Meet Jim Carey, Firefighter
and Public Information Officer
Focusing on members of the St. James Fire Department
(SJFD) lets you know who they are. As stated in previous
articles you may recall that most of the members had
absolutely no experience with any fire department until
coming to St. James. That is also true for me, Jim Carey.
People have asked, “Just who is this guy who writes about
his colleagues?” Here is my story.
Barb and I moved here from northern Virginia in 2001.
Although we purchased property in 1998, it took a bit
of convincing to alleviate Barb’s concerns about retiring.
But retire we did, me from federal service and Barb from
teaching, and we love it. That doesn’t address why I joined
the SJFD. I have absolutely no idea why I did. I’m a sailor
who operates a sailing charter. I serve as secretary on the
board of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime
Museum as well as on the executive committee for the
Southport Sail and Power Squadron. I am also a volunteer
diver at the N.C. Aquarium at Ft. Fisher. Me fight fires?
You’ve got to be kidding! I have no earthly idea how to do
One day in 2003 I went over to the firehouse during a
Wednesday night drill and was captured by the friendliness
of the members and the camaraderie they shared. And I
stayed. The department taught me how to fight fires, use
the myriad of tools and equipment at our disposal, and to
enjoy the company of my fellow firefighters and emergency
medical technicians (EMTs). I trust every firefighter serving
and would stand with them at the door of a burning
building awaiting the word to enter. Each and every one
of us is well trained and we know what to expect and what
can happen when we enter that door. I cannot speak highly
enough about the EMTs who are there to attend to us
at every fire we go to as the primary department. Being
a firefighter is not without risk, but as you can surmise,
every risk we have to take is mitigated through training and
planning. Your fire department board provides us with the
best equipment money can buy so we are protected while
we serve and protect you and your property.
Being a firefighter at St. James evokes a very high level of
pride within me and my peers. We know what we can do
and what is expected of us. Each time the pager goes off we
know there is someone who needs our help. Being able to
respond to that call is a wonderful feeling. I just hope to
have others join the department so we can continue to serve
you and that others can share in the pride and dedication of
my fellow members of the SJFD.
If you are considering joining the SJFD as a firefighter, fire
police or emergency medical technician, just stop by the
firehouse or call the non-emergency number (253-9990)
to discuss your interest.
By Jim Carey
Page 6
In 2004 Rick Pearce started
the St. James Fishing Club that
promotes fellowship, knowledge,
sportsmanship and conservation
practices associated with salt and
fresh water sport fishing. The annual
$35 membership includes the
immediate family and a subscription
to the North Carolina Sportsman
magazine. Membership is currently
at 144 (40 percent increase from
2012) and it’s still growing.
Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m.
at Members Club the first Tuesday
of each month and are open to all
residents, not just members. There’s
a guest speaker and past lectures have
included “The Year in Fishing” by
local outdoor writer, Jerry Dilsaver;
“Catching Sailfish in Guatemala”
by Bob Paloncy and John Winter
and “Catching, Cleaning, and
Preparing Blue Crabs” by John
and Jeannie Schneider. The August
6 presentation will showcase the
South Brunswick High School
Aquaculture Program (SBHSAP)
and the September 3 topic will be
kayak fishing. Special events replace
the meetings in July (fish fry at
Waterway Park) and December
(holiday party).
The club sponsors several fishing
events. The April-December Fishing
Derby provides awards for catching
the longest fish of a species, such as
dolphin (offshore), king mackerel
(near shore), redfish (inshore) and
largemouth bass (ponds). You can
check out the derby standings
and photographs on the fishing
club’s website, through the POA’s
website under Sport Clubs or on the
leaderboard by the marina office.
Annually the club members go
out on a commercial head boat to
catch offshore fish. Several times a
year there are inshore and offshore
fishing mixers such as a recent trip to
Bald Head Island. These mixers get
boat owners and non-boat owners
together for a day of fishing and
Successful head boat fishing trip
The club supports several nonprofit
organizations, such as Sea Turtle
Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
(Topsail Island), Long Bay Artificial
Reef Association, Bald Head
Island Conservancy and SBHSAP.
SBHSAP helps students develop
skills and experience at a fish hatchery
to prepare them for aquaculture
careers and higher education at
Brunswick Community College or
University of North Carolina. This
spring, club members caught a few
breeding-sized largemouth bass in
St. James ponds. These fish have
spawned and the SBHSAP is raising
several thousand babies (called “fry”)
as stock for these same ponds. Other
fish being raised for stock elsewhere
are flounder, catfish, bluegill and
hybrids (striped bass/white bass).
SBHSAP receives donation (l-r) Principal
Wayne Price, instructor Barry Bey, club
officers Max Sykes and Jack Eyler
Club members do even more.
They support the annual Memorial
Weekend Open House, teach kids
how to fish and donate fishing
equipment. They focus on giving
back to the community but also to
have fun, fish as often as the weather
(or home commitments) permits
and talk about the one that got away.
Check out the club’s website at, stop
by a monthly meeting or contact a
club officer for more information.
By Jack Eyler
Fishing mixer to Bald Head Island
(l-r) Paul Guarette and Ted Koenig with
derby dolphins
Page 7
By Tom Woods
For the last few years Kathy Fitzgerald has informed
and entertained you with her gardening articles. We have
enjoyed them and wish Kathy well as she moves on to
new gardening challenges. Tom Woods, coordinator of
the Master Gardener programs at the North Carolina State
University Brunswick County Extension Services office,
will now provide these articles.
Homeowners have recently asked about gray powdery
stuff showing up in small areas of their lawns. Slime mold
looks like burnt wood ashes that have been scattered in
small spots on a lawn.
It only looks harmful. Slime mold commonly occurs on
all warm- and cool-season turf grasses. It rarely damages
a lawn. Its sudden appearance on otherwise pristine lawns
can cause homeowners a great deal of concern. North
Carolina’s humid, warm climate is favorable to slime
mold, particularly during extended periods of rain.
In some cases, stalked, brightly colored fruiting bodies
may form on leaf surfaces. These fruiting bodies are filled
with dark brown to black powdery spores that are released
when the sporangia disintegrates or is damaged. The
affected turf-grass appears slimy or oily before the fruiting
bodies form and become crust-like.
It just lasts a few days. In most cases, only one or just a
handful of slimy patches are found scattered across a lawn
and they often appear in the same area of a lawn year after
year. Typically encrusted grass blades are not discolored
or damaged by a slime mold. After a few days the crust
or fruiting bodies disintegrates. The slime mold usually
disappears without a trace.
Mowing or light raking destroys the crusty fruiting bodies
of slime molds. Washing the affected patches of turf-grass
with a hard stream of water breaks up the slime mold and
restores the lawn’s beauty. Since slime molds may be more
common on heavily thatched or poorly drained portions of
a lawn, renovation of the affected areas should reduce the
incidence of disease. Applying a fungicide isn’t necessary.
The most noticeable sign of this disease is patches of the
gray or black crust-like fruiting bodies of the slime mold Our website at has many
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Send gardening questions or comments to: [email protected] or call
Brunswick County Extension Services at (910) 253-2610.
Average Temperature - Low 69o - High 88o Average Precipitation - 6.61”
Average Temperature - Low 690 - High 880
Fertilize bermuda
and zoysia lawns
with 1 lb of
Nitrogen per 1000
square feet
Do not prune or
fertilize landscape
shrubs for the
remainder of the
Pull up tired
annuals and deadhead those that are
Centipede lawns
may benefit from 5
lb of 5-0-15
fertilizer per 1000
square feet
Rip open with a
pole large masses
of webbing on the
ends of branches
formed by fall
Get a second bloom
from faded annuals
by cutting them
back by 1/3 and
applying liquid
Treat lawns for
grubs only if you
find more than 5
grubs per square
If mole crickets are
a problem treat in
mid to late summer
Average Precipitation - 6.61”
Begin trimming
some plants back
in preparation for
bringing them
indoors later this
Start seed of
broccoli, kale,
collard, cabbage
and cauliflower in
containers with
potting soil
Spray peach tree
trunks with
permethrin to
protect from peach
tree borers
Sow lettuce,
spinach, arugula
and other salad
greens direct in the
Harvest apples
when a twist of the
wrist will release
Seed buckwheat in
bare areas as cover
crop. Grow for 3045 days and till
under to improve
Order seed for your
Fall garden
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Center News
Robin Schuster
Alligator sunning at the beach club
Photo by Gayle Allen
A Great Egret enjoying a tasty breakfast
Photo by Jerry Biffle
White-tailed momma deer and fawn
Photo by Jack Eyler
Thirsty raccoon visits the feeders daily
Photo by Steve Perks
Paul Murphy
The summer months tend to be a little slower at the CC since
many residents go on vacation trips during this time. Even so,
the CC was used by more than 3,150 patrons in 224 activities.
Many people came to the Turtle Talk that took place July 17.
They learned everything they wanted to learn about our reptiles
that visit each summer. Also many planning meetings are held
during the summer for upcoming parties and fundraisers. How
about a night of Chocolate Decadence, Rockin’ for the Cure or
getting holiday things ready for the Tour of Homes? August 6,
at the town council meeting, Robin Schuster, manager of the
center, will present a snapshot of the July 2012 – June 2013
fiscal year. I encourage all to go to the meeting to see how the
CC is doing.
As promised in last month’s column I said I’d explain a day in
the life of Robin and Paul Murphy, assistant manager of the
CC. I had a fun interview with them so instead of a typical day,
I left the interview wondering what their resume' would look
like if explaining their talents to a potential employer.
In addition to conducting all the interviews with prospective
CC renters and opening and closing the center when volunteers
aren’t available, here are some of their additional talents: (1)
moving tables and chairs as needed; (2) working on the air
conditioner unit when it doesn’t work correctly before a
wedding reception; (3) manually moving the projection screen
when it gets stuck in the ceiling; (4) moving the walls to change
the configuration of the rooms; (5) fixing a leaking toilet; (6)
mopping up the kitchen floor after flooding from a clogged
drain; (7) cleaning the kitchen cupboards; (8) dealing with
the onslaught of tree frogs who are looking for some airconditioned space; (9) trying to explain to a resident that they
are guaranteed a room but that it might not be the same room
each week; and (10) driving event participants to their cars that
are parked in the sales lot. So if you’re looking for an AC or
audio expert, a plumber, janitor, wildlife expert, mediator or
chauffeur, call Robin or Paul. Do you think all these talents
were listed in the job description???
By Sue Maguire
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The Great
Whitewater rafting in the Colorado River
Scaling the Grand Canyon
If I had read the fine print, we never would have booked
this trip. We signed up in total ignorance, and that turned
out to be one of the best mistakes we have ever made.
Here’s what happened.
Al and I wanted to celebrate our older daughter’s “big
birthday” by taking her and her sister on a trip to Sedona,
AZ and the Grand Canyon. I volunteered to research the
possibilities and come up with a good option for us. I
found a trip that sounded perfect. But I never read the
part that said we needed to be “fit for strenuous activity”
and we would be required to sign a waiver stating that we
assume all liability for “participating in an activity which
could cause severe bodily harm or possibly death.”
The trip went something like this. We were picked up
in the lobby of our hotel at 4:30 a.m. to be bussed two
hours north to the Hualapai Indian Reservation for a
whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River. Who
knew the trip would be 37 miles down a river with Class
3 to 7 (maximum of 10) rapids smacking us in the head
and drenching us with 45 degree water? This I did not
read in the brochure. Having survived the trip, we were
picked up at the bottom of wherever we were and flown
by helicopter back up to I don’t know where, but at least a
bus was there waiting for us and got us back to our hotel
shortly before 10 pm. That was so we could rest up before
the really tough day.
The next day started at 6:30 a.m. with a three-hour
ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I had my
2-pound Nikon DSLR because I expected to get some
award winning shots of the canyon as we drove to all those
observation platforms that surround the rim. Forget that.
Our guide handed each of us a walking stick and showed
us how to use it. Then we put one precarious foot in front
of the other for 1.5 very steep miles down into the canyon.
After a quick lunch and outhouse break, we started back
up that same 1.5 mile steep climb. This I did not read in
the brochure either. The round trip hike took a total of
five hours and three bottles of water each. So much for my
pictures of the canyon; the Nikon never made it out of the
van. Thank goodness for kids who have pocket-size point
and shoot cameras.
Bottom line: This was one of the most exciting, amazing,
and yes, enjoyable vacations we have ever had. But it
certainly wasn’t the one I thought we were going on.
By Carolyn Bowers
Page 11
Pounding the Pavement:
Oak Island Triathlon
This spring, did you notice your neighbors training on the
streets of St. James, by foot, by bike and on the beach, by
lap? These activities were in preparation for the second
annual Oak Island Triathlon held June 1 with more than
300 participants. It was organized by Without Limits
Productions, based in Colorado and owned by Tony and
Lance Panigutti, sons of St. James residents Carol and Lou
Panigutti. The top winner for 2013, competing in all three
events, was Patrick Farwell, a Wilmington firefighter and son
of Ray and Joey Farwell of Irwin Drive.
Registering, tagging and corralling all the athletes required
a lot of manpower and Without Limits Productions wants
to thank all the tireless St. James volunteers who came out
again this year to help. A donation was made to Wounded
Warriors from entrance fees.
The triathlon has competition in three events, all of which
take place on Oak Island: a third of a mile ocean swim,
followed by a 16.5-mile bike ride and finally a four-mile foot
race. Participants can compete in all three events, or can be a
relay team with two or three members.
This year St. James competitors included Becky Dus, Rita
Wissinger, Nancy Schulte, Lou Panigutti, Barb Ibert, Janice
and Fred Ammann, Beth Erskine, Lorraine Giffin, Jim
Deritis, Pamela Schottenfeld, Robin Schuster (Town of St.
James employee) and Kevin Sullivan (Troon Golf employee).
Many of us figured our performance to be somewhere
between “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” and
many of us were happy to have simply finished. We were
humbled by the ocean surf and current or by being overtaken
by older athletes (all participants had their ages marked on
their legs!).
Some high notes: Nancy Schulte participated as swimmer on
a relay team that included her daughter Abbie as biker and
her 10-year-old granddaughter Kylie as runner. Kylie’s dad
competed in all events. Rita Wissinger, who also competed
in all events, won second place in her 65-69 age group. Becky
Dus and Lou Panigutti also competed in all events and won
first and third place, respectively, for their 70-74 age group.
Jim Deritis, who won the relay title last year, enjoyed another
win this year with the addition of a talented 13-year-old
swimmer to his team.
Next year’s third annual event is expected to draw more
competitors. Since participation is about fun as well as the
challenge, we all are thinking … “what about next year?”
By Lorraine Giffin
Page 12
visit to St. James.
OAE wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to these community sponsors for
providing their support of this program. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL
Appreciation Day 2013
Surf Cinema, Spike’s Ice Cream, Surfers Restaurant, Taylor’s Cuisine Café
and Catering, The Adventure Company, Fran Phillips of the Salon at South
Harbor, Island Healing, Lowes Foods, St. James Development Company,
and Essential Spa Care.
Military Appreciation Day 2013 will take place Saturday,
families who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as an
We would
also like
to acknowledge
the contribution
of our
Island/BSL food
7 with
a golf
a picnic
our gratitude for their service and sacrifices.
Please remember to give back to them when you can, particularly during these difficult economic times.
honoring military and family guests. The picnic will take
OAE will host more than 50 military family visits in 2013.
addition we would
contributions of our St. James
place atInWoodlands
a complimentary
treated to a complimentary hot meal on
of Consolidated Asset Management, Wayne and Pam Dadetto of Tactical Support Equipment Group and
wine and beer reception, raffle and music by
Friday evening, along with breakfast food and snacks. They
Carol Hester of Cape Fear Insurance. The Greenwich Bay Trading Company, Raleigh, NC has generously
and shampoo for use by military families.
Mike’s donated
are compensated for their round trip expenses from Ft.
Bragg and receive a complimentary breakfast at Tommy
To everyone who provides donations to OAE, we have GREAT NEWS! It only took two weeks for
The golf
approval of our nonprofit corporation status! Operation: At Ease, Inc. is recognized
by the Internalcoupons
Revenue for two Domino’s pizzas, a copy of
how a family photo session with a St. James
and Players clubs. There are flights for men, women and
the State Port Pilot,
this affects your contribution.
couples. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun
photographer and tickets to the North Carolina Aquarium
start atAseach
forits 10
is $60, getplus
with complimentary ferry tickets or a boat
the town
of St. James
up for
to cheer on at
the Fort
At Ease
in the parade.
your support for
our troops and
your neighborhood
who umbrellas and toys for the children are
make this program so successful! Please watch for our web site, currently under
not onconstruction.
the cart plan. This cost includes the picnic in the
available for their use while at the beach.
afternoon. Signups will begin in mid-July and will be
available on the GHIN system. Any member of the team
The Richard H. Stewart American Legion Post #543
with a GHIN eGolfer login id can enroll the team. If no
provides scholarships to children of military personnel killed
one on the team has an eGolfer id, you can enroll by calling
in the line of duty; program assistance at the new Veterans
Mike Himebaugh or Steve Elkins at the Players Club pro
Nursing Home in Kinston, N.C.; ramps for local disabled
shop at 457-0049, Option 1.
veterans and financial assistance to qualified veterans
affected by major disasters; as well as the North Carolina
Additional information regarding signing up for the golf
State Veterans program, Operation North State. The Post
event, picnic and purchasing raffle tickets will be published in
also awards scholarships to graduating seniors from local
upcoming issues of JustJudy, THISWEEKStJames and What’s
high schools to institutions of higher learning and supports
Up?. LGA and MGA members will receive information via
local youth programs, including the Boy Scouts, Civil Air
email from their respective organizations.
Patrol and JROTC.
The proceeds from this event will be shared equally between
Operation At Ease (OAE) and the Richard H. Stewart
American Legion Post #543.
OAE provides a complimentary R&R weekend to military
(l-r) Relayers: Pamela Schottenfeld, Jim Deritis
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Please join us on September 7 to help two St. James nonprofit
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Rita Wissinger, Becky Dus and Lou Panigutti
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Breast cancer touches many of our lives through family,
neighbors and close friends. On October 22, the Clubs at
St. James will be joining more than 2,000 other golf clubs
throughout the country that are sponsoring a Rally for the
Cure. The Rally for the Cure is a fundraising golf tournament
that supports the work of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Each year St. James neighborhoods raise money to support
this cause by sponsoring a hole during the Rally for the Cure
golf tournament. You can donate any amount towards a
neighborhood-sponsored hole. A minimum of $100 is needed
for a neighborhood to sponsor one tee box. Neighborhoods that
raise $500 are recognized with a banner and will also be listed in
the tournament program.
Please make checks payable to Komen for the Cure. Your
neighborhood volunteer will be contacting you or you can drop
your check in the basket on the porch of one of the following
volunteer’s homes. (Your donations will be credited to the
correct neighborhood.)
Members – Maggie Hafey - 3570 East Medinah Avenue
Players – Marilyn Tricarico - 3632 Players Club Drive
Regency – Patty Reilly - 3721 Curricle Court
Founders – Jane Carter - 2735 Juneberry Lane
Reserve – Carol Killeen - 3814 Ridge Crest Drive
(l-r) Claudia Zell, Joyce Trombley and Susan Kiely enjoying the
festivities at the 2012 Rally for the Cure Tournament.
If your business would like to sponsor a hole, for $100 a sign
with the name of your company will be placed on a tee box on
the day of the tournament. Gold level sponsorship is $500. Your
company’s name will also be listed in the tournament program.
Information concerning registration for the Rally for the Cure
tournament and more ways to participate will be published in
the September edition of Cat-Tales.
Save the date: Tuesday, October 22
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Exploring Your St. James World:
The Mysteries Of Erosion
If you’ve spent time on the Cape Fear River, the Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) or even the docks at our St.
James Marina, you may have noticed barges conducting
underwater operations.
Chances are, they’re
mostly soil material
- sand, silt and clay that finds its way from
the land to the water by
erosion. Sediment gradually accumulates in our ponds,
streams, rivers, marinas and the ICW. Dredging helps to
maintain the channel depth for safe navigation.
Erosion is an inevitable fact of life. It’s going on all the
time, seen and unseen. If you built your house in St.
James, you might recall seeing a fabric silt fence and
some staked hay bales around the construction area on
your lot. Installing and maintaining these erosion control
features is required under the St. James POA Architectural
Control Committee (ACC) guidelines.
Left unchecked, runoff can cause significant erosion,
resulting in downstream impacts (and damage to your
yard, your foundation or adjacent lots). Fortunately,
soil can also help control the rate of runoff, and filter
out some contaminants that could otherwise impact
downstream bodies of water. The many shallow ditches
(referred to as swales) that traverse much of St. James are
a significant component of the stormwater management
system. You can also do your part in limiting soil erosion
by maintaining your lawn, trees and landscape plantings
since vegetation is a great defense against erosion.
Despite our best efforts, erosion will march on, powered
by gravity, natural processes and human activities.
However, with the efforts of our POA, St. James builders,
landscapers and property owners, we can achieve a
balance that lets us develop and enjoy St. James while
protecting its beautiful surroundings.
If you have suggestions for future topics for this series,
contact me at [email protected]
By Barbara Lemos
Without vegetation, bare soil is highly susceptible
to erosion by wind and by water runoff. Since it’s not
practical to cover the soil on your lot, the silt fence and
hay bales help keep eroding soil from leaving your lot.
When soil enters our waters, it can harm sensitive wildlife,
damaging food supplies and nesting habitat. If that soil
is carrying contaminants such as petroleum products or
heavy metals, it can contaminate sediment and surface
water and affect the food chain.
To help control these impacts, St. James is governed
by a Stormwater Management Plan as required by
Brunswick County and the North Carolina Department
of Environmental and Natural Resources. Stormwater
(primarily rain and the rare snowmelt) can seep into the
ground, move across the ground as runoff or evaporate.
How these processes play out is a function of topography,
soil and vegetation types, temperature and humidity.
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New Construction
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Every year prior to our POA annual meeting in October (Saturday, October 12, this year), we inform all St.
James property owners of openings on the POA board. This year we have two positions becoming available.
All positions are board members at large. The board elects the officers. By tradition, the president and
treasurer are elected board members, while the secretary and vice president are developer board members.
If you would like to continue the tradition of fine leadership and sound fiscal responsibility of our POA
board and run for election, please submit your letter of intent and résumé to Judy Marshall, our POA
Community Manager by 5 p.m. Friday, August 9. Judy’s office is located in our town hall. Your intent to
run and résumé is to be one page, Arial font, size 12. Judy will provide a written confirmation of receipt
of this information. Ballots with résumés will be mailed approximately September 12 as part of the annual
meeting packet. A “Meet the Candidates Night” is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 12, at 4
p.m. Electronic balloting will begin on Monday, September 16 and run through Friday, October 11, at 5 p.m.
Election results will be announced at the annual meeting October 12, at 11 a.m. at our town hall.
St. James Plantation is the successful community it is today because of the many residents who choose to
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St. James Regency
Community Garden
The first St. James Community Garden came to fruition this year and for the past three months has been a thing of
beauty. Plants with various sizes, shapes and color produced a tapestry worthy of a picture. Despite the wet and cold
spring, the gardeners forged ahead and have been reaping the rewards of their planning and physical labors. Gardeners
included those with experience as well as those trying a vegetable patch for the first time. With everyone willing to
help their neighbor, a spirit of camaraderie quickly developed. All wanted the same – a plot of healthy plants producing
vegetables, flowers and spices.
Many plants were purchased locally as seedlings although many were started from seed. The 35 plots are producing a
cornucopia of veggies that are gracing dining room tables. This includes many different types of lettuces, sugar snap
peas, radishes, potatoes, kohlrabi, cabbage, carrots, broccoli and beets.
The harvest will likely continue through August. Zucchini plants, initially showing off their bright yellow and orange
flowers in June, continue to produce long and slender fruit. Summer squash grew in abundance. Onions and leeks
continue to yield a crop as do yellow beans and haricot vert. Green bell, jalapeno and Spanish peppers are plentiful, as
are eggplant. All the necessary ingredients for a terrific ratatouille have been grown in the garden. Cucumber plants with
their ever-reaching vines are in many gardens and produced an abundance of cukes.
There is a distinct and wonderful diversity of vegetables from garden to garden. However, if there is one common thread
among all of the plots it has to be tomatoes. When one looks carefully you will find many different varieties including
Big Boy, Early Girl, Celebrity, German Johnson, Beefsteak and cherry tomatoes. Ripe tomatoes have been plentiful
since late June and will continue for another few weeks. A classic summer treat is the tomato sandwich made with slices
of fresh tomato on one’s favorite bread, mayo, a little salt and pepper. This sandwich makes the whole effort worth it.
Coming from the north where tomatoes did not ripen until mid-August, it is a treat to have them in June and July.
While the community garden is thought of as a vegetable garden it also includes a variety of spices notably rosemary,
lavender, oregano, dill, basil and sage. Flowers grace the plots as well including zinnias, gladiolas, marigolds, cleome
and sunflowers.
The POA provided a terrific garden for the first-year gardeners. They trucked in quality soil, provided plenty of taps for
water and fencing to keep out the deer, rabbits and other pesky critters. To that end we are thankful. After the heat of the
summer, a second growing season will be upon us.
By Sonia Smith
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By Bill Voss
Using multiple displays on Windows computers
Note: Our computer columnist, Nate Lipsen,
has moved on to other projects. We thank Nate
for his valuable, informative and timely tips.
I am now starting a new technology column
covering Windows, Macs and tablets.
Below is an example of a dual monitor setup on my desktop computer. On the left is a 30” display and on the right
is a 27” display. They are connected by Windows to
become one unified desktop. Applications can be
opened on either display or dragged from one display
to the other using the mouse. The computer is running
the latest version of Windows 7, however the ability
to run multiple displays in Windows has existed since
Windows NT. In the early days it was difficult to
implement this capability, but now (as you will see) it
is much simpler.
First, you need a second display and a cable to connect it to your computer. You will also need an additional graphics card
or graphics connector on your computer. Most modern graphics cards have dual connectors. Connectors may be RGB
as illustrated in the leftmost picture below, or DVI as illustrated on the right. It doesn’t matter which you have so long
as you have the correct cable. Please be aware some high-resolution displays
only have a DVI port. Once you are hooked up, turn on your computer. During
the boot-up process, you may see the “New hardware found” message. This
is normal. If your new display came with a drivers disk you may choose to
install them at this point, but it usually is unnecessary.
Next, use the control panel app to refine the connection to the second monitor. Click on Start/Control Panel/Display/
Change display settings resulting in the dialogue seen here. From
this panel you can choose the relationship of the displays to each
other by dragging them with the mouse. They can be arranged
any way you like but you will probably be happiest with the
monitors arranged as shown, with the right display on the right
and the left display on the left otherwise things can get confusing.
The Identify button causes the number of the display to appear
briefly on each screen to verify the arrangement you have chosen.
The Orientation dialogue lets you choose Landscape or Portrait
independently on each display. The Multiple displays dialogue
should be set to Extend these displays. Once you have these
adjustments set click on the Apply button and you can begin
enjoying your new extended desktop.
For laptop or notebook users
Most modern laptop or notebook computers have a connector for an external display. The connections and dialogues
are very similar, with one exception, the Multiple displays dialogue choices are Mirror main display and Extend these
displays. In mirror mode the second display mirrors whatever is on the laptop or notebook computer’s screen rather than
extending the desktop to the second display. This mode is used for presentations and docking stations.
Windows 8 users
If you have a Windows 8 system, your set up instructions/buttons will be different (look for the Computer Management
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When it was time to finalize our move to St. James,
we decided to purchase an existing home on Bradford
Circle in lieu of building on our previously purchased
lot. There were several reasons we chose to buy this
house; it had many nice features we were looking for;
the size was right and we knew we could make it into
our North Carolina home.
A little background: Over the years we lived in four
different homes in New Jersey. Each house had unique
characteristics, but we typically made significant
changes to each one. Whether it was adding three
bedrooms and a bath on a second story, building a
deck, putting in a pool or renovating bathrooms, we
usually had a home improvement project going on. In
fact our boys (5 of them) like to joke that we moved just so
there would be more projects for Randy to work on! He is
the “King of DIY” (Do It Yourself).
Our Bradford Circle home follows in this tradition and two
initial fall projects were to renovate the landscaping and
paint the exterior. We started with the landscaping, which
included lots of tree trimming and wood chipping to convert
large pine bark nuggets into shredded mulch.
Our neighbors were helpful in recommending local
nurseries and sod suppliers. After deciding on a drought
resistant Jamur Zoysia, our existing lawn had to be killed.
We came up with a planting design and Randy installed
several new shrubs and transplanted many existing shrubs
to our preferred locations.
After we decided on paint colors, Randy began the prep
work by power washing and caulking. Once ready, he
painted section by section, with the help of our dog Happy.
She was especially helpful in picking up and running off
with pieces of downspout that were to go back on the house!
It took about a month to complete, and I didn’t even get
to see the results until December, as I was still living and
working in New Jersey.
The yard was rototilled several times in preparation for
the 12 pallets of sod we installed in March with the help
of two of our sons. In April we planted annual flowers and
several more perennials. The sod is greening up and filling
in nicely. The deer have come to visit more often than we
like, and don’t even ask about the moles.
With the warmer weather, watering, mowing and tree
trimming continue. There is already a list for upcoming
projects, but for now we plan to enjoy the view of the
renovated front yard.
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Defensive Cycling: Taking Your Lane
Operating any vehicle using patience and defensive
driving, whether it’s an 18-wheel semi or a bicycle, is
the smartest and safest way to navigate the roads. For
a cyclist, defensive driving sometimes entails what is
commonly referred to as “taking your lane”. No, this does
not mean that bikes should spend all their time riding in
the middle of the lane hindering traffic. There are enough
impatient, grumpy folks around already. We don’t need to
create any more.
Remember what we all read on page 77 in the North
Carolina Driver Handbook when we were studying to
take our N.C. drivers license test. “Bicyclists usually ride
on the right side of the lane, but are entitled to use the
full lane.” North Carolina law says, “When riding on a
roadway, a bicyclist must ride in the same direction as
other traffic. Also, the bicyclist must travel in the righthand lane and should ride as close as practical to the right
hand edge of the highway” [20-146(a)]. The law also
provides for some exceptions, all of which involve the
maneuver of taking your lane.
One of the exceptions is [20-146(a) (2)], “Avoiding a
dangerous obstruction.” For the most part, St. James can
seem like a very benign place to ride. Beware! There is a
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Construction sites abound in St. James. Those parked
vehicles might have a door open at any moment; a worker
talking on his cell phone could step out from between
two vehicles and not have any idea you’re coming; sand,
gravel, nails and other construction debris can take you
down in an instant. The best thing to do is check your
mirror and move wide around construction sites. Make
full use of your lane and keep yourself safe. Sand! It’s
everywhere and it’s probably the most common reason
cyclists fall in St. James. It gets washed onto the roads,
accumulates over time, and in some places can cover half
the lane. There are numerous places where riding in the
middle of the lane is the only way to avoid riding in sand.
Then there are those construction sites where they don’t
clean the road and sand covers the entire road. What to do?
Slow way down, try to pick the area with the least amount
of sand and hold a straight line until you’re through the
sand. If it looks deep, stop and walk.
A second exception is [20-146 (e)], “Preparing for a left
turn.” Just like a driver of a motor vehicle, a bicyclist
should signal a left-hand turn, check for vehicles coming
from behind, move to the left side of the lane and turn
when there is no oncoming traffic. Some less experienced
cyclists might choose to stay to the right, stop and get off
their bike, then walk the bike across the road to make the
left turn.
There are more instances where taking your lane is the
best defensive maneuver you can make. Stay tuned for
next time.
Ride smart, ride safe, wear your helmet, take your lane.
See you on the roads.
By Steve Perks
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Mah Jongg, a Fast Game of Intrigue, Skill, Strategy and
Calculation and a Good Degree of Luck!
Summer days in 1970 would find my young daughter and me strolling the vast grounds of the Castle Hill Beach Club in
the Bronx. Here I was introduced to the American version of the Chinese game of mah jongg. I noticed a “zillion” ladies
sitting at game tables clicking and mixing off-white colored tiles, forming walls with the tiles and playing for hours.
“What could this game be that fascinated these women so?” I asked several of my Jewish friends; but their replies were
a version of “Oh that’s mah jongg. My mom and her old friends play it every day.” It mystified me and I was not yet 24
Forward my life 35 years to St. James Plantation and mah jongg resurfaces. Nancy Becker announced “free American
mah jongg lessons at the Founders Club.” For almost 40 years this game had haunted and intrigued me and now I have
the chance to find out what it is all about. Nancy and her friends were great teachers and soon my intrigue turned to love.
The new learners quickly formed a play group and every Monday we played at the Founders Club. When Nancy Becker
asked me to become the mah jongg point person in her stead, I agreed to serving as the “St. James Mah Jongg Teacher.”
Initially I taught the series of four three-hour lessons from my home but now the lessons are at the St. James Community
Center. The lessons are always free of charge, usually in May and October. I recruit great helpers (former students) and add
the individual help of an experienced assistant at each table.
At the first session, the new learners become familiar with the physical aspect of the game such as setting up the game
and how to name the tiles. The subsequent two lessons incorporate learning the playing card, choosing a hand, what to
discard and how to effectively play this fast-paced, strategy-filled, fun-filled and wonderfully social game. In the final
session the learners play their first games.
Several times a year at the center there is a free mah jongg marathon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that includes food, prizes and
gift exchanges.
In the six years as the teacher, I have taught over 200 St. James residents (including 20 men) to play mah jongg. More
importantly, many of the students have thanked me for introducing them to other players who have become their good
friends. Mah jongg serves as a vehicle to meet new people and to have a great time with them. Furthermore, learning to
play this game is an excellent activity to re-activate the gray matter of your brain. I haven’t met any senile mah jongg
players yet! I look forward to a crop of new learners this October at the center. I can be reached at [email protected]
com or 253-4189 for more information.
By Lourdes García-Levis
(l-r) dots, craks, bams, winds,
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After we purchased our St. James home site, one of the
first things I did was to find local recreational shooting
opportunities. To put it mildly, there were few.
Fortunately through St. James “meet and greets,” I met an
equally inclined neighbor, Rob Jerome, and the St. James
Rifle and Pistol Club was born. Since our initial membership
of three in 2010, the club has grown to more than 50
members from both inside and outside the plantation gates.
The club’s primary concern is safety. Regardless of prior
firearm experience, all members joining the club are
required to complete a National Rifle Association (NRA)
sanctioned firearm safety course. Rob and I are NRA
certified rifle, pistol and shotgun instructors and teach the
course as needed to incoming members.
While the club shoots several disciplines, this article will
focus on trap shooting. In trap shooting, the target (clay
bird) is launched away from the shooter at approximately
45 miles per hour. The clay birds are projected at random
angles, revealed only after the shooter calls for the target
(“pull”). The shooter also changes position, shooting from
five different stations. Therein lies the challenge.
Front row (l-r) Nancy Adelis and Deb Lipsen
Back row (l-r) Bill Boston, John Koenig, Frank Caruso, Rob Jerome,
Bob Johns, Bill Leuschner and Nate Lipsen
Trap shooting can be likened to golf; both are target games
relying on a consistent routine before you take your shot. In
golf, feedback is immediate and poor execution results in
woods, water or sand; in trap, poor execution results in the
dreaded score keeper’s call of “loss” (missed target). Also,
as in golf, both are focused target games where your major
opponent resides between your ears.
The sport is easy. All you need to do is: mount the gun, look
at the target area, call for the clay bird, swing the barrel to
the front of the target and pull the trigger. This takes place
in half a second. Fun, wasn’t it? Repeat the process 24 more
times and you have shot your first round. We have many
shooters that started out with hits in the single digits and
now consistently score in the 20s, along with a few who
have hit that magic 25 straight.
We shoot most Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Ye Olde Gun Club,
located across Route 211 from St. James, off Executive
Park Drive. We also have a monthly shoot on the second
or third Saturday of the month which is open to the public.
The date is announced in JustJudy and THISWEEKStJames
as well as the POA website at under
Clubs and Groups, Sports.
Trap is a sport that can be enjoyed equally by men and
women. Come out and join us and give it a try. We will
outfit you with what you need; gun, shells, and eye and ear
protection. Instruction is always available and both Rob and
I will keep a close watch to ensure everyone’s safety.
By Bill Boston
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Exfoliating Skin
through Chemical Peels
For many folks, the mention of chemical peels evokes images
of painful red hamburger-looking faces and the necessity of
hiding away for several weeks post-procedure. While that
is a reality of the strongest peels, there are other peels that
result in minimal or no discomfort and require no down time.
The type of peel that is right for you – light, medium or deep
– depends on your skin type and the results you hope to
Light Chemical Peels treat superficial sun damage, light
wrinkles and light acne. These peels only remove the topmost
layer of skin and do not require sedation. The chemicals
used in these peels are usually alpha hydroxy acids such as
glycolic or lactic, beta hydroxy acid such as salicylic and/
or retinoic acid. The application of a light peel may result in
minor tingling or stinging until the peel solution is removed, but
this sensation can be greatly relieved by use of a hand-held
fan during the procedure. There is usually no post-procedure
tingling. Mild peeling may occur for three to seven days after
the peel, but nothing that make-up or tinted moisturizer can’t
hide. Light peels are generally considered safe for all skin
types. Light peels, offered by many day and medical spas, run
from $75-$150 each and usually work best in a series.
Medium Chemical Peels are appropriate for moderate
wrinkles, deeper acne scarring and darker age spots. The
main chemical in medium depth peels is trichloroacetic acid
also known as TCA. The TCA peel requires sedation and may
not be appropriate for people with heart disease or diabetes.
Medium depth peels can cause significant lightening of the
skin and are generally not suitable for darker skinned people
with a Fitzpatrick Skin Type rating of IV – VI. Down time for a
TCA peel will run from several days to a few weeks while the
new skin develops. Medium depth peels are performed in
some medical spas or in a dermatologist or plastic surgeon
office. TCA peels run from $250-$350 each. They can be
repeated every six months to maintain results.
Deep Chemical Peels are used to eradicate or lessen deep
scars, severe pigmentation problems and deep wrinkles.
Phenol, the main peeling agent requires sedation. People
with heart issues, diabetes or other significant health issues
are not good candidates for deep peels. Darker skinned
people will also find this peel runs the risk of permanent skin
bleaching. Post-peel recovery will take from several weeks to
several months. Deep peels are generally only offered in a
dermatologist or plastic surgeon office. Phenol peels run from
$2,200-$3,000, but are usually performed only once.
Next Month: Intense Pulsed Light
By Francie FitzHugh, Aesthetician
1. Move your feet!
This one seems obvious. It has been proven that the
number of steps one takes between shots directly relates
to their level of play. If a player makes more adjustment
steps before each stroke, they are much more likely to
be on balance when they hit the ball. Next time you
are playing try to count the number of steps you take
for each shot. If you are missing a lot of shots try to
increase your number of steps. You should see positive
results immediately.
2. Keep your head still when hitting your
Moving your head before finishing your shot is a very
common mistake. The natural tendency of most players
is to look to see what their opponents are doing before
finishing their shot. Hitting on the ball machine can be
a great way to practice this as you will have no worries
of what your opponent will be doing.
3. Turn your body for your shots.
The concept of transfer of weight applies pretty much
to every sport. When there is no turn whatsoever, it
means we are basically “arming” our shot. Results of
this technique will be a weaker shot and more wear
and tear on the arm. Even just a little hip and shoulder
turn for any shot will help give you more power and
4. Down the middle solves the riddle.
This one is specifically for doubles. Hitting the ball up
the middle is the highest percentage shot one can hit.
The ball crosses the low part of the net and there is
more space to hit into compared with hitting down the
line at the high part of the net. Many teams also leave
the middle wide open. If you see this happen, make
your opponents pay for it!
5. Keep your cool.
During a match it is important to stay calm and positive.
Getting angry for missing an easy shot or two can have
negative effects on your game throughout the match. If
you hit a bad shot, do your best to just let it go and move
on to the next point. You can’t change the outcome of
the shot you already hit. Instead, focus your energy on
the point you are about to play.
By Brian Preston, head tennis pro
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St. James Activities Committee
August 10
Beach Party
September 8
Little Shop of Horrors at Thalian Hall
October 4
Clam bake
For specific information on each event, consult our website
Clam Bake Mix
The Fourth Annual Clam Bake Is Coming!
Don’t miss the Clam Bake at Waterway Park October 4 from 5-8:30 p.m. held rain or shine. Only a limited number of
wristbands will be sold. Our caterer will prepare local clams and shrimp (cooked separately), sausage, potatoes, corn, salad,
bread and dessert. The cost is $21/pp, with checks made payable to St. James POA (no refunds). DJ Don Jewell will keep
us dancing. Bring: BYOB (beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverage), table and chairs (limited tables at the park) and your
wristband. This event is always a sellout so don’t delay in purchasing your wristbands. For more information email Diane
Cini at [email protected]
Wristband sales will be held at the Members Club on the following dates and times:
September 5 1-3 p.m. September 12 9-11 a.m. September 17 2-4 p.m. September 23 9-11 a.m.
Sign-Ups Still Open for Fall 2013 Series of “Dinner for 5 or 6”
Sign-ups end soon for the fall 2013 series of “Dinner for 5 or 6.” This popular activity consists of dining with two different
couples each month during September, October and November. Couples can be spouses, friends or significant others.
Singles are also encouraged to sign-up. One month you will be the host and prepare the entrée, asking your guests to bring a
side dish to complete the meal. As the host, you will contact the other participants and agree on a mutually convenient date.
The other two months you will be guests.
Sign-ups will be accepted only through August 7. To sign up, please email Jerri Connor at [email protected] your names,
address, phone numbers and email address. If you have questions, you may email or call Jerri at 910-253-6469. We will
acknowledge the email registration when it is received and forward a schedule, instructions and participant list once
registration closes in August. The St. James Activities Committee thanks you for your participation and we know you will
enjoy gathering with neighbors and meeting new residents.
One More Summer Beach Party!
The last of this year’s beach parties will be held on the sands of the St. James Beach Club Saturday, August 10. Dance to the
live music of Party of Two. Bring your own beverage, a chair, utensils/plates and a hearty appetizer, salad or dessert for 20 to
share. Meet on the beach from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and enjoy the party! There is no rain date. Any cancellation due to inclement
weather will be through a POA blast email or on the POA website. This event is always popular so please car pool if possible
and remember to park only in the St. James Beach Club lot or on the street where designated. Questions? Call Lynn Napoli
at 910-363-4578.
By Vicki Caruso
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For those of us who are not experts in the world
of wine selecting, especially when the barbeque is
smoking away, finding the right type can be a daunting
task. I drink wine. I like wine, but to be honest until
recently I hadn’t given pairing wine with barbecuing
too much thought. Why? Because, like most of us, I’ve
been Budweisered and thus a favorite wine for grilling
is usually, well, a beer.
At the holiday table choosing the proper wine is for
the most part relatively easy. For example, red meat,
red, white meat, white. OK, I exaggerate, but without
getting into which wine goes best with the holiday
turkey, let’s keep in mind that there are no holidays in
August, just barbeques. Whoops, I just found out that
August 23 is “National Sponge Cake Day,” which in
itself explains why few people celebrate it.
So how do you pair the BBQ with wine? Well, before
I start to answer the big question, let’s examine what’s
being served. Let’s imagine you’re grilling a nice juicy
something. If you pick a barbecue sauce that is too
strong you’ll miss out on the flavor of the food and the
smoke. If, on the other hand, the sauce is weak and
watery it won’t add anything to your barbecue. Thus,
wine works the same way.
To make it easy, I’ll introduce you to my six successful
rules to paring wines with your favorite grilled delights:
• Rule 5: Serve sweet wine for spicy foods and a tart wine for sweet foods.
• Rule 6: Don’t follow too many rules.
One more point: the other side of the wine pairing
equation is something “wine people” call body. In
simple terms this refers to the “thickness” of a wine.
A light pinot grigio may not hold up next to a heavily
smoked rack of ribs with a spicy sauce but it would be
excellent with grilled fish or vegetables. On the other
side of the scale a cabernet sauvignon complements a
nice thick grilled steak or smoked brisket, but would
kick a lightly seasoned chicken breast off your plate.
To recap, when pairing grilled or smoked meats and
you need to grab a bottle of wine but have no clue what
to get, aim for a zinfandel for a red or a chardonnay
for a white. These wines work well for most cookout
occasions and are great choices to take to a barbecue
when you don’t know exactly what is on the menu.
Last Call
One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of
By Tom Turano
• Rule 1: Drink wines you like and don’t worry too much about what others say. Sounds obvious but I know a few people so obsessed with wine pairing that they take any expert opinion.
• Rule 2: Experiment with several types of wines. However a word of caution here, try and stay away from anything that starts with Bubba.
• Rule 3: Keep notes on the wines you try. As an example, I keep a book of wines I’ve had, good or bad.
• Rule 4: Save your money. I’m not saying buy the cheapest wine you can find, but the heavy flavors of barbecued foods in general are well matched by less expensive wines.
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Bill and Jan Murdoch
(l-r) back Lillian and Margaret; front Kathleen and Patricia
Kathleen Martinez, Margaret
Gavin, Lillian Gavin and Patricia Gavin, have
Four sisters,
moved into their newly built home on Pine Forest Drive
in the Reserve. Margaret, using her architecture degree,
designed the house for meeting individual needs and
efficiencies. There were few disagreements during house
building and moving because their parents continually
fostered the concepts of getting along, taking care of
each other, staying in touch and participating in activities
together. The sisters continue to follow that philosophy.
The sisters were raised on Long Island and remember
picnicking on a nearby beach with their parents. They
attended college and worked in the New York state
area. Kathleen became a corporate banker; Margaret a
mathematics teacher; Lillian an elementary school teacher
and Patricia a nurse practitioner.
In 2000 Kathleen, Lillian and Patricia had enough of
the corporate world and moved to the warmer Charlotte
area where they built and opened the Sapphire Spa and
Retreat. Each contributed different skills towards starting
and managing this successful business. When Margaret
later retired, she joined them.
The sisters would vacation in the Carolinas coastal areas as
well as visit their cousin, Barbara Kelly, a 14-year resident
at St. James. They sold their spa after 12 years and moved
here after consolidating four households. They are still
unpacking and settling in but plan to join activities and
clubs. They like to travel and do crafts, such as sewing,
painting and making jewelry. By the way, there are two
more sisters in New York that they’re trying to lure here.
Welcome to St. James!
By Linda Eyler
Previously a guest at two family reunions in St.
James, Bill and Jan Murdoch decided late this winter
that a cottage at Sandy Cove, a new neighborhood
at SeaSide, was the perfect “winter hideout” for
them. By June they were well situated in their nicely
appointed cottage, enjoying a mini vacation from
their family residence in Pittsburgh, where Bill is an
SAP information technology consultant at Bayer’s
U.S. headquarters. Having made the trip to Bayer’s
world headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany many
times, he is hoping to finally visit Bayer, Australia
before his retirement in December of this year. Bill
expects he will enjoy many consulting opportunities
post retirement.
Jan raised three boys before rejoining the working
world and her latest occupation is driving a school
bus for physically disabled kids near their home.
The Murdoch's three sons are spread out between
Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Florida, where their two
grandsons live.
Jan’s cousin is about to build on West Medinah where
Jan’s brother is already a resident, nonetheless the
Murdochs are interested in meeting other “snowbirds”
who would enjoy camaraderie with part-timers such
as themselves. They enjoy tennis and golf, and are
Steelers, Penguins and Penn State fans, being Penn
State alumnae.
When the Murdochs are back home, they are happy
to offer their beautiful, new two bedroom home for
rent to guests through St. James Sales for a weekend or
something longer – appropriate for extended family
reunions, weddings and vacations.
By Lorraine Giffin
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the Artisans Corner
Introducing our Jewelry Artists
Nancy Clookie, our current Artisans Gallery director, crafts
some of our finest examples of jewelry art with her Chez
Clouchez line of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Always
attracted to “sparklies,” Nancy’s fascination with jewelry
began as a very young child playing with her mother’s
jewelry, but occasionally she’d misplace it and get herself
in trouble. These days she works in both sterling and goldfill, uses Swarovski crystals, and has a penchant for art and
dichroic glass. “Every time I design a piece and have to wait
through the many hours of firing, my patience is tested. I
want to see it, touch it, feel it right away. The anticipation is
very exciting.” And excited is just how you’ll feel when you
see her creations.
Debbie James uses electrifying combinations of
unconventional materials for her unique earrings made
from shells, sea glass, pearls, turquoise and silver charms.
Her By the Seashore line of ear baubles is made from beads
formed from recycled paper. “I’ve always enjoyed creating
things and working with color - any kind of color. My love
of color, form and texture led me to jewelry design 12 years
Arlene Bauer exhibits a flare for the unusual with her
Flamingo Queen line of jewelry. “I made jewelry as a child
and got interested again after I took a class with friends. I
try to make jewelry that’s fun and hopefully a little different.
Usually no two pieces are the same.” And where does the
name come from? Arlene says, “Originally I used a metal
flamingo display unit, so when I was searching for an
identity, a friend suggested Flamingo Queen!”
After Kathy Pace retired here in St. James, she was looking
for a new challenge. “I took lessons in making jewelry, and
at first I just made things for family and friends, but soon
I expanded and started to sell my pieces at the Artisans
Gallery.” Kathy sees her designs as wearable art, and you
will likely agree that her unique and beautiful necklaces,
bracelets and earrings are just that. She has also created a
line of matching necklaces for a young girl and her doll.
“My KZP jewelry has become my passion.”
and Saturday, November 8 and 9. So mark your calendars
right now. Go ahead, I’ll wait. OK, now you won’t miss out
on the fine art and high quality gift items crafted by our
talented artisans. More details to follow.
Come Out of the Closet …
… or your craft room. Don’t hide your artistic talent. Join
the Artisans, have fun and maybe earn a little cash. Call
Rosalie Stern at 854-0120, or stop by the gallery to pick up
a membership form.
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Jewelry by Nancy Clookie
Jewelry by Barbara Muldoon
Jewelry by Debbie James
You will also discover many other exceptional pieces of
jewelry along the front of the gallery: Barbles by Barbara
Muldoon, J. McCleery Designs using Swarovski crystals
and delightful creations from Linda Albright, our newest
jewelry artist.
A Cool Idea …
The 14th annual Holiday Boutique is coming up on Friday
Jewelry by McCleery Designs
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Every golfer, myself included, lacks consistency at
some level and this reality fuels our desire to improve.
Consistency is a relative term defined by each golfer and
includes his or her ideal golfing performance over time.
Your consistency vision will differ from my own and
vice versa.
Let’s now discuss the word “connection” and how this
idea can improve your game. “Connection” is used
in golf instruction to describe the correct sequence of
body’s movements during the swing. I describe “staying
connected” as a sum of the following points.
First, the rotation of the torso and the arms should
occur simultaneously, both during the backswing and
downswing. Movement from only the arms during
the swing is generally a powerless and inconsistent
motion. The biggest problem with the arms moving
independently of the torso is that we can create many
different club paths and planes during each swing,
making consistent contact and direction more difficult.
It becomes harder to remain synchronized or to have the
body parts working effectively together throughout the
To solve this problem, have your left bicep (for right
handed players) and armpit stay tight or “connected”
to your chest as you coil away from the ball and turn
through impact. Just after impact, you want your right
arm to become tight with the chest until the swing is
complete to achieve a more connected and “one-plane”
swing with better timing and consistency.
Second, we need to focus on the length of our swing.
The end of the backswing should occur when the
shoulders stop turning. Many players continue their
backswing until the club is parallel or even beyond
parallel to the ground. Unless you have a high degree
of flexibility, I don’t recommend doing this. Your left
arm may be less likely to remain straight and connected
to the torso. Instead, you want to feel as though you are
making a more compact backswing, which will allow
you to be more synchronized, more connected and more
To concentrate on this movement, try the following
drill. Address a golf ball in your normal posture with
hands crossed in front of you, the backs of both hands
touching and your right palm facing the target (for righthanded players). Complete your takeaway by pulling
your right hand back until you feel a slight stretch. You
should have now reached your full shoulder turn with
your left arm pinned to your chest. Notice how your
arms and shoulders moved at exactly the same time.
To feel the downswing motion, pull down the back of
your left hand and feel your right arm start to get closer
to your chest as you move through impact. As rigid as
this may feel, it gives you the proper “connected” swing
with shoulders and arms working together.
My final concept relates to power and rhythm that
both must originate from the golfer’s center of gravity.
Players attempt to create speed by “throwing” their
arms at and through the ball. This motion takes more
swing energy, effort, gets you less distance and imparts
a frustrated psyche.
To add rhythm and effortless power back into your
swing, simply rotate your sternum with controlled speed
and allow the club to accelerate around your center of
Do all of these things right and your swing results and
scores will surely improve.
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