Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16 to deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/greenbelt. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. So, what are you waiting …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
"You cannot ever assure 100 percent containment," says a GHI official. "What you're looking for is to minimize the risk."
Three Greenbelt trees were positively identified with Dutch Elm disease and have been removed, according to Matt Berres, manager of maintenance operations for Greenbelt Homes Inc. (GHI). Although removed, Berres said he could not guarantee that Greenbelt has seen the last of the disease that has downed millions of American elm trees. "You cannot ever assure 100 percent containment," said Berres. "What you're looking for is to minimize the risk." In early August, Berres said he and a GHI staff person noticed a problem with an elm tree on 25 Ridge Rd. that was on city property. By late August, it was clear Dutch elm was to blame and that two GHI trees on 24 Ridge also were infected, he said. GHI and the City of Greenbelt worked together …
Friday, May 25, 2012
The GHI Board elected new officers Thursday.
GHI's Board of Directors elected officers on Thursday, choosing two newly-elected directors as its top officers—Diane Ready and Frank DeBernardo. The board's new officer's are: This was the new board's first meeting since GHI's May 17 annual members meeting, where three incumbents were re-elected and two newcomers gained seats. President Sue Ready, may be newly elected, but she is not new to the board. She has served six years on past boards, three of those years as vice president. OFFICERS OF THE GHI BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bios submitted by officers Sue Ready, President Sue Ready has a deep-seated belief in co-operative ideals and respect for the co-operative process. She has been a member of GHI for 42 years. Previously, she served on the …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
GHI housing co-op members give their board the nod to come up with a proposal that would allow them to decide row by row to deny smoking.
Greenbelt Homes Inc. (GHI) members voted in favor of paving the way for the creation of non-smoking rows in their housing cooperative. At GHI’s recent annual membership meeting, voters authorized their board of directors to develop such a proposal. After debate and amendment, members voted that they would have the last word on whatever proposal the board developed and that a row’s non-smoking designation could only come about through the unanimous agreement of members on that row. The ball is now in the board’s court. “I’m sure that they will take it up shortly, “ GHI General Manager Eldon Ralph said in an interview on Monday. GHI Board Vice President Bill Jones said he is likely to bring up appointing a task force at the board's next …
Monday, May 21, 2012
GHI's Companion Animals Committee is trying to find out how prepared cooperative members are for disasters.
The Greenbelt Homes Inc. (GHI) Companion Animal Committee is taking an online survey to find out how prepared members are should a disaster strike. The survey covers emergency plans for both family members and companion animals. Questions include: Through a series of these and other questions, the Companion Animal Committee is seeking to to gather information about GHI members’ preparedness. Answers will be used to identify resources and to develop educational events and materials for GHI members. The survey will be available online through June 30. Members without Internet access may request a hard copy version from GHI Member Services at (301) 474-4161 ext. 140.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
GHI will see one board member depart and will gain two new members.
Three incumbents and two new directors were elected to Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI) Board of Directors Friday night. The five elected to the board are Sue Ready, Frank DeBernardo, Ed James, Diana McFadden, and David Morse. Ready and DeBernardo were challengers. Irwin Wartell, an incumbent, lost his relection bid. A total of 204 votes were cast in the election. Both top vote-getters were not incumbents. Ready, who is a former member of the GHI Board, earned the most votes at 158. DeBernardo came in second with 146 votes. Seven GHI members ran for five seats that were open. The board consists of nine members in all, but four of the seats were not up for re-election in 2012. The voting started after GHI's annual membership meeting on Thursday …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
As living trusts gain popularity in GHI, members will get a chance to vote on making them a part of bylaws changes on Thursday.
Two bylaws issues are up for a vote at the Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI) annual membership meeting Thursday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenbelt Community Center. One of the suggested bylaws changes addresses contracts, the other—living trusts. The bylaws change on living trusts make it clear that GHI can allow them, according to GHI Treasurer Chuck Hess. Hess said that under the current bylaws, there's been a question about whether GHI could or couldn't allow living trusts, but no one has seen a good reason not to. "It's getting more popular and were doing it," Hess said. If members pass the suggested bylaws change on Thursday, "It makes it explicit that we're allowed to do this," Hess said. In some ways, a living trust is like a will. …
The worst of all the bylaws, when it comes to coherency, is up for a vote tonight, says GHI Treasurer.
Two bylaws issues are up for a vote at the Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI) annual membership meeting Thursday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenbelt Community Center. One of the suggested bylaws changes addresses contracts, the other—living trusts. When discussing the contract portion of the bylaws, GHI Treasurer Chuck Hess used the phrase "I think" liberally. Which gets directly to the point of why it is coming before the membership for a vote. It confuses people, Hess said, explaining that there has been much debate over what it means. "I know of nobody who thinks this is an easy to understand provision,” Hess said. Under the current bylaws (see below), if a contract with an outside vendor costs more than $20,000 in one year and its total …
Take a look at what GHI has planned for its annual membership meeting Thursday night.
Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI) will hold its annual membership meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenbelt Community Center auditorium. Note, bylaws changes and a members' petition are up for discussion. Look for a Patch article on the bylaws changes to be posted Thursday afternoon. The proposed changes will address requirements for GHI contracts and clarify the issue of living trusts. The members' petition will seek to create a smoke-free row of townhomes on the 13 Court of Ridge Road, and open up that possibility for other members who want to follow suit. GHI also has seven members running for five seats on its Board of Directors. Take a look at their bios before casting your votes. In addition to participating in agenda items, from 7-9 …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Seven GHI members are running for five seats on the GHI Board of Directors.
Five seats are up for election on the Greenbelt Homes Inc. (GHI) Board of Directors—and seven GHI members are in the running for them. Find out more about the candidates in their bios, posted below. The voting will begin after GHI's annual meeting on Thursday, May 17 and continue through May 18. The annual meeting will be held from 7:30-10:30 p.m. in the Community Center gym. Friday's voting will take place at the GHI management office from 7-10 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, until noon is the deadline for members pick up applications for absentee ballots from GHI Director of Member Services Joan Krob at GHI's Management Office. Absentee ballots can be filled out on the spot or be returned to Krob before 6 p.m. Wednesday. GHI BOARD …