Combining notes from the November 3 and November 17 sessions hosted by Doug Mayer to inform residents about Willows’ happenings:

  • Our Bistro is now open for business.  The remodeled room will serve as a place to order mid-day meals as well as the pick-up location for to-go meals from our kitchen.  The vending machines have been moved into position just inside the door of the Bistro, and are always accessible.
  • A project to verify the codes and contact information put into the kiosk at our entry gate is underway.  Residents are now more informed regarding how to share code information with their guests, and how to receive calls requesting access when people arrive to meet residents.  We are also asked to be more diligent about allowing access by unknown individuals asking to come through the gates without first making contact with the person they want to meet.
  • A great deal of change is evident in our Fitness Center/Studio 125 location.  Walls have been removed to achieve large open space for our exercise equipment and place to stretch/use weights, etc.  The work continues, but this space in Villas 125/129 is sure to be a great new feature for our residents and guests to enjoy.  Take a peek inside as work progresses — watch your step as you walk through the work in progress.
  • We are seeing great improvement in the performance of the smoke alarms we are now using — far fewer false alarms and less battery problems.  Here’s hoping that the trend continues.
  • Speaking of smoke… the dual sided fireplace in the Garden room will now be turned on/off only by Willows staff to avoid any potential danger.  Please plan on asking for the fireplace to be activated by contacting the office before any activity you are having.
  • A CARTPORT (yup, spelled correctly) is planned for the side area where cement has been poured in the courtyard of the maintenance/landscaping shops.  The Cartport will house all of our working golf carts (except those currently parked behind the kitchen).  This shift will free up five current carports to allow for resident parking as desired.  The wooden sheds that formerly housed tools for resident gardeners will also be repurposed during this remodel.  Gardening tools are now shared by all gardeners in a bench box and tall storage closet against the wall next to the new garden boxes.
  • We are challenged with a condition that is affecting sycamore trees throughout California, and several trees on our property are facing decay and may need to be removed.  The situation is likely to need attention soon after the holidays and will impact 4-5 large trees on the Boston Common lawn area.  A website with general information about California Sycamores can be reached by clicking here.
  • Concerns about safe entry onto our buses has again raised a need for some policy considerations.  Bus #1 — which is equipped with a drop-down ramp for wheelchair access — will now require that residents wait for the bus driver to fully lower the ramp AND come out of the bus to stand by the lowered ramp to assure proper entry onto the ramp and the bus.
  • Also, entry onto any bus should always be directly from the front facing the door directly ahead, not from an angle at the side of the door.
  • A project has been suggested to begin displaying articles that have been published by Willows’ residents in our church periodicals.  This display will rotate based on new articles ready to be shared, and there may also be an index created to find articles in a book or file somewhere easy for all residents to access.
  • Discussion about “best practice” for handling the needs in a situation where someone has fallen generated a combination of neighborly consideration and practical wisdom.  The Willows’ position is that best practice is to be with the person and contact 9-1-1 on a non-emergency basis to request assistance from first responders who are more capable of handling these needs.  Willows SPOC team members have been instructed to NOT lift individuals, but may assist in helping someone maintain their balance if needed.  Please be aware of these conditions and use your best judgment in the case of a need.