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BCHOA on Instagram

We are happy to announce our new Instagram account for Beau Chene Homeowners Association.   Instagram is a social networking app made for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone.  Similar to Facebook or Twitter, everyone who creates an Instagram account has a profile and a news feed.  We will be sharing some memories and historical events from our past and present about Beau Chene.  Join us in sharing photos and videos of our Beau Chene community. 

Here is the link to access our Instagram account:  https://www.instagram.com/beauchenehoa

 

BCHOA New Year’s Schedule

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

Our offices will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31st and all day Tuesday, January 1st in observance of the New Year. We will be open regular hours 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. (closed one hour for lunch) the rest of the week.

Our regularly scheduled garbage pickup for Monday will still occur, but please place your garbage out by 7 a.m. Christmas trees will be picked up with the yard trash on Wednesdays. If your tree is 9 feet or taller, please cut the tree in half.

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985-231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.

For all other emergencies call the Security Guards at:

Main Guard Gate             985-845-7560

East Guard Gate                985-845-8495

Marina Guard Gate          985-845-7022

Happy New Year!

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Beau Chene Holiday Schedule December 2018

 

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

Our offices will be closed Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. There will be NO changes in trash pick up schedule.

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985- 231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.

For all other emergencies call the Security Guards at:

Main Guard Gate       985-845-7560
East Guard Gate        985-845-8495
Marina Guard Gate   985-845-7022

I hope everyone of our residents get to spend time with family and friends during this special time of year.

Have a very Blessed Holiday Season!

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Letter From Michael Riggs December 2018

Greetings Neighbors,

Earlier this year, I was honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Beau Chêne Homeowners Association. I have enjoyed attending every meeting and serving on several committees, two of which are the Infrastructure and Community Enhancement Committees. The Beau Chêne residents make this a special place to live, work and play. As you know, it is self-managed and even operates its own private water and sewerage treatment facility.

I’m sure that you also know that Beau Chêne was originally developed in the 1970s as a retirement destination for New Orleanians and others looking to escape city life. Fast-forward 40 years and you now have households of retirees, families and kids of all ages. Every day you can find neighbors strolling, biking, exercising, or fishing near the marina, while enjoying the stunning setting on the Tchefuncte River. Beau Chêne or “Beautiful Oak” was named for some of the oldest and grandest oak trees in Louisiana which grace our neighborhood. I will make every effort to ensure that Beau Chêne continues to be a beautiful and safe place in the most prominent parish in the state.

Thank you for the trust you’ve placed in me. On behalf of my wife, Fran, and our family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And Geaux Saints!!

 

Sincerely,

Michael Riggs
Beau Chene Homeowners Board

 

Thanksgiving Greeting from Doug Tate

Thanksgiving morning in Beau Chene will be marked with crisp temperatures in the mid-40s. The sun will rise in the eastern sky and dads will scramble to clean their fryers for the impending turkey. Parents will be so busy preparing lunch they will not notice their kids playing fortnite, making slime, watching Andi Mack, or snapchatting. Moms will make their husbands drive to Rouse’s at the last minute to get marshmallows, rolls, a can of cranberry sauce, and extra ice. Those same kids will try and sneak some leftover Halloween candy before lunch because the turkey is taking so long. “When are we eating?????,” they will clamor.

When lunch is finally served, the menu in this great neighborhood will be epic; fried turkey from Aquistapace’s, shrimp mirliton cooked by grandma who made the trip from Algiers, gumbo made by your brother in law, fresh pecan pie cooked from a recipe on Pinterest, duck poppers drizzled with liquified pepper jelly, oyster dressing, chocolate meringue pie from Lea’s in Lecompte, green bean casserole, Bubba’s mashed potatoes driven in from SMU, roasted sweet potatoes, and the list goes on and on. Keto devotees will even take the day off and devour some buttered crescent rolls.

When the sun sets later in the day, the weather changes. The chance of ice cold beer and prosecco reaches 100% as the clock hits 7:20pm, kickoff for the Saints/Falcons game. An educated guess would be that almost 99% of the 1500 homes in the neighborhood will watch this game. Even though we will all be watching the Saints game, each resident has a different plan for Thanksgiving. I asked 3 residents for their Thanksgiving plans, and this is what they had to say.

The Griggs family (Garrett, Tammy, Harrison and Harper) plans to enjoy Thanksgiving with their family and friends at their Beau Chene home this year. Garrett Griggs will fry a turkey for the first time this year. The Griggs plan to take a sightseeing boat ride on the Tchefuncte River after their Thanksgiving lunch. This year is also a particularly exciting Thanksgiving because all of the Griggs’ family and friends will gather at their home Thanksgiving night to watch the New Orleans Saints also fry the Atlanta Falcons!

Keith Normand, John Guzzardo, and their son Tyler have been enjoying being back in Beau Chene since May of this year. As a family they decided to move back to Mandeville from New Orleans when John accepted the CEO position for Special Olympics Louisiana which is based on the Northshore. It was an easy compromise since Tyler was missing living in Mandeville, and Keith a Realtor with Gardner Realtors was already selling homes in St. Tammany Parish as well as New Orleans. They had a very busy summer overseeing the renovation of their new home while Tyler was busy making new and old acquaintances, as well as spending plenty of time in the pool and having brunch at the Country Club on Sundays. During the Thanksgiving holidays, they are looking forward to spending time with their families in their new home and neighborhood! Lunch reservations at the club on Thanksgiving Day are in store, then hopefully spending time enjoying the beautiful outdoors scenery in the neighborhood.

Cristina Donovan had this to say. This season has always been my favorite time of the year. I love the cooler weather, fall colors, family gatherings, turkey dinners with all the trimmings and football games. But most of all, I love pausing from my busyness to reflect on all the blessings in my life. This year my family is gathering together for dinner on Thanksgiving Day at a niece’s home. It seems the baton has passed to the next generation. My husband, Marty, and my son, Sean, and I also love to play a family fun round of golf here at Beau Chene. I am grateful for this place that we call home, Beau Chene! I wish everyone a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

As for myself and my family (Alexandra, Preston and Lucy) we have family coming in from Chicago and Dallas. We are having the traditional Thanksgiving lunch at my newly painted home in Beau Chene. After looking at 950 different shades of white and years of feet dragging by yours truly, we painted the brick on the outside of our home, and all the credit goes to my wife because it looks great. We are then having dinner in Kenner with my mother in law who is from Cuba and my father in law who is from Spain. That means no turkey, but we will be dining on paella complete with real saffron, aged chorizo, albarino wine, manchego cheese, and a questionable yuca dish. We are going to sit my little sister from Chicago, who will be sporting some form of “Beto 2020” paraphernalia, with my Trump-fundraising cousin and let them work out the immigration situation.

As residents of Beau Chene we have much to be thankful for. Every home in this neighborhood is unique with its own style, the yards are manicured, the 2 golf courses are open and looking great, the Beau Chene Marina is undergoing a major revitalization, the tennis program is among the best in the deep south (the men qualified for state in USTA, a feat not accomplished since 2003), younger residents are buying homes and completely renovating them, the HOA balance sheet is solid, the walking paths are striped and being used all the time, and the new marina gate complete with new exit and entrance lanes is currently being designed by Matt Voelkel.

The Beau Chene Homeowner’s Association is thankful for many things, but most importantly we are thankful for the great residents of Beau Chene.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Doug Tate
President Beau Chene Homeowner’s Association

Thanksgiving Schedule for the Beau Chene Homeowners Association Office

Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 – 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Garbage pickup will still occur as scheduled, but please place your garbage out by 7 a.m.

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at 985-231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey.

For all other emergencies call the Security Guards at:
Main Guard Gate 985-845-7560
East Guard Gate 985-845-8495
Marina Guard Gate 985-845-7022

Have a safe, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

Cristina Donovan
CAO

Keeping You Informed – November 2018

 

  • Remember to Vote –  Tuesday November 6th

Tuesday, November 6th is election day.  Congressional midterms, Fire District #4 millage renewals and parcel fee and several Louisiana Constitutional Amendments are on the ballot.  Your Vote Counts!

  • America Recycles Day – November 10th

First ever America Recycles Day event will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fontainebleau State Park from 9 a.m. – 12p.m.  This event is sponsored by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, Fontainebleau State Park, Keep Lacombe Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful and Republic Services.  For a complete list of what will be accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. To volunteer for this event email kstb@stpgov.org.

  • Status of the Marina Gate Entrance Renovation

We have moved from the planning to the design phase for the Marina entrance improvements. This involves engineering plans, LADOTD approvals and permits, St. Tammany Parish approval and permits, design drawings for a new guardhouse and many more details.  We have finalized the plan for roadway widening at the Marina BC entrance. The Pavement Addition Plan reflects widening the exit lane to allow a second exit lane at the traffic light at Hwy. 22 and widening the entrance lane coming in to allow two full lanes of entering vehicles.  We have submitted a request to LADOTD for a permit to reconstruct the existing access connections to Hwy. 22.  Design plans are underway for a new guardhouse and signage.  Some of the other improvements include:

  • Improved security cameras
  • 2-3 parking spaces for security guards on the western side (right of the exit lanes)
  • Automated gate arm on the right-hand member only entry lane

As soon as additional information is available we will announce via Facebook, e-mail and website the status change and progress reports.

  • Second Security Gate Arms to Be Installed 

Within the next 60 days, we expect to have the second security gate arms installed in the left-hand entrance lanes at the Main and East Gates. These second gate arms will be operated by the security officers onsite. They will not be automated arms.  Procedures for gate arm operation are currently in the works by BCHOA staff and Security Committee members.  Additional information regarding the operations of these gate arms will be announced via Facebook, e-mail and website as soon as it is available.

America Recycles Day: November 10th

PARISH NEWS
America Recycles Day Coming to St. Tammany on November 10th

Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced the first ever America Recycles Day event will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Fontainebleau State Park from 9 a.m. – 12p.m.  This event is sponsored by Keep St. Tammany Beautiful, Fontainebleau State Park, Keep Lacombe Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful and Republic Services.

“This event is the first of its kind in our community, and we are excited to offer a way for people to properly recycle their items. We hope residents will take this opportunity to do this,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President.

Residents can bring plastic, aluminum, tin, newspaper and cardboard. Please no glass. For a complete list of what will be accepted, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events. To volunteer for this event email kstb@stpgov.org.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is the following weekend on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Fritchie Park, in the Slidell area, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.  To read the flyer containing specifics for this collection day, visit www.keepsttammanybeautiful.org/events.

Halloween Trick or Treat


This Wednesday, October 31st is Halloween! Please be aware of our children Trick or Treating during the evening hours. We will have an extra security officer at each of our entrances to assist with check-in of visitors and guests. If you are expecting guests this Wednesday evening, please advise them to provide your name and address to the security officer.

A few safety tips:
• All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
• Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
• If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
• A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
• If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
• Agree on a specific time children should return home
• Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street

Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Keeping You Informed: Fire Hydrant Flushing

As part of Beau Chene’s Public Works Operation and Maintenance program, water system operators will be flushing fire hydrants beginning Monday, October 8th and continuing through Friday, October 19th, as necessary. This operation will be conducted at night between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

The purpose of flushing the fire hydrants is to remove loose mineral deposits from the water system distribution pipes. Flushing operations are performed on a bi-annual basis, normally early in the year and then again immediately before the local fire district conducts required hydrant flow tests for firefighting and insurance rating purposes.

If as a result of either our hydrant flushing or fire district flow testing, you experience mineral deposits in your water, please open your outdoor faucet where water enters the house, and run water slowly until it is clear. Then slowly run your indoor faucets until your system is clear. Problems with deposits should be minimal as Beau Chene’s potable water system has been treated to sequester these naturally occurring well water minerals since 1996.

Very truly yours,

David Vinson
Public Works Director