You would hardly know that it’s the Christmas Season because the weather has been warmer than milk left out for Santa. As in years past, building 5928 is the first to put up Christmas decorations. Lights in the lobby, colorful garland wrapping the handrails, and even bells and bows outside the building entrance. Inquiring minds want to know — will the lobbies in the other two buildings remain as naked as a Kardashian on a magazine cover or will some creative residents volunteer to decorate the doors?
Several years ago, and for a few years, FGC held a contest with prizes going to the residents who best-decorated their unit door. Recognition was also given to the building that had the most outstanding lobby door. Many residents eagerly participated in the contests and competed for the cash prizes. The event was ultimately discontinued, but the tradition of decorating unit doors remains. If there were to be a prize given for the first door decorated each year at Christmastime, it would likely go to Hazel Williams — the “First Lady Door Decorator at FGC.” Pictured on the right is her colorful door this year.
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Never let it be said that FGC is not keeping up with the times. The June blog post showed a list of upgrades being made on the property. The following changes can now be checked off the to-do list:
New signage has been installed on the buildings.
FGC is lit up! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a co-op member say, “It looks like daylight out here now.” Previously dark ominous shadows in the parking area and the courtyard were a fertile field for anyone with ill intent. But LED floodlights have made a major improvement in the exterior lighting. FGC after dark now has the ambiance of a cocktail lounge. All that’s missing is some background music.
Those small refuse dumpsters that used to overspill and spew more trash than Donald Trump’s mouth have been replaced with larger waste-bins and, in case you haven’t noticed, the ground beneath the dumpsters has been neatly bricked. Re-paving of the entire parking area is still pending.
Aside from the improved lighting, the greatest enhancement on the property is the addition of the surveillance cameras strategically placed on each building, in the laundry room, and at the lobby doorway. The CCTV system had been in place for less than a month when it captured the bobbing head of someone breaking into a vehicle near the intersection of 9th and Peabody. The SUV, which belongs to an FGC resident, was parked about one car length from the STOP sign in front of the school yard. If you think that all vehicle break-ins occur in the middle of the night, think again. This one happened around 6:30 PM, early evening. Ideally, as word spreads that FGC now has 24/7 surveillance cameras, lawbreakers may think twice before committing a crime on or near FGC property.
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