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Some pictures with Santa.  Click on the image for more.

A Transition into Continuing Care Handbook has been added to the RG and Adminstration pages.

Chris Donati's December FTDO newsletter is now available in Administration

You can now review the November minutes of the RAC Town Hall - click here.

Click on the image to see some pictures of our railroad display.

 The bridge is getting close.  Opening soon.  Click on the image.  Pictures courtesy of Harry Beam.

Ann's Choice new employment opportunities are listed. Effective 11/29/2018  Click here.


Sale - Spinet Piano, Card table/4 chairs.  Singer Serger.  Jazzy Scooter.  Never used CD/DVD cases, lift chair, health meter. Towle ornaments.     BUY/SELL

Want to laugh today?  Go to the Humor to Enjoy section.  New cartoons -  plus lots of animal cartoons.

Humor to enjoy


As of September 5 the Food Bank gardens have delivered 637 pounds of vegetables to the local food bank.  If you have extra produce, please place it in the gazebo on Sunday or Tuesday evenings for us to deliver.  
If you are unable to pick your produce or will be away on vacation, please call Ruth Kurtz (215-674-9720) or Mary Robinson (2156-876-7021) and we will be glad to pick and deliver your vegetables to the food bank.

Garden spaces are provided by Ann's Choice for resident use.

The spaces are located behind Rose Gardens.  Each space is 10' x 10'.  There is a $10.00 annual flat fee per household for the use of one or more spaces.


If you already have one or more spaces, you will be contacted in the spring of each year about renewing them.  You will be able to retain your current space(s) and add additional spaces if they are available.


If you would like one or more garden spaces, please contact Kenny Faunce, Community Resources Coordinator, at 215 443 3837. Kenny's office is located on the second floor of Liberty Commons Clubhouse.


When you pay your fee and receive your space number(s), you will be given a copy of the "Ann's Choice Garden Spaces Guidelines." Please read this carefully since it provides guidance as to what you can and cannot do and your obligations with regard to gardening here.  Ours is a community garden and it is important that we all live up to our responsibilities with regard to keeping our garden spaces weed-free.


Questions?  Contact Kenny.


The Ann's Choice Grounds Department assists residents with some garden projects, including tilling spaces.  If you want your space tilled at any time throughout the year, please call the Grounds Department at 215 443 3875.

Here is a Garden Update from August 23, 2018-  a reminder to plot owners.

Garden Maintenance Issues, August 23, 2018


Good News

Throughout the 2018 growing season gardeners have been using the additional shelves installed (by Dick Longcoy) earlier this year in the wood garden shed. For the most part the floor of the wood garden shed has been kept clear of personal items. Congratulations to all of us. This demonstrates respect for everyone’s well being and safety.


Bad News

A recent tour of our garden area revealed maintenance and upkeep issues which our gardening community needs to address. This is necessary for our safety, the Ann’s Choice Grounds Department’s safety, as well as the safety of Ann’s Choice residents and their guests who stroll through the garden area.


Trash and Plant Recycle Cans

  • Garden soil and plants continue to be placed in the green cans designated for trash. Soil belongs in your garden space. Please place all plant material in the black cans previously designated for garden waste recycling.
  • Soil has not been removed from many of the plants placed in the garden waste recycling cans. This is a careless misuse of our garden resources, and makes the cans too heavy for the Ann’s Choice Grounds Department to safely lift and empty. Please shake and remove soil from all plants before placing plants in the garden waste recycling cans
  • Plastic bags holding plant waste continue to be placed in the garden waste recycling cans. Plastic bags cannot be recycled as part of garden waste.  After removing plant material from your plastic bag and placing the plant material into the garden waste recycling cans, please dispose of your empty plastic bags in the trash cans.
  • Both the trash cans and the garden waste recycling cans continue to be overfilled. This makes the cans too heavy for the Ann’s Choice Grounds Department to safely lift and empty. Please do not fill any can over 3/4s full.
  • Someone has dumped zucchini and squash plants on the lawn in front of the wood garden shed. This is a safety issue which creates a serious trip and fall hazard, attracts wildlife and vermin, and interferes with the work of the contractor responsible for mowing lawns. Dumping plant waste on the lawn must stop.


Plastic Garden Shed

The handle for the door on the Rubbermaid garden shed, in the vicinity of the lower numbered garden spaces, is missing and needs to be replaced. We need a volunteer (or volunteers) to replace the handle.


Individual Garden Spaces

All of us with garden spaces for the 2018 growing season agreed to reasonable upkeep of our assigned spaces including weeding and pruning of our spaces to prevent the spreading of weeds into other garden spaces, etc. Sadly, many garden spaces are overgrown with weeds, including the highly invasive, very aggressive and persistent yellow nutsedge (green grass like leaves with yellow, spindly tops), and grasses. Most of these weeds and grasses have now gone to seed.   This is a significant problem for responsible gardeners in our gardening community.





The table which follows below summarizes those garden spaces in need of some remedial cleanup.



Garden Space Number

Status - Assigned unless noted otherwise




Plant  partially blocking pathway


Assigned, but garden space appears to be abandoned

Weeds and grasses



Weeds and grasses



Weeds and grasses



Weeds and grasses



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, and grasses



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, grasses, and grasses blocking pathway.



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, and grasses

Note: This garden space has been cleared of weeds and grasses


Assigned, but garden space appears to be abandoned

Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, grasses, and grasses blocking pathway.



Weeds and grasses



Weeds and grasses



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, and grasses



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, and grasses



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, and grasses



Tomato plant growing in pathway



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, and grasses



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, and grasses

Note: This garden space has been cleared of weeds and grasses



Weeds, including yellow nutsedge, and grasses



For all gardeners responsible for any of the garden spaces noted above, please take immediate steps to clean and maintain your garden spaces.


If no action is taken by Labor Day weekend the Ann’s Choice Garden Advisory Group will make arrangements to trim the tops of weeds and grasses in those garden spaces which have gone to seed.


Ann's Choice Garden Advisory Group




Garden Update

April 23, 2018


This is a quick update to keep gardening participants informed on the status of various issues pertaining to our 2018 growing season.



The Ann’s Choice Grounds Department has turned-on the water to the garden spaces area of the campus, and water is now available for your use.


Compostable Plant Material and Trash Receptacles

Ann’s Choice personnel have informed us of problems with gardeners improperly   disposing of dirt, as well as garden waste and trash. These problems include placing dirt in cans, failing to separate plant material from trash, and overfilling cans which makes it difficult for Ann’s Choice personnel to safely lift the cans and place them onto a raised truck bed.


All garden participants are reminded of the following:

·       Do not place soil in any of the black (compost) cans or light green (trash) cans

o   Soil must be shaken-off and substantially removed from all plant material (dead plants, weeds, etc.) before you place this plant material into the black (compost) cans.

o   Any soil which you shake-off and remove from your plants should remain in your garden space.

·       Separate garden waste by type

o   Use the black cans for compostable plant material.

o   Use the light green cans for trash (paper, plastic, used garden weed fabric, and other non-compostable material).

·       Do not overfill the black (compost) cans or the light green (trash) cans

o   Cans should only be ¾ full

o   Please place a lid on a can when you have finished working with it. Wet plant material and trash becomes very heavy when exposed to rain or other moisture.

o   Please remember if a can is too heavy for you to move then it is probably too heavy for Ann’s Choice personnel to safely lift the cans and place them onto a truck.

o   The black (compost) cans and light green (trash) cans are scheduled to be emptied by the Ann’s Choice Grounds crew on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. When the cans are ¾ full please do not add anything to the cans. Please store your garden waste material in your garden space until empty cans become available.

o   The Garden Advisory Group is considering purchasing additional cans for composting and trash.


Garden Compost

Arrangements are being made to provide gardeners with triple-ground leaf compost that we obtain from Abington Township.


Garden Space Tilling

For the past week the soil conditions in our community have been too wet for tilling soil.  When weather conditions permit it, the Ann’s Choice Grounds Department will begin tilling garden spaces for those who have requested tilling.  Hopefully, this can begin sometime this week.


Wood Shed

As discussed at our 2018 gardening season kick-off meeting, held on April 10th, it is important that this shed be kept neat, uncluttered, and well organized to protect gardeners from trip and fall hazards. Already, great progress has been made and many gardeners are taking advantage of the new shelves recently installed by Dick Longcoy.


All gardening participants are reminded of the following:

·       Personal tool storage containers, etc. must be stored on the shelves,  and identified with your name and apartment number

·       Numerous items – many unidentified or with the names of former gardeners who no longer participate in our gardening community - are stored in the middle of the wood shed floor.

·       All items currently stored in the middle of the wood shed floor must be removed by May 1, 2018.

o   Any items remaining in the middle of the wood shed floor on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 will be removed, and either donated to a charitable organization (e.g., Impact Services, or Habitat for Humanity) or discarded.


Plastic Shed

The plastic shed, located directly across from garden space number 2, is in questionable condition. This shed has settled into its foundation, and the shed’s doors are nearly impossible for many gardeners to open and close.


Last week the Garden Advisory Group met with Ann’s Choice representatives to discuss this problem, and to explore options for resolving the issue. The Ann’s Choice folks expressed concern about the condition of the plastic shed because it has been moved before, parts of it appear brittle, and the roof has been previously repaired. Their foremost concern is for the safety of the gardeners who use this shed, and for residents who stroll through our gardens. Any corrective changes to this shed, its’ foundation, or possible replacement will have to be approved by Ann’s Choice management.


The Garden Advisory Group will continue working with Ann’s Choice management to develop a solution for the shed problems. As more information becomes available, the Garden Advisory Group will provide updates.


This document ( 042318.1 ) has been prepared and issued by the Garden Advisory Group.

Pictures submitted by Ray Schwegel, June 2018

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