New Kids On The Block

July 25th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

These bird hadn’t flown away just yet, before getting their pictures taken. They were born after being hatched in a nest atop my security camera. My wife saw them sitting on the chair and said they paid her no mind watering the flowers. I managed to get within 4 feet of them with camera and they seemed not to pay attention to me either. I got up off my knee after a few pictures, turned around and they were gone.

Crop Dusting

July 25th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Crop dusting going on less than a quarter mile from my house.

New Road Under Construction

July 8th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth.

Construction site up near front entrance on Rt. 13 now has asphalt going down on new roadwork. With this first layer, larger construction vehicles will be able to deliver materials for home building. Traditionally, a second and final layer is laid down once construction is complete.

New Section, New Road

July 5th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

There’s a new section being built in Heritage Shores near front entrance off Rt. 13. Homes are selling like crazy around here. It seems the builders put in roads once the sewer and electrical work has begun. Theywill allow large trucks to deliver building supplies such as concrete, wood, windows and such. The road above has the curbs completed and a layer which will be paved with asphalt. Once all construction is done, a second layer will be added.

Quilting Club On Display

July 3rd, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The Heritage Shores Quilting Club has an exhibit in our community gallery, the Hall of Arts. The show will be up for about a month. There were some very nice hand-crafted quilts on display. I decided to zero in one section of a quilt. The club will donate all quilts on display to charity as they have done with more than 500 others over the years.

Me And My Shadow

June 18th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Our local camera club had the theme of “shadows” for the month of June 2021. During a short walk I noticed the flowers growing in a yard. As I got closer to inspect my shadow caught my attention. All I had to do was position my shadow to give it “eyes.”

*** Disclaimer: No flowers were harmed in any way during this photo session.

Tony’s Pizza

May 17th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

This more about adoption of an online directory than pizza. After working to develop Daves’s List, which has over 700 households, I need to get info of new residents. The image above comes from a local pizza shop, and their food is pretty good. This image was used on Facebook site where hundreds of residents visit. Pizza picture was just to grab attention. Then I let people know that Dave’s List has local pizza shops included. That they can have access to local pizza shops, plumbers, electricians, golf course pro shop, and other resources besides resident info.

This is my to plan gain wider adoption of Dave’s List.

Dave’s List

May 15th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

For weeks I’ve been working on moving an old community address list to an online version. When we first moved to our retirement community in Delaware residents could contact each other using a directory.

The directory, a Microsoft Excel file, was maintained by the first guy and his wife to buy a home here. Dave Levy maintained this list used by the homeowners association. Residents were emailed announcements from the HOA using the list. The list contained the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of each homeowner.

The list fell out of favor once a local politician gained access to send out campaign literatures. Also, many times the email sent out would show all the recipients in the TO: field. So anyone could send out unauthorized and unsolicited email. That was easily done by either copying/pasting those addresses into a new email to send out. Or even easier would be to REPLY ALL:

All homeowners were included in the list. Any new additions, updates, or deletes were handled by Dave.

The HOA then chose to use something called TownSQ(the developer basically made that decision.) After that a community directory, as we knew it, went south.

The HOA now requests residents to join TownSQ and give the option to put phone numbers and email addresses. Of course, most new residents ignore the options. And I feel that’s a huge mistake part of HOA. They should “encourage” people to enter that information. On two occasions I mentioned this during quarterly HOA meeting with all residents. The HOA’s stance is it’s an option and there are privacy concerns.

So I decided to take action and do what needed to be done. I repurposed an online directory I created while working at The Philadelphia Daily News before retirement in 2005. I decided to name this residents only online directory, Dave’s List, in honor of the guy maintained and maybe created the first one.

Tonight, I finished the mobile friendly version and decided to post what it looks like on a smartphone. It was originally designed for a desktop computer as there were not smartphones. The smartphone version of Dave’s List looks different than desktop version, which has an alphabet bar to simulate a rolodex. Smartphone version has a simpler interface.

Now my next huddle is adoption by newer residents. The HOA isn’t helpful as they want people to be on TownSQ, which is useless as a directory.

Old copies of Levy’s list are cherished by early arrivals here and they continue to use the last updated version from two years ago. One person told me that she uses the version from 15 years ago.

There’s a need and I plan to fulfill it.

Now my parting shot at the HOA: Dave’s List is hosted on my server, faircloth.org. To make it easy to remember internet address to Dave’s List I purchased a new domain name “heritageshores.org” When one enters heritageshores.org as the URL they are redirected to Dave’s List. Don’t let Google find it but enter into actual web address(URL) field in your browser. You should see a box requesting an ID and password.

Golf Carts Only Parking

May 8th, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Or should that be “golf carts parking only?

A Little Rain Must Fall, but …

May 3rd, 2021
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

A little rain must fall, but that doesn’t stop serious walkers.