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Houndstales June 2016 Newsletter

Community Events

  • Corn Hole Tournament Saturday, June 4th from 2 – 4 pm on the Briarwood Pool Deck. Team sign-ups end at 1:30 pm on the 4th. $5 cash buy in per 2-person team. The winning team splits the pot. Contact the Hethwood Foundation for more information (540) 552-5252.
  • Friday Evening Swim June 10th the Hethwood Market will have Snow Cones for a $1 from 6 - 8 pm at the Huntsman Pool. Relax by the pool and enjoy a Snow Cone!
  • Kids Movie Night Friday, June 10th starting at 7 pm - ???? at the Briarwood Clubhouse. Movie: Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Rated: PG. We’ll enjoy popcorn and drinks while supplies last! Parents/Guardians please accompany children.
  • Senior Luncheon Thursday, June 16th from Noon – 1 pm at the Briarwood Clubhouse. Join the Hethwood Foundation team for summer sandwich fare, sides and dessert! Please register by June 13th with the Hethwood Foundation 552-5252.
  • $1 Dogs Saturday, June 18th from 2 - 4 pm at the Briarwood Pool. The Hethwood Market will have hot dogs for $1. Relax by the pool and enjoy a delicious hot dog!
  • Friday Evening Swim and Popsicles June 24th from 6 – 8 pm at the Huntsman Pool. Come relax by the pool as the sun sets or enjoy a fun evening swim. Enjoy a popsicle while supplies last!
  • Hethwood Yard Sale Saturday, June 25th 7 am – Noon. Come on out and sell items you don’t need anymore and maybe you will find deal on something you do need! This yard sale will be held on the lawn area in front of the Hethwood Square Shopping Center - Close to the entrance off Hethwood Blvd. We will advertise in the Roanoke Times. Please call and register with the Hethwood Foundation at 552-5252 by the 22nd. As always, we appreciate Lester Development for allowing us to use the lawn area. We are always careful to follow their policy of “no cars on the grass.” Rain cancels.
  • Hatha Yoga Class Every Thursday from 6 – 7 pm come to the Huntsman Clubhouse and enjoy a relaxing Hatha Yoga class from 6 – 7 pm w/instructor Kacy McAllister. This class is appropriate for a variety of ages and levels. Kindly show your driver’s license with your Hethwood or Foxridge address and you will get the special class rate of $5. Please remember to bring your own mat and feel free to email instructor Kacy, Kacy.McAllister@gmail.com if you are new or have questions or call the Hethwood Foundation at 552-5252. There will be no Mon & Wed Yoga in June or July. On 8/8/16 we will start up Mon & Wed Yoga again from 7 – 8 pm. Thursday Yoga will continue as scheduled.
  • Hethwood Market Nights Every Tuesday come out to the Briarwood Clubhouse from 5 – 7 pm, and enjoy a Pulled Pork or Beef BBQ sandwich, chips, and a cookie for $5! Accepting cash and credit cards! *Other sandwiches may be offered*
  • Get Pizza for $5 from Dominos Every Wednesday come out to the Briarwood Clubhouse from 4:30 – 7 pm, and enjoy fresh, hot pizza from Dominos!
  • Friday Evenings at the Huntsman Pool Enjoy Friday evening swims or just kick back and lounge on a chair till 8 pm (weather permitting).

  • Mark your calendars! Fourth of July Splash & Bash! Monday, July 4th at the Huntsman Pool from Noon – 4pm – more details in July!

Community Winners

  • Our Pizza of Choice Dinner 
    Vincent Kessinger
  • Hethwood Market Winner 
    John Ahn
  • Congratulations Linda Hall
    you are the Resident of the Month!

To enter into the drawing for the monthly community winners please stop by the Welcome Center and submit an entry form. Drawings take place on the 15th of each month. You must be a current resident to win.

Pool Information

Pool Pins:

  1. Persons 16 years or younger that do not have a picture ID or Drivers License. One adult per household should come by, fill out registration forms and pick up the children’s pool pins. Initial pins are free; however, replacement for lost pool pins will cost $2.00, which is nonrefundable. Children will be required to wear pins at all times while using our aquatic facilities.
  2. Adults that do not have a picture ID. Please note that a picture ID may be obtained from the VA DMV. A list of residents will be kept at the pool gate. Adults over 16 years are required to show ID to enter the pool.
  3. Residents may also obtain a pool pin at both pools during normal hours if they are not able to attend the pool pin registration night.

Pool Hours:

Huntsman Pool: 11 am – 6 pm Daily

Briarwood Pool: Noon – 8 pm Daily (w/lap swim M - F 11 am – Noon & 6 – 7 pm)

*Please remember that the above listed dates are subject to change depending on lifeguard availability and the weather.*
*Please note: As we start the swimming season, we may be working on an abbreviated schedule (during the weekdays) until all of our lifeguards are out of college and high school. Rest assured we will open the pool as much as possible. Please feel free to call the Hethwood office if you have questions @ 552-5252. Thanks!*

For all swimming pool policies and information please go to, http://www.hethwoodfoundation.com/pool.htm.

Contact the Hethwood Foundation at 552-5252 for Swim Lessons information.

Both pools will close at 6 pm on Wednesday, June 15th for lifeguard in-service training.

Keeping your Home Cool

Your air-conditioner like yourself has to work harder in these temperatures to cool you. With temperatures being in the high 90’s or higher there are a few items you may want to consider when setting the temperature on your thermostat. Also remember to notify the office as soon as you notice an issue with your system. Most issues don’t get better the longer the system runs.

A few things to consider while setting your thermostat:

  • Keep your blinds closed during the day to keep the sun and heat out.
  • Keep all of your windows closed and only open the door to enter or exit
  • You’re A/C system can only cool to a certain point. Some systems may not be able to cool your home down to below 74 degrees.
  • Keep your A/C running while you are not home. Turning off the system while you are not home will cause the system to run for hours before cooling your home. This also puts added stress on the system and may make it fail prematurely.
  • Only raise the temperature 5-10 degrees while you are out. That way it will be comfortable when you return and won’t take as long to cool to your normal temperature.
  • The A/C systems of those residents on the top floor or on the afternoon sun side of the building will have to run more to cool their home.
  • Your A/C system will run longer in these temperatures. It is more difficult to cool your home in these temperatures.
  • Cooking adds extra heat to your home and will cause the A/C to run longer to remove the extra heat. You may want to consider going out to eat or getting take-out.
  • Take your long steamy showers in the morning or very late at night. It will be easier for the A/C system to remove the steam and extra heat while the outside temperatures are lower.

Goodwill Donations

If you’re moving out of your apartment home, please consider donating any lightly used items. We have several EDGAR boxes set-up throughout the community that allow donation access 24/7. Help people in our community get back to work!

We Want To Know! Your Opinion Matters!

Your opinion matters. We are grateful to have you as a resident and want to make sure we are living up to your expectations. Let your voice be heard by taking a few moments to compete a short survey that will be emailed to you from our partner, J Turner Research. You will only be surveyed twice per year, and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win $500! Thank you!


Foxridge has provided several recycling collection sites for the use of our residents. Each bin has five compartments: one each for all-aluminum (cans), clear glass, green glass, brown glass and paper. The bins are located at each of these buildings -1000, 2200, 2300, 3000, 4300, 7500, 7600, 11400, 12500, and 12800. All aluminum cans are molded and have no seams; they are soft with a rounded base and indented top. To recycle these, merely rinse and flatten. Other aluminum items, such as TV dinner and foil pie plates, aluminum foil and aluminum lawn furniture (frame only) are also recyclable. Please do not use this compartment for metals other than aluminum. Not all drink cans are made from aluminum and should be recycled or disposed of in another manner. Glass for recycling should be washed and all metal caps and rings re-moved to be recycled with metals. When glass is recycled, it is broken down and melted, then used in making new bottles and jars.

Career Opportunities

HHHunt Careers – We are currently hiring Full-Time and Part-Time positions here at Foxridge & Hethwood Apartment Homes. Click here for more information.

Domino’s Blacksburg is Hiring Delivery Experts! Are you ready to be part of the action? Do you like money in your pocket? Domino’s Pizza drivers are paid cash nightly, which includes: tips and mileage reimbursement! Our driver position is an excellent start to learn about the delivery business, customer service, and the creation of a great product. Domino’s Pizza! We are committed to promoting from within: most of our managers started as drivers! Take charge of your career in a drive role and learn valuable skills to take to other position within Domino’s Pizza! Valid Drivers License, Proof of Liability Insurance, Positive Attitude, Customer Service Oriented, Basic Math Skills, Hours: FT-PT flex, and 18 years of age. Apply at jobs.dominos.com or visit the store for an application.

Blacksburg Transit

The Blacksburg Transit has launched their BT Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RideBT and Twitter account @Ride_BT. Be sure to “like” and “follow” them on social media for the most up to date information!

Out and About in Blacksburg Events

  • Senior Discount Mondays – Head to downtown Blacksburg and to enjoy the 10 am matinee at the Lyric Theatre with FREE popcorn, then grab some lunch or do a little shopping to enjoy wonderful discounts in more than 40 downtown businesses. Every Monday!
  • Hethwood Market –  Come out to the Hethwood Market on Monday nights for BBQ, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a take out dinner, and Thursdays for pork ribs. Check out the Hethwood Market calendar on their Facebook Page for menus, live local artists, and their planned wine/beer tastings from local vineyards and breweries.
  • Art Walk June 3, 5 - 7:30 pm at participating downtown galleries. Including an Art Scavenger Hunt, meet the artists receptions, and more!
  • Summer Solstice Fest – June 18 from 1 - 11:30 pm, downtown Blacksburg. Featuring Downtown Sundown® 5K, live music, Flea Circus, Doggy Costume Contest, Petting Zoo, Beer & Wine Garden, crafts, Water Wars and Summer Fun!

Enjoy the Pergola, Grilling Area and Cornhole

We are excited to offer 2 nice areas where you can play some fun games of regulation Cornhole, picnic, or cook out on the grill. Located off Hunters Mill Road around the 7100 and 9000 buildings. The Hethwood office has sets of sturdy Cornhole bags you can purchase for $25. Enjoy!

Want Some Cash?

Are your friends looking for an apartment home? Refer a friend to Hethwood and we will give you $50. Contact the Welcome Center for details!

Check Out Rent Café!

With Rent Café, residents are able to submit online payments and service requests without having to leave home, so register your account today! If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the Welcome Center.

Community Construction

The gas utility company, Atmos, is working throughout our Foxridge & Hethwood Community on a necessary upgrade to the gas lines. Thank you for your patience and pardon the mess while they complete their work.

Our Fan Page is for You!

Check out our Facebook Fan Page Hethwood Apartment Homes every Wednesday! You don’t want to miss out to be a Hump Day winner!

Extermination Schedule

Thursday, June 2: 7300 – 8200
Monday, June 6: 8300 – 9000
Thursday, June 9: 9100 – 10000
Monday, June 13: 10100 – 10800
Thursday, June 16: 10900 – 11800
Monday, June 20: 11900 – 12600
Thursday, June 23: 12700 – 13500
Monday, June 27: 13600 – 14600

Dog Reminder

As the weather remains warm, we encourage residents to take advantage of the nature trails. For the safety and well-being of all residents, and in accordance with the Pet Policy and Blacksburg Town Ordinance, please remember that all dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Please also remember to pick up after your pet so we can keep our community clean and enjoyable for everyone.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore to be at Briarwood for Donations

Representatives from Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be on site with their truck and tent to receive used furniture in good condition (please no rips or tears) small working kitchen appliances, and sellable household items (no clothing or fabrics). They will be here this summer on the following Saturday’s: June 4th, July 30th & August 6th from 11 am to 4 pm in the Briarwood clubhouse parking lot (back).

If you need help getting furniture to them, you can speak with them at the Habitat truck and they may be able to help pick up items to be donated. Tax receipts are also available. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is the largest fundraiser for our local Habitat for Humanity.

Weed Control & Fertilization

Tru-Green will be coming to complete spring weed control & fertilization of the common areas. Please watch for the Tru-Green warning flags to stay off the grass. All chemicals used are EPA approved and, as always, SDS information sheets will be available in the Hethwood Foundation office.

Hethwood Communities | 750 Hethwood Blvd., 100G Blacksburg, VA 24060

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