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BONNET SHORES BEACH CLUB

BONNET BEACON

Issue 3                                                                    July 26, 2014

 

 

FROM THE OVAL CABANA . . .

            This time of the year always seems to me like the midpoint of the summer. I know that we open in May and close in September, but let’s face it, the real summer in this part of the world is July and August. So, August 1st is the halfway point. The bad news is that the summer is half over. The good news is that half the summer still lies ahead and it is packed full of special events. There is so much more to do and enjoy before we close the books on another summer season. All we need to make it work is the continued cooperation of Mother Nature. So, say a prayer for more heat and more sunshine, and please, no hurricanes this August.

            The long awaited sewer project has finally begun. Recently, there was an initial meeting with the engineering staff at town hall. Surveyors have been seen doing some preliminary work in the area and soon you may see engineers conducting some test borings. There is still much work to be done, but it seems that we are on our way to completing the biggest construction project in our history and perhaps the most important.

            Many thanks to the overwhelming majority of our members who have complied with the new rules regarding smoking at the beach club. There have been only a handful of violations thus far and the staff reports that most members are quick to comply when reminded about the no smoking rules.

            August is a very busy month with nearly 20 events planned for your entertainment. I am sure everyone will find something to enjoy. If you haven’t yet had dinner in our restaurant you should give it a try. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Of course, there is always our beautiful beach which is ultimately the main reason why we are all here.

 

                                                                                                                                 John A. Coletti, BSBCCA President

 

 

 A PREMIER, BUT NOT A FIRST . . .

            We’re very lucky to have the fantabulous band WORLD PREMIER perform on our stage not once, but twice this season.  For so many of our Members, this is the band of all bands.  Accordingly, we expect a big crowd when they perform again for us on Sunday, August 10 from 4pm to 8pm.  As we have done in the past when they performed here, there will be no After-4 guest passes on August 10th.  So enjoy the band --- and bring your guests too --- but just remember that the guest fee will be $24 all day.

 

 

OUR AUGUST MOVIE FEE-TURES . . .

            We have two Movie Days in August featuring FROZEN on the 1st and NATIONAL TREASURE on the 22nd .  Please remember that this season we lowered the guest fees on all Fridays except Movie Fridays.  Accordingly, the guest fees will be $16 / $8 on August 1st and on August 22nd.

 

 

ON PAR TO BE A GREAT DAY . . .

            As you know, our much-respected and ever-so-well-liked Head of Security, Bill Krueger, passed away in May, seven months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  A Golf Tournament will be held in his memory on Friday, September 19 at the Exeter Country Club at noon with a pasta buffet to follow the tourney here at the Beach Club in the Pit.   James and the Giants will provide entertainment at the dinner from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.   All proceeds go to the Cancer Society in Bill’s memory.  $100 to sponsor a tee.  $150 per person for the tourney and dinner or $50 for just the dinner.  Sign up in our office.

 

 

WE A-POOL-OGIZE IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW . . .

            You may have noticed a Security Guard posted at the entrance to the pool.  This guard has a dual purpose:  1.) In view of the fact that sand wreaks havoc with the pool’s filtration system and therefore with the clarity of the pool water, the Guard will direct children entering the pool area to use the foot shower.  2.)  In view of the fact that children who have a yellow pass must be accompanied by an adult in the pool area, the Guard will verify that those children are indeed so accompanied.

 

 

A –LINE YOURSELF WITH POLICE POLICY . . .

            We all know that our parking lot has a tendency to fill on hot Sunday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm.  It’s simply a fact of life here at the Beach Club --- and it’s due to the fact that we have some 4600 members and only 815 parking spots on site.

It appears that the Narragansett Police Dept. is not willing to allow a line of cars to form on the causeway waiting to get into our parking lot.  On one recent Sunday, the Police Dept. responded to the causeway and dispersed all of the cars waiting in line.  Of course, we do not have any control over the causeway as it is a public road and falls under the jurisdiction of the Town authorities.

We must be mindful of the fact that a line of cars creates a dangerous situation if rescue personnel are needed in the Fire District, as well as making it impossible for Fire District residents to go to and from their homes.  We simply cannot block one lane of traffic on this narrow road.  Accordingly, we strongly urge all Owners and Members to park in the Nardolillo lot if our lot is full. The shuttle runs until 5pm and our lot usually opens up between 3:30pm and 4pm, so that gives you an hour or more to take the shuttle back up to the Nardolillo lot to retrieve your car. If you line up on the causeway, we fear you may be ticketed or towed by the Police Dept.

 

 

BUTT YOU MIGHT HAVE FORGOTTEN . . .

            Just a friendly reminder that we have new smoking rules to protect members and the facility --- 

Bonnet Shores Beach Club is now a smoke-free facility, with the exception of the following designated smoking areas:  1. the Pit Bar (for Bar patrons), 2. The east end of the beach between the Security Guard chair and the stream, 3. The parking lot 50 feet from the building, 4.  The beach after 6pm.

Some Owners and Members have inquired as to the genesis of this new rule.  While it is true that Owners have been asking for a smoking ban for many years because of the dangers inherent with second-hand smoke and also because of the distasteful smell promulgated by cigarettes and cigars, these were not the only issues to motivate the Board action.   The Board believes that the potential fire hazard is of equal, if not greater, importance.

At the Board Meeting of June 11, 2014, a retired Fire Marshal for the City of Providence discussed the potential fire hazard which smoking at our facility presents.  He opined that

1.)   the prevailing southerly winds could act as a bellows to fuel any fire at the facility 

2.)   should a significant fire occur at the facility, children might be caught in the labyrinth of the bathhouse aisles if those areas were to fill with smoke

3.)   should a significant fire occur at the facility, the entire Beach Club could be lost

We expect that everyone will abide by the new smoking rules just as you abide by all of our published rules.  We thank the overwhelming majority of our Members for your cooperation.

  

 

SOME THINGS ARE WORTH REPEATING . . .

            We’re hoping to start construction of the Sewer Connection in the fall of next year.  And that means that we all need to give serious thought to how we’re going to pay for our share of the cost.

In order to make paying for your share a little less painful, our Office Manager Michelle has devised a plan.  She has created a method for you to set up your own “individual sewer account” with us.  This will allow you to start making installment payments now.  Then, when the bill comes due, all that money that you have deposited into your “individual sewer account” will be put towards your share of the project.  If you would like to set up an “individual sewer account” for your unit, Michelle will guide you through it.  You’ll see that it’s a snap.  So call Michelle --- she’s the person with the answers.

In addition, we are investigating the possibility of putting together a financing package for those owners who might want it.  We don’t have any information yet, but we’ll pass it along as soon as we do.

Maybe paying for your share of the project won’t be as a painful as you might have feared.

 

 

FOR MAILS AND FEMAILS . . .

            If you missed out on our Process by Mail Program this year, you surely don’t want that to happen again.  It’s so much easier than standing in that long line at the office at the beginning of the season.

            Remember that you and the other members of your unit might need new pictures (we all need to take a new one every three years).  If that’s the case, be sure to go to the office this season to take your new picture for next season.  Then, when you receive the Pass Request Form in the mail next spring, just fill in all the information that you have and send it and your payment-in-full to us.  In return, Michelle will send you the membership passes and the parking stickers for all the members of your unit for whom you have all the required info as well as an up-to-date picture.   She’ll even send you your Bonnet Bucks --- all by certified mail directly to your home.

And there you have it --- no waiting in line.   Easy shmeasy.

 

 

IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER . . .

            Bonnet Bucks can be used until the very last day of the season, which is until September 28.  Just remember that the Restaurant’s last night will be Saturday, August 30 and the Snack Bar’s last day will be Monday, September 1.   As in the past, the Pit Grille and the Pit Bar will be opened only on weekends until September 28, depending on weather and foot traffic.  And please remember that there will be a very limited menu in the Pit Grille during the month of September.  Hint:  you might want to use those Bonnet Bucks soon and not wait until the last minute in September.

 

 

SALE AWAY . . .

The Logo Loft is having a massive mid-season sale on August 2nd and 3rd so here’s your chance to pick up those items you’ve been eyeing and to get them at a bargain price! Make sure you stop by the Loft to get the goods before they’re gone!

 

  

AUGUST WILL BEE SWARMING WITH ACTIVITY. . .

            The next month is absolutely buzzing with events.  Here’s a summary with a few details:

           

Movie Day --- Friday, August 1 --- movie begins at dusk --- guest passes are $16 / $8.  The movie will be FROZEN.  The Snack Bar will stay open until intermission and will sell soda, ice

cream, popcorn, candy, chips, pretzels.

                       

New Year’s Eve --- Saturday, August 2 --- 7pm.    A Beach Club favorite --- Steve Smith and The Nakeds --- will perform.   Champagne toast late in the evening.

 

Entertainment --- Sunday, August 3 --- 4pm.  Steve Anthony and Persuasion

 

Logo Loft Sale --- Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3.   Limited quantities

 

Beer Dinner --- Friday, August 8 --- 6pm. --- $50.  This new event will feature five craft beers and five food stations.  Contact the restaurant at 783-3739 for exact menu and reservations.

 

Entertainment --- Saturday, August 9 --- 7pm.   Deluxe Edition

                       

Sand Sculpture Contest --- Sunday, August 10 --- judging at noon.  Register your team in the office the week before the event.  Start sculpting as early as 8am.  Prizes will be awarded.

 

Entertainment --- Sunday, August 10 --- 4pm.  World Premier Band

 

Special Admission Fee --- Sunday, August 10 --- $24 guest fee all day --- no After-4 pass

                       

Kids’ Craft Day --- Saturday, August 16 --- noon to 3pm.  Various activities will include sand art, loom bracelets, and sticker scenes.

 

Country Night --- Saturday, August 16 --- 7pm.  Shotgun Still.

                       

Members Only Day --- Sunday, August 17.   No guests allowed, not even After-4pm guests.

 

Entertainment --- Sunday, August 17 --- 4pm.  Tribecca

                       

Cigar Dinner --- Wednesday, August 20 --- 6pm.  --- $75.  Contact the Restaurant directly at 783-3739 for exact menu and reservations.

                       

Movie Day --- Friday, August 22 --- movie begins at dusk --- guest passes are $16 / $8.

The movie will be NATIONAL TREASURE.  The Snack Bar will stay open until intermission and will sell soda, ice cream, popcorn, candy, chips, and pretzels.

                       

Halloween --- Saturday, August 23 --- 5pm to 6pm.  Kids will be dressed in their Halloween finest and will be Trick or Treating at the cabanas.  Cabana Owners, please help to make this a success.

 

Entertainment --- Saturday, August 23 --- 7pm.  Rug Burn

 

Entertainment --- Sunday, August 24 --- 4pm.  Party Girl

                       

Blood Drive --- Wednesday, August 27 --- 2pm to 4pm.

 

Entertainment --- Saturday, August 30 --- 7pm.  Roger Cerise and the All Starz.

 

Entertainment --- Sunday, August 31 --- 4pm.  The Complaints

 

Last Entertainment --- Monday, September 1 --- 2pm to 6pm.   Chris Jason and the Sinatra Live Big Band.

 

Memorial Golf Tournament --- Friday, September 19 --- Exeter Country Club and Beach Club --- $150 for tourney and dinner / $50 for just dinner --- Proceeds to Cancer Society.  Call or sign up in our office for reservations. 

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BONNET  SHORES  BEACH  CLUB

BONNET  BEACON

Issue 3                                                 June 28 ,2014

FROM THE OVAL CABANA . . .

            On page two of this issue, you will find a section on the new rules relative to smoking at Bonnet Shores Beach Club.  The new policy represents a significant change from the way things have been.  Some of you will undoubtedly despise the new rule because you believe that it goes too far in restricting your individual rights while others will undoubtedly despise the new rule because you believe that it does not go far enough in regulating smoking.  That disagreement between those two extremes was evident in the discussion among Board Members the night that we debated this issue for several hours before finally approving the rule detailed on page two.  When we began our discussion, there were some Board Members who thought that we should do absolutely nothing and some who thought that the only action that made any sense was an absolute smoking ban.  Throughout the course of the debate, it became evident to us that we needed to try to craft a policy that took into account the diverse opinions among our Owners on this subject and the unique character of the Bonnet Shores Beach Club.  The new rule is the result and the vote to enact it was unanimous.

            So, now I would like to ask the membership to come together as the Board did in support of the new rule.  There is something in the rule for everyone to support, yet many of you won’t support the rule in its entirety.  We all need to recognize that the Board has tried to devise a policy that takes into account the diversity of the membership and that therefore contains a little something for each of us.   If we all embrace that part of the rule that we support and are tolerant of the portion that others support then perhaps we can make this work for the collective good of the club.

            One final note about the new rule:  Many of you see this simply as a health issue.  I want you to know that although the dangerous effects of second hand smoke were important in our decision, the issue of the tremendous fire hazard represented by smoking on this massive wooden structure was of equal significance to the Board.   That concern was a major factor for including in the rule that smoking never be allowed on the decks or in the units.

            Enough serious discussion.  School is out and the 4th of July is here, so let’s get the party started!!!!!  The month of July is full of activity here at the Club.  Enjoy the food and the entertainment.  There is something for everyone.  Like the smoking rule, not everyone will like everything, but everyone should find something to enjoy.

                                                                                                            Happy 4th of July!!!

                                                                                                           John A. Coletti, BSBCCA President

 

THE BIG BANG THEORY . . .

            This season’s entertainment starts off with a bang on June 28th from 7pm to 11pm with a great band that is new to the Beach Club --- James and The Giants.  You’ll surely want to join us under the tent for some great fun.  The entire entertainment schedule is posted on our website.  And remember that Saturday entertainment will start at 7pm and Sunday entertainment will start at 4pm this season.  As usual, kids must leave the pit by 8pm during entertainment.

 SALE AWAY . . .

The Logo Loft is having a Fourth of July Sale, so here’s your chance to pick up those items you’ve been eyeing and to get them at a bargain price.  Make sure you stop by the Loft to get the goods before they’re gone!

 COUNT YOUR LUCKY STARS . . .

            Some folks in this state are so lucky --- they can watch movies while sitting on a beach under the stars.  Oh wait a minute ---- that would be us!!   Don’t miss our first movie night of the year on Friday evening, July 11th at dusk.  The movie on our big screen will be 50 FIRST DATES.  The Snack Bar will be open until the movie starts and will be selling drinks, popcorn, pretzels, ice cream, and candy.  (FYI --- the next two movies will be FROZEN and NATIONAL TREASURE, so don’t watch them at home on a rainy day --- save them for a starry night on the beach.)

 OUR WINE AND ONLY . . .

            Chef David announces a Wine Dinner for Wednesday evening, July 16.  This will be our one and only Wine Dinner of the season, so it will definitely be a sell-out  ---  if it’s not already!.   All those who have attended any of our Wine Dinners can attest to the fact that they are truly an outstanding culinary experience.  Chef David goes “all out” for these events.    Call the restaurant directly at 783-3739 for details and reservations.  Do it now --- before you’re left out!

 LET THERE BE PEAS ON EARTH . . .

            Speaking of Chef David’s culinary talents, he is offering some new items in the Restaurant and in the Snack Bar.  The Restaurant has two new appetizers --- an eggplant Napoleon and a candied fig strudel.  You’ll also see some new entrees --- surf and turf (grilled tenderloin tips with shrimp and crab ravioli), 6 oz or 8 oz filet mignon, and sweet pea ravioli.  Hello!  Sign me up!   You’ll also see some new specialty sandwiches in the Snack Bar --- one recent one was an eggplant pannini ---- sounds delish!  And have you tried the mango smoothie?  Absotively posilutely divine!              

 WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION . . .

            Holy Heap of Fun, Batman!    We have an incredible Kids’ Carnival planned for Saturday, July 19th starting at noon.  There will be all sorts of games including a balloon blaster, a basketball game, a tee ball game, a kiddie striker, and many other activities.  There will also be a pucker powder booth and a glitter tattoo station.  And of course, the ever-popular dunk tank with our good-natured lifeguards.  Hey, maybe we can challenge our General Manager Zack to do a stint in the hot seat!   (Or should we call it the cold seat?!)  Of course, all of these games are absolutely free.  The kids would only need a few sheckles to buy food or drinks.  Then, as if all of this fun weren’t enough, this will all be followed by a Big Nazo performance!  See?  Told ya!  One huge heap of fun! 

 

HAIL, HAIL, THE GANG’S ALL HERE . . .

            Sometimes it nice to have a quiet day with the usual gang!  This season we’re having two Members Only Days, the first on Sunday, July 20.  No guests will be allowed to enter the facility --- not even After-4pm guests. We like to have something special for our members on this day, so you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds of World Premiere starting at 4pm.   Please mark this date on your calendar so you’ll remember not to invite your Aunt Penelope that day.

 NO IFS, ANDS, OR BUTTS ABOUT IT . . .

In the last issue of the Beacon, we asked the Owners to send us an email stating their preference via-a-vis smoking here at the Beach Club.  This is a topic which has surfaced repeatedly over the past several years with a plethora of Owners asking us to address the situation.  Accordingly, we wanted to give all the Owners the opportunity to voice their opinions on the topic. We thank all those Owners who took the time to write to us.  We read each one and we can tell you that 95 percent of them urged us to institute a smoking ban.

Rest assured that legal research was conducted for the Board.  The result of this research is that there is indeed legal precedent for making such a decision at a Condominium Association.  The legal precedent supports the Board’s authority to regulate smoking not only in the common areas, but also inside the individual condominiums.

Accordingly, effective July 1, 2014, Bonnet Shores Beach Club will be a smoke-free facility, with the exception of the following designated smoking areas:  1. the Pit Bar (for Bar patrons),  2. the east end of the beach between the Security Guard chair and the stream, 3. the parking lot 50 feet from the building,  4.  the beach after 6pm.

Additionally, you might be interested to know that we received many emails following the announcement of the new smoking rules which were posted on facebook and in an email blast.  Those emails are running 4 to 1 in favor.

 TRY THIS EASY AS PIE RECIPE . . .

            Did you have to wait in line at the office in order to process your registration?  Were you itching to get onto the beach?  Well, I didn’t wait at all --- not one minute ---- because I did my processing by mail.  Michelle has perfected the system so that it’s easy as pie. 

You don’t have to have all the information for every person on your Pass Request Form (PRF), but for each person for whom you do have all the info, you’ll receive the membership pass and the parking sticker by registered mail.  

You undoubtedly have all the info for all the Owners on your PRF, so you can at least process them by mail.

And you’ll also receive your Bonnet Bucks, so you won’t have to go to the office at all. 

The only condition to processing by mail is that you have to have a zero balance on your unit.  

In some cases, a new picture is the fly in the ointment to processing by mail.  So  ---   if you think that you’re going to need a new photo next year (we all need a new one every three years)  ---  just go to the office this summer to take a new one.  (Of course, this won’t work for kids because they change so much from year to year.)   

So why not skip the processing line at the office?  Much better to spend your time on the beach!  Do process by mail and you’ll be on easy street.

 BETTER THAN BAYER FOR PAIN RELIEF . . .  

Let’s turn our attention to paying for the Sewer Connection Project.    Although we already have some $700,000 dedicated to the sewer connection, we will have to turn to the Owners for the rest of the money to fund the project.   We won’t know how much it will cost each unit until the contractors are hired to do the work and that won’t happen for quite a while yet.  The plan right now is to start construction in October of next year. 

In order to make paying for your share of the project a little less painful, our Office Manager Michelle has devised a plan.  She has created a method for you to set up your own “individual sewer account” with us.  This will allow you to start making installment payments starting now.  Then, when the bill comes due, all that money that you have deposited into your “individual sewer account” will be put towards your share of the project.  If you would like to set up an “individual sewer account” for your unit, go to the office and Michelle will guide you through it.  You’ll see that it’s a snap. 

Also keep in mind that we are investigating the possibility of putting together a financing package for those owners who might want it.  We don’t have any information yet, but we’ll pass it along as soon as we do.

All in all, maybe paying for your share of the project won’t be as a painful as you might have feared.

 STAY CALM  ---  DON’T HAVE A CAR-ONARY . . .

            We need to talk.  (Hey, I heard that collective sigh.)   But we really do need to talk about the situation that occurs when the parking lot fills.   This typically happens on a hot Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 3:30pm.  Last year it happened on only three such days.  When the lot fills, we have no choice but to close the gate and to allow one car to enter as one car exits.   Please remember that the lot only has 815 parking spots and that we have 930 units.  Not exactly a formula for parking paradise. 

Unfortunately, the result is that a line forms on the causeway. But one need not sit in that line  ---   the Nardolillo lot and the shuttle are available.   It’s a sad fact that Owners have been reluctant to use the shuttle.  But let’s consider that we spend a significant amount of money to provide the shuttle, so why not avail yourself of it?  Moreover, as one sits in that line with the temperature in the car (and the blood pressure in one’s arteries) continuing to rise, one oft times has a tendency to indict the always-to-blame guests for creating this parking problem.   But we must remember that on Sundays in July and August, NO guest cars are allowed in our lot until 4pm.

So then how, one might ask, does the lot fill?  It fills with owners and members.  We have become a victim of our own success because the Beach Club has become such a well-run resort that our 2,000 Owners and our other 2,500 members want to frequent it as often as possible.   Even if we were to limit the use of our lot to Owners only, we still wouldn’t be able to accommodate them all.   So one can easily see why the fact that the lot fills is beyond our control. 

The only possible way to avoid that line on the causeway   ---  other than using the Nardolillo lot  ---  is to avoid arriving at the Beach Club during those high volume hours.  And here I have to editorialize.   Wouldn’t you avoid driving on Route 95 through Providence on a Friday afternoon between 3pm and 5:30pm if you possibly could?  Of course you would because it’s sure to be a traffic jam.  Well, we might need to apply that same rationale here on a hot Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 3:30pm.  I know this is not what you want to hear, especially if you are an Owner.  But with so many folks trying to gain access at the same time, there is just no solution other than either going to the Nardolillo lot or avoiding the traffic jam altogether.  We can only hope that cool minds will prevail in the heat.

 DIAL 1-800-NEPTUNE . . .

            As much as we hate to admit it, it is indeed possible that you could see copious amounts of seaweed on our beach.  Of course, you’ll then wonder why this is happening, why something isn’t being done about it.  So let’s review our beach raking procedure.   We rake the beach every day  ---  yes, every day  ---  starting at 6am.  This gives us several hours of raking before members begin to populate the beach.   Once significant numbers of members are on the beach, we stop raking. 

It’s also important to note that the tide during those early morning hours plays a role in the amount of seaweed that we can remove from the beach.  If low tide occurs during those early hours of the day, then we can scoop up more seaweed because it has been exposed on the sand.  But if high tide occurs during those hours, then we remove less seaweed because it’s mostly still in the sea.

 We really try our very best to remove as much seaweed as possible,  but on some days the forces of nature just seem to conspire against our desire to have a beach that is totally devoid of seaweed.   There are times when we have to admit that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.  And I don’t know if she’s accepting phone calls this week.

 A LOT TO REMEMBER . . .

       The designated area of the parking lot at Nardolillo’s Funeral Home as well as the shuttle bus will indeed be available on the Sundays between July 1st and Labor Day and also on July 4th and Labor Day.   Everyone should know that we never asked Bobby for this privilege --- he simply saw our parking dilemma and stepped forward to offer a possible solution.  As if that isn’t indicative enough of Bobby’s generosity, he doesn’t charge us a dime for the use of his lot.  So a most sincere thank you goes out to Bobby Nardolillo.  Here’s a reminder regarding the use of this lot:

1.     Guest vehicles that arrive before 4pm on Sundays will have to park in the satellite lot.

2.     Guest vehicles must report to our Gate first to get wrist bands and hang tags and to pay the parking fee.

3.     Guest vehicles can drop guests and “stuff” at our lot before proceeding to the satellite lot.

4.     Our staff will be at the satellite lot to direct vehicles to the designated area.

5.     The shuttle will provide round-trip service from 9am to 5pm on Sundays.

6.     If a service is scheduled at the Funeral Home, the lot will not be available for Beach Club parking.

 DON’T FEE-L OVERWHELMED . . .

            Are guest fees a bit confusing?  Then let’s clarify so the July 4th weekend won’t have any fireworks at the gate!

                                                   Guest Fee          Parking Fee

                         July 4              $24 all day          $20 all day                 No guest cars in our lot

                         July 5              $16  /  $8            $15  /  $5

                         July 6              $24  /  $8            $15  /  $5                   No guest cars in our lot until 4pm

 

THE MONTH AT A GLANCE  . . .

                        July 4                                       Steve Anthony and Persuasion                             7pm to 11pm

                        July 5                                       Front and Center                                                   7pm to 11pm

                        July 6                                       Beginning of $24 guest fee Sundays

                                                                        Beginning of no guest cars in our lot until 4pm

                                                                        The Driftwoods                                                        4pm to 8pm

                        July 11                                     Movie Night ---  50 FIRST DATES                           8:30pm-ish

                        July 12                                     The Rock                                                                 7pm to 11pm

                        July 13                                     KG Express                                                              4pm to 8pm

                        July 16                                     Wine Dinner                                                           6pm

                        July 19                                     Kids Carnival                                                          noon to 3pm

                                                                        Big Nazo                                                                following Carnival

                                                                        Malloi                                                                    7pm to 11pm

                        July 20                                     Members’ Only Day

                                                                        World Premier                                                       4pm to 8pm

                        July 26                                     Nancy Paolino and Black Tie                                7pm to 11pm

                        July 27                                     Eight to the Bar                                                    4pm to 8pm

  

                      ***Note: The Calendar of Events is subject to change so make sure you check the website calendar regularly***

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BONNET SHORES BEACH CLUB

BONNET BEACON

Issue 2                                                                   May 24, 2014

  

FROM THE OVAL CABANA . . .

 Welcome Back!!!!! To those of you who are returning for another season, I extend a warm welcome back. I look forward to seeing you, renewing old friendships, and catching up on the winter’s happenings. To those of you who will be spending your first summer at Bonnet, welcome to the family. By the end of your first summer, I hope Bonnet Shores Beach Club is as special to you as it is to me. Please stop me on the beach and introduce yourself. I always enjoy meeting our newest owners and hearing what attracted them to Bonnet. You will find that I never get tired of talking about this wonderful place.

            If the first paragraph looks familiar, it is because it is exactly the way I opened the Beacon last Memorial Day. I thought about changing it but the sentiments expressed in that paragraph remain as true for me today as they were when I first wrote them. So, I figured, why reinvent the wheel?

            We begin this season with three new board members. I want to welcome David DiMaio, Kevin Lynch and Erin Mernick to the Board. I look forward to serving with them. Anyone who offers their time to the BSBC instantly earns my respect. On that same note, a big THANK YOU to the nominating committee. Other than the members of the Board, no members spent more time in the winter months in service to BSBC than they did.

            Three new board members means that three members are not back, namely, Laurie Horridge after 4 years of service, Steve Brown after 7 years and Mike Favicchio after 13 years. It has been my honor and privilege to serve with each of them and I thank them on behalf of all owners for their 24 years of combined service and dedication to BSBC. I will miss them and their wisdom at board meetings.

            And while I am in thank you mode, let me thank the entire full time staff. All of them have returned for another season. As you can imagine, I work closely with these dedicated men and woman all year long and I am in awe of their absolute devotion to the BSBC. I can’t emphasize enough how important continuity of the staff is to the success of the club and we have undoubtedly assembled a talented group. Say ‘Thank You” when you see them—they never get tired of hearing it from you. As for the one woman on the full time staff, you will find a special section of this Beacon singing her praises and deservedly so. She and I interact weekly all year long and she is a gem and a pleasure to work with.

            It gives me great pleasure to announce that the engineer for the sewer contract is officially on board as the contract has been signed. Read more about the sewer project later in the Beacon.

            This issue of the Beacon is always full of news about changes for the coming season and plans for summer fun at the beach club. So read every word and start to mark your calendars!

 

                                                                                                                         John A. Coletti, BSBCCA President

  IT’S TIME FOR ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS . . .

            We had a great Annual Meeting on May 5 at the Shriners’ Center.  Those who attended this meeting just loved seeing old friends after the long winter months.  How do I know?  Easy --- there was a great deal of hugging and smiling!  And it was very informative too --- the Board perennially opens the floor to any topics the owners would like to discuss, this year focusing on two topics: the sewer connection and smoking at the Beach Club (more on both topics below).  Richard Sherman, our attorney from Edwards Wildman Palmer, also attended so that he could participate in the discussions.  (A special thank you to Richard for attending this meeting free of charge.  It’s better than cutting coupons!)

            The newly elected Board of Directors consists of John Coletti, David DiMaio, Louise Healy, Kevin Lynch, Erin Mernick, Carol O’Donnell, and Kerry Rafanelli. The newly elected officers are John Coletti (President), Kerry Rafanelli (Vice President), Carol O’Donnell (Treasurer), and Louise Healy (Secretary).  Maybe next year we’ll see your name in this paragraph?

  AND THE LORD SAID, “HOLY SMOKES!”

            We need to talk about an issue that’s a very divisive one --- we need to talk about smoking.  Yes, if there’s one issue here at the Beach Club that polarizes members, it’s this one.  So let’s all take a deep breath and agree to stay calm.

This topic has been brought forth by various owners over the past several years.  Owners on both sides of the smoking fence have cited incidents that have bothered them.  One owner was concerned that someone sitting next to her pregnant sister was blowing smoke in her direction.  Another owner was upset that his grandchildren were being exposed to second hand smoke.  Another was insulted that someone on the beach had actually asked him to extinguish his cigar.  Yet another was upset that his cabana neighbor was hosting a card party for his cigar-smoking friends. Still another owner maintained his right to smoke in the open air.

 In addition, the topic has been raised at several recent Annual Meetings with owners asking the Board to take some action to curb smoking at the Beach Club.  Some owners have asked for a complete smoking ban.  Some have asked for a cigar smoking ban.  Others have asked that we restrict smoking to smoking areas.

The Board has discussed this issue countless times in recent years; but due to the fact that this issue is such a polarizing one, we are reluctant to rush into a decision.  And we’re especially reluctant to make a decision without hearing from more owners.  So we’re asking that you tell us what you think about this issue.  Yes, we know it’s a wild and crazy idea, but we’re asking you to actually get involved and to take a stand!  We need your input so that we can use that information to help us mold a policy in the not-too-distant future that will indeed reflect the desires of the owners.  So if you’re an owner, please weigh in on the issue by emailing us at board@bonnetshoresbeachclub.com.   Please be sure to sign your email with your name and your unit number.

In the meantime, let’s try to be considerate of our neighbors --- whether they be cabana neighbors or someone sitting in the next chair on the deck or on the beach.  Oh, yes, it’s easy to dismiss the effects of smoking here at the Beach Club because we are predominantly an outside venue.  We tend to think that outdoor smoke is different and cannot possibly be dangerous because it dissipates in all this fresh air, but studies have proven otherwise.  So while we’re gathering input from all the myriad owners who are going to send us emails on the both sides of the argument and while we’re trying to determine what – if anything --- we should do, we ask that we all remember how lucky we are to be part of this treasure by the sea and that we demonstrate our good fortune by being considerate to our neighbors.

            

OUR PIPE DREAM IS COMING TRUE . . .

            Yes, we’ve been talking about our failing septic systems for over a decade.  But now that we’ve signed the contract with the engineering firm, the ball will indeed get rolling.  First they will conduct geotechnical testing to determine the best route to take to connect to the pumping station at the corner of Alagash Trail.  Then they will design the connection project.  After that, we will apply for permits from various regulatory agencies including the Town, D.E.M., and C.R.M.C. and then we will issue an R.F.P. so that contractors can bid the project.  But even though there’s still quite a bit of work to be done before we can put shovel to earth, we’re hopeful that construction can begin when the Beach Club Season ends in the fall of 2015 and can be completed by Opening Day in 2016.

            Yes, we heard that collective question: “How much is this going to cost me?”   We will not have definitive numbers until the contractors are hired.  But we’re hoping that once the engineering firm has designed the project (which should occur within a very few months), they might be able to give us a very educated estimate based on their expertise and extensive experience in the industry --- and we’ll be able to pass that along to you.   (And let’s remember that we still have $700K from the funds we collected from the owners in 2004 which can now be used to start the project.)

            Some owners may be ready to meet their financial obligation to the project already.  But be advised that we’re also hoping to be able to offer some sort of financing for those owners who need to take advantage of such a program.  We’ll have so much more information in the coming months.  Stay tuned.

  WE LOOK MAH-VELOUS . . .

            Isn’t it exciting to see all that’s new at the Beach Club after the long off-season?  Be sure to take a walk around the facility to take in all that our crew has accomplished.  You’ll love the new bathrooms that are near the Logo Loft.  The old bathrooms were ripped out right down to the studs and everything is shiny and new.  And what about that shnazzy new entrance to the horseshoe / square area?  Once again, the old entrance was completely ripped out and new stairs, bridge, lighting, and plants were installed.  In addition, the north and east decks of the square were also replaced.  Our biggest project this winter isn’t quite so evident --- it was to strengthen the pavilion east of the pool.  Various strengthening measures were taken, and electrical and plumbing were upgraded.  And another winter project isn’t evident – at least not yet.  We upgraded the pool filters and the pool pumps.  We used to have two 2-hp pumps which we replaced with three 3-hp pumps.  The entire pool will now filter in six hours with the capacity to shorten that filtration time during peak usage periods.  So we should see a dramatic increase in the clarity of the pool.  Last one in is a rotten egg!

            All in all, our crew had a very busy winter --- and spent many a cold and snowy day bringing these projects to fruition.  Take some time to walk around and see how your capital improvement dollars were spent.  It’s quite impressive!

       

  A PEACH WITH APLOMB . . .

            Quick --- think of the one person whose face you’ve seen here at the Beach Club every time you’ve visited for as long as you can remember!  If you thought of our super-duper, ever-so-competent Office Manager, you’re right on the money!  Now here’s the real $64,000 question --- how long do you think Michelle has been our Office Manager?  Six years?  Ten?  Maybe twelve?  Nope --- Michelle started working in our office on March 6, 1999.   It seems like just yesterday that she walked into our office, took one look, and said, “Are you kidding me?”  Seriously, Michelle has worked miracles in our office: she works long hours and even works from home on her days off; she handles with ease every task the Board assigns to her; she interacts with some 5000 members with grace, composure, and poise; she has brought forth great ideas and has created all sorts of innovative systems with the assurance that the office could indeed became a well-oiled machine.  And she does it all with a smile on her face and a happy demeanor –- a true peach.  God knows where we’d be without Michelle running the office operation of our condo association; let’s hope we never have to find out.

  

HOT NEWS, BUT NOT SCAN-DALOUS . . .

            We have something new going on out at the Gate.  You’ve probably noticed that the Gate Staff is now equipped with scanners that they are wearing on a lanyard around their necks.  The devices will be used to scan the membership pass of each and every member who comes to the facility.   That information will be uploaded to the computers in the office, giving us population data for each day.  Here’s how it will work ---- you’ll need to completely stop your vehicle at the gate, lower the windows, and hand over the membership pass of every member in the car.  The Gate Staff will scan each pass and will match the face on the pass to the member in the car.  Of course, we all want the process to go as quickly as possible, so be sure to have all the membership passes ready to be handed to the Staff.  Once we all get the hang of it, it’ll move quickly so that we can accomplish the ultimate goal --- to get you onto the beach lickety split!

  

A HAT TRICK OF HAPPINESS . . . . . .

Chef David announces three events in the month of June.  The Italian Night will be held on Sunday, June 15 with   Chris Jason and the Sinatra Live Big Band returning to entertain us.  The Irish Night will be held on Sunday, June 22 with a return engagement of the Goulding School’s Irish Step Dancers.   And there will be a new event --- a Wine Tasting --- on Wednesday, June 25.  For times, menus, prices, and reservations, contact the Restaurant directly at 783-3739.

  

HE’S NOT HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER . . .

            Don’t you feel so good when you help out a friend, regardless of the time and effort that you expended?  And when you do some act of kindness for a stranger, don’t you feel like you’ve really accomplished something that day?  Here’s an opportunity to make a difference ---- we’re having a blood drive on Monday, June 16.  What’s better than saving a life?  Please consider donating --- the need is truly great, the feeling of accomplishment even greater.

  

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN . . .

            It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of one of our Beach Club family.  Bill Krueger, our Head of Security for the past several years, passed away on May 2 after having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October.  You probably remember Bill on duty under the tent on most evenings; he was the ever-vigilant guard who handled every situation with ease in order to ensure that everyone in the pit was safe.   Affectionately known as Big Bill, he will be sorely missed both in his capacity as an outstanding employee who gave of his time beyond the call of duty and as a one-of-a-kind gentle giant.  May you soar with the seagulls, dear friend.

 

 DEJA VUE . . .

            The following sections of this issue were originally published in the April 2014 issue that was mailed to the homes of the unit owners.  We are repeating these sections for the benefit of the members who are not owners.

 

 PLEASE AND TANK YOU . . .

            As a result of a recent inspection, it has come to our attention that those members who use gas grills on the beach are storing the propane tanks either in their units or on the decks.   This is in direct conflict with the fire code and, not surprisingly, we have been instructed by the Narragansett Fire Marshal to immediately discontinue this practice.  He has further informed us that the propane tanks must be stored in an approved and locked storage cage at all times other than when they are being used for cooking on the beach.

            We have provided a storage cage located near the bridge between the horseshoe and the square.  It will be locked at all times and a key will be provided to each unit that requests one.  It is imperative that the storage unit be constantly locked in order to prevent any vandalism.   If you have a gas grill, you must keep your propane tank in the storage cage until you are ready to use it and you must return it to the storage cage immediately after grilling.  A fee of $300 will be assessed to any unit which places a tank on the deck or in a unit.  

  

BUT DON’T CALL U-HAUL . . . 

            Weekend entertainment is on the move.  Saturday entertainment will begin at 7pm and will end at 11pm.  Children will still have to leave the pit area by 8pm on any evening when there is entertainment. Sunday entertainment will begin at 4pm and will end at 8pm.  Children may stay in the pit area throughout Sunday entertainment.

  

BOARD GAMES. . .

            Last season, an accident occurred on our beach.  An owner was standing at the water’s edge watching over his very young grandchildren.  He was doing what we all do with young children --- his eyes were intently trained on the children.  While his attention was devoted to the little ones, he did not see a skim board whizzing in his direction.  The board hit him squarely in the ankle with great force and he was seriously hurt.  This is just the latest in a growing list of injuries caused by skim boards.   Accordingly, skim boards (just like surf boards) will not be allowed.

 

SILENT NIGHT . . .

            Do you know that there was a serious mishap at last year’s fireworks display?  One of the shells exploded while it was still in the box, shot off in the direction of the live-in units, narrowly missed striking several people including missing one young child’s head by inches, and then struck a live-in unit and exploded causing some structural damage and a small fire under one of the live-ins.  It was obviously a very scary situation.  The Board made the decision at its very next meeting that we would no longer conduct a fireworks display from the beach.  Additionally, the Narragansett Fire Marshall has indicated that he will no longer issue a permit. 

            So we decided to investigate the feasibility of shooting the fireworks off from a barge.  We have learned that cost will be an issue.  Last year’s fireworks program cost approximately $12,000.  This included the cost of the fireworks display, the cost of the Police Dept. and the Fire Dept. details, the cost of the additional security guards on duty, the cost of pumping the septic system the day before the fireworks and the day after the fireworks, and the cost of the insurance rider.  To that $12,000 cost will be added the $10,000 cost of the barge.  Also to this will be added an approximately $3,000 upgrade of the fireworks themselves because bigger shells will have to be used because the barge will be quite a distance out in the cove.  In addition, cancellation due to fog, rain, or even slightly windy conditions will have to occur by 8am or we would be liable for the $10,000 barge fee.  We have serious misgivings about a $25,000 price tag. 

            In addition to the danger and the cost, the crowd is also cause for concern. The effect that so many people have on the Beach Club is considerable.  Yes, we have 400 guests on Fireworks Day.  But the crowd is not just a function of guests; Fireworks Day draws countless members.  Indeed, more members visit the facility on this day than on any other all season.  (Hey, who wants to miss the fun?)  The population on Fireworks Day taxes the Club in many ways: it is the biggest day for trash, for water usage, for electrical usage, and for payroll (every single employee works that day).

            When one considers all three of the above factors, it easily becomes clear why Fireworks Day gives rise to so much concern.   Inasmuch as we all love this day, we must face the reality that the concerns outweigh the benefits.  Accordingly, we sadly decided that there will be no fireworks display.

  

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? . . .

            Have you had trouble using your iPhone at the Beach Club?  How about trouble using your iPad?  Well, worry no more.  We’re adding three more Wi-Fi access points this year --- one in the pit, one on the second floor east of the pool, and one at the end of the horseshoe.  We’ll now have nine access points throughout the facility.  So your connectivity should be greatly enhanced.

 

 THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE (AND OUR SWIM LESSONS) ARE FREE . . .

Who knows if one of those cute little kids taking our swim lessons will be in the 2024 Olympics?  I can just hear it now . . . “In lane three, the USA from Bonnet Shores has taken the lead!”  Please note that our swim lesson program has changed.  We will no longer offer private or semi-private lessons.  All lessons will be 30 minute group lessons and will be free.  They will be held Monday through Thursday at 9am, 9:30am, and, if interest warrants, at 10am.  There will be no make-up days, so be sure that your little one attends each session.   All students must be signed up in advance and must have a current membership ID.  Owners can sign up their children in person from May 17 to May 31. Then members can sign up their children in person from June 1 to June 22.   Lessons will begin on July 7 and end on August 21.

 

 COURT IS NOW IN SESSION . . .

            Do you know that Wimbledon has held its tennis tournament every year since 1877?  And that it’s the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that is still played on grass?  And that the grass is 100% perennial ryegrass?  And that the other three Grand Slams are the Australian Open, the French Open, and the U.S. Open?  Well, now you know!

            And you should also know that if you want the very best-est tennis instructor, you can find her right here at the Beach Club.  Beth-Anne Rafanelli is the instructor you want if you or your children really want to learn to play. She has years of experience with both teaching and coaching, not to mention a winning personality and an un-beatable teaching style.  She offers private, semi-private, and group lessons.  And she has some especially exciting news --- this season, she will also be running tennis camps for Beach Club children!  All students must have a current membership ID.  For more information and/or to make your arrangements, contact Beth-Anne directly at either 374-0025 or at rafbonnet@aol.com.   Sign up now before all the spots fill up.

  

HAVE FUN WILL TRAVEL . . .

Here’s a list of highlights for the season (the complete entertainment schedule is posted on the Calendar of Events on our website).  They’ll all be loads of fun, so don’t miss out!  No reason to stay home when you can come here and have a great time.  So mark your calendars, pack up the station wagon, and come join us.  (For menus, prices, times, and reservations for those events hosted by the food service, contact the Restaurant directly at 783-3739.)

 

May 31                                     Food service begins full-time hours of operation

           

Sunday, June 15                       Italian Night with Chris Jason and the Sinatra Live Big Band

 

Monday, June 16                      Blood Drive

 

Sunday, June 22                       Irish Night with the Goulding School Irish Step Dancers

 

Wednesday, June 25                Wine Tasting with appetizers

 

Thursday, June 26                   First Pasta Night of the season

 

Friday, June 27                         Dining Room opens

 

Friday, July 4th                         Entertainment begins --- 7pm to 11pm

 

Friday, July 11                          Movie Day ---- movie begins at dusk

 

Wednesday, July 16                Wine Dinner

 

Saturday, July 19                      Kids’ Carnival with the Big Nazo Puppets --- noon to 3pm

 

Sunday, July 20                       Members Only Day with World Premier

 

Friday, August 1                       Movie Day – movie begins at dusk

 

Saturday, August 2                   New Year’s Eve with Steve Smith and The Naked --- 7pm

 

Friday, August 8                        Beer Dinner

 

Sunday, August 10                    Sand Sculpture Contest --- judging at noon

 

Saturday, August 16                  Country Night

 

Sunday, August 17                    Members Only Day              Kids’ Arts & Crafts Day --- noon to 3pm

 

Wednesday, August 20             Cigar Dinner

 

Friday, August 22                      Movie Day – movie begins at dusk

 

Saturday, August 23                  Halloween

 

Sunday, August 24                    Blood Drive

 

Saturday, August 30                  Restaurant’s Last Night 

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BONNET SHORES BEACH CLUB

BONNET BEACON

Issue 1                                                                   April 16, 2014

 

 

FROM THE OVAL CABANA . . .

            In just four short weeks we open the Beach Club for the 2014 summer season. After the winter that we have had, I am sure that you are looking forward to Opening Day with great anticipation as are we who have worked hard all winter to get ready for your arrival. For myself and the staff, the biggest news of the off-season was that we escaped without a damaging storm—no hurricane and no springtime nor’easter. That said, the staff did endure a brutally cold winter. Despite the weather, all construction projects scheduled for the winter will be completed on time for Opening Day. A HUGE THANK YOU to those staff members who worked the majority of days this winter in sub-freezing temperatures to make this happen.

            The sewer project continues to be a primary focus of the Board and much progress has been made this winter. The engineering firm, CDM Smith, has been selected to design the project and to oversee construction. They are a large international firm with a substantial presence in Rhode Island. We are fortunate to have a firm of that caliber for our project. They were chosen from a pool of very capable candidates, all of whom made very impressive presentations to the Board. Contract negotiations with CDM Smith have been ongoing and the final draft is being prepared as this issue of the Beacon goes to print. I hope to be able to report at the Annual Meeting that the contract has been signed and the first phase of the project is under way.

            Speaking of the Annual Meeting, inside this package of materials you will find the notice of that meeting and a Proxy. We invite you to be a participant in the process and come to the Annual Meeting, but if you cannot attend, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE sign and return the enclosed Proxy. The business of the Annual Meeting can only proceed if we establish the required quorum and we need your Proxy to make that happen.

            The remainder of this issue is devoted to providing you with information about some changes that have been made for this summer and giving you a first look at the calendar of events that have been planned. So please read on and start to mark your calendars.

            I look forward to seeing all of you on Opening Day.

                                                                                                                                                 John A. Coletti, BSBCCA President

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST . . .

            Holy Moly, Baby, did we have a cold and snowy winter or what?!  Well, it’s over now and here’s the date about which you’ve been dreaming ---- the Beach Club opens on Saturday, May 17.  Hallelujah!  Be there or be square!  (It closes on Sunday, September 28, but who cares about that now??)  And to welcome you back, Chef David will be offering coffee and Danish pastry in the restaurant on Opening Weekend.

 

WAIT WATCHERS . . .

            The weather is getting nice now and we know that you’re eager to hit the beach and sit in the sun.  But the last few weeks before Opening Day are a whir of activity ----- final touches are being made to all winter projects, the awnings are being installed, boxes of inventory for the office, the Logo Loft, the Bar, and the Restaurant are being unloaded, employees are being trained, the beach is being graded, and great effort is being expended to make your summer run smoothly.  The Beach Club is closed for a reason --- it’s just not ready for you yet.  So please be considerate of all the work that is on-going and wait until Opening Day on May 17 to feast your eyes on the Beach Club.

 

NO SHIRTS, NO SHOES, NO SERVICE . . .

            Hey, we’re not that crazy.  But we do have a rule that states that “all fees, including, but not limited to, annual assessment, restaurant assessment, electrical fees, charge accounts, and any fines must be paid before any membership passes will be issued” on the unit.  So, if you have any fees left over from last year, they will have to be paid, along with the current year’s assessment and fees, before anyone on your unit can get a membership pass.  Unfortunately, this means that if you co-own your unit --- and if you have paid your share of the fees, but your co-owner has not --- then you cannot get your membership pass until all the fees are paid.

 

PLEASE AND TANK YOU . . .

            As a result of a recent inspection, it has come to our attention that those members who use gas grills on the beach are storing the propane tanks either in their units or on the decks.   This is in direct conflict with the fire code and, not surprisingly, we have been instructed by the Narragansett Fire Marshal to immediately discontinue this practice.  He has further informed us that the propane tanks must be stored in an approved and locked storage cage at all times other than when they are being used for cooking on the beach.

            Accordingly, we have provided two storage cages – one in the parking lot near the entrance to the square and one at the end of the horseshoe near the volleyball court. They will be locked at all times and a key will be provided to each unit that requests one.  It is imperative that the storage units be constantly locked in order to prevent any vandalism.   If you have a gas grill, you must keep your propane tank in the storage cage until you are ready to use it and you must return it to the storage cage immediately after grilling.  A fine of $300 will be assessed to any unit which places a tank on the deck or in a unit.  

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE . . .

As you may know, Friday has become the new Saturday --- at least, here at the Beach Club.  In 2012, the guest population sky-rocketed on Fridays.  In 2013, we raised the Friday guest pass fees in the hope that it would have a chilling effect on the guest population and the guest numbers did indeed decline. Based on feedback from our members, we have decided to try something a little different this summer. So, this season, we’ll reduce the guest fees on most Fridays to the former rate and maintain the new higher rate on those Fridays that seem to generate the most guests.

Accordingly, this Season the guest fees on Movie Days (July 11, August 1 and August 22) will be $16 during the day and $8 after 4pm.  On all other Fridays (except July 4th), the guest fees will be $8 during the day and $1 after 4pm.

 

YOU GUEST IT . . .

            This Season, we will have two Members Only Days --- on Sunday, July 20 and on Sunday, August 17.   No guests at all --- not even for the live-ins --- will be allowed access to the facility on these days.  So please plan accordingly.  Oh, I almost forgot ---- World Premier will perform for us on July 20.

 

IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER . . .

Oh, how we love those Bonnet Bucks!  They give us a great opportunity to sample Chef David’s incredible food.  Last season there was a snafu with Bonnet Bucks during the month of September which was totally the fault of the nincompoop who writes the Beacon (that would be me!) and for that we sincerely apologize.  However, you can rest assured that Bonnet Bucks will indeed be accepted until the very last day of the Season.  Please just remember that during the month of September, all food venues will be closed during the week and only the Pit Grille and the Pit Bar will be open on weekends (depending on weather and foot traffic).  In addition, a limited menu will be available during that final month.  Special Reminder --- Bonnet Bucks cannot be used as tips for the wait staff.

 

BUT DON’T CALL U-HAUL . . . 

            Weekend entertainment is on the move.  Saturday entertainment will begin at 7pm and will end at 11pm.  Children will still have to leave the pit area by 8pm on any evening when there is entertainment. Sunday entertainment will begin at 4pm and will end at 8pm.  Children may stay in the pit area throughout Sunday entertainment.

 

BOARD GAMES. . .

            Last season, an accident occurred on our beach.  An owner was standing at the water’s edge watching over his grandchildren, both of whom were younger than five years old.  He was doing what we all do with such young children --- his eyes were intently trained on the children.  While his attention was devoted to the little ones, he did not see a skim board whizzing in his direction.  The board hit him squarely in the ankle with great force and he was seriously hurt. This is just the latest in a growing list of injuries caused by skim boards.  Accordingly, skim boards (just like surf boards) will not be allowed.

 

  BETTER THAN A BANANA SPLIT?  NAH!

            We’re changing the house guest pass in an effort to help those owners who have out-of-state guests who visit more than once during the summer.  The former fourteen-day house guest pass can now be split into two seven-day passes; it may be purchased for one specifically-named person for one fourteen-day span or for two seven-day spans.  Just remember that a guest who visits the facility on a house guest pass cannot visit on a daily guest pass.

           

SILENT NIGHT . . .

            Do you know that there was a serious mishap at last year’s fireworks display?  One of the shells exploded while it was still in the box. It shot off in the direction of the live-in units, narrowly missed striking several people including missing one young child’s head by inches, and then struck a live-in unit and exploded causing some structural damage and a small fire under one of the live-ins.  It was obviously a very scary situation. The Board made the decision at its very next meeting that we would no longer conduct a fireworks display from the beach.  Additionally, the Narragansett Fire Marshall has indicated that he will no longer issue a permit. 

            So we decided to investigate the feasibility of shooting the fireworks off from a barge.  We have learned that cost will be an issue.  Last year’s fireworks program cost approximately $12,000.  This included the cost of the fireworks display, the cost of the Police Dept. and the Fire Dept. details, the cost of the additional security guards on duty, the cost of pumping the septic system the day before the fireworks and the day after the fireworks, and the cost of the insurance rider.  To that $12,000 cost will be added the $10,000 cost of the barge.  Also to this will be added an approximately $3,000 upgrade of the fireworks themselves because bigger shells will have to be used because the barge will be quite a distance out in the cove.  In addition, cancellation due to the fog, rain, surf or even slightly windy conditions will have to occur by 8am or we would be liable for the $10,000 barge fee.  We have serious misgivings about a $25,000 price tag. 

            In addition to the danger and the cost, the crowd is also cause for concern. The effect that so many people have on the Beach Club is considerable.  Yes, we have 400 guests on Fireworks Day.  But the crowd is not just a function of guests; Fireworks Day draws countless members.  Indeed, more members visit the facility on this day than on any other all season.  (Hey, who wants to miss the fun?)  The population on Fireworks Day taxes the Club in many ways: it is the biggest day for trash, for water usage, for electrical usage, and for payroll (every single employee works that day).

            When one considers all three of the above factors, it easily becomes clear why Fireworks Day gives rise to so much concern.   Inasmuch as we all love this day, we must face the reality that the concerns outweigh the benefits.  Accordingly, we sadly decided that there will be no fireworks display.

 

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? . . .

            Have you had trouble using your iPhone at the Beach Club?  How about trouble using your iPad?  Well, worry no more.  We’re adding three more Wi-Fi access points this year --- one in the pit, one on the second floor of the east side, and one at the end of the horseshoe.  We’ll now have nine access points throughout the facility.  So your connectivity should be greatly enhanced.

 

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE (AND OUR SWIM LESSONS) ARE FREE . . .

Who knows if one of those cute little kids taking our swim lessons will be in the 2024 Olympics?  I can just hear it now . . . “In lane three, the USA from Bonnet Shores has taken the lead!”  Please note that our swim lesson program has changed.  We will no longer offer private or semi-private lessons.  All lessons will be 30 minute group lessons and will be free.  They will be held Monday through Thursday at 9am, 9:30am, and, if interest warrants, at 10am.  There will be no make-up days, so be sure that your little one attends each session.   All students must be signed up in advance and must have a current membership ID.  Owners can sign up their children in person from May 17 to May 31. Then members can sign up their children in person from June 1 to June 22.   Lessons will begin on July 7 and end on August 21.

 

COURT IS NOW IN SESSION . . .

            Do you know that Wimbledon has held its tennis tournament every year since 1877?  And that it’s the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that is still played on grass?  And that the grass is 100% perennial ryegrass?  And that the other three Grand Slams are the Australian Open, the French Open, and the U.S. Open?  Well, now you know!

            And you should also know that if you want the very best-est tennis instructor, you can find her right here at the Beach Club.  Beth-Anne Rafanelli is the instructor you want if you or your children really want to learn to play. She has years of experience with both teaching and coaching, not to mention a winning personality and an un-beatable teaching style.  She offers private, semi-private, and group lessons.  And she has some especially exciting news --- this season she will also be running tennis camps for Beach Club children!  All students must have a current membership ID.  For more information and/or to make your arrangements, contact Beth-Anne directly at either 374-0025 or at rafbonnet@aol.com.   Sign up now before all the spots fill up!

 

SEAS THE OPPORTUNITY . . .

            When you’re looking for a bit of food or drink, here are the hours of operation that you’ll need to know.  Please remember that all food service hours of operation are weather dependent.

                       

Pit Bar:  May 17 – 18 and May 24 – 26-----noon to closing ----- Full time beginning May 31st ----- noon to closing every day

 

Pit Grille: May 24 – 26-----noon to closing

Full time beginning May 31st-----noon to 6pm Monday through Thursday and noon to 7:30pm Friday through Sunday

 

Snack Bar: May 24 – 26-----noon to closing

Full time beginning May 31st-----10:30am to 5pm every day except Thursday and 10:30am to 4:30pm Thursday only

 

Restaurant: June 26 Pasta Night-----Thursdays 5pm to 9pm (no reservations)

June 27 A La Carte Dining-----Fridays and Saturdays 5pm to 9pm-----Reservations strongly suggested

 

STOP & SHOP . . .

            The Logo Loft has been given a face lift and has been stocked with more than you can possibly imagine.  The shelves and racks are full of beautiful items –- some old favorites and some new pieces.    The Loft opens on May 17 for your shopping pleasure, so be sure to stop in and check out our inventory.

 

IT’S FEE--SIBLE THAT IT’S CONFUSING . . .

            Here’s a general overview of the guest and guest parking fees:

Weekdays                                                $8                    Parking $5

Weekdays after 4pm                              $1                    Parking $5

Weekdays after Labor Day                    $8                     Parking is free

 

Weekends                                            $16                        Parking $15

Weekends after 4pm                          $8                          Parking $5

 

Memorial Day / Labor Day                            $16              Parking $15

Memorial Day / Labor Day after 4pm          $8                 Parking $5

 

Friday 7/11, 8/1, 8/22                            $16                    Parking $5

Friday 7/11, 8/1, 8/22 after 4pm         $8                        Parking $5

 

Friday 7/4                                            $24                        Parking $20

Friday 7/4 after 4pm                         Not available         Parking – no reduced fee

No guest cars are allowed in our lot on July 4th --- all guest cars must go to the satellite lot

 

Sundays July and August                                  $24                            Parking $15

Sundays July and August after 4pm                $8                              Parking $5

No guest cars allowed in our lot on Sundays in July and August before 4pm --- must go to satellite

 

            Shuttle service will be available on Sundays in July and August from 9am to 5pm

            Shuttle service will be available on July 4 from 9am to 5pm

            The satellite lot is not available if there is a service at the Funeral Home.

 

            We owe a huge debt of gratitude to long-time member Bobby Nardolillo who allows us the use of his parking lot on Sundays absolutely free of charge.  As a matter of fact, we never asked Bobby for this privilege --- he saw the need and stepped forward of his own accord to offer a solution to our Sunday dilemma.  Thank you most sincerely, Bobby.

 

HAVE FUN WILL TRAVEL . . .

Here’s a list of the main events for the season.  They’ll all be loads of fun, so don’t miss out!  No reason to stay home when you can come here and have a great time.  So mark your calendars, pack up the station wagon, and come join us.   (For menus, prices, times, and reservations for those events hosted by the food service, contact the Restaurant directly at 783-3739.)

           

            Sunday, June 15                       Italian Night with Chris Jason and the Sinatra Live Big Band

 

            Monday, June 16                     Blood Drive

 

            Sunday, June 22                       Irish Night with the Goulding School Irish Step Dancers

 

            Wednesday, June 25                Wine Tasting with appetizers

 

            Friday, July 4th                          Entertainment begins --- 7pm to 11pm

 

            Friday, July 11                          Movie Day ---- movie begins at dusk

 

            Wednesday, July 16                 Wine Dinner

 

            Saturday, July 19                      Kids’ Carnival with the Big Nazo Puppets --- noon to 3pm

 

            Sunday, July 20                        Members Only Day with World Premier

 

            Friday, August 1                        Movie Day – movie begins at dusk

 

            Saturday, August 2                    New Year’s Eve with Steve Smith and The Nakeds --- 7pm

 

            Friday, August 8                        Beer Dinner

 

            Sunday, August 10                    Sand Sculpture Contest --- judging at noon

                                               

           Saturday, August 16                  Country Night

 

            Sunday, August 17                    Members Only Day

                                                             

             Wednesday, August 20           Cigar Dinner

 

            Friday, August 22                      Movie Day – movie begins at dusk

 

            Saturday, August 23                  Halloween --- 6pm to 7pm

 

            Sunday, August 24                    Blood Drive

 

            Saturday, August 30                  Restaurant’s Last Night