"This Week around Walkers Woods" is a community column written for the neighborhood of Walkers Woods, but pertains to the entire Carolina Forest community.
Hello, neighbors. Daylight savings time has come to an end, the temperature has dropped, the grass is turning brown, and we are definitely on our way to winter. Standing at the bus stop one chilly morning recently, Benjamin said, “Daddy, my teeth are playing the drums.”
Speaking of school bus stops, I want to reiterate that Walkers Woods now meets the county’s criteria for speed humps. The Horry County Engineer’s office recommends that they be installed around the bus stops and the amenity center, the most critical areas for pedestrian safety, especially children.
Both Andy Markunas from the Horry County Engineer’s office and Lt. Stewart from the Horry County Police Dept. told me that speed humps are effective in slowing down traffic in critical areas. Lt. Stewart warned me that some residents, in opposition to speed humps, will try to make the case that they are damaging to some vehicles. He said those complaints are not true. Speed humps are not intense enough to damage vehicles.
Most of you have no doubt noticed by now that the new 15mph speed limit signs have been installed in Walkers Woods. That is now the neighborhood-wide speed limit, with the sole exception of Tuckahoe Rd. leading back to the Reserve. The HCPD is aware of the speed limit change, and they are conducting extra patrols in Walkers Woods to be sure drivers are in compliance. So if they stroke you a ticket, don’t say you weren’t warned.
The POA board asked me to thank our landscaper, US Lawns, for donating their services in the planting of the 14 crepe myrtles that we obtained through the Palmetto Tree Grant Program. Last month, Keep Horry County Beautiful received 286 trees through the 2012 Palmetto Pride Tree Grant. The other trees were planted at the Carolina Forest Ballfields, Palmetto Adventure Land playground, the Farm and Plantation Lakes.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day. The 4th graders at Carolina Forest Elementary are competing to see which school can recycle the most between now and March. Let’s show our support. Please save your magazines, newspapers, aluminum cans and plastics for Walkers Woods 4th grader Raina Mills. Contact her mom at Bonnie.Mills@sanofi.com to arrange a pickup.
Now that we have set our clocks back one hour, this is the time you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors. If you need help with this, or if you need new smoke detectors installed, call Horry County Fire Rescue at 915-5190.
On behalf of the CFCA, I want to thank everyone who helped out with the CFHS pre-game dinner last Friday before the Panthers played Conway. If you are on Facebook, check out the photo album. Just type Carolina Forest Civic Association in the FB search bar.
Also check out the Walkers Woods at Carolina Forest page to connect with your neighbors. And if you have any items you would like me to include in this column, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great week.