These are sounds we hear all too often during flu and cold season, especially when little ones come home from school and share their newfound germy friends with the entire family. Here are a few tips and tricks for maneuvering around flu season:
Wash your hands frequently.. This simple preventative tool can make all the difference in the number of germs you pick up and spread.
It’s all in the hands. Keep those hands away from your face, eyes, nose, and mouth, where the germs enter, and within a week or less, create havoc.
Stay home when you’re sick. Nothing says love and devotion like staying away when you’re contagious. Sick days were created to be used in times like these. If you are feverish, sweating, coughing and contagious, quarantine yourself with some soup, water, and perhaps something binge worthy on Netflix. Your loved ones will thank you.
Practice coughing and sneezing etiquette. Many cases of flu and viruses are spread through infected individuals who cough into their hands and then touch common areas like door handles. If you are sick, keep tissues handy and then dispose of them in an enclosed waste receptacle.
Practice the 3 R’s: Rest, Rehydrate and Refuel. Getting adequate rest, drinking plenty of water and eating the right foods is the best defense against flu and colds. Give your natural immune system the fighting chance it needs with healthy habits.
Consult with your physician about getting a flu vaccination. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that “influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 60.8 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.” For more information on influenza vaccinations, consult your physician and visit the CDC website.
Eat some chicken soup. Perhaps your grandmother was on to something about chicken soup as the best remedy for a cold. Studies and opinions vary, but the bottom line is, we don’t know anyone who’s ever complained that chicken soup made them feel worse.
Never underestimate what can be accomplished in a single day, especially when it’s for a stellar cause and it involves the Weidner Cares team!
Recently, the Weidner Cares team partnered with Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska. Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska (EATA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “enhance the physical, psychological, and social well-being of Alaskans living with disabilities through therapeutic horsemanship. They offer equine-assisted activities and therapies, including a program specifically for veterans titled, ‘Freedom Reins’.”
“EATA provides multi-faceted benefits to individuals with a wide-range of physical, neuromuscular disorders, learning and/or language disabilities, hearing, visual and cognitive impairments, behavioral and emotional disorders. Some specific conditions include amputations, functional spinal curvature, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.”
In the Equine Assisted Therapy program (EAT), those individuals with limited mobility benefit from the “horse’s gait which provides a unique opportunity for the client to move his or her body in a manner similar to walking, as the horse’s gait mimics an individual’s natural walk (or gait). This movement exercises their legs and back, while it strengthens their core.”
The Equine-Assisted Activities (EAA) program’s general goal is to “work on self-confidence, teamwork, social development, and to gain independence.”
Weidner knows a little something about teamwork and was only too happy to step in and help this amazing organization. 169 Weidner Cares volunteers gathered alongside the EATA team and spent the day giving back to the facility that has helped so many people.
Stall doors and corrals were painted. 115 stalls were cleaned and properly leveled. An old, unstable barn was rebuilt and cleaned, as well as a horse-washing station revamped, and the entire property was landscaped giving it the curb appeal it so deserves. You could say the cleaning and revamping process was a “THOROUGH-bred” one!
“I see it every day out in the field, but to watch more than 150 people work together to give back to the community, accomplishing as much as they did in a short amount time, all the while smiling and laughing was extremely gratifying,” said Area Director Brad Wuerer.
Who says a day has to be limited to 24 hours, anyway? That doesn’t compute for the Weidner Cares team who put in more than 1,200 volunteer man-hours in one single day.
We don’t underestimate the power of what can be done in a day, or what happens when a community comes together to help each other. From the Weidner team, we thank EATA for their service and the opportunity to serve such a worthy organization.
As the season changes and the days seem to grow shorter, it can feel like there’s no time left to do much of anything. Now is the time to prepare for colder weather so you can embrace the new season with glee:
Unpack/pack your seasonal wardrobe. For those who live in colder climates, it’s time to say goodbye to the sundresses and hello to those wooly sweaters and coats. Make sure to store your warm weather clothes in a cool, dry container, preferably a sealed container specifically made for clothing storage. Some bugs are actually attracted to cardboard, which is not a discovery you want to make when unpacking your beautiful wardrobe next spring. Make sure to launder and dry clean items before packing them or stains will settle into the material.
Transfer your holiday decoration boxes to the front of your storage area. The holidays are coming faster than you think; no sense in having to climb through closets and storage areas twice. Just take a walk through any retail store where the Halloween candy is sharing the same shelf with decorative ornaments to see just how fast the holidays are approaching.
Set your home lights on a timer. If you don’t like coming home to a dark house, set your lights on a timer so you’re welcomed home with some light instead of stumbling around in the dark.
Check your windows for proper sealing. Keep the cold air out and the warm, cozy air in and save money on your utility bills. Check in with your leasing manager and maintenance crew if there are any issues.
Stock up on canned goods. When there’s a storm, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is venturing out into the rain for groceries. Stock up now, when the weather is still on the mild side.
Check your emergency supplies. Emergencies are just that- they don’t come with an embossed invitation, so it’s a good idea to check your emergency supply bag with the change of each season. Make sure you have working flashlights, backup batteries, a 3-day supply of prescribed medications, pet food, if applicable, and some extra water and non-perishable food items.
Happy sweater season from your friends at Weidner!
The Weidner Cares team in Washington recently partnered with the Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club in South Seattle. This was the largest Weidner Cares event ever organized in the Washington region with nearly 200 volunteers revamping a 44,000 square foot facility.
The Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to “inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
“Fun is just the beginning at the Clubs. Our nationally recognized programs and activities impact children in three vital ways:
Academic success—Improving grades, reducing high school drop-out rates and teaching kids to see themselves as learners.
Good character and citizenship—Encouraging community service, reducing juvenile crime rates and instilling an attitude of engagement.
Healthy lifestyles—Teaching healthy behaviors, reducing drug use and childhood obesity and fostering positive self-images.”
The Weidner volunteers painted nearly the entire facility and added inspirational wall decals throughout the club so that the children can see positive messages throughout their day there. In the teen lounge area a new TV was added, and the whole space got a fresh coat of paint. Lockers were also added so the kids can store their personal items while playing basketball or studying. The team also added a sink to the existing café area to create a more functional space, and allow for the selling and serving of food.
The art room had fallen into disarray over the past 10 years, so the Weidner team stepped in and organized, cleaned and updated it. The team also helped paint, clean, and update the kitchen area where more than 80,000 hot meals were served to children in 2016 alone.
The grounds were in much need of some loving care as well. The Weidner Cares team helped landscape and pressure wash the outdoor areas and added some fun sidewalk games including Twister and Hopscotch. They also cleaned and organized the outdoor storage areas and cleaned out a dumpster enclosure that was becoming a safety issue.
Lonzel Hill, Club Executive Director commented, “Thank you again for your time and energy on your Day of Caring. Our community is a better place because of awesome companies like Weidner.”
We appreciate the opportunity to contribute our time and efforts to an organization that makes such a difference in the lives of children. A big thank you to all who participated in this inspirational and important event!
Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to welcome the exquisite Bridges at Citifront in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.
Bridges at Citifront offers the best of both worlds; it’s within walking distance to the excitement of the city, while providing all the comfort and casual elegance of home. Each one, two and three bedroom apartment home comes standard with all the amenities residents need to feel at home. Ranging from 755 to 1,185 square feet, residents can expect a generous amount of living space, gourmet-style kitchens with granite counter tops and custom cabinetry. Walk-in closets and designer extras including two-tone paint and chic lighting fixtures make Bridges at Citifront a must-see for Salt Lake City residents.
Community amenities are plentiful at Bridges at Citifront. Imagine strolling through manicured pathways and courtyards to the resort-style pool for a refreshing dip. Families with children will appreciate the play area designed for kids to romp and play and expend all that pent-up energy.
Bridges at Citifront is also a pet-friendly community. Now residents can enjoy all these amenities with their four-legged friends right by their side.
This is an apartment community where residents can regroup, rest and rejuvenate, and enjoy city life to its fullest. Contact us to arrange your personal tour of this stunning community.
More About Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City offers a vast array of dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities to satisfy every taste and style. Temple Square is located in the heart of Salt Lake City and features “35 acres of enchantment” including bountiful gardens and historical architecture. Visitors can also attend a free performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Natural History Museum, Hogle Zoo and The Tracy Aviary offers fun for the whole family.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many ski resorts and trails including Cottonwood Resort, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and nearby Red Butte Garden.
When it’s time to venture out of the kitchen, Salt Lake City offers a bevy of restaurants to please any palette. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Takashi and Loghaven are just a few of the choices residents can choose from along with a number of casual eating establishments for dine-in or takeout. When it’s time for some retail therapy, Salt Lake City caters to choice. City Creek Center, Harmons City Creek and The Gateway are all a short distance away.
For those seeking quality apartment living in Salt Lake City, UT, Bridges at Citifront delivers with style, charm, and convenience. Contact us to learn how you can join the happy family of residents in this stunning community.
What makes property management such an interesting, challenging, and rewarding business is the fact that everything that happens in life will eventually happen in the community. After all, this is where people live and…life happens. Ask any Community Director to describe a typical day in property management and they will most likely smile and start with a phrase like, “Trust me – I’ve seen it all.”
So just when Mark Tanguay thought he’d seen it all, along comes a little bird to challenge that. That bird is named Moxie.
It was a Friday afternoon – well, Friday the 13th to be exact. Some might consider that a spooky kind of day, but again, in property management – they’re prepared for anything. Mark Tanguay, Community Director for Silver Ridge Apartment Homes in Anchorage, AK was working in his office when he heard a loud, rumbling, screeching sound reminiscent of a scene from the movie “Jurassic Park.” He immediately put on his jacket and headed outside to investigate this unsettling, unfamiliar sound.
He quickly found the source of the mysterious screeching. A maintenance tech was cutting through a copper drain pipe. Relieved, he checked on their status, made sure they had everything they needed and headed back to the office when Donna, one of the residents came around the corner and asked for help. Mark noted that there was a certain tremor in her voice, a kind of panic. This wasn’t your everyday request for assistance, he thought. This was serious.
“Yes, how can I help you?”
“I just opened the door for a few seconds to pick up a package and both my birds flew out!” exclaimed Donna.
Mark made his way to the courtyard to find a long, slender bird flying in circles above the community. He figured the way the bird was circling, it was looking for a nearby landing and if it would just land in the courtyard, they might have a chance of catching it.
Meanwhile, Donna walked the property urgently calling out, “Moxie! Moxie!”
Mark refused to take his eyes off the bird, concerned that if he did so even for a moment, it would disappear. Suddenly, the bird swooped over the roof and into the neighborhood. Mark followed him, wondering how he would keep up with a bird through a maze of roads and fenced yards, and what he would say or do once he found the bird. This was something he wasn’t quite trained for, but he fully intended that the story have a good ending, so he kept his eye on the bird. The bird circled around the houses, banked right and then back on to the property, where it landed on a resident’s balcony.
Moments passed as he headed up to the top floor in search of the bird. Then he heard a quick screech and Donna say, “I’ve got him!”
Phew! Close call. All in day’s work. Almost…
After making sure the bird was secured, Donna made her way back downstairs and said: “I’m surprised that we were able to catch Skitters; I figured Moxie would be easier to catch.”
Right. She did say both birds escaped. And the search for Moxie began.
Mark and Donna split up and scoured the property, desperately searching for a bird that could have easily blended into the many nearby trees with bright yellow leaves. Moxie could be right in front of them and they might never see it.
Mark decided it was time to strategize and get tactical. He asked Donna to email him a picture of Moxie.
What are the chances of finding a runaway bird in Alaska? he thought. Then he recalled Weidner’s mission statement, “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.” Pets are part of the family at Weidner. He had to do everything he could to find Donna’s bird.
As Donna jumped in her car to drive the neighborhood, Mark sent an email blast to the residents asking them to check their balconies for Moxie. He hoped it would be that simple, but instinct told him to get the community involved, so he went on to Facebook and posted a picture of Moxie in groups, lost and found, missing pets, bird groups, crime groups, anything he could think of. By the time he was done posting, he figured it might reach about 47,000 people.
Friday came and went. Saturday came and went. Still no sign of Moxie, but a lot of hopeful, caring people willing to help with the search. It was now becoming a community effort, but with each passing moment, it seemed the chances of finding Moxie were growing dimmer.
Then, on Sunday evening at 8:39pm, a concerned citizen named Sue, sent a message. It read, “Hi Mark, if you check with Lake Clark Air, I know they found a cockatiel just like this today at Merrill Field.”
“I will relay the message. Do you know if they saw it or captured it?” asked Mark.
“They have it. I think they sent it to Port Alsworth. They didn’t know whose it was. Just give them a call in the morning and let them know you heard they have a bird.”
Mark exhaled. Moxie was found!
On Monday morning, Donna called the lodge at Lake Clark in Port Alsworth, and after exchanging photos, Donna knew for sure her Moxie was found and arrangements were made for her to pick up Moxie at the airport in Anchorage.
By noon on Monday, Donna, Skeeters, and Moxie were all reunited back at Silver Ridge Apartments.
As for Mark – “The Flight of Moxie” is all in a day’s work at Silver Ridge Apartments in Anchorage, Alaska.
Thanks, Mark, Donna and everyone who helped search for Moxie! On to the next adventure!
Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to welcome St. James Place to its Wisconsin portfolio.
St. James Place Apartments in Milwaukee, WI is a peaceful community surrounded by trees for an inviting park-like setting. Downtown Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, and Brookfield are all within minutes of this stunning property. Whether you are a single professional seeking a one bedroom apartment near downtown, or a growing family who needs a two bedroom near schools, St. James Place is the ideal community to call home.
Residents enjoy a full spectrum of amenities including chef-inspired kitchens with sparkling appliances and plenty of space for trying out new recipes. An expansive living area inspires rest and relaxation with vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, and a fireplace for the ultimate in comfort and charm. Ranging from 675 to 1,060 square feet, these one and two bedroom apartment homes are also pet-friendly – just one more reason to call St. James Place home.
St. James Place is proud to offer community amenities residents have come to expect from upscale apartment living, with perks that include a shimmering pool, fully-equipped fitness center, volleyball court and outdoor grilling stations.
All these fine amenities are yours to enjoy every day as a resident of St. James Place Apartments. Contact us to arrange your personal tour.
About Your New Neighborhood
Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and offers a wide variety of dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural opportunities. It’s also the home of major employers including Aurora Health Care, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Milwaukee known for housing some of the top breweries in the country including Lakefront Brewery, Pabst and Miller Brewing.
When it’s time to put down the cookbook and venture out for dinner, Milwaukee has something to please every palette. From casual to fine dining, there’s plenty to choose from including Glorioso’s Italian Market, St. Paul Fish Company, Milwaukee Brat House, and the Capital Grille. Retail therapy is also easily accessible from St. James Place. Bayshore Town Center, Brookfield Square, Mayfair Mall and The Shops of Grand Avenue are all a short distance away.
Milwaukee’s prime lakefront location offers a plethora of outdoor activities to explore including Bradford Beach, Dretzka Park, Riverwalk Boat Tours, and Menomonee River Bike Trail. Whether you’re in the mood for offshore fishing, biking, or kayaking, Milwaukee delivers on the outdoor fun.
To learn more about how you can call St. James Place home, give us a call. We’re excited to meet you!
Weidner Apartment Homes recently acquired Metropolitan in Oklahoma City. Metropolitan is a seamless blend of urban chic and classic elegance and offers one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes in more than 20 stylish floor plans.
Whether you’re a single professional or a family seeking to live in a convenient, trendy neighborhood, Metropolitan boasts a location like no other. Located in Automobile Alley, residents will enjoy living in walking distance of Bricktown, Downtown, and Midtown, one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Oklahoma City.
Interior amenities cater to the need for upscale style and modern convenience. 9-foot loft ceilings combined with generous living areas create enough space to relax at home or entertain friends and family. Designer extras are in abundance at Metropolitan with custom paint, ceiling fans, and quartz and granite countertops. Stainless steel appliances, a spacious pantry, and an island kitchen will whet the appetite of the chef in the family.
The exterior, Zen-style beauty of this stunning community is offset by its numerous amenities including the on-site fitness center, aptly named, “ClubMET” with state-of-the-art cardio and multi-circuit equipment, along with free weights and plenty of space to make the most of your workout. Busy professionals will feel at home at the Cyber Café with WiFi. When it’s time to relax, residents can kick back and enjoy the view from the rooftop deck or enjoy some fun at the Poolhouse with resort-style pool, sundeck, and barbeque grill.
Metropolitan is also a pet-friendly community and caters to your pet’s needs with a pet playground area and washing station. All these amenities, combined with the unconditional love of a pet spells “Welcome Home to Weidner” at Metropolitan in Oklahoma City, OK.
About Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is an eclectic, vibrant city with upscale and casual dining, entertainment and shopping to fit every taste and style. The famous jazz hub, Deep Deuce is within walking distance as is the Central Business District. Bricktown is also within walking or biking distance and is considered one of the fastest growing entertainment districts in the Southwest. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy Will Rogers Park and Hefner Lake and Park. Whatever your style, Oklahoma City has a little something for everyone.
Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to offer residents quality communities where life can be celebrated and enjoyed, and Metropolitan is no exception. Welcome home to Oklahoma City!