June 22, 2022
June 9, 2022
The PWC is hosting a pop-up sale of GNB merchandise on July 2 at 9 am. Click here for flyer.
June 1, 2022
April 23, 2022
Dear GNBA Friends and Neighbors:
As the active season here at the beach begins, we are once again reminded of our collective responsibility to care for the many assets of our wonderful community. These assets include the new court, which opened just last year to great enthusiasm and is used by so many of you.
We are disappointed to inform you that in just the past 48 hours, the court has been damaged by one or more people who violated the reasonable rules concerning use of the court. The attached photos show the scuff marks and gouges that go through the paint and into the concrete. While the rules have been clearly posted and shared numerous times across many platforms, we feel compelled to remind all members of GNBA that NOTHING should ever be used on the court that can cause such damage. A non-exhaustive list of prohibited items includes bicycles, scooters, heelies, skateboards, etc. Common sense should dictate this, but it obviously needs to be repeated. Also, parents should be reminded that children under the age of 12 are NOT allowed to use the court unsupervised and that those 12 and over should be familiar with and able to abide by all court rules.
We hope that all of you will continue to take an owner’s interest in the care and condition of the court. If you see anyone misusing the court, please do your best to remind them of the rules. At the very least, get in touch with a member of the BOG or Court Committee to notify them. We also note that any damage caused to the court that can be identified as having been caused by a particular member, their child or their guest will result in BOG action to recover the cost of repair. We have not ruled out the use of video cameras to assist in our monitoring of the situation.
April 16, 2022
Dear GNBA Friends and Neighbors:
Our wonderful court has now been open for several weeks and, though the weather has not yet fully cooperated, it’s been great to see people out and enjoying it.
We are pleased to provide the attached information about the new, online scheduling system that will be used this year. Thanks to the hard work of Russ Moore and the court committee, we will now have a reservation platform that will provide easy-to-use and reliable scheduling so that we can optimize use of the court; it promises to be a busy season. As of Saturday, April 23, the scheduling system will be active and those who have reserved the court for a given time will have priority over other users.
Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the information in the attached instructions and feel free to get in touch with Russ with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, we’d ask all members of the community to treat the court as the owners of it that you all are, which includes respecting all court rules (which are clearly posted at the gates), cleaning up trash, not using anything (including running shoes!) that can mark up the court, and being courteous to your fellow players and the court’s neighbors.
We look forward to seeing you out there!
Page Heslin, President
April 13, 2022
Hello Friends and Neighbors,
It’s that time of year again. The Easter bunny is going to be cruising around the neighborhood on Easter Sunday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. Head outside and give the bunny and classic cars a wave. If you have a little one candy-filled eggs will be distributed. Hope to see you all out there cheering the bunny and cars on. Have a happy and healthy holiday. If you would like to know the exact route for little ones to participate please email email@example.com for details.
April 7, 2022
August 28, 2021
The GNBA Recreation and Court Committees bring you the 1st Annual Labor Day Pickle-Ballooza
July 15, 2021
The PWC is hosting a You've been Flocked fundraiser! Here's all the info you need to know if you find these on your lawn one day.
June 12, 2021
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
We have had a wonderful first week of use on our new multi-sport court and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. We hope you all get the chance to get out and move around this summer and maybe even learn a new sport!
A few reminders regarding the reservation procedure and court etiquette:
(i) Until a more formal - and possibly web-based - reservation system is implemented, please continue to use the sign-in sheets by the street-side gate. You may sign up for a court no earlier than 8:00 A.M. on the day preceding the day of play. New sheets will be added each Saturday morning at 8:00 A.M.
(ii) If the court has been reserved for tennis, the entire court has been reserved and no one else may reserve at that time for pickleball or basketball. Similarly, if a reservation has been made for pickleball or basketball, the court may NOT then be reserved for tennis. (Though this may seem self-evident, we have already had a few instances of two different parties signing up for tennis and pickleball at the same time.) If you are the first to reserve a given time slot for pickleball, please consider reserving pickleball Court #1 (Clubhouse side) to leave open the possibility that another party may use the basketball court.
(iii) Please remove all trash, including tennis ball cans and old tennis balls. A reminder as well: no food is allowed on the court. A disconcerting amount of food wrappers were left on the court this week. Please be considerate to your neighbors and follow the clearly posted rules and leave the court as clean as you found it.
A special thanks to Terra and Russ Moore for their enthusiastic participation in the court committee and their good stewardship of the court in its opening week. Please be in touch with them or any member of the BOG with any questions. You can also email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on the court!
Page Heslin, President
GNBA Board of Governors
June 4, 2021
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE NEW GNBA MULTI-PURPOSE COURT
Our new and much-anticipated multi-purpose court will be complete and ready for play tomorrow! A picture of the beautiful finished court can be seen below.
The Board of Governors and the Court Committee invite you to join them courtside at 9:00 A.M. tomorrow morning to celebrate the opening of the court with coffee and donuts.
While we finalize plans for an online reservation system, a sign-up sheet will be available at the court.
A copy of the Court Rules can be found here. In response to concerns of neighboring property owners, please note that the daily opening time of the court will be 8:00 A.M.
We hope to see you all out on the court!
President, GNBA BOG
May 22, 2021
The GNBA Selected Rules and Regulations have been updated for 2021, and are here.
April 26, 2021
My name is Lena Cosentino and I am the creator of the little free garden. It was my tenth birthday and I wanted to make the Little Free Garden because I love to cook with my mom and we always need fresh herbs in the recipes. I first saw a community garden when I volunteered with F.R.E.S.H., in New London clearing out raised garden beds. I wanted to have something like that for our neighborhood to enjoy. So, I asked for a garden for my birthday. Covid birthdays have been hard to celebrate so people have to get creative. My mom had me write a proposal and present it to the board. They approved of my idea and we started on the garden. Lots of people around the neighborhood helped me make improvements. This year I will be growing mint (in a pot so it won’t spread), basil, sage, parsley, lavender, thyme, dill, oregano, and rosemary. I will water and weed the garden. I hope you all use the herbs in the little free garden this season. Thank you to everyone who helped. Sincerely, Lena
March 29, 2021
The Easter Bunny will be hopping by the neighborhood accompanied by classic cars. At 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 4th there will be a parade. The route will be the same as for the 4th of July. Please come outside and wave-along the bunny. Small treats will be passed out to children along the way. Hope to see you all soon. If you have any questions please email Kerry at email@example.com.
March 22, 2021
Dear Giants Neck Friends and Neighbors:
The Board is happy to report that renovation of the court is beginning this week. Classic Turf will be onsite Monday to begin removing the existing fencing. During construction, there will at times be trucks and equipment in the road alongside the court. The road will nonetheless be passable at all times, except for the day on which they are pouring the concrete. We will provide further details on that as the day approaches.
The Board of Governors
December 29, 2020
Our first community tree lighting was a success in large part because of community involvement. A big thanks to the Vorih family for helping engineer the tree so it actually stood upright, MJ Agostini for the use of power for the lights. The Wesoly family for providing the stake that holds up the tree, the Cook's who brought the 'stage' and inflatable flamingos, and the Lena's who lent a much-needed extension cord. Lastly, to my own family who goes along with my elaborate ideas in the spirit of community, I thank you (especially for making 74 luminaries).
To all community members who placed ornaments on the tree thank you for your contributions. To those who donned Santa suits and Christmas sweaters your holiday cheer shined bright on our beautiful evening. The wassail and cider were a welcome treat.
For the water lovers among us there will be a polar plunge on New Year's Day. Who is ready to wash away 2020’s bad energy and to start afresh? The Polar Plunge will take place on January 1st at 12 p.m. at West Beach. Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded. We hope to see you there!
December 11, 2020
Dear Giants Neck Beach Neighbors and Friends:
As you know, Monday, December 7, was the date on which ballots for the court proposal were due. The Board of Governors met Wednesday night (December 9) to tally the votes, and we are happy to report that the proposal passed by a vote of 92-21. A special thank you to John and Pandy Wohler, who attended the meeting as neutral observers of the ballot count. Thank you also to everyone who took the time to consider the proposal and return a ballot. Both the size of the turnout and the decisive margin by which the measure passed make it clear that the proposal is something that the Association as a whole strongly supports. We will be following up shortly with information on next steps, but we wanted to let you know right away that you can start looking forward to enjoying a beautiful new multi-purpose court next summer.
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season,
GNBA Board of Governors
November 30, 2020
Please join your neighbors on December 12th at 5 p.m. for the lighting of the Giants Neck Beach holiday tree on the Brockett Road triangle. The rain date is December 13th at 5 p.m.
We will be singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells.
We ask that each family hang an ornament on the tree prior to the lighting. Ornaments will be kept for future trees or can be retrieved after the holiday season.
Please remember your mask.
November 24, 2020
November 08, 2020
Pumpkin Carving Contest Results!
Thank you all for participating in the GNBA 2020 pumpkin carving contest. We had a great turnout with nearly 50 entries on the wall. Three pumpkins took home awards.
Congratulations to Nancy and Gregg Cook (for the hand), Andrei Zakow (for the pumpkin within a pumpkin), and the Heera family (for the lighthouse). Your entries wowed the judge. Honorable mention goes to Larry Corona for his toast to 2020 entry. All GNBA children received gift cards to Gum Drops and Lollipops for their carving efforts.
Let's make this a new beach tradition. Get those creative juices thinking about next year's submissions. The goats at The Book Barn were the happy recipients of the leftover pumpkins.
Be well everyone, we will have a Tree lighting ceremony in December. Details will follow. Thanks again, Kerry
October 28, 2020
October 19, 2020
Pumpkin Carving Contest!
There will be a pumpkin carving contest on October 31st. All pumpkins must be carved and placed on the duck pond wall prior to 5 p.m. on October 31st. Entrants must put their names on a piece of paper inside the pumpkin. There will be prizes awarded. The pumpkins will be lit at 5 p.m. Candles will be provided. If anyone needs a pumpkin please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, happy carving
Rain date is November 1st.
September 16, 2020
Email Scam Reported
Dear Giants Neck Beach neighbors and friends:
There have been several reports of spam emails being sent to in Page Heslin's name as President of the GNBA. The subject of the email was The Giants Neck Beach Association. The content of the email states that she is looking for gift cards for COVID-19 relief.
This email is a scam and should be ignored. Because we haven't gotten to the bottom of this issue, including which email address this scam is originating from, please feel free to forward any suspicious emails to email@example.com, so we continue to investigate. Otherwise, please ignore and change your email's password if it makes you feel more secure.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
August 13, 2020
PWC Hosts Pop-Up Sale of GNBA Logo Items on August 15!
The Pattagansett Women's Club is hosting a pop-up sale of GNBA logo gear on:
SATURDAY, August 15, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
at THE CLUBHOUSE
Items on hand are long-sleeve adult t-shirts, women's tank tops, youth short-sleeve t-shirts, note cards, and coasters.
Additionally, the PWC is taking orders for 1/4 zip sweatshirts and hats with the logo embroidered on them and, new this year, crew neck sweatshirts with GIANTS NECK printed on the front. Orders placed and paid for before August 20th will be delivered before Labor Day. We will have sweatshirts and hat samples so members can see the color, size and quality. To place your order, fill out the form, here.
In addition, the PWC has been supporting the Covenant Shelter in New London (a family shelter). The director asked for donations of disposable masks but understands that this will be a difficult item for us to get. She also requested paper goods again (plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, etc.). If members would like to donate, you can bring items to the pop-up sale this Saturday, or drop them at Robin Knowles' house, 8 Griswold Rd.
Please wear a mask and try to maintain 6' distance from your neighbors. Cash and checks (payable to PWC) will be accepted.
The PWC Board
June 28, 2020
Tax Bill is Coming
The GNBA Property Tax Bills are “in the mail” to the address listed with the Town of East Lyme’s Property Grand List. Please keep your eye out for them. If you do not receive your bill, or have any questions about your bill, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at: 678-358-7001.
To pay your tax bill, you can either mail it to GNBA PO Box 226 Niantic, CT 06357
OR Place it in the white Treasurer Drop Box attached to the left of my front porch (driveway side)
at 236 Giants Neck Rd
Louise Wilcox, GNBA Treasurer
June 14, 2020
2020-2021 Presentation in Lieu of 79th Annual Meeting
Because we can't meet in person due to the Covi-19 pandemic, please review this presentation, brought to you by the Board of Governors.
June 14, 2020
2020 Dock Committee Updates
he Dock Committee of the GNBA would like to make a special notice:
Due to the travel and other restrictions in place generally related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the GNBA Dock Committee has decided to suspend the annual requirement for dock slip renters to have their boats in their assigned slips by July 15 to be in compliance with the dock rules.
This suspension is for the 2020 boating season only and is expected to be enforced in future years.
Attached please find the dock waiting list, as of June 1, 2020.
June 02, 2020
2020-2021 Budget Info Including a Q & A
The GNBA regrets being unable to meet in person with the membership. These documents are offered as an alternative. Please read and comment.
August 21, 2019
Check out this great video of Giants Neck Beach community during its annual July 4th parade. Special thanks for Andrei Zakow for the production.
August 09, 2019
July 16, 2019
Get Your 2019 Giants Neck Beach Apparel Here!
The PWC is selling t-shirts, note cards and taking orders for fleece vests, half zip sweatshirt and baseball caps. These items will be available by Labor Day.
Items can also be ordered at the Association meeting on Saturday, 7-20-19.
June 26, 2019
Annual July 4th Parade
The annual 4th of July parade starts at 10a.m. at the Helen Lena Clubhouse. Popsicles at the end.
On July 2nd at 3p.m. kids can tie dye t-shirts and decorate their bikes for the parade. Kids should come in clothes that can get stained. Please send an email to email@example.com to specify t-shirt size and quantity.
June 21, 2019
June 12, 2019
Annual Regatta is June 23
Sunday, June 23rd at 1pm. Sailing Regatta. MAIN BEACH
There will be a 3min. start after 5 horn warning @ 1pm.
For SUNFISH one désign. Any other boat that wants to race a handicap race will start the sequence 5m after provided there are at least two boats. Course to be posted at committee boat. Have fun.
June 13, 2019
Annual Association Meeting is June 15, 9am
The Annual Association meeting will be held this Saturday, June 15th at 9:00 a.m., at the Helen Lena Clubhouse, 31 West Pattagansett Road. There will be a complimentary breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m.
The annual budget draft is here for your review.
The meeting agenda is also available, here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
May 30, 2019
Be a Great Giants Neck Beach Neighbor and Clean Up Properly After Your Dog
The GNBA would like to remind you that to be a good neighbor you must clean up after your dog. Disposing of dog poop bags is not permitted at the Helen Lena Clubhouse garbage can or any other garbage can other than your own within the GNB neighborhood.
Further information on the Town of East Lyme's ordinance pertaining to this topic can be found here.
Thank you and your dog for making this such a great community to live and play in!
May 24, 2019
Important Deadlines are Coming Up
REMINDER - DEADLINES ARE ALMOST HERE!
If your property is owned by a corporation, trust or other legal entity, and you want to be able to vote at the June Annual meeting, you MUST have a "Designation of Member Representative" on file with the GNBA Registrar of Voters. If you have not previously submitted the necessary form, or if you wish to make a change in your designation, please ensure that you do so on or before Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Note that this form must be completed by someone legally authorized to act on behalf of the legal entity (such as a Trustee, for a trust).
In addition, if you are not able to attend the June 15, 2019 Annual Meeting, and want to vote on the 2019-2020 budget by absentee ballot, the deadline to submit your "Request for Absentee Ballot" form is also Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
Please don't miss these important deadlines! Submissions of both forms can be made as follows:
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
By United States Postal service to Registrar, Giants Neck Beach Association, P.O. Box 124, Niantic, CT 06357. If using this method, please allow ample time to ensure receipt by May 28th .
By delivering in person at the May 25, 2019 Budget Informational Session to the Registrar, BOG President, or BOG Vice President. Forms will be available at the session.
Additional information and copies of the forms can be found at the Voting tab under Official Business on the Association website.
President, Board of Governors Giants Neck Beach Association