Thin is in when it comes to cell phones and laptops (and pizza crust, if you live anywhere except Chicago). But paper-thin walls are certainly not on anyone’s wish list, least of all, prospective buyers of new homes.
Drywall manufacturers know this as well as anyone in the industry. Over the years, they’ve made significant innovations, some of which can be seen in The New American Remodeled Home when it debuts early next month during the 2017 International Builders’ Show.
The project involved gutting a large, yet typical 1980s-style home and transforming it into an award-winning example of the latest in green building. It’s a perfect opportunity to showcase some high-end drywall, all of which was provided by Certainteed.
Though the home’s drywall might be easily overlooked amidst the many other elements of energy efficiency on display, industry pros who tour the home at IBS will surely recognize the difference.
Some of the drywall products are so new, the build team met with the vendors to be trained prior to installation. The Certainteed product lines that were used include:
All registered attendees of IBS are eligible to tour The New American Remodeled Home, as well as The New American Home. Tickets can be picked up between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Jan. 10-12 at The New American Home booth located in the West Hall (Hall C) of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).
Both homes are located in the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club community, located approximately 25 minutes from the OCCC. Complimentary shuttle services between the convention center and the homes will also available.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2016
Contact: Mary Field,
13 Noble’s Pond Crossing
Dover, DE 19904
WITH HER HEART OF GOLD, NOBLE’S POND’S
COLLEEN OSTAFY MAKES THE HOLIDAYS BRIGHT
It’s a rare person who consistently goes out of their way to help those in need to overcome life’s problems. Rarer still is the kind of caring, dedicated individual who can inspire others to join hands and take care of others. Everyone at Noble’s Pond would agree, that person is Colleen Ostafy, the Lifestyle Director for the community.
Says Colleen, “I couldn’t do it without the loving support of the Noble’s Pond residents.” But that’s Colleen being her typical modest self. As the inspiration for and the driving force behind the community’s many charitable efforts, all who know Colleen recognize it’s her tireless determination that’s done so much good for so many people. And while her loving spirit is omnipresent throughout the year, it’s her love for the holiday season that shifts it into high gear. A few examples…
For the past six years, Colleen has led the effort for Noble’s Pond residents and guests to give to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Robert Sly, a former marine and active member of the Noble’s Pond veterans’ association, has volunteered to be Colleen’s Go-To Marine Corps liaison for the last three years. Together, they’ve delivered over 1,000 donations to the Toys For Tots program.
Unfortunately, one Noble’s Pond effort was inspired by a most unhappy event. Joey, the grandson of Noble’s Pond residents Joann and John Lawson, was a patient at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Cancer Center. They shared with Colleen how the children there loved playing games and winning Lego’s as prizes. Sadly, Joey did not survive his cancer. But that inspired Colleen to name the holiday tree in the Noble’s Pond Conservatory, “Joey’s Lego Tree.” Now, residents and guests put Lego’s under the tree…with more than over 100 donations already this year. In Joey’s memory, the Lawsons will once again deliver them to the children at Johns Hopkins Children’s Cancer Center.
For three years now, Colleen and her cadre of caring residents have provided assistance to residents of the Shepherds Place, an emergency homeless shelter for families. Together with Noble’s Pond resident Marie DeCarolis, they’ve virtually “adopted” all the children currently residing at the shelter. By providing them with clothes, toys and other necessities, it allows Shepherds Place residents to save the money they earn at their jobs and help them re-establish themselves in their new lives.
Similarly inspired is the four-year Noble’s Pond commitment to the Home Instead Program of Kent County. This unique program was conceived to help seniors remain in their own homes rather than be forced into a nursing home. Home Instead places tags on one of the Noble’s Pond trees showing what people need. Typically, there are requests for cards, pens, note pads, shawls, etc. Noble’s Pond residents then take the tag, buy the requested item and put in under the tree for Home Instead to deliver.
Among Colleen’s favorite holiday events is when she and her troupe of 32 Noble’s Ponders go caroling at the Courtland Manor Nursing Home. While they stroll the hallways singing, resident Bert Riley plays guitar and sings holiday faves in the community room. What’s more, for over 5 years, residents have contributed to purchase items for the residents of the home including toothbrushes, combs, tissues, socks and more. And thanks to Bea Baker and her sister, this year they received knitted shawls and note pad holders that they absolutely love. Even the nurses’ stations are treated to a festive assortment of holiday cookies and candies. Of course what would the Yuletide be without an appearance by Santa and his merry elves.
Needless to say, everyone at Noble’s Pond is extremely proud to know a person so caring and giving as Colleen Ostafy. Clearly, as Lifestyle Director, she inspires residents to go above and beyond, to think about others instead of themselves, and to do what we can to help those in need and those less fortunate. So to Colleen Ostafy, and to the community’s residents and the generous spirit she instilled in them, thank you. You are the “Noble Heart” of Noble’s Pond.
Noble’s Pond is an amenity rich, active adult community, filled with yesterday’s charm but created for today’s active lifestyles. Located just minutes from downtown Dover, Delaware, the community offers unique and customizable floorplans, a breathtaking clubhouse with outdoor pool, kitchen, bocce courts, putting green, pickle ball, tennis courts and a community garden, all situated amid the serene surroundings of Noble’s Pond. The Noble’s Pond Welcome Center, Clubhouse and Model Homes are open Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm. For more information call 1.888.222.0030 or visit www.noblespondhomes.com.
Ever since the Home Builders Association of Delaware was founded in 1948, the President has been a Builder Member. On Saturday night, Jim McCulley was sworn in as the first Associate Member President of the Association.
Jim has been an Associate Member of the Association for over 28 years and has served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and as a Life Director. As President of the Association, Jim hopes to add more value for members and enhance communication with members and the community.
Jim was sworn in by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Past Chairman, Kevin Kelly of Leon N. Weiner and Associates. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of NAHB.
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As a member of the Government Affairs Committee, the Leadership and Legacy Ball Committee, the Hammer and Nails Committee and a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic 55+ Council, it’s clear Noble’s Pond Vice President and General Manager Mary Field is a dedicated mover and shaker in the Delaware home building community. So it comes as no surprise the Home Builders Association of Delaware has named her this year’s “Builder of the Year.” Presented annually, the prestigious “Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year Award” recognizes a builder who has made outstanding and exceptional contributions during the year. As anyone who’s had the opportunity to work with Mary Field can attest, that describes her perfectly.
With more than 26 years experience in community management, marketing, advertising, and public relations, Mary is a true professional who embraces the opportunity to work with prospective homebuyers. “I just love the homebuilding industry. To me, homeownership is synonymous with the American Dream. It is truly an honor that my life work allows me to assist people in making their dreams come true.” Then again, Mary is typically demure about her accomplishments but, as always, is most effusive about the role that Noble’s Pond plays in helping people achieve that goal.
“We’re building a community that makes life a true pleasure for all who live here,” she proudly adds. With good reason. The winner of numerous regional and national awards, Noble’s Pond is recognized as Delaware’s premiere 55+ community. Offering an array of beautifully designed and quality-built homes, potential buyers easily find the home of their dreams. In addition, unlike many cookie-cutter communities, the willingness to customize each home to suit the customer’s wishes gives Noble’s Pond a distinct advantage. As Mary puts it, “If you can dream it, we can build it.”
Further, the community features a state-of-the art clubhouse, with library, fitness center, computer center, creative center and game room. There’s an outdoor swimming pool with Olympic-size lap lane, as well as tennis, pickle ball and Bocce courts, nature trails, a putting green, and large community gardens. In addition, residents regularly enjoy trips, pot luck dinners, comedy nights, and parties. It’s all so thoughtfully conceived for the active 55+ lifestyle, it’s no surprise the awards keep rolling in. “What’s not to love,” adds the Builder of the Year award winner, “it’s the home of your dreams in a community you’ll love.”
Noble’s Pond is an amenity rich, active adult community, filled with yesterday’s charm but created for today’s active lifestyles. Located just minutes from downtown Dover, Delaware, the community offers unique and flexible floorplans, a breathtaking clubhouse with outdoor pool, kitchen, bocce courts, putting green and a community garden, all situated amid the serene surroundings of Noble’s Pond. The Noble’s Pond Welcome Center, Clubhouse and Model Homes are open Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm. For more information call 1.888.222.0030 or visit http://www.noblespondhomes.com.
Home Builders Association of Delaware would like to recognize four members who received special recognition at our 2016 Leadership and Legacy Ball held December 10th.
First, we would like to recognize our New President, James C. McCulley. Jim has been a long time member of the HBA/DE and has made great contributions towards making our organization a valuable and useful resource for our members. His presidency is special in our history because it is the first time an Associate Member has been elected President. Congratulations Jim!
Our next recognition goes to Kevin Whittaker. Kevin was awarded the President’s Award as well as an honorary gavel. Kevin’s dedication to our association has been greatly appreciated and he has done a wonderful job serving as our president over the past three years. Thank you for your hard work and we will try to give you some time to relax, but not too much.
Our third award, the Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year Award was given to Mary Field. The award was presented to Mary by Kevin Whittaker, last year’s recipient. Mary has dedicated many hours in making Home Builders Association of Delaware a richer and more successful organization. Mary met a number of criteria points for this award such as being active, showing leadership ability, helping to retain members, actively participate in activities throughout the year, making a significant contribution to our industry, and showing professionalism in the process. We wish her continued success and look forward to her continued support of our association. Congratulations Mary!
Last, but certainly not least, we would like to congratulate Michael Easton for being awarded the James C. McCulley Associate of the Year Award. The award was presented to Mike by Debra Young, last years recipient. Mike has been involved with the Home Builders Association for a number of years; however this past year he has really rolled up his sleeves! He organized a successful food drive, recruited new members, helped with events such as the Softball Tournament, and agreed to lead the Membership Committee. Mike was both surprised and appreciative. Congratulations Mike!
The Home Builders Association of Delaware’s 2016 Leadership and Legacy Ball was held last weekend, December 10th, at The Clubhouse at Baywood Greens. It was a great night spent honoring our many volunteers and spending time with our family, friends, and colleagues.
The evening began with a cocktail reception. As the cocktail hour wound down, the Cape Henlopen High School Drumline came into the room playing a cadence to get everyone’s attention. Everyone was then asked to be seated, while the crowd was entertained with several musical pieces by the drumline. It was a very unique way of starting the program and everyone enjoyed it.
The Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard then came in with the American and Delaware Flags looking very impressive. As the crowd stood, Strangers’ singer sang an amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner and no one “took a knee”.
Howard Fortunato, HBA/DE Executive Vice President, welcomed everyone and got the program started by recognizing our dignitaries, Senate Pro Tem Dave McBride and his wife Margret, Representative Ruth Briggs King and her husband Stan, Representative Mike Ramone and his wife Lisa, Sussex Councilman Rob Arlett and his wife Lorna, and DSHA Secretary Anas Ben Addi and his wife Tamara.
Debra Young, last years Associate of the Year recipient, came forward to award the 2016 James C. McCulley Associate of the Year award to Michael Easton of Horty and Horty. Kevin Whittaker, last years Builder of the Year, came forward to award the 2016 Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year Award to Mary Field of Regal Builders/Noble’s Pond. It was great to see their surprise and appreciation.
After enjoying dinner, Howard continued with the program by recognizing our past Presidents and Life Directors which require many hours of service and effort for our industry.
The 2017 Board of Directors were then recognized.
Kevin Kelly, President of Leon Weiner & Associates and Past Chair of N.A.H.B., came forward to install Jim McCulley as the new 2017 HBA/DE President. It was an exciting and memorable moment. Jim is the first Associate Member to be our President.
Jim said a few words outlining his agenda for 2017, followed by calling up Kevin Whittaker thanking him for his many years of service as President for an unprecedented 3 years and presenting him with The President’s Distinguished Service Award and a ceremonial gavel.
The program was over. The band, Strangers, took over for the rest of the evening. The dance floor remained crowded for the rest of the night, while some chose to go on the back deck to enjoy a cigar.
Thank you to everyone who brought in donations for our selected charity this year, the USO. We collected food items, monetary donations, and gift cards.
Becker Morgan, Centerpieces
Bath, Kitchen, and Tile, White Wine
Benchmark Builders, Red Wine
iKande, Invitations, Programs, Graphics
Design Collaborative, Inc., Platinum
Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Platinum
Artisans’ Bank, Gold
Astec Inc, Gold
Carl M. Freeman, Gold
Noble’s Pond, Gold
Pala Carpet & Tile, Gold
Shone Lumber, Gold
Cooch & Taylor, Coat Check Room
Acopia Home Loans, Valet Parking
Bear Industries Inc., Chandelier
Badger Electric, Silver
Horty & Horty P.A., Silver
IFS Insurance, Silver
New Penn Financial, Silver
PNC Bank, Silver
Pike Creek Mortgage, Silver
Saul Ewing, Silver
Watershed Eco LLC, Silver
Delaware Siding Company, Bronze
JSM Installation, Bronze
Landmark Science & Engineering, Bronze
OncCall Services, Bronze
Resort Custom Homes, Bronze
Ruggerio Wilson & Associates, Bronze
Tricon Construction Management, Bronze
Jeff Evans, Mary Field, Debra Finocchiaro, Joe Gordon, Doug Hershman, Irene Pulgini, and Mary Smith