Hamlet POA earns CAI’s Community Association of the Year Award

Dec 18, 2014


DATE:             December 18, 2014, 2014

CONTACT:     Tony Campisi, (610) 783-1315 x11, tony@cai-padelval.org


The Hamlet POA earns CAI’s Community Association of the Year Award

Community's efforts during manhunt for Blooming Grove shooter recognized

King of Prussia, PA.: When state police and other law enforcement officers converged on the region after the shooting of two officers at the Blooming Grove Barracks in September, homeowners in the Hamlet Property Owners Association suddenly found themselves, and their community, in the middle of the largest manhunt in Pennsylvania in recent memory. For their response during nearly seven weeks of police activity providing aid and comfort to law enforcement, the Hamlet Property Owners Association was named CAI’s Poconos Community Association of the Year. Adam Christman, secretary of the board of the Hamlet, received CAI’s Association Volunteer of the Year award and staff member Art Smith, Clubhouse Manager at the Hamlet, received the Association Staff Person of the Year Award. The awards were announced at CAI’s annual Poconos Holiday Party on December 5, 2014 at Lake Naomi.

The nominations for the awards were made by Amy Janiszewski, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, with Preferred Management Associates, who is the managing agent for the Hamlet. According to Janiszewski, within a few days of the shooting, “the quiet community changed to what appeared to be a war zone. For the majority of the seven week search, there were state police snipers posted at the community clubhouse deck, which looks out over private hunting lands, where the shooter was thought to be hiding.” Throughout the entire search and several shelter in place orders, “the community provided a place for troopers and their canine units to lay their heads at night. The clubhouse doors were opened and anyone involved in the search was welcomed to stay,” Janizsewski said.

Clubhouse Manager Art Smith, who was kept from his job for a few weeks while the search was at its peak, made sure the troopers had supplies during their stay and owners within the community dropped off food and toiletries in order to make the clubhouse a temporary home. Adam Christman, board secretary, returned from a weekend getaway and found his community in the middle of the manhunt. Adam returned and visited neighbors who were housed at local shelters due to the shelter in place order and kept in contact with management in order to push out the most up to date information to members of the community.

“CAI is very proud of the efforts of the Hamlet to provide aid and comfort to law enforcement as well as its efforts to come together as a community during what was surely a very trying and difficult time for everyone involved,” said Tony Campisi, CAI’s executive director.

“This was a very rare occurrence,” said Janiszewski, adding “it served as an exercise to bring neighbors together and promote dialogue on the importance of emergency preparedness.”

CAI is a 33,000 member organization dedicated to building better communities. Working in partnership with 60 state and regional chapters—including the Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter—CAI provides information, education and resources to associations and the professionals who support them. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship, ideals reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home. CAI’s Pocono Mountains Regional Council hosts educational programs on issues affecting community associations in the Poconos. For more information, call 877-608-9777 or visit www.cai-padelval.org.

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