Resident Information & History

Welcome to Fairway Mews, a one-of-a-kind, gated property comprising 560 homes, an 18-hole executive golf course, a heated swimming pool, two tennis courts, and a bocce court. Our Clubhouse, the community’s centerpiece, houses a library, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a kitchenette, vending machines, and a large multi-purpose room that is used to host the many social functions scheduled throughout the year. The Clubhouse is also available for residents to rent for birthday parties, anniversaries, and other occasions. The Clubhouse also houses a fully stocked pro-shop for your golfing needs. A 24-hour security service controls main gate access.

FAIRWAY MEWS ASSOCIATIONS

Nine separate condominium associations, each with its own governing board, make up Fairway Mews. The Fairway Mews Community Association (FMCA) board oversees the entire community. Please attend both the monthly FMCA meetings as well as your condominium association meetings to stay informed of upcoming events and your rights and responsibilities as a condo owner. All meeting dates are listed in the Mews News. FMCA meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

COMMUNICATIONS

The Mews News is published eleven months of the year and is delivered free to each resident’s mailbox around the 15th of each month. It is produced by the FMCA newsletter staff and printed by Senior Publishing. The Mews News provides updates on community events and includes a great deal of useful information. It also features monthly messages from both the FMCA President and our General Manager, country club news on upcoming events, announcements of excursions and trips, golf news and tips, photographs, a calendar of meetings and activities, classified advertising, reservation forms for trips and activities, plus much more. Archived copies can be read on the Fairway Mews web site.

In addition to the Mews News, residents have many other ways to stay informed about life here in the Mews. These include the monthly FMCA and condominium association meetings, our Fairway Mews website, and email notifications. Be sure to provide the office with an email address if you wish to receive information in this manner.

GOVERNING DOCUMENTS: MASTER DEED, BY-LAWS, RULES & REGULATIONS

All homeowners are responsible for being familiar with Fairway Mews’ governing documents. These include the Master Deed, By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations. By accepting title to your home you are also accepting responsibility to abide by these documents. They can be found on our website, or we have extra copies in case you did not receive one at closing.

Traye Blackburn, our General Manager, and his staff oversee the daily operations of Fairway Mews, including the enforcement of the Rules and Regulations. Homeowners and their guests are expected to comply with the Rules and Regulations. If not, the homeowner will receive a written warning that a violation has occurred and given a timeframe to resolve the issue. If a violation is not resolved, a fine will be assessed. It is not the desire of the Board to fine a homeowner; however, violations that affect property values or the neighborhood appearance must be resolved in a timely manner. Further information regarding fines can be found in the Rules and Regulations or by contacting the Fairway Mews General Manager.

BUILDING AND LANDSCAPE MODIFICATIONS

Home improvements are encouraged and are a great way to increase your property’s value. Before proceeding with any plans, please review both the FMCA and your local condominium association’s by-laws to understand what is or is not permitted. Residents seeking a modification must first get the approval of the local condominium association before it is passed on to the Architectural Committee for its review. If plans meet both local association and FMCA guidelines you will be granted approval to proceed. A copy of a landscape modification form and a building modification form can be obtained in the Fairway Mews Office. Privacy fences, patios, doors and windows, awning replacement, and landscaping are some commonly requested improvements that require approval.

GROUNDS

Live Oak provides mowing, shrub trimming, and leaf pickup services in Fairway Mews. A portion of the maintenance fee that your local association pays to the FMCA covers this service.

Owners seeking to modify existing landscaping, including groundcover, shrubs, and/or trees, must submit a landscape modification form and have the request formally approved before proceeding with any work.

The retention ponds on our property are not for fishing, swimming, or skating. The golf course is not to be used as a short cut or dog run.

DUES AND ASSESSMENTS

Each homeowner is responsible for paying monthly maintenance fees. These fees vary by association. A portion of each local association’s maintenance fee is paid to the FMCA to cover staff salaries and benefits, maintenance, community landscaping services, global insurance, and contributions to our capital reserves. Coupons are mailed in late November each year. A late fee applies to payments received 10-15 days after the due date and continues each month until the account is current.

Residents buying into Fairway Mews will pay a membership fee at closing. Depending upon the Association into which you are moving, either $2000 or $1500 of this membership fee goes to your local condominium association and $2000 goes to the FMCA.

FMCA assessments are rare. A recent FMCA assessment requested money to replace the golf course’s aging irrigation system. On occasion, local associations might also require an assessment to cover large projects such as roof replacement, driveway seal coating, exterior wood trim painting, or siding replacement. Questions regarding maintenance fees or assessments should be directed to the Fairway Mews Office.

GOVERNANCE

A nine-person Board of Directors makes up the Fairway Mews Community Association (FMCA) that governs our community. These Directors are all elected volunteers. Each FMCA Director either chairs or sits on the various committees listed in the Mews News. The FMCA holds a public meeting on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Clubhouse. Residents are encouraged to attend.

As mentioned earlier, Fairway Mews is made up of nine separate and autonomous local associations, each with its own volunteer officers and by-laws. Local association meeting dates and times vary, but a schedule can be found in each month’s Mews News. Once you are settled in, we would welcome your involvement in either the local condominium association or FMCA. See a copy of the Mews News or the Fairway Mews website for the names of the current FMCA Board members and local association presidents.

SANITATION/RECYCLING SERVICES

The Borough of Spring Lake Heights is responsible for garbage, recycling, and bulk trash collection. Scheduled collection dates can be found in the Spring Lake Heights calendar or at http://www.springlakehts.com

Household garbage is collected twice per week, generally on Monday and Friday. It must be put in black bags and placed curbside no earlier than 6:00 PM the evening before pickup.

GOLF

The golf course is an 18-hole, executive-style, private course available to Fairway Mews residents and their guests. Par from the Men’s White Tees (3,695 yards) and from the Women’s Red Tees (3,230 yards) is 60 and 65 respectively. Kevin Lawrence is our full-time P.G.A. Golf Professional. If you would like to book a tee time or schedule a lesson, please contact the Golf Shop. Yearly memberships are available to residents or you can pay as you play. If you are interested in a membership, you can either contact the Golf Shop or the Main Office.

Scramble/Socials

The golf scrambles (played in shotgun format) begin at 8:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. with the teams formed (based on handicaps) by our golf pro. The golf is followed by a social consisting of lunch, hors d’oeuvres or a buffet dinner in the Clubhouse. You can opt to participate in the Scramble and the Social or in just one or the other. Scramble/Social events are usually held monthly on a Saturday starting in May and ending in August.  They are primarily for Fairway Mews residents, but guests of residents are welcome to participate when space permits. An example of a Scramble/Social event is our Kentucky Derby Party that is held in the Clubhouse on the first Saturday in May. Mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres are followed by a catered dinner. Bets are made on the Derby, which is viewed on our large-screen Clubhouse television.

Men’s Golf Group

All male members of the Fairway Mews Country Club are eligible to become members.  There is an annual membership fee.  The Men’s Tuesday Golf Group meets every Tuesday morning beginning in mid-April. Our Pro Kevin Lawrence sets up foursomes and organizes different tournament formats each week. Weekly prizes are awarded based on the number of members who participate.

18-Hole Women’s Golf Group

The members of the Fairway Mews 18-Hole Women’s Golf Association meet on Wednesday mornings from April through mid-October. Members pay an annual membership fee. They play a variety of tournaments in a shotgun format, and weekly prizes are awarded. Women who have a 36-handicap or better are encouraged to join the group. In order to establish a handicap at Fairway Mews, a golfer must play five rounds of 18 holes. The 18-holer’s golf season opens with a breakfast meeting and ends with a joint 9- and 18-hole Annual Awards Luncheon.

9-Hole Women’s Golf Group

The 9-Holers are a large group open to all newcomers. A previous handicap is not necessary; one will be established. The season starts in mid-April with play every Thursday morning. There are annual dues and a weekly prize pool for those participating. During the season there are occasional lunches, an awards luncheon, and a Christmas celebration.

Member/Guest Golf Tournament

Teams consist of a member from one of the Mews golfing groups and either a resident or non-resident guest.  Check the annual Golf & Social Calendar and plan ahead to participate.

Pro Shop Sponsored Tournaments

The Pro Shop conducts several tournaments for both men and women during the season. With the exception of Championship tournaments and the Member/Member, an entry fee is required at sign-up. Pro Shop sponsored tournaments are listed on the annual Golf and Social Calendar.

POOL

Detailed Information about the pool at Fairway Mews may be found here.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics at the Fairway Mews heated pool is a great way to stretch and tone up. Our fitness class combines cardiovascular conditioning, core strengthening, and flexibility training to help you look and feel great. Enjoy fellowship, fitness, and fun all summer with Elaine O’Brien, an experienced professional fitness instructor and trainer, who has been with us since 1999. Fairway Mews residents are invited to participate.  Classes begin in late June and continue through Labor Day.

Children’s Annual Swim Meet

All the children and grandchildren of Mews residents are invited to participate in pool activities for which they all earn trophies. This event is held over the July 4th weekend.

TENNIS

Although there are no formally organized tennis groups at Fairway Mews, there is constant court activity among partners or individuals who arrange play on an ongoing and informal basis. Anyone interested in participating can obtain the names of contact persons through either the FMCA Office or the Pro Shop. The courts are well maintained and the popular Omni-court surface drains quickly and offers an excellent and comfortable playing surface.

Ed Torres, a certified U.S.T.A. instructor and coach of the Rider University tennis team, serves as club professional. Mr. Torres holds free clinics each year at Fairway Mews. All are invited.

BOCCE

Our bocce court was installed in 2016, and is located behind the tennis courts. Bocce is played by two competitors, or four competitors organized into two teams. Players or teams take turns tossing bocce (balls) onto a court, trying to place their bocce closest to a target ball (pallino).

ONGOING GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

Bridge

There is an open Bridge game every Monday night at the Clubhouse. There is a 7 p.m. start and play ends by 10 or 10:30. Chicago scoring is used and most people play the better of the minors. However, everyone is welcome regardless of his or her bidding methods.

Another opportunity to enjoy a game of bridge is every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse.  Again, it is Chicago scoring.  You do need to sign up in advance. Simply drop by on a Wednesday to sign up for the following Wednesday. The Fairway Mews Duplicate Bridge Club meets at the Clubhouse on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., holidays excepted. Everyone is welcome including bridge players new to duplicate. Just come and bring a partner. Once a year (usually in September) the Duplicate Bridge Club has a Memorial Tournament, with individual players, to remember deceased members. The winner’s name is placed on a trophy and he/she hosts an event of his/her choice the following year.

Mah-Jongg

Mah-Jongg players meet in the Clubhouse every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.

Rummy Q

This tile game is played with two, three, or four people. It is quite easy to learn, especially if you have ever played gin rummy. The group meets twice a week – Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Poker

This group meets in the Clubhouse every Monday (except the second Monday – AC trip) at 12:30 p.m. and on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Beginners are welcome.

Handcrafters

This is a group of women, some from the local community, who meet the second and fourth Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse.  These women produce knitted goods that are donated to the Wounded Warriors Program.  This Program supports veterans, and their families, who are receiving medical attention and rehabilitation therapy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, DC.  They welcome any and all knitters as well as donations of yarn and other knitting paraphernalia.

Yoga
Eileen Sembrot offers a Hatha Yoga program on Monday mornings at 9:15 at the Clubhouse. Her primary goal is for each person to feel good. Each participant is given the freedom to reach personal goals depending on their abilities, intentions, and personal experience. Emphasis is placed on proper exercise, proper breathing, and proper relaxation. Yoga opens channels of energy – both physically and mentally. A yoga mat is the only equipment needed.

Tai Chi

Cynthia Gagen offers a Tai Chi program on Monday morning at 11:00 AM in the Clubhouse. Tai Chi involves slow and gentle movements that help one develop a calm, uncluttered mind.

Book Buffs

This group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse. This is an active group always looking for new members with new ideas. Suggestions for books to be read and discussed are welcomed.  Books can be obtained from our own or the Wall County Library.

Travel Talk

Enjoy a day in Atlantic City? A bus from Fairway Mews heads for New Jersey’s gambling mecca on the second Monday of each month (except for February). Over the years, small ship cruises in Europe, cruises to the Caribbean, and bus trips to many U.S. destinations have been enjoyed by our residents.

COUNTRY CLUB COMMITTEE

This Committee schedules the year’s social activities, secures volunteers to chair and work each individual event, and plans the thank-you party for the volunteers at the end of the season.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Chinese Buffet – This January event includes a Chinese buffet.

Emptier Pockets Pizza Party – This party is scheduled around April 15, thus the name.

St. Patrick’s Party – This March event includes song and dance, a traditional Irish dinner, and our fabulous Irish coffee.

Wine And Cheese Party

The Fairway Mews Community Association hosts a Wine and Cheese Party every year on the Monday of Memorial Day weekend in the Clubhouse. All Mews residents are invited to this late afternoon affair.

Gala

This event is usually held in mid-to-late September at a local venue. The winners of the Member/Member and Club Championship Tournaments are presented with trophies. Tennis trophies and Community Service Awards are also presented.  All residents are invited to attend this festive evening.

Volunteer Party

The Country Club Committee hosts this thank-you party for all those individuals who gave of their time and expertise all year long to provide enjoyable entertainment and service to the residents of the Mews.  It is by invitation only.

Tree Lighting Party

The spruce tree in front of the Clubhouse is decorated each year on the first Friday evening in December. The Book Buffs host this festive event.  Those attending gather on the patio to see the tree lighting, sing a carol or two, and then adjourn to the clubroom for cookies and punch.

Changing Social Events

New social events are added and others temporarily placed on the sidelines. In the past we have had Super Bowl Parties, Casino Nights, New Year’s Eve Parties, Oktoberfest, a Chili Throwdown, Friday night cookouts, and Movie Nights.

YARD SALE

Our annual Yard Sale offers an opportunity to get rid of condo and garage clutter. It is held in mid-June in the FMCA Office parking lot. You can rent space from the Country Club, set up your table(s), price and sell your merchandise, pocket the proceeds, and take away unsold items.

FAIRWAY MEWS LIBRARY

The library is located in the Clubhouse and contains a collection of donated books and magazines. Included is a section of biographies, a large section of fiction, a diverse section of nonfiction, some large print books, reference books, audio books on tape, DVDs, and jigsaw puzzles. Everyone is welcome to borrow. There are no time limitations or sign-outs. Just return what you borrow. Volunteers label and shelve the books. Donations are welcome.  Due to space limitations, however, our fiction collection is kept to copyright dates within ten years.  If you wish to dispose of other books, the Wall Library welcomes donations for its book sales.

(Updated January 2017)

HISTORY OF FAIRWAY MEWS

compiled by Ann Noonan

In attempting to trace the history of Fairway Mews, a backward look at the history of Spring Lake Heights seems to be in order. This retrospective was prompted by an afternoon spent with a 97-year-old lifetime resident of what is now Spring Lake Heights. Warren Hewlitt (my nonagenarian acquaintance) was born in a house on Wall Road (then a part of Wall Township). He recalls that Route 71 (then called 4N) was a gravel road. A trolley ride from Sea Girt to Asbury Park was available for the fare of seven cents.  Homes were illuminated by gas light and outhouses were the standard equipment (even at the schoolhouse).

Warren recalled that he bought his first car at age 17, a used Star for the sum of $90. He also remembers that the property now known as Fairway Mews was a huge potato farm. He was a mason and carpenter and helped build some of the homes on Wall Road, including his present residence. On the occasion of his 90th birthday, he was presented with a citation from the Mayor and Council of Spring Lake Heights which stated in part that he was the oldest resident of the Borough and “is hereby wished a very Happy 90th Birthday.”

On April 30, 1927, an election was held which brought about the creation of a new borough, Spring Lake Heights, from the areas of Villa Park, Como and vicinity, and also the election of the Borough’s first mayor, Roderick Allgor. The population at this time was 1,200. By the year 1970, the population had grown to approximately 5,000 and by the year 2000, it had reached 7,000.

Prior to 1970, the property was occupied by The Homestead Golf and Country Club which was owned by Tony and Vincent Yonadi.  Vincent Yonadi said his older brother Tony purchased the Homestead property in 1943 for $200,000. The construction of Fairway Mews began in 1970.  The original developer, Ormonde A. Kieb of Brielle, applied for and obtained approval from the Borough of Spring Lake Heights. It was originally billed as a $20 million project on the 114-acre tract bounded by Warren Avenue, Route 71, Allaire Road and Old Mill Road. After completing 12 units, Mr. Kieb’s firm ran into financial difficulties and sold the property to Urban Systems Development Corp., a subsidiary of Westinghouse Corporation.

The new firm completed 12 more units. On November 22, 1972, the first Condominium Association came into being.  It was designated Phase1-1.  It covered Linden Court condos 4-78 (even only), and Linden Drive condos 25-35 (odd only), for a total of 24 units. Urban Systems Development Corp. and Hilton Realty Corp. of Princeton proceeded with the construction of 60 additional units, 48 of which became Phase 1-2/3 (36-42 Linden Drive, all of Locust Way and Locust Court) and another 12 units, which were designated as Phase 3-1. Each of these units was organized as Condominium Associations on November 9, 1973. Because of the small number of units in Phase 3-1, it was decided that these Phases would be combined with separate by-laws but with only one Board of Directors.

At about this time, Watergate and the energy crisis had a telling effect upon real estate sales, and there was a lull in sales activity. However, in the spring of 1974, a new sales campaign occurred. In a promotional brochure, the developer lauded the benefits of Fairway Mews living, “an easy commute to New York, golf on the premises and the ocean a few blocks away.” Skeptics, however, said it was hard attracting buyers willing to pay $50,000 per unit. “They’re just too high-priced for what you get.” (Asbury Park Press, 3-10-74).

The next Condominium Association did not come into being until almost four years later. Doubtless the slowing economy and the depressed stock market (which in 1974 was below 500 at times) resulted in a negative effect on the construction and sale of units at the Mews. Also condo living was a relatively new concept in the early 70’s, unfamiliar to most New Jersey would-be home buyers.

One resident related to me the fact that, since her family usually vacationed in this area, they were hoping to find a summer home here. Though aware of the construction (or lack of it) going on at Fairway Mews, they did not look into the possibility of ownership at the Mews. Who would want to buy a condo – whatever that is – was their thinking? Serendipitously, after spending a week at Hilton Head, the family revised their thinking about condominiums, and shortly afterwards became the happy owners of a unit on Pine Drive. They are now full time residents enjoying their retirement here, although not in the unit they originally purchased.

In 1974 things began to change. Westinghouse entered into a reorganization plan under which it divested all of its real estate holdings. George Sands contracted to take over all 114 acres which included all approved lots and unsold units in various stages of construction at a price purported to be $1.8 million. The Westinghouse sales office located on Maple Drive was taken over by Hilton Realty (George Sands Realty Company). Not too long afterwards, the sales office was relocated to a trailer office located just inside the Warren Avenue gate.

Early in 1977 Kaufman and Broad, a nationwide construction company with a hefty budget for advertising the advantages of living at Fairway Mews, entered a relationship with Hilton Realty, whereby it would participate in a portion of the Kaufman & Broad sales which increased considerably.  So, on November 20, 1977, Phase 2-1 was organized as a Condominium Association covering all units on Pine Drive, Spruce Lane and Walnut Drive (70 and up, even only, and 51 and up, odd only). Also in 1977, events were taking place that enhanced life at the Mews. At the beginning of that summer the tennis courts were ready for play as were the pool and clubhouse. A letter addressed to the residents dated July 15, 1977, reported that children were entering from outside the community, mostly on bikes with towels draped around their necks. As a result, new rules were passed requiring guest passes for the pool. Another problem – pool attendants were acting as babysitters. This resulted in making it mandatory for children under the age of ten to be accompanied by an adult.

The aforementioned letter read: “Ghost Town to the east is now under construction, and 16 of the 112 units are well under way with occupancy in the first units scheduled for August to September.  Twenty-nine of the same units hopefully will be started within the next 30-45 days.” This was a reference to Phase 2-1 which, as stated previously, was filed in the condominium documents on September 20, 1977. The letter also referred to problems that still exist to this day – pets running loose, children playing on the fairways, and vehicles speeding through the community. Some things never change! Attached to the letter was a list of all residents in Fairway Mews at that time, a total of 85 units.

On November 22, 1977, the next Condominium Association was formed; Sea View One came into formal existence with 50 units. That covered 21-51 (odd), 68-78 (even) and 81-87 (odd) Maple Drive, all of Rosewood Drive and Rosewood Court.

The growth of the Mews took giant steps in 1978. That year saw the organization of Sea View Two (aka Phase 4-0) with the largest number of units to date, that number being 135. It consisted of Walnut Drive 1-50 odd and 52-68 even, all of Cherry Court, Dogwood Drive and Court, and Magnolia Drive and Court. Right behind that Condominium Association filing came Phase 5-0 with 14 units comprising 1-23 Linden Drive and 8 and 10 Maple Drive.

The following year, 1979, the Fairway Mews Country Club was organized. It was an autonomous, self-supporting organization that had no responsibilities for the management of the community. Its sole purpose was to promote social activities, golf and bridge tournaments and tennis events. It has acted as the entertainment committee for the community through the years and has been the sponsor of many charitable events, most recently the golf tournaments benefiting the Spring Lake First Aid Squad.

However, on January 1, 1980, the most important event occurred since the original building approvals in 1970. The Board of Directors of the Fairway Mews Community Association, under provisions of the Master Deed, assumed the responsibility for conducting the financial, administrative and property management affairs of the Association. Prior to this time the developers had subsidized the Association and had charged each unit a nominal fee of $10 per month for handling the Community Association responsibilities. (This was in addition to the maintenance fees of the individual Condominium Associations.)

Specifically excluded from the Community Association’s responsibility were the golf course and tennis courts. These facilities were leased to the developer with a long-term lease having yearly renewal options. In 1980 the developer chose to exercise his right of lease and continued to operate and substantially subsidize these two facilities.

For the year 1980, the Board of Directors chose to perform all the various chores of management through use of the services of the board members and a part-time office “Girl Friday.” According to information gleaned by your erstwhile Mews historian, Thomas J. Byrne was the first Fairway Mews Community Association president. An initial budget for the year was adopted calling for the payment of $15 per month by each unit. Although many items were underestimated, the Board by performing all chores itself was able to continue to the end of the calendar year at the same $15 per month per unit. In all its budget deliberations, the Board had been guided by the principle that Fairway Mews had to be managed and maintained as a first-class community in all respects.

The daily work continued to increase to the extent that the board members collectively were working on more than a full-time basis. It became evident that the employment of a manager on a full-time basis for the next year was mandatory. This necessity was further emphasized when notification was received from the developer dated September 11, 1980, indicating that they would be canceling the golf and tennis court lease for 1981 and thereafter. From the information available, it appeared that the developer had been subsidizing the golf facilities for more than $115,000 per year.

From this point onward, the Fairway Mews Board of Directors, consisting of members representing all Condominium Associations, has acted as an “umbrella” called the Fairway Mews Community Association. Each Condominium Association would be responsible for its own buildings, grounds and business affairs while the Community Association would be responsible for those elements common to all, i.e. the roads, golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and common utilities.

A letter addressed to all owners and residents dated November 24, 1980, signed by Thomas J. Byrne, President of the Board of Directors, stated in part: “Its facilities, clubhouse, pool, golf course, lawns, tennis courts, furniture, etc. must be kept in condition to make us proud of our selected home sites. This is mandatory if we are to keep up our home values and see them appreciate as they have been doing. The Board members, being homeowners themselves, recognize that they must do this as frugally as possible to keep from pricing ourselves out of the market.”

The next Condominium Association filing would not take place for another three years. On October 15, 1981, a Condominium Association filing was made for Phase 6-1 consisting of 88 units which included 80-120 (even) Maple Drive, 89-119 (odd) Maple Drive and all of Apple Drive. On January 30, 1985, Phase 6-2 made its Condominium Association filing covering all of Willow Lane and Oak Court. With this filing, Fairway Mews, as it now exists, was completed.  Although the legal aspects were finished, there were many matters to be addressed. Speed bumps had been placed in the entry roads; these were eventually removed. (They were blamed for hurting the underpinnings of Jaguars!!)

Residents were informed by newsletter dated February 2, 1982, that due to inflation and added expenses related to the golf course, the Board of Directors felt that golfers should bear the burden of these extra costs. Therefore, as of April 1, 1982, all residents could purchase a $12 monthly card entitling them to unlimited golf for that month. Residents not choosing to pay the monthly fee would be charged $2 per round. Four free guests per month for each resident would be continued as in the past.

In the same newsletter, it was announced that Fairway Mews had been made a separate voting district by the Spring Lake Heights Borough Council and that, on election days, voting machines would be placed in the clubhouse for the convenience of the residents of the Mews. Unfortunately, a few years later, due to a congressional redistricting which included voters residing outside the Mews, the separate voting district was discontinued. The Borough Hall became the Mews’ voting place.

Another “good old days” item from a newsletter of May 1985: June bus trip to attend Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues” in New York City–bus fare, show ticket, tip for driver, wine and snacks, $43. Also, an October 1985 bus trip to attend “La Cage au Folles”–bus fare, show ticket, tip for driver, wine and snacks, $56. Obviously, inflation was beginning to creep in.

During this time period the Fairway Mews Country Club sponsored social activities with volunteers being in charge of the special events planned. It was also in the May 1985 newsletter that mention was made of the need to enlarge the clubhouse. An expansion was ultimately added to the end of the clubhouse facing the putting green.

It was during the 80s that negotiations began between the Board of Directors and the Borough of Spring Lake Heights that resulted in the Borough taking responsibility for garbage, trash and snow removal inside the community. Up until this time, private contractors performed these tasks with the Mews “paying the freight.” It goes without saying that these negotiations resulted in monetary savings for the Mews as well as indicating that Fairway Mews would play an important role in the Borough.

The Mews has undergone its growing pains with many decisions to be made, including the need for an expanded office staff. The Board of Directors’ decision to “go global” in regard to landscaping and insurance resulted in monetary savings as well as better and consistent service to the entire community.

One dramatic incident occurred in 1992. A huge fire broke out which destroyed Spring Lake Manor (formerly the Homestead Golf Club and Restaurant owned by the Yonadi family.) It took place after midnight and many residents ventured outdoors (clothed in pajamas and robes) to watch the entire structure go down in flames. Since it was believed that the property was “grandfathered” for commercial use, a decision was made by the Board of Directors to explore the possibility of buying the property and thereby controlling its use. Negotiations were begun and resulted in the acquisition of the site that was cleared and now contains the “Fairway Mews” sign and plantings near the Allaire Road gate. To finance the purchase of this property, the Board of Directors levied an assessment of $300 on each unit owner. This has been the only “global” assessment made to date in our community

In 1996 a portion of the ladies’ locker room was converted into a library. The Fairway Mews Maintenance Department made the structural changes and installed the shelving. Comfortable seating for reading was provided as was a conference table that also enabled the space to be used for meetings. Betty Chapple and Evelyn Maloney were responsible for the decor and furnishings. Donations of fiction and biographies were made by Mews residents, both paperbacks and hard covers. Mary Anne Hooton and Betty Papsdorf prepared and shelved the books with the assistance of Elsa Reith and Pat Coogan. With continued donations, nonfiction and large print sections were added. Also, donations of jigsaw puzzles, audio books and DVDs tapes have resulted in those being available to library visitors. The library is operated on the honor system. Any item in the collection may be borrowed and returned when convenient.

Early in my research it became very evident that “so much was owed to so many” in the growth and management of our community. From the outset we have been fortunate to have dedicated residents who have given of their time and talents to make the Mews the outstanding and unique community that we now enjoy.

Note: Your historian is indebted to the many individuals who provided insight, information and interesting sidelights on the development of this community. I thank each and every one of them for their invaluable assistance.   (revised 7/13)

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