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Resident Newsletter January 2024

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Limestone Residents Recertification beginning Tuesday, Jan 2nd, through Thursday, Jan 4th, 2024, recertification for Limestone Courts will begin. You will receive your recertification packets in your black mailbox along with your rent notice at the end of December. It is very important that you report any changes in your income immediately! Please have these forms completed when you come to your appointment.

Notes and News

Office Closed

The Gaffney Housing Authority Office will be closed Monday, January 1st, 2024, for New Year's Day and Monday, January 15th, 2024, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day

The country pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. every year on the third Monday in January. In 2024, the holiday falls on King's actual date of birth, Jan. 15. This year also marks a major milestone, as the date would have been the civil rights leader's 95th birthday.

Walk and Talk

Walking is a convenient, low-intensity workout that can improve or maintain your overall health. Follow the talk test to gauge how hard you're working. If you can comfortably talk while walking, then you are successfully completing a moderate workout. But if you're able to sing, then you should up your pace.

Stop Clutter in Its Tracks

Follow this minimalistic rule for a clutter-free home: One in, one out. It's as simple as it sounds! When you bring a new item into your space, whether an article of clothing or a cute trinket, you get rid of one already there-ideally by donating it. This practice not only helps with decluttering but also can stop you from making unnecessary purchases. Before buying something, you'll have to decide if it's really worth replacing an item you already own.

Power Strip Pointers

Power strips are helpful tools in homes and offices, providing more outlets for all your electronic devices and appliances. Use power strips properly to keep yourself and your belongings safe:

  • Use power strips that are also surge protectors. These protect electronics from damage during a storm or other power outage.
  • Check the joule rating of the power strip. Small appliances need fewer joules, but for computers and similar devices, look for strips with a 1,000-joule rating or higher.
  • Never "daisy chain" your power strips-plugging a power strip into another strip. This is a dangerous fire hazard. Always plug a power strip directly into a wall outlet.

Important Numbers

Central Office 864.489.3193
Emergency Maintenance 864.489-3193
TTY# 864.487.9460
Fire, Police, Ambulance 911
Lisa Dewberry - Property Manager
Beltline Courts 864.489.3193
Colonial Heights 864.488.1085
Geraldine Bullock - Property Manager
Limestone Courts 864.489.1042
Bonnie Sanford - Property Manager
Granard Courts 864.488.1179

Sub-Zero Cinema

Whether you prefer the majestic choreography of figure skating or the rough and rowdy crowd of ice hockey, bring the chilly fun into your home with one of these blockbuster movies:

  • ''The Mighty Ducks" (1992). This heartwarming Disney classic brought hockey to Hollywood. After a wild night, lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is sentenced to 500 hours of community service: coaching a youth hockey team.
  • The Cutting Edge" (1992). D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly star in this icy romance where their clashing characters-a hockey player and a figure skater-must team up to win an Olympic gold medal.
  • "Miracle" (2004). Debatably the most famous game of American hockey was played on Feb. 22, 1980, in New York. This film tells the true story of how Coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) led Team USA to an Olympic victory over the seemingly unbeatable Soviet Union.
  • "Ice Princess" (2005). Stuck between her mother's academic expectations and her own dreams of becoming a figure skater, Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg) has a tough road ahead of her. The film's motivational message is perfect for family viewing.
  • "Blades of Glory" (2007). After being banned from the men's singles competition, two male ice skaters are forced to pair up if they hope to restore their former glory. While many sports movies focus on the drama, this spoof will have you belly-laughing with actors Will Ferrell and Jon Heder.

Hot Cocoa Four Different Ways

A mug of hot chocolate doesn't warm just your hands but also your soul. This sweet, creamy drink is a must for the winter season. Have you tried these versions?

  • Mexican. This cocoa holds a spicy kick with added cinnamon and cayenne or chili powder.
  • Unicorn. Made with white chocolate chips and pink food coloring, this pick-me-up is fun for all ages! Garnish with colorful sprinkles to make it a real party.
  • French. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this thick, rich drink made with heavy cream, powdered sugar, and dark chocolate.
  • Traditional. Sometimes nothing beats a good, nostalgic cup of traditional hot cocoa. Try out the recipe below. (Makes four servings.)


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 4 cups milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, salt and water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  2. Whisk in the milk, and warm to serving temperature.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  4. Pour into mugs and garnish with marshmallows, whipped cream, ground cinnamon or a peppermint stick.

Wit and Wisdom

  • "And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been." -Rainer Maria Rilke
  • ''The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals." -Melody Beattie
  • "Enter this new year with gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams." -Avina Celeste
  • "A new year inevitably leads to thoughts about both the future and the past." -Michael Dirda
  • "I never want to say that I had glory days. I like to think that every new year there's something great that can happen; something great will happen." -Maya Moore
  • "The new year begins in a snowstorm of white vows." -George William Curtis
  • "Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." -Oprah Winfrey
  • "The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears and new eyes." -G.K. Chesterton
  • "The new year cometh with a magic key." -Gerald Massey
  • "May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions." -Joey Adams

Contact Information

O 864-489-3193
F 864-487-9460
Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday
7:00am – 5:00pm
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