Turning up the heat in May

This just in from Management …

May 14, 2012

TO: All Cooperators

FROM: Harold Jacob

Re: New Boiler Testing on May 15-17, 2012

The new boiler, which we have installed, burns #2 oil and natural gas. We have already run the boiler on natural gas and it is working well. Unfortunately, when they delivered the new boiler the nozzles that burn the oil were not the correct ones. We will be installing the new ones tomorrow, May 15, 2012, and the boiler will have to be tested to see how it works. Therefore, next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 – 17, 2012 we may put some steam into the pipes and you will get steam in your apartments.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but our engineers are requiring us to test the boiler.

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New smoking policy in outdoor common areas

The Board of Directors has issued a new set of restrictions on smoking on Coop property. Following the lead of NYC Parks, which last year banned smoking in parks everywhere in the city, smoking is now not permitted in the courtyards between buildings nor within 30 feet of a door or window of the Coop. The hulking ashtrays by the front doors have all been removed (which will also undoubtedly send our canine cooperators into a state of urinary panic).

Smoking is of course already forbidden by law in any indoor common areas — hallways, stairwells, laundry rooms, etc. So smokers’ only remaining refuge is the (semi-)privacy of their own apartments.