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July 2013
SoTre Properties Newsletter


July 2013




Get To Know Your Neighbor
Would you like to have a friendly and safe neighborhood?  Looking to make this world a better place?  Maybe even make a new friend?
Here is a good first step - get to know your neighbor.  You share the same neighborhood and street (and sometimes the same house!) so I am sure you must have a few things in common.  We will help you out by introducing you to one...
Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: I'm Michelle Stewart and I live on the corner of West 17th and Corning in South Tremont.
Q: What is the best part of living in South Tremont?
A:There are a couple of things:
  1. I am close enough that I can walk my short dog, Coco Bean, to a bunch of cool places like restaurants, parks, The Westside Market and Ohio City. But, far enough away that I don't have the neighborhood congestion, parking or traffic issues of some of the buzz'n spots. 
  2. I live in the midst of a lot of housing restoration and upgrading.  The houses in my neighborhood are grand old homes and with the restorations it gets more beautiful everyday! 
Q: What do you wish people knew about South Tremont?
A: That it is absolutely the next "It" place to be in Cleveland.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant and bar?
A: Hands down the Tremont Tap House. Awesome eats, amazing beer selection, a Sunday brunch that I always visit with friends, plus Monday night movies and "Pooch On The Patio" events that Coco Bean really enjoys. What's not to love?
Q: What is the best piece of advise you have ever received and would like to pass on?
A: When people talk, listen completely. There is always a story beyond the words and it is often the best, most enriching part of the conversation. 
Q: What is your biggest life achievement so far?
A: I've owned my own business, making a living what comes naturally, rode a motorcycle through Europe, married a true American hero, and have friends that feel like family.
Q:  This is your opportunity to deliver one message to South Tremont residents, what would you like it to be?
A: Coco Bean asked me to tell our SoTre neighbors that very short dogs are scared to death of firecrackers:)

Coco Bean seems to be a very smart short dog!
Thank you Michelle!


Is that a Rain Garden on the corner of Scranton and Corning?

Why, yes it is!  What is a Rain Garden?  I am glad you asked.
A rain garden is a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas (like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas) the opportunity to be absorbed. 
Why have a Rain Garden?
The purpose of a Rain Garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain Gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.
This reduces rain runoff by allowing storm water to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater).  
Do you see the perfect place for a Rain Garden in SOTRE?  Let us know!

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Top 6 Home Cooling Steps

Running your air conditioner during the summer months can raise your energy bill quite significantly. As tenants, what can you do to reduce your energy bills and keep cool?

1. Keep the Filter Clean
A dusty filter reduces air flow. Examine the unit's air filters once a month and clean or replace filters when necessary. Keeping your filters clean can cut the energy used 5 to 15%. Keep heat-producing appliances, such as televisions or lamps, away from the thermostat. The heat they produce can fool your thermostat into continuing to cool.
2. What You Do Around the House
Natural light is great, but the sun's heat can raise the temperature in your home. Make sure blinds and drapes are closed to help reduce the sun's thermal heat. You also want to reserve heat and humidity producing tasks like cooking and doing the laundry to early morning or late evening.
3. Use Your Fans
Fans can also help cool your home. No one is saying that a fan can replace your air conditioner, but they can give supplemental cooling.Substituting fans for air conditioners on milder days can save 60% or more in energy costs. Set the fan speed on high except in very humid weather. This helps push cool air around the house.
4. Set the Thermostat to the Best Temperature
Turning your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the best setting for your air conditioner during warmer months. Reducing your home's temperature 72 degrees Fahrenheit could increase your cooling costs 12 to 47 percent. Also remember, setting it really low at first will not help your home cool faster. It will use more energy and if your forget to adjust it, you will be running far less efficiently than you think.

Source: Saving Energy
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In This Issue:
  • Get To Know Your Neighbor
  • Rain Gardens
  • Top 6 Home Cooling Steps


Tremonsters Movin'...

...Until We Meet Again!
July Dates To
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
Tremont Farmers Market
July 4 - 7 Tall Ships Festivalis a must see, check out details at
July 12 - Tremont Artwalk

July 13 - Yoga Rocks The Park
July 21 - Taste of Tremont - yum!
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