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Auston Woods Apartments October 2017 Newsletter

October Events

Fall is a wonderful time of year, and we are happy to be kicking off the season with some great resident events!

Second Harvest Food Bank

We will be hosting a food drive for the local Food Bank – All non-perishable items can be dropped off at our office between October 18, 2017 – November 20, 2017. If you have any suggestions for future charity events, please contact Ashley Kuzma (704) 597-9199 or via email ahkuzma@hhhunt.com.

Monster Mash

Join us at the Welcome Center on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30pm for our Annual Monster Mash. We will have a DJ, food, games, candy, costume contest and other spooky activities for all to enjoy! Bring your non-perishable food items for a chance to win a $25 Target giftcard!! All donations will go directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Hope to see everyone there! Would you like to see more events like this in the future, or do you have ideas to make next year’s Monster Mash even better? Email your Community Activity ideas to Ashley at ahkuzma@hhhunt.com.

Turning on the Heat

As the weather cools down, many of you will be turning on your heat for the first time. To give the unit time to adjust to the change, please leave the unit “Off” for 5 minutes when switching from “Cool” to “Heat”.

Because the heating elements have been unused for several months, dust may have accumulated on the element. The first time you turn on the unit, the dust may heat up and cause smoke and a burning smell.

This is normal. If the smoke detector goes off, you may need to open the windows to allow the apartment to clear out. For normal use, however, please do not have the heating/air conditioning unit running while the windows are open, as this can cause additional wear and tear to the unit.

Maintenance Tips of the Month

  • As the cold season approaches, please turn on your heat to ensure that it is working . You may smell a light burning odor that may briefly cause your smoke detector to sound, this is just dust that has settled on your heat coils.
  • It is most cost effective to set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature and not adjust the setting through the day. Adjusting the thermostat to a warmer temperature during the day, or turning the unit off will cause the system to work harder to cool/heat the apartment, resulting in a higher electric bill.
  • Use ceiling fans to help circulate the air in the apartment.

Be sure that the air conditioner is set to “Auto”; if set to “On”, the fan will run but it will not cool.

The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian burger crumbles
  • 3 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

Resident Amenities and Service

We love being able to provide exceptional service to our residents. So that we may continue to provide a high level of service, we would like to remind residents that services and amenities are for Auston Woods residents only.

This includes, but is not limited to, pool/fitness center/business center access, DVD library, and package acceptance.

We welcome you to bring guests to enjoy our amenities: each resident is limited to two guests and the resident must be present.

DVDs will not be released to non-lease holders, and packages received for parties not named on the lease agreement will be returned to sender.

Abberly Woods Apartment Homes | 5301 Roundstone Way, Charlotte, NC 28216.
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