Thursday, June 15, 2017
4th of July Blast
Join us for the annual Paramount 4th of July Blast. The parade will start at 9:30am, with lineup beginning at 9am at Paramount Elementary. Decorate your bikes scooters, strollers, golf cards, etc… We will end with a party at Crosby Park with a DJ, inflatable obstacle course, dunk tank, rock wall carousel swing, sack races, and more. There will also be family friendly food trucks and free snow cones. We hope to see you there!
If you would like to help us with this event, we’d really appreciate it, please sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050A45A5A728A75-2017.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Irrigation Water Is On
Irrigation water is now on in the community. If you notice a leak or have an irrigation emergency please contact our office at 208-378-4000.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Irrigation Water Off
The irrigation ditches will be shutting down October 7th, therefore the community will run out of water and have to shut down as well. Be sure to get in your final watering.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Irrigation Water On
We started priming and filling the lines over the weekend and started the pumps today. Things will be on and off while we work on breaks that have been found around the community. Once they are steadily on we’ll post the “water on” signs at the entrances for everyone.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
2016 Irrigation Water
We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience regarding the irrigation water. The ponds have been under intense review this winter and have had some major repairs recently completed. Unfortunately, before we can start the water the Association is required by The Department of Water Resources to perform another seepage test on the ponds. This test is starting today and may take up to 2 weeks to complete. This means we can not start priming and firing up the pumps until May 2nd. We are very closely monitoring this, and if at all possible will turn water on earlier. At this time, we do suggest leaving your grass a little long to help retain moisture, and spot watering with a hose and sprinkler. We hope you understand we would not be doing this if there were another option. We know it is an inconvenience, and therefore we greatly appreciate your patience.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Irrigation Water Off
Irrigation will shut down today, October 9th, 2015. Please make sure you schedule for your system to be winterized.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Good news – we have water and are priming the system now. If all goes well water should be on by Friday 4/17/2015, if not sooner.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Irrigation Water Off 5/14 & 5/15
Due to treatment of the ponds, water will be off 5/14 and 5/15, and be turned back on 5/16/14.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Now is the time to winterize your home against the upcoming chilly months. Irrigation water is still running, but you can winterize your system now. Just be sure not to turn off your main valve. However, there’s much more to winterizing than just sprinkler blowouts, so check out this list of home winterizing tips today. A few inexpensive precautions now, can make a world of difference later.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Ideas for Staying Cool this Summer
We are in the dog days of summer and the need to cool down is a must. Here are a few ideas for cooling down in and around Paramount.
1} First and foremost the community pools-Paramount has 2 active swimming pools; one at Foxrun and one in Lange park. Thank goodness for our lifestyle planned community, its a lifesaver! http://paramount-idaho.com/community/ I can’t tell you how many times these pools have saved my bacon with easy entertainment, quick after dinner plunges and lazy days by the pool the past 6 years. We heart them both!
2} Need a change of scenery or a super quick cool down? Settler’s Park has a splash park for some cooling relief http://www.meridiancity.org/parks_rec.aspx?id=1089. While you’re there, do a little fishing in the pond or check out the next Movie Night in the Park, click here for the schedule http://www.meridiancity.org/parks_rec.aspx?id=13325
3} When was the last time you visited Eagle Island? The water slide and lagoon were a huge hit even when I was a child growing up here and super fun on hot summer day http://www.meridiancity.org/parks_rec.aspx?id=13325.
4} Just looking for a cool treat? Walk, run or ride bikes to the Eagle Island Market Place http://www.eisenbergcompany.com/files/siteplan_pdf_252_EAGLEISLANDSITEPLAN.pdf. Its less than a mile away and yes….there is a Baskin Robbins: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Or visit Bono’s for some frozen custard as a tasty treat.
5} If all else fails, hit the trails or in this case the green belt, ride bikes, a walk about, go fishing and lounge in the Boise River, easy access right in Eagle.
Hope this helps with some ideas or inspiration in the next week of triple digit days.
Lindsey Hopkins, Brighton Homes Paramount Sales Agent
Thursday, March 14, 2013
For some time our community has been using Cedar by Columbia stain #08-700-01, but products have changed, and recently we found a stain that has proven to be a much better alternative. After some review and consideration of feedback received by homeowners, the Community has adopted this new stain color: Tahoe Brown, by Kwal #8609. The new phases of construction will be using the Tahoe Brown, and the Association will be re-staining the common area fencing with this new color as the fences need re-staining. We expect homeowners, as they continue maintenance on their fences, to update their stain to the Tahoe Brown as well. We understand there will be a few years of transition, and thank everyone in advance for their support and patience as this process gets started. Happy staining!
Ann Marie Baird, HOA Manager
Monday, February 25, 2013
Being aware of your surroundings and knowing your neighbors is vital to helping keep our community as safe as possible. It only takes one awful event to ruin the “feel” of our safety. This last week, a neighbor noticed someone checking cars to see if they were unlocked at 3:45 in the morning. Because of the witness’s quick actions in calling the police, the burglar was run off, and hopefully caught before they were able to target anyone else. Thankfully a neighbor was paying attention that morning. The Meridian Police Department posted these tips to combat vehicle theft:
1) Remove valuables form vehicle when possible, or conceal them out of sight.
2) Always lock your vehicle, your residence, and close your garage (even when you are home).
3) Remember, burglars like easy targets: open windows, unlocked doors, and poorly lit areas.
4) Be aware of your surroundings, and always report suspicious activity immediately.
5) Take time to document the make, model, and serial number of your valuables. Taking pictures of them is also helpful in recovering your property if you do become a victim.
We hope that this event reminds us all to take an extra look around when we are in our community. We get used to our routines and so busy with what we are doing, that it becomes easy to overlook what is going on around us. Let’s all keep one eye out for each other and keep the community safe.
Ann Marie Baird Property Manager, Brighton Corporation
Monday, January 28, 2013
The big game is coming up on Sunday, Feb. 3rd. Many of you will watch the game with family and friends and this always includes a table of yummy appetizers! This week, share your favorite appetizer recipe with your Paramount Facebook friends! Here are a couple of mine:
FRENCH ONION PULL BREAD
1 T butter
1 T extra Virgin olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1 T fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 loaf pumpernickel, unsliced
1 C Gruyere cheese
Preheat oven to 400 F
Place large skillet over medium-high heat with butter and olive oil. When butter has melted, add onions, garlic and thyme and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are brown and caramelized.
While onions are caramelizing, score the loaf parallel and perpendicularly to form one inch cubes, making sure not to cut through the base of the loaf.
Put loaf on baking sheet. Carefully loosen to form small crevices between cubes. Stuff the caramelized onions and cheese in between the cubes, making sure it is evenly distributed.
Bake until cheese melts and browns, 10-12 minutes.
STEAK ‘N’ BACON CHEDDAR MEATBALLS
1 t olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
8 oz. raw bacon, diced
2 lbs. ground beef
6 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 C bread crumbs
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 t salt
Preheat oven to 450. Brush a 13×9 pan with 1 tsp. of the olive oil. Heat remaining olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and bacon – saute, stirring frequently until golden brown.
Using slotted spoon, transfer the onions and bacon to small plate. Let cool.
Combine bacon, onions and the rest of the ingredients in large bowl and mix together thoroughly with hands.
Roll into 24 golf-ball sized meatballs, packing firmly. Place in pan.
Bake 18-20 minutes.
APPLE BACON CHEDDAR CROSTINI
1 baguette, cut on a bias into 1/4 inch slices
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
Salt and pepper
1/4 lb. bacon, diced
1 lg. onion, diced
2 apples, diced
1/2 C sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 400. Scatter the baguette slices on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put into the oven and toast for a few minutes.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy (4-5 min.). With slotted spoon, remove bacon and reserve the fat.
Add onions to the hot bacon fat and caramelize for 10 minutes. Add in the apple. Season with salt and pepper; cook for another few minutes. Return the bacon to the pan and mix together. Remove from heat, put into serving bowl, top with cheese. Serve with crostini.
Becky Hanks, Management & Development, Brighton Homes
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Snow Removal in Paramount
What a beautiful winter wonderland outside, and a great way to start off the new year!
Now that everyone is back from the holiday, we wanted to remind residents about snow removal. Compressed snow from vehicle tire tracks quickly turns to ice, creating walking hazards. There are a lot of sidewalks in the subdivision which have not yet removed the snow. Please remedy this immediately.
You are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of your home, and injuries sustained on your property could result in claims against your homeowners insurance. Snow and ice removal is required by Meridian City code, and a great way to ensure we keep our neighborhood as safe as possible.
Have an elderly neighbor? Send the kids over with snow shovels to help out. Great way to create community!
Thank you for your prompt attention to this. Happy new year!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Paramount is on a Roll
What a difference a year makes. The Paramount Builder Team is working overtime to meet increasing market demand and we currently have 38 new homes under construction in various sizes and price ranges. Many of these homes are presold but the inventory or “spec” homes are being snatched up quickly too.
Brighton has placed special emphasis this year on making sure that older phases are completed, and our builders have risen to the occasion. In 2012 we will have started or completed construction on all of the homesites in Phases 8, 10, 11, 12, and 15. We will be substantially completed with construction in Phases 14, 16, 17 and 18, and will finish the last few homesites in 2013. As busy as 2012 has been, we expect 2013 to be even better.
Our aim is to complete each street as quickly as practical so that our residents can enjoy a little more peace and quiet. Construction activity is great; for those of us in the industry, it is pretty exciting. It is the best indicator of a healthy, vibrant, desirable community. But it is even better when the homes on your street are finished and the construction moves down the road a bit. We appreciate our Paramount residents’ loyalty as we continue to build Idaho’s most complete community.
David Turnbull, President, Brighton Corporation
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Preparing Your Home for Winter
That crisp chill in the morning is a great reminder that winter is on it’s way. Our beloved Treasure Valley seems unpredictable when it comes to weather, so best to prepare for the worst case scenario. There are many great tips and lists online that can help you and your family prepare, but my favorite is “Winterizing Your Home” by Elizabeth Weintraub, from About.com. A few key items to include on your list: preparing your furnace and fireplace for usage, checking exterior doors and windows for issues, preparing landscaping and outdoor surfaces, having your sprinkler blown out before the first freeze, and having an emergency kit prepared and accessible. Don’t forget that even the simplest preventative maintenance done now, no matter how insignificant it may seem, can save a lot of time and money in future issues and repairs. Have a happy and safe winter!
Ann Marie Baird, Property Manager, Brighton Corporation
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
BSU Tailgate event Saturday, September 29, 2012
Thank you to everyone for coming out Saturday to mingle with your neighbors and root on the BSU Broncos to victory over New Mexico. It was fun to see some familiar faces and meet new folks as well. A special thank you to RC Willey for donating all of the fabulous giveaways, nobody left empty handed. We’d like to thank former Bronco and Brighton homeowner, Chris O’Neill. Chris signed footballs for the kids, and a few “big” kids as well and a great time was had by all. See you at the next event!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Paramount Fall Colors
In Autumn when the trees are brown
The little leaves come tumbling down
They do not make the slightest sound
But lie so quietly on the ground
Until the wind comes puffing by
And blows them off towards the sky.
– John Muir
Sometime over the next several weeks as the weather begins to turn and before the leaves begin to fall, be sure to take a leisurely drive or stroll through the colorful tree-lined streets of Paramount and take in the beauty of this season. Don’t you just love this time of year!
Becky Hanks, Management and Development, Brighton Corporation
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Paramount Snapshot – Sales Signs of a Healthy Neighborhood
Phil Hoover is one of the savviest real estate agents in the valley and I follow his blog on a regular basis. One of Phil’s most recent blogs caught my eye today because it provides market data that highlights the desirable nature of Paramount.
Some key measures of a healthy real estate market in any community are:
- Inventory. Generally, anything less than 6 months supply is considered a good market for sellers.
- Sales price–to–asking price. Are homes selling at or near the asking price or are sellers accepting discounts. The closer the ratio is to 100%, the stronger the market.
- Sales velocity. Are sales occurring at a healthy clip?
- Short sales or foreclosures for sale.
By each of these measures, Paramount is doing exceptionally well.
- Inventory: 3.9 months of supply
- Median sales price-to-asking price: 102%
- Average sales price to asking price: 99%
- Sales velocity: 29 sales in the first 6 months of 2012
- Short sale listings: Zero
- Foreclosure listings: Zero
Those are outstanding numbers. For Phil’s blog, click here.
David Turnbull, President, Brighton Corporation
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Foreclosures and Short Sales Receding
Foreclosures and short sales, which have dominated Treasure Valley home sales over the past two years, are rapidly receding from the marketplace. This is good news for everyone. Paramount has fared better than surrounding communities because of proactive measures taken by Brighton Corporation several years ago.
I clearly remember a Monday morning in 2005 when I learned that we had sold 12 homes over the weekend. When I questioned the source of each of the sales, I learned that 8 of them were “investors”, or more appropriately, “speculators”. We’d never seen anything like that in the Treasure Valley and it was apparent to me that the consequences of these transactions would be a lot of rental homes at best and a lot of foreclosures at worst. We quickly amended all of our purchase and sale agreements with builders to require that all future home purchases be owner-occupied, or actual residents. I remember a month or two later getting a call from a California investor who wanted to purchase 50 homes from us in one transaction, and they wanted to be in Paramount. I told them thanks, but no thanks, and that was the end of it.
No one has been immune from this real estate market downturn, but because of these early decisions, Paramount has experienced a foreclosure rate that is significantly lower than other nearby neighborhoods have experienced. According to RealtyTrac, current foreclosure activity for Paramount and surrounding communities is shown on the diagram.
We view this as validation of our approach to responsible development and we are also pleased that the market is improving rapidly. There is more good news on the housing front to follow…
David Turnbull, President, Brighton Corporation
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Introducing Paramount North
Since 2004, Brighton Corporation has developed over 188 acres comprising 611 homesites contained in the original Paramount preliminary plat approved by the City of Meridian. We are now pleased to announce the latest addition to the Paramount Community – Paramount North. Brighton recently filed a new preliminary plat with 77 homesites situated to the north of Gable Street. We expect to break ground on the first phase of this neighborhood in August with new home construction beginning in November.
The first phases of Paramount North, which borders the extension of the Meridian City pathway system, will include two additional pocket parks and an outdoor fitness station adjacent to the pathway. This new neighborhood features meandering streets with larger, deeper homesites. Click here to view our site plan. Our exclusive Paramount Builder Team will offer innovative new homes starting in the high $200’s. Models open Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment. Contact Becky Hanks at (208) 378-4000 for further information.
David Turnbull, President, Brighton Corporation
Monday, July 9, 2012
Brighton Corporation Announces New Builder Teams in Paramount
Brighton Corporation is pleased to announce additions to the Paramount Builder Team, now including six of the area’s most innovative builders of new homes. Each builder has tailored their product to specific lifestyles and neighborhoods within Paramount.Brighton Homes, Tahoe Homes, Hallmark Homes and Alturas Homes will focus on homes above 2500 sq. ft. built on Paramount’s larger homesites. Construction of new model homes will begin later this month on Gable Street in Paramount’s newly released Phase 18 and continue into the Paramount North neighborhood scheduled for release later this fall.Brighton Homes, Scott Tutt Building Co. and Berkeley Building Company will offer homes from 1600 to 2500 sq. ft. with new models scheduled on Producer Drive and the upcoming Paramount East neighborhood, also scheduled for release later in 2012.Brighton Homes will also offer unique lifestyle homes in Paramount’s Carriage Lane and the soon-to-be-announced Paramount Villa neighborhoods.
For more information, contact Brighton Corporation at (208) 378-4000 or the following builders and sales representatives:
Brighton Homes, Lars Hansen
Lindsey Hopkins, Agent (208) 841-0101
Tahoe Homes, Jake Centers
Kit Fitzgerald, Agent (208) 871-5288
Hallmark Homes, Brad Dildine
Cheryl Wettstein, Agent (208) 761-3663
Alturas Homes, Rod Givens
Andrew George, Agent (208) 794-4480
Scott Tutt Building Co., Scott Tutt
Kit Fitzgerald, Agent (208) 871-5288
Berkeley Building Co., Joe Atalla
Kara Christian, Agent (208) 867-1559
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
We’re rockin’ and rollin’…
One of Brighton Corporation’s premier developments, Paramount Subdivision, will have a new phase ready for home construction by mid to late July. Phase 18 will consist of nineteen new homesites and include a model home complex constructed by our Builder Team to be located near the intersection of Producer and Gable.
We expect this phase to sell out quickly, so contact a Builder Team member or their agent representative and pick your homesite now!
By Becky Hanks, Lot Sales Manager, Brighton Corporation
Monday, July 2, 2012
New Fred Meyer Serving Paramount
Fred Meyer opened its new store at Chinden and Linder last week. The fabulous 175,000 sq. ft. store brings highly anticipated shopping convenience to North Meridian, including Brighton Corporation’s Paramount community. Residents will now have easier access to just about everything, from groceries to garden to gas. Home electronics, tools and hardware, home furnishings and much more make Fred Meyer a one-stop shop. With thousands of new homes sprouting up in this area of the valley in the last few years and more to come, we expect Fred Meyer to be just the beginning of the services that will be available, as we envisioned when Brighton Corporation helped craft the North Meridian Area Plan over a decade ago. Check it out – it’s the best Fred Meyer yet.
David Turnbull, President, Brighton Corporation
Monday, December 19, 2011
Community spirit alive and well in Paramount!
It’s hard not to be impressed with the endless energy of the Paramount residents! As individuals, they are both creative and generous, and always willing to slow down and say hello or to welcome a new neighbor. As a group, they have an enviable mix of talent and determination to make their beautiful neighborhood even better. From the results-driven traffic committee to the dynamic social committee, and all the individual efforts in between…there are few other neighborhoods that can boast of having such an esteemed group of residents. December’s event calendar has been especially full with a Holiday Boutique, cookie exchange and luminary lighting on Christmas Eve. This year the Paramount Community Specialists (on-site real estate agents) have assembled luminaries to be delivered to each resident to light on Christmas Eve. It should be a spectacular site for everyone to enjoy! Thank you to everyone for making 2011 one to remember in Paramount and much happiness this Christmas and in the new year ahead!
Monday, August 22, 2011
The Idaho Statesman interviews builders Lars Hansen and Jake Centers regarding Paramount
Great Builders are Paramount! Lars Hansen, Vice President of Brighton Homes, and Jake Centers, Owner of Tahoe Homes, were recently interviewed by journalist Dusty Parnell of The Idaho Statesman regarding their success stories at Paramount. Our incredible neighborhood has been consistently among the top selling Meridian communities since its inception, and both Brighton and Tahoe have been building homes from the very beginning. Learn more about their insight and opinions in the attached pdf reprint: greatbldrs_082011_2pg
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
We have a winner! Announcing the Best of the Best Volunteer Contest Results
Paramount is a great place to live! And many times it’s the people within that create a truly extraordinary neighborhood. Our Paramount community has many generous, talented people and two of those recently surfaced to the top of our Best of the Best Volunteers contest. Michele Anderson is the winner of our Facebook contest, for a very deserving nomination by Shannon McNall. Michele has been actively involved with the Hospitality Committee since 2009 and coordinates welcoming all new residents by delivering fresh loaves of bread, often with a festively-decorated note. Her give-back attitude is just one of the many characteristics that makes Michele such a wonderful person and volunteer.
Equally admirable is the endless energy that Shannon McNall (the winning post author) displays when coordinating traffic concerns or in planning events. Her latest project, chairing Paramount’s Tailgate Party this fall, is sure to be a fun-filled event for the entire family! Both Michele and Shannon received $75 gift cards to Gino’s Restaurant as the winning recipients, as awarded by Debbie Regalado of The Idaho Statesman.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and to all those who give their time and talents to making Paramount one of Meridian’s favorite neighborhoods!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
PARAMOUNT FACEBOOK for June, 2011 Best of the Best Volunteers Contest
Attention Paramount residents…here’s a chance to win a $75 gift card to Gino’s Restaurant!
Like you already know, there are a number of amazing Paramount residents who volunteer their time toward neighborhood hospitality, events, traffic and community center coordination. Have you had a great neighborhood experience in the last 12 months that you would like to share with others? Then I invite you to nominate an individual or event on Paramount’s Facebook page. (If you nominate an event, we will research the event chairperson’s name for you.) Entries will be judged based on completeness (not necessarily length) and feel free to include a photo, if you like!
Both the winning post author and the winning volunteer will receive a $75 gift card to Gino’s Restaurant. Fully funded by Para mount’s marketing and judging will be by a non-biased third party. Contest will run through June 30 and results will be announced no later than July 2. If you have any questions, please call Angie @ 250.2774 c. or email@example.com. Thank you!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
New home sales on the rise at Paramount
Paramount continues to be a leading neighborhood for new construction sales in north Meridian. Our on-site builder representatives are reporting 14 sales ytd either sold or pending as we move into the spring market. With a new phase now available, there is more variety for homebuyers looking to build. Phase 17 offers some of the largest homesites to date for our community, and can accommodate a broader range of floor plans. Other options include Carriage Lane homesites and a variety of standard-sized homesites located in various sections throughout Paramount.
In addition to the expertise of developer Brighton Corporation, Paramount’s long track record of success can be attributed to many factors. The community’s close-in location is ideal for everyday conveniences. With acclaimed Paramount Elementary and Rocky Mountain High School both located within Paramount, and Heritage Middle School just outside the neighborhood perimeters, we’re finding that there are families seeking roots within these school boundaries. Other amenities include three parks, two pools, a community center and Paramount’s signature ponds with fountains. Finally, the Paramount residents themselves add momentum. This talented, creative and industrious group of individuals coordinates a number of annual neighborhood events that delight all ages.
For more information on new homes available in Paramount, please call any of the builder representatives below:
Brighton Homes | Lindsey Hopkins @ 841.0101
Canyon Crest Homes | Patti Dubie @ 371.1042
Hallmark Homes | Cheryl Wettstein @ 761.3663
James Clyde Custom Homes | Amy Kerfoot @ 794.3003
Tahoe Homes | Kit Fitzgerald @ 871.5288
Monday, February 14, 2011
Things are happening at Paramount Elementary - an update from Principal Dean Brigham
Paramount is now in our fourth year of serving kindergarten through fifth grade students in the neighborhoods surrounding the school. Our boundaries go from Ten Mile to Meridian roads and from McMillan to Chinden. We currently have over 830 students enrolled in grades K-5 with 32 classroom teachers. Paramount has a two pronged approach to learning, being guided by our Mission of: “Equipping students for Tomorrow by striving for Character and Academic Excellence”. We team with our families to help nurture our student to respect themselves, their learning, the community, peers and adults. On the academic side, we have developed goal driven programs taught by highly qualified teachers. We have a great home/school connection, strong leadership and provide opportunities for our students to be responsible.
Paramount has a very active PTA which supports programs in the classrooms and building. They are very student-centered in their approach, helping to create programs that support the teachers and building, meeting their academic goals (paying for reading supplements, classroom materials and equipment for PE, music, computer and the school library) as well as giving our students positive and lasting memories of elementary school (annual carnival, Trunk or Treating, Santa’s Secret Shop, reading incentives, spring Sock Hop and field days).
Paramount has student programs which allow students to help with recycling, be lunch helpers, sing in our specialty choir, serve on Student Council, do speed jumping, etc. We have upper grade students serving as editors and photographers for our annual yearbook edition. Students can take part in a lot of afterschool sports programs from the community which are run right here on campus for our family’s convenience (football, basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer).
We are Paramount Stars and we strive everyday to shine bright and be the best we can be, both inside and out.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Paramount resident shares her Christmas joy with others
Dalene Lemberes has lived in Paramount for just over a year, yet her love for Christmas has brought delight to the holiday season for over four decades. Dalene is a professional Christmas stager (decorator) and a McCall native where some described her as the “heartbeat of McCall,” and the place she started most of her Christmas traditions. With a passion for Christmas and a genuinely warm personality, Dalene has organized hundreds of holiday gatherings, both large-scaled events and intimate gatherings. She acquired many of her early decorations just before or just after Christmas, and today her collection has grown to need over 300 storage boxes to be contained during off-season.
Dalene enjoys living in Paramount and has made many new friends and neighbors. Now most of Dalene’s holiday celebrations are held in Paramount as well – and we couldn’t be happier! Her Paramount Holiday Party, an annual event where she invites the entire neighborhood to her home for a full spread of Christmas appetizers and treats, delighted over 70 Paramount residents this year and she hopes for an even larger attendance next year. The word is spreading, as she has had nearly a dozen separate groups stop by for impromptu tours of her beautiful, festive home, as well.
Always mindful of how blessed we are, Dalene also gives back to the community. This year she and a small group of volunteers donated materials and time to decorate two separate nursing homes for the holiday season.
Paramount has many fascinating residents and we hope to continue sharing their stories of generosity and kindness in 2011. Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Snow brings unconventional fun to Paramount!
The blanket of snowfall, which prompted school closures and slushy roads throughout the Treasure Valley, brought another surprise to Paramount this week. The completely-drained south pond along Cayuse Creek was transformed into an unexpected haven for resident sledders and snowboarders! With disregard for well-intended messages on nearby signs, families are gathering at this new snow-packed destination to take advantage of the pond’s open space and rolling slopes. “It’s like a mini Bogus Basin, only without the sometimes-difficult drive to get there,” commented one Paramount resident.
The wintry fun should continue through the season, with the pond scheduled to be refilled in springtime 2011.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Paramount residents serve up a flavorful variety at Annual Chili Cook-off
Paramount’s Annual Chili Cook-off was held in conjunction with the Harvest Festival for a full (literally!) day of fun at Crosby Park! Creativity in the culinary arts was evident with a wide range of recipes and presentation styles. The best of the best entries included: Judges Choice Award | BSUtes by Blake & Holly Worthington; People’s Choice Award | C.C. Chili Factory by Crysty & Carrie Covino; Best Presentation Award | The Big-Haired Chefs by Doug & Nadine Reece; Meatiest Chili Award | The Elkins Team by Clark & Beth Elkins; Beaniest Chili Award | Rammon Noodles by Ammon Covino and Robert Richards.
The top honor, Paramount Chili Idol 2010 Award, went to BSU Bronco Chili by Jim & Edith Irving. Thank you to all the participants for making this one of the most fun and memorable events of the season!
Click here for Chili Idol 2010 recipe: Download Chilirecipe
Friday, August 13, 2010
Meridian, ID is among the Top 10 Towns for Families, featured in Family Circle's August 2010 issue
As shared by Mayor Tammy de Weerd, “…This is a great recognition for our community and I’m extremely grateful for your contributions and your continued role in shaping our vibrant city and its related successes. Our community partners range from Neighborhood Watch enthusiasts to our active civic organizations; to our diverse faith communities and our entrepreneurial spirit and corporate citizenship; to our youth organizations and the many patrons that support our amazing and progressive education partners.
Together we’ve created, and are nurturing, a community that families want to be a part of; I have no doubt these collaborative efforts are why we continue to receive national attention. Meridian is recognized as a community that blends big-city opportunities through arts and cultural opportunities with choices in housing; that offers an ideal blend of affordable housing, good jobs, top-rated schools, and wide-open spaces; and a lot less stress than many other cities and towns. The City of Meridian continues to place great importance to our fiscal responsibility, to public safety, and to places to gather and to play – all are areas that matter to our citizens…”
To see the complete release, click here: Download News Release Family Circle
Friday, June 25, 2010
Summer kicks off in Paramount with an Outdoor Concert and Fourth of July Festivities
It’s a not-so-well-kept secret that there is something special about Paramount residents and their amazing sense of community spirit and creativity! Both of these attributes are evidenced by this weekend’s upcoming Outdoor Summer Concert featuring J.R. and the Stringrays, and in the following weekend with a spectacular Fourth of July Bash. Paramount’s Events/Hospitality Committee is hosting both of these events, with special thanks to these incredible volunteers: Liz Iverson, Shannon McNall, Marsha Hoffpauer, Michele Anderson, Melanie Fitzgerald, Anne Smith, Doug and Nadine Reece along with many others. Thank you!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Paramount Children's Outdoor Theatre 2010 season is about to begin!
Calling all little actors and actresses! This year’s Paramount Children’s Outdoor Theatre will perform “Alice in Wonderland” on Thursday, July 15. Tryouts will be Monday, June 21, then we’ll rehearse at Crosby Park Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 10-12 (though not all children will have to be there for every single practice depending on their parts.) The children’s play is for children ages 4 and up, and we welcome everyone! We also need parents’ help us with set, costumes, and production. They can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or check out our blog for more details at http://paramountchildrenstheatre.blogspot.com.
Angie Miller, Director / Paramount Resident
Friday, March 12, 2010
"And the Survey says..." Paramount Residents Weigh-in on Events & Activities
The Events/Hospitality Committee conducted an online survey for residents to provide feedback on what types of events and activities were valued in the neighborhood. We had 72 respondents complete the survey – which was great and more than we expected! The top three events are 1) Summer Concerts, 2) Easter Egg Hunt & Fourth of July Parade (tie), and 3) Harvest Festival.
We were surprised that Adult Cooking Classes had high interest in the Activities section, as well as Fitness/Training Workshops and a recreational volleyball league. The committee is researching how to add these opportunities within the neighborhood.
We are looking forward to another great year of events at Paramount and thank you to all the residents who completed the survey! The results are attached for your reference and as always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me 208/250-2774 cell.
Angie Dilmore, Brighton Corporation
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Join Us in Supporting Haiti
Please join us this Friday evening to hear some endearing stories of Haiti in the aftermath of the recent earthquake, and how its effects have touched one Paramount family.
We have asked residents Scott and Abby Hoefer to share the story of their recent adoption of Alex, a three-year-old boy from Haiti who just joined his new family last week. The adoption was completed after three years of moving through the international adoption process, with the earthquake accelerating the release of the final documents. Scott and Abby and their three daughters are very happy to finally have Alex with them and we would like to express our happiness for them at this special event.
Also available will be Brian Shepson, a pilot from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF.org), to speak about their recent experiences in Haiti and how the help and relief really are making a difference. (Brian just returned from Haiti on January 28.) MAF has had a presence in Haiti for over 20 years, and 100% of the funds raised this evening will go directly towards Haiti. This is a family-friendly event with the stories appropriate for both an adult and younger audience.
If you would like to support MAF but are unable to attend this event, please make your tax deductible donation at www.MAF.org – thank you!
Date: February 5 | 7 to 8 p.m.
Location: Community Center, 5695 N. Fox Way Run Way
We hope to see you there!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Thank You from Keep Kids Warm Campaign & Kissin' 92
A warm thank you to all the residents and supporters of Paramount’s Coat Drive this past December! The Events/Hospitality Committee selected the Keep Kids Warm campaign as the benefitting charity for this year’s annual event. Together we donated 44 coats and 15 sets of hats, scarves, mittens and gloves! The Giving Tree in the community center, where all the items were collected, was a spectacular sight at the end of the drive and such a great reminder of the generosity of this amazing neighborhood! (The letter of appreciation and radio clip are attached.) Thank you again!
Angie Dilmore, Brighton Corporation
Download Paramount – Keep Kids Warm 2009