Amenities Volunteers Needed

Time to Give Back to the Community

Dear Lawson Residents, 

The Lawson Board of Directors is working hard to ensure that the Lawson community remains a desirable community to live in and is asking for your help keep it that way. Currently the Amenities Committee is seeking new volunteer members to assist with the committee in specific areas:


Clubhouse Amenities: Assist with day-to-day operations of The Mill and of the Five Forks Clubhouse. This would include work with Reserve Study Projects, assistance in planning for updates to the facilities, learning about the security features, assisting with rental Q&A's as well as rental inspections as needed, and general upkeep of the facilities. Total hours per month should not exceed 5-10 hours.


Fitness: Join our current members to assist with our gyms, tennis courts and walking trails. This would include work with potential Reserve Study Projects, assistance in planning for updates to the facilities, planning for updates or replacement of the current gym equipment, playground equipment or tennis equipment, understanding our trail system and general knowledge of the multiple wooden bridge structures. You'll even get to learn about how 12 Mile Creek affects our property and learn about the historic Grist Mills located just feet off of the trail system. Total hours per month should not exceed 5 hours. Generally, committee members should be able to walk the trails and visit the facilities at least once per week. 

If you are interested in joining the Clubhouse Committee, please fill out our online Volunteer Form and select either Amenities or Fitness in the dropdown menu plus give us a brief message on how you may be able to assist the committees. If you have an interest in volunteering for other committees, please follow the same directions and select the committee that most interests you from the dropdown menu.

Thank you,

Lawson Board of Directors, Lawson Amenities Committee & Braesael Management

2019 Lawson Swim Lesson Registration is Now Available


The Lawson Amenities & Pools Committee in cooperation with Trident Pool Group are happy to announce that we will be offering swim lessons at the Lawson Pools this summer season. Trident Pool Group will provide the instructors and handle all of the schedule coordination for the HOA. The lessons will be held at both the Mill House Pools and the Five Forks pool based on pool availability, especially during swim team practice times. “Learn To Swim” swim lessons is a BRAND NEW program from the ground up for 2019. We are also thrilled to have a very our Lawson Resident Head Instructor and a team of instructors to help your new or experienced swimmers learn and enjoy swimming! Swim lesson at Lawson Pools exclusively for Lawson Residents Only.


We will offer four (4) two-week sessions starting June 11 through the first week of August. During each session we will offer Levels 1-3 instruction affectionately called Minnows, Sea Otters, and Stingrays. Our Level 4 (Sharks) instruction will be handled through private and semi-private lessons to be scheduled through Trident Pool Group.

For more information & to register, please see our brand new site:

Trident Pool Group offers swim lesson at Lawson Pools exclusively for Lawson Residents Only.

Pool season is almost here!!

Thank you,

Diane Corcoran & Dave Garlinski

Lawson Pool Committee

April HOA Dues & Recurring Payments

Did you know you can set your HOA Dues to be automatically paid for you?

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Did you know that the April 2019 Assessments were as of today, April 15? To be in good standing with the Board, you need to make your payments online today.

ALL Residents MUST register on the new Braesael Management Portal to receive access and to make payments. With little time at all, setting up your HOA Assessment Recurring Payments is quick and painless!

Here are the steps:

  • Click Here to enter the Braesael Management Web Portal.

  • Login with your Portal Credentials. (If you do not have, you MUST Register or Select Forgot Password)

  • You have the choice to make a One Time Payment OR set up Recurring Payments

  • Scroll to Recurring Payments and select New Recurring Payment

  • Choose Payment Method: Pay By eCheck OR Pay By Credit Card

If Paying with eCheck…

  • Enter your Paying Amount

  • Select Account Type

  • Enter Routing Number

  • Enter Account Number and Verify Account Number

  • Click on Submit eCheck Payment, then Verify Dates for payments and Finalize. And You’re Done!

If paying by Credit Card…

  • Change the selection to Pay By Credit Card

  • Click on Pay By Credit Card

  • You will be redirected to a Credit Card Payment Portal by PayLease

  • Follow the on-screen prompts to set up recurring payments through their portal.

After this, you are all set for Recurring Assessment Payments.

[Ring] Exclusive Offer for Lawson: 1 Week Only!!

Get $40 off Ring Video Doorbells, Alarms & Security Cameras to help make our community more secure.


1) Visit and choose an eligible product including Video Doorbell 2, Video Doorbell Pro, Video Doorbell Elite, Spotlight Cam, Floodlight Cam, Stick Up Cams and Alarm Security Kit 5-Piece.

2) Ship to your Lawson address (using your five-digit 28173 ZIP code)

3) Use the following promo code: cpp-28173-lawson-40

It’s that simple!

Note: Offer is valid between 4/13/19 - 4/20/19. Orders shipped to non-Lawson addresses may be delayed or declined.

Want to learn more about Ring? Check out these links and video below!

LAPD Crime Study: Ring Partners with LAPD to Reduce Crime in Wilshire Park

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LA Times: Ring modernized the doorbell, then went to war against crime

USA Today: Police say crime drops with video doorbell

Our mission here at Ring is to reduce crime in neighborhoods. Back in May 2015, Ring launched a pilot program with the Los Angeles Police Department by installing Ring Video Doorbells in the Wilshire Park neighborhood. 6 months later, the Wilshire Park neighborhood saw a reduction of burglaries by more than 50%.

Lawson Five Forks Pool Project Continues

With all project permits in place, this past week the crews started work on the next phase of the project which is to stabilize the soil underneath the concrete pool decking. The Amenities Committee has been in constant contact with the project manager, Pace Development, throughout the process and project. We speak with them at least 2-3 times per week either in person or via email. The committee members also make daily visits to the site and take many pictures as you see here.

With rain this Friday and again Sunday & Monday, the committee plans to meet with representatives from Pace Development and Artisan Concrete on Tuesday April 9. We plan to review the current status, items that have come to our attention with repairs and next steps with coping replacement and finally concrete replacement.

The concrete replacement will only be the largest part of the project. After the concrete is cured and we start to move back in and open for the season, the crews will begin to dig the new French drains on either side of the fence line to ensure that water runoff is drained away from the pool decking to help prevent lifting and buckling of the concrete. We, along with the Board of Directors, will continue to hold Pace Development to our highest standards with one of our largest community owned properties. Once completed, we will have all reports and documentation from the project prior to Lennar turnover of the deed to the property.

We continue to hold for a May 10, 2019 Season Opening and will keep the community abreast of any changes.

Thank you, Lawson Amenities Committee

A Brand New Way To Book A Pool Party

Who Doesn’t Love A Pool Party!?!

A New & Simple Way To Book Your Next Pool Event

A New & Simple Way To Book Your Next Pool Event

This week the Lawson Communications Committee launched a brand new online Pool Event Reservation form for Lawson Residents to use to book their upcoming Pool Events & Parties!

The form itself is very detailed and requires residents to review the Pool Rules, Slide Rules, Cleaning Policy and Inclement Weather Policy. But it also gives you a much better experience in understanding the process including the fees, what locations are available, and much more! The Amenities Committee has structured the form in a way that allows Braesael Management & Trident Pool Group to easily book the requests and turn around a decision within just a short amount of time. Plus there’s no vagaries with the request, the rules, the policies or what you should expect. It’s all right there for your review as you go through the process. We’ve covered all of the FAQ’s, but if there are still some, you can always contact Braesael Management with your questions. Based on resident feedback we will continue to modify the form and process as needed.

Thank you,

Lawson Amenities Committee

Cleaning Up for the Spring

No Better Time To Get A Little Wet

Our Lawson Friends at  Prestige House Washing  Helped Us Get the Mill House Playscape Cleaned for the Season

Our Lawson Friends at Prestige House Washing Helped Us Get the Mill House Playscape Cleaned for the Season

We’re so happy to tell you that Prestige House Washing, a local Waxhaw business and Lawson Residents, helped the Amenities Committee in a bit of a late request to have the playscape sanitized and cleaned today! Next week our landscapers will be installing new playground mulch at both the Mill House & the Five Forks Playgrounds. Both of the playgrounds will be closed during these days while the work is completed. But first, let’s bask in the glory of the new looking playscape! It’s a real beauty now! Be sure to find them at the Lawson Vendor Fair this Sunday, April 7, 12:00pm-4:00pm.


Union County Needs Feedback On Road Intersections

2019 Union County Critical Intersection Analysis

Lawson neighbors while this is a Union County news item, it affects our community a great deal: TRAFFIC & Safe Intersections! As Waxhaw and the surrounding community have grown by leaps and bounds in the past 6 years, there has been a need for road improvements and intersection updates across the area. Want to turn onto Ennis Road, Grey Byrum or Bonds Grove Church Road but can’t due to traffic? Or worse… try to turn from those roads onto Providence and pray? This past month a survey was put out by Union County to help identify other intersections in the area that are currently not covered by the 2014 list of intersections. We highly encourage you to look this over, review the Analysis PDF (it’s very thorough) and obviously take part in the survey. See Below:

In 2016 the county adopted a Critical Intersection Analysis, which identified a series of intersections throughout the county that would be competitive for funding through the NCDOT or Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO). There are actually over two dozen funded intersection improvements throughout the county, so an additional benefit of this process is letting the community know about all the transportation improvements scheduled for the near future. (Example below)

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This list has served the county well, with the majority of identified projects funded for implementation. The County, municipalities, and NCDOT are working on updating the list of intersections to continue pursuing funding opportunities. We have identified 23 intersections we would like to evaluate for inclusion in the final report. We expect some of them will not make it into the final list due to high impacts on adjacent property owners, low benefit of the improvements when compared to the cost, or lack of local support.

That is why we are holding a 30-day input and feedback period to hear from the community on the projects. This input and feedback period will run from March 18 to April 18. You can learn more and provide your input several different ways.

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  • Call with questions or comments. Please call Bjorn Hansen at (704) 283-3690

The schedule for this process is below:

  • March – April: Community input

  • May – June: Evaluate input and refine project list

  • June: Approve project list and develop report

  • July: Post report for community review

  • August – September: Present for municipal and county adoption

  • October: Submit grant request to CRTPO for identified intersection design and cost development

Five Forks Pool Deck Re-Construction

Monday, March 18, 2019 - Lawson Five Forks Pool - 10:38am (48 degrees, Hot Coffee in Hand)

Today is the day! (Well, Yesterday was the day) The Lawson Amenities Committee has been working for months with Lennar, Pace Development and multiple contractors on the project to replace the concrete decking at our Five Forks Pool. After weather delays Monday was the day! And boy was it! The contractors have already removed half of the decking with the remainder to be removed Tuesday.

As a backstory, in June 2018, the Amenities Committee working with our pool vendor Trident Pools found serious issues with our concrete decking at the pool. Working with Trident and an independent structural engineer, we found that the concrete used to pour the decking was not adequate and there could also be issues with the soil below the concrete.

Fast Forward to November 2018, our builder and declarant informed the committee and our brand new Board of Directors that they were working with the contractors to replace the pool decking. It was a long arduous process, but we felt that we were in great shape after hearing this. And then we waited… and waited… it was winter after all.

So… Now it’s here and for the next few days there will be a lot of demolition and dust flying. There will be piles of broken concrete in our parking lot and trucks hauling away debris. Then there will be inspections of soil, new soil and stone to reinforce the soil. Then more certified testing and reports on the soil and concrete to be poured. After this, the new concrete will be poured to many little one’s delight! Go watch from the fence line! Finally, all reports and documentation from the project will be made available from the contractors to the Amenities Committee for later reference.

Once the decking is in place, a new french drain will be dug along the fence line to allow proper water displacement away from the decking. Then finally they will make final repairs and we should be set for inspections by late April and be ready for opening day on May 10th!!

We will keep you all posted right here on the Blog so please check back regularly! Make sure you also register on the Braesael Management Portal to receive all HOA Communications, your only source for HOA news & information, and access your accounts!

I Heart Lawson

As a candidate in our last Board of Directors elections, I am ecstatic to reaffirm that I heart Lawson.

While it turned into a battleground at some points, I think everyone was in it for the right reasons—we all heart Lawson. There are so many good people that live here that do so many good things within our community, a lot of which is done without us even realizing.

Which brings me to the point of this post…

As the new Chair of the Communications Committee, I’d first like to thank you for visiting and engaging in the content we’ve worked hard on for the community. We hope that you love it as much as we do. This site will be a continual work in progress and we would love to hear your feedback. You can send any feedback you have by clicking here.

So, what exactly does the communication committee do? Well, your looking at it! Welcome to our new website! It’s been a dream for a while that we are now making a reality. Along with myself (Matt Carollo), our new Board Member Sponsor, Mike Krakauskas and Dave Garlinski as our Advisor, we implemented a framework that should serve us well, now and in the future. We want to make sure that you have all of the information that you need to participate and live in this Lawson community that we all love. And we will do our best to accomplish that. Speaking of participation, if you ever want to volunteer, there is plenty of opportunity. Just fill out this form and someone will be in touch.

We also have an unofficial Facebook Group which is a great resource for information—from asking for recommendations from your neighbors to buying Girl Scout cookies — I highly recommend joining if you are not part of it yet. Note: This is a resident run forum.


As a resident…

I love turning into Lawson and feeling like I am in a resort, one in which we all live.

But that wouldn’t be the case without our Grounds Committee which consists of our Chair, Dave Garlinski, Board Member Sponsor, Danny Divers and committee members Ellen Herman, Christina Retzer & Tom Robinson.

Same goes for all of our committee members—some public recognition and a big thank you is in order for everyone taking part including:

  • Architectural Control Committee members Donn Kegel, Charles Casey and Keith McDaniel.

  • Amenities Committee which consists of our Chair, Dave Garlinski, Board Member Sponsor, Mike Sanfilippo and committee members Diane Corcoran & Laura Agati.

  • Social Committee including Co-Chairs, Tracey Grimm Hammond & Anne Diver, Board Member Sponsor, Anthony Delgigante and committee members: Lell Arthur, Christine Bennett, Allison Bevecaqua, Nicole Bentivegna, Kristin Bergeson, Lorraine Berkowitz, Leanne Brown, Denise Chimenti, Heather Cocchi, Eileen DelGigante, Susan DeFazio, Brenda Dion, Deborah Ellis, Kathleen Gavan, Bruce Herman, Jaime Knight, Shannon Mallozzi, Abbey Merendino, Jean Robinson, Kelly Sanfillippo, Nital Sutton and Kristin Verrill

A huge thank you to everyone who takes part to make our community beautiful, fun and desired as THE PLACE to live in Waxhaw.

And last but certainly not least, a heartfelt thank you to our current board members who have stepped up to the challenge. These individuals are working hard in the background to keep our community as amazing as it is. The following Lawson residents make up the 2019 Lawson Community Association Board of Directors. HOA President, Anthony DelGigante; Vice President, Mike Krakauskas; Treasurer, Mike Sanfilippo; Recording Secretary, Daniel Divers and; Sergeant at Arms: Bobby West.

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I Heart Lawson

If you haven’t heard me speak, the I Heart Lawson may give away that I am from NY.

I truly love Lawson as a place to live and as a place to raise my family. I hope that you find all of the information we post moving forward useful, and I encourage you to provide feedback as we are all, as a community, better together. I’m excited to take part in the next chapter of Lawson and hope you are too!

A Whole New Lawson Website

What a difference 12 years makes…

Twelve Years. Let that sink in for a moment Lawson friends. 12. Years. Lawson has been here 12 years, yet some of it is barely a year old at the same time. I’m talking about you friends over on Maze Court, Lightwood and Prickly Lane to name a few.

Twelve Years. Again… it’s been a long time since Pace/Dowd broke ground on what would eventually be the most amazing and highly desired community to live and raise a family here in Waxhaw.

Twelve Years. So much has happened in these twelve short years… New homes, economy collapse, new Lennar homes, sprinkle in a few new True Homes, Mattamy, Realignment (3x), Kensington > New Town < Waxhaw Elementary, 700+ new homes in 6 years, new pool, friends have come and gone, new friends have come in behind, but all in all it’s been a tremendous ride. Hey, we even had our first ever HOA Board Election… 9 years after it was supposed to happen.

The internet has evolved tremendously over 12 years as well. Did you know that the iPhone was introduced in 2007? Now look at it… But the Lawson Website, yeah it still looks and operates like it did many, many years ago. Until now…

We are so happy to introduce the brand new Conceived by the Communications Committee almost 2 years ago, finally implemented by the new Communications Committee Chair (Don’t call him Mike Carollo!) and ready to help people fall in love with Lawson! Because it’s not just an HOA Portal to get ACC approval or to try to read the CCR’s anymore. It’s a place to gather information, learn about events, learn about Lawson plus its a great marketing tool for our community. How do the most successful realtors in Waxhaw sell Lawson so well? Because it’s where people want to live. But don’t try to Google Lawson… no website, no presence.

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Until Now!

We own the Lawson Community Google Search too. We will continue to update images and news about Lawson to keep this search fresh. In the month of January 2019 alone, Lawson was searched ~2700 times. Think of that!

We now offer a beautifully designed and implemented site for our ever evolving community. Which means that the site can evolve with us. Hence this Blog! This site is even mobile friendly, so bookmark it to your phone home screen now. It’s just something new we can offer the community through the Communications Committee. Do you know the History of Lawson? Well, you can read the Trading Path Association research document printed in 2006 when Lawson was first founded. It’s right here.

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But Wait.. There’s More! There’s always room for more.

The new does more… Need to pay your Associations Dues? Want to check you ACC Application? How about checking the hundreds of HOA documents? The brand new Braesael Management Portal is embedded right into the our website, not the other way around as before. We have built our new website to use any HOA Management company portal as to be independent, rely upon ourselves and utilize the management company portal as a tool within our site.

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Mill House in 3D?

Yes, we’ve got that from our Lawson neighbor at HouseLens. Plus we have multiple 360 tours and a guided tour of the Mill House and pool area. We even have a flyover! Can you tell how much we love Lawson?

Ok, we cannot take 100% credit, we may have borrowed some inspiration from our surrounding communities. Their professionally designed (and managed) websites are amazing for their communities. It makes sense as they are selling tools for the builders there as well as the community. We will hold off on the Instagram & Twitter accounts for now, but you get the idea. We can do a lot with very little and very little overhead. This is just v1.0… we have a lot more to come and we will tweak based on usage and feedback.

Speaking of usage, we intend for everything to be here at some point soon. Pool Calendar & Swim Team Schedules? Done. Event Calendars? Done. Contact for Braesael? Done. Swim Party Application? Done. ACC Application? Done. Want to rent the Mill House? That’s done too! Brand new online form so you no longer need to print and fill out! We live in a digital age, time to embrace it!

We want your feedback too. We have a Support Link and we kindly ask that you review the site, play with it, learn it, and then send us your feedback. Note: We do not manage the Braesael portal as that is strictly done by Braesael IT. But we can modify pretty much everything else. Want to write a blog post that benefits the community? Reach out to us. We want this site to be an all encompassing location for you. No need to go on Facebook and ask “How do I apply to the ACC?” it’s right here. Easy to do, quick and efficient!

So that’s it! We’re so happy to have this brand new tool for our community. Like we said, there will be continuous improvements based on usage and feedback. So we will introduce new items, features, and more in the coming months.

Thank you,

Lawson Communications Committee

Matt Carollo, Committee Chair

Mike Krakauskas, Board Member

Dave Garlinski, Advisor