A 55+ Community in Orlando, Florida

April - May 2019

Edition No. 22

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Manager's Corner
 

Priscilla

You can start soaking up some vitamin D as spring has officially sprung at the Fairways! The warmer temperatures make it the perfect time to go outdoors. Keep reading to learn more about all the excitement coming our way.

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Manager’s Corner

Priscilla

You can start soaking up some vitamin D as spring has officially sprung at the Fairways! The warmer temperatures make it the perfect time to go outdoors, making improvements and joining in on the fun community events.

If you’ve missed it, our sales team has been on fire lately. In just the past few months alone, we have sold more new and brokered homes than we did in the first quarter of last year. A huge congratulations to our sales team! If you’re thinking about selling your home, check out our Sales Update later on in this newsletter for more information about our “Love It, List It” program – a win-win for both buyers and sellers.

Break out your bell-bottoms and leg warmers for Music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s gracing the Fairways Masters Clubhouse on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Kip Sweeny and his Night Moves Band will play a host of our favorite songs, meant for dancing. Slip on your Blue Suede Shoes and join us for a fun night of music, dancing, and friends.

With the cooler weather finally leaving us, now is the perfect time to start on any home improvement projects you might have been putting off. We love seeing you all outside painting, gardening, building flower beds, and doing some old-fashioned spring cleaning. We’d like to give a special shout out to a few of our hardworking residents: Lee Ann Sclafani, Robert & Lethia Riker, Stanley Peterson, Steven Bordner, Thomas Beauregard, John Maxwell, and Edward Cahill. Our community continues to look great thanks to your help!

Sincerely,

Priscilla

Office Closed
 

Golf tournament

The community office will be closed on April 19 in observance of Good Friday and May 27 for Memorial Day. However, the sales office may be open, call (321) 325-4778 for more information.

Food

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Best Foods by State

Everyone loves the taste of home, whether it’s your mother’s famous dish or a cultural favorite. In the U.S., every state has its own signature meal. Can you guess the most famous dish from yours? Check your answer and see the rest of the most iconic foods from each state so you can try them all.

Casino Night
 

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On February 16, we brought back a fan favorite to the Masters Clubhouse: Casino Night. Everyone enjoyed blackjack, poker, and roulette tables manned by an exciting group of dealers. Read on to learn more and check out some photos from the event.

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Casino Night

Roulette table

On February 16, we brought back a fan favorite to the Masters Clubhouse: Casino Night. Everyone enjoyed blackjack, poker, and roulette tables manned by an exciting group of dealers. Our Activities Director, Amy, supplied us with great raffle prizes donated from local restaurants, vendors, and shops. Stay tuned for updates on when the next Casino Night will be – we hope to see you then!

Sales Update
 

Money bag

Spring is in full swing here at The Fairways, especially over at the Sales Office. We’re selling homes left and right thanks to some fantastic offers available for both buyers and sellers. Read more to learn more about each of these offers.

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Sales Update

Money bag

Spring is in full swing here at The Fairways, especially over at the Sales Office. We’re selling homes left and right thanks to some fantastic offers available for both buyers and sellers. Check them out:

Resident Referral
Don’t miss your chance to pick your neighbors and earn money for it! For a limited time, when you refer a friend or family member and they purchase a new, Hometown America home, you will earn $2,000. If they purchase a used home, you still take home $500. Overall, it’s a win-win!

Love It, List It
Are you thinking of selling your home? While we’re sad to see you go, remember that we are your resale authority. Not only do we employ the right types of media to sell your home, but we know The Fairways lifestyle and are vested in making sure you receive the most for your home. Statistics show that we sell approximately 50 pre-owned homes per year, we’re good at what we do. We also offer buyers a full year golf membership – a $1,800 to $2,400 value!

Trade-In/Trade-Up
Want to upgrade your home without breaking the bank? We have the solution. If you have our friends at Data Comp appraise your home, Hometown America will give you 70% of the value of the appraisal and you only pay sales tax on the difference, never commission fees. From there, we’ll take your home into inventory and then you get to live in a brand-new, warrantied home. We will also reimburse you the $300 appraisal fee when you purchase your new home – talk about a steal!

If you’d like to learn more about any of these offers or check out some of the new homes and floor plans, reach out to Judith and Madeline with the Sales Team.

Robin and the Retro’s

Robin

We enjoyed a blast from the past on March 16, thanks to a fantastic show by Robin and the Retro’s. Robin brought the energy, getting everyone out of their seats and on to the dance floor. Click to check out some pictures from the show.

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Robin and the Retro’s

Robin

We enjoyed a blast from the past on March 16, thanks to a fantastic show by Robin and the Retro’s. Robin brought the energy, getting everyone out of their seats and on to the dance floor. Check out everyone busting a move:

Your Health

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How Low Can You Go?

If you’re looking for an easy way to lower your blood pressure, this may be it. Research has shown that a simple way to fight hypertension is by regularly monitoring your blood pressure at home. Without the stress of the doctor’s office and with consistent knowledge, people often report lower rates.

Activities Corner
 

Calendar

From the Hometown America Golf Invitational in January to upcoming events like the monthly Wine and Cheese parties and Memorial Day Cookout, we’ve been on a roll this year. Read on to learn more about our upcoming events.

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Activities Corner

Amy Headshot

We’ve been on a roll so far this year, starting with the Hometown America Golf Invitational in January that saw 144 registered golfers. Our golfers enjoyed a fantastic round of golf with snacks and drinks along the course followed by a catered lunch from Crispers and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. We’re also happy to announce that 50/50 prize money was donated to “The Alzheimer’s Foundation.”

We’re keeping up the momentum with a host of fun events lined up over the next few months. Every month, Hometown America hosts a Wine and Cheese party around the fire pit at the Masters. If you haven’t joined us yet, we encourage everyone to come out for a glass of wine and fellowship. As always, make sure you come on out for Movie Night in the Masters Clubhouse for a great flick and delicious snacks.

On April 26, we’ll host the musical extravaganza, “Night Moves” performed by the Kit Sweeny Band in the Masters Clubhouse. Get ready to rock out to music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s like the Beach Boys, a little Motown, and more. Tickets are available for pick-up in the Community Office starting on April 1.

Stay tuned to the Eagle and Channel 732 for more information about the Memorial Day Cookout. While plans have not been finalized quite yet, it will take place around Memorial Day weekend.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for fun events, please reach out directly or call the community office. We’re always looking for your input to keep making The Fairways your favorite place to be.

Best,
Amy Kramer

Resident Appreciation

Hands

During our Resident Appreciation Month in February, two of our fantastic residents won some even better prizes. Steve Hopgood received two tickets to “Titanic: The Musical” at UCF and David Waugh won a raffle for two tickets to Casino Night, complete with a bottle of wine. Congratulations to both!

Safe Spring for All
 

Dog

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, everyone is ready to explore the outdoors with their favorite pup by their side. However, spring brings a few hidden dangers for your pet. Keep your four-legged family members safe with these helpful tips!

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Safe Spring for All

Dog

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, everyone is ready to explore the outdoors with their favorite pup by their side. However, spring brings a few hidden dangers for your pet. Keep your four-legged family members safe with these helpful tips!

  • 1. Stay aware of nearby wildlife. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy being active in nature with your pups. However, this also brings us closer to wildlife that may attack an unleashed dog if they perceive them as a threat. Depending on your area, wildlife may range from bears to coyotes to foxes. Brushing up on your local wildlife and knowing where they are puts you one step ahead.
  • 2. Keep your garden secure. Many of the beautiful plants that are blooming in our gardens this season are toxic to pets. Lilies, daffodils, narcissus, and hyacinths can cause upset stomachs, tremors, mood changes, or even death when consumed by pets. Plus, when ingested, lawn and garden products like pesticides are also harmful to animals. Knowing which plants and products to avoid means you can rest easy.
  • 3. Pay attention to windows. It’s not just people who are looking to get outside this season. The warmer weather catches the attention of dogs as well. It’s common for dogs to get excited and run or fall out of an open window during the spring. The simplest fix is to keep windows closed or install a secured screen.

Spring hazards don’t mean you need to keep your pet indoors all season. Now that you know the most common dangers for pets and how you can easily avoid them, you’re better prepared to enjoy the season together. If you want more information, check out more tips here.

Home & Garden

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Spring Gardening Tips

As the weather warms up, it’s time to transition your garden into spring. Whether it’s soil prep work, pruning, or planting, these tips will help you find the best practices for taking your plants and herbs to the next season. What will you grow this spring?

Confusing Tech Be Gone

Phone

If your new tech gadget confuses you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn how to operate your device. Asking a friend or family member is an option, but there are other ways to learn even when they’re not available. Keep reading for more!

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Confusing Tech Be Gone

Phone

If your new tech gadget confuses you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn how to operate your device. Asking a friend or family member is an option, but there are other ways to learn even when they’re not available.

  • 1. Use the web! This first method is surprisingly simple. If you have a technology question, chances are someone else has had the same one. In this day and age, you can find an online tutorial for almost anything. Simply search for your question on a website like Google, and find answers or visual representations of how to fix the issue in a video.
  • 2. Call or message a tech support company or operator if the web is part of the issue. Senior Tech Services offers computer training and other information, but if you have a more localized question, check out any of these other highly rated tech support companies. With their help, you’re only a phone call away from using your gadget like a pro!
  • 3. Books and courses are another great way to learn. Depending on the specific gadget or issue you have, you may be able to find the answer at your local bookstore on it. Plus, as integrated as technology is in our daily lives, there are plenty of courses online and in person covering a wide variety of solutions.

With these tips and tricks to master your device, you’ll be the tech wizard all your friends and family turn to for support in the future. Want to know more? Find extra info here!

Tidying Up Your Life

Folded clothes

Netflix’s new breakout show, “Tidying up With Marie Kondo,” is inspiring people everywhere to organize their items and lives. From new folding styles to donating items that don’t spark joy, Marie Kondo has tidying down to a science. Read on for some of her best tips.

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Tidying Up Your Life

Folded clothes

In her new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” Marie shows multiple families how to organize their lives and homes to live more stress-free. The show became an unexpected breakout hit after viewers became obsessed with the calming nature of the show and began using her tips to organize their own lives.

If you’re looking to reap the benefits of her show without the lights and cameras, now you can! We’ve compiled a few of her best tips to help get your life in order. Many have claimed these tricks have changed their lives, maybe they will do the same for you!

  • 1. Make an exit plan for your stuff. Before you begin decluttering, plan where they will go. Will you donate items to Goodwill, a women’s shelter, or another local shelter? Give your preferred locations a call to see what they need or will accept.
  • 2. Plan to decide on every item. Clutter doesn’t only mean messy, you can have a perfectly organized drawer of unnecessary items. Set aside time for each object to decide if it sparks joy or if it’s time to let it go.
  • 3. Enjoy the tidying time. Make the time you spend organizing fun. Play some music while you work, or turn it into a game where you get points as you complete tasks. If you want to use this time to relax, try listening to an audiobook as you declutter.
  • 4. Tidy in order. Marie’s method follows a specific pattern to give you the best chance at success. Start with clothes, then books, documents, miscellaneous items, and finally mementos. This order helps make the entire process more efficient and effective.
  • 5. If your new organizational strategy isn’t working, change it. There’s nothing wrong with switching styles. It takes time to find what works best for you. Tidying is all about making your life smoother, so find the techniques and styles that bring you joy.

Did you know Marie Kondo isn’t a new icon? In fact, she has acted as an organizational consultant for years, even releasing her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”

If you would like more hints and hacks for organizing your home, find them here!

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Motown's Continuing History

Motown has turned out hit-makers time after time but it’s important to look back on the history of the music giant. Motown Records was the first black-owned record company but eventually turned into much more. Motown became a movement synonymous with the soul and R&B music that’s still topping the charts today.

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to hear about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

HTA E-Z Pay
 

E-Z Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.

 

Travel

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Best Ways to Experience Alaska

Alaska is one of the nation’s most scenic states with plenty to do and see. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to see the area while still having time to relax. Check out these tips on how to get the most out of your getaway in this travel hotspot.