A 55+ Community in Melbourne, Florida

January - February 2019

Edition No. 18

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Manager's Corner
 

John

The new year is rolling in and we’re so happy to have our seasonal neighbors back. We hope your holidays were filled with joy and laughter. Read on to learn more about the different events we hosted over the past couple of months.

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Manager's Corner

John

The new year is rolling in and we’re so happy to have our seasonal neighbors back. You’ll now find that Hometown America offers a terrific cable and internet package, through Spectrum, for all of our residents. You’re sure to save more this year with these savings.

In an effort to encourage a happy and healthy year ahead, we had our flu shot clinic in October, followed by an informative Medicare presentation for our residents a week later.

In addition to our healthy start, Kim, our office assistant, organized a Food and Fund Drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and a Toys for Tots campaign that ran for two months at the end of last year. We’d like to thank all of the residents who supported and contributed to these organizations. All the food collected and funds raised were used to help Brevard county families.

From everyone at the Lakes of Melbourne team, we hope your holidays were filled with joy and laughter. Have a spectacular new year!

Best,

-John

We're Closed
 

Office Closed

The community office will be closed the following days in observance of the holidays.

  • • Tuesday, January 1 - New Year’s Day
  • • Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day

Food

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Boost Your Breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? A balanced meal in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism and helps improve your energy and concentration throughout the day. Plus, it prevents overeating later in the day. Check out these 31 breakfast recipes to inspire your next morning masterpiece.

Capital Improvements

Tools

In the past few months we have completed several significant improvements and upgrades to our community. From our landscaping to the fitness center, every part of our community is kept looking fresh and updated. Read more to see all the community improvements.

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Capital Improvements

Tools

In the past few months we have completed several significant improvements and upgrades to our community.

  • • The putting green has been renovated with new cups and flags.
  • • The fitness center now has new ceiling fans and lighting installed.
  • • The craft room had a new ceiling fan and lighting installed.
  • • The main entry, main drive, paddleball court, and shuffleboard court area have all had major irrigation repairs.
  • • The clubhouse lights are in the process of being converted to LED, as they are replaced.
  • • The entry/exit gates have had numerous repairs.
  • • The community continues looking like the premier area it is thanks to the landscaping with annuals and mulching installed.

Sales Update
 

Sales update

The Sales Department had a great close to the year, selling more than 35 resale homes! As we move into 2019, we will continue to respond to our customers around the clock. Read for more info from our sales team and a few specials.

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Sales Update

Sales update

The Sales Department had a great close to the year, selling more than 35 resale homes! As we move into 2019, we will continue to respond to our customers around the clock. With the increased demand for homes from our northern friends, we want to help identify the homes we will have available for them. This can be seen through the placement of small “For Sale” signs in the front windows of these home which will be going into effect over the next few weeks.

If you’re looking to sell your home, remember to consider Hometown America as your resale authority. As always, we work to attract the most interested buyers through our marketing outreach on platforms such as Zillow, the HTA website, our Internet Sales Specialist response team, on-site presence, seamless application, title transfer services, and much more. We have a vested interest in getting the most money for your home as it helps build value in our community. If you’d like to list your home with us, reach out to Rick Spriggs at 321-725-5500. Remember, if you have a friend interested in moving to our community, you’ll receive $1,000 referral bonus if they purchase a new home – it’s a win, win!

HTA Email Collection Contest

Email winner

Congratulations to our Email Collection Contest winner, Leland Houston. Leland won a $50 Visa gift card for providing his email address. Thank you to everyone participated. If you know someone who hasn’t yet, make sure they know to submit their email address so they can stay up-to-date on the latest info.

Your Health

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Serenity & Strength

If you’re looking for a gentle form of exercise with powerful physical and mental benefits, Tai Chi may be the best option. Comprised of a series of choreographed, low-impact movements, Tai Chi is meant to help improve your strength, posture, and stress. The best part is this increasingly popular workout doesn’t leave you feeling sweaty or sore! Try out some basic moves to see if Tai Chi is right for you.

Toys for Tots Collection

Toys

Our Toys for Tots drive and the Second Harvest food drive were incredibly successful this year. Thanks to our residents, who donated a mountain of supplies for our local branches of these organizations. Read on to check out our final haul of donations.

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Toys for Tots Collection

Toys

Our Toys for Tots drive and the Second Harvest food drive were incredibly successful this year. Thanks to our residents, who donated a mountain of supplies for our local branches of these organizations. From all of us at Hometown America, we thank you!

Resident Spotlight
 

Midna

Meet our resident of the month, Midna Reyes. As one of the water aerobics teachers, you’re most likely to find her at the pool chatting with new residents. Read on to learn more about Midna and how she came to call our community home.

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Resident Spotlight

Midna

Meet our resident of the month, Midna Reyes.

As a second-generation resident, Midna first moved to our community 11 years ago after her mother fell in love with the people and the lifestyle. Midna was born in the Big Apple but spent most of her life living in Puerto Rico. After more than thirty years there, she decided she needed a change.

Midna spent over a decade in Palm Bay working as a bank teller before deciding on Melbourne. Upon moving to our community, she began taking the water aerobics classes as a stress reliever. Eventually, she began helping out when a teacher couldn’t cover a class. Now, she teaches her very own class on Saturday mornings.

When she’s not at the pool, you’ll most likely find Midna walking her blonde Cocker Spaniel, Dusty, around the community. She loves to welcome new people and make new friends in the community, so next time you see her, make sure you say hi!

Medicare Seminar
 

Doctor

On Tuesday, October 23, our residents enjoyed a presentation on Medicare and Medicaid. Corina Savela, an independent agent, answered residents’ questions about the programs. Read more to see pictures from the event.

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Medicare Essentials Summer
 

Doctor

On Tuesday, October 23, our residents enjoyed a presentation on Medicare/Medicaid. Corina Savela, an independent agent, answered residents’ questions about current coverage, prescription costs, enrollment periods, and other important information. Thank you, Corina! Check out some pictures from the event.

Home & Garden

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Clear Your Clutter

New year, new stuff. As the new year rolls in, you’re probably taking stock of what you’ve got and what you no longer need. One great way to clear the clutter and make a quick buck is to host a garage sale or join one in your community or church. There are plenty of ways to make your garage sale stand out from the crowd, like working with a group to create a bountiful and diverse sale. Take a look at these ideas for ways to get the most bucks for your bang.

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the quarter

Congratulations to our latest Yard of the Quarter winner, Dorothy Jewell of 2446 Lakes of Melbourne Drive. We love seeing our community members put so much heart and soul into their lawns. If you see Dorothy around, make sure to say hi!

Restaurant Review
 

Cheers

The Hell ‘n Blazes microbrewery has operated in downtown Melbourne for nearly two years. In this edition of Wes Robbins’ review, learn all about the microbrewery’s food and beer options, as well as their quality. Read more for the full review.

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Restaurant Review

Cheers

The Hell ‘n Blazes microbrewery has operated in downtown Melbourne for nearly two years now. It resides in a renovated hardware store just east of the railroad tracks on New Haven Avenue. Recently, the owners added a brew pub menu of food items to accompany their beers.

Fun fact: the person who oversees the food operations at Hell n’ Blazes is a new Lakes of Melbourne resident, Vincent DiFrisco, who moved to the area from Las Vegas specifically for that purpose.

My friend and I stopped in for lunch to try the beer and some of the new food offerings. We were favorably impressed with both. For tasting, you may choose four beers from a list of around twenty options. I was especially impressed with the Ocktoberfest and porter beers in my flight. Then, we ordered the deep-fried pickles appetizer. The batter was nice and light, not at all gummy.

On Vincent’s recommendation, one of us ordered the brisket with grilled cheese. For variety, I ordered the bratwurst Rueben. Both were excellent. The brat was braised in the same porter that I had in my flight of beers. Delicious! The fries that accompanied both lunches were very good as well.

The brewery side of the operation is highly rated on TripAdvisor: 64% excellent, 32% very good. Based on the lunches that we had today, Hell ‘n Blazes is off to a strong start with its food service. Try it and support one of our Lakes of Melbourne neighbors in the process!

- Wes Robbins

Close Before You Doze

Fire

Did you know closing your door is a critical part of fire safety? Fifty percent of house fires occur during times most people are asleep and closing your door can help protect you. Read below to see exactly how a closed door can keep you safe.

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Close Before You Doze

Fire

Did you know closing your door is a critical part of fire safety? Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down and even save your life if you become trapped. With synthetic materials, furniture, and construction, fires can spread faster than ever before.

Fifty percent of house fires occur during times most people are asleep and closing your door can help protect you. Read below to see exactly how , and don’t forget to close before you doze!

  • 1. Lower temperatures – Closing your door can make the difference between 1,000 degrees and 100 degrees in the case of a fire.
  • 2. Decrease carbon monoxide – During a fire, a closed door can keep carbon monoxide at 1,000 parts per million (PPM), rather than 10,000 PPM.
  • 3. Prevent growth – Oxygen is a key part of a burning fire, closing a door can slow its growth by preventing more oxygen from getting to it.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Time to Cut the Cord?

As technology continues to advance, more people are “cutting the cord” by getting rid of cable. Streaming services provide a wider variety of ways to watch your favorite programs, whether you’re on-the-go or snuggled on the couch. They only cost a fraction of a normal cable bill and most services offer a free period, so you can try before you buy. This is a great way to see if cutting the cord works for your lifestyle.

Be a Grill Master
 

Grill

If you’re looking to grill your finest steak ever, this is the article for you. Click read more to learn best techniques and then get back to grilling.

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Be a Grill Master

Grill

Many people prefer grilling their steaks over an extremely hot fire. For the best steak, consider creating a two-zone fire by placing all of the briquettes and two or three chunks of your favorite smoking wood to one side of the grill. By creating a hot and a cool zone, you can gently bring the interior of thicker (1.5-2 inches) steaks up while adding a deep smoky flavor before finishing it over direct flame to create the perfect crust.

Then, place the seasoned steak on the cool side of the grill, add the cover, and allow it to reach an internal temperature of approximately 110 – 115 degrees before moving to the hot side and grill for 2 – 3 minutes per side until a nice brown crust has formed and the internal temperature has reached 130 degrees for medium-rare. (It is worth investing in a good thermometer that can read temperatures accurately in 2 – 3 seconds.)

Despite the popular myth that calls for resting steaks, you can serve them straight off the grill while still hot. If you want to add an additional layer of flavor, drizzle the steak with a fine extra virgin olive oil, unsalted butter, or a garlic and herb compound butter. Enjoy!

Did You Know?
 

Questions

The world is full of new and interesting facts. While we can’t know everything, we can learn a few more bits of knowledge this month. Click read more for a list of fun facts and use your newfound trivia knowledge to impress your friends.

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Did You Know?

Questions

The world is full of new and interesting facts. While we can’t know everything, we can learn a few more bits of knowledge this month. Read below for a list of fun facts and use your newfound trivia knowledge to impress your friends.

  • • The last letter added to the English alphabet wasn’t Z. It was the letter J.
  • • People wore fake moles (or “beauty patches”) made of velvet, silk, or mouse skin in the 18th century as a fashion statement.
  • • Before the invention of color TV, 75% of people said they dreamed in black and white. Today, only 12% do.
  • • Iceland has an elf whisperer, who inspects construction sites before anything is built to make sure no elves are hanging around.

Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Keep reading to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

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Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but at the time Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Read below to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

  • 1. Fight fear with gratitude. Ted describes himself as a chronic worrier. He says to combat this, along with therapy and the help of his wife, he replaces the fearful thoughts with ones of gratitude.
  • 2. As you grow older, work harder. Ted explains age is a marker but it’s not everything. What you’re capable of is more related to our creativity, passion, and determination. Although he may have a bit more trouble memorizing lines now, he simply works a bit harder and it pays off.
  • 3. Know what’s important, be kind. No matter what financial worries his family had growing up, Ted was always reminded of how loved he was and exposed to a variety of people with diverse perspectives. While grieving the passing of his parents, he was reminded to focus on what matters most. His best advice? Be kind, everything else will take care of itself.
  • 4. Surround yourself with passionate people. Find the smartest people you can and work with them. That’s how Ted continues to push himself. He explains he’s stopped thinking of himself as a start and begun working on projects of creative people that inspire him.
  • 5. Accept that life will be messy. Self-deprecation has long been Ted’s comedic calling card. Rather than taking himself too seriously, he chooses to accept the messes that come with life and learn from them. He says he wouldn’t change any of his mistakes because they made him who he is today.

Today, viewers know Ted Danson as Michael on The Good Place or as a prominent environmental activist. Aging certainly isn’t slowing him down and it shouldn’t! Learn more about Ted’s tips for a balanced life and see if any of them work for balancing your own.

Travel

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Vacation for Less

Ready for a getaway but worried about the funds? There are plenty of tips and tricks for vacationing on a budget so you can enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. However, the destination is often the most expensive part of a vacation. This list features 18 of the best affordable destinations to make your holiday one for the books. With these travel hacks, there’s no need to keep putting off your next trip!

Trending Foods for 2019

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Our food is evolving as fast as our technology and it can be challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

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Trending Foods for 2019

Plate of food

Our food is evolving almost as fast as our technology. Sometimes it can feel challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger has predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

  • 1. Regional flavors. Whether it’s authentic southern cuisine or a true Philly Cheesesteak, people love food that reminds them of home and, according to Kroger, that’s not going to change any time soon.
  • 2. Plant-based foods. Meat or dairy free diets are steadily growing in popularity. As more people participate in Meatless Mondays or switch to a plant-based diet, food suppliers will provide a wider variety of available options.
  • 3. Trendy diets. In the quest for health, many are trying the newest diet trends like Keto or Whole30. Kroger not only expects this to continue, but increase as we head into the new year.
  • 4. Low sugars. Another popular diet change for 2019 will include decreasing or cutting sugar entirely from diets. While this may not be the best choice for everyone, 47% of consumers have said they are working to minimize their sugar intake.

Do Kroger’s predictions match up with yours? Learn more about them and give some of these trends a try for yourself. Maybe you’ll find meatless Mondays make your least favorite day of the week a bit more exciting.

Budgeting Made Easy

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Overspending is an easy habit to form and sticking to a budget is difficult. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Read more to learn how to stick to your plan and stop wasting time on unnecessary financial worries.

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Budgeting Made Easy

Calculator

Tracking finances can quickly become taxing but it must be done. Overspending is an easy habit to form, but after retirement you are often without a steady source of income and relying heavily on savings. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Don’t waste your time on unnecessary financial worries, learning the basics of budgeting is simple and fast.

First things first, be honest about your budget. Consider exactly what your current income, account balance, and expenses are. It’s easy to overlook small expenses but they add up over time. This may seem like common sense, but meticulously laying out finances is the foundation of a strong budget that you can continue in the long term.

Frequent expenses include home, transport, travel, and healthcare. Along with bills, it’s critical to note extraneous home expenses like maintenance or updates. If your car is guzzling funds as well as gas, consider using mobile apps such as Google Maps to find public transport routes near you. On the bright side, sticking to your budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel! Check out our travel article on the right side of the page for tips and destinations to make your vacation scrapbook-worthy for less. The last expense, healthcare, is sometimes unavoidable. However, by taking care of your mind and body, it becomes easier to prevent certain medical emergencies.

The last step is to keep track of your expenses. This is the part where most budgeters give up. Keeping a detailed record of what you spend can be demoralizing and difficult. To combat this, rewire the way you think about keeping track of your expenses. Turn it into a game where the goal is to find new ways to save on your purchases and keeping track of those purchases is how to keep the score. Plus, technology makes it easier than ever to record expenses with the various mobile apps designed for this very purpose, like Clarity Money. With this app, you can track your spending digitally whether you’re on a mobile phone or computer.

With these strategies, sticking to your budget is easier than ever. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks on how to live well on less, click here. Give your budget a makeover and see how much you can save.

Come Socialize
 

Facebook / Twitter

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 learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

 

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.

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven Insurance

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.