A 55+ Community in Melbourne, Florida

May - June 2018

Edition No. 14

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John's Corner
 

John

Hello residents! Thank you all for a great year so far here at Lakes of Melbourne. We appreciate everyone’s participation and support making our community so fun and inviting. There’s no doubt my favorite part of last season was the Resident Appreciation Party, so look for that recap in the newsletter below.

- John

Resident Spotlight
 

Lynda

Our latest resident spotlight is on the Lakes of Melbourne librarian, Lynda VeArd. She has been a resident of the Lakes of Melbourne since December of 2001. Read on to learn about the woman behind the books.

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Resident Spotlight

Lynda

Our latest resident spotlight is on the Lakes of Melbourne librarian, Lynda VeArd (of 2240 Lakes of Melbourne Drive). She has been a resident of the Lakes of Melbourne since December of 2001 after moving from Indialantic, Florida.

Lynda is an outstanding volunteer for the Lakes of Melbourne. She has been our main librarian, alongside at least three other volunteers, since she moved into the community. She is responsible for rotating books, videos, and games, and she truly makes the library a better place.

Lynda also runs a terrific program that sends books to our troops. She is very patriotic and is a great supporter of those serving in our armed forces. She quietly performs tasks for others and is a true ambassador for the Lakes of Melbourne community.

Food

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Spring and Summer Libations

As the seasons change, so do our tastes. We crave fresh ingredients, herbs, and fruitier flavors. If you are planning pool parties or gatherings, make sure your cocktails match the seasonal preference. Town and Country Magazine shares innovative drink recipes, while this piece by The Spruce shares advice on excellent, easy-to-prep pairings.

Resident Appreciation Party

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On Friday, March 2, Hometown America held a resident appreciation event for the Lakes of Melbourne. It was truly a spectacular evening of fun. Read more for a recap and photos.

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Resident Appreciation Party

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On Friday, March 2, Hometown America held a resident appreciation event for the Lakes of Melbourne. It was truly a spectacular evening of fun.

The evening kicked off with a wine and cheese social. Everyone had the chance to chat with neighbors while enjoying their choice of white, red, or rosé. Nonalcoholic beverages were also served such as sweetened and unsweetened iced tea.

This extra special affair called for delicious cheeses, including hoop cheddar, manchego, Vermont cheddar, smoked gruyere, colby, and havarti, served with fresh, seasonal fruit. Pinwheels and cubes of turkey, ham, and salami were also available for nibbling.

After the social, it was time for comedic entertainment. The show opened with Dallas’ funny lady, Pam Worthington, followed by Lou Angelo. His folksy stories and interaction with the audience were very amusing.

Finally came featured comedian, Alan Schubowsky. For nine years, Alan was a regular at the world-famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California. During that time, he appeared in two Steve Martin Specials. He has also performed with Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Huey Lewis & the News, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Spinners, and now the Lakes of Melbourne Clubhouse Auditorium. His old-school style and thirty years of experience capped off a truly outstanding evening.

We had a large number of residents in attendance, which gave Hometown America the opportunity to thank many of you for your efforts in making the Lakes of Melbourne the terrific community that it is. Thank you all!

How to Inspect Your Gutters

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Gutters and downspouts run along a roof's edge to capture and direct runoff. A clogged or damaged gutter often fails to move water away from the structure efficiently and can lead to puddling, leakage, and even structural damage. Read more for tips on maintaining effective gutters.

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How to Inspect Your Gutters

Gutter

Gutters and downspouts run along a roof's edge to capture and direct runoff. A clogged or damaged gutter often fails to move water away from the structure efficiently and can lead to puddling, leakage, and even structural damage.

Clean out and inspect gutters at least twice a year or more, especially if you suspect damage or if nearby trees lose enough leaves to potentially clog the gutter or downspout. Also, always use caution when working on a ladder. Make sure the ladder is firmly planted on even ground and use a spotter.

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

Our most recent Yard of the Quarter goes to Dan and Pat Cimini at 2445 Boca Way Place. Our community is very thankful for all of our residents who keep their yards looking nice and we enjoy looking at each beautiful yard. Congratulations Dan and Pat!

Your Health

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Secrets to Living Longer

In the battle against the ticking clock, it’s interesting to see different perspectives on what keeps folks young. A great wonder is how on the Greek island of Ikaria, one in three make it to their 90’s and rarely have illnesses. Ikarian and author, Diane Kochilas, shares her secrets to a long life. It’s also useful to get advice directly from centenarians. From Betty White (95) to Norman Lloyd (102), these 12 celebrities share their tips for a long life.

Sales Update
 

Update

Thinking of selling your Lakes of Melbourne home? Curious about the buying and selling activity within the community? Read more for updates and info from our Sales Office.

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Sales Update

Update

Thinking of selling your Lakes of Melbourne home? Schedule a FREE market analysis with Rick Spriggs, Hometown’s Sales Representative. He understands the market and will provide you with advice and a competitive value analysis of your home’s worth.

With only 10 homes on the market, demand is high, and Rick has a catalogue of potential buyers looking for the right place in our community. Call Rick today at (321)725-5500 to learn more.

Refer Your Friends

Money

Remember, if you provide a referral who purchases a home, Hometown America will pay you money. See Rick in the Sales Office for details or give him a call at (321) 725-5500, as the amounts may vary.

Restaurant Review
 

Ice cream scoop

The Flip Flop Ice Cream Shop is on Barefoot Boulevard, a couple of blocks west of Route 1 and approximately a 30-minute drive south from the Lakes of Melbourne. It has been family-owned for two years by the current owner. Read on for more about their sweet treats in this Wes Robbins review.

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Restaurant Review

Ice cream scoop

The Flip Flop Ice Cream Shop is on Barefoot Boulevard, a couple of blocks west of Route 1 and approximately a 30-minute drive south from the Lakes of Melbourne. It has been family-owned for two years by the current owner.

They are open seven days a week, currently from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And, of course, wonderful ice cream throughout the day.

The lunch menu includes a rotation of daily soups, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and an extensive sandwich menu including tuna, chicken, and egg-salad sandwiches.

The Flip Flop Ice Cream Shop’s prices are very reasonable. The soup and half-sandwich special was for $6, and it included a drink. The special of the day during our visit included a cup of soup, a whole sandwich, and a scoop of ice cream for $9.95. The soup of the day was tomato bisque, and it was very tasty. We ate chicken-salad sandwiches and Reubens, and they were all excellent. The ice cream we ordered was butter pecan, tasting high quality and delicious.

In addition to the good food, the shop has a number of other items for sale such as Indian River honey, homemade fudge, and homemade message cards.

If you are looking for tasty food and good ice cream served in a leisurely and friendly atmosphere, try the Flip Flop Shop. The drive down Route 1 to get there is picturesque as well.

- Wes Robbins

Home & Garden

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To Clean or Not to Clean?

If a spotless home is your pride, then spring cleaning means you plan on attacking the really big items. Online magazine, House Beautiful, has great deep cleaning recommendations, from tackling your dishwasher to preparing your patio furniture for a great summer. Click here to see their tips and tricks.

Crafty Ladies
 

Yarn

The Crafty Ladies Club meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30, with everyone bringing their own craft to work on. Everyone is welcome to join them in the Craft Room, even if they just want to sit and chat. Click to learn more about what they craft and see them in action.

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Crafty Ladies

Yarn

The Crafty Ladies Club meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30, with everyone bringing their own craft to work on. There’s a wide variety of crafters, including knitters, seamstresses, and rug hookers, along with people who bring coloring books, make cards, design Christmas ornaments, and more.

Everyone is welcome to join them in the Craft Room, even if they just want to sit and chat. Come join!

Crafty Ladies

Ladies listed left to right: Carole Carlson, Saundra Bergum, Karen Smith, Diane Weissinger, Teresa Augustine, Vera Roberts, Cyndi Stephenson, Jane Liljegren, and Lil LaForest

It’s in the Genes!
 

Genes

DNA kits are growing in popularity, with many people wanting to learn more about their genetics or ancestry. Unusual stories arise, too, like two men in Hawaii who took DNA tests and found out they were more than best friends. Read on to learn their story and what DNA kits can do for you.

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It's in the Genes!

Genes

With the rise of DNA kits, many have made some surprising discoveries.

Walter MacFarlane and Alan Robinson have been friends for over 60 years, meeting in the 6th grade and playing football together in high school. Both men were adopted as children and never knew their biological parents. After completing a DNA kit, they found out some shocking news– they’re brothers! (Story available here.)

DNA kits have certainly helped people like Walter and Alan learn new things about themselves. They can tell you what parts of the world your ancestors are from, identify distant (or famous) relatives, and connect you with other living family members. For those interested in gene science, testing can also provide details about your health and genetics.

DNA kits have been on the market for several years, but their popularity has recently increased. If you’re curious to learn more about yourself, here are some of the most popular kits you can try:

23 and Me

The 23 and Me DNA kits can give you your ethnic makeup and information on where your ancestors lived over 500 years ago. Their tests can show if you are a carrier of a specific gene, your genetic health risks, and what role your genes play in your wellness. The test can even tell you how your genetics influence your facial features.

Ancestry DNA

This kit from Ancestry.com tracks your origins from more than 350 ethnic regions. It can even track your ancestors’ journey from the old world and estimate when they arrived in the Americas. Ancestry uses its vast network of historical records and current users to then connect you to your ancestors and living relatives.

MyHeritage DNA

The MyHeritage kit uncovers your ethnic origins from 42 ethnicities. It also matches you with living relatives and shows you how much DNA you share. From there you can connect with them and discover your shared heritage.

To find out more about Walter and Alan’s story, click here. It’s quite the tale!

Be a Facebook Pro
 

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read more to find out what else Facebook offers.

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Be a Facebook Pro

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read below to find out what else Facebook offers.

  1. Stop seeing peoples’ posts without unfriending them. If someone is clogging up your news feed, you can “unfollow” them and their posts will be hidden. To unfollow someone, visit their profile and hover over the following button. The drop-down menu will show the option to unfollow. (And don’t worry- this won’t unfriend them and they won’t know you unfollowed their posts.)
  2. Buy and sell items on Facebook through Marketplace. You can sell items to others in your area or you can post an item for sale in a group with Facebook Marketplace. Buy and sell everything from furniture to clothing.
  3. Play Messenger’s hidden game. On the mobile messaging app, send the basketball emoji to one of your friends. Then click on it. This will reveal a game you and your friend can play. See who can shoot the most hoops and keep track of your scores in the messages.
  4. Worried about hackers? Get alerts! It’s not the most appealing thing to find someone has hacked into your account, liking smutty sites and messaging your friends with spam. Help prevent damage by setting up notifications to tell you whenever your Facebook account is accessed from a new device or browser. By going Settings >> Security, you can choose to receive an email, notification, or both upon one of these new login attempts.
  5. Who manages your page when your rein is over? Facebook understands unfortunately events can happen, so they have made procedures to make sure people are secure their account doesn’t fall into the wrong hands when the inevitable comes along. You can bequeath your account to someone trustworthy by nominating a 'Legacy Contact.' (You’ll find this in the Security part of your Facebook account.)

To find out more Facebook tricks, check out these articles:

Entertainment & Leisure

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Great Performances Close at Hand

If you can’t make it to Broadway to catch the hot new show, or you enjoy concerts from some of our greatest musicians, PBS Great Performances are just a click away. Rediscover your love for theatre with the Broadway series or watch performances from the Kennedy Center. Some of the online shows are free, and additional ones are available through the PBS Passports subscription series. Explore to learn more.

Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for folks as young as 50. Read on to find out the savings you have access to.

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Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for seniors. At many restaurants you can get a free drink or a percentage off your meal. You can even get discounts on traveling with some airlines, hotels, and cruise lines. There are tons of discounts for you to take advantage of!

Check out these two helpful lists to find where you can save:

HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

One in every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home. Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. Read more to learn more about manufactured homes.

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HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

One in every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home. Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. While there are a few myths and misconceptions that still arise, we are happy to debunk them. Explore this guide from the Florida Manufactured Housing Association so you can learn the real facts and judge for yourself if these stylish and affordable homes are the perfect fit.

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!

Travel

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Classic American Road Trips

What was once old is new again! Hitting the road for vacations are becoming more popular, albeit apparently for more frequent but shorter trips. A great alternative to the increasing stressful airline experience, you should make the most of your road trip experience. Embrace the allure of the road and check out these excellent road trip tips.

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.