A 55+ Community in Melbourne, Florida

March - April 2019

Edition No. 19

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Manager's Corner
 

John

We’ve had a great start to the new year here at Lakes of Melbourne and we expect it to continue. Residents have had a jam-packed past few months, from seeing Mark Stone the Mentalist to attending resident seminars. Read on for more details.

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Manager's Corner

John

We finished out 2018 with our fabulous holiday party for all of our residents. Mark Stone the Mentalist was absolutely amazing! If you would like to see photos from the event, see the article later on in this newsletter.

To kick off 2019, Hometown America and the Lakes of Melbourne HOA are providing seminars and programs to promote a healthy and happy lifestyle. On February 5th, Lakes of Melbourne provided a free hearing health seminar where residents enjoyed refreshments, snacks, and helpful information.

The Lakes of Melbourne HOA is happy to provide water aerobics/exercises every morning in the pool. If you’re looking for other ways to get active, Vera LaRoe coordinates the Silver Sneakers program that now offers a new FLEX program with a licensed FLEX instructor of 13 years. Find more information about this program further in the newsletter.

To our new residents in the community—welcome to the neighborhood! We encourage you to get involved and have a great time!

Best,

-John

Daylight Savings
 

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Make sure you aren’t in the dark, daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 10! Remember to spring forward one hour Saturday night so you wake up ready on Sunday.

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.

Resident Spotlight
 

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Give a warm, Lakes of Melbourne hello to our resident of the month, Ronald Fleming. Ron hails from Detroit, Michigan but has called our community his home since 2014. Keep reading to learn how his exciting life brought him to our community.

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Resident Spotlight

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Give a warm, Lakes of Melbourne hello to our resident of the month, Ronald Fleming.

Ron has led an exciting life and career. Once serving as Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief of police in the city of Detroit, he now serves as an executive protection specialist. Ron has trained over 300 bodyguards and provided protection for high-profile clients like Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.

Perhaps the most magical part of his story is how Lakes of Melbourne found Ron - not the other way around. When he decided to relocate to Florida, he actually came to tour another community. However, he came in through the Melbourne airport and went to the mall where fate would ultimately take charge. It was there that he heard about our community for the first time. The next day, he came to take a tour and as he drove up he knew this was the place for him and he says it hasn’t let him down yet.

Ron recently became a permanent resident at Lakes of Melbourne and a member of our bowling team. If you see him walking or riding his bike around the community, make sure to say hello!

Sales Update
 

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Things have been heating up at the Lakes of Melbourne! From selling 50 homes last year to offering new incentives for both current and future residents, you won’t want to miss out. Read on to learn about these offers and more.

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Sales Update

Sales update

When you invite your friends to join you at the Lakes of Melbourne and they choose to purchase a new home, Hometown America will pay YOU $2,000! On top of that, we are your resale authority if you want to sell your home. With our team you can list for less, get better results, and have access to potential buyers that visit our office. To learn more about either offer, reach out to our sales team.

We’re also happy to report that over 50 homes were purchased at Lakes of Melbourne last year. People want to live here and homes are selling fast. Don’t miss out on your dream home. Whether you’re looking to join the community or seeking a change of pace within it, now is the time to buy a new home, like one of these:

3814 Seagrove Lane

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2070 Royal Drive

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Highest Referral Prize Yet

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Have you heard the news? Bringing your friends to join our community pays off more than ever. Now, when you refer a friend and they purchase a new Hometown America home, you’ll receive up to $2,000. Hurry, before the new inventory homes are sold out or the promotion ends!

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.

Ditch the Retractable Leash

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Being a responsible pet owner involves many factors. Something as simple as choosing a leash can make all the difference. Read more from this iheartdogs.com article to learn how retractable leashes can be dangerous and keep your pup happy and healthy.

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Ditch the Retractable Leash

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Being a responsible pet owner involves many factors. Something as simple as choosing a leash can make all the difference. The truth is, retractable leashes are dangerous. Not only do they offer little control during walks, but they are also often directly linked to serious injuries in people and pets.

1. The handles are bulky and difficult to hold.
The handles of retractable leashes are made of thick, hard plastic and can be difficult to grip. Should your dog make a sudden sprint for a nearby squirrel, the handle can easily be ripped from your hand, leaving your dog at risk of being hit by the heavy handle or even becoming lost.

2. When retractable leashes break, people can suffer serious injuries.
The most common injuries involve tripping, tangling, and minor rope burns. More gruesome are the stories of people suffering fractures or worse when the cords become wrapped around limbs and fingers.

4. Walking on a retractable leash teaches dogs bad habits.
Retractable leashes teach dogs all they have to do to gain more freedom is pull on their leash. From a behavioral standpoint, this is the opposite of what you want your dog to learn. Ideally, the leash should be slack, not taut and dogs should walk calmly at their owners’ sides, not pull ahead.

5. Sudden stops may cause back, neck and tracheal injuries to dogs.
Retractable leashes can be especially dangerous for small breed dogs, seniors, and those with spinal issues. Depending on the size of the leash, the stop button can cause quite a jolt. Similarly, the dog receives a sudden jerk when the leash runs out of cord. These jarring impacts can damage the neck, trachea, and spine.

What kind of leash should you choose instead?
Traditional four to six-foot leashes are a safe bet for the average dog unless your veterinarian or trainer recommends a specialty lead. You want the lead to comfortably extend from your hand to your dog’s collar or harness. There should be enough slack to keep the line loose when your dog is walking by your side.

Choose a leash made from study material such as heavy-duty nylon, leather, or paracord. If you are looking to reduce your pup’s carbon paw print, some companies make quality leads from recycled bicycle inner tubes or plastic water bottles. For more information, read the full article on iheartdogs.com’s website.

Did You Know?
 

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There’s always more to do, see, and learn. We’ve compiled some of our favorite fun facts to help broaden the scope of your knowledge. Enjoy these tidbits and show off your newfound trivia knowledge to all your friends and neighbors.

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Did You Know?

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We’ve compiled some of our favorite fun facts to help broaden the scope of your knowledge. Enjoy these tidbits and show off your newfound trivia knowledge to all your friends and neighbors.

  • 1. Popcorn wasn’t always a beloved movie snack—in fact, prior to the Great Depression, movie theaters didn’t serve popcorn.
  • 2. Ancient Greeks came up with the idea of a Cyclops after they found a fossil of a mammoth and had no idea what it was.
  • 3. Lego is the largest tire manufacturer in the world.
  • 4. Most American movie villains have British accents because we associate them with having high intellect and low morals.

*All fun facts compiled by John McGrath.

Restaurant Review
 

Restaurant Review

The owners of the delicious Tree of Life Cuban Bakery in Palm Bay have opened a second location and it’s now a restaurant! (But also serves their yummy bakery items their known for.) Click below for Wes Robbins’ full review of the new Tree of Life location.

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Restaurant Review
 

Restaurant Review

The owners of the Tree of Life Cuban Bakery in Palm Bay have opened a second location at 2400 Dairy Road in what used to be the Mighty Mushroom Pizza shop and most recently was the headquarters of the Runaway Country Music Festival.

The new location is primarily a restaurant with some bakery items, such as cream cheese, ham, and cheese pastries. The plan is to eventually have more bakery items available at this location. In addition to a breakfast and sandwich menu, the restaurant offers different specials each day: for example, chicken on Mondays, pork on Tuesdays, beef on Wednesdays, and fish on Thursdays.

The day that my friend and I went for lunch, we both had the mini-Cuban sandwich and black bean soup with rice. The “mini” sandwich was quite large. I was able to finish only half of it and took the other half home with me. The meat was tender, flavorful, and juicy and the black bean soup was excellent. I would compare it favorably to bean soup I have had at places like El Ambia Cubana and Hemingways.

I plan to go back soon to try some of the other items on their menu. I am especially looking forward to more of their pastry items becoming available at the new location.

- Wes Robbins

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?

Silver Sneakers
 

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Getting fit just got more convenient! Join licensed instructor, Karen Hoyt, Mondays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. for our new Senior Stretch class in the clubhouse. Plus, it’s free! All you need to bring is a small ball, light hand weights, and a positive attitude. Contact the office to learn how to sign up.

The Mentalist – Mark Stone

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On December 7, residents enjoyed an exclusive performance from Mark Stone, the Mentalist. His perfect balance of comedy and mind-reading ability provided the audience with a night of laughs and disbelief. Read on to see photos from the event.

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The Mentalist – Mark Stone

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On December 7, residents enjoyed an exclusive performance from Mark Stone, the Mentalist. His perfect balance of comedy and mind-reading ability provided the audience with a night of laughs and disbelief. Check out some photos from the event below.

Safe Spring for All
 

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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

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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.

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.

Confusing Tech Be Gone

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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

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.

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.