A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

October - November 2019

Edition No. 24

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Manager's Corner
 

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Can you believe the summer already came and went? With it, it brought us back the wonderful Darlene Bradley as our new community manager. Keep reading for a message from Darlene and more community updates.

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Manager's Corner

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Residents-

It’s great to be back in Tanglewood! I’ve enjoyed seeing some familiar faces and would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome back.

Can you believe the summer already came and went? Time certainly flies when you’re having fun, but now we are looking forward to a great season.

The Tanglewood sales team is here to help you if you are thinking about selling your home or would like to refer your friends. They can give you all the information you need in the office. We also offer great incentives for helping your friends and family to join our community. Plus, you get to choose your neighbors – what more could you want? Robin, Jay, and Gerry are here to help you, just call the office for an appointment and choose option 1, for one of our sales associates.

Another thing I wanted to touch on is that we now have a Resident Concern form you can pick up at either the Clubhouse or the Business Office. This form is completely confidential; however, we do need you to include your name and phone number for our records and any follow-up questions we may have concerning your issue or suggestions.

On behalf of Tanglewood, we’d like to recognize all our residents who have served in the United States military this upcoming Veterans Day. We want to honor you all as it is your service and sacrifice that has kept our country safe and free. No matter which branch you served in or how long you served, we commend you.

While vocalizing our gratitude to our veterans is a good start, illustrating it through actions is much better. So please, if you are a veteran at Tanglewood, let us honor you, your spirit, your bravery, and your service this Veterans Day. On Monday, November 11 we will be having a pancake breakfast, in your honor. If you’d like, we encourage you to wear your uniform or bring your cover and metals. We’ll begin serving food at 8 a.m., we hope to see you all there. Please sign up at the credenza in the Clubhouse.

Thank you,

Darlene D. Bradley
Community Manager

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Office Closed

The Management Office will be closed November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about any sales appointments or tours.

Food

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Healthy Fast Food

It seems like health articles tell us to give up our favorite fast-casual chains, but it is possible to eat healthy while still enjoying our top places to grab a quick bite. Find your new favorite meal from Chipotle, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Subway, Panda Express, or Domino’s in this list of healthier options!

Sales Update
 

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Looking to sell your home? Selling homes is not a side job, but our only job. While we’re sad to see you go, we’re here to help you every step of the way. We work exclusively in and for this community. Keep reading to learn how to contact your sales professionals.

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Sales Update

Money bag

Looking to sell your home? Selling homes is not a side job, but our only job. While we’re sad to see you go, we’re here to help you every step of the way. We work exclusively in and for this community. You, our Tanglewood residents, are our main and only concern.

Stop by your community office and ask for one of our sales professionals, or give us a call:


Jay Etherton Robin Etherton Gerry Rollinson
(863) 658-3293 (863) 658-3194 (863) 658-3452

Tools for School
 

Backpack with school supplies

Many years ago, several of the all-age communities in Florida banned together to create the "Tools for School" program to collect and distribute school supplies to all-age communities. This year, we brought back the program to University Lakes with wonderful results. Keep reading to learn more!

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Tools for School
 

Backpack with school supplies

Many years ago, several of the all-age communities in Florida banned together to create the "Tools for School" program to collect and distribute school supplies to all-age communities. This year, we brought back the program to University Lakes.

Made up of a unique demographic, 90% of University Lakes residents are Cuban, many of who came directly from Cuba to enjoy the freedoms, education, and opportunities we have in the United States. Many of these residents move to the US without knowing anyone or having family here to rely on. That’s why, this year, we collected approximately 320 various back to school supplies from all of our 55+ communities in Florida and organized for them to be delivered to University Lakes before the start of the school year.

We kept it simple - each community collected only one or two items. For example, one community may have collected 3-ring binders, while another collected rulers and crayons. Every community manager participated somehow, whether that was helping advertise and organize collection efforts or driving to a nearby community to pick up their supplies.

Eventually, all of the supplies were consolidated enough for Franco, the University Lakes manager, to pick up on the east coast and Kelsey, the University Lakes area manager, to pick up on the west coast. Franco and his team had advertised the event for a few weeks before the supplies were delivered and had an open house in the office, where parents and students could stop in and pick up what they needed free of charge.

On behalf of the Florida regional office, we’d like to give a huge thanks to our phenomenal and giving residents at our 55+ communities. We feel incredibly blessed to have so many caring residents. This is just one small example of what they do continually to help others.

- Gena Paugh
Florida Regional Manager

One Call Now
 

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In a crisis, communication is only as good as its delivery speed. That’s why Hometown America is introducing One Call Now to send messages instantly to our residents during an emergency situation. Keep reading to learn how you can get set up.

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One Call Now

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In a crisis, communication is only as good as its delivery speed. That’s why Hometown America is introducing One Call Now to send messages instantly to our residents during an emergency situation.

Our new alert system will enable the community office to send recorded phone messages, text alerts, and/or emails to the resident contact information on file. The system also allows for two-way emergency communication, meaning residents may respond by pressing “1” or “2.” This will allow us to adjust our emergency response plan based on real-time feedback.

The community office will be sending out test calls in the upcoming months. If you wish to receive text message alerts, you are required to “opt in” by texting ALERT to 22300. If you desire to “opt out” at any point, you may text STOP to 22300, but this will put you at risk of not receiving time-sensitive information.

Hometown America strives to provide top-quality service during times of crisis and One Call Now will allow us to deliver this commitment.

Your Health

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Better Night's Sleep

Looking to get a deeper and more fulfilling night’s rest? From regulating your daily schedule to limiting your digital screen time, there are plenty of ways to help you sleep better every night. Check out this list of potential insomnia causes and tips for sleeping easier, your body and mind are sure to thank you.

Thanksgiving Turkey Sign Up

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If you’d like to cook a turkey for this year’s Thanksgiving Potluck, sign-up sheets will be on the credenza starting Monday, Oct. 14! Read more for details and dates on sign up deadlines and delivery dates.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Sign Up

Turkey dinner on wooden table

If you’d like to cook a turkey for this year’s Thanksgiving Potluck, sign-up sheets will be on the credenza starting Monday, Oct. 14! There is one turkey for each table of 12 and the last day to sign up is Thursday, Nov. 21.

Turkeys will be distributed on Monday, Nov. 25 before enjoying our potluck on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Lip Sync Contest
 

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Get ready for a night to remember! Bring your skills and your friends to the Lip Sync Contest on Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. This is a fun night for a good cause – helping us continue to raise funds for Heartland Food Bank. Admission is $5. We can’t wait to see you there!

"Comedy Tonight"
 

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Join us on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. for frivolity and fun! Diversions presents “Comedy Tonight,” an evening of sketch and stand-up comedy. Enjoy original and classic skits, prize raffles, and light refreshments. Admission is free, and we gratefully accept donations. See you there!

Home & Garden

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Become a Composting Pro

If you’re looking to grow your garden and help the environment this year, try composting! It gets the reputation of recycling’s older, more intimidating sister – but it’s not at all. Composting keeps organic items out of the landfill, in your garden, and it’s the best fertilizer your flowers and vegetables could dream of. With these basics and benefits of composting, you’ll be a pro in no time.

Friday Night Jazz
 

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Broadway Lights Theatre Company is excited to bring back Daryl Patrick and his jazz ensemble Friday, Oct. 25. Come on out to the cabaret lounge in the clubhouse for some rhythm and fun. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and tickets go on sale soon for $5 each. This event is also BYOB and snacks.

Flu Clinic
 

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Join our friends from Walmart on Monday, October 28 from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a Flu Clinic. This is the perfect time to get your flu shot and avoid the hassle of going somewhere else to get it. As always, we want our residents to stay happy and healthy, so we hope to see you there!

Craft Fair
 

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Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at our annual Craft and Hobby Fair on Saturday, November 19 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Clubhouse’s main room will be full of handcrafted jewelry, knits, art, fine woodwork, cards, and so much more. Admission is FREE and the Snack Bar will be open!

Travel

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Flying Frenzy

Think back to your last flight. Did it strike you odd that people were shouting about overhead bin space, taking off their socks to “get more comfortable”, or just forgetting about common courtesy entirely? The Boston Globe recently investigated our strange flight behavior/rituals and you wouldn’t believe some of the causes.

Murder Mystery Night

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Join Broadway Lights Theatre Company for another Murder Mystery Night on Saturday, November 9. This interactive whodunit will keep you on the edge of your seat all night. Tickets go on sale soon for $5 and doors open at 6:15 p.m. This event is BYOB and snacks. Come help us solve the mystery!

Fire Ring in the Outback

Bonfire

We would like to welcome back our seasonal residents by kicking off this year with a Fire Ring in the Outback on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5 – 7 p.m. Enjoy music from Rick Arnold, hotdogs, beer, wine, soda, and water. Please bring sides to share, a utensil to cook your hotdog, and your ID badge.

Garage Sale
 

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Join us on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 for a community Garage Sale. Friday night from 6 – 8 p.m. is exclusive to residents with ID badges. Doors open to the public Saturday at 8 a.m. The TMAC room will accept your donations and sell them to help fund the committees here. See you there!

 

Light Up Tanglewood

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The Outdoor Decorating Committee would like to invite you to help us Light Up Tanglewood on Friday, November 29 at 7 p.m. in the bash area (behind the pool). This event is BYOB and snacks while we provide the entertainment.

New Resident Social

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Getting to know your new neighbors and free ice cream – what more could you ask for? Join us on Tuesday, December 3 at 1 p.m. for the New Resident Social in the main hall in the clubhouse. Create your own sundae and learn about everything available to you here at Tanglewood!

National Night Out
 

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Every year the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department visits Tanglewood as part of their community outreach program. They call it National Night Out, and the idea is for us to get to know our neighbors and our local law enforcement team. Read on for more!

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National Night Out

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Every year the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department visits Tanglewood as part of their community outreach program. They call it National Night Out, and the idea is for us to get to know our neighbors and our local law enforcement team. To sweeten the deal, they bring gallons of ice cream and root beer. The event tonight drew many attendees, including children and some grandchildren. In fact, the program was delayed for a half-hour while someone was sent out to get more ice cream after they ran out in the kitchen.

But eventually, Patrol Captain Jim McGann was finished taking questions from us as we waited for the root beer floats and turned the mike over to Jody the Canine Handler and his gorgeous bloodhound Bud. Bud is almost six years old and has been with the Sheriff’s department since he was fourteen weeks old. He weighs 85 pounds and is very strong. He had about four months of intensive training, which continues for him and all the K-9s every week.

Bud is solely a tracker. He has followed suspects through woods, swamps, thunderstorms, and burning hot pavements. When he catches the miscreant, he will stand up on his hind legs and lick him in the face. Bud also can track and find lost kids and seniors with impaired memories who have wandered away from home. Bud has a couple more good years to work, bloodhounds usually retire from the service around the age of eight. Then they go to live with their handler (who already has a Papillion and a Shih Tzu.)

The second part of tonight’s program was a brief overview of the Seniors Vs Crime Unit. This group investigates civil issues and tries to recover money from senior citizens who have been scammed or had shoddy work done. Their top priority is educating us all so we don’t fall into one of the many scams going around. The watchword is Get It In Writing or Don’t Do It At All.

We thank the Sheriff’s Department for sending these officers, hopefully, to keep us out of trouble.

Article courtesy of the Tanglewood Resident Times.


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Hometown vs. Residents

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Another win for Hometown! On July 19th, residents and Hometown America employees enjoyed some fun down at the pool. With over 40 residents and 15 employees participating, it made for a great time. Keep reading for the results!

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Hometown vs. Residents

Volleyball floating in pool

Another win for Hometown! On July 19th, residents and Hometown America employees enjoyed some fun down at the pool. With over 40 residents and 15 employees participating, it made for a great time. But, once again, (those young whippersnappers) took the residents to task, winning 4 games to our 2. The trash-talking was all in good fun and everyone agreed that they are all looking forward to next month’s games.



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Karaoke Party
 

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Share your voice at our karaoke party on Tuesday, October 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. in the clubhouse, hosted by our very own Wendy and Dennis Jager. We’ll provide the beer, wine, and sodas; you provide the vocals. Feel free to bring snacks to share with your friends and don’t forget your ID badge!

Don’t Lose Touch
 

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With new technology and apps, distance no longer prevents grandparents from keeping in touch with their grandchildren. Skype and FaceTime are just the beginning of ways to stay connected. Read on for tips for using new tech to keep in touch!

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Don’t Lose Touch

Couple on computer

With new technology and apps, distance no longer prevents grandparents from keeping in touch with their grandchildren. Read on for tips for using new tech to keep in touch!

  • Beyond Messaging. WhatsApp is a messaging app that will let you stay connected with your grandkids no matter the distance. Like texting, the app lets you send messages, photos, and videos to individuals or groups that you can create. Unlike other texting apps, it can also do calls and video chat. WhatsApp is especially helpful if you or your grandkids live, or are traveling, outside the United States as you have internet access.
  • Digital Photo Frames. Sharing photographs has always been a great way for grandparents to stay connected to their grandkids and digital photo frames, like the Skylight Frame, are improving it. With the Skylight Frame, as soon as a photo is taken on a phone or device, it can be emailed directly to the frame. Being able to share and receive high definition photos in an instant ensures that you won’t miss a moment. The Skylight Frame can also hold enough photos that would require multiple albums without taking up as much space.
  • Facebook Portal. Facebook has long been a way for grandparents and grandkids to stay connected and they have expanded on that connection with the Facebook Portal. The Facebook Portal is a video streaming device that includes a smart camera that follows a person’s movement. One of the most popular uses of the Portal for grandparents is “Storytime” that brings a story to life on the screen as you read classics like Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Working Together. Apps like Scoot & Doodle let you connect with your grandkids and help them with activities. This app works with Google to allow you to work on projects with your grandkids that you couldn’t before, like sketching, drawing, and even helping them with their homework during the week.

To learn more about how technology can help you stay connected, click here. New types of tech are always popping up, so make sure that you stay “in-the-know” and, connected with your grandkids.

 

Cruisin' into the Fall

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Summer may not be the best season to take a cruise. Autumn offers both great prices and less crowded destinations for travelers. If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck on your next maritime vacation, keep reading!

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Cruisin' into the Fall

Cruise ship

Summer may not be the best season to take a cruise. Autumn offers both great prices and less crowded destinations for travelers. If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck on your next maritime vacation, keep reading!

We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for cruising during the fall months below:

  • 1. Don’t let the season fool you. In many cruise destinations, the weather will still be warm during the autumn months, so you don’t have to sacrifice your tropical cruise for less expensive fares. Plus, more northern destinations will have pleasant weather in addition to beautiful sights like foliage and changing leaves. You get great views and nice conditions, it’s the best of both worlds.
  • 2. Find ways to save onboard. Many cruise companies offer age-restricted discounts. For example, Norwegian offers up to $100 off select cruises for AARP members. You can also save by pre-booking packages for things like drinks and spa treatments. Plus, many solo travelers spend more than needed by booking a standard two-person room. Save by asking for a single room if that works for you.
  • 3. Be your own pharmacy. While many cruises may offer complimentary motion-sickness medication and infirmaries, it’s likely that they only have a limited supply. By bringing your own medications (whether it’s something you take daily or something to bring just in case), you can enjoy your trip uninhibited knowing you have everything you need.
  • 4. Explore the shore. Cruises offer excursions at every port, ranging from swimming with stingrays to walking tours. Using their support program, you can find the excursions you most want to join. These adventures are a great way to see the world while creating memories that will last forever.
  • 5. Cruise Your Way. Interested in more than tropical destinations, drinking, and children scurrying about the deck? There’s a whole host of cruise lines that cater to adults with specifically curated activities revolving around cultural immersion, delicious culinary choices, and other enriching activities. Check out a few of these options here.

If you want more helpful hints like these, click here. Armed with this knowledge, it’s sure to be smooth sailing when planning your next cruise vacation!

Negotiating Tips
 

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Negotiation is an important skill and a great way to score discounts on purchases. Yes, you should always research your purchase, but there’s more to it than that. Read on for haggling hacks that are sure to help you get a deal!

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Negotiating Tips

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Negotiation is an important skill and a great way to score discounts on purchases. Do your research, explain why you should get the item for a lower price, and see the tips below for the best haggling hacks to help you get a great deal:

  • • Keep Your Eyes Open. When you’re out shopping, stay alert for ways you can save and negotiate. If you notice an item you want to purchase, such as a microwave or mixer, and it has slight damage, like a scratch, ask for a discount. Also, if you are buying more than one of an item, don’t be afraid to ask if there is a volume discount or a bundle deal.
  • • Research Prices. Before you go out to the store or click the purchase button, make sure to research the price of the item beforehand. Comparing the price of a product from various stores can help you find the best deal and the best price. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson you are talking to if they do price matching, as some stores don’t advertise their policy online.
  • • Make a Connection. You might think shopping online means there’s no way to negotiate the price, however, never underestimate the power of starting a conversation with a customer service rep or live chat. After a few minutes of chatting, you can nicely ask if there is any wiggle room for the price of the item.
  • • Don’t Let a “No” Stop You. When trying to get the best price you can, the first representative might say no or hang up on you, but don’t let this stop you from negotiating. Stay calm and try to get a hold of another representative. When calling stores, this is as simple as calling the customer service line again.

Interested in learning more before giving negotiating a shot? Check this article and go into your next negotiation feeling confident.

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook 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
 

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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

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.