A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

November - December 2019

Edition No. 23

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Manager's Corner
 

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It’s hard to believe the summer months have already passed and we’re on to the cooler weather of fall and winter. If you’ve flown back to us for the winter, make sure to swing by the office and meet our new Community Manager, Cathy.

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Manager's Corner

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It’s hard to believe the summer months have already passed and we’re on to the cooler weather of fall and winter. If you’ve flown back to us for the winter or you’re a full-time resident who hasn’t had the chance yet, make sure to swing by the office and say hi. I’m your new Community Manager, Cathy!

As our northern friends begin to make their way back to the Sunshine State, we’d like to remind everyone of a few important community items. Check out a later article in this newsletter for a refresher.

We’re happy to have all of our residents with us for this holiday season. On behalf of the entire staff, we would like to thank you for choosing Tara Woods as your home.

Sincerely,
Cathy Winfree
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed November 28 and 29, December 25, and January 1 for the winter holidays. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about any appointments or tours.

Food

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Spice It Up

Eat more than the same foods every holiday. Add some flare to classic recipes by adding seasonal flavors like nutmeg, star anise, and sage. Test out these spices and more in your next holiday meal. Your guests will be begging for your secret.

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.

Important Reminders

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Whether you’re a full-time resident or back for the winter, refresh yourself on a few important community items that help make Tara Woods a great place to live. For the full list of reminders, keep reading.

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Important Reminders

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Whether you’re a full-time resident or back for the winter, refresh yourself on a few important community items that help make Tara Woods a great place to live.

  • 1. Recently, Hometown America introduced the One Call system to communicate information that is important to our area or community. While this is an extremely efficient method for emergencies, make sure the office has your correct phone number on file. If you’ve recently changed your phone number, don’t forget to let the office know. Our goal is to make sure you have the most up-to-date information, especially if an emergency were to occur.
  • 2. We’re incredibly lucky to enjoy the beauty that Tara Woods offers. One of the things that contributes to our good looks is the care residents put into their homes. Whether you’re a full-time or part-time resident, we love seeing you keep your landscaping and home in tip-top shape, and we also understand that it can be difficult. Stop by the office and we’d be happy to provide you with a referral should you need any help.
  • 3. For the safety of you and your neighbors, please note the speed limit within the community is 20 mph. Please make sure to slow down and observe the speed limit and stop signs while watching for golf carts, pedestrians, dogs, and community workers.

Daylight Savings Time

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Get ready to fall back! Daylight savings time is coming to an end, so don’t forget to turn your clock back one hour on Sunday, November 3.

Your Health

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Health-Tea Drink Choices

Did you know that in addition to warming you up on cold days, herbal teas also aid in mental and physical health? These tasty teas help ease stress and anxiety, encourage better sleep, and serve up powerful antioxidants. Check out all of the health benefits here – you just might be surprised.

Sales Update
 

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The sales team is ramping up for another exciting holiday season. Residents, don’t forget that if you refer a friend or family member to Tara Woods and they purchase a new Hometown America home, you’ll receive $2,000. Choose your neighbors and get some extra cash. Contact the sales team for more!

Veterans Day Breakfast

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Join us on Saturday, November 9 for a Veterans Day pancake breakfast, sponsored by Hometown America and the Tara Woods HOA, in honor of all our residents who have served. The sign-up sheet to participate is located on the back wall of the Clubhouse. All veterans eat free!

Yard of the Quarter

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Congratulations to Karl and Cynthia Pefley for winning the third Yard of the Quarter of 2019. They worked hard to spruce up their lawn by adding their own little touches, and it’s a winner! If you’d like to nominate a friend or neighbor for their expert landscaping, stop by the office.

Home & Garden

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It's Plant "Thyme"

Add life to your home during the winter months by incorporating indoor plants into your design. Whether you create your own table top garden with thyme and basil or opt for hanging British ivy, these plants are small and require minimal up-keep, making them easy to own. Find your home’s perfect fit here.

Thanksgiving Dinner

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We cordially invite you to join us for our third annual Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Get ready to feast on traditional dishes while spending time with neighbors and friends. Tickets are $10 each. Contact Donna for more information: (239) 322-0070.

Save More, Work Less

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If you’re looking for ways to save more, you’re in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of discounts out there but we’ve compiled a few you don’t have to jump through any hoops for. Keep reading to learn how you can save big.

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Save More, Work Less

Discount

If you’re looking for ways to save more, you’re in the right place at the right time. There are plenty of discounts out there but we’ve compiled a few you don’t have to jump through any hoops for. All you have to do to save big bucks is be over the age of fifty.

No matter your interest there is sure to be something you’ll love:

  • Shopping for your new favorite outfit? Get 20% off your purchase at Bealls every Tuesday!
  • If your sweet tooth is in the driver’s seat, head on over to Krispy Kreme where you can enjoy 10% off your order*.
  • Hungry for something different? Take 10% off your bill when you visit Bonefish Grill**.
  • Want to get active but don’t want to pay for a gym membership? If you’re a Medicare recipient, you can join the SilverSneakers program – free of charge!

What are you waiting for? Check out the full list of discounts here and start saving today!

*Discounts vary by location, please check with your local branch for their discount.
**Must have current AARP Membership

Winter Wonder Foods

Winter Wonder Food

When you think of winter foods, fruits and vegetables might not come to mind because we typically associate them with growing in the warm sunlight. However, this season has plenty of healthy and delicious food to offer. Keep reading to explore it all!

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Winter Wonder Foods

Winter Wonder Food

When you think of winter foods, fruits and vegetables might not come to mind because we typically associate them with growing in the warm sunlight. However, this season has plenty of healthy and delicious food to offer. The key to tasty and fulfilling meals in the upcoming months is knowing exactly which produce to buy. Between sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots, this time of year has something special to offer when preparing your holiday feasts.

There are also plenty of superfoods to accompany your wintry produce and help you stay feeling full and good. Whether you prefer classic holiday meals or something new, this list has the yummy ingredients that are sure to add the perfect amount of flavor to any dish you create.

Looking for a bit more structure? These nourishing recipes are perfect for pairing with fresh produce and getting cozy on any chilly night! Try the lemon chicken piccata on a casual weeknight or let the Asian salmon in foil make your dinner party pop. Vegans, meat-eaters, and everyone in between are sure to find something they love among these dishes.

Closeout the year in the tastiest way possible with seasonal produce, superfoods, and recipes. Plus, this is the perfect time to share all your newfound food knowledge with your loved ones. Now the only question is: What will you make first?

Travel

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Unwrapped And Unbothered

Packing your perfectly wrapped gifts may seem like a great way to save time when you reach your destination; but this could be for nothing if the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has to unwrap your gifts to ensure the safety of other passengers. Follow these simple tips so you don’t get stuck with TSA scavenging through your bags.

Brands that Give Back

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This holiday season, consider purchasing your gifts from a company that also gives back to the community. Whether its donating items or sharing proceeds, many companies are supporting charities that correlate with their brand. Keep reading to find your new favorite line.

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Brands that Give Back

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This holiday season, consider purchasing from a company that also gives back to the community. Whether its donating items or sharing proceeds, many companies are supporting charities that correlate with their brand. Check out a few companies that are giving back this season and throughout the year.

  1. 1. Toms. We all know someone who wears their shoes till they fall apart. When you buy them a new pair of Toms shoes, the company will donate a pair of shoes to someone in need. Since their inception in 2006, the company has given over 35 million pairs of shoes to those in need in over 60 countries.
  2. 2. Ivory Ella. Gift the animal lover in your life with one of these adorable elephant themed pieces. Ten percent of your purchase goes straight to Save the Elephants, an organization which aids in the research, prevention, and awareness of the ivory trade. The brand has currently raised over $1 million.
  3. 3. Lush. Pamper your loved ones with luxury while giving back. When you purchase the Charity Pot, a hand and body lotion, 100% of the proceeds go toward supporting humanitarian, environmental, and animal rights causes around the world.
  4. 4. Bombas. There’s never a bad time to gift someone socks, especially when for every pair purchased, one is donated to a homeless shelter. Whether they prefer athletic socks or something more whimsical, Bombas has it all.
  5. 5. Sephora. Support the makeup lover in your life while also giving back to organizations that fight for racial justice and equality across the united states. Currently launching the second phase of their Belong campaign, Sephora has already donated $1 million to these organizations.
  6. 6. Causebox. Looking for a cool subscription box to gift? Treat your friend or family member to a quarter or annual subscription to Causebox, the only subscription box to feature specifically sourced products from socially conscious companies that actively give back.
  7. 7. Warby Parker. Everyone deserves a stylish pair of specks. In addition to great style, Warby Parker also gives a pair of glasses to students in need for every pair purchased. See clearly and do good, all at the same time.
  8. 8. Alex and Ani. Bring a little sparkle to your present with charms and bracelets from Alex and Ani’s Charity by Design collection. Each piece is created in collaboration with a non-profit like UNICEF, the American Heart Association, and Habitat for Humanity, with a portion of the sale of these pieces going back to the organization.
  9. 9. Patagonia. Whether it’s new hiking boots or provisions, pick up something for the outdoorsmen on your list from world famous Patagonia. Since 1985, Patagonia has donated over $89 million to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups, along with investments in socially and environmentally minded companies.

Are you looking for companies that offer more sustainable products? Check out these ethical brands that continuously give back to an organization they care deeply about such as, children in need, Equality Now, and ocean conservation. This season, give your friends and family items they are sure to love while also giving back to organizations around the world. Happy gift giving!

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!

SafeHaven Insurance

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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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Elevated Scrapbooking

Gather your pictures and mementos from the past year and make something special. Try your hand at creating a classic scrapbook or go the digital route with one of these online scrapbooking systems. You can design your pages, upload photos, and order your brand-new scrapbook so it’s delivered directly to your door.

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.