A 55+ Community in Stuart, FL

May - June 2022

Edition No. 10

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Manager's Corner
 

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Our community management is here to support every resident! Read on for a special message from the team about home care tips if you’re traveling this summer and more.

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Manager's Corner

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Hello Pinelake Residents,

We hope you are seizing the summer, whether you are enjoying it here or wherever your seasonal home takes you. For many, summer is seen as a season of vacations, well-deserved laziness, abundant production of vegetation, lots of time spent outdoors, and breaks from routine. If you’d like to be featured in our next resident spotlight, we encourage you to contact our office and share what you are up to this summer!

As mentioned, summer marks the time when some of our seasonal residents are away from the community and have returned to their northern homes, or are enjoying well-deserved summer vacations. If you are traveling for an extended period of time, here are some tips to keep your home in pristine shape for when you return:

  • Bring in any loose items that are outdoors or in your yard. Secure all objects in your carport and driveway and lock up your shed.
  • Locate a reputable pressure-washing service to keep your home exterior and roof clean while you are away.
  • Locate an ongoing yard or landscape maintenance service to take care of your trees, shrubs, plant beds, and homesite.
  • When traveling away from home in summer or during warmer temperatures, cool your home at 82 degrees or higher.
  • For programmable thermostats: Set your A/C to run at 72 degrees for two hours each morning before sunrise and at 88 degrees the rest of the time.
  • For non-programmable thermostats: Set your A/C to run at 80 degrees while you are away.
  • Water heater: Unplug or turn off the circuit breaker to the water heater.
  • Unplug appliances and electronics. For security reasons, you may want to place timers on indoor lamps.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms are working and have fresh batteries.
  • Ask someone to check on your property every two weeks while you’re away.
  • Turn off the main water valve to your home. At the minimum, turn off the water valves to your washing machine, kitchen and bathroom sinks, dishwasher, and toilets.

We hope that you find these tips helpful. Have a wonderful summer and get excited for some fun events coming in the future!

Kind regards,
Pinelake Gardens and Estates Management

Office Closed
 

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The office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or to schedule tours.

Food

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Patriotic Popsicles

Summer calls for poolside conversations, suntan lotion, and good eats! There’s nothing better than a cold treat on a hot day. Next time the temperature spikes, try making these red, white, and blue popsicles to cool off in high spirits.

Yard of
the Quarter

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Congratulations to Joe and Kim Rexroad, our latest Yard of the Quarter winners! They are located at 4248 SE Sweetwood Way. Thank you for taking such pride in the appearance of your home. Your hard work has paid off! Joe and Kim were awarded a $50 gift card to Home Depot for their efforts.

Resident Spotlight
 

Residents of the month

This issue we are spotlighting Nancy and Bill Cole. Nancy and Bill are currently seasonal residents but plan to make Pinelake Gardens their year-round home soon. Keep reading for a note from Bill.

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Resident Spotlight

Residents of the month

Meet Nancy and Bill Cole!

Nancy and I have been in Martin County for several years. We sold a home here and were going to buy a condo, but we had friends in Pinelake and decided to buy a home in the community. We love the amenities, the location and close proximity to everything, the activities, and most of all the residents.

We spend 8 months here and 4 months in the Adirondacks. The past 7 years at Pinelake have flown by, and soon we will probably be here full time...you just can’t beat the beautiful weather and Martin County.

Both of us are active in the Pinelake community serving on committees and boards. We are also busy with other activities and organizations in Stuart and surrounding areas. It’s truly a great place to live!

-Bill Cole

Restaurant Review
 

Restaurant review

Stuart is home to incredible restaurants, and we have a great new recommendation for you to enjoy on your next outing! Keep reading to learn all about The Chef’s Table.

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Restaurant Review

Restaurant review

The Chef’s Table is an intimate spot located at 2313 SE Ocean Boulevard. They offer a combination of New American and Italian cuisine. The seasonal menu will keep you on your toes with delicious combinations of handmade pasta, choice meats, fresh local seafood, and fresh seasonal vegetables. Some resident favorites include the charcuterie board appetizer, the hanger steak salad, and the panini sandwiches. You don’t want to miss out on this incredible restaurant!



Your Health

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Orange You Glad It’s Summer?

Oranges are one of the most popular citrus fruits on the market, and for good reason: they’re sweet, tangy, and refreshing. They contain high levels of Vitamin C to boost your immune system and keep your skin healthy. This summer, try slicing or blending more delicious oranges into your diet!

Past Event Recap
 

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We love being able to get together with all the residents of Pinelake Gardens, and March and April kept us going with all the events taking place in the community and Stuart. Keep reading for a brief recap on some of the events hosted, and be on the lookout for information on May and June events.

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Past Event Recap

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March and April were filled with many fun events.

The Gardens HOA held their annual picnic, and the Estates HOA also held their annual picnic featuring BBQ Down food truck, cornhole games, and poolside fun! We are happy that our community can come together once again for this event.

The first Social Club Dinner Dance of the year was held in celebration of St. Patty’s Day. The menu included corned beef and cabbage, pot roast, veggies, Irish soda bread, and cake!

Mr. Softee made a visit to Pinelake Gardens & Estates and residents always look forward to their favorite soft serve and toppings.

Along with Bingo, Bunco, and Monday Morning Coffee Club, there were 3 informational presentations for residents on hurricane shutters, golf carts, and the services provided by Kane Center of Stuart.

In April, Hometown hosted an all-day event with OnSpot Dermatology. Residents loved the convenience of having a dermatologist come right to the clubhouse for skin assessments, treatments, optional beauty services, and more!

April ended with a fun meet-and-greet event hosted by Hometown which helped so many of our new residents get out and meet their neighbors!



Be Prepared
 

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Hurricane season begins on June 1, and your Hometown America team wants to make sure you’re ready no matter what Mother Nature has in mind. Keep reading for information on what to expect should disaster strike, as well as some resources on what you should do to be prepared.

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Be Prepared

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June 1 officially kicks off hurricane season in Florida. Are You Ready? To be better prepared in the event of a hurricane, the Hometown America team has organized and put together this information to help you, our residents, and the HOA in understanding areas of responsibility in preparation and clean up when a disaster strikes.

It is easy to expect Hometown America to assume responsibilities when a disaster strikes. However, many of the responsibilities in preparation and clean up belong to the homeowner. This memo clearly defines what areas of responsibility are those of our residents, the homeowners, and what areas are the responsibilities of Hometown America. It also provides you with guidance on specific content, that you and your family will need to develop and include in your own personal emergency plan.

First, as a resident of a Hometown America community, we are asking that you provide us with emergency contact information in the event we need to reach you or someone in your family in the event of an emergency. Although you may have filled out a similar form in the past, it is critical that our records be updated with the most current emergency contact and insurance information. Please ask your office for an Emergency Registration Form to fill out and return to the community manager as soon as possible.

There are many resources and guides available to help all of us be better prepared for hurricane season. Based on previous year’s experiences, Hometown America has put together a handout for our residents which lists four important safety and preparedness steps that you, the homeowner, are urged to follow prior to the event of a hurricane.

  • Step 1: Create a Family Emergency Plan
  • Step 2: Assemble an Emergency Supplies Kit
  • Step 3: Family Evacuation Plan
  • Step 4: Prepare for High Winds

In addition to the handout, and as expressed above, Hometown America has outlined below the responsibilities of the residents, the homeowners in our community, as well as the responsibilities of Hometown America, the community owner.

The homeowner/resident is directly responsible for the following:

  • Prior to going North, remove all yard debris, ornaments, patio furniture or any lose items
  • Once a storm is being tracked it is the resident’s responsibility to remove all yard debris, ornaments and patio furniture to prevent them from blowing around (for year-around residents)
  • If mandatory evacuation is ordered, all residents and community personnel must leave the property and not return until the County clears any curfews and roadways have been cleared
  • Residents must complete an emergency registration form (available in the office)
  • Residents should keep all important papers (including insurance information) with them (not left behind in the home during an evacuation)
  • Residents should have temporary housing and food in the event their home is damaged and/or the community does not have utilities or facilities
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate clean up and debris removal of their home site
  • Residents will be responsible for the timely repairs to their homes should they become damaged
  • Residents will be responsible for the removal of their home should it be destroyed
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate removal of trees, stumps or debris that is located either on their home or on their home site
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate removal of any loose aluminum or sharp debris to prevent injuries
  • Residents should report to the office after the storm to ensure their safety and to assist with accessing property damage and collection of insurance information
  • Residents are responsible for contacting FEMA, insurance companies, and other social and county organizations for assistance
  • Residents are responsible for tarping their roofs and for making immediate emergency repairs in order to prevent further damage to their homes
  • In the event of a disaster to their property and/or community property, residents are responsible for their lot rent and all monthly obligations until the home site it totally cleared if home is destroyed
  • Residents are responsible to hire only licensed and insured vendors to make necessary repairs to their damaged property, as well as pull all required permits

Hometown America will be directly responsible for the following items and/or will assist with in the event of a disaster:

  • Establishment of ongoing communications channels for residents and employees and their relatives and friends
  • Clearing of debris from the streets and common areas to facilitate access by emergency vehicles as well as resident and staff ingress and egress
  • Assessment of damages to facilities and community structures
  • Restoration of community-owned utilities on a temporary basis and as soon as possible, on a permanent basis
  • Establishment of patrol (employee, volunteer and/or paid contractor) where deemed appropriate to prevent looting
  • Removal of debris from common areas
  • Evaluation and repairs to community facilities and equipment
  • Outreach to federal, state, and local relief agencies for the benefit of residents and the company
  • Positive response to media inquiry and adverse publicity
  • Timely repair of company-owned facilities, improvements, vehicles and equipment
  • Timely restoration of company-owned landscaping

Hometown America is not responsible for but may assist to the extent reasonably feasible with:

  • Assistance locating temporary housing, food, and medical treatment for residents in need
  • Assistance organizing homesite clean-up with resident authorization and assignment of insurance benefits applicable to the clean-up
  • Home repair by creating a forum for residents to deal with licensed and insured contractors
  • Destroyed home removal by creating a forum for residents to deal with licensed and insured contractors and/or by directly arranging for removal with homeowner approval and payment or assignment of insurance proceeds for removal
  • Spontaneous outreach with occasional assistance, such as drinking water, coffee, food, and other events or services

If anyone has any questions concerning the information provided and listed above, please contact your community office during business hours.

Plan Your Day
 

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Planners are great tools for organizing your busy life’s many responsibilities. Physical planners help you visualize your tasks for the day, track your habits, and keep you accountable for staying productive. Keep reading for some ways you can make the most out of your planner.

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Plan Your Day

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Have you ever made a to-do list in your head and forgotten to get everything done? Relying on your mind to remember important tasks can be overwhelming and lead to forgetfulness. Using a planner is one of the best ways to stay on track with your goals while reducing stress.

If you’re not already a planner person, getting started is easy! Establishing a planner routine is crucial to staying organized and on top of your tasks, and these tips can help you get started. Start by taking ten minutes before bed every night to write your to-do list for the next day. Then, you can rest easy and refer to the list in the morning instead of wasting time feeling overwhelmed about your obligations.

Another way to stay organized with your planner is to categorize tasks by day, week, and month, following these eight steps. Most planners have separate sections where you can break up your to-do list over time instead of feeling swamped with one huge list. It can also be helpful to use colorful pens and highlighters to separate your tasks into categories!

Remember, the only way to successfully utilize a planner is to refer to it regularly. When you purchase your planner, make sure that it isn’t too big to carry around and that you leave it in an easy-to-remember place. You can even decorate your planner to make it more enjoyable to use!

Everyone is different with their organizational style. Try to find a planner that works for you, and don’t forget to have fun with it! Happy planning!

Home & Garden

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Feng Shui Your Room

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that emphasizes arranging your home in a way that balances its energy. For example, adding a rug at the edge of your bed is said to provide comforting and calming energy. Incorporate feng shui rules into your bedroom and see if you notice any changes!

Fitness for You
 

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If you’re looking to get into fitness but don’t know which kind of exercise suits you best, take a look at your lifestyle! Whether you love being active outside or prefer a cozy day at home, keep reading to learn more about your new favorite workout.

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Fitness for You

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Research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to many health issues, including cardiovascular disease. But don’t worry, there are plenty of simple ways to adopt a more active lifestyle! No matter what type of workout you enjoy, there are countless ways for you to be more fit and get moving.

Do you love being outside? Start going for daily walks through your community! You can even get a group of friends together for a group walk and a social outing at the same time. Not interested in walking? Check out these fun activities that can help you get active.

Love to cook? Plant a garden and grow ingredients that you can use in your next recipe! After all, there is nothing more satisfying than getting outside and moving to grow ingredients that you can enjoy in your next meal.

Are you a TV watcher? Believe it or not, there are ways to make watching TV active. Use commercial breaks to stand up and stretch or multitask by folding your laundry while watching your favorite show!

There are also other simple ways to get moving without making drastic changes to your daily life. Start by parking a bit further from the grocery store to get your steps in while you walk through the parking lot. You can also opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator to get that heart rate up.

There are countless other ways to find your favorite way to stay active. Challenge yourself to make a change in your routine, your physical and mental health will thank you!

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.

 

Experiences

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Stroll Through Time

Spend a hot day this summer indoors by visiting a museum. You may find yourself admiring art painted 500 years ago in a European castle or standing in the presence of a treasured artifact worth millions. Museum Finder helps you find museums of all sizes near you, no matter your interest.

 
 
 

Entertainment

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Riddle Me This

Brain teasers like riddles are a fun way to keep your mind sharp and entertained. Here’s a riddle for you: a man rode into town on Friday and left two days later on Friday. How is this possible? Take a moment to think about it. Ready for the answer? His horse’s name was Friday!