FEBRUARY - MARCH 2017
EDITION No. 8

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In the Spirit of Giving

Coalition for Homeless

Pictured Left to Right: Carlos Fliby, Coalition for the Homeless; Gena Paugh, Florida regional manager and Jolene Burns, Palm Valley community manager.

Each year, the Florida Region has its annual meeting in December followed by a holiday celebration. Every year (except last), we have collected gifts for those less fortunate in place of a gift exchange among ourselves. 

Hometown America Superbowl Extravaganza

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On Superbowl Sunday, Hometown America will hold its first Superbowl Extravaganza. Game-day goodies will be potluck style, so bring a munchie to share with your neighbors while you root for the team of your choosing!

  • Sunday, February 5, 2017
  • 6:00 p.m. doors open; 6:30 kickoff
  • Masters Clubhouse
  • RSVP to Erin in the Activities Office; however, if you forget to RSVP, just show up with some munchies.

We look forward to an extraordinary championship game. Please join us—the more, the merrier!

Tour One of Our New Homes

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Homeowner Tip of the Month

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It’s that time of year—time to contract with a maintenance individual to inspect your roof and gutters and to perform routine maintenance before a small problem blossoms into a big one. Below, you’ll find what you need to communicate with your maintenance person. 

SafeHaven National Insurance Agency

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Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency for all your homeowner protection needs. The company specializes in covering manufactured homeowners and renters.

Priscilla’s Corner

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Welcome to 2017! I, for one, am very excited to launch into the new year. We have so many improvements this year coming your way beginning with newly renovated restrooms in the Greenbrier Clubhouse. What a refreshing change compared to the old dark and dreary ones.

Hometown America Resident's Holiday Party

Holiday Party

Fairways Country Club celebrated the season at its annual Residents’ Holiday party. Everyone enjoyed a dinner catered by Papa Gio’s while listening to traditional and contemporary holiday tunes.

Hometown Invitational Golf Tournament

Golf tournament

It’s time for the Annual Hometown Invitational Golf Tournament. This is a free event to show our appreciation and give back to our valued residents. Golfers will play 18 holes in shotgun format and receive a boxed lunch.

  • Friday, February 10, 2017
  • 8:30 shotgun tee-off
  • Registration: Please register your foursome at the Pro Shop as soon as possible.

We look forward to a great day on the golf course.

Fairways Country Club Homes Flying off the Shelf!

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Our new-home sales are in full swing, and we can’t keep inventory in stock!

In May and June we sold eight new homes, and we are in the process of placing another 11 new homes here at the Fairways. 

Scam 101: The IRS Gift Card Scam That Keeps on Giving

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How terrifying it must be to receive a phone call telling you that you either pay up now or you go to jail—do not pass go, do not collect $200, it’s the slammer for you! The IRS jail scam is nothing new, but it certainly catches people off guard when they receive a phone call from an IRS impostor. Later in this article, you’ll learn about a new twist to this old scam that will surely increase after the holidays.

Help the First Responders Help YOU!

Fire

One of our homes in another Florida Hometown America community recently had a fire. Firefighters were quick to respond, but once they arrived, they had trouble because people gathered in the street too close to the area where they were working. They kept having to ask people to move away so they could concentrate on the fire.

Erin’s Corner

What an amazing start to 2017 we’ve had!  I first want to thank each of you who have attended and helped to ensure our events have had a successful outcome. If our recent occasions are any indication, we are going to have an incredibly fun and eventful year ahead.

The Fairways Paint Party Was a Blast!

Paint Party

Love It or List It?

Your full-time, in-house Sales Department is excited to remind you this month of two important items when it comes to you and your home in the community.

Betcha Didn't Know

New Year's Ball

The first New Year’s Eve ball dropped in 1907. Today’s ball weighs almost 6 tons, with a diameter of 12 feet. The ball contains 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, which are lit by 32,256 LEDs and produces more than 16 million colors.

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Potpourri

Get Ready for March Madness
March Madness starts Sunday, March 12, 2017. The NCAA has released the first-ever, "in-season" Sweet 16 bracket. View the complete playoff and championship schedule and mark your calendars so you don't miss any of the action.

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Travel

It's Cherry Blossom Season
The National Cherry Blossom Festival springs to life March 20 - April 16, 2017, in and around Washington, D.C. It celebrates Tokyo's gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the nation's capital. In addition to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, the area hosts a number of spectacular events. For more information, check the official website.

Money

Money

Are You Overpaying on income Tax?
Did you know that some or all of your Social Security may not be taxable? Calculations are made on adjusted gross income (AGI). See the table midway down the page at the link to determine if a portion of your Social Security income is tax-free.


Take Every Legal Deduction You Can
Tax avoidance is legal. Tax evasion is not and is subject to criminal penalties. According to Investopedia, “Tax avoidance is the use of legal methods to modify an individual's financial situation to lower the amount of income tax owed… by claiming the permissible deductions and credits.” View “Top Seven Senior Tax Breaks” at FindLaw, and double-check with your tax preparer to ensure you’re taking full advantage of deductions and credits to which you are entitled.

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Food

Eat Your Fiber
PhysiciansCommittee for Responsible Medicine reports that dietary fiber decreases the risk of colorectal cancer by helping carcinogens found in waste pass through the body quickly. No, it doesn't have to taste like cardboard - avocados, berries, coconut, figs. View a list of 20 high-fiber foods. One easy way to increase your fiber intake is to add ground flax seeds, chia seed and avocado to a morning smoothie?a delicious and nutritious way to start your day.

Home &

Garden

Add Some Spring Pizzazz to Your Home
Spring is here, a new season, a new beginning. It's a time to lighten and freshen your home. Add spots of color and put away the dark and heavy items for the season. Need some ideas? HouseBeautiful presents 16 ways to bring your home out of the winter doldrums.


Get Ready for Gardening
It seems like yesterday we were putting our gardens to bed. And now, it's time to prepare them for the season. Real Simple offers an easy, five-point plan to prepare for a spectacular garden full of blooms this spring and summer.

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Your Health

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death, but it is preventable. According to Healthfinder.gov, six out of ten deaths can be prevented. Follow the preceding link to view a wealth of information and help to spread the word.


The Magic of NO!
How often do you feel overwhelmed, that 24 hours in a day is not enough time to get everything done? You can change that with the addition of one little word: "no." It's harder than you think to say it at first, but once you get the knack of it, you can do for others with pleasure when you choose to do so. Try The 24-hour No Challenge.