A 55+ Community in Orlando, Florida

June - July 2017

Edition No. 11

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Priscilla’s Corner
 

Priscilla

Summer is upon us! From new homes (which means new neighbors) and fellow residents fixing up their home sites, we are as busy as ever. Read up on the latest Fairways happenings and what’s in store for this season.

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Priscilla’s Corner

Priscilla

Welcome to the lazy, hazy days of summer. We have had a busy few months since our last edition. Hometown has set up 13 new homes since the beginning of the year and we have more coming in every day. Our dynamic sales team is slaying the market with new and brokered home sales at an all-time high.

I want to thank those residents who have been emailing me event ideas or with helpful suggestions about problem areas. Your input really helps our staff stay on top of these situations. Please keep bringing it to our attention by emailing pherrick@hometownamerica.com or drop off a note to us.

I also want to thank the following residents for improving their homes and home sites. I have seen many residents painting and power washing their home sites. Thank you Edward Cahill, Alberto Rosario, Gregory Breslin, James Bottomley, Gary Guhman, Barry Dennis, and James Wood.

-Priscilla

We're Closed
 

We're closed

The community office will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Grill Masters, Ignite!

There’s an easy way to bring more flavor and spice to your heart-healthy diet thanks to a summer time favorite - grilling! So fire up the BBQ and check out these tips and tricks from the American Heart Association for a savory meal. Want some recipes? Check out Food Network’s Grilling Central.

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

It’s summer, which means it’s time to hit the beaches and the pool to cool off from the Florida heat. But that’s just the beginning of summer fun. Contact Christine Snow at the Masters at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.
 

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Friday, June 9
Lake Ridge Winery Harvest Festival
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 15
Movie Night
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Friday, June 16
Jetty Park Beach Day
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday, June 23
High Tea in Mt. Dora
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 6
Trip to Rays v. Red Sox at Tropicana Field
7:10 p.m.

Friday, July 14
Jetty Park Beach Day
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 20
Capone’s Dinner & Show

Thursday, July 27
Movie Night
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Introducing Pickleball

Pickleball

Pickleball is the new craze around Fairways. It’s fun, fast, and very low impact activity anyone can partake in. We recently had David Vander Weide of the Greater Orlando Pickleball Association come give residents instructional lessons.

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Introducing Pickleball

Pickleball

In March, we had our first Pickleball training event, which kicked off in the Masters with a general overview of the game. We invited David Vander Weide of the Greater Orlando Pickleball Association to provide instructions on how to play. The event had a great turnout, and we can’t wait to see these residents become future pickleball champions. Be on the lookout for a future visit from David Vander Weide.

Want to learn on your own? Check out these pickleball rules!

Lake Ridge Winery Trip

Wine

Mark your calendars for our trip to the Lake Ridge Winery for its annual Harvest Festival June 9. Come experience food, music, art, and of course, wine.


 

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Lake Ridge Winery Trip

Wine

On June 9, Fairways is sponsoring a trip to Lake Ridge Winery for its annual Harvest Festival. The festival features local artwork, live music, food and drinks, free wine tasting, and a tour of the winery.

Admission is $3 with a $29 charter bus transportation fee, payable to Fairways by June 6. Buses leave at 10 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. Contact Christine Snow at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.

Your Health

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Not So Sweet

Twenty-nine million Americans are battling diabetes, with type 2 being the most prevalent form. Because most type 2 diabetes cases are preventable, cutting back on sugar has become a cultural necessity. But sugar is hiding everywhere, even in foods you think are healthy! Click here to see 6 surprising sources of added sugar to help you cut back even more.

Jetty Park Beach Days

Beach

Fairways is putting together two beach days at Jetty Park over the next two months. All residents are invited to come out and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather with neighbors. Read more for details.

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Jetty Park Beach Days

Beach

There are two Jetty Park beach day trips over the summer months of June and July.

The first trip is June 16 and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seating on the bus is limited to 10 people and you must sign up by June 14. There’s no cost unless you want to rent an umbrella and chairs, or get something to eat at the Fishlips Pavilion.

The next beach day trip is scheduled for July 14. Same seating arrangements, schedule, and sign up procedures apply.

Contact Christine Snow at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.

We hope you can join us!

Catch the Rays at Tropicana

baseball

Join us on July 6 at Tropicana Field to see the Tampa Bay Rays v. the Boston Red Sox. Munch on some peanuts and Cracker Jacks while cheering on the team! Read more for additional details.

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Catch the Rays at Tropicana

Baseball

On July 6, we will be traveling to Tropicana Field to see the Tampa Bay Rays host the Boston Red Sox. Munch on some peanuts and Cracker Jacks while cheering on the team!

The cost of the trip is $60 and includes transportation via chartered bus to and from the stadium. The price also includes seating in the press box. If you are interested, please sign up and pay by May 23. Game time is at 7:10 p.m.

Contact Christine Snow at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.

Play ball!

Fairways Improvements

Fitness Center

There have been several major improvements to Fairways in recent months, including a new office, renovations at the Greenbrier, and updates to the fitness center. Read more for details.

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Fairways Improvements

Fitness Center

Fairways Office has undergone recent renovations and we couldn’t be more excited. This spacious office will house the administrative and sales staff. The interior is bright, airy, and welcoming with a wide reception space. When the exterior and interior finishes are complete, I welcome everyone to drop by for a visit and tour this grand new office.

Our fitness center also went through recent renovations. It has been wonderful to see residents use this newly expanded facility. The expanded fitness center is complete with treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes, free weights, ab crushers, and other assorted Nautilus machines.

The Greenbrier restroom renovation is complete and it is beautiful. We went from dark and dreary to having bright and modern restrooms we can now enjoy. Also, we will be removing the stained carpet and old rust colored tile in the lobby and meeting room areas of Greenbrier. These areas will be replaced with fresh new wood grained tile.

These improvements will not only enhance the resident experience, but they will increase the value of the homes in our community. Be on the lookout for more improvements to come!

Home & Garden

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Summer Garden Checklist

Don’t let the summer heat ruin your floral delights. Plan accordingly for summer gardening and you could be coming up roses! Follow this checklist from Better Homes and Garden to make sure your beautiful garden doesn’t wilt.

Estate of Affairs
 

Meeting room

We will be hosting another educational seminar July 13 featuring Henderson Sachs P.A. This seminar will specifically focus on estate planning. Read more for details.
 

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Estate of Affairs

Meeting Room

Join us for another installment of our educational seminars for residents. On July 13, we will be hosting Henderson Sachs P.A. They will be discussing estate planning in the Masters Meeting Room from 2-4 p.m. If you have any questions about how to make a will or trust, this is the place to go and get your questions answered. Please sign up by July 10 to reserve your seat.

High Tea at Mount Dora

Tea

Ladies, experience a different culture with High Tea and shopping in historic Mt. Dora. Join us on June 23, and also enjoy a British Etiquette lesson at The Windsor Rose Tea Room.

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High Tea at Mount Dora

Tea

We will be traveling to Mt. Dora on June 23 for a taste of the British lifestyle. The day trip includes High Tea and a British Etiquette lesson at The Windsor Tea Room. After that, enjoy some time for shopping in the local stores.

The cost is $40 and includes your High Tea and a chartered bus to and from. We recommend bringing additional money for shopping. Sign up and pay by June 20 to secure your spot on this trip. We will be leaving at 10 a.m. and be back by 4 p.m.

An Evening With Al Capone

Capone

Enjoy an evening with Al Capone at Capone’s Dinner & Show complete with an all-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited drinks, and a show with singing, dancing, and comedy.

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An Evening With Al Capone
 

Love It or List It

On July 20, there will be a trip to Capone’s Dinner & Show, an experience like no other. Transport yourself back to 1930s Chicago while enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited drinks (including alcohol), dessert, and a show complete with singing, dancing, and stand-up comedy.

The cost is $47 and includes all of the above plus chartered bus transportation to and from. Sign up and pay by June 20 through the Masters.

Contact Christine Snow at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Summer Sports: World Edition

Two of the biggest international sporting events take place this July. The 104th Tour de France begins July 1, with the Grand Depart taking place in Düsseldorf in Germany. You can see more about times and routes here.

Tennis fans will be glued to the Wimbledon Championships from July 3 – 16. It will be aired on TV, and you can also watch live or get the schedule here on Wimbledon.com.

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane

Hurricane season is upon us, and it’s important to know how you can keep your home and loved ones safe during severe weather. Click the button below for hurricane preparedness tips.

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane

Hurricane season is upon us, and it’s important to know how you can keep your home and loved ones safe during severe weather. Follow these safety tips below:

  • ● Make an emergency kit that includes food, water, and medication for three days.
  • ● Plan for shelter if you need to evacuate from your home.
  • ● Trim large trees and shrubbery around your home to minimize the risk of flying debris.
  • ● Remove all furniture from your back porch.
  • ● Install permanent shutters to cover your windows.
  • ● Check your roof materials and reinforce if needed.
  • ● Purchase an anchoring system to help minimize damage.

For more information on how to hurricane-proof your modular home, click here. If you have additional questions about our community’s emergency planning, feel free to stop by the front office and ask. We’re here to help!

You Got a Friend in Me

Friends

Who are your dearest friends at Fairways Country Club? Go to our Facebook page to tell us your story and share your photo. What are your favorite activities to do together? What does having a friend so close by mean to you? We’d love to feature your friend-story on our social media page or in an upcoming newsletter.

Homeowner Tip: Keeping Clean

Clean

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be as hard next year if you start easy, regular cleaning habits now. The grimiest of places are always the kitchen and bath, and they can take hours out of your day. Your summer will soon be sparkling with these tips, leaving you extra time to enjoy your favorite activities instead!

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Homeowner Tip: Keeping Clean

Clean

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be as hard next year if you start easy, regular cleaning habits now. The grimiest of places are always the kitchen and bath, and they can take hours out of your day. Your summer will soon be sparkling with these tips, leaving you extra time to enjoy your favorite activities instead!

BATHROOM SINK

After your regular bathroom routine, clean the countertop, place items back in their place, and do a quick wipe down. For a quick sink clean, once a week fill your sink with hot water and your favorite bathroom cleanser. Rub the mixture around the faucet, counter top, and any small items that need it, like the soap dish. Let everything sit for 10 minutes and then drain the sink. Wipe of anything wet with a dry cloth and you’re good to go!

SHOWER

Keeping a shower clean can be a bit harder, but there are ways to help beat the buildup.

  • ● Battle soap scum with heated distilled vinegar mixed with grease-cutting dish detergent (one to one ratio).
  • ● Glass shower doors can benefit from citrus solutions. Cut a lemon in half, dip one half in baking soda, and rub it on the glass door. It will repel soap and water splatter.
  • ● Frames around your shower doors can be cleaned with some unusual tools. Use a toothbrush for scrubbing the metal, a paint scraper to battle the gunk where the metal meets the shower door, and rater to scrape fine mineral spots off flat glass.
  • ● Prevention is easy if you make your own shower spray. Mix 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of vinegar, a little dish soap, and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray the glass door down daily after squeegeeing.

KITCHEN

Dirt accumulates near the areas you use the most, but are often left unseen and forgotten until the buildup has gotten the better of you. Remember to clean these spots on the regular!

  • ● Drain stopper and drain - Get out your Comet or soft scrub cleaner to take care of the gunk.
  • ● Between your countertop and appliances (like the fridge or stove) - Wrap a microfiber cloth around a knife and sweep in the crack.
  • ● Sink seams to the counter and underneath the faucet – Get out the toothbrush and scrub away.
  • ● Small appliances – Remember to clean under and behind your small appliances, like toaster ovens and microwaves.

Travel

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Ready to Cruise?

When is the best time to cruise? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here, but there is a detailed list depending on when you want to go! For your best price, visit Alaska now and plan your Caribbean adventure for the winter. See this article on Cruiseline.com for more details.

Trending: Yoga at Any Age
 

Yoga

Yoga is more than a trend in today’s hustle and bustle world. The practice can result in head-to-toe, full-body benefits, in addition to alleviating back pain, reducing stress, improving balance, and even helping your golf swing.
 

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Trending: Yoga at Any Age

Yoga

Yoga is more than a trend in today’s hustle and bustle world. The practice can result in head-to-toe, full-body benefits, in addition to alleviating back pain, reducing stress, improving balance, and even helping your golf swing.

With one in nine Americans embracing the practice, it’s easy to see why yoga is beneficial at any age! Here are a few key benefits:


In your 50s

Try Vinyasa, a form of yoga where you move fluidly from one pose to another. The popular practice helps you regulate breath and move through movements, often more vigorous than other types of yoga. Be sure to look for gentle, beginner, or introductory courses to start.


In your 60s

Give Iyengar a chance. This style focuses on precise alignment, deep stretching, and poses held steady for longer. It’s commonly practiced by new students and people with injuries. Props may be used to help the body focus on alignment.


In your 70s

It’s time to relax with Restorative Yoga. Slow moving and focusing on long-held poses, this benefits yogis of all ages. The postures are easy to follow and it’s especially helpful for balance, stretching, and relaxation.

Click here to check AARP’s full article for more details, recommended breathing techniques, and tips for equipment.

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 SaveHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

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

 

Home Values Losing Out?
 

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If you are thinking of selling your home, Hometown America averaged:

  • ● 213% HIGHER value than selling through "Others"
  • ● 336% HIGHER value than selling "by Owner"
  • ● Read more to see how and why we can help you, and learn about our upcoming Resident VIP Event.
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Home Values Losing Out?

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If you are thinking of selling your home, Hometown America is here to help. Over the last 12 months, listing and selling through Hometown America averaged:

  • ●  213% HIGHER value than selling through "Others"
  • ●  336% HIGHER value than selling "by Owner"
  • ●  $34,000 HIGHER price than selling through "Others"
  • ●  $42,000 HIGHER price than selling "by Owner"

How does Hometown America achieve better sales than others?

These value differences are staggering and remarkable. They clearly show that some homes at The Fairways are not selling for what they are worth. Hometown America has a vested interest in getting the most for the sale of your home because high home values protect the long-term financial stability of everyone. The need to carefully evaluate home values, the market and sell with influence is a requirement in order to keep everyone’s best interests a reality. Outside resale companies do not share these same interests and are often only focused on making income commissions.

WHY list your home with Hometown America?

  • ●  Selling professionals, Deb Thayer and Judith Stebbins, strive to know and understand home values. We will not undervalue the sales price of your home. This is our commitment and promise to you!
  • ●  A selling team that’s open 7 days a week, perform regular Open Houses and has a Sales Office perfectly located to capture customers.
  • ●  Website combined with “Live Chat” and an Internet Sales team to ensure that ALL home inquiries are responded to quickly.
  • ●  Hometown has the LOWEST listing fees—keep more money in your pocket!

VIP Event—you are invited!

Join us at the end of August for a special VIP, resident only event to be held at the new Welcome Center and Sales Office. Learn the benefits to listing with Hometown over everyone else. More details to follow!