A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

October - November 2020

Edition No. 30

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Manager's Corner
 

Melissa

Fall is upon us here at the Oaks of Weymouth! As the weather cools and multiple holidays approach, Community Manager, Melissa, is reflecting on what she’s grateful for this season. Read on for a special message.

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Manager's Corner

Melissa

Dear Residents,

Fall is upon us here at the Oaks of Weymouth! As we enter the time where gratitude is the highlight of the season, we find ourselves counting our blessings and expressing thanks for so many gifts, including the Oaks of Weymouth community! Simply put, thank you for being you! We appreciate the compassion and perseverance shown during these trying times.

As you know, November 11 is Veterans Day. To all veterans of all branches: thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. You have helped to make this world a better place with your courage and dedication to our country. With deep gratitude for your service to the United States of America on Veterans Day and always, thank you!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

In Community,
Melissa Tuso
Community Manager

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The Management Office will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 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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Soup's On!

As the weather begins to cool, it’s time to break out the crockpots and soup bowls! Whether you prefer something hearty like creamy tomato or lighter like chicken tortilla, this list of delicious fall soups will help you discover your new go-to cold weather dish.

Resident Referral
 

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Did you know Hometown America and Oaks of Weymouth offer a referral fee to residents who assist in the sale of a home at Oaks of Weymouth? Earn a referral fee of up to $500 for a new Hometown America home sale. Keep reading for more details!

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Resident Referral

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Did you know Hometown America and Oaks of Weymouth offer a referral fee to residents who assist in the sale of a home at Oaks of Weymouth? Earn a referral fee of up to $500 for a new Hometown America home sale. Contact Sheneva by phone at 609-837-2406 or by email for more information.

If you have a friend or family member interested in making the move to Oaks of Weymouth, please make sure you register them at the Sales Center. We have given out many resident referrals, so you could be next!

*Offer restricted to Hometown America-owned new-inventory homes. Residents who refer a buyer will receive money at closing of escrow. Other terms may apply.

Yard of the Month
 

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Each spring and summer, from May through September, we award one home the coveted Yard of the Month award. To see the August and September winners, read on!

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Yard of the Month

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Each spring and summer, from May through September, we award one home the coveted Yard of the Month award. Winners receive a $25 gift card in recognition of the dedication to excellent yard maintenance. Features we look for when choosing a winning yard are general appearance, neatness, flower beds and shrubs, sidewalk and driveway maintenance, color contrast, and overall appearance.

Congratulations to our August and September winners, Edward and Tina Hoban & Joseph and Kathleen Silipena!

Thank you all for the incredible dedication you have put into your homes and lawns. Scroll through the images below to see their fantastic lawns.


Sales Update
 

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Don’t miss our beautiful new floor plans with innovative features like farmer sinks, soft close drawers, LED lighting, and more. Plus, we still have plenty of open lots to custom build your home. You can also purchase one of our brand-new, turn-key ready model homes on the ground. Set up your tour today!

Your Health

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Home Exercise Tips

As our daily lives have shifted over the past year, many of us have moved from the gym to working out at home. Exercising in a new setting can be a great, however, we need to be mindful of just how enthusiastic we’re being in our fitness pursuits. Learn about the most common home-workout injuries and how you can avoid them to stay safe and get healthy at the same time.

Amenities Update
 

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Several amenities at the Clubhouse have reopened with restrictions in place to ensure the health and safety of our residents and staff. To learn which amenities are available and how to access them, read on!

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Amenities Update

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Several amenities at the Clubhouse* have opened with restrictions in place to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff. The first three listed are open by appointment only, please call (609) 625-6257 if you’d like to book a time slot. Their hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour (12-1 p.m.) set aside for us to disinfect.

  • Library/Media Room: Twenty-minute time slots - one person/household at a time.
  • Fitness Center: Twenty-minute time slots – one person/household at a time.
  • Billiards: One-hour time slots - open to two residents at a time, social distancing is required.
  • Pickleball/Tennis Courts: Open Monday - Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – two-hour time slots, social distancing is required. Closed on Sunday.

*Masks are required to enter the Clubhouse. Currently, amenities are open to residents only. No guests permitted.

Feral & Stray Cats
 

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In recent months we have seen more feral and stray cats in our community. While we are working with local Animal Control to remedy the situation, there are a few things you can do to help. Keep reading to find out more.

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Feral & Stray Cats

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In recent months we have seen more feral and stray cats in our community. While we are working with local Animal Control to remedy the situation, there are a few things you can do to help.

  • Please do not feed any stray animals.
  • Please do not impede any trapping efforts.
  • Spay and neuter your cats and keep them indoors.
  • Locate bird feeders and other outdoor décor items that provide cover for cats and remove these items.
  • Cover garbage cans.
  • Eliminate any potential food sources.
  • Call animal control when you see a feral cat wandering.
  • Do not provide food, water, and/or shelter for these animals.

Trash Collection
 

Trash

We appreciate all residents adhering to the waste collection schedule and procedures. Keep reading to view the October/November trash pick-up calendar, along with other details.

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Trash Collection
 

Trash
 
  • Trash Pick-Up - Wednesdays
  • Recyclables Pick-Up - Every Other Thursday: October 8 and 22 and November 5 and 19.
  • Appliance Pick-Up and Bulk Pick-Up: October 28 and November 25 – Residents must call Gold Medal to schedule in advance (609) 457-0938. Fees are paid by the resident.
  • Electronics Pick-Up is the second Tuesday of the month - October 13 and November 10. Call Weymouth Twp. with questions (609) 476-2102.
  • Yard Waste—picked up Wednesdays with trash.

*Trash & Recyclables may ONLY be put at the curb after 4 p.m. the day before it is collected.
**Monthly Trash Collection schedules are available at the Management Office.

Home & Garden

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Indoor Herb Garden

Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t garden. Satisfy your green thumb all year round by creating your very own herb garden in your kitchen! Whether it’s mint or rosemary, this article will help you learn how to grow these herbs and more, all indoors.

Smoke Free
 

Smoke Free

As a friendly reminder, smoking is prohibited on Oaks of Weymouth property, including our buildings, facilities, porches, and walkways throughout the community. It applies to all employees, residents, customers, and vendors, at all times, including non-business hours.

Food Pantries
 

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Food banks are a valuable community asset. Not only do they provide food to those in need, but they also assist in preventing food waste. Read on to learn about local food pantries and how you can contribute.

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Food Pantries

Food pantry

The St. Vincent de Paul Parish Food Pantry at 114 Route 50 in Mays Landing has opened its doors to the parishioners and community. The Pantry Hours are Thursday from 9 - 11 a.m., 2 - 4 p.m., and 6 - 7 p.m., each week. For more information call (609) 625-2124.

The First United Methodist Church at 6011 Main St. in Mays Landing is a local food bank site open the first four Wednesdays of each month 9 – 11 a.m., 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. offering an assortment of canned goods, bread, eggs, cheeses, chicken, and meat. Participants are eligible for food on a monthly basis and the amount of food given is determined by family size. Identification is necessary to obtain free food. Contact: (609) 625-9446. Donations to the pantry are greatly appreciated. They can be dropped off during open hours, or, non-perishables may be left in the bin at the back door. They can always use plastic and paper grocery bags.

The Salvation Army at 1309 Route 50 in Mays Landing hours of food operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 – 11 a.m., 2 – 4 p.m. Contact: (609) 625-1212

Stay Connected
 

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If you’ve changed your phone number or email address, please let us know. Give us a call or stop by the office with your new information so we can keep you in the loop for all things Oaks of Weymouth. Read more for our emergency information.

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Stay Connected
 

Phone

If you’ve changed your phone number or email address, please let us know. Give us a call or stop by the office with your new information so we can keep you in the loop for all things Oaks of Weymouth.

Emergency Phone Numbers
New Jersey State Police – Buena Barracks
Dispatch (609) 625-1104
Station (609) 561-7267

Dial 911
In case of a dire emergency, please dial 911. If you’re calling from a cell phone, you can dial (856) 589-0911 for a quicker response. This number reaches the Gloucester County dispatching office directly.

Experiences

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The New Wine Night

Spending time with friends has certainly shifted in the age of social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun with them. You can still enjoy wine night with your crew through one of these awesome wine subscription boxes; so break out the bottle opener and power up Zoom, it’s time for a wine night in!

Exterior Improvements

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As a reminder, you must obtain written approval from Oaks of Weymouth before making any exterior changes to your home or lot, prior to any permits or vendors. Exterior Modification forms are available at the management office. Please contact us if you are unsure whether a project requires approval.

Foster Parenting: Pet Edition

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Have you considered rescuing a pet but can’t fully commit just yet? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! Becoming a foster parent comes with an endless list of benefits for you and the animals you bring into your home. Keep reading to learn more.

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Foster Parenting: Pet Edition

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Have you considered rescuing a pet but can’t fully commit just yet? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! Becoming a foster parent comes with an endless list of benefits for you and the animals you bring into your home - so what are you waiting for?

What are the benefits of putting animals in foster homes rather than in shelters? Well, there are plenty. First up, it can increase a pet’s chance of finding their fur-ever home. As foster parents open their homes and hearts to these little guys and gals, they have a better understanding of the animal’s personality, which helps match them with the right home. It also teaches the animals social skills and basic house training, which they often don’t get in shelters, leading to an easier transition . Not to mention, keeping pets out of shelters prevents overcrowding, animal neglect, and gives that pet an invaluable taste of a loving home.

What are the benefits for you? First of all, it’s temporary. This acts as a trial run if you’re debating bringing a permanent furry family member into your home. You can also choose exactly what kind of pet you want to foster, from breed to personality, and many shelters will help match you with the right pet for your lifestyle. If you have other pets in the home, it’s a great way to socialize them to new animals.

Opening your home, and your heart, to an animal in need is a priceless experience. If you’re ready to take the plunge, check out this article to learn how you can be the best foster parent. Who knows, you might even find them so perfect you just have to adopt them!

*Before bringing any animal into your home, please make sure to check with your community’s guidelines on pets.

International Food Traveler

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While you may have had to push back some of your travel plans this year, your taste buds don’t need to miss out. Keep reading to discover dishes from around the world that you can make in your own kitchen and decide which one you have to try first.

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International Food Traveler

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While you may have had to push back some of your travel plans this year, your taste buds don’t need to miss out. These dishes from around the world are sure to give you some new ideas to try in the kitchen (or for your next takeout run).

Are you in the mood for something hearty and filling that the whole family will love? Transport yourself across the pond and try Colcannon potatoes with a side of lamb chops from Ireland or the classic fish and chips with horseradish and mushy peas from England.

Have a sweet tooth? French macaroons are a classic, whether you want to splurge at a bakery or attempt the challenge of making them from scratch. The article above also features a classic apple pie recipe from Germany if you’re looking to spice up your Grandmother’s go-to.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, there are a host of recipes to satisfy this craving. Check out steamed mussels with peppers from Belgium or try your hand at making a classic chicken paella from Spain.

Sometimes cooking a new dish straight from a written recipe can be a challenge, especially when it’s from a different country. If you want to brush up on your skills before tackling the more complex dishes, check out some of the best online cooking classes.

Whether you’re looking to expand your palette passport by whipping something up in your own kitchen or by trying a new take-out option, there’s plenty of dishes out there to keep you on our toes for months!

Entertainment

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Brighten Your Day

There’s a lot going on in the world today and it can be easy to get bogged down in the daily news cycle. Take a break by checking out John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” talk show or laugh until you cry on America’s Funniest Home Video’s YouTube channel.

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.