55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey / Oaks of Weymouth / Hometown America

A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

December - January 2022

Edition No. 37

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Manager's Corner
 

Melissa

Community Manager, Melissa, and all the Oaks of Weymouth Staff would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Keep reading for a special message on this.

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Manager's Corner

Melissa

Dear Oaks of Weymouth Residents,

We can hardly believe that the holiday season is in full swing and soon we will be ringing in a New Year. This year we have been able to slowly get back to some normalcy in our community, particularly with our classes, activities, and events. We enjoy being able to see our Residents socializing and having fun again together in the Clubhouse and can’t wait to see what the new year brings.

I, and all Oaks of Weymouth Staff, would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season and a prosperous New Year. See you next year!

In Community,
Melissa Tuso
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Friday, December 24 in observance of Christmas Day and Friday, December 31 in observance of New Year’s Day. However, the Sales Office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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The Sweetest Snacks

If you’re ready to cozy up on the couch this winter with a good book and a delicious warm dessert, we have the recipe for you. Whether you’re in the mood for something light and sweet like Tennessee Peach Pudding, or something rich and creamy like Molten Mocha Cake, you’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Capital Improvements

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Hometown America continues its commitment to provide improvements to our Oaks of Weymouth community. Read on to hear about our most recent projects!

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Capital Improvements

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2021 brought many infrastructure improvement projects including the newly modernized wastewater treatment facility, upgrades to our water plant, road repairs at the community entrance, and replacement of gutters, downspouts, and fascia on the Clubhouse. We also completed various drainage projects.

We will continue to inform you of projects in the community. Keep an eye out in the next newsletter for planned projects in 2022.

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.

Group Activities
 

Group workout

We are happy to continue offering group and club activities at the clubhouse! We are following the state’s phased reopening guidelines, but please remember to continue taking the necessary precautions. Keep reading to see what’s available to our residents and their guests.

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Group Activities

Group workout

At this time, the Clubhouse and amenities are fully open to residents and their guests, and capacity limits have been completely removed. See below for details on the capacity limits of individual activities, as well as our full activity schedule.

Monday:
Painting with Diamonds: 1 p.m. in the Atrium
Stretch & Strength Chair Exercise: 11 a.m. in the Main Room

Tuesday:
Pickleball: 9 a.m. at the courts by the Clubhouse (weather permitting).
For more information contact Frank McDonald (609) 742-5335 or Terry
Scardino (609) 412-5041
Recess Cardio: 11 a.m. in the Main Room
Crafts: 2 p.m. in the Atrium

Wednesday:
Women’s Lunch Out: 11:30 a.m. on December 8 & January 12. For more
information contact Joyce Nelson (609) 616-3364.
Game Night: 7 p.m. in the Main Room on December 8 & January 12

Thursday:
Line Dancing: 10 a.m. in the Main Room
Bible Study: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse on December 2 & 16 and January 6 & 20. For more information contact Lee Duffield at (856) 217-6772.

Friday:
Pickleball: 9 a.m. at the courts by the Clubhouse (weather permitting).
For more information contact Frank McDonald (609) 742-5335 or Terry Scardino (609) 412-5041
Stretch & Strength Chair Exercise: 11 a.m. in the Main Room

Saturday:
Walking Group: 10 a.m. in front of the Clubhouse (weather permitting).

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as feeling sick, coughing, have a fever, difficulty breathing, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive within the last two weeks, please do not attend the event.

Please remember hand washing is the best deterrent for COVID-19. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands thoroughly before and after using any equipment.

Your Health

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Boost Your Immune System

Chillier weather is here, and with it comes an increased risk of catching pesky bugs like the cold or flu. The good news is, there are many simple practices you can employ in your everyday life to help keep your immune system strong, from eating more fruits and vegetables to managing your sleep schedule!

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!

Amenities Update
 

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At this time, the Clubhouse and amenities are fully open to residents and their guests, and capacity limits have been completely removed. Read on to review the updated guidelines with your guests before enjoying the amenities.

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Amenities Update

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At this time, the Clubhouse and amenities are fully open to residents and their guests, and capacity limits have been completely removed. Please review the quick guidelines below with your guests before enjoying the amenities:

  • • If you or your guest have any COVID-19 symptoms such as feeling sick, coughing, have a fever, difficulty breathing, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive within the last two weeks, please do not attend.
  • • Please wipe down any shared objects or materials touched before leaving with sanitized wipes.
  • • Hand washing is the best deterrent for COVID-19. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands thoroughly before and after using any shared equipment.
  • • Masks are not required.

Movie Matinee
 

Movie theater

You spoke and we listened – movie matinee is now on Wednesday as to not interfere with other activities! Residents may bring their own snacks and beverages. Some snacks will be provided. Submit movie suggestions to the office. The next two screenings will be December 15 at 1 p.m. and January 19 at 1 p.m.

Home & Garden

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Get Ahead of the Trend

A new year means a whole new list of interior design trends! Stay on top of the latest crazes and wow your friends and family with minimalist furniture pieces, or use your green thumb to fill your home with nature-inspired décor. No matter your style, make your home one that is sure to impress.

Coffee Hour
 

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Coffee hour is officially back with a few minor adjustments. Stop by for some hot coffee, delicious baked goods, and friendly conversation. Our next two events will be Thursday, December 23 at 11 a.m. in the Clubhouse and Thursday, January 27 at 11 a.m. in the Clubhouse.

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

Cat walking in grass

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 December/January 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: December 2, 16, & 30 and January 13 & 27
  • Bulk Pick-Up: December 22 & January 26 – 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: December 14 & January 11. Call Weymouth Twp. with questions (609) 476-2102.
  • Yard Waste—picked up Wednesdays with trash.

For more information on pick-up and recycling services, click here.

*Trash & Recyclables may ONLY be put out at the curb after 4 p.m. the day before it is collected.

Experiences

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Become a Treasure Hunter

Treasure hunting isn’t just for pirates – antique shopping can be a great hobby for anyone! Antiquing is not only a fun way to spend your time on a day trip, but if you want to get serious about finding hidden gems, there are some important things to know. With these tips, you’ll be picking out authentic silver and one-of-a-kind furniture in no time.

Bingo Night
 

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Our next bingo night, hosted by the Acorn Association, will take place on January 23 at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

December Holiday Lights Show

Happy Holidays

Join us on Thursday, December 9 at 2 p.m. for “Holiday Lights”, a festive and engaging performance for winter holiday celebrations including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Year’s. Read on to hear all about the talented performers!

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December Holiday Lights Show

Happy Holidays

Join us on Thursday, December 9 at 2 p.m. for “Holiday Lights”, a festive and engaging performance for winter holiday celebrations including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Year’s. This is a performance you don’t want to miss, filled with music, singing, dancing, laughter and more!

About the performers:
Francine Evans & Joel Zelnik have performed for all types of audiences including associations, clubs, residences, libraries, presidents, and more. They were competitors on television’s “America’s Got Talent” and have performed in New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan, and Greece. Francine has produced over 100 shows and Joel has entertained 5 presidents and recorded 4 CDs. Together, they perform over 125 engagements annually.

Important Update
 

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We are now accepting a limited number of resident listings for 2021. Residents who list their homes with our sales team will be featured on the Hometown America Website and on the MLS along with full, visible signage placement on the property. For more information, please contact Sales Consultant Sheneva Paz.

Entertainment

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Take a Swing at Golf

It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, and golf may be the perfect one for you. Golf is easy to get into at any stage of life, and a great way to stay active, make friends, and enjoy the sunshine. Whether you have a course in your community or somewhere down the road, get out there and make a “partee” out of it!

Stepping into the New Year

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We’re so excited to host a seminar with an Orthopedic Doctor from NovaCare Rehabilitation to discuss bone, joint, and muscle health. Stay tuned for more information on this.

Past Events
 

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We’ve had so many successful events here at Oaks of Weymouth over the last few months! Read on to hear more about our flu shot clinic, resident trick or treat event, and more.

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Past Events
 

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On October 14, we hosted a Flu Clinic with the wonderful Pharmacist and nurses from Walmart Pharmacy. We had a wonderful turn out for the clinic and were happy to see so many residents.

The Mammogram Van came to Oaks of Weymouth on October 22. Courtesy of the AMI foundation, our residents were able to get their mammogram screening right here in the community.

Resident Trick or Treat took place on October 29. Residents visited the office dressed in their Halloween Costumes & received a yummy Halloween treat!

On November 11, we hosted a delicious catered breakfast with a wonderful turn out in Honor of our Veterans. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our Acorn Association President, Gina, and Secretary, Sherry, who served Residents who attended. Thank you, ladies.



Toys for Tots
 

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'Tis the season for Toys for Tots. The collection box is located in the Clubhouse by the Community Bulletin Board. Thank you to those of you who have already donated, every donation is greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate, the donation box will be collected around December 6.

 

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
 

Food pantry

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 114 Route 50 in Mays Landing has opened its doors to the parishioners and community. The pantry hours are Thursday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. – 8 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 every Wednesday 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 in order to obtain free food. Contact: (609) 625-9446.

The Salvation Army at 1309 Route 50 in Mays Landing hours of food operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., 2 p.m. – 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.

 

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.

Wrap Things Up


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‘Tis the season for endless parties and holidays galore. No matter what you’re celebrating, you’ll probably wrap a gift or two. Maybe your wrapping skills need work, or maybe you’re looking to get creative. Check out these tips that will make the outside of your gifts almost as good as the inside.

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Wrap Things Up

Gift box

‘Tis the season for endless parties, gatherings, and holidays galore. No matter what you’re celebrating, chances are you’ll be wrapping a gift or two. Maybe your wrapping skills need work, or maybe you’re looking to get creative. Either way, check out these tips and tricks that will make the outside of your gifts almost as good as the inside.

If you’ve never been a fan of wrapping gifts – whether you find it unnecessarily complicated or just too time-consuming – these life hacks may just change your opinion. Before you even get started on that pile of unwrapped gifts, it’s important to get organized. Things like ensuring you have sharp enough scissors and quality tape make a big difference in the long run. To cut down on your time more, create a gift-wrapping station that has everything you need in one convenient place. Make sure you have enough space to properly measure the wrapping paper for your presents. Everyone hates the dreaded moment when you realize you accidentally didn’t cut off enough, but don’t start over! Cover the gap with a “belly band” of ribbon or folded paper instead.

If you’re already a pro, why not challenge yourself this year with some new gift-wrapping techniques? Level up your gift tags and use the wrapping paper to create an extra fold where a personalized card can go. If you’re giving a bundle of gifts, consider an alternating theme of two coordinating wrapping papers, tied up with a matching bow. For those who are tired of the designs offered in stores, get creative and make your own wrapping paper! You can purchase plain paper and customize it with watercolors, drawing on handmade bows or decorations, or you can even use patterned tape to make unique designs.

No matter how you give your gifts this year, we hope you find a little extra joy in doing it!

Giving is the Greatest

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When was the last time you cleaned out your closet? As the year comes to a close, consider going through your home and donating to those in need. If you don’t have items to donate, donating your time is another wonderful way to give back. Read on to hear some organizations that could use your help.

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Giving is the Greatest

Donation box

When was the last time you cleaned out your closet? As the year comes to a close, consider going through your home and donating to those in need. If you don’t have items to donate, donating your time is another wonderful way to give back.

If you have bags of gently-used clothes and no idea where to bring them, there are plenty of nationally recognized donation centers that help get them to those in need, and usually help another cause at the same time. Just a few of these organizations include Dress for Success, Goodwill, One Warm Coat, Planet Aid, and more.

Maybe you don’t have clothes to donate but have an excess of canned or dry goods. Even if you don’t, taking advantage of grocery store’s BOGOs and donating the extra item is an excellent way to help. If either situation could apply to you, Feeding America offers a useful resource to help you find your local food bank.

Finally, if you prefer to donate your time, many organizations could use your help. With so many options of where to give time, you can choose one that feels most important to you. Whether you want to help out rescue puppies and kittens at your local animal shelter, help with children’s programming like storytime at the local library, or get outdoors and help your Parks and Recreation Department, there are options for every interest and lifestyle. The holiday season is about giving, so take time to give back to your community this year.

 

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.