A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

August - September 2020

Edition No. 29

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Manager's Corner
 

Melissa

As the summer season begins to wind down, our Community Manager, Melissa, wants to express her gratitude to Oaks of Weymouth residents for their understanding and willingness to be patient as we begin to reopen our community amenities. Keep reading for the full message.

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Manager's Corner

Melissa

Dear Residents,

As the summer season begins to wind down, I can’t help but express the overwhelming feeling of gratitude I have for every one of our residents. The past few months have presented new challenges to all of us; nevertheless, you have all been very understanding. I am grateful for your patience and thoughtfulness during these unprecedented times. You’ve all been very gracious in following the newly presented guidelines to sustain the health and safety of your fellow residents and our staff; for that we thank you all!

As we move forward into a new season, I am hopeful that we will all continue to put forth the strength and sustainability we’ve shown during the past couple of months. I am very proud to be a part of this amazing community.

In Community,
Melissa Tuso
Community Manager

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This is a friendly reminder that the Management Office will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. Thank you!

Food

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Snacks for the Sniffles

Have you ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat”? When it comes to our health, it’s true! We can boost our immune systems just by choosing different options to incorporate into our daily diets. Whether you’re looking for new snacks or recipes to satisfy the whole family, there are a ton of possibilities out there to help you stay healthy.

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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From May to September each year, we award one home each month the coveted “Yard of the Month” prize. We are excited to carry on this tradition and look forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful yards. Keep reading to meet this month’s winner.

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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 will 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 May, June, and July winners, Barbara Young, Arthur and Kathleen Duffield, and Donna Reese! Thank you all for the incredible dedication you have put into your homes and lawns. Scroll through the images below to see everyone’s fantastic lawns.

If you would like to nominate a yard for this award, please contact the Management Office.

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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Telemedicine Tips

Getting quality medical care has never been easier. If you are frustrated with scheduling and attending doctors’ appointments just for answers to a few questions, Telemedicine services are a powerful tool for you to utilize. Get prescriptions, care, and referrals all from the comfort of your home.

Pool Hours & Guidelines

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There’s no better way to cool off during the summer than taking a dip in our swimming pool! In order to be mindful of current CDC and state regulations, we’ve implemented a few guidelines to continue to keep our residents and staff safe. Keep reading to learn more.

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Pool Hours & Guidelines

Swimming pool

Pool Hours - Residents Only

Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. –5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. –6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pool use is in the following shifts which allows us to thoroughly clean the pool area four times per day:

Monday-Friday

  • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pool use is restricted to residents only. Non-residents are not allowed due to the lower capacity and shorter hours of operation. The furniture is set for social distancing. Tables with closer chairs are for members of the same households only. While in the pool, we will require each resident to continue practicing social distancing.

The final day to use the pool is Saturday, September 12, 2020.

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 August/September 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: August 13 and 27 and September 10 and 14.
  • Appliance Pick-Up and Bulk Pick-Up - August 26 and September 23 – 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 - August 11 and September 8. 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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Increase Your Home Value

Many people say their homes are extensions of themselves, so while you improve yourself all the time, don’t forget to put in a little TLC into the space around you. From adding small details like a new paint color and fixtures to enhancing you curb appeal, you’ll start to see your home’s value grow in no time.

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.

Support Our Troops

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Our troops need many everyday items, including toiletries, medical items, feminine products, snacks, and drinks. We’ve placed a donation box with the list of needed items inside the Clubhouse entrance. Thank you in advance for helping our service members.

Scarves for the Homeless

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Calling all knitters! Many residents, in conjunction with Bethlehem Lutheran Church, are knitting scarves for the homeless, throws for veterans, and baby blankets for underprivileged infants. Keep reading for more details on how to get involved!

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Scarves for the Homeless

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Calling all knitters! Many Oaks of Weymouth residents, in conjunction with Bethlehem Lutheran Church, are knitting scarves for the homeless, as well as throws for veterans, and baby blankets for underprivileged infants. If you don’t knit, but still want to help, please consider donating yarn to this year-round project. For more information, please contact Sylvia Mahana (609) 476-4270.

Experiences

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Stay and Play

A vacation doesn’t always mean traveling to some far-off destination. There are a lot of things you can do from your own home that provide the same level of relaxation and fun as a traditional escape. From creating your own film festival to treating yourself to luxurious linens, the options are endless.

Food Pantries
 

Food pantry

Food banks are a valuable community asset. Not only do they provide food to those in need, 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 every Thursday 9 – 11 a.m., 2 – 4 p.m., and 6 – 8 p.m. 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, breads, eggs, cheeses, chicken, and other 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.

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

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.

Entertainment & Leisure

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2020’s Best Podcasts

Podcasts - the latest and greatest craze to hit our streaming platforms over the last year; but what does that mean for you? From informational to comedic satire, there is something for every taste! Get started by checking out Good Housekeeping’s list of the best podcasts for 2020.

Stimulus
Check Tips

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As government stimulus checks begin to roll in, you may be thinking about what you should do with yours. Keep reading to learn a few helpful tips on how you can use these additional funds to your advantage.

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Stimulus Check Tips

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As government stimulus checks begin to roll in, you may be thinking about what you should do with yours. Whether it’s paying bills, investing, or spending it on that special wish list item, it all comes down to what is best for your wealth health.

NBC News recently compiled a helpful list of 5 must-know tips before spending your stimulus. Read through them below before making your spending decision, you might just change you mind.

  1. Make sure you have the necessities. First and foremost, make sure you are stocked up on the things you need like food, medicine, and other additional supplies. If you’re not, it can be a good idea to use your stimulus check to restock these items.
  2. Work with financial institutions. If necessary, you can use your check to pay any debts you might have, but check with your financial institutions first. Many banks and credit card companies are deferring payments and waiving fees, so make sure to check with them first before dropping a large payment.
  3. Save your money. If you have no immediate need for your stimulus check, consider saving it or using it to get yourself out of debt. This can be a great way to reduce future financial strain.
  4. Deal with your finances now. It can be tempting to avoid your financial problems until they become an immediate issue, but that will only lead to future stress. Get your finances in order now and figure out the best use for your stimulus money rather than wait until an issue arises.
  5. Give your money. If you are in a stable place financially, consider giving the money to someone in need. Many charities are readily accepting donations, or you could even consider helping a friend or family member who is struggling right now.

We hope these tips helped give you some viable options on how your stimulus check can go to good use. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Online Book
Clubs

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There’s nothing quite like starting a brand-new book. Many online book clubs are now allowing readers the opportunity to connect, hear from the writers themselves, and try out new genres. There’s no better time to find your next literary obsession.

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Online Book Clubs

A collection of books

There’s nothing quite like starting a brand-new book. With new characters to get attached to and fresh worlds to immerse yourself in, there’s no better time to find your next obsession. Many online book clubs are now allowing readers the opportunity to connect, hear from the writers themselves, and try out new genres. There’s truly something for everyone!

Whether you are a woman looking for a casual group to talk to other female bibliophiles, someone looking to broaden their knowledge with award-winning titles, or looking for novels to help you make sense of the world itself, there’s a book club for it.

Another great feature of virtual book clubs are that they offer different levels of interactivity. If you’re simply looking for a list of recommended books on the same subject, you can find a club for that. If you enjoy reading or listening to what others have to say about a book but you’re not looking to discuss yourself, you can. If you like the best of both worlds, you’ll easily be able to find a host of groups that will allow you to share your opinion and converse with your fellow readers.

While it can be difficult to find people with similar interests to you, online book clubs might be the answer. They are a great way to immerse yourself in new literature and conversations with people across the globe without leaving the comfort of your home.

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.