A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

June - July 2021

Edition No. 34

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Manager's Corner
 

Melissa

Summer is finally here, and we’re enjoying all the fun outdoor activities and beautiful views that come with it! From the pool opening to the yard of the month nominations, there’s so much to be excited about. Keep reading to learn more.

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Manager's Corner

Melissa

Hello wonderful Residents!

Summer is finally here and we hope you are all enjoying the warm weather and outdoor activities.

The annual four-sided inspections have been completed, and the community looks beautiful. Thank you to everyone for taking pride in your yard! If you received a notice that required further action, please make every effort to complete the items by the due date. We will be going back through the property to follow up. Thanks again for keeping our community looking great!

Don’t forget, while you’re out enjoying all of the summer fun, take note of any yard that catches your eye and submit your nominations to the office for Yard of the Month.

In Community,
Melissa Tuso
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Fourth of July. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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Smokin’ Good BBQ

If you’re a big barbecue fan but haven’t quite mastered the art of making it yourself, now’s your chance! With warmer weather ahead, outdoor barbecues are a great way to socialize safely, and with these recipes, your dish is sure to be one to remember.

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 the most recent projects!

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Capital Improvements

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We started 2021 with a few infrastructure improvement projects, including the newly modernized wastewater treatment facility along with upgrades to our water plant. Both projects are ongoing but will be completed this year.

Other projects scheduled for this year include:

  • • Various drainage projects
  • • Road repairs
  • • Replacement of gutters, downspouts, and fascia on the Clubhouse

We will provide more updates on our 2021 Capital Improvements in the August/September newsletter!

Hometown America continues its commitment to provide improvements to our Oaks of Weymouth community.



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.

We're Hiring!
 

We're hiring!

Are you or someone you know thinking about making a career move? Hometown America is now hiring for multiple positions, across the United States! For more information, check out our Career’s page.

Your Health

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The Danger of UV

With summer rapidly approaching, so are the sun’s UV rays. Are your skincare products up for the task? Check out this guide for tips on products to help protect your skin from the sun, while keeping it healthy, so you can have the look you want and the protection you deserve.

Group Activities
 

Group workout

We are very 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.

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Group Activities

Group workout

Currently, all group activities and classes are for residents only. Participate at your own risk.

  • The Clubhouse is back to normal operating hours and appointments are no longer required.
  • Gatherings will be limited to 50 people.

Monday:
June 7th & June 21st, and July 19th
Painting with Diamonds at 11 a.m.

Tuesday:
Recess Cardio at 11 a.m. – limited to 20 participants to maintain social distancing.

Wednesday:
Line Dancing at 10 a.m.

Women's Lunch Day Out – 2nd Wednesday of each month at a local restaurant. For more information or suggestions contact Joyce Nelson at (609) 616-3364.

June 9 and July 14

Thursday:
Pickleball Clinics 9 a.m.

If interested, please text or email:
Frank McDonald: 609-742-5535 or McDonald116@comcast.net
Terry Scardino: 609-412-5041 or TerryScar@gmail.com

Clinics to be held by:
Peter Junggren - Instructor
Every Thursday at 9 am
Text Peter at: 914-671-2692

Friday:
Exercise at 11 a.m.

Tuesdays and Fridays:
Pickleball at 9 a.m.

Saturday:
Walking Group meets at 10 a.m. in front of the clubhouse. No Reservations are required since this activity is outside. For your safety, please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

Outdoor amenities will no longer have a capacity limit and will not require reservations. Guests are still not permitted at this time.

  • 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 continue to maintain social distancing.
  • Please remember hand washing is the best deterrent for COVID-19. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands thoroughly before and after using the equipment.

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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Several indoor amenities at the Clubhouse have reopened with updated 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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Governor Murphy signed a new Executive Order allowing indoor facility capacity limits to increase to 100% while still maintaining a 6’ social distance.

  • 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.
  • The Clubhouse is back to normal operating hours, appointments are no longer required.
  • The community office is still by appointment only.
  • To maintain the 6’ social distancing requirement, the following capacity limits will apply for the Clubhouse – 60 total.
  • To comply with the new Executive Order, gatherings will be limited to 50 people. Please continue to maintain the 6’ social distance. Any gatherings outside of normal daily activities will need to be scheduled ahead of time to ensure capacity limits are maintained.
  • Residents are responsible for wiping down any objects or materials touched before leaving with sanitized wipes.
  • Hand sanitizer must be used upon entry.
  • A mask will always be required while inside the building.
  • Facility use is for residents only at this time. Guests are not permitted.
  • Please remember hand washing is the best deterrent for COVID-19. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands thoroughly before and after using the equipment.

This is subject to change according to state guidelines.

Home & Garden

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Water You Waiting For

With gardening season in full swing, there are many ways to make sure your plants thrive. The most important being making sure they all get the correct amount of water, without over or under doing it. Keep your plants, wallet, and the environment happy with these efficient ways to water your garden.

Ken's Ice Cream
 

Ice cream truck

We are happy to announce that Ken’s Ice Cream truck will continue to be at the Clubhouse parking lot on Sundays. Read on for all the details!

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Ken's Ice Cream

Ice cream truck

We are happy to announce that Ken’s Ice Cream truck will continue to be at the clubhouse parking lot on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or until there is no line).

Please remember to continue following COVID safety guidelines:

  • A mask is still recommended outdoors and required while at the window of the ice cream truck.
  • Please maintain social distancing.
  • If you are sick and have any COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive within the last two weeks, please do not attend.

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Pool Rules
 

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The pool opened for the season Monday, May 24, and will be open through September 11. Read on for the most updated rules and guidelines for enjoying the pool.

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Pool Rules

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The pool opened for the season Monday, May 24, and will be open through September 11.

We will be following the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Entry
Upon entering you will be required to sign in.
Frequent hand washing is strongly encouraged. We will also have hand sanitizer stations set up around the facility.

Please do not enter the facility if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. These include but are not limited to:

  • a. Fever at or above 100.4° Fahrenheit
  • b. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • c. Cough
  • d. Chills
  • e. Muscle aches or pain
  • f. Headache
  • g. Sore throat
  • h. New loss of taste or smell

Face Masks
Face masks are required to enter the facility through the clubhouse.

Restrooms, Showers and Locker Rooms
Occupancy in restrooms, showers and locker rooms will be limited to allow proper social distancing.
Face masks and foot coverings are always required.

Capacity
100%. We will be cleaning once a day but will not be closing the pool. At this time, we will not be allowing guests.

Pool Hours
The pool hours will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9am-7pm and Tuesday & Thursday 9am- 8:30pm.

Additional Reminders:
This is ZERO tolerance for anyone that does not adhere to this policy. If anyone is reported, we will not allow you to re-enter the pool for the entire season. Policing is not where we want to spend our time, so we are asking all residents to obey these policies so we all can enjoy the pool season.

If you have wipes, please bring them with you so you can wipe down your hands after opening gates/doors.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
*Pool guidelines are subject to change based on state regulations.

Yard of the Month
 

Yard

Each spring and summer, from May through September, we award one home the coveted Yard of the Month award. To learn this month’s winners and how you can be next, read on!

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Yard of the Month
 

Yard
 

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.

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

Congratulations to our May and June Winners!
May – Tom and Toshiko at 5 Hemlock Court
June – Jack at 1 Poplar Court

They work very hard on their yards, and it shows. Please drive by and take a look or check out the photos below!



Experiences

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Step it Up

As the weather warms up, there’s no better time to explore the various parks and hiking trails in your area as trail walking is the perfect way to exercise while taking in the natural beauty of your home. Ready to get out there? Check out this helpful website to find trails near you.

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 June/July 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: June 3 & 17, July 1, 15, & 29
  • Bulk Pick-Up: June 23 and July 28 – 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: June 8 & July 13. 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.

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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Switch to the Switch

Are you ready to be the coolest grandparent, parent, or member of the friend group? Consider investing in the Nintendo Switch. It’s extremely user-friendly, versatile, and provides fun for one to four players with ease. Not convinced? Check out just a few of the countless games available to play!

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.

Movie Matinee
 

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Our Movie Matinee events are back! For details on how to join in on all the fun, read on.

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Movie Matinee

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Our Movie Matinee events are back! Residents may bring their own snacks and beverages, as refreshments will not be provided. A maximum of 25 attendees will be permitted for social distancing purposes. Please call the office to register, as well as to submit movie suggestions.

Screening dates:

  • Monday, June 14 at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 12 at 1 p.m.

Listen... If You Dare

Crime scene tape

True crime podcasts saw a revival a few years back, but have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? From unsolved crimes and true stories to unexplainable spooky tales, there’s plenty to try. Keep reading to find your next obsession.

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Listen... If You Dare

Crime scene tape

True crime podcasts saw a revival a few years back, but have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? From unsolved crimes and true stories to unexplainable spooky tales, there’s plenty to try. The perfect option to make a long drive or day cleaning the house speed by, which will you tune into first?

For those who can’t get enough of Criminal Minds or Law and Order, these crime podcasts telling true stories may pique your interest. Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad features a retired detective and a crime journalist tackling unsolved cold cases. Root of Evil follows two sisters investigating their great grandfather, who was accused of an infamous murder. If you’re looking to uncover a less morbid series of crimes, Fraudsters discusses some of the most unbelievable tales of scams and fraud out there.

While true stories are always intriguing, for some, diving into the fictional or mythical can be more entertaining. If that’s you, consider The Something Scary Podcast, which creates fictional tales inspired by real-life stories. Brainwashed discusses a CIA conspiracy theory, and gives you a chance to decide if you’re a believer or not. RedHanded discusses everything from serial killers to hauntings, so you’ll always be on your toes.

Whether you’re a true crime junkie or new to the genre, there are so many options out there that we’re confident you’ll find one to get hooked on.

 

Need a Boost?
 

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If that third cup of coffee isn’t giving you the energy (or the nutrients) you’re looking for, it may be time to switch things up. Many natural, healthy foods can give you higher, and more consistent, energy levels than caffeine and there are even habits you can implement into your day-to-day routine to help you feel refreshed and ready-to-go.

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Need a Boost?

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If that third cup of coffee isn’t giving you the energy (or the nutrients) you’re looking for, it may be time to switch things up. Many natural, healthy foods can give you higher, and more consistent, energy levels than caffeine and there are even habits you can implement into your day-to-day routine to help you feel refreshed and ready-to-go.

A diet change may be easier than you think and all you need for more consistent energy throughout the day. Foods like oatmeal, seeds, and nuts are high in fiber and healthy fats that your body burns through slower so you feel fuller longer and don’t have that dreaded energy crash. Fruits like papaya, banana, and pineapple are rich in nutrients and antioxidants to flush out toxins in your system that may be weighing you down. Even reaching for a cup of water before another cup of coffee can help you be more hydrated and function at a higher level.

Introducing new habits into your lifestyle can also positively affect your energy levels. Taking control of how often you stare at screens is a big one - allowing your smartphone or tablet to distract you throughout the day or staying plugged in right until you fall asleep is draining on your eyes and brain. Additionally, taking time to walk around, stretch, and enjoy the sunshine will improve not only your mood and physical health, but increase mental energy as well. If you’re looking for a more out-there method, try sniffing fresh rosemary! Studies show the scent helps increase cognitive performance.

Whatever methods you try, we hope you find yourself refreshed, energized, and ready to take on your day!

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.