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Help the First Responders Help YOU!

One of our homes in another Florida Hometown America community recently had a fire. Firefighters were quick to respond, but once they arrived, they had trouble because people gathered in the street too close to the area where they were working. They kept having to ask people to move away so they could concentrate on the fire.

Phase III Update From Doug

On December 22, Team Tara Woods took time to spend an evening together.

Second Annual Facial Hair for Cancer Is Almost Here

Marie Springsteen, coordinator of the Facial Hair for Cancer Causes 5K Run/Walk at last year’s event. Photo courtesy of Lou Dunning.


Hot off the success of the first Facial Hair for the Cancer Causes 5K Run/Walk, Tara Woods will host its second one on Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The event is presented by 4 Words Foundation and 21st Century C.A.R.E. Proceeds are dedicated to raising cancer awareness and education as well as providing financial assistance to patients in the Southwest Florida area.

Betcha Didn’t Know



The first New Year’s Eve ball dropped in 1907. Today’s ball weighs almost 6 tons, with a diameter of 12 feet. The ball contains 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, which are lit by 32,256 LEDs and produces more than 16 million colors.

Welcome Darlene Bradley, Tara Woods’ New Community Manager

Darlene Bradley has joined the Tara Woods family as the new community manager. Doug Objartel continues at Tara Woods as the project manager for new construction.


Darlene and her husband live in Tara Woods’ sister community, Del Tura, and she previously worked at Tanglewood as community manager from 2008–2011. During the intervening years, she served as caregiver for her parents and in-laws. Currently, she is the caregiver for her mother-in-law.


The mother of seven grown children, grandmother of 29 andgreat-grandmother of an infant girl, Darlene keeps in contact with them through Facebook. 


Darlene and her husband enjoy spending time on the water, hiking on nature trails and generally exploring new and interesting things to do in North Fort Meyers and the surrounding areas.

Thank You to Our Wonderful Residents

The holidays are time spent with family, and we certainly consider our residents a part of our extended family. We are astounded at the good tidings and holiday goodies that so many of you have brought to the office. Thank you to the many residents who shared cards, cookies, candy, flowers, gift cards, good wishes and goodwill with Team Tara Woods. Above all, we cherish your friendship.

Phase III Update From Doug

Crushing the rock from the lake.


Note: This update is from the week before Christmas, so more construction may have taken place by the time you read this. You’ll receive updates in future Bulletins as the construction progresses.

Love It or List It?

Your full-time, in-house Sales Department is excited to remind you this month of two important items when it comes to you and your home in the community.


SafeHaven National Insurance Agency

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency for all your homeowner protection needs. The company specializes in covering manufactured homeowners and renters. 


In today’s market, many insurance companies are either very difficult to work with or do not write insurance policies that provide adequate protection. When it comes to your home, make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that not only offers competitively priced policies but also provides the protections important to you. 


Visit their website at www.safehaveninsurance.com or call SafeHaven National Insurance Agency today at 1-800-206-2753 for a quote.

Darlene’s Corner



I have been on the job here at Tara Woods for a little over a month, mainly relearning the system and meeting so many wonderful people. As a side note, I’ve been enjoying lots of holiday cookies. Thanks so much for all the wonderful goodies brought in by so many.

Santa’s Watchful Eye

Ed Simko, the “Santa Ghost of Christmas Past.”


Many communities are fortunate to have a gated entrance, but at Tara Woods, we transform our guardhouse into a southern outpost of the North Pole. Resident Ed Simko, who also serves as one of guards, takes not only his position but also the Christmas season seriously.


Thanks, Ed, for bringing a smile to residents and visitors alike this past Christmas.


Photo courtesy of Sam Jokich.

Scam 101: The IRS Gift Card Scam That Keeps on Giving

How terrifying it must be to receive a phone call telling you that you either pay up now or you go to jail—do not pass go, do not collect $200, it’s the slammer for you! The IRS jail scam is nothing new, but it certainly catches people off guard when they receive a phone call from an IRS impostor. Later in this article, you’ll learn about a new twist to this old scam that will surely increase after the holidays.


Homeowner Tip of the Month

It’s that time of year—time to contract with a maintenance individual to inspect your roof and gutters and to perform routine maintenance before a small problem blossoms into a big one. Below, you’ll find what you need to communicate with your maintenance person. 


And Now, It’s Time to Shed Those Holiday Pounds

Diets are no fun, and at best, they offer a short-term solution. The only method that works for the long term is modifying your eating habits and the way you approach hunger. Reader’s Digest offers 20 ways to get you started shedding those holiday pounds without counting every morsel you eat. Try incorporating them into your lifestyle one at a time, and before you know it, you’ll be on the road to healthy eating.

Eat Seasonally

That’s easy to say most seasons, but what about winter? What’s in season now? Now that the holidays are behind us, try one new winter-produce recipe for dinner each week. Choose a dish from Food Network's collection of recipes for winter fruit and vegetables and make it with fresh produce. To make the most of fresh vegetables with minimum fuss, roast them in the oven at 450 degrees to bring out their flavor.

Your Health

The Magic of Gratitude

Start the New Year on a positive note. Instead of writing a list of New Year’s resolutions, incorporate gratitude into your daily life. Did you know that practicing gratitude can improve your health as well as your quality of life? The science says so! Once you get the knack of it, you’ll find reasons to be grateful everywhere you look. Gratefulness.org is a resource-rich site you’ll want to bookmark. To get started, click “Practice” at the top of the page, and then click the “Daily Question” photo. You’ll find questions and prompts to kick-start your journey.

Home & Garden

If you have a difficult time keeping up with chores around the house, the New Year is a great time to get organized. You’ll want to bookmark this website: It divides tasks by day, week and month in The Ultimate Household Chore List.

Your Money

What’s on Sale?

If you buy things at the right time of year, you can save a fortune. Traditional sale frenzies occur on Black Friday, the day after Christmas and holiday weekends. You can save on everything from seasonal items to clothes and major appliances. However, each month provides a sale bonanza for selected items, and Consumer Reports can help you identify what to buy when. By knowing in advance what’s on sale, you can save for major purchases rather than go into debt.

Recover from Your Holiday Splurge Hangover

If you overspent during the holidays (and who didn’t), we found two resources to help you recoup some of your splurge. Go Bank offers 10 ways to recover from your holiday shopping spree. U.S. News offers five strategies to consider. To avoid spending on credit next year, set up a savings plan for next year’s holidays. A simple method is to set aside all your change and $1 bills at the end of the day. Your editor saved a little more than $1,000 doing this one year.


NFL Playoff & Super Bowl TV Schedule 

If it’s January, it’s time for NFL playoff games, capped off with Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017. For those who plan their schedules around football (you know who you are), we offer the NFL playoff and Super Bowl TV schedules to help you fill your dance cards.

Budweiser Super Bowl Commercials

If you eagerly await the latest Budweiser Super Bowl commercial, maybe a walk down memory lane will help pass the time. View the Top 10 Budweiser Super Bowl commercials. If you can’t get enough of the Budweiser Clydesdales, check out these favorites from years gone by.


Best Travel Apps

Now that you’ve made your airline reservations for holiday travel, it’s time to simplify your trip. AARP has collected the best travel apps of the year. Allison Michael Orenstein writes, “Turn your smartphone into a full-service travel center.” TripCase is one of the most useful apps on the list. It searches your emails for air and ground reservations and turns them into an itinerary you can share with family and friends.