A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

November - December 2018

Edition No. 17

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

Welcome back to all of our friends from the North! We love seeing everyone return this time of year, so please stop by and say hi. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Read on learn about the new model homes, questions about repairs, and a few friendly reminders.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

Oh my, how time flies. Welcome back home!

We’ve been busy sprucing up the community by painting, planting, repairing, replacing, and cleaning. We’re still in the process of some major upgrades, but please be patient with us, as we’re at the mercy of the Florida weather. Remember to stop by the office for a cookie or candy. We love seeing our residents when they return.

Has everyone taken a ride around the new phase? Scott is there to assist you. He can give you a tour of the model homes and answer any questions you may have. We have many new, wonderful neighbors out there as well. If you see them, give them a wave or stop by and introduce yourself.

Here are a few reminders for everyone as you’re getting back into the swing of things:

  • • For those of you looking for reputable vendors to do repairs, plumbing, electric, A/C, roofing, or yard work, we have a list in the office and can give you the contact info. We update the list annually. Stop by and get a copy!
  • • Reducing our speed within the community will benefit everyone. I know that we’re all anxious to get where we are going, but let’s be careful for ourselves and other residents. The speed limit in Tara Woods is 20 mph or less, and please remember that stop signs matter. You’ll see a number of new stop signs throughout the community, so make sure you know where they are. Let’s all keep each other safe by driving cautiously and lawfully throughout the neighborhood.
  • • Did you know your horticulture remnants can be picked up right in front of your home? Just place them at the curb of your home; we have instructions in the office for the appropriate disposal process. If you are unsure, we will be glad to give you a copy. Please do not dispose of this in the back and ensure your lawn care provider knows as well.

November and December will surely prove to be busy, but let’s make sure we take the time to be thankful and visit with neighbors and friends. We wish you all a very happy holiday season!

- Darlene D Bradley

“The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.” –Goldie Hawn

Office Closed
 

Office closed

The community office will be closed the following days in observance of the holidays. We wish all of our residents a happy holiday season!

  • • Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23- Thanksgiving
  • • Tuesday, December 25- Christmas Day
  • • Tuesday, Jan 1- New Year’s Day

Food

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One Pot, Many Meals

Being able to cook with one pan, skillet, slow cooker, or pot is an easy way to make dinner shine. These one-pot recipes are convenient for making delicious meals. From Italian to Asian flavors, chicken to salmon, these recipes won’t disappoint. Did we mention they leave you with little clean-up?

Fashion Show
 

Yard of Fashion Show

Join us on Friday, November 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse for a one-of-a-kind fashion show, sponsored by the Garden Club. We’ll be snacking on cheese, crackers, and delicious wine. The event is free of charge, so come on out and enjoy new looks with old friends.

Fall Back
 

Clock

Don’t forget to fall back by turning your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 4. Remember the time change!

Sales Update
 

Money bag

The Winter Selling Season is in full-swing, and if you have an interest in selling your home, we would appreciate the opportunity to do that for you. Read more for details, plus reminders about our referral reward and “Trade-In, Trade-Up” programs.

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Sales Update

Money bag

The Winter Selling Season is in full-swing, and if you have an interest in selling your home, we would appreciate the opportunity to do that for you. Mary White, our brokered home specialist, would be happy to provide a free analysis to determine a sales price and market your home for sale.

If you have family or friends considering a move to Tara Woods, why not take advantage of our referral reward program? Send us a family member or friend and receive $100 when they purchase a brokered home or $1,000 if they buy a new Hometown America home. The holiday season is quickly approaching and a little extra spending cash can go a long way!

Also, remember our “Trade-In, Trade-Up Program.” Our new home sales agent, Scott Brown, would be happy to explain this program, which allows you a seamless transition from your current home into one of our new homes. Just stop by the Model Center and ask Scott how to trade up.

Your Health

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Mind Over Matter

Studies show the positive characteristics of mental and emotional health allow you to live life to the fullest extent through productive, meaningful activities and strong relationships. You have the power to elevate your mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. Read over these strategies to see how.

Activities Coordinator

Janet

Welcome to Tara Woods! If you are a new resident, we hope you will become an active member of our community and enjoy our lifestyle to the fullest. Read on to hear from Janet Daly, our Activities Coordinator, and learn how you can get involved.

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Activities Coordinator

Janet

Welcome to Tara Woods! If you are a new resident, I hope you will become an active member of our community and enjoy our lifestyle to the fullest. My name is Janet Daly and I serve as the Activities Coordinator for the Homeowner’s Association.

My responsibility is to organize the various social events that comprise a big part of the Tara Woods lifestyle. Check out “Partying 101” and “Steps for Hosting a Party” within this newsletter for details about our events, how we organize them, and our procedures for hosting an event.

I’m glad to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at my home phone number of (239) 567-2285 or email me at janetdaly@yahoo.com. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I probably know someone who does.

I look forward to seeing you at the wide variety of social events offered here in Tara Woods.

- Janet

Partying 101
 

Champagne

Looking to throw an event at Tara Woods through our HOA? Before you do, check out these guidelines to make sure your party goes off without a hitch. You’ll see how events are scheduled, organized, and implemented into our fun-loving community.

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Partying 101

Champagne

These guidelines have been established over the 35 years of numerous parties and events at Tara Woods and are always subject to change...but hopefully not too often. Read on to see how events are scheduled, organized, and implemented into our fun-loving community.

  • • Usually all events are at the Clubhouse, unless specified as on the Verandah or elsewhere.
  • • All events are BYOB. Neither Hometown America nor the Homeowner’s Association is licensed to sell or provide alcoholic beverages at events.
  • • Snacks or an appetizer to share are welcome, but not required, at any event.
  • • All events are publicized on posters in the Clubhouse one month ahead of time. All up-to-date information should be included on the poster, along with a contact person and phone number. Feel free to call with questions.
  • • The event should be publicized in the Columns the month before the event date. Because of the early submission time of Columns articles, some information may have changed regarding the event. The poster in the Clubhouse should have all the correct information.
  • • Tickets for events are sold starting one month before the event. They are usually sold at Saturday Morning Coffee from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and at Tuesday Night Bingo from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. They may also be sold at Homeowner’s Association meetings the first Monday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • • When a party or event has reserved tables, Table Reservation Sheets are usually available under the poster to put together a table of 12-14 people before purchasing tickets. Bring this sheet with the names of each person individually listed, along with the total cost for each person in cash or check when purchasing tickets. You will then be able to pick the location of the table for your group.
  • • Groups of less than six people will be given a choice of available seats at existing tables with less than 12-14 people.

It is important to check the bulletin boards in the Clubhouse on a regular basis to stay in the know about all Tara Woods events, parties, trips, club meetings, etc., especially during the busy season. You don’t want to miss out!

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Read more for upcoming events details, and check out the rest of the newsletter for more information.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Friday, November 2
Fashion Show (sponsored by The Garden Club)
The Clubhouse, 1-2 p.m.
The event is no charge. Wine, cheese, and crackers will be served.

Saturday, November 3
Craft Fair (sponsored by The Garden Club)
The Clubhouse, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Open to the public!

Thursday, November 22
Thanksgiving Dinner
The Clubhouse, 3 p.m.
$10 per person for the main course (turkey, ham, rolls, mashed potatoes, and gravy); BYO side dishes and desserts—enough to share!

Home & Garden

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High Brow on a Budget

If you are an innovator who likes to re-purpose things, then DIY projects are probably well within your wheelhouse. In need of a little bit of a creative inspiration? Take a look at this list of easy upgrades to make your house look and feel like a million bucks.

Craft Fair
 

Craft

Get your Christmas shopping done early! Explore the Tara Woods Craft Fair, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse. The Fair is open to the public, so grab your neighbors and bring your friends and family, too! We’ll see you there.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner

Join us this holiday season for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by friends and neighbors. Starting at 3 p.m. on November 22, we will gather in the Clubhouse for lots of turkey with all the fixings. Tickets are $10, and please reach out to the community office with any questions.

Steps for Hosting a Party

Party

At Tara Woods, we know a thing or two about throwing a party. As such, we’ve compiled a list of 10 simple steps to guide you through the process of preparing and enjoying your own event within our community.

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Steps for Hosting a Party
 

Party

At Tara Woods, we know a thing or two about throwing a party. As such, we’ve compiled a list of 10 simple steps to guide you through the process of preparing and enjoying your own event within our community.

  • • Step 1 – Gather a committee of your Tara Woods friends and neighbors. Decide on the basic format of the party.
  • • Step 2 – Clear the date with the Clubhouse Coordinator, Polly Brown. She will give you paperwork to guide you through your planning.
  • • Step 3 – Meet with the Activities Coordinator, Janet Daly, for further guidance and information.
  • • Step 4 – Secure entertainment, if needed.
  • • Step 5 – Publicize the event in the Columns, hang a poster on the Clubhouse bulletin board, remind people at Saturday Coffee and Homeowner’s meetings, and post it on the HOA website.
  • • Step 6 - Sell tickets at Bingo and at Saturday Coffee.
  • • Step 7 - Shop, prepare the Clubhouse, and decorate.
  • • Step 8 - Host the party – Enjoy!
  • • Step 9 - Clean up.
  • • Step 10 - Submit a financial report to the Homeowner’s Treasurer/Activities Coordinator as applicable.

Travel

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The Great Foodie Road Trip

One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to eat new, delicious foods. In these six cities, your restaurant options boast incredible dishes. Coast to coast, north to south, visit one of these ideal foodie getaways to satisfy your need for stellar cuisine.

Wanderlust Without Hassle

RV

Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for wonderful memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease. From luxury RVs to “glamping” (glamorous camping), the options are endless.

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Wanderlust Without the Hassle

RV

In recent years, the number of Americans going camping has steadily risen. Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for great memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease.

Camping with an RV allows you to experience the comfort and amenities of home, while enjoying the beauty of nature. Staying in a pricey hotel often limits your ability to explore nature, which is why renting an RV can be the best way to explore the outdoors.

You can either drive your rented RV to your destination or pick it up and start vacationing upon arrival. The latter option is great for those who want to go to a specific location without making the drive. And as a bonus, you don’t have to camp in a tent.

Travelers who want an upgraded version of camping can also try “glamping.” This glamorous camping option features all the comforts of home and additional amenities to make it a truly memorable vacation.

The Russian River Valley in Northern California’s Wine Country, provides a fully stocked Airstream nestled amongst a sleepy grove of redwood trees. Take a step outside your door and you’re exactly where you want to be, plus sipping world-class wines and eating at Michelin-star restaurants are both minutes away.

Airstreams are only the beginning. From cabins to teepees, glamping provides an unforgettable experience, especially when held at resorts. These luxurious getaways offer a wide range of amenities, from infinity pools to spa-like bathrooms.

Where will your next outdoor adventure take you?

1968 and the Boomer Impact

1968

A lot can change in 50 years. As one of the most impactful years in American history, 1968 helped shape the country we know and love today. Let’s take a look back at some of the most notable moments from that year.

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1968 and the Boomer Impact
 

1968

A lot can change in fifty years. Technology has evolved, politics and policies have changed, and the day-to-day structure of normal life looks very different now than it did before.

Let’s reflect on some of the major moments in American history that took place in 1968.

Pop-Culture

  • • The game Kerplunk became widely popular after only being around for one year.
  • • Classic hits such as “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “Revolution” by the Beatles, and “Street Fightin’ Man” by the Rolling Stones were released.

Television

  • • An episode of “Star Trek” aired the first interracial kiss on television in American history.
  • • The television show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” debuted on a U.S. television network.

History

  • • The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. This led to civil disturbances, including riots, in over 100 cities.
  • • The USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea and held captive for 11 months. This threatened the high-tensions that already existed from the Cold War in that region.

Technology

  • • The first “Jumbo Jet” was introduced. The Boeing 747 Jet could seat 374 passengers and changed travel industry forever. After this, the exclusive luxury that was airfare became the standard way of international travel.
  • • Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman helped solidify the United States’ place as first in the space race. Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to travel to the moon and orbit it ten times! This was also the first time the moon was broadcast on live television.

Sports

During the 1968 Summer Olympics, two African-American medalists, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, staged a silent demonstration against racial discrimination. They bowed their heads and each raised a gloved fist when the Star-Spangled Banner played. Two days after the fact, they were stripped of their medals and expelled from team USA.

If you look at the 1960s as a whole, 1968 was by far the most transformative year of them all. While there were tumultuous moments, there were also groundbreaking times that got us to where we are today. Although 50 years feels like a long time, the effects of these moments will never fade.

Space – The Final Frontier

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars. Click below to read more.

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Space – The Final Frontier
 

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars.

The Curiosity rover has identified the building blocks for life on Mars: organic molecules containing carbon, a chemical element central to life. This doesn’t mean that there is evidence of life, but it does provide important clues about Mars’ mysterious history.

Molecules from a pair of Martian rocks prove that there was once something on the planet that an organism could eat. If a food source exists, maybe the existence of an intelligent life form isn’t too far of a stretch. Especially because methane concentrations are seeping out from underground reservoirs. Here on Earth, this gas is only produced by living organisms.

This proves exciting for future examinations of Mars as well. These samples were found only a few centimeters below the surface. Since the surface of Mars is constantly bombarded with radiation that can break down organic compounds, there may be more material buried deeper.

If you want to learn more about the Curiosity rover’s findings, click here!

Entertainment & Leisure

Arts

Book Worms – Unite!

Looking back at the year, we know 2018’s literary works have not disappointed. From riveting romances, to authentic autobiographies, the books this year have been stellar. Check out this detailed list of the page-turners you need to keep an eye out for.

Vote YES on 2
 

Vote yes

Residents take note: On election day, vote YES on Amendment 2. As residents, you pay taxes by way of “pass-ons” in our land lease communities. Amendment 2 will keep the 10% cap on certain annual property taxes. It is supported 100% by Florida Senate and 97% by Florida House of Representatives, but we all need to vote YES on November 6 to get it passed again.

Come Socialize
 

social

Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

 

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. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.