A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

May - June 2022

Edition No. 38

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Manager's Corner
 

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Our Community Manager, Angi, says goodbye to our northern residents and welcomes updates to Tara Woods! Read on for more on this.

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Manager's Corner

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Spring is in the air! It is hard to believe that our northern residents will be heading home soon. It has been a great season getting to know so many of you. I’m already excited for your return in the fall and for you to see the progress we will be making over the coming months.

April 11 to 22, we will be having the Clubhouse floors repaired and restored. Although it is inconvenient to close the Clubhouse for this time frame, I’m certain you will love the results! We have also ordered all new furniture and décor for the Piano Room in the Clubhouse. I’m excited to see this room come together with a more updated look. Deb Objartel did a spectacular job of putting this all together for us!

Have a great May and June, and for those traveling, we wish you safe travels! Until next time – be kind and love one another!

Sincerely,
Angi
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The Office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Food

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Patriotic Popsicles

Summer calls for poolside conversations, suntan lotion, and good eats! There’s nothing better than a cold treat on a hot day. Next time the temperature spikes, try making these red, white, and blue popsicles to cool off in high spirits.

Past Event Recap
 

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We always have fun when we are able to get together and Resident Appreciation Month was a huge hit! Read on to see a photo of everyone having a great time.

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Past Event Recap

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Resident Appreciation Month was a huge hit! Where else can you have your very own pirate ship but at Tara Woods? We hope you enjoyed the free donut and coffee hour, celebrated the great resident dance with fun music and prizes, and grabbed your sweetheart at the Valentine’s Day dance.



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Sales Update
 

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The Sales Office is busy as ever here at Tara Woods! If you’re considering selling your home, there has never been a better time. Read on for more on this from Janet and the Tara Woods Sales Team.

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Sales Update

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I can’t tell you all how much your warm greetings and smiles mean to me as I travel through our amazing community with prospective clients every day. I am positive that your enthusiasm is one of the biggest reasons why these prospective purchasers have become our newest residents!

Our sales successes this year are already above our targeted numbers. By the end of February, we had already sold our year’s quota for new home sales! Pre-owned homes are being sold through your Tara Woods Sales Office within hours and minutes. We have pages of hopeful buyers on a waiting list in every price range who would love to buy your home. If you’re thinking of selling, contact us now for a hassle-free experience.



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Yard of the Quarter

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Congratulations to Roy Conner and Elizabeth Robertson at 2918 Steamboat Loop for receiving our Yard of the Quarter Award! Read on to learn more about them and their beautiful yard.

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Yard of the Quarter

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Roy and Elizabeth have owned this home since 2004, and I am always in awe when I pass. Elizabeth carries plants back with her each year from their home in Michigan; some of her plants have made the trip with them over 8 different seasons! Thank you for taking such pride in our community and keeping your home site so beautiful!



Your Health

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Orange You Glad It’s Summer?

Oranges are one of the most popular citrus fruits on the market, and for good reason: they’re sweet, tangy, and refreshing. They contain high levels of Vitamin C to boost your immune system and keep your skin healthy. This summer, try slicing or blending more delicious oranges into your diet!

Capital Improvements

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We have got some great changes happening around the Clubhouse in the next few months! Read on to hear more.

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Capital Improvements

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The Clubhouse will be on complete lockdown from April 11 through April 22 for the terrazzo floors to be restored. We apologize for the inconvenience. However, I have no doubt you will LOVE the result! In the meantime, please get with Janet Daly if you need to reserve the pool veranda. We will not have the music piped to the pool during this time as we cannot access the area behind the stage to operate the equipment.

We are about 12 weeks out from starting the project to replace the deteriorated columns on the Clubhouse and Office buildings. Stay tuned for actual start dates.

Restaurant Review
 

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The Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill in Fort Myers features delicious food and live entertainment that you won’t want to miss. Read on to learn more about them!

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Restaurant Review
 

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Located on Main Street in Fort Myers, The Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill must make it to your bucket list! The food is magnificent: start with any of their 8 appetizers, move on to their handheld main courses, and finish with an apple walnut bread pudding for dessert. They always have something fun going on, such as car shows and dueling pianos! The fact that this local hot spot is dockside is just a bonus!



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Upcoming Events
 

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There’s always so much to do here at Tara Woods! Read on to hear what events are coming up in the community, and don’t forget to mark your calendars.

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Upcoming Events
 

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We hope you will join us for our many upcoming events!

  • The annual Ice Cream Social will be April 10 at 6 pm
  • Our Memorial Day Celebration will be held on May 30 at 1 pm
  • Hot Dog Day will be held on July 23 from 11 am to 1 pm


Home & Garden

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Feng Shui Your Room

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that emphasizes arranging your home in a way that balances its energy. For example, adding a rug at the edge of your bed is said to provide comforting and calming energy. Incorporate feng shui rules into your bedroom and see if you notice any changes!

Resident Spotlight
 

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This month, we honor our beloved resident Frank Millette, who sadly passed away recently. Keep reading to learn more about Frank’s life.

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Resident Spotlight

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This quarter’s Resident Spotlight ended a little differently than I had anticipated. I spoke with Frank Millette in February to arrange a time to chat for his spotlight. On Wednesday, March 2, our Tara Woods family received word that Frank had passed away. I still feel strongly that we should spotlight this amazing person as we had planned. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife Ann and their entire family.

Frank was a pillar of our community; he pretty much had his hands in a little bit of everything that went on. From previously having served on the HOA Board of Directors, to being our happy-go-lucky Soda Man at bingo, Frank was that one person you knew you could count on if you needed anything at all.

You will be missed by all at Tara Woods, my friend.

Be Prepared
 

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Hurricane season begins on June 1, and your Hometown America team wants to make sure you’re ready no matter what Mother Nature has in mind. Keep reading for information on what to expect should disaster strike, as well as some resources on what you should do to be prepared.

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Be Prepared

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June 1 officially kicks off hurricane season in Florida. Are You Ready? To be better prepared in the event of a hurricane, the Hometown America team has organized and put together this information to help you, our residents, and the HOA in understanding areas of responsibility in preparation and clean up when a disaster strikes.

It is easy to expect Hometown America to assume responsibilities when a disaster strikes. However, many of the responsibilities in preparation and clean up belong to the homeowner. This memo clearly defines what areas of responsibility are those of our residents, the homeowners, and what areas are the responsibilities of Hometown America. It also provides you with guidance on specific content, that you and your family will need to develop and include in your own personal emergency plan.

First, as a resident of a Hometown America community, we are asking that you provide us with emergency contact information in the event we need to reach you or someone in your family in the event of an emergency. Although you may have filled out a similar form in the past, it is critical that our records be updated with the most current emergency contact and insurance information. Please ask your office for an Emergency Registration Form to fill out and return to the community manager as soon as possible.

There are many resources and guides available to help all of us be better prepared for hurricane season. Based on previous year’s experiences, Hometown America has put together a handout for our residents which lists four important safety and preparedness steps that you, the homeowner, are urged to follow prior to the event of a hurricane.

  • Step 1: Create a Family Emergency Plan
  • Step 2: Assemble an Emergency Supplies Kit
  • Step 3: Family Evacuation Plan
  • Step 4: Prepare for High Winds

In addition to the handout, and as expressed above, Hometown America has outlined below the responsibilities of the residents, the homeowners in our community, as well as the responsibilities of Hometown America, the community owner.

The homeowner/resident is directly responsible for the following:

  • Prior to going North, remove all yard debris, ornaments, patio furniture or any lose items
  • Once a storm is being tracked it is the resident’s responsibility to remove all yard debris, ornaments and patio furniture to prevent them from blowing around (for year-around residents)
  • If mandatory evacuation is ordered, all residents and community personnel must leave the property and not return until the County clears any curfews and roadways have been cleared
  • Residents must complete an emergency registration form (available in the office)
  • Residents should keep all important papers (including insurance information) with them (not left behind in the home during an evacuation)
  • Residents should have temporary housing and food in the event their home is damaged and/or the community does not have utilities or facilities
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate clean up and debris removal of their home site
  • Residents will be responsible for the timely repairs to their homes should they become damaged
  • Residents will be responsible for the removal of their home should it be destroyed
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate removal of trees, stumps or debris that is located either on their home or on their home site
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate removal of any loose aluminum or sharp debris to prevent injuries
  • Residents should report to the office after the storm to ensure their safety and to assist with accessing property damage and collection of insurance information
  • Residents are responsible for contacting FEMA, insurance companies, and other social and county organizations for assistance
  • Residents are responsible for tarping their roofs and for making immediate emergency repairs in order to prevent further damage to their homes
  • In the event of a disaster to their property and/or community property, residents are responsible for their lot rent and all monthly obligations until the home site it totally cleared if home is destroyed
  • Residents are responsible to hire only licensed and insured vendors to make necessary repairs to their damaged property, as well as pull all required permits

Hometown America will be directly responsible for the following items and/or will assist with in the event of a disaster:

  • Establishment of ongoing communications channels for residents and employees and their relatives and friends
  • Clearing of debris from the streets and common areas to facilitate access by emergency vehicles as well as resident and staff ingress and egress
  • Assessment of damages to facilities and community structures
  • Restoration of community-owned utilities on a temporary basis and as soon as possible, on a permanent basis
  • Establishment of patrol (employee, volunteer and/or paid contractor) where deemed appropriate to prevent looting
  • Removal of debris from common areas
  • Evaluation and repairs to community facilities and equipment
  • Outreach to federal, state, and local relief agencies for the benefit of residents and the company
  • Positive response to media inquiry and adverse publicity
  • Timely repair of company-owned facilities, improvements, vehicles and equipment
  • Timely restoration of company-owned landscaping

Hometown America is not responsible for but may assist to the extent reasonably feasible with:

  • Assistance locating temporary housing, food, and medical treatment for residents in need
  • Assistance organizing homesite clean-up with resident authorization and assignment of insurance benefits applicable to the clean-up
  • Home repair by creating a forum for residents to deal with licensed and insured contractors
  • Destroyed home removal by creating a forum for residents to deal with licensed and insured contractors and/or by directly arranging for removal with homeowner approval and payment or assignment of insurance proceeds for removal
  • Spontaneous outreach with occasional assistance, such as drinking water, coffee, food, and other events or services

If anyone has any questions concerning the information provided and listed above, please contact your community office during business hours.

Plan Your Day
 

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Planners are great tools for organizing your busy life’s many responsibilities. Physical planners help you visualize your tasks for the day, track your habits, and keep you accountable for staying productive. Keep reading for some ways you can make the most out of your planner.

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Plan Your Day

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Have you ever made a to-do list in your head and forgotten to get everything done? Relying on your mind to remember important tasks can be overwhelming and lead to forgetfulness. Using a planner is one of the best ways to stay on track with your goals while reducing stress.

If you’re not already a planner person, getting started is easy! Establishing a planner routine is crucial to staying organized and on top of your tasks, and these tips can help you get started. Start by taking ten minutes before bed every night to write your to-do list for the next day. Then, you can rest easy and refer to the list in the morning instead of wasting time feeling overwhelmed about your obligations.

Another way to stay organized with your planner is to categorize tasks by day, week, and month, following these eight steps. Most planners have separate sections where you can break up your to-do list over time instead of feeling swamped with one huge list. It can also be helpful to use colorful pens and highlighters to separate your tasks into categories!

Remember, the only way to successfully utilize a planner is to refer to it regularly. When you purchase your planner, make sure that it isn’t too big to carry around and that you leave it in an easy-to-remember place. You can even decorate your planner to make it more enjoyable to use!

Everyone is different with their organizational style. Try to find a planner that works for you, and don’t forget to have fun with it! Happy planning!

Experiences

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Stroll Through Time

Spend a hot day this summer indoors by visiting a museum. You may find yourself admiring art painted 500 years ago in a European castle or standing in the presence of a treasured artifact worth millions. Museum Finder helps you find museums of all sizes near you, no matter your interest.

Fitness for You
 

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If you’re looking to get into fitness but don’t know which kind of exercise suits you best, take a look at your lifestyle! Whether you love being active outside or prefer a cozy day at home, keep reading to learn more about your new favorite workout.

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Fitness for You

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Research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to many health issues, including cardiovascular disease. But don’t worry, there are plenty of simple ways to adopt a more active lifestyle! No matter what type of workout you enjoy, there are countless ways for you to be more fit and get moving.

Do you love being outside? Start going for daily walks through your community! You can even get a group of friends together for a group walk and a social outing at the same time. Not interested in walking? Check out these fun activities that can help you get active.

Love to cook? Plant a garden and grow ingredients that you can use in your next recipe! After all, there is nothing more satisfying than getting outside and moving to grow ingredients that you can enjoy in your next meal.

Are you a TV watcher? Believe it or not, there are ways to make watching TV active. Use commercial breaks to stand up and stretch or multitask by folding your laundry while watching your favorite show!

There are also other simple ways to get moving without making drastic changes to your daily life. Start by parking a bit further from the grocery store to get your steps in while you walk through the parking lot. You can also opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator to get that heart rate up.

There are countless other ways to find your favorite way to stay active. Challenge yourself to make a change in your routine, your physical and mental health will thank you!

Connect with Us
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook 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!

E-Z Pay
 

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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.

Entertainment

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Riddle Me This

Brain teasers like riddles are a fun way to keep your mind sharp and entertained. Here’s a riddle for you: a man rode into town on Friday and left two days later on Friday. How is this possible? Take a moment to think about it. Ready for the answer? His horse’s name was Friday!

SafeHaven Insurance

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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 (800) 206-2753 for a quote.