A 55+ Community in Dade City, Florida

September - October 2019

Edition No. 2

Welcome!

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Manager's Corner
 

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We’ve had a great summer at The Highlands. As the fall season approaches, we hope our Northern friends will bring some of the cool weather with them. Keep reading to learn about upcoming activities and important information.

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Manager's Corner

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We’ve had a great summer at The Highlands. As the fall season approaches, we hope our Northern friends will bring some of the cool weather with them.

We had a great time celebrating the Fourth of July with our annual golf cart parade. This year, we had 25 golf carts participate and they all brought the spirit of ’76 with them! Check out an article later on in the newsletter for photos from the day.

As summer becomes a distant memory, we’re getting ready to get spooky! Start thinking of your costume now as Hometown America will be hosting Halloween Highlands. Be on the look-out for a visit from the Blues Brothers, Jake Anderson and Elwood Brown. We’re looking forward to a great time with everyone and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

This fall, we’ll also begin homesite inspections. These are performed once a year and are designed to ensure we uphold the high standards of our homes and sites, which in turn make the value of our homes stay high. We know this will be an easy inspection thanks to all of your love and pride in our community. A few easy things to check in advance are weeds in flower beds, pressure washing the outside of your home, and making sure there is nothing stored outside.

Thanks!
Scott Brown
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about any sales appointments or tours.

Food

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Healthy Fast Food

It seems like health articles tell us to give up our favorite fast-casual chains, but it is possible to eat healthy while still enjoying our top places to grab a quick bite. Find your new favorite meal from Chipotle, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Subway, Panda Express, or Domino’s in this list of healthier options!

One Call Now
 

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In a crisis, communication is only as good as its delivery speed. That’s why Hometown America is introducing One Call Now to send messages instantly to our residents during an emergency situation. Keep reading to learn how you can get set up.

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One Call Now

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In a crisis, communication is only as good as its delivery speed. That’s why Hometown America is introducing One Call Now to send messages instantly to our residents during an emergency situation.

Our new alert system will enable the community office to send recorded phone messages, text alerts, and/or emails to the resident contact information on file. The system also allows for two-way emergency communication, meaning residents may respond by pressing “1” or “2.” This will allow us to adjust our emergency response plan based on real-time feedback.

The community office will be sending out test calls in the upcoming months. If you wish to receive text message alerts, you are required to “opt in” by texting ALERT to 22300. If you desire to “opt out” at any point, you may text STOP to 22300, but this will put you at risk of not receiving time-sensitive information. Hometown America strives to provide top-quality service during times of crisis and One Call Now will allow us to deliver this commitment.

Sales Update
 

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We’re so excited about the opening of our newest home section here at The Highlands. With seven different floor plans to choose from, you can tour the model homes now! Keep reading to learn about special offers.

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Sales Update

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We’re so excited about the opening of our newest home section here at The Highlands. With seven different floor plans to choose from, you can tour the Palm Harbor model homes now! Along with these gorgeous homes, this new section also offers incredible views of the rolling hills and golf course located in beautiful Dade City.

Don’t forget about our fantastic referral offer – if you bring a friend or family member to The Highlands and they purchase a new home, you’ll be eligible for a $2,000 reward. It’s your chance to pick your neighbors and earn extra spending money – it’s a win-win!

Are you thinking about selling your home? While we’d hate to see you go, there’s no better time than now to sell. With only three current active listings, you won’t have much competition. Come talk to our team and let’s talk about all the possibilities.

Thanks for all the warm smiles and waves as I ride through the community,
Edgar Anderson
Sales Consultant

Fourth of July Parade

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We had a great time at the annual Highlands Golf Cart Parade for the Fourth of July. Twenty-five decked out carts rode through the community and we finished off our celebration with a delicious meal from “Will Cook Anywhere”. Keep reading to check out pictures from the parade.

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Fourth of July Parade

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We had a great time at the annual Highlands Golf Cart Parade for the Fourth of July. Twenty-five decked out carts rode through the community and we finished off our celebration with a delicious meal from “Will Cook Anywhere”. Check out some pictures from the parade below.

Your Health

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Better Night's Sleep

Looking to get a deeper and more fulfilling night’s rest? From regulating your daily schedule to limiting your digital screen time, there are plenty of ways to help you sleep better every night. Check out this list of potential insomnia causes and tips for sleeping easier, your body and mind are sure to thank you.

Recurring Events
 

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There’s never a shortage of fun activities and groups to join at The Highlands! Read on to learn how you can join in.

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Recurring Events

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Mahjongg
Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m.
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
A mahjongg marathon is held the first Monday of every month at 9 a.m.

Bunco
Times and locations vary but take place the second Monday of every month at a player’s home

Bible Study
Women’s Group: 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Clubhouse library
Men’s Group: 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Clubhouse Library
“Son” Flowers: 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Clubhouse

Walkers
Walk with friends every morning at 5:45 a.m.

Bingo
Every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30. Cost is $5

Tennis
Every morning except for Sundays at 8 a.m.

Lassies’ Cards
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Open Games
Sundays at 7 p.m. in the clubhouse

Bridge
Second Wednesday of the month. If interested, contact Pat Carey.

Ceramics
Tuesdays in the Clubhouse at 10 a.m.

Ping Pong and Table Tennis
Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon

Early Morning Work Outs
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Quilters
Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse

Ladies Water Aerobics
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:45 a.m. Cost is $1 per session.

“Soggy Bottoms” Water Aerobics
Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Koffee Klatch
Saturdays in the Clubhouse at 9 a.m.

Poker
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse

Mexican Train Dominos
Fridays at 7 p.m.

Happy Hookers
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon

Thank You!
 

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On behalf of the Highlands and University Lakes staffs, we’d like to thank everyone who donated to the Tools for School supply drive this past July. Due to your generosity, many students kicked off the school year right– thank you! Keep reading for a message from Florida Regional Manager, Gena Paugh.

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Thank You!

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Many years ago, several of the all-age communities in Florida banned together to create the "Tools for School" program to collect and distribute school supplies to all-age communities. This year, we brought back the program to University Lakes.

Made up of a unique demographic, 90% of University Lakes residents are Cuban, many of who came directly from Cuba to enjoy the freedoms, education, and opportunities we have in the United States. Many of these residents move to the US without knowing anyone or having family here to rely on. That’s why, this year, we collected approximately 320 various back to school supplies from all of our 55+ communities in Florida and organized for them to be delivered to University Lakes before the start of the school year.

We kept it simple - each community collected only one or two items. For example, one community may have collected 3-ring binders, while another collected rulers and crayons. Every community manager participated somehow, whether that was helping advertise and organize collection efforts or driving to a nearby community to pick up their supplies.

Eventually, all of the supplies were consolidated enough for Franco, the University Lakes manager, to pick up on the east coast and Kelsey, the University Lakes area manager, to pick up on the west coast. Franco and his team had advertised the event for a few weeks before the supplies were delivered and had an open house in the office, where parents and students could stop in and pick up what they needed free of charge.

On behalf of the Florida regional office, we’d like to give a huge thanks to our phenomenal and giving residents at our 55+ communities. We feel incredibly blessed to have so many caring residents. This is just one small example of what they do continually to help others.

- Gena Paugh
Florida Regional Manager



Exterior Improvements

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Thinking about making some exterior changes to your home? Before you do, remember to check with the community office and get written approval before starting on any projects. You can pick up an exterior modification form while you’re there. Not sure if your project requires approval? Double check with the office.

Home & Garden

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Become a Composting Pro

If you’re looking to grow your garden and help the environment this year, try composting! It gets the reputation of recycling’s older, more intimidating sister – but it’s not at all. Composting keeps organic items out of the landfill, in your garden, and it’s the best fertilizer your flowers and vegetables could dream of. With these basics and benefits of composting, you’ll be a pro in no time.

Don’t Lose Touch
 

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With new technology and apps, distance no longer prevents grandparents from keeping in touch with their grandchildren. Skype and FaceTime are just the beginning of ways to stay connected. Read on for tips for using new tech to keep in touch!

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Don’t Lose Touch

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With new technology and apps, distance no longer prevents grandparents from keeping in touch with their grandchildren. Read on for tips for using new tech to keep in touch!

  • Beyond Messaging. WhatsApp is a messaging app that will let you stay connected with your grandkids no matter the distance. Like texting, the app lets you send messages, photos, and videos to individuals or groups that you can create. Unlike other texting apps, it can also do calls and video chat. WhatsApp is especially helpful if you or your grandkids live, or are traveling, outside the United States as you have internet access.
  • Digital Photo Frames. Sharing photographs has always been a great way for grandparents to stay connected to their grandkids and digital photo frames, like the Skylight Frame, are improving it. With the Skylight Frame, as soon as a photo is taken on a phone or device, it can be emailed directly to the frame. Being able to share and receive high definition photos in an instant ensures that you won’t miss a moment. The Skylight Frame can also hold enough photos that would require multiple albums without taking up as much space.
  • Facebook Portal. Facebook has long been a way for grandparents and grandkids to stay connected and they have expanded on that connection with the Facebook Portal. The Facebook Portal is a video streaming device that includes a smart camera that follows a person’s movement. One of the most popular uses of the Portal for grandparents is “Storytime” that brings a story to life on the screen as you read classics like Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Working Together. Apps like Scoot & Doodle let you connect with your grandkids and help them with activities. This app works with Google to allow you to work on projects with your grandkids that you couldn’t before, like sketching, drawing, and even helping them with their homework during the week.

To learn more about how technology can help you stay connected, click here. New types of tech are always popping up, so make sure that you stay “in-the-know” and, connected with your grandkids.

Cruisin' into the Fall

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Summer may not be the best season to take a cruise. Autumn offers both great prices and less crowded destinations for travelers. If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck on your next maritime vacation, keep reading!

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Cruisin' into the Fall

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Summer may not be the best season to take a cruise. Autumn offers both great prices and less crowded destinations for travelers. If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck on your next maritime vacation, keep reading!

We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for cruising during the fall months below:

  • 1. Don’t let the season fool you. In many cruise destinations, the weather will still be warm during the autumn months, so you don’t have to sacrifice your tropical cruise for less expensive fares. Plus, more northern destinations will have pleasant weather in addition to beautiful sights like foliage and changing leaves. You get great views and nice conditions, it’s the best of both worlds.
  • 2. Find ways to save onboard. Many cruise companies offer age-restricted discounts. For example, Norwegian offers up to $100 off select cruises for AARP members. You can also save by pre-booking packages for things like drinks and spa treatments. Plus, many solo travelers spend more than needed by booking a standard two-person room. Save by asking for a single room if that works for you.
  • 3. Be your own pharmacy. While many cruises may offer complimentary motion-sickness medication and infirmaries, it’s likely that they only have a limited supply. By bringing your own medications (whether it’s something you take daily or something to bring just in case), you can enjoy your trip uninhibited knowing you have everything you need.
  • 4. Explore the shore. Cruises offer excursions at every port, ranging from swimming with stingrays to walking tours. Using their support program, you can find the excursions you most want to join. These adventures are a great way to see the world while creating memories that will last forever.
  • 5. Cruise Your Way. Interested in more than tropical destinations, drinking, and children scurrying about the deck? There’s a whole host of cruise lines that cater to adults with specifically curated activities revolving around cultural immersion, delicious culinary choices, and other enriching activities. Check out a few of these options here.

If you want more helpful hints like these, click here. Armed with this knowledge, it’s sure to be smooth sailing when planning your next cruise vacation!

Negotiating Tips
 

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Negotiation is an important skill and a great way to score discounts on purchases. Yes, you should always research your purchase, but there’s more to it than that. Read on for haggling hacks that are sure to help you get a deal!

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Negotiating Tips

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Negotiation is an important skill and a great way to score discounts on purchases. Do your research, explain why you should get the item for a lower price, and see the tips below for the best haggling hacks to help you get a great deal:

  • • Keep Your Eyes Open. When you’re out shopping, stay alert for ways you can save and negotiate. If you notice an item you want to purchase, such as a microwave or mixer, and it has slight damage, like a scratch, ask for a discount. Also, if you are buying more than one of an item, don’t be afraid to ask if there is a volume discount or a bundle deal.
  • • Research Prices. Before you go out to the store or click the purchase button, make sure to research the price of the item beforehand. Comparing the price of a product from various stores can help you find the best deal and the best price. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson you are talking to if they do price matching, as some stores don’t advertise their policy online.
  • • Make a Connection. You might think shopping online means there’s no way to negotiate the price, however, never underestimate the power of starting a conversation with a customer service rep or live chat. After a few minutes of chatting, you can nicely ask if there is any wiggle room for the price of the item.
  • • Don’t Let a “No” Stop You. When trying to get the best price you can, the first representative might say no or hang up on you, but don’t let this stop you from negotiating. Stay calm and try to get a hold of another representative. When calling stores, this is as simple as calling the customer service line again.

Interested in learning more before giving negotiating a shot? Check this article and go into your next negotiation feeling confident.

Travel

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Flying Frenzy

Think back to your last flight. Did it strike you odd that people were shouting about overhead bin space, taking off their socks to “get more comfortable”, or just forgetting about common courtesy entirely? The Boston Globe recently investigated our strange flight behavior/rituals and you wouldn’t believe some of the causes.

Come Socialize
 

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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
 

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.

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 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Don't Miss a Touchdown

Fall brings changing leaves, cooler weather, and the beginning of football season! Catch every second of your favorite NFL games without cable. If you’re looking to keep up with your alma mater or other college teams, we’ve got you covered too. Click here to learn more.