A 55+ Community in Orlando, Florida

October - November 2017

Edition No. 13

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Priscilla’s Corner
 

Priscilla

We want to take a moment and thank all of our residents for their efforts and fellowship before, during, and after the storm. As you all know, we are continuing with our year, celebrating with fun and friendship. Soon our snowbirds will be returning and the community will be hopping with activity.

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Priscilla’s Corner

Priscilla

Wow! Where has the year gone? Soon our snowbirds will be returning and the community will be hopping with activity—all the more reason to slow down when we drive through the community. (More people on the streets means more opportunity for accidents.) Please be mindful and keep to the posted speed limit if you are in a car, motorcycle, or golf cart.

Here are a few big highlights to note:

  • WELCOME KELSEY – I am happy to welcome the newest member of the Hometown team, Kelsey Cross. Kelsey will be at Fairways for a few months of training. Please stop by and introduce yourself or we will surly see you out and about. Please give Kelsey a warm welcome.
  • UPDATE- MASTERS AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT – Talk about a struggle! I want to give you an update on the progress of the repairs to this system. Since July when the system took a power hit due to lightning strike, we have been trying to get the repairs made. I have been in contact with the vendors and we have isolated several issues. They have tried to replace the damaged components with no luck. We are now going to install a new system that will work with all the TV’s. BINGO can still operate without the TV’s but to have the optimum playing experience, we need all 8 TV’s to function with the BINGO system.

I also want to thank the following residents for beautifying their homes and home sites. I have seen many residents painting and power washing their homes. For September efforts, thanks to John Palumbo, Edwin Rivera, Susan Porter, Dennis and Marjorie Cook, David and Kathleen Groves, John Wasyl, and Elaine Huffman. And for more recent October efforts, thank you Martha Lugo, Marla Ladd, Linda Brookshire, Meredith Codispoti, Nina Foley, James Merrell, and Ron Hill.

-Priscilla

Upcoming Events
 

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It’s Fall, which means it’s time for cooler weather and several fun activities. Check out our list of upcoming events to save the dates. Contact Christine Snow at the Masters at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

It’s Fall, which means it’s time for cooler weather and several fun activities. Check out our list of upcoming events to save the dates. Contact Christine Snow at the Masters at (407) 273-2360 to sign up or for more information.

Friday, September 22
ABBA Tribute
Masters Meeting Room, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 12
Henderson Sachs Estate Planning Seminar
Masters Meeting Room, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 14
Paint Your Own Pottery
Greenbrier Meeting Room, 12 p.m.

Thursday, October 26
Movie Night
Masters Meeting Room, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 4
Kip Sweeney and his KC and the Sunshine Tribute Band
Masters Meeting Room, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 16
Pickleball Tournament
Pickleball Courts, All Day

Saturday, November 18
First Responders Golf Tournament
Golf Couse, All Day

Thursday, November 30
Movie Night
Masters Meeting Room, 7 p.m.

Food

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Happiness is Homemade

Warm, home cooking is a perfect reminder that the seasons are changing. While they can be great to eat, fall meals can be tricky to prepare. Here are easy and hearty casserole recipes that will leave everyone at the table satisfied.

The Aftermath of Irma

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Irma was one of the most massive hurricanes to come across the state. I want to take this opportunity to thank all our residents, the Fairways staff, and our Hometown America family for their efforts and fellowship during our time of need after hurricane Irma passed.

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The Aftermath of Irma

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I want to take this opportunity to thank all our residents for their efforts and fellowship during our time of need after hurricane Irma passed. I saw residents helping residents – bringing over food, helping remove trees, and protecting each other’s’ homes with tarps. We all came together for those in need.

I want to personally thank Pastor Eli, Carrie Proudfit, Paul and Caroline Zambouros, Jennifer Thompson, Joshua and Sharon Stewart, Kris Richarde, Commissioner Emily Bonilla and all the men and women from Orange County Emergency Management who came together, sent us food and water, helped get the power restored to the back half of the Fairways, and checked on our elderly. These people were amazing and we all owe them our thanks and gratitude.

I also want to give thanks to our Hometown America family. Our regional sales manager, Scott Brown, and regional construction director, John Yonkoski, went door to door with Deb Thayer and Judith Stebbins to urge residents to evacuate. Three brave maintenance team members, Les Rowe, Mike Jamieson, and Don Beam were first on-site to remove trees that were blocking roads and on resident homes. We had employees in our community Friday evening and Saturday before the storm to help the Fairways. We want to thank each of you. We know you had your own homes and families you put on hold until our residents were notified and the community was secured.

The cleanup efforts continue throughout the Fairways. We have finished repairing fences and completed the necessary tree work. The hardest job for all our residents is working with your insurance company to get your homes repaired. We are reaching out to those residents with home damage to see if we can assist in any way. Please give us a call if you need help with a claim or if you need some other resources. We will be happy to assist you.

-Priscilla


We're Closed
 

We're closed

The community office will be closed Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24 in honor of Thanksgiving. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Activities Corner
 

Christine

Fall is here and soon we will be seeing Jack-o-lanterns, black cats, witches, and ghosts. We will of course be stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie as well. Before all that happens, let’s talk about our upcoming activities.

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Activities Corner

Christine

Fall is here and soon we will be seeing Jack-o-lanterns, black cats, witches, and ghosts. We will of course be stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie as well. Before all that happens, let’s talk about our upcoming activities.

October

  • Thursday, October 12 at 2 p.m. – Henderson Sachs will be in the Masters Clubhouse to talk about Estate Planning.
  • Saturday, October 14 at 12 p.m. – We are hosting Paint Your Own Pottery in the Greenbrier Clubhouse.
  • Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. – Movie Night in the Masters this month will feature “Rogue One.”

November

  • Saturday, November 4 at 7 p.m. – We will have Kip Sweeny and his KC and the Sunshine Tribute band in the Masters Clubhouse. Doors open at 6:30.
  • Thursday, November 16 – Get ready for our Pickleball Tournament between Palm Valley, Tanglewood, and the Fairways!
  • Saturday, November 18 – We will have our annual First Responders Golf Tournament this year and are inviting wounded warriors and their families. This is tentatively planned, so stay tuned for details.
  • Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. – Movie night in the Masters Clubhouse will feature “Miracle on 34th Street” this month. Doors open at 6:45.

Your Health

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Glowing Skin is In

The basics of skin care are vital for good health. A combination of healthy lifestyle choices can ensure that your skin stays glowing and vibrant. Read more for information about taking care of your skin and helping your health.

ABBA Tribute
 

ABBA Tribute

We had a blast at the ABBA Tribute show on September 22. More than 200 residents showed up and danced the night away to all the classic hits. Click to read more and see photos!

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ABBA Tribute

ABBA Tribute

In spite of all the devastation from hurricane Irma, we were able to get together to enjoy the songs of ABBA and the 70’s. What fun! There were over 200 residents in attendance and many were singing along with the songs and shaking it up on the dance floor. The evening entertainers were spectacular with the songs that we love from the 60’s and 70’s. Our costume contest was a success, with a huge congrats going out to our winners Joanne and Dennis. Events like these make Fairways Country Club a truly special place to live. We are so happy everyone had fun.


KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band

Looking forward to more entertainment at the Fairways? Save the date for a tribute to KC and the Sunshine Band coming November 4. It should be a great start to the winter season!

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KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band

Looking forward to more entertainment at the Fairways? Save the date for a tribute to KC and the Sunshine Band coming November 4. This should be a great start to the winter season!

Have a fun filled night of music you love with dancing and wonderful performers singing timeless hits like “Get Down Tonight," "That's the Way (I Like It)," "Rock Your Baby," "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," "I'm Your Boogie Man,", "Keep It Comin' Love," "Boogie Shoes," and many more.

Put on your dancing shoes and don’t forget to pick up your tickets at the office, seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Trash Pickup
 

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As a reminder to residents, there is a separate trash pickup procedure for large trash items. If you have anything other than household everyday trash, please call Waste Pro at (407) 774-0800 to arrange a pickup appointment.

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Trash Pickup

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We wanted to make our residents aware of the procedure for pickup of large trash items.

  • If you have anything other than household everyday trash, please call Waste Pro at (407) 774-0800 to arrange for a special pickup.
  • Please don’t pile the trash items at the end of your driveway and wait for someone to pick it up. It makes our community look unsightly.
  • If you have a confirmed date with Waste Pro, you can put it out that morning.

Thanks!

Home & Garden

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Help Around the Home

Time to bring out the Earth tones! HGTV’s Help Around the Home offers tips and tricks for your home’s décor. From decorating inspiration to ideas for the garden, preview this "tip a day" calendar for everything you need.

Featured Home Listings

Featured listing

Our Fairways Sales Team tenaciously works to sell the beautiful homes in our community. Our team is currently featuring 2 new listings, both with reduced prices and an array of features. Click below to find more information on each property below.

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Featured Home Listings

Featured listing

Our Fairways Sales Team tenaciously works to sell the beautiful homes in our community. Our team is currently featuring 2 new listings, both with reduced prices and an array of features.

  • 1707 STANWICK COURT: Early snowbird special! This beautiful 2 bed/2 bath home has an amazing front porch and is located on a quiet cul-de-sac. You will love the open floor plan in this home, featuring a bonus office (just the right size for an extra sitting room.) Financing is available. Price was reduced $5,000 for a limited time.
  • 1836 TORREY PINES COURT: Just reduced $5,000! This newly remodeled 3 bed/2 bath home has new paint and flooring, making it "turn-key" ready. The fireplace and workshop with garage doors are two more amazing features. Did we mention this home has beautiful golf course and water views?

If you are interested in any of these listings, call our sales team today at 407-270-6700.

Estate of Affairs
 

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We will be hosting another educational seminar in October featuring Henderson Sachs P.A. The topic will be estate planning.

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Estate of Affairs

Couple talking with agent

Join us for another installment of our educational seminars for residents. On Thursday, October 12, we will be hosting Henderson Sachs P.A. They will be discussing estate planning in the Masters Meeting Room at 2 p.m. If you have any questions about how to make a will or trust, this is the place to be for your answers.

Couponing Tips for Beginners

Coupons

Coupons can be a great way to save money on the everyday necessities. Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals can use coupons to pinch pennies and cut back on spending. Check out these tips to get started yourself.

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Couponing Tips for Beginners

Coupons

Coupons can be a great way to save money on the everyday necessities. With their growing popularity, they are now available in the weekly paper, can be printed from your grocery store’s website, and are even accessible on cell phone apps. Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals can use coupons to pinch pennies and cut back on spending. Check out these tips to get started!

Plan Ahead

Plan what you’re going to buy before you go to the store, and only purchase those items. If you don’t stick to the items on your list, you may end up spending more money than intended. Take the time to be strategic about the coupons you’re going to use and you’ll be guaranteed to save money.

Stay Organized

Make sure you have all of your coupons organized before you begin shopping. Arrive at the checkout counter with them cut, accessible, and ready to go. Find a system that works best for you, such as keeping your coupons in a binder for maximum organization or in a coupon book labeled by category.

Know Your Store’s Policies

Does your store accept competitors’ coupons? Do they price match or provide rain checks for out of stock items? Learn the policies at your local grocery store. Speak with an associate before you begin shopping and make sure you know the rules before arriving to maximize your savings.

Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need

If you have a coupon for a deal on cereal, but you don’t like to eat cereal, then what’s the use? Only use the coupons for items you know you’re going to need and don’t waste your money buying something that will never be used. Remember, the fun part is saving money!

Check out these websites for more tips about getting started with couponing:

Entertainment & Leisure

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Get in the Game

Football season is here! Whether you’re at the game every week or cheering from your living room, keeping up with your favorite team’s schedule can be tough. Click here for this year’s professional football schedule.

Pickleball Tournament

Pickleball tournament

Think you’ve got what it takes to compete in our Pickleball tournament? Try your skills against residents from Palm Valley and Tanglewood on Thursday, November 16. We’ll keep you updated with the time and more information as the event gets closer.

Ideas for the Restless Retiree

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If you miss the structure of life and meeting people from all walks of life, a new job could be your perfect solution. Retirement is an opportunity to further explore your lifelong career path or pursue something totally new. Here are some job ideas for the restless retiree.

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Ideas for the Restless Retiree

Happy people

If you miss the structure of life and meeting people from all walks of life, a new job could be your perfect solution. Retirement is an opportunity to further explore your lifelong career path or pursue something totally new.

Regardless, a new job can provide income, structure to your week, a solution for restlessness, and even some new friends along the way.

Here are some job ideas for the restless retiree:

  • Volunteer and help others - Many organizations are in need of volunteers to provide staff and assistance. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and rescue centers are great examples of places that couldn’t keep their doors open without the support of selfless people giving their time. If you love the satisfaction helping an organization run smoothly, saving a life, or meeting a need, you may want to consider spending your downtime volunteering.
  • Provide a Service - Do you have a talent you’re willing to offer at a price? Whether it’s dog sitting, sewing, handy tasks, or childcare, you have to potential to help someone who needs your services. Jobs like these are essential to those who do not have the time or resources to do them on their own. Find what you love and have a knack for, and turn it into a part time gig. Plus, the extra money would be nice.
  • Customer Service - As a retiree, you might be looking for a job because you like to stay busy. Working in customer service is a great way to hustle through the week and meet many people along the way. This job path is perfect for retirees because it requires politeness, critical thinking skills, and patience that has amassed over a lifetime of working.

For more tips on how to tackle restless retirement, read over this AARP Article.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

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Daylight Savings time end on Sunday, November 5th at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to fall back (turn your clock back one hour) and enjoy your extra hour of sleep! Also this a great reminder to check your smoke detector batteries.

Travel

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Adventure Wisely

Traveling overseas should be nothing short of entertaining and educational, and it’s best to be open to every new experience. Read these traveling tips from Rick Steves to make sure you get the most out of a European vacation.

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

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 SaveHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Come Socialize
 

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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 hear about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

HTA 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.