A 55+ Community in Orlando, Florida

June - July 2018

Edition No. 17

Welcome!

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Manager's Corner
 

Priscilla

Summer is officially here! With the headliner shows wrapped up for this season, we shift our focus to outdoor events. Don’t forget to give a courteous welcome to our new activities director, Ted Wiegman, and keep an eye out on his lineup of activities.

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Manager’s Corner

Priscilla

I was definitely in a “New York state of mind” at the Piano Man show. A huge thanks to Hometown America for yet another fantastic evening. Over 200 residents attended, singing along with the band and dancing the night away. With the headliner shows wrapped up for this season, we shift our focus to outdoor events. Don’t forget to give a courteous welcome to our new activities director, Ted Wiegman, and keep an eye out on his lineup of activities on channel 732, within the Eagle monthly calendar, and posted at the mailbox facility.

Wishing everyone at Fairways a relaxing and safe summer! Have fun in the pool and enjoy some seasonal BBQ’s. We hope you have a great summer!

- Priscilla

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

From our Staff Appreciation Party to CPR training and movie night, here’s what’s around the corner at Fairways.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Here’s what around the corner at Fairways...

Friday, June 15
Staff Appreciation Party
Masters Clubhouse, 12-3 p.m.
- Hosted by Hometown America, this event will kick off for all Fairways employees with a scavenger hunt and a golf cart rally race followed by a yummy catered lunch. The winning employees will have bragging rights for months.

Thursday, June 21
Hands-Only CPR Training
Masters Clubhouse, 1 p.m.
- Hands-only CPR is the new way to administer CPR. You no longer have to stop compressions to give mouth-to-mouth breaths. This is a non-certifying training session. To sign up, call the Activity Office at (407) 273-2360.

Friday, June 22
Movie Night
Masters Clubhouse, 6:30 p.m.
- Come enjoy popcorn and sodas at the monthly movie night in the Masters Clubhouse.

We are currently planning on these future events:

  • Casino Night
  • Texas Hold’em Tournament
  • UCF Football Game Party
  • Orlando Fire Frogs Baseball Game
  • Bocce Ball Tournament
  • Monthly Lunch and Learn Seminars
  • Trip to St. Augustine

Please call Ted Wiegman at (407) 273-2360 to let him know what events interest you most.

Food

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Spring and Summer Libations

As the seasons change, so do our tastes. We crave fresh ingredients, herbs, and fruitier flavors. If you are planning pool parties or gatherings, make sure your cocktails match the seasonal preference. Town and Country Magazine shares innovative drink recipes, while this piece by The Spruce shares advice on excellent, easy-to-prep pairings.

Sales Update
 

Sales update

Our trusted sales team knows a thing or two about the buying and selling of homes at Fairways. Keep reading to learn more about our sales strategies and current listings.

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Sales Update

Sales update

The Fairways sales team is open seven days a week and boasts two full-time specialists that answer live-chat questions daily. We attract non-virtual traffic to our location thanks to our beautiful new office. We give buyers an unmatched incentive to join the Fairways community with commission charges lower than our competitors and a free one-year golf membership upon purchase of a Fairways home.

Check out our current Fairways Country Club listings...

  • 2075 PEBBLE BEACH BLVD. priced at $91,700.00
  • 14951 FIRESTONE ST. priced at $96,800.00

These beautiful Skyline homes have a promotion of half-off site rent for six months. To explore these listings further, click here.


Billy Joel Tribute
 

Billy Joel tribute

Hometown America hosted a tribute to Billy Joel on March 9 in our Masters Clubhouse. The tribute band played all of Billy Joel’s greatest hits in two, 45-minute sessions. Click below to see photos.

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Billy Joel Tribute

Billy Joel tribute

Hometown America hosted a tribute to Billy Joel on March 9 in our Masters Clubhouse. The tribute band played all of Billy Joel’s greatest hits in two, 45-minute sessions. Over 200 residents attended, singing along with the band and dancing the night away. Guests enjoyed a fabulous performance reliving the music of their younger years and had fun in the photo booth featuring the New York City skyline.

Fairways Health Fair

Health fiar

The Homeowners Association at Fairways hosted their annual Health Fair at the Masters Clubhouse on March 24. A continental breakfast was provided, and attendees enjoyed speaking with a variety of vendors and participating in giveaways.

Your Health

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Secrets to Living Longer

In the battle against the ticking clock, it’s interesting to see different perspectives on what keeps folks young. A great wonder is how on the Greek island of Ikaria, one in three make it to their 90’s and rarely have illnesses. Ikarian and author, Diane Kochilas, shares her secrets to a long life. It’s also useful to get advice directly from centenarians. From Betty White (95) to Norman Lloyd (102), these 12 celebrities share their tips for a long life.

Fairways Entrance
 

Gate

Many residents are wondering how the new entrance will work. Designated lanes, barcodes, and cameras are all in the plans. Read more for details about this updated system.

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Fairways Entrance

Gate

Many residents are wondering how the new entrance will work. Here are some details.

There are two entrance lanes with the right side designated for residents and the left side for visitors. These lanes will be clearly marked with signs.

All residents will be assigned a barcode tag, which the office will put on the back of the driver’s side window of each resident’s registered vehicle. When residents enter their designated lane, the barcode reader will scan the tag, and the barrier arm will go up. At the same time, the gates will open, allowing access into the community. Barcodes will be assigned to leaseholders only.

When a visitor enters their designated lane, they will use the call box to look up the resident they are visiting to gain access into the community. If they are unable to gain access, there is a turn-around lane that directs them out of the community.

Cameras are stationed at multiple points so that license plate numbers are visible and all entryway activity is monitored.

Please be on the lookout for announcements regarding the issuing of barcodes. We will place notifications on channel 732, in the Eagle (if time permits), and at the mailbox facility.

Summer Sizzles
 

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Due to rising seasonal temperatures, residents should be aware of the signs of dehydration. Read more for helpful details on staying cool in the heat.

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Summer Sizzles

Thermostat

Due to rising seasonal temperatures, residents should be aware of the signs of dehydration, a common condition that results from the body losing more fluids than it takes in. Typically, dehydration occurs when a person does not drink enough water. Our bodies lose water in a variety of ways, including sweating, going to the bathroom, and even breathing! We need to consume enough water to keep our bodies balanced and working to their fullest capacity.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms- hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

  • You are having difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly.
  • You have halitosis (bad breath) or a dry mouth.
  • You are constipated or have other digestive issues.
  • Your urine is a deep yellow.
  • You have sudden food cravings.
  • You suffer from fatigue or lethargy.
  • You feel your heart racing.
  • You have scaly, dry skin or lips.
  • You have joint or muscle pain.
  • You have headaches or dizziness

We wish everyone at Fairways a relaxing and safe summer. Have fun in the pool and stay cool!

It’s in the Genes!
 

Genes

DNA kits are growing in popularity, with many people wanting to learn more about their genetics or ancestry. Unusual stories arise, too, like two men in Hawaii who took DNA tests and found out they were more than best friends. Read on to learn their story and what DNA kits can do for you.

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It's in the Genes!

Genes

With the rise of DNA kits, many have made some surprising discoveries.

Walter MacFarlane and Alan Robinson have been friends for over 60 years, meeting in the 6th grade and playing football together in high school. Both men were adopted as children and never knew their biological parents. After completing a DNA kit, they found out some shocking news– they’re brothers! (Story available here.)

DNA kits have certainly helped people like Walter and Alan learn new things about themselves. They can tell you what parts of the world your ancestors are from, identify distant (or famous) relatives, and connect you with other living family members. For those interested in gene science, testing can also provide details about your health and genetics.

DNA kits have been on the market for several years, but their popularity has recently increased. If you’re curious to learn more about yourself, here are some of the most popular kits you can try:

23 and Me

The 23 and Me DNA kits can give you your ethnic makeup and information on where your ancestors lived over 500 years ago. Their tests can show if you are a carrier of a specific gene, your genetic health risks, and what role your genes play in your wellness. The test can even tell you how your genetics influence your facial features.

Ancestry DNA

This kit from Ancestry.com tracks your origins from more than 350 ethnic regions. It can even track your ancestors’ journey from the old world and estimate when they arrived in the Americas. Ancestry uses its vast network of historical records and current users to then connect you to your ancestors and living relatives.

MyHeritage DNA

The MyHeritage kit uncovers your ethnic origins from 42 ethnicities. It also matches you with living relatives and shows you how much DNA you share. From there you can connect with them and discover your shared heritage.

To find out more about Walter and Alan’s story, click here. It’s quite the tale!

Home & Garden

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To Clean or Not to Clean

If a spotless home is your pride, then spring cleaning means you plan on attacking the really big items. Online magazine, House Beautiful, has great deep cleaning recommendations, from tackling your dishwasher to preparing your patio furniture for a great summer. Click here to see their tips and tricks.

Be a Facebook Pro
 

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read more to find out what else Facebook offers.

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Be a Facebook Pro

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read below to find out what else Facebook offers.

  1. Stop seeing peoples’ posts without unfriending them. If someone is clogging up your news feed, you can “unfollow” them and their posts will be hidden. To unfollow someone, visit their profile and hover over the following button. The drop-down menu will show the option to unfollow. (And don’t worry- this won’t unfriend them and they won’t know you unfollowed their posts.)
  2. Buy and sell items on Facebook through Marketplace. You can sell items to others in your area or you can post an item for sale in a group with Facebook Marketplace. Buy and sell everything from furniture to clothing.
  3. Play Messenger’s hidden game. On the mobile messaging app, send the basketball emoji to one of your friends. Then click on it. This will reveal a game you and your friend can play. See who can shoot the most hoops and keep track of your scores in the messages.
  4. Worried about hackers? Get alerts! It’s not the most appealing thing to find someone has hacked into your account, liking smutty sites and messaging your friends with spam. Help prevent damage by setting up notifications to tell you whenever your Facebook account is accessed from a new device or browser. By going Settings >> Security, you can choose to receive an email, notification, or both upon one of these new login attempts.
  5. Who manages your page when your rein is over? Facebook understands unfortunately events can happen, so they have made procedures to make sure people are secure their account doesn’t fall into the wrong hands when the inevitable comes along. You can bequeath your account to someone trustworthy by nominating a 'Legacy Contact.' (You’ll find this in the Security part of your Facebook account.)

To find out more Facebook tricks, check out these articles:

Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for folks as young as 50. Read on to find out the savings you have access to.

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Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for seniors. At many restaurants you can get a free drink or a percentage off your meal. You can even get discounts on traveling with some airlines, hotels, and cruise lines. There are tons of discounts for you to take advantage of!

Check out these two helpful lists to find where you can save:

HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

One in every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home. Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. While there are a few myths and misconceptions that still arise, we are happy to debunk them. Explore this guide from the Florida Manufactured Housing Association so you can learn the real facts and judge for yourself if these stylish and affordable homes are the perfect fit.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Great Performances Close at Hand

If you can’t make it to Broadway to catch the hot new show, or you enjoy concerts from some of our greatest musicians, PBS Great Performances are just a click away. Rediscover your love for theatre with the Broadway series or watch performances from the Kennedy Center. Some of the online shows are free, and additional ones are available through the PBS Passports subscription series. Explore to learn more.

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 SafeHaven 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.

Travel

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Classic American Road Trips

What was once old is new again! Hitting the road for vacations are becoming more popular, albeit apparently for more frequent but shorter trips. A great alternative to the increasingly stressful airline experience, you should make the most of your road trip experience. Embrace the allure of the road and check out these excellent road trip tips.