A 55+ Community in Melbourne, Florida

September - October 2018

Edition No. 16

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Manager's Corner
 

John

I hope everyone has had a fantastic summer. We are fortunate to be able to enjoy many outdoor activities year-round, but the end of the summer is also prep time for storm season. Read on for preparation tips and valuable advice.

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Manager's Corner

John

I hope everyone has had a fantastic summer. I will never forget singing along to Alice Cooper’s famous lyrics, “No more pencils, no more books.” Here at Lakes of Melbourne, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy many outdoor activities year-round. But there’s still something special and unique about summertime. Thank you for sharing it with us!

As the season winds down, it’s time to look up and realize we’re in storm season. A little preparation prior to an event will save you time and minimize uncertainties.

  • • Keep a stock of emergency supplies such as flashlights, batteries, water, etc.
  • • Make sure insurance policies and agent details are up-to-date.
  • • Shut down and unplug electronic equipment in strong storms, especially if you have to evacuate. This will prevent a power surge from restored electric service which can damage the most expensive equipment in your home.
  • • Confirm bank account details and always have cash on hand as ATM’s may not be available.
  • • Bring the outside in – remove all items from yard and/or carport area.
  • • Know your evacuation routes.
  • • Know the location of the local storm shelters—which ones may accommodate special needs, pets, etc. Remember, the clubhouse is not a designated shelter.
  • • Stay tuned-in to local TV/radio stations prior to the storm.

Now that you know what to do, you’ll be prepared if told to evacuate. As always, we hope this stormy season will be an uneventful one, but it is always helpful to plan ahead.

-John

Office Closed
 

Office Closed

The management office will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day. We wish everyone safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Easy and Elegant Dinner Parties

Having a dinner party is a great way to spend time with friends and family, but it can be a bit stressful or confusing to plan. We’re here to help! Hal Rubenstein, a founding editor of InStyle, shares these six tips for a fantastic dinner party with AARP Magazine. Now that you’re ready, add one of these elegant but easy recipes to your next get-together.

Bubba's Barbecue Review

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Bubba’s Backyard Barbecue restaurant is one of the more unique barbecue restaurants in the Melbourne area. Read more for Wes Robbins’ full review of this mom-and-pop eatery that started out as a food truck at the flea market.

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Bubba's Barbecue Review

BBQ

Bubba’s Backyard Barbecue restaurant is located at 2447 N. Wickham Road, Suite 149 in Lake Washington Square, at the corner of Lake Washington and Wickham Roads. It is one of the more unusual barbecue restaurants in the Melbourne area. This mom and pop operation started out as a food truck at the flea market and has been at its current location for over five years.

A friend and I went there for lunch recently and we were very impressed with the service and food. One nice touch was the sampling tray, which is only available to first time customers. It included samples of pulled pork, baked beans, and coleslaw, among other things and gave us a good idea of what we might like to order.

We started with an order of homemade potato chips, which turned out to be an excellent choice. They were some of the best I have ever had - anywhere.

For my meal, I ordered a pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast (in place of the standard bun) with baked beans and coleslaw. At Bubba’s, sandwiches come with your choice of two sides. My friend had a sliced pork sandwich with baked beans and green beans. Our waitress brought three different flavors of Bubba’s homemade BBQ sauce along with our food: house, sweet, and hot. If you’re interested, all of the BBQ sauces are for sale. I used the house sauce, which was delicious. The Texas toast was impeccably cooked, as was the pulled pork. The pulled pork serving was so large I only used half of it to make the sandwich. I chose my sides well – the coleslaw was excellent and the beans had the perfect smoky taste. The sliced pork my friend had looked beautiful, like chicken breast. The serving size of the sides was also quite generous.

The menu at Bubba’s is extensive: sandwiches, plates, platters, and several yummy sounding desserts. They also cater, even offering a whole pig roast. According to Bubba himself, everything is made from scratch based on family recipes, some of which are over 150 years old.

If you like barbecue, in a down home and friendly setting, I highly recommend Bubba’s.

Sales Update
 

Sales update

Looking for a change of scenery? Know someone interested in moving to Lakes of Melbourne? We’re here to help you with every step of the process. Read more to learn about our current discounts and offers.

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Sales Update

Sales update

Looking for a resort-like community with a variety of activities and nearby beaches? Or, do you know someone interested in living the stress-free Florida life? Look no further. At Lakes of Melbourne, we pride ourselves on our stunning community. Check it out for yourself! We’re confident you’ll love it as much as we do.

Right now, you can get half-off your lot rent for six months when you buy a new home. Additionally, we have a special offer for veterans as a way to thank them for their service. When a veteran purchases a new home, they are eligible for a $5,000 discount off of the purchase price.

How often do you get the chance to choose your neighbors? Our referral reward program lets you do just that and get paid for it. If you refer a friend and they purchase a new Hometown America home, you can receive up to $1,000.

Are you considering listing your home? Give our hardworking sales team a call at (321) 504-5896. They are committed to getting you the most for your home as quickly as possible. Plus, this is a great time since winter is approaching and our snowbird friends will join us in Florida soon.

Staff Appreciation
 

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At the end of July, the Lakes of Melbourne had their Staff Appreciation Party. The team took a delightful eco-cruise along the Indian River with their family members. We are very thankful for our staff’s dedication to our community and our residents. Be sure to stop by and show your appreciation for all they do!

Your Health

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Surprising Yoga Benefits

Most people know yoga improves flexibility and mood, but does the practice have even more to offer? This article shows 5 surprising benefits of yoga for all aspects of your life, including both physical and mental health. If you want to fight food cravings, relieve migraines, or boost your immune system, it may be time to give yoga a try.

Golf Cart Reminders

Golf cart

Golf carts are a great way to get around our community. To make it easier and safer for everyone to enjoy this transportation, please review our community’s golf cart rules and be mindful when they are on the road. Read more for a brief refresher.

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Golf Cart Reminders

Golf cart

To make it easier and safer for everyone to enjoy golf carts in our community, please review our rules and regulations for carts on the property. Here’s a brief refresher:

  • 1. Golf cart drivers must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license.
  • 2. The rules of the road apply to carts as well, meaning you must stop at stop signs and obey the 15-mph speed limit.
  • 3. If you drive your golf cart after dusk, it should be equipped with functioning headlights for your safety.
  • 4. Let’s keep our yards beautiful and our neighbors happy! Please refrain from driving your golf cart on anyone’s lawn.
  • 5. We offer designated parking spots in the lot by the tennis courts. We ask that these spots remain reserved for golf carts, rather than cars.
  • 6. We even have special golf cart paths! Please use the entrance between 2253 and 2257 Parkland Drive if you are trying to reach the Sports Complex or garden area.

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

We’re excited to congratulate our most recent Yard or the Quarter winner, Brenda Napier of 3925 Seagate Drive. Just look at that landscaping! We appreciate all our community members working to keep their yards as beautiful as ever. Congratulations Brenda!

Resident Spotlight
 

Resident Spotlight

This month, our resident spotlight recognizes two outstanding community members – Donna and Frank Couturiaux. Relatively recent residents, these social butterflies are already very active at Lakes of Melbourne. Click below to learn more about Donna and Frank.

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Resident Spotlight
 

Resident Spotlight

Donna and Frank moved to Lakes of Melbourne in 2016 when they purchased a brand-new model home. In their two years here, they’ve remained active members of the community, working to keep Lakes of Melbourne at the highest possible standard. When asked, the pair mentioned caring deeply about the health, safety, and high standard of living in the community. Frank was even former Vice President of our HOA.

This active pair loves the amenities, activities, and informational sessions we have to offer. They’re also enjoying learning about the city of Melbourne itself. Frank mentioned being excited about the nearby beaches, shopping, and restaurants when choosing Lakes of Melbourne as their new home.

Donna and Frank are a couple of social butterflies. They are happy to live in such a warm community where they can meet their neighbors in the street and chitchat. Their favorite activities are always the dances. They gushed about how affordable it is to have a fun night out at Lakes of Melbourne.

On a final note, Frank and Donna would like to share their thanks for the community management team. They appreciate all the work this group puts in to keep the neighborhood beautiful and safe.

Home & Garden

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Beyond Foliage: Decorating Tips

‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice, cinnamon brooms, and apple cider. The leaves are changing and so are your home decorations. If you’re looking for inspiration for your fall decor, these ideas from Better Homes & Gardens will do just the trick. From store-bought treasures to crafty concoctions, you’ll have fun getting cozy!

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.

Say No to Mosquitos

Mosquito

It’s no secret Florida is home to many mosquitos. They thrive in our humid climate. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the presence of these pesky critters in your life, read this list we’ve compiled so you can help keep them from breeding.

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Say No to Mosquitos

Mosquito

t’s no secret Florida is home to many mosquitos. They thrive in our humid climate. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the presence of these pesky critters in your life, read this list we’ve compiled so you can help keep them from breeding.

  • 1. Turn over or cover anything that could hold water at least once a week.
  • 2. Move all unused items inside because they could also hold standing water.
  • 3. Keep flower pots and saucers free of standing water and flush out water-holding plants with your hose once a week.

For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/features/StopMosquitoes/

New Age Tech Support

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As technology becomes more integrated in our lives, it seems like there’s a bot for everything. We have apps, the internet, and even robots. Read on to learn more about helpful artificial intelligence tech to assist you with everyday tasks.

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New Age Tech Support
 

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As technology becomes more integrated in our lives, it seems like there’s a bot for everything. We have apps, the internet, and even robots.

Artificial intelligence (AI) was invented with the intention of making every day struggles a bit easier. There are robots to help you make a shopping list, play music, or tell you the weather. Below are some examples of AI that are ready to help make your life easier. You don’t have to wait three centuries for them to exist!

Google Assistant
Similar to other well-known home assistants, Google Assistant will connect all the technological aspects of your home and provide a variety of options for voice commands.

What sets it apart from the pack? In a soon-to-be upgrade, Google Assistant will have the ability to make phone calls for you. While it will still assist in dialing for you, it will also have the capability to directly make reservations or check on store items in-stock. Plus, it will be able to understand situational context so it will know how to respond when calls don’t go as expected. Check out the video in this article for examples of how this works.

Roomba
Tired of straining to get those hard-to-reach places with your vacuum? Now, Roomba does it for you. This handy robot glides around your house picking up dust and debris, so your space stays pristine. Roomba automatically navigates your home while charging and changing power levels as needed. With its sophisticated technology, it will keep your home clean so you’re free to spend your time doing what you love.

Five AI Assistants
If you didn’t find something to pique your interest, check out one of these five other futuristic assistants. They can help you around the house with cooking or cleaning and there’s even a robot assistant that can alert authorities in case of an accident or emergency.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Fall Television Line Up

Fall is the time of year when television networks begin to release pilots for their new shows, also known as pilot season. It seems like what’s old is new again! Take a look at all the new shows for the 2018-2019 season to find a new series for your favorites list or to reconnect with some coming back to life, like Charmed or Murphy Brown.

Culture in Film
 

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Want to learn more about other cultures? Film is a great place to start. Movies give you a glimpse into life in another part of the world, from the comfort of your own home. Read more to find some foreign films that educate while they entertain.

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Culture in Film
 

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Want to learn more about other cultures? Traveling across the world isn’t always feasible, but film is a great place to start learning. Movies give you a glimpse into the perspectives and lives of people in other parts of the world, from the comfort of your own home. Check out the following articles for films that can aid you in your journey.

While movies are not 100 percent accurate, they can serve as a launching pad for your worldly education. These films are known to represent the cultures they feature very well. Once you’ve completed that, review this directory of the 50 best foreign language movies in the 21 Century, so far.

Come Socialize
 

Facebook / Twitter

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!

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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Best U.S. Museums

Museums offer a chance to learn about history and culture in an immersive environment. Have you explored the historical sites in Washington, D.C. or art venues across the country? On your next vacation, add a museum to your itinerary and take the time to enjoy a little more. Explore one of these 20 best museums to visit in the United States to make your next trip unforgettable.

SafeHaven Insurance

SafeHaven Insurance

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.