A 55+ Community in Middleborough, Massachusetts

December - January 2019

Edition No. 19

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Manager's Corner
 

Eric

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. It has been 3 months since Eric Hurt has rejoined the Oak Point community as our General Manager. While getting reacquainted, Eric has been hard at work on important projects. Read on to learn more.

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Manager's Corner

Eric

Dear Homeowners,

Wow, time certainly flies when you are having fun. I can’t believe I’ve been back for 3 months already. It has been quite an experience getting reacquainted to the property. I can tell you that I have been hard at work, with the help of my amazing staff, getting up to speed and addressing some of our most important projects. I want to reassure all of you that we will continue to strive to maintain an excellent level of customer service. You are always free to bring any questions, comments, or concerns directly to us. Thank you for your help in making my transition back to Oak Point so welcoming.

At this time, all irrigation systems have been blown out and shut down. Northern Pines is finishing the last stages of fall clean-up and is gearing up for the winter snow season. Please keep an eye out for email communication from the office pertaining to snow-related news. Throughout the season, we will do our very best to keep in communication with residents on the state of the property and how snow clean-up is progressing during storm situations. If you do not receive our email updates, please contact the office to be added to our email distribution list.

Our social program is finishing out strong this year, so don’t forget to stop by Marybeth’s office on the 15th of each month to grab her newsletter and find out all the activities that are planned. We have several charitable activities planned for the holiday season. Expect to see our Toys for Tots Drive as well as the ever-popular Mitten Tree.

As always, I look forward to seeing you all around the Clubhouse and within the community. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Sincerely,
Eric Hurt
General Manager

Office Closed
 

We're closed

The Management Office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas and Tuesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. Happy holidays!

Food

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One Pot, Many Meals

Being able to cook with one pan, skillet, slow cooker, or pot is an easy way to make dinner shine. These one-pot recipes are convenient for making delicious meals. From Italian to Asian flavors, chicken to salmon, these recipes won’t disappoint. Did we mention they leave you with little clean-up?

Selling Your Home?

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Looking to sell your home? While we’re sorry to see you go, make sure you sell with an Oak Point expert. Sandra is our full-time real estate agent working exclusively in our Re-Sale Office. Through our office, your home will be shown on various platforms. If you’d like to learn more, reach out to Sandra.

Breakfast with Santa

Santa

You won’t want to miss this Oak Point tradition! On Saturday, December 8, enjoy a delicious breakfast with entertainment from the Dancer’s World of Halifax and the Train Club, including a visit from the big guy himself. Read on to learn more information.

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Breakfast with Santa

Santa

You won’t want to miss this Oak Point tradition! On Saturday, December 8 in the ballroom, enjoy a delicious breakfast with entertainment from the Dancer’s World of Halifax and the Train Club, including a visit from the big guy himself.

When purchasing your tickets, please make sure to indicate how many children you’ll be bringing. This is sure to be the perfect photo opportunity, so don’t forget your cameras. Check out some pictures from last years event.

(Note, payment is due to the Social Department by Saturday, December 1.)

New Year’s Eve Party

Join us in the ballroom as we welcome in 2019 with noise makers and friends from 8 p.m. to midnight on December 31. Enjoy refreshments and dancing into the new year with Laura James. Admission is $15 per person and is due to the Social Department by December 24.

Your Health

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Mind Over Matter

Studies show the positive characteristics of mental and emotional health allow you to live life to the fullest extent through productive, meaningful activities and strong relationships. You have the power to elevate your mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. Read over these strategies to see how.

Upcoming Events
 

Upcoming Events

Our holiday season is full of music, movies, and plenty of ways to give. Come sing and dance with your Oak Point community at our Elvis and Beatles tribute nights and Winter Wonderland dance. It’s the season of giving, so please pay special attention to Toys for Tots or the Mitten Tree.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Toys for Tots Collection
Monday, November 26 through Sunday, December 16
Drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a child (baby to teen) to the Management Office. The Plymouth County Sherriff’s Department will pick up our donations on Monday, December 17. Make a child smile for the holidays!

Mitten Tree
Saturday, December 1 through Thursday, January 31
In the Ballroom Lobby
Get knitting! We will be collecting new mittens, hats, and scarves for area charities to help keep the less fortunate warm during the winter season.

Dinner and a Movie: The Man Who Invented Christmas
Thursday, December 6
6 p.m. in the Ballroom
$11 per person, pay by Monday, December 3
This film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale. A buffet dinner will be served; menu is to be determined.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 8
9 a.m. in the Ballroom
$10 per person/Free for kids 10 and under
Payment due via check to the Social Department by Saturday, December 1st

Hanukkah Party with entertainment by Lisa Yves
Thursday, December 13, pay by Saturday, December 8
6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom
$8 per person
Light refreshment will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by Lisa Yves’ tribute to Jewish women in song. Songs made famous by Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Carole King, and Carly Simon. Lisa performs 7 to 8 p.m., don’t miss it!

Joe Presley’s Holiday Show
Saturday, December 15
7 p.m. in the Ballroom
$10 per person
Joe Presley, an Oak Point favorite, performs the music of Roy Orbison, Johnny Rivers, and Elvis Presley, including a few lovely Christmas and Gospel renditions that Elvis was well known for during the holiday season.

Winter Wonderland Dance with the Dave Burbank Orchestra
Saturday, December 19
7 p.m. in the Ballroom
$11 per person
Embrace your partner and the holiday season by dancing to the sounds the Dave Burbank Orchestra.

Movie Matinee with the Grandkids: Paddington 2
Friday, December 28
1:30 p.m. in the Ballroom
Free Admission! Please sign up by Friday, December 21
Are the grandkids visiting over the Christmas break? We will be playing a family movie on the big screen in the Ballroom. Have the kids bring a blanket and pillow or a sleeping bag so they can spread them out on the floor to watch the movie. We will have a light snack.

Annual New Year’s Eve Party
Monday, December 31
8 p.m. to midnight in the Ballroom
$15 per person
Payment due via check to the Social Department by Monday, December 24.

The Day Trippers – Beatles Cover Band
Saturday, January 5
7 to 10 p.m. in the Ballroom
$10 per person
New to Oak Point, don’t miss the chance to sing, dance, and rock out to the sounds of the Beatles!

Comedy Night
Saturday, January 12
7 p.m. in the Ballroom
$10 per person
The best in local stand-up comedians, show produced by Laughs on Us!

Karaoke Night
Saturday, January 26
6 – 10 p.m. in the Ballroom
$9 per person

Karaoke Night!
 

Karaoke

Your favorite Karaoke DJ, Kevin O’Connell, is back with an Oak Point favorite: Karaoke Night! See the show or be the show. Sing the night away and show us your talent, or just come enjoy your friends and neighbors as they take to the stage and become a star for the evening.

Oak Point Yard Sale

Yard sale

The annual Oak Point Scholarship Association Yard Sale took place on Saturday, October 6. It took a year of planning and a week to set up, but the result was over 1,000 shoppers and $27,000 raised for Middleboro High School students! Check out some pictures from the event.

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Oak Point Yard Sale
 

Yard sale

The annual Oak Point Scholarship Association Yard Sale took place on Saturday, October 6. It took a year of planning and a week to set up, but the result was over 1,000 shoppers and $27,000 raised for Middleboro High School students! Check out some pictures from the event.

Home & Garden

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High Brow on a Budget

If you are an innovator who likes to re-purpose things, then DIY projects are probably well within your wheelhouse. In need of a little bit of a creative inspiration? Take a look at this list of easy upgrades to make your house look and feel like a million bucks.

The Flamingo Fling

Flamingo

Our annual Homeowner’s party, the Flamingo Fling, was a rhapsody in pink. On Saturday, September 15, around 430 residents turned out for a delicious turkey dinner and music by the 60’s Band. A great group of residents helped decorate and set the pink tone for the evening. Check out some pictures from the event!

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The Flamingo Fling
 

Flamingo

Our annual Homeowner’s party, the Flamingo Fling, was a rhapsody in pink. On Saturday, September 15, around 430 residents turned out for a delicious turkey dinner and music by the 60’s Band. A great group of residents helped decorate and set the pink tone for the evening. Check out some pictures from the event!

Wanderlust Without Hassle

RV

Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for wonderful memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease. From luxury RVs to “glamping” (glamorous camping), the options are endless.

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Wanderlust Without Hassle

RV

In recent years, the number of Americans going camping has steadily risen. Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for great memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease.

Camping with an RV allows you to experience the comfort and amenities of home, while enjoying the beauty of nature. Staying in a pricey hotel often limits your ability to explore nature, which is why renting an RV can be the best way to explore the outdoors.

You can either drive your rented RV to your destination or pick it up and start vacationing upon arrival. The latter option is great for those who want to go to a specific location without making the drive. And as a bonus, you don’t have to camp in a tent.

Travelers who want an upgraded version of camping can also try “glamping.” This glamorous camping option features all the comforts of home and additional amenities to make it a truly memorable vacation.

The Russian River Valley in Northern California’s Wine Country, provides a fully stocked Airstream nestled amongst a sleepy grove of redwood trees. Take a step outside your door and you’re exactly where you want to be, plus sipping world-class wines and eating at Michelin-star restaurants are both minutes away.

Airstreams are only the beginning. From cabins to teepees, glamping provides an unforgettable experience, especially when held at resorts. These luxurious getaways offer a wide range of amenities, from infinity pools to spa-like bathrooms.

Where will your next outdoor adventure take you?

1968 and the Boomer Impact

1968

A lot can change in 50 years. As one of the most impactful years in American history, 1968 helped shape the country we know and love today. Let’s take a look back at some of the most notable moments from that year.

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1968 and the Boomer Impact
 

1968

A lot can change in fifty years. Technology has evolved, politics and policies have changed, and the day-to-day structure of normal life looks very different now than it did before.

Let’s reflect on some of the major moments in American history that took place in 1968.

Pop-Culture

  • • The game Kerplunk became widely popular after only being around for one year.
  • • Classic hits such as “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “Revolution” by the Beatles, and “Street Fightin’ Man” by the Rolling Stones were released.

Television

  • • An episode of “Star Trek” aired the first interracial kiss on television in American history.
  • • The television show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” debuted on a U.S. television network.

History

  • • The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. This led to civil disturbances, including riots, in over 100 cities.
  • • The USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea and held captive for 11 months. This threatened the high-tensions that already existed from the Cold War in that region.

Technology

  • • The first “Jumbo Jet” was introduced. The Boeing 747 Jet could seat 374 passengers and changed travel industry forever. After this, the exclusive luxury that was airfare became the standard way of international travel.
  • • Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman helped solidify the United States’ place as first in the space race. Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to travel to the moon and orbit it ten times! This was also the first time the moon was broadcast on live television.

Sports

During the 1968 Summer Olympics, two African-American medalists, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, staged a silent demonstration against racial discrimination. They bowed their heads and each raised a gloved fist when the Star-Spangled Banner played. Two days after the fact, they were stripped of their medals and expelled from team USA.

If you look at the 1960s as a whole, 1968 was by far the most transformative year of them all. While there were tumultuous moments, there were also groundbreaking times that got us to where we are today. Although 50 years feels like a long time, the effects of these moments will never fade.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Book Worms - Unite!

Looking back at the year, we know 2018’s literary works have not disappointed. From riveting romances, to authentic autobiographies, the books this year have been stellar. Check out this detailed list of the page-turners you need to keep an eye out for.

Space – The Final Frontier

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars. Click below to read more.

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Space – The Final Frontier
 

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars.

The Curiosity rover has identified the building blocks for life on Mars: organic molecules containing carbon, a chemical element central to life. This doesn’t mean that there is evidence of life, but it does provide important clues about Mars’ mysterious history.

Molecules from a pair of Martian rocks prove that there was once something on the planet that an organism could eat. If a food source exists, maybe the existence of an intelligent life form isn’t too far of a stretch. Especially because methane concentrations are seeping out from underground reservoirs. Here on Earth, this gas is only produced by living organisms.

This proves exciting for future examinations of Mars as well. These samples were found only a few centimeters below the surface. Since the surface of Mars is constantly bombarded with radiation that can break down organic compounds, there may be more material buried deeper.

If you want to learn more about the Curiosity rover’s findings, click here!

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!

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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The Great Foodie Road Trip

One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to eat new, delicious foods. In these six cities, your restaurant options boast incredible dishes. Coast to coast, north to south, visit one of these ideal foodie getaways to satisfy your need for stellar cuisine.