A 55+ Community in Middleborough, Massachusetts

April - May 2019

Edition No. 21

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Manager's Corner
 

Eric

Spring has finally sprung at Oak Point! We’re looking forward to watching the community start to blossom again. As always, please feel free to stop in the office or reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns. Read more for updates on the community and events!

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Manager's Corner

Eric

Spring has finally sprung at Oak Point! We’re looking forward to watching the community start to blossom again. Our friends at Northern Pines are working hard at spring cleanup. Although we worked to minimize snow plow damage during the winter, you can rest assured any damage that did occur is in the process of being repaired. Mulching, mowing, and irrigation startup will also begin soon.

We are thrilled about the events that we’ll host in the weeks to come. Our annual Spring Plant & Craft Show will be on May 11. Make sure to check out all the great offerings from our talented homeowners. Thanks to our hometown baseball team, we get to add a special event to this year’s calendar: The Red Sox Opening Day Lunch on April 9. Have a bite to eat while watching the ring ceremony on the big screen followed by the game! Make sure you don’t miss the Baha Brothers return to Oak Point for our Spring Fling on April 27.

As always, please feel free to stop in the office or reach out via phone or email with any questions, comments, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you all around the community.

Eric Hurt
General Manager

Office Closed
 

We're closed

The community office will be closed on April 19 in observance of Good Friday and May 27 for Memorial Day. However, the sales office may be open, call (508) 593-4342 for more information.

Food

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Best Foods by State

Everyone loves the taste of home, whether it’s your mother’s famous dish or a cultural favorite. In the U.S., every state has its own signature meal. Can you guess the most famous dish from yours? Check your answer and see the rest of the most iconic foods from each state so you can try them all.

Sales Update
 

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It’s never been easier to chat with our new sales and resale teams! Both offices are now conveniently located at 402 Fox Run. If you need any assistance with the home selling/buying process, stop by to talk with Carol or give her a call at 508-593-4342, she's here to help!

The Golden Age
 

Record player

On January 31, Bruce Young, a member of the Massachusetts Old Colony Phonograph Society, paid Oak Point a visit. Residents enjoyed listening to historic recordings on 78 rpm records as well as phonograph cylinders. Read on to learn more about this amazing day!

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The Golden Age

Record player

On January 31, Bruce Young, a member of the Massachusetts Old Colony Phonograph Society, paid Oak Point a visit and brought with him working Edison Phonographs, Gramophones, and Victrolas. He showed us a slide show with rarely seen photographs of performers, Thomas Edison, and marketing of pre-1920s home entertainment. Residents enjoyed listening to historic recordings on 78 rpm records as well as phonograph cylinders, including one of the only known recordings of Thomas Edison’s voice in a special address to American Troops serving in World War I. What an amazing day!

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Spring Craft Show
 

Spring flowers

Join us for the annual Spring Crafts Show and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Ballroom and gym. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for Mother’s Day while supporting Oak Point crafters and local organizations. Did we mention it’s free?

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Spring Craft Show

Spring flowers

Join us for our Spring Crafts Show and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Ballroom and gym. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for Mother’s Day while supporting our wonderful Oak Point crafters and local organizations. The Garden Club will have a wide-range of plants and hanging baskets for all of your spring planting needs. There will be over 50 tables of handmade items. This event is open to the public and admission is free – don’t miss out!

Your Health

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How Low Can You Go?

If you’re looking for an easy way to lower your blood pressure, this may be it. Research has shown that a simple way to fight hypertension is by regularly monitoring your blood pressure at home. Without the stress of the doctor’s office and with consistent knowledge, people often report lower rates.

Upcoming Events
 

Upcoming Events

We have plenty of exciting activities coming down the line at Oak Point. Make your voice heard in the Town of Middleboro Annual Election or enjoy the story of Queen at our Dinner & Movie Night. Click for a full list of upcoming events and we hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Town of Middleboro Annual Election
April 6 at 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ballroom
Exercise your right to vote!

Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. in the Clubroom
Free for the grandchildren under 10
Please sign up by April 15

Dinner & Movie Night
“Bohemian Rhapsody” with a buffet dinner
Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom
$11 per person
Payment is due by Friday, April 26

Counterfeit Cash – A Johnny Cash Tribute Band
Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom
$10 per person
Payment is due by Wednesday, May 1

Four on the Floor - a Live Dance Band
Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom
$10 per person
Payment is due by Wednesday, May 15

The Memorial Day Cookout with DJ KevMacDaddy
Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom
$15 per person
Payment is due by Saturday, May 18
Celebrate the unofficial kickoff to summer with a cookout and dancing!

Spring Fling Dance

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The Baha Brothers are returning to Oak Point! Don’t miss their performance on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Spring Fling Dance. This instant favorite is back to help us celebrate the change in seasons. Keep reading for more details!

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Spring Fling Dance

Dancing couple

The Baha Brothers are returning to Oak Point! Don’t miss their performance on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Spring Fling Dance. They were an instant favorite from the first time they graced our stage and now they’re back to celebrate the change in seasons. The Baha Brothers play a great selection of summertime music from artists such as the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, and more!

Admission is $12 per person and payment is due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, April 24.

Red Sox Home Opener Lunch

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Join us at noon in the ballroom on Tuesday, April 9 to watch the Boston Red Sox Opening Day ceremonies followed by the game on the big screen as we celebrate with a ball-park style lunch. Don’t miss the festivities, read on for more information!

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Red Sox Home Opener Lunch
 

Baseball glove

Our beloved World Series Champion Boston Red Sox will have their home opener on Tuesday, April 9 where they will raise the Championship Banner to the rafters along with plenty of other fun Opening Day festivities. We’ll be celebrating with a ball-park style lunch complete with hot dogs, sausages, popcorn, nachos and dessert. Join us at noon in the ballroom to watch the ceremonies and game on the big screen after lunch!

This event is $8 per person and payment is due via check to the Social Department by Friday, April 5th.

Home & Garden

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Spring Gardening Tips

As the weather warms up, it’s time to transition your garden into spring. Whether it’s soil prep work, pruning, or planting, these tips will help you find the best practices for taking your plants and herbs to the next season. What will you grow this spring?

Capital Updates
 

Tools

We are happy to announce our window display cases have been renovated! Read on check out pictures of Andrew and Ryan hard at work. Plus, photos of the first display since the renovation from the Watercolor Class.

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Capital Updates
 

Tools

We are happy to announce our window display cases have been renovated! So many of our clubs, groups, and craft classes enjoy decorating our window display cases each month that on one cold winter afternoon, Andrew and Ryan from our maintenance team gave them an fresh update. Check out photos of Andrew and Ryan hard at work and the first display since the renovation from the Watercolor Class below.

New Year's Eve
 

New years eve

We welcomed in the new year Oak Point style as residents danced their way into 2019 with the Laura James Show. Together, we watched the ball drop in Times Square on the big screen. Keep reading to see pictures from the night to remember.

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New Year's Eve

New years eve

We welcomed in the new year Oak Point style as residents danced their way into 2019 with the Laura James Show. Laura has an amazing voice, she even spent four years touring with Herb Reed and the Platters. Family members Phil and Hobbie joined her on stage while her husband, Kirk, DJed between sets to keep the party going all night long. We also enjoyed platters of goodies at each table, including cheese and crackers and cut fruit from D&D Catering. There were party horns and hats for everyone and, together, we watched the ball drop in Times Square on the big screen.

Safe Spring for All
 

Dog

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, everyone is ready to explore the outdoors with their favorite pup by their side. However, spring brings a few hidden dangers for your pet. Keep your four-legged family members safe with these helpful tips!

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Safe Spring for All

Dog

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, everyone is ready to explore the outdoors with their favorite pup by their side. However, spring brings a few hidden dangers for your pet. Keep your four-legged family members safe with these helpful tips!

  • 1. Stay aware of nearby wildlife. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy being active in nature with your pups. However, this also brings us closer to wildlife that may attack an unleashed dog if they perceive them as a threat. Depending on your area, wildlife may range from bears to coyotes to foxes. Brushing up on your local wildlife and knowing where they are puts you one step ahead.
  • 2. Keep your garden secure. Many of the beautiful plants that are blooming in our gardens this season are toxic to pets. Lilies, daffodils, narcissus, and hyacinths can cause upset stomachs, tremors, mood changes, or even death when consumed by pets. Plus, when ingested, lawn and garden products like pesticides are also harmful to animals. Knowing which plants and products to avoid means you can rest easy.
  • 3. Pay attention to windows. It’s not just people who are looking to get outside this season. The warmer weather catches the attention of dogs as well. It’s common for dogs to get excited and run or fall out of an open window during the spring. The simplest fix is to keep windows closed or install a secured screen.

Spring hazards don’t mean you need to keep your pet indoors all season. Now that you know the most common dangers for pets and how you can easily avoid them, you’re better prepared to enjoy the season together. If you want more information, check out more tips here.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Motown's Continuing History

Motown has turned out hit-makers time after time but it’s important to look back on the history of the music giant. Motown Records was the first black-owned record company but eventually turned into much more. Motown became a movement synonymous with the soul and R&B music that’s still topping the charts today.

Confusing Tech Be Gone

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If your new tech gadget confuses you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn how to operate your device. Asking a friend or family member is an option, but there are other ways to learn even when they’re not available. Keep reading for more!

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Confusing Tech Be Gone

Phone

If your new tech gadget confuses you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn how to operate your device. Asking a friend or family member is an option, but there are other ways to learn even when they’re not available.

  • 1. Use the web! This first method is surprisingly simple. If you have a technology question, chances are someone else has had the same one. In this day and age, you can find an online tutorial for almost anything. Simply search for your question on a website like Google, and find answers or visual representations of how to fix the issue in a video.
  • 2. Call or message a tech support company or operator if the web is part of the issue. Senior Tech Services offers computer training and other information, but if you have a more localized question, check out any of these other highly rated tech support companies. With their help, you’re only a phone call away from using your gadget like a pro!
  • 3. Books and courses are another great way to learn. Depending on the specific gadget or issue you have, you may be able to find the answer at your local bookstore on it. Plus, as integrated as technology is in our daily lives, there are plenty of courses online and in person covering a wide variety of solutions.

With these tips and tricks to master your device, you’ll be the tech wizard all your friends and family turn to for support in the future. Want to know more? Find extra info here!

Tidying Up Your Life

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Netflix’s new breakout show, “Tidying up With Marie Kondo,” is inspiring people everywhere to organize their items and lives. From new folding styles to donating items that don’t spark joy, Marie Kondo has tidying down to a science. Read on for some of her best tips.

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Tidying Up Your Life

Folded clothes

In her new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” Marie shows multiple families how to organize their lives and homes to live more stress-free. The show became an unexpected breakout hit after viewers became obsessed with the calming nature of the show and began using her tips to organize their own lives.

If you’re looking to reap the benefits of her show without the lights and cameras, now you can! We’ve compiled a few of her best tips to help get your life in order. Many have claimed these tricks have changed their lives, maybe they will do the same for you!

  • 1. Make an exit plan for your stuff. Before you begin decluttering, plan where they will go. Will you donate items to Goodwill, a women’s shelter, or another local shelter? Give your preferred locations a call to see what they need or will accept.
  • 2. Plan to decide on every item. Clutter doesn’t only mean messy, you can have a perfectly organized drawer of unnecessary items. Set aside time for each object to decide if it sparks joy or if it’s time to let it go.
  • 3. Enjoy the tidying time. Make the time you spend organizing fun. Play some music while you work, or turn it into a game where you get points as you complete tasks. If you want to use this time to relax, try listening to an audiobook as you declutter.
  • 4. Tidy in order. Marie’s method follows a specific pattern to give you the best chance at success. Start with clothes, then books, documents, miscellaneous items, and finally mementos. This order helps make the entire process more efficient and effective.
  • 5. If your new organizational strategy isn’t working, change it. There’s nothing wrong with switching styles. It takes time to find what works best for you. Tidying is all about making your life smoother, so find the techniques and styles that bring you joy.

Did you know Marie Kondo isn’t a new icon? In fact, she has acted as an organizational consultant for years, even releasing her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”

If you would like more hints and hacks for organizing your home, find them 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!

Travel

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Best Ways to Experience Alaska

Alaska is one of the nation’s most scenic states with plenty to do and see. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to see the area while still having time to relax. Check out these tips on how to get the most out of your getaway in this travel hotspot.

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.