A 55+ Community in Middleborough, Massachusetts

April - May 2018

Edition No. 15

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Manager's Corner
 

Doreen

Greetings! Spring is here and we’re welcoming it with open arms. With the warmer weather and greener lawns comes a busy time of year, and we begin to ramp up our property to-do list. Read more for recent event recaps, upcoming happenings, and property details.

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Manager's Corner

Doreen

Hello all!

Greetings! Spring is here and we’re welcoming it with open arms. With the warmer weather and greener lawns comes a busy time of year, and we begin to ramp up our property to-do list. First, here’s a quick recap of past events and our latest property additions.

We held a “Singles Mingles” event on Valentine’s Day for those single residents who wanted to get out and get social. Everyone had a great time. We also received positive feedback from residents who attended the BaHa Brothers event. This was a new band brought in by our fantastic social director, who is also planning all sorts of new activities for this year. Keep checking the calendar, you never know what you’ll find!

We added an LP player, FM radio, and CD and cassette player in the parlor. Dust off your old LP’s and come sit by the fire, or get up and dance, while listening to your favorite tunes. We also enhanced our library with a special puzzle board. Be sure to stop by.

Regarding property management, here’s the latest information:

  • Please be aware of keeping gas meters and dryer vents clear of snow is the responsibility of each resident. We recommend you make provisions as needed.
  • To best be prepared, keep ice melt ready on your porch at all times. Weather this time of year is unpredictable, making melting and refreezing impossible to stay on top of. Sprinkle ice melt liberally and often.

New Resident Orientation meetings are every 2nd Tuesday at 4 p.m. for new residents to meet their neighbors and ask questions. Our activities director, Marybeth, will share the many events and activities held here at Oak Point. This is a friendly and informative way to welcome new homeowners and help them get acclimated with all the events in our community. If you know of someone knew, tell them to join us!

I’m happy to report that we’ve collected more than 1,000 emails from residents for inclusion in email blasts regarding property-related information. If you are not yet on our email notification list, please email us at opevents@hometownamerica.net with the subject line ‘OPT IN.’ If you know of any residents that do not have an email address, please tell them they can find this information in print form on the office counter and at the mail center.

Warm Regards,

Doreen Lang – General Manager

Frank Sinatra Tribute

Frank Sinatra

Join us for the Frank Sinatra Tribute with Patrick Tobin. This is a brand-new event that will be held Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom, and the cost is $12 per person. Read on more for details.


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Frank Sinatra Tribute

Frank Sinatra

Join us for the Frank Sinatra Tribute with Patrick Tobin. This is a brand-new event that will be held Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom, and the cost is $12 per person.

Patrick Tobin has been performing for more than 20 years as Frank Sinatra and is internationally acclaimed. You will hear many of your favorite tunes by Ol’ Blue Eyes, such as “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Summer Wind,” and “New York, New York.” This is a night you don’t want to miss! Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Ticket payment is due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, April 18.


Food

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A Single Serving

Whether you and your partner have different diets, or you find yourself needing smaller portions, cooking for one can pose a challenge. However, there’s something incredibly satisfying about cooking what you want, how you want it. Fear not! This article on solo cooking tips can help make cooking for one easier than ever.

We're Closed
 

We're closed

The Community Office will be closed Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day. We honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country, and wish everyone a safe holiday weekend.

Spring Craft Fair & Plant Sale

Flowers

Mark your calendars for the exciting Spring Craft Fair and Plant Sale. There is no charge for admission to visit and shop at this event. It will be held Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom. If you’d like to sign up as a vendor, read more for details.

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Spring Craft Fair & Plant Sale

Flowers

Mark your calendars for the exciting Spring Craft Fair and Plant Sale. There is no charge for admission to visit and shop at this event. It will be held Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom.

If you’d like to sign up as a vendor, tables will go on sale Sunday, April 1 at $15 per table. Applications will be available outside the Social Office at that time. Tables are reserved for Oak Point homeowners until Friday, April 27. On Saturday, April 28 any unsold tables will be available to outside vendors. Payment is due via check to the Social Department by Friday, April 27.

Spring sale

Sandra's Real Estate Corner

Real Estate

If you are thinking of selling your home, let our Sales Consultant know. Sandra will prepare a free-market analysis, giving you an idea of what your home is worth in today’s market, and guide you through the selling process. Feel free to come to the Clubhouse Management Office for a chat, book an appointment by phone at (508) 293-1300, or send her an email.

Your Health

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Creating a Healthy Nighttime Routine

While bedtime routines are often associated with children, an adult’s evening routine is equally as important for creating a calm, sleep-inducing environment. Taking 30-60 minutes to end your day and ease your mind is critical for good sleep hygiene. Here are some suggestions for developing your own bedtime routine, providing tips for falling asleep and recommendations of habits to avoid.

Beatles for Sale
 

Update

The award-winning, Beatles tribute band known as Beatles for Sale is coming to Oak Point. Read more for event details.

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Beatles for Sale

Update

The award-winning, Beatles tribute band known as Beatles for Sale is coming to Oak Point. Beatles for Sale is committed to recreating the sounds of the Beatles live in concert and have been entertaining audiences since 2007. They have a repertoire that consists of more than 50 Beatles songs.

Come watch them perform Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom. Tickets are $12 per person and Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Payment is due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, May 16.


Beatles for Sale

The BaHa Brothers

Guitar

We had a wonderful turnout for the very first appearance of the BaHa Brothers in February. Read more for a recap and to see photos.

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The BaHa Brothers

Guitar

We had a wonderful turnout for the very first appearance of the BaHa Brothers in February. We heard great tunes, such as “Margaritaville,” “On the Dark Side,” and “Sweet Caroline,” as we danced the night away. We are looking forward to their return this summer!


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Paint Party
 

Easel

Local Blue Anchor Studios held their first ever Paint Party at Oak Point in January. Residents painted a lovely cardinal in a winter scene, receiving step-by-step instructions while also socializing with fellow neighbors. Click to see a photo of the beautiful paintings.

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Paint Party

Easel

Local Blue Anchor Studios held their first ever Paint Party at Oak Point in January. Residents painted a lovely cardinal in a winter scene, receiving step-by-step instructions while also socializing with fellow neighbors. Take a look at the beautiful paintings in the photos below.


Paint party

Home & Garden

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

No, we’re not talking about Mary’s flower garden. Quite contrary, have you considered growing vegetables? Growing your own veggies might be easier than you think. Timing is important, and this article will determine easy-to-grow plants and when to harvest them. Most varieties can be potted, or strategically placed around your landscaping for easy maintenance.

Never Stop Learning

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Gaining more knowledge gives you the opportunity to expand your mind and become a well-rounded individual. Make it a goal to keep your mind sharp and learn something new this year. Here are a few ideas.

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Never Stop Learning

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A wise Chinese Proverb confirms, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Gaining more knowledge gives you the opportunity to expand your mind and become a well-rounded individual.

It’s easier thank you think to spend your spare time learning something new. Make it a goal to keep your mind sharp and learn something new this year. Here are a few ideas:

  • Photography - Pictures are important for keeping memories for years to come. Photography is an exciting activity with the potential to help a person grow artistically and expand their imagination. Take a class to understand camera functions and tips for different settings. Hone your craft and become an amateur photographer in no time.
  • Language - You never know when speaking a second language will come in handy. Expanding your linguistic knowledge has multiple benefits, from improving brain function to sharpening problem-solving skills. Plus, you can enjoy the glory of bragging in your second language to new friends or during travels.
  • Baking - Knowing how to bake decadent goods takes practice, but the benefits pay off. Practice your baking skills by following online recipes and watching videos. As a bonus to fine-tuning this craft, you will always have something good to eat and delicious treats to share with others.
  • Yoga - Yoga is the mixture of exercise, breathing control, and meditation that includes both physical and mental health benefits. This popular form of exercise can be done by individuals of any age or physical ability. Take up beginner level classes or follow video-based Yoga at home. Either way, your mind and your body will thank you.

Want to discover more hobbies you can learn or skills you can develop? Check out these links:

Learn Something New

45 Things Everyone Should Learn

HTA Spotlight: Ageless Home

HTA spotlight

A growing trend amongst homeowners is renovating their houses to make them “ageless.” But this is an issue our residents don’t have to worry about. Read on to learn more.

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HTA Spotlight: Ageless Home

HTA spotlight

A growing trend amongst homeowners is renovating their houses to make them “ageless.” Realizing the narrow hallways and small doorways of the past won’t work if they want to spend retirement years in the same house, many people are spending thousands of dollars to fix their inflexible homes. But this is an issue our residents don’t have to worry about.

From early retirement to the golden years, Hometown America homes are ageless as a standard. No need for costly renovations!

Our homes are built with you in mind. With wider door frames and hallways, it’s easy to glide through the house with ease. Well-planned bathrooms are created with walk-in showers for easy access, and the open-concept floor plans provide a spacious layout to prevent clutter. These homes are perfect for those who need the time and space to cook, clean, and live day-to-day comfortably in their home.

Whether you’re thinking of making the move to an HTA community or you’re a 10-year resident, you’re sure to love the custom, ageless homes built just for you.

If you’re not already a resident, click here to see available homes and get ready to live worry free.

Spring Time Cleaning

Spring time cleaning

Spring is here with warmer weather, lovely showers, and blooming flowers. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning! Here are some easy to follow tips and tricks to jump-start your seasonal cleanse.

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Spring Time Cleaning

Spring time cleaning

Spring is here with warmer weather, lovely showers, and blooming flowers. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning! Your routine probably hasn’t changed much over the years. While there is something to say about sticking to your methods, trying something new can be beneficial. Test out these tips and tricks to make your home as clean as can be for spring:

1. Make a list. When it comes to spring cleaning, you might feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Make a list of tasks to prioritize what needs to be done first and reduce unnecessary stress. It will also help you plan what can be done in a day versus over a few days.

2. Clean the little things. You probably don’t think about cleaning things like your door handles, walls, or cabinets very often. It is important to clean these small things regularly in order to get rid of germs and bacteria. Also try cleaning your ceiling fan. You’ll be amazed how fresh the air is after, and how dusty it was before!

3. Be smart with windows and blinds. Don’t get lost in the fuss of it. First, clean your windows with coffee filters or newspapers to reduce streaks. Second, clean the blinds by wrapping two cloths around a pair of tongs to get both sides of the blinds at once.

4. Organize your closets and cabinets. Give your closets a fresh look. Pull everything out and start organizing from scratch. Even though it may feel like everything is in the right place, this process will make it easier to rethink what’s in your closet and find items to start your donation pile.

For other useful tips check out these articles:

Best Cleaning Tips from Good Housekeeping

Spring Cleaning Tips for Older Adults

30 Days of Spring Cleaning

Entertainment & Leisure

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New to Netflix?

Several streaming services allow you to watch movies and television shows on demand. As with all technology, it can be confusing to navigate the site, set it up on your various devices, or decide the right plan for your needs. If you haven’t started an account yet, this site helps to answer all the questions you could have about Netflix. If you’ve recently set one up, this beginner’s guide will walk you through every step. Happy streaming!

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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Springtime Travels: Top 10 Best Vacations

Don’t wait until summer to travel. Avoid crowds, enjoy pleasant temperatures, and take advantage of affordable lodging and airfare rates by exploring the world’s top destinations in the spring. U.S. News assembled a list of the top escapes for this season. Explore these suggestions and tell your fellow residents on our Facebook page which ones you recommend.