A 55+ Community in Middleborough, Massachusetts

October - November 2018

Edition No. 18

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Manager's Corner
 

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Happy fall! We’re excited to introduce our new general manager, Eric Hurt. Eric is excited to return to the Oak Point community he loves so much. Click below to see his message to residents and to get all of our Oak Point staff's contact information.

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Manager's Corner

Eric

Dear Residents,

Many thanks for the warm welcome I’ve received since returning to Oak Point! I’m enjoying getting reconnected with the community and seeing the exciting changes it has undergone in the past couple of years. It was this unique community that brought me back to Oak Point as General Manager and I’m eager to get to work.

A brief note about my background and history at Oak Point – I served as Oak Point’s Social Director from May 2014 to June 2017. Most recently, I have served as General Manager at Leisurewoods Taunton, another Hometown America community here in Massachusetts.

My primary focus is ensuring a smooth transition as Doreen Lang moves on to pursue her next career opportunity. Doreen has been an invaluable resource as I get reacquainted with Oak Point and I appreciate all she has done to make this transition a seamless one. Having said that, I am fully aware of the challenges we currently face as a community. There’s no doubt we have work ahead of us but we have a great team of support staff here at Oak Point and together, I have the utmost confidence we will tackle those challenges.

I’m looking forward to reconnecting with many of you, whom I’ve known for years, and am eager to introduce myself to the rest of the community. Most importantly, I am here to help you. Please do not hesitate to reach me by email (eric.hurt@hometownamerica.net) or phone (508) 947-3535.

While you are always free to contact me directly, I would like to update you on some of the specific roles within the office. Reaching out to the correct party will help expedite your requests and keep all communications within the right channels. Below please find a “who’s who” of Oak Point staff members. Feel free and print this out for your refrigerators for quick reference.

All my best,
Eric Hurt
General Manager


NameTitleContactDetails
Michele LandryOffice Managermlandry@hometownamerica.netContact Michele with surface water and HUD concerns
Kelli MasonCommunity Office Assistantkmason@hometownamerica.netContact Kelli with general day-to-day issues and maintenance requests
Marybeth MacKaySocial Directormmackay@hometownamerica.netContact Marybeth with all event-related correspondence
Sandra HermenauSalesshermenau@hometownamerica.netContact Sandra for re-sales
Carol PrimaveraSalescprimavera@hometownamerica.netContact Carol for new homes

Office Closed
 

We're closed

The management office will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Enjoy the 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.

Game Show Trivia Night

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Game Show Trivia night is always a crowd pleaser. Many of our residents build teams ready for a challenge, and topics include everything from history to music bingo. As a bonus, we sometimes have a spirited game of Family Feud. Join us for our next game night on November 17!

Capital Improvements

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The summer heat didn’t slow us down! Read on for an update on the recent work completed in Oak Point.

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Capital Improvements

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The summer heat didn’t slow us down! Here’s an update on recent work completed in Oak Point:

Roads
We cared for a few aging roads on Pheasant Lane and Island Drive.

Pools
Thanks to our on-staff certified pool operators, we did our best to maintain, repair, and address the temperatures and optimum operations of our three swimming pools and two spas.

Clubhouse
The air conditioning at the Clubhouse is a work in progress. We’re currently upgrading our systems to operate and troubleshoot off property via mobile devices. This will cut the length of time it takes to assess and adjust from hours to minutes.

North Sea Gas
 

North Sea Gas

Join us October 9 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom for our favorite Scottish band, North Sea Gas! Returning for their fourth year, you can see this talented trio who have been performing Scottish folk music together for 40 years. Tickets are $10 per person and payment is due to the Social Department by October 6.

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.

Upcoming Events
 

Upcoming Events

Fall is here and the calendar is packed! Upcoming events include entertainment, art appreciation, shopping, and game night. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the coming months! Read on for details.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Fall is here and the calendar is packed! For those who like to move and groove, Oak Point offers country line dancing in October and funky disco in November. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the coming months!

North Sea Gas
Tuesday, October 9
7 p.m. in the Ballroom, $10 per person

Jimbo Wilson & Creekside Band
Saturday, October 13
7 p.m. in the Ballroom, $10 per person

Bruce Hambro Presents – Rodgers & Hammerstein
Thursday, October 25
2 p.m. in the Ballroom, Free admission

Halloween Party with Dale & the Duds
Saturday, October 27
7 p.m. in the Ballroom, $13 per person

The Thankful Tree
All November long
Ballroom Lobby

Fall Holiday Craft Show
Saturday, November 3
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Ballroom, Free admission

State Elections- Exercise your right to vote!
Tuesday, November 6
In the Ballroom
Voting concludes at 8 p.m. and is open to all registered voters

Veteran’s Dinner Dance
Hosted by the Oak Point Veteran’s Association
Saturday, November 10

Game Show Trivia Night
Saturday, November 17
7 p.m. in the Ballroom, $10 per person

Disco Dream
Saturday, November 24
7 p.m. in the Ballroom, $12 per person

Annual Holiday Craft Show

Craft Show

Get ready to shop till you drop Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom. Browse more than 50 tables of locally made, hand-crafted items just in time for the holiday season. You’ll find wreaths, photography, quilts, and much more! Admission is free and open to the public.

Art Affair
 

Art Show

Head over to the Clubroom and Parlor on Thursday, November 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. for an Art Affair, hosted by the Oak Point Art Association, to check out art from our talented local artists. While this event is free, there is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

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!

The Thankful Tree

Thanksgiving

Join us all November long to practice the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Visit the Thankful Tree in the Ballroom lobby and decorate it with your words of gratitude. We can’t wait to see what everyone is thankful for this season!

Comedy Hypnotist Show

Hypnotist

Our July 28 show with comedy hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. was a tremendous success. The presentation starred several of our Oak Point residents who volunteered to be under Frank’s hypnotic spell. Everyone got to see firsthand how truly amazing the human mind can be!

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
 

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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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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.