A 55+ Community in Middleborough, Massachusetts

June - July 2018

Edition No. 16

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Manager's Corner
 

Doreen

Early summer is a glorious time filled with warm days and long strolls around our beautiful community. This also means it’s time to finish up the spring to-do list. Read more for our recent efforts in spring cleaning and other updates at Oak Point.

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Manager's Corner

Doreen

Dear Residents,

Early summer is a glorious time filled with warm days and long strolls around our beautiful community. This also means it’s time to finish up the spring to-do list. We are behind in some of our spring work as recent storms left a great deal of destruction. But I’m happy to report that we were able to safely and swiftly remove the fallen trees. (The building inspector even came in and shook my hand.)

Here’s what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and what to expect as we shift into the warmer months:

  • Spring cleanup is underway. As you are aware, the winter storms brought brutal challenges for the snow removal team, mostly due to minimal visibility. Given the considerable lawn damage and a great deal of dropped branches and twigs, please be patient as there is a lot to do.
  • Yard debris pickup is the second Monday of each month. Do not tape or put plastic in or around the bags, and please use only paper bags. Put out two bags maximum and use a black sharpie marker to write your address on the bag.
  • TruGreen Lawn Care is returning to Oak Point this spring. They will apply the first in a series of lawn applications. Combined with all the recent rainstorms, we are hopeful for a lovely growing season.
  • Earth Day cleanup went swimmingly. We received a property-wide cleanup thanks to a fabulous group of volunteers and cub scouts under the direction of Rose Litchman. The locations were planned ahead of time, refreshments were offered, safety cones were provided, and trash bags were donated by Muckey’s. Thank you to our volunteers, you did a fantastic job!
  • The painting of the gymnasium is complete. We took advantage of the lift that was needed to do ceiling work and replaced the lighting with LED bulbs, cleaned the windows, addressed the sound system, applied sun filtering film on the windows, and added a chair rail to prevent chairs from damaging the walls. We also painted the walls with the same color as the grand ballroom for a consistent flow. There was a great deal of coordination as we worked with different vendors to get this done.
  • Our library has grown! An additional custom bookshelf has been constructed for more space. Volunteers tirelessly painted the existing shelves and re-organized the books. They added dates to the book spines and a few special locations have been highlighted that hold new books and special author events. Come in and peruse the new selection.

We have collected over 1,100 emails from residents. Everyone wants inclusion in our email blasts that also provide property-related information. If you are not yet on our email notification list, please email us at opevents@hometownamerica.net and in the subject line write ‘OPT IN.’ If your neighbor or friend does not have an email address, 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

Office Closed
 

We're closed

The Community Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day. We wish everyone safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Spring and Summer Libations

As the seasons change, so do our tastes. We crave fresh ingredients, herbs, and fruitier flavors. If you are planning pool parties or gatherings, make sure your cocktails match the seasonal preference. Town and Country Magazine shares innovative drink recipes, while this piece by The Spruce shares advice on excellent, easy-to-prep pairings.

Souls on Fire
 

Souls on Fire

You’ve seen them at Foxwoods Casino, and now, Souls on Fire is coming to Oak Point on June 2! This eleven-member band features music from artists you know and love, such as Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Chicago, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Read on for ticket information.

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Souls on Fire

Souls on Fire

You’ve seen them at Foxwoods Casino, and now, Souls on Fire is coming to Oak Point! This 11-member band features music from artists you know and love such as Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, Chicago, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Come check them out on Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom. Admission is $12 per person and Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Ticket payment is due via check to the Social Office by Wednesday, May 30.

Comedy Night
 

Comedy Night

Save the date! Some of the area’s funniest standup comics will take the stage at Oak Point. The evening of June 16 will feature comedy from EJ Murphy and headliner, Mark Bedard. Comedy Night is always a great time at Oak Point. Don’t miss it!

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Comedy Night

Comedy Night

Save the date! Some of the area’s funniest standup comics will take the stage at Oak Point. The evening of June 16 will feature comedy from EJ Murphy and headliner Mark Bedard. Comedy Night is always a great time at Oak Point. Don’t miss it!

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom with tickets at $10 per person. Payment is due via check to the Social Office by Wednesday, June 13.

Summer Solstice Pool Party

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Summer is here, and it’s time to celebrate! Oak Point will be hosting the Summer Solstice Pool Party Saturday, June 23. Click to read more about this sunny event, and please note it’s limited to Oak Point residents only.

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Summer Solstice Pool Party

Pool float

Summer is here, and it’s time to celebrate! Oak Point will be hosting the Summer Solstice Pool Party on Saturday, June 23 at 5 p.m. in the pool area.* This event is limited to Oak Point residents only. If you plan to attend, please sign up in advance on the Program Board outside of the Social Office. Tickets are $5 per person and Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Payment for a meal ticket is due via check to the Social Office by Monday, June 18.

*The event will be moved to the Ballroom in the event of rain.

Your Health

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Secrets to Living Longer

In the battle against the ticking clock, it’s interesting to see different perspectives on what keeps folks young. A great wonder is how on the Greek island of Ikaria, one in three make it to their 90’s and rarely have illnesses. Ikarian and author, Diane Kochilas, shares her secrets to a long life. It’s also useful to get advice directly from centenarians. From Betty White (95) to Norman Lloyd (102), these 12 celebrities share their tips for a long life.

Stars & Stripes Cookout

Stars & Stripes

Celebrate Independence Day at Oak Point with our Stars & Stripes cookout on Saturday, June 30, featuring the South Shore Bay Band and classic cookout fare of burgers, sausage, and BBQ chicken. For more details, read on!

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Stars & Stripes Cookout

Stars & Stripes

Celebrate Independence Day at Oak Point with our Stars & Stripes cookout featuring the South Shore Bay Band and classic cookout fare of burgers, sausage, and BBQ chicken. This event is Saturday, June 30 with dinner being served at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom, followed by a tribute to America by the band. Tickets are $15 per person and Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Payment is due via check to the Social Office by Monday, June 25.


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Dale and the Duds
 

Dale & the Duds

Come watch an Oak Point favorite this July. Dale and the Duds has been entertaining the South Shore for 40 years. Dance and party to a varied mix of classic rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the 50s and 60s. Keep reading for all the details.

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Dale and the Duds

Dale & the Duds

Come watch an Oak Point favorite. Dale and the Duds has been entertaining the South Shore for 40 years. Dance and party to a varied mix of classic rock ‘n’ roll tunes from the 50s and 60s. The music starts Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom. Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Payment is due via check to the Social Office by Wednesday, July 11.


Dale band

Sundaes on Friday
 

Sundae

Enjoy a two-scoop sundae of your favorite flavors and pick your own toppings. This deliciously fun event on July 27 will be catered by the famous T.C. Scoops ice cream parlor. Click to learn more about Sundaes on Friday.

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Sundaes on Friday

Sundae

Enjoy a two-scoop sundae of your favorite flavors and pick your own toppings! This deliciously fun event is catered by the famous T.C. Scoops ice cream parlor.

Scoops will be served starting at 3 p.m. on the patio Friday, July 27. Tickets are $7 per person and payment is due via check to the Social Office by Tuesday, July 24.

Home & Garden

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To Clean or Not to Clean

If a spotless home is your pride, then spring cleaning means you plan on attacking the really big items. Online magazine, House Beautiful, has great deep cleaning recommendations, from tackling your dishwasher to preparing your patio furniture for a great summer. Click here to see their tips and tricks.

Comic Hypnotist
 

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Join us in giving a big Oak Point welcome to comic hypnotist, Frank Santos Jr., on July 28. This hilarious, energetic, and unique show is a first for our community and promises to be an unforgettable night. You’re sure to be amazed as you and your neighbors become the stars of the show!

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Comic Hypnotist

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Join us in giving a big Oak Point welcome to comic hypnotist, Frank Santos Jr., on Saturday, July 28. This hilarious, energetic, and unique show is a first for our community and promises to be an unforgettable night. You’re sure to be amazed as you and your neighbors become the stars of the show!

It all starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. Tickets are $10 per person and Muckey’s will have a cash bar.

Hypnotist

Jimbo Wilson & Creekside Band

Jimbo Wilson

What a great time we had country line dancing to the sounds of Jimbo Wilson & Creekside Band. The turnout on March 3 was amazing, so much so that we had to open a second dance floor in the gym! Thanks to all who joined us.

St. Patrick's Dinner & Show

St. Patrick's Day

On March 15, Oak Point welcomed Irish folk music artist and Dublin native Tom O’Carroll, who played and sang traditional Irish songs and told wonderful tales of Ireland. Dinner was from D&D Catering and included corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings. Everyone had a great time!

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St. Patrick's Dinner & Show

St. Patrick's Day

On March 15, Oak Point welcomed Irish folk music artist and Dublin native Tom O’Carroll, who played and sang traditional Irish songs and told wonderful tales of Ireland. Dinner was from D&D Catering and included corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings. Everyone had a great time!

St. Patrick's Day Party

Entertainment & Leisure

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Great Performances Close at Hand

If you can’t make it to Broadway to catch the hot new show, or you enjoy concerts from some of our greatest musicians, PBS Great Performances are just a click away. Rediscover your love for theatre with the Broadway series or watch performances from the Kennedy Center. Some of the online shows are free, and additional ones are available through the PBS Passports subscription series. Explore to learn more.

It’s in the Genes!
 

Genes

DNA kits are growing in popularity, with many people wanting to learn more about their genetics or ancestry. Unusual stories arise, too, like two men in Hawaii who took DNA tests and found out they were more than best friends. Read on to learn their story and what DNA kits can do for you.

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It's in the Genes!

Genes

With the rise of DNA kits, many have made some surprising discoveries.

Walter MacFarlane and Alan Robinson have been friends for over 60 years, meeting in the 6th grade and playing football together in high school. Both men were adopted as children and never knew their biological parents. After completing a DNA kit, they found out some shocking news– they’re brothers! (Story available here.)

DNA kits have certainly helped people like Walter and Alan learn new things about themselves. They can tell you what parts of the world your ancestors are from, identify distant (or famous) relatives, and connect you with other living family members. For those interested in gene science, testing can also provide details about your health and genetics.

DNA kits have been on the market for several years, but their popularity has recently increased. If you’re curious to learn more about yourself, here are some of the most popular kits you can try:

23 and Me

The 23 and Me DNA kits can give you your ethnic makeup and information on where your ancestors lived over 500 years ago. Their tests can show if you are a carrier of a specific gene, your genetic health risks, and what role your genes play in your wellness. The test can even tell you how your genetics influence your facial features.

Ancestry DNA

This kit from Ancestry.com tracks your origins from more than 350 ethnic regions. It can even track your ancestors’ journey from the old world and estimate when they arrived in the Americas. Ancestry uses its vast network of historical records and current users to then connect you to your ancestors and living relatives.

MyHeritage DNA

The MyHeritage kit uncovers your ethnic origins from 42 ethnicities. It also matches you with living relatives and shows you how much DNA you share. From there you can connect with them and discover your shared heritage.

To find out more about Walter and Alan’s story, click here. It’s quite the tale!

Be a Facebook Pro
 

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read more to find out what else Facebook offers.

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Be a Facebook Pro

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read below to find out what else Facebook offers.

  1. Stop seeing peoples’ posts without unfriending them. If someone is clogging up your news feed, you can “unfollow” them and their posts will be hidden. To unfollow someone, visit their profile and hover over the following button. The drop-down menu will show the option to unfollow. (And don’t worry- this won’t unfriend them and they won’t know you unfollowed their posts.)
  2. Buy and sell items on Facebook through Marketplace. You can sell items to others in your area or you can post an item for sale in a group with Facebook Marketplace. Buy and sell everything from furniture to clothing.
  3. Play Messenger’s hidden game. On the mobile messaging app, send the basketball emoji to one of your friends. Then click on it. This will reveal a game you and your friend can play. See who can shoot the most hoops and keep track of your scores in the messages.
  4. Worried about hackers? Get alerts! It’s not the most appealing thing to find someone has hacked into your account, liking smutty sites and messaging your friends with spam. Help prevent damage by setting up notifications to tell you whenever your Facebook account is accessed from a new device or browser. By going Settings >> Security, you can choose to receive an email, notification, or both upon one of these new login attempts.
  5. Who manages your page when your rein is over? Facebook understands unfortunately events can happen, so they have made procedures to make sure people are secure their account doesn’t fall into the wrong hands when the inevitable comes along. You can bequeath your account to someone trustworthy by nominating a 'Legacy Contact.' (You’ll find this in the Security part of your Facebook account.)

To find out more Facebook tricks, check out these articles:

Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for folks as young as 50. Read on to find out the savings you have access to.

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Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for seniors. At many restaurants you can get a free drink or a percentage off your meal. You can even get discounts on traveling with some airlines, hotels, and cruise lines. There are tons of discounts for you to take advantage of!

Check out these two helpful lists to find where you can save:

Travel

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Classic American Road Trips

What was once old is new again! Hitting the road for vacations are becoming more popular, albeit apparently for more frequent but shorter trips. A great alternative to the increasingly stressful airline experience, you should make the most of your road trip experience. Embrace the allure of the road and check out these excellent road trip tips.

HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. While there are a few myths and misconceptions that still arise, we are happy to debunk them. Explore this list of frequently asked questions from the Manufactured Housing Institute so you can learn the real facts and judge for yourself if these stylish and affordable homes are the perfect fit.

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.