A 55+ Community in Middleborough, Massachusetts

August - September 2018

Edition No. 17

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Manager's Corner
 

Doreen

What a busy summer! We have so many updates to share. From community improvements to our evolving calendar of events, the summer sure got off to a roaring start. Read more about some of our big highlights, new staff, and more.

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Manager's Corner

Doreen

Dear Residents,

What a busy summer!

We have so many updates to share. From community improvements to our evolving calendar of events, the summer sure got off to a roaring start.

Our pool received quite the overhaul, and we still managed to complete numerous other projects needing attention. See our Capital Improvements section for a list of recent renovations. We also added a new member to our maintenance team. Please join me in welcoming Brian Harding, a skilled carpenter and all-around terrific guy!

Marybeth MacKay continues to bring in new bands, talks, and events to Oak Point. All her hard work and creative efforts are paying off in a big way. More residents are actively engaged and having loads of fun. See our Upcoming Events section for future activities.

Our community grew in July, as Andrew Couto and his wife welcomed their new daughter. Congrats!

On a serious note, I urge all residents to please slow down while driving through our community. I understand that we are all busy and anxious to get to where we are going, but this urgency does not excuse speeding. The Oak Point speed limit is 15mph or less, and remember that stop signs matter. One accident is too many. Let’s all keep each other safe by driving cautiously and lawfully through the neighborhood.

Thank you,

Doreen Lang, General Manager

P.S. A special surprise is coming to the Mail Center parking lot area! Stay tuned.

Office Closed
 

We're closed

The Community Office will be closed Monday, September 3 in honor of Labor Day. We wish everyone safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Healthy Snacking

The terms “healthy” and “snacking” don’t seem like they should go together, but they do. You can curb your midafternoon hunger without adding unnecessary calories or sugars. Check out this guide to healthy snacking, featuring 121 easy and delicious ideas fit for everyone. Happy snacking!

Acts of Kindness
 

Hands

“This past winter I had trouble with my car. One of the workers saw me looking under my vehicle, so he came over, checked it out, and gave me a ride home! He took time out of his schedule to help, and that was a much appreciated and unexpected act of kindness.” -Oak Point resident.

Please submit “Acts of Kindness” in writing so we may publish them.

Capital Improvements

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We’ve been hard at work to keep our community in tip-top shape. Read more to check out the ongoing and recently completed projects here at Oak Point.

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Capital Improvements

Tools

Painting (inside and out):

  • • The gymnasium
  • • The hallway leading down to the pool—painted to match the rest of the building
  • • The parking lot handicap area behind the fitness center; it’s finally done correctly! Now emergency vehicles can park and enter the building safely and efficiently
  • • The parking lot line striping

Miscellaneous:

  • • Repairs to the tennis courts due to a tremendous amount of damage from March’s wind storm
  • • Cleaned gymnasium light fixtures, upgraded the lights, and added a chair rail
  • • Installed a new Oak Point sign at the back entrance
  • • Added additional stop signs and street signs (ongoing)
  • • Filled pot holes (ongoing)
  • • Linked together all fire alarms within the two buildings
  • • Garden club efforts—the place is looking lovely
  • • Added two plants in large pots at the main entrance
  • • Removal of dangerous trees, fallen branches, and stumps (ongoing)

Construction:

  • • Phase 7: All homes are constructed and sold. We are currently at 979 homes

Pool Updates!

  • • We began to open the outside pools on May 1. After much tile work, deep cleaning, ordering supplies, and repetitive treatments, the pools would not hold shock. It was down to the wire, just a week before the big Memorial Day opening. We had no choice but to drain the two outdoor pools, order 67,000 gallons of fresh water, then treat and test them. We held our breath waiting for the water analysis to come back from the health department, but it finally did
  • • The outdoor pool heater broke down, so we rushed to replace that
  • • The outdoor spa’s filter failed, but we got it up and running again
  • • We added new pool signage for your safety, as directed by the health department

Real Estate Update
 

House

Bring your friends to the Oak Point life! Our in-house real estate agent, Sandra, is available at 508-356-6379 or through email to assist with all of your buying and selling needs. Read more to learn about Sandra’s featured listing.

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Real Estate Update

House

Bring your friends to the Oak Point life! Our in-house real estate agent, Sandra, is available at 508-356-6379 or through email to assist with all of your buying and selling needs.

Sandra’s featured listing is 5105 Oak Point Drive

  • • 1,344 sq. ft.
  • • 3-bed, 2-bath
  • • Spacious master suite
  • • Split open floorplan
  • • Screened-in porch
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Your Health

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Let's Get Physical!

It can be hard to get to the gym every day, but there are many easy exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home to help you tone and build muscles. Thanks to the American Council on Exercise, there’s a great resource for easy-to-follow exercises to get started. Click here and get ready to work out!

Upcoming Events
 

Upcoming Events

Make room on your calendar for loads of singing, dancing, and musical entertainment, plus our annual car show and an exciting evening of magic. All this and more is coming up at Oak Point!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 4
Disco Dream
Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 12
Oak Point Classic Car Club’s Annual Car Show
Club House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday, August 18
Robert Black – Elvis Presley Tribute
Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 25
Illusionist David Oliver
Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 15
The Flamingo Fling featuring the music of The 60’s Band
Ballroom, 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 22
Karaoke Hosted by Kevin O’Connell
Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 29
Dave Burbank Orchestra
Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Spring Craft Fair and Plant Sale

Spring Sale

We shopped until we dropped at our annual spring craft fair and plant sale on May 12, the day before Mother’s Day. Looks like many shopped for that special lady in their lives. The Oak Point Garden Club raised funds for their monthly programming and they were thrilled with how quickly the plants sold out!

Scholarship Meet and Greet

Books

We welcomed 14 students, along with their families, from Middleboro High School on June 6 as our Scholarship Association handed out $23,500 worth of scholarships. Congrats to these deserving students!

Home & Garden

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Weeds Be Gone!

One of the trickiest parts of caring for your garden or lawn is dealing with weeds. Luckily, there are hundreds of ways you can tackle these pesky intruders. From getting rid of weeds without chemicals, or doing it the traditional way, you’ll find an option that will help keep your yard clear.

Disco Dream
 

Disco

Oak Point’s favorite disco band is back! This ten-member band will play all your favorite hits from the 70s, featuring music from artists such as The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Tavares, and many more! Come out Saturday, August 4 at 7 p.m.

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Disco Dream

Disco

Oak Point’s favorite disco band is back and playing all your favorite hits from the 70s. The ten-member band, Disco Dream, will perform music from artists you know and love, such as The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Tavares, and many more! Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Payment for entry is due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, August 1.

When: Saturday, August 4 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Ballroom
Cost: $12 per person

Disco dream

Classic Car Club's Annual Show

Cars

Get ready to feast your eyes on antique, classic, and custom cars of all makes and models on Sunday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clubhouse. There will be food, raffles, and live music. Don’t miss the fun!

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Classic Car Club's Annual Show

Cars

Get ready to feast your eyes on antique, classic, and custom cars of all makes and models on Sunday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clubhouse.

There will be food, raffles, and Paul Mennett of Cruisin’ New England on NESN, filming for an upcoming episode. Per Diem will play live music from the 50s in the Ballroom, and DJ Kev MacDaddy will spin and host in the show lot.

Admission is free, but we’d appreciate your donation of a canned food item for the Sacred Heart Food Pantry. Don’t miss the fun!

Elvis Presley Tribute

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Celebrate Elvis Tribute Week with this amazing show! Robert Black will perform as Elvis, singing all the King’s hits. Grab your ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and get ‘All Shook Up.’ Click below for more details.

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Elvis Presley Tribute

Microphone

Celebrate Elvis Tribute Week with this amazing show! Robert Black will perform as Elvis, singing all the King’s hits. Muckey’s will also offer a cash bar.

C’mon everybody, grab your ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and get ready to get ‘All Shook Up.’ Payment for entry is due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, August 15.

When: Saturday, August 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Ballroom
Cost: $10 per person

Robert Black

Entertainment & Leisure

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Want to Try Podcasts?

If you miss the days of radio or quality programming, you need to check out Podcasts! It’s a lot like radio, except there is a wide variety of topics and you can listen whenever you want. Review this guide to learn how to tune in, even for free. Be sure to read Time’s Best Podcast’s list to find a podcast that fits you.

Illusionist David Oliver

Magic

Believe in magic again at this fast-paced show on Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. David Oliver has performed around the globe and made multiple TV appearances including “ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

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Illusionist David Oliver

Magic

Believe in magic again at this fast-paced show which includes comedy and audience participation on Saturday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. David Oliver has performed around the globe and made multiple TV appearances including “ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Muckey’s will have a cash bar and the entry fee is $10 per person. Payment for entry is due via check to the Social Office by Wednesday, August 22.

Magic

The Flamingo Fling

Flamingo

It’s time for our homeowners’ appreciation event! Join us on Saturday, September 15 at 5 p.m. in the Ballroom for our Flamingo Fling. Don your most outrageous pink outfits, enjoy a turkey dinner, and dance the night away to The 60s Band.

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The Flamingo Fling

Flamingo

It’s time for our annual homeowners’ appreciation event! Join us on Saturday, September 15 at 5 p.m. in the Ballroom for our Flamingo Fling. Don your most outrageous pink outfits, enjoy a turkey dinner, and dance the night away to The 60s Band! Muckey’s will also have a cash bar.

Seating is limited to 500 guests and there is a maximum allowance of two tickets per household. Admission is free, but make sure to RSVP at the Social Office beginning Wednesday, August 15.

Karaoke Night
 

Karaoke

It’s time to show off your talent at karaoke night on Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom. You may sing solo, as a duet, as a group, or simply watch. The entry fee is $8 per person. Pay via check to the Social Office by Wednesday, September 19.

Travel

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Must-See National Parks

Some of our country’s most beautiful sights are at our National Parks. There is one in every state, making it perfect for a weekend adventure or a nice vacation. Visit the National Parks Service to find a park in your state, or look at this list to discover the ones worthy of your bucket list.

David Burbank Orchestra

Music note

Come dance the night away to Dave Burbank’s Orchestra, featuring a wide variety of tunes from throughout the decades. Muckey’s will also offer a cash bar. Join us for a night of fun on Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom. The entry fee is $11 per person.

Eat Right, Feel Right!

Healthy food

In recent years, the trend with diets has moved away from counting calories to focusing more on eating right. If you’re interested in trying something new to help your health, read on to review some new diets and find out how they may benefit you.

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Eat Right, Feel Right!

Healthy food

In recent years, the trend with diets has moved away from counting calories to focusing more on eating right. The health aspect of Whole30 and the Mediterranean diet has become popular, while diets based on losing weight fall to the wayside.

These modern diets emphasize cutting certain items out of your diet to maximize your health. If one seems interesting, be sure to look it up and learn more. Both of these diets have a large following, which means many cookbooks and online resources are available for those ready to give it a try.

Whole 30
This 30-day food regime is about finding aspects of your diet that are having a negative impact on you. On this diet, you don’t eat grains, added sugar, dairy, or legumes. Whole 30 doesn’t emphasize weight loss, though it may happen while on the diet. Instead, it focuses on finding areas in your eating habits that cause tiredness, digestive issues, and pain amongst other negative effects. To learn more, visit the Whole 30 site.

The Mediterranean Diet
While this diet isn’t brand new, it has been refined over the years to lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. With the Mediterranean diet, you eat mostly fish, fruit, and vegetables. This diet limits how much you eat of certain foods, but doesn’t completely cut them out. That means there are less meal restrictions than with other diets, creating a less rigid structure. Explore the diet by reviewing this guide.

It’s Best to be Prepared

HTA Spotlight

Summer is a great time to slow down and enjoy long days. It’s also perfect for taking inventory and making sure your home is ready for things to come. Don’t add stress to your life over unexpected disasters or emergencies. Plan ahead and get prepared now so you can go back to enjoying your sunny days.

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It’s Best to be Prepared
 

HTA Spotlight

Preparing for Emergencies

It can feel weird to plan for a hypothetical disaster, but it’s worth it to be prepared. In the event that the worst happens, you’ll be happy you prepared. These simple tips can ease your mind in the event of an emergency and make you feel ready in the case of an emergency.

1. Get a fireproof safe. A safe is a worthwhile investment to keep your documents and valuables protected through any emergency.

2. Document your valuables and property. Make a list of your valuables and their approximate worth. Take photos of them and your entire home. Keep these on your smartphone and also keep a printed copy in your safe or a safety deposit box. Documentation will be important for insurance purposes.

3. Make a preparedness kit. You should always have certain items in your home in case you lose power or need to leave quickly. Always have a nice stock of non-perishables and water bottles. Be sure you have flashlights, extra batteries, cash, sneakers and first aid supplies.

4. Sign up for emergency alerts. Learn what your city or neighborhood’s emergency alert system is and sign up for it. Most emergency systems will go through your smartphone or email.

To learn more about how you can prepare for any emergency go to https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

 

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.