A 55+ Community in Middleborough, Massachusetts

October - November 2017

Edition No. 12

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Doreen's Corner
 

Doreen

Hello all! I would like to start out by wishing you all a lovely October, filled with great health and beautiful weather to enjoy. It is a gorgeous month for sure!

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Manager's Corner

Doreen

Hello all,

I would like to start out by wishing you all a lovely October, filled with great health and beautiful weather to enjoy. It is a gorgeous month for sure!

We are lucky to have replaced Eric with someone who has fit right into our fold, working tirelessly to please our residents. Welcome Marybeth! If you haven’t had the chance to meet her yet, please come in to say hello.

Marybeth has already scheduled many fantastic new and exciting events for 2018. I know you will be surprised and pleased. She’s has even called upon her own network of great musicians and entertainers, so you are in for a treat. Keep your dancing shoes ready!

Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see – Mark Twain

Thank you,

Doreen Lang

Upcoming Events
 

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Review our list of upcoming events at Oak Point. There is something for everyone to enjoy!
 

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Saturday, October 7-
Annual Yard Sale
Ballroom/Gymnasium, Al Day

Saturday, October 14-
Game Show Trivia
Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 28-
The Sixties Band
Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 18 -
The Dave Burbank Orchestra
Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 25-
Too Much Fun
Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Food

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Happiness is Homemade

Warm, home cooking is a perfect reminder that the seasons are changing. While they can be great to eat, fall meals can be tricky to prepare. Here are easy and hearty casserole recipes that will leave everyone at the table satisfied.

We're Closed
 

We're closed

The community office will be closed Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24 in honor of Thanksgiving. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Meet Your New Social Director

Mary Beth

Hi! I am your new Social Director, Marybeth MacKay, and I’m very excited to be at Oak Point. I have over 20 years of experience organizing special events and I look forward to bringing a very exciting line up of new events, as well as traditional favorites.

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Meet Your New Social Director

Mary Beth

Hi!

I am your new Social Director and I’m very excited to be at Oak Point. I’ve lived next door in Lakeville for 19 years with my family.

I have over 20 years of experience organizing special events and I look forward to bringing a very exciting line up of new events, as well as traditional favorites. I have worked with some well-known performers, such as Eddie Money, Willie Nelson, and the Flying Wallendas, so you can expect some great times ahead.

I also looking forward to hearing your ideas. Please stop by my office and introduce yourself!

-Marybeth

Game Show Trivia
 

Trivia

Come on down! You’re the next contestant on Oak Point Game Show Night! Your favorite game show host, Kevin Richmond, is returning for a fabulous event on Saturday, October 14 with table trivia and live game show fun.

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Game Show Trivia

Trivia

Come on down! You’re the next contestant on Oak Point Game Show Night! Your favorite game show host, Kevin Richmond, is returning for a fabulous event with table trivia and live game show fun. Join us on Saturday, October 14, in the Ballroom.

Compete as a group to take home great prizes and bragging rights. Gather up a group of friends and neighbors for a fun-filled night of laughs and team building.

Payment due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, October 11. Admission is $10 per person.



Trivia

Your Health

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Glowing Skin is In

The basics of skin care are vital for good health. A combination of healthy lifestyle choices can ensure that your skin stays glowing and vibrant. Read more for information about taking care of your skin and helping your health.

The Sixties Band
 

Dancing people

Break out your bell-bottoms and come on down for a night of peace, love, and music on Saturday, October 28, in the Ballroom. The Sixties Band features music from The Beatles, Monkees, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Byrds, The Who, and many more!

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The Sixties Band

Dancing people

Break out your bell-bottoms and come on down for a night of peace, love, and music on Saturday, October 28, in the Ballroom. The Sixties Band features music from The Beatles, Monkees, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Byrds, The Who, and many more!

Like the name implies, they play all the best from music’s greatest decade. There will be a costume contest with prizes and Muckey’s will have a cash bar!

Payment due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, October 25. Admission is $9 per person.



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The Dave Burbank Orchestra

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Come check out The Dave Burbank Orchestra on Saturday, November 18, in the Ballroom. Formerly known as “The Emanons,” the Dave Burbank Orchestra is one of the premier South Shore Ballroom Dance Bands.

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The Dave Burbank Orchestra

Maestro's hands

Come check out The Dave Burbank Orchestra on Saturday, November 18, in the Ballroom. Formerly known as “The Emanons,” the Dave Burbank Orchestra is one of the premier South Shore Ballroom Dance Bands. They bring a mix of upbeat songs to get you moving and a repertoire of slower songs for close dancing with your special someone. Get ready to dance!

Muckey’s will have a cash bar.

Payment due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, November 15. Admission is $10 per person.



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Too Much Fun
 

Guitars

Too Much Fun will be performing in the Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 25. The band features a great mix of classic, rock, blues, soul, and oldies that will keep you on the dance floor all night long.

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Too Much Fun

Guitars

Too Much Fun will be performing in the Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 25. The band features a great mix of classic, rock, blues, soul, and oldies that will keep you on the dance floor all night long. Songs you know and love such as “Pride and Joy,” “Down on the Corner,” “Soul Man” and many more.

Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Payment due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, November 22. Admission is $9 per person.



Too Much Fun advert

Home & Garden

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Help Around the Home

Time to bring out the Earth tones! HGTV’s Help Around the Home offers tips and tricks for your home’s décor. From decorating inspiration to ideas for the garden, preview this “tip a day” calendar for everything you need.

Flamingo Fling Recap
 

Flamingo

We had a blast at our Flamingo Fling on September 16. Everyone wore their pink outfits and enjoyed great food and dancing. Click to read more and see photos!

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Flamingo Fling Recap

Flamingo

We had a blast at our Flamingo Fling on September 16. Everyone wore their pink outfits and enjoyed great food and dancing. Disco Dream rocked the house with their music and we danced the night away. We love exciting events like these, especially when we honor our mascot, the Pink Flamingo!

TRUGREEN Maintenance
 

Trugreen

TRUGREEN has been hired to apply fertilization and we are optimistic that we are going to see turf improvement. It will take some time, but it will be worth the wait. We are on the right track.

Landscaping Update
 

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Landscaping has been about a month behind due to the rain we had in June. However, our company is committed to doing the best they can. For the most part, the results have been favorable. We thank everyone for their patience and support.

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Landscaping Event

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Landscaping has been about a month behind due to the rain we had in June. But, they are committed to doing the best they can. For the most part, the results have been favorable.

Here is an unedited email we received from a happy resident, whose name was removed:

"Just want to thank the men who trimmed our bushes and trees yesterday. They did an excellent job, not just with the trimming, but also the clean-up. Although it took a while for them to reach our POD, it was worth the wait.

We are often quick to criticize, slow to praise, and forget what these men are expected to accomplish in the course of a work day. Oak Point is a large community and these men often have to contend with unfavorable weather conditions as well as having to deal with residents' personal demands while remaining professional and respectful. Our hats go off to them Their efforts are truly appreciated. Again, thanks for a job well done."

Entertainment & Leisure

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Get in the Game

Football season is here! Whether you’re at the game every week or cheering from your living room, keeping up with your favorite team’s schedule can be tough. Click here for this year’s professional football schedule.

Oak Point Indoor Pool
 

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How’s the pool? We try to empty the pool a few times a year to give it a thorough cleaning and fill it with fresh water. We added a new addition for your safety – blue handle grips. We hope you’re enjoying the greater feeling of safety as you climb in and out of the pool!

Couponing for Beginners

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Coupons can be a great way to save money on the everyday necessities. Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals can use coupons to pinch pennies and cut back on spending. Check out these tips to get started yourself.

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Couponing for Beginners

Coupon

Coupons can be a great way to save money on the everyday necessities. With their growing popularity, they are now available in the weekly paper, can be printed from your grocery store’s website, and are even accessible on cell phone apps. Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals can use coupons to pinch pennies and cut back on spending. Check out these tips to get started!

Plan Ahead

Plan what you’re going to buy before you go to the store, and only purchase those items. If you don’t stick to the items on your list, you may end up spending more money than intended. Take the time to be strategic about the coupons you’re going to use and you’ll be guaranteed to save money.

Stay Organized

Make sure you have all of your coupons organized before you begin shopping. Arrive at the checkout counter with them cut, accessible, and ready to go. Find a system that works best for you, such as keeping your coupons in a binder for maximum organization or in a coupon book labeled by category.

Know Your Store’s Policies

Does your store accept competitors’ coupons? Do they price match or provide rain checks for out of stock items? Learn the policies at your local grocery store. Speak with an associate before you begin shopping and make sure you know the rules before arriving to maximize your savings.

Don't Buy What You Don’t Need

If you have a coupon for a deal on cereal, but you don't like to eat cereal, then what’s the use? Only use the coupons for items you know you’re going to need and don’t waste your money buying something that will never be used. Remember, the fun part is saving money!

Check out these websites for more tips about getting started with couponing:

Ideas for the Restless Retiree

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If you miss the structure of life and meeting people from all walks of life, a new job could be your perfect solution. Retirement is an opportunity to further explore your lifelong career path or pursue something totally new. Here are some job ideas for the restless retiree.

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Ideas for the Restless Retiree

Retiree

If you miss the structure of life and meeting people from all walks of life, a new job could be your perfect solution. Retirement is an opportunity to further explore your lifelong career path or pursue something totally new.

Regardless, a new job can provide income, structure to your week, a solution for restlessness, and even some new friends along the way.

Here are some job ideas for the restless retiree:

  • Volunteer and help others - Many organizations are in need of volunteers to provide staff and assistance. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and rescue centers are great examples of places that couldn’t keep their doors open without the support of selfless people giving their time. If you love the satisfaction helping an organization run smoothly, saving a life, or meeting a need, you may want to consider spending your downtime volunteering.
  • Provide a Service - Do you have a talent you’re willing to offer at a price? Whether it’s dog sitting, sewing, handy tasks, or childcare, you have to potential to help someone who needs your services. Jobs like these are essential to those who do not have the time or resources to do them on their own. Find what you love and have a knack for, and turn it into a part time gig. Plus, the extra money would be nice.
  • Customer Service - As a retiree, you might be looking for a job because you like to stay busy. Working in customer service is a great way to hustle through the week and meet many people along the way. This job path is perfect for retirees because it requires politeness, critical thinking skills, and patience that has amassed over a lifetime of working.

For more tips on how to tackle restless retirement, read over this AARP Article.

Travel

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Adventure Wisely

Traveling overseas should be nothing short of entertaining and educational, and it’s best to be open to every new experience. Read these traveling tips from Rick Steves to make sure you get the most out of a European vacation.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Change your clock

Daylight Savings time end on Sunday, November 5th at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to fall back (turn your clock back one hour) and enjoy your extra hour of sleep! Also this a great reminder to check your smoke detector batteries.

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SaveHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

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.