A 55+ Community in Middleborough, Massachusetts

December - January 2018

Edition No. 13

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Manager's Corner
 

Doreen

I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous season. We are busy in the office planning for winter and buttoning up the property the best we can in order to prevent any snow-related issues. Although Mother Nature has her own plans, we will do our best to prepare for her.

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Manager's Corner

Doreen

I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous season. We are busy in the office planning for winter and buttoning up the property the best we can in order to prevent any snow-related issues. Although Mother Nature has her own plans, we will do our best to prepare for her.

I am excited for the events Marybeth has planned for us in December. Check out the highly requested repeat of the fantastic, “Art Affair.” We have tremendous talent here within our Oak Point community and this will support them so they may continue their wonderful work. Come sip wine, nibble on cheese, and take in the beauty of local art.

If you are looking for new ways to spread joy and touch lives this holiday season, look no further than our own Clubhouse. We will be holding the Toys for Tots Drive, Oak Point Mitten Tree, Hang Your Coat, and various food pantry donations. Look out for details!

I want to give special thanks to all the residents for your support over the past year. We aim to please, so thank you for giving us that opportunity.

Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season,

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

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Saturday, December 2
Very Jazzy Christmas Brunch
Ballroom, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 31
Cruisin’ Into the New Year
Ballroom, 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 20
Comedy Night
Ballroom, 6 p.m.

Food

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Holiday Meals Made Simple

The holidays mean good food and even better company. Check out these savory meals that are fun to cook and even better to enjoy. Whip up something tasty in the kitchen and spend holiday time with loved ones.

We're Closed
 

We're closed

The community office will be closed Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 in honor of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Winter Preparations

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Help prepare for the upcoming winter season by reviewing the follow list and taking action accordingly. Each resident can do their part in preparing the Oak Point community.

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Winter Preparations

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Help prepare for the upcoming winter season by reviewing the follow list and taking action accordingly. Each resident can do their part in preparing the Oak Point community for winter.

  • Keep the gas meters and dryer vents clear of snow. This is the responsibility of each resident. Please be aware of this and make provisions as needed.
  • Remove solar landscaping lights. Please remove these as they are not permitted. If you choose to leave them along your walkway and they are damaged during lawn or snow removal, the landscaper is not responsible.
  • Remove your seasonal lawn furniture and lawn ornaments. Please gather these up and bring them into your home. Neither the snowplow drivers, nor Oak Point, are responsible for damages that may occur if your personal property is left outside. Any items near the walkways, driveways, or porches need to be removed. Snow can come quick and heavy, hiding these items from sight. Please do this right away.
  • Prepare your skirt board windows. Remember to put your skirt board windows on the bottom of your home. We recommend you leave one window off, replaced with the screen.
  • Be patient with the roadwork. We are continuing to assess the roads and driveways to determine which ones are the priority for this season. Safety is our primary concern. We have addressed many areas where safety is a factor, but we are required to have an outside paving contractor to address the larger areas. What we don’t address this season, we are planning to fix this spring.

New Resident Orientation

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Calling all new neighbors! Join us for our New Resident Orientation every second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Clubhouse. This event is for new residents to come meet their neighbors and ask questions. Any resident is welcome, but this is primarily geared towards the new kids on the block.

Your Health

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Stretch the Pain Away

Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor office visits. If you suffer from this, you know it can be difficult to enjoy everyday activities. Check out these gentle stretches to ease the discomfort so you can continue living pain free.

Stay Up to Date
 

Update

Join our email notification list! We are happy to report we have collected more than 1,065 emails from residents so far. Click below to get details.

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Stay Up to Date

Update

Now’s your chance to be added to our email notification list. Please email us at opevents@hometownamerica.net and in the subject line write ‘OPT IN’ to be added to our list. We are happy to report we have collected over 1,065 emails from residents so far!

If you know a neighbor that does not have an email to share with us, we print out two copies of notifications. We place one in the Main Office on the counter, and the other is posted at the Mail Center. Please make sure they know.

Very Jazzy Christmas Brunch

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Thanks for kicking off the holiday festivities with us at our Very Jazzy Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 2. We loved spending a delightful brunch with our neighbors, and enjoying holiday and jazz favorites by the Peter Bloom Jazz Trio. Stay tuned for pictures!

Cruisin’ Into the New Year

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Ring in the new year in the Oak Point Ballroom! The always-popular Cruisin’ will be rocking all night until the ball drops. We invite you to welcome 2018 alongside your friends, family, and neighbors.

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Cruisin’ Into the New Year

New year's cheers

Ring in the new year at the Oak Point Ballroom! The always-popular Cruisin’ will be rocking all night until the ball drops. Welcome 2018 alongside your friends, family, and neighbors.

There will be special new year’s party favors for all attendees. Light snacks and refreshments will be served to keep you going through the late hours, and Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Admission is $15 per person. Payment is due via check to the Social Department by Wednesday, December 27.

New Years' Eve Advert

Home & Garden

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Front Porch Flair

Make your front porch pop with fall containers filled with beautiful blooms and foliage. Southern Living provides the best ideas and tips for how to bring a beautiful fall planter to life. Whichever you choose, your home will be decorated perfectly for the season.

A Laughing Matter

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In the mood to laugh? Come to the Oak Point Comedy Night on Saturday, January 20 for three great acts of gut-busting laughter and entertainment. The event will be held in the Ballroom at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, and Muckey’s will have a cash bar. Payment is due via check to the Social Department by Tuesday, January 17.

Annual Yard Sale Update

Yard Sale

The Annual Oak Point Yard Sale took place on Saturday, October 7, and raised over $20,000 for local scholarships. Our Oak Point Scholarship Association worked very hard alongside the Oak Point Staff to pick up hundreds of donated items from the residents. Thank you all!

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Annual Yard Sale Update

Yard Sale

The Annual Oak Point Yard Sale took place on Saturday, October 7, and raised over $20,000 for local scholarships. Our Oak Point Scholarship Association worked very hard alongside the Oak Point Staff to pick up hundreds of donated items from the residents. There was furniture, books, toys, small electric items, and much more.

During the day, there were hundreds of shoppers from Oak Point and the surrounding communities. Over 100 volunteers from Oak Point helped sell merchandise, provide food, promote the event, and more. We are pleased to announce that over $20,000 was donated to scholarships for local Middleboro High School Students.

Thank you all!

Cars and Coffee
 

Car

The Oak Point Classic Car Club held their annual Cars and Coffee event on Sunday, October 22. More than 100 cars were showcased, and some even featured a Halloween theme to set the tone for the season. Click to read more.

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Cars and Coffee

Car

The Oak Point Classic Car Club held their annual Cars and Coffee event on Sunday, October 22. More than 100 cars were showcased, and some even featured a Halloween theme to set the tone for the season. Attendees enjoyed a “Car Talk” from Junior D’Amato, the Car Doctor, as well as John Lawler, host of “Car Talk.”

Thanks to all who came and joined us. We can’t wait for next year!

Entertainment & Leisure

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Adventures in Words

There’s no greater pleasure than delving into a good book and not putting it down until you’ve read every page. The adventure you take while reading can truly make the world fade away. Click here to see the most popular books of 2017 so far, and add some to your reading list.

Good Night, Sleep Tight

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It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read more for tips on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

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Good Night, Sleep Tight

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It goes without saying that a good night’s sleep is a valued part of life. With every day hustle and bustle, many factors often interfere with getting enough rest. Read the tips below on the lifestyle choices you can make to get better sleep.

1. Make a sleep schedule - Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. The consistency in your sleep cycle will ensure that your body is properly rested and that you receive the best sleep each night.

2. Limit naps - Long naps during the day can severely interfere with a good night’s rest. In order to maximize your sleep, limit naps to 30 minutes and take them earlier in the day instead of later.

3. Include physical activity - Exercise during the day can have a huge impact on the sleep you get at night. Make exercise a regular part of your daily routine and you’ll see great improvements in your sleep.

4. Create a comfortable sleep environment - For better sleep, make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable and supportive. Also, remove any noise or distractions that could hinder a good night’s rest.

For other useful tips on sleeping better, check out these links:

"Sleep tips: 6 steps to better sleep"

"Healthy Sleep Tips"

Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

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The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, read more for some tips.

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Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

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The holidays are a great time to spend with friends and family, and should be enjoyed instead of dreaded. With presents, food, decorations, and more piling up it can be overwhelming. Don’t let the potential stress of the season get in the way of everything you should enjoy. If you’re looking to do less instead of more this Christmas, start with these tips:

1. Have a gift-wrapping strategy - Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap gifts. Take care of gift wrapping as soon as you purchase, and use a sticky note as a reminder of the contents.

2. Make a budget and a gift list - Before you step into a store make sure you have a set holiday budget and gift list for each person you’re shopping for. This will eliminate financial stress and ensure everyone you love receives a gift.

3. Use simple décor - Small and simple decorations are just as festive as large and flashy ones. A few decorations around the house is plenty to suffice for holiday cheer, and are extremely easy to put up and take down.

4. Enjoy store-bought treats - Instead of slaving away in the kitchen, opt for store-bought baked goods. They are still delicious and will be much easier to prepare.

5. Pick paper plates - Fine china may be pretty, but it can be a huge headache to wash and put away. Using disposable plates and plastic utensils are a great substitution, and can be tossed when the meal is over.

Want more tips and tricks for a stress-free season? Click below:

"Christmas Calm: Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season"

"Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season"

Special Feature: Online Safety

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As technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips from retired police officer, Donna Brown, on how to keep yourself safe online.

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Special Feature: Online Safety

Security

Technology plays a huge part in our everyday life. We use it to make a phone call, share a picture with our friends on Facebook, or send a quick email. Regardless, the use of technology is constantly changing and improving for the better. However, as technology changes and improves, so do the tactics and strategies of scammers and thieves. While this can be frightening, there are ways to prevent and stop it. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe online.

Credit Theft

Check your credit at least once a year. While this may not prevent theft, it can catch it earlier on. By regularly checking your credit, which is free, you can catch someone trying to use your name for unauthorized mortgages, car loans, and credit cards.

Scams

Lottery scams and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) scams are two of the most prominent and cyclical scams. Scam victims will receive a call or email, stating they have won the lottery and must pay a small fee to collect it. Legitimate lotteries do not request payments.

The IRS scam victims will receive a call or email stating there is a warrant for their arrest due to owing back taxes and are requesting a payment through gift cards. The IRS never requests payment gift cards.

Social Media

Don’t post photos when going out of town. Crooks prowl social media looking for vacant homes. If you do post, have a friend check on your home daily and collect your mail and newspaper. Having light timers, inside and outside, can help as well.

Computers

Secure your computer from viruses. There are many reputable anti-malware and anti-virus software companies available that offer great products and protection at very reasonable prices.

Check Writing

Always think twice when writing a check to a person or business you’re not familiar with. Checks provide your name and address, which is very useful information for those with nefarious intentions. Use your debit or credit card instead of writing a check if you can. If using a debit or credit card, try to use them at establishments with updated security chip readers.

These are just a few ways for you to stay one step ahead and protect yourself. Learn the balance between enjoying technology and being precautious.


About Donna Brown

Donna Brown

Donna Brown is a former Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) homicide sergeant with more than 26 years of experience and author of Behind and Beyond the Badge. Brown began her career at TPD during a time when there were only five women in a department of 150 plus officers. Throughout her career, she worked as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a member of several different investigative units and as a homicide detective-sergeant, allowing her to work with a large variety of the first-responder community. After retiring, Brown wanted to write a book capturing and exploring career-defining moments of a first- responder. She felt her book was vital considering the many officer-involved shootings bringing negative spotlight on what she felt was not representative of public servants.

Want to hear from Donna Brown? Check out Behind and Beyond the Badge on Facebook for a list of upcoming tour stops!


Behind and Beyond the Badge book

Travel

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Holiday Journeys

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season stress you out. Make your travel plans effortless using these holiday travel tips. Being mindful and strategic while you travel will ease the stress and make the season more fun!

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!

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.

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.