A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

December - January 2019

Edition No. 19

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Manager's Corner
 

Melissa

Come out of the cold and into our inviting Clubhouse, full of ways to fill your season with all things merry and bright. If you’re looking for ways to spread joy and touch lives this holiday season, look no further than the contents of this newsletter.

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Manager's Corner

Melissa

Dear Residents,

Come out of the cold and into our inviting Clubhouse full of activities, clubs, and events to fill your season with all things merry and bright. There is always something to do to here at Oaks of Weymouth to keep active and stay engaged. If you are looking for ways to spread joy and touch lives this holiday season, look no further than the contents of this newsletter. Many thanks to those who participate in our community events and activities. Your involvement is a key part of what makes the Oaks of Weymouth so special.

Here's to a holly, jolly holiday time when friends and family gather to celebrate glad tidings and good cheer! May each of our wonderful residents cherish what they have, while we cherish all of you for making your home with us! Whether you have been with us for a while or recently moved in, we would like to thank you for being a valued neighbor in our community. As we celebrate the New Year, we wish everyone health, happiness, and prosperity.

In Community,

Melissa Tuso – Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The Management Office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas and Tuesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day. Happy holidays!

Food

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One Pot, Many Meals

Being able to cook with one pan, skillet, slow cooker, or pot is an easy way to make dinner shine. These one-pot recipes are convenient for making delicious meals. From Italian to Asian flavors, chicken to salmon, these recipes won’t disappoint. Did we mention they leave you with little clean-up?

Upcoming Events
 

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The holidays are here and chock-full of singing, dancing, and plenty of ways to give back to the community. From the Acorn Dinner Dance to Toys for Tots, we have several ways to engage. Read on for more for details.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

ACUA Annual Food Drive
Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 14

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority annual food drive to support the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, will run from Monday, December 3 to Friday, December 14, 2018. To participate, place a clearly marked bag of non-perishable food, baby items, or personal hygiene products next to your recycling bin on your regular collection day before 7 a.m. Please don’t include anything frozen, perishable, or packed in glass bottles or containers.

Most needed items include: peanut butter, baby foods and formula, diapers, jelly, canned SpaghettiOs, Beefaroni, spaghetti sauce, ravioli, corned beef hash, beef stew, Spam, canned fruit and vegetables, applesauce, canned or dry (boxed) soup, mayonnaise, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, and other personal hygiene products. For more details, visit their website at http://www.acua.com/fooddrive/

Toys for Tots
Saturday, December 8

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

This is our 2nd year as Toys for Tots participants thanks to residents Bob and Marie Moran, who initiated the program here in the community last year. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Clubhouse until Saturday, December 8. The campaign did so well last year that we have increased to two boxes this year. The boxes are located in the lobby area outside the Management Office.

Holiday Carolers at the Clubhouse
Monday, December 10 at 4 p.m.

Join us at the Clubhouse for an evening of Christmas caroling with neighbors and friends. Sing your favorite carols and enjoy classic Christmas musical performances, presented by Weymouth Township and Estell Manor School Choirs.

Annual Santa Visit
Saturday, December 8

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why… The Oaks’ very own Santa Claus is coming to town. Join us at the Clubhouse Saturday, December 8 from noon to 2 p.m. for our 6th Annual Lunch with Santa where you can take your own photos with Santa. All ages are welcome and children 9 years old and younger will receive a gift from Santa. RSVP with the Management Office no later than Friday, November 30th. You must RSVP to attend.

Acorn Dinner Dance
Saturday, January 26

5 – 9 p.m. at Buena Vista Country Club
$40 per person. Tickets required.
Contact Peter Keiffenheim at (609) 625-0205 for tickets or more information.

Health Expo coming to the Oaks of Weymouth in February...
more details coming soon

Sales Update
 

House for sale

Don’t miss out on a chance for you and your friends to view our newest home features or tour the lots where you’re able to custom build your home! Please keep in mind that we still have available lots to custom build your home. Read on for more details.

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Sales Update

House for sale

Don’t miss out on viewing our newest floor-plans with added features. We have added gas cooking, farmer sinks, soft close drawers, LED lighting, upgraded carpeting, and more! Please keep in mind we still have available lots to custom build your home as well. We also have several floor-plan options to choose from, or you can purchase one of our brand-new model homes, which are move-in ready. Stop by the Oaks of Weymouth Sales Center to tour these lovely models and floor-plans!

Need some extra cash? Hometown America and Oaks of Weymouth offer a referral fee to residents who assist in the sale of a home at Oaks of Weymouth. You can earn $1,000 for a new HTA home sale. Contact our representative, Sheneva by phone at (609) 837-2406 or by email at SPaz@HometownAmerica.net.

*Offer restricted to Hometown America-owned new-inventory homes. Residents who refer a buyer will receive money at closing of escrow. Other terms may apply.

Clubs and Classes
 

Calendar

Stretch your muscles, feed your brain, or tap into your creative side at Oaks of Weymouth. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone in our community! Read on to see a full list of our clubs and recurring classes.

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Clubs and Classes

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  • • Line Dancing – Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
  • • Exercise Class – Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
  • • Crafts – Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
  • • Bible Study – Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.
  • • Prayer Group – First Wednesday of each month 7 p.m.
  • • Yoga – Fridays at 6:30 p.m. ($5)
  • • TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) – Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • • Feed Your Brain – Thursday, December 13 at 11 a.m.
  • • Feed Your Brain Luncheon at Smithville Inn - Thursday, January 10 at 2-4 p.m.
  • • Walking Group – Saturdays at 10 a.m.

New Group:

  • • Jam Session will take place in the Clubhouse on the last Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The group is open to Oaks of Weymouth musicians. All skill-levels welcome. Play what you bring and sing what you got! For additional questions, contact resident John Vernon (609) 425-4667.

*All clubs and classes are for residents only. Participate at your own risk.

Your Health

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Mind Over Matter

Studies show the positive characteristics of mental and emotional health allow you to live life to the fullest extent through productive, meaningful activities and strong relationships. You have the power to elevate your mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. Read over these strategies to see how.

Recurring Events
 

Games

Join us for some neighborly fellowship and fun at coffee, bingo, game night, or movie night in the Clubhouse! Read more for the December/January schedule.

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Recurring Events

Games

Coffee Hour
Friday, December 21 at 10 a.m.
Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m.

Bingo
NO BINGO IN DECEMBER
Sunday, January 27 at 7 p.m.

Game Night
Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9 at 7 p.m.

  • • Come play every second Wednesday of the month! We play an assortment of card and board games. Don’t know how to play? We’ll teach you! Do you know a fun game and want to show us how to play? We’re happy to learn. Join us where the name of the game is fun!

Movie Matinee Monday
Monday, December 3 and December 17 at 1 p.m.
Monday, January 7 and January 21 at 1 p.m.

  • • Snacks will be served. Please submit movie suggestions to the office.

*All events will be held at the Clubhouse

4th Annual Halloween Pet Parade

Corgi

We had a great time on Saturday, October 27 getting to see our residents and their furry friends all dressed up in the Halloween spirit as we paraded through the community.

Acorn Association Halloween Party

Ghost

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Acorn Association’s Halloween party on October 27. We had so much fun dancing the night away with our frighteningly fun residents. If you couldn’t make it out, read on to see some of what you missed!

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Acorn Association Halloween Party

Ghost

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Acorn Association’s Halloween party on October 27. We had so much fun dancing the night away with our frighteningly fun residents. If you couldn’t make it out, check out the pictures below to see some of what you missed!

Home & Garden

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High Brow on a Budget

If you are an innovator who likes to re-purpose things, then DIY projects are probably well within your wheelhouse. In need of a little bit of a creative inspiration? Take a look at this list of easy upgrades to make your house look and feel like a million bucks.

Yard of the Month
 

Yard of the year

Congrats to our September 2018 Winner Jerry and Barbara Davis: 6 Redwood Lane. Make sure to congratulate them and say hi when you see them around the community.

Pot Luck Lunch
 

Picnic lunch

The Pot Luck Lunch was a huge success. Congratulations to our first, second, and third place winners Florence Fagan, Liz Baird, and Eleanor Sapienza, respectfully. Our neighbors got together on November 16 to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie that makes Oaks of Weymouth unique. Click to see pictures of our happy residents having a blast at the event.

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Pot Luck Lunch
 

Picnic lunch

The Pot Luck Lunch was a huge success. Congratulations to our first, second, and third place winners Florence Fagan, Liz Baird, and Eleanor Sapienza, respectfully. Our neighbors got together on November 16 to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie that makes Oaks of Weymouth unique. Look below see pictures of our happy residents having a blast at the event.

Smoke Free
 

Smoke Free

As a friendly reminder, smoking is prohibited on Oaks of Weymouth property, including our buildings, facilities, porches, and walkways throughout the community. It applies to all employees, residents, customers, and vendors, at all times, including non-business hours.

Travel

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The Great Foodie Road Trip

One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to eat new, delicious foods. In these six cities, your restaurant options boast incredible dishes. Coast to coast, north to south, visit one of these ideal foodie getaways to satisfy your need for stellar cuisine.

Clubhouse Access
 

Key fob

Since our Clubhouse doors were replaced in 2017 and equipped with a secure door system, your old cut keys no longer work for Clubhouse entry. Read more for information on how to get a new key fob if you have not done so already.

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Clubhouse Access

Key fob

As you may already know, Clubhouse doors were replaced in 2017 and equipped with a secure door system. This means, your old cut keys no longer work for Clubhouse entry. Each resident has a personally assigned a key fob and must pick it up and sign for it. If you have not done so already, please visit the Management Office during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) to receive your fob.

If you would like to opt out of receiving an assigned key fob, you must notify the office in writing. We will then deactivate the key. The Oaks of Weymouth Clubhouse is a secured facility. Residents and/or guests may not prop or leave Clubhouse doors open at any time. Residents are not permitted to share or loan their key fobs to anyone else.

Trash Collection
 

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We appreciate all residents adhering to the waste collection schedule and procedures. Keep reading to view the December/January trash pick-up calendar, along with other details.

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Trash Collection

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Trash Pick-Up – Wednesdays

Recyclables Pick-Up – Every Other Thursday: December 6, December 20, January 3, January 17, and January 31. January recycle schedule subject to change due to New Year’s Day.

Appliance Pick-Up – Wednesdays with trash. You MUST call EarthTech at (609) 390-2127 to schedule in advance. $50 fee paid by the resident.

Electronics Pick-Up – 2nd Tuesday of the month: December 11 and January 8. Call Weymouth Twp. with questions (609) 476-2102.

Bulk Pick-Up – 4th Wednesday of the month: December 26 and January 23. Bulk items do not include electronics or appliances.

Yard Waste – Wednesdays with trash.

Christmas Tree Pick-Up - Wednesday, January 9. Please be sure to remove all decorations, tinsel, and garland from the tree.

*Trash & recyclables may ONLY be put at the curb after 4 p.m. the day before it is collected.

*Monthly Trash Collection schedules are available at the management office.

Support Our Troops

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Our troops need many everyday items, including toiletries, medical items, feminine products, snacks, and drinks. We’ve placed a donation box with the list of needed items inside the Clubhouse entrance. Thank you in advance for helping our service members.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Book Worms - Unite!

Looking back at the year, we know 2018’s literary works have not disappointed. From riveting romances, to authentic autobiographies, the books this year have been stellar. Check out this detailed list of the page-turners you need to keep an eye out for.

Scarves for the Homeless

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Calling all knitters! Many residents, in conjunction with Bethlehem Lutheran Church, are knitting scarves for the homeless, throws for veterans, and baby blankets for underprivileged infants. Keep reading for more details on how to get involved!

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Scarves for the Homeless

Knit

Calling all knitters! Many residents, in conjunction with Bethlehem Lutheran Church, are knitting scarves for the homeless, throws for veterans, and baby blankets for underprivileged infants. Some yarn has been donated for the projects and can be picked up during Crafts on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or by calling Sylvia Mahana (609) 476-4270. If you don’t knit but want to help, please consider donating yarn for this year-long project.

Food Pantries
 

Food pantry

Food banks are a valuable community asset. Not only do they provide food to those in need, they also assist in preventing food waste. Read on to learn about local food pantries and how you can contribute.

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Food Pantries

Food pantry

The St. Vincent de Paul Parish Food Pantry at 114 Route 50 in Mays Landing has opened its doors to the parishioners and community. The Pantry Hours are every Thursday 9 – 11 a.m., 2 – 4 p.m., and 6 – 8 p.m. For more information call (609) 625-2124.

The First United Methodist Church at 6011 Main St. in Mays Landing is a local food bank site open every Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m., 2 – 4 p.m., and 6 – 8 p.m., offering an assortment of canned goods, breads, eggs, cheeses, chicken, and other meat. Participants are eligible for food on a monthly basis and the amount of food given is determined by family size. Identification is necessary to obtain free food. Contact: (609) 625-9446.

The Salvation Army at 1309 Route 50 in Mays Landing. Hours of food operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 – 11 a.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. Contact: (609) 625-1212

Stay Connected
 

Phone

If you’ve changed your phone number or email address, please let us know. Give us a call or stop by the office with your new information so we can keep you in the loop for all things Oaks of Weymouth. Read more for our emergency information.

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Stay Connected
 

Phone

If you’ve changed your phone number or email address, please let us know. Give us a call or stop by the office with your new information so we can keep you in the loop for all things Oaks of Weymouth.

Emergency Phone Numbers
New Jersey State Police – Buena Barracks
Dispatch (609) 625-1104
Station (609) 561-7267

Dial 911
In case of a dire emergency, please dial 911. If you’re calling from a cell phone, you can dial (856) 589-0911 for a quicker response. This number reaches the Gloucester County dispatching office directly.

 

Wanderlust Without Hassle

RV

Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for wonderful memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease. From luxury RVs to “glamping” (glamorous camping), the options are endless.

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Wanderlust Without the Hassle

RV

In recent years, the number of Americans going camping has steadily risen. Remember when camping meant sleeping in a tent, getting covered in dirt, and struggling to start a fire? They made for great memories, but now you can enjoy the great outdoors with much more ease.

Camping with an RV allows you to experience the comfort and amenities of home, while enjoying the beauty of nature. Staying in a pricey hotel often limits your ability to explore nature, which is why renting an RV can be the best way to explore the outdoors.

You can either drive your rented RV to your destination or pick it up and start vacationing upon arrival. The latter option is great for those who want to go to a specific location without making the drive. And as a bonus, you don’t have to camp in a tent.

Travelers who want an upgraded version of camping can also try “glamping.” This glamorous camping option features all the comforts of home and additional amenities to make it a truly memorable vacation.

The Russian River Valley in Northern California’s Wine Country, provides a fully stocked Airstream nestled amongst a sleepy grove of redwood trees. Take a step outside your door and you’re exactly where you want to be, plus sipping world-class wines and eating at Michelin-star restaurants are both minutes away.

Airstreams are only the beginning. From cabins to teepees, glamping provides an unforgettable experience, especially when held at resorts. These luxurious getaways offer a wide range of amenities, from infinity pools to spa-like bathrooms.

Where will your next outdoor adventure take you?

1968 and the Boomer Impact

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A lot can change in 50 years. As one of the most impactful years in American history, 1968 helped shape the country we know and love today. Let’s take a look back at some of the most notable moments from that year.

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1968 and the Boomer Impact
 

1968

A lot can change in fifty years. Technology has evolved, politics and policies have changed, and the day-to-day structure of normal life looks very different now than it did before.

Let’s reflect on some of the major moments in American history that took place in 1968.

Pop-Culture

  • • The game Kerplunk became widely popular after only being around for one year.
  • • Classic hits such as “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “Revolution” by the Beatles, and “Street Fightin’ Man” by the Rolling Stones were released.

Television

  • • An episode of “Star Trek” aired the first interracial kiss on television in American history.
  • • The television show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” debuted on a U.S. television network.

History

  • • The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. This led to civil disturbances, including riots, in over 100 cities.
  • • The USS Pueblo was captured by North Korea and held captive for 11 months. This threatened the high-tensions that already existed from the Cold War in that region.

Technology

  • • The first “Jumbo Jet” was introduced. The Boeing 747 Jet could seat 374 passengers and changed travel industry forever. After this, the exclusive luxury that was airfare became the standard way of international travel.
  • • Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman helped solidify the United States’ place as first in the space race. Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to travel to the moon and orbit it ten times! This was also the first time the moon was broadcast on live television.

Sports

During the 1968 Summer Olympics, two African-American medalists, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, staged a silent demonstration against racial discrimination. They bowed their heads and each raised a gloved fist when the Star-Spangled Banner played. Two days after the fact, they were stripped of their medals and expelled from team USA.

If you look at the 1960s as a whole, 1968 was by far the most transformative year of them all. While there were tumultuous moments, there were also groundbreaking times that got us to where we are today. Although 50 years feels like a long time, the effects of these moments will never fade.

Space – The Final Frontier

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars. Click below to read more.

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Space – The Final Frontier
 

Space

Life beyond ours might be a real, provable possibility now thanks to the Curiosity rover. We may finally determine whether or not there has ever been, or could ever be, life on Mars.

The Curiosity rover has identified the building blocks for life on Mars: organic molecules containing carbon, a chemical element central to life. This doesn’t mean that there is evidence of life, but it does provide important clues about Mars’ mysterious history.

Molecules from a pair of Martian rocks prove that there was once something on the planet that an organism could eat. If a food source exists, maybe the existence of an intelligent life form isn’t too far of a stretch. Especially because methane concentrations are seeping out from underground reservoirs. Here on Earth, this gas is only produced by living organisms.

This proves exciting for future examinations of Mars as well. These samples were found only a few centimeters below the surface. Since the surface of Mars is constantly bombarded with radiation that can break down organic compounds, there may be more material buried deeper.

If you want to learn more about the Curiosity rover’s findings, click here!

 

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 SafeHaven 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.