A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

April - May 2019

Edition No. 21

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Manager's Corner
 

Melissa

Spring has sprung at Oaks of Weymouth! The warmer weather makes this the perfect time to get started on spring yard cleanup and taking care of needed repairs. Keep reading for more info on all of the exciting activities and updates coming soon.

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Manager's Corner

Melissa

Dear Residents,

Spring has sprung at Oaks of Weymouth, which means we are finding more and more reasons to get outside. The warmer weather makes this the perfect time to get started on spring yard cleanup and taking care of needed repairs. Not only will you get your yard and house in shape, you’ll be ready for the four-sided inspections, which are already underway. Plus, you could become the next Yard of the Month winner! Great communities don’t happen by accident. It takes a group of great people like you coming together, with a desire to make our community a better place to live.

We will be conducting a resident information audit to ensure we have the most up to date information for each resident in the community. Each household will receive the census sheet with their four-sided inspection report. Please provide all requested information for each person residing in the home and return the completed sheet to the office. We appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep our community running smoothly.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Active Day Presentation in April and the Spring Health Expo in May. As always, all residents are invited to attend our Resident Coffee Hour on the last Friday of each month at 10 a.m. for comradery and delicious treats. Look for details later on in this newsletter.

While you’re out enjoying the warmer weather, take note of any yard that catches your eye and submit your nominations to the office for Yard of the Month.

Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, is right around the corner! It’s finally time to get back to having fun in the sun. The Oaks of Weymouth swimming pool is scheduled to open for the season on May 20, so get your swimsuits ready!

In Community,
Melissa Tuso – Community Manager

Office Closed
 

Closed

The community office will be closed on April 19 in observance of Good Friday and May 27 for Memorial Day. However, the sales office may be open, call (609) 460-8348 for more information.

Food

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Best Foods by State

Everyone loves the taste of home, whether it’s your mother’s famous dish or a cultural favorite. In the U.S., every state has its own signature meal. Can you guess the most famous dish from yours? Check your answer and see the rest of the most iconic foods from each state so you can try them all.

Upcoming Events
 

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We have plenty of exciting activities coming down the line in April and May here at Oaks of Weymouth. Join us at the Spring Health Expo and make a splash when the pool reopens. Keep reading for a full list of upcoming events.

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Upcoming Events

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Weymouth Township Shred-A-Thon
Saturday, April 6 at 9 a.m. – noon at the DPW Garage 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue
Dorothy Citizens may properly dispose of and safely destroy documents in a secure manner. No pre-arrangements are necessary. For more information contact WTDPW at 609-476-2102.

Active Day of Galloway Presentation
Tuesday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Residents and their guest are welcome to attend and learn of the many services available, including nursing services, transportation, meals, activities, and more.

Stepping Into Spring Health Expo
Tuesday, May 14th at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse
Various health vendors will be on-site to showcase the services they offer. Registration is required for lunch, handouts, and promotional giveaways. This event is hosted by Oaks of Weymouth and Eastern Pines for the residents. Register by May 7 by visiting or calling the Oaks of Weymouth office 609-625-6257.

Pool Reopening
Monday, May 20 at 9 a.m.
Children under 16 are permitted between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. No children under 16 are permitted on Mondays.

Pool hours:
Monday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sales Update
 

House for sale

Our new homes feature a variety of beautiful floor plans that include farmer sinks, soft close drawers, and more. Plus, we still have lots available so you can custom build your home or you can purchase one of our brand-new model homes, which are turn-key ready. Read on to learn more.

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Sales Update

House for sale

Our new homes feature a variety of beautiful floor plans that include farmer sinks, soft close drawers, and more. Plus, we still have lots available so you can custom build your home or you can purchase one of our brand-new model homes, which are turn-key ready.

We also have some fantastic brokered homes on the market like the Ritz-Craft “LXE II 2763 Model”. This spectacular 2-bed, 2-bath home boasts many added amenities, including crown molding, ceiling fans, lights over the kitchen island, a large walk-in closet in the master bedroom, and much more! With a slightly modified floor plan, this dream home is a must-see!

Key highlights are:

  • 2 bed, 2 bath
  • 1680 sq. ft.
  • $135,000

Clubs and Classes
 

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Click your heels, break a sweat, or challenge your intellect. There’s something for every resident at Oaks of Weymouth! 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.
  • • Prayer Group – 1st Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
  • • TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) – Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • • Walking Group – Saturdays at 10 a.m.

*All clubs and classes are for residents only and take place in the Clubhouse. Participate at your own risk.

Your Health

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How Low Can You Go?

If you’re looking for an easy way to lower your blood pressure, this may be it. Research has shown that a simple way to fight hypertension is by regularly monitoring your blood pressure at home. Without the stress of the doctor’s office and with consistent knowledge, people often report lower rates.

Recurring Events
 

Coffee

Connect with your neighbors and friends at coffee, bingo, game night, or movie night in the Clubhouse! Click below for the inside scoop on the April/May schedule.

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Recurring Events

Coffee

Coffee Hour
Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m.
Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m.

Bingo
Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

Game Night
Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

Come play every second Wednesday of the month for a fun night of games! 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, April 8 and April 22 at 1 p.m.
Monday, May 6 and May 20 at 1 p.m.

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

Resident Referral
 

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Want some extra cash? Earn it by recommending your friends to become your neighbors and registering them with our Sales Center! We offer a referral reward of up to $500 for the sale of a new Hometown America home. Contact Sheneva by phone at 609-837-2406 or email her for more information and terms.

Yard of the Month
 

Yard of the Month

Each spring and summer, from May through September, we award one home the coveted Yard of the Month award. Winners receive a $25 gift card in recognition of the dedication to excellent yard maintenance. Keep reading to see how to nominate your neighbors!

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Yard of the Month

Yard of the Month

Each spring and summer, from May through September, we award one home the coveted Yard of the Month award. Winners will receive a $25 gift card in recognition of the dedication to excellent yard maintenance. Features we look for when choosing a winning yard are general appearance, neatness, flower beds and shrubs, sidewalk and driveway maintenance, color contrast, and overall appearance.

Choosing a winner each month will be difficult because we know the tremendous effort our residents put into their yards, but please keep in mind there can only be one winner per month and do not take it personally if your yard is not chosen. If you would like to nominate a yard for this award, please contact the Management Office. Don’t forget to check out the next issue to see your April and May winners!

Home & Garden

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Spring Gardening Tips

As the weather warms up, it’s time to transition your garden into spring. Whether it’s soil prep work, pruning, or planting, these tips will help you find the best practices for taking your plants and herbs to the next season. What will you grow this spring?

Sweetheart Doo Wop Dance

Couple dancing

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Feed Your Brain Group for hosting a phenomenal event! Residents danced the night away at the Sweetheart Doo Wop Dance on Saturday, February 9. Read more to see photos from the night.

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Sweetheart Doo Wop Dance
 

Couple dancing

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Feed Your Brain Group for hosting a phenomenal event! Residents danced the night away at the Sweetheart Doo Wop Dance on Saturday, February 9. Read more for photos from the night.

Luau Potluck Lunch

Tiki

Residents had a hula good time at our Luau-themed Potluck Luncheon on Tuesday, March 12 from noon to 2 p.m. in the clubhouse. Residents ate and mingled to their heart's content. If you missed out, don’t worry! Click to see photos from all the fun.

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Luau Pot Luck Lunch
 

Tiki

Residents had a hula good time at our Luau-themed Potluck Luncheon on Tuesday, March 12 from noon to 2 p.m. in the clubhouse. Residents ate and mingled to their heart's content. If you missed out, don’t worry! Check out some photos from the event.

Osteoarthritis Seminar

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Oaks of Weymouth residents had a fantastic and educational time at the Osteoarthritis Seminar on Tuesday, March 5. Stay tuned for when we'll be hosting other helpful seminars like this one in the future!

Travel

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Best Ways to Experience Alaska

Alaska is one of the nation’s most scenic states with plenty to do and see. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to see the area while still having time to relax. Check out these tips on how to get the most out of your getaway in this travel hotspot.

Trash Collection
 

Trash

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

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Trash Collection
 

Trash
  • Trash Pick-Up - Wednesdays
  • Recyclables Pick-Up - Every Other Thursday: April 11 and April 25, May 9 and May 23
  • Appliance Pick-Up - Wednesday with trash. You MUST call EarthTech to schedule in advance (609) 390-2127. $50 fee paid by the resident
  • Electronics Pick-Up - second Tuesday of the month - April 9 and May 14. Call Weymouth Twp. with questions (609) 476-2102.
  • Bulk Pick-Up - fourth Wednesday of the month: April 24 and May 22. Bulk items do not include electronics or appliances.
  • Yard Waste Pick-Up - Wednesdays with trash

*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

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.

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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Motown's Continuing History

Motown has turned out hit-makers time after time but it’s important to look back on the history of the music giant. Motown Records was the first black-owned record company but eventually turned into much more. Motown became a movement synonymous with the soul and R&B music that’s still topping the charts today.

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

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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. 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
 

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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.

 

Safe Spring for All
 

Dog

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, everyone is ready to explore the outdoors with their favorite pup by their side. However, spring brings a few hidden dangers for your pet. Keep your four-legged family members safe with these helpful tips!

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Safe Spring for All

Dog

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, everyone is ready to explore the outdoors with their favorite pup by their side. However, spring brings a few hidden dangers for your pet. Keep your four-legged family members safe with these helpful tips!

  • 1. Stay aware of nearby wildlife. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy being active in nature with your pups. However, this also brings us closer to wildlife that may attack an unleashed dog if they perceive them as a threat. Depending on your area, wildlife may range from bears to coyotes to foxes. Brushing up on your local wildlife and knowing where they are puts you one step ahead.
  • 2. Keep your garden secure. Many of the beautiful plants that are blooming in our gardens this season are toxic to pets. Lilies, daffodils, narcissus, and hyacinths can cause upset stomachs, tremors, mood changes, or even death when consumed by pets. Plus, when ingested, lawn and garden products like pesticides are also harmful to animals. Knowing which plants and products to avoid means you can rest easy.
  • 3. Pay attention to windows. It’s not just people who are looking to get outside this season. The warmer weather catches the attention of dogs as well. It’s common for dogs to get excited and run or fall out of an open window during the spring. The simplest fix is to keep windows closed or install a secured screen.

Spring hazards don’t mean you need to keep your pet indoors all season. Now that you know the most common dangers for pets and how you can easily avoid them, you’re better prepared to enjoy the season together. If you want more information, check out more tips here.

Confusing Tech Be Gone

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If your new tech gadget confuses you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn how to operate your device. Asking a friend or family member is an option, but there are other ways to learn even when they’re not available. Keep reading for more!

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Confusing Tech Be Gone

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If your new tech gadget confuses you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn how to operate your device. Asking a friend or family member is an option, but there are other ways to learn even when they’re not available.

  • 1. Use the web! This first method is surprisingly simple. If you have a technology question, chances are someone else has had the same one. In this day and age, you can find an online tutorial for almost anything. Simply search for your question on a website like Google, and find answers or visual representations of how to fix the issue in a video.
  • 2. Call or message a tech support company or operator if the web is part of the issue. Senior Tech Services offers computer training and other information, but if you have a more localized question, check out any of these other highly rated tech support companies. With their help, you’re only a phone call away from using your gadget like a pro!
  • 3. Books and courses are another great way to learn. Depending on the specific gadget or issue you have, you may be able to find the answer at your local bookstore on it. Plus, as integrated as technology is in our daily lives, there are plenty of courses online and in person covering a wide variety of solutions.

With these tips and tricks to master your device, you’ll be the tech wizard all your friends and family turn to for support in the future. Want to know more? Find extra info here!

Tidying Up Your Life

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Netflix’s new breakout show, “Tidying up With Marie Kondo,” is inspiring people everywhere to organize their items and lives. From new folding styles to donating items that don’t spark joy, Marie Kondo has tidying down to a science. Read on for some of her best tips.

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Tidying Up Your Life

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In her new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” Marie shows multiple families how to organize their lives and homes to live more stress-free. The show became an unexpected breakout hit after viewers became obsessed with the calming nature of the show and began using her tips to organize their own lives.

If you’re looking to reap the benefits of her show without the lights and cameras, now you can! We’ve compiled a few of her best tips to help get your life in order. Many have claimed these tricks have changed their lives, maybe they will do the same for you!

  • 1. Make an exit plan for your stuff. Before you begin decluttering, plan where they will go. Will you donate items to Goodwill, a women’s shelter, or another local shelter? Give your preferred locations a call to see what they need or will accept.
  • 2. Plan to decide on every item. Clutter doesn’t only mean messy, you can have a perfectly organized drawer of unnecessary items. Set aside time for each object to decide if it sparks joy or if it’s time to let it go.
  • 3. Enjoy the tidying time. Make the time you spend organizing fun. Play some music while you work, or turn it into a game where you get points as you complete tasks. If you want to use this time to relax, try listening to an audiobook as you declutter.
  • 4. Tidy in order. Marie’s method follows a specific pattern to give you the best chance at success. Start with clothes, then books, documents, miscellaneous items, and finally mementos. This order helps make the entire process more efficient and effective.
  • 5. If your new organizational strategy isn’t working, change it. There’s nothing wrong with switching styles. It takes time to find what works best for you. Tidying is all about making your life smoother, so find the techniques and styles that bring you joy.

Did you know Marie Kondo isn’t a new icon? In fact, she has acted as an organizational consultant for years, even releasing her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”

If you would like more hints and hacks for organizing your home, find them 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.