A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

April - May 2018

Edition No. 15

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Melissa's Corner
 

Melissa

There are so many wonderful announcements for our community, we are thrilled to start the spring season right. Read on for more details about the new Clubhouse doors and access system, upcoming Yard of the Month awards, and an exciting new event coming this summer.

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Melissa's Corner

Melissa

Hello residents,

There are so many wonderful changes and announcements for our community, we are thrilled to start the spring season right.

Clubhouse Key Fobs

By now, most of you are aware of the new Clubhouse doors and access system, with each resident assigned their own key fob for Clubhouse entry. If you do not have yours yet, please stop by the Management Office during business hours. You will not have access to the Clubhouse after office hours without your key fob. A few key fob details to remember:

  • If your key fob is lost or stolen, please notify the Management Office immediately. We’re happy to replace it, but the cost is $25.
  • If you move out of the community, you must return all key fobs to the Management Office prior to leaving, or a $25 fee per key fob will be charged to your account.
  • If you would like to opt out of Clubhouse access, please notify the Management Office in writing.

Yard of the Month

Each spring and summer, from May through September, we award Yard of the Month to one resident every month. This honor recognizes their hard work and 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. Please keep in mind that 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.

Food Truck Fridays

We are trying out a new event for the 2018 summer season called Food Truck Fridays. This will run every other Friday in the Clubhouse parking lot June through August. We have a food truck booked for each date. Check out the flyer on the management bulletin board and in this newsletter.

We’re looking forward to a fun-filled season!
In Community,

Melissa Tuso – Community Manager

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

Spring is as busy as ever. From movie matinees to game nights, we’ve always got something going on at the Oaks. Check out our upcoming community events.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Check out the upcoming events at Oaks of Weymouth.

Movie Matinee Monday
Monday, April 9
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Game Night
Wednesday, April 11
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Movie Matinee Monday
Monday, April 23
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Coffee Hour
Friday, April 27
Clubhouse, 10 a.m.

Bingo
Sunday, April 29
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Movie Matinee Monday
Monday, May 7
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Game Night
Wednesday, May 9
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Bingo
Sunday, May 20
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Movie Matinee Monday
Monday, May 21
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Coffee Hour
Friday, May 25
Clubhouse, 10 a.m.

*Snacks will be served at each Movie Matinee Monday. Please submit movie suggestions to the office.

*Game Night is the second Wednesday of each 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 having fun.

Food

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A Single Serving

Whether you and your partner have different diets, or you find yourself needing smaller portions, cooking for one can pose a challenge. However, there’s something incredibly satisfying about cooking what you want, how you want it. Fear not! This article on solo cooking tips can help make cooking for one easier than ever.

Income Planning Seminars

Seniors

The Social Security and Retirement Income Seminar will be presented by Kevin Rutledge, a Wiser Financial Advisor. This income planning seminar teaches methods towards financial security for those nearing age eligibility for Social Security benefits and for those already retired. Plan to attend in the Clubhouse on Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. See their flyer for more info.

Memorial Day Ceremony

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The Honor Guard of Veterans, consisting of members from Oaks of Weymouth, will pay tribute our country’s armed forces on Memorial Day, May 28. There will be a flag presentation, words to honor our fallen soldiers, an honor rifle salute, and the playing of T.A.P.S. Please join us at 2:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse to pay homage to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Pool Opening
 

Pool

The Oaks of Weymouth swimming pool is scheduled to open for the season on Monday, May 21. Read more for pool hours and guidelines.

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Pool Opening

Pool

The Oaks of Weymouth swimming pool is scheduled to open for the season on Monday, May 21.

Pool Hours:

  • Adults: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
  • Children 16 and below: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

Please remember the following:

  • All residents must sign in and complete all information on the sign-in sheet upon entering the pool area.
  • Residents are permitted four guests per visit.
  • All guests must be signed in by a resident.
  • A resident must accompany guests to the pool and remain with them at all times.
  • Everyone must adhere to pool hours of operation.
  • No children under the age of 16 are permitted on Mondays.

*Pool rules are also available at the pool entrance, as well as the Management Office.

Your Health

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Creating a Healthy Nighttime Routine

While bedtime routines are often associated with children, an adult’s evening routine is equally as important for creating a calm, sleep-inducing environment. Taking 30-60 minutes to end your day and ease your mind is critical for good sleep hygiene. Here are some suggestions for developing your own bedtime routine, providing tips for falling asleep and recommendations of habits to avoid.

Refer Your Friends

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Need some extra cash? Hometown America and Oaks of Weymouth offer a reward to residents who assist in the sale of a home at Oaks of Weymouth. Invite your friends to join our community, and if they purchase a new home, you will receive up to $1,000! Read more for details.

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Refer Your Friends

Refer

Need some extra cash? Hometown America and Oaks of Weymouth offer a reward to residents who assist in the sale of a home at Oaks of Weymouth. Invite your friends to join our community, and if they purchase a new home, you will receive a cash incentive of up to $1,000.

Yes, it’s that easy! All you have to do is refer the potential buyer and the real estate broker will take it from there. Help turn a friend into a neighbor by introducing them to the Oaks of Weymouth lifestyle.

Introduce us to your referral or provide their contact information to our sales associate, Sheneva, by phone at (609) 837-2406 or by email at SPaz@HometownAmerica.net.

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

Feed Your Brain
 

Brain

Ready for some mental stimulation? Join us for “Feed Your Brain,” a unique group class featuring craft presentations and lively discussions led by our community residents. Read more for details.

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Feed Your Brain

Brain

Ready for some mental stimulation? Join us for “Feed Your Brain,” a unique group class featuring craft presentations and lively discussions led by our community residents.

This group meets every other Thursday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Community Center. There is a fee for each class unless stated otherwise. Below are the topics of each Feed Your Brain meeting in April and May.

  • April 5 – Tea Party
  • April 19 – Pinecone Baskets: Bring a basket, ribbons/decorations of your choice, and enough pinecones to cover your basket. Bring a glue gun if you have one, but we will have extra.
  • May 3 – Painted Sweatshirts
  • May 17 – Aromatherapy for Beginners *Free Class!
  • May 31 – “Paint a Masterpiece” Event

Contact Karin Madradjieff at (609) 625-0828 or Lin DeLape at (609) 425-8933 for class and fee information, or to share your ideas.

Parking Rules
 

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We have noticed an increasing number of vehicles parked in the streets and non-parking areas in the community. While convenient, vehicles parked in the street make it very difficult for emergency vehicles to navigate. Please read on for details and forthcoming action against parking violations.

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Parking Rules

Parking sign

We have noticed an increasing number of vehicles parked in the streets and in non-parking areas within the community. While it may seem convenient, vehicles parked in the street make it very difficult for emergency vehicles to navigate.

It’s also an inconvenience to other residents by restricting the two-way traffic flow. As a result, cars are now parked halfway up the sidewalk in an attempt to maintain two-way traffic flow. In this situation, the street is still partially blocked, and the sidewalk is also blocked.

Please remember that our streets are considered fire lanes, and parking in the street and on the sidewalk is prohibited. It’s also a violation of your lease to park in any non-parking area in the community, such as an empty homesite or on the lawn.

The safety of our residents, comfort of our community members, and care of our grounds are very important to us. We will begin putting Parking Violation Notices on all vehicles parked in the streets and in non-parking areas, including those partially on the sidewalk, in hopes of ending this issue. Unfortunately, if parking violations continue despite these notices, we will be forced to tow all illegally parked vehicles at the vehicle owner’s expense.

We thank you all in advance for helping us with this issue and maintaining the beautiful community we all know and love.

Home & Garden

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

No, we’re not talking about Mary’s flower garden. Quite contrary, have you considered growing vegetables? Growing your own veggies might be easier than you think. Timing is important, and this article will determine easy-to-grow plants and when to harvest them. Most varieties can be potted, or strategically placed around your landscaping for easy maintenance.

We're Closed
 

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The Management Office will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Never Stop Learning

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Gaining more knowledge gives you the opportunity to expand your mind and become a well-rounded individual. Make it a goal to keep your mind sharp and learn something new this year. Here are a few ideas.

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Never Stop Learning

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A wise Chinese Proverb confirms, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Gaining more knowledge gives you the opportunity to expand your mind and become a well-rounded individual.

It’s easier thank you think to spend your spare time learning something new. Make it a goal to keep your mind sharp and learn something new this year. Here are a few ideas:

  • Photography - Pictures are important for keeping memories for years to come. Photography is an exciting activity with the potential to help a person grow artistically and expand their imagination. Take a class to understand camera functions and tips for different settings. Hone your craft and become an amateur photographer in no time.
  • Language - You never know when speaking a second language will come in handy. Expanding your linguistic knowledge has multiple benefits, from improving brain function to sharpening problem-solving skills. Plus, you can enjoy the glory of bragging in your second language to new friends or during travels.
  • Baking - Knowing how to bake decadent goods takes practice, but the benefits pay off. Practice your baking skills by following online recipes and watching videos. As a bonus to fine-tuning this craft, you will always have something good to eat and delicious treats to share with others.
  • Yoga - Yoga is the mixture of exercise, breathing control, and meditation that includes both physical and mental health benefits. This popular form of exercise can be done by individuals of any age or physical ability. Take up beginner level classes or follow video-based Yoga at home. Either way, your mind and your body will thank you.

Want to discover more hobbies you can learn or skills you can develop? Check out these links:

Learn Something New

45 Things Everyone Should Learn

HTA Spotlight: Ageless Home

HTA spotlight

A growing trend amongst homeowners is renovating their houses to make them “ageless.” But this is an issue our residents don’t have to worry about. Read on to learn more.

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HTA Spotlight: Ageless Home

HTA spotlight

A growing trend amongst homeowners is renovating their houses to make them “ageless.” Realizing the narrow hallways and small doorways of the past won’t work if they want to spend retirement years in the same house, many people are spending thousands of dollars to fix their inflexible homes. But this is an issue our residents don’t have to worry about.

From early retirement to the golden years, Hometown America homes are ageless as a standard. No need for costly renovations!

Our homes are built with you in mind. With wider door frames and hallways, it’s easy to glide through the house with ease. Well-planned bathrooms are created with walk-in showers for easy access, and the open-concept floor plans provide a spacious layout to prevent clutter. These homes are perfect for those who need the time and space to cook, clean, and live day-to-day comfortably in their home.

Whether you’re thinking of making the move to an HTA community or you’re a 10-year resident, you’re sure to love the custom, ageless homes built just for you.

If you’re not already a resident, click here to see available homes and get ready to live worry free.

Travel

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Springtime Travels: Top 10 Best Vacations

Don’t wait until summer to travel. Avoid crowds, enjoy pleasant temperatures, and take advantage of affordable lodging and airfare rates by exploring the world’s top destinations in the spring. U.S. News assembled a list of the top escapes for this season. Explore these suggestions and tell your fellow residents on our Facebook page which ones you recommend.

Spring Time Cleaning

Spring time cleaning

Spring is here with warmer weather, lovely showers, and blooming flowers. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning! Here are some easy to follow tips and tricks to jump-start your seasonal cleanse.

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Spring Time Cleaning

Spring time cleaning

Spring is here with warmer weather, lovely showers, and blooming flowers. This also means it’s time for spring cleaning! Your routine probably hasn’t changed much over the years. While there is something to say about sticking to your methods, trying something new can be beneficial. Test out these tips and tricks to make your home as clean as can be for spring:

1. Make a list. When it comes to spring cleaning, you might feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Make a list of tasks to prioritize what needs to be done first and reduce unnecessary stress. It will also help you plan what can be done in a day versus over a few days.

2. Clean the little things. You probably don’t think about cleaning things like your door handles, walls, or cabinets very often. It is important to clean these small things regularly in order to get rid of germs and bacteria. Also try cleaning your ceiling fan. You’ll be amazed how fresh the air is after, and how dusty it was before!

3. Be smart with windows and blinds. Don’t get lost in the fuss of it. First, clean your windows with coffee filters or newspapers to reduce streaks. Second, clean the blinds by wrapping two cloths around a pair of tongs to get both sides of the blinds at once.

4. Organize your closets and cabinets. Give your closets a fresh look. Pull everything out and start organizing from scratch. Even though it may feel like everything is in the right place, this process will make it easier to rethink what’s in your closet and find items to start your donation pile.

For other useful tips check out these articles:

Best Cleaning Tips from Good Housekeeping

Spring Cleaning Tips for Older Adults

30 Days of Spring Cleaning

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.

Entertainment & Leisure

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New to Netflix?

Several streaming services allow you to watch movies and television shows on demand. As with all technology, it can be confusing to navigate the site, set it up on your various devices, or decide the right plan for your needs. If you haven’t started an account yet, this site helps to answer all the questions you could have about Netflix. If you’ve recently set one up, this beginner’s guide will walk you through every step. Happy streaming!

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.