A 55+ Community in Mays Landing, New Jersey

December - January 2018

Edition No. 13

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Melissa's Corner
 

Melissa

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The best gift of all is to have you as our residents. We hope that you are able to enjoy this holiday season with friends, family, and those you love the most. Thank you for being valued neighbors in our community.

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Melissa's Corner

Melissa

Oaks of Weymouth Residents,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The best gift of all is to have you as our residents. We hope that you are able to enjoy this holiday season with friends, family, and those you love the most. Whether you have been with us for a while or just recently moved in, we would like to thank you for being valued neighbors in our community.

As we celebrate the new year, we wish everyone health, happiness, and prosperity. We look forward to another exciting year with you at the Oaks of Weymouth in 2018. Happy new year!

In Community,

Melissa Tuso – Community Manager

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Monday, December 4
Movie Matinee Monday
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5
Senior Safety Seminar
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13
Game Night
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Monday, December 18
Movie Matinee Monday
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Monday, December 18
Resident Coffee Hour
Clubhouse, 10 a.m.

Friday, December 29
Resident Coffee Hour
Clubhouse, 10 a.m.

Monday, January 8
Movie Matinee Monday
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10
Game Night
Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

Monday, January 22
Movie Matinee Monday
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Friday, January 26
Coffee Hour
Clubhouse, 10 a.m.

Sunday, January 28
Bingo
Clubhouse, 7 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 management office will be closed December 25, in observance of Christmas and January 1, in observance of the New Year.

Game Night
 

Game pieces

If you’re ready to play an assortment of card and board games, then join us every second Wednesday of the month for Game Night. Don’t know how to play? We’ll teach you! If you know a fun game and want to teach us how to play, we’re also happy to learn. The next two game nights will be on December 13 and January 10 at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Movie Matinee Monday

Popcorn

We have four Movie Matinee Mondays coming up over the next couple months. Mark your calendars now so you can join us December 18 and January 8 and 22 in the Clubhouse at 1 p.m. Remember, snacks will be served. If you have a movie suggestion, submit ideas to the office.

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

November Potluck
 

November putlock

Thanks to everyone who participated in our November Potluck. We had a wonderful time, which you can see for yourself in the photo slideshow below. Congratulations to our winners: Marie Russo, Florence Fagan, and Peggy Milano!

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November Potluck

November potluck

Thanks to everyone who participated in our November Potluck. We had a wonderful time, which you can see for yourself in the photo slideshow below. Congratulations to our winners:

  • 1st Place: Marie Russo – Chili
  • 2nd Place: Florence Fagan – Lasagna
  • 3rd Place: Peggy Milano – Chocolate Pie

Halloween Pet Parade

Dog in pumpkin

Our Third Annual Halloween Pet Parade was a howling success. We have the winners for all five categories. Thanks to all who participated! Warning: clicking below leads to adorable pet pictures. Prepare for cuteness overload.

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Halloween Pet Parade

Dog in pumpkin

Our Third Annual Halloween Pet Parade was a howling success. We have the winners for all five categories. Thanks to all who participated!

The winners are:

  • Cutest: Tootsie, owner Peg Glaze
  • Scariest: Nevins, owner Rose Robinson
  • Best Homemade: Molly, owner Jamie Hermann
  • Funniest: Rocky, owner Steve Zoldi
  • Best Overall: Tootsie, owner Peg Glaze
 
 

Trash Collection
 

Trash cans

Stay current with the latest trash schedule to help keep Oaks of Weymouth in pristine condition.

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Trash Collection

Trash cans

Stay current with the latest trash schedule to help keep Oaks of Weymouth in pristine condition. Trash and recyclables may ONLY be put out at the curb after 4 p.m. the day before it is collected. Monthly trash collection schedules are available at the management office as well as listed below.

  • Trash Pick-Up – Wednesdays
  • Recyclables Pick-Up – Every Other Thursday: December 7 and December 21, January 4 and January 18
  • Appliance Pick-Up – Wednesday with trash - MUST call EarthTech to schedule in advance (609) 390-2127—$50 Fee paid by the resident
  • Electronics Pick-Up – Second Tuesday of the month - Call Weymouth Township with questions (609) 476-2102: December 12 and January 9
  • Bulk Pick-Up – Fourth Wednesday of the month (Bulk items do not include electronics or appliances)
  • Yard Waste – Yard Waste will be picked up Wednesdays with trash

Trash and recyclables may ONLY be put out at the curb after 4 p.m. the day before it is collected. Monthly trash collection schedules are available at the management office.

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.

Toys for Tots
 

Toys

The Oaks of Weymouth will be participating with Toys for Tots this holiday season. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys now through December 10 at the Clubhouse. The box is located in the lobby area outside the Management Office.

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Toys for Tots

Toys

The Oaks of Weymouth will be participating with Toys for Tots this holiday season. Oaks residents, Bob and Marie Moran, suggested that the Clubhouse would be a great spot for toy drop-off and asked if they could supply the box for our location. We wholeheartedly agreed!

You can drop off new unwrapped toys now through December 10 at the Clubhouse. The box is located in the lobby area outside the Management Office.

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. Let’s fill the box!

ACUA Annual Food Drive

Annual food drive

If you have the means to donate to others this holiday season, we ask you to help with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority annual food drive, supporting the Southern Branch Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Donations will be accepted from December 4-15. Click to learn more.

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ACUA Annual Food Drive

Annual food drive

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority annual food drive to support the Southern Branch Community Food Bank of New Jersey will be held December 4-15. To participate, place clearly marked bags of non-perishable food, baby items, and personal hygiene products next to your recycling bin on your regular collection day before 7 a.m.

Please don’t leave anything frozen, perishable, or packed in glass bottles or containers.

The 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.

Click here to find more information.

Lawn Lamps
 

Lawn lamps

It is important for resident safety that your front lamppost is in working order! If your light does not work, please replace the light bulb and check the circuit breaker. If that doesn’t work, the problem is most likely the sensor. Contact the Office at (609) 625-6257 if this is the case and we will replace the sensor for you.

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!

Holiday Tree Pick Up

Christmas tree

Residents can take advantage of our complimentary holiday recycling services after taking their tree down. Holiday trees will be picked up curbside on Thursday, January 11 only. Trees may not be left out at the curb until the day before pick-up.

Scarves for the Homeless

Scarves

Calling all knitters! Join our efforts to provide scarves and other goods for the homeless, veterans, and underprivileged infants. Click to learn more.

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Scarves for the Homeless

Scarves

Calling all knitters! Many Oaks of Weymouth residents, in conjunction with Bethlehem Lutheran Church, are knitting scarves for the homeless, as well as throws for veterans, and baby blankets for underprivileged infants. Some yarn has been donated for the project and can be picked up during Crafts on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse or by calling Sylvia Mahana at (609) 476-4270.

If you don’t knit, but still want to help, please consider donating yarn.

For more information, please contact Sylvia. This runs all year long, not just in the winter.

Food Pantries
 

Potluck

There are several local food pantries open to the Oaks of Weymouth community. You can use these pantries or make donations to help keep them running.

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Food Pantries

Potluck

There are several local food pantries open to the Oaks of Weymouth community. You can use these pantries or make donations to help keep them running.

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 Thursday from 9-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m., and 6-8 p.m. each week. Contact (609) 625-2124 if you have any questions.

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

The Salvation Army, located at 1309 Route 50 in Mays Landing, hours of food operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m. Any questions can be answered at (609) 625-1212.

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.

Get Invloved
 

Get involved

Take advantage of one of our many class offerings here at Oaks of Weymouth. Click below to view the upcoming schedule.

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Get Involved

get invloved

Take advantage of one of our many class offerings here at Oaks of Weymouth. See below for the upcoming schedule.

  • 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 – Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
  • Yoga – Fridays at 6:30 p.m. ($5)
  • WEMCO – First Wednesday of each month 1 p.m.
  • TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) – Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
  • Feed Your Brain – Every other Thursday from 2-4 p.m.

Support Our Troops

Support our troops

Help support our troops by donating goods and other items in the spirit of American patriotism. We have placed a donation box for our troops inside the Clubhouse entrance. Click to learn more.

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Support our Troops

Support our troops

Our troops are in need of many everyday items. Most needed items include toiletries, medical items (BandAids, adhesive pads, Neosporin, Tylenol/Aspirin/Ibuprofen), personal products for women, as well as snacks and drinks. We have placed a donation box for our troops inside the Clubhouse entrance. A list of most needed items is attached to the donation container.

We ask that you participate in this program in the spirit of American patriotism, and we thank you in advance for helping to ensure that our service members are not forgotten.

Couponing Tips for Beginners

Brain

Ready for some mental stimulation? Join us for “Feed Your Brain,” featuring exciting crafts and hobbies instructed by community residents. The group will meet every other Thursday from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Community Center.

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Couponing Tips for Beginners

Brain

Ready for some mental stimulation? Join us for “Feed Your Brain,” featuring exciting crafts and hobbies instructed by community residents. The group will meet every other Thursday from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Community Center. Types of classes vary widely, such as golf tips, cooking, scrapbooking, painting, aromatherapy, and much more!

Do you have ideas to share with your neighbors? Are you looking for more class information? Contact Karin Madradjieff at (609) 625-0828 or Lin DeLape at (609) 425-8933.

 

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Clock

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

Clock

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"

Stay Connected
 

Phone

If you’ve had a recent change in phone numbers or e-mail addresses, please take a moment and let us know. Stop by the office with the new information or call us at (609) 625-6257.

Refer Your Friends

Refer

Need some extra cash? Refer your friends to Oaks of Weymouth and get a reward of up to $1,000 when they buy a new home!

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Refer Your Friends

Refer

Did you know Hometown America and Oaks of Weymouth offer a referral reward to residents who assist in the sale of a new home at Oaks of Weymouth? Invite your friends to join the Oaks of Weymouth community, and if they purchase a new home, you will receive a cash incentive of up to $1,000. Yes, it’s that easy!

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.

*Please note: The 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.

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

Phone

In case of emergency, be sure to keep these numbers handy!

New Jersey State Police – Buena Barracks

Dispatch (609) 625-1104

Station (609) 561-7267

Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

Happy couple

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

Happy couple

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

Security

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
 

Come Socialize
 

Social Icons

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.