A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

August - September 2017

Edition No. 11

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy

We did not live up to “April showers bring May flowers,” but June rains have certainly replenished our ponds! As of August 1, the Modified Phase III Water Shortage Restrictions from The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) are scheduled to end.

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Manager's Corner

Tammy

We did not live up to “April showers bring May flowers,” but June rains have certainly replenished our ponds! As of August 1, the Modified Phase III Water Shortage Restrictions from The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) are scheduled to end.

The Hometown America Sales Office is up and running. If you plan on listing your home or know someone looking to purchase, give them a call at (863) 402-2485.

Our Northern friends will be returning soon and temperatures will begin to cool off. We look forward to both!

Sincerely,

Tammy

We're Closed
 

We're closed

The Business and Activities Office will be closed Monday, September 4, in honor of Labor Day. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Fresh & Flavorful Meals

Delight in fresh and healthy food all summer long. Visit the Food Network for a variety of light and flavorful recipes. You’ll learn how to prepare delicious dishes such as honey-glazed chicken, broccoli salad, peach cobbler, and more. Plus, these recipes are easy to prepare, and are sure to entertain any sized crowd!

Upcoming Events
 

Calendar

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

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

Friday, August 11
Ice Cream Social
Clubhouse, 2 p.m.

Saturday, August 12
Meet Your New Sales Team
Sales Office, 11 a.m.

Monday, August 14
Bunco
Main Hall, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23
Suds and Buds Party
Pool Veranda, 2 p.m.

Monday, August 28
Bunco
Main Hall, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 6
Movie Day
Clubhouse, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20
End of Summer Bash
Clubhouse, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27
Let’s Talk Tanglewood
Clubhouse, 2 p.m.

Sales Office Now Open

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Please join us Saturday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the newly renovated Sales Office for a meet and greet with your new Sales Team! Light refreshments will be served and we look forward to seeing you!

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Sales Office Now Open

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If you're looking to sell your home here at Tanglewood or have a friend interested in moving in, we can help. Our new Sales Office is now open! Make sure to stop by and meet our new team. We are committed to providing the best in professional sales services to ensure your home sells quickly and for the most money. We understand what it takes to build value in the lifestyle as well as the home.

Our commitment and objective of the Sales Team will be to stabilize home pricing and aggressively move to re-establish home values. We represent one of the finest 55+ communities in Florida and you deserve a Sales Team that puts your home investment first!

We look forward to putting Hometown America’s sales experience, track record, and ability to market homes for top dollar to work for you!

Please join us Saturday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the newly renovated Sales Office for a meet and greet with your new Sales Team! Light refreshments will be served and we look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,
The New Tanglewood Sales Team.

Home Values - Losing Out?

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Don’t miss out on getting the right price for your home. Over the last 12 months, listing and selling through Hometown America averaged a 213% HIGHER value than selling through others. Learn more about how to list with Hometown America!

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Home Values - Losing Out?

Home value

How can Hometown America achieve such better sales than others?

These value differences are staggering and remarkable. They clearly show that some homes at Tanglewood are not selling for what they are worth. Hometown America has a vested interest in getting the most for the sale of your home because high home values protect the long-term financial stability of everyone. The need to carefully evaluate home values, the market and sell with influence is a requirement in order to keep everyone’s best interests a reality. Outside resale companies do not share these same interests and are often only focused on making income commissions.

WHY list your home with Hometown America?

  • Selling professionals—The Tanglewood sales team strives to know and understand home values. We will not undervalue the sales price of your home. This is our commitment and promise to you!
  • A selling team that’s open 7 days a week, perform regular Open Houses and has a Sales Office perfectly located to capture customers.
  • Professional looking website combined with “Live Chat” and an Internet Sales team to ensure that ALL home inquiries are responded to quickly.
  • Hometown has the LOWEST listing fees—keep more money in your pocket!

Your Health

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Stay Sharp

Studies show that lifestyle behaviors directly affect brain health. AARP has identified five key factors for brain health through its Staying Sharp initiative: Move, Discover, Relax, Nourish, and Connect. You can improve both your brain health and quality of life by dedicating time every day to these initiatives.

Capital Improvements

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Check out the list of recent improvements we have made to Tanglewood and some of our upcoming projects.

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Capital Improvements

Tools

Check out the list of recent improvements we have made to Tanglewood and some of our upcoming projects.

Finished Projects -

  • Drainage Pipe and inlet installation - Complete.
  • Clubhouse drain repair - Complete.
  • Emergency Storm Box Grate Repair, Indian Summer Trail – Complete.
  • Cart for housekeeping - Complete.
  • Two mowers - Complete.
  • Recover and rubber billiard tables - Complete.

Upcoming -

  • Resurface pool - On schedule, to be complete by 9/30/17.
  • New salt chlorinator - On schedule, to be complete by 8/11/17.
  • Clubhouse bathrooms - New countertops, sinks & mirrors installed, to be complete prior to 9/30/17.
  • Four bingo TVs - New 65” TV’s to be installed in the Clubhouse, to be complete prior to 9/30/17.
  • Clubhouse landscape - In process, to be complete prior to 6/30/17.
  • Flooring - New flooring to be installed in the Business office, Activities Director Office and Clubhouse bathrooms, to be complete prior to 9/30/17.
  • Stain Concrete at clubhouse - Obtaining bids.
  • Painting woodcraft building and office - In process, to be compete prior to 7/31/17.
  • Dog wash station - Obtaining bids.
  • Pickleball sound study - Obtaining bids.
  • Remove putting greens and chipping boxes - On HOLD.
  • Drainage assessment - On schedule, to be complete prior to 7/31/17.
  • Roads - Overlay balance of Bayside, cut out and fill all potholes throughout the Community, to be complete prior to 9/30/17.
  • Concrete Repairs throughout Community - To be complete prior to 9/30/17.

Bunco Is Here!
 

bunco

Join us for Bunco on August 14 and 28 in the Main Hall. Cost is $5 to play, which is paid back in prize money. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 6:30. If you do not know how to play, we will teach you. Everyone is invited!

Suds & Buds Party
 

Donations

We would like to invite all neighbors (especially those new to the community) and friends to come out to our Suds and Buds mixer. Hometown America will provide beer, wine, soda, and entertainment. Join us on Wednesday, August 23, from 2-4 p.m. in the Pool Veranda to get to know your fellow community members!

Home & Garden

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Time to Tidy Up

Never got around to Spring cleaning? Don’t fret. Set aside some time this summer to give your home a clean sweep. HGTV has assembled quick and affordable solutions to declutter your home. Learn what to keep and what to toss, as well as how to organize your belongings.

Rainy Day Sevens Party

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The thunderstorms undoubtedly held down attendance at the Diversions Committee’s Sevens Party, but the 34 or so people who came had a wonderful time. Click to see photos!

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Rainy Day Sevens Party

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The thunderstorms undoubtedly held down attendance at the Diversions Committee’s Sevens Party, but the 34 or so people who came had a wonderful time.

Sevens is a game that involves dice, cards, and poker chips. It’s played for very low stakes and the players all made their $5 investment last over 2 hours. Some even made a profit! Since several of the players asked when we’d have another afternoon of Sevens, Diversions will be getting another date set soon. Hopefully the weather will be better then.

Thanks to Mitzi Case for organizing this game.

Fall Gardening Checklist

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As summer winds down, it’s time to prep your garden for cooler weather. From prepping your lawn to planting veggies, we have tips to keep your garden healthy and happy as we shift gears into a new season.

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Fall Gardening Checklist

Garden tools

As summer winds down, it’s time to prep your garden for cooler weather. Learn how to keep your garden healthy and happy as we shift gears into a new season.

The first step is preparing your lawn for the changing weather. For those of you in cooler climates, give your grass a healthy dose of high-potassium fertilizer. This will help your lawn persevere through those chilly nights. Lawns in warmer climates should receive a preventive herbicide to minimize weeds that can fester during the fall.

The next step is giving your garden a fresh start for fall. Make sure to pull all old plants, and add them to your compost pile. Then, replenish your soil by combining this compost with organic fertilizer.

Most importantly, it’s time to plant fruits and veggies that thrive in cooler conditions. Try planting turnips, mustard greens, lettuces, collards, or kale. Not only will these veggies flourish in the fall, they can serve as star ingredients for a variety of meals. Other veggie options include carrots, beets, and broccoli!

Keep these tips in mind to make sure you don’t fall behind on gardening. Check out the websites below for additional gardening guidelines:

The Pursuit of Happiness

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Even though eating right and exercising merits health benefits, what are you doing to make yourself a happier person? Increased levels of happiness help lower stress, and raise your “happy hormone” levels. Read more to get tips and tricks!

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Happy couple

Even though eating right and exercising merits health benefits, what are you doing to make yourself a happier person? Increased levels of happiness help lower stress, and raise your “happy hormone” levels, including dopamine and serotonin. Discover a happier you by following these tips.

Transform Your Thinking

Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Stop focusing on what you don’t like about yourself, or what you want to change. Instead, focus on your strengths and positive traits. Creating this shift in thought will help you view yourself and the world through a positive lens.

Turn Up the Tunes

Cook breakfast while listening to an upbeat music playlist instead of the morning news (singing and dancing is highly encouraged). This is a great way to kick-start your day in a positive mood. Continue to move to the beat of the music throughout the rest of your day. Whether it’s acoustic songs to increase your focus at work or upbeat jams to fuel your workout, music is an effective tool to enhance your mood.

Take a Brain Break

At times it can seem life is like a never ending to-do list. It’s important to pause during your day-to-day routine to decrease stress and increase creativity. How? All you need to do is pencil in a 5-10 minute daydream break. Utilize this time to brainstorm a crazy idea, envision a dream vacation, or empty and relax your mind.

Treat Yourself to Some Shut-Eye

Not only does a good night’s sleep benefit your health, it can also boost your happiness. Sleep’s restorative powers can improve both your mental and emotional state – so make sure to catch enough z’s. Adults are recommended to get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

Achieving improved levels of happiness is easier than you think! Visit this website for additional information.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Press Play

The Summer slump is almost behind us, with Fall bringing a new prime time schedule. This means it’s time to program your DVR for both new shows and returning favorites. So sit back, relax, and check out this guide for TV shows airing this Fall.

Ice Cream Social
 

Ice Cream

Hometown America will be serving ice cream and all of your favorite toppings during our Ice Cream Social for Tanglewood residents and guests on Friday, August 11 at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Join us for a scoop!

Worry-Free Philosophy

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Live the laidback lifestyle you deserve! All of our residents enjoy community management and great on-site amenities. Plus, new home buyers receive exclusive home warranties. Head to our Facebook page and let us know why you chose to buy at Tanglewood for your worry-free lifestyle!

Welcome Summer Party

Pool party

We had a blast as we welcomed summer with our first pool party of the season. Both Upper and Lower verandas were full of drinks, dancing, and good times.

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Welcome Summer Party

Pool party

We had a blast as we welcomed summer with our first pool party of the season. With Reggie and Terrell keeping those glasses filled and Mr. Rick Arnold playing those wonderful tunes, how could we not?

Both the Upper and Lower Verandas were full and we had to grab more chairs as people kept coming in. As usual, the dance floor stayed busy the entire time. Thanks to those who came out. For those who were not able to make it, we hope to see you next time!

Travel

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Fall Destinations

Break out of your routine and visit these top destinations for Autumn. Take advantage of cheaper flights across the pond to France or Germany. Alternatively, you can take a trip to explore our national history. Cities such as Charleston, South Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts offer a range of historic sites, all with a picturesque fall backdrop.

Beautification Recognition

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The Beautification Recognition for June 2017 goes to the home of Karen Carlson at 1528 Tanglewood Circle.

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Beautification Recognition

Yard

The Beautification Recognition for June 2017 goes to the home of Karen Carlson at 1528 Tanglewood Circle. All of our residents appreciate Karen’s beautiful yard and home. The judging includes a well-maintained yard, clean exterior of the home, as well as groomed plants and shrubs.

Each month we will recognize a home with a beautiful landscape. The award sign will be in the yard for one month. A resident committee chooses a yard each month and bases their decision on the condition of the yard in accordance with Tanglewood’s high standards.

Let's Talk Tanglewood

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Please join us for the next installment of “Let’s Talk Tanglewood” on September 27, in the Clubhouse. This is a new meeting that is held for all Tanglewood residents. We would like for as many people as possible to attend.

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Let's Talk Tanglewood

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Please join us for the next installment of “Let’s Talk Tanglewood” on September 27, in the Clubhouse. This is a new meeting that is held for all Tanglewood residents. We would like for as many people as possible to attend.

The meetings will be held quarterly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse, and will consist of the following panel of employees: Tammy Martin, Community Manager; Gary JnPierre, Assistant Manager; Billie Pimentel-Lopez, Recreation Director; Isaac Fernandez, Maintenance Superintendent; and Heather Dean, Office Manager.

Our goal will be to increase communication between residents and management. Many residents have approached us and asked the same question: “How do I, or my club/committee request …?” This will be one phase of the meeting, as well as general communication of upcoming projects.

We will also like for your voice to be heard pertaining to the community itself. If you see something you like (or don’t like), we’d like to hear about it. Maybe you have an idea for a project within the community? If we meet and discuss ideas together we can make more progress! We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas.

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to hear about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

 

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SaveHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

E-Z Pay
 

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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.