A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

October - November 2017

Edition No. 12

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Manager's Corner
 

Tammy

It has been a hot and rainy summer at Tanglewood this year. We look forward to cooler fall weather and the return of our Northern friends and family!

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Manager's Corner

Tammy

It has been a hot and rainy summer at Tanglewood this year. We started the summer with extremely low (and some completely dry) ponds and now they are the fullest we’ve seen in years! We are looking forward to the cooler fall weather and the return of our Northern friends and family!

I’m sure you’ll enjoy all the upgrades from our Capital Improvements that were completed over the summer. Please stop by and see our newly updated Tanglewood Sales Office and meet our new sales agents: Jay Etherton, Robin Etherton, and Tony Cocco.

I also continue to meet with residents after Monday Morning Coffee in the Community Room until 9:30 a.m. Stop by and say hi, or feel free to contact me via phone, email, or in person with an appointment. I look forward to speaking with you!

Sincerely,

Tammy

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, October 13
Oktoberfest
Clubhouse, 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, October 21
Tanglewood Live!
Clubhouse, Time TBD

Tuesday, October 24
New Card Game Introduction
Clubhouse, 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 2
Golf Cart Poker Run

Tuesday, November 7
Fire Ring in the Outback
Fire Ring 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, November 11
Craft And Hobby Fair
Clubhouse, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday, November 20
Thanksgiving Turkey Pickup
Clubhouse, after Monday Morning Coffee

Saturday, November 25
Light Up Tanglewood
Bash Area, 7-9 p.m.

Food

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Happiness is Homemade

Warm, home cooking is a perfect reminder that the seasons are changing. While they can be great to eat, fall meals can be tricky to prepare. Here are easy and hearty casserole recipes that will leave everyone at the table satisfied.

We're Closed
 

We're closed

The community office will be closed Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24 in honor of Thanksgiving. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Hurricane Update
 

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Hometown America thanks everyone who helped during the recent hurricane. Irma was one of the most massive hurricanes to come across the state. We feel blessed that Tanglewood did not suffer too much damage to resident homes.

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Hurricane Update

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Hometown America thanks everyone who helped during the recent hurricane. Irma was one of the most massive hurricanes to come across the state. In fact, she caused damage to every one of the 14 communities that we own in Florida.

Thank goodness Tanglewood did not suffer too much damage to resident homes, with mostly minor tree damage. While the power was off an extended amount of time, we are lucky to have generators at the clubhouse for those that wanted to cool off. We are also lucky to have the main clubhouse building designated as a hurricane shelter. While there were some who were upset that we locked the fitness building, it was for everyone’s safety because it is not a designated shelter and is not built to withstand the same winds. Safety is our first priority! Our shelter is set up similar to others around the state, with even users expected to bring their own medical supplies, food, and water.

Hometown America would like to thank Jan Carbaugh and friends for making coffee for the evacuees for several days! That was a nice treat. We’d also like to thank the pastors from the church at Tanglewood who contacted their previous churches in Georgia (Solid Rock and Pleasant Hill) and had them donate an enormous amount of food and water. It was greatly appreciated. Special thanks to the American Roofing that drove water down from Ohio for our residents. It is so nice when the residents come together for the good of the community and their neighbors! That is one of many reasons it’s so great to live in a community such as Tanglewood.

We would also like to recognize our staff. Tammy, Gary, and their teams stayed late on Friday and worked Saturday before the storm to ensure any loose items were removed or secured, and that everyone who wanted to shelter in the clubhouse was able to enter. Hometown America recognizes that you each have your own homes and families, and you did not leave to until your community was as prepared as possible. This Tanglewood staff has a big heart for the community, and we appreciate that and all you do.

- Gena Paugh

Florida Regional Manager,

Hometown America

Resources Matter - Get the Facts!
 

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Friendly reminder to all of our residents: community-related information is most accurate when it comes from an HTA source – the office, online newsletter, or official Facebook page. So, let’s dispel some of the stories in the rumor mill and be sure to call us if you have any questions.

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Resources Matter - Get the Facts!

Woman on computer

Friendly reminder to all of our residents: community-related information is most accurate when it comes from an HTA source – the office, online newsletter, or official Facebook page. If does not come from Hometown America, we can’t ensure accuracy.

Why bring this up? We’ve recently found several posts with false information and we don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea. So, let’s clear some of them up.

  • Rumor: We have a sister community in North Ft. Myers that did not raise rent for 5 years due to no social security increase.
    False – This social media post was a false rumor. There was a time during the recession that some market rates were frozen at a few communities. If residents were already at market, then they did not increase, but all other “in-place” rents received an increase per their lease. But in the case of this rumor, it’s not true.
  • Rumor: When folks contacted the newspaper, the streets got fixed.
    False – Hometown America obtained bids and was working with an asphalt consulting company weeks before the article was printed. Then rain and turbulent weather has caused an increase in the rate of severity of the road failures, so we had to speed things up.
  • Rumor: Sinkholes are swallowing up the community.
    False – The newspaper got it wrong. The road erosions are not sinkholes, and we are fixing them immediately. The general issue causing the road failures is compromised drainage basins which are allowing water to flow from the catch basins directly into the road base. This compromises the integrity of the road base causing potholes and other road issues. We have scheduled complete repairs of all 19 identified areas, including repairing the catch basins, reinstalling the proper road base, and laying new asphalt where necessary. Additionally, we will be assessing the entire road system with our engineers and will determine other possible areas for repair and a maintenance program to help prevent future issues. We appreciate your patience while we repair these issues. Please drive carefully while these projects are underway.

If you see something and have a question about it, ask our Community Manager, Tammy Martin. She would be more than happy to dispel rumors, explain things to you, and make sure the information you get is the most accurate.

- Gena Paugh

Florida Regional Manager,

Hometown America

Your Health

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Glowing Skin is In

The basics of skin care are vital for good health. A combination of healthy lifestyle choices can ensure that your skin stays glowing and vibrant. Read more for information about taking care of your skin and helping your health.

Boo Baskets
 

Pumpkin

We’ve seen the “Boo Baskets” out and about! We hope everyone can keep the chain going. Neighbors can use a thoughtful basket of cheer now more than ever, and residents look forward to these every year. Check your porch daily to see if they’ve been Boo’d. We are all ready to put storms behind us and spread holiday spirit!

Referral Reward
 

Referral reward

Did you know your Hometown America sales team offers Resident Referrals? Refer your friends and family to purchase a home in Tanglewood.

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Referral Reward

Referral reward

Did you know your Hometown America sales team offers Resident Referrals? Refer your friends and family to purchase a home in Tanglewood.

When your visitors tour, make sure they mention you as a referral. You could receive $100 to $300 depending on which home they choose. It’s a WIN-WIN for the referring resident, family and friends living nearby, and your wallet. (It’s always nice to have extra money in your pocket!)

Looking Back at Summer

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We have had some fantastic events at Tanglewood over the summer. Relive some of the fun experiences with friends, family, and neighbors here

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Looking Back at Summer

Popsicle

Over the summer we had some fabulous pool parties. We kicked off in May with our Jammin’ Jell-O Shot Party followed by our Welcome Summer Pool Party in June. July featured our Beer by the Pool, and in August we hosted the Suds & Buds party. These were great events with live entertainment, beer, wine, and sodas. Many residents came out and brought snacks to share with their friends, socialized, drank, and danced.

Although we are through with our pool parties for this summer, we’re already looking forward to next year’s!

Home & Garden

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Time to Tidy Up

Time to bring out the Earth tones! HGTV’s Help Around the Home offers tips and tricks for your home’s décor. From decorating inspiration to ideas for the garden, preview this “tip a day” calendar for everything you need.

New Card Game
 

Cards

We’ve got a new card game for you to try out! On October 24 in the Clubhouse, we’re introducing a new card game called “Screw Your Neighbor.” For those who don’t know the game, you can learn it in just 3 minutes. Game time begins at 1 p.m., but newbies can come and learn how to play at 12:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest
 

Oktoberfest

Come out and join us for our Oktoberfest on Friday, October 13 from 6-9 p.m. in the Clubhouse. We will be serving brats, beer, wine, and sodas. We will also have karaoke for those of you who would like to sing. Bring toppings for your brats, sides to share with friends, and your ID badge.

Tanglewood Live!
 

Neon microphone

Ready for some improvisational comedy? Tanglewood Live! showcases our residents’ improvisational and comedy skills. The event will leave you laughing out loud, and you can try your jokes on the mic if you are feeling confident. Look out for more details in October’s Monthly Activities and Events Schedule at Monday Morning Coffee.

Entertainment & Leisure

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Get in the Game

Football season is here! Whether you’re at the game every week or cheering from your living room, keeping up with your favorite team’s schedule can be tough. Click here for this year’s professional football schedule.

Golf Cart Poker Run

Golf cart

Looking for a way to combine your love of golf carts and poker? Look no further. We have another Golf Cart Poker Run scheduled for November 2. We’ll be looking for players and house hosts. Contact Shirley Kabet at 385-6972 for more information. Come be a part of the fun and exciting poker action!

Fire Ring in the Outback

Grill

We would like to welcome back all of our seasonal residents by kicking off with a party! Join us for Fire Ring in the Outback on November 7, from 5-7 p.m

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Fire Ring in the Outback

Grill

We would like to welcome back all of our seasonal residents by kicking off with a party. Join us for Fire Ring in the Outback on November 7, from 5-7 p.m.

Mr. Rick Arnold will be here to perform for your listening and dancing enjoyment. We will be lighting up the ring and providing hot dogs for those who would like to grill their own. Make sure you bring sides to share with your friends. We will also have beer, wine, soda, and water.

All of this provided to you by Hometown America. Please remember, no saving tables and please wear your Tanglewood ID Badge.

Capital Improvements

Tools

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.

  • Resurface pool – Complete.
  • New salt chlorinator – Complete.
  • Clubhouse bathrooms – Complete.
  • Recover and rubber billiard tables – Complete.
  • 4 bingo TVs – Complete.
  • Clubhouse landscape – Complete.
  • Flooring – New flooring to be installed in the Business office, Activities Director Office and Clubhouse bathrooms, and Fitness Center – Complete.
  • Stain concrete at Clubhouse – Obtaining bids.
  • Painting Woodcraft Building and Office – Complete.
  • Cart for housekeeping – Complete.
  • Dog wash station – Obtaining bids.
  • Pickleball sound study – Obtaining bids.
  • Remove putting greens and chipping boxes – On HOLD.
  • 2 mowers – Complete.
  • Drainage assessment – Complete.
  • Roads – Complete.
  • Concrete repairs throughout community – Complete.
  • Drainage pipe and inlet installation – Complete.
  • Clubhouse drain repair – Complete.
  • Emergency storm box grate repair, Indian Summer Trail – Complete.
  • Bucket truck repairs – Complete.

Travel

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Adventure Wisely

Traveling overseas should be nothing short of entertaining and educational, and it’s best to be open to every new experience. Read these traveling tips from Rick Steves to make sure you get the most out of a European vacation.

Craft & Hobby Fair
 

Craft fair

Get involved with our Craft & Hobby Fair on November 11, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. There are still a few tables left for those looking to show off their crafts and hobbies. Contact Shirley Kabet at 385-6972 to claim a table and for more information. If you are not tabling, come see the beautiful works on display!

Thanksgiving Turkeys

Turkey

Hometown America is committed to making Thanksgiving wonderful for all residents, and they invite you to join our Potluck Dinner celebration. They will be providing turkeys for those who sign up to attend – 1 turkey per a 12-person table. You may pick up your turkey in the Clubhouse on Monday, November 20, immediately following coffee

Light Up Tanglewood

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Join us as the Tanglewood Outdoor Decorating Committee “Lights up Tanglewood.” This will be our Holiday season kick-off party, with music by TJ and the Cruisers, and the official “Light Up” of our newly decorated Bash Area. Be sure to come out November 25, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for beer, wine, and entertainment provided by Hometown America.

 

Daylight Saving Time Ends

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Daylight Savings time end on Sunday, November 5th at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to fall back (turn your clock back one hour) and enjoy your extra hour of sleep! Also this a great reminder to check your smoke detector batteries.

Couponing Tips for Beginners

Coupons

Coupons can be a great way to save money on the everyday necessities. Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals can use coupons to pinch pennies and cut back on spending. Check out these tips to get started yourself.

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Couponing Tips for Beginners

Coupons

Coupons can be a great way to save money on the everyday necessities. With their growing popularity, they are now available in the weekly paper, can be printed from your grocery store’s website, and are even accessible on cell phone apps. Anyone from beginners to seasoned professionals can use coupons to pinch pennies and cut back on spending. Check out these tips to get started!

Plan Ahead

Plan what you’re going to buy before you go to the store, and only purchase those items. If you don’t stick to the items on your list, you may end up spending more money than intended. Take the time to be strategic about the coupons you’re going to use and you’ll be guaranteed to save money.

Stay Organized

Make sure you have all of your coupons organized before you begin shopping. Arrive at the checkout counter with them cut, accessible, and ready to go. Find a system that works best for you, such as keeping your coupons in a binder for maximum organization or in a coupon book labeled by category.

Know Your Store’s Policies

Does your store accept competitors’ coupons? Do they price match or provide rain checks for out of stock items? Learn the policies at your local grocery store. Speak with an associate before you begin shopping and make sure you know the rules before arriving to maximize your savings.

Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need

If you have a coupon for a deal on cereal, but you don’t like to eat cereal, then what’s the use? Only use the coupons for items you know you’re going to need and don’t waste your money buying something that will never be used. Remember, the fun part is saving money!

Check out these websites for more tips about getting started with couponing:

Ideas for the Restless Retiree

Happy people

If you miss the structure of life and meeting people from all walks of life, a new job could be your perfect solution. Retirement is an opportunity to further explore your lifelong career path or pursue something totally new. Here are some job ideas for the restless retiree.

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Ideas for the Restless Retiree

Happy people

If you miss the structure of life and meeting people from all walks of life, a new job could be your perfect solution. Retirement is an opportunity to further explore your lifelong career path or pursue something totally new.

Regardless, a new job can provide income, structure to your week, a solution for restlessness, and even some new friends along the way.

Here are some job ideas for the restless retiree:

  • Volunteer and help others - Many organizations are in need of volunteers to provide staff and assistance. Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and rescue centers are great examples of places that couldn’t keep their doors open without the support of selfless people giving their time. If you love the satisfaction helping an organization run smoothly, saving a life, or meeting a need, you may want to consider spending your downtime volunteering.
  • Provide a Service - Do you have a talent you’re willing to offer at a price? Whether it’s dog sitting, sewing, handy tasks, or childcare, you have to potential to help someone who needs your services. Jobs like these are essential to those who do not have the time or resources to do them on their own. Find what you love and have a knack for, and turn it into a part time gig. Plus, the extra money would be nice.
  • Customer Service - As a retiree, you might be looking for a job because you like to stay busy. Working in customer service is a great way to hustle through the week and meet many people along the way. This job path is perfect for retirees because it requires politeness, critical thinking skills, and patience that has amassed over a lifetime of working.

For more tips on how to tackle restless retirement, read over this AARP Article.

 

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.