A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

May - June 2018

Edition No. 14

Welcome!

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Darlene's Corner
 

Darlene

The off season is a great time for cleaning here at Tara Woods. We are sprucing up, repairing, replacing, and painting. Read more about our community plans during the season ahead.

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Darlene's Corner

Darlene

The off season is a great time for cleaning here at Tara Woods. We are sprucing up, repairing, replacing, and painting. During the spring and summer, we will begin projects that require minimal traffic and work-space safety, ensuring our community stays in tip-top shape with little inconvenience to residents.

During this season, come take a tour of our New Model Center. We have five beautiful homes to show and great deals if current residents want to buy a new home. Interested? Call us today at (239) 249-3496.

Best,
Darlene

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

-Anthony J. D’Angelo

The Snowbird Story

Snowbird

Ever wonder how our seasonal residents got their avian nickname? Read more to learn all about snowbirds, past and present.

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The Snowbird Story

Snowbird

The term “snowbird” came about in 1923 to describe seasonal workers who moved south for the winter. By 1979, the word commonly referenced the large number of retirees who headed south to avoid the cold months.

Did you know that the majority of international snowbirds come from Canada? In fact, there is a Canadian Snowbird Association. This is a nonprofit group made up of approximately 80,000 members who work to defend the rights of Canadian snowbirds at home, while traveling, or living abroad temporarily.

Another neat fact about snowbirds is that about 10 percent of them live in a permanent location outside the United States.

Many snowbirds will eventually become sunbirds, evolving over time and making their southern home their permanent residence, while only traveling north a few months out of the year.

Check back in our next edition for more fun snowbird stories.

Food

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Spring and Summer Libations

As the seasons change, so do our tastes. We crave fresh ingredients, herbs, and fruitier flavors. If you are planning pool parties or gatherings, make sure your cocktails match the seasonal preference. Town and Country Magazine shares innovative drink recipes, while this piece by The Spruce shares advice on excellent, easy-to-prep pairings.

Swinging Through Spring

Swinging through spring

What a fun spring we had! Read on for recaps and photos from our March and April events, from our Pancake Breakfast to our April banquets.

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Swinging Through Spring

Swinging through spring

What a fun spring we had! Read on for recaps and photos from our March and April events, from our Pancake Breakfast to our April banquets.

March was jam-packed with events, including the Pancake Breakfast, the annual play “Adam’s Eve,” our St. Patrick’s Day Party (complete with games, corn beef, and cabbage), and the Annual Chorus Show. Everyone had a great time!

April was full of send-off parties and banquets, giving us a chance to say goodbye to residents who returned to their northern homes for the summer. We wish these neighbors a fond farewell and look forward to seeing them next winter.

Trade-In, Trade-Up

House

If you’re ready to update your surroundings, let us know. We have a Trade-In, Trade-Up program that allows you to live in your current home until your new home is ready. Customize the home of your dreams, learn what homes are available now, or check out the list of future builds. Owning your new home is easier than you think. Call the sales department today at (239) 249-3496 for more details.

Sales Update
 

Sales udpate

Whether you want to buy or sell, our trusted sales department is here to help. Read more for details.

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Sales Update

Sales udpate

We would like to thank everyone who has entrusted us with the selling of their home. We strive to market and sell Tara Woods’ homes for the most money possible by creating value within the community and by maintaining your list price.

If you are considering selling, we would love the opportunity to promote your home and utilize our marketing tools, which are sure to bring in the buyers.

Please call (239) 249-3496 for more information.

Your Health

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Secrets to Living Longer

In the battle against the ticking clock, it’s interesting to see different perspectives on what keeps folks young. A great wonder is how on the Greek island of Ikaria, one in three make it to their 90’s and rarely have illnesses. Ikarian and author, Diane Kochilas, shares her secrets to a long life. It’s also useful to get advice directly from centenarians. From Betty White (95) to Norman Lloyd (102), these 12 celebrities share their tips for a long life.

It’s in the Genes!
 

Genes

DNA kits are growing in popularity, with many people wanting to learn more about their genetics or ancestry. Unusual stories arise, too, like two men in Hawaii who took DNA tests and found out they were more than best friends. Read on to learn their story and what DNA kits can do for you.

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It's in the Genes!

Genes

With the rise of DNA kits, many have made some surprising discoveries.

Walter MacFarlane and Alan Robinson have been friends for over 60 years, meeting in the 6th grade and playing football together in high school. Both men were adopted as children and never knew their biological parents. After completing a DNA kit, they found out some shocking news– they’re brothers! (Story available here.)

DNA kits have certainly helped people like Walter and Alan learn new things about themselves. They can tell you what parts of the world your ancestors are from, identify distant (or famous) relatives, and connect you with other living family members. For those interested in gene science, testing can also provide details about your health and genetics.

DNA kits have been on the market for several years, but their popularity has recently increased. If you’re curious to learn more about yourself, here are some of the most popular kits you can try:

23 and Me

The 23 and Me DNA kits can give you your ethnic makeup and information on where your ancestors lived over 500 years ago. Their tests can show if you are a carrier of a specific gene, your genetic health risks, and what role your genes play in your wellness. The test can even tell you how your genetics influence your facial features.

Ancestry DNA

This kit from Ancestry.com tracks your origins from more than 350 ethnic regions. It can even track your ancestors’ journey from the old world and estimate when they arrived in the Americas. Ancestry uses its vast network of historical records and current users to then connect you to your ancestors and living relatives.

MyHeritage DNA

The MyHeritage kit uncovers your ethnic origins from 42 ethnicities. It also matches you with living relatives and shows you how much DNA you share. From there you can connect with them and discover your shared heritage.

To find out more about Walter and Alan’s story, click here. It’s quite the tale!

Be a Facebook Pro
 

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read more to find out what else Facebook offers.

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Be a Facebook Pro

Facebook

You may be familiar with Facebook, but do you know all of its secret tips and tricks? Make the most out of your social media experience, from hidden settings to fun features. Read below to find out what else Facebook offers.

  1. Stop seeing peoples’ posts without unfriending them. If someone is clogging up your news feed, you can “unfollow” them and their posts will be hidden. To unfollow someone, visit their profile and hover over the following button. The drop-down menu will show the option to unfollow. (And don’t worry- this won’t unfriend them and they won’t know you unfollowed their posts.)
  2. Buy and sell items on Facebook through Marketplace. You can sell items to others in your area or you can post an item for sale in a group with Facebook Marketplace. Buy and sell everything from furniture to clothing.
  3. Play Messenger’s hidden game. On the mobile messaging app, send the basketball emoji to one of your friends. Then click on it. This will reveal a game you and your friend can play. See who can shoot the most hoops and keep track of your scores in the messages.
  4. Worried about hackers? Get alerts! It’s not the most appealing thing to find someone has hacked into your account, liking smutty sites and messaging your friends with spam. Help prevent damage by setting up notifications to tell you whenever your Facebook account is accessed from a new device or browser. By going Settings >> Security, you can choose to receive an email, notification, or both upon one of these new login attempts.
  5. Who manages your page when your rein is over? Facebook understands unfortunately events can happen, so they have made procedures to make sure people are secure their account doesn’t fall into the wrong hands when the inevitable comes along. You can bequeath your account to someone trustworthy by nominating a 'Legacy Contact.' (You’ll find this in the Security part of your Facebook account.)

To find out more Facebook tricks, check out these articles:

Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for folks as young as 50. Read on to find out the savings you have access to.

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Surprising Senior Discounts

Senior discounts

As a senior, you have access to hundreds of discounts you may not know about. AT&T, Regal Cinemas, McDonald’s, and even Marriott Hotels have a discount for seniors. At many restaurants you can get a free drink or a percentage off your meal. You can even get discounts on traveling with some airlines, hotels, and cruise lines. There are tons of discounts for you to take advantage of!

Check out these two helpful lists to find where you can save:

Home & Garden

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To Clean or Not To Clean

If a spotless home is your pride, then spring cleaning means you plan on attacking the really big items. Online magazine, House Beautiful, has great deep cleaning recommendations, from tackling your dishwasher to preparing your patio furniture for a great summer. Click here to see their tips and tricks.

HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

One in every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home. Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. Read more to learn more about manufactured homes.

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HTA Spotlight
 

HTA Spotlight

One in every five new homes sold in Florida is a factory-built home. Today’s manufactured and modular homes are built with the highest standards of quality, livability, and affordability. While there are a few myths and misconceptions that still arise, we are happy to debunk them. Explore this guide from the Florida Manufactured Housing Association so you can learn the real facts and judge for yourself if these stylish and affordable homes are the perfect fit.

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 learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe

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.

Travel

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Classic American Road Trips

What was once old is new again! Hitting the road for vacations are becoming more popular, albeit apparently for more frequent but shorter trips. A great alternative to the increasing stressful airline experience, you should make the most of your road trip experience. Embrace the allure of the road and check out these excellent road trip tips.

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.

 
 

Entertainment & Leisure

Arts

Great Performances Close at Hand

If you can’t make it to Broadway to catch the hot new show, PBS Great Performances are just a click away. Rediscover your love for theatre with the Broadway series or watch performances from the Kennedy Center. Some of the online shows are free, and additional ones are available through the PBS Passports subscription series. Explore to learn more.