A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

March - April 2019

Edition No. 19

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

Spring has officially sprung at Tara Woods! With the season comes the return of some of your favorite activities like parties, tennis and pickleball matches, golfing, and much more. Read on to learn more about upcoming events and other updates.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

Spring has officially sprung at Tara Woods! With the season comes the return of some of your favorite activities like parties, tennis and pickleball matches, golfing, and much more.

If you’ve recently returned, make sure you take a stroll through the neighborhood to check out some of the recent projects we’ve completed over the last few months. Read the full list of finished projects later on in this newsletter.

Our resident appreciation event proved to be a great time for both staff and residents. We’d like to give a huge shout out to all of those who took time out of their day to volunteer and make this day special for so many. Thank you all for being a part of such a fun day!

If you’re looking for our sales team, they’ve recently relocated to the front office. Stop by to say hi and meet our newest team member, Sam. You can read more about him, and his amazing softball skills, in the Sales Update.

Best,
- Darlene D Bradley

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts” – Arnold Bennett

Daylight Savings
 

Daylight Savings

Make sure you aren’t in the dark, daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 10! Remember to spring forward one hour Saturday night so you wake up ready on Sunday.

Food

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Best Foods by State

Everyone loves the taste of home, whether it’s your mother’s famous dish or a cultural favorite. In the U.S., every state has its own signature meal. Can you guess the most famous dish from yours? Check your answer and see the rest of the most iconic foods from each state so you can try them all.

Resident Referral
 

Resident referral

Have you heard the news? Bringing your friends to join our community pays off more than ever. Now, when you refer a friend and they purchase a new Hometown America home, you’ll receive up to $2,000. Contact the sales office to seize your opportunity to choose your neighbors AND get paid for it!

Sales Update
 

House for sale

With the sales season in full swing, nine of our 17 new homes are now ready for occupancy! Along with these, we’re also happy to welcome Sam Schmidt to our sales team. Not only is he a softball star, but he’s also made quite the impression on our residents. If you haven’t met him yet, make sure to say hi! Read on to check out our featured home.

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Sales Update

House for sale

With the sales season in full swing, nine of our 17 new homes are now ready for occupancy including, 3022 Tara Lakes Circle. This gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath home is situated on a spacious, interior corner lot with lake views for only $129,900. Featuring an open concept kitchen, a bonus den, and a sunroom and lanai, this is the perfect second home to ride out the cold northern winters in sunny Florida.

House preview

When you purchase a new, Hometown America home, you’ll receive half-off your site fees for six months – it’s a steal! Also, if you bring a friend to join our community and they purchase a new home, you can receive an up to $2,000 referral bonus. Contact our sales team for more information on either offer.

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

Our newest Yard of the Quarter and $50 gift card winners are Jerry and Renaye Latham. They truly took their home and made it their own with new foliage, fresh paint, and trimming of shrubs and trees. If you have someone you’d like to nominate for our next contest, stop by the Community Office.

Your Health

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How Low Can You Go?

If you’re looking for an easy way to lower your blood pressure, this may be it. Research has shown that a simple way to fight hypertension is by regularly monitoring your blood pressure at home. Without the stress of the doctor’s office and with consistent knowledge, people often report lower rates.

Capital Improvements

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We’re off to a great start in 2019 with the recent improvements to our wonderful community. Read on for the full list of completed projects.

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Capital Improvements

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We’re off to a great start in 2019 with the recent improvements to our wonderful community. Check out the projects we’ve already completed:

  • Clubhouse roof replaced
  • New AC in Clubhouse
  • New Pickleball courts
  • Horseshoe pits relocated
  • New picnic area with a grill added
  • New pool pumps
  • Fresh paint and shrubbery added around the community
  • New stop signs
  • Brand-new homes added to the front of the community

Stay tuned for more updates as we progress through the year.

Safety Tips
 

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Safety is important to all of us at Tara Woods and we encourage our residents to follow some easy procedures to keep us all safe. Read on for a short list of common tips.

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Safety Tips

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We encourage our residents to follow some easy procedures to keep us all safe and sound at Tara Woods.

  • When driving through our community, we ask that drivers are mindful of the 20 MPH speed limit.
  • Many of our residents enjoy walking and biking through the neighborhood. When doing either of these activities, we encourage you to always wear bright clothing and make sure your bike has lights on when riding at night.
  • We’d also like to remind residents that the legal age to drive is 16 with a license, which applies to golf carts as well.

Following these few safety tips will help our community to continue to be as safe as possible. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Upcoming Events
 

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There are a lot of exciting events on the horizon for our community. From a rip-roaring St. Patty’s Day party to the annual Sound Team play, we’re sure to have an amazing few months. Read on to learn more about each event.

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Upcoming Events

Calendar

There are a lot of exciting events on the horizon for our community. From a rip-roaring St. Patty’s Day party to the annual Sound Team play, we’re sure to have an amazing few months.

Bingo
Every Tuesday at the Clubhouse
6:45 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Party
Sunday, March 17 at the Clubhouse
5 p.m.
See the bulletin board for more information.

Kara Circle Block Party
Wednesday, March 20 at the Clubhouse
4:30 p.m.
Food and refreshments provided
*Note: This event is for residents of Kara Circle only.

Elvis Tribute
Date is TBD in March
7 p.m. in the Clubhouse
See the bulletin board for more information.

Sound and Light Team’s Annual Play
Date is TBD
7 p.m. in the Clubhouse
See the bulletin board for more information.

Home & Garden

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Spring Gardening Tips

As the weather warms up, it’s time to transition your garden into spring. Whether it’s soil prep work, pruning, or planting, these tips will help you find the best practices for taking your plants and herbs to the next season. What will you grow this spring?

Piano Donation
 

Paino donation

A huge thank you to the Thomas family who donated a lovely piano to our community. Stop by the Clubhouse for your chance to tickle the ivories on this fantastic new addition.

Safe Spring for All
 

Dog

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, everyone is ready to explore the outdoors with their favorite pup by their side. However, spring brings a few hidden dangers for your pet. Keep your four-legged family members safe with these helpful tips!

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Safe Spring for All

Dog

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, everyone is ready to explore the outdoors with their favorite pup by their side. However, spring brings a few hidden dangers for your pet. Keep your four-legged family members safe with these helpful tips!

  • 1. Stay aware of nearby wildlife. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy being active in nature with your pups. However, this also brings us closer to wildlife that may attack an unleashed dog if they perceive them as a threat. Depending on your area, wildlife may range from bears to coyotes to foxes. Brushing up on your local wildlife and knowing where they are puts you one step ahead.
  • 2. Keep your garden secure. Many of the beautiful plants that are blooming in our gardens this season are toxic to pets. Lilies, daffodils, narcissus, and hyacinths can cause upset stomachs, tremors, mood changes, or even death when consumed by pets. Plus, when ingested, lawn and garden products like pesticides are also harmful to animals. Knowing which plants and products to avoid means you can rest easy.
  • 3. Pay attention to windows. It’s not just people who are looking to get outside this season. The warmer weather catches the attention of dogs as well. It’s common for dogs to get excited and run or fall out of an open window during the spring. The simplest fix is to keep windows closed or install a secured screen.

Spring hazards don’t mean you need to keep your pet indoors all season. Now that you know the most common dangers for pets and how you can easily avoid them, you’re better prepared to enjoy the season together. If you want more information, check out more tips here.

Confusing Tech Be Gone

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If your new tech gadget confuses you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn how to operate your device. Asking a friend or family member is an option, but there are other ways to learn even when they’re not available. Keep reading for more!

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Confusing Tech Be Gone

Phone

If your new tech gadget confuses you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn how to operate your device. Asking a friend or family member is an option, but there are other ways to learn even when they’re not available.

  • 1. Use the web! This first method is surprisingly simple. If you have a technology question, chances are someone else has had the same one. In this day and age, you can find an online tutorial for almost anything. Simply search for your question on a website like Google, and find answers or visual representations of how to fix the issue in a video.
  • 2. Call or message a tech support company or operator if the web is part of the issue. Senior Tech Services offers computer training and other information, but if you have a more localized question, check out any of these other highly rated tech support companies. With their help, you’re only a phone call away from using your gadget like a pro!
  • 3. Books and courses are another great way to learn. Depending on the specific gadget or issue you have, you may be able to find the answer at your local bookstore on it. Plus, as integrated as technology is in our daily lives, there are plenty of courses online and in person covering a wide variety of solutions.

With these tips and tricks to master your device, you’ll be the tech wizard all your friends and family turn to for support in the future. Want to know more? Find extra info here!

Travel

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Best Ways to Experience Alaska

Alaska is one of the nation’s most scenic states with plenty to do and see. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to see the area while still having time to relax. Check out these tips on how to get the most out of your getaway in this travel hotspot.

Tidying Up Your Life

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Netflix’s new breakout show, “Tidying up With Marie Kondo,” is inspiring people everywhere to organize their items and lives. From new folding styles to donating items that don’t spark joy, Marie Kondo has tidying down to a science. Read on for some of her best tips.

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Tidying Up Your Life

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In her new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” Marie shows multiple families how to organize their lives and homes to live more stress-free. The show became an unexpected breakout hit after viewers became obsessed with the calming nature of the show and began using her tips to organize their own lives.

If you’re looking to reap the benefits of her show without the lights and cameras, now you can! We’ve compiled a few of her best tips to help get your life in order. Many have claimed these tricks have changed their lives, maybe they will do the same for you!

  • 1. Make an exit plan for your stuff. Before you begin decluttering, plan where they will go. Will you donate items to Goodwill, a women’s shelter, or another local shelter? Give your preferred locations a call to see what they need or will accept.
  • 2. Plan to decide on every item. Clutter doesn’t only mean messy, you can have a perfectly organized drawer of unnecessary items. Set aside time for each object to decide if it sparks joy or if it’s time to let it go.
  • 3. Enjoy the tidying time. Make the time you spend organizing fun. Play some music while you work, or turn it into a game where you get points as you complete tasks. If you want to use this time to relax, try listening to an audiobook as you declutter.
  • 4. Tidy in order. Marie’s method follows a specific pattern to give you the best chance at success. Start with clothes, then books, documents, miscellaneous items, and finally mementos. This order helps make the entire process more efficient and effective.
  • 5. If your new organizational strategy isn’t working, change it. There’s nothing wrong with switching styles. It takes time to find what works best for you. Tidying is all about making your life smoother, so find the techniques and styles that bring you joy.

Did you know Marie Kondo isn’t a new icon? In fact, she has acted as an organizational consultant for years, even releasing her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”

If you would like more hints and hacks for organizing your home, find them here!

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

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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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Motown's Continuing History

Motown has turned out hit-makers time after time but it’s important to look back on the history of the music giant. Motown Records was the first black-owned record company but eventually turned into much more. Motown became a movement synonymous with the soul and R&B music that’s still topping the charts today.

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.