A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

May - June 2019

Edition No. 20

Welcome!

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

We’d like to welcome all of our new residents and renters – it’s going to be a great summer! To our Northern residents, we thank you for choosing Tara Woods as your winter home and we look forward to having you back next fall. Click for more community information.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

We’d like to welcome all of our new residents and renters – it’s going to be a great summer! For all of our northern friends, we thank you for choosing Tara Woods as your winter home and can’t wait to have you back next fall.

As our northern friends pack up to return home, we’re reminiscing on all the fun we’ve had with them so far this year, from ice cream socials to fun parties like the St. Patrick’s Day party this past March. We wish you all a safe trip home, see you soon!

For our year-round friends, summer starts our season of improvements so you’ll catch a lot of activity going on around the community over the next few months.

Congratulations to our latest winners of the Yard of the Quarter, Larry and Christine Fonner. Check out their beautiful lawn and learn how you can nominate someone further on in this newsletter.

If you are going away for the summer, whether that’s back home or away for vacation, please make sure you have someone that can take care of your home and keep an eye on everything. In the case of an emergency, you can give the name and number of that person to the community office. Also, don’t forget to forward your mail with the postal service – if your mailbox is full, they will stop delivering.

Have a safe and blessed summer. We’ll see you soon!
- Darlene Bradley

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. However, the sales office may be open.

Food

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Stronger Food, Stronger You

We’ve all heard the phrase “food is medicine” but in the case of these recipes, it might actually be true. These healthy tips include antioxidants, fiber, and beneficial fats to help lower your risk of developing cancer or help keep up strength if you’re fighting it. Take some time to learn how your food can be both tasty and healing.

Upcoming Events
 

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With summer on the horizon, we’re ready celebrate the warmer weather with a host of regular activities. Stay tuned to the clubhouse bulletin board for more information about these activities and events like the Memorial Day Cook-Out and Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations.

Sales Update
 

House for sale

As the sales season winds down, we’re geared up to finish strong! With 10 new homes in the new development, it’s clear we have the neighborhood where everyone will want to live. Read on to learn more about our resident referral offer and featured home.

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Sales Update

House for sale

As the sales season winds down, we’re geared up to finish strong! With 10 new homes in the new development, it’s clear we have the neighborhood where everyone will want to live.

With our resident referral incentive, you can choose your neighbors and get paid for it! If you refer a friend or family member and they purchase a new Hometown America home, you’ll receive $2,000 – it’s a win, win!

Check out this gorgeous Sweet Bay home located on a tranquil preserve site. Boasting three beds, two baths and a 10 ft. screened-in back porch, this home is the perfect place to enjoy the ultimate Florida lifestyle.

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Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

Congratulations to Larry and Christine Fonner on winning the second Yard of the Quarter of 2019. They worked hard to spruce up their lawn, adding their own little touches, and it’s a winner! If you’d like to nominate a friend or neighbor for their expert landscaping, stop by the office.

Your Health

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Vaccines After 50

Vaccines aren’t just for little ones. We need them throughout all stages of life to prevent or reduce the risk of various illnesses. Check out this list of vaccines everyone needs after the age of 50 that will help you stay happy and healthy. Whether you want to know how often to get a vaccine or which ones were recently added, you can keep up with all of them.

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.

Tips for Mature Dating

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Your interests, hobbies, preferences, and tastes are much different now than when you were younger. The same is true in dating. How recently have you brushed up on your first date etiquette? Keep reading for a refresher and tips to make your next date go off without a hitch!

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Tips for Mature Dating

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Your interests, hobbies, preferences, and tastes are much different now than when you were younger. The same is true in dating. How recently have you brushed up on your first date etiquette? Getting back in the game can be scary, but we’ve got you covered. Check out some of these tips from AARP to help set you up for smooth sailing on your next date.

  • • Respond proportionally. Texting is a real communications tool in today’s dating world. Don’t be too long-winded in your responses, but don’t rely on your partner to carry the conversation either. It should be a give and take of information about yourselves.
  • • Be original. No one wants to hear the same generic compliment or question over and over. Stand out from their other dates by using your imagination to keep them engaged the entire time.
  • • Come prepared. If you’re worried about how to keep the conversation going, show up to the date with about four questions and five stories in mind that you can throw in the mix whenever there is a lull in the conversation.
  • • Avoid talking too much about past relationships. This date is a fresh start for you both. Dwelling on the past right away could make it harder for them to see a future with you. Keep the conversations about past relationships for a topic to discuss down the line.
  • • Have fun! This is, perhaps, the most important tip. Dating at any age can be scary, but if you go in with an open mind and heart, there is nothing to fear. Take on the new opportunity with joy!

If you found these AARP tips helpful, check out more here. Go into your next date calm, cool, and collected because you know all the hints and hacks for a successful one.

Outsmarting Scammers

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Medicare has rolled out new cards that no longer include social security numbers to help protect customers’ identities, but scammers are still finding ways to take advantage of unsuspecting people. No need to worry, with a few simple tricks you can avoid scams like a pro!

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Outsmarting Scammers

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In April 2018, Medicare and Medicaid began rolling out new cards to help members avoid scammers. As of January 2019, all members should have their new card. Rather than including a social security number, these cards feature a unique to protect members’ identities.

But scammers aren’t giving up so easily, and summer months seem like primetime for their schemes.

Some scammers are calling members, impersonating Medicare employees. They may ask for your personal information, claiming to verify it for your new card. On the other hand, some scammers call to pretend someone has already tried to use your new card and they need your personal information to confirm it is you. Another scam involves criminals calling asking for a fee for the new card or you bank account information so you get your refund.

We’ve compiled tips to help you spot the fakes with ease:

  • • Know the warning signs. Real Medicare employees will never call you without invitation, so if the call is unexpected it is probably a fake. If they threaten to cancel your coverage for not providing personal information over the phone, this is a signal the call is fake.
  • • Hang up immediately. If your experience matches the warning signs or otherwise seems fake, hang up immediately before the scammer can continue.
  • • Destroy your old card. This still has your Social Security number on it, and you don’t want to take the chance of it falling into the wrong hands.
  • • Don’t share your new number. The only people who need your Medicare number are you and your trusted provider. If someone calls you unexpectedly asking for your new number, do not give it to them.
  • • Contact Medicare. If you believe you were contacted by a scammer or you don’t have your new card yet, visit Medicare online or call them at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

Find more information on the new Medicare cards and avoiding scams and rest easy knowing you don’t need to worry about being fooled by scammers.

Home & Garden

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Hosting Guests Without Stress

The summer high travel season for folks, and hosting houseguests is the perfect way to see your loved ones. Make it a stress-free experience by thinking ahead. Whether its planning meals in advance or establishing basic house rules, you can take care of the more challenging items before your guests arrive and spend more time enjoying the fun.

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.

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.

Travel

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Eco-Friendly Travel

Did you know you can help save the Earth even when you’re traveling across it? It’s true! From unplugging electronics and appliances before you leave home to packing eco-friendly items, simple actions can have a huge impact. Plus, with these tips you’ll be the master of green getaways in no time!

 
 
 

Entertainment & Leisure

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Coming Soon

With so many films hitting theaters this summer, it can be difficult to keep up. Check out this list of the best upcoming films to help you decide what to see next. Whether you’re into action, romance, or comedy, there’s certain to be something you’ll love coming to a theater near you.