A 55+ Community in Dade City, Florida

July - August 2020

Edition No. 7

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Manager's Corner
 

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As we begin to return to normal activities in the community, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our residents for their understanding and compassion shown towards their neighbors. Keep reading for a special message from Community Manager, Scott Brown.

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Manager's Corner

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Dear Residents,

As we begin to return to normal activities in the community, I want to take a moment to thank all of our residents for their understanding and compassion shown towards their neighbors. Through this time, it has been evident that the Highlands residents have a heart for not only their fellow residents but the community outside of the gates.

I witnessed residents coming together to make masks for those that did not have one. Donations poured in through the Blue-Ribbon project that raised money for gifts for the most vulnerable workers - our nurses and other hospital employees. Cards with special messages were delivered to over 1,000 local healthcare workers in our hospitals with just a simple message, “Hello, we care about you”.

These outpourings of love and support for your fellow residents and healthcare workers are what make the Highlands at Scotland Yard such a special place to live.

Best Regards,
Scott Brown
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Food

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Snacks for the Sniffles

Have you ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat”? When it comes to our health, it’s true! We can boost our immune systems just by choosing different options to incorporate into our daily diets. Whether you’re looking for new snacks or recipes to satisfy the whole family, there are a ton of possibilities out there to help you stay healthy.

Capital Improvements

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Our fitness center has recently received a facelift! Along with state-of-the-art equipment, we’ve also obtained a few items we’ve never had before. Keep reading to learn what these are and to check out photos.

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Capital Improvements

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Our fitness center has recently received a facelift! Along with state-of-the-art equipment, we’ve also obtained a few items we’ve never had before. The seated elliptical machine, stationary bike, and kettlebell weights are sure to be big hits along with two new treadmills and a standing elliptical machine. Check out photos of the equipment below!



Sales Update
 

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With everything from a new construction update to our resident referral offer, this month’s sales update is jam-packed with important info! Keep reading to learn more.

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Sales Update

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Have you seen the new home section in the Highlands? This section features brand-new construction Palm Harbor homes with seven different floor plans to choose from. These model homes are already up to take a look at! This new section has incredible views of the rolling hills and the golf course.

Due to the recent pandemic, Hometown America will be having Open Houses as soon as it is safe to do so and we will take those opportunities to showcase some of our newest floor plans. Once we announce dates, we’d love to show you around! Please call the sales office for schedules.

Are you thinking of selling your home? While we hate to see you leave, we are here for you every step of the way. Our team employs all the right kinds of people to sell your home and are vested in getting YOU more for your home than outside sellers. Plus, we understand the Highlands lifestyle better than anyone else.

We also want to remind all residents that there is an awesome $2,000 resident referral fee available to any resident that brings in a new customer that buys a new home. This is your chance to let your friends in on how wonderful it is to live here at the Highlands.

A quick update - we have two more new, custom homes in the process of being built for brand-new residents. Please help us welcome these new folks into the community as they arrive.

Thank you for the warm smiles and waves,
Edgar Anderson
Sales Consultant

Happy Updates
 

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Our Angel Residents - Lorraine Davenport and Kathy Beckman worked their fingers to the bone, from morning to night, making masks for the entire community and others until they ran out of material. Never asking for anything in return, their compassion for their fellow person is truly amazing.

Your Health

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Telemedicine Tips

Getting quality medical care has never been easier. If you are frustrated with scheduling and attending doctors’ appointments just for answers to a few questions, Telemedicine services are a powerful tool for you to utilize. Get prescriptions, care, and referrals all from the comfort of your home.

Virtual Fun
 

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In April and May, the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t get our Highlander’s down! Adapting to CDC and Hometown America regulations, our residents kept the fun going through virtual, safe platforms. Keeping reading to learn how everyone kept their spirits up.

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Virtual Fun


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In April and May, the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t get our Highlander’s down! Adapting to CDC and Hometown America regulations, our residents kept the fun going through virtual, safe platforms.

In April, they kept their minds and bodies mentally and physically healthy while virtually analyzing riddles and moving to line-dancing tunes with Deb Riss from the comfort of their own homes. In May, residents went head-to-head in a wide variety of online games from Bingo to Wheel of Fortune. This provided everyone with a much-needed escape for those who are mostly homebound.

Reopening Procedures

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We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, it’s important that we do our part to flatten the curve and help maintain the health and wellness of our communities. Read on for a full update on reopening procedures at The Highlands.

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Reopening Procedures

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We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this challenging time. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, it’s important that we do our part to flatten the curve and help maintain the health and wellness of our communities. Hometown has been adhering to all local, state, and federal guidelines and we’re making decisions about day-to-day operations that align with those guidelines to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus within our communities.

As states continue the reopening process and businesses and other non-essential services come back online, we will be monitoring their guidelines and making adjustments to community operations accordingly. Availability of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment as well as creating and training team members on revised operational protocols are also factors that impact the timing of reopening.

With that being said, we are proud to announce as of July 1st our indoor amenities will reopen for small groups with reservations only. Hometown America is proud to be taking a methodical way of opening various amenities and facilities with a well thought out, safe plan. Pools, outdoor amenities, fitness centers and now indoor facilities will be opened for your use. It is very important to us that you have access to the amenities you enjoy, while staying smart and safe. We love seeing so many happy faces as we slowly get back to a bit of normality.

We thank you for your continued patience and look forward to the future!

Stimulus Check Tips

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As government stimulus checks begin to roll in, you may be thinking about what you should do with yours. Keep reading to learn a few helpful tips on how you can use these additional funds to your advantage.

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Stimulus Check Tips


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As government stimulus checks begin to roll in, you may be thinking about what you should do with yours. Whether it’s paying bills, investing, or spending it on that special wish list item, it all comes down to what is best for your wealth health.

NBC News recently compiled a helpful list of 5 must-know tips before spending your stimulus. Read through them below before making your spending decision, you might just change your mind.

  • 1. Make sure you have the necessities. First and foremost, make sure you are stocked up on the things you need like food, medicine, and other additional supplies. If you’re not, it can be a good idea to use your stimulus check to restock these items.
  • 2. Work with financial institutions. If necessary, you can use your check to pay any debts you might have, but check with your financial institutions first. Many banks and credit card companies are deferring payments and waiving fees, so make sure to check with them first before dropping a large payment.
  • 3. Save your money. If you have no immediate need for your stimulus check, consider saving it or using it to get yourself out of debt. This can be a great way to reduce future financial strain.
  • 4. Deal with your finances now. It can be tempting to avoid your financial problems until they become an immediate issue, but that will only lead to future stress. Get your finances in order now and figure out the best use for your stimulus money rather than wait until an issue arises.
  • 5. Give your money. If you are in a stable place financially, consider giving the money to someone in need. Many charities are readily accepting donations, or you could even consider helping a friend or family member who is struggling right now.

We hope these tips helped give you some viable options on how your stimulus check can go to good use. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Home & Garden

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Increase Your Home Value

Many people say their homes are extensions of themselves, so while you improve yourself all the time, don’t forget to put in a little TLC into the space around you. From adding small details like a new paint color and fixtures to enhancing your curb appeal, you’ll start to see your home’s value grow in no time.

Online Book Clubs
 

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There’s nothing quite like starting a brand-new book. Many online book clubs are now allowing readers the opportunity to connect, hear from the writers themselves, and try out new genres. There’s no better time to find your next literary obsession.

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Online Book Clubs


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There’s nothing quite like starting a brand-new book. With new characters to get attached to and fresh worlds to immerse yourself in, there’s no better time to find your next obsession. Many online book clubs are now allowing readers the opportunity to connect, hear from the writers themselves, and try out new genres. There’s truly something for everyone!

Whether you are a woman looking for a casual group to talk to other female bibliophiles, someone looking to broaden their knowledge with award-winning titles, or looking for novels to help you make sense of the world itself, there’s a book club for it.

Another great feature of virtual book clubs are that they offer different levels of interactivity. If you’re simply looking for a list of recommended books on the same subject, you can find a club for that. If you enjoy reading or listening to what others have to say about a book but you’re not looking to discuss yourself, you can. If you like the best of both worlds, you’ll easily be able to find a host of groups that will allow you to share your opinion and converse with your fellow readers.

While it can be difficult to find people with similar interests to you, online book clubs might be the answer. They are a great way to immerse yourself in new literature and conversations with people across the globe without leaving the comfort of your home.

Connect with Us
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook 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!

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.

Experiences

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Stay and Play

A vacation doesn’t always mean traveling to some far-off destination. There are a lot of things you can do from your own home that provide the same level of relaxation and fun as a traditional escape. From creating your own film festival to treating yourself to luxurious linens, the options are endless.

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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2020’s Best Podcasts

Podcasts - the latest and greatest craze to hit our streaming platforms over the last year; but what does that mean for you? From informational to comedic satire, there is something for every taste! Get started by checking out Good Housekeeping’s list of the best podcasts for 2020.