A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

September - October 2022

Edition No. 40

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Manager's Corner
 

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Fall is upon us, and Community Manager, Angi, is excited to welcome back residents from their summer vacations. Read on for more from Angi, along with ways to stay in touch with what’s happening in the community.

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Manager's Corner

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Happy Fall, y’all! It has been an amazing summer season at Tara Woods, and we are looking forward to the return of our northern friends as they start to trickle back to The Magic of Tara Woods for another fun-filled season!

The summer was packed full of festivities for everyone to enjoy, and we cannot wait to see what the fall/winter season brings. I’m certain the amazing committees and volunteers will not disappoint.

Your management team and HOA continue to work closely together to bring continued improvements to your community. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have suggestions or ideas.

Be sure to follow us on the official Tara Woods Facebook page at Facebook.com/TaraWoodsFL, and don’t forget to sign up for alerts and updates from your HOA at twhoa.net

Until next time – be kind and love one another!

Sincerely,
Angi
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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Our office will be closed on Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day. However, the Sales Office may still be open. Be sure to contact them about appointments and tours.

Food

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Ghost (Pepper) Busters

Halloween may be just around the corner, but this season’s spookiest ghoul is in your salad bowl. Ghost peppers are one of the hottest peppers in the world. They are said to be 416 times hotter than a mild jalapeno— yikes! Could you handle the heat?

Past Event Recap
 

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Food trucks, pool parties, and more made summer at Tara Woods a great time for all. Keep reading for a quick recap on the events and happenings around the community that will make the summer a memorable one.

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Past Event Recap

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The summer months provided us with a bunch of fun things at Tara Woods!

Food trucks continued to be a huge hit over the summer months, as we tried a few new ones, including Mambo. Great responses to this one, and we will definitely have them back!

The New York / New Jersey Club threw a great pool party for everyone in the community to enjoy! Great food and drinks combined with exceptional friends made for a special day.

It was impossible to choose just one fun photo of our July 4 Splash Bash that was sponsored by the Tara Woods HOA. Job well done! Next year, your manager will be participating in the dunk tank.

The “Little Skippers” have sure stirred the waters this summer! What started as three guys on the back lake messing around with RC boats has turned into about 20 golf carts on the first lake almost every evening. RC Boating on the first lake has certainly become a fun evening event for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are a boater or a spectator, it is a great time for friends to get together and socialize.



Sales Update
 

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In this issue, the Sales Team wants to share their favorite summer salad recipe, as well as what you can get by listing your home with us! Keep reading for more.

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Sales Update

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Just a quick thank you for your ongoing support to the Tara Woods Sales Team. We truly appreciate your trust in allowing us to help you sell your home quickly and easily. For anyone wondering why they should list their home with us, check out our flyer for more information.

It is BBQ season and wherever you may be, we wanted to share with you our favorite summer salad recipe. Hopefully, you will think of us from time to time while you enjoy it!

THE BEST SUMMER SALAD EVER!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Spring Mix (or your favorite lettuce blend)
  • 12 grape tomatoes cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 fresh tangerines sectioned
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 fresh peaches, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • ½ thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cucumber peeled and cubed into bite-size pieces

Directions

Combine all the above ingredients in a large bowl and then plate evenly onto 4 plates

Sprinkle on top with:

  • Candied pecans
  • Crumbled blue cheese or feta
  • Black and white sesame seeds
  • Garnish each plate with a hard-boiled egg cut in half
  • Serve with your favorite salad dressing (we use a raspberry vinaigrette or lemon poppyseed)

Wishing you all a fun, safe, and happy summer! If you have a recipe you would like to share, please email Janet at jmarck@hometownamerica.net



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Yard of the Quarter

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Congratulations to Beverly Swanson and Barbara Cerni on being this issue’s Yard of the Quarter winners! These ladies were able to completely revamp the yard of their newly purchased home in a very short time. Keep reading for more on why we chose Beverly and Barbara as the winners.

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Yard of the Quarter

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We are surprising everyone, including this issue’s “Yard Of The Quarter” recipients.

Beverly Swanson and Barbara Cerni recently purchased the home at 2850 Tara Lakes Circle (Lot 302). When they bought the home, the yard was a disgrace for our community through no fault of theirs.

In a very short time, these ladies did everything they could to bring the yard up to “Tara Woods standards”. This yard is beyond worthy of receiving this honor – It took a lot of hard work to beautify this yard, and Beverly and Barbara stopped at nothing. Congratulations!



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Your Health

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Mango Go Go!

Fuel your busy calendar with a healthy, delicious snack. This delicious mango smoothie made with mangoes, bananas, yogurt, and milk is refreshing and easily transportable. You can also chop up some frozen mango and take it with you on the go.

Capital Improvements

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We are beginning to work on our 2023 project list, and we wanted to give a quick recap on all we have accomplished so far this year! Keep reading for all the 2022 projects and how you can request projects for 2023.

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Capital Improvements

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It’s hard to believe we are working on our 2023 projects list already! Below is a recap of some of the 2022 accomplishments.

  • Terrazzo floors in the Clubhouse were restored
  • Pool deck painted
  • Office columns and Clubhouse columns at the portico are in the process of being replaced
  • An amazing landscape project around the Clubhouse and in the Pool has been completed
  • The Piano Room in the Clubhouse has been renovated
  • The Tiki Hut at the Pool has been restored
  • New Pool and lakefront signage added
  • Irrigation pump and motor replacements completed
  • Horseshoe and Pickleball shade covers added

If you have a request for the 2023 planning year, please forward your request to your HOA.

Restaurant Review
 

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Looking for a great casual dining experience near home? This issue’s restaurant review is just that. Hogbody’s Bar & Grill is a locally owned restaurant with a huge variety of meals, sure to please even the pickiest eater. Keep reading for more information on Hogbody’s.

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Restaurant Review
 

Restaurant review

Off the beaten path on Bayshore Road is an always busy little gem called Hogbody’s Bar & Grill. Nothing fancy – shorts and flip-flops are just fine! The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and the servers are very accommodating.

The beer is cold, the food is hot and fresh. From hot wings and fries to baby back ribs and other specialties including gator bites, soups and salads, burgers, and sandwich platters, everything we ordered was fresh and hot! Support our local businesses and give this hidden little gem a try!



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Upcoming Events
 

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There is always so much happening in Tara Woods. Be sure to check the calendar each month for any updates to events and shows and keep reading for information on the September/October events. You’ll want to mark your calendar for these!

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Upcoming Events
 

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Be sure to check the calendars each month for upcoming events and shows that are sponsored by your various clubs in the community.

Back To The Woods
We are looking forward to welcoming back our winter residents and thanking those who stay during the summer heat with us! More details coming soon.

Tara Woods Annual Halloween Party
More details coming soon!

Fall Craft Fair
Saturday, November 5 in the Clubhouse
This year’s event is open to the public and sponsored by the Tara Woods Garden Club.

The Annual Tara Woods Quarter Auction
Keep an eye out for more details!



Home & Garden

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Check Out Your Liberty

Take pride in your book collection by creating a beautiful display. Place your largest books in the center of your coffee table and file the rest on a bookshelf or bookcase. Unleash your inner librarian and organize them. You might even discover a book you didn’t know you had!

Resident Spotlight
 

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This issue’s Resident Spotlight is Chuck Poveromo. Chuck is very involved in community events, and we are happy to have him and his wife, Marcia, as our neighbors. Keep reading for more on your neighbor.

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Resident Spotlight

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This issue’s Resident Spotlight is a resident who is very involved in many of the happenings at Tara Woods. From being an active member of the CERT team to handing out the bingo winnings on Tuesday nights, we’d like to honor Chuck Poveromo.

Chuck and his wife, Marcia, purchased their current home in Tara Woods in 2020. This is their second time around at Tara Woods, after living here for 18 years, they chose to leave the magic behind and move on to new adventures. However, after only a year or so of being gone, they found themselves wanting to be back home at Tara Woods! They missed the magic of the community!

Chuck is a retired Aviation Tech Rep who worked for multiple airlines, including Pan American World Airways, Varig Brazilian Airlines, and Trans International Airlines. Chuck has four children, and you can see him beam with pride when he speaks of them!

Chuck, thank you for all you bring to our community! We appreciate you more than words can say!

Be Prepared
 

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Hurricane season started on June 1, and your Hometown America team wants to make sure you’re ready no matter what Mother Nature has in mind. Keep reading for information on what to expect should disaster strike, as well as some resources on what you should do to be prepared.

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Be Prepared

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June 1 officially kicked off hurricane season in Florida. Are You Ready? To be better prepared in the event of a hurricane, the Hometown America team has organized and put together this information to help you, our residents, and the HOA in understanding areas of responsibility in preparation and clean up when a disaster strikes.

It is easy to expect Hometown America to assume responsibilities when a disaster strikes. However, many of the responsibilities in preparation and clean up belong to the homeowner. This memo clearly defines what areas of responsibility are those of our residents, the homeowners, and what areas are the responsibilities of Hometown America. It also provides you with guidance on specific content, that you and your family will need to develop and include in your own personal emergency plan.

First, as a resident of a Hometown America community, we are asking that you provide us with emergency contact information in the event we need to reach you or someone in your family in the event of an emergency. Although you may have filled out a similar form in the past, it is critical that our records be updated with the most current emergency contact and insurance information. Please ask your office for an Emergency Registration Form to fill out and return to the community manager as soon as possible.

There are many resources and guides available to help all of us be better prepared for hurricane season. Based on previous year’s experiences, Hometown America has put together a handout for our residents which lists four important safety and preparedness steps that you, the homeowner, are urged to follow prior to the event of a hurricane.

  • Step 1: Create a Family Emergency Plan
  • Step 2: Assemble an Emergency Supplies Kit
  • Step 3: Family Evacuation Plan
  • Step 4: Prepare for High Winds

In addition to the handout, and as expressed above, Hometown America has outlined below the responsibilities of the residents, the homeowners in our community, as well as the responsibilities of Hometown America, the community owner.

The homeowner/resident is directly responsible for the following:

  • Prior to going North, remove all yard debris, ornaments, patio furniture or any lose items
  • Once a storm is being tracked it is the resident’s responsibility to remove all yard debris, ornaments and patio furniture to prevent them from blowing around (for year-around residents)
  • If mandatory evacuation is ordered, all residents and community personnel must leave the property and not return until the County clears any curfews and roadways have been cleared
  • Residents must complete an emergency registration form (available in the office)
  • Residents should keep all important papers (including insurance information) with them (not left behind in the home during an evacuation)
  • Residents should have temporary housing and food in the event their home is damaged and/or the community does not have utilities or facilities
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate clean up and debris removal of their home site
  • Residents will be responsible for the timely repairs to their homes should they become damaged
  • Residents will be responsible for the removal of their home should it be destroyed
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate removal of trees, stumps or debris that is located either on their home or on their home site
  • Residents will be responsible for the immediate removal of any loose aluminum or sharp debris to prevent injuries
  • Residents should report to the office after the storm to ensure their safety and to assist with accessing property damage and collection of insurance information
  • Residents are responsible for contacting FEMA, insurance companies, and other social and county organizations for assistance
  • Residents are responsible for tarping their roofs and for making immediate emergency repairs in order to prevent further damage to their homes
  • In the event of a disaster to their property and/or community property, residents are responsible for their lot rent and all monthly obligations until the home site it totally cleared if home is destroyed
  • Residents are responsible to hire only licensed and insured vendors to make necessary repairs to their damaged property, as well as pull all required permits

Hometown America will be directly responsible for the following items and/or will assist with in the event of a disaster:

  • Establishment of ongoing communications channels for residents and employees and their relatives and friends
  • Clearing of debris from the streets and common areas to facilitate access by emergency vehicles as well as resident and staff ingress and egress
  • Assessment of damages to facilities and community structures
  • Restoration of community-owned utilities on a temporary basis and as soon as possible, on a permanent basis
  • Establishment of patrol (employee, volunteer and/or paid contractor) where deemed appropriate to prevent looting
  • Removal of debris from common areas
  • Evaluation and repairs to community facilities and equipment
  • Outreach to federal, state, and local relief agencies for the benefit of residents and the company
  • Positive response to media inquiry and adverse publicity
  • Timely repair of company-owned facilities, improvements, vehicles and equipment
  • Timely restoration of company-owned landscaping

Hometown America is not responsible for but may assist to the extent reasonably feasible with:

  • Assistance locating temporary housing, food, and medical treatment for residents in need
  • Assistance organizing homesite clean-up with resident authorization and assignment of insurance benefits applicable to the clean-up
  • Home repair by creating a forum for residents to deal with licensed and insured contractors
  • Destroyed home removal by creating a forum for residents to deal with licensed and insured contractors and/or by directly arranging for removal with homeowner approval and payment or assignment of insurance proceeds for removal
  • Spontaneous outreach with occasional assistance, such as drinking water, coffee, food, and other events or services

If anyone has any questions concerning the information provided and listed above, please contact your community office during business hours.

Fall Time Recipe
 

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With fall upon us and our winter friends returning, nobody wants to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen preparing food instead of enjoying the great Tara Woods community! Keep reading and try out this easy Chicken Marsala recipe.

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Fall Time Recipe

Chicken recipe

With fall upon us and our winter friends returning, nobody wants to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen preparing food instead of enjoying the great Tara Woods community! Keep reading and try out this easy Chicken Marsala recipe.

Creamy Chicken Marsala

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz. baby bella or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 c. marsala wine
  • 3/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. Freshly chopped parsley
  • Cooked angel hair for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a shallow bowl, season flour with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and oil. Add chicken and cook until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken from the pan and place on a clean plate.
  3. Make marsala sauce: Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in skillet and add mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are golden and liquid has been released, 6 to 8 minutes (if the pan looks dry, add a splash of olive oil). Add garlic and cook until fragrant, then season with salt.
  4. Add marsala, chicken broth, heavy cream, and parsley, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Return chicken to skillet and spoon sauce over breasts. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve over angel hair if desired.

Experiences

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Axes to Grind Throw

Move over, meditation: axe throwing is the newest stress relief trend. At an axe-throwing venue, customers are able to test their aim by attempting to hit a bullseye while simultaneously releasing pent-up anger. Don’t worry, it’s a lot safer than it looks!

Gifts for Every Occasion

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Need gift ideas for the person who has everything? What would you bring to your coworker’s housewarming party? Have you been stumped on a gift idea for someone you just met? Having a list of fail-safe gifts puts the fun back into giving. Check out these ideas to be the best gift-giver in town.

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Gifts for Every Occasion

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For some, gift-giving is an anxiety-inducing task. Deciding the type of gift and an appropriate budget for the occasion can add stress to an already busy holiday season. Do you have a go-to gift for different occasions? If not, this article lists 44 unique gifts perfect for any occasion and any person.

Whether you are shopping for a hostess gift or ‘just because,’ gifts are a great way to show an individual you love that you appreciate or are thinking of them. But, gift-giving can be more complicated when your relationship is new or undefined. To avoid the discomfort of a bad gift, we recommend following these 12 gift-giving etiquette tips when choosing gifts for any occasion.

With holiday gatherings and other special events upon us, arm yourself with a shopping list fit for all relationships but don’t forget that not all gifts are tangible, gifts of service or time can sometimes be more meaningful to a person and may make more of an impact. Happy giving!

A Course in Etiquette

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You can tell a lot about a person based on the way they handle themselves at restaurants. Brush up on your restaurant etiquette to avoid a foodie faux pas. If all else fails, remember: your drinking glass goes on the right side of your plate.

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A Course in Etiquette

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Once, a hiring manager was asked his favorite way to conduct an interview with a potential job candidate. His response was “I like to take them to lunch or dinner. You can learn a lot about someone by taking them to a restaurant.”

As society becomes more casual (hello athleisure attire,) we have lost the significance of learning etiquette, and more importantly, putting it into practice. For a quick refresher, Kent State University put together a summary of dining etiquette for occasions where you find yourself in a formal setting.

Have you ever been to a restaurant with a new acquaintance or friend and were embarrassed by how they treated your waiter? How someone treats waitstaff is a great indicator of how they’ll treat others. Compare your behavior to this list of servers’ rudest customer conduct reports to make sure you aren’t ‘that friend.’

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!

Entertainment

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The Main Stream

When the weather outside is frightful, streaming services are always delightful. Platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max are constantly adding new movies to their selection. So, what are you waiting for? Start streaming!

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.

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 (800) 206-2753 for a quote.