A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

March - April 2021

Edition No. 31

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Manager's Corner
 

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Though the Tara Woods staff is down a couple of people, Community Manager, Karen, wants to ensure everyone that the staff is continuing to work hard for all Tara Woods residents. Keep reading for more on this!

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Manager's Corner

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Hello Tara Woods!

I would like to say that, personally, I am happy 2020 is gone and I am sure I am not the only one. I would also like to say “thank you” to all of the residents that have reached out and welcomed me to the Tara Woods family; it has been a pleasure meeting all of you! I have been reading your emails about your concerns about the community and we have already fixed quite a few issues, with more to come. I also enjoyed reading what you love about Tara woods. Hopefully we can all get back out there soon and enjoy the community to the fullest. While we are down a couple of team members, I want to assure you that we are still working hard for you. Thank you for your patience!

Sincerely,
Karen Lawson
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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It's Time to Moo-ve On

If you’ve been trying to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet, a great and easy way to start is with milk itself. With these non-dairy alternatives, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. Not only are there health benefits to reducing your dairy intake, but you also reduce your carbon footprint- it’s a win-win!

Yard of the Quarter

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We’d like to congratulate the Conner family, who have been residents since 2004, for receiving the first Yard of the Quarter award for 2021. They work very hard on their yard every day, and it shows. Please drive by and take a look, or check out the photos in the article below!

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Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

We’d like to congratulate the Conner family, who have been residents since 2004, for receiving the first Yard of the Quarter award for 2021. They work very hard on their yard every day, and it shows. Please drive by and take a look, or check out the photos below!



Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14 at 3 a.m. local time zones. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead by one hour!

Sales Update
 

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The Tara Woods Sales Team has good news galore! From our resident referral program to fully-furnished model homes for sale and lots for custom building lots available, there’s never been a better time to find your dream home. Keep reading for more information.

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Sales Update

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Happy 2021! We are all geared up and ready for our snowbird friends to arrive. Along with prepping for their arrival, we have lots of exciting news coming to Tara Woods.

For one, we are now selling our fully-furnished models! With the addition of two new homes being delivered this month and the models that are now ready to move into, our Sales Team is ready to assist you finding your dream home. Plus, we still have plenty of open lots to custom build your home. To learn about all of your options, set up your tour today!

Finally, residents, don’t forget about our referral program. If you refer someone to Tara Woods and they buy a new home, you can start the new year out with a $2,000 referral reward! Contact the Sales Team for more information.

Your Health

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Dreaming of Good Sleep?

Can you say you feel well-rested every day? Not only does sleeping soundly help improve your mood, but it also boosts your immune system, increases healthy digestion, helps your day-to-day productivity, and more. If you’re ready, check out these easy solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep, every night!

Capital Improvements

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2021 is off to a great start when it comes to improvements for Tara Woods. You’ve most likely seen the work currently being done at the front entrance, and next up are new pickleball courts and replacing the floor in the Clubhouse. Stay tuned to our next issue for more updates coming to our community.

Restaurant Review
 

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In our first edition of the Restaurant Review, Community Manager, Karen gave Bruno’s of Brooklyn Italian Eatery a try. Owned and operated by a husband-and-wife duo from New York, you can’t get much more authentic than Bruno’s. Topping Karen’s list was their veal parmesan and classic lasagna. Next time you’re in the mood for Italian, make sure to check out Bruno’s located at 2112 Second St Fort Myers 33901 or contact them at (239) 278-0211.

Resident Spotlight
 

Resident of the month

In this issue’s Resident Spotlight, we’re happy to highlight Donna Earhardt, who has been a resident of Tara Woods, with her husband Tom, for over 5 years. Keep reading to learn more about what drew Donna and Tom to our community.

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Resident Spotlight

Resident of the month

In this issue’s Resident Spotlight, we’re happy to highlight Donna Earhardt, who has been a resident of Tara Woods, with her husband Tom, for over 5 years.

Before moving to Tara Woods, they lived in Punta Gorda and after church one Sunday they decided, on a whim, to take a ride down to look at the area. After that first drive through the neighborhood, they found the home they wanted and immediately put their house on the market – it was love at first sight!

Orginially from Baltimore, Maryland, Donna was a Relationship Coordinator for a large company TASC Inc. for 10 years before retiring. Now a part of Tara Woods, Donna is on the Resident's Appreciation Committee, works for the Columns newsletter and the Tara Woods website, and also has chaired and helped for the Thanksgiving Dinner every year, which is always a big success.

When talking with Donna, she says living in Tara Woods is like being surrounded by family; everyone helps each other and makes sure to check in on the people who don't get out as much.

We salute you Donna and are proud to have you as a member of our community!

Home & Garden

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Follow the Yellow Trend

As L. Frank Baum says, “the road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick”, and we’re taking that to mean improving your personal palace starts with accents of yellow! Brighten up a room with this happy color through accents like picture frames or throw pillows, or even go bold with an area rug or couch. With all these ideas, there’s sure to be something you love.

Happy Update
 

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This month, we have a delicious recipe for a quick and easy pasta salad, perfect for springtime barbeques. Read on for all the details.

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Happy Update

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Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

  • Prep – 10 mins
  • Cook – 10 mins
  • Total – 20 mins

This easy pasta salad is flexible based on the ingredients you have in your kitchen or the season. Start with a hearty pasta shape that has nooks and crannies to hold onto the dressing like rotini or penne. Then toss with our simple dressing and lots of colorful vegetables. We also love adding parmesan cheese, which melts into the dressing as well as a handful of fresh mozzarella balls. For more suggestions for what to add, read through our recommendations in the article above.

Makes about 10 servings

You Will Need

Pasta Salad
1-pound dried pasta like fusilli, penne, rotini or farfalle (bow tie)
1 cup sliced bell pepper (1 medium)
1 cup thinly sliced zucchini (1/2 medium)
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions (5 to 6)
1/4 cup sliced pepperoncini or banana peppers, optional
1 cup (4 ounces) halved mixed olives
1 cup (2 ounces) grated parmesan cheese or hard cheese
1 cup (6 ounces) fresh mozzarella balls, chopped
1/3 cup fresh parsley or basil, optional

Homemade Dressing
1/3 cup red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 to 3 tablespoons juice from pepperoncini jar, optional
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Rules and Regulations

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As a reminder, in order to keep the grass in our community looking its best, please be sure to clean up after your pets and avoid parking your cars on any lawns. Thank you for helping Tara Woods look great!

Resident Appreciation

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For this year’s Resident Appreciation activities, we have two great experiences for all of our residents to take part in. First up is an outdoor movie night on Wednesday, March 10 from 7 – 9 p.m. Next, we’ll be hosting a steel drummer poolside on Saturday, March 15 from noon – 3 p.m. If you have any questions about either event, please reach out to the Community Office.

Experiences

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Shop & Eat Locally

If you’re tired of buying limp produce from chain supermarkets, consider looking into ways to purchase local. Whether it be grocery stores that offer local products, farmers markets, or small mom-and-pop stores, you never know where you can find something special! The benefits of eating fresh, local produce are numerous; not only for your health but for your city’s economy as well.

Your Guide to Nut Butter

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The days of peanut butter reigning as the sandwich spread champion are over, as there are now so many different kinds of nut butter alternatives, all claiming to be the healthiest. While it can seem impossible to keep track of all the different health benefits, we’re here with the ultimate guide to finding the nut butter best for your lifestyle - from flavor to protein to fat content. There are even easy homemade options to reduce preservatives! Read on for the full analysis.

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Your Guide to Nut Butter

Different colored nut butters in mason jars

The days of peanut butter reigning as the sandwich spread champion are over as new alternatives step up to the plate. While it can seem impossible to keep track of all the different health benefits, we’re here with the ultimate guide to finding the nut butter best for your lifestyle - from flavor to protein content.

While classic peanut butter remains a good option for protein, other types of nut butter may be best for your diet depending on what you want more of. For example:

  • Almond butter has a higher amount of nutrients like Vitamin E and healthy fats.
  • For a delicious, lower-calorie option, try pistachio butter.
  • Walnut butter offers an additional perk of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • To lower your sugar intake and still satisfy your sweet tooth, try cashew butter.
  • Sunflower butter is a great option for those with nut allergies, as is hazelnut butter.
  • For something more exotic, Tahini, another seed butter, is extremely high in nutrients, as is coconut butter.

If none of those sound like your cup of tea, there are easy homemade options that can help reduce preservatives, and you can use your favorite type of nut! All you have to do is roast your choice of raw nuts in the oven, seasoned or plain, and then blend them until smooth for creamy, fresh nut butter. The only question left is, which one will you choose?

No Coupon Necessary

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There are plenty of guides out there telling you how to save money with coupons, but what if you didn’t need them? Paper coupons are a hassle to cut and easy to forget, and online coupons can be difficult to find and use. With these tips, you can start saving money on your weekly shopping in no time.

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No Coupon Necessary

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There are plenty of guides out there to show you how to save money with coupons, but what if you didn’t need them? Paper coupons are a hassle to cut and easy to forget, and online coupons can be difficult to find and use. With these tips, you can start saving money on your weekly shopping in no time.

There are two strategies for saving money on groceries. The first strategy revolves around planning before you even step into the store. Methods for doing this can include tracking your family’s most expensive items, and then learning which stores have them on sale. Many stores have cyclical sales, so buying these big-ticket items in bulk when they’re marked down can save you big time in the long run. Also, even though you may feel loyal to your usual grocery store, it may be worth it to price check other stores, or even discount grocers, for better deals.

The other strategy is how to use the groceries you buy most effectively to prevent waste and unnecessary spending. Buying in bulk is great in theory, but without planning it can lead to even more wasted money than before. Try freezing and dating things like meat, produce, and bread, or buying things in bulk that last longer like eggs, coffee, and snacks.

If you’re sick of spending time looking for coupons only to find you’re not saving money, these strategies are great options - happy shopping!

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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At Home Detective

If you’ve binged every crime show on Netflix and you need a new mystery fix, we have the perfect option. With these Mystery Subscription Boxes, you can have new cases sent to your home whenever you want and solve mysteries from your couch. Use the materials to follow the clues and solve the case- you’ll be the newest Sherlock Holmes.

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.