A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

July - August 2021

Edition No. 33

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Manager's Corner
 

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We hope everyone is getting out and enjoying the gorgeous summer weather. We are very excited to introduce our new community manager at Tara Woods: Angi Cummins. Angi began in late May, and we’re so excited to have her. Read on to learn all about her!

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Manager's Corner

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Please meet Angi Cummins, the new community manager at Tara Woods. Angi began on Monday, May 24. She previously worked at SUN out west with Melissa Dougherty, our Regional Vice President located in California. Angi has been in property management since 2006 and currently holds her CAM license.

She has been married to her husband Terry for 31 years and just recently had her mom move to Florida to be with them. She relocated to Florida in 2018 after spending 27 years in Arizona.

Angi has two pups. Yogi is a 10-year-old Australian shepherd who plays like he is only a puppy, and Evey May, who is an 11-month-old Labradoodle. Evey May will eventually be trained to be Angi’s husband's service dog. Angi said she is sweeter than any dog she’s ever had.

Angi loves to fish, craft, play bingo, ride horses and read. She said she has way more hobbies than time! In the winter months, Terry and Angi enjoy spending days off in their 5th wheel visiting with friends from Canada while they are in central Florida.

Angi is extremely excited about all of the positive changes she plans to bring to Tara Woods, and we’re so excited to have her here.

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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Pass the Pasta

We all hopped on the bread-making train, but have you tried your hand at homemade pasta? With this guide, you can start simple and customize your dish with a variety of techniques and sauces. Before you know it, you’ll be making fresh, artisan pasta!

Yard of the Quarter

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Our next Yard of the Quarter award goes to Mr. and Mrs. Girty at lot 222 who have been residents of Tara Woods since 1996. Thank you both for keeping your home and yard so nice. Keep reading to see a photo of their beautiful home site!

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Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the Quarter

Our next Yard of the Quarter award goes to Mr. and Mrs. Girty at lot 222 who have been residents of Tara Woods since 1996. Thank you both for keeping your house and yard so nice!



Yard of the Quarter

Summer Gazpacho Recipe

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In this issue, we have a delicious gazpacho recipe perfect for beating the summer heat! Read on to learn everything you need to create this recipe.

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Summer Gazpacho Recipe

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Beat the heat with this delicious summer gazpacho!

Ingredients:

  • • 1 onion finely chopped
  • • 3 stalks celery finely chopped
  • • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • • 1 cucumber finely chopped
  • • 2 (14.5 oz) whole peeled tomatoes
  • • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • • 1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
  • • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • 1. Combine onions, peppers celery tomato juice olive oil in and garlic in a large bowl.
  • 2. Using either a blender or immersion blender, blend the whole peeled tomatoes until smooth and mix with vegetables.
  • 3. Refrigerate and chill for at least 2 hours to blend flavors.
  • 4. Serve with a summer salad and some crusty bread for a cooling summer dinner.

Sales Update
 

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If you’re thinking of selling your home, while we’re sad to see you go, we hope you choose to list with us. We have the tools to get the most showings for your property, and there’s never been a better time to list. If you’re looking to upgrade to a new home in Tara Woods, we can help with that too! Call the Sales Office to learn more.

Your Health

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It's Tea Time

Most of us are die-hard coffee drinkers, but that hot-bean water doesn’t do much for our health. Consider making an occasional switch up with different types of tea. Teas like ginger and mint can help with digestion and black tea not only gives you caffeine, but also helps promote healthy cognition. Which brew will you try?

Capital Improvements

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When it comes to improving our community, a lot has been going on behind the scenes! Keep reading to learn more about upcoming projects.

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Capital Improvements

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Tara Woods has been busy as ever making improvements in the community. The following capital projects are on schedule:

  • • The pool fence project should begin sometime in July.
  • • The pool resurfacing and tile repairs began in June. More information will come on this project so that you can plan around the dates the pool may be closed. A special thank you to Doug for connecting us with a company able to do this just in time for summer.
  • • Road work should start near the beginning of July. More information will come on this project so that you can plan around the dates of any road closures.
  • • Cameras at the gate were installed in mid-June.
  • • Pickleball courts have been repaired.

Kentucky Derby Race
 

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What a wonderful, glorious day for a race! The horses were ready and so were our residents. Everyone was dressed in their best Derby hats with flowers and feathers cheering on their favorite horse. Read on to see more photos and a recap of the winner!

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Kentucky Derby Race
 

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What a wonderful, glorious day for a race! The horses were ready and so were our residents. Everyone was dressed in their best Derby hats with flowers and feathers cheering on their favorite horse.

The winner was… MEDINA SPIRIT, winning the 147th running of the roses. Congratulations and good luck in the Preakness and the Belmont.

Resident Spotlight
 

Resident of the month

In this issue, we’re shining the spotlight on Sue Cook, who has been a resident in our community for over four years! Sue is a huge help here in Tara Woods, and we’re so grateful to have her. Keep reading to learn more about her and what she does around the community.

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Resident Spotlight

Resident of the month

This month's resident spotlight is about Sue Cook, who is originally from Ohio but lived in South Fort Myers for four years. She has been a resident in Tara Woods for four and a half years and is a big help to our community. Before retiring, she was a nurse administrator for 26 years and which contributes to her bringing her A-game to everything she does.

Sue has definitely found her niche here in our community. She has the energy of 3 people and is very involved with clubs and activities. Besides the fun activities she participates in, she is also on multiple committees for events like the blood drive and mammogram appointments, while also overseeing blood pressure screenings and the special needs program with the medical staff. She helped organize the COVID-19 vaccinations and always lends a hand wherever she can. She is on the HOA board, calls bingo on Tuesday nights, and is involved in the plays that we have here. We hope we haven't forgotten anything she does - what a list!

Outside the community, Sue likes to travel and has done a 20-day sea and air travel trip to Alaska. Her favorite amenity at Tara Woods is the clubhouse. Being as involved as she is, she sure spends a lot of time there!

She is the epitome of an all-hands-on-deck type of person, and we are so grateful for her. We lift a glass and toast Sue for a job well done. Thank you for everything!

Home & Garden

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Work Smarter, Not Harder

Is it time to ditch your wheezing vacuum or matted duster? If so, consider these top-rated cleaning tools designed to make cleaning your home so efficient that you might even look forward to your to-do list! After all, can it be called a chore if you’re having fun?

Easter Sunday Celebration

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What do the Easter Bunny and ice cream have in common? Fun! The Tara Woods ice cream social was held on Sunday, April 4, and there were smiles all over the place. After all, who can say no to a bowl of ice cream? Thanks to everyone who attended!

Recurring Events
 

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We love being able to offer residents unique and exciting events whenever we can, and we’re so excited about our two recurring events - ice cream and food trucks! Read on to hear details on both.

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Recurring Events
 

Ice cream truck

Every Wednesday, Sunny Days Ice Cream will be driving through our community supplying sweet treats. Jennifer wants to make sure we have happy residents, and the residents are so excited for this midweek treat. Doesn't ice cream just make you feel like a kid?

Additionally, Tara Woods had its first of many food trucks make an appearance to the community. Red Roc Cravings supplied 3 item choices with a Spanish flair. Everyone was socially distanced and set their chairs in the shade to enjoy some food and drinks together. This will be a monthly event, with hopes to expand once the busier season starts.

Food, friends, and fun - that's what's so great about living in Tara Woods!

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Florida Tax Holidays

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Did you know that throughout the summer in Florida, there are three tax holidays? Read on to hear how you can save big this summer with tax breaks on outdoor supplies, clothes, concert tickets, and more!

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Florida Tax Holidays

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Did you know that throughout the summer in Florida, there are three tax holidays? The first of the three kicks off on Friday, May 28 and temporarily suspends taxes on disaster supplies ahead of hurricane season, running through June 6.

Next is a back-to-school tax-free week, from July 31 to August 9. This applies to things like clothes, school supplies, and no taxes on the first $1,000 of the sales price of a computer.

Rounding out the three is a new “Freedom” tax holiday from July 1 to July 7. This coronavirus-spawned tax break applies to tickets to arts and cultural events, like concerts, and outdoor gear like fishing and camping supplies. It's the perfect opportunity to get set to enjoy life outside of our homes this year!

Experiences

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Date Night = Best Night

Whether you and your significant other have been on two dates or 200, everyone can use a little help thinking of fun, creative ideas for your night out (or in)! Whether you want to class it up with a trip to your local art gallery or get cozy at a drive-in, we guarantee you’ll find something new to try.

2021 Hurricane Season
 

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June 1 officially kicks off hurricane season in Florida - are you ready? To be best prepared in the event of a hurricane, the Hometown America team has organized and put together a host of information to help our residents know of the responsibilities asked of each entity in the event of a disaster. Keep reading to learn more.

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2021 Hurricane Season

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June 1 officially kicks off hurricane season in Florida - are you ready? To be best prepared in the event of a hurricane, the Hometown America team has organized and put together this informational article 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 are those belonging to the homeowner. This article clearly defines what areas of responsibility are those of our residents, the homeowners, and what areas are the responsibilities of Hometown America. We will provide 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. This Emergency Registration Form needs to be returned to your community manager as soon as possible.

There are many resources and guides available to help all of us be better prepared for the 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 One: Create a Family Emergency Plan
  • Step Two: Assemble an Emergency Supplies Kit
  • Step Three: Family Evacuation Plan
  • Step Four: 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.
  • • 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 the community office during business hours.

Beat the Heat
 

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Summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax with a cold, refreshing drink, but summery cocktails often mean high sugar and calories. Discover how you can get fresh, low-calorie drink recipes sure to impress all your friends by reading on!

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Beat the Heat

Tropical drinks in pool

Summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax with a cold, refreshing drink, but summery cocktails often mean high sugar and calories. With these delicious concoctions, you can get fresh, low-calorie drink recipes sure to impress all your friends.

If you’re into botanicals, a rose mojito may be the way to go. For those with a sweet tooth, try a whipped frozen creamsicle or a blueberry Tom Collins, two summery twists on some timeless classics. If you’ve jumped on the gin train, then you may love a fresh, strawberry gin spritzer or a watermelon gin fizz. With so many to try, you’d better get started!

So, you love the drinks, but how do you make them? There are some basic components and mixers that are important for getting started. First and foremost, make sure you have all the essential ingredients! Not only are the bases like vodka or gin important, but so are bitters, liqueurs, and mixers. Plus, don’t forget the cherry on top - literally! Garnishes can make or break your drink, so make sure to stock up on things like lemons, limes, and maraschino cherries. Having a stocked bar will make all your friends and family believe you’re a pro at your next poolside get-together or cocktail party. Which drink will you try first?

Get Deeper Sleep
 

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Do you struggle to get deep, restful sleep? Many experts blame an increased use of technology for our struggles with sleep, but did you know there are actually a host of smart products that can help you get better rest? From mattresses to apps, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading for the full list!

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Get Deeper Sleep

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Do you struggle to get deep, restful sleep? Many experts blame an increased use of technology for our struggles with sleep, but did you know there are actually a host of smart products that can help you get better rest? From mattresses to apps, there’s something for everyone.

For those who are curious about their sleep patterns, there is a multitude of options available for a wide range of budgets. If you’re willing to invest, Sleep Number mattresses are leaders in what they do. By giving you a “SleepIQ” based on how much you move, how many times you wake up, and how long you spend in each stage of sleep, you can receive an in-depth analysis of your sleep patterns. There are also removable mats that do something similar, and you can even track sleep on your smartwatch.

There is even technology made to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and even wake up easier in the morning. If you have trouble shutting down at night, the solution may be Dodow’s metronome of light, which projects onto the ceiling and helps to regulate and slow down your breathing. For those who wake up at every little noise, Bose created headphones that solely play calming sounds and promise to block outside noise. Even if you have no problem sleeping through the night, and your difficulties lie in getting out of bed, there’s an app for that too! Alarmy won’t let you silence your alarm until you complete a special mission, waking up your brain and readying you to take on the day.

These few items are only scratching the surface with all the sleep-aiding technology available. With all of these inventions, you’ll be sleeping more soundly in no time! Do any of these sound like a must-try?

Entertainment

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Toucan Play at This

In need of a new outdoor hobby? Turn your eyes to the sky! Bird watching is a leisurely activity that is fun whether you’re alone or with friends and family. Not to mention, you can enjoy it all year-round. With this guide from Audubon, you’ll learn everything you need to get started on your birding journey.

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
 

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.