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MARCH - APRIL 2017
EDITION No. 7

Tell Your Friends and Neighbors

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March/April Happenings at Tara Woods

Mark your calendars! When you want to take a break from all the recreational options in the community, make some time to attend one of the special events below.

Announcing Tara Woods Yard of the Quarter

Beginning in March, and then in June, September and December, we will award the Tara Woods Yard of the Quarter to one household each quarter.

Quarterly winners will receive a $50 gift certificate!

Never Leave Home Without It

There's more than one reason never to leave home without?no, not your American Express card?your smartphone. You never know who or what you might see while you're out and about.

Second Annual Facial Hair for Cancer Recap

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, the 4 Words Foundation and 21st Century C.A.R.E. held the Second Annual Facial Hair for Cancer Awareness 5K/10K Walk Run at Tara Woods. Proceeds went toward raising cancer awareness and education as well as providing financial assistance to patients in the Southwest Florida area.

Betcha Didn’t Know

Many people are confused and believe that the four-leaf clover is the shamrock, but it’s not. The shamrock, or three-leaf clover, is associated with St. Patrick’s Day. It derives from the Gaelic Seamrog and means “little clover,” and it’s the Emerald Isle’s iconic symbol. Some say the three leaves stand for the Holy Trinity. Others say the leaves stand for faith, hope and love. If you’re lucky enough to find a four-leaf clover, the fourth leaf stands for luck.

Homeowner Tip of the Month

Springtime is a time to clean up, check up and spruce up your home and property. We’ve included a handy checklist below to jog your mind on many of the chores that have piled up over the winter. Get started now so you can enjoy the warm-weather season with your friends and neighbors.

Daylight Saving Time Reminder

On Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2:00 a.m., time springs forward one hour. At the stroke of 2:00 a.m., the time magically becomes 3:00 a.m., and you’ll lose that extra hour of sleep you received last November.

This is a reminder to turn your clocks and watches ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, March 11, 2017.

Tuesday Night Bingo

If you're looking for something to do on Tuesday nights, come and play Bingo with your neighbors. The payout is $50, as well as a special $200 payout.

  • Every Tuesday year-round
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Clubhouse
  • $10-$18, depending on how many cards you want to buy

11 Tips to Manage Stress

The typical American morning.

 

Does that plaque describe your mornings? Stress can lead to high blood pressure and a host of medical problems. The good news is you don’t need expensive and potentially harmful medication to lower your anxiety level. You already know that eating right and getting enough exercise is vital to overall health, so there’s no need to elaborate on the obvious. Instead, we’ll look at a number of easy methods to reduce stress. Some of them will help you rediscover fun. You’re sure to find one or more that works for you.

'Tis the Season...

The season is in full swing at Tara Woods, and our seasonal residents have come home for the winter.

We had a great Christmas party. New Year’s Eve and January saw the beginning of our club dinners. The first Saturday of January, we had a great show—Red Hot & Blue Collar, brought in by our sound and lighting group.

Tara Woods Yard Sale

Tara Woods recently held its Annual Yard Sale. The crowd was huge, and the community was besieged with shoppers hoping to score a good deal. Some made multiple trips to their vehicles with their newfound treasures after a day of serious bargain shopping. 

Love It or List It?

Your full-time, in-house Sales Department is excited to remind you this month of two important items when it comes to you and your home in the community.

 

SafeHaven National Insurance Agency

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency for all your homeowner protection needs. The company specializes in covering manufactured homeowners and renters. 

 

In today’s market, many insurance companies are either very difficult to work with or do not write insurance policies that provide adequate protection. When it comes to your home, make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that not only offers competitively priced policies but also provides the protections important to you. 

 

Visit their website at www.safehaveninsurance.com or call SafeHaven National Insurance Agency today at 1-800-206-2753 for a quote.

Darlene’s Corner

Beautiful surroundings, convenient location, friendly staff — What more could you ask for? Our community gives residents plenty of reasons to brag. In order for us to continue to boast about our community, we need to trim and weed our gardens and power wash our homes..

High Tech Comes to Tara Woods

We hope you enjoyed the aerial photos of the Phase III construction zone. A few years ago, it would not have been possible to include them in the Bulletin. Imagine the expense of renting a helicopter and a professional photographer.

When we requested photos from Doug Objartel to update you on the progress of the new homes construction site, little did we imagine that within 10 minutes he would send us several aerial shots! He captured them with a remote-controlled drone.

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." ~ Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

Christmas Parade

Tara Woods held a well-attended Christmas Parade during the holidays. Residents made their way through the community on their golf carts. Santa and his helpers joined the parade to the delight of kids from one to 92. 

Phase III's First Home Arrives

One-third of the first home arrives at its lot.

Tara Woods took delivery of the first new home for Phase III. The first new triple-wide home was delivered on February 21, 2017.

Phase III Update From Doug Objartel

Work has continued at a steady pace since our last update.We are approaching the final stages of our new Phase III at Tara Woods. Currently, the electric and cable conduits are being installed. Roads are complete, and the first layer of asphalt has gone down. We still have some sod work to complete, but other than some minor details, we are ready for new homes.

Scams 101—“Can You Hear Me Now?”

What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear, “Can you hear me now?” I’ll bet you think of the Verizon commercial. Unfortunately, those were the good old days. Today, the question has taken a nefarious turn—a new scam.

Potpourri

Get Ready for March Madness
March Madness starts Sunday, March 12, 2017. The NCAA has released the first-ever, "in-season" Sweet 16 bracket. View the complete playoff and championship schedule and mark your calendars so you don't miss any of the action.

Travel

It's Cherry Blossom Season
The National Cherry Blossom Festival springs to life March 20 - April 16, 2017, in and around Washington, D.C. It celebrates Tokyo's gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the nation's capital. In addition to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, the area hosts a number of spectacular events. For more information, check the official website.

Your Money

Are You Overpaying on income Tax?
Did you know that some or all of your Social Security may not be taxable? Calculations are made on adjusted gross income (AGI). See the table midway down the page at the link to determine if a portion of your Social Security income is tax-free.


Take Every Legal Deduction You Can
Tax avoidance is legal. Tax evasion is not and is subject to criminal penalties. According to Investopedia, “Tax avoidance is the use of legal methods to modify an individual's financial situation to lower the amount of income tax owed… by claiming the permissible deductions and credits.” View “Top Seven Senior Tax Breaks” at FindLaw, and double-check with your tax preparer to ensure you’re taking full advantage of deductions and credits to which you are entitled.

Food

Eat Your Fiber
PhysiciansCommittee for Responsible Medicine reports that dietary fiber decreases the risk of colorectal cancer by helping carcinogens found in waste pass through the body quickly. No, it doesn't have to taste like cardboard - avocados, berries, coconut, figs. View a list of 20 high-fiber foods. One easy way to increase your fiber intake is to add ground flax seeds, chia seed and avocado to a morning smoothie?a delicious and nutritious way to start your day.

Home & Garden

Add Some Spring Pizzazz to Your Home
Spring is here, a new season, a new beginning. It's a time to lighten and freshen your home. Add spots of color and put away the dark and heavy items for the season. Need some ideas? HouseBeautiful presents 16 ways to bring your home out of the winter doldrums.


Get Ready for Gardening
It seems like yesterday we were putting our gardens to bed. And now, it's time to prepare them for the season. Real Simple offers an easy, five-point plan to prepare for a spectacular garden full of blooms this spring and summer.

Your Health

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death, but it is preventable. According to Healthfinder.gov, six out of ten deaths can be prevented. Follow the preceding link to view a wealth of information and help to spread the word.


The Magic of NO!
How often do you feel overwhelmed, that 24 hours in a day is not enough time to get everything done? You can change that with the addition of one little word: "no." It's harder than you think to say it at first, but once you get the knack of it, you can do for others with pleasure when you choose to do so. Try The 24-hour No Challenge.