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Dear Residents: By the time you read this, hopefully you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. This has always been my favorite holiday, what‘s better than family, friends and, of course, food.

President Lee Orabona

Vice President Al Miller

Treasurer Vic Iaia Director Nick Peragine

Secretary Gary Baghdassarian

P.O. BOX 990 Pt. Jefferson Station, NY 11776 CAMCO Management Office 631.476.2100 ENCORE PROPERTY MANAGER Drew Varano Extension 212

Your Board continues to work hard finalizing the 2020 budget, recognizing the increased costs of certain contracts and services needed, i.e. electric, gas, water and sewer treatment plant. We have also been taking into account repairs and projects planned for 2020 and beyond. This Board has made it clear that we must get the services we require and paid for from our contractors. We promised to make changes when necessary. The first step in that process has taken place with the change in our snow removal contractor. Other contractors will be challenged and changed where necessary. We keep saying how beautiful Encore is, and for the most part we agree. However, we believe certain areas need closer scrutiny. Therefore, we will focus on that in the new year. Our Treasurer is also putting together an updated 5-year plan which will include many of the comments and suggestions that were provided from residents at our open communication meeting. Our work order process, while improved, lacks the proper form of communication and more work on the procedures are required. With full Board approval, Mr. Iaia and I undertook a project to build a movable bar that could be used for our spring and summer events which are currently being planned. Mr. Iaia has many talents and it was a pleasure working with him on this project. It‘s currently stored in the clubhouse but will be placed outside in the spring for what I hope will be a catalyst for more gatherings of our residents to listen to music and a enjoy a cocktail. I‘m confident Anna Gallagher will be working hard to create some different and fun events for the 2020 season. The holiday clubhouse decoration event has been planned, and everyone who participates does a great job. The Board wants to thank you and wish you all a very happy Hanukkah and a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year. We hope to see many of you at the holiday party at the beautiful and elegant Flowerfield‘s In St. James on December 15th. Remember, don‘t listen to rumors -- ask. Respectfully,

Lee Orabona HOA President

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Our Encore Food Drive (Long Island Cares, Inc.) proved to be a huge success for our less fortunate humans and their generally furry companions. Five very large and weighty boxes of your generous food donations were loaded on the truck and shipped off to assist at local food banks. Because of you, more will eat and will also be able to feed their pets. As if that weren‘t enough, our Toy Drive has begun at the Clubhouse as well. Some of you have already contributed to Brookhaven Town‘s quest to ensure that all local children have a gift to open this holiday season. Thank you! There is still time to donate for those of you that want to but haven‘t had the chance. All gifts are welcome. On November 11th, Encore joined the rest of our nation in expressing its gratitude to the more than 45 service men and women directly tied to the Encore Lake Grove community. Together, they represented more than 172 years of service to a nation that owes both the active members and their families a debt of thanks. The small service was accompanied by many patriotic melodies provided by our own Peter Beard (a Veteran himself), Lauren Lanna and a grateful Bagpiper who prefers to remain anonymous. All volunteered their time, talents, and energy to perhaps one of the worthiest causes we have had of late. Many thanks to Jimmy (another Veteran) and to Angela for her help that day. Thank you to Christine and Estelle who have contributed to much of the effort with sign-up‘s and with the traditions of Encore. Thank you also to so many of you who assisted with the clean-up, especially Peggy and Pat. A friendly group of twenty-four gathered to share friendship, bagels and coffee on Wednesday, November 20th, many of whom have celebrated birthdays in October and November. Happy birthday to all of you fall birthdays! Last, but certainly not least, was our very popular, very crowded, evening with Frank Sinatra himself…almost. SEE PICTURES IN THIS ISSUE Nino treated over a hundred people to two hours of non-stop memories by the likes of Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and so much more. Many enjoyed their own refreshments and a platter of snacks and desserts were served at each of the tables. Nino seemed to enjoy performing almost as much as we enjoyed hearing him. We look forward to perhaps having him back in the summer, outdoors with more room for dancing and singing along. Thank you, Angela, for finding him and to Jimmy for helping me find ways to include everyone that wanted to come.

Anna Gallagher

Greg Sundahl’s Perspective – DECEMBER 2019 Here we are, breezing through the final days of the calendar year. It sounds like the beginning of a car sales TV commercial, and to follow would be ―hurry in for savings!‖ Hopefully you‘re reading this on a comfortable chair and relaxing, catching up on your community‘s news. How are you feeling, as we inch closer to the next year in the series of our life? As I write this month‘s column, so many things are going through my mind, and for some reason 2019 seems more chaotic and disorganized for me than the recent few. Am I the only person feeling this way? In ―not-so-important-news," I changed my car windshield wipers! I‘m not here to report all of the details of my personal life, but wanted to connect the moments I‘ve had during my time in the car during recent rain and storms. I love how brand-new wipers grip the glass and leave a crystal clear view of the world around us. With every swipe, I kept thinking of how I needed new wipers to clear the junk and residue sticking in my life. I‘ve talked to many people who seem to be struggling in the same ways, and can use a clear focus, precise and straightforward expectations. Is it just me, perhaps going through a phase in my mid-30's, or is it our society, our technology, or other factors? I‘d like 2020 to be less chaotic and better-coordinated. What I mean, is that I want my work, personal, and financial lives to harmonize. This month is popular for setting goals and accomplishments for the year ahead. Have you thought about how you will improve your personal situation? How will 2020 shape who you or your family are? I‘ll revisit this in a future edition, as I feel like anything I set out to accomplish in January never gets fully completed. Thinking more about December, did you get all of your shopping done? Thanksgiving fell late this year, so it means getting more done in a shorter period of time. Are you all set to get through winter? After 12/21, the days begin to get longer and we experience more cold, snowy, and wet days. I used to love the holidays as a kid, but now there‘s so much to do, so many people to see and many places to visitin the few days we‘re off of work. But, it‘s a part of adulting that I have to live with, along with bills, deadlines, and homeowner responsibilities. It‘s not bad when it all works out and you can enjoy the experiences, but when the pressure mounts, it can be crippling, and I can‘t say from experience, but added anxiety or depression can bring things to a halt. How do you pick and choose the foods you consume over the holidays? Is your plate piled high with so many different foods that you overeat? What about the desserts and other treats at the gathering? Do you eat and have instant regrets, or wait until the holiday is over and try to get back on track? For me, overeating is in my DNA. When there are people around or I‘m at a social gathering, my brain seems unable to stay focused and will eat a little bit of everything, and just enough to feel the damage of the intake, but not enough to rush to the gym and start a new membership. As December passes, use this time to remember the traditions that your family has created over the years, and the good memories you have. Think about the way your family has evolved and what you can do to create new traditions. Imagine your children growing up and looking back… what will they remember and what will they be grateful for? Take a moment to reflect this month on everything that you have, you own, and use on a daily basis. How important are these items to our life? Are there basic necessities that we cannot live without? Be sure to count your blessings because life can change on an instant, and we never know when it can happen. Keep a list of your personal values in focus, and share joy with others this month. Be sure to share a smile with people you don‘t know, as you never know what they‘re going through… it could change their day in a positive way. Wishing you and your community a wonderful December!! Greg Sundahl, Founder of Boomin Future ( Comprehensive College Planning & Your Community Webmaster

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING OCTOBER 21, 2019 Attendance: Lee Orabona – President, Nick Peragine – Past President and Director, Vito Iaia – Treasurer Al Miller – Vice President – Technical Director, Gary Baghdassarian – Secretary Guests: Drew Varano.. CAMCO Property Manager Bruce Lenny.. R. LENNY PLUMBING Joe Savio.. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR The President provided the agenda and opened the meeting. Gary Baghdassarian reviewed the minutes of the October 2, 2019 meeting and the members discussed previous issues as follows: 1 – Indoor swimming pool leaks: Al Miller indicated that the pool is still leaking despite recent repairs. He suggested that the lines be pressure tested and the Board should get an estimate to check the lines and consult with HOA engineer Robinson regarding these leaks. 2 – Replacement of broken utility covers: Al Miller indicated that Jimmy has not yet checked the number of broken covers and the measurements. Al will follow up with Jimmy. The Board then approved the minutes of the October 2, 1019 meetings. First Item of Business: Status of Landscaping Project and unauthorized repair work: 1 – Gary Baghdassarian indicated that Community Landscaping has started the repair of the broken sprinkler pipes under concrete pavements and driveways. He will check if it will be wise to insert them into the conduit pipes under concrete pavements and driveways to prevent breakage in the future. 2 – Gary presented to the Board a $5,770 invoice that Community Landscaping claimed covers several landscaping improvements and repair of sprinklers that were not substantiated by any evidence of approval by any Board member. Upon review of the individual works, the Board decided (a) Community Landscaping should not perform any extra work without Gary‘s approval and (b) Community Landscaping is responsible to repair the sprinkler system and replace any broken sprinkler heads at no cost to the HOA. Gary will follow up with John on this matter. Second Item of Business: Financials: Vito Iaia presented a summary of CD‘s that the HOA now has at Schwab. He then reviewed the financials for the 9 months ending September 30, 2019 and indicated that the HOA is within budget.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING OCTOBER 21, 2019 Third Item of Business: Replacement of patio tent with a permanent structure: The President suggested that the patio tent be replaced with a permanent structure similar to the pergola in the swimming pool. This would save the cost of replacing the tent every 2 or 3 years and provide more covered space on the patio. The Board will bring this item for discussion at the open communication meetings. Fourth Item of Business: Preparation for Open Communication Meetings: The president suggested and the members agreed not to have formal presentations, but rather provide ample time for residents to bring up any issues and concerns that they may have for the Board‘s consideration. Fifth Item of Business: Snow removal contract: The Board asked Gary to develop a comparison between the revised proposals submitted by All Island and Licari based on the Request for Proposal (RFP) scope of work that was sent to both contractors. Both contractors revised their proposals to conform to the RFP scope of work as well as their prices. This will allow the Board to compare both proposals on an apple-to-apple basis for award decision by early November. Sixth Item of Business: Meeting with guests Bruce Lenny – R. Lenny Plumbing and Joe Savio – Electrical Contractor: Lenny indicated that the reason the water spray in the fountain at the entrance is not working properly is because water is leaking from the broken filter that needs replacement at a cost of $800. In addition, Lenny explained the extended repairs that the fountain needs such as waterproofing, updating the electrical system and relocating the electricals from inside the pit to an above ground location. The Board asked Lenny and Joe to work together and submit a proposal to repair and refurbish the fountain. Joe then explained his proposal to replace the flood lights in front of the fountain with cut-outs and technical data of these lights. The Board approved Joe‘s proposal to install 3 flood lights in front of the fountain. With no other issues to discuss, the President adjourned the meeting.

The next Board meeting is on Monday December 2, 2019 starting at 9:30 AM. Gary Baghdassarian Secretary, Encore HOA

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Top Italian chef Marco Pellegrini to open restaurant in Smithtown After months of negotiations, the lease is signed and the story can be told: Marco Pellegrini will be back behind the stove in 2020. The Italian chef, who guided Caci in Southold through four years of gustatory glory (a 3-star review from Peter Gianotti and a fixture on our Top 10 Italian list) plans to open an Italian restaurant in Smithtown, in the Terry Road spot that formerly housed Smithtown Buffet. He and his two partners are embarking on a thorough renovation of the property and hope to open in early 2020. The restaurant, to be called Osteria Umbra, is inspired by Pellegrini‘s Italian home, the region of Umbria, and his adopted home, the eastern end of Long Island. ―I will be cooking the real food of Umbria,‖ he said, ―but with the wine, fish and produce from the North Fork.‖ At his side will be his wife, Sabrina Vallorini, whose talent for pastas and pastries were also on display at Caci. Pellegrini envisions an experience that will be rustic, but elegant, a menu with prices lower than Caci‘s (and even lower in the separate bar area).

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Thank you to.. Vic Iaia and Lee Orabona for building the beautiful movable bar for all to enjoy!

NOVEMBER BINGO Submitted by Angela Savio

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Board Opening Remarks: 1 – President, Lee Orabona, welcomed the residents and introduced the Board members and the subject each member will cover during the meeting. He then explained that the Board made several changes to the Rules, in particular the Rules covering the use of the indoor and outdoor swimming pools and clubhouse amenities. 2 – Treasurer Vic Iaia provided details of the budget as follows: The HOA is on budget for the first 9 months of this year. While the next 3 months will be challenging to meet the budget, the prospects of being on budget is good. The HOA‘s budget for 2020 is expected to be $100,000 more than 2019 because of price increases by major contractors whose contracts expire this year. These include snow removal contractors whose new bids are $45,000 higher than the last contract and security contractor whose new bid is $15,000 higher than the last contract. These increases are related to increase in labor and material costs. The 2019 assessment covered spring cleanup, landscaping improvements, and general repairs and maintenance. The Board plans to keep the same assessment for 2020. 3 – Vice President Al Miller indicated that there were 2 leaks in the indoor swimming pool which are now repaired. Al indicated that there may be a third leak which is now being investigated. We will keep residents advised. 4 – Past President and Director Nick Peragine explained that the fountain at the entrance needs extensive repairs, including waterproofing and relocating all the electricals from the pit to the ground level. Nick also indicated that new lights are being proposed as well as a comprehensive plan from electrician and plumber so the work can be done properly. 5 – Secretary Gary Baghdassarian covered landscaping/sprinkler system as follows: There has been improvement in the timely completion of work orders after Anthony‘s assignment to lead the landscaping and sprinkler system work. The Board authorized the repair of major leaks in the sprinkler piping under concrete pavements and driveways. These repairs are now completed. The Board contracted All Island to trim all the trees throughout the Community except the ―Spruce Trees‖. The trimming work is now underway. The spring clean-up repairs and landscaping improvements earmarked by the special assessment in 2019 were completed.

Communication Meeting Residents Questions/Answers – Condo I – October 28, 2019 1 – Yellow line to divide the curve on Symphony Drive to keep cars close to the curb and slow down speeding cars. Board is considering speed bumps at critical locations to slow down cars which has become a serious issue. 2 – Status of benches throughout the Community Board had hoped to have these in place this year. However, it is being delayed until next Spring. 3 – Status of snow removal Board is evaluating proposals submitted by 4 contractors and is expected to select the contractor within the next few days. The Board wants to select contractors not just based on price but on quality of work as well. 4 – Resident complained about a work order issued to repair sprinkler Community Landscaping has now repaired broken sprinkler pipes that are under concrete pavements and driveways. 5 – A resident complained about not receiving the status of work orders, especially when the work is completed. The resident also complained that Community Landscaping claimed their scope of work does not include thatching and stripping of the grass Board will follow up with Camco who is responsible to keep residents informed of the status of work orders. Board also indicated that Community Landscaping is responsible to thatch and strip the grass if needed. 6 – A resident complained about the poor condition of grass on strips between garages Board would consider paving all strips between garages since it is very difficult to maintain the grass on these narrow strips. However, this is a costly project and may require assessment. 7 – A resident praised the meticulous work of All Island who is trimming the trees in the Community and, in particular, the cleaning of fallen branches after trimming Board emphasized the need to select contractors not solely on price, but on quality of work. 8 – A resident asked the status of the improvement of the Symphony Circle island Board confirmed that the Beautification Committee developed a plan with Community Landscaping but so far has not received any firm proposal. The work is now planned for the Spring of 2020, and an independent source maybe used. 9 – A resident asked if the Board has a count of number of broken sprinkler heads. This was written into their contract. Board indicated that Community Landscaping is responsible for the maintenance of the sprinkler system including the replacement of broken heads. 10 – A resident complained about the Guard House service. Board is aware of the poor service and is looking for other contractors as the contract is up for renewal. Board also explained the concept of ―virtual entry‖ with an attendant only for 10PM to 6AM. The attendees rejected the concept and preferred a manned Guard House. 11 – A resident brought up the issue of keeping dogs off the grass and residents reporting those who let their dogs on the grass. Board emphasized that residents need to abide by the rule of keeping dogs off the grass in order to save the cost of repairing grass soiled by the dogs. While the community is dog friendly, it requires rules to be abided.

Communication Meeting Residents Questions/Answers – Condo I – CONTINUED 12 – A resident complained about the way TruGreen spills the spray over pavers Board is not pleased with the performance of TruGreen and will bring this issue up with contractor for improvement, or replacement. 13 – A resident complained that the grass behind the house is always wet despite the 2 drywells which were installed for drainage. Board indicated that there are many areas of our community with drainage problems because the builder removed all the topsoil and there is 15‖ of clay that prevents proper drainage. Board also indicated that it would be an extremely costly project to implement a remedy. However, Board will research as what further action would be helpful to mitigate this. 14 – A resident asked when the front doors will be painted. Board indicated the painting of front doors and trims are scheduled for 2020. 15 – A resident asked when will the new directory will be available. Board indicated the new directory will be completed in the beginning of 2020. 16 – A resident complained about leaking gutters. Board has a plan to look into gutter covers at properties that are exposed to trees as it would be very costly to install gutter covers throughout the Community 17 – A resident complained that an elliptical treadmill in the gym needs adjustment. Board looked into this and showed the resident how to adjust the machine. There is a sign on the machine explaining procedure. 18 – A resident asked to have the mesh on fences repaired or replaced. Board will check sections that need mesh replacement since material is available. 19 – A resident complained that hydrangeas were cut down during trimming of bushes. Board indicated that residents should put a ribbon around plants that they do not want to be trimmed. 20 – A resident complained that one of the incoming gates does not fully open. Board is aware of the situation and will get it repaired. 21 – A resident asked when will the light fixtures in front of houses be replaced. Board indicated that light fixtures in front of houses will be painted, not replaced. 22 – A resident asked to clean the mailboxes. Board will look into this. 23 – A resident complained that trimming of the trees in the back will impact privacy. Board indicated that trees need to be trimmed to improve the health and growth and the impact on privacy will be temporary because trees will grow fast. 24 – A resident asked if All Island will trim bushes. Board indicated that Community Landscaping is responsible to trim bushes.

Communication Meeting Residents Questions/Answers – Condo II – October 29, 2019 1 – A resident asked if the Board plans to replace Community Landscaping Board indicated that there is no plan to replace Community Landscaping. However, there is a cancellation provision notice in the Contract, if required. 2 – A resident suggested that the Board should consider special handling of work orders that present a hazardous condition that may impact individuals or condos. Board suggested that resident should indicate in the work order if the condition presents a safety hazard so that Clubhouse can take immediate action. 3 – A resident complained that the condition of landscaping around the Community has deteriorated, especially the grass which is in very bad condition. Board recognized that the work that Community Landscaping is performing is not satisfactory and is considering several options for 2020. 4 – A resident asked who is checking the condition of the roofs. Board indicated that the roofs have a 25-year warranty and any leaks reported by residents are being repaired without any delay. 5 – A resident asked who is responsible to clean the gutters. Board indicated that the HOA is responsible to clean the gutters. Residents can place work orders if they believe they need their gutters cleaned. In addition, the Board is considering installing gutter covers on condos that are close to trees. 6 – A resident complained that the change of lock box address has resulted in the check bouncing and charged a late fee. Board indicated that Camco had advised homeowners early this year about the change in the lock box address and sent envelopes with the new address as well as several other communications on this. Moreover, homeowners who had this problem were not charged a late fee. However, there will be a charge if the issue continues. 7 – A resident suggested that the monthly fee be increased instead of an assessment to cover the spring clean-up and landscaping improvements. Board indicated that the special assessment is earmarked for a specific purpose. The amount of the maintenance increase would go in the General Fund if the monthly fee is increased. If the assessment amount is no longer needed in a particular year it could be removed. Most residents objected to increasing the monthly fee and preferred paying the assessment whenever it is needed. 8 – A resident complained that the garbage collection trucks come-in around 6:30 AM. Board indicated that there is a new garbage collection company servicing the Community since Garofalo is no longer in business. The Board also indicated that the garbage collection contract is now up for renewal and any issues the Community has will be addressed during the contract negotiations. 9 – A resident asked if La Fitness is going out of business and closing. Board confirmed that La Fitness is staying and actually renovating the premises, 10 – A resident asked that the debris along Hallock Road be removed. Board will ask Community Landscaping to remove the debris. 11 – A resident complained that the garbage collection company is charging various fees to remove items that are not considered ―garbage‖. Board indicated that this issue will be discussed during contract negotiations. 12– A resident suggested that the package the Sunshine committee gives to new homeowners should contain more information that will help them better familiarize. Board will review this matter with the Sunshine committee.

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan There is no better time than December to discover a still (somewhat) under-the-radar part of the Caribbean. This verdant, five square mile island has seen a lot of activity recently, from a new mega yacht club to a Soho House to the Mandarin Oriental's first property in the Caribbean. More is on the horizon for this picturesque piece of paradise, but go before everyone else discovers it.

Located just 90 minutes from New York City, the quaint Caribbean island is home to fantastic beaches—like the famed Horseshoe Bay and Elbow Beach—plus a unique style all its own. A balanced mix of charming British heritage and laid-back tropical vibes, Bermuda has, in recent years, become a hotspot over the holidays. The weather is typically temperate (expect temperatures in the 70s) which makes it a perfect destination for golf-lovers, families, and anyone looking for a quick weekend escape

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Ted Farkas and Suffolk County Supervisor Steve Bellone representing the Port Jefferson Elks at Calverton National Cemetery on Veteran‘s Day.

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DECEMBER 8th 2019 Holiday Festival

The Encore community would like to welcome Marie and Bob Reeve who currently reside in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Marie and Bob have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Bob enjoys playing the guitar and golfing. We hope to meet you soon!

The Village of Port Jefferson will magically transform into the Dickensian era with streets filled with roaming characters such as Father Christmas, Dickens Mayor, Scrooge, the Town Crier and the beloved chimney sweeps. The events are open to the public and most attractions are free of charge, so everyone – from the very young to the young at heart can join in the fun. The festivities will feature many returning favorites; ice skating at the Village Center, a cappella performance by choirs and harmony groups, Nutcracker performances, magic shows by The Great Wizard of the North, and many fine musical performances by area musicians. In addition, this year‘s festival will feature Theater Three‘s 35th Annual production of A Christmas Carol


Sun. 12/8 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: Stony Brook Village Center Main Street on the harbor Stony Brook , NY 11790 Price:

Free Description: Featuring a puppet processional parade with 14-foot puppets, a promenade of decorated holiday trees, live music, holiday trains display, a visit from Santa, our holiday tree lighting and more

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These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the‌ Perfect Holiday Appetizer recipe. Stacked into a tree shape and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack. INGREDIENTS 2 packages (16 ounces total) cream cheese, softened 1 package ranch dressing mix 1 jar (4 ounces) pimentos, drained and patted dry 1 jar (4 ounces) green chilis, drained and patted dry 1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced black olives, drained and roughly chopped 2 green onions chopped 1/4 cup chopped yellow pepper plus a piece cut into a star shape 3/4 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese 4 12-inch green flour tortillas 10-12 cherry tomatoes Salsa for serving INSTRUCTIONS In a large bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese and the ranch dressing mix until evenly combined. Then add the pimentos, green chilis, black olives, green onions, yellow pepper, and cheddar cheese. Stir gently until they evenly distributed in the cream cheese. Divide the cream cheese mixture on the four tortillas. Then, using a spatula, spread the mixture on each tortilla in an even layer. Keep the mixture a 1/2 inch from the edge. Roll up the tortillas. Set them on a plate and cover it with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or until firm. Then using a serrated knife, cut the tortillas into 1/2-inch slices.

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FALL HAND AND FOOT TOURNAMENT Submitted by Pat Gut And the winners are: Left to Right: Kathy Busuttil & Joan Grillo - 2nd Place, Rose Picariello & Sharon Safran - 1st Place and Bonnie Greco & Terry Katulis - 3rd Place. First off, on behalf of the judges and players in this fall's Hand & Foot Tournament, we would all like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Mary Ann Orabona for suggesting and pulling together the very first Hand & Foot Tournament approximately three years ago. That first tournament went so well and was enjoyed by so many that we are now having two tournaments a year. Unfortunately for us, Mary Ann couldn't play with us in this tournament but HOORAY for her as she is away on a cruise. Hopefully she will be able to join us for the next tournament. This fall's tournament had twenty-four entrants including a couple of newcomers. We appreciate all of you joining us for a fun filled afternoon. The scores in this tournament were fantastic! In several games in the qualifying round, there was a difference of only several hundred points between teams to make it to the final round. Then, to top it all off, there was a difference of only 20 points between the first and second place teams in the finals. It appears that all of the participants are "on their game". Thanks go out to so many people, to name a few, Anna Gallagher, our Social Coordinator, for her help in getting all the information on the tournament out to all of our Encore residents, the great ladies at the desk - Christine, Angela, Estelle, Julie and Kathy for signing up the entrants and collecting the entrance fees, setting up the coffee pot for all to enjoy on the break and let's not forget Jim for setting up the extra tables and chairs we needed. And, last but not least, our very own Kitchen Technician, Frances Coppola, and the judges, Rose Picariello, Carol Cadieux and Pat Gut. Lucky Frances made it to the final round so additional thanks to Lydia Zakian for pitching in. The old adage, "Many hands make light work‖ is certainly true here at Encore. Before the afternoon was over, people were asking when the next tournament will be. As so many people enjoy this event, maybe we should consider doing this three times a year. Could we have a little "feedback" on how all of you feel about this idea? In addition, a number of women have expressed an interest in learning how to play Hand & Foot. Anna has discussed this with me and with the help of a few of our regular players, we hope to be able to set aside an afternoon one day a week for those who are interested in learning how to play "Hand & Foot". More on that to follow in the not too distant future, probably right after the first of the year. Until then, we're looking forward to seeing all of you in the next tournament and any newcomers that would care to join us are more than welcome! The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


Nino treated over a hundred people to two hours of non-stop memories by the likes of Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and so much more. Many enjoyed their own refreshments and a platter of snacks and desserts were served at each of the tables.

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BIRTHDAYS DEC 1… Janet Milazzo DEC 4… Arline Guerra DEC 4… Ester Fisher DEC 5… Sandy Roessner DEC 5… Lucy Jones

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DEC 6… Jeri Miller DEC 10… Paula Buckwald

DEC 12… Mimi Newman DEC 12… Andrew Currie DEC 13… Matty Burfeind

DEC 14… Lynn Acker

DEC 16… Dominic DeSantis DEC 23… Leon Benjamin DEC 23… Honey Hyner

DEC 24… Thea Norvid DEC 25… Elaine Calinoff

DEC 25… Neil Newman DEC 28… Mark Erenberg DEC 29… Filomena Gaglione

ANNIVERSARIES DEC 1… Peggy & Bob Bowman DEC 5… Gloria & Anthony Farino DEC 7… Marylyn & Irwin Franks DEC 22… MaryAnn & Lee Orabona DEC 23… Myra & Stan Cohen DEC 26… Marge & Nicholas Peragine DEC 27… Phyllis & Ross Caplan

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A group of cats is called a clowder of cats. A group of kittens is called a kindle. Cats sleep an average of 15 hours a day. Its sense of smell is about 14 times stronger than that of humans. A cat has 24 whiskers, 4 rows of whiskers on each side. The upper two rows can move independently of the bottom two rows. A cat uses its whiskers for measuring distances. Cats do not have a collarbone, so they can fit through any opening the size of their head. The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human. A cat has more bones than a human; a human has 206 and a cat has 245 (some of which fuse together as the cat ages, leaving 230 bones). There are more than 3000 types of domestic cats, but only 8% are pedigree. And, unlike other cats, they are found all over the world… in abundance. In the US, there are more cats than dogs, and people annually spend more on cat food than on baby food. Calico cats are almost always female. Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals to do this are the giraffe, camel and the maned wolf. A domestic cat can sprint at up to 31 mph. A cat has 3 eyelids but most cats do not have eyelashes. When a cat sleeps with all four paws tucked under it means cold weather is coming, according to myth. Cats cannot see directly below their heads that is why they do not see the food when

you put it under their nose. Keep this in mind when you‘re feeding your kitty.

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Million Dollar Quartet

January 16 – March 1, 2020 On December 4, 1956, an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Featuring a treasure trove of hits from these music legends, including ―Blue Suede Shoes,‖ ―Fever,‖ ―Walk The Line,‖ ―Hound Dog,‖ ―Who Do You Love?,‖ ―Great Balls of Fire,‖ and many more, Million Dollar Quartet not only plays the music that made the Golden Age of Rock and Roll, it tells the stories of the men who created it The Homeowners Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

The Hottest 2020 Restaurant Menu Trends The restaurant industry moves fast—if you don‘t keep up, you‘ll get left behind, struggling to keep up with the competition. Nothing screams ―dated‖ like an out-of-trend menu item or dish, so keeping up with the ever-evolving palettes of your customers is key to remaining relevant. Upserve‘s data scientists collected and analyzed sales data between January 2018 and July 2019 from over 10,000 restaurants nationwide, measured the sales performance of each item, and ranked each item on a scale of 1-14 based on its overall and trending popularity. We then compared this data to our over 200 James Beard award-winning customers to compare national menu trends against what‘s happening in the most innovative kitchens.

Vegan-Friendly..From the Impossible™ Burger to jackfruit, vegan-friendly menu items are on the rise with zero signs of slowing down–they earned on of the highest scores on our scale (a 12.5 out of 14). With more and more consumers turning to plantbased diets for health, animal rights, or environmental reasons, you‘ll only isolate a growing number of potential guests by not offering thoughtful and expansive vegan-friendly options.

Tinned Fish..Tinned fish is making a steady climb, appearing on menus as apps, small plates, and bar snacks. While it wasn‘t one of the highest-ranked, it did have one of the biggest jumps, moving up a whole point from 6 to 7, indicating that this item is one to watch. From sardines to smoked mussels and octopus, food lovers in the US are starting to realize what our counterparts in Spain and Portugal have known forever—tinned fish is awesome.

Sober Curious‘ Beverages..Many people are choosing to refrain from alcohol for health and wellness reasons as part of a new ‗sober curious‘ movement. We found that the appearance of mocktails on menus was higher than last year, and continues to rise. There is also a new non-alcoholic distilled spirit on the market called Seedlip that is gaining popularity (it rose 2 whole points) within the movement and beyond.

Mushrooms..We‘re not talking about portobellos or white buttons, here. Interest in wild, seasonal, and rare versions of mushrooms have been appearing more on menus and customers are loving them. More expensive (but still relatively well-known) varieties like chanterelles and trumpets are gaining more fans. The most interesting item in this category is the Lion‘s Mane mushroom—they appeared 360% times more on menus of James Beard Award-winning restaurants, so they will only continue to grow in popularity as more people discover them.

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