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THE COLUMNS Vol. 28 No.18

Tara Woods Homeowners Association –


Putting On The Glitz! The Fashion Show, on Friday, November 1st, included a lovely luncheon and Razzle Dazzle Boutique provided the beautiful clothes for the models, and they looked fabulous! Thanks go out to everyone who helped with The Fashion Show and The Craft Fair, on Saturday, November 2...they were both a HUGE success!

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WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS Thomas & Joanne Bigold are new parttime residents at 19008 Potomac Circle. They are originally from Massachusetts and are both retired. They are the parents of two children and three grandchildren. Thomas enjoys fishing and they both enjoy boating. Scott & Kathy Bell are new part-time residents at 19721 Charleston Circle and are originally from Michigan. Scott is retired from the Ford Motor Company. They are the parents of four children, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Scott enjoys boating and Kathy enjoys sewing and baking.

Kenny & Cheryl Linn are new fulltime residents at 19235 Potomac Circle and are originally from Maryland. Kenny is retired from Uniform City USA and Cheryl is a retired Financial Auditor with BCBS. They are the parents of four children and six grandchildren. Kenny enjoys watching football and Cheryl enjoys sewing, crafts and watching ice hockey. Anne “Nina” Lynes is a new part-time resident at 2813 Orlenes Street and is originally from Massachusetts and retired from L3 Corporation. She is the parent of one child and one grandchild. Anne enjoys swimming and crocheting. She has also been a pet sitter for the past eleven years and a volunteer in Massachusetts for the USO and the Dakin Humane Society.

S h a r o n Moorhead is a new full-time resident at 2806 Cloister Street and is originally from Maryland. Sharon is a retired realtor and has seven children and eleven grandchildren. Sharon is a doll collector and likes bingo. Patrick & Gay O’Keefe are new parttime residents at 2854 Tara Lakes Circle and are originally from New York. Patrick is retired from the Niagara Falls School System and Gay is retired from Verizon. They are the parents of five children and thirteen grandchildren. Patrick and Gay enjoy boating, biking, kayaking and music.

Gary & Cheryl Pollock are new fulltime residents at 2570 Tara Boulevard and are originally from Ohio. Gary is retired from the United Methodist Church and Cheryl is retired from Ohio Health. They are the parents of five children and fifteen grandchildren. Gary enjoys his motorcycle and music and Cheryl enjoys sewing.

Daniel Malikowski and Christopher DeSalvo are new full-time renters at 19446 Ganty Lane. They are originally from New Jersey and are looking for work. Dan enjoys cooking, reading and history and Chris enjoys singing, floral design and going to the casino. WELCOME TO TARA WOODS Joanne Byrne

Greg & Shelley Renaud are new part-time residents at 19671 Woodfield Circle and are from Canada. Greg is a retired Captain of a Fire Department and Shelly from Director of Quality. They are the parents of two children and one grandchild. They both enjoy golf, walking, bike riding, and Shelly enjoys yoga.

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This is truly a magical time of year here in Tara Woods. We welcome old friends and make new friends as we enjoy “winter” together. The following is new information about some of the benefits provided by your Tara Woods Homeowners Association: •Homeowners meeting – great attendance. Official kickoff of our website, []. Donna Erhardt and Bill Loveday walked us all through the many features available. This is a virtual, real time communications tool for all residents. Try it – you’ll like it!! Thank you to Bill and Donna who stand ready to help you or answer any questions. •Membership continues to climb in the TWHA. Thank you to all new members and renewed members. Your membership fuels the activities of the Tara Woods Homeowners Association. Cost is $15.00 per year,

per household, or about $.04 per day. Don’t miss your chance to win free membership for life or free dues for 2019. Join now!! To join us, contact Ann Millette, Membership Secretary at 543-2954 or at Saturday Morning Coffee or before Tuesday Bingo. •Saturday Morning Coffee – Like coffee? Like donuts? Like to hear the latest news? All this and more from 8:00 to 9:00 AM including a short, informational meeting. Sign up in the Clubhouse in order for us to have enough donuts and coffee ready for you. Contact any board member for more information; see our website for numbers. Keep informed! •Flag Pole – you might have noticed our new solar lit flag pole with new flags located by the gazebo. Our Homeowners Association monument to all armed services has been refurbished and power washed and is standing tall. Thank you to Janet

Daly, our Activities Coordinator, her husband George, Jon Porter and Ed Sparany. HEADS UP – All the members of your volunteer Board of Directors wish each and every Tara Woods resident a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. DID YOU KNOW THAT – the best way to enjoy winter is in our beautiful heated pool doing water aerobics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 AM as long as the air temperature is 62 degrees or better. No reservations necessary; just come and enjoy the fun. Come see what we do and you just might like to join us. Any questions, call Judy Brda at 7311797. Lou Dunning Vice President 239-240-5847

60th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Judy & Dale Holat celebrated their 60th Anniversary with their family in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a month early, because they would be in Florida on their actual anniversary which is November 22nd. They have four children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Happy Anniversary!

Activities, Sports & Clubs can be found on pages: 8,12, 21 - 22 and 26 - 27. State Club information can be found on pages: 16 - 18. Due to space limitations, the Calendar and Entertainment page will be inserted as a flyer for December’s issue.

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ASSISTANTS: Linda Engel PHOTOGRAPHY: Sam Jokich and Lou Dunning CALENDAR: Polly Brown and Judy Lanpher CIRCULATION: Susan Uccello, Manager COORDINATORS: Stuart & Belle Berman, Bill Black, Agatha Breen, Pat & Lou Dunning, Peggy Gamble, Lloyd & Carolyn Kelsey, Bob Kuhns, Sharie & Norm Libby, Diane & Bob Nunn, Ed Simko, Nancy Schoeppner, Lori Thomas, Susan Uccello, and Julia Wehrung. ALTERNATES: Joanne & Bob Byrne, Al Dion, Sandy Schuelke, Linda Hoos, Vic Sharps, Arlene Greene, Linda Beaulieu (Oct-May), Brenda Redgers (Oct-May) REPORTERS: Reporters will be noted by their bylines at the end of each article. Ginnie Pontarelli , Tara Woods Homeowners Association Liaison To advertise in print, contact: Bob or Emy Stein at 941-349-0194 or email us at Contributing writers are acknowledged with bylines accompanying their submissions. Attribution for photos are not included unless supplied. We sincerely thank everyone for their contributions. Your articles help showcase the strong and diverse community that makes up Tara Woods. The Columns is published monthly from October through May. Summer issues are condensed: June/July and August/September. All ads are subject to the approval of the publisher. It is the responsibility of the party placing any ad for publication in The Columns to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town, county and state codes in first obtaining an occupational license for business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property. DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that when you hire an unlicensed/uninsured person to do work at your home, you accept the liability. Island Visitor Publishing is not responsible for claims made by advertisers



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Tara Woods Staff would like to wish you all much happiness this Holiday season. We have a feeling that 2019 is going to be our most exciting year yet. For the New Year we have already planned two resolutions: continue improving our existing amenities and look into adding new ways to better serve our residents. Stop by the Office and see our beautiful decorations, say hello and grab a candy or a cookie. Winter weather has a tendency to increase aches and stiffness, but we do offer several ways to loosen up and get some excellent exercise. We have yoga classes Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and we have water aerobics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It is a beautiful walk around the community or a bicycle ride. What a great way to meet people out and about, a friendly smile or wave goes such a long way to make someone’s day. Our new residents are getting everything arranged and put in its place. We are thrilled that they have chosen our community a place to call home. Welcome to the neighborhood. We are here to make your life easier. “May you never be too grown-up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.” Sincerely, Darlene D. Bradley


Starting immediately, any dues, renewals, or new memberships will be given a ticket. I will keep half and write your lot number on the back. At the Annual Meeting on Monday, January 14th, 2019 there will be a drawing with these tickets. First prize will be a paid lifetime membership, and second prize with be a paid membership for 2019 (we could either refund your money or apply to 2020). We have 590 occupied homes and only 210 paid members. We could and should do everything to support the Homeowners Association. As always, if anyone has a better way to increase the membership numbers, I am always ready to hear it. Thank you. Ann Millette, Membership Secretary 239-543-2954

NOMINATIONS FOR DIRECTORS This article is to inform you that now is the time for any TWHA members who want to run for a position of director on the Tara Woods Board of Directors, to do so. Please submit a short bio and photo to any member of the Nominating Committee no later than December 12th, 2018. At the membership meeting on Monday, December 12th, 2018, nominations will be accepted from the floor. That will be the absolute last time nominations can be accepted. There will be four directors’ positions available. Nomination Committee Members are as follows: Ann Millette 239-543-2954 Peg Gamble 740-304-4872

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TARA WOODS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS On behalf of YOUR FMO, I want to thank all of you who voted YES for Amendment 2 in the recently held elections. Because of your due diligence we no longer have to worry about high real estate taxes.

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The FMO meeting season is in high swing. The next FMO meeting will be held at The Heritage on Friday, December 14th. All meetings begin at 1:00 PM and last approximately 2 hours. Halfway through there is a refreshment break and there is always time for questions and answers. Looking ahead, the January meeting will be hosted by Tara Woods, on Friday, January 11th. Look for more information in the January Columns. Just as it is important for all residents to be a member of the Homeowners Association it is just as important for all residents to be members of the FMO. If it weren’t for YOUR FMO, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy Tuesday Bingo in Tara Woods and your lot rent would have a monthly sales tax of 7%, among other benefits we enjoy and take for granted. Applications are on the back bulletin board along with envelopes to mail your payment. My suggestion is to go for the 3-year membership. This way you don’t have to worry about renewal for 3 years and you save some money besides. Don’t forget about the motor club. Wishing you and your families the very best during the holiday season.

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CLUBHOUSE MINISTRIES For new residents of Tara Woods and existing residents too, the Clubhouse Ministries invite you to join one of their Bible study classes, which are held in the Clubhouse Meeting Room every Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM. These meetings give you an opportunity to make new friends as you study the Scriptures in relaxed and enjoyable surroundings. We are a non-denominational group. No need to make reservations, folks! Just stop by any Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM. Come join us!

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Coming up: December: The Tara Woods Christmas Party is on Saturday, December 1st. I hope you have your tickets to this festive occasion hosted by the New England Club. The Christmas Golf Cart Parade and Caroling at the Clubhouse is on Wednesday, December 12th. The parade starts promptly at 6:00 PM. Gather at 5:00 PM in the north parking lot to line up and enjoy the “before the parade” social hour. This is the time to bring your beverages and goodies to share with fellow revelers. Please remember, the parade will not stop along the route. Please don’t offer food or beverages to the carts as they pass by. Your greetings and friendly waves will be appreciated. Cookies and finger desserts to share for the Caroling can be brought to the Clubhouse at 5:00 PM or when you arrive for the Caroling about 7:00 PM. This is BYOB. Hot chocolate and punch will be served as well. This is your opportunity to wear those crazy Holiday hats and outfits and share your Christmas wishes with your friends and neighbors. This is a fun evening for everyone, but please be careful out there. I hope to see you there! Thank You! Thank you to Donna Erhardt and Friends for hosting the Thanksgiving Dinner again this year. What a wonderful way to give thanks for living in beautiful Tara Woods and having the opportunity to celebrate with our friends and neighbors. The Clubhouse should be decorated by now and down Tara Boulevard as well. Thank you to a great committee who worked hard to make our community shine with the joy of Christmas. This was accomplished a little early this year, to accommodate yours truly, and also to check out a new design for the decorations. We hope to add a little each year to make our community sparkle during the Christmas season. If you would like to be part of this To stay informed of events in Tara Woods: venture, please let me know. • Read the posters on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. The season has started! There is so much going on over the • Check the Clubhouse bulletin boards for meeting and event information and sign-up sheets. next four months, it can be overwhelming at times. Please stay • Come to Saturday Morning Coffee! informed so you don’t miss out on anything. See the box by this article for ways to Stay Informed. • Read The Columns and check the Calendar. As Activities Coordinator, I will try to keep you informed and • Sign on to the Tara Woods website,, to be kept informed of all current events and more! updated on what social activities are coming up for you to enjoy. • Check out page 4 of the Tara Woods Community Resident Directory to see all the opportunities to Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions keep you busy in Tara Woods, with the contact people for each one listed if you have questions. regarding the parties and events. If I can’t answer your question, I most likely know who can. • Page 3 of the Directory lists the contact people for specific responsibilities under the Board of Janet Daly, Activities Coordinator Directors who you can contact with questions. • 239-567-2285


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ENTERTAINING NEWS So, Ladies and Gentlemen… December we shovel snow and scrape our car windsh…..oh!, excuse me I was having a flashback to a former life when I lived in the north. Let me start again. In December the Entertainers have a short month of rehearsals. We also get to decorate our Christmas tree on the same day as everyone else who helps decorate their tree in the Clubhouse. It always is a fun time and usually we have refreshments; then afterward the Clubhouse looks transformed with so many trees and lights. The community looks especially pretty too since most of the houses get some decorations on them. I hope everyone has a great Holiday Season, and that you get to spend some time with the people that care about you; and if I don’t get a chance to see you, “Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas” to one and all from the Entertainers, Lou and me. REMINDER – Entertainers meeting will be December 15 following coffee on Saturday. Any questions about this meeting please call Polly Brown at 239-731-1614. “Creativity is intelligence having fun!” Albert Einstein Pat Dunning, Stage Manager & Set Designer 239-599-4490 • Entertainers

CORRECTIONS TO THE CURRENT TARA WOODS DIRECTORY NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2018 If you need to make any changes, additions or corrections to your listing, please call Ann Millette at 239-543-2954 to be included in the next monthly update and next year’s directory. Additions: BURT, Jim BURT, Teri CHARLES, Terra DEGNAN, Tom DEGNAN, Darcy LANGTRY, Charlene LEWANDOWSKI, Eva LOBOSCO, Charlie O’KEEFE, Patrick & Gay LYNES, Nina RENAUD, Greg & Shelley

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Phone# Changes: BINKOWSKI, Richard BINKOWSKI, Judith DAHLHOFER, Jim & Sandy DUDA, Dan DUDA, Marcia VOORHEES, Bob KRASOVEC, Dorothy FINKLE, Perry & Karen

2736 Steamboat Loop, Lot #255 239-202-7814 2736 Steamboat Loop, Lot #255 239-247-1947 19454 Charleston Circle, Lot #170 440-944-2613 19565 Charleston Circle, Lot #14 763-439-1070 19565 Charleston Circle, Lot #14 763-670-1070 19702 Woodfield Circle, Lot #145 239-203-7165 19689 Woodfield Circle, Lot #149 440-796-3661 2562 Tara Blvd., Lot #205 239-731-6769

Misc. Changes: On page 3 under BOARD RELATED GROUPS/RESPONSIBILITIES: Flu Shots: (Nancy Wuebbeler) Change to Ginnie Pontarelli, 239-810-176769 Clubhouse Scheduling/Calendar (Polly Brown) change to Judy Lanpher 386-795-5555 On page 4 under COMMUNITY CLUBS AND GROUPS: DELETE the activity “Sewing For Charity”. The group has disbanded. Delete the Following Names: BLANTON, Ed & Charlene 2845 Darwin Street, Lot #524 HRADKOWSKY, Marty 2813 Orlenes Street, Lot #347 NOVAK, Diane 19620 Charleston Circle, Lot #27 RINGLEBEN, Shirley 19637 Kara Circle, Lot #465 ROBERTSON, Elizabeth 2910 Steamboat Loop, Lot #298 POVEROMO, Chuck & Marcia 2854 Tara Lakes Circle, Lot #301

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Wow! The holidays are upon us, and to think in less than 4 weeks we’ll be in 2019. Yikes! Will we ever get a breather? Anyway, during the next two holidays in which I’m referring to as Christmas and the New Year (oh, boy! presents and Christmas trees; oops sorry! I’m showing my favorite outdoor activity). We must give thanks to all mankind, which includes young and old, our troops, races, religions, and whatever you were brought up as, but mainly during these holidays, we have family visits, or not. But if you do, it is time to bring out the cookbook and start sharing our holiday dishes which we may enjoy during this festive season. What about us – Yes, US – your four-footed furry friends – sure you can give us turkey (as long as there are no bones) under the table. How about our nourishment for you to make us happy and health,; so we can enjoy every beneficial bitefull once it was prepared. So, in this segment of Bailey Speaks, how about: A Homemade Dog Food for our Holiday Treat. This easy homemade recipe will keep your dog healthy and fit. I bet on my “four paws honor” it’ll be cheaper than store-bought dog food, and it is chuck-full of fresh veggies. Just a reminder, please consult your veterinarian and use personal judgment when applying this information to your own dog’s diet. It takes about 55 minutes for you to prepare this meal for us. Ingredients: 1 ½ cups brown rice 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 lbs of turkey (ground) (there goes some of your leftovers from Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. He! he! But aren’t we worth it!) 3 cups baby spinach chopped 2 carrots, shredded 1 zucchini, shredded ½ cup peas, canned or frozen Directions: 1) In a large sauc pan cook 3 cups of water with rice according to the package instructions. Set aside. 2) Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or if you have a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add your ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes. Make sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks. 3) Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes. 4) Let it cool completely. Dog Gone It – see how simple it is; our own homemade Christmas dinner – just for us four-footed friends. Instead of the same old can or dry food which we get each and every day. Wow! Wow! And Bow Wow! What a treat! What is nice about this simple recipe is that dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans for their proportional body size. Such as: 1) High quality protein (meat, seafood, dairy or eggs) 2) Fats (meat or oil) 3) Carbohydrates (grains or vegetables) 4) Calcium (dairy) 5) Essential fatty acids (egg yolks or oatmeal) With this recipe, your furry-footed friend has a balance of 50% protein, 25% veggies, and 25% grains, but the ratio can easily be adjusted to suit your dog’s breed or needs. I hope you’ll give it a try and hopefully they will enjoy eating my Dog Gone Holiday Homemade Dog Food recipe. It’ll make a Tail Wagging delicious experience. In the meantime, my time is up for this segment of Bailey Speaks. Hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving without too much to eat. And remember to use those leftovers wisely, especially for us. Please, I beg all of you to keep our Dog Park clean. Take the time to pick up after us. It’s our park, the bags and trash bin are supplied, so, don’t be a lazy owner and not pick up after us. Think of others who want to enjoy the Doggy Park. If not, we may not have one to enjoy coming to. From Bailey and my owner, “We wish all of you a Safe and Happy Holiday Season, Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noёl, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Buon Natale, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukah, and Happy Tails till next month.” Bailey

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THE GARDEN CLUB I believe everyone who attended the Fashion Show would say it was fantastic. The models looked fabulous in the beautiful clothes from the: Razzle Dazzle Boutique located at 1335 Cape Coral Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL 33904 I’m sure Cathy, the owner, would love to meet each of you. If you are looking for that one-of-a- kind outfit for whatever, or just something different than you find in the big department stores you should check out their clothes. Many of them are made in the USA. Our new Mary Kay rep did a great job on the models’ makeup. She had to leave before I could introduce her, I believe to pick up her children. Her name is: Tamara Lorf; her number is 941204-0706 If you use Mary Kay products or are looking for a gift for someone who does, please call her. Tell her you are from Tara Woods. I left the catalog in the Library.

The Craft Fair was a huge success. With all of the vendors advising us that they did very well, some have already signed up for next year. Kudos to Carol Shields for all her hard work. The Garden Club wishes to Thank EVERYONE who helped make both of these events such a great success. Please remember to put aside any usable items that you are thinking of giving away for the Trash and Treasure. We use the money received from the Trash and Treasure so that the Fashion Show can be a free event. Our next meeting is Saturday, February 9th, 2019. If you would like to join the Garden Club, please come to the meeting. Why join the Garden Club? To meet new Ladies and be involved in Four of the fun events held in season. Don’t let the name scare you. We are more of a social

club than a garden club. Few members work in the garden. The Garden Club is responsible for the Fashion Show, the Craft Fair and the Trash and Treasure, and we have an end-of-season luncheon for members only. Dues are only $5.00, collected once a year at the luncheon. The Garden Club maintains the Butterfly Garden that is near the gazebo. Linda and John Hoos volunteered to care for the garden and have done an outstanding job. Did you see the Halloween decorations? I cannot wait to see what they do again for Christmas. A Big Thank You to Linda and John The Garden Club wishes everyone a Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah And A Very Happy New Year Rachelle DellaRocca What to plant December Bedding Plants: To add color to the winter garden, plant masses of begonia, impatiens, and geranium.

Bulbs: Amaryllis is a popular plant for the holiday season. They can be forced to bloom now or planted outdoors for spring blooms. Herbs: Plant herbs that thrive in cool weather. Some to try are parsley, thyme, sage, dill, fennel, and cilantro. Vegetables: Reliable cool season vegetables to plant this month include celery, cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, and carrot. What to do December Poinsettias: One of the most popular holiday plants is poinsettia. Enjoy it indoors now; then plant in the garden to re-bloom next year. Irrigation: Plants may need irrigation if the weather has been warm and dry. Monitor for signs of stress and water only as needed. Fungal disease: Continue monitoring for brown patch and large patch fungal disease through May. Cultural practices are key in control. Houseplants: Inspect regularly for pests on indoor plants. Keep in


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The Dog Park Barbeque on Sunday, November 4th, was a great success! A huge thank you to our host Bill Black, our grill masters Jon Porter and Tim Lanpher, the set-up and clean-up help, Len Makia, Judy Lanpher, Marie Ivens, Cindy Erikson, and Judy Powers who provided the delicious side dishes. We would also like to thank the many people who attended, with a special shout out to Joan Musso and all those who brought the delicious desserts. Our very talented resident photographer, Sam Jokich, was kind enough to donate his time taking pictures of the many adorable dogs, as well as donating three beautiful pictures for the lottery to help raise money for the park. The lucky winners of these masterpieces were Janell Wissler, Frank Guerin, and Marie Ivens. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and participated in the fun for a good cause.


We rarely read about men’s Prostate Cancer. The male population needs to be aware of this disease, so it doesn’t become life-threatening. Prostate Cancer is nicknamed the “Silent Cancer” because men do not like to discuss the disease, diagnosis, procedures and treatment alternatives! Prostate Cancer affects 1 in 6 men in their lifetime and kills 1 in 5 of those impacted by the disease. It is commonly thought to be “an old man’s cancer” where one dies of some other illness well before they die of Prostate Cancer. This is False!!!!! Men in their 30’s can and have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Men have died from PC while in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and so on. Early diagnosis is best because it then leads to more treatment options. Men and their families need to be fully informed about the treatment options so they may make “informed” decisions about their health care choices. Prostate Cancer is an inherited trait cancer. For example, in African American men their ordinary risk factor is 1 in 3 chance of experiencing Prostate Cancer. However, if it is in their family, the risk becomes 100% chance of experiencing PC. In Caucasian males, the risk begins at 1 in 6 chance, but if it is in the family bloodlines, then the risk becomes 1 in 3. It also important to know males and females will carry this risk factor and will pass it along within the family. Prostate Cancer is generally comparable to Breast Cancer in the rate of risk to be found with the cancer and the risk of death.

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TARA WOODS HALLOWEEN PARTY On Saturday, October 27th, we had our Halloween party, hosted by Cindy McKay, at the Clubhouse. The decorations and food were amazing. The event featured a Haunted House and an Asylum for all the participants to enjoy! Cindy and her volunteers created a memorable Halloween experience. Thank you to Just for Kicks, all those who helped serve the meal and everyone who assisted in the room set-up and tear-down. The residents in costume were the main attraction. There were clowns, jellyfish, witches, werewolves, a geisha, pirates and many more! The creativity that went into the costumes this year will be hard to match. Prizes were awarded for best couple, men’s and ladies’ costumes. The evening commenced with music and dancing, and a hauntingly good time was had by all.

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The Third Annual Doggie Costume Parade and Contest was held on Sunday, October 28th, by the Gazebo with nine dogs participating. There was Wonder Woman, a ballerina, a liger (half lion, half tiger), prom king and queen, and many other fabulous costumes. You could hear a lot of ooh’s and aah’s to encourage the dogs and their owners. I don’t know how the judges (Karen and Dennis Daley from the Presbyterian Church) made their winning selections; the costumes and dogs were really very good. Both Karen and Dennis mentioned that picking the winners was very hard. Congratulations go to the winners: Lori Thomas’ Bailey – most creative, Judy Powers’ Chloe – most comical, and Gwen and Dakota Windancer’s Malachite – ballerina with very fancy foot work. Finally, I would like to thank those who helped to make this all happen. Without them this event could not have proceeded so smoothly. Many thanks go to Lou and Pat Dunning, Janet Daly, Mary Ellen Gold, Linda Hoos, Sam Jokich, Bob Kuhns, Frank Millette, Diane Nunn, Ginnie Pontarelli. A special “Thank You” to all who just showed up to see the dogs and the event, you just being there made the event special. Finally, this whole event would not have been possible without the gracious support by Bob and Emy Stein of Island Visitor Publishing who print our paper, The Columns. Barbara Roland, Event Coordinator

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CANADIAN CLUB Dear Fellow Canadians, As winter fast approaches, we are drawing nearer to our time together at Tara Woods. We’ve had a terrific response to our requests for hosts for our monthly gatherings and only need someone to sign up for January. As always, your committee welcomes all suggestions, ideas and input for the successful operation of the Canadian Club. Please also remember to let us know if/when you meet new Canadian residents, both renters and owners, so we can invite them to participate in the Club. Safe travels to all. Patti Thompson, Brenda Redgers and Brenda Plut




Can you believe it? We are approaching the end of 2018 and the New Year is just around the corner. On Friday, December 14th, we will be holding the last meeting of the year. The meeting will be the White Elephant Christmas party. Dale Humphrey has offered to play for us that night. The Club will provide the ham for the meal. Members are being asked to bring sides, salad or dessert. Also, if you are interested in participating in the white elephant gift exchange, the men will purchase for a man and the women for a woman. Please keep the price between $10.00 and $15.00. As always, the sign-up sheet for the meal, set-up and clean-up will be posted in the Clubhouse. Just a reminder about New Year’s Eve, the Midwest Club will be the hosts. Tables will be decorated by the occupants. A sign-up sheet will be posted for set-up and clean-up. Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! Respectfully Yours, Bobbie Mester and Debbie Polenska

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NEW ENGLAND CLUB The New England Club Christmas Party will take place on Saturday, December 15th, at 5:00 PM. Sign-ups are taking place now, so if you haven’t signed up, please do so ASAP. The deadline for sign-ups is December 10th. For dinner, we will be serving one-half of a rotisserie chicken, Ron’s macaroni and cheese, and a tossed salad, bread service, coffee and dessert. This party is free to all Club members who have paid their dues. If you haven’t paid your dues yet, you may do so upon arrival – but please sign up. The price for a guest for this party is $10.00. We will, of course, be playing some fun “Christmassy” games. Please BYOB and raffle $$. Hope to see you all there!! Judy Machnicz

MID-ATLANTIC SOCIAL CLUB NEWS The month of November began for our members with serving lunch at the Craft Fair on Saturday, November 3rd. Favorite homemade “Pot Luck” dishes were the central theme for the November 18th, meeting. We came together again on Saturday, November 24th, after Saturday Morning Coffee at 9:00 AM for decorating the Christmas tree in the Clubhouse. Watch for details of our activities in the “new” Mid-Atlantic Social Club Monthly Newsletter prepared for us by Sue Clark. Arrangements have been made with Bianca’s Restaurant for the Christmas Party on Sunday, December 9th, at 12:30 PM. The party will replace our regularly scheduled meeting for December. Looking ahead – Saturday, January 5th, after 9:00 AM coffee for undecorating the Christmas Tree; Sunday, January 20th, at 4:00 PM – bring a “cold” dish to share and items that someone else might want for a silent auction; and Sunday, February 17th, for a “Sock Hop with the Del Prado’s” for the Tara Woods community. We wish all a Merry Christmas, enjoy the Holiday Season and have a Healthy New Year. For all those who are travelling this time of the year, may you return safely to Tara Woods. Barb Pollitt, Secretary

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Thank you so much to everyone who donated for the baskets of cheer and helped sell the raffle tickets at the Craft Fair. A special Thank You to Pat Sparany for arranging the beautiful baskets and making them so attractive. It was well received by everyone. The winners were former resident Wayne Cox and our own Irene D’Amico. Congratulations! Thank you also to Eddie Amarando and Dorothy & John Andrus and Friends for hosting the November potluck meeting. You made it an especially fun time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken Clark, recuperating back in New Jersey from a successful bypass to allow blood flow back into his legs. We hope to have him and Carole back in Tara Woods in January. Get well wishes also go out to Josephine Topping as she recuperates back in New York from complications from a procedure. We hope to have her and Sam back in Tara Woods in January also. Thank you to the Club members who helped decorate our Christmas tree on Saturday, November 24th. It’s looking good! Please put Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 9:00 AM on your calendars to help take it down and store everything for another year. The December meeting is on Sunday, December 2nd, at 5:00 PM when we will celebrate Christmas together with an Italian dinner. Antipasto will be provided. You are asked to bring a dish to share. The sign-up sheet is hanging on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. This is BYOB as usual, and don’t forget to wear your name tag and bring a few dollars for the “social” raffle. You are also asked to bring an extra $5.00 per person to be donated to a charity that will be selected at our meeting. As always, everyone from New York and New Jersey is welcome to attend our meetings. New residents, renters and visitors are especially welcome. If you will be traveling this Holiday season, stay safe and have a Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah with your family and friends. I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday December 2nd. Happy New Year! Janet Daly 567-2285

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Welcome back to our Winter residents! On Thursday, December 6th, the Computer Club will begin a new season of free computer classes for the owners, renters, and guests of Tara Woods. These are held at 10:30 AM every Thursday in the Card Room at the Clubhouse. They are open to everyone, and there is no membership fee. The first and third Thursdays of each month are devoted to Computer Basics. This is a complete course on how to use

your computer. The second and fourth Thursdays, are reserved for General subjects and cover a single specific topic of interest. If there is a fifth Thursday in a month, it is an open question and answer session where you can ask me almost anything you want. Computer Basics includes a wide range of generic topics, such as computer types and components, the Windows Desktop, programs, files, folders, games, internet, email, and multi-media, as well as an overview of Wordpad and MS Paint. General subjects this year will examine Windows 10, ebooks, social media, smart phones, tablets, and Google and Android devices. Other topics will be added later as time allows. It’s never too late to join our group, even if you’re a total novice. This is a great time to learn the Basics; we are starting again at the very beginning and

assume that you know nothing about computers. We spend as much time as we need to on each topic, and the next topic to be covered is always posted on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. Feel free to attend only those classes that appeal to you. Bring something to take notes with, and your laptop computer if you want to follow along on it. I will answer any question you care to ask me. I also give private lessons and set up or repair computers in your home. I’ve been designing, programming, repairing, teaching, and working with computers since 1968, and can help you with all of your computer needs. Please call me with any questions or comments at 652-0488. I’m looking forward to seeing you. Dave St. Laurent, The Computer Tutor




A Day of Caring is a day of Sharing. We kicked off our annual fund drive on October 1st and it will run through mid-December. This fund drive raises money to support local charities that help feed local families in need on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Last year Tara Woods residents contributed $2,436 to A Day of Caring. Thank you all again for your generous support. The local charity organizations supported by this fund drive are Fort Myers Rescue Missions, Hispanic Services of Catholic Charities, and Wake Up America. Look in the October issue of The Columns for A Day of Caring letter and a contribution envelope. I will be making periodic reports on the progress of the fund drive. If you have any questions regarding A Day of Caring, please call John D’Amico at 731-7928. Your contribution can either be mailed or dropped in the Day of Caring contribution box located on the windowsill of the Tara Woods Homeowners Office. Please use the Day of Caring envelope provided. Thank you all in advance for your continuous and generous support. John D’Amico / Irene D’Amico A Day of Caring Committee

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY COLLECTION It is once again time to begin collecting donations for our Annual Firefighters & Paramedics Holiday Dinners. These members of our North Fort Myers Fire Department do so much for our Tara Woods Community that it gives us great pleasure to give back to them during the holidays. As we did last year, we will use your donations to provide Gift Certificates from Publix for the three shifts who work December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, so that they can purchase Holiday dinners for their shifts. We will accept donations at Tuesday Bingo and at Saturday Morning Coffee. You can also call Frank Millette or Linda Hoos and we will be happy to pick up your donation. Make any checks payable to “cash”. Please give generously to those who are always there for us in our time of need. Thank you. Frank: 239-543-2954 Linda: 941-713-4868



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For the fans of this fun-filled event and for those who are dying to come and get your fill of belly laughs, I am – for the first time ever – announcing this event ahead of time. It will take place at a Saturday Morning Coffee in December. As to which Saturday, all I can say is it will be in December. So be sure to come to all the coffees in December; that way you will not miss this fun- filled, downright enjoyable contest. For the unaware, the audience will choose

the winner of this coveted crown. For those who would like to be one of the contestants, call me – Pat at 599-4490 and you too will be included in this competition. All you need to join in are a few good jokes, not too long and not too short, you know what I mean. Unlike TV contests, the phone lines will not be used to determine the outcome of this contest – only the audience’s enthusiastic applause will be used to pick the TWBJT – Tara Woods Best Joke Teller.

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garage or shed every night or while away. Stay Safe Tara Woods “SILVER ALERT” Update We are looking for additional volunteers to aid in our program. If you want to aid in locating a mentally impaired person who has wandered away from home, contact one of the reps listed. We stay within our community using golf carts, autos or bicycles. Robert Glandorf 239-543-6683 Stuart Berman 239-220-2369 Linda Hoos 941-713-4868 Thanks, and stay safe Neighborhood Watch

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Another month has gone by, and as you are reading this, the Tennis Association’s first Round Robin of the season is over and hopefully everyone had a nice, pleasant experience. Also, our first Tennis Association Meeting of the new season is in the books. We are looking forward to the holiday season, many social events among good friends, and our wish for a peaceful and blessed holiday and new year. Here’s wishing you and yours Happy Holidays. Hope to see you all on the courts. Our next Round Robin will be on January 27th, with the Tennis Association Meeting following in the evening. – Roger Rafferty TENNIS LEAGUES Both the Women’s and Men’s Teams started their league play in November. Because of the deadline for this issue of The Columns, we only have a few scores to re-

port. There will be more scores to share in the January issue. WOMEN’S LEAGUE Women’s Team – Angels The Tara Woods Angels began their league play on Thursday, November 8th, with a home game against the Six Lakes Seagulls. Conditions were very hot on the courts, but the Angels were successful in winning all 6 sets. What a great start to the season! As is the custom after our home games, we invited the Six Lakes women to join us on the Verandah for refreshments. Our whole team pitched in to serve our guests, and our first after-game social was a great success. After the Six Lakes team left and we were cleaning up the leftovers and celebrating our victory, I heard someone say, “We may be angels, but we play like

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devils” ¬– well said! We appreciate our spectators coming out to watch our home games and we hope that you will continue to watch us play and show your support for the Tara Woods women’s team. Our home games start at 10:00 AM. The away games have various start times; these are shown on our league schedule which has been posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board. – Linda Engel MEN’S LEAGUE White Team – Stallions Hi everyone. It is really nice to see all the people together again – good friends, good weather, and some fun tennis. Hopefully, everyone is looking forward to a great winter of tennis. We (The Stallions) play on Tuesday afternoons starting at 1:30 PM. We have posted the game schedule on our Tennis Bulletin Board. This year, the team consists of 10 full-time players who are very eager to play tennis and have a lot of fun. Our first match was held on Tuesday, November 6th, against the team from Lake Fairways. Our guys stepped up to the challenge and managed to win 5 out of 6 sets. We really appreciate your coming out to see us play. It inspires us to play the best we can. Thanks. – Glen Fisher Blue Team – Tigers This is the start of the Tara Woods tennis season. The Tigers started the season on a positive note. The first week we opened against the Six Lakes Raptors. We won 4 sets and lost 2. It was a pleasant good start for players who have not played competitive tennis for the last 6 months or so. We had a chance to see the new construction of the new clubhouse and other facilities at Six Lakes. It is very impressive. Our second match of the season was Thursday, November 8th.

We faced the Herons Glen Yard Dogs. Unfortunately, we were only able to manage 1 win. Being a little short on players as the season starts, we hope for stronger performance as the season goes on. Our third match was scheduled for November 15th , at Lake Fairways. – Dale Holat Blue Team – Mustangs We opened our 2018-2019 season on Thursday, November 1st, at home against Six Lakes. Led by newcomer Ed Sandre and returning players Don Boehlke, Gene Dickie, Roger Rafferty, Mike Renzulli, and myself, we were able to win all 6 sets. We continue to practice twice a week and play our matches on Thursdays, as all team members are back in Tara Woods. Our schedule is posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board. We welcome all to see us have FUN and enjoy a nice afternoon of tennis when you can. Our second match was played on Thursday, November 8th, at Herons Glen. The results of that match had Tara Woods winning 4 sets and Herons Glen winning 2. – Ed Malatesta ROUND ROBINS Our first Round Robin was scheduled for Sunday, November 25th. Results and details of the day will be reported in the next edition of The Columns. Just a reminder, here is the schedule for the rest of the season: December 2018 – No Round Robin Due to Holiday Sunday, January 27th Sunday, February 24th Sunday, March 31st All residents are invited to participate in this event, and those interested are invited to attend the Tennis Association Meeting later in the day at the Clubhouse. Details are on the Round Robin Sign-up Sheet posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board. This event is just to have a good time, get some exercise, and enjoy some camaraderie with your neighbors. We encourage all to attend and participate. – Jon Gold

SHUFFLEBOARD Just for Fun Shuffle on Thursdays Come play shuffleboard on Thursdays beginning December 6th. All are welcome! No obligation to show up every week! Don’t know how to play? No problem! We’ll teach you. We’ll play by regular shuffleboard rules and each game will be played with a new partner. Win or lose, the object of each game is to have FUN. Play will be from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM every Thursday. All levels of players are welcome. For more information please call Mary Kivel at 207-505-5576 or email me at marykivel@yahoo. com.


We are creating a list of bikers who would like to be informed of group rides. We have noticed an increased population of bikes in the neighborhood and would like to include you when we ride. We typically take a nice ride and stop to have lunch or dinner together. We have lots of fun, enjoy good food and fellowship, and would love to have you ride along. If you would like to be included on our list or have any questions, please contact Donna Erhardt 239-322-0070.

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Mark & Mary Ford Softball League 2018 Schedule TEAMS 1 Buccaneer 5 Lake Fairways 2 Tara Woods 6 Del Tura 3 Old Bridge 7 Herons Glen 4 Pine Lakes 8 Del Tura #2 7-Jan 2-1 #1 3-8 #3 4-7 #4 5-6 #5

9-Jan 2-5 #1 1-7 #3 8-6 #4 3-4 #5

16-Jan 8-4 #1 7-5 #3 6-1 #4 2-3 #5

21-Jan 1-3 #1 4-2 #3 5-8 #4 6-7 #5

23-Jan 7-8 #1 6-2 #3 5-3 #4 4-1 #5

28-Jan 3-6 #1 8-1 #3 4-5 #4 2-7 #5

30-Jan 6-4 #1 7-3 #3 8-2 #4 1-5 #5

4-Feb 8-3 #1 6-5 #3 1-2 #4 7-4 #5

6-Feb 7-1 #1 3-4 #3 5-2 #4 8-6 #5

11-Feb 3-5 #1 2-6 #3 1-4 #4 8-7 #5

13-Feb 1-6 #1 4-8 #3 5-7 #4 2-3 #5

20-Feb 2-4 #1 8-5 #3 3-1 #4 6-7 #5

25-Feb 5-4 #1 7-2 #3 6-3 #4 1-8 #5

27-Feb 4-Mar 6-Mar 2-8 #1 A Div A Div 1-5 #3 1-4 #1 2-4 #5 3-7 #4 2-3 #4 3-1 #3 6-4 #5 N Div N Div 4-1 #3 2-4 #4 2-3 #5 3-1 #1


The Tara Woods Magic Softball team has immediate openings on its roster for additional ball players. Candidates should be highly motivated, with professional or college experience, 60-yard dash speed under 7 seconds, power-hitting skill, great defensive ability, AND Must Love Dogs. OR We would gladly accept those Candidates who WISH they had all of those aforementioned traits or who couldn’t care less about that stuff but want to enjoy one last chance to play the game of their youth. Seriously folks, we have a few openings for anyone who would like to join our happy band. We practice once or twice a week be11-Mar A div 1-2 #3 4-3 #5 N Div 1-2 #4 4-3 #1

13-Mar A div 4-1 #4 3-2 #1 N Div 4-1 #5 3-2 #3

18-Mar A div 4-2 #3 1-3 #5 N Div 4-2 #1 1-3 #4

20-Mar A div 2-1 #1 3-4 #4 N Div 2-1 #3 3-4 #5

fore the season beings after January 1st. Our games are Monday and Wednesday nights in Punta Gorda. We’re always done by 7:00 PM. Afterwards many of us stop at local eateries to rehash the games, and now and then we celebrate our victories! We also put on a Spaghetti Dinner in January that is a great time and provides us with some funds for team expenses. Below is our initial game schedule. It was changed twice last year, so this may not be the final printing. Please call one of our coaches if you have any inquiries: Bill Hubbs, Bob Uccello, Larry Baldwin, and Rod Browder.

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Tara Woods - December 2018  

The Columns is Tara Woods' monthly community newspaper. Presented by Tara Woods' Homeowners Association.

Tara Woods - December 2018  

The Columns is Tara Woods' monthly community newspaper. Presented by Tara Woods' Homeowners Association.