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THE COLUMNS Vol. 28 No. 10

Tara Woods Homeowners Association –

February 2018


FROM THE BOARDROOM by Lou What better way to bring in 2018 than a homegrown New Year’s Eve Party at the Clubhouse. A big thank you to the Midwest Club for hosting the New Year’s Eve Party and to all the participants who had the opportunity to enjoy a good night while watching the ball drop. Another thank you goes out to the Sound & Lighting Committee who brought in the Orange Sunshine Band to entertain us all. This was a high-class act with five musicians who played multiple instruments while singing songs that all of us, somehow, knew the words to. The annual Tara Woods Homeowners Association meeting was held on Monday, January 8th. The membership elected four directors, each of whom will serve a two-year term. Returning to the Board are Lou Dunning, Frank Millette, Ann Millette, and with a new member Ginnie Pontarelli. The meeting was well attended and we thank all the homeowners who came out and participated. In addition to the elections of directors, the Association’s 2018 budget was reviewed and approved by the membership along with the suggested revisions to the Association by-laws. Outgoing President Janet Daly was recognized for her 10 ½ years of service on the Board; she served 6 of these as President. While she will be leaving as a Board Member, she will continue to be actively involved in our community as the Activities Coordinator. A big thank you from all goes to Janet and her supportive husband, George. After the Annual Meeting the directors met to select the officers for the upcoming year. Selected were Frank Millette as President, Lou Dunning as Vice President, Ann Millette as Membership Secretary, Marie Ivens as Recording Secretary, and Eileen Robinson as Treasurer. Nancy Wuebbeler, Ginnie Pontarelli will serve as Directors at Large. The passing of Board Member Joanie Byrnes left a big hole not only on our Board but in our entire community. Joanie was always active in everything that she did – for instance the Sunshine Lady and revitalizing the T-shirt sales. We could always count on Joanie to step forward and volunteer in any way necessary to better our lives here in Tara Woods. We will miss her dearly. As a result of that untimely vacancy the Board is charged with selecting a director to fulfill the remainder of her term. The Board has selected Lynn Makia to fill out Joanie Byrnes’ term. Lynn is very active in our community and we look forward to working with her on the Board. Have you ever been to a Magic’s game? The Magic is our softball team which represents Tara Woods. They play Monday and Wednesday in Punta Gorda. The schedule is posted on the back bulletin board. They are a dedicated group of residents who are worth seeing, so check the schedule and plan to attend a game or two or three. Tara Woods Magic is known for having a large fan base attending their games. Let’s keep that going in 2018. Have you ever bet on a horse? If so, or if not, you have the opportunity to bet on actual prerecorded races. Everyone has their own method of choosing the winning

horse, so be sure to come out and try your hand at your method. I am sure you will be a winner! The races will be held on Friday, February 9th, at 4:00 PM in the Clubhouse. Tickets are $2.00 at Coffee, Bingo or at the door. Join us! There is still time to get your tickets to the Valentine’s Day Party hosted by the New England Club to be held on Saturday, February 10th, in the Clubhouse. This is always a fun evening. Be sure to get your tickets at Saturday’s Coffee or before Bingo on Tuesday night. Are you ready to have some fun? Our annual Residents Appreciation Day is Saturday, February 24th. This event is sponsored by Hometown America in conjunction with Tara Woods’ volunteer residents. This is one action-packed day starting with free coffee and pastry at 8:00 AM, followed by a golf cart/bicycle poker run. From 11:30 to 1:00 PM is a free lunch at the Clubhouse where lunch tickets are required. Prior to Appreciation Day, lunch tickets can be obtained from Polly Brown. Noon to 2:30 PM we move on to numerous games entailing shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, basketball court, bocce ball, horseshoes, mini golf course and more. Playing or working at each of these will earn you game tickets. Free BINGO with cash prizes follows 3:30 to 4:30 PM. In the evening at 7:00 PM you return to the Clubhouse where the game tickets you acquired during the day are redeemed for an opportunity to win prizes. This day is wrapped up with a dance which lasts till who knows when or 10:00 PM, whichever comes first. It is a totally fun day. To those who have attended before we look forward to seeing you again, and the people who are new to Tara Woods, please join us for this completely free fun day. This whole day is open to residents and official renters, so again, please see Polly Brown to receive your lunch ticket and plan on spending the day with your neighbors on Saturday, February 24th. Lou Dunning, Vice President

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Ron and Sharon Flobeck are new full-time residents at 2605 Macon Circle. They are originally from Michigan and Illinois. Ron is a retired owner of Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery, and Sharon is retired from the Lee County School System. They are the parents of four children, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mike and Sheila Harris are new full-time residents at 19447 Charleston Circle and are originally from Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Mike is retired from the Detroit Police Department and Sheila is retired from Meijers Chain Stores. They are the parents of four children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mike enjoys fishing, classical music and biking, and Sheila enjoys exercise (Zumba, etc.), bocce ball and biking.

Bob Marigliano and Nancy Mullet are new full-time residents at 2830 Orlenes Street and are originally from Massachusetts. Bob is semi-retired from Plastics Manufacturing and Nancy is still working at H&R Block as a receptionist. They are the parents of eight children and ten grandchildren. Bob enjoys golf, sports, flea markets and the beach, and Nancy enjoys cooking, the beach, flea markets, and watching football and baseball.

Kim Johns is a new resident at 2553 Macon Circle and is originally from Wisconsin. Kim is a retired teacher and likes gardening, music and reading.

Martin and Alexia Thompson are new part-time residents at 19622 Woodfield Circle and are originally from New York. Martin is retired from New York State OGS, Division and Design, and Alexia is retired from the New York State Education Department. They are the parents of five children, ten grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Martin enjoys fishing, hunting and target shooting and Alexia enjoys crocheting, reading, swimming and target shooting.

Marie Vidrine is a new full-time resident at 19631 Savannah Road and is originally from Pennsylvania. Marie is retired from the Department of Environmental Protection and is the parent of two children and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading and bead jewelry.

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MANAGER’S CORNER January has brought most of our northern guests back to Tara Woods. We are anxious to hear about their summer activities while away. Residents are in full swing with parties, tennis, bocce ball, softball, golf, bowling, etc. Please take time to see all the new items that have been repaired or replaced during the summer months, new signs, horseshoe canopies, gazebo refurbished, and our new models completed. You will also notice Irma visited Tara Woods. Even though

we had issues, she left us with minimal damage to most residents. We did have crews in here as early as Monday morning after Irma left by midnight the previous Sunday. During the next few months please be aware of our speed limit of 20 mph. Also, we have many walkers and bike riders; patience is the name of the game. While on the subject of safety, children are not allowed to drive golf carts until 16 years of age. We do ask our bike riders to wear bright colored clothing and always have lights on

your bike when riding at night. Please remember we have changed car stickers for entrance to the gate. If you were not here for the initial distribution, you will need to come by the Office for your new decal, after 2 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Schedule for RV’s, Golf Carts, Motorcycles will be at a later date. We wish all of our residents a happy, healthy, New Year. See you at the Residents Appreciation Day! Darene Bradley


( ASSISTANTS: Linda Engel and Marcia Poveromo PHOTOGRAPHY: Sam Jokich and Lou Dunning CALENDAR: Polly Brown CIRCULATION: Gail Sanfilippo, 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, George Stelling, Lori Thomas, Susan Uccello, and Julia Wehrung. ALTERNATES: Claudette & Mark Burke, Joanne & Bob Byrne, Al Dion, Sandy Schuelke, Nancy Schoeppner, Linda Hoos, and Vic Sharps



Our current editor, Donna Erhardt, is stepping down. We are looking for a full-time or part-time resident to fill this position. This is an opportunity

for someone to become editor. One of the necessary qualifications for the editor’s position is the need to be comfortable using a computer. If you would like to know more about what’s involved; contact Donna Erhardt or Lou Dunning. Donna has graciously volunteered to share the “how to” details on the editor’s duties and responsibilities.

REPORTERS: Reporters will be noted by their bylines at the end of each article. Lou Dunning, Tara Woods Homeowners Association Liaison

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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 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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RESIDENT APPRECIATION DAY The annual “Resident Appreciation Day” for 2018 will be on Saturday, February 24th. The fun-filled day is made possible by the generosity of Hometown America and all the caring volunteers within our community. It takes an army of volunteers who give much of their time and energy to make it all happen. Hometown continues a tradition started by others many years ago by financing the entire day. Everyone involved are to be commended for everything they do, though it often goes unappreciated. The festivities for the day will stay the same as last year because

most of the feedback was positive. What few glitches there were have been tweaked! (The sandwiches will be larger!) For those of you who have not yet experienced Appreciation Day, the festivities begin Saturday morning at 8:00 AM with free coffee and bakery in the Clubhouse. At 9:30 AM anyone wanting to participate in the golf cart/bicycle Poker Run will gather at the Craft Building to receive the “clues”. A cash prize is awarded for the best poker hand. Next, between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM free lunch is served: a sandwich, chips, a soda or water and a cookie. Sandwich choices

will be ham & cheese, chicken salad, egg salad or tuna salad. Then the activities/games will be played between 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM. A variety of games involving most of the amenities at Tara Woods are played – although not in the usual way! A big part of the fun is collecting tickets every time you participate in an amenities game (or for each hour you work during the day) for chances to win prizes to be given later in the evening. At 3:30 PM there is free BINGO for everyone with many $10.00 prizes. The festivities conclude Saturday night at 7:00 PM with a dance and awards ceremony acknowledging

our Honoree, Frank Millette. Many prizes will be given out during the evening at random drawings from all the tickets given to everyone for participating and volunteering. Those prizes range from $5.00 bills to gift certificates from many establishments in our area and other donations. It is the Steering Committee Members who will solicit and collect the donations for those prizes. Hometown America also provides additional good quality door prizes for Saturday night attendees randomly drawn from door prize tickets given at the door. The Steering Committee is open to any comments and sug-

gestions, including nominations for Honoree(s), committee members and changes in the activities. However, any changes you want to make to the games should include your new replacement game plan. All comments and suggestions will be discussed and considered at the committee meetings. A list of members will be posted on the bulletin board. Whether this is your first Appreciation Day or your fifteenth, everyone can get involved to help make the day fun. How much fun you allow yourself to have is entirely up to you!! Polly Brown, Chairman



Another successful year for the Day of Caring annual fund drive. The total donations received by the three communities were $14,968.00. By community, donations collected were: Pine Lakes $8,805.00, Lake

Fairways $3,727.00, and Tara Woods $2,436.00 totaling $14,968.00 Each of the three charities received $5,050. For the Thanksgiving Day Holiday: $3,750.00, and for the Christmas Day Holiday: $1,300.00,

totaling $5,050.00. I want to mention again the three charities involved: Fort Myers Rescue Mission, Hispanic Services of Catholic Charities, and Wake Up America. Thank you again Tara Woods Resi-

dents for your generous contributions as well as your continuous support over the past twenty-three years that I have been involved with Day of Caring. It’s a great feeling to know that together we were able to make a little

difference in the lives of many. John & Irene D’Amico Day of Caring Committee

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Although the holidays are behind us, those looking to relieve you of your identity or money don’t take a holiday. At the December FMO meeting, a representative from the Sheriff’s Department spoke about the various ways crooks will try to obtain your personal information. Some of the highlights follow: The telephone call from your grandson claiming to need money. Hang up. If you want to verify that a family member is OK, call that family member. Then there is the call that your

TARA WOODS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION NEWS credit is OK and they want to offer you a lower interest rate. The only thing they want to lower is your bank balance. NEVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANYONE ON THE PHONE UNLESS YOU INITIATED THE CALL. THEN KNOW WHO YOU CALLED. It’s February; don’t let your guard down. At this writing, literature that was distributed at the December FMO meeting about how to protect yourself is in the library. Please help yourself.

The February FMO meeting is Friday, February 9th at 1:00 PM in what was formerly Aqua Isles, LaBelle. It is now called Legacy Moss Landing. Check the back bulletin board for directions. If you are not a member of the FMO, please consider becoming a member. There is strength in numbers. Thank you.



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Love is in the air! Cupid’s arrows are shooting all around you. Put a little love in your heart. What the world needs now is Love, Sweet Love! Imagine what a wonderful world it can be. Take a walk under the boardwalk, hal-

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JOKE OF THE MONTH Six retired Irishmen were playing poker in O’Leary’s apartment when Paddy Murphy loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other five continue playing standing up. Mike O’Connor looks around and asks, “Oh, me boys, someone’s got to tell Paddy’s wife... who will it be?” They draw straws, Paul Gallagher picks the short one. They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, don’t make a bad situation worse. ”Discreet? I’m the most discreet Irishman you’ll ever meet. Discretion is me middle name, Leave it to me.” Gallagher goes over to Murphy’s house and knocks on the door. Mrs. Murphy answers and asks what he wants. Gallagher declares, “ Your husband just lost $500 and is afraid to come home.” “Tell him to drop dead!”, says Murphy’s wife. “I’ll go tell him” says Gallagher.

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How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don’t forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape? Here are a few “healthy living” suggestions that may also apply to your investment portfolio: Build endurance – Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of a long life, a vigorous investment strategy can help you work toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. In practical terms, this means you will need to own some investments with the potential to provide long-term growth. These are the investments that, ideally, you can hold on to for decades and eventually reap the benefits of capital appreciation. Of course, growth-oriented investments, such as most types of stocks, will rise and fall in value over the short term, and there’s no guarantee of profits, or even preserving principal. But if you choose wisely, and you’ve got the patience and discipline to hold on to your investments through the market’s ups and downs, you may well be rewarded. Maintain an ideal “weight” – You can help yourself stay healthy by maintaining your ideal weight. This can be challenging – as you know from the recently finished holiday season, it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds. And, just as inadvertently, your portfolio can tack on some unneeded weight, too, in the form of redundant investments. Over time, you may have picked up too many similar investment vehicles, resulting in an overconcentration, or “flabbiness,” that can work against you, especially when a market downturn affects the asset class in which you’re overloaded. So, you might be better off liquidating some of your duplicate, or near-duplicate, investments, and using the proceeds to help broaden your investment mix. Get proper rest – Many studies have shown that we need adequate rest to stay alert and healthy. In your life, you’ve probably already found that if you over-tax your body, you pay a price in your overall well-being. If you look at your investment portfolio as a living entity – which, in a way, it is, as it certainly provides life to your goals and aspirations – then you can see that it, too, can be weakened by stress. And one of the main stress factors is excessive trading. If you’re constantly buying and selling investments in an attempt to boost your returns, you may rack up hefty fees, commissions and taxes – and still not really get the results you wanted. Plus, if you’re frequently moving in and out of different investments, you’ll find it hard to follow a unified, long-term strategy. So, confine your trading to those moves that are really essential – and give your portfolio a rest. To enjoy your life fully, you’ll want to take care of your physical and financial health – and, as it turns out, you can make similar types of moves to help yourself in both areas.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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SAVE THE DATE!!! SAVE THE DATE!!! The Valentine’s Party is Saturday, February 10th. The New England Club is hosting this party. Tickets are $15.00 pp, on sale Tuesdays before Bingo and at Saturday Coffee through February 3rd. Music will be provided by John’s Mobile Music. On the menu will be assorted croissant sandwiches and a salad buffet, a Valentine’s dessert and coffee. Raffle tickets will be on sale and please BYOB. A special tribute to all our Tara Woods couples married 50 years or more will be held. Hope to see everyone there! Judy Machnicz


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The time is coming up for getting those names and addresses to Beth Ferris for men and women you know who are in the service, so we can send them a box with cookies and other items. Please get the information to me by February 17th. This is an annual project of the Inspirations Group here in Tara Woods. We don’t meet monthly any longer but have continued with doing our service projects. We would appreciate contributions to help with the cost of mailing the boxes and for purchasing the items. Those can be given to Beth Ferris or Ann Scott. There will be a sign-up list for baking cookies on the bulletin board in February or call Beth or Ann. The boxes are very much appreciated and we thank you for your help and support. We will be packing up the boxes March 3rd. Beth Ferris

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BAILEY SPEAKS Wow! Can you believe it? It’s February already and we’ve had a whirlwind of activities that took place last month in January at Tara Woods. Started by bringing in the 2018 New Year, Orientation, Cancer Run (unfortunately I was unable to participate, because I got seriously bitten by Fire Ants during my routine walk – “So Be Careful” out there), special stage shows, Block Party, Happy Hour, Club Parties, and Yard Sale are just a few. Even though we may be the warm “Sunshine State”, we do and did experience a Bomb Cyclone of frigid weather that hit us during the first week of January, which brings this segment of Bailey Speaks: Cold Weather – How cold is too cold for my fellow four-footed friends. A dog or cat who gets too cold could develop hypothermia, a condition that occurs when the dog or cat’s body temperature continues to fall, muscles stiffen, breathing and heart rate slow which could cause death. Even more, wind chill can affect your furry companion. If your pet has short hair along with our

elderly pets, they will feel the cold quite quickly. During the holidays, we gave our pampered pooches a holiday cut and, if you did, please have a backup plan by having a coat for them – brrr. Even having a coat on, we do sweat, so don’t leave it on for long periods of time. A coat must have a high collar (ex., turtleneck) and cover from the base of the tail to the belly. By having a coat, it helps regulate the temperature of the dog’s body, also, it makes the dog feel more comfortable on wearing one. Try to take it off; they may want to keep it on. Bring a towel during our routine walks. Snowbirds who have returned from up North, the tires of their cars may have a tendency to bring salt and other chemicals with them and deposit them here – be careful – those water spots may have that salt and/or chemicals in it. They could also have antifreeze from the cars from the cold areas in the water as well. Check your four-footed friends’ paw pads for cracks and redness and don’t forget to check between the toes. Taking off a winter coat from our fourfooted friends, we may discover a

bad doggy odor. Bathe us as little as possible; frequent bathing may remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing flaky skin. Use petroleum jelly on the paw pads to protect them from cracking. Give them plenty of water to make them well hydrated and to keep their skin from drying out. Just like in Summer weather, don’t leave them in a locked car in the cold weather; it too can act like a refrigerator holding in the cold and causing them to freeze to death. Of course, our Tara Woods canine companions are strictly indoor pets. They go out on their routine walks and to enjoy our doggy park (reminder: Keep our Pet Park clean and tell others if it’s too cold to PLEASE BRING US IN). Be aware of cold symptoms like unusual whining, barking, stop moving, and shivering. Have a warm place for a good night’s sleep. Please place the sleeping spot away from cold drafts or cold floors by supplying a warm blanket or a good bed. These are just a few commonsense tips to keep your four-footed friends safe and warm during the

time we get another cold spell. In the meantime, during my routine walks, I’ll try, but I’ll make no promise, to hunt down Punxsutawney Phil on Ground Hog’s Day (February 2nd) for Tara Woods. But so far it seems we have Punxsutawney Phil Gator instead. Maybe Tara Woods would make it official


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on February 2nd that we’ll have an official Punxsutawney Phil Gator. If they see a shadow due to clear weather it will retreat back into its underwater home extending Winter for six more weeks, but if the Punxsutawney Phil Gator does not see his shadow due to cloudiness, Spring will arrive early. I guess we just have to wait and see. Well, don’t forget Valentine’s Day is February 14th. As a reminder, we may love flowers and chocolates, but chocolates are quite toxic to us – so NO!!! do not give them to us dogs. Give us a good hug and lick (I mean kiss) – a well-deserved one to boot. After all, what is Valentine’s Day? It’s a whole day Set aside to celebrate love Share laughter, hugs and Sweet things in life, And to think of the people Who touch our hearts. Special wishes, warm thoughts, too, Because you’re loved Because of you. Till next month, Happy Tails and have a wonderful Valentines’ Day and days to come. Bailey Happy Tails.

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BRAVING THE COLD FOR THE CAUSE Facial Hair for Cancer Causes 10K/5K – 2 Mile Run By Marie Springsteen – President – 4 Words Foundation

4 Words Foundation, Inc. and 21st Century C.A.R.E. held their third annual cancer run/walk on January 6th. Hosted by Tara Woods and sponsored by Radiology Regional, Kelly Services, Hello SWFL, Applebee’s North Fort Myers, and Millennium Physician Group, the event was held to show support for Men’s Cancer Awareness and raise funds to support cancer awareness, education, and patient financial assistance in Southwest Florida. Corey Lazar of WINK TV once again participated as event emcee and has already committed to returning again for a fourth year in 2019. Other supporters on site were the North Fort Myers Fire Department who came to provide First Aid (if needed) and Pink Heals SWFL. While the final totals raised from the event have not yet been tabulated as of the writing of this article, preliminary amounts are approximately $4,000 being raised to support the above mission. Runners, walkers, and volunteers alike braved the frigid temperatures (by Florida standards) to participate in this event. Volunteers from 4 Words Foundation and 21st Century C.A.R.E. were out starting at 6:00 AM setting up for the event. Other volunteers joined the set-up by 7:30 AM, many of whom were Tara Woods residents such as Mark Van Ort and his brother Mike (who was here visiting), Ginny Owenburg, Agatha Breen, Gail Sanfillipo, and Hilda Dienes. A special thank you to Sam Jokich of Tropical Photography and a Tara Woods resident for donating his time and talent to taking photos of the event for us. 10K Runners took off from the starting line at 9:00 AM while the 5K Runners and Walkers started the course at 9:10 AM. All runners and walkers had finished the course in a little over one hour. The awards ceremony and Chance Raffle drawings were held directly after, and the event concluded by 11:00 AM. 4 Words Foundation, Inc. and 21st Century C.A.R.E. wish to extend our gratitude to Tara Woods for allowing us to hold the event in this beautiful community and our deepest appreciation to the volunteers, participants and sponsors for supporting this event. Thank you to all. See you next year.

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Our Appreciation Day Honoree this year is Frank Millette. Frank’s love and dedication to Tara Woods is heartfelt and genuine. If you go into the Clubhouse I am sure you will find Frank working there on his many Tara Woods projects all hours of the day. Frank was born and raised in Brocton, Mass., the “Shoe City of New England”. He was the only boy raised with four sisters and because he was next to the youngest, his wife Ann states, “You can imagine how loved and spoiled he was!!!”. He proudly states that his father grew up with and was friends with Rocky Marciano, the Prize Fighter. Frank had the privilege of meeting him once as a child. After graduating from Brocton High School, Frank enlisted in the Navy during the Viet Nam War. The prayers of his Mother and Sisters were answered when Frank was assigned and served his term in Hawaii!!! After his discharge from the Navy, Frank drove a lumber truck and then got a job with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. It was here that Frank developed his calm, cool, levelheadedness. He worked at the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and after six months transferred to the State Prison for Maximum Security, working there for thirty years. As we know, it takes a special person to do that work and, Frank, indeed, is very special. He met Ann, the joy of Tara Woods, in December 1971 on a blind date and he knew a good thing at once. They were married soon after and were blessed with four children, two girls and two boys, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Frank asserts and proclaims he does NOT provide Ann with her ‘’witty’’ jokes. Frank carefully researched Florida real estate and they got caught up in the Magic of Tara Woods immediately. They have lived here for fourteen years (2003) and we have greatly benefited by their presence and generosity of time and talent. Frank, with Chuck Poveromo, started the CERT program, joined the Hurricane Committee, was FMO liaison and director, and has been on the TWHA Board for twelve years. Both Frank and Ann are the only married couple to both be on our Board at the same time. He also was very active on the Appreciation Day Committee for years. It is easy to see why Frank was chosen this year to be our Honoree and we are extremely grateful to you, Frank, for your love and dedication to Tara Woods!

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February meeting will be held on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd 5:00 PM The Club will furnish the meat (bratwurst or hamburger). The members are asked to bring either a hot dish, salad or a dessert to share. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse. We need to know what you will be bringing and also whether you want bratwurst or hamburger. PLEASE SIGN UP BY JANUARY 29TH. Also, this is a reminder about the Pig Roast which will be held on Friday, March 2nd. The food will be catered and the total per person is $18.00. The price per member will be $10.00 and the Club will furnish the other $8.00 per member. The deadline for signing up will have to be February 17th. The caterers need at least a ten-day notice as to how many dinners they need to prepare. Arlene Greene, Secretary

NEW ENGLAND CLUB The New England Club will host the Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday, February 10th. Many thanks to all the Club members who volunteered for all the various committees that will assure the Club of hosting a most successful party! Our next New England Club party will be Saturday, March 10th. Details are not quite ready at “press time” but, as always, it will be a fun-filled evening. Judy Machnicz

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Ladies and Gentlemen, come join us every Sunday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Card Room. Cost is $3.00. Will you have the first Bunco or the last, or the most? Will you have the most wins, or the most losses? If you do, the prize money will be yours! Come join the fun. Questions: call Polly Brown 731-1614


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PING PONG Ping Pong is every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00!


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Every Sunday, Monday and Thursday 4:00 to 5:30 PM Court 4 Open to anyone interested in playing/learning Pickleball Balls and paddles are available.


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New teams chosen every week ~ Easy to learn Questions: call Frank Millette 543-2954

BRIDGE The Bridge group is looking for bridge players. We meet on Tuesdays at 12:30 PM in the Card Room. Call Beth Ferris at 543-6295 or Rita Sick at 731-1106 first if you are interested in playing with this friendly group. We’d like to have you join us. Beth Ferris


Meets in the Clubhouse Card Room at 7:00 PM on Monday and Thursday nights. The game consists of 11 hands and is easy to learn. Eight quarters gets you in. Come join the fun and play a great card game.


Come join the Mah Jongg group. Do not know how to play? We teach the first three Mondays of the month. We have a great time. Come & join us on Mondays 12:00-3:00 PM. The Happy Ladies of Mah Jongg. Any questions, please contact: Jane DeGuire, 567-0656, or Ruth Zimmer,731-8594.


There’s a “new” game at Tara Woods. If you hear someone say, “fifteen two fifteen four” and you don’t think they’ve lost a screw or two, come and join us in the Card Room every Wednesday at 2:00 PM for a few games of Cribbage. The arrangement is fairly flexible since Cribbage can be played by 2 or 3 or 4 players. Just be there by 2 PM. Cards, cribbage boards and fun will be provided. Contact John D’Amico at 239-731-7928 or


LADIES! DO YOU PLAY POKER? How long has it been since you’ve played with friends? Did you know there’s a game every Monday night at the Clubhouse just for the ladies? Well, we really don’t have a “No Boys Allowed!!!” rule, but men usually don’t like to play with wild cards and we do. But they’re welcome to play as long as they are willing to “play like girls”. It is most likely the least stressful and least expensive poker you can play around here! It’s a good night to socialize with the ladies and make new friends with the girls who like to play poker. The stakes are very low. Call Polly Brown, 731-1614, if you’d like to join us – she’ll fill you in on the details or answer any questions you may have.

EUCHRE CLUB Meets on Wednesday Nights In the Clubhouse Card Room at 7:00 PM. $.50 to buy in, but offers some “big” prize money!


Texas Hold’em Style Tournament 6:00 PM in the Craft House If interested contact Bill Black at 636-978-7815

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Book Discussion Club Thursday, February 1st at 1:30 PM 2760 Steamboat Loop Join us to talk about the books we have been enjoying and maybe borrow one you would like to read. Newcomers welcome. Questions: Call Marilyn Workman 239-543-1168


Come join the group for a fun-filled afternoon of cards! We meet on Fridays at 1:00 PM in the Card Room. Don’t know how to play the game? EASY! We will teach you! It is easy to learn. Questions: contact George Stelling, 731-6709, or Marty Hradkowsky, 609-709-7717.


Every Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Different games can be played (All are easy to Learn) LEFT – CENTER – RIGHT (dice- 3-coin buy-in) (winner-take-all each game)

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For more information call Polly Brown at (239) 731-1614

CERAMICS Mondays – 12:00 Noon

Ceramics is held in the Ceramics Room by the Tennis Courts. We are there every Monday at 12:00 Noon. For more information and for firing of the kiln please contact Bonnie Abend, 217-0707, or Janelle Wissler, 770-2686. We hope you will come and participate in making ceramics with us. Come join the fun. Bonnie Abend

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Friday, February 23rd at 5:00 PM Open to all those staying at Tara Woods and their guests. A great opportunity to renew acquaintances and make new friends over a relaxed meet & greet and drinks. This month’s featured drink sampler…is a ‘surprise!’ Please bring an appetizer to share and your choice of libation. A $2.00 per person donation is requested to cover any costs. A sign-up sheet is provided below the “Happy Hour Club” poster in the Clubhouse, which is used for organizing the table arrangements and ensuring that sufficient “themed” drinks are prepared.

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SHIRLEY RINGLEBEN RETIRES After almost 30 years of handling the Birthday and Anniversaries for Tara Woods, Shirley has decided to retire. How do we thank someone who has given so much to our community with so little recognition? “Thank you” is hardly adequate. We do thank you, Shirley, for your dedication and commitment, for your accuracy, and


most of all for just being you, a wonderful, sweet, caring and giving individual. I know I speak for many when I say, “Thank You”. Enjoy you free time. The Welcoming Committee, Donna, Mary, Joanne, Elaine & (also recently retired Bev).


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BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN FEBRUARY Jim Hickson, Jesse Lane, Carol Shields Dean Schaftlein Wendy Nichols, Liz Wilson Dorothy Andrus, Arnie Gaudet, Marie Peidlow 5 Joanne Byrne 6 Manny DiGrazia 7 Doug Objartel 8 Dave Gamble, Carol Malatesta 9 Peggy Gasmire, Dale Humphrey 10 Bill Taylor 11 Janice Johnston, Clif McLaughlin, “Chickie” Nataro 12 Tony Grossner, Joyce Pansegrau, Alan Roncek, Peg Ryan, Edel Seamans 13 Lois Heideman 14 Ray Lavoie, Ed Sparany, John Van Sleet

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Shirley Ringleben, yes, my name is no longer the one you contact if you have additional information. Lynn Makia is taking over the job I have had for approximately 29 years. Lynn will do a great job and you will love working with her. There are so many people who helped me when I needed it and I want to thank them, but it’s difficult to know where to begin. The most recent group includes Donna Phillips, Mary Kivel, Bev Bayer, Barbara Roland, Ann Millette and our current Editor of the Columns, Donna Erhardt. We also owe a big THANK YOU to Donna Erhardt for the new system she installed for listing the Birthdays and Anniversaries. I will miss you, but I know you will be in very good hands. Love & Prayers, Shirley Contact Lynn Makia 513-476-2465 before March 10th for Special Recognition Anniversaries, 50, 55 or 60+ in March 2018!


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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Your NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is working for you. The Two primary reasons for the WATCH are the protection of our residents and the observation of our community. • Check on your neighbors who may be housebound or ill. If you haven’t seen them for a while, check on them. • If you see something out of the ordinary call and report the problem. (911 or 239-4771000) THIS MONTH’S TIPS: MAKE OUR PARK SAFE Speed Limit 20 MPH Obey Stop Signs No wading or swimming in the lakes No Feeding of wild animals Stay Safe – have a wonderful Winter

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BOWLING Hello Everyone, Happy New Year. Well, what a fun first part of the season. Hope everyone had a fantastic Holiday Season. I’m sure some of you have heard that Jo-Ann and I are stepping down at the end of this season as President and Vice President of The Bowling League. So I’m putting this out early so Hopefully Someone will think about taking over the league next season. We are willing to help you get started, as well as helping at the end of next season any way we can. So, in closing, as to our League rules, I will send out Nomination papers in the month of March, as April ends our season. Thank you so much Julie and Jo- Ann

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CORRECTIONS TO THE CURRENT TARA WOODS DIRECTORY FEBRUARY 2018 Additions: DOYLE, Chris 2616 Macon Circle, Lot #246 631-513-0320 NY HARRIS, Mike & Sheila 19447 Charleston Circle, Lot #162 984-2658 MI/CAN JOHNS, Kim 2553 Macon Circle, Lot # 198 715-554-1229 WI MARIGLIANO, Bob 2830 Orlenes Street, Lot #368 508-762-6394 MA MULLET, Nancy 2830 Orlenes Street, Lot #368 413-336-5340 MA NIX, Paul & Danelle 2568 Macon Circle, Lot #234 941-830-0018 MS/FL SIMONSON, Randy 19773 Cottonfield Road, Lot #456 541-840-7698 MI SIMONSON, Barbara 19773 Cottonfield Road, Lot #456 541-840-4430 IL SMITH, Mikey 19441 Ganty Lane, Lot #197 878-8516 NJ SMITH, Tina 19441 Ganty Lane, Lot #197 745-7063 PA VIDRINE, Marie 19631 Savannah Road, Lot #131 671-1088 PA WALLACE, Doris 19751 Charleston Circle, Lot #98 543-9423 MI Phone # Changes: ANDERS, Linda 19709 Kara Circle, Lot #472 239-400-9448 SMITH, Lorraine 2796 Steamboat Loop, Lot #269 239-318-0232 Address Changes: None Misc. Changes: (ELLIOT), Linda is now Linda BEAULIEU. She and Bill still live at 2849 Tara Lakes Circle, Lot #500 On page 3 under “OFFICERS/President” (Janet Daly) change to Frank Millette phone # 239-543-2954 “OFFICERS/Vice President” (Frank Millette) change to Lou Dunning phone # 239-240-5847 “OFFICERS/Director” (Lou Dunning) change to Ginnie Pontarelli phone # 239-810-1769 “OFFICERS/Director” (Joanie Byrnes) change to Lynn Makia phone # 513-476-2465 On page 4 under “Euchre” change Lorraine Smith’s phone # to 239-318-0232 Delete the Following Names BYRNES, Joanie 2828 Steamboat Loop, Lot #277 Deceased GARNER, Marty & Lucy 19697 Charleston Circle, Lot #89 Moved



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TENNIS ASSOCIATION TREE Dear Tennis Association Members, Consider this a polite nudge for stepping into some type of leadership position for next year. We must vote on a new President, Director at Large, and Secretary. I am reminding you also that there exists the strong possibility that there will be no Round Robin social tournaments next year unless someone steps up in replacing Warren and Linda Engel for that position. Stepping up does not mean you “hold the bag” alone. It means you are simply “taking the point” on each activity’s direction and logistical acquisitions. There will be support given should you need it. Please consider contributing to leadership and carrying on the positive momentum of the last two years’ accomplishments. Hugs to all! You’ve been served! – Dakota and the Board APPRECIATION DAY Appreciation Day this year is on Saturday, February 24th. We hope we have great weather so everyone can get out and enjoy all the games that are provided. As for the games that are played on the tennis courts, Mike & Linda Renzulli have agreed to again chair the “Hole in the Board” game, George & Janet Daly will

again chair the “Bowling” tennis game, and George & Janice Johnston have also agreed to again chair the “Hit the Chairs” game. We give them a big “Thank You” for chairing these games again this year. Another possibility for a tennis game is to hit a tennis ball into a container similar to our blue recycling bins. (Putting a thick towel in the bottom of the container would help keep the balls from bouncing out.) This game could be played on Court 4. Please consider volunteering to run a game like this. If anyone has any other ideas for another tennis game, please let us know. Wouldn’t it be great to have a different game on all four tennis courts! We will need volunteers to work at these tennis games, so if you’re asked to help out, please say “Yes”. – Linda Engel ROUND ROBIN The second Round Robin of the season was scheduled for Sunday, January 28th. That Round Robin will be over with by the time you read this article. We hope to have a good report for you to read in the next issue of The Columns. The dinner hosted by Gwen Engel Windancer and Mary Ellen Gold consisted of Subs, Coleslaw, Chips, and Dessert. The courtside refreshments were to be provided by Carole & Frank Neveu.




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For February 25th, Connie Lessard and Andy Hardy will arrange the dinner, and Art & Louise Frederick will provide the courtside refreshments. For March 25th, we have Frank Neveu arranging the dinner and Julie Howley handling the courtside refreshments. – Linda Engel TENNIS LEAGUES WOMEN’S LEAGUE Women’s League – Angels The Angels away game at Sabal Springs on January 4th was postponed due to the very cold temperature. The make-up game was scheduled for Tuesday, January 9th, and the weather cooperated this time; they split the match with 3 wins and 3 losses each. Prior to the Christmas break, the Angels had 13 wins and 11 losses and Sabal Springs had 11 wins and 13 losses. So, the Angels now have 16 wins and 14 losses and stayed ahead of Sabal Springs in the standings. The following week, January 11th, the Angels were scheduled to play another away game, this time against the Six Lakes Pelicans who were tied with the Angels with 13 wins and 11 losses prior to the Christmas break. Because of the cold weather on January 4th, not all of the teams played their matches, so we don’t have an accurate count of the standings at this time. January 18th marked the end of the first half of the season, with the Angels hosting the women from Herons Glen. Women’s League – Fusion The Fusion team hosted the women’s team from Lake Fairways on January 4th. This was an important match as they were tied in the league prior to the Christmas break, with both teams having 16 wins and 8 losses. The Fusion won 2 sets and lost 4 sets, now making their record 18 wins and 12 losses. (The matches included two tiebreakers which ended with 1 win and 1 loss.) The following week, January 11th, the Fusion were scheduled to play Pine Lakes who were in 1st Place prior to the Christmas break, with 17 wins and 7 losses. January 18th marked the end of the first half of the season, with the Fusion traveling to Six Lakes to take on the Seagulls. We hope to have a good report on our standings for the next issue of The Colunns. – Linda Engel MEN’S LEAGUE White League – Stallions We are not yet half way through the season, so the positions of the teams will not be accurate until we have all played one another. There are ten teams in the league, and that means nine matches to complete the first half of the season. We are on the seventh match and need to play two more matches. Thus far the Stallions are in the

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27 • 941.349.0194 • February 2018 • Island Visitor Publishing, LLC upper half of the league and we hope to stay there. Since we have two White Teams, you can watch a match at home every Tuesday. The schedule is posted on the Tennis Bulletin Board in the hallway at the courts. – Fred Puhlfuerst White League – Mustangs Since last month’s Columns article on our Mustangs team, we finished with three very good wins in preparation for the rest of the 2017-2018 season which began January 9th versus the Tara Woods Stallions. Although we came out on the short end of the 5-1 score, we played some very good tennis for all our “Fans” of Tara Woods tennis. We will finish up the month of January with two home matches and one away. Keep up the good work, Mustangs!! – Ed Malatesta Blue League – Tigers All but two of our team members are back from either regular time Up North or from spending some holiday time with family. To date we are in the middle of the pack in the standings and have played against some stiff competition – the #1 team and the #3 team. We are now in the season where the rules of play are monitored more closely, resulting in a lineup that represents the regular players – ‘No ringers’. All on the team have been playing great and we look forward to a great season. – Bill Powers Submitted by Linda Engel


As I write this, the team has just concluded its penultimate practice under the guidance of our manager, Bill Hubbs. The main focus of today’s practice was to improve our hitting and it appears to be paying dividends, though as with all dividends it is hard to tell the actual value of this dividend until we get the opportunity to play some games. By the time you are reading this we will have played six games and hopefully you folks will be proud to say that the “Tara Woods Magic Women’s and Men’s Slow Pitch Softball Team” are a sight to behold. As Heritage was unable to field a team this season and as Charlotte County did not let the season start on January 3rd as originally scheduled, our season will have started Wednesday, January 10th and the original schedule has been revamped with no playoffs and byes for some teams on some nights. No doubt the rumor mill will have informed you by now that Tara Woods has the best chance of having the best overall season record of

all seven teams in the league as we will be playing eighteen games while all others will only be playing seventeen games. I can hear the howls of protest from the other teams. How did this happen, you ask? Well, there will be twenty nights of softball and all teams except Tara Woods will have three byes (remember, no Heritage) while Tara Woods will have two byes. Smart, eh! Anyway, you will already know by now that this year’s season ticket prices remain unchanged from last year even though we have planned to have a much-improved season. We also wish to thank you at this time for your attendance at the Spaghetti fund raising dinner held January 18th. Thank you for your continued support and I encourage you to start planning to attend our victory parade and soiree at, a “to be announced” date sometime after the last game is played March 21st. Respectfully Submitted by Joseph “Canadian Joe” Plut

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The Garden Club meeting is Saturday, February 10th, immediately after Pancake Breakfast This is the only meeting before the Trash and Treasure, and we will be planning our luncheon, in April, which is open ONLY to Garden Club Members A reminder to the new members who signed up during the Opportunity Fair and anyone who wants to join, please come to this meeting To All, we will be collecting dues at this meeting. Dues: $5.00 please, in an envelope with your name and contact number. I want to remind everyone that the donations to the Trash and Treasure make it possible for the Fashion Show to be a Free Event. So, please, if you have items that are clean and useable that you are giving away, hold on to them until Friday, March 2nd. To all our wonderful volunteers, please put this date on your calendar: at 9:00 AM, we will need to move tables and set up for the sale. Also, the next day, Saturday, after 1:00 PM to put tables back in place.

This year’s Trash and Treasure is Saturday March 3rd. I also want to mention that some of our monies are used to care for the Butterfly Garden near the Gazebo, and we make donations to CROW and ECHO. If you don’t know about these organizations, please take the time to look them up on the internet. Rachelle DellaRocca What to Do Lawns: Fertilize lawns this month. Choose one (not a weed & feed) with no or very little phosphorus unless a soil test indicates the need for it. A fertilizer with controlled-release nitrogen will give longer lasting results. Grasses for Florida lawns: Bahiagrass, Bermudagrass, Centipedegrass, St. Augustinegrass, and Zoysiagrass. Prune Roses: Roses should be pruned this month to reduce and improve the overall form. After pruning, fertilize and apply a fresh layer of mulch. Blooming will begin eight to nine weeks after pruning. Fertilize Shrubs and Palms: Spread fertilizer evenly over the soil surface and water in. Follow with a fresh layer of mulch to conserve moisture and reduce weeds. Hold off pruning cold-damaged branches until new growth starts. Lawn Weeds: Apply a pre-emer-


Welcome back to our Winter residents! The Computer Club provides free computer lessons 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 is 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 cov-

er 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. 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. The General topics will cover all sorts of subjects, programs, and hardware. These include an ongoing series on working with photos and multi-media, tablets, and e-book readers. 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 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, re-

gent weed killer (not a weed and feed) to lawns this month to prevent germination of warm season weed seeds. Apply when temperatures rise to 65°F for 4-5 days. Timing is important for good control. Spray: When avocados and mango have lost 2/3 of blossoms, spray copper fungicide to control anthracnose. Fruits: If not done in January, fertilize fruit trees including citrus now. What to Plant Bedding Plants: Good performers in South Florida’s mild winter include impatiens, verbena, dianthus, strawflower, and lobelia. Bulbs: Many bulbs can be planted now. Divide large crowded clumps. Provide adequate water to establish. Some to try are Amazon lily, crinum, and agapanthus. Ground Covers: Consider replacing areas of grass with drought tolerant, low maintenance ground covers. Vegetables: Begin planting warm season crops this month. Sweet potato, cantaloupe, eggplant and squash can be started while temperatures are cool. Excerpts from the University of Florida Gardening Calendar for South Florida Complete information can be found on line: calendar/ pairing, 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


Sewing for Charity took a break for the holidays and will resume on January 9th. We donated some of the adult bibs we have made to a rehab facility in Punta Gorda and are presently making pillowcases. We meet on Tuesdays from 10:00-12:00 in the Craft Room. For any information or questions please contact me at 239-599-4264. Susan Uccello

Coming up in February: Valentine’s Party, Saturday, February 10th, Hosted by the New England Club Everblades Ice Hockey Game, Friday, February 23rd, sponsored by Activities Tickets for both events available at Saturday Coffee and Tuesday Bingo Coming up in March: St. Patrick’s Day Party, Saturday, March 17th, Hosted by The St. Patrick’s Day Committee Tickets on sale starting Saturday, February 17th at Coffee, from 7:45 – 8:45 AM. Thank You! I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful, new Christmas Trees in the Lakes this year. It was a labor of love and some minor frustration, but with the new materials and design, they should last for many years. They were designed and constructed by Ken Clark and George Daly with help from Fred Puhlfuerst, Chuck Poveromo and Jack Boyle. Thanks to Bob Kuhns and John Hoos for help with putting them in and taking them out of the lakes and to Mark Van Ort for supplying the truck and helping to put the trees in and take them out for storage in the back storage area. I’m sure everyone noticed the new addition of the moving reindeer to Santa’s sleigh. Special thanks to Mike Girty for rescuing this discarded display from the side of the road and refurbishing it to its natural splendor, and also for sprucing up the sleigh for its

annual appearance in the Golf Cart Parade. Trees and sleighs just don’t appear by themselves. It takes a special kind of caring from special people who work hard to keep the Magic alive and the Tara Woods community a special place to live. The Clubhouse looked beautiful again this Christmas. I heard from a number of people who visited other communities, that our Clubhouse was by far the most beautiful and festive. Thanks again to all the clubs and groups that use their time and talents to decorate a tree representative of their group. The ideas are endless and together create a wonderful holiday atmosphere for the community. We have room for one or two more trees if your group would like to become part of this festive tradition. I hope to see many of you at the numerous functions coming up in the next two months of our busiest season. There is something for everyone. If you would like to participate, but have trouble with mobility, please let me know and I’ll try to arrange for transportation. I would like to see as many “old” faces as new at as many events as possible. Janet Daly, Activities Coordinator 239-567-2285



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