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THE COLUMNS Vol. 28 No.11

Tara Woods Homeowners Association –

March 2018


Valentine’s Day Party The Valentine’s Day Party was sponsored by The New England Club. It was coordinated and organized by Judy Machnicz. Without her, we are lost!

We received outstanding feedback by everyone on such a wonderful, sentimental time honoring those married 50 plus years. Each couple was escorted to the front where they received a rose, had their photo taken and were seated for special recognition. They all enjoyed the first dance together.

Please check the Clubhouse bulletin board after Friday, March 2nd for dates and times to pick up your photos taken at the event. ~ Photos by Mark Burke

Love Makes The World Go ‘Round

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WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS nally from Pennsylvania and are not yet retired and are still working. They are the parents of two children and five great-grandchildren. Bob likes fishing, and Carol likes ceramics.

Dennis and Kathleen Harper are new part-time residents on 19244 Potomac Circle. They are originally from Rhode Island and are both retired. They are the parents of one child and two greatgrandchildren. They both love traveling, and Dennis likes light carpentry, golf and yard work.

Bob and Carol Schnepp are new full-time residents on 19673 Charleston Circle. They are origi-

Ronald Selvaggio and Susanne Muscato are new part-time residents on 19614 Woodfield Circle. They are originally from New York. Ronald is a teacher and Susanne is a Telcom analyst. They are the parents of four children and three grandchildren. Ronald enjoys hunting, fishing and photography. Susanne enjoys reading, movies, art, and swimming.

Randy and Barbara Simonson are new full-time residents on 19773 Cottonfield Road. Randy is originally from Michigan and Barbara is originally from Illinois. They are both retired, Randy from Commercial Real Estate and Barbara as an Accountant. They are the parents of three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Randy likes fishing and golf. Barbara enjoys swimming and genealogy.

Paul and Bev Swanson are new

part-time residents on 2868 Steamboat Loop. They are originally from Ohio. Paul is a retired Insurance Broker and Bev is retired from Women’s Social Services. They are the parents of five children, ten grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Paul enjoys racquetball and tennis. Bev enjoys reading.

Robert and Susan Clark are new part-time residents on 2774 Orlenes Street. They are originally from Pennsylvania. Robert is retired from the Presbyterian Senior Care Network and Susan is retired from the Steel Factory Corp. Marketing Services. They are the parents of one child. Robert enjoys fishing, woodworking and cars. Susan enjoys gardening, reading and

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Pittsburgh sports. Doris Wallace is a new part-time resident on 19751 Charleston Circle. She is originally from Michigan and is retired from Shanee and Olsen, PC. She has nine children, twenty grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Doris enjoys reading and Sudoku. George and Anita Thomas are new full-time residents on 19750 Pandora Circle. They are originally from Pennsylvania. George is a retired project manager for electric construction. They are the parents of three children and four grandchildren. George enjoys photography and Anita enjoys reading. Damon Toole and Joann Darche are new full-time residents on 19461 Cotton Bay. Damon is from California. They are originally from Indiana. Between them they have seven children, sixteen grandchildren and a bunch of greatgrandchildren. Damon enjoys fishing, Joann enjoys sunbathing, and they both enjoy reading. Welcome to Tara Woods Joanne Byrne


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FROM THE BOARD ROOM Tara Woods continues to prosper, grow and evolve. I hope you had the opportunity to visit the new model homes on Residents Open House Days. There are a total of 39 homes planned for this next phase. It was neat to not only see the different models available, but to examine some of the cutting edge decorating ideas. Speaking of evolving, a number of large pine trees were recently removed from near the horseshoe pits. These trees were infested with beetles. Other trees might have to be removed and new ones planted as the lake front evolves. Our growing group of Pickleball Players, currently playing 3 times a week on the tennis courts, is looking forward to “their own” Pickleball courts. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Two, three or four players use

solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated ball, similar to a whiffle ball, over a net. The game was invented one summer afternoon in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the nation per NBC news. We look forward to seeing work start on the courts, which will be located around the lake area of our recreational campus. The horseshoe pits will run along Tara Circle on the north side of the lake near the putting green. HEADS UP---Darlene Bradley, Community Manager, and the Tara Woods Homeowners Association have arranged a “Dialogue with Darlene” evening for ALL residents of Tara Woods. It will be in the Clubhouse on Thursday, March 29th, starting at 7:00 PM. Darlene will share timely information and answer written questions. Starting

March 15th, written questions can be dropped off in the mail slot located outside the Homeowners Office in the Clubhouse or at the Tara Woods Office. Come on out! DID YOU KNOW THAT – you can help your Tara Woods Homeowners Association and the environment at the same time? Just put your aluminum cans out to the curb by 9:00 AM on the first and third Saturday of each month. Andy “The Can Man” Vanderplaats and his crack crew will pick up the cans and deposit them in the trailer out back near the Dog Park for recycling. Last year your efforts amounted to over $1,500.00 for our Association. Keep up the good work and thank you to Andy and regular volunteer collectors Ed Simko, Andrea Snyder, Jon Porter and Bill Black! Lou Dunning Vice President

SUMMER COLUMNS To all our residents who are heading north for the summer and want to receive a copy of the Columns while you are away, please remember to drop off your selfaddressed stamped envelopes to

me before you leave. Due to the format of the Columns, you will need a 9” x 12” envelope; postage is $1.61 for U.S. and $2.91 for Canadian. If you have any questions,

please give me a call. Gail Sanfilippo 19732 Charleston Circle 567-1401

BOXES FOR MILITARY We will be packing the boxes to send to the service men and women on Thursday, March 1st at 10:30 AM, at the Clubhouse. We will be packing them with cookies and many useful items. Hope everyone has gotten their addresses to me as to where to send the boxes. Thank you to all those who have contributed to this project. Beth Ferris

Activities, Sports & Clubs can be found on pages: 20 - 21 and 26 - 28. State Club information can be found on page 16 - 17. Please note that the March Calendar is inserted in this Issue


( 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, Nancy Schoeppner, Lori Thomas, Susan Uccello, and Julia Wehrung. ALTERNATES: Claudette & Mark Burke, Joanne & Bob Byrne, Al Dion, Sandy Schuelke, Linda Hoos, Vic Sharps, Arlene Greene, Linda Beaublieu (May-Oct), Brenda Redgers (May-Oct), Cookie Wilczek (May-Oct). 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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and register it with the Office. We plan to issue RV stickers at a later date, once everyone has their car and golf cart stickers. During the next few months, the community will have plenty of parties, Pancake Breakfasts, and Resident Appreciation Day with games, food and music to end the event. Be sure to check the bulletin boards at the Clubhouse for future events for the next few months. Safety is our main concern for all our residents and their guests. Speed Limit is 20 MPH; watch for walkers and bike riders, especially during our busy season. Thank you, and enjoy the good life here at Tara Woods. Darlene Bradley “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau



The first week of February brought us cool weather, rain and temperatures in the 80’s; this is par for winters in Florida, however, NO SNOW! Our turnout for Tara Woods residents to tour the new homes was a big success and that same weekend we had our Yard Sale. As you can see, events at Tara Woods are plentiful. We served more than 400 hot dogs, chips, and drinks, and all marveled at the new homes. The following weekend was also a success for outsiders to view the homes and eat hot dogs along with registering for our TV giveaway. The Office staff issued golf cart stickers. I hope all had a chance to receive your new stickers. If you missed the week, please go by the Office after 2:00 PM Monday thru Friday. You must bring your golf cart

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Is a Managed Account Right for You?

As an investor, you’ll face many decisions over the years. How much should you invest? Where should you put your money? When is it time to sell some investments and use the proceeds to buy others? Some people enjoy making these choices themselves – but not everyone. Consequently, the type of investor you are will influence your thinking about whether to open a managed account. As its name suggests, a managed account – sometimes known as an “advisory” account – essentially is a portfolio of stocks, bonds and other investments chosen by a professional investment manager who makes the buy and sell decisions. Typically, each managed account has an investment objective based on your goals, and you may have some voice in investment choices – for example, you may be able to request that the manager avoid certain investments. Or, you might still work with a personal financial advisor who can help you identify and quantify your goals, define your risk tolerance, and track changes in your family situation – and who can then use this information to help guide the investment manager’s choices. Beyond this basic structure, managed accounts can vary greatly in terms of administration, reporting, fees and minimum balance. So, assuming you meet the requirements for a managed account, should you consider one? There’s really no one right answer for everyone. But three factors to consider are cost, control and confidence. Cost – Different managed accounts may have different payment arrangements. However, it’s common for a money manger to be paid based on a percentage of assets under management. So, if your manager’s fee is 1% and your portfolio contains $100,000, the manager earns $1,000 per year, but if the value of your portfolio rises to $200,000, the manager earns $2,000. Because the manager has a personal stake in the portfolio’s success, this arrangement could work to your advantage. Be aware, though, that other fees may be associated with your account. Control – With any managed account, you will give up some, or perhaps all, of your power to make buy-and-sell decisions. If you have built a large portfolio, and you’re busy with work and family, you may like the idea of delegating these decisions. And, as mentioned above, you can still oversee the “big picture” by either working through a financial advisor or, at the least, having your goals, risk tolerance and investment preferences dictate a money manager’s decisions. But you will have to decide for yourself how comfortable you are in ceding control of your portfolio’s day-to-day transactions. Confidence – It’s essential that you feel confident in a managed account’s ability to help you meet your goals. And the various elements of a managed account may well give you that assurance. For example, some managed accounts include automatic rebalancing of assets, which, among other things, can help you achieve tax efficiency. Other features of a managed account – such as the experience and track record of the manager – also may bolster your confidence.

Ultimately, you’ll need to weigh all factors before deciding whether a managed account is right for you. In any case, it’s an option worth considering.

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SUNSHINE AND SYMPATHY We have had a very bad flu season this year, so hoping everyone is doing all they can to stay healthy.



Beverly Langill passed away January 13th. She had been ill for some time and was residing in a nursing facility. Former Resident Leroy Dickerson passed away January 22nd. Stan Coutts passed away January 27th in Maine. Rosemarie Topor passed away January 29th. She had been ill for some time and had resided in assisted living since October. Please send cards to their families. Addresses are on the board or in your directory. Please let me know of any others who may be in need of some cheer at this time. Everyone, stay healthy and happy! Lynn Makia 513-476-2465

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The next FMO meeting will be held on Friday, March 9th. The meeting will be held at Buttonwood Village in Punta Gorda. Meetings start at 1:00 PM. Information about the meeting, applications and envelopes for membership are on the back bulletin board. Questions, comments or concerns, please contact Stuart Berman, 239-2202369 Remember you need FMO and FMO needs you. Thank you. Stuart Berman

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$7.00 per person, which is a very good deal. Please remember, we do not allow any food or drink into this performance, and we thank you for your cooperation. This year we have a new cast member joining our ensemble. Doug Plested, who hails from Canada, will be joining us on stage. I am sure that his fellow Canadians will love to see Doug and they will give him a big round of applause for his debut performance. I hope to see each of you in our audience and that you will encourage all our actors with

your laughter and applause. Attention all Entertainers members, the March meeting will be on the third Saturday, March 17th. The meeting starts immediately after Saturday Morning Coffee, about 9:00 AM. See you there. Without writers, stories could not be written. Without actors, stories could not be brought to life. Stella Adler Pat Dunning, Stage Manager Entertainers

H u t One, Hut T w o , One, Two, Three, F o u r , MARCH! March right over to help celebrate the annual Spring Performance of the NEW IMAGE CHORUS! We have practiced, rehearsed, and sung our lungs out and now it is time to share our celebration with you. So,

come on over to the Tara Woods Clubhouse on Saturday, March 24th. The magical hour is 7:00 PM. So, put your best foot forward and purchase your tickets at Bingo or Saturday Morning Coffee. Tickets will be $7.00. Seating will be both Theater and Cabaret style. So, please bring your favorite beverages and snacks to the performance. Did I mention we are having an active audience this year? Yes, you will be invited

to sing along. So, practice your singing in the shower, work on your whistles, start those hands clapping. The time is now – come join the fun! The New Image Chorus is presenting OUR FAVORITE TUNES, “Spanning the Decades” under the direction of Carol McGowan. Save the date: Saturday, March 24th, 7:00 PM. Sheila Piganelli

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ACTIVITIES, ACTIVITIES by Janet Daly Coming up in March: St. Patrick’s Day Party, Saturday, March 17th. Hosted by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee. Tickets on sale at Saturday Morning Coffee, from 7:45 - 8:45 AM and Tuesday Bingo from 5:45 - 6:45 PM. The last day of sales will be Saturday, March 10th. See the Upcoming Events listing for Everything happening in March. Thank You! Thank Yous for February go the New England Club for hosting the Valentine’s Party, and to Polly Brown and the Appreciation Day Committee for organizing and working with Hometown America to make this special day

a success. The State Clubs are busy every month preparing fun and food for their members at their monthly meetings. If you haven’t joined the club appropriate to your home state, you should consider adding this to your monthly agenda. I’m amazed at the variety of fun ideas and great food that are served up by club members and leaders. See Page 4 of the Tara Woods Telephone Directory for the contact people for the clubs and other numerous activities hosted by our residents. There’s something for everyone – and if not, feel free to start something new. A reminder to the presidents of the State Clubs and groups that would like to host a party or event


in the coming season. There will be a meeting on Saturday, March 10th, at 9:30 AM in the Clubhouse to plan the events and discuss who will be doing what. If you have an interest in hosting a party or event for the community, please plan to attend this meeting. March is a busy month with lots to offer for everyone. I hope you will take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to share the fun and good food being offered with your Tara Woods neighbors. Janet Daly, Activities Coordinator 239-567-2285

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BAILEY SPEAKS March is here and remember the saying: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”. Proverb: The month of March usually starts with “cold, unpleasant weather, but ends mild and pleasant.” But, since we have snowbirds that come to visit us in Florida, we all can relate to what may lie ahead. As we all know, March has St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday, March

17th), so I’m on the lookout to hunt or locate those wee little green Leprechauns. But with my non-Irish blood in me, I have to get my master to go to the grocery store and buy a box of “Lucky Charms” cereal for me. It has a Leprechaun on the front, and, of course, they are “Magically Delicious,” Yum, Yum. So, in this segment of Bailey Speaks, for all dog lovers you can

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o you know the journey of Dominic Cirillo? He was born a healthy baby and grew up in South Philly with his parents and two sisters. At his high school graduation from Bishop Neuman he was honored with two awards. The first was the prestigious award for his PERSEVERANCE, INDUSTRY and INITIATIVE; the second was for perfect attendance. He dreamed of a career working on Naval ships and was employed at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard. At 21 his dream was shattered when a plank fell 46 feet, crushing his hard hat, collapsing his lungs, fracturing six ribs, fracturing back bones, and causing numerous injuries. He could only move his arms and head and was told by doctors that he would NEVER walk again. Dominic, filled with courage and motivation, asked the doctors, “What do I need to do in order to walk again?” After years of rehab, hard work and determination he is able to walk with the aid of crutches. He enrolled in Computer Management School and returned to the Naval Shipyard in the Data Processing Office. To further his career, he attended St. Joseph’s University night school for TWELVE years and graduated in 1986 with a degree in accounting. He worked for the government for over 40 years, 30 of those years working in Budget. Dominic claims it is his deep faith that motivates and inspires him. His wife, Judy, grew up in Carteret, New Jersey with her parents and two sisters. After graduating from Carteret High School, she worked for various companies, one position being a manager for an oil company. (I am sure you are familiar with all the oil companies on the New Jersey Turnpike!!) Judy would go on a yearly retreat to Elkins Park, PA, and one year Judy’s Catholic retreat group planned a trip to Hawaii with another retreat group from Philly. Dominic belonged to this group and they met in Hawaii. Judy reports that Dominic had offered to drive her lady friends back to their hotel after a “fun” night. Judy was so impressed by his kindness, completely overlooking his handicap. They began to date and were married two years later. They have been married for 37 years and are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Amy. In 1996 the Philly Naval Yard closed and Dominic was transferred to the Norfolk Naval Yard and worked there for 10 years, commuting home every other weekend. In 1996 the Government awarded Dominic a Gold Medal for his exceptional performance. They cited his attendance, excellent relationships with fellow employees and his outstanding performance. Dominic is well matched by his wife, who is extremely kind and generous. She works full time as a Para Professional at Manatee Elementary School and frequently helps some of the needy children in her quiet, humble way. They love Tara Woods and have been here since 2011. Dominic is presently the treasurer of the New York/New Jersey Club and does daily exercises in the pool. Last year was a highlight in their life when Amy married Kevin Gallo and Dom was able to walk her down the aisle. Dominic’s courage and perseverance are exemplary, and his qualities of PERSEVERANCE, INDUSTRY and INITIATIVE exhibited in high school have been an inspiration to all who know him. If you don’t know Dominic, please look him up. Mary Nothnagel

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The Steamboat Loop Block Party W

e started the year with our 15th Block Party on January 13th. Our main dish was Pork Loins and Applesauce which was paired by wonderful side dishes brought by our wonderful cooks on Steamboat Loop.

We all joined in games arranged by Judy Machnicz. We had a 50/50 where we raised $100.00 which we gave away and another $100.00 that was given to our neighbors in a drawing of the tickets purchased for the dinner. All had a wonderful time; thanks to all who helped to make the party a success. We look forward to next year when we can come up with new games and a different menu. Thank you all for your support.

Mary Green

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MID-ATLANTIC CLUB (239) 850-4737

Our hearts were warmed by the sound of the Del Prados with Sock Hop

memories for the Tara Woods Community in February. The Mid-Atlantic Social Club is privileged to schedule brunch at the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda on Sunday, March 18th. This off-

site event replaces the Clubhouse meeting for the same day. Plans are being discussed for a boat trip to Cabbage Key in April. Barb Pollitt, Secretary



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A HUGE Thank You to all our Club members who helped make the Tara Woods Valentine’s Day Party a success!! Whether you were on the set-up, clean-up, or party ops team or prepared a salad for our bountiful salad “buffet”, thank you!!! And

a special thank you to our very handsome ushers! We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you! Please note: our March party has been moved from March 10th to FRIDAY, MARCH 30th at 5:00 PM. This will also serve as our bon voyage party. This will be a sport themed party as we welcome the

baseball season. We will be serving fan favorites and playing some “sports themed” games. Please feel free to wear your favorite team shirts, shorts, socks, hats or whatever you like! Sign-ups will begin March 1st. Bring only what you choose to drink, and I hope to see everyone there. Judy Machnicz



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March meeting will be held on F R I D AY, MARCH 2ND at 5:00 PM This meeting’s meal will be the PIG ROAST and the food will be catered. Menu is pork, roasted potatoes, and baked beans. There will also be a dessert. BYOB You must have a ticket to partake in the meal. The deadline for purchasing a ticket was February 17th. The reason for the early cut-off date is because the caterers needed at least a ten-day notice as to how many


dinners they need to prepare. There will also be a GOLF CART RACE at the beginning of the evening. There will be two classes, a 36 volt and a 48 volt. An entry fee of $2.00 is required, with all the monies collected paid back in prizes. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Clubhouse if you would like to enter your golf cart in the race. Have your carts ready and on the road east of the Clubhouse at 3:45 PM. This evening will also be the election of officers for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. All four offices of president, vice president, treasurer and secretary are open for nominations. A nominating committee, con-

sisting of Shelly Lubich and Peggy Gamble, was established to recruit people for these offices, but nominations will also be taken from the floor. Music for the evening will be provided by Dale Humphrey. Arlene Greene, Secretary


Just a reminder of our upcoming March 11th meeting at 5:00 PM at the Clubhouse. It will feature Cuban Sandwiches

and Birthday Cake to celebrate everyone’s birthday. Also, remember the contest with your high school or college age picture. We have quite a few, “the more the merrier”, however it’s not a requirement to attend the meeting. If you don’t have a picture, please come anyway and join in the fun. We will also be looking for members to chair next season’s meetings. I’m sure

this year’s chair people will assist you in any way, so think about it; we are always looking for different ideas. Please submit pictures by March 2nd to Mary and Bill and sign up for the meeting by March 7th and bring a side dish: coleslaw or salad, or google what goes with Cuban Sandwiches. Any questions: Mary or Bill 732822-6300

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can play too. We have really BIG game packs and “Specials” that are 8 ½” x 11” with 2” numbers. o additional charge for the ticket that can make you the “King” or the “Queen” for the night and earn you even more money on all game sheets. ame packets are sold with either 6 game squares per sheet or 9 game squares. The “Special” game papers have 3 game squares. Buy as many as you’d like! ur Tuesday night BINGO session consists of 14 regular games and 6 “Special” games We also have “Hot Ball” prizes of $50.00 or more and a “Social” raffle. Sales STOP at 6:45 PM. Come join the fun.


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!


Every Tuesday at 12:45 PM and Thursday at 1:00 PM


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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 1:00 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

Movie Nite No movie in March!

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.


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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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HAPPY HOUR 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 setting on the Verandah. Please contribute an appetizer to share and BYOB. A sign-up sheet is provided below the “Happy Hour Club” poster in the Clubhouse, which is used for organizing the table arrangements and making preparations.

ning, then it was 5-4, then 5-5 – wait – it’s 6-6. Then the play of the day; Diane and Donna scored to win the game 7-6. The fans in the stands cheered!! What a day!! What a game!! The women went home as champs! Please come out and cheer us on even if you do not want to play. Everyone is welcome! You are in for a great time!

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It was Super Bowl Sunday! The courts were full; we had to utilize two of the tennis courts so everyone could play. A good crowd was there to cheer us on. The final game was a nail-biter with Diane Gibson and Donna Erhardt facing two powerful players, Richard Binkowski and Tom Erhardt. Tom and Richard were dominating the game. It was 5-3 Tom and Richard were win-

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COMPUTER CLUB The Tara Woods 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 Thursday of each month is devoted to Computer Basics. This is a complete course on how to use your computer. The second and fourth Thursday is 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. 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. Last month, we discussed Windows 10 and smart phones, as well as the basics of the Windows desktop, programs,

files, and folders. The General topics include an ongoing series on working with photos and multimedia, 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 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

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TENNIS ASSOCIATION UPDATE Dear Tennis Enthusiasts, Your Vice President (Frank Neveu) and I met with Darlene Bradley, who is the Community Manager of Tara Woods, on January 30th. Among the items discussed were the AED, resurfacing of the tennis courts, and general maintenance strategies. These are the facts concerning the resurfacing of the courts: My recollection and the documentation shows that the courts were resurfaced only three years ago. A request was made by Frank and me to resurface the courts possibly next year. Darlene will submit that request for next year. The AED (defibrillator) device has been ordered and has been promised to be installed sometime this year. Frank and I were also informed that upon approval first, we can purchase tarps to be used for shade. They would be purchased from Home Depot and reimbursement would be made. We will be given access to a leaf blower in being proactive to better maintenance of the tennis courts as the need arises. I am asking and reminding all members that your concerns and requests be made to the Tennis Association Board first; our liaison member will then take those requests to the Office. We have agreed and voted on at the past meetings that one member will represent the tennis community with all concerns to keep the data and outcome

accurate, and to prevent massive individual trafficking for Darlene as well. If you want to volunteer to lend physical help in maintenance, we would appreciate that very much. Frank Neveu is doing much of this work himself, along with Fred Puhlfuerst, and also Mark Van Ort, the Maintenance Man for Tara Woods. The meeting was held in a spirit of amicable fostering of the community at large, and much of the rumor and myths were dispelled as to how and when various requests are handled. Patience, understanding, acceptance, and working together with the Office and membership is a viable way for our tennis community to flourish and receive what it needs. I hope this news informs you and has provided some illumination on what heretofore has been unclear. Live well my friends. – Dakota and the Board TENNIS ASSOCIATION MEETING The Tara Woods Tennis Association had a busy and productive meeting on January 28th. Some of the items discussed are listed here. The games for Appreciation Day on February 25th are set up and ready to go. The members voted unanimously

to raise the dues for the next tennis season. Dues will increase to $10.00 per person effective November 1, 2018. Members also voted to install a practice board on the tennis courts. George Daly and Bob Polenska offered to take the lead on this project. It was reported that a good time was had by all at the Tara Woods Tennis Association Party on January 14th. The piñata was a big hit. Thanks go out to Arlene Franchini, Gwen Engel Windancer, Mary Ellen Gold, Frank Neveu, and Phil Franchini for all their hard work to help make this event fun for all involved. At next month’s Tennis Association Meeting on February 25th we will vote in a new President, Secretary, and Director at Large. Please think about stepping up into a leadership role. – Debbie Polenska, Secretary “You’re Served” January Party On January 14th the Tara Woods Tennis Association held it’s very first “You’re Served” members party featuring appetizers and beverages, followed by an inspiring tennis speech from President Dakota Windancer. In addition, there was a special members trophy presentation where

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During the friendly tennis competition, refreshing courtside snacks were provided by Carole & Frank Neveu. In the evening, very large and delicious subs were enjoyed by 29 people who gathered to socialize and eat after the Tennis Association Meeting. The dinner hosted by Gwen Engel Windancer and Mary Ellen Gold also consisted of Coleslaw, Chips, and Dessert. We have two more Round Robins this season. You are strongly encouraged to sign up and come out to play some fun tennis. 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 Carole & 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 make-up match with their sister team, the Fusion, which was played on Tuesday, February 6th, resulted in an even split, with both teams winning 3 and losing 3. As of February 9th, the Angels have 29 wins and 25 losses, after having played 54 matches. The Angels had a make-up match scheduled for February 14th against Herons Glen, the last place team. If the Angels would win all 6 sets, which is a strong possibility, that would put them in a win/loss tie with the Tara Woods Fusion team. Women’s League – Fusion As of February 9th, the Fusion team has 35 wins and 25 losses, having played 60 matches. This puts them in 4th place out of eight teams. They are just one win short of the 3rd place team. Their make-up match with their sister team, the Angels, was played on Tuesday, February 6th. The Fusion won all 3 sets on Court 2, but lost all 3 sets on Court 1, one of which was a tie-breaker. – Linda Engel

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Frank Neveu, our Vice President, honored Linda and Warren Engel for their numerous years of organizing the season’s monthly Round Robin tournaments and Fred Puhlfuerst for his years of dedication and support to the tennis community. For fun there was a tennis ball piñata challenge where members and their spouse or guest tried smashing it. It was successfully busted, and members scrambled to the floor for tennis items and other goodies that were inside. A 50/50 raffle was held, and Dick Heffron won the pot! To wrap up the party, coffee and a tennis cake were “Served”! Arlene Franchini, Director at Large ROUND ROBIN Well, we did luck out with the weather! The Weather Channel had forecasted 80% chance of rain in the morning. I thought all our work in preparation for our second Round Robin of the season would be for naught. But the sun did shine, and 20 tennis players enjoyed that sunshine most of the time they were on the courts. We did get some rain sprinkles halfway through our last tennis session, but that didn’t stop the players from continuing to play. It did sprinkle a little heavier later on when we were putting things away, but by then everyone else was back home. So, given the early forecast of rain, I would say it was a pretty good day for tennis.

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Island Visitor Publishing, LLC • March 2018 • 941.349.0194 • on Tuesday, March 13th – see you at the courts!! – Ed Malatesta Blue League – Tigers The tail end of January and the beginning of February had some glitches in the schedule for our team. First of all, our scheduled match the last week of January was postponed until further notice. The entire opposing team was incapacitated due to the flu. The first week of February we had a bye in our schedule which complicated things a little more. We are currently waiting on word from the opposing team from the last week in January play date to reschedule the match. We are still in the middle of the pack despite all the glitches we are

faced with. We are hoping to start regular play some time the second week of February and have the make-up game soon after that. All the players are having a good season thus far and we hope to move up in the standings in the coming weeks. – Bill Powers FUN TENNIS EVENT Due to a league match cancellation on February 1st, the Tara Woods Tigers team hosted a fun afternoon of tennis with the Cape Coral Racquet Club. The event was arranged thanks to Andre’ Hardy, a member of both teams. Submitted by Linda Engel


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It is Thursday, February 8th, as I write this, trying to gather my ideas for the monthly softball article for the Tara Woods Columns newspaper. I’m pleased to report that Tara Woods had a convincing win against Pine Lakes on January 29th. In a subsequent game the Herons Glen team was seen dialing 911 on their cell phones as Tara Woods infielders and our pitcher kept them off the scoreboard for the first two innings of the January 31st game. Herons Glen did eventually eke out a victory, however Tara Woods received accolades from Herons Glen for their stellar defensive work that night. It was 15 months ago when I no longer wanted to be a softball virgin. I decided to try out for the Tara Woods softball team and was given the number 75 jersey when it was confirmed that I had two legs that worked. My reasoning was that this was slow pitch softball. Being a man in my prime, how hard can it be anyway for a jock like me. Well, you softball virgins and swimming pool floaters, I invite you to try out to be a member of the elite Tara Woods softball team and see if you are first able to hit the ball, then sprint to first base quickly before the ball you hit is in the glove of the first baseman. By the way, I was told that it is not permissible to stand at home plate and admire the absolutely beautiful hit that you have just made. You need to run not to first base but through first base. Once safely at first base and no wheelchair in sight, you need to get to second base all the while watching what the current batter is up to. If she hits the ball, you have to decide if it is safe to run as the ball flies through the rarefied air of Punta Gorda or bounces on the ground. At this point, the batter up has one strike and one ball on his charge without the pitcher having even thrown the ball once towards that batter. You explain that to Babe Ruth. If you manage to acquire 3 strikes (1+2), you’re out. If it’s four balls (1+3) you get to walk to first with or without a cane. Many of our team like the walk option, however it is not easy to accomplish as those high-flying balls moving at 10 mph towards home plate can be tricky to read. If the ball hits anywhere on the wooden board, even the back corner, you get rewarded with a strike call even though it would appear to the untrained eye that it was physically impossible to hit the ball on that trajectory, unless possibly you were using a pitching wedge. If the next batter up hits a single, you must use all of your energy to move quickly to second base, arriving standing up and safe. Space does not allow me to finish this epic story today, so you will have to stay tuned for the April edition of the Columns to read about the exciting conclusion of a Tara Woods softball players journey home. Joseph Plut

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Tennis from - page 27 MEN’S LEAGUE White League – Stallions The Stallions, one of our White Teams, is fighting the good battle among the ten teams in the White League. As of this writing we are in 4th place in the league. We have been hit with the flu and other ailments. However, we stand against the opposition and do our best on the court. We have seven more matches, three of which are at home. So, check the schedule on the tennis board and support your local tennis team. – Fred Puhlfuerst White League – Mustangs Since last month’s report, we have continued to play good tennis, despite losing players to injury, illness, a Tara Woods cruise, and other personal and family situations. The level of the league’s teams has improved as the season has progressed, yet we have remained competitive. However, we must remember this is a social activity as well as a competitive activity, and we continue to meet some outstanding people from the different league communities, as well as knowing our own teammates and substitutes on a more personal basis. While you are reading this, we will be finishing our schedule, looking especially to Round 2 of the Tara Woods Mustangs vs. the Tara Woods Stallions

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Tara Woods - March 2018  

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

Tara Woods - March 2018  

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