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Back to School

By:  Kristin Muslin
Marketing and Events Coorindator, Avalon Park West

Today we’re bringing you everything that’s left for you to get in gear for the school year!  Sit back and enjoy the last weeks of official summer, because we’ve done all the digging around for you and gathered it all together for you in this post-you’ll find healthy recipes for packed lunches, after school programs, places to still grab some FREE school gear, local football schedule, and more!

1.  Back to school supplies are expensive! As we all know, this time of year can be quite hard on those who are already strapped for cash. Maybe you or someone you know has gotten most school supplies together, but are just missing a few things. If you know of someone in need of a back pack, hair cuts, clothes, whatever- this place has it. Information below:

Back to School Backpack Giveaway: 8:10 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Aug. 21 at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Free backpacks, school supplies, games, prizes, free haircuts, gently used clothing and more. Register online at ccwc.org or call Andrea Wolloff at (727) 376-7733, ext. 120, for information.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/pasco-county-school-supply-drives-and-giveaways-scheduled/1183214

 

2. Alright Wesley Chapel parents! So you’ve got the kiddo(s) ready for school- but if you’re looking to find what’s available locally for them to engage in after school- this next one’s for you. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some really cool, really close programs in Wesley Chapel:

The program with a little bit of everything:

The Kids ‘R’ Kids Difference | Child Care Center in Wesley Chapel, FL With a wealth of activities – supervised and carefully selected – your child will find the experience of Kids ‘R’ Kids’ before and after school program to be an exciting adventure. Our highly skilled teachers exceed traditional child care center standards, and bring experience and exceptional passion to their teaching. Our after school program in Wesley Chapel is meant to inspire all ages of children, setting the groundwork for a lifetime of learning outside of school. Their after school program includes zones and centers designed to be fun and educational:

  • The Discovery Zone – Earth science and the environment
  • The Nova Zone – Artistic expression and performance
  • The Open Air Zone – Trivia and games to expand the mind
  • The Construction Zone – Hobbies like cooking, crafts, and a wealth of opportunity to work with the hands
  • The Media Center – Bringing technology learning into the classroom

If you’d like to learn more about the Kids ‘R’ Kids after school program in Wesley Chapel, Florida contact your nearest center today. There’s actually two in Wesley Chapel:

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Kids ‘R’ Kids

Anitha Thomas
1540 Mansfield Blvd.
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(813) 994-4525 awards map

Kids ‘R’ Kids

Bimal Bhojani
30100 Overpass Road
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(813) 355-4824 awards map

 

Wanting something a little more specific? Try these out:

After School Music Lessons: http://www.bigelmusic.com/

Karate: http://wesleychapelkarate.com/about_us.html

Sports: http://www.protentialsports.com/

Song and Dance Classes: http://www.songanddanceinc.com/

Discovery Point After School: http://sevenoaks.discoverypoint.com/programs/school-age/

After School Enrichment Classes: http://www.bricks4kidz.com/florida-tampa-wesleychapel/program-events/after-school-programs/

Creative World Preschool: http://www.creativeworldschool.com/preschool-tampa-wesley-chapel/index.php

Looking for something on the cheap? The local Library has tons of weekly programs for all ages. Calendar here: http://evanced.info/pasco/evanced/eventcalendar.asp

3. It’s lunch time! You know your kids don’t want that nasty cafeteria food! Not only is it unappetizing, it’s also really unhealthy. So, you know that- but maybe the problem is you’re already fighting for time in the mornings?- we’ve found a nifty little chart that you can print out for your kids, so they can pack themselves a lunch! Not so comfortable putting the responsibilities on the little ones yet?  We’ve got a few fast and simple lunch ideas for you too! It is still totally worth it to check out the chart though, if you aren’t comfortable having the kids make their lunch, you’ll at least be able to use it to find out what they’d like to eat from each food group, so they’ll still get a balanced meal they like enough to not trade out for a piece of candy corn.

You can find the chart below, and the creator’s blog Here: http://www.superhealthykids.com/blog-posts/school-lunch-supplies-for-healthy-lunches-plus-250-giveaway.php

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  1. Recipe Time! This next bit we’ve borrowed from an awesome blogger named Amy Flanigan who is so funny, but also kind enough to share her recipes that are tried and true, and ones she’s borrowed from others as well:

Let’s face it, while these lunchbox ideas are crazy adorable, who the heck has time to prep them? I mean, really? DO YOU? ‘Cause if you do, I want to trade lives. Right now.

And if I could draw worth a lick, I might be able to pull off this awesome sandwich bag art. But I can’t. So I don’t.

Let’s keep it real, shall we?

Here are a few simple ideas – maybe you’ve thought of, maybe you haven’t :

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If you’re digging these ideas, by all means, check her blog out here!: http://veryculinary.com/2013/08/07/back-to-school-lunchbox/

Not finding what you’re looking for? Not to worry, our Pinterest has a TON of different options: http://www.pinterest.com/avalonparkwest/back-to-school/

  1. The first high school football game is just around the corner! Bring the family out for a game- don’t forget to wear white and blue!

Wesley Chapel High School Football Schedule:

Coach: Tico Hernandez (second season, 0-10)

Stadium: Wildcat Stadium, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel

Season schedule

Aug. 29at Zephyrhills, 7:30

Sept. 5vs. Lecanto, 7:30

Sept. 12vs. Pasco, 7:30

Sept. 19at Hudson, 7:30

Oct. 3vs. Ridgewood, 7:30

Oct. 10vs. Sunlake, 7:30

Oct. 17at River Ridge, 7:30

Oct. 24vs. Anclote, 7:30

Oct. 31vs. Gulf, 7:30

Nov. 7at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Mark your calendar

Wesley Chapel at Wiregrass Ranch, Nov. 7: The regular-season finale between the bitter rivals will have a little more meaning this season. After dominating Wiregrass Ranch by a combined 139-52 in each of their six previous meetings, the Wildcats lost to the Bulls last season by two touchdowns to complete the first winless season in the program’s 14-year history. It may be a difficult task to topple Wiregrass on the road, but Wesley Chapel will be hungry for revenge

http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/wesley-chapel-2014-football-preview/20717/

Alright guys, that’s all we have for you today- in the meantime, hop on over to our other social media outlets for more great updates!

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https://twitter.com/AvalonParkWest

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D.R. HORTON’S TAMPA DIVISION COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST MODEL HOME AT AVALON PARK WEST

D.R. HORTON’s TAMPA DIVISION COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST MODEL HOME AT AVALON PARK WEST

 TAMPA, Fla. — Avalon Park West, Wesley Chapel’s fastest growing traditionally designed community, announced D.R. Horton started construction of a new model home in April 2014 in the pedestrian-friendly community Avalon Park Group is developing on S.R. 54.

Eric Marks, senior vice president of Avalon Park Group, said D.R. Horton plans to build 56 new homes in the Cypress Village neighborhood at Avalon Park West.  D.R. Horton plans to offer 5 floor plans ranging from 2,045 to 3,576 square feet, with a three-car garage option and pricing beginning in the $270s.  The home builder’s first model home at Avalon Park West is now open.

D.R. Horton joins Avex Homes which has been building since its grand opening in early 2013.

“We are excited to have D.R. Horton join the rapid growth in Avalon Park West,” Marks said. “This is a special community, and D.R. Horton is one of the nation’s most successful home builders, so they are a perfect match for us,” he added.

Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate.

About D.R. Horton:

D.R. Horton is the nation’s largest homebuilder for 12 years in a row, as rated by Builder Magazine. For over 35 years, D.R. Horton has consistently delivered top-quality new homes to homebuyers across the nation.  The livable floor plans, energy-efficient features, and robust new home warranty demonstrate their commitment to excellence in construction.  D.R. Horton exhibits leadership in residential development through design innovation, superior craftsmanship, and responsiveness to the needs of its customers.

About Avalon Park West:

Built on the rich traditions of small-town life, Avalon Park West has a pedestrian friendly character with tree-lined streets meandering around lakes and neighborhood parks, nearby schools, and shops that are designed to evoke the ideal of main street America.  Avalon Park West will accommodate as many as 4,400 homes and more than 700,000 square feet of commercial space in its Town Center.

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 For more information contact:

Stephanie Hodson, Vice President of Marketing Avalon Park Group 407-658-6565

Eric Marks, Senior Vice President / COO, Avalon Park Group 407-658-6565

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142

Avalon Park West New Home Sales & Construction flourish in Wesley Chapel

August 13 Avalon Park West Community Updates

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valon Park West New Home Construction Flourishes in Wesley Chapel, with the Wolcott Family’s Jesup Model Ready for Closing this week.

Avalon Park West New Homes Sales & Construction flourish in Wesley Chapel. This week’s community updates show more than 35 homes in construction and closing, Avalon Park West is busy place! http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs185/1101427435357/archive/1114418412478.html

Internet Safety for Kids this Summer

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School will soon be out and the kids in our community will be on summer break. Although their days of alarm clocks and schedules will be over for a few weeks, they will now have more time available for surfing the Internet. While the Internet is an amazing part of our culture and society, the need to protect our children remains. Below you will find some helpful tips for you to discuss with your children regarding Internet safety.

Personal Information. Don’t give out personal information without your parents’ permission. This means you should not share your last name, home address, school name, or telephone number. Remember, just because someone asks for information about you does not mean you have to tell them anything about yourself!

Screen Name. When creating your screen name, do not include personal information like your last name or date of birth.

Passwords. Don’t share your password with anyone but your parents. When you use a public computer make sure you logout of the accounts you’ve accessed before leaving the terminal.

Photos. Don’t post photos or videos online without getting your parents’ permission.

Online Friends. Don’t agree to meet an online friend unless you have your parents’ permission. Unfortunately, sometimes people pretend to be people they aren’t. Remember that not everything you read online is true.

Online Ads. Don’t buy anything online without talking to your parents first. Some ads may try to trick you by offering free things or telling you that you have won something as a way of collecting your personal information.

Downloading. Talk to your parents before you open an email attachment or download software. Attachments sometimes contain viruses. Never open an attachment from someone you don’t know.

Bullying. Don’t send or respond to mean or insulting messages. Tell your parents if you receive one. If something happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable, talk to your parents or to a teacher at school.

Social Networking. Many social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Second Life and MySpace) and blog hosting websites have minimum age requirements to signup. These requirements are there to protect you!

For more tips on Internet safety, visit the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They have a library of videos on a variety of Internet safety topics. Each video is geared towards a specific age group. http://www.netsmartz.org/NetSmartzKids

Christina Rodriguez
www.RacketMedia.net
407-342-0234

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist for Avex Homes

Hurricane Checklist from Agent Steve Barry Great Florida Insurance 27604 Cashford Circle Suite 102 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 www.BarryInsuranceInc.com Steve.Barry@GreatFlorida.com 813-991-6969

Having a clear, actionable plan in place before a hurricane strikes can help minimize damage to people and property, and make recovery move as quickly as possible. The checklist provided below is designed to provide a starting point for issues that your business should consider before this year’s hurricane season begins.

Keep in mind that this is only a general overview. This overview should not be taken as advice regarding any individual situation and should not, therefore, be relied upon as such. Check with your Insurance Agent regarding specific coverage issues.

It is important to know that over 25% of all Flood’s happen in “low risk” flood zones. Just because the lender doesn’t require flood insurance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it!

  1. Review Your Property Insurance Policy
  2. Property Loss Control and Security Measures
  3. Business Continuity, Emergency Response, & Crisis Management Plans
  4. Employee Safety & Recovery Resources

1. Review Your Property Insurance Policy

  • Understand the extent of your policy limits
  • Determine if flood is covered or excluded
  • Review your policy deductibles
  • Understand the details and time element of your business interruption coverage
  • Be prepared to meet any and all time-sensitive provisions in your policy; such as requirements on filing proof of loss
  • Know how your property is valued under your policy
  • Verify if your policy covers screened enclosures, lanai’s, and pool cages.

2. Property Loss Control

Establish plans for mitigating property damage.

  • Before a storm prepare steps to minimize damage, such as:
    • Pre-cut plywood
    • Sandbags
    • Plastic or visqueen and tape
    • Plan for moving equipment, files, furniture, records, etc. to interior of the building or off premises
    • Know how to shut off your gas, electricity, and water
  • After a storm passes
    • Contact your agent if you have losses
    • Make only those repairs that are necessary to prevent further damage. This must include covering breaks if a roof, walls, or windows.
    • Prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed property for the adjuster. Keep a copy for yourself.
    • Take photos of the damaged areas.
    • If vehicles have been submerged in a flood, move it to high ground.
    • Dry and clean furniture and fixtures as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
  • Review security resources that may be needed
    • Fencing
    • Barriers
    • Additional Manpower
    • Etc.
  • Create and maintain a phone list to include
    • Roofing Contractors
    • Electrical Contractors
    • Restoration Contractors

3. Business Continuity

  • Review your supply chain for any potential impact
    • Inside the strike zone
    • Outside the strike zone
  • Evaluate possible impacts on customer service
  • Assess crisis management plans and response procedures
  • Institute crisis communications protocols
  • Establish procedures and responsibilities for gathering and processing claims information
  • Secure and duplicate vital financial records

4. Employee Safety and Recovery

  • Review and update employee evacuation and notification plans
  • Review and update employee home and emergency contact lists
  • Make sure that employees are aware of emergency policies and procedures
  • Ensure that any employees who stay on site during a storm have current contact lists, potable water, nonperishable food, first-aid kits, flashlights, hand-held radios or cell phones, and other supplies
  • Arrange for employees to work remotely if possible
  • Establish procedures to account for employees and to disseminate information

For more information please visit FEMA.GOV or BarryInsuranceInc.com

Best Regards,

Steve Barry Great Florida Insurance

Avalon Park West Bake Off Benefiting Wesley Chapel Relay for Life

Avalon Park West was proud to be a part of an event which helped raise funds for the Wesley Chapel Relay for Life.  On May 18, 2013, more than 10 teams came together to participate in a bake off to raise money for the cause.  Congratulations to Extreme Surveying, Sandy Lee Thompson for her 1st Place in the Avalon Park West Bake Off for Wesley Chapel Relay for Life winning $200!! Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Charlene Rogers Ierna took 2nd Place and Savanna Church came in 3rd. The Runners up were Donna Grenke / Pampered Chef and Spring Leaf Financial! Thank you to everyone who supported this event!

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