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30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

If you’re like most of us, you’re probably getting that itch again. Yes, folks, it’s Spring time, and with the Spring comes the incessant urge to peel ourselves out of hibernation mode, and gear up for that beautiful Florida summer that’s just around the corner. We’ve found the perfect 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge that will help you to deep-clean and de-clutter your home even with the busiest of schedules. Here we go!

For a similar free printable version to hang on your fridge, click here.

30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge:

Kitchen:
Day 1: Clean Microwave and Oven (even in-between the oven door glass

Day 2: Clean dishwasher and appliances

Day 3: Wipe down pantry

Day 4: Scrub fridge inside and out.

Day 5: Organize pantry and toss any expired items.

Day 6: Clean kitchen sink (including under the sink)

Day 7: Wipe down walls and give the garbage can a good scrub.

Day 8: Deep clean the stove top, kitchen counters, and floor.


Bathroom:

Day 9: Clean out medicine cabinet. Toss expired and old medicines.

Day 10: Toss old towels and de-clutter under the sink.

Day 11: Deep clean shower, curtain/door, walls.

Day 12: Deep clean toilet, bathroom surface areas, mirror and floor. (Tired of stink? Try Poopourie)


Bedrooms: (Have the kids do these as their chores in their own bedrooms)

Day 13: Clean mirrors, windows, blinds, and curtains.

Day 14: De-Clutter, and organize closet and drawers, and give away what you haven’t used in the last 3 months.

Day 15: Deep-clean mattress, wash pillows, linen and comforter.

Day 16: Vacuum, or sweep and mop floor, making sure to clean under furniture.

Day 17:  walls, baseboards, and fixtures.


Living Room:

Day 18: Wash sofa seats, throw pillows, and blankets/covers.

Day 19: Clean throw pillows, rugs, chairs, and tables.

Day 20: Wipe down TV and all electronics.

Day 21: De-clutter, tossing all unwanted items

Day 22: Vacuum, or sweep and mop floor, making sure to clean under furniture.

Day 23: Clean walls, baseboards, and fixtures.

Day 24: Clean windows, blinds, and curtains.


Office:

Day 25: De-clutter drawers and bookshelves.

Day 26: Wipe down desk, chair, walls, baseboards, bookshelves, and fixtures.


Other:

Day 27: Clean washing machine and dryer.

Day 28: Clean patio and outdoor equipment

Day 29: Clean car

Day 30: Clean vacuum and cleaning supplies.


Looking for some de-cluttering inspiration? There is a beautiful designer’s blog that focuses on clearing out the clutter and really letting your style shine through in your home.

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Click here to explore TheInspiredRoom!


And When all else fails: How to Fake a clean home in under 20 minutes.

Spring Break in Wesley Chapel

photo-1421284621639-884f4129b61d-300x200Alright friends, Spring Break is right around the corner! -And we’ve done all the searching so you don’t have to. All you have to do is sit back, scroll through, and pick the activities that fit your family’s schedule. Jump to the bottom of the page for full-day camps during Pasco’s Spring Break week. (March 16-20)

Short Term Activities:
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Every Saturday, 10am at Micheal’s Craft Store at the Grove:

Cost: $2/kid

Plan: Get 30 minutes of shopping time while your kiddos enjoy some awesome arts and crafts lessons. See upcoming crafts sessions here


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Every Day during Spring Break at IKEA:

Cost: FREE

Plan: Get in on the fun at IKEA Tampa Kids Academy! The Academy is FREE for kids 12 and under.  To participate, show up any time between 11a.m. & 12p.m. or between 5:30p.m. & 6:30p.m. Find more info here


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Every Wednesday, 10am at the Shops at Wiregrass:

Cost: FREE

Plan: Sign up any child age 12 or under HERE  and bring them by the Shops at Wiregrass every Wednesday for an hour of free entertainment!


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Saturday, 10am on March 14th at Your  Nearest Lowe’s Location

Cost: FREE

Plan: One day only, your kids can learn to build a wooden project, get a free apron, goggles, patch, and more. Monster Jam is back at Lowe’s! Be sure to register your child to build this Monster Jam project featuring El Toro Loco® Just click HERE  and enter your zip code to register at the nearest Lowe’s location.


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Tuesday, 9-11am, March 10th at Whole Foods Market, Tampa

COST: FREE

Plan: Moms, this is the perfect opportunity to sneak in a pampering session. Tell the family you’re going to get groceries and head on over to Whole Foods Market, Tampa. You’ll enjoy a free massage, coffee (or tea) and a muffin from the Coffee Bar. All you have to do is check in at customer service to receive your free voucher. Just don’t forget to pick up your groceries before heading back home!

Find more great activities like the Kid’s Club Fruity Pizza Party HERE:


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March 16 – 18 ( Mon – Wed) and March 18-20 (Wed – Fri) 9am – 1pm at Wesley Chapel District Park

3-5 Day Spring Break Soccer Skills Camp

Cost: $85 (10% sibling discount) per 3 day session or $135 for all 5 days

Plan: Pre-Register children for either a 3 or 5 day program to learn basic soccer skills like passing, receiving and 1v1 attacking from 9am-1pm. Available the week of March 16-20th HERE


Full-Week Camps in Wesley Chapel

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Discovery Point at Seven Oaks 27830 Summergate Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Cost: TBD

Plan: Pre-Register (Drop-In spaces are first come first serve) children for the full week of Spring Break at the center. They’ve got enrichment programs included in registration fees, including dance, music, and karate classes so your kids can learn new skills without you having to run all over town.

Call for details: 813-994-2700 or visit their website HERE, but note that you’ll have to go to the center to register.


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Backyard Bears Day School 27300 Dayflower Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL

Cost: TBD

Plan: Pre-Register children for the full week of Spring Break, and they’ll have an amazing week full of outdoor activities on over an acre of school playground area. Click HERE for more information.

Call for details: 813 991 5499 


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PROtential Sports 2910 Sports Core Circle Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Cost: TBD

Plan: Call today to sign up the kiddos for a full week of sports training. They get to pick from swimming, basketball, tennis, flag football, soccer, and much more.

Call for details: 813 843 9460 or click HERE to check out their website

 

If you’re looking for more full time camps, Tampa Bay Parenting has a great list of day camps HERE

Not to get too ahead here, but they’ve got a working list of SUMMER CAMPS too!

Summer Camps

Avalon Park West Loves Pets!

We’re still breaking in the New Year here at Avalon Park West -let’s give the pets a great new start too!

At Avalon Park West, we understand that your pets are part of your family!  We have a great dog park located in the heart of Cypress Village, which we invite you to use!  Also, take note of some of these great tips for your furry loved ones!

Give your furry friends a comfortable spot to sleep, off the floor (and still not on your bed!) with this easy tutorial:

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FOR BIG DOGS: http://www.hometalk.com/4719920/pvc-dog-cot-tutorial

FOR LITTLE DOGS OR CATS: http://www.thediygirl.com/pvc-dog-cot-tutorial-2/

On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

You can find the pools at Walmart, Toys R Us, or Target for around $15.00 and use them all Summer
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Remove a cabinet door panel and add a curtain with a tension rod to hide a litter box.
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If you’re one who enjoys taking your furbabies around town, running errands- check out this link below that lists all the restaurants who have “Secret Menu” items for pets!
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http://barkpost.com/ultimate-dog-friendly-companies/
We know you love your pets as much as we do and hope you can use these helpful hints to spoil them!

November in Avalon Park West

Happy fall, ya’ll! We’ve got a sweet little line up for you this week from a freaky-fun Family Date Night, to THE Thanksgiving recipe you absolutely need to make this year, weather you are a host or guest! You know what to do!

Family Date night idea: Scary Movie (family friendly!) Night with themed crafts and snacks. Here are our top five picks:

“Hocus Pocus” This one comes on often throughout October and is available on Netflix DVD, but not streaming. For a craft, we will make witch hats. For snack, we will have “Witches Brew” which is green colored Hi-C fruit punch with dry ice to make the smoke effect. You can get dry ice by the pound at most grocery stores. Remember to handle it with gloves!

“Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” This one is available for streaming on Netflix if you are a subscriber. For a craft, painting the movie cover or cutting it out of construction paper is fun. For snacks -a family favorite- white chocolate dipped caramel apples!

“Casper” Check your local listings for this movie. For a craft, mix some cheap-o shaving cream with a little Elmer’s glue. Let the kids form a ghost on a piece of construction paper. When it dries they can draw or glue eyes to it. For a super easy and healthy snack, the popular ghost banana with mini chocolate chips for eyes.

“Addams Family” This movie is also available on Netflix streaming if you have an account. With this one, the craft is just to trace your hands and cut them out. For snack, a popcorn stuffed kitchen glove with candy for the finger nails!

“Corpse Bride”– Available with Netflix DVD but not streaming. It is a part of the line up on the ABC 19 days of Halloween list. For a craft, use cotton swabs to form skeletons, by gluing them to a piece of black construction paper. For snack, stack up a few white chocolate covered mini pretzel twists and put a large marshmallow on top. You can use frosting or a cake writer to make a face on the marshmallow.

If you haven’t found one to suit your fancy yet, there are more options here!: http://beforever31.com/halloween-movies-activities-and-snacks/

BONUS: Make your own smartphone projector with this $3 hack; find a movie to watch on Netflix, and presto!

The only thing that beats the projector-hack is the HUGE blow up screen monthly movie night at the pool, which brings us to:

And you definitely don’t want to miss this one- we’ll be showing Maleficent on an even BIGGER screen than we usually do! Free popcorn and hot chocolate like we normally do! Just bring your blankets and chairs, whatever you need to make yourself comfortable. See you at dark!

Its football season again! As a Tampa Bay resident, there are tons of opportunities to catch a game- so if you’re tailgating this season, or even just hitting your kids’ practice- here’s an awesome on the go meal to keep the ball rolling, and your budget in tact:

What You Will Need:

  • Snack size bags of Doritos or Fritos
  • Seasoned taco meat
  • Shredded cheese
  • Lettuce (shredded)
  • Tomatoes (diced)
  • Onions (diced)
  • Sour cream
  • Plastic fork

What You Will Need To Do:

  1. Crush up the chips to desired size.
  2. Cut the bag of chips open length wise to make almost a bowl type shape.
  3. Add taco meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and sour cream as desired.
  4. Grab a fork and you are ready to watch the big game!

Shopping around for another side dish recipe? Whether you’re hosting you’re the guest this year, this corn casserole dish is one for the books. You are going to love adding this to your Thanksgiving menu for two reasons; One: its super easy to make, and Two: This is a total crowd pleaser.

You can thank us later. Directions below:

Ingredients

  • 1 can Whole Kernel Corn, drained
  • 1 can Cream Style Corn
  • 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 2 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 stick Margarine
  • 1 cup Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together adding sour cream last. Pour into greased 9 X 9 or 2 quart dish and bake uncovered for 1 hour until set and browned. – See more at: http://www.arlingtonmommy.com/corn-casserole/?pp=0#sthash.Lk5xK3D1.dpuf

Tis the Season…for Shopping! We know it can be kind of stressful keeping everything in order while Christmas shopping-it’s no secret- we’ve been there. But before you hit the stores this season, check out this great printable we found to help keep it all organized:

You can find more awesome stuff like this here:

http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2013/11/23/printable-holiday-shopping-planner-pages.html

Check back with us on the next newsletter for some awesome Thanksgiving décor ideas, and Black Friday Pro tips!

Fall in Love with Avalon Park West

Happy October Avalon Parkers!

We’ve noticed quite a few of our residents breaking out that fall décor already! With all these events coming up this month we saw this as the perfect opportunity to help show off our amazing community to all the visitors by holding a PORCH DECORATING COMPETITION! If you live in Avalon Park West and are interested in competing, please see the flyer below for more information. And if you would like to participate, please e-mail Kristin@AvalonParkWest.com for the registration form:

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Happy October Avalon Parkers!

We’ve noticed quite a few of our residents breaking out that fall décor already! With all these events coming up this month we saw this as the perfect opportunity to help show off our amazing community to all the visitors by holding a PORCH DECORATING COMPETITION! If you live in Avalon Park West and are interested in competing, please see the flyer below for more information. And if you would like to participate, please e-mail Kristin@AvalonParkWest.com for the registration form:
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Oktoberfest is coming up on October 18th! Grab some delicious German food and beer, and find a spot in the beer garden to hang out and listen to The Europa Band on stage with authentic German music- if you haven’t had a chance to look them up yet you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/TheEuropaBand?fref=ts

We’ve got a bunch of fun stuff for the kids too, including carnival games, root beer garden, bounce houses, a HAY RIDE, and more! This is going to be another great opportunity to have some fun with the whole family, so make sure to check out the flyer and mark your calendars for this next big event!

We do also have vendor spaces and sponsorship opportunities available, so if you or anyone you know of might be interested please contact Kristin at 813.482.5361 or email her at Kristin@AvalonParkWest.com
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Special thank you to these fine sponsors that have already signed up:

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September’s Movie under the stars was great! Thank you to everyone who joined us! Our set up has changed a little bit, as we will now be showing the movies in the pool area. This allows for the movie to still go on even if it’s raining- and there will be plenty of covered, dry space to hang out and watch from! You can find pictures from the September movie below along with the flyer for the October movie coming up!
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Looking for something to do for Halloween? New River Elementary holds an annual Trunk or Treat event for the whole family! You can check out last year’s event HERE:

http://www.ourtownfla.com/index.php?news&action=view_news&news_id=985

We look forward to making memories with your family this Fall!

Welcome to Home. Town. Life.

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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Anitha Thomas
1540 Mansfield Blvd.
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Bimal Bhojani
30100 Overpass Road
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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

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/AvalonParkWest

http://www.pinterest.com/avalonparkwest/back-to-school/

https://twitter.com/AvalonParkWest

https://plus.google.com/+Avalonparkwest/posts

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