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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!

Sandy Lee Thompson

Avalon Park West to Host “Movie Under the Stars” Featuring “Pirates Band of Misfits” Feb. 15th at 7 p.m.

Avalon Park West to Host “Movie Under the Stars” Featuring “Pirates Band of Misfits” Feb. 15th at 7 p.m.

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Avalon Park West, the master planned community located 3.5 miles east of I-75 on SR 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host its “Movie Under the Stars”, Feb. 15th starting at 7 p.m.

Stephanie Hodson, vice president of marketing for Avalon Park West, said the feature film at Movie Under the Stars will be the newly released, “Pirates Band of Misfits.”

The film will be shown outside the AvalonParkWestCommunity Center and the public is invited to attend the free movie, Hodson said.

“Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the free popcorn too,” Hodson said.

The Avalon Park West Community Center is located at 5227 Autumn Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545.   For information call 813-364-4918 or email Stephanie @avalonparkgroup.com.

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Media contacts:

Stephanie Hodson, Vice President of Marketing Avalon Park Group, 813-364-4918

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com

Avex Homes Reports Sales of 15 New Homes Through Grand Opening of Cypress Village at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel

Avex Homes Reports Sales of 15 New Homes Through Grand Opening of Cypress Village at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel

Wesley Chapel, Fla. — Avex Homes reports it sold 15 new homes at CypressVillage at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel before the close of the new community’s grand opening last week.

Stephanie Hodson, vice president of marketing for Avex Homes, said Cypress Village at Avalon Park West, 3.5 miles east of I-75 on State Road 54, will soon have all 15 new homes under construction and have already had the first resident move in.

“The response from home buyers has been very encouraging,” Hodson said.

Pent-up demand and more widespread confidence that the economy is improving are driving demand for new homes at CypressVillage at Avalon Park West.

Avex Homes recently unveiled two new single family model homes priced from the $160s at CypressVillage.

Avex Homes’ new Braden model at Avalon Park West offers three bedrooms and two baths in 1,697 square feet of living space with a two-car garage priced from $164,990. Options include a lanai, study, bonus room, extended garage and upgraded master bath suite. The Braden model home is available in three distinctive elevations.

The two-story Jesup II model offers four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths in 2,974 square feet of living space with a two-car garage and bonus room. The Jesup II features a study and media room.

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, rocking chair porches on its craftsman styled homes, nearby schools, and shops that are designed to evoke the ideal of main street America.

Avex Homes is building 342 homes at CypressVillage at Avalon Park West. Eventually Avalon Park West will accommodate as many as 4,400 homes and more than 700,000 square feet of commercial space in its TownCenter.

For information call 813-364-4918 or email Stephanie@AvexHomes.com.

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Media contacts

Stephanie Hodson, Vice President of Marketing, Avex Homes 813-364-4918, Stephanie@AvexHomes.com

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407 644 4142 Lvdershelco@aol.com

Avex Homes in Avalon Park West Reports Sales of 10+ New Homes

Avex Homes in Avalon Park West Reports Sales of 10+ New Homes Before Feb. 2 Grand Opening

Wesley Chapel, Fla. — Avex Homes in Cypress Village at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel reports it has sold at least 10 new homes before the grand opening of the community located 3.5 miles east of I-75 on State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Stephanie Hodson, Vice President of Marketing for Avex Homes, said Avex Homes will have closed on the sale or started construction of more than 10 new homes at Avalon Park West before the Grand Opening event.

“We have seen a remarkable response from home buyers,” Hodson said. “We’re feeling a lot of pent-up demand, and a lot of confidence that the economy is improving, perhaps a little stronger and a little faster than the forecasters have anticipated,” she said.

Avalon Park West plans to unveil two new single family model homes priced from the $160s at its family-friendly grand opening event Feb. 2.  The event will feature refreshments, family BBQ, bounce park for the kids and free gifts.

Hodson said admission to the grand opening is free and the public is invited.

Avex Homes’ new Braden model at Avalon Park West offers three bedrooms and two baths in 1,697 square feet of living space with a two-car garage priced from $164,990. Options include a lanai, study, bonus room, extended garage and upgraded master bath suite.

The Braden model home is available in three distinctive elevations.

The two-story Jesup II  model offers four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths in 2,974 square feet of living space with a two-car garage and bonus room. The Jesup II features a study and media room.

Hodson said Avex Homes is offering up to $10,000 in closing costs and $7,000 towards upgrades with every new home sold during the grand opening weekend.

And with each new home purchased on opening weekend—and the 10 purchased so far—Avex is providing a free porch swing, a symbol of the relaxed traditional family lifestyle at 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, rocking chair porches on its craftsman styled homes, nearby schools, and shops that are designed to evoke the ideal of main street America.

Avex Homes is building 342 homes at CypressVillage at Avalon Park West. Eventually 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.

For information call 813-364-4918 or email Stephanie@AvexHomes.com.

Avalon Park West to premier two new model homes at Feb. 2 Grand Opening with a complimentary BBQ, bounce park, free gifts

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Avalon Park West to premier two new model homes at Feb. 2 Grand Opening with a complimentary BBQ, bounce park, free gifts — Home Builder Avex Homes Offers Incentives worth more than $17,000 on New Homes Sold During Opening Weekend

Wesley Chapel, Fla. — Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel will host a family-friendly grand opening at 5116 Autumn Ridge Drive in Wesley Chapel Saturday, Feb. 2 to unveil two new single family model homes priced from the $160s. Stephanie Hodson, vice president of marketing for Avalon Park West, said admission to the grand opening is free and the public is invited to enjoy refreshments, family BBQ, bounce park for the kids and free gifts. Avex Homes is premiering its new Braden and Jesup II model homes at Avalon Park West. The single story Braden model home offers three bedrooms and two baths in 1,697 square feet of living space with a two car garage priced from $169,990,” Hodson said.  Options include a lanai, study, bonus room, extended garage and upgraded master bath suite. The Braden model home is offered in three distinctive elevations. The two story Jesup II model home offers four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths in 2,974 square feet of living space with a two car garage and bonus room. The Jesup II model features a study and media room. Avex Homes is offering up to $7,000 in free closing costs and $10,000 towards upgrades with every new home sold during grand opening weekend, Hodson said. New home owners will get a second gift too: a free porch swing, which has come to symbolize the relaxed traditional family lifestyle at 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, rocking chair porches on its craftsman styled homes, nearby schools and shops that are designed to evoke the ideal of main street America.  Avex Homes is building 342 homes in the first phase, Cypress Village at Avalon Park West.  Eventually Avalon Park West will have 4,400 homes and more than 700,000 square feet of commercial space in its Town Center.  Avalon Park West is located 3.5 Miles East of I-75 on SR 54 at 5116 Autumn Ridge Drive, Wesley Chapel FL 33545.  For information call 813-364-4918 or email Stephanie@avalonparkgroup.com * * *

For more information contact

Stephanie Hodson, Vice President of Marketing, Avalon Park Group, 813-364-4918 Stephanie@avalonparkgroup.com

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142, Lvershelco@aol.com

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Avex Homes Names Amy Joslyn Director of Sales at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel

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Avex Homes Names Amy Joslyn Director of Sales at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel ORLANDO / WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Avex Homes, the Orlando-based home builder that has started construction of new homes at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel, has appointed Amy Joslyn director of sales.

Eric Marks, President of Avex Homes, which is building in Avalon Park West, said Joslyn is a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay area who has more than eight years of experience in new home sales in the Tampa Bay region. Marks said Joslyn is an enthusiastic sales professional whose efforts have already earned her such accolades as the Diamond Circle Award for Sales Excellence from the Tampa Bay Builders Association’s Sales and Marketing Council and Sales Person of the Year in 2010.

“Amy Joslyn is a high-achiever and a team builder and we expect her to play a major role in our continued growth at Avex Homes,” Marks said.

Avex Homes has started construction of a model home and several pre-sale and move-in ready homes at Cypress Village at Avalon Park West, the first phase of the new master-planned community.

Marks said Avex Homes plans to build 342 single-family homes priced from the $150’s at Cypress Village at Avalon Park West.

Avalon Park West plans to develop up to 4,400 single-family and multi-family homes at Avalon Park West and 700,000 square feet of commercial space. Avex Homes is a partnership that includes Avalon Park Group Management, Inc. and sitEX Properties USA. Avalon Park West is located on S.R. 54, 3.5 miles east of I-75 in Wesley Chapel.

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For more information contact Stephanie Hodson, Marketing Director, Avalon Park Group 407-658-6565 or 813-364-4918 Stephanie@avalonparkgroup.com

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications 407-644-4142, Lvershelco@aol.com