Avalon Park Sun Orlando-August Edition

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Entrepreneur Fund Winners Announced for the Avalon Innovation Center

March of this year the business community started seeing unprecedented challenges as we have had to navigate going through a global pandemic. The COVID-19 Pandemic has expedited a new approach to employment and has raised questions as to what the new norm is and what it will look like in the near and distant future. Many have shifted their work environment to home, while also trying to figure out school, childcare and even how to do day-to-day shopping.

Aware of a rapid business climate change and the need to support local entrepreneurs, Avalon Park Group, led by President & CEO Beat Kahli, created a fund to support local business and foster growth in this ever-changing time. The initial fund is over $1,000,000 and is being awarded to entrepreneurs who presented a new business, spin off from another business or grow an existing small business. The fund amounts are a combination of cash investments, business loans, office space, professional consulting services and The 5th Floor memberships. “We personalized an award package for all 28 finalists,” said Kahli. “While not all of the asks were fully funded, we wanted to offer support for these passionate individuals to continue to grow their ideas and their businesses.” From 153 initial submissions to 28 finalists, the final awards are broken down as follows:

Innovator Awards (5): CompWise Services The Dirt Master JK Creative Kaboone Life Support Evolution Medical Technologies

Enterprise Awards (7): Young Innovators Technologies EVTransports Connective Human Happ for Hotels Complex Seven Industries SharkBait Spotted Cow Estate Sales Collaborator Awards (7): American Technologika SMART8 AMLY Sustainability Intern Pursuit WOMANtrepreneur Venture Out PLH3 Healthcare Solutions Connector Awards (8): Avalon Language School Marisco Creative Consulting Limitless Learning Spincast TV Fastask Fit Me In Now JRB Enterprise Group Pioneer Renewables Community Award (1): AvalonGo There was one presentation that truly stood out among the rest. Two young men, Zak Umansky and Nikolay Azhmyakov, presented an idea called AvalonGo. The proposal that they presented was simply an ask to bring this healthy amenity to the community and any revenue that was generated would go directly back to the community.

The jury was impressed with the community spirit and professional effort spent to make this ask on behalf of their community and they were immediately awarded their request above and beyond what was allotted for the fund. “I was inspired by these young men, who grew up in this community, wanting to use their entrepreneur minds to selflessly give back, so I immediately honored their request and we are working with them to get the AvalonGo bike share program running as soon as possible,” said Kahli.

The international team of experts convened over the past month to watch presentations, review business plans and make suggestions for next steps. “We are very grateful for the time and expertise the jury provided over the past several months in reviewing the multitude of business plans received,” said Beat Kahli. “Special acknowledgement should particularly go to the Singapore team, Andreas Derzsi and Ravi Kumar, who spent more than 24 hours on the clock as they watched presentations in the middle of their night, and then had to continue their days.” The 5th Floor location in Avalon Park Orlando is slated to open late fall of this year and is the ideal space for the growing entrepreneurial business to call home. About The 5th Floor: Earlier this year it was announced that The 5th Floor international pro-work space would open their flagship office

in Muttenz, Switzerland, with subsequent locations to open within a year in two Avalon Park Communities, Orlando and Wesley Chapel. Additional international locations are scheduled to come online in locations like Singapore, Sydney, Australia and Central and South America. The pro-working space is customized both in the physical space and the services provided. The concept provides not only a space for businesses to work, they provide local and regional connections that help global connectivity for businesses looking to expand internationally. The flagship 5th Floor location in Muttenz, Switzerland is located next to one of Europe’s leading bio-tech Universities, “FHNW” As a leading location for bio-technical growth, it is a natural fit for small and spin off bio-tech companies to expand. One of the most powerful resources The 5th Floor has globally is it’s relationships with the local universities. In Muttenz, FHNW provides relationships and opportunity for growth in the bio-tech industry. The same can be said with the Orlando location and its relationship with the University of Central Florida in the technology, medical and defense industries. Other 5th Floor locations will have similar relationships, that create avenues for related connections. If you are interested in learning more about The 5th Floor, please click here or contact us at Info@AvalonParkGroup.com or by calling 407-658-6565.




These days I hear from many people that we are living in the most difficult times ever. Both in the news and in conversations I am having from around the globe the COVID-19 Pandemic, social unrest and political divide are hot topics. When you are going through tough times such as these, it seems like it is the most challenging situation you have ever been through and wonder if you will make it through. Then once the challenge subsides and you have survived the crisis at hand, you can think, “We did it, we made it through.”


Personally, I think all of us born in the last 60 years in the USA or Western Europe, have had the best time ever in history. Compared to somebody born around 1880 in Germany, the last 60 years were awesome. If you were born in 1880 in Germany, during your life you had to go through 2 World Wars, and likely lost many of your family Those 153 entrepreneurs who sub- tenz, Switzerland. members and friends mitted a business plan for the Avain those wars. Even lon Park Innovation Award GOT I am pleased to have gone through this awards if you were working IT. Despite COVID-19, lockdown, process with visionary entrepreneurs and I hard, saving money, and many businesses reporting would venture to guess that in 10 years from now hyperinflation twice losses and layoffs, they saw the time in 2030, I will be able to write to you about many wiped out all your to start a business is NOW. Over success stories, which started while the world savings. Yes, this was the last few weeks, an international was going through a pandemic. the time where a loaf jury spent countless hours on video of bread would first conferences and face to face meetcost 1 Reichsmark ings with dozens of entrepreneurs. and during hyperinWhile the Avalon Innovation Cenflation 1 Billion Reter building in Avalon Park Orlanichsmark. Retirees do received its certificate who worked hard all of completion, and over their lives could buy the next few months we nothing with their will finish the build-out monthly pension if of The Fifth Floor space. they were fortunate , those entrepreneurs are to have one. shaping, with the help of President Franklin D. Roosevelt established businessmen In contrast, today all and women, their busiof us have little to fear that our life needs can- ness plans. not be satisfied tomorrow. And truly like former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Only Around 20 years ago, when in Avathing we have to fear is fear itself.” lon Park Orlando, we were on the look-out for entrepreneurs to join our As an entrepreneur for more than 30 years, I am community, it was primarily money, by nature and “training” an optimist. Time and cash, and almost nothing else what time again in my business career I have seen that the typical start-up entrepreneur was the best times to start a new venture is the time requesting. The world has changed, when others feel the world is near the end. seed money and start-up capital are AUGUST MOVE-IN SPECIAL definitely still a need, but for most it is 1 & 1/2 Months FREE & NO Admin Fee* For a real estate entrepreneur, the best of times not anymore, the most crucial need. was entering the industry when the savings and Advice, local and global connections, 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Midrise Apartment Homes loan crises hit in the early 90’s, or even better and synergies are at the top of the reCable Included after the great recession 10 years ago. The old quests. In other words, the resources Washer/Dryer in Each Unit Walking Distance to Shops and Restaurants saying “buying low and selling high” can be ac- we will be providing to entrepreneurs Access Control complished if one uses the opportunity crises, in our The Fifth Floor Pro-Working Elevator Access pandemic, recessions, and times when a lot of facilities around the globe, starting in people are “paralyzed” and just wait for better Avalon Park Orlando and Basel-Mut3680 Avalon Park Blvd. Ste. 110 | 407-273-4337 | TheFlatsAtAvalonPark.com times to come.

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The Best Books to Read While Social Distancing Many seniors must continue to keep their distance this summer to avoid COVID exposure; however, they may be growing weary of excessive screen time and want to switch things up to stimulate their minds. Fortunately, a good book is the best way to escape reality from the safety and comfort of home. To help occupy their time while social distancing, here are some great book recommendations for seniors to enjoy by the pool, in the AC, or have their caretakers read aloud.

Uplifting Travel Stories

If interested in reading about how other people, both real and fictional, have been able to gain perspective and transcend while getting out and seeing the world, then consider the following recommendations. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – The 2006 memoir (that was adapted into a 2010 film starring Ju-

lia Roberts) follows author Gilbert’s post-divorce trip around the world. The book has inspired millions to search for their own best selves at home or abroad.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed – Wild is the real-life story of author Cheryl Strayed’s quest to hike over 1,000 miles from California to Washington by herself. Adapted into a 2014 film starring Reese Witherspoon, Strayed’s memoir reflects on everything that led to her decision and the journey itself, and why she chose to pursue this as a first-time backpacker. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – A work of fiction, this story follows a young shepherd named Santiago whose prophetic dream leads him on an adventure through the Sahara desert to find treasures buried both within the Egyptian Pyramids, and

within his soul.

them. Now is the perfect time to give these difficult but rewarding Life of Pi by Yann Martel – A be- books a shot. loved tale of tale of faith, friendship, and perseverance, Life of Pi shows The Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferhow a solitary journey can provide rante – This series of four novels deplenty of time for reflection and tails the lifelong friendship between profound personal growth. The sto- two women, Lila and Elena, and the ry follows the titular hero — a lone profound effect they have on each survivor of a disaster at sea — as he other’s lives, from childhood to old navigates a vast ocean on a single age. row boat accompanied by a fearsome Bengal tiger. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – Tolstoy’s sweeping novel that takes place during and beyond the French Popular Book Series invasion of Russia offers a glimpse Tales of escapism can come in many into humanity from many different forms but always have a page-turn- perspectives. Boasting over 1,000 ing, hard-to-put-down quality. The pages and over 500 characters, this following book series certainly fill story will take some effort to delve that requirement with their intrigu- into but is surprisingly not laboriing mysteries, charming characters, ous to read. picturesque visuals, and fantastic adventures. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The IQ series by Joe Ide – Four novels make up this series (IQ, Righteous, Wrecked, and Hi Five) and they offer a fresh, exciting take on the detective thriller genre. The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan – This satirical series contains three books (Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems) and proves that even with all the wealth and luxury in the world, there will still be plenty of family and romance issues to deal with.

– Clocking in at slightly over 1,000 pages, David Foster Wallace’s 1996 novel requires quite a bit of effort to get into, but once you do, you’re able to feast in the delightfully entertaining world of its eccentric characters in an unconventional style. The Travelers by Regina Porter – This winding saga tracks the interwoven lives of two families — one black, one white — across six decades of American turmoil. It portrays how our choices can have life-altering effects on future generations of our families.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – The iconic Harry Potter Book a Virtual Tour at series spans seven books and offers Encore a magical glimpse into a wizarding Caring for a senior can be an honworld that our hero, Harry Potter, orable yet daunting endeavor. If you finds himself in for the first time. need additional assistance maintaining a safe and healthy environThe Hunger Games trilogy by Su- ment for your loved one, consider zanne Collins – A young adult se- Encore at Avalon Park — an assistries that can be enjoyed by people of ed living community where senior all ages, The Hunger Games, Catch- residents receive the best care posing Fire, and Mockingjay are all sible. See for yourself why we’re the thrilling books that show one teen- premier senior living solution in the age girl’s quest to start a revolution Central Florida area. Contact us toand put a stop to the deadly annual day or call 407-270-7500 to schedgame forced upon her society. ule your socially-distanced virtual Challenging Novels tour. Many books are hailed as classics or the best of their times but end up being very long and challenging, so you never get around to reading

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Looking for a new at-home hobby? Lucky for you, The Flats at Avalon accomplished and healthy. Park knows the perfect one. One of the best aspects about conContainer gardening is superior for tainer gardening is it takes up very Florida residents given the abun- little space, so even with a balcodance of sunshine and rain we re- ny or a patio it is attainable. Once ceive in every given day during the planting process has begun, these summer months. Since we are make sure to take good care of your home more anyways, this is a great sprouts. After a little time, you will opportunity to improve our air start receiving your very own, fresh, quality, diet and overall happiness homegrown, no pesticide covered with new plants and fresh food! Not fruits, vegetables, herbs and even only does container gardening reap flowers! What is even better about many benefits, it is also a simple container gardens is they are kept process that will leave you feeling close to your kitchen just waiting to be added to all your fresh recipes.


location to start building a container garden. We are looking forward to seeing our residents and future residents’ new plants soak up the Florida sun and watch these balcowhen it comes to where to place nies come to life! Make sure to give them. They can sit on the ground or your new plants plenty of love, sunon a shelf, be mounted on the wall shine and water. or even hang from the ceiling! This is a perfect opportunity to get creTag us @TheFlatsAvalonPark in ative with decorating your balcony your patio plant pictures. We canor outside space. not wait to see what our residents and community grow! The balconies at our premier apartments here at The Flats are the ideal

Not only are these plants good for eating, they also make a house feel like a home. Plants have a solace ambience about them which is beneficial for everyone especially during these trying times. While you are out planting your fruits and vegetables, why not add some flowers to your new garden too. Flowers add color, variety and a fresh scent to gardens. (Pro tip: When choosing flowers - make sure to plant annuals to keep your containers looking full and beautiful all summer.) Since container gardens are easily relocated, they are very versatile

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From the Desk of Commissioner

Maribel Gomez Cordero Dear residents of Avalon Park, during these unprecedented times, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on how the county is handling this pandemic. The county has been clear, the safety of our

residents, and slowing the spread business in Orange County to wear of COVID-19 are our number one a facial covering consistent with priorities. CDC guidelines while in a place that is open to the public, whether Unfortunately, we have seen in- indoors or outdoors. The Order will creases in covid cases during these remain in effect until further notice. past weeks. For Orange County data It does not contain an enforcement regarding COVID-19, please visit provision, but instead relies on comocfl.net/Covid19snapshot. For the munity cooperation and encourages county, testing is vital, therefore, we businesses to ensure that their emcontinuously add new places across ployees and customers are wearing the county where our residents can face coverings in accordance with get tested for free. Please check the CDC guidelines. Orange County website and social media for testing locations. It is es- I would also like to point out the sential to know, that Orange County importance of the 2020 Census. is under a mask mandate. This ex- The Census is important because it ecutive order requires every person affects the government’s ability to working, living, visiting or doing provide adequate healthcare, meal

assistance and crisis relief to residents in the community. The questionnaire can be completed online at my2020census.gov. As always, if you have any question or concern, please email me at district4@ocfl.net, and follow my social media for updates. Stay safe!

Groom, Grub & Belly Rub has REOPENED! After being closed for a short time during the pandemic our doors are now open. In order to keep our customers and employees safe, we are operating at a smaller capacity and limited hours. Our current hours are Monday - Saturday from 9am - 5pm. We are still offering curbside pick up and drop off for grooming appointments as well as food purchases.

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Contact: Bill Cowles Orange County Supervisor of Elections (407) 836-2070 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orange County Supervisor of Elections office open Saturday before book closing To vote in the primary election on August 18, you must be registered to vote by Monday, July 20. To help accommodate voters before this deadline, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office will be open on Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The office will also be open until 6 p.m. on Monday, July 20. “This is a chance for voters who cannot come in during our normal business hours to make sure they get registered or update their party affiliation before the deadline,” said Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections. “Voters can call or come in this Saturday to make sure their information is upto-date, or make changes if needed.” You can check what will be on your ballot right now by visiting ocfelections.com, on the What’s On My Ballot page. Florida is a closed primary state, meaning only Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary and only Republicans can vote in the Republican primary. There will also be some non-partisan contests on the ballot, so even if you are registered with a third party or have no party affiliation, you may have something to vote on in August. Early voting for the primary election will be every day from August 3 – August 16, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. on August 8. Visit ocfelections.com or call (407) 836-2070 for more information about the upcoming elections, updating your party affiliation, requesting a vote-by-mail ballot and more. ###

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The 5th Floor Muttenz Update The 5th Floor space in Basel was opened in the mida great opportunity. In order to seize it and exploit it dle of the first Covid 19 lockdown phase. Since then, 6 efficiently, it needs the right working environment and tenants have moved in, renting a total of around 12,000 network, which The 5th Floor provides to its tenants in square feet of rental space. Strict hygiene regulations Switzerland and soon in Orlando. have been introduced and adhered to, and yet a vibrant environment among the tenants emerged relatively From August 2020, with the opening of the coworking quickly. area, up to 100 coworkers will be working in Basel every day, expanding the network day by day and workThe tenants meet for lunch in the Social Square and ing on the solutions of the future. exchange ideas and experiences. Despite the uncertain economic times, our tenants have raised nearly USD 20 For more information on The 5th Floor in Switzerland, million in growth capital in recent months and the pivisit www.The5thFloor.CH. oneering spirit and optimism of the entrepreneurs can be felt on the floor. The Covid-19 crisis certainly affects many companies and industries, but for some industries this crisis is also

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Resources for Businesses & the Community includes preexisting conditions and The East Orlando Chamber of is available for any Chamber memCommerce has been a fixture in ber and their employees, whether East Orange County for nearly 75 they are full time, part time, 1099 years Our mission is to be the leader or contracted employee. Since this of Regional Connectivity, Commu- is a voluntary plan, a business ownnity Engagement and Business Ad- er does not need to meet minimum vocacy. As an active member in the participation numbers or make emcommunity, the Chamber provides ployer contributions. As a member numerous resources for our mem- of the Chamber your business can ber businesses and residents. Con- take advantage of all these opportutinuing through this pandemic, our nities. For details about benefits visbusinesses are working diligently to it https://www.eocc.org/health-benkeep open, attracting customers and efits-2/. clients to come back and patronize them. To help, we have implement- Community engagement is anothed additional opportunities for our er component of the Chamber’s members which include informative mission. Consumers can access webinars, featured member videos, Chamber resources and member virtual networking, job postings, deals. Whether you are job hunting, hot deals and more. In addition, we looking for specials or savings, or have added a Direct Primary Care looking for a product or service, the Health Benefit. For $77 per month Chamber has these resources and a Chamber Member or an employ- more. Think about this, many of ee has access to 24/7 Telehealth, in us search the internet for products, person doctor visits for $10, $25 reading reviews, comparing prices, urgent care visits and access to over and eventually making a purchase. 200 prescription medications at a You can search the Chamber’s cost of $1-$10. This health benefit member directory https://business. By Andrew Cole

eocc.org/list/, to support a local business and see who is invested in your community. Chamber members are committed and have affiliated themselves with an established respectable organization to grow their business. Before you make a decision on your next purchase or service, I encourage you to review the East Orlando Chamber’s Business Directory to support a local business. The Chamber is also an advocate for businesses, providing a voice for our members. Recently, the Chamber has supported the extension of Osceola Parkway, PPP funding, addition of more manufacturing job training, the widening of Alafaya Trail and more. The Chamber Advocacy Advisory Council discusses and considers a position on business issues using these six pillars as the foundation; Talent Supply/Education, Economic Development/Innovation, Infrastructure, Business Climate/ Competitiveness, Civic/ Governance and Quality of Life. The Chamber also supports the political process. Recently we held a debate for Orange County District 5 Commissioner. View the debate at https://youtu.be/6f-3_Im5Ww4 The Chamber provides opportunities for members to connect with others, creating referral opportunities, removing obstacles, providing information and education to form strong regional connectivity. Our events are currently virtual, but we plan to bring back in person events in the near future. If you are interested in accessing our business resources and connect with others to grow your business visit www. EOCC.org.

Join now to start building your business relationships and lasting referral connections today.

East Orlando Chamber of Commerce Calendar: Healthcare Council Collaborative Virtual Peer-to-Peer Referral Forum & Breakout Thursday, August 6,2020 8:00 – 9:00 AM Virtual event Powered by Powernet The Member Academy: Roadmap to Member Success Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:00 – 10:00 AM Virtual event Powered by Powernet Virtual Chamber Luncheon Featuring UCF President Dr. Alexander N. Cartwright Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 PM Virtual event Powered by Powernet Free to Members | $10 Non-members Virtual Coffee Club Nona Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:30 – 9:30 AM Virtual event Powered by Powernet OPTIC – When Social Media is too Social: Social Media Security & Impact to Small Business Ean Meyer Who should attend? Your marketing and IT team, as well as anyone using TikTok & other social media apps for your business Friday, August 21, 2020 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Virtual event Powered by Powernet Free to Members | $10 Non-members Virtual Non-Profit Council Roundtable: Sponsorship Proposal Strategies Wednesday, August 26, 2020 9:00 – 10:00 AM Member Exclusive Event Virtual event Powered by Powernet

Watch the EOCC.org Calendar for Career Month in September!

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Coming together to create a healthy community

An East Orlando Health Alliance


Wellness and Mindfulness


With a raging pandemic and uncertain times, our day to day lives are becoming more hectic, unpredictable, and stressful than ever before. As families struggle to keep up with these mental, physical, and emotional stresses, it is critical that they prioritize time to focus on their wellness and mindfulness. Finding ways to stay mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy during these unprecedented times can be extremely challenging. One simple and effective way to destress from these daily demands is to enjoy the many positive benefits of horse riding. Horse Riding gives people a chance to enjoy the outdoors surrounded by our beautiful nature, while experiencing the feeling of accomplishment and motivation. This results in the release of endorphins and serotonin. Extensive research has proven that endorphins and serotonin are natural chemicals produced in our bodies and are responsible for increasing your wellness and mindfulness. There is a real sense of exhalation

and freedom when you ride.

Mental state

tone the core muscles and your legs.

The physical benefits are apparent Horse riding can lower your stress from riding, as it provides exercise levels and reduce your anxiety. Re- for both the horse and rider. It’s a searchers found that teenagers who great way of getting in a full-body were taught how to ride and care workout, working your arms with for horses have significantly lower having control of the horse, espestress hormone levels throughout cially when in trot and gallop and also core, as you need to be posithe day and in the afternoon. tioned correctly in the saddle. To If you feel like you are under a lot stay balanced and keep from bouncof pressure or are feeling stressed ing around in the saddle, you’ll have with the current affairs, horse riding to use your core muscles. Riding is can give you a much-needed break an isometric exercise where specific and enhance and boost your mental muscles are targeted to stay in a particular position. well-being


Horse riding has proven to help self-confidence; riders may gain an Horse Riding makes you feel great increase in self-esteem and self-im- and is recognized as having exage. cellent therapeutic qualities. The emotional benefits can be of equal importance as physical benefits. Horse riding provides the combi- Furthermore, the relationship and nation of a cardiovascular workout sense of trust developed between with a rewarding mental challenge, you and your horse are highly remixing balance with hand-eye coor- warding. Learning to control and dination, helping to improve reflex- care for an animal much more mases, tone the body, and in particular, sive than yourself can profoundly

Physical Health

affect your confidence and leaves you feeling great. Riders notice improved emotional control and self-discipline when they are riding. A deep bond is created between the rider and horse, and the connection you feel is unexplainable. Why Choose Cyr Point Stable. Cyr Point Stable is an intimate East Orlando, in the heart of Avalon Park, which offers a wide range of equestrian programs. The beautiful 10 acres facility is one of Florida’s premier, all-inclusive horseback riding centers. We offer a variety of services, including riding lessons, equine training, and the impressive breeding program in Florida. The large Cyr Point riding arena features a full jumping course and lessons which cater to all experience levels. A full-service facility that welcomes determined show riders and pleasure riders just the same. For more information on Cyr Point Stable: 407.728.6092 Cyrpointstable.com Facebook and Instagram: @cyrpointstable cyrpointstable.com


Your Imaging Appointment:


As we all learn to adjust to our new Likewise, all of our equipment has normal, it’s more important than been thoroughly sanitized for your ever to refocus on our long-term extra safety and peace of mind. health and well-being. Even though we’ve all been laser-focused on preventing the spread of illness, other health concerns still need our care We Take Radiation and attention.


If you postponed your imaging appointment due to stay-at-home orders, now is the time to schedule it again. With four locations throughout East Orlando and thorough safety measures set in place, it’s the perfect time to schedule an appointment to get your imaging procedure. Having a computed-tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a simple procedure. But as a medically diagnostic tool, it involves many complex processes from start to finish. To help you get the most of your appointment, here are five things to think about before your appointment.

Concerns Seriously

As of May 2020, our team no longer practices lead shielding for patients. Multiple national studies have shown that lead shielding has no or little benefit in reducing radiation exposure to patients. This is largely due to significant technological advances in equipment, which have greatly reduced the radiation dose required to obtain images. Shielding could result in increased radiation exposure due to the shield obscuring important structures within a patient, thereby leading to the need for repeat images.

The radiologists and physicists at AdventHealth have reviewed the literature as well as the guidelines provided by multiple medical and scientific societies, including the American College of Radiology, the Imaging Gently Alliance, the Image Wisely initiative and the American We Want to Assure You Association of Physicists in MedIt’s Safe to Go to Your icine (AAPM Cares). We are in agreement with the recommendaAppointment We’re taking extra measures to pro- tions, and no longer use shielding tect you and keep you safe in all of in order to provide the safest exam possible. Before your scan, tell your our facilities, including: physician and technologist if you • Checking everyone’s tempera- have anything that could be metal in or on your body. For safety, mettures at all facility entry points al must be kept away from the MRI • Practicing social distancing • Providing shielded reception ar- machine. eas • Redesigning our waiting rooms Your surgical or ear loop mask may have a metal strip in it, and the MRI to keep people 6 feet apart • Requiring face masks for all pa- team will remove it so that you can safely have your exam with your tients and employees mask in place.


Things We Want You to Know

In addition to your mask, jewelry and wallets are more obvious things for technologists to catch, but medical implants, devices or parts within your body can’t be detected by the eye. If you tell your imaging technologist about any questionable metal objects in your body, they can take extra steps by contacting the radiologist to give the OK, if necessary.

3We Want Your Imaging Appointment to Be Convenient

We know life is hectic. Especially now. Finding time to have a diagnostic test might feel overwhelming. Since we understand you’re busy — and that it's hard to get to multiple appointments — we’ve created a network of care that strives to make diagnostic imaging more accessible than ever. With diagnostic imaging services across your community, we’ve worked to deliver the convenience you need.

4We Want You to Get

However, it’s a very important process behind the scenes. After your scan or test, images are electronically sent to our radiologists through a very sophisticated, picture-archiving and communication system (PACS). Once the radiologists read it, the results are transcribed and sent to your physician. This usually happens within 24 to 48 hours, depending on the complexity of the images. Your doctor will then follow up with you about the results. From start to finish, your care team works very hard to deliver your imaging results as fast and efficiently as possible.

5We Want Your Care to Feel Connected

Our connected network of care means you won't have to deal with a lost referral or your imaging results not getting back to your care provider. Our imaging services are integrated into the entire AdventHealth network of all of our doctors, imaging centers, radiologists, labs, hospitals and specialists.

Accurate Results, Fast

These experts and facilities are conWaiting is hard, especially when nected under one system before, you’re in pain or need advanced during and after your care, and all care. That’s why we work hard to get avenues are connected between the your results reviewed and to your services and medical teams you need from start to finish. physician quickly. Getting your imaging test is only one piece of your treatment plan. Once your images are taken, you don't usually meet the radiologist, who is responsible for reading them and sending a report to your doctor.

More Information

For more information on our added safety measures and state-of-theart technology, or to find a location near you, visit AHImagingCentralFL.com.


PERSONAL CARE AGREEMENTS and Their Importance to Medicaid Eligibility

One of the most common Medicaid asset protection strategies is a Personal Care Agreement, or a Caregiver Agreement. These are two terms that mean the same thing – an agreement between an elderly individual and someone else (usually a child) for the child to provide care to their parent in exchange for money. And while this sounds cold and heartless, the real purpose of the agreement is to transfer money from parent to child, advancing the inheritance in a way, while depleting the parent’s assets in such a manner that the parent will be immediately eligible for Medicaid.

What kind of care would the caregiver provide? Some examples of the sort of care covered under a personal care agreement are things like grocery shopping, monitoring and managing medications, tracking health, and preparing meals. Even when the person needing the care has gone into a long-term care facility, these agreements are still valid and the caregiver can still provide services, such as delivering personal items or working with in-house medical staff.

they do create an employer/employee arrangement and it is best that they include certain provisions, like any other employment agreement would. While these agreements are usually between a parent and child, they can also be created for a grandchild, aunt, uncle, nephew, or niece to provide care for an elderly family member. This relationship can also be between spouses, however, they

Personal Care Agreements and months, or even three years down the line. That allows for a lump Medicaid If it is your goal or a loved one’s goal to apply to the Medicaid program to receive government assistance, a Personal Care Agreement can assist you in qualifying for the program. Through this type of agreement, you can pay a caregiver for future services in order to legitimately spend-

Personal Care Agreements are a strategic way to pass wealth to your heirs, protect your assets, and ensure that you can qualify for Medicaid.

typically are not because this type of arrangement will not work if the purpose is to “spend down” excess assets to qualify for Medicaid. Because these agreements are also employee agreements, you will need to ensure that tax considerations are taken into account – the caregiver will need to pay income tax on any money received from this agreement. These agreements should also include language regarding how many hours the caregiver is expected to work and what would happen if there was an accident. Finally, beSo How Do Personal Care cause even families can have issues, Agreements Work? it is important to have language proPersonal Care Agreements are for- tecting the elderly individual from mal contracts – and while they can potential abuse, either physical or be written on the back of a napkin, financial.

down assets. This means that you can pay a caregiver today for services that you anticipate needing six

sum payment to be made, instead of having to deplete assets slowly, over time. Because of the nature of these Caregiver Agreements, timing is not everything. If you establish them early, then you have more time to spend down money for Medicaid eligibility, but if you are preparing for an emergency Medicaid plan – attempting to lower assets quickly so as to qualify for Medicaid as soon as possible – these agreements are still valid and are commonly used. When done correctly, Personal Care Agreements are a strategic way to pass wealth to your heirs, protect your assets, and ensure that you can qualify for Medicaid. These agreements are a powerful tool in any asset protection arsenal.

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Dementia and Memory Care in Central Florida

Caring for a loved one with a Dementia diagnosis can be challenging. North Star Senior Advisors has trained experts that are certified, dementia practitioners. We not only understand the disease process but can help you navigate your search for memory care facilities in Central Park, FL. Memory loss is a key symptom of Dementia. An early sign of the disease is usually difficulty remembering recent events or conversations. As the disease progresses, memory impairments worsen and other symptoms may begin to develop. There are also several different types of Dementia that present different behaviors, Alzheimer’s being one of the most common. Dementia Types •Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by “plaques” between the dying cells in the brain and “tangles” within the cells (both are due to protein abnormalities). The brain tissue in a person with Alzheimer’s has progressively fewer nerve cells and connections, and the total brain size shrinks.

controlled movements but also includes dementia.

Changes in personality and behavior. Brain changes that occur in Dementia or Alzheimer’s can affect moods and behaviors. Problems may include the following: •Depression •Apathy •Social withdrawal •Mood swings •Distrust in others •Irritability and aggressiveness •Changes in sleeping habits •Wandering, also known as exit-seeking •Delusions, such as believing something has been stolen •Sometimes physical aggression How do you deal with someone who has Dementia and physical aggression? Physical Aggression is defined as hitting, biting, scratching, spitting, and otherwise lashing out. Seeing these signs from a person with dementia is not uncommon if they are in the later stages. Keep in mind your loved one is not doing this on purpose, but it is very important to learn how to control them when they are having an episode.

•Dementia with Lewy bodies is a neurodegenerative condition linked to abnormal structures in the brain. There are two reasons why your loved one can turn violent: One is •Mixed dementia refers to a dIagpersonality changes; this is caused nosis of two or three types ocby the disease which makes them curring together. For instance, a lose control. Two are emotional person may show both Alzheimer’s and physical discomfort. They disease and vascular dementia at might feel insecure, angry, embarthe same time. rassed, or unable to communicate their emotions. •Parkinson’s disease is also marked by the presence of Lewy bodies. Al- Below you will find some tips we though Parkinson’s is often consid- found on dailycaring.com on how ered a disorder of movement, it can to prevent and respond when your also lead to dementia symptoms. loved one is physically lashing out. •Huntington’s disease is characterized by specific types of un-

How to prevent aggression: Try to keep the person calm, se-

cure, and comfortable. Make sure the person is dry (if he or she wears adult sanitary products) and is neither hungry nor thirsty. People with Alzheimer’s forget to eat and can’t always tell you what they need. Keep to basic household routines. Ideally, sleep and meals happen in a predictable way every day. Ideally, the person with Alzheimer’s gets fresh air (weather permitting) every day and/or gets a little exercise, even if it’s just walking through the house. Keep a written log of what was happening just before violent outbursts. Try using the ABC method to understand Alzheimer’s behavior. You may soon see a pattern. If bathing tends to spark violence, for example, can you tell what seems most upsetting about it? If it’s being cold, maybe you can turn up the heat, shut the bathroom door, and run towels and a robe in the dryer before you begin. Prepare the person for triggers as best you can. Obviously, you can’t preempt every upset – if a substitute care helper shows up, you still need the help of that person even if the new face is upsetting to the person with Alzheimer’s. But while it’s not usually productive to rationalize with someone who has dementia, telling them about an upcoming change is considerate and may offer a little preparation. Keep your tone calm and upbeat – letting your own frustration show through words or body language will only make your loved one tense and more on edge.

Something else to consider if you are not able to care for your loved one on your own is seeking out a Dementia care facility, often known as a memory care community that

can help those with Dementia or other forms of it. What is Memory Care? Memory Care is a specialized assisted living facility that has trained staff to care for those with memory impairments. Typically, a person with Alzheimer’s or another type of Dementia needs help with activities of daily living, constant supervision, and a secured environment with other residents with a similar diagnosis. Memory Care communities typically have 24-hour awake staff for those residents who are up at night, specially designed units, or what some communities call neighborhoods that are easy for residents to navigate as well as specialized activities that help with cognitive abilities and oftentimes helps delay the disease progression. In Central Florida, there are many communities that range from small to large environments. In the state of Florida, there are different license types that are regulated to care for your loved one based on their level of care. If your loved one has anxiety or agitation, then maybe a large environment is too much for them and you can consider smaller licensed memory care homes with a limited number of residents. This may be a great option for those that become overwhelmed easily. If you are interested in learning more about memory care in Orlando, please contact North Star Senior Advisors at 407-796-1582 or visit www.northstarsa.com


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Parents want to keep their kids healthy and active, but with today’s challenges and busy schedules, sometimes it may feel like it’s hard to know where to start and how to keep them safe. We don’t want them to slip into unhealthy habits and lose social connections. One way to help is by exploring a youth sports program that they enjoy. This will help them build confidence, learn new skills, make new friends, and stay healthy and active. So, they not only enjoy physical activity, but stay engaged mentally and improve their emotional well-being. Youth sports allow your child to be a part of a team environment where they learn the importance of cultivating healthy habits, make new friends, and develop valuable skills that will last a lifetime. Scoring a goal, dribbling a ball, experiencing the support of teammates, and developing skills can help boost your child’s emotional and spiritual well-being. Of course, sports this year are going to be a little different. Make sure as we all adjust to this new normal that you learn more about how sports organizations are making your health and safety their top priority. At the YMCA, we adhere to the Centers for Disease Control & Preven-


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tion guidelines to maintain a safe, • All staff, participants, and ment will be disinfected beclean, and healthy environment. coaches have a temperature tween each game. Examples of some of the Y’s youth check prior to games. • Adjusting game lengths to allow sports safety measures include: • Benches, bleachers, and equipfor 15 minutes between games to allow for cleaning and safe crowd transitions. • Pre- and post-game team huddles will be conducted outdoors. • Each participant will be limited to a predetermined amount of YMCA of Central Florida spectators, who will be asked to help practice physical distancing. • Spectators are required to wear face masks while indoors and are highly encouraged to wear masks outdoors, unless they’re adhering to physical distancing guidelines as mandated by local city, county, and state orders.


Learn ∙ Play ∙ Grow Basketball, Soccer, and Volleyball* For locations, program details, online registration, and more information about how we’re keeping kids safe visit ymcacf.org! *Sport availability varies by location.

The YMCA of Central Florida is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening our community.

At the Y, safety plays first! Parents can rest assured that as the Y returns to play, your family’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance. We’re carefully cultivating a balance of physical safety precautions and helping children to experience the joys of team play again as our fall sports seasons resume. Registration is now open for youth basketball, volleyball, and soccer at ymcacf.org/youth-sports. The YMCA of Central Florida is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening our community. For more information on youth programs, please visit ymcacf.org.

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MISSION STATEMENT: By: Brian Jones President At Avalon Park Foundation, we are an organization dedicated to encouraging friends and neighbors to take part of positively influencing our community through service. We focus on three areas: Fundraising Through Events, Community Service and Scholarships.

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while still giving back. We are also very grateful for the donation of 500 homemade facemasks by the Avalon Park Face Mask group for A great example of how we strive this year’s event. Other community service events include our annual to give back, is through our Annu- food drive in Thanksgiving and the al Back to School Bash in August Blessing Bags for the Homeless Prowhere we supply 400+ supply bags gram in May. to elementary and middle school aged students. This year’s “drive-thru” edition was created to honor social safety and social distancing, We love Avalon Park graduates!


Throughout the year, our 5k runs (Bunny Run, Firecracker 5k, Turkey Trot and Grace Foley 5K) make strides in giving back to our community by keeping healthy living a priority, as we fundraise. Funds raise go to support local organizations such as the Woodbury Food Pantry and funding our community grants and scholarships.

Each year we award scholarships to graduating Timber Creek students in two areas. The first is the Grace Foley Scholarship and is a dedication to honor Grace, who the community lost to Eplipsey. Grace was the epitome of service and we honor her memory by awarding a scholarship to a student who demonstrates that same type of community mindedness. The second scholarship is the Ed Lynt Legacy Award. The recipient of this annual award is from the IEP program at Timber Creek High School. We would not be able to do all of these things without the support of the community, Thank you! If you are interested in learning more about getting involved in any of the Avalon Park Foundation activities, you can visit us online AvalonParkFoundation.org or by emailing us at Info@AvalonParkFoundation.org.



Hurricane Season 2020: Pandemic Will Impact Outage Restoration

In the midst of a pandemic, the last thing we need to worry about is a natural disaster. But hurricane season is here – and it’s shaping up to be serious. Tropical Storm Cristobal, which made landfall 500 miles from Orlando in early June, spawned tornados that damaged property, displaced about 50 residents and caused more than 5,000 outages in our service territory. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts an “above normal” Atlantic hurricane season, with 13 to 19 named storms. Let’s all hope NOAA’s 2020 predictions fall short, but let’s also prepare for the possibility that even one powerful hurricane striking Central Florida could be devastating – particularly if our community remains in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the General Manager & CEO of OUC – The Reliable One, I’m urging customers in Avalon Park to prepare now for a big storm. And this year, my sense of urgency is significantly heightened. In addition to concerns about renewed panic buying in the face of an oncoming storm, I’m worried that the COVID-19 crisis could disrupt OUC’s ability to assemble the kind of work-

force we’ve had in the past to help respond to widespread outages through mutual aid.

Should a storm hit us during the pandemic, we will continue to observe social distancing practices as we restore power. Just as emergency responders We will also ensure that our join forces to rebuild commu- teams and those from other nities devastated by natural utilities are supplied with apdisasters, OUC and other util- propriate personal protective ities rely on mutual aid, where equipment. I ask that if you line workers and other electric want to thank the crews as and water utility personnel they work in your neighborfrom across the country come hood, please do so from a safe together to restore power and distance of at least six feet. water. In 2017, after Category 3 Hurricane Irma disrupted Over the years, OUC has power to 60% of our custom- taken steps to make the enerers, we restored all 240,000 of gy grid more resilient. We’ve them in six days with support invested in smart grid techfrom hundreds of crews from nology that lessens the impact 20 states. of outages, trimmed trees near our power lines and hardened There’s no doubt that this hur- the infrastructure supporting ricane season, the pandemic the grid. Our line crews, powwill pose obstacles to respond- er generation teams and suping to a widespread outage. port staff are trained to work But OUC is prepared – and we through hurricanes. As your will rise to the challenge if a hometown utility, we stand hurricane strikes here. We are ready day and night – in good already working closely with times and bad – to keep the partners, including the Florida lights on and water running. Municipal Electric Association (a trade organization of You can do your part, too, by 33 state municipal utilities) on preparing early. If you nohurricane preparedness and tice trees that may interfere mutual aid response. Howev- with power lines, call us at er, despite this preparation, 407-423-9018 and we’ll send restoring power to our cusa crew to inspect and trim tomers will take longer bethem. The next time you’re cause of precautions we must at the store, pick up an extra put in place to protect crews pack of batteries and a few from COVID-19. gallons of bottled water. The start of hurricane season is

also the perfect reminder to make sure your information is current on OUC.com. Consider signing up for outage alerts and following us on social media. Instructions and other hurricane preparedness resources are available at www.ouc.com/stormcenter. Anyone who’s lived in Avalon Park or the surrounding area for any length of time knows the drill when Central Florida is in the path of a storm. But this year, waiting until a hurricane is headed our way won’t cut it. So please take this storm season seriously … start your planning now … and together, we’ll get through it as a community. Please stay safe and be well. ______ Clint Bullock is the General Manager & CEO of the Orlando Utilities Commission. Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to more than 250,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.


Meet Greg Meunier

New President of Rotary Club, Avalon Park The Rotary Club of Avalon Park finished their fiscal year with record-breaking numbers and began their fiscal year (July 1) with the induction of their new officers and president, Greg Meunier. Mr. Meunier was kind enough to conduct a virtual interview as a way of introduction to our community.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Greg Meunier. I have been a resident of Avalon Park for 17 years. My wife Jill, two boys, Sam and Luke, and two dogs, Hurley and Finley have loved living here. Both kids were educated right here in the best public school district Florida has to offer. They are both attending college this fall, One at UF and the other at FSU, we are a house divided! I grew up New York, I am a retired military veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force, and currently I am a Captain with Southwest Airline and also an entrepreneur with a local business specializing in sun protection systems for homes and the aviation industry.

local community. providing dedWe are also very icated service involved with to their Avalon neighborhood Park communiservice projects. ty. My family’s You will often see life in Avalon us walking the Park has been a streets replacing wonderful exlabels and cleanperience, and I ing our storm felt it was time drains, proudly to give back with displaying the my time and talAmerican flag on ents. As a milifederal holidays, tary officer, my feeding our first leadership skills responders and focused on difhealth care proferent goals, but leading people and organizations viders, and donating our time, talhave many similarities that I put ent and treasures to our less fortunate and vulnerable neighbors. into practice as President.

How long have you been a community Rotarian and what is unique Our appreciates Rotary. about your leadership? My Rotary involvement started about the exciting about 2 1/2 years ago. My good projects and events friend and fellow Rotarian, DeDe Holloway, invited me to join on many occasions and finally I attended a meeting. I was very impressed with the group, and quickly realized how important this organization was to our community. The group was full of motivated, neighborhood leaders, who were giving back with their time, many talents, and

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What service project are you most proud of?

ings. We immediately offered virtual Zoom meetings, and continued to perform local service projects practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and just being safe. Our biggest accomplishment was feeding the local first responder groups. Fellow Rotarian, Dan Ashby, provided many of the meals from his catering business BBQ50. Our club motto for this year is -SAFE, SMART, SERVICE!

If you were to encourage people to come to a meeting for the first time, what would tell them about the group?

Great question! If you’re ready to be involved with an exciting neighborhood service group and have the passion to keep Avalon Park a thriving, fun, safe community, the Rotary Club of Avalon Park is the place for you! We love adding new members, ideas, and motivated local leaders to our ranks. We meet in-person and on Zoom on Wednesday mornings at the Pavilion on Tanja King Blvd at 7:30-8:30. Come to a meeting and see for yourself how fun and exciting a local service club can be!

Our three major fundraising events are awesome! We are actively planexpect this year. ning to offer the Craft Beer Festival Our Rotary Club is such a motivat- just as soon as the Covid-19 situaed group of community leaders. We tion diminishes. We will keep you have many fun and exciting events posted on the dates! and projects already established. Many of you are aware of our three What challenges has Rotary major fundraisers we hold every faced during the pandemic? year. They are, The Craft Beer Fes- Well, there have been many chal- Yours in Rotary Service, tival, the Avalon Park Wine Walk, lenges. We quickly realized we had President Greg and our Poker Tournament. Each of to take a break from our Wednesday www.rotaryclubofavalonpark.org these events are fundraisers for our morning in-person breakfast meet-


Wow! Another month of the Covid19 pandemic lockdown has come to an end! I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing except to move things from one closet to another. I will say that I have a lot less stuff hanging around. I hope you all are doing well and have escaped this virus! We are not planning on resuming our full meetings any time soon. It’s our opinion that it is still not safe for seniors to be in closed quarters. The negative test results are only good for the day the test was actually taken. It is not a clear indication to go out and party on! And so, we stay home. Be sure to get outside in the sun for 15 minutes a day to get the recommended dose of vitamin D. It’s safe, according to epidemiologists to open your mail(not those new crazy seeds though). You can safely pump gas, get takeout, play pickle ball, and go camping. There’s a moderate risk to: having dinner at someone’s house, attending a backyard bbq, going to the beach, shopping at a mall, swimming in a public pool, visiting an elderly relative or friend in their home.





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Please...stay safe! Peggy

The Kiwanis Club of Avalon Park has been slowed a bit, but completed their spring programs including their Kiwanis Student of the Year at all local schools. We also awarded four high school scholarships. The club also completed their diaper drive for the Center for Children and Families along with the food drive we did for our Meals on Wheels program where we are still delivering meals every Thursday morning to those several families in need. We are currently working on our upcoming fall programs and how they will look in today’s world with everything happening and school being heavily virtual now. For more information and getting involved with the club, please contact Dave Schmitt at dave.schmitt@dseorl.com or 407-207-9088.



And Another Reason to Check on Family, Friends and Neighbors there. Guidance on where to hide when the big wind blows and how to board up your windows. The Village Idiot’s preparations always begin with three important stops - the liquor store, 7-11 and bank. Alcohol has three critical uses throughout a hurricane. First, a good stiff cocktail eases any fears about what is blowing about the yard. Then when you lose power, it helps you get to bed early - there is only so much you can do without lights. Lastly, a good bottle of booze is a perfect bartering medium. Spirits always make you welcomed at hurricane parties! PS – never beer…it takes too much ice to keep cold.

Many years ago, Jimmy Buffett penned the song “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season.” Growing up in Central Florida, the annual visitor from the tropical cyclones always added extra spice to life. As I have aged, my hurricane anxiety has morphed into anticipation of a fun couple of days… even in 2004 when I was out of power for over a month. With all the craziness of 2020

I must pause and wonder how many tropical visitors we’ll actually have this year. There are silver linings from this year’s grey clouds though. Out of concern, I have reconnected with friends with whom I had lost touch. I have also gotten to know my neighbors better. The pandemic, #BLM protests and now hurricane quarantines have all slowed life down, maybe a bit too pedestrian at times.

It is a shame that all too often family, friends and neighbors are not all the same. Sometimes your family are your friends, but not always. Maybe your friends are your neighbors, but not always. It would be great if our family and friends were the same, and they lived right next door! So how do you prepare for hurricanes? There are dozens of ‘cane prep supply lists out

Next stop - 7-11 for ice, propane and topping off the gas tank. Grab a couple cases of water because you know that Publix has been cleaned out. Lastly the bank. $300 cash. Just remember, those credit card machines don’t work so well without electricity. Cash is always king! Batteries, canned food and all that other prep list stuff are important. But not as important as the first three stops! Words to live by! The Village Idiot

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