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PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER
The post with the most social media likes.
JUDGES’ CHOICE WINNER
A panel of judges will vote on the house with the best porch decorations
$100 PRIZE for each WINNER!
VOTING BEGINS Thursday July 30 @ 5pm WINNERS ANNOUNCED Saturday, August 1 at 12pm
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COMING TO AMERICA
BEAT More than 25 years ago, I moved from Switzerland to the United States of America. Well, to be honest after about 6 months in Florida I got homesick for Switzerland, I did not miss the mountains that much, because I knew that Florida was flat and hot, what I really missed was being able to live in a town where one can live, learn, work and play and I was irritated by the fact that everything one wanted to do, like going to a coffee shop, a grocery store, a movie theater required you to drive, sometimes even for miles. In my hometown Zurich back in Switzerland, you do not need a car, you can truly live, learn, work, and play within a square mile. Today while spending time on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean many times I am asked which do you like better Switzerland or Orlando.
Well truly being home in both worlds I love both. There are clearly differences.
bly than Switzerland.
Every morning our school children stand up and pledge allegiance While the United States and Swit- to the flag of the United States zerland are the only western coun- of America, the national anthem tries that have never had a king is played proudly at many sport and incorand other porate both events and the concept in Avalon of direct dePark every mocracy, i.e. Friday, the have states US Flag is with a great part of every degree of community indepenand many dence (in homes. This Switzerland is something called CanI truly adtons) and mire in the both countries have a Senate and a United States. House of Representatives (in CH Staenderat and Nation- I travel the world, and it is noralrat). However, there is one im- mal for me to be a few days every portant difference. Compared to month in Europe, at times Asia or Switzerland, the United States of Australia as well. You may have America celebrates its pride of pa- seen negative comments about triotism far more openly and visi- the US in foreign, and domestic as well, media outlets. Don’t believe the media, talk to the people directly and you will easily find that people all over the world by and large admire the United States. As a matter of fact, in many countries which have been considered our political “opponents,” have many people that would love to live in the United States of America.
All things are possible in America if your dream is strong enough and if you are willing to work for your goals.
cept of all things are possible in America if you are willing to work hard, be determined, law obeying, and really want to achieve your goals. Wherever I am I tell them all things are possible in America if your dream is strong enough and if you are willing to work for your goals. No matter what your starting point is, you have every chance to make your dreams come true in America. I am grateful that more than a quarter-century ago I was welcomed in the United States of America as an Immigrant, I was accepted as I am, able to pursue BIG dreams. I am very thankful to America and its people, and any time I have a chance to promote the US abroad, I do. This year has undoubtedly been a difficult year all over the world. When asked if, despite COVID 19, we should have Fireworks in Avalon Park on July 4th my answer was immediately: ABSOLUTELY. We will obey all safety and distancing rules, but we will celebrate the independence of America on July 4th in Avalon Park. I am proud to be able to live, learn, work, and play in America.
Sometimes people in the US and abroad wonder if the AMERICAN DREAM is still alive. The con-
Happy 4th of July to all of you. God Bless You.
m e b M e r y t S i potlight n u m m o C A very special shoutout goes out to Avalon Park Wesley Chapel resident, Nicola Rodrigues! Nicola generously donated her time and sewing skills to create masks for community residents and their loved ones at no cost. Nicolaâ€™s kindness and generosity to her fellow neighbors during these trying times is a true inspiration to us all.
Thank you Nicola for all that you do!
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We are very excited for the new school year to begin in August! I am proud to announce we will be offering 3 safe options for our families to choose from when deciding on their childâ€™s attendance in August. At Pinecrest Academy we will provide a traditional option of attending school in a face-to-face format following all CDC guidelines, working solely from home by engaging in Remote Live Instruction, or a hybrid model that blends coming to school part-time with staying home part-time while engaging in Remote Live Instruction. Remote Live Instruction can be defined as students logging into a secure site, via technology, and attending class through a video conferencing platform at home (synchronous learning). Students will follow the daily school schedule and interact with the teacher and classmates from the comfort and safety of their own home.
for further information. On another positive note, our furniture delivery and build is complete. All classrooms, including our Art Room, Music Room, Science Lab, STEM Lab and Media Center are filled with state of the art, high-quality furnishings suited for learning. I am excited to welcome everyone to our beautiful school beginning July 1. Office Hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8:30-3:30, with daily tours scheduled at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Please visit our website to learn more. Lastly, I want to let everyone know we have only a few seats left before our school meets our first year maximum. If you have not yet applied, please visit our website to complete your application. Thank you,
I have planned for 3 virtual sessions on June 24, 25, and 30 to share the information with all of our families. Please check out our website (www.pinecrestwesleychapel.com) or our Facebook page
Ms. Aimee Mielke Proud Principal Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel
DESCRIPTIONS LEARN (Cont.)
MAKING YOU A BETTER SWIMMER
A / WATER DISCOVERY
B / WATER EXPLORATION
Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.
In stage B, parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.
2020 SWIM LESSONS SCHEDULE
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MAKING YO A BETTER SWIMMER
1 / WATER ACCLIMATION
2 / WATER MOVEMENT
Students develop comfort by a parent, SWIM Accompanied with underwater exploration infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the andSTARTERS learn to safely exit in the Infants water and develop swim event and of toddlers falling into a body readiness skills through fun1. and This confidenceof water in stage building experiences, stage lays the foundation while parents learn about safety, drowning that allows for awater student’s prevention, and the future progress importance in swimming. of supervision.
In stage 2, students focus In stage 3, students learn A / WATER DISCOVERY B / WATER EXPLORATION on body position and how to swim to safety Parents accompany children In stage B, parents work with control, directional frombody a longer distance in stage A, which introduceschange, their children to explore and toddlers to floating, blowing andinfants forward movementpositions, in the than in previous stages in the aquatic environment bubbles, and fundamental through exploration safety and aquaticthe skills. event of falling into a water while alsoandcontinuing encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning to practice how to safely body of water. This stage about the water. also introduces rhythmic exit in the event of falling breathing and integrated into a body of water. arm and leg action.
3 / WATER STAMINA
Students learn personal
Preschool School-age Teen/Adult
competency by learning two benchmark skills:
waterFAMILY safety and EAST PASCO YMCA BASICS achieve basic swimming
• Swim, float, swim— sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit • Jump, push, turn, grab
1 / WATER ACCLIMATION
2 / WATER MOVEMENT
3 / WATER STAMINA
Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.
In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.
In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.
4 / STROKE INTRODUCTION
5 / STROKE DEVELOPMENT
Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn theSWIM breaststroke STROKES learn additional water kick andPreschool butterfly kick. safety skills and build technique, 4 only)is stroke Water(stage safety reinforced developing skills that School-age chronic disease, throughTeen/Adult treadingprevent water and increase social-emotional elementary backstroke. and cognitive well-being,
In stage 6, students Students in stage 5 work refine stroke technique on stroke technique and on all major competitive learn all major competitive 4 / STROKE 5 / STROKE 6 / STROKE learn about INTRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT strokes, MECHANICS strokes. The emphasis Students on in stage 5 work Students in stage 4 develop In stage 6, students competitive swimming, stroke technique in front refine stroke technique water safety continueson stroke technique and crawl and back crawl and on all major competitive and discover how to learn all major competitive learn the treading breaststroke waterstrokes. The emphasis on strokes, learn about through incorporate swimming kick and butterfly kick. competitive swimming, water safety continues safety is reinforced and discover how to andWater sidestroke. through treading water into a healthy lifestyle.
and foster a lifetime of physical activity.
through treading water and elementary backstroke.
6 / STROKE MECHANICS
incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.
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DEVELOPING THE SWIMMER Developmental Swim Teams EAST PASCO FAMILY YMCA 2020
The intent of this group is to “Prepare for TEAM”. With a focus on an introduction to the sport of swimming, participants will build on skills learned in swim lessons and learn basic technique of all four strokes. Coaches teach awareness of body in and out of water, streamlines, starts and turns. Participants must be members of the Y. Developmental The Developmental Swim Team bridges the gap between swim lessons and our competitive swimming program, the Tampa YMCA Stingrays Swim Team. Practices focus on learning and improving the four competitive strokes, starts, and turns and building endurance. Developmental Swim Team participants will have the opportunity to participate in Developmental swim meets with other participants from Tampa YMCA's. All swimmers interested in swimming on one of our Developmental Swim Teams must schedule an assessment with one of our coaches to ensure they are able to swim at an appropriate level. AGES: 6-12 TIMES: 6::30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays FEE:
SKILLS NEEDED: Ability to swim 25 Yards of backstroke and Freestyle with rotary breathing. For more information: Contact Alex Delgado at email@example.com or visit TYSSwimming.com and select East Pasco New swimmers will be evaluated and placed into proper practice groups based on their ability level. Please contact the Welcome Center to schedule an EAST PASCO YMCA 37301 Chapel Hill Lp Zephyrhills, FL 33542 P 813 780 9622 tampaymca.org
July Online 2020 SWIM Activities LESSONS SCHE Storytimes Ages 0-5: Wednesday at 10:00 AM 7/1 Fractured Fairy Tales 7/8 Squire Training 7/15 Up, Up, and Away - Superheroes! 7/22 Dig It with Dinosaurs 7/29 Royal Costume Ball
Teen Activities: Wednesday at 3:00 7/1 Bonsai Gardens 7/8 Pop-tart Pillows 7/15 Truffles for 1 7/22 Masquerade Ball 7/29 Play by the Book
MAKING YOU A BETTER SWIMMER
Grades K-3: Thursday at 11:00 AM 7/2 Fractured Fairy Tales 2020 SWIM 7/9 Squire Training LESSONS 7/16 Super Friends 7/23 Monsters and Mayhem 7/30 Royal Costume Ball
Tween Activities: Thursdays at 3:00 7/2 Bonsai Gardens SCHEDULE 7/9 Pop-tart Pillows 7/16 Truffles for 1 7/23 Masquerade Ball 7/30 Play by the Book
Adult Programs: Tuesdays at 2:00 PM Please email 7/7 Unicorn Pillows firstname.lastname@example.org for Zo 7/14 Zine Scenes: Magazine Silhouettes links to join in the fun. Kits with 7/21 Somewhere Over the Rainbow Wall Art supplies and extra activities are 7/28 Chicken and Hedgehog Book Art available for pick up at Hugh Emb Additional Adult Programs: 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28 Yarn for More @12 PM Branch Library at 14215 Fourth Stre Dade City, Florida. 7/3 & 7/17 Zoom Eats @11 AM 7/10 & 7/24 Zoom Watch Party @2 PM EAST PASCO FAMILY YMCA
EAST PASCO FAMILY YMCA
TWIST & SHOUT BEGINNER DANCE CLASSES CLASS OFFERING PRESCHOOL DANCE Friday Nights 5:15-6pm Ages 3-6 SCHOOL AGE DANCE
DATES Session 1
GENRES PS: Ballet SA: Hip
Friday Nights 6pm-7pm
PS: Hip Hop
Ages 6-12 No experience needed to participate in these classes EAST PASCO YMCA 37301 Chapel Hill Loop Zephyrhills, FL 33542 P. 813-780-9622 tampaymca.org FOR MORE INFORMATION: email@example.com
CLASS COST MEMBER: $45 Non-Member: $65
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From The Desk Of Pasco County Commission Chairman and wash your hands regularly. On June 20th, Florida Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory with more details on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please check out the Florida Department of Health’s website at FloridaHealth.gov to learn more.
I want to open this month’s report by thanking Avalon Park Wesley Chapel for the opportunity to provide these monthly updates. Pasco County continues to respond to the effects of COVID-19 and we cannot do it without the help and support of our citizens.
We continue to support our small businesses in Pasco County. The Pasco CARES PPE reimbursement program still has funding available. We want your employees to be safe as you work towards reopening, the program can provide a reimbursement of up to $1,000 for purchase of PPE. If you are a Pasco business with up to 50 employees, please visit MyPasco.net to see all the qualifying details. I hope you will continue to join in me using #SupportPasco on social media when you go to one of our small businesses.
In last m o n t h ’s column, I mentioned Operation Feed Pasco, an exciting new program We are now to get our fully in Phase re s t a u r a n t s 2 of Govback to work. ernor DeThis is a partSantis plan nership with to reopen the United our state. I Way of Pasco strongly urge County that everyone matches local to continre s t a u r a n t s ue following with local the Centers food banks. I for Disease am happy to Control and let you know Florida Dethat 28,000 partment of meals have Health guidelines by continuing to already been provided through this social distance, wear a face cover- program. Operation Feed Pasco is ing when distancing isn’t possible, another way Pasco County is sup-
BAY SCALLOP SEASON
July 16th- 27th
Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County
porting our local businesses and helping those in need. In addition to this, Pasco County Senior Services has served over 74,000 meals to our critical elderly population since March 16th.
be July 16th through 27th. Many people worked hard to bring scalloping back to Pasco’s waters after a 25-year hiatus, we have a healthy scallop population and an exciting activity to help draw people to our community and support the busiIf you have not done so already, nesses on our west coast. please take the 2020 Census online at 2020Census.gov. A full and Our Destination Management accurate population count is im- Organization, Experience Floriportant to make sure Pasco County da’s Sports Coast, won three Telly gets our fair share of funding and Awards for a video promoting this representation over the coming year’s scallop season. The Telly decade. The self-response deadline Awards are an international comhas been extended to October 31st. petition and we finished ahead of If you have already completed the the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Census, please encourage family Visit Pittsburgh DMO. Visit Pittsand friends to do so. burgh has six and a half times more employees than our team at I have exciting news to share from Experience Florida’s Sports Coast. my role as Chairman of the Pasco Please visit the Florida’s Sports Tourist Development Council. The Coast YouTube page to see the TelWiregrass Ranch Sports Campus ly Award winning video. of Pasco County is nearing completion and will open later this Information can change fast, so summer or early fall. This facility please check out the county webwill bring amateur sports tourna- site at MyPasco.net for all the latments and events from all over the est. I am proud of our citizens country to our community, along for pulling together to respond to with families to stay in our hotels, COVID-19. Please stay safe and shop in our local stores, and eat at follow the guidelines. We will conour local restaurants. tinue to get through this by working together. This year’s bay scallop season will
COWORKING BASEL The 5th Floor, co- and pro-working space of our partner sitEX is now open and billed as the best Coworking Basel professional space in Switzerland. Visit the website and see the beautiful space which is the largest private innovation and flexible workspace in the Basel region, Switzerland. The second outlet is now under construction and is scheduled to open late 2020 in Avalon Park Orlando. The third outlet is anticipated to be under construction in Avalon Park Wesley Chapel in 2021.
The 5th Floor offers a motivating and progressive environment that encourages young talent, supports them in the development of their visions and goals and helps them to succeed. This is where you get in touch with companies that are working on the solutions of the future.
A New Work Environment
The 5th Floor offers a modern, high-quality space, that fosters individual, as well as collaborative, productive working. Users are offered lockable cubicles and private offices, dedicated desks, and a flexible Coworking Space. Additionally, you have access to rooms for meetings, conference calls, and individual calls and can make use of offers for workshops and events. The 5th Floor offers a motivating and progressive environment that encourages young talent, supports them in the development of their visions and goals and helps them to succeed. This is where you get in touch with companies that are working on the solutions of the future.
The 5th Floor is aimed at industry-specific innovation potential and growth opportunities for users. You can take advantage of mentoring offers and services that cover the entire life cycle of a business. An excellent connection to transport-networks and various additional services guarantee a flexible leisure time on site and an individual and agile work environment.
Network and Capital
The proximity of The 5th Floor locations to local universities, opens up interesting recruiting and networking opportunities. Being one of the major life science hubs in the world, The 5th Floor in Basel is home to a wide array of life science companies. It is our Vision to create and establish a chain of pro-working spaces with a focus on life
sciences as well as directly connected industries. The focused network of industry partners allows talents and entrepreneurs to grow and elevate their business in a productive environment. For more information on The 5th Floor in Basel or Orlando, please email Info@AvalonParkGroup.com. www.avalonparkgroup.com/coworkingbaselnowopen
Pasco Welcomes Baymar Solutions to the County The Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) is pleased to welcome Baymar Solutions to the county. Baymar Solutions is investing $2,090,000 in an existing facility off of Gunn Highway in Odessa. The company has been in business since 2006 and is expanding their operations and capabilities. They will be hiring five new employees well above the average county wage. “Baymar Solutions is a great addition to that area of the county,” said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. “The Odessa and Lutz areas are quickly becoming an attractive place for many compa-
nies in the Life Sciences industry. I am excited to watch them grow their business here in Pasco.” As the company grows, they are driving towards more in-house integration to improve quality and reduce delivery times and cost throughout their entire supply chain. They are able to produce low volume complex medical devices up to higher volume consumables produced in a cleanroom environment as well as the ability to manufacture a wide variety of products for the aerospace and defense market. “They are adding quality, high wage jobs to the workforce in an indus-
try our education institutions and training centers heavily focus on,” said Bill Cronin, President/CEO, Pasco EDC. “We are thrilled to welcome Baymar Solutions to the Pasco County business community.” The company comes at a time when the Life Sciences Industry is rapidly growing in Pasco County. Baymar Solutions is unique from some of the others in its industry in that they offer a diverse engineering team with deep experience in product development, design transfer, and product optimization. With this talented team, they are able to help companies develop prod-
ucts with a lower cost and higher reliability that is production ready at launch. “We are really excited that we can be a part of the incredible growth of the life sciences sector in Pasco County, especially during these challenging times. The Pasco EDC has been very helpful in connecting us with some great training incentives and helping us get settled. We are looking forward to helping Pasco continue to grow by hiring professional and highly skilled labor.” shared Andrew McCutchen, President/CEO, Baymar Solutions.
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ALL! TAMPA METROPOLITAN AREA YMCA
REGISTER EARLY & SAVE: Pay $0 Registration Fee!* *Registration fee is waived for Tampa YMCA members through May 18th.
Offer ends March 31
Traditional Day Camp
Camp Add Ons
Spend the summer exploring different themed weeks with engaging activities, games, friends and FUN! Ages: 6-12 Weekly Cost: Members $124 Non-Members $174
Campers can take daily swim lessons from 8:00am - 8:45am. All swim lessons will be with one of our certified swim lesson instructors! Ages: 6-12 Weekly Cost: $45
Camp programs run 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri. Early and late supervision is available starting at 7am and ending at 6pm at no extra charge!
Please visit tampaymca.org/letscamp for registration and more information. EAST PASCO FAMILY YMCA 37301 Chapel Hill Loop, Zephyrhills, FL 33542 P 813.780.9622
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At-Home Activities Seniors Can Do to Stay Active During Quarantine The coronavirus outbreak has caused major life changes in the past few months, especially in the lives of seniors. Since seniors are at higher risk for complications it is important for them to stay home and practice safe social distancing. This is a big change and can be difficult on one’s overall mental and physical wellbeing. Finding ways to stay active and motivated while on lockdown can be challenging, but there are a few activities that can be implemented into a routine to make it easier to stay healthy during quarantine. You can visit Encore at Avalon music and moving freely, dancwho want to explore different ing is a diverse form of exercise Park to better understand what we types of exercise, online classes are doing to encourage our senior that improves balance, reaction include everything from yoga to times, posture, and flexibility. A residents to stay active and mostrength training along with an tivated during this time and why great way to stay active during instructor to guide you through it. Snacking on junk food can be we are the leading senior living quarantine, putting on music tempting during a time like this, and dancing can ease the sympcommunity in Central Florida. but the high levels of sugar in toms of anxiety, boost mood and those foods can cause seniors to EncoreAtAvalonPark.com energy levels, and provide many feel even more tired and grumpy increased health benefits. during quarantine. Maintaining Going for walks is a great way
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Seniors who enjoy participating in exercise classes are encouraged to check out online options if their physical classes have been cancelled. Many places are offering free online classes during quarantine. A great option for seniors
We believe that companionship within a community is an essential ingredient for successful aging.
Online Exercise Classes
to get outside and remain active during quarantine. Walking is a low-impact activity that is easy on joints and improves balance. Walking also provides great health benefits such as weight control and lowering the risk of heart disease and strokes. Besides the health benefits, going outdoors for a walk will allow seniors to see neighbors, nature, and animals from a safe distance.
a healthy diet with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will keep energy levels high and make staying active during this difficult time that much easier.
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