KEEPING THE NEWS LOCAL.... AND THE COMMUNITY CONNECTED. VOLUME 1 EDITION 8
Live, Learn, Work & Play Avalon Park Now more than ever is important to support your local businesses. Downtown Avalon Park is home to over 90+ shops, restaurants and services and many of those businesses are owned and operated by your neighbors. While we are still navigating through new ways of doing business, here are some ways that you can help #SupportLocal Avalon Park Businesses: Buy Local Visit the online directory to find a list of all the restaurants, shops and services that you can visit in Downtown Avalon Park to Shop Local. From services like Avalon Park’s first business, Avalon Park Cleaners to your favorite restaurants, like this week’s featured business Eastside Bistro, all your basic needs can be met and supported right here in
Avalon Park. Ask About Delivery Ask a local business about their delivery and curbside pick-up options. Leave A Review Leaving a positive review can boost a local business’s revenue. According to Invespcro, customers are likely to spend 31% more on a business with excellent reviews. On average, a one-
star increase on Yelp can lead to a 5-9% increase in a business’s revenue.* Buy Gift Cards Even if opening hours have been affected, you can support a business by purchasing a gift card now, that you can utilize later or give as a gift. Spread the POSITIVE Word While leaving a positive
Some businesses have gotten creative to bring you some great events and special during this time. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events of the Avalon Park Orlando Businesses by visiting us online and following the Avalon Park Facebook and Instagram Pages. Here are just a few ways the businesses are getting creative: Business of the Week: Each week a different business in Avalon Park is featured so that you can get to know your local merchants. Take a look at the Work section of this publication on page 8 to see the August featured businesses. National Anthem Weekly Live Performance: Avalon Park and Avalon
School of Music have partnered together to bring you weekly performances of the National Anthem by community members.
review can boost a business, leaving a negative review or even just talking negatively can severely impact local business. If you have a great experience, share it, post it, spread the word! If you have a not-so-great experience, try to resolve it with the business before taking to social media to spread the negative word. Many times, especially with small businesses, you will find that a conversation with the manager or owner can resolve the issue and prevent it from happening again. Buy Local Online In today’s day and age there are so many online options. So, before you hop online for the big box option, check to see if your local retailers have an online option.
gotten creative with virtual open houses. Other businesses like The Flats Downtown Apartments and Encore Assisted Living and Memory Care, have also introduced online and virtual touring options. Do you have a positive story that you want to share about a local business and want to see them featured? Email us at Info@AvalonParkSun.com. Avalon Park is the BEST community and if we continue to support each other during the tough times, we can celebrate together during the good times! Thank you for continuing to Support Local! #ILOVEAVALONPARK Virtual Tours: Local realty offices like The Figueroa Team and RE/ MAX INNOVATION have
Coffee Hour with BEAT One of my favorite parts of building towns, is being able to visit the local businesses and interacting with the residents. Just the other day I was at Nature’s Fuel in Downtown Avalon Park Orlando and the young lady working at the Avalon Park store told me that she was born in Avalon Park! To me the groundbreaking of Avalon Park Orlando in 1998 feels like it was just yesterday. The young lady continued to tell me that her family has lived all her life in Avalon Park. She has lived, learned, worked and played, and continues to do so for the past 2 decades. Another recent interaction electronically when we received an e-mail from a young couple living in Avalon Park. It was a special note where the couple told us that they met while at Avalon Middle School as students and now, a decade later, they not only live in Avalon Park, but both teach in Avalon Park schools. Their parents moved to Avalon Park 20 years ago, still live in Avalon Park and now, the newly married have decided as well to live in Avalon Park. These stories are just a couple examples where there are families who have 3 generations living in Avalon Park: Grandparents, Parents and Kids. My passion for creating towns where generations can live together stemmed from my story, growing up in Switzerland. My grandparents, who have passed away, owned a farm in eastern Switzerland. One of my dad’s brothers took over the farm, and now one of
his sons is farming there. My parents, who are now in their 80’s are still living at the same home I grew up in. Multiple generations all living close by. There is power in a young child being able to hear about the life lessons a senior has to offer. There is joy in seeing a senior delighting in the laughter of a grandchild or youthful neighbor. While there are “feel good” benefits to intergenerational communities, there are also sustainability and longevity for those communities. During our first homeowner association meeting in 1999 I was asked to describe in my own words the vision of Avalon Park. At a time when
ate sustainable “Live, Learn, Work & Play” communities, in order to reach that vision, we set goals that allow homeowners to grow their families and establish roots. I believe a healthy community is where all generations can live and interact together. When planning Avalon Park we wanted to ensure that all of your basic needs could be met in your own neighborhood. You could be born in Avalon Park, go to pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school, Vocational Tech Center in Avalon Park or College up the street, find a home to live in any size and price, rent or own. And also, that you could find a job
I BELIEVE A HEALTHY COMMUNITY IS WHERE ALL GENERATIONS CAN LIVE AND INTERACT TOGETHER. Avalon Park had 50 homes, Alafaya Trail was a 2 lane road from Waterford Lakes, Avalon Park Boulevard ended at Founder’s Square and there was no Innovation Way, my answer was simple: Live, Learn, Work and Play. I told the group of first homeowners that the goal was to be in a position as soon as possible where you could satisfy all your needs in Avalon Park without ever having to leave. Now, 20 years later, I know that we have achieved that goal in Avalon Park Orlando, as there have been times when somebody stops me and tells me they have not left Avalon Park for 3 months. Being able to meet the needs of the residents in Avalon Park Orlando was a goal that we sought out to meet and were able to make it come true. The same vision holds true for our communities in Wesley Chapel, Tavares and Daytona Beach. While our vision remains to cre-
in Avalon Park, shop, dine, join a Church, a social service club or any other community organization. And that you could also establish sense of place for your family through all of these, but also by building traditions at the holiday festivals and creating life-long friendships at neighborhood get-togethers. When you build roots in a community, you care, and you are involved. I love our many quadruple stakeholders, they live in Avalon Park, as real estate owners or tenants, have children in an AP school, work or own a business in AP, and spend time in AP, dining, shopping and attending cultural events. People are looking for a sense of belonging and safety. When your entire family, for several generations lives here, you belong. When it is not just your home, but as well your children’s school, your job or business, your
favorite restaurant or store, all within walking or biking distance you are much more involved. You pay more attention and if something is not right you get involved to find a solution. You have a vested interest to constantly work on the best community in central Florida. It was always my dream, that grandparents, parents, and children could live together or at least be within walking distance from each other. In a true intergenerational community Grandpa may pick up a grandkid at school, while their parents are at work, and spend some quality time with their grandkids. Now that fortunately kids can go back into school, we want to make sure all ages stay connected. For example, at Encore our Assisted Living Community in Avalon Park, school children interact with the residents. Kids from all ages, starting at pre-K are able to spend time with seniors, some that are well over 90 years old. These relationships are just a part of the realization of a healthy community, where you can, Live, Learn, Work and Play. The ultimate sustainable community is where all generations can live in harmony. Have a questions for Beat or do you have something you want to see in Coffee Hour with Beat? E-mail us at Info@ AvalonParkSun.com.
OUC Encourages Customers to Apply for $1.5 Million in Remaining Utility Bill-Payment Assistance Funds 24,000 Customers have received payment help since April
The Reliable One is offering immediate electric and water bill relief to residential customers who are eligible for Project CARE, the utility’s bill-payment assistance fund supported by OUC, its employees and customers.
more information on assistance options, visit www.ouc. com/assistance. The $12.1 million relief package approved in April also included $7.5 million to lower electric fuel rates for May bills; $1.5 million for utility bill-payment assistance to qualified small businesses; and $500,000 toward the first month’s customer charge for new OUC Power Pass customers.
Earlier this year, OUC’s Board of Commissioners approved a $12.1 million COVID-19-related relief package, which included a $2.6 million grant to Project CARE. Since April, OUC has helped nearly 24,000 customers through payment options and financial assistance – yet nearly $1.5 million still remains available for those in need. Administered by the Heart of Florida United Way, Project CARE offers households in danger of losing utility service up to $500 during a one-year period. Customers can determine their eligibility three ways: •Visit HFUW.org/211 and fill out online form •Dial 2-1-1 to speak with a representative •Text their zip code to 898211
“We understand that these are unprecedented times with unexpected hardships, which is why we’re offering relief and payment plans to help our community,” said Clint Bullock, General Manager & CEO. “With nearly $1.5 million in bill-payment assistance still available, I’m encouraging OUC customers who are in need of support to apply as soon as possible.”
In addition to Project CARE, OUC offers several payment options, including OUC Power Pass (a pay-as-you-go option for customers). The utility will waive the first month’s customer charge for new Power Pass enrollees and apply existing deposits to outstanding balances. Payment arrangements have been extended up to 12 months in some cases. For
About OUC—The Reliable One 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 about 400,000 accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit www.ouc.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.
From the Desk of Commissioner
Maribel Gomez Cordero Dear Residents of Avalon Park, As the County continues to stop the spread of the virus, I would like to first recognize the cooperation of our community and our businesses in being compliant with the CDC guidelines. Thanks to this, Orange County’s daily positivity rate continues to remain low. Now more than ever, we need to make sure we do not fall back, and continue social distancing, wearing our mask and washing our hands. For Orange County, testing is vital. Free testing sites across the County change continuously, therefore, please visit ocfl.net/covid19 for a full list of testing sites. In order to assist families facing evictions, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners has allocated $20 million to the COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program. The application Portal is now open, and to qualify for the program, both the landlord and the tenant must agree to participate. The
income-based program will assist Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to Coronavirus and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. This is not a rental assistance program. For more information and a full list of eligibility criteria, please visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion. I would also like to point out the importance of the 2020 Census. The Census is important because it affects the government’s ability to provide adequate healthcare, meal assistance and crisis relief to residents in the community. You have until September 30 to complete the questionnaire at my2020census.gov. As always, if you have any question or concern, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow my social media for updates. Stay safe!
Benefits of Intergenerational Programs People who are a part of the “sandwich generation” can easily find themselves “sandwiched” between providing care to both aging parents and young children. Though there is endless love for both of them, constantly caring for both can be exhausting and it can take a toll on the caregiver. At Encore, we believe that putting the elderly with the young children through a variety of programs can help lessen some of the needs that each group has. Children are able to provide the social interaction that is so important for seniors, while seniors are able to provide the love that kids need. Our community encourages interaction between our seniors and local children though our Songbird music program, our partnership with The Rep Theater, and by inviting children from local schools, girl scouts, and day cares to interact with our seniors.
Here are some of the benefits of our intergenerational programs: Children help elders keep loneliness at bay. Senior loneliness is a rampant issue in many retirement communities that can lead to a range of health problems and can increase rates of death. While many assisted living communities create opportunities for seniors to maintain a social life, fighting off loneliness is a difficult battle. Being able to spend time with kids has proven to be an effective solution. Many seniors that have a difficult time connecting with their peers have no problem talking with kids. The excitement and creativity that kids bring to their time with our residents is truly invaluable. Having children around encourages an active lifestyle The aches, pains, and disability that often comes with aging can
make it difficult to stay active. While it may be easier to be sedentary than to get out and be around people, it is important for seniors to stay as active as possible. Kids move around and exude energy that is effective at getting seniors to join in. They are able to get residents chatting, playing, and enjoying life in a way that only a kid could do. It helps fight ageism. Our culture worships youth and can sometimes hold prejudices against the elderly. Even though most of us have the best intentions, the way the culture as a whole sees seniors can sometimes seep into our thinking. The best way to combat this is to spend time around seniors enough to see them as distinct individuals with a wealth of knowledge and experiences. Kids who are able to do that when they are still developing their larger understanding of the world are more likely to
see seniors in a respectful and compassionate way throughout their entire life. Choosing the right assisted living community for your loved one can seem exhausting, but it pays dividends when it comes to their happiness and your peace of mind. Schedule a tour of Encore at Avalon Park, and see for yourself why we’re the premier senior living solution in the area. Call us today at 407270-7500 to schedule a tour, or for any questions you may need answered. ALF #12618
Avalon Middle School Welcomes Back Faculty & Students!
We are grateful to our parsupport as we opened the year is unprecedented, and adjust or change, often withpatience and understanding our faculty, staff and stuwill continue being flexible
ents and community for your 2020-21 school year. This many things have had to out a lot of notice, but your have made things easier for dents. We hope that you as together we deal with our
Communication between your home and our school is always very important. It is even more important now. Please make certain that you have gone to our website and signed up for our weekly electronic newsbriefs. In addition, we recommend that you check the Avalon Facebook page frequently for news and updates. Congratulations to AMS 7th grader Amelia Oâ€™Brien who was notified earlier this summer that her artwork received an Honorable Mention and was selected for showing in the Students Surrealist Art Exhibit 2020 through the DalĂ Museum. You can see her work in their online gallery. Way to go, Amelia!
Avalon School of Music has a Brand-New Location! Celebrating 14 Years in Avalon Park Sept 2020
The Avalon School of Music started as a home-based studio in founder, resident, John Kolbrich’s home on Chicora Crossing Blvd. The concept of the school came to John in 2003 in a dream! After leaving his full time IT related career, John’s dream became reality when he first opened a concept of this school in his home. This homebased school grew so quickly that it became evident there was a high need for local music lessons with demand from Avalon Park’s early growing population. Commercial space was very limited in Avalon Park, so by mid 2004 the growing school signed a lease to a new building in the Waterford Lakes area on Lake Underhill Rd. which then opened in May 2005. Two years later, Avalon Park was constructing the Town Center II Building, and Avalon Park Group (APG) approached John and the School to come back to Avalon and open in this brand-new building! The decision was made to move forward, and in September 2008, the new additional location celebrated a grand opening! Approximately 100 students from Avalon Park had been commuting weekly to the Waterford Lakes location (now called East Orlando School of Music). These 100 students along with their teachers were invited to start at the new school in Avalon Park, and the rest is history! Over the past 12 years, the school has trained thousands of students and has a current enrollment of approximately 400, in a wide range of beginning to advanced instruments, Piano, Voice, Guitar etc. in all kinds of genres, ranging from Classical,
Jazz, and Opera to Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop and Rock. The School also provides On- Line instrument rentals for all Middle and High School Band/Orchestra students, retail music method books and small musical accessories and supplies. Students from ages 4 to 94, have benefitted from seeing the staff’s love for the art and personal attention to their individual needs. Each Student receive a one-on-one customized lesson each week ranging from 30-60 minutes to help with both performance and music theory as they progress. The school has been recognized among other schools in Central Florida for having some of the most qualified and experienced musicians and educators, many of whom have Bachelors, Masters, and even Doctorate Degrees. They love what they do and are thrilled to be sharing their wealth of knowledge with anyone that has a willingness to learn. The Avalon School of Music has always been actively involved in the community in numerous ways. The school has partnered with APG to provide sound and entertainment during all of the major community festivals since the first festival held in Founder’s Square. John Kolbrich and the “Europa Band” started the annual Oktoberfest Festival back in 2004 and have been the headlining band ever since. Music is always around John and his family and they love sharing it with the community! It takes a village to raise a child, and a community to raise many children. Avalon School of Music has been active with Or-
ange County’s “Partners in Ed” program at many of the local elementary schools, and actively looks to serve in whatever way is needed. In 2019, Stone Lakes Elementary presented the music school with the “Partner of the Year” award, which included recognition at the County level. Starting in 2017, under the leadership of Paolo Tursi, School Director, the Avalon School of Music prioritized the importance of offering performance opportunities and a success system for students in order to help them focus on developing stage presence and confidence, setting goals, and creating a strong sense of discipline; all of which are important life skills. In 2018, the school purchased a license to provide the patented “Music Ladder System”. This system allows teachers to provide custom-tailored curriculums and tests. As students advance through the levels, they receive Certificates, cool Wristbands, and Trophies. In late 2018 the school partnered with the Encore Center for Assisted Living here in Avalon Park to serve the seniors with monthly recitals. All Students are encouraged to participate monthly to share their gift of music with our and develop their performance confidence. Music Recitals are held twice a year at Avalon Church, providing opportunity to enhance music etiquette, professionalism and stage performance. While the pandemic of 2020 changed the way performances were done, it did not slow it down. In May of 2020, the school had a record-breaking virtual showcase! Over 100 participants recorded their music
performance on video in their homes, and sent them to the school to be incorporated in the LARGEST VIRTUAL RECITAL offered in the Greater Orlando Area during this time! The performances were streamed on the school’s Facebook. Since May 2020, the school partnered with Avalon Park Group to co-host ongoing weekly performances of the National Anthem every Fridays at noon in Founder’s Square. These performances are streamed live on the Downtown Avalon Park and Avalon School of Music Facebook pages. On August 3rd, 2020, the school relocated and opened their new location at 12946 Tanja King Blvd, across from the Publix Shopping Plaza. This new facility features a modern and improved design with 14 lesson rooms which will allow the School to serve more students in the community. Owners, John and his wife Marge Kolbrich, as well as director, Paolo Tursi, now live above and behind the school, and are the perfect example of Avalon Park’s Motto, “Live – Learn – Work – Play” Avalon School of Music is offering complimentary school tours of their new location at 12946 Tanja King Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828. For more information, visit the school during regular hours, call 407-770-0323 to schedule a tour, or visit their website at AvalonSchoolofMusic.com for more info!
Downtown Avalon Park Featured Businesses of the Month Downtown Avalon Park is home to more than 90 shops and restaurants. Each week a different business is featured where you can learn more about their product and services and their participation in the community. Visit us online to see past and current featured businesses. test! Licensing will include the following Odoo modules; CRM, Sales, Invoicing and studio.
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Chill Pop Lounge is incredibly grateful for all the support we have received during these uncertain times. All our lives have been affected and we are each trying to find our “new
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Opportunities for Job Seekers Every business has been impacted during this pandemic. Numerous businesses and companies have permanently closed, filed for bankruptcy or closed locations. Some of these well-known establishments include Hertz, Pier 1 Imports, Tuesday Morning, JCPenney, GNC, 24 Hour Fitness and most recently Lord and Taylor. While many are businesses are experiencing hardships, others are thriving, Amazon and Publix and other grocery and liquor stores, game makers, delivery services, law firms, cleaning services and more. Here in Central Florida our hospitality sector has been hit extremely hard since travel has been restricted and COVID numbers keep fluctuating. Employees in these industries and others are looking for new opportunities and learning new skills to find work. One aspect of the East Orlando Chamber’s mission is community engagement. Back in April the Chamber offered free webinars and resources for job seekers and had over 1400 attendees view each of these virtual sessions. As unemployment benefits run out, many furloughed employees are now in need of work and this information is now is just as vital for the unemployed. Through the month of September, we have again partnered with Roger Lear, President, OrlandoJobs.com, and an East Orange County resident to provide resources, and advice on landing a job during a pandemic. Roger’s experience stems from working closely with HR professionals and he is well known for hosting Central Florida’s largest Job & Career Fairs. These events have drawn crowds of thousands to the Amway Center and the Orange County Convention Center. He will be sharing his expertise and introducing additional experts who will provide guidance to help you find a job during this pandemic. Whether you are actively looking for work or are considering a career change, now is the time to ensure you are the best candidate for the position you seek. The following programs are scheduled and free for the public to attend. •September 4th - The Real Deal to Get a Job During Covid-19
SEPTEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS: Thursday Sep 3, 2020: Virtual Coffee Club East Powered by Powernet, Duke Energy & Panera Bread Friday Sep 4, 2020: The Real Deal to Get a Great Job During COVID-19 in Orlando with Roger Lear (OrlandoJobs.com) Wednesday Sep 9, 2020: EOCC Educational Series “Getting in Front of Future Clients & Maximizing Your Efforts” Thursday Sep 10, 2020: Healthcare Council Collaborative Virtual Peer-to Peer referral forum and breakout Thursday Sep 10, 2020: Spectrum Reach Nuevo: Reconnect with Your Customer & Your Community Friday Sep 11, 2020: The Ultimate Guide on How to Use LinkedIn To Get A Great Job During COVID-19 with Roger Lear (OrlandoJobs.com) Wednesday Sep 16, 2020: Virtual Chamber Luncheon: Ninth District Court in the East Thursday Sep 17, 2020: Virtual Coffee Club Nona powered by Powernet, Duke Energy & Panera Bread Friday Sep 18, 2020: Career Expert Day - LIVE! # Career Experts Answer Your Job & Career Questions Friday Sep 25, 2020: Resources for the Job Seeker with Roger Lear (OrlandoJobs.com)
•September 11th - The Ultimate Guide to Using LinkedIn to get a Great Job •September 18th - Career Expert Day to Answer Your Job Hunting Questions •September 25th – Resources for the Job Seeker Detailed information and registration to attend these virtual events can be found at www.EOCC.org. The East Orlando Chamber’s mission is to be the Leader in Business Advocacy, Community Engagement and Regional Connectivity. Our region includes 440 square miles from I-4 East to Brevard County and from the Seminole County Border to the Osceola County Line. If you are a business owner or manager who is interested in the getting involved with the Chamber contact us. We serve our members by providing opportunities to connect and promote your business creating referral opportunities, money saving discounts, educational seminars, business advocacy, health benefits and additional resources. Want to know how else the Chamber can work with you to elevate your business? Contact us to discuss your business objectives and how the EOCC helps drive results making you a long-term member of one of the oldest established chambers in Central Florida. Schedule your appointment today to learn more, 407-277-5951 or visit www.EOCC.org.
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Golfers Tee Off to Prevent Child Abuse “Fore Our Kids” Golf Tournament Will Be Held Oct. 23
On Fri., Oct. 23, golfers will tee off in the “Fore Our Kids” tournament to raise money for Embrace Families. The event will support critical services that provide assistance to strengthen families and prevent child abuse. Last year, Embrace Families delivered services to over 9,500 children in Central Florida. Some are in foster care; all are victims of, survivors of, or at risk of abuse or neglect. Funds raised from this event will be used to ensure safety, provide permanency and maintain the well-being of children in Central Florida. Participants can compete either individually or as part of a team of four. Golfers must register online at www. foreourkids.com. Space is limited; registration closes on Friday, Oct. 16. The event will adhere to Orange County and CDC guidelines for social distancing, and protocols will be in
place to keep players and event staff safe amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Tournament presenting sponsor is Titan Electric Southeast. About Embrace Families: Embrace Families, a 501c3 not for profit organization, helps Central Florida families overcome the root causes of abuse and neglect through programs that offer case management and other prevention services. When a child can’t remain safely in their home, we support them through foster care, adoption, mentoring and beyond. For more information, visit www.embracefamilies.org, “like” Embrace Families” on Facebook at www.facebook. com/embracefamilies or follow it on Twitter at www. twitter.com/embracefam, and Instagram at www.instagram.com/embracefamiliesfl.
COST: $800 for team of four (includes lunch and four complimentary drink tickets) $250 for individual (includes lunch and complimentary drink ticket) Additional sponsorships available. WHEN: Friday, October 23, 2020 Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. WHERE: Hawk’s Landing Golf Club at Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando. FL 32821
Orange County is looking for input by 9/10/2020 for its 7 year trails plan. Go to the link below and fill out the survey with all the trails you have been on or want to try like the short 1.4 mile Avalon Trail here in Avalon Park, the West Orange Trail, the Cady Way Trail, the Shingle Creek Trail, the Little Econ Greenway, the Innovation North or Innovation South trails and others. Please take a minute to fill out the survey here.
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3D Mammograms Bring New Dimension to Cancer Detection
by Leena Kamat, MD
Since the 1960s, mammograms have been the best way to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Still, the technology has had its limitations. With 2D digital mammography, a potential trouble spot could appear as just that — a spot. If the radiologist sees an area of density and can’t be sure what it is, the patient must return to get more images taken or undergo a biopsy. In the medical world, this is referred to as a “callback.” For patients, it’s a hassle and a significant source of worry. If the radiologist could have looked above and beneath the spot, she could have seen whether the dense area is a harmless clump of breast tissue or a dangerous tumor. Now she can, thanks to 3D mammography. Taking a Closer Look With 3D Mammography: 3D mammography allows you to investigate and scroll through multiple levels of imaging to see if an area of concern is regular tissue or a possible tumor. It also allows radiologists to find small tumors that could be hiding in denser areas of the breast. These areas appear as white spots on mammograms and can sometimes block our view of
tumors, which can be disguised as white spots. 3D mammography gives us a view through the tissue, making it possible to catch something that would’ve been obscured.
How 3D Mammography Helps Women With Dense Breasts: A woman’s breasts are composed of several kinds of tissue, including fat, milk ducts and supportive tissue. Different women have different amounts of each, and they change over time. A woman who has more dense tissue than fatty tissue is said to have “dense breasts.” Having dense breasts is common; about 4 in 10 women have them. Traditional 2D mammography has limitations for women with dense breasts because dense tissue appears white on its images. With 3D mammography, your radiologist can get a better idea of what these spots truly are by looking above and below them. Why the Best Mammography Matters: The ability to catch cancer early is what makes a mammogram such a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. In fact, it can detect breast cancer up to two years before a tumor can be felt by you or your doctor. Finding a small tumor during a
screening mammogram can feel like a tragedy. But in reality, it’s a victory: Finding a tumor when it’s small is the goal of screening. Catching breast cancer early through a mammogram means: • Therapies, like breast conservation therapy, will be the most effective • Treatment can begin early, possibly before the cancer spreads • You’ll have the best possible chance at recovery
Evidence continues to show that 3D mammograms are better at finding cancer. An October 2018 study that tracked 15,000 women over five years found that 3D mammography detected 30% more cancers than traditional mammography. And we know that when cancer is found in its earliest stages (often because of routine mammograms), women are more likely to make a full recovery — and less likely to need aggressive treatment to get there. We’re Serious About Your Safety: We understand you may be concerned about your safety right now. Find peace of mind knowing we’re prepared to protect and care for you. All AdventHealth facilities now have enhanced safety measures in place, including:
• Extra sanitizing of all areas and equipment • Face mask requirement for all patients and staff • Social distancing in our waiting rooms • Temperature checks upon arrival We focus on the safety of our imaging facilities so you can focus on your health. A mammogram is a potentially life-saving screening that shouldn’t be delayed. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 866-366-PINK or visit ScheduleYourMammo. com. To further support community members through their breast cancer journey, register for AdventHealth’s first-ever virtual Pink on Parade 5K at PinkOnParade.com. DR. LEENA KAMAT is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist, subspecialized in breast imaging for AdventHealth Medical Group Radiology – Central Florida Division.
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Covid-19: Increasing Screen Times in Our Pediatric Population By: Mark Ossi, OD, Optometrist at Community Health Centers, Inc. There was a time (not so long ago), where electronics such as computers, tablets and phones were almost exclusively used by adults. Some children would be allowed on these devices, maybe for an hour or two, to play a video game or watch a video. Fast forward to today, and these electronic devices are less of a recreational item for children, but an essential.
she does not need glasses!” A child may indeed benefit from a pair of prescription reading glasses if they fall under these circumstances. Reading glasses alleviate eyestrain by focusing the near object (computer, phone, etc.) instead of the muscles doing the work to focus, thus alleviating the work demand of the muscles, and any associated symptoms.
Today’s kids are growing in an evolving world that is revolving around computers. Sprinkle the current pandemic on top of things, and it is no surprise surveys reveal that screen time, as reported by parents, has gone up 5-fold between pre-pandemic and now.
The next factor associated with eyestrain beyond accommodation, is the blue light emitted by electronics. Blue light in recent times has been a hot debated topic. Before it was linked with an increased risk of retinal pathology (specifically macular degeneration). This has since been largely discredited. However, where blue light plays a significant role is sleep. Blue light emitted from screens suppresses the release of melatonin, a hormone that orchestrates the circadian rhythm. In the pediatric population, sleep is especially crucial given the role it plays in the development of the child cognitively and physically. The American Academy of Pediatrics used to have a recommended allotted time with electronics, now they are weaning away from these guidelines given the reality of today’s world. There are several methods to combat the potential sleep disruption of blue light. First and most obvious is limiting screen time before bed, preferably discontinuing use at least 2 hours before bedtime. A second method is incorporating “blue-blocking” lenses in glasses. As the name implies, these glasses filter the amount of blue light that is transmitted through the lenses of the glasses, reducing exposure and thus the associated sleep disruption. Another alternative is installing apps on your child’s electronic device that act as blue-blocking
So, what’s the big deal? When we look at something up-close, muscles inside the eye contract to bring that object into focus. This “focusing power” has a fancy name called accommodation. It is accommodation that naturally declines with age, until around age 40 or so, when we notice that decline more significantly and have trouble SEEING near objects, not just FOCUSING on them. The issue of eyestrain arises when that accommodation system is put under continual stress associated with extended screen time. Just like your muscles in the rest of the body, the eye muscles are no different. With time, they fatigue and lose their ability to function optimally. This leads to a spectrum of symptoms that classify under eyestrain: headaches, blurry vision and eyes feeling sore. In children, these complaints can easily be overlooked, especially when a basic visual acuity exam determines the child is 20/20, and the provider does not do additional supplementary testing and happily exclaims to the parent “he/
filter themselves, altering the amount of blue light emitted from the device screens. Lastly, the increasing role of electronics in children’s lives is increasing the prevalence of dry eyes. Studies have shown electronic use decreases the amount of blinking we do. Because the blinking mechanism is connected to our tear film, reduced blinking causes tear film instability, and thus dry eyes. This leads to a cascade of events that promote inflammation on the surface of the eyes, manifesting in a variety of symptoms such as burning, itching, redness, tearing and fluctuating vision. Simple techniques to combat this is includes being more conscious of your blinking or use of artificial tears to supplement the natural tear film produced. More advanced treatment options can be discussed with your child’s eye doctor should symptoms persist or worsen. Whether we like it or not, electronics have become a big part not just of our day-today life, but of our kids’ lives. Electronics house not only their recreational time, but their educational one. Your child’s visual system is beyond 20/20 and their symptoms may need to be addressed individually depending on their environment and habits. If your child complains of any of the symptoms discussed, or you notice a decline in school performance when transitioning to electronic learning, consider seeing an eye doctor for further testing that may help alleviate possible eyestrain linked to prolong screen time. To schedule an optometry appointment with Community Health Centers, please call 407-905-8827 or 352-314-7400. Medicare, Medicaid and private
insurances accepted. A sliding discount program, based on family size and income, is available. References: 1. Sheppard, A. L., & Wolffsohn, J. S. (2018). Digital eye strain: Prevalence, measurement and amelioration. BMJ Open Ophthalmology, 3(1). doi:10.1136/bmjophth-2018-000146 2. Kozeis, N. (2009). Impact of computer use on children’s vision. Hippokratia, 13(4). 3. Eng, J. (2020, May 04). Parents Alarmed As Kids’ Screen Time Skyrockets During COVID-19 Crisis-Here’s What You Can Do. Retrieved August 19, 2020, from https:// parents-together.org/parentsalarmed-as-kids-screen-timeskyrockets-during-covid-19-crisis-heres-what-you-can-do/ About Community Health Centers, Inc. : Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, provides quality and compassionate primary healthcare services to insured, uninsured, underinsured, and underserved children and adults within Central Florida. CHC provides care to nearly 70,000 patients, each year, in the Apopka, Bithlo, Clermont, Forest City, Four Corners, Groveland, Lake Ellenor, Leesburg, Meadow Woods, Pine Hills, Tavares and Winter Garden communities. www. chcfl.org
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How Would You Like to Grow?
A look into how traditional neighborhood developments turn your town into a home
Smart Growth and Traditional Neighborhood Development. Photo Credit: Dover, Kohl & Associates
By Raven Halle
something different from the traditional ideas of suburbia; Developing cities often find where mixed-use fosters conthemselves having to answer nections through an emphathe question, “how should sis on the pedestrian, other we continue to grow?” Due single-use developments to developmental pressures, may rely on vehicular modes not growing at all is rarely of transportation to create an option; in turn, places face the same. but often lesser a choice between growing connections. Again, in tradithrough implementing the tional neighborhoods, “life principles of conventional takes place on foot:” while suburban development and your children walk to school, the principles of traditional you can walk to the grocery neighborhood development. store; step out of your apartIn a few words, and in favor ment building’s elevator and of the latter, the traditional be immediately between the neighborhood developments wine bar and the dance stuare perhaps best captured by dio; go to your dental aparchitect Jan Gehl’s statement pointment and then the eye that “life takes place on foot.” doctor across the street; walk Traditional neighborhood de- your mother from the assistvelopments, which are often ed-living facility to the pool unique to their location and for a summer’s day swim. serve as prototypes for othThis is what it means to be a er traditional neighborhood walkable place; to be a town. developments, are displays of what residential areas First, let’s go back around can become when the focus 80 years to life in America is placed on people rather after World War II. During than on industry. The key to this period, things such as understanding the influence the GI Bill, the baby boom, of traditional neighborhood the increased affordability of developments lies in their automobiles, and the largeidentity as mixed-use develscale housing projects built opments, meaning that they on the outskirts of existing are a blend of the residential, cities contributed to what we the commercial, and the encall “urban sprawl,” or the vironmental. This mixed-use migration of folks from big approach to planning offers cities to single-family homes
Conventional Suburban Development. Photo Credit: Dover, Kohl & Associates
often separated by roads, landscaping, and long expanses of land. These ideas might conjure within us the iconic rhetoric of the “American Dream,” or the notion of 2.5 children, a pet, and a picket-fence. While this long-surviving concept was first an item of praise and then a sign of conformity, early suburbia’s promise of a cookie-cutter life personified a sort of affluence that became highly attractive to the generation who had recently survived two world wars and the Great Depression. So, after the war, the industries which had mobilized the Allied victory turned their focus inward to propel the previously mentioned and eventual causes of urban sprawl. Among the many detriments to come from this—like the loss of agricultural lands, an increase in distance between home, work, and leisure places, and an increase in pollution due to distance—is wthe loss of a sense of place, or, as coined by James Howard Kunstler, “the geography of nowhere.” This is, in the last 20 years, perhaps what traditional neighborhood developments have most sought to change: turning “nowhere” into “somewhere.” And they
have done just that. To create an analogy, creating a town to planners is like making a cake to bakers. Suburbia has the ingredients: people, houses, sometimes community centers, cars, and roads which lead the cars out of the neighborhood to a desired destination—work, school, the grocery store, church, piano lessons. To bakers, this is the equivalent of eggs, butter, flour, sugar, and utensils lined up on the table. But to bake a cake, the ingredients must be more than present—they must be mixed. So, too, do the ingredients of the suburbs need to be combined to create a town. In the simplest of terms, this comparison displays the difference between a conventional suburban development and a traditional neighborhood development. When people, houses, businesses, schools, roads, and parks are integrated—the “mixed” in “mixed-use—” a town is born. This is the creation of “somewhere,” a place not isolated by gates or roads but open and accessible to all. Cont. on next page...
Residential Streetscape: Traditional Neighborhood Development. Photo Credit: Gettyimages
Again, traditional neighborhood developments do not necessarily subscribe to the cookie-cutter homes of the suburbs: a doctor can live next door to a teacher; a lawyer down the hall from an author. And, further again, a town is sustainable and self-contained in that most immediate needs can be met without having to commute. Ultimately, the concentration of homes and necessary establishments forges a sense
of connection, better allowing things like the stimulation of the local economy through shopping small businesses and supporting the community through events such as annual holiday celebrations. A town’s sense of connection and community is certainly facilitated by its residents, but on a more basic level, it is first rendered by the careful planning and construction on the part of its developers.
Residential Streetscape: Conventional Suburban Development. Photo Credit: Gettyimages
For a town to be a successful pedestrian-oriented development, many complex design and planning problems must be addressed. For a town to be effective, “synergies,” or positive relationships between multiple agents must be created and designed to work both vertically and horizontally. Synergies in a traditional neighborhood development can be seen in vertical mixed-use buildings, such as those that have apart-
Commercial Streetscape: Conventional Suburban Development. Photo Credit: Gettyimages
Commercial Streetscape: Traditional Neighborhood Development. Photo Credit: Gettyimages
ments above shops and offices. This is an example of one of the many characteristics of a traditional neighborhood development—also including a variation in housing type, a well-planned and connected system of streets, and conveniences such as places of worship, parks, schools, and pools—all of which will be discussed in a later series of articles revolving around traditional neighborhood developments.
What Makes You Feel Whole?
AdventHealth and Marketplace at Avalon Park have teamed up to bring a unique, revolving art installation to the community, and you’re invited to join the creative fun. The first installation will be a two-story mural of pictures submitted by you that form two hands in the shape of a heart. Your picture can be of anything that describes why you love being a part of the Avalon Park community and how it makes you feel whole. Feeling whole is all about celebrating good health, good family, good friends and good times. Capture your feel whole moment, and help us showcase what makes our community truly special. Send your photo to Info@AvalonParkGroup.com by September 30th. Pictures must be 300 DPI or larger. The mural will be installed at the end of September on the South Wall of the Marketplace at Avalon Park building. If you have any questions, email us at Info@AvalonParkGroup.com.
Take A Look at Some of Our Submissions! “We truly enjoy this wonderful community, it’s thoughtful events, heartwarming holiday celebrations, restaurant shops, schools, church, entertainment venues... & it’s friendly family oriented people! A place where you can work, learn & play is the formula to a happy place to call home sweet home!” - Diana DelValle
“This is a picture of the wall of thank you cards some have given to the Avalon Park Face Mask group that I started in March when this pandemic started. This represents the wholeness of the community during a not so great time.” - Allyson Roth-Kennedy
Behind the Scenes: Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Sign Interpreters Submitted By: Orange County Government
Among the familiar faces at Orange County Government’s COVID-19 updates (nearly 60 conferences and counting so far since March 2020) are American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, from Kissimmee-based ASL Services. The ASL interpreters play a key role in making sure the County’s hearing impaired residents have equal access to communication. Frequent viewers of the County’s press conferences often share positive comments on social media about the ASL interpreters, in addition to asking questions about their profession. a beginning-intermediate understanding of ASL. To attain an intermediate-fluent understanding, it takes an1. American Sign Language other 2 years of ASL/English is not universal. Like spoken interpretation training. languages, there are roughly 70 different sign languages 3. Lip reading is not a sucthroughout the world. Amer- cessful way of communiican Sign Language is only cation. Only 30 percent of used in America and was information can be compreformulated by the deaf com- hended from lip reading, munity in the United States. which means more than half of communication is lost on 2. American Sign Language individuals who are hearing interpretation is a profesimpaired if ASL interpretasion. To become a certified tion is not provided. ASL interpreter, individuals must go to college to study 4. ASL interpreters can be ASL signs, finger spelling deaf. Certified deaf interpretand body language. They ers are interpreters who are obtain degrees and particable to bridge the cultural ipate in many trainings, gap between the hearing and until they are fluent in the deaf communities. They are language. Generally, it takes able to provide a message at least 2-3 years to attain from the hearing interpreter Several facts about the ASL community everyone should know:
to the deaf interpreter, and then from the deaf interpreter to the deaf individual, ensuring that the communication is clear and concise.
6. Facial expressions are an essential part of ASL communication. ASL interpreters use exaggerated facial expressions because it helps convey words and emotions
To watch past Orange County COVID-19 press conferences, visit ocfl.net/newsroom.
7. People of all ages experience hearing impairment. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, one in eight people 5. ASL is not English. ASL in the United States, aged 12 does not follow the English years or older, has hearing word order, which is why loss in both ears, based on closed captioning is not an effective communication tool standard hearing examinations. Because of this staggerfor some hearing impaired individuals. ASL has its own ing statistic, it is the County’s duty to make sure all of grammar and syntax. In addition, many in the deaf com- Central Florida has access to proper communication munity do not read; another reason why closed captioning during times of uncertainty – from language interpretation is not an effective communito ASL interpretation. cation tool.
Avalon Park is proud of Resident Jonathan Sanchez for being a trilingual sign language interpreter for Orange County!
Book Sharing in Avalon Expands Due to Popularity! The Rotary Club of Avalon Park built Avalon’s first Little Free Library in Founders Square almost six years ago. Since that time, the book sharing has gained such positive feedback, the club has decided to install two more, with expansion plans down the road. What is a Little Free Library? It is a not-for-profit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around
the world. To date there are more than 100,000 libraries in over 100 countries around the world with millions of books exchanged annually.
mission by investing in the Little Free Library Program. We are excited to be expanding our reach in 2020!”
The library in Founders Square The Rotary Club of Avalon Park is used daily by young children, recognized the need of adding a middle school and high school book sharing area in hopes that students, adults and our senior community. The two additionfamilies would benefit from reading and coming together al libraries will be located near Encore and close to the pavilion as a community. “Literacy is a focus of Rotary International on Tanja King Boulevard. Evaround the world,” stated Greg eryone is invited to participate whether that is by borrowing a Meunier, President. “Our club in Avalon Park is supports that book or adding a book. Partici-
pation is beneficial to all ages in the community. More information about Little Free Libraries: Today, more than 30 million adults cannot read or write above a third-grade level. Books in the hands of children have a meaningful impact on improving literacy. The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read. https://littlefreelibrary. org
The American Legion and its Founding Pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation The American Legion is the largest veteran’s service organization. In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefits our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of American and ordinary citizens. Pillar I: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation:
ment of Veterans Affairs. As for decades, The American Legion continues to aggressively lobby for adequate: • Access to VA Health Care • A Better Funding Formula for VA Health Care • Veterans with Special Needs • Career Opportunities for Veterans • A GI Bill for a New Century • Employment and Business • Heroes to Hometowns • Volunteering • Final Respects
For nearly 90 years, The American Legion has acted as the nation’s leading advocate for proper health care, economic opportunity and legal benefits for US military If you are a military veteran and would like to learn veterans. The Legion was instrumental in the creation of more about The American Legion, visit us at www.avathe Veterans Administration and an ardent supporter of lonparkpost409.org. its elevation to cabinet status when it became the Depart-
Rise and Whine
I am uncertain why during this Summer of My Malcontent (The title of my manuscript which is under construction) I cannot get a full night’s sleep. My internal alarm is set for 3:00AM, and it doesn’t have a snooze button. Melatonin seems to kick in about 10AM the next morning. Even tried cutting out coffee. In America, there is great societal unrest. Not just in faraway megalopolises, but even here locally. That’s right – Gotham City, the City Beautiful and my little beach village all have their fair share. Protests, riots, and bears are now daily occurrences, regardless of the protester’s geographic proximity or relationship to the episode which ignited today’s commotion. Economically, some businesses are surviving while others are on the cusp of failing. As a student of politics, the political divisiveness is unlike I have ever seen or studied; it is as if Archduke Ferdinand has just been re-assassinated and Yugoslavia is about to re-born (and we know how that turned out). Cultural endeavors are sadly cancelling their event seasons. Professional sports matches are sporadically being played, but only when the overpaid brats are not too busy trying to grab headlines for their self-righteous aggrievement du jour. Unknown college prospects are mimicking those actions threatening to cause the cancelation of all fall sports. Only 20% of NBA players are registered to vote – when they take their civic responsibility sincerely, then maybe I’ll take them seriously. Personally, I am without real turmoil in my world. I can create some drama if I think about. My arthritic left knee burns
continually, and my daughters do not spend enough time with their dad. I cannot seem to lose my quarantine fifteen. My facial skin is flaking like a warm croissant, and my barnacle count is rising like the unemployment rate. I know I’ll get an earful from my dermatologist for the frequency of my beach visits. My business is solid, there are fish tacos on the table and Tesla stock is skyrocketing. The tribulations of 2020 are not unique to recent American history. History repeats itself – right? I have been searching for a corollary year. How about 1968? ’68 had a world-wide pandemic, civil rights protests, Vietnam war protests, assassinations, a slowing economy portending the 1969-70 recession, and protesters being cleared from public parks with violent police forces using excessive tear gas (Chicago’s Grant Park). Any of this sound familiar? (In the early 80’s I attended a lecture by Yippie leader Jerry Rubin for poly-sci extra credit although I was clueless why he was famous.) 1968 was the year Trump received his 1-Y draft deferment (unqualified for duty) and Biden celebrated his 50th birthday! (Ok, the latter isn’t true… he was actually turned 26 in November). As I have composed this essay, I racked my brain for childhood memories. While the memories have freely flowed, there is no logical chronological order. I was certainly alive in 1968, but not attuned into political, civic, or economic events. We have recently heard lots of
comparisons to the Spanish Flu (1918 – 1920). Did you know that in 1968 – 1969 there was a Hong Kong flu pandemic? Google tells me that the Hong Kong flu was responsible for an estimated 1 million deaths worldwide and about 100,000 in the United States. – but I do not remember my grandparents being concerned. My very first current event memory that I can date is from 1972, when George Wallace was shot. I know not why I cannot remember Bobby Kennedy being murdered, or Martin Luther King being assassinated, but that was 1968. My paternal grandparents were hospitalized from a serious car accident, but I don’t know which year that was either. I remember taking my dad to the airport for his second Vietnam deployment which I think was 1969. I was just too young to comprehend the civil unrest of those times, and I didn’t have a rotary dial cell phone with a 24-hour news cycle to keep me informed. I learned from my sports research that 1968 included a Black Panthers’ protest at the Mexico Olympics (now an iconic image) and that Mickey Lolich pitched 3 complete games, with the Tigers beating the Cards to become World Series champs (I have his baseball card). Back to the 2020s. During a client conversation this week I had a take-inventory-moment reflective pause. The client was reporting on how busy they are. These surgeons focus on Lasik and cataract surgeries. Thanks to the safety benefit of masks, in particular seniors, are wearing face coverings as they venture in our Covid-19 infected world. However, people are growing
increasingly annoyed with the centuries’ old technology of spectacles. Those bespectacled types are using modern medical surgeries to eliminate the nuisance of eyewear which fog up, slip off, and do not fit correctly when wearing a mask. Voilà! Which other daily products and practices are obsolete and can be replaced with new widgets and gadgets? Tesla has a car that drives itself and Husqvarna has a robot that mows your lawn. Siri and my Google Mini stalk and eavesdrop my every conversation and serve ads for my every wanton need – even if ain’t politically correct or socially acceptable. Amazon and Uber Eats will deliver any product you need to your front door – remember when FedEx bragged about “By 10 Tomorrow Morning?” Beam me up Scotty! I attribute my sleeplessness to our societal mayhem. While I have no doubt life will regain equilibrium, there is so much I don’t understand. Maybe my cerebrum is being underutilized, or just simply does not have the capacity to piece together a cohesive understanding or proffer a resolution to make peace with 2020. If you are not resting well, please have solace in knowing you are not the only one. And if you able to sleep through the night without being disturbed by CV-19, #BLM, National Hurricane Center updates, the fact that the Red Sox will finish under .500 (and the list goes on), PLEASE share your methods! I could use a good night’s sleep! The Village Idiot