Avalon Park Sun Tavares April 2021 Edition

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APRIL 2021


The Importance of the Environment in Traditional Neighborhood Developments

By Raven Halle

As Earth Day approaches and conversations surrounding climate and environment become even more prevPAGE 2 alent, it’s increasingly important to talk about and understand the ways in which the place we call home influences the environment—and also how the environment influences our home. Like we’ve examined in prior articles, traditional neighborhood developments (TNDs) focus on using, rather than reducing, their natural environPAGE 3 ments. In short, traditional neighborhood developments conserve energy through efficient land use while also lessening the dependence on automobiles, which, in turn, promotes petoP I N E C R E S T A C A D E M Y & A V A L O N P A R K A R E E X Cdestrian I T E D T O A N N O movement UNCE wards parks, lakes, and the other green spaces typical of TNDs.




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public transportation.

While many traditional neighborhoods may not have their own forms of public transportation we would consider typical, like buses or subways, it is often the case that we can consider carpooling to be its own sort of public transport. The increase of social interaction as a result of green spaces like parks lead to a greater sense of connection, which yards. flow of traffic. These successes in walkability Since we have previous- can then grow organly gone into detail about ically into a system of are made possible by carpooling—whether the aforementioned working with the land, it be to work, school, a things like pedestrian not against it. place of worship, or the traffic, street trees, and green spaces, it’s neces- grocery store. Even in language is sary to now view things the importance of the Further, and on a larger from a wider lens, earth to traditional scale, traditional neighespecially in relation neighborhoods made borhoods are rendered to Earth Day and the evident. For example, environmentally susenvironmental impact we use the term “built tainable through things environment” to refer to of traditional neighborhood developments that are intentional, like the man-made features parks and lakes, and on their surrounding of TNDs. Combining things that, like nature, “built,” which suggests natural environments. something not naturally Some base principles of happen organically, like community-grown TNDs, including walkmade, with “environment,” which implies ability, accessibility, and public transportation. Street trees combat visuan organic component, affordability, further al pollution and serve does much to show that contribute to the earlias a method of forest er conversation about TNDs, at their linguisconservation; walkabiltic core, are concerned placing more emphaity reduces greenhouse sis on bicycle and foot with making the best emissions; green spaces use of organic elements, traffic than on vehicuadd fresh, breathable lar traffic. This notion whether they occur alone is huge in terms of air; and mixed-use naturally like lakes or buildings cut down sustainability: because are planted, like street trees. These aspects aim TNDs are developed in on construction. All of a way that values walk- these factors exemplify to create synergies not ability and accessibility, the notion of naturalonly between built and ly-occurring sustainabilit is inherent to most natural environments, ity. And it’s because of TNDs that automobut also between resithese things that TNDs dents of a community bile-produced carbon are sustainable, and by inviting more social emissions are much through TNDs, we find interaction and lessenlower, as non-motor ing the isolating factors modes of transportation connections that ultimately sustain us all. found in conventional are encouraged more neighborhoods, such than driving. This, then, as fenced-in parks and ties in with the idea of


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It is our vision to create communities with every price point from an apartment to a townhome, to a single-family home and estate, where you are almost guarFrom inception, it has anteed diversity just in always been very important for Avalon Park this aspect. Tavares and each of the Additionally, it is not communities that we build to embrace diver- uncommon in Avalon sity. First and foremost, Park to have families I grew up in Switzerrespect, understanding with 4 generations livland a country that is ing within walking disand learning comes about one quarter the tance of each other. The from knowing each size of Florida, in the grandparents can spend other and belonging heart of Europe. Found- to something together: quality time with the ed in 1291, the small grandkids after school a community. And I country has had over 800 years of developing its rich culture, diversity, and history. the ability to interact in their own culture, while respecting the other national and international cultures.

It is my belief that culture often starts with languages and in Switzerland there are 4, the national language German, French, Italian and Romansh. While I speak the first 3, I do not speak Romansh which is a mix of Italian, Arabic and a few more. It is very common in Switzerland and other European countries to speak several languages. If you were to follow a debate in the Swiss House of Representatives, you may be surprised that all official languages are spoken. So, a representative from my native Zurich may address the audience in German, and the answer from his colleague from Geneva will come swiftly in French. Each part of the country has


are what help us build diversity into our communities. Another diverse component is the inclusion of our global partners. Several times a week we have intercontinental video calls. Generally, early in the morning in Orlando, we discuss business, politics and other subjects with our offices in Switzerland, Singapore and Australia. When friends and business partners from 4 continents, with different ethnical backgrounds share ideas for the good of Avalon Park, diversity can be realized at its fullest.

While these are just a few examples of how we embrace diversity at Avalon Park Group, while the parents may believe a healthy community is a made up of still be at work. Build- we continue to grow, learn and develop how ing roots in a commua diverse body of peowe can create comnity is a healthy way ple. This melting pot munities where every to make any town and of perspectives gives person feels like they family strong. the community depth belong in and can live, and allows its members learn, work and play With age comes expeto live life inclusive of together. This month every background and rience and at Avalon we celebrate the dibelief regardless of gen- Park Group we work versity in our commuwith team members eration, origin, race, nities in Orlando and ages 15 to 90+. Someand income class. times when pondering Wesley Chapel with a multi-cultural event a business idea, I not As a developer, one of called Absolutely Avathe ways that we build only ask my 15-yearlon. We invite you to in diversity, is literally old son Alex, but also join us as we celebrate my Switzerland-based by building an open the diversity in these and long-term busicommunity at every ness partner and friend communities and we price point. I personlook forward to being ally do not think gated Raoul, who will turn able to celebrate in our communities with only 91 this month. While single-family homes in they both have different newer communities in one price point (often at ideas and perspectives Tavares and Daytona very soon! about business and the higher end) create life, those differences a healthy community.

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3 Quick and Easy Stay-At-Home Meals for Seniors

When preparing someone a meal, it is important to be mindful of their diet and nutritional needs and limitations; this is especially true for someone with allergies and senior citizens, in particular. Therefore, it is incredibly important to know quick and easy meals that you or your senior loved one can prepare at home to ensure that they get the proper nutrition that they need. Here are three quick and easy stay-at-home meals for seniors.

Breakfast: Egg Muffins As the most important meal of the day, breakfast is a great opportunity for you to get your senior’s day off to a good start with protein from eggs and vitamins from vegetables. That’s what makes these breakfast egg muffins great. For this recipe, you will need 12 large eggs, ¼ cup of milk, 1 cup of spinach, ¾ cup of diced tomato, and ¾ cup of diced onion. After gathering the ingredients, all you have to do is follow these simple steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Grease or line a muffin pan. 3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, and any seasonings you may want to add in a large bowl. 4. Add in the vegetables and stir it all together. 5. Fill the muffin tin with the mixture. 6. Cook the muffins for 20 minutes.

oz. of diced mushrooms, 2 cups of your favorite vegetable broth, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 10 oz. of spaghetti, 3 cups of spinach, and ¼ cup of parmesan. Once you have your ingredients, follow these steps: These breakfast muffins can also be frozen and heated up in the microwave at a later date. Lunch: Chicken Spinach Flatbread If the senior in your life loves pizza, this flatbread is a great and healthy alternative. For this recipe, which is perfect for lunch, you will need to gather together 1 flatbread, 1 grilled chicken breast chopped into small pieces, ¼ cup of sautéed and diced red pepper, ¼ cup of sautéed and diced mushrooms, ¼ cup of diced tomato, 1 cup of spinach, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Then, follow these steps:

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 2. Top your flatbread with your chicken and your vegetables. 3. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of all of your toppings. 4. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Everyone, including your special senior, is sure to enjoy these wonderfully fresh flatbread flavors. Dinner: Vegetarian Spaghetti This tasty, vegetarian meal is incredibly convenient to make because it only requires one pot. For this recipe, you will need olive oil, ½ cup of diced yellow onion, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 8

1. Set your heat to medium. 2. Heat up your olive oil in your pot. 3. Sauté your onions and mushrooms until tender. 4. Increase your heat to high. 5. Add your tomatoes and broth, bringing it to a boil. 6. Add your spaghetti. 7. Once the spaghetti has wilted to fit into the pot, cover it and reduce the heat to medium for about 5 minutes. 8. Add your spinach and cook it until it has wilted. 9. Serve your spaghetti with parmesan as desired. Not only is this meal easy to make, but it is perfect for dinnertime.



Tavares Chamber Update Hello from the Tavares Chamber- we can’t believe it’s already April! This year is flying by, and we’re thrilled that we’re able to safely bring back some of our favorite events after a long pause! Please stop by www. tavareschamber.com/events to see where we’ll be and to register for our events. You can also visit our website (www.tavareschamber.com) to join the Chamber, and visit our Facebook page (@TavaresChamberOfCommerce) for the latest news!

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Coming Events: • April 8th – Business After Hours IS BACK! 5:30-7:00pm at Far Reach Ranch • April 16th – Annual Golf Tournament – 8:00am-2:00pm at Deer Island Country Club • April 20th – Networking Lunch – 12:00pm, Pisces Rising • April 28th – Monthly Chamber Business Luncheon – 11:30am-1:00pm, Sponsored by Florida Cancer Specialists, catered by Pisces Rising • Every Thursday – Take the Lead: An Industry Exclusive Weekly Leads Group – 7:30am-9:00am, at the Mary’s Kountry Kitchen




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Wellness with Jen: Spring Clean Your World

As much as it drives me crazy, my house is not tidy right now. Clean, yes. Tidy and organized, no. I feel like the day that my extremely active and attached Momma’s boy was born was the day that the beautiful organization that I crave became a thing of the past. I cannot stand a disorganized home, but I have learned to accept that for now my time gets dedicated to other things. The de-cluttering of life will happen in time. Although the clutter of toys, school papers, Frozen everything, baby equipment, and a new home office has taken over, the house is clean. When it comes to cleaning products, it can be hard to know what is safe, especially if there are human babies and/or fur babies in the house. Consumers have become more aware of the harmful ingredients that are being put into household products, and with this realization, the companies that make these products have learned how to advertise in order to attract those of us who are looking for products that will not harm our family. Everywhere you go, you will see products on store shelves that say “natural” “green” “organic” “free & clear”... all of the things that suggest a healthy product. There are a few things to know about

these products and how they are labeled. I think the most shocking to me was what I learned about the organic products. Products that are labeled “organic” can contain up to 5-10% of ingredients that are not organic and potentially not even healthy. Something else that is baffling and frustrating to me is that “natural fragrances” and “fragrances” in the list of ingredients basically just means that there is a combination of potentially harmful ingredients hidden under that simple label of “fragrances”. You might be shocked to discover how many ingredients contain “fragrances” and “natural fragrances”, aka a ton of ingredients that the company doesn’t want you to know about. I see many posts in Mommy groups on social media asking about safe laundry detergent, household cleaners, and other products, and many of the comments say something like, “It doesn’t matter what I use because my kids don’t have sensitive skin.” Unfortunately, these days it’s not just about whether or not there is someone with sensitive skin or allergies in the house. Inside air has been shown to be 5 to 7 times more toxic than outside air, and because of this stay-athome moms have been shown to be at a higher risk of dying from cancer by 54%. These statistics are mind boggling. Our homes have become toxic because of harmful chemicals in household cleaners,

detergents, air fresheners, soaps, etc. It is more important than ever to know what products you are using in your home. Every product that you use, whether using it to clean the bathroom, mop your floors, do your laundry, wipe down the baby’s high chair, or “freshen” a room, releases fragrances into the air that you breathe. It is your job to know whether or not those fragrances are healthy or harmful. You have some options: • Purchase products from a company that you know and trust. Know the source of the ingredients. Know their mission. Know their promise. • Make your own cleaning products using ingredients that you know and trust. • Freshen the air of your home with pure and therapeutic essential oils rather than synthetic air fresheners and toxic candles. I choose to do a combination of these options. Yes, I’m a busy Mom. Yes, I work full-time and run a wellness business. Yes, it does takes a few minutes to mix up a DIY product. Yes, it took a bit of research to find a company that you trust to provide you with healthy products. Yes, it took some trial and error to find what works for our family. But realistically, isn’t your family’s wellness and saving yourself $$ worth a

few minutes of your time??! What works for us won’t always work for others. Wellness takes trial and error. Wellness takes finding what works for you. Wellness isn’t a one size fits all type of deal. But once you find your path to wellness, you’ll be grateful for your journey.

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