KEEPING THE NEWS LOCAL.... AND THE COMMUNITY CONNECTED. VOLUME 1 EDITION 9
Fall 2020 Events at Avalon Park
Avalon Park Orlando is happy to bring to the community a variety of fun and family-friendly events this fall! From delicious food truck nights to cozy Movies Under the Stars and exciting community festivals, this fall is jam packed with activities for everyone to enjoy! Fall in Avalon Park traditionally means the start of an event season with a wide variety of recreational amenities designed to get you – and your family – outdoors and active. With the weather changing, safe family-friendly events, miles of paths for walking and biking and local dining, there are many ways to start some new fall traditions this year.
but come early to enjoy a picnic dinner and meeting friends and neighbors.
We are excited to announce that this October brings the start of a season of safe, socially distanced activities in Downtown Avalon Park. While some of the events remain the same, there will be some new guidelines to create not only a fun, but safe, environment for the community to enjoy together. We will be following the guildelines of the State and County, as well as the CDC. While face masks, social distancing and temperature checks will be standard, anyone who is not feeling well or not feeling comfortable to be in a public event, should remain home.
Food Truck Night Join us in Town Park the 3rd Sunday of each month for beats and eats! Approximately 15 local food trucks featuring a variety cuisine are available for families to try something new or get an old favorite all while enjoying live and local music together in Town Park!
Movie Under the Stars Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn, local vendors and a free movie in the park. The movie starts at dark
When: Willy Wonka and the Cholocate Factory: November 6th, 7 p.m. Elf: December 11th, 7 p.m. Location: Town Park, 3651 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828
When: 3rd Sunday of Each Month, 5-8 p.m. Location: Town Park, 3651 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828 Community Festivals Downtown Avalon Park hosts 5 large community festivals each year, where families can build traditions! From Absolutely Avalon in the spring to the Avalon Aglow holiday celebration, good times
are sure to be had by all. This fall is kicked off with Oktoberfest on October 9th! While we are excited to continue the festivals this fall, they will change significantly to create a safe and fun environment. The festivals will be held only in Town Park, with no street closures. Additionally, their will be a secure entry with limited numbers allowed. All entrants will be required to wear a face mask and remain socially distanced. Oktoberfest: October 9-10, 5–10 p.m. German Music by Europa and Alpine Dancing. Spooktacular: October 24, 2020, 5-9 p.m. Location: Town Park, 3651 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828 Walking & Bike Trails Residential villages are surrounded by natural preserves and ponds interconnected by roadways, pedestrian walks and more than 16 miles of trails. All roads and walkways provide residents with effortless access to Downtown Avalon Park, village parks and schools. Utilize the trails to participate in some of the upcoming Virtual 5K’s.
Race To Cure Entire Month of October Use the Code AVALON and a portion of the proceeds go to the Encore Foundation. Turkey Trot November 22-29 This year the Avalon Park Foundation is hosting the Annual Turkey Trot virtually! Downtown Avalon Park Shops and Restaurants Enjoy an afternoon of walking around scenic Avalon Lake to see the local wildlife or to stop for a treat, like the amazing ice cream at Chill Pop Lounge who is celebrating their 1 year anniversary this month. While you are there, swing by BellaSmiles Orthodontics to congratulate them, as they are also celebrating their 1 year anniversary this month! For an up-to-date listing of our shops, restaurants and professional services, visit our online directory and to stay in the know with what is happening in Downtown Avalon Park, follow us on Facebook and check out the online calendar. #ILoveAvalonPark
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More then 20 years ago I was “introduced” to Advent Health (at that time Florida Hospital), and it was not the standard business introduction to the organization. After ice skating at the RDV Ice rink in Maitland, I dislocated my shoulder and ended up in the emergency room at Florida Hospital East on Lake Underhill. Well they did a good job, and my shoulder was fixed, however, it took a 4-hour wait in the ER, and I learned how much demand there is for the ER then (and today). After my rather painful first meeting with Advent Health, a lot happened. Advent Health grew and grew and grew (today a 2-digit Billion organization) and APG grew, and grew, and grew, today a multi-billion-dollar organization.
and our experience comes through the passionate dedication our employees’ channel into everything they do. Not only do I serve as a member of the Advent Health Board of Directors, our organizations collaborate in many ways such as through events, affiliations, internships and many more where our missions align. Just a little over 4 years ago, I was invited to a dinner by our Human Resources Chief, a dinner hosted by Advent Health. This dinner was to choose a company that they would champion over the following 3 years to make it the healthiest company to work for in Central Florida. I was thrilled, and surprised, to be among the 20 finalists Advent
getting Christmas cards from families saying how thankful they are for the regained physical and mental health. A great partnership made it possible. Could we had done it alone? NO. It needed our will to change the health of our team members, small moves like eliminating junk food like donuts (not all of them, but most), soda, Swiss Chocolate, and so much more. We worked out together and alone, ran 5K’s, and gathered for educational programs with the Advent Health team. We needed the coaching and insight of Advent Health, a true partnership. Advent Health, at their cost (with a portion of the $150,000
WE ARE EXCITED TO EXPAND ON OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH TRUSTED LONG-TERM PARTNERS, LIKE ADVENT HEALTH AND THE YMCA TO CREATE THE HEALTHIEST COMMUNITIES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
Health had narrowed down. I felt extremely honored when Advent Health chose the Our friendship with Advent Avalon Park Group and our Health remains strong and our collection of companies and missions are similar. Much projects, with a diverse worklike their CREATION model force of 200+ team members to (choice, rest, environment, ac- start a health journey together. tivity, trust, interpersonal rela- At the time, our senior team tionship, nutrition), our comrealized the most precious pany mission and vision focus and most important bonus we on health as a strong foundacould ever give to our teams tion. At Avalon Park Group and their families is HEALTH. our mission is to change the We found that to increase the way the world lives, learns, health of all of us would be works, and plays through priceless. And we did, with an creating healthy sustainable initial assessment was made communities and every as(weight, bloodwork, etc.), we pect thereof. There is value in started with 280 points, with carrying the principles that we the goal to improve over 3 use in designing communities years. We did very well. At into the work environment, the end of the 3 years, our encouraging our employees to score was 650. Team members maintain a healthy and balquit smoking, beat Diabetes anced life. We believe that our and obesity, got in shape, both strength is in our experience in body, and spirit. I am still
award fund) hired HealthNext, out of Philadelphia to move us from “semi-healthy” to “super healthy.” At first HealthNext was a bit skeptical, they were used to deal with the General Electric and Johnson & Johnsons of this world, but when they realized our vision is to change how people live, learn, work and play, they got really excited. The experience over the last 3 years got us to think BIGGER (by the way, we always do this at APG), how about if we can create the healthiest communities in the I-4 corridor, in Orlando, Wesley Chapel, Tavares, and Daytona. The only way to make this work is with again a partnership, but this time between you, APG, Advent Health, Health Next, the YMCA, and more! Can you
imagine telling a friend, that you live in the HEALTHIEST community in Central Florida? Can you imagine working towards living to a HEALTHY 100 years old? Anything starts with a first step....When I came to the United States some 25+ years ago to develop Avalon Park Orlando, the first letter of intent, I ever signed here in 1996 was with the YMCA, we agreed to build a Y in Avalon Park. Well, we tried, negotiated, looked at fundraising and layout, and tried, and tried, but did not come to terms. The YMCA then went to Blanchard Park. But, we did not give up. In 2004 I was sitting with the at that time CEO, Jim Ferber at lunch at Founder’s Square in Avalon Park. We talked again about how we could build a YMCA in Avalon Park. While doing so we looked at Town Center 2, under construction....and there you go, spontaneously and with a handshake, we agreed to a YMCA in that very building and opened it, almost 15 years ago. It is my belief that in order to become the healthiest community in Central Florida, we need to continue and grow our healthy partnerships. We also need a larger, better, newer Y .... and yes, we are working on it. We are in planning and design for an Olympic sized swimming pool, a boutique hotel, and a large fitness center (which we would love to be the YMCA). It could serve as the center of health in Avalon Park. We are excited to expand on our partnership with trusted long-term partners, like Advent Health and the YMCA to create the healthiest communities in Central Florida, where people can live, learn, work and play.
A Definitive Guide to the Perfect Fall Night in Your Flats Apartment Current global health issues may not quickly be changing, but the season is! Here is a list of 10 things you can do to have a cozy autumn night in your apartment. Grab a blanket and your pumpkin drink of choice and read below for a great time!
3. Visit your local Avalon Park Fall events Living in Avalon Park means there is much to look forward to in the fall season—especially the events! Visit the annual Oktoberfest celebration, complete with a beer garden and community festival (October 9th and 10th); shop local arts vendors displaying their holiday decorations, candles, and more at the Fall Craft Fair (November 14th); and get dressed in costume for the Spooktacular event (October 24th)! Also, remember to grab a bite at a Food Truck Festival (3rd Sunday of each month) or watch a Movie Under the Stars in the park with your friends and family (4th Friday of each month)! Don’t forget to wear your mask!
Sit around, talk, and let the friendly competition begin— the loser makes hot chocolate for everyone!
museums and artworks.
9. Play Dress Up One of the most fulfilling things to do is dress up for a night out. However, given 6. Go on a Picnic the current circumstances, With the season changing, there are no longer many reathe weather changes too— sons to do so. Put your selfwhat is more perfect than love and care into practice by enjoying it with a picnic? 1. Bake a Pie dressing up—full attire, hair, Gather your favorite snacks, While often overlooked by and makeup—and enjoy feelmake a meal, or find photo those who are not culinariinspiration of that charcuterie ing wonderful while looking ly-inclined, baking a pie is your best. Another option is board you’ve been dying a relatively simple process to get fully made-up in your to make, head over to the sure to get those fall feelings Halloween costume. Take park, set out a blanket, and flowing. Many types of propictures to commemorate the enjoy how the crisp, cool air duce perfect for pie baking outfit and, if you’re comfortcompliments your delicious are now in season, such as able, share them on social creations! apples, pumpkins, pears, and media! plums—all of which are 7. DIY Wine and Paint Night available at your local gro10. Invoke your Inner Child For a less costly, more socery store—as well as preFew things are more relaxing cially-distant alternative to made pie crusts. You can and comforting than indulgthe Wine and Paint Parties even make your own with a ing in something you loved we love going to, try doing few household ingredients! as a kid, so take some time to the same thing at home! All Put on your favorite fall playmake yourself feel that way you need are cheap paints list and let the oven’s again! Use your chairs, blan4. Throw yourself a Decorat- and canvases, your drink of warmth and fruits’ smells ing Party choice, and a painting tutori- kets, and cushions to make take the place of your apple a fort in your living room, Does your heart feel like fall? al or an episode of Bob Ross pie candle! Well, your apartment should for a fun night releasing your make yourself monarch, and even create a secret password too! Pick up some decoracreativity. 2. Cozy up with a good Book tions at the store or from a that others have to guess to or Film be allowed in. Allow yourself local vendor at the Fall Craft 8. Visit a Virtual Museum Lounging in your comfiest to feel silly and excited about Fair and get to work. Listen Staying home has never blanket and slippers while the leaves falling—just like to your go-to fall music been better than in the age reading a book or watching you did as a child! album and have fun with of technology—use it to a movie is a surefire way to string lights, colorful leaves, take a virtual museum tour! channel the autumn spirit! For more information on The and orange and brown decor. Famous museums such as With all the streaming opFlats, visit us online at TheDon’t stop until your place London’s British Gallery, tions available for movies looks like the Pinterest photo Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, Seoul’s FlatsAtAvalonPark.com or and accessibility to audio of your dreams! National Museum of Modern give us a call at 407-273-4337. books, E-books, and Amazon and Contemporary Art, and Prime books, finding a new 5. Have a Board Game Night many more are available piece of art to love is easier Gather up a small handful online through a quick than ever. Can’t decide what of friends and family and search. The Google Arts to read or watch? Check out have yourselves a night of and Culture online website what books are popular on games! Try blackjack, classic and mobile app also offers GoodReads.com and see board games like monopohigh-definition pictures of what movies people are rav- ly, or a new card game like artworks, virtual museum ing about on Letterboxd.com. Cards Against Humanity. tours, and augmented reality
How Seniors Can Use Social Media to Stay Connected We are very lucky to live in today’s modern age of technological advancements, where we have many social media outlets through which we can keep in regular contact with our family and friends. Now, more than ever, staying connected with our senior loved ones is vital to their mental and physical health. Whether it’s catching up via FaceTime with their children and grandchildren or reconnecting with childhood friends on Facebook Messenger, social media platforms and technology give us an invaluable portal to the rest of the world even when it feels like it’s standing still. The Benefits for Seniors Using Social Media Social media has evolved far beyond simple status updates and picture sharing. Across the various available platforms there are specialized communities, marketplaces, news, events and more. These
are all outlets where seniors can find a sense of belonging and interactivity while still staying safe and healthy through social distancing. Here are three great ways seniors can utilize social media: 1. Learning. There are many social media accounts devoted to education on various subjects, facts, and world events. YouTube, in particular, has legitimate historians and scientists with their own channels and ongoing educational content. For a more personal and connected experience, seniors can interact through book clubs and social groups via Zoom. 2. Creativity. If your senior loved one does any type of crafting or have any other marketable creative hobbies, Facebook has a marketplace feature where they can post their wares. There is also Etsy, an on-
line hub where users can set up a virtual storefront, and Pinterest where seniors can find and share creative inspiration.
Staying connected and in tune with the people we care about does not have to go by the wayside during a pandemic. Social media 3. Fun. Games not only allows seniors to bridge the bring joy and excitement; social distancing gap with they can also keep the a variety of ways to have mind sharp. Facebook fun and be involved. Here games and various game apps with social media-like at Encore at Avalon Park, we actively encourage and communication built in, foster ways for your loved like Houseparty, can help seniors enjoy a fun leisure- ones to maintain these connections by way of social ly escape, or even provide media platforms. some brain exercise with a focus on logic and inVisit Encore at Avalon tuition. You can keep the Park and see for yourself focus on safe and healthy why we’re the premier togetherness by playing senior living solution in the virtual Bingo with special seniors and fellow commu- Central Florida area. Call us today at 407-270-7500 to nity members alike. schedule a virtual tour, or for any questions you may Encore at Avalon Park: Helping Seniors Stay Con- need answered.
From the Desk of Commissioner
Maribel Gomez Cordero Dear residents of Avalon Park, On my October update I will name the main goals of Orange County in the following weeks. Orange County will continue to offer free testing with Personal Protective Equipment to residents that want to get tested. Locations around the County are changing continuously. For testing location throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19 and for all testing options, visit ocfl.net/testing. Orange County will continue to offer financial assistance to keep residents from being evicted. Our COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program is still accepting applications from landlords and tenants to help with overdue rent. Nearly $140k has been sent to landlords since the program started last month. To apply,
please call 311 or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion. Another of our main goals is assisting businesses in keeping their patrons safe, and hold them accountable. Orange County â€œStrike Teamsâ€? have visited over 2,500 businesses with an overall compliance of rate of 94%. They have also re-inspected all 3 major theme parks as well as the 11 smaller attractions. I encourage you to keep following the CDC guidelines, to wash your hands often and to keep wearing your mask. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at District4@OCFL.net and follow me on my social media. Stay safe!
Our Local Real Estate Market Update
2020’s Real Estate market has definitely been unusual. The three major factors that have defined real estate sales this year are, and will continue to be: • The uncertainty surround Covid-19, • Historically Low Interest Rates, • The Extraordinary Low Number of Homes For Sale. Data from the Orlando MLS shows: • The number of homes listed for sale dropped every month beginning in March through August of this year. For example, in August 2019 there were 232 homes for sale vs 84 in 2020 • Homes sold faster in 2020 than in 2019, the Average Number Days taken to sell. • We saw a 6% increase The Average Price of Homes Sold in 2020 compared with 2019. • Because we’ve seen Interest rates as low as 2.35%,
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homes are much more affordable. Forecast for 2021: • According to the National Association of Realtors and other economic forecasters, it’s expected that interest rates will remain low, inventory of homes for sale will be low, and therefore we can expect to see prices increase over the next 12 months. Of course, the wild card here will the effectiveness of any Covid-19 vaccine produced and it’s impact on employment and our economy. Feel free to click the link here to view a short but more detailed view of our real estate market. If you wish to discuss how this market with me, you’re welcome to John Alexandrou at Avalon Realty Group: 407-737-4410
LEARN Primrose School Update
13461 Tanja King Blvd Orlando, FL 32828 Ph: 407-737-1500 Children are naturally curious and engage in creative problem solving easily if they are provided with supportive, intentional play environments. In our new Go & Grow™ part-time program, three- and four-yearolds become confident individuals, build meaningful relationships, and learn to function successfully in school and in life through purposeful play and discovery. Incorporating key elements of Primrose's award-winning, proprietary Balanced Learning® curriculum, Go & Grow is designed for 3- and 4-year-old children and provides the highquality early education and care Primrose is known for, but with greater flexibility to meet your schedule. Give us a call to schedule a tour and learn about our stringent health and safety protocols we have in place.
In our Go & Grow program, your child will experience: •
Happy Hearts Character Development and Life SkillsSM: Our Primrose Friends puppets, starring in our original literature books, introduce and reinforce specific character traits through age-appropriate discussions, story-telling and role-playing. Your child learns and practices important skills and traits, such as compassion, sharing and generosity as they plan and participate in special Primrose Promise Giving Events. Harmony & Heart™ Music: Music is a universal language that is made up of patterns, fractions, and sequences. Your child will not only learn music skills like tone, melody, and rhythm - they'll also grow in areas like language, math and particularly, character development through the Harmony & Heart program. Primrose Early Art MastersSM Creative Arts and Expression: Visual and creative arts stimulate imagination and critical thinking skills which help in other areas of learning. Your little artist uses a variety of media, colors, and textures to express their individual creativity in their own masterpiece. Science and Engineering: Children are natural scientists and engineers. Your child ventures and explores in open-ended scientific experiences and discussions to nurture that natural sense of curiosity and inquiry.
We invite you and your child to learn more about our new Go & Grow program! https://www.primroseschools.com/balanced-learning/go-grow
Are You Registered to Vote? Don’t Wait Until Last Minute! To vote in the November election, you must be registered to vote by Monday, October 5th.
Contact: Bill Cowles Orange County Supervisor of Elections (407) 836-2070 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orange County Supervisor of Elections encourages registering to vote ahead of October deadline To vote in the November 3 general election, you must be registered to vote by Monday, October 5. However, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections does not want you to wait until the last minute. “The sooner you register to vote or update your registration, the better,” said Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections. “That way voters have no doubt that their information has been processed properly, and they can be prepared to vote whether by mail, early, or at their assigned polling place on Election Day.” To register online, visit RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. You can also download a registration form from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website, or go in person to their office or a public library. Cowles says registering early is also important for voters who moved to Florida from other states. “Every state has its own election laws, and some voters may have moved here from a state where the deadline is fifteen days before the election, or that does same-day registration, and not realize that Florida is different,” said Cowles. In Florida, the deadline to register to vote is 29 days before an election. If you are already registered to vote in Florida, you do not have to register again – although the elections office does encourage you to keep your information, like your address, up-to-date. While there is no deadline to update your address, doing so ahead of time will help you avoid delays at the polls, or ensure you can have a vote-by-mail ballot sent to you. Visit ocfelections.com or call (407) 836-2070 for more information about the upcoming election, registering to vote, requesting a vote-by-mail ballot and more. ###
Orange County Supervisor of Elections office open Saturday before book closing To vote in the November general election, you must be registered to vote by Monday, October 5. To help accommodate voters before this deadline, the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office will be open on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The office will also be open until 6 p.m. on Monday, October 5. “This is a chance for voters who cannot come in during our normal business hours to make sure they get registered before the deadline,” said Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections. “Voters can call or come in this Saturday to make sure they get registered, their information is up-to-date, or make registration updates if needed.” You can see what your ballot will look like right now by visiting ocfelections.com, on the What’s On My Ballot page. “And it’s not just the presidential race,” said Cowles. “Many local positions and issues will be on the ballot, too.” Early voting for the general election will be every day from October 19 – November 1, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Every early voting location will have a drop-box for vote-by-mail ballots during early voting hours. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 24.
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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. “Bistro” as known to the locals, is a laid back, unpretentious atmosphere that encourages our guests to settle in, get comfortable and have a great time. We are family owned and live in the community.
Eastside Bistro is a local neighborhood eatery located in the heart of downtown Avalon Park with peaceful water and fountain views. The
Check out our specials below: • Enjoy Sunday Fun Day at the Bistro with a Bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar! • Happy Hour is daily from 3:00 pm – 7:00 Park has been working vigorously to offer safe and exciting training programs that you can count on. We want to help meet the needs of you and your family.
Championship Martial Arts Lesson of the Month: “Responsibility means knowing that we are in control of our thoughts and actions. This is a crucial trait for children to develop in order to be functional, successful, and stable adults. This month at Championship Martial Arts, we will be explaining to our students the consequences or outcomes that make doing something necessary. CMA Back to School Started Pack: “Send them Back-to-School with Confidence and Focus Our Team of Rockstars here at CMA Avalon
We have taken numerous measures such as: • Implementing a Rigorous Cleaning Schedule • Temperature Checks Upon Arrival • Virtual AND In-Person Training Opportunities • Disinfecting Stations Through the Facility • Limited Capacity of Students per Class The truth is… We know how impactful Martial Arts can be for kids and teens as they begin a new school year. It’s so important that our children are in a fun and safe environment led by Leaders who truly care about their well-being. Your 1st class is 100% complimentary with no obligations. You choose if it’s Virtual or In-Person.
Avalon Park 240 has acres of wetlands, 400 acres of upland preserve, 250 acres of manmade lakes, 16 miles of walking/biking trails, parks, community ball fields, and a pool with cabana located in the center of each neighborhood village. At Encore, companionship within a community is an essentail ingredient for successful aging. Encore at Avalon Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community is in the center of a community built on the rich traditions of smalltown life. Tree-lined streets, lakes, shops, medical and professional services were designed to evoke an ideal small-town America. Avalon Park is a 1,860-acre neighborhood located in southeast Orange County, nestled beside the serene, natural surroundings of the Econolockhatchee River.
Additionally, Encore is located in the heart of Downtown Avalon Park, which boasts more than 90 shops, restaurants, and professional services within a short walking distance. Encore residents will also be able to enjoy regular community events located just outside their front door. Encore enjoys partnerships with community groups, such as Avalon Dance, Avalon Park YMCA, NeuroRestorative, and Florida Hospital, which allow us access to superior services and activities.
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pm (Drink specials only). We offer a full bar with tons of seating and strive to be your local go-to “cheers” bar. Mondays: Kids Eat Free with Purchase of an Adult Entree & BINGO at 7:00 pm Tuesdays: 1/2 off Gourmet Burgers with the Purchase of a Beverage (Dine-In Only) Thursdays: Trivia at 7:00 pm Fridays / Saturdays: Live Music (Updates on Facebook!)
“Avalon Park Parents! Is your little one struggling with confidence or feeling overwhelmed with school? Get them out of the house for this fun, SAFE, and educational event! CMA Avalon Park is inviting your child to participated in an exciting class devoted to building a child’s confidence in today’s world. At this FREE Community Event, your child will: • Break a real Karate Board • Learn to Feel Confident in Real Life Situations & So Much More! “Try a Free Class today! Call us at 407-275-1700 Focus – Confidence – Respect – Self Discipline!” “Get active. Release some steam. Stay healthy! Our Kids Martial Arts program is a great way for your child to learn Responsibility, stay Active, gain Practical Self-Defense knowledge, and Have FUN!“
In the tradition of Downtown Avalon Park, this 3-story building is made up of 6 neighborhoods each with 15 apartments. Sixty total apartments will be dedicated to memory care and thirty units will be focused on assisted living. Each neighborhood has its own entry, dining room, living room, family room, porch, and spa access. Additionally, the assisted living and memory care community consists of a community outreach room, outdoor plaza, wellness area, and an occupational and physical therapy facility. The building is centrally oriented around a secured landscape courtyard composed of fountains, trellis’ and seating all under a canopy of oak trees. For more information on Encore, visit us online or call 407-270-7500.
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Meet the Member
Interview with Dr. André Fuchs from the Straumann Group The 5th Floor is an international collaborative pro-work space where members are able to enjoy international collaboration benefits in our 5th Floor locations and connections throughout the world. We would like to introduce you to Switzerland member, Dr. André Fuchs. How did you come to Straumann? Personal contacts were important in this regard. This was triggered by the closure of BASF’s Basel research center and the opportunity for me to continue working with 3D printing technology at Straumann. Could you give us a short overview of Straumann? Straumann is a leading provider in esthetic dentistry, founded by the Straumann family as a research institute in 1954.
Today, Straumann is a global, agile, entrepreneurial powerhouse in dentistry; the company is present in over 100 countries through 40 sales subsidiaries. What makes Straumann future-oriented? Our company is always on the cutting edge and invests into new technologies, i.e. digital data processing for the production of individual dental products (no more tedious imprints, but scanning with intraoral scanners) or in the development of new materials for dental
products. Straumann is a company founded and based in Basel. What do you particularly appreciate about this region? I appreciate the contact to people who have come to Basel from different regions of the world. The geographical location in the border triangle between Switzerland, Germany and France offers great opportunities for excursions and getting to know your neighbors. I have been enjoying working in Basel for almost 20 years.
4 Reasons to Think About Coworking Working in the same location using the same methods is effective for some, but can be a quick way to burn-out for others. Here are a few reasons why you should consider coworking. 1. Autonomy over your Workspace and Place Traditional office settings have you working at the same time, at the same place, every single day. This rigidity may be helpful at times, but can often stifle your ideas and ability to put forth your best work. Coworking allows for a change in pace and location, which aids in
an increase of creativity and freedom for your mind to roam. 2. Connections While working in a typical office, it is likely that you have already come to know and connect with your coworkers—even if you are separated by desks, rooms, or cubicles. Coworking helps to reduce feelings of isolation by relocating you and your coworkers at the center, allowing for more meaningful connections to be made. Moreover, working at an entirely new location with new people fosters even more
communication and connection, which is great for establishing a greater network and creating more visibility for your business. 3. Opportunities for Collaboration This ties in with the previous reason, connections, brought about by coworking. Working in a new environment allows for new networks to be created, which, in turn, can create new and unexpected opportunities to work with other people and businesses. This benefits all parties and businesses involved.
4. Reduced Costs and Flexibility Rather than buying or leasing an entire office, coworking allows for less money to be spent on space, which then generates more money for allocation for other sectors of business. This reduces the pressure of leases that are long-term, and many coworking spaces have amenities such as printing services, cleaning staff, internet accessibility, and other things that eat up much of the cost of a business. All of these things are great for any business— especially local, small, or startups.
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East Orlando Chamber Presents Coffee Club East: Live and In-Person After months of various virtual events, the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce (EOCC) is presenting their first face-to-face event since March: Coffee Club East at 8:30am on Thursday, October 1, 2020 hosted by Bonefish Grill Lake Underhill. The Chamber is eager to provide this networking event at no cost to its members thanks to Duke Energy, and a budget friendly $10 to non-members who would like to experience the creative and lively benefits of the Chamber. In this long-awaited edition of a face-to-face Coffee Club, attendees will start their day with a laugh as they become contestants in a Chamber rendition of the quick-wit game Family Feud, connect with familiar and new faces, and enjoy hot coffee provided by Panera Bread. Coffee Club East serves as a tool to build new, lasting relationships between business owners while also strengthening the com-
munity within East Orlando’s 440 sq. mile corridor. President/ CEO, Andrew Cole, says “our Chamber is a family, we’re always thinking outside the box to provide our members with creative and engaging events that allow them to create genuine bonds”. Both current and prospective members can expect to be swiftly integrated into the community, while taking advantage of the business tools presented to them. In compliance with CDC regulations, space is limited, registration and masks are required. To register, guests can visit https://www.eocc.org. The East Orlando Chamber of Commerce strives to be the leading source of business advocacy, community engagement, and regional connectivity for the 440 miles of East Orange County. The chamber provides members with various resources such as, but not limited to, professional development, networking opportunities, educational programs, and health benefits for business owners and employees. For more information visit https://www.eocc. org.
Thriving Businesses During COVID-19 Most of the time we as consumers, go to a business to get a product or service, but never really take the time to hear their story. Over the past few months Dorothy Hardee, Chamber Administrator, and I started visiting our members to check in on them during the pandemic. With iPhones in hand we asked our members to tell us about their business. We now have recorded over fifty member shout out videos hearing about their products and services and I’d like to share a few of their stories, which may not have been captured on camera. We spoke with Laurie Franks, owner of Your CBD Store - Waterford Lakes, she was a former nurse who saw many people suffering with chronic pain, and saw how doctors prescribed script after script to patients to help with their pain. She knew there had to be a better way. She knew that there were alternative medicines which could possibly help one’s situation. She herself had pain issues and researched other ways to manage her condition. With her passion to help others she opened her own shop. She was first located in Union Park, after about a year she was struggling. The COVID pandemic provided an opportunity. A business had closed in Waterford Lakes Town Center and she was able to get out of her lease from the location in Union Park and jumped on this opportunity. When we visited her, she had just moved in the
month prior and her sales had already surpassed her previous revenue and to mention this was without any signage. Tuff Shed on Colonial Drive was another member who posted a Hot Deal on the Chamber Website and had five potential clients call within the first hour of the post. When speaking with Neil Haddox, he had been concerned how the pandemic would affect their business, unemployment, employees being furloughed, and folks working from home. Many people who were at home used this opportunity to work on honey do lists, fix things up around the house and get organized so, people purchased sheds. As the pandemic prolonged and companies shifted their models to a stay at home workforce and people needed more space. Tuff Shed answered the call buy promoting storage sheds as remote offices. As the schools shifted to virtual learning and some parents decided to home school their children, Tuff Shed promoted their structures as a backyard schoolhouse. We learned these structures can withstand 150 mile an hour winds, have hinges which hold a 450 pound load and customization includes windows, electric, insulated walls and more. Taking a tour of their factory and watching these structures get built, it amazed me that you don’t need a crane or take down the fence to get one set up in the back yard. They are modular and assembled on sight. This
business has taken the economic downturn and grown their profits. PDQ, a fast-casual restaurant, was another visit. We have all heard how restaurants have been hurt by reduced capacity, carry out only and lack of dine in guests. This business took the opportunity while being closed to reevaluate their processes and procedures. They simplified the menu, reworked execution, and figured out how to do more with less. Now they are even more profitable than pre-COVID times and have been able to focus more time on giving back to the community and the area schools. Brennen Broyles, Operating Director, gave us a tour of the kitchen before they opened for an inside look at how they prepare the food. We learned that PDQ stands for People Dedicated to Quality, which is evident when you see the passion and care his staff put into making your meal. Hand breaded tenders, marinated chicken done on sight, only items brought in frozen are the fries. We also learned another fun tidbit that the patrons in the Waterford Lakes area. They love the Limited Time Offers (LTO). This location leads the company in nationwide sales of these unique items, from the Strawberry Pop Tart Milkshake, Sweet Potato Waffle Fries with marshmallow dipping sauce, to the Chicken Tender Milkshake, yes a blended up chicken tender in a milkshake. You go East
Orlando!!! As many of us hear the daily depressing news about COVID, there are positive narratives which are being overshadowed and there are many. I encourage you to visit the East Orlando Chamber YouTube Channel to hear from our local businesses. I also encourage you to go and patronize a local business. Even though some may have a corporate name, they contribute back to our community, our local businesses live in and support our local economy. As you can, get out and patronize a local business and give them a minute, ask them about their story and take an active role in your business community. If you are interested in learning more about the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce or would like to have your business showcased, contact us to discuss the options. We work with you to elevate your business and provide opportunities. We’d love to discuss your business objectives and how the the Chamber 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.
OUC and City of Orlando Launch First-ofIts-Kind Electrified Dealer Program Partnership promotes EV adoption, supports OUC’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 As part of National Drive Electric Week, OUC – The Reliable One, in partnership with the City of Orlando and Electrification Coalition, is launching an Electrified Dealers Program that’s focused on expanding consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in Central Florida. Through direct engagement with dealers – and by offering rebates – OUC seeks to improve the purchasing experience and reduce barriers to EV ownership. As a critical part of its strategic plan, OUC is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with interim targets of 50% carbon emissions reduction by 2030 and 75% by 2040 from 2005 levels. EVs play a critical role in meeting those milestones, and as this market continues to expand in the region, OUC is working to ensure dealers will be ready to meet demand. Car dealerships’ sales staffs will receive incentives for selling EVs, a notable first for dealerships in the region. Customers will continue to have access to OUC purchasing rebates, as well as EV educational content. “Electric vehicles (EV) are gaining traction and becoming more common on our roads but for some buyers there can be myths or misconceptions to overcome, and who better to help educate customers than car dealers,” said Linda Ferrone, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer for OUC. “We believe these vehicles will be a major part of Central Florida’s transportation future, and we’re
proud to partner with the City of Orlando and the Electrification Coalition to launch a program that supports the adoption of a greener region.” The Electrified Dealer Program builds upon previous EV initiatives and programming by OUC, including the Consumer EV Rebate Program and Charge-It Commercial EV Charging Service. Through those efforts, EV adoption and available public charging infrastructure grew markedly, making Orlando one of the “Top 10 Most EV-ready Cities” in the nation. Additionally, Orange County was recognized as a “Top Tier” performer in the League of Women Voters of Florida Summer 2020 EV Report Card, thanks in part to OUC’s leadership in electrification. OUC anticipates having nearly 300 EV chargers in its service territory by the first quarter of 2021, including a new 22-port EV charging hub slated for installation on Robinson Street near I-4 in downtown Orlando. OUC’s Electrified Dealer Program began October 1, 2020, with a goal to bring 500 new EVs to area roads by next fall. Participating dealerships will be required to meet a variety of conditions to ensure the best-possible EV customer experience, including availability of on-site charging, participation in EV customer engagement training by OUC EV Specialists, and involvement in active media promotion of EV options to customers.
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Breast Cancer Prevention
The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer. It’s on every woman’s mind, and for good reason. The American Cancer Society reports that breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, excluding skin cancers. For every eight women, one will develop the disease in her lifetime. But we hope to protect you by turning worrisome thoughts into positive actions with risk-reducing advice and recommendations from Dr. Catherine Sue Hwang, one of our leading radiation oncologists who specializes in breast cancer.
shown to be consistently higher in women who drink alcohol compared to those that do not. In addition, your risk goes up as you consume more alcohol. Abstaining would be the best way to minimize your overall risk. 3. Don’t smoke. In addition to causing lung cancer and heart disease, smoking can also increase your risk for breast cancer. So throw away those cigarettes and breath in some fresh air.
4. Go for screening mammograms at least once a year. Routine imaging of the breasts should begin at the Dr. Hwang shares some tips age of 40 for those that are on how to reduce your risk considered at average risk of of developing the disease as breast cancer. Imaging may well as strategies for detectbegin earlier, or addition ing it early. imaging may be needed for those at a high risk, such as 1. Get active and eat healthy. women with a strong family Being overweight or obese history of the disease or those can increase your risk of with known genetic mutadeveloping breast cancer. Try tions. to get at least 30 minutes of exercise four to five times a 5. Examine your own week. Eating a diet that high breasts. in plants can also help lower Breasts are normally lumpy your chances. and bumpy which is why many women tend to shy 2. Drink less (or no) alcohol. away from self-examinations. Breast cancer risk has been But routine self-exams will
help you become familiar with your normal lumps and bumps, so that you will know when something new develops. If you are uncertain or have concerns about what you are feeling, make sure to follow-up with your doctor immediately. 6. Know Your Health Numbers. Your annual physical provides an opportunity for your doctor to establish baseline information he/she can use for comparison purposes in future physical exams. Because even small changes can indicate potentially serious problems, an annual physical can detect an illness before it begins or during its early stages when treatment can be less invasive. When you’re ready, we’re ready. We are open and taking every precaution to keep you safe and well, including social distancing, temperature scanning, masks worn by staff and visitors and frequent cleaning. As you take the steps needed to get your life and health care back on track, we’re here to help you.
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Managing Anxiety During Times of Uncertainty Anxiety and fear are real and part of everyone’s daily life. Anxiety has the opportunity to push us forward in life in productive ways or it can cause paralysis and can keep us stuck and unproductive. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and family specialist, I have seen an increase in anxiety for administrators, teachers, parents and students as they each try to navigate the uncertainty of going back to school in the midst of a pandemic. Whether a child goes back to school or chooses to learn online, all students and parents are faced with their own unique set of stressors. Life during a pandemic is filled with uncertainty, not just in terms of school related decisions, but all kinds of decisions which are not going anywhere any time soon. While many things remain outside of our control, our mindset is key to coping and managing our fears, our feelings and an uncertain future. For many of us, the way we cope with uncertainty is to worry, and worrying can make it seems like we have some control over uncertain circumstances. We often fuel our worry by listening to everything in the media, thinking that more knowledge will somehow help us control our future. Chronic worry cannot give us more control; instead, it just robs us of enjoyment in the present, drains our energy, and keeps us up at night. My encouragement to parents right now is, first, to recognize that your children tend to mirror your emotionality, so be sure you are regulating your own emotions well. Secondly, empower yourself with the
confidence and courage that you are making the best decision for your children, even if others around you are making different choices. Thirdly, teach your children coping strategies so they can better manage their own fears and anxiety.
Healthy Ways to Cope with Uncertainty and Anxiety TIP #1: Focus on the things you can control While learning to focus on the things you can control, it is equally important to let go of the things you cannot control. While you cannot control the spread of the virus, you can control yourself. The following strategies with help ground you with tangible ways of controlling yourself. 1. Maintain a Routine Rather than spending time worrying about thing you cannot change, work at creating a structure and routine for yourself. Structure and routine provide a person a sense of normalcy and security during times of uncertainty and it helps us manage the anxieties around us as we recognize that we do have control of ourselves.
attention of good self - care: better eating habits, sleeping habits, exercise, and meaningful connections with others. These disciplines empower us to take control of what we can control which gives us more courage and stamina to face the challenges we face in the midst of uncertainly. 3. Stay Connected It is in the context of meaningful relationships that we grow and change. With the isolation that many have experienced during Covid 19, there has been a rise in depression, anxiety, loneliness and even hopelessness. We have to learn how to initiate and connect in new ways and work hard at this in order to manage the uncertainty around us. It is easier to manage our challenges when we have a team of family and friends around to support us.
TIP #2: Focus on the present Uncertainty often triggers worries about the future and all the bad things we can anticipate happening. When we worry about the future it can fuel feelings such as despair, depression, anxiety and hope2. Take Care of Your Body lessness as well as exaggerate and Spirit the scope of the problem, parWhen creating a structure and alyzing us from taking action. routine for yourself, choose Instead of trying to predict to put’ life-giving’ experiencwhat might happen in the es in your schedule. Rather future or ruminating on the than laying around moping or things you might be afraid of, engaging in passive entertain- switch your attention to what ment, get out and move tois happening in your present ward something enjoyable and reality. active. This creates the elevation of dopamine in the brain 1. Practice Mindfulness which helps to regulate mood Mindfulness is a practice that and improves overall emocan shift your preoccupation tional well - being. It is equal- with future worries to a stronly important during times ger appreciation of the present of uncertainty to focus your moment, as well as help calm
your mind, ease your stress, and boost your overall mood. One example for practicing mindfulness is being aware of all your senses; what are you seeing hearing, smelling, and touching in the present moment and engaging in those things, allowing the present experience to calm you and energize you. Another example is to shift your focus to your breathing and then emptying your mind of all negative thoughts and then replacing the negative thoughts with positive one. One of the best ways that I practice mindfulness is by going on a walk and listening to specific songs from my play list that shape my mindset to the present and the positive, allowing me to let go of the negative, the worries and the future uncertainties. 2. Practice Gratitude When we choose to give thanks in one small thing at a time, the moments add up. Giving thanks is something we have to learn to practice and when we do the results are positive because giving thanks allows up to shift our mind-set from what we don’t have to all that we do have; or from what we are worried about to what is going on right now in the moment. The personal benefits of practicing gratitude is a sense of peace and joy rather than fear and anxiety. Nancy A. Johnson, EdD, LMHC Orlando Counseling Specialists 3662 Avalon Park E. Blvd Suite 2021 Orlando, FL. 32828 407-902-9250
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What Care Managers Can Do What are Care Managers?
from where we should be.
Care Managers, or Geriatric Care Managers, also known as an Elder Care or Aging Care Managers, represent a growing trend to help family caregivers provide care for loved ones living close by or living far away. Often times, we see senior living alone with some or very limited support. Their family may be far away, a spouse may have passed, and friends may not be local or in well enough to take over. Unfortunately, if a senior has been living alone and isolated for too long, their mental and even physical state can begin to decline rapidly.
How Can Care Managers Help Your Family?
Care managers help family members find better and more efficient ways of providing care for a loved one. The concept is simple. The family hires a professional adviser to act as a guide through the maze of longterm care services and providers. The care manager visits as many times as they need. The initial visit is typically the longest as the care manager performs a thorough assessment to include but not limited to: inspection of the home to make sure the senior is in a safe living environment, accurate mediCare managers are particularly useful in helping family cations or to set up additional services like home health members and seniors find the right services along with if needed. organizing all doctor visits, At North Star Cares, we can medication management, also assist in locating an asand other health-related sisted living or memory care aids. if the senior is no longer safe living by themselves. 24/7 Care managers should be home care can be an option; something every family takes advantage of, but in re- however, this tends to add ality, very few families know up very quickly upwards to to use them. Sadly, itâ€™s is not $13k or more each month. The average cost for assisted talked about in the range of living starts at $3500/month. health care services. Many doctors do not know to Hiring a care manager recommend to families and should be no different than even though itâ€™s a growing trend, we are still quite away hiring an attorney to help
with legal problems or a CPA to help with tax problems. Most people donâ€™t attempt to solve legal problems on their own, just like the use of professional tax advice can be an invaluable investment. The same is true of using a care manager when it comes to ensuring their beloved loved one is being taken care of. Having one individual be the point of contact for all health-related services is a real life-saver for many families. It eliminates most of that confusion when trying to keep up with several phone numbers of different companies. Family members have peace of mind that one individual is ensuring their senior loved one is being taken care of, whether it is through home health services, home safety evals, accurate medication management, or companionship.
North Star Cares is Here for You We know there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to caring for a loved one. Our dedicated team of compassionate and experienced care managers wants to help you through the aging process! To learn more about North Star Cares and our team of care managers, visit northstarsa.com. There, you can fill out a form to have an experienced care manager call you at your convenience or you may reach us directly at 407-796-1582.
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Tips to Stay Healthy and Active for the Whole Family
It’s important to ensure your child stays healthy and active. With school starting back up, it can be difficult to fit healthy living into your family’s busy routine. But how can you keep your child active, engaged, and healthy, all while having fun? There are a few simple ways to add healthy habits to your whole family’s daily lives, and these tips from a wellness expert will explore safe, fun ways to incorporate activity and nutrition for all ages! In recognition of healthy, active youngsters, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor at the YMCA of Central Florida Jessica Porritt, has some foolproof tips to protect your child’s health. 1. Practice what you preach! As parents, you may often feel as if you never have enough time. But did you know that it’s recommended adults complete up to 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day? With your busy schedule, it’s important to find times throughout the day when you can exercise. The best part is, once your kids see you doing it, they’ll want to do it too! If you participate in daily physical activity, even if it’s broken up into 10- to 15-minute increments, your kids will see that exercise can be a normal part of their day. Kids should complete an hour or more of physical activity every day, so a great way to get it done is to get the whole family involved. Set expectations for yourself and your children so you can all celebrate accomplishments and achieve goals together! 2. Think outside the box.
Exercise is often watered down to whatever you can complete in a gym. But when it comes to keeping kids active and healthy, they can engage in a variety of activities that activate their muscles and their minds! Recently, parents and kids alike had to get creative with ways to stay moving in and around the house. Fun activities you can do as a family include sports like basketball, softball, and kickball, but you can also try unique games like hop scotch, or other activities like going on walks, hiking nature trails, and much more. If you’re looking to multi-task, another uncommon exercise can be active chores! Sweeping, vacuuming, and other tasks around the house can get your kids away from their screens and take a few items off your to-do list at the same time. 3. Make nutrition a family activity. Trips to the grocery store are often less than glamorous,
especially from a kid’s perspective, but you can get your child involved in how you shop for food and have a hand in their own nutrition. From reading nutrition facts labels to shopping the perimeter of the store where fresh, healthier ingredients are usually found, your kids will be more enthusiastic about healthy eating if they feel involved. Another activity to try with your family is to locate your nearest farmer’s market and pay a visit. Kids can select fresh ingredients, and throwing them together in the kitchen can be a family affair. Shopping for, cooking, and eating healthy foods together can help everyone at the table feel involved in the family’s healthy lifestyle. As we all navigate this new normal, it’s vital to prioritize your family’s health. Kids need healthy options for activities and meals to keep them engaged and active, and the whole family can benefit from
healthier habits. Try these tips with your family to promote a healthy lifestyle in your home! Ensuring your family stays active and engaged is the first step to protecting your child’s health. Jessica Porritt is a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor at the Roper YMCA. She received a Bachelor’s in Health Fitness and Preventative and Rehabilitative Programs at Central Michigan University. She has been a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor since 2012. The YMCA of Central Florida is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening our community. For more healthy living tips, recipes, and youth programs, please visit ymcacf.org.
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A Change of Place
A look into place, pace and a neighborhood’s walks of life. When thinking about the ways in which conventional suburban developments and traditional neighborhood developments differ, the answers lie in the mixeduse aesthetic of the latter—an important concept discussed in the previous article, “How Would You Like to Grow?” which discusses the primary differences between conventional suburbia and traditional neighborhoods. A key feature of traditional neighborhood developments is, again, the idea of “mixed-use” planning: the residential, institutional, and commercial arranged in a way that they intersect and create larger opportunities to foster connections among people. On an even smaller scale, then, we can outline the very basics upon which mixed-use, traditional neighborhood developments rely. These basics, or fundamental components of traditional neighborhoods, all serve the pedestrian in building a successfully “walkable” place, or a place whose recreational and functional parts can be easily accessed via foot. They also contribute to the larger sense of community, displacing the suburban anonymity common in conventional suburban developments. Perhaps the most basic building block of traditional neighborhoods are
gence from the cookie-cutter homes of conventional suburbia, people of all social and economic strata are able to live, work, and function in traditional neighborhoods. From apartment buildings, to units for living above businesses, to townhomes, to houses, traditional neighborhoods cater to many economic blocks, or simply streets. into the idea of “conclasses. Again, the word acAs briefly mentioned, con- text-based” street design, cessibility is useful: many ventional suburbia was or an ideology types of living arrangeanonymous, essentially which suggests that streets ments means many types isolated; everything built in should respond to land-use of people living in a neighits own separate pod with and the commercial, instiborhood, leading to a nea necessity for automobiles tutional, and residential cessity for multiple schools to reach other destinations. needs of an area. Instituand places of worship. This Traditional neighborhoods tionally speaking, this con- true diversity is something have fully strayed from cept of designing streets to achieved only by a tradithis concept, opting instead maximize movement while tional neighborhood dedfor “shared also providing natural icated to its inhabitants, space” streets, which trans- environmental buffers is making for an increasingly forms streets from serving what allows for varied population to occua purpose of optimal vespaces like schools and py schools and places of hicular mobility to public places of worship to be worship. Due to this close spaces that serve many accessible. In a traditional proximity of dense resisocial and economic funcneighborhood, it is often dential housing, traditional tions while also contributthe case that there is an el- neighborhoods create an ing to the ementary school, a middle ideal mix of uses for daily nature of a community. school, and a high school needs. Again, a mixedIt is said that, on average, all relative to one anothuse community allows for people are willing to walk er—close enough to walk, accessibility and closeness ¼ of a mile before deciding but far enough so as not to to necessities such as placto drive. While traditionovercrowd one particular es for medical and finanal neighborhood develarea. Similar is the case for cial needs, grocery stores, opments cannot achieve places of worship, whetharts like music and dance what some cities can, such er it be churches, temples, studios, gas stations, and as a public transportation mosques, or other professional businesses. system and corner stores religious settings. Later, in a new article, we on every block, neighborwill delve further into the hoods can and do offer a Now, it is important to idea of complete streets, public space—whether a bring up how and why how they are constructed, pool, park, school, or anmultiple places of schooland the ways in which they other public space—within ing and worship are efcontribute to multiple fac¼ of a mile. fective in a traditional ets of traditional neighborneighborhood. Due to their hood developments. These ideas, then, blend accessibility and diver-
The Kiwanis Club of Avalon Park
The Kiwanis Club of Avalon Park has kicked off the 2020-21 school year with resuming several of their programs with the local schools. Some of the including sponsoring K-Kids at all of the elementary schools, Builders clubs in the middle schools and Key Club at Timber Creek as well as East River and Lake Nona as well as CKI at UCF. Most of these clubs are still very active in serving the community with projects as well as holding virtual meetings.
and the special teacher of the month awards at each school. The weekly Kiwanis reading program is resuming as the club is working with some of the elementary schools on a virtual reading session on Thursdays.
The Club also resumed it’s Kiwanis Terrific Kids awards at all of the elementary and middle schools,
The American Legion and its Founding Pillars: National Security
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 II: National Security
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 exposed this nation’s vulnerabilities and magnified the importance of this value - not only for military veterans, but for all Americans. Since then, The American Legion has passed national resolutions supporting and reconfirming its support for the Global War on Terrorism and for all who have critical responsibilities in fighting it: the White House; Congress; departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security; and, foremost, the troops and civilians protecting U.S. interests at home and abroad from terrorist acts. The American Legion’s national security position is multi-faceted. Key aspects include: • Ensuring a well-funded, well-equipped, and well-trained military. • Focusing awareness and surveillance on rogue nations, terrorist groups and global threats to U.S. security around the world. • Supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and urging its steadfast protection of U.S. borders, ports, and other entry points. • Enabling a decent quality of life for troops and their fami-
lies – active duty and reserve-component alike – that includes reasonable compensation, benefits, health care, childcare, and family support programs. • Providing an efficient and compassionate healing and transition program for wounded, ill or injured warriors. Also, within the Legion’s national security pillar is the Foreign Relations Commission that works closely with the Department of State to seek peaceful solutions to conflicts around the world, and to advance the goals of U.S. foreign policy. The American Legion’s national security positions include these key areas: • Strong National Defense • Military Quality of Life • Homeland Security • Immigration Enforcement • Foreign Relations • Full Accounting of American POW/MIAs If you are a military veteran and would like to learn more about The American Legion, visit us at www.avalonparkpost409.org.
It’s Time To Get Off The Davenport And Shed The Quarantine 15! I saw the doc for the first time since Covid-19 disrupted our very existence. He gave me the long face, but I was thrilled that I only gained nine pounds since last year’s physical. Unfortunately, that nine pounds had a surprisingly negative affect on my internal plumbing and lab results. BP was slightly higher, clothes were fitting more snugly, Cholesterol markers were up, Uric Acid jumped, and worst of all blood sugar was elevated. I am not a fan of taking prescription meds, primarily because I am cheap. Just because I own Merck stock doesn’t mean I want to pay their retail pharmacy prices. And no way am I capable of injecting myself with insulin each daily.
consumed) must be 500 calories to lose one pound in a week. Doable if you know what your true calorie burn rate is…otherwise it’s a guess. Here are a couple of other significant considerations at my ripe old age. In addition to pure weight loss, I have to consider my health conditions. I have osteoarthritis so I need foods to help reduce my joint inflammation. Most importantly, I am too cantankerous to just give up foods I like; restrictive diets are the proverbial dawg that don’t hunt. Besides, no one wants to be around me when I’m han-
your burn rate also reduces. That’s right, the less you weigh, less calories you can consume. Activity must increase to offset the difference if you want to stay at the same calorie intake level. My estimated daily calorie burn rate is 2,930 (+/- 5%) which includes moderate activity. At 1,800 calories per day, I should lose 2 pounds per week. This amount is pretty easily attained, but alcohol and bored eating must be severely restricted. I am actually able to average closer to 1,400 per day, so I grant myself rewards once or twice per week like a glass of Chardonnay with a nice meal.
If Family Feud asked the secret to losing weight the number one answer would be, “Eat fewer calories than you burn.” Right? While that may be true, calculating individual’s base calorie rate is scientific and unique to that person. It is fact that 3,500 calories equal one pound. To apply this weight loss, our daily calorie deficit (calories needed minus calories
3. Developing a meal plan is complicated. First, you must target the time of day you can devour your carefully chosen calories. If you’re like me, I can’t stand to be hungry, so I am a “snacker.” I have divided my calories into four buckets – breakfast (25% of daily calories), lunch (35%), dinner (25%) and snacks (15%). I research intermittent fasting and how it is effective for burning fat. I adopted the 14/10 method which has been easy for me. I start my timer following my dinner which is usually around 6:00PM, and don’t eat breakfast until 8:00AM the next morning. I confine my eating to a 10-hour period each day. I have coffee with cream when I get up – but nothing sugary to spike blood insulin!
When I was younger, losing nine pounds was nothing. I could cut out the beer, burgers, and wings, crank up my gym time and voilà! These days, not so much. Now I just think about drinking a beer and I have to loosen up my belt. So, what to do? Being a zealot pour la cause du jour with an eternal quest for knowledge, I turned the idea of slenderizing into a research project. I amused myself with illusions of writing the next great get-fit treatise. But not just a diet book, a change your life book for quinquagenarians and older. Something Richard Simmonsesque like “Don’t Be 50 and Fat!” A plan for those of us whose bones creak like a hundred-year-old wooden floor and whose metabolism rate has fallen like the anvil Wiley Coyote dropped trying to get the Roadrunner. A guide for those who think a triathlon is a 6-pack, pizza, and football game.
and have to eat on the road. A pre-prescribed, pre-packaged box lunch will not feed my cravings. It is crucial that it is food you love for this lifestyle change to last. This must be an adventure, not something you dread.
gry. With writing as my avocation, I started my Top Five list of must dos for losing the Quarantine 15. It can certainly be accomplished, and without as much sacrifice as I imagined. I am down 13 pounds for September, but these were the easy pounds to lose. Since retiring from my sports career several years back following my last knee surgery, I have been packing on pounds at a rate of 10 pounds per year. My target is losing 50 pounds, by April 17, 2021. (Remember: Goals must be measurable and committed to writing). 1. To begin, I estimated my daily calorie burn rate on several online calculators – just Google it. The calculations consider age, height, current weight, and lifestyle. As your weight drops,
Alcohol is a triple whammy. First, your body metabolizes booze first – before fat calories are burned. Next, it’s hard to measure alcohol intake (How much you actually quaffed is tough to measure when your favorite bartender gives you the “big tipper” pour!). Lastly, those generous pours give me the munchies which are all bad calories! Avoid the Goldfish and pretzels! 2. Next, I studied the right types of foods I can enjoy for my new lifestyle. I made a list of foods I enjoy, those with antioxidants (which includes dark chocolate!), foods that lessen joint inflammation (try Turmeric), and food prep is also essential. There are days when I can spend hours in the kitchen. Other days, I am traveling
And finally, my calories are spread 50% good fats / 30% proteins / 20% carbs. Keeping this ratio can be challenging. A good steak will explode the fat grams count, and fruits and vegetables contain healthy carbs (gone are the scorned bread, potatoes, rice, and sugar!) Chicken breasts and fish help keep things in check. There are myriad of spices and healthy sauces, so you never run out of variety! ...continue reading on our blog.
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. 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
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Darren Fink By: Kayla Buchholz, Avalon Mail Center
managing their issues via the Harry Potter series. Their son had a strong connection with the Harry Potter series and thus the blog was born and then the formation of the nonprofit. The nonprofitâ€™s Media Review Service is a handy tool for parents and children to discuss books, movies, and video games help in coping with past traumas. These types of media are also discussed and analyzed for material that may be triggering for children. Darren Fink, local author and co-founder of the nonprofit Transfiguration Adoption has a new book to share with our community.
Both the book and blog have helped families foster a nurturing and positive environment. Readers can purchase the book through their website: www.magicalcreaturs.com as well as at Amazon.com. We invite our readers to follow them @TransfigurAdopt and @magicalcreaturs on social media.
Being a frequent customer to Avalon Mail Center, I wanted to get to know about him, his organization, and his new book. His book A Guide to Magical Creatures Around Your Home aims to help children cope with trauma through imaginative play. Darren If you like a signed copy, drop off your book on Saturdays at Avalon Mail Center and we will get it Fink and his wife Margie Fink are adoptive parents who are familiar with the difficulties that come along signed by author Darren Fink for you. with adopting and fostering children. Margie has a degree in psychology and Darren is certified in counseling with a background in the arts. Together, they have supportive volunteers and staff members to help introduce a little magic back into foster childrenâ€™s lives. The nonprofit came about when their children wanted to start a blog to reach out to the community of foster children and their families to assist them in
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Evan Powers
Submitted By: Wesley Roy, Evan Powers, and Rebecca Rosario
gifted with moments of clarity and joy. Their reactions range from a simple smile, to engaging conversation, to memory sharing, to dancing and playing instruments. These moments bring incredible joy to the residents and leave a very importantt mark on the students. Goals of this project include changing studensts’ attitudes toward the elderly, connecting students and elders through shared music experiences, brightening the days of elders living with dementia, inspiring students to continue in community service, and Evan Powers serves as the Chorus Director at Avalon Middle School where he teaches his students the ins and giving the students greater confidence, allowing them to feel a sense of purpose, and helping them to better unouts of singing, music, mostly importantly, loves for derstand themselves. themselves, each other, and service to their community. One of his numerous community service Evan Power is a gifted and dedicated teacher who has endeavors is Songbird project, an incredible program where 7th and 8th grade students share music had a tremendous impact on his school, the surrounding community, and the field of music and establish relationships with elders living with deeducation at the state and national levels. He has mentia. Students begin with a 4-5 week presented on Songbird numerouse times and training period that includes dementia education, created step-by-step tutorials so others can hands-on dementia simulation and empathy implement this program in their own schools and comtraining, a “meet and greet” with the elders, and introduction to popular music of different areas and decades. munities. He often travels to conduct honor choirs and inspire students around the country with his innate joy Following this training, students are partnered with Memory Care Residents at Encore at Av- of music and service. we are very lucky to have him here in Avlon Park! lon Park, where they find out the residents’ favorite music and then work to share this music (through recordings or singing) with the residents, listen to stories, and build relationships. At the final session, the students bring the residents a personal card and gift. The results of Songbird are breathtaking- people who disease has taken away their ability to fully and authentically express themselves are
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