Avalon Park Sun Wesley Chapel November Edition

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KEEPING THE NEWS LOCAL.... AND THE COMMUNITY CONNECTED.

VOLUME 1 EDITION 7

NOVEMBER 2020

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Avalon Park Wesley Chapel, Time for Wine and Chef Ghada to host Holiday Food & Wine Pairing Event! Join us on November 18th from 6 to 8 PM for a special holiday Food and Wine Pairing event at Avalon Park WesleyEvent Calendar virtual Chapel!

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of the featured wine in advance to share in the experience. Make sure to RSVP to the event by contacting Time for Wine’s Cheryl Visalli at Cheryl@ timeforwine.net or fill out the event form here by November 12th. Limited seating is available.

This event promises to be a wonderful start to the holiday season with BABYTIME & STORYTIMES delightful TEENS wines presented by Time For more information on how to access for Wine and delicious appetizers and and register for these desserts by Chef Ghada A Dash For more information on Time for virtualfrom events, visit Wine, visit timeforwine.net. of Salt N’ Pepper. pascolibraries.org or 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30 | 10:15 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Cindy S 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Ms. Bea 11/4, 11/18, 11/25 | 11:00 AM - Virtual Storytime Dance Party 11/4, 11/18, 11/25 | All Day - Virtual Storytime for Birth to Age 5 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26 | 10:15 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Cindy 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26 | 11:15 AM - Virtual Baby Time with Miss Jennifer 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 |PAGE 10:00 AM7- Virtual Storytime with Ms. Karen 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 | 11:15 AM - Virtual Baby Time with Miss Jennifer for Ages Birth-2 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 | 10:30 AM - Saturday Storytime with Regency Park Library

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11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 | All Day - Virtual STEAM Saturdays 11/3 | 10:00 AM - Craft at Home: Kids 11/7 | 2:00 PM - Planet Lego! 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 | 3:00 PM -The Illustrator Adventure via Zoom 11/12, 11/26 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Taste of Sunshine: Grades 3-5 11/21 | 2:00 PM - Cook-a-Book: Fry Bread

TWEENS 11/2, 11/16, 11/30 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Come Grow with Us Garden Craft 11/3, 11/10, 11/24 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft Tuesday 11/9 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Staff Picks Monday: Favorite Side Dish 11/10 | 4:30 PM - Virtual Delicious Dishes: Air Fryer Doughnuts 11/14 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft at Home: Tweens 11/17 | 4:30 PM - Virtual Among Us Clay Figures 11/24 | 4:30 PM - Virtual Stem Studio

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COMMUNITY UPDATES

11/1 | 1:00 PM - Day of the Dead: Pan de Muerto 11/2, 11/16, 11/30 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Come Grow with Us Garden Craft 11/3, 11/10, 11/24 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft Tuesday 11/4, 11/18 | 6:00 PM - Virtual D&D Campaign 11/9 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Staff Picks Monday: Favorite Side Dish 11/12 | 4:00 PM - Virtual Escape Room: Escape the Pumpkin Patch 11/16 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Career Development: Applying for Jobs Online 11/20 | 4:00 PM - Career Development: Teen Job Prep Workshop 11/21 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft at Home: Teens 11/25 | 4:00 PM - Virtual Game Zone

call 813-788-6375.

You have the option tobrought attend the Events to you by: New River Library ADULTS Food and Wine Pairing event in per34043 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel Chapel son at the Avalon Park Wesley 813-788-6375 Amenity Center or via Zoom. The cost pascolibraries.org for in-person attendance is just $25. us on the social Zoom media: And for those whoFollow prefer Facebook: New River Virtual Tasting option,Public they may purLibrary Instagram: pascolibraries chase 2 to 5 bottles (at $20 per bottle) Twitter: @PascoLibraries 11/1 | 1:00 PM - Day of the Dead: Pan de Muerto 11/2, 11/16, 11/30 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Come Grow with Us Garden Craft 11/2, 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19, 11/24 | 8:30 AM English for Speakers of Other Languages 11/3, 11/10, 11/24 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft Tuesday 11/4 | 2:00 PM - Tiara Club Online Project 11/4, 11/18 | 6:00 PM - Virtual D&D Campaign 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 | 3:00 PM - Virtual Yarn for a Cause 11/6, 11/20 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Instant Eats 11/9 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Staff Picks Monday: Favorite Side Dish 11/10 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Zoom Reads Mystery Book Club 11/12 | 10:00 AM - Using FamilySearch for Genealogy 11/13 | 10:00 AM - Virtual First Chapter 11/16 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Career Development: Applying for Jobs Online 11/17 | 2:00 PM - Backyard Gardening with Jo Ann 11/17 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Mystery Book Club 11/19 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Yin Yoga 11/20 | 8:00 PM - Virtual Book Club: Keeper of Lost Things 11/23 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Staff Picks Monday-Books for which We’re Thankful 11/24 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Zoom Reads 4th Tuesday Book Club 11/24 | 6:00 PM - Online Book Club 11/28 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft at Home: Adults 11/30 | 6:30 PM - Virtual Full Moon Tea Meditation

For more information on A Dash of Salt N’ Pepper, visit dashofsaltnpepper.com. And visit us at avalonparkwesleychapel.com to stay up to date with all the events happening in our community!


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Coffee Hour with BEAT ORLANDO

Giving Back with Gratitude this Thanksgiving Season

As we kick off a month that is well-known for gratitude, I would like to start by thanking my wife Jill and my entire family. It is not always easy to understand the intense requirements of business. Its a packed travel schedule, long workdays and working on the weekends. For almost 25 years, Jill has supported me and Avalon Park Group. I am very thankful and do not take this for granted. I would also like to thank all the team members, which I consider close friends and family, from Avalon Park Group for their passionate, dedication, and hard work for our many enterprises around the globe. Additionally, I would be remised if I did not recognize my appreciation for Avalon Park Groups’ business friends, partners, clients, vendors, bankers, and government entities we work with every day. Thanksgiving is the time to look back and while doing so, I am deeply thankful for the United States of America. As an immigrant from Switzerland,

this country has offered me everything I could ever dream about. As a young man, who barely spoke English, I arrived in Florida with the dream to build a town and find success as an entrepreneur. I was welcomed with open arms to this community, as a human being, and as a businessman. As a businessman, I learned in order to earn you have to invest. Many years ago I heard a speech from the late Rich-

your dream and by working hard, being honest and obeying the law you can reach all your dreams. It is not only an honor to be able to give back in thankfulness to the community which allowed me and many other entrepreneurs to be successful, but I see it as an obligation and honor to give back to the community and less fortunate. Giving for Avalon Park Group often means identifying a need and filling it. Almost 20 years ago, Avalon Park Group donated the school site for New

SOMETIMES PEOPLE BELIEVE GIVING IS JUST MONEY. I STRONGLY DISAGREE, THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS OF GIVING BACK, AS IN TIME AND TALENTS. ard DeVos, the owner of the Magic basketball team and billionaire entrepreneur. He told his fellow church friends in Fort Lauderdale that he experienced something interesting. He would start to give 10% of his income to the Church as required by the Bible. However, he then decided to give more of his income, and at times to give more than he earned in a given year. Rich DeVos said, “The more I donated, the more my fortune grew.” I am fortunate and deeply thankful to be in this country where you can pursue

River Elementary school and created youth sports fields on our undeveloped property. A high-ranking public-school official asked me, “How can you afford to do all those donations, Avalon Park has barely started, and with just few homes cannot possibly be making you money.” By the way, my CFO also wondered what I was doing when “giving away with both hands.” I am thankful and glad that Avalon Park Wesley Chapel started with giving. It was the strong foundation for a great community. Without those gifts we

would not have what we have today, a wonderful town, where people can live, learn, work, and play. A town where people can find a strong sense of belonging and safety. Hence giving back starts early and should never end. We have been blessed to truly start community partnerships with the local YMCA, AdventHealth, and the Pasco Fine Arts Council. From supporting youth sports, local art and culture and community events, we are looking forward to continuing to give back in this community! Sometimes people believe giving is just money. I strongly disagree, there are so many ways of giving back, as in time and talents. I am thankful that the Avalon Park community is among the best I have experienced when it comes to giving time as volunteers in schools, with local seniors and with community service clubs. I admire anybody spending time to give back, sometimes it is easy just to send a check, and much harder to invest time and passion when giving back. So, in the spirit of the season, as I look to new and familiar ways to give back, I encourage you to do the same! Happy Thanksgiving!

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November Update from Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore

I hope you had a wonderful and safe October! As we head into the holiday season, I am thankful you take the time to read these updates about our community. There are many exciting things happening in Pasco County, I am honored to represent our community on the County Commission.

Our Pasco CARES programs continue to help our citizens and businesses in need while recovering from COVID-19. Due to federal requirements, these programs will be wrapped up by the end of the year. Please check out the Pasco County website, MyPasco.net, to see if you may be eligible for any of the programs still available. One program I am very proud of is Operation Feed Pasco, a partnership between Pasco County and the United Way. This program

matched local restaurants to local food banks, keeping our restaurant workers employed while providing meals to those most in need. I’m thrilled to let you know this program has now surpassed 100,000 meals served! Operation Feed Pasco has been so successful, we have approved additional funding to keep the program going longer.

two new attractions to welcome to our community! Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center in Zephyrhills held their grand opening on October 17th. The facility features 11 tennis courts, 8 pickleball courts, 4 padel courts, a fitness studio with cryotherapy and much more. Keep an eye for major tennis tournaments to come to Pasco County in the near future!

October 6th through 10th was Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme was “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Many home fires start while cooking and working in the kitchen. Please check out Pasco Fire Rescue’s social media pages for safety tips while cooking.

November will bring another innovative attraction to Pasco County, a snow hill! Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park will open in Dade City in late November. You can do it all in our community, including snow tubing! Congratulations to both the Sarah Vande Berg Tennis and Wellness Center and Snowcat Ridge on opening, they are great additions to Florida’s Sports Coast!

In addition to my role as Chairman of the County Commission, I serve as Chairman of the Tourist Development Council. We have

joy a wonderful Thanksgiving! Please stay safe by following the guidelines provided by our health experts: wear a face covering when you cannot distance from others, wash your hands regularly, and avoid large groups. We will continue to get through this by working together! About: Commissioner Mike Moore is currently the Chairman of the Pasco County Commission. He lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and three children.

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SR 54 Updates

Recent changes on the SR 54 widening project between Curley and Morris Bridge roads have temporarily eliminated left turns for a substantial section of the road. As neighborhoods are impacted by the traffic patterns, we wanted to make sure residents are getting the information they need. The best source for information will continue to be our web site; here is a direct link to the project page: https://www.fdottampabay.com/project/212/416561-2-52-01

• Left turns are currently not allowed on SR 54 or from SR 54 between Wesley Chapel Loop and Fox Ridge Drive. • All motorists turning onto SR 54 from all side streets or driveways between Curley Road and River Glen Dr. must turn right. • All motorists turning from SR 54 onto side streets or driveways in this area must also turn right only.

Several U-Turn locations are available to help drivers reach their destinations. The westbound U-Turn onto eastbound SR 54 is at Curley Road. Two eastbound The advisory posted below describes the current con- U-Turns onto westbound SR 54 are at the Ronnoch ditions. This information will be updated as traffic Blvd./Foxwood Blvd. and Riverside Crossing Blvd. patterns change, such as new median intersections intersections. Full traffic movements are anticipated opening. to be restored at SR 54 intersections in this area in November, weather permitting. Traffic Advisory: Opening a portion of new SR 54 for westbound traffic on October 4, 2020 has result- We also encourage all those interested in the project ed in some temporary detours for motorists, as adto sign up to receive updates. Anyone can sign up at ditional work continues to make connections bethe project page through the link. Once at the projtween the existing eastbound and new westbound ect page, just look for the “Sign-up to recieve email travel lanes. alerts for this project” button, click on it and enter your email address in the form. It’s quick and easy!

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New River Elementary’s Reptile Review your child’s teacher for support. We hope that each of you will join us for our virtual book fair, first family night at McDonalds, and during the fun events of Red Ribbon Week. Principal Update Hi Reptile Families, WOW! We have made it through a successful first quarter. Report cards will be released on Tuesday. Please make sure that you have access to the Parent Portal to access your child’s report card. If you have any questions, please contact

We are beginning to plan for semester 2. If you plan to make a platform change for second semester, please complete the link below. All choices will not be able to accommodated. Students numbers will drive the decision to move teachers around. This information will help us to make decision moving forward on what our next

steps will be. Thank you, as always, for your continued support. Colleen Wilkinson Principal cgwilkin@pasco.k12.fl.us Family Information Needed In order to best prepare for 2nd semester, please complete the following survey: Learning Environment Intent Form We are busy making the best decisions in terms of staffing and student needs and this

information will be vital in helping us to determine our next steps. Please complete by November 13th. Virtual Book Fair Please click on the following link to visit our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair. https://www. scholastic.com/bf/newriverelementaryschool3 The book fair run from October 23-November 5. Visit our school’s homepage to hear the latest Book Fair news, RSVP for events, sign up to volunteer, and more! www.scholastic.com Thanksgiving Break November 23rd - 30th, 2020

Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel We are currently taking part in a school-wide fundraiser to raise funds for a covered-walkway at our carline. The fundraiser began on October 26 and ends on November 9. If you are interested in purchasing any items from the catalog,

please visit www.FundShoppe. com and use code 1801 to shop. During the 2nd 9-weeks of school, we are offering clubs in grades K-6 and free tutoring for students in grades 2-6. We are excited to offer these essential opportunities for our students.

Thank you to our Tutors and Club Sponsors!


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BABYTIME & STORYTIMES TEENS 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30 | 10:15 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Cindy S 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Ms. Bea 11/4, 11/18, 11/25 | 11:00 AM - Virtual Storytime Dance Party 11/4, 11/18, 11/25 | All Day - Virtual Storytime for Birth to Age 5 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26 | 10:15 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Cindy 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26 | 11:15 AM - Virtual Baby Time with Miss Jennifer 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Ms. Karen 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 | 11:15 AM - Virtual Baby Time with Miss Jennifer for Ages Birth-2 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 | 10:30 AM - Saturday Storytime with Regency Park Library

CHILDREN 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 | All Day - Virtual STEAM Saturdays 11/3 | 10:00 AM - Craft at Home: Kids 11/7 | 2:00 PM - Planet Lego! 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 | 3:00 PM -The Illustrator Adventure via Zoom 11/12, 11/26 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Taste of Sunshine: Grades 3-5 11/21 | 2:00 PM - Cook-a-Book: Fry Bread

TWEENS 11/2, 11/16, 11/30 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Come Grow with Us Garden Craft 11/3, 11/10, 11/24 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft Tuesday 11/9 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Staff Picks Monday: Favorite Side Dish 11/10 | 4:30 PM - Virtual Delicious Dishes: Air Fryer Doughnuts 11/14 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft at Home: Tweens 11/17 | 4:30 PM - Virtual Among Us Clay Figures 11/24 | 4:30 PM - Virtual Stem Studio

11/1 | 1:00 PM - Day of the Dead: Pan de Muerto 11/2, 11/16, 11/30 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Come Grow with Us Garden Craft 11/3, 11/10, 11/24 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft Tuesday 11/4, 11/18 | 6:00 PM - Virtual D&D Campaign 11/9 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Staff Picks Monday: Favorite Side Dish 11/12 | 4:00 PM - Virtual Escape Room: Escape the Pumpkin Patch 11/16 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Career Development: Applying for Jobs Online 11/20 | 4:00 PM - Career Development: Teen Job Prep Workshop 11/21 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft at Home: Teens 11/25 | 4:00 PM - Virtual Game Zone

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11/1 | 1:00 PM - Day of the Dead: Pan de Muerto 11/2, 11/16, 11/30 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Come Grow with Us Garden Craft 11/2, 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19, 11/24 | 8:30 AM English for Speakers of Other Languages 11/3, 11/10, 11/24 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft Tuesday 11/4 | 2:00 PM - Tiara Club Online Project 11/4, 11/18 | 6:00 PM - Virtual D&D Campaign 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 | 3:00 PM - Virtual Yarn for a Cause 11/6, 11/20 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Instant Eats 11/9 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Staff Picks Monday: Favorite Side Dish 11/10 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Zoom Reads Mystery Book Club 11/12 | 10:00 AM - Using FamilySearch for Genealogy 11/13 | 10:00 AM - Virtual First Chapter 11/16 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Career Development: Applying for Jobs Online 11/17 | 2:00 PM - Backyard Gardening with Jo Ann 11/17 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Mystery Book Club 11/19 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Yin Yoga 11/20 | 8:00 PM - Virtual Book Club: Keeper of Lost Things 11/23 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Staff Picks Monday-Books for which We’re Thankful 11/24 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Zoom Reads 4th Tuesday Book Club 11/24 | 6:00 PM - Online Book Club 11/28 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Craft at Home: Adults 11/30 | 6:30 PM - Virtual Full Moon Tea Meditation

For more information on how to access and register for these virtual events, visit pascolibraries.org or call 813-788-6375. Events brought to you by: New River Library 34043 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel 813-788-6375 pascolibraries.org Follow us on social media: Facebook: New River Public Library Instagram: pascolibraries Twitter: @PascoLibraries

Check out our website for more exciting news! Get involved, even from home!


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HERE TO BUILD

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WHEN YOU’RE READY, WE’RE HERE. The Tampa YMCA has worked to help strengthen our communities for over 130 years. This year, we have continued to serve! During this time of crisis, we were able to fill critical needs in our community, and now we are ready to provide a safe, healthy environment for you and your family to focus on your health and wellbeing.

WORKING TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE AND HEALTHY: Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures Fitness equipment staggered to ensure social distancing Reduced capacity for group fitness classes Masks required for members while in common areas and all staff while indoors Temperature checks done for staff and children entering Stay & Play

Making it easier for you to join the Y: SIGN UP FEE WAIVED through Sept. 30th! TAMPA METROPOLITAN AREA YMCA | tampaymca.org

LEARNING FOR LIFE Homeschool Group

EAST PASCO FAMILY YMCA DAY: TIME: AGE: COST:

Wednesdays 10am-12pm 5 and up $20/month per family

Must have a Tampa YMCA Family Membership to participate. Email ryan.pratt@tampaymca.org for more information.

Homeschool Group enriches your child’s home school experience through socialization, physical fitness activities, and learning. The exciting curriculum implements the YMCA four core values: STEM, Arts & Crafts, engaging group games, and outside activities. Join us for friendship, learning and fun!

Register at the Welcome Center today!

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EAST PASCO FAMILY YMCA 37301 Chapel Hill Lp., Zephyrhills, FL 33541 | P 813 780 9622 tampaymca.org

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Pasco Economic Development Council Receives Three Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council Pasco EDC accepted a Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award for Three Penny for Pasco Programs. The Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) won three awards from the International Economic Development Council for the 2020 Excellence in Economic Development Awards Program. The awards were for the following: a gold award for SMARTstart Pasco a project in the Entrepreneurship category; a silver award for Pasco Ready Sites Interactive Maps, a project in the Digital Media category; and a bronze award for WorkforceCONNECT Pasco, a project in the category of Special Purpose Website. The honor was presented last week at an awards ceremony during the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. “Peer recognition by economic development professionals from our industry is a great testament to Pasco County’s and Pasco EDC’s vision for success. The members of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) are the best-of-the-best in our profession, and we are humbled and honored to accept their awards,” said Bill Cronin, President/CEO, Pasco EDC. “It’s not entirely surprising that the three programs being recognized are funded by the Penny-for-Pasco program as they are some of our most creative programs that give Pasco County and our business community our competitive advantage.” IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. The 35 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from 4 countries.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day”, said 2020 IEDC Board Chair and One Columbus CEO Kenny McDonald. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing campaigns, projects and partnerships have measurably improved regional quality of life.”

trepreneurs to engage with each other or work independently • Entrepreneur Roundtables (entrepreneurs meet monthly and discuss business plans and guide each other based on personal experiences) • One center has a commercial kitchen and food packaging and labeling station, this is where our food start-ups incubate and are able to make and package their food to distribute to the public • Community garden plots

Gold- Entrepreneurship- SMARTstart: Pasco EDC offers a program called SMARTstart that is specifically geared towards helping entrepreneurs with their start-ups and small businesses in Pasco County. There are three strategically placed Entrepreneur Centers throughout the county each with a business incubator on site. Each site has its own unique benefits and entrepreneurs have access to all of the other centers through one membership fee. There were previously just two Entrepreneur Centers, and we recently added a third location in a very trendy, up-and-coming area which will attract some new types of entrepreneurs. SMARTstart offers a free education series which is open to the public as well as a multitude of other programs that can drill down into every entrepreneur’s needs. We hold a CO.STARTERS license and offer the 9-week training course which works through company business models with a different professional trainer each week of the course. The Microloan Program is a lending program up to $50,000 for companies who are not eligible for traditional funding through a traditional lender.

Silver- Digital Media- Pasco Ready Sites Interactive Maps These interactive maps were created to support the Pasco EDC Ready Sites Program, which assesses, evaluates, and certifies large tracts of land to prepare properties for industrial development and create a portfolio of project-ready sites for targeted industries. There are currently 5 interactive maps for the 5 different sites in the Ready Sites Program.

SMARTstart Program: • Private Offices available for members • Digital Media Studios (recording equipment for podcasts, and green and white screens for professional product photography back drops) • Classroom Spaces • Coworking Lounges for en-

All maps feature: • An aerial of the property with the site outlined • Options to turn on layers to see actual location of water, electric, wastewater, and reclaimed water lines along with pipe and capacity sizes (gas is shown as either on-site, available, or not available- it is not outlined on the map as a safety precaution) • Five Infographics that can be clicked and pop out with information o 45-Minute drive time labor force and population o Transportation: mileage to nearby highways and interstates, and distances to Tampa International Airport and Port Tampa Bay o Site specific information: acreage, single or multiple owners, if it is divisible, etc. o Target Land Use o Utilities: water, electric, wastewater, and reclaimed water lines sizes and capacities (gas is shown as either on-site, available, or not available) Bronze- Special Purpose Website-

workforceCONNECTpasco.com The Pasco EDC workforceCONNECT website, www.workforceCONNECTpasco.com, was developed to assist in producing better alignment between the supply and demand for workforce in Pasco County. It provides a detailed and interactive asset-mapping tool for employers to identify specific resources to aid them in finding the skilled workers they need. It also provides a robust catalog of other programs that can assist our employers upskill and/or retain their workforces such as training grants and transportation programs. For jobseekers, the website highlights 14 high skill, in-demand careers with clear articulation paths through local resources. It also features a career assessment tool that asks jobseekers 3 questions about what they look for in the ideal career and highlights which of the 14 careers best fits their interests. This allows jobseekers to explore careers in Pasco and will reduce “brain drain” and bolster Pasco’s workforce. WorkforceCONNECT is one of the first programs of its kind in the nation, designed with the needs of employers in mind, and driven by data. “I am thrilled the Pasco EDC’s great work has been recognized by the International Economic Development Council,” Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore said. “This is a testament to the excellent partnership between Pasco County and the Pasco EDC to make our community the premier place for business.”


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INTERNATIONAL UPDATE Meet the Member

Interview with Anne Timm from INOFEA 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, Anne Timm. 1. How did INOFEA come about? INOFEA has been founded in February 2014, as a spin-off of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. We own a patented enzyme technology which makes enzymes used in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and food ingredients 20 times more stable and recyclable. This helps our customers to reduce their energy consumption by about 15%. Since our enzymes can be used for sustainable continuous manufacturing processes 20 – 50% less waste occurs, which is economically and environmentally of high interest. 2. Could you give us a short overview of INOFEA?

We have very experienced, skilled and motivated team members in INOFEA. One of them is our Head of R&D and Production, Dr. Rita Correro, who developed our enzyme technology in the recent years. In her team there are Lars Grossniklaus and Anna Ruf, both working intensively on our customer projects. On October 01, our new Business Development Manager Nilesh Shah joined the team having like myself, many years of industry experience. We are working with top Pharmaceutical and Food companies, have supply and license agreements in place. Our customers value the benefits our technology brings. We add additional benefits to biocatalysts by immobilization and shielding of enzymes. The shield-

ing is like a cocoon, providing a better stability to the enzymes. 3. What makes INOFEA future-oriented? We support our customers to reach their sustainability goals. Take the food industry as an example; food companies need to ensure that we have for the fast growing population on our planet sufficient healthy food and on the other side to use our resources of farm-land in an efficient way. The reduction of energy and other raw material consumption is essential. More and more people move away from eating meat and alternative protein sources become important. We are with our technology exactly supporting these future oriented targets.

4. INOFEA is a company founded and based in Basel. What do you particularly appreciate about this region? The region of Basel is a very lively region, we have here many startups and large international companies, so it is easy to get in contact with our clients and partners. And of course, the proximity to the University of Applied Sciences, two of our founders are working there as Professors and support us from a scientific point of view. Finally, the fifth floor offered us the wonderful opportunity to bring our labs with the offices together, we have now the privilege to work in new labs perfectly equipped with all what we need.

Why Business Connections are Important

Networking is a job; creating relationships lasts forever. It is part of the human condition to desire connections because connections create feelings, and feelings are the crux of prosperous businesses. Aside from the many physical and mental health benefits of creating genuine connections, relationships also improve business. In other words, if people feel like a business not only cares about them, but also identifies with them, then they are more likely to support a business. To further elaborate, there are clear differences between networking and connecting: networking is an activity through which people are able to develop a clientele and transfer information. Connecting, on the other hand, is a form of relationship building, which does more for a business than networking alone.

In the words of the late poet Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” A business person may meet twenty people a day through networking, but through connecting via emotion, the business person will not be forgotten. This can lead to many benefits for a business, such as new referrals, and referrals received through real connections increase the quality and likelihood of securing leads. In the context of coworking,

coworking is arguably the best way to create long-lasting relationships. Connecting and building an emotional repertoire via coworking with others outside of your business, then, often results in an explosion of new ideas that can only exist through this mutual kinship. Coworking also allows for a diverse pool of connections which helps to remind that there is something to learn from everyone; ideas are made malleable and those with whom one connects can aid in forming an idea into something to be put into action. In addition, building genuine relationships through coworking can lead to

joint work and new partnerships and collaborations as well as introducing you to specialists and others who can help your business. One of the most important things essential to building and maintaining a successful business is empathy—not only seeing others for what they have to offer, but for who they are. With a concern for the matters of the heart, a new sense of satisfaction can bloom from the knowledge that you are directly impacting and helping others.

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‘Tis The Season at The Hyatt Place Wesley Chapel

Earn 10,000 Bonus Points when you book your holiday Party at The Hyatt Place Wesley Chapel. Celebrate the season of Joy in our Sierra Center Ballroom, with 5,706sq ft of event space and experience our state of the art audio and visual package.

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Take advantage of our exclusive discounted rates for sleeping room reservations. Guests can enjoy an evening of socializing with colleagues and have the added peace of mind & convenience of accommodation all under one roof! We offer Spacious rooms with a Cozy Corner sectional sleeper sofa, 24hour Fitness Center, and free breakfast for all World of Hyatt Members* Contact your Hyatt Place Sales Representatives Davinia White or Sandy Cadet 813 803 5600 DAVINIA.WHITE@HYATT.COM

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Kids ages 5 - 12 will enjoy: STEM, arts & crafts, sports, and more! 2020 - 2021 DATES: Oct. 19, Nov. 23 - 25, Dec. 21 - 23 and Dec. 28 - 30, Jan. 4 - 5, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15 - Mar. 19, Mar. 22, and Apr. 2 TIME: 7am-6pm COST: $25 per day for YMCA members, 35 per day for non-members LOCATION:

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Nancy & Sydney InQuickER Patients

“InQuickER was a savior that day.” When Sydney came home from school, she wasn’t feeling well. She had a high fever and it wasn’t going away. So, her mom found AdventHealth’s online scheduling tool, InQuicker, and reserved an ER treatment time, making Sydney’s visit fast and easy. Get in quicker and get out faster at an AdventHealth ER near you. GetInQuickER.com In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.


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AdventHealth Wesley Chapel Nationally Recognized as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek AdventHealth Wesley Chapel was named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The hospital was one of fewer than 250 to receive the prestigious accolade. This honor recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing exceptional care to mothers, newborns, and their families. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek’s Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group. “We are honored and grateful to be recognized as one of the Best Maternity Hospitals in the United States by Newsweek and The Leapfrog Group,” said Erik Wangsness, President and CEO of AdventHealth Wesley Chapel. “This recognition highlights our commitment to providing expert, compassionate care to the women and babies of our community.” Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for mater-

nity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics. This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, NTSV C-section, and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section. “We are blessed that our maternity care has received such prestigious recognition by one of the nation’s premier news magazines,” said Dawn Hicks-Waldron, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel. “This is a testament to the work and dedication that our team brings each and every day.” “Best Maternity Care Hospitals showcases an elite group of hospitals from across the country,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek. “These facilities stand out for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a

strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.” AdventHealth Wesley Chapel has also earned the highest marks possible for patient safety by the nationally recognized Leapfrog Group for the 5th consecutive year. The health care ratings organization announced its safety ratings for over 2,600 hospitals across the country. About AdventHealth Wesley Chapel: From state- of- the- art equipment to the most intricate building details, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel was designed from the ground up to maximize healing, patient care and wellness. Since opening in October of 2012, the hospital has been recognized as a leader in patient satisfaction, quality, and safety, earning national recognitions including, being the only hospital in Tampa Bay to receive a 5-star CMS

ranking this year. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient health services, including surgery, imaging and rehabilitation services, emergency services for adults and children, and Inspiration Place. This comprehensive women’s health center incorporates female physician specialists, women’s imaging, pelvic floor, and female physical therapy and a boutique spa. In addition, the hospital opened in January 2018 an offsite 24 bed, 24/7 emergency room in Central Pasco to better serve the emergency health needs of residents in west and central Pasco. The hospital features a 50,000 sq. ft. community Health & Wellness Center and a wide range of community offerings such as health and wellness presentations, screenings, and events. For more information about AdventHealth Wesley Chapel, visit AHWesleyChapel. com, or Facebook.com/AdventHealthWesleyChapel.


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GUEST SUBMISSION

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue! Hip Hip Hooray!!!

The vitriol and acrimony of this election cycle is no surprise. 2020 has been a year of discord. It’s like a bad court docket…Mask v. No Mask, Black v. Blue, Dem v. Rep, Don v. Joe, Titos v. Jack, Dodgers v. Rays, Louisiana v. Mother Nature. How we each deal with a worldwide pandemic is unique. I’m not myself…lonely and irritable. More illness than I have ever had. I can’t go to the movies, a concert or play. Grumpy must be my new normal. I am praying that I don’t have to wait until January 1st for civility to return to our lives…I’m hoping for things to change on Wednesday, November

4th. Here’s the thing; I think we have lost the perspective that We Are ALL Proud Americans. Social interaction has been replaced with social distancing. Since March, we just wave to our neighbors; no more grilling ribs and having a cold beer together on Saturday afternoon.

Frost’s poem depicts a pair of neighboring farmers working together on the annual chore of rebuilding their common property divider. He wrote:

First and foremost, we share the world’s highest standard of living and enjoy freedoms other countries only dream about. Our democratic experiment continues to evolve and there is still much work to be done; but we ALL love living under Old Glory’s protections.

“And on a day we meet to walk the line And set the wall between us once again. We keep the wall between Frost says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’ On I hear that annoying Pub- us as we go.” Wednesday, we should all lix announcement, “We awaken with a smile, feelFrost’s meaning is that are all in this together.” ing great, thinking about good neighbors respect I’m thinking to myself working together to heal while consuming my own one another. Perhaps our divides for the next carbon dioxide and stale we’ve lost some of that four years, and offer three breath, fighting off hypox- this year. cheers for the red, white, ia…who is WE? I’m am and blue. looking out for ME! Please Let’s make the Wednesjust tell me when I can get day after election day to meet with our neighbors, The Village Idiot vaccinated! put aside our differences, In 1914, poet Robert Frost and remember the things we all have in common! wrote the Mending Wall.


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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Ms. Cortes

Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel’s Teacher Spotlight for the month of November is shining bright on our Instructional Coach, Ms. Cortes! Ms. Cortes can be found wherever she might be needed. She thankfully took over for 2 classes when changes occurred and she is always willing to say “yes”! She comes to school each day with a BIG smile on her face and always works to help others succeed. Thank you for being an important part of our school, Ms. Cortes! Nominate a neighbor or resident you think deserves a shoutout! Email us your nomination: Info@AvalonParkSun.com!