Avalon Park Sun Wesley Chapel December Edition

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Avalon Park Kicks Off Holiday Week with Avalon Aglow and Fireworks Show

Kick off the week with Avalon Aglow, Saturday, December 12th, 5-8 pm. Activities include real snow, pictures with santa and fireworks at 8 pm! Avalon Park’s annual holiday event is expanding into a week-long celebration with this year’s Holiday Week starting Saturday, December 12th through Friday, December 18th. Avalon Aglow will kick start the week with a variety of family-friendly activities like pictures with Santa, a real snow slide, balloon twisters, stilt walkers, caricature artists and a spectacular firework show to round up the night.

com/holiday-week/. This year we welcome Kia of Wesley Chapel as the title sponsor for Holiday Week. These events are made possible thanks to Kia’s contribution and we are thrilled to partner with them and welcome them to the community.

For volunteer opportunities with Kia of Wesley Chapel contact Emily Brun at Following Saturday’s celebration, the week is ebrun@kiaofwesleychapel.com. filled with Cookie Decorating, a Caroling Night, Ornament Making, Hayrides, and a Movie Un- All participating guest of Avalon Park’s Holider the Stars. All events are free, but ticket res- day Week and other events are encouraged to ervations are required for Cookie Decorating, follow CDC guidelines as it pertains to social Ornament Making, and the Hayrides to allow distancing and face masks. for social distance planning. To reserve your tickets visit www.avalonparkwesleychapel.


Coffee Hour with BEAT time and it got a lot of attention.

The environmental community was fiercely opposing this new town, mostly east of the Econ River. Working together with St. Johns Water Management District and Orange County, we all did the right thing by figuring out a transaction that would create the Hal Scott Preserve Park. Around 8,000 acres changed hands from Avalon Associates to the St. John Water Management District, who got help from Or-

Entering the holiday season, we are all looking back to this very unusual first year of the new decade. Actually, I am even looking back a quarter of a century in east Orlando. It was in December 1995, after spending a few weeks in Orlando, I boarded a plane at the Orlando International Airport and grabbed a copy of the Orlando Sentinel. The frontpage headline in the business section was about Avalon Associates making a deal with the ange County to create St. Johns Water Manageour own “Central Park,” ment District and Orange just about 10 times larger County. than the famous Central Park in New York City. In the early 1990s, AvaWhat a Christmas preslon Park was a 9,400-acre ent! parcel of land, and most of that land was east The story of the “Waof the Econlockhatchee ter Management Deal,” River. The original plan is my first Christmas of Avalon Park was memory of Orlando, 25 to be a city of almost years ago. By the way 30,000 homes, or close 1995/1996 was a cold to 100,000 residents, at central Florida “Winter” a time when the City and I recall icy condiof Orlando had 175,000 tions in downtown Orresidents. You can imaglando for a few days in ine the undertaking, one the morning. I first had of the largest real estate to get used to celebratdevelopment projects in ing Christmas in mostly the United States of its

warm weather, under Palm Trees and with no snow.

In Switzerland, my Christmas memories begin with a visit by Saint Nicolas that takes place on December 6th. Kids are told that Saint Nicolas lives in the Black Forest and knows everything about all the children, the good and the not so good. Therefore, on December 6th, Saint Nicolas visits all children, one on one. He carries a large book in which all the good deeds and shortcomings of

HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON, I WISH YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS. every child is written. It is sort of the day of reckoning for the children, when Saint Nicolas in a rather serious voice tells a child, “....Beat this year you have been 6 times late to school and you often did not clean the dishes after dinner,” and depending on the particular year, more miss deeds where brought up. However, Saint Nicolas as well knew all the good deeds of the kids during the year, “Beat you helped your Father a lot in the bakery and your grades in school are up.” Depending on the kind

of year that a child had Saint Nicolas would give candies or sometimes a rod as well!

Well, this year my family and I will spend Christmas in Orlando and our celebration is somewhat different. I will “secretly” buy a Christmas tree and “smuggle” it somehow into the house. On Christmas Eve the kids will be out of the house for all afternoon, while the Christmas tree will be decorated by my wife and me. We will have Christmas dinner with a traditional breaded ham and after the kids are escorted to the living room. Here is where the children will discover the Christmas tree and presents are appearing as a great surprise, that have been brought by the Christ Child. When a friend told me at age 7, that the Christmas tree and presents are brought in by the parents, I did not believe it, and told him the tree is coming through the chimney by the Christ Child along with all the presents. As will the tradition continue in the Kahli household. However you celebrate the Holiday Season, I wish you Happy Holidays. Stay safe and healthy.

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December Update from Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore the ribbon cutting.

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! As always, I greatly appreciate the Avalon Park Sun for giving me the opportunity to update you on what is happening in our wonderful community. As you think of gifts you will give to friends and family this holiday season, please join me in supporting our local businesses in Pasco County. They could use your support and

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Many of the Pasco CARES programs to help our citizens and businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19 are in effect through December. These include business reimbursement programs for PPE and some direct assistance programs. Due to federal requirements, these programs will be wrapped up by the end of the year. Please check out MyPasco.net for all the latest information and eligibility requirements.

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lections for September were up almost two percent over September 2019. The TDT, paid on overnight accommodations by visitors, has not seen a monthly increase over the previous year since COVID began. This is a testament to the great work our tourism team is doing to safely bring events and visitors to our community. September tournaments included baseball, basketball, fishing, and hockey. 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! Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season! About: Commissioner Mike Moore is currently the Chairman of the Pasco County Commission. He lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and three children.

In a previous column, I mentioned the sports tournaments throughout our county in September. The numbers are in and I have great news! Our Tourist Development Tax col-

Click here to watch Pasco Board of County Commissioners Holiday Safety Message - Addressing COVID-19


New River Elementary’s Reptile Review families, and staff. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!! As we come back please help us to keep our students and staff safe by administering the student self screener. If your child is not feeling well please keep them home. Colleen Wilkinson Principal Update:

Holiday Dress Up Dates:

Reptiles, We have had an exciting month. Our students have learned a lot over the past month. We are so thankful to have such an amazing group of students,

Please consider having your child join us for themed dress up dates for the remainder of the year. We look forward to seeing our MSOL and Traditional students engage in this

cheer. See calendar below!

MAP Teasting Window:

Upcoming Dates:

MSOL and Traditional students will begin to take the middle of the year MAP assessment. K-2nd will take ELA and Math. 3rd-5th will take ELA, Math, and Science. This assessment will demonstrate the growth that your child has made from the beginning of the year to this point. It is very important that all students do these assessments, and all classwork, independently so we know how they are performing and so we can better support their learning.

November 23rd-27th: No School Thanksgiving Break December 1st-16th: MAP assessment window December 21st- January 4th: No School - Winter Break January 5th: No School for students - Teacher PlanningDay January 18th: No School- MLK Jr Day

Monday, Nov. 30 - Wear jingle bells with your favorite holiday shirt Tuesday, Dec. 1 - Wear Santa gear Wednesday, Dec. 2 - Wear blue to support Autism Awareness Thursday, Dec. 3 - Dress like a snowman day Friday, Dec. 4 - Dress like a gingerbread man Monday, Dec. 7 - Dress like a reindeer Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Wear holiday socks Wednesday, Dec. 9 - Dress like an elf Thursday, Dec. 10 - Happy Hanukkah! Wear blue, white or silver Friday, Dec. 11 - Ugly Holiday Sweater Day Monday, Dec. 14 - Dress like a candy cane Tuesday, Dec. 15 - Wear your favorite holiday apron Wednesday, Dec. 16 - Wear your favorite tree skirt and be a holiday hero Thursday, Dec. 17 - Wear a flannel Friday, Dec. 18 - Polar Express Day, wear PJs

Pinecrest Academy Wesley Chapel Our K-3 cheerleaders have been working hard on their toe-touches and stunts! Ms. Cortes is so proud of them!


virtual Event Calendar

BABYTIME & STORYTIMES 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Cindy S 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29 | 10:00 AM Virtual Storytime with Ms. Bea 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 | 11:00 AM - Virtual Storytime Dance Party 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30 | 10:00 AM Virtual Storytime for Birth to Age 5 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Cindy 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Baby Time with Miss Jennifer 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 | 12:15 AM - Virtual Baby Time with Miss Jennifer for Ages Birth-2

CHILDREN 12/1-12/31 | All Day - 2020 Type Capsule Essay Contest 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 12/19, 12/26 | All Day - Virtual STEAM Saturdays 12/5 | 2:00 PM - Craft at Home: K-5 12/5 | 2:00 PM - Planet Lego! 12/12 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Sing-Along With Santa! 12/22 | 2:00 PM - ZOOM Beginner French for Kids: Le Noel en France!

TWEENS 12/12 | 2:00 PM - Craft at Home: Tween 12/12 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Sing-Along With Santa! 12/22 | 2:00 PM - ZOOM Beginner French for Kids: Le Noel en France!

TEENS 12/2, 12/16, 12/30 | 6:00 PM - Virtual D&D Campaign 12/4 | 4:00 PM - College Essays for Teens 12/9 | 4:00 PM - Virtual Trivia: Elf Movie 12/11 | 4:00 PM - Virtual Ask a College Student 12/12 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Sing-Along With Santa! 12/19 | 2:00 PM - Virtual Craft at Home: Teen

ADULTS 12/1, 12/3, 12/8, 12/10, 12/15, 12/17, 12/22, 12/29 | 8:30 AM - English for Speakers of Other Languages 12/2, 12/16 | 2:00 PM - Tiara Club Online Project 12/2, 12/16, 12/30 | 6:00 PM - Virtual D&D Campaign 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 | 3:00 PM - Virtual Yarn for a Cause 12/4, 12/18 | 10:00 AM - Virtual First Chapter 12/5 | 6:00 PM - Drive-In and Virtual Concert @ Hudson Regional Library! 12/7, 12/21 | All Day - Virtual Staff Pick Monday 12/8 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Zoom Reads Mystery Book Club 12/10 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Yoga for Stress Relief 12/11 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Instant Eats 12/12 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Sing-Along With Santa! 12/15 | 2:00 PM - Backyard Gardening with Jo Ann 12/17 | 8:00 PM - Virtual Book Club 12/21 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Winter Solstice Yoga & Meditation 12/22 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Zoom Reads 4th Tuesday Book Club 12/26 | 2:00 PM - Craft at Home: Adult 12/29 | 6:30 PM - Virtual New Years’ Candle 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

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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

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Tampa YMCA Gears Up with KIA of Wesley Chapel For Bike Drive Benefitting Students in Need

WHAT: The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is gearing up with KIA of Wesley Chapel for a bike drive benefitting the YMCA youth at Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School. WHEN: The community is asked to donate new bikes to students in need. A collection drop-off will be available December 18-20, 2020. WHERE: KIA of Wesley Chapel, 28555 FL-54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 (Friday & Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 11am-6pm). WHY: One of the Y’s most impactful work is year-round out-of-school programming in the high need community of Sulphur Springs. The Y’s goal is not only to support these students with education, but to provide a safe environment for them to live, grow and thrive—regardless of their income or background. Sulphur Springs is a walking community where most working families need support transporting their children to and from school. These bikes will fulfill a vital need for students who need a safe way to get to school every day safe and on time. “We wanted to team up with the Y to provide kids with a different type of ride – a new bike. Besides putting a smile on their faces during what could be a difficult holiday season financially for their families, what better way to stay healthy, get outside, and ride with their friends to school or the park,” said Emily Brun, Community Coordinator, KIA of Wesley Chapel. For more than 130 years, the Tampa YMCA has been responding to critical social needs and positively impacting the lives of children, adults and families across Hillsborough and East Pasco counties. Focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Tampa Y strengthens the community by empowering kids to succeed in school and in life, helping community members get healthier, developing leadership skills in teens and preventing drowning. CONTACT: Media members can contact Y Communications Manager Kelli Biandudi at 813-817-8144 or Kelli.Viandudi@tampaymca.org.

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Interview with Danuta Cichocka from Resistell 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, Danuta Cichocka. 1. How did Resistell come about? We created Resistell to develop a test to help physicians around the world to find the right antibiotic in time. We also want to contribute to the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance. 2. Could you give us a short overview of Resistell? Resistell proposes an alternative to current antibiotic suscepti-

bility tests (AST) which are also known as antibiograms. Currently, phenotypic ASTs take up to several days, which is too late for the evidence based decision making. Resistell is able to deliver AST results within a few hours, based on measurement of vibrations of living bacteria using micromechanical sensors. As this cutting-edge technology does not rely on bacterial growth, patients can be treated with the optimal medication from day one.

3. What makes Resistell future-oriented? Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was already one of the biggest global health challenges. In many countries, patients hospitalized with COVID-19 receive antimicrobial therapies as part of the standard clinical care package. Excessive and arbitrary use of these powerful medicines trig-

gers the development of multidrug resistance. This leads to higher costs for the healthcare system and more deaths due to resistance of bacteria. 4. Resistell is a company founded and based in Basel. What do you particularly appreciate about this region? The region offers excellent infrastructure, access to an excellent talent pool and global industry.

Top 20 Books for an Entrepreneur’s 2021 Reading List

Whether it be through an iPhone, laptop, or tablet, the internet’s infinite resources are never farther than a fingertip away, making it easier to search Google than search through a book. However, books offer stories and anecdotes that the internet does not, which is why it is important to read in order to be successful in whatever way you wish. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to create the most successful version of yourself and your business, here is a list of 20 books that should be on your reading list for 2021. Note that this list is not in any particular order. 1. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod In his book, MacLeod breaks down the 40 ways through which to increase creativity. No matter what kind of business is being run, creativity is key when it comes to generating ideas. Perhaps this book’s best quality is that MacLeod writes in a relatable way using easy-to-understand language, making it perfect for both the beginner and the expert. 2. The Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success by Maria Ross Something that is often overlooked but always necessary for a successful business is the development of emotional intelligence, and Ross’s book discusses just that. Her main argument is that many problems that plague businesses stem from a lack of empathy, or understanding, for clients and coworkers. If you’re looking to improve your business holistically, or if you can’t figure out why something is not working within your business, Ross’s book is for you! 3. What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen Schwarzman One of the best ways to become a successful entrepreneur is to examine the journey of and advice from someone whose success is similar to what you seek. Schwarzman, who is the CEO of one of the most prominent investment firms in the world, details his journey from student to CEO. This book is good for everyone, but especially those whose careers are just beginning. 4. The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence by Kerry Goyette In the same vein of Ross’s book is Goyette’s The non-Obvious Guide to

Emotional Intelligence. This book emphasizes the importance of creating connections with clients, coworkers, and the rest of the world, while also outlining the ways through which entrepreneurs can build more useful relationships and lead with a purpose. This book is helpful for anyone trying to create more meaningful and fulfilling relationships.

5. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins While easier said than done, many entrepreneurs credit their success to a simple change of mindset. Although conceptually intense at times, Goggins argues that most people only use 40% of their capabilities, and his book encourages the development of these capabilities. This book works for both the beginner and seasoned entrepreneur looking to overcome fear in order to reach their full potential. 6. How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything by Erin Falconer If you’re a woman in business who just can’t find a book that understands you, Falconer’s might be the answer! Many traditional self-help entrepreneurial books are written by men and therefore tend to overlook the struggles that women in business face every day as a result of cultural and societal pressures. From anecdotes to real advice, Falconer’s book is best suited for women looking to restructure their ideas of productivity in order to work smarter, not harder. 7. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport As mentioned in the beginning of this article, using technology is often the easier alternative to reading and working. In his book, Newport discusses the many gadgets that distract us and offers ways to effectively use and prioritize technology to aid productivity rather than increasing distractions. If you, like most of us, find yourself often down a rabbit hole of Instagram posts or YouTube videos, Newport’s book can help you determine the best ways to use the technology that surrounds us. 8. How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs by Guy Raz (Cont...)

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Raz’s book, based on the highly-regarded podcast of the same name, is a kind of anthology featuring tips and inspirations from world-renowned entrepreneurs regarding starting, initiating, and further building a successful business. Of all the books on this list, this one is likely the most diverse: from the Buddhist monk who created Headspace to the sandwich cart vendor who started Stacy’s Pita Chips, every reader will be able to identify with and learn from at least one of the 200 entrepreneurs interviewed in this book. 9. The Unicorn’s Shadow: Combating the Dangerous Myths that Hold Back Startups, Founders, and Investors by Ethan Mollick One of the more evidence-based books in this list, Mollick’s book is best for the skeptical entrepreneur. He explains the phenomenon behind the billionaire “unicorns,” like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, how most startups do not begin like Facebook or Microsoft, and how the discourse surrounding these “unicorns” lead to discouraging and dangerous myths about starting a business. Whether you’re looking to assuage your fear of starting a business or seeking critical, data-based analysis about successful businesses, Mollick’s book is for you. 10. First Pitch: Winning Money, Mentors, and More for Your Startup by Debi Kleiman While helpful for all business people, Kleiman’s book is best suited for beginner entrepreneurs looking to perfect their pitches. Kleiman’s book, which is based directly on her own experiences as an entrepreneur and marketer, teaches readers how to craft impressive pitches to gain support for their businesses. Whether you’re just starting up or wanting to go the extra mile with your business pitch, Kleiman’s information will be of benefit. 11. Lean AI: How Innovative Startups Use Artificial Intelligence to Grow by Lomit Patel For both the ambitious and the preeminent entrepreneur, Patel shows you how to use Artificial Intelligence in order to produce substantial results for your company. Unlike most of the other books featured on this list, Patel’s is certainly advanced and requires some background knowledge regarding AI and automation; however, with some patience and perseverance, he will teach you explicitly how to use technology to your business’s advantage. 12. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou Carreyrou’s book stands apart from the rest of the list because its goal is not to advise or direct, but rather tell the story of a failed and dangerous startup. The inclusion of this book on this list, however, is not to promote fear—contrarily, it serves as an important lesson to be learned and thus help entrepreneurs avoid a similar mistake. The story follows a Silicon Valley “unicorn” startup that aimed to revolutionize the medical field, but instead harmed more people than it helped. This journalistic book is a cautionary tale that, similarly to reading success stories, may help to show you the dos and don’ts of starting a business. 13. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Risk and Decisions: Building Successful Early-stage Ventures by Thomas G. Pittz and Eric W. Liguori Piggybacking off of the book mentioned before this one, Pittz and Liguori delve into the necessary risks and decisions one must make when starting a business. Rooted in their many years of studying and working with early-stage businesses, Pittz and Liguori are here to share the most practical advice concerning the important decisions that may separate a successful business from an unsuccessful one. Looking to learn how to manage risks and improve your business model? Give Pittz and Liguori a shot! 14. Asian Founders at Work: Stories from the Region’s Top Technopreneurs by Ezra Ferraz and Gracy Fernandez While one may assume that learning about launching a startup in Asia is unnecessary and unrelated to building a business in the U.S., Ferraz and Fernandez aim to show you differently. This book is a compilation of stories and interviews by and of some of the most successful technopre-

neurs in Asia—an epicenter of innovation—for those who are looking to study the success of people from other countries as well as those considering expanding their business globally. 15. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Circling back to the desire of becoming the most successful version of yourself, Duhigg’s book is a great place to start when it comes to forming and changing habits. A New York Times business reporter, Duhigg examines the science behind habits, why they exist, and how they can transform. This book is brimming with knowledge about the human condition’s potential for change and argues that one must first understand habits before being able to alter them. While this book is not entirely centered around business and entrepreneurship, Duhigg will pull you out of stasis and explain how changing your habits can change your life and, therefore, your business. 16. Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein If Marie Kondo’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s because it is: she is best known for KonMari, or her system of organizing which aims to spark joy in people’s lives. While, in theory, organizing may seem miniscule in the grand scheme of entrepreneurship, Kondo and Sonenshein offer tips, tricks, and studies to aid in making space for the work that matters to you. If you often feel disorganized or can’t seem to find where to start, start with Joy at Work. 17. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell The main question posed by Gladwell in his book revolves around the specificities that render successful, high-achievers different from other people. His answer? We are too concerned with what successful people are like, and not concerned enough with where successful people are from: culturally and generationally. While the book is thoroughly enjoyable for its anecdotes and trivia, it also uses case studies to examine the roles of certain advantages and disadvantages that can impact success. For those looking for an interesting and informative read, Gladwell checks all the boxes. 18. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight Knight’s Shoe Dog details the struggles and successes of Nike, one of the world’s most famous brands, in its beginning stages. Knight, who was a co-founder and CEO of Nike, shares with readers some of the strategies utilized by Nike to rescue itself from difficult situations. This book is perfect for entrepreneurs who seek to learn from the mistakes and successes of a distinguished company. 19. Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras While both Built to Last and Shoe Dog are not as recently published as the other titles featured on this list, they remain culturally relevant alone and also together. While Knight focuses on Nike, Collins and Porras take a similar approach on a wider scale, detailing the growth of 18 companies from their beginnings to now. This book offers even more opportunities to understand and learn from big-name companies. 20. Leadership is Language by David Marquet The last book on this list, Leadership is Language, may not be strictly business; however, this book offers much to learn. In terms of business and entrepreneurship, language can either make you or break you, and that is the central message Marquet aims to explain. The book’s main claim is that successful leaders gain and maintain success through the language they use, whether it be via email or face-to-face meetings. This book is helpful for anyone who wants to lead—whether in business or otherwise—in terms of teaching how the things you do or do not say can influence you and others. For more information how your business can connect and collaborate with The 5th Floor Co-Working team, please call 407-658-6565 or email Info@The5thFloor.us.


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Thursday, December 10, 2020 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Avalon Park Wesley Chapel All donors will receive a OneBlood Gift & a $10 eGift Card! Plus, a wellness checkup including COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening! Appointments are encouraged, please visit www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code #57393

Do not present to donate if you have a fever. You must wait at least 14 days before donating if you have been exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19, have recently been tested and are pending test results for COVID-19 or if you have a confirmed active case of COVID-19. ID required. Donors must be at least 16 years old. Those who are 16 years old need parental permission. See website for more details. *One offer per donor, per donation. No cash value. Not-transferable. If you have recently donated, thank you. Please visit us when you are eligible to donate again. Donor must have successful donation to obtain results. If donor does not have account created in donor portal already, they must provide email address to phlebotomist at the time of registration so account can be created. Donor will receive email post donation with instructions. The same email provided at registration is used to activate donor portal account.


Make an appointment at www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponser code #57393



On Making a Place

As we continue on with this series of articles, they begin to stop functioning as separate pieces and instead start culminating into a bigger picture of traditional neighborhood developments. So, too, do the items we’ve discussed beget more cohesive concepts. This month, we will take what we’ve learned and insert it into a bigger picture: a term called “placemaking,” or the multipart approach taken when planning, designing, and managing traditional neighborhoods. To reiterate previous articles, variations of living spaces, mixed-use land uses, a main street, and an easily navigable and walkable design are all key characteristics of traditional neighborhood developments, which work together to contribute to this idea of “placemaking.” At the heart of placemaking is inspiring the collective to reimagine public spaces, which, in turn, shifts these spaces into places, and these

places, then, become the heart of the community. Perhaps the most important part of placemaking is that it holds a deep value to those who feel, or want to feel, connected to their community. It is not something planned by architects, but rather occurs when a community’s residents understand just how influential the collective imagination can be. Like the children who walk to school each day and marvel at the tall trees and the park slide, we, too, tap into our blooming inner child to see spaces anew, and this brings us joy. As it is said, placemaking is neither a process nor a philosophy; rather, it is both. What should be emphasized about placemaking is that it is centered around the people: it is not a process of fixing up a building, but a process of creation which fosters further creation of places in which people feel individually and mutually

committed to their communities. For example, we can close off the main street of a traditional neighborhood from vehicular traffic, allow residents and other local vendors to set up booths, and call it a farmer’s market. What once was the main street through a community is now a pedestrian plaza; we know that tomorrow we will drive our cars down this same street, but for now, it is a space for walking, connecting with friends and neighbors, and supporting local businesses. The very fact that we, the residents, are aware that this is the main street and yet are still able to change the way in which we typically conceive it is an example of placemaking, as it takes the community’s collective imagination to turn a street into a farmer’s market. Moreover, and in a similar vein, placemaking functions as a feeling which improves the physical and emotional

wellbeing of a traditional neighborhood’s residents. Looking back to our examination of context-based street design, we can understand how the careful consideration of pedestrian and bicycle routes are emphasized more in traditional neighborhood developments than in the vehicular-focused design of conventional suburban developments. The attention and emphasis placed on walking and biking rather than driving is made rather easy via context-based street design: you can go to school, or the music studio, or the grocery store, either on bike or foot, and this alone contributes to the positive increase of physical and emotional states of residents. In other words, it can be boiled down to an increase in physical exercise as well as an increase in connections amongst residents, both of which help to improve one’s emotional wellbeing.



This month’s Community Spotlight goes to Avalon Park Wesley Chapel Resident, Nicole Saly! Nicole is a high school teacher at the Zephyrhills High School and previously served in the US Army. She is also a proud mom of two and loves taking her family on trips to Disney World and Universal Studios. Anyone can see Nicole’s and her family’s love for their neighborhood through their involvement in the community and the wonderful friendships they have formed with their fellow neighbors. Thank you, Nicole, for your service and for being a proud member of our community! Nominate a neighbor or resident you think deserves a shoutout! Email us your nomination: Info@AvalonParkSun.com!