Avalon Park Sun Wesley Chapel October 2022

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Celebrate Spooktacular and More at Avalon Park Wesley Chapel

Avalon Park Wesley Chapel is happy to bring to the community a variety of fun and fami ly-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!

December 9th – The Grinch

Community Fall Yard Sale – October 22nd, 8am –12pm

Spooktacular – October 22nd, 5pm – 8pm A spooky night of costume parades, bounce houses, vendors, music, food and more!

Avalon Park residents are encouraged to show case their Spooky side all month long by partic ipating in the Porch Decorating Contest.

Food Truck Nights

Featuring local food trucks with a wide range of delicious foods and sweets. You can check out the full schedule and pre-order from the next food trucks coming to the community at bestfoodtrucks.com/avalonpark

Jazz Under the Starz

Feel the fall breeze at Jazz Under the Starz. A sweet night of smooth jazz taking place every 3rd Saturday of the month. Bring out your lawn chairs, sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of wonderful music.

Entry: $20 per person 12 & under free $100 for VIP Experience

Visit jazzunderthestarz.com to learn more.

Movie Under the Stars

Enjoy a free outdoor movie with friends and family during our monthly Movie Under the Stars event! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy some free popcorn as well.

Fall Movie Schedule:

October 14th – Zootopia & Hocus Pocus November 11th – Brave

Avalon Aglow – December 10th Avalon Aglow is our annual holiday celebra tion. A magical night of fireworks, balloon twisters, pictures with Santa, real snow, music, dancing, food and much more! Would you like to participate? You are invited to participate with a community performance by filling out the performance request, set up a vendor’s booth or even showcase your business with a sponsorship.

For more information on our upcoming com munity events, visit us at www.avalonparkwes leychapel.com or give us a call at 813-783-1515.

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looking at our Avalon Park Wesley Chapel, below is a snapshot of where we stack up in each of these areas and what is left to come:

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With housing options varying in sizes and prices, including townhomes and single-family homes, the score is at about 75% complete. With the groundbreaking of Downtown Avalon Park Wesley Chapel this year, we are adding additional housing options from apartments to more options for seniors and single-family homes.

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The Avalon Park area has outstanding schools, from the nationally recognized New River Elementary School to Thomas E. Weightman Middle School and Wesley Chapel High School. Additionally, Pinecrest Wesley Chapel charter school was added as an additional school choice option for our residents in 2019 as a K-5 and is currently under construction on phase 2. That phase will add an additional 600 6th8th grade student stations.

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With the groundbreaking of Downtown Avalon Park Wesley Chapel this summer, we are excited to get started on bringing commerce and jobs to our live, learn, WORK, and play community. You will be able to find a job starting at a young age in one of the many restaurants and shops and all the way up to a highly paid manager at some companies with worldwide reach. We will also be expanding The 5th Floor co-working concept that has attracted over 200 global start-up companies

we are missing a park and a YMCA or gym. Additionally, we are missing more football, baseball, and soccer fields!

But again, the glass is half full when it comes to Play:

For the past 10+ years, we have had the best community events in central Florida, with world-class fireworks and activities for families and neighbors to interact.

Our social and multi-cultural groups like the Jazz Under the Stars, Wesley Chapel Theater, the Pasco Fine Arts Council, and more have created a great sense of belonging.

It has always been and continues to be our philosophy that everyone belongs in Avalon Park. We have spent the past two decades committed to that ideal by changing the way the world lives, learns, works, and plays. So, whether you live, learn, work or play, or all four, we want you to know that You Belong in Avalon Park and we are committed to that for the next 25 years and beyond.

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Update from Pasco County Commissioner

I hope your family had a great September! Pasco County was fortunate to have minimal impacts from Hurricane Ian, al though several thousand Pasco residents still do not have power as I write this. I’m proud of the ef forts of the Pasco Coun ty Emergency Management team and county staff for their preparation. Teams from Pasco County are headed to the areas south of Tampa Bay to help with hurricane recovery.

As we look ahead past Hurricane Ian, hurricane season continues in October. Please make sure your family has a plan. You can learn more from the Pas co County Emergency Management Preparedness Guide online. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Congratulations to the Pasco Economic Develop ment Council for anoth er great annual awards event on September 8th. It is exciting to recognize so many local businesses, both big and small, for their efforts. As my time in office winds down, I am proud to have worked hard with Pasco EDC and County team to bring so many good quality jobs for our citizens over the last eight years.

On September 20th, I was honored to sponsor a res olution recognizing the Porter family of Wiregrass Ranch for their contributions to Pasco County. In 2013, Porter family donated the land to Pasco County that would later become the Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County, a centerpiece of our tour ism development strategy as Experience Florida’s Sports Coast. The picture with this column is me pre senting a framed copy of the resolution to members of the Porter family.

Please check out Pasco County’s website at MyPasco. net for all the latest information. I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe October!

About: Commissioner Mike Moore represents District 2 on the Pasco County Commission. He lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and three children.

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Pinecrest Academy Update

Ms. Pittman’s first grade students learned about the Engineering Design Process this week. All week they used the process to build marble coasters. For Fun Fri day, her class created marble coasters. Great Job Panthers!

Great turn out at our Book Fair Family Night. Thank you to all the families that came by and visited our book fair. Nothing but smiles on our Panthers faces as they walked out with some amazing new books!

Check out our october events. there is something for everyone, and We can’t wait to see you soon!
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Winners Announced for Pasco EDC’s 34th Annual Awards

The Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) hosted its 34th Annual Awards event at the Pasco Hernando State College Instructional Performing Arts Center (IPAC) with hundreds in atten dance. The evening was presented by AdventHealth, Florida’s Sports Coast, Patty Vesh Business Broker, and CareerSource Pasco Hernan do.

“It is always such an honor to recognize the companies who have made such an immense impact on our local economy and in our com munity. We had 25 finalists, and all were extremely deserving,” said Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC President/CEO. “It was a wonderful celebra tion, and we congratulate the six businesses who won and of course, an esteemed leader in our community, Billy Brown.”

This year’s award finalists included companies that exhibited exem plary growth through job creation, capital investment, technology, innovation, and community service. The winners were announced with stunning videos created by the evening’s Video Production Sponsor, JL Video. The award winners for 2022 were:

1. Pasco Establishment Award: TouchPoint Medical Inc.

Committing to the company’s largest investment ever made in its 120 years of existence, TouchPoint Medical invested over $30 million dollars and built a 142,000 square foot facility for its Global Head quarters near State Road 54 and the Suncoast Parkway. TouchPoint Medical is a leading producer of automated medication dispensing equipment.

2. Innovation in Business Award: Rasmussen University

Rasmussen University offers students a broad range of quality Bache lor’s, Associate’s, and now Doctoral degree programs in seven educa tional departments focused on the skill sets employers are hiring for. To help combat the national nursing shortage, Rasmussen University has created an accelerated nursing program, to educate and train students and get them placed in the field at a quicker pace.

3. International Achievement: Morganna’s Alchemy, LLC Morganna’s Alchemy is a minority woman-owned business that follows a science-based & simple philosophy to create Phyto-Der mo-Cosmeceuticals. They carefully choose organic active ingredients from Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, with a large amount of company exports overseas.

4. Economic Excellence Award: Santander Consumer USA

In 2021 Santander Consumer USA Inc. invested $22 million to up grade and convert 126,828 square feet of existing retail space off State Road 54 near the Suncoast Parkway. Since then, the company has added 307 new jobs and will eventually create a total of 875 new to

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Florida jobs over the next five years.

5. SMARTstart Entrepreneur of the Year: Life Essentials Refillery Life Essentials Refillery is a woman-owned business committed to the environment. It simplifies eco-friendly shopping for the modern family by doing the research for its consumers by contacting whole salers, verifying that they are good companies that produce quality products and that they manufacture in the United States. They have a store front in a 498 square foot shipping container at the new KRATE shopping center at the GROVE in Wesley Chapel.

6. People’s Choice Award, chosen “by the people” in an online vote: AdventHealth

Becoming a national leader in health care takes more than medical expertise and advanced technology. With more than 80,000 highly skilled professionals dedicated to delivering exceptional care with uncommon compassion, AdventHealth is here to help create a life of whole health for its patients.

7. Leadership Award: Honoring Billy E. Brown, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative

Billy E. Brown, a lifelong resident of Pasco County, attended Pasco High School and served in the United States Coast Guard and Kore an War. He began his employment with Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative in 1956 as a lineman, but his abilities and leadership skills were quickly recognized as he rapidly progressed into supervi sory positions. In 1973, he was promoted to Executive Vice-President and General Manager, the position which he currently holds, 49 years later. His leadership for over half a century has impacted thousands within our community through non-profits, scholarships, and eco nomic opportunities.

The attendees loved the new venue, from the theatre style seating for the award program to networking in the portico area. The award pro gram was followed by a dessert and networking hour where guests had a chance to mingle and develop more business connections. With almost 400 people in attendance, after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, the Pasco EDC is excited to have hosted the Annual Awards once again.

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