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MetroWest Corner Dear Friends:
MetroWest Master Association 2121 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 132 Orlando, FL 32835 (407) 601-5995 www.metrowestcommunity.com
CONNECT Published four times a year by: MetroWest Master Association
Over the past year, MetroWest Master Association made significant progress in our continuing commitment to creating strong community connections and enhancing our sense of civic pride. We welcomed numerous new businesses, including retail and restaurant establishments, to boost our commercial sector, and marked the opening of Arby’s, WaWa and 24 Hour Fitness in Kirkman Station. We enjoyed an array of successful special events that showcased our vibrant community and we continued to expand our innovative public safety initiative, with the ongoing goal of enriching our quality of life now and in the future. In 2019, we are looking forward to elevating our community profile with completely updated signage throughout MetroWest. The new signage design will integrate natural materials such as stone, and feature a softened color palette for a more timeless look. The result will be elegant, inviting and a major enhancement to MetroWest’s appearance and public image. A great way to be informed about our new signage and other important neighborhood news by liking the MetroWest Master Association on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ MetroWestMasterAssociation. Stay connected with us!
Julie Sanchez, LCAM, CFCAM General Manager MetroWest Master Association For more information or to advertise please contact
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Jim Drayton President MetroWest Master Association Board of Directors
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MEET THE RECENTLY ELECTED MetroWest Master Association Board Members Madeleine Francois, MetroWest Unit Five
Warren Nash, Vistas at Stonebridge Commons
A resident of MetroWest for the past 24
Warren Nash has been a resident in
years, Madeleine Francois was a licensed
MetroWest for the past 17 years. For the
Independent Life and Annuity agent before
past decade, he has lived in Vistas at
retiring. Throughout her MetroWest
Stonebridge Commons. His background
residency, she has been actively involved
includes 18 years in flooring sales,
in the MetroWest Master Association through committee
restaurant server and manager at Hard Rock Cafe, and
service including the Finance, Security, Landscaping,
employment at Walt Disney World. He has served on
Community Events, Fine & Hearing and the Design
the HOA board for Vistas at Stonebridge Commons for
Review Board committees. Madeleine currently serves as
four years and as president of that board for three of
President of MetroWest Unit Five board and has served as
those years. He has also served on the master board of
chairperson for the Beautification Committee, as a member
Stonebridge Commons for three years and has been an
of the Welcome Committee and Social Committee, and as
active member of the Stonebridge landscape committee
Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator.
for three years.
Byron W. Brooks MetroWest resident Byron W. Brooks, longtime right-hand to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, has left the City of Orlando to join Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings’ staff as County Administrator. Brooks has been a resident of MetroWest since 2003. Dyer appointed Brooks as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Orlando in 2005. In that capacity, Brooks oversaw all operating departments in the organization of 3,600 employees as well as a budget of $1.3 billion. Brooks brings more than 32 years of experience in the public sector, having previously served as the executive director of the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orange County Deputy County Administrator, and director of the Families, Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Orlando. As Orange County’s County Administrator, Brooks oversees a budget of $4.4 billion and more than 7,500 employees in more than 80 departments. Orange County is the fifth-largest county in Florida in terms of population. Brooks earned a master’s degree in education from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree from Furman University.
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METROWEST BENEFITS FROM PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERSHIP In 2018, MetroWest marked the fifth year of
Over the past year, MetroWest PSOs were
our community partnership with Critical
involved in more than 16,000 community
Intervention Services (CIS), a Floridaâ€?based
contacts within MetroWest, proving
company that specializes in enhancing public
that the program is unifying residents
safety. MetroWest Public Safety Officers
and businesses to promote the highest
(PSOs) serve as community liaisons, building
standards of public safety.
relationships with community members, businesses, the Orlando Police Department (OPD), and other law enforcement officials and entities.
Also in 2018, MWMA and CIS continued to facilitate the process by which MetroWest communities can implement the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) in order to achieve Crime Free Certification from OPD. In June, eight MetroWest communities were recognized and congratulated for having received Crime Free Certification. CIS envisions continued success in 2019 and appreciates the efforts of all neighbors who strive to ensure the safety of MetroWest residents, businesses and visitors.
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Springtime Gardening Tips Now that spring is here, gardens have started to come to life thanks to the warm weather plants that can be grown around our sunny Florida homes. Here are some tips to help you prepare your yard for gorgeous landscaping:
• Don’t overplant – Keep in mind the size of a plant when
• Ensure your irrigation is fully operational – With the
• Plant smaller, slow-growing trees – Smaller trees cost
weather heating up irrigation is important, as it will help your lawn stay cool and resistant to some of the sun’s heat. Be sure to follow our local watering restrictions.
• Scout for insects – The young tender growth of spring is attractive to insects. Inspect new growth for insect activity and treat accordingly. If you notice lady bugs, treatment likely will not be needed as their juveniles will quickly devour troublesome insects like aphids.
• Fertilize – If you have not already, feed your lawn and
shrubs with a slow release fertilizer. The spring new growth is demanding on plants’ nutrient reserves.
• Use mulch – Mulch helps distribute water among your plants and slows evaporation; it’s also a weed deterrent.
• Choose sun-friendly plants – Buy plants that can withstand the Florida summer with minimal effort. Plants like beautyberries, various palm trees and bird of paradise are drought tolerant and native to Florida.
• Accent your home – Use landscape plants to soften the
edges of your home and add curb appeal. Select species that bloom at different times of the year.
it matures. Leave enough space around each plant to make it easier for them to grow and prevent the need for excessive pruning later on.
less than larger trees, allowing you to purchase more for the same amount of money. Smaller, sturdier trees are less susceptible to the elements and possible storm damage. Trees like the twilight crape myrtle, tabebuia, laurel oak, dwarf magnolia and the hydrangea grow well in the Florida heat and yield beautiful blooming flowers.
Follow these few tips and you will enjoy a beautiful, landscaped yard this summer and be the envy of the neighborhood!
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ATTENDEES ENJOYED MetroWest’s WinterFest on December 8 Event Began with Santa Arriving by Parachute MetroWest Master Association (MWMA) welcomed more than 5,000 attendees at the 7th Annual WinterFest held on Dec. 8 at the MetroWest Golf Club. WinterFest 2018 started with Santa and his
elves parachuting in to the event, much to the delight of hundreds of children in attendance. MetroWest WinterFest 2018 benefited Edgewood Children’s Ranch, a nonprofit, residential program that helps boys and girls ages 6-17 address and overcome behavioral issues in a positive, safe environment. MetroWest communities and businesses competed in the MetroWest WinterFest Charity Challenge by collecting dry goods, sporting equipment, gift cards and more for the Ranch. The Summit Apartments won the Charity Challenge and a $200 cash prize.
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As the spirit of giving continued at WinterFest, MWMA presented a $5,000 check to MetroWest Elementary School and Westpointe Elementary School. BENEFITING
WinterFest is a free, family event with fun for all ages and included the movie “Happy Feet” shown
on a big screen on the MetroWest
Golf green, a snow slide, face painters, an ice skating rink, Santa and Mrs. Claus, vendors and food trucks. Festivities also included holiday-themed performances by Perfect Pointe Productions and MetroWest Elementary School.
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Surprise Your Taste Buds at the Food Truck Connection
Enjoy an effortless evening of food, fun and hospitality at the monthly MetroWest Food Truck Connection! One of the most exciting things about the food truck
The Food Truck Connection takes place every fourth
trend is the creativity, unique menus and international
Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Veranda
cuisine that is served. This event presents a great
Park. In addition to food, the Food Truck Connection
opportunity to try something new without the costs
features music, family fun activities and themes
and inconvenience associated with traditional dining
including “Spirit Nights” to benefit local schools.
So, start the New Year with some culinary delights, take a break from cooking
Food trucks are enjoying widespread popularity for offering delicious meals at a reasonable price for a generation on the go. The MetroWest Food Truck Connection showcases some of the best bites around
and connect with your neighbors at the MetroWest Food
created by some of Central Florida’s most inventive chefs
Truck Connection! Visit www.metrowestcommunity.
that are elevating street food to
com or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
the next level. You can find the
MetroWestMasterAssociation for the latest news about
expected family-favorites, like
the MetroWest Food Truck Connection.
tacos and pizza, to unexpected treats like lobster rolls and gourmet donuts.
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10 Tips for Bicycling Safety
1. Wear a bike helmet that fits you and is properly adjusted. It could save your life in a crash. Buy your helmet new – a used helmet may have hidden damage that could affect its ability to protect you. 2. Wear bright clothing and make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bike. A rear red flashing light makes it even easier to be seen. 3. Check your bike to make sure the tires are properly inflated, the brakes are tight enough, and the chain is running smoothly. 4. Ride to the right side of the road in the same direction as traffic. Go with the flow, not against it. 5. Keep at least one hand on the handlebars. Use a backpack or bike carrier if you need to carry something.
6. Watch out at intersections, where about half of crashes occur. Obey traffic signals and always look behind you for a break in traffic before making a turn. 7. When passing a pedestrian or another bike, warn them of your approach with a bell or shout (“on your left!”). 8. Don’t wear earbuds when you ride. You need to hear what’s going on around you. 9. Watch for hazards, such as glass rocks or potholes, that could cause you to have an accident. 10. When riding near parked cars, be aware of doors that could suddenly open. Try to ride about four feet away from parked cars to avoid being “doored.”
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MetroWest Master Association presents
A FREE Family Fun Event with Exhibitors, Music, Food & Fireworks! Building on the success of MetroWest’s annual MusicFest, this year we have moved the date to July 4 to bring you MusicWORKS featuring Will Donato, Absolute Queen and Amazing Fireworks
Save the Date Thursday, July 4 6-10 p.m. MetroWest Golf Club
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NEWS YOU CAN USE FROM THE CITY OF ORLANDO:
Five Benefits of Composting Did you know the average person throws away approximately 20 pounds of food waste every month? A great way to reduce your landfill contribution and create your own nutrient rich soil is by composting at home. Through Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works initiative, City of Orlando residents can receive a free backyard home composter. Composting is the process of turning kitchen and yard waste into usable, nutrient rich soil through natural decomposition. Here are five benefits of composting: Reduces Your Landfill Contribution Composting diverts food and yard waste from the landfill, and instead uses that waste to make nutrient rich soil. Food waste and yard trimmings comprise 24 percent of the municipal solid waste stream. Inside the composter, this waste is broken down.
Creates Rich Soil Composting creates soil in organic matter
that can be used in your yard and garden. The soil helps retain nutrients, moisture and air for the betterment of plants.
Suppresses Plant Diseases and Pests Research shows that soil treated with compost tends to produce plants with fewer pest problems. Compost gives plants the nutrients and beneficial microbes they need to fight off disease. Compost also helps to control diseases and insects that might otherwise overrun regular soil.
Saves Water Compost helps soak up water, slowly releasing it to plants. Compost can act as a natural evaporation barrier for your garden, helping it retain water and reduce the need to water. With enough compost in your soil, you will not have to water your plants as much, saving on your water bill.
Saves You Money By reducing the need for commercial soil conditioners and fertilizers, composting saves you money.
To request a free composter, visit https://beta.orlando.gov/ Trash-Recycling/Request-aFree-Composter.
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MetroWest Represented at Orlando Health Centennial Gala
MetroWest was well represented at the recent Orlando Health Centennial Gala by current – and one former – residents of Fairway Cove. They were, left to right, Jane Shugart, Dr. Sandy Shugart (Orlando Health Board Chairman), Joanne Kostantinidis (Orlando Health Foundation Board Member), Tony Kostantinidis, Stina D’Uva (President, West Orange Chamber), Amy Pennock (former Fairway Cove resident, Seminole Public School Board Member, and Vice President of Finance and HR, Shepherd’s Hope) and Nick D’Uva.
New Signage, Landscaping Coming in 2019
Later this year, work will begin on renovating MetroWest’s signage, including the monuments at the entrance to our community. As shown in the artist’s concept above, the new signage design will integrate natural materials such as stone, feature a softened color palette for a timeless look, and use nature-inspired patterns and symbols to add artful detail. The goal is to enhance MetroWest’s appearance and public image with signage that is updated, elegant and pleasing to the eye. To stay informed about the new signage project, like the MetroWest Master Association on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetroWestMasterAssociation.
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