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The community newsletter that brings us together! â€˘ I, II, III & IV V o l u m e I , I s s u e V I - J a n u a r y, 2 0 1 1
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MEAD W POINTE I INFO Meadow Pointe Clubhouse
28245 County Line Road Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 P: (813) 973-1671 F: (813) 973-7268 firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: (M-F) 8 am – 5 pm Operations Manager: Keith Fisk Clubhouse Hours: Everyday from 8am – 9:30pm Pool hours: 10am-Dusk
MP CDD Supervisors Chair -Dennis Smith email@example.com Treasurer -Lutfi Jadallah firstname.lastname@example.org Vice Chair-Pat Asklar email@example.com Assistant Secretary - Kelly Rodriguez firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Secretary - Dawn Khalil email@example.com
Happy New Year! T here’s no better time than January to focus on health and wellness. Often, New Years Resolutions include exercise goals. The new fitness center at Meadow Pointe continues to be a popular option for exercisers. Many of you have visited, and several of us use the center regularly. There are resistance machines that work all major muscle groups, free weights, and cardio equipment including a stationary bike, treadmills, and elliptical machines. Two televisions provide visual entertainment, and many people bring their own ipods or headphones. The Meadow Pointe Community Council purchased the antiseptic wipes to clean the machines after each use, as well as the cubbies to store our
wallets, keys, jackets, and purses while we exercise. The racquetball court is hugely popular! Reserve the court by calling the clubhouse at 973-1671, or sign up to play on Thursday nights. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and practice your swing. Other fitness options at Meadow Pointe include zumba, tennis, and yoga classes. Check out our website at www.meadowpointe.com for more information. And know that your CDD wants to provide excellent amenities for you. The construction of the new fitness center was completed on time and with no increase in assessments. Enjoy!
MP1 Community Council (MP1CC)
The community council is a group of volunteers that work to make our community a better place to live. If you are interested in getting involved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. We look forward to hearing from you.
Current Village reps are: Arbors - Dennis Costa Broadlands - Nancy Deacon Murray Grasslands - Susan Walsh-Boyle Hammocks - Erick Egeland Meadowlands - Diane Hemphill Parkland - Carlotta Bernard Pinedale - Brett Landry Savannahs -Tim Taylor Springs - Mike Rosche Summerbrooke - Mike Smith Woodlands - Jeanne Curtin MEADOW Pointe NEWS
CDD Meeting Notes pertinent information about Meadow Pointe 1. These will be mailed to residents in June and December. Extra copies will be in the fitness center office. All the information included can be found on our website, www.meadowpointecdd.com.
Meadow Pointe Newsletter. The CDD Board of Supervisors decided in the December 2 meeting to change the MP1 newsletter to a twice a year informational mailing which will include January 2011
Tennis Court lighting. It was determined that the lighting of the tennis courts is in need of improvements. Additional lights will be installed as well as wiring allowing us to have family movie nights on the practice wall in the Spring when the weather warms up! v Page 5
MEAD W POINTE I INFO Ongoing Classes MP1 People at Meadow Point 1 Dance it out at ZUMBA
classes with Gabby
Classes are Tuesday nights; $6 per or 5 for $25; 6:45pm Low Impact; 7:30pm Regular Class. Contact Gabby 263-8046 for more information.
Free MP1 Yoga Club Find your balance, strength and flexibility every Wednesday evening at 6:45 in the MP1 Clubhouse. Contact Kelly at kgarvin1@msn. com for more information.
at Meadow Pointe Coach Bill Arfsten USPTA trains all levels of players from novice to tournament. Call 813.469.2267 for more information on private and group lessons.
MP1 has a Racquetball Challenge every Thursday evening form 6 p.m. to closing for experienced players. A great way to find a racquetball partner, or meet others at your level. Contact the Fitness Center for more information. (813) 973-1671
Starting this month, we would like to include a section on the people of Meadow Pointe 1. If you, or one of your neighbors in MP1 have something
Jennifer Otte Jennifer Otte, a longtime resident of the Springs, and one of our SPES, JLMS and WRHS’s moms, was in a serious car accident in November in Meadow Pointe. Her car swerved into a tree causing many injuries including a broken neck, ankle, and heel. The most pressing being her head injury, Jennifer spent 9 days in the ICU, and was finally released from the hospital early December. While her family is excited she is home, Jennifer, a single mom, and her 5 children have a long recovery ahead of them.
She is currently staying with her mother until she is able to resume regular day-to-day activities on her own. Several friends and neighbors have been trying to help the Otte family. A Jennifer Otte fundraiser was held early Dec, which included a car wash, bake sale, and Love-thy-neighbor t-shirt sale at the MP1 Clubhouse. A Jennifer Otte Fund has been set up, and if you are able to help, please send what you can (checks payable to Jennifer Otte Fund) to her sister: Jessica McNatt, 24208 Oaks Blvd., Land O Lakes, FL 34639. Thank you for any and all support, after all, neighbors helping each other is what our community is all about!
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The beginning of December, Meadow Pointe 1 resident Olivia Rodriguez traveled to Washington, DC, to compete in the 2010 Southern Regional Irish dance competition. Known as the Oireachtas (oh-rahk-tahs) in Gaelic, the event draws champion dancers from all over the South. The competiJanuary 2011
noteworthy to share, please send information to Dawn Khalil at email@example.com to be included!
tors wear eye-catching colors and sparkles to get the judges’ attention. The dances are traditional jigs, reels, and other ancient folkloric group dances, reminiscent of the popular show Riverdance. Olivia and her dance mates train at the McGinley Academy in Lutz; some of you may have seen them at the Meadow Pointe community fair last Spring, at the Renaissance Faire at MOSI, or at the Lightning game at the St. Pete Times-Forum last year. Besides competition, the troupe also performs at community events, corporate affairs, weddings, and private parties. Dance instruction is available for boys and girls from 4 years of age and up, and also for adults. For information on classes or shows, please visit the website at www. McGinleyAcademy.com, or contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Clarke Each year the Florida Department of Education sponsors a statewide Outstanding School Volunteer Award competition. Out of 90 nominees, the judges chose Kim Clarke (Springs Village) as the Outstanding Adult volunteer for the district for 2010-2011. Sand Pine Elementary School considers Kim Clarke part of the school team.
She began volunteering seven years ago when her child was in kindergarten. Not only has she volunteered regularly in classrooms, but she has also served on the PTA Board as President, as well as several other positions. She averages 20 hours a week volunteering at the school on top of working part-time. Kim is always available for special classroom events and gladly steps up to the plate when needed. Kim leads a student book club that models not only the joy of reading, but also comprehension through the discussions she has with students about what they have read. “Kim is always available to help wherever and whenever needed and is dedicated to helping teachers and students. She is most deserving of this award,” reports Belinda Pope, School Volunteer Coordinator. v
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he best time to sell a home in New Tampa is February through May. So it’s time to get ready. You don’t need to spend lot money to put your home in a marketable condition and to get the best price possible. Within 15 seconds a buyer has developed an opinion of your property and it starts at the street. For this reason, you must make sure each component of the visual landscape looks its best. This is curb appeal and it also includes sidewalks, fences, mailbox and light fixtures. Landscaping including shrubs and trees should be trimmed. Besides being freshly mowed and trimmed the lawn should be healthy and weed free. If you need to replace sod do it now. Front walkways and driveway should be cleared and power Page 8
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washed. If possible park cars in the garage. The roof is the largest single element of your exterior front. Buyers look at the condition of the roof from the street and it needs to be in good repair. Replace any broken or missing tiles and shingles. Check the flashing, gutters and downspouts for sagging or missing elements. Lastly, the front door and entrance area should have a little wow factor. Front doors should be stained or painted and apply new updated fixtures if needed. Flowers in pots add color and contrast and a new doormat makes it welcoming. For a complete list of recommendations to help your home sell for the highest price obtainable in the shortest possible time call Liz DeAmbrose, Coldwell Banker 956-6487 January 2011
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A Fresh, New Market Opens! About the Market The Shops At Wiregrass has teamed up with Tiffany Ferrecchia, Market Manager for the Tampa Downtown Market held on Friday’s and the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market held every second Sunday of each month to develop the NEW Wiregrass Fresh Market; a true gathering place for the growing populations of the Wesley Chapel and New Tampa area. The Market will feature a vast variety of Vendors selling only fresh, local, home made, hand crafted or ecofriendly products.
Market Mission The Wiregrass Fresh Market mission is to provide as much locally sourced fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers, as well as locally made and produced take-home foods and artisan type products for the community and its neighbors.
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With these offerings the Market intends to draw residents and visitors to the Wesley Chapel, New Tampa Area and to boost the local economy. The Market provides a venue for local groups, businesses, and non-profit organizations to interact with the citizenry and strengthening community spirit through the market place.
Locally Grown Hydroponic Produce
What can you expect to find?
The Parke Family is proud to bring you Homegrown Fruits and Vegetables and unique Family Fun. All of their Fruits and Vegetables are insecticide and pesticide free. At Parke Family HydroFarm, they have a variety of fruits and vegetables and herbs planted on just 1 acre of land.
Local, Certified Organic Produce Please join us in welcoming Magnolia Organics, Certified Organic Farm from San Antonio, FL. They have been planting lots of crops to supply our Market this Season. On December 4th, they will be bringing what they can harvest from the Farm along with some Wild Flowers and Herbs.
Parke Family HydroFarms is a family owned and operated “pick your own” farm located between Tampa and Lakeland in Dover, Florida.
Conventional Produce A variety of local produce re-sellers will be also joining us to supply a variety of vegetables that are both seasonal to Florida and others we cannot grow during the winter season.
Note: All options vary on availability due to season, production and weather. It’s our goal to bring to you vendors offering a vast array of Produce at this Market. We look for vendors who can supply options for Local, Organic, Conventional or Hydroponic Produce.
Spread the word! We are always looking for more.... Back Yard Growers and Community Gardens are always welcome!
Fresh Market at Wiregrass Opened December 4th 1st Saturday of Every month, 9am-2pm.
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MEAD W POINTE II INFO Meadow Pointe II CDD Information www.meadowpointe2cdd.org
MPII CLUBHOUSE CONTACT INFORMATION Bill Snyder
30051 County Line Road Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Office: 991.5016 Fax: 991.6169 E -Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday - Sunday 8AM - 10PM
Monday - Friday 5AM - 9:45PM Saturday - Sunday 8AM - 9:45PM
Pool Hours (Pool is not heated) Thursday - Tuesday 10AM - Dusk Wednesday 12PM - Dusk
MP II CDD SUPERVISORS Linda Straw Chairman email@example.com Mark Glassman Vice-Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Bovis Assistant Treasurer email@example.com Glen Aleo Assistant Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Brian Shahin Supervisor email@example.com
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Greetings from the
wish a Happy New Year to all our Meadow Pointe Residents, their family and friends. May the New Year bring good health to all and the hope we will all endeavor to become a good neighbor. My wish would be for all our residents to reach out to everyone and support all Meadow Pointe Community Board Members in hopes we can become one Meadow Pointe Community we can all be proud of. I hope this year we can all work hard to keep Meadow Pointe II free of trash in our clubhouse grounds and I ask everyone to take a giant step forward to keep our streets and ponds within our villages free of trash, as well as along our roadways. I would like to thank all our staff for your daily efforts in keeping the clubhouse clean, as well as the fitness room, playgrounds, our streets and ponds. We make every effort to ensure gates and fences are in good working order, we inspect them daily for the safety of all our residents, and perform all necessary repairs. We hope to see more of our residents at our CDD meetings, and show support for all efforts for improvement to our villages and communities in Meadow Pointe. January 2011
Please e-mail me with any concerns you may have, or if you wish to have an activity at the Clubhouse so we may reserve a room or rooms for you or your family members. I would like to suggest the following for the New Year: Call the Pasco County Sheriff non emergency number 813929-1204 if you witness any accidents, if you have a problem arising within your home or property, witness speeding within your villages, If you have missing bikes, personal items, or autos, and observe fishing in all CDD ponds that are posted no fishing. When you report directly to the Sheriff â€™s Department they will have a better understanding on what is going on within your village, and will serve us all better in providing a watchful eye on our community to prevent crime in the future. If we all work together with a watchful eye within our community we can ensure the safety of our residents, children and property. I hope you have a great New Year. v Bill Snyder
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hat better way to start the new year than with a spotlight on …. one of Meadow Pointe II’s most well respected, likable residents, Wayne Busbice. Wayne has led a spectacular life … from teaching to the military to publishing a book … he surprised us all with his accomplishments. No surprise though to anyone who knows him, Wayne was an educator for 31 years (master teacher, counselor and principal). He views his years in education as his most satisfying job.
Wayne was elected to the very first Meadow Pointe II CDD Board in 2003. As vice chair, he set up the plan that established areas of specialization for supervisors; served as liaison between the CDD Board and local schools; established a safety committee to monitor transportation and construction issues for the new schools which impacted Meadow Pointe residents; and was editor of the newsletter for all the Meadow Pointe sections. He continues today as an advisor to the newsletter. (thank you Wayne)
Wayne has over thirty years of combined active and ready reserve duty in the Air Force (1947 – 1980) where as a Lt Col he held such titles as Director of Logistics and Inspector General at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
Wayne started his own music publishing and recording company where he produced the number one bluegrass album in 1987, “Tennessee 1949”. Wayne not only performed with his own bluegrass group, but also has written over 40 of his own songs. Check him out on YouTube, singing “Goin’ Back to Dixie”. No surprise that he decided to write a memoir (Uncovering the Secrets of a Southern Family).
In addition, Wayne was also a political activist, primarily in Maryland. He was chairman of the Democratic caucus and chairman of his election district. In the 1990’s, he advised and served on steering committees to elect his state representative, governor and assistant governor, U.S. senator (Mikulski), and president (Clinton).
After music, Wayne’s favorite hobby, shared with his wife Pat, is genealogy research. It has given him a great deal of pleasure to learn more about his ancestors and to discover he is cousin both to a former governor of Georgia (Busbee), and Rosalynn Carter, wife of president Jimmy. Wayne and his wife have seven children and six grandchildren. v
You will find useful information regarding all aspects of the CDD such as: Dates of Meeting Financials and Budgets Newsletters Services Solid Waste Collection Policies and Forms HOA Deed Restrictions Links to Governmental Services Meadow Pointe II CDD is now on Twitter
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Like a good wine, aging can now be better in years to come.
ave you heard the phrase, “Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life”, first penned by Herbert Henry Asquith? As we age, many of us have the time and resources to enjoy our lives, but do not have the physical stamina or energy to live life fully.
We have been told that aging is a natural process that can lead to fatigue, negative bodily changes, weight gain, lack of sleep, and loss of sexual drive. While the clock cannot be stopped, it is possible to slow it down by providing the body with the building blocks needed to restore vitality. These building blocks often involve Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), proper nutrition and regular exercise. The medical community once believed that our bodies’ hormone levels decrease because we age. Now, it has become clear that our
bodies age because hormone levels decrease. Both men and women are subject to these age-related issues. A bioidentical hormone has an identical chemical and molecular structure to the hormones that our bodies produce. Given that, bioidentical hormones have the same biological effects and cause the same physiological responses. Hormones that are non-bioidentical can either be synthetic or horse hormones, which tend to have far greater unwanted side effects. BHRT helps re-establish hormonal balance in a natural way without causing unpleasant side effects. Health benefits include improving lipids and cholesterol levels, enhancing energy, improving quality of sleep, balancing mood, and maintaining brain functions, as well as helping to prevent osteoporosis, maintaining bone density, reducing body fat, and maintaining proper muscle mass.
The goal of synthetic hormone therapy was to alleviate symptoms, such as hot flashes and mood swings. With BHRT, the goal is longevity and quality of life and providing the same protective health benefits as our own natural hormones used to provide. If you answer yes to one or more of these symptoms, BHRT may be for you: Increased Body Fat, Mood Swings, Thinning Hair, Sexual Disinterest, Memory Loss, Irregular Menstrual Cycle, Headaches, Fatigue, Depression, Reduced Libido, Hot Flashes, Insomnia, Reduced Cognitive Functions, Erectile Dysfunction, Loss of Muscle Mass & Osteoporosis. Testosterone begins to deplete in most men at 25 and hormonal imbalance may occur in women at 35. Discuss with your doctor your desire to find out the extent of your hormonal imbalance. Testing required could involve saliva, blood,
or urine (or a combination of the three) and the results should be interpreted by a physician who has experience in BHRT customizing a treatment plan so that an accredited pharmacy can compound the specific mixture and dosage level your body requires. Unfortunately, many physicians treat only the obvious symptoms. By properly addressing the underlying cause-hormonal imbalance--a person’s quality of life and overall well-being can be greatly enhanced now and for years to come. Tampa Rejuvenation’s premiere physician, Caroline Van SantCrowle M.D. is an expert in Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. She is known for her work with Suzanne Somers on her book, Knockout. For more information, please visit TampaRejuvenation.com.
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Boy & Girl SCOUTS
The Cookies are coming!
community involvement program that benefits both your car and our local Boy Scouts.
he Cookies are coming! The Sand Eagles Girl Scouts of West Central Florida held their first Cookie Rally on Friday December 17th. The girls learned about safety, goal setting and Community service via Girl Scout cookies. Bob Williams spoke to the girls about donating cookies to our soldiers. Cookie sales begin on January 7th for a February 19th delivery. Cookie booths will begin on February 21st.
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MEAD W POINTE III INFO Meadow Pointe III CDD Information
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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Chairman-Glenn Johnston Vice Chairman-Paul Carlucci Assistant Secretary-John Johnson Assistant Secretary-William Galetta Assistant Secretary-Michael Hall Board of Supervisors public meeting held second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Meadow Pointe III Clubhouse
Management Team District Manager-Scott Brizendine Rizzetta & Company, Inc. 5844 Old Pasco Road Suite 100 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Phone: 813-994-1001 Fax: 813-994-2100 Amenities Manager-Kelly Evans Clubhouse Manager-Dan Richardson Meadow Pointe III Clubhouse 1500 Meadow Pointe Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Phone: 813-383-6676 Fax: 813-386-6676 MPIII Clubhouse Info Clubhouse Manager-Dan Richardson 1500 Meadow Pointe Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Phone: 813-383-6676 Fax: 813-386-6676 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: 9am-9pm Office Hours Monday - Sunday 9AM - 9PM Fitness Center Monday - Sunday 9AM - 9PM Pool Hours (Pool is not heated) Monday - Sunday 9AM – Dusk MEADOW Pointe NEWS
MPt 3 QuickStart Tennis participants in the November 21st tournament
he Tennis Courts are buzzing with all kinds of tennis activities at Meadow Pointe. Check out current tennis schedules at www.TheTennisConnection.com or call 813-949-9195. Currently at Meadow Pointe 3 Tennis courts, Group & Private Tennis classes for Adults & Kids ages 3 & up are offered. All levels. QuickStart Tennis for beginning kids ages 5-12 which includes both lessons & tournaments. Camps & junior league play is also offered. We are looking to start Adult Ladders & leagues in the future. Certified USPTA tennis coaches.
QuickStart 10 & under Tennis, Have you tried tennis recently? A NEW BEGINNING. “QuickStart Tennis for kids ages 10 & under is tennis on smaller court dimensions with slower bouncing balls and smaller racquets. So beginning level kids as young as age 5 can actually rally and play a game much faster. Actually, the tennis industry recently changed it’s rules to use this format in 10 & under tournaments worldwide and in the US which means kids ages 10 & under will have many more playing opportunities and we will see kids
MPt 3 resident Trisha Bhathivi watches the ball.
playing more, rallying longer & having more FUN than ever before. At Tennis Connection, we have been training kids with this format for the past 5 years and many kids have progressed to regular tennis play, state ranking, high school play and stay involved much longer” states Tennis Connection owner Dave Freiman.
November 21st QuickStart Tournament Fun was had by all as we held our 2nd QuickStart tournament this fall at Meadow Pointe 3. For beginning level kids ages 5-12 years. A court finish was 1st place Kenta Xu 2nd Myles Caesar 3rd Hannah Marmol 4th Pakashi Xu B court finish was 1st place Grayson Smith 2nd Leslee Hendricks 3rd Daniel Marmol 4th Gage Hutton then Sofia Rojas, Luke Cuellar & Trisha Bhathiva. Recent results from a recent QuickStart Tournament at Meadow Pointe 3. More information, upcoming tournament schedule and pictures can be found at www. TheTennisConnection.com Congrats to Noble Gutierrez, MPt 3 resident, whose team recently finished 3rd in the recent fall season of www.TeamTennisJuniorLeague.com v
Tiffany Colin & Hannah Marmol.
MPt 3 resident Grayson Smith-took 1st place in recent MPt 3 QuickStart Tournament.
CDD Meeting January 11, 2011 6:30 PM
Meadow Pointe III Clubhouse, 1500 Meadow Pointe Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 January 2011
MEAD W POINTE III INFO Aerial Map of Meadow Pointe III Trail
ATTENTION Meadow Pointe Residents!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Recently, vandalism has occurred to several of the village entry monuments in the community. If anyone witnesses or knows of such an act please contact our Clubhouse Staff or notify the Sheriff Department immediately.
813 929-1204 A Resident Information Form will be available online & at the Clubhouse beginning in February. Watch for additional information coming in the February Newsletter!
Meadow Pointe III Tennis Class Schedule Adult Beginning Tennis 101 Classes Thursday Evenings - 7-8pm Beginning Mens & Ladies Mixed Clinic 1.0-2.5 Cost: $45/month: (60min, 1 day a wk x 4 wks) at Meadow Pointe 3 tennis Courts.
Kids Tennis Classes QuickStart™ for Little Tennis:
Ages 3-6 yrs old. Cost: $30/month: (1 day a wk x 4 wks) 5:30 - 6pm Thur at Meadow Pointe 3 Courts
QuickStart™ for Beginning Kids:
Ages 7-11 yrs old. Cost: $45/month: (1 day a wk x 4 wks) 6 - 7pm Thur at Meadow Pointe 3 Courts Page 18
Beginning to Intermediate Kids:
Ages 12-16 yrs old. Cost: $45/month: (1 day a wk x 4 wks) 6 - 7pm Thur at Meadow Pointe 3 Courts Sign-Up for any classes online at www.the tennisconnection.com or call The Tennis Connection 813-949-9195
Water Aerobics Come join our water aerobics workout Mon., Wed. & Fri. 10:30 to 11:30 am.
Mahjong Ladies play Mahjong at MPIII Clubhouse every Wednesday 12 noon - 3 pm. Come meet new friends.
Announcements If a resident would like to make an announcement in the MPIII Section, a birthday, anniversary, wedding or engagement please contact the Clubhouse at 813-383-6676 January 2011
Coming Soon! Meadow Pointe III Clubhouse Access System. Meadow Pointe III Clubhouse is implementing an access key-fob system for use of the District’s amenity areas. An access key-fob will be necessary to gain entry to the pool and fitness areas. Each household in Meadow Pointe III will be issued two (2) key-fobs at no charge. All other Meadow Pointe residents are welcome to use the facilities at anytime and may purchase a key fob for convenient access. Beginning in February, to obtain a key fob you will be required to complete a form and show proof of residence i.e. Driver’s License, State ID, utility bill or a vehicle registration. All Renters will be required to provide a copy of their lease and proof of identification.
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he Dickey family opened the original Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas with the goal that they still live by today: “Serve everyone great barbecue.” The Dickey’s franchise in Wesley Chapel, located at 2653 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, is owned and operated by Ron and Charlotte Dykes with help from their manager and daughter, Ashley Porson. The Dickey’s secret to success? “We have a passion for barbecue and a passion for our customers. We take great pride and care in both.” Warning: you’re about to get really, really hungry… recently voted “Best Barbecue” in a local cook-off, Dickey’s signature beef brisket and tender pulled pork are slow smoked on-site in a hickory pit every night. The marinated chicken breast, turkey breast, Virginia-style ham, Polish sausage, spicy hot links and fall-off-the-bone ribs are smoked throughout the day. Pair them with their famous Original, sweet or spicy barbecue sauce plus their long list of home-style sides and you’ve got the perfect meal. All this plus free ice cream for everyone with every meal. Speaking of sauce, legend has it that it took 3 years, 2 fist fights and 1 small kitchen fire before Travis Dickey perfected the signature tomato-based barbecue sauce they serve today. A hint of molasses and a blend of secret spices gives their Original Sauce it’s memorable smoky and tangy flavor.
Dickey’s Barbecue Smell that smoke? It’s Dickey’s barbecue! Slow smoked and served fast Dickey’s is the new barbecue place in town but the company has been around since 1941. Smoked here, loved everywhere, Dickey’s caters any event, any size. “We’ll cook, you take the credit!” Three types of catering are available: Selfserve Buffet, pickup or delivery – you receive the food ready to serve; Full Service Buffet – Dickey’s delivers, sets up, serves and cleans-up; and Box Lunches customized to your needs.
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Wesley Chapel Medical Center Ground Breaking December 14th 2010 by Jeff Miller
chilly December morning greeted hospital officials from Adventist Health Systems, University Community Health, local politicians, dignitaries, guests and press at the Wesley Chapel Medical Center ground breaking ceremony, held yesterday. This is big news for this growing area. Wesley Chapel will soon have a state of the art hospital of their own. The location is Bruce B. Downs Blvd about a mile north of the Shops at Wiregrass and across from the upscale community of Seven Oaks. Expected to be completed in 2 years, this 200,000 square foot facility will open with 80 beds and create between 300-400 jobs. v
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2nd Annual Clubhouse Celebration January 22, 2011 • 11 am-3 pm at: MPIV Clubhouse
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The new year is here and the clubhouse would like to keep everyone’s information up to date. If you have made changes this past year or still need to send your information in from last year, please don’t hesitate. This is the perfect time. Don’t be left out when spring rolls around. You can pick up the appropriate forms at the clubhouse. If you are new to the community, come up and visit the clubhouse, meet the staff, and find out more about MPIV. It has been a great year and I am looking forward to another even more successful year. If you have ideas or want to be involved in planning or organizing events for next year send me an email to schedule a time to get together. I welcome all ideas, after all it is your community!
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Meadow Pointe IV CDD Information Address: 3902 Meadow Pointe Blvd Wesley Chapel, Fl 33543 Phone: 813-973-3003 Fax: 813-973-3883 Hours of Operation: Sun-Sat 9AM-9PM Contact Information: Jeremy T Crawford, Clubhouse Manager Email:email@example.com CDD BOARD Chairman: Don Buck Vice Chairman: Tom Gray Supervisors: Sandra Bell, Adam Bell, John Blakely District Manager: Scott Brizendine Location: MPIV Clubhouse Time: Jan. 11, 2010 11:30 AM
MPIV activities 2nd Annual Clubhouse Celebration Date: January 22, 2010 Time: 11-3PM Location: MPIV Clubhouse See previous page for more details
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There were many wonderful displays throughout the communities. Thank you to all who spent time putting up decorations. It was a pleasure for all of us at the clubhouse to see so many wonderful, spirited homes this year, Canâ€™t wait till next year!
President: John Johnson Vice President:: Diane Horner Devco Rep: Mark Sifford Community Association Manager: Steve Szekely Location: MPIII Clubhouse Time: Jan. 4, 2010 6:30PM
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2010 Pasco County Firefighter of the Year
n the Fall of 2001, Robert Baker successfully obtained his Firefighter (FF) 1 certification and started volunteering for the Land 0’ Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighter Baker continued with his education completing his Firefighter 2 certification, as well as his State of Florida certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). On January 27, 2009 he started his career at Pasco County Fire Rescue as a FirefighterlEMT. On October 3,2009 at 22:15 hours, FirefighterlEMT Robert Baker and his wife were on there way home from vacation. They were driving west bound on State Road 52. His wife was asleep when the vehicles in front of him started locking up their brakes.
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Firefighter Robert Baker FFIEMT Baker stopped immediately when he saw it was an accident with one of the cars on fire. He quickly awakened his wife and told her he needed to get out and see if anybody needed assistance. He started walking closer to the accident scene and heard screaming. He first saw a male patient that was ejected with severe respiratory distress. He showed a by-stander how to hold a cervical spine control. He continued to survey the scene and found total chaos and couldn’t believe his eyes. People were in a panic trying to pull victims out of both vehicles, as one was on fire and they were side by side. He immediately called 911 and advised them of the wreck. A Polk County employee arrived on scene first. He told the FFIEMT Baker that he had a “snatch trap” that could pull the vehicles apart to save the entrapped victims from the raging fire. By-standers were yelling that the car is going to blow up. FFIEMT Baker took control of the scene and identified himself which helped calm down the others on the scene. The Polk County employee pulled the car away while FFIEMT Baker assisted by standing next to the car that was on fire and shielding a heavily
entrapped pediatric patient that was up against the truck that was on fire. The pediatric patient kept screaming for her Mommy. Her Mother was lying in between the two front seats all the way in the back by the child. The car was safely moved away from the truck. FFIEMT Baker called 911 again and identifying himself requesting additional assistance. On May 10,2009, FFIEMT Baker was off-duty at a Pasco County Park, when a person slipped at the nearby boat ramp and struck his head on a metal floating boat dock. FFIEMT Baker was able to pull the patient out of the water and start an assessment. FFIEMT Baker gave our crew an excellent report of the event as well as the condition of the patient immediately after pulling him from the water. It was through FFIEMT Baker’s quick actions that possibly saved this patient from drowning and aided in the positive outcome of treatment and rapid transport to the hospital. Due to FFIEMT Baker’s heroic action on these scenes, we are awarding him the honorable award of Pasco Counties 2010 Firefighter of the Year. v
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Our mission is to continually improve the quality of life in the Greater Wesley Chapel area. We will actively promote a prosperous business climate, foster an orderly expansion of the community, and support and encourage the individuals and families through cooperative partnerships. Tuesday 1/4 8 AM – Monthly Business Breakfast sponsor TBA Join us for a lavish breakfast buffet. $10 (with RSVP) $12 (without) Speaker: TBA Location: Saddlebrook Resort Wednesday 1/5 7:30 AM Networking Coffee
Tuesday 1/18 7:30 AM – Networking Coffee New Location: A Cup of Organic Coffee (1900 Oak Grove Blvd., Land O Lakes, next to Ferman Automotive) Tuesday 1/11 5:30 PM– Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening The Kings Gold Exchange Location: New Location (24414 SR 54, Lutz) Wednesday 1/12 8:30 AM – Ambassador’s Breakfast Meeting sponsored by Bagelicious and More This meeting is for Ambassadors only. Location: Hyundai of Wesley Chapel 5:30 PM– Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening – Bella Vita Ristorante & Market
New Location: A Cup of Organic Coffee (1900 Oak Grove Blvd., Land O Lakes, next to Ferman Automotive) Friday 1/7 7:30 AM WOW (Women of Wesley Chapel) Business Women Networking group; contact Debbie Yoerg (813) 788-6237. Location: Branch of Christ Building (SR 56 and Arrowgrass Rd, next to Boardwalk Frozen Custard)
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s our heroes return from Iraq, we need not forget about those who are still actively pursuing peace in Afghanistan. Regardless of your politics, I think we can all agree, these fine men and women are working for good, even if the battle against evil never seems to diminish. They are keeping us all in Good Hands. The following is an email from former Allstate Insurance Agent, Richard Smith, from Huntsville, AL. A few years back, Richard was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given less than a year to live so he sold his agency. Miraculously, he beat the cancer and at age 50, tried to re-enlist with the Marines (He is a former 20 year Marine, and served as a Helicopter Flight Engineer). The Marines turned him down, but the Army agreed to take him for 1 tour.
Richard has been in Afghanistan for a few months now and he usually sends an email home nearly every day. An agent friend of mine forwarded this email to me. Richard’s goal was to do something to make a difference since he was given a second chance after his cancer recovery. I think you will agree with me as you read his email that he is doing just that!! This message really resonated with me and I felt it needed to be shared. We are very blessed and fortunate to live in the United States, and too many times we take it for granted. See if the message below gives you as big a dose of reality as it did for me.
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“Hey to everybody, it’s 2:30 am in ‘Bama, and here it’s noon. I had a minute and thought I would drop an email. I’m still here, still kickin’. It’s been very busy, flyin’ like crazy. The last 2 days, I have flown 22 hours, and when you add on pre-flights and post flights and its long days. Not complaining, just statin’ the facts. All my days are startin’ to run together, but yesterday or the day before, we had another rocket attack. I was out flying, so I missed that one. It hit the medical triage tent and luckily no one was in there. I think I’ve just about covered most of south and central Afghan so far. I’ve been to Kabul, Bagram, Shank, and a whole bunch of little outposts on the sides of mountains with no names at all. In those places, there were nothing but Marines and/or SF guys - unbelievable, resilient, tough, young men that are fightin’ in this war. I continue to be impressed with the caliber, character, and toughness of these young guys that are out there in the fight every single day. I hope America comes to appreciate this generation’s war and their sacrifices.
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