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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 clubhouse1@meadowpointecdd.com

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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- 994-9832 dsmith@meadowpointecdd.com Treasurer: Lutfi Jadallah - 991-7511 ljadallah@meadowpointecdd.com Vice Chair: Pat Asklar - 973-7943 pasklar@meadowpointecdd.com Assistant Secretary: Kelly Rodriguez- 991-7955 krodriguez@meadowpointecdd.com Assistant Secretary: Dawn Khalil - 991-4575 dkhalil@meadowpointecdd.com Meetings are 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. All are welcome!

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 mp1cc@yahoo.com 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 . . . . . . . Chris Elam Savannahs . . . . . Carmen Vargas Springs . . . . . . . . . Mike Rosche Summerbrooke . Mike Smith Woodlands . . . . Jeanne Curtin MEADOW Pointe NEWS

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e have received inquiries from residents about repaving of streets in the villages. All the streets in Meadow Pointe 1 are owned and maintained by Pasco County. Potholes will be filled if they are reported to the county at (813) 996-2411. However, when it comes time to repaving a street, the county will charge the owners of all benefited properties for the cost of the project. Unfortunately, property taxes do not fund local road improvements. The property owners benefited will be required to pay a paving assessment. The repayment can vary from five to 15 years depending on the project. Procedures are as follows:

• A resident contacts the paving assessment

office at (727) 834-3601 and a site visit is requested for the roads involved. The resident making the request provides their name, address and telephone number.

The paving assessment engineer conducts a site evaluation and prepares the initial cost estimate for the improvements requested.

The initial contact person (resident) is informed as to the nature of the work involved, along with a preliminary cost estimate. If it is decided to proceed with the project based on August 2013

this information, the initial contract person is then designated petition leader.

The paving assessment office sends out petition letters to all the benefited property owners explaining the proposed project and the maximum amount to be assessed after the work is completed. Also enclosed with the letter is a return envelope and a form on which the property owners vote yes or no for the proposed project. Before proceeding, 50% of those responding must be in favor of the project. However, even if the petition fails to receive 50% favorable votes the Board has the ultimate authority to approve the project where it believes it is in the best interest of the health, safety, and welfare of the residents in the boundaries of the proposed project.

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MEAD W POINTE I INFO Ongoing at MP 1 Encore Basketball Clinic Sundays from 2-4 pm on Court 2. For more information or to register, visit www. quickscores.com/encore.

Free Ballroom Dancing Lessons In the Clubhouse 2nd and

4th Thursdays 6-8pm. Contact Greg at greglarracas@yahoo.com or 813-391-9570.

Got Books?

Our gently used book share and exchange is alive and well, and now located in the lounge of our new building! So drop off those novels that you’ve already read (in the book bin in the CDD Office), and pick up a gently used book from our bookshelf. For more information, contact Pat at 973-7943 (pbasklar@verizon.net).

GOT BOOKS? Gently used book share and exchange. Located in the activities room behind the Meadow Pointe 1 office. For more information, call Pat at 973-7943 or pbasklar@verizon.net. Hearing Impaired Assistance Meadow Pointe 1 has

teamed up with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc. to have space at our clubhouse to meet with people who may need special phones. Contact Jane Swanson at 727-853-1010 to make an appointment! This is a FREE service.

Masters of Fine Art of Wesley Chapel Wednesdays from

10-2 at MP1 Clubhouse for experienced artists. Contact Bob Jasper for more information, 973-4734.

Racquetball Challenge MP1

has a Racquetball Challenge from 6 p.m. to closing Thursdays for experienced players. A great way to find a racquetball partner, or meet others at your level. Contact the Fitness Center for more information.

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Safety Swim School Fridays, June 14-August 9 from 9:30 am – 4 pm. Call 800-305-1050 for more information.

MP1 Community Garage Sale Saturday, October 12 from 8 am – 2 pm.

Swim Kids Swimkids USA will have swim classes at Clubhouse I (June 1 - August 31). Call Alan at 991-6258 or register at www. swimkidsusa.com.

Residents in all 11 villages are invited to participate, and there is no cost. Goodwill will have a truck in the MP1 clubhouse parking lot for any unsold treasures from 9 am to 4 pm the day of our garage sale. Remember your trash could be someone’s treasure, and your goodwill donations help change lives!

Tennis lessons at MP 1 Coach Bill Arfsten USPTA trains all levels of players. Call 469-2267 for more information on private and group lessons. To the Pointe Dance Classes Ballet, jazz, and hip hop

dance lessons are available at the MP1 fitness center Mondays between 4:30 and 7pm. Classes are $30/month. Contact Chrissy at 679-0395, or email ToThePointeDanceCentre@yahoo.com for more information.

Zumba Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm and

Thursdays 9:30-10:30 am. Contact Maguie 438-2620. Page 6

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Local High Schools Scheduled to use MP1 Lap Pool. MP1 Back to School Splash. Sunday, August 11 from 12-3pm. Your Meadow Pointe Community Council is hosting a Back-To-School pool party! $2 will get you a meal of a hotdog, chips & a drink! There will be music, beach balls and ice cream for the kids. Hope to see you there!

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Swim teams from Wesley Chapel High School (WCHS) and Wiregrass Ranch High School (WRHS) will be holding swim meets from 4:30 – 8:30 pm at MP1’s lap pool on the dates listed below. The lower pool will be open for residents’ use during these times. • WCHS: August 28, and Sept. 11, 18 & 25

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n today’s faster-and-faster paced world, virtually no one can say that they haven’t begged the heavens for some relief. If you need to release your body’s tension, you’re best bet is a professional massage (not like those half-hearted back rubs you make your kids give you) from the masseuses at Massage Envy. Because Massage Envy is a topnotch spa, you’ll have a multitude of therapies to choose from. You may want a Trigger-Point therapy massage, which uses cycles of isolated pressure and release to loosen tight areas of muscle tissue that are the sources of pain in other parts of the body. The Swedish massage relaxes the entire body by rubbing your muscles with long strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. This therapy increases your blood oxygen level, decreases muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility and easing tensions. In addition to all these benefits, studies have shown that a 45-minute Swedish massage can decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and bolster the immune system. MEADOW Pointe NEWS

If other massages aren’t enough to relieve your chronic muscle tension, you should try the Deep-Tissue massage. It’s similar to a Swedish massage, but targets the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (a layer of tissue clinging to the bone!), and studies have shown it to decrease blood pressure after a single 45-60 minute massage, as well as lower heart rate and stress hormone levels and triggering the release of mood-boosting hormones. If you are an athlete, you should definitely consider the sports massage. It’s tailored to your sport of choice, targeting areas that are overused and tense from aggressive and repetitive use. Not only can it bring you relief from training stress before a big event, it can give you the enhanced endurance and flexibility you need to excel.

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MEAD W POINTE II INFO Meadow Pointe II Clubhouse 30051 County Line Road Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 P: (813) 991-5016. F: (813) 991-6169 Email: clubhouse@mpiicdd.org Website: www.meadowpointe2cdd.org facebook.com/MPIICDD Office Hours: Daily 8am-10pm Fitness Center:  (M-F) 5am-9:45pm; (S-S) 8am-9:45pm Pool Hours:  Daily; 10am - 30 minutes before Dusk

MPII CDD Supervisors Chair: Mike Cline mikecline@mpiicdd.org Vice Chair: Brian Shahin brian.shahin@mpiicdd.org Assistant Secretary: Glen Aleo glen.aleo@mpiicdd.org Assistant Treasurer: Renee Glassman rglassman@mpiicdd.org Assistant Secretary: Jim Bovis jim.bovis@mpiicdd.org Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. All are welcome!

MPII Resident Council The resident council is a group of volunteers that work to make our community a better place to live.

Representatives are needed for the following villages:, Colehaven, Covina Key, Glenham, Vermillion and Wellington.

Flu Shot Clinic at MPII Clubhouse The Meadow Pointe II Residents Council has scheduled a flu and pneumonia shot clinic at the Meadow Pointe II clubhouse on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 1 pm-3 pm with Walgreens. Pharmacists and qualified technicians from Walgreens will be providing flu and/or pneumonia shots at a discounted rate. Walgreens staff will be on site to take all major medical and Medicare insurance information. To speed up the process, forms will be available at the Meadow Pointe II clubhouse for you to fill out before the clinic date. Please stop by and pick one up. Glen Aleo MPII Resident MEADOW Pointe NEWS

Pool Hours

This is an update and clarification on our MPII pool hours. Our pool is open daily, weather permitting, from 10am until 30 minutes before dusk. Closing of the pool, due to weather or approaching dusk, is at the lifeguard’s discretion. When no lifeguard is present, the MPII office and maintenance staff

By Earle McDonald MPII Newsletter Coordinator

will determine pool closings. Obviously we want the pool to be open as much as possible, but safety is our first priority and per Florida Regulation 64E-9.008(8), the pool must be closed by 30 minutes before sunset. Thank you for your understanding and please enjoy the pool – especially this summer!

Resident Council U p d a t e

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The Resident Council thanks Dennis Costa of MP I for contributing ideas to our July meeting.

• We will soon be selling lanyards for your identification cards. The cost is $4.

• Mark your calendars for the Immunization Clinic that will be held on September 7th, 2013 from 1 to 3 pm. Walgreens’ pharmacist will provide flu shots, pneumonia shots and blood pressure checks. We will also have a bloodmobile available. This clinic is open to all Meadow Pointe residents. • We are planning a Halloween Costume Party and parade for Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 5-7 pm.

• If you are having mailbox issues, you can call “Mailboxes by Mark” at 382-6807. He can clean and paint your mailbox for as low as $35. He can

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completely replace – including paint and installation – the whole thing for only $200. (In most cases, depending on landscaping.) • As you can see, our newly organized Resident Council is striving to make our community a great place to live. To continue, we need your help. Please become active. The Council is open to all residents, owners as well as renters.

• Our meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Bring your creative ideas to our next one on 14 August 2013, at 7 pm. Representatives are needed for the following villages: Colehaven, Covina Cove, Glenham, Sedgewick, Vermillion and Wellington. Contact Diana Cline at 813-9948555 for more information. Diana Cline, Resident Council Facilitator

We would love to feature more stories about our residents - like the feature about Scott Kiefer - in the Newsletter. If you or one of your neighbors has an interesting story to share, please contact Earle McDonald at earlemcdonald@mpiicdd.org. August 2013

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MEAD W POINTE II INFO • MPII NEWS • MPII NEWS • By Earle McDonald MPII Newsletter Coordinator

Keeping Us Safe As many of you are already aware, in May and June numerous area business were burglarized – including two within Meadow Pointe – the CVS and John Long Middle School. Three suspects have recently been arrested. It is believed all three suspects were at the time living together here in Meadow Pointe. Apparently, they didn’t count on the dedication of our Sheriff Deputies. When the detectives investigating the robberies showed some photos to Rick Meagher, one of MPII’s two deputies, Rick immediately knew who they were. Rick, as one of our deputies, takes his role in our community very seriously. He knows our neighborhood and the residents very well, and he was key in the apprehension of these three suspects. When you see Deputy Rick or Deputy Ben in our neighborhood,

MPII Clubs Book Club Contact Joan Abrams at 813-907-8329 or email: ah2wcn97@aol.com. Boot Camp MPII clubhouse is now offering fitness classes provided by Simply B. This program is designed for all ages and fitness levels. Check them out at www.simplybhealthy. com. Founder & instructor Briana Michel can be reaced directly at 727-238-5310. Brownie/Daisy/Girl Scout Troops Several Troops meet at MPII. Contact your local troop for meeting dates and times. Come Dance With Us Adult & Children’s classes in ballet, hip-hop & kids Zumbatomic for ages 4-12. For more info, contact Cheryl Morris at 813 973-2018 or email Director@ comedancewithus.biz. Page 12

introduce yourself. They are here to help, and to keep us safe. v

Lightning Struck Tampa. The word tampa means “sticks of fire” in the language of the Calusa – a Native American tribe that once lived here in the bay area. For hundreds of years we humans have been acutely aware of the frequency of lightning in this area. However, last month, the Clubhouse staff became a little more intimately aware of the power of mother nature. On Tuesday, July 2nd, a typical afternoon storm was brewing in our area. MPII staff member Otis Wathington noticed a young lady sitting and resting at the table just outside the clubhouse doors. He went out to encourage her to come inside because the sky looked like it was getting dangerous. Just as they turned to enter the Clubhouse, with a crash of thunder a bolt of lightning hit right at the Clubhouse Dance Connection Couples and singles welcome. Learn Foxtrot, Waltz, and East coast swing. Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 pm - 8 pm. For more info contact John Glandon at 813-929-7652. Mah Jongg Experienced players preferred. Group meets most Fridays from 1-4:30 pm. Contact Dolly at 994-9035 for more info. Men’s Club Meets Friday nights at 6 pm for cards. For more info, call the clubhouse at 813-991-5016. Paper Crafting Class Come create unique specialty items, all tools & supplies provided. 2nd Tuesday each month 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Contact Tina at 586-909-3970 or TinasCraftyCorner.com. Piano Lessons Individual and group piano/keyboard classes.

flagpole. Otis and the young resident made it safely inside. The Clubhouse itself did not fare so well. The energy from the strike, after blasting a small hole in the ground at the foot of the flagpole, surged through the Clubhouse, damaging numerous pieces of equipment, including phone lines, at least 3 PCs, the brand new TV in the lobby, and much more. The staff acted quickly to make the best of things, with Mary DiPeri using

Join us for a great, fun way to learn the keyboard! For more info, call Anya at 813-417-3976. PickleBall Club Meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 pm. Anyone interested in learning the game come join us! Email Renee at: rglassman@tampabay.rr.com. SWIM LESSONS American Red Cross swim lessons are available at the pool. Call Susan at 1-800-305-1050 to schedule. Tampa Bay Newcomers A group for all women in MP II, whether they are new to the area or established. Meet every Wednesday to play Mah Jong from 12:30 pm - 4 pm. If Mah Jong is not for you, they also host many other activities including luncheons, outings, bowling, book club, card games and much more. For more info contact Rose 991-4040.

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her cell phone to contact various vendors to get services restored as quickly as possible. Some things were fixed very quickly, some took days. But ultimately everything was taken care of. And we were reminded of an important lesson: be smart in extreme weather. We’re in the midst of hurricane season, so let’s all be prepared and be smart so we can stay safe. v

Tennis Lessons Brando Tennis Academy. Teaches private and group classes to juniors and adults. I.T.F. Certified. Former Davis Cup player from Zambia. For more info, call 813 7677041. www.tennisbrando.com.  Womens Club Meets the last friday of every month for board games. Contact Marilyn at 813929-3812. Youmovegirl.com 30 minute Core Fusion: Abs, Core, Stretching class meets Mondays 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm. www.youmovegirl.com. Zumba Adult classes on Mondays from 7:30 pm-8:30 pm & Wednesdays from 9:30 am-10:30 am. www. zumbaonwheels.com or call Maggie at 438-2620

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Buddy Baseball Registration The 9th season of Buddy Baseball is about to get underway this fall. Buddy Baseball is a noncompetitive recreational league for boys & girls with special needs in the Tampa Bay area. Each player is paired with a “Buddy” to assist the player as needed. This provides an opportunity like no other for the children with special needs to experience team play and camaraderie. If you know of a child with special needs or would like to volunteer as a Buddy or Coach, on line registration is open until Wednesday August 28, 2013. www.buddybaseball.org

Season: Saturdays, September 28 – November 9, 2013 Buddy Training: Saturday, September 14, 2013 Meet and Greet: Saturday,

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Community Spotlight

Indoor Water Conservation 5 ways to reduce water use by 5 gallons per day for $5. Action

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• Wash only full loads in the dishwasher. Use the “light wash” setting when possible.

In the Bathroom • Install a water-saving shower head. Older heads use 5-10 gallons per minute (gpm). All new fixtures use approximately 2.5 gpm and offer equal water coverage and force. • Many high water consumption problems stem from toilets which slowly leak water because of bad valves, improperly positioned float arms or defective overflow tubes. Place dye tablets in your toilet tank. After several minutes if you see the dye enter your toilet bowl you know you have a leak.

• Consider installing a high efficiency toilet (HET) that only uses 1.28 gallons/flush.

In the Kitchen • Rinse dishes, vegetables and fruits in a filled basin, rather than under running water. Page 16

• Consider buying a high efficiency dishwasher that will save water and energy. Some water districts and homeowners associations give discounts for this.

• Keep a jug of chilled water in the refrigerator for drinking to avoid running the water until it gets cold.

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In the Laundry • Wash only full loads of clothing. • Hand wash single garments.

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MEAD W POINTE III INFO Meadow Pointe III CDD Information www.meadowpointe3cdd.org

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Chairman: Michael Hall Vice Chairman: John Johnson Assistant Secretary: Paul Carlucci Assistant Secretary: William Galetta Assistant Secretary: Glenn Johnston Board of Supervisors public meeting held second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Meadow Pointe III Clubhouse.

MPIII/MPIV HOA Board

We would like to wish all of our students a very successful year. Parents please remember our students will be walking to and from the bus stops.

Please drive careful!

President: Seth Bohannon Treasurer: Ken Kauffman Director: Warren Merkle Director: Vacant Director: Vacant

Management Team District Manager: Scott Brizendine HOA Rizzetta Representative Bernadette Butterworth Rizzetta & Company, Inc. 5844 Old Pasco Road Ste. 100 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Phone: 813-994-1001 Fax: 813-994-2100 Amenities Manager-Kelly Evans Clubhouse Manager-Dan Richardson

MPIII Clubhouse Info 1500 Meadow Pointe Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Phone: 813-383-6676 Fax: 813-386-6676 Clubhouse Manager-Dan Richardson E-Mail: mpiiiclub@tampabay.rr.com Hours: 9am-9pm

Office Hours Monday - Sunday 9am - 9pm Fitness Center: Mon - Sun 9am - 9pm Pool Hours Mon. - Sun. 9am – Dusk.

HOA Meeting August 6th at 6:30 pm. CDD Meeting August 13th at 6:30 pm. MEADOW Pointe NEWS

Call Box Clean-up The Staff at Meadow Pointe III clubhouse has been deleting former residents from the call boxes. In doing so we have realized that there are some residents we do not have in the call boxes. In order for your name to be in the call box you need to stop by the clubhouse. It only takes 5 minutes. August 2013

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MEAD W POINTE III INFO Doggie Stations Mahjong Ladies play Mahjong at MPIII Clubhouse every Wednesday 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.

We are happy to say, all of the doggie stations we put on Beardsley and Meadow Pointe Blvd are being used a lot.

Thank you for being such wonderful neighbors!

Mail Box Repair Call Daneen Hallahan at 813-675-5078 or email daneen15@hotmail.com. Please call for an estimate.

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Pool Hours 9am to Dusk No Lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk Children under the age of 14 MUST have adult supervision Smoking is PROHIBITED No food, drink or glass near or around the pool No Diving No running on pool deck Animals are PROHIBITED in or on deck No loud music- please use headphones Must wear proper swim attire Shower before entering pool Pool will close with inclement weather or lightning Maximum pool capacity - 180 Reminder: You must have a key fob to enter pool area and to exit pool area. If you do not have your key fob please stop by Meadow Pointe III Clubhouse. Page 18

Tennis Anyone? Fall Tennis classes will be starting soon. Please go to thetennisconnection.com for more information. August 2013

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on staff, and, in addition to the physical aspects of weight loss, we stress nutrition and education,” she says. “Medi-Weightloss Clinics® is committed to seeing patients keep the weight off. We focus on education and living a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise and appropriate portion sizes. On average, patients lose 7 pounds the first week and 2-3 pounds each week thereafter for the first month. Since opening, the Lutz location has helped patients drop more than 30,000 pounds combined. The program begins with a 90-minute Initial Consultation, where patients receive a comprehensive exam that includes a review of their medical history, a physical, EKG, blood work, and a body fat analysis and weight and BMI measurement. Dr. Maw will discuss patients’ goals with them and make diet and exercise recommendations as well as provide

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Students 1st Day of School is Monday, August 19th. Sand Pine Elementary

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Front Car Loop/Parent Drop–Off (5 mph at all times!) Student Drop-Off time starts at 8 am.Student Pick-Up time starts at 2:50 pm.

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For the safety of your child, please make sure that your child does not arrive at school before 8:15 a.m. unless he/she is participating in a school sponsored activity. Those attending breakfast on campus can go to the cafeteria at 8:15. All students will be released to their classes at 8:25.

Wiregrass Ranch HS Period one starts at 7:30am, Students may arrive no earlier than 7am. Period seven is over at 1:55pm.

Students should be in their seats ready for instruction when the tardy bell rings at 8:40 am.

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Shoulder pain affecting your game? That persistent should pain may not be the result of “getting older.” It could be a torn rotator cuff or other injury. Dr. Baker is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder surgery for both adults and children. As a team physician for the Tampa Bay Storm and Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills High Schools, he understands the toll that sports and life can take on athletes of all ages. Conveniently located in the Wellness Plaza at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Dr. Baker offers the following services: • Sports Medicine • Shoulder Reconstruction

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MEAD W POINTE IV INFO Meadow Pointe IV

Meadow Pointe IV CDD Info Address: 3902 Meadow Pointe Blvd Wesley Chapel, Fl 33543 Phone: 813-973-3003 Fax: 813-973-3883

Hours of Operation: Sun-Sat.: 9am – 9pm (Clubhouse) Sun-Sat.: 9am – Dusk (Pool and outside amenities) Contact Information: Jeremy T Crawford, Clubhouse Manager

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using LEGO® bricks, motors, remote controls & robotics. This is a hands-on class where students will design and build educational models including motorized machines.

Meadow Point Club House IV Monday to Friday 9 am - 12 pm • Cost: $150/wk August 5-9: Mix of Everything In this camp, campers design and build an array of our motorized models (over 250+ model plans!) from our various themes, including MineCraft, Space Adventures, Ninjago®, and Amusement Park!

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CDD BOARD Chairman: Sandra Bell Vice Chairman: Arlene Andrews Supervisors: Adam Bell, Joseph Andrews, & Denise Herrera District Manager: Scott Brizendine Location: MPIV Clubhouse Time: August 13th, 12 pm. HOA BOARD President: Seth Bohannon Treasurer: Ken Kauffman Director: Warren Merkle Director: Vacant Director: Vacant

Community Association Manager: Bernadette Butterworth Location: MPIII Clubhouse Time: August 6th, 6:30 pm. MEADOW Pointe NEWS

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MPIV activities BOOT CAMP All ages and fitness levels welcome. Get in gear in this fun outdoor camp and enjoy nature as you work on cardio, flexibility, & strength by using your own weight. Call for pricing and times. Jack Somoano 321-443-2922 or jsomoano@verizon.net.

Spanish Lessons Classes for children and adults. Thursdays $15/class, paid by the month (a 3 month course), includes notebook. Contact Patricia Rios 813-388-9416 to register. August 2013

Swim Lessons

American Red Cross swim lessons for children and adults are now available. Private one-on-one instruction. Free 15 minute introductory lesson. Call Susan at 800-305-1050 to schedule.

To The Pointe Dance Centre Time: Wednesday 4:30-7:00 Location: MPIV clubhouse Contact: Christine Phone: 813-679-0395 Page 23


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Off the Couch & Onto the Mat Inspired to try your first yoga class but have no idea what to expect? Expect a non-traditional class. “My purpose is to deliver a dynamic Sweaty Athletic based Work-out. It is designed to achieve optimization of your body performance and Fast Muscle Recovery. Develop your Breathing to increase Flexibility, Alignment, Balance, Reduce Risk of Injury and Condition your Body to Perform Confidently with Higher Levels of Concentration, Endurance and Muscular Strength.

Sign up: Power Yoga 101. Beginners are Welcomed! All you need is an Open Mind! Contact for Details. Level 1 Power Yoga 101 Pre-Requisite. Perfect for Beginners. Level 2: Power Yoga 101 Pre-Requisite. Perfect choice for active individuals, athletes or anyone who is interested in cross training activities. What to Wear? You are going to sweat! Moisture Proof Clothing is recommended. What to Bring? A yoga mat, a block and a yoga strap. You also want to bring some water and a towel. Yoga Etiquette: Get there early: Arrive at least 10 minutes before class to get a spot.

Swim Lessons are Back!

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Sign up today for your Free 15 minute Introductory Lesson and join the millions of people who choose the American Red Cross for their swimming and water safety training. Call Coach Susan 1-800-305-1050. MEADOW Pointe NEWS


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Community Spotlight

t was almost two years ago the first time Scott heard about a wheelchair basketball league. His sister told him that there was going to be an exhibition for wheelchair basketball at the USF campus. Scott Kiefer, a Meadow Pointe II resident, decided to attend that exhibition and see what it was all about. The recently formed Tampa Bay Strong Dogs put on a display of wheelchair basketball that did more than impress Scott – it inspired him. Born with Spina Bifida, Scott has spent his entire life in a wheelchair or a scooter. But he’s always loved sports, and he’s always loved playing sports. In spite of his physical disability, Scott has participated and competed in bowling, swimming, and wheelchair racing. The Strong Dogs and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association had given him a new passion – hoops.

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Unfortunately, with the NWBA, it’s not as simple as signing up or trying out for the team. While the NWBA does contain the members of the U.S. Paralympic team, the league is comprised of hundreds of amateur athletes, ranging in age from 8 to over 60. Nearly all of these athletes have to buy their own specialty sports chair in addition to paying for almost all their expenses, including travel, during the season. Scott would not be dissuaded however. He saved for a year to buy his chair, and joined the league as a member of the Strong Dogs this past season.

so walking into the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center was a bit of a shock – a 12 court facility with six NCAA Final Fours in its history. The Strong Dogs were not so overwhelmed that they couldn’t compete however. They played fantastic basketball in the tournament and finished 2nd in the nation in their division for the 2012-13 season. Scott is, deservedly, quite proud of himself and his teammates. They are more than just athletes and teammates though; they are his friends - friends with similar circumstances in life, whether the cause is disease, a birth defect, an accident, or a military injury. These friends know what each other goes through every day, and they support each other in their unending quest to pursue the same happiness in life that we all do. The next time you see Scott practicing here at the MPII Clubhouse, congratulate him on the tourney, and be inspired by him. For more information about the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs and the NWBA, please go to nwba.org, tampabaystrongdogs.blogspot.com, or Like them on Facebook (TampaBay-Strong-Dogs-WheelchairBasketball). v

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A Visit to China

R E s iden t S tor y amazing. China is developing the second tallest building in the world, the total height being 680 meters and consisting of 128 stories. The completion of this building is schedule for 2015.

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s a part of global strategy class for the Executive MBA, the university UT chose to visit China for our international project. Of course, as with any visit to another culture, we got much more than a grade out of the experience!

After spending few hours at Tiananmen Square, we headed for lunch at the Hui Feng Tang restaurant. This was our first dine-in experience in China. A dish was served every five to ten minutes, each very healthy, and the meal had quite a bit of a variety.

Beijing’s population is roughly about 21 million, 50% of which are migrants. These travellers are the primary contributors to the rapid growth of the city, and bring parts of cultures from the rest of China to this great city.

I realized that the Chinese food that is served in the U.S is entirely different from traditional Chinese food. Also, I noticed that in western countries, soup is served at the beginning of the meal, but in Beijing and another northern part of China soup is served at the end. Rice is treated as filler and usually served at the end. The Chinese do not prefer any dessert as part of their meal.

Tiananmen Square Tiananmen Square is one of the largest city squares in the world. It was built in 1415 during the Ming dynasty, and has eleven gates. Each gate signifies great Chinese history. We walked through each one, spent a few minutes learning about the Ming dynasty and finally exited from the south gate.

Tiananmen Square, Beijing. MEADOW Pointe NEWS

Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China has rich history, and our tour guide did excellent job in providing information on one of the Wonders of the World. Built in the 7th century

View from Jinmao Tower.

and reconstructed during Ming Dynasty, the Great Wall of China is the largest man-made architecture on Earth. It was mainly built to defend China from the Mongol tribe. We took a cable car to reach one of the main posts at the Great Wall of China. We had about an hour and a half to explore this site before returning to the bus, during which we walked to a couple of posts in the hot, humid weather. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

Jinmao Tower Next we got to visit the French concession and the Jinmao tower observation deck. The view of Shanghai was amazing, and the tallest building in China was next to the Jinmao tower and was clearly visible from a different angle.

We took the Maglev Train, one of the fastest trains in the world with a top speed of 434 Km/Hr (i.e. about 270 Miles/Hr), to Shanghai Pudong Intl. Airport. This train uses the magnetic levitation technique; it literally floats on its track. The project cost about $1.2 billion. There were hardly 50 odd people that boarded this train; although this service is operated in loss, the government of China has continued it to attract tourists. Within a minute or two, the train was cruising at a 300 Km/Hr speed. We reached Shanghai airport in just 8 minutes. It was one-of-a-kind experience. Another thing to be wary of is the fact that the internet content going in and out of the country is censored by the Chinese Government, so don’t be surprised if social media is blocked out or Google gives filtered search results. The most widely used search engine allowed in China is Baidu.com. These are just few must see attractions, if you plan to visit China. China is a culturally rich country with a different ethnic and traditional background. I am definitely planning to visit China one more time with my family in future. v

Shrinivas Varude.

We also visited the Bund Road. The skyscrapers along the riverside were

Pearl market, Shanghai.

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Maglev train, Shanghai.

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