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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Volume II Issue IX

Delta Rocket over Publix- Photo Credit:  Amy Meador
AVALON PARK GAZETTE
Volume III Issue VIX
Building Community One Issue at at Time

Don't forget to share with Your Neighbors
Pictured Above:  Light Show on Topsail Drive, in Avalon Park

                   

IN THIS ISSUE

Recess for Students, Christmas Light Show, MBS Volleyball, Timber Creek, Dozen Deeds,  Free LIttle Library, Thanks 4 Giving Drive Update, The Case for Uptown Avalon, East Orlando Safety,  Orange County, Light Up the Wild,  Block Party, East Orlando Real Estate, Biggest Yard Sale, and AP Gazette Opportunities
Recess of All Orange County Students  

This group was created to try and make a change within the Orange County school district and bring recess back to elementary and middle schools.

Even the American Academy of Pediatrics has said that recess in school is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development. Kids can’t be expected to sit at a desk and work all day long. They need unstructured play time besides P.E. It’s important at this age to preserve their attention and focus and encourage that love of learning that is especially important with kids in elementary and middle school.

In Lee County, a group of parents came together and made a real difference for their kids. They created a petition, contacted their School Board members, showed up in full force at a meeting, and they got the Board to direct administrators to work with teachers to restore recess.

I want to do the same here in Orange County. I invite you to join this group, sign this petition and contact the school board. Also invite your local friends with students in this county and lets show the school board we want our kids to have a little time to be kids during the day.

Ask your friends if they know if their kids have recess in school? I am surprised at how many parents at our school had NO IDEA the lack of breaks during the day.

SIGN THE PETITION!

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/recess-for-all-orange-county-public-elementary

Once we get close to our signature goal we will bring the petition to a school board meeting and will invite members of this group to join us and show support.

FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1488473858106039/
MBS Training Club Volleyball All Skills Clinic
Avalon Park's "Athletics and Academic" club Supporting Student and Athletes, one Champion at a time

*Only $10.00
*Pre-register required

At this clinic, we will focus on volleyball techniques
for beginning to advanced players who are looking to improve their skills. This clinic is open to girls and boys, ages 10-14.

https://www.facebook.com/events/400286766804018/
Timber Creek News
Newsletter

Greetings Timber Creek Wolves! Can you believe that the school year is almost half way done? We are so proud of all our students and teachers and parents and community for all they do! It has again been a year of many wonderful accomplishments at so many different levels thus far.

Normally by now, high schools have already received their school grades. Although we are expecting to be an “A” again (based on our initial data), we are still awaiting official word from the state. Please stay tuned for more information about school grades, as we hope to be sharing good news with everyone soon.

Congratulations and thank you to all our academic, performing arts, co-curricular, extracurricular, and athletic teams and coaches for all you do and how well you represent TCHS. Congratulations to our Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets in earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest rating attainable during their rated unit evaluation. The Air Force Junior ROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and community. Our ROTC also recently competed in a drill competition winning first place overall!

Thank you to all our teachers who work tirelessly to ensure that students are not only successful but ensure that they develop and maintain a love for learning. Many of our teachers have applied for and received grants that directly benefit students by enhancing mediums of learning through technology, classroom libraries, and additional student support.

Congratulations to Mrs. Sarah Longino for being selected as Teacher of the Year! Also, congratulations to Mrs. Susan Sanborn for being selected Support Person of the Year! They both work tirelessly and go above and beyond with the goal of keeping Timber Creek a great place to be for students and community.

We invite all parents to participate in SAC, PLC, PTSA, and Foundation as we join together to keep the tradition of excellence thriving at Timber Creek. There are also many other parent organizations that we encourage you to join that directly and positively impact student academic and extracurricular activities. - Gabriel Berrio, Principal

Five TC Teachers Receive Special Recognition

Timber Creek’s own Shawna Sherry, Mike Jones, Lauren Thomas, Kyle Dencker, and Anna Stevens were recognized
at the NAF (National Academy Foundation) Next 2014 Conference in Washington DC. They received a NAF Distinguished
Academy Award for the Academy of Information and Technology.

Orange County Public School Calendar 2014-2015

  • Two Weeks Dec. 22-Jan. 2 Winter Break (Schools are closed. District offices are closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1.)
  • Mon. January 5 Students return to school 
  • Thu. January 15 End of 2nd marking period (44 days) 
  • Fri. January 16 Student holiday/teacher workday 
  • Mon. January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.)
  • Tue. January 20 Begin 2nd semester/3rd marking period 
  • Mon. February 16 Presidents Day holiday (Schools are closed; district offices are open.)
  • Thu. March 19 End of 3rd marking period (42 days) 
  • Fri. March 20 Student holiday/teacher workday 
  • Mon.-Fri. March 23-27 Spring Break (Schools are closed; district offices are open.)
  • Mon. March 30 Begin 4th marking period 
  • Mon. May 25 Memorial Day holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.)
  • Wed. June 3 End of 4th marking period/last day of school for students (47 days) 
  • Thu.-Fri. June 4-5 Post planning for teachers 
Parents of Seniors: Soon after January 1, 2015: Remember to complete the FAFSA form for Federal student aid. The website is: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

This should be free so make sure you are on the correct website as there are some others out there.

Incoming 9th graders from our local middle schools are invited to Timber Creek for an informational night on Tuesday, January 27th at 6PM in the Timber Creek PAC.

Valencia Dual Enrollment Night – January 28th – 6PM in the Timber Creek PAC. A representative from Valencia College Dual enrollment will be there to provide information and answer questions. Dual enrollment deadline for Fall 2015
is April 1st! http://valenciacollege.edu/dual/documents/quick-reference-guide.pdf
Christmas Light Show in AP
"Lights on Topsail" boast amazing lighting shows for Halloween and Christmas on Topsail Drive in Avalon Park.

Come see a light and music show and be sure to tune to 89.7 FM when you come by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DvqFilzcvBo

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Thanks 4 Giving Drive Update
written by Eddy Solon
Thank you all for giving to the Thanks For Giving Drive, where 172 turkeys were distributed locally to families in need at Castle Creek Elementary and Orange County Academy.


This was just an amazing experience. When I started this drive last year, I was shocked that our community came together to donate 30 Turkeys and this year, I set a goal with the team to triple our numbers from last year. And to be honest, I was a bit intimidated that we would not meet our 90 Turkeys, but not only did we meet the 90 Turkeys, we almost doubled our goal. Thank you to all the local business that hosted our Turkey boxes and for our wonderful community for donating. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! I am Thankful for our community.

https://www.facebook.com/events/373993979425496/

If interested in joining next years drive, please email info@theSolonGroup.com
Little Free Library ( Now in Avalon Park)
Founders Square, Avalon Park
www.littlefreelibrary.org 


Take a Book, Return a Book!

What started as an offshoot of a garage sale in Wisconsin has become a worldwide phenomenon, or a "water cooler of literacy," according to Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library.

In 2009, Bol displayed some books in a miniature red school house during his wife's garage sale. The books were traded or given away in honor of Bol's late mother, who taught neighborhood kids how to read.

Now, there are 20,000 Little Free Libraries in 80 countries, said Bol, 58, executive director of the nonprofit that is based in Hudson, Wis. More than 210 are registered in Indiana and can be found at LittleFreeLibrary.org.

How it works

You erect a small house or weather-proof shelving unit on your front lawn and fill it with books you have enjoyed. Visitors are encouraged to borrow and bring back a book, or take a book and leave one behind.

The objective is to connect the community.

"It's an informal town square," Bol said. "The books you read reveal who you are as an individual, and you are sharing that."

The registration fee to the non-profit is $34.95. All money after expenses goes to mission programming.

Who's doing it

Angela Espada, 53, owns more than 2,000 books. A couple of years ago, she began running out of space in her Indianapolis home. Her husband, Jose, suggested she give them away or sell them.

She decided she would rather share, and took inspiration from her neighbor, Tom

Evaniew, who embraced the Little Free Library idea after a trip to Oregon. Three years ago, Evaniew erected his book-exchange shop in his front yard, and it became a huge success.

Jose Espada, a wood-working craftsman, designed and built a sturdy Little Free

Library.

"When I was growing up, my mother taught us that books are valuable, and we couldn't throw books away," Angela Espada said. "We taught our daughter a book is not a toy. A book is a treat. It's a necessity."

Courtney Gorman, 39, also learned about the Little Free Library after a trip to Oregon. "I knew my little artful community of Zionsville would embrace the idea," she said.

"Since we put it out three years ago, it's given back to my family. My kids and I sit out on the porch and watch people bring boxes of books and sometimes leave notes," she said. One neighbor wrote, "There was a book in your library that turned my life around."

Gorman sees a bright future for Little Free Library. "Maybe our house becomes the children's books house, and Mr. Jones down the street becomes the travel books house and somebody else would have cook books.

"What's next? Little free farm stands sharing the bounty!"

Written by Frank Espich


EAST ORLANDO REAL ESTATE
written by  Eddy Solon, 32828 Realtor, AP Resident
The Solon Group of Keller Williams
http:///www.TheSolonGroup.com

For Foreclosures listings, Home Valuations, and for luxury homes in East Orlando, please visit http://www.Realestate32828.com

The Latest price per square feet on homes sold in the 32828 can also be located on the site.

Check out what our local expert is saying about Real Estate in Orlando, Baby Realtor, BabyRealtor.com 


REGISTER FOR THE NEXT YARD SALE

September 2014 Yard sale had record number registrations so be sure to register early for Spring 2015, once registration becomes available.  http://www.avalonyardsale.com/
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If you do not agree, please do not submit an article.

AP Gazette Opportunities

1.  Reviewers- to review final submittal of newsletters prior to publishing

2.  Education Contributor-   An article written by an Educator in one of East Orlando schools.  Topics may be anything to do with Education and teacher, student, and parent awareness.  This will be a good place to highlight top achievers in our school (teachers and students).

3.  Sports Contributor-   To discuss East Orlando Sports, anything from little league and up

4.  Political Contributors-   Discuss local politics that impact East Orlando Residents along with other Political contributors

To be able to participate, you must be an East Orlando resident, if writing, submit an article prior to 3rd Thursday of the Month 12:00 pm, and send your interest and brief description of your background to Publishing@apgazette.com   Keep in mind, any neighbor can submit an article.

5.  Safety Contributor- Preferably someone in law enforcement who lives or patrol our community to provide monthly contribution on safety trends, practices, and awareness.

6. Tell us your story- Have a personal story about a triumph or a life transition that took place and you think it will benefit others, tell us your story by
emailing publishing@apgazette.com

7.  Have A Birthday or Anniversary coming up, Email us and we will showcase it in the associated issue.  Email publishing@apgazette.com
Dozen Deeds in 2015
A local group of  East Orlando business women, men, and neighbors are discussing an opportunity to join forces to commit to performing at least 1 Dozen good Deeds in 2015.  

It’s well known that most New Year’s resolutions fail around the same time the snow is fading. According to a recent report from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, that’s often because we set our sights too high when we’re planning changes.
Want to be able to keep your resolution, feel better and make a difference? Think giving – but think small. If you’ve determined you’ll run a charity marathon each month or build an orphanage, you’re a lot more likely to scrap your plans by spring. But what if you add just a few modest good deeds to your regular lifestyle? 

Simple acts of kindness make a difference

The best news is that you don’t have to singlehandedly dig a freshwater well in a third-world country to make a difference and reap the benefits. So how about resolving this year to perform easy acts of kindness? Here are six simple suggestions to get you started:
  1. Lend a hand. When you see someone struggling with a baby stroller on a set of stairs, or trying to figure out a street map on the sidewalk, take a moment to help out.
  2. Give compliments. Who doesn’t love them?
  3. Be gracious to strangers. Let someone go ahead of you in the grocery line if they’re only buying a single box of Wheaties compared to your cartload.
  4. Go online. E-mail someone a few words of support, make a donation to a worthy cause, or answer a question for someone on your listserv.
  5. Say thank you. It makes a difference, and the opportunities are endless: Thank your bus driver, your babysitter, your basketball coach and your barista.
  6. Clean up your corner. Pick up a piece of litter, recycle your bottles and set your neighbour’s garbage bin upright.
Like any New Year’s resolution, doing easy good deeds means developing a habit. That doesn’t mean it’s hard. When you’re on your way to work, running errands or heading out for the school pick-up, remind yourself to pay more attention to the people and activities around you. Has a fellow pedestrian dropped a scarf? Is that billboard ad about a charity worth checking out online? If your eyes are open, you’ll notice more opportunities to do some small good.

Once your routine is established, you’ll also experience a stronger sense of purpose, according to the York University research. And that’s another reason you’ll feel great. As Dr. Wiser points out: "People need to have meaning, to feel appreciated." When you know you’ve made a difference, it’s yet another boost to your mood. Article written by Lisa Bendall.

For more information in joining this collaborative effort, please email Dr. Purvi Gandhi at dr.purvigandhi@yahoo.com


ORANGE COUNTY NEWS

Moss Park's Light Up the Wild!
December 18 - 23, 2014
12901 Moss Park Road

Bring your family and friends to drive through wooded acres of sparkling light displays at Moss Park. Nightly Drive-thru from 6:30 to 9:30pm for $5.00 per vehicle.  Click for event.

Drop by for Wild Santa Saturday, December 20 from 1 to 9pm ~ try a giant airboat ride (nominal fee); take your photo with a baby alligator; explore Santa's Market for stocking stuffers; and enjoy food trucks, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, and visit Santa between 7 & 9pm!  Also, join the Santa Run 5K run/walk at 5:30 pm.  Click to register for the run or call 407.254.6840 for more info.

Non-Profit Safety Grant Workshop
Wednesday, November 5th ~ 10:00am to 12:00pm
450 E. South Street, Downtown Orlando, 32801

Are you part of or know of a non-profit organization and can use funding?  If so, please take note of this upcoming Non-Profit Safety Grant Workshop.  The grant program has available funding for non-profit community service organizations to implement projects that help reduce crime and enhance safety within a targeted community or a targeted population within Orange County.  Applicants must meet minimum county insurance requirements and all other prerequisites. Funding is available for up to $10,000 per organization, through this reimbursement grant program.  For more information about this grant, contact Danny Rivera at 407.836.5449 or danny.rivera@ocfl.net.

Holiday Lights Contest
 Orange County Property Appraiser's Office

It's back! The Holiday Lights Contest! Enter a photo of your home decorated with holiday lights by Friday, December 19 and the Orange County Property Appraiser's Office will feature the winner in their Winter newsletter. To enter, email photos to Events@ocpafl.org.

Block Party Application

Have you or your neighbors considered having a block party in your neighborhood?  Block parties are a way to welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood or a way to celebrated with neighbors on a annual basis.  If so, there is a block party permit that has to be completed prior to having the block party.   Click here to download the block party permit.

For more information, contact  Luis Mercado at 407.836.8378 or at Luis.mercado@ocfl.net


Sustainability Advisory Board  

Orange County Government is looking for citizens to be part of the Sustainability Advisory Board.  To be eligible to serve, applicants must reside in Orange County (unless the requirement is waived for a particular appointee by a vote of 5 members of the board).  Since there are 2 at-large members in addition to the 7 seats that represent a specific area, any resident of Orange County should be eligible.  As with any advisory board, the Membership and Mission Review Board (MMRB) will select the members of the new board. If you are interested please visit the link below.

More detailed information and application process
EAST ORLANDO SAFETY
32828 Statistics: Zone 22B
Retrieved from OCSO Website
Safety@apgazette.com


MONTH TO MONTH TREND:  Neutral

While 30 incidents were reported last Newsletter, 30 incidents were reported this month in our zone, which includes Avalon Park Area and surrounding communities.     Based on the data available, there were 0 Arm to Person Robbery, 16 Auto Burglaries, 0 Home Invasions, 1 Commercial Burglaries, 8 Residential Burglaries, 5 Stolen Vehicles (ALARMING), and 0 Strong Arm to Person Robbery.    We had 5 stolen Vehicles in our neighborhood.  This is very Alarming.  Please be sure to lock and secure your vehicle and remove your valuables.

Avalon Park Residents, Have a safety concern?  Feel free to email our off duty deputy Sal.Saldano@ocfl.net   He is very responsive!   What does off duty mean?  It really does not mean they are completely off duty.   They are hired by funds set aside by our HOA dues, on their off duty hours, to help secure the safety of our Avalon Park community.    We have three deputies, and Sal is the primary coordinator.

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Since first step in crime prevention is awareness, everyone can contribute by forwarding these updates to their neighbor.

East Orlando Resident, have an incident, a report, or safety event, please email Safety@apgazette.com to be distributed to our 3,000 plus subscribers.

Message from Orange County Sheriff Office

Well it's holiday season again, and this is the season of giving.  However, when giving lets be sure not to give to those burglars, purse snatchers, and crooks.  By following a few tips, you can be sure your gifts end up in the right hands.
  • When shopping stay alert of your surroundings.
  • Park in a well-lit area, and be sure to lock your car doors and close those windows.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • If you must place your shopping bags in your car, make sure it is well hidden or secured in the trunk when possible.
  • If you are placing shopping bags in your car and you are going to continue shopping at the same location, consider moving your vehicle to a different parking area.  This may give a lurking criminal the impression that you are leaving.
  • If leaving the store after dark, walk with other shoppers to the car.
  • This time of the year means crowded malls, and crowded malls mean it's easy for a child to get separated and lost.  If you are shopping with young children be sure to have a plan in place in case you get separated.
Holiday safety tips are just as important after the holidays; avoid leaving boxes and bags of expensive items (trash) outside before garbage collection days.  A good idea is to actually discard those valuable item boxes, for things such as TV's, laptops, and video game consoles, at the waste department directly.

More crime prevention & safety tips, like these,
can be found on the OCSO website.

Also, during the month of December, many of us are sharing festivities with our family and friends, and this means many of us are sharing an alcoholic beverage as well.  When it comes to holiday safety and happiness, it's important to remember to ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

For more about crime prevention, contact your OCSO Crime Prevention Officer.If you live within city limits, contact your municipal law enforcement agency.
The Case for "UPTOWN AVALON"
Avalon Park Blvd and East Colonial, the new development and area should be referred to as Uptown Avalon
Written by Publishing@apgazette.com



Don't we already have an Uptown Avalon Park?

Tou·ché!  We do have wonderfully built luxury townhomes in Avalon Park situated adjacent to Town Park located, in what most of us call, Down Town Avalon Park, however it is in down town AP, but Up town Down Town.  If that makes any sense.   ( side bar: There are only a few homes left, so if you are interested visit the Remax in Avalon Park).

Making the Case

Here are the facts.  Although many, Avalon Park Residents, distinctly separate their community from other surrounding neighborhoods down Avalon Park Blvd, most of our neighbors have no clue that they do not live in Avalon Park.

"Oh, no Darling, you don't live in Avalon Park, you live in Avalon Lakes..."

Any Realtor can tell you that the majority of residents living down Avalon Park Blvd say they live in Avalon Park.   And most Realtors can also tell you that the majority of buyers who are familiar with the area considers any neighborhood on Avalon Park Blvd as Avalon Park.  Why is that, um maybe, because the main road is called Avalon Park Blvd, the proximity to Avalon Park, and the association and familiarization used as talking points about the community are all factors that play into this perception and belief.

There was a drive a couple years ago to make Avalon Park, it's own city and the surrounding neighborhoods were proposed to be a part of that city, so although many would like to believe Avalon Park ends at the roundabout and the intersection of Alafaya & APB, the reality is that our community extends beyond those parameters.  We have neighbors who live in AP and own local businesses down Avalon Park Blvd, and residents who live in surrounding neighborhoods who directly contribute to our local economy daily, so when we say Avalon Park Community, it has a broader meaning then that of Avalon Park Neighborhood which many of us dutifully pay our quarterly HOA payment to.

I say we should embrace the reality in front of us and capitalize on it while building a broader sense of community.  Staying in our bubble and telling ourselves that "the neighborhood down the street from us is not in our community" will only leave us with very little influence to help encourage more development that can help beautify the area.  A rise in property values down the street equates to a higher rise in Avalon Park.  

So What is being proposed here?

As many of you have seen, the new WAWA, Aldi, Wendy's, Dunkin Dounuts, and several others shops are coming to the area.  It's situated "UP" Avalon Park Blvd about 3.5 miles from "Down Town."   Get where I am going with this?

The shopping plaza is currently being named, Avalon Commons, but I propose that it is renamed Uptown Avalon, not Uptown Avalon Park, but simply Uptown Avalon.   In fact, this entire area, including Grandeville Luxury Aparments, should be considered/ perceived as Uptown Avalon.   When Grandeville first was being developed several years ago, they called themselves Grandeville in Avalon Park, but was challenged and had to change their name to Grandeville on Avalon Park, but now, as our community has matured and the upswing potential of building a stronger brand for our community which can yield more commerce, a rise in property values, and a beautification of the area which will attract more developers.   For the thousands of drivers that pass this intersection daily, the consideration will now be, If there is an Uptown Avalon, where is Down town?  Uptown Avalon seem to be an eventual fit for the area, but who knows!

Of course, there is cons.... there are always cons!

1. More commerce, may lead to more traffic
2. As in the past, news reports associated any crime occurring up Avalon Park blvd as Avalon Park although it was wrong, it will become fact.  Our community understanding will certainly grow which is already the case in some of our groups on Facebook.
3. It will certainly promote community with other surrounding neighborhoods which may be a challenge


In Conclusion...

Should Uptown Avalon become a reality, a vision of more shopping, fine dining, and AP style housing in the area will help promote safer neighborhoods and help bring up an area that has been struggling for years.

What are your thoughts?  Please send them to Publishing@apgazette.com

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Volume III Issue VIII

Delta Rocket over Publix- Photo Credit:  Amy Meador
AVALON PARK GAZETTE
Volume III Issue VIII
Building Community One Issue at a Time

Don't forget to share with Your Neighbors
                   

IN THIS ISSUE

Topsail Light Show, MBS Volleyball, Timber Creek, Free Pictures on Halloween,  Peyote Moon, The Case for Uptown Avalon, East Orlando Safety,  Orange County, Thanks 4 Giving Drive, 5K Run Florida United Way,  Block Party, Adult Coloring and Painting, Abrakadoodle, East Orlando Real Estate, Biggest Yard Sale, and AP Gazette Opportunities
Spookiest and Cookiest Light Show in AP
"Lights on Topsail" boast amazing lighting shows for Halloween and Christmas on Topsail Drive in Avalon Park.

Come see a spooktacular light and music show and be sure to tune to 89.7 FM when you come by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DvqFilzcvBo

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MBS Training Club Volleyball League
Avalon Park's "Athletics and Academic" club Supporting Student and Athletes, one Champion at a time

Our volleyball club is ready to serve the community! Our season runs November 2014-June 2015. We would like to purchase these shirts (see below) for our 25 players to
wear while they are serving. Would you consider sponsoring? A sponsorship of at least $250.00 or more will get your company’s name (or logo) on the back of this shirt. An additional sponsorship of $250.00 or more will get your company’s name on another one of our practice t-shirts. We will also recognize your company on our Facebook page and website for one year.
To contribute, please visit our Go Fund Me online fundraiser at: 
http://www.gofundme.com/mbsvballclub

Thank you for your partnership! 501c3
Tax ID: #462176265






Timber Creek News
Newsletter

Five TC Teachers Receive Special Recognition

Timber Creek’s own Shawna Sherry, Mike Jones, Lauren Thomas, Kyle Dencker, and Anna Stevens were recognized
at the NAF (National Academy Foundation) Next 2014 Conference in Washington DC. They received a NAF Distinguished
Academy Award for the Academy of Information and Technology.

Orange County Public School Calendar 2014-2015

  • Mon.-Fri. Nov. 24-28 Thanksgiving Break · Students are out all week · District offices are open Nov. 24-26 · Nov. 24-26: Teacher non-workdays
  • · Nov. 27-28: Teacher holidays
  • Two Weeks Dec. 22-Jan. 2 Winter Break (Schools are closed. District offices are closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1.)
  • Mon. January 5 Students return to school 
  • Thu. January 15 End of 2nd marking period (44 days) 
  • Fri. January 16 Student holiday/teacher workday 
  • Mon. January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.)
  • Tue. January 20 Begin 2nd semester/3rd marking period 
  • Mon. February 16 Presidents Day holiday (Schools are closed; district offices are open.)
  • Thu. March 19 End of 3rd marking period (42 days) 
  • Fri. March 20 Student holiday/teacher workday 
  • Mon.-Fri. March 23-27 Spring Break (Schools are closed; district offices are open.)
  • Mon. March 30 Begin 4th marking period 
  • Mon. May 25 Memorial Day holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.)
  • Wed. June 3 End of 4th marking period/last day of school for students (47 days) 
  • Thu.-Fri. June 4-5 Post planning for teachers 
Local Band with Roots in Avalon Park 

14th Annual Deland Original Music Festival 


"Peyote Moon" - an East Orlando band - will be performing at the 14th Annual Deland Original Music Festival on November 15th.   "Peyote Moon" had its beginnings in the Avalon Park area... a few of the members live and worked there.  They have performed together for over 3 years.

The Deland Originals Festival is a popular festival that features over a hundred acts all performing original music.   Peyote Moon will perform two acoustic sets.  The band includes: Phil Davis, Lakshmi Ramaseshan, Bill Rubino, and Amy Davenport.

Peyote Moon is scheduled to perform at the Deland Festival on Nov. 15th @ 5:20pm at Chess Park and @ 9:00pm at The Grotto (details and map of stages shown here).
  • They will be playing for 40 minutes at each location... 9 original songs
  • Tickets are $15 if purchased at the gate at the festival and $10 if purchased through the band
  • ·Do contact the band directly if you want tickets, as they will receive certain credits from the Deland Music Festival Organizers for bringing a crowd!

Peyote Moon had their first performances in Avalon Park restaurants, cafes and at the Avalon Park band shell.

They released their first CD of 13 original songs earlier this year and it’s available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and other online venues.  Just look for “Peyote Moon”.

They currently have a standing monthly gig at Maxine’s on Shine in downtown Orlando (on the fourth Sunday of every month), and they have played at several other Central Florida restaurants and at private parties.

They are currently well into the recording of their second CD which features 15 new original songs, many of these songs are ones they have performed for the last year.  Their second CD is titled “Running with Ghosts” and includes some of the band’s favorite numbers.

The focus of their sound is their vocals and harmonies…..  “a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll, a little bit pop” is how they describe it.  “Peyote Moon” weaves its own web of emotion and feeling.  Don’t let the sweet sound deceive you… there’s a wide emotional pallet here.

You can follow them on Facebook:https://facebook.com/peyotemoonmusic

To learn more about purchasing tickets through the band, please contact Lakshmi at: 248-921-4186 or email the band at peyotemoonmusic@gmail.com

Thanks 4 Giving Drive
Written by Linda Bilyeu

Our community have yet another opportunity. Last year, The Solon Group of KW and several partners were fortunate enough to coordinate a turkey drive for a local Pantry located in the Avalon Park Community (East Orlando), at Castle Creek Elementary. We donated about 10 carts of food, and 30 Turkeys to local families in our community who were in need. This year, we are doing it again and hoping to at least triple our numbers from last year- 90 Turkeys and 30 carts of food.   Food donated will go to Casey's Closet, a Pantry servicing East Orlando located at Castle Creek Elementary. We have partnered up also with Orange County Academy located in Bithlo to distribute items to the families in need.   As before, we are looking to connect with the community, businesses and volunteers.

Here are the opportunities:

1. Host a Can Food Box in your business
Collect Goods and Host a mini drive to be collected for distribution on November 22 at Castle Creek

2. Make a commitment to Purchase a Turkey(s).  Remember, we need 90 Turkeys!!!!  Please let us know your turkey commitment, how many, name, email.. so we can help you fulfill it for distribution. Let us know by emailing info@thesolongroup.com

3. Volunteer at one of our Can Food Drives at a local Grocery Market or contribute resources, sponsor shirts for the volunteers, provide tents, tables... etc.

4. Donate Can food at at a Designated location

5. Become a Coordinator

We have been planning preliminary for the past couple weeks, and now are moving ahead so if you are interested in any of these opportunities please let us know, info@thesolongroup.com.

https://www.facebook.com/events/373993979425496/
Coloring Like a Boss (In Avalon Park)
by Diane Laney Fitzpatrick  

I just found out that adult coloring is a thing now. I haven't been this excited since I learned we can still be in spelling bees and take tap.

All this time, I thought my love of coloring was just me being childish. I don't think I ever got over snapping Periwinkle in half while coloring Joseph's coat of many colors, and I've been searching for that perfect shade of lilacish-blue ever since.

But now I'm to learn that coloring is OK for adults. Socially acceptable. Nothing to be embarrassed about. Therapeutic even.

I didn't realize how much I loved coloring until my kids all graduated and stopped doing projects that I could help with. When my youngest went to college, I kept asking her if any of her college classes required posters, dioramas, illustrated poetry collections or illustrated anythings. As it turns out, social work majors live in a very black and white world.

That's when I realized that I had been coloring since I picked up my first Magenta and I really hadn't ever taken a break. I colored in school, I colored with my neighborhood friends, I talked my older sisters into coloring with me. My admiration and awe of my sister Reenie was solidified when she announced she was changing her coloring style from "light" - barely grazing the crayon across Barbie's prom gown - to "dark" - making all 64 colors in the big box stand out like mod 1960s wallpaper.

Then I became a parent and colored with my own kids. When I was a new stay-at-home mom, my 5-year-old and I sat at the kitchen table and I drew big, fat, empty letters that spelled out words. He and I would color them in with crayons.

So what's a grown woman supposed to do with a basket full of markers, Crayolas and colored pencils, but no valid excuse to use them? You look for an excuse, of course.

Thus, I found this article on Huffington Post that quotes a real psychologist saying this:

"(Coloring) generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity."

I suspect psychology majors didn't have much use for color, either, and somebody's mother had quite an influence.

Thank goodness someone else read the same philosophy and started producing adult coloring books and coloring pages you can print off the Internet. You can color a stage full of strippers, recreational drug use, or your favorite scenes from Breaking Bad. Or you can color this:

or this:

There are more. Lots more. But I'm not sure they'd interest you. I'm passing on them, because they require too much Flesh and I'm low on that color.



Adult Painting in Avalon Park

ONE DAY CLASS PASSES!

Did you know that we offer the option to purchase a one-day class pass for classes at our Avalon Park location.  This pass can be used for your child to try a class or to just come as your schedule permits.  The cost is $15/45-min class and $20/60 minute class.  You must purchase the pass in advance to reserve your space in the
class.

Give us a call at 407-287-6698 to purchase your class pass

Click here to register
EAST ORLANDO REAL ESTATE
written by  Eddy Solon, 32828 Realtor, AP Resident
The Solon Group of Keller Williams
http:///www.TheSolonGroup.com

For Foreclosures listings, Home Valuations, and for luxury homes in East Orlando, please visit http://www.Realestate32828.com

The Latest price per square feet on homes sold in the 32828 can also be located on the site.

Check out what our local expert is saying about Real Estate in Orlando, Baby Realtor, BabyRealtor.com 

REGISTER FOR THE NEXT YARD SALE

September 2014 Yard sale had record number registrations so be sure to register early for Spring 2015, once registration becomes available.  http://www.avalonyardsale.com/
Capture Your Trick/ Treat Memories
Photo Booth will be Setup in front of Keller Williams in Avalon Park (Founders Square/ Peppervine Drive)

Capture the experience with the little ones for FREE.  


Keller Williams in Avalon Park is hosting a photo booth for all residents tricking/ treating.  Come and get your picture taken in front of a green screen and CHOOSE THE BACKGROUND....FOR FREE!!!!!!

First come, First serve, while supplies last.   Hosted by the Keller Williams Office in Avalon Park, the #1 Brokerage in all of East of Orlando and Avalon Park.   


Chris and Jackie Caroll's 2012 Kids Halloween Photo


ORANGE COUNTY NEWS


Non-Profit Safety Grant Workshop
Wednesday, November 5th ~ 10:00am to 12:00pm
450 E. South Street, Downtown Orlando, 32801

Are you part of or know of a non-profit organization and can use funding?  If so, please take note of this upcoming Non-Profit Safety Grant Workshop.  The grant program has available funding for non-profit community service organizations to implement projects that help reduce crime and enhance safety within a targeted community or a targeted population within Orange County.  Applicants must meet minimum county insurance requirements and all other prerequisites. Funding is available for up to $10,000 per organization, through this reimbursement grant program.  For more information about this grant, contact Danny Rivera at 407.836.5449 or danny.rivera@ocfl.net.

Monthly Adopt-A-Tree
Saturday, November 8th ~ 8am to 12pm          
Ft. Christmas Historical Park, 1300 Ft. Christmas Road, Christmas, 32709

This is a FREE program for all Orange County citizens designed to encourage residents to add trees to our environment.  Adding trees to the landscape has many long-term benefits.  Along with the obvious advantages of shade and beauty, trees provide oxygen, filter pollution, and create habitats for wildlife.  In addition, trees replenish our lost tree canopy that has diminished due to storm damage, age, and development.  Each county resident must provide proof of residency and will receive up to two trees while supplies last.

Block Party Application

Have you or your neighbors considered having a block party in your neighborhood?  Block parties are a way to welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood or a way to celebrated with neighbors on a annual basis.  If so, there is a block party permit that has to be completed prior to having the block party.   Click here to download the block party permit.

For more information, contact  Luis Mercado at 407.836.8378 or at Luis.mercado@ocfl.net 

Sustainability Advisory Board  

Orange County Government is looking for citizens to be part of the Sustainability Advisory Board.  To be eligible to serve, applicants must reside in Orange County (unless the requirement is waived for a particular appointee by a vote of 5 members of the board).  Since there are 2 at-large members in addition to the 7 seats that represent a specific area, any resident of Orange County should be eligible.  As with any advisory board, the Membership and Mission Review Board (MMRB) will select the members of the new board. If you are interested please visit the link below.


5K Run/Walk to Benefit Heart of Florida United Way 

Orange County Government invites residents to its second annual United Way 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 22, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the West Orange Trail - Chapin Station Park located at 501 Crown Point Cross Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787. All proceeds will benefit Heart of Florida United Way, Central Florida's most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest regional provider of funds to critical health and human service programs.

Registration is now open. To register online, visit www.OCUW5K.eventbrite.com. The entry fee for children 14 and under is $10. For ages 15 and up, the fee is $20 from now to November 15, $25 November 16 - 21, and $30 on the day of the race. Children in strollers are free.

For more information, contact Kevin Simmonds at 407.254.9967 or by email at Kevin.Simmonds@ocfl.net.
EAST ORLANDO SAFETY
32828 Statistics: Zone 22B
Retrieved from OCSO Website
Safety@apgazette.com


MONTH TO MONTH TREND:  Upward

While 26 incidents were reported last Newsletter, 30 incidents were reported this month in our zone, which includes Avalon Park Area and surrounding communities.     Based on the data available, there were 1 Arm to Person Robbery, 18 Auto Burglaries, 0 Home Invasions, 1 Commercial Burglaries, 8 Residential Burglaries, 1 Stolen Vehicles, and 0 Strong Arm to Person Robbery.

Avalon Park Residents, Have a safety concern?  Feel free to email our off duty deputy Sal.Saldano@ocfl.net   He is very responsive!   What does off duty mean?  It really does not mean they are completely off duty.   They are hired by funds set aside by our HOA dues, on their off duty hours, to help secure the safety of our Avalon Park community.    We have three deputies, and Sal is the primary coordinator.

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Since first step in crime prevention is awareness, everyone can contribute by forwarding these updates to their neighbor.

East Orlando Resident, have an incident, a report, or safety event, please email Safety@apgazette.com to be distributed to our 3,000 plus subscribers.
The Case for "UPTOWN AVALON"
Avalon Park Blvd and East Colonial, the new development and area should be referred to as Uptown Avalon
Written by Publishing@apgazette.com



Don't we already have an Uptown Avalon Park?

Tou·ché!  We do have wonderfully built luxury townhomes in Avalon Park situated adjacent to Town Park located, in what most of us call, Down Town Avalon Park, however it is in down town AP, but Up town Down Town.  If that makes any sense.   ( side bar: There are only a few homes left, so if you are interested visit the Remax in Avalon Park).

Making the Case

Here are the facts.  Although many, Avalon Park Residents, distinctly separate their community from other surrounding neighborhoods down Avalon Park Blvd, most of our neighbors have no clue that they do not live in Avalon Park.

"Oh, no Darling, you don't live in Avalon Park, you live in Avalon Lakes..."

Any Realtor can tell you that the majority of residents living down Avalon Park Blvd say they live in Avalon Park.   And most Realtors can also tell you that the majority of buyers who are familiar with the area considers any neighborhood on Avalon Park Blvd as Avalon Park.  Why is that, um maybe, because the main road is called Avalon Park Blvd, the proximity to Avalon Park, and the association and familiarization used as talking points about the community are all factors that play into this perception and belief.

There was a drive a couple years ago to make Avalon Park, it's own city and the surrounding neighborhoods were proposed to be a part of that city, so although many would like to believe Avalon Park ends at the roundabout and the intersection of Alafaya & APB, the reality is that our community extends beyond those parameters.  We have neighbors who live in AP and own local businesses down Avalon Park Blvd, and residents who live in surrounding neighborhoods who directly contribute to our local economy daily, so when we say Avalon Park Community, it has a broader meaning then that of Avalon Park Neighborhood which many of us dutifully pay our quarterly HOA payment to.

I say we should embrace the reality in front of us and capitalize on it while building a broader sense of community.  Staying in our bubble and telling ourselves that "the neighborhood down the street from us is not in our community" will only leave us with very little influence to help encourage more development that can help beautify the area.  A rise in property values down the street equates to a higher rise in Avalon Park.  

So What is being proposed here?

As many of you have seen, the new WAWA, Aldi, Wendy's, Dunkin Dounuts, and several others shops are coming to the area.  It's situated "UP" Avalon Park Blvd about 3.5 miles from "Down Town."   Get where I am going with this?

The shopping plaza is currently being named, Avalon Commons, but I propose that it is renamed Uptown Avalon, not Uptown Avalon Park, but simply Uptown Avalon.   In fact, this entire area, including Grandeville Luxury Aparments, should be considered/ perceived as Uptown Avalon.   When Grandeville first was being developed several years ago, they called themselves Grandeville in Avalon Park, but was challenged and had to change their name to Grandeville on Avalon Park, but now, as our community has matured and the upswing potential of building a stronger brand for our community which can yield more commerce, a rise in property values, and a beautification of the area which will attract more developers.   For the thousands of drivers that pass this intersection daily, the consideration will now be, If there is an Uptown Avalon, where is Down town?  Uptown Avalon seem to be an eventual fit for the area, but who knows!

Of course, there is cons.... there are always cons!

1. More commerce, may lead to more traffic
2. As in the past, news reports associated any crime occurring up Avalon Park blvd as Avalon Park although it was wrong, it will become fact.  Our community understanding will certainly grow which is already the case in some of our groups on Facebook.
3. It will certainly promote community with other surrounding neighborhoods which may be a challenge


In Conclusion...

Should Uptown Avalon become a reality, a vision of more shopping, fine dining, and AP style housing in the area will help promote safer neighborhoods and help bring up an area that has been struggling for years.

What are your thoughts?  Please send them to Publishing@apgazette.com

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AP Gazette Opportunities

1.  Reviewers- to review final submittal of newsletters prior to publishing

2.  Education Contributor-   An article written by an Educator in one of East Orlando schools.  Topics may be anything to do with Education and teacher, student, and parent awareness.  This will be a good place to highlight top achievers in our school (teachers and students).

3.  Sports Contributor-   To discuss East Orlando Sports, anything from little league and up

4.  Political Contributors-   Discuss local politics that impact East Orlando Residents along with other Political contributors

To be able to participate, you must be an East Orlando resident, if writing, submit an article prior to 3rd Thursday of the Month 12:00 pm, and send your interest and brief description of your background to Publishing@apgazette.com   Keep in mind, any neighbor can submit an article.

5.  Safety Contributor- Preferably someone in law enforcement who lives or patrol our community to provide monthly contribution on safety trends, practices, and awareness.

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emailing publishing@apgazette.com

7.  Have A Birthday or Anniversary coming up, Email us and we will showcase it in the associated issue.  Email publishing@apgazette.com
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