Designate a Driver: If you are going to be driving New Years Eve, don't drink and drive. If you have a friend who does not prefer to drink, make sure they take the wheel. You might even be on the water this New Years Eve. The person in charge of navigating the boat needs to be cautious, and this still applies to them! It is important to be safe on the water as well, so drink sensibly.
Don't forget about your pets! They are just as much a part of the family as everyone else. If you are using fireworks, anything with loud noises, or fire, be sure that pets are kept at a distance as well as children. None of these are a good mix. Candles are also a potential hazard.
Be Alert: Be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting. Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. Taking preventive measures is key. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or leaving with someone they do not know. It's important to keep an eye out for each other.
Don't Drive: If you don't have to go behind the wheel, avoid it. More people will be driving under the influence on this particular night, so avoid a potentially dangerous accident by staying off the road. Otherwise, be alert and drive defensively. Most importantly, wear your seatbelt! Also, using public transportation is a wise option. If taking a cab is too expensive, crashing at a friend's place nearby is a convenient solution.
Stick Together: This way we can look out for our friends and family. Going out to parties and nightclubs means a fast-paced, crazy night; so be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you in this environment, especially for women, is imperative.
Monitor your Alcohol Intake: A majority of people will be drinking on New Years Eve, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just be sure to pay attention to how much you and others are consuming. Drinking too much alcohol can have lethal affects. Be responsible.
Follow up your New Years Eve by making some New Years Resolutions and starting fresh! Check out this New Years Resolutions page for some tips!
A great place to be this New Years Eve Weekend. Back by popular demand, Celebration Town Center will bring the New Year in with a bang at an all new fun, family friendly celebration like none other. The event will kick off with special reunion-show performances by VonRay (as heard on the Smallville soundtrack and more) followed by the sensational sounds of the multi-talented Mo Geetz Band and live music throughout the streets. Then stick around till the clock strikes midnight and catch the fireworks spectacular and music until 1:00 a.m.
Ring in the New Year at Old Town in Kissimmee. There will be something for everyone to do, food, kids' activities, music and more! Enjoy classic rock n’ roll performed by cover band Reunion, taking the stage at 7:30pm. Rides and the fireworks show at midnight. Free admission.
THEME PARK NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS
•Walt Disney World Theme Parks
The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios are all open past midnight for a special night of family celebrations to ring in the New Year.
•Universal Orlando Theme Parks
Extended hours at both parks. Islands of Adventure is open till 10:00pm and Universal Studios will stay open until 1:00 am with special events for New Year's Eve.
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve bash at SeaWorld Orlando. Dance to a 14-piece band, jazz musicians and a DJ keeping the party going all the way through midnight.
- 2 cups white sugar
- 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 pound butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 cups sliced Macintosh apples
1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Butter and flour one 10” tube pan. 2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Set aside. 3. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add to wet ingredients and mix well. 4. Stir in vanilla, walnuts and apples. Mix well and pour into prepared pan. 5. Bake at 350º F for approximately 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Set aside to cool. Slide knife along outer edges to release bottom of tube pan. Slide knife along bottom of tube pan and inner tube to release cake.
Tis the season for increased crime activity. Take every precaution that you can to keep you and yours safe this holiday season!
• Always be mindful that thieves are opportunists... removing opportunities for a criminal to commit a crime will reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
• Most people display their Christmas trees in a window in the front of their homes. Almost always there will be a bounty of wrapped gifts under that tree. Whenever you leave your home for an extended period of time be sure to pull those drapes shut or close your blinds to remove those gifts from the view of a thief. If you have a live tree closing those drapes will help it stay fresh longer too.
• When you leave your home for an extended period of time make certain it is secure. The weather is great this time of year and many people like to leave their doors and windows open. Be sure to close and lock them before you leave your residence unattended. Ditto for vehicles parked in your driveway.
• Unlocked cars are almost always the first ones to be burglarized.
• If you are out shopping or are coming home from shopping, be sure to keep your gifts out of view. A bounty of new toys, electronics or other shopping bags can be very tempting for a criminal.
• Christmas almost always means new bikes, trikes, skateboards, and a myriad of toy vehicles will be out in full force in the days following Santa’s visit. Many of the operators of these new acquisitions will be inexperienced. Make certain your kids understand the rules of the road and wear helmets whenever appropriate. Even more important... be on the lookout for these “inexperienced” riders and drivers when you are driving through Integra Meadows.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!!!!
November 8 – December 19 (On select nights)
Walt Disney World Resort® - Magic Kingdom®
A specially-ticketed event with snow on Main Street USA, character greetings throughout the park, live stage shows and holiday entertainment.
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration
November 26 – January 2
Journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience, share a smile with a sea lion and hear stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, all in a wintery, watery wonderland.
Best of Florida Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort
November 20 – January 2
Gaylord Palms Resort
ICE!, featuring Twas the Night Before Christmas, is carved from more than two million pounds of ice by 40 skilled artisans from Harbin, China. SNOW!, a North Pole Carnival, will be packed with all-new holiday chills and thrills (and real snow!). Try the "Kiddie Snow Tube Run," play games or sample seasonal treats.
Wonderland of Lights
November 26 – January 9
Osceola Heritage Park
A new family holiday tradition has arrived in Central Florida! This unique, mile-long drive-through lighting event will thrill the entire family with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Walk through Santa’s village, ice skate, watch holiday movies and much more.
Holidays Around The World and Candlelight Processional
November 26 – December 30
Walt Disney World Resort® – Epcot®
Delight in the sights and sounds of the season. The Candleight Processional retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.
Celebration's Snowing Nightly
November 27 – December 31
Celebration Town Center
The nightly snow falls and festival are packed with holiday essentials, including photos with Santa, holiday carolers and the Celebration Express train ride.
Holidays at Universal Orlando® Resort
December 4 – January 1
Universal Orlando® Resort
Celebrate Grinchmas™ at Universal's Islands of Adventure®, and join in the fun of the Macy's Holiday Parade™ at Universal Studios®. All the festivities are included with your theme park admission during select dates in December.
Miracle on 34th Street Broadway Show
December 3 – December 12
Osceola Center for the Arts
As the Macy’s Santa, Kris Kringle enchants children and shoppers so completely that he is deemed dangerous by fellow employees who question his competency. A girl’s belief in Santa and the magic of the holiday is at stake in this family classic.
Festival of the Seasons
November 19 – December 24
Santa Claus is coming to town – to Downtown Disney, that is – and he'll be meeting kids, listening to wishes and posing for pictures.
- Shop with friends or relatives if possible; there IS safety in numbers. As you shop, be alert in crowded places. Among pickpockets' favorites are revolving doors, jammed aisles, elevators, and public transportation stops and vehicles, especially at rush hour. Carry the day's most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don't carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly. If possible, leave your children with a baby-sitter while you are shopping. For holiday shopping, consider making arrangements with family or friends/neighbors, and take turns baby-sitting. If you take your children with you, keep a close eye on them while shopping.
- Travel and conduct your business during daylight hours if possible. When driving, keep doors locked and windows rolled up. When returning to your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings; scan the area from time to time. Avoid concentrating so hard on shopping that you fail to keep track of your surroundings, others near you, or your personal property. Carry your keys in your hand and be ready to unlock the door and enter as quickly as possible. As you approach your vehicle, scan the area, glance underneath the vehicle, and take a quick look inside before entering.
- Using debit or credit cards is much safer than carrying a lot of cash.
- If planning a "road trip" over the holidays, have your vehicle services and checked out sufficiently far ahead to allow for repairs if needed. Don't forget to have the mechanic check your spare tire and all fluid levels along with the other preventive maintenance procedures.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY… FROM YOUR STAFF AT INTEGRA MEADOWS
We have been having some issues with residents parking their vehicles by the curb, blocking other people's vehicles or in front of garages that belong to someone else. Please remember that these residents are paying a monthly rent on these garages for the convenience of having an assigned parking space, and it is not so convenient to get home and find that someone else is blocking their garage entrance. These residents also have the right to have the vehicles that are completely blocking their garage towed!
If you would like more information on how to lease a garage just give us a call at (407) 396-8259 or stop by the office to find out what's available!
~ 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
~ 2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
~ 1 cup sugar
~ 1/4 teaspoon salt
~ 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
~ 1 cup half-and-half
~ 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
~ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~ 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
~ 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
~ 1 piece pre-made pie dough
~ Whipped cream, for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place 1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a (9-inch) pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges together to make a pretty pattern. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights or dried beans (about 2 pounds) and place it in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color.
- For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, if using, and beat until incorporated.
- Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes, or until the center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount of whipped cream.
Integra Meadows offers the lifestyle for those with exquisite tastes and elevated standards. Our distinctively designed Clubhouse is a social hot spot where you and your friends can meet and hang out, whether you want to grill out at our Grilling Pavilion, or hang out by the pool to catch some rays. So you are not a sun seeker? Well, feel free to use our Tanning Studio to catch up on your tan! You can always bring your friends inside to shoot a game of pool or darts too. Need to catch up on some e-mails? No problem… Stop by our Cyber Café to use one of our seven computer stations or sit anywhere in the Clubhouse or by the pool and take advantage of our free Wi-Fi service.
Our commitment to service, quality, and luxury lets you enjoy all the prestige of living in our premier community. Get in NOW and take advantage of our incredible specials!!!
Call us today for more information at (407) 396-8259 or visit our website at www.IntegraMeadows.com
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!!!
It’s the Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It’s the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It’s the Soldier, not the politicians,
Who ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
This year, as we plan our resident function for December, we would like to ask you to support Toys from Tyler, a toy drive that was started by a young boy (Tyler) who beat stage IV Neurobastoma in 2005. Tyler is a very brave boy who decided to bring toys into the hospitals to other children who were suffering from serious illnesses as he was through the holiday season. You can read more about him and the work that he has done and been awarded for at http://www.toysfromtyler.com/ . If you are interested in participating, we ask that you bring an unwrapped toy into our leasing office by 12/10/10.
Please join us to help give our adopted family a beautiful Christmas!
As most of you know each year the ContraVest Family, Friends, Vendors, Residents, and Contractors all come together to adopt Bernadette Hanlon, our BEAUTIFUL FRIEND and CO-WORKER to give her 6 daughters a Christmas they will never forget!
For those of you who have not heard of Bernadette's story, she is a single mom with 3 girls of her own and a less than 5 years ago her oldest daughter had a regular babysitting job to watch 3 little girls. Her daughter had an unexpected school event on the same night she had committed to babysitting. The girl's mother's name was Amy, that night Bernie offered to cover for her daughter by watching Amy's girls in her home. Amy's oldest daughter 13 at the time decided to stay home alone while the other girls stayed with Bernie. That night a turn of events drastically changed all of their lives forever. Amy's ex-husband broke into Amy's home tied up her daughter and waited with a knife for Amy to return. When Amy walked into their home she was brutally attacked and murdered in front of her 13 year old daughter. Luckily Amy's boyfriend who was parking the car walked in just in time to save Amy's daughter, he too was stabbed in the struggle and fortunately survived. Amy's daughter's had only one living relative a grandmother who was elderly and unable to care for the girls… Bernie took these distraught little girls into her home because they had no one. Their father was arrested and charged with their mother's murder. Fast forward nearly 5 years, Bernie has spent countless hours fighting the system to protect these children. She spent numerous hours at trial to see that their father paid for his crime and numerous hours at doctor's appointments for child counseling, she is proud to tell everyone that she was able to officially ADOPT the girls!
As you can imagine it's a difficult job being a single mother of 6 girls! Bernie's 3 girls have sacrificed so much by welcoming their new sister's into their very small home. Amy's daughters have suffered an unforgettable loss in the murder of their mom. No matter how difficult things have been Bernie has been the one constant in their life! Bernie is an "ANGEL" in every since of the word!
It is our honor each year to give this beautiful and certainly deserving family a wonderful Christmas one that they will remember and cherish for years to come! We ask that you donate whatever you can--no amount is too small! We are asking for donations in the form of gift cards (Visa, American Express, Wal-Mart or Target), cash or personal checks. Please make personal checks payable to Christin Tenpenny so she can cash them to make the actual purchases from the girls Christmas lists.
***Please bring in your donations to the Integra Meadows Leasing Office. We appreciate any donation you can make to help this family. If possible would love to receive the donations into us by December 10th to give us time to shop for the gifts! J.
From our family to yours, THANK YOU!
With the harsh winter temperatures rapidly approaching we would like to remind you of a few tips that will help you in your apartment home.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
October marks the beginning of the holiday season. First comes Halloween and soon we will all be putting up our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years decorations. It is important to remember that this is a time for family and friends, giving, and supporting. We, as a staff, are dedicated to making your residency with us an inviting experience. We wish you a beautiful October and look forward to celebrating with you this holiday season.
Thank you for being our residents!
● Hours for trick-or-treating will be from 5pm to 8pm on Halloween Day. We will be giving out Halloween Door Hangers to hang on your door knob or door knocker if you will be handing out candy for our trick-or-treaters.
● Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark and always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
● Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Remember to walk, don't run! Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
● Never accept rides from strangers.
● Don't eat any candy until it's inspected for tampering under bright lights.
● Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
● And most importantly, HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!
Here are some tips on how you can design a great pumpkin at home.
● No special tools are needed to get a great design. Pumpkin-carving toolkits available at local stores work great!
● Sketch several designs on paper before you carve, and be sure you consider the unique size and shape of your pumpkin in your drawing.
● Instead of trying to carve freehand, outline your design on the pumpkin using a wax pencil (available at craft stores) or an eyebrow pencil. This way any pencil marks can easily be wiped away when you're done.
● After carving is complete, add more character to your jack-o-lantern by accessorizing it with an old hat or a small trick-or-treat bag.
In order to complete the registration, your pet must be physically brought to the office for a photo and staff introduction, vet records must be submitted, and a pet fee of $300 for one (1) pet or $500 for two (2) pets must be paid. While there are no size limits, breed restrictions do apply. Unauthorized pets will not be accepted.
Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the pet owner to clean up all pet waste immediately. Pet stations are located throughout the community to aid in doing so. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our Leasing Office at (407) 396-8259.
See the vet...
To prepare for summer, make sure your apartment pet has its seasonal check-up. Warm weather is the worst time for fleas and ticks, so get your pet on an effective parasite control program. If your dog or cat isn’t on year-round heartworm medication, you should also have him tested.
Shade and water...
If your pet spends the majority of her day outside in warm weather, provide her with shade and, if possible, an unlimited amount of water with an automatic dispenser. Also, be sure not to over-exercise your pet — consider cutting walks or runs a little shorter than you would in cooler weather.
Know heat stroke warning signs...
If your pet does get over-heated, watch carefully to see if your pet is in danger. If he is panting or drooling excessively, has trouble breathing, or seems weak or lethargic, get him to a cool place right away. Flat-faced dogs and Persian cats are especially susceptible to overheating because it is harder for them to pant. These pets should always be kept in a cool environment. It’s also a good idea to give your pet a summer haircut to help her beat the heat.
Safe summer surroundings...
In extreme temperatures, you need to be aware of what kind of environment your pet is in and for how long. Exposure to hot asphalt, for instance, should be kept at a minimum so as not to burn footpads. Likewise, don’t ever keep a pet waiting in a hot car, where temperatures can soar to deadly heights in minutes. And even though summer backyard parties seem a protected place for your pets, don’t leave them unattended around water, hot grilles or guests who enjoy feeding them unhealthy treats.
In the summer, vets see a large number of pets that have fallen from high-rise balconies or out of screenless windows. Be sure that as you spend time on your apartment porch or balcony, or leave windows open, that you take necessary precautions to keep your pet from falling off or out.
Summer weather offers a great time to enjoy life with your pet. Just remember that Kitty or Spot can’t ask for help — they rely on you to keep them healthy, cool and safe.
- Remember that glass bottles and glass containers ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE POOL AREA!
- Clean and sanitize all cooking equipment.
- Avoid cross-contamination. Use a separate plate and utensils when preparing raw meat.
- Do not leave the grill unattended at any time.
- Turn off the grills when not in use.
- Do not smoke near the grill or propane cylinder.
- Do not allow children to play with or near the grill.
- Use only State Fire Marshal approved fireworks. DO NOT SET OFF ILLEGAL FIREWORKS!
- When setting off fireworks, it is important to keep a bucket of water nearby to dispose of used fireworks.
- ALWAYS IGNITE FIREWORKS ON PAVED SURFACES! Never ignite fireworks on grass.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Leasing Office at (407) 396-8259. We hope you have a safe and fun Independence Day holiday weekend!
Please join us for our first Spring Cookout Party!!! The party will be held at the Clubhouse/Pool Area on 4/9/10 from 6pm - 9pm. We will provide the food and soft drinks - you are welcome to bring any beverage of your choice, however please do not bring any glass containers as they are not permitted in the pool area. We will be giving away prizes and rent giveaways, so don't miss out! If you have any questions you can contact us at (407) 396-8259.
- Please do not leave trash bags in the breezeways for any lenght of time. Not only is this unsightly, but it also attracts unwanted pests. Take your trash straight to the dumpster that is located on the N.E. side of the community.
- If you are a dog owner, please walk your dog(s) in the designated Pet Stations and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick up after your pets! Remember that dogs must be on a leash at all times, unless they're at the Paw Park.
- If you or anyone in your home smokes, please do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. There are ashtrays by the pool and clubhouse areas and if there are any smokers in your apartment you should consider getting an ashtray for your balcony as well :)
If you have any questions or concerns you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
LET'S KEEP INTEGRA MEADOWS LOOKING AS BEAUTIFUL AND CLEAN AS IT LOOKED WHEN WE FIRST OPENED!!!
We really appreciate everyone's help and cooperation regarding this matter!
- Work the walls ~ If it's okay with your landlord, repainting the walls can make a dramatic difference to the light, atmosphere and even the perception of space in your apartment. Or maybe it's time to cycle out the old posters and framed items hanging throughout your place. Chossing a new theme, era or style scheme for your decorations can make it feel like a new place!
- Revamp the floors ~ Whether it's a good steam cleaning for carpets or new area rugs, dealing with your floor coverings can make a big difference in bringing back the charm of your current pad. Websites like Flor.com offer some amazing options, including lightly adhesive area rugs, which you can take with you someday if you move out.
- Makeover your bed ~ In most bedrooms, the bed is the most prominent part of the scenery. Make it work for you! Splurge on a new bedding set and create a sanctuary. Go with the fabric's dominant colors or style and build around it, making a space you can't wait to get to at the end of the day.
- A few new pieces ~ Maybe it's time to ditch that cinder-block and wood bookcase for something with more staying power. Your local thrift store, garage sales, IKEA, furniture outlets or scratch-and-dent stores can offer plenty of reasonably priced options for redecorating. And don't forget e-Bay and Craigslist! Search for items that can be picked up locally and you can even save on shipping. A simple slip-cover and new pillows can completely transform your current sofa, as will a new finish or coat of paint on your bookcases and tables. Also ask friends and family if there are pieces they want to get rid of or may have in storage. You never know what treasures you might have passed on to you, even if only temporarily.
- Details, details ~ Plants, candles, ceiling fans and lighting can also work wonders in creating a new atmosphere. Consider moving things around and swapping items between rooms. With a small table, chair and your laptop, that corner of the kitchen just became your new office and you now have a spare room for guests, music or your favorite collection. Perhaps you'd be happier making the spare room your bedroom. A new view out the window can give you a new perspective on all kinds of things.
If you're bored with your apartment but aren't going anywhere in a hurry, don't despair. There are plenty of ways to breathe new life into the old place and make you feel like you've just met for the first time.
As you are aware, renters insurance is not required here at Integra Meadows. However, below are 5 good reasons you should consider investing in a renters insurance policy:
- Loss or Damage of Personal Property - Perhaps you don't think you have many expensive things, but when something happens to your belongings, you will soon realize that having to replace everything you've bought in your home is a major financial setback. Renters insurance assures that you will be covered for personal property in the event of theft or natural disaster.
- Apartment renters generally have a higher risk of property damage - How well do you trust your neighbors with your home? Sure, you and your family may be cautious, but in a multi-family apartment building you are depending on the other residents to share safety and caution as well. When a fire breaks out or a leak starts in one apartment there is the potential that many or all residents in the building will end up with damaged personal property and no place to live.
- Renters Insurance protects you against litigation - You can be sued by your landlord for damaging property in your apartment, even if it was an accident. If someone trips on your rug and hits their head on your book shelf, they could sue you for medical expenses. If you leave a pile of empty boxes in the hallway and another tenant trips over them and injures him/herself, he could sue you. Protecting yourself from personal injury litigation is a very good reason to have renters insurance.
- Footing the bill when your home is unlivable - One type of coverage you can get from renters insurance is called "loss of use". Most landlords are not responsible for getting you a place to stay if something should happen to your apartment. Whether you are affected by a fire from a neighbor's apartment, or a storp causing damage to your apartment, renters insurance can position you to make a claim for "loss of use". Your insurance company will continue to pay while your home is being repaired or rebuilt, or until you permanently relocate.
- Renters insurance is CHEAP and could save you a fortune! - For as little as $19 per month, you can get up to $30,000 in coverage just in case anything happens. Your home is YOUR HOME, whether you rent an apartment or own a house. Renters are just as prone (if not more!) to accidents, damage, and liability as home owners. Just because renters insurance is not required by law like homeowners insurance that doesn't mean that you don't need it.
Contact your current or local insurance agent for additional information regarding Renters Insurance today!
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