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Back to School in Ave Maria

Summer is coming to an end and school is starting in Naples, Florida, home to Collier County Public School District ranked third in the state of Florida. From elementary students to college students, school-aged children living in Ave Maria are ready for an exciting, successful year. Children living in Ave Maria either attend Collier County Public Schools or private schools nearby. Palmetto Ridge High, Corkscrew Middle, and Estates Elementary School are three public school options, which are all just 20 minutes away. Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, Ave Maria International School, and Ave Maria University are three private school options that are located right in town, making a quick bike ride to school an enjoyable morning and afternoon commute. Donahue Academy is one of the four K-12th private schools in Southwest Florida and is known for its outstanding college preparations. Many of the Ave Maria residents attend this school, and since Ave Maria is such a family-friendly town, mostly all the students know each other and are great friends. After school activities in Ave Maria include the swim team, Ave Maria Dance Academy, soccer and baseball teams, and more.

This week is filled with back-to-school events including a waterpark party for the Donahue Academy students this Saturday and a back-to-school concert for the AMU students on September 1st. Once the children are off to school, the residents of Ave Maria are busy with many events happening this month. Homeowners here can take part in ladies and men’s golf days and summer nights karaoke. For more events check out our website.

As schools and students are getting the ball rolling with academics, they are doing the same with athletics. There are five home sporting events between Donahue Academy and AMU in the next two weeks. Donahue Academy hosts their first high school football game next Friday August 24 and a varsity volleyball game on August 30. Ave Maria University has a men’s soccer game this Saturday August 18 and its first football of the season on Saturday August 25 vs. Point University from West Point, Georgia. With all this fun coming up, make sure everyone’s thinking caps are on for a new year filled with success.

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

                                                         – Nelson Mandela


Summer Sunscreen Safety

With summer in full swing, you may be headed outdoors to enjoy the weather or flocking to the beach for some fun in the water. Staying out of the sun can be tough, especially when you live in Ave Maria and Southwest Florida. Whether you’re spending your time cheering on Ave Maria University athletics, splashing in the private water park, playing a game of bocce ball, tennis or a round of golf course, it’s important to stay protected.
In recognition of July being National UV Safety month, here’s some important information — along with a few tips — to keep in mind as you head outdoors.

Sun Safety
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects you against heat, sunlight, injury, and infection. Yet, some of us don’t consider the necessity of protecting our skin from the effect of UV rays.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 5.4 million basal skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and nearly 3.3 million people are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancers annually.

Skin Cancer Facts
• Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States
• One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime
• A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns
• Most people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50
• People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent

Unprotected sun exposure can:
• Cause skin cancer
• Cause vision problems and damage your eyes
• Suppress your immune system
• Age your skin prematurely

Protecting Your Skin
The sun’s glare is most intense at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin. Ave Maria residents have access to fun activities indoors too. The community is centered around a quaint Town Center that provides residents with many of life’s necessities and plenty of shade. Friends and families gather nightly at the local pizza shop or meet up to sip a few beers at the pub. Walk indoors at the fitness center or do a little shopping at the many boutiques in town.
There are simple, everyday steps you can take to safeguard your skin from the effects of UV radiation from the sun.
• Cover Up: Wearing a hat, or other shade-protective clothing can partly shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Protective gear may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses.
• Select the Right Sunscreen: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that your sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and should protect against both UV-A and UV-B rays.
• Apply the Right Amount of Sunscreen: Apply at least one ounce or a palm-full of sunscreen every two hours. You should apply it more often if you are sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.

By learning about the risks associated with too much sun exposure and taking the right precautions to protect you and your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely. If you are having any problems after being in the sun, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.


Relocating to Florida Has Many Benefits

Ave Maria Sunset

Moving to Florida? Or just beginning to think about it? Either way, there are many benefits to living in the Sunshine State besides the sunshine!

Florida is a tax friendly state. Florida has no state income tax, which means Social Security retirement benefits, pension income and income from IRAs or 401(K)s are all untaxed. Florida also has no estate or inheritance tax while property taxes are close to the national average. Many retirees and active-adults find relocation to Florida beneficial during those years when living off a pension or 401(K) come to consideration.

If you’re relocating to Southwest Florida you may still be working and wondering about employment in your new town. Ave Maria is located in Collier County, home to several large employers including NCH Healthcare System, Collier County School District, Collier County Government, Arthrex, Inc, Ritz Carlton Naples, Naples Grande Resort and John R Wood Realtors. Collier County enjoys a robust tourist season each winter resulting in increased job opportunities in this area. Hospitality and service personnel often work during season and then enjoy their summers off. Retirees looking for a part-time position can often find one during season when employers are looking for added help. The job opportunities in Southwest Florida are many and in several industries.

Connecting with the local Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce can be a helpful tool when moving to Florida. Their page, Why Live Here?, includes several awards and accolades for Naples and Collier County. Did you know we were named the Happiest, Healthiest City in the United States in a 2015 Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index? Ave Maria students are zoned for Collier County Public School District which was rated “A” by the Florida Department of Education and is the 5th highest ranked school district in the state.

Most importantly- the people of Southwest Florida are warm and welcoming, especially in Ave Maria where neighbors quickly become friends. Our golf-cart friendly community encourages walking, biking and golf carting from the supermarket to the pub and to the parks. Our Master Association hosts new homeowner events encouraging residents to meet each other and to introduce them to the new clubs available to them in Ave Maria. Discover your new life in Southwest Florida and Ave Maria today. Call 239-352-3903 for more information.

 


Ave Maria Residents Do Summer Right

Ave Maria Residents Do Summer Right

June 12, 2018

Summer is here! Longer days. Kaleidoscope sunsets. Lazy mornings. Poolside fun. Outdoor barbeques. Backyard fireworks. Ave Maria’s lifestyle is perfect for those who want to take advantage of all the best that summer has to offer.

Hands down the Ave Maria Water Park is the place to be during summer. The two waterslides are the most popular attraction along with the oversized interactive water playground. Hours of splashing for kids of all ages. Serious swimmers can practice their strokes in the lap pool and relax sore muscles in the spa. A volleyball game in the pool or on the sand? Sure! We’ve got them both. The concession stand provides snacks and drinks when you’re ready for a break from the pool. This outdoor water recreation center is one of the most popular amenities in Ave Maria.

While a round of golf is a favorite in Florida year-round, summertime is a great time to take in 9-holes during a late afternoon followed by a round of drinks at Del Webb Naples’ Panther Run Golf Club and the Rusty Putter. With a menu that includes breakfast, lunch and early evening bar bites, golfers can kick back and order their favorite pre- or post- game meal. A billiard table and outdoor patio bar are great for spending time with friends too.

Got kids? Ave Maria is home to several fun summer events right here in town. For the preschoolers, story time is held every Wednesday morning while older kids can join the Mind Benders Club every Friday. High School Game Night, Aqua Aerobics, and Ice Cream Socials are held all summer for teens and kids.
A community-wide July 4th celebration is held at the Water Park every year. All day fun in the sun for families and active adults at this ultimate warm weather bash. Living in Ave Maria has its perks, all year long, with neighbors who become friends.


Do You Live in the Nation’s Happiest Town?

Do You Live in the Nation’s Happiest Town

March 29, 2018

Do you live a fulfilling life? Are you looking for a hometown that supports well-being, life balance, positive relationships, community engagement and more? For the third year in a row, Naples, Florida has been named the #1 well-being community in the United States. Being happy and feeling good are what it’s all about for those active adults, young professionals, and families enjoying the good life in Southwest Florida. Ave Maria is just 40 minutes from the beaches of Naples, Florida and residents here take advantage of all that Naples has to offer.

Naples is home to pristine, sugar-white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, ideal for early morning walks, afternoon watersports, and evening sunsets. Culture is available in several pursuits including theater, art galleries, live music, botanical gardens, architecture and historical landmarks. Southwest Florida is the perfect location for outdoor recreation and Naples offers golf, tennis and bocce, pickle ball, water sports, baseball and soccer, recreation fields, and so much more.

Collier County is also Florida’s second healthiest county, according to the 2016 ranking by the Robert Wood Foundation. The foundation considers a number of health factors including longevity, premature death, overall mental and physical health days. Lifestyle habits such as smoking and obesity are also measured. A representative from the Florida Department of Heath commented, “Where we live has a large impact on our health, and these rankings show that wellness is more than just health care.”

Ave Maria is located in Collier County and residents see the first-hand benefits of living in such a healthy community. With over 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails in Ave Maria, residents can get up and at it every day. Many clubs are available to homeowners wishing to get healthy and stay healthy with a group of people. All residents have access to the Fitness Center, conveniently located in the Town Center and a private water park with lap pool, volleyball, swim team, and interactive play features. An on-site Publix Supermarket is just a short walk, bicycle ride, or golf cart jaunt away and residents can pick up fresh, organic produce or handmade sandwiches.

Longevity is supported in Ave Maria with outdoor amenities making physical activity easily accessible, proximity to fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico to support a healthy diet, and neighborhood designs set up to foster relationships. Discover the joy of well-being and living in Ave Maria.