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October, 2013


  • VOL.1, ISSUE 13 | OCTOBER 2013

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    The Community Newsletter for West Meadows Residents

    Cover Photo Contest!Send us your West Meadows Resident photos for a chance to win 4 MOSi TickeTS!Send to Editorial@KEMMediaGroup.com.All entries must be received by October 10th to be eligible.The Winner will be notified by seeing their photo on the cover of West MeadowsNews. We will call, after publication to award the 4 MOSI Tickets!


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    2013 West Meadows News/KEM Media Group, LLC. All rights reserved. West Meadows News is currently published monthly and distributed free to all residents of West Meadows and advertisers. Unless otherwise noted, the views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the Publisher. West Meadows News is not an officially sanctioned publication of the West Meadows Association. West Meadows logo used with permission. Lists are for reference only and do not imply official sanction or recommendation by West Meadows News. Editorial submissions are welcome. Publisher reserves the right to reject or edit all submissions for length and clarity. The Publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

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    WEST MEADOWSID Cards Beginning october your must have your West Meadows Id card or a drivers license with your current address to enter the facility. If you do not have a West Meadows Id Card please bring proper identification and we will make you one.

    Club Hours We are now open 7days a week from 8:30 am until 9:00 pm.The pool hours are from 8:30 am until dusk. There is a $2 per person or a $5 per family guest fee for all non residents at the community club. all non residents must be accompanied by a resident. Non residents may use the facility without being a guest by paying a $20 per day usage fee or may join the club for a cost of $1800 the first year and $1000 for each year after.

    Tennis News Now that school is back in session are you looking for activity for the kids after school? Fall tennis lessons begin in september. starting at age 6 and going to 15 there are private and group

    lessons available for your children. Private lessons can be scheduled anytime during the week while group lessons are offered Monday thru Friday at 4:00PM and 5:00Pm. Classes meet once a week, last one hour and cost $50.00 per month. Class sizes are limited so if you are interested contact Chet at 977-1160. our Junior tennis teams will be beginning soon also. There are different levels of play, 12 and under B, 12 and under a and 14 and under a and B. our teams compete in tampa on sunday afternoons at 1:30PM. If you have some interest or would like some more information contact Chet at 977-1160. our Ladies tennis teams are also beginning in september this year we will have a combo league that plays Monday mornings and a Night team that will compete in the evenings. For more information call the pool office.

    Freedom High Swim Meet on october 16th at 4:30 we will be hosting a Freedom High swim Meet. Come out and cheer our local high school on. The Lap pool will be closed from 4:30 till closing on october 16th .

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    Chicken Soup for the Soul EvEryonE!By Katy Cox

    he way of the foot and hand is roughly what the word taekwondo is

    translated into from Korean. For Christopher Baluvelt, a 20 year veteran soldier wounded by a bomb in afghanistan, The way of the foot and hand would be an inspiring journey for himself and his family. This story begins in 2010 when Chris was an army Platoon sargent, via the Connecticut active duty National Guard. He and his men were in afghanistan doing their job; going into villages making sure everyone was alright and asking if the village was having any taliban activity. as they were leaving this one village, taliban soldiers hiding in the village had a bomb hidden in the road and set it off as their vehicle drove over. The explosion was directly under Chriss seat! No one was killed, it was a good day Chris told me. He suffered so many injuries! a collapsed lung, arm nerve damage, broken nose, wrist damage; The vertebrae in his neck and back had to be fused together, pelvis

    fractured, left foot crushed, left leg suffered a compound fracture. Chriss right leg was in such bad shape that later, at Walter Reed Hospital, it was taken off at the knee. Quite a beginning! Most of us would consider what had happened, an end. Chris made it off the ventilator, bones healed, and Chris started adjusting to his new life of being retired at age 45. He, wife Bernadette and their three children, Zachary, Mia & Joe, all relocated to the beautiful community of Grand Hampton here in New tampa. a lifelong dream of Chriss has always been to become a tae kwon do Black belt, but with the constant pain from his injuries, Chris thought this dream could be passed down to his son, Zachary. His son was enrolled in the Us tae Kwon do center, right up the street from Grand Hampton and dad would take his son to class 3 days per week. one practice, while Chris was watching Zachary, Grand Master Lee asked him what he was doing; Nothing was the reply. Why dont you try tae kwon do for just 3 months? Chris started out just doing hand motions. Now Chris can kick his prosthetic leg up and has amazing balance! says Chriss mentor, Master Vahid smith. This past august, Christopher Blauvelt traveled to daejeon Korea with Grand Master Lee for the World tae kwon do Hanmadang 2013. He competed in the senior III division Power Breaking-Knife Hand. Chris won the Gold Metal breaking 14 stacked bricks with one hit of his right fist. Chris also tested for his Black belt. Ive had to face lots of difficulties to keep practicing tae kwon do, some of them almost

    unbearable. Passing the Black Belt exam with prosthesis was hard, but what Chris said the most difficult was testing barefooted! He wears custom inserts in his shoes for balance. There were very tough moments, but I was ready. I found myself so inspired by Christophers story! This handsome, charismatic, strong and humble, husband and father of 3, through a lot of effort and motivation, managed to stand out among about 3,000 competitors from 43 countries, all of who were without any physical handicaps. The Korean Press was all over him! Grand Master Lee, who is known well and highly respected in the

    Korean tae kwon do community, translated for Chris during the many tV and press interviews. Chris says his success comes from his teachers, Grand Master Lee and Master Vahid smith, whom he practices with!Through Us tae Kwon do, Master smith & Chris plan to bring a group of students to future Hanmadang competitions starting next year! The school will be holding fundraiser events to pay for the travel expenses of students. Like Chris, they too will test for their Black Belt in Korea and experience

    taekwondo on a world stage. Look for these fundraisers in future Wesley Chapel Magazine events sections and please support them! spending time at Us tae Kwon do has become a Family affair for the Baluvelts. Now Bernadette, Mia and Joe join Chris and Zachery. Chris told me that he tells his kids that This (tae Kwon do) is a gift that I give to you (my children). Closing, I want to share with you how Chris sees taekwondo; Writen by Yum Hong-chui, the honorary president of The World taekwondo Hanmadang 2013 in his welcoming address. It is because tae kwon do

    is both a sport and a martial art, that encourages students to walk the human way through physical and mental training. That allows taekwondo to endure. as you may know very well, prior to technique, taekwondo teaches the attitude and manners to respect others. This is indeed, one of the most important social values for making the world more beautiful

    US Tae Kwon Do207540 Center OakTampa, Fl. 33647



    Chicken Soup for the Soul EvEryonE!By Katy