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La Rosa visits APV to offer help after Hurricane Irma

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Association of Poinciana Villages (APV) is working to ensure the safety and well being of all its residents.
On Sept. 13, APV received a visit from Florida House Representative Mike La Rosa of District 42, R-St. Cloud, to discuss what his office could do to assist the community. La Rosa met with APV General Manager Mark Maldonado, APV Operations Manager Eldonia Rodriguez, and APV Office Manager Rosaida Morales.  The group discussed the impact of the storm and what is currently being done to address damages and assist residents.

“The Association of Poinciana Villages is grateful Representative La Rosa could take time out of his busy schedule to assess Poinciana and offer assistance to our community” said Maldonado. “Representative La Rosa continues to be an extraordinary supporter of Poinciana and all of our wonderful residents.”

“I just want the people of Poinciana to know that I care and we are ready to assist however we can in helping them get their lives back to normal after Hurricane Irma,” said La Rosa. “If anyone has questions on how to proceed, please contact my office at 407-891-2555 or email me at”

Prior to the meeting, Representative La Rosa had been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help add Osceola County to the list of Florida counties eligible for individual assistance from the federal government. APV residents in Polk County are also eligible for the Individual Assistance Program. Residents may now register for disaster assistance from FEMA online at or through the FEMA app.


Due to the impact Hurricane Irma has had on our community, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has granted the Osceola School District a waiver so that no student at an Osceola District school will need to pay for their lunch until Oct. 20.


Dr. Nam Dinh, orthopedic surgeon at Poinciana Medical Center will host an insightful knee osteoarthritis and total knee replacement program as part of the Physician Lecture Series at the Poinciana Branch Library today from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Discussion points will include an overview, causes and treatment options. The Poinciana Branch Library is located at 101 N. Doverplum Ave.


The Deerwood Elementary Book Fair will be through Friday during student block time. The Book Fair will be in the media center and will allow students the opportunity to explore a wide range of titles that will fit their reading levels and interests. Parents will be able to enjoy the Book Fair as well on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon.


Volunteers are considered VIPs at Chestnut Elementary. The school is looking for friendly, responsible people to become OASIS volunteers for the school. Volunteers help with many needs throughout the year, including the book fair, PTO events, SAC meetings, classroom activities, creative projects and more. Volunteers who share at least 10 hours of their time on campus helping teachers and students can be invited to chaperone spring field trips. To learn more about becoming an OASIS volunteer, individuals should attend the orientation meeting today at 1 p.m. Apply online ahead of time at

The Bookmark Buddies reading program needs dedicated people to make a difference in the life of a third grader. If you would like to become a mentor at Chestnut Elementary, contact the school today. If you have questions, contact Karen Duque at 407-870-4862.

Chestnut Elementary Title I annual meetings will be in the school’s cafeteria Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the Title I meeting is to inform parents about how Title I funds are received and used at the school. Parents will learn about their rights for their child’s education and ways to get involved. The meetings are offered on different days and at different times, so parents can choose the session that best fits their schedule. Spanish translation will be available.


If you have any Poinciana news or information that you would like to share call Lisa Concepcion at 407-319-9700 or email