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LYNX plans to pull out all new stops to get people to ditch their cars and hop on a bus, starting with East Orlando. One of the biggest complaints LYNX gets from its riders is ef ficiency: buses that are late and rides that take too long. CEO John Lewis said the sys tem is about to be overhauled to avoid this problem, starting with Link 30, which ran from the University of Central Flori da to Winter Garden. Lewis said Link 30 was no toriously late. To fix that, the Link was cut into two routes on Dec. 4, creating Link 104, which runs from the UCF station to the LYNX station in downtown Orlando, making stops at the intersection of Alafaya Trail and East Colonial Drive, Valencia East Campus, the intersection of Semoran Boulevard and East Colonial Drive and Fashion Square Mall. Link 30 is our first try at that, but there will be several other corridors where well be repeat ing the same action cutting routes, gaining efficiency and cutting down on peoples travel time. We think well be able to gain more riders when the ride is much shorter. The new route will run ev ery 30 minutes, instead of every hour. At the end of the day, my job is to compete with the singleoccupant car, Lewis said. If I can get within 10-15 min of the competition yes its still a lit tle longer but its much cheaper were able to recapture that time period for the rider by al lowing them to work while they ride and were environmentally friendly. Waterford Lakes Town Cen ter Marketing Director Jamie Fraser envisions more people visiting the outdoor shopping mall now that the new route is in place. The change will increase traffic here at the center, she said. Reducing the wait time from one hour to 30 minutes will encourage shoppers to leave their cars at home and come to the Waterford Lakes Town Center. Stops along the way Despite its problems, Link 30 was the fourth most popular link in the system with 1.1 mil lion riders in 2011, averaging 95,000 riders monthly. But not only was the route long, it also required riders with a destination other than Winter Garden to transfer to other bus Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 Your community connection since 1995 www.eosun.com FREE Knights get serious UCF Mens Basketball heads into conference play Page 7 A list of parks, tness programs and gyms, plus expert advice Page 10 Concerts, free programs and food trucks! Page 8 I dont do New Years resolutions because I dont really follow through with them so if I dont have one, I feel more accomplished than if I make one up and not follow through. -Lenny Pistorio My New Years resolution this year is to get closer to God and really study his word at a deeper level and serve him with a deeper desire. -Elizabeth Henderson My New Years resolution is to run a 10k. So just to be more t. -Jen Fortin with 1-year-old son Cooper To move to California. All of my familys there. My dad is getting older so itd be nice for my family and my children to spend more time with him. -Cynthia Robertson EAST ORLAND O $ ECONOMY in 2012 It gets better, are three little words everyone needs to hear sometimes. From personal troubles to financial woes, ev eryone finds hope in the fact that there is, eventually, a light at the end of the tunnel. Economically, that tunnel has had many Americans holding their breath for four years now, since the great recession took its toll on the housing, labor and business markets in 2008. So when local economist Sean Snaith says looking forward to 2012, It gets better, you may want to pause for a brief sigh of relief before you hear what else he has to say. Theres still a lot of head winds facing the economy go ing forward, and Im expecting growth to be sub-par, Snaith said, But it will continue. From slight improvement in the job and the housing market, to the state of local business welfare and the overall world economy, local experts, includ ing Snaith, say they expect 2012 to be another year of slow eco nomic recovery. To get a better sense of whats to come, we can break down the 2012 forecast into three dif ferent tiers of the economy real estate, labor and local busi ness to get a feel of whats to come in the new year. Feeling it at home Perhaps the area hardest hit in the past few years in Cen SARAH WILSON Sun Staff Please see FORECAST Page A4 Visit www.golynx.com, click on Plan a Trip and then Maps and Schedules to get bus schedule information for all L YNX stops. Learn more LYNX changes in East MEGAN STOKES Sun Staff Please see LYNX Page A4 PHO T O COURTESY OF LYNX The route that traveled from UCF to Winter Garden was cut in half so that East Orlando residents will enjoy a more direct route to downtown Orlando.

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COMMUNITY NEWS East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 Dr. Khaled Mohamed would see up to 50 patients a day, need ing anything from vaccinations to emergency wound care, as a doctor in his native Guyana. He worked at one of the many medical clinics built specifically for the countrys hundreds of thousands of sugar cane indus try workers and their relatives. It was hard, seemingly endless work, but he did what he could to see as many people as pos sible because for these people, living in a very rural part of the country, he was all they had. Now, decades after leaving his country, Mohamed is once again bringing health care to an area where doctors are nowhere to be found: Bithlo. Hes the sole doctor at the new Community Health Centers clinic in Bithlo the first medi cal establishment that far east in Orange County. Many of Mo hameds patients have not seen a doctor in a long time and, like in Guyana, because of a lack of pri vate and public transportation in Bithlo and Christmas, many of his patients walk or bike to see him. Since the clinic opened on Oct. 10, the clinics patients per day has doubled to an average of 15 to 18. I see a lot of chronic illness but they cant get their meds, Dr. Mohamed said of his pa tients. Theyve been off of their critical medication for long pe riods of time. People who have had heart attacks couldnt go to the doctor or get their meds. You say, How can this be? The clinic, a 1,300-square-foot double-wide trailer off of East Colonial Drive with three exam rooms, a laboratory and offices, handles everything a standard medical clinic provides, includ ing physicals, blood work, im munizations, wound care, pap smears and STD testing. The clinics staff said many people are just coming in for a check up. They are coming in to es tablish care. Its unique [to have so many people being proactive about their health] but I think thats because there hasnt been anything out here for so long, said Ayanna OConnor, CHC operations manager. Plus its walking distance and theyve been watching this building go up from their homes. Shawn Pate, who recently suf fered six broken bones in his foot after being struck by a vehicle on the Florida Turnpike, said he plans to use the clinic for followup care. Bithlo needs to grow just like the rest of the area, said the Bithlo resident. CHC Vice President Jeff Boe man said their goal for their cur rent building is to see about 20 patients a day. But since theyre already nearing that, its pos sible they could be overcapacity soon. If the flow of patients rises or stays steady, the clinic plans to expand to a 10,000-square-foot facility, which will offer dental, pediatrics and possibly obstet rics in addition to primary care. All are welcomed The clinic operates on a slid ing scale based on income so it welcomes the uninsured, the un derinsured, Medicare and Med icaid and anyone else who needs treatment. OConnor said they plan to start promoting their clinic in Wedgefield, a housing community tucked far back into rural east Orange County, near Christmas. We want to be your medical home, OConnor said. We can see anyone. To ensure that every patient can see a doctor with only a day or two wait, CHC has an Open Access schedule, meaning they operate by appointment, but always leave several slots avail able throughout the day for walk-ins. Even with only four staff members, OConnor said they are careful to return phone calls within 24 hours. Mary Nierodzinski of Christ mas said long waits is the reason she usually avoids health clin ics. I fell while I was walking my dog once and waited for two hours bleeding at a walk-in clin ic. Its good to know this is there when we need it, she said. A need for dental, specialty care Yadira Solando, CHC clini cal manager, said one of the first things people ask when they talk to the community about the clin ic is whether theres dental. Theres a huge need for that. I think its because of access and education but also because of priorities. People are choosing between dental work and put ting food on the table, she said. Dr. Mohamed said dental care is more critical to overall health than most people realize. Blood vessels in the mouth lead direct ly to the heart so infections that start in the mouth and are left untreated can enter the blood stream and travel to the heart. When there is a need for spe cialty medical treatment, CHC refers those patients with lim ited health insurance to Orange Countys PCAN (Primary Care Access Network). Many of the people the clinic sees suffer from chronic illness such as hyperten sion and diabetes, Solando said. Although theyre able to see children, Solando said they cur rently dont have many child pa tients. Theyre trickling in, she said. We are seeing more. Dr. Mohamed said its his vast experience hes been practic ing since 1983 that has kept him in clinics that accept the un insured. Its the need. Theres a need here. I think the real thing is the experience I have. I know I can take on the challenge here. A2 Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS SERVING YOUR COMMUNITYBernard S. Zeffren, MD Eugene F. Schwartz, MD Winnie Whidden, MSN, ARNP-CVoted Best Doctors of Central FL, Orlando Magazine for 7 consecutive yearsDiplomates American Board of Allergy and Immunology www.orlandoallergy.com250 N. Alafaya Trail Ste 130 Orlando, FL 32825407-380-7991 Evening hours available7560 Ste. 2064 Oviedo, FL 32765407-366-7387 First medical clinic in Bithlo MEGAN STOKES Sun Staff CHC Bithlo is located at 19108 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. For more information, call 407-905-8827 or visit http://chc.org/locations/ bithlo. Learn more PHO T O BY MEGAN ST OKES Dr. Khaled Mohamed and his staff treat about 15 patients daily a number thats doubled since the clinic opened in October. If the number of patients continue to increase, CHC plans to open a 10,000-square-foot facility, which will provide services like dental, gynocology, pediatrics and obstetrics in addition to primary care. www.eosun.com

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COMMUNITY NEWS East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 A4 1/31/12 tral Florida, Snaith said, has been the housing market. With people owing more than their homes are worth, and facing the loss of wealth and financial se curity that goes along with that, Snaith said its recovery plays a large role in that of the overall economy. The burden of that lost wealth is still going to weigh heavy on the economy, certainly in 2012 and probably well be yond, he said. Joe Stout, real estate broker with Millennium Realty Group based in Avalon Park, said he sees 2012 as a means to an end on the way to the recovery of the housing market. Theres definitely a recovery and end to all of this, but the end isnt going to come until the housing market is cleaned up, Stout said. The current housing market, he said, is saturated with short sale and bank-owned foreclo sure properties, which continue to drive home values lower. Un til these work their way through the market, he said, overall im provement will be limited. Once that takes place, the re covery can begin, he said. But its going to be quite a few years until then, I believe. He said that in the first quar ter of 2012, he anticipates a large number of bank-owned proper ties to be released to the market, making it a great time for firsttime homebuyers and investors to get into the market while prices are still low. Everything just needs time to correct itself, and once the banks get all of the foreclosures out of the pipeline, and short sales move through as well, he said, we can move forward to a total recovery of the housing market. Job outlook The twin to the housing mar ket to watch in significance of the economy in 2012, Snaith said, is that of the labor mar ket. Improving unemployment rates, he said, is key to the over all economys success. Amy Baker, with the Florida Office of Economic and Demo graphic Research, said growth in the job market is, and will continue to be, gradual in the upcoming year. Most all of our economic indicators are positive, which means were growing, but its still going to take a while to get back to where we were, she said. According to labor statistics released Dec. 16 by Workforce Central Florida, Central Flor idas unemployment rate, 9.6 percent, was down 2.2 percent age points in November from the same time the previous year. This makes the Central Florida average unemployment rate 0.2 percent below that of Florida overall, but 1.4 percent higher than the national rate. Compared to a year ago, were definitely seeing improve ment, Baker said, but its go ing to be a slow, gradual im provement. Baker said she anticipates the health care, hospitality and retail/trade fields to continue to see the most growth in the upcoming year, and jobs in the housing and construction job markets to continue to dwindle. Local business leverage University of Central Florida economist Snaith said that lo cal businesses are not slated to see substantial growth in the upcoming year, until the bigger forces of the economy are able to play out including the hous ing and labor markets. People, he said, arent going out spending at local businesses like normal, because they are still worried about the value and state of their homes, while many are also facing uncertainty in the workplace. Kevin McFall, executive director of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, said he feels business owners are more optimistic going into 2012 than they have been in past years, but are still unsure of what is to come. You still have many busi nesses maintaining a very aus tere budget going into next year because they dont know whats going to happen, he said. Adding to the uncertainty of the housing and labor markets, which tend to control how much disposable income people have to spend at local businesses, Mc Fall said the state of the national and global economies also has business owners on their toes. Snaith said this economic uncertainty of business is likely to continue all of 2012, and into 2013, in a large part due to the presidential election in Novem ber. Right now its hard to evalu ate a project because you dont know necessarily what the cost and benefits might be because of some of the question marks regarding tax policy and where everything is going in that re gard, Snaith said. He said these qualms cant be settled until the election is over and businesses can start to envi sion whether Obamas current plans for economic and financial reform will be implemented, or if a new Republican candidate will be elected and new policies enacted. C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT PAGE FORECAST es. Link 104 will create a direct line from East Orlando to down town and vise versa. Some people dont like to transfer. Its like when people fly, they want to get to their des tination as quickly and directly as possible, LYNX Spokesper son Matt Friedman said. New route for Bithlo Residents in Bithlo have com plained that the lack of public transportation has cost them jobs, kept them from attending community events and limited their access to things like the grocery store and health care. In 2008, LYNX cut the fixed route that traveled through Bith lo and Christmas due to low rid ership. The system has since im plemented a pick-up line, which operates on request Monday through Saturday, but residents have voiced concerns with that system saying its too unreliable and inadequate to fulfill their transportation needs. In November, LYNX approved Xpress 212, a direct line running from Bithlo to Waterford Lakes that would feature free WiFi and bathrooms on board. LYNX does not have the funding to pur chase any new buses so theyve solicited the private sector to provide the vehicles and partner with LYNX. Instead of waiting until we can buy more, were looking to partner so it saves us on capital expenditures, Lewis said. For folks out in Bithlo, its an issue of access for them. Were talk ing about providing basic access to the people in that part of the county. Xpress is already in Clermont and Volusia County. East Or lando would be the first to have the service in the Orlando area. Because its premium service, Xpress costs $1.50 more than the standard $3.50 bus fare. Im super excited that LYNX has made restoring efficient bus service back to the Bithlo com munity a priority, United Glob al Outreach Executive Director and Bithlo advocate Tim McKin ney said. I have no doubt that this is going to save lives and allow people who want to work the opportunity to work. C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT PAGE LYNX www.eosun.com

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 COMMUNITY NEWS www.eosun.com Alafaya Trail widening project update COMMENTARY Volume 17, Issue 1 3680 E. Avalon Park Blvd. Ste. 120 Orlando, Fl 32828 F ax 407-658-6246 DISTRIBUTION The East Orlando Sun is a FREE publication distributed monthly to the Avalon Park and Eastwood Publix locations, the Regal Cinema and Barnes & Noble locations in the Waterford Lakes Town Center and many others for a total circulation of 12,500. For a complete list, visit www.eosun.com. Unsolicited materials will be subject to the publishers and/or editors approval and may be edited for clarity and content. Acceptance of advertising does not con stitute an endorsement of the product or service by East Orlando Sun. Neither the publisher nor the advertisers are liable for errors, misinformation, typographical errors, or misprints unintentionally contained herein. Publisher K yle Taylor 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com Owner Beat Kahli bkioff@eosun.com Associate Editor Megan Stokes 407-658-2404 megans@eosun.com Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 jennya@observernewspapers.com Designer Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com Copy Editors Jenny Andreasson Isaac Babcock Advertising Sales Linda Stern 407-376-2434 LStern@observernewspapers.com Columnist Josh Garrick 407-522-3906 joshgarrick9@gmail.com Subscriptions|Circulation Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com Coffee Hour with Beat E a s t Beat K AHL I Owner A good year past Is it just me, or does it seem like the weeks and months are passing more quickly these days? When I look at how fast my son is growing up, it scares me. But when I ponder the many trials and tribulations I can now file away as 1, maybe its not so bad. I hope all of you will enjoy a more fulfilling and rewarding experience in 2012. A more blessed experience. Hope is one of the most endearing qualities we human beings share. Opti mism! The will, the ability, the desire to experience a future better than the one we share today. Hope is a trait that spans genera tions. We bear children so that they can experience a better life than the one we have. Hope transcends international borders and cultural distinctions. Evidence of hope great hope emanates from other historical eras, in documents like the Declaration of Independence and traditions like New Years Eve. Top athletes today try to visualize their athletic performance by making a picture in their minds before the contest starts. They imagine themselves crossing the finish line first, scoring the goal, catching the touchdown pass. They imagine their triumph in great detail. They know they can run faster and jump a little higher if they believe they can do it, if they see it in their minds first. We might all give that a try. How can we make 2012 a better year than 2011? One way is to celebrate the New Year. Say goodbye to last year, be thankful for the good parts, and resolve decide to strive to thrive in 2012. Now that the craziness of New Years Eve is over, relish the quiet moments in lifespend time with your closest family members or visit your church, synagogue, ashram, mosque or temple. You want to touch base with your conscience. You want to have one of those conversations that only you and God will ever have. Thats the way to celebrate the New Year. The question comes from every where via telephone, email, Face book, Twitter and even the occasional post on my blog: Whats going on with the construction along Alafaya Trail? As a resident of East Orange Coun ty and a daily driver of the road, I un derstand and appreciate your input and concerns because, frankly, I share many of the same thoughts you do. Below is a compiled list of our most common inquiries and a brief descrip tion detailing what has been done about them. -Stoneybrook Reserve residents who travel south on Alafaya Trail must turn left to enter their subdivi sion while cars traveling north tend to drift into the turning lane just as the curve begins. Citizens stated they have witnessed near colli sions and it becomes particularly dangerous when trucks and buses pass. Both the Orange County Traffic Engi neering and Highway Construction Divisions have reviewed the traf fic layout and stated there is currently only enough room for a south bound through lane, south bound left turn lane, north bound through lane, barrier wall and a sidewalk. -The curve at the intersection of Broadhaven Boulevard and Alafaya Trail was lengthened and widened, thus improving the transition flow. Warning barrels must remain since their purpose is to prevent a headon collision with cars in the left turn lane. -Complaints of a jagged asphalt area causing flat tires near the fire sta tion at Stoneybrooks main entrance have been answered by the contractor widening this area. No further prob lems have been cited. -The speed limit has been lowered and the fines are now doubled. Addi tionally, the Orange County Sheriffs Office has increased patrols in an at tempt to reduce speeds. -The traffic lane switches are now complete and subsequent switches will not occur for another 12 -18 months. -There were delays due to traffic signals being placed on standard tim ing rather than a detection system. Traffic Engineering has since corrected this matter and vehicular flow should improve. -Reflective pavement markers (RPMs) missing mainly along the transition/curved areas are likely due to the heavy equipment and normal construction activities. These RPMs have been replaced. -The contractor will install speed limit advisory and speeding fines doubled signs through the tempo rary transition/curved areas. Other updates In addition to the major road con struction occurring along Alafaya Trail, road improvements are scheduled for S.R 50/Colonial Drive between Dean Road and Old Cheney Highway. With changes in recent funding to the Flor ida Department of Transportation, I am closely moni toring the timeline for construction. If youre interested in learning more about the plans for improvement along S.R 50/Colo nial Drive, a public information meet ing will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Spirit of Joy Church, 1801 Rouse Road, Or lando. Throughout the New Year and into the next few months, my office will begin wrap ping up the policy improvements to the Narcoossee Corridor with the help of the residents living within the rural settlement communities. Our Parks & Recreation Committee continues to work to identify available lands for fu ture recreational facilities. Also, I will continue to press to identify a location for the East Orange Homeless Dropin Shelter to provide assistance to the over 700+ homeless individuals living in our community. If you have any questions please email me at Jennifer.Thompson@ocfl. net or call 407-836-5881. Regards, Jennifer Thompson Orange County Commissioner, District 4 201 S. Rosalind Avenue Orlando, FL 32801 407-836-7350 www.jenniferthompson.net Thompson A5 JENNIFER THOMPSON Orange County Commissioner of District 4 Building healthy habits Building a behavior and maintaining it for a lifetime can seem intimidating, es pecially if the behavior is not something you were born doing. When building exercise as a behavior, recognize better health is a behavior practiced daily. It is a process; it takes time and patience. Its important to recognize health starts from the inside, out. Many times when we participate in physical activity, the first physiological changes are made inside the body. Better blood circulation to organs, improved resting heart rate and blood pressure, changes in blood cholesterol, increased lung function, regular bowels, better blood sugar regu lation and absorption, hormonal changes, which increase euphoria and relaxation, are only a handful of amazing reactions taking place when a person initially starts exercise and maintains a regimen. Once the body continuously is exposed to bouts of exercise and it adjusts to this new experience, then external body composition changes become apparent. Scales dont tell the entire story. Here are some practical tips to help you stay motivated in the journey of maintaining exercise: ity. If you do not view your time and actions for your health as imperative as taking care of your family, house, fi nances or even career, then do not expect long-term changes. ly change with the initial incorporation of exercise into your lifestyle. Do not be surprised when you encounter barriers, such as unsupportive family member or friend, while you transition to maintain exercise. join you for workouts. Sometimes work ing with another person or having a well ness coach helps with accountability. variety of programs for its members such as: organized group sports, group exer cise classes of different intensity levels, a variety of equipment and academically certified and trained wellness staff. You will be surrounded with multiple oppor tunities for physical activity, which can assist you through the process. have to put effort to take care of your own health. No one else will do this for you. Currently in the Avalon Park YMCA, The Coach Approach An Exercise Support Process, created by Dr. Jim Annesi, a leading expert in the field of exercise adherence, has recently been implemented in order to assist members with building exercise as a lifestyle habit. YMCA members meet periodically oneon-one with a certified Wellness Coach, discussing longand short-term goals, challenges whether they be physical or mental, and likes and dislikes pertain ing to exercise. The coaches also teach the members how to use the skills in creat ing and sustaining a consistent exercise routine. The primary purpose behind Coach Approach is to break the common start-and-stop cycle and replace it with the habit of consistent exercise through the teaching of self management skills. Members focus on increasing energy, decreasing stress and fatigue rather than physical changes of weight loss, which are usually slower to achieve and can be defeating psychologically. At the YMCA, our mission is to improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individuals, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen spirit, mind and body. If you are ready to kick the inactivity habit and break the start and stop cycle of exercise, then get started today. Shirley Rojas, CPT, and Jill Thomas, CPT, YMCA wellness instructors Scales dont tell the entire story.

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SPORTS reThinkYourCommute.comEconlockhatchee Park & Ride Lot 16622 E. Colonial Dr. OrlandoFree parking Meet-up place for carpools and vanpools On LYNX Route 104 to downtown Orlando Additional Park & Ride lots on SR 50 located at: Dean Road Chuluota Road/SR 419 1-866-610-RIDE (7433) Now Open! 50 Share the ride! Nothing helps build confidence like a winning streak. And the Timber Creek High School girls basketball team headed into the holidays with a 12-0 record something Head Coach Richard Cross hopes will motivate them to keep the streak alive. The squad capped the run with a 59-56 win over district rival University on Dec. 16. Senior leadership is part of the Wolves winning formula. The trio of 12th grade top brass includes Brittany Whatts, Jasmine Wigfall and Brittany Cross, the coachs daughter. Coach Cross has been pleased with the teamwork he has seen this season. He praised the teams ball movement and the number of assists per game. He also cred ited the teams defense with a key boost in wins over Jones and Evans. Brittany Cross has been averaging two blocks per game and she led the team with 16 points in the win over University. She is short for a post player, but she plays strong, Richard Cross said. Brittany also provides her dad with an extra coach on the floor. She quickly states that patience is the key to the teams suc cess on offense. We run our game, not theirs, she said. When we execute our plays we get open looks. We are a close-knit and very connect ed team. We have known Coach and each other for a long time. Coach Cross has his team running both the fast break and the half-court offense. He is also throwing different defenses at op ponents. Timber Creek can create a lot of challenges for teams that come to play the Wolves, he said. Wigfall has also been a reliable scorer for the team. She had 10 points against Father Lopez and 11 against University. Sophomore Christina Potts and fresh man Jessica Font have been big contributors to the Timber Wolves. Potts had 13 points against University and 24 against Father Lo pez. Font directs the offense from her point guard spot and she can also shoot from the outside. She nailed a pair of threes against Father Lopez. I have to be confident and calm, Font said. I have to keep my head up and see what everyone is doing. Font credits her teammates with keep ing her relaxed on the court. She can always count on someone to make a joke or wise crack to keep the game fun. If Timber Creek has a second half of the season anything like the first half, Coach Cross and all his girls will have time for a lot more fun. The girls and their coach have set their sights beyond the district tournament and on state playoffs a point the team has yet to reach. The District 5-8A line-up includes Colo nial, East River, University and Winter Park. The Wolves have already defeated the East River Falcons and the University Cougars. The showdown with the Winter Park Wildcats will be on Jan. 13 at Winter Park. On Jan. 20, Timber Creek will host the Colo nial Grenadiers. Timber Creek girls basketball rolls to 12-0 start JOHN BEDELL Sun Staff PHO T O COURTESY OF TCHS The Lady Huskies hope to continue their winning streak, which included a win over University.

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 SPORTS www.eosun.com A string of wins heading deep into the holiday season carried the Knights mens basketball team to a compellingly strong start to the 2011-12 season, but with con ference play starting up, things are about to get serious. The Knights have pulled off con vincing wins so far, but they have been against teams that are relatively untested in the broad NCAA landscape. Thats not to discount their eye-opening win against Connecticut on Nov. 25 that shocked the college basketball world. The Huskies have ranked in the top 10 all season. A week before many teams go on their holi day break, the Huskies only blemish was that 68-63 nail-biter loss to the Knights. After hosting the UCF Holiday Clas sic to end the year, the Knights will blast into their Conference USA schedule with eight straight league games to start 2012. That could set the tone for how they han dle their postseason and exorcise some demons at the same time. The Knights started last season ablaze with 14 straight wins before collapsing in C-USA play with an unnerving string of eight straight losses before they finally righted their season with a 58-57 win over Tulsa. Their introduction to conference play this time around will be a baptism by fire for the Knights, who play the Tulane Green Wave as their first conference foe Wednesday, Jan. 4. The Green Wave had already stormed to a nearly undefeated season start in the first month of play, though they lack a difficult schedule. The last time the Knights played Tu lane, on Feb. 16 last season, they won a narrow 65-62 victory thanks to strong allaround play by the Knights, led in scor ing by 18 points from Keith Clanton. Clanton has again factored heavily into scoring this season, but hes joined by the duo of the Jordan brothers, Mar cus and Jeff, who have teamed up lately to bamboozle opponents near the net. The Knights will also likely welcome team captain A.J. Rompza back to the court in that first game of conference play. Rompza was an energizing force last sea son, helping engineer inspiring comeback victories against difficult teams. The action all kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the UCF Arena, with conference play continuing through the beginning of March. The A valon Lady Husky Volleyball team won its rst four games this season, led by eighthgraders Alison Coleman, Carolina Ganan, Janelle Harrigan, Abby McWhorter, and captains Paula Campo, Lenore Chenard and Emily Manning. They came in second in their cluster and earned a trip to the OCPS middle school volleyball tour nament, making it to the second round before succumbing to Meadow Woods. UCF junior Tishia Jewell received one of the highest honors in college soccer when she was named to the 2011 NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I All-America Third Team. Jewell helped the Knights to an incredible campaign this past season as UCF advanced to the NCAA Championship Elite Eight. Jewell led UCF with 24 points on the year. The forward scored seven goals and dished out 10 assists, good for 24th na tionally. She recorded 90 shots on the year, with 40 coming on goal, and netted a pair of gamewinning goals. Pinecastle Baseball Facility is hosting a six-week baseball camp starting Sunday, Jan. 22. Some of the areas top coaches will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Acad emy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, elding and base running. Cost starts at $99 for six weeks. For more information or to register, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com or call 866-622-4487. After a monstrous 2011 campaign for the UCF baseball team, two-way player D.J. Hicks was honored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) by being named to the preseason All-America Third Team. This is the rst time a Knight has been tabbed to a pre season All-America list. Presale tickets only $7. Kids 12-and-under FREE! Save $5 and purchase tickets in advance at: Free Chili Samples Live Bands All Day HUGE! Kids Zone Local Food Vendors Miller Lite Beer $3 Fun for the family! PRESENTED BY: A7 12001 Avalon Lake Dr., Suite D, Orlando, FL 32828 407.249.1001 Open Every Day Event Schedule: www.paladintag.com 12001 Avalon Lake Dr., Suite D, Orlando, FL 32828 407.249.1001 Open Every Day Event Schedule: www.paladintag.com 1/31/12 Knights getting serious ISAAC BABCOCK Sun Staff PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK Isaiah Sykes has proven a driving force at the net, with a breakout year.

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ARTS & EN TERTA INM E N T Storybook Fun for Y our Little One is at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at the Alafaya Branch of the Orange County Public Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. These readaloud programs are recommended for children ages 3-5 and last about 25 minutes. Bring your children often to enjoy folk and animal tales, annel, big book stories, rhymes, songs and poetry. Free Pufns climb, Penguins rhyme is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Alafaya Branch of the Orange County Public Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Preschoolers waddle to Iceland and back down to Antarctica then warm up with cozy stories and chill out with activities and cool crafts. Its for ages 3-5. Registration required. Call 407-8357323. Free F amily F ocus: T ell a Story with Digital Media is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Alafaya Branch of the Orange County Public Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Use a collection of digital media such as photos, narration and music to create a compelling visual story. Bring family pictures on a ash drive and save the project at the end of the class. Its for ages 6 and older. Free Winter Jam 2012, "Christian Music's Largest Annual T our" is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the UCF Arena. See Skillet, Sanctus, Dara Maclean, Peter Furler, Kari Jobe and NewSong, among others for $10 at the door. Visit jamtour.com F riday Night Life a teen club in Avalon Park, is open from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 in the Avalon Community Center, 13013 Founders Square Drive, Orlando. This event is free. There will be dodge ball, a grafti art board, a DJ, ping-pong, foosball tournaments and more. For more information, call 407-381-2500 or visit fridaynightlife@yahoo.com The Winter Clearance Sidewalk Sale will run from Friday, Jan. 13, to Monday, Jan. 16, to accommodate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Retailers will have clearance merchandise outside of their stores at the Waterford Lakes Town Center. Vegetable Gardening in Florida The Basics is 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Orange County Extension, 6021 S. Conway Road, Orlando. This class is for beginners who are either new to Florida or gardening. This is free and in English. Rise Against is in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the UCF Arena in Orlando. F ood T ruck Bazaar is in downtown Avalon Park from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 29. About a dozen trucks will sell gourmet food like cupcakes, K orean BBQ and vegetarian cuisine. Visit thefoodtruckbazaar.com The University of Central Florida's Spring 2012 Career Expo is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the UCF Arena. For more information or to register, visit www.career.ucf.edu Calendar

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 ARTS& ENTERTAINMENT www.eosun.com Leading the world in all things spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has searched the world-over to create Dragons, a once-in-amillennium event honoring The Year of the Dragon. The caval cade of circus champions brings together dragon lore with circus feats in a never-before-seen blend of myth and real-life legends. The circus comes to the Amway Center in Orlando from Jan. 12-16. Children of all ages will see acts including Kung Fu Warriors, Cossack riders, Asian elephants and the frenzied Globe of Steel. Glimpses of the elusive Dragon will be seen, but will the dragon emerge from its lair? The Dragons pre-show opens an hour before show time. Tickets are available at ringling.com or ticketmaster. com, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office, 407-440-7900. WinterFest in Daytona Beach The Daytona Beach Sympho ny Society, currently celebrating their 60th season of incredible concerts, will present the only fully staged opera to take place in Central Florida this season, and theyve chosen the original bad boy of opera. Don Gio vanni is the story of Don Juan, historys most famous lover (and seducer). Its by Mozart, its fully staged, and its one of the greatest operas ever written. Since Mozart conducted the first performance, audiences have found the roguish romancer so intriguing that they root for him even as his dark side takes over. Mozarts Don Giovanni comes to the Peabody Audito rium in Daytona Beach on Jan. 27 with orchestra, sets, costumes and singers drawn from Eu ropes great opera houses. And to make it even better, English supertitles are projected above the stage. Call 386-253-2901 or visit peabodyauditorium.org Virtuosity takes the stage Virtuoso pianist William Wolfram joins the Orlando Phil harmonic Orchestra to perform Brahms powerful 1st Piano Concerto on Jan. 14 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando. Savaged by critics at its first performance, the Con certo has since joined the ranks of the finest of classical music creations. Reflecting Brahms decision to combine the piano with the orchestra as equal partners, award-winning pianist William Wolfram is the perfect pianist to fulfill the composers intent. Call 407-770-0071 or visit orlandophil.org Les Mis 25th birthday The epic Broadway musical Les Miserables celebrates its 25th anniversary as the most successful musical of all time with a brand new production, including new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. The New York Times calls the new version an unquestion ably spectacular production from start to finish, and NY1TV says this new production actually exceeds the original. The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest. Les Miz is born again. Les Mis will inspire audiences Jan. 17-22 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at OrlandoBroadway.com and at the Orlando box office at 100 South Eola Drive, Suite 101. To charge by phone, call 1-800-9822787. Handpicked by Billy Joel The New Voice of the Amer ican Rock & Roll Songbook, Michael Cavanaugh was hand picked by Billy Joel to star in his Broadway musical Movin Out. Evoking a voice and tal ent to rival the Piano Man him self, Cavanaugh will be joined on-stage by the entire Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bob Carr PAC on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2-8 p.m. Call 407-770-0071 or visit orlandophil.org The Art of Missionary Mary Proctor Tallahassee-based Mission ary Mary Proctor is a self-taught African-American artist who has exhibited her work nation ally in galleries, festivals and museum exhibits. Her work will be celebrated at the Han nibal Square Heritage Center (in Winter Park) from Jan. 20 to April 21. The exhibit includes work from Ms. Proctors per sonal collection as well as from the collection of the Mennello Museum. Ms. Proctor began her career as an artist by painting on an old door lying in her yard, inspired by Bible scriptures and memories of her childhood. The Hannibal Square Center is at 642 New England Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-539-2680 or visit hannibalsquareheritage center.org Valentines Day with Andrea Bocelli If you had trouble finding the perfect holiday gift for your sweetheart, then Ive got the perfect gift for Valentines Day. We need a word bigger than superstar for the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who will make a very special Valentines Day weekend appearance at the Amway Center for an evening of romance on Sunday, Feb. 12. The performance will include Bocelli's lushly romantic reper toire of classical arias along with the worlds most famous love songs. This is Bocellis firstever performance in Orlando, and this tenor sells out, so Im alerting you to his performance early. You can buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Amway Center box office, Ticketmaster retail locations, 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com Waterford 415 Woodbury Rd Avalon 12001 Avalon Lake Dr Kids R Kids knows how bright the future is because we see the many accomplishments our kids make each and every day. Our Corporate AdvancED Accredited program and curriculum are written to address the learning styles of each child and build upon those different styles whether they are kinesthetic, auditory or visual. Each teacher is trained to understand the uniqueness every child brings to the classroom and enhance her talents. One decision can brighten your childs future let that decision be Kids R Kids Schools of Quality Learning. Josh Garrick Dragons at the circus A9 Dragons Dragons Les Miserables

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LIFESTYLE Fitness programs and gyms: There are also many Orange County Orlando Magic Rec Centers Fitness center memberships are available for $100 a year for ages 18 to 54 and $75 a year for ages 55+ and active mili tary at the Orange County Orlando Magic Rec Centers at Goldenrod Park, South Econ Community Park, which includes use various equip ment, including cardio equipment and weights, basketball courts and lockers and showers. Fitness classes such as zumba, belly dancing, karate, spinning, boxing, yoga, boot camp and more are also open to the public at an additional fee. For more informa tion visit www.OrlandoMagicOC FLgyms.net or call 407-836-6200. Anytime Fitness Anytime Fit ness, 2504 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, sets itself apart with access to any of its 1,800 locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also offers tan ning, personal training and online tools. For more information, call 407-736-9893 or visit www.anytime tness.com LA Fitness LA Fitness is located in the Waterford Lakes Town Center at 815 Alafaya Trail, Orlando. It offers tons of amenities including, personal training, racquetball courts, bas ketball courts, a pool, group tness classes, a spa, a sauna, a kids club and a juice bar. For more information, call 407-380-1526 or visit www.latness. com Yoga East Yoga East, 3734 E Avalon Park Blvd., Orlando, offers classes including, power yoga, hot yoga and basic yoga, but it also caters to families by offering yoga for ex pecting mothers, Baby Moma Yoga for moms with newborn to toddlers and Kids Play yoga for ages 4-9. For more information, visit www.yogaeastor lando.com or call 407-730-3257. Everything Zen Yoga Everything Zen Yoga, located at 801 Woodbury Road, Orlando, offers a variety of traditional classes including Ashtanga, Hatha, Power, Slow Burn, Vinyasa and Yin. For more information, call 407760-7930 or visit www.everythingze nyoga.com Jennifer A C WardIndependent Advanced Director Phone: 407-273-6047 jenacward@aol.com www.pamperedchef.biz/jenniferward Jennifer A C WardIndependent Advanced Director Phone: 407-273-6047 jenacward@aol.com www.pamperedchef.biz/jenniferward Jennifer A C WardIndependent Advanced Director Phone: 407-273-6047 jenacward@aol.com www.pamperedchef.biz/jenniferward Waterford Runners and Riders Meets the rst and thrid Wednes day of the month to run, ride or walk for fun and heath, at the Waterford Lakes Walking Track at 6:30 p.m. in the summer, 6 p.m. in the fall and spring and 5:30 p.m. in the Winter. For more information on Waterford Runners and Riders visit www.WaterfordRun ners.org Running Club and Triathlon Club Meeting at the Blanchard Park and Avalon Park YMCAs, these groups are for individuals of any tness level from beginners to advanced. Most of their members are relatively inexperi enced in at least one discipline when they join the club. Experience is not required. Tri Club will help you reach your personal tness goals and race goals with weekly swim, bike and run workouts. YMCA has a membership plan for everyone. Join before Jan. 31 and pay $12. For more information, call 407-381-8000. East Side Cycling A cycling club that is divided into four groups based on riding speeds. The clubs primary ride is at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Avalon Park YMCA, 12001 Avalon Lake Drive, Orlando. Membership cost is $25 and the benet includes rides, development and support, social functions, club meetings with cycling specic guest speakers and online so cial networking. For more information, visit www.eastsidecyclingclub.org or email info@eastsidecyclingclub.org Arcadia Acres Park Located on Goldenrod Road in Azalea Park, the 10-acre neighborhood park offers a playground, basketball court and ac cess to the Little Econ Greenway trail. Bithlo Community Park Home to 38 acres, the park is a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cen tral Florida, and features Little League baseball elds, a covered basketball court, community center, shing pond and skate park. Blanchard Park Located in the heart of the East Orlando community, just one mile north of Highway 50 and east of Alafaya Trail, Blanchard Park is 84 acres equipped with picnic areas, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, trails, baseball elds, multipurpose elds, playgrounds and soccer elds. It also parallels the Little Econlock hatchee River, allowing for canoeing, kayaking and shing. The Little Econ Greenway Trail runs through the park, and the Blanchard Park YMCA Family Center is located within the boundar ies of the park. Cady Way Trail This 3.5 mile paved trail extends from Herndon Avenue, near Baldwin Park, north through Winter Park to the Goldenrod area before it connects to the Cross Semi nole trail, and is good for jogging, rid ing and skating. Downey Park East Orlandos offleash dog park is home to a variety of other recreational opportunities. Located at the intersection of Dean Road and Highway 50, the park in cludes a baseball and softball complex, sand volleyball, picnic areas, a play ground and sand beach on the shores of Lake Downey. Engelwood Park Located at 6050 Lake Underhill Road is comprised of 6.8 acres surrounded by the En gelwood neighborhood on the east side of Orlando, and features play ground and picnic facilities. Fort Christmas Park Located in Christmas, just off State Road 50, fea tures 25 acres of picnic areas, a rental pavilion, playgrounds, basketball, ten nis courts, sand volleyball and several multipurpose elds. Goldenrod Park Located on Goldenrod Road near Aloma, the park is home to a playground, small pavilion and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Hal Scott Preserve Over 9,000 acres of preserved land and wildlife waiting to be explored on miles of hiking trails that travel along the Econ lockhatchee River. Little Econ Greenway This 7.9mile paved trail runs parallel to the Little Econ River and stretches from Forsyth Road to Alafaya Trail. The trail will eventually extend 10 miles linking the University of Central Florida and the Cross Seminole Trail System. Moss Park This 1,551-acre park in Southeast Orlando off Narcoos see Road, features picnicking, camping, boating, hiking and volleyball. There is a park entrance fee of $1 per person. Orlando Wetlands Park The 1, 650-acre park is home to more than 20 miles of scenic trails in Christmas. The park is closed from October 1 to February 1 each year. Split Oak Forest This 1,800-acre forest in Southeast Orlando is only ac cessible by a hiking trail located within Moss Park and offers exceptional wildlife views. Tosohatchee State Reserve 28,000 acres of the reserve border 19 miles of the St. Johns River in Christ mas. The park offers horseback riding, primitive camping, hiking, biking and swimming. Waterford Lakes Trail an 8/10 of a mile trail located across from Wa terford Lakes Recreation Center with a gazebo and tness equipment. Wedgeeld Park Featuring volley ball, baseball and softball facilities, this park is also home to a playground and picnic area. For more information on parks in the area visit www.cityoforlando.net Staying fit is not always easy, but with a new year upon us, East Orlando offers many ways to serve the communities fit ness needs. Waterford Lakes Trail attracts a steady stream of people every day, and especial ly after the recent renovation by the Wa terford Lakes Association. I think it helps build on the communi ty and keeps it strong, President of Wa terford Lakes Association Ken Zook said. People use the 8/10 of a mile trail to walk, run, ride their bikes, skateboard and walk their dogs. Trail improvements include more than 200 new palm trees, new asphalt, a new gazebo with benches and matching trash cans, and improve ments to the landscaping and the station ary exercise equipment. This community has a very simple theme work on the things that people see every day, Zook said. Waterford Runners and Riders use the trail every first and third Wednesday. Or ganizer John Tenney said this group is a good place for everyone to start out. If you dont think you can run, this is the place to come, he said. The goal is to have a stress-free place to exercise. Small goals UCF Fitness Coordinator Ashley Hath cock said the best way to get healthy is to start small. Don't start with huge goals; start small, even with something as simple as avoiding meat on Mondays. Break your big goal into smaller, more manageable goals. Take things one step at a time, she said. Another key to starting a healthly regimen is to set goals, think about why you chose those goals in order to find the drive behind them and then plan out how to achieve them. Schedule in your workouts, and take the time to plan exactly what you are plan ning to eat for the week. Being prepared is the key to success, especially with your diet, Hathcock said. YMCA membership director Rebekah Ball agreed. She said 97 percent of Ameri cans struggle to complete regular exercise each week, even though they know how important it is for their health and wellbeing. Consistency is the key, Ball said. Its about finding out what you enjoy. Perhaps one of the most important things to remember is not to let setbacks sideline a new-founded health regimen. If you do happen to fall off track, it's not the end of the world. Get right back on course, Hathcock said. Staying healthy in East Orlando KRISTY VICKERY Sun Staff PHOTO BY MEGAN STOKES Mother and daughter, Diane and Christina LaPella, strolled with their pups at the Waterford Lakes Trail. The duo and several other citizens braved the outdoors despite the chilly temperatures. YMCA Tri Club

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EDUCATION Its a brisk, bright morning, and moth er-daughter duo Wendy and Emma Tu tins are breaking up their day by taking a walk. But it isnt just any walk, its an adventure into a story. It was amazing, Emma, 12, said. The two are taking a StoryWalk in Avalon Park. Each month, in collabora tion with Avalon Park and the Alafaya Branch Library, a featured childrens book is chosen and each page is posted in the windows of 28 Avalon Park business es. Originally created by Anne Ferguson in Vermont, the activity started to catch on in Avalon Park in October, combining physical and mental fitness. Its to promote literacy and fitness together with families by using local re sources through the community, said Stephanie Hodson, marketing manager for Avalon Park Group. Hodson heard about the StoryWalk program, which is usually put on trails outdoors, and thought that she could translate it for the Avalon community perfectly. Families start at the YMCA, get a map to locate the storys pages, a pe dometer for their first Walk, and then they go reading. At the end, they get a certifi cate of completion to bring to the Alafaya Branch Library for a special goody bag and their photo on the wall of StoryWalk participants. Teaching tool Because Tutins is homeschooling Emma, she said the half-mile StoryWalk is a great opportunity to get out of the house, and uses the Walk as a teaching tool. Its especially good for Emma, who has autism and gets to read each page aloud. It helps with her speech, Tutins said. Its also great for her comprehension, and Tutins said that although Emma is autistic, this activity would be a great resource for any child. Theyve done the walk three times now, and Tutins loves taking the book they read and bringing the lesson home. After they read Octo bers book Stone Soup, they purchased a copy and went home and made their own stone soup, with real rocks. They also made soup without stones, which was much more edible, Tutins said with a smile. Emma likes that the story feels like a scavenger hunt, with each page placed in a different window leading her all over town. She gets to wonder what might happen next as she walks, looking for that colorful page hanging up for her to find. She likes to piece it all together, Tu tins said. Being together Tutins also loves the idea that this ac tivity is something that brings families together, without all the gadgets. No iP ads, phones or computers, a little exercise and fresh air are what make this program special, she said. Its an opportunity to treasure for parents of young children, because when they get older, like her highschoolers, they wont be as avail able. These are times you cant get back, she said. Engage with your children. Hodson and fellow organizer Danielle King agreed. It promotes family bonding, Hodson said. I think it brings everyone together and gives them time to reflect on reading, on exercise and being part of something, said King, branch manager for the Ala faya Library. Community minded Its also a great opportunity for busi nesses involved. It brings new faces into stores the community might not have known about, Hodson said. Tutins said she has found new spots to enjoy, and likes treating Emma to a snack during their StoryWalk adventures. They also choose the books to coincide with events in the community. For No vember Pet Show went well with an an imal event in Avalon. In November they got even more community-centered by featuring the book Jessica McGee Wants to be by local author Taina Haiman. Its very unifying for the communi ty, said Judi Rachwitz, who is in member services at the YMCA. $100 to $500 OFFAny Servicewith this ad On Call 24 Hours A DayServing Central Florida Since the s Let Us Handle Your Emergency!Call Our Hotline 877-936-8998 www.EmergencyServices24.comServing Floridas Residential & Commercial Community Since 1990 IMMEDIAT E RESPONSE Whats Your Emergency?CBC057844 F lood l Leaks l Mold l F ire l Storm l Smoke l Roong Present this ad and get up to 1 month FREE(Limited offer on select StoryWalk combines reading and exercise BRITTNI JOHNSON Sun Staff PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON Emma Tutins, 12, right, reads the November StoryWalk story Pet Show. Her mother, Wendy, said its great practice for her autistic daughter. Each month the StoryWalk will feature a new story. Januarys story is Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Start your story adventure at the YMCA in Avalon Park. Learn more

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 EDUCATION Avalon Dance The Performing Arts Company A12 School News Students from Magic Curtain Productions have been accepted into the invitation-only 2012 Junior Theater Festival happening Jan. 13-15 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga. The Junior Theater Festival is the worlds largest musical theatre festival dedicated to groups working with elementary and middle school students. This year the 20 students, aged 9-17, will present Seussical JR. The students have raised much of the money for the trip themselves, doing a fundraiser with Bashful Bliss, selling keychains and necklaces and taking home a rst-place prize of $500 in a group talent contest at the Playground Arts Fest. They also performed a pre-show and collected donations before Magic Curtain Productions main stage show, Grease. The University of Central Floridas Anxiety Disorders Clinic is recruiting children ages 8-17 who need help conquering social phobia and learning how to interact with others. Children may be eligible for free treatment sessions at the clinic, as well as restaurant, miniature golf and bowling outings with children who are comfortable in social situations. Parents who are interested in learning more about the free treatment programs available and whether their children may be eligible can call 407-823-3910. The Anxiety Disorders Clinic also is seeking socially comfortable children to interact with the children with social phobia at the weekly outings. They are paid for their time, and the cost of their outings is covered by the clinic. Participating also counts toward high schools community service requirements. For more information, call 407-8233910. East River rst-time debate members Erin Renwick and Kerriann Roe competed against veteran forensic students and came home with second place trophies in duo interpretation. They competed against schools that have been doing this for years, and scored only three points away from the No. 1 spot. East Rivers Jacky Raasch smoked her completion in the declamation-speaking event. East River scored third place per capita. Valencia College won the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Announced in a ceremony held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the award comes with $600,000 in prize money. In selecting Valencia as the best community college in America Aspen ofcials noted that over half of the college's full-time students graduate or transfer within three years of entering the school, a rate signicantly higher than the national average (51 percent versus 39 percent). Sunrise Elementary fth-grader Ashley Voglewede was a winner in the Orange County Green Canvas Challenge Recycling Poster Contest sponsored by the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division. Her slogan was, "Have you bin recycling?" Posters were made for all of Ashley's classmates. She also was awarded $100 for herself and monetary awards were given to the school. Stone Lakes Elementary has started its rst Science Club. Fifth grade teachers Mrs. Katie Polito and Mr. Albert Cervellera organize and provide additional lessons to mirror the big ideas outlined by Orange County and set up hands-on projects for the kids to perform. The program cost and T-shirts, free for students, were made possible by Stone Lakes Principal Ginny Kennerly. "I like that we get to count down. I get really excited that it's a new year." -Andrew, 7 I like to go shopping with my mom to get new stuff like lamps, candles and toys. -D.J., 6 Id say waking up and watching [the ball] go down on the TV. We go over to my aunts house. -Raina, 7 I get to stay up late and hang out with my friends and my brother. At 12 oclock, we do sparklers. -Scott, 6 I like New Years Eve because its the day before the holiday. I like it when the whole year starts over again. -Basil, 6 Spending time with my fam ily. We go out to lunch and go to my cousins house and play with them. -Mason, 6 www.eosun.com

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Its first commu nity contract office, which are smaller post offices run by pri vate citizens, closed in 2005 after the USPS failed to make a good deal with the current contractor. That same year, residents lost the P.O. boxes in the former office. In 2004, though, another con tract post office, the one resi dents use now, opened. While the Oviedo USPS branch does inspect it, the office is run and supplied by manager Paris Pa tel and her family. They get no money from USPS. At the end of January, the office closed to update its com puter system and train the two employees, including Patel, on the new system. That process took about three months, and the office reopened in mid-April, unbeknownst to most Chuluota residents. A lot of people dont know we are open, Patel said. Reluctantly using Oviedos ofce There are no signs pointing residents in the post offices di rection, no announcements of reopening, and the only way someone would find out its open is by choosing to visit the gas station in the same strip, also owned by the Patels. Patel said they dont have any money for advertising, and though the USPS said they would try to help, they havent. In the meantime, residents have been driving to Oviedo to use that post office, about six miles away. But they arent pleased with that. Lack of con venience to where they live, cus tomer service, accessibility and ease of parking, and, most of all, the long lines, have been some of the problems Chuluota residents have encountered. I literally bring a book to read in line, Gajownik said. Some said they missed the atmosphere of their hometown branch. Its a sense of community out here, Mary Dall said. Tough business Contract post offices arent an easy business, Patel said. They provide all of their supplies from their own pocket, along with the utilities for the building, which they own. Business has always been slow, but since closing and reopening, its gotten even worse. They only break even. Its a very tough business, Patel said. Were trying hard for it. Business is slow, husband Jay Patel said. We never made a penny yet from that store. That isnt uncommon in this economy and time, when post offices even in busy areas are in jeopardy, and most rural post offices dont make any money. Earlier last year, the USPS an nounced it would potentially close 3,700 offices across the na tion, and ended this fiscal year with a $5.1 billion net loss. Patel said their branch is safe for now. Even though its hard for them to stay open, Patel said she loves her customers and giving them the service they need. She said she doesnt see them clos ing the post office any time soon, and will stay open as long as they can make it work. We are open to help the cus tomers out, Patel said. Its important And while a younger genera tion might not understand the importance of the post office, Dall said hers still find beauty in the act of sending some love through the mail. She likes send ing her grandchildren letters with stickers in the mail, some thing you cant get through email. It really kind of connects us, she said. You want people to have the joy of opening a pack age. Chuluota post ofce open BRITTNI JOHNSON Sun Staff PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK After closing for a short while in April, the Chuluota Post Ofce has had trou ble attracting customers. The ofce is privately owned by local residents. The Chuluota full-service post ofce is located at 650 S. County Road 419, and can be reached by phone at 407-359-5987. Learn more

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 BUSINESS BRENDA: Pamela, Ive seen a lot of new construction going on this year and many communities finishing up their home building. In this economy this is interesting to see. What have you been seeing as a buyers specialist and how does this new construction affect the ex isting home sales? PAMELA: Yes Ive seen and shown a number of buyers new construction, something I havent done in a while. Buyers are buying new homes even in this economy. If they are relocating from another state or they have purchased their homes a number of years ago they often qualify to purchase a new home. A big factor in the fairly brisk sales of new construction is that the new homes are now priced aggressively and to the market. The builders of the new home projects need to compete with the exist ing inventory of homes. And the inven tory of homes is at a record low for East Orlando in particular. BRENDA: Yes, the resales have been very active driving the inventory down. As of Dec. 21, Avalon Park had only 32 homes for sale. Stoneybrook had 23, Eastwood 15 and Waterford 37. We have also seen homes selling very quickly with multiple offers on homes. In the past three months, 63 homes were sold in Avalon Park, Stoneybrook sold 10, Eastwood sold 19 and Waterford Lakes sold 62 homes. I can see why some buy ers are looking at new homes. New con struction offers more energy efficient homes, which result in lower utility bills, something most buyers and homeown ers are concerned with. The new homes are priced competitively with some good builder incentives for the buyers. Buy ers can sometimes get more land and the buyers get to choose their own selections to personalize their homes. Another benefit to building a home is that most builders offer financing packages, which include contributing toward the buyers closing costs. So there are a lot of advan tages to buying new construction. PAMELA: I have also noticed an increase in buyers that do not want to make a lot of repairs that are required when they purchase a short sale or a bank-owned property. Many buyers want a turn key home and they get just that when they purchase new construc tion. Brenda Kolbrich, CRS Keller Williams Realty Advantage II Brenda@TopOrlandoHomes.com 407-963-6876 Pamela Rehbein, GRI, ABR Keller Williams Realty Advantage II pamela@HomeForYourHeart.com 407-488-4078 A VALON CHURCH -Were Your Church! -13460 Tanja King Blvd. in Avalon Park -Sunday Worship 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. -Loving nursery for birth years -Exciting childrens ministry for 3 yearsth grade -Youth service Sunday 6 p.m. -College group Tuesday 7 p.m. -Pastor Dale Brooks -www.avalonchurch.org -407-275-5499 CONGREGATION GESHER SHALOM OF ORLANDO -Bridge of Peace Jews & Gentiles following the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) -Rabbi, Dr. Charles I. 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You can check the signup anytime to see how were doing at www. signupgenius.com/go/minyan1 -Friday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet (Lobby), 7 p.m. Shabbat Matters nd out why (Sanctuary) -Friday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Shabbat Dinner (Social Hall), 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet (Lobby), 7 p.m. Musical Simcha Shabbat (Sanctuary) -Services: Every Friday Meet & Greet 6:30 pm /Shabbat Service: 7:00 pm Every Saturday Shabbat Service: 9:30 am Every Sunday Morning Service: 9:00 am 9:30 am -Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Neely: Every Wednesday noon Rm. 1 or SKYPE: JMNKetuba -Judaism in a Nutshell with Rabbi Neely: Every Saturday 12:30 pm -Religious School: Accredited USCJ Framework of Excellence School Gift of FREE Tuition for members First year FREE (K-4th) for nonmembers Everyone is welcome! Religious DIRECTORY 12301 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 111 Orlando, FL 32828Brenda Kolbrich, Licensed Realtor 407.963.6876www.TopOrlandoHomes.com Brenda@TopOrlandoHomes.comNationally Certified Short Sale Specialist Do you owe more on your home than its worth like so many homeowners in this market?You are personally invited to a FREE SHORT SALE Seminar When: SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Where: 13013 Founders Square in Avalon Park Attorney specializing in Short Sales will be hosting the seminar (No fee) Or call to schedule a private appointment 407-963-6876 Heres why using Brenda and The Kolbrich Group makes sense 1. Well known and respected top real estate professional for over ten years 2. Ranked #3 for Realtors in all of 32828 for highest sales 3. Nationally Certied Short Sale Specialist 4. Homes enhanced on Realtor.com, Zillow.com and over 50 Real Estate Websites 5. Member of the Council of Residential Specialists (only 4% of Realtors nationwide have this designation) **Five Star Customer Service Ratings for three years including 2011**Hundreds of clients over Brendas ten-year real estate career have consistently voted her for the Five Star Customer Service award. Here is what they are saying:Brenda and her team at Keller Williams Advantage II Realty make the process of selling your property stress free. She is very capable of keeping things moving along efciently and keeping you well informed along the way. She provides sound advice to make informed decisions. I appreciated the honesty and professionalism. Chris Miller, Oct. 2011 You accomplished exactly what you said you would, I would be pleased to recommend you to my friends & family in Florida! Dr. J. Borges, 2011 FREE SHORT SALE SEMINAR "Brenda is a joy to work with. You can tell she loves her job and her clients. She worked on our purchase contract even while on vacation with her family. Now that is dedication. Thank you for making our purchase in Avalon Park a breeze!" David & Vicky Smith, 2010 2011s Business of the Year is Publix of Avalon Park. Because of the sheer volume of groups and causes this business supports, the Rotary Business of the Month program has chosen Publix as the business who gave back to the community the most last year. The store is a strong supporter of the six local schools. They support school functions, YMCA youth programs and organizations that help children like March of Dimes and Childrens Miracle Network. More than 1,500 kids toured the store with their school last year. Phillip Wearsch has been the store manager for three years and has worked for Publix for 22 years. Publix is located at 3400 E. Avalon Park Blvd. Orlando. For more information about Publix, call 407-277-1043 or visit Publix.com Business Year of the Rotary Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Avalon Park, the East Orlando Sun and Pinnacle Awards and Promotions, the Rotary Business of the Month recognizes East Orlando businesses and organizations that are actively involved in their communities and embody the motto of Rotary: Service above self. Winners receive a plaque, a free advertisement in the Sun and a spot in the Downtown Avalon Park Discount Card, which serves all of East Orlando. The Business of the Year is selected from the Businesses of the Month winners. Nominate a business at www. facebook.com/avalonparkrotary. Publix Rotary of Avalon Parks Jim Foulks (left) with Publix of Avalon Park Manager Philip Wearsch. BrendaListing SpecialistPamelaBuyers Specialist N New construction in this market? A14 2011 Businesses of the Month: Davis Bakery; Publix of Avalon Park; Groom, Grub & Belly Rub; Eastside Bistro; Fairwinds Credit Union; Lowes of Waterford Lakes; Avalon All Star Cuts; Kekes Breakfast Caf; Margaritas Grill www.eosun.com

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 BUSINESS www.eosun.com THE MARKE T PLACE OFFICES FOR RENT REAL ESTATE COMMERCIAL HELP WANTED ANNOUNCEMENTS REAL ESTATE FOR SALE PROFESSIONAL SER VICE eosun.com Plan your weekend with The Weekender! This weekly newsletter keeps you up to date on events happening in Central Florida's cities, including Winter Park, Maitland, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Avalon Park and Waterford Lakes. Visit eosun.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter" Pest ControlProblems with insects? Termites, Roaches, Ants, Spiders. New home pur chase inspections [WDo]. Tonys Pest Mgmt. Inc.Call 407-592-1047tonyspestmgmt.webs.com lisboa1047@bellsouth.net HODGES BROTHERS INCROOFING & CONSTRUCTION PLEASE MARK YOUR RESPONSE HERE:Will you please review and respond as soon as possible? We are waiting for your approval. Please NOTE: this is NOT a second opportunity to design the ad. Redesign changes may result in additional charges. Thank you!1. Please circle A or B below: A: I approve this ad as shown here B: I approve this ad with changes as marked (How many changes are marked? _____)2. Please double check phone/address/names.Phone & address are correct (initials here) ________ With this signature, I signify my understanding that payment for this ad is due per Advertising Agreement.Signed ________________________________Since 1995(407) 366-8696 Fax (407) 359-2118 P.O. Box 4548 Winter Park, FL 32793FOR YOUR INFORMATIONThis ad will appear in these areas and months. ____Waterford Lakes__________________ ____College Park/Orlando______________ ____Winter Park/Maitland_______________ ____Sweetwater/Heathrow______________ ____Tuscawilla/Wntr Sprgs _____________ ____Oviedo__________________________ ____ Baldwin/Winter Pk. East ____________X JUNE 2011 X JUNE 2011 A Better Plumber407-644-4000 X JUNE 2011 A15

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LYNX plans to pull out all new stops to get people to ditch their cars and hop on a bus, starting with East Orlando. One of the biggest complaints LYNX gets from its riders is ef ficiency: buses that are late and rides that take too long. CEO John Lewis said the sys tem is about to be overhauled to avoid this problem, starting with Link 30, which ran from the University of Central Flori da to Winter Garden. Lewis said Link 30 was notoriously late. To fix that, the Link was cut into two routes on Dec. 4, creating Link 104, which runs from the UCF station to the LYNX station in downtown Orlando, making stops at the intersection of Alafaya Trail and East Colonial Drive, Valencia East Campus, the intersection of Semoran Boulevard and East Colonial Drive and Fashion Square Mall. Link 30 is our first try at that, but there will be several other corridors where well be repeating the same action cutting routes, gaining efficiency and cutting down on peoples travel time. We think well be able to gain more riders when the ride is much shorter. The new route will run every 30 minutes, instead of every hour. At the end of the day, my job is to compete with the singleoccupant car, Lewis said. If I can get within 10-15 min of the competition yes its still a lit tle longer but its much cheaper were able to recapture that time period for the rider by al lowing them to work while they ride and were environmentally friendly. Waterford Lakes Town Cen ter Marketing Director Jamie Fraser envisions more people visiting the outdoor shopping mall now that the new route is in place. The change will increase traffic here at the center, she said. Reducing the wait time from one hour to 30 minutes will encourage shoppers to leave their cars at home and come to the Waterford Lakes Town Center. Stops along the wayDespite its problems, Link 30 was the fourth most popular link in the system with 1.1 mil lion riders in 2011, averaging 95,000 riders monthly. But not only was the route long, it also required riders with a destination other than Winter Garden to transfer to other busJan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 Your community connection since 1995 www.eosun.com FREE Knights get serious UCF Mens Basketball heads into conference playPage 7 A list of parks, tness programs and gyms, plus expert advicePage 10 Concerts, free programs and food trucks!Page 8 I dont do New Years resolutions because I dont really follow through with them so if I dont have one, I feel more accomplished than if I make one up and not follow through. -Lenny Pistorio My New Years resolution this year is to get closer to God and really study his word at a deeper level and serve him with a deeper desire. -Elizabeth Henderson My New Years resolution is to run a 10k. So just to be more t. -Jen Fortin with 1-year-old son Cooper To move to California. All of my familys there. My dad is getting older so itd be nice for my family and my children to spend more time with him. -Cynthia Robertson EAST ORLANDo O $ECONOMYin 2012It gets better, are three little words everyone needs to hear sometimes. From personal troubles to financial woes, ev eryone finds hope in the fact that there is, eventually, a light at the end of the tunnel. Economically, that tunnel has had many Americans holding their breath for four years now, since the great recession took its toll on the housing, labor and business markets in 2008. So when local economist Sean Snaith says looking forward to 2012, It gets better, you may want to pause for a brief sigh of relief before you hear what else he has to say. Theres still a lot of head winds facing the economy go ing forward, and Im expecting growth to be sub-par, Snaith said, But it will continue. From slight improvement in the job and the housing market, to the state of local business welfare and the overall world economy, local experts, includ ing Snaith, say they expect 2012 to be another year of slow eco nomic recovery. To get a better sense of whats to come, we can break down the 2012 forecast into three dif ferent tiers of the economy real estate, labor and local busi ness to get a feel of whats to come in the new year.Feeling it at homePerhaps the area hardest hit in the past few years in Cen SARAH WILsSON Sun Staff Please see FORECAsST Page A4 Visit www.golynx.com, click on Plan a Trip and then MMaps and Schedules to get bus schedule information for all LYN YNX stops. Learn moreLYNX changes in East MEGAN STOKEsS Sun Staff Please see LYNX Page A4 PhHOt T O cCOurtesyURTESY OfF LYNX TThe route that traveled from UCF to Winter Garden was cut in half so that East OOrlando residents will enjoy a more direct route to downtown OOrlando.

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COOMMUNITY NEWS East OOrlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 Dr. Khaled Mohamed would see up to 50 patients a day, need ing anything from vaccinations to emergency wound care, as a doctor in his native Guyana. He worked at one of the many medical clinics built specifically for the countrys hundreds of thousands of sugar cane indus try workers and their relatives. It was hard, seemingly endless work, but he did what he could to see as many people as pos sible because for these people, living in a very rural part of the country, he was all they had. Now, decades after leaving his country, Mohamed is once again bringing health care to an area where doctors are nowhere to be found: Bithlo. Hes the sole doctor at the new Community Health Centers clinic in Bithlo the first medi cal establishment that far east in Orange County. Many of Mohameds patients have not seen a doctor in a long time and, like in Guyana, because of a lack of private and public transportation in Bithlo and Christmas, many of his patients walk or bike to see him. Since the clinic opened on Oct. 10, the clinics patients per day has doubled to an average of 15 to 18. I see a lot of chronic illness but they cant get their meds, Dr. Mohamed said of his pa tients. Theyve been off of their critical medication for long pe riods of time. People who have had heart attacks couldnt go to the doctor or get their meds. You say, How can this be? The clinic, a 1,300-square-foot double-wide trailer off of East Colonial Drive with three exam rooms, a laboratory and offices, handles everything a standard medical clinic provides, includ ing physicals, blood work, immunizations, wound care, pap smears and STD testing. The clinics staff said many people are just coming in for a check up. They are coming in to es tablish care. Its unique [to have so many people being proactive about their health] but I think thats because there hasnt been anything out here for so long, said Ayanna OConnor, CHC operations manager. Plus its walking distance and theyve been watching this building go up from their homes. Shawn Pate, who recently suf fered six broken bones in his foot after being struck by a vehicle on the Florida Turnpike, said he plans to use the clinic for followup care. Bithlo needs to grow just like the rest of the area, said the Bithlo resident. CHC Vice President Jeff Boeman said their goal for their cur rent building is to see about 20 patients a day. But since theyre already nearing that, its pos sible they could be overcapacity soon. If the flow of patients rises or stays steady, the clinic plans to expand to a 10,000-square-foot facility, which will offer dental, pediatrics and possibly obstetrics in addition to primary care. All are welcomedThe clinic operates on a sliding scale based on income so it welcomes the uninsured, the un derinsured, Medicare and Med icaid and anyone else who needs treatment. OConnor said they plan to start promoting their clinic in Wedgefield, a housing community tucked far back into rural east Orange County, near Christmas. We want to be your medical home, OConnor said. We can see anyone. To ensure that every patient can see a doctor with only a day or two wait, CHC has an Open Access schedule, meaning they operate by appointment, but always leave several slots available throughout the day for walk-ins. Even with only four staff members, OConnor said they are careful to return phone calls within 24 hours. Mary Nierodzinski of Christ mas said long waits is the reason she usually avoids health clinics. I fell while I was walking my dog once and waited for two hours bleeding at a walk-in clin ic. Its good to know this is there when we need it, she said.A need for dental, specialty careYadira Solando, CHC clinical manager, said one of the first things people ask when they talk to the community about the clin ic is whether theres dental. Theres a huge need for that. I think its because of access and education but also because of priorities. People are choosing between dental work and putting food on the table, she said. Dr. Mohamed said dental care is more critical to overall health than most people realize. Blood vessels in the mouth lead direct ly to the heart so infections that start in the mouth and are left untreated can enter the blood stream and travel to the heart. When there is a need for spe cialty medical treatment, CHC refers those patients with lim ited health insurance to Orange Countys PCAN (Primary Care Access Network). Many of the people the clinic sees suffer from chronic illness such as hyperten sion and diabetes, Solando said. Although theyre able to see children, Solando said they cur rently dont have many child pa tients. Theyre trickling in, she said. We are seeing more. Dr. Mohamed said its his vast experience hes been practicing since 1983 that has kept him in clinics that accept the un insured. Its the need. Theres a need here. I think the real thing is the experience I have. I know I can take on the challenge here.A2 Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS SERVING YOUR COMMUNITYBernard S. Zeffren, MD Eugene F. Schwartz, MD Winnie Whidden, MSN, ARNP-CVoted Best Doctors of Central FL, Orlando Magazine for 7 consecutive yearsDiplomates American Board of Allergy and Immunology www.orlandoallergy.com250 N. Alafaya Trail Ste 130 Orlando, FL 32825407-380-7991 Evening hours available7560 Ste. 2064 Oviedo, FL 32765407-366-7387 First medical clinic in Bithlo MEGAN STOKEsS Sun Staff CCHCC Bithlo is located at 19108 EE. CColonial Drive, OOrlando. For more information, call 407-905-8827 or visit http://chc.org/locations/ bithlo. Learn more PhHOt T O byBY meganMEGAN stST OKesES Dr. K Khaled Mohamed and his staff treat about 15 patients daily a number thats doubled since the clinic opened in O October. If the number of patients continue to increase, CHC plans to open a 10,000-square-foot facility, which will provide services like dental, gynocology, pediatrics and obstetrics in addition to primary care. www.eosun.com

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COOMMUNITY NEWS East OOrlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 A4 1/31/12 tral Florida, Snaith said, has been the housing market. With people owing more than their homes are worth, and facing the loss of wealth and financial security that goes along with that, Snaith said its recovery plays a large role in that of the overall economy. The burden of that lost wealth is still going to weigh heavy on the economy, certainly in 2012 and probably well be yond, he said. Joe Stout, real estate broker with Millennium Realty Group based in Avalon Park, said he sees 2012 as a means to an end on the way to the recovery of the housing market. Theres definitely a recovery and end to all of this, but the end isnt going to come until the housing market is cleaned up, Stout said. The current housing market, he said, is saturated with short sale and bank-owned foreclo sure properties, which continue to drive home values lower. Un til these work their way through the market, he said, overall im provement will be limited. Once that takes place, the re covery can begin, he said. But its going to be quite a few years until then, I believe. He said that in the first quar ter of 2012, he anticipates a large number of bank-owned proper ties to be released to the market, making it a great time for firsttime homebuyers and investors to get into the market while prices are still low. Everything just needs time to correct itself, and once the banks get all of the foreclosures out of the pipeline, and short sales move through as well, he said, we can move forward to a total recovery of the housing market.Job outlookThe twin to the housing mar ket to watch in significance of the economy in 2012, Snaith said, is that of the labor mar ket. Improving unemployment rates, he said, is key to the over all economys success. Amy Baker, with the Florida Office of Economic and Demo graphic Research, said growth in the job market is, and will continue to be, gradual in the upcoming year. Most all of our economic indicators are positive, which means were growing, but its still going to take a while to get back to where we were, she said. According to labor statistics released Dec. 16 by Workforce Central Florida, Central Flor idas unemployment rate, 9.6 percent, was down 2.2 percent age points in November from the same time the previous year. This makes the Central Florida average unemployment rate 0.2 percent below that of Florida overall, but 1.4 percent higher than the national rate. Compared to a year ago, were definitely seeing improve ment, Baker said, but its go ing to be a slow, gradual im provement. Baker said she anticipates the health care, hospitality and retail/trade fields to continue to see the most growth in the upcoming year, and jobs in the housing and construction job markets to continue to dwindle.Local business leverageUniversity of Central Florida economist Snaith said that local businesses are not slated to see substantial growth in the upcoming year, until the bigger forces of the economy are able to play out including the hous ing and labor markets. People, he said, arent going out spending at local businesses like normal, because they are still worried about the value and state of their homes, while many are also facing uncertainty in the workplace. Kevin McFall, executive director of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, said he feels business owners are more optimistic going into 2012 than they have been in past years, but are still unsure of what is to come. You still have many busi nesses maintaining a very aus tere budget going into next year because they dont know whats going to happen, he said. Adding to the uncertainty of the housing and labor markets, which tend to control how much disposable income people have to spend at local businesses, McFall said the state of the national and global economies also has business owners on their toes. Snaith said this economic uncertainty of business is likely to continue all of 2012, and into 2013, in a large part due to the presidential election in Novem ber. Right now its hard to evalu ate a project because you dont know necessarily what the cost and benefits might be because of some of the question marks regarding tax policy and where everything is going in that re gard, Snaith said. He said these qualms cant be settled until the election is over and businesses can start to envi sion whether Obamas current plans for economic and financial reform will be implemented, or if a new Republican candidate will be elected and new policies enacted. C OONTINUED FRO OM frFR OntNT pagePAGE FORECAsST es. Link 104 will create a direct line from East Orlando to down town and vise versa. Some people dont like to transfer. Its like when people fly, they want to get to their des tination as quickly and directly as possible, LYNX Spokesper son Matt Friedman said. NNew route for Bithlo Residents in Bithlo have com plained that the lack of public transportation has cost them jobs, kept them from attending community events and limited their access to things like the grocery store and health care. In 2008, LYNX cut the fixed route that traveled through Bith lo and Christmas due to low rid ership. The system has since im plemented a pick-up line, which operates on request Monday through Saturday, but residents have voiced concerns with that system saying its too unreliable and inadequate to fulfill their transportation needs. In November, LYNX approved Xpress 212, a direct line running from Bithlo to Waterford Lakes that would feature free WiFi and bathrooms on board. LYNX does not have the funding to pur chase any new buses so theyve solicited the private sector to provide the vehicles and partner with LYNX. Instead of waiting until we can buy more, were looking to partner so it saves us on capital expenditures, Lewis said. For folks out in Bithlo, its an issue of access for them. Were talking about providing basic access to the people in that part of the county. Xpress is already in Clermont and Volusia County. East Or lando would be the first to have the service in the Orlando area. Because its premium service, Xpress costs $1.50 more than the standard $3.50 bus fare. Im super excited that LYNX has made restoring efficient bus service back to the Bithlo com munity a priority, United Glob al Outreach Executive Director and Bithlo advocate Tim McKin ney said. I have no doubt that this is going to save lives and allow people who want to work the opportunity to work. C OONTINUED FRO OM frFR OntNT pagePAGE LYNX www.eosun.com

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East OOrlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 COOMMUNITY NEWS www.eosun.com Alafaya Trail widening project update CCOmmMMENTARY Volume 17, Issue 1 3680 E. Avalon Park Blvd. Ste. 120 OOrlando, Fl 32828 FF ax 407-658-6246 DIISTRITRIBUTIONTION The East Orlando Sun is a FREE publication distributed monthly to the Avalon Park and Eastwood Publix locations, the Regal Cinema and Barnes & Noble locations in the Waterford Lakes Town Center and many others for a total circulation of 12,500. For a complete list, visit www.eosun.com. Unsolicited materials will be subject to the publishers and/or editors approval and may be edited for clarity and content. Acceptance of advertising does not con stitute an endorsement of the product or service by East Orlando Sun. Neither the publisher nor the advertisers are liable for errors, misinformation, typographical errors, or misprints unintentionally contained herein. Publisher KK yle Taylor 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com OOwner Beat KKahli bkioff@eosun.com AAssociate EEditor Megan Stokes407-658-2404 megans@eosun.com Managing EEditor Jenny Andreasson407-563-7026 jennya@observernewspapers.comDesignerJonathan Gallagher407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com CCopy EEditors Jenny Andreasson Isaac Babcock AAdvertising Sales Linda Stern407-376-2434 LStern@observernewspapers.com CColumnist Josh Garrick407-522-3906 joshgarrick9@gmail.com Subscriptions|CCirculation Amanda Rayno407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com Coffee Hour with Beat E a s t Beat KK AHL II OOwner A good year pastIs it just me, or does it seem like the weeks and months are passing more quickly these days? When I look at how fast my son is growing up, it scares me. But when I ponder the many trials and tribulations I can now file away as 1, maybe its not so bad. I hope all of you will enjoy a more fulfilling and rewarding experience in 2012. A more blessed experience. Hope is one of the most endearing qualities we human beings share. Opti mism! The will, the ability, the desire to experience a future better than the one we share today. Hope is a trait that spans genera tions. We bear children so that they can experience a better life than the one we have. Hope transcends international borders and cultural distinctions. Evidence of hope great hope emanates from other historical eras, in documents like the Declaration of Independence and traditions like New Years Eve. Top athletes today try to visualize their athletic performance by making a picture in their minds before the contest starts. They imagine themselves crossing the finish line first, scoring the goal, catching the touchdown pass. They imagine their triumph in great detail. They know they can run faster and jump a little higher if they believe they can do it, if they see it in their minds first. We might all give that a try. How can we make 2012 a better year than 2011? One way is to celebrate the New Year. Say goodbye to last year, be thankful for the good parts, and resolve decide to strive to thrive in 2012. Now that the craziness of New Years Eve is over, relish the quiet moments in lifespend time with your closest family members or visit your church, synagogue, ashram, mosque or temple. You want to touch base with your conscience. You want to have one of those conversations that only you and God will ever have. Thats the way to celebrate the New Year. The question comes from every where via telephone, email, Facebook, Twitter and even the occasional post on my blog: Whats going on with the construction along Alafaya Trail? As a resident of East Orange Coun ty and a daily driver of the road, I understand and appreciate your input and concerns because, frankly, I share many of the same thoughts you do. Below is a compiled list of our most common inquiries and a brief descrip tion detailing what has been done about them. -Stoneybrook Reserve residents who travel south on Alafaya Trail must turn left to enter their subdivi sion while cars traveling north tend to drift into the turning lane just as the curve begins. Citizens stated they have witnessed near colli sions and it becomes particularly dangerous when trucks and buses pass. Both the Orange County Traffic Engi neering and Highway Construction Divisions have reviewed the traf fic layout and stated there is currently only enough room for a south bound through lane, south bound left turn lane, north bound through lane, barrier wall and a sidewalk. -The curve at the intersection of Broadhaven Boulevard and Alafaya Trail was lengthened and widened, thus improving the transition flow. Warning barrels must remain since their purpose is to prevent a headon collision with cars in the left turn lane. -Complaints of a jagged asphalt area causing flat tires near the fire sta tion at Stoneybrooks main entrance have been answered by the contractor widening this area. No further prob lems have been cited. -The speed limit has been lowered and the fines are now doubled. Addi tionally, the Orange County Sheriffs Office has increased patrols in an at tempt to reduce speeds. -The traffic lane switches are now complete and subsequent switches will not occur for another 12 -18 months. -There were delays due to traffic signals being placed on standard tim ing rather than a detection system. Traffic Engineering has since corrected this matter and vehicular flow should improve. -Reflective pavement markers (RPMs) missing mainly along the transition/curved areas are likely due to the heavy equipment and normal construction activities. These RPMs have been replaced. -The contractor will install speed limit advisory and speeding fines doubled signs through the tempo rary transition/curved areas. OOther updates In addition to the major road con struction occurring along Alafaya Trail, road improvements are scheduled for S.R 50/Colonial Drive between Dean Road and Old Cheney Highway. With changes in recent funding to the Flor ida Department of Transportation, I am closely monitoring the timeline for construction. If youre interested in learning more about the plans for improvement along S.R 50/Colo nial Drive, a public information meet ing will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Spirit of Joy Church, 1801 Rouse Road, Or lando. Throughout the New Year and into the next few months, my office will begin wrap ping up the policy improvements to the Narcoossee Corridor with the help of the residents living within the rural settlement communities. Our Parks & Recreation Committee continues to work to identify available lands for future recreational facilities. Also, I will continue to press to identify a location for the East Orange Homeless Dropin Shelter to provide assistance to the over 700+ homeless individuals living in our community. If you have any questions please email me at Jennifer.Thompson@ocfl. net or call 407-836-5881. Regards, Jennifer Thompson Orange County Commissioner, District 4 201 S. Rosalind Avenue Orlando, FL 32801 407-836-7350 www.jenniferthompson.net ThompsonA5 JENNIFER T THOmpsMPSON OOrange County Commissioner of District 4 Building healthy habitsBuilding a behavior and maintaining it for a lifetime can seem intimidating, especially if the behavior is not something you were born doing. When building exercise as a behavior, recognize better health is a behavior practiced daily. It is a process; it takes time and patience. Its important to recognize health starts from the inside, out. Many times when we participate in physical activity, the first physiological changes are made inside the body. Better blood circulation to organs, improved resting heart rate and blood pressure, changes in blood cholesterol, increased lung function, regular bowels, better blood sugar regu lation and absorption, hormonal changes, which increase euphoria and relaxation, are only a handful of amazing reactions taking place when a person initially starts exercise and maintains a regimen. Once the body continuously is exposed to bouts of exercise and it adjusts to this new experience, then external body composition changes become apparent. Scales dont tell the entire story. Here are some practical tips to help you stay motivated in the journey of maintaining exercise: ity. If you do not view your time and actions for your health as imperative as taking care of your family, house, fi nances or even career, then do not expect long-term changes. ly change with the initial incorporation of exercise into your lifestyle. Do not be surprised when you encounter barriers, such as unsupportive family member or friend, while you transition to maintain exercise. join you for workouts. Sometimes work ing with another person or having a well ness coach helps with accountability. variety of programs for its members such as: organized group sports, group exer cise classes of different intensity levels, a variety of equipment and academically certified and trained wellness staff. You will be surrounded with multiple oppor tunities for physical activity, which can assist you through the process. have to put effort to take care of your own health. No one else will do this for you. Currently in the Avalon Park YMCA, The Coach Approach An Exercise Support Process, created by Dr. Jim Annesi, a leading expert in the field of exercise adherence, has recently been implemented in order to assist members with building exercise as a lifestyle habit. YMCA members meet periodically oneon-one with a certified Wellness Coach, discussing longand short-term goals, challenges whether they be physical or mental, and likes and dislikes pertaining to exercise. The coaches also teach the members how to use the skills in creating and sustaining a consistent exercise routine. The primary purpose behind Coach Approach is to break the common start-and-stop cycle and replace it with the habit of consistent exercise through the teaching of self management skills. Members focus on increasing energy, decreasing stress and fatigue rather than physical changes of weight loss, which are usually slower to achieve and can be defeating psychologically. At the YMCA, our mission is to improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individuals, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen spirit, mind and body. If you are ready to kick the inactivity habit and break the start and stop cycle of exercise, then get started today. Shirley Rojas, CPT, and Jill Thomas, CPT, YMCA wellness instructors Scales dont tell the entire story.

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SPORTS reThinkYourCommute.comEconlockhatchee Park & Ride Lot 16622 E. Colonial Dr. OrlandoFree parking Meet-up place for carpools and vanpools On LYNX Route 104 to downtown Orlando Additional Park & Ride lots on SR 50 located at: Dean Road Chuluota Road/SR 419 1-866-610-RIDE (7433) Now Open! 50 Share the ride! Nothing helps build confidence like a winning streak. And the Timber Creek High School girls basketball team headed into the holidays with a 12-0 record something Head Coach Richard Cross hopes will motivate them to keep the streak alive. The squad capped the run with a 59-56 win over district rival University on Dec. 16. Senior leadership is part of the Wolves winning formula. The trio of 12th grade top brass includes Brittany Whatts, Jasmine Wigfall and Brittany Cross, the coachs daughter. Coach Cross has been pleased with the teamwork he has seen this season. He praised the teams ball movement and the number of assists per game. He also cred ited the teams defense with a key boost in wins over Jones and Evans. Brittany Cross has been averaging two blocks per game and she led the team with 16 points in the win over University. She is short for a post player, but she plays strong, Richard Cross said. Brittany also provides her dad with an extra coach on the floor. She quickly states that patience is the key to the teams suc cess on offense. We run our game, not theirs, she said. When we execute our plays we get open looks. We are a close-knit and very connect ed team. We have known Coach and each other for a long time. Coach Cross has his team running both the fast break and the half-court offense. He is also throwing different defenses at op ponents. Timber Creek can create a lot of challenges for teams that come to play the Wolves, he said. Wigfall has also been a reliable scorer for the team. She had 10 points against Father Lopez and 11 against University. Sophomore Christina Potts and fresh man Jessica Font have been big contributors to the Timber Wolves. Potts had 13 points against University and 24 against Father Lo pez. Font directs the offense from her point guard spot and she can also shoot from the outside. She nailed a pair of threes against Father Lopez. I have to be confident and calm, Font said. I have to keep my head up and see what everyone is doing. Font credits her teammates with keeping her relaxed on the court. She can always count on someone to make a joke or wisecrack to keep the game fun. If Timber Creek has a second half of the season anything like the first half, Coach Cross and all his girls will have time for a lot more fun. The girls and their coach have set their sights beyond the district tournament and on state playoffs a point the team has yet to reach. The District 5-8A line-up includes Colo nial, East River, University and Winter Park. The Wolves have already defeated the East River Falcons and the University Cougars. The showdown with the Winter Park Wildcats will be on Jan. 13 at Winter Park. On Jan. 20, Timber Creek will host the Colo nial Grenadiers. Timber CCreek girls basketball rolls to 12-0 start jJOHN bBEdDELL Sun Staff PhHOt T O cCOurtesyURTESY OfF TCHS TThe LLady HHuskies hope to continue their winning streak, which included a win over University.

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East OOrlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 SPOORTS www.eosun.com A string of wins heading deep into the holiday season carried the Knights mens basketball team to a compellingly strong start to the 2011-12 season, but with con ference play starting up, things are about to get serious. The Knights have pulled off con vincing wins so far, but they have been against teams that are relatively untested in the broad NCAA landscape. Thats not to discount their eye-opening win against Connecticut on Nov. 25 that shocked the college basketball world. The Huskies have ranked in the top 10 all season. A week before many teams go on their holi day break, the Huskies only blemish was that 68-63 nail-biter loss to the Knights. After hosting the UCF Holiday Clas sic to end the year, the Knights will blast into their Conference USA schedule with eight straight league games to start 2012. That could set the tone for how they han dle their postseason and exorcise some demons at the same time. The Knights started last season ablaze with 14 straight wins before collapsing in C-USA play with an unnerving string of eight straight losses before they finally righted their season with a 58-57 win over Tulsa. Their introduction to conference play this time around will be a baptism by fire for the Knights, who play the Tulane Green Wave as their first conference foe Wednesday, Jan. 4. The Green Wave had already stormed to a nearly undefeated season start in the first month of play, though they lack a difficult schedule. The last time the Knights played Tulane, on Feb. 16 last season, they won a narrow 65-62 victory thanks to strong allaround play by the Knights, led in scor ing by 18 points from Keith Clanton. Clanton has again factored heavily into scoring this season, but hes joined by the duo of the Jordan brothers, Mar cus and Jeff, who have teamed up lately to bamboozle opponents near the net. The Knights will also likely welcome team captain A.J. Rompza back to the court in that first game of conference play. Rompza was an energizing force last season, helping engineer inspiring comeback victories against difficult teams. The action all kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the UCF Arena, with conference play continuing through the beginning of March.The AA valon L Lady H Husky Volleyball team won its rst four games this season, led by eighthgraders Alison Coleman, Carolina Ganan, Janelle Harrigan, Abby McWhorter, and captains Paula Campo, Lenore Chenard and Emily Manning. They came in second in their cluster and earned a trip to the O OCPS middle school volleyball tour nament, making it to the second round before succumbing to Meadow Woods. UCF junior Tishia Jewell received one of the highest honors in college soccer when she was named to the 2011 NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I All-America Third Team. Jewell helped the K Knights to an incredible campaign this past season as UCF advanced to the NCAA Championship Elite Eight. Jewell led UCF with 24 points on the year. The forward scored seven goals and dished out 10 assists, good for 24th na tionally. She recorded 90 shots on the year, with 40 coming on goal, and netted a pair of gamewinning goals. Pinecastle Baseball Facility is hosting a six-week baseball camp starting Sunday, Jan. 22. Some of the areas top coaches will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Acad emy. Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, elding and base running. Cost starts at $99 for six weeks. For more information or to register, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com or call 866-622-4487. After a monstrous 2011 campaign for the UCF baseball team, two-way player D.J. H Hicks was honored by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) by being named to the preseason All-America Third Team. This is the rst time a K Knight has been tabbed to a pre season All-America list. Presale tickets only $7. Kids 12-and-under FREE! Save $5 and purchase tickets in advance at: Free Chili Samples Live Bands All Day HUGE! Kids Zone Local Food Vendors Miller Lite Beer $3 Fun for the family! PRESENTED BY: A7 12001 Avalon Lake Dr., Suite D, Orlando, FL 32828 407.249.1001 Open Every Day Event Schedule: www.paladintag.com 12001 Avalon Lake Dr., Suite D, Orlando, FL 32828 407.249.1001 Open Every Day Event Schedule: www.paladintag.com 1/31/12 Knights getting serious IsISAAC BAbBCOCK Sun Staff PhHOt T O byBY isaacISAAC babcBABCOcCK Isaiah Sykes has proven a driving force at the net, with a breakout year.

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ArtsRTS & ENterta TERTA INMe E Nt T Storybook FFun for Y Y our LLittle OOne is at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at the Alafaya Branch of the OOrange County Public Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, OOrlando. These readaloud programs are recommended for children ages 3-5 and last about 25 minutes. Bring your children often to enjoy folk and animal tales, annel, big book stories, rhymes, songs and poetry. FreePufns climb, Penguins rhyme is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Alafaya Branch of the OOrange County Public Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, OOrlando. Preschoolers waddle to Iceland and back down to Antarctica then warm up with cozy stories and chill out with activities and cool crafts. Its for ages 3-5. Registration required. Call 407-8357323. Free FF amily FF ocus: T T ell a Story with Digital Media is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Alafaya Branch of the OOrange County Public Library, 12000 E. Colonial Drive, OOrlando. Use a collection of digital media such as photos, narration and music to create a compelling visual story. Bring family pictures on a ash drive and save the project at the end of the class. Its for ages 6 and older. FreeWinter Jam 2012, "CChristian Music's LLargest A Annual T T our" is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the UCF Arena. See Skillet, Sanctus, Dara Maclean, Peter Furler, KKari Jobe and NewSong, among others for $10 at the door. Visit jamtour.com FF riday NNight LLife a teen club in Avalon Park, is open from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 in the Avalon Community Center, 13013 Founders Square Drive, OOrlando. This event is free. There will be dodge ball, a grafti art board, a DJ, ping-pong, foosball tournaments and more. For more information, call 407-381-2500 or visit fridaynightlife@yahoo.com The Winter CClearance Sidewalk Sale will run from Friday, Jan. 13, to Monday, Jan. 16, to accommodate the Martin Luther KKing Jr. holiday. Retailers will have clearance merchandise outside of their stores at the Waterford Lakes Town Center. Vegetable GGardening in Florida The Basics is 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at OOrange County Extension, 6021 S. Conway Road, OOrlando. This class is for beginners who are either new to Florida or gardening. This is free and in English. RRise A Against is in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the UCF Arena in OOrlando. FF ood T T ruck Bazaar is in downtown Avalon Park from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 29. About a dozen trucks will sell gourmet food like cupcakes, KK orean BBQ and vegetarian cuisine. Visit thefoodtruckbazaar.comThe University of Central Florida's Spring 2012 CCareer E Expo is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the UCF Arena. For more information or to register, visit www.career.ucf.edu Calendar

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT www.eosun.com Leading the world in all things spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has searched the world-over to create Dragons, a once-in-amillennium event honoring The Year of the Dragon. The cavalcade of circus champions brings together dragon lore with circus feats in a never-before-seen blend of myth and real-life legends. The circus comes to the Amway Center in Orlando from Jan. 12-16. Children of all ages will see acts including Kung Fu Warriors, Cossack riders, Asian elephants and the frenzied Globe of Steel. Glimpses of the elusive Dragon will be seen, but will the dragon emerge from its lair? The Dragons pre-show opens an hour before show time. Tickets are available at ringling.com or ticketmaster. com, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office, 407-440-7900.WinterFest in Daytona BeachThe Daytona Beach Symphony Society, currently celebrating their 60th season of incredible concerts, will present the only fully staged opera to take place in Central Florida this season, and theyve chosen the original bad boy of opera. Don Giovanni is the story of Don Juan, historys most famous lover (and seducer). Its by Mozart, its fully staged, and its one of the greatest operas ever written. Since Mozart conducted the first performance, audiences have found the roguish romancer so intriguing that they root for him even as his dark side takes over. Mozarts Don Giovanni comes to the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach on Jan. 27 with orchestra, sets, costumes and singers drawn from Europes great opera houses. And to make it even better, English supertitles are projected above the stage. Call 386-253-2901 or visit peabodyauditorium.orgVirtuosity takes the stageVirtuoso pianist William Wolfram joins the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Brahms powerful 1st Piano Concerto on Jan. 14 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center in Orlando. Savaged by critics at its first performance, the Concerto has since joined the ranks of the finest of classical music creations. Reflecting Brahms decision to combine the piano with the orchestra as equal partners, award-winning pianist William Wolfram is the perfect pianist to fulfill the composers intent. Call 407-770-0071 or visit orlandophil.orgLes Mis 25th birthdayThe epic Broadway musical Les Miserables celebrates its 25th anniversary as the most successful musical of all time with a brand new production, including new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. The New York Times calls the new version an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish, and NY1TV says this new production actually exceeds the original. The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest. Les Miz is born again. Les Mis will inspire audiences Jan. 17-22 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at OrlandoBroadway.com and at the Orlando box office at 100 South Eola Drive, Suite 101. To charge by phone, call 1-800-9822787. Handpicked by Billy Joel The New Voice of the Amer ican Rock & Roll Songbook, Michael Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in his Broadway musical Movin Out. Evoking a voice and talent to rival the Piano Man himself, Cavanaugh will be joined on-stage by the entire Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bob Carr PAC on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2-8 p.m. Call 407-770-0071 or visit orlandophil.orgThe Art of Missionary Mary Proctor Tallahassee-based Mission ary Mary Proctor is a self-taught African-American artist who has exhibited her work nationally in galleries, festivals and museum exhibits. Her work will be celebrated at the Han nibal Square Heritage Center (in Winter Park) from Jan. 20 to April 21. The exhibit includes work from Ms. Proctors per sonal collection as well as from the collection of the Mennello Museum. Ms. Proctor began her career as an artist by painting on an old door lying in her yard, inspired by Bible scriptures and memories of her childhood. The Hannibal Square Center is at 642 New England Ave. in Winter Park. Call 407-539-2680 or visit hannibalsquareheritage center.orgValentines Day with Andrea Bocelli If you had trouble finding the perfect holiday gift for your sweetheart, then Ive got the perfect gift for Valentines Day. We need a word bigger than superstar for the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who will make a very special Valentines Day weekend appearance at the Amway Center for an evening of romance on Sunday, Feb. 12. The performance will include Bocelli's lushly romantic reper toire of classical arias along with the worlds most famous love songs. This is Bocellis firstever performance in Orlando, and this tenor sells out, so Im alerting you to his performance early. You can buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Amway Center box office, Ticketmaster retail locations, 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com Waterford 415 Woodbury Rd Avalon 12001 Avalon Lake Dr Kids R Kids knows how bright the future is because we see the many accomplishments our kids make each and every day. Our Corporate AdvancED Accredited program and curriculum are written to address the learning styles of each child and build upon those different styles whether they are kinesthetic, auditory or visual. Each teacher is trained to understand the uniqueness every child brings to the classroom and enhance her talents. One decision can brighten your childs future let that decision be Kids R Kids Schools of Quality Learning. Josh Garrick Dragons at the circus A9 Dragons Dragons Les Miserables

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LIFESTYLEFitness programs and gyms: There are also many Orange County Orlando Magic Rec Centers Fitness center memberships are available for $100 a year for ages 18 to 54 and $75 a year for ages 55+ and active military at the Orange County Orlando Magic Rec Centers at Goldenrod Park, South Econ Community Park, which includes use various equip ment, including cardio equipment and weights, basketball courts and lockers and showers. Fitness classes such as zumba, belly dancing, karate, spinning, boxing, yoga, boot camp and more are also open to the public at an additional fee. For more information visit www.OrlandoMagicOC FLgyms.net or call 407-836-6200. Anytime Fitness Anytime Fitness, 2504 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, sets itself apart with access to any of its 1,800 locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also offers tanning, personal training and online tools. For more information, call 407-736-9893 or visit www.anytimetness.com LA Fitness LA Fitness is located in the Waterford Lakes Town Center at 815 Alafaya Trail, Orlando. It offers tons of amenities including, personal training, racquetball courts, bas ketball courts, a pool, group tness classes, a spa, a sauna, a kids club and a juice bar. For more information, call 407-380-1526 or visit www.latness. com Yoga East Yoga East, 3734 E Avalon Park Blvd., Orlando, offers classes including, power yoga, hot yoga and basic yoga, but it also caters to families by offering yoga for ex pecting mothers, Baby Moma Yoga for moms with newborn to toddlers and Kids Play yoga for ages 4-9. For more information, visit www.yogaeastor lando.com or call 407-730-3257. Everything Zen Yoga Everything Zen Yoga, located at 801 Woodbury Road, Orlando, offers a variety of traditional classes including Ashtanga, Hatha, Power, Slow Burn, Vinyasa and Yin. For more information, call 407760-7930 or visit www.everythingze nyoga.com Jennifer A C WardIndependent Advanced Director Phone: 407-273-6047 jenacward@aol.com www.pamperedchef.biz/jenniferward Jennifer A C WardIndependent Advanced Director Phone: 407-273-6047 jenacward@aol.com www.pamperedchef.biz/jenniferward Jennifer A C WardIndependent Advanced Director Phone: 407-273-6047 jenacward@aol.com www.pamperedchef.biz/jenniferward Waterford Runners and Riders Meets the rst and thrid Wednes day of the month to run, ride or walk for fun and heath, at the Waterford Lakes Walking Track at 6:30 p.m. in the summer, 6 p.m. in the fall and spring and 5:30 p.m. in the Winter. For more information on Waterford Runners and Riders visit www.WaterfordRun ners.org Running Club and Triathlon Club Meeting at the Blanchard Park and Avalon Park YMCAs, these groups are for individuals of any tness level from beginners to advanced. Most of their members are relatively inexperi enced in at least one discipline when they join the club. Experience is not required. Tri Club will help you reach your personal tness goals and race goals with weekly swim, bike and run workouts. YMCA has a membership plan for everyone. Join before Jan. 31 and pay $12. For more information, call 407-381-8000. East Side Cycling A cycling club that is divided into four groups based on riding speeds. The clubs primary ride is at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Avalon Park YMCA, 12001 Avalon Lake Drive, Orlando. Membership cost is $25 and the benet includes rides, development and support, social functions, club meetings with cycling specic guest speakers and online so cial networking. For more information, visit www.eastsidecyclingclub.org or email info@eastsidecyclingclub.org Arcadia Acres Park Located on Goldenrod Road in Azalea Park, the 10-acre neighborhood park offers a playground, basketball court and access to the Little Econ Greenway trail. Bithlo Community Park Home to 38 acres, the park is a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cen tral Florida, and features Little League baseball elds, a covered basketball court, community center, shing pond and skate park. Blanchard Park Located in the heart of the East Orlando community, just one mile north of Highway 50 and east of Alafaya Trail, Blanchard Park is 84 acres equipped with picnic areas, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, trails, baseball elds, multipurpose elds, playgrounds and soccer elds. It also parallels the Little Econlockhatchee River, allowing for canoeing, kayaking and shing. The Little Econ Greenway Trail runs through the park, and the Blanchard Park YMCA Family Center is located within the boundar ies of the park. Cady Way Trail This 3.5 mile paved trail extends from Herndon Avenue, near Baldwin Park, north through Winter Park to the Goldenrod area before it connects to the Cross Semi nole trail, and is good for jogging, rid ing and skating. Downey Park East Orlandos offleash dog park is home to a variety of other recreational opportunities. Located at the intersection of Dean Road and Highway 50, the park in cludes a baseball and softball complex, sand volleyball, picnic areas, a play ground and sand beach on the shores of Lake Downey. Engelwood Park Located at 6050 Lake Underhill Road is comprised of 6.8 acres surrounded by the En gelwood neighborhood on the east side of Orlando, and features play ground and picnic facilities. Fort Christmas Park Located in Christmas, just off State Road 50, features 25 acres of picnic areas, a rental pavilion, playgrounds, basketball, tennis courts, sand volleyball and several multipurpose elds. Goldenrod Park Located on Goldenrod Road near Aloma, the park is home to a playground, small pavilion and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Hal Scott Preserve Over 9,000 acres of preserved land and wildlife waiting to be explored on miles of hiking trails that travel along the Econ lockhatchee River. Little Econ Greenway This 7.9mile paved trail runs parallel to the Little Econ River and stretches from Forsyth Road to Alafaya Trail. The trail will eventually extend 10 miles linking the University of Central Florida and the Cross Seminole Trail System. Moss Park This 1,551-acre park in Southeast Orlando off Narcoos see Road, features picnicking, camping, boating, hiking and volleyball. There is a park entrance fee of $1 per person. Orlando Wetlands Park The 1, 650-acre park is home to more than 20 miles of scenic trails in Christmas. The park is closed from October 1 to February 1 each year. Split Oak Forest This 1,800-acre forest in Southeast Orlando is only ac cessible by a hiking trail located within Moss Park and offers exceptional wildlife views. Tosohatchee State Reserve 28,000 acres of the reserve border 19 miles of the St. Johns River in Christ mas. The park offers horseback riding, primitive camping, hiking, biking and swimming. Waterford Lakes Trail an 8/10 of a mile trail located across from Wa terford Lakes Recreation Center with a gazebo and tness equipment. Wedgeeld Park Featuring volley ball, baseball and softball facilities, this park is also home to a playground and picnic area. For more information on parks in the area visit www.cityoforlando.netStaying fit is not always easy, but with a new year upon us, East Orlando offers many ways to serve the communities fit ness needs. Waterford Lakes Trail attracts a steady stream of people every day, and especial ly after the recent renovation by the Waterford Lakes Association. I think it helps build on the communi ty and keeps it strong, President of Waterford Lakes Association Ken Zook said. People use the 8/10 of a mile trail to walk, run, ride their bikes, skateboard and walk their dogs. Trail improvements include more than 200 new palm trees, new asphalt, a new gazebo with benches and matching trash cans, and improve ments to the landscaping and the station ary exercise equipment. This community has a very simple theme work on the things that people see every day, Zook said. Waterford Runners and Riders use the trail every first and third Wednesday. Or ganizer John Tenney said this group is a good place for everyone to start out. If you dont think you can run, this is the place to come, he said. The goal is to have a stress-free place to exercise.Small goalsUCF Fitness Coordinator Ashley Hath cock said the best way to get healthy is to start small. Don't start with huge goals; start small, even with something as simple as avoiding meat on Mondays. Break your big goal into smaller, more manageable goals. Take things one step at a time, she said. Another key to starting a healthly regimen is to set goals, think about why you chose those goals in order to find the drive behind them and then plan out how to achieve them. Schedule in your workouts, and take the time to plan exactly what you are plan ning to eat for the week. Being prepared is the key to success, especially with your diet, Hathcock said. YMCA membership director Rebekah Ball agreed. She said 97 percent of Americans struggle to complete regular exercise each week, even though they know how important it is for their health and wellbeing. Consistency is the key, Ball said. Its about finding out what you enjoy. Perhaps one of the most important things to remember is not to let setbacks sideline a new-founded health regimen. If you do happen to fall off track, it's not the end of the world. Get right back on course, Hathcock said.Staying healthy in East Orlando KrRIstySTY VIckeryCKERY Sun Staff PhotoHOTO byBY meganMEGAN stokesSTOKES Mother and daughter, Diane and Christina LaPella, strolled with their pups at the Waterford Lakes Trail. The duo and several other citizens braved the outdoors despite the chilly temperatures. YMCA Tri Club

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EDUCATIONIts a brisk, bright morning, and moth er-daughter duo Wendy and Emma Tutins are breaking up their day by taking a walk. But it isnt just any walk, its an adventure into a story. It was amazing, Emma, 12, said. The two are taking a StoryWalk in Avalon Park. Each month, in collabora tion with Avalon Park and the Alafaya Branch Library, a featured childrens book is chosen and each page is posted in the windows of 28 Avalon Park business es. Originally created by Anne Ferguson in Vermont, the activity started to catch on in Avalon Park in October, combining physical and mental fitness. Its to promote literacy and fitness together with families by using local re sources through the community, said Stephanie Hodson, marketing manager for Avalon Park Group. Hodson heard about the StoryWalk program, which is usually put on trails outdoors, and thought that she could translate it for the Avalon community perfectly. Families start at the YMCA, get a map to locate the storys pages, a pedometer for their first Walk, and then they go reading. At the end, they get a certifi cate of completion to bring to the Alafaya Branch Library for a special goody bag and their photo on the wall of StoryWalk participants. Teaching toolBecause Tutins is homeschooling Emma, she said the half-mile StoryWalk is a great opportunity to get out of the house, and uses the Walk as a teaching tool. Its especially good for Emma, who has autism and gets to read each page aloud. It helps with her speech, Tutins said. Its also great for her comprehension, and Tutins said that although Emma is autistic, this activity would be a great resource for any child. Theyve done the walk three times now, and Tutins loves taking the book they read and bringing the lesson home. After they read Octo bers book Stone Soup, they purchased a copy and went home and made their own stone soup, with real rocks. They also made soup without stones, which was much more edible, Tutins said with a smile. Emma likes that the story feels like a scavenger hunt, with each page placed in a different window leading her all over town. She gets to wonder what might happen next as she walks, looking for that colorful page hanging up for her to find. She likes to piece it all together, Tu tins said.Being togetherTutins also loves the idea that this ac tivity is something that brings families together, without all the gadgets. No iP ads, phones or computers, a little exercise and fresh air are what make this program special, she said. Its an opportunity to treasure for parents of young children, because when they get older, like her highschoolers, they wont be as avail able. These are times you cant get back, she said. Engage with your children. Hodson and fellow organizer Danielle King agreed. It promotes family bonding, Hodson said. I think it brings everyone together and gives them time to reflect on reading, on exercise and being part of something, said King, branch manager for the Ala faya Library.Community mindedIts also a great opportunity for businesses involved. It brings new faces into stores the community might not have known about, Hodson said. Tutins said she has found new spots to enjoy, and likes treating Emma to a snack during their StoryWalk adventures. They also choose the books to coincide with events in the community. For No vember Pet Show went well with an an imal event in Avalon. In November they got even more community-centered by featuring the book Jessica McGee Wants to be by local author Taina Haiman. Its very unifying for the communi ty, said Judi Rachwitz, who is in member services at the YMCA. $100 to $500 OFFAny Servicewith this ad On Call 24 Hours A DayServing Central Florida Since the s Let Us Handle Your Emergency!Call Our Hotline 877-936-8998 www.EmergencyServices24.comServing Floridas Residential & Commercial Community Since 1990 IMMEDIAT E RESPONSE Whats Your Emergency?CBC057844 F lood l Leaks l Mold l F ire l Storm l Smoke l Roong Present this ad and get up to 1 month FREE(Limited offer on select StoryWalk combines reading and exercise BrRIttTTNI JohOHNsoSON Sun Staff PhotoHOTO byBY brittniBRITTNI johnsonJOHNSON Emma Tutins, 12, right, reads the November StoryWalk story Pet Show. Her mother, Wendy, said its great practice for her autistic daughter. Each month the StoryWalk will feature a new story. Januarys story is Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Start your story adventure at the YMCA in Avalon Park. Learn more

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 EDUCATION Avalon Dance The Performing Arts Company A12 School News Students from Magic Curtain Productions have been accepted into the invitation-only 2012 Junior Theater Festival happening Jan. 13-15 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga. The Junior Theater Festival is the worlds largest musical theatre festival dedicated to groups working with elementary and middle school students. This year the 20 students, aged 9-17, will present Seussical JR. The students have raised much of the money for the trip themselves, doing a fundraiser with Bashful Bliss, selling keychains and necklaces and taking home a rst-place prize of $500 in a group talent contest at the Playground Arts Fest. They also performed a pre-show and collected donations before Magic Curtain Productions main stage show, Grease. The University of Central Floridas Anxiety Disorders Clinic is recruiting children ages 8-17 who need help conquering social phobia and learning how to interact with others. Children may be eligible for free treatment sessions at the clinic, as well as restaurant, miniature golf and bowling outings with children who are comfortable in social situations. Parents who are interested in learning more about the free treatment programs available and whether their children may be eligible can call 407-823-3910. The Anxiety Disorders Clinic also is seeking socially comfortable children to interact with the children with social phobia at the weekly outings. They are paid for their time, and the cost of their outings is covered by the clinic. Participating also counts toward high schools community service requirements. For more information, call 407-8233910. East River rst-time debate members Erin Renwick and Kerriann Roe competed against veteran forensic students and came home with second place trophies in duo interpretation. They competed against schools that have been doing this for years, and scored only three points away from the No. 1 spot. East Rivers Jacky Raasch smoked her completion in the declamation-speaking event. East River scored third place per capita. Valencia College won the inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Announced in a ceremony held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the award comes with $600,000 in prize money. In selecting Valencia as the best community college in America, Aspen ofcials noted that over half of the college's full-time students graduate or transfer within three years of entering the school, a rate signicantly higher than the national average (51 percent versus 39 percent). Sunrise Elementary fth-grader Ashley Voglewede was a winner in the Orange County Green Canvas Challenge Recycling Poster Contest sponsored by the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division. Her slogan was, "Have you bin recycling?" Posters were made for all of Ashley's classmates. She also was awarded $100 for herself and monetary awards were given to the school. Stone Lakes Elementary has started its rst Science Club. Fifth grade teachers Mrs. Katie Polito and Mr. Albert Cervellera organize and provide additional lessons to mirror the big ideas outlined by Orange County and set up hands-on projects for the kids to perform. The program cost and T-shirts, free for students, were made possible by Stone Lakes Principal Ginny Kennerly. "I like that we get to count down. I get really excited that it's a new year." -Andrew, 7 I like to go shopping with my mom to get new stuff like lamps, candles and toys. -D.J., 6 Id say waking up and watching [the ball] go down on the TV. We go over to my aunts house. -Raina, 7 I get to stay up late and hang out with my friends and my brother. At 12 oclock, we do sparklers. -Scott, 6 I like New Years Eve because its the day before the holiday. I like it when the whole year starts over again. -Basil, 6 Spending time with my fam ily. We go out to lunch and go to my cousins house and play with them. -Mason, 6 www.eosun.com

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Its first commu nity contract office, which are smaller post offices run by pri vate citizens, closed in 2005 after the USPS failed to make a good deal with the current contractor. That same year, residents lost the P.O. boxes in the former office. In 2004, though, another contract post office, the one resi dents use now, opened. While the Oviedo USPS branch does inspect it, the office is run and supplied by manager Paris Pa tel and her family. They get no money from USPS. At the end of January, the office closed to update its com puter system and train the two employees, including Patel, on the new system. That process took about three months, and the office reopened in mid-April, unbeknownst to most Chuluota residents. A lot of people dont know we are open, Patel said. Reluctantly using Oviedos ofceThere are no signs pointing residents in the post offices direction, no announcements of reopening, and the only way someone would find out its open is by choosing to visit the gas station in the same strip, also owned by the Patels. Patel said they dont have any money for advertising, and though the USPS said they would try to help, they havent. In the meantime, residents have been driving to Oviedo to use that post office, about six miles away. But they arent pleased with that. Lack of con venience to where they live, cus tomer service, accessibility and ease of parking, and, most of all, the long lines, have been some of the problems Chuluota residents have encountered. I literally bring a book to read in line, Gajownik said. Some said they missed the atmosphere of their hometown branch. Its a sense of community out here, Mary Dall said. Tough businessContract post offices arent an easy business, Patel said. They provide all of their supplies from their own pocket, along with the utilities for the building, which they own. Business has always been slow, but since closing and reopening, its gotten even worse. They only break even. Its a very tough business, Patel said. Were trying hard for it. Business is slow, husband Jay Patel said. We never made a penny yet from that store. That isnt uncommon in this economy and time, when post offices even in busy areas are in jeopardy, and most rural post offices dont make any money. Earlier last year, the USPS an nounced it would potentially close 3,700 offices across the na tion, and ended this fiscal year with a $5.1 billion net loss. Patel said their branch is safe for now. Even though its hard for them to stay open, Patel said she loves her customers and giving them the service they need. She said she doesnt see them clos ing the post office any time soon, and will stay open as long as they can make it work. We are open to help the cus tomers out, Patel said. Its importantAnd while a younger generation might not understand the importance of the post office, Dall said hers still find beauty in the act of sending some love through the mail. She likes sending her grandchildren letters with stickers in the mail, some thing you cant get through email. It really kind of connects us, she said. You want people to have the joy of opening a package.Chuluota post ofce open BrRIttTTNI JohOHNsoSON Sun Staff PhotoHOTO byBY isaacISAAC babcockBABCOCK After closing for a short while in April, the Chuluota Post Ofce has had trou ble attracting customers. The ofce is privately owned by local residents. The Chuluota full-service post ofce is located at 650 S. County Road 419, and can be reached by phone at 407-359-5987. Learn more

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East Orlando Sun Jan. 6 Feb. 2, 2012 BUSINeESS BRENDA: Pamela, Ive seen a lot of new construction going on this year and many communities finishing up their home building. In this economy this is interesting to see. What have you been seeing as a buyers specialist and how does this new construction affect the existing home sales? PAMELA: Yes Ive seen and shown a number of buyers new construction, something I havent done in a while. Buyers are buying new homes even in this economy. If they are relocating from another state or they have purchased their homes a number of years ago they often qualify to purchase a new home. A big factor in the fairly brisk sales of new construction is that the new homes are now priced aggressively and to the market. The builders of the new home projects need to compete with the existing inventory of homes. And the inventory of homes is at a record low for East Orlando in particular. BRENDA: Yes, the resales have been very active driving the inventory down. As of Dec. 21, Avalon Park had only 32 homes for sale. Stoneybrook had 23, Eastwood 15 and Waterford 37. We have also seen homes selling very quickly with multiple offers on homes. In the past three months, 63 homes were sold in Avalon Park, Stoneybrook sold 10, Eastwood sold 19 and Waterford Lakes sold 62 homes. I can see why some buy ers are looking at new homes. New construction offers more energy efficient homes, which result in lower utility bills, something most buyers and homeown ers are concerned with. The new homes are priced competitively with some good builder incentives for the buyers. Buyers can sometimes get more land and the buyers get to choose their own selections to personalize their homes. Another benefit to building a home is that most builders offer financing packages, which include contributing toward the buyers closing costs. So there are a lot of advantages to buying new construction. PAMELA: I have also noticed an increase in buyers that do not want to make a lot of repairs that are required when they purchase a short sale or a bank-owned property. Many buyers want a turn key home and they get just that when they purchase new construc tion. Brenda Kolbrich, CRRS Keller Williams Realty Advantage II Brenda@TopOrlandoHomes.com407-963-6876 Pamela RRehbein, GRRI, AABRR Keller Williams Realty Advantage II pamela@HomeForYourHeart.com407-488-4078 Avalo VALON ChHUrchRCH -Were Your Church! -13460 Tanja King Blvd. in Avalon Park -Sunday Worship 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. -Loving nursery for birth years -Exciting childrens ministry for 3 yearsth grade -Youth service Sunday 6 p.m. -College group Tuesday 7 p.m. -Pastor Dale Brooks -www.avalonchurch.org -407-275-5499 CoONgregatGREGATIoON GesherESHER ShalomHALOM ofOF OrlaRLANdoDO -Bridge of Peace Jews & Gentiles following the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) -Rabbi, Dr. Charles I. 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Religious DDIReECTORY 12301 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 111 Orlando, FL 32828Brenda Kolbrich, Licensed Realtor 407.963.6876www.TopOrlandoHomes.com Brenda@TopOrlandoHomes.comNationally Certified Short Sale Specialist Do you owe more on your home than its worth like so many homeowners in this market?You are personally invited to a FREE SHORT SALE Seminar When: SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Where: 13013 Founders Square in Avalon Park Attorney specializing in Short Sales will be hosting the seminar (No fee) Or call to schedule a private appointment 407-963-6876 Heres why using Brenda and The Kolbrich Group makes sense 1. Well known and respected top real estate professional for over ten years 2. Ranked #3 for Realtors in all of 32828 for highest sales 3. Nationally Certied Short Sale Specialist 4. Homes enhanced on Realtor.com, Zillow.com and over 50 Real Estate Websites 5. Member of the Council of Residential Specialists (only 4% of Realtors nationwide have this designation) **Five Star Customer Service Ratings for three years including 2011**Hundreds of clients over Brendas ten-year real estate career have consistently voted her for the Five Star Customer Service award. Here is what they are saying:Brenda and her team at Keller Williams Advantage II Realty make the process of selling your property stress free. She is very capable of keeping things moving along efciently and keeping you well informed along the way. She provides sound advice to make informed decisions. I appreciated the honesty and professionalism. Chris Miller, Oct. 2011 You accomplished exactly what you said you would, I would be pleased to recommend you to my friends & family in Florida! Dr. J. Borges, 2011 FREE SHORT SALE SEMINAR "Brenda is a joy to work with. You can tell she loves her job and her clients. She worked on our purchase contract even while on vacation with her family. Now that is dedication. Thank you for making our purchase in Avalon Park a breeze!" David & Vicky Smith, 2010 2011s Business of the Year is Publix of Avalon Park. Because of the sheer volume of groups and causes this business supports, the Rotary Business of the Month program has chosen Publix as the business who gave back to the community the most last year. The store is a strong supporter of the six local schools. They support school functions, YMCA youth programs and organizations that help children like March of Dimes and Childrens Miracle Network. More than 1,500 kids toured the store with their school last year. Phillip Wearsch has been the store manager for three years and has worked for Publix for 22 years. Publix is located at 3400 E. Avalon Park Blvd. Orlando. For more information about Publix, call 407-277-1043 or visit Publix.comBusinessYearof theRotary Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Avalon Park, the East Orlando Sun and Pinnacle Awards and Promotions, the Rotary Business of the Month recognizes East Orlando businesses and organizations that are actively involved in their communities and embody the motto of Rotary: Service above self. Winners receive a plaque, a free advertisement in the Sun and a spot in the Downtown Avalon Park Discount Card, which serves all of East Orlando. The Business of the Year is selected from the Businesses of the Month winners. Nominate a business at www. facebook.com/avalonparkrotary. Publix Rotary of Avalon Parks Jim Foulks (left) with Publix of Avalon Park Manager Philip Wearsch. BrendaListing SpecialistPamelaBuyers Specialist N New construction in this market? A142011 Businesses of the Month: Davis Bakery; Publix of Avalon Park; Groom, Grub & Belly Rub; Eastside Bistro; Fairwinds Credit Union; Lowes of Waterford Lakes; Avalon All Star Cuts; Kekes Breakfast Caf; Margaritas Grillwww.eosun.com

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