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ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 PUTNAM PRODUCTION PROMISES FUNThe Windermere High School Theatre Department will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in four performances. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Feb. 22, 23 and 24, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 24, at the high school, 5523 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere. Tickets are $10 for reserved seats and $15 for preferred. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TOWN PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer REAL BLACK TIE GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORWindermere is desperately searching for solutions to its cut-through traffic issues. Despite being a small town of 1.571 square miles and 2,889 residents, about 20,000 vehicles travel through the town on a daily basis. The town is sandwiched between the Butler Chain of Lakes and surrounded Town to fund study to manage increase in cutthrough tracCouncil members hope trac engineering experts will help pinpoint options.SEE TOWN PAGE 5 A bushel and a peck Family, friends remember Nicolas Lott. PAGE 4. Audience members were taken on a trip back in time to the 1950s as Dr. Phillips High School theater students took their production of Guys and Dolls to the stage last week. Students bopped, boogied and hand-jived their way through the Broadway classical tale of love, luck and craps. SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWSee inside for our exclusive preview of Windermere-area softball, baseball and lacrosse. SEE 11.OBSERVER STAFFThree West Orange-area schools were placed on lockdown and another two experienced other incidents last week. The lockdowns took place Friday, Feb. 16, at Windermere High, Gotha Middle and Thornebrooke Elementary. Windermere High was placed on lockdown following reports of a Three area schools placed on lockdown last weekTwo days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Windermere High, Gotha Middle, and Thornebrooke Elementary all were placed on lockdown.SEE THREE PAGE 4 Nathan Diaz, left, played the role of a Crapshooter as he held shopping bags for Aubree Fisher, who played a Hot Box Girl. Jesse Valcich played Sky Masterson, while Sophia Flint played the role of Sarah Brown. Flint was the understudy for the role. MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 9BY ERIC GUTIERREZOrlando rolls out the red carpet for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospitals gala. PAGE 7. VOLUME 3, NO. 20


2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 321.841.9690Next-Day Appointments Available for New Patients When it comes to your heart, you deserve to be in the very best hands. Orlando Health has an entire institute dedicated to collaborative care to create the best treatment plan for you. When you choose Orlando Health Heart Institute, you choose an experienced team of cardiovascular experts equipped with the latest technology and committed to keeping you healthy. And with Central Florida, you have convenient outpatient services right in your own community. Choose a team dedicated to heart health 263923 Same day Appointments available for new and 266029 Pediatricians Erika Diogene, D.O. Phone: 407-770-1414 1583 E. Silver Star Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761 www.GrowingTogetherPeds.comOpen: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm THURSDAY, FEB. 22SPARKLE LIKE A UNICORN 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Fantastical fun awaits with stories and crafts. Celebrate the unique, magical and mystical unicorn. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323. VAN GOGH LECTURE 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. This lecture will discuss Vincent Van Goghs life and paintings and will delve into his legacy. Practically unknown during his lifetime and having sold only one painting during his brief career, Van Gogh is now admired as a master of Modern Art. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members and $15 for others. Reservations can be made at or by calling (407) 347-7996.FRIDAY, FEB. 23LENTEN FISH FRY 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the Parish Hall of Resurrection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Winter Garden. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The menu includes baked or fried cod, french fries, vegetables, cole slaw, hush puppies, drink and dessert. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children. (407) 656-3113.SATURDAY, FEB. 24BLUE HIKE PADDLE TOUR OF LAKE APOPKA 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 24, starting at Magnolia Park, 2929 S. Binion Road, Apopka. Join Oakland Nature Preserve President Jim Peterson for a guided paddle tour of Lake Apopka. Paddlers must wear a life jacket and should bring sunscreen, eyewear, hat and water. No inatable kayaks. Register and reserve kayaks at UNBOUND: ALTERED BOOKS WORKSHOP 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Unleash your inner artist by deconstructing and rebuilding a used/ discarded book to create a memory book or art journal. The library will provide the materials, but feel free to bring any pictures, mementos or found objects to include in your work of art. Taught by artist JJ Dennis. Ages 15 and up. Seating is limited. Registration required. SUNDAY, FEB. 25BASILICA CHOIR AND BRASS PATRIOTIC CONCERT 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Road, Orlando. The Choir and Brass Ensemble will present a special concert titled From Sea to Shining Sea as part of the Basilicas concert series. The choir will present a variety of sacred and secular music by composers Bach, Copland and others, as well as popular favorites such as Battle Hymn of the Republic, Let There be Peace On Earth and a medley of armed services anthems. The singers in the choir are all professional musicians in the Orlando area and are under the direction of Dr. William Picher. Admission is $25 for adults and free for children younger than 12. Tickets are available online at concerts/ or by calling (407) 239-6600. LIVE FROM NEW YORK 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Rosen JCC, 11184 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. Cornerstone Hospice is sponsoring this afternoon of music and comedy, which features screen and stage legends Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Tickets are $18 for the public, $15 for JCC members and $10 for Chai Steppers and are available at the welcome center or by calling (407) 387-5330.TUESDAY, FEB. 27SOUTHWEST BOOK CLUB 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. This months selection is The Leavers by Lisa Ko. This debut novel follows the life experiences of a Chinese youth, Deming, after his undocumented immigrant mother fails to return home. Adopted and renamed Daniel, Deming struggles to reconcile his new life. Ages 18 and older are welcome to attend. No registration needed. For more information, call (407) 835-7323 or email, MARCH 2SEUSSAPALOOZA 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Celebrate the world of Dr. Seuss with carnivalstyle fun lled with whimsical stories, activities and more. Ages 2 to 4. (407) 835-7323.. LENTEN FISH FRY 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Parish Hall of Resurrection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Winter Garden. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The menu includes baked or fried cod, french fries, vegetables, cole slaw, hush puppies, drink and dessert. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children. (407) 656-3113.MONDAY, MARCH 5CAROL BURNETT TRIVIA CONTEST 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Carol Burnett broke new ground as the rst female host of a TV variety show. Ages 13 and older. Registration required at (407) 835-7323. YOUR CALENDAR


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 3 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERA love of singing is what inspired third-grader Gaspard Decoster and fourth-grader Mariam Gharibyan to join Bay Lake Elementary Schools Lyrical Lions. Little did they know that that decision would put them at center ice at the Amway Center just a few months later. The first-year music club students joined their fellow Lyrical Lions in singing the national anthem at the Orlando Solar Bears Feb. 21 game. The thing I like most about chorus is the singing and (playing) the recorder, Decoster said. I joined chorus by getting this sheet of paper in my mailbox in my class I showed it to my mom and said I wanted to join. My favorite part of chorus is I get together with all my friends and we can come here and sing together and play our recorders together, Gharibyan said. Last year, I wanted to join, and I was too late, so I couldnt join. So this year, I got the paper and my mom filled it out for me so I was able to come here and join the chorus. When asked if how they felt about singing at the Solar Bears game, the two expressed their excitement. Im not shy, Decoster said. I love to sing and I love to sing in front of people. I love to sing too, (but) Ive never be been in front of a crowd singing, Gharibyan said. Im really excited, but Im nervous too. Bay Lake Elementary Schools Music Teacher Meredith Barnes contacted the Solar Bears to inquire about getting her students some time in the spotlight. I have had other music teachers whove done it, and they gave good feedback, Barnes said. Were very excited. The kids are really looking forward to it. Barnes said her chorus students in the past have gotten to perform at places such as the Hyatt Hotel at Walt Disney World. This school is brand new, so there have not been a whole lot (of performances) yet, Barnes said. Were going to probably do this (event) again. Were looking at Orlando Magic, more hotels, and I would like to do Light Up Mt. Dora. Currently, the Lyrical Lions has about 60 students. Students who not only get to sing but also enjoy an introduction to the world of music. Students learn how to play a number of instruments such as the recorder, xylophone and drum.Lyrical Lions sing national anthem for Solar BearsDANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITOR ORANGE COUNTY To put students first, teachers cannot be last. Just let me teach. Educators deserve better! These were just a few of the signs carried by parents, teachers and community members during a rally organized by the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association Tuesday, Feb. 13. Dozens gathered outside the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center for a rally in which they called for autonomy, planning time, reasonable workloads, higher pay and other working conditions. Glyniss Hudson, a chemistry teacher at West Orange High, attended the rally to show her solidarity and support for better working conditions. She noted that many of the districts achievements and awards are due in large part to the contribution from and hard work of the teachers. Its the work that we do afterhours; its the tutoring we do so they dont have to pay anyone to come in for tutoring; its the monitoring we do, Hudson said. All of the achievements that Orange County got is because it came from us. Think about this: If all the administrators are gone that day from the school, teachers can still pull kids in and teach them. But if all the teachers are gone, youve got about 11 administrators and 2,800 kids. What are they going to do? Parent Daisy Mitchell, whose sign read Time to clean house, said the only solution is replacing many high-level administrators and School Board members. Anyone who holds a leadership position, who has been indoctrinated and have lost their way and only see our children as data points to see how well schools will do on the almighty FSA instead of standing (up) to legislators, the Board of Education in the state of Florida and Jeb Bushs Foundation for Excellence in Education is what ultimately led to the community rally, Mitchell said. I do commend Linda Kolbert for encouraging fellow board mem bers to meet with local and state policymakers. We need board members that hold no political ambitions and have the courage to stand up to the bullies in Tallahassee. As OCCTA activists, teachers and parents marched in front of the building and chanted with their signs in hand, they received many honks of support from passing motorists including from a Lynx bus. Inside the School Board meeting, OCPS Chairman Bill Sublette refuted the outcry by ensuring teachers that the district Teachers rally for better work conditionsTeachers, parents and community activists joined the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association last week before the Orange County School Board meeting to rally for better working conditions.has not let up on the fight to increase teacher pay and reduce testing strains. This war is fought mightily to increase pay; we have taken on the Legislature over the lack of funding for teacher pay, he said. We have gone to the voters not once, not twice, not three times, but four times asking the voters of this county to pass taxes to support school construction and also to support an additional local-option one mill, which most counties in the state in fact, virtually all of them dont have so we can provide higher raises and pay raises for our teachers. Our No. 1 priority is teacher pay, and we all believe fervently that our teachers are underpaid, Sublette said. Even in the height of the recession, when other school districts were cutting pay and cutting teachers, we made sure that we still put some extra dollars in our teachers pockets and made sure that we didnt fire a single teacher. Sublette went on to address the issue of testing mandates. He reminded protesters that such mandates and classroom observations are state statute and the district is required to administer the test. We have dramatically scaled back and eliminated almost every local-option test that we have and that we can, he said. Thats particularly galling, especially (when) weve been the tip of the spear in fighting over testing mandates from Tallahassee and from the federal government. But Hudson and many other rally participants are still frustrated with the emphasis placed on testing in schools. Were constantly being told, Well, the kids have to graduate and the kids have to do this and the kids have to do that, she said. Well, OK, thats fine, but we have to eventually teach the kids. So now, were trying to teach kids for a test that comes a month early and if the kids fail it, its going to affect our VAM scores, so now we dont even get paid like were supposed to. It affects our pay. We have families, we have bills like everybody else. Somewhere in there theyve lost respect for the teachers, Hudson said. They had better get it back because while we are a valuable asset now, we could be a very costly value later.Danielle HendrixParent Daisy Mitchell, District 7 School Board candidate Eric Schwalbach and education activist Heather Mellet were part of the demonstration. Courtesy photoBay Lake Elementary School Music Teacher Meredith Barnes took her music club students, the Lyrical Lions, to perform the National Anthem at Wednesdays Orlando Solar Bears game.


4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR Fifteen-year-old Nicolas Lott was the adventurous type who lived for adrenaline, the love of his family and friends and as those closest to him would know his cherished bottles of Log Cabin Syrup. Described as vivacious, friendly, intelligent and athletic, Nick was not afraid to try anything new, which he demonstrated with his penchant of coming home every so often with injuries and fractures. I met him in Bible class, and I was like, This kid is so cool, and then the next day I saw him with a cast on his arm, said Trase Shelton, 16, who met Nick in seventh grade and instantly become best friends. When I asked, he told me he broke it playing football. Despite the frequent injuries, Nick could not be contained at home or successfully persuaded to stick to tamer sports with a lower risk of injuries, such as golf or tennis, said Nicks mother, Gina Lott. He also played football; he liked all the sports you might get hurt in, Gina Lott said. He played tennis for a while, and then he just decided it wasnt that exciting. He played golf and was really good at it, but he thought it was boring. To satiate his appetite for fun, Nick instead played lacrosse on his schools team, went snowboarding with his dad on annual ski trips to Colorado, skateboarded with his friends and played basketball. A FREESPIRITED GOOFBALL Born Sept. 28, 2002, Nick was a freshman at Windermere High School when he died following head injuries sustained during a jet-ski accident Sunday, Feb. 11, on Lake Whitney. As one who lived life as a freespirit with a constant smile on his face, Nick always was surrounded by friends and left behind several broken hearts. I dont think he knew it, but everyone was so drawn to him, Shelton said. He was a huge leader, and people always followed him around. He always had a smile on his face at school and everywhere. He was always happy. Nicks father, Michael Lott, described Nick as a sweet and considerate boy who never judged others and embraced everyone with open arms and a smile. He was such a good kid, Michael Lott said. He was an even better kid than we knew. Weve been talking to a lot of his friends, and he had so many different types of friends. Nick didnt judge anybody. Nick also did not care much for being judged. Being a silly kid who easily grew bored, he launched a comedic YouTube channel with his best friend Shelton called Advanced Food Review, which involved the consumption and critique of food items, and even non-food items. One time, he sprayed Sheltons Hugo Boss cologne into his mouth. NICKS LAW Antics such as those, combined with his charming personality, are what earned Nick the strong support of the community and a memorial wall at Windermere High filled with notes and flowers. Theres a big stucco wall at the school, and the kids started to put flowers and reminders of Nick on the wall, Michael Lott said. And they started to sign the wall. But the school said they cant sign the wall, so the school put some paper up to let them sign that instead. But the kids refused to sign the paper and continued signing the wall. The school has stated it will have to paint the wall, leading students to start a petition, added Michael Lott. The school has now suggested placing a friendship bench in the schools courtyard dedicated to Nick. The commitment of his school peers to keep his memory alive is appreciated by his parents, who also wish to honor his memory by petitioning state legislators to create a new law. I want to pass a law, and Im not going to stop until I do, said Gina Lott. Im going to call it Nicks Law. I think we should make it so that anyone under age 18 is required to wear a helmet whenever theyre participating in a water sport, because I think if Nick had a helmet on, he would still be here. Michael Lott is ready to assume the work it will take to implement the law. He firmly believes it would be well worth it both for Nick and others. Its just a little thing, Michael Lott said, referring to the idea of Nicks Law. But maybe it can help save someone else. threatening call, Principal Doug Guthrie reported via Facebook. Guthrie announced the lockdown at about 11:10 a.m. At about 11:30, Guthrie wrote the lockdown was lifted. Every classroom was checked, he wrote. Every hallway and bathroom was checked to verify that there was no threat on our campus. Orange County Public Schools spokeswoman Shari L. Bobinski wrote in an email that the threat was called into law enforcement. Jeff Williams, public information officer with the Orange County Sheriffs Office, said the incident is still under investigation. I cant give the specific details of the threat yet, Williams said. But we felt it to be a very serious threat. Were taking things very seriously. We did a room-by-room and building-by-building search of the school. The lockdown was the third at Windermere High since the school opened in August. Nearby, Gotha Middle and Thornebrooke Elementary were placed on lockdown following reports of three suspicious males in the 9900 block of Eighth Street in Gotha. Sheriffs Office officials reported one of the individuals appeared to be carrying a firearm. Deputies responded to the area and located the individuals, who were carrying airsoft guns. Although Ocoee High was not placed on lockdown, Principal Laura Beusse issued a statement to parents regarding a threat made against the school. School administration became aware of a possible threat made against our school on social media, she said. We take these matters very seriously. Law enforcement and district police are working with the Apopka Fire Department to find out who posted the hoax. The threat is not credibly. Parents, please assist us in talking to your child about making good choices, Beusse said. We understand students may have different reactions to the tragedy in South Florida. Pranks or innuendo will not be taken lightly and can have serious ramifications, including Code of Conduct violations or even legal charges. The well-being and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. An incident also occurred at a fifth West Orange-area school last week. A Lakeview Middle School student was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 14, after a physical altercation with another student, Principal Gracemarie Howland reported to parents via ConnectED, the districts communication system. OCPS district officials did not respond to multiple requests seeking information regarding more details of this incident. Three schools locked down Community remembers Nick Lott The 15-year-old was a freshman at Windermere High School when he died from head injuries following a jet-ski accident Sunday, Feb. 11. I want to pass a law, and Im not going to stop until I do. Im going to call it Nicks Law. I think we should make it so that anyone under age 18 is required to wear a helmet whenever theyre participating in a water sport, because I think if Nick had a helmet on, he would still be here. Gina Lott WINDERMERE OBSERVER The Windermere Observer (USPS 687-120) is published weekly for $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County) by the Observer Media Group, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787. Periodical postage paid at Winter Garden, Florida. POSTMASTER send address changes to the Windermere Observer 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787. Observer Media Group Inc. 1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468 Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David Beliles Publishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life, Season Magazine and Baldwin Park Living If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944 CONTACT US The Windermere Observer is published once weekly, on Thursdays. It provides subscription home delivery. The Windermere Observer also can be found in commercial locations and at our oce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden. 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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 5 by ongoing development of residential neighborhoods and commercial centers located in other jurisdictions, resulting in limited options for how to manage the traffic. When people ask me, What are you going to do about the traffic, my answer is usually nothing because theres nothing we can do, said Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith. Because were experiencing all the traffic from all the new development thats outside of our jurisdiction and were stuck in between a chain of lakes and theres really nothing that we can do. According to Smith and previous traffic studies conducted in the town, there has been an increase of traffic on the roadways. The traf fic, presumably, comes from vehicles using Main Street and Sixth Avenue to cut through the town to head north or south. However, the unwanted traffic also is spilling over onto the towns residential roadways during peak traffic hours, as noted by the Windermere Police Departments traffic radar logs. To minimize cut-through traffic, the town added signage on some roadways allowing only local traffic during certain times of the day. But the signage has proven to be unenforceable. In response, the towns Long Range Planning Committee discussed the issue and made a recommendation to the Town Council to hire a traffic engineering firm to get a better understanding of the issue and look at both short-and long-term options for minimizing cut-through traffic and improving flow in the town. The (LRP) discussed it at length in its last meeting and made the recommendation to fund a traffic study that would look at not only where the cut-through traffic is occurring ... but also where this traffic is coming from, Smith said. They have a technology that can figure out where the traffic originates from. If we track that infor mation, we can take it to Orange County to bolster our argument. The town ultimately decided to approve the recommendation. Smith added the traffic study, estimated to cost between $40,000 to $50,000, will examine which roadways would make the most sense to either make a one-way or have partially blocked, without impeding solid waste, mail and emergency services. WASTE PRO RECYCLING DENIEDLast year, Orange County, which never had charged for recycling, implemented a $42 per-ton fee of all recyclable materials brought to its facilities. Tim Dolan, regional vice president of Waste Pro of Florida Inc., attended the Feb. 13 Town Council meeting to request the town reimburse Waste Pro for the increase in recycling costs. The town is currently paying Waste Pro $260,331 per year for its residential and commercial trash and recycling pickup services. According to terms detailed in the towns contract with Waste Pro, Waste Pro was required to make a written request for any increase to those annual fees at least 90 days before Oct. 1, 2017, But Dolan hoped Waste Pro and the town could share the financial burden, despite not having given notice by the deadline. Council members unanimously denied Dolans request because they already had completed and approved the budget and would have had to either pull the money from the towns contingency reserves or charge the taxpayers retroactively. rfntbrfn rfnt r t fnntbnntb 250526 rfntbrfn rfnt r t fnntbnntb Scan the QR code to RSVP for Open House or to schedule your personal tour or email admissions@therstacademy.orgThe First Academy is celebrating record enrollment! 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To tackle the stormwater drainage improvements planned for First Avenue and Forest Street, the council chose to award a construction contract to All State Paving & Site Development Inc., for $566,889, which oered the lowest bid proposal out of the six prospective contractors.When people ask me, What are you going to do about the trac, my answer is usually nothing because theres nothing we can do. Because were experiencing all the trac from all the new development thats outside of our jurisdiction and were stuck in between a chain of lakes and theres really nothing that we can do. Windermere Town Manager Robert SmithTown Council tackles tracCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.comVisit us at rfnftfb 267780


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Orlando Ballet: Lovers Ball. 8 The Wonderwomen Club: Valentines Luncheon. ONLINE St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital doesnt bill its patients and their families for treatment. Rather, it relies on donors for funding. And on Sunday, Feb. 18, hundreds of generous donors from throughout Central Florida came to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando for an elegant evening complete with food, fun and entertainment all to support the mission of St. Jude. The third annual St. Jude Orlando fundraising gala, emceed by WESH 2 News anchors Jason Guy and Michelle Imperato, included live and silent auctions, dinner and a cocktail hour. DANIELLE HENDRIX Ivette Blanco, Claudine Gault, Gidget Keller, Stephanie Carter, Sharon Wul, Liz Velez, Mary Haag and Julie Keotahlian looked lovely. Above: Joe Geagea, Dr. Carlos Coln, Alejandro ColnRivero, Alaina Little, Janice Coln and Ann Geagea chatted as they browsed the silent auction. Right: Anne Gordon, Keri Barnes and Laura and Dan Parkins were happy to support St. Jude. Michael and Karla Radka are proud supporters of St. Jude because their son, Christopher, is a research scientist there. WESH 2 News anchors Jason Guy and Michelle Imperato were happy to meet St. Jude patient Zane Arnold, 11, and his sister, Caroline, 3.Show me my way in life, and I will build you a shrine ONLINESee more photos at


8 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 255193 267595 263938 REAL BLACK TIEOrlando Ballets Lovers Ball The Orlando Ballet Company and School put on a romantic show full of drinks and dancing for its rst Lovers Ball. The event, held Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Loch Haven Park Neighbor hood Center, had the ballet members dress their best, don theatrical masks and hit the dance oor to mingle and pose for photos. Money raised at the ball will benet the companys operations; it hopes to construct a new building in the future. HARRY SAYER Dustin Becker and dancer Albert Blanco turned heads. Above: Ballet dancers had a blast at the end of the night. Left: Artistic Director Robert Hill was proud to show o the event. ONLINESee more photos at


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A longtime resident of Winter Garden, Florida, Betty was born July 4, 1933 in Sarasota, Florida, the daughter of Acca Mitchell Loflin and Milton Hill Loflin. Betty graduated from Sarasota High School and attended the University of Florida and Florida Southern College. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. Betty was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Winter Garden, where she taught Sunday School and led Bible studies for many years. She worked as an administrator for Bealls department stores. Betty loved spending time with her family and enjoyed traveling with her husband, Bill. She is survived by her daughter, Sara Geltz (Ted); and daughterin-law, Jan; grandchildren, Tad Geltz (Erika), Mitchell Geltz (Ashlee), Adam Geltz (Amanda), Will Hawthorne (Aly), Laura Hawthorne and John Hawthorne. She is also survived by seven greatgrandchildren, Hadlee, Hardison, Aubrey, Pallen, Mattie, Miller and Heidi. She is predeceased by her husband, William Bill, and her son, Claude. Graveside service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Health Central Park, Attn. Administration, 411 N. Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787. WEST ORANGE OBITUARIES NANCY DUDLEYDIED SATURDAY, FEB. 17, 2018.Nancy Dudley, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at the age of 93. She was the youngest of five children born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, to Wade and Mamie Pile. She entered McMurray College for Women at the start of World War II. Despite the absence of men, she and her lifelong friends created their own all-girl dances and mixers, as well as a few campus high jinks. Following graduation, Nancy moved to Scott County, Kentucky, and began her career as a County Home Demonstration Agent. She taught hundreds of women the fine art of domestic sciences, including many a new bride with no cooking or sewing skills. Her landlady introduced her to Harry Dudley, the towns newest eligible bachelor. Mistaking his Southern charm as disingenuous, Nancy was not initially impressed by his wit and gentility. However, the stars aligned, Nancy came to her senses, and she married Harry on June 11, 1952. Nancy left her job to become a homemaker, a career for which she had trained so many other women. Her life with Harry took them to several places, finally relocating in DeLand, Florida. The 18 years spent in DeLand were among her favorites. She and Harry raised three children there. Nancy was active in the Presbyterian church nursery school and was a volunteer elementary school nurse, or Gray Lady (the uniform color). She and Harry were known as the consummate host and hostess. Especially memorable were their annual Christmas Eve parties. Nancy and Harry moved their family to Winter Garden, Florida, in 1978. Nancy continued to live there after Harrys death in 2001 and moved to Inverness, Florida, in 2003 to be closer to her son, Robert. In 2017, she moved to Amelia Island with her eldest daughter, Katherine. Nancy spent her final months surrounded by family and the sounds of the ocean she loved. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her children, Katherine Dudley Hoehn, Fernandina Beach, Robert Dudley (Chris), Inverness, Ruth Dudley Burkey (Paul), Greeneville, Tennessee; and nine grandchildren, Matt (Jen) Hoehn, St. Charles, Missouri, Robert (Liz Yearsley) Hoehn, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Emily Dudley, Inverness, Anna Dudley, Boston, Massachusetts, Dan (Mary) Burkey, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Hunter (Jessamine) Burkey, Fairbanks, Alaska, Martha Grace Burkey Moore (Michael), Alexandria, Virginia, and Thomas and Nancy Katherine Burkey, Greeneville, Tennessee. She also leaves three greatgrandchildren, Henry Hoehn, and Lydia and Alice Yearsley-Hoehn. A small memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 in Deland, Florida. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Nancys love for nature, the family requests donations be made in her name to Oakland Nature Preserve in Oakland, Florida, oaklandnaturepreserve. org.


To advertise or subscribe email or call 407-656-2121 Sponsored in part by... Facebook .... Observer Preps Twitter ......... @ObserverPreps Instagram ... @observerpreps Follow Your School... Photo galleries Interviews Recruiting Videos & more 267575 SPORTSFEBRUARY 22, 2018OBSERVER PREPS 2018 SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWPLAY BALL! It seems like just a couple weeks ago that Central Floridians were layering to weather some unusually cold days, but here we are in late February and high-school spring sports have arrived. The following pages include a rundown on what to know for varsity baseball, softball and lacrosse here in Southwest Orange. FA soccers run ends in regional nalThe best season in program history for the Foundation Academy boys soccer team came to a close last week in the FHSAA Class 1A, Region 1 Final, which the Lions hosted Feb. 14 against Tallahassees Maclay High. After a tight rst half, Foundation trailed 2-1 at halftime. However, the Lions could not keep pace with their visitors in the second half, ultimately falling 6-2. Maclay also won its state seminal game and will play for the FHSAA Class 1A State Championship Feb. 22. Despite the loss, Foundation can be proud of a 15-4 record, the programs rst district title and its rst playo victories. Juan Pablo Ruiz scored a team-high 18 goals this season, while Daniel Garcia amassed a whopping 127 goals and nine shut outs in goal.Two boys hoops teams advance District tournaments for boys basketball took place last week, whittling what had been ve hoops squads in Southwest Orange down to two. Dr. Phillips punched its ticket to the playos in the Class 9A, District 5 Tournament beat ing rival Olympia in the district seminal Feb. 14. The Panthers fell in the district nal to Oak Ridge, though, meaning senior standout Daniel Love and company will head to Tampa Feb. 22 to take on Alonso High in the regional quarternals. Two more local teams met in a district seminal Feb. 14 with a playo spot on the line, as Windermere Prep and The First Academy squared o in the Class 5A, District 6 Seminal at Trinity Prep. Rahsaan Lewis scored a game-high 33 points to elevate the Lakers, who later lost the district nal and will be on the road Feb. 22 against Trinity Catholic in the regional quarternals. A recap of the Lakers win over the Royals is available at by Steven RyzewskiWindermere High baseball players Grant Greca, left, Dayton Romig and Diego Chavez are eager to create a legacy just as softball players Olivia Lovins, left, Katie Benedict and Faith Campopiano are. Baseball preview. SEE PAGE 12 | Softball preview. SEE PAGE 13 | Lacrosse preview. SEE PAGE 14


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Varsity baseball season is upon us in West and Southwest Orange, and to help fans get up to speed for the 2018 season we have 10 questions one for each of the 10 teams Observer Preps covers in the area.1 WHO WILL BE THE NEW ACE FOR CFCA?If the Eagles are going to return to the playoffs, they will have to do so without former ace Nick Peterson, who graduated in 2017. Veteran coach Larry Oldham will need to locate a new ace to anchor his staff and CFCA will have to decrease its runs allowed from where it was (8.9 runs per game) in 2017.2 IS A TALENTED ROSTER FOR DR. PHILLIPS READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP?The Panthers have a core group of Division I signees, commits and prospects that has veteran coach Mike Bradleys program poised to make leap forward. Georgia Tech signee Cort Roedig anchors the rotation and senior N.C. State signee August Haymaker gets it done for Dr. Phillips at the plate and as a closer on the mound. The Panthers also get pop in the order from leadoff man Hamzah Nobles (hit .447 last spring) and twosport standout Brandon Fields.3 CAN THE FIRST ACADEMY BOOK A TRIP TO FORT MYERS?Last spring, the Royals won their district and advanced to the regional finals of the Class 4A Playoffs, where they lost a heartbreaker. This year, although they lost fourth-round draft pick (Cin cinnati Reds) Cash Case to gradu ation, they have eight returning starters and one of the best pitchers in the nation in North Carolina commit Joseph Charles, a junior. Along with Charles, senior trio Kendrick Calilao, Dakota Grove and Raymond Fields have their sights set on advancing even fur ther.4 WHO WILL STEP UP FOR FOUNDATION ACADEMY?If the Lions are going to make the regional playoffs for the first time since 2013, the program will need to replace sev eral important seniors from last years squad. Derreck Santiago is back for his second season as the Lions coach and has high hopes for Foundation Academy this spring. Junior Elias Cabral should make an immediate impact, and returners Ty English, Nate Wilk erson and Abner Hidalgo all will be critical to the Lions success.5 ARE DOUBLEDIGIT WINS POSSIBLE FOR LEGACY CHARTER?In their first season as a program, the Eagles went 7-18 and, in 2017, they improved to 9-17. Doubledigit wins will be a reasonable goal for the team and senior Gehrig Chambless, a signee at Minnesotas Vermilion College, will look to lead the way. Joining him will be West Orange transfer Dalton Cantrell, a senior prospect head coach Jack Chambless believes has the potential to play in col lege.6 WILL OCOEE BUILD UPON ITS SUCCESS FROM 2017?A home run by Bubba Sangster in the district semifinals last spring helped propel the Knights to their first playoff berth. Unfor tunately, Sangster has graduated, and college prospect Hylan Hall has transferred, leaving Ocoee in search of a new ace and a new big bat in the lineup. Ethan Long should be the leading candidate to be the Knights No. 1 in their rota tion, while Caleb Andreus and Colin Hall will anchor the teams batting lineup.7 CAN OLYMPIA MAKE ITS RETURN TO REGIONALS IN 2018?The Titans made the playoffs in five out of six seasons from 2010 through 2015, but missed the postseason in consecutive sea sons in 2016 and 2017 the productive of competing in one of the most competitive districts in the Diamond days have arrived: 10 teams, 10 questionsSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORBASEBALL PREVIEWstate. Junior Jeslyn Whitehead will anchor Olympias rotation after leading the team in wins in 2017 and also should be one of the teams more reliable bats (he hit .359 last spring). Jacob Drury also promises to be an important part of the Titans rotation this spring.8 HOW WILL THE FIRST SEASON OF A NEW ERA FOR WEST ORANGE GO?Not only have the Warriors graduated seven college prospects from their 2017 team that advanced to the Class 9A Region 1 Finals, but also they have a new head coach for the first time since 2005. Graig Smith has replaced longtime coach Jesse Marlo. Working in Smiths favor is his familiarity with the program nearly all of the players on the varsity squad played for Smiths junior varsity squad. The Warriors also have Ole Miss signee Doug Nikhazy to anchor a strong rotation.9 WHATS THE CEILING FOR WINDERMERE IN YEAR ONE?Head coach Eric Lassiter came over to start the program at Windermere with the hopes of building a powerhouse in Southwest Orange. Already, it appears the Wolverines have an impressive pitching staff, anchored by Noah Janney, Carson Crossley, Palmer Buttock, Matt Devarona and others. If Windermere can find a lineup that produces runs, it may be a team to watch this spring.10 HOW MUCH WILL WINDERMERE PREP IMPROVE IN YEAR TWO UNDER KEITH WALSH?The Lakers went 11-16 in 2017, the first season after a crop of highprofile Division I signees had graduated and also the first season under a new coach in Keith Walsh. Led by two-sport standout Mason Russell and senior Michael Bacica, this years Windermere Prep squad will be young again, but anything could happen in its four-team district. Bacica, a University of South Carolina signee, will anchor the Lakers rotation. 2017 REWINDFour area teams made the postseason in 2017 Dr. Phillips, The First Academy, Ocoee and West Orange with the Royals and Warriors also adding district titles to their respective collections. DP and Ocoee each lost in the regional quarter nal round of their respective classications, while West Orange and TFA both advanced to the regional nals where they each lost heartbreakers one game short of making it to state. File photosBrendan Riley and the Olympia Titans are hoping to return to the playos for the rst time since 2015. The Dr. Phillips baseball team celebrated its new locker room facility ahead of the 2018 season and the Panthers are hopeful there will be more to celebrate when the season is completed. ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 13 To our customers and associates for donating $6.4 million to Food For All in 2017, which helped alleviate hunger and food insecurity in our communities.To learn more about how Publix supports our communities, visit A SPECIAL 262482 h in the NEW Hamlin town center area near the Independence Publix RSVP AT: 264535 The action on local softball diamonds this spring is highlighted by unknowns from the new program at Windermere High to what we can expect out of Dr. Phillips and Olympia. Here are some storylines to watch as these young ladies hit the field this spring.WINDERMERE STARTS FROM SCRATCHIf West Orange is a bit of a wildcard this spring, then the program for the school built to relieve the Warriors upstart Windermere is a full-fledged unknown. The Wolverines have talent Eileen Hannigan, Windermeres first coach and a veteran of the national travel ball scene, praised the teams athleticism and versatility but do not have seniors or a ton of varsity experience. How steep the learning curve is for this squad should determine whether it can surprise some folks by seasons end.CONTINUITY AT DR. PHILLIPSThis will be the third year that the Panthers young core, anchored by junior pitcher Raychel Trocki, has been together. That core also includes senior catcher Hannah Eden, as well as juniors Katie Kelly, Deija Benn and Tiare Kong. They helped tie the school record for wins in a season in 2017 with 19. Dr. Phillips nearly made the playoffs in 2017, falling 4-2 to Lake Nona in the district semifinals, but the Panthers will likely need some added pitching behind Trocki to help get them over the hump and back in the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Dr. Phillips also will need a new leader, as last seasons leader shortstop Nini Underwood graduated.OVERLOOK OLYMPIA AT YOUR OWN EXPENSEThe Titans have just one play off appearance to the programs credit, but they are a team to keep an eye on in a year where their district is wide-open. After going 13-11 in 2017, Olympia has FAU commit Caryssa Orland back to anchor the Titans batting lineup, along with Grace Turner and Casey Heinle. Transfer Antwane Mitchell will look to add some pop to that lineup, while freshman Cameryn Orland is regarded as one of the top freshmen in the state by FloSoftball.SOFTBALL PREVIEWUnknowns highlight start of softball season in the circleSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR File photoJunior Raychel Trocki will lead the Panthers this spring. 266847INVITATION TO BIDThe Collage Companies, Construction Manager, is currently seeking subcontractor bids for the upcoming Lakeshore Center Expansion Project for the City of Ocoee. A pre-bid meeting and site visit is scheduled forFebruary 26, 2018 at 2:00PMat the project site (125 N Lakeshore Dr., Ocoee, FL 34761). Subcontractor bids are dueMarch 2, 2018 at 11:00AM. Contact Keith Kolakowski at kkolakowski@collage-usa.comor407.829.2257 for bid documents or more information.CGC020810 ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor 267576 School and sports physicals New patients welcome Same day sick visits Immunizations ADHD evaluations Saturday appointmentswww.prempeds.comwww.,000 W.Colonial Drive, Suite 390 Ocoee, Florida 34761(Inside Health Central Hospital) Board certied pediatricians Dr. Mark Gilchrist and Dr. Stephanie Crum have been keeping children healthy in Central Florida for over two decades. 177116 School and sports physicals New patients welcome Same day sick visits Immunizations ADHD evaluations Saturday appointmentswww.prempeds.comwww.,000 W.Colonial Drive, Suite 390 Ocoee, Florida 34761(Inside Health Central Hospital) Board certified pediatricians Dr. Mark Gilchrist and Dr. Stephanie Crum have been keeping children healthy in Central Florida for over two decades. 202653 Board certified pediatricians Dr. Mark Gilchrist and Dr. Stephanie Crum have been keeping children healthy in Central Florida for over two decades.School and sports physicals New patients welcome Same day sick visits Immunizations ADHD evaluations Saturday www.,000 W.Colonial Drive, Suite 390 Ocoee, Florida 34761(Inside Health Central Hospital) 257233 rfntfbr nr Published 6 times per year. 45,000 distributed throughout West Orange, Winter Park, Maitland and surrounding communities and also appears on www.OrangeObserver.comAdvertise in Health Matters.DONT MISS OUR NEXT ISSUE:Publishes ........................... March 15, 2018 Advertising Deadline .... March 1, 2018


14 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 The landscape for boys and girls lacrosse promises to be as exciting as ever this spring. Here are five storylines to follow as the temperature heats up along with the action on the field.ROAD WARRIORS?In addition to the usual unknowns that accompany any preseason, the West Orange boys and girls lacrosse teams both of which made the playoffs in 2017 have the added unknown of whether they will play any home games. Work began on replacing the synthetic turf at West Orange High that was damaged during Hur ricane Irma, but it remains to be seen if the work will be done in time for either team to reclaim some home games. As for coaching, the teams have different situations. West Oranges boys return Bill Baker, who has become the dean of lacrosse coaches on the west side of Orange County, as he enters his 12th season leading the Warriors. Meanwhile, the West Orange girls team is without former coach Mary Hopkins but is in the capable hands of former Ocoee head coach Nikki Thorndill, who was hired in August.Its LAX to the max as area teams ready for 2018 seasonSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORLACROSSE PREVIEWMEET THE NEW KIDSThere is a consistency to the plight of many of the first-year programs at Windermere High. To offset relatively inexperienced rosters without any seniors, former athletic director Fred Priest and current athletic director Mike Grenci have put together a coaching staff with experience in bunches. Such is the case with lacrosse, where Richard Kaetzal has been named the boys head coach and Ann Bomleny the girls head coach. Kaetzal previously coached Ocoee, where he took a struggling program and helped it earn three consecutive winning seasons in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Bomleny is the executive director and head coach for Storm Select Lacrosse one of the premiere travel programs in the region. She has coached AllAmericans and college prospects over the years, even being named as an assistant coach for the Brine All-American Team in 2015.SUSTAINED EXCELLENCEThere are certainties in life. There is death, there are taxes, and there is the likelihood that the Olympia girls lacrosse team will have a strong season despite having relatively few blue chip college prospects. After making the state semifinals in three consecutive seasons from 2014-16, the Titans missed the playoffs in 2017 which makes this a group hungry to back to form. Four seniors who have played varsity all four years Katie and Erin Collier, Kirra Byerly and Finley Cassidy will hope to lead that playoff push, and there also will be three talented freshmen. In addition to playing in a rugged district, the Titans will have regular season challenges that include games against St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte Country Day (North Carolina) and Vero Beach.POSTSEASON QUESTAfter years of watching their chief rival, Olympia, make it all the way to the state semifinals, the Dr. Phillips girls lacrosse team seemed poised to break out in 2017 and, for the most part, they did just that. The Panthers won their first 15 games before a devastating loss to Bishop Moore (which DP had beat in the regular season) in the district championship. This spring, returners Justine Decker, Yasmeen Garib, Kambria Barry, Mary Sosebee and Zariah Durham will be joined by freshman standout Sara Freeman with the goal of going further. Head coach Tim Morse has added former Ocoee coach Briana Murphy to his staff and the Panthers will face a rugged schedule that includes Georgia state runner-up Cambridge, St. Thomas Aquinas and Vero Beach.TO 100 AND BEYONDDistrict runner-up a season ago, The First Academy Royals boys team has a few things on its to-do list for 2018. First, the Royals would need to win two games and get vet eran head coach David Oliver his 100th win Oliver has a record of 98-46 over nine seasons at TFA. Next, a group of returners led by Brennen Fountain, Jackson Mer ritt, Luke Hurbanis, Robert Ernst, Tanner Pohl and David Prinsell will compete in a rugged district. Oliver believes his teams experience and chemistry make it a contender in its district and beyond. Steven RyzewskiOlympia girls lacrosse four-year varsity players Finley Cassidy, left, Katie Collier, Kirra Byerly and Erin Collier are eager to return the Titans to the regional playos after missing the cut in 2017. 2-22-18 rfntb rf ntb r nt b fff tf f b n b b tfb n bfb n b t rb n f rb n ff f t n bf nf nt nff f nbf nnt bf r t b t f tb bf fb f f bb b tt b b f b nb r bf ff f fbf ff f b ff f f tb b b bf b f rb f b bb r b n n nff n nbf b nrf b b f b b f b b b b b n tfb n r fntbt rrr rrr rrr r r r r


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