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O bserver WINDERMERE YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer Taste of Windermere pleases palates. PAGE 7. Windermere Preparatory School pitcher Michael Bacica commits to South Carolina PAGE 11. FIGHT FOR THE 4 th CORNER Tavistock Development Companys plans for the northwest quadrant of Conroy Windermere and Apopka-Vineland roads drew harsh criticism from nearby Windermere residents and leaders. STORY ON PAGE 4. Detectives: Windermere man carried out murder plot Police say Gregory Bender shot and killed 25-year-old Patrick De Le Cerda. ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER A Windermere man faces a first-degree murder charge after he allegedly shot and killed a Deltona man Tuesday, Feb. 27, according to the Volusia County Sheriffs Office. GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR ORANGE COUNTY The Windermere High School cafeteria become a place for lively discussion about school safety during a community meeting held Thursday, March 1. About 100 people attended the meeting, which was spearheaded by Mothers Opposing Violence in Education. M.O.V.E, which formed after 17 people died Feb. 14 during a shoot ing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is a group of moth ers working together to call more attention to the issue of school safety and security. The meeting opened with bells of silence in respect to each life lost in the Parkland shooting and was followed by an introduction and explanation of the meetings Students, parents suggest school safety improvements Following the school shooting in Parkland, a parent-led group requested a community meeting to discuss safety. SEE KEEPING PAGE 6 Google Earth PITCHING PROWESS Bridgewater Middle students celebrate their heritage. SEE 3. SEE BENDER PAGE 4 Art Aair showcases local creators. PAGE 10. CREATIVITY ON DISPLAY VOLUME 3, NO. 22

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2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 OrlandoHealth.com/Cardiology 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 267436 Same day Appointments available for new and 267754 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, MARCH 8SPRING LAWN TUNEUP 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Join Ed Thralls, residential horticulturist and master coordinator for the Or ange County Master Gardener Program, as he provides exper tise in general education classes on urban horticulture. Cost is $5 per family. Advanced registration is required by calling (407) 254-9200. WEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED MEETING 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Special guest speaker is Michele Rigby Assad, author and former undercover ocer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agencys Directorate of Operations. She trained as a counterterrorism specialist, and after retirement, worked in Iraq with her husband with persecuted Christians. Buet lunch, served at noon, costs $20. RSVP to rebeccatmellen@gmail.com. WINDERMERE GARDEN CLUB CRAZY CARD PARTY 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. Lunch, crazy card game, silent auction, raf es galore and plenty of laughs and sociability are always the hallmarks of the Windermere Garden Clubs Annual Crazy Card Party fundraiser. Tickets are $25. For information, call Peggy, (407) 876-4239.FRIDAY, MARCH 9NO LAUGHING MATTER 8 p.m. Fridays, March 9 and 16; 8 p.m. Saturdays, March 10 and 17; and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 11 and 18. The synopsis of this Mimis Community Theater production: Alexei comes to New York looking for a job when his career as a comedian stalls, and he unwittingly becomes entangled in an FBI operation. The agents believe he is a Russian assassin in cahoots with the sta at the diner, but they couldnt be further from the truth. Je Dunne is the author, and Paul Hamrec is the director. Tickets can be purchased at tinyurl.com/ybpdl8sd. LENTEN FISH FRY 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the Parish Hall of Resur rection 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. WINDERMERE HIGH DANCE MARATHON 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden-Vineland Road. This marathon will raise money for Childrens Miracle Network. The night will include food, inatables, games, competitions, music and, of course, dancing. Cost is $10; all are welcome. To make a donation, visit tinyurl.com/ dmw2018.SATURDAY, MARCH 10A MORNING FOR MATTHEWS HOPE 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, at 6506 Old Brick Road, Windermere. This sip-and-shopevent supporting the homeless will showcase vendors such as Matilda Jane, LipSense, Per fectly Posh, Thirty-One Gifts, Usborne Books, Trades of Hope and Norwex. This mom-friendly event has supervised childrens activities and snacks. PET FEST 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. Hosted by Windermere Parks and Recreation, the event will include a doggie fun zone, food trucks, police K-9 demonstrations and vendors. Free admission. windermereparksandrecreation.com.THURSDAY, MARCH 15INDEPENDENCE FOOD TRUCKS 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Independence Town Square Residents Club, 14213 Pleach St., Winter Garden. This months trucks include 900 Degrees, Hayburner, Sweet City Gelato, Union Jacks, Tacos Mazatlan and Sea Dog Brewing Company. (407) 654-7479.FRIDAY, MARCH 16LENTEN FISH FRY 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the Parish Hall of Resur rection 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, MARCH 17WINDERMERE ST. PATRICKS DAY CELEBRATION 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. Includes live music from the Down Brothers, food trucks, bounce houses, adult games, a silent auction and green beer and Guinness. (407) 876-4028.TUESDAY, MARCH 20CODING WITH OZOBOTS 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Learn the basics of coding and computer programming using a miniature Ozobot robot. No prior coding knowledge needed. Ages 6 to 12. Registration required at (407) 835-7323. YOUR CALENDAR

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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 3 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORThe recent loss of a student and science teacher from the Wind ermere High School community has sparked a collaborative effort to honor their memories with a memorial monument. The monumentwill be a per manent metal structurein the shape of an eternal flame with the names of those whose lives have been lost but will always be remembered inscribedon a large marble base. It will serve as the school communitys way to honor student Nicolas Lott, who died Feb. 11, and science teacher Mr. Steven Norman, who died Feb. 20, as well as any additional students or staff members theschoolmight lose in the future. The students wanted to have something to remember the student and teacher who arent currently here andhaveunfortunately passed, so they developed the idea for this monument, said Windermere High School Assistant Principal Lyle Heinz. Its called the Eternal Wolverines, and its final placement hasnt yet been determined, but itll be somewhere in the courtyard. And on thebottom,there will be a base that will havesmallplace with space to add plaques with the names of those we, unfortunately, lose when they are a Wolverine. The monument, which is cur rently undergoing design and being spearheaded by the schools Student Government Association, will be installed in the schools courtyard at a later date. Were waiting for a quote from the design company were working with right now,Heinz said.Once they give us a render ing and a quote, well determine if we can fund it through internal sources or if well need to fundraise. Were hoping to do it this year, but it depends on the quote and how long production would take. To be included on the marble base will be the following quote: As long as we remember a per son, theyre not really gone. Their thoughts, their feelings, their memories, they become a part of us.Windermere High to honor memory of lost loved ones with memorial monumentThe schools Student Government Association is currently contracting a company to craft the memorials design. Know your ROOTS Bridgewater Middle School students enjoyed an evening of food, culture and fun Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the schools Heritage Night. Students, parents and other volunteers set up tables that represented dierent countries and cultures. Food samples from dierent countries and cultures also were given out at some of the tables. ERIC GUTIERREZ Above: Mark Morgan dressed in Civil War-era at tire and crocheted cotton thread into a piece of fabric to demonstrate how people made their clothes dur ing the 1800s. Left: Kalei TrojanPeterson, left, and her mom, Leilani Trojan, ran the Hawaii table at the event.The students wanted to have something to remember the student and teacher who arent currently here and have unfortunately passed, so they developed the idea for this monument. Windermere High School Assistant Principal Lyle HeinzSeventh-grader Megan Murray, left, and her sister, Kellie Murray, enjoyed the event. Left to right, Stefania Vodrazka; her mother, Krysia Vodrazka; and her brother, seventh-grader Austin Vodrazka oered cheese and potato pierogies from the Poland table. Left to right, Nora Asfoury, Ameer Latif, Siham Darrag and Eli Montgomery served tea and biscuits from the Morocco Table.

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4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 DANIELLE HENDRIX BLACK TIE EDITOR If youve driven around Winder mere lately, you might have seen some yellow yard signs embla zoned with large, red stop signs around town. They read Stop 4th-Corner Mega Development, and many residents hope they will send a message to Tavistock Development Company. THE PROPOSED PLAN Tavistock, which owns the nearby commercial plaza The Grove at Isleworth, plans to begin devel oping the northwest quadrant of Conroy Windermere and ApopkaVineland roads. Currently zoned as a Planned Development (PD), the quadrant as it exists is approved for 10,000 square feet of commercial space and two dwelling units per acre, for up to 23 dwelling units total. But Tavistock has bigger plans for the quadrant and presented its request to about 300 Windermerearea residents during a community meeting Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Chain of Lakes Middle School. Tavistock submitted a revised Land Use Plan Amendment appli cation in January. The amend ment, if eventually approved by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, would allow for modification of the northwest quadrant program and expansion of the PD boundaries. Tavistock owns three parcels in the north west quadrant, of which two total 34.04 acres and are zoned PD. They are requesting the third parcel 9.05 acres to be added to the PD. The original community vil lage center ordinances adopted in 1996-97 called for the 4 Corners CVC to serve as a village center with a sense of place. This includ ed creating a pedestrian-friendly setting with sidewalks, shade trees, a neighborhood park and designed parking lots. The code also established devel opment allocations and density by quadrant and parcel identification numbers, including limiting nonresidential development to retail and office uses. Established pro hibited uses include pawn shops, skating rinks, bowling alleys, gas stations and movie theaters. Addi tionally, the established maximum building heights for the northeast, southeast and southwest quad rants are two stories, or 35 feet. The northwest quadrant is limited to one story, or 20 feet. Tavistocks amendment propos al includes increasing development allocations and building heights. It also wants to build 23 single-family units, 200 condo/townhome units, an 80-unit independent-living facility, a 120-bed assisted-living facility, a 25,000-square-foot medical clinic, 40,000 square feet of professional office space and 84,000 square feet of retail space. Creating a walkable commu nity is significant, as we under stand that traffic is a top concern, said Jessi Blakley, public relations and communications director for Tavistock. The plan also encom passes significant open, green space, and there will be pedestrian bridges, trails and pathways that meander throughout the 40 acres. DISCUSSING DEVELOPMENT Andres Duany, the town planner hired by Tavistock, stood at the front of the packed cafeteria, click er in hand as he flipped through his presentation slides. This is a mixed-use community where people of different ages and incomes can live and where most of their daily needs are accessible within walking distance, Duany told residents. This is a radically different model from the one that has caused the traffic and con gestion. We only do pedestrianoriented, mixed-use town centers; its the only thing weve ever done in our lives. One of the reasons residents see so much congestion at this inter section, Duany said, is because few roads connect. Orange County is growing by 35,000 people each year, and its not stopping anytime soon, he said. The traffic is terrible, but theres no solution unless you begin building compact-use town centers where people can walk to transit, he said. This one, you live the old way in which people can age in place and walk to their needs. Tavistocks plan is to build such a compact-use town center, and Duany said the community would contain roads rather than parking lots. Its set up in a similar manner to downtown Winter Park, with a large, open park area at the center. But most in attendance expressed their skepticism, as some scoffed in their seats or voiced their dis pleasure from the back of the room. The buzz began taking off previ ous to the meeting, on Facebook in a group created to oppose develop ment of the fourth corner. In the span of nearly two weeks, it has garnered more than 1,500 mem bers in opposition. One of the most prominent issues residents have with the plan is introduction of more traf fic. Interim Windermere coun cilwoman Molly Rose wrote in a letter to Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey that the 4 Corners Isleworth proj ect is another, and most serious, example of uncontrolled overdevelopment; absent adequate concern for traffic or lake water quality impacts. The increased traffic gener ated by the proposed develop ment would affect not only the town of Windermere residents but also tens of thousands of Orange County residents who already sit in traffic jams and gridlock as they try to make their way daily from (State Road) 535 to Apopa-Vine land Road, Rose wrote. Other resident issues included impact on water quality, high den sity, pedestrian safety and frustra tion with continued concessions toward development. The deal was, were going to heavily zone the other three cor ners and were going to save the fourth corner for Lake Down, said former Windermere Mayor Bill Osborne, in reference to the origi nal CVC plan. Is it an accident that its only two houses per acre? Not at all. Its to preserve Lake Down. I disagree that it (zoning and approvals) should be changed, said Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn. I think its very agreeable to have those homes (currently approved) on half-acre sites and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. We are going to respect fully say that the town of Winder mere will not support this. NEXT STEPS Although the proposed plan was met with resistance at the meet ing, it is still early on in the process, Blakley said, and the community meeting was one of the first steps. Tavistock purchased the three corners to ensure quality was always maintained, she said. We plan to do the same quality of development here that we have delivered on the other two cor ners. We recognize and value the significance and the importance of this land, which is why we have been working collaboratively with elected officials and the com munity over the last 12 months to design and plan something thats thoughtful and sensible to what the community needs and wants. The plan will be examined by the countys Development Review Committee this spring, followed by the Planning and Zoning Com mission in spring or summer; and it will go to the Board of County Commissioners in the summer. The community meeting was just the beginning of the conver sation that we want to continue to have with residents and commu nity leaders so that we can develop a thoughtful plan, together, Blak ley said. Gregory Bender, 50, is accused of carrying out a detailed, jealousyfueled murder plot in the shooting death of 25-year-old Patrick De La Cerda of Deltona. He was booked into the Orange County Jail Thurs day, March 1. Detectives searched De La Cer das Windermere home and dis covered several firearms, ammuni tion that matched the ammunition found at the crime scene and a notebook containing a detailed plan to kill De La Cerda, Deltona detectives said in a news release. De La Cerda was found dead of a gunshot wound on the floor of his home Tuesday, Feb. 27. Police officials said Bender was jealous of De La Cerda and the woman he was dating and was accused of threat ening the couple in the past. De La Cerdas girlfriend report edly was granted an injunction for protection against Bender in December 2017. Although De La Cerda was not granted an injunc tion, he set up security measures around his property. De La Cerdas girlfriend told detectives she received phone calls from Bender while she was at work Tuesday morning, deputies said. She didnt answer but became concerned and tried to call De La Cerda, who didnt answer. She left work to check on him. When she got to his home, hed already been shot and killed. Additionally, De La Cerdas father reportedly received a phone call Tuesday from an unknown number. The caller said he was outside the gate of their residence to deliver a package to De La Cerda, according to the release. The father tried to contact De La Cerda to let him know but nev er heard back, deputies said. The father said he had previously heard a voicemail recording of Benders voice, and he believes the male caller on Tuesday was Bender. The plan found in Benders home mentioned using package deliv ery and opening the gate to De La Cerdas home, the release stated. Courtesy The proposed development would occur on the last of the four corners at the intersection of Conroy Windermere and ApopkaVineland roads. Development draws resident ire Bender charged with murder CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Gregory Bender 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 Gar den, 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. OrangeObserver.com 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 Wind ermere Observer also can be found in commercial locations and at our oce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden. If you wish to subscribe to, visit our website, OrangeObserver.com, call (407) 6562121 or visit our oce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden. TO ADVERTISE For display or digital advertising call (407) 656-2121. For Classieds call (407) 656-2121. SEND US YOUR NEWS Let us know about your events, celebrations and achievements. To contact us, send your information via email to Michael Eng, meng@Oran geObserver.com. O bserver WINDERMERE Publisher / Dawn Willis, dwillis@OrangeObserver.com Executive Editor / Michael Eng, meng@OrangeObserver.com Design Editor / Jessica Eng, jeng@OrangeObserver.com Senior Sports Editor / Steven Ryzewski, sryzewski@OrangeObserver.com News Editor / Gabby Baquero, gbaquero@OrangeObserver.com Community Editor / Amy Quesinberry, amyq@OrangeObserver.com Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, dhendrix@OrangeObserver.com Sta Writer / Eric Gutierrez, egutierrez@OrangeObserver.com Advertising Executives Michelle Gentry, mgentry@OrangeObserver.com Cyndi Gustafson, advertising@OrangeObserver.com Creative Services Tony Trotti, ttrotti@OrangeObserver.com Customer Service Representatives Allison Brunelle, abrunelle@OrangeObserver.com Katie Rehm, krehm@orangeobserver.com 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

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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 5 JO BARSH rfrfrnntfb brrrn r| r All proceeds benet charities supported by the Rotary Club of Winter Garden bfn ftbff nnnttbIf needed, Rain Date is scheduled for 3/25/2018t 268547 (407) 870-1561info@WindsorAtCelebration.comWindsor at Celebration Discovery Center715 Bloom Street, Suite 140 in Downtown CelebrationWindsorAtCelebration.com AL Facility #: Pending Thoroughly modern senior living with imagination & innovation. OPENING SPRING 2018PREMIUM VIEWS going fast! JUST IMAGINE! 266025 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWindermere Town Council members discussed branding strategies, goals and potential design standards at the towns Feb. 18 brand revitalization workshop. Town Manager Robert Smith said the project to revitalize the towns brand was initiated so the town could establish a consistent look for its logos, signs and cor respondence as well as establish a consistent look for town employ ees uniforms and vehicles. Its a hodgepodge, and it really doesnt match, Smith said. When you come into town, you see this Town of Windermere wooden sign, but then you see other signage that also has Town of Windermere on it and nothing matches. Smith talked about the towns crest to demonstrate an inconsistency with its brand. When you see the town crest on different things around town, its different, Smith said. The fish are different, sometimes its flipped; sometimes the colors arent the correct colors. I want to make sure, again, theres a consistency throughout the town crest. The workshop was phase two of a six-phase process to revitalize the towns brand and identity. The first phase was to establish the towns current branding situation and demonstrate the need to revitalize its brand. The second meeting established the towns direction regarding consistency. Nothing is set in stone, Smith said. Now the second step is to try to rein everything in taking a look at the existing town logo, taking a look at the fonts you use, taking a look at the actual colors within the actual logo and then (figuring out) how you want to formulate that into how you represent the town. Howard York, of YorkBranding, is the designer guiding the revitalization process. One of the goals is to convey the towns character and appeal. How can we write down (and represent) what makes the town special? York said. We love the old, but we also want the new. One of the ideas discussed was possibly changing some of the quadrants of the town crest. Council member Molly Rose suggested putting in symbols to represent the towns trees and lakes. It (could) be something to represent water on one side and trees on another, Rose said. Council member Jim OBrien chimed in with his thoughts of the brand revitalization project. I know what makes a lot of sense and what works, OBrien said. But theres part of me that really wants to emphasize the town so we can set ourselves apart. Kathy Glasser is a marketing professional who spent a number of years working for Disney and has lived in Windermere for 30 years. Its really critical to have a comprehensive understanding of how we feel about our town, she said. Were going down the right road. I think its really important, especially in the long term with real estate and people wanting to be part of our town. Angela Withers has been living in Windermere for 18 years and said she was excited that the town was revitalizing its brand. The more we can come up with a common character and consistency and theme, the more people will understand what Windermere is, she said. The end goal is to create a catalog of design standards for how everything from the town crest, signage and employee uniforms to correspondence and business cards associated with the town should look. So whenever we need to order uniforms for our law-enforcement officers, we know its going to be in that catalog, Smith said. When we have to order uniforms for our public works people, its in this catalog. When we need to order new stationery for the town, itll already have everything laid out; same thing with business cards. Smith estimated the budget for the project was about $60,000 and said the money is coming from the towns general revenues fund. The next step of the process is to hold more workshops to figure out what direction the town and council members want to take. The project is expected to be completed by August, Smith said. The product thats going to be the end result of this is something that, hopefully, the entire town can get behind, Smith said.Sign of the times: Windermere leaders seek to rebrand townTown leaders are hoping to hone its branding with consistent logos and signage. CONFUSION AMONG THE LAKES

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6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.comVisit us at rfnftfb 266849 2689022018 WOMEN BUILD CHAIRS JoAnne Quarles, Treasure Title Pam Billue, West Orange Habitat Board Dawn Willis, West Orange Times/Observer Lisa Bennett, WG City Commissioner Julie Kleel, EVP, Seacoast BankRegister for the mingle to learn more:www.westorangehabitat.orgContact Marilyn Hattaway, CFRE 407-421-1885 mhattaway@westorangehabitat.orgJOIN THE WOMEN BUILD MOVEMENTREGISTER for the MINGLE to learn more about being one of 50 Women Strong to fund and build homes! Green Oaks Row An affordable home community in East Winter Garden. Women Build Wine Mingle KickoffThursday, March 22nd 5:30-7:00 pmConversation Wine Inspiration Wine Community Wine www.westorangehabitat.org267742Spring cleaning this weekend?Donate your gently used building supplies, furniture, appliances and more to the ReStore!Call (407)905-0406 for FREE pick-up or bring smaller items to the ReStore 13369 West Colonial Drive( between 9th and Dillard Street, behind Taco Bell in Winter Garden)Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. Closed Sunday 267747 Trane Comfort Specialists. Quality Work & Customer Satisfaction is our #1 PriorityCall us and catch a great deal!407-470-7014 Get hooked on great Service!www.DuncansACOrlando.comSALES SERVICE INSTALLATION MAINTENANCE 1319 Green Forest Ct, Suite 412 Winter Garden, FL 34787 intent by Julie Sadlier, a mother of two school-age children and a community activist involved in M.O.V. E. When we had the tragedy that happened in Parkland, it touched all of our hearts, Sadlier said. On Friday, we had multiple lockdowns within the area, and I watched as I was working, feeling helpless at the comments, concern and panic that parents had. Im a strong believer that if you have a concern or a problem or answers, then you need to step up and be heard. Sadlier said the goal was to open a dialogue about school safety in Orange County and serve as a call to action for anyone who wishes to see state lawmakers pass legisla tion that would help provide more resources to boost school security. Orange County Public Schools District Chief of Police Bryan Holmes and Orange County Sher iffs Office Major Angelo Nieves both gave presentations detailing the preventive measures, pro grams and precautions their agen cies engage in to keep schools safe. During their presentation, Holmes said the district employs random weapon screenings rather than daily screenings because of time constraints. Meanwhile, Nieves emphasized his officers receive active-shooter training and that because of the increase in the number of threats and inappropriate social-media posts, his agency is working with state legislators on a bill to ensure threats are addressed properly. I want to reiterate we will make arrests, have done so and will exhaust all methods to identify a responsible party, Nieves said. After a slight mishap with the schools emergency alarm, which caused attendees to exit the build ing and continue the meeting out side before being led back inside the cafeteria, parents and students were allowed to speak. Their sug gestions were recorded by student volunteers and commented on by District 4 School Board member Pam Gould. Parents encouraged investing in panic buttons, bulletproof win dows and doors, metal detectors, training programs in emergency procedures for substitute teachers and more funding for additional school resource officers, profes sionally licensed guidance coun selors and mental-health services. WHAT IS M.O.V.E? Mothers Opposing Violence in Education is a self-described nonpartisan grassroots move ment that supports schoolsafety measures and mentalhealth awareness. It is led by parents who make it their mission to keep an eye on elected ocials and their ef forts to ensure school safety. To learn more, visit FB.com/ Movepush. SCHOOL SAFETY BILL State legislators currently are considering passage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which, in its current form, is a 100-page bill that aims to enhance school security. The bill known as Senate Bill 7026 passed 20 to 18 in the Senate Monday, March 5. Its companion bill in the house, titled Senate Bill 1940, was placed on a special order calendar in the House, be cause the last day of the 2018 legislative session is March 9. As currently written, the bill would appropriate $400 bil lion for several new programs as part of a school-safety initiative and includes provi sions that would establish new mental-health programs in schools, enhance school security, raise the minimum age to buy a rie from 18 to 21, appoint certain volunteer school employees as school guardians and prohibit any one diagnosed with mentalhealth issues from owning a rearm unless certain they meet certain requirements. Keeping schools safe CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Tech Sassy Girlz: Tea and Bytes fundraiser. ONLINE Garden Theatre: Encore: A 10-Year Anniversary Celebration. 8The Central Florida Womens League gathered many of the most popular, local restaurants at The Grove Orlando for its 11th annual Taste of Winder mere event. Hundreds of attendees took advantage of the per fect weather and perused the dierent displays as they sampled light bites, desserts and wines while the Leonard Brothers Band performed fun cover songs. Proceeds from Taste of Windermere go toward the CFWL Foundation, which provides community grants and scholarships. DANIELLE HENDRIX Above: Lori Stoecker, Linda Cardilli, Vicki Kushner, Vikki Altobelli and Ricki Longenecker were a good-looking group. Left: Robert Masson, John Ehrhard, Kimberly Ehrhard and Denise Masson enjoyed sampling the fare at this years event.Spice of life Left: Chris and Lindsay Ambrico, Michelle de la Riva, Rachel de la Riva-Marcy, Adam Marcy, Lloyd Palacios and Mark de la Riva had a blast at this years Taste of Windermere. Jose and Elsie Torres and Noelle and Bryan Goulart stopped at a table to enjoy their samples. Lisa Hill, Shawn Berry and Melissa and Todd Barry loved Taste of Windermere.

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Coming to Windermere Prep as an eighth-grader from the greater San Diego area, Michael Bacica was thrown immediately into the fire of Florida prep baseball. Former Lakers coach Scott Horvath had Bacica on the team as an eighth-grader, and in his first three seasons on varsity the talented pitcher got the chance to play with a handful of high-level prospects and current Division I players that include Chase Haney (FSU), Austin Bergner (North Carolina) and Rylan Thomas (UCF). Now a senior and in his fifth season within the program, things have come full circle for Bacica. He is the senior prospect signed to a high-level college program in the form of South Carolina Uni versity. Looking back, the 6-foot-5 pitcher thinks fondly of the time he spent soaking up knowledge from guys he will join in the college ranks next spring. I definitely had to earn their respect, for sure, being a young kid on varsity, Bacica said. It definitely pushed me to be in the weight room every day and to go the extra mile after practices and after games. Of course, as exciting as the future is, Bacica is locked into the present and his Lakers are 4-1 to start the season. Most recently, Bacica struck out seven hitters in five innings of work while allow Entering a district home-andhome series with Boone this week, Dr. Phillips has been especially effective at the plate this spring. The Panthers are averaging 8.4 runs per game and have outscored opponents 84-29 so far. Its not just one person doing it (hitting well) theyre all hitting very good right now, Gale said. Weve got four kids hitting over .400 and three kids hitting over .300. Eden has led the Panthers at the plate with a .472 average, six extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. Kati Kelly isnt far behind with nine 1 The Olympia softball team improved to 5-3 on the season March 5 with a comefrom-behind 4-3 win over Lake Nona. Megan Wilder threw the complete-game victory on the mound, striking out ve.2 The University of West Florida baseball team had a historic day during a double-header sweep of Union March 3 and Dr. Phillips alum Nic Strasser was an important part of it. Complementing a no-hitter from Argonauts pitcher Dylan MillsDerouen, Strasser hit for the cycle the former Panther had a single, a double, a triple and a home run on the day.3 The Dr. Phillips football team was recognized for its FHSAA 2017 Class 8A State Championship dur ing the Orlando Magics home game March 3. The Panthers were welcomed onto the court and received a hearty ovation from the crowd. The Magic defeated the Memphis Grizzlies that night, 107-100.4 After a 3-2 win March 3 against Countryside, the Dr. Phillips baseball team is 5-0. It is the programs best start to a season since 1998.5 Richey Lakes had two hits, scored three runs and drove in another in the Olympia baseball teams 11-2 win over Edgewater Feb. 28. Jacob Drury earned the win on the mound, pitching four innings. The Titans are 2-3 this season. HIGH5 SPORTSMARCH 8, 2017 The First Academys Dakoda Grove has had a strong start to the season at the plate. Page 12.SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 12 Walk-o grand slam extends winning streak The Dr. Phillips softball team sure knows how to rally for a comeback win in style. After struggling with errors March 5 against Wekiva, the Panthers saw themselves trailing the Mustangs 6-3 entering their final at-bat, with a seven-game winning streak hanging in the balance. First, with bases loaded and two outs, Tiare Kong drove in the tying run to extend the game to extra innings. Then in the bottom of the eighth, the Panthers loaded the bases for Hannah Eden. All Eden did from there was belt a walk-off grand slam over the left field fence, giving the Panthers (9-1) the 10-6 victory in extra innings and extending their win streak to eight games. Its been fun, head coach Mike Gale said, jokingly adding that he was getting a little old for a game such as that.Steven RyzewskiHannah Eden hit a walk-o grand slam for the Panthers March 5.Dr. Phillips softball has won eight consecutive games and is averaging 8.4 runs per game this spring.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORTroy HerringMichael Bacica allowed no hits and struck out seven during ve innings of work in a winning eort Feb. 27. Standout senior pitcher and South Carolina signee Michael Bacica has been on the baseball team at Windermere Prep since he was in eighth grade. Program GuySEE BACICA PAGE 12 ONLINEFor photos from the Windermere Prep baseball teams 4-0 win against Orangewood Christian Feb. 27, visit ObserverPreps. com.

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Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. Shannon Till, AgentFowler Groves 3279 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...267751 Wills/Advance Directives Estates Corporation/LLC Commercial transactions Landlord/Tenant Attorney At Law 407-656-5521 425 South Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 B M. JProudly serving West Orange County for over 36 years.www.blairjohnsonlaw.com Real estate: Contracts, Closings, Short Sales, Deed in Lieu And other matters 267719 SPORTS SPOTLIGHTLeado man Dakoda Grove has had a strong start to the season at the plate for The First Academys baseball team (6-3), helping to set the tone for the Royals oense. Grove, a Rollins College signee, is hitting nearly .400 this spring with four extra-base hits, and he has scored nine runs. SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESDakoda Grove Who is a teammate who is under the radar, but that people should keep an eye on? Ryan Kuehnel, our shortstop this year. Hes a hard worker. He has no offers right now, but hes going to pick up a few before the season is over. Which of your teammates is the funniest? Joseph Sapiro. Whats your all-time favor ite baseball movie? The one with the (Cleveland) Indians, Major League. What are you hoping to do for a career? With business management, theres going to be a lot of options outside college. Im not sure what I want to do exactly, but I know Ill have good options. If you could play a game in any stadium, which would you choose? Yankee Stadium its my favorite team, and Ive always dreamed of playing there. Whats your dream car? A big (Ford) F-250. Black, lifted with four-wheel drive. STEVEN RYZEWSKI THE BASICSYear: Senior Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 185 pounds Position: Outeld Travel team: Power BaseballWest Orange advances, DP, CFCA fallComing out of halftime down 13 points, the West Orange War riors chances of winning the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Final did not seem particularly good. But then, the third quarter happened. West Orange outscored host Seminole 31-11 in the third quarter, and the Warriors rode that wave to an eventual 96-81 win March 2 earning a trip to Lakeland for the FHSAA Final Four for the second time in program history. West Orange will play nationally ranked Oak Ridge (28-4) at 7 p.m. March 9 at Lakelands RP Funding Center in the Class 9A State Semifinals. DP FALLS TO OAK RIDGE IN REGIONAL SEMISSpeaking of Oak Ridge, the Pioneers ended the season for the Dr. Phillips basketball team in the regional semifinals Feb. 27. The Panthers (19-9) fell behind early, as Oak Ridge jumped out to an 8-1 lead before the games first timeout. Dr. Phillips finished the quarter down 25-9 and never was able to recover. We were overmatched by their talent, said Dr. Phillips head coach Daniel Batchelor. Theyre a very talented team, and it came in waves.CFCA ENDS SEASON IN LAKELANDCFCA basketball earned its first trip to Lakeland in more than two decades last week when it defeated Florida Prep in the regional championship. The Eagles played Miami Christian in the FHSAA Class 2A State Semifinals March 5 and could not keep pace with the Victors, the defending champions in Class 2A, losing 68-53. CFCA fell behind 25-12 through one quarter and looked much like a team that had not been on that stage before. The Eagles battled back, though, outscoring Miami Christian 17-10 in the second quarter and starting strong in the third quarter CFCA cut the lead to four points midway through the third quarter. That's when foul trouble began to haunt the Eagles,. Senior standout Dante Treacy was one of three Eagles who would foul out, joined by Bryce Street and Visual Russell, compounding other problems CFCA was facing as it tried to sustain its comeback effort. CFCA fin ished the game with 26 personal fouls to Miami Christian's 18. CFCA (27-4) never recovered and a 10-2 run by the Victors late in the third quarter created all the distance they would need. STEVEN RYZEWSKIRBIs and a .438 average, while Gracie Lopez is hitting .457 and has scored 16 runs. Dejia Benn is the teams leading run-scorer, with 17 and an on-base percentage of .488. On the mound, the Panthers have relied heavily on junior Raychel Trocki. Trocki has eight wins and has struck out 79 batters in 64 innings of work. Despite the heavy workload, she has an impressive 1.32 ERA. Gale said his team has benefited from playing a rugged schedule in the fall season and in the preseason, during which he said the Panthers routinely got our butts kicked. There aint no secret, Gale said, reflecting on the teams early success. We went out and played the hardest teams we could find. We got our butts kicked, but it makes you better.SoftballCONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 ONLINEFor a photo gallery from the Dr. Phillips softball teams win March 2 against Ocoee, visit ObserverPreps.com. Are you surprised at all at how well youve hit so far this spring? Ive just been getting good pitches to hit. Im hitting in front of Kendrick (Calilao), so I get a lot of strikes, and theyve been pounding fastballs over the plate. Despite graduating some key players from 2017, the team seems to have picked up where it left off. I think were actually better this year. Weve got all our pitchers back, so its exciting. What are a few games left on the schedule that you are excited about? Trinity Prep (April 17, 20) and Trinity Catholic (April 10, 13) are big district games, and then the West Orange game (March 27) is going to be a good one. What have you focused on improving? I worked on getting stronger. I gained 20 pounds during the offseason, so Im a lot bigger this year. I gained more power with my bat. Name a professional player you admire. I love Adam Haseley (Philadelphia Phillies 2017 draft pick), who used to go here. I look up to him. Why did you choose Rollins as the place to continue your career? I like how its close, its a good school, and the conference is really good theres some good baseball. Im going to get a good education. Im going to study business, so it works out good for me. ing no hits in a 4-0 win over Orangewood Christian Feb. 27. For second-year coach Keith Walsh, having an arm like Bacicas at his disposal was a nice perk of coming over to Winder mere Prep from Edgewater. Hes got great pitches, Walsh said. Hes got secondary pitches that are plus-pitches. When hes calm and hes in control, hes difficult for anybody. Bacica is a leader by example during practice and contributes to the team even on days when hes not pitching Bacica is a deceptively strong hitter, with four RBIs already this season. Hes got a lot of pop for a hitter, Walsh said. Thanks to ever-increasing availability of college baseball broadcasts, Bacica said he still keeps up with his former Lak ers teammates who are tearing up the ranks in college. I watch them on the ESPN app all the time, Bacica said. I just cant wait to get up there (in college) on my own. Originally committed to UNC, Bacica de-committed over the summer and was happy to find a new destination with the Gamecocks. South Carolina just felt like home, Bacica said. Im very excited. I know its definitely going to be a challenge being in the SEC. I know Ive got to be ready Ive got to keep pushing myself. He intends to keep pushing himself and also have a senior season with Windermere Prep to remember. Bacica is excited about this years group and the potential of several of his teammates. I definitely think we have a good shot this year, Bacica said. As for Walsh, the season is young, but he, too, is seeing encouraging things from the Lakers. Players are buying into to his way of doing things, and the veteran coach is looking for ward to a challenging March schedule. I think you find out who your team is a little bit every day, Walsh said. Once we start hitting the challenges as we go down the road our district is incredibly difficult well find out more mentally about our guys.BacicaCONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 File photoZion Collins scored 26 points in West Oranges regional nal victory March 2.

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