ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer Furry friends ock to town for annual Pet Fest. SEE 11. POWER PLAYERSDr. Phillips High Schools volleyball team sets its sights on a return to the FHSAA State Playos. PAGE 15. Darryl Patterson faces up to 45 years in prison after being convicted of rape charges.ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERA Windermere man was found guilty of attempted sexual battery and sexual battery with physical incapacitation during a jury trial March 6. Darryl Wayne Patterson, 51, SEE PATTERSON PAGE 4 HEART FOR HELP Coalition hosts Hearts of Gold Gala. PAGE 9.VOLUME 3, NO. 23 Courtesy photoFour Keenes Crossing Elementary School teachers achieved rock-star status last week in their quest to inspire their students for the Florida Standards Assessment test. J. Renee Maples, Deborah Watkins, Jennifer Drone and Elizabeth Long donned the classic makeup of the rock band KISS. This photo was shared on the schools Twitter page and then shared by the band KISS itself. When we saw KISS retweet (the photo), at rst we were in shock and astounded that they even saw the tweet, said Keenes Crossing Principal Sherry Donaldson. We wanted to do something that was high energy (and) that was dierent that would motivate the students. We thought about rock n roll, and they (the teachers) decided to dress as KISS. Experts say an increase in stress is related directly to social media. SEE HEALTH MATTERS.Teen anxiety: Digital dilemmaSHOUT IT OUT LOUD!GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORTwitter posts belonging to a local teacher are under scrutiny following a parents decision to publicly share screenshots of the tweets on Facebook. The tweets, which may be inter preted as anti-Islamic, were written by Sundai Brown, a Bridgewater Middle School civics teacher employed by the school since 2009.OCPS: Bridgewater teachers tweets do not violate policyA Bridgewater Middle School parent who rst complained about the teachers tweets in September 2017 feels the districts response was inadequate.SEE TWEETS PAGE 4Windermere man convicted of rape charges REAL BLACK TIE
2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 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 267437 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 16CROOKED CAN CELTIC FEST 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 16; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 17; and 11 am. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Crooked Can Brew ing Company, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. This festival will feature three Days of live Celtic music, Irish dancers, vendors, food, beer and more. All ages welcome. LENTEN 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 17MARCEL DUCHAMP: FATHER OF MODERN ART Noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Marcel Duchamp set the art world on re when he submit ted a urinal to an art show in 1917. When it was rejected, he used his art career to continually push the limits of the artistic elite and to call into question the very denition of art. Session 2 will dive into Duchamps fascinating art career and the powerful messages of his Readymades and discuss the Dada art movement and the way it changed modern art and the art world forever. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members and $15 for others. Reservations and payments can be made by calling (407) 347-7996 or by going online at wgart.org. WINDERMERE 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. This is an annual fundraising event of the Windermere Police Department Foundation. (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.FRIDAY, MARCH 23LENTEN FISH FRY 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, 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 24DALI & DUCHAMP Noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali shared the titles of genius and madman because of their striking and shocking approaches to art. Both artists worked to change how people view and interpret art but went about it in dierent ways. Session 3 of this lecture series discusses the relationship between Dali and Duchamp, as well as Surrealism and Dadaism and their eects on Modern Art. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members and $15 for others. Reservations and payments can be made by calling (407) 347-7996 or by going online at wgart.org. EVENING AT THE POPS 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. Sit under the stars and enjoy the Orlando Philharmonic Symphony. This annual event by Lake Apopka supports the Rotary Club of Winter Garden to benet local charities. An instrument petting zoo will be available at 4:30 pm.; the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance and at the gate. VIP tickets are available also. For more, visit facebook.com/eveningatthepops. YOUR CALENDAR GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR ORANGE COUNTY The Hannah Smith planned development, located north of Interstate 4 and south of Fenton Street, received the green light to add 23.6 acres originally belonging to the Ruby Lake planned development. The request to add 23 acres, put forth by applicant Jim Hall from VHB Inc., was approved unanimously at the Orange County Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, March 6. The property owners initial plan was to build 282 hotel rooms, 564 timeshare units and 195,723 square feet of tourist commercial uses, but it pur chased land from Lot 10 of the Ruby Lake planned development to have space for multifamily residential units. With the additional 23 acres bringing the total acreage of the planned development to 82 acres, plans now include 282 hotel rooms, 564 timeshare units, 487,765 square feet of tourist commercial uses and 250 multi-family residential units. They just got their zoning approved, basically, but they still have to get their devel opment plan approved by the development review committee and get their building per mits, said John Smogor, of the Orange County Planning Division. Theyre fairly ready to begin. We havent seen any of the development plans yet, but we would anticipate to probably see the multi-family development come in next. But they havent submitted anything yet, and I dont know what their construction timeline is. The applicant also is requesting four waivers from Orange County code relating to the multi-family building height and separation, building setbacks and building coverages. The waiver request pertaining to building heights is for a maximum building height of 75 feet (six stories) for multi-family buildings internal to the PD with a separation of 20 feet from single-family buildings. The requested waivers and property expansion did not require a community meeting, but anyone interested in more information about the development may contact Orange County Commissioner Betsy VanderLey at (407) 836-7350 or by email District1@ocfl.net.County OKs 23-acre expansion of Hannah Smith development County commissioners approved a request to expand the Hannah Smith planned development with an additional 23 acres.
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 3 GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOROrange County hosted a community meeting March 6 to discuss changes for a planned development called Vineland Pointe Apartments. The 33.9-acre project, developed by Pride Homes of Vineland Pointe LLC, is to be located north of Lake Street, east of Daryl Carter Parkway and west of Lake Willis Drive on what is currently vacant land. The project already has had its zoning and future land use designation approved by county commissioners, and the project has gone through several community meetings before the more recent changes were made to the development plan. But the developers needed to go through the community meeting process one last time because of its condition of approval for the development plan changes. There were 680 units approved when we went through the community meeting and PD process last time, said Tom Sullivan, a real-estate attorney with the development team. But after we laid it out we decided on 567 units. So its about 113 less than what the maximum was. There was also about 50,000 square feet of commercial entitlements that were also approved years ago, and those have been removed from the plan. The end result of the changes amounts to a request to construct 567 multi-family residential dwelling units on a total of 33.93 gross acres, as opposed to the original 680 units with 50,000 square feet of commercial space. According to the site plan, the luxury-home apartment com plex includes three four-bed room townhomes, 1,059 parking spaces, 228 one-bedroom units and 336 two-bedroom units that range from 750 to 1,200 square feet. A recreational clubhouse with a pool and a walkway around the propertys perimeter featur ing workout stations will also be included, Sullivan said. If all goes according to plan, Omar Fonte the owner and a managing member of Pride Homes expects construction to take about 18 months over three phases. A construction start date has not yet been identified; the new development plans still need to be approved by the development review committee. Anyone with questions about this development may contact Orange County case planner Marla Molina at (407) 836-5945.Vineland Pointe developer forgoes plans for commercial spaceThe developer announced the change in plans during a community meeting held Monday, March 12, at Sand Lake Elementary School. CourtesyAccording to the site plan, the project will have 228 one-bedroom units, 336 two-bedroom units and three four-bedroom townhomes. Festival of avor Melissa James and Mark Delgado took a sele with mascots from the Orlando Magic, Orlando Solar Bears and the Florida Fire Frogs. Above: Kyle Martin, Tracy Swanson, Tricia Wiles and Lesa Boettcher represented Healthy West Orange and its mascot, Westley. Left: Scott West, Marilyn Johnson, Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson and Stacy Williams chatted over food samples. OCPS culinary student Seamus Samson grilled shrimp and lobster tails. Melissa Rodriguez and Hermela T. represented Orange Technical College. ONLINESee more at OrangeObserver.com From Jell-O shots and macaroni and cheese to sliders, sandwiches and martinis, the West Orange Chamber of Commerces 16th annual Best Fest oered it all. Held Thursday, March 8, at Bill Breeze Park in Ocoee, the event is an annual community favorite. Restaurateurs and local businesses come together to oer the best of their food and drinks, and to represent their respective organizations. The event this year drew hundreds, who bundled up on a chilly evening to mix, mingle and taste the best of West Orange. OBSERVER STAFF Pam Gould, Lisa Thornton and Lori Burschan loved hang ing out together.
4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 The parent who posted the screenshots, Maleha Kikhia, is a mother of two seventh-graders at Bridgewater. Kikhia said she found the teachers Twitter account in September 2017 once she Googled the teachers name after being informed that her sons friend had overheard Brown make an inappropriate comment about immigrants. While scrolling through Browns tweets and retweets, she found several she took as being highly offensive to Muslims. One tweet, dated July 28, 2017, read: Imams worldwide instruct Muslims to invade western countries, outbreed them, overthrow governments, kill infidels and implement sharia law. Another, dated May 23, 2017, read: When will we be more concerned with protecting the very lives of people than the FEELINGS of Muslims and the religion of Islam? Kikhia took screenshots and contacted the school to make an official complaint and request her daughter be removed from Browns class. I was afraid for her, she said. When I send my child to school for eight hours a day, I would expect that if any other child at school says something to my daughter, the teacher would defend her. I dont think that she would defend her. She discussed her concerns with Bridgewater Middle School Assistant Principal Nicole Mutters and was informed the case would be sent to district officials. On Nov. 29, she followed up with an email to Mutters to inquire about the investigations status. The administration did com plete the investigation and the issue was addressed appropriately with the teacher, Mutters wrote in an email addressed to Kikhia on Dec. 7. There is not a case number as that is not a piece of the process, and no other investigative information may be shared at this time. Please be assured we have followed through and completed the appropriate action from the school and district. Feeling the districts response was unsatisfactory, on March 6, Kikhia forwarded the email thread to Gregory Moody, the districts area superintendent for the west learning community. Moody replied with an assur ance the incident was addressed appropriately. I didnt get any resolution from any of it, Kikhia said. And everything at this point was still up and the teacher was still employed at the school. So I messaged him back to ask how was this dealt with ... and I didnt get a response back from him. So I just want to make it clear that I didnt just run to the media. Ive been going through all the right channels. I emailed. I waited. Its been months, and nobody is helping me. Browns Twitter account has since been deleted.FREEDOM OF SPEECHSome parents emphasized Brown is free to exercise her freedom of speech as long as it does not interfere with her teaching. Teachers are human, and they should have a right to do or say what they want outside of school as long as it doesnt affect the students, said Rhonda Walker, a mother of two students in Browns class. At some point, were not going to have any good teachers because they cant do anything. Shes a great teacher. She sends us emails at 11 at night. All she does is work for these kids, and you want your kids to learn from someone who is knowledgeable. OCPS Media Relations Man ager Lorena Arias said the district does not fire its employees for their political views. OCPS finds the political views expressed by Ms. Sundai Brown to be offensive, and inconsistent with our mission statement and anti-discriminatory policies, Arias wrote in an email. How ever, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of all persons, including public employees, to have offensive, and even abhorrent political beliefs. Because there are no pending allegations that Ms. Brown has acted in a discriminatory manner in the workplace to either students or colleagues, her political views, which she has made public, can have no bearing upon her current employment by OCPS no matter how offensive they may be. To date, the district has received two complaints about Brown, neither of which presented evidence that Brown had discriminated against her students or colleagues.QUESTION OF ETHICSBut Kikhia believes someone har boring such extreme views should not be employed in an educational role, particularly one with daily contact with young minds. I believe this should be considered a violation of their code of ethics, she said. I already pulled my child out; shes not at risk anymore. But my concern is for the children who are exposed to her every day. I dont believe that she can teach and be unbiased, especially civics. I dont understand how her beliefs, as extreme as they are, how she would be able to check that at the door, she said. To defame or share wrong information insulting a minority group of any kind; teachers should not be able to do that. I believe they should be held to a higher standard than other people because they come into contact with kids every day kids from all differ ent types of backgrounds, races, religions and nationalities. faces up to 45 years in prison for the two charges. He will be sentenced on May 4, according to Orange County court records. My office invested a lot of time, hard work and commitment to reach a guilty verdict, that we believe was warranted based upon the evidence and facts of the case, said State Attorney Amaris Ayala. We are pleased with the jurys verdict and satisfied justice was served. It has taken a number of years to achieve Pattersons conviction. In 2012, a woman who previously dated and lived with Patterson turned in a collection of videos to the Orange County Sheriffs Office. She told Orange County investigators she took the tapes when she moved out of Patter sons Windermere home and later viewed a portion of one of the tapes. She told investigators the recording she saw appeared to show Patterson engaging in sex acts with a woman who may have been unconscious or drugged, according to Pattersons search warrant. An Orange County detective viewed some the tapes and reported other recordings also appeared to depict Patterson engaging in sexual acts with other unidenti fied, incapacitated female victims. Orange County investigators learned that some of the crimes occurred at Pattersons Winder mere home, and the case was then turned over to the Windermere Police Department, according to the warrant. Once the videos made their way to the Windermere Police Department, investigators viewed the content. However, they deter mined the case as unfounded. One investigator, Detective Gene Pow ell, indicated he did not observe any of the victims resist and added he was unable to determine if the female victims were being raped because they woke up during the incidents and seemingly participated in the sex acts, the warrant states. The tapes were supposed to be returned to the Sheriffs Office. Instead, they sat in a storage shed until rediscovered in late December 2014, after Patterson came into the Windermere Police Department to report that hed been a victim of fraud, said current Windermere Detective John Allen. Allen said one of his fellow officers recognized Patterson from the 2012 incidents. At that point, Allen started looking into the incidents. After finding no documented reports, they discovered the collection of tapes in a storage shed in the parking lot of the Windermere Police Department. Fortunately for us, there was a wadded-up Sheriffs Office police report (with the tapes), Allen said. At this point, we looked at the videos and obviously we were concerned, because these women were unconscious. One woman, she never really regained consciousness on the tape, so youre concerned she could be dead. Windermere investigators then attempted to identify some of the women from the tapes and brought Patterson in for questioning in February 2015. About a month after questioning, Allen said Patterson attempted to rape another woman. He had essentially gotten this woman to meet him at a restaurant and (talked) her into taking him home, Allen said. He got her to his house and he gave her drinks, she got sick and started throwing up, (she) passed out and woke up with him on top of her. Allen said the woman fought Patterson off and ran from his home, but she did not report the incident until later. With the tapes and this recent report, that gave us enough to get a search warrant for his house, Allen said. We executed the search warrant on the house and we found additional tapes. After months of investigation and trying to identify the women in the tapes, Patterson was arrested in the summer of 2016. Our primary concern is just making sure these women are OK, Allen said. Im certain ly pleased this jury found him guilty. Because of the way this case was originally handled it wasnt handled appropriately it took a lot of skill on the part of the prosecutors the two prosecutors who worked on this case were outstanding. Although two victims testified against Patterson, he was only convicted of the charges involv ing one of the victims because the other womans case had some statute of limitation issues, Allen said. These are two very brave women, Allen said. Imagine finding out, years later, that you were raped by somebody that you considered a close friend and hav ing to get up on the witness stand to testify to this. It took courage to do that. Police have yet to identify all the women in the tapes; how ever, Patterson also faces charges for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in Hernando County, Allen said. Pattersons defense attorney declined to comment.Patterson convicted in rape caseCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Our primary concern is just making sure these women are OK. Im certainly pleased this jury found him guilty. Because of the way this case was originally handled it wasnt handled appropriately it took a lot of skill on the part of the prosecutors the two prosecutors who worked on this case were outstanding. Windermere Police Detective John Allen Tweets protected as free speechOCPS nds the political views expressed by Ms. Sundai Brown to be oensive, and inconsistent with our mission statement and anti-discriminatory policies. However, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of all persons, including public employees, to have oensive, and even abhorrent political beliefs. OCPS Media Relations Manager Lorena AriasCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 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. 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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 5 Florida Blue is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 91675 0218 WHV 321-441-2020 Florida Blue Center?#BetterHealthStartsHere 264000 269487Winter Garden, FL (March 15, 2018) In its third year, National Gas Utility Workers Day 2018 honors employees who provide communities nationwide with one of their most valuable assets their natural gas utility. While ocially recognized on March 18th, Lake Apopka Natural Gas District has celebrated workers throughout the week prior with employee engagement and appreciation events. e signicance of March 18th comes from the date in 1937 when a school explosion in New London, Texas led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution, and the employees of distribution companies like the District endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible. is exciting week of festivities is dedicated to the hard work of natural gas utility employees and their accomplishments in the community. Lake Apopka Natural Gas District workers have been presented with many safety awards and accolades, most recently including the prestigious American Public Gas Associations national S.O.A.R. (Systems Operational Achievement Recognition) award the second time the coveted honor was bestowed upon the District. ese devoted employees play a crucial role in the areas energy eciency and are committed to the wellbeing of its residents. In celebration, the District will host a company-wide appreciation breakfast and presentation to honor their utility workers and highlight that safety is job number one. Since its founding in 1959, Lake Apopka Natural Gas District has proudly provided safe, dependable and cost-ecient natural gas into the homes and businesses of Clermont, Apopka, Winter Garden and the surrounding communities. As the cleanest burning fossil fuel, natural gas can help to achieve energy security and build a more competitive economy. Lake Apopka Natural Gas District provides clean, ecient and economical natural gas service to more than 20,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Orange and Lake counties. e District has been honored with the SOAR Silver Award by the American Public Gas Association for excellence in operations. For more information on natural gas service for your home, business or vehicle, please contact the LANGD Marketing Team at (407) 6562734 x307 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.langd.org .LAKE APOPKA NATURAL GAS DISTRICT CELEBRATES THIRD ANNUALNATURAL GAS UTILITY WORKERS DAY District Honors Workers with Week-Long CelebrationADVERTORIAL 268931 267748 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 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORBy the end of the summer, Windermere residents in the First Avenue and Forest Street area will notice significant stormwater drainage improvements. The town awarded recently a bid for construction to All State Paving & Development Inc. to construct drainage infrastructure along First Avenue, Palm Street, Butler Street and Forest Street to improve water quality prior to discharging to Wauseon Bay. In 2004, the town initiated an inventory and evaluation of various stormwater outfall locations to determine the extent of improvements needed for control and minimization of pollutants draining into the nearby lakes. This project was identified as one of the priority outfall improvement projects, and the town decided to conduct capital improvements to fix it. The project is partially funded by the South Florida Water Management District under Agreement No. 4600003529, with the condition that the project construction be completed by Sept. 30, 2018, said Michael Galura, president and principal engineer of Michael Galura Engineering Consultants, which provided the project engineering analysis. The SFWMD will be contributing $175,000 in construction funding. The town will provide the remainder of the construction contract through monies generated from the Town Stormwater Utility and General Revenue funding. Project improvements include the construction of a French Drain system to allow collected stormwater to filter through coarse, aggregate filter media and the underlying soil into a shallow aquifer. The excess stormwater runoff collected by the system will then go into a vegetated swale along the north side of First Avenue, which is controlled by a concrete weir. The weir acts as a regulator of the rate and volume of stormwater draining into Wauseon Bay. The project drains a water shed of approximately 23 acres of single-family residential with dirt streets that drain to Wauseon Bay, Galura said. There is little or no drainage infrastructure in existence within the project boundaries. The project will improve the collection and conveyance of stormwater runoff, will address any localized and repeti tive flooding and will improve the quality of stormwater discharged to Wauseon Bay. According to the project executive summary, the town previously constructed the drainage infrastructure along Forest Street, including a sodded swale along First Avenue that was expanded to increase the treatment volume available and is controlled by a concrete weir. That project also included a 15-inch pipe that extends from Forest Street to the First Avenue swale, but the new project improvements will incorporate the features from the original project into the improved drainage infrastructure. In the end, the new filtration added will reduce the levels of nitrogen, phosphorous, suspended solids, heavy metals and more in the stormwater runoff. Construction will not result in flooding of adjacent properties but rather improve the drainage conditions where flooding cur rently persists, Galura said. It also will improve the water-quality treatment for the area prior to its discharge into Wauseon Bay without eliminating or displacing any wildlife. The project is estimated to take place over about 150 days, with expected completion by the end of July.Town of Windermere to begin stormwater drainage improvementsConstruction will begin soon in the First Avenue and Forest Street area.The SFWMD will be contributing $175,000 in construction funding. The town will provide the remainder of the construction contract through monies generated from the Town Stormwater Utility and General Revenue funding. Michael Galura
6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Ages K-8 Full and half-da y programs Only 25 minutes from Orlando! Boys & GirlsTENNIS PREVIEWMVAProgramSummer Programs at montverde.orgTwo day sessions: July 9-14 | July 16-21 | Overnight camp July 8-21CAMPS ARE STILL BEING ADDED! Check our website daily for new camps, pricing, dates, times, and camp details. Ha ve more fun and more choices, all in one great location!Day & Overnight Day CampJune 18 July 27 Grades K-8 June 4-8 | June 11-15 June 18-22 | Grades 3-8 Catch a SNEAK PREVIEW of Montverde Academys summer programs! Weve got camps including day camp, camp invention, tennis, baseball, golf, swim, equestrian, yearbook, and soccer. We offer before/after-care and hot lunches for most full-day camps. Summer Programs at montverde.org CAMP INVENTION Session 1: June 11-14 | Session 2: July 30-Aug. 2 | Grades K-6 EQUESTRIAN17235 Seventh Street, Montverde, Florida 34756 269492 (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 Wills/Advance Directives Estates Corporation/LLC Commercial transactions Landlord/Tenant Real estate: Contracts, Closings, Short Sales, Deed in Lieu And other matters Attorney At Law 407-656-5521 425 S. Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 B M. JProudly serving West Orange County for over 36 years.www.blairjohnsonlaw.com267718 www.westorangehabitat.org267743Spring cleaning?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 Saturday, March 24 11 am to 1 pmCome in to do an Easter egg craft and have a cupcake. Westbrookes Winter WonderlandMemories were made as dads danced the night away with their daughters at Westbrooke Elementary Schools Winter Wonderland Ball Saturday, March 3, at The Pines at Windermere. Dads and daughters enjoyed an evening of sweet treats, commemorative photos and dancing. ERIC GUTIERREZ Above: Ross Lumsden held his two daughters Mia, left, and Emma, right, dur ing a slow dance. Left: Kier sten Rose and her dad, Doug, joined hands for a slow dance. Faith Fazzone showed o her dance moves with her dad, Tony. Left: Brian Smith held his daughter, Lauren, close as they slow danced.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Coalition for the Homeless: Hearts of Gold Gala. 9 Childrens Home Society of Florida: An Evening of Hope. 10Making waves HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERot everyone knows how to swim and that is something those who attended the Gift of Swimmings poolside social hope to change. Held Friday, March 9, at the SouthWest Aquatics swimming facility, 205 Windermere Road, the annual affair is one of the Gift of Swimming organizations major fundraisers and brings the West Orange swimming community together to support those who need it. The nonprofits aim is to provide underprivileged children basic swimming survival lessons a skill its leaders feel is a necessity in the Sunshine State. In Central Florida, theres water everywhere ponds, pools, lakes, Executive Director Susan Polder said. Florida unfortunately usually leads the nation The Gift of Swimming nonprot teaches underprivileged children how to swim. NThe Gift of Swimmings board was delighted with the fundraisers turnout. Yellow Dog Eats founder Fish Morgan, Mike McGinty and Don Burns caught up before bingo. Above: Lisa Biedermann and Larissa Vargas dressed warm. Left: Southwest Aquatics swim instructors came out en masse in support. SEE SWIMMING PAGE 8
8 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 267733 268234 rf r rfntbntbf tbrff tbrf n rfntb r fff rfrfn f rrf 266820 in drownings, and most of them occur with children 4 and under. The swim lessons packaged in a five-week training schedule where children as young as 6 months are taught to float and stay above water are the same ones offered to paying customers. Polder said families who receive food stamps or have assistance from social programs are eligible for the nonprofits scholarships. The group was founded 15 years ago by Joy McGinty, owner of SouthWest Aquatics and a swim coach for more than two decades. Although McGinty typically found herself in the water teaching lessons five days a week, she had time to find new students. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I had the ability to swim some kids, so I called some pediatricians I knew and the church across the street to see if people who couldnt afford it needed lessons, McGinty said. I ended up teaching 26 children. Come January, I knew there were a lot of kids out there that needed help learning how to swim. Between the poolside socials, which started three years ago, and annual 5K races, the nonprofit brings in around $40,000 for scholarships, Polder said. McGinty believes children can benefit from swimming both physically and mentally. My children took swim lessons when they were young, and I was just amazed at how it made them more self-sufficient, McGinty said. (Children taking lessons) come out the other end confident and have learned to control themselves in a completely different environment. Just learning how to float teaches them how to be calm even if youre not feeling calm. Its just a wonderful thing to learn in life, some of us struggle even as we grow older to just relax, she said. The social was catered by the Yellow Dog Eats restaurant and had a silent auction consisting of items donated to SouthWest Aquatics from the community throughout the year. The various community members, sponsors and swim instructors eventually sat down to mingle and play bingo right next to the pool. Alexandra Cecchi, Carin Nagy and Melissa Kylce met up for a fun night.Swimming soire Vi Ngo took her son, Meelo Schlekeway, to the party. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 9 256491with single coupon from 7:00pm 12:00am Expires 4/30/18 One Free Glass of Wine For More Information visitwww.TheGroveOrlando.com/SpecialEvents /TheGroveOrlando 4750-4757 The Grove Drive | Windermere, FL At the corner of Apopka-Vineland and Conroy-Windermere Roads Cinema Under the StarsFriday, March 16 at 6:30 pmMovie starts at 7:45Preshow: Zero to H.E.R.O. Anti-Bullying puppet show at 6:30pm (45 min.) For More Information visit A family-friendly feature based on a best-selling novel, the movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of a boy with facial di erences who enters fth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the rst time. 269432 2689032018 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 email@example.comJOIN 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 REAL BLACK TIE Guests spread their wings Saturday, March 11, at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Floridas 25th Hearts of Gold gala. The function, which raises money to provide food and shelter to Central Floridas homeless, was held in the Orlando Magics Magic Carpet Aviation Hangar. Flight attendants welcomed guests into the venue, where they enjoyed drinks, checked out the silent auction and listened to live music. HARRY SAYER Debbie Hammonds, Austin Flowers and Brittany Hammonds lived it up in the private section. Terri Rotz, Heather Stark, Sam Stark and Tom and Leigh Zehnder perused the silent auction.Coalition for the Homeless of Central Floridas Hearts of Gold Gala
10 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 259070 269493 1 8 0 1 E C o l o n i a l D rG e t yo u r C a l l f o r a FR E E c o n su l t a t i o n (4 0 7) 7 5 5 -0 0 1 2 Fa st Fr i e n d l y C e r t i f i c a t i o nCh ro n i c P ai n P T S D, Ca n cer, S ei z u re s, E p i l ep sy, P ark i n so n s, M S HI V / AI DS Ch ro n s, I BS G l au co m a, F i b ro m yal g i a, & m o re! M edical M ariju ana t rea t s ov er 250 m edical c ondit ions He re a jus t a f ew:No ap p o i n t m en t r eq u i r edWalk-in MedicalM o n F r i 9 a m t o 6 p m S a t u r d a y 1 0 a m t o 2 p mc e r t i f i e d m a r i j u a n a d o c t o r s. c o m 7 loc at ions t o c hoos e f romM e d i c a l M a r i j u a n a CardMarijuana Clinic In beautiful Historic Downtown Winter GardenPresented by Bloom & Grow Garden Society and Co-sponsored by the City of Winter Garden Join us for a two-day festival with many plant, nature and wildlife related vendors. Raffles and festival shirts will be available at the Bloom & Grow booth at Plant St & N. Boyd St. Kidzone will host educational programs for children of all ages. Learn more about water conservation and your environment. Live entertainment throughout both days. Finally dont miss the Chalkin It Up Sidewalk Art Contest, which will be held on Saturday. springfeveringarden.com 18th AnnualApril 7th 9 am 5 pm April 8th 11 am 4 pm 268761 REAL BLACK TIEChildrens Home Society of Floridas An Evening of HopeThe Childrens Home Society of Florida turned part of the Loews Portono Bay hotel at Universal Orlando into a Mardi Gras celebration for its annual gala, An Evening of Hope. Held Saturday, March 10, the gala drew about 500 guests and community leaders together to support eorts of The Faine House, a CHSF program. Since 2013, The Faine House has provided guidance for young adults exit ing foster care in ve basic essentials for a successful adulthood: education; housing and transportation; employment; health and wellness; and personal nance. DANIELLE HENDRIX Chris and Kristin Coey, Kari Cox and Bo Sutton shared smiles and laughs. Tiany Geyer and Mark and Jennifer OMara were delighted to see one another. Melody Lynch, Elisha Gonzalez and Kevin Bonnewitz chatted during cocktail hour.
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 11 267490 267479 IN OCOEE407-905-7898 firstname.lastname@example.org IN WINTER GARDEN407-654-3037 email@example.com So local, it feels like your garage! Call Today! For more than 110 years, our award winning news and design team continues to be your credible source for local community news, events and information. www.OrangeObserver.com ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.com 269801 The town of Winder mere was abuzz with furry friends Satur day, March 10, during its annual Pet Fest. The event encourages people to bring their dogs for an afternoon of shopping, eating and playing. Dogs got to enjoy chickenavored sno-cones, zipping through an enclosed agility course, sning around and making new friends. Humans got to meet fellow pet lovers, grab a bite to eat at the food trucks, shop around dierent vendors and even meet pets that are currently up for adoption from local rescues. The event is sponsored by the Animal Clinic of Windermere. DANIELLE HENDRIX Fun on four legs Delaney Tinn, Kennedy Strawn, puppy Evie, Carter Strawn and Jenna Ebinger were pleased to meet Richard Frate, center, and his Saint Bernard, Charlie. Benny licked his lips after digging into a chicken-avored sno-cone. Azalea Anderson gave some love to Iron, a Greyhound. Right: Ocoee Police Ocer Daniel Schilling wore an arm covering as Winter Garden K-9 Mack latched on. Ava was one of the adoptable cats at Candys Cats. ONLINESee more at OrangeObserver.com
12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 CHURCH DIRECTORY Advertise your Services or Events on this page weekly.This page appears weekly in the Windermere Observer and online at orangeobserver.com.To advertise in the Church Directory call 407-656-2121 or email AdvertiseNow@orangeobserver.com268075EPISCOPALCHURCH OF THE ASCENSION 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando Sun.Serv 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm. 407-876-3480 www.ascension-orlando.org Non-DenominationalHAVEN OF GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 13520 Foxcrest Blvd. Winter Garden, FL 34787 Services 9:30 and 10:30AM 407-952-0510 Matthews Hope Chest Creations Custom Furniture Repaired, Refinished and Repurposed Wood Furniture Pallet Art & Furniture Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MatthewsHopeChest/Visit our New Workshop Location at 930 Carter Rd. Suite #311, Winter Garden 1/4 Mile North of W. Colonial Dr. 407.905.9500 8am-5pm Mon Sat XNSP15646 With my Moms type of Dementia, I couldnt provide the 24 hour supervision and stimulation that my Mom required for a quality of life. I researched residential centers for months serenadesbysonata.com ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY #12328 CALL TODAY FOR A TOUR! 720 Roper Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 407-614-8680 268784 269518 62 nd Annual Easter Sunday ServiceIn front of Mosaic at Woodlawn Memorial Park Easter message with prayers & music Sermon by Je Pritchard of Starke Lake Baptist Church Continental breakfast will follow service in funeral home lobby Sunday, April 1, 2018 7:30 a.m. You are cordially invited to the Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road Gotha, Florida 34734 For additional information, please call 407-293-1361
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Owned and operated by the Romano family. Thats My WishDirect Cremation for:$795.00 Call for details407-614-8350 Home of the areas rst certied therapy dog. Feel free to stop in and say hello to Charley Girl! 267723 We Proudly offer: Traditional Burial and Cremation Services Prearranged Funeral Services 407-656-2233 www.baldwinfairchild.com 428 E. Plant Street Winter Garden, FL 34787Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home Winter Garden 267720For the celebration of a lifetime, let us plan every detail. ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWhen Capt. Jeff Snyder was deployed overseas, like many soldiers, he sent letters to his beloved wife. In those letters, Snyder often included odes and poems. Little did he know at the time, those poems would become a book called, Odes from the Sandbox: A Field Kit for Letters Between Soldiers and their Beloved. (The poems) really kept me grounded, Snyder said. They kept me in my mind at home, because each time I wrote a poem if I took three days to write a poem or an ode it gave me that three days of mental contact with my wife at home. Snyder, 50, has worked in law enforcement for about 30 years. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, who both served in World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2008 as a second lieutenant and served for 10 years before retiring as a captain. He worked on intelligence and operations security during his service. He has been deployed twice to Kuwait and has traveled to 41 dif ferent states, 18 different countries and eight seaports during his military career. In February 2013, Snyder mar ried his wife, Lisa. Two months later, he was deployed overseas to Kuwait. It was a tough time, Snyder said. I was missing her, and I loved her so much. When youre in a new relationship, its all loveydovey and you spend time together and you really learn about each other; well we didnt get a chance to be lovey-dovey and spend time together. I was scared and worried our marriage was too new for him to deploy, Lisa said. We talked about it at length before he left, and he told me that staying in touch would help us stay close.THEY CAME FROM THE HEARTDuring that deployment, Snyder was sent to another country to do some field work. (Experiencing) some scary moments got me thinking, I need to communicate with my wife, Snyder said. I do it on the phone, I do it on Skype and things like that, but I really need to let her know how I feel and what Im thinking. Thats when Snyder wrote and sent his first poem. My heart burst, Lisa said. Holding that first poem helped me understand that he was always thinking about me. Each letter became more and more special as I knew that he put his heart into every ode. Throughout his service, Snyder sent his wife more and more poems with varying themes. Some poems were short, some were long and some were funny. But they all came from the heart. Even though she wasnt there when I wrote it, I felt like she was there, because she was on my mind (and) she was in my heart as I wrote these (poems), Snyder said. Every downtime (and) every time at night, I got a chance to scribble out these odes and just think about what it would be like to be home. It was kind of lonely, so I got to express myself instead by writing these odes.ODES FOR THE WORLDSnyders wife kept all the poems he sent to her, and in 2017, the couple released Odes from the Sandbox: A Field Kit for Letters Between Soldiers and their Beloved. Snyder exlained Sandbox is a term that refers to being deployed to an area with desert-like conditions. In addition to Snyders poems, the book includes call to action pages, where a reader is challenged to write their own poem to send to a loved one. It also includes pages that could be ripped out and turned into postcards for the poems a reader has written. Although the book was targeted toward military personnel and their loved ones, Snyder said its been accepted by everyone who has picked it up. Everyone can use this book, Snyder said. I thought it was just going to be (for) soldiers and (their) families. What I found out is its a book for everyone; every one who wants to communicate with each other, who wants to show their love, who wants to give little reminders of how much they adore their partner. He added that the impact his book has had on readers has made him very happy. Im the happiest Ive ever been not for writing the book, but for seeing the impact of everyone Id written the book for, Snyder said. RUTH M. PARNHAMDIED FEB. 24, 2018.Ruth M. Parnham, age 97, of Winter Garden, passed away at Orlando Regional Medical Center on Feb. 24, 2018. She was born on Feb. 11, 1921, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the daughter of George R. Griffiths and Carolyn Griffiths. She graduated from McKees port High School, class of 1939. Her first career was as a big band singer in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. She married major league pitcher Louis Nor man Bobo Newsom in 1942 and traveled with him to all of the major league venues. In 1953, she and Bobo retired to the Orlando area, and she has been a resident of this area ever since. She also worked at Diana Shops and Pet rie Stores. She married James Parnham in 1991. Ruth is survived by her brother, George Roger Griffiths; brotherin-law, Bob Cutting; four nephews; one niece; and six great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jean Cutting; and two husbands. A celebration of Ruths life will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 27, 2018, at Hyde Park Community Center in Winter Garden. Please come and share stories and memories of Ruth with her family and friends. OBITUARIES Keeping love aliveWhile serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, Capt. Je Snyder wrote poems for his wife. Those poems have now been made into a book called Odes from the Sandbox: A Field Kit for Letters Between Soldiers and their Beloved.Eric GutierrezRetired U.S. Army Reserve Captain Je Snyder wrote a series of poems for his wife while he was deployed. WANT A COPY?Odes from the Sandbox: A Field Kit for Letters Between Soldiers and their Beloved. is available for purchase on amazon.com.
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There was one Olympian on campus at Windermere Prep the morning of March 12 and on April 14, there will be four. Ryan Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, dropped by Wind-1 The Dr. Phillips soft ball team just keeps winning. The Panthers (12-1) made it 11 consecutive victories March 12 when they held on for a 6-4 victory over Winder mere. Dr. Phillips has a pair of important district games against Lake Nona this week.2 The Olympia High boys water polo team won the Ian Supra Memorial Tour nament last weekend, topping Dr. Phillips 10-5 in the nal. Gulliver Prep won the girls tournament at the event.3 Olympia High volley ball standout Mya Wilson announced her commitment to Bucknell University March 12 via her Twitter account. Wilson, a junior, was a key part of the Titans run to the state seminals last fall.4 The Windermere High baseball team has won four consecutive games, including a district sweep of East River, as of March 12. In the game against East River March 9, Bryce Hubbard and Palmer Bittick combined to shutout the Falcons in a 6-0 victory. The Wolverines have district games this week against Liberty and will host a Spring Break event next week.5 Malik Williams, an alum of The First Academy who also played for Dr. Phillips during his varsity career, is one of two alumni in the Windermere Observer/ West Orange Times & Observer coverage area to be part of a college basketball team in the NCAA Tournament. Williams, a freshman at Clemson, is joined by Ocoee High alum Grant Riller, a sophomore at College of Charleston.Winless in 2017, Lakers are soaring SPORTSMARCH 15, 2018 Junior Caryssa Orland does it all for the Olympia softball team. Page 16. HIGH5 A year ago the Windermere Prep softball team did not win a game the Lakers finished 0-12. Two years ago, in 2016, the school did not have a team. The Lakers are singing a differ ent tune so far in 2018, though. Windermere Prep is 5-3 and 4-1 so far within its district. J.D. Wood, an assistant coach for the team last year and a longtime assistant for the schools football program, was promoted to head coach during the offseason and has guided the program as it has blossomed so far this spring. Its a total reversal from last year, Wood said. Wins begin to change environments, environments begin to change practice and practice begins to change the way you play the game theyre amped to come to practice now. Last week, the Lakers swept a pair of district games against Lake Mary Prep and Legacy Charter by a combined score of 22-0. The week before, on March 2 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORAfter going 0-12 a season ago, the Windermere Prep softball team is 5-3 this season, with hopes of contending in its district.SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 16 SEE LOCHTE PAGE 16 File photoOlympian Ryan Lochte stops by WPS to promote clinicLochte and three other Olympians will be at Windermere Prep April 14.Steven RyzewskiPanthers standouts Sam Barnett, left, Blake Inlow and Jonathan Diedrich are excited about the teams potential this spring.Steven RyzewskiThe Lakers have won three consecutive games and are 4-1 in their district. FAST STARTThe regular season for boys volleyball in Florida spans eight weeks, from the last week in February through April 21. During that time, the Dr. Phillips Panthers will play about 25 games the final number will depend on how they fare in some of their week end tournament events. Because of some quirks of the schedule, though, the bulk of that schedule is packed into a two-week stretch during which the Panthers will play 15 games. It is a gauntlet that second-year head coach Jer emy Fonnett hopes will tell him all he needs to know about his teams moxie. Its just how the district had it and how the tournaments happened to be, Fonnett said, reflecting on the rugged stretch. I want the guys to realize that, win or lose, were going to play the best teams in the regular season then, in districts, were ready for it. Halfway through that Upon its return from a high-level tournament in Miami, the Dr. Phillips boys volleyball team is o to a 7-2 start and has its sights set on a return to the FHSAA State Playos.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSEE VOLLEYBALL PAGE 16
16 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 against Celebration High, Windermere Prep earned its first home win in three years, topping the Storm 15-4. Newcomers with high-level travel experience such as Mia Williams, a seventh-grader who is a verbal commit to the University of Florida, and Lexi King, a sixth-grader who has been an ace on the mound for Lakers, have infused energy into an already-improving lineup that included talented returners such as sisters Madison and Meredith Workman. Collectively, along with Wood and his staff, the teams more experienced players have stepped up to lend a helping hand to teammates who joined the team without a mastery of some of the games basic skills. These girls have taken on a leadership role especially the ones whove been in travel ball, Wood said. The strong start for the team in its district Class 3A, District 3 has the Lakers optimistic they can compete for a spot in the postseason. Winder mere Preps one district blemish was a 9-2 loss to Cornerstone Charter (8-3), the districts top team, but Wood said the team came away inspired to improve for another shot at the Ducks. The Lakers will return from spring break and face Legacy March 27 at home. The district tournament wont begin until April 23 but the players and coaches for Windermere Prep are excited to see where this season will go. The girls are really buying in, Wood said. Were really beginning to come into our own. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. Were all in this together.1211007Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com State Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. Were all in this together. 1211007Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com State Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community.Were all in this together. 1211007 Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.comState Farm has a long tradition of being there. 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 call 321-236-0240 ext. 5 visit www.safetyfirstswim.comSafety First Swim School teaches children as young as six months old how to roll on accidentally fall into water.SWIM LESSONS REDUCE RISK OF DROWNING BY 88%*DROWNING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN CHILDREN 1-4 YEARS OLD.***National Institutes of Health **U.S. Centers for Disease Control 268293 SoftballFROM PAGE 15You made the All-Metro team last season as a sophomore. What was that like? I was pretty shocked I didnt think I was going to make it (because) its usually juniors and seniors. The team has been on a bit of a hot streak. How do you think the season has gone? Weve been doing (well) were playing as a team now. Before, I feel like we played individually. Weve all come together, and we work together. Of which win so far are you most proud? The one against South Lake (March 6, 2-1). We were cheer ing (each other on), we were all contributing, we had strong defense, and we were hitting (well). What elements of your game have you been focused on improving? Just trying to hit the ball to right field more and trying to stay on the ball not popping up. Which position is your favorite to play? I like center field, because I get to dive and get more range on the ball. Which remaining game on the schedule are you most looking forward to? Im looking forward to play ing Lake Brantley, because the pitcher there (Gabby Sacco) is committed to FAU, too. (She) and my sister play on the same travel team. Its going to be cool to face her. How exciting is it to be on the team with your sister this year and for you both to also be committed to FAU? Its pretty awesome. Weve dreamed of playing together when we were younger. We really get along. Are the Orland siblings competitive with one another? My family is very competitive we all play sports. What did you like about FAU that led you to commit there? Its beautiful, and its only two SPORTS SPOTLIGHTThe Olympia softball team has won ve consecutive games and improved its record to 8-3. Junior Caryssa Orland has been helping to lead the way for the Titans at the plate, on the eld and on the pitchers mound. Orland is hitting .467 with eight doubles and nine RBIs. Along with her sister, freshman standout Cameryn Orland, she is committed to play college softball for FAU. She also has three wins on the mound and has been stellar on defense Orland had a game-saving catch in center eld for the Titans against South Lake last week.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESCaryssa Orland THE BASICSYear: Junior Age: 17 Positions: Shortstop, outeld, pitcher Travel team: Florida Storm Hometown: Wayne, New Jersey Siblings: Gabby, C.J., Camerynhours away. The coaches are amazing, and I have three girls on my travel team that are going there, so Ill know people when I get there. Its two minutes away from the beach its a nice area. What do you enjoy about playing varsity softball for Olympia? I like that I get to represent the school and show that we have a good program. What do you think you would like to do for a career? Cameryn and I were talking about doing a business together and opening a boutique or a clothing store. Whats your favorite show? Usually when I watch TV, its only on Mondays, and its The Bachelor. Do you have a favorite season of the show? The season with Sean (Lowe). It was really intense. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Probably somewhere I can help out kids. STEVEN RYZEWSKI stretch, the Panthers are passing the test with high marks. Dr. Phillips is 7-2 upon its return from the Ransom Invitational tournament last weekend in Miami. The Panthers have victories over rival Olympia, The First Academy and a trio of schools from Miami. Built around a core of five players with year-round travel experience, Dr. Phillips has asserted itself as a team to watch as the boys volleyball season hits its stride. They listen and respond well to criticism, Fonnett said. Fonnett, a 2003 graduate of Dr. Phillips and former player within the program, took over the varsity team last season after coaching the junior var sity team for eight years. He replaced longtime coach April Ball, who moved out of the area. In his first season, Fonnett inherited a team strong enough to win a district title before falling in the playoffs. The Panther player-turnedcoach is appreciative of the culture his predecessor created. April did a heck of a job creating a team unity here, where the boys knew what to expect and they had certain goals to achieve, Fonnett said. Sam Barnett, Jon Diedrich and Jordan Poventud provide much of the firepower at the net for the Panthers, but the team runs through its setter and unanimous captain, senior Blake Inlow. Inlow is one of a handful of players on the roster with the potential to continue his career in college. But for now, he, his teammates and Fonnett are focused on improving each day ahead of what will be a rugged district tournament. We could lose in the first round of districts thats how good our district is, Fonnett said. Then, he added, Or we could make it to state.VolleyballFROM PAGE 15ermere Preps pool to promote a swim clinic and celebration for the Mac Crutchfield Foundation. The clinic and celebration are sponsored by TYR Sport, and Windermere Lakers Aquatics a year-round competitive swim team that operates out of Windermere Prep will host. The clinic will take place at the Lakers on-campus pool, while the celebration will take place at The Pines at Windermere. The clinic is open to youth swimmers of all ages and skill levels, and tickets for the celebration are open to the public. Lochte will be joined by fellow Olympians Caeleb Dressel, Jan Switkowski (Poland) and Gemma Spofforth (United Kingdom) at the events. Lochte, who went to Spruce Creek High and swam for the University of Florida, relishes the chance to share swimming knowledge and technique. The kids are why Im still swimming, Lochte said. A lot of people say, What are you going to do when swimming is all done? And Im like, You know what? Im probably going to go around the country or world teaching little kids how to swim. The Mac Crutchfield Foundation was established in 2009 to honor the life of Mac Crutchfield, who died in a drowning accident at age 12 despite being an accomplished swimmer. The foundation is dedicated to keeping Macs love for the water alive by inspiring everyone to swim. Maggie Crutchfield is Macs mother and the foundations founder, and her intent has been to develop pro-swimming programs and promote health, fun and safety in the water including events such as the clinic at Windermere Prep. We have so many opportunities to do prevention, Maggie Crutchfield said. Theres no reason not to get out and support something that your community will benefit from. For more information about the event, visit maccrutchfieldfoundation.com. LochteFROM PAGE 15
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018 17 321 E. WASHINGTON ST CLERMONT, FL firstname.lastname@example.org.ImportsProfessionalAuto.com352.432.3934 Your Local European Auto Repair Specialist.We are experts in every aspect of auto repair for imported Asian and European vehicles. Our technicians possess extensive knowledge of a wide range of specialties and always place customer satisfaction as a top priority on every job.267305 BMWIndependent Repair Facility Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.comVisit us at rfnftfb 266850 Warriors, Eagles fall in respective state seminalsTwo area teams made it to highschool basketballs biggest stage in Florida last week the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, home of the FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships. How ever, neither the West Orange Warriors or the CFCA Eagles were able to advance past their respective state semifinal games. Both the Warriors and the Eagles fell to eventual state champions in their classifications. First, on March 5, CFCA was defeated by Miami Christian, 68-53. The next day, Miami Christian defeated Impact Christian 59-46 in the Class 2A State Final, making it three titles in four seasons for the Victors. Later in the week, on March 9, West Orange faced the task of trying to knock off the Oak Ridge Pioneers ranked No. 18 in the nation by MaxPreps Xcellent 25. Although the Warriors played tough early, they could not keep pace with the Pioneers and eventually fell 86-64 in the FHSAA Class 9A State Semifinals. West Orange trailed 14-11 early, show ing promise in a game where it was clearly the underdog, but the Pioneers went on a 7-2 run to close the first quarter and outscored the Warriors 22-12 in the second leaving West Orange facing a daunting 43-25 halftime deficit. West Orange (17-13) was led by 20 points from senior Troy signee KJ Simon, in his final game as a high-school hoops player. JaMar cus Clark chipped in 10 points. The next night, Oak Ridge topped Wellington 71-60 to win the Pioneers first state title. STEVEN RYZEWSKI PHOTOSFor full game recaps and photo galleries from the respective state seminal games involving West Orange and CFCA, visit ObserverPreps.com. Steven RyzewskiCFCAs Lorenzo Burdon let a shot y during the state seminals. Bridgewater takes on Ocoee in hoops playosLocal middle-school basketball teams met on the court at Ocoee Middle March 6 for the rst round of the OCPS Middle School Boys Basketball Tournament. Despite leading by 12 points at the end of the third quarter, the visit ing Bridgewater Middle School Bobcats could not fend o a rally by the Ocoee Cardinals, falling 38-32 to end their season. Louis Johnson has six points to lead the Bobcats. STEVEN RYZEWSKI Photo by Steven RyzewskiCaden Simpson made a pass to a teammate in the paint. Louis Johnson had six points for the Bobcats in their playo game against Ocoee. Above: Maurice Hill let a shot y. Hill had ve points for Bridgewater. Right: Corinthian King surveyed the scene as the Bridgewater oense gets set.
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