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O bserver WINDERMERE YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer Summer Fun Guide 2018. INSIDE THIS ISSUE. MAKING MAGIC Rotary hosts dinner, magic show. SEE 7. VOLUME 3, NO. 25 GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR Gothaand Windermere-area residents are collaborating to express their staunch opposition to a proposed development at 9051 Westover Roberts Road. The 6.66-acre property, situ ated at the northwest corner of Westover Roberts and South Apopka-Vineland roads, cur rently has a future land-use designation of Rural Settlement Residents reject proposed nursing home, gas station The surrounding community is against the proposed Westover Village projects, which consist of an assistedliving facility, gas station and convenience store. SEE WESTOVER PAGE 6 REAL BLACK TIE SPECIAL SECTION: Bustle & bloom I natable games, food trucks, music, an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself were just a few of the highlights of the Indepen dence communitys Spring Festival on Satur day, March 24. The springtime celebration drew hundreds of residents to the heart of the community to mingle and have fun in the sun. Children got to draw with chalk, participate in a hula-hooping contest and scale a rock wall, and everyone got to take home a potted ower. DANIELLE HENDRIX The three candidates will speak March 29 at the CFHLA forum. 5. GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR Colloquially known as the 4th Corner, the northwest quad rant of the Conroy Winder mere and Apopka-Vineland Town to explore feasibility of 4th corner annexation The Easter Bunny made an early visit to St. Lukes UMC for its Easterfest event. SEE PAGE 2. EARLY EASTER ORANGE COUNTY MAYORAL RACE Samuel Delgado, Mia Dilorenzo and Luciano Rojas enjoyed the sunshine. Kingsley McCaulley, 3, played with a giant Connect 4 set. MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 4 SEE TOWN PAGE 4


2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 321.841.9690Next-Day Appointments Available for New Patients When it comes to your heart, you deserve to be in the very best hands. Orlando Health has an entire institute dedicated to collaborative care to create the best treatment plan for you. When you choose Orlando Health Heart Institute, you choose an experienced team of cardiovascular experts equipped with the latest technology and committed to keeping you healthy. And with Central Florida, you have convenient outpatient services right in your own community. Choose a team dedicated to heart health 267439 YOUR CALENDAR FRIDAY, MARCH 30 THE WAY OF THE CROSS 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Quest Church, 1450 Citrus Oaks Ave., Gotha. Witness the dra matic retelling of the story of the crucixion as seen through the eyes of various characters. (407) 293-3696. SATURDAY, MARCH 31 WINDERMERE EASTER EGG HUNT 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, behind Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. The Windermere Police Department is hosting its annual family Easter celebra tion. Join the Easter Bunny, Mayor Gary Bruhn and Police Chief Dave Ogden for a parade to Town Square, after which the egg hunt will begin. Any one wanting to take cookies or snacks should call DaShanta Prevost at (407) 876-2563, Ext. 5321. MONDAY, APRIL 2 WGHF HELICOPTER GOLF BALL DROP Noon Monday, April 2, at the West Orange Country Club, 3300 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. One thousand numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicop ter hovering over a makeshift hole on the driving range. The rst purchased ball in the hole, or closest to the hole, wins $1,000. Tickets are $5 each or ve for $20 and are available at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. (407) 656-3244. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 COMEDY MAKS VARIETY SHOW 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Theres something for everyone in this high-energy variety show. Com edy Maks will dazzle you with juggling, magic, plate-spinning and more. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323. SMARTER SENIOR SERIES 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Learn what legal documents you need to have in place as you age. Pre senters at this seminar include an elder law attorney who can answer questions about wills, trusts, probate, directives and estate planning. Others will discuss funeral planning and hospice issues. Presented by Mike Flahaven, a certied Senior Hours professional. Reg istration or RSVP required at or (407) 340-5291. You may also register at or (407) 835-7323. FRIDAY, APRIL 6 PETER RABBITS GARDEN PARTY 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Peter Rabbit loves Mr. McGregors garden, and children ages 3 to 5 will too at this garden party that includes stories and crafts. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 8357323. WINDERMERE HIGH CARNIVAL 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Windermere. Games and activities provided by Winder mere High clubs, sports and organizations. There will be food trucks and an inatable obstacle course, too. St. Lukes UMC hosts early Easter celebration T he Easter fes tivities were in full swing Sun day, March 25, as St. Lukes United Meth odist Church invited the community for a fun-lled afternoon at its Easterfest. The churchs spring time festival featured egg hunts, pony rides, bounce houses and inatable games, a petting zoo, food, mu sic, face painting and more. Church mem bers also set up an Easter-themed trunk or treat, in which kids were invited to visit each setup and collect candy for their Easter baskets. DANIELLE HENDRIX Emerson Bullion was awestruck over her rst egg hunt. Robert and Karina Haywood brought their daughter, Antonella, to participate in the egg hunt. Olivia and Benjamin Colom shared Easter eggs. ONLINE See more photos at


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 3 DANIELLE HENDRIX BLACK TIE EDITOR If the thought of a custom, Nea politan-style brick-oven pizza fired up at a crisp 1,000 degrees makes your mouth water, wait until it officially arrives in Winter Garden this summer. Windermere residents Mat thew and Caroline Peach are set to open their second 1000 Degrees Pizza franchise on West Colonial Drive in Winter Garden by the end of the summer. The pizzeria will be the newest neighbor to Cul vers, Wendys and Wawa. The Peaches already own a 1000 Degrees franchise in Oviedo, as well as a few MAACO Collision Repair & Auto Painting locations in Orlando. Being Windermere residents, Matthew Peach said the two are looking forward to having a pizzeria closer to home. Weve lived in Ocoee or Win ter Garden the whole time for 20 years, so we just like this side of town, and Im sure (the pizzeria) will get busy, he said. Its kind of nice (to be closer to home). Being on this side of town you can deliver to all the new homes that theyre building in West Orange, plus to Windermere, Ocoee, Summerport Village (and more). Its right in the middle of pretty much everything there on State Road 50. The Peaches signed their lease about a year ago and now are waiting for construction to begin on the plaza in which their new store will be located. Mat thew Peach said he hopes to have 1000 Degrees open sometime in August. 1000 Degrees Pizza special izes in thin-crusted, Neapolitanstyle brick-oven pizza, but it also serves Roman-style thick-crust ed pizza, fire-roasted wings and create-your-own salads. Cus tomers can build their own pizzas, which are then fired up at temper atures of more than 1,000 degrees in a Neapolitan brick oven. But unlike traditional Neapoli tan pizza found in Naples, Italy, 1000 Degrees Pizzas crust is cooked throughout with a mild char and made from genuine Neapolitan-style flour. The Peaches first decided to jump on board with 1000 Degrees to try something different from the MAACO shops. When I was living in L.A., they had a pizza restaurant called Blaze Pizza, and so I was kind of looking for the same type of concept, Peach said. I literally looked online for those concepts and found 1000 Degrees. We did our training and went ahead and opened the first one in Oviedo, and its going really (well). The Peaches are also looking forward to partnering with local schools and community organi zations for fundraising and out reach nights and are planning to launch a delivery service from the Winter Garden location. Winter Garden red up for new pizzeria Windermere residents Matthew and Caroline Peach are set to open their second 1000 Degrees Pizza franchise. 1000 DEGREES PIZZA WINTER GARDEN 13599 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden OPENING: August 2018 WEBSITE: THREE TO TRY Neapolitan-style Tuscan Chicken Pizza Shredded mozzarella, asiago, chicken, spinach and marinated balsamic sun-dried tomatoes. Comes in 10and 14-inch sizes. Neapolitan-style Classic Margherita Pizza Crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh whole milk, Grande-brand Bualo mozzarella cheese, extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil. Comes in 10and 14inch sizes. Neapolitan-style Quattro Formaggio Pizza Marinara, mozzarella cheese, Asiago cheese, Parmesan cheese, ricotta and oregano. Comes in 10and 14-inch sizes. Courtesy ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER As families get together over Eas ter dinner, a number of other fami lies may be without the means to prepare an Easter dinner. Southeastern Food Bank is look ing to change that for a number of local families with its 25th annual Food for Families Easter Outreach Program. However, the organization needs help to accomplish the task. The food bank is in need of vol unteers this Easter weekend to help sort, pack and deliver 2,000 boxes for families in need. Items will be sorted and packed at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Ocoee High School, and then delivered on Easter morning. This Easter, you can be a part of serving our community by helping one or several of the 1200 fami lies who need food this holiday, Southeastern Food Bank Social Media Coordinator Landon Flem ing said. Its a really great way to serve our community. Much of the food being donated to the families has been provided by Publix Super Markets. In addi tion to food items, donated boxes also will include toiletries and kitchenware. A lot of the products are baked goods and pastries, Fleming said. We also get two trailer loads of miscellaneous products from Publix. To make monetary donations and learn how to volunteer visit, Those celebrating Easter can enjoy a number of events being hosted throughout West Orange. HORIZON WEST First Baptist Church Wind ermere is having its community Easter Egg Hunt event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at its Lakeside Campus at 8464 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Orlando. Attendees will enjoy food trucks, inatables and other engaging activities. An egg hunt featuring 25,000 eggs will start at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate Easter with Life Church Horizon West at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 1, at 12005 Silverlake Park, Windermere. A photo booth will be available for family pictures and an Easter Egg hunt will immediately follow a childrens church service. OAKLAND Oakland Presbyterian Church will be hosting its annual Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m. Sat urday, March 31. The church is located at 218 E. Oakland Ave. WINDERMERE The Grove Orlando will host its Spring Fashion Show and Easter Eggstravaganza begin ning at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the plaza, 4750-4757 The Grove Drive, Windermere. Fol lowing the 11 a.m. fashion show, the Eggstravaganza will begin at 11:30 a.m. and feature games, music, egg hunts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. In Windermere the towns police department is hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt event at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Windermere Town Square, W. Sixth Ave. Attendees can join the Easter Bunny, Mayor Gary Bruhn and Police Chief Dave Ogden for a parade through the town. An egg hunt will begin after the pa rade, and the Easter Bunny will be sticking around for photos. WINTER GARDEN The Winter Garden Lions Club is hosting a family-friendly Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Newton Park, 31 W. Winter Garden Ave. First-responders from the Winter Garden police and re departments will answer questions about their equip ment. Children will enjoy arts and crafts provided by local churches. The Lions Club will be accepting donations of used hearing aids, eyeglasses and eye glass cases. Additionally, there will be a rae for a basket. Hope Church Winter Garden kicks o its Easter celebrations at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 1. The celebration includes Easter ser vices, live music, a photo booth and an egg grab. The church is located at the Roper YMCA, 100 Windermere Road, Winter Garden. WEST ORANGE C/Life Church at Chain of Lakes Middle School, 8700 Conroy Windermere Road, Or lando, will be hosting two events this Easter weekend. At 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, the church is hosting an Egg Hunt event fea turing thousands of Easter eggs, in addition to bounce houses, train rides, music and sno-cones. Then, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 1, the church is holding Easter services, followed by another hunt. OCOEE The city of Ocoee will be hold ing its annual Easter Eggstrava ganza beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road. Children will have the chance to hunt for more than 10,000 candy-lled Easter eggs. Additionally, children 12 and younger will enjoy a variety of fun activities, including an Easter Coloring Contest, photos with the Easter Bunny, prizes, inatables and face painting. Attendees are encouraged to take non-perishable food items that will be donated to the West Orange Christian Service Center. Ocoee Church of God, 1105 N Lakewood Ave., is hosting its Egg-straordinary Easter Egg Event at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31. Heres how you can be the Easter Bunny Southeastern Food Bank along with Publix Super Markets will be preparing 2,000 boxes of food to be donated to families in need on Easter morning. EGGS-TRA! EGGS-TRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!


4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 Road intersection spurred lengthy discussion at the latest Winder mere Town Council meeting. But this time, in place of uncon trollable traffic and overdevelop ment concerns, talk of annexation was at the forefront. Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn suggested the Town Council con sider the idea of annexing the cor ner into the town of Windermere to eliminate the risk of having the currently proposed develop ment for the 43 acres approved by Orange County. According to submitted plans, Tavistock Development Compa ny hopes to construct 23 singlefamily homes, 200 townhomes, a 120-bed assisted-living facility, an 80-unit independent-living facility and a 25,000-squarefoot medical clinic coupled with 40,000 square feet of office space and 84,000 square feet of retail space. These proposed development plans differ from what is current ly permitted at the site in accor dance with an agreement dating from 1996, which only calls for 26 homes and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. For 22 years, this has been in effect now, and they knew darn well what was there and what theyve been doing is borrow ing square footage until you cant even move in The Grove, Bruhn said. And now all they have left is 10,000 square feet and 26 homes, and thats the rule that everyone agreed to in 1996. You dont get a do-over. But theyre hoping they can get it overturned just like the property owner of the Winder mere Country Club did. As is expected for an intersec tion that already generates traffic, the development proposal sparked outrage from hundreds of area residents who came together to express their disapproval at a Feb. 27 community meeting. An annexation process would involve gathering the consent and cooperation of surrounding prop erty owners. I just threw it out there because this is an option, Bruhn said. Its all about the adjoining property owners; if you grab enough land and enough votes from everyone else, it overrides them. That cor ner is owned by Tavistock, but you can take all the property around it ... and it comes in as one annexa tion parcel. If everybody votes, youll have more land and more votes than they do, so thats why theyd have to commit. Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith explained Tavistock would not need to agree to the annexation, but existing require ments for pursuing involuntary annexations are outlined in the Florida Statutes, and the process boils down to garnering enough land and votes. We wouldnt have to convince (Tavistock), Smith said. Typi cally, you want to do voluntary annexation, but if you need to bring in something via involuntary annexation, theres an avenue to do it. The Tavistock area is about 43 acres, and they have one vote for that whole piece of property. In order for us to bring that in, we would have to bring in more acre age and more resident electors, so you bring in the majority of the property and the majority of the vote. So wed have to look at other areas to annex that would be suf ficient to overcome the amount of acreage and number of owners on that property, and then wed be able to bring (that land) in invol untarily. Because Bruhn only offered it as a suggestion recently, Smith has yet to reach out to any property owners and said the likelihood of succeeding in any annexation effort the council may or may not agree to move forward on is not yet known. However, both Bruhn and Smith believe plenty of incen tives exist, considering the prop erty owners would be able to enjoy lower taxes and a faster police response time. There is also the matter of the time constraints, as any such ini tiative would need to be completed before Orange Countys Board of Commissioners votes on the pro posal. Smith holds hope that, given the BCCs past voting history on similar requests, it will not agree to grant Tavistocks request, par ticularly in light of its recent denial to grant Windermere Country Clubs property owner more enti tlements in opposition to a long standing past agreement. Were working on a time table right now, but wed have to go through at least two public hearings relative to the annexa tion ordinance, and wed have to go through a referendum, Smith said. So were looking at a lengthy process, time-wise, assuming we decide to do this. But regardless of the whole annexation discussion, I think the town has a really good leg to stand on relative to what was already agreed on in 1996 with the CVC zoning on that property. And Orange County has recently taken a stance against developers com ing back to ask for more entitle ments for agreements that were made in the past. A great example of that is Win dermere Country Club, he said. The golf course owner came to the county and said, Listen, our existing plan isnt working because nobody is utilizing the golf course. I would like for you guys to give me more entitlements to develop resi dential. And Orange County held fast and said, No, you cant come back and ask for more entitle ments. And the applicant has gone through the appeal process and was again denied. If Orange Coun ty were to do this type of revision to the plan that was agreed upon in 1996, in my view, they would be opening up the doors not only to that developer but also cause trouble with other denials theyve imposed in the past as well. So its very dangerous ground that theyre treading on. That corner is owned by Tavistock, but you can take all the property around it ... and it comes in as one annexation parcel. If everybody votes, youll have more land and more votes than they do, so thats why theyd have to commit. Mayor Gary Bruhn Town leaders mull annexation CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Easter Bunny makes early visit to Independence Layla Dukes gave the Easter Bunny a big hug. Above: Soa Rojas waited her turn with her grand mother and puppy, Mu eca, to meet the Easter Bunny. Left: Chelsea Getsy, Bran dyn Hyman and Carlton Morrissey helped ensure the event ran smoothly. Regan McMasters, 6, picked out her own plant. ONLINE See more photos at 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. 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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 5 268092 Eat, Play & Stay Healthy West Orange! ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Call 407-656-2121 or Visit 267479 IN OCOEE407-905-7898 IN WINTER GARDEN407-654-3037 So local, it feels like your garage! Call Today! 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 AMY QUESINBERRY COMMUNITY EDITOR If youre hoping to meet the three leading candidates for Orange County mayor before casting your ballot, here is your chance. The three men Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and businessman Rob Panepinto will be at the Orange County Mayoral Forum, set for Thursday, March 29, in Lake Buena Vista. The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association is hosting the forum. Annually, CFHLA partners with local city and county gov ernments to support community engagement. PETE CLARKE If elected, Clarke plans to schedule one-on-one meetings with each of the municipal mayors, support homeless programs through inno vation and with no governmental interference and expand access to county services through the cre ation of service centers. West Orange is a beautiful area, so growth pressures will continue, Clarke said. Cities will look to expand their boundaries, and rural vs. urban issues will occur. Crime will be a central focus as the (area) grows. He said he would offer the part nership necessary for successful joint-planning areas so the Orange County Sheriffs Office, Orange County Fire Rescue and Emergency Management are properly funded with solid mutual-aid agreements. In Horizon West, Clarke said he would look to neighborhood ser vices professionals to work with Horizon West to emulate to the extent possible the tremendous success of Hunters Creek. Hunt ers Creek has very strong HOAs and boards to self-govern. JERRY DEMINGS Demings vows to strengthen ser vices for senior citizens, expand access to health care for the unin sured and underinsured,expand the number of county parks and/ or amenities at existing parks, enhance partnerships with the municipalities to improve the renaissance of arts, create part nerships for business incubators and work through the chambers of commerceto increase the number of small businesses and attract jobs with higher wages. In West Orange, the biggest challenges are public safety;trans portation and traffic congestion; increasing the stock of housing that is affordable; and attracting highwage jobs to the area, Demings said. I anticipate the municipalities in West Orange County to continue growing at a rate acceptable to their legislative bodies and citizens, he said. He would like to establish Com munity Redevelopment Agencies and other initiatives that bring high quality of life. In Horizon West, Demings hopes to continue working with elected officials who represent the area in being responsive to needs of the residents. ROB PANEPINTO Panepinto said his blueprint for the county also addresses issues in West Orange: creating more high er-wage jobs, reducing housing costs, improving traffic and infra structure and ensuring all citizens live in safe, quality neighborhoods. (Growth), if managed smartly, could create enormous economic opportunity while also enhancing the quality of life and protecting rural settlement areas, he said of West Orange. Close partnership between the county and West Orange munici palities is crucial, he said. He wants to have collaborative conversations that will drive economic growth while at the same time, maintain quality of life for existing residents. Regarding Horizon West, he said: I see a real opportunity where the county can help guide the overall plan and growth to attract highwage jobs, economic development and a variety of quality residential options. Significant portions of the Hamlin Town Center area are zoned for corporate and office space. IF YOU GO ORANGE COUNTY MAYORAL FORUM WHEN: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 WHERE: Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort, 12205 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando COST: $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10 REGISTER: cfhla.member Three candidates for county mayor to speak at forum The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association is hosting mayoral seat hopefuls Pete Clarke, Jerry Demings and Rob Panepinto this week. ONLINE See more photos at


6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 268236 For More Information /TheGroveOrlando 4750-4757 The Grove Drive | Windermere, FL At the corner of Apopka-Vineland and Conroy-Windermere Roads The Groves Spring Fashion Show and Eggstravaganza!Saturday, March 31Fashion Show: Starts at 11:00 amDiscover fashion nds for the whole family at The Grove.Eggstravaganza: Starts at 11:30Join us for an afternoon of games, music, egg hunts and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 269435 268931 267750 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 with a permitted density of one residence per acre and a zoning classification of Country Estate Cluster District. Under this designation and zoning, only six homes would be permitted. However, the appli cant, Darrell Nunnelley, who represents the property owner, has submitted a request to the county to change the designation to Planned Development Com mercial/Assisted Living Facility. According to Orange County Planner Nicholas Thalmueller, the applicant has not yet submit ted a rezoning application, but a rezoning of Planned Develop ment District would be required to permit the type of develop ment the property owner wants to build. During a community meeting held Jan. 25, the applicant dis cussed the plans under consider ation for the property. The plans include a 30,567-square-foot assisted-living facility with 50 beds, a gas station and a conve nience store. These proposed uses for the property, however, are a source of concern for the surrounding community. Because the prop erty is located within the Gotha Rural Settlement, future devel opment of the site must abide by certain guidelines outlined in the Countys Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Nearby residents against the development emphasize that the proposed uses do not meet any of the Rural Settlement guidelines set forth by Orange County. And many purchased homes in the area because of the protections associated with Rural Settle ments, said 25-year Gotha resi dent Neal McFarland. The residents worry commer cial developments such as these would change the rural character of Gotha, which could affect its appeal and impact home values. We moved here because it is a rural area and under the protec tion of the comprehensive plan where you dont have the irre sponsible commercial growth just for the sake of growth, McFarland said. We want it to stay rural. According to McFarland, an assisted-living facility and gas station are not needed, are incompatible with the surround ing development and would dam age the tree canopy. Other concerns particu larly for those living in Westover Reserve and Roberts Landing relate to the close proximity of the project to their homes and the traffic that it might generate. The only justification to even consider it would be if it pro vides needed local services, but an assisted-living facility and a gas station are not needed local services here, McFarland said. Within three miles, there are plenty of nursing homes, with a couple more being built also within three miles. There are also like eight or nine gas stations within that (radius). Thalmueller said developments with commercial and office use are allowed in Rural Settlements according to the Comprehensive Plan, as long as they are compat ible with the development pattern in terms of scale, intensity, size and architecture. The Comprehensive Plan allows some commercial and office uses within rural settle ments, Thalmueller said. These uses must have a scale and inten sity that is compatible with the existing development pattern in the area and are limited to uses that will serve the residents of the immediate area. This means that a commercial or office building would have to be built to a compatible size and archi tectural style with development in the surrounding area, and not be designed to attract pass-by trips. The proposed ordinance will be considered by the Countys Plan ning and Zoning Commission April 19 for a recommendation of approval or denial to the Orange County Board of County Com missioners. It will then head to the BCC on June 5, for a final vote. We moved here because it is a rural area and under the protection of the comprehensive plan where you dont have the irresponsible commercial growth just for the sake of growth. We want it to stay rural. Neal McFarland Westover project draws ire CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 BLACK TIE ORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Women in the Arts: Awards Reception. 8. Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra: Evening at the Pops. ONLINE. D ozens of Rotary Club of Windermere supporters were treated to a magical evening on Saturday, March 24, during its Its Magic dinner and magic show. The event served as a fundraiser for the Rotarys local charities and in cluded a surf n turf dinner catered by Unos Pizzeria and Grill, as well as a cash bar and rae. Magicians Michael Ammar and Erick Olson wowed the audience with stunning magic tricks. DANIELLE HENDRIX Dale and Margaret Cox ran the rae table while chatting with Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn and his wife, Kay. Kim and Erick Olson, Michael and Hannah Ammar, Frances Willard and Je Kaylor looked forward to the dinner. Treated to TRICKS Don Greer, Doug Trovilliom and Ann and John Rodgers chatted on the back porch of Town Hall. Phil and Ginger Leopold and Cindy and Rick Beltz loved having a night out.


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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 9 256493with single coupon from 7:00pm 12:00am Expires 4/30/18 One Free Glass of Wine 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. 18th AnnualApril 7th 9 am 5 pm April 8th 11 am 4 pm 268766 r See Page 15 of this weeks paper270810 www.westorangehabitat.org267745Spring 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 WEST ORANGE OBITUARIES ROBERT EDMUND BOB KARNEY 17 July 1939 to 6 March 2018 BobKarney, 78, of Winter Gar den, Florida, joined his late wife, Annie Laura LollieKarney, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. He was the son of the late Ivy Grace and Robert Alexander R.A.Karneyof Covington, Tennessee. Bob served in the U.S. Army for 24 years and retired a Lieu tenant Colonel.He served in Vietnam in 1969 as a helicopter pilot. His post-Army career was with Lockheed Martin in Orlan do, Florida. Bob was a member ofthe First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden for 27 years. He also was a member of the United Methodist Men. He was an Eagle Scout and a lifelong supporter of the Boy Scouts. He lived by the Scout Law and was responsible for rechartering Troop 210 in 1992, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. In his Scouting career he received many awards, but his passion was mentoring scouts to reach their goal of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Winter Garden. His final resting place will be in the Memorial Gardens at First United Methodist Church in Winter Garden. He is survived by his sister, Sandra Crosier, of Lubbock Texas; his three children, Ste phen and wife, Susan, of Aus tin, Texas, Shannon Badgley, of Sarasota, Florida,Michael and wife, Brenda, of Winter Garden, Florida; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. CARLOS ERNESTO DE ZAVA LA 75, of Gotha, died Saturday, March 24, 2018. Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha. BRENDA BUNNY FELDMAN 74, of Ocoee, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory, West Or ange Chapel. KATHERINE SMITH GUNNELL 79, of Winter Garden, died Friday, March 16, 2018. Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, Winter Garden. NICHOLAS NICK NARUSH KO 89, of Gotha, died Monday, March 19, 2018. Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha. PATRICIA YELVINGTON NORRIS 85, of Gotha, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha. ROBIN M. ROESTI 56, of Ocoee, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations, Winter Garden. GEORGE A. SMEDILE 88, of Winter Garden, died Wednes day, Jan. 17, 2018. Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations, Winter Garden. EDWARD McDANIEL ED SMITH 93, of Gotha, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha. KATHLEEN T. SMITHSON 76, of Windermere, died Monday, March 5, 2018. Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations, Winter Garden. SUSIE VELMA TOSCANO 90, of Winter Garden, died Friday, March 16, 2018. BaldwinFairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden. FERDINAND C. VAN KERSBER GEN 84, Winter Garden, died Monday, March 12, 2018. Winter Oak Funeral Home & Crema tions, Winter Garden.


10 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 CHURCH DIRECTORY Advertise your Services or Events on this page weekly.This page appears weekly in the Windermere Observer and online at advertise in the Church Directory call 407-656-2121 or email AdvertiseNow@orangeobserver.com268085EPISCOPALCHURCH OF THE ASCENSION 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando Sun.Serv 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm. 407-876-3480 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 & FurnitureFollow us at our New Workshop Location at 930 Carter Rd. Suite #311, Winter Garden 1/4 Mile North of W. 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For more information and a complete list of prices, please visit our website: www.cremationchoicesfl.comCremation Choices offers an affordable alternative to expensive funeral homes and cremation services in the Central Florida area. 267302 We Proudly offer: Traditional Burial and Cremation Services Prearranged Funeral Services 407-656-2233 428 E. Plant Street Winter Garden, FL 34787Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home Winter Garden 267720For the celebration of a lifetime, let us plan every detail. SAL JOHN BART DIED FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018. Sal John Bart, age 87 years, of Win ter Garden, Florida, died peace fully at Cornerstone Hospice in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, March 23, 2018, after injuries sustained as a pedestrian in a car accident. Sal was born Salvatore DeBar tolo on March 7, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York; he was the son of Joseph and Stella (Ebetino) DeBartolo. Sal grew up in Rye, New York, and graduated from Rye High School in 1948. While working at Playland Amusement Park in Rye, Sal met Mary Louise Fitzhugh, and they married on Aug. 16, 1953. They had one child, Sharon Ann. They subsequently divorced. Sal mar ried second wife, Linda (Branch) Letzkus, and they also divorced. Sal enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. After his service, he completed RCA Elec tronics School in New York City and became a television repair man. He and a friend soon opened their own business, Circle TV, in Harrison, New York. About 1960, Sal, Mary Lou and Sharon moved to southern Cali fornia, where they lived for eight years. Sal supported his fam ily through his own business, La Mirada TV. While in the TV-repair busi ness, Sal fulfilled his childhood passion for aviation. He took pri vate flying lessons and eventually became a career helicopter pilot and F.A.A. pilot examiner. During the Vietnam War, Sal was a civilian instructor helicopter pilot at Fort Wolters, Texas, the U.S. Army Pri mary Helicopter Training Center. Sal and his family then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Sal was hired by Howard Hughes in 1968 as chief of Hughes Helicop ter Operations. Sal was awarded Pilot of the Year in 1968 by Pro fessional Pilot magazine. He then went to work in 1971 as chief heli copter pilot for the U.S. EPA, and he also flew helicopters for the U.S. Forest Service. He retired from the federal government after 20 years of service in 1991. Sal embarked on another career as a drivers license examiner for the State of Florida, working at offices in Ocoee and Clermont. He retired from there in 2013 after another 20 years. After he retired from flying, Sal became an avid enthusiast of assembling and flying radio-con trolled aircraft. He was a long-time member of the Remote Control Association of Central Florida and served as president for five years. Sal loved to tell stories. His greatest pleasure came from being able to make people laugh. He often touched the lives of strangers in stores he patronized by stopping them in the aisles and telling them a joke he had made up himself. To the end, he was quick witted, and even in his late 80s, he outwitted a social worker who visited him to test his mental acuity by turn ing the tables and stumping her with questions. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. Sal leaves behind his daughter and only child, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, and Sharons partner, James W. Warren, of Salt Lake City, Utah; only granddaughter, Laurie (Carmack) Almeida, and her hus band, Dash Almeida, of McMin ville, Oregon; former son-in-law, Stephen H. Carmack of Carson City, Nevada; his older brother, Albert Bart of Tullahoma, Ten nessee, and his older sister, Lucille Hutcherson of Laguna Hills, Cali fornia; two great-granddaughters, Verity and Aven Almeida; and many friends. His body has been cremated, and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at HighPoint Interfaith Church, 476 Ocoee Commerce Parkway, Ocoee, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), nationalcops. org/donatepage.html. IRA JOHNSON JR. DIED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018. Ira Johnson Jr., age 75, of Webster, Florida, passed awayWednesday, March 21, 2018, at home in Web ster, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Hel en Johnson, of Webster, Florida; his two daughters, Cynthia John son Wise (Jimmy), of Webster, Florida, Pamela Johnson Scott (Terry), of Webster, Florida; four grandchildren, Amanda Adams (Caleb), of Webster, Florida, Jes sica Bellamy (Mike), of Webster, Florida, Courtney Bellamy (Tory), of Webster, Florida, Jeremy Scott (Erica), of Webster, Florida; 10 great-grandchildren; and sis ter, Lina Johnson Green (Ray) of Franklin, North Carolina. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, (with visitation from 3 to 4 p.m.) in Purcell Chapel, with Caleb Adams officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, Florida. WEST ORANGE OBITUARIES


SPORTS MARCH 29, 2017 Lacrosse newcomer Kaitlyn Bennett makes an impact for Windermere girls team. Page 12 1 Dr. Phillips girls wres tling junior Shania Gowan, a two-time state champion for the Panthers, placed fth in the nation in her weight class at the USA Wrestling National Championships over spring break. Gowan went 5-2 with ve pins. 2 The National High School Golf Asso ciation has ranked The First Academys girls golf team as its top girls golf team in the nation for the 2017-18 school year. Rankings by the organiza tion are based on state championship tourna ments and are calculated using average dierential. Visit www.highschoolgolf. org for more information. 3 The Dr. Phillips baseball team (7-5) split a pair of games over spring break, defeat ing Bishop Moore 5-2 March 19 and falling to Lake Mary 7-3 March 20. In the win against the Hor nets, Josh Arent pitched two strong innings of relief to earn the win on the mound. 4 The Windermere girls lacrosse team will host West Orange at 7 p.m. Friday at Deputy Scott Pine Com munity Park the rst meeting of the new rivals. While all games between the Wolverines and War riors this year have had a fun feel of familiarity to them, this one takes on an added layer as Wind ermere head coach Ann Bomleny will be coach ing against her daughter, West Orange senior Meghan Bomleny. 5 The First Academys baseball team (11-4) won a pair of games over spring break, defeat ing Wellington 10-0 March 22 and Lakeland Chris tian 3-0 March 23. Bryce Fisher had three RBIs for TFA against Wellington and was also the winning pitcher against Lakeland Christian. HIGH 5 The origin of Windermere Laker Aquatics, a new year-round swim club based out of Windermere Prep, came from an observation. The administration at Wind ermere Prep, from Headmaster Tom Marcy to Athletic Director Jacob Doss, had noticed that the schools on-campus pool wasnt getting the usage one would hope for from a facility of its caliber. What we were finding is during the high-school season theyd swim here (for the var sity program), and then as soon as the season was over, theyd go to another (club) swim program, Doss said. We were like, That doesnt make sense we have a perfectly good pool here. So, an exploratory board of par ents was formed to look into the feasibility of a year-round swim club, something many had lob bied for previously and some thing that other prep schools with swimming facilities tend to have. A group of parents got together, created a business plan and rolled out Windermere Laker Aquatics, said Greg Bitel, a member of the WLAs current board of directors. The Windermere Laker Aquatics swim club, which began in August of 2017 and is based out of Windermere Prep, has burst onto the club swimming scene in Florida. TFA alum to test NBA Draft waters Photo courtesy of Ryan Hunt Fletcher Magee scored a team-high 27 points during Woords upset of then-No. 5 North Carolina Dec. 20. A former local standout is testing the waters of the National Bas ketball Association. Fletcher Magee, a 2015 graduate of The First Academy and stand out basketball player for Wofford College, has declared for the NBA Draft, per his Twitter account. The announcement tweet read: After talking with my coaches and family, I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft. None of this would be possible if it werent for my coaches and teammates. I thank God for this opportunity. I will not hire an agent so I can keep my eligibility and return to Wof ford next year. As a junior at Wofford, Magee averaged 22 points per game while shooting 48% from the field and 40% from three. Given his remarkable shooting accuracy, he Class of 2015 grad Fletcher Magee is following up his breakout junior season at Woord College by declaring for the NBA Draft, where his perimeter shooting abilities may very well be in demand. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR SEE NBA PAGE 12 STEVEN RYZEWSKI SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR SEE AQUATICS PAGE 12 MAKING A SPLASH Steven Ryzewski Brooke Larweth, left, Addison Reese, Madeleine Reynolds, Peyton Powell and Gaby Tong formed the two relay teams that set records at Florida Age Group Championships in February.


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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 Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...267751 ADVANCED CAMP FOR AGES 14+ June 14-16th 9am-2pm $200 BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CAMP FOR AGES 10+ June 25-28th 5-8pm $125 Foundation Academy Gym15304 Tilden Rd, Winter GardenRegister at 270279 ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Why did you decide to take up lacrosse as a junior? Jayden Smith is on the team and she was in my seventh-period class. She got me super excited (about lacrosse) its a new school, so I thought I would try a new sport. Jayden convinced me to come out and I did, and Im really glad I did. What do you like about play ing lacrosse? I really like how its a lot more fast-paced than I thought. I like the adrenaline its so cool when you see the team click and the plays are working. What are some cool qualities about your teammates and your coach, Ann Bomleny? My teammates, I think, theyre extra-special because every one is really encouraging and theyre determined. Our coach (Ann Bomleny) is really good at motivating us and she really knows what she is doing. Which win so far are you the most proud of? Actually, I think a really good game was the Timber Creek win. I was surprised because that was our first game at the new stadium (at Deputy Scott Pine Park), as a new team, and coming out and winning the first game just set a really good attitude for the whole season. SPORTS SPOTLIGHT The Windermere girls lacrosse team is 6-2 so far in its very rst season. The young team the Wolverines have no seniors has had several promising players step up this spring, including junior Kai tlyn Bennett. Bennett, who rowed previously after moving to Florida from Brooklyn, is brand-new to lacrosse. She has made an impact as a defender for Windermere, starting every game and impress ing her coach, Ann Bomleny, with her work ethic. SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVES Kaitlyn Bennett What did you enjoy about rowing? Rowing, I loved it because it taught really good discipline and it got everyone into really good shape. How would you compare liv ing in Brooklyn to living in Horizon West? In Brooklyn, everything is super close to each other. I lived right around the corner from a pizza place and an ice cream place, so I used to go there with my friends when I was younger. Living here, the best thing I can say about it is the lakes and the beach I love it so much! Have you been able to find pizza locally that comes compares to the pizza in Brooklyn? The closest Ive gotten to New York pizza is N.Y.P.D. or Strom bolis theyre both really good. What is your favorite class? I really like science Im in Advanced Placement Biology, and science is what I want to do when I get older. What do you want to do within science? I want to be a marine biologist. Specifically, I want to study sharks. Ever since I was little, I always have loved the ocean. I met some people through rowing, and their older sib lings, they dive for a really cool research facility. Its super cool and that kind of caught my eye. Whats the best advice any one has given you? I think it would be that things happen to you, and you cant control what happens to you but you can control your attitude toward it. I think that just pushes you toward having a really good attitude toward everything and just coming out and giving 110% every time. STEVEN RYZEWSKI THE BASICS School: Windermere High Year: Junior Age: 16 Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Height: 5-foot-3 GPA: 3.5 Previous sport: Rowing From that exploratory board, Windermere Laker Aquatics USA Swimming-certified club officially opened Aug. 12. The club is affiliated with the school and uses the same mascot and team name as WPS: the water dragon and the Lakers. We tried to pattern our club after the culture of Windermere Prep a low swimmer-tocoach ratio, Bitel said. Were trying to create an elite program. Were not looking at big volume. Were looking at a smaller group that wants to excel we expect a lot from our swimmers and from our parents. Together, the WLA board and Windermere Prep brought in Alex Dehner to be the programs first coach, serving dually as head coach of WLA and of the Windermere Prep varsity swimming team. At 23, Dehner is a young head coach, but the former swimmer at the University of Florida has impressed his new boss. (Alex) came in and fit in almost immediately with the rest of the coaches at Winder mere Prep, Doss said. Hes a younger guy, but hes wise beyond his years. Hes mature in that he sees success the oldfashioned way Alex sees it as having to put in some time and be patient. Dehner was a standout swim mer for the Gators until doc tors discovered he had bilateral blood clots in each of his lungs. While he waited to get cleared to return to the pool for UF something that unfortunately did not happen he began his coaching career. With his own competitive career behind him, the Talla hassee native is dedicated to building something special at Windermere Prep. The opportunity here, at Windermere Prep, is kind of every coachs dream to have an up-and-coming institu tion that backs its swim team, Dehner said. To have a pro gram that is funded and real ly supported, is what really enticed me to come down. I saw the vision. That vision extends beyond Dehner and to his staff of five coaches. He said the schools support allowed him to pursue top-notch coaches, includ ing former Olympians Gemma Spofforth and Anna Pold. After a strong showing for the varsity team during the fall season, the new club appears to have it sea legs after a strong performance at the Florida Age Group Championships in Feb ruary. WLA took 24 swimmers to the event and placed fifth out of 58 teams an impressive feat for a new club. Additionally, the Lakers set three FLAG records two in relay races (400 yard medley relay; 400 yard freestyle relay) and Addison Reese set an indi vidual FLAG record in the 200yard IM. Gavin Van Kersbergen, 10, won the high-point award for 10-and-under boys at the meet. From the success of that meet, seven Laker swimmers were selected to compete in a Florida All-Stars competition: Reese, Van Kersbergen, Brooke Larweth, Gaby Tong, Peyton Powell, Hayley Clark and Rory Connelly. The early success has moti vated the clubs coach. Were building a culture and building something brandnew, Dehner said. I still get chills every time that they dive in for their races. Looking forward, WLA sees growth in its future. The club already has grown from 35 swimmers to 90 in less than a years time. Originally intend ed solely for Windermere Prep students, a swell of interest led to WLA accepting students from all schools. The club was a volunteer host club for the NCSA Champi onships at the I-Drive YMCA Aquatic Center recently, and will partner with the Mac Crutchfield Foundation to host a swim clinic in April that will feature several Olympians, including Ryan Lochte. Collectively, the club is carv ing out an identity amongst its swimmers and parents. Its come together as a com munity, and its really nice to see, Bitel said. And as for that pool on Wind ermere Preps campus? Its get ting plenty of action these days. Our pool is constantly being used, Doss said. Youll never walk by our pool and not see it packed with swimmers. has been hailed as one of college basketballs best shooters, mak ing him particularly attractive to NBA teams at a time when perimeter shooting is prized. Because he is not yet hir ing an agent, Magee will retain his amateur status for the time being and be able to be assessed by NBA franchises, giving him an idea of if and where he may be drafted. Magee made a national splash Dec. 20, when he and the Terri ers went on the road and upset powerhouse North Carolina ranked No. 5 in the nation at the time. Magee scored 27 points during the upset. Magee recently was profiled by SBNATION, and a Decem ber headline for Bleacher Report speculated that Magee is the Most Unstoppable, Lethal Shooter in (College Basketball). He has been a First Team All-SoCon selection in each of the past two seasons, and was named the SoCon Mal colm U. Pitt Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season. Magee is a finalist for the Jerry West Award, given to college basket balls best shooting guard in the nation. While at The First Academy, Magee played for current coach Chris Mayberry and addition ally was a three-sport letter winner in basketball, football and golf. NBA Aquatics CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 Steven Ryzewski Lyndsey Huizenga, left, Benjamin Mack-Jackson, Elizabeth Cottle and Grace Khunduang are college prospects.


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