ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer WOHS, WHS lacrosse match divides house. 11. VOLUME 3, NO.2625 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORA development request that could add up to 80 townhomes in the Lake Willis neighborhood met strong resistance from nearby homeowners. Lake Willis-area residents attended a community meeting Tuesday, March 27, at Sand Homeowners again reject townhome proposalLake Willis-area residents voiced their opposition a second time to the Townhomes at Westwood planned development. Eastereggs-cavation NRA TO OFFER SAFETY COURSEThe American Legion Post 63 is hosting an NRA Home Firearm Safety Course, led by Christopher M. Rumbaugh, a certied law-enforcement rearms instructor. The non-shooting course is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the post, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. It is designed to teach students the basic knowledge and skills and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of rearms and ammunition in the home. The cost is $50, paid in advance and at the door. Register at nrainstructors.org/ searchcourse.aspx. For information, call (407) 656-6361.A CARNIVAL IS COMING!Windermere High School will host its rst carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the school, 5523 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere. This carnival will feature games and activities provided by Windermere High clubs, sports and organizations. There also will be food trucks and an inatable obstacle course. For more, visit bit. ly/2GvXpfs.YOUR TOWN LOW INVENTORY, HIGH DEMANDIn the rst quarter of 2018, West Orange communities remained hot in a sellers market.SEE PAGE 15 REAL ESTATE FOR THE KIDSRichard Schwamm named to Floridas Children First board. SEE PAGE 8 Developer requests rezoning in Horizon WestOrange County hosted a community meeting to explain Boyd Development Corp.s request to rezone 78.97 acres for 317 homes. BLACK TIE GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR HORIZON WEST Boyd Development Corporation seeks to add a new residential development to the Hamlin community.SEE RESIDENT PAGE 6 SEE MORE PAGE 4First Baptist Church Windermere and the town of Windermere celebrated Easter with a plethora of family fun last weekend. PHOTOS ON PAGE 4. Finn and his big brother Kai Diederich sat on the grass to enjoy their Easter eggs after the Windermere Easter egg hunt. Bella Silva dressed appropriately for First Baptist Church Windermeres event.
2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 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 269845 Same day Appointments available for new and 270602 Pediatricians Erika Diogene, D.O. Phone: 407-770-1414 1583 E. Silver Star Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761 www.GrowingTogetherPeds.comOpen: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm YOUR CALENDARTHURSDAY, APRIL 5OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 7 p.m. April 5 to April 7; 1 p.m. April 7, at Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Tickets are $10 and could be purchased at the door, or at goo.gl/FJ1qxW.FRIDAY, APRIL 6PETER 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. REALLY PATHETIC & TOTALLY AWKWARD 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Be the rst to see this new comedy/ drama. Tickets are $10 and available at TotallyAwkwardMovie.com; they will not be available the night of the event. There will be a Q&A with the cast and crew after the screening. supermegaultraent@gmail. com. WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL 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.SATURDAY, APRIL 718TH ANNUAL SPRING FEVER IN THE GARDEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat urday, April 7, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in downtown Winter Garden. The Bloom and Grow Garden Society will host this event, which will feature gardening vendors, a KidZone, live music, shows, gardening experts and more. For more visit springfeveringarden.com. GUN SAFETY CLASS 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at American Legion Post 63, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. Class is limited to the rst 50 who sign up. Lunch is provided. This is a non-shooting course that teaches students the basic knowledge and skills to explain the attitude necessary for safe handling and storage of rearms/ammunition in the home. Students will receive multiple safety handbooks and a course completion certicate. The cost is $50, but there are $15 scholarships for legion members. Sign up at nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx and select NRA Home Firearm Safety Course and search using the zip code 34787. INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, in the Independence community in south Winter Garden. Find some bargains at this multihome sale. (407) 654-7479. LLAMA LOVE ART 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7, at The Art Room, 709 Main St., Windermere. Children in kindergarten and older can create a 12-inch by 16-inch wrapped-canvas acrylic paint ing of a llama wearing funky, heart-shaped sunglasses. Cost is $35. Reservations required at (407) 909-1869. SOUTHWEST ART CLUB: PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS ON CANVAS 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Participants will work with acrylic paints inspired by the signature style of Carmen Herrera. Basic techniques will be discussed and demonstrated in a step-by-step format. Materials are provided, or bring your own. Instructor is Xiomara Aleksic of Women in the Arts Inc. Suggested donation amount (for materials and supplies) is $15 and can be made at the workshop. Level: Beginner to Intermediate. For 18 years and older. Open to women and men. Limited space. Registration required at (407) 835-7323.SUNDAY, APRIL 8BLUEGRASS CONCERT 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Performing are bluegrass groups Dave Adkins Band and Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band. Tickets are $25; VIP tickets are $40 and include premium seating, a pre-show reception and a meet-and-greet with the bands.MONDAY, APRIL 9CENTRAL FLORIDA RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Steven Olszewski will present The Tavares and Gulf Railroad. Free. (407) 656-0559. THURSDAY, APRIL 12ART HISTORY TRENDING 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Pop Culture, Social Media & Instagram is this months discussion in the series of art historical topics through the lens of todays social media and pop culture trends, such as self ies and food pictures. Register at wgart.org/events/lecturearthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996.
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 3 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITEROrange County Public Schools officials discussed building improvements, security upgrades and the future of Southwest Middle School during a community meeting Wednesday, March 28, at the school. The meeting was held to inform parents, teachers and locals of renovations coming to Southwest Middle School. The renovation project is at the 30% design phase. which phase is expected to be completed by this summer. A bidding process will take place after design and last through spring 2019. Construction will begin after the bidding process, and the renovations are expected to be complete by sum mer 2020, said Tim McNicholas, principal architect of the project. Were basically getting started on the project, McNicholas said. Our team has been coming out to the site and looking at all aspects of the campus. We were looking at all the site issues, looking at traf fic report issues that we had talked about, checking out the buildings and just doing a comprehensive investigation. Overall site improvements include replacing the schools fencing, re-striping and sealcoating school parking areas and refurbishing. Building improvements include partially remodeling the administrative-area office to meet secure point-of-entry and administrative needs, refurbishing restrooms and buildings and improving outdoor dining areas. Additionally, upgrades will be made to the schools exterior and interior lighting, fire-alarm system, security camera and inter com system and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, McNicholas said. Youve got a lot of the older, galvanized chain-link fencing, so well probably look at updating that to the new standard, which is black-vinyl fencing, he said. One of the biggest issues we have with this vintage campus is the student restrooms. The group restrooms arent really up to par in terms of functionality or the building code in terms of privacy, accessibility, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) code requirements and those kinds of things. Orange County School Board District 4 member Pam Gould said the cost of the project is $16 million, which will come from capital-improvement funds. This is a project Im very excited about because I started talking to Facilities (Department) about it when I was elected in 2012, Gould said. So, Im really excited that we now have the funding to do this project. Kim Allan attended the meeting to learn whats in store for Southwest Middle School. I have a fifth-grader who is going to be a sixth-grader next year, so hes going to be here while all this construction is going on, Allan said. We were just curious to see whats new, whats going on and whats happening.GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORAs most life-changing events tend to do, the stroke attacked unexpectedly on what might have other wise been a typical morning in the Osborne household. Independence Elementary School Principal Dr. Angela Mur phy-Osborne woke at 6 a.m. to start her day and get ready for work when she stumbled upon the sight of her husband, Paul, lying on the floor covered in blood. Paul had been ill the previous few days, but nothing prepared Osborne and her family for the stress and struggle of the following months. Paul was forced to jump back and forth from the intensive care unit to a rehabilitation center for the next four months. We were going back and forth from Oct. 20, (2017), to about Feb. 23, with the exception of about 40 hours when we made it home one time in December, Osborne said. But then he got extremely ill again, and we had to take him back by ambulance.MOUNTING BILLSNow, Paul is recovering slowly at home and continues to receive therapy five times a week. But things have been difficult for the Osborne family ever since that day, and financial stress has loomed over the family as medical bills for Pauls care continue to pile up. The bills just keep coming; I dont know what the final total will be, Osborne said. Were just lucky Orange County Public Schools has a good benefits pack age thats definitely helped. Because her husband must have someone with him at all times and only recently has begun to show significant signs of improvement, a caregiver must be present to assist Paul with day-to-day functions while Osborne is at work. The doctors say his prognosis is unknown because they would never have thought that he would be doing this well after such a mas sive stroke, she said. Theyre very shocked hes doing this well. He can eat on his own. He can talk. Cognitively, hes doing pretty good. Hes got great long-term memory, and hes walking about a total of 400 feet using a quad cane now. Of course, he has to sit down in his wheelchair every so often and then take a break and start walking again. He went for about five weeks with his left leg totally paralyzed; it was only the weekend before he could even wiggle his toes for the first time. His arm is still pretty much totally paralyzed.WARNING SIGNSOsborne regrets not knowing the signs of an incoming stroke and hopes to spread awareness of what to look for in hopes that it could help someone else. Just know the signs, Osborne advised. If we had known the signs the day before, my husbands stroke wouldnt have hit as bad. People need to know the signs, like facial drooping or numbness, weakness in the arms, speech dif ficulties. If you know the signs, you can get to the hospital fast enough and get a drug that can save your self a whole lot of heartache. While Paul was gradually recov ering, Osbornes mother also had a stroke on Jan. 2. Her mother has two caretakers helping her night and day at her home in West Vir ginia. Although her husbands stroke might have been harder to catch, she believes her mothers stroke was preventable and reminds others to keep track of their blood pressure and sodium intake. Theres little things you can do to help too, she said. Just walking 30 minutes a day, cutting down on your sodium and cholesterol, mak ing sure you take your blood pressure medication, making sure you take your blood-pressure at least once a day. Despite her recent struggles, Osborne said she tries to remain positive and feels grateful for all the support shes received from both OCPS parents and coworkers. Ive spent my whole life trying to give back to people, and I hope when I get through this situation Ill never forget all the wonderful things people have done for me, she said. Im not asking for any one to feel sorry for me, but every one has been so supportive. Independence Elementary community helps principals family in time of needThe school community is fundraising to help the school principals family with mounting medical expenses.Courtesy photoDr. Angela Murphy-Osborne, the Independence Elementary School principal, with her son, Conner, and her husband, Paul. Paul suered a stroke October 2017. STROKES: MYTH VS. FACTMYTH: Strokes cannot be prevented. FACT: Up to 80% of strokes are prevent able. MYTH: Strokes are not hereditary. FACT: A family history of strokes increases an individuals risk. MYTH: Strokes only aect the elderly. FACT: Although the majority of strokes occur in those aged over 65, about 10 to 15% of strokes aect people age 45 and younger. MYTH: Strokes happen in the heart. FACT: Strokes actually are considered brain attacks, that occur when vital blood ow and oxygen to the brain is cut o via clogged or burst blood vessel.Source: National Stroke Association HOW TO HELPTo help with the medical expenses, Osbornes former colleague has set up an online fundraiser via GoFundMe for those wishing to donate money. So far, $3,130 has been raised out of the overall $30,000 goal. Anyone wishing to help the Osborne family, may visit bit. ly/2GuvPPs. Southwest Middle renovation project planning underwayEric GutierrezTim McNicholas is the principal architect of the Southwest Middle School renovation project.The $16 million renovation will include a variety of improvements inside and outside of the school walls.
4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 The 78.97-acre property located north of Porter Road, south of New Independence Parkway, east of State Road 429 and west of Avalon Road could add as many as 317 single-family homes to the Horizon West village. Boyd Development has requested to rezone the property from Citrus Rural District (A-1) to Planned Development District (PD). The property has a future land use designation of Horizon West Town Center Urban Residential (UR-5), which permits a density of four dwelling units per acre. This piece of property is in the Horizon West Town Center village, and the property itself is designated urban residential, so what were doing is going through the normal process of getting a Planned Development zoning, said Ken Kupp, a partner at Boyd Development. Were comply ing with the existing land use but requesting to change the zoning to allow us to move forward with this residential development. The proposed project, known as the Hamlin Southwest Land Use Plan, has just begun Orange Countys standard rezoning process, which requires an engineer ing analysis. Future analyses of the site may result in a determination that the site can support fewer homes than is permitted by its current landuse designation. If that happens, the number of permitted homes will be adjusted. When they did the Town Center land-use code, they deter mined how much could fit on the actual acreage while meeting the density requirements, said Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey. But, at that time, they didnt look at wetlands and stormwater drainage. Thats why were say ing thats what the acreage would support, but doesnt mean thats actually will be built because as they go through the process, that will likely be reduced. So theres this maximum thats ascribed to the acreage and then theres what actually can be built on this property. Kupp added he estimates it will be at least two or more years until construction of the homes begins, assuming the process goes smoothly. About 10 residents attended the meeting and asked questions regarding drainage improvements and wildlife preservation. They also wanted to know if nearby roadways, surrounding schools and the local fire department would be able to adequately sup port the growth projected to come with the development. VanderLey said the project will be subject to the scrutiny of other agencies as well, including the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Orange County Public Schools, which will all make their own determinations regarding whether existing facili ties can support the development. Hoppy huntersMore homes planned for Hamlin There was plenty of Easter excitement in Windermere and Horizon West last weekend as both the town of Windermere and First Baptist Church Windermere hosted celebrations. The fun started Friday, March 30, at the churchs Lakeside campus. Hundreds of children, many dressed in pastel colors and most toting Easter baskets, arrived for the churchs egg hunt and Easter celebration. The next morning, Winder mere Mayor Gary Bruhn and the Easter Bunny kicked off the towns festivities by leading children on a parade through downtown. The children were then welcomed tocongregate around three grassy areas categorized by age group behind the Town Hall to partake in the egg hunt. Dispersed among the field of candy-filled Easter eggs were several eggs that held winning tickets for special prizes, including bicycles. Attendees also enjoyedphoto opportunities with the Easter Bunny,along with a servingof cookies and cupcakes after the egg hunt. GABBY BAQUERO AND DANIELLE HENDRIX CORRECTIONOn the front page of the March 29 edition of the Windermere Observer, two children were misidentied in a cutline. 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All Rights Reserved ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com Attendees of the Windermere Easter Egg Hunt had the chance to take a photo alongside the Easter Bunny. Christian Angulo, Ximena Montenegro and Camila Angulo showed o the Easter eggs they collected at First Baptist Church Windermere. Right: Two-year-old Martina Cestero had a blast at the town of Windermeres event. Elijah Price gathered eggs for his basket at the church Easter hunt. Ella and Kate DiGioia wait for Winder mere Mayor Gary Bruhn to give the OK to begin their egg-hunting. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 5 270633 Throughout the year, Lift provides camps, community events and family services that elevate life for families and individuals impacted by disability. Lift Disability Network is a place where the disability community comes together to discover opportunity, faith, fun and a real sense of community for your entire family unit. Winter Garden Heritage Foundations Heller Hall 21 E. Plant St. | WInter Garden Thursday April 26 7:30 am Arrivals and complimentary breakfast 8:00 am Program RSVP, donate or sign up to host a table at: liftdisability.net/2018-breakfast APR262018THURSDAYOver breakfast learn about the impact Lift Disability Networks services have and how you can get involved nancially, as a regular volunteer or in prayer for our ministry.PLEASE JOIN US FOR THEA FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR LIFT DISABILTY NETWORKLIFT LIFE BREAKFAST BETSY VANDERLEYis Orange Countys District 1 Commissioner. She has been an Orange County resident since 1971 and has been very involved in local non-prot organizations for many years. Her involvement has included Habitat for Humanity, Hapco Foundation, Home at Last, Winter Garden Rotary, Young Fathers of Central Florida and more. She is a rm believer that you get out of life what you give. GUEST SPEAKER: rf ntb An evening of cocktails and conversationrf This is your opportunity to meet some of West Orange Countys leading women, with plenty of time for cocktails and conversation. Join us April 25 at ShowcaseWG in Winter Garden for the latest event! Attendees will enjoy getting to know each of our featured guests in this engaging, round-robin style event. Featured speakers include: Executive Vice President & Head of Community Banking, Seacoast Bank; Orlando Business Journal 2017 Business Executive of the Year Founder & CEO, Fattmerchant rfnn Creative Designer & Founder, Bay Hill Jewelers tf bb Orange County Clerk of Courts Sports Director, News 6 WKMGTickets available at brrb. Chamber member advance rate: $36 Non-member & at the door rate: $46 nn Presenting Sponsor Event Sponsor 271161 270614 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITEREmilio Queroga is building his new business on one thing his love of cheese. Queroga opened his new shop, Morthan Cheese, Wednesday, March 14, at the Plant Street Market. There, Queroga serves a variety of dishes each topped off with a slathering of melted raclette cheese. The concept behind the restaurant is modeled after a traditional method of eating raclette cheese, Queroga said. Its an Alpine-region concept, Queroga said. They melted the cheese and scraped the cheese on top of bread to eat. This is the original way of (eating) raclette. The menu features four items. Simply Chips and Cheese is a dish raclette over sea-salted pita chips and is served with or without salsa. Over My Potatoes is a dish of small baked potatoes topped with raclette. Southern Charm consists of Brussels sprouts, potatoes, sweet baby onions, tiny pickles and raclette. European Tradition Querogas favorite consists of prosciutto, artichokes, pota toes, cornichon pickles, pepper, arugula and, of course, raclette. Each dish costs $12. Prior to opening, Queroga said he had been looking for a space at the Plant Street Market for a long time. The idea and name for Morthan Cheese was inspired by a conversation he had with the owners of Crooked Can Brewing Company during which they discussed the need for cheese at the Plant Street Market. We always thought from the inception of the market that a cheese spot would kind of help round out the options in here, Crooked Can General Manager Ryan Gossett said. Theres so many different things that you can pair with beer, so having another thing in here is just going to help enhance that experience for everybody. Queroga, 53, is a Brazilian immigrant with a background as a business consultant for startup companies. He moved to the United States about six years ago. I say its the country of oppor tunities, Queroga said. If youre a hard worker, if you have consistency in your business, if youre a persistent person, the United States is the place (for you). Easy being cheesyEmilio Queroga opened Morthan Cheese at the Plant Street Market on Wednesday, March 14.IF YOU GOMORTHAN CHEESE Plant Street Market, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily FACEBOOK: Facebook. com/morthan cheesePhotos by Eric GutierrezEmilio Queroga is the owner of Morthan Cheese at the Plant Street Market in Winter Garden.
6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 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 268769 271229 270527 Lake Elementary, to show their opposition to the Townhomes at Westwood planned development. The project began moving through Orange Countys process last year and made it as far as the Orange County Planning & Zoning Commission before it hit a snag. The Orange County code for the Lake Willis area requires twostory, multifamily buildings to be set back at least 100 feet from single-family homes. Additionally, the future land-use designation Activity Center Residential comes with criteria that there must be a minimum of 12 dwelling units per acre. The request was for townhomes, and it went all the way to PZC, said Orange County Case Planner Jason Sorenson. Theres a section in the Lake Willis guidelines that says townhomes are multifamily (homes). It was at that point (last year) after PZC realized that there was also this ACR 12 dwelling-unit-per-acre minimum and the (applicant) said, Wow, we drew it up, but we just cannot meet that minimum density, so we need this waiver. After redrawing plans, the applicant Stephen Allen, of Civil Corp Engineering Inc. now is requesting to rezone the 8.88-acre property from country estate (R-CE) to PD. He is also requesting a waiver from the county code to allow the planned townhome buildings to be located within 30 feet from single-family property, rather than the current 100-foot buffer. The project needs the waiver in order to meet the 12 dwelling-unit-per-acre minimum within the ACR criteria. The request would allow for 80 units, or 21 per acre. But Allen said he would be lucky to meet the minimum ACR requirement. Were going to be lucky to get the minimum, and thats part of what this request is, Allen said. The minimum is required by comprehensive land use. By ask ing for this waiver, were trying to reach that minimum. With about 3.78 developable acres it looks like well be lucky to get 45 or 48 (units). But residents hold steadfast to their position: They dont want multifamily homes, much less any closer to their properties than the 100-foot buffer allows. We have a right right now in the Lake Willis buffering-area guideline, in that ordinance, that theres a a 100-foot buffer before a two-story building, Lake Willis Homeowners Association President Jerry Aldrich said. If the county votes to change that, then weve relinquished our rights that we fought to begin with. Its really got some big ramifications for us for something we kind of own at the moment. Aldrich, a Lake Willis resident for 42 years, and his neighbors said they would rather keep the R-CE zoning, which they say is consistent with the lake and its uses. Residents said they are concerned with giving that many people access to the lake and the impact more development would have on it. However, Allen said his team has made specific changes on the land-use plan that would not allow townhome residents access to the lake whether it be through docks or trails. Theres about 1,000 people a week move to the tri-county area all looking for someplace to live thats whats going on and thats whats driving this market, said Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey. I had a lady at the Dr. Phillips Town Hall meeting ask me when theyre going to stop building apartments, and I said, When people stop moving here. Its a market-driven decision, and so developers are going to look for areas that they feel they can build some product that they can sell to all of these new neighbors that were all experiencing. For good or ill, we have a really hot economy right now as compared to the rest of the country, so people are moving here. The project went before the Development Review Committee March 28 and is now up for approval by the PZC. That decision should take place in April, and should it receive approval, it would go before the County Commission in May or June. We really fought to have that (100-foot) buffer, Aldrich said. Thats one of the biggest complaints, and then to have that many people have access to the lake, we dont have a way to keep them off.Resident resistanceCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 7 rfntrfn rfntbrfn rfr nnnt b tLife-Changing Spiritual Formation World Class Teaching & Learning Apple Distinguished School Award Winning Fine Arts & Athletics bbt bt nfr rfn tb rfntrfn rfntb rfn rfr nnnt b t Life-Changing Spiritual Formation World Class Teaching & Learning Apple Distinguished School Award Winning Fine Arts & Athletics bbt bt nfr rfntb Life Changing Spiritual Formation World Class Teaching & Learning Apple Distinguished School Award Winning Fine Arts & Athletics 2667 Bruton Boulevard Orlando, Florida 32805 270407 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERJoin Olympia High School theater students as they tell a tale of love, pain, grief and hope with their production of Once on This Island. The production will be held at 7 p.m. April 5 to 7 at Olympia High School. A matinee will be held at 1 p.m. April 7. Once on This Island premiered on Broadway in 1990, said Olympia High Assistant Drama Director Alan Pagan-Pearl. Its based on a book which was a Caribbean retelling of The Little Mermaid. Pagan-Pearl said the story is set on a Caribbean Island that had been devastated by a hur ricane. He said the show carries some relevance today because of the damaging hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the Caribbean last year. Weve already had over 200,000 refugees coming from the Caribbean into the Central Florida area, Pagan-Pearl said. I teach foreign language here at this school, and I see kids who are coming in here from Puerto Rico whove lost everything and are now trying to make it here. This is a story about: What do you do when you lose everything? What do you still have and how do you get through that? So I feel like this story is more relevant now than its ever been. Once on This Island requires significant vocal work from the actors. The biggest challenge of putting all of this together is that unlike a lot of other shows where you have a lot of dialogue that you deal with this show is almost completely sung through, Pagan-Pearl said. Thats been really demanding on our vocalists. Its been really demanding on our band. ... Getting our band and our singers to sync up thats been a process. Senior Vann Washington is a first-year theater student in the leading male role, Daniel Beaux homme. He said Once on This Island will be his first musical. A lot of the cast is very talented, so I really had to practice my music game, Washington said. Having to go through a straight hour-and-a-half of singing with barely any lines is a really new experience (as) opposed to just having to act. Washington said during the audition, he was open to any role and was surprised when he snagged the leading role. I really thought I was going to be part of ensemble, Washington said. I was just really elated (when I got the role). I was in the middle of a Planet Smoothie (when I found out) and was like, Holy crap, and I dropped my smoothie. It was really funny. I said, Dude, I just got a lead role. Junior Ventrice Hinds will play the role of Momma Euralie. Hinds is also a first-year theater stu dent. It felt unreal, because Ive never tried out for a musical or gotten a part in a musical before, so this is my first time doing a musical or theater anything, Hinds said. Its the role I originally auditioned for and wanted. ... I was really excited. Although this is her first musical, Hinds is no stranger to singing in front of an audience; she is an active choir student. However, the dancing in the production posed as a challenge for her. I didnt really dance at first, Hinds said. Our first number was pretty difficult, but with more practice, I got it. IF YOU GOONCE ON THIS ISLAND WHEN: 7 p.m. April 5 to April 7; 1 p.m. April 7 WHERE: Olympia High School, 4301 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando TICKETS: $10 and can be purchased at the door or at goo.gl/FJ1qxW.To the music of the Gods, we dance!Photos by Eric GutierrezKervin Medard, left, and Ventrice Hinds performed a scene during rehearsals for Once on This Island.Olympia High School theater students will perform Once on This Island from April 5 to 7. I was just really elated (when I got the leading male role). I was in the middle of a Planet Smoothie (when I found out) and was like, Holy crap, and I dropped my smoothie. It was really funny. I said, Dude, I just got a lead role. Vann Washington (Getting the role as Momma Euralie) felt unreal, because Ive never tried out for a musical or gotten a part in a musical before, so this is my rst time doing a musical or theater anything. Its the role I originally auditioned for and wanted. ... I was really excited. Ventrice Hinds
8 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 268557 Saturday April 14, 2018Robarts Arena | Sarasota, FL9am:30pmDoors open at 8am, program starts at 9am FREE EVENT Registration required. Online registration is strongly encouraged at www.neurochallenge.org. Call 941-926-6413 for more information. THE PARKINSONS EXPO will feature presentations from medical experts on treatment options, the latest in research, managing the non-motor aspects of the disease, and more.This event is presented to the community at no charge thanks to the following partners: A complete listing of speakers and topics is available on the Neuro Challenge website. www.neurochallenge.org | 941-926-6413 The Slater-Kassan Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation SYNOVUS The Pines of Sarasota-Rehabilitation Senior Care Community Manatee Educational TelevisionRobarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, Florida 34237 PRESENTING SPONSOR PLATINUM SPONSORS GOLD SPONSORS 270919 259070 A voice for the childrenRichard B. Schwamm has been appointed to the board of directors for child-advocacy organization Floridas Children First.DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORHusband, father, lawyer, child injury-prevention advocate. Windermere resident Richard B. Schwamm plays all of those roles, but his newest includes being appointed to the board of directors for Floridas Children First.PUTTING CHILDREN FIRSTFCF was founded in 2001 by child advocates, volunteers and attor neys from across the state committed to working on issues affecting Floridas most vulnerable children. It seeks to improve the government and private systems that exist to serve children through executivebranch advocacy; legal and legislative advocacy; procedural-rule advocacy; support for former foster youth; and training and support of attorneys. We are honored to have Richard join our board of directors with his many years of dealing with childrens cases and his passionate support of the work we do to advocate for Floridas youth, said FCF Executive Director Christina Spudeas. Schwamm is a shareholder with Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm and leads the firms Orlando office. He is an experienced trial attorney of 27 years who focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, catastrophic brain injury, personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death and complex corporate litigation. But he also specializes in representing families and catastrophic injury cases affecting children. After working these cases and having two daughters of his own, he realized his passion lies in protecting children from injury and abuse. Thats where his involvement with nonprofit organizations such as the Childrens Safety Village of Central Florida and Safe Kids Worldwide began. When youre focused on being a lawyer, litigation and advocacy, you start to develop some skills that you think to yourself, Where could I best use these? he said. I decided to help kids. He started by volunteering for CSVSF, which helps at-risk youth in the Central Florida area by providing education and advocacy to the public with the goal of helping prevent injuries to children. Since then, he continues to sit on its board, as well. Its everything from drowning prevention to car-accident and car-seat issues, as well as hyper thermia awareness, Schwamm said. We do a lot of work locally and statewide advocating on these issues. (Then) I became a spokesperson for Safe Kids Worldwide on some of the same issues, and when I got approached to sit on the board for Floridas Children First, it seemed like a natural expansion FLORIDAS CHILDREN FIRSTFloridas Children First Inc. is a nonprot organization dedicated to advancing the rights of atrisk children and youth. It seeks full representation of children and youth as well as meaningful and sustainable improvement in Floridas child-serving systems using strategies such as public policy development, ongoing training and technical assistance and strategic litigation. For more information, visit oridaschildrenrst. org.
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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. 270743 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 270516For the celebration of a lifetime, let us plan every detail. HENRY RICHARD LUSSDIED THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018.Henry Richard Luss passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018, at his home in Winter Garden, Florida, after a short battle with brain cancer. He was born in Camden, New Jer sey, in 1939 to Harry and Edith Luss. Henry worked at Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, for 29 years as an X-ray crys tallographer. After retirement from Kodak, he taught science and physics at Notre Dame in Batavia, New York. He is predeceased by his parents; his first wife of 38 years, Jean Luss; and his sister, Catherine Sharp. He is survived by his sec ond wife of 16 years, Sandi Luss; children, Richard (Oma) Luss, William (Betsy Tascione) Luss and Susan (Jake) Saulter; bonus children, Don (Amy) Heath, Bill Heath and Kimberly Konings; grandchildren, Holly (Jon) Miller, Jake Saulter and Natalie (Andrew) Cook; bonus grandchildren Tyler Heath, Nikki Heath, Erin (Alex) Price, Billy Heath, Sierra Heath and Claudia Konings; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty (Thom) Quayle; niece, Faith Sharp; plus a large extended family. Henry moved to Florida in 2002.While living in New York, he was always involved in his childrens lives reading them bedtime stories and coaching their T-ball and Little League teams. He was an active member of Pearce Memorial Church in Rochester, where he was a player coach on several Suburban Church League cham pionship softball teams well into his 50s. He spent summers at Lighthouse Christian Camp in Barker, New York, and was involved in many activities at the camp. After moving to Winter Garden, he became an active member of The First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. Henrys Christian faith was very important to him, and he showed this in his daily living and interactions with others. He was Dr. Paws at Vacation Bible School, and the children still called him Dr. Paws for a long time afterward. Henry loved to play golf, and even if he lost golf balls on the course, he always seemed to find more to bring home. His lifelong dream was for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, which they did in 2018 just before he died. His family was very important to him, and he passed on many good attributes to them. Henry will be buried in East Bethany, New York, next to his first wife, Jean. A service will be held at Pearce Memorial Church in Rochester, New York. A private burial will be held after the service. A memorial service will be held at The First United Methodist Church in Winter Garden at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden at 125 Lakeview Ave., Win ter Garden, FL 34787; or The Jimmy Crabtree Cancer Fund, JCCFs address is P.O. Box 770446, Winter Garden, FL 34777. WEST ORANGE OBITUARIES A voice for the children (of my volunteering). A lot of the work I do involves helping children and families when theres a serious situation.MAKING VOICES HEARDSuch issues Schwamm has experience in dealing with include: drowning prevention; hyperther mia awareness; physical and sexual abuse of foster children; representing parents of children with brain damage caused by either accident or injury during labor and delivery; day-care accidents; and bullying and cyber bullying. As you look at the surrounding world and see opportunities to help keep kids safe, I think FCF is probably the best organization statewide where I think I can help other kids, Schwamm said. This is really a platform, a statewide presence thats really taking on these issues. (Ive been) helping at-risk and abused youth, and I feel really honored to be asked to join the board. In his role on the board, Schwamm will assist with strategic planning and identifying goals and topical issues pertinent to child injury-prevention advocacy within the local and state government. He will assist with legis lative agendas and hopes to find ways to integrate other local nonprofits that are also there to assist in prevention of abuse or injuries. All of us need to find our passion in life, he said. We need to find what issues appeal to our social conscience and how we want to spend our busy lives. ... I love my kids, and I love being a lawyer. I have found ways to blend these passions to teach my children that my most important responsibility in life is to keep them safe. Period. I now carry that philosophy into helping children in our community stay safe, as well. If my ability to educate and advocate is able to help just one child or give comfort and justice to a family, then I have truly given back and helped my community, he said.
10 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 www. OrangeObserver.com/CalendarSEARCH FIND POST Looking for local events to attend? Want us to inform the public about your local event?Visit Our Community Calendar Today! 271150 4-5-18 rrfntbrr rfrr ntb br nr r br r r n nrr n rr n rrb r r br rrrr nbf r t r r r t r n rrr rrb nrr r rr rr rr r r r n r r rr r r r r rrr rr b b r r rr r nr f rb r rfr r r fr rr n r rr fr rfr f rr nbr nr r nrr nnr nr nrr nrrr nr n rf t n f rr rff r r rr b r rb r r r b nr rrf f r rrrr r r rb rr r r r nrr br f b rr r b rr rr t r r rr rr n brr r r f b ntr r tr rr r fntbt t ntr r r r WEATHER ONLINE See other winning photos at OrangeObserver.comI LOVE WEST ORANGEOakland resident Gabriel R. Chambless submitted this photo of light rays shining upon Lake Apopkas southern shores. The Windermere Observer is hosting this weekly contest, and winners will have their photograph featured and receive a $20 prize. To enter, email your photo, along with your name, city and a caption, to amyq@ orangeobserver. com; put I Love West Orange in the subject line. Please include your mailing address to receive your prize. THURSDAY, APRIL 5High: 80 Low: 63 Chance of rain: 0%FRIDAY, APRIL 6High: 86 Low: 65 Chance of rain: 10%SATURDAY, APRIL 7High: 88 Low: 68 Chance of rain: 10%SUNDAY, APRIL 8High: 82 Low: 68 Chance of rain: 50% Tuesday, March 27 0.03 Wednesday, March 28 0.00 Thursday, March 29 0.00 Friday, March 30 0.00 Saturday, March 31 0.00 Sunday, April 1 0.00 Monday, April 2 0.00 SUNRISE / SUNSET Sunrise Sunset Thursday, April 5 7:12a 7:46p Friday, April 6 7:11a 7:47p Saturday, April 7 7:10a 7:47p Sunday, April 8 7:09a 7:48p Monday, April 9 7:08a 7:48p Tuesday, April 10 7:07a 7:49p Wednesday, April 11 7:06a 7:49pMOON PHASES RAINFALL FORECAST April 8 Last March 31 Full April 15 New April 22 First YEAR TO DATE: 2018 4.63 in. 2017 3 .16 in. MARCH TO DATE: 2018 2.44 in. 2017 .16 in.
On paper, it was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Olympia tennis program. The Titans boys and girls tennis teams each graduated five of their top six players from a season ago, leading many to surmise the program would have to weather some early growing pains this spring. Even veteran coach Harvey Bubba James figured that given the number of freshmen on both squads there would a misstep here and there. Instead, with district tournaments less than two weeks away, both the Olympia boys and girls are 13-0 as of April 3. We didnt anticipate being undefeated at this point, Ill tell you that, James said. Most recently, the Titans boys team defeated previously undefeated Lake Mary 4-3 in a match that came down to the No. 1 Singles match between Olympia junior Juan Bianchi and Lake Marys David Gorshein. Bianchi preserved the teams undefeated record and his own sterling varsity record that includes only one loss in three years by scor ing the 8-5 win. Bianchi, a high-level player on the club circuit, is an example of the culture James and assistant coach Carol Haderer have created at Olympia in which players with busy individual schedules come together to succeed as a team and represent their school. Its completely different, Bianchi said. Youre out there SPORTSAPRIL 5, 2018 Dr. Phillips senior Shaquille Kellyman sets school record with 400-pound bench press. Page 12.1 Brendan Valdes, a freshman for the Dr. Phillips boys golf team and a member at Orange Tree Golf Club, won the Drive, Chip & Putt competition for boys ages 14 to 15 last weekend. The nal competition for the national event was held at Augusta National.2 The Windermere Prep baseball team won two out of three games last week, defeat ing Umatilla 18-1 March 26 and Central Pointe Christian 4-2 March 29. Corey Cannon was the winning pitcher and also had a double against Central Pointe. The Lakers were defeated by South Lake High March 30, 18-11. Windermere Prep is 9-6 this spring.3 Holly Heath pitched a shutout March 28 for the Windermere softball team in a 10-0 win over Liberty. The victory improved the Wolverines to 8-6.4 The FHSAA Class 2A, Region 5 Boys Weightlifting meet was held at West Orange High March 28. The top local nishers included Dr. Phillips Dereck Neal (second, 154 pounds), Avanash Jawahir (rst, 169 pounds), Devodney Alford (second, 199 pounds) and Shaquille Kellyman (rst, 219 pounds).5 During spring break, Foundation Academy freshman Kayla Smith competed at the USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling Florida State Championships in Estero. Kayla placed rst in Level 8 Trampoline, Lev el 8 Double-Mini Trampoline and Level 7 Tumbling. She advances to a USA Gymnastics regional meet in May in Daytona. HIGH5 File photo Plenty of families and friend ships have encountered a fun new dynamic this school year with the split between West Orange and Windermere in athletics. Former teammates now line up opposite one another. Siblings such as West Oranges Elijah Jackson and Windermeres Isaiah Jackson squared off during football season. But the girls lacrosse matchup between the Warriors and Wolverines March 30 added a new wrinkle to the dynamic, as Windermere head coach Ann Bomleny got to game plan for a West Orange team that featured her daughter: Warriors senior and Saint Francis signee Meghan Bomleny. And in the days leading up to the match, it was safe to say the Bomleny abode was a house divided. There was a lot of smack talk still loving, but some smack talk between each other, Meghan said. Meghan and her West Orange teammates got the better of the first exchange of new rivals: the Rivalry lacrosse matchup meant a house dividedWhen Windermere hosted West Orange March 30, it meant coach Ann Bomleny would have to game plan for her daughter Warriors senior Meghan Bomleny.Steven RyzewskiWindermere coach Ann Bomleny and West Orange senior Meghan Bomleny were all smiles after their teams faced o March 30 at Scott Pine Community Park. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR SEE LACROSSE PAGE 12With the regular season nearing its completion and district tournaments looming, the boys and girls tennis teams for Olympia High are each 13-0 this spring.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSEE TENNIS PAGE 12 Terric Titan Tennis Photos by Steven RyzewskiTop: A junior this spring and a leader for the Titans, Juan Bianchi continues to be one of the best players in Central Florida. Above: Freshman Penny Baker has been impressive for the Olympia girls tennis team at line one.
12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 Wills/Advance Directives Estates Corporation/LLC Commercial transactions Landlord/Tenant Attorney At Law 407-656-5521 425 South Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 B M. JProudly serving West Orange County for over 36 years.www.blairjohnsonlaw.com Real estate: Contracts, Closings, Short Sales, Deed in Lieu And other matters 269839 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...270599 Had you bench-pressed 400 pounds prior to the regional meet? Ive done it without being paused (in weightlifting, after receiving the bar the lifter must lower the bar to his chest and await the chief referees signal before pressing). I was always confident in myself I knew I could do more. Thats why I was able to do it. What was the reaction like from the crowd once you successfully did the lift? Everybody was pumped up people in the stands, people behind me. Everybody was excited. What do you enjoy about doing the bench press and the clean-and-jerk, respectively? With the bench press, you get to show off how strong you are and your upper body. With the cleans, its mostly technique. What do you think was special about this years football team that it was able to win a state title? This team that Ive been a part of this season was like a fam ily we didnt have separation between each other. We just worked together as one unit. SPORTS SPOTLIGHTDr. Phillips senior Shaquille Kellyman did more than just earn a trip to state when he placed rst in his weight class at the regional championship for boys weightlifting last week. Kellyman, who won the 219-pound weight class at the FHSAA Class 2A, Region 5 Championships March 28 at West Orange High, bench-pressed 400 pounds as part of his total of 625 pounds with his remarkable bench press setting a school record. Kellyman, who also plays football and wrestles for the Panthers, will compete at the FHSAA Boys Weightlifting State Championships April 6 and 7 in Panama City.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILL STATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESShaquille Kellyman THE BASICSSchool: Dr. Phillips Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-foot-8 Weight class: 219 pounds Hometown: Brooklyn Other varsity sports: Foot ball, wrestling Football position: Defen sive tackleHaving had coach Rodney Wells for two sports, what have you learned from him? He has a mentality thats like, Its not over until its over. So you keep pushing and you keep going no matter what happens. How are you going to prepare for the state meet? Im just going to focus on my technique and getting stronger the basics. Im going to try and keep a clear mind. Are you planning on going to college and, if so, what career path are you hoping to pursue? Im going to Valencia for an associates degree in health science. I probably want to be an athletic trainer. Who has been your favorite teacher from your time at Dr. Phillips? Her name is Mrs. (Laura) Doud. She helps you with anything you need help with, and she always encourages you to keep going. Whats the biggest differ ence between living in Brooklyn and living in the Dr. Phillips area? In Brooklyn, theres more people, but here, its more calm and quiet. Whats the best life advice anyone has given you? The best advice is just to keep faith and keep on pushing, no matter what tough times come your way. STEVEN RYZEWSKI Warriors (8-3) earned a 20-2 victory over the host Wolver ines (6-4). Meghan scored a game-high seven goals for West Orange, creating an interesting dynamic for her mother while coach ing on the sideline the player causing her the biggest headache was the one she had raised. Its a combination of pride and at the same time Im trying to figure out how to stop her, Ann said. Taylor Bryan added five goals for the Warriors, while Jayden Smith scored both goals for the Wolverines. West Orange taking the victory was not entirely surprising. Windermere has no seniors and has a roster that skews young, reflective of a building program. For girls from both sides, the game was a unique occasion to reunite with former teammates. They were all former teammates of ours, Meghan said. We were really excited to play against them and be back on the same field with everybody. They (the Wolverines) have many great players, and theyre definitely going to be a team to beat in the next coming years. For Windermere, a team that has had some success already in its first year, the defeat at the hands of their friendly foes was somewhat humbling but also an opportunity for motivation going forward. We know that West Orange is the powerhouse in our district, and we knew this would be a big game and high-level competition for us to face, Ann said. Were already talking about next year the rematch. With the game behind them, both mother and daughter have plenty to focus on moving forward as the regular season nears its conclusion. Of course, that doesnt mean Meghan isnt going to take advantage of an opportunity to gloat here and there. Im going to hold it over her head like every day, Meghan said, laughing. Fortunately, a little friendly ribbing is something Ann said she will allow. Its a reward to her daughter for all the hard work she put in while playing for Anns Storm Lacrosse club teams. For all the years I coached her in club, Ive been incredibly tough on her, Ann said. Of course, the two might not have to wait all that long for a rematch. In lacrosse, the top four teams in a district advance to the district tournament, and there is a chance that West Orange will be the No. 1 seed in District 9, while Windermere could be the No. 4 seed.LacrosseFROM PAGE 11on your own when youre play ing by yourself theres no one to kind of bounce your emotions off of. Here, when youre play ing doubles or youve got the guys around you to pump you up. Its a great environment. A junior, Bianchi is relatively old by Olympias standards this season. The Titans boys team has just one senior, and he plays line five. The girls team, which has freshman Penny Baker as its No. 1, has no seniors. We can only go up were all young, James said. Beyond the strong play of Baker for the girls team, another freshman who has stepped up is Alexey Timokhine, an undefeated freshman at line two. Other standouts for the boys include Kapindra Singh, Nicholas Galochkin and Ricardo LaVieri. In addition to Baker, standouts for the girls team include Aubrey Barnes, Annalise Vetter, Juliana Ciccantelli and Daniella Sequera. James said Bianchis leadership and dedication of the players even when the varsity season ends have been crucial to the teams success. James and Haderer regularly travel to see their players compete on the various junior circuits during the offseason both as a show of support and to scout who they will have competing in the spring. We go (watch) on the week ends, and we communicate with the parents, James said. Its year-round, so when they come to high school, we know what they do and how they do it. Olympias boys made it to state last spring as a team, falling in the FHSAA Class 4A State Quarterfinals. Last years girls team was defeated in the first round of regionals. With the respective success of both teams so far, the Titans are cautiously optimistic the FHSAA Tennis Championships played once again this spring at nearby Sanlando Park in Seminole County could be a destination for either team. We think we can progress our goal is to get to state, James said. Both teams remain young, but with a varsity regular season nearly complete, perhaps that doesnt matter as much as it did before. Some of the teams might underestimate us, Bianchi said, referring to the inexperience on the roster. And that might be their downfall.TennisFROM PAGE 11We know that West Orange is the powerhouse in our district, and we knew this would be a big game and high-level competition for us to face. Were already talking about next year the rematch. Ann Bomleny Steven RyzewskiAlexey Timokhine has been strong for Olympia at line two.
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 13 Register Online at SommerSports.comWindermere Run Among the Lakes 17th Annual UMCSaturday, April 14, 2018 267554 271591 www.westorangehabitat.org270541Re-decorating?Donate your gently used furniture, appliances, light xtures to the ReStore. Someone can use your treasures for their re-decorating.Call (407)905-0406 for FREE pick-up. Or come in to shop! 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 Announcing the start of our own Imagination Station. Get details in the ReStore or on our Facebook page. r See Page 14 of this weeks paperor visit: OrangeObserver.com/Business-Directory Dr. Phillips softball rallies to beat Olympia 5-3 GAME FILMHer teams winning streak had come to an end two days earlier, and her Dr. Phillips Panthers were locked in a battle with Olympia March 29. Stepping to bat with two outs, two runners on and the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Deija Benn really wanted to put her team ahead. It was just, My team needs a hit, and weve got to have a hit, Benn said. We wanted this game so bad. Benn delivered, with a single to right eld that scored Stephanie Canela and Gracie Lopez. Benns hit put Dr. Phillips ahead 5-3, and pitcher Raychel Trocki did the rest, retiring Olympia in the top of the sev enth to secure the win. Megan Wilder drove in a run in the rst to give Olympia (9-6) an early lead. When Dr. Phillips responded with two runs in the fourth on RBIs from Trocki and freshman Jordan Hartman the Titans responded with a pair of runs in the fth. Cameryn Orland and Wilder each had a pair of hits for Olympia, while Caryssa Orland got the start for the Titans allow ing just four hits and two runs before Wilder came on in relief. Trocki pitched the complete game for Dr. Phillips. STEVEN RYZEWSKI Photos by Steven RyzewskiPanthers slugger Hannah Eden has her eye on the ball. Above: Deija Benn drove in the goahead runs for Dr. Phillips during a 5-3 win March 29. Right: Caryssa Orland was the starting pitcher for the Titans against Dr. Phillips March 29.
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Were within a 3% margin of growth, so were still growing at a steady pace. One reason this area is desirable, she said, because it is far enough away from downtown Orlando to be considered rural yet still has convenient access to the toll roads. JoAnn Quarles, president of Treasure Title Insurance Agency in Winter Garden, agrees its a sellers market, because there are fewer homes for sale and a large number of buyers looking to pur chase one. Typically, home prices will rise as buyers are making an offer to purchase property; and when buy ers compete for a property (multiple offers on a property), that will drive the price above expectations, Quarles said. We saw this in the Great Recession, and there are signs of it returning today. Loiacano, too, recalled the 2008 housing crisis, when housing prices skyrocketed and then plummeted after when recession hit. But she doesnt expect that to happen now, a decade later. Quarles said what could impact this market are low interest rates and high employment rate situations that make buyers think it would be a good time to buy a large investment, like a home. One problem in West Orange, she said, is there isnt an abundance of affordable homes. Many builders are constructing, but the average price exceeds $200,000. YEARTODATE MARKET STATISTICS FOR 34787SOLD SUMMARY FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2017 % CHANGE Sold Dollar Volume $77,375,756 $75,422,530 2.59 Average Sold Price $330,666 $329,356 0.40 Median Sold Price $310,000 $305,000 1.64 Units Sold 234 229 2.18 Average Days on Market 54 71 -23.94 Average List Price for Solds $337,998 $338,375 -0.11 INVENTORY FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2017 % CHANGE Active Listings 330 392 -15.82 New Listings 350 316 10.76 New Under Contracts 326 297 9.76 New Contingents 0 0 0 New Pendings 347 308 12.66 All Pendings 227 208 9.13 DAYS ON MARKET SOLD 0 45 1 to 10 51 11 to 20 21 21 to 30 15 31 to 60 30 61 to 90 22 91 to 120 18 121 to 180 17 181 to 360 13 361 to 720 1 721+ 1SOURCE: My Florida Regional MLS YEARTODATE MARKET STATISTICS FOR 34786SOLD SUMMARY FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2017 % CHANGE Sold Dollar Volume $79,532,811 $83,630,560 -4.90 Average Sold Price $616,533 $606,019 1.73 Median Sold Price $377,000 $379,190 -0.58 Units Sold 129 138 -6.52 Average Days on Market 98 99 -1.01 Average List Price for Solds $646,146 $638,814 1.15 INVENTORY FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2017 % CHANGE Active Listings 368 479 -23.17 New Listings 233 269 -13.38 New Under Contracts 191 198 -3.54 New Contingents 0 0 0 New Pendings 204 207 -1.45 All Pendings 140 162 -13.58 DAYS ON MARKET SOLD 0 4 1 to 10 21 11 to 20 9 21 to 30 15 31 to 60 22 61 to 90 9 91 to 120 16 121 to 180 19 181 to 360 8 361 to 720 5 721+ 1SOURCE: My Florida Regional MLS Sellers marketCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15
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18 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 40 7-734-2971 Call now for your FREE in-home consultation! Or visit online at: RBAFLA.com Buy 2 & Get the 3rd60% OFF PLUS NO Money Down NO Payments NO Interest forONE YEAR ~ Window & Patio Door Sale ~ (Minimum purchase required.) *LIMITED TIME OFFER. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. Minimum purchase of 3 windows and/or doors required. Offer must be presented to the estimator at initial appointment. No money down, no payments, no interest for one full year financing is available through third-party lender on approved credit only. Offer subject to change without notice. Offer not available in all areas. Renewal by Andersen of Central Florida license numbers available upon request. Renewal by Andersen and all other marks where denoted are marks of Andersen Corporation. Andersen Corporation. All rights reserved. Replacement Windows Gliding Doors French Doors Entry Doors 270753 DR. PHILLIPSBAY VISTA ESTATESThe home at 9507 Bay Vista Estates Blvd., No. 1, Orlando, sold March 29, for $592,000. Built in 1988, it has four bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths, a pool and 2,547 square feet. The price per square foot is $232.43.CYPRESS LANDINGThe home at 8051 Belshire Drive, Orlando, sold March 21, for $474,000. Built in 1997, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,037 square feet. The price per square foot is $156.08.MIRABELLA AT VIZCAYAThe home at 8306 Via Rosa, Orlando, sold March 22, for $545,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, four-and-onehalf baths and 3,316 square feet. The price per square foot is $164.35.RESERVE AT CYPRESS POINTThe home at 8805 Cypress Reserve Circle, Orlando, sold March 28, for $713,500. Built in 2002, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,837 square feet. The price per square foot is $185.95.TURTLE CREEKThe home at 9200 Island Lake Court, Orlando, sold March 22, for $670,000. Built in 1998, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,794 square feet. The price per square foot is $176.59.GOTHAWINDERMERE CHASEThe home at 10418 Windermere Chase Blvd., Gotha, sold March 21, for $420,000. Built in 1999, it has five bedrooms, three-andone-half baths, a pool and 3,274 square feet. The price per square foot is $128.28.HORIZON WESTLAKE HANCOCK SHORESThe home at 7848 Ficquette Road, Windermere, sold March 30, for $780,000. Built in 2005, it has five bedrooms, four baths and 4,015 square feet. The price per square foot is $194.27.LAKE SAWYER SOUTHThe home at 8104 Jailene Drive, Windermere, sold March 22, for $405,000. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths, a pool and 2,886 square feet. The price per square foot is $140.33.LAKESHORE PRESERVEThe townhouse at 8907 Lakeshore Pointe Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $409,995. Built in 2016, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths and 2,548 square feet. The price per square foot is $160.91.OVERLOOK AT HAMLINThe home at 7567 Green Mountain Way, Winter Garden, sold March 29, for $1.14 million. Built in 2015, it has five bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths, a pool and 4,929 square feet. The price per square foot is $231.28. The home at 15204 Shonan Gold Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 23, for $1.075 million. Built in 2017, it has five bedrooms, five-and-one-half baths and 5,450 square feet. The price per square foot is $197.25.PROVIDENCEThe home at 13526 Zori Lane, Windermere, sold March 19, for $440,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,129 square feet. The price per square foot is $140.62.SANCTUARY AT HAMLINThe home at 7512 Mandarin Grove Way, Winter Garden, sold March 28, for $468,000. Built in 2017, it has five bedrooms, fourand-one-half baths and 3,816 square feet. The price per square foot is $122.64.WESTSIDE VILLAGEThe home at 12797 Westside Village Loop, Windermere, sold March 21, for $432,000. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 2,650 square feet. The price per square foot is $163.02. REAL ESTATE Windermere estate sells for $2.05 millionMICHAEL ENGEXECUTIVE EDITORA home in the Windermere community topped all West Orange-area residential real-estate transactions from March 19 to 30. The home at 3308 S. Lake Butler Blvd., Windermere, sold March 21, for $2.05 million. Built in 2005, it has ve bedrooms, six baths, a pool and 6,559 square feet of living area on Lake Butler. The price per square foot is $312.55. These are the highestselling homes in each community in West Or ange.realtor.comThis Windermere home, at 3308 S. Lake Butler Blvd., sold March 21, for $2.05 million. It features waterfront living along Lake Butler.
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