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ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018Windermere High steps up with rst carnival. 8.GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORWindermere leaders agreed to allow town staff more time to ana lyze the proposed idea to involuntarily annex the 4th Corner into the town of Windermere during the April 10 Town Council meeting. The northwest corner of the Apopka-Vineland and ConroyREAL BLACK TIERunners ocked to Windermere for Run Among the Lakes. 3.ON YOUR MARK! Orange County will install stoplights at three intersections on Ficquette Road. 4.Putting on the red lights Lauren Wilson, left, and Aurora Penrod are the rst two girls to join Cub Scout Pack 320.VOLUME 3, NO. 28 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer WHS TO PRESENT KISS ME KATEThe Windermere High School Theatre Department is nalizing preparations for its production of Kiss Me Kate. The show will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28; and at 2 p.m. Satur day, April 28, in the schools Performing Arts Center, 5523 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for premium seats and can be purchased at whs.Barriers broken Cub Scout Pack 320 welcomed its rst two girls as ocial members earlier this year. SEE PAGE 4. YOUR TOWNTown delays decision on 4th Corner annexationCATTLE BARONS BALLAttendees had a rootin tootin time at the ACS annual shindig. SEE 10. SEE ANNEXATION PAGE 4Eric Gutierrez


2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 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 269847 Same day Appointments available for new and 270603 Pediatricians Erika Diogene, D.O. Phone: 407-770-1414 1583 E. Silver Star Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761 www.GrowingTogetherPeds.comOpen: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm THURSDAY, APRIL 19ART HISTORY TRENDING 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 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 selfportraits and the sele culture. Register at lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996. WINTER GARDEN WINE WALK 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, beginning at the farmers market pavilion, 104 S. Lakev iew Ave., in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy wine, food, music and shopping at the annual wine walk hosted by the Garden Choir. Tickets are $10 to $30 and available at, APRIL 20THE GREATEST SHOWMAN 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at The Grove, 4750-4757 The Grove Drive, Orlando, near Windermere. Enjoy a pre-show featuring the Menestrelli Dog Circus before a family-friendly musical lm inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum at 7:45. Take snacks, lawn chairs and blankets. Thegroveorlando. com.SATURDAY, APRIL 21UMW INSPIRATIONAL WOMENS RETREAT 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando, in The Attic in Building C. The United Methodist Women are sponsoring the retreat featuring Christian author Ann Joyner as the guest speaker. The theme is Joy is a Choice. The $30 ticket includes a continental breakfast, program, craft, catered lunch and a copy of Joyners book. For information, visit or call (407) 342-4204 or (407) 620-8122.TUESDAY, APRIL 2450+ STRETCH AND STRENGTH CLASS 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gymnasium at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. Al Aki will teach the class. Cost is $2 per class; drop-ins are welcome. Visit, email or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 290, for details. SOUTHWEST BOOK CLUB 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. This months selection is Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult. Anyone age 18 or older may attend. The book club meets monthly. No registration needed. (407) 835-7323.WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2550+ EXERCISE CLASS 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the gymnasium at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. Al Aki will teach the class. Cost is $2 per class; drop-ins are welcome. Visit, email or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 290, for details.THURSDAY, APRIL 26ART HISTORY TRENDING 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 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 memes. Register at lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996. KISS ME KATE AT WHS 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27; and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden-Vineland Road. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for premium seats and can be purchased at, APRIL 27AMERICAN LEGION 98TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at American Legion Post 63, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. The post was granted a temporary charter dated April 26, 1920, with 15 charter members. Hugh T. Gregory was chosen for the name of the post, in memory of the Winter Garden resident who was killed in World War I. (407) 656-6361.SATURDAY, APRIL 28FAMILY FUN DAY 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Horizon West Community Church, 6121 Avalon Road, Winter Garden. Enjoy train rides, inatables, face-painting and a variety of games. (407) 877-6237. SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS AT DR. PHILLIPS HIGH 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Dr. Phillips High School, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando. DPHS Theatre Troupe 4276 is hosting a fun afternoon of Scottish Highlands. The DisneyPixar lm Brave will be shown at 5 p.m. Admission is free. All proceeds from games, concessions and merchandise will benet the troupes summer trip to Scotland. (407) 355-3200. YOUR CALENDAR


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 3 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWest Orange pet owners soon will have a new place to take their fourlegged friends for a check-up. Oakes Animal Hospital is opening up early this summer at 11101 Roberson Road, Winter Garden. The animal hospital will be owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of T.J. and Lisa Oakes. Lisa will work the reception desk, and T.J. will be the in-house veterinarian. We purchased this property December of 2016, Lisa Oakes said. Ive been helping him do all the work to get this open (with) permitting and construction and hold-ups, but were finally getting there. Its been quite an undertaking, but were excited and cant wait to finally open, T.J. Oakes said. This is something weve been wanting to do for a number years, and its been a year in the making. Its starting to come together, so its getting very exciting. T.J. Oakes currently works at Lake Veterinary Clinic in Mount Dora and has about seven years of veterinary experience. Where Im working now is actually a high-volume, so Ive gotten quite a bit of experience in a short amount of time, T.J. Oakes said. I love it up there. Im just ready to do my own thing. Oakes Animal Hospital will offer general medicine and surgical services once they open. Eventually, the couple hopes to open a separate boarding facility on-site for long-term pet boarding. The animal hospital sits on about two acres, so theres plenty of room to build the boarding facility, T.J. Oakes said. This would not be the first time that the property will be used for animals. It once was used to board horses, and the Oakes plan on keeping the rustic charm of the propertys past. The property has been an equine boarding facility for a long time, T.J. Oakes said. Were try ing to keep it the same farmhouse (look); rustic with the dcor. We just want a hometown feel.Family-owned animal hospital to open in West OrangeOakes Animal Hospital on Roberson Road should open early this summer. Eric GutierrezLisa and T.J. Oakes are the owners and operators of Oakes Animal Hospital. OAKES ANIMAL HOSPITAL11101 Roberson Road, Winter Garden OPENING: Summer 2018 Fun among the lakes Hundreds of individuals ran, jogged or walked at the 17th annual UMC Windermere Run Among the Lakes on Saturday morning, April 14, at the Town of Winder mere. Participants ran either a 5K or 10K route. Runners of all ages enjoyed a morning light bites, mingling with various vendors and running among the lakes that surround the town. ERIC GUTIERREZ Sandy Thompson was all smiles after she completed the 10K. Kevin Allen was the rst runner to complete the 10K. Emily Crist was the rst female to complete the 10K. Above: Isabella Smedley, Rachel Gross, Farrah Skor man and Anna-Sophia Hadley caught up with one another after running the 10K. Left: Maria, Mark and Maddie Mandese posed with props for photos at a photobooth. ONLINESee more photos at


4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 Windermere intersection, known as the 4th Corner, has been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks. Tavistock Development Group proposed a development plan that proved unpopular with local residents. In response to the opposition, Tavistock has since withdrawn the plans it had been considering for the northwest corner and plans to revise its future plans, Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith said. As a result, there is no immediate need to move forward on the proposal just yet, and town staff will perform more analysis on the involuntary annexation and what it would require of the town, he said. It was decided to hold off on the annexation itself right now to give town staff more time to investigate a cost-benefit analysis, as well as to figure out, logistically, how we would be able to accomplish the annexation of the northwest corner, Smith said. And also to make sure we try to continue conversations with Orange County and Tavistock to make sure whatever is developed, or even if that corner gets developed, that its something that is close to what was agreedupon back in 1996. RulonMunns, an attorney representing Tavistock Development, came forward during the public forum to notify the town his client has hired legal counsel and fully intends to ensure its rights are protected during the process of involuntary annexation, assum ing the town decides to go through with it. The attorney was there to state on behalf of his clients that theyre willing to talk with the town, but ... they want to make sure their rights are protected if they are brought in involuntarily, Smith said. According to a preliminary report analyzing what the town would need to do to get enough land and resident electors to ensure a successful involuntary annexation, the town would need to extend the potential annexation area to the north to Ron Denn Lane and the Down Acres Estate subdivision. If youre going to bring someone in involuntarily, you have to make sure that you have more land and more resident electors, Smith said. In order for you to do that, you have to make sure that itscontiguousand you meet those thresholds. And in order to meetthose thresholds, we would have to go north on Apopka-Vineland and annex in that areain order to bring it in involuntarily. If Windermere decides to move forward with involuntary annexation, the process likely will take about a year. But Smith emphasized the town has ample time to figure things out. I really dont see an immediate rush for us to go ahead and move forward with the annexation, but its still on the staff to take a look and see whats the townsbest options, he said.ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWhen the Boy Scouts of Amer ica announced last fall that the organization would allow girls to join, Autumn Herod, committee chair of cub scout Pack 320, was excited about the decision. It really is exciting to see the direction that Boy Scouts of America have gone with including girls, Herod said. The decision (to allow girls) was made nationally in the fall, and the earliest you could (allow girls to join) was January. We actually started the process back in the fall with our chartered organization and it was about February when we got our first official application ready to go. Pack 320 recently welcomed its first two girls into the pack: 7-year-olds Lauren Wilson and Aurora Penrod. Its fun, Wilson said. When the (Orlando) Science Center (visited) we got to touch a squid with gloves on. we got to touch its feet. Wilson said her favorite thing about Cub Scouts is seeing her friends and classmates. She added she was excited for the candy given out during scout camping trips. I really, really thought I would like it, Penrod said. I learned how to do a square knot. Its not finished yet. Im still working on it. Penrod said she recently earned her Bobcat badge, the first badge Cub Scouts earn. One of the tasks Penrod had to accomplish in order to earn the badge was to learn the scout oath and scout law. Wilsons father, Alan, said another reason his daughter joined was because her older brothers are also in scouts, and have been for the past two years. She was a part of scouts (before officially joining) as far as I was concerned, Alan said. At every event, we always make sections for siblings. We want the siblings to participate, and we give them a chance to participate, as well. Penrods mother, Rachel, said her daughter has wanted to be a scout for a while because her two older brothers have gone through the program. Her daughter also always participated with her brothers at scout events, campouts and derbies, she added. Shes been really gung-ho about it since the beginning, Rachel said. Shes been very, very excited to be able to earn the badges, and the little belt loops and to get the uniform, but thats the only difference. She was always at the meetings. She was always doing things with her brothers, and she was always participating. Alan said Pack 320 has always encouraged participation from parents and siblings at campouts and other events. The great thing is they dont see it as boys and girls its just scouts, Alan said. The 320 pack we are a family. We always try to encourage participation from the parents for the boys and the girls as well. Its just a family thats having fun. Although Wilson and Penrod are currently the only two girls in Pack 320, Rachel said she expects more girls will join. In the fall, when we open up recruitment, its going to go out in the schools to girls and boys, Rachel said. I think well get quite a few girls ... and I think well have some in every grade level. Alan said as Pack 320 grows, the pack would need more par ents to step up and take leader ship roles. Well need more leaders to step up more than they do, Alan said. Cub Scout Pack 320 recruits from Keenes Crossing and Independence elementaries. The pack also includes students from Sunset Park, Bay Lake and Windermere elementaries and Windermere Preparatory School.GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORNavigating three intersections on Ficquette Road soon will become a bit safer. During the March 20 Orange County Board of County Commissioners meeting, county officials approved traffic signals at the intersections of Ficquette Road and Overstreet Road/Inglenook Drive; Ficquette and Reams Road; and Ficquette and New Independence Parkway. Following a traffic signal war rant study that gathered data on traffic volume, delay frequency and crash history, the signals were recommended for approval by county staff. According to Humberto Castillero, chief engineer of the countys Transportation Engineering Division, the intersection of Ficquette and Overstreet receives 24,997 vehicles daily and has two crashes in the past year. The intersection of Ficquette and Reams gets about 18,645 vehicles on a daily basis and also has had two crashes in the past year. The Ficquette Road and New Independence Parkway intersection sees 18,525 vehicles per day and has had three crashes. Castillero added the design of all three traffic signals will begin in May and construction will begin later this year, with completion anticipated by mid-2019. For the Ficquette/Reams Road and Ficquette/New Independence Parkway intersections, a temporary span wire traffic signal will be installed and will later be reconstructed to mast arms once the Fiquette Road-widening project begins. A signal warrant study also is being planned for the intersection of Ficquette and Fossick roads.Orange County to install trac signals on FicquetteOrange County commissioners authorized the installation of three signals on Ficquette Road. Pack 320 welcomes rst female scouts Its fun. When the (Orlando) Science Center (visited) we got to touch a squid with gloves on. we got to touch its feet. Lauren WilsonAnnexation tabled IN OTHER NEWS The Windermere Police Department Foundation established when Ocer Robbie German died in the line of duty recognized sponsors and local craft breweries Graham Chiropractic, Crooked Can, Windermere Brewing, Rockpit Brewing and Tims Wine for their assistance in making the St. Patricks Day Festival on March 17 possible. The HOA president of the Willows at Lake Rhea community reminded council members of the HOAs pressing need to have three road-resur facing projects, (Willow Brick Road, Laurel Lane and Willow Gardens Drive) completed soon, as the roadways are in pretty bad shape. Town Manager Robert Smith said the town is waiting on potential funding sources to come in which might allow town sta to accelerate the timeline on said projects. Council members agreed to a purchase order that does not exceed $18,000 for equipment and installation of a new playground at Central Park, which was damaged during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Town sta is currently waiting on another quote to come in before making a determination on which company to choose. We just wanted to make sure we replace what was there prior to Hurricane Irma, Smith said. The town agreed to set the tentative and nal public hearings for the Fiscal Year 2018-19 town budget on Sept. 6 and Sept. 20.CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 WINDERMERE OBSERVER The Windermere Observer (USPS 687-120) is published weekly for $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County) by the Observer Media Group, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Gar den, Florida 34787. Periodical postage paid at Winter Garden, Florida. POSTMASTER send address changes to the Windermere Observer, 720 S. 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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 5 West Orange Chamber of CommerceCelebrates Business The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of Vs Barbershop, located at 7848 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Suite 108 in Windermere. Vs Barbershop is a familyfriendly, old-school barbershop specializing in great haircuts, shaves, facials, shoe shines and providing an authentic barbershop experience. Vs is a proud supporter of local schools, youth athletic leagues and organizations aimed at uplifting our communities. To learn more, visit Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating First Anniversary of Vs Barbershop For more information about joining the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, call 407-656-1304 or visit wochamber.comThe West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of MyFamily Orthodontics, located at 7848 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Suite 100 in Windermere. MyFamily Orthodontics is the new office of Dr. Lauris Johnson, a native Floridian who moved to Orlando with her family in 2012. Their office provides a family-friendly, professional, fun environment where patients can feel comfortable coming for their orthodontic needs. To learn more, visit Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating First Anniversary of MyFamily Orthodontics TheWest Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Jeremiahs Italian Ice, located at 6536 Old Brick Rd Suite 140 in Windermere. Jeremiahs Italian Ice is a decadent, yet refreshing treat with maximum flavor. Their ice flavors span the spectrum, from the everyday to the exquisite and the eccentric. To learn more, visit www. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Jeremiahs Italian Ice 272844 DisneyOnIce .com Tickets Start at $1 8!Restrictions, excl usions and additional charges may appl y. Subject to availability .MAY 11 13AMW AY CENTER 170094 3 270631 Our Mission (is) Still remains... Broken, Flawed People Helping, Loving & Caring for Broken Flawed People. Grace Compassion UnderstandingAdministrative Offices 523 S. Woodland, Winter Garden, FL 34787 407.905.9500 Growing to better serve 272998 SAVE THE DATES Matthews Hope Chest INVENTORY REDUCTION/MOVING SALE April 27 & 28 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 930 Carter Rd. #311 About 1/4 mile north of Colonial Drive November 10, 2018 The Pines of WindermereAnnual Harvest of Hope Garden PartyFor more information or to reserve your Table: Returning Fall 2018! 851 9th StreetHarvest of Hope Chemical Free Garden Aquaponics/Areoponics Greenhouse Produce stand NEW LOCATION611 Business Park Blvd.Administrative Oces Food, Hygiene & Clothing Pantries Coming July 2018 Enrolling Now for Fall SemesterA Montessori Preschool 740 9th St., Winter Garden, FL 34787 407.905.9500 Matthews Hope Chest Workshop930 Carter Rd., Suite #311 Winter Garden 407-905-9500 8am-5pm Mon SatRenished and Custom Made Furniture! Dueling Pianos are this years Garden Party Entertainment!


6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 For More Information /TheGroveOrlando 4750-4757 The Grove Drive | Windermere, FL At the corner of Apopka-Vineland and Conroy-Windermere Roads Cinema Under the StarsFriday, April 20 at 6:30 pmMovie starts at 8:00Preshow: Menestrelli Dog CircusA sensational family a air using only humane practices rooted in three generations of animal training experience. For More Information visit Step right up to he Grove for t his original musical! I n spired by the imagination of P T B a r n um, this fi lm was r ecently nominated for Gol d en Glo b e Awards in t he categories of B est A c tor and B est Mot ion P i cture. 272744 NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY A NEW HOMEEnjoy Luxurious Lakefront Living on The Butler Chain of Lakes LAKEFRONT 5 BEDROOM 7.5 BATHS 7,021 SQ FT 3 CAR GARAGE POOL BAY HILL 6038 PINE VALLEY DR, ORLANDO, FL 32819-4318 $2,295,000 rfntnbbb fttnftnf bbbVIEW OUR VIRTUAL TOURrfrntbf Navigating YOUR Success! Results Driven Team!rSteve Amburgey 272236 AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORThe West Orange Chamber of Commerce has selected five local professionals all women for their leadership in the community, and they will be recognized at the chambers Celebrating Extraordinary Women event Wednesday, April 25. The women-only gathering will include cocktails and conversation. Four of the five will speak during the round-robin discussion: Julie Kleffel, executive vice president and head of community banking at Seacoast Bank; Suneera Madhani, founder and CEO of Fattmerchant; Stacy Papp, creative designer and founder of Bay Hill Jewelers; and Tiffany Moore Russell, Orange County clerk of courts. The fifth honoree, Jamie Seh, sports director for WKMG News 6, is unable to attend because of her work schedule, but Chamber President Stina DUva said she hopes to have Seh speak at the second event in this series. They are all successful in a wide range of industries, two business owners and entrepreneurs and two who work within larger organizations, yet all have garnered the respect of their peers, DUva said of the selections.JULIE KLEFFELKleffels career in banking has spanned decades. She is a chamber past chair and the organizations youngest lifetime director. She has received numerous awards and serves on many boards and is always sought out for her calm, yet no-nonsense approach to getting any project accom plished, DUva said. Kleffel said she is humbled to have been selected and is looking forward to learning from them. She wants to share with the audience some practical, real-life tools she uses daily to help them in their personal and professional lives. I hope that my personal story will inspire the women in attendance that anything is possible if they engage their passions around their work, Kleffel said. I am a big believer in the power of mentoring other women and invest ing in others as so many people have invested in me over the years. I would not be where I am today without the help of so many people.SUNEERA MADHANIMadhani has led her technolo gy-based credit card-processing company to win many awards, including the Bright House Start Up 2016 award, and others for best place to work and Top 100 companies.Suneera recently was a panelist at Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobss 2018 Economic Summit and spoke about the growth of her company. She is dynamic and a charismatic woman, DUva said. Madhani said she is eager to share her story. As a successful female CEO and leader in a male-dominated industry, I have the honor of being (a) trailblazer for the many other woman out there who have #MomBoss potential, she said. My story is one that is not heard nearly often enough, and Im honored to be a part of the change for the next generation of female leaders. She hopes to inspire other female entrepreneurs and young professionals to unleash the hustler within and never take no as an answer, she said. Madhani said she believes any one with passion can make their vision a reality through hard work and drive.TIFFANY MOORE RUSSELLRussell was first introduced to the chamber many years ago through the West Orange Political Alliance. She has been the youngest person to serve on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, and she is the countys first black clerk of the courts. Her energy and passion are evident, and her role as clerk of the courts demonstrates her abilities to lead and be a public servant, DUva said. Russell, too, said she was humbled by the selection. There are so many women doing great things in their respective professions, and I am just thankful someone thought to select me, she said. At the April 25 event, Russell plans to talk about her professional journey and how she manages the many hats she wears as a female. I feel I can empower women to achieve their dream because of my personal life journey, she said. I am truly a minority in politics, not because I am African-Amer ican, but because I am one of the few elected officials to get married and start a family while serving in public office. Because of that unique expe rience, I should be able to share a lot of advice and lessons to young women navigating their professional journey, she said.STACY PAPPPapp has built her business from one location to three. The philanthropist founded a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk youth further their education. Her creative vision and artistry and her client-first focus are the forces behind the impressive growth of this family-owned local business, DUva said. Papp has met and risen above many challenges when opening and expanding her business. She will speak on the challenges that a new business will have, how not to give up, how to face adversity, she said. She said she hopes her advice will inspire other women to per severe. IF YOU GOCELEBRATING EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WHEN: 5:45 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 WHERE: Showcase WG, 12100 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden COST: $36 in advance for chamber members, $46 for non-members and all at the door. INFORMATION: (407) 6561304Chamber to celebrate extraordinary women


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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: American Cancer Society: Cattle Barons Ball. 10. It came from the sea: Ocean inspires artist Jennifer Parris. 13HARRY SAYERBLACK TIE REPORTERIf youre a fan of unlimited wine, jazz music and supporting the arts, theres good news: The town of Oaklands Wine & Dine for the Arts event is this Saturday. The event, held at the Oakland Town Center, will have Caribbeaninspired meals, unlimited wine tastings and live music from a jazz quar tet. The Wine & Dine also will help Oakland raise money for HapCO Music Foundation which provides donated instruments, music programs, summer camps and live shows for young musicians look ing to further their careers and its programs. HapCO doesnt stop with music, either. The foundation has professionals from all across Florida who provide classes for visual arts, theater and the culinary arts, as well. Our main goal is keeping kids con nected to the arts through programs, classes, clinics and symposiums, said Joseph McMullen, director of HapCO and an Oakland town commissioner. We want to give them a greater access to the arts compared to whats going on in the school system right now. We want to be that gap. McMullen, 50, credits music and his school band as a way of stay ing grounded while growing up and becoming successful in life. He wants to provide that same avenue of success to others. We just want to continue to give these kids an outlet to express themselves through the arts; we take arts to where the need is, McMullen said. We dont have any kind of brick and mortar (location). We try to bring out classes and programs to those different areas that have a need and cant meet it on their own.PAYING IT FORWARDThe foundation helps musically inclined children as well as senior citizens, though McMullen said its main age group is grade school through college. HapCO also has an initiative helping older students play live shows in the community. Thomas Milovac was one such musician. Just giving me the opportunity to play out that was a learning SOIREE FOR SOUNDThe Oakland Wine & Dine For The Arts benets the HapCO Music Foundation, which raises money to provide music education to children.Courtesy photoUpright bassist Thomas Milovacs love of music was cultivated through HapCOs music programs. Today, he is pursuing a degree in jazz bass at the University of North Florida. SEE MELODY PAGE 12


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Parris, 31, is originally from Fort Lauderdale and currently lives in Winter Garden. She is a lifelong painter who enjoys painting ocean and marine life and scenes. Although she had spent her life painting as a hobby, she only has been painting as a full-time career for about a year. It took me a year before I left corporate America, Parris said. I was working for Marriott on the beach. I realized youre either working for someone elses dream or youre working for your own. So, I left there, and for the past year, Ive been painting and building my whole collection and figuring out my whole style.FORCE OF NATUREAlthough Parris left her job about a year ago, she did not move to Winter Garden until after Hur ricane Irma because of damage to her beachside home. Parris had been in Winter Garden about a week prior to the hurricane to visit family but ended up staying until it ended. They had evacuated everything so I couldnt be there anyway. Parris said. I knew if I went south, I wasnt going to get back up here. Parris said after the hurricane, her friend checked on her home and discovered water on the floors. Originally, she thought the water came from underneath the door of her home. She later found out that the hurricane ripped up the roof of her upstairs neighbors home. My mom went to go check things out, Parris said. My mom walks into (my upstairs neighbors) house, and you could see outside. The roof ripped off, so thats where the water came from. When it was raining in (my neighbors) apartment, it all came down the walls. Everything was drenched. It was horrible. I got lucky I didnt lose everything.MAKING LEMONADEDespite the life-altering cir cumstances, Parris remains posi tive. Im an eternal optimist, Parris said. It took me a second to really sit and process it, but it also made me feel really fortunate because, immediately, I had a place to come. My parents had just built a house here (in Winter Garden). My sister is here. My family is here. They all wanted me to move here, anyway. I joke that my sister caused the hurricane (because) she always gets what she wants. I joke that it took an act of God to get me to leave the beach. I would have nev er, never left on my own. Parris added moving away from her home was bittersweet. She might have had to leave the ocean her greatest inspiration but that only made her evolve as an artist. In addition to her sea-life paintings, she experiments with paint pouring also known as fluid art as one of her latest artistic ventures. My work evolved, Parris said. I needed that (move). In a sense, life kind of brought me here. I didnt start pouring until I came here, and thats a huge part of my work now.DIVING INThe move brought about new ventures for Parris. Prior to the hurricane and moving to Winter Garden, she met officials involved with the Windermere Art Affair. They invited her to feature her work at the event, which was her first art show. It was kind of funny because I knew I was doing the show before I moved here, Parris said. If that wasnt meant to be, I dont know what was. Parris added she learned at the Windermere Art Affair that her paintings are popular among children. She recently branched out to painting murals in childrens bedrooms. Children love my stuff, Parris said. I started doing childrens rooms painting murals. PAINTING THE OCEAN FAR FROM THE SEAJennifer Parris blends several dierent colors to create her uid-art painting.Eric Gutierriez JENNIFER PARRIS ARTTo view or buy Parriss work, or to inquire about commissions, visit


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Steven RyzewskiTeammates Carissa Ruiz, Reagan Parker, Isabella Scherer and Reese Parker show o their championship trophy and medals. SPORTSAPRIL 19, 2018 Olympia senior Daniel Tiongco, a cancer survivor, ended his water polo career for the Titans on a high note. Page 16.1 Olympia High alum Michael Byrne is now the all-time saves leader for the Univer sity of Florida baseball program. The former Titans broke the record for career saves March 30 against Vanderbilt. It was his 26th career save. He picked up another save April 13 against Missouri. 2 Windermere Prep alumna Racquel Fournet was named ASUN Player of the Week March 26 for her stellar play for the FGCU Softball team. Fournet, a junior, went 8-for-12 that week with seven RBIs. On the season, Fournet is hitting .365 with ve home runs and 29 RBIs.3 Dr. Phillips junior Hannah Eden has entered her name in the Panthers record books and so has her team. Eden broke a school record for doubles in a season April 12 when she hit her 12th against Oak Ridge. Dr. Phillips won both games of a doubleheader that day against the Pioneers, bringing the Panthers to 20-2 on the season, with 20 wins representing a new program record.4 The Olympia boys and girls tennis teams swept rival West Orange April 13. The Titans girls team defeated the Warriors 6-1, while the Olympia boys team was victorious 4-2.5 Windermere Prep two-sport standout Rahsaan Lewis announced April 16 that he has committed to play football for UCF. A basketball standout for the Lakers the past two seasons, Lewis returned to the football eld this past fall after a two-year hiatus and had a breakout season for Windermere Prep. HIGH5 Wins have been hard to come by for the Dr. Phillips baseball team over the past month or so. After racing out to a 5-0 start, the Panthers have won just four of their past 13 games. Of those losses, several have come by just one or two runs. So, when Dr. Phillips led the host Ocoee Knights 2-0 through five innings April 13, it stood to reason that coach Mike Bradleys club wouldnt rest easy until it had a larger lead. Luckily, the Panthers bats STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORAfter a rough stretch of about a month, the Dr. Phillips baseball team returned to its winning ways.Panthers bounce back with important pair of winsSteven RyzewskiDr. Phillips shortstop Raymond Negron cleanly elded a ball moments before turning a double-play against the Ocoee Knights April 13. The Panthers won the game 6-0. File photoThe future sure is bright for the Windermere Prep girls tennis program. The girls middle-school team for the Lakers completed an undefeated season earlier this month by taking first place at the Great Orlando Athletic Conference Championship, besting teams such as Trinity Prep, Lake Highland Prep and The First Academy, among others. The quartet of Reagan Parker, Carissa Ruiz, Reese Parker and Isabella Scherer has been dominant all season, with Reagan and Carissa the teams No. 1 and No. 2, respectively not losing a match all season in middleschool competition. Theyre both very feisty really gutsy, said head coach Mandy Rosenfield. Rosenfield said Reagan has a big serve and forehand, while Carissa has a strong backhand. Reese has been strong all season and incredibly consistent, while Isabella, a relative newcomer to interscholastic tennis, has shown great improvement over the course of the season. The girls also swept their doubles matches at the GOAC Championship, with Reagan and Carissa teaming up for one team and Reese and Isabella coming together for the other. Theyre all friendly, and they have good communication, Rosenfield said. What is even more impressive for this group of girls is that three of them Reagan, Carissa and Reese also are competing for the Lakers varsity team as the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 lines, respectively. Theyve done great, and theyve been a real asset to the The Windermere Prep middle-school girls tennis team won the Greater Orlando Athletic Confer ence Championship.SEE TENNIS PAGE 16 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR LATESEASON SHOWDOWNThe everlasting rivalry between Olympia and Dr. Phillips will shift to the baseball diamond April 26, just ahead of the start of districts. The Panthers will host the Titans at 4:30 p.m. The last meet ing of the rivals, which took place April 18, 2017, went to the Titans a 5-1 victory.SEE BASEBALL PAGE 16Leading Lakers


16 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 varsity team, Rosenfield said. The Windermere Prep varsity girls tennis team is coming off a 2017 season where it finished as state runner-up in Class 1A, and the Lakers will compete in the FHSAA Class 1A, District 6 Tournament this week in Lakeland. Three members of the middle-school team Reagan and Reese, who are twin sisters, and Isabella are only sixth-graders, suggesting there will be several years of success to come from these up-and-coming tennis standouts. Were thrilled to have them, Rosenfield said. Its not just their play theyre super nice girls and excellent team members. 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 Real estate: Contracts, Closings, Short Sales, Deed in Lieu And other matters 269839 State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. 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Shannon Till, AgentFowler Groves 3279 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...270599 How exciting was it to score the final goal in your final game as a Titan? It was very exciting, and I was very glad to finish the season with something to say, I finished the last game of the season. Which moments from your high-school career have been the most memorable? My first swim meet (as a freshman). Im not sure who it was against, but it was at the Roper YMCA. For it being my first swim meet, it was nervewracking. My favorite water polo memory is scoring my first goal (as a freshman). Is there an alumni of the program who was a role-model for you? Id say my top-two role models are my brothers; they were actually on the water polo team. One is in college, and the other is studying for his doctorate. Matthew Tiongco and Jonathan Tiongco. How has your experience as a cancer survivor affected your appreciation of being able to play sports? I appreciate it because at age 3, my doctors said my chances of living were low. To be able to be a senior and play water polo, to be on the swim team for four years, SPORTS SPOTLIGHTOlympia senior Daniel Tiongco ended his water polo career with the Titans in the best possible way, scoring the nal goal of the nal game of the regular season a 17-4 win for Olympia (23-2) over Lake Brantley. Daniel, who has scored six goals in his career with the Titans and is praised by head coach Stephanie Johnson-Possell as a hard worker who always puts the team rst, was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 3 and overcame a rare neuroectodermal tumor. His experience with cancer, his recovery, and the kindness of those who helped him through, has inspired him to pursue social work after he graduates from Olympia.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESDaniel Tiongco Im very lucky Im lucky to be alive. Who has been your favorite teacher while at Olympia? My biology teacher, her name is Kristy Connor. She was one of the teachers I could go to. It was her and coach Stephanie Johnson-Possell that I could go to if I had any issues. We understand you want to go into social work as a career. What sparked that interest? When I was in St. Jude hospital, I was in the room and I was approached by their hospital social worker, and she gave me hope and a sense of light that Im almost done with the fight. Ever since then, Ive wanted to become a social worker. I want to pass it on, and I want others to have that hope that I was given. How important has the support of your family been over the years? (It) has been really important. Through my radiation and chemotherapy, my appearance was impeded due to my treatment. I dealt with bullying and my motor skills and my thinking skills for school werent like a regular person. My family has been there for me, and if I had issues, they would help me cope with it. Its been really good having them by my side. STEVEN RYZEWSKI THE BASICSAge: 18 Height: 5-foot-3 Hometown: Orlando School: Olympia High Other varsity sport: Swimming GPA: 3.0 TennisCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 Photos by Steven RyzewskiMatt Cobb pitched a complete-game shutout for Olympia April 11 against West Orange.came alive in the top half of the sixth inning, as James Hurst, C.J. Cantwell and August Hay maker each drove in a run, and Dr. Phillips (11-10) held on for a 6-0 Metro West Conference victory against the Knights (138). The victory made for backto-back wins for the Panthers, who had defeated Evans earlier in the week. Its no secret that weve been struggling, in the middle-third and latter-third of the season here, swinging the bats, Bradley said. For our guys to step up here when it mattered that was great to see. Three pitchers teamed up for the shutout on the mound for the Panthers, as Cort Roedig got the start and the win pitching three-and-two-thirds innings and allowing just three hits. Logan Bryan pitched two strong innings in relief, and Casey Carns closed it out for Dr. Phillips. The Panthers have a trio of games against Metro West Conference foes in the coming days hosting Wekiva April 17 and Apopka April 19 before travel ing to Windermere April 23. And with the district tournament looming the first week of May, Bradley is hopeful that this stretch will allow his team to regain its form from the beginning of the season. We lost our identity there for a little bit, and were still work ing on getting it back, Bradley said. Were finding ourselves again, and were starting to have fun again.OLYMPIA SECURES NO. 2 SEED IN DISTRICT 9A3The Olympia baseball team (13-7) got two stellar outings on the mound last week in an important district series against West Orange. The pair of wins 5-0 over the Warriors at home April 11 and 6-1 April 13 at West Orange helped the Titans to a 5-3 record in Class 9A, District 3 and the No. 2 seed for the district tournament in May. Matt Cobb pitched a complete-game shutout April 11 for Olympia, and Jeslyn Whitehead followed with a complete-game effort April 13. Its nice to not have to play in the play-in game, head coach Chuck Schall said, reflecting on his team earning the No. 2 seed. It just makes us have to win one game (to reach regionals), and we get another day of rest. Were playing these guys (West Orange) in that (district semifinal), and well see (Doug) Nikhazy, and itll be a good game. Nate Marrero, a correspondent for, contributed to this report.BaseballCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 Dr. Phillips teammates congratulate Cort Roedig as he comes o of the mound April 13. Roedig earned the win against Ocoee.


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 17 have a ball! To register or more information visit This summer at our courts learn tennis or improve your skills while making tennis your sport of a lifetime.Windermere Tennis Summer Camp Windermere Recreation Center 11465 Park Ave, Windermere, FL4 SUMMER SESSIONSMonday thru Thursday 9:00 am 11:30 amSession 1 June 4-7 Session 2 June 11-14 Session 3 June 18-21 Session 4 June 25-28 270758 Windermere Prep baseball holds on for winThe Windermere Prep baseball team improved to 11-7 on the season April 11 with a 3-2 victory over Central Pointe Christian. Michael Bacica got the start and earned the win for the Lakers. He pitched three scoreless innings and struck out six batters. The Lakers scored all three of their runs in the rst and second innings and a trio of relief pitchers Tyler Kousaie, Logan Morris and Jake Janata helped close the door on a rally attempt by Central Pointe. Dylan Adams and Devon McCall each had an RBI for Windermere Prep (12-7). STEVEN RYZEWSKIPhotos by Steven RyzewskiRicky Reeth reached base once for the Lakers against Central Pointe Christian. Jake Janata consulted with rst-base coach Ramon Sanchez after safely reaching base in the top of the rst inning April 11. Above: Jordan Walczak was ready to make a play at rst base. Right: Head coach Keith Walsh looked on as his team earned another victory. The Lakers are 12-7 so far this spring. Register Online at SommerSports.comWindermere Run Among the Lakes 17th Annual UMCSaturday, April 14, 2018 272807 And a Special Thank You to the 2018 Sponsors!Thank Youto all the runners, volunteers and spectators that came out Saturday, April 14. A UMC W R A L


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