O bserver WINDERMERE YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer BLACK TIE Windermere residents lead 100 Women Strong. 12. Windermere High hosts rst FFA banquet. 14. We salute you ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER The woman behind the Winder mere Art Affair will be taking her support for the arts a step further by opening up downtown Wind ermeres only art gallery. Anne McDonough coordinates with and selects the artists for Windermeres annual art show. She also owns Tranquilti Well ness Center, located at 503 Main St. in downtown Windermere. The grand opening for The Art Gallery within Tranquiliti will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 1. Afterward, the gallery will be open Developer reveals plans for O-Town West project Plans include luxury apartments and more than 400,000 square feet of commercial space. ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER The man behind multiple mixed-use communities throughout Orange County is proposing to build a luxury liv ing and entertainment develop ment in Dr. Phillips. Unicorp National Develop ments, Inc. President Chuck Whittall and county officials hosted a community meeting on Art gallery to open in downtown Windermere The Art Gallery at Tranquiliti Wellness Center will showcase its rst exhibition June 1. Gothas Woodlawn Memorial Park honored those who gave their lives in combat at the 68th annual Woodlawn Memorial Day Service. SEE PAGE 3. Meet DPs Cinderella Boys Dr. Phillips Highs baseball team is in the Final Four rst the rst time since 1996. PAGE 15. SEE O-TOWN PAGE 4 SEE CREATIVE PAGE 4 Eric Gutierrez Members of the Orange County Sheris Oce Honor Guard red shots for a rie volley as part of Woodlawns memorial service. Local schools celebrate seniors. SEE PAGES 7-10. VOLUME 3, NO. 34
2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 Tired of suffering from joint pain? Mako minimally invasive surgery for hip and knee replacement offers important advantages over traditional surgery: More accurate implant positioning, resulting in a more natural-feeling joint following surgery. Patients typically experience rapid pain relief and a quick return to their active lifestyle. Mako joint replacement surgery for hips and knees is now available at Orlando Health Health Central Hospital.For more information, or to schedule a consultation, call 321.843.2001 or visit OrlandoHealth.com/Mako. Choose advanced joint replacement 273904 Same day Appointments available for new and 274055 Pediatricians Erika Diogene, D.O. Phone: 407-770-1414 1583 E. Silver Star Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761 www.GrowingTogetherPeds.comOpen: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm FRIDAY, JUNE 1TRANQUILITI ART GALLERY GRAND OPENING 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Tranquiliti, 503 Main St., Windermere. The free event will oer live music, drinks and light snacks, and artists who are exhibiting will be present at the opening. The art gallery will encourage spiritual connection through art classes. (407) 448-0244.SATURDAY, JUNE 2ADULT SUMMER READING KICKOFF CELEBRATION 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Join the library for an adult summer reading kick-o celebration with crafts and coloring. Learn about Beanstack to win badges and prizes this summer. Light refreshments will be served. Limited supplies. Ages 18 and older. Registration required at (407) 8357-323. CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH FREE DAPS 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Celebrate the summer reading program with FREE DAPS, a local group of freestyle rappers and improvisers who use hiphop to create a one-of-a-kind musical comedy show every time they perform. All ages invited. (407) 835-7323. SECONDCHANCE PROM 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at The Breakroom, 13105 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. The theme of the 21-and-older party is A Night in Paris. Guests can bring their own libations. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple and includes dinner, dancing and a prom photo. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.MONDAY, JUNE 4CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH FREE DAPS 3 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Celebrate the summer reading program with FREE DAPS, a local group of freestyle rappers and improvisers who use hip-hop to create a one-of-a-kind musical comedy show every time they perform. All ages invited. (407) 835-7323.SATURDAY, JUNE 9BOOK CLUB FOR ART LOVERS Noon Saturday, June 9, at the SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association, this months book discussion is Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. Participants will discuss the work of Johannes Vermeer and explore life during the Dutch Baroque period. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. Call (407) 347-7996 or email email@example.com. KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Meet with other Central Florida knitters and have a great time knitting and mingling. Be sure to bring your work in progress, yarn and needles. All levels are welcome. (407) 835-7323. LITTLE CHEF: A FULL SCOOP 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Mix and sprinkle fun toppings to make a delicious treat to keep cool. This is a Mommy or Daddy and Me event. Ages 3 to 5. (407) 835-7323. WINDERMERE ROTARY CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT 8 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. All proceeds go to the USO and other local veterans projects. Single-player entry fee is $125; foursomes are $450. Information and registration at windermererotary.org or (407) 421-0548.MONDAY, JUNE 11CAMP OCLS 3 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor-inspired games, interactive stories and camp songs. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323. CENTRAL FLORIDA RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Warren Jennison will present Sanford Rail Services in the Day. Free. (407) 6560559.TUESDAY, JUNE 12SPANISH BOOK CLUB 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Join this Spanishlanguage book club to discuss literature, art, music and more. All are welcome. (407) 8357323. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13MR. TIM THE COMEDY MAGICIAN 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Mr. Tim is a bumbling magician whose magic never seems to go as planned. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323. TAI CHI 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the Building A Dance Room at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. Cost is $2 per class; drop-ins are welcome. First class is free. Visit st.lukes.org/sports, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 290. YOUR CALENDAR
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 3 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROrange County is investing $1.4 million in a construction project aimed at improving wastewater services in the area of Overstreet Road and Lake Sawyer Drive. The 16-inch sewer pipelines that run along Overstreet Road between Nobleton Drive and Northwich Drive have failed, and Orange County Utilities plans to remove and replace them with 2500 LF of 16-inch pipe. This existing pipe has failed, so this replacement is to prevent another failure, said Laurie Windham, public information officer for Orange County. Samples of the old pipe will be collected and assessed to explore the reason it failed. The county also plans to install 1,200 linear feet of 6-inch sewer lines along Lake Sawyer Drive between the countys pump station and Overstreet Road and disable the existing sewer line on Craigside Lane and Nobleton Drive. The project, which is scheduled to start in May and be completed in Spring 2019, will be performed in phases and require temporary road closures and detours. Construction will mainly occur on right-of-way and utility easements. Details on the construction timeline and anticipated road closures, which will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., have yet to be finalized. The contractor is waiting for approval from Orange County on the MOT plan MOT stands for Maintenance of Traffic which cov ered detours, Windham said. Once the plan is approved, the contractor will begin on the east side of the project near the intersection of Overstreet Road and Northwich Drive. Each section will be complet ed before the work progresses west. No planned water or electrical-service outages will be required to complete the project.County to upgrade sewer pipelinesThe lines between Overstreet Road and Lake Sawyer Drive will undergo construction improvements starting this month.This existing pipe has failed, so this replacement is to prevent another failure. Laurie Windham, a public information ocer for Orange CountyGABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR Two parcels of land in Horizon West spanning 108 acres might soon host about 500 homes. A project representative explained the plans during a brief community meeting held by Orange County officials on Tuesday, May 24, at Independence Elementary School. The 108-acre property only 96 of which are developable is currently vacant. The project, known as Lake Austin, is located west of Avalon Road, south of Grove Blossom Way and east of Lake County. According to property records from the Orange County Property Appraisers website, the multiparcel property was purchased for $6.25 million by BB Groves LLC, in December 2017. The property is surrounded by several resorts, including The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando to the east and Summer Bay Orlando Resort to the south. Kathryn Hattaway, a project representative from Poulos & Bennett LLC, explained the concept of the planned future project, which is currently in the initial stages of the countys development approv al process. This does have a PD future land use, and we are requesting to continue the (Planned Development) future land use, and were actually proposing a specific number of units on this property, she said. So in our application, we are ask ing for a maximum of 500 dwelling units that can be used for any combination of short-term rentals, age-restricted (housing) or market-rate (housing). The south parcel of the property is currently designated Growth Center/Resort/Planned Development. The north parcel is designated Village, which allows for 10 dwelling units per acre. Hattaway said the applicant seeks to build up to 500 units, which is about five units per acre. The propertys current zoning allows for a maximum of 10 units per acre. According to county documents, the applicant intends to change the official designation of the south parcel to Growth Center-Planned DevelopmentResort/Low-Medium Density Residential, and the north parcel to Horizon West, Village I Special Planning Area Greenbelt. The applicant also has agreed to make all market-rate housing on the property comply with the Horizon West architectural design standards in order to be consistent with surrounding areas, Hattaway said. Access points to the property would be from Grove Blossom Way and an access point to the north. The applicant has not proposed any new access points along Avalon Road, Hattaway said. However, plans may change as the project gets more fleshed out through the developmentapproval process. At this point, we dont know, as were still early in the development process, Hattaway said, referring to the projects planned housing ratio. So we cant tell you today, how many short-term rentals, how many owner-occupied or how many age-restricted units there will be. That will be further defined in the PD zoning document, which will be submitted soon after the transmittal public hearings. The process will require the project to be reviewed and voted on by both the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of County Commissioners in transmittal hearings and adoption hearings. The extended two-hearing process is a requirement for approval, as the requested change is considered a large-scale amendment to Orange Countys Future Land Use Map.Developer introduces plans for 500 homesOrange County invited a representative to explain the project at a community meeting held Tuesday, May 24, at Independence Elementary. Their courage nerves a thousand living menAmerican ags ew at half-sta and the Orlando Concert Band played patriotic music as dozens of individuals gathered at Woodlawn Memorial Park for the 68th annual Woodlawn Memorial Day Service. The service is held to honor the military service men and women who were killed in the line of duty or who have passed away since their service, prisoners of war and those who are missing in action. ERIC GUTIERREZ Retired U.S. Army Col. Calvin Wimbish was the rst keynote speaker of the event. Bob Swanson wore his military ribbon rack to the event. Swanson served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and left the Air Force in 1979 to join the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1996. U.S. Army Capt. Philip Stiles, a member of the Army Honor Guard, told the story one of his military heroes during his speech.
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All Rights ReservedMay 23 at Sand Lake Elementary School to discuss a future landuse map amendment for an 84.32acre property generally located north of Interstate 4, south of Fenton St. and east of Lake Ruby. The proposal is to amend the future land-use map designation of the property from activity center mixed use, activity center residential, and low-medium density residential to Planned Development-Commercial/ Medium-High Density Residential. The amendment would allow for the development of up to 1,800 dwelling units and up to 415,142 square feet of commercial space. About 82 acres of the total 84.32 acres are developable, according to county documents. Whittall branded his proposed development project with the name O-Town West. Weve gotten, really, a lot of traction on it, because its going to be a really great project, and its going to be (a) great development for this side of town, Whitall said. Weve got a huge amount of interest from restaurants (who want) to be here. And the restaurants were bringing out here are really going to be new-to-market restaurants. He added the development will include a grocery store, various restaurants, a large entertainment complex with a movie the ater and boardwalk overlooking a water show and an upscale, luxury apartment complex of up to 1,200 units called Glass House. The center of the complex will feature a large lagoon for swimming. Rental prices will start at $2,000 per month. Additionally, other housing will surround the outside of apartment complex. The entertainment complex is going to be called Boardwalk at O-Town West, Whittall said. In the center of it, its going to have a water show. Its going to be really cool. Its a $4 million water show which will have lights and dancing water and video mapping and be set to music. Current entitlements for the subject property allow for the development of up to 282 hotel units, 564 timeshare units, 250 multi-family residential units and 487,765 square feet of commer cial space. The proposed changes would have less of an impact compared to what is currently allowed on the property, Whittall said. Its significantly less than what could go on the property (today), Whittall said. Its right now designed for super density, and thats not what we want to do. Aside from this proposed development, Unicorp built Dellagio on Sand Lake Road, Lakeside Crossing in Winter Park, I-Drive 360 on International Drive home of the Coca Cola Orlando Eye and other projects. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Featured artwork will be for sale and will be switched every two months. The first artists being featured at the gallery are Cristiam Ramos, Crystal Dombrosky and Phyllis Shipley. Artist who are interested in having their work featured at the gallery are encour aged to contact McDonough at (407) 808-0665. Art is important to me, because it inspires your spiritual connection, McDonough said, Your spiritual connection in todays environment is so important because we live in such a crazy and hectic environment with computers and a lot of crazy stuff going on in the world. You find your peace when you connect to your spiritual side, and thats why art is impor tant to me. I believe in finding that peace and tranquility in our world ... by expressing yourself through art. McDonough said Tranquiliti Wellness Center specializes in promoting spiritual wellness. She added the art gallery has been a vision of hers for many years, and incorporating a gallery into her business seemed like a natural fit. It was my vision (to open the gallery), because I work with spir itual wellness, McDonough said. Allowing this (gallery) to come in helps more synergistically with the spirituality concept of Traquiliti. Art classes will be taught at Tranquiliti in addition to hav ing the gallery. Details on the art classes will be available at a later date, McDonough said. Although shes not a visual artist, McDonough paints pictures with words as a poet. Her belief of fostering and promoting spiritual wellness channeled through creativity only fuels her passion for the arts. That passion shows through the support she has giv en to the artists who have been involved with the Windermere Art Affair. Ive gotten probably 10 dif ferent artists that never would have entered (the Windermere Art Affair) if I didnt stand here and have a physical conversation with them about how they can do it, McDonough said. I kind of have to talk them off the ledge of (them) thinking that they cant do it, and thats really what keeps me going. Thats a passion for me. Every single artist (who) has been in that show, I have personally talked to and cultivated. Thats why its been successful. She added that because of monies collected through the Winder O-Town West slated for Dr. PhillipsIts signicantly less than what could go on the property (today). Its right now designed for super density, and thats not what we want to do. Unicorp National Developments, Inc. President Chuck WhittallCreative space CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 IF YOU GOTHE ART GALLERY AT TRANQUILITI WELLNESS CENTER 503 Main St., Windermere OPENING: June 1 PHONE: (407) 808-0665mere Art Affair, organizers were able to donate $1,000 to Windermere Elementary Schools art department, $1,000 to Olympia High Schools art department, $500 to Gotha Middle School and $2,500 to City Arts Factory. Its about promoting the arts, McDonough said. Its also (about) giving back because the school systems are cutting their funding for extracurricular things like art, and its also about (supporting) young artists.Eric GutierrezAnne McDonough is a big supporter of the arts. So much so that shes opened up a gallery in her business in downtown Windermere.CourtesyThe entertainment center at O-Town West will feature a dancing water show.
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 5 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORWindermere Preparatory School student Maya Tharoo has always taken a head-start approach to life. At birth, she weighed just 1 pound, 14 ounces. At age 5, she began volunteering at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. And at age 9, she founded a nonprofit and also became the youngest recipient of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyers Community Builder Rising Star Award. Now 13, Maya Tharoo not only has been named a Disney Dreamer and Doer she also earned the honor of becoming a Disney Shining Star. Each spring, Disney asks elementary-, middleand highschool principals to select one student who dreams of a better home, school and community and who works hard to make it a reality. These students are recognized as Disney Dreamers and Doers. Annually, there are about 375 students from across Central Flor ida who are honored as Dreamers and Doers, but the larger competition is the Shining Star awards. These are given to 15 students one elementary-, middleand high-school student from each Central Florida county. Shining Stars receive Disney World annual passes for their families for one year, Mousecar statues based on Oscar statues and commemorative certificates. They also are invited to a special event at Walt Disney World. I thought that while I had a good chance at getting it; I also thought that my story was something that should be heard, and it would be good to get it out in the world, the rising freshman said of being a Shining Star. I was so extremely happy and grateful. I was proud that I could represent my school in that way and that they trusted me and thought I could go on to the next level and receive the Shining Star award. Maya was born prematurely and spent 110 days in the NICU at Winnie Palmer. She and her family were so grateful to the hospital for their care that she decided to give back. Once a month, or by parents requests, Maya visits NICU fami-Shining star I thought that while I had a good chance at getting it; I also thought that my story was something that should be heard, and it would be good to get it out in the world. Maya TharooWindermere Prep student Maya Tharoo, 13, has been named both a Disney Dreamer and Doer and a Shining Star for her work with Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.lies at Winnie Palmer and shares her story and inspiration. Its made me rally happy, because as Ive gotten older, I understand the impact Im leav ing, she said. I realize that it gives them hope, and honestly for me hope is the best feeling in the world to have. Im so thankful for every day Im able to provide that feeling to them. But Maya also is the founder of her own nonprofit, the Miracle Makers Foundation. The purpose is to support premature babies and their families. One of her goals is to help provide NICU centers in countries that dont have them, and also to provide scholarships to doctors intending to pursue careers in neonatology. Her parents, Abdullah and Mumtaz, said it is humbling and they are blessed to be able to watch Mayas passion for giving back grow and that they get to be a part of it. The only word I can think of is blessed, Abdullah said. Were blessed were able to make so much difference, and for me its a way of paying back. You have to pass it forward. We were in the hospital for 110 days. She went through a very long, extensive, complicated surgery when she was 2 weeks old. Weve been taking her to Winnie Palmer for every birthday since she was born for the nurses to see her and what they have done. We were very blessed that she feels at home there.Courtesy photoMaya Tharoo is both a Disney Dreamer and Doer and a Disney Shining Star. GABBY BAQUERONEW EDITORDuring the West Orange Chamber of Commerces 2018 Mayoral Update Luncheon, local leaders informed attendees of the latest projects being pursued in their individual municipalities. The luncheon, held May 23 at Tanner Hall in Winter Garden, provided attendees the chance to learn more about long-term projects and ask questions about relevant issues and developments. Oakland Mayor Kathy Stark, Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn and Winter Garden Mayor John Rees each offered brief summaries on ongoing projects and future goals and later took questions from the audience members.WINDERMEREAcknowledging the ongoing traf fic problems in Windermere, which is landlocked and experi ences cut-through traffic from the surrounding areas, Bruhn stressed the towns efforts to pursue road improvement projects and cooperate with the city of Ocoee and Orange County on potential road expansion projects to increase connectivity and traffic flow. Bruhn also remarked on the towns priority of protecting and preserving the quality of its lakes, as well as a new utilities expansion initiative that will explore the feasibility of retrofitting the town for water, wastewater and under ground electric. I firmly believe that cities and towns are just like a home youve got to maintain them and youve got to improve them, or pretty soon, nobody wants to live in them, Bruhn said. So I think thats what our goal is in West Orange: to just continue trying to improve our quality of life.WINTER GARDENRees emphasized that Winter Gardens priority is to ensure the city receives quality development. Rees also shared the news that Tucker Ranch, which is being converted into a 209-acre park and with an organic farm that will produce fruits and veggies for the Winter Garden Farmers Market, is set to open in the fall. The mayor also mentioned the citys ongoing discussions to improve its recreational offerings and sports fields. Were considering doing a $20 million bond to expand and improve our Parks and Recreation Department, and included in that would be a Tanner Hall expan sion, buying more property along the corridor here on Lake Apopka, Rees said. Were also talking with the Church of Christ about some fields they have in the back of their church so we can expand the number of soccer fields in our area. So were doing quite a bit with that.ORANGE COUNTYJacobs spoke about Provision Healthcare LLC, and its move to build a proton therapy center and several medical office buildings in the Hamlin community. Jacobs also highlighted a service being offered to Orange County residents in light of the endless gun violence plaguing the nation. With all of the school shootings that weve seen and all the mass tragedies that weve seen almost all of them taking place at the hands of a mentally ill or young people, she said. We just introduced in Orange County in the last year Mobile Crisis Service. This is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any parent, teacher, or law-enforcement (officer) and anyone in Orange County who comes into contact with a young person they think might be suicidal or dangerous.OAKLANDWhen asked to provide a short explanation of the most impor tant projects going on in Oakland, Stark pointed to the towns goal to replace its septic tanks with a new centralized sewer system that is expected to cost millions to fund and years to fully install. Stark also mentioned the towns plan to update its architectural design guidelines and create a mobility master plan and transportation network to handle the growth the town anticipates the future may bring. We are in the midst of a design guideline update, and we have placed a moratorium on any building until July at the earliest, so that we can update our design guidelines to make sure that we are continually growing in a way that really reflects the heritage and the traditions of our small town, she said. Stark also emphasized an upcoming town project for an Oakland cultural building known as the Oakland Arts and History Center, which will be built on the West Orange Trail.OCOEEJohnson presented a video that showed a visual overview of the major projects being pursued as part of the citys $45 million initiative to revitalize its downtown area. Johnson also shared the city has seen an influx of quality residen tial projects come in on the north side of the city that are either under construction or set to begin construction soon.Leaders provide project updates at luncheonMayors from Oakland, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden and Orange County spoke at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce event. www.westorangehabitat.org274078APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERSShop at the ReStore Save $5.00 On your purchase of $20 or more during May when you bring in or mention this ad.West Orange Habitat for Humanity ReStore 13369 West Colonial Drive( between 9th and Dillard Street, behind Taco Bell in Winter Garden)Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. Closed SundayDonation Hotline: (407)905-0406 I rmly believe that cities and towns are just like a home youve got to maintain them and youve got to improve them, or pretty soon, nobody wants to live in them. 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We replaced our 40 plus year old windows 2 days ago with beautiful windows Shari Lewis of Central FL 274118 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORAs the popularity of Airbnb and similar sites continues to grow, Orange County commissioners examined how they should approach its increasing usage. Airbnb is a company that oper ates an online marketplace for people wanting to rent out their entire homes, spare rooms or guest beds. According to a basic search on its site, there are 306 total listings in Orange County. However, some listings may no longer be active. With its increased popularity, we also have increasing concerns from the community, said Jennifer Moreau, an assistant manager in the countys zoning department. You essentially have what is a commercial use in a residential neighborhood, which can cause additional issues, including park ing, noise, garbage. In a work session held during the May 22 Orange County Board of Commissioners meeting, Moreau provided commissioners with a refresher on the countys existing rules on short-term rentals.EXISTING RULESAs currently written, Orange Countys code on short-term rentals some of which dates back to 1957 only refers to traditional hotels, time-shares and motels, Moreau said. Short-term rentals are defined as 180 days or fewer and are strictly confined to commercial or industrially zoned areas. The code also contains language pertaining to B&Bs, homestays and inns, which are permitted by right or special exception in agricultural, residential multifamily and commercial areas. In addition, the countys code permits transient rentals in a single-family home, so long as the home is located within an R-3 (multifamily) zoned area and the rental is fewer than 30 days. However, even if one meets all the zoning requirements to host a short-term rental, one still needs to abide by any applicable HOA rules, and Airbnb is not permitted if your HOA has rules against it. And even if youre in the clear, there are still some other legal requirements for hosting shortterm rentals. Assuming you meet the zoning requirements and you meet any HOA requirements, there are also other requirements you would need to meet in order to be allowed by code, Moreau said. You would need to pull a business tax receipt, possibly obtain a use permit meet state lodging regulations, pay your hotel/motel tax, and then address any building or fire code requirements.PROS AND CONSDuring her presentation, Moreau pointed out the pros and cons of Airbnb, as well as possible community concerns. There are also public safety concerns with high turnover in neighborhoods, which can affect the character and stability of neighborhoods, she said. Theres also a potential lack of investment. Absentee landlords are generally presumed to be less diligent about routine maintenance than owneroccupied (homes). And theres also the competition to traditional hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. Despite the potential disruption to the traditional hotel industry, Moreau added that Airbnb can help Orange County homeowners who may struggle to pay their mortgage. But she also highlighted the link between short-term rentals and affordable housing, explaining that residential properties pur chased for later use as short-term rentals lead to housing shortages and thus exacerbate the countys affordable-housing problem. Theres actually two sides to this coin, Moreau said. On the one side, it can assist homeowners with offsetting homeowner ship costs, especially in regard to hosted rentals. On the other side of that, you have investors (who) are specifically buying up residential properties with the intent of using them for commercial uses as short-term rentals. So decreasing the longterm housing stock can then contribute to an increase in housing and rental prices.AIRBNB COMPLAINTSThe county decided to review its rules on short-term rentals after a couple requested the county to allow short-term hosted rentals in residential neighborhoods, Moreau added. The couple, which had been unaware of the existing shortterm rental rules, received an anonymous code enforcement complaint in December 2017. In the past two years, the countys Code Enforcement Board has received about 75 complaints regarding Airbnb use. This is out of the 26,000 total complaints the CEB received in 2017 alone, Moreau said. Following a lengthy discussion, county commissioners ultimately agreed via consensus to revisit the issue after observing how things play out in Orlando, which approved new rules in February allowing short-term rentals in all residential neighborhoods. Orlandos new ordinance becomes effective July 1. I think that Id like to see some lessons learned with how it plays out in the city of Orlando, said Betsy VanderLey, the Orange County District 1 Commissioner. There are some items that if we moved forward, I would want to require some of the sexual predator language and some other things like that to protect guests. We certainly dont want to go on the map, nationally, for some kind of a debacle there, she said. But having said that, I do think that less regulation might be more in this particular case, because if we get too sophisticated and too tricky in our ordinance we could tee law-abiding citizens up to be not law-abiding citizens because of the level of ordinance that they might have to comply with. You know, these folks are citizens, they dont have compliance divisions to handle this.With its increased popularity, we also have increasing concerns from the community. You essentially have what is a commercial use in a residential neighborhood, which can cause additional issues, including parking, noise, garbage. Jennifer Moreau, Orange County zoning departmentCounty leaders discuss update to short-term rental rulesOrange County commissioners discussed whether or not to overhaul the current ordinance on short-term rentals in light of the growing popularity of Airbnb.
7 Final act Thousands of parents, friends and family members packed the Amway Center Thursday, May 24, to watch their favorite Titans cross the stage at graduation. More than 800 Olympia High seniors got to turn their tassels as Olympia faculty and sta along with Orange County Public Schools ocials declared them high-school graduates. Graduates also enjoyed humor ous and inspiring speeches from salutatorian Daniel Leongomez and valedictorian Thomas Russo. DANIELLE HENDRIX Thalia Gomes helped Stephanie Morales adjust her cap. Excited graduates showed o their best poses for the camera. Chhaya Patel and Michelle Liu waited patiently to begin ling into the arena. Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, center, was all smiles with valedictorian Michael Thomas Russo, salutatorian Mark Daniel Leongomez, student-body president Catherine Jeers and senior class president Elizabeth Biro. Matthew Curschman, Gabriel Grin, Julie Corrie and Christopher Hall were all smiles. Heath King and Azhariyha Vaughan sang The Prayer. Thais Campello, Mariana Santos, Victor Pallesi and Isabela Duarte looked great in their caps and gowns.
8 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 274072 275429 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 Panthers celebrate commencement The Amway Center was lled with proud parents and smiling grads on Thursday, May 24 as Dr. Phillips High Schools Class of 2018 walked across the stage and began a new chapter. The class of more than 800 students enjoyed kind and inspirational words from DPHS principal Dr. Suzanne Knight and viewed short videos from the class 12 valedictorians. ERIC GUTIERREZ Dr. Phillips High Schools class of 2018 waited patiently to graduate. Daniella Feliz was excited to graduate. Kedesh Frederick proudly showed o a medal he earned. Right: Luis Forestal looked sharp in his suit and graduation gown. Below: Kema Lewin, left, and Ivan Rivera, right, were proud of their son Jaleel Rivera for gradat ing. Sophia Belloli, left, and Ariane Machado looked great in their graduation gowns. Right: Destiny Odeus was stunning in her cap and gown.
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 9 PresentsSaturday, November 10, 2018 6:00 9:00 PM At the Pines at Windermere Creative Outdoor Dining to Benefit Matthews Hopee most creative table will win the coveted Best Dressed Table Trophy. 10% off table reservations and partner ships reserved before July 1st. 50% non-refundable deposit required. MC for the evening Scott Maxwell Entertainment for the evening Dueling PianosFor more information and/or to reserve your table visit: www.matthewshopeministries.org/Annual-Garden-Party www.facebook.com/matthewshopeministries or call 407-905-9500 275865 Step Inside 28 W Plant Street Historic Winter Garden Trivia Tuesday at 7pm Live Music Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm Friday and Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 12:30pm www.th eatticdoorlive.com rfnt Retirement: Ready or not. Ready is better. Bruce Young, CFP, CRPCFinancial Advisor.17301 Pagonia Road Ste 100 Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-4915 www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Jo BarshBruce Young Hundreds of parents, friends and family members cheered on their favorite Lakers on Friday, May 25, as Windermere Preparatory School honored its Class of 2018. The school held its graduation ceremony in the Walt Disney Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Per forming Arts. The class of about 150 graduates heard kind words from Headmaster Dr. Tom Marcy and heard speeches from salutatorian Franklin Lothar Estein and valedictorian William Eppinger Sealy. ERIC GUTIERREZLakers turn tassels at graduation Windermere Prep graduates got together for a group photo. From right: Melissa Botia, Paula Stiegler, Annie Kim, Sarah McLellan and Kateryna Tymofeieva looked lovely in their caps and gowns. Salutatorian Franklin Estein and valedictorian William Sealy were ready to address their fellow graduates. Suha Ansari and Hiba Syed were all smiles. Ish Cortes, Roberto Salamo, Shaquan Jules and Jovanny Green were excited to gradate and start their college careers. ONLINESee more graduation photos at OrangeObserver.com Right: Gabriella Gegg, Madi Tyrcha and Zoe Roseneld raised their caps in celebration of graduating.
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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 11 Look Like or Be Like Your Dad CONTESTShow Us or Tell Us why you want to be like your dadSubmit a photo and/or letter to email@example.com or facebook.com/wotimes byMonday, June 11 at 4PMMust include name, dads name, contact number and email address. 720 S. Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 407-656-2121500 S. Dillard St Winter Garden, Fl 34787(407) 656-2593 Hours: M-F 6-7:30, Sat 6-7, Sun 6-6 8 additional locations in Central Florida1607 S Orlando Ave Maitland, Fl 32751(407) 645-3366We go the Extra Mile for our customers Win a Traeger Grilling package worth over $1000.00 SPONSORED BY #extramiledads 276301 For more information or to advertise please contactWest Orange County Area call: 407-656-2121 or email: AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comWinter Park/ Maitland Area call: 407-401-9929 or email: JFanara@OrangeObserver.comSize (Tab Size)Cover Pages 10.25w x 11.125d ................... $800.00 Full Page 10.25w x 11.125 d ........................ $700.00 Half Page Horizontal 10.25w x 5.5d ........ $400.00 Half Page Vertical 5 wx 11.125d ................ $400.00 1/4 Page 5w x 5.5d .......................................... $300.00 1/8 Page 5w x 2.15d ....................................... $200.00(Full Color Included)276299 This years Spirit of America will honor our local heroes including those who have served or currently are serving in the U.S. military, as well as their families. Their stories and their willingness to fight for our freedom, embodies the true Spirit of America. This section will also have a comprehensive calendar of July 4 celebrations in Central Florida. Reaching 312,500 in print and online throughout Orange County and on www.OrangeObserver.com Publish date:June 28, 2018Ad Deadline date:June 13, 2018 85 years agoSixty-four unemployed men were given part-time work this week at $1 per day, and construction advanced rapidly on widening the Plant Street roadway from Dillard to Highland.80 years agoThirty-seven graduates received diplomas at Lakeview High Schools 1938 commencement.50 years agoAn agreement has been signed between the ACL Railroad and the city of Winter Garden for the use of the old depot on Plant Street. The Chamber of Commerce oce will use the brick portion of the building, and the old wooden freight shed on the east side will be torn down to make way for a parking lot.45 years agoVivian Woodard was named valedictorian, and Pam Freeman salutatorian, of Lakeview High Schools Class of 1973. Ocoee High School named Jeannie Creel valedictorian and Phil Roberts salutatorian of the Class of 1973. The Orange County School Board approved a new West Or ange High School after listening to a plea by Bill Breeze of Ocoee, representing the steering committee for Concerned Citizens of West Orange. He reviewed the inadequacies of the Ocoee and Lakeview high schools, built in the 1920s.40 years agoCindy Matheison has been named valedictorian of West Orange High Schools third graduating class. Salutatorians are Dawn Crooker and Preston Roper. Fred Savage, head of the Science Department, will deliver the commencement address. The West Orange Chamber of Commerce held a Newcomers Reception at the El Prado Family Inn. Among businessmen welcomed were Jess Green, owner of Times Printing, and Mike Hubis, new advertising manager of The Winter Garden Times.30 years agoThe city of Ocoee appointed a project manager to oversee the paving of Bowness Road from Kissimmee Avenue to Franklin Street. The estimated project cost is $800,000. THESE OLD TIMES WEST ORANGE HISTORYFROM THE WINTER GARDEN HERITAGE FOUNDATIONTHROWBACK THURSDAY MAY 24, 1946 Florida Power regularly advertised its latest products and services in the local newspaper, including this ad warning folks about the dangers of octopus outlets. As more electrical appliances were introduced on the market, it became increasingly more dicult to plug everything in. Florida Power oered its services of modernizing home wiring. The photograph shows a dramatic view of Lake Apopka from the porch of the MatherSmith home on Oaklands North Tubb Street, looking toward the familys boathouse. No longer standing, the home was the showpiece of the family estate, platted soon after the couple arrived in town in 1908. The Winter Garden Heritage Museum is currently exhibit ing a collection of photographs depicting the beautiful house, its grounds and interiors and the lady of the manor, Grace Mather-Smith. The museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. daily. The mission of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is to preserve the heritage and architecture of Winter Garden while creating new cultural experiences. The Foundation also preserves the material culture of West Orange County, using it to educate the areas youth on the communitys rich history.FROM THE ARCHIVES
12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 CHURCH DIRECTORY Advertise your Services or Events on this page weekly.This page appears weekly in the Windermere Observer and online at orangeobserver.com.To advertise in the Church Directory call 407-656-2121 or email AdvertiseNow@orangeobserver.com274280EPISCOPALCHURCH OF THE ASCENSION 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando Sun.Serv 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm. 407-876-3480 www.ascension-orlando.org NONDENOMINATIONALHAVEN OF GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 13520 Foxcrest Blvd. Winter Garden, FL 34787 Services 9:30 and 10:30AM 407-952-0510 Matthews Hope Chest Creations Custom Furniture Repaired, Refinished and Repurposed Wood Furniture Pallet Art & FurnitureFollow us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MatthewsHopeChest/Visit our New Workshop Location at 930 Carter Rd. Suite #311, Winter Garden 1/4 Mile North of W. Colonial Dr. 407.905.9500 8am-5pm Mon Sat XNSP15668 BAPTISTHORIZON WEST COMMUNITY CHURCH 6121 Avalon Rd., Winter Garden Sunday 11:00 AM Contemporary Service Bilingual: Spanish and English www.horizonwestcc.com DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORAlone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Kellers vision for humanity is the guiding principle of 100 Women Strong, a giv ing circle at the Central Florida Foundation. And at the helm of the circle are two Windermere residents: Avani Desai and Leslie Hartog. Giving circles differ from the fundraising methods of many nonprofits in that the funds come from the circle members themselves. Each member of 100 Women Strong contributes $1,100 annually, and together, they research local source problems and devise a plan to solve them. The goal is to find the root cause of problems local women and children are dealing with and then focus on a lasting solution. Rather than throwing money at a symptom, Hartog said, the women in the giving circle put their heads together to analyze the best possible solution. We vote on our area of focus and then have a research team and a grants team do the research on the root cause and the project we want to support, said Hartog, 100 Women Strongs co-chair. We work with experts in the community and different nonprofits. Were about collaborating with the community, working with the experts and figuring out, How do we fix it? Hartog got involved with 100 Women Strong about twoand-one-half years ago and met her co-chair, Desai, when she joined shortly after. Har tog is the co-founder and CEO of Community Seal, and Desai is the president at Schulman & Company. Were both fairly new to the organization, but when we joined the woman who had started it had moved away from Central Florida and after that the membership had waned, so they were down to about 17 members when I joined, Hartog said. We got ourselves organized when I joined and Avani became my co-chair after she joined and we started doing some recruiting. Our goal is to get back up to 100 women, and were about up to 70. Weve been doing a lot of growing and making sure that we have things for everyone networking events, our award ceremonies, several teams people can join but at our core we look for source problems in the community.CIRCLE OF SECURITYFor the last two years, 100 Women Strong has focused its efforts on early-childhood education. The project Circle of Security focuses on positively affecting the social and emotional development of children ages 3 to 5 who live in or come from high-risk situations. One of the statistics that drove the group to focus on this was when it found out how many children are being expelled from preschool, Har tog said. In high-trauma areas the preschool expulsion rate is actually higher than in middle and high schools. Additionally, according to the Early Learn ing Coalition in Orange County, 45% of local children are not socially or emotionally ready for kindergarten. Its really just how they deal with stress, and how they inter act with their peers and adults in their lives is not healthy and certainly not preparing them for kindergarten, she said. That affects their reading scores (and eventually) graduation rates. We focused on private preschools in the Pine Hills area, because its considered a high-trauma area. Kids who have been through trauma, its difficult for them to be emotionally ready for school. The project focuses on building relationships so that a child in a teachers care will feel safe and secure to explore and come ready to learn. It revolves around finding the root cause of negative behavior what the childs needs are and how they can be met. The teachers have a better way of understanding the children and their needs and why theyre behaving the way they are, Hartog said. The environment these kids grow up in is not a very safe and secure one, so learning their ABCs is the last thing on their mind.PERFECT PARTNERSAs a whole, 100 Women Strong is always looking for and researching ways to help the community. Grants are awarded based on the members voting on the projects they feel are REAL BLACK TIEProblem-solvers Windermere residents Avani Desai and Leslie Hartog are co-chairs of local giving circle 100 Women Strong, a Central Florida Foundation initiative.most pressing. For Hartog and Desai, being co-chairs and keeping the circle going has been one of the most rewarding experiences. Their skill sets balance each other perfectly. While Hartog said she is more about structure and meeting the needs of the circles members, Desai is connected in the community and has a knack for social media, outreach and networking. Its been terrific because we live close to each other, work well together and have developed a respect and friendship out of it as well, Hartog said. The whole leadership team has really rolled up their sleeves and jumped in and weve been thrilled and honored at how far weve come in the last year.We work with experts in the community and dierent nonprof its. Were about collaborating with the community, working with the experts and gur ing out, How do we x it? Leslie HartogCourtesy photoWindermere residents Leslie Hartog, left, and Avani Desai are co-chairs of the Central Florida Foundation giving circle 100 Women Strong.
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 13 276018 NOTICE OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT TRANSMITTAL PUBLIC HEARING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WINDERMERE Notice is hereby given that the Town Council for the Town of Windermere, Flor ida, will hold a transmittal public hearing at 6:00 p.m. (or as soon thereaer as the matter may be considered) Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in the Town Hall, located at 520 Main Street, Windermere, Florida, to hear and consider the transmittal of proposed amendments to the Towns Comprehensive Plan. If the transmittal is approved by the Town Council, then the proposed amendments will be transmitted to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Division of Community Development and other applicable agencies for review and comments. A second and nal public hearing for adopted of the proposed amendments will be held by the Town Council following the review by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Division of Community Development, and other agencies. Interested parties may appear at the Town Council Transmittal public hearing and be heard with respect to the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments. NO FINAL ACTION TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS WILL BE TAKEN AT THIS MEETING. e proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments are available at the Town Clerks Oce, 614 Main Street, Windermere, Florida, for inspection during normal business hours of Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) anyone who needs a special accommodation for this meeting should contact the Town Clerk at least 48 hours before the meeting. Persons are advised that if they decide to appeal any decision made at this meeting, they will need a record of the proceeding, and for such purposes, they may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, per Section 286.0105 F.S. 276034 NOTICE OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT TRANSMITTAL PUBLIC HEARING OF THE TOWN OF WINDERMERE LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY Notice is hereby given that the Town Council, sitting as the Local Planning Agency, for the Town of Windermere, Florida, will hold a transmittal public hearing at 6:00 p.m. (or as soon thereaer as the matter may be considered) Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in the Town Hall, located at 520 Main Street, Windermere, Florida, to hear and consider a recommendation to the Town Council for the transmittal of proposed amendments to the Towns Comprehensive Plan to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Division of Community Development and other applicable agencies for review and comments. A second and nal public hearing for adoption of the proposed amendments will be held by the Town Council, sitting as the Local Planning Agency, following the review by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Division of Community Development, and other agencies. Interested parties may appear at the Town Council, sitting as the Local Planning Agency, transmittal public hearing and be heard with respect to the proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments. NO FINAL ACTION TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS WILL BE TAKEN AT THIS MEETING. e proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments are available at the Town Clerks Oce, 614 Main Street, Windermere, Florida, for inspection during normal business hours of Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) anyone who needs a special accommodation for this meeting should contact the Town Clerk at least 48 hours before the meeting. Persons are advised that if they decide to appeal any decision made at this meeting, they will need a record of the proceeding, and for such purposes, they may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based, per Section 286.0105 F.S. 276305 Bruce Young, CFP, CRPCFinancial Advisor.17301 Pagonia Road Ste 100 Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-4915 MKT-5894F-A-A1 Finding solutions for your financial needs Member SIPC Bruce Young, CFP, CRPCFinancial Advisor.17301 Pagonia Road Ste 100 Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-4915 MKT-5894F-A-A1 Finding solutions for your financial needs Member SIPC Bruce Young, CFP, CRPCFinancial Advisor.17301 Pagonia Road Ste 100 Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-4915 MKT-5894F-A-A1 Finding solutions for your financial needs Member SIPC Bruce Young, CFP, CRPCFinancial Advisor.17301 Pagonia Road Ste 100 Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-4915 MKT-5894F-A-A1 Finding solutions for your financial needs Member SIPC Bruce Young, CFP, CRPCFinancial Advisor.17301 Pagonia Road Ste 100 Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-4915 MKT-5894F-A-A1 Finding solutions for your financial needs Member SIPC Bruce Young, CFP, CRPCFinancial Advisor.17301 Pagonia Road Ste 100 Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-4915 MKT-5894F-A-A1 Finding solutions for your financial needs Member SIPC What is JFS Orlando? Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando provides services to stabilize individuals and families in crisis. It also works to enhance the quality of life across generations to all members of the Central Florida community. How long has JFS Orlando been in operation? We were incorporated in 1978, and we have a whole list of programs we offer to clients, individuals and families in need in Central Florida, said JFS Orlando Executive Director Eric Geboff. This organization was started by the Jewish community 40 years ago. However today, (more than) 94% or 95% of our clients are not Jewish. How has JFS Orlando impacted the community? We focus on four areas: hunger, aging/end of life, mental and emotional stability and homelessness prevention, Geboff said. We have several programs that fall underneath each category. We (have provided) more than 1.6 million meals and have offered more than $2 million in financial assistance to help those in need with mortgage and utilities to get them through to the next month. It really does impact the community in a positive way, so theres lots of successful programs we offer. What is significant this year for the JFS Orlando community? Were celebrating our 40th anniversary, Geboff said. When we look just year to year and see that we impact the lives of 10,000 people every year, it tells us that were doing the right thing. That gives our board and volunteers a really good feeling about what were doing and how weve been doing it, because the need continues to grow and we know that. What sets JFS Orlando aside from other similar organizations? Whats cool about us is we provide a holistic approach to serving people, Geboff said. People tend to have multiple issues theyre dealing with at the same time and with the four areas (we focus on), they tend to impact everyone who walks into our office. We feel pretty good about what weve been doing, and were creating new partnerships every day to help our clients and their clients lead better lives.JFS OrlandoCausing an Eect is a monthly feature that introduces a charity or philanthropic organization and highlights its impact on the local community. If you would like to be featured in a future Causing an Eect, contact Black Tie Editor Danielle Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.This months featured nonprofit is the Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando. JFS Orlando is a human-services organization that reaches thousands of people in the Central Florida each year and offers various programs, services and resources to help stabilize families, attack hunger and homelessness and more. JFS currently is celebrating its 40th anniversary of making an impact on the Central Florida community. CAUSING AN EFFECTCourtesyJFS Orlando recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala.
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SPORTSMAY 31, 2018 Windermere High School fullback Michael Richardson has strong spring season, scores in spring game for Wolverines. Page 16.1 Windermere Prep alum Spencer Pigot, a professional racecar driver, nished 20th in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 last weekend.2 Elijah Stimmell tossed three touchdown passes in the rst half all of which landed in the hands of Darrell Harding and the West Orange football team cruised past visiting Gainesville in its spring game May 25, 45-7. For more photos and a recap, visit ObserverPreps.com.3 West Orange High alumna Sabrina Stutsman is a sophomore for the Flor ida State softball team, which advanced to the Womens College World Series last weekend after defeating Louisiana State in a Super Regional. She will join former teammate Lauren Mathis in Oklahoma City; Mathis and the Georgia Bulldogs also won their respective Super Regional.4 The Stetson University baseball team, which includes local alumni Kirk Sidwell (Olympia) and Dee Shelton (West Or ange), will host an NCAA Regional for the rst time this weekend. The DeLand Regional also will feature USF, Oklahoma State and Hartford.5 The boys of summer are back. The Winter Gar den Squeeze will begin their fth season in the Florida Collegiate Summer League June 1 with a road game at Seminole County. The Squeeze will celebrate their homeopener June 2, when the Scorpions come to Heller Bros. Ballpark at West Orange High to face Winter Garden. First pitch is at 6 p.m. HIGH5 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORDr. Phillips baseball coach Mike Bradley has taken to calling his team Cinderella boys throughout the play offs and for good reason. Over the past few weeks, the Panthers have on different occasions been down to the final out of their season, survived an extra-inning thriller that lasted more than four hours and navigated the uncertainty of having a playoff game rescheduled three times in one week. In the latest chapter of the teams remarkable run, Dr. Phillips rallied from a 3-2 deficit to Lake Mary to top the host Rams 6-3 in the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Championship May 22. The win advances the PanDerek Arroyos two-run triple in the sixth inning helped the Panthers rally past the host Lake Mary Rams for a 6-3 win in the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Final.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR The West Orange softball team came up short in its attempt to win a historic third consecutive state championship, falling to Davies Western High 7-0 in the FHSAA Class 9A State Final May 24. The Warriors (24-8), who compiled just four hits and left eight runners on base, were unable to solve the riddle of Western pitcher Jada Oleski. Any balls that we hit, they werent really squared up, West Orange coach Todd LaNeave said. (Oleski) was doing a good job of mixing it up. She threw a great game. The Warriors best chance at closing the gap against the Wildcats came in the bottom of the fifth when trailing 5-0 at the time they loaded the bases with one out. A pop out and a ground out closed the door on that opportunity, and West Orange would not threaten again. Despite the loss, the Warriors appearance in the state final caps an impressive season dur -West Orange softball nishes as state runner-up The Warriors came up one win short of their bid for a third consecutive state title, falling May 24 in the FHSAA Class 9A State Championship Game. ONLINEFor more coverage of the West Orange Warriors in the FHSAA Class 9A State Seminal and State Final, visit ObserverPreps.com.NEXT STOP: FORT MYERSTeammates mobbed closing pitcher Logan Bryan after he recorded the nal out of the regional championship May 22.Photos by Steven RyzewskiSophomore Derek Arroyo drove in the go-ahead run for the Panthers in the regional championship game against Lake Mary May 22. SEE CINDERELLA PAGE 18 SEE WARRIORS PAGE 18
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Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. Shannon Till, AgentFowler Groves 3279 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...274080 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 273889 ing which the team overcame significant adversity. That included having several players injured and unavailable to play early in the season and navigating a month without head coach Todd LaNeave, who suf fered a heart attack in March. This season will certainly be remembered for a lot of things, LaNeave said. To be standing here after a state final, Im speechless this group was phenomenal. The night before the state final, the Warriors defeated Timber Creek 2-1 in the state semifinal. Lexi Scalzo drove in what became the winning run for West Orange in the bottom of the sixth. Scalzos two-out single up the middle created just enough time for Bryce Adkinson, who was pinchrunning at second base, to make it home safely. From there, senior pitcher Landry Newgent did the rest in the top of the seventh. Newgent earned her second complete-game victory on the mound in her past two outings, allowing just three hits on the night. She does a really good job of just mixing it up, head coach Todd LaNeave said. And our defense behind her was pretty solid. West Oranges state runnerup finish continues a fouryear run in which the Warriors won two state championships (2016, 2017) and finished as a regional finalist in 2015. The team will graduate six seniors and hope to return to the Final Four again in 2019. Weve got something really special at West Orange softball, and Im hoping we can continue that, LaNeave said. What was it like to run out onto your new home field at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park? It felt pretty good. We were trying to win, but we couldnt get it. I was happy that the team scored a touchdown its better than what we did last season. How would you rate the spring season for the team? Probably a seven out of 10. We have good players, we just need more people. We need to get bigger, faster and stronger. What did you want to improve on as an individual during the spring? I was focused on trying to get yards, being a fullback. Was it tough to learn the offense that the team now runs under coach Fred Priest? It was tough at first, but I got used to it. Its a pretty easy concept. Is there a professional or collegiate running back whom you try to emulate? Marshawn Lynch. My coach told me to watch a video of him. In the video, he (Lynch) said that youve just got to keep hitting people over and over again until it makes them tired. How did it feel to score a touchdown? It felt amazing. Youre relatively new to football. Why did you decide to join the team at Windermere High? I realized that people were recommending it to me, and I thought it would be a good choice. I tried it out and actually liked it. What has been your favorite class this school year? Probably pre-calculus with Mrs. (Rebecca) Germansky. It was a pretty fun class, and I like math most of the time. The class is fun, I have a lot of friends in there and the teacher is amazing. What do you think you would like to study in college? Electrical engineering. I took a class in ninth grade, it was a technology class, and we were watching videos of how these engineers made things. I made a few things myself and it was amazing. Whats your go-to meal after a game? Probably McDonalds thats where everyone else goes. Probably order a McChicken two McChickens. Do you have any other hobbies beside school and football? I like playing basketball with my friends. Whats your dream car? Probably just a 2017 Toyota Camry, black. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SPORTS SPOTLIGHTMichael Richardson only began playing football when he arrived at Windermere High, but through the fall season and into the spring, he has made an impression on coaches and teammates. The fullback for the Wolverines scored a touchdown during the teams spring game May 24, and head coach Fred Priest said that Richardson had a strong spring season and is emerging as a leader for the program.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESMichael Richardson THE BASICSGraduates: 2019 Height: 6 feet Weight: 208 pounds Position(s): FB, LB GPA: 3.0 Other sports: Weightlifting thers to the Final Four for the first time since 1996, when the program won its state championship. Afterward, Bradley who was a sophomore on the 1996 team hardly could contain the pride he felt in his team. Were finally taking that next step forward, as a pro gram Im almost at a loss for words, Bradley said. Were just trying to play one pitch at a time. Our guys are buying into that. ... Were going to keep riding the wave. While Bradley was a sophomore for the Panthers in 1996, current sophomore Derek Arroyo was years away from being born. And it was Arroyo, someone who had spent most of the season playing for Dr. Phillips junior-varsity team, who squared up the biggest hit of his young career a tworun triple in the top of the sixth inning that put the Panthers back ahead of the Rams (23-5). I was looking for a fastball he threw me a curveball, and I stayed back, and I hit the ball, Arroyo said. It felt amazing. Arroyos hit put the Panthers ahead 4-3, and later in the inning, Raymond Negron drove him in to extend the lead to 5-3. An insurance run in the top of the seventh inning was icing on the cake for Dr. Phillips, which turned to closer Logan Bryan to close the door on Lake Mary. He did just that with five strikeouts in two innings. Bryan relieved starting pitcher Cort Roedig, who allowed just three hits in five innings of work. Roedig had just one true blemish during his outing on the mound a two-run home run by Lake Marys Albert Duran in the second inning. In my head, I flush it (Duran) hit a home run off me, but right after, I just came back in and just did my work, Roedig said. I have faith in my team and especially in Logan (Bryan). Hes a great pitcher, and our guy to close it out for us. Dr. Phillips will face Metro Conference peer Timber Creek (21-7) at 4 p.m. June 1 at CenturyLink Sports Complexs Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins. The winner of that state semifinal game will face the winner between Miamis Columbus High and Jupiter. The FHSAA Class 9A State Championship Game is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. June 2. It might seem an unlikely place for a team that was the No. 5 seed in its district tournament. But not to the Panthers. To be honest, its not sur prising we really thought this was going to happen from the first day of practice, senior August Haymaker said. It was a rough season, but we grinded through it, and when it came time for the playoffs, were playing our best baseball. Indeed, Dr. Phillips had started the 2018 season with five consecutive wins before enduring a stretch where it lost 10 of its next 14 games with half of those losses coming in one-run ballgames. All that seems a distant memory, and perhaps a necessary evil, for a team that is one of four teams left standing in the state of Florida in Class 9A. We stopped with the expectations and we just started playing baseball, Bradley said. All of a sudden, confidence started to grow, and were winning these immaculate games. FINAL FOUR PROSPECTUS CLASS 9ADR. PHILLIPS Record: 18-13 Quick pitch: The Panthers run has seen several players come up huge at the plate in big moments, lending some unpredictability to Dr. Phillips lineup. Whats been consistent, though, has been the stellar pitching of Cort Roedig, who spent a good portion of the season injured, Mitchell Stockwell and closer Logan Bryan. TIMBER CREEK Record: 21-7 Quick pitch: Marcos Roque is hitting .427 with a teambest 38 hits this spring, while Parker Smith leads the team in home runs (four) and RBIs (24). Preston Schumacher, the Wolves ace, has nine wins this spring and an ERA of 1.81. COLUMBUS MIAMI Record: 25-4 Quick pitch: Defense has been key for the Explorers Columbus has allowed just 1.3 runs per game this spring. The Explorers were state runners-up in 2016 and won it all in 2015. JUPITER Record: 17-10 Quick pitch: The Warriors like Dr. Phillips have ex perienced rough stretches in the schedule, including losing ve out of eight games to begin April. Jupiter is in the Final Four for the second consecutive season. SCHEDULE June 1 Seminals: Dr. Phillips vs. Timber Creek, 4 p.m.; Columbus vs. Jupiter, 7 p.m. June 2 FHSAA Class 9A State Championship at 7:35 p.m. Cinderella boysWarriors sustain excellenceCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 17 274377 Eat, Play & Stay Healthy West Orange! ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Call 407-656-2121 or Visit OrangeObserver.com It didnt take long for the Windermere High football team to evict the elephant in the room. After not scor ing a touchdown in 11 games during their inaugural season (including a preseason game), the Wolverines scored a touchdown on the opening drive of their spring game May 24. Rising senior Isaiah Jack son now will always have the distinction of scoring the first touchdown for Windermere at its home field of Deputy Scott Pine Community Park on a 12-yard keeper less than two minutes into the game. The early lead did not hold, though, as Holy Trinity (Melbourne) eventually won the game 41-21. Afterward, Wolverines head coach Fred Priest encouraged his team not to be satisfied with simply scoring a handful of touchdowns in a loss. But the veteran coach, in his first year leading the team at Windermere, acknowledged the historic moment. That was huge to score the first one on the opening drive, Priest said. I was proud of my guys, because they acted liked theyd been there before, and we had talked about that. The Wolverines showed a number of positives to conclude their spring, including the fact that their third touchdown a one-yard touch-Windermere Wolverines show improvement in spring football game GAME FILM down run by fullback Michael Richardson on the last play of the third quarter made it a one-possession game entering the fourth quarter. Although Holy Trinity pulled away with two scores in the fourth quarter, Priest and his staff believe the Wolverines will benefit from having had a chance to win a ballgame and seeing how thin the margin of error can be in such a situation. Its extremely valuable, Priest said. There are a lot of positives. There are times where we ran the offense and we executed you can see where, when we start getting more consistent with that, its going to be real hard for folks to stay with us in that deal. STEVEN RYZEWSKI Above: Fullback Michael Richardson scored a touchdown for Windermere. Left: Windermere freshman Jordan Dozier looked to shed a would-be tackler. Head coach Fred Priest encouraged his players not to be satised with the improvements that they had made after the game.
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Are you Ready for Hurricane Season?With Natural Gas, We Keep the Lights On! Call 407-656-2734 ext. 307 to get Natural Gas to your home or business WHEN THE STORM HITS ITS TOO LATE! 407-656-2734 | www.langd.org 275124 RANGEGas ranges with pilot lights require no additional care. Continue to cook as usual. When the electricity is off, surface top burners with electric ignition can be easily lit. Simply: Light match (preferably a wooden match) Hold match next to the top burner cap Then turn the control knob to the light or high setting. The burner will light and you can adjust the ame. Most ovens and broilers on ranges with electric igni tion cannot be used when the power is off.OUTDOOR GRILLA portable grill should either be moved inside or securely tied down outside. A grill with a patio base should either be bolted down or disconnected and brought inside. A grill with a permanent post is usually secure and does not need any additional tie down. The lid of any gas grill remaining outside should be secure ly tied closed to prevent it from snapping open.DRYERMost dryers have a safety valve which automatical ly shut off the ow of gas. In addition, your gas dryer needs electricity to operate. HURRICANE SAFETY -BEFORE THE STORMWATER HEATERS/ POOL AND SPA HEATERSMost water, pool and spa heaters have a safety valve which will automatically shut off the ow of gas if the pilot light goes out. Tankless water heaters need a UPS backup device, connection to a 120V standby generator or a 12V inverter.IF ASKED TO EVACUATE:Leave the gas on. Turning off the gas could result in unnecessary delays in restoring your service. It is not necessary to turn off the gas at your meter or, if you use propane, at your tank. Should Lake Apopka Natural Gas deem it necessary to turn off the service, Company representatives will inform you. By leaving the gas on, you will be able to cook and, as long as there is a reliable supply of water, you will have hot water. Leaving gas on also helps you avoid reconnection fees. Clean-up efforts after previous hurricanes show that more gas lines are broken during clean-up than during the actual storm. Before removing fallen trees, call for a FREE util ity line location by Dialing 8-1-1.IF YOU SMELL GAS:Do not do anything to cause a spark (i.e., using a garage door opener, portable phone, etc.). Immediately evacuate the premises and call Lake Apopka Natural Gas Districts 24/7 emergency number at 800.542.3344 or 9-1-1. It is important to call from a telephone away from the building where you smell gas. In the case of a gas leak, our rst responsibility is to make sure the area is safe. Service will be restored as soon as possible. All District personnel carry identication and will, upon request, show their identication before entering your home.IF FLOODING OCCURS:If your home or business was ooded and gas appliances were underwater, do not attempt to operate the appli ances. Water can cause damage to the internal safety mechanism and create a hazardous condition. Call Lake Apopka Natural Gas or a qualied appliance contractor for a safety inspection and to relight the pilot lights on your appliances. Check yard for loose items. Move and secure items not rmly installed before the storm arrives. This includes grills, patio furniture, swings, pool equipment and supplies, even water hose reels. Items such as these can be blown around by hurricane winds causing unnecessary damage to your home, propane tank or gas meter.AFTER THE STORM When hurricane season is upon us, we as Floridians, should be familiar with gas safety. When a hurricane threatens, leave the gas on unless notied by us. Because most gas facilities are located underground, rarely does a hurricane threaten your service. 276360