ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 Vitality Bowls opens new eatery in Dr. Phillips. 3. A day for Reese DomondGABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORAn investigative review of allegations accusing Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh of corrupt practices found insufficient evidence to confirm Singh committed any wrongdoings. The complaints were made by top-level OCPA employ ees Laverne McGee and Aisha The Olympia High senior couldnt attend his graduation ceremony, so his family brought graduation to his hospital room in St. Petersburg. SEE PAGE 4. Good times as rappers bust rhymes FREE DAPS, a rap crew, brought its brand of family-friendly hip-hop to Windermere. PAGE 8. SEE SINGH PAGE 4 Courtesy photoReese Domonds graduation walk took place through the halls of Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital, in St. Petersburg. His family surprised him with his cap and gown, and the hospital sta played Pomp and Circumstance. PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer WHAT A RIDE!First Watch, Starbucks coming to Lakeside VillageERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERCoffee behemoth Starbucks and Florida-based breakfast/lunch eatery First Watch join the grow ing list of businesses at Lakeside Village Center and Westside Shoppes in Horizon West. Both new businesses will be setting up shop in a 9,000-squarefoot multi-tenant retail building currently under construction at Lakeside Village Center. Weve got a couple of restaurants going in there, said Michael Boyd, a sales and leasing representative for Boyd Development. Weve got a First Watch that is going in, and theyre taking The eateries join new businesses, including Toasted, Tijuana Flats, Flippers Pizzeria and Gators Dockside. SEE WHATS PAGE 4WE LOVE THE 80sDexters of Windermere celebrated its fourth anniversary with style. 7. Evidence against Singh determined insucient Courtesy photoRelive Dr. Phillips Highs incredible baseball season. SEE PAGE 11. VOLUME 3, NO. 35
2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 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 276472 Everything we serve is thoughtfully sourced, earth friendly, and tastefully adventurous. We provide everything from sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, soups, and salads that are made with love.New Location Inside Dr. P Phillips YMCA7000 Dr. P Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 407-730-3212 | www.pammiessammies.com | BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER CATERING 272162 FRIDAY, JUNE 8LEGENDS 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at ShowcaseWG, 12100 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. Cirque e Musica presents Legends, a tribute to pops most-recognized performers, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers and The Beatles. Performers from Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and Broadway will keep guests entertained with their vocals, dance and acrobatic performances, accompanied by the Solid State Band. Tick ets are $49.95 and include a buet, one drink, the two-hour show and dancing. (407) 3479914.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. Tick ets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. Call (407) 3477996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. ONP GOPHER TORTOISE RUN 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Take part in a three-miler through the preserve or a threemile virtual race all to support ONP. Each registered onsite racer will receive a T-shirt, Gopher Tortoise Run carved wooden medallion and a clip-on Hydro Pouch. Virtual participants will receive a medallion. There is no race-day registration. Oaklandnaturepreserve. org/gopher-tortoise-run/. WINDERMERE ROTARY CLUB 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. Can you help him make the day magical? 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. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Al Aki will teach the class. Cost is $2 per class; drop-ins are welcome. First class is free. Visit st.lukes. org/sports, email sports@ st.lukes.org or call (407) 8764991, Ext. 290, for details.THURSDAY, JUNE 14AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERSHIP MEETING 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the American Legion Post 63, 271 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Scott Gration, retired U.S Air Force major general, recently joined the post and will speak on Flag Day. Gration has an incredible background and experience in worldwide leadership. He was appointed by President Barack Obama as a special envoy to the Sudan in 2009 and then as ambassador to Kenya in 2011. He served 32 years as a ghter pilot and senior leader in the Air Force. (407) 656-6361. YOUR CALENDAR
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 3 Connecting through 720 Roper Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 We understand the importance of compassion and responsiveness in memory care. We take pride in our 5-star rating because we know it represents our dedication to providing Care you can TRUST. Wed love to meet you!407.614.8680 serenadesbysonata.com ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY #12328 Caring Call to schedule a visit! 276529 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERIf youre craving a light lunch, a fresh smoothie or a nutrientrich post-workout meal, Vitality Bowls in Dr. Phillips might be the place to go. Vitality Bowls opened its new est location May 17 at 8014 Conroy-Windermere Road, Suite 101. Harold and Jackie Gattereau are the owners of Vitality Bowls, and Jackie acts as an owner/operator. We have a large menu, Jackie Gattereau said. Theres something on it for everyone. With a wide array of healthy options on the menu, Vitality Bowls boasts itself as a superfood caf. The menu features a vibrant assortment of fresh smoothies and juices, as well as a variety of paninis, soups and salads for those craving a bite to eat. The menu also offers a wide selection of nutrient-packed superfood bowls. Many of the bowls feature organic aa berries as a base ingredient. Superfruits pitaya, graviola and acerola also are used as base ingredients. The base ingredients are then blended with juices, fruits, and other ingredients. Customers then can choose from a variety of toppings such as organic granola, bananas, honey, strawberries, goji berries and chia seeds. Additionally, bowls are made fresh to order. Bowls and smoothies served at Vitality Bowls con tain no ice, frozen yogurt, added sugar, artificial preservatives, trans fats or any other fillers. We chose Vitality Bowls because Vitality Bowls fits our lifestyle for healthy eating, and there werent many healthy (and) tasty food concepts in our area, Gattereau said. We wanted to be the first to introduce, or launch, a brand like Vitality Bowls to our community. Since opening, weve had overwhelming enthusiasm from the community. Everyone is happy that were here. Roy and Tara Gilad founded Vitality Bowls in 2011 in San Ramon, California. The husbandand-wife duo started the cafe together after discovering their daughter had severe food aller gies. Jackie and Harold are the per fect entrepreneurial duo to grow the brand in Orlando, said Tara Gilad, co-founder of Vitality Bowls. Their combined business intellect is outstanding. We are eager to see them fill the demand for a healthy fast casual caf in Orlando. Today, Vitality Bowls has 48 locations throughout the United States with more than 70 franchises under development. Although Dr. Phillips location is the only Vitality Bowls in Orange County, the Gattereaus plan to open another location in Ocoee next year.AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORAfter besting 820 teams in Flor ida, a group of seventh-graders at Holy Family Catholic School headed west recently to participate in some serious mind games. The 39th Odyssey of the Mind 2018 World Finals competition was held at Iowa State University May 23 through 26, and about 850 teams showed off their creative problem-solving skills. HFCS participants included Ava Durruthy, Maggie Farrell, Carly Goode, Mairin Sakata, Teresa Tomasone and Emily Wood. They participated in opening ceremonies Wednesday before tackling the competitions and attending creativity and international festivals, NASA-sponsored events and pin-trading sessions. They also were paired with a buddy team from Hong Kong. As part of the competition, the HFCS team performed an eightminute piece based on a famous work of classic literature selected by Odyssey of the Mind: Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldnt Grow Up. They created a mockumentary with an alternate ending called Never Again Land, where old trends such as the disco ball, flip phone and Billy Ray Cyrus mullet go to die. In the spontaneous portion of the competition, the girls were given a problem minutes before they needed to solve it. OM teaches us how to think out of the box, said team member Maggie Farrell. We get to be creative, funny and have a blast. The local team did not place in the top three, but it was a great experience and will help the team build stronger problem-solving skills. They ... had a once-in-a-lifetime experience and learned skills that will help them throughout school and into their careers, said Tana Little, Holy Familys marketing manager. Superfood cafe opens in Dr. PhillipsVitality Bowls, a superfood caf, serves paninis, soups, salads and smoothies.IF YOU GOVITALITY BOWLS 8014 Conroy-Windermere Road, Suite 101 PHONE: (407) 730-6358 WEBSITE: vitalitybowls.com HOURS: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.THREE TO TRY Tropical Bowl Base blend of organic aa berries, coconut milk, apple juice, bananas, mango, pineapple and ax seed. Topped with organic granola, bananas, strawberries, coconut shavings and honey. Dragon Bowl Base blend of pitaya, mango juice, coconut milk, bananas, pineapple, raspberries and immune boost. Topped with strawberries, kiwi, almonds, goji berries, bee pollen and honey. Vitality Bowl Base blend of organic aa, VB Blend, bananas, Strawberries and ax seed. Topped with organic granola, honey, bananas, straw berries and goji berries. Mind gamesSeventh-graders from Holy Family Catholic School put their problem-solving skills to good use recently during the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Iowa.WHAT IS ODYSSEY OF THE MIND?The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problemsolving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Through solving open-ended problems, students develop creative-thinking skills that can be applied to real-life situations. Teams from the United States and more than 20 other countries participate. Schools form teams of up to seven students and choose one of ve competitive problems to solve. Under the guidance of an adult coach, teams work on their solutions during the school year and present them in organized competitions in the spring. Regional winners are invited to compete at the state level. These championship teams are then invited to participate in the annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, where they compete with teams from other countries. Teams are scored for their long-term problem solution, how well they solve a spontaneous problem on the spot and style the elaboration of their longterm problem solution. Nonprot organizations administer the Odyssey of the Mind program. Creative Competitions Inc. provides all of the problems and materials. RAISING FUNDSAlthough the team is back from its trip, donations still can be made to oset the costs of the competition, including airfare and dorm fees. The cost to attend the competition was about $10,000. The school held four Spirit Night events at area eater ies, held dress-down days at the school and set up a fundraising page. To donate, visit gofundme.com/hfcsodyssey-of-the-mind. Courtesy photoKerri Farrell, left, and Holy Family Catholic seventh-graders Ava Durruthy, Emily Wood, Maggie Farrell, Teresa Tomasone, Carly Goode and Mairin Sakata celebrate a win.
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All Rights ReservedAMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORReese Domond donned his black cap and gown May 24, like all the other classmates ready to graduate from Olympia High School. But the graduating senior had to settle for watching the Amway Center ceremony via live feed from his room at Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital, in St. Petersburg. Domond currently is undergoing chemotherapy treatments and was forced to skip his graduation. But his mother, aunt, uncle and grandparents made sure he didnt miss everything. They surprised the 19-year-old with his cap and gown, a copy of his graduation program, balloons and a sign that read Proud home of an Olympia High graduate. The hospital staff provided signs and Pomp and Circumstance. I was shocked and surprised when I saw my family walk in, Domond said. Then I became very emotional knowing they all came out to be with me on my graduation night. Along with his cap and gown, Domond wore bright yellow hospital socks and slides, and with a big smile on his face, he proudly carried one of the signs and walked through the hospital hallways in his own private ceremony. Nancy Bardoe, Olympias media specialist, sent Domond a link so he could live stream the ceremony. She also made sure that my picture would be displayed and that my name would be called out just like all the other graduates, he said. Were there lots of cheers from the audience? I am not sure, because when my name was called out, my family in the hospital room shouted out loud, he said. Theirs was all I heard. He admits he was sad knowing he couldnt enjoy graduation with his friends and classmates, but he understands his health must come first. Domond was born with cardiomyopathy and had a heart transplant when he was 5 months old. His older sister, Bianca, was diagnosed with the same disease in 1997, four months after she was born, and she died that same year. Last December, Domond started feeling pain in his stomach and neck. By January, one side of his neck was so swollen that he sought medical attention. Doctors sent him for blood work and an ultrasound at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, in Orlando, followed by a consultation with his cardiologist in St. Petersburg. Tests determined he had nonHodgkins lymphoma, and the cancer was in his neck, lungs and intestinal wall. He said doctors told him his antirejection medications caused the Post Transplant Lymphoma Disorder. The graduate has been undergoing treatments since late January. The last few months have not been easy, because the treatments have not been successful in his intes tines, he said. During the last two months of school, I had been experiencing unbearable pain where I could not eat and sleep, Domond said. A CT scan on May 17 revealed that I had a perforated bowel. I underwent surgery on May 18 to fix that and also remove about eight inches of my small intestine to analyze the lymphoma that was not reacting to the treatments I had been under going for the past five months. It has been tough juggling serious health issues and his school. He learned most of the material in Honors Statistics and AP Macroeconomics on his own, he said. His aunt visited once a week and helped him with his work for six to eight hours at a time. Several of his teachers created a plan for the spring semester, and others helped emotionally. Domond started a new treatment the day after graduation. His summer plans are to rest and continue his cancer battle before attending Santa Fe College and then transferring to the University of Florida, both in Gainesville, to study business. Domond and his mother, Robin Morin, live in Gotha. Hassan. Hassan and McGee accused Singh of mistreating female employees, altering financial audit and travel documents, authorizing improper expenditures and awarding contracts in return for campaign contributions, according to the review. McGee, who was hired in January 2015 and served as Singhs communications director, and Hassan, who was hired in October 2014 as Singhs finance director, together sent a confidential email to Singh June 22, 2017, detailing their complaints, the report stated. According to an official statement by the OCPA office, both employees were placed on paid leave on June 26, 2017, and then put on unpaid leave May 11. The review, performed by retired Judge Belvin Perry, took 10 months to complete because of the scope of allegations, coordination of witness inter views, document examinations and scheduling demands. A thorough, external investigation into the allegations was performed by an independent, third party, OCPA officials said in an official statement relayed by public relations firm Hill+Knowlton Strategies, which is working for OCPA on a temporary basis. Perry care fully reviewed the facts, examined the evidence and inter viewed OCPAs Rick Singh, numerous OCPA employees and vendors under oath. He also interviewed the two complainants who requested their statements not be under oath. In addition to interview ing McGee and Hassan, Perry interviewed 11 others, nine of which were OCPS staff, according to the report. Perry emphasized that complainants McGee and Hassan did not make their statements under oath a decision which played a role in determining his conclusions, he said in the report. According to Perrys report, five types of allegations were made against Singh, and the allegations regarding document falsification and the creation of a hostile work environment were found to be unsubstantiated by the testimonies provid ed by Singhs other employees and by the findings of audits conducted by the Office of the County Comptroller. As for other allegations made by McGee and Hassan, Perry asserts they could not be substantiated. It is this writers opinion that a number of the allegations were based upon the fact that Ms. McGee and Ms. Hassan had a very different view of what the best practices, policies and procedures of the OCPA should have been, Per ry wrote. While the policies, practices and procedures of any governmental office, including the OCPA office, are governed by state and county laws and rules, a number of practices are left up to the discretion of the elected official. Multiple attempts to reach Jill Schwartz, a Winter Park lawyer representing McGee and Hassan, were unsuccessful. about 3,500 square feet. Star bucks will take the northerly end cap. Theyve got a drive-thru, and they are about 2,300 square feet. Between the Starbucks and First Watch will be a 3,000-squarefoot nail salon and spa, Boyd said. In addition to the eateries, a Sweetwater Car Wash opened recently, and another car-care business is slated to open soon. Theres an outparcel thats just south of the Sweetwater Car Wash that is under construction, and that will be an Action Gator Tire location, said Kevin Mer edith, sales and leasing representative for Boyd Development. The permits have all been filed and all that, so theyre well along the way. Adjacent to the Lakeside Village Center sits the Westside Shoppes, which is being developed by Unicorp National Development Inc. Restaurants coming soon to the Westside Shoppes include Little Greek Grill, Adena Farms Grill & Market and Kekes Breakfast Cafe. A number of other restaurants including Flippers Pizzeria, Jeremiahs Italian Ice, Tijuana Flats and Gators Dock side are open. Among the restaurants that have recently opened at the Westside Shoppes is Toasted: Crafted Grilled Cheese & Burgers, which opened in late April. Toasted is a fast-casual restau rant that focuses reimagining an iconic staple of American cuisine: the grilled-cheese sandwich. Although Toasteds simple menu focuses on two entree categories grilled cheese and burgers the options within those categories offer a wide arrangement of flavors that would please any palette. Toasted also offers French fries and roasted tomato soup. Toasted was founded by Jef frey Yarmuth and his daughter in 2013. The first location is in Winter Park and others are located in Lake Nona and near the Univer sity of Central Florida. Singh clearedCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Congrats, graduate! Whats coming to Lakeside?CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 I was shocked and surprised when I saw my family walk in. Then I became very emotional knowing they all came out to be with me on my graduation night. Reese DomondCourtesy photo
ARTS + CULTURETHURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM OUTSIDE THE BLACK BOXJason Swaby has suered through homelessness, racial discrimination and even injury. But he never gave up on his art.ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERBetween homelessness, racial discrimination and an injury that permanently damaged his right hand, saying Jason Swaby has suered for his art would be an under statement. Through the hardships Swaby has faced, hes always kept a positive attitude and his faith in God. Jason Swaby creates iconic characters out of perler beads. He doesnt use any stencils when he creates his perler pieces.Photos by Eric GutierrezJason Swaby painted this piece while living in The Bronx. During his brush with homelessness, he stored this piece at a friends home. The friend tried to steal it, but Swaby stole it back.SEE PAGE 6
6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 276501 Exemplary surgical experience Over 25 years in practice Accepting new patients You will always be seen by Dr. Shirer, himself ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121 or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Swaby, 35, grew up in The Bronx in New York City and moved to Winter Garden about six years ago. He specializes in painting, draw ing and freehand creating iconic characters of out perler beads. One of the biggest inspirations behind his artwork is his love for Japanese anime and manga, which are Japanese comic books. My goal is to have my own manga, Swaby said, adding that he already has two mangas in the works. I love anime. I love to draw. If I had a choice, Id do it 24/7.EARLY HARDSHIPSSwaby has been drawing since he was a child. By age 10, he picked up a paintbrush and became a student of Bob Ross thanks to the magic of television. He discovered anime when he was 12 and has loved it ever since. He has lived his whole life break ing down the walls of what he calls the black box. He describes that box as the racial stereotypes commonly associated with young black men. Throughout his life, that box has isolated him from the credit that hes deserved for his art with one experience occurring at an early age. My mother tried to get me into art schools, but the art teachers told her no, Swaby said. They thought that I didnt paint (my work). They thought my mother painted them. Although he wasnt accepted into an art school, Swaby kept creating art. I aint black enough for the black artist, and I aint white enough for the white artist, but Im cool enough for my anime crowd, he said. They dont care about color. They just want to see cool art, and thats all that matters for me. Despite the discrimination, Swaby smiles and laughs as he looks back at it because he sees it all as part of Gods plan for him. Its so funny, Swaby said. It happens a lot, you know, but I think thats the beauty of it. Thats why God designed me as an artist, because it shows people you never know whos an artist. Swaby hit a major setback in his early 20s when he injured his right hand. The damage was permanent. I cant close my right hand, Swaby said. I got my hand smashed in a door. But not even that injury stopped him from making art. If anything, it made him a stronger artist as he trained himself to use his left hand while simultaneously rehabilitating his right. I had to sneak my hand out of the cast and rehabilitate my hand to draw, Swaby said. I started draw ing with my left (hand) because I couldnt make a fist (with my right) for a little while. He now uses both of his hands to create his art.BRUSH WITH HOMELESSNESSIn addition to art and anime, Swaby is a passionate inline skater. At age 27, he was a sponsored skater who also managed a skate shop in The Bronx. The shop did not get a lot of business, but his passion for skating kept him there. The skate shop was failing, Swaby said. It wasnt making money. But I kept working there to the point where they werent even paying me, and I lost my apartment. I was homeless for two years. He hid the fact that he was homeless. He was too embarrassed to tell anyone including his boss and mother. He used to sleep under a stairway of a building he grew up in, or he would stay with friends. Eventually, his mother found out about his living conditions and stepped in to help. Thats when Swaby moved to Florida.NEW BEGINNINGSSwaby came to Winter Garden after he got accepted into Full Sail University. However, he did not attend because he could not afford the $80,000 tuition. Instead, he got a job at the 7-Eleven at the corner of West Colonial and Winter GardenVineland Road. While working at the 7-Eleven, he started creating his perler bead pieces. He took about 150 perler bead pieces to his first Megacon Convention in Orlando in 2015, and they sold out. That convention made him fall in love with the area, and he decided to stay in town. Since then, he has worked as a scenic and commercial painter at Walt Disney World for more than two years. Today, he can be found at Lucky Straws Boba Tea of Winter Garden working on his art. On Saturdays, he teaches a paint class at Paint Sip and Swirl. Im sitting here as living proof of (you should) never quit, Swaby said. JASON SWABYPhone: (321) 695-1283 Email: ziggymon2015@ yahoo.com Instagram: the_gatekeeper_ sway Commissions: Call, email or nd Swaby at Lucky Straws Boba Tea of Winter Garden at 13750 W. 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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 7 276535 276550 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 All night long!Dexters of Windermere took its patrons back in time on Saturday, June 2, by throwing an 80sthemed party. Dexters hosted the party in honor of the restaurants fourth anniversary. Restaurant sta put on their best s costumes, as did some customers. Partygoers enjoyed an evening of live s music, dining, drinking and dancing. ERIC GUTIERREZ Dexters General Manager Ryan Ferro and hostess Ambika Labban struck a pose. Brooke and Dean DiRoma had a blast on the dance oor. Rose Lawson, left, and Farah Martinez looked great in their costumes. Right: Micky Kurup, left, and Chetna Borsadia wore some of their bright est colors.Dozens of individuals got to relive a high-school tradition with the second annual 2nd Chance Prom Saturday, June 2, at The Breakroom coee shop in Winter Garden. The theme of the prom was A Night in Paris. Prom-goers enjoyed an evening dining, drinking, dancing and making memories. Mindy Hungerford started the event last year as a fundraiser to raise money for a mission trip to Uganda with Watoto Ministries. The ministry provides aid to abandoned women and children in Uganda. I knew I had to go, Hungerford said. I just felt called to go and work in their orphanage. Hungerford added that Watoto Ministries has hired her to handle its social media accounts and now funds her mission trip. Funding from this years prom and future ones will go toward paying for life-saving supplies. People in the community who came (to the prom) last year had such a great time, Hungerford said. Couples boogie at 2nd Chance Prom Samantha Robinson, left, and Melanie Winslow wore matching colors. Mindy and Daniel Hungerford posed for photos in the photo booth. ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com Erin Parrish and Nick Healy had a blast on the dance oor.
8 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.comSize Premium Position $500.00 Full Page 5w x 9.5 d $450.00 Half Page 5w x 4.65d $250.00 1/4 Page 5w x 2.25d $125.00 Front Page Banner 5w x 2d $400.00(Full Color Included)The Observer Media Group presents the 2018 Dining Guide. We will publish this glossy magazine on Thursday, July 25th. The Guide will reach over 300,000 readers through West Orange Times & Observer and Windermere Observer and online at www.OrangeObserver.com. An additional 5000 copies will be continuously delivered to restaurants throughout our community. 276790 GUIDE 244053 Casa Jimenez Offers a Taste of Latin Cuisine Publish date: Ad Deadline date:Jul 26, 2018 ......... July 5, 2018DONT MISS OUR NEXT ISSUE! Food ghts, name rhyming and rap improvisation were just a few of the things the FREE DAPS rap crew brought to the Windermere Public Library Saturday, June 2. The group of six battle rappers, musicians and hip-hop improvisers puts on inclusive, high-energy, audience-driven shows at almost any location. Three of the members Isaac Folch, Hugo Hunte and Ian S.B. The Anomoly Hwang brought their talents to the library to impress their audience with fun rap battles, rhyming games and more. DANIELLE HENDRIX Rap crew freestyles at Windermere libraryIsaac Folch helped warm up the FREE DAPS crew. A Starbucks card inspired a verse of Hugo Huntes rap. MVAPROGRAMS 269689 A tribute to Pops most legendary performers, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers and The Beatles. Just Us Orlando Productions presents Cirque e Musica Legends featuring performers from Disney, Universal, Sea World and Broadway to keep you entertained with their great Vocals, Dance, and Acrobatic performances accompanied by the Award Winning Solid State Band. The second half of our show is a live tribute to The Beatles performed by one of the most amazing Beatles tribute bands in the business, The Jukebox, from Puerto Rico. This band has thrilled audiences all over the world with their note-perfect renditions of Beatles songs. Now See Them Live! Cirque e Musica Legends is an amazing one of a kind show that will keep your feet tapping and your mind reminiscing.Our low price includes: Delicious Buet 90 Minute Show Dancing After Show Cast Meet & Greet Unlimited Soft Drinks Coee Station 1st Beer, Wine or Cocktail Our Delicious Menu: Garden Salad Prime Rib with Au Jus Herbed Baked Chicken Eggplant Parmesan Seasoned Vegetables, Herbed Rice Macaroni & Cheese Bread & Butter, Dessert FRIDAY, JUNE 8THBUFFET 6:00 SHOWTIME 7:30SUNDAY, JUNE 10THBUFFET 12:30 SHOWTIME 2:00SUNDAY, JUNE 10THBUFFET 5:30 SHOWTIME 7:00 SHOW DATES, TIMES & PRICES Get your tickets on line at www.ShowcaseWG.com Showcase Winter Garden, 12100 W Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL For more information all 407-347-9914 or email showcaseWG@gmail.com275551Advance Online Tickets Single Ticket $49.95 + tax Groups of 8 or more and children under 12 yrs $44.95 + tax Use discount code: Observer for an additional online discount of $3. At the door Single ticket $52.00 + tax Groups of 8 or more and children under 12 yrs $47.00 + tax
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1 Lexie Blair, a West Orange High School graduate and Univer sity of Michigan softball signee, was named to the roster for the East team in the Premiere Girls Fastpitch High School AllAmerican Game.2 Eric Canavan, a rising junior forward for the Windermere High basketball team, has received his rst scholar ship oer. Canavan, who stands 6-foot-6, was of fered by the Rollins Tars.3 Olympia High boys water polo standout Luke Carey has been named the Florida Dairy Farmer s Mr. Water Polo Player of the Year for 2018. Carey helped lead the Titans to the programs rst state championship.4 The Stetson Univer sity baseball team won the DeLand Regional it hosted this past weekend to open the NCAA Baseball Tournament. As a result, the Hat ters will face North Carolina in a Super Regional at Chapel Hill. The matchup features rosters with a handful of local players. Stetson includes Kirk Sidwell (Olympia) and Dee Shelton (West Or ange) and UNC includes Austin Bergner (Windermere Prep) and Tyler Baum (West Orange).5 West Orange alum Austin Gomber did not see any action the rst time he was recalled by the St. Louis Cardinals from Triple-A Memphis but he did the second time he was summoned to The Show. Gomber, a left-handed pitcher, made his Major League Baseball debut June 2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gomber was called into a close ballgame as a relief pitcher and recorded three shutout innings, striking out two batters. HIGH5 SPORTSJUNE 7, 2018 Dr. Phillips Little Leagues Robert Hurlock making a name for himself on the diamond. Page 12. Adding to TRADITIONPhotos by Steven RyzewskiPlayers and coaches for the Dr. Phillips baseball team look on from the third-base dugout at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers June 2. You already know some of the names. Johnny Damon. A.J. Pierzynski. Brian Barber. Danny Miceli. But theres more to the culture and the tradition of the Dr. Phillips baseball program than its alumni who have made it to The Show. In fact, if you really want to understand why head coach Mike Bradley believes there is something special about his program, you dont need to look any further than his staff. Starting with Bradley, the Panthers coaching staff is reflective of a culture that players and coaches want to stay around. Bradley played for the Panthers from 1994-1998 before returning as a coach after his college career at Saint Leo University. Ryan Larson, a new addition to the staff this season and a part of the University of Floridas national championship squad last summer, played for Dr. Phillips from 2009-2013. Walker Haymaker coaches catchers and hitters, has a brother Austin in the program, and played for the Panthers from 2008-2012. Vinnie Perrotti played in the program from 20042008 and is the junior varsity head coach. In addition to former players The magic finally ran out on Dr. Phillips postseason run in the state semifinals. The Panthers took on Timber Creek, a peer from Orange Countys Metro Conference, the morning of June 2 in the FHSAA Class 9A State Semifinals at Hammond Stadium, and fell 5-1 to the defending champions in 9A. Dr. Phillips (18-14) scored first but could not hold that lead. The Wolves (22-7) scored five unanswered runs to advance to the state final, where they were defeated by the Jupiter High War riors later that day. Weve got a gritty group, and the ball just didnt bounce our way, head coach Mike Bradley said. We competed all game, at the mound and at the plate. ... Its been a great run. The Panthers got on the board in the bottom of the fourth after Brandon Fields and August Hay maker earned walks to lead off the at-bat. When a passed ball advanced the runners to second and third with no outs, Dr. Phillips seemed primed for a big inning. Then, Will Sullivan grounded out to the first baseman, who stepped on the bag for the force out and then fired over to second base where Haymaker who had been caught between bases was tagged out. Fields scored during the exchange, but Bradley said STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSEE TRADITION PAGE 12 SEE PANTHERS PAGE 12 The Dr. Phillips Panthers took a moment to reect together ahead of the FHSAA Class 9A State Seminal June 2 in Fort Myers. The Dr. Phillips baseball teams rst trip to the Final Four in 22 years is another chapter in the programs storied history and reective of a proud culture.File photoPanthers end season in state seminalSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORFor those guys to be back on the sta after play ing in the program and wanting to be around it, I just think it speaks volumes about what we do and what our program is about. Its about putting players rst. Mike Bradley, Head coach
12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 afterward trading two outs for one run was less than ideal. We were happy to get on the board but knew it wasnt going to be enough, Bradley said. It was only a half-inning later, in the top of the fifth, when the Wolves bats came alive. Timber Creek pushed across two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth, creating a hole that was too deep for the Panthers. Starting pitcher Cort Roedig was pulled after allowing two runs, three hits and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings of work. Logan Bryan pitched the final out of the fifth inning and the entire sixth, surrendering three runs on three hits and an error, and Mitchell Stockwell pitched the seventh inning. Cort was battling his tail off all game he threw a heck of a game, Bradley said. At the plate, the frustration mounted for Dr. Phillips over the innings, as Panther hitters could not find the holes while trying to solve Timber Creek starting pitcher Bret Neilan. Neilan, who pitched a complete game for the win, struck out just six Panthers, but got ground balls and pop outs seemingly every time he needed one. The game originally was scheduled to have taken place a day earlier, at 4 p.m. June 1. At about 3 p.m. that day, the preceding game a Class 8A State Semifinal between St. Thomas Aquinas and George Jenkins entered a weather delay that lasted about five hours. As a result, the game between the Panthers and Wolves was rescheduled to 9 a.m. June 2. It took a toll, but at the same time, these guys are conditioned for that, Bradley said of waiting. The guys all play travel baseball, so theyve gotten up and played at eight in the morning. The defeat ends a season of ups and downs for Dr. Phillips. After starting the campaign with five consecutive wins, the Panthers lost 10 of 14 games. The team seemed to gel just in time for the district tour nament, which it entered as the No. 5 seed. Wins in the play-in round and the district semifinal that week set the stage for a run through the regional playoffs. We went into the playoffs, and people doubted us but we didnt doubt each other, senior August Haymaker said. We were ready to go. Although the Panthers will lament some missed opportunities during their trip to the Final Four, the team and its coaches have the distinction of returning the program to a state semifinal for the first time since 1996. Im just extremely proud of all of my guys, Bradley said. They competed to the very end. ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.com ADVANCED CAMP FOR AGES 14+ June 14-16th 9am-2pm $200 BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CAMP FOR AGES 10+ June 25-28th 5-8pm $125 Foundation Academy Gym15304 Tilden Rd, Winter GardenRegister at firstname.lastname@example.org 276392 State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. Were all in this together.1211007Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com State Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. Were all in this together. 1211007Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com State Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community.Were all in this together. 1211007 Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.comState Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. Shannon Till, AgentFowler Groves 3279 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.com Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...274080 who have returned, there are additional staffers who have been around for years. Infield coach Mike Barefoot a former head coach and, at one point, Bradleys middle-school P.E. teacher was part of the programs original staff. So was Dino Lanatti, the programs pitching coach. John Perrotti, Vinnies father, watched his son in the stands before becoming the programs announcer. He currently is a coach who helps with the junior varsity team and works with the outfielders on the varsity team. Last but certainly not least, when you consider he is the namesake for the field the program plays on is John Barbati. A snowbird who has been a staple within the program as a volunteer coach since the early 1990s, Barbati had the field dedicated in his honor in 2006. He helps with the catchers and baseball operations. Taken as a whole, its a staff whose makeup has few peers in Central Florida or the state. For those guys to be back on the staff after playing in the program and wanting to be around it, I just think it speaks volumes about what we do and what our program is about, Bradley said. Its about putting players first. Before this season, the program had made it to a state semifinal twice before in 1991, when the program was just a few years old, and in 1996, when it won its state championship. Despite a long list of graduates who have gone on to play in college including every alumnus on the coaching staff mentioned above the Final Four drought of more than two decades made the Panthers regional-championship win a momentous occasion. Praise and compliments from former players and others associated with the program poured in during the days that followed, and many made the trip to Fort Myers June 1 and waited in the rain for a state semifinal game that eventually was rescheduled for the next morning. There are several alumni who were in the stands yester day and waited it out until they called the game they were here for six hours, Bradley said. None of this is lost on the players, either. August Haymaker, the Panthers starting shortstop and a graduating senior bound to play college ball at North Carolina State, said one of the most disappointing aspects of the teams state semifinal loss to Timber Creek June 2 is wanting to win for those who came before. He added he is thankful to have been part of the programs story. Im proud to say the least DP is all about tradition, Hay maker said. Im honored to be part of this program. How did you get started in baseball? Ive been playing baseball since I was 3. I got started because my mom said, You have to play a sport. I started out with baseball, basketball I tried soccer. Baseball just stuck out to me, and I started to enjoy pitching, mainly. Tell us about the pitches you have available and what youre working on. I got a fastball, a change-up and a curveball. The curveball is pretty nice. Im working on improving the curveball. What is some good baseball advice you have received? Rick Asadoorian is always like, Stay calm and stay relaxed. He says that as long as you know what youre supposed to do, youll do it right. What is your favorite baseball memory so far? When I won a (10-and-under) state championship in Indiana that was huge. Everyone was so happy. SPORTS SPOTLIGHTRobert Hurlock moved to Florida within the past few years, but already he is making a strong impression at Dr. Phillips Little League and for his travel team, Pro4mer. Pro4mer coach James Parr said that, in addition to having a good arm on the mound, Robert has displayed fantastic character and a go-getter determination. Perhaps my favorite thing about (Hurlock) is he is deter mined and he works on his own, at home, without being told to do so by his parents, Parr said.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESRobert Hurlock Coming to Florida from Indiana, what are the differ ences in the level of play? It wasnt as competitive over there. Over there, it was more of the coachs son and their friends that got to play. Over here, they dont care they want every one to get their chance. What are your goals that youre working to achieve in baseball? Im hoping by next year, Ill be throwing in the low 80s. And then just to get better in fielding and hitting. What is your favorite class at Windy Ridge? Technology, probably, taught by Mr. (Michael) Cohen. You get to mess around with technology and see all the cool things you can do with code. We use Google Drive a lot to mess around with the aspects of it. It helps me a lot with projects and other classes. Do you have any other hobbies besides baseball? Basketball, and I play a little bit of other sports on the side, but nothing major. What else do you do with your free time? I watch YouTube. I like comedy. Who do you think will win the NBA Finals? I had wanted the Rockets to win, but they got out, so probably Cleveland. What is your dream car? Lamborghini. An Aventador. It would be one of the pearlescent colors they do. If you could travel any where, where would you go? I would probably want to go somewhere in the tropics and just chillax Hawaii or something. STEVEN RYZEWSKI THE BASICSAge: 13 School: Windy Ridge Hometown: Flora, Indiana Position(s): P, 3B, 1B Throws/hits: Right Height: 6 feet Travel team: Pro4merTradition PanthersCONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 MEET THE TEAMThe 2018 Dr. Phillips High School Baseball team includes: Raymond Negron, August Haymaker*, Mitchell Stockwell, Jorden Peace*, Joshua Arent*, Jacob Hartman, James Hurst, Stephen Luttrell*, Derek Arroyo, Sebastian Oet terer*, Christopher Bryan, Cort Roedig*, Casey Carns, Hamzah Nobles*, Colin Cantwell, Jesus Garcia Chirinos*, Brandon Fields, Tyler Hartman*, Diego Garcia Chirinos, Will Sullivan, Eric Leon Gil*, Alexander Warren** graduating seniors Steven RyzewskiAugust Haymaker, left, and junior varsity head coach Vinnie Perrotti chat before the state seminal.
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16 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 www.Century21BlueSky.comFacebook.com/Century21Celebration Twitter: https://twitter.com/C21BlueSkyFL Instagram: @C21BlueskyRealtyGroup LinkedIn: Century21BlueSkyRealtyGroup Offices in Celebration and WindermereMulti-Lingual OfficesToll Free 1-877-YOUR C21Property Management Line 407-566-9382 8101 Resort Village Drive Unit #3506 Lake Buena Vista Resort 2 Bed/2 Bath/1,060 Sq Ft Offered at $210,000 MLS# S4854310 2019 Dixie Belle Drive Unit #2019 Condo in Orlando 2 Bed/2 Bath/993 Sq Ft Offered at $110,000 MLS# S5000259 8124 Via Rosa Single Family Home in Gated Vizcaya 5 Bed/5 Bath/4,311 Sq Ft Offered at $869,900 MLS# S4858509 1405 Clubman Dr Single Family Home in Champions Gate 3 Bed/2 Bath/1,732 Sq Ft Offered at $315,000 MLS# S5001085 rf ntbt f rt rtfn f ttb r ntbt f rrf frfntbb nbrfntbbfbnnfbn r b ntbt f r tf rf ntbt f rff r b r ntbt f nff fr f rb r ntbt f f f rfrrfr f rrr f f rr nrrfff rrt rft r r n rff rr rrf rtr rfrr r ff ff f r rrfr rb r ntbt f ff f tb rr ntbt f rf f rb r ntbt f ff f r b r ntb f rfr f rr r ntbt f f rb r ntbt f rf f trb r ntbt f rrfr f rfr ntbt f nft r f n r ntbt ft f f rfb r ntbt f f f r r ntbt f f f r ntbt f f r r ntbt f f tf f rr r ntbt f f b r ntb f f nfb tnr ntbt ff f f rt rn r rnr rf f rf ntbt f rt rtfn f ttb r ntbt f rrf f rfntbb nbrfntbbfbnnfbn r b ntbt f r tf rf ntbt f rff r b r ntbt f nff fr f rb r ntbt f f f rfrrfr f rrr f f rr nrrfff rrt rft r r n rff rr rrf rtr rfrr r ff ff f r rrfr rb r ntbt f ff f tb rr ntbt f rf f rb r ntbt f ff f r b r ntb f rfr f rr r ntbt f f rb r ntbt f rf f trb r ntbt f rrfr f rfr ntbt f nft r f n r ntbt ft f f rfb r ntbt f f f r r ntbt f f f r ntbt f f r r ntbt f f tf f rr r ntbt f f b r ntb f f nfb tnr ntbt ff f f rt rn r rnr rf f 276544 7395 Universal Unit #606 Fully-Furnished Resort Style Condo 2 Bed/2 Bath/1,056 Sq Ft Oered at $315,000 MLS# S4843907 12636 S Lake Sawyer Ln. Pool Home in Windermere 5 Bed/5 Bath/4,237 Sq Ft Offered at $1,030,000 MLS# O5703204 1009 Orange Cosmos Blvd. Single Family Homein Davenport 5 Bed/4.5 Bath/2,820 Sq Ft Offered at $349,000 MLS# O5561627 New Windermere office in the Lakeside Village Shopping Center:7798 Winter Garden Vineland Road #116Windermere, FL 347861060 Fox Hunt Drive 5+ Acres in Winter Haven 4 Bed/3 Bath/2,854 Sq Ft Offered at $729,900 MLS# O5708007 The house was built in 1990, but property records show that ONeal bought the home in 1993 for $3.5 million. And in his 24 years of ownership, he certainly made it his own. Listed for sale only three weeks ago, Shaqs home located at 9927 Giffin Court has 12 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and four partial bathrooms. The custom estate is situated in such a way that nearly every room in the house has a view of the Butler Chain of Lakes. In the foyer, a double-curved staircase leads to the second floor and guides guests to the great room or living room. The living room is over 1,100 square feet, and its two stories, so its massive, said Danial Natoli, the representing agent with Premier Sothebys International Realty. You can have events in there and almost do anything, but its still comfortable. Theres only a few houses I know in Orlando that have a grand room like that. The great room also has built-in sofas, a two-story marble fireplace, wood beams with large corbels and a glass wall that provides a view of Lake Butler. Large, open doorways, warm color tones and hand-crafted wood paneling and moldings throughout add detail to the house. There are also three fireplaces, two-story ceilings, a media room, a walk-in humidor, wine-and-cigar cellar, custom chefs kitchen, ancient Egypt-themed room with a saltwater fish tank and more. The 17-car garage boasts show room details, perfect for the avid car collector. And it wouldnt be Shaqs house without a 6,000-squarefoot indoor basketball court, adorned with the Superman logo. Outside, there is a 95-foot-wide, 15-foot-deep pool with a rock-wall waterfall, summer kitchen, cov ered cabana and 10-foot privacy wall. The pool, the outside (in general) is tremendous, Natoli said. You feel like youre at a resort, and the pool and spa together is about 95 feet long. (Shaq) has a beautiful, large, rock-waterfall feature that you can walk up and jump off of, and it really feels like a private resort back there. Other highlights include gated entry, full-house Crestron technology and a second garage that contains a dance studio, recording studio and more car space.SUPERMANS TOUCHAlthough not all of Shaqs Super man features will remain after the home is sold, there are some details engrained with the basketball stars affinity for the superhero. Natoli said there are some Super man details inside the iron railings and steel appliances, as well as logos etched into some mirrors and glass doors. Other things, such as Superman-themed light fixtures and removable logos and accents, will move along with Shaq. In 2003, Shaqs mansion was featured on the show MTV Cribs, where he showed off his master retreat. This is the wing dedicated entirely to the master suite, which includes a large walk-in closet, 900-square-foot bedroom and an oversized, Superman-themed bed. Additionally, a full-size Superman statue keeps watch on the horizon from the private dock. This is the only location in Isleworth thats on the most private street in a linear three acres, Natoli said. The majority of the house is nice and long. Just about every room has beautiful views of the lake and sunsets. You just cant buy that in Orlando anymore. Natoli added there has been interest from potential buyers spanning from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to Miami and even China. I think (this house) is going to be really for some type of retired athlete or CEO/business owner who could live there but also use it as a retreat, Natoli said. I could go on and on, theres so many features to this (house). AMENITIES Balcony Built-in vacuum Dock Fireplace in master bedroom Gated community Indoor basketball court Live water Media room/home theater Outdoor pool Pool Sprinkler system Three replaces Walk-in closets Wet barOWN SHAQS HOMEThe basketball stars massive estate carries a $28 million price tag. For more information and photos, see the listing at bit.ly/2HiPfCN or contact agent Danial Natoli at (407) 595-8395.Metropolis mansion Shaqs home also comes with a private boat dock, although the Superman statue might not be included. There are two garages on the property, and one is a 17-car showroom garage. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21
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Built in 2001, it has six bedrooms, five-andone-half baths, a pool and 4,276 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $233.SAND LAKE POINTThe home at 10205 Lundy Court, Orlando, sold May 25, for $460,000. Built in 1995, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths, a pool and 3,078 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $149.VIZCAYA HEIGHTSThe condo at 8761 The Esplanade, No. 25, Orlando, sold May 31, for $710,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 3,475 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $204.HORIZON WESTBELMERE VILLAGEThe home at 11428 Rapallo Lane, Windermere, sold May 21, for $465,000. Built in 2003, it has five bedrooms, four-and-onehalf baths, a pool and 3,036 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $153.ENCLAVE AT WINDERMERE LANDINGThe home at 6412 Swanson St., Windermere, sold May 21, for $717,000. Built in 2016, it has six bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,492 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $160.HICKORY HAMMOCKThe home at 15900 Citrus Knoll Drive, Winter Garden, sold May 29, for $605,000. Built in 2015, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,844 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $157.HIGHLANDS AT SUMMERLAKE GROVESThe home at 15767 Sweet Limetta Drive, Winter Garden, sold May 22, for $435,000. Built in 2018, it has five bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths and 3,652 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $119.INDEPENDENCE/ SIGNATURE LAKESThe home at 15163 Evergreen Oak Loop, Winter Garden, sold May 31, for $420,000. Built in 2015, it has five bedrooms, three baths and 3,711 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $113.LAKE BURDEN SOUTHThe home at 7563 Lake Albert Drive, Windermere, sold May 30, for $720,000. Built in 2014, it has six bedrooms, six-andone-half baths, a pool and 5,149 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $140.MICHAEL ENGEXECUTIVE EDITORA home in the Isleworth community in Windermere topped all West Orange-area residential real-estate transactions from May 21 to 31. The home at 9832 Laurel Valley Drive, Windermere, sold May 21, for $5.25 million. Built in 2004, it has six bedrooms, seven baths, three half-baths, a pool and 11,100 square feet. The price per square foot is $473. These are the highestselling homes in each community in West Orange. MILLIONPLUS TRANSACTIONS The Keenes Pointe home at 9721 Carillon Park Drive, Windermere, sold May 24, for $3.015 million. Built in 2011, it has six bedrooms, eight baths, two half-baths, a pool and 8,305 square feet. The price per square foot is $363. The Isleworth home at 5165 Isleworth Country Club Drive, Windermere, sold May 21, for $2.675 million. Built in 1998, it has ve bedrooms, six-andone-half baths, a pool and 6,477 square feet. The price per square foot is $413. The Golden Oak home at 10225 Mattraw Place, Orlando, sold May 22, for $2.389 million. Built in 2018, it has ve bedrooms, ve baths, two halfbaths, a pool and 3,879 square feet. The price per square foot is $616. The Casabella at Winder mere home at 4029 Isabella Circle, Windermere, sold May 24, for $2,079,261. Built in 2018, it has six bedrooms, six baths, two half-baths, a pool and 7,196 square feet. The price per square foot is $289. The town of Windermere home at 34 Pine St., Winder mere, sold May 31, for $1.92 million. Built in 2002, it has ve bedrooms, six baths, a pool and 5,413 square feet. The price per square foot is $355. The Keenes Pointe home at 6827 Valhalla Way, Windermere, sold May 22, for $1.3 million. Built in 2003, it has ve bedrooms, ve-and-one-half baths, a pool and 5,257 square feet. The price per square foot is $247. The Weatherstone on Lake Olivia home at 9600 Weather stone Court, Windermere, sold May 30, for $1.2 million. Built in 2001, it has six bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths, a pool and 5,111 square feet. The price per square foot is $235. The Oxford Moor home at 5830 Oxford Moor Blvd., Windermere, sold May 31, for $1 million. Built in 2003, it has six bedrooms, six baths, a pool and 7,059 square feet. The price per square foot is $142. REAL ESTATEIsleworth estate sells for $5.23Mrealtor.comThis Isleworth home, at 9832 Laurel Valley Drive, Windermere, sold May 21, for $5.25 million. This 11,100-squarefoot estate features views of Lake Butler and direct golf course frontage on Isleworths 15th hole.
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In 2011, the Hawkers founders took a chance. What they knew was that there was nothing else like it. What they didnt know was if todays restaurant-goer was ready for it. Inspired by their travels to Asia and memories of growing up, they craved the unapologetic flavors of true Asian fooddumplings with bounce, spicy curries, crisp pork belly, and the list goes on. To learn more, visit eathawkers.com Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Hawkers Asian Street Fare The home at 7599 Lake Albert Drive, Windermere, sold May 30, for $545,000. Built in 2014, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,230 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $169.LAKE SAWYER SOUTHThe home at 13314 Roskin Lane, Windermere, sold May 24, for $410,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths, a pool and 2,793 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $147.LAKESHORE PRESERVEThe townhouse at 8742 European Fan Palm Drive, Winter Garden, sold May 25, for $437,495. Built in 2017, it has four bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 2,581 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $170.LATHAM PARK SOUTHThe home at 9276 Bradleigh Drive, Winter Garden, sold May 22, for $505,408. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths, a pool and 3,074 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $164.ORCHARD HILLSThe home at 14524 Magnolia Ridge Loop, Winter Garden, sold May 30, for $465,000. Built in 2016, it has five bedrooms, four baths and 3,615 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $129.PROVIDENCEThe home at 13427 Fossick Road, Windermere, sold May 21, for $385,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,813 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $137.RESERVE AT BELMEREThe home at 11715 Deltic Drive, Windermere, sold May 30, for $530,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,144 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $169.SUMMERPORTThe home at 5421 Nagami Drive, Windermere, sold May 25, for $411,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,883 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $143.WATERLEIGHThe home at 10303 Atwater Bay Drive, Winter Garden, sold May 21, for $594,320. Built in 2017, it has five bedrooms, three-andone-half baths and 3,910 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $152. The home at 10327 Atwater Bay Drive, Winter Garden, sold May 23, for $522,561. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,407 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $217. The home at 9663 Waterway Passage Drive, Winter Garden, sold May 22, for $405,000. Built in 2017, it has five bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths and 3,400 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $119.WATERMARKThe home at 9387 Trinana Circle, Winter Garden, sold May 25, for $630,000. Built in 2015, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,831 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $164.WINDERMERE ISLEThe home at 8337 Torcello Isle Drive, Windermere, sold May 24, for $460,000. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,987 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $154. The home at 13531 Gorgona Isle Drive, Windermere, sold May 24, for $454,385. Built in 2017, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,690 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $169. The home at 13518 Gorgona Isle Drive, Windermere, sold May 24, for $402,000. Built in 2017, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,213 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $182.WINDERMERE TRAILSThe home at 11924 Otterbrooke Trail, Windermere, sold May 31, for $430,000. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths and 2,922 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $147.WEST ORANGECASA DEL LAGOThe home at 7225 Sangalla Drive, Windermere, sold May 25, for $655,000. Built in 2013, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths and 3,797 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $173.COURTLEIGH PARKThe home at 8009 Courtleigh Drive, Orlando, sold May 25, for $528,000. Built in 1992, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,055 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $173.GLENMUIRThe home at 10957 Ledgement Lane, Windermere, sold May 25, for $439,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths, a pool and 2,788 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $157.HAVENCRESTThe home at 7684 Blue Quail Lane, Orlando, sold May 30, for $912,021. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, four-andone-half baths, a pool and 4,072 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $224.WATERSTONEThe home at 6228 Lecco Way, Windermere, sold May 31, for $705,000. Built in 2012, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,755 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $256.WINDERMEREKEENES POINTEThe home at 8235 Tibet Butler Drive, Windermere, sold May 31, for $760,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,057 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $249.SANDY SHORESThe home at 12036 Sandy Shores Drive, Windermere, sold May 22, for $650,000. Built in 1958, it has three bedrooms, one bath and 1,120 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $580.WATERFORD POINTEThe home at 2113 Grove Point Lane, Windermere, sold May 29, for $490,000. Built in 1991, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,830 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $173.WESTOVER CLUBThe home at 9489 Westover Club Circle, Windermere, sold May 29, for $549,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,319 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $165.WINDERMERE CLUBThe home at 2936 Butler Bay Drive N., Windermere, sold May 24, for $550,000. Built in 1995, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,137 square feet. The price per square foot is $175. SNAPSHOTTotal Sales: 190 High Sale Price: $5.23 million Low Sale Price: $65,000 REO/Bank Owned: Threeevistaresources.comThis Casabella at Windermere home, at 4029 Isabella Circle, Windermere, sold May 24, for $2,079,261. The Villa Lago features six bedrooms, six full baths and two half-baths.
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