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ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018STEM-based summer camp invents new ways to make learning fun in Windermere. 8. Lakers welcomes new basketball coach. SEE 11. PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer CAMP INVENTION Go, Miles, go! Golf tourney raises $305KThe money will benet local nonprot Give Kids the World. SEE PAGE 9.GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORDuring its June 12 meeting, the Windermere Town Council received a status update on negotiation efforts pertaining to the 4th Corner annexation initiative. The 4th Corner the northwest corner of ConroyWindermere Road and Apop-I like that Im making other people feel happy. I just care about making people happy. I dont care how big the (charity) is. I just like it when theyre happy. It makes me feel good. Miles NewboldTown Council continues annexation discussion MUNROE CONTINUES MILITARY DEDICATIONJ. Pierce Munroe has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and from Physical Medicine School. Munroe is stationed at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base with his wife and daughter. He is the son of Mari and Steve Van Dyke, formerly of West Orange County, and Kevin Munroe, of Winter Gar den. He is a 2009 graduate of Tavares High School.YOUR TOWN Windermere town leaders continue to discuss annexing the 4th Corner property.GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORThe Orange County Animal Services shelter, which usu ally reaches capacity during the summer months, has reached capacity for the first time this year. SEE PET PAGE 5Courtesy photoTwo-year-old Argentina (A405202) is ready to go home. She is available at Orange County Animal Services, 2769 Conroy Road in Orlando.Orange County shelter reaches capacity, seeks community helpLocal animal-rescue groups also are full because of kitten season, leaving residents struggling to nd a place for stray animals. SEE ANNEXATION PAGE 4 Miles Newbold, a 9-year-old Windermere resident, founded Miles To Go Charities to help those in need. SEE PAGE 4.Danielle HendrixVOLUME 3, NO. 37


2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 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 Choose advanced joint replacement 276474 Pammies Sammies provides everything from sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, soups, and salads that are made fresh every day with love.New Location Inside Dr. P Phillips YMCA7000 Dr. P Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 407-730-3212 | | BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER CATERING 272162 FRIDAY, JUNE 22GENTLE YOGA CLASS 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in the gymnasium at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Classes are $2; dropins welcome. Gentle yoga is slower-paced, designed for all bodies and suitable for people with medical issues or chronic conditions. Visit sports, email sports@st.lukes. org or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 290, for details.SATURDAY, JUNE 23COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Kingdom Hope International Ministries, 1136 E. Plant St., Winter Garden. This free community event is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, prevent and manage disease and connect folks to resources. Health screenings and consultations for blood glucose, blood pressure and health awareness. A blood drive will be held. (407) 347-9735. CRUISIN INTO COMEDY WITH GIGI AND COMPANY 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Performing for more than a decade with the Greatest Show on Earth, this duo combines circus skills of physical comedy, dance, mime, comedy magic and juggling. Zeus the performance dog is back in action with an entertaining musical piece. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323. WEST ORANGE SOLAR COOP SESSION 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Jackson Neighborhood Center, 1002 W. Carter St., Orlando. Or ange County oers a new solar co-op to residents of West Or ange County. The co-op is open and runs through June. Solar co-ops provide bulk discounts of up to 20 percent for a group of homeowners interested in purchasing solar panels. Wayfare Energy, in Altamonte Springs, has been selected to install the panels for members. Register at or SUNDAY, JUNE 24SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Enjoy a summer tradition with classic favorites. Tickets are $8. Gardentheatre. org/movies.TUESDAY, JUNE 26SOUTHWEST BOOK CLUB 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. This months selection is When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi. An Ivy League-trained, award-winning young neurosurgeon describes how after receiving a terminal diagnosis with lung cancer, he explored the dynamics of his roles as a patient and care provider, the philosophical conundrums about a meaningful life and how he wanted to spend his nal days. (407) 835-7323.WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27WHIZKIDS: CODE WITH JAVASCRIPT 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Write real code. Explore the JavaScript programming language with characters from Star Wars. Ages 9 to 12. (407) 835-7323. THURSDAY, JUNE 28SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: FATAL ATTRACTION 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Enjoy a summer tradition with classic favorites. Tickets are $8. Gar, JULY 2MOOVIN & GROOVIN TO SILLY DANCE TUNES 3 p.m. Monday, July 2, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Put on your dancing shoes and boogie down to the beat of your favorite dance tunes. Ages 3 to 12.TUESDAY, JULY 3CAMP OCLS 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Have fun with outdoor inspired games, interactive stories and camp songs. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.WEDNESDAY, JULY 4FIFTEENTH ANNUAL ALLAMERICAN KIDS PARADE & BREAKFAST 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St., Winter Garden. Parade through downtown begins at 10 a.m.; lineup starts at 9:45. The morning includes entertainment, activities and childrens identication opportunities. Breakfast is free for children. Sponsored by the Masonic Lodge, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and Winter Garden downtown merchants. (407) 656-3244. WINDERMERE FOURTH OF JULY PANCAKE BREAKFAST 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at 520 Main St. For more information, visit, JULY 7RED, WHITE & BLUE ON THE PLAZA 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Centennial Plaza, 101 W. Plant St., downtown Winter Gar den. Listen to live music featur ing Mud Rooster, a local blues trio. Free event. (407) 656-4111 or YOUR CALENDAR


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 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 ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY #12328 Caring Call to schedule a visit! 276530 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROrange County Public Schools draft of its proposed 2018-19 capital budget includes funding for six planned schools in the West Orange area. As currently written, the proposed tentative capital budget totals $1.04 billion a slight decrease from last years $1.07 billion. This years capital budget appropriates 10.5% for additional schools. Of the six upcoming schools receiving funding this year, one is a middle school, three are elementary schools and two are high schools. One of the projects, Site 113H-W-4, is a high school that will be in Village F of Horizon West. Because of the areas rapid growth, the Facilities Department requested the Orange County School Board to acceler ate the construction timeline for Site 113 during a School Board work session held June 7. The school now will be opening in fall 2022 the same time as the planned relief school for Dr. Phillips and Freedom high schools. We were already planning on opening a high school to relieve Dr. Phillips and Freedom high schools, Site 80 but Horizon West has been growing so fast that we have now, as of last week, gone to the (School) Board asking them to budget for a second high school opening that year, said Lauren Roth, an OCPS media spokeswoman. Originally, (the school) was in the 10-year (capital improvement) plan, but now, its been moved to the five-year (capital improvement) plan and a five-year shift is a big deal. The proposed tentative budget also plans to fund an expansion of the digital curriculum, replacement of older school buses and portables, comprehensive renovations to existing school sites, and the addition of sunshades for playgrounds and tot lots. The School Board will hold public hearings regarding the proposed tentative budget on July31 and a publichear ingonthe adoptedbudget on Sept..Education acceleration PLANNED SCHOOLS37MSW (Relieving Bridgewater Middle) TYPE: Middle ADDRESS: 8200 Tattant Blvd. CAMPUS SIZE: 25.5 acres STUDENT CAPACITY: 1215 OPENING: August 2019 PROJECT COST: $37.8 million 25ESW (Relieving Bay Lake and Sand Lake elementaries) TYPE: Elementary ADDRESS: 9131 Taboreld Ave. CAMPUS SIZE: 13.5 acres STUDENT CAPACITY: 830 OPENING: August 2019 PROJECT COST: $22 million 49EW (Relieving Keenes Crossing and Independence elementaries) TYPE: Elementary TEMPORARY ADDRESS: 16000 Water Spring Blvd. CAMPUS SIZE: 14.9 acres STUDENT CAPACITY: 837 OPENING: 2019 PROJECT COST: $22.8 million 85EW TYPE: Elementary AREA: Horizon West/Village of Bridgewater OPENING: 2020 80HSW TYPE: High AREA: Dr. Phillips CAMPUS SIZE: 50 acres STUDENT CAPACITY: 3,500 OPENING: 2022 113HW TYPE: High AREA: Horizon West/Village F OPENING: 2022Orange County Public Schools proposed capital budget includes funding for six planned schools in West Orange. District ocials also recommend a second Horizon West high school, to open in fall 2022.PLANNED RENOVATIONS Southwest Middle Acceleration Academy West Lake George Elementary Magnolia School Sunrise Elementary Lake Gem Elementary Deerwood Elementary Rolling Hills Elementary Winegard Elementary Pinar Elementary Meadow Woods Elementary Orange Technical College OTHER APPROPRIATIONS$14.7M School bus replacements$26.5M Portable replacements $6.4M Charter school capital funding$5.8M District-wide painting $4.5M Playground sunshades Top: Site 37-M-W-4, located at 8200 Tattant Blvd., in Windermere, will relieve Bridgewater Middle School. Bottom left: Site 25-E-SW-4 is being built in Orlando at 9131 Taboreld Ave. Bottom right: Site 49-E-W-4 is being built on Water Spring Boulevard in Winter Garden.


4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 WINDERMERE OBSERVER The Windermere Observer (USPS 687-120) is published weekly for $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County) by the Observer Media Group, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Gar den, Florida 34787. Periodical postage paid at Winter Garden, Florida. POSTMASTER send address changes to the Windermere Observer, 720 S. 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All Rights Reservedka Vineland Road that remains undeveloped has been a significant source of discussion as of late. The 43-acre corner first took the spotlight when Tavistock Development Company introduced plans during a community meeting that proved to be largely unpopular with locals. Those plans included 23 single-family units; 200 condo/ townhome units; an 80-unit independent-living facility; a 120-bed assisted-living facility; a 25,000-square-foot medical clinic; 40,000 square feet of professional office space; and 84,000 square feet of retail space. But to create a conceptual plan more palatable to the surrounding community, Tavistock has since scrapped those plans and cut ties with its previous designer. The company now aims to create plans featuring less intense development. They should have a plan, a much lighter plan than what was submitted previously for us to take a look at as well as the county, prior to them holding any public hearings or community meetings, Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith said while addressing council members. However, town leaders do not plan to take any chances with the corners development and have taken a more active role in its future rather than leave it in the hands of Orange County commissioners. The Windermere council previously directed town staff to explore the feasibility of annexing the corner into the town, which also would provide a boon to the town with an increased tax-rev enue base. Smith informed town leaders that, based on his initial impression of conversations with Tavistock representatives, negotiations are going well. If discussions continue to move forward, there is a possibility Tavistock would agree to voluntarily annex into the town, he said. I dont want to get into negotiation tactics, but I think our leverage is strong, he said. And I think we would benefit from continuing negotiations. Smith also added that judging from initial discussions with Orange County, the county will object to any annexation that may take place voluntary or not. A voluntary annexation would be preferable for the town because it would avoid the bureaucratic hassle and lengthy one-year process required to involuntarily annex the corner. Part of that process would require a referendum to allow registered voters to approve or deny the annexation. To comply with statutory requirements, the town also would need to extend the proposed annexation area to the north to Ron Denn Lane and the Down Acres subdivision, adding 28 homes of which the town did not initially intend to annex. Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn is said to have met with the property owners of 14 of the total 28 parcels required for involuntary annexation. Twelve of the 14 stated they would vote for annex ation, and two said they would probably vote for annexation but wanted more information, Bruhn said. Regardless of statutory requirements, some council members still expressed hesitation with the idea of an involuntary annexation. As I said in our last public meeting, I have a problem with dragging someone in screaming and hollering and kicking into the town, said Council Member Bob McKinley. I would much rather see all of us sit down and negotiate about bringing them into the town. ... Yes, I want to control what goes into that fourth corner, but there is a proper way to do it and I dont think that circum venting the negotiation process is the way to do it. Council Member Chris Sapp held a similar view. Id only be on board with (involuntary annexation) if it was the last option, he said. Smith said he will be able to indicate whether o negotiations with Tavistock are progressing forward or headed south by the towns next council meeting on Tuesday, July 10. The council ultimately passed a motion to table further discussion until that meeting. Council members will also discuss the initiative during a work shop at Town Hall at 6 p.m. Monday, July 9.DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORAs 9-year-old Miles Newbold gave a bag of basic necessities to a homeless woman at Lake Eola Park, his concern for her was evident. But it was the reassurance from the woman that struck a chord with Miles and his mother, Danielle. Dont worry, honey, the woman told Miles, a Windermere resident. I sleep under the stars.MILES TO GOThe rising Windermere Preparatory School fourth-grader noticed that whenever he and his mom came across a panhandler in the streets, they wouldnt give out money. Mom didnt give out any money to the people in the streets, so I thought maybe we could give them something, and then we decided to make these bags with everyday needs like toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, snack bars and water, Miles said. The effort began in February as Miles brainchild. Together, he and his mother came up with the name Miles To Go Charities and have since obtained 501(c)(3) status. The charity name combines Miles name with the idea of everyone having miles to go in their own growth and development, regardless of situation. The purpose of Miles To Go is to provide those in need with basic necessities they might not have access to otherwise. The custom drawstring bags are filled with items ranging from toothbrushes, deodorant and hand sanitizer to beef jerky, rain ponchos and a T-shirt. Danielle Newbold said she used to feel bad about not having any thing to give to these people and she didnt want to give out cash for fear it might be used to help them hurt themselves. The biggest change for me is that it used to be when we were at a red light, we didnt want to contribute money, so I avoided eye contact with people, she said. I did not want them coming anywhere near our car, because I didnt have something to give, and now we have something to give, and I feel a bigger connection. Its changed the way that we see people in situations. Now, at a red light, were waving people down to come to us. She said Miles always has been a deep thinker and a bit sentimental, so when he decided to do something to help those in need it was a no-brainer. So far, Miles To Go Charities has put together and distributed about 400 bags. The bags contents are either bought with money donated to the charity or are donated through Miles To Gos Amazon wish list. People dont necessarily know what were giving them, and the biggest reaction comes when they start to look through it, Danielle said. Miles came up with a lot of the items. We started with fewer, and he thought, Well, itll be raining every afternoon, so we should have a poncho. When it gets cold outside, well put in hats, gloves and scarves.TAKING ACTIONThe Newbolds always keep some bags in the car to hand out if they see someone in need, but theyve also taken trips to Lake Eola Park to distribute bags and bottles of water. Additionally, those inter ested can donate a few dollars for a bag, which they then can have on hand to give away themselves. The feedback weve gotten is that the person who is giving the bag is fulfilled in a really beautiful way, Danielle said. It almost affects them just as much as the person receiving the bag its a human connection. Its a great gift to give someone who has everything, because youre giving a gift of love for them to spread. At a shopping event in the Newbolds neighborhood, Danielle said Miles talked to about 100 women about the bags. They ended up receiving donations for 40 bags, which the women then could give away themselves. Miles To Go recently held a kids yoga fundraiser in conjunction with the Young Yogi program and Firefly Yoga, where people bought T-shirts and made donations for bag. The bags also can be found at the Dora Mae Jewelry studio in downtown Orlando. Even Miles younger siblings Violet, 6, and Reed, 5 have gotten in on the action. Violet is 6, and she started collecting stuffed animals from her room and adding them to the (donation) area, Danielle said. I asked what she was doing and she said, Well, I want to contribute something. If (the homeless) have a kid, they need a stuffed animal. And Reed cannot give bags out fast enough; he gets it. Its not entirely surprising that Miles is helping people, she said. Hes always been very compassionate. Its been terrific watching him inspire other kids, including his siblings. With a motto of spreading love one bag at a time, Miles To Go Charities is catching on and growing. For Miles, he doesnt care how big his charity gets he just wants to help people. I like that Im making other people feel happy, Miles said. I just care about making people happy. I dont care how big the (charity) is. I just like it when theyre happy. It makes me feel good. Danielle said no one has ever declined the bags, and when recipients take a look inside, the surprise is written all over their faces. One man, she said, immediately broke open the toothbrush and began brushing his teeth with the biggest smile on his face. Weve been encouraging everyone to save their shampoos from hotel visits over the summer, with summer travels going on, she said. And someone can spend $6 on our Amazon wish list and make an impact you can do anything, and it makes an impact. Our community has been wildly generous, but we hope to be able to keep doing what were doing. And when asked how long he hopes to continue to be able to provide these bags of hope, Miles answered almost instantaneously: Forever. MILES TO GO CHARITIESWebsite: Facebook: milestogocharities Instagram: milestogocharities Amazon Wishlist: Miles To Go is having a Pack ing Day at Collective Kindness, 4 S. Tubb St., Oakland, on Saturday, June 30. Families will be able to pack bags with the essentials and take them to be distributed. Additionally, Orlando Body & Movement Therapy is host ing a tness class benetting Miles To Go on Saturday, June 23. For more information, call (407) 704-7919. WHATS IN THE BAG? Beef jerky Water bottle Toothbrush kit First-aid kit Deodorant Shampoo Hand sanitizer Hand wipes Two snack bars Rain poncho T-shirt Socks A helping heart Annexation discussion ongoing CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 5 Its summertime! A cool splash in the pool, boogie boarding at the beach, sunbathing and weekend outings are prime times for sunburns. Before you head outdoors this summer, be sure to protect your skin against damaging sun, which can lead to melanoma. Remember not all sunscreens are the same. Here are some tips to make sure you and your family can enjoy the outdoors while protecting yourself from the Florida sunshine: Look for broad spectrum protection. Sunscreens with this on the label protect against both UVA and UVB rays, which not only helps prevent sunburn but also skin cancers, wrinkles and premature aging. Use SPF 30 or higher. The higher the SPF number, the more protection you have from the sun. However, the higher you go, the out about 97 percent of rays while SPF 100 about 99 percent. Water resistant doesnt mean waterproof. No sunscreens are waterproof or sweat proof. Look for water resistant sunscreens and check the label for how long they Reapply at least every two hours. If youre swimming and sweating, you should reapply more often. Dont forget, when you towel yourself dry your sunscreen can rub off, so you should put more on. Use enough. Most adults need a full ounce of sunscreen to fully cover all exposed areas of skin. Thats cover the palm of your cupped hand. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen loses its effectiveness when it starts to separate, which happens two to three years after it was made. Throw out any products that are expired or have changed texture or appearance. Let it soak in. Allow 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the product before going outside. Dont forget your lips. Many people forget to protect the delicate skin on their lips when out in the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen to your lips or use lip balm with SPF 30 protection. While sunscreen allows us to safely enjoy the outdoors more, you shouldnt rely on it alone. Its important to cover up with clothing that protects you from the sun including a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays. Also, take a break from the sun and enjoy the shade when possible especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is directly overhead. HEALTH OBSERVED By Carol Lemerond, ARNP, Florida Blue Nurse Practitioner (352) 242-6800 Clermont (321) 441-2020 Winter Park Carol Lemerond is a nurse practitioner at the Florida Blue Centers in Winter Park Village and inside the Clermont Wal-Mart, where she teaches free health and wellness classes that are open to the public in addition to providing health coaching and assessments. Health Observed allows brands and businesses to connect directly with the Observers readership and participate in the conversation by creating engaging content on the Observers digital publishing platform. For more on Health Observed, email us at 266864 Not All Sunscreens Are The SameProtect Yourself From Summer Sun Although the shelters policy is to avoid turning away animals, it is heavily relying on foster homes and local animal-rescue organiza tions to help. But, as some county residents are finding out, most of the local animal-rescue organizations also are full this year. According to Diane Summers, OCAS communications manager, animal shelters usually receive the highest volume of impounds from June to August because of the feline breeding season. In May alone, the shelter received 649 dogs and 1,137 cats. As Orange Countys only openadmission shelter, no animal in need is ever turned away, Summers said. As a result, we receive approximately 50 pets each day, but during our summer months that number rises and can some times surpass 100 impounds in a single day, the highest percentage of which will be kittens. At the moment, we have no vacant kennels in our general population area and as a result have determined that we are at capacity for the first time this year. According to the OCAS website, the Orange County shelter received a total of 17,387 cats and dogs in 2017 9,751 of which were cats. Of those animals, 8,412 were adopted, 1,332 were taken by local animal-rescue groups, and 1,591 were returned to their rightful owners. Other animals were either relocated, released as part of the OCAS Community Cats Initiative or escaped the shelter. Summers said there is no precise number for the shelters capacity and added OCAS determines capacity based on both kennel population and available space in the facility. (Capacity) will vary depending on each pets health and temperament, she said. There is not a set number that determines that the shelter is full. In our general population area, we have many kennels housing three large dogs, which becomes a safety risk for the visitors, staff and pets often leading to an increase in illness. Whenever the shelter reaches capacity, it reaches out to the community for help via social media and renews efforts to promote adoptions and have more residents become foster parents. Currently, the shelter has 225 foster homes and about 300 pets currently in foster care, Summers said. The shelters foster coordinator, Amy Sullivan, has a goal to achieve 1,000 foster parents, she said. Typically, about 100 animals are being cared for in foster homes during the shelters off-season and about 300 during its peak season. ANIMALRESCUE ORGANIZATIONS Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando A New Beginning Pet Rescue Rescuing Animals in Need Paradise For Pets Rescue Pet Rescue by Judy Polka Dogz Pet Rescue A Better Life Pet Rescue Poodle and Pooch Rescue Florida Little Dog Rescue Cats in Knead Inc. Houndhaven Inc Barkies Legacy Orlando Bully Rescue Kindness For Cats Candys Cat Save The Strays Mist Animal Rescue, Inc LovelyLoaves Sanctuary Cat-Can Save A Life A Cause for Pas WedgeField Kitty Project South Lake Animal League Hands Helping Paws The Pixel Fund Sning Snouts Pitbull Rescue Family Forever Pet Rescue in ApopkaGABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROne bullet was lodged in her homes front door. Another went through the couch in the living room and her fridge. While one Horizon West resi dent and her family slept during the early morning hours of Friday, June 8, bullets flew through their home in the Addison at Winder mere apartment complex. We were sleeping, said the resident, who asked to remain anony mous. And luckily, I was sleeping on the couch and my daughter wanted me to come into bed with her, so I went to sleep with her. But what scares me is, if they would have shot her window, she would have been dead, because her head is parallel to the window. The shooting, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m., shattered the familys sense of safety. The family now is contemplating moving out of state. The couples kids have been sent away temporarily for their own safety. I think I know who it is, but the police said they cant just go question them without evidence, the resident said. So the police are no help. You suggest who you think it could be, because it has to be somebody you know. Like one of the detectives said today nobody goes and shoots up a house, especially one thats all the way at the end, without a motive. The Orange County Sheriffs Office is investigating the incident and using surveillance video to identify the vehicle. However, other cars obscured full view of the suspect vehicle in the footage. (The video) only caught a little bit of the car, because there were cars parked in front of where they shot, so its not easy to make out a description, said the mother of two. OCSO is also working on gath ering fingerprints from the bullets found in the home. Every time we found a bullet that day, I had to call the police so they could come in with gloves on and take it into evidence to find fingerprints, the mother said. But they said it might take weeks to months. And Im like, Are you serious? The family is frustrated by the lack of answers and does not plan to take any more chances waiting. My daughters could have died, the mother said. Thats my biggest concern.Lack of answers following drive-by leaves Horizon West family frustratedA family of four in Horizon West had shots red into their home Friday, June 8. Pet problemsCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


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ARTS + CULTURETHURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM THE GREAT ESCAPEWhen Dr. Terry Mamounas isnt saving lives as an oncologist at Orlando Health, he unwinds with a canvas and paintbrush.IF YOU GOTOP CHOICE ART SHOW WHEN: June 5 through 28 WHERE: SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St. PHONE: (407) 347-7996 TOP CHOICE WINNERS Chad Pollpeter: Best of Show Ann Worrall: Top Choice 2D art Mindy Colton: Top Choice 3D art Suzi Harr: Top Choice Photography AWARDS OF MERIT RECIPIENTS Vicki Jones John Gilbert Susan Grogan Mary Beth Lesko McKenzie Shepherd Patty Tuggle Donna Worsham DR. TERRY MAMOUNAS Instagram: @terrymam Email: Website: ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWhen Dr. Terry Mamounas isnt traveling for medical conferences, conducting surgery or tending to his cancer patients, he could be found in front of an easel paintbrush in hand at his art studio. (Painting) is, sort of, my sanctuary, Mamounas said. I would look forward to going back (into my studio) spending an hour or halfan-hour a day if I can or more. Its always relaxing. Its always something I really look forward to.CourtesyDr. Terry Mamounas has many paintings of his family, including this portrait of his daughter.CourtesyDr. Terry Mamounas occasionally paints oceanic scenes.SEE PAGE 10Photo by Eric Gutierrez


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Each artist who submitted work to be featured was only to submit two pieces, meaning more than 100 artists submitted their work. The Top Choice Art Show features one piece from the 60 artists who earned a spot. Every year, the submittals have increased, Keating said. We turn down really great artwork all the time. Nobody should feel badly about being rejected, because wonderful works are rejected all the time. We only have so much space.EARLY STARTBorn and raised in Greece, Mamounas, 60, started painting when he was about 10 years old. It was my fifth-grade teacher who inspired me to paint, Mamounas said. He was a painter. After the year was over, we formed a little group and painted on Sundays at his shop. Thats what got me started early on. Today, Mamounas is a surgical oncologist who treats breastcancer patients. His work requires frequent travel for conferences and lectures, and he also works at least 60 hours a week with patients at the hospital and writing and researching at home. He is also a member and conducts research for the NRG Oncology Group. Hes been involved with the group since 1989 and has been the chair of the groups breast-cancer committee since 1997. Mamounas said he tries to find time to paint every day, but his busy schedule makes it difficult. Its a struggle, sometimes, Mamounas said. I have a little studio at home (I paint) when ever I can find time after (work) hours (and) weekends. I take my paintings with me on vacation, so I can spend some time painting when Im away.WHATEVER COMES TO MINDMamounas works with oil paints and watercolors. The main theme of his paintings is to emphasize light and shade, and many of his paintings features a very broad contrast. He marries his career with his creativity as he paints fine details with surgical precision in all of his paintings. A lot of times, I paint details and complex themes, but it still relaxes me a lot, Mamounas said. I like paintings where theres a lot of contrast between light and shade. If you look at my paintings (they have) a very broad contrast. In terms of the work itself, Mamounas enjoys painting stilllife objects such as plants, stones and fruits. He also paints landscapes and portraits of people and pets every now and then. On a number of occasions, Mamounas has combined his talent as a painter and work as a cancer doctor and created paintings to be auctioned off at fundraising events related to cancer. A lot my early paintings focus on my kids or my wife and scenes from our family life, Mamounas said. I try not to box myself in a corner painting the same thing. I always think about (painting) different things whatever comes to mind. Precise painterCourtesyDr. Terry Mamounas painted this still-life painting on display at the Top Choice Art show at SoBo Art Gallery. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7


SPORTSJUNE 21, 2018 Windermere Wildfire 16U shortstop Lexi Scalzo has put up a .456 batting average, five RBIs and a .992 fielding percentage at the Scenic City Showcase. Page 12.1 The Dr. Phillips Little League 11Us had a fantastic weekend as they moved to 2-0 following a 17-1 trouncing of South Lake. The win came a day after a 3-0 win over Windermere.2 Want to play soccer but dont want to be out in the sticky heat? Dr. Phillips YMCA is oering an indoor camp from June 25 through June 29. Students enter ing rst to third grades will get the chance to pick up soccer skills through drills and scrimmages at the YMCA. For more information, visit The Foundation Academy will be holding its summer basketball camp for both boys and girls next week. At the camp, which takes place from 8 am. to noon, participating students (from rst to eighth grade) will learn every thing about basketball including fundamentals and technical skills. For more information, visit From July 16 through July 19, kids ages 7 through 16 will get the chance to learn the fundamentals of a variety of sports including volleyball, baseball and ag football from Windermere Prep varsity coaches. For more information, visit bit. ly/2t74Q3L.5 In game one of two against the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs, Drenis Ozuna helped the Winter Garden Squeeze pick up a 9-3 win. He went 1-for-4 with a huge 3-RBI homer. The three RBI he picked up in the game made Ozuna the RBI leader for the Squeeze with seven. HIGH5 Drenis Ozuna played for Olympia High School.Coming off of a senior season at Jacksonvilles Arlington Country Day School in 2005 during which he helped his team win a state championship, Brian Hoff had plenty of options for where he would play his col lege basketball. Of those, which included fullride scholarship offers to smaller programs, Hoff the new boys basketball coach at Windermere Prep instead rolled the dice and enrolled at Florida State Univer sity as walk-on. My dream was always to kind of play at the biggest school possible, and Florida State recruited me as a preferred walk-on, Hoff recalled. I always believed in myself, and I always bet on myself. That confidence manifested itself for Hoff in the form of a respectable career at FSU; he was named a captain for the Seminoles during his senior season in 200809. Since then, he has worked for the Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma State and as the associate head coach at the Providence School in Jacksonville. That experience and confidence now will be put to use for the program at Windermere Prep, which announced Hoff as the successor to Ben Wilson May 16. Im pumped to be here this is a special place, Hoff said. I was in a great situation (at Providence), and I always thought that it wasnt going to be easy for me New Windermere Prep boys basketball Brian Ho brings experience as a high-level college player, an NBA intern and an assistant at one of Floridas top varsity programs to campus.Steven RyzewskiBrian Ho said he views Windermere Prep as a destination job and is excited to build upon the foundation laid out by former coach Ben Wilson and his sta. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Condensed schedule a good change for playosOn June 6, the FHSAA published a press release with the headline, FHSAA condenses baseball state series schedule. Sounds innocuous enough, right? In reality, this is a seemingly small change that could have a profound effect on outcomes in the playoffs each spring an effect that, for that matter, is for the best. Last season, following the conclusion of district tournaments between April 30 and May 4, the regional playoffs for Classes 5A-9A were played on Tuesday, Tuesday and Tuesday May 8 (regional quarterfinals), May 15 (regional semifinals) and May 22 (regional finals). With state semifinals for those classifications beginning May 30, that equated to just three games in a little less than a month. Starting next spring, the schedule for those same classifications is as follows: regional quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 15; regional semifinals on Saturday, May 18; and regional finals on Wednesday, May 22. Thats three games in one weeks time. In Classifications 1A-4A, where there are only two rounds of regional playoffs between district tournaments and the state semifinals, the change will be from playing the regional semifinals on Wednesday and then the regional final on the following Tuesday to playing the semifinal on a Tuesday and the final on the Friday that same week. All of which begs the question: Why is this a good thing? As I see it, there are two big reasons, and both revolve around pitching. Heres the truth about how the baseball playoffs operate when there is one game per week in the regional playoffs: Teams inevitably ride their best arm as far as STEVEN RYZEWSKI SEE SIDELINE PAGE 12Coaching credibilitySEE HOFF PAGE 12 SIDELINE SCENE


12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 to leave. I was under one of the top coaches in the country, and it was going to take something big. For me, (Windermere Prep) is a destination place. In addition to his playing career at FSU and professional experience working in the NBA, Hoff has coached a number of dynamic players while at Prov idence School including 23 Division I signees. Most notable among those alumni is Grayson Allen, a college star for the Duke Blue Devils who is expected to be selected in the NBA Draft June 21. As for what that means for the Lakers, Hoff hopes it will help facilitate buy-in from his new roster. All of that stuff gives you credibility, Hoff said. In particular, the Lakers new head coach brings a back ground heavy in analytics to campus. His work as an intern for the Suns was organized around analytics. Although that doesnt necessarily mean Windermere Prep will shoot as many 3-pointers as teams in the NBA he emphasized that his system will be personneldriven it does mean the Lak ers will be a well-prepared team every time they take the floor. Hoff said he envisions having a free-flowing system where his players are empowered to make decisions on the court. There is room for analytics, and there is room for your eyes both are very important, Hoff said. Hoff said he has gone right to work getting to know his new players, something the Lakers summer schedule should help facilitate. Coming from a program at Providence where he learned under head coach Jim Martin a four-time Coach of the Year in Florida and won two state championships, Hoff said he is aware of the possibilities at Windermere Prep. Ben Wilson and his staff did a remarkable job of building this program into what it is today, Hoff said. 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Last weekend at the Scenic City Showcase, Scalzo put up a .456 batting average, ve RBIs and a .992 elding percentage through six games against the best travel teams in the country. Scalzo also just nished her freshman year at West Orange High School, where she plays softball.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESLexi Scalzo the field. Its a really cool relationship with everyone. What drew you to the position of shortstop? When I got introduced to play ing shortstop, I didnt want to play it. But then our coach actually took the time to tell me and teach me how to play it. He just made me fall in love with the position. Whats your dream you hope to achieve in softball? My dream is to go play at a D1 school. If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go? Id go to Tahiti, just because thats always been my dream vacation. The sea is really clear there, so I just thought it would be cool to go. What do you put on your pizza? Pepperoni and sausage. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Probably to read peoples minds. Id get in peoples heads and just see what theyre thinking. TIM FREED THE BASICSAge: 15 Height: 5-foot-4 Bats: Right Hometown: Grew up in Or lando; now lives in Winter GardenHoCONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 that pitcher will take them. So, the first reason this is a good change is for safety. With a condensed schedule, pitchcount rules and general good sense on the part of coaches should lead to one pitcher not having to bear as much of the load for a team trying to make it to state. The second has to do with what Florida wants its baseball playoffs to be a competition between teams or a competition to see who has the best singular pitcher? Playing more frequently in the regional playoffs rewards teams that have a strong pitching staff as opposed to one ace. Youll need a capable No. 2 and perhaps even a No. 3 pitcher, as well as a bullpen you are confident in to advance. Currently, having reliable No. 2 and No. 3 pitchers has been rendered unimportant unless your ace has a bad day and you need to bring on your No. 2 in long relief. Only once a team reaches the Final Four and would have to win two games in two days to take home a title would having just one ace truly become an impediment. That was the case for Orange City University, which rode the talented arm of cur rent FIU pitcher Logan Allen to the state final in 2015 and 2017, only to be defeated twice in the final when Allen was not available after pitching in the state semifinal. That is not meant as a knock on University or Allen. If youre playing once a week, why wouldnt you start your most talented pitcher in each round? Not to mention, Allens teammates still had to score runs. But the fact remains: A condensed playoff schedule rewards depth of pitching. And at the end of the day, when Florida is trying to crown its best teams as champions, that should surely be something it wants to reward.SidelineFROM PAGE 11 File photo


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018 13 A Proud Founding Champion of We share your vision for a west Orange County with the best healthcare options and wellness resources. Thats why weve invested more than $130 million in the past five years into non-profits that champion these causes. We encourage qualified 501(c)(3) health and wellness organizations to apply for our 2018 Grant Round. Applications will be accepted June 22, 2018 through July 27, 2018, with awards announced by the end of the year. To find out if your organization qualifies, and to complete an application, visit Funding Now Available for Local Health Initiatives The West Orange Healthcare District (WOHD) is an independent special healthcare district whose mission is to enhance health and wellness in west Orange County. The District was created by an Act of the 1949 Florida Legislature and is governed by a 16 member volunteer board appointed by the Governor of Florida. 276675 Stepping in to the role of head volleyball coach at Olympia High is no easy task, given the impact the programs previous coach Mitch Sadowsky had during his nine seasons at the helm. However, new Titans head coach Julianne Dougherty Calcote is embracing the challenge. Im kind of excited to fill that role, being in this new position, Calcote said June 6, a couple of hours before her first open gym with her new team. Calcote comes to Olympia with plenty of experience as a player and as a coach. A 2008 graduate of Timber Creek High in east Orange County, Calcote helped the Wolves reach the FHSAA Class 6A State Championship in 2006 as a junior and was First Team All-State performer as a senior in 2007 racking up 385 digs, 250 kills and 45 aces that fall. In college, Calcote played indoor and beach volleyball for Webber International University and was a standout in both. Following her playing career, Calcote got into coaching, and for the last five years, she has been an assistant for the indoor program at her alma mater and also Web bers head coach for its beach program. During that time, both pro grams experienced plenty of success. The Webber indoor program has won consecutive conference championships and the beach program has won back-to-back AVCA Small College National Championships. In addition to her duties with her beach program, Calcote had roles focused on recruiting and scouting opponents for the indoor program, among other duties. Calcote said she loved her time at Webber but the commute she and her husband live in Orlando, and the Webber campus is roughly an hour-and-one-halfs drive south in Polk County took its toll. So, when the job at Olympia became available, it was a perfect fit. Ive always known Olympia to be a phenomenal school, Calcote said. Its really exciting for me to be in those environments and now take what Ive learned from that atmosphere and apply it to the high-school level. The new coach for the Titans said she is excited to inherit a team that made it to the FHSAA Class 9A State Semifinals last fall and is returning several players from that roster. As far as what fans can expect from the program under her tutelage, Calcote plans to focus on aspects she and her players will be able to control, such as culture and character. Im very into setting the bar, as far as culture goes Im very big into character, Calcote said. Im also very big on energy and effort those are the two controllables that you can control when it comes to the game. In addition to taking over a program with plenty of talent, Calcote confirmed she and the staff she assembles may look into further growing the volleyball program at Olympia by consider ing ways to incorporate the beach game. The beach game is one of the fastest-growing NCAA sports in the country, Calcote said. Try ing to get it developed here is something were trying to look forward to do in the spring. Preseason practice for the 2018 volleyball season begins July 30, with preseason games taking place as early as August 13. Calcote will debut as the head coach for Olympia when the regular season begins play the week of Aug. 20.New Olympia volleyball coach excited to lead programJulianne Dougherty Calcote spent the last ve years as the head coach of Webber Internationals beach volleyball team and an assistant for the indoor sta.Steven RyzewskiJulianne Dougherty Calcote hopes to continue to tradition of excellence at Olympia High School. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Ive always known Olympia to be a phenomenal school. Its really exciting for me to be in those environments and now take what Ive learned from that atmosphere and apply it to the high-school level. Julianne Dougherty Calcote


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