ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018END OF AN ERA Debbie Dobbs spent 25 years as a volunteer. SEE PAGE 11. PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer DO YOU KNOW YOUR INSECTS?Nehrling Gardens is host ing an insect program for children from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 22, at 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha. Practice the skills needed to become a junior entomologist, including how to identify dierent insects and evaluate the many important roles insects have within an ecosystem. Learn how to use these skills to investigate insect activity in your backyard and start your own insect collection. A donation of $10 per child is suggested. Contact Kassy Holmes at kassy.holmes@ nehrlinggardens.org or visit nehrlinggardens.org.YOUR TOWNOCPS homeless student count increases by 58% VOLUME 3, NO. 41 Only in FloridaGABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORThe number of homeless students attending Orange County Public Schools has increased by about 58% since the 2016-17 school year. According to OCPS spokeswoman Lorena Arias, OCPS identified 6,134 homeless students during the 20162017 school year, but survey estimates rose to 9,676 during the 2017-18 school year an SPORTS Survey data indicates an increase of 3,542 since last year.SEE HOMELESS PAGE 4 Get the 411 on the 689New phone numbers with the 407 area code will be gone by the end of the year. SEE PAGE 4. Campers at Lake Cypress Summer Camp at Windermere Preparatory School got to see snakes and alligators up close and personal when a Gatorland wrangler came to visit. SEE PHOTOS PAGE 9. GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORFor the past three months, Windermere has been engaged in negotiations with Tavistock Development Company to potentially reach a mutual vision for the future of the northwest corner of Conroy-Windermere and ApopkaVineland roads. The contentious 43-acre cor ner dubbed the 4th Corner remains undeveloped, but the property owner, Tavistock, presented preliminary designs dur ing a January community meeting showcasing future plans. Those plans proved unpopular with local residents. Since then, Tavistock representatives have cut ties with their Town manager: Tavistock to withdraw applicationTavistock representatives reportedly agreed to withdraw their development application as a show of good faith. ARTISTIC EXPRESSION SEE TOWN PAGE 4 St. Lukes church hosts rst art fest. SEE PAGE 7.Lake Cypress camper Vicente Pacheco became fast friends with a visiting gator.Danielle Hendrix
2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 19, 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 278682 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 | www.pammiessammies.com | BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER CATERING 278862 THURSDAY, JULY 1950+ DAY TRIP: PAINT PARTY 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at SoBo art gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Create an original painting and have fun doing it. No talent? No experience? No problem. Paint parties are facilitated by a SoBo artists. Take your creative spirit and your own adult refreshments. Take home your original painting and maybe some new friends. Gallery provides all materials. Take your own beverage and a snack to share. No transportation is provided for this activity. Cost is $30 for city residents, $32 for others. (407) 656-4111. CUISINE CORNER: FLORIDIAN CUISINE 6 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Join Chef Warren Caterson as he shows you how to prepare quick and healthy meals using seafood, poultry and meat with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Book sale and signing to follow event. For more information on Chef Warren, visit chefwarrencaterson.com. (407) 835-7323. MOVIN & GROOVIN TO SILLY DANCE TUNES 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Put on your dancing shoes and boogie down to the beat of your favorite dance tunes. Ages 3 to 12. (407) 8357323. SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Enjoy a summer tradition with classic favorites. Tickets are $8. Gar dentheatre.org/movies.SATURDAY, JULY 21MEET THE AUTHOR 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Margaret Mincks will discuss her new book, Payback on Poplar Lane, and then attendees can participate in an interactive character-building workshop. Registration required at (407) 835-7323. WGAA BOOK CLUB Noon Saturday, July 21, at the SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association, this book club for art lovers will include art historical references, discussions and images of the artworks mentioned in the books read. The next book is Lust for Life, by Irving Stone, which gives readers a glimpse into the troubled mind and heart of Vincent van Gogh. Presented by Central Florida art historian, artist and writer Adrienne H. Lee. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. To register, visit wgart.org/events/summerbook-club-lust-for-life/. For information, call (407) 347-7996.SUNDAY, JULY 22INVESTIGATING THE WORLD OF INSECTS 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 22, at Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha. Practice the skills needed to become a junior entomologist, including how to identify dierent insects and evaluate the many impor tant roles insects have within an ecosystem. Lean how to use these skills to investigate insect activity in your backyard and start your own insect collection. Suggested donation of $10 per child. Contact Kassy Holmes at kassy.holmes@nehrlinggardens. org. Nehrlinggardens.org. SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Enjoy a summer tradition with classic favorites. Tickets are $8. Gar dentheatre.org/movies.TUESDAY, JULY 24ART WITH A HEART GALA 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Sheridan at Windermere, 13798 Speer Island Drive, Winder mere. This benet will support Alzheimers awareness. To RSVP, call (407) 505-6351. KPOP DANCE PARTY 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando.If you have KDrama feelings for K-Pop music, then the library is where you need to be. (407) 835-7323. SOUTHWEST BOOK CLUB 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Discuss this months selection, Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley. When a small plane carrying wealthy passengers crashes into the ocean, a 4-year-old boy and a down-on-his-luck painter are the tragedys only survivors. Ages 18 and up. (407) 835-7323.WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TAI CHI 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the Building A Dance Room at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. 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, JULY 26METROWEST FOOD TRUCK CONNECTION 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Veranda Park, 2295 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. Enjoy a variety of culinary delights ranging from barbecue, burgers, lobster and ice cream. (407) 601-5995. YOUR CALENDAR
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 3 278055 rrfwww.eprealtors.com | 407-704-80304848 S Apopka Vineland, Ste 212 Windermere FL 32819Expand Your Real Estate Portfolio GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROrange county commissioners approved unanimously a gated development titled Fire Creek at Gotha, which is slated to have 42 single-family homes. The 29.55-acre project is located north of Moore Road and east of Seventh Avenue within the Gotha Rural Settlement. A public hear ing for the projects Preliminary Subdivision Plan was held during a County Commission meeting Tuesday, July 10. The property currently has Future Land-Use Map designations of Rural Settlement (one home per acre) and Rural Settle ment Low Density within the Gotha Rural Settlement. The property was zoned to Country Estate Cluster District, allowing for a maximum of 43 homes. Commissioners approved the PSP after hearing from two speak ers who were in favor of the proposed project and the applicant, Bob Holston, who spoke of revised plans. Fire Creek at Gotha will be the fifth neighborhood Ive done in the Windermere/Gotha area, and it is probably arguably the best. Through painstaking design and about half-dozen community meetings, hours of effort with Orange County Planning, and giv ing back to the safety and ambi ance of the Gotha community, we honestly feel the development does not get any better than this project. Holston emphasized the community will have an equestrian theme reflecting Gothas history, and the project will preserve old-growth oak trees and include parks. Holston said he also entered into a proportionate share agreement with Orange County to build a roundabout at a three-way inter section of Park Ridge Gotha Road, Moore Road and Sixth Street, which for years was nicknamed dead mans curve. The Fire Creek project additionally offers to fix the most dangerous traffic intersection in Gotha, said Gotha resident Kathleen Klare during public comment. It preserves old-growth oaks, offers the community several new parks, which will ultimately keep the low-density character.County OKs plans for Fire Creek at GothaCounty commissioners approved preliminary plans for a 42-home gated community in Gotha.ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWindermere High students will see some new faces in the administration office when the school year begins. Nancy Murchison, Taylor Plumblee and Adele Salazar are the schools new assistant principals. Were here for anyone who walks through the door, Mur chison said. Murchison is from East Lansing, Michigan, and has a bachelors degree in marketing from Michigan State University. She also obtained a masters degree in sociology with the University of Central Florida, completed a specialist in education with Stetson University and has worked in Orange County Public Schools for many years. Ive been with OCPS for the last 20 years, Murchison said. Ive been (working) outside of the classroom mostly with being a S.AF.E coordinator and academic dean and disciplinary dean. Throughout her career with OCPS, Murchison has worked at Walker Middle, Blankner K-8, Westridge Middle School, Timber Creek High School and Princeton Elementary School. She said she looks forward to working with the students once the school year begins. Im really looking forward to working with as many students as I can, Murchison said. Im looking forward to meeting a lot of different students and work ing with them and seeing them grow individually and working with the parents. Im a really big ... proponent of students being healthy both emotionally and mentally. Its basically my back ground. I really would like to see them thrive. Murchison added one of her goals for her first year and Windermere High is to make sure each student succeeds. Im here to make sure that they have the resources available (and) the support that they need, she said. The goal is to make sure that every student is successful and make sure that they graduate. Born and raised in Orlando, Plumblee said shes a multi-generational Floridian. I went to Boone High School, and after graduating, I went to school out of state in North Carolina at Salem College, Plumblee said. I got my masters from the University of West Florida, and Im working on my doctorate right now at Northeastern University in Boston. Plumblee started her educational career as an elementary teacher but later discovered her passion for working with high school students. She has worked with high school students since 2012. Prior to Windermere High, Plumblee has worked at Oak Ridge, Winter Park and Colonial hgh schools. Im most excited to feel the energy of the campus once its really full (of students), Plumblee said. Right now, were just getting a little taste of it with the small number of students that are here The first senior class I think is going to bring a lot of excitement that wasnt possi bly here last year. Like Murchison, Plumblee said one of her goals for her first year and Windermere High is to make sure students graduate. One of my major goals would be helping students our seniors especially prepare for college and careers after they graduate (by) making sure that they have a plan in place and then doing everything I can to support them in achieving those goals, she said. Born and raised in New York City, Salazar is a lifelong educator with nearly 40 years of experience. She said she knew she wanted to be a teacher since the second grade. She has studied at Stony Brook University, Columbia University, The Inter-American University in Puerto Rico-San German Campus and at Universidad de Alcala in Alcala, Spain. She obtained a bachelors degree in education, masters degree in education with a minor in math and science at Hunter College, and a specialist degree in education with Nova Southeastern University. I always knew that (teaching) was my goal, Salazar said. My philosophy is given the right tools, all children can be successful; all learners can be successful. Salazar spent 11 years working in New York, 15 years working in nearby Osceola County and 13 years working in Orange County. In Orange County, shes worked at Meadow Woods Elementary, Cypress Creek and Lake Nona high schools. (I look forward to) meeting my students, meeting my personnel, meeting the parents and looking at what theyre bringing to the table and what I have to offer, Salazar said. She added her other goal this school year is to build rapport with the community because shes new to the community.Photos by Eric GutierrezTaylor Plumblee, left, and Nancy Murchison are two of the new assistant principals at Windermere High School.Meet Windermere Highs new assistant principals Nancy Murchison, Taylor Plumblee and Adele Salazar all have joined the Horizon West school. Adele Salazar is a lifelong educator and one of Windermere Highs new assistant principals.
4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 increase of 3,542. Its suspected the increase was partially caused by new students who lost their homes in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and relocated to Central Florida, said Christina Savino, a senior administrator with the districts Homeless Education Program. OCPS identifies homeless students via a survey included in the enrollment packet for all students that parents fill out. Savino believes there might be even more students living in unstable housing circumstances. What we do during that registration process is assess their housing circumstances through a form called the Student Residency Questionnaire, Savino said. And the questionnaire identifies the cause of their housing arrangement, and were able to gather whether they were affected by the hurricane or not. ... We identified just over 3,800 students (who) were homeless due to a hurricane. And that would make sense when you look at our numbers for the past couple years versus last year. And those are just the ones weve identified there might be more we dont know of. Students are considered home less for the purpose of the survey if they are living in an emergency or transitional shelter; liv ing in shared housing due to loss of housing or economic hard ship; living in cars, parks, camp grounds, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations; or living in a hotel or motel. According to Arias, about 1,400 students of the 9,676 are from the West Learning Community of Orange County. All students identified as home less have access to supplemental services and are automatically enrolled in the free school-meal program, Savino said. Homeless students who live two or more miles away from their school also receive free bus rides, even if they move from one residence to another or happen to move outside of the schools attendance zone or county lines, she said. Services include, but are not limited to, immediate enrollment into school, provisions for school stability, including school-oforigin transportation, free school meals and referrals for additional services, Arias said. Through limited grant funding, OCPS also assists with fees related to school participation and academic success, such as field trips, extracurricular activities and school supplies. OCPS also has a Kids Closet, (which is) accessible to all school social workers to meet student-clothing needs. OCPS supplemental services are funded using a combination of state and federal grants from the Title I and Title IX program. The majority of the funds are used to pay district support staff and gas expenses, Savino said. Despite the increase in homeless students, the district is operating on existing resources and money provided by previous grants, as additional funding to compensate for the increase has yet to come in, she added. For more information or to request assistance, visit homeless.ocps.net or call (407) 3173485. 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 Reserved BY THE NUMBERS 74 school districts in Florida4,300 schools in Florida9th OCPS is the ninthlargest school district in the country4th OCPS is the fourthlargest school district in the state2.76M approximate number of students attending Floridas schools6,853 OCPS students indentied as homeless in 2015-166,134 OCPS students identied as homeless in 2016-17 9,676 OCPS students identied as homeless in 2017-18* *Of those 9,676, about 1,400 students were from the West Learning Community of Orange County. TITLE I FUNDINGThe amount of money allocated to a school district via the states Title I and Title IX program varies based on district size. According to Lorena Arias, an OCPS spokeswoman, Orange County Public Schools received $342,549 in 2015, $392,891 in 2016 and $392,685 in 2017 from Title I funding, and $125,000 in Title IX funding for all three years. Arias added the district is seeking more funding for the 2018-19 school year to compensate for the increase in homeless students.former planner and entered into a new contract with Canin Associates Inc., with the goal of creating revised designs that might appease area residents. However, to avoid the risk of Orange County commissioners approving amendments to the future land use and zoning designations of the property, Winder mere Mayor Gary Bruhn proposed to Windermere Town Council members the option of involuntarily annexing the corner into the town. Further discussion of the issue eventually led to negotiations with Tavistock, and Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith feels positive about the possibility of arranging a voluntary annexation of the corner. Although negotiations are expected to take a few more months, he believes Tavistock has an incentive to annex into the town. They would know what theyre going to get with the town, Smith said. I mean, right now, we have a council that you can negotiate with face-to-face. But with the elections coming up, they dont know who theyre going to be dealing with next year (in Orange County). Tavistock also has agreed to withdraw the development application it had submitted to Orange County, Smith said, in an act of good faith. However, as of press time, Tavistock had yet to officially withdraw its application. They submitted an email to the Orange County Planning Department stating that they are pretty much stalling with the applica tion, Smith said. I didnt read anywhere in the email that it was a withdrawal, so Im trying to make sure that we have some sort of statement that theyre withdraw ing the application at this time. ... I think a withdrawal would show the council and the public at large, which has been opposed to this development, that theyre serious about negotiations with both the town and the residents in the area to develop something everyone would be proud of. If negotiations ultimately fail, the town will have no qualms mov ing forward with its original strategy, even though it would require the annexation of more properties and push the towns boundar ies more north than anticipated, Smith said. Its a long process, and we want to make sure that if we decide to annex them in involuntarily or voluntarily, then its done for the right reasons, and its done by the book, Smith said. Currently, were working on the voluntary annexation, but if push comes to shove, the town still has the right to bring them in involuntarily. Council members have instructed Smith to first exhaust all options to bring them in voluntarily, par ticularly if Tavistocks application is withdrawn from the county. With the application withdrawn, the time constraints forcing the town to act quickly on an involuntary annexation no longer apply. I dont believe that well lose the timeframe (for an involuntary annexation), because the timeframe to obtain new entitlements through the county is very cumbersome, especially with the way that the current land use and zoning is structured, Smith said. And in addition to that, the town would have some legal standing to possibly contest any amendments to the land use for that northwest corner if they were to circumvent discussions with the town. But I think were just trying to figure out something thats beneficial not only to the town, developer and the county, but also the local residents.DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORWith Orange Countys population increasing about 17.5% since 2010 and Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties following suit in growth the 407 area code soon will be exhausted. The Florida Public Service Commission announced July 10 that because new Central Florida phone numbers are in such high demand, a new area code will make its appearance within the next year. The 689 area code will overlay the existing 407 area code. With all available 407 phone numbers expected to be exhausted in the next year, the 689 area code overlay will go into effect as soon as all 407 numbers are assigned. Phone numbers can be used by faxes, cell phones, ATMs and pay-atthe-pump gas stations, PSC officials said. The 407 area code serves Orange, Osceola, Seminole and parts of Lake and Volusia counties. PSC officials said the 689 area code overlay only will affect new numbers; existing 407 numbers will remain unchanged. Calls within the area cur rently require 10-digit dialing as a result of a limited areacode overlay (321) approved by the PSC in 1998. Weve extended use of the 407 area code for as long as possible, but all available numbers are expected to be assigned within the next year, PSC Chairman Art Graham said. The North American Numbering Plan Administra tor can now begin processing the 689 area code for efficient implementation when needed. According to the PSC, NANPA is the neutral third-party administrator responsible for forecasting and planning for the exhaust of geographic area codes. Originally NANPA projected the 407/321 Numbering Plan Areas would be exhausted in late 2003. NANPA petitioned the PSC in 2001 to approve an overlay relief plan, which it did in March 2002. The 689 area code overlay was set to start in July 2002, but NANPA later extended the estimated life of the 407/321 NPA and the PSC suspended the 689 overlay. Because of its aggressive push for number conservation plans, according to the PSC, the commission delayed a new area code in the 407/321 NPA for 16 years. For more information, visit floridapsc.com or follow the PSC on Twitter at @floridapsc.689:Central Florida to get new area codeHomeless student increaseTown turning the 4th corner? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1They would know what theyre going to get with the town. I mean, right now, we have a council that you can negotiate with face-toface. But with the elections coming up, they dont know who theyre going to be dealing with next year (in Orange County). Town Manager Robert SmithCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 5 Our newest Schwab branch, now open in Clermont.We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Independent Branch in Clermont. Financial guidance you can trust is now just around the corner. Drop by our local branch and see how we can support you. Come in and pull up a chair. Or call (352) 404-5238.2018 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Schwab) All rights reserved. Member SIPC. MWD101534-14 (1211-8090) (6/18) Michael S. Wytiaz, CFP Independent Branch Leader and Financial Consultant Clermont Independent Branch 1600 Hancock Road, Suite C Clermont, FL 34711 (352) 404-5238 schwab.com/clermont Windermere Independent Branch 4848 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. Suite 204 Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 909-0485 schwab.com/windermere 16 00 Hancoc k Road Holly Berr y Circle 50 50 Hancock RoadHooks StreetBond StreetHolly Berr y Circle 278868 AL Facility #: Pending Senior living worth Independent Living | Assisted Living | Memory Care Windsor at Celebration isNOW OPEN!Rare, spirited and thoroughly modern senior living inspired by genius: Windsor at Celebration is an invitation to live your best life in an idyllic neighborhood. Gorgeous apartments, world-class entertainment, cutting-edge fitness options, and an on-the-go ambiance. This is a whole new kind of magic you can live every day.1370 Celebration Boulevard, Celebration, FL 34747 407-870-1561 | WindsorAtCelebration.com 279252 279765 As you pack your suitcases for all your worldly travels, be sure to put in a copy of the West Orange Times & Observer or Windermere Observer. All entries will be entered into our ongoing Travelin Times contest. Entering is easy! Once you nd an inter esting background, feature your weekly newspaper in a high-quality photo and email it to Community Editor Amy Quesinberry at AmyQ@orangeobserver.com. You can also mail or drop o the photo: Observer Media Group, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden 34787. Emailed photos should be at least 200 dpi. Include the names of everyone in the photo, where it was taken and a phone number where the editor can reach you. AMY QUESINBERRYTake us with you! TRAVELIN TIMES In the picture is my Daneliz Villela brought her favorite newspaper on a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Her, mom, Elizabeth Ciardullo, submitted the photo and represents Traywicks Garage in Winter Garden.
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JProudly serving West Orange County for over 36 years.www.blairjohnsonlaw.com278673 BLACK TIEBEING THE CHANGEGABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR With a yellow bracelet that reads, What Would Andrew Do?, Peter Cook, a Winter Garden resident and founder of the nonprofit Largest Heart, does exactly that: What Andrew would do. Andrew Michael Cook, Peter Cooks brother, died in Chile at 39 years old in January 2017. Andrew was well-known for having lived a life full of compassion for others and volunteerism, Cook said. According to Andrews obit uary, he worked with religious leaders in New York City to improve interfaith relations, served as a counselor to highschool students from wartorn Cyprus, volunteered for the American Red Cross and launched a pay-it-forward project to spur volunteerism in Chile, where Andrew had lived for nine years. However, Cook was unaware of just how loved by the community his brother was until he attended his funeral and heard the stories stories that both touched and inspired him, as they demonstrated just how large his brothers heart was. Following his brothers death, Cook decided to do something to continue his brothers legacy of volunteerism and came up with the concept of his non profit, Largest Heart. When I started diving into this, I realized how bad things really are, Cook said. After my brothers death, and just seeing how he lived, changed my life. Before, I was very all about me and building my empire. And just after seeing how he lived and how he paid it forward and how he treated other people Ive never seen anything like it. My life was never the same again. He inspired me to make a differ ence in peoples lives and inspire change and to spread hope, love and knowledge. Thats what our mission is all about.HOW IT WORKSThe nonprofits site, which went live about five weeks ago, allows visitors to donate money, nominate a cause, vote for a cause via an online poll for which they believe donations should be used, and purchase merchandise, such as T-shirts and tote bags. Once a poll ends, the winning cause receives all funding dollars. Largest Heart works with Charity Navigator to identify the top 10 participating nonprofits in the winning cause, and people then vote on the best three. Ninety percent of all proceeds are then donated to those three organizations. Its a nonprofit without a cause, Cook said. Its based on the wisdom of the crowd group thinking (and) the whole idea is that it takes a village to raise a child. We need to deter mine what the greatest needs are, so lets identify a cause and lets identify the best three nonprofits to solve it. And in return for the money that we give them, we receive their best practices, a case study, and they mentor another nonprofit, he said. Cook, who comes from a busi ness background, said he never saw himself leading a nonprofit. He decided to take an innovative business approach when coming up with the concept of Largest Heart to make sure other nonprofits also benefit. To do that, Cook collects the best practices and case studies from the three nonprofits that receive money from Largest Heart. He then shares the infor mation with other nonprofits tackling similar causes. Most nonprofits are really small, he said. So the question is, How can you maximize your resources and why dont you partner with other small nonprofits fighting the same thing? If I can provide them with the best practices and case studies that show them how to do things better, thats going to help them operate more effi ciently and help more people. And thats ultimately the goal. When asked what he believed his brother would think if he could see what Cook has recently accomplished, Cook said his brother would likely urge him to continue. Hed say, Continue to be the change you want to see in the world, Cook said. Inspired by the life of his brother, Winter Garden resident Peter Cook founded a nonprot named Largest Heart. Peter Cook is the founder of Largest Heart, a nonprot that donates 90% of its proceeds to nonprots that tackle social issues, such as homelessness, human tracking, the food waste epidemic and related issues. TO DONATETo donate to Largest heart or purchase some of its merchandise, you can visit the website at largestheart. org. To learn more about Peter Cook or watch some of his vlogs, visit his YouTube channel at bit.ly/2KjRgkm.Courtesy photo r See Page 15 of this weeks paper
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10 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 280172 NOTICE BY THE TOWN OF WINDERMERE, FLORIDA OF THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR COSTS AND EXPENSES FOR SOLID-WASTE MANAGEMENT FEESNotice is hereby given that a public hearing will be conducted by the Town Council of the Town of Windermere, Florida, on August 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., at Town Hall, 520 Main Street, Windermere, FL 34786, concerning the adoption of a non-ad valorem assessment roll for costs and expenses incurred by the Town for solid-waste management. e pur pose of the assessment is to reimburse the Town for costs and expenses that it incurs for solid-waste management. All non-ad valorem assessments are approved by the Town Council and will be collected by the Orange County Tax Collector. All property within the Town is subject to the sol id-waste management fee. A map of the area assessed, which is the entire Town, is below. e garbage collection fee for residential and non-residential customers is determined as follows: Curbside Service:Curbside service $185.16 Recycling $74.88 Administrative Services and Costs $29.30 Total $289.35Rear-Door Service:Rear-door service $248.64 Recycling $138.60 Administrative Services and Costs $38.15 Total $425.39All aected property owners have the right to appear at the public hearing and to le written objections with the Town Council within 20 days of the publication of this notice. Written objections should be sent to Town of Windermere, 614 Main St., Windermere, FL 34786, attention Dorothy Burkhalter, Town Clerk. 321 E. WASHINGTON ST CLERMONT, FL firstname.lastname@example.org.ImportsProfessionalAuto.com352.432.3934 Your Local European Auto Repair Specialist.We are experts in every aspect of auto repair for imported Asian and European vehicles. Our technicians possess extensive knowledge of a wide range of specialties and always place customer satisfaction as a top priority on every job.278460 BMWIndependent Repair Facility 280170 NOTICE BY THE TOWN OF WINDERMERE, FLORIDA OF THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR UNPAID COSTS AND EXPENSES FOR LOT CLEAN-UPNotice is hereby given that a public hearing will be conducted by the Town Council of the Town of Windermere, Florida, on August 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., at Town Hall, 520 Main Street, Windermere, FL 34786, or as soon thereaer as the matter can be heard, concerning the adoption of a non-ad valorem assessment roll for unpaid costs and expenses incurred by the Town for lot clean-up. e purpose of the assessments is to reimburse the Town for costs and expenses that it incurred for the lot clean-up when the costs and expenses are not paid timely by the property owners by placing the unpaid amount as a non-ad valorem assessment on the property owners annual property tax bill. All non-ad valorem assessments approved by the Town Council will be collected by the Orange County Tax Collector. e following assessments will be considered by the Town Council: Parcel Number Property Owner(s) Amount Description 282305439600030 James M. Knox $1,963.12 Lot Clearing 282306111100130 Alan Hendry $363.12 Lot Clearing 282307110601010 David Wong $969.68 Lot Clearing 282307433800040 Secretary of Housing $388.34 Lot Clearing 282307433800420 Strong Equity $3,834.16 Lot Clearing 282308194801041 Eric Seutter $1,113.12 Lot Clearing 282317933600900 Evelyn Marshall $363.12 Lot Clearing All aected property owners have the right to appear at the public hearing and to le written objections with the Town Council within 20 days of the publication of this notice. Written objections should be sent to Town of Windermere, 614 Main Street, Windermere, FL 34786, attention Robert Smith, Town Manager. 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SPORTSJULY 19, 2018 Olympias Jonah Leach wins U.S. Amateur Open Qualifier. Page 12.1 Olympia High announced July 11 that Kevin McElveen has been named the schools new athletic director, replacing former AD Aaron Crawford. McElveen has previously coached golf, ag football, basketball and football while at Olympia since 2002.2 Vinnie Perrotti, for merly the head J.V. baseball coach at Dr. Phillips and an assistant for the varsity program, has joined Eric Lassiters sta at Windermere High.3 Jeslyn Whitehead, a rising senior for the Olympia High baseball team, announced July 14 he had committed to the University of North Florida to continue his baseball career.4 Maia Slowinski, 15, won a national championship in the Womens Division III category at the 2018 USA Fencing National Championships in St. Louis. Slowinski competes out of Winter Garden Fencing Academy and earned her C rating at the event.5 In a week in which the team had a considerable opportunity to gain ground in the Florida Collegiate Summer League standings, the Winter Garden Squeeze instead dropped ve of their past seven games entering a break for the Prospect Show case in North Carolina. Winter Garden dropped three of four games to the DeLand Suns and two of three games to the Leesburg Lightning. At 1217 on the season, Winter Garden is currently in fth place. HIGH5 VOLUME VOLUNTEERSteven RyzewskiAfter more than two decades of volunteer service at Windermere Little League and Florida Little League District 14, Debbie Dobbs is stepping down this fall.Debbie Dobbs, the district administrator for Florida Little League District 14, has been volunteering for 25 years, putting in hundreds of hours each year. That will come to an end this fall when her nal term comes to a close. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORGiven her record of volunteer service to Little League Baseball and Softball about 25 years when including her days as a team mom at Windermere Little League one might assume baseball is Debbie Dobbs favorite sport. Wrong. I love football football is my game, Dobbs said with a smile, adding she grew up a Florida Gators fan in St. Petersburg. Favorite sport or not, Dobbs remarkable run of involvement in the youth baseball and softball community a career that has included service at Windermere Little League and 22 years with Florida Little League District 14 is coming to an end this fall. The district administrator for District 14 the last 13 years, Dobbs is ready to hand her duties to a newly elected successor Oct. 1. Like many parents, Dobbs began volunteering when her sons began playing at Windermere Little League in the early 1990s. But Matt Dobbs who is 36 and serving in the United States Coast Guard in Hawaii aged out of baseball in the midto late-1990s, and Nathan Dobbs who is 33 and living in Denver aged out around the turn of the century. Everything after that, then, has been for the betterment of the community. FOND MEMORIESGiven the amount of time Debbie Dobbs has spent volunteer ing, she has been witness to some memorable occasions: 2001: Apopka Little League, which was then in the district before being split o in the mid-2000s, made its run in the Little League World Series. From time to time I run into their manager, Bobby Brewer, and hes always got a big hug for me. VARIOUS: Dobbs witnessed the early days of several future college and professional players, including MLB player Brad Miller, who played at Windermere Little League. His father was his coach and his father was a great guy. And, yes, Brad did well. 2012: Windermere Little League Majors Softball went to the Little League Softball World Series. They started here, and I followed them up to Georgia (War ner Robbins) and stayed with them at the Southeast Regional. It was a phenomenal experience watching them earn that and they did earn that. That, to me, will be my fondest memories those girls. As Willie Taggart continues to prepare for his inaugural season as the head football coach at Florida State University, hes noticed something as he travels throughout the Sunshine State. You have everybodys attention, Taggart said July 13 while in Ocoee. Its been nice we have a lot of Noles fans all over the place. Taggart certainly had the attention of the gathered leaders from Orlando Healths Health Central campus July 13, as he spoke about leadership and offered insights on building a culture and accountability. Taggart played his college football at Western Kentucky University, where his eye-popping stats at quarterback made him a fan favorite before graduating in 1998. That is also how he came to know Mark Marsh president of Orlando Health who also played quarterback at WKU. Thanks to that relationship, Taggart was in Ocoee to reflect on how he built a culture at prior coaching stops at WKU, USF and Oregon and on the priority he puts on making his studentathletes leaders. I think thats the first thing thats on our mind (as a staff), helping them become better leaders not just in football, but in life, Taggart said.Taggart talks leadership, recruiting at Health Central SIDLEINE SCENE STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR SEE PAGE 13 SEE FSU PAGE 12
12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 Were you surprised at how well you played at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier? I had pretty low expectations going into it, because a lot of good players were playing. But then, after the first round, I knew that I could definitely get in. It wasnt that much of a surprise I knew I could do it but its not like I expected to do that. That could change my game if I had high expectations. What was it like once you realized you had won? If you had told me that I was going to the U.S. Am (Amateur), years ago, I would have never believed you. Its pretty cool, because I worked so hard, and I got the results. Can you offer any tips for playing Mission Inn? I knew that the greens were really tricky. If you hit the middle of the green, it can still be tough to two-putt. Theres a ton of trees in the course, so if you just keep it in the fairway, youll have a good shot. What is your mentality going to be at Pebble Beach? I know I have nothing to lose. Its not like I was expected to get here in the first place. Im just going to play to have fun. What do you enjoy about playing for Olympia High? I think its really cool because you have people to support. When you have people to support and people to support you, its pretty cool. How old were you when you got serious about golf? I told my parents that I wanted to play on the PGA Tour when I was about 8 theyve supported me all the way. Its a no looking back thing. Who is a professional golfer who you admire? Definitely Jason Day. Hes very strong mentally and his swing is very smooth almost per fect. I actually, three years ago, got to talk to him for five minutes at Bay Hill. Whats your favorite subject in school? Im more of a math and science type of person. I really love math its really interesting. I had a math teacher for two-years straight he really got me to like math. His name was Francisco Chaparro-Torress. Whats the last good you watched? I recently just saw Ant-Man and the Wasp in theater. I really liked that movie. I saw the first one a while ago, and I was waiting for this one. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SPORTS SPOTLIGHTJonah Leach, a rising junior at Olympia High, punched a ticket to the U.S. Amateur Open in Pebble Beach, California, next month, when he won a qualifying event July 12 at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills. Leachs 138 topped the two runners-up, who each turned in a 139. The U.S. Amateur is schedule for Aug. 13 to 19 and will be nationally broadcast by Fox and FS1.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESJonah Leach THE BASICSAGE: 16 SCHOOL: Olympia High CLASS: Junior HOME CLUB: Orange Tree HEIGHT: 5-foot-7 HOMETOWN: Windermere 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...278860 call 321-236-0240 ext. 5 visit www.safetyfirstswim.com Safety First Swim School teaches children as young as six months old how to roll on accidentally fall into water.SWIM LESSONS REDUCE RISK OF DROWNING BY 88%*DROWNING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN CHILDREN 1-4 YEARS OLD.***National Institutes of Health **U.S. Centers for Disease Control 278857 Taggart also talked about the importance of recruiting people who fit into that culture. Once we get to the personal side of it, I want to know, Is the kid smart? Taggart explained. Is he a good person? I want to know ... because some of those things you dont teach. Recruiting, of course, is the lifeblood of college athletics and to be recruited is the dream of many a local athlete here in West Orange. To those athletes, Taggart offers a reminder that, at college footballs highest level, everything is taken into account including an athletes behav ior on social media. We look at all of that, Taggart said. Theyve got to understand that theyre not texting or just talking to their friend everyone can see it. Florida State is Taggarts fourth stop as a head coach. Before that, he was the head coach at Oregon for one season, USF for four seasons and WKU for three. He worked as an assistant at WKU and Stanford. Throughout that career, Taggart, who is from Bradenton and starred at Manatee High, has become familiar with the prep football scene in Greater Orlando and, specifically, in West and Southwest Orange. The roster at Florida State includes quarterback Deondre Francois, who started his varsity career at Olympia High before finishing at IMG Academy. Other local players from outside of the Observers immediate coverage include Oak Ridge alum Nyqwan Murray, Timber Creek alum Jacques Patrick and Lake Nona alum Michael Barulich not to mention players who have passed through the program in previous seasons. As many a college coach can attest to, recruiting in the O is an essential task. Ive recruited this area everywhere Ive been, Taggart said. Theres good ball here in the O, in this area. Florida State has done well here and weve had some good players come from this area. Competing in the District 14 Tournament of Champions for 9-year-old All-Stars teams, the boys from Dr. Phillips Little dominated the competition in pool play before winning the district title in walk-off fashion last month. DPLLs 9-Year-Old All-Stars won the four games they played in pool play at South Lake Little League June 9-13 by a combined score of 71-18. The district championship, June 14 against Winter Garden, was quite different DPLL won 7-6 on a walk-off. The championship team included Jack Riley, Yomar Infante, Vincent Guadagnoli, Tyler Creavy, Zachary Blum, Baron Baez, Jackson Stecher, Caleb Smith, Jace Jenniex, Aiden Williams, Jack Meyers, Colton Showley, Camden Clark and Nicholas Pasquinelli. The team was coached by Rico Banez, Gary Wallace and Andre Williams.WLL MAJORS SOFTBALL FALLS IN STATE FINALThe girls of the Windermere Little League Majors (12-yearold) All-Stars team experienced the heartbreak of coming up just short of a state championship this past weekend, competing in the State of Florida Championship in Fort Myers. Windermere won both of its pool play games July 14, defeating Sebastian River 15-0 and Naples 4-3. Those victories advanced Windermere to the state championship game July 15 against Bayshore Little League. WLL came up just short, falling 8-7 to Bayshore, ending an impressive run in the postseason. STEVEN RYZEWSKIDPLL 9-Year-Olds win district in dramatic fashion Courtesy photoThe Dr. Phillips Little League 9-Year-Old All-Stars team won the District 14 Tournament of Champions last month.I think thats the rst thing thats on our mind (as a sta), helping them become better leaders not just in football, but in life. Willie TaggartFSU boasts plenty of local ties CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018 13 Im a very active person, and I like to be involved, Dobbs said. I felt like this was a good way to give back to the community I actually enjoyed it. It was pretty easy to do, and I enjoyed it, so I kept on doing it. Dobbs has been on the Windermere Little League Board of Directors, served as WLLs Vice President and been an Assistant District Administrator for District 14, all before she took on her cur rent role. As the district administrator, she helps each league president. Last spring, District 14 included Winter Garden Little League, Windermere Little League, Dr. Phillips Little League, South Lake Little and Ocoee Little League. She also facilitated the All-Stars tournaments between leagues in June and July. An executive assistant for Disney, a company she has worked at for 45 years, Dobbs said the administrative and organizational skills the job requires are second nature. What motivated me is Im a very organized person it just kind of is in my DNA to be very organized and to want things done the right way, Dobbs said. In fact, it is a good thing that Dobbs works for the regions most famous employer. Disneys desire for its employees to be involved in their communities has helped facilitate her at-times rigorous volunteer schedule that can add up to 400 or 500 hours by years end. Im very fortunate to work for a company that is supportive of community efforts because some of that has creeped over sometimes into my job, Dobbs said. As district administrator, Dobbs has nine volunteer staffers and also gets to work with each league. Over the years, she says, she has got to know plenty of special kids and their parents. The kids are great I love the kids, and Ive never had an issue with any child out here, Dobbs said. The parents they can be challenging at times but there are a lot of good people out here working in the leagues very hard to maintain the programs and provide an opportunity for children to play baseball. Of course, all good things must come to an end. Dobbs, who is 64, plans to continue working at Disney for the near future but said the end of her four-year term this October seemed as good a time as any to call it quits. I decided that I want to have a little more free time for myself, Dobbs said. Before that, shell make one more visit to the Mecca of Little League Baseball Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where the Little League World Series is held each summer. Dobbs went for the first time last summer and said the experience was profound. It was phenomenal, Dobbs said. I think its an experience that everybody should have. They really treat the children like theyre superstars it was great. Dobbs time with District 14 has seen growth in some leagues Winter Garden Little League stands out, as its robust participation has the league nearly bursting at the seams and troubles in others. Pine Hills Little League, Rolling Hills Little League and MetroWest Little League all have disbanded since 2000, and Ocoee Little League voted last week to move from Little League to Babe Ruth Baseball. Still, as her time winds down and she prepares to pass the baton, the Horizon West resident is excited for a new chapter and hopeful that she made a lasting impact in her community. Im very glad I did it, Dobbs said. I hope Ive made my mark by having a very good and organized community-based program for all of our children. www.FloridaRushSoccer.com 279749 407-656-6444 13906 West Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL Buying your new RV from Giant Recreation World gives you the best package receive the Top 50 Dealer Award in all of central Florida. Only Giant Recreation World offers the VIP Camping Club, Lifetime Warranty and Priority RV Network. Visit our climate-controlled showroom today and see all of the answers we have for you! Summers calling. 2018 COACHMEN CLIPPER/VIKING $122 mo. 120 mos WAS $17,500 NOW $12,995 SAVE $4,500SEE STORE FOR DETAILS Exit 272 from FL Turnpike GiantRecreationWorld.com WG _July_1.indd 3 6/29/18 5:27 PM 280048 The kids are great I love the kids, and Ive never had an issue with any child out here. The parents they can be challenging at times but there are a lot of good people out here working in the leagues very hard to maintain the programs and provide an opportunity for children to play baseball. Debbie DobbsDobbs steps downCONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 279839www.jaysqualitytreeservice.com STUMPED?? Call us today!We specialize in: Tree services including tree removal and stump grinding Mistletoe and Moss removal Crane, land clearing, and bobcat services Hurricane preparation And all your landscaping needsOce: 407-880-2221Cell: 407-358-4188 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICEFree estimates Licensed and insured
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