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ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 VOLUME 3, NO. 41C+C giving factory BALANCING ACT ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERAn assisted-living facility could be coming to Horizon West. Orange County leaders hosted a community meeting regarding a change determination request pertaining a 6.55 acre parcel at 8498 Seidel Road. The property is located in a townhome district of the existing Horizon West Village F. The requested change would allow for the development of a 75-bed assisted-living facility instead of Four candidates are vying for the open Orange County School Board chair seat. Read more in our exclusive Q&A. SEE PAGE 3. SEE DEVELOPER PAGE 4 Courtesy photo SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE AT THE GROVEAs you buy back-to-school supplies, consider donating some items to The Grove during the shopping plazas collection campaign. Items will be collected through Aug. 5, and participating stores have in-store oers. The following stores are collecting these supplies: Sweet Sassy & Southern, backpacks; BurgerFi, No. 2 pencils and colored pencils; Dexters, highlighters and YOUR TOWNERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITEROrange County commission ers voted to transmit two large development projects near the Dr. Phillips area. Both the Kerina Parkside Planned Development project and O-Town West project moved forward during their County Commission transmits two DP proposals MEET THE CANDIDATESBoth the Kerina Parkside and O-Town West projects earned approval at their transmittal hearings.Two Windermere students are raising funds and collecting supplies so they can help as many homeless families as possible. SEE STORY ON PAGE 4.Developer proposes assistedliving facility on Seidel RoadLooking for a new workout routine? Check out the new ninja-skills gym in Dr. Phillips. SEE 5. SEE YOUR TOWN PAGE 4 SEE PROJECTS PAGE 6Fantasies come true for DP thespians. PAGE 9.


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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 3 278056 | 407-704-80304848 S Apopka Vineland, Ste 212 Windermere FL 32819Expand Your Real Estate Portfolio NANCY ROBBINSONAGE: 54 EDUCATION: Bachelors degree in public relations, Auburn University OCCUPATION: Orange County School Board member FAMILY: Husband of 30 years, Bill Robbinson; grown children, Emma, Anna and William CITY OF RESIDENCE: Orlando nativeWhat is the single biggest challenge facing OCPS? School safety. The SchoolBoardhas spent $20 million in recent years to fortify its facilitiesand will be approving an additional $11 million this budget cycle tocontinue to do more. The School Board is also spending nearly $5 million on 51 new mental-health professionals that will provide more programs andsupportfor our students mental-health needs. Also, the OCPS police continues to work with the nine local law-enforcement jurisdictions in Orange County to ensure ourcampuses are secure. What is the best way for the district to address school safety? The district should continue toreceive suggestions of safety and security measures fromstudents, parents, teachers and community members and have them vetted by OCPS police.The district should also distribute as much information as quickly as possible to all stakeholders regarding school-safety information, utilizing everymeans of communication available (social media, OCPS App, email, ConnectOrange,print news, TV/radio, town hall meetings) to ensure stakeholders know what is takingplace on our schoolcampuses. How should OCPS handle the issue of school overcrowding? OCPS is building new relief schools as fast as possiblethrough the funding from the half-cent sales tax and impact fees. Growth inOrange County has been over whelming and is projected to stay steady.... In severe cases, Ibelieve temporaryrezoningmay be necessary to handle overcrowding until relief schools can be built. MEET THE CANDIDATES MATTHEW FITZPATRICKAGE: 50 EDUCATION: Masters degree, educational leadership; bachelors degree, social science education OCCUPATION: Assistant director, Orange Technical College FAMILY: Wife: Sandy; children, Jacquelyn, 21; Steven, 18; and John, 16 CITY OF RESIDENCE: ApopkaWhat is the single biggest challenge facing OCPS? The greatest challenge facing OCPS is (to ensure) all of our students feel loved and feel safe. I believe students need hope, they need a positive attitude, they need to know that people care, and they need to know they can become whatever they desire to be as long as they are willing to work. We need great teachers ... to accomplish these goals. This need is a major concern of mine because we are facing teacher shortages in many of the high-needs areas of math, science, special education and elementary education. What is the best way for the district to address school safety? We need to continue to secure the perimeter of our schools. We also need to move toward single points of entry. We need to make sure there are SROs at all schools, and we need to explore putting Class D security guards at the entrances of all schools. We also need to free up our teachers to be able to truly connect with and care about our students. Teachers are the counselors kids see every day. A teacher showing they care can save a hopeless childs life. Our evaluation system must become teacher-friendly to foster this classroom environment. How should OCPS handle the issue of school overcrowding? We need to work more closely with the county and local developers to address areas of high growth. We should not have a middle school opening with 90 portables. We need to invest in the trades to supply construction workers to help build TERESA JACOBSAGE: 61 EDUCATION: Bachelors degree in economics, Florida State University, cum laude OCCUPATION: Public service (mayor, Orange County) FAMILY: Husband of 37 years, Bruce; sons, Josh, Max, Chase; daughter, Lisa CITY OF RESIDENCE: Unincorporated Orange County What is the single biggest challenge facing OCPS? Lack of adequate state funding. Money doesnt solve everything but, in this case, every challenge OCPS faces is made worse (because of) inadequate funding from school safety, to school overcrowding, to recruiting and retaining teachers. What is the best way for the district to address school safety? No one single approach is sufficient. In 2012, immediately after the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School, I offered to fund deputies in all unincorporated elementary schools. I also convened a Youth Mental Health Commission. Today, Orange County funds two mentalhealth programs available to all schools. A law-enforcement officer should be at the entrance of every school. Additional efforts must be undertaken to harden all schools, and to utilize technology and cameras to keep weapons out. How should OCPS handle the issue of school overcrowding? We need more state funding to keep pace with growth. As a commissioner, I championed a charter amendment requiring the Orange County Board of County Commissioners to seek a determination from OCPS of whether there will be adequate school capacity, before approving residential land uses. In 2004, as a county commissioner, I voted to place OCPSs half-cent sales tax on the ballot to help pay for new school construction. I supported that effort as mayor in 2014. The public supported all three of these efforts. We need the state to honor its obligation to provide funding.ROBERT PRATERAGE: 55 EDUCATION: Bachelors degree in elementary education OCCUPATION: Resource teacher/ dean of students FAMILY: Wife, Donna Linares CITY OF RESIDENCE: Orlando What is the single biggest challenge facing OCPS? Paying our employees and teachers the national average would be a great challenge to overcome. Teachers are becoming increasingly discouraged because of the cur rent state of education. Many, like myself, are now attempting to make changes from within the system. Teachers all over this county, state and nation are now running for political office. As a school system, were not giving students the oppor tunities to be who they are or to become who/what they want to be. What we are doing is developing another generation of test-takers. What is the best way for the district to address school safety? As a school district we have put some safety measures in place, but we can do more. This is why I feel it is essential to place a safety committee that can bring to the board the entire districts concerns. I want a to put a call center in place that can be used for multipurpose situations safety being one of them. We have installed millions of dollars of sur veillance cameras, and we need to make sure we have enough personnel watching all our schools and who is coming onto the property. How should OCPS handle the issue of school overcrowding? The same way hospitals handle growth add permanent wings to schools, not unsafe portables. Each school only needs one principal, just like we have one superintendent. For example: Existing elementary schools are on 15 acres of land, the maximum student count is 830. I recommend moving that up to 1,250 and adding one assistant principal. This is much more cost-effective than building a whole new school at the cost of about $20 million.ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRRunning for Orange County School Board chair are four candidates: outgoing Orange County May or Teresa Jacobs, Orange County School Board member Nancy Robbinson, Or ange County teacher Robert Prater and Orange County Public Schools administrator Matthew Fitzpatrick. The winner will succeed outgoing Board Chairman Bill Sublette, who was elected to the position in 2010. The four candidates will face o in the Aug. 28 primary election. If no one receives more than 50% of the vote, a runo will be held Nov. 6. For complete, unedited answers, visit BAQUERO


4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 26, 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. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787.OrangeObserver.comObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life, Season Magazine and Baldwin Park Living If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944CONTACT USThe Windermere Observer is published once weekly, on Thursdays. It provides subscription home delivery. 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All Rights ReservedAMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORAfter hearing stories about local families who were hungry and cold and living without lifes bare necessities, two Windermere friends, Carmella Duell and Claire OMalley, have set out to make a difference in the homeless community. The girls, who are 9 and 10, respectively, went out to play one cool day a few years ago when Car mellas mother told them to put on their jackets. When they protested, Kelley Duell responded, You know, some people dont have coats to wear in the cold. The words hit home, and the two began thinking of ways to help those less fortunate. We really started to notice all the homeless people when we drove around town, and we both felt inspired to do something to help them, the girls said. It was amazing how the direction of our charity really just fell into place. Claire and Carmella dreamed up their own charity, CC Charities, after their first initials. They created a logo, which they use on all their fliers, and set up lemonade stands. They collected donations of cash, toiletries and other essentials, such as socks and sunscreen, for the homeless.GAINING GROUNDAfter Hurricane Harvey struck the United States last fall, Car mella and Claire heard about a caravan with supplies going to Texas and immediately packed up all the donations they had received so they could add to what would be distributed. The charitys direction was fur ther defined when the girls volunteered at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, in Orlando, and learned about a ministry called Family Promise of Greater Orlando. Four times a year, St. Lukes hosts homeless families in a makeshift shelter on the church campus for one week. In other shelters, males and females are separated, including the children, but in the St. Lukes shelter, families are kept together. Carmella and Claire set up the bedrooms for the four families being hosted, and when they were putting the sheets on the beds, they realized there werent enough pillows for everyone. They spent some of their lemonade-stand money at Target and returned with two shopping carts worth of pillows. Claire and Carmella are two young, vibrant girls who have a heart forhomeless families, said Carin Anderson, development manager of Family Promise of Greater Orlando. After volunteer ing through their local church, they realized they wanted to do more. They decided to create their own charity and raise money by selling lemonade in their neighborhood. Family Promise was the fortunate beneficiary of their $1,000 donation. We are grateful for their heart and dedication. The girls plan to continue volunteering with Family Promise whenever the homeless families are scheduled to stay at St. Lukes. At this point, we have only helped with setting up the rooms and living spaces for the families, they said. However, our hope is that the next time we will get to volunteer as dinner hosts so we can eat and play with the children and the families during their week long stay. We think it is inspiring to meet the people that we are hoping to make a difference for.KEEPING THEIR PROMISEEach year,Family Promise helps more than 100 homeless families with childrenfind a path home. In 2017,the organization helped 546 individuals, or 107 families, throughits Congregational Shelter Program and Rapid Rehousing Program. The need for our services has never been greater, Anderson said. Our case management services coupledwith the compassionate assistance provided by committed volunteers make our program a unique, cost-effective solution to family homelessness. On July 12, Claire and Carmella delivered a check to Family Promise for $1,000. They have raised about $1,250 from their lemonade stands and through out-of-state family and friends. An additional $1,400 in supplies was collected, too. CC Charities is planning another lemonade stand after the school year begins It is easy to take everyday things like a safe home, a bed and a warm shower for granted, they said. Since we started noticing how many children do not have homes, we really appreciate these things so much more. These thoughts really put us in action to try and make a difference for these children, as it is not fair that they dont have a home. Both girls attend Windermere Elementary. Claire will be in fifth grade, and Carmella will be a fourth-grader in the fall. We hope (the girls story) will inspire everyone, no matter their age, to tap into their passion and start making adifference out there in ourcommunity, Dena OMalley, Claires mother, said. townhomes. The property is cur rently entitled to the development of up to 19 townhomes, Orange County Planner Jason Sorensen said. Theyre amending the PD (planned development) to change that (current entitlement for townhomes) to allow for ALF the assisted-living facility, Sorenson said. Our code allows it, because it considers it a special exception. Tara Tedrow, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A., spoke on behalf of the applicant for the project. She said only 2.8 acres of the propertys 6.55 acres are developable and that the 75-bed assisted living facility would be housed in one building. We are seeking to have our development standards in line with what would be permitted in Horizon West, Tedrow said. In our opinion, this provides a needed amenity for a community. Theres certainly a demand in the mar ket for these types of services for a certain demographic that lives in Central Florida, and were hoping to be able to provide them a comfortable, safe place to live. Many residents that attended the meeting voiced concerns of traffic that this project would bring. Tedrow said the traffic impact of building an assistedliving facility would be no different than building townhomes. We had our team run the numbers and look at what would residential (traffic) generate as opposed to an assisted living facility, and theres no difference, Tedrow said. What were asking for does not generate any more traffic based on the numbers our engineers ran versus what would be allowed by right today on the property. She said some residents at assisted-living facilities dont own a car on-site and added the project would have no impact on schools. If we had townhomes or singlefamily residential, that certainly has an impact on schools, Tedrow said. In terms of the use were requesting, there is zero impact on any of our public-school facilities. John and Ginny Rivielle live in Lakeview Pointe, near the subject property. They said they were opposed to the facility and cited traffic and effects to their property values as their biggest concerns. What is this going to do to our property values? Ginny said. It just doesnt belong there. I didnt pay the price I did for my house to live next to a nursing home. Summerlake Parkway can be backed up north of Seidel (Road) a quarter of a mile without any exaggeration to get down the park way, John said. Its not going to help (with traffic). Brian Johnson is the lead pastor of Citrus Church, which meets at Bridgewater Middle School. In my mind, there is a need in this area for care for the older generation those invested in us to get us where we are, Johnson said. We cant just be a young community; we need all ages. District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey reminded residents that just because a developer makes a request does not mean the County Commission will approve what is requested. She added that even if the change request is denied, the developer still has cur rent entitlements.Girls start homeless charityDeveloper plans new facilityCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 HOW TO HELPAnyone who wishes to make a donation to CC Charity can call (407) 580-8864 or (407) 929-0740 or email photoClaire OMalley, left, and Carmella Duell worked on ideas for their logo. pens; Great Clips, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer; Jeremiahs, Post-it Notes and index cards; Kelly & Kayden Childrens Boutique, crayons and markers; Orlando Eye Institute, three-ring binders and le folders with fasteners; Salt Scene, blunt-tip scissors and ruled ller paper; Smoothie King, spiral notebooks and composition books; Spoleto, glue sticks and glue bottles; Stretch Zone, rulers and protractors; The Joint, pencil boxes and pouches; and Windermere Shoes, dry-erase markers. The Grove is located at 4750 The Grove Drive, Or lando.NEW POLLINGLOCATIONSA number of Orange County voters will have new polling places for the 2018 elections. All voters aected by the below polling place changes will receive a new voter information card and ocial sample ballot reecting this new information. Voters can also nd their sample ballot at Polling place changes af fect the following precincts: Precinct 130 will move to Lake Whitney Elementary School at 1351 Windermere Road from Windermere Sev enth-day Adventist Church. Precinct 138 will move to Stoneybrook West Golf Club at 15501 Towne Commons Blvd. from Oasis Community Church. Precinct 140 will move to Water Conserv II Distribution Center at 17498 McKinney Road from Orange County National Golf Center. Precinct 219 will move to West Oaks Mall at 9401 W. Colonial Drive from New Life Church. Precinct 220 will move to Womans Club of Ocoee at 4 N. Lakewood Ave. from Ocoee Lakeshore Center.YOUR TOWNCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


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The change would allow for the development of up to 450 singlefamily dwelling units featuring a mix of housing types; 350 multifamily dwelling units; 200 seniorliving units; 100,000 square feet of commercial/retail; 50,000 square feet of office; a three-acre park; and 93 acres set aside for conser vation. Were asking for a mix of uses, Fitzgerald said. Weve asked for different densities (and) for single-family and multi-family, and wed like the ability to be creative about that. Wed like to have some townhomes. Wed like to have some smaller lots. The O-Town West project is proposed for an 84.32-acre property located north of Interstate 4, south of Fenton St. and east of Lake Ruby. The applicant is proposing to amend the future land-use map designation of the property from activity center mixed use, activity center residential, and low-medium density residential to Planned Development-Commercial/Medium-High Density Residential. Approving the request would allow up to 1,800 dwelling units and up to 415,142 square feet of commercial space. Weve striven very hard on compatibility to keep any of this density away from the neighbors that are to the northwest, said Jim Hall, who spoke on behalf of the project. We have everything down near interchange where it always historically has been ACMU (activity center mixed use). Although both projects would impact the Dr. Phillips community if approved, it was the Kerina Project that faced opposition. Eleven residents voiced grievances over impacts on traffic, property values and other concerns. Robert Strong is a member of the Parkside Homeowners Associations Board of Directors. He said the area in which the Kerina subject property is located is part of a transitional area between the tourist side of town and residential side. He argued that approving the project could disrupt that transitional area. Currently, as you travel up the Downtown Disney/Disney Springs-area, you can see a transition take place into the singlefamily-home areas, Strong said. That transition helps as far as noting where the tourist side and where the resident side is. Roy Messinger has been a resident of Buena Vista Woods for 21 years. He also was concerned over the Kerina projects potential impacts to the transition. The plan on the books now with the future land use the way it is now has transitions that should be kept, and we shouldnt be changing it because anything theyre asking for belongs on Palm Park way, which has the designation of ACMU (Activity Center Mixed Use), he said, referring to the projects current entitlements and the current land-use designations of the area. District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey motioned to transmit the Kerina project with a lot of reservations, she said. In its current state, theres way too many things that we dont know, VanderLey said. Im going to buy a little bit of time for us to get to the point where we all under stand it completely and we under stand what theyre proposing. Fitzgerald said she is pleased with the outcome. We understand we need to show where the specific uses are, and we will, she said. Im very pleased we got it transmitted. We always had a challenge with the homeowners there. We think the project has merit, and well work with commissioners and neighbors moving forward.Projects progressCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


ARTS + CULTURETHURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 ORANGEOBSERVER.COMERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWhen Taylor Mezime par ticipated in last years Arts After 5 summer musical, she was nervous, shy and quiet. This year, she feels more confident. Im feeling pretty good, Mezime said. Im not really that nervous this time. I think Im going to do great. Mezime is just one of dozens of children participating in the Arts After 5 programs performance of Annie Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, at the Maxey Community Center, 830 Klondike St., Winter Garden. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased at bit. ly/2vSSDyV. The production was organized by St. Lukes United Methodist Church as part of the churchs community outreach efforts and presented by the East Winter Garden Neighborhood Alliance in partnership with the Arts After 5 program in East Winter Garden. St. Lukes Associate Director of Neighborhood Ministries Ruth Berlus described how Mezimes confidence is reflected by her demeanor and work ethic. In the beginning of the auditions for this year, she came in ready (and) ready to go, Berlus said. Shes one of our hardest workers, one of our hardest actors, and shes not one of the main actors but she works so hard. She comes in every day (and) she helps encourage the kids. Mezime will be playing the role of Pepper. She said she chose that Good things can still happen here The East Winter Garden Neighborhood Alliance is presenting its third annual summer musical production July 27 and 28.IF YOU GOANNIE JR. WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28 WHERE: Maxey Community Center, 830 Klondike St., Winter Garden COST: $2 The cast of Annie Jr. comprises children of the Arts After 5 program in East Winter Garden.Photos by Eric GutierrezTaylor Mezime, left, and MyKhia Key rehearsed a scene. Aby Heemskerk worked on a set piece for the play. SEE ANNIE JR. PAGE 8


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SPORTSJULY 26, 2018 Olympia High junior Troy OToole won the 4 on the Fourth 5K July 4 in Oakland. Page 12.1 Luis Ortiz, a 2018 graduate of Dr. Phillips High, has been selected to USA Triathlons Project Podium an Olympic development training program. Ortiz was a standout for DPs swim and cross-country teams.2 Andrew Lizyness, a standout senior soccer player for Olympia High, has committed to UCF. 3 Fall registration is underway for Firestorm FC, a co-ed, not-for-prot recreation soccer league based out of Calvary Baptist Church in Winter Garden that serves surrounding areas, including Horizon West. For more information visit or email Joe Gitto at joe.gitto@ Jaylyn Whitehead, an Ocoee native and Olympia High grad, is having a strong summer ball season for the Cincinnati Steam, a team in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Whitehead, who plays college baseball for UCF, has posted a 2.39 ERA and has four wins to his credit so far this summer.5 Olympia High grad Jazmyne Gelfand has signed to continue her basketball career with Trinity College in Connecticut. The Bantams went 15-10 in 2017-18. HIGH5 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORBeing on campus at Olympia High since the schools second year of operation, Kevin McElveen has become a sort of historian for the Titans athletic programs by default. He can recall most of the schools signature moments on the playing field and rattle off names of Olympia alumni who have gone on to careers in big-time college athletics and the pros. Theres a certain passion McElveen has for the Titans, and its something he plans to lean on in his new role as Olympias athletic director. Olympia Principal Guy Swenson announced McElveen as the new athletic director July 11, replacing Aaron Crawford, whose contract was not renewed. Im highly invested in this school I know what this school can do, I know the community pretty well and Im very prideful for our kids, McElveen said. Weve got such a good reputation as an academic school, and I think sometimes people dont under stand what a great athletic program weve had here at Olympia. After working at the school for 16 years as a teacher and coach of several sports most recently leading the boys golf team since 2006 McElveen now has his fingers in every sport on campus. He came to campus from Apopka High in 2002 to help coach the Titans upstart football program and also coached boys and girls basketball and girls flag football in STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORFacing a dramatic decline in par ticipation, Ocoee Little Leagues Board of Directors and parents gather July 9 for an important meeting. There, the leagues leadership laid out a plan to transition the league which has existed since 1962 to Babe Ruth Baseball. By a 53-1 margin, those present voted in favor of that proposal, and Ocoee Little League has since been rebranded as West Orange Babe Ruth and is navigating the transition process between the two umbrella organizations. One of the main selling points that evening was that, under Babe Ruth, the new organization will be able to take youth players from as far away as Dr. Phillips, MetroWest, Windermere and Horizon West meaning youth players in Southwest Orange who have friends in the Ocoee or Winter Garden area could now play baseball together. Theres a tremendous amount of kids we have the ability to reach out to in this area to play baseball, Tom Hardy, the new leagues president, said. Ocoee Little League board members also said travel ball had become an obstacle to participa tion. The COBRA program offered by Babe Ruth, which operates as version of travel ball within Cen tral Florida Babe Ruth leagues, was cited as a possible aid to increasing participation.Tenured TitanRebranded league will extend to serve SW OrangeOcoee Little League transitioned to Babe Ruth Baseball. The new league, West Orange Babe Ruth, will accommodate a larger area, including would-be players in Horizon West, Windermere, Dr. Phillips and MetroWest. On campus at Olympia since 2002, Kevin McElveen has seen some terric Titan achievements. Here are a select few recollections that the schools new athletic director says were particularly memorable. 2004 Beating Apopka in football That was the rst year we made the playos. It was awesome I get goosebumps talking about it. It was the rst really big win at Olympia. 2009 Boys basketball beating Winter Park in state seminal That was a fantastic game. We drove over to Lakeland, and that was a lot of fun. That team home games were events. And then, heres (NBA guard) Austin Rivers (playing for Winter Park) to be able to beat them was fantastic. 2012 Baseball ranked in top ve in nation Ill never forget going out there for a game against Lake Brantley in the play os and heres (former New York Mets general manager) Omar Minaya standing over here and (baseball analyst and former executive) Steve Phillips standing over there the crowds that would come to those games to watch Jesse Winker, Connor Lien, Walker Weichel and Nick Gordon. Those games were fun. Kevin McElveen has been coaching at Olympia High since 2002 and has been present for some of the schools biggest moments in athletics. Steven RyzewskiLongtime Olympia golf coach Kevin McElveen has been promoted to athletic director for the Titans. SEE LEAGUE PAGE 12FOND MEMORIESSEE NEW PAGE 12


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The camp was a lot of fun, a lot of team bonding. At camp, you run the mountains and the little trails. We do a lot of timed runs. What are some goals you have for this fall? I would love to break 16:15. Some other personal goals would be passing some of my tests. As for the team, we have a lot of new runners. I want to build some of these kids up. How did you get started in your chosen sports? I came out of seventh grade not knowing what to do when I came into high school. I came here, and I asked one of my friends, What kind of sports do you play? He said, Cross-country and lacrosse. Im pretty sure he hates me, because I got better at both sports than him. How do you mentally approach running? I really try not to think about whats around me. I will look ahead and say, Hey, I need to get ahead of that person. ... Other than that, I sing a song to myself and have a little quote that I use. Whats your favorite subject? History and, other than that, lunch. I definitely like United States history I like to learn about the U.S. because I live in it. One of my favorite things was learning about all the presidents. How have you been spending your summer outside of training? Other than training, I cut grass to make some money I want to buy a new car and I have a couple side jobs that I work to see what I want to do out of college. Im working with a guy who does fabrication just to see if thats something I want to do down the road. I also hang out with friends and like to go mudding with some of them. Whats your favorite local food spot? Mr. Quick for breakfast. I get waffles, eggs, bacon and sausage. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SPORTS SPOTLIGHTTroy OToole is a busy guy at Olympia High. A cross-country runner who made it to state as a freshman, he also plays lacrosse and runs track for the Titans. This summer, hes kept busy, too. OToole participated in the 4 on the Fourth 5K in Oakland July 4 and was the top overall nisher across all age groups with a time of 23:44.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESTroy OToole THE BASICSAGE: 17 HEIGHT: 6 feet SCHOOL: Olympia High YEAR: Junior HOMETOWN: Windermere SPORTS: Cross-country, lacrosse, track those early years. He is a regular attendee at all of the Titans home games, and his daughter, Emma, is a standout setter for the Olympia volleyball team which made it to the state semifinals in 2017. McElveens familiarity with so many of Olympias programs across the board has set him apart from the candidates who sought the position. Kevin is an experienced coach and longtime teacher at Olympia, Swenson said in a statement. He knows our community well and will bring a wealth of experience to the role. I am excited to move in a new direction. Moving into his new role means relinquishing previous roles as the coach of the Titans talented boys golf program and as an American government teacher a bit of a bittersweet element to this new opportunity. Im going to miss (teaching) I really am, he said. I enjoy talking, and I enjoy the relationships with the kids. When youre teaching something like government, Ive learned as much from the kids over the years as theyve hopefully learned from me. In addition to hiring his replacement for the boys golf program, McElveen also will be seeking a girls soccer coach as one of his first orders of business. He has been touching base with all of his coaches on campus and said he is excited about the returning staff. Weve got good people in these positions, McElveen said. Of course, one sport that is about to be top-of-mind is var sity football. Travis Gabriel took over the program this spring, after serving as the defensive coordinator at Boone High, and the Titans new athletic director said he likes what he has seen so far from the football programs new head coach. Travis is the guy to get us back to where we used to be (in football), McElveen said. A football program kind of sways the school year. If we can get success out there on that field, I think it really helps with school spirit and everything else. McElveen brings some ideas to his new role, too, envisioning facility upgrades in the coming years and building upon the schools sponsor relationships. Most of all, though, the longtime Titan envisions having a hall of fame in place in time for the schools 20th anniversary in 2021 one that can celebrate the outstanding individuals that have come through the halls and an athletics program that has four state championships to its credit in its young history. Theres a lot to really toot our horn about, McElveen said. With Babe Ruth, we now have that travel ball option, under the Babe Ruth-umbrella, locally, Hardy said. The process for this change is just beginning. Hardy acknowledged much of the heavy lifting for the transition and starting a new entity is still to come. West Orange Babe Ruth will join other local leagues under the Babe Ruth umbrella in Altamonte Springs, College Park and Winter Park, among others. The new league will be in Florida Babe Ruth Baseball & Softballs Southern Florida District 12. Despite the name change, Hardy said the new league will still have the support of the city of Ocoee and be able to use its fields as it had as Ocoee Little League. Representatives from Florida Babe Ruth Baseball & Softball championed an increased degree of flexibility for individual leagues to make decisions and also what they said is a simpler registration process as compared to Little League. Hardy said the new league will try to keep its costs low but said costs for the fall season and beyond are still to be decided. We want to try and keep it competitive, Hardy said. We also want to be very transparent about our costs. There is no rest for the transition team, either, because the league hopes to have transition fully in time for the fall season. Ahead of their trip to Tennessee last weekend for the Little League Tournament of State Champions, the girls of the Windermere Little League Softball 10-Year-Old All-Star team got a sendo as Florida champions. Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn and others bid the girls farewell as they set out for Clarkesville, where they faced o against champions from nearby states in the Southeast. There, Windermere went 1-2, though that record does not tell the entire story. After a grueling, extra-inning thriller did not go their way in the opener July 21, the girls had to turn around and play again, dropping another close contest. Windermere closed the event on a high note, winning its nal game 11-3. STEVEN RYZEWSKICourtesy photoWindermere Mayor Gary Bruhn and the Windermere Little League Softball 10-Year-Old All-Stars are all smiles as the girls prepare for their July 20 drive to Tennessee for the Tournament of State Champions.LL GIRLS GET MAYORAL SENDOFF League will operate out of Ocoee CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11New AD settles in


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 13 278837 Eat, Play & Stay Healthy West Orange! ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Call 407-656-2121 or Visit STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORWhen West Orange and Dr. Phillips square off in football Sept. 7, Steve McHale and Nemea Hall will be on different sides of the field at Bill Spoone Stadium. McHale, athletic director for the Panthers, will be on the home sideline in his trademark Dr. Phillips polo and hat. Hall, a rising junior running back for the Warriors, will be suited up in orange and blue. Hell be doing his best to pick up first downs and touchdowns for West Orange, while McHale will be cheering on the Dr. Phillips defense to slow him down. It will be, in short, as any high-school sports rivalry ought to be. Of course, none of that changes the fact that, when one was in a time of need, the other was there to help. First, some background. Before McHale was a coach and later an athletic director, he served in the U.S. Marines Corps. On June 22, he was in El Paso, Texas, for a national conference for combat veterans. Along with several other of his fellow veterans, McHale is a motorcycle enthusiast, and so that day, he and a group went for a ride to the base of the nearby mountains, where there is a scenic overlook of the city. Thanks to a freak accident, McHale ended up in the emer gency room instead of taking in the splendor of the overlook he and his friends had sought out. As a result of the accident, his bike had slid from under him, leaving him with a fractured vertebrae in his back, a broken hand and road rash up and down both sides of his body. After spending two days in the hospital, the Panthers athletic director was cleared to travel home to Orlando, but there was an additional problem. McHale and his family, who reside in Winter Garden, were supposed to be moving to a different neighborhood in Winter Garden at the beginning of July. Eric Schwalbach, a neighbor of McHales and an active member in the local sports community, decided to help by bringing a trio of teens whom he had known through youth football to help with the move. Hall was among them. McHale has known Hall since the standout running back was in elementary school; he was in the same class as McHales daughter. A few days of Hall and company helping to move furniture and boxes provided an opportunity for McHale to catch up with the young man he had known since he was scoring touchdowns in Pop Warner football. We talked about being so talented (at football) and making the right decisions, McHale said. We talked about his GPA and stuff he can do within the community. Part of the reason college football coaches from around the country are taking an interest in Hall is he stands 6 feet tall and weights a solid 210-pounds. He boasts an athletic frame that helps him break through tackles as he accelerates down the field. As a sophomore, he was dominant running the ball, culminating in bowl-game appearance where he rushed for five touchdowns and more than 300 yards against Lyman High. He can be soft-spoken and shy outside of the game, though, and McHale wanted the community to know that there is more to the Winter Garden native than football. Hes got a big heart, and hes a great kid, McHale said. Hes helping out the athletic director of a rival high school which is unheard of in other parts. As much as anything, it was also a reminder of what the rivalry love that Orange County Public Schools Metro Conference likes to talk up actually looks like. Im really good friends with (West Orange football coach) Bob Head, and my daughter is a senior at West Orange, McHale said. I support West Orange 100% every day that theyre not playing Dr. Phillips theres a lot of friendship and camaraderie.Standout running back lends a hand to rival athletic director in time of need SIDLEINE SCENE Courtesy photoDr. Phillips Athletic Director Steve McHale and West Orange running back Nemea Hall take a break from helping McHale move to smile for a photo op.


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