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New Year's Day
at Roper YMCA
The Roper YNICA Fanul.
Center. 100 Windermere
Road. Winter Garden. is host-
Ing a festival on Monday. Jan.
1, from 11 a m. to 2 p m.
Games. face-painting, music
and a costume contest are onl1
part of the fun offered.
The tree event is open to the
at Ocoee branch
The West Oaks LibrarN in
Ocoee is hosting bedtime sto-
ies for children on Jan. 3 and
Jan. 17, both Wednesda\ s. at 7
p.m. Children are invited to
wear pajamas. bedroom slip-
pers and bring blankets. Cook-
ies and milk are served after
The Winter Garden Librar\
is hosting a series of First
Thursday Mo\ie Nights.
Movies will be sho% n at 6:30
p.m. on the first Thursday of
each month. Upcoming
mo\ ies are Jan. 4. Feb. 1 and
The library is at 805 E. Plant
Club to discuss
book by author
The Southw\est Book Club
will meet Jan. 9 from 7-8:30
p.m. to discuss Couiiroomn 302
by Steve Bogira.
For more information on the
book group. call the main li-
brary at 407-83.5-7323. Ext.
6027. Librarian Sand) NMa er
is the e'ent organizer.
planning class to
begin Jan. 3
The community is invited to
register for the Preparing for
your Wedding class at First
Baptist Church of Winder-
mere. The sikx-week program
will be offered Jan. 3-Feb. 7
at the church. 300 N. Main St..
room FLC 100, in Winder-
If you are planning a \ed-
ding or preparing for a special
event, this course \ ill help \ou
in the process. Participants will
learn easy planning steps. The
cost for the course is $30, and
Pati Andreone, a wedding co-
ordinator. is the instructor. For
more information and a reser-
\ation. call 407-876-2234.
Do you have old
The Winter Garden Lions
Club is collecting old eye-
glasses and hearing aids. The
club has set up a new drop-off
location at the Winter Garden
Heritage Foundation, located
in the Edge\water Hotel in
downtown Winter Garden.
For more information about
the project, contact Nancy
Walker at 407-489-6018 or
Join Winter Garden
The Winter Garden Heritage
Foundation is looking for new'
members. The foundation con-
sists of the Heritage Museum.
the History Center. the Cen-
tral Florida Railroad Museum
and the Garden Theatre.
For details. visit the Winter
Garden Heritage Foundation,
32 W. Plant St., Winter Gar-
den, or call 407-656-3244.
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The year in r
review, part 1
The top stories of 2006
The Building With Books Club at West Orange High School is raising funds to build schoolhouses in Fiela,
Mali, in west Africa. Members include, I-r: front, Min Jung, Janarris Respreso, Garrett Medlock, Iris Quin-
tana, Ciara Rodriguez, Marie Defendre; back, Joel Quinones, Eunice Perez, Club.President Fazal Khan,
Maday Ulloa, Rosalyn Nyugen, Tamika Willis and Lamerci Jean.
WOHS club bringing education to Mali village
By Amy Quesinberry
Fazal Khan has worked for a year
and a half to bring a club to West Or-
ange High School that will help stu-
dents in a far-away village on the oth-
er side of the Atlantic Ocean.
The WOHS senior serves as pres-
ident of Building With Books; he was
secretary of his high school chapter
in New York two years ago. BWB is
a national program, and the individ-
ual chapters promote cultural, edu-
cational and community service.
West. Orange High is raising funds
for a schoolhouse in Fiela, a small
village in Mali in west Africa.
Khan said he chose Mali because
that's the country his New York club
adopted and he was familiar with the
location and the culture. Each year, the
club president gets to select the vil-
lage. Other BWB chapters have
adopted villages in India, South
America and elsewhere in Africa..
In Fiela, education is limited, as
there are no public schools, and any
learning is done at home, said Sue
Ellen Doty, the WOHS club's facul-
"Building With Books is trying to
(See Fiela, 3A)
Ocoee lobbying School Board
on lines for new Apopka school
The elected officials
are also inviting a
'charter school guru'
back for a second
By Mary Anne Swickerath
Two hundred and fifty students are
of great concern to the Ocoee City
Commission. This is the number of
city residents the Orange County
School Board is proposing to move
out of Ocoee High to the Apopka Re-
lief High School opening next Au-
gust on North Hiawassee Road.
"I would really hate to lose those
students," said Commissioner Gary
Hood at last week's regular meeting
of the commission. "There must be
some way to work with [the School
Commissioner Joel Keller said he
had e-mailed all of the board mem-
bers and had heard back from six of
the seven members. He said he had
already had a productive meeting with
one member and would meet with-
five more df them in the week after
"Maybe there is a way to keep our
kids," he said.
Commissioner Rusty Johnson said
he felt it was important to sit down
with school system officials and ask
them to relook at the line they had
drawn through Ocoee.
"We're a good, productive city that
deals with them straight up and for-
ward like we're supposed to," said
Johnson. "They ought to give us some
credit for that."
Keller said the School Board had
to move the vote on this rezoning
from Jan. 9 (when it was originally
scheduled) to Jan. 23. The meeting
wasn't legally advertised correctly,
so it had to be readvertised and
Commissioner Scott Anderson
asked for another workshop like the
one the commissioners had last week
with State Rep. Frank Atkinsson of
Kissimmee, who described himself
as the "charter school guru in Osce-
ola County." He outlined how to con-
vert public schools to charter schools,
including ways to finance such a
change, and what would need to be
done to form a city school district sep-
arate from the county district (re-
quiring a change in the state consti-
Atkinsson was mayor of Kissim-
mee when that city formed a charter
school in 1999.
Anderson asked staff to set up an-
other meeting with Atkinsson that
would address Ocoee's possible
course of action with charter schools.
The commissioners also discussed
having a joint meeting with the
School Board members before their
Jan. 23 vote on the high-school re-
In other business, the elected offi-
reminded everyone that the Jan. 2,
2007, commission meeting has been
cancelled and that the Jan. 16 meet-,
ing will feature the State of the City
asked citizens to report any bro-
ken vehicle windows to the Ocoee
Police Department since there has
been a rash of windows shot out, pos-
sibly by BB guns.
congratulated the two Ocoee Bull-
dog Pop Warner teams, the Jr. Pee
Wee football team and the Pee Wee
cheerleading team, which competed
approved the annual school re-
source officer contract with the Or-
ange County School Board that out-
lines the Ocoee police officers' re-
sponsibilities and allows for'a reim-
bursement by the School Board for a
portion of the officers' salaries. There
are four DARE officers in the city's
elementary schools, one resource of-
ficer at Ocoee Middle School and two
resource officers at Ocoee High
approved the plat and traffic en-
forcement agreement for the first
phase of McCormick Woods, a de-
velopment of 103 single-family
homes on 48.72 acres located on the
. southwest corner'of Ingram and Mc-
approved the annexation and re-
zoning ordinances for ABC Fine
Wines & Spirits that will bring the
2.35-acre enclave on West Colonial
Drive just west of Bluford Avenue
into the city and zone the property to
C-2 (community commercial district).
The plan is to demolish the current
ABC building and rebuild a bigger
building that will make room for ad-
ditional tenant space.
S approved the annexation of
33.176 acres of land as requested by
Maine Street Parcels. The properties
within this annexation are located near
the northwest corner of Maine Street
and Chicago Avenue, south of Tiger
Minor Park and east of Richmond Av-
approved the rezoning of 9.9 acres
that are part of the proposed Foun-
tains West development; these acres
are located on the east side of Ocoee-
Apopka Road about 500 feet north of
the intersection with West Road. This
approval rezones the property from
low-density residential to commer-
also approved the planned-unit
development rezoning ordinance and
land-use plan for the 43:03 acres of the
Fountains West project but did not
allow any drive-through restaurants
in outparcels 1, 2 and 3.
agreed to add Admiral's Point
subdivision's application to those
seeking an MVP grant from the city.
accepted the final financial report
from the 2006 Ocoee Founders' Day
committee, which reported a fund sur-
plus of $1,801.45.
agreed, at the request of City Man-
ager Rob Frank, to move $200 from
the Commission Contingency Fund
to complete the Christmas lights on
Lakeshore Drive along Starke Lake.
a West Orange tradition
By Amy Quesinberry
2006 was a year of controversies:
Winter Garden's revolving door
with top staff and elected officials,
Windermere's lawsuits with lake-
front property owners, Ocoee's bat-
tle with the School Board, Oak-
land's opposition to the Lake Apop-
ka water draw and Lake County's
Marcia Cason was named the
new principal at Oakland Avenue
Charter School. She took over for
Juan Colon, who stepped down
from the seat.
A fire destroyed much of a 2,500-
square-foot playground structure at
the West Orange Trail's.Chapin
Station off West Crown Point Road
in Winter Garden. The playground
equipment was replaced in the fall.
Ocoee began studying four pos-
sible sites for a new police depart-
The Winter Garden City Com-
mission transferred ownership of
the Garden Theatre building to the
Winter Garden Heritage Founda-
tion. This allowed the theater,
which is under renovations, to con-
tinue to receive funding from the
Dr. Phillips Foundation.
Ocoee City Commissioner Dan-
ny Howell was fined $500 for vio-
lating the Florida Government in
the Sunshine law.
It was announced that the new
West.Orange High School campus
would be constructed in 2008, not
2009, due to an increased growth
in the area.
The West Orange Chamber of
Commerce recognized local resi-
dents with the Community Cham-
pion Award: Karen O'Brian of Dr.
Phillips, Telethe Wery of Gotha,
Renee Ennis of MetroWest, Betty
Wade of Oakland, Joseph Hem-
brooke of Ocoee, Gwendolyn Par-
rish of unincorporated Orange
County, Jesse Green of Winder-
mere and Betty Heidt Goodwin of
Winter Garden. ,
The city of Winter Garden hired
Gerry Clark of Georgia as its new
The Oakland Police Department
staff unanimously voted Chief Tim-
othy Driscoll as Officef of the Year.
A judge ruled in favor of Rabbi
Joseph Konikov, who fought for
five years to hold prayer meetings
in his home on Tamarind Circle in
Members of the Ocoee Fire De-
partment shaved their heads to
show their support of George Led-
ford and Amy Fulmer, two Ocoee
battalion chiefs fighting cancer.
The Winter Garden Heritage Mu-
seum hosted an exhibit of Tiffany
glass on loan from the Morse Mu-
seum in Winter Park.
A group of 50 Olympia High
School students planned to spend
their spring break assisting fellow
students in New Orleans get back to
school in the aftermath of Hurri-
cane Katrina. They repainted and
beautified schools through the Paint
As plans progressed for the Win-
ter Garden Village at Fowler
Groves shopping center, the pro-
ject was mired with controversies,
the first of which were the proposed
Olympia High teachers and stu-
dents participated in an Outrun Can-
cer event to lead into the annual
Southwest Relay For Life.
The old Oakland African-Amer-
ican Historic Cemetery was dis-
covered in an overgrown and for-
gotten piece of land when Florida
Turnpike Authority officials were
on site to discuss road-widening
plans. Betty Wade, who grew up in
Oakland and is leading a commit-
tee in the restoration effort, found
the grave of her grandfather, early
Oakland settler James W. Walker,
who died at age 37 in the 1918 flu
The Orange County Arts and
Cultural Affairs Office announced
that the Winter Garden Heritage
Foundation's Garden Theatre
restoration project topped its list of
local cultural facilities worthy of
receiving grants. The Darden
Restaurants Foundation also ap-
proved a $100,000 grant for the the-
The town of Windermere out-
lined a major stormwater project
for North Oakdale Street and a bike
path master plan.
David Warren, a seventh-grade
math teacher at Lakeview Middle
School, was named Orange Coun-
ty Public Schools Teacher of the
Tildenville Elementary School
has been nestled in a small com-
munity among brick roads and tow-
ering trees for decades, sometimes
struggling for an identity but al-
ways providing consistent educa-
tion for its students, a majority of
them Hispanic. The School Advi-
sory Council sought to change the
misperceptions at the 100-year-old
school by changing the name when
the new building was completed in
The Winter Garden City Com-
mission voted 3-2 against passing
a resolution that would have stat-
ed the city's opposition to the pro-
posed commuter rail project.
Adeline Brann was named the
new director at Westside Tech.
The Woman's Club of Ocoee
celebrated its 82nd birthday.
The Dr. Phillips Rotary Club co-
ordinated a fund-raising campaign
to enhance the physical interior of
the Southwest Library on Della
Ocoee voted to 'raise the
stormwater utility fee for many of
its customers. The fee is assessed
on a sliding scale and was to be
placed on the county tax rolls dis-
tributed each fall rather than billed
The town of Oakland took over
the reins of Oakland Avenue Char-
ter School and retained Marcia Ca-
son as the principal. This decision
was made after two management
companies failed to meet expecta-
Famed golfer Arnold Palmer's
(See 2006, 8A)
nmotO Dy ivilcnael Laval
Buildings rise at Fowler mall
Construction continued last week at Winter Garden Village at
Fowler Groves, where several buildings have already been erect-
ed. The 1.15-million-square-foot open-air shopping center is ex-
pected to open in late 2007.
2A The West Orange Times Thursday, December 28, 2006
LAWRENCE G. "LARRY" ARNOLD,
53, Winter Garden, died Dec. 21. He
was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and moved
to Central Florida in 1980. He was pre-
ceded in death by his mother, Pearl
Donaldson, and father, Gib Arnold.
Survivors: wife, Sylvia; sons, Jimmy
Clayborn, Donnie Clayborn, Michael
Bruce; daughter Tammy Clayborn; sis-
ters, Diane Sheldon, Evelyn Conant,
Jamie Donaldson, Carol Rouse. Visi-
tation was set for Wednesday, Dec.
27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Collison Carey
Hand Funeral Home, Winter Garden.
Funeral services are set for this Thurs-
day, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at Temple
Freewill Baptist Church, Winter Gar-
den, with Pastor Jeff Shaver officiating.
Interment will follow at Winter Garden
Cemetery.,Collison Carey hand Fu-
nerai Home, Winter Garden Chapel.
STEPHEN P. BARDWELL, 45,
Ocoee, died Thursday, Dec. 21. Allen-
Summerhill Funeral Home, DeLand.
BERTHA STEPHANIE BULAT, 95,
Windermere, died Wednesday, Dec.
20. Dobbs Funeral Home, Orlando.
MICHAEL F. CYCMANICK, 63, has
died. He was born in Milwaukee, Wis.
Survivors: sons, Christopher, Serbia,
Jonathan, Long Beach, Calif.; 3 grand-
sons, Trevor, Ethan, Garrett; brother,
Patrick (and Fran), Montgomery, Ala.;
nephew, Scott Cycmanick, Mont-
gomery; uncle, Donald (and Dot), Win-
ter Garden; aunts, Deloris Cook, Phyl-
lis Hillsbeck, Valerie Flanagan, Ap-
pleton, Wis. A memorial service will
be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 30 at St.
Matthews Episcopal Church, Orlan-
CHARLES RUSSELL FLYNN JR.,
56, Gotha,'died Monday, Dec. 18.
Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Lake
Ivanhoe Chapel, Orlando
WALTER FOWLER, 69, Winter Gar-
den, died Thursday, Dec. 21. Collison
Carey Hand Funeral Home, Winter
DOROTHY MAE HILL, 82, Winter
Garden, died Wednesday, Dec. 20.
She was born in Lexington, Ohio, and
had lived in Florida since 1985. Sur-
vivors: husband of 54 years, Paul F.;
son, Kenneth; daughters, Karen Car-
away, Kathleen Turner; 5 grandchil-
dren. Services were set for this
Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at
Lake Sherwood Presbyterian Church,
Balboa Drive, Orlando, with Pastor
Larry Mininger officiating. Dove Fu-
neral Home, Orlando.
ROBERT LEE HILL, 82, Winter Gar-
den, died Dec. 19. He was born in
1924. He was
and a World
War II Navy. .
Springs, Margie Marie Carver, Blue-
field, W.Va.; brother, Clifford G,, Thur-
mont, Md. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral
Home, Winter Garden.
\ESSIE MAE KEITH, 66, Winter Gar-
den, died Thursday, Dec. 21. Marvin
C. Zanders Funeral Home, Apopka.
CURTIS L. "BUD/BUDDY" LOVE
SR., 68, Orlando, died Dec. 19. He
was born and
was a truck
driver and had
of Winter Gar-
den for 22
years. He was
a veteran of
served in the
Army. He was preceded in death by
his daughter, Jackie; parents, George
Daniel "Dan" and Etta Mae; brother,
Edward Wayne. Survivors: wife of 41
years, Patsy, Orlando; sons, Ronnie,
West Palm Beach, Curtis L, Jr., Win-
ter Garden; 6 grandchildren and great-
grandchildren; brother, George Daniel
"Pete", Ocoee; sister, Barbara Ann
Watson, Ocoee. Interment will be in
Winter Garden Cemetery at a later
date. Collison Carey Hand Funeral
LARRY W. MASK, 68, Winter Gar-
den, died Dec. 23 after a lengthy ill-
ness. He was born in Pelham, Ga.,
and moved to Central Florida when he
was 1 year old. He worked as a welder
with Custom Metal Design in Winter
Garden for 28 years. He was a mem-
ber of the First Baptist Church of Win-
ter Garden. Survivors: wife, Barbara,
Winter Garden; son, Michael (and
Brenda), Oakland; daughter, Lisa (and
Maury) Alexander, Clermont; sister,
Jean (and Larry) Rignall; 4 grandchil-
dren, Troy and Meagan Alexander,
Rachel and Justin Mask. Visitation was
set for Wednesday, Dec. 27, from 7-
9 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Win-
ter Garden. Funeral services will be
this Thursday, Dec. 28, at 10:30 a.m.
at the church, with the Rev. K. Fay De-
Shae and Pastor Johnnie Neal offici-
ating. Interment will follow at the Win-
ter Garden Cemetery. American Fam-
ily Funerals & Cremations, Cassel-
CHRISTOPHENE POOLE, 74,
Ocoee, died Dec. 22. She was born
in Turner County, Ga. She came to
Central Florida in 1954 and was em-
ployed as a grader in the citrus in-
dustry. She was a member of the
Church of God, Winter Garden. Sur-
vivors: husband, Morgan "Ben"; sons,
Morgan "Benny" (and'Barbara), Ter-
ry N. (and Sylvia); daughter, Vicky E.
(and Bill) Sullins; brother, Hayward
Smith; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-
grandchildren. Visitation will be this
Thursday, Dec. 28,.from 6-8 p.m. at
the funeral home. Funeral services will
be held Friday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. in
the chapel at Collison Carey Hand Fu-
neral, Winter Garden. Interment will
follow at Ocoee Cemetery. Collison
Carey Hand Funeral Home, Winter
FRANCIS "FRANK" TURNER, 71,
Winter Garden, died Sunday, Dec. 24.
He was preceded in death by a son,
Michael Elmore; a sister; and 4 broth-
ers. Survivors: son, Buddy Elmore;
daughters, Barbara Martin, Jacki
Trowell; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-
grandchildren; brother, Kenneth. Bald-
win-Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter
Got fruit? Donate to feed the hungry
Do you have more citrus in your
back- ard than you could ever eat or
give a' ay? Here's a soluuon. On Jan.
20 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. local
residents can join the Society of St.
Andrew, local food banks and hun-
dreds of volunteers in Central Florida
to feed the hungry with local citrus.
Annual Citrus Drive events cur-
rently held in Brevard and Orange
counties provide more than 150,000
pounds of fresh citrus that would oth-
erwise go to waste.
The Society of St. Andrew is a na-
tionwide, non-profit, faith-based or-
ganization that has a vision for feed-
ing the hungry in America. It is at-
tempting to bridge the gap between
the 96 billion pounds of produce wast-
ed annual in this country and the 36
million Americans that are food inse-
Gro\. ers, packers and shippers con-
tact SoSA \ ith surplus unmarketable
produce, and SoSA contacts groups
Donate cars by Dec.
There's still timeto get a last-minute
tax deduction for 2006. Anyone who
donates an unwanted car by Dec. 31:
to Cars4Charities will be eligible for
a year-end tax deduction of at least
Donating in this manner will aid
one of more than 200 charities, in-
cluding Breast Cancer Research Foun-
dation, American Foundation for the
Blind, Florida Association of the Deaf,
Harry Chapin Food Banks,,Autism
Speaks, LifePath Hospice and Pallia-
tive Care and more. /
Those who donated their unwant-
ed car to Cars4Charities \ 1ll be eli-
gible for.a tax deduction of $500 or
'the amount for which the car is sold,
of volunteers from churches, civic or-
ganizations. Scout troops, schools and
individuals to gather, package and
transport food to agencies that feed
the hungry. These agencies include
homeless shelters, church pantries,
food banks and low-income housing
projects, to-name a few.
In 2006, SoSA recovered 1,300,000
pounds of food that would have gone
to waste and delivered it to agencies
Central Florida homeowners could
provide more than 450,000 servings of
fresh fruit to the hungry when they
donate excess from their trees. There
are several ways local residents can
participate in this endeavor:
by picking the excess fruit and de-
livering it to a drop site on Jan. 20,
S*by giving permission for SoSA
volunteers to glean fruit from the trees
on their property,. or
by volunteering for the Citrus
Drive and helping to pick and pack
31 for tax deduction
whichever is greater.
S.Cars4Charities handles the entire
donation process from start to finish.
Sign up online at www.cars4chari-
ties.org to have a vehicle picked up
free of charge, and Cars4Charities will
provide the necessary ta\ paper\\ o ik
to claim a deduction. To claim a de-
Aduction for 2006, the title must be
signed and postmarked by Dec. 31.
Cars4Charities accepts most older
cars in the greater Orlando area for
donation, regardless of whether the
vehicle runs. The car must have a clear
title, all tires inflated, no missing parts
and be easily accessible to a tow truck.
To donate or for more information,
go online or call 1-866-448-3487.
Ocoee plans parade for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The city of.Ocoee Human Rela-
tions Diversity Board will hold its
first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Uni-
ty Parade on Monday, Jan. 15.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at
Citrus Elementary School and con-
tinue down Clarke Road, ending at
the West Oaks Mall.
SGail Paschall-Bro% n of WESH
Channel 2 Ne% .s ill be the mistress
of ceremonies, and Dr. Alzo Red-
dick, a former Florida legislator, % ill
be the featured guest speaker.
Reddick is the director of Defense
Transition Ser ices at the Uni\ersi-
ty of Central Florida. He instituted
an innovative program. Soldiers to
Scholars. which recruits U.S. mili-
tary veterans and furthers their edu-
cation with goals of becoming edu-
cators. He has a master's degree in
education from Florida A&M Uni-
versity and a doctorate in education
from Nova University.
The theme for the parade will be
Awakening the Dream. A portion of
the parade proceeds will go to the
Washington, D.C. Martin Luther
King Jr. Memorial Project Founda-
For parade guidelines and a regis-
tration form;,call Dorcas Dillard at
407-694-2057 or go to
Parade sponsors include Bright
House Net' orks, Castle & Cooke,
Manheim's Florida Auto Auction.
Ne\w Destiny Christian Center. Apple
Air Conditioning & Heating. Center
State Bank. Darden Restaurants. DJ's
Auto Sales. Foley and Lardner LLP.
Orlando Federal Credit Union. St.
Pauls Piesbyterian Church. Turner
Construction, West Oaks Mall and
The Worship Center.
'The Ocoee City Commission es-
tablished the Human Relations Di-
versity Board in 2003.
St. Luke's United Methodist
Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland
Road, Orlando (just east of Winder-
mere) is one of five participating Cit-
rus Drive sites in Central Florida. Oth-
er local sites include College Park
Presbyterian and Reeves Memorial
United Methodist Church in Orlando,
Grace United Methodist Church in
Lake Mary and University Carillon
United Methodist Church in Oviedo.
All volunteers, whether dropping
off fruit or volunteering to pick and
pack the fruit, are asked to arrive at
one of the drop site at 8:30 a.m. to vol-
unteer or from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to do-
nate the fruit.
For more information on SoSa, go
to www.endhunger.org. For details on
site locations, to volunteer or give per-
mission to have fruit picked from your
trees, call Nicole Eastwood at 407-
650-1956 or send an e-mail to
NACo seeks grant
The National Association
of Counties (NACo) and the
Five Star Restoration Chal-
lenge Grant Program project
partners are currently accept-
ing applications for the 2007
Five Star Restoration Chal-
This program provides
modest financial assistance on
a competitive basis to support
community-based wetland, ri-
parian and coastal habitat
Begun in 1997, the Five Star
Restoration Challenge Grant
Program is a partnership be-
tween NACo, the National
Fish.and Wildlife Foundation,
the Wildlife Habitat Council
and is made possible with sup-
port from the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency and
the newest program partner,
Southern Company and its op-
erating companies Georgia
Power, Alabama Power, Gulf
Power and Mississippi Pow-
In 2006, 39 out.of 126 ap-
plicants from across the coun-
try received grants averaging
$13,000. The deadline for a
new grant 'application is
For information on how to
apply, and examples of past'
Five Star projects, call Erik
Johnston at 202-942-4246 or
.sistance (under water quality).
in Operation SUD
by Ocoee police
On Wednesday, Dec. 20, the
Ocoee Police Department and
agents from the State Division of
Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco
conducted Operation SUD (Stop
This joint operation sent under-
cover, underage buyers into con-
venience stores and gas stations
throughout the city to purchase al-
cohol and tobacco products without
These underage operatives in-
cluded Ocoee Police Explorers and
Out of 25 businesses that were
entered, only seven sold alcohol to
These establishments were: Cir-
Bread of Life project:
needs old cell phones
If you have an old cell phone, Bread
of Life would like to have it. This non-
profit organization sends them to be re-
cycled and then given to people in sit-
uations where they may need to call for
Bread of Life then uses the check
from the recycling company to buy
food for the needy.
Phones can be dropped off at Ace
Hardware (Winter Garden and Cler-
mont), Crawford Tire (Ocoee), Mer-
cantile Bank (Winter Garden) or St.
Pauls Presbyterian Church (Ocoee).
For more information, call Bread
of Life at 407-654-7777.
Meadow Marsh, the former Tilden
Estate house at 940 Tildenville School
Road in Winter Garden, is available for
community meetings and events.
The house, listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, is owned
by Castle & Cooke. This unique venue
is available without charge for not-
for-profit community organizations.
For more information or to reserve
Meadow Marsh, call Linda Begley at
Rent Tanner Hall
Tanner Hall on Lake Apopka is
available for rental for events on week-
ends and weekdays. For details, call the
Winter Garden Recreation Depart-
ment at 407-656-4155. The Tanner is
at 29 W. Garden Ave.
Residents and organizations can rent
the Oakland meeting hall on North
Tubb Street. Rental includes use of
the kitchen facilities and a seating ca-
pacity of 108.
To download a rental contract and
price list, go to www.oaktownusa.com
and click on "meeting hall facility."
For information, call Oakland Town
Hall at 407-656-1117.
set for Jan. 9-10
CholestCheck Corporation is spon-
soring a free diabetes screening from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan.'9-10 at Kmart,
7603 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando.
Other blood tests to evaluate choles-
terol levels, liver function, H. Pylori,
thyroid function, PSA and blood types
will be offered with results available
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Employees of the six establish-
ments were arrested and cited with
notices to appear for selling alcohol
to a minor, a second-degree mis-
demeanor, carrying a maximum
penalty of 60 days in jail and/or a
Police reported that an arrest was
made at BP Beverage with a juve-
nile release agreement being issued
to the seller who was 16 years old.
According to police, BP Bever-
age had multiple violations, and the
State Division of Alcoholic Bev-
erages and Tobacco cited the store
for non-compliance with its tobac-
co signage. An administrative case
will be opened concerning the es-
Court dates were given to all ar-
OFD weekly report
The Ocoee Fire Department re-
sponded to 82 calls for assistance
during the period of Dec. 14-20:
Winter Garden Fire Chief John Williamson displays the award for EMS
excellence he received from Richard Morrison, chairman of the Or-
ange County EMS Advisory Council.
Winter Garden fire chief honored
Winter Garden Fire Chief John
Williamson was recently awarded the
Charles C. Hall Award for EMS Ex-
cellence by the Orange County Emer-
gency Medical Service Advisory
The honor is awarded annually -to
a local administrator in the emer-
gency response or hospital field who
has shown outstanding leadership in
achieving EMS excellence. The
award is named after Dr. Charles C.
Hall, who was one of the first medi-
cal directors for Orange County. He
was a pioneer and advocate of pre-
hospital emergency medicine in the
Dr Hall showed his dedication by
Mark A. Lombardo,
allowing the first paramedics and
emergency medical technicians in
Orange County to function under his
Williamson accepted the award
from Richard Morrison, chairman of
the EMS Advisory Council.
Williamson credits his success on be-
ing surrounded by great people in the
city of Winter Garden and others who
make up the local EMS system.
These men and women have dedi-
cated their lives to helping people in
all types of emergencies.
The city of Winter Garden is for-
tunate to have such a dedicated lead-
er as Williamson at the helm of the
Fire Rescue Department.
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Thursday, December 28,.2006 The West Orange Times 3A
Water quality study on Butler Chain of Lakes
to be presented Jan. 10 at Windermere Town Hall
F- '" -. ,- O- -
Children in the village of Fiela in Mali,.west Africa, will be able to attend school thanks, in part, to a new club
at West Orange High School.
,build a school so everyone can go to
Schooll" Doty said.
SThe construction project, whichis
funded by several BWB chapters,
should be completed within a few
This is the first BWB chapter at
West Orange and, according to Doty.
,the first in Florida.
"I sn ore 1 would never be a spon-
*-sor of another club. until I met Fazal."
.Doty told The West Orange Times.
"'Because of his past successes with
'BWB. he is very motivated, and we
'are benefiting from his leadership."
Khan said there are approximate-
ly 36 students involved in the club.
In the new\ year. club members are
\working on several fund-raising ac-
tiities, including a bake sale next
month in the school Commons. In-
formation packets are also available
,that explain the schoolhouse project
,and how\ to make a donation.
For each $13 raised. BWB can pur-
chase one window for the building. A
Alert for potential
The Orange Countr Health
Department is informing the
communitN that the Childhood
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Program has issued a con-
sumer product alert and recall
on several items. Parents and
caregivers should be a%% ard of
the potential dangers of these
products especially during this
season of gift giving.
Lead poisoning can affect
nearly every system in the
body. Because lead poisoning
often occurs with no obvious
symptoms, it frequently goes
unrecognized. Lead poison-
ing can cause learning dis-,
abilities, behavioral problems. '
and at very high levels..
seizures, coma and even
"Parents and caregivers
play an important role in,
maintaining their children's
.. health and pre\ enung lead ex- .
said Dr. Kevin NM. Sherin. di-
rector of the Orange County
Health Department. "Frequent
hand washing. especially be-
fore meals, naps and bedtime
is important in preventing lead
Recently recalled products
Fun Express children's
toys given away at libraries,
Atico International LSA
nine-foot patio umbrellas.
children's Powerpuff Girls
Lifetime Brands Inc.
children's butterfly neck-
laces by U.S. Toy Co.,
Land of Nod furniture and
*children's mood necklaces
and di\a necklaces.
Consumers should stop us-
ing recalled products imme-
diately If the recalled prod-
uct \was purchased, the con-
sumer should return the prod-
uct to the store \\here pur-
chased for a full refund or re-
For more information, go to
the Florida Department of
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(www.doh.state.fl.us) and ac- ;
cess the Childhood Lead Poi-
soning Prevention link.
hundred dollars will buy 10 desks
and chairs, $130 buys a door, and
with $500, "you can get all the bricks
necessary to build the school," Doty
When she agreed to serve as the
sponsor, Doty said, she saw the club
as an opportunity that could change
the lives of the high-schoolers, as
well as the students in Mali.
"I have a lovely Haitian student
who has been in this country only
two )ears. and she is selling candy
in her neighborhood and has raised
over $75 injust cn o weeks," she said.
"Another student has gotten a dona-
tion from her aunt, who owns a Mex-
ican restaurant on Plant Street."
West Orange forwards the money
to the BWB headquarters in Con-
Khan said the new club is trying
to get its name out and is hoping to se-
cure some sponsorships in the com-
"I thought it would be a good idea
(Continued from front page)
to get [the club] started," Khan said.
"It took me about a year and a half
to get the OK from Orange. County'
Public Schools and school adminiis-
SThe club meets monthly and will get
together after school Jan. 3, the first.
day back from the holiday break.
"WhatI love about the club," Doty
said, "is that it is an interesting com-
bination of kids who are used to be-
ing in clubs alongside students who
have never joined a club before; they
just liked the idea of helping to build
a school in Africa.
"Many of these students, even
though they may not always love be-
ing in school, perhaps may, by help-
ing students halfway across the world
gain an education, become more ap-
preciative of what they have here and
begin to see the value of learning."
For more about Building With
Books, go to ~vww.buildingwith-
books.org. To reach Sue Ellen Dotv.
call her at WOHS at -107-905-2400.
CITY OF WINTER GARDEN, FLORIDA
NOTICE OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
FUTURE LAND USE CHANGE
The Ci Comrmt sion of Winter Garden. Flcnda. proposes ic. adopt ithe following ordi-
1. ORDINANCE 06-35 (Dreyfus Property LSCPA)
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FUTURE LAND USE LMAP OF THE CITY OF WIN-
TER GARDEN'S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND
USE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY GENERALLY DESCRIBED AS
27 32 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 355 SOUTH NINTH STREET FROM OR-'
ANGE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL TO CITY INDUSTRIAL PROVIDING FOR AN EF-
FECTIVE DATE tDreyfus Property LSCPA
2. ORDINANCE 06-37
(Session-Schneider-Ross, (Southstar) Property LSCPA)
,AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FUTURE LAND LSE MAP OF THE CITY OF ,IN-
TER GARDEN'S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND
USE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY GENERALLY DESCRIBED AS
79 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF COUNTY ROAD 5145, AND
NORTH OF BLACK LAKE FROM OILRNGE COUNTY RUR4L TO CITY SUBURBAN
RESIDENTIAL, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Session-Schneider-Ross,
iSouthstari Propem LSCPA)
A public hearing before the Planning and Zorung Board on these ordinjnces will be held
on January 8. 2007 at 6.30 p m in the Con-ssuion Chambers located at City of \inter Gar-
den Clt Hall. 251 W. Plant Street. Winter Garden. Flonda. If approved by the Planning
Sand Zoning Board another public hearing to consider uansrmnmng these ordinances toI he
Department of Communiry .Affair, tor re%\ le% %n II be held b\ the City C-.rnmnuison on Jlnm
uary 25. 2007 at 6.30 p m .-anner Hall located at 29 West Garden A enue. Winter Gar-
Comprehensive Plan Amendment will change the land use of the properties identified on.
the map below.
he public: hearing Anl persons .il hdihubies reedin spe iil jaLC imod u n Ph ul *jbmnl i-l
Garden City Hall or b, conucting Regina MkGrmder at 656-41 I l'e\t 2m12, 270 ',e1i Plani Sr Win.
tel Garden. FL 34787 [or mo:re inlrmeillor Inleri ,ld parties mae appear al [he meeting anJ be hrI rt
regarding Ihls ordlnunce An? perisons n ihlrg Io appeal a deei: io cii the Ct5) comm,!.c.n ,should e'.
sire thdl a merbltlm rhcorl O[ Ihe pioceedrrg. i. indne W'illln ,omrmmnti II be .deeledtl before or at
Ihe pabll hearing An) rerrons w-th dllehihlen, neellng ,r'eal ,mmmodjti~l,, thldJ ;,bmlL i t ad-
len reiqelt to the Planning & Zoinmg Deparimenl. 270 W. Plan Sl \.hinier Garden. FL 3417? or phone
0-1716' 6.411 1. E\ 2312 ji least -18 hecii, prior In tre e mrcefing
Dr. Harvey Harper, president of
Environmental Research and Design
Inc., will present the results of a study,
the Butler Chain of Lakes Hydrolog-
ic/Nutrients Budgets and Manage-
ment Plan, on Wednesday, Jan. 10,
from 6-9 p.m. at Windermere Town
Hall. The study analyzes historical
and current water quality data and
calculates nutrient budgets for each
of the 11 connected lakes in the But-
ler Chain of Lakes. This is a com-
munity presentation and the public is
Environmental Research and De-
sign conducted this study for. Orange
County Environmental Protection Di-
vision in 2005 and 2006.
The study includes the evaluation
of hydrologic dynamics, surface and
groundwater nutrient loadings, as well
as sediment nutrient analysis. All the
data collected was used to develop
the hydrologic/nutrient budgets for
each lake system and an overall wa-
tershed-water quality model.
Harper will present the results of
Arts in the Atrium
at Health Central
Arts in the Atrium at Health Cet-
tral will be held Jan. 18-19 and is
open to the community. Each artist
is asked to donate one piece of their
work to the Health Central Founda-
tion to be placed in a silent auction
Jan. 18 at West Orange Chamber of
Commerce's Business After Hours.
This is in.place of charging artists
for booth space to sell their work.
Money raised will support further
improvements to the hospital ser-
vice, as well as the School Nurse
For registration and information,
data evaluation and provide specific
recommendations for stormwater and
base-flow treatment options, includ-
ing recommendations for changes to
existing ordinances and improve-
ments to'existing nutrient treatment
systems throughout the watershed.
.He will also discuss how dirt roads,
septic systems, individual property
and shoreline management practices,
boating and related recreational uses
and wetland interactions impact the
For more information on the study
or the meeting, call Sergio Duarte at
the Orange County EPD (407-836-
1400) or send him an e-mail at Ser-
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NOTICE OF MUNICIPAL ELECTION
AND CANDIDATE QUALIFYING
Pursuant to Florida Elections Laws, Chapter 100, Section 100.021 and Ocoee Code
of Ordinances, Section 5-13, notice is hereby; given by the City of Ocoee, Flori-
da that an election will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in the City of Ocoee for
.the purpose of electing the Mayor and two City Commissioners for three year
terms, one (1) Commissioner from District Three and one (1) Commissioner from
District One. Candidates for these offices must Qualify by filing qualifying pa-
Spers and fees with the City Clerk during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
beginning at noon on January 19, 2007, and ending at noon, January 26, 2007,
at City Hall, 150 North Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, Florida. The fee for qualifying
for the office of Mayor is $145.00 and for the office Commissioner is $90.00. There
will be two polling locations in the City of Ocoee, at Jim Beech Recreation Cen-
ter, 1820 A. D. Mims Road and the Ocoee Community Center, 125 North Lake
Shore Drive. Polling places will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00
p.m. onTuesday, March 13, 2007. Those electors who need to cast an absen-
tee ballot for this election must contact the Orange County Supervisor of Elections
either by writing to Supervisor of Elections, P O Box 562001, Orlando, Florida
32856-2001 or by calling (407) 836-2070 and requesting an absentee ballot. City
of Ocoee residents who currently are registered to vote in general elections are
registered for this city election. However, those citizens who have recently moved
into the City of Ocoee (or who have moved within the City) should check with the
Orange County Supervisor of Elections to be sure their registration shows a cur-
All eligible citizens are urged to take part in this election process. If you are 18
years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of the City of Ocoee and of the specific Dis-
trict of any office being sought, have not been adjudicated mentally incapacitat-
ed with respect to voting in Florida or any other state, have not been convicted
of a felony without your civil rights having been restored pursuant to law, and do
not claim the right to vote in another municipality, please be aware that you have
a right to be registered to. vote in this election and the books will close for such
registration on February 12, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. Please contact the City Clerk's
Office for more information at 407-905-3105.
Beth Eikenberry, CMC, City Clerk, City of Ocoee December 28, 2006 & Jan-
uary 11, 2007
4A The West Orange Times Thursday, December 28, 2006
In our opinion
Thank you to everyone who supported Reading Reindeer
Once upon a time eight years ago The
West Orange Times started asking readers to do-
nate new books for gifts for children at Christ-
mastime. We received a terrific response. Again
this year, you came through and Reading Rein-
deer has met its book goal. This week, the totals
or this annual book drive for literacy exceeded
4,000 new books for children
and $1,515 to buy books for
Health Central newborns.
In recent weeks, the Times
highlighted some of the local .
programs that received the
Reading Reindeer books. All
of these programs provide ,,;
help to improve children's
reading skills. They include:
Head Start at Maxey El-
Play and Learn Day .
the Reach Out and Read
Program at the Winter Gar-
den Children's Health Clin-
'West Orange Times' st
whn hnads the Reard
the after-school tutoring looks through the st
program at the West Orange ously given this year
Christian Service Center
the Migrant Early Intervention Program of Or-
ange County Public Schools
the Center for Drug Free Living.
Books were also distributed to youngsters
through Toys For Tots in Need in Ocoee, Toys
For Needy Children in Winter Garden, the po-
lice departments' Toys for Tots in Windermere
and Oakland, and the parents of all babies born
at Health Central.
Book gifts are accompanied by tips to parents
that explain the importance of reading to chil-
dren, including infants and toddlers, through a
partnership with the Adult Literacy League.
According to scientific data, appropriate nur-
turing can increase a child's IQ by 10 or more
points. There is no definite way to quantify the
impact of putting these Reading Reindeer books
now more than 25,000 do-
nated volumes plus nearly
S8,000 purchased with dona-
tions into the hands and
homes of our children.
The good news is that
-sM .-- many more West Orange
County homes now have the
S beginnings of children's li-
braries. The Times believes
this annual campaign will
have far-reaching effects on'
-- future generations.
Thanks you to all who have
helped Reading Reindeer de-
liver more than 25,000 books
to West Orange children.
.They are on their way to find-
Seing a life filled with reading
af writer Kathy Aber, and the doors that it opens.
ing: Reindeer drive,
cks of books gener- Also, thank you to all The
)y faithful donors. West Orange Times staffers
who volunteered their time
to make the ninth Reading Reindeer drive an-
other huge success. Our team spent many hours
moving, sorting, labeling and distributing thou-
sands of books. A special thank you to Kathy
Aber who brought the idea for the Reading Rein-
deer to the newspaper eight years ago and has or-
ganized and leads the drive every year. Without
her hard work. and dedication, there would be
no Reading Reindeer. In fact, in many respects,
she is the Reading Reindeer.
From our archives
70 years ago.
Nell larr Minor. a recent bride of the well-known
"Baseball Tige." \ as honoree at a lovely party given by
Dorothy Minor at her parents' home in Ocoee.
40 years ago
Tom Craddock. manager of the Winter Garden Inn,
displayed a large cardboard cutout ofO.J." Santa form-
ing the background for the speaker's table.at the Christ-
mas party for the Roper Enterprises.
Gary Youngblood and Jackie Phillips were crowned
Mr. and Mrs. Merry Christmas of1966 at the annual,
Lakeview High School Christmas dance.
A great deal of new construction has been completed
in Winter Garden and the immediate vicinity during the
past year. The FMC Corporation on Story Road has just
opened, the Winter Garden Inn was completed in May.
the West Orange Country Club is nearing completion,
Maryland Fried Chicken opened a branch on Highway
50, John Lamb Chevrolet is building a new facihtl on
Highway 50 and the Tanner Building on Dillard Street
that houses several professional people was completed
35 years ago
An era ends: Howard "Doc" Tibbals announced that
he has sold all remaining interest in Tibbals' Rexall
Drugs to his junior partner, Jim Hendrix.
The Winter Garden Times is launching a new busi-
ness called Times Printing. Modem offset printing equip-
ment now makes it possible to offer small-quantity pro-
fessional printing at economical prices.
Carl Patterson, manager of the office of Windermere-
Bay Hill Gale Associates Realtors, presented the Hon-
or Sales Award for outstanding sales for 1971 to Jewell
25 years ago
A major press conference held at the Bay Hill Coun-
try Club was the scene for the announcement of Orlan-
do Regional Medical Center's plan to construct a health
complex in the rapidly expanding area of southwest Or-
20 years ago
City of Orlando and Orange County officials and many
other n\ ited guests gathered in Avalon to take par in the
opening celebration for the Southwest Orange County W\a-
ter Reclamation Project, a $180 million system for using
highly treated wastewater for citrus irrigation.
To Our Readers: The past year has been one of excit-
ing growth for West Orange. New landmarks such as
Isleworth, Deer Island, Phillips Place and Windermere
Country Square have set a high standard of quality. An
increasingly cooperative spirit has developed among the
neighboring communities -- we frequently find mayors
Bob Barb6r of Winter Garden, Tom Ison of Ocoee and
Kim Barley of Windermere working together in behalf
of common goals. Our new managing editor, Mary Anne
Swickerath, deserves special thanks and praise for the
Exemplary job she has been doing.
PUBLISHER ................ Andrew Bailey
,EDITOR ...... Mary Anne Swickerath
Kathy Aber, Gall Dressel,
Michael Laval, Amy,Queslnberry
Janna Crouch, Karen Shlpp
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To the Citizens of Winter Garden:
I am compelled to write this letter after recent
comments made by Doug Guetzloe, [former Winter
Garden City Commissioner] Rod Reynolds and a
very small group who seem to oppose everything
the city does. Guetzloe claimed that a decision by the
commission to negotiate the sale of 114 E. Plant
Street, the old Rainbow Supermarket property, to
the Downtown Winter Garden, LLC (DWG, LLC)
was based on a "behind-closed-doors, smoke-filled-
room giveaway." Reynolds claimed the decision
"doesn't look kosher." It appears they are upset that
members of the Roper family are members of the
DWG, LLC. Normally, I would ignore their com-
ments; however, this time, negative comments have
been made questioning the integrity of our com-
mission, local businessmen, community leaders and
staff, and I feel obligated to respond.
The plan to select a developer for the property
based on the quality of the project to be built on site
as opposed to price was discussed at a public meet-
ing on October 27, 2005. This plan is easily justified,
as the primary purpose for redevelopment within a
Community Redevelopment Agency district is the
long-term viability of the district and to prevent the
recurrence of slum or blighted areas. Rod Reynolds
stated at the meeting that he was "OK" with the
We advertised our intention to sell the property
twice in the Orlando Sentinel and once in The West
Orange Times. We notified 30 developers, many
with a local presence, and requested that they sub-
mit proposals. Two proposals were submitted. Both
were good proposals, so we moved forward with
the process. At a public meeting, a selection com-
mittee made up of me, the city's Economic Devel-
opment director and the chairman of the Community
Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board (CRAAB)
selected the best proposal. At the November com-
mission meeting (another public meeting), the se-
lection committee requested that the City Commis-
sion authorize staff to negotiate the sale of the old
Rainbow property.iwith the DWG, LLC. This item
was included in the agenda distributed many days be-
fore the meeting, both proposals were available for
public review, and the commission was provided
with copies of both proposals. Clearly, this process
was anything but a closed-door process.
Reynolds' claim that "only a small group of peo-
ple keep ending up with the property that the city dis-
poses of" is ridiculous. In my 10 years with the city,
I can remember only-two pieces of property that the
city disposed of, one piece to West Orange II, LLC
- no relationship to Downtown Winter Garden LLC
or the Roper family and the other piece to Don
. The West Orange Times encourages letters to
the editor on a variety of local, state or national
issues. We feel it is an important part of our mis-
sion as a community newspaper. Letters to the ed-
itor do not have to represent our opinion, and many
To make things clearer for our readers, the fol-
lowing is our letters-to-the-editor policy:
Letters must be signed and include the writ-
er's address and phone number or e-mail address.
Only the city or town of the writer will be printed,
not the addresses or phone number.
Rodgers, a landlord in East Winter Garden. The fact
is, there is no small group of people in Winter Gar-
den receiving special treatment. Furthermore, con-
trary to the desires of the small group of people who
seem to oppose everything, the Ropers have as much
right as anyone to participate in our ongoing down-
town renaissance. They have been contributing mem-
bers of our community for quite some time, which
is more than I can say for those who seem to be
more comfortable complaining rather than working'
to build a better place for all of our citizens.
As for Reynolds' comment "[I am] bitter that I
don't get to play," he was more than welcome to-
submit a proposal. He did not. Reynolds did ap-
proach the city earlier with two partners to express
their interest in the Rainbow property; however,
they wanted to refurbish the existing building, which'
was clearly not in the best interest of the city. Staff
felt it was important that the old building be de-
molished and a new building be built to enhance
our downtown. I recently asked one of the partners
about their plan for the property, and he told me that
they could not make the numbers work. He did state
unequivocally that they were treated fairly by the
We are currently negotiating the sale of the prop-
erty with the DWG, LLC. First and foremost, we
are working to ensure that the proposed building
fits in with the rest of the downtown while being a
gateway to the downtown district. They have al-
ready agreed to reduce the height from four stories
to three. After we agree on the final project, if we
do, then we will negotiate price. We are convinced
that the fair market value of the property is signif-'
icantly higher than the appraised value, and we will
negotiate the price accordingly. Even if staff is able
to negotiate a deal with the DWG, LLC, the City
Commission will have final approval, and I am sure
they will base their decision on the quality of the
proposed project and the sales price of the land.
The Rainbow property site is a critical compo-
nent of our downtown revitalization. It is the gate-
way to downtown Winter Garden, and our intention
from the very beginning has been to select a pro-
ject that is best for Winter Garden. Furthermore, I
am confident that this has been the motivation of
staff, the chairman of the CRAAB and the City Com-
.mission. Clearly, the facts and our actions speak
louder and truer than the words of those who seem
to be more concerned with personal agendas than
what is best for the city.
In conclusion, Winter Garden is a great place to
live, and if we work together, it will only get better.
Winter Garden City Manager
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Thursday, December 28, 2006 The West Orange Times 5A
Westside Tech and Target offer students vision for the future
By Edith Mosley d 1- -~~-
Corcoran Construction receives national honor
"Which is clearer one or two,
three or four," asked Dr. Noel Hen-
ry of the West Colonial Drive Tar-
get Optical Department. With these
questions, Henry guided six Westside
Tech students through free eye ex-
aminations as part of Target's
Hometown Day on Dec. 4.
Peter Bruton, Target optical de-
partment manager, optician Grego-
ry Hughes and Henry provided glau-
coma screenings, eye examinations,
fittings and new eyewear.
,"We are so happy to have our part-
nership with Target," said Addie
Brann, Westside Tech director.
"Through this activity, their optical
department and Westside reached
out to the community and assisted
students toward a clearer vision, both
daily and, we hope, with their fu-
Hughes explained to the students
the three "O's" of the optical field -
optician, optometrist and ophthal-
"The optometrist is a doctor who
specializes in vision problems," he
said. "After giving an eye examina-
tion, this '0' may prescribe specta-
cles, contact lenses, low-vision aids,
vision therapies and medications for
certain eye diseases. Once the ex-
amination is completed and the pre-
scription is written, the second 'O'
enters the picture.
"The licensed optician makes and
adjusts optical aids, such as eyeglass
lenses from prescriptions supplied
by an ophthalmologist or op-
"The third 'O' is the ophthalmol-
ogist, a medical doctor who spe-
cializes in the diagnosis and treat-
ment of medical and surgical prob-
lems related to eye diseases and dis-
orders," he continued. "This is the
Not only did the team at Target
provide these examinations and eye-
wear. the participated in a nation-
al annual dri\e to service 25,000
people across the United States. The
optical team members also participate
in outreach programs to other coun-
tries, donating time and services.
Westside Tech is located at 995
E. Story Road in Winter Garden. For
more information about the school's
technical and business technology
programs. call 407-905-2000.
Suzanne Cavalluzzo (left), a Westside Tech veterinarian technician
student, gets a vision check from Peter Bruton, optician and optical
department manager at Target.
Dawn Randall of Westside Tech orders her eyewear from optician Gre-
gory Hughes at Target.
Dr. Noel Henry prepares to examine the vision of David Collazos, a
Westside Tech cosmetology student.
Winter Garden company Cor-
coran Construction recently re-
ceived an Honor Award from the
National Association of Church
Design Builders (NACDB), an
organization that provides infor-
mation on the planning, design
and construction of churches and
Corcoran Construction re-
ceived the award for Best Ancil-
lary Facility for its work on Peo-
ple of Faith Lutheran Childcare
Learning and Worship Center in
Winter Garden. The NACDB rec-
ognizes select members for out-
standing achievement in planning,
design and construction.
"The NACDB serves as a re-
source for church design build-
ings and executives to come to-
gether in one venue, and our
awards provide and excellent op-
portunity to recognize outstand-
ing achievements," said Tobey
Van Wormer, NACDB executive
director. "Corcoran Construction
has clearly demonstrated its com-
mitment and understanding of
successful and effective church
design and construction. We're
very pleased to honor these
NAI Realvest negotiates
Winter Garden lease
NAI Realvest in Maitland re-
cently negotiated a renewal lease
agreement for 7,500 square feet
of office-warehouse space at
Carter CommerCenter, located at
905 Carter Road in Winter Gar-
Michael Heidrich, a principal at
NAI Realvest negotiated the trans-
action for Carter CommerCenter
landlord and developer Small Bay
Partners. Winter Garden-based
Total Living Concepts leased
spaces in suites 220, 230, 240 and
Scott Loughridge presents a Best Ancillary Facility award from the
National Association of Church Design Builders to Lee Corco-
ran, left, president of Corcoran Construction.
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Wow! My Christmas was awesome! I hope
you had an awesome Christmas too! We
thought we might have to have our Christ-
maL nece ,ul orn O:ur deck. bail disit would h.]h e
been a real meis lh tihe nast', weatherr \We
.ere Iinall', able icleir enough pacce in the
>coniltrlcuhin cha,: io haIe a real nee U ith
light and o:.mirnen.i and e\er, thing. ilUt h[ke
we always do! And we got to bake cookies
and sweet potato pies and even made a gin-
geibread house... pretty good display of con-
fectionary architecture, if may say so myself.
There was one thing that I really, really, re-
ally wanted for Christmas... a digital camera.
I researched online, I looked in the paper ev-
ery week for pricing, I dragged Mom into
camera stores. Well, guess what.:. Grandma
got one for me! I could hardly wait for. the
battery to charge! I took pictures and made
movie shorts all day...hey that gives me an.
idea... maybe I could graduate from writing
Mom's real estate column to taking pictures
for the paper... HINT! HINT!
Anyway, itwill soon be 2007, and abig year
it is sure to be. I will turn 10... double dig-
its... cool! And then there's-5th grade loom-
ing on the horizon... my last year.before, ugh,
middle school. I have a New Year wish for my
Mom and that is for the real estate market to
get better soon! Don't forget that if you need
to buy or sell real estate in 2007, that my.Mom
is the best real estate agent in the whole world
(and a pretty good cookie-baker too!), so you
be sure to call her,
OK?! She'll be back here next week to take
over the column again and give you all sorts
of great tips about real estate. In the mean-
time, she wants me to wish you all a very
Happy New Year! Bye for now... Happy
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6A The West Orange Times Thursday, December 28, 2006
Alauna McMillen, Barbara Roper and Becky Stafford attended the Or- walked away with a grant worth $500,000 for the Garden Theatre
ange County Board of County Commissioners meeting Dec. 19 and restoration project.
The Winter Garden Heritage.
Foundation has received a grant
worth $500,000 for the.Garden
Theatre restoration project. The
Orange County Board of County
Commissioners presented the
check at its Dec. 19 meeting. Alau-
na McMillen, Barbara Roper and
Becky Stafford. all representing
the foundation and the theater,
were on hand to accept the large
The money represented a three
percent return of $22 million in
tourist development tax-funded
projects. The large replica of the
check w\ill be on display at the
Winter Garden History Center in
the Edgew ater Hotel.
Construction of the theater is
progressing rapidly. Passersby can
see major changes happening in
the facade and infrastructure daily.
During 2007. decisions about the
decor and programming w ill be re-
vealed. Plans call for the theater to
be operational in early 2008.
Donations are still being accept-
ed for the $3 million project, and
monetary gifts of all sizes can
make a difference to the project.
Approximately $750.000 is still
needed to reach the goal.
The foundation is asking the
community to consider a year-end
gift or pledge to help bring the the-
ater alive. Pledge forms can be
http: ,wiww\w.ghf.org aboutgt.htm
Roper also represented Orange
County Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Arts and Education Committee.
which received $100,850 to fund
projects, ensuring access to arts for
to theater project
students and community members.
Other arts project receiving funds
Orlando Museum of Art's Paths to
Impressionism and Architecture of
the Quilt, $160.000
Enzian Theater's 2007 Florida
Film Festival. $160.000
Orlando Fringe's 16th Orlando
International Fringe Fesnval, $70,000
Orlando Ballet's production of
Swan Lake. $160.000
Orlando Science Center's Otron-
icon: Celebrating Art & Science.
The Association to Preserve the
Eatonville Communitr's 18th ZORA!
Orlando Opera's Audience De-
'elopment Utilizing ladaine But-
Mennello Museum's Cassait to
Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Fes-
tival's Harriett Lake Festival of New
Orlando Repertory Theatre's
Summer Family Theatre Festival,
Mad Cow',s 5th Orlando Cabaret
Orlando Repertory Theatre. ren-
o' nations to existing space. $350,000
City of Orlando. renovations to
Carr Centre for Performing Arts. $91,
Orlando Science Center, Chil-
dren's Museum. $385,006
Ct\ Arts Factory. second-floor
Orlando Arts Getaw ay. group tour
promoters, received $100.000. and
Arts Education. Access to Arts for
All. was aw arded $100,850.
Kiwanis heats up Veranda Park
with chili cook-off charity event
Lending a hand
Members of the West Orange Civitan Club recently gathered at Health
Central Park in Winter Garden to write, address and mail Christmas
cards for the residents of the facility. Civitan members visited residents
in their rooms and sitting area to write special messages in the cards
for their friends and loved ones. Above, Civitan President Cindy Bak-
er pauses with residents Sharon Lyons and Odessa Lyons after writ-
ing Christmas cards.
Commissioner plans health awareness day
Winter Garden City Commis-
sioner Charlie Nlae Wilder is
hosting her first Community
Health Awareness Symposium.
Wilder invites all residents of
Winter Garden and the sur-
rounding communities to take
advantage of the free health
awareness day Saturday, Jan. 6.
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the
Maxey Community Center. 830
Klondike St.. Winter Garden.
The event was planned to raise
the health consciousness of lo-
cal residents, and there is some-
thing for all ages. Screenings will
be available for families, chil-
dren and senior citizens. And
there will be information on ed-
ucation, recreation and employ-
Refreshments and door prizes
will be included in the day. and
there will be a keynote speaker.
The West Orange Kiwanis Club is
calling for entrants for the Best in the
West Chili Cook-Off. scheduled for
March 25 at Veranda Park in MetroW-
est. 2295 S Hiawassee Road. Orlan-
"The Kiwanis Club wanted to cre-
ate a signature event that would draw
people from all o'er Central Florida
and expose them to the vibrant West
Orange County community. said
Lenny Stark. president of the West
Orange Kiwanus. "We believe a chill
cook-off ill do just that, as well as
give families a wonderful wa\ to
spend the day while benefiting many
children's organizations in the West
Orange community ."
The enntr fee for Community Cooks
(such as restaurants and caterers) is
$100. and the Home Grown Cooks
entry fee is $50. More than $4,000 in
cash prizes will be awarded for the
best chili. Prizes also will be award-
available at WGFD
The Winter Garden Fire Depart-
ment's Fire Prevention Bureau offers
smoke detectors free of charge. Call
Fire Marshal Tom Anderson at 407-
656-4689. Ext. 2223. for information.
The Winter Garden Police Depart-
ment is organizing Neighborhood
Watch programs to help prevent crime
To start a program, call 407-656-3636.
The police department offers free
home security surveys for residents
living within the city limits. An officer
will come to your house to check doors,
windo\ s. locks, lighting and alarm
systems. To set an appointment, call
Happy new year to our friends and customers.
Hope to see and serve you in 2007!
M r, I, Batteries
ed to recognize participants in cos-
tumes and cooking area decorations.
In addition to a \ariety of chili. the
cook-off will feature hlie mariachi and
country music all day long.
Tickets for the Best in the West'
Chill Cook-Off are $10: children 10
and under are free. Sponsorship op-
portunities are also available, and
sponsors are not required to pay the
cook's entry fee A portion of the pro-
ceeds will be donated to the Edge-
wood Children's Ranch. a non-profit'
facility in West Orange County that
pro\ ides residential, educational and
counseling services for children ages
For more information, call Lenny
Stark at 407-697-3600 Ki\wanis is a
global organization of volunteers ded-
icated to changing the vorld one child
and one community at a time. For
more in Kiwanis. go to wwxv.kiw\a-
Do\w ntow n Winter Garden has sev-
eral museums honoring the city's his-
tory. The Winter Garden Heritage
Nluseumis at I N. Main St. There is
no admission. For information or to
schedule a tour for large groups. call
407-656-5544. The Winter Garden
History Center is downtown on West
Plant Street. For information, call
407-656-3244. The Central Florida
Railroad Museum is at 101 S. Boyd
For information, call 407-656-
Sign up for Head Start
Meals are available at no charge to
children enrolled in the Head Start
program in Orange County. Locally.
the program is at Maxey Elementary
School, 1100 E. Maple St.. Winter
Garden. For information, call 407-
Get help from
The Health Alliance Family Care
Center in Winter Garden has programs
for residents of Orange County, in-
cluding the Family Resource Program.
The goal of the program is to pro-
mote self-sufficiency for Orange
County citizens who are at risk. Ser-
vices are provided through a case-
management model to clients. The
program serves disabled county resi-
dents who expect to return to work
and those with the goal of receiving
benefits from other agencies.
For more information or to make a
referral, call 407-836-8410 or 407-
Openings in HCP's
Adult Day Program
Health Central Park's Adult Day
Program offers a fun day for seniors.
Daily lunches and snacks are provid-
ed. Transportation services are avail-
able. For more information, call 407-
Rent Tanner Hall
Tanner Hall on Lake Apopka is
available for rental for events on
weekends and weekdays. For details,
call the Winter Garden Recreation De-
partment at 407-656-4155. The Tan-
ner is at 29 W. Garden Ave.
The.West Orange Knitters Guild
meets Monday s from 6-9 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church of
Winter Garden, 125 N. Lake iew Ae
Knitters and crocheters are \welcome
to the free class, held in the old par-
sonage. For details., call 407-427-
Group meets monthly
Golden Pond Communities hosts
Alzheimer's Support Group meetings
every fourth Tuesday of the month at
The facilitator is Jerr Hamilton of
the Alzheimer's Resource Center. For
details, call Allison Dion at 407-654-
7217. Golden Pond is at 404 Lake-
view Road, Winter Garden.
Join Winter Garden
The Winter Garden Hentage Foun-
dation is looking for nex members
The foundation consists of the Her-
itage Museum, the History Center. the
Central Florida Railroad Museum and
the Garden Theatre.
For details. \ isit the Winter Garden
Heritage Foundation. 32 W. Plant Si,
Winter Garden. or call 407-656-3244.
at Herb Shoppe
Downtown Herb Shoppe and Day
Spa \ ill offer a w\eight-loss class.
Learn the components of weight loss
and new habits that can be incorpo-
rated for a healthy newy \ear. The class
w ill be offered tw ice. Jan. 6 at 10 a m.
and Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The cost is $10. and pre-registra-
tion is required Dow ntown Heib
Shoppe and Day Spa is at 33 S. Main
St., Winter Garden. Call 407-656-
9119 for more information.
The Winter Garden Her-
itage Foundation is restoring
the old (1935) movie theater
at 160 W. Plant St. A capital
campaign has been estab-
Slished, and donations are be-
ing accepted. Donor cards are
available at the Winter Gar-
den History Center, 32 W.
Plant St. For more informa-
tion, call 407-656-3244
TIMOTHY C. JASKOT
from basic training
Air Force Airman 1st Class Timo-
thy C. Jaskot has graduated from ba-
sic military training at Lackland Air
Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Dur-
ing the six weeks of training, the air-
man studied the Air Force mission, or-
ganization and military customs and
courtesies: performed drill and cere-'
mons marches: and received physical
training. nfle marksmanship. field
training exercises and special training
in human relations.
In addition, airmen ho complete
basic training earn credits toward an as-
sociate degree through the Commuu-
ty College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Cheryl Jaskot of
Winter Garden. He is a 2004 gradus
ate of West Orange High School.
Rec offers Active 50
group for seniors
The Winter Garden Recreation
Department offers Active 50 and
Over. Interested seniors can call the
rec office at 407-656-4155 for de-
Lunch and Learn lets seniors en-
jo\ a catered lunch and hear guest
speakers. They meet from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at the Old Fire Station
Recreation Center. 127 S. Boyd St
Cost is $4. and seating is limited.
Future lunch sessions iue Jan. 26 and
Day trips are every month. Fu-
ture trips are: Fore% er Florida on Jan.
10, ,w which offers an outdoor safari
Through a working ranch and wilder-
ness area. Cost is $5 and $7. '
Makahiki Luau for a Pol nesian
feast and a special celebration of
dance in February. Cost: $47 and
S49- .. .
A recycling greeting card group
meets the second Tuesday of each
month from 2-4 p m. at the Old Fire
Station Recreation Center. The cost
is $5. Participants must bring their
o" n cards, craft scissors and craft
supplies they might need.
Armchair Traveler gatherings
are the third Friday of each month.
The West Orange Page Turners
Literary Book Club meets the sec-
ond Monday of each month.
High school reunions
The Lakel iew High Class of 1957.
is planning its 50-.ear reunion foe
April 28 To help plan the %weekend
event. call Billy George Kuykendall ar
352-243-3627 or Reba Varnadoe at
The West Orange School Class of
1987 20-year reunion is June 29-30'
and July 1. Contact westorangeclas-
firstname.lastname@example.org, Allison Butler
Painter at 407-877-0930 or AL-;
Painter68@yahoo.com or Donny .
Burns at 407-654-1375 or
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Thursday, December 28, 2006 The West Orange Times 7A
Kiwanis meetings full of energy
The West Orange Kiwanis held a busy meeting last week. Two stu-
dents from Edgewood Children's Ranch won the Student of the Month
Award for October and November: Feria Green and Nhery Eugene
,(above, pictured with counselor Xiamara Galdon and Kiwanis Lt. Gov.-
elect John Hambuch). The club also honored Ashanti McPhee from
Lakeview Middle School, an 8th-grader in the Monique Mesot Foister
book club and winner of the John Steinbeck award for reading. Mem-
bers also greeted a guest, Sal Grassano. Kiwanis meets Wednesdays
at 7:30 a.m. at the Winter Garden IHOP. Guests are always welcome
For more information, call 407-293-6101.
Youth in ministry
The Church of the Messiah thanks 14-year-old Rachel Ellerbe for her
faithful ministry this past year. Every week she changed the wording on
the signs to inform and amuse the neighbors around the church.
Acting lessons at rec
Learn techniques in various forms
of acting from a trained, New York
actress and learn about head shots, au-
ditions and more. Classes are Tues-
days from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Old
Fire Station Rec Center, 127 S. Boyd
The.cost is $65 for city residents,
$68 for others. For more details, call
the Winter Garden Recreation De-
Spartment at 407-656--155.
Kid's Cafe at
.The Maxey Communit) Center of-
fers a Kid's Cafe, a place for children
to hang out with their friends after
school. There is no fee for this pro-
gram. A free dinner program is avail-
Sable for children of lo\w -income fanm-
hilies. The club is open after school
.MIonday through Thursday for chil-
. dren up to age 18.
For details, call the Nlaxe. Center
Tennis for preschoolers
The Winter Garden Recreation De-
partment offers a hands-on introduc-'
tion to tennis for preschoolers. Ten-
nis shoes, water and patience are a
must for this class, which takes place
Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. at Chapin
Station. The cost is $60 for city resi-
dents. Call the rec office at 407-656-
4155 for more information.
Book club to meet
The Jane Austen Book Club meets
the third Saturday of every month at
the Winter Garden Library. Int6rest-
ed residents can join the group for
lively discussions. The library is at
805 E. Plant St.
in English, Spanish
The Winter Garden Library offers
free computer, classes each month in
English and Spanish. For information.
call 407-656-4582. The library is at
805 E. Plant St. in Winter Garden.
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AARP to meet
The West Orange AARP Chapter
3697 will hold its first meeting of the
new year on Monday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m.
at the Hyde Park Clubhouse, 14253 W.
Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. All se-
niors 50 and older are invited to attend
Any suggestions for upcoming ac-
tivities and visiting speakers will be
entertained at this meeting. Members
and guests can meet the officers and
enjoy good fellowship. Members with
the initials A-I are asked to bring the re-
Members are also reminded to bring
the following: canned or boxed fobd
for the West Orange Christian Service
Center; used postage stamps, eye-
glasses and hearing aids for the Win-
ter Garden Lions Club; and aluminum
pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald
House. For more information, call Pres-
ident Esther Braswell at 407-905-9802.
Do you have old
The Winter Garden Lions Club is
collecting old eyeglasses and hearing
aids. The club has set up a new drop-
off location at the Winter Garden Her-
itage Foundation, located in the Edge-
water Hotel in downtown Winter Gar-
den. For more information about the
project, contact Nancy Walker at 407-
489-6018 or email@example.com.
The students of Hope Charter School
and Legacy High School are excited
to announce their first-ever Read-a-
Thon beginning Jan. 4. They are look-
ing for classroom sponsors to help raise
funds to provide appropriate library
books and reading materials for every
reading level represented at their
The event is particularly important to
the schools since they are using this
opportunity to encourage the students
to read more in class and at home.
Additionally, it is an opportunity to
raise much-needed funds to further de-
velop classroom libraries and to pur-
chase materials that enhance learning.
Anyone interested in becoming a
classroom sponsor or who would like
more information can call Molly
Zarnowski at 407-697-8059.
Registration for spring
Little League to begin
Winter Garden Little League will
hold its spring 2007 registrations Jan.
6 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and
Jan. 9 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. All will
take place above the concession stand
at the fields at 415 S. Park Ave. For
more information, call 407-877-7113.
Online registration is available now
through Jan. 13 on the Web site:
www.wglittleleague.com. All of the
forms are available on the Web site
and can be brought in when registering
The fee is $85. If space is available,
late registrations will be subject to a
Tryouts are mandatory and are set
for 6 p.m, on the following dates: Jan.
17 for league ages 7-8, Jan. 18 for ages
9-10, Jan. 19 for ages 11-12 and Jan. 19
Railroad chapter installs officers
The Central Florida Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society installed its 2007 officers Dec. 16.
Serving next year are, I-r, David Rhea, treasurer; Jim Shoemaker, secretary; Ginny Keith, assistant sec-
retary; Ken Murdock, museum curator; Chuck Ansell, national director; Irv Lipscomb, president; Phil Bak-
er, past president and installation officer; and Cory Ward, vice president for programs and membership. Not
pictured: Vic Saul, vice president for education, and Jeff Dearmin, assistant treasurer. Headquartered at
the Central Florida Railroad Museum in Winter Garden, the chapter owns the collection at the museum and
is partnered with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation in the museum's operations.
Patriotic Art Contest
West Orange VFW Post 4305
Ladies Auxiliary is seeking young
artists to enter the Young American
Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Stu-
dents must be in grades 9-12 and must
attend school in the same state as the
sponsoring Ladies Auxiliary.
Home-schooled students are eligi-
ble; foreign exchange students are not.
Art must be on paper or canvas.
Watercolor, pencil, pastel; charcoal,
tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen and ink
or oil may be used. Digital art may be
used but must be on paper or canvas.
No discs will be accepted.
Canvas entries are to be on stretch-
er frames, other entries matted on
white. Artwork should be no smaller
than 8x10 inches but no larger than'
18x24 inches, not including mat.
National scholarships this year are
$10,000 for first prize, $5,000 for sec-
ond, $2,500 for third and $1,500 for
March 31 is the deadline for entries
to the Ladies Auxiliary.
For more information and/or an en-
try form, call 407-656-5586.
VFW to honor
volunteer of the year
The West Orange VFW Post 4305
Ladies Auxiliary is looking for stu-
dents to apply for the Outstanding
Young Volunteer of the Year. The
winner will receive a $5,000 U.S. Sav-
ings Bond. Students ages 12-15 who
have provided outstanding volunteer
service to the community from Jan.
1-Dec. 31 are'eligible.
To participate, students must be
U.S. citizens and sponsored by a
Call 407-656-5586 for an entry
form and more information. The en-
try deadline is Feb. 3.
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The Winter Garden Elks Lodge is
sponsoring a contest for high school se-
The deadline for the Elks National
Foundation's 2007 Most Valuable
Student scholarship contest is Jan. 12.
Applicants are judged on scholarship,
leadership and financial need. Appli-
cations are available online at
The Winter Garden Library has pro-
grams for children on Wednesdays.
Tiny Tales is presented at 10:15 a.m.
to infants from birth to 18 months.
Toddler Time is at 10:45 a.m. for
children 18-36 months. Storybook
Fun for those ages 3-5 is at 11:15 a.m.
The library is on East Plant St.
The Winter Garden Library is host-
ing a series of First Thursday Movie
Nights. Movies will be shown at 6:30
p.m. on the first Thursday of each
month. Upcoming movies are Jan. 4,
Feb. 1and March 1.
The library is at 805 E. Plant St.
Downtown Winter Garden has sev-
eral museums honoring the city's his-
tory. The Winter Garden Heritage Mu-
seum is at 1 N. Main St. There is no ad-
mission. For information or to sched-
ule a tour for large groups, call 407-656-
5544. The Winter Garden History Cen-
ter is downtown on West Plant Street.
For information, call 407-656-3244.
The Central Florida Railroad Muse-
um is at 101 S. Boyd St. For informa-
tion, call 407-656-0559.
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The.Winter Garden Fire Depart-
ment's Fire Prevention Bureau offers
smoke detectors free of charge. Call
Fire Marshal Tom Anderson at 407-
656-4689, Ext. 2223, for information.
The Winter Garden Police Depart-
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Watch programs to help prevent crime.
To start a program, call 407-656-3636.
The police department offers free
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living within the city limits. An offi-
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grandson, Sam Saunders, a senior at
Trinity Prep, played in the 28th Bay
Rod Pampling won his second
Tour win in the Bay Hill Invita-
The Windermere Town Council
adopted a consent final judgment
to put an end to a three-year dispute
over the town's shoreline on Lake
Election results: In Oakland, in-
cumbent Mona Phipps retained her
seat. In Windermere, voters re-
elected incumbents Mayor Gary
Bruhn and Council Member Ron
Martin and elected Jennifer Roper
and Bob Sprick. In Ocoee, Gary
Hood retained his seat and new-
comer Joel F. Keller was elected.
There was a runoff in the District
2 race, which incumbent Scott An-
derson won. In Winter Garden,
there were runoffs for mayor and
District 1 commissioner. Mayor
Jack Quesinberry won another term,
and Gerald Jowers was elected
More than 300 students from
West Orange, Ocoee, Dr. Phillips
and Olympia high schools took part
in a Driving Skills for Life program
at the Manheim Florida Auto Auc-
tion in Ocoee. They drove through
a hazard recognition course and lis-
tened to Eric Carr talk about his
daughter, Erica, a WO student who
died in a recent car accident. Four
other West Orange students also
died in the six-month period.
Marie "Sweetie" McMillian of
Winter Garden lives alone, has a
cane to keep her steady but doesn't
really need it and can still perform
some dance steps, which she did at
her 100th birthday celebration at
the Maxey Community Center.
For the second time in nine
months, Winter Garden lost its city
attorney amid a flurry of contro-
versy and finger pointing when Ger-
ry Clark resigned; He stated he was
confronted in his office in a highly
hostile and threatening manner by
one of the city commissioners.
Ocoee began a statewide search
for a new police chief after an-
nouncing it was creating a position
of deputy police chief.
As the top speller out of eight
Central Florida counties, Ocoee
Middle School eighth-grader Shru-
ti Sharma qualified to compete in
the national spelling bee.
West Orange High School in-
ducted 13 athletes and coaches into
its new Sports Hall of Fame as part
of the school's 30-year anniversary
celebration: Gary Guthrie, Ogie
Keneipp, Ron Lopsonzski, Bruce
Crabb, Anita Drayton, Laurie El-
berg, Herbert Harp, Larry Johnson,.
Jim Karr, Mandy Maxey, Randy
McClellan, Peter Moore and Louise
WOHS held a gala to celebrate
30 years with performances by the
drama and choir departments and
the marching band and ensemble.
Several graduates shared fond
memories of their.high school days,
and the school honored six teach-
ers and/or staff members who have
been at the school since it first
opened its doors: Pat Moran, Karen
Whidden, Maxine Lee, Fred Sav-
age, Gay Annis and Rick Stotler.
Crews began the task of flatten-
ing the former Fowler property
south of West Colonial Drive to
make way for the future Winter
Garden Village at Fowler Groves.
Alauna McMillen was hired to
oversee the development of the Gar-
den Theatre in downtown Winter
The seniors at West Orange High
School, members of the school's
30th graduating class, began a new
tradition of filling a time capsule
with memorable artifacts. The plan
is for each graduating class to open
its time capsule at its 10-year re-
Windermere began to look at a
flawed Planned Unit Development
ordinance that incorporated the in-
correct design guidelines. Devel-
oper Kevin Azzouz submitted plans
for redevelopment of his downtown
properties under guidelines adopt-
ed in July 2004. However, the or-
dinance referred to a different set
of guidelines adopted in March
2004. The July standards had a less-
restrictive building height limit,
which the council discussed amend-
ing. Azzouz, who owns a large sec-
tion of Main Street and the Win-
dermere Union Church property,
threatened to file a lawsuit if the
council changed the rules. Several
weeks later, the council resolved
the matter, choosing the July guide-
lines after eliciting cooperation
from developer Azzouz. The coun-
cil concluded the mistake was due
to a scrivener's error.
Construction began on the first
home in Oakland Park, a two-town
community located in Oakland and
Winter Garden. When completed,
750 homes will fill the 258-acre
Ocoee established its first Com-
munity Redevelopment Agency to
bring needed improvements and
new businesses to blighted areas of
West Colonial Drive, especially in
the Maguire Road area. This would
allow the agency to collect city and
county taxes and use them to rede-
velop the CRA area.
West Orange High's Bel Canto
and Concert choirs received the
Gold Award and Director Jeff Red-
ding received the award for best di-
rector at the International Choral
Music Festival in Verona, Italy.
Following the municipal elections
in Winter Garden, Georgia resident
Gerry Clark asked that his "notice
of constructive termination be with-
drawn" arid asked that the city re-
instate his position as city attorney.
Middle-schoolers, including Brandon Norman, from Peace United Methodist Church in Orlando spent sev-
eral weeks in West Orange County painting houses with Impact Ministries.
Construction crews worked last week to clear land at the corner of Warrior and Beulah roads, the site of
the new West Orange High School. The new school will open adjacent to the existing campus in time for
the 2008-09 school year.
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the new West Orange High School. The new school will open adjacent to the existing campus in time for
the 2008-09 school year.
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The Winter Garden City Commis-
sion voted to bring him back under
the terms of his original contract.
A week later, Winter Garden City
Manager Michael Bollhoefer told
the commission it would have to
move on without Clark, who, after
his request for reinstatement, failed
to make further contact with City
About a thousand Olympia High
juniors and seniors saw the drama
of a fatal drunk-driving crash un-
fold in front of them when local law
enforcement officers, and firefight-
ers staged the mock DUI traffic ac-
cident on the school's football field.
Winter Garden City Commis-
sioner Carol Nichols submitted her
resignation letter after accepting a
job promotion that required relo-
cating to Tallahassee.
At the next commission meeting,
however, she rescinded her resig-
nation after learning she could not
help choose a successor to her seat.
Ocoee High collected memora-
bilia throughout the year to be put
in a time capsule. It was buried in
the courtyard to celebrate the com-
pletion of the school's first year.
Ocoee hired Ron Reffett, who has
26 years of law enforcement expe-
rience in Broward County, as the
(See 2006, 9A)
Thursday, December 28, 2006 The West Orange Times, 9A
new police chief.
Tildenville Elementary School
students who performed well on
the FCAT were treated to a shop-
ping spree at the Toys "R" Us store
in Ocoee. The Tallahassee-based
company OneTechPlace donated
three gift cards per class.
Ocoee Police Officer Jeff Dyer
was one of 13 Floridians statewide
to receive the Governor's Medal
of Heroism from Gov. Jeb Bush.
Dyer was recognized for his
courage and quick thinking two
years ago when he saw a distraught'
neighbor with a loaded gun to his
head threatening to kill himself.
Winter Garden Commissioner
Nichols decided it would be too
difficult to focus on matters con-
cerning the city while she was in
Tallahassee, so she resigned from
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Jeffrey W. Hayes took over as
Ocoee's new parks and recreation
The town of Oakland, known for
adamantly defending nature and
natural resources, gave an emphatic
"no" to neighboring cities' plans
to draw water from Lake Apopka to
irrigate lawns. Town Manager
Maureen Rischitelli was directed
to draft a resolution stating the
Windermere planned to send four
representatives to Washington,
D.C., to lobby with congressmen
to obtaifi federal funding for a pub-'
lic sewer;system and stormwater
The Winter Garden City Com-
mission voted to hire Kurt Ar-
daman as the city attorney. Ar-
daman previously served in that ca-
Construction began on the
Daniels Road overpass at the Flori-
da Turnpike. Winter Garden is
building the four-lane bridge with
an $850,000 grant from the state
Department of Transportation.
The Garden Plaza, a mixed-use
development on West. Colonial
Drive in Winter Garden, will fea-
ture 140,000 square feet of office
and retail space and a 90-room ho-
tel. Located on the existing Peo-
ple's Plaza shopping center, the
two five-story office buildings will
be the tallest in the city.
Colin Sharmani a resident of
south Winter Garden, was chosen
to replace Carol Nichols in the Cirt
Commission's District 4 seat.
Ocoee began negotiations with
Centex for the purchase of 75 city-
owned acres of the Coke Property
on the eastern shore of Lake Apop-
ka for a 250-home subdivision. It
was being touted as a project sim-
ilar to east Orlando's Baldwin Park.
Several years of legal maneu-
verings between the town of Win-
dermere and two groups of local
lakefront residents ended with a
second settlement. The Lake Bessie
settlement was similar to the Lake
Down agreement approved by the
Town Council in March.
Oakland Avenue Charter School
leaped three letter grades from a D
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The Dr. Phillips High School
Theater Magnet held the World's
Biggest Garage Sale. in hopes of
raising the final $50,000 needed
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Windy Ridge School was re-
modeled, added a new two-story
building. A second remodeling pro-
ject would renovate the former
cafeteria. media center, computer
lab and offices into classrooms.
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Dr. Katherine Clark, principal of Ocoee Middle School, presents Ocoee
Police Chief Ron Reffett with a check for $1,330 for his department's
Holiday Toys for Tots in Need program.
The Ocoee Police Department's
team played the Ocoee Middle School
faculty in front of a capacity crowd in
a charity basketball game held Dec. 7
at Ocoee Middle School, with OPD
Students paid a small donation to
get out of class to watch the game,
which has been a tradition between the
faculty and police officers for almost
20 years. There is no official record
of winnings, but the OMS faculty has
nets funds for toys
won three out the last five years.
"As usual, win or lose, the sports-
manship was exemplary on both sides
and a great example was set for the
students watching the game," said
Deputy Chief Steve Goclofi.
In all, $2,660 was raised at this
year's event ($190 more than last year),
making it the highest amount ever
raised at the game. The proceeds will
be split between OMS and the toy pro-
Mattie Crabtree holds up her Locks of Love.
Donating 'locks' for others
Six- ear-old lartie Crabtree grew her long blonde hair for two
years in order to have it cut for Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a
public, non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to finan-
cially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical
hair loss for any diagnosis, including cancer.
Mattie looked forward to her recent haircut by Angel McGee,
hairstylist for the Cut-Ups Salon in Winter Garden.
This is not the first timeMarrie has thought of others. Two years
ago for her birthday she asked friends to bring food for the Hu-
mane Society instead of birthday gifts for herself.
She is the daughter of Lone and Jim Crabtree of Ocoee and sis-
ter of Jacob.
parade to honor
Luther King Jr.
The city of Ocoee's Human Rela-
tions Diversity Board and WOKB
1600 AM radio station have an-
nounced the first Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Unity Parade and Celebra-
tion. The parade, whose theme is
"Awakening the Dream," will be held
Monday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m.
Orange County public schools will
not be in session that day in obser-
vance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Staging for the parade will begin at
Citrus Elementary ofi Clarke Road
and end at the West Oaks Mall.
The parade will be taped for broad-
cast on OGTV Channel 21 and on Or-
The mistress of ceremonies will be
Gail Paschall-Brown of WESH 2
News, and the guest speaker will be Dr.
Alzo Reddick, the director of Defense
Transition Services at the University
of Central Florida and a former Flori-
da legislator for 18 years.
Businesses, neighborhood groups,
school bands and clubs, as well civic,
fraternal and non-profit organizations,
are invited to participate in this first-
ever community event. The deadline
to submit an application is Dec. 8.
A portion of the parade proceeds
will be donated to the Washington,
D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. Nation-'
al Memorial Project Foundation.
For parade registration and guide-
lines, contact Dorcas Dillard at 407-
694-2057 or visit www.ci.ocoee.fl.us.
Vision screening at
West Oaks Library
Glaucoma is sometimes called the
sneak thief of sight because it slowly
takes away vision, often without the pa-
tient even realizing it. Prevent Blind-
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free glaucoma screenings at Orlando
area libraries during January, Nation-
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These screenings will be conduct-
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Blindness Florida staff and volunteers
at the West Oaks Library in Ocoee on
Monday, Jan. 22, from 4-7 p.m. The
library is located at 1821 E. Silver Star
Those who do not pass the screen-
ing are referred to their eye-care pro-
fessional for a complete eye exami-
Those wishing to be screened must
register in advance because there are
limited spaces available. To make a
reservation, call the Library Commu-
nity Relations Office at 407-835-7481.
approach to pain
Dr. Hailing Fu, OMC, of Ling's
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine,
will present on program on pain man-
agement at the West Oaks Library in
Ocoee on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m.
Those attending ill learn about
some of the tools he uses for pain man-
agement: moxa, cups, models, herbs
For more information, log on to
Bedtime stories at
Ocoee branch library
The West Oaks Library in Ocoee is
hosting bedtime stories for children
on Jan. 3 and Jan. i7, both Wednes-
days, at 7 p.m. Children are invited to
wear pajamas, bedroom slippers and
bring blankets. Cookies and milk are
served after the stories.
A village and how it grew
Longtime Ocoee resident Yvette Hurst started a small Christmas village about 7 years ago. Things have
snowballed a bit since them, according to her husband, Wayne, who's hoping the growth has reached its
peak. But each year, more people want it to grow, so there is no end in sight. Yvette has approximately 32,.
lighted pieces, featuring Thomas Kinkade pieces among others, with many other pieces in a supporting role,
such as mountains, trees, ponds, people and animals.
OHS students visit Summerville
The Ocoee High School students who are members of Business Pro-
fessionals of America recently visited the Summerville assisted-living
facility on Clarke Road to spread holiday cheer by delivering holiday cards
and candy to the residents. The students also joined residents for their
weekly bingo night. The students administered the game, played bin-
go with the residents and brought prizes for the bingo winners. Above,
Danny Ghalayini joins Betty Whitehurst and other residents for a round
of bingo. Below, Jocelyn Ikner and Nick Hendrix call out numbers dur-
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VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
offers bereavement support groups
to anyone who has experienced the
loss of a loved one. These groups of-
fer understanding, useful informa-
tion and sharing with others who are
An ongoing general grief support
group is held Mondays from 6:30-8
p.m. at St. Pauls Presbyterian
Church, 9600 W. Colonial Drive in
Ocoee. This group is led by staff
from VITAS Innovative Hospice
To register or for more informa-
tion, call Maureen at 407-691-9549.
WO Seniors hold
The West Orange Senior Citizens
have started their weekly bingo games
in the Ocoee Community Center over-
looking Starke Lake.
The games are held each Monday
from 1-3 p.m. The cost is 25 cents per
card, and cash prizes are awarded.
Coffee and sweets are provided.
Coats for Kids drive
NEXT Community Church is look-
ing to partner with other churches,
businesses and individuals in the com-
munities of Oakland, Winter Garden
and Ocoee in this year's Coats for
Kids drive. This project was begun
last year to provide coats, jackets and
sweatshirts to those most in need, es-
pecially during the cold snaps this time
Last year more than 450 new and
used articles of outerwear for children
and adults were donated and dis-
tributed to the homeless and others in
need in partnership with David Buck-
les of Ezekiel Ministries.
Those interested and willing to take
part in this year's Coats for Kids can
contact Pastor Scott Billue at 407-654-
9661 for further details or to arrange
for delivery or pickup.
West Orange Civitan
Club hosting bingo
The West Orange Civitan Club
hosts bingo games the third Friday of
each month at the West Orange Girls
Club on Ocoee-Apopka Road from
In addition to bingo jackpots, there
will be door prizes and snacks avail-
able, and players are invited to come
for an hour or for the whole evening.
.Proceeds from the games will help
fund a variety of Civitan projects in
the West Orange community.
Autistic and Related
A free Autistic and Related Dis-
abilities Program is offered for all ages
and disabilities from 6-7 p.m. each
Tuesday night at Jim Beech Recre-
ation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road
For more information, contact
JoAnne by pager at 407-740-3500 or
Paws to Read
Be an Angel Therapy Dogs Min-
istry will present a program for chil-
dren involving reading and certified
therapy dogs at the West Oaks Library
in Ocoee on Saturday, Jan. 27, from
11:30 a.m.-l p.m.
Seating is limited. To reserve a spot,
American Legion Post
109 meets on 2nd Friday
The American Legion Post 109 of
Ocoee is now meeting at the Tom Ison
Veteran and Senior Center at 1701
Adair St. The meetings are held the
second Friday of each month at 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 28, 2006 The West Orange Times 11A
Rep. Nelson to speak about special
session on homeowner insurance
The Woman's Club of Ocoee and the Ocoee Lions Club will host
a special meeting for State Rep. Bryan Nelson to present the re-
sults of a special legislative session on homeowner insurance held
recently in Tallahassee.
The informative meeting, featuring details about the insurance cri-
sis and proposed solutions, is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7
p.m. in the Woman's Clubhouse, located at 4 N. Lakewood Ave.
The meeting is open to the public.
For more information, call Judie Lewis at 407-721-7263.
Members of the Woman's Club of Ocoee recently honored: I-r, in front, Jeanetta Vanover, Betty Hager and
Elizabeth Maguire and, in back, Judie Lewis, Sherrall Applegate; Teresa Lemons, Betty Witt and Nancy Maguire.
Woman's Club of Ocoee recognizes members
The Woman's Club of Ocoee re-
cently recognized members who have
been active in the club for 10, 15, 20
and 25 years, as well as Honorary
Members and the Volunteer of the
Ruth Grafton and Betty Hager were
named Honorary Members. Ruth is
referenced in the club minutes dating
back to 1986-88. She served as aboard
member from 1989-90, 1990-91,
1999-2000 and 2000-01.
A retired airline stewardess, she was
club president in 1997 and has vol-
unteered countless hours to the club
during the annual Birthday Luncheon
Celebration, the Essay Contest, Cre-
ative Expression Celebrations and all
other fund-raisers held by the club.
For years she was instrumental in
getting vegetables donated for the
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner.
Ruth has also been %\ell-known as
a West Orange Chamber Ambassador.
Bernt served a number of years \ ith
the Junior Woman's Club of Ocoee,
and at the Woman's Club's Sept. 19.
1989 meeting, members approved her
as a member.
She served as 1st % ice president in
1990-91, treasurer in 1992-92 and as
chairman of the Nominating Com-
mittee in 1996. She has al;\a\s been
a strong supporter of Hacienda. a
home for displaced and abused girls
Elizabeth Maguire was recognized
for 20 years of service with the club.
She was a member of the Junior
Woman's Club from 1947-1952 and
became a member of the Woman's
Club in the 1986-87 club year.
She served as 1989-90 1stvice pres-
ident, 1990-91 and 1992-93 as presi-
dent and three terms as treasurer. Cur-
rently the club's parliamentarian, she
X as the house manager for 13 years.
She has been a dedicated volunteer
for each and every fund-raiser, in-
cluding the Birthday Luncheon,'
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and
Essay Contest celebrations.
A longtime member of the Ocoee
Historical Commission, she is the wid-
o%\ of former Ocoee Mayor Harold
Maguire and is retired from Orange
Counts Public Schools
Jeanetta Vano\er \\as recognized
for 20 years of ser' ice with the Wom-
an's Club. At the club meeting of Oc-
tober 1957, the WCO membership ap-
proved her as a member. She has.
served as corresponding secretary in
1999-2000. 2003-04 and recording
secretary in 2000-01.
She has volunteered many hours
during all of the club events and fund-
FiYe members, all of whom have.
dedicated their time to the club. were
recognized for reaching the 10-year
milestone this club year: Sherrall Ap-
plegate, Teresa Lemons, Judie Lewis,
Vicki Morman and Betty Witt.
Sherrall, who has been a member
since November 1996, served on the
Woman's Club Executive Board in
2003-04, as 2nd vice president from
1999-2001 and as president in 2002-
03. She is also involved with the
Ocoee Historical Commission and
was a member of the City of Ocoee
Citizens' Advisory Board to the Po-
Teresa, a club member since March
1997, has served as both a board
member and 2nd vice president and
was recently chosen to fill the posi-
tion of recording secretary for 2006-
Judie became a member in March
1997 and has been elected as both
vice president (2005-06, and presi-
dent ((2006-08). She.created the
club's newsletter and was in charge
of the Birthday Luncheon program
for several years.
Vickie, who was a 1997 board
member, is chairman of the Tele-
phone Committee. She was approved
for membership in June 1996.
Betty has been a member since
November 1996 and is always there
to lend a helping hand in club activ-
Nancy Maguire chosen Women's Club Volunteer of the Year
The Woman's Club of Ocoee has is open every Saturday and Sunday volunteer duties, has become a
chosen Nancy Maguire as its Volun- for tours. spokesperson' for ovarian cancer
teer of the Year. the club member who Nancy volunteers at the First Bap- awareness.
best exemplifies outstanding service tist Church of Orlando where she According to her nomination letter.
through %\olunteerism. The club also teaches a 13-week divorce-recovery Nancy "has given unselfishly of her en-
has nominated her for the Florida Fed- program. ergy and time for worth\ hile causes
eranon of Women's Clubs' Volunteer As one who has had ovarian can- in an effort to better the community.
of the Year Aw ard. cer. Nancy. in addition to her other the world and in helping others."
Nancy. a club member since 2002.
is a member of the Maguire family
that has a long history with the GFWCr MWe I
and FFWC. Both her grandmother.
Letitta Maguire. and great-grand-
mother. Maggie Maguire, were char- K E
ter members in the Woman's Club of
Ocoee. "Miss Lillian" Maguire. her
aunt, served many years in the club
as well, and her mother. Elizabeth,
has been a member of the WCO for
A graduate of Ocoee High School,
St. Petersburg Junior College and
Florida State University, Nancy is a
member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an
honorary international teachers' soci-
ety, and a teacher at Magnolia School
for special education.
The Ocoee Historical Commission
is an important part of the connmuni-
t.', and Nancy has volunteered end-
less hours i order to assist in the pub-
lication of a book entitled The Histo-
tr of Ocoee and Its Early Families.
She % ill be interview\ ing family mem-
bers who came to the town before
1945 or have continued to live in the
area since that time.
Nancy is also curator and docent of
the restored Winters-Maguire House.
Sa home built in 1888 that was pur-
chased by the city of Ocoee in 1983 and
placed on the National Register of
Historic Buildings in 1987. The home
Registration opens for
Relay For Life teams
The American Cancer Society Re-
lay For Life of West Orange is just
around the comer. Register a team
now by calling the ACS at 407-843-
This celebration of life brings the
West Orange community together
in a unified effort to fight cancer.
Former and current cancer patients,
their families, businesses, civic or-
ganizations and the public are invit-
ed to take part in this team event
from 6 p.m. on April 13 until noon
on April 14 at Ocoee High School.
Relay For Life is the ACS's ver-
sion of an athletic relay but with a
new twist. This is a family-oriented
event, where participants enjoy the
camaraderie of a team and also raise
funds to support the activities of
Participants camp out at the relay
site, and when they are not taking
their turn walking, they take part in
fun activities and enjoy local enter-
tainment. Teams from companies,
churches, organizations, hospitals
and schools collect donations and
can win individual and team prizes
for their efforts.
"Relay For Life brings the
progress against cancer to the fore-
front," said Sheila Jackson, event
chair. "Many participants are our
family, friends and neighbors who
have dealt with cancer themselves.
Their involvement is proof of the
progress that has been made not oily
reducing death rates but also in the
quality of life following cancer treat-
ment. The funds raised enable us to
continue our investment in the fight
against cancer through research, ed-
ucation, advocacy and patient ser-
The money raised'goes directly to
the ACS's lifesaving programs.
For information about forming a
team or getting involved in Relay
For Life, call 407-843-8680.
Got life plans?
Local author Kevin W. McCarthy
will share insights from his book. 7T7i
On-purpose Life, at the \Vest Oaks Li-
brary in Ocoee on Tuesday. Jan. 16. at
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Health Central Walkers is a free
walking program at the West Oaks
Mall in Ocoee. Participants may join
the program Monday through Friday
from 7-10 a.m. Once they are registered
walkers, they may walk at any time
during mall hours. Participants log
the amount of miles they walk and
will earn prizes as they accumulate
For more information, call Health
Central Wellness at 407-296-1496.
Line dancing in Ocoee
Line dance classes are held each
Wednesday and Friday morning from
9-10:30. Evening classes are held ev-
ery Thursday except on the second
Thursday. Classes on Thursday are as
follows: beginners from 6-7:30 p.m.
and intermediate to advanced classes
from 7:30-9 p.m. Donations are ac-
This is a fun way to exercise and
work out at the same time. Please wear
leather sole shoes or something com-
These lessons are held in the'Ocoee
Community Center behind the old fire
station and the Withers-Maguire
House. For more information, call
Glenda Marshall at 407-294-9048.
Join the Ocoee
Interested members of the commu-
nity are invited to attend the meetings
of the Ocoee Historical Commission
on the second Thursday of each month
at 7 p.m. at the Ocoee Woman's Club
on Lakewood Avenue.
on early Ocoee
families for book
The Ocoee Historical Commission
is planning to publish a book entitled
The History of Ocoee and its Early
Families and is seeking information
on families that came to the town be-
fore 1945 or have continued to live
here since 1945.
The commission is looking for,
members or descendents of these fam-
For more information, call Sherrall
Applegate at 407-656-7409 or Nan-
cy Maguire at 407-656-9609 or e-mail
Children's events set at
West Oaks Library
The West Oaks Library, located at
1821 E. Silver Star Road in Ocoee, is
offering special programs for children.
The programs are free, and scheduling
is not necessary.
Tiny Tales: Rhyme Time for You
and Baby is especially for infants
birth to 18 months and lasts approxi-
mately 15 minutes. It will be held each
Monday at 10:15 a.m. The rhythm and
repetition of nursery rhymes are used
to introduce very young children to
Toddler Time, especially for chil-
dren aged 18-36 months, will be held
each Monday at 10:45 a.m. The use
of picture books, finger plays, songs,
poetry and Mother Goose rhymes and
flannel board stories encourage the
development of verbal and listening
skills. The program lasts approxi-
mately 20 minutes.
Storybook Fun for Your Little
One: This read-aloud program, held
each Monday at 11:15 a.m., is recom-
mended for children ages 3-5 years.
Children can enjoy folk and animal
tales, flannel and big book stories, plus
rhymes, songs and poetry. Groups,
families, schools and childcare
providers are welcome to participate,
and scheduling is not necessary.
The West Oaks Library is open Mon-
days through Thursdays from 10 a.m:
to9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays'
from 10 am. to 5 p.m. The library is'also:
open Sundays from 1-6 p.m. For more
information, call 407-521-3330.
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Windermere hosts Christmas Walk
The Windermere Parks and Recreation Committee, in conjunction with the Mid-Florida Milers, held a 5K
and 10K untimed walk through the town Dec. 16 so participants could view house decorations. Pictured (I-
r) are Mayor Gary Bruhn, Donna Steele of the Parks and Recreation Committee, Windermere artist Mari-
ola Nowicki and Mike Lanpher of Mid-Florida Milers. Nowicki's art was featured on the walk T-shirts and
Windermere Rotary honors Lake Whitney 4-Way Test winners
The Rotary Club of Windermere changed its meeting location Nov. 28 and met at Lake Whitney Elemen-
tary School. The Rotarians held their breakfast meeting with students, faculty and proud parents of the
winners in the school's annual Four-Way Test Essay Contest and presented the winner and runner-up
awards in the writing contest. The students chose essay topics that covered a varied spectrum ranging
from good sportsmanship to lying, cheating and respect for life. The concept of right and wrong was refreshingly
clear in their work, said Rotary spokesman Bill Criswell. Pictured are the Lake Whitney Elementary School
Rotary Club 4-Way Test Essay Contest winners (1-r), in front) Alexandra Hardigree, Kayleigh Perez, Braydee
Addeo; 2nd row, Victoria Grant, Mathew Bagsic, Jordan Boulin, Zachary Rule; and (standing) Assistant
Principal Delaine Bender, Rotary President Julia Strimple; and runner-up winners Lorena Knezevic, Con-
ner Linden, Mack Meuller, Kyle Gauger, Brittany Rogers, Courtney Mikush, Rachel Wilder and Principal Beth
Windermere resident Mariola Nowicki stands beside
her painting, 'Christmas in Windermere,' which was
selected for the Christmas Walk T-shirt design.
Walkers stop at the registration table before starting
the route. More than 200 individuals joined the walk.
Pictured (1-r) is new Windermere Rotarian Robin Michels, guest speaker Bob Gosselin, Rotarian Manny Ax-
elrod, Rotary President Julia Strimple and longtime Rotarian Art Spitzer, who has just returned to the club
after a short leave of absence.
Rotary speaker talks about growth in Central Florida
,Windermere Rotarians welcomed press their opinions on what Central den and the owner of Gosselin Real-
guest speaker Bob Gosselin to their Florida should look like in coming ty in Ocoee.
meeting Dec. 12. Gosselin's topic, decades with a program Jan. 26 The Rotary Club of Windermere
How Shall We Grow Here in Central through Feb. 14. meets Tuesday mornings at Town
Florida. as interesting, informative, Gosselin is a Florida native, a mem- Hall. For more information, call Co-
exciting and little frightening, said ber of the Rotary Club ofWinter Gar- ert Voorhees at 407-876-6897.
spokesman Bill Cris\ell.
'Gosselin talked about predictions
on quality of life. economic prosper-
ity and how decisions made now w ill
affect the future of the area
He explained the Central Florida DV R
area is made up of se% en counties,
Brevard. Lake. Orange, Osceola., Polk. why 15 million homeowners
Seminole and Volusia. and 86 cities
\with a current population of 3 5 mil- trust their homes to
In 1950 the population for the same STATE FARM.
region N as 400.000 residents. The
population projection for 2050 in this
seven-county area is 7.5 million:
;For the last. year, Gosselin has
worked with a public-private organi-
zation called M.Region.org. ~ hichis STATE FARM
trying to answer the question:.How
shall \ e grow% ?
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The community is invited to a cof-
fee tasting at the Windermere Library
on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m. to
celebrate Coffee Gourmet International
Month. Participants will learn more
about international coffees and enjoy
samples courtesy of David Kahan of Z-
Coffee. Ground and whole-bean cof-
fee will be available for purchase.
plans Wacky Crafts
Area residents are invited to wear the
tackiest outfit they can find to the
Wacky Wednesday Arts and Crafts
program at Windermere Library on
Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 3:30 p.m.
Participants will have fun design-
ing their own tacky tie. Supplies will
process Jan. 10
The Windermere Library will host
a program called Wanna Write? on
Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. Area
residents are invited to celebrate Na-
tional Creativity Month by joining
published author and Central Florida
Romance .Writers member Louise
Gouge. She will explain the process of
writing a book. Reservations are re-
quired. To RSVP, call 407-835-7481.
at library on Jan. 27..
Dave Annabring of Creative Walls
will lead a class called It's So Faux:
Creating Painting Techniques for
Your Home on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1
p.m, at the Windermere Library. He
will demonstrate how to add interest
and color to your home with paint.
Is now open
Qualifying for the Windermere
2007 Town Council election opened
Dec. 13 and will continue until 4 p.m.
on Monday, Jan. 29.
Packets for three Windermere Town
Council positions are available at the
Positions held by three council
members, Genevieve Potthast, Bob
Sprick and Stephen Withers, will ex-
pire at the March council meeting and
are slated for the ballot March 13.
All three incumbents are complet-
ing their first term on the council.
Anyone who is 18 years old, an U.S.
citizen and a permanent resident of
the town for 12 months as of Election
Day is eligible to be a council mem-
ber. In the open council election, the
three candidates with the highest vote
totals will be elected to two-year un-
A petition with signatures of regis-
tered voters is part of the qualifying
process. Town Clerk Dorothy
Burkhalter reminds potential candi-
dates that it takes several weeks for
the Orange County Supervisor of
Elections Office to verify petition sig-
For more information, call Burkhal-
ter at the town office, 407-876-2563,
planning class to
begin Jan. 3
The community is invited to regis-
ter for the Preparing for your Wed-
ding class at First Baptist Church of
Windermere. The six-week program
will be offered Jan. 3-Feb. 7 at the
church, 300 N. Main St., room FLC
100, in Windermere.
If you are planning a wedding or
preparing for a special event this
course will help you in the process.
Participants will learn easy planning
steps. The cost for the course is $30,
and Patti Andreone, a wedding coor-
dinator, is the instructor. For more in-
formation and a reservation, call 407-
Family Movie Night
Area families are invited to come
to the Windermere Library Thursday,
Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. for a special trip
through the galaxy with a showing of
the movie Alistair in Outer Space.
Families are invited stay for an arts
and crafts session to make a space
For more information, call the
branch at 407-876-7540.
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Thursday, December 28, 2006 The West Orange Times 13A
December Business After Hours at Doubletree
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce held its December Business
After Hours at the Doubletree Hotel at Universal on Kirkman Road Dec.
14. Some of the members attending included (l-r) John Ramos of Safe-
guard and Amy Rode of Fairwinds Credit Union.
Linda Smith (left) of First Commercial Bank and Gayle Pryor of Subway
were among the guests at the December Chamber party.
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Pat Gleason. a WO Chamber Ambassador, discusses Chamber mem-
bership with Dawn Rhodes, doctor of podiatric medicine in the Shoppes
of Millenia, and Donell Hicks of Main Street Realtors.
Chamber members (I-r) Amine Zenjari of First Avenue Mortgage, Steven
Van Varick of Steven's Handyman and Carpentry and Jennifer McGin-
nis of Val-Pak stop for a photo during the event at Doubletree.
Southwest Book Club to
discuss book by author
The Southwest Book Club will meet
Jan. 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. to discuss
Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira.
For more information on the book
group, call the main library at 407-
835-7323, Ext. 6027. Librarian Sandy
Mayer is the event organizer.
Singles Dance set for
Jan. 6 at St. Luke's
St. Luke's Singles will host a First
Saturday Singles Dance on Saturday,
Jan. 6, from 8-11 p.m. Central Flori-
da Entertainment will provide music
Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the
cost is $8 per person. A finger-food
buffet and soft drinks are included in
the admission price. The dance will
take place in the gymnasium, Build-
ing C, in the Fellowship Center.
The church is located at 4851 S.
Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. For
more information and directions, call
407-876-4991, Ext. 236, or the Sin-
gles hotline at 407-876-4991, Ext. 300.
Shrine concert series
continues with Borowsky
The Music Department at Mary,
Queen of the Universe Shrine re-
cently announced details of its up-
coming 2006-07 Shrine Concert Se-
ries. All programs are held in the
Shrine Church, 8300 Vineland Road,
Orlando, beginning at 7 p.m. There is
ample free parking.
The Borowsky Family, also known
as The American Virtuosi, will per-
form at the Shrine on Tuesday, Jan.
16. This musical family from Mary-
land has been praised all over the
world for its extraordinary individu-
al and collaborative musicianship.
The group includes Frances-Grace,
10,.playing the cello; Emmanuel, 16,
violin; Elizabeth, 19, piano; and Ce-
cylia Barczyk, cello; and Charles,
harmonica. Music experts and audi-
ences have enthusiastically applaud-
ed them not only for their musical
achievements, but also for exempli-
fying the effectiveness of a family
working together in harmony.
The Shrine is near the Lake Buena
Vista Interstate 4 exit 68. Tickets are
available at the Shrine gift shop or at
the door on concert nights. For in-
formation on ticket pricing or other
questions, call the Shrine Music De-
partment at 407-239-6600. Ext. 38
or e-mail to
Don't Forget! A class
on Learning How to
Remember Jan. 31
The community is invited to par-
ticipate in a workshop Wednesday,
Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. at Southwest Library
to learn how to improve your memo-.
ry. This special program for seniors
will be led by Laura D'Arcy of Or-
lafido Regional Healthcare's Memo-
ry Disorder Clinic.
set for Jan. 9-10
is sponsoring a free diabetes
screening from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Jan. 9-10 at Kmart, 7603
Turkey Lake Road, Orlando.
Other blood tests to evaluate
cholesterol levels, liver func-
.tion, H. Pylori, thyroid func-
tion, PSA and blood types will
be offered with results a% aill-
For more information, call
Data Doctors celebrates opening with ribbon-cutting ceremony
Data Doctors recently celebrated the opening of its new facility at 5048 Dr. Phillips Blvd. with a ribbon-cut-
ting ceremony. The West Orange Chamber Ambassadors were on hand for the event. Pictured (l-r) are Car-
ol Cross, Chesta Hembrooke, Brian Shafer, Brian Rood, Dorcas Dillard.and Anette Luck. Data Doctors goal
is to focus on people and data before technology. The business offers quality computer repair and main-
tenance, as well as equipment sales for the home or office, including custom computers, service calls at
home or business locations and data recovery.
Girl Scouts conquer grime for Gold Award project
Senior Girl Scout Troop 202 recently
completed the Gold Award, a project
equivalent to the Boy Scout rank of
Eagle Scout. The.project was to clean,
paint, replace, update and renovate
eight bathrooms at Southwest Middle
School, where most of the girls had
The Scouts raised funds for the pro-
ject with several activities, along with
requests for donations as required by the
Gold Award Committee. After getting
committee approval and permission
from the principal of Southwest Mid-
dle, the\ stained work on the large pro-
ject b\ pressure washing and cleaning
the dirt. grime, mold, trash and worst
Learn gardening tips at
Area residents are invited to meet-
ing gardening guru Tom MacCubbin
at the Southwest Library Thursday,
Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. A columnist for
the Orhlndol Senrinel. tacCubbin will
discuss tips on edible landscaping and
of all, spit wads out of the bathrooms.
Then, they primed and painted over
the profane and somewhat risqu6 graf-
fiti on the bathrooms walls. Now each
set of four bathrooms has a new colorful
paint design, including stripes, splat-
ter paint and large circle and square
In addition, the girls replaced any
broken fixtures. ,
After the dirty work was done, the
girls handed out a survey to students
asking for a critique of the new and
improved restroom facilities. The stu-
dents and faculty responded that they
were extremely pleased with the re-
This project was completed during
Girls participating in the project in-
cluded Sarah Popp, Rachel LaCroix,
Taylor Stewart, Samantha Cottingham,
Karin Yarnell, Sarah Sikes, Lauren.
Moffitt and Emily Veiling. The troop
leader was Julie Popp, and the project
advisor was Dr. Anne Carcara, princi-
pal of Southwest Middle School.
The girls hope that these newly re-
decorated and cleaned bathrooms at
the school will benefit the students s
well as the faculty by raising the qual-
ity of the school environment, which is
a second home for both the students
and the faculty alike.
Enterprise Rent A Car teams with DPHS to help Relay For Life
Dr. Phillips High will be team-
ing up with Enterprise Rent a Car for.
a fund-raiser to support the South-
west Orlando Relay For Life. Start-
ing Feb. 1 and running through
March 31, Enterprise will offer a
$300 donation to Relay For Life
(Grandparents R Us and Business
Academy teams) for every car it
If you purchase a car at Enter-
prise, just specify that you heard
about the special offer and want to
designate the donation to DPHS.
For more information, call the
school at 407-355-3201.
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Keeping warm during Light Up Oakland
Town Manager Maureen Rischitelli serves hot chocolate and cookies to Oakland residents Sue and Fred
Shepherd at the town's recent Light Up Oakland event.
Learn the Bible
NEXT Community Church is of-
fering a comprehensive study cover-
ing the entire Bible beginning Sun-
day, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. at the town of
Oakland meeting hall. Pastor Scott
Billue said this is an exciting and prac-
tical book-by-book survey of the
Bible. The study will answer ques-
tions such as Who wrote the Bible?
Why is there an Old and New Testa-
ment? What is the Ark of the
Those who complete this study, Bil-
lue said, will have a basic under-
standing of every book in the Bible
and why each book is located where
it is. In addition, they will know some-
thing about every major character
written about in the Scriptures.
For more information on this jour-
ney, call Pastor Billue at 407-654-
The town of Oakland has planned a
series of neighborhood events and ac-
tivities for each month.
January A volunteer appreciation
party at the end of the month.
February Oakland Avenue Char-
ter School will host a Groundhog Day
program. The school's FCAT parade
is Feb. 23.
March St. Patrick's Day parade
April Charter school students will
perform the annual play Goin' Buggy,
and a second performance night is ten-
tatively planned for townspeople.
May and June Children are invit-
ed to the meeting hall to make cards
and crafts for their parents on the Sat-
urdays before Mother's Day and Fa-
Club meets monthly
The British Heritage Club meets on
the first Tuesday of the month at the
Oakland Presbyterian Church in Oak-
land at 7:30 p.m. Anyone of British her-
itage is welcome to join.
Call Doris Merchant at 407-877-8280
for more information.,
Dyer honored for efforts with Lake Apopka
The Friends of Lake Apopka and Oakland Nature Preserve Inc. re-
cently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Lake Apopka Restoration
Act, which started the major restoration of Lake Apopka. Orlando May-
or Buddy Dyer (left) received a plaque sponsored by the 2 organizations
for his work on this project. Dyer, who was serving as senator at the time,
introduced the act in the state senate and worked hard toward pas-
sage. The act was signed by Gov. Lawton Chiles in June 1996 and
purchase of the farms was initiated immediately and completed 2 years
later. With Dyer is Jim Thomas.
Fill out a safety
The Oakland Police Department of-
fers a security questionnaire to help
residents identify safety needs in their
If necessary, an officer can assist
residents in inspecting the home and
offer tips for improving safety.
For more information, call the OPD
File of Life available
The File of Life program is available
in Oakland. The packets include an
information card that gives emergen-
cy personnel an immediate medical
history on the patient.
Residents can pick up a File of Life
packet at the Oakland Police Depart-
ment, 540 E. Oakland Ave.
Going wild over the holidays
Oakland Avenue Charter School goes 'wild' over the 1st float it has ever entered into the Winter Garden
'Christmas Parade. Above, some proud Eagle parents and students pose with Principal Marcia Cason (cen-
:ter, with safari hat). One. of the parents even went 'ape' for the jungle-themed float.
Saving an endangered species
Don Hickman, board member with the Oakland Nature Preserve, care-
fully follows Jim Thomas's instruction for planting the endangered Pi-.
geon-Wing Clitoria at ONP. Frank Merritt helped with the planting of 15
specimens of the threatened species. This plant is found naturally in only
a few locations in Central Florida. The specimens were rescued from
a site near ONP that was bulldozed for development. Efforts to save these
plants by relocating them have only been successful twice in the past,
so these will be watched with great anticipation.
Town of Oakland
Town of Oakland meetings are reg-
ularly held in the meeting hall on
North Tubb Street. For more infor-
mation, call Town Hall at 407-656-
Town Commission, second and
fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Planning & Zoning Board, third
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
School Advisory Council for Oak-
land Avenue Charter School, first
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Community Redevelopment, third
.Wednesday, 7 p.a.
Parks and Recreation Committee,
fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m.
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or an event to promote can e-mail the
information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Billue starts NEXT
Pastor Scott Billue, formerly of
Ocoee Christian Church, has formed
NEXT Community Church. NEXT is
a new non-denominational church
plant no\\ holding services Sundays at
10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Oakland
Town Meeting Hall.
For more information, go to
contactPastor Scott at 407-654-9661
Oakland police giving
The Oakland Police Department has
developed a "courtesy notice" for
homeowners. Officers on patrol dur-
ing the early-morning hours often see
residences that are left unprotected,
said Police Chief Tim Driscoll. Some-
times, he said, officers find a garage
door is left open, vehicle lights are on
or equipment or toys are left in the yard.
Officers will leave a courtesy notice
at the home explaining the problem to
help the resident avoid becoming an
easy target for a crime.
Residents and organizations can rent
the Oakland meeting hall on North
Tubb Street. Rental includes use of
the kitchen facilities and a seating ca-
pacity of 108. To download a rental
contract and price list, go to www.oak-
townusa.com and click on "meeting
hall facility." For information, call
Oakland Town Hall at 407-656-1117.
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Bloom 'N' Grow meets
Julia Anita Strimple, 1 of Bloom 'N' Grow Garden Society's own mem-
bers, presented the club's December program. Her topic was Holiday
Hors D'oeuvres, using figs as the main ingredient. She has written 3 cook-
books and booklets on etiquette. Pictured are 3 club members celebrating
birthdays in December: (I-r) Jan Cochran, Marilyn Kelyman and Mari-
Windermere Union has pre-kindergarten openings available
Windermere Union Church supply fee, and tuition is $180 per
Preschool has openings in its pre- month for the three-day class and $240
'kindergarten (4-year-old) program. for the fi\e-day class.
The school offers a three-day class Parents also have the opportunity
that meets on Monday. Wednesday to extend the class day until 2:15 p.n.
and Fnday or a five-day program that for an addiuonal fee.
meets each weekday. For more information. call 407-909-
School hours are9:15 a.m. to 12:15 0464. The school is located at 10710
p.m. There is a $100 registration and Parkridge-Gotha Road. Windermere."
Learn public-speaking skills at
Do \ou have a fear of speaking in
front of an audience? Adults can eas-
ily learn public speaking and leadership
skills by attending Vista Toastmasters
Club 7250. The group meets weekly in
the community room at the Southwest
Library. 7255 Della Drive, off Dr.
Phillips Boulevard. Meetings take
place each Thursday from 6:45-8 p.m.
New members are welcome, and
Sand Lake Hospital
Orlando Regional Sand Lake Hos-
pital is looking for volunteers to per-
form various duties throughout the
hospital. These duties include work-
ing with the patient art acti\ ity cart.
in the mail room and as patient advo-
For more information, call 407-351 -
8530 or go to n wwn.orhs.org. click on
getting involved and complete the vol-
unteer application for Sand Lake Hos-
support group meets
on the 4th Monday
Area residents are invited to a free
support group for people with chron-
ic illnesses, including liver diseases
and hepatitis C. at St. Luke's United
Methodist Church. The group meets
the fourth Monday of each month
from 7-9 p.m. For more information,.
call the church office at 407-876-4991
or Katie at 407-351-5582. The church
is located at 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland
The West Orange Times
will run your engagement and
wedding announcement on the
social page. Forms are avail-
able at the newspaper office,
720 S. Dillard St.. Winter Gar-
den. Deadline is the Friday
prior to the Thursday isspe.
For details. call 407-656-2.121.
Toastmasters weekly meetings
there is no charge For more infor-
mation, go to w\\w.vistatoastmas-
The purpose of the club is to help
members become beer speakers and
leaders while enjoying the process.
Toastmasters International is the
world's largest educational organiza-
tion devoted to communication and
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(State Road 438)
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Dr. Robert P. Hines, Jr.
West Orange Seniors
hold Christmas dinner
Forty-seven members of the West
Orange Seniors enjoyed their annual
Christmas dinner held at Golden Pond
in Winter Garden last Thursday. A
, special guest was Mayor Scott Van-
S"We had a very nice dinner with
lots of door prizes," said Frances
Watts, outgoing club president.
Frances thanks the members for the
very special gift they gave her, a four-
wheeled walker to help her take trips
to the bank and grocery store. She said
she also appreciated the many cards
and gifts presented to her.
Providing the door prizes were Bet-
ty J's Florist, Franco's, Shaw's Flow-
ers and Gifts and the Ocoee Caf6.
New officers installed at the Christ-
mas dinner were President Helen Es-
posito, 1st Vice President Frances
Watts, Vice President Mary Black,
Secretary Betty Boggs and Treasurer
The Seniors are offering prayers for
fellow members Ruby Akers, Joyce
Chambers and Duane Manning, who
are ill or injured.
Book club discussion
Windermere Union Church, Unit-
ed Church of Christ will continue its
monthly book club on Monday, Jan.
15, at 7 p.m. at Borders Books locat-
ed at 9441 W. Colonial Drive in Ocoee
w ith a discussion of the book, Rise
and Shine, by Anna Quindlen. The
novel is about a morning talk show\
host who has ever thing going for her
until she utters tw o words that change
her life and the lies of those around
All are welcome. The group meets
regularly on the third Monday of the
month at Borders. For more informa-
tion. call 407-876-2112. The church is
located at 10710 Parkridge Gotha
Local quilt club invites
Area residents are invited to join
Land of Cotton Quilters for weekly
meetings on the first and third Tues-
day of each month from 10 a.m. to 2
'p.m. Participants are asked to bring
whatever quilting projects they are
working on: irons, cutting boards and
machine space will be provided. The
club is For new and experienced quil-
For meeting location and more in-
formation, e-mail Kim Lippy at _Kim-
Lippy@iaol.com_ or go to ww\v.geoc-
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Children & Youth Ministry
Senior Citizen Events
Vacation Bible School
Summer Music Camp
8:45 a.m. Informal &
11:00 a.m. Traditional
An Exciting New Christian Environment For High School Students
Family Christian School
6- I Beulab Rd \'.ntea Girden, FL 347s-
Announcing Open Enrollment for 9th, and 10th Grades
for the 2007 2008 School Year
January 29 February 2, 2007
Small Class Sizes
Student Leadership Emphasis
Sports and Club Activities
For more Information or to arrange student shadowing, call: 407-656-7904.
Family Christian School does not discriminate In its admissions of students based on race, color, national or
ethnic origin. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the
administration of its educational policies, programs or activities.
SW Library is
hosting art exhibit
The Southwest Library will
exhibit the art of Sandra Na-
mur through December. The
exhibit is titled A Mother's
Peace: Painting in the Im-
Namur was born in Sao
Paulo, Brazil. She completed
her first picture at age 5 and
has not stopped creating art.
She has a bachelor's degree
in design from Mackenzie
University and more than 20
years experience in using dry
pastel, oil acrylic, craybn and
Namur has won numerous
awards for her art in various
countries around the world,
including Brazil, France and
In 2004, one of her paint-
ings was exhibited at the Or-
lando Museum of Art.
Holy Family plans
to form depression
Holy Family Catholic Church is of-
fering a depression supportgroup. If
you are in the midst of depression,
li\e with someone w ho is depressed or
has expenenced depression and ish
to help others. consider joining this
A definite date and time for the
meetings has not been set and will de-
pend on the responses received.
The group will meet at the church.
5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Or-
lando. For more information and to
join. call 407-876-5320.
Needlework group meets
at Windermere Library
Area residents are invited to join an
informal needlework group that meets
on the first and third Wednesday of
each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
the Windermere Librar. Participants
are encouraged to bring all types of
stitching projects, including cross-
stitch, needlepoint, crewel, quilting and
more. For details, call 407-877-1011.
MR. AND MRS. ARMSTRONG
Armstrong-Mahjoub wedding vows spoken
Tina Joy Mahjoub and Thomas.
Franklin Armstrong Ill. both of
NletroWest. exchanged wedding \vo\ s
at Cypress Growe Park on No\. 11.
The reception was held in a tent on
the grounds mnuediately afterward
Tina's parents. like and Terri
Nlahjoub. both reside in MetroWest.
as well as Thomas' mother. Susan
After the wedding. the couple spent
a 10-day honeymoon in Punta Cana.
Donunican Republic. and \will con-
tinue to reside in letro\Vest
Tna is the community relations co-
ordinator at Health Central m Ocoee.
and Thomas is a database techmncian
w ith McKesson.
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