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4 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 Meet the candidates: Ocoee commission GABBY BAQUERO NEWS EDITOR T wo of the four seats on the Ocoee City Commission are being contested in the upcoming election to be held Tuesday, March 13. Vying for the City Commission's District 2 seat is retired Ocoee police sergeant and political newcomer Robert Rivera. Rivera is running against incumbent Rosemary Wilsen, who is seeking her fourth threeyear term as a city commissioner. Running for the commission District 4 seat is Ocoee resident George Oliver III, and incumbent Joel F. Keller, who has served on the commission since 2006 and is seeking his fifth three-year term in public office. Oliver also ran against Keller during the 2015 election. The four candidates will participate in the Feb. 26 Ocoee Political Forum, hosted by the Woman's Club of Ocoee. The forum is free and open to the public and will be broadcast live on Ocoee TV channel 493. Anyone in attendance is wel come to submit written ques tions for the candidates. Those watching the debate during the broadcast may submit questions as well by calling (407) 554-7118, or emailing Responses have been edited for space. For complete answers, visit IF YOU GO OCOEE POLITICAL FORUM WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 26 WHERE: Ocoee City Hall Commission Chambers, 150 N. Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee GEORGE OLIVER III Age: 51 Occupation: Pharmaceutical compliance monitor Education: MBA Civic involvement: Bene!ts coordinator of local American Legion Years living in Ocoee: 16 years Why are you the most qualified candidate? It's as simple as comparing rotten apples to fresh oranges. On the one hand, you have leader ship that has continually sat back and watched our fair city remain economically stagnant, starv ing for new life. On the other hand, you have a candidate with a fresh new perspective on retail economic development, effec tive leadership, education and citizen empowerment. I possess the vision to move our city out of complacency and put us in a position to attract large retail and tech giants to our community. #oneocoee What goals do you want to accomplish? One of the first things that I plan to look into as a commis sioner is the probing question of why our current commissioners do not have a budget to address local community initiatives. I'm also interested in writing a grant to create summer enrichment programs for our youth. In addi tion to that, we have found that many of our children are in need of school supplies when heading back to school each year. I would like to spearhead a citywide backto-school drive. After review ing the statistics of foreclosures in our city, we also found that many citizens are still losing their homes. Therefore, I plan to put together a task force of local citizens with specific skill sets to help those who are in jeopardy of losing their homes. What issues or regulations need to be revisited? The city has made great strides in its planning and zoning efforts, however, I feel that more should, and can, be done toward review ing some of the old zoning rules and restrictions. One of the big gest challenges we face as a city is the lack of diversified leadership and vision. ROSEMARY WILSEN Age: 62 Occupation: Social worker, program coordinator for West Orange Christian Service Center Education: Social work degree from UCF Civic Involvement: Woman's Club of Ocoee, current member; Ocoee Lions Club, current member; TriCounty League of Cities, current board member and former presi dent; West Orange Healthcare District trustee; and more Years living in Ocoee: 20 years Why are you the most qualified candidate? As a social worker helping local people in need and as a wife married for the past 38 years and raising two daughters, I know firsthand the problems of run ning a home and keeping a family together. This makes me the most qualified candidate, because I understand the problems and have been your commissioner in the city of Ocoee for the past nine years. ... Prior to being a commis sioner, I was involved in numer ous organizations in Ocoee and have continued my volunteerism since elected. What goals do you want to accomplish? The city's master plan, which was developed with citizen input, will finally become a reality. Our growing downtown area will be a wonderful gathering spot with the Bill Breeze Park rejuvena tion on Starke Lake, and we will connect to the West Orange Trail to walk, jog or ride your bicycle. A new city hall will be built along with the expansion of the Lake shore Center and improvements around the historic WithersMaguire House. What issues or regulations need to be revisited? We need to expand and improve our parks and recreation area recreation is such a vital part of Ocoee. Roads need to be resurfaced, repaved and repaired to keep traffic moving safely. City sidewalks need to be kept in safe condition. Reclaimed water requests have been heard, and these have been moving forward with Lake Olympia neighbor hoods and are being brought online with reclaimed water. CITY COMMISSION DISTRICT 2 SEAT JOEL F. KELLER Age: 63 Occupation: Business systems analyst Education: Computer science Civic involvement: City Commis sion; Citizen Advisory Committee; Ocoee Planning Board; Sawmill Homeowner Association; Ocoee Middle School and West Orange High School PTA. Years living in Ocoee: 27 years Why are you the most qualified candidate? Having been involved with the city boards since 2000 and the commission since 2006, I have a strong working knowledge of what we are trying to do and how we are working with the citizens and developers to accomplish those goals. What goals do you want to accomplish? I want to see the growth of our downtown come to fruition. We have spent much time with the citizens planning for its growth. With the plans for a connec tion of downtown to the West Orange Trail, to the downtown infrastructure improvements, to the changes to Bill Breeze Park, to improvements to the roads, to increasing the Lakeshore Cen ter these projects need to stay on track. Also along the (S.R.) 50 corridor, I would like to see City Center and the 50 and Maguire projects continue to go forward increasing our businesses. The other main goal is to continue working to have all of Ocoee as one ZIP code. What issues or regulations need to be revisited? The ZIP code issue has to be kept on the forefront. In Ocoee, we have seven different ZIP codes. This creates issues for citi zens who want to use our facili ties when their address shows they live in Apopka or Orlando or the other non-Ocoee ZIP codes. Various insurance rates are determined by the ZIP code, and for the most part, we can reduce rates. For example, with our fire department having an ISO rating of 1, we are are in the top half of 1% of all fire departments in the country, (which) reduces home owner insurance costs. CITY COMMISSION DISTRICT 4 SEAT ROBERT RIVERA Age: 56 Occupation: Retired city of Ocoee police sergeant Education: Military Police Academy; United States Air Force dog-handling school; Florida criminal justice police academy; studied criminal justice in college while serving overseas in the U.S. Army. Civic involvement: Spring Fling, Poker Run bene!t, police com munity picnic, police internships, Shop with a Cop Years living in Ocoee: 28 years Why are you the most qualified candidate? As a veteran, I bring a sense of duty, dedication and devotion. As a retired police sergeant for this city, I bring 29 years of government experience and service to the public. I understand the need for repairing our streets, for productive communication between city government and its citizens, and the need to have a voice in government spending. What goals do you want to accomplish? Improve communication by responding to questions the citizens may have and addressing their concerns in a timely man ner. My second goal is to improve government efficiency by engag ing the city employees in an effort to understand what they feel is necessary for a good working relationship. What issues or regulations need to be revisited? The majority of the concerns I have heard from citizens was fiscal responsibility and infra structure. I want to ensure money is spent responsibly and all the city's departments are fully staffed so that infrastructure work and public safety are used efficiently. What are the biggest challenges for Ocoee? Responsible growth. I want to take a look at the process that is required for businesses to estab lish themselves in the city and to look into the city's inspection process and impact fees. From there, I can gauge what changes may be needed to attract busi nesses to our city. O bserver Publisher / Dawn Willis, Executive Editor / Michael Eng, Design Editor / Jessica Eng, Senior Sports Editor / Steven Ryzewski, News Editor / Gabby Baquero, Community Editor / Amy Quesinberry, Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, Sta! Writer / Eric Gutierrez, Advertising Executives Michelle Gentry, Cyndi Gustafson, Creative Services Tony Trotti, Customer Service Representatives Allison Brunelle, Katie Rehm, "If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy." Friedrich Hayek "Road to Serfdom," 1944 WEST ORANGE TIMES The West Orange Times & Observer (USPS 687-120) is published weekly for $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County) by the Observer Media Group, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787. Periodical postage paid at Winter Garden, Florida. POSTMASTER send address changes to the West Orange Times & Observer 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787. CONTACT US The West Orange Times & Observer is published once weekly, on Thursdays. The West Orange Times & Observer can be found in many commercial locations throughout West Orange County and at our o" ce. If you wish to subscribe, visit our website,, call (407) 656-2121 or visit our o" ce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden. TO ADVERTISE For display or digital advertising call (407) 656-2121. For Classi" eds call (407) 656-2121. SEND US YOUR NEWS We want to hear from you. Let us know about your events, celebrations and achievements. 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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 BLACK TIE ORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: The Wonderwomen Club: Valentine's Luncheon. 11 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Orlando Gala. 12 T he area around Winter Garden's downtown pavilion was covered in bright splashes of green Friday, Feb. 16, for the Winter Garden Art Association's Splash Gala. This year's theme, a Splash of Green, encouraged guests to come dressed with a pop of green. The gala is the biggest annual fundraiser for the organization, which promotes education and appreciation of the arts in Winter Garden. Guests at the event enjoyed dinner, drinks, a silent auction and entertainment from Jim Gentry and the Groove. DANIELLE HENDRIX A HUE-GE' SPLASH The city of Winter Garden sta! and commissioners, along with their families, were happy to support the Winter Garden Art Association. Sherri and Dave Vernon and Lori and Samir Burschan enjoyed the beautiful evening. This dress, created by Ben Van Beusekom, was made entirely from Hurricane Irma debris. West Orange Chamber of Commerce President Stina D'Uva, Lynn Walker Wright and Nick D'Uva enjoyed the nice weather. Lori Warren, Joanne Filotas and Pam Schmidt looked stunning. David and Leah Vernon and Tara and Matt Moore were happy to support the arts. Jim Gentry and the Groove provided the music and entertainment.


WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 21 The landscape for boys and girls lacrosse promises to be as exciting as ever this spring. Here are five storylines to follow as the tem perature heats up along with the action on the field. ROAD WARRIORS? In addition to the usual unknowns that accompany any preseason, the West Orange boys and girls lacrosse teams both of which made the playoffs in 2017 have the added unknown of whether they will play any home games this spring. Work began on replacing the synthetic turf at Raymond Screws Field at West Orange High that was damaged during Hurricane Irma, but it remains to be seen if the work will be done in time for either team to reclaim some home games. As for coaching, the teams have two different situations. West Orange's boys return Bill Baker, who has become the dean of lacrosse coaches on the west side of Orange County, as he enters his 12th season leading the Warriors. Meanwhile, the West Orange girls team is without former coach Mary Hopkins but is in the capable hands of former Ocoee head coach Nikki Thorndill, who was hired in August. It's LAX to the max as area teams ready for 2018 season STEVEN RYZEWSKI SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR LACROSSE PREVIEW MEET THE NEW KIDS There is a consistency to the plight of many of the first-year programs at Windermere High. To offset relatively inexpe rienced rosters without any seniors, former athletic director Fred Priest and current athletic director Mike Grenci have put together a coaching staff with experience in bunches. Such is the case with lacrosse, where Richard Kaetzal has been named the boys head coach, and Ann Bomleny the girls head coach. Kaetzal previously coached Ocoee, where he took a strug gling program and helped it earn three consecutive winning sea sons in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He is now hopeful to do the same and more with the Wolverines. Bomleny is the executive direc tor and head coach for Storm Select Lacrosse one of the premiere travel programs in the region. She has coached AllAmericans and many college prospects, even being named as an assistant coach for the Brine All-American Team in 2015. SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE There are certainties in life. There is death, there are taxes, and there is the likelihood that the Olympia girls lacrosse team will have a strong season in spite of having relatively few "blue chip" college prospects. After making the state semifi nals in three consecutive seasons from 2014-16, the Titans missed the playoffs in 2017 which makes this a group hungry to return to form. Four seniors who have played varsity all four years Katie and Erin Collier, Kirra Byerly and Finley Cassidy will hope to lead that playoff push, joined by three talented freshmen. In addition to playing in a rug ged district, the Titans will have regular season challenges that include games against St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte Country Day (North Carolina) and Vero Beach. POSTSEASON QUEST After years of watching their chief rival, Olympia, make it all the way to the state semifinals, the Dr. Phillips girls lacrosse team seemed poised to break out in 2017 and, for the most part, they did just that. The Panthers won their first 15 games before a devastating loss to Bishop Moore (which DP had beat in the regu lar season) in the district cham pionship. This spring, returners Justine Decker, Yasmeen Garib, Kambria Barry, Mary Sosebee and Zariah Durham will be joined by freshman standout Sara Freeman with the goal of going further. Head coach Tim Morse has added former Ocoee coach Briana Murphy to his staff and the Pan thers will face a rugged schedule that includes Georgia state run ner-up Cambridge, St. Thomas Aquinas and Vero Beach. TO 100 AND BEYOND District runner-up a season ago, The First Academy Royals boys team has a few things on its todo list. First, the Royals would need to win two games and get vet eran head coach David Oliver his 100th win Oliver has a record of 98-46 over nine seasons at TFA. Next, a group of returners led by Brennen Fountain, Jackson Mer ritt, Luke Hurbanis, Robert Ernst, Tanner Pohl and David Prinsell will compete to win their district. Oliver believes his team's expe rience and chemistry make it a contender in its district and beyond. Steven Ryzewski West Orange lacrosse players Nick Witten, left, Meghan Bomleny, Mikey Berkman, Jenna Douglas and Ryan Bur don are hopeful they will get to play at least one home game this spring. 2-22-18 2018 Universal Uclick CROSSWORD SIDE SHOW by Timothy B. 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