A local developer has filed a law suit against the City of Winter Garden alleging that the city has not met its contractual obligations regarding landscaping and sidewalk requirements along the south side of East Plant Street. GIL Inc., at 1150 E. Plant St., filed the lawsuit against the city on Thursday, March 15. In December 2008, the city and GIL Inc. owner George Douglas Laman entered into a contract. According to the contract, the city would purchase land from WEST ORANGE TIMES &YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.Celebrating more than 110 years in West OrangeObserver FREE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 VOLUME 85, NO. 12Local developer sues City of Winter GardenGeorge Laman, owner of GIL Inc., led a lawsuit against the city for not meeting contractual obligations regarding landscaping requirements. West Orange Habitat for Humanity gears up for Women Build Day. SEE PAGE 9. Winter Garden celebrates luck of the Irish. SEE PAGE 13.SEE LANDSCAPING PAGE 8 50 WOMEN STRONG CELTIC CELEBRATION WINTER GARDEN PD TO HOST ACADEMYThe Winter Garden Police Department is hosting its next Citizens Police Academy starting Wednesday, March 28. The program runs for nine weeks and gives residents an insight into the workings of the police department. Applications and qualications are available at wgpd.com. For information, call (407) 656-3636, Ext. 4076, or email kprice@ wgpd.com.YOUR TOWN ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERDriftwood Market opening in Winter GardenThe owners of the shop in College Park are opening a second location on Plant Street in early May. SEE PAGE 4. Bridgewater students choose kindnessBridgewater students participated in a walkout to pay tribute to the Parkland shooting victims on National Walkout Day. SEE PAGE 3.A CLEAN SLATESherry Easley uses discarded wood for her projects, and she is nding she can learn from the broken pieces of her life and create a new path. SEE PAGE 4.Amy QuesinberrySherry Easley and her daughter, Alivia, create and sell original pieces of art made of scrap wood. INSIDELegacy baseball enjoying strong start. PAGE 17
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LENTEN FISH FRY 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Parish Hall of Resur rection Catholic Church, 1211 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Winter Garden. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children. (407) 656-3113.SATURDAY, MARCH 24CELEBRATION AMONG THE OAKS 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Town Meeting Hall, 221 N. Arrington St., Oak land. Families can enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with the Easter egg hunt at noon. The event will include music by the Good Times Jazz Band, free pony rides, a petting zoo and bounce houses. (407) 656-1117. EVENING AT THE POPS 4:30 p.m. petting zoo, 6:30 p.m. concert Saturday, March 24, at Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. Sit under the stars and enjoy the Orlando Philharmonic Symphony. This annual event by Lake Apopka supports the Rotary Club of Winter Garden to benet local charities. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance and at the gate. VIP tickets are available also. Facebook.com/ eveningatthepops. DALI & DUCHAMP Noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali shared the titles of genius and madman because of their striking and shocking approaches to art. Session 3 of this lecture series discusses the relationship between Dali and Duchamp, as well as Surrealism and Dadaism and their eects on Modern Art. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members and $15 for others. Reservations and payments can be made by calling (407) 347-7996 or by going online at wgart.org.THURSDAY, MARCH 29VIETNAM WAR 50TH ANNIVERSARY GATHERING 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at American Legion Post 63, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. The get-together is for all U.S. veterans who served between Nov. 1, 1955, to May 1975 and their families. vietnamwar50th. com. (407) 656-6361. ART HISTORY TRENDING 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Pop Culture, Social Media & Instagram is this months discussion in the series of art historical topics through the lens of todays social media and pop culture trends, such as seles and food pictures. Register at wgart.org/events/lecturearthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996.FRIDAY, MARCH 30THE WAY OF THE CROSS 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Quest Church, 1450 Citrus Oaks Ave., Gotha. Witness the dramatic retelling of the story of the crucixion as seen through the eyes of various characters. Seating is limited. Admission is free. (407) 293-3696. FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy the Cajun and Zydeco sounds of the Porchdogs. (407) 656-4111.SATURDAY, MARCH 31OCOEE KNIGHTS BAND MATTRESS FUNDRAISER 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway. Name brands such as Simmons Beautyrest will be sold at up to 50% o retail. Every purchase benets the bands trip to Chicago to participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. (407) 905-3000. WINTER GARDEN LIONS CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. Join the Winter Garden Lions Club for its annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children are divided by age; those who nd the golden egg will receive the grand prize for that age group. Winter Gardens police and re departments will be present, and local churches will have arts and crafts for children. There will be a rae for an Easter basket. The Lions Club will be collecting used eyeglasses, eyeglass cases and hearing aids. (407) 656-4155. OCOEE EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Jim Beech Recreation Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road. More than 10,000 candy-lled eggs will decorate the lawn as children scurry to collect the treats. Admission is free. Children 12 and younger can also enjoy fun activities from 10 a.m. to noon, including photos with the Easter Bunny, inatables, face painting and snacks for purchase. Attendees are asked to take a non-perishable food item for the West Orange Christian Service Center. (407) 905-3180; ocoee.org. INTRO TO SOLAR POWER USING SNAP CIRCUITS 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Use Snap Circuits to explore the power of the sun while you build solarpowered alarms and radios and experiment with light levels. Recommended audience: ages 6 to 8. Seating is limited; reg istration recommended. (407) 835-7323.
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 3PREACH 267717 At Growing Together Pediatrics we offer comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents. We provide physicals, immunizations, ADHD/behavior consultations and treatment, acne and eczema care and so much more.Phone: 407-770-1414 1583 E. Silver Star Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761 www.GrowingTogetherPeds.comOpen: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Same day Bridgewater Middle School students gathered for a memorial Wednesday, March 14, to honor the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to participate in National Walkout Day.As Bridgewater Middle School counselor Claudia Lunn read the names of the 17 victims killed in last months shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, hundreds of Bridgewater students stood in a somber silence. A few select students stood behind Lund and released butterflies as each name was read. What followed was another 17 seconds of silence as the students reflected on the tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida. The Bridgewater students gath ered at the schools track field for a memorial in honor of the 17 high school students and staff who lost their lives when a gunman opened fire at their school last month. The memorial was Bridgewater Middle Schools way of participating in National Walkout Day, an event created to honor the shooting victims. Lunn was chosen to read the victimss names because of a personal connection she has to Stoneman Douglas High; she attended the school from 1998 to 2001. I got the best education at Douglas, Lunn said. (The) teachers taught almost like at a college level and really taught you how to argue and debate and think. Its interesting seeing all that coming back now, because I dont think I realized what I received (from Douglas) until everything happened. Although Lunn has family in Parkland with children who attend Stoneman Douglas High School, none were harmed. She went to Parkland the weekend after the shooting and described her visit to the town as surreal. It just didnt seem real, Lunn said. We drove by the school, and that was the first time Id (been to) the school in quite a while. I saw students who were there cry ing. Their lives changed forever. Thats a place that they dont feel safe anymore. I felt sad that that is the memory that they have of that school now whereas I have the privilege of having really happy memories there. Bridgewaters student body vice president, seventh-grader Nailah James, and president, eighth-grader Amanda Cham bers, both weighed in on their schools memorial. They said rather than focusing Bridgewaters walkout event on protesting gun violence, their event brings more focus to school safety. We want to give awareness to schools protection, James said. We want our school protected. With everything going on, we think that some people are protesting and trying to bring up guns and violence into it, but we want to focus on something positive by having a memorial and being more peaceful, Chambers said. (Were) more focused on safety more than just guns. Chambers said the theme of their memorial lines up with the schools theme for the year: Choose Kind. Many of the stu dents at the memorial including James and Chambers wore matching shirts that read Be Kind. Be Safe. Our theme for the entire year is Choose Kind, Chambers said. If youre kind to one another, everyone is connected. If something does happen, you always have someone to lean on and talk to because you have that connection with them. The back of our shirts say, Be Kind. Be Safe. Thats what we mean. Kindness can lead to being more safe. Lunn added that kindness could lead to building strong connections in a community and said, We, as human beings, really want and crave connection at any kind of level. The phrase It takes a village is still so very pertinent today, Lunn said. I think creating that village component that connection where you always have someone to turn to is impor tant to making sure we all feel welcomed and loved and safe. Lunn also said Bridgewaters memorial event is important to let the students know how to peacefully organize towards a goal. The students really want to make the world a better place, Lunn said. Its good for them to know that they can peacefully organize and put their heads together to create something positive, and thats the goal.KINDNESSERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITER Photos by Eric GutierrezHundreds of Bridgewater Middle School Students gathered to hear a speaker during their memorial event. Bridegwater school counselor Claudia Lunn read the names of the 17 students and sta who were killed during last months shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Many of the Bridgewater Middle School students wore these matching shirts to the memorial. Bridgewater teacher Latosha Bolden, left, and Amanda Chambers released a buttery during the memorial.
4 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 ObserverPublisher / Dawn Willis, dwillis@OrangeObserver.com Executive Editor / Michael Eng, meng@OrangeObserver.com Design Editor / Jessica Eng, jeng@OrangeObserver.com Senior Sports Editor / Steven Ryzewski, sryzewski@OrangeObserver.com News Editor / Gabby Baquero, gbaquero@OrangeObserver.com Community Editor / Amy Quesinberry, amyq@OrangeObserver.com Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, dhendrix@OrangeObserver.com Sta Writer / Eric Gutierrez, egutierrez@OrangeObserver.com Advertising Executives Michelle Gentry, mgentry@OrangeObserver.com Cyndi Gustafson, advertising@OrangeObserver.com Creative Services Tony Trotti, ttrotti@OrangeObserver.com Customer Service Representatives Allison Brunelle, abrunelle@OrangeObserver.com Katie Rehm, email@example.com 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. 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To contact us, send your information via email to Michael Eng, meng@ OrangeObserver.com.WEST ORANGE TIMES & 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. All Rights ReservedOrangeObserver.comObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life, Season Magazine and Baldwin Park LivingWhen life gets overwhelming, Sherry Easley pauses and reads aloud the etched wooden artwork that hangs in her bedroom: Restore a dresser: The first thing you do is take off the handles. For me, that was taking alcohol, control and self-will out of my life. The poly, the gloss. This is what others see. Or, what you wanted them to see. Start sand ing! Easley, a resident in Matthew's Hope's transitional housing program, created the piece herself. It's fashioned out of scrap wood salvaged from the discard bin at the Hope Chest wood shop, where she works part-time. The piece is a reflection of her past; but, she has realized, it is permission to forgive that part of her life and concentrate on a better future for her and her children. Easley and her two daughters, Alivia, 22, and Kelly, 19, live in one of the homes on Morgan Street that belong to the Matthews Hope homeless ministry. They work together sometimes all three, sometimes just Easley and Alivia to sand, paint and glue wood scraps that result in original pieces of art. Round wooden circles become eyes on a face, semicircles become the ears or paws of a bear. These projects give them family time, but, more important, Easley is learning how to help her daughter become self-sufficient. Alivia has Down syndrome, and before the family joined the Matthews Hope program, Easley was doing everything for her daughter. She thought this made her a good mother, but what she didn't realize is that she was actually hindering Alivia and her future.BECOMING A BETTER MOTHEREasleys mentor has tasked her with pushing Alivia to see how far she can progress in managing tasks on her own. My job as a mother is to make them live successfully on the things they can do, she said. Alivia will graduate from West Orange High School in May; an advocate suggested Easley start looking now for a job for Alivia. When asked what Alivia could do independently, Easleys list wasnt very long. Until she saw her daughters IEP. We went through her IEP and found her strengths and weak nesses, all these things I didnt even know she could do, Easley said. So I took Alivia out of her box, that I put her in, and said, OK, Alivia, what can you do? Im trying to get her to where she's self-sustainable, to get her ready for the next season in life, Easley said. If something happened to me, would she know how to go to the grocery store? Would she know how to clean the bathroom? Im trying to incorporate her in everything I do. When I get the sale papers and clip coupons, I show her what Im doing. Its a process on how to live on her own and to be able to take care of herself, she said. When we do laundry, she folds the towels. When I clean house, she'll help me wash dishes. She'll help me make beds, she'll help me prepare dinner. When Easley began pushing Alivia to do more, her daughter was frustrated because she had everything done for her for so long. Both mother and daughter have come a long way in navigating this new path. Im just excited that I get to know who she really is, Easley said. She (doesnt) talk much; she'll mimic. (But) now I get to know who she really is. I get to try new things.ONEOFAKIND CREATIONSEasley has two jobs and goes to school but also is required to work five hours per week with Matthews Hope. Alivia goes with her mother on those days. Her job is to help pick out the wood pieces, sand them and paint the base color. Some of their art projects take a few hours, others take a few days, and there is no particular theme. A few of them have sold, including one in a silent auction for $45. The money provides Easley a little spending money. Visit Matthews Hope Chest Creations on Face book to view others for sale. When Easley first got involved in Matthews Hope, she spotted a shelf that was being thrown away at the Hope Chest. She said she saw it as transitional housing. It would ultimately become part of a dollhouse complete with furniture fashioned out of wood scraps, scenes cut out from design magazines, paint sticks and pieces of tile from a sale bin in the Lowes flooring section. Its painted a cheery blue with her worries written on one side and encouraging words on the other. A tree blooms at one end. I envision it going into the new (Matthews Hope) building, Easley said. I know that its a God thing because of the passion that went into making it and I know it wasnt me putting that together. ... When it comes easy, then I know that God had me do it. I dont question it, I just do it, and then it turns out beautiful. She is learning to trust other people, her ability to thrive. Before Matthews Hope, everybody preached at me, she said. With Matthew's Hope, they show you how. You want what they have, and you learn how to get it.LETTING GOEasley, almost 50, did not have an easy childhood. She was in foster care from ages 9 to 18. She met her husband, from whom she is cur rently separated, while living with a co-worker. This relationship was unhealthy, too, and she ended up living with her sister. She ultimately moved into a hotel, taking a server job an hour away. She soon found herself seek ing help with the local homeless program. Part of Easley's healing has been through writing about her past and creating a timeline from birth to age 50. My mentor told me, You're learning about Sherry. You have this clean slate to write whatever you want. Easley said. I have a clean slate with Alivia. All of that in the past, that was just survival mode. That might be my testi mony, now might be my test, and that is my clean slate to start over. Im not the victim anymore.AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORFinding hope for future Does the idea of creating handlettered signs or hand-painted wine glasses sound like a fun evening out? Come May, such a business is opening in downtown Winter Garden. Driftwood Market currently has a storefront in College Park and soon will open a second location at 46 W. Plant St. The shop is owned by the mother-daughter team of Donna Price and Bonnie DiCocco, who cur rently are working on a calendar of art classes for Winter Garden. But the store will offer so much more, DiCocco said. She and Price are putting together a collection of unique gift items and home dcor and are excited about supporting local artists, including painters, a potter. Sections in the store will include bath and beauty, stationery, wedding, baby, gourmet foods and the Parisian line of Lampeberger scent burners. A garden section will offer succulents and planters. A mens gift section will include wooden watches, personalized flasks and the popular line of Daneson flavored toothpicks. The holiday department will rotate. DiCocco said they plan to hold several community events each month. At the College Park store this month, a vendor with a peddle cart sold craft doughnuts and coffee. Last weekend, green beer was available on St. Patricks Day. One of the most fun things we do is we have a space where we teach art classes, usually like a ladies night, DiCocco said. Wine-glass painting, letter ing classes are very popular, we do succulent terrariums, bath bombs. Its just fun stuff. Ladies come, men can come too, we serve wine, and they leave with a beautiful piece of art.MOTHERDAUGHTER TEAMThe pair originally opened a shop in Artegon Marketplace, in Orlando. When that closed, they found a location in College Park, but their goal has always been to open a store in Winter Garden, where they live. I love Winter Garden, DiCocco said. It is my home. My end goal was always to be in Winter Garden, but its hard to get in. We always knew we would have a store there, we just didnt know when and where. After hearing a gift store in the heart of downtown was closing, they grabbed the opportunity. They hope to open in early May. Driftwood Market will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. In the meantime, visit driftwoodmarket.net to get a glimpse of what the new store will offer.AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORGifts, decor, art coming to downtown Courtesy renderingDriftwood Market will be located at 46 W. Plant St. in Winter Garden. Amy QuesinberryRecycled pieces of wood, tile and fabric were used in this unique dollhouse made by Sherry Easley.
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6 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018Whenever Linda Noble showed up to cater an event, her customers always would ask her if she owned a restaurant. After more than 10 years of catering and selling her Filipino cuisine from concession stands at various events, Noble and her family opened the doors to Inays Kitchen Feb. 10. Ive done catering since 2004, Noble said. We decided to (open) this restaurant, because a lot of people asked me, Wheres your permanent restaurant? A lot of people were requesting me to (open a restaurant). Noble co-owns the restaurant with her five sisters, while her mother, Dominga Mangundayao, and best friend, Maria Mulligan, lend a helping hand around the kitchen. Its a dream come true for every one of us, Noble said. Recommended menu items include authentic Filipino dishes like chicken adobo, a dish of chicken, potato and finely chopped onions braised in sauce made of vinegar, soy sauce, peppercorns and bayleaf; and pork menudo, made out of pork, car rots, bell peppers, raisins and black olives braised in a tomato sauce. Owners also recommended trying the grilled pork kabobs, which have been marinated over night in a homemade sweet bar becue sauce and then grilled and glazed with the same sauce. Every single customer has made a compliment about our food, Arias said. Our food is really authentic. We have our own style of Filipino food. 267970 MarksFloorsOnline.com *e most durable, Easiest to clean carpet on the planetTM Special Financing Available NOW FEATURINGALL PET IS THE ONLY CARPET PROTECTION AND WARRANTY FOR ALL PETS, ALL ACCIDENTS, ALL THE TIME. 3985 N. Hwy. 19-A Mount Dora, FL 32757 352-385-0303301-F E. Washington St. Minneola, FL 34715 352-394-0303731 S. Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 407-410-8998 3 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! 267478 IN OCOEE407-905-7898 firstname.lastname@example.org IN WINTER GARDEN407-654-3037 email@example.com So local, it feels like your garage! Call Today! 267710 Trane Comfort Specialists. Quality Work & Customer Satisfaction is our #1 PriorityCall us and catch a great deal!407-470-7014 Get hooked on great Service!www.DuncansACOrlando.comSALES SERVICE INSTALLATION MAINTENANCE 1319 Green Forest Ct, Suite 412 Winter Garden, FL 34787 Heritage inspires restaurantAfter a successful stint as a caterer, Linda Noble opened Inays Kitchen in February. Inay is tagalog for Mother.ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITER IF YOU GOINAYS KITCHEN ADDRESS: 1097 South Clarke Road, Ocoee HOURS: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays PHONE: (407) 601-2126 WEBSITE: facebook.com/ felindacafefood Eric Gutierrez Left to right, Marilou Arias, Linda Noble, Dominga Mandgundayao and Maria Mulligan cook the meals and take care of the customers at Inays Kitchen.
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 7Open the door to the historic white house on South Tubb Street in Oakland, and youll immediately find yourself entering a treasure trove. This old house is the newest home of Collective Kindness, a mission-based shop that specializes in premium soy wax candles. Its run by mother-daughter duo Liz and Leah Jennings, and with the new location now open the shop has expanded to include so much more. The candle business began when the two wanted to create a candle that was both environmentally conscious and hypoallergenic, because Leahs daughter has severe asthma and allergies. They began selling the candles at the Windermere Farmers Market before going to the Winter Gar den market. Within a year, they had built a solid following that propelled them into a space at the Plant Street Market. In the wake of their grow ing success, the two decided it was time to take on another new adventure renting their new location and making it their own. We knew we wanted to grow but didnt want to go into a typical brick-and-mortar store, Leah said. We wanted to create something unique that you havent seen before a space that was ours, and where we invited a couple of very key, amazing vendors whose products we love. The two started looking for dif ferent properties in Ocoee, Oak land and Clermont. They drove by the house located at 4 S. Tubb St. in Oakland and Leah pointed to the house and said, I want that. Fortunately for them, the house became available to rent not long after. It was previously used as a hair salon, and when the landlord heard their vision for it he gave them the opportunity to rent and make it their own. They also have included other local vendors in their project. Customers can walk through the house and buy not only candles from Collective Kindness but also items such as stationery, jewelry and plants. Theres also a cafe area at the back of the house, which offers coffee, tea, snacks and more. The community needs more spaces like this, Liz said. This house has been many, many things but hasnt reached its full potential in a long, long time. Its this beautiful historic home that needed to be loved and upgraded and used so the whole community could enjoy it, inside and out. Winter Garden, FL 34787500 S. Dillard St.toolesacehardware.com rfntbtbbttrbbnb bbbbtbtbbbbtt btrbtbbttntb407-656-2593 March 21bbbb b bt bbbbtbbbt tb bbtt bb BIGGEST OF THE YEARPAINT SALEF R E EBuy one, get one SATURDAY, MARCH 24 11AM 2PMat participating Ace retailers PAINTPARTY OF THE CONTEST CREATE AND NAME YOUR OWN COLOR FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! FREE GIFTto rst 100 customersstarting at 11am 267474 rrfntbtnntrrntrnr nnrnfrnbtbnnfnn rnnrrnbftrnrnntnrbn bntntrrnbtnnr tnbtbtrtnbtnftbtbtnr nntnrtntrnnfnfbtntnrn rnnntnnfnfrr rrfntbtnntrrnnnnf ttrnrnnrnnrnrrn nrrnrnnntnnfnfr rntrr rfn ntrfMONEY MARKET CD SPECIAL! Limited-Time Only rfn b b 270359 Wills/Advance Directives Estates Corporation/LLC Commercial transactions Landlord/Tenant Attorney At Law 407-656-5521 425 South Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 B M. JProudly serving West Orange County for over 36 years.www.blairjohnsonlaw.com Real estate: Contracts, Closings, Short Sales, Deed in Lieu And other matters 267429 MIKE YOAKUM PASTOR P: 407.656.1520 C: 407.758.3570 MYOAKUM407@AOL.COM 1333 EAST CROWN POINT RD. OC OEE, FL 34761 THE STONE THE BUILDERS REJECTED IS NOW THE CORNERSTONE. PSALMS 118:22 267682 Collective Kindness opens second location in Oakland The soy-candle shop now has a second location at a historic home in Oakland.DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITOR Danielle HendrixMotherdaughter duo Liz and Leah Jennings have opened their second location for their business, Collective Kindness, in a historic Oakland home on Tubb Street. IF YOU GOCOLLECTIVE KINDNESS HOME ADDRESS: 4 S. Tubb St., Oakland PHONE: (314) 420-0385 HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.com
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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Orlando Magic Youth Foundation: Black Tie & Tennies Gala. 11 Orlando Union Rescue Mission: Homecoming gala. 12Build like a girl If youre a woman, and youre not afraid to get your hands dirty and learn some new skills along the way, West Orange Habitat for Humanity has a pink hard hat with your name on it. In honor of National Women Build Week, WOHFH is gear ing up to host its second Women Build Day. Everyone involved gets to try their hand at learning new homebuilding skills, all while helping other women achieve their new homes through Habitat. Recent market trends show that in Orange County one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment is just more than $1,300. What trends dont show, though, is that the continued growth and limited access to affordable housing has become a DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORCourtesy photosLast years Women Build Day drew 40 women strong to help work on West Orange Habitat for Humanity houses.West Orange Habitat for Humanity, which oers a hand up in building homes for families in need, is gearing up for its second Women Build event.challenge for those trying to find it. Some families find themselves spending 60% to 70% of their income on housing alone, causing a financial crisis and vicious cycle of poverty. Thats where Habitat for Humanity comes in and where local women get to help make a difference. Habitats National Women Build Week is an annualweek long eventthat invites women to fundraise and devote at least one day to build while helping families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women. Habitat partners with Lowes to engage with and build up local communities with more than 18,000 women volunteers in 300 communities nationwide this year. In the West Orange community, Women Strong will don their pink hard hats May 5 and dive headfirst into the homebuilding experience, along with the three women Shellonda Hill, Victoria Grace and Ursula (Habitat isnt releasing her last name for privacy reasons) receiving WOHFHs homes in the new Green Oaks Row community in Winter Garden. Women like to build, said Marilyn Hattaway, WOHFH director of development. They like to learn new skills and homebuilding and do not have to have a whole lot of experience doing those kind of things. Most of all, I think they like helping women get into homes. Last year WOHFH set a goal to launch Women Build Day with 25 women; it ended up with 40. This year the goal is to start with 50 women who will do some fundraising and leave their mark on Green Oaks Row homes. We suggest a fundraising goal of $1,000, but last year our goal was 25 women, we wound up with 40 and raised over $40,000 that way, Hattaway said. It was just done by women saying, Im working on Women Build and I love HabitatIm gonna go out and sling the hammer, but may be you wouldn't mind donating $10 or $25. When women get involved we start with education and then tell them how impor tant it is to fund affordable hous-SEE BUILDING PAGE 10 Shellonda Hill, pictured here with her two daughters, is a recipient of one of the Green Oaks Row homes in Winter Garden.
10 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 ON GOLDEN PONDrfntbfbf rrrfntbft fbbtbbnr fbbtntbrnbtntr Beguilingly simple, this tale of a single family and how they pull apart and then nd each other has been touching audiences for decades and generations. 257435 267690 Herbivore GaloreVegans and vegetarians alike received a special treat at Noor 17s Vegan Gala, held Saturday, March 17. The evenings gala celebrated the health benets of an allvegan lifestyle and oered delicious vegan meals to enjoy by vegan caterers based in Central Florida. Noor 17 co-founder Imari Denise encouraged any nonvegan attendees considering a plant-based diet to make the transition, adding that the main goal of the event was to support the vegan movement, increase awareness and make plantbased diets more mainstream. GABBY BAQUERO Photos by Gabby Baquero The coowner of OhmWoke, a vegan/ vegetarian meal deliv ery service based in Orlando, served as one of the three cater ers at the gala. Jennifer Agravat and Rebecca Villar jumped at the chance to attend the gala once they learned about it from the Vegetarians of Central Florida Facebook page. ing. These houses cost about $100,000 to build, give or take, and we have to raise that somewhere, somehow. This years event kicks off with a Women Build Wine Mingle event, which gives women involved the chance to meet each other and the three families receiving the Green Oaks Row homes. Leading up to the build day, participants will have the chance to attend a workshop at Lowes, where theyll learn a construction aspect such as repairing drywall or installing a sink prior to the build. And although men are welcome at the Women Build event and play a big role in WOHFHs mission, too, this ones for the girls. The women in this community are awesome, Hattaway said. They care about their community, and they care about other women, and maybe thats why Women Build is so wonderful, is because they do. When its a close-knit community and people care, to me, Women Build just hits all those good feelings.FROM BUILDING PAGE 9
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 11 256492with single coupon from 7:00pm 12:00am Expires 4/30/18 One Free Glass of Wine In beautiful Historic Downtown Winter GardenPresented by Bloom & Grow Garden Society and Co-sponsored by the City of Winter Garden Join us for a two-day festival with many plant, nature and wildlife related vendors. Raffles and festival shirts will be available at the Bloom & Grow booth at Plant St & N. Boyd St. Kidzone will host educational programs for children of all ages. Learn more about water conservation and your environment. Live entertainment throughout both days. Finally dont miss the Chalkin It Up Sidewalk Art Contest, which will be held on Saturday. springfeveringarden.com 18th AnnualApril 7th 9 am 5 pm April 8th 11 am 4 pm 268763 BLACK TIEIt was a good run, but after 28 years the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has decided to hang up the tennis shoes on its Black Tie and Tennies Gala. OMYF hosted its nal gala at the Amway Center on Saturday, March 17. The gala serves as a premier fundraising event and on average brought together 700 guests. In 2017, it raised more than $500,000 for Central Florida youth. Guests got to enjoy a multi-course dinner, cocktail reception, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and, of course, interaction with Orlando Magic players and sta. DANIELLE HENDRIXOrlando Magic Youth Foundations Final Black Tie & Tennies Gala Photos by Danielle HendrixLeft: Max Lynch stood with his parents, Thad and Jennifer, as he got his basketball signed by an Orlando Magic player. Above: Orlando Magic dancers Robyn G. and Cierra P. smiled for a photo with Debbie Higgins. Above: Orlando Repertory Theatre kids Carson Revels and A.J. Deleon welcomed guests to the gala. Left: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer thanked attendees for their support of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. Left: R.K. and Faron Kelley and Kevin and Catherine Carlson coordinated in shades of blue. Far Left: Orlando Magic dancers lined the stage as head coach Frank Vogel made his appear ance. Left: Event emcees Dante Marchitelli and Cori Yarckin welcomed guests to the nal Black Ties and Tennies gala.
12 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 JO BARSH rfrfrnntfb brrrn r| r All proceeds benet charities supported by the Rotary Club of Winter Garden bfn ftbff nnnttbIf needed, Rain Date is scheduled for 3/25/2018t 268546 269647 268235 BLACK TIEOrlando Union Rescue Missions Homecoming Gala 2018It might only be the second time that Orlando Union Rescue Mission has hosted a fundraising gala, but passionate volunteers and a great turnout indicated the annual galas growing success. This years event Homecoming: Celebrating 70 Years not only served as a fundraiser but also gave mission support ers and sta an opportunity to look back on how the organization has served the community for 70 years now. Held at Rosen Shingle Creek on Saturday, March 10, the gala included a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, program and dance party. DANIELLE HENDRIXPhotos by Danielle Hendrix Kyle and Kelsey Smith, Zach and Julie Ertz and Kelly and Luiz Costa were a goodlooking group. OURM Volunteer Manager Sharlene Stanford and husband Scott were excited to be part of the gala. Curtrina Mickle, Denise Walden and Stephanie Statuto had a blast in the photo booth.
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Master bath has separate vanities, Jetted Garden Tub and separate shower. Just off the family room are 2 bedrooms centered around guest bath. The 4th bedroom is private area and pool bath. This home has privacy VINYL FENCING and is the cure for relaxing in your OWN PRIVATE POOL/SPA!!! Take a look at this home today!!! LAUNDRY ROOM (WASHER & DRYER STAY) IS JUST OFF THE KITCHEN WITH ACCESS TO THE 2 CAR GARAGE WITH laundry tub!!! Gated community close to all major highways, shopping and top rated schools! Asking $345,000 WITH EVERY NEW LISTING!!!PAT SHARR REALTY WILL PROVIDE A HOME WARRANTY FOR THE BUYER WHEN YOUR HOME SELLS!!! MARCH SPECIAL!!! SECLUSION AMONG THE TREES!!!***4.97 ACRES*** 2 BDRM.,2 BA. LOCATED IN WINTER GARDEN!!! **NO HOA**Take a look at this 2 story home!!! First level has bedroom/ bath, the 2nd level is as nice as can be!!! Living room/great room, dining area, kitchen with all appliances,bedroom, bath and laundry room! Wood flooring except the bedroom has carpet, sliding glass door with balcony. Panoramic views of Winter Garden, Clermont and Disney fireworks from the balcony off of the living area. You have your own private driveway and only minutes away from shopping and major highways! Plus an Orange Grove that the Sellers no longer work, but could have income. Asking only $349,000 SOLD! CHOICE LOCATION ON A CORNER LOT!!!DOWNTOWN WINTER GARDEN!!! Take a look at this 3 BDRM. 2BA. 2260 sq.ft. of living and located on a corner lot! This home was built in 1948 and has a lot of charm. Open the front door to the foyer, spacious living room master bedroom/master bath is on one side of the house and the other 2 are centered around the guest bath. Formal dining room, breakfast area, kitchen comes complete with range, refrigerator, dishwasher and disposal. Just off the breakfast area is the large Family room and access to the detached 2 car garage.From the kitchen is the very large convenient laundry and storage room, plus you have access to the garage, yard and a storage building. This home is built to last and conveniently located to the many restaurants, shops and Farmers Market on Saturday, grab your golf cart and enjoy!!! Make your appointment to see this home today!!! Asking $333,000 NEW PRICE! FANTASTIC BUY WITH A POOL!!!IMMACULATE CONDITION!!! 4 BDRM.,2 BA. FORMAL LIVING AND DINING, KITCHEN COMPLETE WITH APPLIANCE THAT ARE 1 YR. OLD, QUARTZ COUNTERS, BREAKFAST AREA, FAMILY ROOM, SPLIT BEDROOM PLAN. PAVER COVERED SCREENED LANAI AND SCREENED SPARKLING POOL!!! MINUTES AWAY FROM SHOPPING, ALL MAJOR HIGHWAYS!!! THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE AND NO REAR NEIGHBORS!!! ASKING ONLY $250,000!!! SOLD! 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The third annual festival included live entertainers such as the Central Florida Irish Dance Troupe, Celtic rock band O Kilter, Celtic fusion band Hard to Port and solo piper Todd Nichols from Rosie O'Grady's Highlanders. GABBY BAQUERO Photos by Gabby BaqueroKelsey Roberts attended the weekend festival accompanied by her dog, Chewie, in a cute Irish green derby hat. Orlando residents Scott Muir and Brianna Klein visited the festival to celebrate their Irish and Scot tish roots. Piper Todd Nichols from Rosie O'Grady's Highlanders plays the bagpipes as children and attendees relish in the traditional Celtic music with dancing.
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The event which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature several guests, including Glen Sobel, drummer for Alice Cooper; Randy Van Patten, of Vanz Drumming; Anthony Par rulli, who will be host a session on theme-park drumming; and performances by Blue Man Group drummers Colin Robinson and Kevin Connolly. Robinson lives in Windermere but grew up in rural Canada. Although hes a drummer for the Blue Man Group band, he clarified that he is not an actual Blue Man. Robinson got his first drum set in high school, however, he started playing drums in a nontraditional way before he got his first set. I would find all these different pillows and I would find the ones that made different sounds, Robinson said. I would set them up like I thought a drum set should be set up. And then I would play on them and take plastic buckets or whatever I could find (and play those).= Like many musicians, Robinson has a long history of playing in a number of bands. In addition to playing the drums, he also plays the guitar and bass guitar. Robinsons career afforded him the opportunity to tour all over the world. He went on to play gigs with artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Lenny Kravitz and Janet Jackson, among others. (I) opened for Justin Timber lake over in Europe, Robinson said. He was such a nice guy. Robinson also went on a threeyear tour with Canadian singersongwriter Fefe Dobson. Toward the end of that tour, Robinson auditioned in Toronto for the Blue Man Group. The group was play ing a show in Toronto at the time, and Robinson seized the oppor tunity to audition. April will mark his 13th year as a drummer for Blue Man Group band. Now Im still playing drums, but I can come home every night instead of living out of a suitcase, Robinson said. I just like the energy of live performance.ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITER IF YOU GOWINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL DAY OF PERCUSSION WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 WHERE: Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere. TICKETS: Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at schoolpay.com/ link/WHSdayofpercussion. BENEFICIARY: A portion of the proceeds will benet Windermere High Schools Wolverine Band.Colin Robinson is a drummer for the Blue Man Group band and will be among the performers at this inaugural event. Eric GutierrezColin Robinson has been a drummer for the Blue Man Group band for about 13 years.
LARRY A. GRIMESDIED SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018.Larry A. Grimes, 83, of Winter Garden, Florida, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018. A lifelong resident of Winter Garden, he was born on May 26, 1934, to Lee A. Grimes and Mable Dillard Grimes. J.L. Dillard, his grandfather, was one of the founders of Winter Garden. Larry was the owner of L.A. Grimes Realtors Agency, which his father began in Winter Garden in 1943. He was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church Choir for more than 50 years, and he was a long-time member of the Winter Garden Rotary Club with 53 years of per fect attendance. He loved to play tennis, cook and travel the back roads of Flor ida. He also enjoyed history and was very active in the Winter Garden Heritage Museum and has furnished many of its pictures. Larry is survived by his lov ing wife of 57 years, Harriette; his sons, Larry Grimes Jr., Marc (Karen) Grimes and Lee (Suzanna) Grimes; by his grandchildren, Ashlee, Katie, Jason and Justin; and by his great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Hadlee, Hunter, Mattie, Reese and Dillard. A celebration of Larrys life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden, 125 N. Lakeview Ave. Casual attire requested. Memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Grimes to Rotary International, which works to eradicate polio, or to the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden. baldwinfairchild.com.WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 15 www.winteroakfuneralhome.com113 2 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden Florida 34787 LIC #F080822Winter Gardens ONLY family owned funeral home. 407-614-8350 Thats My WishDirect Cremation for:$795.00 Call for detailsWe are your Hometown Funeral Home, oering our: Home of the areas rst certied therapy dog. Feel free to stop in and say hello to Charley Girl! 267673 267422 www.collisoncareyhand.com Mike Daly 3 col x 5 Collison.Proud Vicky White Robert Bittle 407-877-6700We value the importance of family in our community. As a family operated business, our services are personalized to suit you and your loved ones distinct needs. We strive to bring that personal connection to everyone we serve. PROUDLY SERVING ALL OF WITH DISTINCTION AND RESPECTWest Orange County We Proudly offer: Traditional Burial and Cremation Services Prearranged Funeral Services 407-656-2233 www.baldwinfairchild.com 428 E. Plant Street Winter Garden, FL 34787Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home Winter Garden 267672For the celebration of a lifetime, let us plan every detail. 352-394-8228921 S. US Hwy 27 Minneola, FLOne block north of Citrus Towerwww.cremationchoicesfl.com Direct Cremation$675Plus Container We offer a non-traditional setting for families to feel comfortable when planning for themselves or their loved ones. For more information and a complete list of prices, please visit our website: www.cremationchoicesfl.comCremation Choices offers an affordable alternative to expensive funeral homes and cremation services in the Central Florida area. 267301 267471 Because You CareFAMILY OWNED & OPERATED (407) 695-CARE (2273) WWW.DEGUSIPEFUNERALHOME.COM THREE LOCATIONS FOR YOUR COMFORT Maitland9001 N.Orlando Ave. Maitland, FL 32751West Orange1400 Mathew Paris Blvd.Ocoee, FL 34761Sanford905 Laurel Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 All Inclusive Direct Cremation$795 WOODLAWN MEMORIAL PARK AND FUNERAL HOMEServing the Orlando area since 1926.400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd. Gotha, Florida 34734407-293-1361 267420 OBITUARIES A PLACE OF HEALINGThe Oakland Manor House Inn, built in the early 1900s, will provide wellness, art and more.Oaklands former Oaktubb Inn has been given new life as the Oakland Manor House Inn, oper ated by Cynthia Schultz and Dr. Charlotte Charfen. The purpose of the refurbished 1900s home on Tubb Street in Oakland is to offer get-aways, organizational retreats and special events to the community. Amenities will include health classes, workshops and retreats focused on active pursuits with a special emphasis on health and wellness programs and activities, according to Schultz and Charfen. Each of the five bedrooms has a private bathroom, and each room has its own theme, such as the Peacock Room, the Mermaid Room and the Speakeasy. There are common living areas and plenty of nooks for guests needing alone time. The house boasts ceiling-tofloor windows, wood staircases, hardwood floors and large porches. We look forward to sharing the history of this unique home and lovely town as we open our doors and provide our guests with a healthy, calm and relaxing place to come stay and rejuvenate, Schultz said. Schultz is the executive chef and resident innkeeper, and Charfen is the medical director.AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORAmy QuesinberryCynthia Schultz, left, and Dr. Charlotte Charfen are the proprietors of the refur bished Oakland Manor House Inn.
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Ocoee cheerleading looks to put a ring on itThe Legacy Charter baseball team won a respectable seven games during its inaugural season in 2016. In 2017, the Eagles won nine games. This spring, though, Jack Chambless ballclub is less than halfway through the 2018 season and already it has eight wins Legacy has raced out to an 8-2 start with a 5-1 record in its district entering spring break. The Eagles are beginning to make a little bit of noise this spring and their third-year coach says all credit is due to the boys suiting up each game. Its crazy this year because of injuries and illness, weve got the thinnest roster weve had in three years, Chambless said. But, the nine guys that get penciled into play every night are SPORTSMARCH 22, 2018 Ryan Jean has stepped firmly into the rotation for West Orange after missing most of the 2017 season. Page 181 The West Orange girls lacrosse team bounced back after a pair of losses to Winter Park and Dr. Phillips to defeat previously undefeated East Ridge (8-1) March 14 by a score of 16-5. The win improved the Warriors to 5-3 on the season entering spring break. A gallery from West Oranges 18-8 loss to Dr. Phillips March 12 is available at ObserverPreps. com.2 West Orange alumna Kelsey Morrison went 3-for-3 with a home run for the FAU softball team March 14 in a marathon 15-inning game that broke the programs record for longest regular-season game. FAU fell to Rutgers, 5-4. Morrison has three home runs on the season and has made 11 appearances as a pitcher, with an ERA of 4.93.3 Ocoee High alum Grant Riller scored 16 points for College of Charleston in its 62-58 loss to Auburn in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament March 16. Riller ended his remarkable sophomore campaign with an average of 18.6 points per game a team best.4 The Dr. Phillips softball team (14-1) extended its winning streak to 13 games with a sweep of district rival Lake Nona last week. More on the Panthers recent success can be found at ObserverPreps. com.5 Often referred to as Orlandos signature sports event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational concluded this past week end at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Bay Hill. Rory McIlroy shot a remark able 64 in the nal round Sunday afternoon to win the tournament at eightunder-par. HIGH5 Last month, the Ocoee High competitive cheerleading team won the schools first state championship in a team sport. Now, the Knights are hoping to put a ring on it but they need the communitys help. Ocoee is fundraising to pur chase state championship rings for the team, with a donation drive set up at schoolpay.com as well as spirit nights planned for April at Tijuana Flats in Winter Garden (April 11) and Chipotle in Ocoee (April 17). Ocoee athletic director Bill Alderman says the goal is to raise roughly $5,000 in time to have the rings made and presented at the schools spring football game May 18 the Knights will be hosting a jamboree that evening. (Winning a state championship) is huge and we want to make it monumental for the girls, Alderman said. Were flipping over every rock we can to do this.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORThe Knights, who won Ocoee Highs rst state FHSAA championship in a team sport last month, is fundraising to purchase state championship rings.SEE CHEER PAGE 18 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSEE BASEBALL PAGE 18Steven Ryzewski Courtesy photoThe Ocoee High competitive cheerleading team won the FHSAA Class 2A Medium Non-Tumbling divisions state championship Feb. 4.Steven RyzewskiSenior Dalton Cantrell hurls a pitch toward home plate during Legacys game against Windermere High earlier this season. Spring in their stepAt 8-2 already this season entering spring break, the Legacy Charter Eagles are irting with a breakout campaign in the programs third year of existence.
18 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018baseball players. Thats the big change. I dont think were coaching any better but I do know that weve got nine baseball players that get up and fight every at-bat. Legacy split a pair of district games with nearby rival Foundation Academy last week, with the loss representing just the second of the season for the Eagles the other came to Windermere High, a Class 8A foe. The success the team is experiencing has several facets, but one that is hard to ignore is the discipline Legacys batters have had at the plate. After racking up more than 160 strikeouts in 2016 and 140 in 2017, the Eagles are on pace for fewer than a hundred strikeouts this spring. They swing the bat, they bring the gloves, they believe in themselves no matter what the score is, Chambless said. They just keep fighting like they know theyre going to win. At the plate, senior Gehrig Chambless has led the Eagles with an eye-popping .629 batting average a top-100 aver age in the nation, per MaxPreps. Gehrig Chambless has also been a nuisance for opposing teams on the base paths, stealing a team-best 14 bases. Fellow senior Dalton Cantrell and sophomore Justin LaGasse join Gehrig Chambless in lead ing the team in RBIs with 10 apiece, and LaGasse and Gehrig Chambless have the teams only home runs this spring. Gabriel Chambless, Gehrigs younger brother, has nine RBIs for the Eagles, as well as six extra-base hits. Sophomore Andrew Birko has been Legacys go-to workhorse on the mound so far this spring, with four of the teams eight wins to his credit and a 0.75 ERA to show for it. (Birko) doesnt throw hard, but hes just tough as heck and hes been going out there giving us quality innings, Chambless said of the sophomore pitcher. Though less quantifiable by statistics, camaraderie has also been an area of improvement for the team this spring, with Chambless noting that his team has an affinity for singing before games and between innings and that the players often dine out together after games. Legacy is exactly half way through its district slate, with home-and-home series remaining against Oviedos The Masters Academy (4-3-1, 3-01 district), Maitlands Orangewood Christian (6-3, 3-0 district) and Lake Mary Prep (8-6, 2-1 district). The Eagles hot start within Class 3A, District 3 certainly has its players and fans hopeful that Legacy can compete for a district title and playoff berth this spring, but the young programs coach knows there is still plenty of work to be done. Weve got a huge road ahead of us every week our district opponent is going to be tougher than the week before, Chambless said. Were about to enter a very difficult stretch and its going to challenge the boys. 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Dillard St. Unit 101/103 Winter Garden, FL 34787 (407) 410-8998Follow us on ADVANCED CAMP FOR AGES 14+ June 14-16th 9am-2pm $200 BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CAMP FOR AGES 10+ June 25-28th 5-8pm $125 Foundation Academy Gym15304 Tilden Rd, Winter GardenRegister at firstname.lastname@example.org Whats it like to be playing again regularly after missing most of the 2017 season? Its great. I remember all of last year I was dying to play, but I couldnt. That bothered me, but Im ready to prove myself this year. Its my last year and I just want to go out there and do the best I can. How is the season going so far as this years senior class becoming leaders? Last year, we had a lot of great guys that led us. Now, we have to step up. Its taken some work, but I think were getting there and were teaching the younger guys how to just be a team. Which outing so far are you most proud of? A week ago, we played the Vir ginia state champs (The Miller School) and we did well. I didnt give up any runs and we put it on them. What did you work on dur ing the offseason? Ive always had an iffy changeup, so Ive tried to work on that. Thats really the one pitch thats hit-or-miss, so Im just trying to work to make that better. Is there a former teammate that you look up to? I looked up to Cole Beavin a lot. He was a big leader for our team last year. ... Hes all about his game and every little thing matters. (His work ethic) really opened my eyes. SPORTS SPOTLIGHTRyan Jean, a senior pitcher for the West Orange Warriors who is committed to the University of North Florida, missed almost all of 2017 due to an illness. Back to work in 2018, the senior southpaw has emerged as the Warriors No. 2 starter behind Ole Miss signee Doug Nikhazy and has big wins to his credit against The Miller School (Va.) and Lake Minneola.SPONSORED BY MARKS FLOORSRyan Jean THE BASICSYear: Senior Height: 6 Position: Pitcher Throws: Left Travel team: Power Baseball College commitment: North Florida Resides: Ocoee Hometown: Pembroke PinesIs there a professional pitcher you model yourself after? I like Chris Sale. Hes a hardthrowing lefty and I try to model my game after his as best I can. Is it helpful that the teams new coach, Graig Smith, was your former J.V. coach? Its worked out really well. Ever since freshman year, weve had a good chemistry and we get along really well. Hes a great coach and I dont think anyone else would be better right now for us. Which games are you look ing forward to the most? Im looking forward to Olympia and Lake Brantley, as well. Do you have any friends who play for Olympia? Jeslyn Whitehead, I used to play with him when I was 6 or 7. Weve always been good friends. If you could play in any stadium, which would you choose? I think I would pitch at Fenway (Park). Im a huge Red Sox fan my whole family is. Who has been your favorite teacher so far? Mr. (James) Baker. Hes at Windermere High School now. He taught U.S. History (at West Orange) and that was my favor ite class. He was excited to teach and made us want to learn. STEVEN RYZEWSKI BaseballFROM PAGE 17 The championship perfor mance for the Knights came one year after they had finished as runner-up in the Medium Non-Tumbling division for Class 2A. This time, though, the Knights surged forward and won it all Feb. 4 at the FHSAA 2018 Competitive Cheerleading State Championships in Gainesville. Ocoees score of 77.40 bested runner-up Lakelands 76.00 and was a whopping 13.9 points better than the teams perfor mance in 2017. They were losing their minds, head coach Kristin Johnson said. Half of them fell on the ground crying, and the other ones were jumping on each other. It was an achievement that was 13 years in the making for the school. The cheerleading team joined girls weightlifters Victoria and Samantha Jefferson sisters who have won individual state championships as the schools only FHSAA champions. Its historical its the first (team championship) ever, Alderman said. We finally brought it home this year and its a credit to the girls. A fundraising account has been setup at bit.ly/2FOmOjV and 100% of donations from that account will go toward state championship rings for the teams 18 members and coaching staff. Anyone interested in more information or in other ways they might help out an contact Ocoee High Athletic Director Billy Alderman at billy.alder email@example.com.CheerFROM PAGE 17 ONLINEFor photos from the Legacy Eagles victory against Foundation Academy March 13, visit ObserverPreps.com. Steven RyzewskiGehrig Chambless, a senior for the Eagles, is hitting .629.
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 19The West Orange baseball team opened district play with a pair of tough losses to Apopka that have set the Warriors in an early hole in Class 9A, District 3. At Apopka March 13, West Orange fell 4-2 to the host Blue Darters. Two days later in Winter Garden, the Warriors led early but fell to Apopka 4-1 in extrainnings. The two losses were particularly disappointing given that they came to one of the programs chief rivals, but first-year head coach Graig Smith hopes that his ballclub can turn that disappointment into motivation. Weve still got a lot of games left here in the district, Smith said. (These losses) are something this group of guys is definitely going to feed off of. West Orange (4-5, 0-2 district) will play a pair of games in Fort Lauderdale this week, facing Westminster Academy March 23 and Calvary Christian Academy March 24. Upon their return to Winter Garden, they will travel to Orlando March 27 for a road game against The First Academy. West Orange returns to district play March 28 with the first of two games against Wekiva the War riors will travel to south Apopka for the second game against the Mustangs March 30. The Warriors, of course, are working through a lot of newness from a new coaching staff that took over the program just weeks ahead of the season to a handful of players who are either in new roles as varsity players or are newcomers to varsity, in general. Still, through some early trials, Smith said he sees his team tak ing on an identity that is encour aging. Weve got competitors theres no doubt about that, Smith said. Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.comVisit us at rfnftfb 266851 rfntbbf fftttnttrfnbt frtfftbffnf f269 West Wine Lounge, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Alarie Design Associates, Black Rock Bar & Grill, Brain Balance Center of Winter Garden, Bright Future Electric, Cathee Brady Catering, CenturyLink, Chick-fil-A Ocoee and Winter Garden, City of Ocoee, Clear Channel Outdoor, Cracker Barrel, Computer Business Consultants, Costco Business Center, Critical Intervention Services, Crooked Can Brewing Company, Disney Springs, Edward Jones, Ellie Lou's Brews & BBQ, Foundation Academy, Gator's Dockside, Giant Recreation World, Hagan O'Reilly's Irish Pub and Restaurant, HAPCO Music Foundation, Healthy West Orange, House Blend Caf, Husse Whole Pets, Jeremiah's Italian Ice, Kona Ice of NW Orlando, Lake Meadow Naturals, Matthew's Hope Ministries, Ms. Bee's Popcorn & Candy Shoppe, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Observer Media Group, Orange Buick GMC, Orange County Pottys, Orange Technical College Culinary Team, Pammie's Sammies, Pilars Martini, Press'd Juice Bar & Kitchen, Reed Nissan, Rentaland, RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar, School of Rock, San Jose's Original Mexican Restaurant, SeaWorld Orlando, Southwest Orlando Bulletin, TakeoutWaiter.com, Table Top Catering, The Vineyard Wine Bar and Healthy Bistro, TooJay's Restaurant and Deli, UFC Gym, UNO Chicago Grill, VS Media Group Central Florida Lifestyle Publications, West Orange Habitat for Humanity, Westerly's at MetroWest Golf Club rfrf nt BEST Food:Disney SpringsBEST Drink:Pilars MartiniBEST Dessert:Nothing Bundt CakesBEST Healthy Option:SeaWorld OrlandoBEST Business Booth:Observer Media Group 264846 NATE MARREROCONTRIBUTING WRITERThe Ocoee Knights rode a fourrun fourth inning to overcome an early deficit March 16, beating the visiting Lake Minneola Hawks 4-3 to complete a sweep of the district series. The victory brought Ocoee to 9-2 on the season and 2-2 within its district entering spring break competition. Ocoee is playing in the Florida League High School Invitational this week. As of March 19, Ocoees only losses came against Ocalas For est High (10-1, 2-0 district). We didnt play very well against Forest, Ocoee coach Bobby Brewer said. Theyre a very good ballclub, but we can play with them. We told our guys that its over with those games are in the past. We have to move forward and we need to get after the next district team we play, which was Lake Minneola. They showed up and responded, Brewer said. So were right back in the thick of it now. The Knights big inning against Lake Minneola came in the bottom of the fourth and began when Caleb Andreaus led the inning off with a single. Following a bunt by Orlando Perez, Colin Hall drove in Ocoees first run with an RBI single. Keian Halls then smacked a two-run double, and a sacrifice fly from Stephen Godek drove in the fourth and final run of the big inning.Ocoee Knights enter spring break at 9-2 Warriors reeling after pair of district losses to ApopkaSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSteven RyzewskiThe Warriors lost in extra innings to the Blue Darters March 15.
20 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 CHURCH DIRECTORY The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesnt fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 (HCSB) 268039BAPTISTFIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 125 E Plant St., Winter Garden 407-656-2352 Sundays 8:30 am Traditional 9:45 am Bible Study 11:00 am Contemporary Awana Wednesdays 6pm Pastor Tim Grosshans www.fbcwg.org 2nd Campus: FOUNDATION WORSHIP Sundays 9:45 am All Ages at Foundation Academy High School 15304 Tilden Road Winter Garden www.FoundationWorship.com 407.730.1867 STARKE LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH PO Box 521, 611 W Ave, Ocoee Pastor Jeff Pritchard (407) 656-2351 www.starkelakebaptist.org CHURCH OF GODOCOEE CHURCH OF GOD Pastor Thomas Odom 1105 N. Lakewood Avenue, Ocoee 407-656-8011 EPISCOPALCHURCH OF THE MESSIAH 241 N. Main, Winter Garden Services: 8, 9:30, & 11am, 7pm www.churchofthemessiah.com CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd. Orlando Sun.Serv 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm. 407-876-3480 www.ascension-orlando.orgMETHODISTFIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 125 N. Lakeview Ave Winter Garden Service Times 9:00 AM and 11:15 AM Phone 407-656-1135 Web: fumcwg.orgUNITED CHURCH OF CHRISTWINDERMERE UNION CHURCH 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Rd. Windermere, FL 34786 407-876-2112 Worship times: 9:00am Adult Sunday School 10:00am Worship www.windermereunion.orgNON-DENOMINATIONALPURPOSE CHURCH ORLANDO 13640 W. Colonial Dr., Ste 110, Winter Garden 407-654-9661 Prayer 9:30AM, Fellowship 9:45AM, Service 10:05AM HAVEN OF GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 13520 Foxcrest Blvd. Winter Garden, FL 34787 Services 9:30 and 10:30AM 407-952-0510Advertise your Services or Events on this page weekly.This page appears weekly in the West Orange Times & Observer and online at orangeobserver.com.To advertise in the Church Directory call 407-656-2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Matthews Hope Chest Creations Custom Furniture Repaired, Refinished and Repurposed Wood Furniture Pallet Art & FurnitureFollow us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MatthewsHopeChest/Visit our New Workshop Location at 930 Carter Rd. Suite #311, Winter Garden 1/4 Mile North of W. Colonial Dr. 407.905.9500 8am-5pm Mon Sat XNSP15668 Celebrates BusinessWest Orange Chamber of CommerceFor more information about joining the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, call 407-656-1304 or visit wochamber.com269789 The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated the 45th anniversary of Community Health Centers, located at 13275 W. Colonial Drive in Winter Garden. Community Health Centers is a private, non-profit organization that provides healthcare services to insured, uninsured, under-insured, and under-served children and adults within Central Florida. CHC provides care to more than 66,000 patients each year in Central Florida communities. To learn more, visit www. chcfl.org. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Community Health Centers The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a 10th anniversary celebration for Chick-fil-A, located at 3166 Daniels Road in Winter Garden. At Chick-fil-A, we take a cook less, more often approach. By studying smart, lean manufacturing principles used in other industries, we have created new ways to serve our guests the freshest food possible while reducing food waste. To learn more, visit www.chick-fil-a.com. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Chick-fil-A The West Orange Chamber of Commerce AAmbassadors held a We Noticed recognition for Urban Flats Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at 132 W. Plant Street in Winter Garden. Stop in the bar where sports are always on, or bring the whole family for an evening of food, fun and togetherness. Urban Flats menu changes seasonally and they prepare daily. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/UrbanFlatsWinterGarden. Photo courtesy of WOCC. We Noticed recognition at Urban Flats The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated the first anniversary of Comprehensive Health Orlando, located at 1069 S. Clarke Road in Ocoee. Comprehensive Health Orlando is a comprehensive multidisciplinary practice. It allows a team of healthcare professionals, with various specialties and training, to work together for the greater good of their patients. This allows patients to get all the care they need under one roof, which lowers cost to the patient and helps to achieve greater patient outcomes. To learn more, visit www. comprehensivehealthorlando.com. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating the First Anniversary of Comprehensive Health Orlando The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribboncutting celebration for FBC Mortgage, located at 132 W. Plant Street, Suite 210 in Winter Garden. FBC Mortgage is a national direct lender with a wide array of competitive mortgage products. To learn more, visit www.WGloans.com. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of FBC Mortgage The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribboncutting ceremony for Zaxbys Forest City, located at 6625 Forest City Rd in Orlando. Zaxbys is a fast-casual chicken restaurant chain. Full of flavor and made to order just for you, the word delicious doesnt even begin to describe our menu. Tie a napkin around your neck and dig in. To learn more, visit www.zaxbys.com. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Zaxbys
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