CAMERAS ROLL AT GARAGEIt should be safer to park and walk in the Winter Garden public garage now that the camera project has been completed. Surveillance Plus was hired to install the system in the South Boyd Street garage. The surveillance system includes 56 high-denition cameras that produce highquality images both day and night. Winter Garden City Hall and the Winter Garden Police Department will monitor the videos.NRA TO OFFER SAFETY COURSEThe American Legion Post 63 is hosting an NRA Home Firearm Safety Course, led by Christopher M. Rumbaugh, a certied law-enforcement rearms instructor. The non-shooting course is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the post, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. It is designed to teach students the basic knowledge and skills and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of rearms and ammunition in the home. The cost is $50, paid in advance and at the door. Register at nrainstructors. org/searchcourse.aspx. For information, call (407) 656-6361.YOUR TOWNAll Autter WEST ORANGE TIMES &YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.Celebrating more than 110 years in West OrangeObserver FREE THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018HOPPY HUNTINGWOHS, WHS lacrosse match divides house. 19. VOLUME 85, NO. 14Orange County ocials oer update on Avalon Road SEE AVALON PAGE 4 Winter Garden, Ocoee celebrate Easter with community egg hunts. SEE PAGES 14-15 Andy Crabtree, of Crabtree Ink, has created all of the Spring Fever designs. T-shirts and gloves will be for sale at the Bloom & Grow booth. AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORWhat started out two years ago as a bicycle and pedestrian mobility plan in the town of Oakland has become an entire network plan that now includes vehicular traffic and an illustrated outline of scenarios for Oakland nalizes mobility plan The Bloom & Grow Garden Societys annual Spring Fever in the Garden takes ight this weekend in downtown Winter Garden. AMY QUESINBERRY | COMMUNITY EDITORWhether you are looking to start a gar den or update your old one, downtown Winter Garden is the place to be Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8. The 18th annual Spring Fever in the Garden is taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and it promises to oer everything a plant enthusiast could want. The plan provides a transportation framework for town ocials to consult in managing anticipated growth. GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORTo address future traffic demands from projected growth in West Orange, Orange County and the city of Winter Garden agreed to collaborate on a large-scale road improvement project targeting FOR THE KIDSRichard Schwamm named to Floridas Children First board. SEE PAGE 9 BLACK TIE SEE PAVING PAGE 6SEE PAGE 4
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REALLY PATHETIC & TOTALLY AWKWARD 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Be the rst to see this new comedy/ drama. Tickets are $10 and available at TotallyAwkwardMovie.com; they will not be available the night of the event. There will be a Q&A with the cast and crew after the screening. supermegaultraent@gmail. com. WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL CARNIVAL 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Windermere. Games and activities provided by Winder mere High clubs, sports and organizations. There will be food trucks and an inatable obstacle course, too.SATURDAY, APRIL 718TH ANNUAL SPRING FEVER IN THE GARDEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in downtown Winter Gar den. The Bloom and Grow Gar den Society will host this event, which will feature gardening vendors, a KidZone, live music, shows, gardening experts and more. For more visit springfever ingarden.com. GUN SAFETY CLASS 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at American Legion Post 63, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. Class is limited to the rst 50 who sign up. Lunch is provided. This is a non-shooting course that teaches students the basic knowledge and skills to explain the attitude necessary for safe handling and storage of rearms/ammunition in the home. Students will receive multiple safety handbooks and a course completion certicate. The cost is $50, but there are $15 scholarships for legion members. Sign up at nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx and select NRA Home Firearm Safety Course and search using the zip code 34787. INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, in the Independence community in south Winter Garden. Find some bargains at this multi-home sale. (407) 654-7479. INSECT SAFARI 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Christy LeDuc leads this familysuitable program, teaching at tendees about dierent native insects of Florida. The program starts in the classroom and continues with a guided hike on the preserve so participants can see bugs up close. Take a reusable water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes. Bug nets and containers are provided. Cost is $5 donation for non-members, free for members. Register at oaklandnaturepreserve.org/ insect-safari. TRIO SOLEDAD IN CONCERT 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the gazebo in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy live music following a day of shopping and browsing at the Bloom & Grow Garden Societys Spring Fever in the Garden festival. (407) 656-4111.SUNDAY, APRIL 8BLUEGRASS CONCERT 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Performing are bluegrass groups Dave Adkins Band and Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band. Tickets are $25; VIP tickets are $40 and include premium seat ing, a pre-show reception and a meet-and-greet with the bands.MONDAY, APRIL 9CENTRAL FLORIDA RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Steven Olszewski will present The Tavares and Gulf Railroad. Free. (407) 656-0559. TUESDAY, APRIL 10GO, GRANNY D! 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Womans Club of Ocoee, 4 N. Lakewood Ave., Ocoee. Learn the true story of Doris Haddock, Granny D., who in 1999, at age 90, walked from California to Washington, D.C., to encour age people to stand up and make a dierence. One-woman play hosted by the Democratic Womens Club of West Orange. Includes light refreshments and a cash wine bar. Tickets are $10 at gogrannyd.eventbrite.com.THURSDAY, APRIL 12ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Join Ed Thralls, residential horticulture and master coordinator for the Orange County Master Gardener Program, as he provides expertise in general education classes on urban hor ticulture. Cost is $5 per family. Advanced registration is required by calling (407) 254-9200. ART HISTORY TRENDING 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 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/lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996. YOUR CALENDAR
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 3 270558 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 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORAs most life-changing events tend to do, the stroke attacked unexpectedly on what might have otherwise been a typical morning in the Osborne household. Independence Elementary School Principal Dr. Angela Murphy-Osborne woke at 6 a.m. to start her day and get ready for work when she stumbled upon the sight of her husband, Paul, lying on the floor covered in blood. Paul had been ill the previous few days, but nothing prepared Osborne and her family for the stress and struggle of the following months. Paul was forced to jump back and forth from the intensive-care unit to a rehabilitation center for the next four months. We were going back and forth from Oct. 20, (2017), to about Feb. 23, with the exception of about 40 hours when we made it home one time in December, Osborne said. But then he got extremely ill again, and we had to take him back by ambulance.MOUNTING BILLSNow, Paul is recovering slowly at home and continues to receive therapy five times a week. But things have been difficult for the Osborne family ever since that day, and financial stress has loomed over the family as medi cal bills for Pauls care continue to pile up. The bills just keep coming; I dont know what the final total will be, Osborne said. Were just lucky Orange County Public Schools has a good benefits pack age thats definitely helped. Because her husband must have someone with him at all times and only recently has begun to show significant signs of improvement, a caregiver must be present to assist Paul with day-to-day func tions while Osborne is at work. The doctors say his prognosis is unknown because they would never have thought that he would be doing this well after such a massive stroke, she said. Theyre very shocked hes doing this well. He can eat on his own. He can talk. Cognitively, hes doing pretty good. Hes got great long-term memory, and hes walking about a total of 400 feet using a quad cane now. Of course, he has to sit down in his wheelchair every so often and then take a break and start walking again. He went for about five weeks with his left leg totally paralyzed; it was only the weekend before last he could even wiggle his toes for the first time. His arm is still pretty much totally paralyzed.WARNING SIGNSOsborne regrets not knowing the signs of an incoming stroke and hopes to spread awareness of what to look for in hopes that it could help someone else. Just know the signs, Osborne advised. If we had known the signs the day before, my husbands stroke wouldnt have hit as bad. People need to know the signs, like facial drooping or numbness, weakness in the arms, speech difficulties. If you know the signs, you can get to the hospital fast enough and get a drug that can save yourself a whole lot of heartache. While Paul was gradually recovering, Osbornes mother also had a stroke on Jan. 2. Her mother has two caretakers helping her night and day at her home in West Virginia. Although her husbands stroke might have been harder to catch, she believes her mothers stroke was preventable and reminds others to keep track of their blood pressure and sodium intake. Theres little things you can do to help too, she said. Just walking 30 minutes a day, cutting down on your sodium and cholesterol, making sure you take your blood-pressure medication, making sure you take your blood pressure at least once a day. Despite her recent struggles, Osborne said she tries to remain positive and feels grateful for all the support shes received from OCPS parents and coworkers. Ive spent my whole life trying to give back to people, and I hope when I get through this situation Ill never forget all the wonder ful things people have done for me, she said. Im not asking for anyone to feel sorry for me, but everyone has been so supportive.STROKES: MYTH VS. FACTMYTH: Strokes cannot be prevented. FACT: Up to 80% of strokes are prevent able. MYTH: Strokes are not hereditary. FACT: A family history of strokes increases an individuals risk of a stroke. MYTH: Strokes only aect the elderly. FACT: Although the majority of strokes occur in those aged over 65, about 10 to 15% of strokes aect people age 45 and younger. MYTH: Strokes happen in the heart. FACT: Strokes actually are considered brain attacks, which occur when vital blood ow and oxygen to the brain is cut o via clogged or burst blood vessel.Source: National Stroke Association Independence Elementary community helps principals family in time of needThe school community is fundraising to help the school principals family with mounting medical expenses.Courtesy photoDr. Angela Murphy-Osborne, the Independence Elementary School principal, with her son, Conner, and her husband, Paul. Paul suered a stroke in October 2017. HOW TO HELPTo help with the medical expenses, Osbornes former colleague has set up an online fundraiser via GoFundMe for those wishing to donate money. So far, $3,130 has been raised out of the overall $30,000 goal. Anyone wishing to help the Osborne family, may visit bit.ly/2GuvPPs.
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Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944WEST 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 USThe 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 oce. If you wish to subscribe, visit our website, OrangeObserver.com, call (407) 656-2121 or visit our oce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden.TO ADVERTISEFor display or digital advertising, call (407) 656-2121. For Classieds, call (407) 656-2121.SEND US YOUR NEWSWe want to hear from you. Let us know about your events, celebrations and achievements. 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 LivingThere will be plant and flower vendors lining the streets, as well as a KidZone, live entertainment, shows, experts on hand to answer lawn and garden questions and other seminars. On Saturday, amateur and professional artists will be creating their nature-related images in the Chalkin It Up event in front of City Hall. A total of $2,100 in prizes will be awarded. For infor mation or to register, call (407) 496-3428. The raffle will be located near North Boyd Street and will include tickets to local attractions and merchandise donated by local restaurants and shops. Drawings will be held throughout both days. The KidZone has something for all ages, including a Lowes work shop with a take-home project on Saturday, plus a variety of other presentations and demonstrations on both days. All of those gardening, lawn and tree questions you have can be answered at the Ask the Expert area, which consists of demonstrations and questionand-answer opportunities with Ed Thralls, Kelly Greer and Amy Vu from the UF Orange Coun ty Extension Service; Robert Bowden from Harry P. Leu Gar dens; Tom MacCubbin, UF extension agent emeritus; and Tristen Bowen, area landscape manager at Marriott Vacation Club. On Saturday: 9 to 11 a.m., Getting Your Lawn Ready for Summer; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., FloridaFriendly Natives for Your Garden; 1 to 3 p.m., New and Underutilized Plants for Florida; and 3 to 5 p.m., Bringing the Outside In Best Plants for Indoors. On Sunday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Weed Control; and 1 to 3 p.m., Backyard Beekeeping. Entertainment takes place on five stages. Scheduled to per form are Davis McGee, John Lee Wyatt, Capt. Harry Hann, The Sandy Back Porch Band, Opera Orlando Youth Program, the Citrus Singers Girl Scout Choir, Layla Brisbois, Joe Hand, Lisa Morales, Andrew Parker and the High Ground Band and the Good Times Jazz Band. Bloom & Grow is dedicating this years festival to recently deceased members JoAnn Cauthen, Mary Ann McMillan and Mary Root.BLOOM & GROW GARDEN SOCIETYWhen Gretchen Boyd was think ing about starting a garden club in Winter Garden in 1997, she sought the guidance of Marjorie Masson, who was president of the successful Windermere Gar den Club. She really helped mentor, Boyd said. She came to the Tanner (Hall) and spoke at the first meeting in May and told us what to do. She told us to put a notice in the paper that we were going to start a garden club. Twenty-three interested women attended the first organizational meeting. Leaders adopted the bylaws of the Windermere club and set out to grow the new group. There was a member ship cap in our bylaws of 100, said Boyd, who was elected the first president. We thought that was kind of funny. A hundred? Too high. But by four months, we had 100 members and a waiting list. The clubs mission statement is this: To stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening. To aid in protection of native plants and birds. To encourage civic plantings. Club members heard from educational speakers at their monthly meeting and took field trips to Central Florida gardens. They participated in community projects, such as landscaping the West Orange Christian Ser vice Center, Oakland Town Hall and homes for the West Orange Habitat For Humanity and Home At Last programs; and creating a meditation garden for Health Central Park residents and a sensory garden for UCP West Orange. The outdoor enthusiasts celebrated Arbor Day with tree plantings. In 2000, they added the two drake elms that stand on either side of the sidewalk leading out to the dock at Newton Park. They planned fundraisers, such as poinsettia sales and Stepping Out, but perhaps the clubs most ambitious projects have been the Path of Life and Spring Fever in the Garden. Jackie Brown-Colberg came up with the idea of the landscaped brick path at Chapin Station in Winter Garden in 1999. Members sold engraved bricks to help fund the serene area just off the West Orange Trail. To order a brick, visit bloomandgrowgar densociety.org. Spring Fever in the Garden has been the most successful continuous fundraiser for Bloom & Grow. A member of the Winter Garden club, the late Helen Kennedy, attended a garden festival in Mount Dora and wanted to bring the idea back to Winter Garden. The one-day event soon turned into two after Winter Garden joined as a co-sponsor, and it is now in its 18th year, drawing hundreds of gardenand plantrelated vendors and thousands of attendees. Sue Crabtree has been the chairperson since 2005. The garden club has dedicated itself to local students, too. Funds from Spring Fever have provided $125,000 in scholarships to students attending Valencia College and the University of Florida who are majoring in plant science, environmental horticulture and landscape design. Money has been invested in creating gardens at area elementary and middle schools. And, for years, members donated gardenrelated books to schools in West Orange and South Lake counties. To view the official Spring Fever guide, visit bit.ly/2uIltGl. Avalon Road (County Road 545). The multi-phase project, which first became a concept in 2007, aims to widen all of Avalon Road from two to four lanes, as well as identify possible drainage, roadway and lighting improvements. Some major segments of the roadway already have completed the design phase and now are scheduled to begin the construction phase in April 2018 with a targeted completion date of October 2019. Other segments of the roadway are still in discussion or being made possible via partner ship with private developers. A lot of the segments come in because the developers come in and then they decide they want to do a mixed-use development somewhere, but to do that, they have to do intersections and they have to widen the road, said Blanche Hardy, of the countys Transportation Planning Division. So in that case, we do a Preliminary Design Study instead of an RCA and we provide impact fee forgiveness and they provide the cash to go ahead and do something that we wouldnt normally do so quickly. So some are development-driven improvements, but the county still manages the project. This latest segment of the arterial thoroughfare to be improved has been targeted for a Roadway Conceptual Analysis Study that began in October 2017 and is anticipated for completion in August 2018. With the study now nearing 50% completion, the county hosted a community meeting on March 28 to relay the studys findings and road-improvement recommendations so far. According to the study, this segment of Avalon Road generates 15,000 to 15,400 vehicles a day and is expected to generate 32,320 to 33,050 vehicles per day by 2045. It currently has no shoulders, bike facilities, lighting, accommodation for left turns or regular transit service, and is expected to fail by 2045 if nothing is done. To prevent this, Hardy said the study has identified three alter native road design options: East, West and Centered/Hybrid alignment. The three options differ only in terms of which side of the roadway the majority of the rightof-way is acquired. If the county decides to take the right-of-way solely from the west or east side of the road, the project would impact several homes. But if equal right-of-way is acquired from both the east and west sides of the roadway, the impact to the structures would be kept to a minimum. For this reason, the Transpor tation Planning Division recommends the Centered/Hybrid design for the project. The reason were prefer ring that alignment is because it adversely impacts the least number of private property owners, Hardy said. Its not our goal to impact someones property its our goal to build a more functional road, but sometimes impacts are unavoidable. So we want to minimize them. The second community meeting for this project is scheduled for the end of June, with a public hearing before the Orange County Board of County Commissioners anticipated for early September. Anyone with questions or con cerns may contact Blanche Hardy at Blanche.Hardy@ocfl.net or call (407) 836-0257. IF YOU GO18TH ANNUAL SPRING FEVER IN THE GARDEN WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat urday, April 7, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8 WHERE: Downtown Winter Garden WEBSITE: springfeverin garden.comCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Avalon Road study nears completion The county has zeroed in on the widening of of Avalon Road from Floridas Turnpike to West Colo nial Drive a distance of .43 miles. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Spreading its wings
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 5 1$2,500 minimum deposit is required for opening the Money Market Account. Annual Percentage Yield of 1.50% is guaranteed for 6 months from account opening date. The Money Market account must be opened with new money or monies not currently held at Fidelity Bank. After 6 months, the Money Market Annual Percentage Yields apply. They are today: the APY is 0.15% for balances up to $24,999.99. For balances from $25,000 to $49,999.99, the APY is 0.20%. For balances from $50,000 to $99,999.99, the APY is 0.25%. For balances of $100,000 to $249,999.99 the APY is 0.25%. For balances $250,000 and above, the APY is 0.30%. APYs are accurate as of 3/7/2018. Rates are subject to change at anytime. A monthly maintenance fee of $10 applies if the balance falls below the minimum daily balance requirement of $2,500 for a Business Money Market account. A monthly maintenance fee of $6 applies if the balance falls below the minimum daily balance requirement of $1,000 for a Personal Money Market account. Six withdrawals per statement period are permitted. There is an excessive withdrawal fee of $10 for each additional withdrawal of any type. Fees could reduce the earnings on the account. No public funds. 2 available for a limited time only. 3$50 minimum opening deposit. Fees subject to change. Other fees such as NSF, overdraft fees, etc. may apply. Refer to our current Schedule of Fees. $2,500 minimum deposit, up to $250,000 per customer.Help your money grow with a Money Market Account 1.50% Ask us about our CD Specials2 today!Free Personal & Business Checking3 APY1 270635 271229 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORLocal law enforcement is searching for a suspect believed to have been involved in several violent crimes Sunday, April 1. Winter Garden Police Department officials said the first crime occurred at a SunTrust Bank in Winter Garden located at 13520 W. Colonial Drive. The suspect shot a man at a drive-thru ATM twice, according to Winter Gar den Police Lt. Scott Allen. The 50-year-old victim made his way to a nearby Wawa to get help and was taken to a hospital, Allen said. After the ATM shooting, the suspect, a black male, then made his way to a nearby 7-Eleven, where he attempted to steal a van. The suspect was unsuccessful in stealing the unlocked van, and the van owner is still unaware he was nearly a victim of an auto theft because he had been inside the store at the time of the attempt, Allen said. The suspect later went to a nearby Walgreens on West Colonial Drive and carjacked a Mit subishi Outlander from a family, Allen added. Following the carjacking, the suspect left Winter Garden was caught on surveillance video entering a 7-Eleven located at Colonial Drive and Mills Avenue in Orlando, where he unsuccessfully tried to use the carjacking victims credit card. He then robbed a CVS at 1201 E. Colonial Drive at about 7:45 p.m. Allen said the man then lit the stolen Mitsubishi on fire at another location. Police have released surveillance-video images of the suspect arriving at a 7-Eleven located at 83 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando and request that anyone with possible information on the sus pects identity or pertinent to this investigation contact Crimeline at (407) 423-8477, the Winter Garden Police Department at (407) 656-3636, or Detective Dave Clarke at (407) 877-4896.FIVE ARRESTED IN GUN THEFT RING Five men accused of being members of a burglary ring behind numerous gun thefts from federal firearms dealers are now behind bars. According to a news release from Attorney General Pam Bondis Office, federal agents began investigating burglaries of feder ally licensed firearms dealers in and around the Central Florida area in late 2016. The federal investigation revealed similar characteristics among the burglaries, such as the use of sledgehammers and pry bars to gain entry to the stores. The burglary suspects Ray mond Williams, 28, Jermeil Williams, 28, Richard Jernigan, 30, Robert Tilmon, 31, and Kentric Collier, 28 also burglarized sev eral Central Florida businesses in Orange, Seminole and Polk counties the past two years, targeting cash, electronics, firearm stores, jewelry, safes and other valuables. The investigation found that the suspects allegedly sold many of the firearms in the Orlando area within days of the burglaries, the release stated. According to (the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explo sives), law enforcement recov ered approximately 35 of the 156 stolen firearms, most seized from prohibited individuals involved in previous violent criminal acts. Michelle Guido, an Orlando Police Department public infor mation officer, said one of the guns stolen from a pawn shop in October 2016 was later identified as the murder weapon in a shooting at an Orlando nightclub in 2017 a shooting that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old. The five suspects, dubbed The Tildenville Burglary Crew face charges related to burglaries, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft and racketeering. Suspect sought in Winter Garden, Orlando crime spreeLaw-enforcement ocials are searching for the suspect who committed a shooting, carjacking and armed robbery Sunday evening.Courtesy photosWinter Garden and Orlando police are searching for a man suspected of having committed several violent crimes on Sunday, April 1. Kentric Collier, 28, was the last suspect taken into custody.
6 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 rf ntb An evening of cocktails and conversationrf This is your opportunity to meet some of West Orange Countys leading women, with plenty of time for cocktails and conversation. Join us April 25 at ShowcaseWG in Winter Garden for the latest event! Attendees will enjoy getting to know each of our featured guests in this engaging, round-robin style event. Featured speakers include: Executive Vice President & Head of Community Banking, Seacoast Bank; Orlando Business Journal 2017 Business Executive of the Year Founder & CEO, Fattmerchant rfnn Creative Designer & Founder, Bay Hill Jewelers tf bb Orange County Clerk of Courts Sports Director, News 6 WKMGTickets available at brrb. Chamber member advance rate: $36 Non-member & at the door rate: $46 nn Presenting Sponsor Event Sponsor 271161 270633 Throughout the year, Lift provides camps, community events and family services that elevate life for families and individuals impacted by disability. Lift Disability Network is a place where the disability community comes together to discover opportunity, faith, fun and a real sense of community for your entire family unit. Winter Garden Heritage Foundations Heller Hall 21 E. Plant St. | WInter Garden Thursday April 26 7:30 am Arrivals and complimentary breakfast 8:00 am Program RSVP, donate or sign up to host a table at: liftdisability.net/2018-breakfast APR262018THURSDAYOver breakfast learn about the impact Lift Disability Networks services have and how you can get involved nancially, as a regular volunteer or in prayer for our ministry.PLEASE JOIN US FOR THEA FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR LIFT DISABILTY NETWORKLIFT LIFE BREAKFAST BETSY VANDERLEYis Orange Countys District 1 Commissioner. She has been an Orange County resident since 1971 and has been very involved in local non-prot organizations for many years. Her involvement has included Habitat for Humanity, Hapco Foundation, Home at Last, Winter Garden Rotary, Young Fathers of Central Florida and more. She is a rm believer that you get out of life what you give. GUEST SPEAKER: creating a more connected community. The Oakland Town Commis sion approved the Mobility Master Plan at its March 27 meeting. The plan was created and presented by Kittelson & Associates, the transportation planning firm hired through a MetroPlan Orlando grant to develop the framework for expanding the current street network into the surrounding areas with new connections. This standard of urban design is intended to aid in putting an upgraded system in place ahead of the anticipated growth. J.P. Weesner, urban planner and landscape architect with Kittelson, has worked with the town, holding charrettes and discover ing what the town and its residents want and merging existing conditions with those desires. The Mobility Master Plan includes alternatives for a better sidewalk system throughout the town, a standard for maintaining unpaved and paved streets, a street network hierarchy that lays out street design guidance and maps of areas of opportunity for development and connections. A complete-streets plan proposes details for the main arter ies, West Colonial Drive, Oakland Avenue and Tubb Street; as well as for the local paved streets and unpaved streets. For Colonial, one design proposes six-foot sidewalks, five-foot bike lanes, five-foot landscape buffers, 12-foot bus lanes and two 11-foot travel lanes on either side of the roads center line. The center would include a 12-foot landscape buffer with curbs, gutters and space for left-turn lanes. Overall, the estimated rightof-way is 125 feet from sidewalk to sidewalk. The other two main streets in the town, Tubb and Oakland, would have eight feet of landscape, six feet of sidewalk, another six feet of landscape, a seven-foot buffered bike lane and 11-foot travel lanes on either side of the center of the street in a total of about 80 feet of right-of-way. This proposal does not require the town to acquire any additional right-of-way. There will be no paving of dirt streets and no more widening of Tubb Street and Oakland Avenue, Town Planner Jay Marder said. Weesner suggested ways to connect all of Oakland, including humanizing Colonial Drive, creating walkable blocks and extending the downtown grid across Colonial, adding connections to the West Orange Trail and extending Tubb from Lake Apopka to Johns Lake. The continuation of the downtown Oakland grid system across Colonial could create a section of walkable blocks that look similar to Colonial near Mills Avenue in downtown Orlando. Existing streets south of Colonial could be extended westward to create additional walkable blocks near Floridas Turnpike. The plan provides proposals for a potential Lynx Bus Rapid Transit regional hub at Colonial and Tubb. This will help us maintain our identity, Mayor Kathy Stark said. When one resident expressed concerns, Stark said, We have no intention of putting in any thing that we cannot budget for or maintain.IN OTHER NEWS Town commissioners Joseph McMullen and Rick Polland were sworn into oce for another term. We are very, very lucky to have such faithful servants in the town of Oakland, Mayor Kathy Stark said. The commission approved the nal subdivision plat for the Longleaf at Oakland project on the west end of Oakland Avenue. Pulte Homes is the builder for the 39.5 acres of land. Another unanimous vote allowed for the vacating of a 5,350-square-foot partial utility easement that was dedicated to the town of Oakland in 2002 but is no longer needed. The commission approved spending up to $100,000 on two projects at Oakland Avenue Charter School. The rst is a two-year rental of a mobile building for the pre-kindergarten classes, necessitated by the elimination of the classroom co-teacher program. The second is the purchase and installation of 1,800 linear feet of vinyl-coated chain-link fencing and ve gates to complete the perimeter of the school to better maintain school safety. OAKLAND BY THE NUMBERSSIZE 2.1 square miles LENGTH OF STREETS 230 lane miles ESTIMATED POPULATION 2,652 residents MEDIAN INCOME $79,750 UNDERUTILIZED PROPERTY .95 square miles The goal of this proposed section is to add consistent sidewalks and bicycle lanes, as well as provide room for landscape and street trees. This alternative considers the extension of the West Orange Trail with a 10foot shared-use path on the west side of the street and on-street parking on both sides. This proposal takes into consideration buered bike lanes, lane widths reduced to 11 feet and consistent sidewalks and street trees.Paving the futureCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 7 270472 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 268768 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR HORIZON WEST Boyd Development Corporation seeks to add a new residential development to the Hamlin community. The 78.97-acre property located north of Porter Road, south of New Independence Parkway, east of State Road 429 and west of Avalon Road could add as many as 317 single-family homes to the Horizon West village. Boyd Development has requested to rezone the property from Citrus Rural District (A-1) to Planned Development District (PD). The property has a future land use designation of Horizon West Town Center Urban Residential (UR-5), which permits a density of four dwelling units per acre. This piece of property is in the Horizon West Town Center village, and the property itself is designated urban residential, so what were doing is going through the normal process of getting a Planned Development zoning, said Ken Kupp, a partner at Boyd Development. Were complying with the existing land use but requesting to change the zoning to allow us to move for ward with this residential development. The proposed project, known as the Hamlin Southwest Land Use Plan, has just begun Orange Countys standard rezoning process, which requires an engineering analysis. Future analyses of the site may result in a determination that the site can support fewer homes than is permitted by its current land-use designation. If that happens, the number of permitted homes will be adjusted. When they did the Town Center land-use code, they deter mined how much could fit on the actual acreage while meeting the density requirements, said Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey. But, at that time, they didnt look at wetlands and stormwater drainage. Thats why were say ing thats what the acreage would support, but doesnt mean thats actually will be built because as they go through the process, that will likely be reduced. So theres this maximum thats ascribed to the acreage and then theres what actually can be built on this property. Kupp added he estimates it will be at least two or more years until construction of the homes begins, assuming the process goes smoothly. About 10 residents attended the meeting and asked questions regarding drainage improvements and wildlife preservation. They also wanted to know if nearby roadways, surrounding schools and the local fire department would be able to adequately support the population growth projected to come with the development. VanderLey said the project will be subject to the scrutiny of state agencies, the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Orange County Public Schools, which will all make their own determinations regarding whether existing facilities can support the development.Boyd Development Corp. requests 78-acre rezoning in Horizon West CourtesyThe 78-acre property is sandwiched between Avalon Road and State Road 429 north of Porter Road and south of New Independence Parkway.Orange County hosted a community meeting Monday to explain the developers request to rezone 78.97 acres for 317 future homes.
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The concept behind the restaurant is modeled after a traditional method of eating raclette cheese, Queroga said. Its an Alpine-region concept, Queroga said. They melted the cheese and scraped the cheese on top of bread to eat. This is the original way of (eating) raclette. Currently, the menu features four items. Simply Chips and Cheese is a dish raclette over seasalted pita chips and is served with or without salsa. Over My Potatoes is a dish of small baked potatoes topped with raclette. Southern Charm consists of Brussels sprouts, potatoes, sweet baby onions, tiny pickles and raclette. European Tradition Querogas favorite consists of prosciutto, artichokes, potatoes, cornichon pickles, pepper, arugula and, of course, raclette. Each dish costs $12. Morthan Cheese only uses imported French or Swiss raclette cheese. However, Queroga cur rently is working to find a local source. Prior to opening, Queroga said he had been looking for a space at the Plant Street Market for a long time. The idea and name for Morthan Cheese was inspired by a conversation he had with the owners of Crooked Can Brewing Company during which they discussed the need for cheese at the Plant Street Market. We always thought from the inception of the market that a cheese spot would kind of help round out the options in here, Crooked Can General Manager Ryan Gossett said. Theres so many different things that you can pair with beer, so having another thing in here is just going to help enhance that experience for everybody. Queroga added that when they discussed what would be served, they mostly talked about just cheese. I told them, We need more than that. We need more than cheese. Thats (how we got the name), Queroga said. Its something that we really came up (with) working together. Queroga, 53, is a Brazilian immigrant with a background as a business consultant for startup companies. He moved to the United States about six years ago to chase the American dream of owning his own business. I say its the country of oppor tunities, Queroga said. If youre a hard worker, if you have consistency in your business, if youre a persistent person, the United States is the place (for you). Easy being cheesyEmilio Queroga opened Morthan Cheese at the Plant Street Market on Wednesday, March 14.IF YOU GOMORTHAN CHEESE Plant Street Market, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/ morthancheesePhotos by Eric GutierrezEmilio Queroga is the owner of Morthan Cheese at the Plant Street Market in Winter Garden. Each dish at Morthan Cheese is topped o with a slathering of melted raclette cheese. r See Page 22 & 23 of this weeks paperor visit: OrangeObserver.com/Business-Directory
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COMDANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORSpring has ocially sprung, and so have an abundance of extraordinary galas and fun, philanthropic fundraisers to put on your calendar. Were in the height of our springtime Black Tie season, and that means there is no shortage of wonderful events hosted by various organizations worthy of your support to attend. Our top five picks for April will bring you into Old Florida, tease your taste buds with the best food and beverages in Central Florida and have you partying the night away for a great cause.1 ORLANDO CATTLE BARONS BALL6 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Whether youre a Florida native or have made the state your home in recent years, you wont want to miss this opportunity to get a glimpse of Old Florida while simultaneously contributing to pediatric cancer research. The Orlando Cattle Barons Ball is an annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, and this year the organization will turn part of the Rosen Shingle Creek into a setting featuring the states humble beginnings. Guests will enjoy music from three-piece band Florida Crack er Boys and from Hot Property, tricks from Old Florida musicians, visits with cowboys and stilt walkers, games, dinner and a live auction. Individual tickets cost $250 and can be purchased at bit.ly/2J6pGH7. 2 TASTE OF WINTER PARK5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Exercise your taste buds and dabble in some of Central Floridas best dishes and beverages during the Winter Park Chamber of Commerces 33rd annual Taste of Winter Park event. Presented by Corkcicle, the event showcases more than 40 chefs, bakers and other restaurateurs at the Winter Park Farmers Market. Taste of Winter Park is a fundraiser for the WPCC, a nonprofit that DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORHusband, father, lawyer, child injury-prevention advocate. Windermere resident Richard B. Schwamm plays all of those roles, but his newest includes being appointed to the board of directors for Floridas Children First.PUTTING CHILDREN FIRSTFCF was founded in 2001 by child advocates, volunteers and attorneys from across the state committed to working on issues affecting Floridas most vulner able children. It seeks to improve the government and private systems that exist to serve children through executive-branch advocacy; legal and legislative advocacy; procedural-rule advocacy; support for former foster youth; and training and support of attor neys. We are honored to have Richard join our board of directors with his many years of dealing with childrens cases and his passionate support of the work we do to advocate for Floridas youth, said FCF Executive Director Christina Spudeas. Schwamm is a shareholder with Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm and leads the firms Orlando office. He is an experienced trial attorney of A voice for the childrenWindermere resident and lawyer Richard B. Schwamm has been appointed to the board of directors for child-advocacy organization Floridas Children First.Courtesy photoWindermere resident and lawyer Richard B. Schwamm will bring his child injury-prevention advocacy experience to Floridas Children Firsts board of directors. FLORIDAS CHILDREN FIRSTFloridas Children First Inc. is a nonprot organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth. It seeks full representation of children and youth as well as meaningful and sustainable improvement in Floridas child-serving systems using strategies such as public policy development, ongoing training and technical assistance and strategic litigation. For more information, visit oridaschildrenrst.org. Spruce up your social calendar for spring SEE RICHARD PAGE 11 SEE APRIL PAGE 10
10 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 call 321-236-0240 ext. 5 visit www.safetyfirstswim.comSafety First Swim School teaches children as young as six months old how to roll on accidentally fall into water.SWIM LESSONS REDUCE RISK OF DROWNING BY 88%*DROWNING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN CHILDREN 1-4 YEARS OLD.***National Institutes of Health **U.S. Centers for Disease Control 270560 270595 serves the local business community throughout the year and hosts several community events. This event is for those 21 years of age and older. Tickets start at $50 for WPCC members in advance and are $65 for nonmembers and everyone at the door. VIP guests receive access to a private tent, seated tables, Corkcicle stemless keepsake cup, VIP parking spots and more. Purchase tickets at bit.ly/2uCLUgN. 3 HAMLIN & ASSOCI ATES WISHMAKERS BALL6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Did you know that you can help make wishes come true without having to work at Walt Disney World? The Make-A-Wish Foundations Wishmakers Ball, held at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, is the perfect way to do so. The signature gala is the largest event for Make-A-Wishs Central and Northern Florida chapter, and in 2017 raised more than $1 million. The estimated 1,200 attendees get to enjoy a three-course dinner, silent and live auctions and an after party. Additionally, theyll hear from wish children whose lives have been impacted by a wish. Tickets begin at $400 each and can be purchased at one.bidpal.net/wishmakersball/ticketing. 4 TOWN OF OAKLAND WINE & DINE FOR THE ARTS5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. If relaxing with a glass of wine while the sweet sounds of jazz music surround you, Wine & Dine for the Arts is the place to be. Held at the Oakland Town Center, the event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the HapCo Music Foundation, which creates programs and funds projects that assist youth aspiring for a career in the arts. Chef Anthony Fothergill will cater the event, and both the Vincent Gardner quar tet and Thomas Milovac are set to perform. Funds raised will go toward HapCos arts programs, which include jazz band summer camp, arts and music programs for both children and seniors, music clinics at local schools and the monthly Jazz in the Park event. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at /bit. ly/2Gt2ukG. 5 19TH ANNUAL DOWN TO PARTY AND AUCTION7 p.m. Friday, April 27. Start preparing now to get your party on for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Floridas highenergy fundraiser. Held at The Pines at Windermere, the party encourages guests to come out and enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and an open bar. This years theme is White Party, so come dressed in your best white outfit as you enjoy an evening on Lake Down for Down syndrome. DSACF owns a home in Winter Park that enriches the lives of local people with Down syndrome and their families; proceeds will go toward hosting summer classes, mom-and-me play groups, holiday parties and more. Tickets are $50 until April 15, $60 April 16 through the day of the event and $75 for a VIP ticket. Purchase yours at bit. ly/2H3G9eu. What is UCP of Central Florida? The majority of our services are education based, therapy based and family-support counseling, and we provide equal access to elementary education for children with and without disabilities, said J.P. Soto, senior director of marketing for UCP of Central Florida. We apply an inclusion program and we dont have special-education classes our kids learn side by side. What were trying to do is give the children a real-world model and prepare them for integration as adults, both the kids with and without disabilities. It seems to benefit both sets of children quite well. How many children has UCP of Central Florida impacted? UCP of Central Florida cur rently provides support, therapy and education services to more than 3,000 children, teenagers, young adults and their families across seven Central Florida locations. How long has UCP been in the Central Florida area? UCP of Central Florida began in 1955 to offer hope to children, particularly those with cerebral palsy. A group of par ents banded together to start the small program which provided an early-intervention classroom and therapy services in a remodeled house on Colonial Drive. Tell us about your upcoming fundraising events. Its kind of like big fundraising weekend, Soto said. The Friday event is our charity pok er tournament, and both that (and the gala) will be hosted and attended by Cheryl Hines, Rachael Harris, R.J. Mitte and Matt Iseman. Were also going to have local guests. The gala is our 25th, so were celebrating a milestone. Were going to have headlining acts for that one. This is probably our biggest fundraiser of the year. Why do you enjoy working with UCP? Honestly, its the kids, Soto said. They have so much to offer and are willing to show their strengths and wisdom and kindness. I consider myself very lucky to be allowed to advocate for them. What can guests expect from the event? The gala is going to be an night in which we, at the heart of it all, were going to advocate and celebrate the hard work and spirit of our children and the families that support them, as well as the teachers and therapists (who) support them, Soto said. Within that, it will be kind of a gathering of local influencers, business leaders, community leaders and national artists just really coming together to advocate for these children. Its a very upscale event with a lot of heart. How can someone get involved? Want to learn more about UCP of Central Florida, find a location, donate or get involved? Visit ucpcfl.org for more information. UCP currently has seven locations in Central Florida. DANIELLE HENDRIX CAUSING AN EFFECTUCP of Central FloridaCausing an Eect is a monthly feature that introduces a charity or philanthropic organization and highlights its impact on the local community. If you would like to be featured in a future Causing an Eect, contact Black Tie Editor Danielle Hendrix at email@example.com.This months featured nonprofit is the United Cerebral Palsyof Central Florida. UCP has hosted an Evening at the Palace gala locally for 25 years to raise money for its efforts, and this years theme is Starry Night. The event will be star-studded, indeed, as celebrity co-hosts Rachael Harris, Matt Ise man, Cheryl Hines and RJ Mitte get the party going. Country music star Jake Owen is set to provide a special opening performance, with UCP students performing throughout the evening. Evening at the Palace takes place at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace at Disney Springs starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7. 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WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 11 27 years who focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, catastrophic brain injury, personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death and complex corporate litigation. But he also specializes in representing families and catastrophic injury cases affecting children. After working these cases and having two daughters of his own, he realized his passion lies in protecting children from injury and abuse. Thats where his involvement with nonprofit organizations such as the Childrens Safety Village of Central Florida and Safe Kids Worldwide began. When youre focused on being a lawyer, litigation and advocacy, you start to develop some skills that you think to yourself, Where could I best use these? he said. I decided to help kids. He started by volunteering for CSVSF, which helps at-risk youth in the Central Florida area by providing education and advocacy to the public with the goal of helping prevent injuries to children. Since then, he continues to sit on its board, as well. Its everything from drowning prevention to car-accident and car-seat issues, as well as hyperthermia awareness, Schwamm said. We do a lot of work locally and statewide advocating on these issues. (Then) I became a spokesperson for Safe Kids Worldwide on some of the same issues, and when I got approached to sit on the board for Floridas Children First, it seemed like a natural expansion (of my volunteering). A lot of the work I do involves helping children and families when theres a serious situation.MAKING VOICES HEARDSuch issues Schwamm has experience in dealing with include: drowning preven tion; hyperthermia awareness; physical and sexual abuse of foster children; representing parents of children with brain damage caused by either acci dent or injury during labor and delivery; day-care accidents; and bullying and cyber bullying. As you look at the surrounding world and see opportunities to help keep kids safe, I think FCF is probably the best organization statewide where I think I can help other kids, Schwamm said. This is really a platform, a statewide presence thats really taking on these issues. (Ive been) helping at-risk and abused youth, and I feel really honored to be asked to join the board. In his role on the board, Schwamm will assist with strategic planning and identifying goals and topical issues pertinent to child injury-prevention advocacy within the local and state government. He will assist with legislative agendas and hopes to find ways to integrate other local nonprofits that are also there to assist in prevention of abuse or injuries. All of us need to find our passion in life, he said. We need to find what issues appeal to our social conscience and how we want to spend our busy lives. ... I love my kids, and I love being a lawyer. I have found ways to blend these passions to teach my children that my most important responsibility in life is to keep them safe. Period. I now carry that philosophy into helping children in our community stay safe, as well. If my ability to educate and advocate is able to help just one child or give comfort and justice to a family, then I have truly given back and helped my community, he said. Because of my role as a lawyer on child-injury cases, I think it definitely creates a niche within the board. 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 269837 rf ntt nbbn r nnnt nbn FLORIDA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRArfnt brt tt rr nntrtrrtrtrtr 271597 In Our Hearts Forever, Justin McWilliams January 26, 1982 April 7, 200216-years without a hug; a glimpse of your crooked smile or an I Love You. 16-years without your infectious laugh, giving heart and caring nature. Life changed in ways we never imagined when you were tragically taken from us that early April morning. There will in our lives. On this 16th story has had on others. From The Justin McWilliams Act, to increasing awareness of organ, tissue & corneal donation to inspiring more than 50,000 young people #betheexample. Your legacy lives on in the lives of many. Dad, Mom & Ashley www.PECC.US.com Richard Schwamm puts children rstCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
12 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 rfntrfn rfntbrfn rfr nnnt b tLife-Changing Spiritual Formation World Class Teaching & Learning Apple Distinguished School Award Winning Fine Arts & Athletics bbt bt nfr rfn tb rfntrfn rfntb rfn rfr nnnt b t Life-Changing Spiritual Formation World Class Teaching & Learning Apple Distinguished School Award Winning Fine Arts & Athletics bbt bt nfr rfntb Life Changing Spiritual Formation World Class Teaching & Learning Apple Distinguished School Award Winning Fine Arts & Athletics 2667 Bruton Boulevard Orlando, Florida 32805 270407 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERJoin Olympia High School theater students as they tell a tale of love, pain, grief and hope with their production of Once on This Island. The production will be held at 7 p.m. April 5 to 7 at Olympia High School. A matinee will be held at 1 p.m. April 7. Once on This Island premiered on Broadway in 1990, said Olympia High Assistant Drama Director Alan Pagan-Pearl. Its based on a book which was a Caribbean retelling of The Little Mermaid. Pagan-Pearl said the story is set on a Caribbean Island that had been devastated by a hur ricane. He said the show carries some relevance today because of the damaging hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the Caribbean last year. Weve already had over 200,000 refugees coming from the Caribbean into the Central Florida area, Pagan-Pearl said. I teach foreign language here at this school, and I see kids who are coming in here from Puerto Rico whove lost everything and are now trying to make it here. This is a story about: What do you do when you lose everything? What do you still have and how do you get through that? So I feel like this story is more relevant now than its ever been. Once on This Island requires significant vocal work from the actors. The biggest challenge of putting all of this together is that unlike a lot of other shows where you have a lot of dialogue that you deal with this show is almost completely sung through, Pagan-Pearl said. Thats been really demanding on our vocalists. Its been really demanding on our band. ... Getting our band and our singers to sync up thats been a process. Senior Vann Washington is a first-year theater student in the leading male role, Daniel Beaux homme. He said Once on This Island will be his first musical. A lot of the cast is very talented, so I really had to practice my music game, Washington said. Having to go through a straight hour-and-a-half of singing with barely any lines is a really new experience (as) opposed to just having to act. Washington said during the audition, he was open to any role and was surprised when he snagged the leading role. I really thought I was going to be part of ensemble, Washington said. I was just really elated (when I got the role). I was in the middle of a Planet Smoothie (when I found out) and was like, Holy crap, and I dropped my smoothie. It was really funny. I said, Dude, I just got a lead role. Junior Ventrice Hinds will play the role of Momma Euralie. Hinds is also a first-year theater stu dent. It felt unreal, because Ive never tried out for a musical or gotten a part in a musical before, so this is my first time doing a musical or theater anything, Hinds said. Its the role I originally auditioned for and wanted. ... I was really excited. Although this is her first musical, Hinds is no stranger to singing in front of an audience; she is an active choir student. However, the dancing in the production posed as a challenge for her. I didnt really dance at first, Hinds said. Our first number was pretty difficult, but with more practice, I got it. IF YOU GOONCE ON THIS ISLAND WHEN: 7 p.m. April 5 to April 7; 1 p.m. April 7 WHERE: Olympia High School, 4301 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando TICKETS: $10 and can be purchased at the door or at goo.gl/FJ1qxW.To the music of the Gods, we dance!Photos by Eric GutierrezKervin Medard, left, and Ventrice Hinds performed a scene during rehearsals for Once on This Island.Olympia High School theater students will perform Once on This Island from April 5 to 7. I was just really elated (when I got the leading male role). I was in the middle of a Planet Smoothie (when I found out) and was like, Holy crap, and I dropped my smoothie. It was really funny. I said, Dude, I just got a lead role. Vann Washington (Getting the role as Momma Euralie) felt unreal, because Ive never tried out for a musical or gotten a part in a musical before, so this is my rst time doing a musical or theater anything. Its the role I originally auditioned for and wanted. ... I was really excited. Ventrice Hinds
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 13 256494with single coupon from 7:00pm 12:00am Expires 4/30/18 One Free Glass of Wine 267886 Saturday, May 5, 2018 5:00pm-10:00pm $100 per person in advance $150 per person day of event144th Kentucky Derby! To Purchase Tickets Visit www.wojsl.com Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERAt first, Scott Nemiros auto shop seems like any other. A faint scent of motor oil fills the air. Rock n roll music is drowned out by the sounds of power drills. Cars sit high on lifts. But the stark difference begins to reveal itself in the form of a large, metal cutout of the United States that hangs on a wall of the waiting area. The piece has stars and stripes cut into it with blue and red transparent film under neath; giving the piece a patriotic touch. That art piece along with many others was created in Nemiros auto shop. The shop is not only a place for fixing cars. Its also where he creates custom-made metal art pieces for Advanced Metal Art. A lot of our stuff is man-cave stuff, Nemiro said. Right now, whats real big is our monograms. Each one of those is customizable for a name and color and size. Theyre more elegant-looking where somebody can hang it on their front door or in their living room. Nemiro, 39, grew up near the West Oaks Mall and graduated from West Orange High School. He currently resides in the Winter Garden area. Nemiro has a long history of working with cars and in auto shops. He managed a local dealership for nine years before opening up his own shop, Advanced Automotive Works, in Orlando. He also owns Advanced Automotive Ocoee. Although Nemiro said he has a talent for building and creating, the work behind Advanced Metal Art only started in recent years. I dont know if Id call myself an artist, but I guess it is (art) because we are creating it, Nemiro said. In the last three years, the artistic side of me has come out. Its more of a recent hobby. METAL for the man caveScott Nemiro creates metal home dcor pieces from his auto shop.Eric GutierrezScott Nemiro has been creating metal home-dcor pieces for about three years.ADVANCED METAL ARTTo view or order items from Advanced Metal Art visit, advancedmetalart.com. Orders also can be placed via facebook at facebook.com/ advancedmetalart. Additionally, Nemiro will have a booth at Winter Gardens Spring Fever in the Garden April 7 and 8.The art pieces are made out of marine-grade aluminum. They are created using a computeraided drafting program, a computer numerical control plasmacutting table and a laser-cutting table. Once the pieces are cut, each one is grounded and painted by hand. We draw vector graphics and curves and create the art or the shape, and then that translates to a computer program, which sends the information to the CNC machine, Nemiro said. The machine cuts it out, and then we hand-process it (and) grind it. Thats more of the artistic portion: grinding and painting and things like that. The cutting is actually the easiest part of the whole deal. In addition to home dcor, Nemiro also creates custom logos, flags and signs. Although some of his pieces are painted, the focus of his work is the metal. We always try to use some kind of a translucent paint or something (like that) where you can see the metal, Nemiro said. Ive actually had to turn down customers (because) they wanted it (as) an exact match of their colors and their logo in solid colors. And I told them, Why dont you just make it out of wood or acrylic or something thats going to be a lot cheaper? Whats the point of using the metal if youre not going to see the metal?
14 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 270509 Steven J. Sober, DMDGeneral Family Dentistry www.stevensoberdmd.comServing the West Orange & East Lake County Area Residents for 32 years!Accepting new patients Hours: M-Th 8-5, F 8-1213330 W. Colonial Dr, Suite 120 Winter Garden, FL 34787 Daniels Rd. Dillard St.Located in the Windtree Professional Center (Behind KFC) Windtree Professional Center 50/Colonial Dr KFC Wendys We offer individualized care in a relaxed unhurried environment. Our focus has always been on the quality of your dental treatment to insure the best possible outcome for the long term. 407-877-6666Network provider for Delta Dental, MetLife, CIGNA, Aetna, BC/ BS, Florida Combined Life, Humana, United Healthcare, & Dentemax PPOs. Financing offered through Care Credit. Most major Insurances Accepted.269893 270614 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 There was plenty of Easter excitement March 31 in West Orange as the cities of Winter Garden and Ocoee, as well as West Orange High Schools Future Farmers of America program hosted holiday events. The Winter Garden Lions Club held its 67th annual Easter egg hunt on the shores of Lake Apopka. Newton Park was a sea of colorful eggs and hundreds of children eager to gather the eggs while searching for the golden egg. The Winter Garden Fire Rescue Department had a fire truck on hand, and area churches provided activities. In Ocoee, more than 10,000 candy-filled Easter eggs were spread across the soccer field at the Jim Beech Recreation Center for the citys annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Hundreds of children raced to the field in hopes of filling their Easter baskets. In addition to the egg hunt, attendees enjoyed food trucks, inflatables and face painting. Non-perishable food items were collected at the event to benefit the West Orange Christian Ser vice Center. Finally, egg hunts, carnival games and a petting zoo were just some of the fun at West Orange High Schools Eggz at the Zoo event. Dozens of children raced to a small field to fill their Easter baskets and hunt for the golden egg. ERIC GUTIERREZ AND AMY QUESINBERRYEaster eggs-cavation Alexandra Sheer, 4, stoped for a photo with the Winter Gar den Lions Club mascot before the hunt began. Sariel Phillips, 5, and Zion Phillips, 4, were happy with their nds at the Winter Garden hunt. Laura Smith, left, and Isabella Sheer enjoyed petting the rabbit at the Eggz at the Zoo petting zoo. Children of all ages left the Winter Garden hunt with full baskets.
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 15 FTCcollege.edu *National University College (NUC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267) 284-5000. NUCs National University College IBC Institute (NUC-IBC), National University College POPAC Institute (NUC-POPAC), Florida Technl (The DAVE School), and LaSalle Computer Learning Center (LCLC) are included in this accreditation. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. April 2018. We are pleased to announce that Florida Technical College is now an academic unit of National University College (NUC), an academic institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)*, a regional accrediting agency. We believe this change will allow us to serve students needs as an educational institution even better than before. rfrfntbtfr trr nLakelandnrft ftb nntnDeLandnnbb tt nfrCutler Bayfnbb rbrb nntKissimmeerfnfb nnt nftPembroke Pinesfbbt tbr nnrfOrlando 270069 Easter eggs-cavation Zakir Saferali found the golden egg at Eggz at the Zoo. Left: Dozens of children ages 7 to 9 rushed to the eld to ll their baskets with Easter eggs at the city of Ocoees hunt. West Orange High School FFA volunteer Amelia Sauls smiled as she held up a goat named Ivy. Right: Madison Olivereri and Angelina and Alianna Edmond showed o their full Easter baskets at the city of Ocoees Easter egg hunt. Gisela Laurent ran away from the crowd to ll her Easter basket at Eggz at the Zoo. ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com
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The Winter Garden Theatre was featuring four movies this week: Sailor Be Good, with Jack Okie; Hidden Valley, with Bob Steele; Sign of the Cross, with Frederic March and Claudette Colbert; and Island of Lost Souls, with Richard Arlen and Lelia Hyams.55 years agoThe 1963 Cancer Crusade drive ocially opened in Winter Gar den, with a kicko coee held at the American Legion Hall. Mrs. Tena Britt is Winter Garden chairman and is assisted by Mrs. A.E. Cannon, Mrs. Eva Partee, Mrs. Buford Tyson, Mrs. R.C. Lewis and Mrs. Lee Bekemeyer.45 years agoAt a Windermere Town Council meeting, Jim Hayes reported the library board had gathered number of old books at the old school and was moving ahead with plans for the library, to be located in Town Square behind Town Hall. Sam Weir, a member of the football coaching sta at Arkansas State University, has been appointed head football coach at Lakeview High School.30 years agoSamuel J. Williams Jr. was laid to rest following his death on Easter. The Winter Garden Little League eld was named Sam Williams Field in honor of the lifelong West Orange resident. THESE OLD TIMES WEST ORANGE HISTORYFROM THE WINTER GARDEN HERITAGE FOUNDATION FROM THE ARCHIVESThis teachers certicate was issued to Lizzie Patterson, of Boyle County, Kentucky. Lizzie Patterson (Sept. 18, 1867 to Dec. 4, 1932) was the wife of Eli Williamson (Dec. 12, 1844 to Aug. 23, 1910), an AfricanAmerican citrus grower. The family lived on what is known as Williamson Island, located o the south shore of Johns Lake in West Orange County, just south of Oakland and Winter Garden. Eli owned a productive and hearty citrus-seedling grove, and the family lived in a large house that once stood nearby. The Williamsons had 11 children, and the entire family is interred at the Williamson Cemetery on the island. Local lore identies Lizzie as Indian, although the certicate was issued to her as a colored woman. The certicate, good for two years, is dated Sept. 2, 1887. Lizzie was just 20 years old at the time. The mission of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is to preserve the heritage and architecture of Winter Garden while creating new cultural experiences. The Foundation also preserves the material culture of West Orange County, using it to educate the areas youth on the communitys rich history.
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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 HENRY RICHARD LUSSDIED THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018.Henry Richard Luss passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018, at his home in Winter Garden, Florida, after a short battle with brain cancer. He was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1939 to Harry and Edith Luss. Henry worked at Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, for 29 years as an X-ray crystallographer. After retirement from Kodak, he taught science and physics at Notre Dame in Batavia, New York. He is predeceased by his par ents; his first wife of 38 years, Jean Luss; and his sister, Catherine Sharp. He is survived by his second wife of 16 years, Sandi Luss; children, Richard (Oma) Luss, William (Betsy Tascione) Luss and Susan (Jake) Saulter; bonus children, Don (Amy) Heath, Bill Heath and Kimberly Konings; grandchildren, Holly (Jon) Miller, Jake Saulter and Natalie (Andrew) Cook; bonus grandchildren Tyler Heath, Nikki Heath, Erin (Alex) Price, Billy Heath, Sierra Heath and Claudia Konings; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty (Thom) Quayle; niece, Faith Sharp; plus a large extended family. Henry moved to Florida in 2002.While living in New York, he was always involved in his childrens lives reading them bedtime stories and coaching their T-ball and Little League teams. He was an active member of Pearce Memorial Church in Rochester, where he was a play er coach on several Suburban Church League championship softball teams well into his 50s. He spent summers at Lighthouse Christian Camp in Bark er, New York, and was involved in many activities at the camp. After moving to Winter Gar den, he became an active member of The First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. Henrys Christian faith was very important to him, and he showed this in his daily living and interactions with others. He was Dr. Paws at Vacation Bible School, and the children still called him Dr. Paws for a long time afterward. Henry loved to play golf, and even if he lost golf balls on the course, he always seemed to find more to bring home. His lifelong dream was for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, which they did in 2018 just before he died. His family was very important to him, and he passed on many good attributes to them. Henry will be buried in East Bethany, New York, next to his first wife, Jean. A service will be held at Pearce Memorial Church in Rochester, New York. A private burial will be held after the service. A memorial service will be held at The First United Methodist Church in Winter Garden at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden at 125 Lakeview Ave., Winter Gar den, FL 34787; or The Jimmy Crabtree Cancer Fund, JCCFs address is P.O. Box 770446, Winter Garden, FL 34777. WEST ORANGE OBITUARIES MARY BRENNAN, 94, of Winter Garden, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden. ROBERT NEAL BOB FAIRCHILD, 67, of Winter Garden, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden. YOLANDE GABBAI, 90, of Winter Garden, died Monday, March 19, 2018. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden. DELORES BRUTON GAY, 79, of Winter Garden, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden. MARY MARCIANO, 106, of Ocoee, died Saturday, March 24, 2018. DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory West Orange Chapel. CHRISTIAN LESTANT MERIZALDE, 26, of Winter Garden, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018. DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory West Orange Chapel. FERDINAND C. VAN KERSBERGEN, 84, Winter Garden, died Monday, March 12, 2018. Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations, Winter Garden.
18 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 CHURCH DIRECTORY XNSP15729 Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3 271083BAPTISTFIRST 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 WEDNESDAYS 6pm Awana Pastor Tim Grosshans www.fbcwg.org 2nd Campus: FOUNDATION WORSHIP SUNDAYS 9:45 am All Ages Foundation Academy High School 15304 Tilden Rd., 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 email@example.com 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 268557 Saturday April 14, 2018Robarts Arena | Sarasota, FL9am:30pmDoors open at 8am, program starts at 9am FREE EVENT Registration required. Online registration is strongly encouraged at www.neurochallenge.org. Call 941-926-6413 for more information. THE PARKINSONS EXPO will feature presentations from medical experts on treatment options, the latest in research, managing the non-motor aspects of the disease, and more.This event is presented to the community at no charge thanks to the following partners: A complete listing of speakers and topics is available on the Neuro Challenge website. www.neurochallenge.org | 941-926-6413 The Slater-Kassan Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation SYNOVUS The Pines of Sarasota-Rehabilitation Senior Care Community Manatee Educational TelevisionRobarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, Florida 34237 PRESENTING SPONSOR PLATINUM SPONSORS GOLD SPONSORS 270919
SPORTSAPRIL 5, 2018 Emma Wagner has been a leader in two sports at Foundation Academy. Page 20.1 During Spring Break, Foundation Academy freshman Kayla Smith competed at the USA Gymnastics Trampoline & Tumbling Florida State Championships in Estero. Kayla placed rst in Level 8 Trampoline, Level 8 Double-Mini Trampoline and Level 7 Tumbling. She advances to a USA Gymnastics regional meet in Daytona in May.2 The West Orange boys lacrosse team defeated East Ridge and Edgewater last week in games played March 27 and 29, respectively by a combined score of 42-10. The Warriors are 8-0 so far this season.3 Brendan Valdes, a freshman for the Dr. Phillips boys golf team and a member at Orange Tree Golf Club, won the Drive, Chip & Putt competition for boys ages 14-15 last weekend. The nal competition for the national event was held at Augusta National.4 The FHSAA Class 2A, Region 5 Boys Weightlifting meet was held at West Orange High March 28. The top two local nishers were West Oranges Nathaniel Imler, who placed third at 129 pounds, and Ocoees David Clarjuste, who placed third at 119 pounds. 5 The West Orange baseball team (68) got back in the win column last week, ending a ve-game skid with a district sweep of Wekiva. The Warriors rst defeated the Mustangs 10-0 March 28 and then 17-5 March 30. During the latter game, Noah Hughes went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs for West Orange. HIGH5 Courtesy photo Plenty of families and friend ships have encountered a fun new dynamic this school year with the split between West Orange and Windermere in athletics. Former teammates now line up opposite one another. Siblings such as West Oranges Elijah Jackson and Windermeres Isaiah Jackson squared off during football season. But the girls lacrosse matchup between the Warriors and Wolverines March 30 added a new wrinkle to the dynamic, as Windermere head coach Ann Bomleny got to game plan for a West Orange team that featured her daughter: Warriors senior and Saint Francis signee Meghan Bomleny. And in the days leading up to the match, it was safe to say the Bomleny abode was a house divided. There was a lot of smack talk still loving, but some smack talk between each other, Meghan said. Meghan and her West Orange teammates got the better of the first exchange of new rivals: the Rivalry lacrosse matchup meant a house dividedWhen Windermere hosted West Orange March 30, it meant coach Ann Bomleny would have to game plan for her daughter Warriors senior Meghan Bomleny.Steven RyzewskiWindermere coach Ann Bomleny and West Orange senior Meghan Bomleny were all smiles after their teams faced o March 30 at Scott Pine Community Park. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR SEE LACROSSE PAGE 20Ryan Le took up swimming and water polo when he arrived at Ocoee High as a sophomore. Less a vehicle for a career in college athletics, Le joined the teams and gave the sports a try, in part, to make some friends. When I first came (to Ocoee), I knew no one, and the swim team was my in with people, Le said. Thats how I started meeting people. Same thing with water polo. Three years later, the standout for the Knights has made some friends and then some.Ocoee High School swimming and water polo standout Ryan Le has been accepted to the United States Naval Academy, where he will walk on for the Midshipmen and most importantly serve the country he loves.Steven RyzewskiOne wouldnt know it based on his performance, but Ryan Les career in the water has been brief he began his swimming and water polo careers as a sophomore. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORKNIGHTNAVALSEE LE PAGE 20
20 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 Have our Mobile Showroom come to you! Minneola Location 301 E. Washington St. Unit FMinneola, FL 34715 (352) 394-0303www.marksfloorsonline.com Mount Dora Location3985 Hwy 19A Mount Dora, FL 32757 (352) 385-0303 Carpet Tile Hardwood Vinyl Laminate Athlete of the Week sponsored by: 270744 Winter Garden Location731 S. 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 270748 How did you settle on the 400-meter dash as your race? Its kind of just the one that Im good at I kind of have a love/ hate relationship with it. Last year was the year that I finally started to understand how to pace myself well and Coach (Andrew Walker) has really helped me to work on my form and understand how to run it. How do you view leadership being that youre a senior? I think its definitely heightened as a senior, the leadership aspect. The younger girls for soccer, as well as for track, really look up to you. (Because) were a smaller and growing program you have to be a good teammate, and you have to be accountable. You have to show how to get better, more so than talk (about it). Of which accomplishment are you most proud? I won districts in track last year, so that was really fulfilling and motivating to try and get better. Whats your goal the rest of the way this season in track? Id really like to win districts and place top two in regionals, so I SPORTS SPOTLIGHTEmma Wagner has been an athlete for Foundation Academy the last three years in track and soccer and has become a leader for the Lions. Wagner, who is home-schooled, won a district title in 2017 in the 400-meter dash and is hoping to build upon that success and make it to State. Wagner intends to become a professional photographer.SPONSORED BY MARKS FLOORSEmma Wagner THE BASICSYear: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-foot-6 Hometown: Orlando GPA: 4.0 Track event: 400 meters Other varsity sports: Soccercan go on to State. You do photography at Foundation Academys football games. What do you enjoy the most about that? All the guys have become my brothers so I just love hanging out with them, and Im defi nitely going to miss that a lot. Which football game has been the most memorable? Thats pretty hard theres been a couple. When they won the district two years ago, that motivated me as an athlete to try and play better, because all the guys played really hard. This season, I think the Northside (Christian) game that was a really tight game. What got you interested in photography? I always thought doing film was really interesting, so I started doing that. This year, I got a DSLR camera, and started play ing around with that, so that kind of opened up more doors to take photos. My mom is a really good photographer, so shes helped me. Whats your dream job? Engagement and wedding photography. One, it makes a lot of money if youre good at it. But I also think its just kind of cool. Whats your favorite restaurant in this area? Winter Garden Pizza Company is really good. My go-to dish is definitely the pepperoni pizza you cant go wrong. STEVEN RYZEWSKI Warriors (8-3) earned a 20-2 victory over the host Wolver ines (6-4). Meghan scored a game-high seven goals for West Orange, creating an interesting dynamic for her mother while coach ing on the sideline the player causing her the biggest headache was the one she had raised. Its a combination of pride and at the same time Im trying to figure out how to stop her, Ann said. Taylor Bryan added five goals for the Warriors, while Jayden Smith scored both goals for the Wolverines. West Orange taking the victory was not entirely surprising. Windermere has no seniors and has a roster that skews young, reflective of a building program. For girls from both sides, the game was a unique occasion to reunite with former teammates. They were all former teammates of ours, Meghan said. We were really excited to play against them and be back on the same field with everybody. They (the Wolverines) have many great players, and theyre definitely going to be a team to beat in the next coming years. For Windermere, a team that has had some success already in its first year, the defeat at the hands of their friendly foes was somewhat humbling but also an opportunity for motivation going forward. We know that West Orange is the powerhouse in our district, and we knew this would be a big game and high-level competition for us to face, Ann said. Were already talking about next year the rematch. With the game behind them, both mother and daughter have plenty to focus on moving forward as the regular season nears its conclusion. Of course, that doesnt mean Meghan isnt going to take advantage of an opportunity to gloat here and there. Im going to hold it over her head like every day, Meghan said, laughing. Fortunately, a little friendly ribbing is something Ann said she will allow. Its a reward to her daughter for all the hard work she put in while playing for Anns Storm Lacrosse club teams. For all the years I coached her in club, Ive been incredibly tough on her, Ann said. Of course, the two might not have to wait all that long for a rematch. In lacrosse, the top four teams in a district advance to the district tournament, and there is a chance that West Orange will be the No. 1 seed in District 9, while Windermere could be the No. 4 seed.LacrosseFROM PAGE 19Le is a senior captain for the water polo team as it nears the completion of its spring campaign. He was also a senior captain for the Ocoee swimming and diving team in the fall. Indeed, Les experience with the aquatics programs at Ocoee has been a good one. Despite the relative brevity of his swimming career, his success in the water has helped to open a door he has been pursuing since middle school. Le, who originally dreamed of becoming a Navy SEAL, has been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy. There, he will be a walk-on for the Navy mens swimming and diving and water polo teams, with a strong chance of continuing his aquatics career with the Midshipmen. Its intimidating, but its definitely a challenge Im willing to take on, Le said. At Ocoee, Le entered his name into the Knights record books as a junior after breaking the school record for the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:05 the first of a handful of program records he set. Before that, in the spring of his sophomore year, he had 59 goals, 22 assists and 38 steals for the boys water polo team in his first taste of varsity action. Le said he has always gravitated toward the idea of serving his country and that war movies and the like have helped fuel that interest along the way. When a representative for the Navy came to campus and shared the ways he had served his coun try through the Navy and the opportunities it had opened up, it fueled Les patriotic passion. (Service is) something I want to do, Le said. I want to make a difference. In addition to hopefully competing for the Midshipmen, Le will study at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. After his studies are complete, he has committed to serve in the U.S. Navy for five years. He said he would like to become a pilot assuming he doesnt continue to grow and become too tall but also mentioned surface warfare as a possible area of service. Once water polo season concludes, and his career as a Knight along with it, Le said he will be training with his club team the SouthWest Stars until he departs for Annapolis in June. Looking back on his time at Ocoee, Le said he is proud not only of his own success but also of the growth of the programs while he was there particularly the Knights swimming and diving team. We have so many freshmen this year, and theyre all very promising with a lot of potential, Le said. I hope that I leave an example.LeFROM PAGE 19We know that West Orange is the powerhouse in our district, and we knew this would be a big game and high-level competition for us to face. Were already talking about next year the rematch. Ann BomlenyWe have so many freshmen this year, and theyre all very promising with a lot of potential. I hope that I leave an example. Ryan Le www.westorangehabitat.org270535Re-decorating?Donate your gently used furniture, appliances, light xtures to the ReStore. 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WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 21 Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor Subscribe@OrangeObserver.comVisit us at rfnftfb 271134 271590 GAME FILMFamiliar faces, a handful of whom once shared a dugout, were on opposite sides of the diamond March 27 as the West Orange High and Windermere High softball teams met for the rst time. While the game was tight early West Orange led Windermere 3-1 through three innings a grand slam by Lexie Blair opened things up, and the Warriors (10-5) never looked back en route to an 11-1 victory in six innings. Blair, who recently returned from an injury that kept her sidelined for the rst seven games of the season, drove in seven total runs on the night. Its great having Lexie back, West Orange coach Kelsey LaNeave said. Shes denitely a piece we were missing in our lineup. Shes made a huge impact, literally, from the rst game she was back. On the mound, Landry Newgent and Riley Fromberg combined to limit Windermere to one run and just ve hits. Holly Heath got the start for Windermere (7-6-1), pitching ve innings. The Wolverines scored their run in the top of the third inning, when Kristen Rifenberg was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Chrissy Fleming. STEVEN RYZEWSKIWest Orange Warriors power past Windermere in softball showdown ONLINEFor more photos from West Oranges 11-1 win over Windermere March 27, visit ObserverPreps.com. Lexie Blair drove in seven runs in the War riors 11-1 win over Windermere, including four runs on a grand slam.Photos by Steven RyzewskiRiley Fromberg pitched in relief for the Warriors and sealed the victory. West Orange third baseman Alli Sar tini made a throw to rst for an out March 27. Middle: The Windermere Wolverines were pumped up to play West Orange in softball for the rst time. Above: Windermeres Olivia Lovins elded a bouncer at shortstop before throwing over to rst for an out against the Warriors.
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Were within a 3% margin of growth, so were still growing at a steady pace. One reason this area is desirable, she said, because it is far enough away from downtown Orlando to be considered rural yet still has convenient access to the toll roads. JoAnn Quarles, president of Treasure Title Insurance Agency in Winter Garden, agrees its a sellers market, because there are fewer homes for sale and a large number of buyers looking to pur chase one. Typically, home prices will rise as buyers are making an offer to purchase property; and when buy ers compete for a property (multiple offers on a property), that will drive the price above expectations, Quarles said. We saw this in the Great Recession, and there are signs of it returning today. Loiacano, too, recalled the 2008 housing crisis, when housing prices skyrocketed and then plummeted after when recession hit. But she doesnt expect that to happen now, a decade later. Quarles said what could impact this market are low interest rates and high employment rate situations that make buyers think it would be a good time to buy a large investment, like a home. One problem in West Orange, she said, is there isnt an abundance of affordable homes. Many builders are constructing, but the average price exceeds $200,000. YEARTODATE MARKET STATISTICS FOR 34787SOLD SUMMARY FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2017 % CHANGE Sold Dollar Volume $77,375,756 $75,422,530 2.59 Average Sold Price $330,666 $329,356 0.40 Median Sold Price $310,000 $305,000 1.64 Units Sold 234 229 2.18 Average Days on Market 54 71 -23.94 Average List Price for Solds $337,998 $338,375 -0.11 INVENTORY FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2017 % CHANGE Active Listings 330 392 -15.82 New Listings 350 316 10.76 New Under Contracts 326 297 9.76 New Contingents 0 0 0 New Pendings 347 308 12.66 All Pendings 227 208 9.13 DAYS ON MARKET SOLD 0 45 1 to 10 51 11 to 20 21 21 to 30 15 31 to 60 30 61 to 90 22 91 to 120 18 121 to 180 17 181 to 360 13 361 to 720 1 721+ 1SOURCE: My Florida Regional MLS YEARTODATE MARKET STATISTICS FOR 34786SOLD SUMMARY FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2017 % CHANGE Sold Dollar Volume $79,532,811 $83,630,560 -4.90 Average Sold Price $616,533 $606,019 1.73 Median Sold Price $377,000 $379,190 -0.58 Units Sold 129 138 -6.52 Average Days on Market 98 99 -1.01 Average List Price for Solds $646,146 $638,814 1.15 INVENTORY FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2017 % CHANGE Active Listings 368 479 -23.17 New Listings 233 269 -13.38 New Under Contracts 191 198 -3.54 New Contingents 0 0 0 New Pendings 204 207 -1.45 All Pendings 140 162 -13.58 DAYS ON MARKET SOLD 0 4 1 to 10 21 11 to 20 9 21 to 30 15 31 to 60 22 61 to 90 9 91 to 120 16 121 to 180 19 181 to 360 8 361 to 720 5 721+ 1SOURCE: My Florida Regional MLS Sellers marketCONTINUED FROM PAGE 25
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WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018 31 Pat Sharr Realty 407-656-7947 MultiMillion Dollar Producer www.patsharr.com PAT SHARRBroker/Owner email@example.com BUYING A HOME? SELLING YOUR HOME? MICHAEL LOWERYSales Associate firstname.lastname@example.org WE DONT CHARGE TRANSACTION FEES! CALL US TODAY! JUST LISTED!!!***LAKEFRONT*** DOCK***SCREENED POOL*** NO HOA*** Take a look at this home that features 3 Bdrms.2 Ba. Living room, dining area, eat-in kitchen, family room, brick wood burning fireplace,screened pool and scenic views of the lake!!! This home is just minutes away from DOWNTOWN WINTER GARDEN with the many restaurants, specialty shops and FARMERS MARKET on Saturdays!!! Step into this home and relive the good ole days of when this home was built in 1961. Living room features the corner brick fireplace, entertain in uncrowded comfort in the spacious dining area. The family room is a favorite spot for fun and informal entertaining and is very open view of the large lot, dock and lake. This home is situated on almost an acre on a quiet dead end street. Asking $425,000 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! BRING YOUR BOAT!!!LETS GO TO CLERMONT!!! This home says come in, you will feel right at home the moment you step in...Capture the beauty of this very open floor plan that features 3 Bdrms./ 2 Ba., living, dining family room, split bedroom plan. This home has just been freshly painted inside!!! Kitchen features a large breakfast bar, pantry, refrigerator, dishwasher, range and range hood. Entertain in comfort when you open the french doors to the bonus room that features a pool table that stays plus a hot tub!!! Master bath features shower no tub and on the other side of the house are the 2 guest rooms centered around the guest bath. The laundry room comes complete with washer & dryer, also featured is the side entry garage. Beautiful trees in the front yard and the community features: LAKE ACCESS to CHAIN of LAKES, fishing pier, BOAT RAMP, skiing allowed, PLAY GROUND, and TENNIS COURTS!!! All of this for the asking price of only $240,000 WHAT IS YOUR OFFER??? ***MAKE THIS HOME YOURS***BRAND NEW STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES*** FRESHLY PAINTED!!! Enjoy the whole POOL/SPA scene from the open living room, MASTER BEDROOM, BREAKFAST NOOK AND FAMILY ROOM...The kitchen features BREAKFAST BAR, 42 CABINETS, LARGE PANTRY, all APPLIANCES stay!!! BRIGHT BREAKFAST NOOK over looking the PAVER LANAI & DECKING enjoy the LARGE SPARKLING pool/spa! .The family room is a cheerful center for everyday family living w/ sliding glass doors leading to the lanai. This home is a 3 WAY SPLIT PLAN, master bedroom is ADJOINED w/ a sitting area/den/workout and sliding glass doors leading to the lanai. 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 SALE PENDING 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! NOT FANCY...JUST HOMEY!!!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 270525 270548 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 SANCTUARY AT HAMLINThe home at 7512 Mandarin Grove Way, Winter Garden, sold March 28, for $468,000. Built in 2017, it has five bedrooms, four-and-onehalf baths and 3,816 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $122.64.SUMMERLAKEThe home at 8184 Snowy Plover Ave., Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $405,840. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, two-andone-half baths and 3,032 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $133.85.WATERLEIGHThe home at 15698 Marina Bay Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 27, for $621,800. Built in 2017, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,754 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $225.78. The home at 15642 Marina Bay Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 29, for $741,091. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 3,936 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $188.29. The home at 10277 Spring Shores Drive, Winter Garden, sold March 26, for $390,000. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, three-andone-half baths and 3,316 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $117.61.WESTSIDE VILLAGEThe home at 12797 Westside Village Loop, Windermere, sold March 21, for $432,000. Built in 2018, it has four bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 2,650 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $163.02.WINDERMERE TRAILSThe home at 8328 Lookout Pointe Drive, Windermere, sold March 26, for $695,000. Built in 2016, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,329 square feet of liv ing area. The price per square foot is $160.55. The home at 9032 Outlook Rock Trail, Windermere, sold March 26, for $420,000. Built in 2015, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 3,011 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $139.49.OCOEEMEADOW RIDGEThe home at 426 Anessa Rose Loop, Ocoee, sold March 26, for $402,000. Built in 2008, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,515 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $159.84.WINDSOR LANDINGThe home at 3089 Kentshire Blvd., Ocoee, sold March 20, for $410,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,287 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $124.73.WEST ORANGECYPRESS SHORESThe home at 10209 Trout Road, Orlando, sold March 19, for $965,000. Built in 1953, it has three bedrooms, two-and-onehalf baths and 2,940 square feet of living area on 2.04 waterfront acres. The price per square foot is $328.23.HAVENCRESTThe home at 7595 Blue Quail Lane, Orlando, sold March 23, for $822,500. Built in 2017, it has five bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths and 4,959 square feet of liv ing area. The price per square foot is $165.86.LAKE MABEL SHORESThe home at 8819 Lake Mabel Drive, Orlando, sold March 21, for $725,000. Built in 2002, it has five bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths and 3,824 square feet. The price per square foot is $189.59.ROYAL RANCH ESTATESThe home at 8618 Benoit Ave., Orlando, sold March 30, for $655,000. Built in 2004, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,350 square feet of living area on 2.05 acres. The price per square foot is $195.52.WESTMINSTER LANDINGThe home at 8140 Westminster Abbey Blvd., Orlando, sold March 29, for $590,000. Built in 1998, it has five bedrooms, four-and-onehalf baths, a pool and 4,441 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $132.85.WINTER GARDENBRONSONS LANDINGSThe home at 2219 Tillman Ave., Winter Garden, sold March 29, for $449,900. Built in 2007, it has five bedrooms, four baths and 3,514 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $128.03.JOHNS COVEThe home at 1209 Johns Cove Lane, Winter Garden, sold March 22, for $425,000. Built in 2004, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,324 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $127.86.JOHNS LAKE POINTEThe home at 15269 Sunset Over look Circle, Winter Garden, sold March 26, for $504,000. Built in 2017, it has four bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 3,496 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $144.16.SUNSET LAKESThe home at 13006 Shadow Bend Court, Winter Garden, sold March 28, for $655,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,730 square feet. The price per square foot is $175.60.TWINWATERSThe home at 1664 Holcomb Creek St., Winter Garden, sold March 19, for $495,000. Built in 2017, it has five bedrooms, three baths, two half-baths and 4,329 square feet of living area. The price per square foot is $114.35.WINTER GARDENThe two homes at 11630 Flynn Court, Winter Garden, sold March 23, for $598,800. Built in 2013, they combine to have six bedrooms, four-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,730 square feet of liv ing area on five acres. The price per square foot is $160.54. The home at 202 Tildenville School Road, Winter Garden, sold March 30, for $390,000. Built in 1957, it has three bedrooms, twoand-one-half baths and 2,602 square feet of living area on 1.98 acres. The price per square foot is $149.88. coldwellbankerhomes.comThis Overlook at Hamlin/West Lake Hancock Estates home, at 7567 Green Mountain Way, Winter Garden, sold March 29, for $1.14 million. This home features waterfront living on Lake Hancock and has direct water access to Hamlins future Town Center.
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A VIBRANT VISION OUR CITY IS ON THE RISE!Ocoee is developing, growing and advancing to meet the needs of our citizens. We are in the midst of designing surroundings that are fresh, forward and that will enhance our citys signature Floridian character.DOWNTOWN CORE:Big things are coming to Ocoee. Upon completion, the downtown will have the infrastructure it needs to grow, the vision to keep it authentic and the people to make it vibrant.VISION DEVELOPMENT: community for all modes of circulation Lake + Park + Community experiences and many reasons to come back attractive, authentic Ocoee sense of place new investment and economic activityTo learn more about the vision for the future of Downtown Ocoee, visit www.ocoee.org To learn more about the vision for the future of Downtown Ocoee, visit www.ocoee.org 270861 An Update For Our Community The Ocoee Vision Series Continued...
270863OAKLAND AVE 1 CITY HALL 2 LAKESHORE CENTER 3 RESTROOMS 4 PARK DEPARTMENT OFFICES 5 FUTURE DEVELOPMENT 6 GATEWAY ENTRANCE 7 PORTABLE STAGE 8 ADDITIONAL EVENT STAGE OPPORTUNITIES 9 BOARDWALK & LARGE PAVILLIONS 10 PARKING / OUTDOOR EVENT SPACE 11 MEMORIAL GARDEN 12 BOAT RAMP 13 WEDDING GARDEN 14 BOAT RAMP & PARKING 15 STORMWATER GARDEN 16 MEMORIAL / PUBLIC ART 17 UPPER COMMONS 18 LOWER COMMONS DESIGN ELEMENTS BLUFORD AVE BLUFORD AVE OAKLAND AVE Lakefront Park Concept Plan Below are illustrations of future City Hall looking to the park.
270864 Bluford Avenue Project Update Major Checkpoints: April 2nd The sidewalk on West side of Bluford Avenue between Delaware Street & W. Ohio Street open to public foot traffic April 20th Roadway and Sidewalks open from the north end of Bluford Avenue & Delaware Street to the north end of Bluford Avenue & Lafayette Street May 14th All roadways & sidewalks completely opened from the north end of Bluford Avenue & Lafayette Street to the north end of the Magnolia Street May 14th Bluford Avenue & McKey Street intersection to south end of Blu ford Avenue & City Hall Entrance Road will be closed down. July 2nd All roadways & sidewalks completely opened from Bluford Avenue & McKey Street intersection to south end of Bluford Avenue & City Hall Entrance Road. July 2nd Bluford Avenue & the City Hall Entrance intersection to south end of Bluford Avenue & Silver Star Road will be closed down. September 17th All roadways & sidewalks completely opened from Bluford Avenue & the City Hall Entrance intersection to south end of Blu ford Avenue & Silver Star Road. September 17th through the 28th Punch walk and corrections October 1st Completion of Project CONCEPT 8BLUFORD AVE. STREETSCAPE REMNDERINGS
SAVE THE DATENovember 2 & 3, 2018 Stay up to date and visit... OcoeeFoundersFestival.org DONT MISS! PRESENTED BY Local Artists Marketplace Beer Garden Food Vendors Carnival Rides Classic Car Show Fishing Tournament Cornhole Tournament Poker Tournament Chick-Fil-A 5K & Fun Run Dear Citizens of Ocoee and our Friends in Central Florida, We are delighted to bring you our third update on implementation of projects associated with the City of Ocoees Downtown Master Plan. As most of you are aware, the City of Ocoee is a year into implementation of its historic Downtown Master Plan, and award winning plan prepared by a team of consultants including GAI, Tindall Oliver, Kittleson and Associates, and Beat Creative Marketing, as well as several others. This plan, which included the Citys largest public participation effort in its history, resulted in an investment by the Ocoee City Commission of 44 million dollars (in a year in which we also lowered taxes), including several projects. The plan, the documents, and each project funded is listed on the website at www.ocoee.org and is updated weekly for valuable information. You the citizen have probably been slightly inconvenienced by some of the detours in town, but those instances will be well worth the benefits of having new streetscapes and wide sidewalks throughout our downtown. The Bluford avenue project will be completed by the end of October and will provide an urban streetscape connecting our downtown from north to south. We are under design for Oakland Avenue, Taylor Street, and McKey Street, and within a few months you will be noticing major differences in the look and feel of downtown streets. Also included in our first wave of projects in the first phase of renovation of our lakefront park, reconstruction of the Lakeshore Center (making it the largest meeting venue on the west side of Orlando), and construction of a new City Hall. These projects are well underway. Work is about to begin on the Lakeshore Center, and the exterior should be complete in November. Additionally, the new City Hall will be bid later this month for the design build contractor, and over the next few months, these projects will start to take shape in the community. Please know that we are working to get these projects done efficiently and effectively, and that without your input, all of these exciting things would not be possible. Sincerely, The Ocoee Mayor and City Commission Ocoee Downtown Redevelopment270865