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WEST ORANGE TIMES &YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.Celebrating more than 110 years in West OrangeObserver FREE THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 VOLUME 85, NO. 16ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWinter Garden might add some new parks in the coming years. City leaders voted unanimously at the April 12 meeting to allow city staff to move for ward with negotiations to pur chase properties for the citys parks and recreation program. Matthews Hope nds new homeThe homeless ministry will be moving its services to a large facility under one roof.A Family Aair SEE COMMISSION PAGE 6 John OHey ew from Hawaii to escort his nieces, Chloe and Grace to Foundation Academys Daddy-Daughter Dance. STEP RIGHT UP TO MOVIE NIGHTThis months Movie in the Park, hosted by the city of Ocoee, is The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman. The movie starts at 8:15 p.m., Friday, April 20, in Bill Breeze Park, 16 E. Oakland Ave., Ocoee. Food trucks will be selling food and snacks from 6 to 9 p.m. in the park, and the Friends of Ocoee History Preservation will give tours of the Withers-Maguire House from 6 to 7:30. For information, contact the Ocoee Parks & Recreation Department at (407) 905-3180 or go to TOWNAMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORWhen a military veteran seeks assistance in the administrative office of Matthews Hope, its often difficult to talk about his or her issues in private. And when more than two people Winter Garden may get new parks, fieldsREAL BLACK TIE MELODY MAKERSOakland Wine & Dine for the Arts will benet HapCO. PAGE 11STEM SELLTildenville school hosts family STEM event. SEE PAGE 17. ARTSJennifer Parris brings her love of the ocean to Winter Garden. SEE PAGE 16 SEE MINISTRY PAGE 4lthough the theme was A Night in Paris, Foundation Academys annual Daddy-Daughter Dances guest list included one VIP from Hawaii. Third-grader Grace OHey and her younger sister, Chloe, a kindergartner, were escorted to the dance, held Friday, April 13, at Tanner Hall in Winter Garden, by a special guest their uncle, John OHey, who flew in from the Islands of Aloha for the occasion. It was an especially memorable night for two students. The girls were 4 years old and 4 months old Amy QuesinberryJohn OHey said he looks forward to attending the dance with his nieces, Chloe, left, and Grace.AAMY QUESINBERRY | COMMUNITY EDITORSEE ONE PAGE 4 Warriors set up for longtime successIn its rst season of competitive beach volleyball, West Orange High won the SSAC state championships. PAGE 21.


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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 selfportraits and the sele culture. Register at lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996. WINTER GARDEN WINE WALK 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19, beginning at the farmers market pavilion, 104 S. Lakev iew Ave., in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy wine, food, music and shopping at the annual wine walk hosted by the Garden Choir. Tickets are $10 to $30 and available at, APRIL 20FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy Jade Frances and her pop and acoustic music. (407) 656-4111. HAND IN HAND WITH OPD 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Family Dollar Store, 1403 Wurst Road, Ocoee. As part of the Building Community Partnerships program, the Ocoee Police Department is holding meet-and-greets to give residents a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the ocers. (407) 554-7197 or miannuzzi@ocoee. org.SATURDAY, APRIL 21CRUZ N CAR SHOW 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, along Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Check out vintage cars and trucks, or enter your own for a chance to win prizes. (407) 656-4111. WINE & DINE FOR THE ARTS 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Oakland Town Center, 221 N. Arrington St., Oakland. Enjoy an evening of Caribbean avors and jazz and support HapCos programs, which help students through art and music education. Performers are trombonist Vincent Gardner and bassist Thomas Milovac. Chef Anthony Fothergill has created a Caribbean-inspired menu. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at eventbrite. com/e/wine-and-dine-for-thearts-international-jazz-month2018-tickets-35654687129. UMW INSPIRATIONAL WOMENS RETREAT 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando, in The Attic in Building C. The United Methodist Women are sponsoring the retreat featuring Christian author Ann Joyner as the guest speaker. The theme is Joy is a Choice. The $30 ticket includes a continental breakfast, program, craft, catered lunch and a copy of Joyners book. For information, visit umwretreat or call (407) 3424204 or (407) 620-8122.THURSDAY, APRIL 26ART HISTORY TRENDING 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 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 memes. Register at lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996. BUNCO FUNDRAISER 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the GFWC Womans Club of Ocoee, 4 N. Lakewood Drive, Ocoee. Join members for food, fun, a rae and prizes. Proceeds benet the clubs projects. Tickets are $10. To reserve a seat, contact Mary Black at (407) 656-7115 or bmwlady97@ MEET THE POLICE PROGRAM 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Ocoee Police Depart ment, 646 Ocoee Commerce Parkway. The OPD is inviting residents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as parents or caregivers, to tour the police station to meet with ocers. The meetings will allow ocers to get to know members of the community who live with autism in order to better serve them during an emer gency or other call for service. To arrange a tour of the police station, call, (407) 905-3160.FRIDAY, APRIL 27AMERICAN LEGION 98TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at American Legion Post 63, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. The post was granted a temporary charter dated April 26, 1920, with 15 charter members. (407) 656-6361. FRIDAYS ON THE PLAZA 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the gazebo on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy the Good Times Jazz Band. (407) 656-4111.SATURDAY, APRIL 28FAMILY FUN DAY 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Horizon West Community Church, 6121 Avalon Road, Winter Garden. Enjoy train rides, inatables, face-painting and a variety of games. (407) 877-6237. OCOEE FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Ocoee Fire Station 25, 563 S. Bluford Ave., Ocoee. Meet reghters, enter to win prizes and enjoy guided station tours, music, games and free hot dogs and snacks. Children can enjoy a bounce house, games and free helmets. (407) 905-3140. YOUR CALENDAR


WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 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 AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORPeter Abatiello taught at West Orange High School for so long that he was teaching his former students children. Many of the parents had such fond memories of taking his class that they requested him for their own kids. Thats the greatest tribute you can pay me is when you want your kid in my class, said Abatiello, who retired earlier this month after 36 years at the Winter Garden school. A self-proclaimed American history geek, Abatiello or Ab, as he was known to most of the students shared his love of the past through World, European or AP American history classes. In his initial year, he juggled teaching World History and coaching the first of many soccer programs. He loved teaching from the medieval period to the Renaissance. The Fort Lauderdale Beach native admits when he accepted his position at West Orange High in 1982, he had to be schooled in the culture of West Orange County. When I got here in 1982, (the zone for) West Orange went from Bass Pro Outlet (in south Orlando near International Drive) to Deer Island, 32 miles, Abatiello said. We were so diverse because you had the hoity-toity people of Windermere, Bay Hill and Gotha. And we had Pine Hills kids, and the Winter Garden/Ocoee kids were very country. He didnt know what the dipping area was when he was asked to monitor it during lunch break. In the 80s, some students carried a tin of chewing tobacco that was tucked between their gums and lips during dip breaks, a foreign concept to Abatiello. When the teacher called one student a redneck for throwing his tobacco across the room and missing the trash can, he was called into the principals office and he would be summoned many more times in 36 years. Another first for Abatiello was learning all about Rick Stotler and the FFA. It didnt take long for him to discover what the metal pole with the attached ring was for when Stotler was selling meat to raise money for his ag program. Stotler was holding a fundraiser and had a cow tied up to the pole, Abatiello said. It was shot through the head and strung up; Id never seen that before. But Ill tell you, that was the best meat I ever had.COACHING CAREERAbatiello led a successful boys soccer team from 1982 to 1988. The crushing blow to the program hit when Dr. Phillips High School opened. DP would be my undoing; it took my whole team, he said. In 1984, before there was a girls team, a female student tried out for the boys squad. She didnt make it, but two years later, one girl did. I said, As long as you can do the running, I dont have a problem with it, he said. It was because of her that we got a girls soccer team. Abatiello credits Coach Ogie Keneipp for much of his success. In Fort Lauderdale, the schools funded the athletic teams. I said to Keneipp, What do I get? He said, We dont do funding. Have you ever heard of fund raising. So Abatiello raised funds. He stayed with girls soccer from 1992 to 2010. From 1992 to 2013, he coached the boys golf team, with a oneyear stint as girls golf coach in 2015. That first year, the boys went as far as first runner-up, followed by nine top 10 finishes. Ryan Dillon became the coachs only state champion in 1994.STUDENT GOVERNMENTWest Orange High didnt have a Student Government Association until Abatiello convinced the prin cipal to let him start one in 1985. (Principal Tony) Krapf used to say, Mr. Abatiello, this is Winter Garden; we dont do it that way, he said. At the schools 10-year evaluation, when Joe Worsham became principal, West Orange was penalized for not having an SGA. Abatiello was given permis sion to start one and he was in charge of it until 2013. He said he had a successful Student Council program because of the excellent student leadership. I love teaching but Student Government is a close second, he said. That is when the good in people tends to come out. In 1989, the SGA raised $150,000 in a Laps for Lopo campaign for former football coach Ron Lopsonzski, who was in need of a heart transplant. Students stood at street corners collecting donations, and Principal Worsham granted Abatiello permission to hold talent shows. He also helped cheerleaders raise $25,000 for Nationals in 1992.FOR THE KIDSMy main theme is For the Kids, Abatiello said. Thats whats wrong with the schools today. ... You have all these administrators who are looking at test scores. ... Were not allowed to teach any more; we teach facts only. Ive always tried to do it for the kids. Ive always been like a $3 bill, he said. Principals always look at me strange. In 1984, Abatiello took a group of students on the first of 26 spring break trips to Europe. It was always a popular trip, he said. The school atmosphere has changed, he said, because nobody wants to pay it forward anymore. Students in his leadership classes earned their grade, in part, by cleaning up the school, which is immaculate because of it, he said. Every day, four students worked in the cafeteria. In return, he personally bought them pizza once a week. He opened the school store and operated it out of his classroom. His students arrived at 6:30 a.m. to sell doughnuts, pencils, T-shirts and other snacks and items. Their goal this year is to raise $5,000 for a patio area similar to Ocoee Highs. His philosophy has been that students need to be taught to pay it forward and should be rewarded for their hard work. This year alone, the store raised $5,000 for the athletic department, bought shoes for homeless students, held a canned food drive for those in need. He, in turn, took his students to movies. All the way up to 2013, I had principals that basically let me do what I wanted as long as it was for the school and for the kids, he said. Under Principal Gary Preisser, the SGA expanded. This meant more opportunities to give back, and his students were in charge of Homecoming festivities and began working community festivals. In recent years, Abatiello established the WOHS Hall of Fame, which recognizes former Warriors in athletics, academics and art. A testament to his popular ity and devotion came in recent weeks when Abatiello announced his retirement. One of his first students, Kimberly Bohart-Correa, who works in the WOHS front office, posted on Facebook a photo of herself with her teacher-turned-colleague and her daughter, who had him in 2015. Decades of former students began reminiscing and wishing him retirement luck. He plans to stay busy with his restaurants: Tillies Tavern and Grill in Mount Dora and a future sandwich and pizza shop in Eustis. I tried to make West Orange a part of the community because it is the community, he said. Thats one of the things Im going to miss because I enjoyed watching the kids get something out of life. LONG-LASTING LEGACYThirty-six years after taking a teaching position at West Orange High School, Peter Abatiello has decided now is the time to give up his history textbooks and hang up his coachs whistle.Amy Quesinberry Courtesy photoPete Abatiello used a world map to emphasize his history lesson in the 1990s. Pete Abatiello retired this month after 36 years of coaching and teaching at West Orange High School.


4 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 want to get some items from the pantry, a line typically forms in the already-cramped space. This has been happening regularly for nearly two years since many of the homeless ministrys busiest services have been located in two small makeshift offices on South Woodlawn Street in Winter Garden. When we moved into the transitional housing, it was supposed to be a temporary thing, Matthewss Hope Founder Scott Billue said. We just couldnt find a place to go. It didnt exist. The offices and pantries are houses, and we took them over, renting from Ace Hardware. When we move into our new place, we will turn those back into transitional housing for our guests.NEW DIGSBy summertime, Matthews Hope will have a new home with most of its services for the homeless under one roof and with room to expand its programs. This has been Billues goal for years. As the ministry has expanded in its eight years, its services had to be scattered across Winter Garden. Move-in is expected in June at 611 Business Park Blvd., off Story Road across from Orange Technical College Westside Campus. The space is ideal, because many of the homeless guests, as the participants are called, have been taking classes at the school and earning their GEDs and career cer tificates, Billue said. Tech school students are assisting with build-out, cutting floors, installing plumbing and doing the framing. The work is being overseen by contractors and teachers, and its less expensive for us, Billue said. Its giving the students opportunity, but our people as well. Matthews Hope clients are handling some trim work and building furniture for the new offices. They also will create some of the spaces decorative pieces. The new location will have 5,300 square feet in which to house the Hope Chest workshop, with its own office and showroom; administrative offices, with room for medical professionals and their services; and an expanded pantry and clothing and hygiene area to provide service to more people at one time and more efficiently. These are currently in three dif ferent places in Winter Garden. It also is just around the corner from the Firm Foundation Preschool and outreach center, at 740 Ninth St., and the future Garden of Eatin, at 981 Ninth St. More importantly, Billue said, the new location is on one of the few Lynx bus routes in West Orange. The new building will bring down the cost of operations, he said. Although the monthly rent is about the same, Matthews Hope will pay less per square footage. And then we have four separate warehouse locations that we store stuff in when its all done, its almost a wash on the rent, Billue said. Where you save is on insurance, having one location as opposed to multiple; utilities, having one as opposed to multiple, and just efficiency in general. More space means expanded services, too. Tuesday is intake day at Matthews Hope, where guests can sign up for services such as getting medical help or a haircut, laundering their clothes and shopping in the pantry. Billue said there is a possibility a second intake day could be added. Matthews Hope has a nurse and a social worker on staff, as well as regular visits from a Veterans Administration representative, a nutritionist and a mental-health worker. Billue said the homeless guests are excited about the move, because they understand it will make the system simpler. We dont want their time to be stressful, he said. And sometimes we know because again, the more people you cram into an elevator, the more stressful it becomes. Theyre trying to get their needs met, but, unfortunately, I can only let so many in at a time. And for privacy purposes, its hard. Our intent is for MH to never become like a sterile clinic, he said. Our intent is to meet you where youre at, peel back the onion, learn who you are and what your individual needs and challenges are and design a program that will help you move through your particular jungle. when their father, Tim OHey, died of cancer on Christmas Eve in 2012. Weve been having our DaddyDaughter Dance for several years now, Principal Angel Whitehead said. Every year, the uncle flies in from Hawaii to take the girls to the dance. Its a beautiful story. Whenever I see the girls, it breaks my heart. John OHey is retired from the military but is working in Hawaii in a consulting role. He has flown to Orlando for the last three years to escort his nieces. It is a special time for the girls, too. It means everything to them, said their mother, Kelly OHey. Its hard when they have a fatherdaughter dance when your parents not there, so it really means a lot to them. John OHey said he wouldnt miss the annual school event. He also knows Grace and Chloe probably wouldnt attend if they didnt have his support. I dont get to see them all that often, so I get quality time by myself with them, he said. Its as good for me as it is for them even better. Whitehead said 250 people registered for the dance, which included snack tables, an array of games and a disc jockey playing upbeat music. BY THE NUMBERSCASH DONATIONS January to March 2017: $124,373 January to March 2018: $134,399 EXPENSES January to March 2017: $168,952 January to March 2018: $211,397 Total Cash Raised in 2017: $833,369 2017 Additional In-kind Donations: $2,175,567 FIRST QUARTER 2018 TUESDAY OUTREACH STATS People Served: 700 New Clients: 52 Showers: 385 Laundry Loads: 234 Haircuts Provided: 173 Medial Services: 304 Meals: 1,182 IF YOU GOThe Hope Chest is holding a moving and inventory-reduction sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Satur day, April 28, at its current location, 930 Carter Road, No. 311. The sale includes all kinds of furniture that has been repaired or renished and restored. There are also pieces built by Matthews Hope guests, as well as some home decor and garden pieces they created. MAKE A DONATION About $75,000 is needed to complete the move for Mat thews Hope. There are three ways to donate: Online at Call the oce, (407) 9059500 Visit the oce, 523 S. Woodland St., Winter Garden Our need is year-round, founder Scott Billue said. People always think of us in the season of giving, but our needs are year-round. Were calling the nal phase of our building Our Forever Home, because thats our goal: To go there and stay, to set roots.CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1One unforgettable evening Partners had to keep the balloon in the air while dancing. Sienna and Eric Koeser enjoyed a dance together. David Clark and Anastasia Clark enjoyed their evening together. Alivia Branham, left, Avery Branham, Avery Grosshans and Taylor Dunn put on their best dresses and brightest smiles. ONLINESee more photos at Ministry nds new digsCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ObserverPublisher / Dawn Willis, Executive Editor / Michael Eng, Design Editor / Jessica Eng, Senior Sports Editor / Steven Ryzewski, News Editor / Gabby Baquero, Community Editor / Amy Quesinberry, Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, Sta Writer / Eric Gutierrez, Advertising Executives Michelle Gentry, Cyndi Gustafson, Creative Services Tony Trotti, Customer Service Representatives Allison Brunelle, Katie Rehm, If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 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. 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Four of the five will speak during the round-robin discussion: Julie Kleffel, executive vice president and head of community banking at Seacoast Bank; Suneera Madhani, founder and CEO of Fattmerchant; Stacy Papp, creative designer and founder of Bay Hill Jewelers; and Tiffany Moore Russell, Orange County clerk of courts. The fifth honoree, Jamie Seh, sports director for WKMG News 6, is unable to attend because of her work schedule, but Chamber President Stina DUva said she hopes to have Seh speak at the second event in this series. They are all successful in a wide range of industries, two business owners and entrepreneurs and two who work within larger organizations, yet all have garnered the respect of their peers, DUva said of the selections.JULIE KLEFFELKleffels career in banking has spanned decades. She is a chamber past chair and the organizations youngest lifetime director. She has received numerous awards and serves on many boards and is always sought out for her calm, yet no-nonsense approach to getting any project accom plished, DUva said. Kleffel said she is humbled to have been selected and is looking forward to learning from them. She wants to share with the audience some practical, real-life tools she uses daily to help them in their personal and professional lives. I hope that my personal story will inspire the women in attendance that anything is possible if they engage their passions around their work, Kleffel said. I am a big believer in the power of mentoring other women and invest ing in others as so many people have invested in me over the years. I would not be where I am today without the help of so many people.SUNEERA MADHANIMadhani has led her technolo gy-based credit card-processing company to win many awards, including the Bright House Start Up 2016 award, and others for best place to work and Top 100 companies.Suneera recently was a panelist at Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobss 2018 Economic Summit and spoke about the growth of her company. She is dynamic and a charismatic woman, DUva said. Madhani said she is eager to share her story. As a successful female CEO and leader in a male-dominated industry, I have the honor of being (a) trailblazer for the many other woman out there who have #MomBoss potential, she said. My story is one that is not heard nearly often enough, and Im honored to be a part of the change for the next generation of female leaders. She hopes to inspire other female entrepreneurs and young professionals to unleash the hustler within and never take no as an answer, she said. Madhani said she believes any one with passion can make their vision a reality through hard work and drive.TIFFANY MOORE RUSSELLRussell was first introduced to the chamber many years ago through the West Orange Political Alliance. She has been the youngest person to serve on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, and she is the countys first black clerk of the courts. Her energy and passion are evident, and her role as clerk of the courts demonstrates her abilities to lead and be a public servant, DUva said. Russell, too, said she was humbled by the selection. There are so many women doing great things in their respective professions, and I am just thankful someone thought to select me, she said. At the April 25 event, Russell plans to talk about her professional journey and how she manages the many hats she wears as a female. I feel I can empower women to achieve their dream because of my personal life journey, she said. I am truly a minority in politics, not because I am African-Amer ican, but because I am one of the few elected officials to get married and start a family while serving in public office. Because of that unique expe rience, I should be able to share a lot of advice and lessons to young women navigating their professional journey, she said.STACY PAPPPapp has built her business from one location to three. The philanthropist founded a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk youth further their education. Her creative vision and artistry and her client-first focus are the forces behind the impressive growth of this family-owned local business, DUva said. Papp has met and risen above many challenges when opening and expanding her business. She will speak on the challenges that a new business will have, how not to give up, how to face adversity, she said. She said she hopes her advice will inspire other women to per severe. IF YOU GOCELEBRATING EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WHEN: 5:45 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 WHERE: Showcase WG, 12100 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden COST: $36 in advance for chamber members, $46 for non-members and all at the door. INFORMATION: (407) 6561304Chamber to celebrate extraordinary women


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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 $399,000 NEW PRICE! WATCH FOR NEW LISTING! BRING YOUR BOAT/JET SKIS!!!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 $234,000 WITH EVERY NEW LISTING!!!PAT SHARR REALTY WILL PROVIDE A HOME WARRANTY FOR THE BUYER WHEN YOUR HOME SELLS!!! APRIL SPECIAL!!! 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 JUST LISTED!!!MR. & MRS. CLEAN LIVE HERE!!! 4BDRM., 2.5 BA. 2 STORY POOL HOME!!!This is a picturesque setting, very well maintained landscaped yard and a superb interior. Inside you will find a ceramic tiled foyer, living/dining room that is currently being used as a living room, the kitchen features range, refrigerator, dishwasher and disposal all are staying. Inside laundry room, large walk-in pantry. Breakfast area with sliding glass doors leading to the screened lanai. Family room with wood flooring and large enough for everyday living!!! Also featured is a half bath on the first floor. Upstairs you will find the huge master bedroom adjoined by the master bath, garden tub, dual sinks, separate shower and large walk-in closet. The other 3 bedrooms are centered around the guest bath, dual sinks, tub with shower. Lets go back down stairs and out to the screened lanai and sparkling pool, no rear neighbors right in your back yard! ASKING ONLY $279,000 SOLD! Weve come across some great opportunities for the city for our parks and (recreation) program long-term, City Manager Mike Bollhoefer said. One of the properties is located between Newton Park and Bradford Park along Lake Apopka, and the other property is adjacent to the Church of Christ, which is on Daniels Road and Winter Garden-Vineland Road. Bollhoefer said although the property near Lake Apopka is between two parks, the property currently is not one. If the city moves forward with the purchase, the property would be converted into one eventually. The property near the Church of Christ would be used for soccer fields, which have been in high demand in the city for years, Bollhoefer said. We have an unbelievable demand and need for soccer fields and weve had people ask for soccer fields for many years, he said. The properties are estimated to cost about $1.6 million each. Funds for the property near Lake Apopka would be coming from recreation impact fees. Funds for the property near the Church of Christ will initially come from street impact fees, and later reimbursed by recreation impact fees, Bollhoefer said. To pay for this (property near the Church of Christ), we wouldnt have the impact fees from recreation as of now, but we would borrow the funds from our street impact fees and then pay it back as recreation impact fees come in, Bollhoefer said. IN OTHER NEWS Commissioners unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance that carries over appropriation funds to the current scal year budget. Ordinance 18-04 amends the current years budget to carry forward $28,428,329 in appropriations to fund projects, machinery, equipment and other items that were budgeted but not purchased during the scal year ending in 2017. The rst reading of two rezoning ordinances were approved by the commission. Ordinance 18-17 seeks to rezone a 0.625acre property located at 227 S. Main St. from city R-2 residential district to city R-NC residential neighborhood commercial district. Commissioner Lisa Bennett abstained from voting on Ordinance 18-17 because her company has the property for sale. Ordinance 18-19 seeks to rezone a 4-acre property gener ally located at 2001 Avalon Road from Planned Unit Development (PUD) to Planned Commercial Development (PCD). The second readings for each ordinance will take place April 26. The citys phone system will be upgraded after commissioners approved a proposal from Connected Workplace Solutions to provide the licensing, software and hardware to complete the upgrade at a cost of $102,605.02. Bids and contracts were approved and awarded for a contract with Atlantic Civil Constructors Corporation for the Stoneybrook West Parkway/ Roberson Road/Windermere Road roundabout project in the amount of $2.4 million, which includes a 10% contingency.CommissionCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


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If youre unsure where to turn, youre primary care physician can recommend professionals in your area.By Carol Lemerond, ARNP, Florida Blue Nurse Practitioner (352) 242-6800 Clermont (321) 441-2020 Winter Park www.FloridaBlue.comCarol Lemerond is a nurse practitioner at the Florida Blue Centers in Winter Park Village and inside the Clermont Wal-Mart, where she teaches free health and wellness classes that are open to the public in addition to providing health coaching and assessments. XNLV15784 ETHICS. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 186, otherwise known as the resign-to-run law. The bill requires elected officials who qualify for federal public office to resign from the office they presently hold if the terms run simultaneously. FIRSTRESPONDERS. Lawmak ers approved SB 376, which defines post-traumatic stress disorder as an occupational disease for first responders, such as firefighters, police, paramedics and emer gency medical technicians. Under this bill, workers compensation benefits are expanded to include PTSD. Before the passing of this bill, first responders were eligible for workers compensation for jobrelated PTSD only if accompanied by a physical injury that kept them from returning to duty. DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME. Scott signed a bill known as the Sunshine Protection Act that would allow the state to stay in daylight saving time year-round, which would place Florida out of pace with the East Coast. The bill, however, will require approval from Congress. HIGHER EDUCATION. Legislators passed SB 4, a bill per mitting students to use certain Florida Bright Futures Scholar ship Program awards (The Florida Academic Scholars and Florida Medallion Scholars Award) for summer term enrollment beginning this year. SCHOOL SAFETY. In a controversial move, lawmakers passed SB 7026 in response to the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The bill appropriates $400 million for school hardening; safety and mental health programs; includes changes to background checks; raises the minimum age to pur chase a gun from 18 to 21; outlaws the sale and possession of bump stocks; provides measures to keep firearms away from those diagnosed with a mental illness; and establishes a voluntary school marshal program allowing certain school personnel to carry firearms on a school campus. PUBLIC RECORDS. SB 7024, which was unanimously approved by the House, makes the address of a victim of an incident of mass violence exempt from any public records requirement. The bill defines an act of mass violence as an incident in which four or more people, excluding the perpetrator, are severely and intentionally injured or killed. The exemption provision has an expiration date of Oct. 2, 2023, unless the Legislature reviews and saves the exemption from being repealed before then. NURSING HOMES. Follow ing the 13 heat-related deaths of patients from a nursing home in Broward County after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity last September, lawmakers passed a bill that requires nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to have emergency generators in the event of a power outage. K12 EDUCATION. With the passing of HB 7055, Florida became the first state to offer private-school vouchers to parents whose students are bullied or physically attacked in their public schools. The so-called Hope Scholarship Program will be funded by sales taxes from vehicle purchases. SALES TAX HOLIDAYS. The approved budget also includes a provision that kept the three-day Back-to-School sales tax holiday and expanded the Disaster Preparedness sales-tax holiday to seven days, permitting Floridians to save on qualifying storm supplies for hurricane season. The Back-To-School sales tax holiday will be from Aug. 1 to 3, and the hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday will be from June 1 to 7. CONSUMER FINANCE. HB 386, which was also approved by the governor March 19, has a provision establishing a maximum delinquency charge that may be charged for consumer finance loans and allow certain loans to be repaid in periodic installments every two weeks, semimonthly or monthly rather than only monthly, as was the case under previous laws. The maximum charge is $15 per default if one payment is due in a month; $7.50 for two payments; and $5 per default for three payments. NONNATIVE ANIMALS. S B 168, which also was signed by the governor, establishes a pilot program for the eradication of priority invasive species for the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and specifies procedures for the capture and disposal of animals considered invasive species. The bill defines the term priority invasive species to include tegu lizards, red lionfish, common lionfish and devil firefish. CRIMINAL JUSTICE. SB 1392 appropriates $1.75 million for the purpose of creating a centralized criminal justice data collection; provides for the establishment of civil citation and prearrest diver sion programs intended to reduce juvenile arrests; and requires the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to adopt rules that provide an avenue for expunging nonjudicial arrest records of minors who successfully complete a diversion program. MARRIAGE LICENSE. Florida legislators also passed a bill that bans marriage under age 17 and requires parental consent if 17-year-olds wish to marry. If the 17-year-old receives parental approval, he or she still is restricted from marrying anyone more than two years older.How will the Legislatures new bills affect your life?After extending its 2018 session by two days, the Florida Legislature successfully passed 200 bills. During its two-day extended session, the state House and Senate were able to agree on an $88.7 million budget. And in the weeks prior, lawmakers passed major legislation relating to concerns of school safety following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February; workers compensation for rst-responders diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder; emergency generators for nursing homes; and a permanent expansion of the Bright Futures Scholarships funding for college students. GABBY BAQUERO


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WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 13 BACK TO rfntbnrfntbfbf t bbtbbnr bbntrrtnt f b b t b b b 271599 273062Educator Level: Bond Foundation Horticulturist Level: West Orange Times & Observer Environmentalist Level: West Orange Health Care District Fishback Dominick Harbinger Capital Advisors Orlando Health Health Central Hospital Holston Properties & DevelopmentSPONSORED BY experience you cant really learn in school, Milovac said. Ive learned so much from the oppor tunities theyve given me and even learned a lot about myself. Milovac, 20, is now a student at the University of North Florida studying jazz bass. He comes from a family of musicians his father was a Croatian folk musician, and his mothers side has a number of talented performers. Although Milovac can play with a number of instruments, his true love is the upright bass. Its such an important instrument in these ensembles, he said. The bass contributes to the rhythm and playing with the drums but also communicating harmony to voices in the band. You can have so much influence on a musical situation with the bass, and I think thats so beautiful. Milovac became involved with McMullen and HapCO four years ago when his jazz band performed at a live show and started getting other gigs from the foundation soon after. Through HapCO, he has played solo, in quartets and miniature big bands at Disney Springs, downtown Oakland and other venues. Hes grateful to McMullen and HapCO for the platform they have given him, so hes paying it forward. When hes not studying or performing across the country, Milovac comes back to HapCO to teach new musicians about bass techniques. He will be playing side man to the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra lead trombonist Vincent Gardner at the Oakland Wine & Dine. This guys traveling around the country performing at dif ferent places, McMullen said. It answers our Why. Thats a future were helping to build. We played a part in that and know were watching him grow. Hes been performing at HapCO, and other people ask him if he can play at their event, he said. Seeing that happen, that were a part of who he is, it tells us were doing something right. Even if we just touch one life, its an example of how were making a difference. TOWN OF OAKLAND WINE & DINE FOR THE ARTSWHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21 WHERE: Oakland Town Center, 221 N. Arrington St., Oakland TICKETS: General admission tickets are $75. DETAILS: Unlimited wine and meals from Chef Anthony Fothergill. Music by a Vince Gardner quartet with local Thomas Milovac INFORMATION: hapcopromo. org/wpsiteTHE MENUDINNER Chef-attended jerk chicken Caesar salad station Chef-attended carving station Vegetable skewers with curry coconut cream sauce Mini Jamaican beef patties Jerk wild mushroom quesadilla Salted cod sh quesadilla served with spicy sour cream DESSERT Chocolate lovers lava cake Assorted island-style mini dessertsMELODY-MAKERSCONTINUED FROM PAGE 11


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Cookies will be served thank you for 21 GREAT years!21st Anniversary Sale SATURDAY, APRIL 2110:00 am til 2:00 pm Like Us On r See Page 26 & 27 of this weeks paper ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWhenever Jennifer Parris freedives in the ocean, her mind goes blank as she takes in the scenery around her. As she floats under water surrounded by sea life and coral reefs, she gets inspired. Thats my meditation, Parris said. A lot of my creative process is just being in the right frame of mind and being in a positive flow. I think thats what the ocean does for me. Theres life to the reef. You hear it. It crackles. Parris, 31, is originally from Fort Lauderdale and currently lives in Winter Garden. She is a lifelong painter who enjoys painting ocean and marine life and scenes. Although she had spent her life painting as a hobby, she only has been painting as a full-time career for about a year. It took me a year before I left corporate America, Parris said. I was working for Marriott on the beach. I realized youre either working for someone elses dream or youre working for your own. So, I left there, and for the past year, Ive been painting and building my whole collection and figuring out my whole style.FORCE OF NATUREAlthough Parris left her job about a year ago, she did not move to Winter Garden until after Hur ricane Irma because of damage to her beachside home. Parris had been in Winter Garden about a week prior to the hurricane to visit family but ended up staying until it ended. They had evacuated everything so I couldnt be there anyway. Parris said. I knew if I went south, I wasnt going to get back up here. Parris said after the hurricane, her friend checked on her home and discovered water on the floors. Originally, she thought the water came from underneath the door of her home. She later found out that the hurricane ripped up the roof of her upstairs neighbors home. My mom went to go check things out, Parris said. My mom walks into (my upstairs neighbors) house, and you could see outside. The roof ripped off, so thats where the water came from. When it was raining in (my neighbors) apartment, it all came down the walls. Everything was drenched. It was horrible. I got lucky I didnt lose everything.MAKING LEMONADEDespite the life-altering cir cumstances, Parris remains posi tive. Im an eternal optimist, Parris said. It took me a second to really sit and process it, but it also made me feel really fortunate because, immediately, I had a place to come. My parents had just built a house here (in Winter Garden). My sister is here. My family is here. They all wanted me to move here, anyway. I joke that my sister caused the hurricane (because) she always gets what she wants. I joke that it took an act of God to get me to leave the beach. I would have nev er, never left on my own. Parris added moving away from her home was bittersweet. She might have had to leave the ocean her greatest inspiration but that only made her evolve as an artist. In addition to her sea-life paintings, she experiments with paint pouring also known as fluid art as one of her latest artistic ventures. My work evolved, Parris said. I needed that (move). In a sense, life kind of brought me here. I didnt start pouring until I came here, and thats a huge part of my work now.DIVING INThe move brought about new ventures for Parris. Prior to the hurricane and moving to Winter Garden, she met officials involved with the Windermere Art Affair. They invited her to feature her work at the event, which was her first art show. It was kind of funny because I knew I was doing the show before I moved here, Parris said. If that wasnt meant to be, I dont know what was. Parris added she learned at the Windermere Art Affair that her paintings are popular among children. She recently branched out to painting murals in childrens bedrooms. Children love my stuff, Parris said. I started doing childrens rooms painting murals. PAINTING THE OCEAN FAR FROM THE SEAJennifer Parris blends several dierent colors to create her uid-art painting.Eric Gutierriez JENNIFER PARRIS ARTTo view or buy Parriss work, or to inquire about commissions, visit


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20 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 West Orange Chamber of CommerceCelebrates Business The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Cade Orthodontics, located at 3311 Daniels Rd. Suite 104 in Winter Garden. If youve been considering braces for yourself or your child, Dr. Penny Laowansiri and the Cade Orthodontics team would love to help. They provide advanced care, state-of-the-art technology, and customize treatment to each persons needs. To learn more, visit www. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Cade Orthodontics For more information about joining the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, call 407-656-1304 or visit wochamber.comThe West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Orofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, located at 3736 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. in Winter Garden. Orofacial & Dental Implant Surgery has four offices in Orlando and surrounding area, where they practice full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery, ranging from dental implants and wisdom teeth removal to jaw surgery and facial trauma. Also diagnosing and treating facial pain, TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. To learn more, visit Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Orofacial & Dental Implant Surgery TheWest Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Fancy Pantry Deli & Cafe, located at 2910 Maguire Road, #1008 in Ocoee. The Fancy Pantry is your neighborhood destination for great food and gourmet goods. To learn more, visit Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of The Fancy Pantry 272824 rf ntb An evening of cocktails and conversationrfrffb 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 CourtsTickets available at brrb. Chamber member advance rate: $36 Non-member & at the door rate: $46 nn Presenting Sponsor Event Sponsor 271161 88 years agoGrin Chevrolet Company in Winter Garden featured a Chev rolet six-cylinder closed car for as little as $445.85 years agoWinter Garden Police Chief Grimes issued a warning to motorists speeding through the city. Arrests will be made for persons exceeding 20 mph. Bray Hardware is featuring 16inch lawnmowers for $5.50.80 years agoThe local re department answered a call Wednesday afternoon to the residence of Bob Tanners, south of Winter Garden, past Flemings Corner. The re, a roaring blaze from a pile of trash and dry shingles, originated from around the wash pot.55 years agoThirty-ve Winter Garden merchants began giving prot-sharing stamps to their customers.45 years agoWinter Gardens Bobby Ficquette passed the 100-strikeout mark as Trinity Prep blasted Lake Highland 5-1. He fanned 15 Highland batters to up his season strikeouts to 104 and boasts an 8-1 win-loss record. Members of Ocoee Girl Scout Troop 78 cleaned up trash dur ing the recent Johnny Horizon Campaign. Among those doing their part were Donna Spann, Cheri Davis, Kathy Fenner and Kathy Munger.35 years agoThe children of the 50-member Herald Choir of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden have been rehearsing for a big musical production of Moses and the Freedom Fanatics. The main characters are played by Michael Grith, Shannon Wagster, Jason Fulmer, Garrett Youngblood and Keelee Sines. The musical, directed by Marian Wagster, is a fundraiser for a retreat in Junaluska, North Carolina. THESE OLD TIMES WEST ORANGE HISTORYFROM THE WINTER GARDEN HERITAGE FOUNDATIONTHROWBACK THURSDAY APRIL 21, 1977 If you lived in West Or ange County in the 1970s, chances are you stopped by Roses Chevron Food Mart for gasoline and other necessities. In the April 21, 1977, issue of The Winter Garden Times, Rose and Jim Seuhr thanked their loyal customers for helping them make their new store a success by oering a sale on gasoline. Regular gas was a low 55 cents a gallon, or you could opt for the supreme for ve cents more. 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 commuFROM THE ARCHIVESSeveral generations of children were educated in Winter Gar dens African-American school prior to integration in 1969. Despite less-than-equal educational facilities, West Orange Countys African-American population rallied around the Winter Garden School for the Colored, Maxey Elementary and Drew High School, encouraging students to excel in athletics, music and debate. Families whose livelihoods came largely through low-income jobs in the citrus industry raised children who went on to become doctors, attorneys, military ocers, teachers and police ocers. Despite the Obstacles looks back at local AfricanAmerican schools as they existed before 1969.


SPORTSAPRIL 19, 2018 Winter Garden Little Leaguer Ty Dodge has been dominant at the plate and on the mound for the Angels. Page 22.1 The West Orange boys lacrosse team completed its regular season last week without a loss to its credit the Warriors enter this weeks District 11 Tournament with a record of 12-0. West Orange will host the District 11 Tournament, which begins April 17, with district seminals at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more on the Warriors undefeat ed regular season, visit Jacob Worley pitched a completegame, allowing just four hits over seven innings of work, and Gehrig Chambless homered in a 3-0 victory for Legacy Charter (10-9) over City of Life Christian April 14.3 The high-school sports calendar has once again hit districts time, with district tournaments for four sports ongoing this week. Lacrosse, water polo, tennis and track and eld will all begin their respective postseasons this week. Three more sports will begin district tournaments next week: girls ag football, softball, and boys volleyball. For more information, visit FHSAA. org.4 Ocoee softball senior Brittany Estrella will sign with Edward Waters College at the Knights Senior Night game April 19 Estrella is hitting .405 with ve extra-base hits for the Knights this spring.5 The Ocoee baseball team hosted Metro West Conference foe Dr. Phillips April 13, falling 6-0 to the Panthers. A re cap and photo gallery from the game are available at HIGH5 There always was going to be some adversity for the West Orange softball team this spring. Coming off of back-to-back state championships, the War riors had graduated several significant players from those teams including one of the best pitchers in the nation in Lauren Mathis, now a freshman at Georgia. But the expected adversity of regular roster turnover was over shadowed when head coach Todd LaNeave suffered a heart attack earlier this season, around midMarch, and had to have triplebypass surgery. Suddenly, LaNeaves assistant and daughter Kelsey LaNeave was thrust into the role of head coach, all while anxiously awaiting updates on how her father was doing as he navigated a life-threatening situation. About a month has passed since then, and after a successful sur gery, Todd LaNeave is on the road STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORWhen West Orange softball coach Todd LaNeave suered a heart attack last month, it meant assistant Kelsey LaNeave his daughter and the team would have to come together.Warriors navigate adversity ahead of districtsSEE WARRIORS PAGE 22Steven RyzewskiWest Orange softball interim head coach Kelsey LaNeave chats with the home-plate umpire between innings of the Warriors 11-1 win against the East River Falcons April 11.Steven RyzewskiLauren French sets up a pass to teammate Rachel Meyers during a match against Merritt Island. The West Orange girls volleyball team decided winning a state championship last fall was so fun that they would try and do it again this time, on the sand. The West Orange High Beach Volleyball Club team, consisting primarily of players from the Warriors indoor team, competed in the Sunshine State Athletic Conferences 2018 Girls Beach Volleyball State Championships last weekend. After placing second at the regional round of the tournament a week earlier, the Warriors competed in the two-day state tour nament at Hickory Point Recreation Park in Tavares. There, West Orange bested a field of seven teams in the public-school bracket and went undefeated. It defeated Merritt Island a team it had lost to in the regional event just a week earlier in the championship April 14. The final match ended in exciting fashion, with the No. 3 and In its rst competitive season, the West Orange Beach Volleyball team won the Sunshine State Athletic Conference's statewide championship.SEE VOLLEYBALL PAGE 23 Bash at the BeachSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR


22 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 to recovery. And as her father continues along that road, Kelsey LaNeave has stepped up nicely into the role of head coach and the Warriors (15-7) have stepped up and come together on the field, going 11-4 during that stretch. First-year Athletic Director Jerry Shafer recently praised the way Kelsey LaNeave has man aged a tough situation, noting how fortunate the program is to have two people capable of acting as head coach for a program of its caliber. This year, people are seeing more of (Kelsey LaNeave), but youve got to think you dont make two state-title runs without great assistant coaches, Shafer said. Kelsey could go anywhere and be really successful its not a surprise to people whove been around her. Kelsey LaNeave said years of working for her father as an assistant coach and head coach for the Warriors junior varsity team have prepared her such an occasion. Ive been out here enough and Ive watched my dad enough to kind of know what he would do in certain situations, Kelsey LaNeave said. That definitely helped, and even though hes been (absent from practices and games), hes still been in my ear pretty much every day. Of course, as important as it has been to have had someone in place who could lead the team as a coach, it has been dually important for the teams play ers and especially its seniors to rally together. We all look up to (Todd LaNeave) as kind of a second dad, and theyre our second family, senior catcher Julia Sniffen said. Knowing he was in some sort of danger hit us all really hard. The seniors kind of stepped up, and were helping out as much as we can. Todd LaNeave attended his first game in more than a month last week when the Warriors defeated East River 11-1 in six innings. He will not return as a coach this season but anticipates returning to the classroom and his coaching role in the fall. After West Orange put the finishing touches on its dominant win over the Falcons, he praised the way his daughter has led the team in his absence. Now, the Warriors are gear ing up for the FHSAA Class 9A, District 3 Tournament, which it will host beginning Monday. They will contend with district rivals, including Apopka (18-4, 10-0 district), which has swept West Orange in two meeting this spring and is the districts top seed. Although the context with which the opportunity came about was undesirable, Kelsey LaNeave said she has learned a lot while getting her feet wet as a varsity head coach for the first time. I definitely enjoy it, Kelsey LaNeave said. Ive been lucky enough to have been around a lot of these girls before and to have been their head coach before its not anything foreign, but its definitely a different level from JV to varsity. And after a few weeks of leading the team on her own, Kelsey LaNeave said she has a good idea of where her coaching style dif fers from that of her father. Im a little more vocal, and I get a little more heated though Ive dialed it back a bit, Kelsey LaNeave said. Hes definitely Mr. Mellow. 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 270750 Have our Mobile Showroom come to you! Minneola Location 301 E. Washington St. Unit FMinneola, FL 34715 (352) 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 www.westorangehabitat.org270538 13369 West Colonial Drive( between 9th and Dillard Street, behind Taco Bell in Winter Garden)Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. Closed SundayBring your IMAGINATION to the ReStore on Saturday, April 28, 10 am to 12 noon for WORKSHOP #1 CREATE A YARD ORNAMENT Materials provided. Space is limited; call 407-905-0406 to RSVP Announcing the Imagination Station A series of workshops showing ways to re-design and re-create everyday items.Check us out on Facebook West Orange Habitat Restore Why do you think your season has gone so well on the mound and at the plate? Hitting, I work a lot at it and it kind of comes naturally. I take a lot of swings every day. For pitching, I just thought coming into (the season) that Im just going to have fun Im not going to try and do everything perfectly. What pitches do you have? I have three: a fastball, changeup and curveball. I like my fastball the best, because I can throw it right by people, and theyre super late on it. Which game this year has been the most exciting? I think when we played against the Yankees. I pitched really (well), and I struck out 12 people, and then I hit a home run. That was pretty fun. How long have you been playing and what do you like about the game? Since I was 4 or 5. I just like the competitiveness. I probably like hitting the most. Do you have a favorite professional baseball team? I think my favorite team is either the Braves or the Yankees. My dad is a Braves fan, and we went to a couple of their games. And then I like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, so thats why I like the Yankees. If you could play a game of baseball in any stadium, which would you choose? Probably Yankee Stadium. It looks the nicest. Do you have a favorite baseball movie? The Sandlot. Its like the original baseball movie its so well-made. Whats your favorite class in school? Math. At the beginning of the year I was struggling and stuff, but then my teacher (Ethan Mankoff) was confident that I could do (well), and he helped me, and now Im getting 100s on the tests. Whats the best baseball advice youve received? When you make a mistake, dont let it take your whole game down. Just move past it, and keep on moving forward. My dad and my coach told me that. What do you think you would like to be when you grow up? Probably work in software or something like that, because Im pretty good at computers. Whats your favorite postgame meal? Probably a French dip. My mom makes them, and theyre really good. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SPORTS SPOTLIGHTTy Dodge has been having a strong season for the Majors Angels at Winter Garden Little League this spring. Dodge, 12, has two home runs this spring bringing him to a total of 31 home runs on his career, including Little League and travel baseball. He also has struck out 35 batters in just 14 innings of work on the mound this spring.SPONSORED BY MARKS FLOORSTy Dodge THE BASICSAGE: 12 TEAM: WGLL Angels AGE DIVISION: Majors HEIGHT: 5-foot-6 SCHOOL: Lakeview Middle School HITS/THROWS: Right POSITIONS: Pitcher, third base, rst base TRAVEL TEAM: Action Force Baseball ONLINEFor more photos from the West Orange softball teams 11-1 victory over the East River Falcons April 11, visit PAGE 21 GAME FILMThe West Orange baseball team traveled to Olympia High April 11 to face the rival Titans in an important matchup in Class 9A, District 3. The game was scoreless through four innings, before Olympia broke it open in the fth and sixth innings, eventually defeating the Warriors 5-0. Matt Cobb pitched the complete-game shutout for the Titans (13-7). More photos from the game are available at Observer West Orange (8-10) will host Trinity Christian Academy at 7 p.m. April 20. STEVEN RYZEWSKIWarriors fall to Titans in pivotal baseball showdown Left: Anthony Garcia takes a swing for the Warriors. Below: Cale Newton pitched in relief for West Orange.


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