WEST ORANGE TIMES &YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.Celebrating more than 110 years in West OrangeObserver FREE THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018Garden Choir hits high notes at Wine Walk. 9. A brothers burden REAL BLACK TIE Amy Quesinberry rfrntbttrt btf A retired Orange County reghter is walking more than 650 miles to get the attention of Florida lawmakers, who he is pushing to pass a bill supporting presumptive cancer in rst-responders. SEE PAGE 4. GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORCommissioners plan to proceed with negotiations on the sale of city-owned property located at the northeast corner of A.D. Mims and Clarke roads.Ocoee moves forward on property sale GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who cannot run for a third term as county mayor, has her sights set on a new elected seat Orange County School Board chair. Jacobs, 60, announced her candidacy for the position outside of the Orange County Supervisor of Elections headquarters on April 11 alongside friends and educators. Jacobs, who has four children, has served in public office for Teresa Jacobs announces candidacy for School BoardOrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs announced last week her bid for Orange County School Board chair. Tom Bull Hill stops to hang out with Rory Beiler, dressed as a reghter, in Winter Garden while on his walk through the state. TIME TRAVELERSA Gift for Teaching celebrated its 20th anniversary with a Back to School Blast. 12.Courtesy photoOrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs seeks to replace Bill Sublette as the head of the Orange County School Board.INSIDESPECIAL SECTIONLearn the latest home trends in this section.City commissioners also selected a design rm for the downtown master stormwater system project.VOLUME 85, NO. 17SEE JACOBS PAGE 6 SEE BEAZER PAGE 4It all comes down to thisWest Orange alum Garrett Johnson will learn soon if his NFL dreams will become reality. SEE PAGE 17.
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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 memes. Register at wgart.org/events/ 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. Tick ets are $10. To reserve a seat, contact Mary Black at (407) 6567115 or email@example.com. 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 par ents or caregivers, to tour the police station and 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. TRANSITIONING TO KINDERGARTEN 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Kids Community College, 1475 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. This tool-kit course will provide resources and materials to help parents prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. (407) 982-2421.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. Hugh T. Gregory was chosen for the name of the post, in memory of the Winter Garden resident who was killed in World War I. (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 28APOPKA ART AND FOLIAGE FESTIVAL 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Kit Land Nelson Park, 35 S. Park Ave., Apopka. Shop an array of foliage direct from wholesale growers, as well as arts and crafts from vendors. CORKS, CALADIUMS & CANVASES 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha. Stroll historic gardens while sampling wines and foods of the world where the plants and trees originated. View artists at work with original art for purchase and auction. There will be live music, a silent auction and gift shop. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door and are available at nehrlinggardens. org. (407) 455-9977. DEA NATIONAL DRUG TAKEBACK 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Winter Garden Police Department, 251 W. Plant St. Residents can drop o unwant ed or unused prescription drugs so they dont end up in the wrong hands. (407) 656-3636. FAMILY 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. FISH FRY 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Winter Garden Elks Lodge, 700 Ninth St., Winter Garden. The all-you-can-eat sh dinner is $10, and all proceeds go to Matthews Hope. (407) 6562165. 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 the citys 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, toys, free helmets and coloring books. (407) 905-3140. ONP VOLUNTEER MEETING 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. ONP is holding an informational meet ing regarding volunteer oppor tunities for youth and adults. Topics will include Leaders in Training for ages 13-17, EcoInterpreters for ages 15-17, an adult museum docent program, ONP trail guides and restoration volunteers. Visit oaklandnature preserve.org/volunteer. SPRING DAY TEA 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Womans Club of Ocoee, 4 N. Lakewood Ave., Ocoee. The local GFWC club is hosting the annual spring tea, and women are invited to don their hats and join the party. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Pat tie Smith at (407) 656-7115 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.WEDNESDAY, MAY 2BOOK LAUNCH: WINTER GARDEN CHANGE MAKERS 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Winter Garden City Hall, 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Join the city of Winter Garden and the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation in celebrating visionary leaders who changed the community. The program is presented by Jerry Chicone Jr. (407) 6563244. YOUR CALENDAR
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 3 Come nd a safe haven for your soul at Haven of Grace Bible ChurchTemporarily meeting at: e Stone Crest Meeting House in the Foxcrest Subdivison 13520 Foxcrest Blvd. Winter Garden, FL 34787 Sundays at 9:30 and 10:30 am HavenOfGraceBibleChurch.com 407-952-0510 Our Mission is to:Serve the Lord and other saints Transform into the image of Christ E dify one another in love Evangelize with the Gospel of Grace Learn and apply Gods Word Together, through Gods strength, we can become spiritually strong as STEEL. Come grow with us!Friends of Les Feldick 270547 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORJordan Baszner does not consider himself much of a bird enthusiast; he only learned what a purple martin was three years ago. But when the first pair of purple martins showed up at the 22-compartment birdhouse he spent a year planning, he was ecstatic. The birdhouse, which looks almost like a miniature condominium, is located near a retention pond in the Summerport neighborhood right outside the Keenes Crossing Elementary School campus. Baszner, who manages science and environmental education at Disneys Animal Kingdom, is also part of the purple martin conser vation project at Disney, which has erected about 20 martin homes throughout its grounds. Using the knowledge he learned at Disney, Baszner set out to obtain approval from his neighborhoods HOA to establish a martin home in his own neighborhood. This particular bird species prefers open areas so that theyre not near trees where hawks and eagles might get them and they can have a 360-degree view around them, Baszner said. So I was looking at this one area in our neighborhood that was near the school and near water and thought, This is a per fect location. So I went ahead and asked our HOA board and the process took about a year, because we also had to get approvals from neighbors, he said. Once we got the OK, I asked some of my Disney friends who work with me on the purple martin project to come help me with the construction. Baszner used tactics he learned from conservation experts at Disney to attract purple martins to newly installed homes. Those included plastic purple mar tin decoys and a solar-activated speaker that would play recordings of purple martin bird songs at sunrise. I was weirdly giddy and excited when they finally came, Baszner said. Im a typical guy. I mean, Ive never been a bird guy, but to think that after all this work they finally came its like the fruits of our labor. And I was also really excited when we got our first egg. I came home, and I was like, Oh my gosh, we have an egg. We helped create life by putting all the work into this project! Its difficult to accurately discern how many birds have made their nests in the newly installed Summerport purple martin home, but Baszner estimates about 10 to 12 birds now reside in the home. The birds breeding season usually lasts from January to July. Baszner has also used the nests as an educational tool for students at Keenes Crossing, who line up along the schools northern fence line to watch the action for closeup views of the most recent hatchlings in their nests. Now that its up, its been incredibly successful, he said. It took off much faster than I was expecting, and we have way more birds than I was expecting. I didnt think wed even get any birds the first year. Just because you put up one of these things doesnt mean birds are going to come, it may take one to three years. But then the first pair came, and they had babies, and now here we are.For the birdsPURPLE MARTIN FAST FACTS With a length of 7 to 8 inches and a wingspan up to 15 inches, the purple martin is the largest swallow in North America. Purple martins are known to return to the same nesting site year after year. Male purple martins are an iridescent, dark-blue purple with dark brown wings and tail. Female purple martins have a duller color, with variable amounts of gray on the head and chest and a white lower belly. Purple martins eat y ing insects and do most of their feeding between 150 to 500 feet high in the air. Purple martins are known to eat beetles, ies, dragonies, damselies, leafhoppers, grasshoppers, crickets, butteries, moths, wasps and bees. The top ight speed of purple martins is greater than 40 mph. Purple martin parents feed their young up to 60 times per day. Summerport is now home to 12 purple martins, which found shelter in a 22-unit birdhouse near Keenes Crossing Elementary School. ONLINETo keep up with the purple martin project, you can join their Facebook group, bit.ly/2HDn9DY. A LONGHELD TRADITIONLong ago, purple mar tins built their nests in hollow trees, but thanks to a practice believed to have begun with Native Americans, the birds now rely on man-made birdhouses for their shelter after migrating to North America for their breeding season. Native Americans would hang up empty gourds for the purple martins, and Europeans settlers followed suit. Early settlers valued the birds because they would eat insects that would otherwise infest or harm their crops. The tradition of setting up martin homes has continued since, although on the West coast, purple martins continue to nest in natural cavities, such as woodpecker holes and tree snags. The Summerport purple martin birdhouse is home to 10 to 12 birds.Courtesy photoJordan Baszner has used the new purple martin birdhouse as a teaching tool at Keenes Crossing Elementary.
4 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 ObserverPublisher / Dawn Willis, dwillis@OrangeObserver.com Executive Editor / Michael Eng, meng@OrangeObserver.com Design Editor / Jessica Eng, jeng@OrangeObserver.com Senior Sports Editor / Steven Ryzewski, sryzewski@OrangeObserver.com News Editor / Gabby Baquero, gbaquero@OrangeObserver.com Community Editor / Amy Quesinberry, amyq@OrangeObserver.com Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, dhendrix@OrangeObserver.com Sta Writer / Eric Gutierrez, egutierrez@OrangeObserver.com Advertising Executives Michelle Gentry, mgentry@OrangeObserver.com Cyndi Gustafson, advertising@OrangeObserver.com Creative Services Tony Trotti, ttrotti@OrangeObserver.com Customer Service Representatives Allison Brunelle, abrunelle@OrangeObserver.com Katie Rehm, email@example.com If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. 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To contact us, send your information via email to Michael Eng, meng@ OrangeObserver.com.WEST ORANGE TIMES & 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. All Rights ReservedOrangeObserver.comObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life, Season Magazine and Baldwin Park LivingAMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORBy the time Tom Bull Hill had walked across the city limits of Ocoee and into Winter Garden, he had met the widows of two Ocoee firefighters and received touching mementos preserving the memories of their husbands. Charlene Kelley presented a prayer card for James Kelley, who died of thyroid cancer in February, as well as a window sticker depicting angel wings on a fire helmet with Jamess station and engine number, 25. Cathi Greenhill provided an Ocoee Fire Department belt buckle for Kevin Greenhill, who died in 2016, within a year after his retirement. Hill, a Groveland resident and retired Orange County firefighter, set out on foot March 20 with the expectation of walking solo from Key West to Tallahassee. At the beginning of this journey, it was just one man on a quest to fulfill the wishes of two dying friends to see a presumptive cancer law passed for firefighters. Five weeks later, Hill is still walking, averaging 15 miles a day but he has developed an entourage of firefighters and other citizens who are making sure he knows he isnt alone in his fight. He has had as many as 200 walking alongside him as the group makes its way up major highways, including West Colonial Drive from Orlando heading west through Ocoee, Winter Garden and Oakland and into Lake County. Each of the departments is providing at least one fire truck to lead a portion of the walk as it goes through the city. On Friday, April 20, Bull and his dedicated group of walkers arrived in Winter Garden at lunchtime and were fed by 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Kelley, who buried her husband just two months ago, hopes Hills walk will make a difference. It was such an honor and privilege to meet him, she said. This is important because, hopefully, itll make a difference for the other firefighters (so they) wont have to go through what my husband, James Kelley, or Kevin Greenhill went through and something can be done before its too late. Winter Garden Fire Chief Matt McGrew presented two helmet shields to Hill in memory of Stew art T. Baker, who died of a heart attack while fighting a Tildenville fire in 1981, and Omar Martinez, who died in 2009 of a heart attack just after finishing a shift. Hill said it broke his heart to be given those. He has added these to the other helmet shields, patches and nametags of fallen firefighters he has received. He has been handed the precious ashes of several firefighters and asked to carry them with him, too. The walk started with one backpack and has grown to four plus a hydration pack. The men and women joining in the walk are taking turns sharing the burden of carrying the bags. Hill, 58, has a Facebook page called My Brothers Burden Walk that keep people informed of his walk, which has been nicknamed the March of the Bull. He shares live messages daily, including his location and how far he walked, and he gives kudos to folks who walked with him and fire stations that helped him along the way. Fellow firefighters are keeping him well fed and allowing him to bunk at their stations for some much-needed rest each night. Every day, Hill reads from lists of fallen firefighters given to him as he walks through each jurisdiction. The list numbers more than 600 already, and hes only halfway through his journey.A PROMISEAs Hills friend and colleague, Orange County Fire Department Engineer Stephen Shakey Vanravenswaay, lay dying of cancer, he told Hill he wasnt afraid to die but was ashamed he couldnt better provide for his family after his death. His promise to his buddy, Shakey, and another dying firefighter, John J.P. Perez, would manifest itself in a 650-mile walk through the state. Hill said the walk was prompted by Perez, who said to him, Bull, if you walk, I truly believe something big will happen. His goal is to capture the attention of lawmakers in hopes of prompting new laws that will give Florida firefighters the same benefits as those in other states. Firefighters die of cancer at a higher rate than the general public, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A presumptive cancer law makes firefighters eligible for benefits based on the presumption that their occupation was the cause of certain types of cancer. About a dozen states, including Florida, do not have a presumptive cancer law. Atlanta-based Beazer Homes USA Inc., a home construction company, made an unsolicited purchase offer to the city for 8.5 acres of 12 total acres of cityowned property. The city originally intended to use the 12-acre property, which was purchased in 2006 for $3.5 million, to construct a new headquarters for the Ocoee Police Department, but the city ultimately relocated the police department to its current location near the intersection of Old Winter Garden Road and South Bluford Avenue. A proposal to develop the property with a charter school also was made a year ago, but that failed to move forward on account of strong opposition from concerned Ocoee residents. According to Assistant City Manager Craig Shadrix, Beazer Homes originally sought to pur chase the property for $960,070 for the purpose of constructing townhomes. However, the company now wishes to purchase the 8.5 acres to construct a singlefamily residential development. We received a subsequent offer converting that to a single-family home offer, which would consist of approximately 38 lots at the same price, Shadrix said during the April 17 city commission meeting. And just yesterday, we received the final offer of $1,100,100 for approximately 38 single-family lots. The city will retain the remaining 3.5 acres, located in the southwest corner of the property.STORMWATER SYSTEMDuring the April 17 commission meeting, city leaders also selected GAI Consultants Inc. to complete the work for the master downtown stormwater system. The project, which is estimated to cost about $3.3 million, according to city documents, is to create a master stormwater system to support the anticipated upcoming redevelopment of downtown Ocoee. SIGNATURES NEEDEDTom Bull Hill is on a quest to collect 50,000 signatures before he reaches Tallahassee in the coming weeks. To add a name to the petition, go to ipetitions.com or bit.ly/ bullsmarch. To follow Hills walk, go to responders4life.com or mybrothersburdenwalk.com. IN OTHER NEWS City leaders also authorized plans to enhance the landscaping and improve maintenance of the medians on Old Winter Garden Road between Maguire Road and Blackwood Avenue. The city also awarded community grants to nonprot organizations for a total of $2,500. Each organization chosen is to receive $500. The organizations awarded were American Legion Post 109, Bread of Life Fellowship, Ocoee Little League, Rotary Club of Ocoee and the Womans Club of Ocoee. District 2 Commissioner Rosemary Wilsen abstained from voting due to her aliation with two of the organizations. Walk with purposeTom Bull Hill takes a moment with Winter Garden Fire Chief Matt McGrew.Photos by Amy QuesinberryThe Winter Garden Fire Rescue Department displayed multiple American ags along Tom Bull Hills route on West Colonial Drive.Beazer earns approval CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
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6 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 266839 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROrange County commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to the Reams Road Roadway Conceptual analysis study. The RCA focused on the segment of the Reams Road corridor from just south of Summerlake Park Boulevard to Taborfield Avenue a distance of 3.1 miles. The study, which began in April 2017 and reached completion ear lier this year, involved the collection and analysis of traffic data and evaluation of public feedback received from past community meetings. The project will include a full reconstruction of Reams Road into four lanes, which is currently a two-lane undivided roadway. It will consist of two 11-foot travel lanes in each direction separated by a 19.5-foot raised median, and include a five-foot sidewalk on the south side of the roadway and a 14-foot multi-use trail along the north side. According to the RCA, between 14,100 to 16,800 vehicles travel Reams Road daily. By 2045, that number is estimated to increase between 26,700 and 29,900 vehicles. During community meetings, county officials presented residents with three roadway design options for the widening project: Centered/Hybrid Alignment, North Alignment and South Alignment. The Centered/Hybrid Alignment Alternative Design, which is projected to minimize the impacts to surrounding property owners, was selected as the preferred option to combat Reams Roads ongoing congestion and prepare it for the future transportation needs of the rapidly growing surrounding area. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021 and is expected to take up to two years. For questions or more information on the proj ect, visit ReamsRoadstudy.com.County OKs 3-mile stretch of Reams Road widening projectThis latest approval will permit Orange Countys Transportation and Planning Division to move forward on the 3.1-mile road-widening project for Reams Road.nearly 16 years. She served two terms as a county commissioner before she was elected in 2010 to the position of Orange County mayor. But because of term limits, Jacobs will need to vacate her office this year. During her candidacy announcement, Jacobs said she expects many would be surprised by her decision to run for School Board chair but emphasized she has always been engaged in public education and feels passionate about empowering Orange County students and teachers. I realize there are probably a lot of people who are going to say, Wow, I didnt expect that School Board chair; I wonder why, Jacobs said. And I knew that this group of friends would understand why because they know me the best and they know me the longest and they know how incredibly passionate I am about our children, about the potential of our young people and how passionate I am about public education. Jacobs explained her experience as county mayor has taught her how to effectively manage a budget and other valuable skills applicable to leading a School Board. Ive learned a few things from being Orange County mayor, and Im hoping to bring those things to bear as School Board chair if the citizens of Orange County give me that opportunity, she said. Ive learned how to manage a budget of $3 billion with 7,500 employ ees. Ive learned how to lead, and Ive learned when its time to follow. Ive learned the incredible value of collaboration. But Ive also learned that one should never compromise on their core values. And Ive also learned that this next generation has incredible potential, and they also have the motivation and potential to turn that into reality. But I also real ize that the threats theyre facing now need our unwavering support more than ever before. Jacobs also praised OCPS for bringing its high-school gradua tion rate up from 49% in 2000 to its current 93.8% and pointed out its achievement of being one of two school districts to have won a national award in 2014 known as the Broad Prize for Urban Education. So Orange County has a lot to be proud of an awful lot to be proud of in terms of its public schools system, Jacobs said. But I dont think that on something like education, which is so important to a community, that theres ever a time to rest on your laurels at least not until every single child in every single classroom has the ability to reach their full potential. Jacobs will face Nancy Robbinson, who has been a school board member representing District 6 since 2008; Matthew Fitzpatrick, an assistant director at Orange Technical College; and Robert Prater, a teacher at Oak Hill Elementary School. The deadline to qualify is June 22, meaning candidates still have time to enter the race before the Aug. 28 election. If no candidates win more than 50% of the vote, a runoff will be held Nov. 6. CourtesyPROJECT COST Design: $3.79 million Right-of-way acquisition: $7.18 million Utility relocation: $4.2 million Wetland mitigation: $690,000 Construction: $25.2 million CEI: $3.79 million TOTAL: $44.9 millionJacobs enters raceCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 7 273339 rfnftbbfb fbftf ffb rrfn trrrfntbfn rnbnbr nrrfnrff r rrrf rrrn rn AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORWest Orange High School has selected 11 Warriors past and present to represent the 2018 Hall of Fame. Retired teacher Peter Abatiello started the program in 2006 to recognize students, teachers and community members for their contributions to the school. The Hall of Fame program takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the West Orange Country Club, 330 West Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden. Dinner is included in the $36 ticket price. For ticket information, contact Peter.Abatiello@ocps.net. Each of the 11 winners receives a plaque; an additional plaque is added to West Oranges Wall of Honor. Hall of Fame candidates are nominated by their peers, and then a nine-person board made up of people in the community and at the school and local businesses make the final vote.ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERIf youre feeling fajitas and are in a mood for margaritas, The Whole Enchilada has it all. The Whole Enchilada opened its first Central Florida location in downtown Winter Garden at 129 W Plant St. on Tuesday, April 17. The family owned and operated Tex-Mex restaurant offers classic Mexican dishes with an emphasis on freshness. We dont have a freezer here, said co-owner Vanessa Cardaci, adding the restaurant frequently gets shipments of fresh ingredients multiple times a week. In addition to freshness, Car daci said the food at The Whole Enchilada also is healthier compared to other Mexican restaurants. We dont use MSG. We dont use fillers, she said. We dont use xanthan gum to thicken any thing. We dont use a lot of sodium. Our beans dont have animal fat in them and neither does our rice. You could go to gym after you leave here (or) you could go for a run. Youre not going to feel sick, which is amazing. For those with a mean appetite, The Whole Enchilada offers a sixpound burrito challenge dubbed The Ex-Wife Challenge. The burrito in the challenge is a sixpound Bob Burrito served enchilada style. Individuals who complete the challenge in 45 minutes get a T-Shirt and the burrito for free. Everyone who attempts the challenge gets their picture taken to be displayed at the restaurant. The Whole Enchilada was founded by Cardacis husband, David, and his brother, Drew. Although the two brothers are originally from Winter Garden, they opened their first location in Fort Lauderdale. Were everything wrapped up into one: were a restaurant, were fast-casual, were a bar and were a really good time, Cardaci said. But, we also take food really seriously.CATEGORIES ATHLETICS Rob Anderson, a boys golf standout and 1993 graduate of West Orange who continued his studies at Georgia Institute of Technology; Teddy Craig, Warrior baseball coach from 1995 to 2002; Doug Anderson, baseball player in the class of 1989 who continued his studies at the University of North Florida; Leroy Kenard, football star and 1987 graduate who at tended Liberty University; Brad Nordquist, football standout in the class of 1992 who attended the University of Tennessee Chattanooga; Kevin Fay, golf and soccer player and member of the class of 2000 who continued at Auburn University. ARTS Gabe Preisser, who graduated from WOHS in 2000 and performed with the Florida State Opera in the Florida State Universitys College of Music. ACADEMICS Ashley Wells, valedictorian for the class of 1993, who continued her studies at Duke University; Robert Restivo, graduate of Auburn University and a West Orange Teacher of the Year; Margie Fox, a New York University graduate and a WOHS Teacher of the Year; and Karen Fay, who has made signicant benevolent contributions to West Orange High School.West Orange High School to recognize 2018 Hall of Fame Rob Anderson Teddy Craig Doug Anderson Leroy Kenard Ashley Wells Robert Restivo Margie Fox Karen Fay Brad Nordquist Kevin Fay Gabe Preisser THREE TO TRY BOB BURRITO: Choice of charbroiled chicken, steak, ground beef, pork or tofu with Mexican rice, black or pinto beans, jack and cheddar cheese, salsa, guacamole, lettuce and sour cream SKRIMP TACOS: Choice of corn, our or crispy tor tilla with black tiger shrimp, cabbage, avocado, cheese and cilantro sauce THE WHOLE ENCHILADA PLATTER: Corn tortillas stued with jack and cheddar cheese and your choice of charbroiled chicken, steak, ground beef, pork or seared tofu and topped with melted cheese, red sauce and sour creamThe Whole Enchilada rolls into Winter Garden
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Spring Fever 2018 was the best! Bloom & Grow Garden Society and city of Winter Garden you outdid yourselves this year! Awesome! Throughout the year, our Spring Fever Committee chairs and co-chairs, along with city representatives and our steering committee, met and made plans for the 2018 festival since last September 2017. We have close to 50 on the committee and nine on our standing committee. We thank the city of Winter Garden for being terrific support to our group. They prepare the town for our attendees well in advance of our event planting, trimming, pressure washing and making downtown beautiful. We work closely together with several departments of the city. Thank you, City Manager Mike Bollhoefer, Mayor John Rees and our city commissioners for your confidence in Bloom & Grow. Special thanks to Laura Coar, Chris McClure, Jackie Mathis, Eric Fischer, Joy Roberson, Rick Reynolds, Matt Bennett and Michael, the Winter Garden Professional Firefighters and Rescue group, the Winter Garden Police Department, the Solid Waste Department and the Public Works Department. You were all a part of the success of Spring Fever in the Garden. Andy Crabtree, of Crabtree Ink, has been a supporter and sponsor since 2000, when it all began. He has designed all our T-shirts and worked closely with our committees on advertising and marketing. Thank you! We appreciate all our sponsors and look forward to years of partnering with you. Gretchen Boyd and her committee did a beautiful job! We also have many contributors who also assisted us with many tasks and contributions. Our program ads committee sold out of ad space early this year. Vendors! Debbie Bruce and her committee did an excellent job of selecting the right vendors. Thank you, First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden for providing the free shuttle. Without you, so many people would not have been able to attend. We thank the volunteers who were willing to give up their time to assist us. Thank you to the Winter Garden Rotary Club for helping Bloom and Grow set up the tents early in the morning. The Winter Garden Police Explorers show up at 5:30 a.m. and helped us bring the vendors into their correct zone (we had 11 zones). We appreciate the husbands of Bloom and Grow members who also show up early to assist us with our booths. They are also great emcees and overall awesome support for us. We thank all the artists who come to make our Chalkin It Up one of the best in the area. We had 71 participants this year. Brenda Knowles and her group did a fantastic job! We also would like to show our appreciation to the downtown merchants and restaurants for their support and contributions to our kickoff and raffles. We hope you all did a lot of business during Spring Fever. Thank you Pilars Martini for allowing us to use part of your place for our VIP area for our members and sponsors. The West Orange Times & Observer, the Orlando Sentinel and the Winter Garden Magazine all did a great job publishing event information books and brochures. This is my last year of chairing the Spring Fever in the Garden. I have done this for 14 years plus four years in the beginning, and it is time for me to retire and enjoy this event as a Bloom and Grow member. Sara Smith and Ann Blastic have been the best cochairs all this time. It has been a great run. But, we have a lot of talent in our club, and future Spring Fevers will all be fantastic! Sincerely, Sue Crabtree Spring Fever in the GardenThanks to you, Spring Fever was a success LETTER TO THE EDITORCourtesy photoSue Crabtree and her mother, Helen Kerr, at the rst Spring Fever in the Garden.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: HAPCO Music Foundation: Wine and Dine 2018. 11. A Gift for Teaching: Back to School Blast. 12. Sip & StrollAs the sun set on Thursday, April 19, a few hundred people descended on the streets of downtown Winter Garden as part of the Garden Choirs semiannual wine walk. Participants received a wine glass and route map upon checkin and could visit various shops along Plant Street for dierent wine samples, food tastings and shopping. The Garden Choir is a nonprot choir for adults who enjoy singing and making music together. The walk serves as one of its most anticipated fundraisers. DANIELLE HENDRIX Some attendees showed up in groups for a fun evening out. Front row, from left: Summer Brown and Katie Marquiss. Back row, from left: Vivi Persaud, Jenny Dwyer, Aleaha Russell, Makenna Shepherd and Cate Fiandra. Renee Watson gave a thumbs-up as she, Linda Smith, left, and Diane King prepared to begin their walk. Liz Janiak, Alyse Fidanza, Ashley Castle and Jenn Helit showed o their wine glasses. Garden Choir members were pleased with the turnout about 425 attendees. Nisha Crosby, Sharon Ramkarran and Devi Mahavir clinked wine glasses to commence their evening out. ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com
10 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida put on another extravagant event with its Wishmakers Ball Saturday, April 21, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The chapter, which covers 54 counties in Florida, raised more than $1 million to grant wishes to children suering from life-threatening conditions. After bidding on more than 200 items in the silent auction, guests sat down for a three-course meal and presentations from families who were helped by the foundation. HARRY SAYERMake-A-Wish Central and Northern Floridas Wishmakers Ball REAL BLACK TIE John Mina, K.C. Cali and Bob Szafranski were happy to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Avery Donaudy, Danielle Murphy and Lisa Hurst were a lively trio. Tommy Kendrick, David Abraham, Tom Mahan, Bridgette Lurz and Scott Lowe had a blast at the event. Jeannie Moorjani, Jennifer Socarras and Nicole Okaty dressed elegantly for the nights ball. Maria Elena Perez, Cathy Bette and Jamie Hedger looked great. Jeremy Humphries and Steve McClurg were a dapper duo. Left: Mikailah Van Burger and 9-year-old Kathy Bates came to support their family. 270598 Proudly Sponsors... 270523 If you would like your pet to be considered for the Pet of the Week... email your furry friends photo to: Contests@OrangeObserver.com PETOF THE WEEK Just a little cat nap.
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DANIELLE HENDRIX Jim and Kathy Stark and Kelly and Terry Ledet enjoyed refresh ments on the porch. Darrell Butler, Tyesha Turner, Richard and Ghunise Coaxum, Pamela Perry and Joseph McMullen enjoyed one anothers company. John Medico played drums as part of the Vincent Gardner quartet. ONLINESee more photos at OrangeObserver.com
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16 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 273128 Eat, Play & Stay Healthy West Orange! ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Call 407-656-2121 or Visit OrangeObserver.com MARY J. SWITZER JUNE 2, 1928 TO APRIL 2, 2018Mary Switzer was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her husband of 50 years, Harold E. Switzer. He preceded her in death in 2000 and welcomed her to heaven this week. Mary was born June 2, 1928, in Saugus, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert F. Gulledge worked at Esso, and her mother, Irene, was a housewife. After moving away from home, she worked for U.S. Navy Department in downtown Washington, D.C., and at the annex in Arlington, Virginia. She was a receptionist and secretary while working for the Navy. She lived in Arlington Farms, which is now part of the Arlington Cemetery, where 10 dormitories were built to house women who were recruited by the U.S. Civil Service Commission to work government jobs in and around D.C. During her time in D.C. area, Mary also worked in the Maryland and Virginia school systems. Later, she was a Senior Personnel Administrator for Computer Science Corporation in Arlington. After she married in 1950, she had three children, Wayne (Janet), Pam and Marie Brodmerkel (Tom). Transfers with the U.S. Navy moved the family to Patuxent River, Maryland, Quonset Point, Rhode Island, Hawaii, San Diego, Califor nia, and Washington, D.C. Her husband Harold retired after 20 years in the service and went to work for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. She leaves behind a wonder ful legacy of four grandchildren: Steven Switzer (Kerrie), Kevin Switzer (Heather), Amanda Brodmerkel (Eric) and Jason Brodmerkel (Kyra). She loved them all and was delighted when the family increased to include six great-grandchildren: Claire, Lydia and Owen Switzer, Ava and Sadie Switzer and Gunnar Wertz. We, her children, feel incredibly blessed to have had such a kind, gentle soul to give us guidance and love. Lay down your burdens and rest in peace, Mom. Have fun in heaven with Dad. Memorial services were held Friday, April 6, at Baywoods in Annapolis, Maryland. A private graveside service was held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Gotha. WEST ORANGE OBITUARIES HELEN DEE ROBERTS DIED FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018.Feb. 1, 1932 to April 13, 2018. Helen Dee Roberts, 86, was called to her eternal home by our heavenly Father on Friday, April 13, 2018, where she will join and be joined by family and friends. Born in Winter Garden, Flor ida, on Feb. 1, 1932, she was the loving wife of the late Clarence Curtis Roberts Sr. for 56 years. Helen quickly became a friend to everyone that she met while devoting herself to raising her three children and participating in their interests. Having graduated from Lakeview High School and living most of her life in the cities of Ocoee and Winter Garden, Helen was a loyal community member supporting schools, businesses and local endeavors. Helen was active in her church and was a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Helen loved a good gab session and could tell a story with the best of them. She became an active member of Eastern Star and volunteered frequently to help those in need. Helen and Curtis Sr. spent their later years in Lakeland and continued the volunteer activities. She worked as a bookkeeper in accounting and was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her son, Clarence Curtis Roberts Jr. Helen is survived by her children, Brenda D. (Robert) Titus, from Lakeland, and Phillip E. Roberts, from Gainesville; sister, Betty (Merle) Corbett, from Winter Garden, Florida; granddaughter, Kali (Matt) Morgan, from Roswell, Georgia; niece, Leslie (Dan) Fuqua; and greatnephew, Jared Fuqua, from Panama City, Florida. Lanier Funeral Home in Lakeland handled the arrangements. Helen was laid to rest next to her beloved husband. In lieu of flowers prayerfully consider a donation to the following charities in Helens memory: VISTE in Lakeland, Florida, viste.org; or Lighthouse for the Blind in Winter Haven, Florida. r See Page 22 & 23 of this weeks paperor visit: OrangeObserver.com/Business-Directory
SPORTSAPRIL 26, 2018 A sophomore at West Orange, Fromberg has become of the Warriors go-to pitchers this season. Page 18.1 The West Orange boys lacrosse team continued its undefeated streak last Thursday, April 19, as it took home a District 11 title a close 13-11 win over Lake Minneola. The 14-0 War riors were led by Mikey Berkmans six goals and two assists. Matthew Nastasi also contributed three goals as the War riors outlasted a late rally from the Hawks. Next up for the Warriors will be Bishop Moore in the regional quarternals of the state championship.2 On senior night in Winter Garden, a trio of softball seniors led the way to West Oranges 3-2 win over Winter Springs. Lexie Blair went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, while accounting for a run. Lexi Mosur went 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Julia Snien 1-for-4 and added an RBI herself helping the War riors sneak past the pesky pitching of the Bears. 3 In a close 5-4 win over Cornerstone Charter, Foundation Academys Dewon Brazelton picked up four RBI on two hits on Friday, April 20. The Lions hope to keep the winning going as they play three games in four days.4 It was all Warriors in the District 9 championship game against East Ridge, as the West Orange girls lacrosse team took home the title in a 10-4 win. The Warriors, now 14-4 on the season and 7-0 in district, will start the state playos at home as they take on Lake Highland Prep Thursday, April 26.5 Despite falling in a 6-1 loss to Boone, it wasnt all bad for Ocoee last Tuesday, April 17. The Knights Ethan Long had a strong oensive showing as he went 2-for-2 blasting a home run that was only scoring the Knights had that night. HIGH5 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORGarrett Johnson is having a slight case of dj vu. Back home the past few weeks following his Pro Day at the University of Kentucky March 23, the Winter Garden native is training daily ahead of the NFL draft. In doing so, Johnson is experiencing flashbacks to when he was a West Orange Warrior, putting in work to get noticed by college programs. Sure, the stakes are higher now. Now Johnson is hoping either to hear his name called during the draft April 26 to 28 or to ink a deal as an undrafted free agent but the grind hasnt changed. It feels like high school all over again, trying to get those (scholarship) offers but kind of on a different level, now, Johnson said, sitting in the bleachers at Raymond Screws Field. I just been out here every day continuing to grind. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORThe newly opened Barre Strong sits just two doors down from Fusion X-cel Performance, an MMA, boxing and fitness center. The proximity of the two may seem like a coincidence the disciplines are an odd couple of sorts but they are not neighbors by accident. Winter Garden resident Elizabeth Bowersox, the owner of Barre Strong, said she was encouraged and inspired by Julien Williams, one of the owners of Fusion, to give the West Oaks Mall consideration when she began to explore possibly opening her own studio. Bowersox had been training with Williams as a complement to her own work as a barre instructor, and the two began to share a vision of helping to revitalize the West Oaks Mall and to share the complementary qualities of the two seemingly New barre studio, MMA center create complementary comboBarre Strong celebrated its grand opening April 21. It is two doors down from Fusion X-cel Performance an MMA, boxing and tness center. JOHNSONSJOURNEYWinter Garden native Garrett Johnson, a former West Orange Warrior and University of Kentucky Wildcat, has been training locally ahead of this weeks NFL draft. Steven RyzewskiGarrett Johnson said big games at Raymond Screws Field at West Orange High helped prepare him for the bright lights of college football in the Southeast ern Conference. Steven RyzewskiEdwin Carmichael, left, and Julien Williams of Fusion X-cel Performance are happy to welcome Elizabeth Bowersox and her new Barre Strong studio as their new neighbors in the West Oaks Mall. SEE FAITH PAGE 18 SEE PERFECT PAGE 18
18 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 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:270744Winter Garden Location731 S. Dillard St. Unit 101/103 Winter Garden, FL 34787 (407) 410-8998Follow us on unrelated disciplines that are now neighbors. I knew this mall when it was the place to be I really saw (opening Barre Strong) as this awesome opportunity to be a part of the solution of saving these malls, Bowersox said. Its the perfect marriage of really feeling like a woman (doing barre) and then coming over to Fusion and kicking some butt it really does make you feel so powerful. Barre Strong celebrated its grand opening April 21, and the ownership team of Fusion X-cel is excited to have it just two doors down. I just feel like any business here in the West Oaks Mall is going to be good business, Williams said. What (Barre Strong) does supplements what we do at Fusion X-cel. (Bowersox) bringing her type of clientele that she has will help revitalize this mall.SETTING THE BARREBarre has played a big role in Bowersoxs life the last few years, with the opening of her studio representing only the latest progression. As a former competitive and collegiate cheerleader, as well as a dancer, Bowersox began to seek a fitness alternative two years ago that would help her rehab her knees and feet in a lowimpact setting. A ballet-inspired form of fitness that incorporates elements of pilates and yoga, barre seemed to be the perfect fit. It wasnt long after Bowersox found a studio in the Windermere area that she became hooked. It rehabbed my body so quickly I just kind of became obsessed, Bowersox said. Everyone belongs in barre because its so adaptable. Her instructor at the time noticed Boxersoxs enthusiasm and could tell she had a background as an athlete and encouraged her to become a certified instructor. She did and eventually left her corporate job of more than 17 years to immerse herself back into the fitness world. When the studio at which she was teaching at closed a little more than a year ago, clients of hers suggested she open her own space. That set Bowersox on the year-long path to last Saturdays grand opening. I think that what makes (barre) so attractive is theres a gap in the fitness world for it its a functional format that is low-impact and its for all body types, Bowersox said. (Opening Barre Strong) really was out of a need to have a barre studio where I could teach the method that I loved and still have it on this side of town there was really a need for it.RECIPROCITYThe details are still being fleshed out, but Bowersox said she has spoken with Williams and his partner, Fusion fitness coach Edwin Carmichael, about exploring incentive structures such as reciprocal memberships or attractive drop-in rates to encourage her mostly female clientele to give Fusion a shot as a complementary fitness discipline. I think the benefit they get to doing boxing is just building on that empowerment, Bowersox said. Its why I think its such a good marriage. Bowersox also wouldnt mind getting a few of the clients at Fusion some of whom are world-class fighters to drop in for a class or two at her studio, and Carmichael believes the benefits can be reciprocal. Doing both will help the clients, Carmichael said. We can teach them the force of their flexibility. Barre is more flexibility and were more power and speed. If our clients come over (to Barre Strong), they can gain the flexibility-side of fitness. Its a win-win situation for everybody. In the end, both ownership teams are excited about their fitness wing of the West Oaks Mall and about being a part of a resurgence for the mall. Theyre also excited about being an asset to the community. Fitness changes peoples lives, Bowersox said. Im devoted to and excited by the idea of what fitness can do for the individual and then what the individual can do for the community. To this point, Johnson has made a career out of being an underdog. Ask the coaching staff at West Orange, and theyll tell you he was criminally under-recruited as a varsity player, noting that some programs hardly gave him a look. (West Orange wide receivers) coach (Joe) Light can tell you, every day Id see (teammates) getting offers I just couldnt wait to get my first offer, Johnson said. I always thought I had the short end of the stick, but I just feel like that was Gods plan. Thats my path, and I just take it for what it is. It makes me go a little harder with a chip on my shoulder. That chip on his shoulder seems to have paid dividends. Johnson found a landing spot at Kentucky, where in four seasons for the Wildcats, he was a reliable receiver and dynamic playmaker. He had 155 catches for Kentucky during his career, good for 2,089 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns all while playing a rugged conference schedule in the Southeastern Conference. Pro scouts interested in him based on his statistical collegiate production also are likely to have been impressed with his Pro Day performance. His 40.5-inch vertical jump and his 40-yard dash times of 4.39 and 4.42 would have had him among the top performers at the NFL draft combine had he been invited. He was not, and that is why the former West Orange Wildcat keeps his head down and continues to work. Even with his dream within reach, he still is playing the role of the underdog. I always had NFL dreams and aspirations probably my sophomore year and junior year, thats when agents starting reaching out, Johnson said. Even then, I kind of still didnt believe it (could happen). It could, though, whether he hears his name called during the three-day draft or signs a contract as an undrafted free agent with any of several teams who have expressed interest in his abilities to his agent. The uncertainty can be challenging, but Johnson said he is leaning on family, friends and faith as he navigates this stretch. Faith, thats No. 1, Johnson said. Without that, theres just so much going on. If you dont have a focus on God, youll be lost. Youve got to rely on faith. In the meantime, he is excited to be back in West Orange, where so much of the foundation of his football career was laid and where familiar faces such as Warriors coach Bob Head and others are happy to unlock the weight room so he can lift. Theres nothing better than that coming back home and getting back to the basics, thats the bread and butter, Johnson said. It keeps me humble. What is your favorite part about playing softball? Many play softball, because they feel like they have to play, but I just generally love the sport. I love coming out here and getting to compete with my friends and teammates, and learning new things every day from my coaches. How did you first get into softball? I played T-ball with the boys, so my brothers kind of played baseball, and my dad played on a mens fast-pitch softball team. I was a kid and wanted to try everything, and softball ended up being my favorite. So far, what has been the biggest highlight of the your playing time at West Orange? Coming in and being able to play varsity softball with Landry (Newgent), and being able to help her with pitching and for her being able to help me with pitching we kind of complement each other a lot. I feel like when we are out on the field, and we go in for each other, thats always a highlight. Whats the best advice youve ever received from a coach? Ask questions thats a big one, whether it be about softball or not. And always work from ahead in the batters count slow down. Coach Todd (LaNeave) always tells me, Tempo. Whats your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Im a part of Best Buddies, and I love spending time with my Best Buddies. We some times go get ice cream or go to the mall I love including them in everything that I can. Theyre all great people. If you could only watch one movie or show for the rest of your life, what would it be? I think Im going to have to go with Heroes I love that show. If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be and why? I would love to meet Michael Jackson or Meghan Trainor. I like the way Meghan Trainor looks on people how she involves everyone and (talks about) self love. Michael Jack son it would just be cool to say you met him. What are your plans after high school? I would love to go to the University of Tampa and play, or Flagler I want to stay in Florida. I want to go into behav ioral therapy with kids with special needs. TROY HERRINGHow do you mentally SPORTS SPOTLIGHTAfter honing her chops at the JV level last year, Riley Fromberg is becoming a force on the mound for the Warriors. In 18 appearances Fromberg has gone 9-2 while picking up two complete games and three saves. Through 68.2 innings pitched, she holds a solid 1.83 ERA while striking out 44. This sophomore sensation sees no signs of slumping as she helps lead the Warriors into the postseason.SPONSORED BY MARKS FLOORSRiley Fromberg THE BASICSYEAR: Sophomore AGE: 16 HOMETOWN: Windermere HEIGHT: 5foot POSITION: P itcher/INF Perfect partnersCONTINUED FROM PAGE 17 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17Faith fuels NFL dream Faith, thats No. 1. Without that, theres just so much going on. If you dont have a focus on God, youll be lost. Youve got to rely on faith. Garrett Johnson
WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 19 BAPTISTFIRST 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 520, 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.org CHURCH DIRECTORY Advertise 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 AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.com XNSP15818 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; I wait for you all day long. Psalm 25:5 NON-DENOMINATIONALPURPOSE CHURCH OLANDO 13640 W. Colonial Dr., Ste 110, Winter Garden 407-654-9661 Prayer 9:30AM, Fellowship 9:45AM, Service 10:05AMNon-DenominationalHAVEN OF GRACE BIBLE CHURCH 13520 Foxcrest Blvd. Winter Garden, FL 34787 Services 9:30 and 10:30AM 407-952-0510271121 MIKE YOAKUMPASTORP: 407.656.1520 C: 407.758.3570 MYOAKUM407@AOL.COM1333 EAST CROWN POINT RD. OCOEE, FL 34761 LV14252 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 XNSP15793 INVENTORY REDUCTIONMOVING SALEAPRIL 27 & 288:00 AM TO 4:00 PM STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORAbout a month ago, the Florida High School Athletic Association sent a media release containing an op-ed piece titled, The Truth about Sports Scholarships. Authored by Bob Gardner, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and George Tomyn, executive director of the FHSAA, the piece has appeared in publications around the state and beyond. It is a rebuke of sorts of the treatment by some parents of the college scholarship for their son or daughter as a holy grail, and it highlights what the authors perceive as some of the benefits of high-school sports over club and travel sports. It is also a rebuke of specializing in and playing one sport yearround an increasingly popular trend that student-athletes continue to gravitate toward at younger ages. Some of the information cited is illuminating. Studies suggest that fewer than 2% of all high-school athletes (one in 54) will play Division I athletics; many Division I athletic scholarships do not cover as much of the costs of attendance as is popularly believed; and finally, even when an athlete beats the odds and achieves a Division I scholarship, its payout may not come close to the amount of money spent on years of travel sports and showcases. Personally, while Im obviously a big fan of high-school sports, Im also not a big detractor of club sports. I get it this is how recruiting has evolved, and in a lot of ways, it makes sense. It is much easier for a college basketball coach to attend an AAU show case with hundreds of teams and thousands of players in one place on a Saturday during the offseason than to try to squeeze in high-school games on week nights. I also understand how a junior or senior two-sport athlete may want to focus in on one of those sports for his or her final year or two of high school. The truth, though, is when you talk to as many young athletes as I have interviewed over the years, you meet kids who are burned out, in the process of becoming burned out or have at age 15, for instance already burned out on one sport and moved on to another. Something you wont read about as often is that even athletes who make it to college often burn out there and return home or transfer after a few semesters. College sports can be pretty great, but they also can be pretty cut-throat, especially at high-profile programs where the livelihood of coaches depends on wins and losses. Then again, Id be remiss if I didnt note some teens love the grind and thrive on the structure a scholarship pursuit lends to their adolescence. Absent of a scathing hot take on the matter or a one-sizefits-all solution, I do know experience and years of obser vation have taught me that more athletes and their parents might benefit from taking things in stride and enjoying the ride. High-school sports are a really cool thing. They are fun, and they are rooted in community. Its something Im reminded of when I see someone such as Dr. Phillips senior Daniel Love a basketball star who will play collegiately at Mercer playing for the Panthers boys volleyball team this spring. After all, why not make a few more memories in your final days as high-school senior? I admire the hard work and dedication of our studentathletes here in West and Southwest Orange and enjoy reporting on them when they earn scholarship offers and ink an NLI. Its an incredible thing, and we know from reader response that the community takes pride in these achievements. But consider this a friendly reminder to stop and smell the roses a bit and enjoy the ride. Whether it ends with an athletic scholarship or not, a high-school sports career is a pretty wonderful time. 270549 Trane Comfort Specialists. 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Mothers Day 273176 PHOTO CONTESTNow thru May 7Submit a photo of you and your children or you and your mom to the West Orange Times or Windermere Observer Facebook pages. You may also email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring your entry to the Observer office at 720 S. Dillard St. The contest ends Monday, May 7th at 5pm. Winners will be announced Thursday, May 10th. WIN A GIFT BASKET FOR MOM! 273181 Schedule Your Tour Today! 273219 Jennifer Jackson has many titlesprincipal, friend, wife, aunt, but according to her daughters, Sarah and Lauren, mom is the best of them all! Jennifer serves as e First Academys Lower School Principal (K4-6th) and is loved by students and their moms. TFA Mom, Katherine Johnson shares Mrs. Jackson invests the time to personally know every child and family. My sons 1st grade class practiced writing a letter to the principal asking her questions. His teacher shared the letters with Mrs. Jackson. When my son arrived at school the next day, she had written a note to every child answering their questions and le the notes on their desks. Principal Jacksons TFA families, teachers, and daughters count it as a joy to walk alongside her everyday!MOM loved by all
273835 Keep an eye out forMOTHERS DAY BRUNCHdetails coming soon!! Celebrate Mom with something delicious from Pammies Sammies!Everything we serve is thoughtfully sourced, earth friendly, and tastefully adventurous. We provide everything from sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, soups, and salads that are made with love. New Location Inside Dr. P Phillips YMCA7000 Dr. P Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 407-730-3212 | www.pammiessammies.com | 273422 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 OrangeObserver.com
273835 Keep an eye out forMOTHERS DAY BRUNCHdetails coming soon!! 2739421232 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Suite 116 Winter Garden, FL 34787407-347-7977 Our Vision & MissionTo educate, motivate & support our members to be the best version of themselves, so they can share & grow with us. A healthy, powerful & striving community of people who want more out of life, want to experience a healthy lifestyle & teach others in the process.Live it, Learn it & Love It! 28 Day Kickstart Program www.gmamatness.com/kickstartAlvin and Marlene lost over 30lbs together! ALVIN BEFORE MARLENE BEFORE ALVIN AFTER MARLENE AFTERKICKSTARTCOMING MAY 11, 2018! Initial evaluation Orientation Weekly assessments FREE training Free nutrition seminar Final evaluation/long term success planYour chance to win a FREE training programI lost my wife!(in lbs) Celebrate Mom with something delicious from Pammies Sammies!Everything we serve is thoughtfully sourced, earth friendly, and tastefully adventurous. We provide everything from sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, soups, and salads that are made with love. New Location Inside Dr. P Phillips YMCA7000 Dr. P Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 407-730-3212 | www.pammiessammies.com | 273422 273600 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 OrangeObserver.com
273189 Happy Mothers Day!To all of our mothersat...ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE 24 HOUR NURSING402 Lakeview Road in Winter Garden (407) 654-7217 GoldenPondCommunities.comAssisted Living Facility #9626 May 13 | 11 a.m. p.m.$49Adult $19Child (32) For more information or reservations, please visit GrandCypress.com or call 407.239.1926. Treat Mom to a special day with a delectable brunch featuring an assortment of all your favorites, including an omelet station, carving stations, hand-made desserts and much more. Set against the stunning view of Orlandos premier golf resort at Villas of Grand Cypress. BRUNCHMOTHERS DAYNINE18 RESTAURANT 273412 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 OrangeObserver.com