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ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERMcCraney Property Company purchased a 43.9-acre parcel at the crossroads of State Road 429 and Floridas Turnpike in Ocoee to make way for a new 652,696-square-foot industrial park. The proposed industrial park WEST ORANGE TIMES &YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.Celebrating more than 110 years in West OrangeObserverFREE THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 VOLUME 85, NO. 20 BRENT GRADUATES BASIC TRAININGU.S. Air Force Airman Raheem Brent has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. He completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness and basic warfare principles and skills. Brent is the son of Reginald and JoAnn Brent of Winter Garden. He is a 2016 graduate of West Orange High School.YOUR TOWN HEALTH MATTERSSEE DISTRIBUTION PAGE 4 You dont walk away unchanged AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORThe sneak attacks typically come at nighttime, when its dark and the victims are asleep. The suspected Fulani, a nomadic group of mostly Muslim herders, have made it their goal to torch the homes and run out the Christians of Nigeria. The pastor of The Crossings Church and three parishioners were humbled by their trip to Nigeria, where they helped build homes and hope for distraught Christian villagers. McCraney plans large industrial park in Ocoee Ocoee could be getting a new 650,000-square-foot industrial park after McCraney Property Company purchased about 44 acres at the crossroads of State Road 429 and Floridas Turnpike.Hospitals utilize art as a tool for healing. INSIDEMAGICAL MOMENTSLongtime magician to perform Friday.PAGE 13Courtesy photosThe Crossings Church in Winter Garden raised enough money to rebuild the destroyed home of Danladi Boyi Yarri, his wife and his family. The entire village showed up for the dedication of the new home. SEE REBUILDING PAGE 4


2 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 Join us as Matt Hurbanis, MD, discusses minimally invasive treatments for hip and knee joint pain including new Mako robotic-assisted surgery. Choose relief from Joint Pain Matt Hurbanis, MD Joint Pain Management and Treatment OptionsThursday, May 29, 2018 | 6:30 pm 7:30 pm Orlando Health Health Central Hospital 10000 West Colonial Dr., Ocoee, FL 34761 To Register, email: 273894 271221 ONE ERADICATOR LAST 90 DAYS! 12403 WEST COLONIAL DR WINTER GARDEN, FL 34787 4078772553 ERADICATORS $1995ONLY... Available at: THURSDAY, MAY 17A CONVERSATION ABOUT EDUCATION 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Tildenville Elementary School, 1221 Brick Road, Winter Garden. Orange County School Board chair candidates Mat thew Fitzpatrick, Robert Allen Prater and Nancy Robbinson, plus District 7 School Board candidate Eric Schwalbach, will speak during the Orange County Council of PTA/PTSA program. (407) 877-7074. THE PAPERLESS GENEALOGIST 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. Feeling bogged down with too much paper from years of genealogical research? Explore options for going paperless and see how digital versions can actually enhance the research experience. (407) 835-7323.FRIDAY, MAY 18INTRODUCTION TO THE SEWING MACHINE 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road., Ocoee. Have you ever wanted to make your own custom clothes, home decor, costumes or accessories? Learn about sewing safety, basic sew ing machine skills and stitching seams in this basic class. (407) 835-7323.SATURDAY, MAY 19NINTH ANNUAL OPD COMMUNITY PICNIC 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Freedom Park, 351 Thornebrooke Drive, Ocoee. The Ocoee Police Department is hosting this ninth annual event with free food, drinks, games and activities. Various prizes, including a 32-inch at-screen television, will be raed o. There will be bounce houses, Ocoee re truck engines and facepainting. (407) 554-7204 or WHIZKIDS: 3D DESIGN MINECRAFT CHARACTERS 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Children who love playing Minecraft will love this class. They will learn to design and draw their very own Minecraft character using 3D modeling software. Seating is limited. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.SUNDAY, MAY 20GARDEN TO TABLE FUNDRAISER 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Winter Garden Community Garden, 455 Ninth St., Winter Garden. Help the garden board and Grow Orlando celebrate a new program, FarmRaiser, which hires east Winter Garden youth to tend to the garden, growing fresh produce for lowincome residents. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 2 to 12 and free for children younger than 2. For tickets, bit. ly/2jsFgRT.MONDAY, MAY 21LAKE WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SENIOR RECEPTION 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the Lake Whitney Elementary media center, 1351 Windermere Road, Winter Garden. All 2010-11 Dolphins and their parents are invited to catch up with old friends and teachers and enjoy old photographs. (407) 877-8888.WEDNESDAY, MAY 23CHAMBER MAYORAL UPDATE LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Tanner Hall, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. The West Orange Chamber of Commerce oers the oppor tunity for residents to get to know local leaders from Orange County, the cities of Ocoee and Winter Garden and the towns of Oakland and Windermere. Cost is $41 per person and $328 for tables of eight for Chamber members; and $51 or $408 for others. (407) 656-1304. HUNCHBACK SHOW ADDED 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Due to the shows popularity, another evening performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been added. Tickets can be purchased at (407) 877-4736 or Various other showtimes remain through May 27.THURSDAY, MAY 24TRANSITIONING TO KINDERGARTEN 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Kids Community College, 1475 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. This toolkit course will provide resources and materials to help parents prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. (407) 9822421.SATURDAY, JUNE 2SECOND CHANCE PROM 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at The Breakroom, 13105 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden. The theme of the 21-and-older party is A Night in Paris. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple and includes dinner, dancing and a prom photo. For tickets, email, JUNE 9BOOK CLUB FOR ART LOVERS Noon Saturday, June 9, at the SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association, this months book discussion is Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. Call (407) 347-7996 or email ONP GOPHER TORTOISE RUN 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. Take part in a three-miler through the preserve or a three-mile virtual race all to support ONP. Visit oaklandnature gopher-tor toise-run. YOUR CALENDAR


WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 3 274054 At Growing Together Pediatrics we offer comprehensive medical care for infants, children and adolescents. We provide physicals, immunizations, ADHD/behavior consultations and treatment, acne and eczema care and so much more.Phone: 407-770-1414 1583 E. Silver Star Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761 www.GrowingTogetherPeds.comOpen: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Same day GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR An online petition requesting signatures in support of Winter Gardens traditions has been making the rounds on Facebook. The petition, titled Keep Winter Garden Traditions Alive, reached 659 signatures as of May 14 and was started by Winter Garden resident Lauren Bennett-Flemister. Bennett-Flemister, who has lived in Winter Garden for 51 years, said she started the petition out of concern after hearing of neighbor Joseph Richardsons petition. The purpose of my petition is to show the city of Winter Gar den how many residents support honoring our traditions and keeping them intact, BennettFlemister said. Richardson, a self-proclaimed secular humanist, is an advocate for the Freethought Community. He has made repeated efforts during the last three years to persuade city officials to either modify its invocation policy or change to silent meditations, as the cities of Longwood and Winter Springs have done. Richardson believes the existing ordinance, which dictates who is allowed to get on the citys invocator lists and sets out selection procedures for invocators, creates an opportunity for discrimination. Although he does not believe it was written with the intent to discriminate, he insists it allows commissioners to apply the rules in a discriminatory manner. I agree that in the original resolution, they said it is not their intent to discriminate but to apply the rules in a nondiscriminatory way, he said. But thats obviously not the way the rules are working. And the fact is, we warned them about this three years ago. Here we are three years later, and its been made abundantly clear theyre not choosing certain people. It just reinforces the idea that they are indeed using this policy in a discriminatory manner. He notes the commission has yet to choose him to do an invocation in the last three years, despite his name being on the list, while having chosen a couple of different people four times in that same timeframe. They could decide, using the same rules in existence right now, to never pick a Christian invocator if they wanted, Richardson said. And it doesnt have to be religious discrimination. The point is, they can discriminate either for religious reasons or for personal reasons if they dont like a particular person or for no reason at all. But Bennett-Flemister believes there is no need to change the policy and fears doing so could erode the citys community traditions. From talking to people, the general consensus has been strongly in favor of leaving things alone, she said. They like Winter Garden the way it is and dont want it to change. If we allow change to some of our traditions, they are afraid it will open the door for other traditions to be changed as well. The invocation policy, implemented a little more than three years ago, requires invocators to be a representative of a 501(c)(3) organization and allows commissioners to choose who leads the invocation from an established volunteer invocator list. For me this is bigger than who presents an invocation, she said. This is about changing Winter Garden one piece at a time. You can exercise your right to not attend a function if it offends you. ... But why must you change the way things have traditionally been done? Bennett-Flemister also emphasized concern for one of the Christmas festivities, Light Up Winter Garden, which she believes Richardson is against. But Richardson said he has no quarrel with the holiday celebration. Winter Garden City Manager Mike Bollhoefer was initially unaware of the content of both petitions, but he said the city has not discussed or considered any changes to Light Up Winter Garden and added that the city has no obligation to respond in any manner to the petitions. Im not sure why people are worried about that (Light Up Winter Garden), Bollhoefer said. We have not discussed any changes to the Light up Winter Garden celebration.Winter Garden resident starts online petition to preserve citys traditionsThe petition was created in response to another petition regarding the citys current invocation policy in commission meetings.ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWith summer around the corner, its no doubt that families will be hitting the water to beat the heat. To ensure the little ones stay safe around the water this summer, the Roper YMCA will be partnering with the Maxey Community Center to educate children about water safety. Swim instructors from the Roper YMCA will bring the Ys Safety Around Water program to Bouler Pool at 362 11th St., Winter Garden. Safety Around Water is a YMCA national program that we offer, Roper YMCA Executive Director Chris Demetriou said. Swimming is a major, major skill that we feel every kid should have the opportunity to learn. The program will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting May 23 to 25 and continue the following week from May 28 to June 1. The program is limited to 100 children, and registration is open. Those who are interested can register at the Roper YMCA or at the Maxey Community Center. Spots are available on a first-comefirst-serve basis, so individuals are encouraged to sign up imme diately, Demetriou said. Sign up immediately because when we offered it at the Roper Y in April, it was incredibly popular, Demetriou said. Thats our hope. We want people to sign up for this. Demetriou said the Roper YMCA earned the 2018 Florida State Alliance of YMCAs, Inc. Safety Around Water/Swim Lessons Grant, which allows them to offer the program for free. We applied for a grant with Y-USA and we were awarded that grant, Demetriou said. This is completely free to the community. We were thrilled to have the support from Y-USA to be able to do this program outside of the Roper Y. Demetriou added building the relationship with the city of Winter Garden and the Maxey Community Center is the first step in offering the program outside of the Roper YMCA facility itself. We wanted to do our best to help and continue to support the city of Winter Garden, Demetriou said. This is the start of us expanding it from just the Roper Y to the city of Winter Garden. Next year, depending on the impact were able to make, we would love to see what an expanded role would look like. Demetriou said children who participate in the program learn three basic umbrella skills that pertain to water safety: ground rules, water skills and rescue. They learn (ground rules such as) how to ask permission before entering the water always swimming with a parent or adult, sun protection and then any other generic pool rules Demetriou said. Some of those water skills include entering the water safely, floating and kicking. Additionally, children will learn about breath control and what to do in emergency situations, Demetriou said. Of course, theres the rescue piece which is very important, Demetriou said. If you have a friend thats in a serious situation, instead of you jumping in (the water) yourself because were working with kids find something that floats that we can throw to them to help pull them in. Roper YMCA to teach swim safety program at Bouler Pool IF YOU GOSAFETY AROUND WATER WHEN: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 23 to 25 and May 28 to June 1 WHERE: Bouler Pool, 362 11th St., Winter Garden INFORMATION: Roper YMCA, (407) 656-6430The Roper YMCA is oering its Safety Around Water program for free to 100 children.


4 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 would span across three buildings: building 100 will be 104,950 square feet, building 200 will be 145,164 square feet, and building 300 will be 402,582 square feet. The project has been named Distribution 429. Orlandos already-bustling industrial market just got more active, said Deidre Krause of The PR Company, who handles public relations for McCraney Property Company. With a new exterior look (and) keeping with the companys belief that industrial is the new retail, Distribution 429 will reside in the epicenter of Ocoee one of Central Floridas submar kets with the lowest vacancy rates for industrial space. A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for this month. Each building at the new industrial park will feature McCraney Property Companys signature clean faades and high-finish benchmark-setting warehouse design, the company stated in a prepared statement. The Ocoee market is Central Floridas newest epicenter for industrial growth, President and CEO of McCraney Property Company Steven McCraney said. With the demand for last-mile hubs continuing to outpace supply, industrial developments along key arteries that enable tenants to move product throughout the Greater Central Florida market and beyond will prove invaluable to companys distribution strategies. Ocoee is just one location in the southeast seeing development from McCraney Property Company. The company also has projects in some form of development underway in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and in other areas of Florida. Shallow bay industrial buildings, ranging from 180 feet to 440 feet in depth, is the target property size our company is developing throughout the Southeast, fulfilling demand from tenants seeking to do business in a 5to 50-mile radius from their customer, McCraney said. The market segment for industrial assets under 250,000 square feet represents 70% of the total U.S. warehouse stock but only 17% of completions, as the average U.S. industrial user ranges from 15,000 to 50,000 square feet. As demand for industrial product remains strong in Floridas major markets, we are already seeing strong tenant inter est at Distribution 429. The dwellings are made of mud, so the attackers throw lighted torches and gasoline through the windows, setting the belongings and the wooden rafters ablaze and causing the metal roof to collapse. The villagers, mostly farmers, harvest their land and store the food in small straw huts. The Fulani torch the food supply, too. They make them impover ished, Pastor Ron Tewson said. (Even) if their lives are spared, they have lost everything. They have to leave; they cant stay there.BUILDING HOUSES, BRINGING HOPETewson, pastor of The Crossings Church in Winter Garden, and three members of his congregation, Mike Palmer, Kevin Dettore and Ed Engstrom, traveled to Nigeria to follow up on a promise made to the family of Danladi Boyi Yarri, whose home was destroyed in an attack last October that killed five of the 10 residents, including several children. A Christmas Eve collection to rebuild Yarri house raised $10,300, more than double the $5,000 necessary to build one home. The four men, who funded their own trip, left the United States April 1, following the Easter Sunday service. Palmer, Dettore and Engstrom returned after one week; Tewson stayed for almost three. Yarris village of Teegbe has about 20 homes and is in the Kogi State of Nigeria in western Africa. He is a native of the area and was known for holding regular church services in his home. Tewson said it was an emotional meeting between his group and the Yarri family. Yarris wife had been viciously attacked, her face slashed and her left arm cut off at the elbow. The money raised at the Winter Garden church had been sent previously to the International Christian Concern organization, so the home was nearing completion by April. It included front and back doors, a long hallway and a series of rooms to the left and right where up to 20 family members can live together. There is no running water; the outhouse and cooking area are set up outside. Tewson participated in a dedication of the house. He said it was a wonderful experience and a huge celebration that included not only the Yarri family but also most of the villagers and their families. They were so extremely grateful, Tewson said. And what it did was it brought hope that somebody cared for them on the other side of the world. That was probably the most touching, somebody cared for them. That just made them feel so special and so valued, and it gave them so much hope.HANDSON HELPMore money raised meant another opportunity to build, so the group went to the Miango Districts village of Zangwra, which was almost entirely destroyed in a rare daytime attack Jan. 25. A total of 17 homes were burned down, but because it was day light, everyone fled and survived. There was a real sense of lost hope, Tewson said, because so many villagers had dispersed. When they returned, they found their homes, as well as friends and family, gone. The village church remained intact, but the pastors home next door was burned, and he and his family had left. The lack of hope was unbeliev able, Tewson said. Life was over. An ICC representative said rebuilding the pastors house would give the residents hope that their village could prosper again. So they built. The four men from The Crossings witnessed a barn-raising, of sorts. Men, women and children about 75 in all came together, and everyone played an important role in the construction. Some women walked to the stream a half-mile away and returned with buckets and barrels of water for the men to use when mixing the concrete. Other women prepared a large cauldron of soup for lunch. Children were put to work, too. Tewson was asked to speak to groups of about 300 villagers multiple times, and he said it was humbling to know the people saw him as the great white hope from America. He traveled with heavy military protection to Central Nigeria to a district called Daffo. On March 8, the Fulani herdsmen destroyed eight villages, killing hundreds of people in one day; these communities are now empty. Ive been all over the world on mission trips, Tewson said. This was unlike anything Ive ever done, because it was seeing evil against a church. He returned home April 19 and shared his trip with his congregation April 22. The pastor said the first home was actually $8,000, because it was built bigger than anticipated, and he asked churchgoers to help raise $3,000. They raised $8,600, and Tewson is considering rebuilding another house in Nigeria. Evil is the best and only way you can describe this, Palmer said of his trip to Nigeria. All the politics, all the culture aside, even religion aside, its just evil acts. It was very eye-opening to me, he said. To see what folks are doing and what theyre experiencing in the face of this type of attack and evil firsthand, as opposed to reading about it, seeing that and talking to the people, and being able to touch the destroyed buildings and smelling the charred wood gives it a level of realism that I dont think you will ever forget. You dont walk away unchanged. Now I have a heart for these people. its brothers and sisters in Christ and in humanity, as well. Distribution 429 planned for OcoeeRebuilding a village 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. POSTMASTER send address changes to the West Orange Times & Observer, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787. CONTACT USThe West Orange Times & Observer is published once weekly, on Thursdays. The West Orange Times & Observer can be found in many commercial locations throughout West Orange County and at our oce. If you wish to subscribe, visit our website,, call (407) 656-2121 or visit our oce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden.TO ADVERTISEFor display or digital advertising, call (407) 656-2121. For Classieds, call (407) 656-2121.SEND US YOUR NEWSWe want to hear from you. Let us know about your events, celebrations and achievements. To contact us, send your information via email to Michael Eng, meng@ 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 LivingWe didnt just build some houses. We brought hope. It was all over the faces of the people we helped. Ron Tewson, pastor of The Crossings ChurchCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Courtesy photosTeamwork helped rebuild the pastors home in the Zangwra village.


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6 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 273323 but our gratitude is endless. WOODLAWN MEMORIAL PARK CEREMONYMemorial Day Is Only Once A Yearbut our gratitude is endlessVeteran organizations, Monday, May 28, 2018 10 front of theMosaic at Woodlawn Memorial Park400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd., Gotha, 34734 (southwest Orange County.) 68th Annual Memorial Day Celebration ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWinter Garden city commissioners voted unanimously to award a contract to Collis Roofing Inc. for roof replacements at the Winter Garden Police Department during their May 10 meeting. Collis Roofing Inc. will be replacing the roofs at the WGPD 911 Dispatch Center and the police departments gym facility for a total cost of $151,844. The cost includes a 10% contingency, Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Frank Gilbert said. The roofs have been extensively patched over the years, and they have reached their total life expectancy, Gilbert said. They need to be replaced to ensure the roofs remain properly sealed. Commissioners also approved the purchase of a new backup generator at the WGPD at a cost of $111,170.95, which includes a 10% contingency. The new generator will be powerful enough replace the two older generators at the police department, Gilbert said. The (current) main generator is over 23 years old, has become costly to maintain and the parts are very hard to source, Gilbert said. The new generator due to upgraded technology is power ful enough to back up the entire police department campus. Gilbert also said funding for the roof replacements and new generator have been included in the current fiscal year budget.REZONINGSCity leaders voted unanimously to approve the first reading of two rezoning ordinances. Ordinance 18-20 seeks to rezone a 0.26-acre parcel located at 42 E. Smith St. from R-2 residential district to C-3 profession office district. If the second reading of the ordinance is approved, the space will be used as a real-estate office, Gilbert said. Ordinance 18-21 pertains to a 3.32-acre property generally located at 205 Windermere Road. The ordinance seeks to rezone the property from R-1 single-family residential district to Planned Unit Development to allow for the development of an 11,700-squarefoot indoor pool facility and administrative office. SouthWest Aquatics currently is housed on the subject property, and the new building would be an addition to the existing facilities. IN OTHER NEWS Under regular business, commissioners voted unanimously to dispose of surplus vehicles and equipment that are no longer usable or obsolete. Commissioners also approved a resolution to desig nate Oakland Park as a golf cart-approved subdivision. The resolution designates the roads in Oakland Park where residents may legally drive their golf carts.Commission approves WGPD roof replacements, generator West Orange High Schools advanced choirs, Bel Canto and Concert Choir, experienced an incredible weekend recently when they participated in the Heritage Festival of Gold in Chicago. They per formed at the Symphony Center, home to Chicagos Symphony Orchestra, alongside choirs, bands and orchestras from across the country, as well as from Japan. Their performances were rated and ranked, and the highest-scoring band, orchestra and choir were selected to perform in an encore performance that same evening. Both Bel Canto and Concert Choir were featured that night as one of the top choirs in the festival.SINGING IN THE WINDY CITY


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8 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 274976 Customers heap praiseon Mohawks Air.oWhen Sofia was 6 months old, she began experiencing fevers and other medical issues such as allergies and obstructive sleep apnea. That prompted her mother, Michelle Rogers, to take Sofia to a doctor who recommended a more hypoallergenic environment at home. Michelle Rogers visited Marks Floors of Minneola, Fla., who recommended Mohawks Air.o, a new soft surface product known for its hypoallergenic properties. The mother of three had Air.o installed throughout much of her homethe entire upstairs including a master bedroom, nursery, hallway and closet. Soon after, Michelle said Sofia improved. I am used to hearing Sofia snoring so loudly. Now I have to go into her room and see if she is still breathing because she is so quiet. Before she had puffy eyes, and when you touched her chest it felt like a frog was in there. Now everything is clear. She was so happy with the product she contacted Mark Compston, owner of Marks Floors. She called unsolicited to tell me about her experience, he said. You dont often get calls like that.Beyond Air.os hypoallergenic features Rogers said she has been incredibly impressed with its stain and soil protection properties. If you spill something on it, it seems to evaporate; its wonderful, she said. I dropped Kool-Aid on it. I was like, Oh my goodness, but it cleaned up right away. I take a little soap and water and cleaned it up like I was cleaning a hard surface floor.Rogers praised Marks Floors staff and Compston for their efforts and compassion. To them its not about selling floors; its about caring for the life of their customer. I cant thank him enough because my baby girl can breathe and is happy and is rolling around, and I dont have a worry. The way they treated me was so amazing. Mark was so personable and friendly and kind. He mirrors the [second commandment] Love thy neighbor as thyself.CLOCKWISE: Mark Compston speaks with Michelle Rogers in his showroom. Shortly after a doctor recommended a more hypoallergenic environment for her daughter, Mark recommended Air.o.; Sofias severe allergies were one reason Michelle wanted Air.o installed in her home; by day, Rogers is a police officer in Clermont, FL.By Ken Ryan ADVERTORIAL *Must be 18 years of age or older. Must be a resident of Lake County or Orange County. Observer Media Group will Choose the winner.274380 Soft Flooring. Premium Cushion. 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CALL US TODAY! WATCH FOR NEW LISTING! JUST LISTED!!! 3 DAYS!!! ***SCREENED POOL***IMMACULATE CONDITION***FIREPLACE***ROOF IS 5 YEARS OLD*** LARGE LOT*** THIS HOME IS A DREAM!!! If you like tile and plenty of it you will love this home! Freshly painted inside, remodeled bath rooms!!! Kitchen features all appliances that are only 1 year old, granite counters, wood cabinets, tile backsplash, under cabinet lighting!!! Family room features wood burning fireplace, sliding glass doors leading to the screened lanai (21x47) sparkling pool and large partially fenced yard. This is a split bedroom plan with the guest bedrooms centered around the guest bath. The master bedroom is on the other side of the house with adjoined master bath, jetted garden tub/separate shower that has just been remodeled!!! You are minutes away from the West Orange Trail, minutes from DOWNTOWN WINTER GARDEN*** farmers market every Saturday, annual festivals, great restaurants, shopping and the Crooked Can Brewery and the Plant Street Market!!! WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR??? ASKING $275,000 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! A PLACE TO CALL HOME!!!***LAKEFRONT*** DOCK***SCREENED POOL*** NO HOA*** Take a look at this home that features 3 Bdrms.2 Ba. Living room, dining area, eat-in kitchen, family room, brick wood burning fireplace,screened pool and scenic views of the lake!!! This home is just minutes away from DOWNTOWN WINTER GARDEN with the many restaurants, specialty shops and FARMERS MARKET on Saturdays!!! Step into this home and relive the good ole days of when this home was built in 1961. Living room features the corner brick fireplace, entertain in uncrowded comfort in the spacious dining area. The family room is a favorite spot for fun and informal entertaining and is very open view of the large lot, dock and lake. This home is situated on almost an acre on a quiet dead end street. Asking $399,000 SALE PENDING! JUST LISTED!!!3 Bdrm/2.5 ba.***HONEY STOP THE CAR***NO HOA***NO REAR NEIGHBORS*** FRESHLY PAINTED***REPLUMBED IN 2006***DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS***NEW SOFFITS***WATER SOFTENER***STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES IN KITCHEN STAY*** WINDOW COVERINGS STAY*** This home says Welcome home the minute you step in the Foyer with wood flooring this very open floor plan is a dream!!! Living room has plenty of room for comfortable chairs & sofa. Breakfast area/Family room is designed where everyone can Live A Little French doors are leading to the covered and screened lanai, you also have a open wooden deck with soft lighting around the deck. This is a perfect place for entertaining with the fenced yard and no rear neighbors PRIVACY WITHOUT ISOLATION. You are minutes away from the West Orange Trail, minutes from DOWNTOWN WINTER GARDEN*** farmers market every Saturday, annual festivals, great restaurants, shopping and the Crooked Can Brewery and the Plant Street Market!!! ASKING $285,000 SALE PENDING 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 SALE PENDING! AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORWhen the town of Oaklands new water-system improvements went into operation in 2014, there was no longer a need for the ABC Bus Company tank and pumping system to continue supplying the State Road 50 corridor and the subdivisions south of S.R. 50. The facility then was closed. Town staff has determined that because of the increase in demand the town can expect to experience when commercial development comes in, it is prudent to resur rect the facility. The system is little more than a decade old. In a memo to the commission, Public Works Director Mike Park er said: We anticipate not only reaching the 5,500-person population level within the next few years but will surely surpass it. It should be noted that the 2008 Water Master Plan that dictated the design of the 2014 improvements did not anticipate the increase in densities or changes in the rural areas in our western areas. The Town Commission, at its May 8 meeting, approved the ABC Booster Station SCADA Improvements project to Kat Construction and Materials Inc., which submitted a bid of $283,563.66. SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is a system of software and hardware elements that control industrial processes. Kat Construction will build the piping, valves and telemetry equipment to serve the current and future needs of the towns drinking-water system. Principals of the company were formerly associated with Brandes Design-Build, who constructed the 2014 improvements without any problems, accidents or errors, Parker wrote in the memo.Town of Oakland to resurrect ABC water tank IN OTHER NEWS The Town Commission approved, under the consent agenda, an amended cost request for two modular classrooms at Oakland Avenue Charter School. The commission previously approved site work in the amount of $50,000 and monthly rental costs of $3,000 but subsequently has learned that additional electrical service is required from Duke Energy. This will cost about $86,000 more. Elected ocials adopted park hours at its three parks and pier: Speer and Vander Ley parks and the Jake Voss Pier will be available to the public from sunrise to sunset; and Pollard Park, formerly known as West Side Park, is open from sunrise to 10 p.m. because the basketball court has timed lights. About $900 will be spent on signage at these locations.


THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Boys and Girls Club of West Orange: Capital Campaign. 10. BASE Camp: Black and White Weekend. 12. Night in nature The earlier rains took the edge o the heat for a beautiful evening Saturday, May 12, dur ing Oakland Nature Preserves Night at the Preserve. The preserves third annual event is one of its biggest fundraisers, and proceeds support its continued work. Guests mingled and indulged in heavy hors doeuvres and desserts, as well as wine and beer selections. They were also treated to live music, raes and a lakeside champagne toast at sunset. DANIELLE HENDRIX Jenna and Doug Skurski were all smiles. Right: Oakland Mayor Kathy Stark, Kay VanderLey, Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy Vander Ley and Orange County District 4 School Board Member Pam Gould spent the evening supporting the preserve. Above: Joey Alarie, Cynthia Schultz and Jim Helmers had a good chat. Right: Paul Ek, Krista Carter and Jennifer Ek took in the scenery. Jimmie Atwill and Oak land Nature Preserve Managing Director Jennifer Hunt were happy to see Night at the Preserve running smoothly. Chad Kulscar sang and played guitar.


10 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 274027 275427 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 REAL BLACK TIEBoys & Girls Club of West Oranges Capital Campaign Party The Boys & Girls Club of West Orange put on a lively Capital Campaign party for a good cause Thursday, May 10. The group, which provides after-school events and programs for children, took over the entire top oor of Topgolf Orlando to raise money for a new facility capable of serving 250 children in the West Orange area. Guests caught up and took a swing at the driving range before winning prizes at the silent auction. HARRY SAYER Denver Marlow, Jennie Dunn and Justin Allen lived it up. Right: Representatives from the Bond Foundation were thrilled to support the Boys & Girls Club. Janet Beres, Jamie June, Valorie McLean, Angelica Ortiz, Kory Larsen and Brandi Holsten stood out from the crowd. Left: Former MLB player Ray Lankford and his wife, Ericka Lankford, spent time with Michelle Damon and her husband, former MLB player Johnny Damon. Above: Erica Jones, Dana Maddox and Kathy Steege watched their friends play. Left: Larry Miles and Keymeari Coates en joyed some chocolatecovered strawberries.


WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 11 274781 1$2,500 minimum deposit is required for opening the Money Market Account. Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 1.50% is guaranteed for 6 months from account opening date. The Money Market account must be opened with new money or monies not currently held at Fidelity Bank. After 6 months, the Money Market Annual Percentage Yields apply. They are today: the APY is 0.15% for balances up to $24,999.99. For balances from $25,000 to $49,999.99, the APY is 0.20%. For balances from $50,000 to $99,999.99, the APY is 0.25%. For balances of $100,000 to $249,999.99 the APY is 0.25%. For balances $250,000 and above, the APY is 0.30%. APYs are accurate as of 4/25/2018. Rates are subject to change at anytime. A monthly maintenance fee of $10 applies if the balance falls below the minimum daily balance requirement of $2,500 for a Business Money Market account. A monthly maintenance fee of $6 applies if the balance falls below the minimum daily balance requirement of $1,000 for a Personal Money Market account. Six withdrawals per statement period are permitted. There is an excessive withdrawal fee of $10 for each additional withdrawal of any type. Fees could reduce the earnings on the 2Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 1.60% for 12 months, 1.80% for 18 months, and 2.00% for 24 months is accurate as of 5/7/2018 and is subject to change at any time. Minimum balance to open and obtain this APY is $500, with a may be imposed for early withdrawal. No public funds or managed funds are eligible. 3$50 minimum opening deposit. Fees subject to change. Other fees such as NSF, overdraft fees, etc. may apply. Refer to our current Schedule of Fees. $2,500 minimum deposit, up to $250,000 per customer.Money Market Account 1.50% APY1 Free Personal & Business Checking$500 Minimum Deposit, up to $250,000 per CustomerCD Rate Specials 12 Month1.60%APY21.80%APY22.00%APY2 For More Information /TheGroveOrlando 4750-4757 The Grove Drive | Windermere, FL At the corner of Apopka-Vineland and Conroy-Windermere Roads Friday, May 186:00 pmFeaturing: Magic & Mayhem Friday, May 18 This interactive familyoriented comedy and variety show is appropriate for all ages and features Amazing Magic, Side Splitting Comedy and ChaChing The Amazing Bunny! Stay after the show to take home an amazing Balloon Creation! 275291 Pediatric Congenital Heart AssociationsCongenital Heart Gala Orlando 2018Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, yet there isnt a lot of awareness surrounding it. This is where the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association comes in. The Orlando branch held its Congenital Heart Gala Saturday, May 12, at the Waldorf Astoria. The evening included silent and live auctions, dinner, stories from pediatric CHD patients and their families and awards. By the end of the night, at tendees had raised $100,000 for PCHA. DANIELLE HENDRIX REAL BLACK TIE ONLINESee more photos at Amy Basken, Jessica Chenevert, Jennifer and David Kasnic and Melissa Radandt were all smiles. Some attendees were asked to take the stage for an intense game of heads or tails as part of the evenings fun activities. Left: Jenna DeGuissepe, James Frost, Emersynn Frost, Cindy Harding, Alexandra Frost and Richard Harding attended as a family. Dr. Nykanen Iguina talked about her son, Lucas, who has CHD.


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WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 13 A tribute to Pops most legendary performers, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers and The Beatles. Just Us Orlando Productions presents Cirque e Musica Legends featuring performers from Disney, Universal, Sea World and Broadway to keep you entertained with their great Vocals, Dance, and Acrobatic performances accompanied by the Award Winning Solid State Band. The second half of our show is a live tribute to The Beatles performed by one of the most amazing Beatles tribute bands in the business, The Jukebox, from Puerto Rico. This band has thrilled audiences all over the world with their note-perfect renditions of Beatles songs. Now See Them Live! Cirque e Musica Legends is an amazing one of a kind show that will keep your feet tapping and your mind reminiscing.Our low price includes: Delicious Buet 90 Minute Show Dancing After Show Cast Meet & Greet Unlimited Soft Drinks Coee Station 1st Beer, Wine or Cocktail Our Delicious Menu: Garden Salad Prime Rib with Au Jus Herbed Baked Chicken Eggplant Parmesan Seasoned Vegetables, Herbed Rice Macaroni & Cheese Bread & Butter, Dessert FRIDAY, JUNE 8THBUFFET 6:00 SHOWTIME 7:30SUNDAY, JUNE 10THBUFFET 12:30 SHOWTIME 2:00SUNDAY, JUNE 10THBUFFET 5:30 SHOWTIME 7:00 SHOW DATES, TIMES & PRICES Get your tickets on line at Showcase Winter Garden, 12100 W Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL For more information all 407-347-9914 or email 275470 Advance Online Tickets Single Ticket $49.95 + tax Groups of 8 or more and children under 12 yrs $44.95 + tax Use discount code: Observer for an additional online discount of $3. At the door Single ticket $52.00 + tax Groups of 8 or more and children under 12 yrs $47.00 + tax 274632 r Bruce Young, CFP, CRPCFinancial Advisor.17301 Pagonia Road Ste 100 Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-4915 fntb n bn rfrrrnt brtbr 273968 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERKick off your weekend with an evening of magic, comedy and family fun at the Groove at The Grove event Friday, May 18. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Grove shopping center at 4750-4757 The Grove Drive in Windermere. Guests are encour aged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the event. James Songster of Magic and Mayhem will be performing at the event. An award-winning magician, Songster, 52, has been inciting laughter and wonder with his performances for about 25 years around Orlando, throughout Flor ida and other locations. I moved to Orlando to be a magician, Songster said. I got here very late in 1991 and started performing in 1992 not know ing how it would develop or what it would turn into. Here I am all these years later having the time of my life. When Songster first came to the area, he only expected to stay for a few years. He ended up staying longer because the type of magic he performs matches well with Orlandos tourism market. What was really a turning point for me was the type of people that come to Orlando for vacations specifically families because Im very in tune with performing for family audiences, Songster said. Songster said he always has had passion for theater and took up magic as a theatrical hobby when he was a child. My very first magic trick I remember going to the magic shop at Disneyland in California ... and the demonstrator behind the counter brought out this little stack of nickels, Songerster said. He showed me this little stack of four nickels piled on top of each other and he took what looked almost like a bottle cap it was a brass cap that just fit over the stack of four nickels. He would put the cap on top of the four nickels and he would tap it and turned them into dimes. After graduating high school, Songster joined the U.S. Navy. While serving, he inadvertently honed his craft performing shows for service members and families. The Navy is probably why I became a magician as opposed to any other art form, Songster said. Long before I got out of the Navy, I was performing magic simply as a theatrical exercise and a way for me to feed my desire to perform. By the time Id come out of the Navy, I had accidentally become a magician. Songster will not be gracing the Groove at The Grove stage alone. His furry friend, ChaChing the rabbit, will joining him. If you want to have a successful career performing family magic, you darn well better have the worlds cutest bunny rabbit on staff, Songster said. We always make time after any show that we do for everybody to come up and say hi. Some shows have what they call talkbacks where the cast comes out and talks to you after the show. We call our talkbacks after our shows Chit Chat with ChaChing.Do you believe in magic? His name may be Songster, but the performer at this months Groove at the Grove is all about magic.Eric Gutierrez IF YOU GOGROOVE AT THE GROOVE WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 WHERE: The Grove Orlando, 4750-4757 The Grove Drive, Windermere INFORMATION: facebook. com/thegroveorlando


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16 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 85 years agoBray Hardware was advertising push-type lawnmowers for $4.75 and ice-cream churns for $1.80 years agoGeorge Morgan Howard, of Winter Garden, and Charles Hawthorne, of Ocoee, narrowly escaped death when their row boat overturned on the large lake at the Smith-Britt groves.55 years agoFranklin Cappleman addressed the Winter Garden Lions Club on the subject of the West Or ange Scholarship Foundation.45 years agoThe Red Sox were champions of the senior division of the West Orange Little League. Team members were Claude Haw thorne, Steve Holden, Dennis Meridith, Nicky Adams, Johnny Dyal, Craig Maloy, Jim Notaro, James Jenkins, Mike Mask, Ricky Maloy, Wally Adams, Billy Butler, Mark Perko and Kevin Munroe.40 years agoThe Windermere 10,000-meter road race drew some 500 runners of all ages. Gene Murphy and Rans Black were co-chairmen of the Windermere Rotary Auction, which drew a big crowd. Lakeview Junior High School will present Lil Abner starring Rhonda Swanner, Ernie Hahn, Mark Parker, Brett Jarvis, Lynne Carter, Donnie Hammon, Danny Bodiford, Rich Charron, Rans Black, Cathi Norris, Amy Tope, Joanna Rosich, Lee Winters, Molly Matheison, Lesli Grin and many other students. The Rev. Bob Wheat was installed as the new pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland.30 years agoTom West hosted a homecoming in Ocoee for his three sisters, Grace Kerr, Mabel Pounds and Ida Hovey; his brother, Sidney West; and their families. After a boat ride on Starke Lake, they enjoyed a poolside dinner with The Banks Family providing music. THESE OLD TIMES WEST ORANGE HISTORYFROM THE WINTER GARDEN HERITAGE FOUNDATIONTHROWBACK THURSDAY MAY 19, 1988 Jimmy Pitchford was the longtime owner of Jimmys Thriftway, located in downtown Winter Garden near the intersection of Plant and Dillard streets. Pitchford advertised in The West Orange Times each week and always provided a small column called Food For Thought, in which he provided hints and tips for food preparation and ingesting. A city-owned park ing lot now gives visitors ample parking in the space previously occupied by the grocery store. From 1958, this photograph features a group celebrating May Day at Holden Street Elementary School in Orlando. Pictured, from left: Edna Jones, chairman; Oaklands Ruby Lee, co-chair; Oaklands W.V. Nixon, principal of the school; Miss McDonald; Mrs. Henry; Mrs. Turner; Miss Rhea Anderson; and Mr. Leonard Wilson. If you can provide further information about this photograph, contact the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation at (407) 656-3244. The mission of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation is to preserve the heritage and architecture of Winter Garden while creating new cultural experiences. The Foundation also preserves the material culture of West Orange County, using it to educate the areas youth on the communitys rich history.FROM THE ARCHIVES 275390 2018 West Orange Chamber of Commerce and West Orange Foundation Education Awardsall photos courtesy of Cannonre Photography WOPTE graduates and Stina DUva, Deb Linden of e Vineyard, Joe Alarie, Dan Pollock of AT&T Stina DUva, West Orange Chamber President/CEO and West Orange Foundation President Mark Marsh, Christina McGuirk of Orlando Health Danniel J. Petro & Voight Foundation Scholarship winners and Joe Alarie, West Orange Chamber Chairman and West Orange Foundation Chairman, William and Ralph Voight of Voight Foundation and Stina DUva SOAR Winners with Stina DUva, Joe Alarie, Dorcas Dillard


weather concerns had altered the schedule for the state championships this week. During the dramatic regional final that punched the Warriors ticket to Vero Beach, West Orange ace Landry Newgent and Spruce Creek pitcher Tiana Hernandez dueled through seven scoreless innings. It wasnt until the top of the eighth that the Warriors pushed across three runs with the first coming by way of a oneout, bases-loaded walk of Lexi Mosur. Brenna Wise followed that by driving in Lexie Blair on a sacrifice fly to center field that made it 2-0 in favor of the Warriors. Helping to ice the victory was an RBI-single from Alli Sartini that drove in Bryce Adkinson. After that, West Orange looked to Newgent to close the door, Extra-inning win sends Warriors to state semis again SPORTSMAY 17, 2018 West Orange junior Russell Robinson wins state championship in long jump. Page 18.1 West Orange softball senior outelder Lexie Blair is a candidate for the American Family Insurance ALL-USA High School Softball Player of the Year, a partnership with USA Today High School Sports. Warrior fans can help Blairs chances of winning the national distinction by voting at Foundation Academy eighth-grader Reggie Jean competed in the shot put at the Florida Youth Running Associations Middle School State Championships this past weekend in Bradenton. Jean placed 20th out of 33 competitors, with a throw of 38 feet, 9.25 inches.3 The Bishop Moore boys lacrosse team nished the season as FHSAA State RunnerUp last weekend, marking a proud moment for West Orange High alum Reed Reynolds, head coach for the Hornets. Reynolds graduated from West Orange in 2006.4 The Dr. Phillips baseball team survived with its season on the line May 8 with a 12-inning victory over Lake Brantley in the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Quarternals. The game lasted four hours and 15 minutes. Previously, the Panthers had earned a playo berth with an extra-inning win over Cypress Creek in the seminals of their district tournament. 5 Spring football games got under way in West and Southwest Orange last week, with Olympia foot ball hosting Boone May 11. The Titans were defeated 31-14. Upcoming this week are games for Foundation Academy (7 p.m. May 17, at Lake Highland Prep), Ocoee (hosting Evans and Hollywood Hills May 18 for a jamboree at 7 p.m.) and CFCA (hosting Warner Christian at 11 a.m. May 19). HIGH5 For the third time in as many years, the West Orange softball team is headed to Vero Beach for a state semifinal. And for the third time in as many years, the Warriors (23-7) had to go through Port Oranges Spruce Creek Hawks to advance. After beating the Hawks by a score of 2-0 in 2016 and again in 2017, West Orange needed extra innings to top Spruce Creek May 11, winning 3-0 in eight innings. As a result, the Warriors are preparing to face Metro Confer ence peer Timber Creek (24-5) in the FHSAA Class 9A State Semifinals Saturday at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The game originally had been scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Friday, May 18, but the FHSAA announced Monday morning, May 14, that ongoing STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORWest Orange softball won its region to earn a thirdconsecutive trip to the state seminals in Vero Beach.SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 19 Steven RyzewskiLandry Newgent earned the win on the mound for West Orange May 11.MAKING A FIELD A HOMEThe Foundation Academy football program took the eld at its new, on-campus facility May 11 for its spring intrasquad scrimmage.As Foundation Academy junior Warren Sapp II walked off the field last Friday, he had to admit the grass beneath his cleats felt pretty right. It feels great everything about this is great, Sapp, a standout defensive lineman for the Lions, said with a smile. Were all excited. Foundation Academys football program, a longtime tenant of Winter Gardens Walker Field, had just played its blue-andwhite spring scrimmage on its new, on-campus field. Although there is still plenty of work to be done on the facility including permanent bleachers, the concession stand and bathrooms the afternoon scrimmage, which lasted about 90 minutes, was a milestone for a program that is excited to play actual home games this fall. The field is in great condition it should be a great venue for us, Lions head coach Brad Lord said. Walker Field has been good for us, but I know our kids are excited to finally play home games. The milestone is significant for After spending more than three decades at her prior school in the Panhandle, packing up and moving to Central Florida was no small decision for Lisa Eaves, the new athletic director for Foundation Academy. Luckily, Eaves said, there were enough indications from on high that the Winter Garden campus was where she is supposed to be.Steven RyzewskiThe Foundation Academy football program enjoyed playing its blue-and-white scrimmage on its new, on-campus eld May 11. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORNew AD excited for opportunity with LionsSEE AD PAGE 18 SEE FIELD PAGE 18


18 WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 The Lord just kind of answered the (questions I had) and I had a peace about it, Eaves said. I just know (Foundation Academy) is where Im supposed to be. Eaves replaces outgoing Athletic Director David Baginski, who had been in the role since 2010, and she already has begun working for the school on a part-time basis. Her full-time start date is June 1. She joins an athletics program at Foundation that is in a growth mode. As athletic director at the Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville for the past eight years, Eaves oversaw the addition of nine middle-school sports and 13 high-school sports. Its exciting to me, because thats what I did (at Rocky Bay ou), Eaves said. Ive learned a lot here, and so I think Im prepared to do it in a way thats going to be healthy at Foundation. Foundation Academy President David Buckles, who also expressed gratitude for the work Baginski had done while on campus, said Eaves stood out during the schools search because of her experience and, particularly, her success grow ing female sports programs. Lisa came on our radar with a very strong sports program at her school, and a strong female sports program, and thats an area where we want to grow, Buckles said. Eaves prior experience also includes serving as the president of the Panhandle Christian Conference and on the FHSAAs Athletic Directors Advisory Committee. She has a bachelors degree from Southeastern Bible College and a masters degree from Luther Rice University. Already, Eaves has collaborated with school officials to hire a new boys soccer coach Josh Mansingh, formerly an assistant coach with the team and she is working to fill the Lions opening for a cheerleading coach, also. One big change for her will be that, after more than three decades of coaching volleyball, basketball and softball, she will be focused solely on the administrative side of things. Thats going to be a little weird for me, Eaves said. But I get to coach coaches, and Im looking forward to being fulltime in that role and serving the coaches. a campus community that has invested significantly in and exercised patience for the schools new athletic complex on its South Campus. Hurricane Irma thwarted earlier hopes that games might have been played on it during the fall of last school year, and when the field neared completion at the beginning of 2018, school officials opted not to play any soccer games there in favor of giving the sod more time to firmly settle. As evidenced by players ability to plant and change direction during the scrimmage, the sod has settled in nicely. And although the facility has not been fully completed, Lord said he already can envision what home games on a Friday night will mean for the campus community. You go to different schools, and their sports complex is sort of the heartbeat of the school, Lord said. Its where the kids work out, where they hang out, where they make friends, build relationships with coaches and get better. Thats what our vision is here and weve been blessed here at Foundation. There is still plenty of time for progress to continue on the new facility before the Lions take the field for an official game, too. Foundation Academy President David Buckles said the school has ordered the first phase of its bleachers for the inaugural season. It will have bleachers in place to seat 300, with ensuing phases planned that will increase that capacity over time. Foundation Academy will play its annual spring game at Lake Highland Prep in downtown Orlando May 17 and open the fall season with a kickoff classic game at Orlando Christian Prep Aug. 17 and a road game in Week One at Cambridge Christian Aug. 24. As is currently scheduled, the official debut of the new field will take place Aug. 31, when Foundation Academy hosts Kingdom Prep.RENOVATED WEIGHT ROOM A PLUS FOR LIONSThe scrimmage debut of the Lions new football field is not the only exciting facility-related news at Foundation Academy. The school is upgrading its playground at its North Campus with artificial turf and new equipment, and more perti nent to the athletics program, the existing weight room at the schools South Campus has received a significant facelift. Located within the Leiferman Family Gymnasium, the weight room has been renamed the Lumpkins Family Strength and Conditioning Center to recognize the generosity of the Chip and Luanne Lumpkins, who made the donation. The renovation included new equipment and aesthetic branding elements, and already it has been a big hit. They redid it, and the kids are excited about it, Foundation Academy football coach Brad Lord said. We got two new (weight) racks, so well get done quicker than we have been its beautiful. Buckles said this was not the first generous donation by the Lumpkins family, which also has donated money for projects such as providing Chromebook laptops for the schools teachers. What they see is the possibilities of Foundation Academy, Buckles said. This is a family that believes in the vision of Foundation Academy athletically and academically. 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:270744Winter Garden Location731 S. 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Robinson is a twosport standout for West Orange, also competing for the Warriors football team, as well as performing several other events for the track team.SPONSORED BY MARKS FLOORSRussell Robinson THE BASICSSchool: West Orange High Class: Junior Age: 16 Hometown: Philadelphia Height: 6 feet Other varsity sports: Football GPA: 3.3What do you think you might like to study in college? I havent really thought about that yet, but the choices are civil engineering or sports medicine something around that area. What are your favorite professional and collegiate football teams? My pro team is the Washington Redskins, and my favorite collegiate team is the Georgia Bulldogs. Whats your go-to meal after football or track practice? Some pasta or some chicken or something fried chicken. What are you looking for ward to the most about this summer? Running track, playing football and getting bigger and faster. Im going to run for Florida Elite this summer. Have you seen any good movies lately? Avengers: Infinity War I liked the way they brought all the characters together out of all the different movies. If you had to hang out with one of the heroes from that movie for a day, who would you choose? Probably Iron Man, Tony Stark, because of all the cool technology he has and everything. STEVEN RYZEWSKI Field ADFROM PAGE 17 FROM PAGE 17 What was the experience of competing at the FHSAA Track & Field Championships in Jacksonville like? It was a nice experience I was a little nervous. It was just cool being up there and watching everyone run, experiencing state for the first time. Its exciting to have another chance next year to go and do the same thing. Whats your routine before each meet? I listen to music a little bit before and when Im warming up. Im not thinking about jumping for a P.R. (personal record) or any thing Im just thinking about getting a jump in and performing well. Has there been a coach whos had a particularly large impact on you? My coach, Patrecia Daniley. Shes really good. Who is a track-and-field athlete you admire? I look up to Grant Holloway, a runner for (the University of) Florida Gators. Hes good at the hurdles and does the long jump just like me. He played football in high school and chose track for college. What was your favorite class this past school year? Id say wood shop, taught by Mr. (Rudy) Zubricky. I like building projects and doing stuff on my own just being free (to create) in the class.Steven RyzewskiFoundation Academy quarterback Henry Austad launched a pass downeld during the Lions scrimmage May 11.


WEST ORANGE TIMES & OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018 19 which she did with authority finishing a complete-game, eight-inning outing that saw the Hawks tally just four hits. (Newgent) seemed to really have the hitters number, West Orange coach Kelsey LaNeave said. Our thought (during the playoffs) has been that if were going lose a ball game, were going to lose it with our No. 1 pitcher on the mound. An inning before Newgent closed the door on Spruce Creek, the Hawks (19-11) nearly defeated the Warriors in walk-off fashion if not for the arm of left-fielder Cerynn Siemer. When Spruce Creeks Mack enzie Childs doubled to left, it looked as though it might bring in Anna Carter. Instead, Siemer made a throw to catcher Julia Sniffen that saved the Warriors season and set the stage for a dramatic eighth inning that booked her and her teammates a trip to Vero Beach. The victory is the 11th consecutive win for West Orange, an exclamation point on a hot streak that began in early April starting with a 12-2 win over Wekiva April 5. Before that, the Warriors had been 12-7 with an uncharacteristic handful of district losses to their credit. After graduating several key contributors from the teams that won back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017, West Orange had several new faces in new roles, and the coaching staff had done some experimenting early in the season with lineups and roles. We were throwing people in and giving them opportunities to see how it was all going to shake out, Warriors coach Todd LaNeave said. It wasnt until three weeks ago, maybe a month ago, that things started to settle in. In years past, we would have a better idea of who the key play ers would be. This year, we didnt really know. We knew a handful, but the rest was undetermined. Added to the on-the-field adversity West Orange was facing was some adversity off of it, too. In mid-March, head coach Todd LaNeave suffered a heart attack and was sidelined for sev eral weeks while he recovered. In the interim, Kelsey LaNeave assumed the role of head coach. Todd LaNeave has gradually returned to the dugout, and now the father-daughter coaching combo will game plan for the Wolves this weekend. And where it was once unclear whether West Orange would even make it out of its district, any thing seems possible as the War riors are once again one of just four teams left in the state in their classification. The girls are really confident, Kelsey LaNeave said. Its been a season of battling, and weve had to come from behind quite a bit those (tense) situations arent really scaring us much, anymore.SoftballFROM PAGE 17 Proudly Sponsors... 274006 If you would like your pet to be considered for the Pet of the Week... email your furry friends photo to: PETOF THE WEEK Farm life is the best!!! Wills/Advance Directives Estates Corporation/LLC Commercial transactions Landlord/Tenant Attorney At Law 407-656-5521 425 South Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 B M. JProudly serving West Orange County for over 36 Real estate: Contracts, Closings, Short Sales, Deed in Lieu And other matters 273887 COMPETITIONMeet the other state seminalists in Class 9A: TIMBER CREEK Record: 24-5 Quick pitch: Sophomore pitcher Lindsey Hendrix has racked up 173 strikeouts in 123 innings and has an ERA of 0.85 on the season. Seniors Sydney Socarras and Alyssa Velez anchor the Wolves batting order. WESTERN Record: 20-7 Quick pitch: Sophomore pitcher Jada Oleski has an impressive 108 strikeouts to show for her 113.2 innings on the mound this season. CORAL REEF Record: 18-11 Quick pitch: Junior Kat erina Boix leads the Bar racudas with a whopping 37 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits, including four home runs. Steven RyzewskiWest Oranges Lexi Mosur was walked with bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning May 11, driving in the goahead run in the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Championship at Spruce Creek High. HONORARY CHAIR Commissioner Betsy VanderLey Orange County Commission District 1 CO-CHAIRS Julie Kleel Pam Billue JoAnne Quarles Lisa Bennett Dawn Willis 50 WOMEN STRONG TEAM Kissandra Anthony Perez Michelle Michno Celestine Augenfeld Amanda Cook Leslie Meyers Rocio Cobian Cynthia Cardona Ginger Ferber Kimberly Lorenz Cindi Bernloehr Patti Merrick Kristina Muller Taylor Ecklund Amanda Fazzone Robin Oropeza Devry Aldaz Magen Blume Geegee Burmeister Kerry-Ann Farrow Fi Westbrook Linda Alvarez Vanessa Adamo Melanie Bruce Paris McNamara Paulette Plishka King Sheryl Fleeton Lee ODonnell Connie Zenz Nina Easton Kristen Shea Michelle Ford Gentry Brenda Labattaglia Lori Burshan Pam Thomas Lisa Thornton Yvette Hurst Deborah Pilotto Mary Orol Pamela Vail Jo Barsh Eden Lombardo Sandi Ballaron Danielle Hendrix Ann Blakeslee Beverly Gibbs Melissa Dekosky Amy Quesinberry Cyndi Gustafson THANKSTo Our Women StrongNational Women Build 2018 275391


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