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SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | B1SPORTS:South Sumter Raiders fall to St. Pete Spartans WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013 www.southlakepress.com 50 NEWST AND INSIDECLASSIFIED D1 CROSSWORDS B2 REAL ESTATE C1 REMEMBER WHEN B1 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4WORD ON THE STREE T A2SOUTH LAKE PRESSV OLUME 98, NO. 49 3 SECTIOn N S 2008, HALIFAX Media Group All rights reservedwww. southlakepress.com PRSRT-STD U.S. Postage Paid Clermont, FL Permit #280 Postal Customer Clermont, FL 34711 presort standard mail Clermont, FL Permit No. 280U.S. POSTAGE PAID 50 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.email@example.comClermont police gained two dozen extra eyes on the streets this week. Twenty-four red light cameras became operational at 13 intersections along State Road 50 and U.S. Highway 27. Motorists will have a month to get used to the cameras, with warning no tices coming in the mail rather than tickets, said City Manager Darren Gray. Itll indicate its a warn ing, he said. Earlier this year, however, the city council approved installing cameras despite concerns from Councilman Keith Mullins and Mayor Hal Turville about their monthly cost of $4,750 per camera or about $1.3 million a year. Gray said the citys cam era contract with American Trafc Solutions is for three years. Ofcials are hopeful enough tickets will be issued to cover the cameras cost. Councilman Ray Goodgame considers the camera worth the money if they end up producing safer roads. Police helped pick the camera locations based on where they see drivers racing through red lights. We get a tremendous amount of pass-through trafc on 50 and 27, and the cameras will send those drivers a message that when driving through our commu nity in Clermont, they need to slow down, Gray said. With the exception of Han cock Road at S.R. 50, all the intersections will have cameras aimed north and south. The Hancock intersection will have four cameras aimed in all directions. That particular intersection is the busiest intersec tion we have in the city, Clermont activates 24 red light camerasOnly warnings will be issued the rst monthSEE CAMERAS | A2 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.firstname.lastname@example.orgKnowing that people cant easily get to an opera, Dennis Smolerak brings the opera to them. For the past four years, from 1:45 to 5 / p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month, people get comfortable in Room 108A at Cooper Memorial Library to hear Smoleraks latest offering at Opera@theLibrary. Coopers reference librarian and self-proclaimed opera fanatic never fails to impress. Before a previously recorded live performance from venues such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York is shown, Smoler aks friend, Norma Trivelli, highlights the composer and music before summarizing the operas plot and characters. The adjunct professor of for eign language and voice at the Clermont campus of Lake Sumter State College worked with Smolerak to bring the opera program to the library.CLERMONTTry it, youll like it, opera fans say ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL Dennis Smolarak, the reference librarian at Clermonts Cooper Memorial Library, shows off a collection of record albums featuring well known opera singers, that were on display at last weeks Opera@theLibrary program. SEE OPERA | A2 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.email@example.comClermont needs to buy the Celebration of Praise Church for $6.3 million and turn it into a community as set, city Manager Dar ren Gray was expected to urge council mem bers at a workshop this week. The recommendation comes after a series of in spections of the 69,000-square-foot facility, which sits on about 30 acres along U.S. Highway 27. We covered every part of that building, Gray said. Gray will discuss the inspections, nancing options and ways in which the building can be used. The council can only take ofcial action at its Dec. 10 meeting. They (council members) will have time to digest every thing by then, and will vote to purchase it or not, Gray said. He said city ofcials have until Dec. 12 to make an offer and until the end of December to close the deal. Gray began looking at the church in September, when church leaders were facing large City leader: Clermont should buy $6M church SEE CHURCH | A2 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.firstname.lastname@example.orgCity ofcials are bringing in four nal candidates for city manager at the citys ex pense for interviews with council members today and Thursday. The city received 60 applications for the position after the resignation of Sam Oppellaar in October. Since then, City Attor ney Anita Geraci-Carver, with the help of Mike Durbin, has been sifting through the 60 ap plications. Durbin is a member of the Range Riders program of former city managers who pro vide advice. Several weeks ago Geraci-Carver and Durbin had the list down to eight after meeting with the eight candidates. At a meeting earlier this month, Geraci-Carver presented the names of the four appli cants. They are: % en Mark Alan Glover from Temple Terrace, formerly with the International City/County Management Association. % en Redmond Jones II, from Davenport, Iowa, who is presently employed as a managing partner of Dellmar Consulting LLP, out of Iowa, since May 2010.GROVELANDCity officials are interviewing manager candidates this weekSEE MANAGER | A3
A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013 CLERMONT Holidays at the Historic Village return Dec. 13The Historic Village, 490 West Ave., in downtown, is opening its doors for the annual grand holiday celebration where all of the rooms in the Village will reect Holidays Around the World for this holiday season. Hours at the village are from 1 to 8 / p.m., Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, with lantern tours available after dark. Musical entertainment will be provided at various times during celebration events and refreshments will be available. For information, call 352-593-8496, or go to www.clermontvillage.org.CLERMONT Cagan Crossings plans to hold winter celebrationCagan Crossings Farmers Market will host the 5th Annual Winter Celebration from 4 to 8 / p.m. on Dec. 13, featuring vendors offering produce, food, arts and crafts. Cagan restaurants and merchants will also be open. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 5 / p.m. on an an tique re engine and will be available to 8 / p.m. for photos with your own camera or by our professional photographer in Simkas Sweets. The South Lake Art League will also have artists ready to assist the children to Paint an Ornament for $2, and live entertainment will include the Sawgrass Bay chorus, Four Corners cheerleaders, Dance Company, Faith Works Drama Company and Tru Legacy. The Market is at Cagan Town Center, Cagan Crossings Blvd., in Clermont. Go to Facebook at www.facebook. com/caganfarmersmarket for infor mation, or call Jackie at 352-242-2444, ext. 206.CLERMONT Landscaping program set to return on Dec. 7Two years ago, Marc Godts of Green Isle Gardens in Groveland and Catherine Read, environmental consultant and past president of the FNPS Tarower Chapter presented a popular program called Landscaping dry shady areas with native plants. Godts and Read are back with help about Landscaping Dry Sunny Areas with Native Plants and how to use the plants to help conserve valuable water resources. This program, presented by the Lake Beautyberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, is free and open to the public at 10 / a.m., Dec. 7, at the Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont. The program will help guests think through some alternatives for spring planting. For information, send an email to FieldTrip@embarqmail.com, or call 407-448-6195.CLERMONT Hazardous waste, prescription take-back event scheduledThe city is hosting hazardous waste and prescription take-back event for residents to clean out their medicine cabinets of all unwanted or expired ingestible medicines and vitamins from 9 / a.m. to noon, at West Park, 650 125h St.. Residents can also use the drivethrough feature to dispose of household hazardous waste items, including lawn and garden, photo and swimming pool chemicals, paints and others at the event. For details, call the Lake County Department of Public Works at 352343-3776 or go to www.lakecounty .gov. Area Briefs What South Lake residents are saying about ...SHOPPINGDid you shop on Black Friday?I shopped online and got and got 50 percent off all clearance shirts and jeans at Forever 21. HANNAH YAHYA MINNEOLA I worked on Black Fri day so I didnt get to shop at all. JULIA YAHYA MINNEOLA I shopped on Friday but it really wasnt Black Friday anymore because everything started on Thursday. Still, I got a blu-ray/DVD player at a good price which is what I was looking for and my wife got a camera. ALEXANDER ESTRADA CLERMONT No, I did not shop at all. Its too crowded for me. NELSON FONSECA SOUTH LAKE COUNTY Word on theStreet Missing your South Lake Press? Call us. To request home delivery or to report a missed paper,call 787-0600 or toll-free at 877-702-0600. More information about circulation on Page A4 Gray said. The majority of the in tersections have only 1 or 2 cam eras focusing on the trafc on 50 and 27. If caught on camera, drivers will pay a ne of $158. After program costs are factored in, if there is any additional revenue for the city, it will go to pay for road improve ments and trafc-related expens es, Gray said. As for how much additional revenue could be generated, Gray said he does not know. It is such a new program, that I have no clue what type of reve nue well get from them, he said. For the rst year, well be looking at it and will not include the reve nue on our budget until after that time. State statutes state that $100 from each ticket goes to the states General Revenue Fund, $10 goes to the states Department of Health Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund and $3 goes to a Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund. This leaves $45 left for the city before program costs are deducted. Red light violaters who get a tick et in the mail can dispute it. The city has designated an enforce ment ofcer to review each ticket. If someone feels they did not run the red light, they will be entitled to a hearing, Gray said. CAMERAS FROM PAGE A1 The preview helps listeners understand and appreciate what they will be seeing on the projector screen. The people here at the library applaud when the performance crowd at the live venue applauds, which makes them feel like they are there, too, Smolerak said. Norm Schuster and his wife, who live in The Villages, were talked into seeing their rst opera program at the library two years ago by friend Lou Sasmore and his wife. Theyve been coming back ever since. The Sasmores dragged us here the rst time but, now, they no longer have to do that because we absolutely love coming, Schuster said. They have the intro and the explanation about each opera before they show it, and its spectacular. For a person like myself, who really was not exposed to opera, it really puts it into perspective. It helps that Smolerak does his homework before each offering. As for which productions we show, I always look for the best ones, he said. I look for production value, I look for performance quality and I look for a recording that features performers who are best suited to the composer or to the music. The right people for the right part are what make a good perfor mance, because not every singer can sing every role the right way. I make sure the performers are the best representatives of the composers intentions. This passion dates back to his youth in Buffalo, N.Y., where Smoleraks mother would take him to operas at places like Sheas Per forming Arts Center and Kleinhans Music Hall. In fact, the very rst opera he saw live Mozarts The Marriage of Figaro has stayed with him throughout his life. I memorized the libretto and I can sing every aria and every recessional even today, he said. I absolutely love it. Trivelli, who once sang with the Salmaggi Opera Group in Brooklyn and in the chorus at the City Cen ter in New York City, doesnt want people to feel intimidated by opera. We want to get people more in terested in opera and show them how much fun it is, she said. And for those who like it (opera), but feel they may not quite understand the story, we want to help them ap preciate it, so I give them a little background. Ive had people actu ally come up and tell me that they didnt realize what they were miss ing. Catherine Lee, who recent ly watched her rst opera, is an example of someone who didnt know what she was missing until her friend, Selma Katz, urged her to attend. The library will be featuring a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky this month. This year, the ballet will be shown on Dec. 16 beginning at 1:45 / p.m. Trivelli is ne tuning a childrens program she hopes to implement next February. I think there are children who would be very interested, or par ents of children interested in hav ing them listen to something oth er than the popular music of today, but what I want to stress through this new program is that opera is not something beyond anyones ability to understand and love, she said. Smolarek said he is looking for ward to helping Trivelli take Opera@theLibrary to the next level. I have people tell me they dont like opera, Smolarek said, and I always ask, Have you been to an opera? Have you ever listened to an opera? Usually people who are ready to experiment, and are open to listening to one, enjoy it more than they think they would have and keep coming back. OPERA FROM PAGE A1 mortgage payments, mounting bills and the specter of having to sell the building. The church can hold up to 1,200 people, has a huge outdoor swimming pool, a 280-seat indoor theater, a gymnasium and a commercial-grade kitchen. Gray toured the church and was im pressed. We could not build something like this for what we are paying and we have 25-30 acres for future development, based on whatever the needs of the city are, he said. The pool, gym and two stages could be used for community programs. People have discussed having the Moonlight Players and the Lake Symphony Orchestra perform there, while par ents have said a splash park could be built. Some city ofcials have said Clermont police could build their new station on the property and sell land on Hooks Street where it is supposed to be constructed. Church services, led by Pastor Chris Dut ruch, would continue to be held at the church on Wednesdays and Sundays through at least April based on prior agreement. Gray said it would probably take up to about a year for the church to nd a new place. If the vote on Dec. 10 is Yes, then I will begin working on plans so that it (the church) is opened up by spring break, Gray said. The pool, the gym this facility has everything we want to give back to the community. CHURCH FROM PAGE A1
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 % en Robert Kellogg from Palm City, a for mer town manager for the town of Sewalls Point from September 2006 to June 2013. % en Kenneth Charles Sauer from Riviera Beach, who served as the city manager for the city of Haines City from Sepember 2011 to September 2013. The council agreed to pay for the travel expenses of each candidate, as much as to $1,500 each. Special meetings for the interviews were set for 6:30 / p .m. on Wednesday at the Pur ye ar Building and at 6:30 / p.m. on Thursday at the Lake David Cen ter. Newly appointed interim councilman Richard Smith said each council member will have the opportunity to question the ap plicants then. The public is we lcome to attend but no questions will be taken from the audience. Councilwoman Evelyn Wilson said she is looking forward to the interviews. The salary range for the position was advertised at $67,715 to $117,915 per year, but the consensus among council members is that the range should be $85,000 to $94,000. Opellaar was earning $85,000. The latest job post ing on Grovelands web site said the city is looking for candidates with eight or more years of pr ogressively responsible professional ex perience in municipal government, along with a bachelors de gree in public admin istration, business administration or related eld. MANAGER FROM PAGE A1 MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writermillardives@dailycommercial.comIts not clear if a new law is keeping motorists hands on their steering wheels instead of their cell phones. But citations for texting while driving dont appear to be a hot ticket in Lake County. Two months after a ban on texting while driving was en acted in Florida, only three such citations have been handed to motorists in Lake County as of Wednesday, according to court records. Two were from the Lady Lake Police Department and one was from the Florida Highway Patrol. Sgt. Kim Montes, a FHP spokeswoman for Lake County, whose agency is tasked with patrolling the highways, said when the law went into effect Oct. 1, she wasnt expecting a lot of citations. I do not think we can rush to judgment on the number of tickets issued so far, as a determination of the suc cess of this law, she said. The law is a secondary of fense, like wearing seatbelts used to be, so a driver will have to be pulled over for a primary violation such as speeding before law en forcement can issue a tex ting citation. The rst such citation in Lake County was issued by the FHP on Oct. 12 to a man who was traveling on U.S. Highway 27 near Greater Groves Boulevard. According to a copy of the citation, the trooper saw the driver come to an abrupt stop at a light, well beyond the white stop bar on the pavement. The mant also waited ve seconds to proceed after the light turned green, which further aroused the troop ers suspicions. An Ocala woman was giv en a citation after a Lady Lake ofcer, driving behind her on U.S. Highway 27, said he spotted her swerving from lane to lane. The of cer said the light was on in her Oldsmobile and she ap peared to be holding up a cell phone. The ofcer stopped her on Oct. 16, gave her a warning for failure to maintain a lane and issued a citation for tex ting while driving. Lady Lake police also is sued a texting while driving citation to a woman on Nov. 9 after she was spotted using her phone while driving. Lady Lake Police Chief Chris McKinstry said his de partment has not put any extra effort into issuing the citations. But he said the ofcer who wrote the citations drives an SUV, which possi bly puts him in a better po sition to spot someone texting. He said he wished the law was stronger. Distracted driving is more dangerous than DUI. I just think more should be done to prevent it, the chief said. According to a press re lease from the Florida De partment of Transportation and the AAA, in their Put It Down campaign, send ing or receiving a text takes a drivers eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 sec onds, the equivalent of driving at 55 mph for the length of an entire football eld. Nancy Rasmussen, a spokeswoman with the Flor ida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, said her agency believes about 4,500 crashes in the state last year involved a driver who was texting or distracted by an electron ic communication device. But thats hard to prove and the numbers arent concrete, she said. Capt. Rob Hicks, a spokes man for the Leesburg Police Department, said his department would likely begin by giving violators a warn ing. We do want to edu cate them rst, said Hicks, whose agency put New Law No Texting, messages on their electronic billboards in the city in October. Hicks noted that the Flor ida law does allow a drivers phone records to be used as evidence in court if a death or injury occurred as a result of texting. Montes added that some troopers try to educate motorists on the newlaw. You have a certain seg ment of the population that will automatically comply, because it is now law, said Montes. I think as time goes by, you will see a higher compliance rate with drivers as we saw with the seatbelt law, which started out as a secondary law.TAVARESFew tickets are being given to drivers who text THERESA CAMPBELL Staff Writertheresacampbell@dailycommercial.comWhile many cities across the nation are dealing with a shortage of Salvation Army bell ringers, thats not the case in Lake and Sum ter counties, where 60 different groups of clubs, businesses, indi viduals are volunteer ing their time to ring bells to help the less fortunate. Vettes R Us of Lake County, a group of 20plus couples who own Corvettes, is one group where club members plan to take turns manning the red kettle outside of Publix at Lake Harris. Its really a delight; it makes you feel good, said Pat Cople, who was joined last week by her husband, Ron, of 51 years, as the two volunteered for the Salvation Army on behalf of Vettes R Us. They were touched by the sight of shop pers who dug into their pockets and wallets for coins and dollar bills to place in the red kettle, which in turn, will help those who enter the Salvation Armys doors for hot meals, utility assistance, and gifts for children at Christmas. I have never seen so many wonderful, gen erous, wonderful peo ple; its really an awe some experience, Pat said. The most inter esting comment was a man who said, I was going to buy a lot tery ticket, but I decid ed this was a better in vestment. I thought that was really neat. Susy Pita of Roy al Highlands quickly reached into her purse to put money into the kettle. She told the Co ples that the Salvation Army has a special place in her heart. I always give to them every year, Pita said. I had a brother who was in dire need of help awhile back and he would not be as suc cessful as he is today if the Salvation Army had not helped him out. The Salvation Ar mys roots goes back to 1865 when it was started in London by Wil liam Booth, a prot estant minister, who wanted to reach those who were less fortu nate, marginalized and on the street. The charitys rst kettle fundraising drive was started in 1891 by a San Francisco Sal vation Army captain, which grew into a nationwide effort in 1897; that year alone, more than 100,000 people receive Christmas meals. The kettle fund has be come the Salvation Ar mys major fundraiser. Barbara Marino, ofce manager for Salvation Army of Lake and Sumter, credits an advertisement in the Dai ly Commercial for gen erating 20 new groups of bell ringers for a total of 60 groups agreeing to participate throughout the holiday season. She said this marks the highest number of bell in the two counties. We have been very blessed, Marino said, pleased by the new groups that have come on board along with the clubs who volun teer every year without fail. The Vettes R Us have been doing it for a long time and ev ery year they are more enthusiastic, Marino said, noting the club embraces the mission of the Salvation Army. Marino listens to people each weekday who visit the Salvation Army seeking help. There are many peo ple and stories that she nds unforgettable, including a 70-year-old Leesburg area grandmother who inherited her three grandchil dren.LEESBURGSalvation Army fights poverty with bell ringers THERESA CAMPBELL / DAILY COMMERCIAL Pat Cople, left, rings the bell for the Salvation Army on behalf of her club, Vettes R Us of Lake County, outside of Publix at Lake Harris in Leesburg, while Susy Pita, right, makes a donation in the red kettle. Distracted driving is more dangerous than DUI. I just think more should be done to prevent it.Chris McKinstryLady Lake police chief
A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013Labor unio ns helped make this nation great and str ongThe nations poor are at the highest level ever. The Dow Jones hits a record high. The economy plods along as pay lags and prots soar. Finally, Eurozone unemployment reaches new record highs. These are headlines from recent stories! The best key to linking these stories is the article discussing lagging pay for workers and record prots for corporations. Henry Ford paid his workers $5 per day for building Model T Fords. That was an extremely high wage at the time, but Mr. Ford wanted his workers to be able to buy the automobiles they were manufacturing. It was good for business! Many companies today are paying their workers the absolute minimum possible. McDonalds and Burger King employees reportedly collect $8 billion per year in food stamps and other benets provided for the poor because of their low wages. These workers can barely buy a burger from their employer, much less an automobile! Why are wages so low? One reason is the decline of labor unions. Many corporations have done their utmost to wipe out labor unions. Thanks to unions, however, workers bar gained collectively and won living wages. They also got 40hour weeks, paid vacations, sick leave, health care insurance and other benets that became standard for most employees. Today many workers dont get those benets. Since 1970 the portion of the economy going to wages and salaries has fallen from 52 percent to 42 per cent, while the corporate prots share has nearly doubled. This is reected in the record-high level of the Dow-Jones Average. Meanwhile, our Republican Congress is cutting help to the poor. Theyve proposed cutting $40 Billion from food stamps which have helped lift about 5 million people above the poverty line. Of course the number one goal of the Republicans is ending the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which gives workers some stability in their budgets and protection from bankruptcy if they get sick. The tea party wing of the party shut down the US Government at a cost of $24 Billion to the US Economy in an attempt to end Obamacare. The right wing Republicans are xated with the national debt, in spite of the fact that respected economists say the debt is not at a dangerous level. They seek to impose austerity on the U.S. economy to deal with it. Theyve cut funding that has resulted in the loss of jobs for teachers, reghters, and other local government workers. The fact is that austerity doesnt work. Theyve been practicing it in Europe for years, and the Eurozone unemploy ment has recently reached a new record high of 12.2 percent. The primary reason that poverty remains so high is that the benets of a growing economy are no longer being shared by all workers as they were in the quarter-century following the end of World War II, said Sheldon Danziger, a University of Michigan economist. Given current economic conditions, poverty will not be substantially reduced unless government does more to help the working poor. Its high time for our elected ofcials to consider their responsibility to all the American people, and not just to the ones making campaign contributions.Bill Lorson lives in LeesburgWhat can we look forward to?The media had names for last Thursday and Fri day. Most of us are familiar with Black Friday. Thats supposedly the biggest shopping day of the year and has been the commercial pivot point for merchants who attempt to set the seasons pace. This year weve begun to hear the term Brown Thursday. Traditionally, that day is set aside on our calendars to designate a time for giving thanks. Thanksgiving Day is three days past, and in a sense the day ushered us into a new season as the year rapidly moves to its close. We can count the days now: 30 days remain until we can retire old 2013 for good. But these last days of this strenuous year lled with so many sometimes frightening uncertainties with its sharp political turns and long parade of onerous news will contain something signicant, something meaningful, that we would do well to remember. On the surface, we recognize this time as the holiday season, marked at its beginning by Thanksgiving, culminating for many of us on Christmas Day and concluding, with mixed emotions, on New Years Day. Strangely, for us adults, the time seems to y by. For children, who mostly celebrate the season with such a brilliant sense of wonder, the season moves by agonizingly slow, inch by inch, with the end that glorious Christmas morning so very, very far away. We celebrate our childrens grasp and embrace of the holidays. And we wonder if perhaps they have had it right all along and weve somehow disconnected ourselves from the days deeper signicance. Have we really lost touch with the splendor of our humanity? Its a good question to ask ourselves. And its easy to get caught in the whirlwind rush of commercial deals and discounts. But we return ourselves to our greater purpose when we focus our attention on the deeper things of life. We must settle ourselves to recognize the most important question that resides behind the commercial fury of this American holiday season. We have the opportunity to celebrate because, to put it too simply, we have a faith to believe in, a family to connect with and friends to share our sentiments with. Brown Thursday and Black Friday are behind us. Lets look forward to the hope and fortune these holidays are sure to bring. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARDROD DIXON . ....................... PUBLISHERTOM MCNIFF . .............. EXECUTIVE EDITORBILL KOCH . ... 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Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34712-0868 352-394-2183 Fax: 352-394-8001The South Lake Press is published weekly by Halifax Media Group at 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, Florida 34711. Standard mail postage (Permit #280) is paid at the United States Post Ofce, Clermont, FL 34711. The South Lake Press is mailed to subscribers and is also distributed at newsstand locations throughout the region.All material contained in this edition is property of Halifax Media Group, and is protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher. YOUROPINIONSLETTERS TO THE EDITOR Guantnamo prisones may see glimmer of senseThe Senate voted last week to give President Obama new leeway to move toward closing the prison in Guantnamo Bay, Cuba. There are now 164 prisoners at Guantnamo, including 84 who, in 2010, were cleared for transfer to their home country or another willing country. Guantnamo has stained Americas commitment to human rights and continues to serve as a potent recruiting tool for Americas enemies. The vote left standing provisions in the scal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act that would ease current transfer rules by replacing the onerous certication process and ending the ban on transfers to the United States either for medical treatment or for detention and trial in federal courts instead of the failed military commission system. Even if the Senate approves the defense measure when Congress returns this month, it will be a struggle to preserve the Guantnamo provisions in negotiations on a nal bill with the Republican-led House. For now, it is important to applaud the Senates good sense.New York TimesWhy does the Iran agreement merit skepticism?Americans have grown ac customed to regarding Iran as an intransigent foe, one that seemed intent on developing nuclear weapons, a quest that infuriated the nearby Israelis and Saudi Arabians and deed Western nations demanding it cease its dangerous ambitions. Well, last week the Iranians nally told the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China that it would suspend its nuclear ambitions in exchange for a temporary relaxation of the economic sanctions that have crippled its economy. But this hardly means the Iranians are our friends, and congressional leaders have good cause to be skeptical of the agreement, which by no means eliminates Irans ability to become a nuclear power. As The Wall Street Journal re ports, the deal calls for Tehran to limit nuclear efforts in exchange for loosening of Western sanctions worth more than $6 billion to Iran, though many sanctions will remain in place until a broader agreement is reached. Although Iranian leaders consistently denied they were seeking to develop nuclear weaponry, their agreement to stop doing so would appear to be a tacit concession that the United States and its allies were right all along. Two of Americas strongest allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia, were dismayed by the agreement. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the agreement as an historic mistake. Because Israel especially enjoys so much support from both parties on Capitol Hill, President Obama can expect to be sharply criticized for his role in reaching this agreement with Iran. The interim agreement looks to have gaping holes, allowing Iran to continue low-level uranium enrichment that Israeli authorities believe could be used to mask secret efforts to develop weapons-grade fuel. Americans have no reason to believe Iran, which until recently has demonstrated only contempt for the Great Satan, will be more diligent about its promises.Tampa TribuneOTHERVOICES
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 rfntfbtnf r rfffnfntt bfftt ffbtfttffntbnfnbrfrtt n rfntbn r ffnt bf ffrf tb rfrrnt b bf b f f rfnftnbrbnrfn rfrntfbb rrfrntfbbrrfnt rf rfnfntbnf rfntb ntrfntfbt rfntrb bntnfnffntnfn nftftffft fnnnfbnftf rfntbbrfntb rrfrrf LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.firstname.lastname@example.orgContinuing to focus on transportation issues and the implementation of the Engage LCS, an initiative which will align resources to maximize student success, Debbie Stivender, the new chairwoman of the Lake County School Board, said she is hopeful for many new improvements in 2014. Every student should be accounted for that rides a bus or is in the schools, she said. We need to make sure we are doing the FTEs (full-time equivalent students) correctly and getting the funding from the state. Recently, Stivender re ceived unanimous support to become chairwoman, with Tod Howard serving as vice chairman. This past year, Kyleen Fischer served as chairwom an of the board. In particular, Stivender said EngageLCS is an import ant program for the district. The grant from the Gates Foundation is helping us build a three-year strategic and nancial plan for the county, she said. As a result, she said, we will be ef cient and effec tive and will see more student improvement. A lifelong resident of Tavares, Stivender was elected to the school board in 2008. She also is a former Lake County commission er and a former Tavares City Council member. Stivender has more than 30 years of experience in gov ernment. She was formerly the inter im director of growth man agement, economic development director and airport manager for the city of Leesburg; and was employed by Lake County for 12 years in its Department of Growth ManagementLake County School Board chooses new chairwoman STIVENDER
A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013 CLERMONT BLESSEDSACRAMENTCATHOLICCHURCH English: 4 pm and Spanish: 7 pm 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon (Contemporary Mass) 5 pm (Contemporary Mass) 3:00 pm 3:45 pm (Eng.) 6:15 pm 6:45 pm (Sp.) Corner of Hwy 50 & 12th St. (Rt 561) CROSSROADSAMILYELLOWSHIPChristian Non-Denominational Where our priority is God, Families & Community 15701 S.R. 50, #106 Clermont, FL 34711 At Greater Hills and Hwy 50 Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Children classes both services Men and womens monthly meetings Open prayer Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Pastors Jim and Linda Watson Assoc. Pastors Lee and Vanessa Dobson www.crossroadsfamilyfellowship.org email@example.com Phone: (352)242-1144 God is good...all the time! IRSTUNITEDMETHODISTCHURCHEncountering Christ, Growing in Christ, Sharing Christ, wherever we are... 950 Seventh Street 352-394-2412 Pastor: Rev. Doug Kokx www.fumc-clermont.org Sunday Worship (Traditional) 8 & 11:00 am Sunday Worship (Contemporary) 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 am & 11:00 am Bible Studies & Childrens Activities: Sun. Night Children/Youth/Middle School 5-6:30 pm Sun. Night High School Activities 7-8:30 pm Wed. Night Dinner & Fellowship $6pp, 5-6:30 pm Weekday School: Preschool GRACECOMMUNITYCHURCHCLERMONTL Many Other Activities each week Jon Bekemeyer, Senior Pastor 407-877-4048 www.communitychurchclermont.org LIBERTYBAPTISTCHURCH Bible Fellowship Groups 9:30 am Worship Service 10:40 am Family Prayer Service 6:00 pm Bible Study 7:00 pm Groups for adults, teens, and children Chris Johnson, Senior Pastor For directions and more information, visit: 11043 True Life Way Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.0708 NEWACOBSCHAPELMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCH Pastor: Rev. Rex Anderson Assistant Pastor: Rev. Darryl Church Youth Pastor: Rev. Tone Lundy Church Clerk: Mrs. Lucressie D. Mcgriff Church Motto: Equipping Changed People for A Changing World! Schedule of Worship Services Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m. Youth/Adult Bible Study Thursdays 6:45 p.m. e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org (Pastor Anderson) email@example.com (Church Clerk) Contact: Lucressie Mcgriff 352-348-7955 REALLCHRISTIANCHURCHHelping Real People Find Real Faith Saturday 6:00pm Sunday 9:30am, 11:15am & 6:00pm Vida Real (en espaol), Domingos a las 6:00pm Family Night is every Wednesday! Lil Life Groups (Nursery 5th grade) 6:30-7:30pm The Way (Middle School) 6:30-7:30pm Catalyst (High School) 7:30-8:30pm Real Parenting 6:30-7:30pm SOUTHLAKEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH 131 Chestnut St., Clermont 352-394-2753 East Ave 1 block south of SR 50 Worship Times: Sunday 9 AM (Contemporary); 11 AM (Traditional) Church school for all ages 10:00 AM Childcare provided Youth Group Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM www.southlakepresbyterian.org ST. MATTHIASEPISCOPALCHURCH574 West Montrose Street Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.3855 www.stmatthiasfl.com 8:00 am 10:00 am Beginning Oct. 6, 2013 5:00 pm Service Sunday School Youth Group Nursery Adult Bible Study Womens Bible Study Mens Prayer Breakfast WOOTSONTEMPLECHURCH GODINCHRISTElder T.L. Wootson 836 Scott St. Clermont, FL 34711 394-1396 or 394-3004 Sunday 11:00 am & 7:30 pm Thursday 7:30 pm FERNDALE ERNDALEBAPTISTCHURCHat CR455 & CR561A 407-469-3888 Pastor: Gordon (Bird) Sanders Sunday School: 9:15 am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 am Evening Worship & Discipleship Study: 6:00 pm TeamKid: Sunday 6:30 pm Wednesday: 7:00 pm Prayer Service, Youth Activities, Mission Kids for Children Groveland ABUNDANTBLESSINGSMESSIANICCONGREGATION756 W. Broad St. Groveland, FL 34736 Marion Baysinger Memorial Library Tuesday at 6:30 pm Jew & Gentile One in Messiah 352-544-5700 IRSTBAPTISTCHURCH GROVELAND Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Services 10:50 am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:30 pm MT. OLIVEMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCHSunday Worship Service 11:00 AM Sunday School 9:30 AM Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Youth Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Come As You Are. All Are Welcome! MINNEOLA CONGREGATIONSMINNEOLAA Progressive Jewish Congregation Shabbat services are conducted every Friday at 7:30 pm Services are held at the synagogue located at: 303A North US Highway 27, Minneola Religious School, Mens Club & Womens Club TLIVINGGOD Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship & Childrens Church 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wed Worship & Youth Service 7:00 pm Rev. Loyce Rowland MONTVERDE WOODLANDSLUTHERAN15333 CR 455, Montverde, FL 34756 407-469-2525 www.woodlandschurch.com Pastor Rev. Dr. Brian Kneser Sunday Service 8:30 am & 11 am Sunday School 9:45 am OAKLAND PRESBYTERIANCHURCH218 E. Oakland Ave. (1/2 mile N. Hwy 50 at Tubb St./ West Orange Lumber) 8:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:45 am Sunday School For All Ages 11:00 am Traditional Worship Nursery Provided All Services 407-656-4452 Dr. Robert P. Hines, Jr. www.oaklandpres.org Gathering PlacesSpiritual WorshipforSouth Lake South LakeGathering PlacesSpiritual Worshipfor BECKERFUNERALHOMErfn tbt352-394-7121806 W. Minneola Ave.,Clermont,FL Cremation ChoicesDirect Cremation$675Plus Container Ron Becker,Director352-394-8228921 S.US Hwy 27,Minneola,FL N EW R EFORMED P LANT C HURCH We meet our God on Sunday at Superior Residence at 10:30 AM. 1600 Hunt Trace Blvd. (Behind Home Depot)Pastor Harm Biehl 407-325-8663 PROVIDED PHOTO The Color Run event held last month in Clermont had more than 300 runners and walkers not including the fans and families who came to support the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. The winner was best overall, Tanner Smith, who cross the line in 17:54. Top male nishers were John Flynn; second Dmitri Mancini, third Alejandro Hernandez; top females were Cadi Rowe, second Jessica Lykins and third Kalia Cortez. Top youth were Rayana Taylor and Ian Cortez. Top participating schools were rst, Minneola Elementary; second, Pine Ridge Elementary, and third, Lake Minneola High School. Other participating schools were Cypress Ridge Elementary and East Ridge High School. CLERMONT | RUNNING FOR CANCER PROVIDED PHOTO As a follow-up to a fundraising project, the K-Kids at Montverde Academy raised $700 in donations for the nonprot Children of the Nations that assists children and orphans with clothing, food and other items. The students assembled and packaged more than 2,800 meals to go to the humanitarian organization for worldwide distribution. Before the packaging session began the children were shown a video, Feed a Child, Change a Life, and Children of the Nations representatives demonstrated to students how to carry a baby on your back and collect wood for shelter in disadvantaged re gions of the world.MONTVERDE ACADEMY | FEEDING THE HUNGRY
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The next time it will oc cur will not be in our lifetime, our childrens lifetimes or our grandchildrens lifetimes and beyond, said Sheldon Skurow, spiritual leader for Temple Shalom in a recent interfaith ceremony in The Villages. The reason is because the Jewish calendar is very slowly getting out of sync with the solar cal endar at a rate of four days per 1,000 years. The next time Hanukkah will overlap with Thanksgiving will be in the year 2146, Skurow said. Jews locally reected on the convergence of the two holidays known as Thanksgivukkah. Unlike the holidays of Purim and Passover, which are about physical persecution and potential destruction, Hanukkah is about religious and spiritual persecution, said Marlene Honigstein, ritual chairperson of Temple Shalom, a congregation with more than 600 members in Oxford. The victory is one of religious freedom. Similarly, Honigstein said Thanksgiving originated with the Pilgrims, who came to the country, also for religious freedom. Hanukkah is celebrated with family and friends with distinct rituals, Honigstein said. Every Hanukkah we eat food fried in oil such as potato latkes and we play the game of the Dreidel, she said. Historically, Jews were for bidden to study the Torah, Honigstein said. They used the game of Dreidel as a decoy for study ing, she said. The four He brew letters on the Dreidel stands for the words: A great miracle happened here. The story of Hanukkah refers to 167BCE when the Jews of Judea (known as the Macca bees) rose up in revolt against the oppression of King Antio chus IV Epiphanes of the Se leucid Empire, according to information from MyJewishLearning.com. In particular, the Meno rah held special meaning as a component of daily service in the Holy Temple, according to Chabad. When the Maccabees liberat ed the temple, they only had a sufcient amount of oil to light the menorah for one day, but in a testament to the holidays theme of a festival of miracles, the menorah stayed lit for eight days. For eight days, Jews light the Menorah and exchange pres ents each night. When you think of Ha nukkah it comes at the darkest time of the year and every night we increase the amount of light, Honigstein said. Religious persecution is still happening today, Honigstein noted. In Syria, they are killing Christians, she said. Helene Ziegler said she enjoys the holiday and loves the opportunity to give her grandchild, now in her 20s, eight separate gifts. Reecting on the holidays convergence, Ziegler, who resides in The Villages, said the two holidays are similar. Hanukkah relates to Thanksgiving and being grateful, she said. They are both holidays where we give thanks to God.A rare convergence: Hanukkah and ThanksgivingHanukkah begins the night before Thanksgiving for the rst time in years PHOTO COURTESY OF ED ZIEGLER Geri Rittberg, right, a member of Temple Shalom, prepares to light the Menorah at a Hanukkah lighting ceremony in The Villages. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.email@example.comMoms who deliver at South Lake Hospitals Womens Centre in December may get the feeling that Santa ar rived early when they wake up to their bundles of joy tucked in side Christmas stockings t for a baby. The usual hats placed on babys heads to keep them warm may also look a little more fes tive thanks to knitting skills of the ladies of the First United Meth odists Church of Cler mont Women. Some of the ladies in our group did this about ve years ago and this year we decid ed to do it again, said Mary Lou Abel, 82, who was charged with getting the hats and stock ings delivered to the nurses at the Womens Centre. Abel said that the approximately 92 members of the womens circle, including Edith Bruns, 90, the senior member in the group, had a part in making more than 60 red and white classic stockings and little white hats topped with bright red pom-poms. All were crafted from scratch and either sewn together or knitted by hand using material donated to the circle by members of the congregation. In addition, each stocking is adorned with a ribbon and gift tag that holds a special poem that is close to the hearts of the wom en in the group since it was written by Ruth Groves, also a mem ber of the womens cir cle. Groves, who passed away on Oct. 1, was said to love writing poetry. She was in the hospital dying,yet she handed me her house key and asked me to go to her computer and nd a white book sitting near it that con tained the poem shed written for the stock ings, Abel said. It was one of the last things she wrote. Recently, Abel, along with Mimi Sanderlin, 62, Sharon Kowalski ,67 and Sherrill McAlister, 60, delivered the stock ings and hats to the Womens Centre. Lisa Bishop, the manager of obstetrical services at South Lake Hospital, called the gesture wonderful and said the new moms will just eat it up. The mothers fam ilies will love the hats and stockings. Every thing is made by hand and with love, and each of our babies go out with a special gift, Bishop said. Its so nice that the community supports the Womens Centre. Womens Group knits for newborns
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MARK FISHERSpecial to the Daily CommercialThe South Sumter Raiders (12-1) suffered their rst and only loss of the season Friday night at Raider Field, fall ing 27-21 to the St. Petersburg Lakewood Spartans (10-3) in the 2013 FHSAA Class 5A Football Regional Finals. The Raiders had stormed back after trailing 14-0 to take a 21-14 lead late in the 3rd quarter when South Sumter faked a punt on 4th-and -5 from their own 30 yard line. Brandon Anderson took the direct snap and snuck around the right end and broke free for 70 yards and the go ahead score with 4:14 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Wes Moirs point after gave the Raiders a brief lead. But the Spartans answered quickly when Lakewood signal caller Ryan Davis hit one of his receivers with a short pass and he broke a tackle and out-sprinted the secondary for the touchdown. And with Bryant Benjamins point after the Spartans had tied the score 21-21 in less than a minute. The Spartan defense victimized the Raiders repeatedly in the second half after the tying score, intercepting Levi Sapp on 3 of the next 4 Raid er possessions as he was under a heavy pass rush and forced into poor situations. But it was after forcing a punt that the Spartans returned to the Raider 23 yard line and set up the deciding score. Ryan Davis carried Lakewood into the next round of the play offs rushing for 15 yards on 5 carries including a critical 4th down conversion at the Raider 2 yard line and then punching the ball in on the next play for the 27-21 lead when the point after was unsuccessful. South Sumter made a nal drive with 8:37 remaining in the game, twice cnoverting on 4th down to extend the drive but a third attempt resulted in another Sapp interception. B SECTIONSOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013SPORTS www.southlakepress.com YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTSSPORTS EDITOR . ............... FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE . ......................... 365-82683 FAX ........................................ 394-8001 E-MAIL . ...... firstname.lastname@example.orgLEISURE PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Lakewood senior Darquez Watson (6) is tackled by South Sumter senior Joey Mohler (25) on Friday at South Sumter High School in Bushnell. Lakewood won, 27-21.Raiders fall 27-21 ABOVE: South Sumter Senior Chase Kelly scores a touchdown. RIGHT: South Sumter sophomore JT Taylor (46) runs the ball towards Lakewood senior Brujoun Bonner at South Sumter High School. South Sumter loses its 1st game of year in title tilt LHS lifters stub toes at Lady Jacket meet FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.email@example.comLeesburg High School lost the rst invitational meet in school history when it nished fourth recently at the Leesburg Lady Lifter Invitational. The Yellow Jackets totaled 27 points, well off the pace set by meet champions Inverness Citrus, who had 65 points. New Port Richey Riv er Ridge was second with 59 points, followed by Lecanto with 32 points. The rest of the eld included Bel leview in fth place with 23 points and Tavares was sixth with 12 points. Leesburg coach Josh Boyer was liv id after the meet. This has left a bitter taste in my mouth and Im condent that it has with most of the girls in our pro gram. There are denitely things, needs, and issues that need a thor ough addressing. I will make certain we do just that. Right now, we arent what every one has come to know when they think Leesburg girls weightlifting. Boyer conceded the meet was lled with strong teams. He said Inverness Citrus was deep and strong as was New Port Richey River Ridge. There were some excellent lifters in attendance and it is a testimony to their dedication to the sport and to their coaches, Boyer said. The Yellow Jackets did not win a single category and had only three lifters record a podium nish. Mor gan Rhone was third at 119 pounds, Leann Holappa was second at 169 pounds and Deja Taylor nished third at 183 pounds. Tavares Brianna Berry won at 11 pounds and teammate Casey Ke ough was second. Despite the stiff competition, Boy er said he will not allow his team to use that as an excuse for what he considers to be subpar perfor mance. Boyer said the Yellow Jackets have established a tradition in only six years and he will remind his cur rent team of that legacy. I want my lifters to know the his tory of our program, Boyer said. I want them to know who came be fore them, why they were special, SEE JACKETS | B3
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C4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Join Us at Our Open House To meet the growing demand for additional affordable, clean natural gas supplies while increasing the reliability of the regions energy delivery system, Sabal Trail Transmission is planning to build a new interstate natural gas pipeline. The project, called the Sabal Trail Project will deliver approximately 1 billion cubic feet per day of clean burning natural gas beginning in May of 2017. The Project will include: Alabama and ends at an interconnection with Florida Southeast gas pipeline extending from a proposed compressor station in questions on the proposed facilities, land acquisition, environmental and permitting processes, construction and operation, and other aspects of the also be available.The public is invited and we encourage all interested persons to attend. For more information, contact Sabal Trail toll free at (888) 596-7732 or visit our website at www.sabaltrail.com.Learn more about Sabal Trail Transmissions Sabal Trail ProjectDate:December 12th, 2013 (5:00 7:30pm) Location:South Lake High School Cafeteria 15600 Silver Eagle Road Groveland, FL 34736
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C6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013 A/C Services Auto Service Blinds Svcs. Bathtub Refinishing Marine Services Cabinetry Services Carpet Cleaning Services Cleaning Services Contractor Services Door & Lock Services Concrete Services Appliance Repair Garage Door Services Handyman Services Handyman Services Adult Care Services Hauling Services Home Improvement Home Restoration Svcs. Insurance Services Irrigation Services Land Clearing Services Land Clearing Services Landscaping Services Lawn Services Moving Services Airport Transportation Enclosure Screening Bathroom Remodeling Airport Shuttle Service
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C7 Schools/ Instruction Professional Services Plants & Florist Service Pest Control Services Pet Grooming Services Moving Services Painting Services Pool Services Pressure Cleaning Plumbing Services Roofing Services Tile Service Storage Service Shower Doors Service Tree Service Window Services All About Appliances repairs and installs all brands of major appliances. We are a small husband/wife company. Eric has over 15 years experience repairing appliances and Lavinia (Vinnie) has over 20 years in business management experience. Together, we strive to offer you prompt, professional, courteous and personal services far beyond your expectations, both by phone and in your home. We respect you and your time and make every effort to be in and out of your home as quickly as possible yet provide a thorough diagnosis and timely repair. We genuinely appreciate all your business. Emerson Street Automotive has been family owned and operated for nearly 30 years. Lori and Michael Farfaglia purchased the business from Loris family in 2010. Loris father, Terrill Davis stayed as the onsite manager. Emerson Street is located at 1406 Emerson Street, right next to the Post Office in Leesburg, Florida. We are opened Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30 and Saturday 7:30-3:00. Phone: 352-326-2400. We do all kinds of automotive repair including light body work. We have state of the art diagnostic equipment that takes the guess out of repairing your car. We service all makes and models including SUVs, ATVs, and RVs. Now is the time to organize your life with Specialized Storage Solutions. With 17 years of experience ranging from luxury homes across the state to your neighbor down the street, attention to detail and high quality finished product are the memories I wish to leave with my customers. Our in home consultation will pinpoint your specific needs, and tailor a storage solution that you have always dreamed of. To have your Professional Service listed here, please contact Michelle in the Classified Department at (352) 365-8233 or by email email@example.com
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E2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013/DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 6, 2013 PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS REAL ESTATE NEWSLake Mechanical hires new VPEUSTIS Lake Mechanical Contractors Inc., one of Floridas leading plumbing, process piping and HVAC contractors has named Gary McKinley as vice president, after 40 years of service to the Lake County company. Gary is an integral part of our company and has shown his commitment to taking our company to the next level, said John Smith, CEO/chairman of Lake Mechanical Contractors Inc. Were committed to high-quality projects with a personal touch and Gary exemplies the promise we make to our customers through his technical skills and leadership. After joining Lake Mechanical McKinley completed a fouryear apprenticeship program through Associated Builders and Contractors. For many years in the eld he supervised crews, as a leadman, foreman and ultimately as a project manager. His eld experience includes work on a variety of heavy commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects and that experience served him well in prepar ing accurate estimates. McKinley has managed the estimating and pre-construction department for 23 years. He is a state-certied mechanical contractor and he also studied economics at the University of Kentucky. For information, go to www. LakeMechanical.net.NAI negotiates $2.9M in salesORLANDO NAI Realvest recently negotiated the sales of two buildings totaling 95,000 square feet of industrial space in Apopka and Lake Mary for more than $2.9 million. Michael Heidrich, principal in the rm who negotiated both transactions, represented the seller John H. Talton Enterprises, Inc. of Vidalia, Ga. in the sale of 600 Technology Park Dr., in Lake Mary. The buyer, Advanced Dental Materials, LLC who was represented by Michael Fronk of Fronk & Co., paid $1,951,475 for the 60,000 square foot building for the expansion and relocation of its operations from Altamonte Springs. Heidrich also negotiated the sale of a 35,000 square foot industrial facility at 2104 and 2052 Platinum Road in Apopka to Rhyne Investment, LLC for $950,000 representing the seller, DMJ Investment Trust of Marion County. Tonya Giddens of Michael OShaugnessy, Inc., represented the buyer. Go to www. NAIRealvest.com for information.NAI negotiates sale of storeORLANDO NAI Realvest recently negotiated the sale of a shopping center at 417 N. Grove St. in Eustis for $365,000. Matt Cichocki and Kevin OConnor, principals at NAI Realvest assisted by associate Mitch Heidrich negotiated the REO sale representing Ocwen Commercial Loan Servicing. The 36,310 square foot center on a 2.31 acre site was pur chased by Mount Dora-based Rose 24, LLC. Call Matt Cichocki, Kevin OConnor or Mitch Heidrich, at 407875-9989, or email to mcichocki@realvest. com; email@example.com; or mitchheidrich@realvest. com, or go to www. NAIRealvest.com. Royal Oak starts trail constructionORLANDO Royal Oak Homes, based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, recent ly started construction of single-family homes priced from the $170s in Phase 2 at Hammock Trails located on Ham Brown Road off U.S. Highway 17-92 in Kissimmee. Matt Orosz, co-president of Royal Oak Homes, said there are 130 home sites in the new phase for three, four and ve-bedroom single family homes. New Royal Oak homes at Hammock Trails range in size from 1,800 square feet of living space to 3,300 square feet and are priced from the $170s to $230,000. Orosz said two model homes are underway in the new phase The Monica that offers 1,927 square feet of living area and the Valencia with 2,768 square feet. Both models should be complete and ready for touring by May, said Orosz. Go to www. RoyalOakHomesFL. com for information.Winston James expands leaseWINTER PARK New Horizons, a company that installs outdoor living areas and screened-in patios, recently expanded its space at Aloma Business Center by 937 square feet. Winston Schwartz, president of Winston James Development, which owns Aloma Business Center located on Aloma Ave. near the Greeneway (S.R. 417), said New Horizons now leases 2,000 square feet of space at Aloma Business Center. Call Winston-James Development, Inc., at 386-760-2555 for information.NAI negotiates lease of bankSANFORD NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new lease agreement for the 4,700 square foot retail building and parking lot that was former ly a PNC Bank branch at 3850 Orlando Dr. in Sanford. Mitch Heidrich associate at NAI Realvest, Kevin OConnor and Matt Cichocki, principals at the rm, negotiated the transaction representing the landlord HERDOR, LLC of New York, N.Y. The local tenant, Off Lease Financial, Inc., will operate its upscale auto sales business at the site located on the corner of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Lake Mary Blvd. For information, call 407-875-9989, or go to www.NAIRealvest.com. DENEEN L. BROWNThe Washington PostSUITLAND, Md. Prince Georges County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has pro nounced Suitland the next big thing in regional reinvestment, comparing the community to such resur gent District of Colum bia neighborhoods as U Street, H Street and the 14th Street corridor. When I go around talking to people, I say, You want an inside tip? I dont gamble ... but an inside tip is, this area, right here in the Suitland commu nity, is going to be re developed, Baker said during a Buy Suitland program Nov. 23 at the Suitland community center. And that is not an applause line. Im totally serious. Suitland is one of six areas designated for special attention under the countys Transform ing Neighborhoods Initiative, a plan to reduce crime, improve student test scores and generally raise the quali ty of life. Other areas are Langley Park, Kent land-Palmer Park, Hill crest Heights-Marlow Heights, Glassmanor and East River dale-Bladensburg. Teams of county ofcials have been assigned to spur their transformation. For years, some home buyers shied away from Suitland and other inside-the-Beltway communities in Prince Georges ar eas plagued by fore closures, abandoned homes and high crime rates. Ofcials say Suit land is already showing signs of revival. Roads and sidewalks have been improved, they said, and crime is down 12.6 percent from last year. Proposed development over the next three years includes 325 housing units and 12,000 square feet of retail space. The county has budgeted $250,000 for a Buy Suitland campaign, intended to help home buyers with down payments and closing costs. The county Redevelopment Authority helped buy and renovate 12 abandoned houses. The county also de molished 26 apartment buildings on Nova Avenue that had become a community nuisance. Baker asked the au dience to set aside negative assumptions about Suitland, which he compared to the attitudes that many investors had 30 years ago toward now-trendy Washington neighbor hoods. Baker said his rst real paying job was at a community development corporation working in those district neighborhoods. We had the assign ment of redoing U Street in the District of Columbia, 14th Street, Georgia Avenue, the Shaw neighborhood, which, actually, at that time extended down to H Street, Baker told the room of about 50 real estate agents, bankers and poten tial home buyers. But during the s, when I was working there, the Metro was not in place. They were tearing up U Street. In the s, it was a mess. ... At the time, my boss had a vision. He said, This is going to change. Now, those corridors are thriving. I tell that story because they had to build U Street. They had to build H Street. They had to build the Metro, Baker said. Very few places have what we have in Suit land. We have stable, nice-quality housing in the area. We have federal agencies, and you have Metro stations al ready built. ... What we havent had in this community ... is a com mitment for the long haul. This is not about a short-term vision. Baker said he has dis cussed with district Mayor Vincent C. Gray Prince Georges executive promotes Suitland homesSEE GEORGE | E3
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After the brieng, real estate agents, lenders and a few buyers boarded a tour bus to visit six renovated houses for sale in the Suitland area by three housing agencies: United Communities Against Poverty, the Housing Initiative Partnership and the Rede velopment Authority. The housing stock you will see today is incredible, said Diane Turner Edmonds, a mortgage banker with PrimeLending. The rst home is on Dynasty Drive. The purchase price of this house is $140,000. All qualied home buy ers need is $1,000 from their own pocket. This is about buying the Suitland area. Eventu ally, you will be able to walk to stores and walk to shops. The tour bus pulled into a parking area, and people poured up the steps of a house ren ovated with granite countertops and ener gy-efcient windows. They walked upstairs and downstairs and declared it beautiful. The bus stopped next at a detached house with pale green sid ing and a big porch trimmed in white. The house had been in such poor condition that it was completely gutted. Members of the tour inspected the gleaming kitchen, the adjacent laundry room and three bedrooms with plush beige carpet. Rhonda Mayo Lewis, a loan ofcer for Prime Lending, said the tour was important to help get the word out to real estate rms. When working with borrowers everybody wants the northern end of Prince Georges, Lewis said. After the tour, Re altors can talk to poten tial home buyers about purchasing a home in Suitland that is renovated, she said, and for sale at an affordable price. At the third house on the tour, a poten tial home buyer, Hajar Bencherki, 24, a special education teacher in Arlington County, Va., stood near the door way looking out at the quiet tree-lined block. The house was listed for $212,850. You wouldnt nd a house in Virginia for this price, Bencherki said. Its just not realis tic for people who dont make a lot of money even with a degree and a job as a full-time teacher. Bencherki said Suitland might be a good place to live with her family. I like the neighborhood, she said. I like that it is qui et. I want a cozy, small home with a back yard. GEORGE FROM PAGE E2 CANDICE OLSONScripps Howard News ServiceSue and Shouvik are a busy young couple with full-time jobs, a two-year-old son, and a newborn baby. Life is hectic, and these two need a place to escape the daily hustle and bustle. But, although their master bedroom is huge, they struggle with trying to lay out their furniture in this oddly-shaped room. Sue is a shopaholic and Shouvik is a hoarder, so the walkin closet is bursting at the seams with clothing, shoes and accessories. To compensate, theyve added various cabinets throughout the space to address the lack of storage. Theyre desperate for a design that is functional yet luxurious, pulling together all of the rooms elements into one designer look. At the end of the day, Sue and Shouvik are looking for an adult retreat that is reminiscent of a boutique hotel suite. To begin, we upgraded their queen bed to a king-size bed, perfect for family time on Sunday mornings. We repositioned the bed to another wall, and anked it with mirrored panels lit up by modern wall sconces. A custommade headboard covered with a rich, silvery patterned fabric contrasts sharply with the far wall, which was painted black and draped in dark, wallto-wall sheers. The ebony fabric makes the wall recede, and a three-piece triptych photo of the Brooklyn Bridge at night is attached to hidden brackets, making it appear to oat against the gauzy backdrop. The most eyecatching piece in this master bedroom makeover is a unique ethanol replace, encased in a white dresser that is opposite the foot of the bed. The clean-burning ethanol ames add romance and warmth to this bedroom retreat, with the added bonus of more attached storage. Part of the problem with Sue and Shouviks old bedroom was a lack of storage. To x this, I decided to create an open concept dressing room with an island to hold jewelry, socks, ties and laundry hampers. The custom marble-topped island is the hardest-working piece in this bedroom, with not only gorgeous form but tons of function, too. Additional wardrobe storage is found around the island, with all cabinet handles and hardware boasting a tiny bit of bling for added elegance. In front of the bay window, we improved the existing window seat with a new custom bench seat cushion, and accessorized it with pillows that picked up our color scheme: ebony, white and gray. An elegant chandelier hangs above the island, with table lamps providing additional illumination. All in all, Sue and Shouviks new master bedroom is all that they hoped for: an elegant retreat with the vibe of a boutique hotel and the functionality of providing a place for everything. The busy young couple now has an adult space to call their own, which is going to become increasingly important as their kids grow up and demand much of their attention. Here, in this elegant and romantic space, its all about the two of them.Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTVs Candice Tells All. For more ideas, information and show times visit www.hgtv.com/candice-tells-all/show/index. html. Or visit shns.comFireplace is focal point of master bedroom makeover SHNS This photo shows the new replace in the couples bedroom.
E4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013/DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 6, 2013 You dont have to pay extra for an evening service call. Munns is the home of 8 to 8 Same Great Rate. Emergency services are also available. Were there when you need us!Carl Munn24/7/365(352) 787-7741 www.munnair.com2135 US Hwy 441/27Fruitland Park, FL HELAINE FENDELMAN AND JOE ROSSONScripps Howard News ServiceDear Helaine and Joe: I own what might be a vintage or ear ly piece of Mottahedeh Tobac co Leaf pattern. It is a 10-inchtall candlestick with a uted top. The candlesticks column is anked by two monkeys one large one on the left and a small er one on the right. The pattern is almost identical to the current Tobacco Leaf pattern made by Mottahedeh with one excep tion the bird is standing on a pink leaf rather than a green one. The only markings on the bottom are three digit numbers. Any information about its ori gins and worth would be appreciated. Thanks so much, G. D. Dear G. D.: We are very im pressed with all the research G. D. apparently has done, but we think she might be mistaken about this piece being Mot tahedeh. There is no question this is a version of the Chinese Export Tobacco Leaf pattern that rst appeared, according to one source, about 1780 and 1800, according to another. The palette is called Famille Rose (rose or pink family), and this originated by Europeans bringing their ideas, designs and col ors to China in the 17th century. Famille Rose, which was called the foreign color by the Chinese, did not really catch on until the Yongzheng Emper or (Yung Cheng, 1722 or 1723 to 1735), and became more rmly entrenched during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (Chien Lung, 1736 to 1795). Before the 16th century, China exported its wares mainly to India, Indochina, Persia, and Egypt. But when the Portuguese founded Macao in the 16th cen tury, they began supplying Eu rope (the Dutch West India Company took over circa 1602). Suddenly, Chinese wares were available to Europe and other parts of Asia. Eventually, North and South America became part of this equation. It is thought Tobacco Leaf, which is really a representation of tropical fo liage with hibiscus and passion owers, plus pheasants and tree shrews, was primarily made for the Brazilian and Portuguese markets. However, pieces decorated with the so-called Tobacco Leaf design found their way into European and North Amer ican markets. The Mottahedeh website identies the plant seen in this design as Nicotiana (tobacco), but most other sites we checked reject this attribution. Mottahedeh and Company was founded as an import com pany about 1929 by Ra and Mildred Root Mottahedeh. The company is located in Cranbury, N.J., and has ofces at 225 Fifth Ave. in New York City. Report edly, the company has made china for the White House, the State Department, and the Dip lomatic Corps, and it has licens es to make reproductions from a number of prestigious institu tions such as Colonial Williamsburg, the Metropolitan Muse um of Art in New York City, and the Mount Vernon Ladies Asso ciation. Pieces made at least since the 1950s should have the spelledout company name plus, in the case of ceramic items, the logo of the maker, which we under stand is Vista Allegre in Portu gal. That might not be true, but it is the best information we could nd. As for the candlestick, it is cer tainly cute and well-made, but after reviewing the numbers and the bottom of the piece, we doubt it was made for Mottahedeh. We think its just a nice, 20th-century Tobacco Leaf reproduction that has an insur ance replacement value in the range of $150 to $200.Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson are the authors of Price It Yourself.Is this candlestick a reproduction of the Mottahedeh piece? SHNS This photograph shows a Mottahedeh piece. ROSEMARY SADEZ FRIEDMANNScripps Howard News ServiceThe holidays make us want to decorate our homes in a v ery warm and inviting way. Here are some ideas to make the dining table special this year. First, greet guests as they walk in the door with a tray of hot cider garnished with fresh cinnamon stir sticks. That will get them in the mood and feeling warm and welcome. At the table, consider placing gourds, pumpkins, squash and leaves in the center. The gourds dont have to be traditional in color. Some are white with gray, and that combi nation with either dark green or orange would make for a nice fall look on the table. You can get these in various sizes to create interest for the eye. If you nd three that are large, medium and small, you can cut off the tops of the large and medium and pile them on top of each other with the smallest one on top. Surround whatever centerpiece you have with a combination of tall candles and short, votive candles to add to the warmth of the room. The place settings can come to life with a layered look. Start with a place mat, top it with a char ger, then a plate then a napkin that has a twig wrapped around it with a name tag inserted. If name tags arent in order, place a dried leaf under the twig, or if you prefer, under a ribbon. Pinecones are every where at this time of year, so use them for decoration. Place them among the candles and gourds or whatever you have for the center piece. You can also ll glass bowls and/or jars with pinecones. This is an inexpen sive yet attractive way to add the feeling of the season to your table. Create your own spe cial decoration with glass jars, votive can dles and acorns. Place the votive can dles in the jars and add acorns around the candle. Taller candles work, too. If you have rustic baskets, these make for a good addition to any Thanksgiving decoration. They can be used as centerpieces or as accessories on cocktail tables or end tables. Fill them with seasonal items such as ber ries, gourds, squash and nuts. Create cozy sitting areas for your guests. Chairs arranged in a circle or semi-circle will do the trick. Be sure to have at least one accent table that is accessible to all the seats so guests have a place for their drinks. Start a tradition by cutting small rectan gles of papers in red and in green. Have each of your guests write what they are thankful for; then, loop the papers to form a chain. Place that chain on the Christmas tree once you get it and decorate it. Be sure to put the year on at least one of the papers. Do this every year; then you can look back and read what you and your family and guests have been grateful for over the years .Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, is author of Mystery of Color. For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.Create a warm, inviting atmosphere for holidays
SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013/DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 6, 2013 E5 PAL REALTYSell the lawn mower!!!Just sit back and enjoy the view! Covered formal entry leads to the great room offering tiled oors, large sliders to extended lanai, open to kitchen. Kitchen offers dark cabinets, built in oven and microwave, gas stove top, granite counters, under counter lights, pantry, breakfast bar, eat in area with Plantation shutters. Dining room has tiled ooring and Plantation shutters. Master bedroom offers Plantation shutters, two walk in closets, and master bath with double sink vanity, granite counter, tiled ooring, and large tiled walk in shower with glass accents. Guest bedroom with Plantation shutters and plenty of storage in the closet. Den with Plantation shutters. Guest bath with granite counter, tiled tub/shower combo with glass accents. Large lanai overlooking the golf course. Extended garage to accommodate a golf cart or boat. This is a must see home! Make it yours today! Nicely priced in the 170s! Arlington Ridge Community includes a Town Center and offers two swimming pools. One heated lap pool and one resort pool. 30-45 minute drive to all Orlando attractions. Stop by or call the sales ofce for your personal tour of this home and the facilities. Our ofce is located in Plantation Plaza, PAL Realty, 25327 US Hwy 27, Suite 202, Leesburg, FL 34748 (352) 326-3626. See more pictures of #1579 on our web site www.PALREALTY.net This is a must see home! Make it yours today! FOUR STAR HOMES Highland LakesTake one step through the front door and be drawn to the amaz ing view of the wetlands. You will want to spend all your time on the lanai watching cranes, otters and more. This home has a large open and inviting oor plan with a formal dining area and a great room with sur round sound and ooded with natural lite. All trafc areas have tile oors and bedrooms have plush, neutral carpet. Lights and fans have been updated, NO popcorn ceilings here! 2 master walk in closets! a MUST SEE. G4701155 $179,000. Stop in or call Four Star Homes today! 352-505-2020. Ofce locations are: 3360-B US Hwy 441/27, Fruitland Park, FL 34731.. Just north of the Leesburg Walmart, and inside Continental Country Club, off CR44, 50 Continental Blvd, Wildwood, FL 34785. See more information and photos of this home, online at www. FourStarHomes.com. Convenient to the Florida Turnpike and Orlando. Premier Community. BRANDIE MATHISON-KLEINOne acre parcelBuild Your Dream Home on is Beautiful One Acre Parcel Build the dream home you have always wanted on this beautiful one acre parcel with majestic views from some of the best elevations in Clermont. No time frame to build and no HOAs. All high and dry and close to shopping and schools, yet far enough away to have the country feel. is is a must see property that you will fall in love with. Owner nancing is an option. For more information, please contact Brandie MathisonKlein with Keller Williams Classic III at 352-432-3200, or visit www.MKGhomes. com MLS# G4700811 Must see property that you will fall in love with. ERA TOM GRIZZARD Tranquil and friendlyMediterranean and contemporary styles custom blended with lots of quality features and beautifully maintained. This lovely 3/2 split bedroom home has an open oor plan, inside laundry, a 3 car garage, an above ground pool, all on an acre and conveniently located in tranquil and friendly Trimpi Place. Some of those quality features include new wood ooring, custom tile, upgraded cabinets, 10 foot ceilings, tiled replace, arches, niches, and natural lighting with great views. The master bath is quite elegant with a Jacuzzi tub, large walk-in shower, his and her vanities and walk-in closets. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere surrounded by lakes, hills, springs, and so much natural beauty. This is truely the center of Central Florida with easy access to the Turnpike, I-75, and just a short distance to Orlando, Clermont, Leesburg, The Villages, Tavares, and Mount Dora. Priced to sell! G4700115 $188,700 352-2670668 Ask for Linda Grizzard Easy access to the Turnpike, I-75 and just a short distance to Orlando PAL REALTYLuxury of privacy!Very energy efcient two bedrooms, two baths plus den/ ofce, open oor plan, premium location with panoramic views sitting on conservation lot location in a gorgeous village. Well upgraded home, exterior paint with elastomeric, also features a double car garage extended with amazing dimensions of 28x23 plus golf cart space. Tailored foam in the block walls, solar board in the attic, thermal tinted windows and thermal sliders plus low-e windows on the plate glass sliders enclosing the lanai all add up to a well planned and insulated home. The oors in this lovely home are top grade Pergo wood laminate throughout except for the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and lanai where you will nd complementing tile. The east facing glass enclosed lanai provides year round use and for the days you want the natural sun and breeze, enjoy the 15x30 screen room with the premium x20 screening. And dont forget the electric garage door screen, the gutters and downspouts, and the beautiful and well manicured landscaping. Low monthly association fees and priced in the low 200s! Stop by or call the sales ofce for your personal tour of this home and the facilities. PAL Realty, 25327 US Hwy 27, Suite 202, Leesburg, FL 34748 (352) 326-3626. See more pictures of #1574 on our web site www.PALREALTY.net Low monthly association fees and priced in the low 200s!
E6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013/DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 6, 2013 LYNN UNDERWOODMinneapolis Star TribuneDale Mulnger stepped inside the one-room cabin with pine-paneled walls and a wood-burning stove. The feeling is North Woods, but the setting is Edina. Mulngers design for the back-yard man cave is also a bit unconventional. The cabin has a simple gabled shape, explained Mulnger, wear ing his signature round spectacles. But we blew out a wall and made it all glass to surprise you when you come in. Thats the hallmark of a Mulnger creation it meets your basic needs with charm, a little whimsy and some surprises. The Edina hideaway is one of seven Mulnger-designed cabins featured in his new book Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway (Taunton Press, $34.95), a sequel to his best-sell ing The Cabin. But its more per sonal than the rst book because it reveals the quirky, tree-trunk-columned cabin that Mulnger and his wife, Jan, share with another couple on Lake Vermilion. His books illustrate not just cabin design but also the allure of the sim ple life. At the cabin, you can smell the coffee brewing, because its 10 feet from your head, he said. Mulnger, is the founding partner of SALA Architects, specializ ing in single-family homes. Over the years, hes been a teacher and mentor for many young architects, and has played a pivotal role in making good design accessible to everyone. Dale is so open and inclusive, and now more people know what archi tects do, said Geoff Warner, principal at Alchemy Architects in Minne apolis. Hes worked hard promoting the value of architectural design of individual homes for regular peo ple. Mulnger, who grew up on a dairy farm near Stillwater, never aspired to become an architect. But when my blue-ribbon yearling died, I knew I didnt want to be a farmer, he said. A social teenager, he was more ea ger to pursue fun than a career. The one subject he really excelled at was drafting. Just to get out of class, he took an entrance test to the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota, scoring well enough to be admitted. It opened my eyes to the possibilities, and I decided to major in architecture, he said. I had low expectations on my grades. But I found out I could cut it. After graduating in 1967, he worked in Boston as an urban planner, eventually moving back to Min neapolis to work for local architec ture rms on residential projects. I liked the immediacy of it, he said. Things got built quickly. Mulnger became an adjunct pro fessor at the Us school of architecture in 1976 and designed projects from his basement ofce. A shared love for residential architecture and the design principles of Christopher Alexander brought Mulnger and a young Sarah Susanka togeth er in the early 1980s, long before she found fame as the author of the Not So Big House books. Mulnger was impressed by the graduate students talent and enthusiasm, and asked her to help him design a modest house in White Bear Lake. I overheard Dale tell someone that his partner had backed out of the rm he was starting, said Susan ka, who now lives in Raleigh, N.C. I chirped in, Ill go in business with you.? That White Bear Lake home became the rst project for Muln ger/Susanka Architects, which was housed in a tiny ofce in Dinkytown. People were curious about me going out on my own with a wom an, Mulnger recalled. Susanka and Mulnger decided to market directly to prospective clients who were considering remod eling or building, which was un common at the time, said Mulnger. They taught community education classes on home design, wrote arti cles for local magazines and even set up a booth at the Home and Garden Show. I credit Sarah for getting lots of press in a positive way when we did good work, said Mulnger. As the work owed in, the Muln ger/Susanka rm added staff, including Michaela Mahady, one of Mulngers students, who eventual ly became a partner in 1991. We always called Dale silver-tongued,? New book takes close look at getaway cabinsSEE CABINS | E8 ROSEMARY SADEZ FRIEDMANNScripps Howard News ServiceThe holiday season is upon us. Beautiful lights twinkling everywhere indicate that Christmas is coming soon, so here are some decorating ideas for your home in these next fun-lled weeks. Lets start with the front door. After all, that is the rst thing guests see when they come to your house. If your front door is bright white or soft gray, or slightly offwhite, accent it with deep colors of green and bright red with ac cents of gold. Garlands with red ribbons and twinkling lights can be seen from a distance as you ap proach your house after a day of shopping or a day of working (so you can afford the shopping). Your guests and neighbors can en joy the view as they ap proach your welcom ing home. Do you have a dou ble door? Ive seen twopiece wreaths where half the wreath goes on one door and the other half on the other door. When the doors are closed, you have one big wreath. You can do this your self by starting with a large wreath either a store-bought one or one you make your self. Cut the wreath in half with sturdy wire cutters; then, securely hang half the wreath side by side on each door so when the doors are closed, the centers of the wreath meet. Decorate the wreath with ornaments or ribbon. The nished product is beautiful and impressive. Do you have pen dant lights in the kitch en? Dress them up for Christmas with gar lands that start at the ceiling and nish at the lamp part of the pendant. The kitchen is always a hot spot with guests at Christmas, so why not decorate it? And this decoration is up and out of the way, so the island and counter are free for food and other goodies. If your home has columns, either outside by the front doors or inside anywhere, play them up by spiral ing garland and lights around them. That look is always a hit. If you have stairs, dont forget to wrap them, too. Or you can simply put big, red Christmas bows at intervals on the handrail. Just about everyone has a cocktail table in the living room and in the family room, right? Transform those tables into wrapped Christmas gifts by crisscrossing ribbon over the tops. You will have a gift-looking table; put a big bow in the middle and youre done. The blank areas still leave room for drinks and snacks.Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, is author of Mystery of Color. For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.Spruce up your home for the Christmas season
SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013/DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 6, 2013 E7 LOCATION: 109 E. Osceola Street, Minneola FEATURES: 3BR/2BA with 1,123 sq. ft. Laminate ooring in main living area, stainless steel appliances, fenced in backyard. LISTING PRICE: $104,900 SELLING PRICE: $104,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Brandie Mathison-Klein, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Brandie Mathison-Klein, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. LOCATION: 112 Compass Rose Drive, Groveland FEATURES: Very nice 3BR/2BA, just minutes from Clermont! This home features vaulted ceilings, a large family room, formal dining, a den and kitchen with solid wood cabinets. The huge master bedroom has tray ceilings, his & her vanities and closets, a garden tub and shower. All wet areas are tiled. It includes a large screened in lanai, split bedroom plan, recent interior paint and much more. LISTING PRICE: $164,900 SELLING PRICE: $169,900 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Dennis Hjorten, Watson Realty Corp. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Cheryl S. Glover & David W. Velms, The Glover Group of Keller Williams Classic III Realty. LOCATION: The Plantation at Leesburg FEATURES: Golf course frontage, Furnished, lawn maintained, 2BR/2BA, formal rooms, 1.5 car garage. 1,313 sq.ft. LISTING PRICE: $125,000 SELLING PRICE: $120,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Mark Brooks, PAL Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Adriana Skoloda, PAL Realty. LOCATION: The Plantation at Leesburg FEATURES: Golf course frontage, 2BR/2BA, den, formal dining room, 2+ car garage. 1,949 sq. ft. LISTING PRICE: $179,900 SELLING PRICE: $172,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Mark Brooks, PAL Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Robert Williams, ERA Professional. LOCATION: 817 Loch Lomond Court, Leesburg FEATURES: Scottish Highlands Rare 2BR/2BA private pool home. LISTING PRICE: $114,900 SELLING PRICE: $104,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Cheryl Hilty, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Diane Brown, Century 21 Carlino Realty. LOCATION: 5305 Indian Ocean, Tavares FEATURES: Royal Harbor Remodeled 3BR/2BA York Model. LISTING PRICE: $187,000 SELLING PRICE: $178,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Roxanne Logan, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Valerie Foerst, Morris Realty and Investments. LOCATION: 1626 Sterns Drive, Leesburg FEATURES: 4BR/2.5BA with 2,320 sq. ft. Formal dining, den, fully fenced backyard and covered porch. LISTING PRICE: $100,500 SELLING PRICE: $130,000 LIST ING AGENT & OFFICE: Brandie Mathison-Klein, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Brandie Mathison-Klein, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. LOCATION: 1204 South Dewey Street, Eustis FEATURES: Bankowned Diamond in the rough, 7BR/3BA LISTING PRICE: $74,900 SELLING PRICE: $45,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Ian Drummond, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Karol McDermott, John Roberts Realty. LOCATION: 6373 Rolden Ct., Mount Dora FEATURES: 4BR/2BA, 2,567 sq. ft. Short Sale Gated community with wonderful amenities, this Stoneybrook Hills home offers immaculate landscaping and a lovely, move-in ready home. Great kitchen and master suite! List Date: 2/12/13 Sold Date: 11/01/13 LISTING PRICE: $200,000 SELLING PRICE: $189,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Loretta Maimone, Real Living Good Neighbor Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Ryan Brogan, Keller Williams Classic Realty. LOCATION: 10313 Madison Park Court, Clermont FEATURES: 3BR/2BA with 1,184 sq. ft., ceramic tile ooring. LISTING PRICE: $100,800 SELLING PRICE: $100,800 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Brandie Mathison-Klein, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Colleen Brost, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. LOCATION: The Plantation at Leesburg FEATURES: Corner lot, 2BR/ 2BA, den, great room, 1.5 car garage. 1,653 sq. ft. LISTING PRICE: $128,500 SELLING PRICE: $128,500 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Cary Fier, PAL Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Adriana Skolo da, PAL Realty. PROPERTY TRANSFERS The largest mov able part in most homes is the ga rage door. Nothing is more frightening to a homeowner than a ga rage door that will not open when the remote button is pressed, es pecially if their car is on the inside. Unlike other home improve ment issues around the house, the garage door is really not a do-it-yourself repair, because most home owners lack the exper tise and access to the parts. In addition, the garage door spring, which is used to bal ance and allow the door to easily move up-and-down the rail ing, is very dangerous for an inexperienced homeowner to handle. Tensioned springs can severely injure or kill someone if mishan dled. A garage door that will not open or close is usually a three-alarm emergency for a homeowner. Unfortunately, this is how unscrupulous garage door ser vice companies make most of their money. Recently, I was given an estimate from a senior citizen for a garage door repair to their home in The Villages from a company that misrepresented its location they do not have a local ofce. The senior citizen called this company because it promised a $35 service call; however, when the ser vice person arrived the homeowner found out that in addition to the service call they would have to pay a minimal one our labor charge of $115. So, the $35 ser vice call actually cost the homeowner $150! The estimate to repair the door was $528, which included replacing most of the workable parts of the garage door. The problem with the estimate is many of the parts did not need replacing. On top of that, the price they quoted to replace the parts were nothing short of highway robbery. The bait-and-switch the unscrupulous garage door service company used on the senior citizen homeowner was they were going to help them out by not charging for things like cables and plates; however, they did charge them unnecessarily for the bearings and tor sion springs. To put it in perspective, this company was going to charge $528 to x a garage door when it would cost less than $700 to install an entirely new garage door. Here are some things a homeowner should do to avoid getting ripped-off on garage door service. First, call more than one company for a quote and make sure you are hiring someone who actually has a real ofce in the area. Typically, your best garage door service company is the one that originally installed the door because they have a tie to the builder of the home and may be able to warranty certain parts. Always ask up front what the total charge is for the company to come to your home to diagnose a problem and beware of any company try ing to sell you new cables, rollers, and bear ing plates. Finally, always check the companys license and insurance to make sure they are legitimate. Unfortunately, many illegal garage door repair people are in the market, which could result in the homeowner holding the bag if something goes wrong. My best advice is to avoid being trapped in your garage by learning how to x the small stuff yourself. Believe it or not, most garage door service calls are Beware of garage-door service rip-offs Don MagruderAROUND THE HOUSEDon Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply Inc., and he is also the host of the Around the House radio show heard every Monday at noon at My790AM WLBE in Leesburg. SEE MAGRUDER | E8
E8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 4, 2013/DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 6, 2013 said Mahady. Hes a sincere man who is el oquent and can gain a clients trust. Susankas rst best-selling book in 1998 got the rm notice across the country and attracted even more clients who wanted to create their own Not So Big House. The book expressed something wed long talked about at our rm, said Mulnger. Sarah gave it a fun name and brought her own themes. It made this design philosophy mainstream. With Oprah and oth er media folks calling, Susanka left the rm in 1999, necessitating a name change. I always liked the acronym SALA, which stood for the School of Architecture and Land scape Architecture, said Mulnger. It also means a special room in Italian. SALA didnt follow the traditional structure of founding part ners at the top con trolling the work. The traditional way to run a rm was the genius person who started it, supported by worker bees, said Duo Dickin son, a Connecticut ar chitect. Dale took that model and ipped it on its head. Instead, Mulnger modeled his rm after a law rm. Each of the architects have their own clients and their own projects, he said. What binds us together is the shared expens es, support and the ca maraderie. Mulnger encour aged architects to get out and connect with homeowners, and was a leader in developing the AIA Home of the Month program and the annual Homes by Architects tour. Sometimes I feel like the father of residential architecture in Minnesota, he said. SALA believed in sharing thats how we grew. We all win. Many SALA architects, such as Jean Rehkamp Larson, went on to start their own rms. Dale taught me that residential architecture is a profession, not just something you do on the side, she said. Now 70, Mulnger is shifting gears to travel and spend more time with his two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Hes no longer an owner of SALA but continues to take on numerous projects, from consulting to designing a ski lodge in Montana. He has no plans to retire from architecture. God, is it fun, he said.Contact Lynn Underwood at firstname.lastname@example.org. CABINS FROM PAGE E6 easy xes wherein unscrupulous companies will exploit the homeowner in order to get your hard earned cash. For example, if someone knocks the safety beams out of line at the bottom of your garage door or inadvertently places a broom or other object that blocks them, the garage door will not operate. The simple x is to move the broom/ object or realign the beams. Next, if your garage door does not open, check the breaker to ensure it has power and check the batteries in your remote. Finally, if your remote loses its code, it can easily be reprogrammed. To avoid feeling trapped and making an emergency call, most garage doors with openers are equipped with a simple disengagement feature, which is usually a rope with a red handle that hangs down from the center of the opener track. Simply pull the rope/handle downward to disengage the opener so the garage door can be manually lifted. Get with your local garage door professional to show you the simple garage door xes, which could save you big bucks. MAGRUDERFROM PAGE E7 Find your dream home or property in the Homes Section!