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The 21st Annual Maitland Spring Festival of the Arts was held around the edges of Lake Lily in
Maitland on Saturday and Sunday. Above, Maitland artist Grace Liu, left, shows art to potential buyers.
About 100 artists and vendors from across Florida manned tents during the weekend. The Maitland
Chamber of Commerce hosted its first show in 1958 at what is now the Maitland Art Center.


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SunRail, which has stirred
up plenty of controversy in
Winter Park, took one more
step toward reality Monday
as it passed through a Tal-
lahassee Senate hearing.
But the nail-biter finish for
the commuter rail system
is still raising tensions in
Tallahassee and locally, as
lawmakers and taxpayers
square off on the future of
Central Florida's first com-
muter rail system.
With Orange County


Mayor Rich Crotty look-
ing on, a committee voted
narrowly to pass the bill.
The deciding vote came af-
ter Sen. Chris Smith of Fort
Lauderdale cast his swing
vote to pass it through on a
4-3 vote.
Smith used his vote to
help obtain a $2 surcharge
to charge drivers who rent
cars in his district to help
pay for South Florida's
Tri-Rail system, which has
been losing money during
its operation. The money
he hoped to raise from the
surcharge could exceed


$40 million.
Smith's vote came with
some harsh words for
the current bill, which he
called "a very ugly bill that
needs a lot of work."
Sen. Paula Dockery, who
said she's found more allies
in her fight to stop the com-
muter rail bill, has claimed
that even if the bill makes
it tq the Senate floor, she
would still have enough
votes to stop the train.
Dockery has said in the
past that the bill would put

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Dog park

may shrink

in size

ISAAC BABCOCK
OBSERVER STAFF
The room was oddly quiet
at the last Winter Park Parks
and Recreation Board meet-
ing, as the Board voted to
have the city's dog park re-
duced in size.
Now that plan will be
aired out in the Commission
Chamber on Monday, April
27 when the City Commis-
sion decides whether it likes
the idea of making Fleet
Peeples Park more about the
people, and less about the
dogs.
That's something resi-
dent and dog park user San-
dy Womble takes issue with.
And she's hoping to hear
more opinions from users of
the park before any changes
are made. -*
"There's been hardly any
public input at the Parks
Board meetings," Womble
said. "They won't even allow
public comment from non-
residents."
Those non-residents
comprise the majority of the
park's user base, as noted
by a survey of the park that
showed more than three-
quarters of dog park users
were non-residents. The
park lies on the border be-
tween Winter Park and Or-
ange County's Baldwin Park
neighborhood.
"This isn't in the middle of
the city," Womble said. "This
is a border park. It borders
on the city. Why are they
picking on non-Winter Park

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Foreign students looking for a home this summer


JENNY ANDREASSON
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Fourteen students from
Spain will spend a month
in Central Florida this sum-
mer, immersing themselves
in the region's culture.
This is the second year of
the Center for Cultural Ex-
change's academicprogram,
in which the students live
with host families, attend
English-as-a-second-lan-
guage classes, and embark
on field trips to the theme


parks and local activities
such as the Black Hammock
airboat ride, the Winter Park
Scenic Boat Tour and the
Maitland Art Center.
So far, four families have
signed on to accommodate
students. About 10 more in
Maitland and the Winter
Park area are needed before
the students arrive on June
29, Center program coordi-
nator and Maitland resident
Pennie Martin Cooke said.

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Students from Spain traveled to Maitland last year and stayed with local families. They
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Host families are responsible
for getting their child to class and
home again, and provide a prepared
dinner and means for the students
to make their own breakfast and
lunch each day.
"They do a lot of carpooling,"
Cooke said. "Host parents take them
into their family and treat them like
one of their own."
The students, between the ages
of 14 and 17, come with spend-
ing money and have full insurance
coverage. The majority of last year's
group were fluent in English, she
said.
"The financial commitment is


whatever they choose to make it,"
Cooke said of the host parents. One
of the families flew their student to
the Keys for her birthday on a pri-
vate plane.
Karen and Andrew Giles hosted
a student from Zaragoza, Spain,
last year, and will host another this
summer. Karen said it was a great
experience.
"It was a lot of fun because we
raised two boys and are empty nest-
ers now," she said. "We missed all
the commotion in the house and
activity. We thought it would be fun
to have a teenager in the house -
temporarily."
The Shallcross family - Bill and
Lori and their daughters Ainsley


The Center for Cultural Interchange is
looking for about 10 families to host for-
eign exchange students from Spain from
June 29 to July 27. Families undergo
an interview and a background check.
Hosts supply meals and transportation
for their students. For more information
call coordinator Pennie Martin Cooke at
407-312-0821 or visit
cci-exchange.com.
and Abby - will also host again this
year. Last year, they cared for a stu-
dent from Barcelona.


"It's just a wonderful experience
especially if you like to share," Bill
said, "and this is a great area. Every
kid in the world wants to come to
Orlando."
Karen said the students weren't
the only ones who got to learn
about another culture. Their stu-
dent brought a big coffee table book
about Zaragoza, and she learned
plenty about the city and even
picked up a slew of Spanish words.
"I would say the benefits far out-
weigh the hard parts of it because
they do become a member of the
family," she said.


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Winter Park's new top cop


JENNY ANDREASSON
OBSERVER STAFF

A 27-year veteran of the Winter
Park Police Department was cho-
sen April 14 to become the city's
next police chief.
If City Manager Randy Knight's
selection is confirmed by the City
Commission on Monday, April 27,
Captain Brett C. Railey will replace
retiring Chief Doug Ball, who has


taken the top cop job
in Maitland, on Fri-
day, May 1.
Railey's annual sal-
ary will be $114,800,
city spokesman Craig
O'Neil wrote in an e-
mail. Railey
In a news release,
Knight said, "I am
confident that Captain Railey will
continue the tradition of excel-.


lence for which the Winter Park Po-
lice Department is known."
Railey began his career in Winter
Park in 1981, and was promoted to
watch commander in 1996, lieu-
tenant in 2000, and then captain in
2005.
He has sat on the Valencia Com-
munity College Criminal Justice
Curriculum Advisory Board for
more than 19 years.
Railey played an instrumental


role in his department receiving its
Florida Law Enforcement Accredi-
tation in June 2000, and in retain-
ing that status.
"I am honored to have the op-
portunity to serve the citizens of
Winter Park as chief of an agency at
which I have dedicated almost 28
years of my life," Railey said in the
release. "I look forward to working
with the city manager to keep our
residents safe." 4


PARK I Commission will review dog park recommendations on Monday


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residents? What about the
promenade on Lake Bald-
win - what if they didn't let
Winter Park residents use
it?"
The dog park as it stands
is the largest in Central
Florida, arid the only one
with water access. But Fleet
Peeples is two parks in one.
As four-legged friends race
in circles 'inside their spe-
cial fenced-off area, people
can enjoy the more people-


friendly "leash required"
side of the park any way
they like. And that could
include more official uses if
the city were to allow them
- such as sailboat regattas
and Winter Park Crew team
practices.
The goal would be to
allow more human activ-
ity in the park, and reduce
the dog side of the park to
a more manageable size at
the same time, while avoid-
ing the pitfalls of having
dogs near uniquely human
activities. Namely, Parks


and Recreation Director
John Holland asked to have
Fleet Peeples' pavilion and
picnic area moved onto the
leashed side of the park.
That could be as simple
as moving the fence. Hol-
land showed the Board
suggested redrawing of the
park boundaries that would
move the pavilion and pic-
nic areas out of the dogs'
free roaming area so that
they would see more use.
Commissioner Beth Dil-
laha said it's about strik-
'ing the perfect balance be-


tween the two sides of the
park.
"I know it's supposed
to be a compromise type
of plan," she said. "It does
need to be a multi-use park,
and we need to be sure that
they're compatible."
But whether that com-
patibility can come with-
out dog park lovers hav-
ing an uproar is what's in
question. Dillaha said she
expects to see plenty from
the Friends of Fleet Peeples
activist group at Monday's
Commission meeting.


Immediately following
that meeting, the Commis-
sion will meet with Holland
to discuss the changes and
decide whether to imple-
ment them.
Dillaha said that she
thinks the city can reach a
compromise.
"There are so many con-
siderations," Dillaha said.
"You want to make sure the
dogs are safe and people
are safe. I just want to make
sure we do it right."


RAIL I SunRail has one week left to make it through this legislative session


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the state on the hook for $650 mil-
lion, which would go to rail compa-
ny CSX to buy 61 miles of rail lines
in Central Florida.
But budget cuts in other parts of
the 2009-2010 budget may already
be helping to sour the taste of the
SunRail bill. At the behest of the
House of Representatives, $420 mil-


lion was eliminated from the De-
partment of Transportation's trust
funds to balance the budget. That
could delay SunRail for years.
The rail system was originally
slated to be ferrying passengers by
2011.
"If the house takes that $420 mil-
lion from the trust fund that's go-
ing to really hurt," Winter Park City
Commissioner Beth Dillaha said.


Dillaha had pushed to see a better
agreement in funding the SunRail
system.
With only a week left in the leg-
islative session, the clock is tick-
ing. If the bill isn't passed through
the legislature before the end of
the session, the FDOT's purchase
agreement to buy CSX's tracks will
expire. That date was set at the end
of June.


But Dillaha thinks that agree-
ment will be extended or rewritten
to tack another year onto the dead-
line.
"If they're going to get all this
money from Florida's taxpayers, I
don't see why they wouldn't be will-
ing to wait."


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Culture
worthy of your calendar



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Great art heading our way


London Sygphony
Orchestra at festival
Fortunately for us, the Brit-
ish love our beaches, and
culturally, that translates
into an every-other-year
visit by the London Sym-
phony Orchestra (LSO) -
certainly one of the world's
great orchestras. Built
around this unique LSO
residency, the 17-day Day-
tona Beach International
Festival delivers an ex-
traordinary offering of jazz,
"world," and classical con-
certs. In a variety of venues,
the Festival distinctly en-
hances the Daytona Beach
experience. The Festival
is to be congratulated for
bringing this renowned or-
chestra to our shores.
The LSO headlines
the Festival, which runs
through May 2. The 96-
member LSO will perform
seven concerts, several
chamber concerts and
recitals, and a series of in-
home performances. In
addition, the 2009 Festival
features artists performing
everything from bluegrass
to dance, and classical
to Latin-jazz, at venues
throughout Daytona J3each.
Maestro Daniel Harding,
principle guest conduc-
- tor of the LSO, will serve
as their conductor in resi-
dence with the first orches-
tral performance scheduled
for Friday, April 24. Local
interest is added when
Winter Park's own Bach
Festival Choir joins the LSO
on Saturday, May 2, for a
performance of "Carmina


Burana." Other Festival art-
ists include jazz musician
Chuck Mangione, com-
poser Lalo Schifrin, the jazz
ensemble Yellowjackets,
and the "Best Latin Band
in 2008" Tiempo Libre. For
dates and times, contact
the Festival box office at
386-257-7790.

Art for your children
This Saturday, April 25,
the Maitland Art Center
will present its 7th Annual
Children's Art Festival. Ev-
eryone is welcome from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. to experience
this hands-on introduction
to a variety of learning ac-
tivities. Presented in a way
that understands that such
"learning-experiences" also
need to be fun, this year's
offerings will include an
"archeological dig" site and
an exploration of animal'
tracks.
Tapping into the Muse-
um's current exhibit about
the Seminole Indians, cre-
ative children's activities
will include: doll-making,
drum-making, beading, pa-
per canoes, patchwork puz-
zles, flying eagle puppets,
climbing bear cup, all for
the kids to make and take
with them. There will also
be live performances by the
Talako Indian Dancers, Da-
vid White Wolf in full Na-
tive American regalia, and
storytelling with Grandma
Coyote.
A children's art exhibit
featuring Dommerich
Elementary will display
the students' take on the


four elements - air, water,
earth and fire. Music and
prizes are promised as well.
Admission is a suggested
donation of $3 for adults;
children are free. Call 407-
539-2181.

Polasek Museum to host
Winter Park Paint Out
Beginning with some of the
most beautiful grounds any
Museum could ever wish
for and then including all
of the idyllic locations of
Winter Park, the Polasek
Museum will host the first-
ever Winter Park Paint Out.
At this event, we have the
opportunity to watch 24
professional artists paint-
ing outdoors ("en plein
air"). Each painter will
choose a Winter Park loca-
tion and then "interpret"
that location in their par-
ticular style and medium.
These unique paintings
may then be purchased to
support the Museum.
The Paint Out - Tuesday,
April 28, to Sunday, May 3 -
begins when artists arrive
at the Museum with blank
canvases, which are then
officially stamped. The art-
ists then fan out through-
out Winter Park, painting
and bringing their canvases
back to the Museum at the
end of each day. The Mu-
seum will be open (free)
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each
day during the Paint Out
to allow the public to view
and purchase paintings.
The Paint Out concludes
with an Open House for
the exhibit on May 3 from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This exhibit
will feature works from
the Paint Out and will run
until May 17. Call 407-647-
6294 for information. All
proceeds will benefit the
Albin Polasek Museum and
Sculpture Gardens, located
at 633 Osceola Ave. in Win-
ter Park.

"Bryce Hammond ... ALL
New Works"
If the Polasek is offering us


too much "plein air," then
head to Millenia Fine Art
Gallery - opening Friday,
May 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- for a very new exhibit
by renowned artist Bryce
Hammond. Mr. Hammond's
works are all "in-door"
scenes, some of which you
may have already seen in
movies. Mr. Hammond is
particularly popular in New
York City and Los Angeles
- to the point where sev-
eral movie directors have
used his paintings within
the fictitious homes of
characters in movies. Now
that's a new way to begin a
collection!
This very "big city" ex-
hibit will run through June
at Millenia. Opening night,
Friday, May 1, is free, and
promises an opportunity to
meet the artist and his fam-
ily at the Gallery. A proud
father of two, the artist
sometimes paints his chil-
dren into the scenes of his
paintings!
Hammond, who has
exhibited throughout the
United States, is known
for "sold out" exhibits.
Featured in New American
Paintings and a recipient of
a Florida Foundation Fel-
lowship grant, Hammond
divides his time between
a studio in Brooklyn and
a home in Florida. From
the beginning, his works
have been popular. Of his
first solo show, 43 of the 44 '
paintings sold. "That was
the breaking point. Every-
thing changed after that,"
Mr. Hammond said.
The new exhibit is called
"ALL New Works," because
all the works are new. Hav-
ing sold all of his previous
work in three successful ex-
hibits in 2008, Hammond
shows off his newest work
right here in Orlando. Mil-
lenia Fine Art is located at
555 S. Lake Destiny Drive in
Maitland. For information,
or to RSVP for Mr. Ham-
mond's Opening Night,
please call 407-304-8100.


Orlando Ballet's
"Romeo and Juliet"
Consider the number of
ways the story of "Romeo
and Juliet" has been inter-
preted ... from Broadway
("West Side Story") to con-
temporary ballet. Now,
the Orlando Ballet is set to
close its 35th anniversary
season with that most en-
during love story in three
performances on May 1, 2
and 3.
Considering the "stand-
ing-ovation-dancing" we
saw last month at its 35th
anniversary performances,
the Orlando Ballet is strong
and talented and ready for
this challenge. With chore-
ography by AluAi Jones and
music by Sergei Prokofiev,
performed live by the Or-
lando Philharmonic Or-
chestra, Orlando Ballet will
bring this love story to life.
The new Artistic Director
Robert Hill - whose own
choreography was shown
so brilliantly last'month,
said, "'Romeo and Juliet'
is about passion, love that
defies all odds and thrilling
dancing. It is Orlando Bal-
let at its finest."
This most passionate
ballet is filled with dynamic
dancing, including a total
of 52 musical "scenes" set
to some of the greatest mu-
sic ever written for ballet.
And with the Orlando Phil-
harmonic performing this
great music live, your ticket
purchase will support two
of Orlando's great perform-
ing arts groups. Perfor-
mances are at the Bob Carr
on Friday and Saturday, May
1 and May 2, at 8 p.m. and
Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Call
407-426-1739 or 800-745-
3000.



>; GARRICK
Josh Garrick is curator of the Millenia
Fine Art gallery east of Maitland in
Orlando. He is also an art collector,
writer and photographer. Garrick can be
reached at 407-304-8100.


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Arrests
Arrests were made in Winter Park between April 12 and
April 16 for crimes including driving under the influence, pos-
session of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, pos-
session of cocaine, burglary, grand theft, scheming to defraud,
identity theft, assault, domestic battery, sale of alcohol to a
minor and retail theft.

Auto theft
On April 15, someone stole a 2008 white Scion TC on the
1600 block of Lee Road. It was recovered by the Orlando Police
Department after it had been wrecked and abandoned.

Vehicle burglaries
On April 13, a black male entered an unlocked car on the


700 block of Margaret Square and stole a Magellan RoadMate
1200 GPS unit and a laptop bag containing debit cards, a U.S.
passport and keys.
Someone entered an unlocked vehicle on the 2000 block of
South Lakemont Avenue on April 14 and stole a purse from un-
der the seat.

Residential burglaries
On the 1900 block of East End Avenue on April 13, someone
unlocked the rear door of a home by reaching through the dog
door and stole a knife and a Phoenix Arms HP 22 handgun.
On April 15, someone pried open a rear tool shed on the
600 block of West Comstock Avenue and stole a Ryobi
backpack-style blower, a Ryobi edger and a skill saw.
Three males used a barbecue scraper to break through the
glass panes of the rear door of a home on the 1800 block of


April 12 to April 16
Barker Drive on April 15. They stole a Compaq laptop,.Toshiba
laptop, a Kodak camera and $600 in change.

Commercial burglaries
On April 14 someone used scissors to pry open the door of
a business on the 400 block of South Park Avenue and stole a
Dell Latitude laptop and an iPod docking station.
Someone used a concrete brick to break the front window
of a business on the 800 block of South Orlando Avenue on
April 16. They stole an autographed Orlando Predators arena
football.

Criminal mischief
On April 15, someone used a brick to break the window of
a home on the 800 block of English Court.


Community

The William P. Duval Chapter of the Daugh- The Orange County Clerk of Courts is host- Teenagers throughout Florida are gearing
ters of the American Revolution in Winter ing a Passport Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. up for prom and graduation, and the Depart-
Park had a meeting in April, in which it pre- Monday, April 27 at the Rollins College Campus ment of Business and Professional Regula-
sented scholarships. Meagan Mansfield, a se- Center to provide information and to accept tion's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and
nior at Winter Park High School, received the . passport applications. To process your passport Tobacco has developed a "Survival Guide for
William P. Duval Scholarship. She has had been application you must bring proof of U.S. citizen- Prom and. Graduation" aimed at preventing
accepted to three colleges but has not cho- ship, valid proof of identity, two color photo- underage drinking and keeping Florida's under-
sen one yet. Katherine House, a sophomore at - - graphs (the Clerk's Office can take your photo), age youth safe. The Web-based tool includes a
Florida Southern, won the William P. Duval Polly PHOTO COURTESY OF DAUGHTERS OF THE $25 processing fee and a personal check,-mon- prom/graduation pledge not to drink underage,
Mossman Scholarship and Anna Braun, a se- AMERICAN REVOLUTION ey order or cashier's check for the U.S. Depart- a way for teens to share how they say "no,"
nior at the University of Central Florida, won the Meagan Mansfield received a four-year scholarship ment of State for your passport. helpful tips for a safe night out, a "mocktail"
William P. Duval Martha E. Turner Scholarship from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Information on the cost and how to apply for recipe, and a bookmark and share box for teens
award. All awards are four-year scholarships a passport book and a passport card is available to share or e-mail the Web page through social
and are given for leadership and scholarship. at www.myorangeclerk.com or travel.state.gov. networking sites.
The group meets monthly at the Racquet Club in Winter Park on April 8, 15 people were U.S. citizens may also obtain passport informa- ABT executes a three-tiered strategy-to com-
of Winter Park. honored, nine celebrating 25 years and six tion in English and Spanish by calling the Na- bat underage drinking, which includes educa-
celebrating 50 years of ordination to the priest- tional Passport Information Center toll-free at tion, prevention and enforcement. For more in-
At the St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church hood. 1-877-487-2778. formation visit MyFloridaLicense.com.



Business


Maitland-based Keene Construc-
tion Co. was ranked as the South-
east's 86th largest general con-
tractor in Southeast Construction's
2009 Southeast's Top Contractors
survey published in its April issue.
Led by founder and president David
A. Whitehill, the company reported
2008 revenues of $96.3 million. The
company also ranks among Orlando
Business Journal's 2008 "Fast Five"
fastest-growing companies.
Masterpiece Interiors, a design firm
in Winter Park, recently completed
its fourth major design project for
Bradenton-based Neal Communi-
ties. The firm did the modern mer-


chandising for two new model homes
at River Sound in Manatee County.
Florida retail construction veteran
Dale E. Scott, senior executive vice
president of Sikon Construction
Corp., Maitland, served as sym-
posium co-moderator along with
Crossman & Co.'s John Crossman on
March 25 at the University of Central
Florida's Dr. P. Phillips School of Real
Estate. Topics covered at the interac-
tive presentation included strategies
for real estate students entering busi-
ness careers with an emphasis on
networking and character-building
issues.


Small Bay Partners, a Maitland-
based company that specializes in
developing small bay industrial fa-
cilities for business users of 2,000
to 20,000 square feet of space, has
continued to grow. Small Bay cur-
rently owns a 16-acre Apopka parcel
that is slated for future development,
Monroe CommerCenter IV in Sanford,
with 73,650 square feet of warehouse
condominium space, and- Poinciana
CommerCenter, which is under de-
velopment now with 120,000 square
feet.
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ter, has been awarded a "Distin-
guished Alumnus Award" from the
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recognize those the college considers
outstanding alumni whose service to
their fields of study, to their commu-
nities and to their alma mater make
them a proud reflection of the leader-
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versity of Maryland Alumni Associa-
tion. In all, 21 alumni were selected
to be honored by the university and
their individual colleges.
Since becoming chief executive of-
ficer of the Beta Center in 1998, Hope
Kramer has seen the social service
agency grow. Some accomplish-
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sion project, securing its first federal
funding and absorbing the programs
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As is typical of life in Mait-
land, every weekend brings
new and varied events our
residents enjoy. This past
week was no different, and
the coming weeks will be
even more eventful. Here is
a sampling:

Maitland Historical
Society receives $500K
As part of their continuing
effort to support our com-
munity, The Morgan Group,
developers of The Village
at Lake Lily, on Tuesday, at
the Wine at the Waterhouse
event, presented the second
half of the million-dollar
total contribution to the
Maitland Historical Society.
The dollars will go toward a
solid beginning to a capital
campaign effort to build
a new Maitland Historical
Museum.

Maitland Spring
Festival of the Arts
This past weekend, the
Maitland Area Chamber of
Commerce presented the


Spring Festival of the Arts.
Beautiful weather, unbe-
lievable scenery, luscious
food and exciting works of
art and fine crafts contrib-
uted to this being one of
the most talked-about fes-
tivals ever. Many thanks to
the Maitland Chamber and
to Jonnie Mae Warner for
their leadership over the
years in making this event
one of the best.

Maitland's Movie
in the Park
Expanding its offering of
successful Movies in the
Park, Maitland's Leisure
Services Department once
again outdid itself with this
past weekend's presenta-
tion of "Grease." Over 500
dads, moms, friends, neigh-
bors and children enjoyed
a perfect evening of enter-
tainment and food. Don't
miss the next Movie in the
Park, "Hotel for Dogs," on
Saturday, May 9, at 8 p.m. at
Quinn Strong Park.


Maitland City Talk
S^ BY DOUGLAS T. KINSON
MAYOR


What a week in Maitland


Yom Hashoah - Day of
Remembrance
Yom Hashoah, the Day of
Remembrance, was held
on Sunday in the Jewish
Community Center. This is
the celebration of a day to
remember those who per-
ished during the Nazi reign
of terror. Newly elected
Mayor Bruce Mount of Eat-
onville presented a proc-
lamation, and Yitta Hal-
berstam, daughter of Ho-
locaust survivors, gave the
keynote presentation. The
day also included a candle
lighting ceremony, awards
presentation to student
winners of creative art, and
musical performances by
members of the Orlando
Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maitland Rotary visits*
our firefighters'
The Rotary Club of Mait-
land broke from tradition
and held its Tuesday morn-
ing meeting at Station 47
on the west side of Mait-
land. It was perfect timing
as a call came in halfway
through the meeting, af-
fording us all an opportu-
nity to see firsthand how
quickly our teams respond.
Thanks to Chief Neuhard
and Rotary for reaching
and connecting to our first
responders.

March of Dimes
Celebration
The University of Phoe-


nix recently announced
a partnership with the
March of Dimes, which
involves fundraising and
volunteer efforts to sup-
port the March for Babies
event on April 25. Besides a
wonderful family-oriented
event this past Saturday, the
University is offering four
full-tuition scholarships for
students pursuing a nurs-
ing career. Thank you to the
University of Phoenix for a
wonderful day and for your
commitments to our future
generations!

Maitland Art Center
Children's Arts Festival
The Seventh Annual Chil-
dren's Art Festival will take
place this coming Saturday,
April 25, from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. The theme for this
year's festival is "Wild About
Native American Culture."
Live performances will
include the Talako Indian


Dancers, David White Wolf
in full Native American
regalia,.and storytelling
with Grandma Coyote. A
Dommerich Elementary
Art Exhibit will be featured,
along with exhibits by the
Maitland Historical Society,
the Maitland Library, and
the Central Florida Zoo!

Maitland Farmers'
Market
After an extended break
for the Easter Holiday and
the Spring Festival of the
Arts, the Maitland Farmers'
Market will once again re-
sume this coming Sunday,
April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m., at our very own Lake
Lily! Don't miss one of the
fastest growing festivals in
Florida. See you there!

Call City Hall at
407-539-6200 and visit us
at ItsMyMaitland.com.


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City Commission
meeting topics
There will be a City Com-
mission meeting on Mon-
day, April 27, at 3:30 p.m.,
in City Hall Commission
Chambers. A work session
will be held from 6 p.m. to
7 p.m., for the City Commis-
sion to discuss Fleet Peeples
Park. The public is welcome
to attend the work session,
but public comment will
not be taken. Below are a
few topics of interest for
the City Commission meet-
ing:
Consent agenda:
- Approve the mutual aid
agreement with the Orange
County Sheriffs Office.
- Confirmation of new
police chief.
Action items requiring
discussion:
- March 2009 financial


statements.
- General Fund finances.
- ASTRO Project 25 up-
grade.
- City attorney contract.
Public hearings:
- Second reading of or-
dinance incorporating the
Florida Building 'Code with
certain administrative and
technical amendments; de-
creasing the membership
of the Construction Board;
and updating the Property
and Building Maintenance
Code.
- Second reading of or-
dinance reducing number
of members on Public Art
Advisory Board.
- Resolution supporting
a Wayfinding Sign system
plan.
- Resolution reducing
the members of the Eco-
nomic Development Advi-
sory Board.


Non-action items:
- City Manager's report.
You can find the Com-
mission's full agenda and
information on specific
agenda items by logging
on to the city's official Web
site at CityofWinterPark.org
and clicking on "Govern-
ment" then "City Commis-
sion" then "Packets."

17th annual Run
for the Trees
In honor of National Arbor
Day, Winter Park will host
the 17th annual Jeannette
Genius McKean Run for
the Trees on Saturday, April
25, at 7:30 a.m. This annual
5K run-walk will begin at
Showalter Field, located
at 2525 Cady Way, and fin-
ish on Genius Drive, which
is open to the public only
once a year for this event.
Each Run for the Trees
participant will receive a T-
shirt and a sapling to plant
wherever they want.
Funds raised from the
event will support the
Winter Park Tree Replace-
ment Fund. Sponsorship
opportunities help the fund
refurbish the tree canopies


for generations to come.
For information on how
to become a "Mighty Oak"
or "Prestigious Pine" event
sponsor, please call 407-
599-3463. For specific Run
for the Trees registration
information, please visit
TrackShack.com.

Nine Principles of
Landscaping
Winter Park and the Orange
County Cooperative Ex-
tension Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods Program
present the Nine Principles
of Landscaping Seminar
to help residents become
more environmentally
friendly with residential
landscape projects. The
two-hour seminar will be
held on three upcoming
occasions: Wednesday, May
6, at 7 p.m., at the Winter
Park Public Library located
at 460 E. New England Ave.;
and Thursday, April 30, at 7
p.m., and Thursday, May 21,
at 7 p.m., at the Winter Park
Welcome Center located at
151 W. Lyman Ave. A ques-
tion and answer session
will follow each seminar.
Registration is required


by noon on the day of each
seminar. For more informa-
tion or to register, please
call 407-599-3597. ,

Art features
Rachel Simmons
The City of Winter Park
Public Art Advisory Board
is proud to announce the
newest "Art in Chambers"
exhibition featuring the
works of Rachel Simmons.
The exhibition is open for
viewing from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., Monday through Fri-
day, in Commission Cham-
bers and Room 200 in City
Hall, located at 401 S. Park
Ave., and will remain on dis-
play through July. A recep-
tion for Ms. Simmons will
be held Wednesday, April
29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
in Commission Chambers.
For information, please
visit the city's Web site at
CityofWinterPark.org or
call 407-599-3498.


Call City Hall at 407-599-
9933 and visit us at Cityof-
WinterPark.org.


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John Wood from the Morgan group joined forces with the Maitland Historical So-
ciety on Tuesday, donating half a million dollars to help build a historical museum.


Winter Park City Talk
BY RANDY KNIGHT
CITY MANAGER


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Dornmerich reunion
Tours of the school will commence at
10 a.m. Saturday, May 2. A BBQ dinner
reception will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at
the First Baptist Church of Maitland, 1950
Mohican Trail. Visit DommerichReunion.org
to purchase tickets or post old photographs
to be included in the slideshow. You can
also e-mail your photographs to Marianne
Wittels at pictkrgg@aol.com. If you would
1. 1t'like to volunteer to help with set up and
parking, e-mail Marianne or fill out a
contact us" form on the Web site.


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The Maitland Art Center is
having its Seventh Annual
Children's Art Festival on
Saturday, April 25, from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's theme
is "Wild About Native. American
Culture" with learning activities
that include an archeological
digging site and exploration of
animal tracks.
On May 9 from 10 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. the Maitland
Historical Society is offering
special Mother's Day tea at
Lake Lily Park.
Participants will tour the
Waterhouse Residence Museum
and take part in a tea party
complete with sandwiches,
croissants, cookies and a variety
of teas.
Registration is limited and the
cost is $30 for each adult and child
pair and $10 for each additional
participant in your party.
For more information or to sign
up, call 407-644-2451.


Locals raise

money for

opera house

KAREN MCENANY-PHILLIPS
STAFF

Fourteen hopefuls took the
stage Friday night in hopes
of winning the Orlando Idol
Voice Competition, a fund-
raiser organized by the Or-
lando Opera Guild to bene-
fit the Orlando Opera Com-
pany.
Inside the Trinity Prep au-
ditorium, eight ladies and six
gentlemen performed be-
fore the audience - whose
votes counted for 60 per-
cent of the outcome - and
a four-judge panel with im-
pressive credentials.
The judges - Michael
Andrew, Rudi Cleare, Su-
san Neves and Burma Davis
Posey - gave constructive
feedback after each perfor-
mance and then held up a
scorecard between 1 and 10.
Audience reaction did not
always translate to votes,
however. The first perform-
er, Vinnie Zarletti of Winter


PHOTO BY LAURENCE SAMUELS --THE OBSERVER
Winter Park's Alexandra Millbrath belts out a winner at the Orlando Idol Competition on Friday. She won $1,000 in the contest.


Springs, who is the music
pastor at Calvary Assembly
of God in Winter Park, per-
formed an original ballad
written for his wife seven


years ago on their wedding
day and received loud ap-
plause, but it was not enough
to secure him a place in the
top five.


Zarletti said he entered
the contest for "the oppor-
tunity to sing in a public
> turn to IDOL on page A10


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Carnival of the Animals

and Toy Symphony

Saturday, April 25 at 11am
Tiedtke Concert Hall

Tickets are only $15 for adults
and $10 for students. Culture on a shoestring.


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