ursday, July 28, 2011 50+ tax BUS_CARD 3.25 x 2 August 2010Grafton Wealth ManagementWilliam D. Grafton III, Sarah Grafton DeVoe William D. Grafton IV Financial Advisors (407) 646-6725 400 Park Avenue South Suite 300 Winter Park, FL 32789 Merrill Lynch Wealth Management makes available products and services offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S) and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation. MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, member SIPC. Investment products: 2010 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved. Are Not FDIC Insured Are Not Bank Guaranteed May Lose Value 407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC wpmobserver.comUSPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. Obituaries are now a regular feature in The Observer.Page 16 Down to businessCasselberry Recreation Manager Maria Simmons takes the helm of the Maitland Chamber.Page 9 Trouble in DawgtownWinter Park has fallen behind Leesburg in the FCSL standings. Can the Dawgs recover?Page 6 Page 10 Winter Parks state title In Remembrance No tax hike in sightWinter Park and Maitland dont plan to increase property taxes in fiscal year 2012. On Monday, both cities boards set a tentative millage rate identical to last years. The cities will finalize the vote at public hearings in September. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.MaitlandMaitland City Council voted unanimously to set the citys operating millage rate at 3.8800, or $3.88 per $1,000 of taxable property. That rate has not changed since 2007. I just dont have any appetite for a tax increase this year, Maitland City Councilman Phil Bonus said. Maitland projects that it will take in $7.258 million in property taxes almost 33 percent of the total budget pie. That tax revenue is $39,000 less than last year because of further declining property values. The city doesnt plan to do any layoffs or freeze any additional positions. The proposed budget includes a 2 percent merit raise but a 10 percent increase in health insurance premiums. It also cuts an employee merit pay program worth $25,000.AMY SIMPSON AND ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Please see TAX Page 5Winter Park may get affordable workforce housing after the City Commission approved a three-year economic development plan at Mondays meeting. And another McDonalds restaurant is slated to come to Winter Park after the Commission approved a zoning change that would allow an office property to turn commercial fronting Fairbanks Avenue. More affordable housing could find its way near the downtown area if an economic development plan pans out. Economic development director Dori DeBord presented a threeyear plan at the Commission meeting Monday that saw the Commission struggling to reach consensus on multiple amendments. An amendment that would look into adding more workforce housing to the city was approved by a 3-2 vote, with commissioners Steven Leary and Sarah Sprinkel dissenting. City Economic Development Director Dori DeBord said that more workforce housing would help city employees afford to live in the city. Workforce housing applies to folks like me and you, firefighters, police officers, people we rely on every day, she said. Mayor Ken Bradley said its important for more employees to be able to live in the city in which they work. The last time I checked, I PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERA McDonalds restaurant could soon be built on a property fronting Fairbanks Avenue. A zoning change was approved on Monday.ISAAC BABCOCK Observer StaffPlanning the future Please see PLAN Page 2 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERHeavy rain didnt deter runners at the 28th annual 5k Road Race, which ended at the JCC in Maitland on Thursday, July 21. After the race, there was a free pool party with pizza. Racing in the rainCity OKs workforce housing plans, zoning change for fast food eatery SCAN HEREUse your smartphones QR code reader app to view more photos or visit wpmobserver.com/ photos/galleries
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 2 Winter Park / Maitland Observer think only two or three firefighters and two or three police (officers) live in the city, Bradley. I think thats a concern of affordability and being able to find housing in our city. I think we should be a place where they can not only work but also live. Leary said hes in favor of having more city employees living within the city, but didnt approve of the wording of an amendment made by Cooper. I like that, having the staff members live in town, Leary said. I want them to live close. With some people on the Commission in previous years, staff may not have been considered when they talk about people who contribute to the character of Winter Park. I think they do. If I could have more staff living downtown, I think thats a bonus. Where commissioners most disagreed was on the location of where workforce housing would be built. Part of an amendment that stipulated it be built downtown was shot down. DeBord said that in the first year of the three-year economic development plan, city staff would study whether the city needed more workforce housing and then look into partnering with companies to get it built. Fast-food futureAn army of lawyers filled Winter Parks Commission Chamber on Monday to try to convince the Commission to allow a zoning change to two properties at 1289 and 1301 Gene St., which span the block between Gene and Fairbanks Avenue. That could set the stage for a McDonalds restaurant moving in. Attorney Rebecca Wilson, representing Bank First, said they are already twothirds zoned commercial. Were not trying to introduce a new use to this property, she said. Were just trying to make the property consistent. The Commission voted 4-1 to allow the change on first reading. It will come back to the Commission for second reading at the Aug. 8 meeting. If approved, it will precipitate a twoto three-month process of vetting the building plans and getting final approval from the Planning and Zoning Board and City Commission. Leary said hes hoping that the process works out quickly for the restaurant. It made complete sense, he said. Its just surrounded by commercial. Four of the six parcels that were assembled were commercial. Its like what happened with the Ravenous Pig. You see one successful opportunity and hope its a domino effect. CENTRAL FLORIDA K RAZ E /K R USH 407-695-4957 www.cfksoccer.comONECLUB ONEFAMILY ONEGOAL CFK is the only soccer club in Central Florida with a comprehensive program for all ages... from 4 years of age to adult. REGISTER NOW for the Fall 2011 Soccer Season U5 thru U19 Players! Programs include: Developmental, Junior Premier, Recreational, Excel and Excel Plus. Registration deadline is August 1, 2011 for U15-U19 players and August 15, 2011 for U5-U14 players. www.cfksoccer.com Central Florida Kraze/Krush has merged with East Orange Soccer Club! MENTION THIS AD AND RECEIVE$5 OFF Y OUR CUT AND STYLE(NEW CLIENTS ONL Y) 407.671.57853090 EAST ALOMA AVE. SUITE 135 WINTER PARK, FL 32792 PLAN | A McDonalds could be located on the block between Gene Street and Fairbanks Avenue CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERThe Winter Park Borders, along with the remaining 300 Borders stores, will close and the lease will be auctioned off. The bookseller led for bankruptcy in February. The Oviedo store closed earlier this year. Bookstore closing
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Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 4 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Angela McLelland of Winter Park made Union Colleges annual Deans List. McLelland, a mechanical engineering major, is a 2007 graduate of Lyman High School. Harrietts Park Avenue Fashion Week is looking for contestants in the HPAFW Emerging Designer Contest. Contestants must submit three to ve nished looks plus photos or sketches of additional designs to form a 10-look collection by Aug. 29. Visit parkavenufashionweek.com Orange County Animal Services earned a Top 50 spot in this years ASPCA $100K Challenge. The Division now will compete for $300,000 worth of grants from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Easter Seals Florida Day Break announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agricultures Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled eligible participants at the center. Visit .easterseals.com Sign up for the Fall 2011 Golf League through Aug. 20. Visit privateathleticassociation.weebly.com The American Legion, Winter Park Memorial Post 112, recently reelected Post 112 Commander, Richard Padgett. Other Ofcers elected and installed were Vice Commanders Jimmy Thornton and Gerard Dress; Adjutant, Bill Dover; Finance Ofcer, Freddie Ruiz; Sergeant-at-Arms and Historian, Tim Healy; Chaplain, Stan Kalmowitz; Service Ofcer, Mike Dixon; and At-Large Executive Committee members Bob Colbert and Ted Costello. Junior Achievement of Central Flor ida recently completed its 28th annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser. Nearly 10,000 employees from 80 companies raised $765,000 to help JA provide economic programs to 77,000 students in local schools. The Artist-in-Action Program offers non-residential studio space at the Maitland Art Center to an established or emerging artist for the professional practice and research of ne art. The application deadline is Aug. 1. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-539-2181.Ways to give backHost a high school foreign exchange student in August. Contact Betsy at 321-277-7198 or visit afsusa.org Throughout the month of July, if you bring a ier to Mimis Cafe, the Jewish Pavilion will get 15 percent of the sale. Print the ier here: jewishpavilion.org/417-2/ Run or walk a half marathon with Team Challenge Central Florida at the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon in December. Contact Lindsey at lgar email@example.com or 646-875-2079 to RSVP. Visit ccteamchallenge.org Cornerstone Hospice is experiencing an increase in the number of veter ans that are receiving its hospice services. If you are a veteran and are interested in spending quality time with terminally ill veterans, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-304-2604.Community Bulletin Business Briefs USPS 00-6186 ISSN 1064-36131500 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32835-5705Member of: Goldenrod Chamber of CommercePublisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Winter Park / Maitland Observer 2011Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. Munsterwww.wpmobserver.com | Phone: 407-563-7000 | Fax: 407-563-7099 | email@example.comP.O. 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Rollins College recently welcomed new Provost Carol Bresnahan and new Vice President for Institutional Advancement Ronald J. Korvas to campus. The Bar Method Winter Park hosted a grand opening celebration on Monday, July 25. Winter Park ofcials welcomed the locally owned franchise to the Winter Park Village on North Or lando Avenue. Greenberg Traurig P.A. announced that Todd A. Miller has joined the rm as shareholder in its Orlando ofce, expanding the rms Corporate and Securities Practice in Florida. Florida Hospital has been ranked one of the best hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News Media & World Report. It has also been named the No. 1 hospital in the Orlando Metro Area. Visit usnews.com/BestHospitals Little Linksters LLC founder Brendon Elliott was named a Top 50 Kids Teacher by US Kids Golf for 2010. He was also named as the 2011 North Florida PGA Section Junior Golf Leader award winner. Winter Parks Purchasing Division was selected by the National Purchasing Institute to receive the 2011 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, designed to recognize excellence in procurement by organizations that obtain high scores on standardized criteria. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects LLC, based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, has been awarded a contract to design a new Quiznos Sub and Sandwich Shop in Celebration. The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program has launched Soft Landing, a special offer to businesses outside the Central Florida region to locate satellite ofces here. Visit incubator.ucf.edu. Winter Park dentist Donald Thomas was appointed as a delegate to the Academy of General Dentistrys 2011 House of Delegates. On July 22, Full Sail University held a groundbreaking event to celebrate construction on the universitys latest facility, an 86,000-square-foot designbuild project. The two-story complex will house 475 faculty and staff as well as add additional lm/television soundstages and classrooms. Full Sails big plans A supply drive for Treats for Troops was held with the Water melon 5k on July 4. More than 900 bags of donations were collected. Visit treatsfortroops.info Treats for Troops On July 13, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area welcomed six families to their new town homes at Stag Horn Villas. Visit habitat-orlando.org New homeowners
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 5 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Bonus said the city could operate on this budget with this tax rate. You know what, Ive heard enough, he said. I think we can make it without a tax increase. Vice Mayor Linda Frosch agreed. It gives me heartburn to think about raising anything.Winter ParkJust down the road in Winter Park, the City Commission didnt need long to decide to keep its current tax rate. A tentative operating millage rate of 4.0923 mills was passed at Mondays Commission meeting with a unanimous vote. With that rate residents can expect to pay $4.0923 per $1,000 in taxable value. That millage is expected to bring in $14.1 million in revenue for the coming fiscal year, or $500,000 less than last year due to declining property values. Commissioner Carolyn Cooper said she was happy with the current millage, crediting the citys fiscal efficiency in making it possible to keep the current millage rate, despite lower overall tax revenues compared to last year. Cuts in city expenditures had made that possible, she said. I think its fine, she said. Were not deferring any capital projects. We did what had to be done. Im comfortable with it this year. She said that City Manager Randy Knight had left a buffer in the budget. We still have some room in there, she said. Mayor Ken Bradley said that the citys concerted effort to shore up its budget in the last two years has significantly improved its financial position. I think the city is in much better financial shape than it was two years ago, Bradley said. I say that based on reserves and the initial budget Ive seen. Weve weathered a lot of storms.Garbage hikeMaitland City Council also approved a 4 percent increase to base collection and disposal fees paid to Waste Services, Inc. This will cost the city an additional $71,000. Residents will only see an 86-cent increase to their bills. The last rate increase for WSI was in 2008. Representatives from WSI said that this increase was needed because of the rising costs of resources they use daily, such as diesel and steel. The cost of diesel has increased by more than a dollar per gallon in the past year. Federal Trust Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. At Federal Trust Bank, were determined to do more to make your home buying dreams come true. Now, were giving away $1,000 to the lucky winner of our Dream Home Photo Contest it could be you! Heres how it works: Take a photo of yourself or you and your family standing in front of your dream home, and submit it to your local Federal Trust Bank office. Smile and say cheesewell pick a winning photo, and the winner will receive $1,000! Were also giving $200 Lowes gift cards to homebuyers who get their home loan from us! So come see us or apply for your home loan online at federaltrust.com. Take advantage of our great rates, our fast, easy application and approval, and our friendly personal service. And be sure to submit your photo! Contest ends August 31, 2011. Enter our Dream Home Photo Contest and win $1,000! A picture is worth $1,000.Get a $200 Lowes gift card on us! federaltrust.com FEDERAL TRUST BANK DREAM HOME PHOTO SWEEPSTAKES ABBREVIATED RULES: NO PURCHASE OR TRANSACTION NECESSARY TO ENTER. Limit one (1) entry per person; must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of Flagler, Lake, Orange, Seminole, or Volusia counties in Florida. To enter, submit one (1) developed photograph or photocopy of photograph (no larger than 4 x 6 inches) showing yourself [and, if applicable, your family] standing in front of the dream home that you wish to purchase. Entries must be made in person at Federal Trust Bank locations in the following counties in Florida: Flagler, Lake, Orange, Seminole and Volusia. Begins 5/2/11; all entries must be received by 8/31/11. Winner will be randomly drawn 9/30/11; odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Prize: A check for $1,000. For complete rules and eligibility requirements and a list of participat ing Federal Trust Bank locations, visit Sponsors website at www.FederalTrust.com. LOWES GIFT CARD INCENTIVE: Void outside Florida and where prohibited. To receive a $200 LOWES Gift Card, either visit a Federal Trust Bank location and apply for a home loan, or apply online at www.FederalTrust.com; gift card will be given only upon acceptance and completion of home loan contract between applicant and Federal Trust Bank. Limit one (1) gift card per completed home loan contract. Must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of Flagler, Lake, Orange, Seminole, or Volusia counties in Florida. Begins 12:00:00 AM ET on 5/2/11; ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 12/30/11. For complete details rules and eligibility requirements and a list of participating Federal Trust Bank locations, visit Sponsors website at www.FederalTrust.com. Government-issued photo ID may be required and additional loan approval requirements may be imposed; see full details at www.FederalTrust.com and/or at Federal Trust Bank locations. Lowes Companies, Inc. is not a sponsor of, nor is it afliated with, this promotion; additional terms and conditions may apply to gift card. Copyright Federal Trust Bank. All rights reserved. Equal Housing Lender Member FDIC GET MOVING GET HEALTHIERAt the Y, we are focused on improving the health and well-being of the Winter Park community. To that end, we are launching the GET MOVING, GET HEALTHIER program. This 30-Day personalized exercise program runs from July 13 August 15 and is designed to make you and our community healthier. No purchase necessary.Get Moving Get Healthier offers these incentives: No purchase necessary, just sign-up at the Crosby YMCA or Winter Park YMCA wellness coach Get Moving Get Healthier Program And if you join before August 15th your joiners fees are waivedCROSBY YMCA | 407.644.3606 2005 Mizell Avenue Winter Park FL 32792START YOUR JOURNEY TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLEWINTER PARK YMCA | 407.644.1509 1201 N. Lakemont Avenue Winter Park FL 32792 GET MOVING NOW. TAKE THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE. STOP BY ONE OF OUR LOCATIONS FOR MORE DETAILS. Find us at Get Moving Central Florida:ymcacentralflorida.com VISIT THE RENOVATED WINTER PARK YMCA TODAY build a healthy heart ed locker and steam rooms, making it easier to incorporate the Y into your daily health routine modeled Welcome Center to serve you better TAX | Winter Park will have $500K less to work with in the next fiscal year if proposed millage is approved CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Learn moreContact Maitland City Council at 407-539-6250.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 6 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Classic Iron Beds AND Designer Linens 407-982-4319All iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations (cannot be used on any oor sample sales) All iron & brass beds are made in the USA and guaranteed for 2 generations (cannot be used on any oor sample sales) PlusFREE TIRE ROTATION MV# 82818 7-31-11 7-31-11 7-31-11 FREE 24 hour towing 407-896-6337w/repairs over $300 PlusFREE TIRE ROTATION MV# 82818 7-31-11 7-31-11 7-31-11 FREE 24 hour towing 407-896-6337w/repairs over $300 FREE 24 hour towing 407-896-6337w/repairs over $300 The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs took a beating over the weekend, falling 2 1/2 games behind the Leesburg Lightning in the FCSL standings. Closing in on the final week of the regular season, the Dawgs have precious little time to catch back up to the Lightning to take the championship. Meanwhile the Sanford River Rats continue to struggle to stay above the league doormat Winter Haven Loggerheads. But thats been a tough fight, as the Rats have managed to narrowly split their last two games, losing 5-1 on July 21, then coming back 5-4 to win on July 24. For the Dawgs, two straight losses heading into the start of the week tie them for the worst losing streak theyve had all year. The big blow came against Leesburg July 25, when they fell 6-4 in a game that would have put them just 1/2 game out of first place. And for a brief moment, they held that win in their hand after a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth in front of their home crowd lifted them up 4-3 over the Lightning. That soon turned into a nightmare for the would-be victors, who watched a brief Lightning rally in the top of the seventh tie up the game. The Dawgs were then held hitless for three straight innings while the Lightning slowly built a comeback. The game would end 6-4 with the Lightning on top, pulling away at the top of the league. Reed Reznicek was the unlucky man on the mound for the game, giving up two earned runs that turned the tide in the game and being pulled after retir ing just one batter. Ted Blackman had a big hit, hammering his third homerun of the season in the third inning. For the Dawgs, another rematch against the Lightning at press time Tuesday could turn the tide of the season. Theyll go on a four-game road trip this week, at Winter Haven Thursday, then in Leesburg again Friday, Sanford Saturday and Winter Haven again Sunday. At 7 p.m. Friday, the Rats will play Orlando at Sanford Memorial Stadium. Then next week, its postseason time in the FCSL.PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERPitching has been hit or miss with the Dawgs, who have vacillated between tight games and blowouts. ISAAC BABCOCK Observer StaffLooking for a comeback Winter Park falling behind in last week of the season
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 7 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Tips for homeowners to save water and moneyHave your irrigation system auditor and have repairs/recommendations performed by a Adjust your irrigation controller (timer) for seasonal changes. This can save more water and money than any other thing you can do. It costs nothing but a few minutes of your time each season. Most controllers even have a percentage key that makes changing the time quick and reasonably painless. Run your irrigation system during the morning hours. Less water is lost to evaporation when the temperature is cooler; winds are usually lighter in the mornings. Watering in the evenings can lead to turf and plant disease problems because the water sits on the plants all night, especially in humid climates. Relocate sprinklers so that they are between 4 and 6 inches from the edge of sidewalks, curbs, patios, etc. in lawn areas. In shrub areas, they can often be 12 inches from the edge, especially with a mature landscape. This will reduce the amount of spray onto the paved surface and will not create a dry area along the edge of the lawn. It will also reduce the amount of damage that trimmers cause to the sprinkler for relocating sprinklers. Flexible riser pipe makes relocating the sprinklers easier and allows movement if a car or heavy lawn mower hits them without breaking a pipe or the sprinkler. Install a smart controller. A smart controller does the work of periodically adjusting the sprinkler operating times for you. It changes the run times to the plants. Install a rain switch to comply with city codes. A rain switch is a simple rain sensor. When it detects measurable rainfall, it turns off the automatic irrigation valves. Switch to drip irrigation for watering shrubs. Drip irrigation is about 20 percent more water is easy to install and reasonably inexpensive. Separate plants into hydrozones. A hydro-zone is an area where all the plants use more or less the same amount of water and have the same sun and wind exposure. For example, lawn in the sun would be one hydrozone, the lawn in shaded areas would be another hydro-zone, lawn in the sun on a windy hilltop would be yet another hydrozone (lawn in shade uses less water than the sunny area; the windy hill top uses more water than the sunny area, since wind dries out the grass quickly). Each hydro-zone area can be watered by a different valve, allowing you to water each hydro-zone individually for just the right time to apply the water needed by the plants, without over-watering. Mark Barton Parks and Grounds Operations Superintendent Public Works DepartmentCity Council Meeting of Monday, July 25The Maitland City Council met at 6:30 p.m. July 25 in the City Hall Council Chambers. Below is a synopsis of that meeting.Remembrance of Jim Houser:Councilman Bonus provided a tribute to former Mayor Jim Houser in remembrance of his outstanding service to the community.Decision Items:Council set the rolled back millage for the 2011 tax year as 3.9621; set the proposed operating millage rate for the 2011 tax year as 3.8800 and set the proposed voted debt millage rate for the 2011 tax year as 0.5000, for a combined total of 4.3800 mills; and set the date, time and place for the public hearing on the ten2011-2012 as Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Paula Rue was reappointed and Lewis Earle was appointed to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. Michael Dabby and Dale McDonald were reappointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission. Approved a 4 percent rate adjustment to the base collection in the Commercial Solid Waste, Residential Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials Collection Agreement with Waste Services Inc. The next regular scheduled Council meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 8. For updates, please visit itsmymaitland.com Maitland City TalkBY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKERMAYOR Smart irrigationJuly 25 City Commission Meeting HighlightsThere was a City Commission meeting held on July 25 at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commission Chambers. Below are a few highlights of decisions made:The board appointments for the Construction Board of Adjustment and Keep Winter Park Beautiful were approved.The minutes for the 7/11/11 City Commission meeting were approved. The Encroachment Agreement for the property located at 1270 Burning Tree Lane between Paul & Emmanuela Bough and the city was approved. The encroachment Agreement for the property located at 1580 Palm Avenue between David & Ann Fuller and the city was approved. The various contracts and agreements were approved (for a complete list of purchases and agreements, please access the Commission Agenda Packet at www.cityofwinterpark.org > Government > City Commission > Agenda Packets). DiscussionThe tentative millage rate was set at the same operating millage rate which is currently at 4.0923. The three-year Economic Development Plan was approved with an amendment. Pink-Out Winter Park was approved as presented. The request to Advertise Notice of Disposal for city property located at 941 West Morse Boulevard was approved.The following two requests of BankFIRST for properties at 1289 and 1301 Gene Street were approved: nance changing the Future Land Use Map designation of Office to Commercial was approved. nance changing the official zoning map designation of Office (O-1) District to Commercial (C3) District was approved. The resolution designating 1240 Miller Avenue and 1111 South Orlando Avenue as the Dingman Economic Enhancement District and as a Brownfield area for the purpose of environmental remediation, rehabilitation and economic development was approved. A full copy of the July 25 City Commission minutes will be available on the citys official web site at www.cityofwinter park.org the week of August 8, pending approval by the City Commission.Purchasing Division Receives AwardThe City of Winter Parks Pur chasing Division has been selected by the National Purchasing Institute (NPI) to receive the 2011 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award, designed to recognize excellence in procurement by organizations that obtain high scores on standardized criteria. Winter Park is one of only 21 government agencies in Florida and one of only 57 cities in the United States to receive this prestigious award. The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award program is designed to measure innovation, professionalism, eprocurement productivity and leadership attributes in the procurement industry. The award program is sponsored by the NPI, the California Association of Public Procurement Officers, the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials, the Institute of Supply Management, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the National Association of State Procurement Officials, the National Association of Educational Procurement, and the Texas Public Purchasing Association. The mission of Winter Parks Purchasing Division is to procure quality goods and services at the lowest possible cost, consistent with the quality needed to provide the very best service to the public, while assuring fair and equal opportunity to all qualified vendors. Visit the citys official website at www.cityofwinterpark.org, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. 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Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 8 Winter Park / Maitland Observer CalendarONGOINGThe Winter Park Farmers Market is every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old train depot, located at 200 W. New England Ave. Visit cityofwinterpark.org The Maitland Farmers Market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Lily. Visit itsmymatiland.com or call 407-539-6268. Food Truck Caf is every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at Lake Lily Park in Maitland. Check the citys Facebook page or TheDailyCity.com for more information. The Adult Literacy League is now offering a variety of free classes for adult learners with low levels of literacy in Orange and Osceola counties. Call 407-422-1540 or visit adultliteracyleague.org The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park will present the community theater Florida premiere of the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening from July 29-Aug. 21. For reservations, call 407-920-4034. Trinity Prep, the Walt Disney World branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs and seven other area high schools will present the Broadway musical Hairspray at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-6, 19-20; and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 21. Trinity Preparatory School is located at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door prior to each show. Email Janine Papin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-282-2508.THURSDAYPeterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park will celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day by giving away 100 chocolate bars to the rst 100 people in the door at 10 a.m. July 28. The store is located at 300 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. Orlandos BRIO Tuscan Grille at Winter Park Village will pay tribute to National Lasagna Day by offering guests several lasagna entrees at half price on Thursday, July 28. Lasagna Day reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 407-622-5611.TUESDAYMembers of the Winter Park Police Department encourage all Winter Park residents to participate in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2. In honor of the event, the department will host a National Night Out Open House from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Facility located at 500 N. Virginia Ave. The Tar ower Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave, Orlando. Tia Meir will present a free program on sustainable gardening. Come early, enjoy the refreshments and visit with other native plant enthusiasts. Call 407-647-5233.WEDNESDAYTrivia 4 U is at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and 17 at the University Club of Winter Park. Bring your friends and form your own team of 4 or 5 players or join other teams. Your host, Charles Kulmann or Mike Anderson, bring new topical questions to each event, plus occasional surprises for the winners. Wine and snacks are provided. Call 407-6446149 or visit UniversityClubWinterPark.org AUG. 5The University Club will celebrate the MorseMcKean Legacy and the New Tiffany Wing at the Morse Museum at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Dr. Laurence J. Ruggiero, Morse Museum Director, will lead the lecture. Cost is $15; RSVP by Aug. 1. Call 407-644-6149 or visit UniversityClubWinterPark.orgAUG. 6The Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club will host a walk on Saturday, Aug. 6, starting at the Mellow Mushroom Restaurant, 2015 Aloma Ave., Winter Park. Participants may register and start the walk between 9 and 10 a.m. Participants should plan so they can nish by 1 p.m. Cost is $3 for AVA Credit and free for non-credit walkers. Visit mid oridamilers.orgAUG. 7Bach Festival Society will host Summer Sing, which will give community members an opportunity to participate in the creation of the music. This event is open to all who love to sing, regardless of experience or skill level. The event is at 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at Tiedtke Concert Hall at Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park. Visit BachFestivalFlorida.orgAUG. 8The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestras Sounds of Summer Series continues with Hornscapes, held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 in the Margeson Theater, located in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. Call 407-770-0071 or visit OrlandoPhil.org $100,000 $75,100 $60,906 $100,000 $100,000 $66,997 $73,026 $80,256 $86,677 $96,817 $85,199 $69,628 $100,000 $106,000 $112,360 $119,102 $126,248 $133,823 $133,823 $133,823 $136,365 $100,000 $107,000 $114,490 $131,079 $140,255 $150,073 $160,578 $171,818 $196,715 $183,845 $122,504 Which line gives you the best chance for success? According to paycheckforlife.com, three out of ve middle-class Americans entering retirement today are projected to outlive their nancial assets. 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A c cumula tion V alue S&P 500 Index Income Rider Value ONE SHOTYou only have at retirement will fall60% of Americans short. $73,026 $80,256 $69,628 of illustrating comparitive values and to illustrate how the Interest-Crediting Strategy might have performed using dierent assumptions but the same Index performance. Assumptions are not Member of(407)-644-6646www.aSafeHarbor.comBob Adams President/CEOA SafeHarbor, LLC email@example.comCall us or visitwww.YourLifetimeIncome.comfor your PERSONALIZED SAFE MONEY REPORT. We would like to thank the above local area participants for their support. WHERE: Winter Park Police DepartmentDATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:00p.m. ~ 8:3 0p.m. National Night Out is a campaign to recognize Neighborhood and Business Watch groups intent on 2011 we will showcase methods as well as the resources we all Neighborhood and Business Watch groups in our community. Please come for opportunities to meet with your fellow community resources regarding safety and crime prevention. Frank Gay Plumbing AC, heat and p lumbing needs The Home Depot hostile vegetation display Winter Park Lost Pets for your pets safety Armstrong Lock and Security locks & security products Orlando Gun Vault CCW permit classes and gun safety Victim Services Center of Orange County resources for victims of sexual assault & UNDERAWARE initiative The Area Agen cy on Aging senior safety Office of the Attorney General ID theft information Orange County Consumer Fraud Unit Better Business Bureau Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling Visiting Angels living assistance service Senior Resource Alliance ab use, neglect services for seniors Spring Hills Home Care emergency placements Child Senior Safety Baby & ITNOrlando dignified transportation for seniors WellCare more from Medicare Bank of America financial secu rity and safety Door Prizes! Games and activities for children! Free food and refreshments! Lots of free goodies! Winter Park Po lice Department Open House UNDERAWARE Come see WPPD displays like the SWAT Team, K 9 and specialized vehicles! We would like to thank the above local area participants for their support. WHERE: Winter Park Police DepartmentDATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 6:00p.m. ~ 8:3 0p.m. National Night Out is a campaign to recognize Neighborhood and Business Watch groups intent on 2011 we will showcase methods as well as the resources we all Neighborhood and Business Watch groups in our community. Please come for opportunities to meet with your fellow community resources regarding safety and crime prevention. 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Winter Park Po lice Department Open House UNDERAWARE Come see WPPD displays like the SWAT Team, K 9 and specialized vehicles! National Night Out is a campaign to recognize Neighborhood and Business Watch groups and the citizens of communitys intent on standing up against crime in their community. In celebration of Crime Prevention, Winter Parks theme in 2011 we recognize the active Neighborhood and Business Watch groups in our community. Please come for opportunities to meet with your fellow community resources regarding safety and crime prevention. 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Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 9 Winter Park / Maitland ObserverWith the fresh gold paint already dry on the walls of her office, Maria Simmons is settling into her job as the new executive director of the Maitland Chamber of Commerce. On Monday, she officially began her mission to provide for the Chambers 300 members and do more with less while harnessed by a tight budget. She has been the city of Casselberrys recreation division manager since February 2008, and will continue her work there through October, while handling her new role in Maitland. The job entailed being with a community and interacting with residents of all ages, Simmons said. I love doing things with a community. Taking the next stepWanting to utilize new technology and social media, Simmons is all about bringing the Chamber up to the next level and looking for ways to expand its outreach and communication in and around Maitland. Simmons replaces Mary Hodge, who held the position for 11 years. Hodge formally resigned in February, feeling that her time at the Chamber had run its course. She stayed on until the end of April, when a search began for her replacement. Fearful to hire someone who would create too much change and growth the city wasnt ready for, Denise Beumer, president of the Chamber and vice president of BB&Ts Maitland office, said she was very cautious and honest about moving at a pace Maitland could handle in selecting the right candidate for the job. We wanted to go to the next level, utilizing technology and what not, because were a bit behind other cities, but we were leery about making a giant leap we werent ready for, Beumer said. Maria is just enough of the leap we were looking for. Beating out nine other hopefuls for the job, as well as impressing the Chamber every step of the way through phone and in-person interviews, Simmons was a breath of fresh air to the Chamber, Beumer said. She brings a level of excitement and renewal that hasnt been in the Chamber for a while, she said. I got the impression right away that if she doesnt know you, shell know you very soon, which is great for working with members.Enhancing Maitlands imageKnowing Simmons was with the city of Casselberry when they started doing their branding and figuring out the citys identity, Beumer said knew she wanted her to help do the same for Maitland. Among helping launch Casselberrys current website in 2008 and creating an e-newsletter for the city, Simmons created popular events during her time there to raise funds for the arts, which she is a big proponent of, making her a good fit for events such as the Maitland Spring Festival of the Arts and the Taste of Maitland, Beumer said. One event was a jazz festival, featuring Latin jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, which took place in February. El Sentinel partnered with the city to sponsor the event. Another is the annual Swing Fore the Arts Golf Tournament event that Simmons helped implement in 2006. To date, the tournament has raised more than $30,000 for the citys arts programs.Focusing on the membersSimmons said she would like to bring a golf tournament fundraiser to Maitland for city leaders and chamber members in and around Orange County to build stronger relationships with one another and work together to improve the county. Every individual brings something to the table, and you never know what that will be, she said. The goal we should have is working for the people and bringing a good light and recognition to our cities. A renewed focus on educational programs and seminars for businesses and individual members of the chamber tools to survive tough economic times will also be a priority. Well wishesWhen it comes to providing for the members, former Director Hodge said, You have to show them you can provide them a service and give them a reason to keep coming back. Sad to see Simmons go, Mark Gisclar, public works director of the city of Casselberry and Simmons supervisor, had nothing but praises for her, calling her more of a friend than an employee. Maria was a big part of enhancing Casselberrys image and getting its name recognized, Gisclar said. Well miss her, but we wish her the very best.Lifestyles Savannah Court of Maitland Offers many entertaining, fun and educational events each month. Join us for one or all! 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.com A Senior Living Community where Hospitality is a Way of Life. 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990 www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 Select and Limited Suites starting at ONLY $2095 yet ComfortableA Senior Living Community where Hospitality is a Way of Life. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! Youre always welcome!Elegant Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above!Old Fashioned-Bazaar BashFriday, July 29th 10 a.m. 2 p.m. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERMaria Simmons, the new Maitland Chamber of Commerce executive director, is Casselberrys recreation division manager. Shell pull double duty, doing both jobs simultaneously until the end of October.CARMEN CARROQUINO Observer StaffMinding Maitlands businesses Learn moreVisit the Maitland Chamber of Commerce website at www. maitlandchamber.com
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 10 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Family Calendar The KidFest summer movie series is Tuesday through Thursday until July 31 at the Enzian. Screenings are free for everyone and individual tickets on weekends are only $5. Visit Enzian.org to view the movie schedule. Maitland Public Librarys Novel Destinations nal event is at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Nationally known artist Ahlin will demonstrate the art of Sumi-e, Japanese painting. A Japanese tea will follow the art class. Registration is necessary. Please contact the Library to register at 407-647-7700. On Aug. 2 at the Morse Museum, families can enjoy a guided museum tour and take-home activity. On Aug. 5, participants will see a short lm, visit the Tiffany exhibits and produce art. Reservations are required. Call 407-645-5311, extension 136. Popcorn Flicks in Central Park will feature Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade from 8-10 p.m. Aug. 11. Bring your blanket or chair to enjoy the movie under the stars and free popcorn in Central Park in downtown Winter Park. Rain date will be Aug. 25. Call 407-629-0054 or visit Enzian.org The state of Florida sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug.12 and end on 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. Teens (12-17) can work out free this summer at all Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs until Aug. 15 during its annual program to combat teen inactivity and obesity. For more information and to pre-register a teen, visit lff.com/ teen The Summer ArtCamp Student Exhibition will feature one completed project from each of the more than 300 ArtCamp participants, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and photography. The exhibition runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 24 at the Creald School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd. Call 407-6711886 or visit crealde.org/index Redeemer Lutheran Church, at 3377 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, is offering a summer camp with daily special events and weekly themes, such as self-esteem and how to treat others. Cost is $100/week, and includes free lunch and two snacks. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kindergarten through third grade. Before and aftercare is available. The Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave, has story times for toddlers and preschoolers at 6 p.m. every Monday and 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Baby story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Reading Buddies is at 4 p.m. every Thursday. Call 407647-7700. MAITLAND PRESCRIPTION SHOPPE HAS MOVED! After 23 years in The Shoppes at Maitland we are pleased to announce we have moved to The Royal Plaza in Maitland, behind Jeremiahs Italian Ice and next to Subway at the corner of 17-92 and Horatio. We look forward to continuing to serve the people of Maitland and Winter Park with our great service and low prices. The owners and employees at the Maitland Prescription Shoppe look forward to seeing you at our new location145 S. Orlando Ave. Maitland, FL 32751407-539-1110 17-92 Horatio AveJeremiahsMaitland Prescription Shoppe PHOTO COURTESY OF MISS FLORIDAThe newly crowned Miss Florida, Kristina Janolo, waves to the crowd on July 9. She won Miss Winter Park earlier this year.Hometown girl takes the stateBRITTNI JOHNSON Observer StaffAs she stood onstage, anxiously grasping her friends hands in hers, Kristina Janolo knew that this would be her last chance at a dream shed held close for nearly 10 years. As she heard the other womans name called, the reality rushed over her she was Miss Florida. I got weak in the knees, and I thought I was going to topple over, Janolo said. Janolo, 24, a senior marketing major at the University of Central Florida, competed as Miss Winter Park to win the Miss Florida crown on July 9. This win was more meaningful, Janolo said, because it was her last opportunity to compete for the crown and for the chance to be Miss America, a dream shes held since 15. Next year, she would have been too old to compete. I was so happy to see her dream come true, Mom Lorna Janolo said. It was really a sense of fulfillment.Competing on a whimAlways a girlie girl, the Kissimmee resident was a good fit for the pageant world. But she didnt consider it until she got a card in the mail advertising a local pageant when she was 15. It started on a fluke, Lorna said. On her first try, she became Miss Florida Junior Teen. I got bit by the bug, Janolo said. But it wasnt always an easy journey shed spent years competing in local pageants before vying for the elusive Miss Florida title. It was definitely a difficult road for me, she said. Its a constant battle, mentally and emotionally. The losses were tough, and just getting to the Miss Florida competition the first time took eight pageant tries. The good times have outshined the difficult ones, though. Janolo said shes gained tools that will serve her in the future and has learned more about herself than she would have if she hadnt done pageants. A future helping othersOne thing shes learned is exactly how she wants to spend her future. Her volunteer work for the Childrens Miracle Network through the Miss America pageant system inspired her to work toward a career as an executive director for a nonprofit. She left a major studying dentistry at USF to study marketing at UCF, which produced three other Miss Florida winners Jaclyn Raulerson in 2010, Rachael Todd in 2009 and Ericka Dunlap in 2003 (Dunlap won Miss America 2004). It makes me feel proud to be a Knight, she said. Two other UCF women were top 10 finalists, Jacqueline Boehme and Stephanie Ziajka. Eleven students competed for the crown. It shows that the University of Central Florida is a really strong institution that has a lot of intelligent young women, said Ross Amkraut, executive director for the Miss Winter Park pageant.Working for the titleAll the work shell do as Miss Florida isnt something Janolo has taken lightly. Shes spent the last six months preparing for the job and asked friend and Miss Florida 2006 Allison Kreiger Walsh for advice. Theyve talked over her plans and goals for hours upon hours, and Walsh said she knows shes ready. From the moment she stepped under the Miss Florida competition lights, Janolo knew this was her moment. Every time she was onstage, it was electric, Walsh said. It was her time; it was right. Janolo will volunteer to help her own organization, CARE (Commitment to Always Remember the Elderly) and Repower America, an organization working to move America toward clean, renewable energy to benefit the environment. Shell use the Miss Florida title to talk to students and the government about the organization, which she said will make a difference. We can save the world.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 11 Winter Park / Maitland Observer If we credit Picasso with the original depiction of the four-dimensional cube on the artists canvas, then we may thank the lyrical work of American painter Tony Robbin for bringing that concept into the computer age. Tony Robbin: A Retrospective opens at the Orlando Museum of Art on Saturday, July 30, and runs through Oct. 30. Robbin explores four-dimensional objects on canvas and in sculptures, resulting in vibrant works that are complex layers of geometric forms. The exhibit includes 25 paintings, works on paper, a sculpture and video animations. Each work invites the viewer into Robbins world while offering the joy of discovery to those who linger long enough to follow the colorful, multidimensional road-maps he presents. Art based on geometry is expected to be dry with only primary colors who wrote those rules? Robbin said. The OMA is located in Orlandos Loch Haven Park at 2416 N. Mills Ave. Parking is free. Call 407-896-4231 or visit omart.orgMad Cows UnderstudyFor those who enjoy a witty look behind the scenes at the comic absurdities of the world of theater, the Mad Cow Theatre presents The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck. The Understudy introduces us to Harry, played by Josh Geohagan, who is hired to back up the lead in a Kafka play on Broadway. (Kafka on Broadway is a leap of faith!) Jake, Brian Brightman the lead in the play within the play is a Hollywood action hero out to prove himself as a serious actor, and coming between them is the stage manager Roxanne, Michele Feren, who was at one time engaged to Harry. A Hollywood actor, a Broadway setting, a jilted bride-groom and Kafka thrown in for spice mean the resulting collision of characters provides us with a smart new comedy willing to poke fun at the world of theater. The Understudy will be performed from Aug. 5 through Aug. 28 at 105 S. Magnolia Ave. in downtown Orlando. Call 407-297-8788 or visit madcowtheatre.comIf Andy Warhol could do it Orlando artists Parker Sketch and M. Scott Morgan will fill Gallery Q (inside The Center at 946 N. Mills Ave.) with Trash for the month of August! In a tongue-in-cheek homage to Andy Warhol (who elevated trash to an art form), the Trash pieces are created from discards. Works range from flattened paint cans to vinyl LPs melted to create bowls. Parker Sketchs artwork is painted on actual trash such as used screen doors or paint cans. While many pieces are traditional in that they are painted on canvas, those paintings are of banana peels, beer cans and apple cores. The work has a pop art feel, and the artist presents them in a context of fun. M. Scott Morgan discovered a talent for building set dressing and props for the theater. Scotts approach to Trash comes from a 25-year-long career that has forced him to be a resourceful prop master, repurposing found items from thrift stores and garage sales. Where most people see trash, Scott sees potential, saying, One mans trash is truly another mans treasure. The opening reception will be held on Aug. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Center. Call 407-228-8272.More Sounds of Summer The Orlando Philharmonics popular Sounds of Summer Series continues with Hornscapes on Monday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. The sheer enjoyment of this series is in music programming that ranges from the serious to the not-so-serious. Other music includes J. S. Bachs Prelude and Fugue, Wagners Tannhauser Quartet and Anton Reichas Trio for Natural Horns. The performance will take place in the Shakespeare Center at 812 E. Rollins St. in Loch Haven Park. Call 407-7700071 or visit orlandophil.org JoshGarrick Josh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-522-3906.WHO ISGARRICK >Tony Robbin at Orlando Museum of Art 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO A VE MAITLAND FL 40 7 -629-0054 WW W .ENZIAN. ORGTHI S WEEK A T ENZIAN SUBMARINE THE PRINCESS BRIDE WINGED MIGRATION PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK AND AMY SIMPSON THE OBSERVERContractor Greg Hardwick stands in front of the house, called the New Southern Home, which his company is building in Winter Park using the Green Building Standard. Going green
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 12 Winter Park / Maitland Observer As we traipse through summer, there are bound to be a few sections of our gardens and landscapes that are overlooked or utterly ignored. While our attention may be elsewhere, pesky weeds are taking advantage of every resource they can. To stake your claim on territory once farmed but not entirely abandoned, mulch the terrain to smother intruders and maintain existing soil tilth. Timing is crucial to any mulching project. Once the soil is cleared and exposed, opportunistic plants (weeds) are destined to grow on any prepared spaces. Before the next generation of seeds germinates, cover the soil to prevent light from aiding the onslaught. This covering also physically impairs the plants stems and branches from establishing a presence. In addition to preventing seed-spread marauders, the vining and spreading weeds will not be able to get a toehold through an impervious ground cover. One trick that works well is the combination of dissimilar mulching materials. Sheer frustration could be defined as the invasion of intrusive weeds through a carpet of carefully spread pine bark nuggets. A simple layer of weed block fabric under particulate mulching materials is the double dose that is greater than the sum of the parts. I am particularly fond of the amalgamation of a few layers of newspaper topped with pine needles. Weeding along the garden trellis is tough work. Not only is pulling weeds along a linear space frustratingly slow work, the roots tangled through fencing add an industrial twist to the project. And you have both sides of the fence to contend with. Vowing to pull weeds along a fence or trellis as infrequently as possible, I cut strips of black plastic sheeting about two feet wide to run along the base of the perimeter. Cover the plastic with any decorative mulch, and this chore should be history. Once summer is over and weed growth drops back from overdrive, we can relax our attitude regarding the invasive hordes plundering our soil. During a more civilized growing season, consider the positive aspects of mulch. Protecting the soil from direct sunlight slows moisture loss. The volume of ground cover provides a habitat for beneficial soil life like earthworms. The mulch will eventually break down, adding organic matter to the soil. Even if the mulch is slow to decompose, it will protect the organic matter already accumulated in the soil from washing away in the rain. Natures simple method of littering the ground is a trick we can easily emulate. Opinion/Editorial Letters to the Editor Watchful eyesCongrats to city staff Ive lived in Winter Park for two years, and I feel lucky that I do. Its obvious that our city employees put a lot of effort into keeping this such a beautiful city, with services we can count on. This is just a note of appreciation to those employees, who I see have been in the news lately. I am one Winter Park resident one among many who wants to thank them and stands with them. Mary Wolford Winter ParkBe a Fit Friendly company Kudos to the Winter Park and Maitland companies that are focused on corporate wellness. Sadly, adult Americans spend most of their waking hours at work sitting at a desk. This makes them vulnerable to health risks associated with inactive lifestyles. Studies suggest that by starting a worksite physical activity program and promoting a culture of activity, you can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and ing companies, a healthier workplace helps employees live healthier, longer lives. The American Heart Association is encouraging local companies to apply for their Fit Friendly Award. The recognition honors employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees health, rewarding companies for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff. Highlighting such companies will encourage other organizations to follow their lead and employ physical activity practices such as providing a walking program and routes, allowing staff to wear athletic shoes in the workplace on designated sneaker days and utilizing tracking tools to motivate employees. The American Heart Association offers tools like the free Start! Walking Program to create a healthier workplace environment, along with customized staff support. Companies immediate sources, including the MyStart! Online tracking tool wellness programs to employees distribution to employees Forty-four companies in Central Florida are currently designated as Fit Friendly by the American Heart Association. Its easy to gain recognition for the work your company is doing to help for the online application or contact the American Heart Association at 407-4816380. An American Heart Association Expert Panel reviews applications and awards recognition to your company. Each year, companies may renew their Fit-Friendly status.Cesar Calvet Chairman of the Board American Heart AssociationHousing prices are stabilizing Central Floridas housing slump may have bottomed out and housing prices are stabilizing though it may be some time before housing values begin to climb again. cline has left prices down 40-60 percent from the market high and many home sellers have held off placing their homes on the market hoping for a recovery. Pricing stabilization has taken a long time, and price increases wont be realized until sometime in the future. Home sellers who are holding off waiting for better market conditions may miss out on the greatest buying opportunity if they are looking to purchase a new residence. While sellers may realize a lower price than they might hope for, they also have the opportunity to acquire another residence for much less than they could before. Please see LETTERS Next Page Magic of mulch Tom Carey GARDENFrom my to yoursTom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page.WHO ISCAREY >Its common now to see a lightning-like flash while sitting at an intersection in Orange County. Someone just got a ticket for running a red light. We might think twice before running a red light because were afraid that the red-light running cameras, installed at intersections throughout Orange and Seminole counties over the last several years, might capture us one day. But are these cameras really saving lives? Some municipalities are handing out several hundred red-light running tickets a month per intersection, which means that many people are running lights despite the cameras presence. Last week, 17-year-old Matthew Knorr died when a man ran a red light in east Orange County and slammed into the passenger side of the car Knorr was riding in. Knorrs father, 42-year-old John Knorr, was critically injured. Matthew was pronounced dead at the scene. There may not have been a camera at the intersection where this tragedy occurred, but incidences like this should serve as a reminder that intersections are very dangerous places, whether theyre patrolled by a camera or not. Observer reporter Amy Simpson wrote last week that Maitland issued more than 200 red-light running citations in January alone and 86 in June. When Winter Park installed cameras in February, 372 tickets were issued; 227 were mailed to drivers in June. So behaviors are changing, at least at monitored intersections. Many of us are usually in a hurry when on the road. To someone running late for a meeting, a yellow light at an intersection doesnt mean slow down it screams, put the pedal to the metal. Perhaps knowing that so many people are still breezing through intersections after the light turned red will make drivers proceed a little more cautiously when crossing the road. As for those intersections that are electronically patrolled, the jury is still out as to whether they cut down on the number of accidents. Some reports say the number of redlight running-related crashes have dramatically decreased in cities that have installed cameras while other figures show that rear-end collisions actually increased at some intersections after the cameras were installed. Meanwhile, some officials have said that its too early to tell whether theyve made a difference because the program is still young. No matter if an intersection is armed with cameras or not, the best place to practice patience is behind the wheel of a car. Take caution and treat every intersection like youre on camera.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 13 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The market is adjusting, and today we are at the point where we have a new pricing normal. Within the Greater Orlando market area, we have a variety of markets, as well as a variety of market conditions that will have an impact on what a property will sell for. Housing types that can vary greatly from a pricing standpoint are: gated communities that may be lakefront or golf front; are in transition neighborhoods; houses There are also market challenges that can affect a propertys value. Generally speaking the retail home, which is not impacted by distress, will perform at the highest level. A short sale ranges somewhere in between a retail sale and a bankowned property. A bank-owned property is generally the lowest priced property on the market. In almost all market areas and market types, prices have varied greatly, but the one condition we are beginning to see develop in most areas is that there are signs of market stabilization and even in a few market areas, there may be properties that are slightly undervalued. As prices begin to stabilize, we begin to see the New Pricing Normal. This is the price readjustment where a property stabilizes, and the consumer who has done his research realizes this is a fair price in todays market, which generally results in a sale. The markets that have experienced the least amount of distress (bank-owned properties and short sales) are performing at higher levels, and in some select neighborhoods, pricing may even be up slightly from the year before. Real estate remains a neighborhood business, with some neighborhoods performing extremely well, while others will continue to experience distress and continue to search out the New Pricing Normal. Property owners who are selling in todays market and selves in a win-win situation.Roger Soderstrom Founder and owner Orlando-based Stirling Sothebys International RealtyOrlandos building of an arts center costing some $383 million arouses interesting thoughts in one who has performed in some 11 countries. A concert hall is a sizable venue where various artistic organizations have a decorous and well-equipped place to do their thing. The fact that two local major performing arts organizations have gone belly up is lamentable, for both the Orlando Opera Company and Festival of Orchestras would have been natural fits for the sumptuous new hall. One wonders if a city would build a football stadium without teams to play in it. Certainly Orlando, in compliance with longstanding instructions on the subject, would use public performance buildings primarily to serve local performing arts organizations and only secondarily to be at the disposal of commercial ventures imported from, for example, New York. If Im not mistaken, the intent of the Bob Carr updating some years ago was publicized as renovation for local arts organizations, while many in the public said it was done to accommodate Broadways Phantom of the Opera. Didnt local arts producers often have dates shot down by the power of commercial ventures that used the hall to profit producers far from Orlando? Reference value I was recently telephoned and asked to produce a character reference by a person I know only from several chance meetings. Politely, I refused to produce the reference requested, explaining that, on the basis of cursory acquaintance, she could be a person of the highest character or someone quite the opposite. Giving references that turn out wrong erases the value of the giver in future instances where he might be of valid help. People often make incorrect evaluations of other people even when they have adequate time the divorce courts are full of these people. Presidential change In what ways has Obama changed America? 1. Housing values have dropped sharply and are still declining. 2. Obama promised unemployment would go no higher that 8 percent if he got his stimulus bill. Instead, we blew billions on his bill and unemployment has increased markedly. 3. Obama stalls and stammers whenever he is asked if we should still be in Afghanistan, and Guantanamo is still open. 4. Our economic recovery is nonexistent. 5. Our national debt is climbing. Obama is accumulating debt at triple the rate of George W. Bush. 6. Obama seems to smile upon with tax breaks a lot of those companies and unions that support his views. Are you happy about your country? George Washington promoted religious freedom in our new country. He sponsored the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, whose leader, Moses Seixas, wrote, in 1790: Permit the children of the stock of Abraham to approach you with the most cordial affection and esteem. We reflect on those days of difficulty, and danger, when the God of Israel shielded your head in the day of battle and we rejoice to think that the same Spirit rests and ever will rest upon you as you discharge the arduous duties of Chief Magistrate in these States. Our country has always provided a home for free religious beliefs. The truth of George Washingtons simple parable of a boy and the cherry tree has inspired American kids through the generations. Ive thought about the nature of God quite a bit over the years. I regularly read on the subject particularly as it pertains to my interest in Western civilization. always of interest because it reflects, perhaps even clearer than the dogma, the essential character of the human God. As Marshall McLuhan suggested, The medium is the message. Nowhere does the medium so transcend the message than in the history of the Catholic Church. It is the longestrunning successful corporation in history. Im reading a delightful new book by John Julius Norwich titled, Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy. He writes about the Catholic Church not from the perspective of its religious beliefs but what it took for this institution (corporation) to succeed in the rough and tumble world of secular man. Tough going it has been. Yet 2,000-plus years later, it survives. Chris, you cannot exclude the message. That is why the Church prevailed. I am not so inclined to believe that, but for the sake of this discussion, let us say, Perhaps. To get on message, there are two considerations that continue to perplex me specifically about the Christian God. Small things for sure, but if any reader has an explanation, please give me your revelation. What kind of God is it that, right out of the blocks, insists in the Ten Commandments that the No. 1 commandment is, Thou shalt have no other god before me. Now, of course, other gods would include the literal definition of god, but accordingly, we also mustnt make power or possessions our god, either. This has always struck me as insanely funny. You are the most powerful entity there is. You know absolutely everything that will ever be, and your foremost concern is worrying about whether your little dirtball creation, man, and his heavenly spare rib, woman, idolize something other than you? This is a tough sell to me. My amazement is best summed up by Exodus 34:14 (New International Version) Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. What kind of entity, peerless by the way, is so insecurely jealous? I welcome your observations. Extrapolating what we understand about God, I make the following assertion, There cannot be a godly unintended consequence. Unless we change the definition of God, unless omniscient to know everything is omitted from the definition, we must conclude that Gods actions have no unintended consequences. It is inherently impossible. You know, can God create a mountain He cannot lift? This reality begs a question. It became fashionable, once upon a time, to compare God to a clockmaker who set time (and space) in motion, created the universe, toiled in the soil creating man, da, da, da. Thought it was good, blah, blah, blah. You know the story. OK, fast forward. 20th century Asia. The bomb bay doors open and napalm bombs cascade (Apocalypse Nowlike) onto sleeping Vietnamese villages and the burning, screaming innocent children run from their thatch huts with skin melting like butter from their arms. Knowing this from the get-go, why wouldnt you, God, ol Holy Geppetto, tweak your puppet (man)? Just a subtle improvement or two. Surely you could have. Oh, free will? Explain how those sleeping nonChristian children exercised their free will? Uh, uh, uh enough with the message.Editorial Cartoons LouisRoney HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney)WHO ISRONEY > ChrisJepson Jepson is a 24-year resident of Florida. Hes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. 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Thursday, July 28, 2011 Page 16 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Margaret Dolores Sissie Donovan, 78, of Orlando, Fla., passed away Wednesday, July 20 in Winter Park. She was born in Winchester, Va. She was a trafc management specialist for the federal government. She was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, CCW and TREA. She loved quilting, crafts and, especially, spending time with her grandchildren. Dolores is survived by her husband, Alvin G. Donovan, Jr. of Orlando, Fla.; son, Alvin G. Donovan, III of Queensland, Australia; daughter, Cheryl F. Donovan of Winter Springs, Fla.; sisters, Mary L. Hykes and Linda K. Pack; brother, Gary L. Orr; and granddaughters, Brenna Warner and Maija Donovan. Daniel V. Gasparro, 69, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011. A native New Yorker, Daniel died peacefully in the comfort of his Florida home alongside the warm presence of his beloved family. Daniel is survived by his wife, Rose Ann, son Sean, daughter Danielle, mother Angelina, brothers Ron, Michael and John, sister Angela Gasparro-Noto, numerous nieces and nephews, and he is predeceased by his father, John. Daniel was a devoted and loving husband and father and a proud Italian-American and New York Yankees fan who savored lifes colorful ride from the drivers seat of his Corvette convertible. In July 2010, Daniel retired as a treasured employee of Home Depot, where he enjoyed working for 28 years. A memorial viewing in Daniels honor was held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Baldwin Fairchild E. Altamonte Chapel, 994 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. William Harder Buck Bowden, 74, of Winter Garden, Fla., passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011. He was born in Inter Garden, Fla., on Jan. 19, 1927 to Adna Alberta and William Coston Bowden. Mr. Bowden served in the U.S. Air Force, he was an inspector for Continental Can for 35 years and a bus driver for Walt Disney World for 10 years. Services are pending. Please check back later. Arrangements are by Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Gar den Chapel 428 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787. Call 407-656-2233. Leo Ernest Harden, 80, of Lake Mary, Fla., passed away Friday, July 22, 2011. He was born Dec. 21, 1930 in Monte Vista, Colo., to Frances and Ida (Asay) Harden. He was an electrician. Leo is survived by his wife, Leona, loving family and friends. There are no services scheduled. Taselin Whaughup, 83, of Orlando, Fla. passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011. She was born in Crofts Hill, Clarendon, Jamaica to John and Rebecca (Hayles) Pennant. She was a nurse and a member of Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church. Taselin loved to travel, she was always helping others and she was always well-dressed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aston, and son, Gleastan. She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Seay, four grandchildren and one sister. Her service is 11 a.m. Sunday Aug. 7 at Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1400 Bear Lake Road, Apopka, FL 32703. James B. Carr, 60, of Orlando, Fla., died Thursday, July 21, 2011. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, to Vernon and Jean (Dodge) Carr. He is survived by his daughter Jamie, sons Steven and Shawn, three grandchildren and his mother Jean Engelmeier. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, East Altamonte Chapel, 994 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL.Obituaries
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