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Title: Winter Park-Maitland observer
Alternate title: Winter Park Maitland observer
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Winter Park FL
Publication Date: 08-25-2011
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began with v. 1, no. 1, Jan. 26, 1989.
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ursday, Aug. 25, 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. Before the city invests in a new bathroom at Fleet Peeples Park, there needs to be a meetingPage 10 CalendarMagical Dining Month kicks off on Sept. 1 and features threecourse meals for $30.Page 6 Government girlWPHS student serves as president pro tempore in D.C. and meets President Obama.Page 7 Page 2 City collects dozens of guns d Chances are, if you live in Regents Park, youve met Evelyn Pines. Whether she was your tour guide when you first arrived or shes whizzed by you in her motorized wheelchair in the halls, Pines is prompt in welcoming and showing you around her home. If you can keep up with her, in both wit and speed, shell show you the activities room where Mr. C Andy Constantini directs, as he calls it, the Regents Symphony Orchestra, with him leading on acoustic guitar and residents following along, shaking tambourines and tapping drumsticks. Shell let you peek into group therapy rooms, where she, her friends and neighbors go to work on their speech, physical and occupational skills pedaling on stationary bike pedals, lifting light hand weights and working on puzzles. Shell speed down the long carpeted halls earning the flame decals that emblazon her chairs wheels, waving and greeting neighbors along the way, until she reaches her home-awayfrom-home address: Regents Park, Room 108. If I cant be at my homehome, said Pines, an eight-year Regents Park Nursing Home long-term resident, Im glad to be here. This is my home.Advertisement uproarPines relocated to Regents Park eight years ago when affects of multiple sclerosis made her unable to remain at home. Executive Director Gayle Scarborough named her the Winter Park nursing homes goodwill ambassador, and now she shows potential residents around. She is also one of the first to respond when the quality of the living in her home is brought into question. A full-page advertisement ran in the Observer earlier this month, in which a Tampa law firm, Wilkes and McHugh, cited multiple infractions of the home. It asked residents or their loved ones who had been affected by failures in care while living in Regents Park to contact the firm for a free consultation. Pines was one of many PHOTO BY ISAAC BACOCK THE OBSERVEREvelyn Rae Pines volunteers as an ambassador to visitors and residents at Regents Park nursing home, which she said shes proud to call her home away from home. Please see REGENTS Page 2SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Residents and workers defend Winter Park nursing home after its targeted by Tampa law rmMaitland wants to move its SunRail station closer to its downtown center, but the city has a tough battle ahead of it. Such a move would halt development of the entire SunRail system, which will run 61 miles through Greater Orlando between DeLand and Poinciana, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Monday. All work on the SunRail system would stop until the impact of moving or deleting the Maitland station was assessed, FDOT stated. At press time Tuesday, Maitland was working to set up a special meeting with FDOT District 5 Secretary Noranne Downs and Congressman John Mica to go over its options. Check wpmobserver.com for meeting information. Downs did not return a request for comment. Mica was unavailable to comment, but his office emailed the following statement: Any change at this stage may be difficult since all par ties federal, state and local have finalized their agreements. We will work with Maitland to explore any viable options.Downtown successMaitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker said that moving the SunRail station from the Parker Please see SUNRAIL Page 3JENNY ANDREASSON Observer StaffMaitland says move SunRail station Home with heart PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERDeveloper Dan Bellows, right, presents plans to fast-track his project on Monday, including cutting Maitland out of the deal and adding a 1 percent user tax.A development that could transform a 54-acre area between Winter Park and Maitland may be annexed entirely into Winter Park and could break ground on a new restaurant in weeks, if developer Dan Bellows can get the city to agree to it. The Benjamin Partners developer spoke with Winter Park city officials Monday at a meeting to decide which city will house the land hell develop into a mixed-use district that would include commercial, retail and residential units. Ravaudage would all be built on land spanning north and west from the intersection of U.S. 17-92 and Lee ISAAC BABCOCK Observer StaffProject speeds upBellows pushes deal for Ale House Please see RAVAUDAGE Page 3

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 2 Winter Park / Maitland Observer to jump to the defense of the home. The infractions listed on the ad as failures ranged from those regarding resident care and the homes hiring practices. The infractions date from June 2008 to August 2010. Information on the national Medicare. gov website confirms that said infractions did occur, but Pines, along with other residents and employees, were upset about the way in which they were presented. To me, it is the distorted truth, Scarborough said. They made it sound worse than it is. Residents and Regents Park employees took to defend their home, sending in more than a dozen letters to the editor defending the quality of life and care they have experienced living at Regents. Licensed nursing assistant Irlande Dor said she has had nothing but positive experiences working at Regents Park. She said though shes the one providing care, coming to work every day is her own form of therapy. When Im working here, you see my teeth always, she said of her constant smile during her shifts. You cant find those things they said here, said Frank Sawyer, a resident for the past two and a half years, tears welling in his eyes and an oxygen tube resting under his nose. Its not nice (to say); its disrespectful. Ive got everything I want here this is my home.Meeting standardsFollowing Regents Parks last review by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last August, the home was overall ranked two out of five possible stars on the national quality scale, which Medicare determines as below average. The home was cited for 13 health deficiencies; the range reported by all nursing homes in the state of Florida was anywhere from zero to 33. Regents Park, which houses 120 beds, received one out of five stars ranking in health inspections, two out of five for nursing home staffing, and five out of five for quality measures. Bob Moos, public affairs specialist for Medicare, said that this star-rating system is only the beginning measure of the quality REGENTS | Nursing home was cited 13 times in 2010 CONTINUED FROM FRONT P AGE of a nursing home. For someone considering different nursing homes, he advises them to use this scale as a starting-off point, but that visiting the home is the only true way to gauge its ability to meet residents needs. I think a one-star rating, or a lower rankings, should just tell you that you need to do more research, visit the home and talk to the people who live there, he said. A lower-star ranking, he said, should serve as a flagged warning that those considering the home need to ask some pointed questions. If a home reaches a level of habitual offenses and repeatedly failed inspections, it is listed as a Special Focus Facility. Regents Park is not listed as such.Directors defenseScarborough, the executive director of Regents Park for the past 15 months, said the home has been working to address issues cited in its 2010 review and to get a better ranking following this years review, which is set for this month. She said all deficiencies noted on last years review were cleared 30 days after the inspection and that includes all infractions cited on the Wilkes and McHugh law firm advertisement, which is confirmed by Medicare. There are tons of things [the inspectors] are looking for, Scarborough said, pulling out a 5-inch think red binder of regulations to defend her point. We try real hard to be perfect, but its really hard. When discrepancies are noted, she said the home finds a way to fix it and get the necessary changes done to better care for its residents. No one wakes up in the morning and wants to come to a nursing home, she said. Its our job is to make it as much a home as possible for them.Current claimsJim Wilkes, of Wilkes and McHugh, said the purpose of the ad was just that: an ad to draw them more business. He said nursing home regulation and enforcement of policy is an area often ignored by the public. For a lot of places, its more about the business model and not about the care, he said. Advertisements, like the one targeting Regents Park, he said, are made to draw attention to the possibility of the impact of these infractions. A representative from the firm said that Wilkes and McHugh has no current or previous complaints or suits filed against Regents Park. Scarborough said she has never had any contact with the firm.Coming homeIn her room, sedentary for the moment beside her visiting daughter Ashley and infant grandson, Pines reflects back eight years to when she first chose Regents Park to become her new home. She said she and her daughter toured other nursing homes, but none were as homey as Regents Park. Id walk in [others], and theyd smell like pee! Evelyn said. That doesnt happen here, her daughter added. I just fell in love with the people here, Evelyn said. This is my home. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVERWinter Park Police collected 40 guns at its rst Kicks4Guns buyback event on Friday. About1,400 guns were collected throughout Central Florida. Wrangling guns

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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 bob@asafeharbor.comCall us or visitwww.YourLifetimeIncome.comfor your PERSONALIZED SAFE MONEY REPORT. Lumber property on the north side of the city closer to the heart of downtown behind the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland on George Avenue would be fabulous. But he doesnt want his city to hold up the project. My understanding is the FTA (Federal Transit Administration) would stop the whole line, which would then hold up the other cities, Schieferdecker said. That to me is not fair. If we can work around that that would be great. DOT officials told Maitland on Monday that relocating the station to the church site would necessitate a revision to the federal funding grant, halting the system and causing costly contract delays. DOT would also have to construct an additional track from north of Sybelia Parkway to Ventris Avenue and make crossing improvements to five cross streets. It would also have to perform an environmental study, which would take nine months to a year.Design changesMaitland City Council members were not disheartened by the DOTs list of requirements that were presented during Mondays regular meeting. All agreed that the relocation is something they want to pursue. I cant express enough how sad I would be if we could have moved the station closer to our downtown and didnt, Councilman Phil Bonus said. When Council approved the SunRail station location in 2009, it was their only option because design guidelines mandated that stations had to have at least 1,000 feet of straight track. That number was revised in January to 800 feet, Schieferdecker said, qualifying the lot behind the church property. Gov. Rick Scott didnt validate the new rule for another six months. But Wallace said that DOT told him the church location still comes up short of that new number by about 200 feet because of a curve coming out of George onto Horatio Avenue. We have a lot of hurdles to go over we have to hear the whole thing out and then go from there, Schieferdecker said. Former Maitland City Councilman and First Presbyterian Church member Jeff Flowers said Councils dream has always been to have the station in the new downtown and now that could be possible. These people (DOT) need to get on board a positive course instead of a negative one, Flowers said. If we can get Mica to come to our rescue, we could really pull this off. He said the station would also benefit the 130-year-old 750-member First Presbyterian Church, whose preschool is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. This would be the new front door of the church, Flowers said. Ron Smith, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, agreed that it would offer a great opportunity for outreach to the community. We could more effectively deliver healing and help to folks, he said. The church would also get to share parking with the SunRail garage. Smith said that moving the station makes sense for the city, SunRail and the church. It maximizes assets for everybody concerned, Smith said. Its a win-winwin situation.SUNRAIL | Mayor says its not fair to delay projectRAVAUDAGE | Mayor suspicious of quick deal CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGERoad. The project has been in the works for 14 years, Bellows said, while Benjamin Partners slowly bought properties in the area bordered at the south end by Lee Road and spanning from 17-92 at the east to Bennett Road at the west, and bordered at the north by Lake Avenue. But his announcement that he wanted to build the entirety of the project in Winter Park caught officials by surprise. It was slated for land in Orange County and Maitland, plus land recently ceded by Winter Park. I think its going to be best if all 54 acres go into Winter Park, Bellows said. I could leave it in Orange County, I could put it all in Maitland, but this is where wed like to end up. That idea took Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker by surprise, as hes been in group talks with Winter Park officials and Bellows about a deal that would include both cities. We had an agreement that we would share it, Schieferdecker said. Winter Park and Maitland have had a very close relationship for many years. We share lakes, we share schools, we share transportation issues. We are like almost one. Were joined at the hip.Ale House comingBellows said he was trying to move the project forward more quickly to start construction, which would likely start with building an Ale House restaurant at the developments southeast corner, on U.S. 17-92 and Lee Road. Were looking to break ground at the end of the month, he said. We have a fully executed contract with Ale House. In order to do that, he said, he needs Winter Park to agree to the annexation deal. And that deal would include a new element, naming the project a Community Development District and funneling money from property taxes, utility taxes and even adding a 1 percent user tax to the businesses that would be built there. Bellows proposed that idea at Mondays meeting, which caught some commissioners off guard. Can you let us breathe after that? Mayor Ken Bradley asked. Theres an awful lot to take in. Property taxes, utility taxes and other taxes and fees would be split with the city to help pay off bond debt used to finance the project, Bellows said. Once the debt was paid, the tax splits would end. City Manager Randy Knight said that usually CDD agreements are made well ahead of developing, but with a contract for a restaurant nearly complete, the process was handled more expeditiously. The intention was always to come up with the CDD documents up front, Knight said. With this rush with the Ale House portion of the deal, some of the pieces are out of order here. [Bellows] has instructed us to try to get infrastructure outto get the Ale House put in there. The worst thing is that we get the infrastructure out there and the Ale House deal falls through, but theres still good infrastructure out there.Rushed dealBut the sudden push to get an agreement between the developer and Winter Park irked some officials, who said that the city needed more time. Its been 14 years of work, and he suddenly gives us two weeks to get this done; thats not how this is going to work, Bradley said. Theres obviously something going on that Im not aware of. Commissioner Tom McMacken said that he didnt want the city to make a quick decision on the CDD designation or the deal with Benjamin Partners. Im not comfortable with that without special counsel involved, McMacken said. Im not prepared to act in that quick a timeframe on this scale of a project. Thats my mindset at the moment. Were talking about doing something in three weeks which impacts a major development within the city and commits us. Bellows said that he wanted to get the deal approved so that the city could begin building infrastructure that would allow the Ale House to open. At that point, money would begin flowing into the project and make it look more promising to investors. Winter Park Development Director Jeff Briggs agreed, citing that the one percent additional user tax, which would bump sales tax up to 7.5 percent on every sale, would help add revenue quickly. You can see where that would really generate some money, because again with that restaurant, now 1 percent of every sale, every beer, every hot dog, thats going to generate much more significant money, Briggs said. The project is expected to come up again at the next Commission meeting, Sept. 12, in a public hearing. CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 4 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The Bach Festival Youth Choir is auditioning for new members ages 9-16. Contact Bach Festival Youth Choir conductor Devon Kincaid to schedule an audition for your student. Email youthchoir@BachFestivalFlorida.org or call 407-206-1900, extension 3312. The Orlando areas overall median home price climbed to $117,000 in July. Since January, Orlandos median price has increased by 23.29 percent. The median price is also 7 percent higher than the $108,700 recorded in July 2010. Visit www.orlrealtor.com and click on Housing Statistics for more information. A little more than 15 months ago, Robin Sanchez opened her heart and home to Reardon, a black Labradorgolden retriever mix who is training to be an assistance dog. Holler Drivers Mart honored Sanchez, Reardon and Canine Companions for Independence as Heroes during the July 23 Orlando Predators game. Seniors First Inc. was recently awarded a $375,000 grant from Dr. Phillips Charities. The funds will be used to remodel Seniors Firsts west ofce on L.B. McLeod Road. Following the renovation, the consolidation of staff under one roof will centralize services, create stafng efciencies and save expenses. If you wish to take part in the Winter Park Paint Out in 2012, send a letter of interest to thepolasek@winter parkpaintout.org no later than Thursday, Sept.15: Explain your interest and commitment. Include an active link to your website in the email. Attach a current resume.School newsOrange County Public Schools has received a Florida Healthy School District Silver Award, which recognizes it as a leader in the state when it comes to health services, family/community involvement and health promotion to staff members. State Rep. Bryan Nelson is now seeking applicants for the Florida House of Representatives page and messenger program. You must live in the Orange County community and be 13-18 years old. The program is one week during the 2012 legislative session in Tallahassee. The deadline to apply is Sept. 16. Call 407-8842023.Ways to give backThe rst $10,000 raised through the Foundations Classrooms Supplies Campaign will be matched $1 for $1 by the states School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program to support low-income classrooms. More than 100,000 Or ange County students are on the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Invest by visiting www.foundationforocps.orgCommunity 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 2011www.wpmobserver.com | Phone: 407-563-7000 | Fax: 407-563-7099 | editor@observernewspapers.comP.O. Box 2426 Winter Park, FL 32790 Published Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 CONTACTSVolume 23, Issue Number 34PUBLISHER Kyle Taylor 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com MANAGING EDITOR Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com DESIGNER Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com REPORTERS Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com Isaac Babcock 407-563-7023 isaacb@observernewspapers.com LEGALS | CLASSIFIEDS Ashley McBride legal@FLAlegals.com classieds@observernewspapers.com COPY EDITORS Isaac Babcock Padrick Brewer COLUMNISTS Chris Jepson Jepson@MediAmerica.us Louis Roney LRoney@c.rr.com Josh Garrick joshgarrick9@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Tracy Craft 407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com SUBSCRIPTIONS | CIRCULATION Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com OBITUARIES obit@observernewspapers.comBarnies Coffee & Tea Company is becoming Barnies CoffeeKitchen. This fall, the company will remodel their agship Park Avenue store followed by Baldwin Park and will open a new location in the CityArts Factory building in downtown Orlando. The stores will double in seating capacity and feature a breakfast and lunch menu drawing from the farm-to-table philosophy of utilizing seasonal, local ingredients. The Girl Scouts of Citrus Council honored Andrea Massey-Farrell, president and CEO of Massey CommuniDistinction Awards Program on July 29. The Orlando Health Foundations ONE NIGHT event, with a sold-out crowd of 700, netted $260,000 for the Orlando Regional Medical Center Level One Trauma Center. NAI Realvest recently negotiated a renewal agreement for 7,520 square feet of ofce space at 800 Fairway in Deereld representing Orlando-based TLC Engineering for Architecture. On Aug. 3, Full Sail University was named School/College of the Year by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools & Colleges (FAPSC) during the FAPSC Annual Conference. The Orlando Museum of Art has again been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive: Accreditation by the American Association of Museums. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has ofcially named the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children as a recipient of Magnet recognition status, which recognizes hospitals for excellence in nursing. Moore Stephens Lovelace welcomes Donna Haynes, CPA, to the rm as an audit supervisor. ture, engineering and interior design rm, has announced the addition of three new employees to its team of talented professionals: Sam Sampoux, AIA, John S tellpug, P E and Daniel Chapman. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects LLC, based in Baldwin Park, was awarded a contract to design the remodeling of Michaels Arts & Crafts store located in Altamonte Springs. Mrs. Shirley Guignard was recognized as the winner of Maitlands Best Recycler by City Manager ard Schieferdecker (Right) and Maitland Recycling Manager Roxanne Long (Right). Recycle queen More than 600 students at the Park Maitland School are on a journey to combat obesity and create a culture of health and wellness in their school. They recently got a surprise visit from Orlando Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw and Magic Dancers as well as Florida Hospital for Childrens Master Disease Fighter, Doc Fu. Fighting obesity On Thursday, Aug. 11, Dairy Queen hosted its sixth annual Miracle Treat Day to benet Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals. Miss Florida and local Miracle Families visited Dairy Queen locations around Or lando. Grace Braswell, a Miracle Child from Casselberry, poses with Kristina Janolo, Miss Flor ida 2011. Treats for sweets ter Park Breakfast Rotary Club participated in HOPEs Backto-School Bash in Oviedo. The celebration was attended by more than 500 children from their Kids of Hope summer meal Rotary meets each Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Best Orlando Avenue. Back to school

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 5 Winter Park / Maitland Observer On Friday, Aug. 19, playing to an Maitland City Council hosted a work session of our Community Redevelopment Agency Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, the CRA Advisory Board and our community residents to review several key projects being planned for Maitlands CRA district and our downtown. In addition to the projects being discussed, we also reviewed a new downtown master plan. In the conceptual stage at this point, this plan shows great promise in drawing to Maitlands central downtown, the types of development we have been looking for. The format of the discussion was designed to ask the individual developer and/or development partners to give a thumbnail sketch of themselves and their company and describe their project through a graphic and narrative presentation. We began in the northern quadrant of the CRA District The Sawmill District and moved southward concluding with the Central Downtown Independence Lane, Horatio and Packwood Avenues. Our development partners and their presentations were: Transportation Engineer/ Planner SunRail Update.Maitlands Commuter Rail project is now a reality. Scheduled to open in 2014, it becomes a critical component as we move into the development phase. Our partners Congressman John Mica, Florida Department of Transportation, Brandon Partners/Parker family, and CNL Bank are poised to develop the northern anchor for Maitlands CRA District. Atlantic Housing Partners Senior Housing Apartments.Not to forget our seniors, Atlantic Housing Partners is in the process of securing funding for 90 units of quality senior housing. The project will be located at the corner of Sybelia Parkway and U.S. Highway 17-92.This project will also have easy access to shopping (Publix) and transportation (Sun Rail and Lynx), making life a little easier for those residents. Capital /John Cunningham, ACI Estates at Maitland (Ravinia).These luxury apartments are just across the street from our Senior Housing on Sybelia Parkway. Designed by ACi, an internationally recognized archi425 units and 20,000 square feet of development. This development package will help to round out the residential component of the overall CRA Districts buildout, and is scheduled to begin of 2012. Independence Lane.A critical part of any development success is securing adequate infrastructure to support the redevelopment sought. Extending Maitlands Independence Lane to George Avenue is a part of a program to not only open up a new roadway but it will also extend this part of the Citys stormwater grid, tying it to the regional stormwater facility. This link is made possible through the cooperation of the Smith family, Roger Judski and the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland. EngineeringHoratio Avenue Improvements.Another critical roadway project undertaken by the city and funded by Congressman Mica and the Florida Department of Transportation is the improvement of Horatio Avenue. and on-street parking are to be part of this project. These improvements are fully funded and are scheduled to start in November of this year. Design Associates (PDA) & Jere Pile, local RealtorSmith Retail Development.The Smith family, Roger Judski and the city are moving to redevelop the area on the northern border of Horatio Avenue. The project is to provide some 28,000 square feet of new retail, restaurants and a nationally known pharmacy. This development will secure the northern end of the citys Central Downtown already anchored on the south by the construction of our new City Hall and Fire Station #45 at the intersection of Packwood Avenue and Independence Lane. Vision. Mayor Schieferdecker, working with the City Council, the Citys CRA Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission, presented a new vision to the development of our Downtown. The overall concept will involve new retail, a redevelopment program for the Winn Dixie and Royal Plaza site and the provision of a critical component the construction of a public /private parking structure to serve the Downtown. Parking Garage & Front Liner Building. Our internationally known development and construction in designing, manufacturing and constructing the new parking facility. This structure is proposed to be located on city property on the corner of Horatio Avenue and Independence Lane and is to be funded with both public and private dollars. Designs Associates, Inc. has worked with the Smith family, Finfrock Industries and the city in developing a conceptual scheme for the Downtown, which includes a master plan for the Winn Dixie/Royal Plaza site. These plans are in the development stage and have been presented to the new owners. Stay tuned; Maitland is poised to become the hub of new downtown development over the next 24 months. As we move on to implement each of these proposals, we will give you the updated information on each project so that you can share our excitement and success with us. Copies of these presentations will be posted on the citys website, itsmymaitland.com Verl Emrick, Director, Community Redevelopment AgencyDeveloping Maitlands CRA district and downtownAug. 22 City Commission meeting highlightsThere was a City Commission meeting held on Aug. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in City Hall Commission Chambers. Below are a few highlights of decisions made:Mayors reportA proclamation was presented to Miss Florida Kristina Janolo, former Miss Winter Park, declaring Aug. 22 a day in her honor. The board appointment to the Ethics Board was approved.Consent AgendaThe minutes of the Aug. 8 City Commission meeting were approved. Below are the decisions regarding the following purchase and contracts: community center contract with Turner Construction Company was approved and the mayor was authorized to execute the change order document. City of Orlando contract with TAW Orlando Service Center Inc., for electric motor and pump repair was approved and the mayor was authorized to execute the piggyback contract. The 15-foot water main easement located at 811 South Orlando Ave. (Publix), between the Hollieanna Shopping Plaza and Winter Park Business Center was approved. The extension of the conser vation easement for 250 North Interlachen Ave. for the Morse/ Genius Foundations was approved. The naming of the amphitheater at the new Winter Park Community Center to Ruby Ball Amphitheater was approved. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Ser vices guidelines on food preparation for Saturday Farmers Market vendors were approved to keep the same requirement as in the past. The Continuing Services Contract Concrete was approved to multiple vendors: A. L. Construction Enterprises Inc., Allcrete Inc., Castille Company Inc. and Conpilog Construction Division.Public hearingsThe following decisions were made regarding the requests of the City of Winter Park: dinance amending Article III, Zoning the standards for sigditional use approvals on buildings bigger than 10,000 square changes to conditional use approvals and the standards for building approvals in the Hannibal Square Neighborhood Commercial District was approved. dinance amending Article III, Zoning so as to revise the approval procedures for the approval of building projects on such waterfront lots was approved. ordinance amending Article I, Comprehensive Plan to adopt new public notice and adoption procedures for amendments to the citys Comprehensive Plan, Goals, Objectives and Policies document, substituting for the current amendment procedures was tabled. dinance authorizing the refunding of the Water and Sewer Revenue bonds, Series 2002 was approved. A full copy of the Aug. 22 City Commission minutes will website at www.cityofwinter park.org the week of September 12, pending approval by the City Commission.Fiscal year 2012 proposed budgetThere will be two public budget hearings on Monday, Sept. 12, and Monday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m., in City Hall Commission Chambers to share your comments about the proposed budget and tion. Because this process is so important, I encourage all of you to attend and share your input. proposed budget on the homepage of the citys website under Info At Your Fingertips > Budget Documents.Winter Parks new appThe city of Winter Park has partnered with SaveMyCity, to launch a new, free smartphone application that uses global positioning system to show shoppers and diners what real-time deals are being offered near them in Winter Park. Wednesday morning, the public joined Mayor Ken Bradley, members of the City Commission and local merchants on the front steps of City Hall as the city showcased its new smartphone app. SaveMyCity users may browse a directory of Winter from more than 50 of the citys participating merchants. Near by city parks and rental facilities can also be found using the new iPhone app. Payment is not required to use the app, so customers can simply walk into a participating location and show the deal to take advantage of the savings. More than 56,000 pages of viewed via a smartphone between January and July of this year. In addition, studies show that only 25 percent of its residents shop in Winter Park. Bradley said, It is extremely impor tant for the city to have presence in the iWorld and offer our residents and guests opportunities to save money while supporting local businesses. We are thrilled States to offer the SaveMyCity smartphone application. Attendees of the launch enjoyed free samples from several SaveMyCity participating mer chants including: Sprinkles, Sassafras, Nelore, Menchies Frozen Yogurt and Barnies Coffee & Tea Company, among others. Three lucky attendees even received a free iPhone pillow. For more information about SaveMyCity or to download the app, please visit www.savemycitys homepage and click on the SaveMyCity button.Hurricane preparednessWith the threat of Hurricane Irene possibly impacting our city, we would like to remind you to be prepared for the hur ricane season by following the steps below to keep you, your family and property safe. Step 1: Assemble an emer gency preparedness kit & to-go bag Step 2: Prepare your family, home & business Step 3: Stay informed Visit www.cityofwinterpark.org, on Twitter. Maitland City TalkBY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKERMAYOR Winter Park City TalkBY RANDY KNIGHTCITY MANAGER www.gulfstatescu.orgWe oer FREE Business Checking407-831-8844

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 6 Winter Park / Maitland Observer CalendarTHURSDAYThe Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., hosts African Cuisine Cameroon on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. This program is part of the cultural cooking series. Registration is required. Call 407647-7700. The unveiling of the new Easter Seals Day Break Sensory Garden is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at 2010 Mizell tacting 407-629-4565 or Dwebre@ .easterseals.comSATURDAYBASE Camp has partnered with Central Florida Fitness Boot Camp to Give Cancer the Boot! On Saturday, Aug. 27, survivors, supporters and tness junkies alike will gather at Casa Feliz for a 30-minute boot camp session to bene t Central Florida children battling cancer. There will be two 30-minute boot camp sessions, 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Visit iwantbootcamp.com There is a free rst-time homebuyer workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 in Maitland. You must call 407-878-3759 to register for the class. See Live Magic and Restaurant Magic Business present Nights of Magic. Each night will feature tableside performances by more than 10 magicians. On Saturday, Aug. 27, the show is at Del Friscos Prime Steak & Lobster from 7:30-10 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 28, theyll be at Mitchells p.m. Vinyl, Books and Food Trucks will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 in the Audubon Park Garden District (Corrine Drive). Enjoy food truck cuisine, shop or swap vinyl and books and listen to live music. Visit www.apgardens.com The Red Chair Affair is 8 p.m. Aug. 27 at Bob Carr Performing Arts CenIts $22 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. VIP tickets are $225 each. Corporate packages are available. Visit www. RedChairProject.com for tickets.SUNDAYOn Aug. 28 the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland PreSchool will celebrate its 50th anniversary by honoring the schools founder, Mrs. Liz Carroll, 90, who will receive a proclamation from Maitland. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 341 N. Orlando Ave. (the corner of George Avenue and U.S. 17-92). Admission is free. The Orlando Area Alumnae of SAI will have a fall gathering in Altamonte Springs on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 2-5 p.m. For more information, email sopranokay1@Juno.com The Third Annual Taste of the J: A Festival of Local Food and Fun is 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at JCCs Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus, 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Its free with advance registration or $5 at the door. Contact bonnier@orlandojcc.org or 407-3875330. Freedom Rides 11th annual fundraiser hosted at Arabian Nights, 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee, is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. The cost is $25, and all proceeds bene t the therapeutic riding program. Call 407239-9223 and ask for the Freedom Ride discount.TUESDAYThe Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., hosts Affordable Gourmet on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to make Tilapia sh cakes with Key Lime tartar sauce. Registration is required. Call 407-647-7700.WEDNESDAYFlorida Hospital hosts HealthFair screening from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 number risk assessment tests begin at $99; a six-test heart disease, stroke and aneurysm prevention package is $179 (a $2,300 value). Sign up at www.healthy100screening.comSEPT. 1Orlandos Magical Dining Month, presented by Visit Orlando, showcases 60 top Orlando-area restaurants offering three-course prixxe dinners for $30 during the month of September. A complete list of participating restaurants, including RanGetsu, Chez Vincent, Lago, Luma on Park and Flemings Prime Steakhouse, is available at OrlandoMagicalDining. com The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 .org or call 407-677-0446.ONGOINGThe Winter Park Farmers Market is every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old train depot, Visit cityofwinterpark.org The Maitland Farmers Market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Lily Park. 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 Musical of Musicals (The Musical) 711 Orange Ave. # C, runs through Aug. 28. Call 407-645-0145 or visit www.winterparkplayhouse.org for showtime and ticket information. Email calendar submissions to editor@observernewspapers.com by 5 p.m. Friday for Thursdays issue. FELD ENTERTAINMENTJob No.: Engagement City: Media: Insertion Date(s): Ad Size: Section: DD176084 ORLANDO, FL 5.875 x 10 ENTERTAINMENT Disneywww.disneyonice.com176084SAVE $5 on Tickets!Offer excludes Front Row and VIP seats. No double discounts. SEPT. 9 113 ways to redeem your $5 savings:1. In person at the Amway Center Box Office 2. Call at 1-800-745-3000 and mention code SAVE 3. Log on to Ticketmaster.com and enter code SAVE Regular Ticket Prices: Additional fees may apply. Fri. SEPT. 9 7:30 PM Sat. SEPT. 10 3:30 & 7:30 PM Sun. SEPT. 11 1:00 & 5:00 PM Freedom Ride fundraiser is Sunday RanGetsu for $30

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 7 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lifestyles FREE ICE CREAM! ENTER TO WIN AN iPAD 2! Surrounded by rich wood, golden state seals and rigid paintings of male counterparts of the past, a 17-year-old Winter Park High School senior presided over the Florida Legislature as speaker of the house for a week this summer. Tracy Nelson was chosen to go the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. The program, started in 1937, immerses 300 girls in each state in the everyday workings of government, from campaigning and party rallies to debating. There, she was elected speaker of the house, where she was required to keep the debates moving during mock legislative sessions. The rst girlThis was an exciting moment for WPHS, where the school has a long history of male students heading to State, but no recent record for girls. It has been at least 15 years, said Kimberly Wilkes, who was Tracys English teacher. Its trend-setting and its icon-shattering, Wilkes said. She really just busted the doors wide open (for girls in the school). Tracy said she recognizes what a program like this can do for girls. In the U.S. House, there are currently 360 men and 75 women. In the Senate, there are 17 women and 83 men. It may feel like politics isnt an easy career to break into for a woman. This program has given Tracy the self-assurance to reach for all her future goals, including a career in politics or international relations, she said. I have more confidence to pursue what I want to do in the future, Tracy said. I feel like, I can do this. Shes grown into her own person, said Marilyn Nelson, Tracys mom. A natural leaderNot only did Tracy get to have a large leadership role in Girls State, but she was also chosen as one of two girls in Florida to head to Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., where she was elected president pro tempore of the Senate. I was absolutely floored, she said of being chosen for the Nation program. Tracy was a natural leader as president pro tempore, kept the debates moving and ruled with authority, but was also likeable and fair, said Jane Thurston, the volunteer who guided the girls during Senate sessions. But thats not a complete surprise. Tracy is the president of two organizations at WPHS, secretary at another and volunteered her summer to teaching children swimming in Eatonville. Her parents said theyve never had to push her to be involved. Shes really self-driven, Marilyn said. Learning from othersThurston said Tracy also already had a great knowledge of how government works. Tracys confession: She loves watching CSPAN in her spare time and during homework. Politics have always been a regular topic of discussion in her family, Tracy said. They spend time almost every day talking about current events, and shell bring friends PHOTO COURTESY OF MARILYN NELSON T racy Nelson bangs a gavel during the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State recently. She was one of two girls in Florida to be chosen for the program.BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer StaffWriting her own rulesWinter Park High School girl learns the inner workings of everyday government in the U.S., state capitals Please see GOVERNMENT Page 8

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Tracy said her favorite part of participating besides now having two friends from each state was being able to discuss government and politics with young people just as passionate and informed as she is. Meeting the president wasnt a bad moment either.A future with the programNow that shes back, she is going to use the knowledge and leadership experience she gained at her post as president of the Model United Nations club, as well as the scholarship and networking opportunities the program has given her. She hopes that in the future, if her career is related, shell be able to come back to the program and mentor the next generation of girls. Thurston is confident Tracy will be able to achieve that goal. I foresee Tracy finding a future in this, she said. And her family knows whatever she does, politics or not, she will help others. Shell make the world a better place, said Drew Nelson, her father.GOVERNMENT | WP girl met Obama CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 Learn moreFor more information about American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, visit www.boysandgirlsstate.orgSaturYEAs with Mead Gardens, which allows kids to do fun science projects in the park, is from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 (and every last Saturday of the month) at Mead Botanical Gardens, 1300 S. Denning Drive, For more information, visit www. youtheducationalliance.com The Crosby YMCA and Florida Hospitals Parenting Education Series continues: day, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. 26 at 10 a.m. All classes are held at the Call 407-303-2599 to register. Path2d1 Inc. will hold its Central Florida High School Sports Seminar & Expo on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. Conrmed panelists include Doc Rivers, head coach of the Boston Celtics. To register, visit tinyurl. com/c highschoolsports On Sept. 1, 4Rivers Smokehouse, will kick off its give-back program for the upcoming football season. Each school has a sandwich Edgewater High has the will donate 10 percent of these sales until Oct. 31. The Second Florida International Piano Competition is Sept. 5-11. Twenty-two worldclass pianists from around the world (18-32 years old) compete in solo performance rounds Sept. 5-8 at Trinity Preparatory School. The nals are at the Bob Carr. Visit www.FloridaPiano.org or call 407-645-2525. University of Central Floridas annual Grad Fair from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Pegasus Ballroom in the Student Union. The Grad Fair is an open-house style event where the public can learn more about the universitys nearly 200 graduate programs. Visit www.graduate.ucf. edu/GradFair Children in pre-K through fth grade are invited to join the Childrens Choir at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. The choir will rehearse on from 4:30-5:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, visit fumcwp.org/register Popcorn Flicks in Central Park featuring Murder on the Orient Express is 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. Bring your blanket or chair to enjoy the movie under the stars in Central Park. There will be free popcorn. Visit enzian.org The Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., has bedtime stories for all ages at 6 p.m. every Monday. Preschool story time is 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Infant and toddler story time is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Call 407-647-7700. Rollins new classPHOTOS BY JILL GABLE Rollins College ceremoniously welcomed the Class of 2015 on Friday, Aug. 19. Winter Park Commissioner Steven Leary, top left, was among the speakers.

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 9 Winter Park / Maitland ObserverFlorida wildlife painter Robert Mier and his wife live on three acres of land near the St. Johns River and the Black Bear Preserve. He doesnt have far to go for inspiration. When hes not exhibiting in art shows throughout the country, Mier paints and teaches classes from his studio at Gallery on First in historic downtown Sanford. The Gallery will present an exhibit of his work with an opening reception set for Friday, Aug. 26 from 6-9 p.m. The Gallery is at 211 E. First St., and the exhibit runs through Thursday, Sept. 22. Miers realistic scenes of wildlife and wetlands bring the viewer up close and personal with his view of the real Florida. The winner of numerous awards, Mier produces vibrant images of natural lands, birds and animals that remind us of a simpler time before gated communities and amusement parks. The opening is free. Call 407-323-2774 or visit galleryonfirst.comRed Chair AffairCentral Floridas cultural season has its official kick-off this Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. when the Seventh Annual Red Chair Affair presents the official opening of the 2011-12 cultural season in Central Florida. This is the event that celebrates Central Florida performers and artists, and its our ticket to sample the incredible range of artistic offerings found throughout Central Florida. Visit RedChairProject.com or call 407-872-2382.Disney princesses on IceIts time for the young ones to pull out those princess dresses they had to have at the Magic Kingdom as Disney On Ice presents the ultimate Disney princess event at the Amway Center. Called Dare to Dream, the show invites children of all ages to get tangled up in Disneys newest ice show and the first Disney On Ice show to play the new Amway Center. In the hair-raising escapade Tangled, Rapunzel, along with her companions Flynn and Maximus, embark on a journey that takes adventure to new lengths. Then we boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog in a musical journey. Then dreams become reality as Cinderella meets Prince Charming, with a special glass slipper. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Princess event. Experience the beauty and the magic when Disney On Ice comes to Orlando for five performances from Sept. 9-11. The new Amway Center is at 400 W. Church St. Visit DisneyOnIce.com or call 800-745-3000. And not to be missed No one handles the combination of music and satirical comedy better than the wacky crew at the Winter Park Playhouse, making their current musical The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) a not-to-be-missed performance. Running through Saturday, Sept. 17, The Musical! takes satirical shots at the styles of famous composers with a wildly talented cast who are graced with great voices and a gift for funny. Call 407-645-0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org And speaking of witty looks at the world of theater, this is the final week to see the new comedy The Understudy presented by the Mad Cow Theatre. A Hollywood action hero, a Broadway setting and a jilted bride create an enjoyable collision of characters performed through Sunday, Aug. 28. Call 407-2978788 or visit madcowtheatre.com Tony Robbin: A Retrospective at the Orlando Museum of Art (running through Sunday, Oct. 30) is the real deal in computer-generated art. Including four-dimensional objects on canvas, brilliant watercolor prints and a sculpture, the works are complex (but oh-sopleasing) layers of geometric forms. Call 407-896-4231 or visit omart.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. 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Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 At Savannah, it feels just like home. Its safe, convenient and the food is excellent. And of course, my mom is a huge fan of Bingo! Ernestine & her daughter PatriciaAssisted Living Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care Variety of Apartment Suite Selections, some with Lake Views Restaurant Style Dining Laundry, Housekeeping, Maintenance Services Transportation to Outings and Medical Appointments Beautifully Landscaped Courtyard Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above. You are always welcome! A Senior Living Community where Hospitality is a Way of Life. 1300 SOUTH ORLANDO AVE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.ENZIAN.ORGTHIS WEEK AT ENZIAN THE TRIP Fri-Sun 3:45PM, 6:30PM, 9:15PM Mon, Wed Thu 6:30PM, 9:15PM Tue 6:30PM $5 Cult Classic WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN Tue 9:30PM Robert Miers Wild Florida Disneys Dare to Dream

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 10 Winter Park / Maitland Observer This past weekend, we held a Raising Chickens in Central Florida workshop at my Sundew Gardens. The surprisingly large response had me worried we might have a Woodstock on our hands. Luckily, a Sunday morning timeslot generated a lot of no-shows on our RSVP list. Dont worry, we will hold a similar event in the spring. Each municipality has its own zoning rules and regulations concerning extreme of Winter Parks zero tolerance (then what about all those noisy peacocks?) to Oviedos downtown iconic herds of roosters, the body of laws seems to be incoherent at best. No wonder there is such a grassroots level of citizen action to enlighten community lawmakers all across the county. The many efforts at changing these ordinances have met with a mix of results. The basics include a predator-secure coop, a source of pullets (female chicks), food, water, manure management and three hens. Classic varieties of egg-laying hens include: Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, Wyandottes, Orpingtons, Faverolles and Cochins. Each variety of chicken has its own personality and strengths. The docile ones have had a hard time fending for themselves in my free-range wilderness. The hardy varieties listed should produce well for most local backyard farmers. produce quality food while linking the various systems of the homestead is astounding. The price of chicken feed has doubled in the past year. Supplement high-protein feed and cheaper grain scratch with kitchen scraps, garden weeds and spoiled crops such as bug-bitten tomatoes. Scatter the manure around the lawn to create a neighbor-envious landscape. A chicken tractor is a moveable coop, allowing an buffet of fresh pasture or lawn. biggest threat. The coop should both keep the hens corralled and the marauders at bay. Raccoons, dogs, possums, bobcats, coyotes and hawks all consider chicken tasty prey. My poultry efforts concern mainly egg production. Hens start laying several eggs each week when they reach 8 months old and then continue for several years. Roosters are not necessary for egg production, and they create their iconic noise and can upset the hens with me to be critical of the fruit of my own labors, but my homegrown eggs are better than any store-bought hen-fruit youll ever taste. Opinion/Editorial Letters to the Editor A Texas-sized mistakeWinter Park quick on repairsLoud kudos to the city of Winter Park utilities and Bright House for prompt, careful and excellent clean-up and repair amid pouring rain of terrible electrical damage occurring from a falling tree limb bringing down three telephone poles of live wires and cables onto Sylvan Boulevard on Aug. 15.Louis Roney Winter ParkHold off on dog park additionsHere is the latest $100,000 budget line item for 2012 for Winter Park taxpayers: a new bathroom and lift station for our non-resident dog club at Fleet Peeples Park. Two years ago, the dog friends agreed to raise all funds for improvements to the park, starting with amenities for the on-leash section. They only raised $45,000 in the first couple months two years ago. Before the city invests in a new bathroom at Fleet Peeples Park, there needs to be a neighborhood community meeting to decide the total future use of this 23-acre waterfront park, priorities for improvements, starting with structured parking near the boat dock and moving the fence so the general public can again use the large pavilion. Speak out. This is your park and your tax dollars.Nancy Shutts Winter ParkPlaying it safe to prevent concussionsEvery year, thousands of children sustain head injuries playing sports, in car and bicycle accidents, fights and even minor falls. Most childhood head injuries are not serious and affect only the outside of the head; however, children may experience a temporary loss of brain function, known as a concussion. Although some accidents cant be avoided, simple safety precautions and common sense can go a long way in preventing concussions. With the busy back-to-school season fast approaching, now is a great time for parents to discuss safety with their children. home is vital to keep young children safe from concussions. Toddlers, for instance, may pull themselves up using table legs or use dressers as jungle gyms, which can lead to a fall. Create a safe place to play and explore at home, and never leave a child unattended. Enjoying activities Be sure chilheadgear and safety equipment when biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, snowboarding or skiing, and playing contact sports. On-the-go If your child drives, remind them to be attentive at all times, and obey speed limits, signs, and safedriving laws to reduce the chances of having an accident. Talk about the effects of drugs and alcohol, which slow reaction time and impair judgment, making teens much more likely to have an accident. Teens also should never text while driving. Signs of a concussionAnyone who sustains a head injury should stop participating and be removed from the activity or sport. Even without a loss of consciousness, its important to watch for these symptoms of a concussion. Concussion symptoms may not appear initially and can develop up to 72 hours after the initial injury: Backyard chicken ocks Education is meant to increase students knowledge and develop a more educated dont tell that to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He wants the states higher education system to have a better balance sheet. He wants it to run like a business. Drawing from controversial policies implemented in Texas by Gov. Rick Perry to cut down on expenses and increase revenue in state colleges, Scott has called for numerous changes to higher education that could have drastic effects on the current model of how the system works. One of Texas most contentious changes, and one that has already caused waves of bad publicity, is a pilot initiative at Texas A&M University that published a list ranking faculty members based on whether they cost the school more money than they made. That list literally distilled the college professors value to a line item. The teachers who made the school more money were ranked higher. Those who cost the school money were ranked lower. That type of scrutiny into increased received plenty of publicity in the last few years most of it bad for maxiquick, cheap degrees to fast track them to high-paying jobs. The only problem with that model: Its not working. Its working so poorly that many states, including Florida, have begun cracking down on degree mill colleges and universities that at times literally offer degrees in exchange for money and leave students jobless at the end, stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in loan debt. And even the more reputable forcome cash cows by sucking money from the government that could otherwise go to public universities. The University of Phoenix, which in the country, pulls in 88 percent of its revenue from government funding and grants. Kaplan University gets 91.5 percent from the government, leveragend. Students need federal loans, grants and scholarships to afford high educational costs. That money comes from the government and goes straight into the universities coffers. And in the end, the students are left holding the bag. The U.S. Department of Education released statistics in February that default on their loans at a far higher rate than public university students. In the U.S., only 11 percent of college students of all college loan defaults are from those students. weaknesses dont end there. Just as Wall Street CEO pay has garnered headlines for growing by leaps and bounds during lege CEO pay is on average 26 times that of public university presidents, according to the Department of Education. Other changes to Texas higher education system seem innocuous on the surface but hide the potential for devastating effects nationwide. Perry has lobbied to have education and research funding split up on the budget, seemingly to increase transparency in how money is spent at universities. But in practice, the effects could be disastrous to educational research. University research tends to be a consumer of funds, not a revenue generator. But it can also generate breakthroughs in technology and disease research that improve the quality of life for all Americans. Leaps forward in cancer research have come thanks to research funding which, if scrutinized merely as a red line ernors make the pitch to cut educational budgets beyond their already skeletonian levels. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to see the end result of those policies: an education system that thinks more about a short-term balance sheet and less about how our future depends upon it. 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 > Two years ago, the dog friends agreed to raise all funds for improvements to the park, starting with amenities for the on-leash section. Please see LETTERS on next page

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 11 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Somebody Loves Me was a song written by George Gershwin in 1924, and this song brightened up that year for me tremendously, as I was, at age 3, quite affected by auditory stimuli of a congenial nature. Some things take longer to learn than others while one is hoofing it amid the pitfalls on the rock road of life. But it seems to me that starting out with a healthy respect for human love sets the stage for happiness far ahead. Anyhow, patient person that I am, I got the payoff before I was 60. This alluring kid took one look at me and said, Hes the one! Thats been 31 years now, and its been peachy, hunky-dory even swell ever since. Ive still got all my stuff, although one day, a few years back, a CPA came by and I signed a couple of papers that didnt disrupt anything at the time. I casually asked him if I had agreed to give my b.w. anything. Yes, he said. What? I asked. Everything ya got. Fair enough. I smiled. My stuff wasnt doing me much good anyway. I was humming, Somebody loves me, I wonder who . Suddenly b.w. finished the line, Maybe its me. Now Im worrying myself to death trying to figure out how a guy should handle that one little word, maybe. Women have never been any problem to me, as you can see Ive got em completely figured out; it helps, believe me. Its just their minds that confuse me. The rest is simple. Someone asked me recently why it is that my b.w. of all these years and I seem to sail along so smoothly while getting so much done. My response was almost automatic: Were partners in all we do. When marriage brings a highly intelligent mind into your mix, you would be a fool indeed to go it alone from then on. My concept of human intelligence requires that the male and the female each bring entirely different halves into what then becomes the ideal whole human intelligence. Simple observation leads to the conclusion that men and women do not think exactly in the same way, but that each brings what the other by nature may lack, that they complement each other. People who remain unmarried their whole lives may feel that something is missing in their daily existence. They may go where they want to and do what they want to without discussion or resistance, but the end result may somehow not be completely exhilarating or satisfying. Partnership brings the possibility of triumph in two areas: 1) the solution of the problem at hand, and 2) the working together of two minds in productive harmony. There is, of course, the opposite side of the coin: When two people are hooked, legally or otherwise, and stick it out amid strife and ill humor. Nothing is worse than this kind of situation, which is hell on wheels for two adults and not much better for any children in the home. Even cats and dogs seem to live nervously in such circumstances. Me? I got it made, and Im grateful! I think LouisRoney HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney)WHO ISRONEY >I recently joined Facebook, perhaps the last person in North America to do so. Actually, Ive received email that that is not the case. There are others who are also slow to get with the latest new thing. Not so new, huh, when there are 750 million users. Oh, and Im a Tweet Twit, too. For the life of me, the purpose of Tweeting escapes me. Yet, I get it completely. As my sister describes humanity, Were nasty little monkeys, but by gawd, Can we talk about it? Most human beings crave contact with their fellow human beings. It goes beyond crave, we require it. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the rest are broadly classified as social media. Many, if not all, of the social media have the capacity to instantaneously share. And that, Dear Reader, is the fulcrum for this phenomenon. Oh, and mix in the ability of corporations to profit and Oh, Lordy, Katy bar the door. I am not the innocent I might be, the unassuming neophyte in this brave new world of human connectivity. Why else write a weekly column for 23-plus years for an esoteric weekly newspaper in the little burg of chichi Winter Park? What compels an individual such as myself to do so? Two reasons, primarily: ego, and writing about a subject crystallizes ones thoughts. How will I know what I know until I write it down? Today, with the ubiquity of social media, everyone is a writer, an author, the mistress of her fairytale life, a master of his compelling narrative, the purveyor of unvarnished truth and dispenser of objective opinion. Uh-huh. Not only that, but Ive had a blog (a personal forum on the Internet) for years, MEDIAmerica.US. I thought myself so very clever when I came up with that name in a spurt of creativity some 15 years ago. But that was well before the rise of social media. I am an old man in an evolving world of communication. Perhaps, a dozen people genuinely care about my welfare. I call them my lifeboat compadres, those who would make it in my lifeboat as the ship sank, whom I would willingly give up my seat for. Everyone has such a list or could rather quickly compile it. I even have a list of folks who could hang on the gunnels. Hanging with Christopher Robin subsequently takes on new meaning. The balance devolves into the great abstraction called the rest of humanity. Who didnt make the cut. Who cannot, so to speak, hangout. But Facebook has changed the equation of relationships and communication. This is whats coming, folks. That six degrees of separation is now a marketing formula (an algorithmic computation) for pushing product and services. And Facebook and all subsequent iterations of electronic/Internet social communication will become vast platforms for evaluating who you are, who you know and what you/they consume (ideas, products, services, needs and wants). Purists decry the commercialization of the Internet, and I laugh out loud at such navet. Anything mankind can do, well, will be done for a buck. Find a stray dog in the neighborhood and post about it on Facebook? Expect, someday, pop-up ads pushing dog food. If you think youre going to find yourself on the Internet, youre wrong. It is you who will be found. ChrisJepson Jepson is a 24-year resident of Florida. Hes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. Reach him at Jepson@MEDIAmerica.USWHO ISJEPSON >Im a tweet twit, tooHanging with Christopher RobinPartners feeling confused or dazed asleep coordination and/or balance that dont make sense no apparent reason The severity of a concussion is determined by how long symptoms last and is only known after someone has recovered. The longer the symptoms of changes in brain function continue, the more severe the concussion. Kids who sustain concussions usually recover within a week or two without lasting health problems, but some children with more severe concussions can be at risk for brain damage and even disability. Treating concussionsAfter a concussion, the brain needs time to heal. While your child has symptoms, he or she should not: workload example, state testing or SATs) ity including gym class, recess and sports (for example, biking, rollerblading or skateboarding) ery Some children will report feeling better even though their thinking, behavior and/or balance have not yet returned to normal. Its important for parents to wait until all symptoms have ended and your doctor has given the OK before resuming normal activities. For information on preventing and treating concussions, please visit www.KidsHealth.orgDr. Lisa Barkley Nemours Childrens Clinic, OrlandoLETTERS | CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE King Features Weekly ServiceAugust 22, 2011 Editorial Cartoon vHave an opinion?Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Jenny Andreasson at editor@observernewspapers.com

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 Page 12 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Mildred K. Blair, 91, of 620 Vandenberg St., Altamonte Springs, Fla., died Aug. 16, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, The Rev. Janet E. Blair of Ridge eld, N.J., and Douglas J. Blair of Atlanta. Mrs. Blair received an associate of arts degree from Rollins College and celebrated her conrmation at St. Johns Lutheran Church in her 80s. Mrs. Blair was a homemaker who also appeared in several local commercials. She will be remembered in a memorial service to be held at a later date at St. John Lutheran Church in Winter Park. Arrangements are being made by Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, East Altamonte Chapel, 994 East Altamonte Drive. Frederick J. Houk, 84, of Maitland, Fla., passed away Aug. 16, 2011, at his home. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy, and two sons. Allie Mae Taylor McRee, 88, of Sanford, Fla., passed away Aug. 16, 2011. She was born June 9, 1923 in Martinsville, Va., to Joseph and Sally Brown (Pace) Hodges. She had been a homemaker and she had worked for Stromberg Carlson for 15 years. She had been a member of the Womens Moose Lodge for 30 years. Allie is survived by her daughter, Janet Miller, and Janets husband, Charles, of Sanford, Fla.; two granddaughters, Amanda Madere of Sanford, Fla., and Dianza Madere of Bremerton, Wash. She is also survived by three nephews, Ralph Donley of Lakeland, Fla., Ronnie Donley of Live Oak, Fla., and Gerald Donley of Durham, N.C., and a niece, Retha Beeler of Lake Monroe, Fla. Allie was interned at Oaklawn Park Cemetery, Lake Mary, Fla. Dorothy M. Anderson, 86, of Orlando, Fla., passed away on Aug. 19, 2011. Dorothy was born on April 22, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is survived by her son, Scott Anderson. Arrangements are being handled by Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home Goldenrod Chapel, 7520 Aloma Ave., Winter Park. Mrs. Dorothy M. Lee of Maitland, Fla., passed away on Aug. 20, 2011. Born in Camden, N.J., to Samuel and Ida Ross, Mrs. Lee is survived by her brother, David Ross of Hershey, Penn., son, James R. Lee of Sanford, Fla., daughters, Janet Lee Amato (Alphonse M.) of Sanford, and Barbara A. Lee of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and her granddaughter, Victoria Lee Amato. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. with the service immediately following. Interment will take place at Oaklawn Park Cemetery in Sanford.Obituaries To submit an obituary for publication, e-mail obit@observernewspapers.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday for Thursdays issue. American Family Funerals & Cremations Phone (407)339 0070 Serving all of Central Florida Family Owned and Operated Se habla Espaol Alan Trueba L.F.D. American Family Funerals & Cremations Phone (407)339 0070 Serving all of Central Florida Family Owned and Operated Se habla Espaol Alan Trueba L.F.D. Cremation Services, Shipping & Monuments. Traditional, Contemporary & Veteran Services at half the price of what others would charge Blair McRee

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