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Title: Winter Park-Maitland observer
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
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Place of Publication: Winter Park FL
Publication Date: 12-15-2011
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407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 50+ tax wpmobserver.comSubscribe now!Visit wpmobserver.com Maitland is setting the stage for its new downtown. On Monday, the City Coun cil agreed to have AVCON Inc. study what it would take to ex tend Independence Lane, which runs in front of City Hall, north across Horatio Avenue and even tually to George Avenue, as part of the infrastructure for the citys planned downtown redevelopment. The $17,000 contract will iden tify property easements the city could secure in order to extend the road and its stormwater grid, tying it to the regional stormwa ter facility. The city plans to construct the road with the understanding that the adjoining property owners/developers will pick up the tab, said Verl Emrick, Maitlands community development direc tor. One of the property owners, Emrick said, has plans to build a CVS Pharmacy, but its contin gent on the extension of Independence.Complete streetMayor Howard Schieferdeck er was excited to move forward with the extension as well as cementing right-of-way contracts with the property owners along the proposed road. He said the climate for development is per fect costs are low and there has been renewed interest from de velopers since the Maitland Town Center development agreement with Brossier Co. was terminated at the beginning of 2011. Im really pushing the devel opment teams to say complete street from Packwood (Avenue) to Horatio. People (developers) are talking to us. Ladies In Orange County Public Schools, the true number of homeless students could reach more than 10,000.Page 14Letters to the editor Healthy Living Winter Park Day Nursery was among the child-care centers to get a prescription for health this week.Page 11 LifestylesDommerich Elementarys 27 poor and homeless families are getting help from their community. Page 8 Family Calendar Holiday events continue as Santa makes his way through Winter Park/ Maitland neighborhoods this week.Page 9 More on page 3:Plans for Rollins Colleges 112-room hotel move forward at the Winter Park City Commission meeting. Jacobsons leaving the AvenueAfter nearly 40 years on Park Avenue, Jacobsons is leaving Winter Park. The upscale womens boutique is in the process of moving into a new location in Lake Mary and is offering discounts on its overstock and selling off the stores xtures before the shops lease ends Saturday, Dec. 31. The store will move inventory progressively through December to its new location at The Shoppes of Oakmonte, 1210 S. International Parkway, Suite 170, in Lake Mary. The store was originally operated as part of the longstanding Michigan-based department store Jacobsons chain, but when the company led for bankruptcy in 2002, owner Tammy Giaimo bought the rights to the name and continued the store with a focus on designer womens wear. Giaimo did not return requests for an interview. A manager at the store declined to comment for this story. Bruce Kopytek, an architect living in Michigan, published a book in October documenting the history of the Jacobsons chain as it stood both in the past for 134 years around the country and its present life in Winter Park. They tried very hard to become part of the local community, Kopytek said, and succeeded in ways many other department store chains did not. For more information on goings on at the store and up-to-date sales, visit Jacobsons Winter Park on Facebook. To learn more about Jacobsons history, visit http://tinyurl.com/Jacobsonhistory Strands of garland and twinkling of many businesses on Park Avenue this holiday season. In addition to spreading some holiday cheer and declaring it once again Win ter in the Park local merchants hope the windows will help draw out shop pers to the Avenue to vote in the second annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Sponsored by the city, the event allows Park Avenue strollers to vote for their favorite windows. The windows are a great way to draw business out to the Avenue, said Debra Hendrickson, vice president of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Anything that draws people downtown to shop is a good thing. Merchants say they hope the added charm of the decorated windows, along with other Winter in the Park-related deals, like the ongoing Skate! Shop! Dine! promotion and chamber-sponPhotoHOTO bBY IsaacSAAC BaABcCOcCK theTHE observerOBSERVER Rosey Wrays Roost co-owner Trina Spinelli helped mother Linda decorate windows to attract customers. Please see shSHOpP on page 2Cheer frontOfcials hope window-decorating contest, discount promotions will lure shoppers to Park Avenue SarahARAH WIlsLSON Observer Staff Please see cCOUNcCIlL on page 2Maitland plans infrastructure for downtown JENNY ANDrREassASSON Observer StaffIndependence Lane extension study moves forward as plans materialize for CVS Pharmacy

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Page 2 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer sored events such as the Merchant Open House coming up Thursday, Dec. 15, will keep their businesses going strong through the holiday season. I think everyone is feeling good about this season so far, Hendrickson said.Shops getting in the spiritSusan Jacobson, owner of Bella, the winner of last years holiday window decorating contest, said her shop is out to win the contest again this year. And with a ceilingskimming ornate Christmas tree, piles of fake snow and bedazzled ice skates in their windows, she thinks theyve got a good shot. We take it pretty seriously, Jacobson said, noting it took a team of six people and more than 10 hours to put their display together. But I like to think the more we do it, the more it will encourage others to participate and we really want this to become cally to Winter Park to see. She says the decorating contest has the potential to grow into a big promotional event for downtown Winter Park as it continues to grow in coming years. I think it helps to remind people of how special the Avenue is, she said. There are truly very few places like Winter Park in the country. I think this could become another one of our signatures. NNew faces Trina Spinelli, co-owner of new North Park Avenue home dcor shop Rosey Wrays Roost in Brandywine Square, said as a new business opening just before the holiday season kicks off, business has been growing steadily. Were hoping that through word of mouth and by us partici pating in the window decorating contest that will continue, Spinel li said. Weve had a lot of people come in and say Wow! I saw your windows and I had to come in to see what else you had. The store will hold its grand opening coinciding with the Park Avenue and Hannibal Square Merchant Open House on Thurs day, Dec. 15, when local busi nesses will stay open late and offer special service and deals to shoppers. Spinelli said she hopes once winter break starts for local schools the ice skating rink will her store through the Shop! Skate! Dine! promotion that offers peo ple with ice skating wristbands discounts at many participating Park Avenue stores. Don Sexton, owner of Downeast Orvis on Park Avenue, has taken the garland and lights theme of his window display and carried it throughout his store, hoping it will draw customers to look be yond the window and inside the store to shop. If the contest wasnt in effect, people might just walk right on by the displays, Sexton said. But this encourages them to stop and review it and makes them look a little harder at not only the decorations, but whats inside the stores.Holiday shopping wrap-upWith barely a week until Christmas, businesses say they are not only preparing for the last-minute rush of shoppers, but also starting to look back at how business has done so far this shopping season. I think everyone is feeling good about this season so far, Hendrickson said. Ive gotten some mixed reviews, but I think it depends on how well each of the merchants have worked to market their business. A big draw, and a new effort by the Chamber and Park Avenue Area Association this year, was local merchants participation on the American Express-sponsored Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Jacobson, Spinelli and Sexton all say they saw marginal increas es in business on Small Business Saturday and hope that in com ing years the day will continue to grow. Sexton, who said he is antici pating a 10-percent increase in business this year compared with last, said though the Small Busi ness Saturday turnout wasnt sen sational, it was an event he could see doing very well in future years on the Avenue. This year was pretty good, next year should be good, and I can see the years after being as tounding, he said. He said anything that promotes businesses to work together for the is a step in the right direction. Its not about just helping my store be more successful, he said. Its about all of the avenue being successful. Its programs like this that help make that happen. Very Merry Charity Birthday Bash Toy DriveWinter Park Country Club and Tollas Italian Deli & Cafe were proud to play host to this yearsWe proudly congratulate everyone on the collection of over 100 toys and the valuable support of the following charities: Winter Park Day Nursery, Community Food & Outreach Center, and Base CampThe following supporters helped make this years event a success:Special thanks to our supporting sponsors: Thanks to everyone for making this years event a success.Happy Holidays, Kyle Taylor / Sarah DeVoe Robert & Jennifer Adams Bob & Tricia Atchison Todd & Melissa Barry Pam Bauman Janice & Al Chmielewski Holly Sellers Contiginai Derrick & Stacey Cox Tracy Craft Barbara Fontana Merill Frailey Sue Grafton Will Grafton Brad & Sloane Hester Kate & Ben Howell CoCo E. Hutchison Kathy Kaesir Carol Kropp Joanne & Lawson Lamar Paige Blackinder & Warren Lockeby Cheryl & David Loft Kyle Loughran Brandi Marinello Carol Miller John & Evanne Mines Anita Mitchell Carrie & Sanjeev Musalimadugu Jana & Bud Oliver Debra Pollock Ellen Reckmeyer Mike & Kit Reilly Angela Rivera Jenny Rogers Sonny Rogers Nina Sorenson Phil & Bee Taylor Laurie Fuller & Mike Thomas Stephanie & Jim Whitley Rory & Aycha Williams Gary Wilson Greg Wilson For more information on Park Avenue promotions, visit tinyurl. com/wpwindows. The Park Avenue and Hannibal Square Merchant OOpen House is Thursday, DDec. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn more shSHOpP | Park Avenue and Hannibal Square merchants will stay open late on DDec. 15 during an open house C ONTINUED FROM frontFRONT pagePAGE If the contest wasnt in effect, people might just walk right on by the displays. Don Sexton, owner of Downeast Orvisand gentlemen, this is the time, he said. He said it should be easier to work with many developers on projects with smaller price tags than with one developer on a mul timillion-dollar four-block project.Reponen disagreesCouncilwoman Bev Reponen, who was the lone dissenter on the vote, said she was concerned that the city was moving forward with a taxpayer-funded study on land that they dont yet own. The devil is in the details, Reponen said. You said well get the costs reimbursed but nothing is in paper that says thats going to happen. She said the extension is a good idea but it hasnt been thought out. You dont know what youre going to connect that pipe to, she said of the stormwater line. I cant buy this as a good plan. But Councilman Phil Bonus will recoup its money. This is an excellent incremen tal step toward taking it to the next step, Bonus said.First phaseAVCON Vice President Rick Baldocchi, the citys consultant, advised the city to move forward with its infrastructure studies in conjunction with the design of CVS and the other projects along the corridor. I agree you dont want to go forward and do the street design right now, he said. Thats why we came in with a study to get the information prior to doing that. dence Lane is proposed to end in a cul-de-sac about halfway between George and Horatio. Bonus said he would like to see plans for a trolley way and a pe destrian/bike path to go through to George and continue to the citys planned SunRail station a few blocks to the north. Im interested in moving per sons from the rail to downtown, he said. cCOUNcCIlL | C ONTINUED FROM frontFRONT pagePAGE

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Page 3 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The Wildcats are on a long los ing skid after falling 52-45 to Oak Ridge on Dec. 12. The loss put the Cats at 2-5 on the season. Winter Park has been strug ture of last years two-time state champion senior class, including top scorer Austin Rivers. None of the teams current starters was a starter last season. Some werent on the team at all. In the meantime, their offense has languished. In the teams loss to the Pio neers, their top scorer, James McLean, picked up just seven points. The loss was the second time this season the Wildcats had failed to score 50 points; theyve averaged just more than 50 points per game. Compare that to last season, and the differences are huge: In their 33 games en route to the state championship, they scored 60 points or more in all but two games, averaging 75 points per game, including a 102-92 blow out to start the season. This sea son theyve passed 60 points just once. Defensively theyve done well to come close to last seasons squad. The -11 Wildcats held teams to 59 points per game. This season theyve averaged nearly identical points, though against arguably weaker teams. On Dec. 14 at press time they looked for redemption at Boone. On Dec. 16 theyll return home to attempt to even their district re cord against East River (3-3). That game tips off at 7:30 p.m. After that, theyll take a break until Jan. 3, when they host Wekiva. EEdgewater After a loss to start the season the Eagles have mowed down their competition ever since, sport ing a 7-1 record to start the week. They edged Evans 63-56 on Dec. 12 to keep the streak alive, led by Kerry Blackshears 17 points. The Eagles hosted Pine Ridge at home at press time Dec. 14, but theyll be back in action at Jones at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. That will do it for the rest of this year for the Eagles, who return to the court on the road again against West Or ange at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3. Rollins College is on its way to having its own hotel, and Win ter Park will get a new nighttime lounge after the City Commission voted 5-0 to allow the Alfond Inns development to go forward. But the Commission and some shots at the hotel, which will make generous use of nearby parking lots in order to satisfy city code for parking capacity. They also attacked the proposed hotel for its lems nearby. A Nov. 16 work session had planned hotel, which will have 112 rooms and will also act as an entertainment venue and a bar/ lounge for locals. The takeaway was its a very good plan, planning director Jeff Briggs said. The only issue is how to manage the SunTrust ga rage. Rebecca Wilson, representing Rollins College, said that park ing wouldnt be an issue, thanks to use agreements with local churches and businesses to utilize nearby parking for spillover park ing from the hotel. Rollins College will own or have use of more than 1,250 parking spaces, Wilson said. It doesnt make sense to have this parking sit empty and then re quire us to build more parking. who said that the hotel could large number of residents across the street from the hotel. Resident and local architect of Alexander Place, which would be across the street from the pro posed hotel, was already bad enough. The hotel, he said, would make it worse. That will be a big problem, said Jim Campisi, president of the Villa Siena Homeowners Association. After more than an hour of discussion about parking on New England Avenue and the possible addition of a turn lane, the Com mission voted unanimously to let the proposed hotel move forward, contingent upon the hotels devel oper reaching an agreement with The Residences complex nearby. That agreement was expected to be reached this week. Briggs said that the hotel, once opened, will operate for six months before another meeting will be held to review any problems it has, and then to attempt to correct them. Mayor Ken Bradley said he thought the hotels problems would be obvious much more quickly than that. Were going to know this in six or seven minutes tops, not six months, he said. Regardless of future issues, Briggs said that the city and the college would solve them. Well make sure that the hotel is successful and what everybody wants or needs it to be, Briggs said. If theres a problem, weve got the cure and the solution. St. Dorothy Catholic Community Love Without Judgment 301 New England Avenue Post Office Box 485 Winter Park, FL 32790-0485 CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS DECEMBER 25 12:00 MIDNIGHTwww.stdorothycatholiccommunity.org407-610-5109(Respectfully not associated with the Diocese of Orlando)WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME!We have continued the reformed true Catholic Tradition in the Spirit of Vatican Council II! Are you divorced, gay, a recovering Catholic, feeling disenfranchised by your present worshiping community of whatever denomination, looking for a small worshipping community where you are known and not lost in the crowd? Then you have found what you are looking for in St. Dorothy Catholic Community! Angela K. Miller3705 Saint Johns Pkwy Sanford, FL 32771 Direct (321) 229-6605 Ofce (407) 774-0800 Fax (321)832-1347 or (407)786-0800 amiller@wasteprousa.com www.wasteprousa.com Rollins College hotel gets nal approval IsaacISAAC BaBABcCOcCK Observer Staff Cats struggling to win; EEagles are 7-1 IsaacISAAC BaBABcCOcCK Observer StaffAfter a loss to start the season the Edgewater High Eagles have mowed down their competition ever since

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Page 4 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer USPS 00-6186 ISSN 1064-3613 1500 Park Center DDrive OOrlando, FL 32835-5705 Member 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 | editor@observernewspapers.com P.OO BBox 2426 Winter Park, FL 32790 Published Thursday, DDec. 15, 2011 CONONTACTS Volume 23, IIssue NNumber 50 PUBLISHER KKyle Taylor 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com managingMANAGING 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 IIsaac BBabcock 407-563-7023 isaacb@observernewspapers.com LegalsEGALS | ClassifiedsLASSIFIEDS Ashley McBBride legal@FLAlegals.com classieds@observernewspapers.com COPYY EDITORS IIsaac BBabcock isaacb@observernewspapers.com Padrick BBrewer COLUMNISTS Chris Jepson Jepson@MediAmerica.us Louis Roney LRoney@c.rr.com Josh Garrick joshgarrick9@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES ManagerANAGER Tracy Craft 407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com subscriptionsSUBSCRIPTIONS | circulationCIRCULATION Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com ObituariesBITUARIES obit@observernewspapers.com Yields and ratings as of 12/12/2011. Availability, quantities, ratings and prices for offerings are subject to change. Moodys, ranking of that generic rating category. T.E.Y. is based on 35% federal income-tax bracket. Additional information is available upon request. Please consult your tax advisor. Income is generally free from federal taxes and state taxes for residents of the issuing state. While the interest income is tax-free, capital gains, if any, will be subject to taxes. Income for some investors may be subject to the federal Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Wells Fargo Advisors is not a tax or legal advisor.Florida Gulf Coast University Financing Corporation Capital Improvement Revenue Bond. 4.00% coupon. Priced at 98.90. Maturing 02/01/2027. Callable starting 02/01/2020 at 100. Sinking fund starting 02/01/2026 at 100. Rated A2 by Moodys. Katherine SmithFinancial Advisor 275 S. New York Ave Winter Park, FL 32789 407-622-8997 katherine.a.smith1@wellsfargo.comTax-Exempt Florida Municipal BondsRyan WyattFinancial Advisor 275 S. New York Ave Winter Park, FL 32789 407-622-8150 ryan.wyatt@wellsfargo.com 4.10%6.31%Yield to Maturity Taxable Equivalent Yield 0811-1550 8/11 BBusiness BBriefs NNAII Realvest recently completed two new lease agreements totaling 2,947 square feet at ofce facilities in Maitland. A project designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture, Orlando, and design-build partner Turner Construction Company, Orlando, new $9.1 mil lion Winter Park Community Center was de signed to achieve LEED Silver certication from the United States Green Building Council. The city of Winter Park was selected by the Orlando Business Journal as the winner of Cen tral Floridas Healthiest Employers 2011 among organizations with 100-999 employees. Rollins MBBA at the Crummer Graduate School of Business announced that Jane Trnka has joined the Career Development Center as ex ecutive director. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, E Engineers & Planners LLC based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, recently named Roberto Archila, PE, a new senior structural engineer, a project coor dinator and a mechanical designer. Mercantile Capital Corporation in Altamonte Springs will mark a record year of commercial loan transactions this year and will be in new ofces in the Old Florida National Bank building at 60 N. Court St. in downtown Orlando this month. Winter Park-based Handex Consulting & Remediation LLC, which specializes in pe troleum-environmental cleanup services along the East Coast from New Jersey through Flori da, was recently named to the Zweig Letter Hot Firm List for 2011. EEmpowering families Fifth Third Bank recently presented a $40,000 check to the Central Florida Urban League. The donation will be used to host a Financial Em powerment Summit and a housing counseling program on Jan. 28 for rst-time homebuyers, small business owners and lowto moderateincome families.JA awardsThe following award winners were honored by Junior Achievement of Central Florida with Bronze Leadership Awards for providing supe rior leadership and outstanding support for Ju nior Achievement: Ronald Blocker, superinten dent, Orange County Public Schools; Christine Callahan, accountant; and Michel Champagne, vice president of Operations/General Manager Bright House Networks. BBellas book Bella Cucina Chef Isabella Morgia di Vicari was raised in her familys restaurant and says many of her lifes golden lessons and teachings were instilled in the kitchen and around the dinner table. Her new book What Can I Bring is a recipe book that is steeped in the traditions of her Italian roots. Visit www.foodwithpassion. com DDeans listers Bryan Rogers of Maitland and Sarah Ikegami of Winter Park have been named to the Deans List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2011.Register to voteVoter registration books will close on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 5 p.m., for the upcoming Jan. 31 election. Those who wish to participate in this election must be on the Orange County books before the cut-off date. Maitland residents may obtain Voter Registration Application Forms at the Maitland City Hall, 1776 Independence Lane. Call the Supervisor of Elections ofce at 407-836-2070. Howard Axner and Syd Jackowitz, associated with Winter Park Land Commercial, represented the seller, Musa Realty Group, in the sale of Essex Manor, a 16unit apartment project located at 813 Irma Ave., Orlando. The buyer, NAF DOF 01 LLC, was represented by Gordana Belsa, Silver Peacock Realty. The sales price was $1,275,000. Community BBulletin Record trot Seniors First, a nonprot social service organization dedicated to serving the needs of Central Floridas elderly population, had yet another very successful Tur key Trot event this Thanks giving. There were 5,589 registered participants an increase of 271 people from last years trot. DDisneys harvest Minnie Mouse joined Disney VoluntEARS recently to deliver bushels of green to Second Har vest Food Bank of Central Florida in the form of a $500,000 gift for the organizations expansion. Disney also pledged 20,000 pounds of fresh produce during the next year as part of the commitment. Stroll for support In November the Center for In dependent Living held its Stroll & Roll fundraising event at Lake Baldwin. CILs clients and advo cates fundraise to support the nonprots programs. Visit cilor lando.org

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Page 5 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer DDec. 12 City Commission Meeting highlightsThere was a City Commis sion meeting held on Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m., at the Rachel D. Mur rah Civic Center. Below are a few highlights of major decisions that were made:City Managers reportThe resolution supporting pension reform was approved. NNon-action items requiring discussionsThe Park Avenue Area Task Force and city staff were directed to bring forth recommendations regarding parking in downtown and also merchant employee parking.Consent AgendaThe minutes of Nov. 28 City Commission meeting were ap proved. The following are decisions were made on the various con tract and bids: of Denver/US Communities con tract with Kone, Inc., for elevator maintenance and service was ap proved and the Mayor was au thorized to execute the piggyback contract. was approved for purchase of proved for the purchase of circuit breakers. The Historic Preservation Fa ade Easement donation for 121 W. as the Kummer-Kilbourne House, and the mayor was authorized to execute the agreement. The upgrade of city wireless and voice network with Centu rylink/Embarq for the purchase of equipment to upgrade IT infra structure was approved. Action IItems Requiring DDiscussion The request of the Tree Preservation Board to review the Tree Preservation Ordinance was ap proved.Public HearingsThe second reading of the or dinance regarding lakeshore pro tection was approved. The second reading of the or dinance to vacate a portion of the city right-of-way located at 2525 Via Tuscany was approved. The request of Rollins College for the Alfond Inn, 112-room hotel with a restaurant/bar, meeting/ ballroom space and on-site park ing at 300 E. New England Ave. was approved with amendments. The resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assess ments levied within the city to collect the costs for abatement of code violations was pulled from the agenda. A full copy of the Dec. 12 City Commission minutes will be avail at www.cityofwinterpark.org the week of Jan. 9, pending approval by the City Commission. DDec. 26 Commission meeting canceledIn observance of Christmas, the Monday, Dec. 26, City Commission meeting has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled City Commission meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 9, at 3:30 p.m., at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Cen ter located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd.Two Santa neighborhood visits leftThe city of Winter Park is wel coming Santa and Mrs. Claus in the last two neighborhoods ac cording to the following schedule (weather permitting)*: Blueridge Road Center Times are approximate and subject to change.Holiday promotionsThe city of Winter Park Eco nomic Development/CRA De partment is proud to present their second annual Winter in the Park Holiday Window Contest and Skate! Shop! Dine! promotion. The Holiday Window Con test features participating Park Avenue and downtown Winter Park merchants as they transform their storefronts into works of art. The contest will be judged in two different categories, the Design Excellence Award and Peoples Choice Award. To determine the winner of the Design Excellence Award our very own Winter Park City Commission will judge the window displays based on creativity, appeal, theme, use of color, use of space and merchandising. The award winner will receive a $500 electric utility bill credit, gener ously provided by the city of Winter Park Electric Utility Depart ment.Visit the citys ofcial website at www. cityofwinterpark.org, nd us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. New Construction!4 bed / 2.5 bath / 2190 sq ft $339,000 808 Hamilton Place Court Winter Park, FL 32789 Commerce Brokerage, LLC407-566-1636 Winter Park City Talk BY RaANDY KKNIghtGHT CITY MANAGER

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Page 6 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Did you know that second-hand smoke kills more than 56,000 nonsmokers every year including residents right here in our community? Despite enormous strides over the past decades, tobacco continues to be the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in our nation. The All Into Health Initiative is work ing to change that. They are a community effort, overseen by former U.S. Surgeon General Antonio Novello and a volunteer board. Together with business, community and government leaders, they are working to expand tobacco-free spaces throughout Orange County, including parks and other public areas where children commonly play. This initiative has strong public support. A recent independent survey of Orange County registered voters found 60 percent supported banning tobacco in public parks. Ninety-one percent said local governments should have the right to address health and safety concerns in their communities. Their initiative has also struck a chord with community leaders throughout Or ange County. The Orlando City Council led the way on Sept. 12, passing a resolution urging residents not to smoke in parks and calling on the Florida Legislature to over turn pre-emptive language in state statutes that prevents local government from taking stronger steps to protect public health. Since then, Apopka, Belle Isle, Eaton ville, Oakland, Orange County, Orlando and Winter Park have passed similar reso lutions and Windermere will consider pass ing one next month. The city of Maitland has now joined in this effort with our City Council passing its own resolution on Dec. 12 in support of this important and necessary initiative. It is imperative for us to continue the effort to urge the Florida Legislature to take the necessary steps to allow local governments to protect their citizens health. City Council Meeting of DDec. 12 The Maitland City Council met on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Below is a synopsis of that meeting. The next regular scheduled Council meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 9. Special Presentations: Healthy Central Florida, provided a Power Point presentation outlining their initia tives to make Maitland, Winter Park and Eatonville the healthiest communities in the nation. updated the Council on the Environmental Protection Agencys Numeric Nutrient Criteria.Public Hearing:Adopted on second reading, Ordinance #1223 Amending Chapter 6, Fire Protection tions provide for readopting and maintain required by State law. Consent Agenda: the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Minutes of Oct. 5 were approved as pre sented. scheduled meeting of Dec. 26. made to the Maitland Library as the Library will take over payment and administration of their employee health insurance plan ef fective Jan. 1. DDecisions: Lisa Tillery was appointed to the Lakes Advisory Board effective Dec. 13 each for a three-year term. Price to the Orange County Membership & Mission Review Board for their consider ation for appointment to the Orange Coun ty Civic Facilities Authority. served fund balance enabling the city man ager to enter into a contract with AVCON, Inc. in an amount of $17,400 to assist in the extension of Independence Lane and identify utility easements from Horatio Avenue to George Avenue. into a Joint Participation Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation U.S. Highway 17-92 at Packwood Avenue and 17-92 at Park Avenue to mast arm in stallations. a Transportation, Community and Systems Preservation Program Grant sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration for partial funding of the Maitland SunRail sta tion parking structure. To listen to a recording of the meeting, visit www.itsmymaitland.com Our Salad Bar features a complete buffet of over 40 items with cold and hot dishes, including Brazilian specialties. We serve 14 cuts of meat continuously, all you can eat table side service. Where you can choose from beef, pork, lamb or chicken, all served with our house specialty, oven-warm cheese bread. Nelore Steakhouse 115 E. Lyman Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789(407) 645-1112www.neloresteakhouse.com Authentic Brazilian Steak House www.gulfstatescu.org 407-831-8844 Maitland City Talk BY HOwarWARD SchCHIEfFErRDEcCKErR MAYOR Second-hand smoke

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Page 7 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer THUURSDD AY Y Orange Audubon Society presents A YY ear in the Life of a Park Ranger by Amy Conyers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Its free and at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. Call 407-637-2525 or visit www.orangeaudubon.org SATUURDD AY Y Join the Orlando Circle of Friends as they jazz up the holidays with their winter concert, Cool Y Y ule at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 398 W. Amelia St., Orlando. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors/students) and are available at www.ocofchorus.com or 321-345OCOF (6263). A portion of the pro ceeds goes to New Hope for Kids. SUNDUND AY Y Ballet South and The School of Per forming Arts, a student dance company based in the Maitland/Fern Park area, will be presenting a benet performance of Claras N Nutcracker DDream on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Tickets are $15. Visit www.balletsouth.org Catch the mellow jazz guitar stylings of Peter Thatcher at Casa Feliz from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at Casa Feliz. Peter favors what has become known as the Great American Songbook Gershwin, Arlen, Ellington et al. Alborea D Dances a multicultural En tertainment Dance Company, created and directed by Jenny and Ernesto Caballero, will perform at Casa Feliz from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 18. A free Christmas cantata, NNight of Miracles will be presented by The Singing Seniors of Winter Parks First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Arrive early and hear the Dickens Carolers. The concert at 1021 N. New Y Y ork Ave. in Winter Park. Visit rstwinterpark.org DEDEC. 24 North Park Baptist Church cordially invites the Baldwin Park community and our surrounding neighbors to join with us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ through a special Candlelight Service and Lords Supper, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. Christmas E Eve O Open House at the Morse Museum is Saturday, Dec. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www. morsemuseum.org for details. DEDEC. 25 North Park Baptist Church will have a Christmas D Day worship service on Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. Childcare is pro vided for birth through 5 years old. North Park Baptist Church is located at 2047 Prospect Ave. in Baldwin Park. Our regular times of Service are every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with a time of fellowship at 10:30 a.m., and a study (Sunday School) of Gods Word, for all ages, at 11 a.m. Please call 321-972-5900 or visit www. northparkbaptist.org ONONGOINOING The Winter Park Farmers Market is every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old train depot, 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 Park. Visit ItsMyMatiland. com or call 407-539-6268. Food Truck Caf is every Wednes day from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Lily Park in Maitland. Music at the Casa is a free week ly Sunday open house featuring live performances and tours of the his toric Casa Feliz, 656 N. Park Ave. Visit CasaFeliz.us or call 407-628-8200 ext. 3. BBallroom D Dancing Lessons are every Monday night except the rst Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. Line Dance Instruction is held on the rst Monday. 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Page 8 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lifestyles A month ago, Alison Mosley heard that some of the cars pick ing up Dommerich Elementary School students werent just their rides home; the cars were their home. I didnt know anything about it, Mosley said about her eyeher neighborhood. I said, gosh I live at Dommerich. Mosley discovered an invisible subculture of poverty. Families still sent their kids to school, even if they had to move out of their homes. But there were no new clothes, no new books. Food was something that was more plenti ful at school than at home. And place to sleep, they were doing it in secret. It seems to me families arent really going to homeless shelters, Mosley said. They end up stay ing with friends, family, people at the school. And when they do get to the money, they stay at hotels. Some live in cars, and theyre the hardest ones to track because they move around. Thats not something she could live with, she said. Mosley worked quickly after that moment a month ago, taking a crash course in how to start her own fundraiser. The goal would be simple: raise money for food, clothing, books and necessities for needy Dommerich families, and then distribute it evenly to all of them. Jessica Fratrik, school home less coordinator at Dommerich Elementary, would help turn the money into food, clothes and gifts, helping organize the donation drive for the needy families already in place at the school. She had already been raising funds for 27 families since the beginning of November. It was kind of a mad rush near the end, Fratrik said, because the amount of needy families doubled its been this big because the need is so great. With a plan in place, Mosley went to work. She scouted a venue, partnering with friend Sandy Bonus to hold the event at her Alzheimer's Association Coffee Counseling, Coaching & Consulting Florida Institute of Animal Arts Kronhaus Law Firm, P.A. Michael Rogers, Inc. New Traditions National Bank Security Financial Management Whole Foods Market All About Travel Arrow Pavement Services Beaumont, Matthes & Church Costa DeVault a wordwise Company DePrince, Race and Zollo, Inc. Shari Hodgson Linder & Thornley, C.P.A. Old Florida National Bank Una Donna Piu Winter Park Housing Authority All Business Printing, Inc. City Communications Associated Consulting International, Inc. Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Thaddeus & Polly Seymour First Market Insurance Agency Interlachen Country Club Robert J. Dorff Hollieanna Groves New Hope for Kids, Inc. Presented by Featuring the 2012 State of the City Address Every Day Exceptional Winter Park Community Center 721 W. New England Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 $35 Chamber Members $40 Non-members $275 Corporate Table Reservations accepted at www.winterpark.org or call (407) 644-8281. Orange County Public Schools identied 3,241 homeless students as of Thanksgiving. The true number of homeless students could reach more than 10,000 because its difcult to get an accurate count due to the stigma associated with being homeless, according to OCPS. Visit homeless.ocps.net for information on how you can help. Homeless students in Winter Park/Maitland as of NNovember: Killarney Elementary: 85 Lakemont Elementary: 30 Lake Sybelia Elementary: 22 Winter Park 9th grade: 19 Hungerford Elementary: 18 Winter Park High: 16 Brookshire Elementary: 14 Maitland Middle: 10 Dommerich Elementary: 5 Aloma Elementary: 3 Aloma Charter: 3 Source: OCPS PhotoHOTO bBY IsaacSAAC BaABcCOcCK theTHE observerOBSERVER Maitland residents Sandy BBonus and Alison Mosley collaborated on a fundraiser after learning of Dommerichs 27 homeless families.High-speed fundraising$3K raised for Dommerichs homeless students IsaacISAAC BaBABcCOcCK Observer Staff Please see DOmmMMErRIchCH on page 9 See Page 14 to read the testimony from one of the volunteers of the DDommerich drive, Marie Ciaravino. Learn more

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Page 9 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer FamilyCalendar business. A week and a half ago, about the event she was organiz ing to help Dommerichs downand-out. The pair thought that even if neighbors didnt have chil dren, theyd still want to help. I dont have any children there, and neither does Alison, Bonus said. Its just about help ing. Friends jumped on board, of fering to bring food and drinks, while others spread the short notice as quickly as they could. Monday night, the event packed Bonus Swoope Studios art gallery and raised nearly $3,000. If that short timeline seems un usual, Mosley feels the same way. Shed never organized a fundrais er before. She had no idea if the idea would catch on. I was thinking if I cant get people attached to the school thats a block from their house, then somethings very wrong, she said. The Dec. 12 Ladies Night Out that packed Maitlands Swoope Studios started things off with a bang. In three hours of food, drink, socializing and music from guitarist John Valeri, the pair of or ganizers pulled 60 donors through the door of Bonus eclectic studio so did donations. Theres still money coming in, Bonus said. Its all coming in from local ladies who want to sup port the needy. Theyre just step ping up and helping. Now she and Bonus are al ready setting up three more. And theres no going back to the draw ing board after the success of the to open the next fundraiser to the public rather than making it just a ladies night. We called it a ladies night out because we wanted to have it simple, but were happy to have spouses, men, Mosley said. Maybe well do one ladies night out a year, but the others keep it open ended. Three events are already planned, for the second Monday of April, August and December, all with the same goal. Hopefully from this good idea clothes, books, food, just to get them going, Bonus said. 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Sterling Heights, MI43900 Schoenherr Rd. 1 (586) 737-2323Troy, MI6012 Rochester Rd. 1 (248) 828-8400Winter Park, FL2069 Aloma Ave. 1 (800) 990-9557Royal Oak, MI30475 Woodward Ave. 1 (248) 288-0440Southgate, MI18800 Eureka Rd. 1 (734) 281-1800Center Line, MI26834 Lawrence 1 (586) 755-2300Eastpointe, MI21571 Kelly Rd. 1 (586) 779-7770Locations *Retail orders by cash, check or credit card only. Excludes power scooters, seat lift chairs, sale items, wellness supplements, web, custom, special orders and insurance transactions. No other discounts apply. Previous orders excluded. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Coupon has no cash value.BRING THIS COUPON IN FOR20% OFF One Item(Cash Sale Items Only)Coupon Expires 2-28-09 Code SENIORRESGUIDE08N CUT OUT AND SAVE Visit us on the web @ www.binsons.com Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 Join Today! Get Involved!Winter Park Republican Womens GroupLuncheon Meetings held monthly at Flemings in Winter Park. Spouses welcome! Call 407-718-9355 for more information. SANNTAS ININ TOOWNN The city of Winter Park welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus to the city on evenings through Monday, Dec. 19. Mingle with Old St. Nick him self as he rides his sleigh through Winter Park neighborhoods. Visit cityofwinterpark.org for a full schedule. Maitland residents should be on the look out for Santa Claus too. The Maitland Police will be escorting Santa though the citys street on Saturday, Dec. 17. For times in your neighborhood, visit www. itsmymaitland.com. DEDEC. 17 Enjoy the rich sounds of Christmas as tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players of all ages perform at Winter Parks 16th an nual Merry Tuba Christmas from the main stage in Central Park beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Call 407-599-3463. DEDEC. 24 The Charles Hosmer Morse Mu seum of American Art will hold a free Christmas E Eve open house on Saturday, Dec. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 407-645-5311. DEDEC. 25 Chanukah Family Fun D Day is 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, at the Roth JCC of Greater Orlando, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. Family fun with activities, games, crafts, food and more. Its $15 per family JCC members and $25 per family community members. Chabad of Greater Orlando will present Chanukah on the Park on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 5 p.m. in Central Park. The evening will include singing performances, live music, dancers, face paint ing, jugglers and food. For more information, please call 407-6442500. DEDEC. 29 To wrap up the holiday season with a bright red bow on top, the city of Winter Park will host the fth annual Champs Sports B Bowl Parade of B Bands on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. As a prelude to the Champs Sports Bowl game on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl, school bands from Florida State and Notre Dame will march through downtown Winter Park and perform in Central Park. Call 407-599-3463. ONONGOINOING In celebration of the holiday sea son, the Orlando Magic will host four holiday basketball camps at the Jewish Community Center Maitland campus and the RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club from Monday, Dec. 19, to Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, to Fri day, Dec. 30. The camps, which run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, are open to youth ages 7. Visit www.OrlandoMagicCamps.com or call 216-378-0932.Send submissions to editor@observernewspapers.com Want to donate to DDommerichs needy families? Contact Jessica Fratrik, homeless coordinator at DDommerich EElementary, at 407-623-1407 extension 2279 or jfratrik@ocps.net Learn more Visit the links below to see the recent Minutes story on the challenges of homeless children in Central Florida schools: Hard Times Generation (NNov. 27): tinyurl.com/ochomeless60 Hard Times Generation (March 6): tinyurl.com/ochomeless60update Learn more DOmmMMErRIchCH | Sixty people donate C ONTINUED FROM pagePAGE 8 BBachs tribute to Christmas PhotoHOTO bBY IsaacSAAC BaABcCOcCK theTHE observerOBSERVER BBach Festival Society of Winter Park presented A Classic Christmas last weekend.

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Page 10 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Artists in Florida have a work at the theme parks that larger-than-life environments for the millions of guests who visit Central Florida every year. Our artists, illustrators, costume de signers, FX creators and make-up artists collaborate with one goal: to entertain. Now the Orange County History Center presents The Serious Art of MakeBelieve through April 29. The exhibit goes behind the scenes at Universal Orlando to show more than 200 original drawings and models among the 1,000 pieces of artwork and artifacts from the resorts events, including Halloween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras. This collaboration between the museum and Universal is never-before-seen glimpse into Universals archives and warehouses. The History Center is at 65 E. Central Blvd. Visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500.Artists get to be winners!For months Ive been telling you that Third Thursday is the time to join the Gallery Crawl through the art galleries of downtown Orlando. Lately, the Thornton Park area has joined in this tradition of changing exhibits and introducing new artists on that date. The excitement of Decembers Third Thursday will come from downtowns anchor gallery, the Gallery at Avalon Island. The reception there from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, is based around the Members Juried Exhibit in which the artwork is judged by an outside expert for monetary prizes. Its always fun to see which of our artists are recognized, because the tastes of the judges vary as much as we do, and its always wonderful to see artists being recognized for their talent. The Gallery at Avalon Island is at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. Visit galleryata valonisland.com.Scrooge by candlelightMy favorite re-telling of the classic Dickens ghost story of Christmas is the Robin Olson production in which three actors portray dozens of characters as they perform among the audience. Audience members are seated at tables enjoying homemade Christmas cookies and a pot of tea while the actors perform around us, coming just this close to touching us. This years production of Dickens by Candlelight: A Christmas Carol will be staged in the main hall of the Dr. Phillips Center from Friday, Dec. 16, to Friday, Dec. 23. The audience feels like part of the production, especially as an actor suddenly speaks from beside you. The cast is made up of John DiDonna, Morgan Russell and Monica Tamborello, who have each acted before in this beloved story of Scrooge and his awakening. Performances are at the Dr. Phillips Center on Lake Ivanhoe at 1111 N. Orange Ave. Caroling and wassail begin an hour before the show. Call 407-491-4663 or visit DickensByCandlelight.com.Holidays (and more) at the Morse MuseumEvery Friday evening through Dec. 30 we are invited to the Morse Museum for free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, those evenings will feature live music and live curator tours of the Admission will also be free all day on Christmas Eve, with a program of live music set for the afternoon. The holiday music includes: Friday, Dec. 16: Lynn Peghiny, pianist; Friday, Dec. 23: Three Flutes Only; Saturday, Dec. 24: open house, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Raintree Chamber Players; Friday, Dec. 30: Beautiful Music Sweet Sounds Jazz Trio. The Museum houses the worlds most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Visit morsemuseum.org. Laser light holidaysBuilding on the success of their Rock n Roll Laser Light Shows, the Orlando Science Center introduces Holiday Laser Light Shows Bright lasers, holiday music and fun graphics provide a sensory experience that is a whole new way to enjoy traditional classics from Tchaikovskys Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to Mariah Careys All I Want for Christmas Is You. The light shows play through December in the Science Centers Dr. Phillips CineDome. Call 407-514-2000 or visit osc.org.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 joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. Come ska te at the holiday ice rink in Central Park West Meadow!November 18, 2011thruJanuary 8,2012Monday thru Thursday > 3 p.m. 9 p.m. Friday > 3 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday > 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Sunday > Noon 8 p.m.see website for extended school holiday hoursAll day general admission $10(includes skates)407-599-3203 >www.cityofwinterpark.org WINTER PARK in the special thanks to our sponsors STRESSBALL MEATBALLMAITLANDORLAND O | FLORIDA MALL Stress less this holiday... leave your party to Buca This Holiday Season, think of Buca when planning office parties or family get-togethers. Whether you bring them to Buca, or bring Buca to them, we know how to feed a crowd.HOLIDA Y G AT H ERINGS GIFT C ARDS | P ART Y P ANS T O GOPerfect for bucadibeppo.comBOOK YOUR HOLIDA Y EV ENT TODAY!OP EN CH RISTMAS DA Y This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH O RLANDO A VE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.E NZIAN.ORG BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER'S JOURNEY Fri-Sun 4PM, 6:30PM Mon-Thurs 6:30PM THE NUTCRACKER Royal Ballet Sun 12 NOON Eden Bar Brunch 10:30AM DRAGONSLAYER Fri-Sun 9PM RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE Mon-Thurs 9PM Wednesday Night Pitcher Show NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION Wed 8PM FREE Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendarA rare look behind the theme park experience Dickens

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Page 11 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer For Marva Forbes and her fam ily, dinner was coming home, hot oil in a pan and frying up some chicken. As a rule, she said. There was also lots of pizza, McDonalds and chips and candy for snacks. Not much thought went behind planning meals for her family, which includes three of her children and two grand children. Our eating habits were: we just ate, Forbes said. That is until four years ago, when her 6-year-old grandson started going to Winter Park Day Nursery. The nursery, which of fers free training from their chef on how to make healthy, affordable meals, taught Forbes and her grandchildren the wonders of eating healthy. Adopting the Nemours programThough the nursery has always had a healthy meal plan, a year ago they adopted a new program offered by the Nemours obesity prevention initiative. The initiative has already helped 11,000 Central Florida kids and more than 600 child-care providers. With a recent $50,000 grant from the Winter Park Health Founda tion (WPHF), it will help 14 more providers in Winter Park, Mait land and Eatonville. Preschools are struggling when it comes to teaching healthy hab its, said Dr. Lloyd Werk, director of Nemours Florida Prevention Initiative. Theres a knowledge gap, and is where we can make a differ ence. They hope to saturate the en tire Winter Park area with their program. Nemours will have volunteers and paid staff train the child-care providers on two programs: Nem ours Healthy Habits for Life and the Nemours plan for a healthy lifestyle: 5-2-1 Almost None. Healthy Habits teaches preschool children about sometimes and anytime food, eating the col ors of the rainbow and including movement in all play. Almost None focuses on more exercise, reducing TV and computer time, making nutrition interesting and limiting sugary drinks. Were trying to build a culture of wellness, Werk said. Many of our lifelong habits are developed in this time period. WPHF President Patricia Mad dox agreed and said this program will help expand their current ef forts, which include teaching pub lic school children healthy habits, to an even younger group. The earlier habits are en grained in our lives the better chance we have to keep them, Maddox said.Changes to the nurserySince implementing Nemours program, the Winter Park Day Nursery has most changed their movement policy. Now, they in clude movement at least two to three more times than they did before. There isnt any sitting around and waiting to start activities there. Kids are encouraged to play a slow-motion game, copy the leader and act like animals. They hop and skip to their next activity. Its all about integrating movement into parts of the day they never thought they would. And its the kids favorite part of the day moving and playing is natural for them, unlike sitting quietly, Nursery Director Ali De Maria said. Games to teach nutrition include learning sometimes and anytime foods. Pizza pops up, and the children crouch down for sometimes, she shows ce real with fruit so they hop up and down from the energy they would get from that anytime food. Next, they roll dice to see what movement theyll do and how many times theyll do it. The chil dren obviously love it, excitedly hopping around, dancing and wiggling. DeMaria loves that the teach ers have a new resource to teach children about nutrition, and the children are really grasping the concepts. They know more about what theyre given, she said. And while the nursery has al ways had healthy meals, chef Shir ley Shankle has made the change from canned to fresh fruit. She ex Savannah Court and CoeExcellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 The quality of care is outstanding. Our mother has made so many friends here. And she especially loves the hair salon! Peggy, her daughter Merrel & son DwightAssisted 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. Healthy Living If youd like to volunteer, or are interested in getting this program at your child-care center, email FLPrevention@nemours.org Learn more PhotoHOTO BY isaacISAAC BaABcCOcCK thTHE oOBSERVER Winter Park Day Nursery students pretend theyre dinosaurs and broccoli are trees to make eating the healthy greens more exciting.Healthy habits for preschoolWith the help of a grant from Winter Park Health Foundation, Nemours will be expanding its obesity prevention initiative to 14 more area preschools BBRiITTniNI JOhnsHNSOnN Observer SStaff Please see KidsIDS on page 12

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Page 12 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer poses the children to vegetables every day, and they are encour aged to try new things. She likes making eating broccoli a game dinosaurs eating trees. Parents tell her that their chil dren know what theyre eating and request anytime foods. Shankle said she loves getting the kids to try new things, and, eventually, like them. I feel that this is their most impressionable age, she said. Changes at homeForbes sees those habits growing stronger at home, though it wasnt easy at first. Her children now ask for car rots instead of candy, she bakes everything and her mi crowave has gotten dusty. Her picky family eats asparagus, which Forbes never imagined in a million years. They spend lots of time walking and out side, and television and com puter time is stopped at 30 minutes each from the ding of an egg timer. They feel healthy. Its funny because I never thought I could, she said. Everything has changed. Why do people smoke? The cost alone, as much as $6 for a pack of 20 cigarettes, might be enough reason to quit. Half of smokers will die from the habit. Smokers have a harder time getting jobs; many employers wont hire smokers. Smokers pay more for life insurance and also have a harder time getting dates. If you havent been living under a already got the message that smoking is bad for your health. When you give up tobacco, the hours after your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Within 24 hours, your risk of a heart attack decreases; in a year, it is cut in half. Each tobacco-free year, your risks of stroke, cancers and even ulcers drop. But quitting is not that simple. If quitting were, more smokers would have quit long ago. People quit when the stars align. They smoking and they believe their quit efforts will work. It often takes a trigger, such as a bad bout of bronchitis, a new partner, a smoking ban at work or a friend getting lung cancer, to motivate the smoker to quit. The nicotine in tobacco is a powerful drug, more addictive than heroin. When you quit, you through nicotine withdrawal. Quitting can make you grumpy. You might crave tobacco and sweets. Most symptoms disappear within a month, but the tobacco cravings can last much longer. Central Floridians have many options for quitting. Nicotine replacement gum and patches give you nicotine in gradually lower doses. Medications such as the antidepressant Zyban and Chantix require a prescription. These change your brain chemistry and reduce the craving. The best value for the money (no cost to Florida residents) is the Florida Quitline program. Visit 877-U-CAN-NOW. Funded from the tobacco lawsuit settlement, the Florida Quitline provides great online resources, telephonic counseling and support for quitters, and nicotine patches and gum. Beware of ineffective smoking cessation aids. Laser therapy costs about $400 but has not been shown to work. Hypnosis also lacks evidence of effectiveness. Someone who is ready to fork over $400 is motivated to quit, and that may be the reason it works for some. Quitting tobacco is a process. It is in your hands, and your mind. No magic bullet can do it. The starting point is your decision to quit. You have to want to quit, not merely try because someone wants you to. You can try these steps: 1. Decide if you are ready. Plan how you will do it. 2. List your reasons for quitting. Think also about what you are giving up and why you like to smoke. Plan how you will replace the role of tobacco in your life. 3. Call the Florida Quitline. If you plan to use medication to help you, make an appointment with your nurse practitioner. 4. Set a quit date. 5. Get rid of your cigarettes and their residue. Clean out the car and home. 6. On your quit date, keep a positive mind and work your plan. 7. Reward yourself for each smoke-free day. Put a picture of what you want to buy with that money you are saving on a jar. Put your daily savings in the jar. 8. Celebrate your success. If you start to smoke again, go back 407-381-3335 $1000 off Cannot be used with any discounts, discount plans or HMOs. Offer expires 1/31/12Complimentary ExamIncluding Xray & PhotosWith this coupon. Not valid with other offers. Offer expires 1/31/12 Braces or Invisalign Dr. Nancy RRudner Lugo Health Action Ready to quit smoking? KidsIDS | Habits change at home too C ONTINUEED FRROM pagPAGE 11 PhotoHOTO BY isaacISAAC BaABcCOcCK thTHE oOBSERVER Winter Park Day Nursery chef Shirley Shankle prepares peanut butter bagels.

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Page 13 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lack of Desire or Low Energy? Testosterone Lab Work for $35 (a $240 Value) Call today for a risk-free appointment: 407-894-9959 Dennis AllenOwner/ Administrator 250 North Orlando Avenue Winter Park, Florida 32789 407.677.9777 A Premier Flooring Source nCARPETOODTONE TILELAMINATE AREA RUGINDO TREATMENT Featuring Exquisite Products for Residential & Commercial Projects Custom Design and Quality Installationn Healthy holidays for kids and teens DR. LanANE F. DOnnNNEllLL Y Guest Writer Compared with what adults face, it doesnt seem like kids have much to worry about dur ing the holidays. The reality is children and teens also experience stress and seasonal health concerns that can be just as over whelming, particularly during the holiday break, when schedules become more hectic and less predictable. tips can help your family stay well and have a good time. 1. Fight germs. Family gather ings, airports and travel stops, shopping malls, even the school theyre all home to germs. Protect and washing your hands often. People can be contagious before they even know theyre sick, so even just a sip from someones drink puts his or her germs in your body. Be sure to keep this in mind when sharing meals with your family. Although the holi days may be all about sharing, youll want to keep some things to yourself, including forks, spoons and drinking utensils. 2. Eat healthy. For children and teens, nutrition plays a key role in battling germs and boost ing energy. But holiday foods are often high in calories and lack the nutritional qualities necessary for good health. Make it a priority vegetables a day. Carry an apple or a bag of baby carrots so you always have a healthy snack available. Exercise also gives you energy in addition to burning the extra calories consumed during the holidays, so stay active and dont give your exercise routine a break. 3. Relax. Even things we look forward to, such as holiday parties or gifts, can be a source of stress. For many, stress also leads to other health problems Feeling stressed? Stop what youre doing for a moment. Take down-to-your-belly deep and concentrate on each breath as you inhale and exhale. Walk over to a window and look out at the sky. Then go back to what you were doing, realizing that holiday drama will happen. For more information about how you can stay healthy during the holidays, please visit www. kidshealth.orgLane F. Donnelly, M.D., serves as vice president of Nemours as well as chief medical ofcer and physician-in-chief for Nemours Childrens Hospital, opening in Lake Nonas Medical City in 2012. PhotoHOTOS BY isaacISAAC BaABcCOcCK thTHE oOBSERVER Saturday marked the eighth annual Winter Park B Boat Parade & Festival of Lights. The winner for theme was the Mayower R Retirement Communitys entry, at right. Winning for lights was the Christmas Tree boat, above. Sca CA N HERE Use your smartphones QR R code reader app to view more photos or visit wpmobserver.com/ photos/galleriesBoats light up the night Donnelly

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Page 14 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer OOpinions Last week I was asked to help spread homeless children in Dommerich. Many reacted with Homeless in Dommerich? That cant be! Yes, about 30 families in course, is a huge problem. So is the sense of shame connected with being needy. Discretion is nice but not always possible. Trying to maintain a sense of privacy themselves very suddenly, very unexpectedly in this predicament that always seemed to be anothers problem, never ones own. The stress of it all destroys health and relationships. The day-to-day simple things we all take for granted become absolutely daunting. The big debate at this time is whether we expect the government to take care of the needy or do we step up to the plate, roll up our sleeves and give help where and when we can. Truly becoming aware A while ago I drove to Publix on a very hot Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m. to buy some ice cream. In the parking lot, I was approached by a lady who was asking for help. With what money she had, she rode the bus to keep cool and snooze in a safe environment. On Sunday night, the busses stopped running and she had nowhere to go. She was waiting for a hearing for disability and was unable both physically and legally to work (I could tell this immediately). She had not eaten and could barely walk any dis tance. I put her in an inexpensive motel and got her a meal. Then the reality of this dire situation began to sink in. I con tacted everyone I knew trying to locate a place for her to stay. At that time, there were about 3,000 beds available for a need of about 8,000. I have no doubt that number has grown in multiples in the past two years. Of the available places, there were none that would accept an unemployed, single, older woman. Some would only take families, some only men and others only workingwomen. Her plans were to somehow get to Shepherds Hope to receive some very muchneeded medical attention. Transportation becomes an overwhelming problem in heat or cold and just the simple distance. (Displaced families frequently rely on vehicles that break down or need very pricey gasoline to run!) I helped this lady through a few bad days and tried to get her connected in the right places. It is my understanding that she was eventually awarded Social Security disability Government is a very important part of the solution, but not the only answer. Each of us knows someone who is in a to reach out when we see a need in our own immediate community. Those who own, in dire circumstances deserve our respect as well as our help and support.Ciaravino is a Winter Park resident and former Maitland resident.What are Miles qualications?After reading the reports of Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradleys and challenger Mrs. Nancy Miles campaign platforms, I mentally started what a friend of mine calls a Ben Franklin list, which is basically the listing of pluses and minuses for each candidate in order to make an informed voting decision on Jan. 31. Certainly, one of the cornerstones of our representative form of government is the ability of anyone think it fair to hold Mrs. Miles to the same standard of accomplishments as Mayor Bradley, who, while running a city with a $140 million budget, exponentially grew the general fund reserve, never increased property taxes, ushered in many new busi nesses to Winter Park, increased road paving, lowered the cost of city services, etc. I was eager to read how Miles plans to convince voters that the mayor needs to be replaced. Instead I got that she decided to run because a few citizens (and possibly one commissioner) have complained about not being heard or given enough speaking time at Commission meetings, and that two years is not enough time to evaluate and implement a plan to dispose of property often described by past and current to Winter Park. I would like to encourage Mrs. Miles to spend more time providing amples of any accomplishments and how she plans on increasing the upward curve established by the current mayor and Commission. If she were to do that, it would certainly make it much easier for all Winter Franklins. EEd SSabori Winter Park TThousands homeless Orange County Public Schools has received $8,000 in donations to help more than 3,200 homeless students in our schools. The money was raised through a local phone bank held at WKMG Channel 6 studios during the stations live newscasts from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. The phone bank was also in response to the story about Central Florida homeless students, which aired on Minutes the night before on CBS. Orange County Public Schools has of Thanksgiving. Of these 3,241 students, more than half are in elementary schools, a statistic aligned with the nationwide steady rise of homelessness among families with young children. The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth estimates that 10 percent of students receiving free and reduced meals may be experiencing homelessness. In Orange County Public Schools, the true number of homeless students could reach more than 10,000, but there are great challenges in identifying this population of students due to the stigma associated with being homeless. Fore more information, visit www. homeless.ocps.net or contact helphome less@ocps.net or 407-317-3485. SShari BBobinski Orange County Public SSchools spokeswoman Charitable giving: BBe aware this holiday seasonCaveat emptor or let the buyer be ware is common-sense advice that most of us try to heed. But buyers are not the only ones who should beware: Goodwill Industries of Central Florida encourages donors to be just as cautious and selec tive when choosing the organizations that will receive their gently used clothing and household items, both during the holiday season and all year. A proliferation of donation bins in for donors to discern which charities are entities or even fraudulent charities. That is why a little bit of research before you do nate can ensure that your donations have the greatest impact in your community. Before you donate, check with your state attorney general or secretary of states You should also check with a charityrating agency such as Charity Navigator or GuideStar, or use online resources such as how much of their revenue goes to over head and administrative costs. Goodwill has spent decades earning the publics trust. Donors can rest assured that their items are going to a reputable organi zation that has the communitys interests at heart. Donated goods are sold in Goodwill stores and online, and more than 92 per cent of revenues earned go to fund critical job training, career services and other supports that put people to work, strengthen families and build stronger communities. Instead of buyer beware, lets try to be donor aware this holiday season. William G. (BBill) Oakley President and CEEO Goodwill Industries of Central FloridaLetters to the editor Scott gives a gift t for a ScroogeOn the precipice of the most empathetically generous of West ern holidays, in the time of our most abundant good cheer, Gov. Rick Scott is hoping some of that will come his way. At the lowest approval rating of any sitting governor, including Wisconsin and Ohio governors who are facing the possibility of recall elections, Scott has attempted to drum up some goodwill. His olive branch to his embittered constituency only one in four of which approves of his job performance is more money for education. Education pays, and we crease our investment in Florida's students, Scott said in a recorded radio address on Tuesday, Dec. 6. To wit, Scott proposed a $1 billion increase in the education ning in July 2012. That big ticket Christmas pres ent is hard to shoot down after the education budget dwindled perhaps conjuring a bit of the magic of the holiday season, Scott is hoping to play Santa Claus in more ways than one. For one, hes hoping well forget the lumps of coal weve received for the last few years. which went into effect July 2011, slashed $1.3 billion from schools, a low-water mark not seen since the 2005-06 school year. That slashed budget dropped to a new low an education fund that had fallen every year since a high point in 2007-08. That huge $1.3 billion lump of coal last year wouldnt be balanced out by the $1 billion gift hes giving us this Christmas. And whats worse, an additional 30,000 students are expected to enter schools next year, making that gift even harder to spread around. For two, hes hoping we wont look too deep into how hell pay cit magic. The states budget is currently $2 billion in the red for a gap we legally have to balance out before that budget can be The extra money for education has to come from somewhere, and that means one of two things: more taxes or more budget cuts. Last week Scott announced what many in the state had most feared: His proposed budget would slash $2.1 billion from Medicaid funding to help pay for the education boost. Medicaid helps pay for medical expenses for low-income Americans. To use another holiday metaphor: In the world of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim would get a new book for Christmas, but he wouldnt live to read it. St. Nick wouldnt ask us to kick a sick boy out of the hospital to pay for school, especially when there are plenty of more humane options. In a state with some of the lowest taxes in the nation, that sort of trade is unconscio nable. Less than two weeks before Christmas, Scott might be seeing Santa Claus when he looks in the mirror, but Floridas poor and In the world of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim would get a new book for Christmas, but he wouldnt live to read it. Our Observation See Page 8 for a story about efforts to help the homeless students at Dommerich EElementary. Learn moreHelp those in your backyard MaARiIE CiaIARaA VinINO Guest Writer Ciaravino

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Page 15 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer TThe fear that pacies Give artThe only television show I watch with any regularity is The Big Bang Theory. A dose of laughs is not a bad thing when delving into the 11 dimensions of quantum physics. As a gardener, Im lucky to comprehend four dimensions. How does understanding our journey through the space-time continuum help us grow better crops? When surveying the garden, the obvious dimensions of width and length spread before our gaze. The depth of our laboriously improved soil delves beneath our feet. These 3-D physical characteristics, mea sured by comparisons to our anatomy, are quoted in feet and inches. Even the metric system is conjured by pacing a spread of land. How quickly can a row of beans be weeded? How hard must a pebble be thrown to ward off a squirrel in the carrots? Can I turn the whole compost pile before breakfast? Now we are comparing dimensions over time. The result of actions on physical structure should not be assumed as the intended speed. Picking up the pace entails acceleration, an attribute under stood to be contrary to the implicit leisurely endeavor of the hobby of gardening. To hasten any process, design better tools or routines to get more work done in less time. Newtons falling apple accelerating not be ignored. Use gravity when throwing the compost to loosen up the components, mix in some air, and rebuild the pile elsewhere. Using our space most judi ciously brings a sequencing aspect into play. The seed packet claims a crop of beans will be ready in 55 days. Harvesting from those plants may last 3 weeks, tying up the lim ited space of the garden. Starting other transplants in a greenhouse manages the risk of unsuccessful germination, but it also allows for two crops to grow simultaneously. Immediately upon harvesting the last of the beans, a ready transplant plopped into a growing bed pro vides a six-week jump in production. Hows that for time travel? Peering into the future, a gift of sages, is a tool frequently used by gardeners. Planning for my winter solstice celebrations requires prescience and risk management. Weather prognosticators, noting this as a La Nina year, predict a dry and warmer growing season. But as the daylight decreases approaching Dec. 21, crop growth slows. curve toward an intended expectation requires attention to detail. Weeding, mulching, fertilizing, watering and controlling pest are all steps taken in order to control time. Albert Einstein would be proud of us! Tom Carey is the owner of SSundew Gar dens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. V Visit the SSundew Gardens Face book page.Cars as Christmas gifts? What recession? A couple of different automobile companies have advertisements running where one spouse surprises the other with a new car in the driveway neatly wrapped in a bright red bow. Cue the mu sic and the Aw-shucks Dear, you didnt look of surprise. Why run such an advertisement? How many of us have the cash sitting around to make such an acquisition and/ or how many of us (as couples) would undertake such a substantial purchase our partners? Heres your present, Dear! Oh, and heres our 60-month payment book. Merry Christmas! Some gift. Yet, Well, I have a few modest ideas for gifts that will not break the bank. Give art. Give ideas. Give music. Give experiences. couple (relatives or friends) who, like many of us, have enough. What do you give them that they dont already have three of, two of which are boxed away in the garage? An experience. Give two tickets to a play of their choice at the Mad Cow Theatre or the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Give them a morning in Winter Park including tickets to the Morse Museum, the scenic boat tour leaving 312 E. Morse St. and lunch at an avenue eatery. Give them a hot air balloon ride. (No, not tickets to a Republican debate!) You get the idea. Consider what they might enjoy and provide that experience. Package it for them. following (all released in 2011): The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt; All Things Shining by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly; Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich; The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough; by Charles David Deutsch; and Cleopatra: A Life Harrison titled The Great Leader (an example of male-centered silliness, but fun nonetheless). Finally pick up (a gift for yourself, perhaps?) Christopher Hitchens Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens. All good. For the mind. monic Orchestra performance, of course. Or the Bach Festival in Winter Park. Culture/pleasure for the ears. Here are several jazz recording recommendations: Go by Dexter Gordon; Jazz: Red Hot & Cool by Dave Brubeck Quartet; Mu sic for Loving by Ben Webster; Swiss Movement by Les McCann and Eddie Harris; Lady in Satin by Billie Holiday; Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans Trio and Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis. Two more delights: Songbird by Eva Cassidy and Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell. by CRJ. Give a year-end contribution to WUCF 89.9 FM. Great jazz station! the chaff? Art, you Philistine. Art is often expensive, as well it should be. But it neednt be. I purchased two original paintings off a 20-year-old Sanford street vendor several years back for $50 a pop, framed them and theyre gorgeous. Look for local art of quality. Be selective. Its ubiquitous. Three local shops to recommend: Tim othys Gallery on Park Avenue in Winter Park. Consistently good year-in/yearout artistic stuff. Great selection of unique jewelry, ladies! And, for gentlemen who buy for ladies. I recommend the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery on First Street in Sanford as it has one-of-a-kind objects. And the Artistic Hand in Oviedo. Give art. Support artists. Make your giving distinctive. Be memorable.Jepson is a 24-year resident of Florida. Hes scally conservative, socially liberal, likes art and embraces diversity of opinion. RReach him at Jepson@MEEDIAmerica.USS We spend a great amount of money in order to keep ourselves and a great many other nations safe. We invest enormous amounts in researching military weapons, aircraft, drones, explosives, tanks, ships, etc., for mili tary purposes. We provide the most advanced training possible for thousands of intelligent, highly screened Ameri cans and guest personnel to operate our sophisticated military equipment, which often involves the latest electronic concepts. In so doing we serve the security needs of many other nations who are our allies. That is, as long as we are protecting them. We lessen, even eliminate, the need for these nations to spend their own money on their own security, and we tax the average American mightily in order to do so. Without Americas providing the materiel and know-how, what would the state of readiness of most western European nations be? An important item often overlooked, or at least under-emphasized, is that all the nations who are dependent on us for their military security are them selves freed from the enormous costs of defending themselves, and look to Big Brother USA to keep them free from at tack. The U.S. has been the protector of the free world for so long that everyone on both sides takes this condition for granted. The inherent dangers in such an assumptive attitude are as obvious as the weakness of a neighborhood boy who never develops his own fighting ability against bullies because he has a big strong brother for the time being, at least to do it for him. One who has lived abroad extensive ly is astonished at the little pressure the U.S. uses to influence its recipient brothers politically. Our gifts are usually without strings. After World War II, I questioned for a while whether our forgiving help to the enemies who had attacked us treacherously and declared war against us was a sign of stupidity or benign golden rule morality. I imagine that a great many of us in uniform who had been the targets of the Germans and Japanese found it uncomfortable, at the very least, to lay down our guns and accept our former would-be assassins as harmless. The shifting from peacetime to war time, and wartime to peacetime in an instant, is a confusing anomaly. The instant peace was declared, we took our fingers off the trigger of the weapons we had used to kill those we had long been told were our enemies. One peculiarity in cosmopolitan America is our making light of taking credit for saving almost every other country in the free world. We did it in the first World War, and the second, and it is only the terrible might of the U.S. that preserves most of the peace we and the others now enjoy. We stopped Hitler when it was necessary for him to be stopped; who else could have done it? Ditto regarding the Japan of the 1940s. New bad guys keep sticking their heads up out of the slime, and they retreat only when they see the letters USA on men and materiel. What would the world be if the U.S. were a ferociously aggressive dictator ship instead of the most benign great nation in the history of this Earth? Will we remain everybodys big brother unless some war-like friends get too big for their britches? Peace, its wonderful! About RRoney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, EEm.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy RRoney) Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis RRoney Play On! Gardening in the fourth dimension Tom Carey From my garden to yours I HAD A GREAT Ti I ME ROWi I NG iI N THi I S PROGRAM AND A WONDERFUL COLLEGE ROWi I NG EXPERi I ENCE DUE TO MY HARD WORK AT WPHSWPHS CCREW AND A GREAT COACH, CCOACH TTOM LLiI NEBERRY! MMELi I SSA BBALLARD BBRAWNER HHAPPY AANNi I VERSARY, WWiI NTER PPARK CCREW. I HAD A WONDERFUL Ti I ME AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM NNEW ZEALAND ROWi I NG Wi I TH THE Gi I RLS, 94/95, COACHED BY TTOM LLiI NEBERRY. GGREAT MEMORi I ES! CCATHERi I NE BBARKER TTHE BEST FOUR YEARS AND BY FAR THE BEST GROUP OF Gi I RLS EVER! GOGO LTWTSLTWTS ! BBETSY FFLY HHiI LL Heres what online readers are writing about the Dec. 8 article Half a century on the water, which details the 50-year history of the Winter Park High School Crew team:

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407-740-0401 www.FirstColonyBank.netYour Real Hometown BankOn Hwy 17-92 in MaitlandMember FDIC USPS 00-6186 Publisher statement on page 4. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 50+ tax wpmobserver.com Subscribe now! Visit wpmobserver.com Maitland is setting the stage for its new downtown. On Monday, the City Coun cil agreed to have AVCON Inc. study what it would take to ex tend Independence Lane, which runs in front of City Hall, north across Horatio Avenue and even tually to George Avenue, as part of the infrastructure for the citys planned downtown redevelop ment. The $17,000 contract will iden tify property easements the city could secure in order to extend the road and its stormwater grid, tying it to the regional stormwa ter facility. The city plans to construct the road with the understanding that the adjoining property own ers/developers will pick up the tab, said Verl Emrick, Maitlands community development direc tor. One of the property owners, Emrick said, has plans to build a CVS Pharmacy, but its contin gent on the extension of Indepen dence. Complete street Mayor Howard Schieferdeck er was excited to move forward with the extension as well as ce menting right-of-way contracts with the property owners along the proposed road. He said the climate for development is per fect costs are low and there has been renewed interest from de velopers since the Maitland Town Center development agreement with Brossier Co. was terminated at the beginning of 2011. Im really pushing the devel opment teams to say complete street from Packwood (Avenue) to Horatio. People (develop ers) are talking to us. Ladies In Orange County Public Schools, the true number of homeless students could reach more than 10,000. Page 14 Letters to the editor Healthy Living Winter Park Day Nursery was among the child-care centers to get a prescription for health this week. Page 11 Lifestyles Dommerich Elementarys 27 poor and homeless families are getting help from their community. Page 8 Family Calendar Holiday events continue as Santa makes his way through Winter Park/ Maitland neighborhoods this week. Page 9 More on page 3: Plans for Rollins Colleges 112-room hotel move forward at the Winter Park City Commission meeting. Jacobsons leaving the Avenue After nearly 40 years on Park Avenue, Jacobsons is leaving Winter Park. The upscale womens boutique is in the process of moving into a new location in Lake Mary and is offering discounts on its overstock and selling off the stores xtures before the shops lease ends Saturday, Dec. 31. The store will move inventory progressively through December to its new location at The Shoppes of Oakmonte, 1210 S. International Parkway, Suite 170, in Lake Mary. The store was originally operated as part of the longstanding Michigan-based department store Jacobsons chain, but when the company led for bankruptcy in 2002, owner Tammy Giaimo bought the rights to the name and continued the store with a focus on designer womens wear. Giaimo did not return requests for an interview. A manager at the store declined to comment for this story. Bruce Kopytek, an architect living in Michigan, published a book in October documenting the history of the Jacobsons chain as it stood both in the past for 134 years around the country and its present life in Winter Park. They tried very hard to become part of the local community, Kopytek said, and succeeded in ways many other department store chains did not. For more information on goings on at the store and up-to-date sales, visit Jacobsons Winter Park on Facebook. To learn more about Jacobsons history, visit http://tinyurl.com/Jacobsonhistory Strands of garland and twinkling of many businesses on Park Avenue this holiday season. In addition to spreading some holiday cheer and declaring it once again Win ter in the Park local merchants hope the windows will help draw out shop pers to the Avenue to vote in the second annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Sponsored by the city, the event allows Park Avenue strollers to vote for their favorite windows. The windows are a great way to draw business out to the Avenue, said Debra Hendrickson, vice president of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Anything that draws people downtown to shop is a good thing. Merchants say they hope the added charm of the decorated windows, along with other Winter in the Park-related deals, like the ongoing Skate! Shop! Dine! promotion and chamber-spon PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Rosey Wrays Roost co-owner Trina Spinelli helped mother Linda decorate windows to attract customers. Please see SHOP on page 2 Cheer front Ofcials hope window-decorating contest, discount promotions will lure shoppers to Park Avenue SARAH WILSON Observer Staff Please see COUNCIL on page 2 Maitland plans infrastructure for downtown JENNY ANDREASSON Observer Staff Independence Lane extension study moves forward as plans materialize for CVS Pharmacy

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Page 2 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer sored events such as the Merchant Open House coming up Thursday, Dec. 15, will keep their businesses going strong through the holiday season. I think everyone is feeling good about this season so far, Hendrickson said. Shops getting in the spirit Susan Jacobson, owner of Bella, the winner of last years holiday window decorating contest, said her shop is out to win the contest again this year. And with a ceilingskimming ornate Christmas tree, piles of fake snow and bedazzled ice skates in their windows, she thinks theyve got a good shot. We take it pretty seriously, Jacobson said, noting it took a team of six people and more than 10 hours to put their display to gether. But I like to think the more we do it, the more it will encourage others to participate and we really want this to become cally to Winter Park to see. She says the decorating contest has the potential to grow into a big promotional event for down town Winter Park as it continues to grow in coming years. I think it helps to remind people of how special the Avenue is, she said. There are truly very few places like Winter Park in the country. I think this could become another one of our signatures. New faces Trina Spinelli, co-owner of new North Park Avenue home dcor shop Rosey Wrays Roost in Brandywine Square, said as a new business opening just before the holiday season kicks off, business has been growing steadily. Were hoping that through word of mouth and by us partici pating in the window decorating contest that will continue, Spinel li said. Weve had a lot of people come in and say Wow! I saw your windows and I had to come in to see what else you had. The store will hold its grand opening coinciding with the Park Avenue and Hannibal Square Merchant Open House on Thurs day, Dec. 15, when local busi nesses will stay open late and offer special service and deals to shoppers. Spinelli said she hopes once winter break starts for local schools the ice skating rink will her store through the Shop! Skate! Dine! promotion that offers peo ple with ice skating wristbands discounts at many participating Park Avenue stores. Don Sexton, owner of Downeast Orvis on Park Avenue, has taken the garland and lights theme of his window display and carried it throughout his store, hoping it will draw customers to look be yond the window and inside the store to shop. If the contest wasnt in ef fect, people might just walk right on by the displays, Sexton said. But this encourages them to stop and review it and makes them look a little harder at not only the decorations, but whats inside the stores. Holiday shopping wrap-up With barely a week until Christ mas, businesses say they are not only preparing for the last-minute rush of shoppers, but also starting to look back at how business has done so far this shopping season. I think everyone is feeling good about this season so far, Hendrickson said. Ive gotten some mixed reviews, but I think it depends on how well each of the merchants have worked to market their business. A big draw, and a new effort by the Chamber and Park Avenue Area Association this year, was local merchants participation on the American Express-sponsored Small Business Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Jacobson, Spinelli and Sexton all say they saw marginal increas es in business on Small Business Saturday and hope that in com ing years the day will continue to grow. Sexton, who said he is antici pating a 10-percent increase in business this year compared with last, said though the Small Busi ness Saturday turnout wasnt sen sational, it was an event he could see doing very well in future years on the Avenue. This year was pretty good, next year should be good, and I can see the years after being as tounding, he said. He said anything that promotes businesses to work together for the is a step in the right direction. Its not about just helping my store be more successful, he said. Its about all of the avenue being successful. Its programs like this that help make that happen. Very Merry Charity Birthday Bash Toy DriveWinter Park Country Club and Tollas Italian Deli & Cafe were proud to play host to this yearsWe proudly congratulate everyone on the collection of over 100 toys and the valuable support of the following charities: Winter Park Day Nursery, Community Food & Outreach Center, and Base CampThe following supporters helped make this years event a success:Special thanks to our supporting sponsors: Thanks to everyone for making this years event a success.Happy Holidays, Kyle Taylor / Sarah DeVoe Robert & Jennifer Adams Bob & Tricia Atchison Todd & Melissa Barry Pam Bauman Janice & Al Chmielewski Holly Sellers Contiginai Derrick & Stacey Cox Tracy Craft Barbara Fontana Merill Frailey Sue Grafton Will Grafton Brad & Sloane Hester Kate & Ben Howell CoCo E. Hutchison Kathy Kaesir Carol Kropp Joanne & Lawson Lamar Paige Blackinder & Warren Lockeby Cheryl & David Loft Kyle Loughran Brandi Marinello Carol Miller John & Evanne Mines Anita Mitchell Carrie & Sanjeev Musalimadugu Jana & Bud Oliver Debra Pollock Ellen Reckmeyer Mike & Kit Reilly Angela Rivera Jenny Rogers Sonny Rogers Nina Sorenson Phil & Bee Taylor Laurie Fuller & Mike Thomas Stephanie & Jim Whitley Rory & Aycha Williams Gary Wilson Greg Wilson For more information on Park Avenue promotions, visit tinyurl. com/wpwindows. The Park Avenue and Hannibal Square Merchant Open House is Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn more SHOP | Park Avenue and Hannibal Square merchants will stay open late on Dec. 15 during an open house C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE If the contest wasnt in effect, people might just walk right on by the displays. Don Sexton, owner of Downeast Orvis and gentlemen, this is the time, he said. He said it should be easier to work with many developers on projects with smaller price tags than with one developer on a mul timillion-dollar four-block project. Reponen disagrees Councilwoman Bev Reponen, who was the lone dissenter on the vote, said she was concerned that the city was moving forward with a taxpayer-funded study on land that they dont yet own. The devil is in the details, Reponen said. You said well get the costs reimbursed but nothing is in paper that says thats going to happen. She said the extension is a good idea but it hasnt been thought out. You dont know what youre going to connect that pipe to, she said of the stormwater line. I cant buy this as a good plan. But Councilman Phil Bonus will recoup its money. This is an excellent incremen tal step toward taking it to the next step, Bonus said. First phase AVCON Vice President Rick Baldocchi, the citys consultant, advised the city to move forward with its infrastructure studies in conjunction with the design of CVS and the other projects along the corridor. I agree you dont want to go forward and do the street design right now, he said. Thats why we came in with a study to get the information prior to doing that. dence Lane is proposed to end in a cul-de-sac about halfway between George and Horatio. Bonus said he would like to see plans for a trolley way and a pe destrian/bike path to go through to George and continue to the citys planned SunRail station a few blocks to the north. Im interested in moving per sons from the rail to downtown, he said. COUNCIL | C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE

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Page 3 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The Wildcats are on a long los ing skid after falling 52-45 to Oak Ridge on Dec. 12. The loss put the Cats at 2-5 on the season. Winter Park has been strug ture of last years two-time state champion senior class, including top scorer Austin Rivers. None of the teams current starters was a starter last season. Some werent on the team at all. In the meantime, their offense has languished. In the teams loss to the Pio neers, their top scorer, James McLean, picked up just seven points. The loss was the second time this season the Wildcats had failed to score 50 points; theyve averaged just more than 50 points per game. Compare that to last season, and the differences are huge: In their 33 games en route to the state championship, they scored 60 points or more in all but two games, averaging 75 points per game, including a 102-92 blow out to start the season. This sea son theyve passed 60 points just once. Defensively theyve done well to come close to last seasons squad. The -11 Wildcats held teams to 59 points per game. This season theyve averaged nearly identical points, though against arguably weaker teams. On Dec. 14 at press time they looked for redemption at Boone. On Dec. 16 theyll return home to attempt to even their district re cord against East River (3-3). That game tips off at 7:30 p.m. After that, theyll take a break until Jan. 3, when they host Wekiva. Edgewater After a loss to start the season the Eagles have mowed down their competition ever since, sport ing a 7-1 record to start the week. They edged Evans 63-56 on Dec. 12 to keep the streak alive, led by Kerry Blackshears 17 points. The Eagles hosted Pine Ridge at home at press time Dec. 14, but theyll be back in action at Jones at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. That will do it for the rest of this year for the Eagles, who return to the court on the road again against West Or ange at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3. Rollins College is on its way to having its own hotel, and Win ter Park will get a new nighttime lounge after the City Commission voted 5-0 to allow the Alfond Inns development to go forward. But the Commission and some shots at the hotel, which will make generous use of nearby parking lots in order to satisfy city code for parking capacity. They also at tacked the proposed hotel for its lems nearby. A Nov. 16 work session had planned hotel, which will have 112 rooms and will also act as an entertainment venue and a bar/ lounge for locals. The takeaway was its a very good plan, planning director Jeff Briggs said. The only issue is how to manage the SunTrust ga rage. Rebecca Wilson, representing Rollins College, said that park ing wouldnt be an issue, thanks to use agreements with local churches and businesses to utilize nearby parking for spillover park ing from the hotel. Rollins College will own or have use of more than 1,250 parking spaces, Wilson said. It doesnt make sense to have this parking sit empty and then re quire us to build more parking. who said that the hotel could large number of residents across the street from the hotel. Resident and local architect of Alexander Place, which would be across the street from the pro posed hotel, was already bad enough. The hotel, he said, would make it worse. That will be a big problem, said Jim Campisi, president of the Villa Siena Homeowners Associa tion. After more than an hour of discussion about parking on New England Avenue and the possible addition of a turn lane, the Com mission voted unanimously to let the proposed hotel move forward, contingent upon the hotels devel oper reaching an agreement with The Residences complex nearby. That agreement was expected to be reached this week. Briggs said that the hotel, once opened, will operate for six months before another meeting will be held to review any prob lems it has, and then to attempt to correct them. Mayor Ken Bradley said he thought the hotels problems would be obvious much more quickly than that. Were going to know this in six or seven minutes tops, not six months, he said. Regardless of future issues, Briggs said that the city and the college would solve them. Well make sure that the hotel is successful and what everybody wants or needs it to be, Briggs said. If theres a problem, weve got the cure and the solution. St. Dorothy Catholic Community Love Without Judgment 301 New England Avenue Post Office Box 485 Winter Park, FL 32790-0485 CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS DECEMBER 25 12:00 MIDNIGHTwww.stdorothycatholiccommunity.org407-610-5109(Respectfully not associated with the Diocese of Orlando)WHERE ALL ARE WELCOME!We have continued the reformed true Catholic Tradition in the Spirit of Vatican Council II! Are you divorced, gay, a recovering Catholic, feeling disenfranchised by your present worshiping community of whatever denomination, looking for a small worshipping community where you are known and not lost in the crowd? Then you have found what you are looking for in St. Dorothy Catholic Community! Angela K. Miller3705 Saint Johns Pkwy Sanford, FL 32771 Direct (321) 229-6605 Ofce (407) 774-0800 Fax (321)832-1347 or (407)786-0800 amiller@wasteprousa.com www.wasteprousa.com Rollins College hotel gets nal approval ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Cats struggling to win; Eagles are 7-1 ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff After a loss to start the season the Edgewater High Eagles have mowed down their competition ever since

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Page 4 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer USPS 00-6186 ISSN 1064-3613 1500 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32835-5705 Member of: Goldenrod Chamber of Commerce Publisher 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 2011 Established in 1989 by Gerhard J.W. 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Rollins MBA at the Crummer Graduate School of Business announced that Jane Trnka has joined the Career Development Center as ex ecutive director. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers & Planners LLC based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, recently named Roberto Archila, PE, a new senior structural engineer, a project coor dinator and a mechanical designer. Mercantile Capital Corporation in Altamonte Springs will mark a record year of commercial loan transactions this year and will be in new ofces in the Old Florida National Bank build ing at 60 N. Court St. in downtown Orlando this month. Winter Park-based Handex Consulting & Remediation LLC which specializes in pe troleum-environmental cleanup services along the East Coast from New Jersey through Flori da, was recently named to the Zweig Letter Hot Firm List for 2011. Empowering families Fifth Third Bank recently presented a $40,000 check to the Central Florida Urban League. The donation will be used to host a Financial Em powerment Summit and a housing counseling program on Jan. 28 for rst-time homebuyers, small business owners and lowto moderateincome families. JA awards The following award winners were honored by Junior Achievement of Central Florida with Bronze Leadership Awards for providing supe rior leadership and outstanding support for Ju nior Achievement: Ronald Blocker, superinten dent, Orange County Public Schools; Christine Callahan, accountant; and Michel Champagne, vice president of Operations/General Manager Bright House Networks. Bellas book Bella Cucina Chef Isabella Morgia di Vicari was raised in her familys restaurant and says many of her lifes golden lessons and teachings were instilled in the kitchen and around the dinner table. Her new book What Can I Bring is a recipe book that is steeped in the traditions of her Italian roots. Visit www.foodwithpassion. com Deans listers Bryan Rogers of Maitland and Sarah Ikegami of Winter Park have been named to the Deans List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2011. Register to vote Voter registration books will close on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 5 p.m., for the upcoming Jan. 31 election. Those who wish to participate in this election must be on the Orange County books before the cut-off date. Maitland residents may obtain Voter Registration Application Forms at the Maitland City Hall, 1776 Independence Lane. Call the Supervisor of Elections ofce at 407-836-2070. Howard Axner and Syd Jackowitz, associated with Winter Park Land Commercial represented the seller, Musa Realty Group, in the sale of Essex Manor, a 16unit apartment project located at 813 Irma Ave., Orlando. The buyer, NAF DOF 01 LLC, was represented by Gordana Belsa, Silver Peacock Realty. The sales price was $1,275,000. Community Bulletin Record trot Seniors First, a nonprot social service organization dedicated to serving the needs of Central Floridas elderly population, had yet another very successful Tur key Trot event this Thanks giving. There were 5,589 registered participants an increase of 271 people from last years trot. Disneys harvest Minnie Mouse joined Disney VoluntEARS recently to deliver bushels of green to Second Har vest Food Bank of Central Florida in the form of a $500,000 gift for the organizations expansion. Dis ney also pledged 20,000 pounds of fresh produce during the next year as part of the commitment. Stroll for support In November the Center for In dependent Living held its Stroll & Roll fundraising event at Lake Baldwin. CILs clients and advo cates fundraise to support the nonprots programs. Visit cilor lando.org

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Page 5 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Dec. 12 City Commission Meeting highlights There was a City Commis sion meeting held on Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m., at the Rachel D. Mur rah Civic Center. Below are a few highlights of major decisions that were made: City Managers report The resolution supporting pension reform was approved. Non-action items requiring discussions The Park Avenue Area Task Force and city staff were directed to bring forth recommendations regarding parking in downtown and also merchant employee parking. Consent Agenda The minutes of Nov. 28 City Commission meeting were ap proved. The following are decisions were made on the various con tract and bids: of Denver/US Communities con tract with Kone, Inc., for elevator maintenance and service was ap proved and the Mayor was au thorized to execute the piggyback contract. was approved for purchase of proved for the purchase of circuit breakers. The Historic Preservation Fa ade Easement donation for 121 W. as the Kummer-Kilbourne House, and the mayor was authorized to execute the agreement. The upgrade of city wireless and voice network with Centu rylink/Embarq for the purchase of equipment to upgrade IT infra structure was approved. Action Items Requiring Discussion The request of the Tree Pres ervation Board to review the Tree Preservation Ordinance was ap proved. Public Hearings The second reading of the or dinance regarding lakeshore pro tection was approved. The second reading of the or dinance to vacate a portion of the city right-of-way located at 2525 Via Tuscany was approved. The request of Rollins College for the Alfond Inn, 112-room hotel with a restaurant/bar, meeting/ ballroom space and on-site park ing at 300 E. New England Ave. was approved with amendments. The resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assess ments levied within the city to collect the costs for abatement of code violations was pulled from the agenda. A full copy of the Dec. 12 City Commission minutes will be avail at www.cityofwinterpark.org the week of Jan. 9, pending approval by the City Commission. Dec. 26 Commission meeting canceled In observance of Christmas, the Monday, Dec. 26, City Commis sion meeting has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled City Commission meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 9, at 3:30 p.m., at the Rachel D. Murrah Civic Cen ter located at 1050 W. Morse Blvd. Two Santa neighborhood visits left The city of Winter Park is wel coming Santa and Mrs. Claus in the last two neighborhoods ac cording to the following schedule (weather permitting)*: Blueridge Road Center Times are approximate and subject to change. Holiday promotions The city of Winter Park Eco nomic Development/CRA De partment is proud to present their second annual Winter in the Park Holiday Window Contest and Skate! Shop! Dine! promotion. The Holiday Window Con test features participating Park Avenue and downtown Winter Park merchants as they transform their storefronts into works of art. The contest will be judged in two different categories, the Design Excellence Award and Peoples Choice Award. To determine the winner of the Design Excellence Award our very own Winter Park City Commission will judge the win dow displays based on creativity, appeal, theme, use of color, use of space and merchandising. The award winner will receive a $500 electric utility bill credit, gener ously provided by the city of Win ter Park Electric Utility Depart ment. Visit the citys ofcial website at www. cityofwinterpark.org, nd us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. New Construction!4 bed / 2.5 bath / 2190 sq ft $339,000 808 Hamilton Place Court Winter Park, FL 32789 Commerce Brokerage, LLC407-566-1636 Winter Park City Talk BY RANDY KNIGHT CITY MANAGER

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Page 6 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Did you know that second-hand smoke kills more than 56,000 nonsmokers every year including residents right here in our community? Despite enormous strides over the past decades, tobacco continues to be the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in our nation. The All Into Health Initiative is work ing to change that. They are a community effort, overseen by former U.S. Surgeon General Antonio Novello and a volunteer board. Together with business, community and government leaders, they are working to expand tobacco-free spaces throughout Orange County, including parks and oth er public areas where children commonly play. This initiative has strong public support. A recent independent survey of Orange County registered voters found 60 percent supported banning tobacco in public parks. Ninety-one percent said local governments should have the right to address health and safety concerns in their communities. Their initiative has also struck a chord with community leaders throughout Or ange County. The Orlando City Council led the way on Sept. 12, passing a resolution urging residents not to smoke in parks and calling on the Florida Legislature to over turn pre-emptive language in state statutes that prevents local government from taking stronger steps to protect public health. Since then, Apopka, Belle Isle, Eaton ville, Oakland, Orange County, Orlando and Winter Park have passed similar reso lutions and Windermere will consider pass ing one next month. The city of Maitland has now joined in this effort with our City Council passing its own resolution on Dec. 12 in support of this important and necessary initiative. It is imperative for us to continue the effort to urge the Florida Legislature to take the nec essary steps to allow local governments to protect their citizens health. City Council Meeting of Dec. 12 The Maitland City Council met on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Below is a synopsis of that meeting. The next regular scheduled Coun cil meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 9. Special Presentations: Healthy Central Florida, provided a Power Point presentation outlining their initia tives to make Maitland, Winter Park and Eatonville the healthiest communities in the nation. updated the Council on the Environmental Protection Agencys Numeric Nutrient Cri teria. Public Hearing: Adopted on second reading, Ordinance #1223 Amending Chapter 6, Fire Protection tions provide for readopting and maintain required by State law. Consent Agenda: the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Minutes of Oct. 5 were approved as pre sented. scheduled meeting of Dec. 26. made to the Maitland Library as the Library will take over payment and administration of their employee health insurance plan ef fective Jan. 1. Decisions: Lisa Tillery was appointed to the Lakes Advisory Board effective Dec. 13 each for a three-year term. Price to the Orange County Membership & Mission Review Board for their consider ation for appointment to the Orange Coun ty Civic Facilities Authority. served fund balance enabling the city man ager to enter into a contract with AVCON, Inc. in an amount of $17,400 to assist in the extension of Independence Lane and iden tify utility easements from Horatio Avenue to George Avenue. into a Joint Participation Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation U.S. Highway 17-92 at Packwood Avenue and 17-92 at Park Avenue to mast arm in stallations. a Transportation, Community and Systems Preservation Program Grant sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration for partial funding of the Maitland SunRail sta tion parking structure. To listen to a recording of the meeting, visit www.itsmymaitland.com Our Salad Bar features a complete buffet of over 40 items with cold and hot dishes, including Brazilian specialties. We serve 14 cuts of meat continuously, all you can eat table side service. Where you can choose from beef, pork, lamb or chicken, all served with our house specialty, oven-warm cheese bread. Nelore Steakhouse 115 E. Lyman Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789(407) 645-1112www.neloresteakhouse.com Authentic Brazilian Steak House www.gulfstatescu.org 407-831-8844 Maitland City Talk BY HOWARD SCHIEFERDECKER MAYOR Second-hand smoke

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Page 7 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer THURSD A Y Orange Audubon Society presents A Y ear in the Life of a Park Ranger by Amy Conyers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Its free and at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. Call 407-637-2525 or visit www.orange audubon.org SATURD A Y Join the Orlando Circle of Friends as they jazz up the holidays with their winter concert, Cool Y ule at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 398 W. Amelia St., Orlando. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors/students) and are available at www.ocofchorus.com or 321-345OCOF (6263). A portion of the pro ceeds goes to New Hope for Kids. SUND A Y Ballet South and The School of Per forming Arts, a student dance com pany based in the Maitland/Fern Park area, will be presenting a benet performance of Claras Nutcracker Dream on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Tickets are $15. Visit www.balletsouth.org Catch the mellow jazz guitar stylings of Peter Thatcher at Casa Feliz from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at Casa Feliz. Peter favors what has become known as the Great American Songbook Gershwin, Arlen, Ellington et al. Alborea Dances a multicultural En tertainment Dance Company, created and directed by Jenny and Ernesto Caballero, will perform at Casa Feliz from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 18. A free Christmas cantata, Night of Miracles will be presented by The Singing Seniors of Winter Parks First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Arrive early and hear the Dickens Carolers. The concert at 1021 N. New Y ork Ave. in Winter Park. Visit rstwinterpark.org DEC. 24 North Park Baptist Church cordially invites the Baldwin Park community and our surrounding neighbors to join with us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ through a special Candlelight Service and Lords Supper Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Open House at the Morse Museum is Saturday, Dec. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www. morsemuseum.org for details. DEC. 25 North Park Baptist Church will have a Christmas Day worship service on Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. Childcare is pro vided for birth through 5 years old. North Park Baptist Church is located at 2047 Prospect Ave. in Baldwin Park. 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Page 8 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lifestyles A month ago, Alison Mosley heard that some of the cars pick ing up Dommerich Elementary School students werent just their rides home; the cars were their home. I didnt know anything about it, Mosley said about her eyeher neighborhood. I said, gosh I live at Dommerich. Mosley discovered an invisible subculture of poverty. Families still sent their kids to school, even if they had to move out of their homes. But there were no new clothes, no new books. Food was something that was more plenti ful at school than at home. And place to sleep, they were doing it in secret. It seems to me families arent really going to homeless shelters, Mosley said. They end up stay ing with friends, family, people at the school. And when they do get to the money, they stay at hotels. Some live in cars, and theyre the hardest ones to track because they move around. Thats not something she could live with, she said. Mosley worked quickly after that moment a month ago, taking a crash course in how to start her own fundraiser. The goal would be simple: raise money for food, clothing, books and necessities for needy Dommerich families, and then distribute it evenly to all of them. Jessica Fratrik, school home less coordinator at Dommerich Elementary, would help turn the money into food, clothes and gifts, helping organize the dona tion drive for the needy families already in place at the school. She had already been raising funds for 27 families since the beginning of November. It was kind of a mad rush near the end, Fratrik said, because the amount of needy families doubled its been this big because the need is so great. With a plan in place, Mosley went to work. She scouted a ven ue, partnering with friend Sandy Bonus to hold the event at her Alzheimer's Association Coffee Counseling, Coaching & Consulting Florida Institute of Animal Arts Kronhaus Law Firm, P.A. Michael Rogers, Inc. New Traditions National Bank Security Financial Management Whole Foods Market All About Travel Arrow Pavement Services Beaumont, Matthes & Church Costa DeVault a wordwise Company DePrince, Race and Zollo, Inc. Shari Hodgson Linder & Thornley, C.P.A. Old Florida National Bank Una Donna Piu Winter Park Housing Authority All Business Printing, Inc. City Communications Associated Consulting International, Inc. Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Thaddeus & Polly Seymour First Market Insurance Agency Interlachen Country Club Robert J. Dorff Hollieanna Groves New Hope for Kids, Inc. Presented by Featuring the 2012 State of the City Address Every Day Exceptional Winter Park Community Center 721 W. New England Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 $35 Chamber Members $40 Non-members $275 Corporate Table Reservations accepted at www.winterpark.org or call (407) 644-8281. Orange County Public Schools identied 3,241 homeless students as of Thanksgiving. The true number of homeless students could reach more than 10,000 because its difcult to get an accurate count due to the stigma associated with being homeless, according to OCPS. Visit homeless.ocps.net for information on how you can help. Homeless students in Winter Park/Maitland as of November: Killarney Elementary: 85 Lakemont Elementary: 30 Lake Sybelia Elementary: 22 Winter Park 9th grade: 19 Hungerford Elementary: 18 Winter Park High: 16 Brookshire Elementary: 14 Maitland Middle: 10 Dommerich Elementary: 5 Aloma Elementary: 3 Aloma Charter: 3 Source: OCPS PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Maitland residents Sandy Bonus and Alison Mosley collaborated on a fundraiser after learning of Dommerichs 27 homeless families. High-speed fundraising $3K raised for Dommerichs homeless students ISAAC BABCOCK Observer Staff Please see DOMMERICH on page 9 See Page 14 to read the testimony from one of the volunteers of the Dommerich drive, Marie Ciaravino. Learn more

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Page 9 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Family Calendar business. A week and a half ago, about the event she was organiz ing to help Dommerichs downand-out. The pair thought that even if neighbors didnt have chil dren, theyd still want to help. I dont have any children there, and neither does Alison, Bonus said. Its just about help ing. Friends jumped on board, of fering to bring food and drinks, while others spread the short notice as quickly as they could. Monday night, the event packed Bonus Swoope Studios art gallery and raised nearly $3,000. If that short timeline seems un usual, Mosley feels the same way. Shed never organized a fundrais er before. She had no idea if the idea would catch on. I was thinking if I cant get people attached to the school thats a block from their house, then somethings very wrong, she said. The Dec. 12 Ladies Night Out that packed Maitlands Swoope Studios started things off with a bang. In three hours of food, drink, socializing and music from guitarist John Valeri, the pair of or ganizers pulled 60 donors through the door of Bonus eclectic studio so did donations. Theres still money coming in, Bonus said. Its all coming in from local ladies who want to sup port the needy. Theyre just step ping up and helping. Now she and Bonus are al ready setting up three more. And theres no going back to the draw ing board after the success of the to open the next fundraiser to the public rather than making it just a ladies night. We called it a ladies night out because we wanted to have it simple, but were happy to have spouses, men, Mosley said. Maybe well do one ladies night out a year, but the others keep it open ended. Three events are already planned, for the second Monday of April, August and December, all with the same goal. Hopefully from this good idea clothes, books, food, just to get them going, Bonus said. 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Get Involved!Winter Park Republican Womens GroupLuncheon Meetings held monthly at Flemings in Winter Park. Spouses welcome! Call 407-718-9355 for more information. SANTAS IN TOWN The city of Winter Park welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus to the city on evenings through Monday, Dec. 19. Mingle with Old St. Nick him self as he rides his sleigh through Winter Park neighborhoods. Visit cityofwinterpark.org for a full schedule. Maitland residents should be on the look out for Santa Claus too. The Maitland Police will be escort ing Santa though the citys street on Saturday, Dec. 17. For times in your neighborhood, visit www. itsmymaitland.com. DEC. 17 Enjoy the rich sounds of Christmas as tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players of all ages perform at Winter Parks 16th an nual Merry Tuba Christmas from the main stage in Central Park beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Call 407-599-3463. DEC. 24 The Charles Hosmer Morse Mu seum of American Art will hold a free Christmas Eve open house on Saturday, Dec. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more informa tion, please call 407-645-5311. DEC. 25 Chanukah Family Fun Day is 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, at the Roth JCC of Greater Orlando, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. Family fun with activities, games, crafts, food and more. Its $15 per family JCC members and $25 per family community members. Chabad of Greater Orlando will present Chanukah on the Park on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 5 p.m. in Central Park. The evening will include singing performances, live music, dancers, face paint ing, jugglers and food. For more information, please call 407-6442500. DEC. 29 To wrap up the holiday season with a bright red bow on top, the city of Winter Park will host the fth annual Champs Sports Bowl Parade of Bands on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. As a prelude to the Champs Sports Bowl game on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Florida Citrus Bowl, school bands from Florida State and Notre Dame will march through down town Winter Park and perform in Central Park. Call 407-599-3463. ONGOING In celebration of the holiday sea son, the Orlando Magic will host four holiday basketball camps at the Jewish Community Center Maitland campus and the RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club from Monday, Dec. 19, to Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, to Fri day, Dec. 30. The camps, which run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily, are open to youth ages 7. Visit www.OrlandoMagicCamps.com or call 216-378-0932. Send submissions to editor@ob servernewspapers.com Want to donate to Dommerichs needy families? Contact Jessica Fratrik, homeless coordinator at Dommerich Elementary, at 407-623-1407 extension 2279 or jfratrik@ocps.net Learn more Visit the links below to see the recent Minutes story on the challenges of homeless children in Central Florida schools: Hard Times Generation (Nov. 27): tinyurl.com/ochomeless60 Hard Times Generation (March 6): tinyurl.com/ochomeless60update Learn more DOMMERICH | Sixty people donate C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 Bachs tribute to Christmas PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presented A Classic Christmas last weekend.

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Page 10 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Artists in Florida have a work at the theme parks that larger-than-life environments for the millions of guests who visit Central Florida every year. Our artists, illustrators, costume de signers, FX creators and make-up artists collaborate with one goal: to entertain. Now the Orange County History Center presents The Serious Art of MakeBelieve through April 29. The exhibit goes behind the scenes at Universal Orlando to show more than 200 original drawings and models among the 1,000 pieces of artwork and artifacts from the resorts events, including Hal loween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras. This collaboration between the museum and Universal is never-before-seen glimpse into Universals archives and ware houses. The History Center is at 65 E. Central Blvd. Visit thehisto rycenter.org or call 407-836-8500. Artists get to be winners! For months Ive been telling you that Third Thursday is the time to join the Gallery Crawl through the art galleries of downtown Orlando. Lately, the Thornton Park area has joined in this tradition of changing exhibits and introducing new artists on that date. The excitement of Decembers Third Thursday will come from downtowns anchor gallery, the Gallery at Avalon Island. The reception there from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, is based around the Mem bers Juried Exhibit in which the artwork is judged by an outside expert for monetary prizes. Its always fun to see which of our artists are recognized, because the tastes of the judges vary as much as we do, and its always wonderful to see artists being recognized for their talent. The Gallery at Avalon Island is at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. Visit galleryata valonisland.com. Scrooge by candlelight My favorite re-telling of the classic Dickens ghost story of Christmas is the Robin Olson production in which three actors portray dozens of characters as they perform among the audience. Audience members are seated at tables enjoying homemade Christmas cookies and a pot of tea while the actors perform around us, coming just this close to touching us. This years production of Dickens by Candlelight: A Christmas Carol will be staged in the main hall of the Dr. Phillips Center from Friday, Dec. 16, to Friday, Dec. 23. The audience feels like part of the production, especially as an actor suddenly speaks from beside you. The cast is made up of John DiDonna, Morgan Russell and Monica Tamborello, who have each acted before in this beloved story of Scrooge and his awaken ing. Performances are at the Dr. Phillips Center on Lake Ivanhoe at 1111 N. Orange Ave. Caroling and wassail begin an hour before the show. Call 407-491-4663 or visit DickensByCandlelight.com. Holidays (and more) at the Morse Museum Every Friday evening through Dec. 30 we are invited to the Morse Museum for free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, those evenings will feature live music and live curator tours of the Admission will also be free all day on Christmas Eve, with a program of live music set for the afternoon. The holiday music includes: Friday, Dec. 16: Lynn Peghiny, pianist; Friday, Dec. 23: Three Flutes Only; Saturday, Dec. 24: open house, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Raintree Chamber Players; Friday, Dec. 30: Beautiful Music Sweet Sounds Jazz Trio. The Museum houses the worlds most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Visit morsemuseum.org. Laser light holidays Building on the success of their Rock n Roll Laser Light Shows, the Orlando Science Center introduces Holiday Laser Light Shows Bright lasers, holi day music and fun graphics pro vide a sensory experience that is a whole new way to enjoy tradi tional classics from Tchaikovskys Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to Mariah Careys All I Want for Christmas Is You. The light shows play through December in the Science Centers Dr. Phillips CineDome. Call 407-514-2000 or visit osc.org. 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 joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906. Come ska te at the holiday ice rink in Central Park West Meadow!November 18, 2011thruJanuary 8,2012Monday thru Thursday > 3 p.m. 9 p.m. Friday > 3 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday > 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Sunday > Noon 8 p.m.see website for extended school holiday hoursAll day general admission $10(includes skates)407-599-3203 >www.cityofwinterpark.org WINTER PARK in the special thanks to our sponsors STRESSBALL MEATBALLM AITLAND ORLAND O | FLORIDA MALL Stress less this holiday... leave your party to Buca This Holiday Season, think of Buca when planning office parties or family get-togethers. Whether you bring them to Buca, or bring Buca to them, we know how to feed a crowd.HOLIDA Y G AT H ERING S G I F T C ARDS | P ART Y P ANS T O GOPerfect for bucadibeppo.comBOOK YOUR HOLIDA Y E V ENT TODAY!OP EN CH RISTMAS DA Y This week at Enzian1300 SOUTH O RLANDO A VE MAITLAND, FL 407-629-0054 WWW.E NZIAN.ORG BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER'S JOURNEY Fri-Sun 4PM, 6:30PM Mon-Thurs 6:30PM THE NUTCRACKER Royal Ballet Sun 12 NOON Eden Bar Brunch 10:30AM DRAGONSLA YER Fri-Sun 9PM RARE EXPOR TS: A CHRISTMAS T ALE Mon-Thurs 9PM Wednesday Night Pitcher Show NA TIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS V ACA TION Wed 8PM FREE Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar A rare look behind the theme park experience Dickens

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Page 11 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer For Marva Forbes and her fam ily, dinner was coming home, hot oil in a pan and frying up some chicken. As a rule, she said. There was also lots of pizza, McDonalds and chips and candy for snacks. Not much thought went behind planning meals for her family, which includes three of her children and two grand children. Our eating habits were: we just ate, Forbes said. That is until four years ago, when her 6-year-old grandson started going to Winter Park Day Nursery. The nursery, which of fers free training from their chef on how to make healthy, afford able meals, taught Forbes and her grandchildren the wonders of eat ing healthy. Adopting the Nemours program Though the nursery has always had a healthy meal plan, a year ago they adopted a new program offered by the Nemours obesity prevention initiative. The initia tive has already helped 11,000 Central Florida kids and more than 600 child-care providers. With a recent $50,000 grant from the Winter Park Health Founda tion (WPHF), it will help 14 more providers in Winter Park, Mait land and Eatonville. Preschools are struggling when it comes to teaching healthy hab its, said Dr. Lloyd Werk, director of Nemours Florida Prevention Initiative. Theres a knowledge gap, and is where we can make a differ ence. They hope to saturate the en tire Winter Park area with their program. Nemours will have volunteers and paid staff train the child-care providers on two programs: Nem ours Healthy Habits for Life and the Nemours plan for a healthy lifestyle: 5-2-1 Almost None. Healthy Habits teaches preschool children about sometimes and anytime food, eating the col ors of the rainbow and includ ing movement in all play. Almost None focuses on more exercise, reducing TV and computer time, making nutrition interesting and limiting sugary drinks. Were trying to build a culture of wellness, Werk said. Many of our lifelong habits are developed in this time period. WPHF President Patricia Mad dox agreed and said this program will help expand their current ef forts, which include teaching pub lic school children healthy habits, to an even younger group. The earlier habits are en grained in our lives the better chance we have to keep them, Maddox said. Changes to the nursery Since implementing Nemours program, the Winter Park Day Nursery has most changed their movement policy. Now, they in clude movement at least two to three more times than they did before. There isnt any sitting around and waiting to start activi ties there. Kids are encouraged to play a slow-motion game, copy the leader and act like animals. They hop and skip to their next activity. Its all about integrating movement into parts of the day they never thought they would. And its the kids favorite part of the day moving and playing is natural for them, unlike sitting quietly, Nursery Director Ali De Maria said. Games to teach nutrition in clude learning sometimes and anytime foods. Pizza pops up, and the children crouch down for sometimes, she shows ce real with fruit so they hop up and down from the energy they would get from that anytime food. Next, they roll dice to see what movement theyll do and how many times theyll do it. The chil dren obviously love it, excitedly hopping around, dancing and wiggling. DeMaria loves that the teach ers have a new resource to teach children about nutrition, and the children are really grasping the concepts. They know more about what theyre given, she said. And while the nursery has al ways had healthy meals, chef Shir ley Shankle has made the change from canned to fresh fruit. She ex Savannah Court and CoeExcellence in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation 1301 W. Maitland Blvd. Maitland, FL 32751407-645-3990www.SavannahCourtMaitland.comAssisted Living Facility License No. 8447 Skilled Nursing Facility License No. 1635096 The quality of care is outstanding. Our mother has made so many friends here. And she especially loves the hair salon! Peggy, her daughter Merrel & son DwightAssisted 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. Healthy Living If youd like to volunteer, or are interested in getting this program at your child-care center, email FLPrevention@nemours.org Learn more PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Winter Park Day Nursery students pretend theyre dinosaurs and broccoli are trees to make eating the healthy greens more exciting. Healthy habits for preschool With the help of a grant from Winter Park Health Foundation, Nemours will be expanding its obesity prevention initiative to 14 more area preschools BRITTNI JOHNSON Observer Staff Please see KIDS on page 12

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Page 12 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer poses the children to vegetables every day, and they are encour aged to try new things. She likes making eating broccoli a game dinosaurs eating trees. Parents tell her that their chil dren know what theyre eating and request anytime foods. Shankle said she loves getting the kids to try new things, and, eventually, like them. I feel that this is their most impressionable age, she said. Changes at home Forbes sees those habits growing stronger at home, though it wasnt easy at first. Her children now ask for car rots instead of candy, she bakes everything and her mi crowave has gotten dusty. Her picky family eats asparagus, which Forbes never imagined in a million years. They spend lots of time walking and out side, and television and com puter time is stopped at 30 minutes each from the ding of an egg timer. They feel healthy. Its funny because I never thought I could, she said. Everything has changed. Why do people smoke? The cost alone, as much as $6 for a pack of 20 cigarettes, might be enough reason to quit. Half of smokers will die from the habit. Smokers have a harder time get ting jobs; many employers wont hire smokers. Smokers pay more for life insurance and also have a harder time getting dates. If you havent been living under a already got the message that smoking is bad for your health. When you give up tobacco, the hours after your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Within 24 hours, your risk of a heart attack decreases; in a year, it is cut in half. Each tobacco-free year, your risks of stroke, cancers and even ulcers drop. But quitting is not that simple. If quitting were, more smokers would have quit long ago. People quit when the stars align. They smoking and they believe their quit efforts will work. It often takes a trigger, such as a bad bout of bronchitis, a new partner, a smoking ban at work or a friend getting lung cancer, to motivate the smoker to quit. The nicotine in tobacco is a powerful drug, more addictive than heroin. When you quit, you through nicotine withdrawal. Quitting can make you grumpy. You might crave tobacco and sweets. Most symptoms disappear within a month, but the tobacco cravings can last much longer. Central Floridians have many options for quitting. Nicotine replacement gum and patches give you nicotine in gradually lower doses. Medications such as the antidepressant Zyban and Chantix require a prescription. These change your brain chemis try and reduce the craving. The best value for the money (no cost to Florida residents) is the Florida Quitline program. Visit 877-U-CAN-NOW. Funded from the tobacco lawsuit settlement, the Florida Quitline provides great online resources, telephonic counseling and support for quit ters, and nicotine patches and gum. Beware of ineffective smok ing cessation aids. Laser therapy costs about $400 but has not been shown to work. Hypnosis also lacks evidence of effectiveness. Someone who is ready to fork over $400 is motivated to quit, and that may be the reason it works for some. Quitting tobacco is a process. It is in your hands, and your mind. No magic bullet can do it. The starting point is your decision to quit. You have to want to quit, not merely try because someone wants you to. You can try these steps: 1. Decide if you are ready. Plan how you will do it. 2. List your reasons for quit ting. Think also about what you are giving up and why you like to smoke. Plan how you will replace the role of tobacco in your life. 3. Call the Florida Quitline. If you plan to use medication to help you, make an appointment with your nurse practitioner. 4. Set a quit date. 5. Get rid of your cigarettes and their residue. Clean out the car and home. 6. On your quit date, keep a positive mind and work your plan. 7. Reward yourself for each smoke-free day. Put a picture of what you want to buy with that money you are saving on a jar. Put your daily savings in the jar. 8. Celebrate your success. If you start to smoke again, go back 407-381-3335 $1000 off Cannot be used with any discounts, discount plans or HMOs. Offer expires 1/31/12Complimentary ExamIncluding Xray & PhotosWith this coupon. Not valid with other offers. Offer expires 1/31/12 Braces or Invisalign Dr. Nancy Rudner Lugo Health Action Ready to quit smoking? KIDS | Habits change at home too C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Winter Park Day Nursery chef Shirley Shankle prepares peanut butter bagels.

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Page 13 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Lack of Desire or Low Energy? Testosterone Lab Work for $35 (a $240 Value) Call today for a risk-free appointment: 407-894-9959 Dennis AllenOwner/ Administrator 250 North Orlando Avenue Winter Park, Florida 32789 407.677.9777 A Premier Flooring Source nCARPETOODTONE TILELAMINATE AREA RUGINDO TREATMENT Featuring Exquisite Products for Residential & Commercial Projects Custom Design and Quality Installationn Healthy holidays for kids and teens DR. LANE F. DONNELL Y Guest Writer Compared with what adults face, it doesnt seem like kids have much to worry about dur ing the holidays. The reality is children and teens also experi ence stress and seasonal health con cerns that can be just as over whelming, particularly during the holiday break, when schedules become more hectic and less predictable. tips can help your family stay well and have a good time. 1. Fight germs. Family gather ings, airports and travel stops, shopping malls, even the school theyre all home to germs. Protect and washing your hands often. People can be contagious before they even know theyre sick, so even just a sip from someones drink puts his or her germs in your body. Be sure to keep this in mind when sharing meals with your family. Although the holi days may be all about sharing, youll want to keep some things to yourself, including forks, spoons and drinking utensils. 2. Eat healthy. For children and teens, nutrition plays a key role in battling germs and boost ing energy. But holiday foods are often high in calories and lack the nutritional qualities necessary for good health. Make it a priority vegetables a day. Carry an apple or a bag of baby carrots so you always have a healthy snack available. Exercise also gives you energy in addition to burning the extra calories consumed during the holidays, so stay active and dont give your exercise routine a break. 3. Relax. Even things we look forward to, such as holiday parties or gifts, can be a source of stress. For many, stress also leads to other health problems Feeling stressed? Stop what youre doing for a moment. Take down-to-your-belly deep and concentrate on each breath as you inhale and exhale. Walk over to a window and look out at the sky. Then go back to what you were doing, realizing that holiday drama will happen. For more information about how you can stay healthy during the holidays, please visit www. kidshealth.org Lane F. Donnelly, M.D., serves as vice president of Nemours as well as chief medical ofcer and physician-in-chief for Nemours Childrens Hospital, opening in Lake Nonas Medical City in 2012. PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE OBSERVER Saturday marked the eighth annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights. The winner for theme was the Mayower Retirement Communitys entry, at right. Winning for lights was the Christmas Tree boat, above. S CA N HERE Use your smartphones Q R code reader app to view more photos or visit wpmobserver.com/ photos/galleries Boats light up the night Donnelly

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Page 14 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Opinions Last week I was asked to help spread homeless children in Dommerich. Many reacted with Homeless in Dommerich? That cant be! Yes, about 30 families in course, is a huge problem. So is the sense of shame connected with being needy. Discretion is nice but not always possi ble. Trying to maintain a sense of privacy themselves very suddenly, very unex pectedly in this predicament that always seemed to be anothers problem, never ones own. The stress of it all destroys health and relationships. The day-to-day simple things we all take for granted become absolutely daunting. The big debate at this time is whether we expect the government to take care of the needy or do we step up to the plate, roll up our sleeves and give help where and when we can. Truly becoming aware A while ago I drove to Publix on a very hot Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m. to buy some ice cream. In the parking lot, I was approached by a lady who was ask ing for help. With what money she had, she rode the bus to keep cool and snooze in a safe environment. On Sunday night, the busses stopped running and she had nowhere to go. She was waiting for a hearing for disability and was unable both physically and legally to work (I could tell this immediately). She had not eaten and could barely walk any dis tance. I put her in an inexpensive motel and got her a meal. Then the reality of this dire situation began to sink in. I con tacted everyone I knew trying to locate a place for her to stay. At that time, there were about 3,000 beds available for a need of about 8,000. I have no doubt that number has grown in multiples in the past two years. Of the available places, there were none that would accept an unemployed, single, older woman. Some would only take families, some only men and others only workingwomen. Her plans were to somehow get to Shep herds Hope to receive some very muchneeded medical attention. Transportation becomes an overwhelming problem in heat or cold and just the simple distance. (Displaced families frequently rely on vehicles that break down or need very pricey gasoline to run!) I helped this lady through a few bad days and tried to get her connected in the right places. It is my understanding that she was eventu ally awarded Social Security disability Government is a very important part of the solution, but not the only answer. Each of us knows someone who is in a to reach out when we see a need in our own immediate community. Those who own, in dire circumstances deserve our respect as well as our help and support. Ciaravino is a Winter Park resident and former Maitland resident. What are Miles qualications? After reading the reports of Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradleys and challenger Mrs. Nancy Miles campaign platforms, I mentally started what a friend of mine calls a Ben Franklin list, which is basically the listing of pluses and minuses for each candidate in order to make an informed voting decision on Jan. 31. Certainly, one of the cornerstones of our representative form of government is the ability of anyone think it fair to hold Mrs. Miles to the same standard of accomplishments as Mayor Bradley, who, while running a city with a $140 million budget, exponentially grew the general fund reserve, never increased property taxes, ushered in many new busi nesses to Winter Park, increased road pav ing, lowered the cost of city services, etc. I was eager to read how Miles plans to convince voters that the mayor needs to be replaced. Instead I got that she decided to run because a few citizens (and possibly one commissioner) have complained about not being heard or given enough speaking time at Commission meetings, and that two years is not enough time to evaluate and implement a plan to dispose of prop erty often described by past and current to Winter Park. I would like to encourage Mrs. Miles to spend more time providing amples of any accomplishments and how she plans on increasing the upward curve established by the current mayor and Com mission. If she were to do that, it would certainly make it much easier for all Winter Franklins. Ed Sabori Winter Park Thousands homeless Orange County Public Schools has received $8,000 in donations to help more than 3,200 homeless students in our schools. The money was raised through a local phone bank held at WKMG Channel 6 studios during the stations live newscasts from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. The phone bank was also in response to the story about Central Florida homeless students, which aired on Minutes the night before on CBS. Orange County Public Schools has of Thanksgiving. Of these 3,241 students, more than half are in elementary schools, a statistic aligned with the nationwide steady rise of homelessness among families with young children. The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth estimates that 10 percent of students receiving free and reduced meals may be experiencing homelessness. In Orange County Public Schools, the true number of homeless students could reach more than 10,000, but there are great challenges in identifying this population of students due to the stigma associated with being homeless. Fore more information, visit www. homeless.ocps.net or contact helphome less@ocps.net or 407-317-3485. Shari Bobinski Orange County Public Schools spokeswoman Charitable giving: Be aware this holiday season Caveat emptor or let the buyer be ware is common-sense advice that most of us try to heed. But buyers are not the only ones who should beware: Goodwill Industries of Central Florida encourages donors to be just as cautious and selec tive when choosing the organizations that will receive their gently used clothing and household items, both during the holiday season and all year. A proliferation of donation bins in for donors to discern which charities are entities or even fraudulent charities. That is why a little bit of research before you do nate can ensure that your donations have the greatest impact in your community. Before you donate, check with your state attorney general or secretary of states You should also check with a charityrating agency such as Charity Navigator or GuideStar, or use online resources such as how much of their revenue goes to over head and administrative costs. Goodwill has spent decades earning the publics trust. Donors can rest assured that their items are going to a reputable organi zation that has the communitys interests at heart. Donated goods are sold in Goodwill stores and online, and more than 92 per cent of revenues earned go to fund critical job training, career services and other sup ports that put people to work, strengthen families and build stronger communities. Instead of buyer beware, lets try to be donor aware this holiday season. William G. (Bill) Oakley President and CEO Goodwill Industries of Central Florida Letters to the editor Scott gives a gift t for a Scrooge On the precipice of the most empathetically generous of West ern holidays, in the time of our most abundant good cheer, Gov. Rick Scott is hoping some of that will come his way. At the lowest approval rating of any sitting governor, including Wisconsin and Ohio governors who are facing the possibility of recall elections, Scott has attempt ed to drum up some goodwill. His olive branch to his embit tered constituency only one in four of which approves of his job performance is more money for education. Education pays, and we crease our investment in Florida's students, Scott said in a re corded radio address on Tuesday, Dec. 6. To wit, Scott proposed a $1 billion increase in the education ning in July 2012. That big ticket Christmas pres ent is hard to shoot down after the education budget dwindled perhaps conjuring a bit of the magic of the holiday season, Scott is hoping to play Santa Claus in more ways than one. For one, hes hoping well forget the lumps of coal weve received for the last few years. which went into effect July 2011, slashed $1.3 billion from schools, a low-water mark not seen since the 2005-06 school year. That slashed budget dropped to a new low an education fund that had fallen every year since a high point in 2007-08. That huge $1.3 billion lump of coal last year wouldnt be bal anced out by the $1 billion gift hes giving us this Christmas. And whats worse, an additional 30,000 students are expected to enter schools next year, making that gift even harder to spread around. For two, hes hoping we wont look too deep into how hell pay cit magic. The states budget is currently $2 billion in the red for a gap we legally have to balance out before that budget can be The extra money for education has to come from somewhere, and that means one of two things: more taxes or more budget cuts. Last week Scott announced what many in the state had most feared: His proposed budget would slash $2.1 billion from Medicaid funding to help pay for the education boost. Medicaid helps pay for medical expenses for low-income Americans. To use another holiday meta phor: In the world of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim would get a new book for Christmas, but he wouldnt live to read it. St. Nick wouldnt ask us to kick a sick boy out of the hospital to pay for school, especially when there are plenty of more humane options. In a state with some of the lowest taxes in the nation, that sort of trade is unconscio nable. Less than two weeks before Christmas, Scott might be seeing Santa Claus when he looks in the mirror, but Floridas poor and In the world of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, Tiny Tim would get a new book for Christmas, but he wouldnt live to read it. Our Observation See Page 8 for a story about efforts to help the homeless students at Dommerich Elementary. Learn more Help those in your backyard MARIE CIARA VINO Guest Writer Ciaravino

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Page 15 Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer The fear that pacies Give art The only television show I watch with any regularity is The Big Bang Theory. A dose of laughs is not a bad thing when delving into the 11 dimensions of quantum physics. As a gardener, Im lucky to comprehend four dimensions. How does understanding our journey through the space-time continuum help us grow better crops? When surveying the garden, the obvious dimensions of width and length spread before our gaze. The depth of our laboriously improved soil delves beneath our feet. These 3-D physical characteristics, mea sured by comparisons to our anat omy, are quoted in feet and inches. Even the metric system is conjured by pacing a spread of land. How quickly can a row of beans be weeded? How hard must a peb ble be thrown to ward off a squirrel in the carrots? Can I turn the whole compost pile before breakfast? Now we are comparing dimensions over time. The result of actions on physical structure should not be assumed as the intended speed. Picking up the pace entails acceleration, an attribute under stood to be contrary to the implicit leisurely endeavor of the hobby of gardening. To hasten any process, design better tools or routines to get more work done in less time. Newtons falling apple accelerating not be ignored. Use gravity when throwing the compost to loosen up the components, mix in some air, and rebuild the pile elsewhere. Using our space most judi ciously brings a sequencing aspect into play. The seed packet claims a crop of beans will be ready in 55 days. Harvesting from those plants may last 3 weeks, tying up the lim ited space of the garden. Starting other transplants in a greenhouse manages the risk of unsuccessful germination, but it also allows for two crops to grow simultaneously. Immediately upon harvesting the last of the beans, a ready transplant plopped into a growing bed pro vides a six-week jump in produc tion. Hows that for time travel? Peering into the future, a gift of sages, is a tool frequently used by gardeners. Planning for my winter solstice celebrations requires prescience and risk management. Weather prognosticators, noting this as a La Nina year, predict a dry and warmer growing season. But as the daylight decreases approach ing Dec. 21, crop growth slows. curve toward an intended expecta tion requires attention to detail. Weeding, mulching, fertilizing, watering and controlling pest are all steps taken in order to control time. Albert Einstein would be proud of us! Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gar dens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Face book page. Cars as Christmas gifts? What reces sion? A couple of different automobile companies have advertisements running where one spouse surprises the other with a new car in the driveway neatly wrapped in a bright red bow. Cue the mu sic and the Aw-shucks Dear, you didnt look of surprise. Why run such an advertisement? How many of us have the cash sitting around to make such an acquisition and/ or how many of us (as couples) would undertake such a substantial purchase our partners? Heres your present, Dear! Oh, and heres our 60-month payment book. Merry Christmas! Some gift. Yet, Well, I have a few modest ideas for gifts that will not break the bank. Give art. Give ideas. Give music. Give experiences. couple (relatives or friends) who, like many of us, have enough. What do you give them that they dont already have three of, two of which are boxed away in the garage? An experience. Give two tickets to a play of their choice at the Mad Cow Theatre or the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Give them a morning in Winter Park including tickets to the Morse Mu seum, the scenic boat tour leaving 312 E. Morse St. and lunch at an avenue eatery. Give them a hot air balloon ride. (No, not tickets to a Republican debate!) You get the idea. Consider what they might enjoy and provide that experience. Package it for them. following (all released in 2011): The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt; All Things Shining by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly; Absolute Mon archs by John Julius Norwich; The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough; by Charles David Deutsch; and Cleopatra: A Life Harrison titled The Great Leader (an example of male-centered silliness, but fun nonetheless). Finally pick up (a gift for yourself, perhaps?) Christopher Hitch ens Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens. All good. For the mind. monic Orchestra performance, of course. Or the Bach Festival in Winter Park. Culture/pleasure for the ears. Here are several jazz recording recommendations: Go by Dexter Gordon; Jazz: Red Hot & Cool by Dave Brubeck Quartet; Mu sic for Loving by Ben Webster; Swiss Movement by Les McCann and Eddie Harris; Lady in Satin by Billie Holiday; Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans Trio and Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis. Two more delights: Songbird by Eva Cassidy and Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell. by CRJ. Give a year-end contribution to WUCF 89.9 FM. Great jazz station! the chaff? Art, you Philistine. Art is often expensive, as well it should be. But it neednt be. I purchased two original paintings off a 20-year-old Sanford street vendor several years back for $50 a pop, framed them and theyre gorgeous. Look for local art of quality. Be selective. Its ubiquitous. Three local shops to recommend: Tim othys Gallery on Park Avenue in Winter Park. Consistently good year-in/yearout artistic stuff. Great selection of unique jewelry, ladies! And, for gentle men who buy for ladies. I recommend the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery on First Street in Sanford as it has one-of-a-kind objects. And the Artistic Hand in Oviedo. Give art. Support artists. Make your giving distinctive. Be memorable. 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.US We spend a great amount of money in order to keep ourselves and a great many other nations safe. We invest enormous amounts in research ing military weapons, aircraft, drones, explosives, tanks, ships, etc., for mili tary purposes. We provide the most ad vanced training possible for thousands of intelligent, highly screened Ameri cans and guest personnel to operate our sophisticated military equipment, which often involves the latest elec tronic concepts. In so doing we serve the security needs of many other nations who are our allies. That is, as long as we are protecting them. We lessen, even eliminate, the need for these nations to spend their own money on their own security, and we tax the average American mightily in order to do so. Without Americas providing the materiel and know-how, what would the state of readiness of most western European nations be? An important item often overlooked, or at least under-emphasized, is that all the nations who are dependent on us for their military security are them selves freed from the enormous costs of defending themselves, and look to Big Brother USA to keep them free from at tack. The U.S. has been the protector of the free world for so long that everyone on both sides takes this condition for granted. The inherent dangers in such an as sumptive attitude are as obvious as the weakness of a neighborhood boy who never develops his own fighting ability against bullies because he has a big strong brother for the time being, at least to do it for him. One who has lived abroad extensive ly is astonished at the little pressure the U.S. uses to influence its recipient brothers politically. Our gifts are usually without strings. After World War II, I questioned for a while whether our forgiving help to the enemies who had attacked us treacherously and declared war against us was a sign of stupidity or benign golden rule morality. I imagine that a great many of us in uniform who had been the targets of the Germans and Japanese found it uncomfortable, at the very least, to lay down our guns and accept our former would-be assassins as harmless. The shifting from peacetime to war time, and wartime to peacetime in an instant, is a confusing anomaly. The in stant peace was declared, we took our fingers off the trigger of the weapons we had used to kill those we had long been told were our enemies. One peculiarity in cosmopolitan America is our making light of taking credit for saving almost every other country in the free world. We did it in the first World War, and the sec ond, and it is only the terrible might of the U.S. that preserves most of the peace we and the others now enjoy. We stopped Hitler when it was necessary for him to be stopped; who else could have done it? Ditto regarding the Japan of the 1940s. New bad guys keep sticking their heads up out of the slime, and they retreat only when they see the letters USA on men and materiel. What would the world be if the U.S. were a ferociously aggressive dictator ship instead of the most benign great nation in the history of this Earth? Will we remain everybodys big brother unless some war-like friends get too big for their britches? Peace, its wonderful! About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! Gardening in the fourth dimension Tom Carey From my garden to yours I HAD A GREAT T I ME ROW I NG I N TH I S PROGRAM AND A WONDERFUL COLLEGE ROW I NG EXPER I ENCE DUE TO MY HARD WORK AT WPHS CREW AND A GREAT COACH, COACH TOM LI NEBERRY! MEL I SSA BALLARD BRAWNER HAPPY ANN I VERSARY, WI NTER PARK CREW. I HAD A WONDERFUL T I ME AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM NEW ZEALAND ROW I NG W I TH THE G I RLS, 94/95, COACHED BY TOM LI NEBERRY. GREAT MEMOR I ES! CATHER I NE BARKER THE BEST FOUR YEARS AND BY FAR THE BEST GROUP OF G I RLS EVER! GO LTWTS ! BETSY FLY HI LL Heres what online readers are writing about the Dec. 8 article Half a century on the water, which details the 50-year history of the Winter Park High School Crew team:

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