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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. 29, 2011 50+ tax wpmobserver.com Subscribe now! Visit wpmobserver.com Best of Lifestyles The tale of Sam Hagan may be the most popular story to ever hit wpmobserver.com this year. Page 5 Calendar The Sunglass Soiree in support of Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals is 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Online Louis Roney Holiday good feelings should last all year. Unfortunately, the giving mood is hard for the human animal to sustain. Page 7 Best of Sports Winter Parks Austin Rivers would ascend as far as No. 1 in national high school player rankings. Page 4 TAX DEFERREDFIXED ANNUITY RATE FOR 5 YEARS.Bob Adams 407-644-6646THE NATIONAL 5 YEAR CD RATE IS 1.34%*3.65%* 451 Maitland Ave, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701NEW Dermatology Ofce!407-599-SKIN (7546)No referral needed Accepting all insurances Accepting patients of all ages Dr. John Cottam Dr. Ross Wheeler Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley As mayor, I am most proud we did not raise citys budget. We must ties that bring new jobs to ing the wonder Maitland Mayor Howard Schieferdecker town. With our new prosperity of our city. Resolutions from your elected ocials The Observer asked Winter Park and Maitlands city ofcials what their goals are for the New Year. Visit wpmobserver.com for all of their responses. Heres what the mayors had to say: Best of 2011: News Pulling out of the depths of a recession, city governments still struggled in 2011, but there was progress in Winter Park and Maitland. Some local residents gave neighbors reasons to cheer, and Observer Newspapers won recognition statewide. A 54-acre tug-of-war stretching between the adjoining cities. At one Cashing in on red lights tions between the two cities, with systems were the center of contro harm than good, with some types ture weighed in, the majority of the per infraction went to the state, and Hello, Miss Florida dent at UCF to being the fourth UCF student in nine years to wear the tiara for the Sunshine way for her run for the
Page 2 Thursday, Dec. 29, 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. Munster P.O. Box 2426 Winter Park, FL 32790 Published Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 CONTACTS Volume 23, Issue Number 52 PUBLISHER Kyle Taylor 407-563-7009 MANAGING EDITOR Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 DESIGNER Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 REPORTERS Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 Isaac Babcock 407-563-7023 Ashley McBride COPY EDITORS Isaac Babcock Padrick Brewer COLUMNISTS Chris Jepson Louis Roney Josh Garrick ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Tracy Craft 407-515-2605 SUBSCRIPTIONS | CIRCULATION Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 OBITUARIES email@example.com W i n t e r P a r k R e c o v e r y C e n t e r Executive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services Suboxone Maintenance For Opioid Abuse Naltrexone Extinction for Alcohol If Its In Your Heart To Quit Now Is The Time For Your New Years Resolution2056 Aloma Ave, Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32792 www.YourLifeRecovery.com 407-629-0413 Community bulletin Orlando Utilities Commission completed the rst solar farm in Orange County. Business briefs Ashton Woods Homes reports it sold 34 new homes in November. Maitland City Talk Avoid becoming an easy target for burglars now that the gifts are unwrapped. Winter Park City Talk considered illegal. Calendar Winter Park will proudly host the Champs Sports Bowl Parade of Bands on Dec. 29. Legislative update The Legislature will begin its budgetary process in January, Sen. Bryan Nelson says. This week on wpmobserver.com: Observer nabs awards Maitlands cornerstone Come in to the Winter Park YMCA Family Center and the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center and learn about THE COACH APPROACH our new one-on-one program designed just for people who have never been on a regular plan or havent worked out regularly in a while but are ready to change their lives. Plus, come discover our new classes and wellness areas all geared specifically to your level of fitness.THE PLACE FOR ADULTS, KIDS AND TEENS FOR YOUR HEART, YOUR HEALTHOR TO FIT IN YOUR JEANS, THE Y IS At the Y of Central Florida, strengthening community is our cause | Find your Y at YMCACentralFlorida.com | 407.895.8659 TAKE A TOUR JOIN TODAYWinter Park YMCA 407.644.1509 Crosby YMCA 407.644.3606YMCACentralFlorida.comE x p i r e s 1 / 31/ 1 2 V a l i d P h o t o I D R e q uir e d Only one power pass is redeemable per person per calendar year. Entitles you to a tour of your NEIGHBORHOOD Y one introductory THE COACH APPROACH fitness session and two days of unlimited access to the fitness facility, swimming pool and group fitness classes. Only $12 to join before 1/31/12. MAYBE THINGS GOT A LITTLE OUT OF HAND DURING THE HOLIDAYS, BUT JOINING THE Y IS A GREAT WAY TO GET BACK TO HEALTHY LIVING
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Page 6 Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer endars and start putting in dates begin big time because producers know that their audience is made up of the and those Virtuosity takes the stage Orchestra to perform Brahms the Concerto has since joined Brahms decision to combine the partners, award-winning pianist Les Mis 25th birthday all time with ing re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Valentines Day with Andrea Bocelli perfect gift for your sweetheart at perfect gift ance at the Amway Center on and this is at amwaycenter.com, Amway ter.com. Open New Years Day!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 tableside 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.comAuthentic Brazilian Steak House THRILL 6 Golden Globe Nominations! Wednesday Night Pitcher Show Big time of year Josh Garrick Culture worthy of your calendar winter park sip and stroll Enjoy a beautiful winter evening of great wine while strolling through downtown Winter Park Thursday, January 12 5 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance Purchase online at www.winterpark.org For information call (407) 644-8281 Crohns Disease?If so, you may be interested in a research study for Crohns disease. You may qualify if you Are between 18 and 55 Have been diagnosed with Crohns disease for at least 3 monthsDr. Ira Shafran, MDShafran Gastroenterology Center Do you haveCoordinators Renee DePanicis or Audrey Jones (407) 629-8121Contact
Page 7 Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 Winter Park / Maitland Observer Republicans keep me in stitches. Theyll predictably trot out familiar old bromides like Live free or die or Its every man for himself. Even I, on occa sion, can be susceptible to such infantile gibberish. Yes, sometimes my latent government to do for you what you should do for yourself! Republicans real Americans to salute. Republicans love all humanity until it is born. Un-huh, life is sacred! They get all warm and fuzzy inside at the thought of a zygote attaching to a womans uterine wall. It makes them weak in their knees and teary-eyed, however, imagining that process interrupted, aborted, if you will. Oh, and then the wailing begins just like in Maurice Sendaks Where The Wild Things Are: They roared their terrible roars! And gnashed their terrible teeth! And rolled their terrible eyes! And showed their terrible claws! at the thought of coitus interruptus, or, rather, zygotus abortus. What is it about women and their uter uses that gets Republican men all atwit their minds (or laws) off of a womans body. Ironically, they applaud corpora tions as having the same rights as people but think little of eviscerating a womans right to reproductive choice. What is it to manage their own affairs (their own for the government getting the hell out of regulating business yet they are perfectly OK regulating a womans fertility, her Guys, this might be tough for you. Imagine a scenario where it is you who actually becomes pregnant. Youre still the independent operating, functioning individual youve always been but you well would you cotton to the government According to Republicans, you dont even own your body; its the govern ments to regulate. Does that scenario should our sisters, daughters, wives or lovers put up with such intrusions in their would ever countenance such invasive, intrusive oversight. So, why should Oh, it is argued because Republicans wuv all life, particularly the unborn. Thats an interesting time in which to be all for life, yet, once born, that life is virtu Crack whores. Impoverished, destitute homeless women. Raped sisters. Poor women. Third-year medical students. Graduate students. Mothers already Unhealthy women. The mentally dis no matter her circumstances, no matter her wishes or desires, no matter her rights as a free individual all pregnant, all menstruating women will be regulated by the federal or state government. A woman will give up her independence, she will forfeit her freedom, she will willingly sub ject herself to the authority of the state. I once served on the Orlando Planned Parenthood Board of Directors. At that time there was an alternative facility women. Theyd persuade some to take the fetus to term with the assurance of long-term help. The long-term help con sisted of two-dozen Pampers. Oh, and a Good luck, gal! Real Republican values, folks. Found in two dozen diapers. 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 Several school classes, garden clubs and other organizations visit my Sundew Gardens on important to show to members of my community where some of their food is grown. In early Janu ary, Marc Poolers and Jay Gettys advanced placement environ mental studies classes of Hagerty High School will descend upon my gardens. To keep everyone focused, I have written this study guide to reinforce the various aspects of my operation. Are you smarter than an AP high school 1. Why is carbon such an im mus is created. 3. Why is humus such a stable 4. Why are Floridas soils so 5. How is nitrogen fertilizer 6. How is nitrogen fertilizer 7. What are some of the prob tained from natural sources. 10. How far does most com mercial produce travel, and how 11. What percentage of our food supply do local growers kets for locally grown produce. Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gar dens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Face book page. Opinions Republican values found in a diaper Departures and arrivals Bill Bennett tells me on the radio that he interviewed a Yale professor and a plain man of the street simultaneously as to their opinions of Barack Obamas racy (in-ep-toc-ra-cy) a system of gov ernment where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of produc ing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or suc ceed, are rewarded with goods and ser a diminishing number of producers. Is this, maybe, the new form of govern Right on! We shun the use of certain offensive words. As a Southern boy raised in a gen teel family, I never heard offensive words used in my home, and was strongly admonished against hurting the feelings of other people. The words Georgia cracker never applied accurately to me: My forebears never cracked a whip behind mules. I was raised and live in Florida and went to school here before go ing to a Massachusetts college. I have no special pride in being either a Georgian or Floridian, but I am eternally proud to be an American. Time is the Fourth dimension, said Albert Einstein. For many years Dr. Lee E. and I were colleagues on the faculty of UCF. He is 17 years younger than I. We out in the evening to dine at restaurants with our wives, Dr. E. helps me in and out of the car. I would do the same for him were our ages reversed Einstein still calls the shots! Life begins in a cup! Ive never been a smoker, I dont drink alcohol, but I learned recently when my heart doctor made tests that denied me my morning coffee for three days that my one cup of coffee in the morning is more than just time watches on a destroyer escort in the with coffee went around to all the watch stations to keep us alert when we were getting little sleep. The coffee was strong, black and terrible! But the jolt it brought to the nervous system has stuck with me ever since. I have only one cup of coffee a day in the morning, but it is an integral part of my regaining full consciousness and usefulness. I coast on that one cup, no matter how long and hard the day. At this time, pumpkin pie and broth erly love rest side by side on our plates. Holiday good feelings should logically last throughout the year. Unfortunately, the giving mood is hard for the human animal to sustain. Friends we celebrate seem to distance themselves as the calendar advances. Here, in Central Florida, where as a young boy I canoed through our spar kling lakes, I have returned after plying the art of singing in a dozen countries. I often feel a tugging wish for the simplicity of my boyhood on the lakes. But I doubt that a canoe and a casting rod could afford me the simple carefree times they once did. About Roney: HarvardDistinguished Prof, Em.UCF 2004 Fla. Alliance for the Arts award (Assisted by beautiful wife Joy Roney) Tom Carey From my garden to yours 1. Carbon holds the soil life and mineral nutrients in the root zone of the soil. 2. Humus is formed in a compost pile, earthworms gut or cows stomach by trillions of microbes. 3. Humus is composed of molecular strands of carbon that resist breaking down. 4. Floridas weather sublimates (evaporates) accumulated plant debris before humus is formed. 5. A symbiotic bacterial relationship in a plants roots. Lightning. 6. Natural gas is burned in the pres ence of an electrical catalyst. 7. Nitrogen run-off causes algae blooms in rivers and dead zones in the oceans. Plants may appear lush and green but are weak and subject to insects and diseases. 8. Bacillus thuringiensis (or Bt) is a natural soil bacteria that controls caterpillars. Pyrethrum is made from chrysanthemum owers and kills most insects on contact (including benecial ones). Neem oil is made from a tree seed native to India. 9. Genetically modied organism. Our food is not labeled when it contains these cross-species gene spliced Frankenstein ingredients. 10. The average distance most produce travels is 1,500 miles and is frequently ve days old. 11. Local growers in Central Florida provide less than 5 percent of our food supply. (A precarious situation consid ering Floridas geographic topography as a peninsula.) 12. Retail big-box grocery stores, Local-rule farmers markets, restau rants, U-pick farms (such as Sundew Gardens). Hope to see you in the garden in 2012! School tour quiz Answers to school tour quiz: Chris Jepson Perspectives Louis Roney Play On! According to Republicans, you dont even own your body; its the governments to regulate. Holiday good feelings should logically last throughout the year. Unfortunately, the giving mood is hard for the human animal to sustain.
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